25 hours ago

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Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest- Thank you Rogers Park!

Thanks to our generous and community-spirited sponsors for making this annual event possible. Thanks to the fan-freakin'-tastic artists and musicians for sharing their talent with us. Thanks to our glorious Rogers Park food and beverage vendors, showing off the delights you can come back and eat again any day of the week (only indoors at their restaurants)! And thanks to YOU for coming out and joining us for the fun. Did you take any pictures? We hope you will send us some!

GAAF Planning Committee

Glenwoodave.org

  • diana Life is short. Death is long. Act accordingly.

    I'll echo everyone else's sentiments: GAAF is the bomb!! Thanks to all who put it together and thanks to all who participated! We got cards from the artists we really liked and have already picked out a few pieces for purchase!

    Good stuff, RP!

  • Bob Fuller 8-year Rogers Parker, Sunday Market volunteer

    Great work by the team that puts this together. Best weekend of the summer, every year.

26 hours ago

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  • I drive a nice car and am very aware of how to behave when stopped by police. Even though I am an older A-A. Also I am big guy so I know to some thats intimidating,Shouldnt be but it is.

  • d3 NOH

    the biggest issue in that area w/ police is there are dozens of small departments that generate their entire small community's budget from traffic stops. You can drive through a mile of road and literally encounter 12 municipalities all rushing to give tickets on that stretch. It's the area. These...

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    the biggest issue in that area w/ police is there are dozens of small departments that generate their entire small community's budget from traffic stops. You can drive through a mile of road and literally encounter 12 municipalities all rushing to give tickets on that stretch. It's the area. These individual municipalities operating small departments would've been swallowed into St. Louis County PD but they actually need these revenue tickets. They don't however even operate their own dispatch, St. Louis County PD does all of their dispatch/etc. (My partner actually used to work for them as a dispatcher. He is very white but when going to work in that area, got pulled over weekly. He also used to do monthly ride-a-longs and says the St. Louis County PD is one of the most professional departments he has worked w/ in the country, and Ferguson PD the opposite, and he consults w/ PDs across the country as a career.)

    Also, unlike the movies, police in the US never shoot to maim, take a leg out, etc. If you're going to use your weapon, you shoot to kill, period. That's how they are trained as standard procedure.

2 days ago

Updated 7 min ago

Call me a racist, but......

A big part of the outbreak of violence in Rogers Park is caused by landlords who do not carefully screen or monitor their tenants.

.....Bad buildings house these criminals.

.....Bad buildings offer them a place to hide.

.....Bad buildings store their guns and bullets.

We need to make a list of these bad buildings.

The greedy landlords need to be taken to Housing Court.

.....Hefty fines may encourage them to be a responsible landlord.

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A big part of the outbreak of violence in Rogers Park is caused by landlords who do not carefully screen or monitor their tenants.

.....Bad buildings house these criminals.

.....Bad buildings offer them a place to hide.

.....Bad buildings store their guns and bullets.

We need to make a list of these bad buildings.

The greedy landlords need to be taken to Housing Court.

.....Hefty fines may encourage them to be a responsible landlord.

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Is there a limit on how many " Section 8 Voucher Holders "
can live in a particular building ?

There is a new term for the old " Section 8 " program.

Does anyone know the new name of this rent assistance program ?
.......

It has been suggested that certain greedy landlords pack
their building with Section 8 tenants.

.....No background check or references required.
........Just show a voucher and you are in.

I realize that many Section 8 Voucher Holders are decent
people who are trying to improve their living conditions.

But, many gang members live / hang out in the apartments
of the Voucher Holder.

If CHA ( ? ) would limit how many vouchers can occupy
a building, maybe that building would not be a gang clubhouse.

If CHA would more aggressively monitor the buildings where
their clients live, conditions would improve.

If a landlord is not responsible ( allows anti-social behavior ),
CHA should revoke his license to house Section 8 tenants.

Bad landlords are only interested in getting more money.
........( at the neighbors' expense ? )

Hit them where it hurts.

.....Take away their inflated rent income.
.....Hit them with hefty Housing Court fines.

  • Dee: In spite of your comment concerning my dancing skills, I thank you for your comment about the TARGET of my posting. I get so frustrated when I see decent people suffer because of " bad apples ". As I said in the original posting, the " Section 8 "...

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    Dee: In spite of your comment concerning my dancing skills, I thank you for your comment about the TARGET of my posting. I get so frustrated when I see decent people suffer because of " bad apples ". As I said in the original posting, the " Section 8 " program offers a lifeline to those in need. Everybody involved in the program needs to focus on its goals. Safe and decent housing for the participants. Landlords have to hold up their part of the deal.

