5 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

homeless camp

Saw several tents and sleeping bags under Metra tracks at Foster and Ravenswood.

  • future alderman future alderman

    "Artie": you "assumed" that because someone is homeless they can't move mattresses themselves-how do u think they got there? fell off a train?
    Bubbles: there are numerous things that disrupt our public lives every day-construction, rehabs, sewer work, construction, cubs games and cubs construction. When u live in the big city u should deal with it and not complain about someone who is trying to EXIST.

  • You're starting your political career and future bid on alderman right. All compassion with no plan to deal with difficult problems.

    Shall we designate the area in front of your home/building as a safe haven for the homeless? Doesn't sound like you would mind and it sure doesn't sound like you would be inconvenienced by it.

Jan 11

Updated 15 hours ago

Check out Chicago water quality

Watching @CBSThisMorning, interesting feature on poor water quality. Check out the calculator on EWG’s website to determine the quality of your drinking water. Here’s what the say is in our #Chicago tap water! https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=IL0316000#.WldvgLhMGEe

    EWG's Tap Water Database: What's in Your Drinking Water?
    Look up your local water system to find out which pollutants might be of concern, and find suggestions on the best kinds of home filters to remove those chemicals.
    https://www.ewg.org
  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    I had my lead water line replaced with copper and a whole house filter installed. Wasn't cheap, but well worth the health benefits.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    The only problem is old lead pipes are still in streets so a good filter is a good solution.

22 hours ago

Black & White Cat in our yard

This black & white cat came around today, hanging around our feral cats and caterwauling. It's fairly large and appears well fed, and it really wasn't interested in our cats' food. No ear tipping, so definitely not a registered feral cat, but still skittish of humans. Other than the fact that it's significantly larger than our male-neutered feral cats, I'm inclined to suspect it's a female in heat due to the excessive caterwauling and following our male-neutered feral cats around,...

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This black & white cat came around today, hanging around our feral cats and caterwauling. It's fairly large and appears well fed, and it really wasn't interested in our cats' food. No ear tipping, so definitely not a registered feral cat, but still skittish of humans. Other than the fact that it's significantly larger than our male-neutered feral cats, I'm inclined to suspect it's a female in heat due to the excessive caterwauling and following our male-neutered feral cats around, but not trying to fight (but they have no idea what to do since they are both neutered!) If this is your cat, please let me know, otherwise we'll contact Treehouse to try and trap it before any more unwanted kittens are conceived.

43 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Granite Person

Does anyone recommend a granite person with a shop near Ravenswood? Need to outfit a wet bar with a sink. Thank you in advance.

  • BettyR Northcenter

    We used A-American Custom Flooring (they sell granite too) several years ago, and were very happy with them.

    To give context, we chose A-American to install a granite countertop we bought from them in a second bathroom. The granite is beautiful and the installation went smoothly.

    Years later we hired...

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    We used A-American Custom Flooring (they sell granite too) several years ago, and were very happy with them.

    To give context, we chose A-American to install a granite countertop we bought from them in a second bathroom. The granite is beautiful and the installation went smoothly.

    Years later we hired a contractor to redo our main bathroom. We bought the granite from a place our contractor recommended (I can’t remember the name of the place-it was in the western suburbs), and our contractor installed it. The installation did not go as smoothly. There was some slight damage to the drywall that the contractor had to repair. Nothing major, but it showed us that A-American really knew their business.

    They have a location on Irving Park and Kedzie. http://www.aamericanflooring.com/aamerican/a-american-custom-flooring-locations

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    I second A-American! I have referred them to several clients and they always impress! They are top in their field. Many developers use them also. They also have a very nice selection of granites. And what is really fun is you can go to the warehouse and pick out the slab your granite comes from! But if you prefer quartz, they have plenty. Just west of Kenzie on the south side of Irving Park Rd.

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Water line install pipe replacement Referrals needed

Hello, i'm getting a waterline install quote for a 3 flat in the Northside of Chicago. Looking for economical referrals if anyone has any. I've already gotten pricey quotes from Apex, and Parks Plumbing but am wondering if a smaller company can do better. Thanks everyone.

  • May I ask why the street to house line needs to be replaced? Is it leaking before reaching the house or having low pressure issue? When I replaced the lines in my building we did it from the point where it entering the house to all the fixtures and the boiler room.

  • Mike Goode Owner of Goode Plumbing in Chicago

    When you say waterline, are you referring to the water service? This is the line that brings water from the municipal main to your building. If that’s the case, then your choices among plumbing contractors is going to be more limited than for work that does not involve going into...

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    When you say waterline, are you referring to the water service? This is the line that brings water from the municipal main to your building. If that’s the case, then your choices among plumbing contractors is going to be more limited than for work that does not involve going into the public way, which is required to replace a water service. Depending on the current size and fixture count, you may we’ll need to go into the street, requiring a street opening permit among other things. I’m not certain of the age of your 3 flat, but many older buildings in Chicago have a 1 inch lead (or iron) water service which no longer meets current code. You will need to bring things up to current code once you expose it. We do not do water services yet-it is one of the very few services we do not offer (but are looking to in the not too distant future) but would be happy to refer you to someone. If you are looking for inside plumbing, I’d be happy to give you any advice or take a look at things if you’d like.

5 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • Top Line did my fence. If you want to see it in person or pictures email me.

  • Be careful about relying on Angie's List. At least a few of us EB Neighbors can say from personal experience that it's bogus, with stilted/unreliable reviews.

