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40 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Ants!

It is spring and the ants have begun to march. In our experience last year, the little roundish traps didn't do enough. So, I think we need an exterminator. I'm okay with them doing what they need to do outside the house. But, I'm worried about the interior. I don't want the chemicals in the house and substances like vinegar don't seem to work well enough. Will hiring an exterminator just for the outside be sufficient? Any exterminator recommendations? Any ant removal recommendations?

Thanks

  • G.

    http://www.pestcontrolexpertschicago.com/ Call Bryan. They are really great. Dumped the other companies we had and hired them and they solved the problem. I'm sure Bryan has a safe solution for you.

  • We just sweep them up and throw them out. No need to torture them. Eventually they just go away. I guess living on this planet as long as we have well, we just don't feel the need to kill everything that annoys us.

13 hours ago

Babysitter’s Training Course for Ages 11-15

Concordia Place will offer a babysitting training session over a two day period conducted by The American Red Cross. Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills. *Please note: This is one class over two days.* Pre-registration is required. Discounted registration available for all participants. Classes will be held over a two day period from May 9-10. Go to www.ConcordiaPlace.org for more details.

39 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?

I know this is a weird question. We're replacing a countertop and are going to have leftover quartz. I don't want to take delivery of it if I can't get rid of it. Do you think this is something people would buy? Is there a want-ads listing service for building materials other than the obvious, like craigslist?

  • I might be interested in buying some! I have a baker's rack that needs two new shelves; one of the original stone shelves broke. I'm not at home to measure but I think each is around 17" x 24". Solid grey would be super.

  • L

    If I get it, I'm going to have a big slab that I'll want to sell. You would have to find some way to cut it.

Mar 27

Updated 17 hours ago

New restaurant in Avondale

It will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. We are certainly in need of more culinary variety.

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/March-2014/Beverly-Kim-Parachute/

21 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

New Restaraunt?

This may be old news but does anyone know what's going up on the northwest corner of Elston and Troy?

Looks to be a restaraunt or cafe of some sort.

Mar 08

Updated 20 hours ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

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36 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Roses are dead?

Hi all,

I did a fair amount of yard work last week. During which time I inspected my rose bush: black no sign if life in the cambium layer (I think). Anybody else have a young rose not survive the winter?
This is my first rose bush, so any advice from veterans appreciated.

  • One way to check is to scrap a small area with your finger nail. If the area where you scraped is green, the plant is still alive. Do it closer to the base, rather than near the top. I've done this for several plants, not just roses. I have four rose bushes, two of them have the smallest buds on them, two others are still dormant.I'm not worried yet. This was a hard winter so give them some time to wake up.

  • B sighthound, Avondale/LoganS 3years, Beat 2524

    Thanks all, I guess I will wait another week or 2.

Mar 21

Updated 29 hours ago

New Coffee Place & Bakery! (Sugar Hills Bakery)

Sugar Hills Chicago has opened at 3235 W. Addison over by the Chipotle. My husband & I stopped in & tried some sweets and they where very good & the coffee was AMAZING! The owners are very nice to boot. The neighborhood was missing a place like this since I moved to Addison and Kimball back in 2009. I am very glad they are here!

  • Great cookies and clean space and super friendly staff.

  • Lovely spot, no breads but breakfast sandwiches are yummy & I love the Mango Cake & the Strawberry Shortcake. Can't wait to try the liquor cake! :)

35 hours ago

Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

4 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

House Cleaners

Looking for some recommendations on someone to clean my apartment regularly. I am not sure what the correct term these days, if it is housekeeper, maid service, etc. But hopefully you all get the point and don't think I am some crazy person.

Live on the corner of Belmont and Pulaski, so anybody who has recommendations of a company that will send somebody around that area, it would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

39 hours ago

Dog looking for foster or forever home!

Deke is a 45 lb pit mix who is looking for a forever home or a foster! He was saved from CACC moments before it was too late. His current foster has a new job that will take her out of the house too often to continue watching him. He is about a year old, incredibly sweet and loves to play. Contact me or email bowwowrevolution@gmail.com

Mar 05

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5 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Beware of Energy Plus - Stick with ComEd

I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be....