    Historical perspective : The Cabrini - Green housing project started out as a slum-clearing program to ultimately provide improved living conditions for its tenants. It was to offer improved housing for eligible people.

    At the beginning of the development, it was a wonderful place to live.

    But, over time, supervision became lax. Rules were not enforced. Irresponsible individuals started to populate the units. Cabrini-Green became the " hell-hole "
    that it ended up being.

    The original occupants had no option to move. They were trapped and had to experience the violence that was commonplace.

    I see the same thing happening with the current " voucher system ".

    Unless proper supervision is in place, the program is doomed to repeat the history of Cabrini-Green So sad for the good people.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Pat, I could have swore we had a CHA rep. attend a CAPS meeting or two last fall or winter? If not, maybe we could ask for a rep to attend the non-cop CAPS meetings to discuss these issues.

    You know I luv ya ;)

Jun 12

Updated 10 min ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • Each morning is somewhat of an re- freshning/rebirth. Take that opportunity to make someone's day with a pleasant greeting with a mandatory smile .
    Good morning neighbors.

  • Good Morning to all the wonderful people who make up the tapestry I spy as I sit on my porch, tend my garden, meet as I walk my dogs, share recipes with at the grocery. Have a beautiful day!!!

1 hour ago

Updated 14 min ago

Pothole repair - Loud metal cover over pothole at Berwyn/Sheridan

The city recently put three giant metal plates over pot holes on Berwyn between Sheridan & Kenmore. The plates make a bang every time a car or bus (especially loud when it's a bus) go over it. Does anyone know how long I can expect to deal with listening to cars crash over the metal plates?

16 min ago

Join Fellow Pork Lovers at First Annual Rogers Pork Event at Jarvis Square

Sponsored by the businesses of Jarvis Square, “Rogers Pork” spotlights local food, local music, and local artists with proceeds supporting Youth Empowerment Performance Project Saturday, August 23, 2014 Noon to 8 PM Jarvis Square Intersection of West Jarvis Avenue (7400 N) and North Greenview Avenue (1500 W) Right off of the Jarvis Red Line Stop R Public House and Towbar will be providing their delicious pork and BBQ specials. Amazing Kale will also be cooking their delicious vegetarian grubs. Live bands all day - 12PM to 8/9PM 12-12:45 Blue Shag 1:00-2:00 Straight Ethyl 2:30-3:30 Amy Kelly Band 4:00-5:00 John B Group 5:30-6:30 Heeby Jeebys 7:00-8/9:00 DJ Psycho Bitch2014_08_23_Rogers_Pork.pdf[where: ]

20 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

Condo Association cleaning and/or snow removal

Hello neighbors. I live in an 8 unit self-managed condo building. We are looking for a new cleaning service for common areas and someone for snow removal this winter. Any recommendations and idea of rates would be appreciated.

  • Jim Edgewater glen Realtor

    Call Eric with Property Care 1. They handle all of the above & do a great job! 773-318-3260 or Robert - 773-551-1246. Tell them JIm referred you!

  • J&K Cleaning a local company family owned for 30 years.
    (773) 769-6330

28 hours ago

Updated 28 min ago

Sheridan and thorndale bus shelter

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

  • need to install a post in front of the shelter - we are lucky no one was in the shelter - any reason this is happening? were tickets issued?

  • I have not actually seen the damage, but was the shelter hit by a car or was only the glass broken? I seem to remember speculation last time that one or more people kicked the glass until it broke.

  • 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.

1 hour ago

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36 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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.

  • 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.

10 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Navy vet looking for work

Hey my friend just got out of the Navy and is looking for a job in the restaurant/bar/pet industry. She has 10 years experience as a waitress and can handle two large pitbulls. Does anyone need good help from an armed forces veteran?

  • HI Christopher,
    Can you have her contact me? I need pet care for two dogs. She can email at vishnel@gmail.com
    Thanks!

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

New Bryn Mawr And D’Elia Playground Parks Announced

You could blink and never know Bryn Mawr Park was even there. But Alderman Harry Osterman is hoping more people will discover this secluded gem once the new playground park is completed. Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks In the green space located between Bryn Mawr and Hollywood just to the West of […]

  • Didn't former Alderman Mary Ann Smith once try to close the original playground because it was so close to LSD? I seem to remember that she was concerned about the exhaust fumes hurting the kids, but that was a long time ago. That site was also proposed as the Hollywoof Dog Park back in 2005 (?) because so few kids used the playground (but that didn't happen either).

1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Being in a Gang is not illegal.

I was informed by the Alderman's office the other day that being in a violent street gang is not illegal. This would be one of the reasons it has gotten so bad. The police may know who these guys are, know where they live and hang out, but have their hands tied until something like a shooting actually happens. Unfortunately, by then it is too late. Apparently, being in a violent street gang is protected under the constitution's first amendment...

