29 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

Alley Attack

Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this...

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Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this was after the hitting had started.

My partner scared the attackers off when he yelled at them to stop while I called the police. The attackers ran (of course) but the victim was not badly hurt.

Just a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to speak up if you see something!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Elizabeth you and your partner handled it perfectly. The important thing is that the bad guys stopped the beating after they saw you, thus possibly preventing further injury to the victim. Did you happen to stick around and see if the CPD got descriptions from the victim and other witnesses?

  • can you describe the attackers?

10 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Arrest in alley behind Addison

There were just 4 CPD SUV's behind our place on Addison between Hamilton and Hoyne. This was right outside the coach house which has been mentioned here before (loud, thrashing, banging thread). An arrest was made. White male, facial hair, black hoodie, black baseball cap. Does anyone know what happened? Unwritten kitten, are you home? Are you ok?

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Where do I donate old laptops?

Hi neighbors,
Does anybody know where I can donate older laptops ?
Thanks

  • I recently gave a 12 year old windows laptop to an elementary school teacher for use in her classroom.

  • Megan H. Ravin' in Ravenswood

    Try FreeGeek, although they might have age restrictions on what they take: http://freegeekchicago.org/

  • Staples will take them and recycle at no cost while other stores might charge you. If you're donating so someone else can use it, best to make sure that the hard drive is cleaned of all your info.

9 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Airplane noise (addressed?)

From the Trib: << Aldermen pressing for a firm commitment from the city to reduce noise from jets at O'Hare International Airport were told Friday by the outgoing aviation commissioner that "airplanes do create noise."

Regarding the record number of O'Hare noise complaints received from Chicago and suburban residents over the past year, Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said: "I can't say that information (on noise complaints) is going to change the result of anything. I can't say to you that we are going to stop flying." >>

  • Rosemarie Andolino said: "I can't say that information (on noise complaints) is going to change the result of anything. I can't say to you that we are going to stop flying."

    Let me guess: Rosemarie Andolino didn't sink her life savings in a home that was nowhere near O'Hare but...

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    Rosemarie Andolino said: "I can't say that information (on noise complaints) is going to change the result of anything. I can't say to you that we are going to stop flying."

    Let me guess: Rosemarie Andolino didn't sink her life savings in a home that was nowhere near O'Hare but is now a runway for 300 flights a day and night. If so, I'll bet she isn't an asthmatic, can afford running her air conditioning in lieu of opening her windows, and isn't raising children who cannot play outside lest they be showered with carcinogens.

    The City completely changed the traffic pattern of O'Hare, taking property values from citizens who will never see a dime of airline profits, and then they proceeded to ramp up the number of flights, especially the extra-polluting cargo flights. No one in this City has ever experienced this kind of airplane traffic.

    But what are you gonna do, Rosemarie Andolino? Rich people gotta get richer. And the poor and middle class who do not have the financial means to get out from under their airplanes are gonna have to foot the quality of life bill.

  • It's just going to get worse.

Oct 10

Updated 2 hours ago

loud banging, thrashing, booming

Hi. I live in a coach house behind Addison, between Hamilton and Hoyne. Every night, there are extremely loud noises at any and all hours of the night. They are absolutely not animals. Once in a while, there is a boom that shakes the foundation of the house. After wearing ear plugs with my head next to a large floor fan on high, I was still woken up by tremors.
The neighbors all claim that they don't hear anything, but...

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Hi. I live in a coach house behind Addison, between Hamilton and Hoyne. Every night, there are extremely loud noises at any and all hours of the night. They are absolutely not animals. Once in a while, there is a boom that shakes the foundation of the house. After wearing ear plugs with my head next to a large floor fan on high, I was still woken up by tremors.
The neighbors all claim that they don't hear anything, but I don't see how that is a real possibility. One night, after the earth shook me awake, I walked outside at like 4am and started thrashing on the garage next to our house... loudly. I literally took the side of my fist and started pounding this old loose garage with bursts for about a minute. This was a warm night with people s windows open. Nobody stirred. I walked around afterwards for about another min. Nothing. Another night at like 3-4am, I walked out into the basement of the two flat we're attached to with tenants inside, slammed the door behind me, started rummaging through our storage, walked back outside, slamming the door behind me and slammed the fence under their bedroom windows repeatedly. I talked to them the next day and they said they heard nothing.

