10 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Burglaries Reported

Just wanted everyone to know the cops have been patrolling the neighborhood today looking for a person or persons who were breaking into houses. My neighbor told us a patrol car stopped to let him know. It sounds like it's just homes, but make sure your garages are secured as well.

  • ...east or west of the park? When you say homes, do you mean single family homes or can that mean a 3-unit building?

  • Josh Mattingly Work in the suburbs, live in Humboldt Park.

    East of the park (we live on Maplewood.) Unfortunately, our neighbor didn't have too many specifics on if they were targeting specific types of property (he lives in a single family, we live in a 3-flat.)

    We're fortunate in our building because a) we all know each other, and b)...

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    East of the park (we live on Maplewood.) Unfortunately, our neighbor didn't have too many specifics on if they were targeting specific types of property (he lives in a single family, we live in a 3-flat.)

    We're fortunate in our building because a) we all know each other, and b) only a couple of us work 9-5 jobs, meaning there's almost always someone around to keep a lookout.

    We did have our garage broken into a few years ago. They hopped the fence and kicked in the door. Our landlord reinforced it to make it harder to force entry, but we've still locked/chained pretty much everything in there.

  • Did the victims arrive home to find their home burgled? or did they encounter the burglar and can give a description? CPD is looking for whom? they must have a description of a person they are looking for, no? That would be helpful to all of us.

20 hours ago

Updated 54 min ago

Burglary

Please becareful white male bald with a ponytail has a bike

  • edward Division & Wood

    Seems like a criminal would want a more inconspicuous haircut. Bald with a pony tail? Nice.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Bald + pony tail = somebody's been watching too many Kung Fu movies.

33 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Humboldt: Anyone else hear manic church bells around 12:20-25 AM (Sat night/Sun morning on 4/20)

Took the dog for a late-night walk and there was the sound of manic church bells going off for at least 5 minutes (could have been going on longer, I just didn't notice them until I took the dog outside). I am near lemoyne and fairfield and it was hard to determine where they were coming from, but it sounded like it was just a few blocks south east of where I was.

Gotta say, it was creepy listening to...

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Took the dog for a late-night walk and there was the sound of manic church bells going off for at least 5 minutes (could have been going on longer, I just didn't notice them until I took the dog outside). I am near lemoyne and fairfield and it was hard to determine where they were coming from, but it sounded like it was just a few blocks south east of where I was.

Gotta say, it was creepy listening to that outside at this hour, alone with the dog. I couldn't find any rhythm to the bells. It sounded as if people were just randomly whacking them. They were strong, intentional sounds - not like the wind was doing it (was trying to tell myself that was the case, but the more I listened the less I thought that was possible). It ended right before I got back into the house around 12:30. Have the window open to hear if they go off again.

Full disclosure: I just watched a zombie movie. Please tell me this is a regular occurrence and I just can't hear rhythm in bells. Hoping I just I freaked myself out and the church actually does this every night ~12:20. But I've lived in the immediate area for 5+ years and I frequently walk my dog around this time and I've never heard this before.

Anyone else hear this? Anyone have an idea of a church that rings crazy bells at 12:20am on a Sat night? Is this some kind of Easter thing I don't get?

  • meg

    OK, answered my own question. Looks like this was an Easter thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Vigil

    Keeping this post live in case anyone else didn't know about this and was as weirded out as I was!

    My Catholic ma is probably cursing me right now for not knowing this.

  • your "full disclosure" part made me giggle. thanks :)

  • Zombie fears were correct. It was easter for both orthodox and non orthodox Christians yesterday so I'm actually surprised you didn't hear more at that time. Churches that have midnight services do this.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Police patrolling around 8 am

Police are patrolling heavily near the 1300 block of Artesian. Any idea what's going on?

  • Jenny in Wicker Dog walker in River West/West Loop. Wicker Park...

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2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Found dog

My landlord found an older aged beagle on Maplewood just off of LeMoyne. Message me deets.

  • Fantastic news! So happy you were reunited with your very adorable doggy.

  • Hey guys!! Sorry!! I posted while packing up the car to head out of town. I'm glad you guys found your pup!!! This guy was actually being looked for by animal control as I was posting this. The owner had made a report.

Mar 28

Updated 32 hours ago

Old Sheets, Pillow Cases, Towels, etc to Donate to Dogs/Cats at a Cold Shelter?

Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a...

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Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a local open-access shelter.

The beds make a big difference to these dogs and cats. Shelter life is stressful. A warm bed helps reduce stress.

I would be thrilled to pick up any donated dog/cat supplies too. Unopened dog and cat food, litter, treats and calming toys are always appreciated.

I am planning on going to the shelter on Tuesday and would love to bring a carful of donations if you have anything laying around! Thank you! The dogs and cats thank you!

  • meg

    Hey folks - if anyone has anything else for me to pick up, I'm heading over there tomorrow. Happy to pick up this afternoon/evening or tomorrow before I go. Thanks again to all those who donated! The dogs and cats will be appreciative!

