1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

EB for Android?

Just kind of out of curiosity, has anybody else been successful in signing in to the Everyblock for Android app? I e-mailed the EB team to let them know there appears to be a glitch with the app...

Sep 18

Updated 1 hour ago

Muskie's Closing

Sigh... Another institution bites the dust. Muskie's (corner of Lincoln/George/Lakewood) is closing either this Saturday or next Saturday. They are renters and the owner wants to do something else with the property. The cleaner next door also has to close soon.

  • I remember the cheese fries from Muskies on Belmont after going to Medusas, the teen nightclub in the late 80s-early 90s. Who remembers Medusa's on Sheffield from back in the day?

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Kristin, Is Medusa related to the Elgin teen club of the same name?

    SWC, I think in 2015....I could be wrong...

14 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Belmont Kedzie Bridge

Well the city came one day last week and removed some of the wooden structures over there at Belmont and Kedzie What was the point? A lot of taxpayers money was wasted on that effort. With the remapping of the city wards who is the Alderperson Mell or Colon?

8 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Lost cat

Mila has been missing since September 6. She was last seen near Lakewood and Diversey in Lakeview. She may have been seen around Orchard and Wrightwood.

Mila is a black and white cat. She has a black button nose and black around her eyes. She also has white paws. She was wearing a black and white collar with her name and our phone number. There were no tags hanging from the collar. Her chip number is 985-121-010-605-265. Please call/text 773-580-4130 if you have seen her.

REWARD: $500

35 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

stupid junk trucks

Another nail and screw in my tires because of the junk trucks that rummage around in the alleys, another trip to the tire shop to get it patched/repaired.

I'm sure there is nothing we can do to stop the junk trucks from roaming the alleys, but it really would be nice if nails, screws and everything else didn't fall off the back of them from broken appliances or whatever our cars to run over & get damaged by. I'm sure...

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Another nail and screw in my tires because of the junk trucks that rummage around in the alleys, another trip to the tire shop to get it patched/repaired.

I'm sure there is nothing we can do to stop the junk trucks from roaming the alleys, but it really would be nice if nails, screws and everything else didn't fall off the back of them from broken appliances or whatever our cars to run over & get damaged by. I'm sure I'm not the only one here.

The only saving grace is that the guys at Soto Tire on California just south of Armitage are cheap/fast and overall great for this, so, check them out the next time you have tire issues from our junk truck friends.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    I love SOTO tire on Cortland and Cali, they fix simple leaks for $12. I used them twice in one month once. Saved my life.

  • It's not always the junk trucks. I've learned that tire shop owners send their minions to spill nails into alleys, purposely. Only thing I've been able to do is check my alley before pulling out of my garage every day. They tend to do their dirt at night. Hasn't happened in quite a while. Good luck with that.

9 hours ago

Free moving boxes

Hello, Chicago Comics would like you to take some of our empty boxes. We get a large shipment of new comic books every wednesday so we always have boxes to give away. The boxes are great for moving. The only catch is you have to call us by Tues. of the week you want them so we do not recycle them. You also have to come pick them up. Thats it. Chicago Comics is located at 3244 N. Clark St. 773-528-1983

Sep 18

Updated 11 hours ago

What's going on in Boystown?

I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my...

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I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my boyfriend, 8 pm. Man jumps in our face yelling that we're gross, both of us. (I can assure you, we're not).

These things all occurred during normal weekday hours. It's starting to make me uncomfortable even walking down that corridor, and I've never felt that way before.

Has anyone else noticed a lot of weird going ons over there?

42 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Peoples Gas

Does anyone else have a story about Peoples Gas? I have been waiting to have my gas turned on for two weeks now - the schedule is booked out 10 days to two weeks. The day of my appointment I called 3 times to confirm as no one ever showed up. Each time I was ASSURED that the tech was on their way. The next day-again I called at 7 a. m. and was told that because they didn't get...

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Does anyone else have a story about Peoples Gas? I have been waiting to have my gas turned on for two weeks now - the schedule is booked out 10 days to two weeks. The day of my appointment I called 3 times to confirm as no one ever showed up. Each time I was ASSURED that the tech was on their way. The next day-again I called at 7 a. m. and was told that because they didn't get to me yesterday - for sure I would be at the top of the list- but they could't give me a time and I would have to skip work and wait the entire day. Each time I called they had a different answer - from "they on on the way" to "we don't see you on the schedule" and "you are scheduled for tomorrow". I spoke to an "escalation supervisor" four times and the call center 7 times . Each time I called the hold time was 20 to 50 minutes of listening to music. Still another day passed and again no show. I even saw a peoples gas truck pass my house looking for a parking spot., It seems when they could fine one they decided to just leave. I am not sure what I'm going to do to these people if they ever show up!!!!

