20 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Staubers Reopens as Lakeview Ace Hardware

I stopped in today to the old Staubers, which was sold to Lakeview Ace. The same staff folks are there, who have always been so neighborly and helpful. Just wanted you all to know they're back. I'm so glad. I'd much rather shop there than at a big box store.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

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

38 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Anytime Fitness North Center

Does anybody have an idea of when the Anytime Fitness on Rockwell will open? Their corporate website has no information.

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    I'm wondering the same thing. I bet it will be right after the holidays when everyone makes their new years resolutions and are ready to pony up for a membership that will only get used in January :)

2 days ago

Nov 11

Updated 4 days ago

Catalytic Converter Stolen

Hey neighbors, just letting you know that my catalytic converter was stolen off my Jeep parked on Mozart. I filed a police report, but I wanted you all to be on the lookout. There has been a wave of this crime on the NW side

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

    Kittyhop in Logan Square, I was standing at my rear kitchen window while on an important phone call, when I saw the perpetrator inside my truck. I yelled out as loud as I could and pounded on my window, which startled both the customer service representative and the a-hole in...

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    Kittyhop in Logan Square, I was standing at my rear kitchen window while on an important phone call, when I saw the perpetrator inside my truck. I yelled out as loud as I could and pounded on my window, which startled both the customer service representative and the a-hole in my truck. I ran out my backdoor towards my truck when he ran down the alley while clutching his, what looked like, a gun peering out of his shirt. I had left my vehicle unlocked (not any more), just to avoid damage to my vehicle in situations like this.

  • WOW!!That is quite something...and yes, scary that he might have had a gun....

    (The guy from the service that jumped my car today had a gun in his belt..that ISN"T why I gave him a tip however...)< that's a joke...but he did have a gun..

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Where to look for stolen jewelry?

My engagement ring (a family heirloom) was stolen from my apartment by a burglar, and I realize that it's probably gone, but I'd still like to do my due diligence to try and find it. I've been looking at Craigslist, ebay, and some resale sites (offerup, facebook market). The detective assigned to our case looked through the pawn shop database but no luck.

Any other suggestions.

  • Chicago John North Center neighbor since 1989

    My heart goes out to you. Keep on searching. Offer a reward somehow. Good luck

Oct 31 2016

Updated 5 days ago

Carpet Cleaners

Hey there EB party people! I'm in need of a kickass carpet cleaning crew. Any recommendations out there? Thanks in advance!!

  • I love the work S and S carpet cleaning does regularly for my condo association. Call Sunny at 773-457-0555.

  • Andrew Levin Property Management Specialist

    I use S & S Carpet Cleaning as well and recommend them 100 percent.

  • We just had our carpets cleaned this weekend. I forget the name of the gentleman that showed up but here is their website: www.newdawncarpetcleaning.com
    They did an awesome job, we usually get our carpets cleaned before the holidays and this company did a better job than most we have hired in the past. Their prices are reasonable too. They also did our area rug.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Letters to Santa is back!

Once again, our Letters to Santa program is back for the 16th year running. We are down to less than 500 now, so if you would like to order any, please do so soon. You can send us an email with your order to directeffect@ameritech.net

You can see the program in action via our Facebook here.

https://www.facebook.com/directeffectcharity/

Thanks EB!

  • Please remember to include your mailing address in email. Thanks!

Nov 11

Nov 10

Rehabbed firehouse in North Center: $1.05M

2414 W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago: $1,049,000

    Rehabbed firehouse in North Center: $1.05M
    2414 W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago, illinois
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 02

Updated Nov 08

Windy City Playhouse

Two years ago someone posted about seeing a play at Windy City Playhouse. I checked them out and decided to buy a seasons pass. Every play I see there is better than the last. The prices are cheaper than down town at Goodman ( also had seasons pass there ), the seats are roomy & comfortable with a little table for your cocktail, there is free parking right outside. You can eat at Leader Bar or Pitchfork and walk over to the play. The acting is superb. The plays are all awesome. I just saw "Becky Shaw" tonite and loved it. if your into live plays at smaller venues check this place out. All around a great night out.

  • Been there once a while back, thoroughly enjoyed the experience & acting. I should go back soon again!

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    Chris Jones (Tribune theater critic) wrote that with "Becky Shaw" the theater looked to be hitting its stride as a neighborhood playhouse. He pointed out that some of their productions were pretty dreary in terms of subject matter. I was not enthusiastic about many of their early productions, but I look forward to the shows they have scheduled. My wife and I are eager to go and I'll be purchasing tickets.

