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I am the "Gang Bangers" described in the neighborhood "Rap-off."

Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social...

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Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social justice actions, sharing in poetry and music in over 30 countries.

At Koinonia House, we were to blessed to break bread together given freely, we shared stories, and built new relationships with neighbors in the community. We performed Hip Hop music and opened up the stage for folks from the neighborhood to share their stories.

Several of the narratives shared by the community were about their pain, police brutality, deescalating violence in our neighborhoods, creating long-term mentorship for our young people, examining the roots of violence, the need for jobs and community centers for youth, and etc.

I'm not judging the person who labeled us as "Gang Bangers" in a "rap-off," I assure you that in no way do I have an intent to judge you. What you said and labeled us as, however, is extremely hurtful, racist, and ignorant. I am not sure why the playing of Hip Hop music, singing to a guitar, and the performance of spoken word poetry would warrant such hatred.

I hope you can consider the negative impact this has on our young people. 3 and 4 year olds that gather in community to be in safety and watch a neighborhood performance. Lets be observant of our language and even more attentive to the love our youth needs. Peace.

Abraham Velazquez, Jr.

  • I'm sorry you experienced such ignorance in Chicago. Welcome to our wonderful city I hope the rest of your visit is better oh and you don't get shot. WTF is wrong with this place lately.

  • Jake Berglin New Resident of East Rogers Park

    Thank you for illustrating that young people (whatever collection of races) and hip-hop music doesn't always mean "gang banging."

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Shots fired

Awakened to 5 shots fired on Touhy/Wolcott several minutes ago. Any word on that?

12 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Shooting on Morse

Female hit.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Cat J., I see that no one has responded to you. One way of getting involved is to take part in Positive Loitering, which nearly always has a police escort. Look for a posting here, join the Facebook group, and/or send an email to the address shown in the posting...

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    Cat J., I see that no one has responded to you. One way of getting involved is to take part in Positive Loitering, which nearly always has a police escort. Look for a posting here, join the Facebook group, and/or send an email to the address shown in the posting for the last event here:
    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/aug18-positive-loitering-thursday-august-28th-7-00pm-morse-6327795/

    I suggest that you also attend your CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings. Find which beat you live in by looking at the map here:
    http://www.caps24.org/
    Then click on your beat number for the date and place of the next meeting.

    I hope that your friends make speedy recoveries. Thank you for letting us know their conditions.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    @Hman, from Ravenswood???? What the f***?

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Voter information alert

Seen around the neighborhood.

46 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • neleh Accountant

    suzanne isn't running for alderman, nor is she alderman now. she doesn't need to convince us she should be alderman for another term. I would like to see some answers to at least some of her questions listed here.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Oooopss neleh, aka helen backwards, of course suzanne isn't running for anything. She is loser.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Voters Beware! Incompetence or Deception is Alive and Well These Days

A certain candidate posted on his members-only Facebook campaign page the following. "Though our alderman seems to consider our election code as arbitrary, the State of Illinois does not. "Sec. 29-12. Disregard of Election Code" is a Class 4 Felony." Is disregard a Class 4 Felony? No. (10 ILCS 5/29-12/Ch. 46, par. 29-12) Did anyone consider anything arbitrary? No. Did the certain candidate intend to deceive? Possibly. Was the candidate incompetent and didn't even understand election law? Possibly. Should we elect candidates like this or should we we expect better and demand the best? I think that neither incompetence nor deceptiveness is acceptable. It's a tough call. What do you think?

9 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

FOUND DOG: 8/31 9pm - Friendly Beagle Mix

This friendly guy was wandering around Ashland and Lunt for more than 30 minutes, then crossed the street... I was able to get a leash on him and walked around the block looking for anyone who was looking for him- to no avail. I got him some water, and offered food... but he's crying for his family. As I have a dog of my own and can't give him comfortable shelter overnight, I've called 311 and am waiting for Animal Control to pick him up. Anyone know his owner??!??

