19 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

Question for people who would be hurt by plastic bag ban

I'm a student at Northwestern University and I'm writing an article about the plastic bag ban proposal in Chicago. I would really like to talk to some people who might be against the ban for various reasons, especially retailers or people who own stores that might be hurt by this ban. Please let me know if this applies to any of you; you can email me at nicolekreizel2015@u.northwestern.edu. Thank you so much!

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Dave - I know that you are being sarcastic, but I agree with your suggestions.

    Leta - We have bags to spare; contact me offlist and I will be happy to pass a few on to you. I work in Edgewater and live in West Rogers Park

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    And it's also time to ban paper towels and napkins! Total wastes of money and resources.

2 days ago

Updated 7 min ago

Shout out your Block (Rogers Park)

I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

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I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

- Lastly, tell me what could be improved. I'm not asking you to trash it--just be honest.

This will help me immensely, as I'm seeing that blogs that discuss Chicago real estate only like to talk about places like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Loop...ect..ect.

If you have a lead or own a building, feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks,
Mike

  • Ditto what @Helen said. Loyola Park is a nice walk along the lake, and the Artists of the Wall is very cool. It's a 600 foot concrete bench that gets murals painted on it each year by local residents. Then the next year it gets painted white, and a new...

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    Ditto what @Helen said. Loyola Park is a nice walk along the lake, and the Artists of the Wall is very cool. It's a 600 foot concrete bench that gets murals painted on it each year by local residents. Then the next year it gets painted white, and a new set of murals go up! There is a big festival around the activity every June.
    https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsoftheWall

    There is also a farmers market (if your into that stuff) right by Morse & Glenwood all summer long (http://www.glenwoodave.org/glenwood-sunday-market), and There is a Glenwood Arts District festival every summer as well with art and live music in the street (http://www.glenwoodave.org)

    While you are here, remember that food is one of the greatest assets of RP. Be sure to look at this thread if you haven't (http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/apr18-best-eating-rp-newtorp-6095681/), talking about the best places to eat in the neighborhood:

    I hope that RP wins your residency over the other neighborhood you're looking at, you would be a great addition to the community! :)

  • d3 NOH

    I didn't answer your question but... barely out of your search area... right around from Helen. 14-1500 juneway. It's a block of a lot of SFHs, allegedly the whole area was once like that, Howard included, and some were moved from Howard when commercial buildings were put up. very long...

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    I didn't answer your question but... barely out of your search area... right around from Helen. 14-1500 juneway. It's a block of a lot of SFHs, allegedly the whole area was once like that, Howard included, and some were moved from Howard when commercial buildings were put up. very long and wide lots--bigger lots than many in the burbs have. kind of unusual/hidden gem I think because of that. Quiet. partially obstructed lake views on the north. friendly neighbors. very diverse in people, wild life, and neighborhood characters.

    Nice map--I'd consider anything along sheridan anything north, east lake is a hidden gem itself too.

23 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

Anyone have an extra ironing board, toaster, or mandoline?

The "wanted" section of Freecycle doesn't get a lot of views, so I figured I'd post here.

I'm looking for a full size ironing board, cover, and/or pad.

For the toaster, it can have two or more slots for bread/bagels/etc.

The mandoline I'm looking for is the kind that you use to chop veggies, not play music with. :-)

Thanks!

  • Was gonna offer up a toaster, but looks like your all covered. ;-)

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    Wow, thanks for all the responses!

    Some other items I could use if anyone has an extra one:
    - a pedometer, to help with weight loss
    - a working flatbed scanner
    - size 9 waterproof boots

    I regularly donate/post online items I don't need. Right now I have:
    - Women's...

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    Wow, thanks for all the responses!

    Some other items I could use if anyone has an extra one:
    - a pedometer, to help with weight loss
    - a working flatbed scanner
    - size 9 waterproof boots

    I regularly donate/post online items I don't need. Right now I have:
    - Women's size 22-24W button down office-appropriate shirts. I've lost weight since then, so I no longer need them. I live in Edgewater.

    I watch the Craigslist free section and Freecycle like a hawk, and none of the items I could use have been posted in areas I can get to.

    Thanks!

24 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

New lights on Juneway are in

There was a crowd amazed at the new lighting installed when they were turned up. (thanks in part to PB voting). There were a number of concerned neighbors about placement/light itself/etc., but I think the overall consensus is they're a great improvement. The light color seems to be warm and not that obnoxious cool white LED stuff they were using for awhile.

( A few have suggested painting them black for aesthetics as has been done w/ the same lights in other parts of the city and to match the lights at sheridan, there are pros and cons to this, thoughts? )

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be...

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    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be fine.

