2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Bad Gas

So apparently I've put "bad contaminated" gas in my car TWICE now...not returning to the same station as the first time...does anyone else experience this in our area?!

What stations do you trust...!? HELP!

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Mechanic: Joe's Expert Auto, (773) 862-2600. They will tell you the truth.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Armandos Auto 5310 W Diversey Av .I have been going to this place for two years and Armando has always been up front and extremely honest whenever l have automotive issues

4 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Robbery on 4300 block of Oakley

Did anyone hear about a robbery on Oakley tonight ? Around 7pm man hit over head with bottle and robbed ?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Cleaning service?

I’m looking for a cleaning person for my home. Ideally pay by the hour type as all of the services I see are pre-set with what they will do.

  • Emora67 North Center resident

    Clearly Clean charges by the hour 773.744.2334

Jan 14

WANTED: Art studio to rent in Northcenter

I live in the neighborhood and am looking for a small, affordable, heated space to rent for use on the weekends. I am a designer and just need a separate space outside my house to pursue my own art on the weekends.

Thank you!

Jan 09

Updated Jan 13

Drivers Chucking Objects At Your Car After You Honk At Them For Safety Reasons

Has anyone else experienced this? Ever since I moved here from Detroit, I started experiencing this...me honking at a person, because they are about to hit me, and them instantly getting pissed, when it's very obvious I was not in the wrong and just saying , "hey I'm here I don't think you see me! Ive had multiple people do this, almost get out of their car, one did once, screamed at me and threaten to beat me up...the last...

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Has anyone else experienced this? Ever since I moved here from Detroit, I started experiencing this...me honking at a person, because they are about to hit me, and them instantly getting pissed, when it's very obvious I was not in the wrong and just saying , "hey I'm here I don't think you see me! Ive had multiple people do this, almost get out of their car, one did once, screamed at me and threaten to beat me up...the last two people have just gotten in front of me anyways, then slowed down or pulled over...opened their window up and throw some hard object at my car.

It is very dumb, dangerous, and traumatizing.

I can't help but wonder ever what the other person is thinking.... especially since they usually have another person in the car watching them throw a temper tantrum baicslly...when they were in the wrong...

  • Eric Pepeson NW-side deplorable, based-stickman, commie-crusher

    I remember the good ole days when road rage on the northwest side was fun for the whole family. Not anymore, mooks and neighborhood cretin will just pull a gun out and shoot at you. Back in the day, hand gestures and well thought out expletives would suffice, now not so much.

  • LarryB Dog owner / wine sipper

    I'm hep to those vibrations daddy-o.....evil is as evil does..

Jan 11

affordable snow removal service/person?

hello neighbors!
We are a new business at the corner of Avondale and Pulaski and we are looking for a more affordable option for our snow removal. We're interested in a professional service for heavier snow falls (over one inch) and/or a local person who could just (perhaps with a snowblower?) take care of our sidewalks during light snowfalls. We've gotten lucky so far this year but there is still (purportedly) a lot of winter days left!

Thanks!
Sonya Seifert
Bluebird Wellness
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    http://www.bluebirdwell.com

Jan 11

Nov 15

Updated Jan 10

Neighborly Litigation (Chadha v. NPES)

Many on this forum talk about litigating, be it for some unneighborly thing or other. Well, here is your chance to read the behind the scenes workings of the Chicago Way in its entirety (link below - get some popcorn and settle in) and VOTE.

This is the culmination of 7 years of attorney fees and a waste of our taxpayer-funded court's time/resources, in my opinion, of course.

Link: https://chadhavnpes.weebly.com/appeal-brief.html

    Appeal Brief
    CHADHA VS. NORTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (CHICAGO)
    https://chadhavnpes.weebly.com
  • Update: Chadha: 95; NPES: 84; Deadlocked: 33

  • Update: Chadha 129; NPES: 106; Deadlocked: 41 - And our "Progressive" Alderman of the 47th Ward had no qualms about being honored recently by the school that engaged in this.

