2 days ago

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Waiting for rails to raise at kedzie brown line stop is inefficient

I sent a message to CTA a couple of weeks ago with no reply yet.

My issue is that both guard rails stay down at the sidewalk, no matter which train - east or west - is coming through, so one side waits unnecessarily to enter the station. This is mostly a problem during rush periods. My stop is Kedzie. Other affected stops could be Francisco and Rockwell.

I see no point in standing around if the side I want to cross is clear.

Does this bother anyone else? I'm all for safety, but independent rails for each side could solve the issue and save a lot of waiting time.

  • GBH55, you're right. I oversaw a lot of comments since I was only following the email digest. My apologies. Still, although I agree that ducking under is a terrible idea and I encourage you and anyone witnessing that hazardous behavior to inform the police, I don't take Rohacs words literally....

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    GBH55, you're right. I oversaw a lot of comments since I was only following the email digest. My apologies. Still, although I agree that ducking under is a terrible idea and I encourage you and anyone witnessing that hazardous behavior to inform the police, I don't take Rohacs words literally. @ Jamie I see the dialectic argument in Rohacs words. It's not to be taken literally in my opinion, but I might be wrong. It's a convention in certain types of discussions (Cartesian, I believe, but don't quote me on this, I'm not a philosophy major). Regardless, I agree that Rohacs should have used more clarity in that part of his argument to avoid misguiding us into the thought that he would actually do something so unreasonable. When he says "I tried once just to see..." sounds to me like he is just experimenting to be able to make a point. I insist, a very bad idea to use this kind of confusing rhetoric in my opinion. @ GBH55 regardless of the nature of the diatribe, escalating it to the point of personal attack with words like "prick" denotes a kind of emotional involvement that some might find amusing at your expense. You can always unsubscribe as you said you would but then you came back for some reason. I won't unsubscribe because this kind of threat dissipates in the air with no further consequences. Your opinion of us bears no weight in our lives. It puts a smile on my face to get that attention. I hope that by know everybody has unsubscribed to avoid being bothered with notifications. I know you won't because you said you would yesterday and yet you came back. Can't wait to read what you call me now. Last time it was "mighty" (sounds groovy)

  • Raed Mansour 25-year resident of Chicago living in Irving Park.

    @Rohacs, CTA emailed me stating that gates are operated through an independent circuit that's tripped as the train approaches and rise when the train leaves, all automatically. I think everyone would agree that if they ran on time this wouldn't be an issue. It's not everyday, but the delay is...

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    @Rohacs, CTA emailed me stating that gates are operated through an independent circuit that's tripped as the train approaches and rise when the train leaves, all automatically. I think everyone would agree that if they ran on time this wouldn't be an issue. It's not everyday, but the delay is not a couple minutes when this happens to me. I timed one at 15 minutes. One train after the next were coming and going. No one was getting on so trains stopping at an empty Francisco station was pointless. It reminds me of a friend who once heard as a joke from someone at CTA that said they'd run on time if it weren't for all the passengers (at least I hope it was a joke :-)

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Updated 49 min ago

Pedestrians Crossing On Lawrence

It seems some drivers aren't obeying the pedestrian crosswalk signs. A mother with her 2 young kids was crossing on Leland & Kedzie and a driver in a blue jeep Cherokee drove around into the other lane to not let them cross. The train was pulling into the station so traffic wasn't moving and all the driver did was block the intersection.

  • nimblewitted busy grandma

    That's a nice theory brownandwhitepeep, but some of these drivers just don't care about anyone else but themselves. Especially some of those bicyclists who fly by ignoring red lights signs etc. Just imagine if we could all write one an other tickets for indiscretions and errors in judgment, the city would have an astronomical income from the fines.

    The only resolution is to be an aware and conciencious driver and pray everyone else is doing the same.

  • Raed Mansour 25-year resident of Chicago living in Irving Park.

    I wonder if those impatient people exhibit the same behavior walking on a sidewalk, walking in a mall or at the park? I've never seen people getting pushy while walking by someone, stepping in front of them or even cursing them out as they walk by them. Something about being...

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    I wonder if those impatient people exhibit the same behavior walking on a sidewalk, walking in a mall or at the park? I've never seen people getting pushy while walking by someone, stepping in front of them or even cursing them out as they walk by them. Something about being physically separated from one another makes it easier for some people to lose respect and courtesy (like on the Internet).

    State and local laws are clear, all vehicles stop in either direction when pedestrians are within the crosswalk except for emergency vehicles. It's in the driver manuals. It's taught in driving schools.

    The state signs that were erected on top of the middle of the roads instead of posting on corners, are useless. Most are gone because vehicles ran them over, proving that some drivers could care less about any rules of the road.

    Not sure why this is so hard to comply with. It only takes a few second. Plus drivers with issues of the law should not be taken up with pedestrians as if it's their fault for a driver's impatience. I'd keep registering a complaint to the alderman, though. It's frustrating to say the least.

