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Trick or Treating, Just Moved From AZ

Hi everyone, we just moved from Arizona and I'm just getting to know this awesome town. Was wondering if you could help me out with this question:

Was wondering how trick or treating works in this neighborhood since we came from a very traditional suburb where every home is a single-family home. We have a toddler and we weren't sure if we should really go knocking on certain doors...especially those that have more than several units.

Do you have any suggestions or a guide to what we should be doing? Should we just go about our way like we did in Arizona?

  • Hi - I don't know where you live in West Town, but we live close to Grand & Wood. The area is composed mostly of single-family homes and we get tons of trick-or-treaters. It feels more like the traditional suburban experience, except you need to walk less distance between houses. :)

  • gingervitis I like warm hugs.

    Awesome! You're in our neighborhood! We live right next to the Mancel Talcott school...maybe we should go to your spot.

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Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

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Smith Park: Mayor Emanuel promotes Tasty Treats and Safer Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance,...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance, (SPNA) for donating extra candy to the park. SPNA request all community members to visit Smith Park for your treat.

Smith Park will playing Spooky sounds and have strobe lights on with a fog machine as you enter the park’s field house. This year, to keep our youth safe, Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly has ordered all field houses to remain open until 9 p.m. There will be open gym and basketball for anyone interested in putting together a game.

Just a few precautionary measurers to remember for Halloween: Many will
have on amazing costumes, please ensure your costumes have some type of reflector on it so motorist can see you when crossing the street. A flash light or glow lights will also help to let others know you are present. If possible, have an adult with you when trick-or-treating or walk in groups.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween.
David Ramos president, Nani Almendarez vice president, Dave Hunt treasurer, Ellen Ernst secretary.

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High time to vote out ineffective politicians

26th Ward Residents:

You have to admire the skills of politicians who do an extraordinary job of ''divide and conquer.''

They are masters of sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, and voodoo economics - all in the guise of doing what is right for the ward while creating such division among its people we stand alone.

And mired in all this ''flapdoodle,'' the average Chicagoan - befuddled by rhetoric, the manipulations of statistics, the-out-of-context quotes, the spin of news agencies...

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26th Ward Residents:

You have to admire the skills of politicians who do an extraordinary job of ''divide and conquer.''

They are masters of sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, and voodoo economics - all in the guise of doing what is right for the ward while creating such division among its people we stand alone.

And mired in all this ''flapdoodle,'' the average Chicagoan - befuddled by rhetoric, the manipulations of statistics, the-out-of-context quotes, the spin of news agencies - takes a side, believes it, defends it, becomes frustrated when nothing changes, relies on their representative to tell them who to blame and then becomes angry when the status quo doesn't improve for the majority.

The Chicago City Council has a current approval rating below 30 percent. And yet, defying all logic, Chicagoans don't fire their employees. At least eight out of 10 Aldermen should be fired!

Even though corporations and the 1 percent contribute millions to their candidates, we do have power: We can vote! Every one of us should forget party lines and vote those currently in power out on their derrieres.
Allow the newbies to have a positive impact, and if they don't, vote them out. Eventually, the message will be received that you can't fool Chicagoan anymore. Let's take the power back and vote the bums out!

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Street lights out

I have called 311 and visited Cityofchicago.org 11 times in the past two weeks to report several blocks with the street lights out around Eckhart Park. If you happen to live on Elizabeth St, Fry St, Chestnut St (surrounding Eckhart Park. Please help and report these entire blocks out. Car break-ins have been occurring nightly and alcohol and drug consumption in parked cars along Eckhart Park is at an all time high (no pun intended). This is also the area the 7 gunshot were reported last week. Thanks to everyone for helping get this issue reported and resolved.

  • Well as a city employee I can only say keep calling in with your concerns. with the past Mayor and current one they have layed off many people. The city is expecting miracles with skeleton crews.

  • I had the same trouble in the 1500 block of Adams Street over the summer. I called for 3 months at least. I got the Alderman involved too. I even got text messages from the City advising me that the light was replaces...which was not true. Finally I saw a...

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    I had the same trouble in the 1500 block of Adams Street over the summer. I called for 3 months at least. I got the Alderman involved too. I even got text messages from the City advising me that the light was replaces...which was not true. Finally I saw a crew in the neighborhood working in the alley. They said that the lights were not on the list for replacement but they agreed to repair it.

    I think you have to keep calling. This is a good venue to get the word out.

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Construction Thieves

Hi all - there are two white males aged 35-45 that drive a red/tan ford truck (it's a truck that has a "backseat") with two "sawhorses" for a ladder rack in the tailgate of their truck who we caught stealing from us on video surveillance. We believe these two men are also responsible for an apartment break-in across the street from us about 6-7 months ago.
We were gone this weekend and they cut the chain to our back gate...

