Oct 20

Updated Oct 23

Homeless building camp in empty lot

Two homeless men have built a small shanty town in an empty lot nearby. What is the most reasonable course of action? I'm not looking to be an inhuman jerk but it's also not a great thing for the neighborhood.

  • ch1cag0rob 10+ year Logan Square resident.

    Terry, agreed. I worked in an inpatient mental hospital and my stepdad was a head psychologist in the forensic unit at the Elgin state facility. Long-term inpatient care used to be the ideal, but budget cuts have slashed that ideal. Given the current reality, the only solution I can think...

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    Terry, agreed. I worked in an inpatient mental hospital and my stepdad was a head psychologist in the forensic unit at the Elgin state facility. Long-term inpatient care used to be the ideal, but budget cuts have slashed that ideal. Given the current reality, the only solution I can think of is to keep prodding the chronically homeless / mentally ill into seeking treatment (or ending up in jail, where the conditions are arguably better than being under the viaduct at Fullerton). When they set up "camp" somewhere, get the cops to nudge them out. And keep doing it.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    In this thread: one guy who really knows what he's talking about, and some other people.

Oct 19

Updated Oct 21

Strange aircraft

Did anyone see a strange aircraft with two blue circles flying around 745 over bucktown area? Was flying low and accompanied by another aircraft. Shook my house as I saw it fly by.

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    A friend of mine likes to remind me that Black Helicopters now come in all colors.

  • That was definitely the President heading back to the airport.. There are usually three ships, two of which are decoys. I heard the third buzz by about three minutes later.

Oct 04

Updated Oct 08

Kid friendly place to watch college football?

I want to go watch football, but I have my five-year-old daughter in tow. Any suggestions?

  • SteveRuns Hermitage Resident

    Boundary on Division is also kid friendly. I've been there with kids more than a few times. It's not too loud or crowded. You do want to get there no later than 11:30 if there's a bears' game to get table.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    Thanks Steve, but I went there last season to specifically watch a Bama game with the same daughter, they turned the game on for me, we ate, I had a beer (I'd planned on having more) and then after the first quarter, they turned off my game for some other...

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    Thanks Steve, but I went there last season to specifically watch a Bama game with the same daughter, they turned the game on for me, we ate, I had a beer (I'd planned on having more) and then after the first quarter, they turned off my game for some other game.

    In every, and I mean every bar I ever been in, if even one person is watching a game, they will accommodate that person in some way, (move me to a another table with a different TV or something) the manager did nothing to help me. So I payed my bill and left, and will never go back. Poor customer service in my opinion.

Oct 06

Updated Oct 06

Lost dog?

Just saw this handsome pit close to Wabansia and Talman....is he yours?

  • El Jefe Logan Square Resident

    I believe this dog ended up staying on my kind neighbor's porch overnight. I think they called animal control this morning since he had no collar or tags. After checking Chicago Animal Control's web site, I think I found him. So, if he's your dog, check out this site: http://petharbor.com/chicago/...

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    I believe this dog ended up staying on my kind neighbor's porch overnight. I think they called animal control this morning since he had no collar or tags. After checking Chicago Animal Control's web site, I think I found him. So, if he's your dog, check out this site: http://petharbor.com/chicago/

    Click on Lost Dogs, Page 18. Described as a male, black brindle Pit Bull Terrier. Arrived at the shelter on October 6th.

    For more information about this animal, call:
    Chicago Animal Care and Control at (312) 747-1406
    Ask for information about animal ID number A118956

  • I saw this boy around 2pm at said intersection, thought about getting him off the street and in my car but he wasn't very friendly so I gave up. I did notice a collar on him. Returned to look for him a few minutes later and he was gone. It might be a different dog then the one in previous comment. Hope he was found!

Sep 28

Updated Sep 29

Odd activity at 2429 W Cortland?

I've noticed a lot of comings and goings at this address and money exchanged as people leave. There is also a girl sitting on the front porch--it may be different girls or the same one--at almost all hours. It feels sketchy, but I can't put my finger on it. Brothel? Drug den? Nothing to worry about? Any ideas are appreciated.

  • How about calling the police????

  • You need to call the police and go to CAPS meetings and report it. You will meet your beat officers and can get cell their phone numbers. You will also meet other concerned neighbors. There was a home on the 2400 block of Moffat that was recently condemned. There was...

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    You need to call the police and go to CAPS meetings and report it. You will meet your beat officers and can get cell their phone numbers. You will also meet other concerned neighbors. There was a home on the 2400 block of Moffat that was recently condemned. There was prostitution and drug dealing going on, especially in the back alley side. Is the house in disrepair? The Building Department can start writing tickets. Once more people start to call for the same offenses, the police will target the suspected criminal activity and goings on in the building.

Sep 27

Updated Sep 28

Popup, Local, Handmade Bridal Show today and tomorrow!

Dresses, veils, wooden rings, vintage jewelry and more. 2423 W North. 10-6 both days. Rumor has it there is also free champagne!

  • Lynne McDaniel An Orange Moon

    I attended today and will return tomorrow! Ladies don't miss this opportunity to purchase your custom wedding gown and accessories.They have a vintage lace maxi skirt that is KILLER! #WOW

  • Are there any shoes, by chance? I just purchased my dress last week!

  • Any chance of a repeat? Or a different neighborhood that this will pop up in? I'm getting married next fall and am seeking the perfect dress and would love to support local and handmade!

Sep 17

Updated Sep 18

How to Acquire Roof Rights?

I live in a 3 flat building where the undeveloped roof is deeded as a common element to all three unit owners in the building in the bylaws. I'm interested in acquiring the roof rights to install a deck, however, I am unsure how to approach the situation. Will the other unit owners require compensation? If so, how much? An attorney would have to amend bylaws..I would have to get permits/appraisal for roof development, which I also do not know the cost. Just curious if anyone else has undertaken this process and had an idea of what's involved and what the typical return on investment is for a roof deck buildout

  • LD

    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're...

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    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're on the 3rd floor and don't want to deal with people above you, I have a feeling this is going to cost much more than the value it will bring to the unit. You'd also be responsible for maintenance and snow removal and likely any roof issues could be blamed on the decking and then you're 100% responsible for those too. I think you're looking at a 6-figure deck over the course of a few years.

  • fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you...

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    fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you have an easier argument for why they should agree to have the bylaws amended to sign the roof rights over to you.

    Approaching the other owners to buy the roof rights carries the likelihood that one agrees and the other holds out for top dollar

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