Mar 09

Updated 1 hour ago

City Will Eliminate 50 Red Light Cameras

- Pulaski and Montrose

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- Ashland and 47th

- Ashland and 63rd

- Ashland and Diversey

- Ashland and Garfield

- Central and Madison

- Cottage Grove and 95th

- Damen and Blue Island

- Elston and Foster

- Halsted and 83rd

- Harlem and Northwest Highway

- Kimball, McCormick and Lincoln

- Narragansett, 55th and Archer

- Osceola and Touhy

- Vincennes and 111th

- Western Ave and 51st

- Western, Armitage and Milwaukee

- Western and Pratt

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    @mikie

    No use trying to get anything thru to Bob. Its a waste of time replying to him. Once gain BOB doesn't even know his laws for his daily commutes.

    @bob kastigar

    You're right lets correct you

    Let's get a couple of laws straight:

    Bicyclists are permitted to ride two...

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    @mikie

    No use trying to get anything thru to Bob. Its a waste of time replying to him. Once gain BOB doesn't even know his laws for his daily commutes.

    @bob kastigar

    You're right lets correct you

    Let's get a couple of laws straight:

    Bicyclists are permitted to ride two abreast down the road in one lane.. WRONG

    9-52-050 – Bicyclists must ride single file, exceptions; bicyclists may ride two abreast when riding two abreast does NOT impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

    Bicyclists are entitled to the full use of a lane. And again WRONG

    9-52-040(c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this section and bicyclist upon the roadway at less then the normal speed of traffic at the time and place shall ride as near as the practicable and safe to the right hand side of the roadway

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

    Four years later, court rules city right to issue man $100 red-light ticket.

    More than four years of legal back-and-forth over a $100 traffic ticket came to an end Tuesday when a state appeals court found the City of Chicago was correct in citing a man who ran a red...

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    Four years later, court rules city right to issue man $100 red-light ticket.

    More than four years of legal back-and-forth over a $100 traffic ticket came to an end Tuesday when a state appeals court found the City of Chicago was correct in citing a man who ran a red light in Lincoln Park in September 2010.

    Bohdan Gernaga ran a red light at the intersection of North and Halsted on Sept. 21, 2010. Two months later, he was issued another red light ticket at the same intersection, according to a state appellate court opinion.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/486725/four-years-later-court-rules-city-right-issue-man-100-red-light-ticket

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  • I also work at a clinic. Keep in mind vaccinated dogs also get sick, just not as severe. Best to avoid daycares and other places of exposure until this passes.

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47 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Salsa and Chips - New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Kimball

Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked...

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Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked like an awesome bowl of soup. Everything was delicious, very fresh, and the price was right!

I'm posting because the very nice owner chatted me up while I waited for my food, and asked that if I had a good experience to please let other people in the neighborhood know. So that's what I'm doing! I'm happy to have a decent Mexican takeout option on this strip of Montrose and hope they stick around.

Though I eat enough Mexican food to alarm my doctor, I don't think I can keep them in business single-handedly, so please check them out and support this new local business!

  • Katie H. AP-er

    Shawn, an excellent and pertinent question. I recall it being small cubed/chopped, but with the flavor that usually accompanies the moister, shredded style. I'm also picky about this and I didn't have any complaints. It wasn't like huge 1" cubes of frozen foodservice "grilled" chicken. Shudder.

    Lindo Michoacan is soooo good. My favorite in that area of AP for sure.

  • K' Albany Park Gamer!

    Thank Katie! I'm getting rid of my car soon and have been looking for new places to try in the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods along the brown line.

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Here's What's Happening in Chicago Culture This Week

Open Now: End Days, Windy City Playhouse’s Henry Godinez–directed debut. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

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April 3: Original Voices, a third annual group show featuring artists working in new and underexposed media. Ken Saudners Gallery (230 W. Superior)

Open Now: Balm in Gilead, Lanford Wilson’s 1964 panorama of Manhattan’s seediest diner. The Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Our Bad Magnet: Three Scottsmen bore into a childhood friend’s knack for tall tales. Angel Island (735 W. Sheridan)

Open Now: Song About Himself, Mickle Maher’s take on post-Internet degeneration of language. Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 E. Randolph)

Open Now: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron’s ode to women and the clothes that color them. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate (1717 W. 31st)

Open Now: Title and Deed, Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s one-man travelogue. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

Open Now: La Bête, a comedy written entirely in couplets. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

Open Now: A Midwinter Night’s Tale: A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Winter’s Tale in the heart of the Polar Vortex. Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre (4041 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Homefront, in which a Tennessee emigre returns home from New York to his rupturing family. Project 891 at Heartland Studio (7016 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The One and Only Ivan, LifeLine’s kid-friendly take on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling children’s book. LifeLine Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The Full Monty, a musical based on the 1997 film in which a group of pink-slipped steelworkers turn to stripping to support their families. Kokandy at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

Open Now: The Hammer Trinity, Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews’s six-hour BYO marathon play. The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: Marie Antoinette, David Adjmi’s hyper-modern take on the young French queen’s tale. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

Open Now Endgame: Beckett’s classic through the eyes of Halena Kays, who served as the Hypocrites’ artistic director during founder Sean Graney’s recently ended three-year hiatus. The Hypocrites at Den Theatre (1329–1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: The Trial of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, a look at the first-ever black baseball player’s 1891 murder trial. Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark)