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I was informed by the Alderman's office the other day that being in a violent street gang is not illegal. This would be one of the reasons it has gotten so bad. The police may know who these guys are, know where they live and hang out, but have their hands tied until something like a shooting actually happens. Unfortunately, by then it is too late. Apparently, being in a violent street gang is protected under the constitution's first amendment - Freedom of Assembly. I'm sure when that was written, this is exactly what they had in mind - protecting thugs who plot to commit crimes and violent acts destabilizing the neighborhood. Does this amendment also protect terrorist cells? Because that's another group that is just getting a bad rap in this country. Maybe we should make it harder for the police to arrest them too.

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    It's also not illegal to have friends although sometimes I wish it was.

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Who will be our next mayor?

The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last...

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The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last year to a current low of 35 percent.

Rahm's approval ratings are sinking fast. Preckwinkle is out of the race. Karen Lewis' ratings have improved, and so has Fioretti's. Who would be the best choice for our next mayor?
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rahm-emanuel-job-approval-ratings-chicago-tribune-poll-271262221.html#ixzz3AYhN7YZa
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  • Looks like Helly Belly was spanked by the EB censors again. She'll be gone soon. And who is Iggy boy? Inquiring minds will soon know.

  • And it looked to me like the alderboy got smacked for being a liar. Who votes for a liar? Rham's buddies?

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

National Guard

When are we going to bring in the National Guard to fight the gangs? I think it's clearly time. What do you think?

  • Jessi J NOH, my other car is a lotus blossom.

    I wonder how many people look at the numbers critically and actually understand that our crime rate is so high because of our population. Places like Indianapolis and Lexington are MORE violent based on crimes per hundred people. Bringing in the National Guard would be just reinforcing the idea to...

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    I wonder how many people look at the numbers critically and actually understand that our crime rate is so high because of our population. Places like Indianapolis and Lexington are MORE violent based on crimes per hundred people. Bringing in the National Guard would be just reinforcing the idea to the rest of the U.S. that Chicago lives in criminal mayhem. Helen is not absurd in bringing up Kent State. Do you actually think there wouldn't be people shooting back from National Guard tanks? They are just going to show up and peacefully arrest people and everything is going to be peaches and cream. It would be a catastrophe and far more violent than it is now. Why am I even hypothesizing?

  • Jessi J NOH, my other car is a lotus blossom.

    Larry, not the worst idea, except I was also reminded too that human trafficking is also a money making scheme for many gangs.

17 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Calling all Rogers Park Artists and Designers: Design our new Bike Rack Logo

Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's...

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Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's Office of Budget and Management, which has final discretion over the funding of City infrastructure projects, did not approve the project, as it had serious concerns about the cost of the racks as well as insurance and oversight issues.

Instead, the City's Budget Office approved my request to use the money allocated for the artistic bike racks to install nearly 100 of the traditional City bike racks throughout our neighborhood. The City's Budget Office also agreed to my request to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks that will be located at several community gateways and high traffic spots.

I'm looking for Rogers Park artists and designers to come up with ideas for the logo design.

Several Chicago neighborhoods use custom logos on their bike racks to build community identity, improve the look of commercial streets, and add a little local creativity to an otherwise purely functional object on the public way. For some examples of bike racks from the Uptown, Wicker Park/Bucktown and Lakeview neighborhoods, see the photos posted below.

The competition is open to any Rogers Park artists or designer. You must either live in Rogers Park or have a studio in Rogers Park (defined as the area bound by the Evanston border on the north, Devon Avenue on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and Western Avenue on the West)

For full details, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154516_322.htm#PB

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Perhaps the designs in line to be chosen should be run by some cyclists who will actually use the racks to make sure the concerns David raised are not an issue.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Bob Fuller on my staff who is coordinating this competition is an avid cyclist. We'll also ask organizations, such as the Active Transportation Alliance, to review the final designs for functionality.

45 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Dog in Distress

A friend of mine who was watching my pets for a long weekend witnessed a very thin guy beating his pit bull in the parking lot next to the former Morseland around 10:30pm Thursday night. She could hear him referring to the dog as "Aden." The dog was so terrified that he was slithering on his belly and my friend was feeling too vulnerable to confront him. I'm pretty sure that I've read about this guy on EveryBlock. A call...

