23 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Helicopters on Montrose and Sheridan?

Two of the biggest, blackest, loudest helicopters I've ever heard/seen flew right over my apartment building about 5 minutes ago. I'm just west of Broadway/Sheridan on Montrose. I checked the President's schedule and he's supposedly in the White House right now. Any ideas of who it could be?

  • sidishus miscreant

    They are part of the Presidential helo attachment.

    Instead of flying into O'Hare, and badly disrupting the already significant problems because of the recent fire at the FAA facility, The presidential party flew into Gary and the MV-22's and VH-3's (helos) flew up the lake and turned inbound int he Montrose Lawrence area.

  • sidishus miscreant

    Should clarify...The MV-22's and VH-3s flew in yesterday. They always show the day prior to a visit.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Flower store

Does anyone know why the flower store closed?

  • If it the place that I am thinking of, I think the owner may have retired or something. Again, I maybe be thinking of another florist, but this was located on Bryn Mawr just east of the L and on the north side of the street. I hope things are treating him well!

  • Scott that's the one , thanks

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Fireworks

Does anyone know what the fireworks barrage we are experiencing is all about?

  • ScottPhillips Long time RP resident

    Very cool that Loyola puts on a great show for the students and their parents.

    It's a great contrast to all the negative things happening in our neighborhood of late.

  • Edgewater sucks....

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Screaming/cheers

It's Sunday, I'm trying to sleep in but can't because all I hear are cheers and people screaming.... What is going on??? It's too early for this!!!!

Sep 24

Updated 4 days ago

DNAInfo Covers Clark Devon Hardware Article in Popular Mechanics

Did EveryBlock know that Clark Devon Hardware was the focus of a piece in September issue of Popular Mechanics all about the Great American Hardware Store - an Appreciation by Ted Allen? DNAinfo covered the coverage, which highlighted the people at the store who really help you find what you need. Here's the link
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140909/rogers-park/clark-devon-hardware-dubbed-great-american-hardware-store
Tried to post this via EB's media link, but wasn't sure how..

  • JCV

    Thanks for being a solid part of our community! Time and time again I've gone in there looking for a part, a screw, or a tool for one of my crazy projects and there is ALWAYS someone who can figure out the best solution. Congrats on being featured, because it's well deserved!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    They are the absolute BEST. They really know their stuff and are super super helpful. So glad they are here. Really wonderful place.

May 24 2012

Updated 5 days ago

Unlawful garbage pickups

What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
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What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
No person shall undertake or cause the loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building, materials, garbage cans, dumpsters or similar objects between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance within a residential district or within a noise sensitive zone.

Some on the block have tried contacting the alderman and we've tried talking to the drivers.

I see from this article that this has been a recalcitrant problem elsewhere in the city.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-18/business/ct-biz-0818-problem-dyson-20110818_1_garbage-trucks-trash-pickup-recycling-corp

Any advice is most appreciated!

  • I had NO idea it was a city violation to pickup before 7am. Thank you for that info!!!!!! I'm at the end of a long alley that has an entranace from Irving Park rd and the beeping and slamming of dumpsters is just ridiculous.

  • Wow, when can we get some of these e-trucks up here? http://dnain.fo/1my5IHU

Sep 23

Call for Volunteers -- Edgewater 5k, this Sunday!

We're still looking for volunteers for this weekend's first ever Edgewater 5k!

The race is this Sunday, Sept. 28, kicking off at 8am at Granville and Kenmore, with the course going down Sheridan road and through the park along the lakefront. A portion of each registration fee goes toward the 48th Ward school of the runner's choice!

If you are interested in participating in this community event, but don't feel up to running, we've got space among our volunteer ranks!...

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We're still looking for volunteers for this weekend's first ever Edgewater 5k!

The race is this Sunday, Sept. 28, kicking off at 8am at Granville and Kenmore, with the course going down Sheridan road and through the park along the lakefront. A portion of each registration fee goes toward the 48th Ward school of the runner's choice!

If you are interested in participating in this community event, but don't feel up to running, we've got space among our volunteer ranks!

