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Great Cookies! - Cookies By Design - 1238 W. Belmont

Just want to point out a great little Lakeview business I have come across, "Cookies by Design". The make awesome cookies of every type size and taste. They have really impressive gifts for those who have a sweet tooth. Don't take my word for it, they have a five cookie sampler for $5 that is to "die for...". Its nice having these smaller stores take root in Lakeview and as residents we should do our best to support them. This...

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Just want to point out a great little Lakeview business I have come across, "Cookies by Design". The make awesome cookies of every type size and taste. They have really impressive gifts for those who have a sweet tooth. Don't take my word for it, they have a five cookie sampler for $5 that is to "die for...". Its nice having these smaller stores take root in Lakeview and as residents we should do our best to support them. This place is super clean, the cookies are great and the service friendly and fast.

This is my shameless plug of a local business but its honest. Try and stop by when you can. Its worth it. They are near Cooper's restaurant. across from the Wit Theater and Theatre 773.

Cookies by Design
1238 West Belmont
773-880-046
www.cookiesbydesign.com
Have a great Labor Day weekend.

2 hours ago

Logan Square's House & Garden Walk- Sept 13th- Interior Tours Available!

The Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is on Saturday September 13th! Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes mansions available for view between the hours of 10AM-5PM. Get your tickets today online at www.logansquarepreservation.org or this Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer's Market!

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Aug 05

Updated 14 hours 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!

  • 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?

  • Deb

    We have had our bikes and our kids bikes stolen a few times. We now lock our bikes inside our garage. It was a bit of a hassle installing a bike rack into the wall of our garage and it's a pain to have to lock our bike each time we use it but we've gone a couple years now without our bikes being stolen.

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours 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!

  • Unfortunately, it takes intensive, high tech and diligent work to eliminate bedbugs.
    Be sure to learn as much as you can to do your part.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Another resource:http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/chicago/recent/
    About This Website

    The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of bedbug sightings in the U.S. and Canada. We have about 20,000 bedbug reports dating back to 2006.

    This site helps you check whether other people have encountered bedbugs at a hotel or in an apartment building...

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    Another resource:http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/chicago/recent/
    About This Website

    The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of bedbug sightings in the U.S. and Canada. We have about 20,000 bedbug reports dating back to 2006.

    This site helps you check whether other people have encountered bedbugs at a hotel or in an apartment building so you can avoid them when you travel or rent.

    Which can provide:
    Bedbug Alerts

    Get an email whenever someone within a mile of you reports bedbugs.

    Enter a street address or ZIP code below. You can set up multiple alerts, and you can cancel the alert any time.
    As well as Look Up and Report function by hotel name or street address

    If there are multiple reports, we'll bundle them together so you don't get more than one message a week.

    Your email address will not be shared with anyone, sold, or used for any other purpose

    The site also has resources, city maps, FAQ's.
    Per the Chicago map at:http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/chicago/
    most of this site's bed bug reports for Chicago are in the northern half of Chicago, and nearly all are along the lake shore.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

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?

  • God, I hope that as customers of those utilities we won't be the ones footing the bill for this work. This cost better be paid for by the Cubs.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    FROM:http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-utility-work-to-begin-outside-wrigley-field-20140827-story.html
    Utility work to begin outside Wrigley Field

    August 27, 2014, 1:11 PM

    The Chicago Cubs said Tuesday that the City of Chicago and utility companies have begun work outside Wrigley Field in preparation for the stadium’s renovation..

    Sheffield Avenue will be closed from Thursday to Sunday for excavation and...

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    FROM:http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-utility-work-to-begin-outside-wrigley-field-20140827-story.html
    Utility work to begin outside Wrigley Field

    August 27, 2014, 1:11 PM

    The Chicago Cubs said Tuesday that the City of Chicago and utility companies have begun work outside Wrigley Field in preparation for the stadium’s renovation..

    Sheffield Avenue will be closed from Thursday to Sunday for excavation and an installation of a new water main. On game days next month, the parkway on the east side of the street and one lane of traffic will be closed starting at 8 a.m. until two hours prior to the start of the game. The same closure rules apply when Wrigley Field hosts a concert on Sept. 13.

    The work will include the relocation of underground water, sewer and gas lines. The team said the utility companies don’t anticipate any major service disruptions.

    The Cubs have said they plan to begin work on expanding the bleachers after the season ends.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

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.