    The new light on Juneway first alley E of Ashland SB, is in the path of the garbage trucks when they make the turn on/off Juneway. Is there any possibility of getting one of those large stones in the parkway?

    Thanks to whoever is responsible for the lights. They're great!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    There is no reason to paint the new light poles black. If the neighbors on Juneway had voted or even paid any attention to last's year's Participatory Budget vote, they would have known the new lights were going to be installed. The city does not install large stones in the parkway, Chester. They did either bury or remove the one we had there, though, during some previous project. I don't recall where we got it.

  • d3 NOH

    Large boulders, Buy the yard. 10 cents / # I think. but it was likely removed during the people's project, someone should ask them to replace it before they run out of money on the project. I think the placement of that no parking sign on the newly moved pole is questionable too. even aside of the fact that it's just loosely strung now.

45 hours ago

Updated 28 min ago

Jesus Tagger/Pamphleter Back

I got another pamphlet on my car from this guy. He's back.

Anyone see any recent scribblings or get pamphlets on their car again?

  • Andrew Mann Vanquisher

    What's his name?

  • I'll PM it to you Andrew. But not sure anything more than "Brandon A" on a public website is kosher. But if anyone wants to call Agape, they know who he is by first name. It's a very small church.

Apr 12

Updated 46 min ago

Walking does a body good!

Morning RParkers,

Since moving to Chicago in August I gained about 20 pounds :-( I was on the verge of losing my last 10 pounds to reach my healthy BMI, which sucked!

So I promised myself to kick butt! I went on a health kick, cleaned up my diet and ditched the zip car and CTA replaced it with walking roughly 6-8 miles a day.

My coworkers think I'm nuts lmao. I canceled my gym membership and happy to report...

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Morning RParkers,

Since moving to Chicago in August I gained about 20 pounds :-( I was on the verge of losing my last 10 pounds to reach my healthy BMI, which sucked!

So I promised myself to kick butt! I went on a health kick, cleaned up my diet and ditched the zip car and CTA replaced it with walking roughly 6-8 miles a day.

My coworkers think I'm nuts lmao. I canceled my gym membership and happy to report since March 31, as of this morning, according to my doctor's scale I lost 12 pounds. My home scale says 14, but whatever.

My doctor was amazed. I told her I've been walking the fat away :-)

18 more pesky pounds....to reach my ultimate healthy BMI goal.

I'm starting a walking club....please join us next Saturday. Healthy Living!! :-)

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    Oh nice Derrick. John and Derrick, et al,

    I'm planning for this Saturday at 8 am.

    I'll post a reminder on Friday evening. Hopefully I can get some people this weekend. Last weekend I was by myself. My sisters even bailed lmao!

    Maybe I can start of Meet Up? Or Facebook Group. What do you all think?

  • Yes, start a FB or Meetup, because I am interested although I don't think I can go this Saturday.

25 hours ago

Updated 54 min ago

Morning!

Good Sunny Morning Roger Parkers,

Just wanting to send some positive cheer! I hope that everyone has a wonderful day....Helen hope to meet you tomorrow, Thursday at CAPS.

Apr 15

Updated 1 hour ago

Vacuum Repair?

I'm looking for a repairman that fixes Bissell and Eureka - got a broken belt. Any recommendations?

  • Clark Devon Hardware Neighborhood hardware, rental & repair since 1924.

    Impressive recommendations from you Kirby owners. We can get belts and bags for you, but it doesn't look like we sell very many... maybe because they don't break down very often!

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Great to know about the bags and belts. Thanks. You guys and gals at CD are the best!

1 hour ago

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Feb 10

Updated 1 hour ago

eta for edgewater/ uptown mariano's

does anyone have an eta on the edgewater/ uptown mariano's on sheridan and foster... i saw last week paint cans, and tarps over things as well as the signs for each asile gone but no actual work.. also there have been multiple electrician vans in the lot but i do not see any actual work going on... what is holding this up and when will this open finally

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Thanks, Nora---but I don't generally buy wine by the bottle at supermarkets (and have more than enough on hand due to purchases at B'way Cellars wine dinners, gifts and subscription or online purchases from wineries). An on-premises wine bar is for me a place to have a glass and a nosh before shopping. I have no need to have one branch order me a bottle to pick up, whether there or elsewhere.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    My husband went and saw the same exact strawberries at Mariano's that they sell at Aldi,which I thought was interesting.

44 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Foster Dog Beach Badly Deteriorating, Unsafe

Chicago is known for being an extremely dog friendly city. Take a walk along the lake and you are bound to pass several pet owners walking their dogs along the path or heading toward one of the dog beaches. Our city has over 20 dog parks, pet dedicated businesses, a few dog-friendly beaches, and many local shops that have water bowls outside (sometimes even treats!) for our loved furry friends. Chicago dog beach visits have steadily grown over the years, and the Foster dog beach as well as the Montrose-Wilson dog beach have had quite a bit of wear and tear. With limited up-keep and continued deterioration, are these beaches becoming too unsafe for dogs and their owners?