Available slots include: course marshal (making sure people stay on the right path), helping set out food and water for post-race refreshments, gear check, and event break down.

Click this link to sign up! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094faaae28aafa7-edgewater

We need a cheering section, as well! Come out Sunday morning and show our students you believe in them! We expect over 300 48th Ward students will be among the 700+ runners out there on Sunday!

For more information, visit edgewater.org/5k.

Sep 22

Updated Sep 23

Group of people trying to break into JJ Peppers

LAWRENCE AND SHERIDAN 4 black males and one female arguing with an employee outside around 12:50 am. The employee was able to get inside and blocked the door with a trash can while the group outside were attempting to kick the door in. The employee and at least one other individual inside were on the phone, be careful walking around, the group appeared very violent.

Sep 21

Updated Sep 22

Space next to Element Green Store?

Anyone know if anything is going in that space next to the Green Element Resale store?

  • No plans for the parcel- hopefully someone will develop and take Green Element - what an eyesore.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Oh I know-that side of Broadway with exception of Bar 63 can be an eyesore and Green Element doesn't seem to be helping. At least update the store front.

Mar 26 2012

Updated Sep 21

Take This Poll - Based On Your Experience w/Uptown Post Office!

There's a debate going on regarding closing Post Offices around the country.

Based on your experience with only this one (1) Post Office, would you be for or against closing the Uptown 60640 Post Office?

http://poll.pollcode.com/fqmn

(If you have no experience with 60640, please don't take Poll).

  • DJM 25 yr. RP & Edgewater resident.

    I've never had people be rude to me at the PO, but it is slow. I like going to the Uptown PO because it's such a fine example of WPA architecture, even though it's farther away. It would be a shame for the building to be torn down, or turned into condos.

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    Walk in there with a tie and overcoat on. I got immediate service at the pick-up counter. Probably thought I was there to shut them down or something. A no justice/no peace march isn't going to solve the problems there.

Sep 15

Updated Sep 17

Alderman CappleStatement

Dear Jeffrey,

Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

While more police presence helps...

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Dear Jeffrey,

Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

While more police presence helps curb crime, it's not enough. We need to do more and offer more alternatives for our youth in our community. I have helped many youth programs secure City funding and support them in their programming and fundraising efforts. After talking to other elected officials and organizations in the area, a few weeks ago, I asked a number of youth organizations to participate in the creation of the upcoming 46th Ward Community Youth Forum. At this forum, youth organizations, community leaders and elected officials will come together to talk and create a plan of action that will respond better to the needs of the at-risk youth in our community. Any ideas or suggestions you have or if you want to help, please contact Caitlin at Caitlin@james46.org or stop by my office during open office hours Monday evenings between 5 pm -7 pm to chat with me.

I would like to also encourage you to attend your next CAPS meeting where the commander and myself will be present to answer any of your questions. Click here for information about CAPS meetings in your area. Additionally, I'll keep you updated on the 46th Ward Youth Forum as we get closer to the event.

Best,

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    The problem Cappleman has is that he and his allies used to blame the previous alderman for everything, but aldermen can't control the cops or crooks.

  • San @ Buena New Resident

    I do understand, and agree with you, that alderman can't control anyone's behavior and I was not talking about him, specifically. It's an issue, however, when an average law abiding citizen has to weigh whether it is safe to venture through their neighborhood or temper their everyday activities. We are all tired of it. Live and let live. I'm not feeling much understanding and tolerance for bad behavior these days. No excuses or justifications. Heard enough gunshots..........

Sep 13

Updated Sep 16

Choppers?

Anyone know why we're under siege from helicopters? Last night for a while, too. Usually there's a clue if I check all the local news channels' and papers' websites. Really loud right now.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Yea that helicopter did linger for awhile didn't it?

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    last night was definitely the longest I had heard them up there.

Sep 13

Updated Sep 16

Scotland - Will They Stay or Will They Go? (Referendum Viewing)

Scotland is voting this coming Thursday on whether they should remain part of the United Kingdom or break away and become an independent nation. It is history making and very exciting! I am looking for a bar, pub, restaurant, or other establishment (living room?) that would be open early Thursday morning to watch the results roll in from Scotland's Referendum (I am perhaps foolishly presuming the BBC will be broadcasting this live). Obviously many establishments have community events when we...

