Sep 10

Updated 3 min ago

Speed camera

Speed camera on Archer near Wood WHY the speed cameras are for schools and playgrounds. None there. Contact 12ward to ask WHY?

  • denise b concerned citizen

    The only way that is going to make a diffence is to have the media there.

  • Pete DeMay A McKinley Park parent and candidate for alderman

    We have some media confirmed for tomorrow. Now don't forget to come to the rally and bring a friend! It's time to show Rahm and his puppets in City Council that we don't want their speed and red light cameras in Chicago.

5 days ago

Updated 27 min ago

Thompson now taking photos instead of Balcer

Has anyone noticed that the Bridgeport News has no coverage of any of the prospective canadates except Patrick Daley Thompson. I have lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years and the Bridgeport News is fairly worthless regarding information about topics in thr neighborhood but I think there are a a lot of people that actually get brainwashed by the photos. The more they see this guy the more they will just go with the flow and just vote for...

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Has anyone noticed that the Bridgeport News has no coverage of any of the prospective canadates except Patrick Daley Thompson. I have lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years and the Bridgeport News is fairly worthless regarding information about topics in thr neighborhood but I think there are a a lot of people that actually get brainwashed by the photos. The more they see this guy the more they will just go with the flow and just vote for him. What kind of marketing is the Sullivan and Kolzar campaigns doing outside of social media? Direct mail, signage and a very agressive campaign in Bridgeport is needed to get Balcer and his lazy administration out! My property values are low, I have to drive out of the neighborhood for shopping and entertainment and I am tired of boarded up store fronts!

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

God's Closet Needs Coats

God's Closet, the free, volunteer run clothing pantry at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity is in need of winter clothes. Coats, Socks, Gloves and Hats are needed most. We accept new and used items and a donation receipt can be acquired on site or at https://sites.google.com/site/firsttrinitylutheranchicago/clothing-pantry

God's Closet is open Tuesdays 5-7 and Fridays 10-noon. Drop offs can also be made at other times; just bring items to the community center door and ring the bell. God's Closet/First Trinity is located at 643 W 31st Street.

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2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

2015 budget hearing for McGuane Park

This is our annual opportunity to request events for McGuane for 2015. Last year we requested Sunday hours and swimming on Sunday and got it. This year we would like to request music, dance and team sports. Please consider attending this budget hearing and supporting McGuane. If you have ideas for events, please post them here and/or attend the McGuane advisory council meeting at 6pm the first Monday of each month at the field house. The budget hearing is tomorrow, Sept 30, at 6:00 pm Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine.

  • Not too sure how it would work but it looks like this was an investment property for the owners. There's been multiple mortgages over the decade with the last one in Nov '08 for 800K. There's been multiple modifications to the mortgage over the last 5 years with the last...

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    Not too sure how it would work but it looks like this was an investment property for the owners. There's been multiple mortgages over the decade with the last one in Nov '08 for 800K. There's been multiple modifications to the mortgage over the last 5 years with the last one being in May '14 in which it lists the collateral as not only the 3601-09 S. Lituanica prop but 2104 & 08 S. Archer as well, with a maturity date of July 2019. Wrecking permit was issued in Sept. '07 to tear down building so they probably had some plans before the meltdown, maybe there's some environmental issues due to what was there before. Address for Mie is listed in Flushing NY, for Mui 3353 S. Claremont 60608.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    We need to check with the EPA to see if there is pollution. If so, the EPA is promoting native plants to remove pollution (here is link: http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/conf12_04/conf_knwldge.html) There are funds available for this so we might wish to discuss.

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41 hours ago

McKinley Park Dog Park--Show your interest/support now!

I'm re-posting this to under "neighborhood improvement" instead of "pets" in case I missed anyone with yesterday's post.

Several interested community members from McKinley Park & Bridgeport are working to organize a dog park in McKinley Park. I've read very active threads on EB with people who seemed to love the idea. Right now, we are gathering names of supporters and people who may be interested in being part of the dog park action committee. We've had a decent show...

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I'm re-posting this to under "neighborhood improvement" instead of "pets" in case I missed anyone with yesterday's post.

Several interested community members from McKinley Park & Bridgeport are working to organize a dog park in McKinley Park. I've read very active threads on EB with people who seemed to love the idea. Right now, we are gathering names of supporters and people who may be interested in being part of the dog park action committee. We've had a decent show of support over the past 2 days, but we could use more names.

