19 hours ago

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Looking for a new vet

I'm looking for a new vet that is mature and has 'seen it all' and who has longevity with the practice. And of course, he or she needs to have excellent doggy bedside manner.

I have an 11 year old fairly healthy black lab (for her age). I've been taking her to Higgins Animal Clinic on Belmont for four years. Good-hearted people with a lot of knowledge. I just don't agree with their approach of "this could be a symptom...

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I'm looking for a new vet that is mature and has 'seen it all' and who has longevity with the practice. And of course, he or she needs to have excellent doggy bedside manner.

I have an 11 year old fairly healthy black lab (for her age). I've been taking her to Higgins Animal Clinic on Belmont for four years. Good-hearted people with a lot of knowledge. I just don't agree with their approach of "this could be a symptom of 6 different things, let's test for all of them" versus, there is a 90% change this symptom is X, so let's start there. If I had unlimited funds, I'd be okay with their approach, but it's hard to get out of their office under $500.

I live in East Lakeview but have a car and am willing to drive a little to find someone experienced and more practical.

  • Biker Jeff Avid Chicago Bicyclist

    Dr. Scott Rovner at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital is a great veterinarian who has treated my dog for 9 years. All of his staff is great and I always feel his staff provides quality care to my dog.

    Monday - Friday: 7 am to 7 pm
    Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm
    Sunday: 9 am to 3 pm

    3131 North Clybourn Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    Phone: 773-549-3131

  • Rachel D Thai massage & Reiki practitioner

    Dr. Rob Dann at Blum has been kind and conscientious with our dog for 15 years. We took her to Dr. Dann for routine care and for life threatening issues like surgery to remove mast cells and when she mysteriously had internal bleeding. I credit him with saving her life...

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    Dr. Rob Dann at Blum has been kind and conscientious with our dog for 15 years. We took her to Dr. Dann for routine care and for life threatening issues like surgery to remove mast cells and when she mysteriously had internal bleeding. I credit him with saving her life more than once. A few times he reduced or waived his fees. I never got the impression we were overpaying.

    When she got up in years, we started taking her to Dr. Teresa Stimac at Royal Treatment for acupuncture for arthritic hips and for herbs instead of pharma for senior incontinence.

    Royal is a smaller practice than Blum and the atmosphere at Royal is less stressful and hectic.

Aug 05

Updated 1 hour ago

Bikes Stolen from Closed Garage!

Hello all, Mine and my husband's bikes were stolen last night from our closed/locked, private garage which opens to alley. We've filed a police report, listed it on chicago.stolenbike.org, bikeindex.org, and posted to FB, Twitter, Find Stolen Bikes (Chicago), SBR Chicago.
New Men's Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra 2013 Black Road Bike (black frame, white lettering, drop handlebars, clipless pedals, front/rear LED lights)
Women's Trek 7.5 FX WSD 2010 Satin Cherry Red Hybrid Bike (red frame, white lettering, flat handlebars, rear fender only, front/rear LED lights, bell on left handle, missing wheel reflectors)
Please keep an eye out for these two bikes and message me with news/advice! Thank you so much!

  • angelranger 46 year Northside resident

    @DavidL thanks for the post. Having had garage broken into twice I highly recommend watching this vid and securing the garage door manual release with nylon ties or similar. Residents: look outside and at the top of the door for forced marks just below the top door frame. Usually a 2 X 4 imprint or pry bar, just enough to snake in a coat hanger or similar and pull the release chain. Takes 5 seconds. Another scenario is a universal radio frequency transmitter could open multiple doors.

  • Bike thefts seem to be picking up (or at least getting more brazen) in the neighborhood - my Fuji SL1 Pro (red/black/white) was stolen on 8/8 from behind a locked gate in our back ally (Surf & Broadway). More than 1 person must have been involved to jump the gate...

