Feb 22

Updated 2 hours ago

USPS

I've had terrible mail service lately. It seems that they don't come most days and much of our mail never arrives. Didn't get the January People's Gas bill. I have a weekly magazine subscription and it comes maybe 3 times a month, sometimes a week late. Has anyone else had similar problems? I've notified the alderman's office and tried to call USPS but I sat on hold for 30 minutes and had to give up.

  • I just 'joined the club.' Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested' envelope to go between the Paulina office and the Loop. Date-sensitive contents. Same mailing a year ago took 6 days to be delivered. At the time thought it was a fluke. It wasn't. This time took from the 17th to...

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    I just 'joined the club.' Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested' envelope to go between the Paulina office and the Loop. Date-sensitive contents. Same mailing a year ago took 6 days to be delivered. At the time thought it was a fluke. It wasn't. This time took from the 17th to the 26th, and 8 days further on I still haven't received the proof of delivery card. Envelope went to 4 different facilities. P.O. employee told me that in the past it'd have been almost as-the-crow-flies. System changed.

    Be forewarned if you should still believe that this is the safe, rapid way for a mailing to be handled that you remember from the past. As with so very many things, those days are gone. Use a commercial service or courier, instead. Or, like me from now on, hand-deliver for peace of mind.

    Perhaps "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," but a broken system will put the lie to that motto.

  • daveP been around awhile

    Took 6 days for a letter my friends daughter sent me to go from andersonville to rogers park.

18 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Rogers Park Not Uptown Crazy

I have a kindly request to citizens of the north.

You have Craig hamming it up and a few other characters to make the election interesting.
But I think we have you beat.

The campaign manager of Denice Davis who is best known for making shaky videos of Cappleman campaign workers is now endorsing Cappleman.

He is accusing myself and others of taking $500. payments and blah blah blah....

Please tell me Rogers Park because I like and respect your...

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I have a kindly request to citizens of the north.

You have Craig hamming it up and a few other characters to make the election interesting.
But I think we have you beat.

The campaign manager of Denice Davis who is best known for making shaky videos of Cappleman campaign workers is now endorsing Cappleman.

He is accusing myself and others of taking $500. payments and blah blah blah....

Please tell me Rogers Park because I like and respect your brand of crazy...is this whacked...has a campaign manager ever done an endorsement against the wishes of their candidate? Or is it just me?

Can we trade? Uptown will give you Crazy Cortez the Incompetent in return for the deer head voodoo sculpture?

Deal?

Post-Campaign Cortez

http://chicago.everyblock.com/politics/feb25-amy-crawford-bought-election-endorse-6711976/

Campaign Cortez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eisBb94w7S0

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

I am looking for a fresh start.

I am from wisconsin but looking to move to rogers park. I am looking for work asap, like general labor and such. wondering where could i find a good employment agency or any quick leads to some honest money.

4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Voodoo on the beach?

A coworker thinks creepy deer head scarecrow I saw today on the beach might be voodoo. Anyone know what this means?

  • Just FYI, this has nothing to do with Vodou. Vodou is practiced mostly by people from Haiti, and many practitioners of Vodou are also Catholics.

    Roosters and goats and pigs can be sacrificed in Vodou, but they would not be displayed afterwards. They are a gift to the saints (also known as the loa).

    My guess is that this is some kind of art project by college students.

  • Sarahdonis 20 year neighbor

    With all due respect to Lisa in RP, VOODOO originated in West Africa. It was 'bastardized' by the powerholding majority, when it accompanied slaves brought from Africa to 'the new world.' It had been an oral tradition, but when put in writing, it became VOODOU. Thus, Haitian VOODOU was mixed...

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    With all due respect to Lisa in RP, VOODOO originated in West Africa. It was 'bastardized' by the powerholding majority, when it accompanied slaves brought from Africa to 'the new world.' It had been an oral tradition, but when put in writing, it became VOODOU. Thus, Haitian VOODOU was mixed with Christianity, which had been unknown in West Africa, at the time.
    West African practitioners of VOODOO present animal sacrifice to spirit, in thanks(giving;). Typically, it is then buried. Unfortunately for those of us who inhabit the areas where sacrifice is safest to perform in our community, some eccentrics leave the carcasses, to 'show off' their kill.

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Dog Walker

Looking for recommendations for an experienced & reliable dog walker for my THREE large breed dogs for a 3x a day for two and a half days at the end of the month stint.. I know, seems like a lot (because it is)! They are great dogs but need somebody experienced and patient! My usual dog sitter has to head out of town before I'll be back so I need somebody to fill in the gaps. They'll be staying with my mom in Rogers Park so there is flexibility. Thanks in advance!recommendations in advance!

May 03 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Liberty Power

A woman just knocked on the door of my apartment (private, double-locked apartment building) claiming to be from "Liberty Power." I didn't engage with her. Anybody seen this? Looked way bogus.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Joseph, there are numerous threads on EveryBlock with complaints about workers claiming to represent power and gas companies getting into buildings in Rogers Park. Make them leave your building.

