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Ald. Cappleman AGAIN LIES About Homeless: Many Uptown Homeless were NOT HELPED by DFSS

Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed...

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Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief duration during nighttime, but not at the same time. Those who were staying under the viaducts are being assisted by the city's Department of Family & Support Services--which has had case workers on site on a daily basis for more than a month--as well as other non-profit providers who specialize in identifying and accessing shelter and permanent housing. I fully support a "Housing First" approach with the goal of finding permanent, affordable housing and then providing connections to community-based support for long-term success. I will continue to work with agencies such as DFSS and non-profits, as well as listen to the concerns of the community at large, in order to meet the needs of all members of our community."

  • Can you tell me where the Tent City residents have been going to the bathroom this entire time?

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    C'mon, Robert. There is no hypocrisy there. Allowing people to camp over night as families in a park - for a 19-hour period - does not undermine moving people from sidewalks who have been there for years.

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Updated 13 hours ago

A Protest Tent Lands in Alderman Cappleman's Yard

The saga of shame that is Alderman Cappleman's policies toward the homeless has begun a new chapter...Ghost Tents:

http://chicagoist.com/2017/09/21/protesters_erect_tent_in_aldermans.php

    Protesters Erect Tent In Uptown Alderman's Yard To Blast Displacement Of The Homeless
    fullscreen A group of Chicagoans who are outraged over the displacement of homeless people in Uptown took their protest to the door of the neighborhood's alderman. The group last night set up an orange tent in the yard of Ald. James Cappleman (46th), making direct reference to the neighborhood's recently evicted "tent city."
    http://chicagoist.com
  • Jeffrey Littleton Making the magic happen.

    I know my community a lot better than the nation-at-large.
    I articulated why Cappleman will lose, based on direct observation over 6.5 years now.

    Besides...I was one of the outcasts who said Trump could indeed win. I said it at his rally which I attended as a protester.

    At the...

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    I know my community a lot better than the nation-at-large.
    I articulated why Cappleman will lose, based on direct observation over 6.5 years now.

    Besides...I was one of the outcasts who said Trump could indeed win. I said it at his rally which I attended as a protester.

    At the rally I saw his supporters, I realized there are a LOT of people like the people I saw. They were not all tiki torch carting white supremacists, they were common. So I knew he could win, not that he would but that he could.

    But to mute's point you are correct...most people completely misread what was going on last summer and fall.

  • I seem to remember a lot of activists telling me that Chui was going to win the mayoral election because 'everyone hates Rahm.'

    It's hard for a sitting Alderman to lose reelection. Most average voters will only remember the disgusting shutdown of LSD and will vote Cappleman.

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Updated 17 hours ago

Hit & run-old chevy SUV at Barry & Damen intersection

Last night around 9:10pm, I was traveling northbound on damen Ave. at the 4 way stop at Barry & damen, I proceeded to enter the intersection when it was my turn & I was hit by someone driving an old dingey white or light silver SUV with a darker front bumper. They were traveling wesbound. I don't know if they ever stopped for the stop sign. I saw them enter the intersection, coming right at me as I was midway...

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Last night around 9:10pm, I was traveling northbound on damen Ave. at the 4 way stop at Barry & damen, I proceeded to enter the intersection when it was my turn & I was hit by someone driving an old dingey white or light silver SUV with a darker front bumper. They were traveling wesbound. I don't know if they ever stopped for the stop sign. I saw them enter the intersection, coming right at me as I was midway through the intersection. We briefly made eye contact & there was no indication in that moment they cared about what was about to happen. My car became undriveable & I thought I saw this car pull over on the northbound side of Barry once they made it through the intersection but if they did, they quickly drove off. If anyone has any security cameras in that area or knows of any that could have captured this incident please advise. It's a busy intersection right, with Hamlin park being on the corner south/west corner. No one stoped to help. There were a group of kids that quickly dispersed after witnessing the accident & SUV speed off but they were unable to see the plates. They were confident it was a Chevy, possibly a suburban & that the driver was a woman with tattoos.

Thanks for any and all of your help,

  • Hope you are. Well that stinks. If I see a car with damage fitting your discription I will get plate. Damage to their car should be front end? They would have had to back up first then go around your car after hitting it right? Shame on the people disbursing and not stopping or sticking around to make sure you were ok. And to the driver for not stopping karma is coming.

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Updated 44 hours ago

Meeting others in Neighborhood-Hamlin Park

My family and I recently moved to the neighborhood, in part, due to the family friendly neighborhood. Any ideas as to neighborhood events to meet others/our daughter meet kids her age (tween)? Thanks!

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Kim -- it's often easiest for families to meet other families through school. Beyond your daughter making friends at her school, you may want to see if you can volunteer at her school (time permitting, of course).