Now, I am not a light sleeper. I used to live above a bus stop on Ashland and Irving park. I slept like a baby over there. Either this neighborhood has gone rogue or the house is having night terrors.

I've been sleeping at a friends house recently so my blood pressure doesn't start boiling.

This is ruining my life. The police aren't going to do anything (talked to them already). Cameras are too expensive. I have a strong feeling it will be a complete waste of money.

My fiancé can confirm the noises.

35 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Was something filming on Lincoln last night?

I was hurrying home last night around nine and saw three identical moving trucks parked in front of the Grind near Wilson on Lincoln. Guys were just sitting in the backs of the open trucks waiting, like they often do when I see them film some of the Chicago-based tv shows currently running. I thought I saw something set up in Fork's backroom, but wasn't sure. The front room seemed to have normal business, and places usually close down completely when filming.

Anyone able to satisfy my curiosity? :)

Thanks!

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    I heard rumors of "Chicago Fire" will be filming somewhere on the North Side soon.

  • Something was also being filmed at Le Cafe (under the L on Lincoln) last week.

16 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Have a Seat

Saw some new Lawrence Avenue Streetscape furniture being installed this week.

  • Very nice...

  • I'm so glad to see that so many of you that have seen them, like them! I will be more than happy to change my earlier opinion, that had been based solely on a photo.

4 hours ago

found kitty: black w/ white whiskers

Very sweet black cat founf this past weekend near francisco and argyle. Distinctive red color and has to be an indoor cat because she gets along great with my dog

5 hours ago

5 hours ago

Last Chance to Vote Early, Same Day Registration Allowed

The Board of Elections and Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside) locations are also open onSunday, Nov. 2, between 10 am and 4 pm.

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

The 45th Ward site is at the 16th District Police Headquarters, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Other locations that might be convenient include: Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy; Independence Library...

...District Police Headquarters, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Other locations that might be convenient include: Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy; Independence Library, 3548 W. Irving Park; Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn; and the Chicago Board...

...Other locations that might be convenient include: Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy; Independence Library, 3548 W. Irving Park; Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn; and the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Lower...

...include: Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy; Independence Library, 3548 W. Irving Park; Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn; and the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level Conference Room...

...3548 W. Irving Park; Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn; and the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level Conference Room...

6 hours ago

Parking Wanted on Lawrence and Kedzie

Hi everybody, we just moved and now I am looking for a parking space near Ainslie and Kedzie ave 60625.

If someone has a parking space or know someone, please respond.

Thank You, Ray.

22 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Recycle dry cleaning hangers?

Anyone know of a place or organization interested in reusing the hangers from dry cleaners. I can never bring myself to throw them away.

  • Jeff Life long Chicago kid

    Gene that would be great. I think folks can send emails via this site.

  • I return them to the cleaners. I remember there was a shortage or something last year or hangers and it made the news. Donating them is nice too!

9 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    Rest in Peace.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I remember seeing that guy all the time. At first I thought he was a total weirdo, but man, he always had a real happy, content look on his face. RIP.

  • Is there a homeless shelter in the area? I notice one older man walking up Western Ave early mornings. He has a cart and suitcase and so many bags that he can't carry/pull all of it at once. He walks a way with what he can pull/carry, puts that stuff...

