7 hours ago

Explore the history of Soldier Field

Love it or hate it? Soldier Field has been at the center of Chicago's political, cultural, and sporting life since it opened in 1924. Come to a multimedia presentation documenting its history this Saturday April 19 at the Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark St., at 1 p.m. Liam A. T. Ford, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, led the newspaper's reporting on the renovation of Soldier Field 2001-2003. In the process he completed his book Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its History. His presentation will show rare photos and documents unearthed in his research. The program is co-sponsored by the library and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. The history of Soldier Field tells the story of Chicago!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

SeeClickFix app

I have been using the SeeClickFix app pretty successfully for the past week or two to report graffiti and garbage and rats around the neighborhood. It's quick and easy. You snap a photo on your phone, your GPS plugs in the address for you (double check it near intersections or when you are moving), you answer a couple of quick questions, and off it goes to the correct city services department. I've had some successes .... and some disappointments, but it's a much faster easier way to report issues. I hope you will use it too.

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    I signed up and it is sooo cool! Much easier than Chicago works app. And I can see my great neighbors too. Brilliant!

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Thank you all for confirming that I'm not the only dork. But I do admit I'm a dork.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 05

  • Dorron I have not used the Chicago Public Library in years. I check out the CPL website and I am excited about using the library after read all the good things it offer its residents these day. Thank you for your post.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    I definitely want to check this out. Thanks for the post Dorron!

Mar 22

Updated Mar 31

Fairfield Garbage Tree

It happened again this morning: a large bag of food garbage was deposited on the parkway in front of 6434 North Fairfield., a two-flat. I don't know if it's the tenants or the parkers who are doing this, but it's been happening every few weeks for about a year. Today there was a silver jeep parked out front. As usual, it's food garbage and it looks like the kind of stuff that piles up over a week or so in...

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It happened again this morning: a large bag of food garbage was deposited on the parkway in front of 6434 North Fairfield., a two-flat. I don't know if it's the tenants or the parkers who are doing this, but it's been happening every few weeks for about a year. Today there was a silver jeep parked out front. As usual, it's food garbage and it looks like the kind of stuff that piles up over a week or so in the car: paper plates, napkins, lots of coffee cups, cans, , food scraps, etc. The people who live in the building never pick this stuff up, which makes sense if they're the ones dropping it there. I'm going to file a report with the city again. I did so 2 weeks ago when I found several piles of garbage there and the inspector was out the next day. We'll never get the city's rat problem under control until we get the human pigs under control.

  • Kelli, I hate to see responsible people leave the neighborhood because of sanitation issues that the landlords fail to address. I also think it takes more than one neighbor to get management to respond to complaints. I used the City's online service to check on one particularly bad building. Check...

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    Kelli, I hate to see responsible people leave the neighborhood because of sanitation issues that the landlords fail to address. I also think it takes more than one neighbor to get management to respond to complaints. I used the City's online service to check on one particularly bad building. Check out the violations for the 6504 N Fairfield building here:
    https://webapps.cityofchicago.org/buildingviolations/violations/addressinfo.html
    While picking up on Arthur yesterday I found food all around this building's dumpster and the dumpster open. I wonder if we can recruit others in the surrounding area who are concerned about this issue and ask for a meeting with the building department and the property manager. There may be a better response if the property manager knows that there's more than one person complaining. I also wonder if, in view of the ongoing problems with this building, the neighbors could ask the city to place the building in receivership.

  • Oops! I see the link doesn't work. But that's the place to go. Other things I found yesterday on various parkways included 2 broken chairs, a car bumper from an accident, and several full water bottles. I placed Sunday papers inside several buildings, and every one of them had security doors blocked open, one held with ties, a couple with blocks of phone books, etc. Scary.

Mar 28

Cermack Market - Damen

Does anyone know or have heard when the new Cermack Market (where the old Dominicks was) on Damen is scheduled to open for business?

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 14

Updated Mar 15

FYI: purse snatching at the Western Ave Mcdonalds in West Ridge

Today at 3:20 PM I witnessed a purse snatching while I was in the drive thru lane at the Western Ave Mcdonalds in West Ridge. An African American male, aged 16 to 19, 5'7 to 5'10, medium build wearing tan pants and a dark blue hoodie snatched a light purple wristlet wallet-purse. He ran out the east door of the McdDonalds, through the drive thru lanes, jumped the fence and ran south down the alley between Coyle and Farwell.

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Today at 3:20 PM I witnessed a purse snatching while I was in the drive thru lane at the Western Ave Mcdonalds in West Ridge. An African American male, aged 16 to 19, 5'7 to 5'10, medium build wearing tan pants and a dark blue hoodie snatched a light purple wristlet wallet-purse. He ran out the east door of the McdDonalds, through the drive thru lanes, jumped the fence and ran south down the alley between Coyle and Farwell.

Keep an eye on your stuff, even in the afternoon in restaurants.

I did drive down the alleys looking for the wallet in case he dumped the wallet after pulling out the cash (including about 15 garbage cans) , but I didn't find it and I had to get my kids to swim lessons.