If you have interest in planning and being part of the committee (which promises to be fun, but no easy feat), please email me at mckinleyparkdogparkcommittee@gmail.com. As this project takes off, the committee will be tasked with gathering signatures from McKinley Park neighbors. If you'd like to add your name and show your support, please either send an email with your name and address/ward to mckinleyparkdogparkcommittee@gmail.com OR sign our change.org petition and we can reach out to you once the committee is formed at https://www.change.org/p/chicago-park-district-open-an-off-leash-dog-park-in-mckinley-park#.

Several people will be speaking in support at the Chicago Park District annual budget meeting at Fosco Park tomorrow evening.

We look forward to working to bring South Paws the freedom to run and play off leash that they deserve!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

McKinley Park Dog Park--Show your interest/support now!

Hey, neighbors. Tuesday September 30th is the Chicago Park District budget meeting. I am going to go and voice support for the addition of a dog park to McKinley Park. I know many neighbors with dogs, large and small, would benefit from having an area to let their dogs socialize with each other and get out some of that canine angst.

Although I think it is a long shot that a dog park would be included in the CPD budget...

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Hey, neighbors. Tuesday September 30th is the Chicago Park District budget meeting. I am going to go and voice support for the addition of a dog park to McKinley Park. I know many neighbors with dogs, large and small, would benefit from having an area to let their dogs socialize with each other and get out some of that canine angst.

Although I think it is a long shot that a dog park would be included in the CPD budget for next year, I want to appear and show community support to start building momentum.

Right now, I'm looking for a list of supporters from the community and surrounding neighborhoods. Having a dog park on the southside (South of 15th street, that is) would be a HUGE community builder and a game changer for our area.

I need to bring a list of supporters from the area to the meeting Tuesday. Right now, I'm looking for your full name, either your address or your ward, and your email address. Please send to mckinleyparkdogparkcommittee@yahoo.com or you can use private messaging on everyblock.

If you have time and are interested in being involved in the actual Dog Friendly Area Committee, please let me know that as well, along with your work schedule and typical hours of availability. I'm going to be following the step-by-step process posted earlier this year by the Bridgeport Business Association (Maureen Sullivan). Fundraising will be an important component of organizing. And, of course, there will be haters, so we need people with thick skin.

I'm posting this to the McKinley Park, Bridgeport, South Loop, and Pilsen Everyblock pages. Please feel free to share with other community networking social media pages, email, etc. If you see it multiple times-I apologize. I look forward to getting to know many neighbors and dog owners and lovers during this process.

-Angie

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May 14

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Park at McKinley Park

My husband and I would like to start a new Dog-Friendly Area (DFA) at McKinley Park. There are a number of people who walk their dogs both on- and (illegally) off-leash within the park, and we think a designated area for dogs would make the entire park safer and cleaner for everyone while also more enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

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My husband and I would like to start a new Dog-Friendly Area (DFA) at McKinley Park. There are a number of people who walk their dogs both on- and (illegally) off-leash within the park, and we think a designated area for dogs would make the entire park safer and cleaner for everyone while also more enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

A DFA is the only place in Chicago parks where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash. They usually provide ammenities like dog drinking fountains and waste bags, and they follow park hours. Dogs must be registered and have certain vaccines to visit the park.

There are currently no dog parks within Chicago on the South, West, or Southwest sides. The closest to us is about 5 miles away. We think that a DFA at McKinley Park would improve the park and our community.

The procedures for establishing a DFA are on the Chicago Park District website. One of the first steps is to form a group of people interested in pursuing this. It does seem to be an involved process that will require petitions and fundraising, so we're looking for dedicated dog-owners and non-dog-owners alike who would like to join us in this effort. Please reply if this is you!

One of the other steps is to choose an possible location, and my husband and I have a couple of ideas. Since it's supposed to be an under-utilized area, our first suggestion is the southeast corner of the park, which has no fields or structures at this time. Our other (and I think better) suggestion would be part of the gigantic median that exists between the north and south legs of Damen on the east side of the park. I would also ilke to hear feedback on these suggestions and the idea of a DFA in general.

Thank you!

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/23/Comprehensive_DFA_Package.pdf

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Angie, CPD only holds one budget hearing a year and only gives a weeks notice. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, hearing starts at 6pm. People have 2 minutes to talk and people are taken in the order in which they registered. If you get there at 6 you can still...