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Scotland is voting this coming Thursday on whether they should remain part of the United Kingdom or break away and become an independent nation. It is history making and very exciting! I am looking for a bar, pub, restaurant, or other establishment (living room?) that would be open early Thursday morning to watch the results roll in from Scotland's Referendum (I am perhaps foolishly presuming the BBC will be broadcasting this live). Obviously many establishments have community events when we have this country's elections and many open early for soccer/football games, so is there possibly any place that is interested enough in Scotland's future to open early and sell me breakfast or alcohol where I can enjoy the camaraderie of others (who might also help make sense of the outcome)?

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    @Bellaisteps - I thought of them, but last time I was there I didn't remember them having a TV. Thank you for reminding me that making a phone call is better than making an assumption! I will have to call and see what the details are.

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    Indeed Duke of Perth will be following the results as they come in. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Duke-of-Perth/203000686404572
    Polls in Scotland close at 10 pm (4 pm our time) and counting is expected to last all night until 7 am (1 am for us). Looks like a long night of whisky and haggis on Thursday!

Sep 15

Updated Sep 15

Shots Fired Sheridan Park

I heard shots fired from the general direction of Beacon and Malden last night.
Anyone else?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    Around 9ish.

  • Same here- never heard a police response that I recall. Been a very active weekend.

  • A

    I heard about 12. I did see some cops driving down the alley between Beacon and Malden very shortly after that.

Aug 23

Updated Sep 13

¿Donde las cicadas?

I've heard a few but not many. It seems there is a lot less of that cicada sound this year.
Is it the vortexing of winter...chill summer...are the cicadas yet to come?

Sep 09

LoganSquareTV & Curbed Chicago features Logan Square House & Garden Walk

Interior tours of Logan Square's magnificent turn-of-the-century homes are available this Saturday. Now is your chance to get an inside look at the historical richness and beauty of this landmark neighborhood!

Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is this Saturday, September 13th.

More information and tickets available online: www.logansquarepreservation.org

Due to an overwhelming amount of email requests to extend pre-sale tickets we have extended discounted pre-sale tickets until Friday, September 12th.

Check out what Curbed Chicago said about the House & Garden Walk:
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/04/tour-logan-squares-historic-19th-century-boulevard-homes.php

You can get a sneak peak of one of the houses on LoganSquareTV:
http://logansquare.tv/?p=848

For questions email: logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com

Sep 03

WWI Women: Let's follow-up to the event at Sulzer Library Sept 6, 2014 2PM

I will be attending a presentation/discussion by author Kathryn J. Atwood about her latest book. ?? Anyone interested in starting follow-up FUN meetings at our local EDGEWATER LIBRARY using her book and any handy but not necessary-to-own computers ? Try Amazon (full of great comments) and GOOGLE for the book and subject. THANKS in advance.

Sep 02

Updated Sep 02

New establishment

Anybody know what's going into the former bar at the corner of Paulina, Peterson, and Ridge? It's been vacant for a few years and now it looks as if it's being prepped to re open soon....

Aug 30

Updated Sep 01

Free spider plant.

Would anyone like a free,double tiered spider plant? It is healthy,ready to hang,etc..I'm just re-decorating my apt and no longer want it. If interested,you can pick it up on Monday (Sept 1st). I will set it in the back alley of 5528 N Kenmore at 10 am that day.

Sep 01

Spanish Conversation Group

I hope everyone is having a good Labor Day!
Just a reminder that our group will be
meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 7:30 at the Heartland Cafe.
Hope to see you.

Barbara

Aug 29

Friendly Reminder: Multi-Unit Yard Sale - Saturday, August 30, 10 am - 2 pm

Proud owners of a multi-unit, courtyard building to host yard sale in Uptown/Andersonville/Edgewater area. Easy access from Berwyn and Argyle Red Line El stops, Sheridan and Broadway buses. Non-permitted street parking throughout immediate surrounding area, as available.