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A friend of mine who was watching my pets for a long weekend witnessed a very thin guy beating his pit bull in the parking lot next to the former Morseland around 10:30pm Thursday night. She could hear him referring to the dog as "Aden." The dog was so terrified that he was slithering on his belly and my friend was feeling too vulnerable to confront him. I'm pretty sure that I've read about this guy on EveryBlock. A call to the Anti-Cruelty society revealed that they would send an investigator out if anyone can furnish the guy's address, nature of the abuse, and their (the complainant's) name and phone number. This would be a more effective way to go than the police or animal control. Does anyone know where this guy lives? I'm willing to call if anyone is uncomfortable about using his or her name. In the meantime, here's the link to the Anti-Cruelty Society: abuse@anticruelty.org. Thanks

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Call 911. I once saw a guy in a wheel chair punch his dog with his fist. Flagged down a cop who went after him. :-(

  • Bellaisteps Native north sider

    If anyone spots this person, perhaps you can use a smart phone to record the incident. and then report it to Anti-Cruelty & CPD.

6 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

7 hours ago

8 hours ago

Need AC and antique frame repaired

I have two household in need of repair. One is a built-in air conditioner that suddenly zonked out. The other is an antique, wood frame that has a crack in it. I'd like to find a skilled craftsperson to glue the crack, and someone to look at the air conditioner. If the AC needs to be replaced, I can accept that. It would be great if it could be got working again. The frame can't be replaced. If it's not a neighborhood business or entrepreneur, that's OK.

9 hours ago

Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22

As part of the Jackhammer Complex's LGBT Concert Series, openly gay singer Matt Gold will perform at the nightspot, 6406 N. Clark St., at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.

13 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Thank you SO much for the alert of animal abuse

Dear friend: This is a really valuable post. Here is a suggestion: as hard as it may be
to watch, try keeping out of sight and follow this horrible person home. Get an address.
Then, you can have better leverage when you put in your complaint. There are plenty
of animal advocates out there that will be happy to rescue this dog - Pit Bulls take a
really bad rap, most of the time. I wonder why?
Signed:
Emily
Rescue Director
Madison, WI

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    Our pits can be pretty roudy but they only like to take out squirrels pretty much. We make sure they do not get too close to children and other dogs since we train them to be guard dogs for Military vets. You may see us running around the beach and parks and it is hard work but it pays off. My sisters boyfriend trains police dogs so we know what we are doing. Its hard work with low pay, but very worth it when success is achieved!!

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    Dear Chris: I LOVE Pits and Rotties and other so-called bully breeds! Have owned a purebred Rottie and now a beautiful sable German Shepherd female. I am never afraid to go for walks after dark here in Rogers Park with her at my side!
    What wonderful work you do, as...

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    Dear Chris: I LOVE Pits and Rotties and other so-called bully breeds! Have owned a purebred Rottie and now a beautiful sable German Shepherd female. I am never afraid to go for walks after dark here in Rogers Park with her at my side!
    What wonderful work you do, as you understand the awesome responsibility that comes with Pit bull ownership. Guard dogs for military vets! Thank you for doing this. Remind me to send you some pictorials of military dogs in action - I can send them to your e-mail addy if you like.
    Keep up the wonderful work, and I hope to God we catch that pitty abuser. Boo, hiss.
    Emily

15 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Found - Gray Cat - Ashland/Juneway/Jonquil

I found a gray kitty Monday evening in our building courtyard meowing away.
Please forward a picture if you are missing your baby.
Kitty is safe inside my home and have an appt with a vet Thursday to verify microchip status.

  • Saw signs about a mile away for a missing grey kitty. Will find number and post so you can get in touch.

11 hours ago

A heartwarming sight at weekend art fest

Just wanted to share a sight that still warms my heart some days later. At the art fest, there was this incredible woman who had purchased a "doggy stroller," not unlike a baby carriage, for her elderly black lab - very grizzled with the kindest, most expressive eyes I've ever seen. This 13-year-old dog, unable to navigate on his own, was able to greet people, inhale an exciting potpourri of smells, lounging in the comfort of his special carriage. Everybody with an aging dog should check these out!
Emily, an avid dog lover

6 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Rosemont and Clark around 6pm

Anyone know what happened yesterday? Our street was blocked off by emergency vehicles. I had the toddler, so wanted to steer clear, but am curious what happened.

  • There was an altercation between a man who lives on the block and another individual over a dog. They were not in agreement as to who owned the pet, and the argument turned violent. The dog was taken by police to be examined and likely put up for adoption. Unfortunate story, but probably better for the dog to find another home. Also, I feel better knowing it was a personal issue and not a random crime or act of violence.

  • Afur mom and wife

    Thanks! How did you find that out??

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Where can you get a healthy breakfast in Rogers Park?

Chime in - when you want to go out and eat a healthy breakfast in Rogers Park, where do you go?

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Dunkin Donuts egg white flatbread breakfasts are made with all natural food and are very good.