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    Angie, CPD only holds one budget hearing a year and only gives a weeks notice. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, hearing starts at 6pm. People have 2 minutes to talk and people are taken in the order in which they registered. If you get there at 6 you can still register and talk. I would suggest that you type up what you want to say and have your contact information on it. You can leave it with Kelly. Also, tell your park supervisor what you are asking for as word gets around fast and his/her support is vital. If you can have names on a statement that is fine. However, a PAC has weight so if it is too soon, then just take your 2 minutes. The other thing you (and we) can do is register to talk to the CPD Board. I'll have to look and see when their next meeting is. If you know Bill Drew, he has my contact information.

  • Mary,

    I do not know Bill Drew. I will be at the meeting. I will try to find his contact info and get a hold of you. I will do my best to be there at 5:30. I'm also reaching out today for names for a list of supporters.

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    Mary,

    I do not know Bill Drew. I will be at the meeting. I will try to find his contact info and get a hold of you. I will do my best to be there at 5:30. I'm also reaching out today for names for a list of supporters.

    For anyone still subscribed to this strain who wants to voice their support, please email mckinleyparkdogparkcommittee@yahoo.com with your full name, email, and either your address or ward so I can put together a list of supporters for Tuesday's meeting.

    Here goes!

    -Angie

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found Dog!

Found! Male chihuahua & miniature pincher found without tags in the vicinity of 32nd & Lowe. We took it to the shelter to check if it was microchipped but unfortunately it is not. If you believe that this is your dog, please email pics to january@jackalopecoffee.com. FYI I have also posted this to the Lost Dog Illinois site, Craigslist, NextDoor.com, knocked on a ton of doors near 32nd & Lowe, and stopped by the shelter to see if anyone has reported this dog missing. Thanks!

  • January Lifelong Bridgeport Resident & New Business owner

    Hey everyone! Thanks for the help! A local foster that works closely with the local shelters has taken him in and if no one claims him she will adopt him. Thanks again!

  • Poor baby..... So cute!

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Garage break in

Someone broke into my neighbor's garage in the 3400 block of Emerald last night through the side door. Seemed to target the car; cracked passenger side window, smashed driver side window. They didn't take anything and he had a bike, a portable heater, a radio. But they did about $300-400 in damage. He had to go to work, but hopefully he reports it when he gets home.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Your neighbor will need to make a police report to give his insurance company. Since there has been a rash of garage break ins, CPD may send an evidence tech. He should also take as many pictures as he can--again for his insurance company. Then talk to neighbors--they might have...

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    Your neighbor will need to make a police report to give his insurance company. Since there has been a rash of garage break ins, CPD may send an evidence tech. He should also take as many pictures as he can--again for his insurance company. Then talk to neighbors--they might have seen or heard something--one may have a camera. The financial state of the city is what it is and there is little we can do about that except pay more in taxes. What we can do is watch our blocks, install motion lights and cameras and be good neighbors. If you do not have a phone tree for your block, set one up so when problems arise your problem gets lots of 311/911 calls. Calls for service do matter as do signed police reports and community impact statements. Unfortunately, we have to play the numbers game and be squeaky wheels to get more police and prevention programs out of city hall and get the laws we have enforced..

  • 2 broken windows is not enough damage to dust for prints.

4 days ago

5 days ago

So glad EveryBlock is back

Yeah, we know it's been back for a while, but we're excited to be back on here. We're looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Sep 22

Updated 5 days ago

Bed set disposal in alley?

Guestroom is being converted into a nursery so I quickly need to get rid of a full size mattress, box spring and bed frame that are currently being used in there.

Salvation Army was a bust -- apparently they only take new items now.

If I leave it in the alley before trash day, does anybody know if streets and sanitation will be able to take it?

5 days ago

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Sep 23

Updated 5 days ago

Badly needed pavement striping on the east side of Pershing and Western.

This intersection is well known for car accidents. The striping on this side of street is so bad that when traveling east on Pershing most motorist use the left turning lane, not knowing they are on the wrong side of the street. Just to mention McKinley Park is a few feet away, along with a grammar school on the other side. Please Help.