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Smith..., you can't delete your post. You can try to get the moderators to remove it by sending feedback using the form at the bottom of this page.

    Thanks for reuniting the pair.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Thank you for your good work!!! No need to delete; we like hearing good endings!

42 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

  • I have no clue who the candidate is, but I'm amazed that a person thinking about running for office wouldn't know the neighborhood better.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    His name is Don Gordon and he doesn't have clue of how us common people live. He is a professor up at Northwestern University. He is an egg head and doesn't understand us common people.

7 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Alderman Moore petitioner at work

I thought I've seen it all. Guess I was wrong. Right after the shooting of two innocent people this afternoon in front of JB's Pizza, Alderman Moore had one of his signature collector's at the crime scene trying to get his petition signed.

  • Perhaps the best response for someone approached would be: "Why on earth would I want to put on a ballot, someone who does so little to prevent horrible events like this from happening over, and over, and over again?"

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    And you have a target on your chest Craig. Why would we want to be around you?

6 hours ago

Update on shootings

Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman...

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Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman was shot in the chest. Fortunately, her condition has stabilized and they expect she will survive.. I spoke with 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera this evening and he says the police have not identified any suspects or motive for the shooting and are not certain if the victims were the intended targets.

The second shooting occurred on the 7400 block of North Ridge. Two men, both 29, were shot. One man died from shotgun wounds to the abdomen and leg and the other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition has stabilized. Commander Waldera tells me police do not believe the Ridge shooting is related to the Morse shooting. Instead, they believe the Ridge Avenue shooting is the result of a dispute between Evanston gangs, which spilled over into Chicago.

I will provide you with further updates as they become available.

7 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

A lot of police, crime scene tape & news crew

Does anyone know what happened on Ridge between Fargo & Birchwood on East side of the street? Just came home and saw a lot of police activity.

  • Nancy Poptart I support rainbows and unicorns.

    Possibly a murder or an aggravated sexual assault or a robbery and battery but only Craig or Need for a Change would really know. They are into minute by minute crime stuff.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    One of the two shot on Ridge has died.

    Now we've got another homicide.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Lost ring

I was walking home down Winthrop the evening of 8/21. I fell on uneven sidewalk. I didn't think my ring came off, but after searching high and low for over a week, I decided to give up and see if anyone might have found a diamond and white gold engagement ring. I will be happy to pay a significant reward. Thanks so much!

  • ERussell Edgewater resident and dog owner

    I walk my dogs several times per day in the area. I will keep my eyes open. I hope you find it.

  • Malibu Pat Edgewater Dog person

    Thanks, I really appreciate it! !

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Police Foot Patrols Coming To Devon

Police foot patrols are the oldest form of neighborhood crime deterrence and it is scheduled to begin again soon on Devon Ave. This style of policing has been on the decline, but since gas prices have steadily increased over the years, Chicago’s finest have been slowly bringing them back along with additional bicycle patrols. It’s not all to ward […]

  • Colin Spence Student at DePaul

    I think foot patrols are a great idea. There's really nothing negative about it at all. Improve community relations and deter crime at the same time. It humanizes police officers. Instead of rolling up in their cars, you actually get to see them up close.

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    i like it!

  • ERussell Edgewater resident and dog owner

    This sounds like it could be effective. Really hoping a regular police presence will deter loitering by the wrong crowd and some of the robberies and gun crimes we've been seeing.

5 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Yesterday’s Storms Brought Havoc To Edgewater, See The Pics

Monday was officially the hottest day of the year with The National Weather Service saying that the heat index rose above 100 degrees in some areas. That heat fired up some nasty storms that engulfed the edgewater neighborhood. Around 12:30 p.m. the dark skies let loose with a large amount of rain and heavy winds. […]

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    If you had eyes in your head you'd see that most people do take care of their properties. That's what has made this area a place people want to buy/rent homes in. You seem to have a bit of yard envy. The city has the exclusive parkway tree responsibility. Just remember that landlords pass the cost of maintenance on to their tenants.