    Definitely go with neighbors referrals for services and cross-reference various reviews/ratings as much as possible.

    I have no skin in the game, but like...

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    Be careful about relying on Angie's List. At least a few of us EB Neighbors can say from personal experience that it's bogus, with stilted/unreliable reviews.

    Definitely go with neighbors referrals for services and cross-reference various reviews/ratings as much as possible.

    I have no skin in the game, but like to promote good services when I can. Search my comments for "Ironman", for details from my watching one of their installations. Very nicely done and withstanding the test of time. Two other EB neighbors who've used him continue to recommend Ironman (owner is always on-site working the job).

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lose some keys near Eastwood and Western (west of south west corner) ?

Yes you Dominican University Alumni.

Let me know any key details and I'll drop them at Beans and Bagels for you Friday morning early.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    Haven't heard from anyone. Unless I hear from the owner today - I'll bring/send these keys to the auto dealer mentioned with the auto membership program tag.

Jan 09

Updated 2 days ago

Suspicious Dept of Streets & Sanitation truck on Paulina @ Ainslie

Since at least mid-December the SE corner of Paulina at Ainslie has been taped off as a Tow Zone, supposedly by the Dept of Streets and Sanitation. However, no work nor workers have been spotted a single time. But I do have reason to believe that this is being abused...

The sign posted currently reads, “No Parking-Tow Zone 7a - 11pm through 1/30/18” yet more often than not a lone Dept of Streets & Sani truck is parked inside the...

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Since at least mid-December the SE corner of Paulina at Ainslie has been taped off as a Tow Zone, supposedly by the Dept of Streets and Sanitation. However, no work nor workers have been spotted a single time. But I do have reason to believe that this is being abused...

The sign posted currently reads, “No Parking-Tow Zone 7a - 11pm through 1/30/18” yet more often than not a lone Dept of Streets & Sani truck is parked inside the Tow Zone at all hours. There has also been a dark red minivan spotted parked there, also in the Tow Zone, also during the listed times. I’ve done a little Google sleuthing and have reason to believe that this is occurring directly in front of a house in which an employee of the Dept of Streets & Sani lives.

In my 15 years in this city I’ve never once seen street work being done in a residential neighborhood at 11pm...

This may all be coincidence, but with how difficult it is to park on this street and the city that we live in, I thought I’d stir the pot and see what was cooking.

Smells awfully fishy to me.

  • So I contacted the alderman's office and here was the responce:

    Thanks for your email. There is an active permit in the city's system for the Dept. of Water Management to repair a defective buffalo box in the parkway there at 4895 N. Paulina. They had an initial dig date...

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    So I contacted the alderman's office and here was the responce:

    Thanks for your email. There is an active permit in the city's system for the Dept. of Water Management to repair a defective buffalo box in the parkway there at 4895 N. Paulina. They had an initial dig date on the permit of 12/1 and then it was moved to 12/26. I know that DWM has been grappling with the number of leaks and frozen water services that popped up during the cold snap, and I suspect that this delayed them coming to perform this repair which isn't as critical as someone without water.

    Your neighbor's name is Erick Norton and he is the 47th Ward Superintendent. He coordinates garbage pickup, snow removal, and sanitation code enforcement here in the ward. He is one of 50 such superintendent's in the City of Chicago. I asked him about this and he reported that he was having low water pressure in his home and put a request in to have the city inspect. When they did, DWM found the defective buffalo box and put the item in the queue for repairs.

    I will reach out to DWM today to see if I can get a more concrete timetable. I will also see about having the signs taken down unless they plan to be there shortly.

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    PrinceRobot again. This still doesn't really seem right to me. I've followed up in terms of the time table and sent a few snaps just to prove my point. To be fair, since I started this thread dude has not been parking there. So maybe he's already paying attention?

  • nice work!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

LOST DOG

Please help is find our boy. Last seen 1/14/18 around Cullom and Leavitt in North Center/Lincoln Square neighborhood. Went out to shovel the steps and sidewalk and turned around and he was gone. We walked every block in half mile radius for 5 hours and didn't see him anywhere. His trail of paw prints in the snow just ended or got covered up by the falling snow. We are hoping he got taken in by a good samaritan neighbor. Please...

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Please help is find our boy. Last seen 1/14/18 around Cullom and Leavitt in North Center/Lincoln Square neighborhood. Went out to shovel the steps and sidewalk and turned around and he was gone. We walked every block in half mile radius for 5 hours and didn't see him anywhere. His trail of paw prints in the snow just ended or got covered up by the falling snow. We are hoping he got taken in by a good samaritan neighbor. Please share or post on your facebook or instagram if you live in the area. We need to make our family whole again. He is an elderly beige Boston Terrier mix with white markings on his face and a crooked right front paw.

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Jan 05

Updated 5 days ago

Salt Is No Substitute.....

.....for timely shoveling/plowing/snoblowing.

Hello Neighbors - I've owned my home for 22 years on Paulina between Montrose and Wilson. It seems, particularly over the past few years, the use of salt on the public sidewalks - not just by multi-unit buildings and businesses - but also by homeowners has increased dramatically. As the owner of a dog that I walk twice a day for 40 minutes each time, I'm finding it impossible to get through a walk without my dog...

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.....for timely shoveling/plowing/snoblowing.