  • Ricardo Garcia Committeeman RICARDO GARCIA FOR BETTER 12TH WARD

    There department city of Chicago could help traffic there mostly north side , and loop area its called traffic management authority under (OEMC) but again were not north side or loop area

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    I had heard at a community meeting that Pershing was a weird case ... due to funding issues, I believe. Something like no agency had clear jurisdiction over it: on the border between two wards, maybe there was some sort of federal or railroad ownership issue as well ... From what I understand, because of this confusion, there's no clear jurisdiction, or more precisely, who should pay for improvements. So they never get done. (Sorry I don't know any details.)

5 days ago

speed camera on archer This email was sent by Change.org

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Sep 02

Updated 5 days ago

Lost cat found near 37th and Parnell

A very friendly cat found on September 2nd near 37th and Parnell. Obviously an indoors cat since it is very clean and well groomed. Has a collar but no tags. It is not chipped, already checked.

Sep 21

Updated 6 days ago

info on bridgeport

Hi all! I am interested in any and all information on the neighborhood. We are considering buying a home there next spring. We currently live in the nw side and don't like it, too suburban. We are a family of four, we have a 2 and 4 year old. Safety? Friendliness? Schools? Any information would be great!

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    Yes, Josh, tons of new development (and higher-end stuff) coming to the areas of Bridgeport south of 35th.

  • Jeanne Marie Mondrella-Keating Real Esate Broker and Chicago Highrise Rep, Jeanne

    Love those new homes behind Donovan as well as 38th place right off Pershing. Ones on 37th place nice as well

Sep 23

Updated 6 days ago

Two Bridgeport Residents Join Grassroots Fight to Quiet Jet Noise

Attention Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park and other South and Southwest side residents! There is something you can do about the jet noise! Please read this piece, and make sure you join up with FAIR, together we can quiet the skies over our neighborhoods and make sure that we have a voice in this matter going forward!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140923/bridgeport/two-bridgeport-residents-join-grassroots-fight-quiet-jet-noise

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Yeah, from the Orange Line stop you can watch them pounding the ground flat with a crane. (It's a big, flat-bottomed thing full of dirt that they raise up and then drop onto the ground.)

  • humanstructions B & R Bridgeport Armour School 1965 - VN 1971

    I was a groundpounder!

Sep 24

Updated 6 days ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Bridgeport

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Bridgeport think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

Note; ND is a private social network that requires some hoop hopping to get in. To give you a look inside, here's a news interview i participated in last year that covers some of ND's features/uses. http://s3.amazonaws.com/TVEyesMediaCenter/UserContent/225985/2355534.6402/WLS_09-21-2013_23.45.59.mp4

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    Thanks for the feedback Erik. Even though the invite link assumes you're from my neighborhood it should work just the same. From what i understand, invite links make it easier for peeps to sign-up, requiring less hoops to hop through.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    I actually sort of like the hoops. It goes with what I've heard of as more of a "curated" set of users.

6 days ago

Special Olympics at McGuane

Plan a walk over to McGuane between 9 am and 3 pm this Saturday, Sept. 27, to cheer on the children participating in a bocce tournament. And be sure to bring a few dollars to buy a raffle ticket or two and buy some great treats from the bake sale. This is your opportunity to take a walk on a lovely day, meet some amazing kids and support our Special Olympic program at McGuane. It is said it takes a village to raise a child and I am betting that the villagers in Bridgeport will make this a success. McGuane Park is located at 2901 S. Poplar. The bocce courts are on Poplar just south of the field house.

6 days ago

Squads on 31st Emerald?

Wondering if anyone knows what was happening on 31st & Emerald this morning around 8am? Lots of squads out there.

Sep 22

Updated 6 days ago

Thompson 42%. Kozlar 38%. Sullivan 15%. Tominello 5%.

This is just my opinion on the poll results if the election were to be today. Many nearby friends feel it'll be Thompson and Kozlar in a runoff. I give the candidates props for running. I can't wait for the debates between them. Anyone know when and where the debates will be? No negativity please, let's keep it positive and give a shout out to your favorite.

  • True - there are no candidates at the moment. Let's see who actually files and who survives the objections to the petitions after they're filed. I've already seen one circulator tell potential signers who don't live in the Ward that their residency doesn't matter. That's incorrect and will invite closer scrutiny when that candidate's petitions are challenged. That's also a very expensive process that few candidates can afford.

  • I am in somewhat agreeing mode with Jeanne. I like Thompson but am learning a lot of good things about Kozlar. Found his website this morning www.johnkozlar.com and was impressed too. Still ways away from election, but liking what I see.

6 days ago

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