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I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be. This winter we all saw higher bills of course because of the brutal winter. If you are using Energy Plus, call ComEd and cancel it. If you are considering signing up, read the fine print and cancel as soon as you can after getting the miles....or better yet, learn from my mistake and steer clear and warn your friends.

  • Had the same thing happen to me with Viridian. I saved quite a bit in supply charges over the first couple of years and then without notice, the supply rates nearly tripled (from 0.0499 to 0.1299 per kWh). Guess that's what I get for being on their variable plan.

  • d3 NOH

    Thank you for pointing this out. For the 12 months after sign-up, it was a good deal, then you're right they just nudged the price up and up and up. Our electric bill is double what it should be now. Canceled and signed up somewhere else but it will take 2 months. A lesson here is to put an item in your calendar to check and pick a diff plan before the 12 month ending.

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2 days ago

Found large cat on School St

Large cat found on School Street on 04-13-2014. Neighbors said it has been hanging around backyard for a few days now. Please call 312-618-2366.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bikes stolen

Sadly, we went into our garage Friday morning and discovered both doors wide open and our bikes gone. We don't know if our garage mates left the door open, the door is faulty or if we left the door to our backyard unlocked, but however it happened, there is someone in the area stealing. So make sure that you watch for the garage door to go all the way to the ground before walking away.

We've filed a report with 311 as well as the stolen bike registry, but I don't have a ton of faith that we will be seeing them again.

  • Thanks Beeb and Mike! We will definitely have to check that out. We have sensor lights now, but clearly that didn't do much!

  • Therese Ten-year resident.

    24 hours after our bikes we're stolen in December, they appeared on Craig's List in the same posting. My husband responded as though he were an interested buyer, then called the police, who said they'd send a detective if the thief responded with an address. There was no response and a few hours later the post came down, which leads us to believe the thief knew or had learned our last name. So if your bikes appear on Craig's List, I'd recommend having friends query on your behalf. Good luck.

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Apr 07

Updated 2 days ago

New Development Ashland/School

Does anyone know what's coming up at the northeast corner of Ashland & School? It's been an empty bank for the three years we've lived here, and I'm curious what's coming to the neighborhood.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost dog

I lost my dog. She is a little terrier mix, kind of looks like a whippet. She is very dark brown, almost black, with a white spot on her nose, bib, and paws.

Last seen at Walgreens on Milwaukee and Pulaski running to the Shell on Belmont and Milwaukee.

She got out of her harness, so she has no tags, but she is microchipped

Please call us at 773-251-6757 or bring her to the nearest vet.

  • We found her! Thanks to the people who saw her and took her in. She had walked home from Walgreens and a couple saw her and took her to keep her safe.

  • Was she tied up and left alone outside the store while you went inside to shop? I hate seeing dogs left like this and don't understand why any dog owner would do this.

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3 days ago

Free Brookfield Zoo Ticket with each $5 donation to the Lane Tech Guitar booster club

Help support the Lane Tech recording studio! For each $5 donation, get one free Brookfield Zoo ticket, good for child or adult admission. A great deal for a good cause! Get them at Lane Tech after school or call 312.296.5311 to order. See the Lane Tech Guitar Booster Club Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/LaneTechRocks?ref=hl

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Building Maintenace Entered Condo Without Permission

I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

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I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

As an owner I am not sure how I report this to the city and get follow up since this to me in completely unacceptable. In addition to this being my home I have pets that I don't want strangers interacting with.

Does anyone know how I should appropriately notify the city of this? 311 said I should file a Trespassing report with the city but I figured I would reach out to a larger audience first.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Zoning 'expert' - Special Use of Land

Hi neighbors!
I have an issue with the zoning, section 17. I have to fill up some forms and a plot plan. I'm looking for a person with zoning knowledge especially with the plot plan. I already went to the zoning office (city hall), but they only review the documents before I submit them.

Do you know any zoning 'expert'?
Thank you!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    What are you doing? Are you petitioning for a zoning change? There are many zoning experts in Chicago – many of whom are lawyers – and you can find them if you search for "architects" and "permit expeditors".

