24 min ago

37 min ago

Police charge man, 55, in Northwest Side stabbing

Pimentel-Hernandez was found fatally stabbed in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue about 8:20 a.m. on August 27, according to police.

44 min ago

kenh5041 posted 3 photos to Flickr:

46 min ago

47 min ago

28 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Any guess on what the tax hike will be?

We all knew it was coming...

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/pac-survey-signals-property-tax-hike-way-fioretti-says/thu-08282014-1106am

Anyone have any idea what the percentage will be? I could probably do the math since it's assumed to be 250 million in 5 years.

We could blame it on Rahm but we can't dance around the elephant in the room much longer.

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    I was looking at where I could afford to buy a house after passing on the one my mom offered me. Unless I find a short sale deal the only homes I could find that are nice enough and I can afford are in Waukegan or Mundelein, maybe Gurnee. Waukegan's...

    Read full comment…

    I was looking at where I could afford to buy a house after passing on the one my mom offered me. Unless I find a short sale deal the only homes I could find that are nice enough and I can afford are in Waukegan or Mundelein, maybe Gurnee. Waukegan's probably too far away for most but the homes are about 75% to 80% less than Chicago. I found many stunning ones for $149K to $250K that would be $500K to $1M + in Chicago. The taxes seem to be less than half of Chicago's. There's junky ones there too but more than enough nice ones.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Well, sure. both of those towns are (i think ) in Lake County not Cook; so they really aren't comparable to the dilemma in the City.
    I would imagine that the price range you mention buys quite a house indeed.
    Just... not in Cook County / especially Chicago.

5 hours ago

Auto Vandalism on Harding btw Ainslie and Lawrence?

Just got back in town - heard that car windows were shattered down the west side of Harding between Ainslie and Lawrence last week (Thurs before Labor Day). I didn't see anything on the web or on this site. Just wondering if neighborhood reported anything, if cops are taking notice?

Jul 14

Updated 5 hours ago

Ice Cream Soda?

Is there anyplace in the vicinity of Albany Park or nearby that serves real ice cream sodas?

Real ice cream sodas, served in glass, made with high pressure compressed seltzer water. Not a float, like a root beer float.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Two suggestions...Chocolate Shop on Devon 1 block East of Central (I think it's 5345 W. Devon).
    Grazianno's on Touhy avenue 2 blocks west of Lehigh. They do ice cream creations including sodas in glass.

    Bon appetit!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Grazianno's looks like a full-service restaurant or pizza place; do they really serve ice cream sodas?

    I haven't stopped at the Chocolate Shop on Devon, tho I've been past there many times. I'll check it out.

Aug 22

Updated 6 hours ago

Where to buy organic fruits & veggies?

We usually shop at Trader Joe's, but I find their produce is often rotten within a day or so. Where can we buy organics in Albany Park/Avondale/Irving Park? Thank you!

  • Oh, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dill Pickle--I just wish they were closer to us.

  • bellyer Portage Park homeowner, Beer Lover & Home Brewer

    I drive from Jefferson Park/Portage Park just to buy certain things from the Dill Pickle that we can't get elsewhere, unless our schedule permits us to make it to the Logan Square Farmers Market. Dill Pickle rocks! If only we had someplace even remotely like it in Portage Park.

8 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Neighborhood Trash

Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is...

Read full message…

Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is consciously throwing their trash outside. I have started walking up and down my street with a trash bag to pick up whatever I can and it seems to help ! I really believe in leading by example. Sure enough the other day I was picking up trash and someone came out of their house and did the same thing! It was great! It would be awesome if everyone in the area could start to do the same thing. Make our neighborhood clean and welcoming!

16 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Found Dog

Hey, I found this good looking fella roaming around Spaulding and Leland with no collar. Obviously he belongs to somebody. Friendly, well mannered dog. Do you know who he belongs to?

  • Chicago canine rescue on Elston ave. is open. Pretty sure.. They can scan to see if he is chipped.

  • Deanna Stop it winter, just stop it.

    Owner and dog reunited. They are pet sitting this fella while their son is in Europe. Just got out an open back door.

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Neighborhood Violence

I'm new to every block and I am appalled by the amount of crimes I see. I grew up in the suburbs and obviously its much quieter out there.

The news about the stabbing yesterday.... Very disturbing. How can we help create an environment that discourages such behavior??
I don't want to be walking around wondering if some bum is going to jump
me while I am doing my runs or walking to the store.

Laws, ordinaces, and policies don't seem to do the trick.
What the next best step..... I wonder.

17 hours ago

You have 8 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Not all panhandling is illegal

Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being...

Read full message…

Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being solicited receives an item or service of little or no monetary value in exchange for a donation, under circumstances where a reasonable person would understand that the transaction is in substance a donation.

Panhandling does not include the act of passively standing or sitting nor performing music, singing or other street performance with a sign or other indication that a donation is sought, without any vocal request except in response to an inquiry by another person.

For example, under the Municipal Code of Chicago, panhandling is prohibited when either the panhandler or the person being solicited in the following places:

• Within ten feet of a bus shelter or a posted Chicago Transit Authority bus stop sign;
• In any public transportation vehicle or public transportation facility;
• In a vehicle which is parked or stopped on a public street or alley, except for those solicitations from recognized charitable organizations;
• In a sidewalk cafe or restaurant;
• In a filling station; or
• Within ten feet in any direction from an ATM or the entrance to a bank or currency exchange.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Honestly, why are people such defenseless little flowers when it comes to panhandling by homeless people?
    Yes, I've encountered aggressive people and dealt with them accordingly.
    Most are NOT that pushy, and if you've got any kind of spine you can either simply say "no" or semi-politely pretend not to...

    Read full comment…

    Honestly, why are people such defenseless little flowers when it comes to panhandling by homeless people?
    Yes, I've encountered aggressive people and dealt with them accordingly.
    Most are NOT that pushy, and if you've got any kind of spine you can either simply say "no" or semi-politely pretend not to notice them.

    I'm guessing its because so many people don't want to be reminded of the "icky" factor of our economy. Your steady-income comfort does NOT guarantee your insulation from the less fortunate, nor does it give you the right to push them aside through cowardly and coercive laws.

    Suck it up.
    Really, I've witnessed more insistent badgering by people collecting for (I assume) legitimate charities in grocery stores.

    Begin whining complaints.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I encounter many panhandlers commuting to and from work (Howard and Bryn Mawr L stations), and there are a couple who can be quite aggressive..

20 hours ago

About

EveryBlock collects 28 types of news in Chicago — including articles, real estate listings, meetups and conversations neighbors are having — and organizes it by location. Here is all the recent news and discussion near Albany Park.

Upcoming events

Sun

View full calendar →

These neighbors receive Albany Park news via EveryBlock every day:

Prakash Janakiraman Picnic Cory Brown Nejla Sudhanshu Sudhanshu Ranjan carlitoisweyokay George M Steve Omans Robin Scott Hunden Henry Aviles

You're 60 seconds from creating an account and joining them…

or
Enter your email address

Albany Park