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    Bike thefts seem to be picking up (or at least getting more brazen) in the neighborhood - my Fuji SL1 Pro (red/black/white) was stolen on 8/8 from behind a locked gate in our back ally (Surf & Broadway). More than 1 person must have been involved to jump the gate and lift the bike up and over it. The bike is never parked there and was stolen between 9 PM and 9 AM friday night - someone was clearly out looking for items to steal - with flashlights looking into locked and gated areas. I filed a police report, stolen bike registry (local and national), etc. I wish the police had the ability to pay more attention to bike thefts - this bike was worth more than what I sold my past used car for. It's grand theft. It also seems to go with the broken windows theory... if they can get away with bike thefts or car breakins on a regular basis, what's next?

Jul 19

Updated 1 hour ago

Dr. Olivia Forys

I got a letter saying that my GP, Dr. Olivia Forys, is leaving her practice with Rush. I'd really like to keep her as my doctor, but the letter didn't say where she is going (if anywhere in Chicago). If anyone has information, it would be much appreciated. I certainly hope she's doing OK.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Her contract probably prevents her from sharing this information. I would wait a couple of months, then check HealthGrades for updated office informaion

  • Thanks, Robin!

  • She ended up at
    NorthShore Medical Group - Des Plaines
    9301 Golf Rd. Suite 302
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    847.296.8151

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Beg Bug Issues

Hello Neighbors!

Kind of an embarrassing question, but does anyone know tenant rights in the city of Chicago regarding bed bugs? It seems there has been a recent infestation in our eight person apartment complex and our landlord is refusing to pay to have a professional exterminator in. What are our options?

Thanks so much in advance for the advice!

  • I'm so sorry to hear that you have bedbugs... they are absolutely awful! We just finished treatment about a month ago to get rid of our bedbug problem, which had been going on for months & left me with tons of scars to prove it. If anyone is looking for...

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    I'm so sorry to hear that you have bedbugs... they are absolutely awful! We just finished treatment about a month ago to get rid of our bedbug problem, which had been going on for months & left me with tons of scars to prove it. If anyone is looking for a reputable company, I recommend http://www.a-1pestmasters.com
    They're very professional & informative. The first time I called, the guy spent half an hour on the phone with me listening to our situation & then explaining how the whole bedbug extermination process works, which I really appreciated since we had never dealt with these pests before. Their methods are pet-safe (after the powder dries, but pets & people have to be out of the unit for a few hours after application), which was important for us. They also have a guarantee that they will come back as many times needed until the problem is gone (which for us was 3x). They provided a detailed 'prep list' for us which included bagging anything that was cloth, taking down all wall hangings, & moving all furniture to the middle of each room. It was a pain to live like that, but totally worth it... I believe their thoroughness is a huge part of the reason we were finally able to get rid of those nasty buggers!

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    EXCERPTS FROM THE CITY OF EVANSTON WEB SITE:
    FROM:http://www.cityofevanston.org/health/pest-control/
    Pest Control

    Insects, rodents, and other animals may be considered pests as they may present negative health effects and/or property damage to residents. For questions regarding insects and rodents call 311 and you will receive assistance.
    Bed Bugs

    The Health Department...

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    EXCERPTS FROM THE CITY OF EVANSTON WEB SITE:
    FROM:http://www.cityofevanston.org/health/pest-control/
    Pest Control

    Insects, rodents, and other animals may be considered pests as they may present negative health effects and/or property damage to residents. For questions regarding insects and rodents call 311 and you will receive assistance.
    Bed Bugs

    The Health Department has been receiving an increasing amount of phone calls regarding Bed Bugs. We can offer consultation for home owners and will perform onsite inspections to provide residents with information on treatment as well as avoiding Bed Bugs. Please call 311 for more information.

    Fact Sheets about Bed Bugs can be found here
    http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcbedbugs.htm

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So, what's going happening on Waveland and Sheffield outside Wrigley?

