2 hours ago

Meet with Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hey everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

2 hours ago

Meet Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hi everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

3 hours ago

Nettelhorst French Market

Does anyone know which Saturday it begins? Last year it opened in late April. Will it be open this coming Saturday?

32 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Mailbox Notices

Did everyone get this notice from the post office today about moving mailboxes? Our entire block has steps to get to the mailbox and nowhere to put them near the sidewalk. How is everyone planning to handle this? Thanks neighbors!

  • I heard back from Alderman Waugespack. He says there is nothing we need to do - if there was a mandate that impacted thousands of homes in the neighborhood the city would have been notified.

  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    We received our notices today. I told the mailman that unless USPS is paying for the move and repair on the house due to how I have it mounted, not going to happen.

Mar 08

Updated 4 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.

38 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Lost bird in my yard

My boys found this in our yard? Anyone missing a bird?

  • Gii Gii S Bird person

    Hi I lost my green and yellow parakeet yesterday.. I made a post on almost every site available.. he managed to eat thru my window screen.. please please please call me.. 412- 478 6831
    pleaseeeeeee

  • Gii Gii S Bird person

    Did you call the animal control, because I went there today , and they had no evidence of anybody calling to say they found a parakeet.. I was there today after 6 pm

7 hours ago

At the Movies: Child's Pose; In the Name Of; notes

...Female Filmmakers on Sunday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m. at the Collaboraction Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., will include prominent lesbian filmmakers Fawzia Mirza ( Kam Kardashian, Easy Abbey, Scrooge & Marley, etc. ), writer...

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

A Life in the Death of Joe Meek, a documentary portrait of the legendary record producer who was closeted and took his own life at 37. Co-producer-directors Susan Stahman and Howard S. Berger will attend the 9:15pm, Thursday, May 1 screening at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Bayou Mararajah, a documentary from filmmaker Lily Keber about James Booker who Dr. John has described as "the best Black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans ever produced." Screens on Friday, May 2, at 7pm at the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.

...s latest movie, the documentary Teenage, opens Friday, April 25, at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The film traces the evolution of this demographic that has come to have an unprecedented...

44 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

trashcans

Besides 'do not litter signs', I've tried to get a few more trash cans - at bus stops, for example at Milwaukee and Diversey; it must have been 6 months ago I asked at Ald. Colon's office, and no action??

  • Don't be afraid to bug your alderman- servicing the needs of the ward is supposed to be be their primary function.

  • Carter O'Brien Lake View/Logan Sq native yet Avondale to the bone

    Actually, legislating is supposed to be their primary function. That is the design of our city government, strong City Council- weak mayor. But for over half a century we've endured the problems that come with a mayor running amok thanks to the practice of having aldermen/women act as middlemen for...

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    Actually, legislating is supposed to be their primary function. That is the design of our city government, strong City Council- weak mayor. But for over half a century we've endured the problems that come with a mayor running amok thanks to the practice of having aldermen/women act as middlemen for city services.

    This is what bogs them down and why big ticket issues like the parking meter privatization, TIF, pension contributions, etc do not get the attention they deserve. Those debacles are why the City is broke, and can't afford to provide basic services to the level we'd all like, such as providing more trash cans and pickup. It is not the alderman's job to provide trash cans just because someone requests them, if so we'd have trash cans on every corner and be paying out the nose to have them serviced.

    All that said, that is a big intersection and seems like a candidate for trash cans. I am guessing the park construction is the culprit, and once that is completed they will return.

    Go through 311, that way you also get a tracking number and can follow up and make your case.

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Landlord Responsibility?

I contacted my landlord in February about the fact that my smoke detector doesn't work, and then again in March. I am still waiting for a new one. He lives in my building, so one would think he'd be a little more concerned about fire safety. I know it's the landlord's responsibility to provide a smoke detector and since it's only a few dollars, I could certainly go out and buy one, but I'd like to know what my rights are as a tenant and what actions I can take?

  • Wow. So very many responses! Thank you for all of them and I hope this hasn't caused anyone too much angst!
    1) I tried several sets of new batteries, back in Feb., because I change them every year. None of them made the smoke detector work, it was broken. Probably...

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    Wow. So very many responses! Thank you for all of them and I hope this hasn't caused anyone too much angst!
    1) I tried several sets of new batteries, back in Feb., because I change them every year. None of them made the smoke detector work, it was broken. Probably because I've lived in my apt for 13 1/2 years and this one came with the apt? (I think they have a life span of maybe 10 yrs.) Anyway, I emailed my landlord...back in February. He said he'd get me a new one.
    2) March rolled around...still no new smoke detector. I emailed him again, but got no response this time.
    3) He must be reading these posts because one suddenly appeared outside my door last night.
    4) I installed it.
    5) All should be happy! I am safe. My neighbors are now safe. Yes, it has a carbon monoxide aspect to it, though 2 yrs ago I bought my own since my apt. didn't have one, but let's not get into that.