    Here's an example: http://www.red-arc.com

  • Francesca Garme 12-year Avondale resident

    Thank you! I'm doing "an administrative adjustment pursuant to section 17-13-1000". residential to commercial.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Remind me...wasn't there a hearing on allowing West Lakeview Liquors to expand

their ability to sell alcohol on either side of their store? You may recall the store was deli on one side and alcohol on the other. Allowing them to expand the sales was to support ease of customer care, not expanding the store. Well, they expanded. Go take a look. I am not a fan of another mega-liquor store this close to my house. I didn't support it before, and I certainly don't support it now.

  • In a backwards way, this thread has been really helpful. We've got some favorites that we have a hard time finding sometimes but it looks like this may be the place to put on our hunting list. Thanks, neighbors!

  • RT Here

    What a useless gripe. Get over it dude - this is a great neighborhood business. Find something useful to focus on. I just checked out WLVL today and love the expansion as there is much more room to navigate.

Apr 03

Updated 3 days ago

Chicago Land

Curious if any one else has been watching this on CNN? (when they are not 24 hour plane crash central) Anyway, and just my humble opinion but the series could be so much better if it wasnt a Rahm Emanual reelection commercial. The principle at Fenger is impressive, seems to be doing great work. We do live in a different city even though all of those issues are what, less then 25 miles away....Or much much closer west of Western ave.

  • JimLaguna thanks for the laugh this morning, maybe a web series...?.. A smile with my coffee, love it! :-)

  • Cant watch this anymore...last show they actually went out of there way to say despite wal mart being anti labor.......i was an ops mgr for their logistics. The hourly and admin folks are treated very fairly and with respect. Most store managers used to be hourly...this shows leftist leanings are just much

Apr 07

Updated 3 days ago

Seagulls?

Hi all, I was away most of last week. This past weekend while I was cleaning up the yard, I noticed 4 Seagulls both days. I am a little north of Koz.

Has anyone else noticed presence of gulls in the neighborhood?
Is there a new food source for them?

  • Gulls have been around for awhile in my neck of the woods, I think they are scavengers,
    Close your eyes and listen to the gulls,you'll think your by the ocean!

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    I work near belmont/elston. There are a ton of them.

  • Derek In Avondale since 2009

    They're absolutely scavengers. If there's any amount of trash or open garbage cans they will find them.

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Dismantling home security system - ok to pull plug? (not in use.)

New condo has an old Brink's security setup with the hall keypad and a white transformer (?) box taking up an outlet in the kitchen. Its about 3" x 4" or so.
I just want to yank it out and throw everything into a recycling center but, even though it has not been functional for a long time, I wonder if it will "go off" beeping crazily if I just pull it out. I've contacted them but, so far, no answer. Brinks is now ADT. Thanks very much!

  • Thanks so much Katie, Bob and 3300! Now I will have room to plug in something useful!

  • North Coaster Lakeview resident

    I dismantled my ADT system a while back. Be careful if it is wired to use your phone line to dial out, when I started yanking and clipping wires I accidentally disconnected my AT&T voice & DSL.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Need sound expert to soundproof hallway door.

Can anyone please recommend someone who is familiar with a project like this? We have a nasty problem with across the hall neighbors and noise. Thanks very much.

  • Yes, I found the old posting and it was very informative. Thanks so much. Robin - the neighbors aren't nasty - just self engrossed. Their racket is nasty!!

  • Contact Accurate Construction. Those guys are pretty good at sound mitigation issues. They can suggest options....

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Olive Garden

Noticed on my train ride home last night that there's excavating equipment that has started working in the Kmart parking lot.

  • Following Lisa's link..
    "Construction pipeline
    Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Concepts Inc. has plans for the first Olive Garden in Chicago, to be located on a site in the parking lot of the Kmart store at 3535 W. Addison St. on the Northwest Side. Work on the 7,700-square-foot restaurant will begin this...

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    Following Lisa's link..
    "Construction pipeline
    Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Concepts Inc. has plans for the first Olive Garden in Chicago, to be located on a site in the parking lot of the Kmart store at 3535 W. Addison St. on the Northwest Side. Work on the 7,700-square-foot restaurant will begin this summer, with an estimated cost of $1.2 million, according to BidClerk.com. The Italian food chain has 10 restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. A spokesman for Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holding Corp., which owns Kmart, confirmed plans for the restaurant. A representative from Darden declined to comment."