  • Inactive user

    Politely decline them, maybe snap a discreet photo, close the door and call 911 with a description and tell them people are trespassing in your building. Which they are.
    Enough of these boneheads get hauled off maybe they'll cease this sort of garbage.

  • I double checked online. It says energetic supplier, makes energy from windmills. And agree with their aggressive sale method, they should to let people know about that other way.
    The woman explained that my electric bill will remain exactly the same, with the fix rates for energy(not including delivery and taxes)
    And that I can change my mind in 10 days

Feb 26

Updated 5 days ago

Get Spicy this Sunday at the "Heat it Up!" Chili Cook-Off!

Despite the cold and snow, things will be heating up in Rogers Park this weekend at the Glenwood Sunday Market's 6th Annual Heat It Up! Pro-Am Chili Cook-Off and Fundraiser. This has become a much-anticipated, delightfully scrumptious annual event. Join your neighbors this Sunday, March 1st, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse.

Professional and amateur chefs from across Chicago will showcase their chili-cooking expertise and you'll have a chance to taste and vote for...

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Despite the cold and snow, things will be heating up in Rogers Park this weekend at the Glenwood Sunday Market's 6th Annual Heat It Up! Pro-Am Chili Cook-Off and Fundraiser. This has become a much-anticipated, delightfully scrumptious annual event. Join your neighbors this Sunday, March 1st, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse.

Professional and amateur chefs from across Chicago will showcase their chili-cooking expertise and you'll have a chance to taste and vote for your favorite chili dishes!

Stuff your face with some of the most delicious chili in Chicago. This competition will be fun for everyone!

In addition to the chili tastings and cash bar, activities will include a live auction, a 50-50 raffle, and a fantastic time for all!

You won't want to miss this delicious occasion!

Tickets to the event are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1155891

Proceeds benefit the Glenwood Sunday Farmers' Market's food access programs, including double dollar Link shopper grants and the Market's "Community Shares" program, which brings food from the Market's farmers to food insecure families in Rogers Park.

For more information, call Glenwood Sunday Market Director Sheree Moratto at 773-508-5885.

I hope you can make this Sunday's Chili Fest!

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    The local Chamber of Comix printed full color reproductions on the same kind of paper and sold them for a discount price of $11. Each ticket only cost them seven cents to make. So far they sold more than 100 and raked in almost twelve hundred dollars. Most of the money will be donated to the widow's and orphan's fund at the local shelter for lost herps. Winter is very dangerous for them so they need shelter and warm cloths.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Heading off to Heat It Up!

Feb 25

Updated 5 days ago

??

Does anyone know what happened this morning by Touhy?

Feb 27

Updated 5 days ago

Rabbit

My little sick rabbit was picked up this morning by Flint wildlife rescue. He looked like a healthy young rabbit except for one eye that still looks a bit infected but all the swelling was gone in both eyes. Thanks to all the lovely comments and support thru this ordeal. I think he'll be o.k. now. ....heavy sigh..

Feb 24

Updated Feb 27

Chicago Police Operating a "Black Site" Detention Center

The Guardian newspaper just uncovered the operation of a black site detention center operated by the Chicago police. This is a must read for Chicago residents.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    This is probably an eye-opener for many though not for those of us old enough and involved enough to know about Chicago's Red Squad:

    http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1049.html

    And then, of course, there was Jon Burge. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Laura, you mean you have been unable to get him to meet with you? If that's the case, it's not your failure, it's his.

    Thanks for posting this, Carl. I wonder how much this operation costs and where it's hidden in the budget.

Jul 17

Updated Feb 26

Community co-working space

Hello neighbors - I'm interested in opening and sharing a co-working space. There'd be space for private offices and common office space. Any interest from local professionals?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    There was one last year on Morse, it came and went pretty quickly. It's possible to perhaps put some of the blame for failure on the operators, but truly, I think the need just wasn't there. The few times I used it, I tended to be the only person there.

    I probably wouldn't utilize a new coworking space if one appeared.

  • The Bezazian Branch Library in Uptown (1226 W. Ainslie) will be opening a small co-working space called The Shift in the next few weeks. Call 312-744-0019 got more info.

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    The Shift is not associated with the Library. I like working out of there, you can find there website here: http://www.theshiftchicago.com/

    I've heard rumors about a co-working space opening up in Edgewater near Broadway and Bryn Mawr.

    Al, can you elaborate on the co-working space that was on Morse? What did you like/not like about it?

Feb 24

Updated Feb 26

Congrats to Joe Moore

After a rancorous EveryBlock campaign, it turns out that two-thirds of 49th Ward voters like the direction where we're headed under the leadership of Alderman Joe Moore.

Seriously, that quite the mandate.

Congrats to Joe, and here's to four more years of ward improvements.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Congrats Alderman Moore!

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Peggy "Maggie" Wolfe just can't stop snarling after losing a democratically run election. Her candidate lost plain and simple. He is an experienced and professional loser. Peggy just give it a break and please stop snarling.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 24

Moving sign

How would I go about getting "no parking" signs for a moving truck on my street?

