2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Extension of the Brown Line Project

Hi Albany Park, I saw this posted months ago and dismissed it as a suggested ideal. Now it seems the Active Transportation Alliance is really trying to push this through. http://www.activetrans.org/blog/kwhitehead/join-our-campaign-expand-public-transit-cook-county Please note the propsal for Albany Park would be to have the Brown Line run West on Lawrence to connect with the Jefferson Blue Line stop. Is there a need for this if the 81 bus can get you there between 20 and 30 minutes? Is there any concern about the noise? Would there be any concern about loss of businesses along Lawrence? Does anyone question how this would affect traffic on Lawrence Ave.? Maybe there ought to be some community input on this.

  • @Timothy Meegan - so would you have voted against the Red Line to 103rd street extension too? Would you say giving people from areas underserved by public transportation on the south side the opportunity to ride the el to work opportunities in the loop and beyond is bad? Why is...

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    @Timothy Meegan - so would you have voted against the Red Line to 103rd street extension too? Would you say giving people from areas underserved by public transportation on the south side the opportunity to ride the el to work opportunities in the loop and beyond is bad? Why is the north side any different? Are you suggesting poor people and diverse people all have cars or all have jobs local to where they live and don't need to travel to more central locations? I would recommend you get all the facts about an impact study before jumping to a 'I would not support this conclusion.' As a prospective alderman I hope your decision making is more measured and not based on knee jerk reactions should you get the job.

  • Timothy Meegan Independent candidate for 33rd ward Alderman

    I appreciate your criticism; point well taken. That's a good question, and I would not vote against a red line extension, for two reasons:

    - I think it's a question of equity. 103rd/ Ryan is not in danger of gentrifying, and is in greater need of investment in public transit...

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    I appreciate your criticism; point well taken. That's a good question, and I would not vote against a red line extension, for two reasons:

    - I think it's a question of equity. 103rd/ Ryan is not in danger of gentrifying, and is in greater need of investment in public transit and economic development in general.

    - From my viewpoint of the 33rd ward specifically, the benefit is a stop or two NW of the ward and a direct connection to the blue line. As chitowngal mentioned you can take a bus on Montrose, Irving, Addison or Lawrence to connect to the blue line. It's true that the bus is inconvenient, I've taken rte. 82 twice a day for 9 years complete with teenagers.

    But the costs could outweigh the benefits. My primary concern is affordable housing and the direct or indirect displacement of our current residents. I'm also concerned about the impact of reduced pedestrian traffic at Lawrence/Kimball.

    I'd like to add that should I get elected I plan on making decisions in consultation with a democratically elected ward advisory council that has regular public meetings and published minutes. I expect to be held accountable by residents for my vote. I hope I can earn yours in February.

28 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

The block was hot this morning

Sharing this sad and surreal experience we often read about or watch on the news. Loud and very closely, my family was woken by a series of gun fire at 3:42 this morning. Yes I called 911 as did other neighbors. Police was on scene right away. How do we rid our neighborhoods of people like this?

  • For everyone whose had supportive information, thanks. It only pushes me to move further and find other resources to make my neighborhood safe. To anyone who has garbage to speak, save yourself the time. Your words are pointless and serve no purpose. There is no productivity or progress in this world when people like you exist. Have a sweet night everyone.

  • See you August 20 at 1723's CAPS meeting! It's a great group who consistently attends, but the police are always asking for more attendance. Feel free to teach out to Aldermen Colon and Mell to attend too. I'll do the same.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Redlight Tickets

It's about the money has always been about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-aldermen-to-call-for-watchdog-probe-possibly-redlight-refunds-20140721,0,2256501.story
I have not received a ticket yet but you don't need a stop watch to see that some yellow lights are very short.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    I don't get it. Looks like a giant whisk on that pooch's head. What's the dealio?

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Oh yeah. Speaking of dealios and red light cameras. I got rid of my car long ago, but was riding with someone today who has a little GPS thingy with a voice that announced every red light camera a block in advance. I wasn't paying attention, but I guess it announces the speed cameras, too. Might be a good investment for those who are red light and speed challenged.

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8 hours ago

neighborhood peace rally and clean up!

Come out and join the clean up effort, peace rally, and violence memorial walk being hosted at Lawrence and Drake on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-1pm. Help improve the neighborhood, and create awareness by joining in this amazing opportunity! Food will be provided!!

