May 22

Updated 6 min ago

1 dead, 16 wounded in city violence

The man was walking through an alley with another male in the 3100 block of West Lawrence Avenue when somebody inside a nearby black SUV fired shots, Alfaro said.

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The man who died was shot in the face in the 8400 block of South Commercial Avenue about 11:40 a.m., police said.

Gartman, of the 7600 block of South Kingston Avenue, was later pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office.   

The man was in walking in the 6900 block of South Talman Avenue when someone fired shots at him from a passing black vehicle, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

The man was walking in the 4800 block of West Jackson Boulevard when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck in the right thigh and right calf, Alfaro said.

At the crime scene, police officers cordoned off a small part of Jackson Boulevard west of Cicero Avenue where they found two shell casings and a phone.

The woman was standing on a sidewalk in the 7000 block of South Wolcott Avenue when a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots, striking her in both legs, Alfaro said.

The man was walking on a sidewalk in the 6800 block of South East End Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck, Alfaro said.

Both men were found in an alley in the 1300 block of West 31st Place during a narcotics-related shooting, Alfaro said.

The man was walking on a sidewalk in the 12100 block of South Parnell Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit in the left buttocks, Alfaro said.

The man was walking on a sidewalk in the 8000 block of South Brandon Avenue when a male attacker walked up to him and fired shots, hitting him in the lower left leg.

At 7:30 p.m. a 56-year-old man was on the 6600 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood when he was shot, police said.

The vehicle was on the 4700 block of South Karlov Avenue when he discovered that he had suffered a gunshot wound to his knee, Sweeney said. The man managed to get to Mount Sinai hospital where he was listed in good condition, Sweeney said.

At 5:30 p.m., a 27-year-old man was injured on the 6900 block of South Paulina Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, Sweeney said.

The man was sitting on the porch of a residence in the 700 block of East 90th Place when an unknown gunman walked up to him and fired shots, striking him in the back, Gaines said.

Earlier at 2:30 p.m., an 18-year-old man was shot on the 7800 block of South Michigan Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood, according to police.

The man was stabbed in a home in the 4400 block of South King Drive about 8:55 a.m., said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

  • Ro Bridgeport tailor's granddaughter

    "Them" is anyone who isn't just like him. "Them" is anyone outside of his comfort zone.. "Them" is the boogyman in his closet, the monster under his bed, the shadow in the night. "Them" is the faceless masses.

  • Hey RO! THEM are the gang members and since they are in your comfort zone, you should be out there with THEM trying to stop THEM from killing people who just happen to be in the wrong place in the wrong time. And you know who THEM are, they are those gangbangers from Northside Prep. So tell us RO and FGFM, what should be done with these gang?

3 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Summer Jobs for Youth Albany Park

Hey does anyone know if there will be summer jobs this year for the youth in Albany Park? The After School Matter's program list very few jobs close to the area. Most of the jobs are in Logan Square, but are now filled up. My son is 15 years old. Any leads? I would prefer he stay in AP, but if not I'll figure out something. Thanks

  • robin in WRP Feelin' Feisty

    Your son should contact the Red Cross, and take the babysitting class. Red Cross certified teen sitters earn 10-15 an hour

  • on the edge of Chicago

    My daughter took the Red Cross babysitting class through the park district last year.

    Has your son tried applying to grocery stores or ice cream shop? Maybe post some signs for dog walking or landscaping assistance?

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Give up your seat on the CTA if you see someone disabled.

Today on the way home on the Blue Line there was a guy with a cane and was trying to hold onto the pole while people were sitting in the disabled seat, They were texting and didn't even look up. Finally someone further back offered their seat. He couldn't even walk over to it. I gave up my seat to him which was closer.

  • The disabled can also speak up and ask for the disabled seat.

  • You don't always know who is "able bodied" either. I'm a male in my mid 30s, I look perfectly healthy, but after standing for 10 minutes I have fairly serious back pain and my rotator cuffs are so bad I cannot lift my arms over my head to hold the hand holds on a red line train.

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41 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Has anyone else seen these?

