42 hours ago

Updated 8 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?

29 hours ago

Updated 8 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 ...

    Yep, gotta get a meter. Even with the rising rates, our bill is ~70% lower than the unmetered bill was 4 years ago--that is, it was ~$400 every six months, is now about $120 (including 3 bills) every six months.

    But yeah, even the metered bill is about 50% higher than it was in 2011. Gotta pay for replacing all of those 100 year old water mains and sewer lines.

  • Thanks for all the input! We do have a meter...was installed a few years back. But our bills used to be $30-$60 every 2 months or so. My last one was $130. Insane. One of the joys of living in the city.

9 hours ago

9 hours ago

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

16 hours ago

Updated 11 hours 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.

14 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!

18 hours ago

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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 33 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!

  • d3 NOH

    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could...

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    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could use elastomeric paint and have it create a complete water-proof seal that lasts longer, they sell these coatings at many paint shops including benjamin moore, and Behr has a product for it at HD as well. (SW has to special order their elastomeric last I checked and their people weren't very knowledgeable about the product in the stores I've talked to, they were recommending just regular masonry paint instead)

6 days ago

Updated 33 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?

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Handyman?

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

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours 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.

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours 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 39 hours 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

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours 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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2 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 2 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.

2 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 2 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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 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!

6 days ago

Updated 2 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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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Robbery and violent beating @ Lakewood and Henderson this morning.

I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender...

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I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender took her purse, which contained a cell phone and other items, before fleeing southbound on Sheffield toward Belmont.

The robber is described as a black man, 5'9" tall, and 150 pounds. He wore a distinctive red Pelle Pelle brand letterman jacket with white lettering and "sequins" on the back.

Other officers and even the ambulance driver reported that they saw the offender minutes before the robbery call came in—once at the Subway restaurant near Belmont and Clark and again walking eastbound on Buckingham Place near Halsted.

Unfortunately, officers were unable to locate the man after the robbery was reported.

The incident is recorded as an armed robbery in CPD case HX468088.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/10/taker-woman-beaten-robbed-by-man-in.html

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Dog (2900 block of N Whipple)

Pardon my crappy photography skills. Found by my neighbor Keith and his wife (303) 906-2744. Give him a call, get your dog back and have a great weekend.

  • You could also take the pooch to any reputable vet for a chip check.

  • check the homes on 2800 block of Diversey just East of Whipple, 3 or 4th house, that's where I saw a similar looking dog. Good luck

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Self Defense

Good to see this site is up again. I think it went away for a while. Anyway, my name is Mike and I teach martial arts for health, fitness, and all around wellbeing. I am in the Lakeview area. Visit me at Tandang Garimot Martial Arts...we are next to Las Tablas.

Have a TGIF!

  • Hi Mike, I'm interested in learning more and potentially hosting a self defense workshop for my neighbors. Can you please post your contact details? Thanks!

  • Mike Eugenio Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness

    Hi, you may email me at fmaguro@gmail.com or text 312.576.1350...i have a bunch of YouTube videos too. My channel is "anakgarimot" or just search garimot and you will get an idea of what Filipino martial art is all about.

    Thank you and I am looking forward in helping the neighborhood to be safer.

  • Thanks Mike, I just sent you an email!

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