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Hi all - there are two white males aged 35-45 that drive a red/tan ford truck (it's a truck that has a "backseat") with two "sawhorses" for a ladder rack in the tailgate of their truck who we caught stealing from us on video surveillance. We believe these two men are also responsible for an apartment break-in across the street from us about 6-7 months ago.
We were gone this weekend and they cut the chain to our back gate and then came the next night and stole a piece of construction equipment off of my husband's van.
We made a police report and are giving them the surveillance.
I'll post a copy of the video of the men and the truck to this site. Just FYI.
We are at Greenview and Chestnut.

  • I am sorry that you had this problem. Thank you for sharing the details. We will keep a look-out for these guys. Please keep us posted on an updates.

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Updated 6 days ago

Thief

All family, friend and neighbors within 2000 to 2200 block of Erie. A @#$%^ casually jumped over the next door neighbor fence on Fri, 10/17 @1p. Got into our garage, open the garage, stoled my husbands expensive bike, closed the garage door and than walked to the gate to pick up his apple, ate it and rode into the sunset all caught on camera. WTF!!! Please be careful as the tape clearly shows he was looking around. In the 40...

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All family, friend and neighbors within 2000 to 2200 block of Erie. A @#$%^ casually jumped over the next door neighbor fence on Fri, 10/17 @1p. Got into our garage, open the garage, stoled my husbands expensive bike, closed the garage door and than walked to the gate to pick up his apple, ate it and rode into the sunset all caught on camera. WTF!!! Please be careful as the tape clearly shows he was looking around. In the 40 years living in this neighborhood, I am bitter to know that our neighborhood is now more of a reason for @#$% to steal. Not hating on the new residents but this is BS. Of all days not to have the dogs out...I beat myself up.

  • Bob H Family in the neighborhood since ~1905

    Sorry you had to learn the hard way to always lock a bike, even inside. Some years ago, a thief broke out one of the wooden panels in my old overhead door, and got into the garage. No rocket scientist, him, so instead of opening the door and going to...

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    Sorry you had to learn the hard way to always lock a bike, even inside. Some years ago, a thief broke out one of the wooden panels in my old overhead door, and got into the garage. No rocket scientist, him, so instead of opening the door and going to town on the contents of my garage - which included several expensive bikes - he instead stole only the long, narrow things he could pass out through the same opening he broke in through (a weed-whacker, a leaf blower, etc.). But I got the message and within a few days I had rigged a steel bar inside and locked our bikes to it! I'd also suggest steel bars over the windows, on the inside if you prefer the aesthetics.

  • Thanks Bob H! Big lesson learned. While the lesson for the day is "don't leave w/o locking everything" especially to the 11year old, yesterday, shopping cart "MO" [very video camera] decided to start lifting garage doors up and apparently ours rised up a little, could not get in so he managed to steal the guard liner. OMG! So new garage next week! Have a great weekend Bob H.

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Join in Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance's Happy Halloween Program

To promote a safe Halloween for our trick or treaters and residents, Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) is again sponsoring a candy donation program for Smith Park’s Halloween Trick or Treat festivities on Friday, October 31.

When you make a donation of candy you’ll receive a decorative poster for your front door advising trick or treaters to visit Smith Park for their treats. You may drop off your candy donation at the Smith Park field house by October 26th and pick up your poster.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Oct 21

FREE: Halloween Skating Party at Smith Park this Friday

Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday evening? Smith Park, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be hosting a FREE Spooky Skating Party. Bring your roller skates, roller blades or scooter and enjoy the party. The gym will be turned into a roller rink, with a disco ball, black lights and a fog machine. Don't forget your costumes.

For additional information, please contact Maria at 312-742-7534.

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Updated Oct 21

Who is my alderman?

I have tried to use this website to figure out my alderman and what district I fall into, but when I try to put my address in, it doesn't take it. And I can not see my street on the map. So hoping one of you may know. I used to think it was Burnett, but someone told me that he wasn't my alderman. THanks. This was the website I was using: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/other/provdrs/clerk/svcs/find_your_ward_andalderman.html

My address is 111 S Morgan St.

Thanks.

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Salvage work continues on sunken Chicago River barge

...sunken barge.Vessels are able to transit through single file in the area between the Lake and Randolph Street bridges.The construction barge split and sank on Friday afternoon.It was loaded with about...

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Missing Cat

My cat went missing on Friday night from the 1400 block of West Huron. He is a big brown Tabby with white paws. He answers to the name of Bob.

He normally just wandered the alley between Huron and Superior. Let me know if anyone has seen him!

Thanks!

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