Last week, they put up barricades along the sidewalks on the west side of Sheffield and the south side of Waveland. And they took out a lane of parking on both streets, too, redrawing lanes for vehicular traffic. The "no parking" signs posted only go through Sept. 30.

Anybody have any idea what's going on here?

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Mar 21

Updated 17 hours ago

PPM Apartments - Separate Utility Bill from AUM

So when i renewed my lease with PPM earlier this year it was announced that we would be receiving a separate utility bill for gas, water, sewer, trash. I live in a studio apartment and they said it would run about $50-$60/mo. Well, the first bill comes in and it's for $110. Nearly $90 of it is for gas (heat). But heat we can't control!

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So when i renewed my lease with PPM earlier this year it was announced that we would be receiving a separate utility bill for gas, water, sewer, trash. I live in a studio apartment and they said it would run about $50-$60/mo. Well, the first bill comes in and it's for $110. Nearly $90 of it is for gas (heat). But heat we can't control!

I tried to call PPM but was told I would need to touch base with AUM (the service that handles this new method of utility payment). Is there any way I can fight this? I suppose fight isn't the correct word, but I renewed my lease under the assumption the utility bill would be $50-$60/mo, not double that amount!

  • living at PPM is becoming too expensive for what you actually get. im paying over $1400 a month for a 1 bedroom that gets really hot in the summer time and does not come with a dishwasher or central air.

    management and my maintenance guy (Carlos) is great, but i can find a much better place for cheaper or the same amount.

  • I'm so glad I was given this link cause I was inquiring about living at 3130 NLSD. After reading all your comments I will definitely steer away from PPM apts. Anyone please let me know of any studio apts close to the lake similar to the newly renovated ones at...

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    I'm so glad I was given this link cause I was inquiring about living at 3130 NLSD. After reading all your comments I will definitely steer away from PPM apts. Anyone please let me know of any studio apts close to the lake similar to the newly renovated ones at 3130 NLSD. The pictures in Craigslist ad for those apts look like a nice place to live. I can't pay more than $1100 a month unless utilities are already included in the monthly rent. Hope someone can give me a heads up.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

3130 NLSD

Hi! I am apartment hunting and came across 3130 NLSD studio apt and wanted to know if anyone can give me any input about the building. Most especially about any pest problems such as bed bugs. I'm so terrified that I would move into a place and later realized it's infested. I'd also like to know about management, maintenance, and if there are any issues that would be important to know about. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • I lived there for many years. The maintenance staff was great. Bugs did not seem to be a problem. I left because the rents became so high and they were adding on the heat/utility fee on top of that.

  • Thank so much for the heads up everyone. @Tanya thank you also for the EB thread about PPM utilities issues. I read it all and I will not be dealing with PPM. If anyone knows of a studio apt around the lake something similar to 3130 newly renovated ones please let me know.

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Spanish conversation through cinema

¡Hola!

As my summer Spanish conversation class comes to an end, I would like to inform you of my next session for this fall: SPANISH CONVERSATION THROUGH CINEMA. We will be using a few Spanish/ Hispanic/ Latin American movies as point of departure to improve conversation (all levels). I am excited!

If you are too, let me know.

Details:
8-week session/$275
1.5 hours/Wednesday evenings
In other words: 12 hours/session = $23/hour
17 September - 5 November (To be confirmed)

We meet Wednesday evenings at Pizzeria Serio in Lakeview, 7 to 8:30 pm, although sometimes we have class in different venues (park, another restaurant, etc.)

Cordialmente,

María Luisa
www.conmarialuisa.com
www.facebook.com/conmarialuisa

Aug 17

Updated 26 hours ago

Volunteer work

Hi all! I recently moved to the Lakeview area and now that I'm settled I'm looking to do some volunteer work. Anyone know of any volunteer work/mentoring programs working with at-risk youth or young girls? I'm currently a teacher, therefore need something in the early evening. Thanks!