  • Rachel in Lakeview North Cambridge diehard resident

    Stop calling, start emailing - I had a terrible experience with their phone bank but their email customer service reps are way more helpful. Cusserv@peoplesgasdelivery.com. You can even state that in their next visit to you, they need to shorten to a two hour window and waive your installation fee for all the drama they've caused this week.

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    People's Gas has always been and always will be a complete nightmare. It astonishes me how city's let these monopolys run the show!
    Anyway, I agree with Rachel, start emailing and getting a paper trail. Get names if you can, confirmation numbers, anything. Then be the squeaky wheel.

16 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Avondale park defaced

On the way to work this morning, I noticed graffiti on the wall of the park at Avondale and Addison. Was not able to take a pic. Who should that be reported to?

17 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Help With Gutters

I need to have my gutters repaired/cleaned/checked. We are cheek to jowl with our neighbors, so it's very difficult to erect a scaffolding. The neighbor will allow access to the yard/breezeway so a ladder can be placed at a safer angle. Does anyone have a recommendation for an excellent gutter repair company?

  • Fast Freddy Grace and Leavitt

    I just replaced my gutters with Hetman Enterprises. I had a very good experience with them. On time, done right and under budget. My other estimates were just ridiculous. Tell him Carson recommended him, I know he wants to get more work in the North center neighborhood.

  • Thanks Fast Freddy! It's been like pulling teeth trying to get some of these gutter guys to your house to get a quote. I got one quote (took about 3-4 weeks because my request "slipped through the cracks") & a second guy recently came out promptly to look at the work to be done but have yet to receive a quote from him & it's been a couple of weeks now (have emailed him 2x). It's frustrating so thank you - looks like I'll be calling Hetman.

  • Gutter monkeys are great with good prices.

Sep 24

Updated 32 hours ago

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

Any idea what is happening there now? Last I heard Target was not going in. Anyone heard anything new?

  • With our luck it will be more yoga studios, gymbories, nail salons and daycares because we don't have enough of those, LOL!

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    You need those mattress stores. Chicago is #1 in bed bug infestation throughout the nation. Those cigar smoking White men that invested in those mattress franchises are more "aware" than you. Commercial leases there are expensive there, obviously they're doing good with their ROI.

5 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Suspicious Fires

We don't post here often, but feel that a current situation warrants a visit.

As you may know, there has been a series of suspicious fires in Wrigleyville and Boystown, reaching back to mid-June. There has been an increase in this activity over the past three weeks.

These fires have generally been set between 11:30PM and 5:30AM.

Last night, two fires were set in the east alley of Clark near Roscoe/Clark and Buckingham/Clark shortly after 2AM. Today's fires, like most...

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We don't post here often, but feel that a current situation warrants a visit.

As you may know, there has been a series of suspicious fires in Wrigleyville and Boystown, reaching back to mid-June. There has been an increase in this activity over the past three weeks.

These fires have generally been set between 11:30PM and 5:30AM.

Last night, two fires were set in the east alley of Clark near Roscoe/Clark and Buckingham/Clark shortly after 2AM. Today's fires, like most in this pattern, were set in a garbage can and a dumpster.

In both cases, the fires appear to have been set next to or under occupied structures. While this morning's fires did not spread to the structures, previous fires have spread from garbage ignition points to adjacent structures and vehicles.

We recommend locking the lids on your trash cans and dumpsters if at all possible and do not allow boxes, mattresses, crates, or other flammable items to collect behind your home.

The Chicago Police Department recently issued an alert on this matter.

This map plots known "fires of suspicious origins" in the neighborhood reported since mid-June. There has been some indication that the fire at Clark and Eddy (top left icon) may have been due to vehicle malfunction, but we have not received that information from official sources.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    9/17 CBS Story:
    FROM:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/string-of-arson-fires-has-lakeview-residents-on-edge/
    String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

    September 17, 2014 5:14 PM
    Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2...

    CHICAGO (CBS) – Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are feeling on edge after a number of arsons there.

    There have...

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    9/17 CBS Story:
    FROM:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/string-of-arson-fires-has-lakeview-residents-on-edge/
    String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

    September 17, 2014 5:14 PM
    Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2...

    CHICAGO (CBS) – Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are feeling on edge after a number of arsons there.

    There have been at least a half dozen fires set, most of them in alleys next to homes in the neighborhood.

    CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports Tomlinson Fort got the news with a knock at his back door.