Jan 06

Updated Jan 09

Breakroom / Finches / Ravinia Brewing

Does anyone know when Ravinia Brewing will open? That carcass of a store front is just sitting there.

  • I sent Ravinia a message and this is the response I got:
    I wish I had a better answer for you, but unfortunately there are a variety of issues to work through at the Montrose spot that continue to put timing and planning up in the air. It is a wonderful spot and a wonderful neighborhood which we are really hoping to make work - but some thing are simply out of our control. Keep checking back with us and hopefully we'll know more soon!

  • Eric Pepeson NW-side deplorable, based-stickman, commie-crusher

    That's too bad, ya' know I always wanted to open up a nice restaurant & bar. That building would a make a good dirty neighborhood strip club with a nasty lunch buffet. Maybe put some of those slot machines in the back and patrons can also bet on the ponies with an OTB. Forget about all those fancy microbrews, only Schlitz or Old Style for a buck and a quarter each. It will be the classiest establishment on the NW side. Call it "Deplorables"

Jan 08

Updated Jan 09

Old issues of National Geographics

Howdy neighbors- I have about 5 years worth of magazines that I want to get rid of. Wondering if this is something a school wants or any crafty folks. 2006-2010 are the approximate years. They also have the fake leather book box that they are stored in.
Anyone... Anyone... Bueller? If not then I will just take them to the Village Disco...

  • Hi there! I would be happy to take some of the National Geographics off your hands. I send care packages to troops and those magazines are requested and very well received. Let me know if I could grab some. Thanks!

  • ElizabethB..how cool!!! (You , too!) Thanks for this!!!

Jan 06

Free computer desk

Free computer desk is 20.5"deep x44.4" width x 30.25" high

Keyboard shelf extends but not as far as it should (about 1/2 way - can still use as is for a keyboard or can probably be fixed).

One side drawer above section that can house a computer tower.

Top of desk has some permanent marker scribbles on it thanks to my first child.

If interested, contact me at kflaminio@hotmail.com. Located at Belmont/California.

Dec 31

Updated Jan 02

Witness a hit and run at 3818 N. Kimball Avenue at 11:00am on 12/28/17?

Hello. Did anyone witness a car crash at 3818 N. Kimball Avenue at 11:00am on 12/28/17? My car was parked there and there was a hit and run. I obtained the police report and that report states that a witness saw a black Mercedes driven by older man hit two cars (including mine) and drive off. Security footage would also be great, of course.

  • Chris H Kimball Ave Homeowner

    Thank you very much for the response. I appreciate it. Does 11:00am sound right for the time of the crash?

  • MetroCyclist Food Crazy 9YR Inde Park/Albany Park Resident.

    Yes 11 am, that sounds about right.

Dec 31

Frozen pipes or water main frozen?

I woke up this morning to no water in my house. Called a plumber for frozen pipes. Since I have no water at all they said I’d have to work with the city. 311 said they’d send someone out - no timeframe given. Has anyone dealt with a similar issue? I’d like to get an idea of what to expect.

Possibly related - I saw water spewing out of a sewer grate around the corner from me (Montrose & Western) last night. Also reported this to 311.

Dec 29

Updated Dec 31

Hit and run

Hi neighbors. Hit and run at 4135 n Drake. Dark 4 door suv was Nb drake but lost control, made a u turn and fled sb drake. At least 2 cars hit, 1 appears a total loss.

  • @bob, in that case, you incur the loss, depending on the amount of loss, you may be able to deduct something off of taxes.

    then your option is to find the responsible party and see if you can sue to recover losses incurred.

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Bob, you are them SOL!

Dec 31

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REVISION TO PERMIT #100731412, POST AND DECKING FRAMING CHANGES ONLY. TO EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE, AS PER ARCHITECT'S PLANS. MO MEP WORK.

    4046 N. Bell Ave. Issued December 29, 2017 Comment

Dec 29

Dec 28

Homeless grey cat

Spotted near 2000 block of west Grace Street. Last seen headed toward Bradley Place.