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Between friends we know what 'natural' means. Over the years, business interests have watered down this standard to mean basically nothing of value when applied to food and food business. 'USDA Organic' is another standard that still means something, but attacks on this too have occurred. In about 5 year...

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    Between friends we know what 'natural' means. Over the years, business interests have watered down this standard to mean basically nothing of value when applied to food and food business. 'USDA Organic' is another standard that still means something, but attacks on this too have occurred. In about 5 year imo, just about when critical mass and organic meet, 'organic' will be industry-compromised to mean about what 'natural' means today. I blame President O'bama for his appointment especially to the FDA, a former Monsanto exec.

    Meanwhile, USDA Organic rules. A better choice is to know your farmer and directly support your farmer(s). Even if they can't afford or choose to not get certified in the organic std. This is where the 'best', 'good-est' and 'healthiest' food comes from.

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Moving

Well for about the last year I've been considering a move back to RP after being gone for many years...I see thru here that East of Ashland has just gotten worse and Jonquil Terr has maintained the same reputation it always has back then ..BAD. Really a shame because at the sametime there seems to be other good things that go on ,neighborhood events that didn;t happen when I lived there....good things.

  • d3 ...I live in the Sagamore Ma area

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Dee, I'm back and forward with my decision.

    Experiencing this City's complexities leaves me confused.

    On one hand, I love this city. I'm having the best time, thus far, of my life. Traveling, enjoying the people, career opportunities, cultural experiences, quality leisure life...etc etc

    And on the other hand, I hate what occurs here as it relates to gang violence and the segregation.

    It's like painful pleasure.

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Back to School Event

There was more going on in RP on Saturday than the Arts Festival. This annual Back-to-School event was held at the RP police station:

http://abc7chicago.com/education/safe-chicago-coalition-provides-school-supplies-in-rogers-park/265722/

On the news tonight, I spotted the Beat Facilitator for 2431 helping out but the video is not on the website. Thanks, John, and the other volunteers!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    John: " And I am cuter too......" `:-)

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Pension Pat was our Captain America and Super Man all wrapped up in one.

15 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

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

4 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Recommendations for playgroup-part-time preschool?

Looking for a playgroup/preschool setting to send my toddler one day a week. Any recommendations?

  • There is a great Mary Cranes Center at Morse and Ashland. It is tucked back to the right of the church steps, you can see the entrance to the playground.

  • Melissa, thanks so much -appreciate it! Mine is too young now but great option for later!

20 hours ago

People who felt like they were a part of their community had lower risk of heart attack

Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)

The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women.

The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into difficulty, and if they trusted most...

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Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)

The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women.

The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into difficulty, and if they trusted most of their neighbors. Collectively, this is known as neighborhood social cohesion.

During the four years of follow-up, 148 (66 women and 82 men) had a heart attack. People who had reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion were less likely to suffer a heart attack, the study found.

Specifically, a single unit increase in neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a 17 percent reduced risk of heart attack, according to the findings published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The reduced heart attack risk associated with higher levels of perceived neighborhood social cohesion remained even after the researchers took other factors into account.

The results support other studies that found a connection between living in good neighborhoods and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. However, while the study found an association between the two, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

"Perceived neighborhood social cohesion could be a type of social support that is available in the neighborhood social environment outside the realm of family and friends," Eric Kim, from the department of psychology at the University of Michigan

The findings suggest that tight-knit neighborhoods may help encourage so-called cohesive behaviors and help prevent antisocial behaviors, the authors said in a journal news release.

SOURCE: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, news release, Aug. 18, 2014

21 hours ago

WEEKLY UPDATE FROM YOUR ALDERMAN- AUGUST 15, 2014

Chicago Police Dept (6464 N. Clark)

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...for the final 48th Ward film fest movie “Despicable Me” this Tuesday at Peirce School (1423 W. Bryn Mawr) starting at 8:00pm. On Tuesday, I will also host our inaugural Edgewater Theatres Bike...

I am pleased to announce the complete renovation of the “Bryn Mawr” park located at Bryn Mawr and Sheridan Road. With financial support from the State of Illinois (Representative Kelly Cassidy) and the Chicago Park...

The developers of 5210-40 N. Broadway (previously the Piser Funeral Home) have confirmed their first two tenants for the new one...

...child  Click here to purchase or call 773.506.4016. Check-In Location: Bridgeview Bank, 1058 W. Bryn Mawr. We hope to see you there...

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach (5333 N. Sheridan Rd.)

The renovations to D’Elia Park (6340 N. Lakewood) are part of the Chicago Park District’s ongoing remodeling and upgrade program, and will have new equipment for children. Check out the planned improvements in the image to the right.

