17 hours ago

Updated 2 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 6 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 electric wiring

    ELECTRICAL WIRING FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME WITH A 200 AMP, SINGLE PHASE SERVICE. CHANGE OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

    1944 W. Belle Plaine Ave. 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 29

Why You May Want to Make Year-End Charitable Donations

While many people are prepaying their property taxes, you may also want to make charitable contributions before the end of the year.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/why-you-may-want-to-make-year-end.html

    Why You May Want to Make Year-End Charitable Donations
    The new tax law has been forecasted to result in $21 billion less in charitable giving in the coming year. As an estimated, 95% of Americans will now take the standard deduction rather than itemize, few will see a tax advantage for charitable giving in the coming years.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Dec 28

Homeless grey cat

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

Dec 28

How the 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction may Affect You

The new tax bill has many people trying to understand how the 20% deduction applies to pass-through income and whether it affects them. Before making any changes in the new year, understand the deduction and speak to a tax professional to determine if it can be beneficial to you.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-new-20-deduction-on-pass-through.html

    The New 20% Deduction on Pass-Through income, What is It? And does it affect you?
    There are many intricacies of the new Tax Act that will be discussed and analyzed over the coming weeks and months. While some of the changes will allow for a tax reduction for "pass-through" entities, the complexities of the tax bill should be discussed with your tax advisor to make sure you understand how it affects you before you make any significant financial or employment changes.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

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 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 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

Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction

You may want to pay the 1st installment of your property tax bill before the end of the year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes. You may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/prepay-your-property-taxes-for-2017-tax.html

    Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction
    With the likely passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that the majority of taxpayers who currently itemize their deductions will take the standard deduction for the tax year 2018. The reason for this change will be capping of State and Local Tax and Property tax deductions at $10,000.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.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

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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 08

Did you forget your scooter?

Hey neighbors! As of 6am this morning, Leland (west of Western) is being repaved. There's a sad, lonely, little black scooter that was left on the street between Western and Artesian. Sadly, he was lying on the street last night as it appeared someone backed into him and took off. The construction workers were kind enough to pick up the sad scooter and move him onto the sidewalk this morning, and now it appears someone moved him off the sidewalk. Just wanted to see if the owner wanted to put him somewhere safer... With all the 'No Parking' signs constantly going up, who can keep track?!

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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

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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

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Nov 28

Pizza delivery drivers robbed in two North Side neighborhoods an hour apart

The first one occurred around 8 p.m. after a delivery driver was sent to a home in the 4200 block of North Winchester Avenue. Two men approached, displayed a handgun and demanded his property, police said.

Just after 9 p.m., another delivery driver was robbed in the 4400 block of North Greenview Avenue by two men who approached with a gun, police said.

    Pizza delivery drivers robbed in two North Side neighborhoods an hour apart
    Two pizza delivery drivers were robbed at gunpoint in two North Side neighborhoods over the weekend, according to Chicago police. The robberies occurred just an hour apart in the North Center and Ravenswood neighborhoods Sunday evening, police said. No injuries were reported. The first one occurred around 8 p.m.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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