Items available include: End and coffee tables, furniture, housewares, glassware, kitchen appliances, decorative objects, folding wheel chair, Men's 10-speed bike, purses, scarfs, casual jewelry and MORE! Some new, most used, but everything in good, reusable condition!

Location: 5119 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Aug 25

Updated Aug 28

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    Katie,they eat small pets only when very hungry. There are lots of their natural prey available so your cat has probably not been a casualty. I pray you get your 'little monster' back safe and sound.

  • d3 NOH

    they're supposedly coywolves. I saw one standing in Calvary cemetery about 3 weeks ago, in the morning. They try to avoid people and hide as much as possible it seems.

    I kinda wish something could eat some squirrels around here

Aug 27

Police Activity

I drove past a scene near Montrose and Broadway today around 6:30pm. There appeared to be a man laid out on the sidewalk, clearly injured. Police, detectives and ambulance onsite. Anyone know what was going on?

Aug 26

Updated Aug 27

Spanish Conversation Group

Buenos Dias~
Unfortunately I won't be able to get over to the Heartland tonight. Unforeseen
circumstances. Since next Monday is Labor Day, let's meet a week from today...
Tuesday, Sept. 2, ...7:30 p.m. at the Heartland. Hope that's good
for everyone. The handouts I have worked really well last night.

Muchas Gracias,
Barbara

  • Hi,
    We're new to the neighborhood and would love to get more information about this Group, thanks!

Aug 25

Updated Aug 27

VIDEO: Saturday Night Mayhem in Uptown

Some raw footage posted of Saturday night's chaos after shots rang out in Clarendon Park.

Find it HERE: http://uptown.quickercity.com/

  • I was wondering the same thing, Catherine. It seems, from the video, that the police just let the offenders walk away.

  • Stopping people leads to lawsuits, google New York. Gone is the old school beat cop that kept the block quiet and safe . Oh no, too mean and violent. Project high rises raised, scattered sight housing and housing vouchers in nice neighborhoods. Gangs from the south and west sides are now neighbors. Police can't fix what mom and dad should be correcting. It'll get much worse before it gets better.

Aug 25

Updated Aug 26

Spanish Conversation Group

Hi Everyone!
Let's cancel our group tonight if there's a huge downpour around 7:30....our
regular meeting time. We can schedule a meeting for another day
this week or wait till a week from today.
Best,
Barbara

  • Ary Neighborhood Patrol

    Either way, I got this post on Tues. So I didn't make it. ;( I won't be able to make it next week or for the next 3 weeks after, due to work. See you later hopefully.

  • Hi Ary!
    Thanks for contacting me. Hope all's going well, and see you when
    it's good for you.
    Best,
    Barbara

Aug 24

Updated Aug 26

Spanish Conversation Group

Buenos Dias!
Our group is meeting tomorrow (8/25/2014) evening at 7:30 at the Heartland Cafe.
I'll be bringing some handouts that will be helpful in communicating in Spanish
outside our group as well. Again, newcomers always welcome!
Barbara

  • Anne-Marie greyhound lover, self employed, art afficianado

    Hi. I am a complete neophyte and looking forward to being there.

May 28

Updated Aug 25

Buena Park Mural

This is a preliminary sketch for a mural coming to Buena Park Uptown.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    Just a thought but every piece of art in public doesn't have to be about the community exactly. It just has to be good.

  • Hey Littleton, your mural at the Buena underpass looks much more vibrant after your recent additional work! I like it now.

Aug 22

Updated Aug 23

Earth Shaking Boom

Huge boom Friday at 11:07pm in Sheridan Park! Not a firework. Anyone else hear it?

Aug 22

Spanish Group Reminder

Buenos Dias A Todos....Hi everybody!

Date: 8/25/2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Heartland Cafe

I'll be providing handouts that will help make everyday, conversational Spanish
accessible. Newcomers are always welcome.

Barbara

Aug 19

Updated Aug 20

Sheridan and thorndale bus shelter

Shattered again! There's still glass in the grass from last time. Stupid. I reported to 311 this morning.