  • Midtown Educational Foundation has girls mentoring programs after school/work. http://www.midtown-metro.org/metro/

  • Paul Obbagy Volunteer Coordinator, Refugee Programs

    Hello! I happened to see your message and thought I'd reach out. I'm a Volunteer Coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency in Ravenswood (not too far from Lakeview), and we have a number of volunteer programs that might fit you, including tutoring and mentoring programs. If you'd like me to...

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    Hello! I happened to see your message and thought I'd reach out. I'm a Volunteer Coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency in Ravenswood (not too far from Lakeview), and we have a number of volunteer programs that might fit you, including tutoring and mentoring programs. If you'd like me to send you the full descriptions, just shoot me an email by going to my profile (click on my name) and go to "Send Email" on the right side of my profile, and I'll be sure to send you more info!

    This is, of course, also open to anyone else that may be looking for volunteer opportunities!

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Found Grey and White Cat Irving/Damen

Female. Not chipped. Friendly. Let me know if you recognize her, she misses her family!

  • The cat has been around for a few weeks. The woman who found her is trying to find her owner but so far no luck.

  • put it back in the streets and it will probably walk back home.. cats usually leave the house and wonder and return home.. i noticed..

Aug 04

Updated 40 hours ago

Loud bang in West Lakeview/NorthCenter

Heard a loud bang (not fireworks) at 1:50 am Sunday night. Sounded like a shotgun or explosion. Anyone else hear it? We are near Ashland and Irving Park.

Apr 15 2012

Updated 43 hours ago

Hawthorne School - Field

Does anyone know if there are groups or organizations that are allowed to reserve the entire field next to the school? We were there playing with our children a few weekends ago when a huge group of people playing soccer completely overtook the entire field and essentially pushed us out.

  • Alex D Resident since 2009

    There are city leagues that have the field reserved for games on some nights. Also youth leagues during the day on some weekends.

  • Frank T. Teacher in Lakeview

    I coach for a school, and we have permits on us at all times in case there's a conflict.

  • I was wondering who you can contact to make a reservation or see the schedule?

45 hours ago

Chicago Spirit Brigade (CSB) workshops and tryouts coming up in Sept

Hello all,

If you're interested in volunteering for an organization that raises money and awareness through performance for local charities that provide direct care services for life-threatening challenges, come and try out for the Chicago Spirit Brigade!

We are looking for cheerleaders, flag twirlers (drill), and dancers. All experiences levels welcome. No experience even necessary. All ages (21 and up) are welcome.

If you are interested, please go to csbstars.com to sign up for more information.

Hope to see you at workshops!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Where to Donate Women's Clothing

I am trying to track down where I can donate a large amount of women's clothing. All sizes and seasons. I have called a few places already...either they don't accept clothing, or they don't accept as much as I have (8-10 garbage bags full, all clean). Any tips? I do not want to throw them out, but do not have the storage space anymore! Thanks!

  • p.k

    St. Paul's church on Fullerton and Orchard is having a rummage sale the 6th of September. You can drop off your stuff with them I believe any time from now to the sale. They also donate all items after the sale to various organizations depending on the items. So your items make it to someone who want/needs it. You can call them and they may also pick up, not sure if they pick up clothes or just larger furniture items. Hope that helps.

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Aug 20

Updated 3 days ago

What's everyone paying for Comcast (or other) cable/internet service?

Given Comcast's less than transparent pricing, I'm wondering what everyone else is paying. I negotiated Blast internet, Digital Preferred with HD, HBO, and Steampix for approx. $120/mo. We have one cable box. No DVR. No rented modem/router. How about you??

  • Anthony Boystown resident

    It allows you to watch what you record on the other tivo. It also allows you to watch tv. It's just a receiver, but not a true dvr. It was part of the package when I got the tivo6 (their newest tivo). I think they include it in their whole house bundle.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    There are Roku apps that function like a DVR, without the expense

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Help Fund My Donors Choose Project!