Hello Neighbors - I've owned my home for 22 years on Paulina between Montrose and Wilson. It seems, particularly over the past few years, the use of salt on the public sidewalks - not just by multi-unit buildings and businesses - but also by homeowners has increased dramatically. As the owner of a dog that I walk twice a day for 40 minutes each time, I'm finding it impossible to get through a walk without my dog coming up lame from salt burns on his paw pads at least 6 times each walk - sometimes even more. Don't get me wrong, salt can be useful on those rare occasions when we have a glaze ice situation or when melting snow suddenly re-freezes. But to simply throw down piles of salt to avoid shoveling or - for whatever reason - throwing it down after shoveling, just doesn't make sense or is just a sign of laziness. As an example, after the last snow event, not a single grain of salt was used by the homeowners on the north half of the block, and yet the sidewalks have been and continue to be perfectly clear following conscientious shoveling or snowblowing by my neighbors. In fact, our sidewalks are actually clearer than many of the sidewalks where we have to dodge the piles of salt that remain day after day after application. In fact, with plunging temps so often coming immediately after snow events, as most people know, salt dramatically loses its effectiveness - yet it lingers on sidewalks for weeks.

Some might say "can't the dogs just wear those booties"? No. While some dogs will tolerate them the majority of dogs refuse to wear them and just push them off their paws.

I ask that homeowners - as well as tenants/condo owners, please ask your snow removal service or superintendent - to seriously limit the use of salt to those situations where it is genuinely needed and is actually effective. And please, do not throw it down just to avoid actually removing snow.

Thank for listening.

  • Here we go again!

  • I've lived here for15 years and I always shovel in a timely manner after even the smallest amount of snow. Other posters are correct: There isn't anything I can do about snow that drifts and melts overnight and creates an ice skating rink on the front concrete. I do have...

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    I've lived here for15 years and I always shovel in a timely manner after even the smallest amount of snow. Other posters are correct: There isn't anything I can do about snow that drifts and melts overnight and creates an ice skating rink on the front concrete. I do have a dog and do spent the extra on the expensive pet safe salt because leaving the ice on my front parkway so my elderly neighbors, my mail person, and any other passersby fall and break something isn't an option. Do you know what is an option? Twice daily trips to the Foster Beach Dog Park.

    I agree that calling 311 to report those who don't shovel is import. What you're asking is just entitled whining.

Jan 10

Updated 6 days ago

Anyone's Child Go to DePaul College Pre?

My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I...

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My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I felt it important that he learn to work with his hands as well. It seems so many people go to college only to come out and struggle to find work. Yet I have a friend who is an electrician and he makes fantastic money, and has always been busy.

The other concern was, is DePaul CP a racist school? I see they have a Black Student Union, but none for whites! I do not want to send my son to a racist school since we are a family that is proud of what God made us (I am white, my wife is Hispanic) so we would not mind him joining a group of others that would share like minded ideas about their culture, as I am sure the Black Student Union does, but to have one and not the other worries me in that, this may be a school that teaches that some races deserve special treatment based solely on the color of their skin. Does anyone have experience with DePaul CP? Many thanks for advise. We have a couple of years, but time passes quickly!

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

    Or cook...

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    No guilt whatsoever on my part.

    Yes these are both true. My electrician friend says that another complaint he has is when his customers go on youtube, assume each job is just like it is on the internet and then question his price, yet are unable to turn a screwdriver on their own. He charges $185 per hour for his labor rate, and even with overhead, that is not a bad living.

Jan 13

  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 5 STORY 12 UNIT MULTI FAMILY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH AUXILIARY USE COMMERCIAL UNIT AND AUXILLARY USE 12 CAR GARAGE AS PER PLANS

    2246 W. Lawrence Ave. Issued January 11, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    CHICAGO BRAUHAUS, INC. 131-08414-02 LOW VOLTAGE PERMIT FOR LOW VOLTAGE CAMERA INSTALLATION BURGLAR INSTALLATION

    4732 N. Lincoln Ave. Issued January 11, 2018 Comment

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Jan 11

What to Eat. Drink. Do. in January

4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-293-2665

4740 N. Western Ave. 773-728-3890

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1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252

2119 S. Halsted St. 773-523-7437

127 W. Huron St. 312-374-1830

1520 N. Damen Ave. 773-252-1500

5101 N. Clark St. 773-942-7572

600 E. Grand Ave. 800-595-7437

1229 W. Belmont Ave. 773-975-8150

1501 N. Kingsbury St. 773-880-5200

2412 W. North Ave. 312-828-8199

1725 W. Hubbard St. 312-796-3119

505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-944-4100

149 W. Kinzie St. 773-348-8899

100 N. LaSalle St. 312-621-0801

3637 N. Clark St. 773-388-8260

1029 W. 35th St. 773-523-0200

    What to Eat. Drink. Do. in January
    FRIDAY, JAN. 12 Smokey Joe's Soul Shack at Pleasant House Pub 2119 S. Halsted St. 773-523-7437 Warm up after your stroll through the opening receptions at Pilsen studios during the Chicago Arts District's Second Fridays Gallery Night (6-10 p.m.) by grabbing a drink and dancing to a set from DJ Joe Bryl spanning soul, funk, R&B and disco.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 11

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Jan 07

Updated Jan 10

Never ending car alarm

Hi folks,

I wanted to know if anyone has experienced a never ending car alarm somewhere on Lawrence between Oakley and Leavitt. Today, I was woken up at 7am by this alarm, it is now 9:30am and it’s still going on. Tuesday afternoon and night it seems the same car had the same issue. The alarm went on till 8pm from the mid afternoon. I called 311 which connected me to the police they said they would bring a car out this was a little before 8am but obviously nothing has happened. Does anyone have any suggestions what to do about this?