    “They said ‘hey your garbage cans on fire.’” Fort said. the blue plastic had completely melted and there was charred paper inside. It didn’t occur to me that there was somebody willfully committing crimes, until a few days later,” Fort said.

    That’s when he noticed the damage a few doors down. The garage hit days before is one of at least a half dozen fires set in or near the neighborhood in a matter of weeks.

    “Having that happen right next to your place can be pretty nerve wracking,” said Lakeview resident Sam Henderson.

    The arsons have residents asking who is starting the fires?

    “If this is just the beginning of what they want to do, then at what point are they going to be setting those next to flammable buildings and that sort of thing,” Tomlinson said.

    Alderman Tom Tunney says Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit are patrolling the area and urges residents to keep a look out.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    Thanks much to CWB for keeping our community informed about crime in our neighborhood and the police resources (or lack thereof) in the 19th district. Your work is much appreciated!

Sep 24

Updated 37 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Roscoe Village

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Roscoe Village think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

41 hours ago

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Sep 24

Updated 2 days ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Lakeview

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Lakeview think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    This thread and others like it make me less and less likely to come back here over and over again.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Spam.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found: Kitten

Hey, I rescued a kitten that was leaping from rooftop to rooftop to balcony last night on Kenmore, north of Lawrence last night. Currently finding a vet to check for a microchip, but is anyone missing a little one? this was more in Uptown, I know, but just thought I'd post it here, in case it wandered that far.

  • While I appreciate your sentiment Ivan, but this was most definitely NOT an outdoor cat. Though she lacked a collar and chip, she refused to urinate or defecate until she was presented with a litter box. She's also refused most food except for cat food.

  • A&K

    It would be nice if people stopped the outdoor cat thing. We have two that roam near us. Attack birds, scare the rabbits and one time had one think about attacking my dog during the walk. Tail poofed, hissing the whole deal.

    They leave them out in the rain, rarely...

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    It would be nice if people stopped the outdoor cat thing. We have two that roam near us. Attack birds, scare the rabbits and one time had one think about attacking my dog during the walk. Tail poofed, hissing the whole deal.

    They leave them out in the rain, rarely see them in the winter which is a plus. If you want a cat have a cat but if it's an "outdoor" cat just feed a stray and forget about it. Why bother having a cat if it's just left outside?

    Rat control? Call the city to post poison boxes.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Electrician recommendation?

We live in a vintage condo with all the vagaries of wiring that implies. I need someone to install the great chandelier I found at a flea market. Thanks.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Robin, if you're going to recommend Howard, couldn't you just *tell* him his voicemail is full when you get home tonight? Or maybe *you* could text message him if you won't be seeing him before then.

  • Robin...you should be commended by Howard...you recommend him for pretty much any and every project anyone has a question about on Everyblock. Are you married to him, or just a very dedicated employee?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Free Cardboard Boxes

Just in time for an October move! Mostly egg boxes (very sturdy, 24"x12"x12"), plus a few other assorted sizes. Why buy when you can save yourself some money and/or trips to the grocery store (for only 3-4 egg boxes at a time)?

2 days ago

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas is drilling on the same spot of the 3600 north Ashland Avenue. When we finally got the street smoothly resurfaced after the first two sloppy jobs, here we go again. One guy drilling, four guys watching and our utilities going up again.

2 days ago

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Sep 17

Updated 3 days ago

Roscoe Village/Hamlin Park Neighborhood Watch on Facebook

Share accounts and experiences with crime in the neighborhood.
Post descriptions of criminals, pictures etc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/208995262575003

This is a private group for neighbor safety- please follow the access rules posted in the description

  • My neighbors seem to be using NextDoor for Roscoe Village issues they want kept private. ND validates addresses before allowing access to a particular area.

  • I sent a request and e-mail to join over a week ago and nothing has happened. I live @ George and Damen; what gives?

3 days ago

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Jun 12

Updated 3 days ago

Design and Build 4 You

Is anyone else trying to get a hold of this company?

Do you have alternate contact numbers?

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    Yes. Steve was the salesman and original project manager. I was transitioned to a new project manager (Dan) a few months into the project. When that wasn't helping, I got John involved. John was my project manager for a while. Then He sent me back to Dan, for a week....

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    Yes. Steve was the salesman and original project manager. I was transitioned to a new project manager (Dan) a few months into the project. When that wasn't helping, I got John involved. John was my project manager for a while. Then He sent me back to Dan, for a week. Dan was let go as a project manager, but came back as a worker. At some point I was transitioned to Sam as a PM. Then they went out of business.

    I've started a google group for people to join, and maybe we can seek money because of criminal activity. We will see.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/design-build-4-u-former-clients

    Please join it so we can continue the discussions there.