8:00-10pm:  Wear Your Summer Whites: Bring Your Own Picnic (Buttercup Park- 4901 N. Sheridan)

8:30-10pm:  CPD: Solofest (Berger Park – 6205 N. Sheridan)

5:00pm-8:00pm: CAPS Night Out (Swift School, 5900 N. Winthrop)

Sessions are held at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 1 block S. of the Argyle el-stop, just west of Broadway. To volunteer, call or email Beth, 773-561-4759, inspiredyouth2@yahoo.com,www.inspiredyouthchicago.org.     

The ride will begin at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, where we’ll lock our bikes in the parking lot while we visit the Jackalope...

This evening’s ride begins at Steep Theatre, 1105 W. Berwyn, where bikes can be parked while we go inside.  Then we’ll walk over to...

South-East Asia Center (5120 N. Broadway)

1324 W. Hood Ave.

Edgewater Workbench, 1130 W. Thorndale Ave.

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark

48th Ward Argyle Satellite Office (1008 W. Argyle)

Ebenezer Church (1650 W. Foster)

How to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment  August 28th, 2014 at 6:00pm Edgewater Library (6000 N. Broadway) Please bring a copy of your 2nd installment property tax bill or make sure to have your property index number (PIN) available! Click here for the flyer.

48th Ward Office (5533 N Broadway)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Company: Rabid Bat Theatricals) Dates: 8/18, 8/19, 8/25, 8/26, 9/1, 9/2, 9/8, 9/9 all at 7pm Venue: Moody’s Pub Courtyard (5910 N Broadway)Click here for more information

...4:00pm | Special Wednesday performance: 9/10 at 7:30 | Closing: September 13 Rivendell Theatre (5779 N. Clark) Tickets: $15 for previews | $25 for Thursdays and the one Wednesday performance | $30 for Fridays...

Join Green Scene Chicago for free family entertainment throughout the summer. All events take place at the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden (4919 N. Winthrop).  for a list of events

Unity Community Center at Unity Lutheran Church (1212 West Balmoral)

In leadup to the 2nd Annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair (Sept. 27-28, on Granville at Broadway), we will be spotlighting the artists and attractions that you will enjoy at the event!

21 hours ago

WEEKLY UPDATE FROM YOUR ALDERMAN- AUGUST 8, 2014

Solar Chicago Workshop  Tuesday, August 12 at 7pm St. Gertrude’s Ministry Center (6214 N. Glenwood) EESP & the 48th Ward are co-sponsoring a workshop on Solar Chicago, the City program that can help reduce the cost of residential solar panel electric systems. Come to the workshop to learn more!

Chicago Police Dept (6464 N. Clark)

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8:30-11pm:  CPD: Cabaret on the Lake (Berger Park – 6205 N. Sheridan)

3:00pm-5:00pm: Culture Jam Saturdays at Buttercup Park (Buttercup Park- 4901 N. Sheridan)

5:00pm-8:00pm: CAPS Night Out (Swift School, 5900 N. Winthrop)

...workshop will take place on August 28th, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Edgewater Library (6000 N Broadway). Please bring a copy of your 2nd installment property tax bill or make sure to...

HHC is currently hiring for several positions at its new site at 1300 W. Devon, scheduled to open in early September 2014. The newest of HHC’s four community health...

...child. Click here to purchase or call 773.506.4016. Check-In Location: Bridgeview Bank, 1058 W. Bryn Mawr. We hope to see you there! Click here for the flyer...

...Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting of Kwai Fah Acupuncture Clinic, located at 1208 W. Granville. Kwai Fah will host a Grand Opening Happy Hour today Friday, August 8, 4-7pm...

On Wednesday, I hosted a public safety meeting on the 1400 block of Elmdale in response to the shooting that occurred last Friday. I met with over 60 neighbors...

Ascensions’ Sunday programs began August 3rd and are free to the public. You can click here to register or be at Ascension at 2:30pm (1212 W Balmoral) to register before the program begins at 3:00pm. Click here for the program schedule.

The ride will begin at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, where we’ll lock our bikes in the parking lot while we visit the Jackalope...

This evening’s ride begins at Steep Theatre, 1105 W. Berwyn, where bikes can be parked while we go inside.  Then we’ll walk over to...

Party with a Purpose Fundraiser and Benefit   Tuesday, August 12th from 6:30pm-8:30pm Mary’s Attic (5400 N. Clark)Tickets ($50 for one/$90 for two)- ticket includes one drink, appetizers, silent auction, live readings and hip hop Shakespeare

48th Ward Argyle Satellite Office (1008 W. Argyle)

Ebenezer Church (1650 W. Foster)

48th Ward Office (5533 N Broadway)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Company: Rabid Bat Theatricals) Dates: 8/11, 8/12, 8/18, 8/19, 8/25, 8/26, 9/1, 9/2, 9/8, 9/9 all at 7pm Venue: Moody’s Pub Courtyard (5910 N Broadway)Click here for more information

...4:00pm | Special Wednesday performance: 9/10 at 7:30 | Closing: September 13 Rivendell Theatre (5779 N. Clark) Tickets: $15 for previews | $25 for Thursdays and the one Wednesday performance | $30 for Fridays...

