3 hours 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 ?

2 days ago

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!

Nov 15

Updated 5 days 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
  • 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

Jan 03

Days After Dramatic Chase, Gun Recovery, And Arrest, Cops Who Sit Outside Mayor's House Are Told: Do NOT Wear Body Cameras

...police officers who are assigned to sit outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home at 4228 North Hermitage have been ordered to not work with the body-worn cameras (BWC) that other officers...

    Days After Dramatic Chase, Gun Recovery, And Arrest, Cops Who Sit Outside Mayor's House Are Told: Do NOT Wear Body Cameras
    Chicago police officers who are assigned to sit outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home at 4228 North Hermitage have been ordered to not work with the body-worn cameras (BWC) that other officers are required to wear. News of the development came this morning on the Second City Cop blog.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

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 30

  • Permit issued for wrecking/demolition

    WRECK AND REMOVE A 2 STORY MASONRY RESIDENCE. DEMOLITION MAY NOT OCCUR BEFORE 1/5/18

    4155 N. Paulina St. Issued December 28, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF-CERT: DECONVERT 2 DU A-2 TO SFR A-1, ERECT FRONT OPEN PORCH, REAR 2-STORY ADDITION W/ BASMT AND REAR OPEN DECK, AND A DETACHED 3-CAR PRIVATE GARAGE FOR THE EXIST. 2-STORY A-1 RESIDENTIAL BLDG.WITH INTERIOR ALTERATION AS PER PLANS.

    4328 N. Wolcott Ave. Issued December 28, 2017 Comment

Dec 28

Homeless grey cat

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

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 27

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 21

Dec 20

Updated Dec 20

Man who stole taxis in suburbs after robbing drivers gets 15 years in prison

...aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with the incidents. His last known address was in the 4100 block of North Ravenswood Avenue. The case against his female accomplice, Yamilka Gomez, 20, of Chicago, is pending, authorities said...

    Man who stole taxis in suburbs after robbing drivers gets 15 years in prison
    A knife-wielding Chicago man who robbed two northwest suburban taxi drivers and stole their cars in June was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison, authorities reported. Martin Barrientos, 21, pleaded guilty in Cook County Circuit Court to aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with the incidents.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • ....and rapists get probation.

    nice justoice system we have in this county.

    but keep voting democrat!

Dec 20

Man who stole taxis in suburbs after robbing drivers gets 15 years in prison

...aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with the incidents. His last known address was in the 4100 block of North Ravenswood Avenue. The case against his female accomplice, Yamilka Gomez, 20, of Chicago, is pending, authorities said...

    Man who stole taxis in suburbs after robbing drivers gets 15 years in prison
    A knife-wielding Chicago man who robbed two northwest suburban taxi drivers and stole their cars in June was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison, authorities reported. Martin Barrientos, 21, pleaded guilty in Cook County Circuit Court to aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with the incidents.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 20

  • Growing Young Artists!

    Mrs. Lazar (Ayala) is asking for $1496.78:
    My students need a variety of art and science materials to provide them with hands on learning opportunities and experiences. We need tape, paint, wire and more.
    Ravenswood Elementary School Comment

Dec 17

Dec 16

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 12

Updated Dec 14

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

    I usually just see one officer in the car behind the house and I don't see the roving car every day. I assume it's there when there is some activity at the mayor's house. But I could be wrong; I'll have to look more closely into the rear car when...

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    I usually just see one officer in the car behind the house and I don't see the roving car every day. I assume it's there when there is some activity at the mayor's house. But I could be wrong; I'll have to look more closely into the rear car when I go by and pay more attention to who's on Cullom.
    Re the CWB article, at the last CAPS meeting the office in charge said that we have to face the fact that this area won't be assigned more police, even if 1000 more cops are hired.

  • Melannie Bookworm

    The police are vigilant to investigate any cars or persons who are loitering. The mayor makes decisions that are unpopular and therefore needs security as does other officials, such as whoever is currently sitting as POTUS.
    We would not expect the secret service details to be pulled from their job to assist in local, criminal activity. It could be a diversion.
    I would not expect that to happen and I live in the mayor’s “backyard,” one block away.

Dec 13

Here's your go guide for the weekend

...Brothers also plans to park there. Dec. 16. 12-7 p.m. Free. Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave.

...chat” in Japanese) happens this coming Tuesday. Dec. 19. 8 p.m. $10-$12. Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

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Apollo: Dec. 16-17. $30-$70. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive.

...time for the brass to shine. Dec. 20. 8 p.m. $33-$130. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

...party. Dec. 13-Jan. 7. $39.95-$69.95. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St.

...14. 6-9:30 p.m. $32. Mystery League at Chicago Design Museum, Block 37, 108 N. State St., 3rd floor...

...p.m. $1 or a can of food for Care for Real. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.

...a.m.s than I have. Dec. 21-23. 6 a.m. $27-$28. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
    https://home.chicagobusiness.com

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!

Oct 27

Updated Dec 13

  • A+E

    Meanwhile, one block north, six Chicago Police officers sit in their "patrol" cars idly watching Mayor Emanuel's house.

    The officers can't respond to other crimes in the neighborhood because that would leave the Mayor's home vulnerable.