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    I know most of the dog parks are mainly supported by local neighborhood groups that kicked in at least half the costs to initially build the parks and then they do the upkeep and maintenance. MonDog - the group that supports Montrose Beach area regularly has clean up days and some small fundraisers. They put out some nice benches and a ramp. Other than emptying trash cans it doesn't seem like the city takes any other responsibility for them.

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

    Budlong, a neighborhood "clean and green" event which includes Puptown Dog Park and more is scheduled for this Sat, 9am-1pm. More info on EVB's community calendar: http://edgevillebuzz.com/calendar/

    And Ald. Osterman's email: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=064a4eb35bd70aef6394f83eb&id=d2230b09d8&e=a38f49a117

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Lost a tortoiseshell cat?

There is a lovely tortoiseshell hanging out by our backdoor (Greenleaf and Glenwood). S/he clearly came from a home, but no collar or any other identifying markings. (We don't have a car, so I can't drive it anywhere.) Anyone lost her or want to take care of her? We can't though I wish...

  • Make sure to post her picture on the Lost Cats of Illinois Facebook page and Craigslist if you can!

  • There is (or used to be?) a vet on Clark. Could you walk her over to see if she has a chip? If not, they might have resources to help figure out where she belongs...

  • I think I saw a Lost flyer for a tortoiseshell near Albion and Glenwood. I'll double check when I get home tonight.

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Creative Solutions

Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of...

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Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of them has not made them less accessible. This would free resources and decimate the majority of the gangster economy.
What else?

For example, Chicago just banned the sale puppy mill dogs. This leaves a niche to fill. Perhaps we could find some government funding to start our own program, where shelter dogs are retrained and rehabilitated so they could be sold in conventional stores. This program has been shown to work very well in prison systems throughout the country. Convicts working with dogs… (Anyone who can’t learn to love the smiling face on Pitbull is too far gone in my book…)

What other real world solutions can we offer??

  • You know what?? We have a local gem that already exists in helping us achieve these broad goals --- education, stability, jobs, family stability etc... it's on Howard and Paulina. It's the Howard Area Community Center (http://howardarea.org) Rogers Park has so many passionate residents that love their community (I can...

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    You know what?? We have a local gem that already exists in helping us achieve these broad goals --- education, stability, jobs, family stability etc... it's on Howard and Paulina. It's the Howard Area Community Center (http://howardarea.org) Rogers Park has so many passionate residents that love their community (I can tell from all the posts on EB). Take the time to donate money or time to help our communtiy. The services are already in place ---we just need to provide the support though. Here's what the center did in 2013:

    ~~ 2,559 - Number of families who received emergency food and assistance in overcoming situational crisis in FY13.
    Heating: 607 individuals stayed warm with fuel assistance totaling $154,350.
    Housing: 34 individuals avoided homelessness with rent assistance.
    In FY2013, 200 families found full-day, affordable NAEYC-accredited early childhood care and education at HACC’s Sheila H. Berner Family Center. Our Head Start/Early Head Start program provided center-based care and education to 65 eligible children, and Early Head Start served 117 eligible children and their families with either on-site child care, or home visiting services and support.
    341 youth ages 6 – 18 found safety and stability in after school and summer programs offering leadership development opportunities and programs that promote academic excellence in arts and sciences.
    20 adult learners were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society and 16 earned GEDs. 43 students attended adult basic education (ABE)/GED classes. 142 were English as Second Language (ESL) students. 296 were Adult Computer Lab learners.
    The HACC Food Pantry was named one of Chicago’s Top 5 by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. HACC was also awarded the DIFFA AWARD for Excellence in Services to Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS.
    80 victims of domestic violence found help resolving immediate crisis situations and received ongoing support until they were safe.

  • we have some of the finest institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world, right here....with incredible not for profits doing research https://crimelab.uchicago.edu/page/about-us

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

  • "Record LOW" means there are far fewer instances than in previous years. This is not a lie to say since it is true. Police data can prove that.

    If he had said "Crime in Chicago as we know it has ended,and also pigs have reportedly been seen flying over downtown," then you can claim he is lying.

  • Andrew Mann Vanquisher

    It's not a lie, it's a scam.

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Useful e - mail address

robin.popelka@chicagopolice.org

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She is the 24 th District's officer in charge of monitoring BAD buildings.

She can share your information with your Beat officers to improve their patrol of your block.