Dec 28

Dec 25

Updated Dec 27

Plumbing ID help please

Hi, can anyone tell me what this is? It is a metal cover about four or five inches wide with a large nut and a small hole, that is connected to my bathroom's clean water supply. Thanks!

  • Phill Lucille, give me strength.

    Nice little tiles, they don't make those anymore.

  • Spam Alert, thanks, I have limited knowledge so assumed erroneously it was connected to the water supply. Philip and Johnson K, it does appear to be a drum trap. Thanks a lot everyone for the info and terminology!

Dec 24

Dec 20

Updated Dec 21

Dog barking outside at 3:30am!

This dog has been barking for over an hour at 3:30am. I can’t believe that it wants to be outside in the cold. Who does that to their pet? I’m on the 4200 block of mozart. I can hear it all the way here. Poor thing. I wish the owners would let him in.

  • If it continues and/or you somehow figure out it could possibly be animal abuse or you just want a well-being check done, you can call Anti-Cruelty Society and someone will go check on the dog - you don't have to give them your name. I had to do it years ago and you can do it online on their website as well.

  • I don’t know if it is a common occurance because I just happen to wake up at 3:30am & could not go back to sleep. The barking was far and not my neighbors- maybe a block away. I just wanted to put the word out that if the actual neighbors...

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    I don’t know if it is a common occurance because I just happen to wake up at 3:30am & could not go back to sleep. The barking was far and not my neighbors- maybe a block away. I just wanted to put the word out that if the actual neighbors of people with dogs would stand up for the poor animals when they recognize somethings are not right - it’s cold out and that Dog was letting its owner know it wanted to come inside. Plus- how could the actual neighbors sleep through that barking? It is freezing at night. I just wish I could know who it was to report them.

Dec 18

Updated Dec 21

Coat drive active right now?

Anyone know of coat drives accepting coats this week? No guesses please. Only respond if you know for a fact there's a coat drive happening this week (week before Christmas). Thanks.

Dec 17

  • Permit issued for new construction

    SELF CERTIFICATION REVIEW: ERECT FRAME SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE (4A CONSTRUCTION) WITH DETACHED 2 CAR FRAME GARAGE WITH ROOF TOP DECK (4A CONSTRUCTION) AS PER PLAN.

    4056 N. Bell Ave. Issued December 15, 2017 Comment

Jan 27 2015

Updated Dec 15

Christmas Tree Disposal

Do you know the proper way to throw out a real Christmas tree? Can it be put in an alley next to the garbage/recycling cans?

My neighbor asked me this question and I'm curious what the answer is.

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    I live in the Dakota building and we had 5 trees thrown in the alley. They sat there for weeks. If you are gonna buy a tree be responsible and know how to dispose of it properly.

  • Hopefully everyone can recycle their tree this year. One spot in North Center:

    January 7 and 14, Sunday
    9: AM – 4: PM
    Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N Damen Avenue

Dec 15

Dec 12

Updated Dec 13

Snow Shoveling

I am looking for someone to shovel my front walkway and stairs this winter. ANy ideas on where to find someone to do this kind of small and irregular service?

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    We use Leonard for on-call shoveling, yard work and gutter cleaning. sureshovel@gmail.com Tell him Robin on Fitch sent you

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Kevin McVicker with McMaster services provides service to my condo building and also to a few of my clients in Lakeview and Lincoln Park. Last we spoke he had openings in his schedule. Give him a call at 708-935-3729. His service is excellent!

Dec 13

Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Any HVAC (Heating-Ventilation-A/C) contractor recommendations?

Looking to have a new humidifier installed on our furnace along with some maintenance (duct cleaning) and seeking Northcenter/Lincoln Square recommendations for a reliable contractor or local business?

Nov 05 2016

Updated Dec 10

Dibs... this soon?

Seriously? Dibs? Already? This is madness! 😜

  • banish every discussion of dibs from the internet in the history of mankind.

  • I live on a block where we have many 2 or three flats and very few one family homes. There is one house with 5 cars that when someone takes off with their car they move another up to hold parking space. If two cars leave they move another effectively...