37 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Shots fired this morning at Central Park and Cullum

Can't seem to find too much information on this. I didn't hear it happen, but I saw a police investigation with a lot of evidence tags near what appeared to be 20 or so spent casings. Neighbor said he heard a lot of shots from a semi-automatic weapon. Anyone else have any further information?

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    My apologies if I missed this info, but I take it no one was injured/killed in this shooting..?

  • Chris I jam econo

    Exactly, nobody injured, nobody killed, which is why I don't think it's correct to post this address. The police are very well aware of this individual, and address, and his car's license plate numbers.

    Walking on the described area of Drake, the cars named earlier will point you to his house. If you read this entire thread very closely, the address is buried.

    Folks, I've tried to be very helpful with information. Frankly, get off my back for not feeling comfortable posting the address.

Jul 15

Updated 12 hours ago

4200 Block of North Drake

Perhaps there's a reasonable explanation but lately there have been quite a few very expensive cars park on this block. I'm talking a Hummer, a Porsche, a Bentley and a Lamborghini. The last three are parked there right now (well, the Bentley is a half-block down). Sunday morning there were two guys outside 4224 or so blasting rap music (at 9:45 on a Sunday morning). Maybe in the suburbs I could see people actually owning these cars... but a Lamborghini? Here?

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I...

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    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I have known many in my 37 years born and raised here. They make millions in cash when they sell their properties or just live high off the rents. Most of them never had to work or go to school because they know they are sitting on a fortune or a major income generator. I'm the kind of person who would just go and ask them, "Man, how did you get that car?! Sweet!" People LOVE to talk about themselves, especially owners of flashy stuff. Many of these owners are also tied in with the city and crime... which also goes hand in hand. Ever read that Chicago Magazine article about alderman and gangs? Just wanted to give some perspective. Hope you find out. That's a pretty interesting sociology project.

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    Regarding the "T.J", if I got this correct, the only reason he was released was because of the NW University group took his case on.

    If they didn't decide to take his case he would still be locked up for something that he did not do.

    I can imagine, everyone he told he was innocent laughed in his face for 16 years.

    That is messed up!

29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Are we becoming immune?

No one else heard the gun shots at approx 4 a.m. this morning? They sounded close, but the sirens that followed must have been @ Montrose or further north. They were NOT fireworks. Any one know what happened?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    The police should have responded within 10 minutes of your 911 call. If that didn't happen, I would definitely bring this up at CAPS; you might also want to make an appointment with the District Commander.

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Where on Montrose?

13 hours ago

Job Fair

Albany Park Neighborhood Council is holding a Job Fair hosted by the Community Violence Prevention Program (Parent Leaders). It will be held in the Basement At Our Lady Of Mercy Church. The address is 4444 N. Troy. On Friday July 25, 2014. From 11am -1pm. There will be neighborhood companies giving interview so dress professionally and bring current resumes. They will also have information on how do do a successful interview and have information on how to do a resume. Important information there is only parking on the street, not in the church parking lot. Hope to see you all there! Have a Great Day everyone!

32 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Albany Park - Concerned Resident

Hi Everyone,

I've lived in the area for several years now and have seen a rise in a series of issues from housing, violence, social as well as mental health. I have reached out to the Alderman in regards to working with fellow community members and her team to think of ways to address these issues.

Has anyone seen any success working with our elected officials in the area?

Are there any task forces in the area that have already been established that are open to having community residents participate?

Would really appreciate some thoughts on the matter.

Many thanks!

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP...

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    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP constituents and her staff's rude behavior were big parts of it. (Example 1: in 8 years of living in AP, I never met Laurino. Since moving to West Ridge in September, I've met the alderman twice--- and she approached me! Example 2: Laurino's office once told me they couldn't remove large pieces of wreckage from a car accident from our front sidewalk near two schools because they were overburdened. It was a huge twisted bumper with sharp edges, and I called after it had been laying there for 3 days. Her words were something like "We can't help you because we are being forced to take furlough days. Can't you just pick it up yourself?"). On the other hand, there are tons of people in AP who really care. Organizing them to get things done isn't easy, but working through EB and the chamber of commerce helped me in the past when I wanted to coordinate a clean-up of the area. There is also a really great "green team" that focuses on gardening, but I can't recall their exact name. I wish you the very best of luck. Thank you, too, for being active in your community.

  • D* Albany Park resident

    Check out Albany Park Neighbors website for info. Seems like involved community members... http://albanyparkneighbors.wordpress.com/

  • AlbanyParkMom Community gardener, 11-year resident

    Hey, I heart AP! I'm one of the Albany Park Neighbors folks. We've just been around for a couple of years, but we're working to establish good relationships with our two aldermen (Colon and Mell, Laurino has been mostly redrawn out of AP) and raise awareness about issues like crime, problem buildings and businesses, as well as engage residents in productive activities like clean-ups and calling out great local businesses, etc. Check us out! We're online at the link above or via FB at Albany Park Neighbors.