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20130326/CRED05/130329830/closer-highlights-for-march-26

  • This has been in the works for a long time but I was starting to get worried based on Darden's recent business trouble. Hope you are right! Not a big fan of most chain restaurants personally but Olive Garden is a guilty pleasure and I think it will do well there and provide some new jobs in the area.

5 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

COMMUNITY ALERT! Gunmen at large

Early this morning 4 gunmen in a black car possibly Crown Victoria approached and assaulted 3 of my co-workers. Why didn't the responding officers take the report?

Victim #1’s account: Victim #1 and his wife were pulling up to our receiving dock on Oakely Ave at approximately 5:15am. Victim #1's wife was going to drop off Victim #1 at work for the day. Prior to Victim #1 getting out of the passage seat, a car pulled up next him. The...

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Early this morning 4 gunmen in a black car possibly Crown Victoria approached and assaulted 3 of my co-workers. Why didn't the responding officers take the report?

Victim #1’s account: Victim #1 and his wife were pulling up to our receiving dock on Oakely Ave at approximately 5:15am. Victim #1's wife was going to drop off Victim #1 at work for the day. Prior to Victim #1 getting out of the passage seat, a car pulled up next him. The car was so close that he was unable to open up his door. He thought it was a Vosges employee because it was so dark, so he decided to roll down his window. At that time, 4 guys in a black Crown Victoria pulled out a revolver 357 on Victim #1 . He said that they were on drugs so he had a very difficult time understanding what they were saying to him. This is what he could understand: “you are part of Hillbilly’s crew. I am going to blow your head off and your b****’s head off.” At this point the gun was pointed directly at Victim #1's head (white male pulled gun). The African American male also jumped out of the car – but jumped back in when a car started to come down Oakley Ave. The car pulled off at this time. Victim #1 immediately called Chicago Police Department. He told them about the 3 white males and 1 African American (Spanish). The Police officers were not interested at all. They did not file a report. They said they knew of this “activity in the neighborhood with Hillbilly and Deuces.”

Victim #2's account:
At approximately 5:22am Victim #2 and brother were walking down Oakdale Ave when he witnessed Victim #1 being stopped by a black Crown Victoria. The car then raced down the street at Victim #2 and brother. The AA male pulled a machine gun on the 2 brothers and said in Spanish “Oh, he’s not the guy”. The car then took off.


Neither Victim can give any description of the 4 males other than their ethnicity and that the 3 white males spoke English and the 1 African American spoke Spanish.

  • d3 NOH

    if you dial 911 and don't get a dispatched response or are not happy with the calltaker, you can call back and ask for a supervisor and get a CI #.

    If you have a police officer on the scene and are not satisfied, it's in the citizen's bill of...

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    if you dial 911 and don't get a dispatched response or are not happy with the calltaker, you can call back and ask for a supervisor and get a CI #.

    If you have a police officer on the scene and are not satisfied, it's in the citizen's bill of rights that you can ask them for their supervisor or watch commander and they have to send them, that's in their FOP rules. You can get a CR # against the PO who responded if you were not happy with the response or they were blowing you off. If this is legitimately what happened, that would be my next step.

    sounds like it's time for hillbilly to buy a camera to put up outside the dock.

  • J. H. far-north sider living in Uptown.

    I understand your frustration. I called 911 on some gang activity on my street recently and the police never even showed up. It's in your citizens bill of rights to keep calling and you may want to file a complaint but I hate how little faith I have in cpd to do anything. :(

  • we were finally successful in getting a community alert we have been requesting. You will see it on CBS news later today. It was our end goal to ensure the neighborhood knew about it to try to nab these guys rolling around pointing guns at innocent people going to work at this hour.

Apr 08

Updated 5 days ago

New Tags - Belmont & Damen

I noticed this weekend someone tagged buildings, fences and trucks at the intersection of Belmont and Damen. I counted six different locations. The graffiti is HUGE and unsightly. One tag in particular had a date of 4/5/14. The most alarming bit: a couple of the tags look like swastikas. Who do we call to have them removed?

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Cameras at Ashland/Addison intersection?

Driving the other day I saw smalish white cameras mounted atop the traffic lights at the Ashland/Addison intersection. These are not the big red light cameras or the speed cameras as far as I can tell. Well they might be speed cameras, but they look different than ones that are currently in place.

Just wondering if anyone knows about the cameras and what they are for?

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