She can also meet with owners / managers of buildings to assist them in their supervision of their property.

If necessary , she can have city inspectors visit the site.

She can also take the owner to
Housing Court.

She can be a valuable resource in your efforts to improve your block.

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Don't forget to involve your Alderman.

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Thank you for your efforts to improve
Rogers Park.

  • All:

    I have had " computer glitches ".

    They seem to be corrected ( I hope ).

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    My original posting was intended to give residents a way of reporting
    BAD BUILDINGS in an anonymous way.

    Information could be shared with CPD to possibly begin action.

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    Detectives are still...

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    All:

    I have had " computer glitches ".

    They seem to be corrected ( I hope ).

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    My original posting was intended to give residents a way of reporting
    BAD BUILDINGS in an anonymous way.

    Information could be shared with CPD to possibly begin action.

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    Detectives are still investigating the Northshore laundry room assault.

    CAPS officers contact them every week for updates.

    ......They promised to share any non sensitive information.

    CPD wants to solve this crime.

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    Alderman Moore is following this site closely.

    He also wants this case solved.

    I'm sure that his staff is going to follow-up on this building's owner.

    .....Code violations corrected & building maintained in a safe manner.

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    Craig G. :

    Thanks for the Channel 2 report.

    I hope that they continue to monitor this building.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    "Alderman Moore is following this site closely."

    It sure didn't look that way according to the investigative Channel 2 report on Monday. The look on Alderman Moore's face was priceless as he opened the unsecured door without a key.

43 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Term Limits for Mayor

Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if...

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Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if we're dissatisfied with him/her. Regular elections aren't enough, because it's extremely difficult to beat an incumbent. Just look at Mayor Daley.

Does anyone else like this idea? If so, what's needed to get this proposition on a city-wide ballot and to make it binding?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    No, to term limits. Also, no to reducing the size of the City Council.

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

    Mitchell, there is also a petition circulating to have the redistricting process in the hands of an independent committee: http://independentmaps.org/amendment/ If the petition gets enough signatures, it will be on the Nov. ballot. I believe that like the other petition, tomorrow is the last day folks can mail a signed and notarized petition.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

The Political Closet

When will any of the persons who want to run for the office of Alderman come out of their closets and speak to us in public? Are their any or are they just staying in the closet? Politics should be an open process but it doesn't seem like there are any challengers at this time with better ideas than what we have which seems pretty good to me. All in all Alderman Moore is doing a great job in a tough Ward to manage. If anyone thinks that she or he could do a better job I sure would like to hear about it. If you are out there please come out of your closets.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    One could ask what the platform is of our current Alderman. In his last race, Joe told the Trib he was running on public safety.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    By law, petitions for Alderman can start being circulated on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. No earlier.

    The real fun starts after the November general elections are over.

3 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Bach House Open House

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Bach House on Sunday, April 27 before it opens to the public for paid tours. See details in the "photo."

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Dory, the flyer doesn't state address restrictions for admission

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mac, the notice is specifically addressed to Rogers Park and Evanston residents right at the top. but someone answered Dory's question on their Facebook page to say that anyone is welcome.

7 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Thorndale Positive Loitering - Thursday April 24th

Hello,

Thorndale positive loitering is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, beginning at the southeast corner of Thorndale and Broadway (Little Corner Restaurant). Please note beginning time change.

Walkers will walk the walk on Thorndale and Winthrop and Kenmore between Hollywood and Granville.

Days of the walk will change weekly and will be scheduled the night of each walk.

Meredith Mays Espino & Rachel Sibio-Sanchez Thorndale Positive Loitering Coordinators
Lynn Pierce, Thorndale Action Task Force Chairman, Emeritus Coordinator

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    At the last walk we had 26 people show up, we would love to have a great turnout again this time around, so please join us! Pets and Children are welcome!!!

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    Just a reminder that we are waling tomorrow at 8 pm! Come out and join us!

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Here's an easy solution to brighten up your yard and add some security.

Last year we put in a staked garden flood light on our corner because we had small groups of people hanging out on our corner. They would meet regularly and were very loud, they would sit on the cars and throw bottles and trash til all hours of the night. So, we placed a staked flood light at the base of a tree and shined it up into the tree, after trimming it up from the bottom, and so far...

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Last year we put in a staked garden flood light on our corner because we had small groups of people hanging out on our corner. They would meet regularly and were very loud, they would sit on the cars and throw bottles and trash til all hours of the night. So, we placed a staked flood light at the base of a tree and shined it up into the tree, after trimming it up from the bottom, and so far so good. They do not like the lights, they prefer dark corners, so we eliminated the darkness. We have it on a timer so it makes it even easier, and it looks very pretty too. We will be putting in another one this weekend.
Prior to doing this we would call police, but more often than not, they would be gone by the time the police arrived.
It was also a very effective way to decorate your space because during the Holidays, we replaced the clear lights with multi-colored lights.
Just an easy way to beautify your garden and keep yourself a bit safer...I recommend you try it.

