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:) I am glad you have had good experiences with the Perfect Cup, and that they're doing well with the expansion. But I am glad to live in a neighborhood with many many coffeeshop options, and especially one as nice as Dolce Casa, even if my beloved Taza is gone.

— On the neighbor message Taza Cafe??
11:34 p.m.

I dunno. I've been going to Taza for five years, and I think there has been one time when they were out of something (a particular kind of bread, which I didn't care that much about). The Perfect Cup has historically been really hostile to groups - even small, quiet groups (although I think it's weird that a coffee shop acts like a library and shames people for talking, it's their business and they can do what they want). They are also suuuuper slow (and grumpy), even when more than one person is working - which was always the excuse I gave for Taza. Maybe it's not the owner, but someone has trained the staff to provide really terrible service.

— On the neighbor message Taza Cafe??
11:53 a.m.

Oof, I HATE the Perfect Cup. Talk about jerk owners...plus whenever I'm in there I feel like I'm in an office rather than a coffee shop.

And I do love Dolce Casa (it's actually closer to me than Taza), but their menu is a lot smaller - Taza just had so much variety. This thread is bumming me out! Taza was always kind of pokey and the service could be weird, but their sandwiches were so delicious.

— On the neighbor message Taza Cafe??
11:27 a.m.

Oh no! Since when?

— On the neighbor message Taza Cafe??
10:46 a.m.

Not in Lincoln Square, but the best allergists in the city are Dr. Donnell and Dr. Newhall at Chicago Family Asthma & Allergy, down at Clark and...something. (Fullerton-ish?) They're so wonderful.

— On the neighbor message Asthma/Allergist?
9:08 a.m.

Nope. As far as I know, our landlord has never allowed it - but the walls are a soft off-white, and he's also the best landlord in history, so no one minds.

My last landlord did allow people to paint, and didn't require them to re-paint it, which meant I moved into a very dark brownish-mauvish bedroom. Ick.

— On the neighbor message Painting Walls in Chicago Apartments
10:59 a.m.

"...my toddler will get infected by something they are carrying."

Only if you let that person inject your toddler with something, which I'm assuming you wouldn't let anyone other than a doctor or nurse do. People aren't rats or mosquitoes. Come on. I don't think you're a jerk, but this is a really terrible way to express this concern.

Legally, you can't prevent someone from being impoverished and desperate, or get them taken out of your sight. What you can do is vote for candidates who care about serving the poor, and in the mean time, donate to organizations that work to make sure everyone in our community is safe and cared for.

— On the neighbor message vagrants loitering/stinking up public parks
9:46 p.m.

We need to support the teachers, not the mayor. No one thinks that teachers are all perfect, but Rahm's solution is not workable. If we're going to extend the school day - which we need to, without question - we need to make sure that kids are getting recess, PE, art, music...rather than spending an extra hour a day on test prep.

For those who think that teachers are paid "what the market can bear" - that's not really the way public employees work. Public employees are paid what the *budget* can bear - which means that really top-notch people often DO leave to find jobs elsewhere, and that's terrible! We want the great teachers to stay in our schools, teaching our kids, rather than leaving to work for businesses or suburban school districts. That means we need to pay teachers what they're worth, rather than the lowest amount we can get away with, and look harder for the money. (I mean, Rahm found lots of money for NATO - I'm sure he can find some money to keep great teachers in Chicago.)

10:43 a.m.

Dolce Casa is awesome. Get the breakfast panini! Their croissants are the best, too. Oh, and there was this caramelized onion tart thing that I got really obsessed with for a while. Good pasta salad...etc.

— On the neighbor message Quiche
10:30 a.m.

It definitely did, Pete. There were fireworks starting at about 8:30, and they were going strong until 10:30 - they're dying down now.

— On the neighbor message Fireworks for the 4th?
10:54 p.m.

Me too Pete. It makes my car look incredibly crappy and unappealing. (I mean, it's an old car anyway - but there's nothing worse than an old car that's full of garbage.)

— On the neighbor message Guy in Ravenswood Looking into Cars
6:22 p.m.

Edgewater Lounge! 5600 N Ashland, ish.

— On the neighbor message Good casual bar for a guy in his 20s?
1:48 p.m.