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    I live on a block where we have many 2 or three flats and very few one family homes. There is one house with 5 cars that when someone takes off with their car they move another up to hold parking space. If two cars leave they move another effectively holding 4 parking spaces. I think of myself as a nice guy so I really dont care MOST of the time. It does get out of hand when I have to park around the block every day. What can I do? I dont like my wife returning in the dark and have to park a half block or so away knowing there should be 2 to 3 more spaces.

Dec 09

Dec 05

Updated Dec 06

German Shepherd found Ridgeway and Byron

No tags, no microchip. Taken to Mayfair Animal Hospital to be scanned for a chip by a good samaritan. Us now at the 16th district police station.

  • Check with Elaina Morgan's dogs on Belmont to see if she knows the owner she deals with a lot of shepherds. And putting a picture here may help somebody else when they see these messages.

  • Elaina at Morgan's

Dec 05

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #NorthCenter #StBens(Leavitt & Irving Park) Female. TriColor. Dachshund Long Haired. Email Dogmadam@hotmail.com or Call (773) 882-0361 to identify. This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/emails from the actual owner. Cook County. 60657. Found 12/04/2017. More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2079519 To see this pet’s location on the HelpingLostPets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pid=2079519

    Lost Dogs Illinois
    This is an album of dogs that have been found by good Samaritans.
    https://www.facebook.com

Dec 05

Dec 03

Updated Dec 03

Grey and White Tabby Cat named Vito - Missing from 4100 block of N Kimball

Hi Neighbors, My cat got out last night between 8 and midnight and we walked/drove around looking for him for a couple of hours. His name is Vito and he's never gotten out and not come right back in the house. Please call/text if you see him or have him. He is very special to me and my family for a number of reasons. 773-573-2891

Dec 03

Dec 01

Updated Dec 02

Lost iPhone 6

Hello, My daughter lost her iPhone somewhere near Bell School. If you find an iPhone 6 with a pink and white case and a pop socket on the back, can you please let me know. There is a reward for its return.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Contact your carrier. Hopefully, the person who finds it will have an iphone charger, or will turn it in to the carrier. Good luck!

  • cheese sammich We're new!

    Excellent idea! I will call them right now.

Dec 01

Updated Dec 01

Package thieves! 4100 block Keeler

Be on the lookout for these two individuals first they will come by solicit some kind of sales then they will leave, then a few minutes later the male suspect will come back and steal all the packages.
Thanks

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    How nice of him to pose for you! If thats not the equivalent of the middle finger i dont know what is

Nov 30

Updated Dec 01

Have an indoor/outdoor cat? You might want to keep them inside

This guy is trapping dozens of cats on the north and south side and bringing them to CACC. They're trying to work with him to STOP DOING IT, but he seems to be on some kind of personal crusade.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/11/29/man-whos-trapped-30-feral-cats-says-he-will-continue/

If you let your cat outside, and it disappears, check http://petharbor.com/chicago/

If you are a colony caretaker and one of your charges disappears... check with CACC.

    Man Who's Trapped 30 Feral Cats Says He Will Continue
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Chicago's Animal Care and Control (CACC) is warning cat owners, and those who care for feral cat colonies, about a man who's been out trapping cats. CACC said the man trapped 15 cats on the South Side on Monday, another 15 on the North Side on Tuesday, and more on Wednesday and brought them all to the city shelter on Western Avenue.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Dec 01

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    replace roofing system for (1) building (one split roof-2 front, 1 level out back)(no structural work)- all work same as existing; subject to field inspections

    2157 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued November 29, 2017 Comment

Nov 30

Nov 28

Updated Nov 29

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop December 16 & 17

Chicago Art Girls announce their 6th annual Holiday Pop Up Shop, a fun and popular handmade market returning to the North Center neighborhood. The pop-up covers a wide range of handmade art, including jewelry, ceramics, felted accessories, glass, clothing, painting, and photography. In addition to core Chicago Art Girls members, there will be guest artists so shoppers can visit their favorite artists and meet some who are new to this show.