Join Green Scene Chicago for free family entertainment throughout the summer. All events take place at the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden (4919 N. Winthrop).  for a list of events

23 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Greenview and North Shore arrest

Plain clothes officers arrested someone in the alley behind the courtyard apartment near the corner. It all happened in the alley. How do residents find out what happened? Is there a police report website?

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    You find out by attending a CAPS meeting, or at least contacting your CAPS facilitator

  • Here's some info for contacting CAPS to give or get info:

    http://caps24.org/

    24th District Court Advocacy meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.

    Call the District Community Relations Office 312.744.6321.

47 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Sign removal

I was sorry to hear the Alderman bowed to the complaints of what was described as a "few neighbors" who wanted the historic Old Style beer sign replaced at Cuneen's on Devon. This is a commercial strip-what is the problem with an old beer sign that has some history to it? Years from now we will be sorry for these "improvements." I like driving around and seeing places that look like they did 30 or more years ago. Maybe in this case the Ward could have asked the entire neighborhood how they felt. If everyone wants such gentrification everywhere, I will shut up and live with my memories.

  • Of all the BS going on in Rogers Park, the sign at Cuneen's is a priority? I overheard at the Newgard yardsale that Joe Moore was asked why the no bicycling on the sidewalk law isn't enforced by a gentleman of a certain age (probably not so spry when it comes to dodging them). Moore's response was that they had bigger fish to fry. This stupidity is one of those fish?

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    Too bad about the sign. I have seen others around the neighborhood. I like them, & don't even like beer!

46 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Farwell and Ashland

I did my own drive-by through this intersection this morning.

Here is what I saw:
Young woman running with headphones in full jogging attire.
Old lady with an iPhone not paying attention to he surroundings.
Man walking two dogs.
Other woman walking her dog.
Mother at bus stop with stroller and baby.
Several young people in business casual on their way to work.
A nice neighborhood with nice-looking people.

What I didn't see:
Anything bad.

Thought this was just as...

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I did my own drive-by through this intersection this morning.

Here is what I saw:
Young woman running with headphones in full jogging attire.
Old lady with an iPhone not paying attention to he surroundings.
Man walking two dogs.
Other woman walking her dog.
Mother at bus stop with stroller and baby.
Several young people in business casual on their way to work.
A nice neighborhood with nice-looking people.

What I didn't see:
Anything bad.

Thought this was just as much news as some of the other stuff going on here. Most people on here asking about the hood seem genuine. The responders, I am not so sure. I think there are some people posting on this site just to make the neighborhood sound worse than it really is. I cannot figure out why that is.

  • On a positive note. Spent a couple of hours on morse, doing laundry, going to the market, etc.. I saw friendly cops on every corner, apparently just making their pressence known. I felt quite safe.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    I agree Rob - reading many of the responders on EB and I wonder what they are talking about and what neighborhood they are talking about since their negativity doesn't mesh with my reality of the neighborhood. And again not perfect but not the hellhole many people are trying to make RP out to be. Then again, don't know the personalities other than their consistent negative, hysterical posts but have a feeling these consistent "sky is falling" posters would not be happy in Eden.....

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Please advise re: buying condo at Farwell and Greenview

Hello--I just put a bid on a condo at Farwell and Greenview--and it was accepted. I'm supposed to hand over my earnest money tomorrow. It's a lovely condo--but I'm getting really freaked out after reading here about all of the gunfire on Farwell & Ashland and Farwell and Greenview. I currently rent in Lincoln Square, where I feel completely safe (even at 3 pm, walking alone--have lived here for 11 years), but I can't afford to buy in LS--and I'm attracted to lots about RP: the beach, the farmer's marketing, cafes, (mostly) friendly people. But is it suicidal for me to buy in this area of RP? Please advise. Thank you!

  • Lauren, I would say that particular corner is fine to rent in, and isn't particularly dangerous, but you should not buy a property there. Property values will be suffering for a long time because of the shootings that have been going on. There are a few bad buildings on that...

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    Lauren, I would say that particular corner is fine to rent in, and isn't particularly dangerous, but you should not buy a property there. Property values will be suffering for a long time because of the shootings that have been going on. There are a few bad buildings on that corner run by slummy landlords that have no concern for the property values of others.

