19 hours ago

Updated 32 min ago

guy with mask at health club

I keep seeing this guy wearing some sort of gas mask while working out at the new(er) LA Fitness near Ravenswood Station. Anyone know what gives? I'd ask him myself, but I'm afraid he'll get ticked off and hit me. He's kinda scarey looking to begin with.
It's really freaking me out.

  • Some MMA fighters train with those. Why I don't know.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    They make it harder to breathe in. So, it takes more effort to inhale. Since it takes more effort, you end up strengthening your diaphragm muscles.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Does your Condo association require Criminal Background Checks for renters?

Our Condo association is 10 years old and we haven't been following our rules and regulations as closely as we would like. We now want to start enforcing some of the more important rules.
Our current Rules & Regulations require that renters must be subjected to a criminal background check. I am inclined to enforce the rule but would like to see how other associations are handling this. If your building does have a criminal background check, can you please provide information about general cost and process you use?

Thanks

FYI-Our building has 25 units total.

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    @Jeff, yes that is the main point of the article. Key to having such a rule (credit or criminal background on prospective tenant) is for the unit owner/landlord's benefit not the Association. But the unit owner/landlord can still lease to whomever he wants, including a criminal or person with a...

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    @Jeff, yes that is the main point of the article. Key to having such a rule (credit or criminal background on prospective tenant) is for the unit owner/landlord's benefit not the Association. But the unit owner/landlord can still lease to whomever he wants, including a criminal or person with a lower credit score. If the Association tries to reject that tenant, the unit owner can sue the Board and Association. Of course, one hopes a unit owner rents to a responsbile, credit worthy tenant since the unit owner has to continue paying assessments, property taxes and mortgage on the unit.

  • I know a good real estate attorney if you need one!

16 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Blonde bedroom set for sale

We are selling a blonde wood bedroom set with headboard, 2 nightstands with ample storage, and tall dresser. We will sell the headboard and nightstands separately but will only sell the dresser as part of the set.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fuo/4564674370.html

  • Crystal Ravenswood resident since 2007

    Well then that's not an accurate assumption of me because it was actually the opposite. I saw a different posting from someone moving stating they were selling some stuff with links to craigslist. I didn't see any personal attacks on that person's post. In fact, all the comments were inquiring about the items.

  • Frankly, I just scroll past postings I'm not interested in.

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  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Oh, this is actually Laughing Bird.

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Mar 31

Updated 10 hours ago

Free Paper Shredding Events

I'm always looking for free shedding events because I'm gradually clearing out papers and files. If you hear of any, can you post them on this thread? We can keep this thread up on an ongoing basis to let people know as they come up.
I am looking for events on the North Side of Chicago and maybe Evanston, Skokie, etc.

Thanks!

12 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

USPS Message

I received a notice today from my mail carrier that due to a new policy our mailbox must be moved to the ground level? I'm wondering if anyone else received this. The notice seems fishy seeins as I don't see some mass exodus of folks moving their mailboxes off their houses. My gut is that she doesn't like our dog barking at her when she comes up the stairs. Now before everyone gets on that, the dog is enclosed in...

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I received a notice today from my mail carrier that due to a new policy our mailbox must be moved to the ground level? I'm wondering if anyone else received this. The notice seems fishy seeins as I don't see some mass exodus of folks moving their mailboxes off their houses. My gut is that she doesn't like our dog barking at her when she comes up the stairs. Now before everyone gets on that, the dog is enclosed in the house and has NO way of getting out, she's just barking in the window which is closed when we're away.The claim of "multiple stairs" is insane, since we have a 10 stair staricase like every other single family home in the neighboorhood. Any idea what to do about this or debunk this "policy?" I attached a photo of the notice.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Washtanaw and Lawrence ave

Does anyone know what, if anything, can be done about the crosswalk signs that had been placed, but are gone now, at the crosswalks at the intersection of Washtanaw and Lawrence ave? The spring signs have been run over so many times, they fell off and had been thrown away. Peoe drive so crazy up and down there and I've already seen one person crossing get hit by a car!