While walking home I noticed these taggings all down Kimball. I am not sure if they are gang related (marking territory), peace treaty markings or just taggers who went crazy. But I spotted about 5 so far. I'm not sure how far south they are but my starting point was Von Steuban. I just emailed the photos to the alderman and the CAPS. If anyone else see them, by all means take a photo and email to caps.017district@chicagopolice.org. Give them the location of the graffiti and advise them that this is an urgent matter. Thanks

May 18

Updated 3 hours ago

Help Keep Albany Park Clean

Listen people, if you see trash out on the ground near your homes and buildings, pick it up. It doesn't hurt to lend a hand. The wind is blowing trash everywhere, the least we as residents of AP could do is pick it up. Help to keep the neighborhood looking nice. Thanks BTW I want to send a shout out to the elderly woman I always see on Montrose/Kimball or Bernard who picks up trash along side her dog.

  • Would anyone be interested in starting a monthly neighborhood clean up day?

    The trash in Albany Park is out of control and the yearly clean up event is not enough to combat it.

  • Kimball Block 4400 Albany Park resident since 2010

    Thanks for asking Sarah, I was actually thinking the same thing last week just haven't gotten around to asking. That would be a great idea. I am on the 4400 block north on Kimball

23 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Correct Locations of the Recent Albany Park Shootings

I’m trying to determine the locations of the two recent shootings in our neighborhood. According to the new reports which I’m sure we’ve all seen, two individuals were shot last week: one non-fatally, on Thursday (5/21) night, and one fatally, on Saturday (5/23) night.

The fatal Saturday shooting has been reported by some media outlets as having taken place in the 4700 block of N. Albany (e.g., http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/05/24/police-man-shot-to-death-in-albany-park/ ), and in others as having occurred in the 4700 block of...

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I’m trying to determine the locations of the two recent shootings in our neighborhood. According to the new reports which I’m sure we’ve all seen, two individuals were shot last week: one non-fatally, on Thursday (5/21) night, and one fatally, on Saturday (5/23) night.

The fatal Saturday shooting has been reported by some media outlets as having taken place in the 4700 block of N. Albany (e.g., http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/05/24/police-man-shot-to-death-in-albany-park/ ), and in others as having occurred in the 4700 block of N. Troy (e.g., http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-shootings-violence-20150523-story.html#page=1 ).

The non-fatal Thursday shooting has been reported as occurring in an alley in “the 3100 block of W. Lawrence” (e.g., http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150522/albany-park/albany-park-shooting-leaves-man-wounded-police-say ).

Does anyone have definitive, accurate information as to the location of these shootings?

Was Saturday’s shooting on Albany, or was it on Troy?

Which alley in the 3100 block of W. Lawrence was the site of Thursday’s shooting: Was it the alley north of Lawrence or south of it? Was it east or west of Albany?

Thanks in advance to anyone who has more accurate information on the location of these shootings.

4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a man was found shot to death in an alley in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Daniel Rivera, 27, was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his face in an alley in the 4700 block of North Albany, authorities said.

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...She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and...

...a 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and the leg in the 4900 block of West Erie, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died. The Cook County...

...the Northwest Side, police said. He was shot about 2:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of North Hamlin. He was sitting passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle pulled up, and someone inside...

The boys, 14 and 15, were outside in the 4400 block of South Cottage Grove about 8:15 p.m. when someone fired shots from a light-colored sedan, police said. Emergency crews found the older boy unresponsive in an alley with a gunshot wound in his back.

Raheem Dameron, 15, of the 5600 block of South Justine, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said. The younger boy was shot in the foot and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Police said the 15-year-old had documented gang ties.

...shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was driving in the 3300 block of West Division about 4 p.m. when a dark-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired...

About 3:20 p.m., LaSean Barnes, 38, was in the 3200 block of West Maypole when someone fired shots from a passing beige conversion van, authorities said. The van then drove off east on Maypole.

Barnes, of the 3000 block of West Polk, was shot in the right side of his abdomen and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

...About 12:45 a.m., four people were denied entry to a party in the 6100 block of South Honore, police said. The four males then surrounded the party and opened fire, striking three people...

...wounded in a shooting in South Shore. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 7900 block of South East End Avenue at 12:27 a.m. when a gunman fired shots, police said. One of them...

Rivera, who lived in the 7200 block of North Damen, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

Weathers, of the 5000 block of West West End Avenue, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 p.m., authorities said.

Officers responding to the 1000 block of West 14th Place about 2:10 a.m. found the man unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The holiday weekend’s first fatal shooting happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in Wicker Park. Carlos F. Marino, 34, was sitting on the front porch of a home with two other people in the 1700 block of West Pierce when someone walked up and opened fire, authorities said.