  • I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove...

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    I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove down the street. It was going off several times a minute round the clock. I was starting to go crazy after a week of this. I finally put a note on the car explaining the frequency. After the note disappeared so did the sound. I think non nasty notes are the most effective. Unfortunately I don't think you can do anything in the moment because I don't think cops will tow the car. Unless you know how to get into the car and turn it off like that other guy!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Google the battery location of the make and model of the offending car, and use a hammer to put a chisel or long screwdriver through it.

Jan 08

Updated Jan 10

Bedbug Help

Can anyone recommend a company that does heat treatment for bedbugs? I used Smithereens and they did not do an good job and I still have a problem.

  • We used Aegis Pest Management for a difficult problem in our building. They first brought in their bed bug detection dog and then treated affected units. They explained what they were doing, were very detailed/thorough, and got rid of a bed bug problem that had spread throughout 75% of our building.
    Their contact information is info@aegispest.com or 773-433-3800

  • karen g.p. Registered Nurse at Ill. Masonic

    Thanks for all the tips. Smithereen does offer that but denied that I had bedbugs even tho I had bites a week after they did there treatment.

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 08

Updated Jan 09

Lincoln and Foster

Does anyone know what happen last night on lincoln and foster around 8:30pm there were cops in the alley behind the condo building next to Tonys finer foods and they were on lincoln across from walgreens looking in the doorways and checking under cars there were in total about 10 squad car

  • There were some loud noises at that time. Wasn't sure what they were. Near Foster & Western.

May 27 2015

Updated Jan 09

Looking for Wedding Ceremony/ Reception Venue(s)

We are seeking a simple but elegant and low cost venue for our wedding ceremony/ reception around Chicago for May of next year. There will be about 60 - 75 guests. We are open to any ideas including unique and edgy locations. All of our family members are travelling from out of town and we want to give them a fun and nice time without breaking the bank.

  • McBean animals, art, outdoors

    To anyone subscribed to this, I wanted to post an update. After changing ideas on the venue and guests and date, we finally decided to have our wedding at Goose Island brewery on Clybourn next July with about 80 guests. We reserved two event rooms and will have a buffet...

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    To anyone subscribed to this, I wanted to post an update. After changing ideas on the venue and guests and date, we finally decided to have our wedding at Goose Island brewery on Clybourn next July with about 80 guests. We reserved two event rooms and will have a buffet and bar in one, and the marriage ceremony and dancing in the other. The food and beverage choices are very good and affordable. The sound system is great and we will do our own music using spotify. Lisa the event coordinator is super nice. We are happy with our choice and can't wait!

  • McBean, hope your marriage is going strong! How did your reception turn out, were you happy with the results and the final cost? And would you mind letting us know how much per head it came out to (or a $ range)?

Jan 09

Chicago native and DC Comic writer Michael Moreci chats with the morning crew

The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17 for Local Author Night

    Chicago native and DC Comic writer Michael Moreci chats with the morning crew
    Michael Moreci is the author of the sci-fi novel BLACK STAR RENEGADES (January 2, 2018; St. Martin's Press). Additionally, he's a bestselling comics writer who's written Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and other well-known characters.
    http://wgntv.com

Jan 07

Updated Jan 09

Cleaning lady/service?

We are looking for a cleaning lady for our home. It's officially 4 beds and 2.5 baths, but we are a couple with no children, so it's much less work than it might seem based on straight up numbers. We had a lady who cleaned it for $75, but she kept breaking things... Does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably-priced cleaning person?

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Maybe this couple works a lot of hours and simply cannot find the time. Before I was married, I lived with my girlfriend. I worked very long days, as did she, in addition to going to school. Sorry after a 12 hour day, the last thing either of us felt...

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    Maybe this couple works a lot of hours and simply cannot find the time. Before I was married, I lived with my girlfriend. I worked very long days, as did she, in addition to going to school. Sorry after a 12 hour day, the last thing either of us felt like was cleaning house. We had a cleaning lady once a week and our place was always guest ready. You assume because they don't have kids, Mark, that they don't use the other rooms. Maybe they have an office, gym, hobby room etc.

  • Who wouldn't enjoy having a cleaning person if they could afford it?

  • Mary, let me know if you find anyone as we too are looking for about the same needs.

Jan 08

Parking

Hello im looking for someone who. has a parking spot for rent in the Albany Park area. I live near montrose and kimball and parking is awful. I will be moving in March but staying in the same area. My budget is $50-100 per month. Thanks in advance!

Mauricio

Dec 24

Updated Jan 08

44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to

...flan. $55/adult and $24/children ages 4-12, 2-10 p.m. both days. 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-208-7441, artangosteakhouse.com...

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20 East will offer Christmas Day brunch with a hot chocolate bar, monkey bread, baked crabcake Benedict and a smoked salmon board. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 20 E. Delaware Place, 312-397-3633, 20eastchicago.com.

The Albert will host a three-course, family-style Christmas Eve and Christmas Day supper with items like heirloom turnips, dry-aged Painted Hills beef rack, au gratin potatoes and a cranberry-ginger cobbler. $75/person, 2-9 p.m., 228 E. Ontario St., 312-471-3883, thealbertchicago.com.

...the day and end in dessert. $21.95/adults, $12.95/children 12 and younger. 909 W. Belmont Ave., 773-348-2378, annsather.com...