  • Need, it's a little disengenuous of you to start an argument by fabricating the argument you're opposing. No one on this thread has jumped to defend the criminal in this case, so why make an issue out of it? And for your information, it's hardly the case that "left wingers"...

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    Need, it's a little disengenuous of you to start an argument by fabricating the argument you're opposing. No one on this thread has jumped to defend the criminal in this case, so why make an issue out of it? And for your information, it's hardly the case that "left wingers" are out there defending criminal behavior. Sure, some folks put more emphasis on the social conditions that worsen crime, but very few "left wingers" would argue against prosecuting criminals for the crimes they commit.
    And by the way, if you're going to weigh in on issues, I suggest you get yourself a proper name. "Need for a change" only tells me that you're some ideologue who is only participating on this site to start arguments. Do you even live in this neighborhood?

  • Pancetta Dance therapist and Foley artist

    Some little boys crave attention because adults pay little mind to them. They end up picking on girls, calling people names and acting up on EveryBlock. Don't take them at all seriously. They tend to hide behind weird screen names and faceless avatars. Sooner or later they go sulk in their room and break toys.

Mar 13

CAPS meeting tonight

The March 2014 meeting of Beats 2411, 2412, and 2413, covering the area west of Ridge from Peterson to Howard, is scheduled to take place at Devon Bank, 6445 N. Western, Thursday, March 13, at 7pm. Representatives of the Chicago Police Department will be present to listen to citizen concerns. Please try to attend if you can.

Mar 12

Updated Mar 12

Reserved Parking

We have a new "reserved parking" spot on our block. The van parked in that spot overnight last night does not have a disability license plate or sticker. How can I find out who the spot is reserved for and why? There is one resident in the building who would qualify for the spot but he does not drive and lives alone.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    The request would have had to go through the Alderman's office; that would be the place to start

Mar 08

O'Hare Noise

Is it me, or are planes flying non-stop from the east over our neihgborhood? They seem much louder. I think the 40th ward/arcadia terrace should have been mentioned in the Sun Times article today. My windows don't rattle...but the sound is incredibly loud and annoying.

Feb 09

Updated Mar 05

Building Zoning Amendment Request

Does anyone know about a Zoning Request made by Alderman Silverstein? We received a notice stating that she wants to change a Shopping District - Motor Vehicle Related District to a Residential Single Unit at 6301-6317 N. Western. I am trying to figure out how a single residential building can take up such a large amount of space. I am also concerned about the impact it will have on parking. I will be contactin the Alderman's office but was wondering if anyone has heard of this?

  • Oh, yes, Vic, the snark came through loud-n-clear. But no worries. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I may have been engaging in a wee bit of acting out myself. Probably just reacting to feeling the quasi-judge-y vibe I get from being a happily, don't want to change but thanks...

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    Oh, yes, Vic, the snark came through loud-n-clear. But no worries. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I may have been engaging in a wee bit of acting out myself. Probably just reacting to feeling the quasi-judge-y vibe I get from being a happily, don't want to change but thanks for asking, car-drivin' kinda gal. The tutt-tutti-ness I feel on EB just sort of goes all over me sometimes and makes me want to be the most over the top, uber-auto-ist I can possibly be. I can see how it came across as obnoxious, which is what I (perversely, childishly, perhaps?) was shooting for.

    Don 't fret, Vic. Contrary to my previous plan of taking careful aim I'll now actively try to avoid running you over. If possible. 'Cause that's what good neighbors do.:-)

  • ...as an aside? Hearing people say "'Amuuurica" (I'm lookin at you, Newt) makes me lose whatever shred of nice I have left.

Feb 24

Community Garden Registration Open

Hi, Everyone--wanted to let everyone know that registration for Peterson Garden Project (www.petersongarden.org) is now open. There is a lovely garden called Land on Lincoln on the corner of Lincoln and Sacramento, and 2014 memberships are still available today (they're first come, first served).

Registration and all info is available online here: http://salsa.petersongarden.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=13289

It's a beautiful way to meet your neighbors, grow food (this is a garden devoted to growing food, not flowers), and spend time outside in the neighborhood this summer. Join us!

Feb 20

Don Gordan

Alderman candidate Don Gordon is blocking free speech on his website. It is like what Putin does.

Feb 01 2012

Updated Feb 15

Recycle Bins?

Hi everyone,

I live NOH in a four-unit condo building. We do not have recycle bins and I have no idea how to get one. I find it hard to believe that a supposedly 'green city' does not provide a recycling service for its' residents. I used to live in a different ward and we had blue bins. Does the city only provide bins to some wards and not others?! We contacted the 49th ward office and were told that the recycle bins are not available for our block. But, some of our neighbors have them so I am not sure what is going on. Any information that you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Barb ~ St. Ben's 65 yrs in St. Ben's area, Mayor of Block

    Helen, I was just happened to press on Recent neighbor activity, and this came up. I didn't ever look at the date. Geez, must be getting tired.

  • Jules, I think the co. that picks up your regular garbage dumpsters can also provide the recycle ones. We also live in a condo and the same co. provides both to us. We pay for Lakeside disposal. Unless you have the city trucks that pick up from you. Then I would just call the city??? hope this helps

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