  • Here's another vote for Pets First on Broadway and Roscoe. Dr. C and Dr. Mitchell know their stuff and don't push unnecessary tests. I have an old dog and a new puppy, so I am there a lot. I never feel like I'm being overcharged. And both have great bedside manner.

  • I've been going to Blum for several years (take our cats and dog). The vet I used moved out to the suburbs and no longer practices so about a year ago a lady I randomly ran into in their parking lot highly recommended Dr. Julia Georgesen at Blum (going through...

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    I've been going to Blum for several years (take our cats and dog). The vet I used moved out to the suburbs and no longer practices so about a year ago a lady I randomly ran into in their parking lot highly recommended Dr. Julia Georgesen at Blum (going through many issues w/ her dog she said this doctor was wonderful along w/ great bedside manor, etc.). So I've been taking our 2 cats and dog to her ever since and I highly recommend her as well. She has dogs and cats of her own, loves animals, great bedside manor, explains things very well, starts w/ the "process of elimination" when there are issues w/ your pet (testing, etc.) and is very easy to talk to. She performed surgery on our dog last year having to remove a large growth from her side (I was very nervous) and everything went very smooth and our dog did just fine. She always calls you at home to give you updates on test results, lets you know how your dog/cat is doing post-surgery, etc. And only using 1 other vet years ago before switching to Blum, not sure how much they "overcharge" but seems to me many vets are expensive. Hope this helps.

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Updated 28 hours ago

Bunny on the loose

I saw what is believed to be a domestic rabbit in the Ravenswood alley between Grace and Waveland last night around 8:00 P.M.. He was slightly closer to Waveland cruising around the trash and recycle bins. He was a caramel/butterscotch color. Please be on the lookout and help get to safety at Red Door Animal Shelter.

  • There are rabbits all over the place

    I see them more often than squirrels these days

  • LJA Paulina Neighbor

    Thanks Louise! Being a bunny owner myself I know how ignorant some people are when they adopt one thinking they are an "easy" pet and when they find out they need as much attention as other pets they think they can just let them loose. I adopted a rabbit form...

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    Thanks Louise! Being a bunny owner myself I know how ignorant some people are when they adopt one thinking they are an "easy" pet and when they find out they need as much attention as other pets they think they can just let them loose. I adopted a rabbit form Red Door Animal Shelter that the sanitation dept had found in the garbage. There is a very big difference between those you'll find in the wild and those that were breed to be pets so as Louise said if can capture safely the Red Door will take the poor thing!

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Lots of positive change coming to Lake View High School....

Lots of community support coalescing around the school....

http://eepurl.com/0Zz1X

  • "You are absolutely right! Everyone is getting behind the new principal.

    On Saturday, August 23rd, about 70 people; neighbors, parents, grandparents, teachers, students, community members (including a dozen from Graceland West, the immediate neighborhood) and leaders from several other neighborhood organizations, the LVHS LSC, Alderman Pawar and others joined Principal...

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    "You are absolutely right! Everyone is getting behind the new principal.

    On Saturday, August 23rd, about 70 people; neighbors, parents, grandparents, teachers, students, community members (including a dozen from Graceland West, the immediate neighborhood) and leaders from several other neighborhood organizations, the LVHS LSC, Alderman Pawar and others joined Principal Scott Grens for the Lake View High School Beautification Day. Rep. Ann Williams and Friends of Ameya Pawar (PAC) donated the paint. Lake View Partners, the newly launched non-profit to support Lake View and Grow 47, Alderman Pawar's initiative for schools sponsored the event.

    Volunteers were organized into small teams and then painted the interior front entrance, library and several other rooms, moved in new equipment and furniture, cleaned all the lockers, removed any remaining tape left over from the prior school year, washed windows, moved landscaping stones and more. There were about 20 major projects. The school was already gleaming when volunteers started and the finishing touches just made everything even more welcoming for students, faculty and administrators.

    Everyone, students, faculty, staff, neighbors, elected officials worked together for four hours then met up for lunch. Great effort. Great results. Great community teamwork.

    A BIG THANKS to everyone who helped.

    Thanks also to those who participated in the LVHS Architectural Tour on August 3rd".

Jul 19

Updated 2 days 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

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Mar 21

Updated 2 days 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!

I tried to call PPM but was told I would need to touch base with...

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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.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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 3 days 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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5 days ago

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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 3 days 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 3 days 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?

3 days 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!

Aug 21

Updated 4 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 5 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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Updated 5 days ago

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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