Feb 24

Weeks Later...Alley Blocked With Snow

There is a disaster waiting to happen in the alley behind O’Reilly Auto Parts/Eng’s Restaurant. I went down the alley last evening and was blocked by a full snow bank. I had to back out and turn. I believe this alley is the fire lane for all of the businesses there in Robin Realty’s plaza and the homes on Sherwin, and perhaps the townhomes on Campbell. This is also where the multiple garbage and delivery trucks go in and out....

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There is a disaster waiting to happen in the alley behind O’Reilly Auto Parts/Eng’s Restaurant. I went down the alley last evening and was blocked by a full snow bank. I had to back out and turn. I believe this alley is the fire lane for all of the businesses there in Robin Realty’s plaza and the homes on Sherwin, and perhaps the townhomes on Campbell. This is also where the multiple garbage and delivery trucks go in and out. This plaza houses a restaurant, liquor store, laundry facility, supermarket (that cooks food), etc.

I considered calling this into the City of Chicago but it has been my experience that they are not responsible for alleys/parking areas. I have a feeling that the responsibility lies with Robin Realty. I haven’t had much luck with them in the past on other issues.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 23

I wish Don and Joe luck

Ain't much of a race but there's a lot a passion on both sides. Good luck to ya both. I bet there aint too many undecideds out there but it's been a whirlwind. The racist republicants like Craig and Maureen and Scotty and Tommy and the like minded have rallied with a lotta passion for Don who tried to nullify 2000 black votes in 2007 and plenty of nutters have backed Joe. Rogers Park is a crazy box of chipped and dented toys but we all love our place in the city. Hope ta see ya all when this whole election business is over. I'll be walkin my dogs so just say hi.

  • Tremaine NoH Not protector of cartoon cattle.

    If we want a better Rogers Park we need to vanish Joe Moore into oblivion and leave him there for eternity... like a bad dream.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    "Your place in oblivion is secure." - Glenn Danzig

  • RogersScottyBro works at being a raging dude bro

    And let's replace him with a republican racist!! Got it.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 23

RS3 Residential Single Unit District

A sign went up on a pole at the corner of Fargo and Sheridan where the Moonies lived. It says "Change RT4 Residential Two-flat, Townhouse and Multi-unit District to RS3 Residential Single Unit District."

Does this mean that the house is going to be a regular home again (if anyone can fix it up, I suppose)? Or is it more likely it will be torn down and something else go on that spot?

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Steve Browne,

    The Unification Church recently put the property on the market and I introduced an ordinance downzoning the property in order to better protect the home and give the community a voice in its future development. The downzoning does not guarantee the home will be saved, but it makes it a little more likely.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 22

Yard Sale at Paschen Park

Is anyone planning a yard sale at Paschen Park this summer?

Feb 12

Updated Feb 22

Devon and Ravenswood Constructions

Anyone know what is being constructed on the SW corner of Devon and Ravensood? I see the foundation work going in from the metra. Looks like a pretty large project but I can't find any news about it.

  • Jon 10yr Rogers Park / 8yr Edgewater

    Permit says:

    "Construct new 6-story public self-storage facility with interior loading and parking as per plans. **certified plan corrections project - conditional permit: subject to field inspections **"

  • Jon :

    Very specific.

    Will it have a roof - top cocktail lounge ?

Feb 17

Updated Feb 21

Are there any undecided voters out there still?

Since there seems to be no contained, padded cell for those passionately for and against certain candidates in the 49th Ward to blast each other, here ya go. Have at it. If anyone is still undecided, those 2-3 people can check out this thread to see all of the beautiful arguments on each side. Ready, set, go...

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    There ya go.... ;)

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    @robin, to be funny today, I wrote in Bob Fioretti for city clerk (since he didn't get my mayoral vote). That 2nd Ward Map is a thing of trollish beauty. I think only Luis Gutierrez's congressional Ward is more gerrymandered.

Feb 21

Call to Artisans - Final Call

Dear Neighbors,
The Northtown Garden Society (NGS) is holding a Nature and Garden Arts and Crafts Fair in May of 2015 to raise funds for our community service and educational programs. We are seeking artists and crafters to sell their creations at our fair.
Here are the particulars:

The theme of our fair is Nature and Gardening thus all art works need to depict gardening or nature or, in the case of soaps, candles or jewelry, be made of natural...

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Dear Neighbors,
The Northtown Garden Society (NGS) is holding a Nature and Garden Arts and Crafts Fair in May of 2015 to raise funds for our community service and educational programs. We are seeking artists and crafters to sell their creations at our fair.
Here are the particulars:

The theme of our fair is Nature and Gardening thus all art works need to depict gardening or nature or, in the case of soaps, candles or jewelry, be made of natural products. We will offer all media including but not restricted to paintings, woodworking, textiles, soaps, ceramics, mosaics, photography and jewelry.

The fair will be held indoors in the gymnasium at the Warren Park Field House, 6601 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Participants may purchase space for a 6’ x 2.5’ table for $25.00 or a 6’ x 8’ booth for $30.00. Tables may be shared by 2 participants.