  • ERussell Edgewater resident and dog owner

    Wow. Impressive positive exchange about trees. I have "eyes in my head" and while this is a beautiful neighborhood, there is always room for improvement. My eyes can also see unnecessary rudeness online when it manifests.

    How about acting like a community and having a constructive conversation rather than going nuts about a comment about trees?

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Free moving boxes and tubs

I have about 30-40 moving boxes and two over sized long tubs that would be useful for moving long items. Please leave a comment below and we can arrange a time for you to come pick them up.

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Local opinions on indictment of Commander Glen Evans

I am sure that there is a wide diversity in opinion to the actions, if true, of Commander Gen Evans.

  • Simply Put: If you carry a badge that allows you to take away my Civil Rights you don;t get to make the same mistake twice. Maybe he had a hard day, maybe he was frustrated because of something else. Fact is he carries a Weapon and can Restrict Movement of...

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    Simply Put: If you carry a badge that allows you to take away my Civil Rights you don;t get to make the same mistake twice. Maybe he had a hard day, maybe he was frustrated because of something else. Fact is he carries a Weapon and can Restrict Movement of a Citizen. He crossed a line and I don't care what the reason is...he cannot be trusted in the position he holds. If found guilty We the taxpayer pay the Millions no him.....So if you want protect an Officer find one who deserves your protection.

  • @rogerpark...read...He hasn't been convicted of anything!! You already have him tried and convicted and now you want his job taken...wait till the facts are completely in,not what the 10 o'clock news tells you that not the facts,that's sensationalism at its best. If you claim not to believe everything you hear then stop acting like it.

10 hours ago

Trading Strawberry Plants

My June-bearing strawberry plants have overgrown my organic garden plot in Edgewater. Would anyone like to trade? I could use various garden supplies and seeds/seedlings. I also have mint plants I don't need. I believe that both strawberry and mint plants are perennials.

Thanks!

12 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Moving to Chicago

Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around...

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Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around 6 - 850 but I'm starting to think that even that may be hard. I'm fine with a one bedroom or even a studio. I would love a view of the skyline or even the lake. I want to be located in a friendly neighborhood with either other college students or even families are fine. I'm going to college online so that won't be an issue until I need to apply to graduate school, years from now. I'd prefer to be near the action but I'm fine with a train ride or a cab to get there as I don't go out all the time.

So, with that being said, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for which area to look in for apartments? Like I said, as a college student keeping the price low is a priority but then again I don't want to live in a place that makes me hate moving every day of my life. Thank you!!

  • Nan

    You don't have to give up on a nice view if you're open to a studio. Even units on lower floors often have lake/park views, Keep in mind that - as a single woman living alone, you may feel it's worth the extra dollars to live in a more secure...

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    You don't have to give up on a nice view if you're open to a studio. Even units on lower floors often have lake/park views, Keep in mind that - as a single woman living alone, you may feel it's worth the extra dollars to live in a more secure setting with buses that literally stop outside your door, and a doorman who will flag a cab for you on the occasions when you're not up for public transportation. Although you probably won't have a car. it's also nice to have the option of indoor, usually heated parking - and parking for guests. You may seriously want to consider finding a roommate, I've seen two bedroom/two bath units in nice buildings renting for $1,600-$1,700 a month - which (split with a roommate) is within the top end of your budget.

  • I just moved here to Rogers Park and so far I like it! I live near the EL, near Loyola University, and the beach is very near my apartment. I don't have a lake view or a skyline view but it is still nice. I agree that you definitely want...