The 47-year-old woman was shot about 2 a.m. by her boyfriend in the 4800 block of West Madison, police said.

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @jaye els - "No go zones" as you termed them are not unique in Chicago. Certain towers at the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini Green and even a couple of buildings on Lake Park were virtually gang run for long periods of time. When I was at the U of C...

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    @jaye els - "No go zones" as you termed them are not unique in Chicago. Certain towers at the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini Green and even a couple of buildings on Lake Park were virtually gang run for long periods of time. When I was at the U of C in their Emergency Department (back in the day when they were a Level 1 Trauma Center) we had to do ride-alongs with the CFD paramedics as part of the paramedic certification process. There were certain buildings to which we were called where it was essential to wait for CPD back up (in force).

    The point I am making is that gang activity and gang control of certain areas is not new - just as high homicide numbers are not new. The difference between 2015 and 1975 or 1985 is that the incidents were confined to specific geographic regions and all the chest thumping and hand wringing taking place on EB now is that some of this stuff is taking place in communities such as Rogers Park, Albany Park and Mayfair.

    Likewise, Rio now cares about cleaning up the favelas because they will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics.

  • pha que this will appear next to all of your posts

    It's pretty common knowledge that the police don't enforce any laws in what I've dubbed 'the heroin triangle' the only time it seems they go in is to retrieve bodies. I am a landlord investing in properties in hp and egp, but I won't touch anything north of Franklin and south of grand. It seems the police let the open air drug markets operate there with impunity

6 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Police: Man Shot To Death In Albany Park

He was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his face in an alley in the 4700 block of North Albany at 11:45 p.m., police said.

  • He was sporting blue and black

  • pha que this will appear next to all of your posts

    Scr eh? Didn't someone get smoked on that corner a year before they began construction on that house?

5 hours ago

5 days ago

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Observation empty houses that were rehabbed gutted not selling.

I notice on 4100 N. Kimball there are 3 houses empty that were rehabbed but are empty and are not selling. There are 2 houses on 4100 N Bernard not completed. There is also a 3 flat that has been rehabbed on 4100 N Kimball but I don't see anybody living there. Also there is another house being rehabbed on 4100 N Kimball. I don't understand how the owners can afford to keep paying taxes on these empty properties.

  • One of the houses on the east side of the 4100 block was finally purchased by a family recently but was unoccupied for six years. The one a couple of doors down has been empty for nearly three years now since the lifelong resident died. It was rehabbed by a...

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    One of the houses on the east side of the 4100 block was finally purchased by a family recently but was unoccupied for six years. The one a couple of doors down has been empty for nearly three years now since the lifelong resident died. It was rehabbed by a company who has done a few houses up and down Kimball. I can't speak for the quality of other houses they've done but they cut a lot of corners on this one and made some really weird aesthetic choices. We live on the block; my wife works at home and in the year and a half since the rehab was finished she hasn't seen a dozen people come to look at it. It doesn't help that the weeds are waist-high now.

    Interestingly, our friends and family made offers on both of those properties before they were flipped - each for more than the rehabbers paid - and were either turned down because of "better offers" or strung along with no answer. Maybe somebody in the real estate or banking industries can explain the advantage that developers seem to have over direct buyers.

  • I've seen corners cut too on a development by me. The property taxes haven't been paid since the developer bought it in 2013. It's interesting all the money put into this property and the developer didn't pay the taxes? Was a horrible experience living next store. The mess they made...

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    I've seen corners cut too on a development by me. The property taxes haven't been paid since the developer bought it in 2013. It's interesting all the money put into this property and the developer didn't pay the taxes? Was a horrible experience living next store. The mess they made on my property, damages and things missing. One of the owners swore that he would take care of. Being told they had a right to be on my property and trying to claim a foot of my property. I pity who ever buys it.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Be careful

I lived here over Ten years. Lived in Chicago for about 40. I hear gunshots every weekend now. Litter is the least of it. I want to move out because it no longer safe. I've been buglarized twice. Neighbors on both sides have been burglarized. My. Near by church has been broken into more than once. My car window along with two of my neighbors has been smashed..I had to get burglar bars and security alarms to safeguard me and my property. Make your own judgement.

  • I saw gang graffiti on Kimball and Cullom. It had 7's. What is that?