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    Is there a homeless shelter in the area? I notice one older man walking up Western Ave early mornings. He has a cart and suitcase and so many bags that he can't carry/pull all of it at once. He walks a way with what he can pull/carry, puts that stuff down, then goes back to retrieves the rest. Am curious about him. He used to wear a navy blue jean jacket in the summer and carried fewer belongings. With the colder weather coming on I wonder where he spends his nights etc.

8 hours ago

Stolen KHS bike

I realize this is probably futile, but thought I'd post, on the off chance that someone sees it around the neighborhood: we had a dark gray KHS Urban Express hybrid bike with yellow kid's bike seat (removable, obviously) and broken derailleur stolen from our doorstep last night.

Oct 19

Updated 8 hours ago

Found: chubby orange housecat

This cat was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of 4447 N Wolcott. It was very friendly, well fed and didn't seem like an outside cat. I couldn't take it in so he's still outside. It went into the gated alley next to the building so I'm hoping it knows how to stay safe. It was cold but seemed ok for now.

  • This cat has been a fixture of the neighborhood for years. He/she is fearless and friendly. If this cat were on Fousquare, it would be the Mayor of Ravenswood.

  • Hi, it's my cat - I live at 4447 N Wolcott. Don't take my cat. Got it?

10 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Pet tags

I just spent 45 minutes trying to get close enough to a loose dog to read his tags. The dog wasn't about to have me any where near it. I would like to encourage pet owners to use a large font size for the phone number. I could catch the dog's name and an address but the phone number was way too small to read from a distance or from any of the pictures I took.
Fortunately, I managed to...

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I just spent 45 minutes trying to get close enough to a loose dog to read his tags. The dog wasn't about to have me any where near it. I would like to encourage pet owners to use a large font size for the phone number. I could catch the dog's name and an address but the phone number was way too small to read from a distance or from any of the pictures I took.
Fortunately, I managed to chase the dog to his home according to a girl who recognized the dog though it was not the address on the tag. I am pretty confident the girl was telling the truth as the dog seemed very familiar and booked for the back door when she opened the gate.
Please make certain your pet's tags are updated and that the number can be read from outside of biting distance.

  • Candi I got to say that if I owned a dog the last thing I would want is my phone number visible to anyone.

  • Duncs - I am not saying visible to just anyone but if you can use a font where I can read the dogs name when I am a foot and a half a way with concentrated effort, you can use the same one for your phone number. It took me 20 minutes just to get the dog's name and the rough street address without me ever touching the dog. I don't call that visible to just anyone.

26 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Ukulele Player?

Hi neighbors,

I'm having trouble finding a professional ukulele player who is local (even within the state!) Anyone know of anyone you've heard or worked with? I'd love their name, if they'd be interested in playing a wedding.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Need leaves in Ravenswood

Hi,
I'm looking to pickup leaves (from piles or in bags) that people are raking from their front yards and willing to give up. Using it for winter cover in a community garden.

So, have a front yard in and can help me out? Winnemac/Ainslie area from Clark to Damen would be amazing. Garden plots are at Hermitage and Ainslie.

Thanks for any help!

  • why not just go rake your own leaves from the parkways? i'm sure no one is going to care.

  • Leah Leah

    Our condo building just cleaned up our yard and (as of last night) there were 7 bags outside the dumpster. Northeast corner of Leland and Hermitage. Feel free to pick them up anytime.

12 hours ago

Early Voting at Welles Park Until 4 p.m., Sunday

Early voting is drawing to a close. Any city resident can vote at the Welles Park Fieldhouse today until 7 p.m., Saturday, 9-5, Sunday, 10-4. No early voting on Monday. And regular Election Day voting in all 48 47th Ward precincts on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 7 p,m. As of Wednesday, evening 1,682 47th Ward residents had voted early. That is 3 times as many who voted early in March.

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Mangal bar and restaurant

Mangal has been closed for a few days now. Looked inside and their was mail all over the floor. Is this corner @ Montrose and Wolcott cursed or what?

  • Eliza Ravenswood/Andersonville/Uptown

    Someone should open a restaurant there called "Cursed."