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    I just moved here to Rogers Park and so far I like it! I live near the EL, near Loyola University, and the beach is very near my apartment. I don't have a lake view or a skyline view but it is still nice. I agree that you definitely want to look at where the public transportation is when you are deciding. I also came from a small town where I was renting a very spacious apartment for very little. I had kind of a wake up call when moving here! I am in a studio for $800 and it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just being in the city is wonderful, so the cut on living space doesn't bother me and maybe you will find yourself in the same situation. You can also see about using Chicago Apartment Finders since you are coming from out of Chicago and aren't familiar. They drive you to different units and can talk about the different neighborhoods with you, which was something that confused me at first! However, after getting here and living here you will be able to explore and find where you want to be!

46 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Shooting Near Howard and Western?

This is from a neighborhood message board:

"There were a series of gunshots in the alley in the 7400 block of Maplewood and then many police officers. . . shortly before 11."

I hope this was something domestic, and the gang war isn't moving west

  • KKH

    No one made comment that Robin's posting was 'wrong.'
    Folks jump to defense, here, so quickly an unnecessarily.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I understand. I think it's sometimes hard to sense the tone of any comment made online. My post was not intended in a harsh tone, and I'm sorry if it came out that way, because it was brief. Sorry for any misunderstanding. I get what rogerparker said.

31 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

best place to get cabinet door handles?

what is the best/most affordable place or website to get cabinet door handles for kitchen/bath remodel?

40 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Free spider plant.

Would anyone like a free,double tiered spider plant? It is healthy,ready to hang,etc..I'm just re-decorating my apt and no longer want it. If interested,you can pick it up on Monday (Sept 1st). I will set it in the back alley of 5528 N Kenmore at 10 am that day.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Glenwood Sunday Market Increases Matching Grant for LINK Shoppers

Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food...

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Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food stamps) purchase at the market dollar for dollar up to a certain limit. The new grant will enable the Market to increase the limit from $10 per weekly visit to $25. This means a family can spend up to $25 and receive $50 worth of healthy produce which they can prepare every week.

According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Rogers Park has the highest food insecurity rate on the north side of Chicago, with nearly 17% of our neighbors experiencing times when they do not know how they will obtain their next meal. Approximately 10,000 Rogers Park residents rely on LINK benefits. The Glenwood Sunday Market has accepted LINK benefits since it opened in 2010 and serves hundreds of LINK shoppers every year.

The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use sustainable farming practices. The principle of "know your farmer, know your food," is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market.

The Market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, from early June to late October. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods are featured, as well as weekly entertainment, educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. The Market is conveniently located just steps from the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA's Red Line.

6 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Alderman Moore's "Satellite Service Office" to Conduct Autumn Tour

With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

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With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

Please stop by and say hello on any of the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Howard "L" station (Howard entrance)
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Morse entrance)
Thursday, August 28, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Lunt entrance)
Friday, August 29, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Sheridan entrance)

Saturday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Morse Fresh Market, 1430 W. Morse
Sunday, August 31, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Jerome's Church (Lunt and Paulina)

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Loyola entrance)
Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Jarvis "L" station

Monday, September 8, 6:30 to 9 a.m., CTA parking garage (Rogers and Paulina)
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Lunt entrance)
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Greenleaf entrance)
Friday, September 12, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Gateway Centre Atrium (L.A. Fitness)

Saturday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Devon Market, 1440 W. Devon
Sunday, September 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenwood Sunday Market

Monday, September 15, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Starbuck's (Columbia and Sheridan)
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Dunkin Donuts, 6970 N. Clark

Saturday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Jewel/Osco (Gateway Centre)
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood

Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

I look forward to seeing you!

  • Thanks, Joe, your special request was honored. The potholes in the alley were patched right away.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I'm glad to hear it, Dr. Ma'at. Thank you for letting me know.

21 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Good News!

The Gale students and staff worked very hard to improve teaching and learning. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth on NWEA Reading and 13.3% increase in growth on NWEA Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however let's congratulate our staff and students. APPLAUSE! Thank you to the community, alderman and network for your support.

Jun 12

Updated 20 hours 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.