My understanding is that it's always on the 4th, though confirmation on that would be great. It's been on the 4th for the last couple years at least.

As for a burn ban, bear in mind that this is a totally illegal (though awesome) fireworks show. I'm not sure how much impact a burn ban would have.

— On the neighbor message Fireworks for the 4th?
10:47 a.m.

What? Of course it is. When you invoked Uptown, I assumed you meant the dilapidated nursing homes, crime, and gang problems, not the simple fact of tall buildings and commercial activity. I don't love the yuppieness or expensiveness of Southport, but that's an area with thriving businesses, nice housing, and lots of pedestrian traffic. (Kind of like the Square or Andersonville, in fact.)

7:34 a.m.

Um, 47 feet is a far cry from the high rises along the lake. Seriously, you're talking first-floor retail and then three floors of condos. That sounds a lot more like the Southport corridor than Uptown.

7:13 a.m.

That sounds great! We could use some more stuff around the Montrose El.

8:45 p.m.

I liked Cafe Neo because it didn't have all the campers that the Grind has. (I don't think I've ever successfully sat down in there because I don't show up with my laptop at 6 a.m.) Plus, unlike the Perfect Cup, they were always friendly to a large group of us who met there. Stay cool and limit wi-fi to two hours per coffee...just saying.

— On the neighbor message RIP Cafe Neo, Hello Le Café
8:42 p.m.

She's a little south of you, but Cherie Gilleon (Irving Park and Halsted) is a really good doctor. And I hate doctors.

7:26 p.m.

I was so upset when they removed those recycling bins from Horner. The Rogers Park location is super inconvenient, and there's nothing else around here (when I called to complain, they suggested Wilson & Pulaski - THAT IS NOT CLOSE). I think it's totally outrageous that instead of dealing with the demand in some reasonable fashion, like by providing MORE drop-off locations or more bins at the existing locations (or just picking the recycling up more often) they got rid of them altogether. Ugh. Rahm is a terrible mayor.

— On the neighbor message Horner Park recycling?
8:15 p.m.

Lauren, I really like the food at Gio's! Everything is about a dollar too expensive, but other than that - they have awesome bar food (fries, nachos, tater tots) and the entrees are good too (I like the enchiladas and burgers). And their patio is so nice - it's quiet and shady on the Ainslie side.

— On the neighbor message Best outdoor dining spots
9:21 a.m.

Ravenswood is the best combination of safe and affordable (and non-annoying i.e. not Logan Square) that I've found in Chicago. The areas around the Montrose and Damen brown line stops are great - I've lived near both, and I walk around late at night by myself pretty frequently. There are enough pedestrians and car traffic even at odd hours that I've never really felt unsafe. I have always lived near main streets (Montrose, Lincoln, Damen, etc.), which helps if this is a concern - I don't have to walk down abandoned blocks by myself. With a dog, though, you should be fine.

— On the neighbor message Safe Apartment locations
9:43 a.m.

I love, love, love LSAC. The classes are great and if you're eligible for the discount price, it's pretty reasonable ($65). The locker rooms feel like going to a spa, which is pretty awesome.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a gym
10:25 p.m.

Not unless the funding source has changed. They've been planning this for quite a while.

— On the neighbor message McFetridge Ice Rink Re-Construction under way
3:20 p.m.

I miss the rink already :( I'd forgotten they were closing so soon, and got a terrible disappointment when I called this morning! But the rink definitely needs work done...maybe this will also help stop the ice from melting and developing all those neat little pools.

— On the neighbor message McFetridge Ice Rink Re-Construction under way
8:22 a.m.

There's one at Belmont and Halsted. If that's too far south, Yelp suggests that there's one at 6624 N Clark (two blocks south of Pratt).

— On the neighbor message Internet Cafes
10:36 a.m.

For the record, there are lots of young people in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood - particularly as you get further from the square proper, which gets pricey. I know dozens - seriously - of young twenty-somethings (without kids) within a two-block radius of Winnemac Park. We just tend to be the quieter twenty-somethings who live by ourselves or with an SO rather than in falling-down group houses near DePaul :D It's hard to get in too much trouble in Ravenswood, which I really like. And if she likes to eat, we're within a mile of pretty much any kind of food you could ever want. Roscoe is similar to Ravenswood, but a bit closer into the city.