...Brunch is $22 per person, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, 5101 N. Clark St., 773-942-7572, barromachicago.com...

...bone marrow pudding pie. Dinner is $52 per person, 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725, bigjoneschicago.com...

...m., and 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve; noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400, bistronomic.net...

...York sirloin and other chef specials. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 1301 N. State Parkway, 312-649-0535, boothone.com...

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! will serve tapas and bloody marys, waffles with house-made chocolate-hazelnut spread, and breakfast paella with Spanish sausage. Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000, cafebabareeba.com.

...m. to 1 p.m. brunch and 2-8 p.m. dinner on Christmas Day. 311 N. Morgan St., 312-764-1908, citymousechicago.com...

...p.m. brunch on Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day, 2000 W. Roscoe St., 773-697-7965, commonwealthchicago.com...

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab offers bone-in fillet, Florida stone crab claws, Dover sole and fried chicken. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637, joes.net.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya will serve ramen and Japanese-inspired hot cocktails, like Fuyu Koshu, made with pinot noir, haku sake and Akama shochu. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-270-4150, kizuki.com.

Koi will serve a 10-course prix fixe holiday menu with dumplings, satay, spicy chicken wings, kung pao chicken, garlic prawns, tempura banana and chocolate lava cake. $30/person, 624 Davis St., Evanston, 847-866-6969, koievanston.com.

...percent off during lunch and dinner. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve., 1924 W. Division St., 773-772-6251, makrestaurant.com...

Maple & Ash will offer its full regular menu Christmas Eve with one special holiday item. You can order the fire-roasted seafood tower, dry-aged steaks or ricotta agnolotti, or choose the four-course, chef-selected menu. Noon to 9 p.m., 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888, mapleandash.com.

...30 p.m. Christmas Eve dinner; 2-8 p.m. Christmas Day brunch and dinner. 11 E. Walton St., 312-625-1324, michaelmina.net/restaurants/chicago/margeaux-brasserie...

Mastro’s Steakhouse will add specials to the regular menu, including a cocktail called the Winter Whisper, made with RumChata, Kerrygold Irish Cream and D’usse Cognac. 3-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 3-9 p.m. Christmas Day; 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100, mastrosrestaurants.com.

Mercat a la Planxa will offer regular brunch and dinner menus on Christmas Day and the regular menu on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve dinner, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Christmas Day brunch, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Christmas Day dinner, 5-9 p.m. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524, mercatchicago.com.

Mon Ami Gabi will serve French classics, like escargot, steak frites, onion soup and beef bourguignon. 4-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886, monamigabi.com.

Osteria Via Stato will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, a multicourse meal featuring seafood dishes, like lobster, shrimp and fennel risotto. The Italian meal comes with dessert and sides. $59.95/person, 4-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com.

...55 for children 12 and under, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Day. 108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888, chicago.peninsula.com...

Il Porcellino will serve Christmas Eve dinner with items like pan-seared scallops and a Maine lobster over linguine. 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800, ilporcellinochicago.com.

R.J. Grunts will offer an all-you-can-eat brunch Christmas Eve with salad bar, pecan bread pudding French toast, mini Belgian waffles and more. Brunch, $15.95, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the restaurant will be open until 7 p.m.; 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-929-5363, rjgruntschicago.com

RPM Italian will serve the Feast of Seven Fishes, with dishes like whole roasted lobster and wild Dover sole. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Dinner is $85/person, noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888, rpmrestaurants.com.

RPM Steak will serve its traditional dinner menu, as well as seasonal specials. Noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990, rpmrestaurants.com.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will feature a surf-and-turf special of twin cold-water lobster tails, with a choice of steak. 2-9 p.m. Christmas Eve; noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day; 431 N. Dearborn St., 312-321-2725, ruthschris.com.

Shaw’s Crab House will serve a special brunch menu on Christmas Eve, with roasted leg of lamb, honey ham, holiday pies and cookies. Brunch is $75/adults and $20/kids 12 and under. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722, shawscrabhouse.com.

...to 2 p.m. and dinner is 2-10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. At 1954 N. Halsted St., 772-634-4101, stellabarra.com...

Tanta will serve Christmas Eve dinner with such specials as uni ceviche, wagyu carpaccio, crispy pork shank with Peruvian corn pepian, and seafood. 5-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700, tantachicago.com.

...p.m. dinner, Christmas Eve; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch, Christmas Day; 160 E. Pearson St., 312-573-5160, toralichicago.com...

...m.; dinner is $85 for adults, $40 for kids 5-12, 5-10 p.m.; 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7705, travellechicago.com...

    44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to
    For a time meant to be full of joy, Christmas can sure be stressful. You're expected to decorate, host and also throw together an extravagant meal - I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Make it easier on yourself by letting one of the many restaurants open during the holidays take care of dinner, so you can focus on giving your loved ones some quality time.
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  • Thanks for the tip, but I'd rather go to one of my favorites, Trattoria Gianni.

  • What about Sapori on Halsted and Shubert? One of my favorites.

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Has anyone see these photos from China?

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Dec 27

Updated Jan 07

Save the Tables: Last-minute New Year's Eve reservations at 178 Chicago restaurants

Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $75 (before 7 p.m.) and $85 (8:30 p.m. and later). Live music. 872-208-7441.

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Arami, 1829 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Special a la carte New Year’s Eve menu. 312-243-1535.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Vegetable-forward, a la carte menu. 312-265-1745.

Bar Roma, 5101 N. Clark St. Table for two at noon (brunch menu), table for two at 7 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-942-7572.