  • Great Good Morning To All!!
    Finishing up the cleanup, trim work and painting of the rental with the help of my grandsons today!!
    New window blinds, floor molding, tile backsplash, light bulbs.
    Potential serious renters are welcome to peek in
    6500 block of Greenview
    Red chairs on the balcony. But not before noon please.
    Have a wonderful day.
    I'm hoping to labor less tomorrow !!!!

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Labor Day weekend, like many holidays, brings back certain memories for me. I hope everyone is making special memories and sharing them with loved ones.

    http://youtu.be/Bov8P8yRU7Q

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Trash left from visitors to the Rogers Park beaches

Good Morning Everyone!!
Just recently discovered this blog about our neighborhood. I have resided in Rogers Park since 2000 and really like my neighborhood. One of my pet peeves is people coming to visit the Rogers Park Beaches and leaving trash behind. If you live east of Sheridan Road, lets share pictures of what people leave behind after a day of fun at the beach. Of course, share pictures items / trash on the street or your yard.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Too often have i walked yards to a trash bin to find a small barely discernable "Recycle Only" tag with no other trash bin close by. Its no wonder they're filled with trash of all sorts- food, liquor containers, dog sht, clothing, etc. May need some sort of fixed containers for both trash and recycle clearly marked, with removable bags or liners placed at logical points around the park.

  • I would think if you're going to have a picnic or some other event in the local park, you would naturally bring your own trash bags for clean up.

    Vic, I also remember events as you described. And yes, we were expected to leave the park area exactly like we found it; clean and trash removed. Unfortunately, the folks nowadays were never taught to pick up and dispose of their own garbage. Either they are just too lazy or expect the park employees to do their dirty work. Unbelievable!!!

21 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Good News

The students and staff of Gale worked hard to improve teaching and learning. Congratulations to them for improving the Spring NWEA Test results. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth for Reading and a 13.3% increase in growth for Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however, we are moving forward. Let's give our students a hand clap! Thanks for your support of our school and students.

42 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

CPS outpaces charter schools

Chicago’s public neighborhood elementary schools improved greatly in reading and slightly in math, outpacing average charter school growth last year, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of recently released testing data....

http://www.suntimes.com/29536936-761/cps-outpaces-charter-schools-in-improvements-especially-in-reading.html#.VAICl2PciSp

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    rogersparker - Studies in other cities have shown that charters, on average, do not outperform public schools

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Now - Charter schools in Illinois can have up to 25% non-certified teachers. Yes, Uno teachers voted last spring to join the Charter Teachers Union. A(pregnant) teacher was fired from Chicago Math and Science for attempting to organize teachers.

22 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Who do you want to see as Alderman of the 49th Ward - Rogers Park?

Signatures for the aldermanic election are being collected all around the ward for next February's race. Who do you want to see as alderman of the 49th Ward. All comments welcome.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

  • Their Boomer Generation is getting older and migrating to where they can retire and live comfortably. That is a big part of the move.

    People grow older and seek warmer climates most of which are in "blue states".

  • Pot hole, warm weather Florida, Arizona and Texas have low taxes and "roads, education, clean water, etc" as does cold weather Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. They also have more jobs than Illinois because many Illinois companies have migrated there such as Klein Tools, formerly of Touhy and McCormick now happily in Texas.

29 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the...

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    Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the city Council's time approving awnings and signs in the public way; yes, maybe this could be better done by a bureaucrat rather than the full council. I think several of the issues raised in that thread could make for interesting discussions among our four announced candidates. Ald. Silverstein's council record can be reviewed here:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=64196&GUID=0254E721-8ED0-4EAD-9BFF-2B927E07B0B9&Search=

  • Avy

    Paco, who is the fourth candidate? Though there are rumors, there are only 3 that I know of.