My sister lived in the South Loop - it is *crazy* expensive down there, at least if you want a high-rise with security (...which you probably do. I think her car got broken into, like, eight times in the two years she lived there).

— On the neighbor message Winnamac Park area
9:45 a.m.

This sounds great! Is the appointment really two hours? (I would love to do this, but I have to leave for work by 11:15 or I'll be super late.)

— On the neighborhood event Free Spa Manicure Service
4:09 p.m.

"I just don't understand why we can't enforce the real problem, inattentive owners and untrained dogs."

Ryan, how is that enforceable? Who decides when a dog's behavior crosses a line? Some people would get very upset if a dog jumped on them or licked them, while others would consider that regular, friendly dog behavior. Lots of folks think it's fine when their unleashed dog starts playing with a leashed dog, and it's clear from this thread that many of the leashed-dog owners don't appreciate it.

As for the "some dogs are very obedient" thing - look, as random people in a park, we have *no way* of knowing whether or not your dog happens to be one of the well-trained obedient dogs. As a result, people who are nervous around dogs, or who are nervous for their own children or pets, are not able to use public spaces in appropriate, legal ways because *they can't tell* which dogs are perfectly behaved. (And for those of you who say you won't use dog parks because of all the poorly behaved dogs - seriously??? But it's totally OK for everyone to bring their unleashed dogs, well-behaved or not, to a human park?)

Finally: dogs *are not* children. They do not have the same rights as humans (I know that's upsetting to some, but legally, that's the deal), and they do not have the same capability for rational behavior. Can we please stop making that comparison?

4:10 p.m.

"We live in a city where the majority of people don't have a backyard. This isn't Little House on the Prairie. So to say all dog owners should have a backyard or go to a dog park (a 4x4 piece of concrete) is ridiculous and unrealistic."

I mean - it's not, actually. When you choose to live in a large, expensive city, you sacrifice other things - having a big house, having a yard, having a garage. My lifestyle at the moment is not compatible with having a large dog (or children, or lots of books, or dinner parties - etc.), which means that I don't have those things. I have chosen the benefits of living in the city on a small budget *over* having a dog, having kids, having a library, and throwing great dinner parties. If I wanted those things, I could try to find a better-paying job, or stop eating out or quit my gym membership or something - or I could move somewhere less expensive.

It's not really valid to say that you're entitled to break the law (and endanger some subset of people - children, folks with allergies, people who are afraid of dogs, people with balance issues) because you don't like the sacrifices you have to make in order to live here.

I would love it if we had a dog park here, and I love most of the dogs I meet in this neighborhood - both on- and off-leash. But at the end of the day, the assumption in an urbanized area is that public spaces are designed for humans. When we can accommodate spaces for dogs, I think we ought to - but until that happens here, dogs need to be kept on-leash to keep humans (especially small humans) safe.

7:06 p.m.

Apparently one of our neighbors did win some money: "The $1 million ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 1750 West Foster Avenue in Chicago."

Woohoo!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/alert/chi-0331-lottery-jackpot-story,0,6394206.story

7:33 a.m.

I've taken a few classes at Old Town - usually the 8 p.m. classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights - and when I've tried to park there (because I've come straight from work, or if the weather is awful, etc.) those lots are always, always full. They may not be full at 5:30, but they definitely are later in the evening. As a result, it would be hard on local businesses if the city added more permit parking on side streets - if there is no paid parking and no chance of finding street parking, I suspect a lot fewer people would come spend money here. I'd rather live somewhere with a vibrant business community and have to hunt for parking than live somewhere boring.

— On the neighbor message Parking by the Old Town School of Folk Music
11:27 a.m.

Seconded. This neighborhood is super safe. When you do hear a story like this (I think this is the second one I've seen in four years), it's always gang-related.

— On the neighbor message shooting at foster & wolcott?
3:37 p.m.

There is a studio available (and there was a one-bedroom - though that might've been rented out already) in my building adjacent to Winnemac Park, three blocks from the brown line. It's an older building that is super well maintained - the landlords are amazing. Never in my life have I had landlords like this. And the price is right!

— On the neighbor message Looking for a 1 BR apartment
8:40 p.m.