Open Now: Game of Thongs: A Game of Thrones Burlesque. Breasteros. Yep. Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee)

April 2: Buffalo, an improvised musical about the wonkiness of relationships. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W. Belmont)

April 2: Containers for Places, ever-colorful paintings by Michelle Bolinger. Roman Susan (1224 W. Loyola)

April 4: Titus Andronicus, Shake’s bloodiest revenge drama done by an all-lady cast. City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr)

April 4: Picture Imperfect, in which a set of vile, separated parents fight for agency over their autistic and artistically gifted son. Bread & Roses and Inglis Hall at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport)

April 4: Fourteen Landscapes, new paintings and sculpture by Philip von Zweck. 65Grand (1369 W. Grand)

April 4: Recent Paintings by Bill Frederick. Printworks (311 W. Superior, Suite 105)

April 4: Identify, in which Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, and Garth & Pierre explore identity in a group show. Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W. Superior)

April 4: Love on Paper, a free toast of love documents from letters to valentines to sheet music. Newberry Library (60 W. Walton)

April 5: Macbeth, Artistic Home’s post-apocalyptic take on the Scottish Play. The Artistic Home (1376 W. Grand)

April 5: Antigonick, Anne Carson’s modern-day, free translation of Antigone. Sideshow Theatre at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln)

April 5: The Other Place, the Chicago premiere of Sharr White’s drama in which an Alzheimer’s researcher endures her own mental storminess. Profiles Theatre (4147 N. Broadway)

13 hours ago

Brewery Openings & Other Beer Fun

Breakroom Brewery officially opens tonight at 4pm at 2925 W. Montrose Ave. It's come a long way since the Gapers Block Microbrewery Crawl toured the space...

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This Friday, April 3, at noon, Begyle Brewing releases its "Maybe Next Year" barrel-aged imperial brown ale, in 22oz bombers for $15 a bottle. The brewery at 1800 W. Cuyler Ave. will be open from noon to 9pm, and regular hours this weekend.

21 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Black dog loose at horner

At Horner Park. Medium black dog with collar. Obviously looking for owner. Will not let me approach

  • Thanks for this post. I read on another one he was caught and will be reunited with his owner!

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Trash in Albany Park

Something needs to be done about the trash in Albany Park. I've gone as far as to pick up what I can of it myself, but I don't know what to do anymore. Albany Park is such a wonderful and diverse neighborhood, it's the essence of Chicago. But right now it is a DUMP.

What can we do together to clean the streets and keep them that way??

  • The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those...

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    The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those public-service announcements are long gone. Maybe it's time to bring it back for a new generation of folks, from different backgrounds, and in multiple languages.
    On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I saw a very creative sign posted by some local neighbors, urging people to keep their neighborhood (and beach) clean. It reads,
    "Disfruta tu Playa! Pero no dejes la basura que generas.
    Si no puedes ser la solucion, no seas parte del problema.
    Mantenla limpia como tu casa.

    Then it was signed, "Los Goonies." A bit of humor goes a long way.
    Basically the sign says, Enjoy your beach, but don't throw trash. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Keep this place clean, like you would your house.
    The areas around the sign were noticeably cleaner than others.

    I have a photo of this sign, but can't seem to post it to this thread.

  • As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the...

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    As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the historical times in which nobody cared is that in our day and age we generate unhealthy amounts of waste with our lifestyle. Nothing is meant to last. It's all plastic bags, Styrofoam, etc. I wish we could attach photos to this thread. You can even find full baby bottles! littering the streets. The soda bottles left behind on every corner you can attribute to oblivious teenagers (I've heard them brag about how they "don't give a s___"). Yet a baby is hopefully monitored by an adult. I have been taking photos of puzzling samples of littered junk. I've also shot junk food wrappings litter with such toxic ingredients that I no longer wonder how little someone cares about their environment if they're able to do that to their own body. As someone implied earlier, I feel like I'm preaching to the choir. Sure there are more social issues that need to be addressed, but I see that a lot of it is interrelated.

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Feb 19

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attention ⚠ yall looking for a part time job

Looking for a part time job im 15 years old and im looking for a little job so help me out asap im located in Albany park area Irving park area Avondale area so just keep in touch Thanks.💯

  • Alex, you're getting good advice. Employers check online activity before hiring.

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    Well I *was* interested

Mar 06

Updated 35 hours ago

Breakroom Brewery on Montrose?

Just curious....Have you been there? How was it? (Food too). Thanks.

  • Totally agree. I went last night with some buddies and it was great. Good beer, cool atmosphere and very nice staff. Will be going back again ASAP.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    May I will stop by.
    Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple

Heard several gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple this morning around 2:30am. Called 911 and they said they would send a police car over. Still shaking.

  • Dan

    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant...

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    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant and prompt reporting of gang activity, including graffiti, is really the only tool that is going to have an effect. You already have the presence of at least two gangs in the area: the Kings who reside there, and their rivals who are traveling through and shooting at them. Unfortunately, until you can identify, disrupt, and uproot the Kings, you're going to continue to have problems. Good luck and stay safe!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Dan nailed it.

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