The Barn, 1016 Church St., Evanston. Table for two at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $70; four-course menu, $85, five-course menu, $100. 847-868-8041.

Beatrix, 519 N. Clark St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-284-1377.

Beatrix Streeterville, 671 N. St. Clair St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-642-0001.

Beatrix Fulton Market, 834 W. Fulton Market. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-733-0370.

BellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph St. Saving a table for four, available any time. Regular menu plus special family-style menu available. 312-563-1010.

Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Special NYE menu $45, $75 with beverage pairings. 773-275-5725.

Bites Asian Kitchen, 3313 N. Clark St. Table for two 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu) and table for four at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Regular menu. 773-270-5972.

Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St. Table for two and for four at 7:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $65; beer ($25) and wine ($35) pairings available. 312-955-0439.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. Live music. 312-649-0535.

Brickhouse Tavern, 3647 N. Clark St., is holding five tickets ($80) to the first-ever New Year’s countdown in the Park at Wrigley. Expansive passed-food options, premium drink package, party favors, midnight toast and more; doors open 9 p.m. Tickets via brickhousetavernchi.com, or call 312-579-3637.

The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 773-862-5555.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 2024 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-935-5000.

Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State St. Table for two at 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu), table for two at 7:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Three-course menu $59.99, with optional cocktail pairings for $15.99; regular menu also available. 312-955-0014.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, 1401 S. Michigan Ave. Tables for two and four at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-786-1401.

Chop Shop. 2033 W. North Ave. Table for four at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $60; regular a la carte menu also available. Performance by Har Mar Superstar at 8 p.m. 773-537-4440.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 4 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-792-3502.

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $79. 312-764-1908.

Commons Club (Virgin Hotel Chicago), 203 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $85. 312-940-4747.

Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., is saving four tickets ($60) for its 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors and midnight toast. 773-697-7965.

Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $55; optional wine pairing $25. 773-661-1671.

Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-226-5550.

The Dearborn, 145 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Three-course menu, $72. 312-384-1242.

Dolce Italian, 127 W. Huron St. Table for four at 5 p.m. Seasonal Italian menu. 312-754-0700.

Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Ave. Table for four at 10 p.m. Four-course menu, with shot of tequila, $89. Live mariachi. 773-661-6454.

Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W. 18th St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Five-course menu, $65 (optional beer pairings $25, wine pairings $35). 312-526-3851.

Eden, 1748 W. Lake St. Table for two and for four at 9 p.m. Special a la carte menu. 312-366-2294.

El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu featured. 312-265-1130.

Elske, 1350 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $85 (optional wine pairings $45), plus a la carte menu with supplements. 312-733-1314.

Ema, 74 W. Illinois St. Table for two at 6 p.m., and two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-527-5586.

The Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular upscale-pub menu. 773-489-5050.

Fizz Eater and Soda Fountain, 7958 W. Belmont Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu of retro burgers, shakes, phosphates. 773-839-3499.

The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St. Table for two or four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte Italian menu. 312-660-8866.

Formento’s, 925 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-690-7295.

Found, 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Table for two at 8 p.m. Midnight in Paris party features five-course, shared-plate menu for $75. 847-868-8945.

Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. 312-482-8800.

Hearth Restaurant, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 9 p.m. Four-course menu, $70; regular menu also available. 847-570-8400.

The Herbarium at Bad Hunter, 150 N. Halsted St., Table for 6 at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $80. 312-912-4882.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, 2700 W. Chicago Ave. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Three-course menu, $60; six-course menu, $120; caviar tasting, $90. 773-661-9577. (See review here.)

Honey’s, 1111 W. Lake St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Four-course, west-European menu, $85. 312-877-5929.

Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 6 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Regular menu with specials. 312-828-0051.

Il Porcellino, 59 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 7 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Featuring family-style supper and holiday specials. Midnight toast. 312-959-0800.

Imperial Lamian, 6 W. Hubbard St. Table for two at 7:30, table for four at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu of favorites, plus specials. 312-595-9440.

Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. at La Cantina, The Village and Vivere restaurants, each serving its regular menu and Champagne from large-format bottles. 312-332-7005.

Ixcateco Grill, 3402 W. Montrose Ave. Table for two at 6:45 p.m., table for four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte menu and specials. BYO. 773-539-5887.

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine, 624 Davis St., Evanston. Table for two at noon (dim sum brunch), kids countdown table for four at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte menu and $30 tasting menu available. 847-866-6969.

Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Three-course Vietnamese menu, $75. 312-255-0088.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Table for two at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve lobster bash includes all-you-can-eat lobster, side dishes and New Year’s swag, $75. Limited a la carte menu also available. 773-913-3774.

Macello Ristorante, 1235 W. Lake St. Table for four at 7 p.m. and table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-850-9870.

Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two and table for four at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu. 708-328-3091.

Mariscos Sirena, 3658 W. Lawrence Ave. Table for four at 7 and 9 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $45; regular menu also available. BYO. 773-961-7016.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Table for four at 5:30 p.m. Five-course modern-French tasting menu, $95. 312-646-1386.

Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie St. Table for two at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Five-course sharing menu, $45 (2 1/2-hour open bar $50 additional). 312-329-9555.

mfk, 432 W. Diversey Parkway. Table for two at 9 p.m. Seasonal a la carte menu. 773-857-2540.