  • David in Bowmanville 11 year Bowmanville resident.

    I often have to cross Foster at Hoyne to get to Winnemac park, and I can tell you its rare for someone to stop while crossing at the crosswalk. I find the signs do help but I would never just walk across and assume someone is going to stop for...

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    I often have to cross Foster at Hoyne to get to Winnemac park, and I can tell you its rare for someone to stop while crossing at the crosswalk. I find the signs do help but I would never just walk across and assume someone is going to stop for you. Even if the pedestrian is within the law to cross it doesn't do you much good when you're in the hospital with a broken pelvis or worse. Also, the police have done "stings" at various intersections and have to warn or ticket most drivers.

  • Joshua Your friendly neighborhood cynic...

    I gotta be honest, no matter how I came across before I usually stop when I come across one of these signs with someone standing next to it observing traffic and waiting to cross. However, when I come across a pedestrian who blindly plows into moving traffic with a defiant smirk on their face...I'm apt to hit the gas. Arrogance and stupidity aren't to be rewarded.

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Mar 08

Updated 20 hours ago

Car Always Parked Illegally Under Western Brown Line

There is a dark blue Chevy Volt with the license plate "BOXRBOY" that constantly illegally parks under the Western El tracks. There is even a "NO AUTOS" sign that the guy parks directly under. I see this car very frequently in this spot. Usually it is in the morning, but I also just saw it there tonight at around 6:30pm on 3/8. I happened to be walking by and saw three men get out of the car and walk to...

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There is a dark blue Chevy Volt with the license plate "BOXRBOY" that constantly illegally parks under the Western El tracks. There is even a "NO AUTOS" sign that the guy parks directly under. I see this car very frequently in this spot. Usually it is in the morning, but I also just saw it there tonight at around 6:30pm on 3/8. I happened to be walking by and saw three men get out of the car and walk to Garcia's restaurant as I was on my way to Fleet Feet. I am wondering who this person is, and why they have never been ticketed or towed. This is obviously not an emergency issue but is there somewhere to call to report this?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Man, I'm glad I wasn't around when the thread began. I would have committed a big faux pas. When CTA guy said, "The three guys you saw? One was my son and the other one was my life partner of 14 years. Why do[es] Don need to be stalking me and my WHIP." I thought the WHIP was a reference to his gay partner. Wow! That would have been awkward. But, you know, SpamAlert has a very limited skill set, so the confusion might be considered understandable.

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    Hmmmm....CTA employees have "parking perks" when they're off duty? Wonder what OIG will say about that? There is no "official" policy for this. If you really want to complain about this and now that the nice person has identified himself as a CTA employee just call the Office of Inspector General and complain @866.814.1113. His license # should be on record.

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Jul 22

Updated 28 hours ago

Hit & Run - looking for car

I was hit by a car this morning. A nice bystander took down the plates, but the drive took off before help arrived. CPD ran the plates but did not find anything, I want to find this driver. The accident was near Ravenswoood and Berteau. I am looking for a white Mazda CX7 with TEXAS plates (similar to CS8 S061, but apparently that's incorrect). Please let me know if you see this car in your neigborhood.

  • I'm glad she has insurance, but hit and run--I hope the driver sees the inside of a jail cell. Glad you're recovering.

  • Kristin, were you on foot or on a bike?

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Dry cleaners

Howdy neighbors, recently moved into the neighborhood and, sorry to be cliche but, does anyone know a good dry cleaner? I didn't want to bother on EB, but we've read a bunch of mixed reviews online on different places, and we've tried two already which didn't perform well, i.e. one overpriced and one lost a shirt. Again, I apologize as I'm sure this is a thread that goes around every few months...

  • I'm interested in whether anyone has experience with any green cleaners? We had a environmentally friendly place when we lived in Roscoe Village but haven't been able to fine one near here. Thanks!