Nov 08

Nov 07

Nov 07

Nov 04

Updated Nov 06

Shots fired

Around 4:43am there were three shots fired...about 30sec later 2 more shots were fired by Small Bar. Police were looking around but haven't found anything. I heard the first three shots got up and the next two were shot. Couldnt see them but very loud.

  • correction - probably near 3000 N Albany - at Wellington, by the bar.

  • Wellington and Albany. Shots were fired again yesterday at 12:30pm. They found casings from the bullets.

Nov 06

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Oct 31

Updated Nov 05

Stolen Dog at Addison/Damen

Stolen dog in North Center (Addison/Damen)! My colleague just got footage from a neighbor's home security of someone walking off with her dog - taken from her fenced in yard. If you live in the area please be on the look out for this sweet pup.

Nov 02

Updated Nov 04

Broken car window

A day late asking .... came out at 6:30 am to find my car window on driver's side had been busted in. Nothing stolen (not that there was anything), just really irritating. Wondering if anyone else in area had same experience? Happened on Francisco between Belmont & Elston.

  • Was this Halloween night?

  • Yes, unfortunately. I have lived in Chicago for 15 years .... 2.5 in this neighborhood and have never had any issues.

  • It was a group of neighborhood teenage kids who busted car windows on multiple vehicles with a baseball bat on Halloween night. If anyone else had their windows busted in the Avondale neighborhood or by the Target on Addison near Sacramento park send me a private message and I’ll pass along the information I have.

Nov 01

Updated Nov 03

Belmo t & Kedzie area

Does any one know who to talk with about cleaning up tbe under pass by Belmont & Kedzie.I walk every day to train & home.It is getting dirtier & dirtier each day.Someone dumped a load of clothes now you walk in street or over the pile. I have lived in area for 40 some years & this is the worst its ever been. Needs to be cleaned before bad weather starts.

Nov 03

Gutted 1899 Chicago firehouse turned bright and roomy home lists in North Center

2414 W. Cuyler Avenue, Chicago IL [Estately]

    Gutted North Center firehouse turned single-family home lists for $1.04M
    Located in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, this renovated 1899 wood frame firehouse turned spacious single-family home hit the market just this afternoon. While brick eventually became the preferred building material for firehouses, timber was still a somewhat common choice around the turn of the century.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Nov 03

    Time For Kids-Nonfiction Reading! | DonorsChoose.org project by Ms. Martinucci
    My students need TIME for Kids to be prepared for the world and for real world situations. I have 120 5th and 6th grade bilingual students. They are full of life and come in ready to learn!! All of my students receive free lunch. Their families struggle financially and asking them to...
    https://www.donorschoose.org

Nov 03

Nov 03

Oct 13

Updated Nov 02

Lawn service and snow removal

Looking for a responsible lawn service to mow a postage size lawn, provide spring and fall cleanup and, in the winter snowblow walks and shovel stairs. This is for a two flat near Montrose and Damien. Thanks!

Oct 02 2016

Updated Nov 02

Looking for at-home daycare for June 2017!

My wife and I live in Avondale and we are expecting our first child this coming June. We are looking for at-home daycare options. We noticed not all at-home daycare centers have websites for us to research. We have lived in the neighborhood for 2 years now, but don't know of all the options in the neighborhood. Any suggestions would be welcomed!

Nov 02

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    WINDOWS (REPLACEMENT ONLY): QTY 10, DOORS (REPLACEMENT ONLY): QTY 8, FURNACE (REPLACEMENT ONLY): QTY 1, HOT WATER HEATER (REPLACEMENT ONLY): QTY 1

    2423 W. Hutchinson St. Issued October 31, 2017 Comment

Oct 31

Updated Nov 01

Halloween kids

What time should we expect kids for candy? It’s my first time home without my little guy.

  • In Avondale, had about 125 kids when I ran out of candy (I know because that's how many pieces I had to give out.) I didn't even get one piece! Darn! :-)

    1st kid came about 4:45 pm but then not any until around 5:20 pm. Then it was bunches every few minutes until about 7:15 pm.