15 hours ago

Albany Park WorldFest

Sun, Aug 17, 2014 12:00 PM - 9 PM

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 16-17
Time: Saturday: Noon to 10pm | Sunday: Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Kimball (Brown Line terminus), Chicago
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Beneficiary: Albany Park Neighbors

Nestled between stately Ravenswood Manor (to its east), collegiate North Park/Northeastern Universities (to its north) and cozy Old Irving (to its south), Albany Park is truly one of Chicago's most eclectic neighborhoods. The whole world is represented in this community which is served by three stops on the CTA's bustling...

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Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 16-17
Time: Saturday: Noon to 10pm | Sunday: Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Kimball (Brown Line terminus), Chicago
View Map
Beneficiary: Albany Park Neighbors

Nestled between stately Ravenswood Manor (to its east), collegiate North Park/Northeastern Universities (to its north) and cozy Old Irving (to its south), Albany Park is truly one of Chicago's most eclectic neighborhoods. The whole world is represented in this community which is served by three stops on the CTA's bustling Brown Line.

The inaugural Albany Park Fest will be held at the busy intersection of Kimball (3400 W.) and Lawrence Avenue which also serves as a major transportation hub that is the terminus of the Brown Line.

With more than 70 languages spoken in the neighborhood, and its eclectic mix of restaurants and shopkeepers from well over 40 countries (Latin America. Asia. The Middle East. The Philippines. Eastern Europe. Greece.), expect a truly international fest with diverse music, eclectic cuisine, global arts/crafts, and an activities area for Albany Park's vibrant mix of families and kids.

http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=298&utm_source=Week+47+Newsletter+-+7%2F23%2F2014&utm_campaign=Week+47+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

15 hours ago

Albany Park WorldFest

Sat, Aug 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 10 PM

Nestled between stately Ravenswood Manor (to its east), collegiate North Park/Northeastern Universities (to its north) and cozy Old Irving (to its south), Albany Park is truly one of Chicago's most eclectic neighborhoods. The whole world is represented in this community which is served by three stops on the CTA's bustling Brown Line.

The inaugural Albany Park Fest will be held at the busy intersection of Kimball (3400 W.) and Lawrence Avenue which also serves as a major transportation hub that...

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Nestled between stately Ravenswood Manor (to its east), collegiate North Park/Northeastern Universities (to its north) and cozy Old Irving (to its south), Albany Park is truly one of Chicago's most eclectic neighborhoods. The whole world is represented in this community which is served by three stops on the CTA's bustling Brown Line.

The inaugural Albany Park Fest will be held at the busy intersection of Kimball (3400 W.) and Lawrence Avenue which also serves as a major transportation hub that is the terminus of the Brown Line.

With more than 70 languages spoken in the neighborhood, and its eclectic mix of restaurants and shopkeepers from well over 40 countries (Latin America. Asia. The Middle East. The Philippines. Eastern Europe. Greece.), expect a truly international fest with diverse music, eclectic cuisine, global arts/crafts, and an activities area for Albany Park's vibrant mix of families and kids.

http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=298&utm_source=Week+47+Newsletter+-+7%2F23%2F2014&utm_campaign=Week+47+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

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Bike-shop mechanics help cops nab bicycle thieves

The bike was listed for $200. Sam volunteered to pose as a buyer. The sellers chose the location, a McDonald’s parking lot at Kedzie and Wilson.

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Hours earlier, the owner of the bike, an interior designer from Lake View, had emailed the folks at Heritage Bikes, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., who had sold him the custom-built bicycle.

26 hours ago

National Night Out - 17th District

Tue, Aug 5, 2014 4PM-6PM

Annual National Night Out!
East Parking Lot at 4651 N Pulaski Road
Entertainment, Music & Children's Games
Meet and greet representatives from city departments
More information: 312-742-4588

27 hours ago

Beat 1712 CAPS Meeting

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:30 PM

Beat 1712 CAPS Meeting
Wednesday, August 27th, 7:30 PM
Details: Mayfair Church (behind Salvation Army)
Location: 5020 N. Pulaski Road
(Enter across from Aldi's)
Map: http://g.co/maps/ubbdy
Plenty of parking in the parking lot
Contact 312-742-4588

29 hours ago

Celebration Service at Albany Park World Fest!

