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Updated 25 min ago

Help preserve the monarchs

Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
I will place a box of seed pods on my parkway garden at 1231 W. Addison,...

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Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
I will place a box of seed pods on my parkway garden at 1231 W. Addison, so help yourself to a few seeds. The large seed pods are for the common milkweed that gets about 3 feet tall and has fragrant pink flowers, while the small dark pods are from butterfly weed, another type of milkweed that has orange flowers and gets about 2 feet tall.
Conservationists are calling for a nationwide campaign to save the monarch--you can be a part of this effort. It's a great project for kids, too. Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-monarch-butterfly-herbicide-kennedy-perspec-102-20141021-story.html

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    That is great Anita, thank you. I live in a high rise so can't take advantage but hope others will.

  • I will definitely take some. Thanks for caring and sharing. I have wanted to plant some along with wildflowers for awhile now.

47 hours ago

Updated 39 min ago

Deciphering gang graffiti

On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

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On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

There seems to be a URL on some of the stickers, but I'd rather not get my computer infected with a virus. Google didn't turn up anything useful. The photographs were taken in the Roscoe underpass, but I also noticed a lot of the stickers toward the south end of the harbor.

9 hours ago

Updated 39 min ago

New to Lakeview/Chicago. Looking to meet new people/friends

Hey! I'm 24 and new to the area. I moved from Ohio. I am wonderig if there are any groups in the area related to coffee/wine/book clubs? Also just looking to meet new people and friends. Thanks!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Welcome to Lakeview! We are quite a friendly bunch...most of the time! ;)

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    There are lots of great ways to meet neighbors! Volunteering, CAPS meetings, classes, houses of worship, etc.

  • A great place to meet people, find coffee/wine/book clubs, and explore Chicago is through Meetup.com. When you go to their website, type "Lakeview" in the search window and you will find groups that meet in your area. One meetup group that I highly recommend to explore Chicago neighborhoods is "Windy City Explorers." Good luck and welcome to Chicago

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Updated 2 hours ago

Excel 2013 class - free or paid. Recommendations?

I'm looking for someplace in Chicago, between Lakeview and downtown, to learn about Excel 2013. I want a live instructor, not a virtual one. I've looked and found several paid options. I fully expect to pay but would like a recommendation if anyone has one. Thank you.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Also try the libraries...

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Center on Halsted, corner of Halsted and Waveland. They offer three - session ($40.00 per class) basic and advanced courses each month. Small classes and great instructors,with all the one - on - one attention you need:

    http://www.centeronhalsted.org/cyber.html

4 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Advice on Sealing Split-Faced Block

Hi neighbors - For those who live in a condo with split-faced block, any advice or lessons you can share on having it treated to protect against moisture? I'm on the board for a 6-unit condo with split-faced block on two sides of the building. We last had it treated in 2010, and I'm calling some contractors for quotes to get it done again in the spring. That said, I wanted to do a little research beforehand. Any information you can share on local contractors, types of sealing products, or things to ask about or watch out for would be much appreciated!

  • Thank you all for your referrals and insights on sealing products - I greatly appreciate it! I've called a few contractors for quotes and plan to get this done when the weather is dry enough in the spring. Thanks, again!

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Updated 22 hours ago

Water/Sewer bills skyrocketing

Has anyone else noticed their water/sewer bills have been higher than normal?? My last bill is about 4 times what it used to be about 2 years ago. We have not changed our water usage...if anything...our usage has gone down. Is it just us???

  • CJL ...

    "our bills used to be $30-$60 every 2 months or so. My last one was $130"

    Rates haven't doubled (yet?) so there's something else going on. Do you have a leak? A constantly running toilet? Did you start watering your lawn?

    Like I said, we've had the bill go up about 50% from 2011, so it's not all on a leak or change in usage, but a lot of it *must* be.

  • charlotte never giving up...

    Hello, anyone with a 2-flat that's converted to meter willing to share their story? How much were your new bills? Did you and your tenants keep your water habits the same? I've resisted meters for so long but this last bill was just too high! Thanks.