  • In these parts dry cleaners are like taco shops; everywhere and neither great nor overly good

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

North Center Pedicure Recommendations

Hi Can anyone recommend a place for a good pedicure in North Center or nearby?

Thank you

  • Mary F 18-year resident of Lincoln Square

    I second Sejour. The pedicures I've had there were meticulous and lasting. The atmosphere is lovely.

  • Salon Yves on Roscoe and Bell. 25 bucks.

40 hours ago

Found dog near Sunnyside & Sacramento

The kind folks at Urban Pooch on Ravenswood have taken in a dog found near Sunnyside & Sacramento. Looks like a cattle dog mix, white with spots, dark ears. Check their fb page if you think you might know a dog like this. Let's get this pup back to his/her home!

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2 days ago

Night Out: Concerts in the Parks at Welles

Tue, Aug 12, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Welles Park will once again host Tuesdays @ the Gazebo. Featured band: Corrientes [traditional Mexican] Sponsored by Old Town School of Folk Music The concert series runs June 17 - August 26, 2014. All concerts begin at 6:30pm. Rain [join us in the gym] or shine the show goes on. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of music at the park. Grab a chair/blanket and pack a picnic basket!

Jul 21

Updated 2 days ago

Latitude changed hands

So, a coworker of mine mentioned to me that the Latitude bar/restaurant has recently changed ownership. I guess it's in the process of going through a rebranding and will be run entirely differently then in the past. My coworker knows the owners of the new establishment and has said that they have a much better food menu and will have a very good beer selection over time.

Has anyone been there in the past few weeks? I had only been there once before and service wasn't very good. I'd be excited to hear things are better with the new owners.

  • Great to know!! my friends and I haven't gone there in years because it just kept getting worse it seemed. Hopefully they will do some advertising or something, because I don't think the change is really known yet.

  • Great to know. We'll try it out.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cars (and bikes) not stopping at stop signs in Ravenswood

I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done?...

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I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done? It doesn't seem like there is any police presence in the area, so it goes unnoticed. I don't like having to worry when I'm following the laws and being a safe pedestrian, that I'll be hit by a car or bike.

  • The new pedestrian "refuge" islands on Lawrence, complete with clear signage, are mainly ignored as well. Another great sting location if they want to hit a main road...

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    Brian, if only there were a camera filming the northern crosswalk across Dearborn at Randolph, between McD's and Petterino's. It's insane!!! Honestly, in all my years, I've never seen anything like it. People of all ages/races/genders walking against red lights like they're not even there. Considering that I strongly believe that there are far more reckless drivers than pedestrians, I want to yell at them: You're not helping!!!

    This thread is making me very frustrated that I can't make the CAPS meeting this Wednesday at Ravenswood Covenant Church.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

The Last Pit Stop BBQ

Has anyone been yet? What were your experiences? Yelp seemed sort of mixed, would love to know if others have been there. I expected that they would have some bumps (everyone does when they first open), but that they should smooth out in time. I would love to see another restaurant in the neighborhood last!

  • My wife got the ribs which were fantastic and the coleslaw and sweet potato fries were great too. My brisket and mac and cheese much less so. We'd go back for the ribs though!

  • RoseRed 13 years in Chicago, 2 years in Lincoln Square

    I went a couple of days after they opened and hope they will improve with time. The boyfriend and I got the pulled pork sandwiches. The pork was clumpy and extremely dry and the sauce tasted like it was out of a bottle. I had the baked beans and they absolutely came from a can. The boyfriend got the sweet potato fries and they were soggy.
    The service was slow and confused.
    We'll be giving it a few months and will try it again before completely giving up!

Jul 23

Updated 2 days ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • So things that exist: sucuk trash kabob. Pity the poor advertising firm that has to make THAT sound appealing. :-)

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Yeah, I feel like maybe they should spell it "sujuk" instead, which is closer to how the manager pronounced it (it's also how it's spelled on Wikipedia). If your eyesight isn't good, it looks almost looks like Jennifer ordered "suck trash kabob".