    There are also lots of extracurricular/enrichment activities in the area, from classes at...

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    Kim -- it's often easiest for families to meet other families through school. Beyond your daughter making friends at her school, you may want to see if you can volunteer at her school (time permitting, of course).

    There are also lots of extracurricular/enrichment activities in the area, from classes at Hamlin Park to art/music classes in Roscoe Village to sports activities. Does she like to play soccer? AYSO. Art or music? She can try August House or Old Town School of Folk Music.

    You may also want to look into volunteer activities such as helping out at a food pantry or animal shelter.

  • Chris in Albany Park paintingmusicmom

    Yes. You make friends through common interests. Our truest friends are those with many layers of similar interests and same values. And mostly when parents are friends too. :) get involved together in stuff. Church is a big one :)

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    You're surrounded buy families over there. It's a lot tougher where we are

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Updated 2 days ago

LOST CAT

LOST CAT: Gigi

10 year old female, grey & white with some black and red stripes.

Missing since Tuesday afternoon from T & A Too at St. Louis & Berteau.

Please PM with any information.

Thank you!

  • Is there a photo?

  • Hi Cathy, I did not have a photo to post at the time, but the good news is that Gigi is home!

    Thanks, neighbors, for your messages...much appreciated!!

2 days ago

Seriously scary

13th Floor Haunted House, 1940 George St. 708-571-3326; 13thfloorchicago.com.

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

Evil Intentions, 900 Grace St. 630-634-2858; Eihaunt.com.

Hell's Gate, 3101 S. Canal St. 605-301-4283; Hellsgate.com.

Dungeon of Doom, 600 29th St. 847-262-3666; Dungeonofdoom.com.

    Seriously scary
    Something wicked this comes ... it's the cold chill down your spine, the little hairs on your arms suddenly standing at attention, the throb of terror in your veins. With Halloween quickly approaching, area haunted houses are creaking open their doors and letting loose the tortured souls that have lain in wait these last 11 long months.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Updated 2 days ago

How does one go about reporting a violation of certificate of occupancy?

I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not...

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I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not to incur the cost. The business on the first floor decided to take over the basement and not pay the money for the COO (we know this because there are no rails that were needed to get the COO on the stairway). We know that they are using the basement as they have told us that they have several million dollars in inventory and there are lights on in the basement 24 X 7. We know that one year they paid rent to the association as it showed as income in the annual report, after that however they have paid no rent. The board is complicit in this violation.
Any suggestions as to how to proceed to get the business out of our basement would be appreciated.

  • Ed Gould Interested in improbving the neighborhood

    d3: said "Also the limited common area would be described in the legal descriptions of units"

    I agree but if you have never seen our condo decs. Things that are not marked as LCE are LCE. Another big example is that there is *NO* discussion in the docs about what...

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    d3: said "Also the limited common area would be described in the legal descriptions of units"

    I agree but if you have never seen our condo decs. Things that are not marked as LCE are LCE. Another big example is that there is *NO* discussion in the docs about what the basement is. Everybody who has read the IL condo act knows for example if the outer walls of the building are not described in the condo decs are LCE. It's a long torturous way about how the building was converted from furniture warehouse to condo's and the conniving and questionable things that went on during that time. I only know parts because a former president of the association told me about the mess.
    The lawyer looked at the Condo Decs and shook his head and said that this was not going to be easy.

  • Ed Gould Interested in improbving the neighborhood

    "Ed, your situation is one of the reasons I would never buy a condo."
    I think its different from condo to condo so I don't think it's wise to generalize.
    I have seen *some* that have run themselves into the ground and I have seen others that look great and...

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    "Ed, your situation is one of the reasons I would never buy a condo."
    I think its different from condo to condo so I don't think it's wise to generalize.
    I have seen *some* that have run themselves into the ground and I have seen others that look great and the balance sheets are excellent. I think in our situation it is a matter of the president is the final word and no one goes against him (except me).
    On the whole, he does a good job it's the legal items he turns a blind eye to. EXAMPLE: 2 years ago (it goes back longer) the sidewalk in front of the building shifted. It left a gap of two inches between the sidewalk and the building. We had people tripping on it left and right. He said it was a city issue, I suggested that meanwhile, we should put a patch over the tripping part and get the city to do its thing. He refused to and I reminded him that it's our fault if someone trips and the association would get sued. He yawned and said so what. We finally got the city out to look at it and they said yes you need a new sidewalk, they told him that you can only apply between midnight and 3 AM on January 1st. The next Jan I applied and they sent out people to look at it and apparently gave us an estimate of $23K would be our share. They stumbled around and missed the June 15th deadline. They should have had it in the budget, of course, they did not. So now we are going to have to wait another year to apply (again). Someone in the building went out and bought so filler so people wouldn't trip. The President said it was a city issue, not ours so if some tripped they could sue the city. That is what kind of President we have.

