26 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Deciphering gang graffiti

On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

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On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

There seems to be a URL on some of the stickers, but I'd rather not get my computer infected with a virus. Google didn't turn up anything useful. The photographs were taken in the Roscoe underpass, but I also noticed a lot of the stickers toward the south end of the harbor.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Not gang graffiti.

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    Do you know what it is?

  • James Yates West Lakeview Dog Owner

    It's a tag. Individuals or groups have individual tags they will put on areas for visibility. Graffiti artists tag signs and buildings.The larger and more elaborate ones gain the artist more street credibility among their peers.

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6 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Where to donate mini toiletries

Does anyone know where I can donate mini toiletries? I have so many from hotel stays/birthday gifts/holiday gifts - and I really just don't use them. I was wondering if anyone knew where I can give these away?

  • Also best not to donate mini-mouthwashes as many contain alcohol and are not accepted by organizations anyhow.

  • so many great causes and such a great idea! i have hundreds of these from years of business travel, and it's clear that i will never use them. i'm going to drop off today!

10 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas has been working on the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue. Just one month after the street had been smoothly repaved they came back and started ripping it apart all over again. Now we have five metal plates that rattle the homes along the way and the noise doesn't allow for a good night sleep. They have extended the "No Parking" ban all along the block for yet another week but nobody shows up to work even on sunny days. I am afraid the constant shaking is going to take a toll on the homes in the area. Does anybody know how to go about reporting this?

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Peoples infrastructure is the same as most in this country. Water mains,sewers and bridges are all crumbling and in need of updating. There are a lot of things that should have been replaced 50 years ago.

  • C'mon it's Peoples and the City of Chicago, two of the most inept and inefficient entities on earth, and you want sense, efficiency and coordination?

23 hours ago

Masonry Repair?

Howdy! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, honest and reasonably-priced masonry contractor? Need some repairs in the Wrigleyville area. Thanks!

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3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Advice on Sealing Split-Faced Block

Hi neighbors - For those who live in a condo with split-faced block, any advice or lessons you can share on having it treated to protect against moisture? I'm on the board for a 6-unit condo with split-faced block on two sides of the building. We last had it treated in 2010, and I'm calling some contractors for quotes to get it done again in the spring. That said, I wanted to do a little research beforehand. Any information you can share on local contractors, types of sealing products, or things to ask about or watch out for would be much appreciated!

  • d3 NOH

    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could...

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    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could use elastomeric paint and have it create a complete water-proof seal that lasts longer, they sell these coatings at many paint shops including benjamin moore, and Behr has a product for it at HD as well. (SW has to special order their elastomeric last I checked and their people weren't very knowledgeable about the product in the stores I've talked to, they were recommending just regular masonry paint instead)

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

Sep 16

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Speed Camera Map: watch out for one by Lane Tech High School

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDIlbNW6Kzv4.kWRTNheTjAho

Just an fyi, speed cameras in school zones are set if you go over 20 mph. Watch out for one at 2501 W. Addison by Lane Tech High School. The normal speed limit is 30 mph and the cameras run longer than expected (6am - 9pm?) not just during school hours. $100 ticket.

  • I agree, Liz. I think 20 is reasonable, but they need to be more clear about the times. Like others have mentioned. I go 20 whenever I pass there now. I don't want to end up arguing in court that I didn't see any students. That would be hard to prove. I've lived places where the school speed limit is 15, but they always made it clear with additional signage.

  • I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think...

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    I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think having flashing lights would be much better for all drivers.

    Here's what I found on Chicago website: (How does the camera differentiate pedestrians from children?) Emphasis mine.

    School Zones: School days, Monday through Friday

    7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 20 mph speed limit when *children* are present in the *safety zone* and 30 mph when no children are present in the safety zone

    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: 30 mph speed limit

2 days ago

Tsu Kiji Fish Market is no Tsukiji Fish Market

13th Floor Haunted House 1940 George

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Tsu Kiji Fish Market, 1156 W. Grand. 312-243-1112, tsukijifishmarketchicago.com

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2 days ago

Lost wallet

Might have lost my wallet somewhere near Diversey and Sheffield. If anyone finds it I'll be quite grateful.