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Loud boom at 3am?

did anyone else hear the very loud noise in the alley on the 1800 block of West Warner last night. Maybe an M80? only saw smoke.

  • We definitely heard it on Wolcott. Woke us both up. It sounded very close to our place whatever it was.

  • Stephen Boisvert Lakeview pedestrian

    I heard it at Broadway and Barry.

  • I thought it was a tire blowout because I saw an idling SUV outside after the noise woke me up. Could have been unrelated though!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Night Out:Chicago Shakes inthe Parks at Welles

Sat, Aug 9, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns this summer and brings Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages.

*American Sign Language duo-interpreted performance

3 days ago

Night Out:Chicago Shakes inthe Parks at Welles

Fri, Aug 8, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns this summer and brings Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages.

*American Sign Language duo-interpreted performance

3 days ago

Jul 19

Updated 3 days ago

Great cook and good with kids needs room to rent

Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest...

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Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest of 7, helped raise my younger siblings, plus recently I've taken care of my friends' kids when they've gone out for the evening & when they've gone to Europe for 2 weeks. Can provide references

* Have 20+ years in sales & marketing, so if you need some help with marketing your business--or just need someone to type your manuscript--happy to help.

* Some personal care assistance--worked in a hospital many years ago plus experience working with family members who have challenges (my 25 year old niece was born with a neural tube disorder and my aunt had ALS)--so could provide some assistance to you.

I'm a nonsmoker and I don't drink (food allergy). My cat is quiet and shy--and we are looking to move by August 1st. Look forward to meeting you!

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Catherine, you still haven't turned on the personal message function. To turn it on, you need to go to the top right dropdown with your username on it, and select "Manage your account settings", then "Email", and finally check the box that reads "Allow logged-in EveryBlock users to email you via your public profile page".

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Feihong,

    Thank you for alerting me! I thought I had enabled that but obviously hadn't. Appreciate all that you do to keep us functioning! :-)

    All the best,

    Cassie

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Advice Needed: Amending Building Rules

Hi - I live in a multi-family building and am working on some rule changes to propose to the board. I have a few questions and am hoping to get thoughts from others:

1) Do you have restrictions on renters and if so what kind of wording do you use?

2) Do you have restrictions on personal items in common areas (ie using those areas as storage areas)? If so, what kind of wording do you use?

3) To make any new rules enforceable do you have to add them to the building declaration or can you just amend the association rules?

Thanks!

  • Fast Freddy Grace and Leavitt

    Grab your condo declaration and read through it. Restrictions on personal items are most likely addressed in a basic way.
    Changing or adding a rule for something like capping the number of rentals is trickier. You will need 75%-80% of the unit ownership to vote for the change. The percentage...

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    Grab your condo declaration and read through it. Restrictions on personal items are most likely addressed in a basic way.
    Changing or adding a rule for something like capping the number of rentals is trickier. You will need 75%-80% of the unit ownership to vote for the change. The percentage required is stipulated in the Condo Declaration. Be aware that once the association is more than 50% rentals and not owner occupied, it becomes much harder for a new buyer to obtain financing from a bank.
    As a former President of a 10 unit condo building, I can tell you it is very difficult to get people to agree to much of anything. So stay on top of it as best you can.
    All the best.

  • Preeti--thanks for that link to the Chicago Cooperator. I didn't know it existed and I think it will be very useful to me and my co-op's board.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Parking Wanted Close to Hermitage/Winnamac

Hi All,

Just purchased a condo last month near Hermitage and Winnamac...and would love to find parking for rent near by. Please let me know if you know of anything. Thanks!

  • RavensMaven 5000 Ravenswood Neighbors

    I have a garage space available in the first alley west of the Metra tracks and north of Wiinemac, pegidy50@msn.com

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