  • That's half a good idea. Unfortunately, shining lights up adds to the problem of light pollution, which is the main reason why birds get disoriented (see the documentary City Dark). Flood lights work best for everyone (and the birds) when they are shined down (with a good cover at the top which doesn't allow light to shine up). Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Understanding the Violence in RP "The Shooters Prospective"

Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma...

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Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma get back to that in a sec). Anyway, I just popped a pill, washed it down with 80 proof and my two homies in the car with me just lit a blunt and passed it to me. The tactical plain-clothes officers are headed in for shift-change and we ain't too worried about the fat-a-- blue and whites working the graveyard shift. The 40 cal. on my lap got 16 hollow-tipped slugs and on my dead big brother, somebody from the hood that did it is gonna die tonight.

Haha, ya'll think I'ma drug-crazed thug right? Wrong!... Truth is, is that I'm hurting about what happen to my brother and my other friends in the hood, and scared it could happen to me. But the hood teaches you that you gotta use that hurt and fear to strike back, if not, then you ain't gone live long where I come from.

Funny though, how it seems like I was groomed for this moment all my life, the abuse at home, weed-smoking mama telling me I would never be sh-t, getting jumped on after school, teachers who saw only a dumb, bad kid and not understanding how to help, and you people reading this who cross the street when you see someone like me as though I'm garbage to be avoided, thereby confirming my thug identity... smh.

No blame game here though, cause when I pull this trigger tonight, I'm probably gonna be caught, and if I end up spending the rest of my life in prison, it's cool cause everything I've experienced in life told me I never had a chance anyway.

Sleep well tonight, tell yourself it was "him" who pulled the trigger not you.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    John,if it quacks like a duck.....

  • John Versical condo president / retail marketing educator

    Julia, that is a very intelligent response. Thank you for the conversation. I will abstain from further comment on that as to not detract from the original poster's topic.

42 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Trying to find an apartment

My lease is up June 1 and I am not having any luck finding an apartment that I like. If anyone has any leads please let me know. Ideally, I would like to find a place that has the following:

* a 1 or 2 bedroom apt.
* modern- I don't like vintage stuff
* Allows cats and dogs with no monthly pet rent. Bonus if there is no pet fee at all. :)
* Has in-unit laundry
* Has parking
* Rent range - under $1,250
* Within walking distance to the red line

I like the :Loyola so that would be my first pick.

  • Thanks for the tips, Catherine!

    When we first moved to Chicago, we did use an apartment finding service and got our place sight unseen. We definitely lucked out - the person who helped us was fantastic and found us a place we love.

    John, it'd be great to check it...

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    Thanks for the tips, Catherine!

    When we first moved to Chicago, we did use an apartment finding service and got our place sight unseen. We definitely lucked out - the person who helped us was fantastic and found us a place we love.

    John, it'd be great to check it out! Our current lease is up June 30, so we're hoping to find a place with a mid- to late June move-in so we don't have to move in a frenzy. You think that might work out, or is that too late?

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Di, you might want to check this out about the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance - Foreclosure: http://www.domu.com/blog/new-chicago-ordinance-protects-tenants-at-foreclosed-properties

12 hours ago

CAPS Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 Meeting 4/24/14 7PM

The April combined CAPS meeting for Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424 will be Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 PM at CMSA (Chicago Math and Science Academy) 7212 N Clark Street.

33 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Carl Good, I hope you don't mind...(Concerning "the empty rhetorical solution to complex problems")

I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International...

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I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International responsibility <--
Low wages? --> Corporate responsibility <--
Sexism? --> Gender Responsibility <--
Corruption? --> Voter Responsibility<--
Lack of education? --> Educational responsibility <--
If you shout the phrase long enough, does everyone magically become responsible?
Of course we want Personal Responsibility. Of course it would be great if everyone were Responsible. The question is what you're going to do to get people to be Personally Responsible, and specifically what you're going to do with all those problems for which we are all so Unpersonally Responsible and that make it so difficult for some young people to break free of a culture of violence: billions in drug money and high demand for drugs; the increasingly daunting cost of higher education; legacies of negativity handed down from one family to another; lack of access to jobs that lead to better jobs; public perceptions that certain races are more worthy than others; embattled schools forced to test rather than educate; money and power increasingly in the hands of rich people who only pretend to care about poverty and whose "solutions" so often make things worse; the greed of an increasingly consumerist society; citizens who increasingly vote on their own self-interests and systematically defund initiatives that might make a difference; easy access to guns and a national culture that glorifies guns;

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  • oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's...