  • A lot of the times you find out people causing problems have come from other neighborhoods and the suburbs.

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2 days ago

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35th Ward phone number for Rodriguez-Rosa? Manpower changes for district 17.

After the shootings this weekend, I phoned Laurino, Mell and Arena, but couldn't call 35th Ward/Rodriguez-Rosa because he has no phone number. I tried calling the Mayor's Office, but no luck. Anyone know how to contact the alderman? Also can you call all of the aldermen and ask what staffing changed in manpower for CPD district 17 have occurred in the last month with the increase in violence in our area?

  • Maybe the aldermen can pool their menu money and get another rapid response unit?

  • do any of you listen to the police scanner? this dispatcher that's on right now is so stupid she couldn't find herself out of a paper bag. I have been listening on & off all night.... wow, just wow! DUMB!

12 hours ago

What's going on with The Nighthawk?

Supposedly the Nighthawk across from the Kimball CTA station was going to open last fall, but it never did and from the outside it doesn't look like much is happening, if anything. Does anyone know if they've given up, or what the story is?

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Albany Park Dist. Police Defend Gang Strategy Against 'Idiotic Allegiance'

ALBANY PARK — Following a recent outbreak of gang violence that saw two shootings in two days on the same block, Albany Park residents packed a CAPS meeting Wednesday night, with some accusing police of having a "completely ineffective" strategy in combating homicides.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150528/albany-park/albany-park-police-defend-gang-strategy-against-idiotic-allegiance

4 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Albany Park

I will be moving Albany Park by the end of summertime. I am from the Milwaukee area and my boyfriend has lived in Chicago(Wrigleyville) for the past two years. We found a great place off of Leland and Sawyer and we are excited for the move. We spent a few hours in the area including stopping at Andy's Fruit Ranch since that is the closest grocery store.

I grew up in a pretty bad neighborhood with gang violence and I...

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I will be moving Albany Park by the end of summertime. I am from the Milwaukee area and my boyfriend has lived in Chicago(Wrigleyville) for the past two years. We found a great place off of Leland and Sawyer and we are excited for the move. We spent a few hours in the area including stopping at Andy's Fruit Ranch since that is the closest grocery store.

I grew up in a pretty bad neighborhood with gang violence and I currently live in a transitional neighborhood. I have witnessed neighborhoods go downhill quickly and neighborhoods that turn themselves around. It usually comes down to the residents and neighborhood associations to help make the changes while working with local police districts.

The diversity in Albany Park was refreshing as Milwaukee has been know for its segregated neighborhoods. It looks like it has some decent ethnic restaurants as well.

As being new to Chicago and Albany Park, should we be concerned about gang violence? When we did a search for Albany Park, we saw that there has been a few shootings in the area. I assume gang related shootings and is this something we should be concerned about?

  • Thank you for the list of GF restaurants. I have been to the Chicago's Pizza in Lincoln Park, I wonder if it is the same owners, they have a great GF crust. I will have to explore Lincoln Square as well.

  • AP is not a place I'd ever want to live in

May 22

Updated 18 hours ago

Memorial Day is coming and I don't see too many flags on homes.

Just an observation. Memorial Day is coming and I don't see too many flags on homes.

  • Shawn Ritchie South Side transplant to North Center since 2007

    The voluntary display of patriotism is MANDATORY. You don't want others to question your commitment, DO you, citizen?

    Christ.

  • Wow, small world :) I miss your usenet posts, Shawn.

37 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Free Veggie Seedlings

Albany Park Neighbors,

I am giving away a few dozen FREE SEEDLINGS on Sunday, May 31, midday. Jalapeños, sweet bell peppers, and several varieties of heirloom tomatoes. First come, first served, until gone. Email 4400Christiana@gmail.com for information about pickup location and time.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    I would love some! Especially the peppers! I have some mint plants. Any chance that you are in need of those? We could trade!

  • Jason Rasmussen Albany Park neighbor

    Sure! Email me for details.

22 hours ago

Looking to rent a garage space for a motorcycle.

Hello neighbors, I'm looking to rent a garage space for a motorcycle (Honda VTX 1300c) in the neighborhood. I'm located by Sacramento and Montrose.
I currently rent a space, but it's kind of far when I want to go for a ride.
Thank you,
Kevin
parra.kevin@gmail.com
630-512-7492

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