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Oct 16

Updated 25 hours ago

Where to donate mini toiletries

Does anyone know where I can donate mini toiletries? I have so many from hotel stays/birthday gifts/holiday gifts - and I really just don't use them. I was wondering if anyone knew where I can give these away?

  • Also best not to donate mini-mouthwashes as many contain alcohol and are not accepted by organizations anyhow.

  • so many great causes and such a great idea! i have hundreds of these from years of business travel, and it's clear that i will never use them. i'm going to drop off today!

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Updated 39 hours ago

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas has been working on the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue. Just one month after the street had been smoothly repaved they came back and started ripping it apart all over again. Now we have five metal plates that rattle the homes along the way and the noise doesn't allow for a good night sleep. They have extended the "No Parking" ban all along the block for yet another week but nobody shows up to work even on sunny days. I am afraid the constant shaking is going to take a toll on the homes in the area. Does anybody know how to go about reporting this?

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Peoples infrastructure is the same as most in this country. Water mains,sewers and bridges are all crumbling and in need of updating. There are a lot of things that should have been replaced 50 years ago.

  • C'mon it's Peoples and the City of Chicago, two of the most inept and inefficient entities on earth, and you want sense, efficiency and coordination?

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Five Fun Things to Do in Chicago This Week

10/26 at 8:30. $15. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

10/23–1/18. $14–$23. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

10/27 at 8. $16–$19. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. etix.com

10/24–11/1. $15. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. musicboxtheatre.com

10/26 at 4. Free with RSVP. Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark. blackcinemahouse.org

45 hours ago

Masonry Repair?

Howdy! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, honest and reasonably-priced masonry contractor? Need some repairs in the Wrigleyville area. Thanks!

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landscaper recommendation

We are gardeners ourselves and have fairly decent knowledge about what kinds of shrubs-trees-flowers work in our environment. We are looking for someone to built a layout or border for our front yard and part of back that we can fill in with what we like or already have growing. Also on a limited budget (of course.) Any tips or example of costs youve incurred? Thanks everyone!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Yoga in Avondale?

Does it exist?

  • I remember seeing the Chicago Park District at Independence was actually having yoga classes.

  • Chris Z Old Irv Park resident

    I also endorse the Yoga Shop and agree with BrightnShiny. Parking is pretty abundant around the studio, and typically not more than a block away. Often you can park right in front, but do read the signage carefully for restrictions.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Way too early.

Ok for the last couple of Mondays a garbage truck has been making pickups at 5:30am in the alley behind my apartment, waking me up. Isn't this too early?

  • I believe they aren't supposed to pick up until starting after 7:00 am.

  • Although the rule is 7am, if it's a city truck then no one will care. If it's a private garbage company, call the police and report the company. I've also had success calling the company in addition to calling the police. They know they aren't supposed to be in residential alleys that early, so it tends to be effective.

  • CJL ...

    City garbage pickup has started at ~5 am everywhere I've lived in the city. Totally standard.

Sep 16

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Speed Camera Map: watch out for one by Lane Tech High School

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDIlbNW6Kzv4.kWRTNheTjAho

Just an fyi, speed cameras in school zones are set if you go over 20 mph. Watch out for one at 2501 W. Addison by Lane Tech High School. The normal speed limit is 30 mph and the cameras run longer than expected (6am - 9pm?) not just during school hours. $100 ticket.

  • I agree, Liz. I think 20 is reasonable, but they need to be more clear about the times. Like others have mentioned. I go 20 whenever I pass there now. I don't want to end up arguing in court that I didn't see any students. That would be hard to prove. I've lived places where the school speed limit is 15, but they always made it clear with additional signage.

  • I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think...

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    I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think having flashing lights would be much better for all drivers.

    Here's what I found on Chicago website: (How does the camera differentiate pedestrians from children?) Emphasis mine.

    School Zones: School days, Monday through Friday

    7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 20 mph speed limit when *children* are present in the *safety zone* and 30 mph when no children are present in the safety zone

    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: 30 mph speed limit

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cute puppy!

Hello everyone,

Two days ago a van pulled up next to Chief O'Neills and left a super cute brown puppy. She appears to be around 4 months pit bull mix, well fed and happy. Is anyone missing a cute little puppy?