  • My son and I were out from 530p-630p, with a group. I have enuff candy to last us thru Christmas now

Nov 01

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    EXISTING 1 STORY W/BASEMENT & ATTIC MASONRY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE - INTERIOR DEMOLITION ONLY - NO STRUCTURAL PARTITIONS, FOUNDATION, ROOF OR EXTERIOR WORK. FULL REHAB PERMIT TO BE APPLIED FOR WITHIN 60 DAYS

    2501 W. Hutchinson St. Issued October 30, 2017 Comment

Oct 29

Updated Oct 30

Sounded like gunfire - west of Horner Park near Belle Plaine...

Anyone else hear what sounded like gun shots around 3:15 P.M. on Sunday? It stopped and started a few times within a minute's time...

  • Dgirl Animal Lover

    Yes I did, while walking my dog with a friend.

  • Philip Independent Business owner ,47th. ward since 1968

    It was fireworks near the middle of the park , I was there with my dog and he couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Looked like a celebration by a coach or parent after a ball game . No one there with a dog was very happy with this illegal display.

Oct 29

Oct 25

Updated Oct 27

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.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Karen is right leave water in street better than in your basement.I would block my street drain partially with plywood during heavy rains to avoid basement flooding at my old home, now they have restrictors in sewers.

  • My basement never floods. This is not a low lying area . And I'm not taking heavy rains, just any rain. I'm pretty sure leaving a flooded intersection to freeze is not going to be a good thing. I called the alderman and they are going to check it out,so we'll see

Oct 26

Oct 25

Shots fired in alley, 3700 block of W. Byron

Anyone else hear this last night around 11:30pm? Police found 6 shell casings near the entrance of the alleyway.

Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

Heating elements under carpeting...has anyone had any success with this?

We are about to replace our carpet. I notice we have zero insulation (I will add that.) And, we want to heat our floors.

Has anyone here tried any rollout, low-voltage under-carpet heating elements? I see they are available but am curious effective they are under a thick pad and carpet.

  • I do not have an electric, low voltage product, but my concrete slab underneath my carpeting is radiant (hot water)

    It's totally effective, the carpeting has no real ability to reflect the heat anywhere but up into itself.

Oct 19

Updated Oct 20

Fireworks or gunshots

Hearing mutliple loud booms and pops for the past half hour or so 8pm-8:30pm. Is today a holiday?

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

    It's Diwali. That said, always call 911 if think you may have heard gunshots

Oct 18

Updated Oct 19

Leaking Window Repair Needed

Does anybody have a recommendation for a good GC or somebody who can repair/replace the framing around a window that is leaking? The window is on the rear part of our home, on what would have originally been the back stairwell that at some point was fully enclosed and extended the length of the home. I have no idea how old it is. The weird thing is that it has started to leak today, about three days after the rain...

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Does anybody have a recommendation for a good GC or somebody who can repair/replace the framing around a window that is leaking? The window is on the rear part of our home, on what would have originally been the back stairwell that at some point was fully enclosed and extended the length of the home. I have no idea how old it is. The weird thing is that it has started to leak today, about three days after the rain stopped. Water seems to be dripping out from between the wood laminate wall covering and the frame. Not sure if it is coming through from the roof or what. Any names would be greatly appreciated!

On a side note I contacted one large company but they actually required all those named on the mortgage to be present in order to just give me a quote. I think I am capable of making a decision without my wife being present, as I know she would be as well. Not interested in a hard sell. Just a hard worker!

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Just used these folks. Not sure of their work long-term, but they fixed a window that other window companies couldn't fix and/or couldn't replace -- or the replacement cost was $2,500.

    http://apexwindowwerks.com/

Oct 18

Oct 16

'Fix Your Kicks' At Senn Grad's New Cobbler Shop (His 3rd) In Edgewater

After working for another cobbler, last year Miner decided to spin off into his own venture and opened the first Fix Your Kicks at 4252 N. Western Ave.

This article has 2 other Chicago locations (Show)

The Senn High School graduate, now 20, debuted his new store Wednesday at 1140 W. Thorndale Ave. in Edgewater in the storefront that formerly housed Sam's Shoe Clinic.

In February, he helped his dad open a second location at 2107 N. Western Ave. in Bucktown, though he's now working at his own shoe-shine and cobbler stand Downtown across from Willis Tower. 

    'Fix Your Kicks' At Senn Grad's New Cobbler Shop (His 3rd) In Edgewater
    EDGEWATER - After opening his first cobbling shop at age 19 just last year, Fix Your Kicks owner Joshua Miner has returned to the neighborhood where he grew up to open his third location. The Senn High School graduate, now 20, debuted his new store Wednesday at 1140 W. Thorndale Ave.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

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