With the new school year about to begin, I realized during unpacking that my classroom rug I scrounged up last year has seen its day. Any help would be great! Donors Choose will cover half the cost, but the offer ends tomorrow. Please help!!!

http://www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/2376214.-151178864?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=tp&utm_campaign=facebook&utm_content=teacherprojectposted&rf=page-siteshare-2014-08-teacher_profile-teacher_2376214&active=true

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Looking for an in-home petsitter for several nights

I'm looking for an in-home petsitter for my dog for a few upcoming trips. I've used a few services in the area and they've just been okay. There was one in particular with which I wasn't at all happy. I came home to all of my windows being open with the AC on, a sink full of filthy dishes and doubts about whether my dog was properly looked after. Lack of communication and general flakiness have been problems too. My dog is a very well behaved twenty pound mutt. He's an easy dog. I'm an easy owner (in more than one way!). We're near the Southport corridor. Please let me know if you have a petsitter you adore. Thank you!

  • Hi Andrea. I'm retired from a career in broadcast sales & for the last two yrs. have been pursuing my passion- loving pet care! I have numerous references & while the summer was busy, I have more openings now. Please contact me at 248-760-8977. I live in Buena Park. Looking forward to hearing from u.

  • A&K

    Snappy Paws does house sitting. They walk our dog. Reliable service.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Old Dominick's Site in Lakeview Will Finally be Developed

From Ald. Tom Tunney: "The site of the former Dominick’s has been vacant since the fire in 2005 and currently serves as a surface parking lot. The new five-story development will include a 71,000 square foot Mariano’s grocery store, a 40,000 square foot X-Sport Fitness, 15,000 square feet of additional retail space and 280 parking spaces. A new traffic signal will be installed at the entrance of the building and the signal at Wellington and Broadway will get a much-needed upgrade. "

http://www.44thward.org/3030-n-broadway/

  • Snappette Special Agent

    Good to know! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    I won't believe it until Mariano's opens its doors -- this is the 3rd or 4th announcement that something will be built on that parcel...

    ...but I will keep my fingers crossed.

  • Rob Rosmis Your Neighbor, Your Lakeview Realtor

    Good stuff! This will be great for the area. Let's just hope it gets completed as projected.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Debating if I should call 311 - car abandonment maybe?

There is car at the end of our street that has 2 flat back tires. I swear it hasn't moved in about 2 weeks. It was there last month, with the same 2 back tires blown out, and then it disappeared for a week and now it's back. I feel bad, but it feels like that person is using that spot as their own personal space. Should I call 311?

  • Gunnery Sgt Hartman Neighborhood Bully

    Hllhouse, put down the xbox and move your damned car.

    And yes, you should call 311, there's a phone app where you can take pictures of it as well. Does it have any tickets on it?

  • Yes call. I also use an app on my iPhone called chi works. You can report all kind of issues on it (potholes, city light issues, abandoned cars etc) reported one using the app, which can give address and gps tagged location, and pictures. Car was gone within the day and never seen again

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Aug 19

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Books to Donate/Sell

Hello! We have a few boxes of paperback books to donate/sell. Mostly adult and some young adult, fiction and non-fiction. We were thinking of maybe doing a book sale and donating the money. Or would it be more worthwhile to just donate the books to the local library or charity?
Recommendations/thoughts/suggestions appreciated! Thanks!

  • sue

    I work for Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and we have the World's Smallest Library in our lobby. It works like this: anyone is free to take a book at any time but, under an honor system, is expected to either bring it, or another book back at some point. This open system has worked surprisingly well and we are always open to book donations. In addition, once in a while, we do BookSwaps, after which we take leftover books to OpenBooks or other literacy programs.

  • If you have the time, take them to Uncharted Books at 2630 North Milwaukee. The owner might take a few off your hands and give you in-store credit for another book that catches your eye. Donate the rest of them; you won't get much $ from selling them on your own. Another option besides those mentioned above is the Newberry Library who run an annual book fair. http://www.newberry.org/book-fair-donations

5 days ago

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