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smashed windows

hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been...

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hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been working with the police precinct but there isn't much they can do. we are just wondering if other people have had the same problem and also let the neighborhood know to be vigilant and safe. replacing glass gets expensive for a small businesses like us, but more important, it is scary and troubling knowing there are people on our block in the early morning hours looking to cause damage and perhaps hurt people.

  • We had a similar problem at our office (further west than you). Kids were throwing rocks from the adjacent Metra track and breaking the same windows. We ended up installing a 1/2" polycarbonate shield in front of the windows. The way it was installed you can barely even tell it's there, but it works. Sharp Bullet Resitant (out of Joliet maybe) did the work.

  • Lyn Wolfson VP Chicago Grand Neighbors Association

    Call your alderman and contact CAPS shy Juan Clas and ask what additional assistance police can provide. You might be in remapped 1st ward Ald Proco Joe Moreno, otherwise Walter Burnett. Maybe Ald can ask police to declare hot spot, to have tactical team patrol between those hours. Find out what CAPS area you are in and who is Community Facilitator. If Beat 1215 email Beth at Beat.1215@yahoo.com
    Ask for help.

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Multiple armed robberies reported on Chicago’s Near West Side

The most recent happened on August 22nd in the 200-block of North Ashland.

A similar incident happened in the 1600 block of West Lake Street on August 13th.

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The incidents happened in the 2100 block of West Fulton, and the 2200 block of West Walnut.

The incidents happened in the 2100 block of West Fulton, and the 2200 block of West Walnut.

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Four armed robberies reported on Near West Side in August

–about 3 p.m. on Aug. 13 in the 1600 block of West Lake;

–about 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the 200 block of North Ashland.

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–about 10:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of West Fulton;

–about 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 14 in the 2200 block of West Walnut;

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  • Reading For All

    Ms. Birnbaum is asking for $408.80:
    My students need a listening center and book sets to help them become more fluent readers.
    Hope Institute Learning Academy Comment

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Any plans to upgrade the Ashland L station?

The Ashland L station is in dire need of structural and cosmetic upgrades; are there any plans to do so in the near future?

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    PERMIT EXPIRES ON 10/29/2014 ERECTION STARTS: 8/26/2014, ERECTION ENDS: 9/1/2014. TEMPORARY SHIPPING CONTAINERS WITH VIEWING PLATFORMS FOR THE NORTHCOAST MUSIC FESTIVAL ON AUG. 29-SEPT.1, 2014 AT UNION PARK. 1-8'X40' CONTAINER, 2-8'X20' CONTAINERS AND 1-8'X10' CONTAINER. CORSO AGENCY, LLC.

    1501 W. Randolph St. Issued August 29, 2014 Comment

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North Coast: Day One

I had just gotten off the bus and was waiting to cross the intersection of Ashland and Lake Street when a woman near me asked for a cigarette. I reached in my jeans and...

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Anyone interested in getting a fenced dog park in Smith Park?

We've been walking our dogs up to Wicker Park, but it'd be nice to have a designated, fenced-in, off-leash area closer to home. Anyone else interested or know if this has been attempted before?

Thanks --Leila

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    You could try Claremont dog park at Western and Flournoy St. It's closer to wicker park and SO much bigger with grass, no concrete.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Closer to Smith park than wicker park**

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Weekend Events Around Town: 8/29-9/1

1501 W. Randolph St.

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78 E. Washington St. 

4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.

600 West Cermak Road 

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Chicago Onscreen Showcase at Union

Fri, Sep 12, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join the Chicago Park District in celebrating Chicago filmmakers with screenings of locally-produced films in local parks. Friday, September 12 will feature a collection of short films that celebrates Chicagoans of all kinds, and the incredible diversity and talent of Chicago?s filmmaking community. Audiences will be treated to 7 short films, at times heartbreaking, hilarious, joyful and bittersweet but always engaging, thought-provoking and decidedly Chicago. Featured films include: The End of August CATalogue Hatboxes Scotty Works OUT Dirty Laundry Michael's Last Ride Fanfare for Marching Band

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#GetFested this weekend

Where: Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.)

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Where: Washington Park (5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

...of Miscreants and Wishbone Theatre Collective. The main box office is located inside Fischman Liquors (4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.), which also will host a free opening reception—complete with 1-minute plays and a...

Where: Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.)

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Adult Probation

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Drones Flying In Your Neighborhood

My sleep was disturbed at 2:30 am this morning by a drone hovering above our apartment building. I have seen it hovering over my building and adjacent ones in broad daylight several times, sometimes for several hours. This is the first time I have seen and heard it at night. Has anyone noticed this happening near their homes? If so, is there anything that I can do about it?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    T in Chi-You're probably right that it is gas powered. That must have been the "fuel exhaust" I was seeing coming from it. I didn't even know gas powered "toys" existed as I thought they were all battery powered. I don't know anything about that drone you're talking about.

  • Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on...

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    Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on small fires - it's pretty common to make scale WWII planes that do things like drop fake bombs or make machine gun sounds when you hit a button on the remote control - a fire fighting RC chopper would be pretty awesome, particularly for firefighters!) Thanks!

    I've never been able to find a city ordinance that flat out bans flying radio control planes, helicopters, etc (some cities/towns do have them, though). A big part of why I'd like to help defuse this situation with our neighbor who is buzzing the neighborhood is that I'd like to avoid some alderman with nothing better to do passing some sort of ban of "drones", and which would probably ban all other radio control flying gizmos. (I'm thinking of some of Burt Natarus' more zany proposals...)

    It's cool that firefighters can use some of their down time to fly a RC heli, I can do some test runs in the alley, and even that our neighbor can do *a little* flying around (but not when its really bugging people, and particularly at 2:30am). It would be nice if we could avoid heavy handed new ordinances or unnecessary police involvement (though, repeatedly waking people up in the middle of the night is a pretty appropriate thing to call the police about, if it keeps happening.)

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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

8/29–8/31. Single day tickets $69. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. northcoastfestival.com

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8/27 at 7:30. Free. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark. womenandchildrenfirst.com

8/30 at 2. $6. 600 W. Cermak. artopiachicago.com

...Be Pretty (produced at Profiles in 2011).8/28–10/12. $30–$40. Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. profilestheatre.org

...as they smash into the city’s skyscrapers.Through 9/11. Free. Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

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