  • Didn't see it happen, but both times now it's only been one plate of glass and the ad area. The first time looked like there was a fight and someone had been slammed into them and this time something hit the one pane only and shattered it. Definitely not hot by a car as the actual structure is sound.

  • sounds to me like gang vandalism

Aug 18

Updated Aug 20

Homeless sleeping On tents in Park and Traffic going throught Park!!

Hello neighbors, my concern is for the amount of homeless people sleeping in tents in the Park behind the St Andrews Church, On Sheridan and Hollywood. from 1 tent now there are 3. And one copule sleeping on blankets outsider.I thought Park closed at 11pm and no people should be in there. These situation is creating sanitation problems and health. I walk my dog around and i see human excrements around the trees and a lot of alcohólic botles and...

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Hello neighbors, my concern is for the amount of homeless people sleeping in tents in the Park behind the St Andrews Church, On Sheridan and Hollywood. from 1 tent now there are 3. And one copule sleeping on blankets outsider.I thought Park closed at 11pm and no people should be in there. These situation is creating sanitation problems and health. I walk my dog around and i see human excrements around the trees and a lot of alcohólic botles and garbage. Also this people wash their clothes from the water fountain and hang them in the play yard fence creating a Ńon pleasant atmosphere for the kids and families that play in the playground. Also a very safety problem is that vehicles are cutting throught the Park to avoid the traffic On Sheridan between Bryn Mawr and Hollywood to jump On Lake Shore going South during the morning rush hour, it is very incredible to see this drivers go throught the Park where people are walking, jogging etc. And last the amount of people asking for money in the milddle of the road On Hollywood and Sheridan its creating a safety issue for drivers that get distracted and to avoid this people to not hit them. hope that our Alderman take into consideration this concerns and Work to solve them, I already report them to the Chief of staff of Alderman Osterman!!!

  • Some folks do know all the shelters- that is true. But those only help for a night, if you get there early enough to get in. Its a lot harder to get someone off the streets for good. The last person I worked with, who hit nearly every point on...

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    Some folks do know all the shelters- that is true. But those only help for a night, if you get there early enough to get in. Its a lot harder to get someone off the streets for good. The last person I worked with, who hit nearly every point on the City's Vulnerability Index took almost 4 months. She was literally dying, and had strong advocates helping her navigate the system and it still took us almost four months to get her placed.

    A great resource in the beat cop on Howard St, who knows all of the folks that hang out there. Last time I was there working with someone he stopped and explained how few options CPD has for working with this population.

  • Matt D in RP

    If someone you know needs emergency shelter, the process in the City of Chicago is to go to the precinct or to a local emergency room. Department of Family and Support Services is then supposed to be notified and someone from that office is suppose to place the person/family into...

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    If someone you know needs emergency shelter, the process in the City of Chicago is to go to the precinct or to a local emergency room. Department of Family and Support Services is then supposed to be notified and someone from that office is suppose to place the person/family into an emergency shelter.

    Often though, that process takes a very long time and people become frustrated and leave before services can be found. There are different levels of shelters. There are emergency shelters with varying rules - some you have to be out in the morning and hope a bed is then available that night. The there are family shelters with more flexibility, and there are interim shelters to and transitional shelters. There are systems in place, but not enough staff and money to run them well.

    Lastly, the is the United States, folks, we can't make people who are homeless, dirty, addicted or with a mental illness go somewhere else or lock them up because they make us feel uncomfortable. They do have to follow the rules and not be in places they shouldn't be and doing things they shouldn't be doing. But if they are just there, minding their own business, say hello, buy them a sandwich and a bottle of water and wish them a peace filled day.

Aug 17

Updated Aug 19

Spanish Conversational Group

Want to speak Spanish? Come join our group We meet
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park.
No prior knowledge required. We do have fun.

  • Nat

    Thanks guys!!! My name is Nathalie. I will try to make it to the group on Monday. I guess I can just ask the heartland staff to guide me. Hopefully my partner will join me. He needs to freshen up on his español.