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 25 year plus resident

    Eliza ... that would be funny... however everything that has gone in their had no direction, POOR service, food not that great .... sure wi8sh they would take down the flower pots and remove the chairs and tables on Wolcott ....

14 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Tree Trimmer Needed

I am in need a tree trimmer for the not so huge tree in our back yard. Any suggestion?

14 hours ago

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30 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Baby Formula Coupon Swap

I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of...

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I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of formula. I doubt we will use these. Are any parents on the other side...meaning, Enfamil users that have ended up with Similac coupons and/or Similac samples and full containers? Before I throw the Enfamil items out, I thought I would check the neighborhood to see if anyone has use for them, and even better, able to trade me unwanted/unused Similac products. Contact me if this interests you.

  • you can sign up. on similac.com and usually get coupons. also when you buy the large container, stuck to the silver foil is usually a $2 off coupon, I used to get that everytime

  • We too have twins and amazon mom with a subscription gives you 121 ounces for around 90.00. This is by far the cheapest way to get formula.

Sep 05 2012

Updated 17 hours ago

Does anyone remember the bar on Damen called "Augenblick"?

If so, I am desperate to find the artist who created the poster for them. It would be a gift to my husband, as this was the location of our first date 18 years ago.

21 hours ago

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21 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

House Construction Pollution

Does anyone know what is going on with the house construction near the corner of Claremont and Wilson? The pollution from drilling all week is incredible! I tried calling the contractor but they don't answer their phone.

29 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

"Neighbor" in Distress

Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but...

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Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but didn't know their houses). Then, finally, asked for cab fare (also denied).

I guess there's a chance this guy was on the up-and-up and having a really bad night, but this rings all kinds of warning bells for me. Anyone else encounter him?

  • It sounds like the same person, minus the winter coat part. Does she have gray hair and is maybe between the ages of 55-65? I've lived in Roscoe Village since 2004, and have consistently seen her walking back from Jewel (or now either Jewel or Mariano's) on Roscoe near Claremont on week days around 9-10 a.m.

    She stops and says hello and generally seems very outgoing and friendly.

  • this is all shady AF. dirty, dirty hustle.

    giving these guys an inch of wanting to help, is what must fuel them to keep trying these pathetic schemes on other people. only way i would consider helping a "neighbor" is if it was actually a neighbor you have seen before...

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    this is all shady AF. dirty, dirty hustle.

    giving these guys an inch of wanting to help, is what must fuel them to keep trying these pathetic schemes on other people. only way i would consider helping a "neighbor" is if it was actually a neighbor you have seen before and been friendly with. it's pretty surprising so many people in this post are so willing to help scumbag people like this. a woman getting raped or pregnant about to burst is waaay different than these 'neighbors' describing see through down and out situations. SO dammn shady.

    like so many of the 'bums' you see begging on the street, who get in their car at the end of the day and drive home.

    i'm ALL for help thy neighbor, but don't be a sucker and get played by these dirtbags.

    it's not surprising these people prey on north center though. people in harder neighborhoods aren't falling for this stuff. my buddy takes an eastbound bus to work in north center and he says that as you get closer, all the hs kids are afraid to go to the back of the bus and be around the other kids. thats messed up. its like a little pocket of suburbia in the city. i guess that's another conversation sorta, but not really.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Stereo Exchange Fraud Collaborators sought

For those not following the previous thread posted by another user, I am creating a new post. My husband is an attorney, and experienced a fraudulent transaction with the Stereo Exchange proprietor earlier this year. After reading several recent posts of several other community members having similar or worse experiences, he is looking for others to join him in filing fraud charges with the police. If you are interested in participating, please email him directly at shargadon@mpslaw.com.