This group of artists will honor the season of giving...

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Chicago Art Girls announce their 6th annual Holiday Pop Up Shop, a fun and popular handmade market returning to the North Center neighborhood. The pop-up covers a wide range of handmade art, including jewelry, ceramics, felted accessories, glass, clothing, painting, and photography. In addition to core Chicago Art Girls members, there will be guest artists so shoppers can visit their favorite artists and meet some who are new to this show.

This group of artists will honor the season of giving by holding a raffle to give away four gift packages full of work from participating artists. Proceeds from the raffle will go to GirlForward, a local nonprofit organization that works to create and enhance opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution through mentorship and education.

3730 N. Oakley Ave. (Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School), Chicago

Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17, 11am-5pm

Oct 25

Updated Nov 29

Clogged grates after gas company work

Has anyone noticed the large pools of water in some intersections of side streets ever since the gas company did all that rehab this summer? The corner of Belle Plaine and Harding has the grates so clogged , I tried to open one with a metal rod, and hit what felt like solid rock. When it rains the whole intersection , including 3 feet up the sidewalk (sloped) is a lake. Not a huge deal now, but in a month...

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Has anyone noticed the large pools of water in some intersections of side streets ever since the gas company did all that rehab this summer? The corner of Belle Plaine and Harding has the grates so clogged , I tried to open one with a metal rod, and hit what felt like solid rock. When it rains the whole intersection , including 3 feet up the sidewalk (sloped) is a lake. Not a huge deal now, but in a month when it freezes , it's going to be a major hazard for walkers and drivers. I called the aldermans office once, will call them again today... but if anyone else has noticed , do us all a favor and call, time is flying.

Nov 26

Looking for cleaning help

Montrose at Winchester, 1 bedroom apartment. Just floors and bathtub, though, nothing else, every two weeks.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 24

COYOTE IN NORTH CENTER. ON LEAVITT BTWN BYRON & GRACE AT 10:30am

Keep an eye on your animals! I was walking my dog at the time and thought it was a dog off leash until another guy across the street yelled that it was a coyote. A little dog alone in a yard is no match with a coyote!

  • Jill H 38 years in Chicago, 19 in North Center

    Please read about coyote behavior and what and what not to expect from them at the Urban Coyote Reserach Program. https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/about-coyotes

    Here's what they have to say about what coyotes eat--and it's not pets or garbage: "Some people believe that urban coyotes primarily eat garbage and pets. Although coyotes are...

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    Please read about coyote behavior and what and what not to expect from them at the Urban Coyote Reserach Program. https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/about-coyotes

    Here's what they have to say about what coyotes eat--and it's not pets or garbage: "Some people believe that urban coyotes primarily eat garbage and pets. Although coyotes are predators, they are also opportunistic feeders and shift their diets to take advantage of the most available prey. Coyotes are generally scavengers and predators of small prey but can shift to large prey occasionally. Researcher Paul Morey analyzed scat (fecal matter) contents at different locations within our study area. After investigating 1,429 scats, he found that diet items varied across space and time, which reflects the flexible food habits of coyotes.

    The most common food items were small rodents (42%), fruit (23%), deer (22%), and rabbit (18%). (Scats often have more than one diet item; therefore, frequencies do not necessarily add up to 100%). Apparently, the majority of coyotes in our study area do not, in fact, rely on pets or garbage for their diets."

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    Thank you Jill H. All very interesting information. I would expect an urban animal would have to shift their diet in order to survive. So because of that, It would be hard to predict what they will be hungry for on any given day. I myself won't be taking any...

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    Thank you Jill H. All very interesting information. I would expect an urban animal would have to shift their diet in order to survive. So because of that, It would be hard to predict what they will be hungry for on any given day. I myself won't be taking any chances that it wouldn't come after my animal. Doesn't mean I'm not taking my dog out in the neighborhood, I just won't let her in our yard unsupervised and if I see one again I will turn around and go the other way again. Love my dog too much to take chances.

  • Very informative post Jane.

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