-Graham

Feb 06 2013

Updated 2 days ago

restaurant ideas?

Hey everyone! Looking to try out a new restaurant this weekend, and wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions of any restaurants in the north side (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, North Center, Ravenswood etc) that you've tried recently and thought are awesome?! Would love to hear! Thanks!

  • Tango Sur on Southport and Grace. BYOB Argentinian steak house- enough said!

  • Ala Too at 3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Excellent Central Asian Cuisine. Reasonably priced and BYOB. Friendly atmosphere.

2 days ago

Friday Night Movie

Our second official Movie Night is this Friday, October 24, at 7 pm! We will be enjoying Harry The Dirty Dog and other friendly doggie stories. Last movie, kiddos got comfy on the rug, snacked on fishies, and watched Good Night Moon.
Join us for much more fun this Friday!
Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families - 3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 219 E
www.chicagofamilypicnic.com

Oct 10

Updated 2 days ago

Woman Attacked at 3300 Block of Sheffield

This morning there were police officers outside my home investigating the attack of a woman which happened at approximately 5:00am in the west alley of the 3300 block of Sheffield (between Roscoe and School). The woman was walking to her car and was attacked in or directly outside her garage. Fortunately someone heard her screams and called 911 and the attacker was caught. The police officer said she is in critical condition at a hospital. I don't know whether the attacker knew the victim or it was a random act of violence.

  • Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and...

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    Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and your publicizing them here is helpful.
    As for Voting Tunney Out, I agree, but who's running against him? Mark Thomas appears to be back in the race, but where does the 44th alderman race stand? Maybe I should make a thread for it.

  • SJG 4 year East Lakeview resident

    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help...

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    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help try to make things better. That alone is a heck of a lot more than the incumbent has done/will do. I find the rest of his platform and his stance on important issues to be good as well. You can check his platform out on his website.

    He has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AldRobinCook) and a website (robincook44th.com). I don't work for him or his campaign, but I've been a resident here since 2010 and I know Tunney needs to go, and I think this is the man to help make real changes for us. I saw in my FB feed that he'll be at Argo Tea tonight from 6.30 - 8pm, if you want to meet him. I've met him previously and been very impressed.

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Oct 16

Updated 3 days ago

Robbery and violent beating @ Lakewood and Henderson this morning.

I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender...

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I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender took her purse, which contained a cell phone and other items, before fleeing southbound on Sheffield toward Belmont.

The robber is described as a black man, 5'9" tall, and 150 pounds. He wore a distinctive red Pelle Pelle brand letterman jacket with white lettering and "sequins" on the back.

Other officers and even the ambulance driver reported that they saw the offender minutes before the robbery call came in—once at the Subway restaurant near Belmont and Clark and again walking eastbound on Buckingham Place near Halsted.

Unfortunately, officers were unable to locate the man after the robbery was reported.

The incident is recorded as an armed robbery in CPD case HX468088.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/10/taker-woman-beaten-robbed-by-man-in.html

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Self Defense

Good to see this site is up again. I think it went away for a while. Anyway, my name is Mike and I teach martial arts for health, fitness, and all around wellbeing. I am in the Lakeview area. Visit me at Tandang Garimot Martial Arts...we are next to Las Tablas.

Have a TGIF!

  • Hi Mike, I'm interested in learning more and potentially hosting a self defense workshop for my neighbors. Can you please post your contact details? Thanks!

  • Mike Eugenio Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness

    Hi, you may email me at fmaguro@gmail.com or text 312.576.1350...i have a bunch of YouTube videos too. My channel is "anakgarimot" or just search garimot and you will get an idea of what Filipino martial art is all about.

    Thank you and I am looking forward in helping the neighborhood to be safer.

  • Thanks Mike, I just sent you an email!

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Oct 16

Updated 5 days ago

Cars stolen

Are this many cars actually being stolen every week?? For real?
Or are they getting towed. What the heck??

  • L

    Can you be more specific?

  • Abhay S East Lakeview

    I would recommend looking at Chicago Police Department ClearMap.

  • wha da fa u talking about?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Let's talk about the Halloween Parade!