    Thank you for all your help!

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    That's great! So glad he finally stepped up :)

Feb 28

Updated 14 hours ago

Iron Fence

Looking for a good iron fence installers/

I need to replace a fence around my house

  • Chuan Chuan, vofotos photography studio, Owner

    Ray Flores installed a new rod iron fence for our new property. Ray was very accommodating and even assisted in building a custom concrete area to install our oversize mailbox and incorporating it into the fence also. Ray and his team are very professional and hard workers. Ray's pricing are very affordable and is on par or less than what the market is charging as I had 2 other estimates to compare it too.

    (773) 678-3553

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41 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Found cat

Very sweet, long-haired gray and white cat is hanging around our yard. My toddlers love the kitty, but this cat looks well fed and must have an owner. Let me know if he belongs to you!

  • I saw this on pet spotter and this might be the cat. Lost Information: Lost a Grey cat on 04-21-2014
    Its breed is Dilute Tortie, age is 1 and name is Sadie Lost Address: 2012 W Saint Paul Ave - 203 Chicago IL , 60647 - United States -
    View on Map Contact Information: Jonathan Macchi - 312-618-8717 -
    Generate Poster Notes:**REWARD** Please contact me 24x7 with any information.

30 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Old Borders, North/Halsted?

Anyone know what is going in at the old Borders location at North & Halsted?

30 hours ago

Mailbox guidelines

I got a note from the USPS today that says the new USPS guidelines require that all mailboxes need to be brought down to ground or sidewalk level. I have stairs, but not as many as several of my neighbors that have a mailbox on their porch. Did anyone else get this notice? I thought I would have heard more about it if nearly every single family home in Chicago is going to have to move their mailbox.

4 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Avondale Olive Garden - update?

Does anyone know when/if this is happening?

  • Love Your Skin Esthetician at Love Your Skin

    It doesn't matter to me. I already have the inconvenience of the one in front of my house. Maybe everyone will go there and stop parking on my street which is permit only. I've complained but no one comes to ticket.

  • I wouldn't care to eat there frequently, but I did like going there occasionally when I lived in the suburbs, it's good food at a good price. I for one welcome our Italian overlords to Chicago. :-)

35 hours ago

  • Chicago Contemporary and Modern Music Interest Group

    Mivos Quartet

    Constellation April 25, 2014 Comment

35 hours ago

Energy Efficiency Program to Tame Out of Control Gas Bills

Through May 2014, Elevate Energy has partnered with a certified building performance contractor to offer a 20% community discount on air sealing and insulation – the best efficiency measures to keep your building warm in winter and cool in the summer.

To be able to offer the 20% discount Elevate Energy needs at least 10 buildings in Avondale and/or a nearby neighborhood to move forward with efficiency upgrades in May 2014. With the buildings located near each other, the contractor...

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Through May 2014, Elevate Energy has partnered with a certified building performance contractor to offer a 20% community discount on air sealing and insulation – the best efficiency measures to keep your building warm in winter and cool in the summer.

To be able to offer the 20% discount Elevate Energy needs at least 10 buildings in Avondale and/or a nearby neighborhood to move forward with efficiency upgrades in May 2014. With the buildings located near each other, the contractor can complete more jobs in less time at lower cost, thereby passing the savings on to owners.

Owners interested in moving forward with this work should contact Senior Energy Analyst Jackie Wiese (Jackie.Wiese@ElevateEnergy.org) directly no later than April 25, 2014, to ensure ample time to schedule the assessment and complete the upgrades. We encourage anyone in the neighborhood who is serious about completing improvements to fill out the free application. We can work with owner-occupants and owner-investors alike.

Visit the Elevate Energy website (http://elevateenergy.org/) for details on the 2-4 unit residential buildings program and to read about a building that recently went through the program in Logan Square (http://www.elevateenergy.org/energy-savers-success-story/).

5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Recommendations for a Math tutor

Hi,
We are looking for a Math Tutor for our son who is in 5th grade. We would be interested in a few hours a week - we live in Avondale. Any recommendations much appreciated. Thank you

  • I am a middle school math teacher in CPS. I have been teaching math for 13 years. Id be willing to tutor. I'm near Addison and Pulaski

  • Kris I would be very interested. Please email me ntreacy@pharmoredrugs.com

6 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

  • Cat

    Hi Elizabeth! I'm interested in seeing pics of the corduroy sofa, loveseat and chair. Could you send them to me via email? cat02134 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • Hi Cat, thanks for your interest, however it's all been picked up already! I just can't figure out how to delete posts on everyblock :/

37 hours ago

What's is going on in the alley from Leavitt eastbound to Hoyne?

I've noticed a portable CAT power generator parked at the mouth of the alley along the east side of Leavitt (north of Barry, south of Fletcher). This generator has been running for the better part of one week and now seeing activity at the other end of the alley on Hoyne.