    Unless you're getting some kind of insane deal on the place (like $50k), do your future self a favor and don't do it. You'll just be throwing your money away and will be stuck living there in the future when you get tired of the crime.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I have a friend who owns right there and she doesn't feel unsafe, and neither do I. She, I and others have concerns over the overall increase in violence this summer. It feels like a bigger issue than just this one corner. If you're in it for the long haul,...

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    I have a friend who owns right there and she doesn't feel unsafe, and neither do I. She, I and others have concerns over the overall increase in violence this summer. It feels like a bigger issue than just this one corner. If you're in it for the long haul, you'll probably come out ahead. This area will probably be getting better over the coming years, is my guess. But you have to weigh that with, do you feel comfortable enough dealing with the area in the near term. No clear answers, just things you have to consider and decide on your own.

22 hours ago

Devon and Glenwood

What is going on right now? Does anyone know? Police and fire trucks. Thanks!

43 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Noted Police Presence Around Rogers Park and School

I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out...

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I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out and definitely had probable cause to pull him over. My feeling is that they are looking for something bigger. I'm just not sure what it is. I have seen a lot of youngsters in packs on bikes riding around the park too. Does anybody know if something has happened? Also, make a full stop at the signs or you'll be pulled over.

  • Oh, okay! Your post seemed like there was some hidden reason for the increase in patrol.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    The park has had several arrests for drug sales over the last 20 years, including heroin.

5 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

RCN vs. Uverse vs. Comcast- Bundles

We're just about ready to move in to our new apt, (Thorndale & Winthrop) and we are faced with the age old question- which internet/cable/phone bundle to choose.

It looks like RCN, Uverse, and Comcast are all available. Verizon FIOS is not available (not sure that they are even in Chicago)

We are heavy internet users, and rely on it for business (my wife works at home)

All of them have pretty crappy Yelp recommendations. Any neighborhood people want to weigh in?

My grandmother might have said "It's a choice between stinking fish and rotting meat."

  • Moominsean Takes funny pictures with pretty cameras.

    When I first moved near Lincoln Square, my Comcast would cut out multiple times a day, but they fixed it within a month. Seems like it had something to do with the neighbors across the alley because I would see them working on the cables over there every week. I...

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    When I first moved near Lincoln Square, my Comcast would cut out multiple times a day, but they fixed it within a month. Seems like it had something to do with the neighbors across the alley because I would see them working on the cables over there every week. I only use them for internet, and i read lots of horrible things about the company, but I personally haven't had many issues. ATT is supposedly much slower, and when I first move to Chicago I couldn't find any good words about RCN.

  • I think your moving into my building :). I've been on RCN for 3 years now and have only had minor issues. The internet has been mostly stable even during the day. I would say I've had about 4 major outages. From a price point of view they are a...

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    I think your moving into my building :). I've been on RCN for 3 years now and have only had minor issues. The internet has been mostly stable even during the day. I would say I've had about 4 major outages. From a price point of view they are a lot cheaper then Comcast after a year and are a bit cheaper then u-verse.

    As for Verizon fios it's only on the east coast where Verizon was the telco who owned the lines.

    In areas where AT&T is the local telco you get stuck with ADSL2+ or VDSL (aka U-verse) and that maxes out at either 24 or 48Mbps (if your lucky). If you plan to record a lot of tv (on a dvr) or watch a lot of shows at the same time U-Verse has some limits on that (4 shows).

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Really. How's RP?

So, the rent on my apartment in Edgewater was raised significantly this year. I need to cut costs and would like to hear from people who live in RP. What's your take? Do you feel safe? Are there areas to avoid? Any insider tips? What about restaurants, coffee houses, culture? What do you recommend? I'd love to hear from you to help make a better decision. I'm finding RP doesn't have the best reputation but I want the real scoop.

  • CPinRP A Rogers Park neighbor since 2006

    I've lived here for a number of years and feel that there is a great community of people who far outweigh the threats of gangs. It is important to realize that violent crime is actually down from years past (check out the bottom of this link to see trends: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chi.../community/rogers-park...

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    I've lived here for a number of years and feel that there is a great community of people who far outweigh the threats of gangs. It is important to realize that violent crime is actually down from years past (check out the bottom of this link to see trends: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chi.../community/rogers-park - July of 2006 had 74 violent crimes and this past july had 36. Rogers Park ranks 36th (tied) among Chicago's 77 community areas for violent crime reports in the last 30 days.) There is far more intrinsic good in RP (the lake, the larger condos for less $$) than bad.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I've been here a year and a half and I like it just fine. Love being near the lake and I really loved having to walk only a block to enjoy the Art Fest.
    I don't walk around alone in the middle of the night, but I also didn't do that when I lived in the country in Wisconsin.

25 hours ago

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