Each participant must donate one item to NGS to be raffled. Raffle proceeds will go to NGS.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, review the rules and complete the application available on our web site, www.northtowngardensociety.org and mail in no later than February 28, 2015.

Got questions? E-mail Ginny at ngschicago@gmail.com.

Feb 03

Updated Feb 20

Early voting?

Does anybody got some info on where or when to do the early voting for the upcoming city elections? I'm in the 49th Ward. Thanks.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 20

Devon and Broadway Signs

Has anyone seen the signs that say "no left turns except buses" that have been placed at the devon and broadway intersection. I really hope the signs are not permanent!! I take broadway home all the time to get to glenwood and I have no desire to take the Sheridan way home. Those signs make no sense to me.

  • JJ in rogers park Rogers parker

    DJ is correct

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    I think I actually mentioned that sign the other day on the Glenwood stop-sign post (if you're going East on Devon and want to go north, that's the easternmost through street).

Feb 19

Another Fire at Devon & Seeley

At 3:37pm, police responded with fire to multiple tickets of a structure fire at 6436 N Seeley. Callers reported flames on the second floor, and at 3:39pm, arriving officers confirmed those reports, requesting traffic control on Devon, from Ridge to Hoyne

At 4:10pm, police reported that a family of about eight people would be displaced, and were directed to wait in the warming bus at Devon & Hoyne.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 19

Armed Robbery at Devon & Bell

At 12:49am, police responded to reports of a robbery in progress, in a liquor store at 2222 W Devon

Upon arrival, police discovered three victims in the rear of the location. One victim had such an injury to his face, that it appeared he would lose an eye, and the other had a severe gash to his hand. A third victim sustained minor injuries.

The offenders were described as two male Blacks, with thin builds, wearing light-colored jackets. They appeared...

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At 12:49am, police responded to reports of a robbery in progress, in a liquor store at 2222 W Devon

Upon arrival, police discovered three victims in the rear of the location. One victim had such an injury to his face, that it appeared he would lose an eye, and the other had a severe gash to his hand. A third victim sustained minor injuries.

The offenders were described as two male Blacks, with thin builds, wearing light-colored jackets. They appeared to be in their late-teens or early-twenties. The offenders were seen running east on Devon, then north on Leavitt.

An off-duty police officer says that he saw two individuals of that description get into a silver car at 6540 n Hoyne, and fled north-bound.

The victims were removed to St Francis hospital for treatment of their injuries. The offenders have not been found, but it is believed that they are familiar to the neighborhood.

Jan 05

Updated Feb 19

Lost Keys, Rogers Park

My husband lost his keys today, if you happen to find a set of keys please let me know and I can identify them.
Thank you!!!

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    It might help to know where he lost them. Case in point: two or three winters ago, someone posted that she had lost her keys on my corner. I sent out an email to everyone in our building and got a response back from a resident that his kids had found the keys while playing in the snow. He never would have found the owner without my email.

  • Mags Light North Shore Women's Co-Ordinator (East of Sheridan

    I found a set on North Shore today...call 630-362-4253

Feb 19

Harver Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group: Cyberattack Targets Health Insurer Records

One of the US' largest health insurers, Anthem, has announced last week that millions of their employee and client records have been illegally accessed through a sophisticated cyberattack...

Read it here: http://hhicfg.com/blog/cyberattack-targets-health-insurer-records/

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Feb 18

Updated Feb 18

LAU Endorses Joe Lake

After careful consideration and review, I proudly endorse Joe Lake for Alderman of the 49th Ward.

Joe Lake has unselfishly shared his vast knowledge, cultural, and moral supremacy with the unsolicited masses above and beyond the call of duty...a call which was never made but exceeded none-the-less.

I am sure one or both of the other candidates will resort to the sleazy Chicago-style tactic of invoking a residency requirement. That is to be expected.

However, Joe Lake is better then that and deserves to represent you in City Hall, a short cab ride from the Metra station.

I am LAU and I support this message.

Paid for by Non-Residents for Joe Lake

Feb 12

Updated Feb 18

Live Theater Returning to Howard Street

Nearly 25 years after the Wisdom Bridge Theater closed its doors, live theater is returning to Howard Street!

The Factory Theater, a theater company that offers original works written and produced by members of its ensemble, announced plans to move from its current Avondale location to a storefront space at the old Howard Theater Building located at 1621-23 W. Howard, one block east of the Howard Red Line station. The new theater opens this fall when it will present the...

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Nearly 25 years after the Wisdom Bridge Theater closed its doors, live theater is returning to Howard Street!

The Factory Theater, a theater company that offers original works written and produced by members of its ensemble, announced plans to move from its current Avondale location to a storefront space at the old Howard Theater Building located at 1621-23 W. Howard, one block east of the Howard Red Line station. The new theater opens this fall when it will present the first show of its 2015-16 season, "Zombie Broads."

My chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, played a key role in facilitating the Factory Theater's move to Rogers Park. After learning that Factory was looking for new space, Betsy introduced the theater company to the owner of the Howard Theater Building, Jay Johnson. Betsy previously helped convince the curators of Roman Susan Gallery on Loyola Avenue to open an annex in Jay's Howard Street building.

Celebrated architect Thomas Hickery, who remodeled the Victory Gardens Theater and the Body Politic Theater, will design the space to accommodate an 80-seat thrust theater. The space promises to be a lively location for theatrical performances throughout the entire year, even when The Factory Theater is in between productions. The company plans to rent the space to other theater companies for rehearsal and performances when they are not using the space.

Factory's move to Howard Street represents a homecoming for the theater company. The company performed in Rogers Park from 1992 to 1999 in a space on Loyola Avenue.

The theater will be located next door to Sol Café, which opened two years ago and has brought much life and vitality to that section of Howard Street. Sol Cafe's proclaims that its mission is "to unite the surrounding community and foster creativity and inspiration for all." It sounds like a perfect marriage to me! The arts are definitely coming alive on Howard Street!

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Jeff, you've probably noticed that the Aguas Tortas sign is no longer up. Someone commented in a different thread that the Evanston location has closed and, indeed, that seems to be true. If you're on Facebook, take a look at the comments in the left column:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aguas-Tortas/166472363501747

  • Johnny Moran Ensemble Member of Factory Theater

    Thank you, Mr. Alderman! We're so excited to bring our style of Chicago theater to you all! You can follow us at TheFactoryTheater.com

Feb 16

Updated Feb 17

Ready for Spring? Registration for the "Hello! Howard Community Garden" Begins Today

You may not believe it, but spring is just around the corner. And it's time now to register for a garden plot at the "Hello! Howard Community Garden."

Hello! Howard Community Garden is located at the southeast corner of Howard Street and Ashland Avenue. I worked with the City of Chicago's Department of Planning to purchase this parcel of land in December, 2013, after it had been foreclosed upon by a bank. I am currently looking for responsible developers to...

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You may not believe it, but spring is just around the corner. And it's time now to register for a garden plot at the "Hello! Howard Community Garden."

Hello! Howard Community Garden is located at the southeast corner of Howard Street and Ashland Avenue. I worked with the City of Chicago's Department of Planning to purchase this parcel of land in December, 2013, after it had been foreclosed upon by a bank. I am currently looking for responsible developers to develop the site.

In the meantime, rather than allow the land to remain fallow, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and I asked the Peterson Garden Project to turn the eyesore into productive use as a community garden.

Last year dozens of experienced and novice gardeners tended to their garden plots and created an abundance of locally grown food. Returning gardeners have just registered for this coming year, but many garden plots are still available.

To register for a garden plot at the Hello! Howard Garden, visit:

https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50363/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=81013

People interested in gardening with Peterson Garden Project do not need any prior gardening experience. The mission of the project is to teach people how to grow their own food, so they are looking to recruit "grewbies"--their term for people new to the process.

Membership in Peterson Garden Project is $75 and includes education, events, some supplies and a 4x8 garden plot. Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All gardeners, including returning gardeners, are required to attend a mandatory orientation session. If you do not attend the mandatory orientation session your membership fee will be refunded and your plot assigned to someone on the waitlist.

Scholarships are available for low income residents. For more information on scholarships, contact Paul Reise at the Rogers Park Business Alliance at preise@rogers-park.com or 773-508-5885.

Feb 15

Updated Feb 16

Early Morning Fire at Devon & Seeley

At 3:28am, police and fire responded to multiple calls of a fire on the second floor, at 1972 W Devon. Arriving officers confirmed that the building was burning. At 3:33am, police discovered a male victim in the rear of the structure, and requested an ambulance.

At 4:00am, officers reported that the fire was nearly extinguished, but the building would be a total loss.

The strange thing about this fire, is that it refuses to die – as late as 10:16am,...

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At 3:28am, police and fire responded to multiple calls of a fire on the second floor, at 1972 W Devon. Arriving officers confirmed that the building was burning. At 3:33am, police discovered a male victim in the rear of the structure, and requested an ambulance.

At 4:00am, officers reported that the fire was nearly extinguished, but the building would be a total loss.

The strange thing about this fire, is that it refuses to die – as late as 10:16am, there were reports of small fires reigniting, with fire fighters still on the scene. Police are continuing to protect the scene, and traffic and CTA service has not yet been restored to normal.
Streets and Sanitation has been requested to place barricades around the building, and investigators have been summoned.

The victim was described as an “unresponsive male Black, about 55 years-old”. He taken to St Francis Hospital, and was later transferred to Lutheran General, in critical condition.

  • As always Kyros, thank you for keeping us updated on neighborhood events with truth and facts. We appreciate your taking the time to report what you know.

  • Hats off to Kyros, ace reporter. Just the facts.

Feb 16

Updated Feb 16

Howard Area Community Garden openings

We may have a plot or two opening up at the Howard Area Community Garden (at the corner of Juneway and Armitage, just kittycorner from Triangle Park). For more information or to sign up for the waiting list, please send an email to howardgarden@gmail.com.