    All Chicagoans are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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?

Dec 11

After seven years of talk, Ravenswood’s Montrose Green development is finally cleared to rise

New construction permit at 4346 N. Honore Street [Chicago Cityscape]

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...that development will renovate and expand the 1920’s Bogardus steam gauge company building at 676 N. LaSalle into 149 apartments...

...projects near mass transit stops. Notable projects include a 40-unit development under construction at 4620 N. Western, a 24-unit building proposed for 4650 N. Damen, and a 166-apartment complex headed...

...40-unit development under construction at 4620 N. Western, a 24-unit building proposed for 4650 N. Damen, and a 166-apartment complex headed to 1825 W. Lawrence Avenue...

...24-unit building proposed for 4650 N. Damen, and a 166-apartment complex headed to 1825 W. Lawrence Avenue...

    Long-discussed Ravenswood apartment development finally on its way
    A long-planned, mixed-use development next to the Montrose Brown Line station in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood is finally ready to break ground. In discussion since at least 2010, the project will contain 38 rental units, 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and just four off-street parking spots.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

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 10

  • Permit issued for new construction

    **DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES*** FOUNDATION ONLY FOR A PROPOSED FIVE (5) STORY 38 DWELLING UNIT, (OF WHICH 4 DWELLING UNITS WILL BE ON-SITE AFFORDABLE UNITS) RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR COMMERCIAL (RESTAURANT); AS PER PLANS

    4346 N. Honore St. Issued December 8, 2017 Comment

Dec 06

Dec 05

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 02

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

Nov 30

Snag Holiday Gifts from Your Favorite Local Etsy Artisans at This Pop-Up

Through December 10, Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., architecturalartifacts.com) will host its 30th annual holiday sale—the only sale the 80,000...

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Love browsing Etsy for gifts but still want to shop local? Acme Hotel (15 E. Ohio St., acmehotelcompany.com) has solved your conundrum. Stop by the River North hotel on December 6, 9, or 13 to check out its pop-up holiday market, featuring Etsy vendors based locally.

...his table, floor, and wall-lamp styles. Find the AJ collection at Design Within Reach (755 W. North Ave., dwr.com...

...Between Art and Design, today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Graham Foundation (4 W. Burton Pl., grahamfoundation.org). During the talk, the Guggenheim Fellow will look back on his 45-year...

    Snag Holiday Gifts from Your Favorite Local Etsy Artisans at This Pop-Up
    Love browsing Etsy for gifts but still want to shop local? Acme Hotel (15 E. Ohio St., acmehotelcompany.com) has solved your conundrum. Stop by the River North hotel on December 6, 9, or 13 to check out its pop-up holiday market, featuring Etsy vendors based locally.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

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

Nov 29

Nov 26

Looking for cleaning help

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

Nov 25

  • Chromebooks for Choreography and Creativity in Dance Class

    Ms. Reed is asking for $847.25:
    My students need 4 Chromebooks to enhance their dance learning. Chromebooks will provide tools to research people and jobs in the dance field, access to our Dance Google Classroom, and support the creative process of dance-making.
    Ravenswood Elementary School Comment

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.

Nov 24

Nov 20

Updated Nov 23

Need electrician or handyman to hang lights over a kitchen island.

Can anyone recommend a reasonable electrician or handyman who could hang 2 pendant lights over a kitchen island? My go to person doesn’t have the time. Thanks so much!

  • Let me add to the comments. Howard has done various projects for me in the past quite satisfactorily, BUT sometimes he wouldn't show and came up with lame excuses for not showing. The last occurrence happened this past spring when he took an outdoor light fixture and some paint I...

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    Let me add to the comments. Howard has done various projects for me in the past quite satisfactorily, BUT sometimes he wouldn't show and came up with lame excuses for not showing. The last occurrence happened this past spring when he took an outdoor light fixture and some paint I had purchased home with him. We agreed that these outside chores could be done at his convenience even if I wasn't home. He never did the work, and in June I emailed Robin and was told he was out of town for a family emergency, had injured his hand, and was getting x-rays. I'd heard similar excuses before and decided I'd been patient enough and asked to have the items returned to me; I even said I'd pick them up when it became apparent they would not be returned voluntarily, which was in fact the case. In the end, I wrote the whole thing off and lost his number, went out and bought the items again and hired someone else to do the work.

  • smartypants Be Nice

    I have hired Howard for 3 separate jobs in my home. The work was good, he was punctual, and the prices were extremely reasonable.

Nov 21

Updated Nov 22

police activity Sunday Nov. 19 on Hoyne and Grace?

Anyone know what the police activity was on Sunday morning in North Center? Grace was blocked off by police cars, many fire trucks.

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

    Did you check with the CAPS facilitator?

  • There was a house fire caused by a fire in the fireplace. Everyone is safe.

Nov 22

  • Desperate for Technology!

    Mr. Jacobi is asking for $1849.13:
    My students need a computer to support and enhance their learning experience.
    Ravenswood Elementary School Comment

Nov 20

Updated Nov 21

Need mover for couch

Looking to move a lg couch from Damen and Addison to wrigleyville at Fremont and Addison

Nov 17

Updated Nov 20

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.

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