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Updated 4 days ago

2 Found Conure Birds

Found on 7/21/17
They were together in Chicago, IL. 60618. Contact me with proof of ownership. Thank you.

  • DianeW just nosey

    Stephanie P, have you found Pidgey?

    I saw what I believe is a green cheek conure's molted feather on the 1900 block of Wellington, in the street today.

    Just a heads up that there must be a lost one out there somewhere around there.

  • DianeW just nosey

    I'm not sure how to post a pic of it but it's a maroon tail feather

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White cat roaming on 1800 and 1900 block of west Cornelia

Gorgeous, short-haired, mostly white cat with dark grey tail and dark grey ear hanging out in parkways/yards along w Cornelia. Looks well-fed, but no collar; in case he/she is lost, I thought I'd post.

  • Seems as if that same cat has spent some time on Newport, too. It was particularly vociferous one night last week.

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Sep 02

Updated 5 days ago

Found Black Cat

Found black cat near Halsted & Cornelia in Lakeview. So friendly and soft. Let me know if you think this is your kitty!

6 days ago

Sep 15

Updated 6 days ago

Lost Cat Crying Incessantly

For the last 24, there was been a cat crying outside my house. They won't let me get close but doesn't seem injured.

Black, long-hair. Around Rockwell / Armitage

  • This was 9/18 around 8:45am.

  • Could have been. The kitty I saw was very skittish too. She was on the smaller size. Never saw her paws.

Sep 17

Updated 6 days ago

Screaming near Melrose and LSD

Does anyone know what happened last night near W Melrose and LSD/ Sheridan? There were extended howling screams coming from somewhere in the area. People in my building and the back of the building on Aldine were out on their fire escapes to look around and we were all yelling to each other asking what happened and that we had called the cops. I didn't hear any sirens though and the screaming stopped, which was the scariest part! It sounded like someone was getting murdered.

  • Tzipora Kinney Chicago Newbie

    What time was this? I heard some strange noises last night at some point though nothing quite like you described. Just thought it was some drunk idiot shouting. Like it was odd for sure but I didn't get the feeling someone was hurt/in danger.

    Thunk I briefly heard a siren like awhile after the noise stopped. Didn't stick around though. Just seemed to pass through.

  • It was Saturday night, maybe 7pm? Anybody that was home on the easternmost ends of W Melrose and Aldine would have heard it. I just hope whoever it was is okay.

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Updated Sep 16

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/09/robbers-shot-at-victim-as-six-are.html

This is ridiculous. What are we suppose to do? Continue to be victims for these animals?

  • Yes. Hope the offender didn't take the same training.

  • throat stab is a pretty good way to go. there is also some soft skin around the temple you can try to pierce!

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Updated Sep 16

People's Gas rates are up??

Anyone else notice unusually high People's Gas charges? Since April when they started doing pipeline work on my street, my bill has doubled to $175/mo. This is in the SUMMER! All I really run is a Hot water heater, rarely use stove.

  • Look at your detailed bill to compare usage and rates

  • Lisa Hibbard Avondale/Logan Square Resident

    Check to make sure someone isn't stealing your gas. If you're unsure about how to do this, contact People's Gas.

  • Jacob S. is right. As of last month, I am being billed monthly, as opposed to bi-monthly. The amount owed for one month, however, is now within $1 of what I was paying for two months. So yes, the rate has DOUBLED.

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Sep 14

    Kai Sushi coming to 3819 N. Southport
    Rise and Sushi Mari buildings will be demolished to make room for two new TODs, but a new Sushi Restaurant is on it's way to the Southport Corridor. Kai Sushi, also located at 1255 S. State Street is coming to 3819 N. Southport. Take a look at their menu here on GrubHub.
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com

Sep 14

Studio 32 Open House Friday, Sept 15

We've spent 9 months working on the studio, and now this labor of love will be born.

Stop by Studio 32 for the Open House:

Friday, September 15, 6PM – 9PM
3056 N RACINE 1R, CHICAGO IL, 60657

See our new craft / sewing workshop. Discover what we do, and meet your neighbors over snacks and beverages.

studio32chicago.com

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Sep 12

Updated Sep 13

Free to a good home....

I have a multi-story "cat condo," or climbing platform, that needs a home. My cat took one look and turned up his nose. It's like new, barely sniffed at. Covered with light-colored carpet, several perching levels and roost boxes, scratching post, etc. All assembled. No fleas, bedbugs, or roaches! It's big, though, and you'll need a van or SUV to get it to your place unless you want to take it apart. Located near Wrigley Field.

  • Anita W. in Wrigleyville 30-year resident

    Thanks for the suggestions. Donating it was my first thought but I decided to give my neighbors a chance before I contacted an agency. If nobody bites I'll give it to a shelter.