  • mamagotcha Write on!

    I should have mentioned that if you have a neighbor who you think would like to be a gardener, but does not have computer/email access, please let them know they are still welcome at the garden. They can call the garden number at (470) 228-1725, and leave their mailing address so I can send them an application form. Thank you!

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mama..., you need a proofreader! Armitage is a long way away from here. For those who may be interested, the garden is at Juneway and Hermitage.

  • mamagotcha Write on!

    OMG I can't believe I did that! Thanks for the catch and I'll just sit here and hide my red face for a while...

Feb 14

Updated Feb 15

helicopters ad sirens

does anyone know what is going on with all the sirens and helicopters again? I was by gateway plaza and noticed it was coming from by the cta area but not the station so probably bus terminal area.

  • Nick Danger Reincarnated New & Improved

    It must be criminal spill over from Evanston. Lots of sketchy people and overpriced cars up there. That's why the Chicago and Evanston police have to work together. It's the only way to begin cleaning up the Evanston gang problem and keep them from infiltrating Rogers Park. The Skokie courts are choking with Evanston gang cases.

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    I was on the Metra Thursday and it was filled with so many of "those people" who bring white-collar crime into our city

Feb 13

Updated Feb 15

Hello Howard 2015 Garden Registration

Spring is on the horizon (no really, it's true- I checked)

Be sure to join us for the 2nd year of this amazing community garden. Due to the success of last year, PGP is installing an additional 50 plots this year. Be sure to act fast once the site goes live on Monday as they are expected to go quickly. Details below, and attached.

What: Peterson Garden Project New Gardener Registration Opens!
When: February 16th, 8:00am - February 27th, 5:00pm...

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Spring is on the horizon (no really, it's true- I checked)

Be sure to join us for the 2nd year of this amazing community garden. Due to the success of last year, PGP is installing an additional 50 plots this year. Be sure to act fast once the site goes live on Monday as they are expected to go quickly. Details below, and attached.

What: Peterson Garden Project New Gardener Registration Opens!
When: February 16th, 8:00am - February 27th, 5:00pm
Where: http://tinyurl.com/m2n9s7h - please note, registration will not be active until the morning of February 16th

Also, if you know of any community members who might be interested in gardening but do not have access to a computer for the online registration- Howard Area CC has again generously offered to help with in person registrations. They have an allotment set aside, so being there at 8am on Monday is not essential. Last year 27 community members were given reduced or no cost plots and we're excited to be able to continue the scholarship program.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    But even if some of the businesses on the list have closed, the businesses have nothing to do with the community garden, which is the focus of this thread.

  • Can anyone help me understand the factors that have gone into pricing plots at $75? It strikes me as a high fee; a quick round of internet research confirms that this is significantly higher than typical. Without getting into the data I found on similar projects elsewhere (I don't want to sound like I'm attacking people trying to do something good in the neighborhood!), I'd really like to know more about the organization's thinking on this, and what limitations they may be up against that I'm not aware of. Thoughts?

Feb 12

Updated Feb 15

What was Don Gordon's role in banking?

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-12-27/news/0312270159_1_marina-boaters-mooring

As a bank project manager in the aughts, what did Don Gordon do to prevent the predatory lending of the era?

Also, I think a marina would have been great for the neighborhood. Too bad the NIMBYs stepped in.

Feb 13

Updated Feb 14

CMSA Presents "Good Neighbor" Award to Sandi Price

Chicago (February 13, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy presents the “CMSA Good Neighbor Award” to Ms. Sandi Price, Executive Director of the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Business, Community and Economic Development Corporation serving Rogers Park. The school will present the award to Ms. Price during a community breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:00am at the school at 7212 N. Clark Street.

Ms. Price’s 17 years of experience in non-profit work began as the Associate...

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Chicago (February 13, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy presents the “CMSA Good Neighbor Award” to Ms. Sandi Price, Executive Director of the Rogers Park Business Alliance, the Business, Community and Economic Development Corporation serving Rogers Park. The school will present the award to Ms. Price during a community breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:00am at the school at 7212 N. Clark Street.

Ms. Price’s 17 years of experience in non-profit work began as the Associate Director of the Rogers Park Community Council in 1996. She has lived in Chicago her whole life, and began her work in the non-profit world when her children were old enough to start school full-time. The Rogers Park Business Alliance cultivates and sustains a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, serving businesses and
residents. “I am honored to be recognized as a good neighbor. Over the past 10 years, Rogers Park Business Alliance has partnered with CMSA on several initiatives and they make it easy to be a good neighbor”, states Ms. Price.

Aydin Kara, Principal at CMSA, states “Ms. Price’s dedication to the Rogers Park community makes her a very worthy recipient of this award. She cares deeply about serving the residents of Rogers Park. In addition, she has supported the efforts of CMSA to provide our students with a college prep education. We are very pleased to recognize her with this award.”