  • Hi Nat!
    I hope to see you next Monday...and your partner too if possible. Just walk through the cafe back to the last room, and there'll be a big table of us. I look forward to meeting you, and I'm sure everyone else feels the same!
    Que le vaya bien,
    Barbara

Aug 14

Updated Aug 18

Man with hatchet robs Papa Johns on Balmoral

Around 8 pm tonight we witnessed a man rob the Papa Johns at broadway and balmoral with a hatchet. With a ton of bystanders on the street calling police, workers and bystanders managed to hold the front door shut but he ran out the back door and ran east on Balmoral. Police were there in minutes and they just missed him running away. Police have been all over the streets/alleys looking for him. Am so thankful all the workers are physically okay.

  • The Trib has updated the article; it appears he no longer stole $200,000 but some indeterminate amount of "cash."

  • Arthur-thank you for getting this back to the matter at hand.

Aug 14

Updated Aug 15

New and Improved Neighborhood Feed

After much testing and feedback, I have consolidated multiple categories into one unified feed for Edgewater. Something for everyone. I hope you like it.

http://edgewater.quickercity.com/

I have done the same for the Uptown and Andersonville feeds and plan on putting together Rogers Park and Lincoln Square/Ravenswood next. Much yet to do. Stay tuned.

Aug 12

Updated Aug 14

Aug 11

Updated Aug 13

Whole Foods Construction

I recently moved to the area (Winthrop & Glendale) and while I am excited there will be a Whole Foods coming next year right near me, I am getting more and more annoyed with the late night construction. Is anybody else losing sleep/ going a little crazy? I swear it's 1:30 in the morning and I am hearing that truck backing up sound, "beep, beep beep!" Does anybody know if there's anything that can be done about this middle-of-the-night construction? (besides earplugs, got em!)

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    311 being unable & unwilling to intervene in a noise complaint, and advising people to call 911 instead is a MAJOR reason for reduced 911 effectiveness where it really counts. While the dispatcher is contacting police or FD to deal with a car alarm at 3 am, it can mean...

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    311 being unable & unwilling to intervene in a noise complaint, and advising people to call 911 instead is a MAJOR reason for reduced 911 effectiveness where it really counts. While the dispatcher is contacting police or FD to deal with a car alarm at 3 am, it can mean the difference between life & death for someone having a heart attack or stroke at the same time. Yes, dispatchers are trained to triage, but the time spent having to decide if something is an urgent annoyance vs. a life-threatening emergency goes a long way to explaining why you have a better chance of surviving a heart attack in Seattle or even some parts of NYC than you do here.

    People do abuse 911, but it’s because the city doesn’t allocate its resources wisely enough to make 311 any more effective than an ombudsman’s suggestion box.

  • OK, here we go again with noise violations. As the New Admiral was being constructed from 2010 into mid 2012, there were MANY violations of this sort. If you're in the 48th Ward, forget about help. There was none for the Admiral violations. Deal directly with the city; document carefully;...

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    OK, here we go again with noise violations. As the New Admiral was being constructed from 2010 into mid 2012, there were MANY violations of this sort. If you're in the 48th Ward, forget about help. There was none for the Admiral violations. Deal directly with the city; document carefully; send complaints by mail (with tracking number) to the Commissioner of the Dept. of Public Health and to the construction company. Use a camera to record video with sound and put them on CD's for the City. (Keep your recordings). Keep posting about this issue and get the name of the construction company and get it on Yelp, too. In my area, the construction violator was Lend Lease...just a nightmare for 19 months. Crews would show up at 6:00 AM weekend days with power equipment. The Dept. of Environment was rolled into the Dept. of Public Health. You describe a violation of prohibition against construction between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM. Find the statute here:

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/doe/general/PermittingAndEnforcement_PDFs/NoiseOrdinance/NoiseOrdinance2011.pdf

    section 11-4-2835. Get nasty...it's necessary. Don't call 311; they'll pass you to 911 and this is an administrative code violation, not criminal.

May 09

Updated Aug 12

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I was just informed today that both Alderman Deborah Mell (33rd Ward) and Alderman Joseph Moore (49th Ward) have joined as co-sponsors of the Chicago For All ordinance. Thanks you Aldermen! Additional meetings with aldermen, city officials, and others are occurring over...