The annual Halloween parade is coming soon and I just wanted to talk about it.
I look forward to it every October.
What does everyone think of it?

I'll start:

PROS: Feels welcoming for all walks of life including young children
Has a good neighborhood vibe. Doesn't "stress" our neighborhood like Pride Parade.

CONS: Hard to know when the parade has started and ended. So it could use a little more structure. There are hardly any floats, just people walking....

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The annual Halloween parade is coming soon and I just wanted to talk about it.
I look forward to it every October.
What does everyone think of it?

I'll start:

PROS: Feels welcoming for all walks of life including young children
Has a good neighborhood vibe. Doesn't "stress" our neighborhood like Pride Parade.

CONS: Hard to know when the parade has started and ended. So it could use a little more structure. There are hardly any floats, just people walking. I can't figure out if the people walking are in the parade or just spectators walking behind.

Here's the information that I found for 2014:
http://www.northalsted.com/pages/northalsted_halloween_parade_2014/157.php

FYI: I'm have no ties to the parade other than it's about a block from where I live.

  • is that a new route? Why did I think the parade was only from Addison to Grace?

  • I've always watched from Aldine/Roscoe. So, I thought it's always started at Belmont and ended somewhere north of Roscoe.

5 days ago

Lost Keys

Lost keys somewhere in Lakeview/Lincoln Park. The keychain is a small, blue dog collar. The tag on the collar is a purple heart that says "Chulo". The keys are not important, but the collar has sentimental value. Thanks!

5 days ago

5 days ago

Sunglasses found near tennis court

If you misplaced your sunglasses near the tennis court near Irving Park and Recreation Drive, I might have found them. I found these glasses 9/15/14 and posted it on craigslist lost & found the next day. No luck so I'm trying on here (sorry for delay, should have done it concurrently.)

Please tell me what brand, the type of sunglasses (model), color, material and if it was prescription or not.

6 days ago

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Oct 14

Updated Oct 16

Found Keys

Hi Everyone,

I was walking out to my car on Sunday morning and found some keys in front of my car. I have no idea how they got there, but am trying to locate the owner and get them safely returned. There is a Mercedes Key Fob, key for another vehicle (maybe a Honda?), smaller key that was made at Ace Hardware, standard silver key, Walgreens Rewards Card and Binny's Rewards Card. If there are yours, please let me know.

-Daniel

  • C Ped Oriole Park homeowner

    Yeah those car keys are probably a few hundred dollars so I would be very appreciative if I were the owner!

  • OH thank GOD YOU FOUND MY KEYSS!!!!!1!, just give em back..

Oct 15

Oct 15

Nutrition Seminar at Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families with Young Children

Mamas! Are you looking for healthy alternatives for meals for yourself and your family? Struggling to lose those last few pounds? Battling a picky toddler? Need help with planning healthy and quick meals for your family? Then, join Carrie Rubin, Certified Health Coach, in her new nutrition seminar at Picnic: Healthy Family Boot Camp. Beginning in November and meeting four Tuesday evenings, she will address all of these topics and much more!
Check out more information at our website: http://www.chicagofamilypicnic.com/classes.html

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Oct 14

DIVERSIONS Haunted houses get into the spirit outside Chicago

...This story is never quite explained in the 13th Floor haunted house in Melrose Park, 1940 George St. Another mystery is why "no wait" tickets still caused many to wait in long lines...

Aug 02 2012

Updated Oct 14

Counseling Center on Sheffield - closed. What next?

The adult center that I believe provided various services on Sheffield next to Leona's has closed. Anyone have an idea what happened and what is next for this property? Tear down or new tenants?

  • Carmelo Baseball Coach at Brighton Kelly Baseball

    Hi Jennifer. my uncle was going to CCLV to receive assistance in obtaining legal status in the US. His case worker was Ms. Nora Santoyo and Betty Shibata. Can you help me in locating them? We would greatly appreciate any leads you can provide. Thanks, Carmelo

  • jasper1055 Roscoe Villiage

    Jennifer, thank you for all of the amazing work you and your co-workers do for the city. I hope you realize what a positive impact you have on the community around you.

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