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    oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's probably usually best if comments remain in their threads. If they don't attract as much attention as they could, that's the writer's own problem. In general I don't think some comments should be given more play than others. It's a little disquieting to get on Everyblock and see my name on a posting title! :) But again, I know you meant well, and take care.

  • I would like to second Taylor's statement that your statements are awesome, Carl. The End.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Please don't Misunderstand my Posts.....

First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however...

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First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however misguided it may be.

I am a very good chess player, and I've learned that the best way to defeat an opponent is first to understand the his thinking, values, and tendencies. Once you understand the player, then you can exploit his game.

Come people, the chessboard in this instance, is the streets of Rogers Park.

"Hint, hint".... Make the connection.

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Regarding gang-bangers being victims of circumstance...so what? The men who made up the Brown Shirts of the Nazi Storm Troopers were drawn from Berlin's, Bremen's, Leipzig's, etc, gutter. These men had drunks for fathers - if they were present at all. Hitler's father was abusive to the extreme. What does this level of understanding achieve? Stalin's father was an abusive alcoholic who beat his wife and Ioseb (Joseph). What does this information do? My guess is Sheriff Stuckey didn't come from a good home.

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    Trying to legitimize a killer's sentiment seems arbitrary to the victims...

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2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Mariano’s Foster/Sheridan First Look

It was a beautiful morning for a first look at the new Marianp’s Foster and Sheridan store. Edgeville Buzz was invited along with other community leaders to be the first to see what the store has planned for the neighborhood. It started with a few words from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Harry Osterman and the man of the moment, Roundy’s CEO, Bob Mariano. The highlight of the speeches came when Lyle Allen of Care For Real received a $2500 check to help support his growing food pantry. Then after a quick ribbon cutting, people were anxious to set off on a tour of the new grocery store.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Great article! That is terrible that they aren't gonna have a wine bar or hold classes-a community like this would benefit for having classes. Did they say why? Either way I am super excited and may check it out if I have time tomarrow.

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

    DK, head a few blocks north to Independent Spirits and the owner will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about wine: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/5-questions-scott-crestodina-independent-spirits-inc

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I was more concerned they won't be holding community events. We could always use more places that holds events, we are definitely community oriented.

    My brother helps lead one of the other locations, I will see if I can get him to tell Bob this.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

People's Gas Parking Restrictions

It’s appalling how People’s Gas is allowed to set open ended two week parking restrictions on nearly every part of a 3 block radius around Estes and Greenview. If this was downtown or even Lakeview they’d be forced to have much more defined timelines, better communication to the community, and a more restricted closure schedule. Are the project managers at People’s so bad that they can’t plan for one street for two days, the next street for two days, and so on?

  • If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on...

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    If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on the sign, just saw the sign and went in to move my car.

    I understand that weather does play a part in the work that is being done, however, many of the streets are with no parking signs so that the workers on the job will have a place to park. I personally have a problem with that; residents often have a difficult time finding a place to park and yet have to give up their spots for the workers whom are not even working in that area.

    It's too bad that we have to pay for the work with our People's Gas bills and on top of that we have to put up with People's Gas having absolutely no consideration for their customers. And, People's Gas has a monopoly in Chicago. They can do what ever they want and charge us more money. Too bad, we don't have a choice.

  • I wish the workers were parking on my block... at least that would feel like the signs were justified in some way. It's been empty street with no work, now and in the fall.

44 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

TheChiraqi's Perspective

Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast...

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Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast rundown of me.

My mama tried to kill me, my sister and take her own life when I was 3 y.o.... various foster-homes thereafter for 4 years until the state deemed mama "worthy" of custody again. The physically abusive step-father came next. I was a "runaway" by 12 y.o.... 26 tours in the Juvenile Detention Center up until age 16 for various crimes. After a small hiatus traveling, my adult criminal career scored me numerous arrests until 3 felony convictions awarded me 9 years in the "best" Maximum Security prisons the state has to offer, (phony cheerfulness intended).

I was paroled five years ago and haven't been back since. Most days I dress and look like the "common hoodlum", it's a roll over habit that's hard to get rid of. I don't actually speak as well as I write. I have only a G.E.D. and no college credentials.

Now at age 31, because of my background or lack thereof, I can't bring about the needed changes in the community but I've been writing in hopes of inspiring you guys to do so.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    As I said in the last topic you of all people would be a great person to start a blog about these topics. That is what I also suggested Vanessa. You can start your own violence consulting gig even,etc. Agree what everyone has said so far. Everyone and their mother start blogs about topics they are passionate about and they turn into something big whether it is on the local level or national.