Sun, Aug 17, 2014 12 NOON

New Life Community Church in Albany Park welcomes you to a special Celebration Service at the Albany Park World Fest! We will have our service not only outside, but in the heart of World Fest at Lawrence and Kimball on Sunday, August 17th at 12:00 PM (noon).

Get in FREE to World Fest when you come to the New Life service; just tell the gates that you are joining us! This is a great opportunity to bring friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the service and get in to a fun festival, too!

29 hours ago

Enrich your relationships with friends, family, and others at a Relationship Seminar!

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM - 3 PM

Whether you want to have better relationships with friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors, our Love Toolbox Relationship Seminar will help you gain tips to keep those relationships healthy and thriving!

Come and learn from our guest speaker, Sarah Tierney, a Licensed Professional Counselor, writer of the blog “Love Toolbox”, and co-author of the book, How Not to Kill: Your Spouse, Kids, and Coworkers.

Cost is $10 per adult or $6 per child, which includes lunch and childcare!!
OR bring a lunch for a discount rate of $3!

Registration ends Friday, July 25 and space is limited! REGISTER TODAY at: goo.gl/8M08uZ

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Updated 32 hours ago

How to handle garbage issue?

We have an ongoing garbage problem with a building across the alley. The building is owned by the government; I believe it is part of the CHA scattered sites program, but I am not positive. In any case, the building lacks its own recycling bins and also seems not to have enough regular bins. The tenants are constantly filling our recycling bin and putting unbagged garbage in our bins, which then ends up strewn everywhere. It looks atrocious and we...

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We have an ongoing garbage problem with a building across the alley. The building is owned by the government; I believe it is part of the CHA scattered sites program, but I am not positive. In any case, the building lacks its own recycling bins and also seems not to have enough regular bins. The tenants are constantly filling our recycling bin and putting unbagged garbage in our bins, which then ends up strewn everywhere. It looks atrocious and we really need our garbage space, as my daughter's medical supplies create lots of waste. We are spending hours each week cleaning our alley and the next day it is back to being covered by trash.

Does anyone know how to handle a garbage issue when the CHA is involved?

  • Susan 8 year resident

    I've used SeeClickFix/311 when they dump larger stuff multiple times, mostly to protect myself from tickets. But we are talking about strewn garbage three or more times a week. I know from records searches that the building is listed as government owned, so no management company. I have one time seen a CHA truck there, so I think it is a small CHA building. I will definitely notify Alderman. Do you think calling Streets and San directly and asking to give them appropriate bins would be helpful or not?

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    The Alderman's office will coordinate for the additional bins if necessary and will keep a record of your call for future reference.

2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Call for local volunteers for Albany Park World Fest!

Help make AlbanyPark World Fest (Aug. 16 & 17) a success by volunteering. If you're 21+, sign up for a shift: http://vols.pt/KyfMet
You can also attend a volunteer gathering event at Templestowe Pub (3135 W Montrose Ave.) on 7/27/14 from 2-5 pm.

  • Thanks GBH55. I've lived in the neighborhood for 14 years, so I am well aware of the gang issue. But thanks for your attempt at trying to educate me.

    And actually, you called out the race card with your initial comment, so pat yourself on the back.

  • At what point did I mention race in my comments? lol. Epic fail.

Jun 01

Updated 39 hours ago

Construction at Montrose/Sacramento

Does anyone know why they halted the construction of the strip mall at this corner? Once the weather got warmer they were making good headway, but then abruptly stopped about a month ago with no activity since. There has been quite a bit of graffiti on it as well. I wasn't dying to have another strip mall there, but the empty lot was an eye sore and now the half built lot is even worse.

  • Sha

    Thanks for checking Ashp. Much appreciated. I hope so - it's been over a month and as we've been commenting, there is a lot of graffiti/tagging and the weeds are astronomical.

  • Hey-- i reached out to Mell's office again about the weeds/ over grown trees in the sidewalk and asking for an update on construction... got the following response:

    Thank you for contacting our office. We are aware of all the issues over there and we are taking care of the...

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    Hey-- i reached out to Mell's office again about the weeds/ over grown trees in the sidewalk and asking for an update on construction... got the following response:

    Thank you for contacting our office. We are aware of all the issues over there and we are taking care of the situation. As far as we know it is still going to be a strip mall, they ran into a few issues and it had to be put on hold so as soon as we hear anything we will announce it. If you need anything else please let me know. Have a great day.

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