  • Harmony House is another non for profit, no kill shelter for cats. I occasionally donate cat items to this place quite often, they would greatly appreciate it and are located on Elston just west of Western on the South side of the street .

Sep 12

Updated Sep 13

2701 Armitage

The factory is coming down and scaffolding up on the sidewalk. Anyone know what is going up in its place?

Jul 19 2016

Updated Sep 13

Countertop removal

I'm changing my countertops and in need of someone to carefully remove the granite from our kitchen perimeter and island. We are repurposing our cabinets and will save them for the quartz countertop addition. Any suggestions on cost of this type of service or company that provides this service?

Thanks!

  • @d3: Bought the new countertop at Home Depot. They don't do removal just installation.

    @Burgess: thanks for the suggestion. I was about to post on CL but didn't have to. I asked the contractor renovating our basement if he knew anyone who would want the granite. Luckily, he did! So glad he will remove and haul away for free :)

  • @Burgess I know this thread is old (so I hope you still check here). Do you remember the name of the person who removed your counters? We need the same thing done. Thanks!

Sep 13

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Sep 13

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    BASEMENT REMODEL (3-PIECE BATH REMODEL; NEW FAMILY AND MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS) AND 1ST FLOOR REMODEL (KITCHEN, LIVING & DINING ROOMS) FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOME, WITH ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING AND HVAC PER PLANS.

    1851 W. Nelson St. Issued September 11, 2017 Comment

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Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

New stairs

Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to replace our front landing and stairs., wood/composite. Also , we need some indoor handyman work?

Aug 04

Updated Sep 12

Pedestrian crosswalks are more frustrating than helpful.

Is it just me or does it seem like no one got the memo that when you see a pedestrian in the painted crosswalk, that you are supposed to stop your car?

When I'm driving and I see someone I usually stop. But in all honesty, I don't (or can't) always stop. Sometimes it just seems like it'd be dangerous to do so. But I mostly do stop, but it seems to me that the good majority of drivers don't....

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Is it just me or does it seem like no one got the memo that when you see a pedestrian in the painted crosswalk, that you are supposed to stop your car?

When I'm driving and I see someone I usually stop. But in all honesty, I don't (or can't) always stop. Sometimes it just seems like it'd be dangerous to do so. But I mostly do stop, but it seems to me that the good majority of drivers don't.

It's mostly frustrating though when I'm the pedestrain! I swear sometimes I stand there for like 5 minutes waiting for the cars to stop so I can cross safely with my dogs.

Even when there's a red light up ahead and no one's going anywhere it seems alot of drivers are in such a rush they still won't stop and leave enough space to cross at the pedestrian crosswalks.

Is it a law that you should stop your car for pedestrians at these things? Or is it just optional? These things just seem to add more confusion, I think. Either make it a law (or stop sign or something) or do away with them. No one seems to sees them anyway

  • @Chik The law that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians not in a crosswalk is called homicide. Interesting you would rather run over a pedestrian than risk having your bumper dented by the reckless driver tailgating you. Sounds like you have your priorities all worked out.

  • @Brandon - Oops, my post came out wrong, my bad for poor phrasing. I actually do stop for peds whether in crosswalk or not if they have already started to cross the street. But if they are on the curb waiting for a break in traffic, I may or may...

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    @Brandon - Oops, my post came out wrong, my bad for poor phrasing. I actually do stop for peds whether in crosswalk or not if they have already started to cross the street. But if they are on the curb waiting for a break in traffic, I may or may not stop depending if there is a vehicle close behind me which may not be able to stop in time. I'm not as concerned with my bumper as much as I'm concerned with my car being pushed from behind into the pedestrian.
    I apologize for not making it clear that I wouldn't run down pedestrians even if someone is behind me. But I sure hope the vehicle behind me can see the ped & not swerve into the next lane to get by me thus endangering that pedestrian.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

Shots fired

Around 12:06 am, heard shots fired. Location Whipple and Irving Park. Does anyone know anything about this?

  • It was a drive-by at the Cleveland school located at Grace and Albany.

  • It was reported a man was standing at the corner, shot at 5 times and one bullet grazed him. I'm betting gang related. Very alarming that there are increasing risks of being out after midnight in the neighborhood. There are people coming home from work, etc. that are at risk of these sh-t heads. Isn't that a block away from the aldermans office?

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Feb 15 2012

Updated Sep 12

Small Plumbing jobs, Plumber needed

Hello neighbors...

Looking for a good plumber to help out with a few small jobs....I have some troublesome sinks that I cannot for the life of me fix. I also have a shower valve that is certainly not right.

I would imagine in capable hands, we're talking a few hours max.

All suggestions welcomed.

Thanks!

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