  • Dee in E Rogers Park East Rogers Park over 10 Years

    You need not have any special skills educationally to reach people. You have a wonderful voice -- you need to use it. I can totally relate to being able to speak better with a pen and paper versus actually standing in front of people as in a public forum. Hopefully, these discussions will make you realize what a gift you have; you need to be blogging somewhere everyone can see. I'm sure everyone here would sign up!

23 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Latest Community Violence In Edgewater, Mayor Speaks Out

Last weekend many families celebrated Easter, the final days of Passover, or enjoyed the last few days of their spring break. But others in the city of Chicago experienced great loss because of violent episodes in several neighborhoods, including our very own Edgewater. This last weekend was a violent one, with 9 people killed and 36 wounded between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Victims ranged from an 11-year-old-girl to a 46-year-old man. Shootings varied from a social media dispute, a homicide/suicide between husband and wife police officers, and multiple gang related shootings. In Edgewater, a 46 year-old man was shot on Saturday on the 1700 Block of West Rosehill Drive around 11:30 a.m. and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Other neighborhoods that experienced violence and shootings were Park Manor, Little Village, Pilsen, Longwood Manor, Avalon Park, Hermosa, Englewood, and Gresham. Regardless of what neighborhood you live in, we should all be alarmed about this level of violence.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I thought I read someone came up to him and shot him. Then again I am getting confused there is so many.

  • JW resident since 2006

    Does anyone know if the shooting on Rosehill last Saturday was a random act of violence or a dispute between the victim and assailant?

5 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Understanding the Violence in Rogers Park

For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the...

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For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the occupants realities and you guys reality will never cross. But my reality is that they could have saw me before they saw Keno.

I am one of many who live in the economically starved portions of Rogers Park where everyone wants to get out, but just trying to survive the next day, week, month consumes all your energy. Education is the way out, everyone knows this, but finding support and having opportunity to persue it is something rarely given.

So we find ways to pacify ourselves alcohol, drugs, the newest Jordans loud music, the new dance, promiscuity. All to not think about our circumstances or lack thereof.

Yeah we look rough, tough and thugged out, but theres a lot more than what meets the eye.

There are complete retards in our neighborhoods though that have given up all hope of ever be anything other than what our society has labled them. These are the shooters and killers.

Everyday, because of these people I have watch every passing car as I walk through my neighborhood because when the killers from the rival neighborhoods come "hunting" they don't care that I'm not in a gang or that I've never held a gun in my life, they don't care about my dreams and aspirations, but because I look like everyone else I become a target? I may not be a perfect, law-abiding, mainstream society citizen, I smoke weed, I listen to loud music, and I wear Jordans, but this does NOT MEAN I SHOULD DIE!

This is my reality in Rogers Park and I need you guys to understand it.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Wasn't comfortable I mean sorry for typo.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on...

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    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on Howard St for a year in a studio and although I didn't look like a target still was to go out alone unless my 6'4 230 lb fiance was with me. It didn't phase him at all though. I got used to the neighborhood. I love the movie theater and the Starbucks plaza for people watching. They did a nice job with the Howard Station and we were taking it downtown everyday. We still use the tennis courts.

    I would not been able to get out of that studio if I didn't have my education. We saved enough to buy a condo in Edgewater that we were admiring for awhile because it was next door to the park for my kid and it had everything we wanted.

    We still hang out in RP of course.

Mar 10

Updated 24 hours ago

Home Inspection recommendation?

Has anyone found a home inspector they love, who is reasonably priced? If you had a co op inspected, that would be a bonus!

25 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Update on Police Efforts to Stem Violence in Rogers Park

The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from...

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The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from other Chicago Police Department units and is employing them in a comprehensive manner to prevent another outbreak of violence. The City of Evanston is also helping by redeploying some of its police officers to Howard Street.

Commander Waldera has been out in the field late into the night directing his forces.

These efforts are bearing fruit. The police have recovered six guns, some of them fully loaded, from, from suspected gang members. The individuals possessing those guns were arrested and charged.

Police also have arrested and charged an individual suspected in the March 25th shooting of a man at Ashland and Jarvis. They believe they know the identity of the other assailant and are currently searching for him.

Police also arrested an individual they suspect of being involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Jonquil and Ashland. Unfortunately, they currently only have enough evidence to charge the individual with the unlawful possession of an automobile.

The police and my office cannot do it alone, however. We need the involvement of all community residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For information on the time and location of the CAPS meetings and more information on the efforts of the 24th District and my office to stem the gang violence, visit;

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152105_322.htm

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Or you call though the long way (312-744-4000 for 311), and use *67 to block your number

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call...