CMSA’s mission is to prepare students for college by offering a rigorous curriculum based on math, science, engineering and technology. CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools currently in the Midwest region.
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  • Kevin O'Neil Long-time Rogers Park resident and activist

    Congrats Sandi!

  • Congratulations! We are in desperate need of additional "Positive Posts". Thank you for advising our great neighborhood and neighbors Irene!

  • Nick Danger Reincarnated New & Improved

    The Rogers Park Business Alliance and Sandi's leadership has been a positive and constructive force in helping to consistently move our community in healthy direction. Congratulations Sandi. You more than deserve this recognition.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 13

Police activity at Greenleaf and Sheridan

Does anyone know
What's happening at Greenleaf and sheridan? They have sheridan blocked off and I see quite a few lights.

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    Not too far after this was posted (8:15 pm), saw an ambulance trailed by a cop suv with lights on heading westbound down morse @glenwood.

    @Patricia, Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (community liaisons to the police)--http://caps24.org/

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    Unrelated: Tuesday night, saw bike cops at night patrolling 2432 beat...It was brisk--that's dedication, guys!

Feb 10

Updated Feb 12

Jan 30

Updated Feb 11

The controversial plan for fixing Rogers, Ridge and Touhy

I'm not saying this plan is the best...but it would at a minimum, I believe, fix the problems of the Rogers, Touhy and Ridge intersection. I'm sure folks out there can point out a myriad of problems it would create that I'm not seeing...so I welcome any improvements or edits.

  • Agree with Terebill. I've seen a couple of fender-benders there, but mostly lots of close calls when people try to wedge in going west before the Touhy and Ridge intersection, especially at rush hour. Sometimes barely 3 or 4 cars make it across. We really need turn arrows and lanes going east/west at Touhy and Ridge.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Oops, I just re-read my comment from Feb. 4 addressed to Sandy. I can't believe I wrote that. Try this instead:

    Sandy, re your proposal to change street names, don't mess with the name of the old Indian Boundary Line, which in RP is ROGERS.

    http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/the-northern-indian-boundary-line/

Feb 05

Updated Feb 09

  • Dibs is an amusing concept to me when, on my block, the only seasons which allow relatively "easy" parking are spring and mid-fall/early winter. Easy in quotes because on average, I spend 20 minutes each evening circling for parking (to where I changed my office hours to attempt to beat...

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    Dibs is an amusing concept to me when, on my block, the only seasons which allow relatively "easy" parking are spring and mid-fall/early winter. Easy in quotes because on average, I spend 20 minutes each evening circling for parking (to where I changed my office hours to attempt to beat rush hour traffic--because that 20 minutes can jump to 30+ *very* quickly--and I'm not even "expecting" a spot within eyeshot of my building). In the winter, the parking is horrid due to the snow. In the summer, the parking is horrid due to the beachgoers who want free parking. I've just learned to accept it as part/parcel of living on my particular street in East Rogers Park...and keep posting ads (for at least three years) for a rental spot.

    So suffice to say, anyone who pulls Dibs on my block is not looked kindly upon, by any stretch of the imagination.

  • d3, fair points, but nothing says "no dibs here, no matter what you think" like a totally snow-free street. If you dig it out from curb to curb, anyone trying to claim dibs has a lot of explaining to do. There are still some stupid piles out there, I'm randing up and down my block chipping away at the few between-cars piles until it's nothing but black pavement.

Feb 01

Updated Feb 08

Snow storm parking?

Does anyone know of any lots (schools, churches, stores) that allow for public parking during snowstorms? In Rogers park but also anywhere between RP and Logan Square?

Feb 03

Updated Feb 08

Snow removal

By far the worst department I have ever seen. I lived in an area that got twice as much snow as this, and yet they had the streets cleared to bare pavement with 24 hours. I actually watched a plow head down the wrong side of the street and force on-coming traffic into the snow banks. The blame isn't within the alderman's office but resides within city hall for placing patronage jobs within the department.

  • It is what it is. Lazy public sector UNION employees getting paid OVERTIME. Why should they hurry? Their motivation is to stretch out the job for as long as they can.

  • Helpha

    So you hate unions just like Joe Moore and Rahm?

Feb 05

Updated Feb 08

Is Don Gordon a Sith Lord?

Is aldermanic candidate Don Gordon a member of the dark side of the force? If so, who is his apprentice in training? Will we be subjected to years of crushing imperialistic rule under his tutelage? These are serious questions the voting public need to know. Thanks.

  • Nick Danger Reincarnated New & Improved

    First of all there will be no tutelage. Gordon is headed for a certain trainwreck and has been for quite a while. Secondly don't confuse the combination of ineptitude and cluelessnes with being on the dark side. Being on the dark side takes cleverness and intelligence. Both seem to be sadly lacking in this case.

  • Mark Malave Dog Lover and Rogers Park lifer

    I'm not sure you know what "serious questions" really means.

  • god. what a nerd.