38 hours ago

Recommendations for someone to install eco friendly wood floor?

Hi, Can anyone recommend a local person who could pull up the raggedy (!) wall to wall in our new condo and lay down a nice new wood floor - the type that doesn't off-gas with the noxious chemicals? Thanks very much

4 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Integrys switched back to ComEd

I recently received a "Confirmation of Drop" notice from ComEd stating that around May 15th, Integrys will no long be my supplier and that I am being switched back to ComEd. Did anyone else receive a similar notice? I don't understand why I am being switched back to ComEd.
Thank you for you help.

  • Erin Criss Property Manager 722 W Diversey WFH business owner

    I just received a renewal notice from them?

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    What is strange is that I did not opt-out or anything, I just got the "Confirmation of Drop" notice one day.

41 hours ago

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Apr 10

Updated 42 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.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    There is a recent post on here where someone did the math and broke it all down. I don't remember the exact title but it had "integrys" in it. In that thread he talks about the hidden charges. :)

  • d3 NOH

    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it...

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    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it was a savings--it was for me for over a year. The calculation in question for anyone having this issue would have been done a full year ago+ to be having this issue, then after that year they change the rates to variable. You could do the same calculation today and come up that Energy Plus had no hidden fees and that it was a better deal, but the issue is what happens after the 12 month period if/when it becomes variable.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Commercial fishing on lakefront around Belmont Harbor?

Last week I noticed a weird foam about 15 ft out on the water in an extensive ring. I asked a scientist friend who knows about such things. He said that the local fisherman have taken to the disgraceful practice of using fire extinguishers to push out 20 or more lines to catch fish and the foam is a result of the froth from the extinguishers.
Today I saw men dragging big carts of items such as extinguishers, various multi fishing lines, many large buckets and other equipment. etc over to the lakefront. Is this commercial fishing? What are they doing with the fish they catch? Are Lake Michigan fish being sold to local restaurants?

  • D3- snagging is legal but only from October 1 - December 31 http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/fishing-areas/fishing-hours-and-seasons/

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However,...

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    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However, foam can come from multiple variables and sometimes is pretty normal, especially in the ocean harbors. Niagara falls is beautiful, til you get on the boat, look down and it looks like refuse from washing a bear with shampoo. If it's abnormal for that area (the foam) you can always find a resource to report it to.

    As for these fishing methods, there are clear rules as to how many lines/poles per licensed person, how many hooks on each line, daily limit quantity and size, etc. In IL you can have 3 rods per angler and up to two hooks per rod. So technically one lure with two treble hooks constitutes two hooks. If they are toting around 100 hooks with 10 on each line, that's illegal, and if they are using shopping carts I HIGHLY doubt anyone you see is commercial. Commercial actually harvest in worse ways...

    In WI, the DNR (dept. natural resources) handles these matters.
    I would be more worried about the amount of hooks/lines per person than anything. People like that tend to be haphazard as well. Would be great for that kind of barbed wire to wash up on shore huh?

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
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5 days ago

Coalfire Pizza coming to 3707 N. Southport

Confirmed today that they are coming to the former Hye Bar space, and hoping to open later this summer.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/coalfire-pizza-coming-to-3707-n.html

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for dog owner

I was bit by a dog this morning on the corner of Wellington and Sacramento. Im looking for the dog owner. The dog was brown, medium size, on a leash. The owner was female. Just want to make sure dog has its shots.

  • KJ

    The dog owner didn't offer you their contact info or even just tell you if the dog has had it's rabies shots?

    I

  • how did you get bit?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Dryer Repair

Hi All-

Have a Frigidaire Gallery Heavy Duty front load dryer ~10 years old, that's making some bizarre noise when running.

Any recommendations for repairs on dryers?

5 days ago

Summer Adventure Camp at St Luke's

Hello everyone - I just wanted to share that to all parents of kids 3-11 that there is still room available at St Luke's Summer Adventure Camp for the summer. Camp runs from 9-3 with after camp care available and field trips on Fridays!

I hope to see some of you there with my kids!

http://www.stlukechicago.org/academy/campdescription.shtml

5 days ago

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Apr 14

Updated 5 days 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

  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    Cinnamon eh? I'm giving this a shot in the next week as I get them from tiny crevices and cracks that sometimes sitting the Terro traps by is near impossible.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Important distinction: Carpenter ants--the big black ants--are like termites and very destructive. For them, I'd go with a professional exterminator. The little ants are an icky nuisance and can be dealt with by ant traps or cinnamon. Nievka, I love your description of a "tiny cinnamon wall."

Mar 27

Updated 6 days 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/

  • Petra Z Tomatoes!

    Does belly shack have a $32 dish?

  • Bex Runner, dog owner, food lover in the 60618

    Haha no but they don't have very large dishes either. I guess was thinking more along the lines of the $4-7 snacks and sides.

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