  • Chances are the dog was either stolen (or just from a litter no one wanted). If you or someone else is keeping the dog in your home, post her as Found on Lost Dogs IL's Facebook page. She looks adorable!!

  • Yes, try posting on lost dogs Illinois. Cicero and the SW side has recently had quite a few dogs stolen. I'm not saying it doesn't happen all over Chicago- but for some reason last week I saw quite a few more posting than usual. Also, you should probably head to any reputable vet and get the dog scanned for a chip.

  • any such name live, walk, & cook in logan square

    Sounds like she was dumped. http://chicagopitstop.org/cpsrsite/ Chicago Pit Stop, http://peaceforpits.org/ Peace for Pits, and
    http://www.chicagolandbullybreedrescue.org/home0.aspx Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue are a few rescues to start with if you can't/don't want to hang onto her.

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3 days ago

Lost wallet

Might have lost my wallet somewhere near Diversey and Sheffield. If anyone finds it I'll be quite grateful.

-Graham

Feb 06 2013

Updated 3 days ago

restaurant ideas?

Hey everyone! Looking to try out a new restaurant this weekend, and wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions of any restaurants in the north side (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, North Center, Ravenswood etc) that you've tried recently and thought are awesome?! Would love to hear! Thanks!

  • Tango Sur on Southport and Grace. BYOB Argentinian steak house- enough said!

  • Ala Too at 3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Excellent Central Asian Cuisine. Reasonably priced and BYOB. Friendly atmosphere.

3 days ago

Friday Night Movie

Our second official Movie Night is this Friday, October 24, at 7 pm! We will be enjoying Harry The Dirty Dog and other friendly doggie stories. Last movie, kiddos got comfy on the rug, snacked on fishies, and watched Good Night Moon.
Join us for much more fun this Friday!
Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families - 3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 219 E
www.chicagofamilypicnic.com

Oct 10

Updated 3 days ago

Woman Attacked at 3300 Block of Sheffield

This morning there were police officers outside my home investigating the attack of a woman which happened at approximately 5:00am in the west alley of the 3300 block of Sheffield (between Roscoe and School). The woman was walking to her car and was attacked in or directly outside her garage. Fortunately someone heard her screams and called 911 and the attacker was caught. The police officer said she is in critical condition at a hospital. I don't know whether the attacker knew the victim or it was a random act of violence.

  • Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and...

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    Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and your publicizing them here is helpful.
    As for Voting Tunney Out, I agree, but who's running against him? Mark Thomas appears to be back in the race, but where does the 44th alderman race stand? Maybe I should make a thread for it.

  • SJG 4 year East Lakeview resident

    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help...

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    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help try to make things better. That alone is a heck of a lot more than the incumbent has done/will do. I find the rest of his platform and his stance on important issues to be good as well. You can check his platform out on his website.

    He has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AldRobinCook) and a website (robincook44th.com). I don't work for him or his campaign, but I've been a resident here since 2010 and I know Tunney needs to go, and I think this is the man to help make real changes for us. I saw in my FB feed that he'll be at Argo Tea tonight from 6.30 - 8pm, if you want to meet him. I've met him previously and been very impressed.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Did anyone hear an explosion/loud crash?

Near Kimball/Belmont area. Just heard crazy loud crashing noise.

  • Yes! It sounded like a bazooka. Around 9:00 pm last night. I heard an ambulance not long after. I have no idea what that was

  • I heard a loud boom around the time you mentioned. I assumed it was a firework.

  • My neighbors and I definitely agreed it was more than a firework... I called 311 but they didn't know anything about it. So weird!

Oct 16

Updated 3 days ago

Reasonable Landscaper to Plant 5-7 Boxwood

I am looking for a landscaper to plant 5-7 boxwood that I removed from another location asap. I have already had the shrubs that were in the location i want to plant them in removed and the stumps ground down. Thanks for your help!

  • Vince L Logan Square/Chicago Realtor & Appraiser

    Uriel Beltran (773) 301-4273. He is very good, reasonably priced, easy to work with, and an exceptionally nice man.

  • another reason a list of local services/businesses would be helpful on Everyblock.

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