Feb 04 2013

Updated Feb 08

Chicago Landmark Petition for Kirchbaum Building (Bruno's Lounge)

I started working on a nomination suggestion for the Chicago Landmarks committee to make the Kirchbaum Building (Bruno's Lounge) at 6560 N. Sheridan Rd. a Chicago Landmark. The building is just too beautiful to be demolished by Loyola and it's the last original building on the block. The building is already listed on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey as architecturally important. Loosing the terra cotta mural at the top depicting Fort Dearborn and many other Chicago buildings would be a loss to Chicago history and the neighborhood. Does anyone think making this building a Chicago Landmark is possible and does anyone in the neighborhood even support it?

  • Kyros C. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    @Reid:

    My Pi Pizzeria was located at 6568 N. Sheridan
    – in the space that later became Carmen's Pizza.

  • Take many pictures. Save the terra cotta. Then tear it down and put up a new beautiful structure.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 08

Shooting at Peterson & Wolcott

At 10:31pm, police responded to multiple calls of a person shot at a gas station at 1840 W Peterson
The victim was shot once in the back & once in the thigh – but he is talking and coherent.
The offender fled on foot – west-bound on Peterson, and he is described as a Male Hispanic, with tattoos on his face.

Feb 07

Top Box Foods Order deadline for this month

Hey Rogers Parkers, Monday is the last day to order for Top Box Foods. If you've never ordered Top Box Food give it a try. It's not expensive, which is kinda the point. All forms of payment are accepted, debit/credit cards, checks, cash, and SNAP/Link cards. If you want to know more or order online http://www.topboxfoods.com/ Pick up is at United Church of Rogers Park

Feb 04

Updated Feb 05

CMSA Robotics Teams keep on winning

CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA)
STUDENTS WIN 7 AWARDS IN ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS

Chicago (February 4, 2015) - Chicago Math and Science Academy‘s robotics teams have won 7 awards in three consecutive competitions since the year began. These wins have earned them the right to proceed on to State Finals in Ohio and Illinois. The RoboTitans, are set to compete at the Illinois State Championship and the RoboWarriors, will compete in the Ohio State Championship.

On the weekend of January...

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA)
STUDENTS WIN 7 AWARDS IN ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS

Chicago (February 4, 2015) - Chicago Math and Science Academy‘s robotics teams have won 7 awards in three consecutive competitions since the year began. These wins have earned them the right to proceed on to State Finals in Ohio and Illinois. The RoboTitans, are set to compete at the Illinois State Championship and the RoboWarriors, will compete in the Ohio State Championship.

On the weekend of January 18-19th, the CMSA teams earned two trophies in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier Tournament in Ohio. CMSA’s RoboWarriors won a First Place trophy in the semi-finals round. In addition, the RoboWariors also won First Place Winning Alliance at this event. The RoboWarriors will compete in Ohio for the FTC State Championship at ISPACE on February 13-14, 2015.

On January 24, 2015 the teams attended the League Championship in Crystal Lake, IL. Our teams received two more trophies. RoboWarriors received a trophy for the First Place Winning Alliance Team and the RoboTitans received the Judges Award for impressing the judges with their Gracious Professionalism.

On January 31, 2015, the teams traveled to the Batavia Qualifier tournament at Batavia, IL. The RoboTitans gained first place position out of 30 teams placing them in the finals. Both the RoboTitans and the RoboWarriors each received trophies for the Finalist Alliance Captain and Team. In addition, the RoboTitans received the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for their innovative solution to the Game Challenge that most others teams overlooked.

“We are very proud of our student’s consecutive achievements over the past weekends. It is unusual to bring back so many trophies in a month which I believe speaks to the commitment of our teachers and students and their continuous strive for the best education possible”, states Principal Aydin Kara.

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  • Congratulations to our students! 7 awards, way to go! We are so proud of their continued achievements. Another Happy Rogers Park story to celebrate.

  • Congratulations to all involved in these achievements - students, faculty, administration and parents.

  • Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Official chamber of commerce of Rogers Park

    Congratulations students! We toured the Robotics classroom last week and the kids are very intelligent and creative.

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Has Don Gordon ever been a member of the Gangster Disciples?

As the election draws near we have a lot to hear from the man. One thing nobody ever talks about is gang affiliation. Is Don Gordon in, or has he ever been a member of the Gangster Disciples? It's a burning question and voters deserve to know the truth.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Helen - isn't nice to know that sad, lonely CG has friends?

  • Helpha

    Have dinner at 4:30pm. In bed by 5:30. Comment on EB at 3:30am.

Feb 02

Updated Feb 04

Rogers Park Food Co-op Community Presentation

Exciting things are happening in Rogers Park!

Learn about the community owned Rogers Park Food Co-op and support:

Family Farms
Nutrition Education
Local Artisan Foods
Healthy Food Access
Local Cooperative Economy
Community Employment

Meet volunteers and learn how YOU can be involved in this community effort!

7212 North Clark St.
Tuesday, Feb 3
7-8 PM

www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I shopped at the old Rogers Park co-op; looking forward to this new version!

  • Chef Roux Business Owner, RP Lover

    Special thanks to everyone that came.

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