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    Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I was just informed today that both Alderman Deborah Mell (33rd Ward) and Alderman Joseph Moore (49th Ward) have joined as co-sponsors of the Chicago For All ordinance. Thanks you Aldermen! Additional meetings with aldermen, city officials, and others are occurring over the next month. The currently planned introduction of the revised Chicago For All ordinance, with added SRO owner/buyer incentives is Wed. 9/10, at the 10am City Council Meeting. A press conference should be at around 9am.

    Here are the Chicago For All ordinance updated list of sponsoring aldermen and organizations:

    Organizational support:Members:

    ONE Northside

    Allies:

    Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

    Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

    Northwest Side Housing Center

    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    Endorsers:

    Albany Park Neighborhood Council

    Alliance to End Homelessness

    Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

    Housing Action IL

    Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

    Jane Addams Senior Caucus

    Logan Square Neighborhood Association

    Metropolitan Tenants Organization

    SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana

    Aldermanic Support:

    Lead Sponsors:

    Alderman Burnett

    Alderman Burns

    Alderman Dowell

    Alderman Pawar

    Co-sponsors:

    Alderman Arena

    Alderman Fioretti

    Alderman Mell

    Alderman Moore

    Alderman Moreno

    Alderman Smith

    Alderman Tunney

    Alderman Waguespack

    Please contact Mary Tarullo with ONE Northside at 773-769-3232 x15 with questions or to learn more about the work being done to pass this Ordinance

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Homelessness and SRO preservation will be among the things discussed in my article in favor of City incentives for SRO owners to be published this Sunday 8/17 in the Chicago Tribune Business Section. An opposing viewpoint will be given by another author on the same page as my article.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 12

Beach Yoga?

Hey all, I recently moved to Edgewater right near the Kathy Osterman beach and I was wondering if anybody knew of any beach yoga classes that go on here or at Foster beach. I did some research online but can't find anything substantial! Any info please and thanks!

Jun 21

Updated Aug 10

Increase in air traffic over Rogers Park??

Has anyone else noticed an increase in frequency of low altitude commercial jets coming off the lake headed to O'Hare? After living 2 blocks off the lake for 15 years, this year we have noticed a significant change.

I have a friend who lives in the 41st Ward, where they are having big problems (see article below). She has done much research about how air traffic noise can be minimized with flying techniques and schedules. The problem is more severe there, but we do find it a bit distracting when you are sitting outside wanting some peace and quiet.

Just wondered if anyone else has noticed this??

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/28123349-761/exclusive-feds-released-wrong-info-on-new-ohare-flight-paths.html#.U6LTPPldXeI

  • marym. 44 year resident of K Avenue

    Yes, I find it especially annoying when windows are open and jet noise overpowers the sounds of the radio or tv and I cannot say, "shhh"!

  • Kim in edgewater Kim in edgewater

    Yes, we were losing sleep until we bought a white noise machine. Go on the FAIR website to see how to lodge complaints and write to your politicians. http://www.fairchicago.org

Apr 01 2012

Updated Aug 09

Hawk nesting in 60660?

Anyone else noticed and identified the hawk-like bird hanging out near the post office at Devon & Hermitage? His call sounds like a monkey or tropical bird. Wondering what kind of bird he is and if he might be far from home.

  • jackie sanguy rogers park retiree

    I live on Devon & Sheridan.Was that really a hawk i heard?.

  • I've seen Hawks on Hood Ave between Clark and Broadway. They are helping to keep the Pigeon population down.

Aug 07

Updated Aug 07

News crews on Granville @4:45 pm

Anyone know why 3 news crews were on Granville between Broadway and the Red Line stop this afternoon around 4:45?

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I assume they were out there doing live remote broadcasts for the early evening news shows. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation held a press conference today to announce $35 million in federal funds for projects to modernize the Red and Purple Lines. I attended the press conference, as well as the Mayor, CTA Presdient Forrest Claypool, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Aldermen Cappleman and Tunney.

    My announcement goes out tomorrow morning, but read you can be one of the first to read about it here:

    http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154307_322.htm

Aug 06

Updated Aug 07

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