18 hours ago

Updated 49 min ago

Excel 2013 class - free or paid. Recommendations?

I'm looking for someplace in Chicago, between Lakeview and downtown, to learn about Excel 2013. I want a live instructor, not a virtual one. I've looked and found several paid options. I fully expect to pay but would like a recommendation if anyone has one. Thank you.

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

New to Lakeview/Chicago. Looking to meet new people/friends

Hey! I'm 24 and new to the area. I moved from Ohio. I am wonderig if there are any groups in the area related to coffee/wine/book clubs? Also just looking to meet new people and friends. Thanks!

  • A great place to meet people, find coffee/wine/book clubs, and explore Chicago is through Meetup.com. When you go to their website, type "Lakeview" in the search window and you will find groups that meet in your area. One meetup group that I highly recommend to explore Chicago neighborhoods is "Windy City Explorers." Good luck and welcome to Chicago

  • Venson Kuchipudi 2427-2429 Clybourn Association President

    Welcome to Chicago. My wife moved here from Ohio (Toledo) and I'm from Michigan. You should go to McGees during a Buckeye game and you'll meet a lot of transplants.

20 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Help preserve the monarchs

Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
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Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
I will place a box of seed pods on my parkway garden at 1231 W. Addison, so help yourself to a few seeds. The large seed pods are for the common milkweed that gets about 3 feet tall and has fragrant pink flowers, while the small dark pods are from butterfly weed, another type of milkweed that has orange flowers and gets about 2 feet tall.
Conservationists are calling for a nationwide campaign to save the monarch--you can be a part of this effort. It's a great project for kids, too. Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-monarch-butterfly-herbicide-kennedy-perspec-102-20141021-story.html

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    That is great Anita, thank you. I live in a high rise so can't take advantage but hope others will.

  • I will definitely take some. Thanks for caring and sharing. I have wanted to plant some along with wildflowers for awhile now.

2 days ago

Updated 4 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.

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Updated 17 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!

  • Thank you all for your referrals and insights on sealing products - I greatly appreciate it! I've called a few contractors for quotes and plan to get this done when the weather is dry enough in the spring. Thanks, again!

2 days ago

Updated 26 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 ...

    "our bills used to be $30-$60 every 2 months or so. My last one was $130"

    Rates haven't doubled (yet?) so there's something else going on. Do you have a leak? A constantly running toilet? Did you start watering your lawn?

    Like I said, we've had the bill go up about 50% from 2011, so it's not all on a leak or change in usage, but a lot of it *must* be.

  • charlotte never giving up...

    Hello, anyone with a 2-flat that's converted to meter willing to share their story? How much were your new bills? Did you and your tenants keep your water habits the same? I've resisted meters for so long but this last bill was just too high! Thanks.

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Oct 16

Updated 29 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?

  • Also best not to donate mini-mouthwashes as many contain alcohol and are not accepted by organizations anyhow.

  • so many great causes and such a great idea! i have hundreds of these from years of business travel, and it's clear that i will never use them. i'm going to drop off today!

3 days ago

Updated 43 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?

2 days 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!

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4 days ago

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Handyman?

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

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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 3 days 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

3 days ago

Tsu Kiji Fish Market is no Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsu Kiji Fish Market, 1156 W. Grand. 312-243-1112, tsukijifishmarketchicago.com

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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 3 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.

3 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 3 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.

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Oct 16

Updated 4 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

Oct 17

Updated 4 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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Oct 16

Updated 6 days ago

Cars stolen

Are this many cars actually being stolen every week?? For real?
Or are they getting towed. What the heck??

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    Can you be more specific?

  • Abhay S East Lakeview

    I would recommend looking at Chicago Police Department ClearMap.

  • wha da fa u talking about?

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