  • My husband does not have an account, so I allowed him to use my account since this impacted our household, and thereby our neighborhood as a whole. For clarity's sake, I am a licensed social worker. We are not attempting to mislead anyone. EveryBlock community, feel free to Google either of us for verification. Best, Selima Ani Hargadon, LSW, Executive Director, PACE Program, National Louis University and Scott Hargadon, Meltzer, Purtill, and Stelle.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    There is more than one other current thread already started on this subject here. I'm curious why you are starting still another one.

3 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Trick or treat in Lincoln Square

Sorry if I missed a post on this somewhere. Is there house-to-house trick-or-treating in Lincoln Square on Halloween?

34 hours ago

A year of free membership at Conviction Fitness...

Hi Everyone, if you already know conviction fitness you know its a great place to work out. They are running a crowd funded loan to buy new equipment. They are already 66% funded and have 6 days to go. If you love them, take a peek at their project. Not only are they paying back the loan to the community with interest, but people that participate will also get very nice perks like a free year of membership.
http://bit.ly/106nU0p

Oct 08

Updated 34 hours ago

Conviction Fitness buying new equipment and purchasing their building in a new way

Hi all,
Many of you might know about Conviction Fitness across from Welles Park. They are looking to initiate the purchase of their building and acquire some new equipment. They are doing all of this in a new way - by paying their customers and neighbors instead of the bank. Take a look at their crowd funded loan campaign. For the first time you can directly have an effect on local businesses. http://bit.ly/10RkqzY

  • Does it get crowded? Still want to try this place out.

  • JV @LendSquare Co-Founder LendSquare

    I wanted to update everyone on Conviction's crowd funded loan campaign. They are 66% funded and have 6 days to go. If you love having them around help us share it so they can have a successful campaign!

    http://bit.ly/10RkqzY

Oct 24

Updated 35 hours ago

CRAFTJAR in Ravenswood

Hello All,
I'd like to get some community feedback on a concept that I'm working on. I'd like to open a craft supply, kit and workshop boutique on the corner of Lawrence and Hermitage. It would also be a great place to shop really clever gifts and greeting cards. Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts? Is it a great idea? Waste of space?
Thanks!

  • Jamie Mama, Reader

    This sounds lovely. I live nearby, and would love to buy my craft items and take a class or two locally.

  • SC

    Not sure if the setting would work, but I know that kids love arts and crafts- so if there could be classes- could be great. (Lil' street has classes that my kids love during the summer or days off from school)

38 hours ago

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38 hours ago

Radish Seeds

Someone posted a few days ago wondering where to find radish seeds for a kids' science experiment. I was at Gethsemane yesterday, and they do have radish seeds in packets.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

  • Frida & Friends! Celebrating Latina Artists Past & Present!

    Mrs. Vecchioni is asking for $1224.25:
    My students need new consumable art materials including watercolor and tempera paints, canvases, quality papers, oil pastels and a variety of collage materials.
    Thomas J Waters Elementary School

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Halloween block party in Ravenswood?

I saw a post from Cheesies Bar that their food truck was coming to a block party at Damen and Ainslie on Halloween. Anyone know the deal with the party? Sounds fun!

  • Yep, the 4800 block of N Seeley is having a block party on Halloween. The street will be closed from 3-9pm for the kids to trick or treat. We had the food truck last year and it was awesome. If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to stop on by.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Support a School with DonorsChoose

Hi everyone. I am trying to get a set of chromebooks for my school. So far I've raised over $3,300 and just have $127 left to go! I wanted to reach out to try to get that last bit taken care of. If you have a moment or know someone who is looking to help a school, feel free to check out my DonorsChoose page at:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/drama-class-seeks-chromebooks-for-creati/1275930/?rf=link-siteshare-2014-10-teacher_account-teacher_1360834&challengeid=277134

Thank you!

  • Melissa R Teacher and mom living near Winnemac Park

    Congratulations, Mr. Guidry -- I see your project was funded. The kids at Ravenswood (including my daughter) are lucky to have you!

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