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    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call to be anonymous. At that point the call taker hits a button on the console and your information is blocked. It is not sent to the dispatcher. One drawback with this is if the officer wants to speak with you after they get on scene they will not be able to.

    Another thing that you can do is to ask for a "silent dispatch". Use this only if you are calling for a situation concerning a drug dealing. Most of the dealers (if not all) have scanners on their phones. They hear the calls being dispatched over the radio. A silent dispatch is sent over the internet to the cars that are in the area not the radio. This way the officers will show up and the dealers will not know they are coming.

29 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

CAPS Meeting, Thursday, April 24

The CAPS Meeting for Beats 2422, 2423, and 2424 is at 7:00 PM at Chicago Math and Science Academy, (CMSA) 7212 N Clark. Meet your beat officers, give input to problems and solutions and get any updates the officers are able to give you on issues. The Commander and the alderman will be at this meeting too, I believe. Don't know your beat? Find it by looking at the map here:
http://www.caps24.org/

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    I will try to make this tomorrow. Thanks.

40 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Firetrucks at Magnolia and Bryn Mawr

I was just walking home from work when I saw four firetrucks. Two were coming east on Ridge and to were northbound on Broadway. The two lead trucks nearly hit each other at the intersection!

Then a somewhat comical scene ensued wherein each driver was trying to wave-on the other driver. They figured it out eventually and all the trucks went to the building on the SE corner of Magnolia and Bryn Mawr.

At first they piled out and some...

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I was just walking home from work when I saw four firetrucks. Two were coming east on Ridge and to were northbound on Broadway. The two lead trucks nearly hit each other at the intersection!

Then a somewhat comical scene ensued wherein each driver was trying to wave-on the other driver. They figured it out eventually and all the trucks went to the building on the SE corner of Magnolia and Bryn Mawr.

At first they piled out and some began to hook up hoses to the fire hydrant. There were about 20 guys standing on the sidewalk on Bryn Mawr. I also saw one in the alley talking to a guy who was on a top floor balcony. Then they seemed to abandon the fire hydrant and instead one truck raised its latter to the roof of the building. I moved on at that point.

Just thought I'd report what I saw. I didn't see any smoke or anything so I'm not sure what's going on.

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    Oops upside down photo. Oh well. Sorry.

  • Rob

    The photo being upside down completes the story.

  • My friend lives in that building. Something in the basement caught fire and was quickly put out. At least they managed that well Lol

5 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

When to call 911/311 to report buildings...

I'm sure this has been posted and re-posted but I want to call out the 311 to report the landlord/building as having tenants that are gang members.

Other neighborhoods on Everyblock have mentioned that they started "phone trees" to communicate information that needed to get around. Might not be a bad idea at all to note suspicious behavior etc.

When to call 911

If you see any gang criminal activity such as drug dealing, fighting, breaking into garages, etc.. please...

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I'm sure this has been posted and re-posted but I want to call out the 311 to report the landlord/building as having tenants that are gang members.

Other neighborhoods on Everyblock have mentioned that they started "phone trees" to communicate information that needed to get around. Might not be a bad idea at all to note suspicious behavior etc.

When to call 911

If you see any gang criminal activity such as drug dealing, fighting, breaking into garages, etc.. please call 911 and report the activity.
If you observe multiple gang members loitering on a street corner, in a park, etc.. Call 911 and report it.
If you observe gang members drinking in public call 911 and report it.
Remember you can remain anonymous when you call 911.

When to call 311

If there are gang members living in a building call 311 and ask to report the building to the troubled buildings department and they will issue viloations to the building owner and pressure them to evict the gang members or the landlords will receive fines and possibly lose their properties.
If you observe any gang graffiti please call 311 or go to www.cityofchicago.org and report it. They will remove it free of charge. Even if it is not on your property just call 311 and give them the address. Graffiti makes the neighborhood look bad and gangbangers like to hang in areas that look unkept.
Remember you can remain anonymous when you call 311.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    @John Warner: Do you know if any other police districts have a similar email address for reporting graffiti?

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Feihong - Checking

39 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Lost green parakeet (budgie)

The picture is attached, he is the one in the back.. the green one.. he has a thick cere on his beak.. he is very old, and he escaped 4/21/14 around 2 pm to 4 pm..
Lost on 5935 N Rockwell if found please call me on 412-478-6831
REWARD

42 hours ago

Need recommendations for Shower Door?

Can't get too many yelp recommendations and maybe that's just how it is, but does anyone have any places they'd recommend for custom glass shower doors? I suppose I can just go to a local hardware store, but I'd like to keep my options open.

44 hours ago

Interesting article

I'm unsure if this has been posted already but there is an interesting article on Yahoo about the violence that plagues our city.

http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-became-chiraq-094500160--politics.html

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