Mi Tocaya Antojeria, 2800 W. Logan Boulevard. Table for four at 6:30 p.m. Seasonal, regional-Mexican dishes. 872-315-3947.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill, 835 N. Michigan Ave. Two tables for up to four guests at 12:30 p.m. Brunch menu. 312-335-4745.

Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tasting menu (15 courses) with sparkling wine toast, $75.

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu for $99.99. 312-664-2727.

Naoki, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 773-868-0002.

Nonnina, 340 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu plus Italian specials. 312-822-0077.

Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu, $95. 312-642-8450.

Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Special three-course dinner, $65. 847-328-0399.

Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-421-0077.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular, seafood-focused menu. 312-202-6050.

PR Italian Bistro, 3908 N. Sheridan Road. Table for four at 8 p.m. Blackboard menu will feature a la carte “foodie countdown” of its most popular dishes. 773-404-8955.

Proxi, 565 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-466-1950.

The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $75. 312-733-9555.

Regards to Edith, 326 N. Morgan St. Table for four at 6 p.m. in dining room; table for four at 8:30 p.m. in the bar. A la carte menu with specials. 312-763-6564.

Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 7 p.m., table for four at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Regular menu with specials, fireworks view. 312-644-7482.

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. A la carte NYE menu of River Roast favorites, including prime rib and whole duck. 312-822-0100.

R.J. Grunts, 2056 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for two at 7 p.m. A la carte menu. 773-929-5363.

SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-313-1007.

Saint Lou’s Assembly, 664 W. Lake St. Table for six at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $55 ($90 with optional wine pairings); a la carte menu also available. 312-600-0600.

Salero, 621 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four-course Spanish-inspired menu, including black-truffle and lobster paella, $75. Wine pairings and bar packages available. 312-466-1000.

Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6:30 p.m.; table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular menu with specials; special Champagne prices. 312-880-0130.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 7 and 9 p.m. Titanic-themed menu, starting at $60. 773-697-4413.

State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St. Table for four at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-239-9400.

Steadfast, 120 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-801-8899.

Stella Barra Pizzeria, 1954 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-634-4101.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular a la carte menu and Peruvian holiday specials. 312-222-9700.

Tavern on Little Fort, 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., is saving four tickets ($40) for an 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors, midnight toast. 773-360-1869.

Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Regular menu and specials. 312-664-9600.

312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle Drive. Table for four at 7 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-696-2420.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Court. Holding two tickets to annual, sold-out party. $15 includes Champagne split or beer tallboy, plus DJ, dancing, midnight toast. 312-642-0700.

Tuscany on Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and table for six at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Regular menu with chef specials, midnight toast. 312-829-1990.

20 East, 20 E. Delaware Place. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Regular menu; Champagne toast at midnight. 312-397-3633.

Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four course menu, $75; wine pairings and bar packages available. 773-935-9663.

The Albert, 228 E. Ontario St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $125; wine pairings $75 additional. 312-471-3883.

The Aviary, 955 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course cocktail tasting menu with food bites, $135. hospitality@theaviary.com.

Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 8:30 p.m. Six-course tasting menu, $85 (wine pairing $45 additional). 312-667-0104.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Tasting menu, $125; regular menu also available. 312-715-0708.

Blvd, 817 W. Lake St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. Family style menu, $125, includes Champagne toast. DJ, dancers and other surprises. 312-526-3116.

Brindille, 534 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting menus (ranging $125-$250 with wines) available. 312-595-1616.

Cafe Robey, 2018 W. North Ave. Table for two at 9 p.m. Four-course dinner with wine pairings, $110 ($75 without pairings). 872-315-3084.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with holiday specials. 773-871-2100.

Duck Duck Goat, 857 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 7 p.m. Fixed-price dinner, $70; optional beverage pairing $30. 312-902-3825.

The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Five-course menu, $95; seven-course menu, $120. Wine pairings available. Midnight toast and party favors. 312-724-8811.

Fremont, 15 W. Illinois St., is saving five tickets ($125) for its A Night in Disguise party; package includes premium bar, passed appetizers, midnight toast. Tickets at fremontchicago.com, or call 312-874-7270.

Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave. Saving a table for two or four for 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m...

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-8999.

Gibsons Italia, 233 N. Canal St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-414-1100.

GT Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells St. Table for four at 7:15 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-929-3501.

GT Prime, 707 N. Wells St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-600-6305.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush St. Table for four at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-640-0999.

Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W. Lake St., is holding four tickets for its Countdown to New Year’s Eve party. Premium bar, passed hors d’eouvres, Champagne toast at midnight. $125, tax and tip included. 312-733-4818.

The J Parker, 1816 N. Clark St., is holding two tickets for its Roaring ’20s party, which starts at 9 p.m. Premium beverages, passed appetizers, dessert station, DJ Kareem and midnight toast, $125. 312-254-4747.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand Ave. Table for four at 11 p.m. Regular menu; prosecco toast at midnight. 312-379-5637.

Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., is saving four tickets ($150) for 8 p.m. party. Bar package, passed hors d’oeuvres, hosted Champagne bar 8-9 p.m., DJs, midnight toast. 312-955-0399.

Katana, 339 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5:30 and 8 p.m, and table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular sushi and robata menus featured. 312-877-5544.

The Kennison, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Five-course menu with wine pairings, $110. 312-981-7070.

La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu available. 312-226-5300.

Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph St., is holding four tickets for its ’70s-themed New Year’s Eve party, starting 8:30 p.m. Food stations and passed food, open bar, DJ and dancing, $150. 312-888-3455.

Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Place. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Regular menu. 312-642-3400.

Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St. Two tables for two at 7:45 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu with specials, Champagne toast at midnight. 312-944-8888.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7 p.m. Spanish tasting menu, $95; vegetarian tasting, $65. 312-765-0524.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Eat Like Mike NYE package, $125; $150 with optional beer and wine pairings. 312-321-8823.

Monteverde, 1020 W. Madison St. Table for two at 7 p.m.; two bar seats at 9 p.m. Early seating features four-course menu, $110; late seating features five-course menu, $125, and includes live music and midnight toast. 312-888-3041.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Table 81 (corner table, best view) being held for party of four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting options. 312-321-6242.

Nico Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St. Table for two at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $110; regular menu also available. 312-944-7100.

Osteria Langhe, 2824 W. Armitage Ave. Two tables for four at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $85, or $135 with half-bottle of sparkling wine. Champagne toast. 773-661-1582.

Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus a la carte special menu including Dover sole and beef Wellington. 312-726-7777.

Quartino, 626 N. State St. Table for four at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-698-5000.

Roister, 951 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8 p.m. A la carte menu; deposit required at booking. hospitality@roisterrestaurant.com.

RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St. Table for four at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Regular menu with luxury specials. 312-284-4990.

Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St. Table for two at 9:30 p.m. Six-course menu, $125. 312-441-1920.

Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6 p.m. Three-course menu, $125. 312-787-9596.

Somerset, 1112 N. State St. Table for two at 6:15 p.m., table for four at 8:15 p.m. and table for two at 10:15 p.m. Four-course menu, $135; beverage pairings available. 312-586-2150.

SteakBar, 1500 N. Wells St., is saving five tickets ($100) for its American Hustle party. Package includes premium drinks, passed appetizers, dessert hour, party favors, midnight toast. Tickets at steakbarchicago.com or call 773-966-0404.

Steak 48, 615 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. and two tables for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-4848.

Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Market. Table for two and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-733-9420.

Torali Italian-Steak, 160 E. Pearson St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus an $85 surf-and-turf special. 312-573-5160.

Travelle Kitchen + Bar, 330 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Fixed-price menu, $175; wine pairings $60 additional. 312-923-7705.

Vol. 39, 39 S. LaSalle St., is saving two tickets ($145) to the library bar’s Paris in 1920s themed party...

Wildfire, 159 W. Erie St. Table for two at 5:45, 6:45, 8:45 and 9:45 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-787-9000.

Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. and a table for two at 8:30...

Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 5 p.m. Multi-sensory, 14-to-16-course menu, $425. hospitality@alinearestaurant.com.

Boka, 1729 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7:45 p.m. Seven-course menu, $150; add $55 for standard wine pairing, $125 for reserve. 312-337-6070.

Entente, 3056 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Eight-course tasting menu by chef Brian Fisher, with wine pairings, $200. 872-206-8553.

Everest, 440 S. LaSalle St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $185; prix-fixe menu, $130. 312-663-8920.

GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie St. Table for two at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Early seating features five-course menu for $180 ($125 without wine pairings); late seating features six-course menu for $230 ($155 without wine pairings). 312-337-0101.

Next, 953 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8:45 p.m. Grand tasting menu, featuring dishes from acclaimed chefs around the world, $385 including midnight Champagne toast. hospitality@nextrestaurant.com.

Oriole, 661 W. Walnut St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Fifteen-course menu, $190. 312-877-5339.

Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 5 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $175. 312-588-8030.

Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Ten-course Autunno (fall) dinner, $350. 312-280-2750.

Temporis, 933 N. Ashland Ave. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Serving a special 10-course menu, $150; wine pairings available for $95 or $165. 773-697-4961.

Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. Six-course menu with wine pairings, $230 ($140 without pairings). Live mariachi music, Champagne toast. 312-661-1434.

    Save the Tables: Last-minute New Year's Eve reservations at 178 Chicago restaurants
    Welcome back to our annual Save-the-Tables feature, wherein you, the alert reader, get a shot at impossible-to-get New Year's Eve tables that I, your not-so-humble servant, have set aside. OK, actually, the restaurant owners themselves are the generous folks who set these reservations aside. But they're all in my name.
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  • Just read some of this thread. Steve sounds like your the only one impressed with yourself. Whats the big deal about an Eve of the Eve party at Merch Mart that anybody could drop $160 for. It's not some exclusive shindig that's by invitation only. You can see Maggie Speaks...

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    Just read some of this thread. Steve sounds like your the only one impressed with yourself. Whats the big deal about an Eve of the Eve party at Merch Mart that anybody could drop $160 for. It's not some exclusive shindig that's by invitation only. You can see Maggie Speaks at any of the numerous summer fest's all over the city ( but not downtown!! ) every summer for free. I don't think anybody at the party was all that impressed with you either Steve or you wouldn't be spending your time on EveryBlock with all us dumb paupers. Poor Steve. Too smart and rich for everyone.

  • Correction: he is neither.

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Case of the Disappearing Ink

I keep purchase receipts for items that are expensive, have a warranty, for tax records, resell, etc. Has anyone noticed that the ink on the reguster receipt disappears in a few months so the only proof of purchase is a blank piece of paper. It seems that this is not a benefit to the purchaser. I am thinking I should contact a consumer rights agency.

  • I pay for business purchases through my bank acct., then I download it to TaxAct and do a category report. Bingo, it's all there. I also keep an XLS of non-purchased things like biz mileage.

  • I Xerox important reciepts cause I have had this problem in the past.

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