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

massive traffic jam on Sheridan Road going southbound

there is a massive traffic jam on Sheridan Road mostly affected is the southbound lanes.At devon Avenue it funnels into two lanes 1 turning lane. and one lane going southbound. This is the problem that is blocking. Sheridan Road.Avoid Sheridan Road if possible and the other streets east or west are clogged also.

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

lost green bird?

medium sized green bird (parrot?) hanging around this morning. looks like he may be lost.

  • That's a Quaker parrot also referred to as a Monks parakeet.

    There are many colonies in Chicago and have a very large feral populations.

  • Matt M. Rogers Park Resident

    Doesn't that look like "Lunch Monkey", Rogers Park's favorite bird? I can't remember the woman who owns him, but I see them everywhere- the market, the beach, the festival. Every gathering.

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Facebook group for Edgewater families! moms, dads, kids

I thought it would be nice to get to know neighbors via facebook and to share things like baby items for sale, or anything child/family related. Playgroups, classes, nanny search, nanny share, questions about kids etc. All ages are welcomed, just love building a tighter "smaller" community. Here is the name of the group Edgewater, Andersonville, (and nearby) Chicago babies, kids, moms and dads

  • Now

    If you live east of Broadway, north of Devon, or west of Clark, you're going to be discouraged from joining Ruth's List. But if you live in Edgewater Glen, Andersonville or even Ravenswood please sign up. They are very welcoming to those who are very much like themselves.

  • Now

    Oh one other group Ruth's List welcomes almost unconditionally, the NCA crowd. All others need not apply.

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Local Charities

Hi neighbors! I'm trying to find information on local (north side Chicago--Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Andersonville, etc.) charities in need of donations. Preferably nothing "political" in any way, just community-based. I came across A Just Harvest and H.O.M.E. and would like to find more along those lines.

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Also our local Animal Shelters (Tree House on Carmen/Broadway, Felines and Canines on Paulina/Clark, Red Door and Fidos as well..not as familiar with them) can use used/new towels, bedding, throw rugs along with newspaper, bleach, paper towels, etc. Ann on Glenwood--Care for real is no longer on Broadway..they are on Berwyn/Sheridan

  • Don't forget Groceryland on Broadway, just south of Bryn Mawr, 5543 N. Broadway. Lori Cannon and crew have been helping the HIV impacted community with food for 20 years.

44 hours ago

Bryn Mawr Water Main Project Ending, Resurfacing Next

It has been a long several weeks for Bryn Mawr businesses and residents as they have endured many inconveniences due to the construction of a century old water main in dire need of replacement.  Now the light at the end of the tunnel is bright as work is scheduled to be completed by the end of […]

46 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Gray Cat Wandering

In case someone is looking for her, there is a young female gray cat hanging around the 1800 block of Pratt. I have seen the same cat on Wolcott around Morse by the apartment buildings on west side of Wolcott. A woman was calling her Ashley and said she owned her last time I saw her. Seemed like she was chasing the cat. Not sure why she has no collar and is left to roam. She is friendly and this time was very hungry.

  • Have seen sweet solid grey cat on 1800 block of green leaf,hoping she's neutered.also saw sad young black cat by the green leaf art center with back leg injury,it ran away,left food and water but it never came back.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

The 6 Best Adult Toy Stores In Chicago

Mephisto Leathers is located at 6410 N. Clark St.

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

Early to Bed is located at 5044 N. Clark St. You can also shop their store online as well.

Taboo Tabou is located at 3228 N. Clark.

The Pleasure Chest is located at 3436 N. Lincoln Ave.

G Boutique is located at 2131 N. Damen Ave.

Tulip Toy Gallery has two locations in Chicago at 3459 N. Halsted Street and 1480 W. Berwyn Avenue.

Tulip Toy Gallery has two locations in Chicago at 3459 N. Halsted Street and 1480 W. Berwyn Avenue.

2 days ago

Sirens Galore

If it wasn't 11:30 at night, I would think theres a parade going on near Estes and Sheridan. Geez!

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