  • meg

    Thanks everyone! Forgot to post I delivered them 2 weeks ago and they were very appreciative! The shelter was touched that so many of you guys donated.

    If you do some spring cleaning in the next weeks or months, and come up with more goodies for the animals, message me...

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    Thanks everyone! Forgot to post I delivered them 2 weeks ago and they were very appreciative! The shelter was touched that so many of you guys donated.

    If you do some spring cleaning in the next weeks or months, and come up with more goodies for the animals, message me and I'm happy to pick up/deliver.

    Here's a list of what they need if you have it laying around or want to donate anything:
    - blankets, sheets, towels, rugs, pillow cases, old clothes (bedding for animals, helps reduce stress and give comfort)
    - any unopened dog or cat food or treats
    - pet meds (some of the animals they get in are very sick and they'll take whatever they can get to help them get healthy so they have a better chance of getting picked by a rescue (only then do they go to the vet)
    - hot dogs as treats - ALDI has cheap ones (this doesn't sound the healthiest, I know, but sometimes they have to try to fatten some of the skinny ones up and try to get them to eat anything if they're "shut down" because they're scared)
    - kongs and peanut butter (boredom is rough for these animals. Due to the number of animals and lack of staff/resources, they don't get a ton of human attention)
    - calming products (Rescue remedy, etc)
    - calming toys (such as stuffed animals without squeekers)
    - moms and dads :) Hit me up if you're interested in rescuing a dog or cat :)

    Thanks again everyone. It was nice meeting a bunch of you!

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Advice for getting needed city services?

Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage,...

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Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage, but there has been no answer to the actual request, and I think that the high-watt bulbs were already in place.

Our block is an above standard size due to Grand Ave. being on the south end of it. We encompass addresses from the 1000's through the 1150's.

We only have 5 streetlights on our block to illuminate the sidewalks and street in front of 30 city lots, and the two on the end are located on the alley. This leaves only 3 lights to enhance security and safety and act as a preventive measure. They are 125-175 feet apart, leaving large swaths of sidewalk under the cover of darkness.

We have the old light poles with only one high lamp.

And, all of the lights are located on the west side of the street. There isn't a single light pole on the east side of the street!

I checked with the city and filed a request directly with CDOT last year and got a service request number, which I have on file.

We have had great success in stopping other types of crime, but in part due to the darkness, my neighbors still suffer catalytic converter theft, broken car windows, scratched paint and dents, etc. and we believe that our safety and quality of life would quickly and effectively be preserved and enhanced by getting proper illumination through an adequate number of properly placed streetlights.

If you have any helpful suggestions I would appreciate it.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    Matthew: How far apart are the street lights on your block where you live? Are they on both sides of the street? I bet you won't answer this question.

    If you had a broken window on your house before you bought it, wouldn't you just buy the house you wanted...

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    Matthew: How far apart are the street lights on your block where you live? Are they on both sides of the street? I bet you won't answer this question.

    If you had a broken window on your house before you bought it, wouldn't you just buy the house you wanted and could afford and just fix the window? Or would you buy the house and leave the window broken? This is not a rhetorical question as you seem to be telling me to accept things the way they are because I should have bought and afforded a house in a perfect neighborhood with perfect street lighting. I bet you won't answer this question either.

    I don't see the big deal with a community (our block) wanting something, going through the proper known channels, and wanting a response. We have identified a problem, documented it, and articulated it to our elected official. It has been over 2 years, and we have been patient. In the meanwhile, some people (not me) have been the victim of petty crime.

    I had really hoped to get some good suggestions or advice, and besides gpblight's ideas, a few of which echo my own, I have gotten none. I really didn't think that this type of thing had to be brought to the attention of the mayor, but maybe it does.

    By the way, gpblight, I will not upload all of my neighbor's phone numbers and addresses on the petition to any public forum for obvious reasons. I am happy to provide it to officials should I be given or create the opportunity.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things...

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    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things that could be done to improve public safety in the area I have done. The security of my own home and property is fine and I don't really think about it so much.

    There are about 70 households on the block, and some of them have been much less successful than me with regard to protecting their family and possessions.

38 hours ago

Bloomingdale Trail is Real!

Just nice to see this happening after years of waiting!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Humboldt Park: 3300 Block of Beach

I will be moving soon and am looking over in this area? Is it safe for a SWF with no car? Thanks.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Hottest, top, maybe not best but all the same to me.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    When working people invest their hard earn dollars into an area, it always gets better. This article states HP is the top ten Hottest places on the real estate market, not the safest. I have to disagree about the gang bangers, They are strong on some blocks but not all anymore. They ruined Division St. in front of a ghetto liquor store and neighbors voted the area dry. The ghetto liquor store gone with the bangers. So yes the bangers are going away with every hang out we close.

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