  • Applied to Google group. Former employee that would love to know what progress is being made to bring these thieves to justice. Would love to help, if I can.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Shady M/35-40 1900 blk West Addison

This afternoon I went down to get mail and noticed a black Ford Taurus with Ind. temp plates which looked out of place. I went back up stairs and watched as a UPS truck stopped across the street and rang the bell with no answer.

He left 3 large Cuisinart boxes on the porch and not 30 seconds later shady guy gets out of his car towards the house; I immediately called 911 and ran downstairs; the dispatcher told me...

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This afternoon I went down to get mail and noticed a black Ford Taurus with Ind. temp plates which looked out of place. I went back up stairs and watched as a UPS truck stopped across the street and rang the bell with no answer.

He left 3 large Cuisinart boxes on the porch and not 30 seconds later shady guy gets out of his car towards the house; I immediately called 911 and ran downstairs; the dispatcher told me not to confront him, however, I knew the guy would be gone by the time anyone showed up so I yelled from across the street to put the items down and that I was on the phone with the police. He got in his car with only 1 of the 3 boxes and took off before I could get his plate. The police were actually there within 4-5 min which was pretty fast but he was already gone....my question is, is UPS allowed to just leave $300+ worth of items with no signature??? and who's responsibility is it to recoup the cost of the items?

TL-DR / Shady dude stole items off porch; who's responsibility is it to recoup cost of stolen items?

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5 days ago

Found Phone

We found a phone, a white verizon LG G3, at the corner of Grace and Bosworth around 7:30 tonight. If it is yours please let me know and we can set up a way for you to verify it is yours and a time for you to get it.

5 days ago

found: Ventra Card

In the midst of looking for my wallet or contents, my parents found a Ventra Card on Fletcher in the 1300 block. If you know the last 4 numbers, private message me.

5 days ago

Speed Camera by Petco on 3000 block of Ashland

From the alderman: "In several days speed cameras will be operational at 3111/3130 N. Ashland Ave, in your ward. After calibration and testing, the cameras begin issuing warning notices. The warning phase lasts for 30 days and after the warning phase, it will issue citations. If you have any questions or if you would like a briefing please contact me at 312-742-7621 or david.pulsipher@cityofchicago.org."

5 days ago

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Sep 24

Updated 6 days ago

Puppy training classes in/near Lakeview?

My 5-month-old puppy just got her rabies and last parvo vaccine, so we're ready for puppy school! I'd love to hear local recommendations from Lakeview dog owners. My preference is a group class so she can get some better puppy socialization. Lakeview classes would be optimal, but we can drive to nearby neighborhoods if need be.

  • We took puppy classes at Barking Lot also. They were fun and helpful.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    The one we took our black lab to, I wouldn't recommend due to all the dogs barking...we couldn't hear the trainer!

Sep 23

Updated 6 days ago

Rat problems - call 311 or the alderman?

Hi everyone. We've been noticing a LOT of rats in the alley lately. Okay, it's the city, there's bound to be rats. Well this morning, I went out my back door and ran into one climbing the stairs to my porch (in daylight - around 7am). Rats in the alley are one thing. Rats greeting me at my back door are another.

I haven't seen any signs in the alley noting that it's been baited lately - do I call 311 or the alderman to get our alley baited?

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Rats never become immune to cats. I have also read about cats (feral and others) decimating the bird population. A collar with a bell or two can be put on a feral cat to alert the birds.

  • Do the TNR (feral) cats get collars actually? I'd think they wouldn't put collars on them, as they could get hooked on something. If they put the safety release ones on them they probably don't stay on long

Sep 24

Updated 6 days ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Avondale

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Avondale think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    Why do you keep asking every neighborhood if they like everyblock over Nextdoor? Obviously you want to get people over to Nextdoor which is fine but there is something behind this innocent poll. You have posted the video link on one link already. So what is really up? People are happy that Everyblock is back and probably use the other site too.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    I have no ulterior motives. My interest is in how hyperlocal social networks build community, thus the inquiry. If i could make one post that would reach all the neighborhoods, believe me i would, it would be a lot easier. The news piece is just to give peeps who show...

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    I have no ulterior motives. My interest is in how hyperlocal social networks build community, thus the inquiry. If i could make one post that would reach all the neighborhoods, believe me i would, it would be a lot easier. The news piece is just to give peeps who show an interest an inside view. As for your assumption that i "want to get people over to ND", i'd say to be more accurate, i want people to have the opportunity to experience both. As for my preference, contrary to your mind-reading, I like and use EB way more than i do ND.

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