5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Permanent street sweeping signs gone in Noble Square

I noticed that this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, that there were paper signs up announcing street sweeping dates in place of the permanent signs that were up before with set dates. The signs were put up on Monday, which means only a days notice to move cars before they are ticketed or towed. This seems like a way to make more money for the city by catching people off guard and ticketing.

  • Why is street sweeping tied the ward? The wards are so gerrymandered that the drivers probably spend half of their time driving between streets and not sweeping.

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    I think a lot of those permanent signs will be coming down. Think about it: the city has to clean those streets once a month like the sign says.

    I think my area gets street cleaning maybe 3 times for the season. Would be nice to have it done once a month.

May 20

Updated 5 days ago

New building by 606 at Leavitt & Milwuakee?

Does anyone know what the low-rise building between the Blue Line and Milwaukee Avenue just west of Leavitt is going to be? Is this part of the 606 park? It's a long single story structure they've been putting up for a few months.

  • At that Aldi property meeting last night, there were a fair amount of people who live on the block behind it complaining about shadows and lack of parking. With all those single family homes and lofts and townhomes with garages right there, anyone know who these people are that don't have private parking? They all mentioned they own homes right here...or townhomes (that have giant parking garages or single family home garages). Do they want private parking and all the street parking they could want?

  • Healthcare building had the wood removed from the facade, to reveal it's concrete exterior. I kind of like a tough concrete and steel building...but that AC unit on the roof does definitely stand out. In a way, at one story, it does let the trail/bridge stand out at least.

May 17

Updated May 18

Skateboarders

Every year when the weather gets nice, skateboarders gather behind the Jewel on Milwaukee and Paulina and make a huge commotion. It is a quarter to ten and six of them are out as if they were at a skateboard park with little disregard for the residents who live across the street. I have been told to call 911 and the police don't show and on the rare occasions they do, they always come back. I have called Jewel in numerous occasions and nothing. Any suggestions?

  • Have you thought about talking to them and asking them nicely? You might be surprised.

  • Mike R Mike on Blackhawk

    Abeto, try talking (not yell at them to keep it down) to them as they are mostly nice kids. I live on the corner and they are respectful for the most part and are typically done skating around 10. If you call Jewel again can you mention for them to maybe clean up our side of the median of their trash every once in awhile. Some properties are better than others about cleaning it up.

  • I was very nice to the gentleman that I had a conversation with last year. I have never yelled at them. He told me that they prefer Jewel because of the loading ramps and stuff they leave out like the pallets, which are prime real estate for skateboarders, I guess....

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    I was very nice to the gentleman that I had a conversation with last year. I have never yelled at them. He told me that they prefer Jewel because of the loading ramps and stuff they leave out like the pallets, which are prime real estate for skateboarders, I guess.

    Regarding the garbage, it unfortunately is not the Jewel garbage all the time. I have been out there cleaning up our area and saw a driver throw his can out of his car window. Drivers view the area as a nice garbage dump. Over the years I have picked up empty Taco Bell bags, beer bottles, whiskey bottles, clothing, needles, you name it. Those aren't from the Jewel.

    Thanks,

Apr 24

Updated Apr 25

AMK

When does amk open in bucktown ?

  • What is amk?

  • I haven't seen any news on a date yet. DNA info reported back in January that it was planning to open in April, so I'm hoping it's soon! It sure looks close to opening.

  • tom in bucktown on and off Chicagoan for 10 years

    Amk is a new restaurant and bar on armitage east of damen.

Apr 22

Updated Apr 25

Shady Kids

I was walking home from work yesterday when two kids on bikes robbed me. One came up and hit my face and then grabbed my phone. They rode off before I could get a good look, but one had a red jacket and the other had a blue they were also African American. It was right by the dog park on Walton and noble. Basically just watch out, I saw them riding around the same area again today, probably looking for another victim.

  • Bex34 as soon as you were told that you shouldn't have been on your phone. You should have changed direction and headed to your local Police Precinct.

    Had a similar experience a few years back. Was told there is nothing they can do.

    Went in with Laptop showed them local...

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    Bex34 as soon as you were told that you shouldn't have been on your phone. You should have changed direction and headed to your local Police Precinct.

    Had a similar experience a few years back. Was told there is nothing they can do.

    Went in with Laptop showed them local location via tracking gave a description of the offenders and showed them a receipt for the phone.

    Once again said there was nothing they could do.

    I said let me speak to a supervisor.

    I explained the issue again and all of a sudden there was something they could do.

    Their jobs. Phone was retrieved and person who stole it charged.

    Be prepared to stay for as long as it takes.

  • I had a similar experience when my garage was broken into. I saw a guy riding my bike and headed straight to the police station that used to be on Wood. They just told me to write a report but one cop overheard and went after the guy. There were...

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    I had a similar experience when my garage was broken into. I saw a guy riding my bike and headed straight to the police station that used to be on Wood. They just told me to write a report but one cop overheard and went after the guy. There were so many negative comments from the other police officers in the station that I couldn't believe my ears. They were laughing about the guy chasing a bike. Anyway, I got my bike back and I was so grateful to the police officer that I wrote a letter to his commander. Based on the other police officers' reaction, I'm not sure whether that was a good or bad thing for him.

Apr 13

Updated Apr 21

Moving Boxes

Does anyone have any moving boxes they are getting rid of?

Apr 13

Updated Apr 17

Wicker park park

Does anyone know were there 20 cop cars at wicker park's park around 10:30? I was walking outta work when i ran into that mess!

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    I think the police response shows just how much they feel they are under attack every day by the bad guys. And the response is meant to reassure all cops, and to show us, that harming a cop will have serious and immediate consequences. Not saying I agree but just my take on the response. I agree that it was overkill and that we need to rethink who is hired, how cops are trained and what needs to be enforced and what level of force is justified.

  • When Police show enforce it is only for one of their own. They are saying passive aggressively that we matter and you don't. That is all.

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Colonial dressed girl on Ashland and division?

Has anyone else seen this young girl standing in the alley behind villa? I always see her at random times of day and no one ever knows what I'm talking about ?

  • Jen

    darn, that's so much more boring

  • Nikki Still a 312er!

    Buster, say it ain't so. I was about to call Ghost Hunters. :)

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