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2 hours ago

Looking at condos - want to know thoughts on area

I have a question - we are looking at condos in the area, and I was wondering about safety and noise levels in this area as of late? My perception of the area is the closer you go towards Clark, the more safe it seems and it has improved immensely in the past few years. However, I do wonder if the crowds from bars such as Carol's and Max's get noisy and rough later in the evening. I appreciate your honest thoughts in advance!

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Shootings

What is being done about the shootings and gang related activity in Uptown?

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    I like how the same people that want to close down affordable housing are the same people complaining about the tent cities under the viaducts. Maybe a gated suburb would be the right home for you?

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    or maybe neither... the choice should not be Hellen Schiller's 'vision' for uptown or a sterile gated suburb.

    The grownups can balance the equation.

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16 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Grey cat missing! Fliers are all over Glenwood and wayne. Grey, slight tabby swirls.

I don't know their phone number offhand, bit fliers are all over the hood. Please spread the word. Slightly chubby, goes by "fart" but answers to "kitty". She's friendly but probably very scared. Missing since 2 days ago.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Glass block vent replacement

I need to replace a broken vent in our glass block window. Any recommendations?

27 hours ago

Found: Fitbit at Lawrence and Ravenswood

Hello! I found a Fitbit on Ravenswood just north of Lawrence on Fri 4/17 around 5:30 p.m. I would like to return it to its rightful owner. If it's yours, please contact me with identifying details and I would be happy to get it back to you.

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Street Sweeping Nonsense--

When you pin common sense against revenue collection, which do you think comes first? Why would street sweeping on the residental streets surrounding Ashland/Montrose be scheduled on the same day fifty cars have to be moved from Ashland for the weekly cleaning? Another revenue grab, and this soon after the election? Smh.

  • They only swept one side of many streets. So you have last years leaves and this years tree buds making water drainage a mess. I'd call the alderman but they don't respond like they used to and he's probably busy posting pics of his dog on Facebook.

  • The election is over.

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Rats!

We have been invaded by rats. We have done everything to get rid of them, but they seem impervious to bombs, traps, and poisoned food. We know they are tunneled under our garage and next to it in the garden. Anyone with any solutions?

  • tim

    Merica!!!! we're all entitled to our own opinion. I use cats to kill rats, and it works for me. There are a lot worse atrocities in the world. Happy Kris Bryant day, GO CUBS!!!

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    At the time that I posted this comment, I just didn't have anything better to do. Ha!
    I thought it was a good time to say something good. I Hope a few of the people that I am referring to Read it, They know who they are, Ha! Again

Apr 01

Updated 36 hours ago

City Sticker Renewal Form

Has anyone else out there missed their new city sticker renewal form as should be sent out by the city according to the new personalized expiration schedule? I'm regretting not putting the renewal in my calendar. Just got a $200 ticket and the online renewal form is not cooperating. Ugh.

  • My sticker expires at the end of May. I received the snail mailed renewal notice last week sometime with the option to get a 1 or 2 year renewal. Re-newed on line just now. Took about 5 minutes. Now to wait and see when the sticker actually gets to me.

  • As a follow up, I did the on line renewal on Monday. The new sticker showed up on Thursday. It comes in an unmarked envelope, which I assume is for security reasons. It would be easy to think of it as junk mail, if it didn't say City Hall on it. Over all, a very easy process.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Construction Industry Challenges and Hurdles

Axis Capital Group, a construction company based in Singapore has written a lot of articles about the development of the construction of eco-friendly companies not only in our main base in Singapore but also to our branch out company in Jakarta, Indonesia and to other countries as well. The new wave of Green Movement as many people have called it is totally a trend in the turn of the century. The Green Building Revolution spawned new catchwords such as sustainability and green collar jobs. However, it cannot be avoided that there are conflicting issues and hurdles in the task of keeping track with green evolution.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    This is in English. I don't get. Is this the forbidden fruit( free advertising )?

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    I bet if a U.S. company spammed a Singapore website, they'd extradite the CEO and cane him.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Maybe a headline with, "Join Ravenswood Community Council" would make more sense and get a better response.

Apr 06

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Cat - Calico Colering - Zoey

Please help us find our cat Zoey! She is just under 2 years old and is very friendly. She has tan, black, and white calico markings and has not been declawed. If you find her please respond to this post.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

suspicious man

Good morning,

An email was received from a neighbor on the 4400 block of N. Wolcott (between Montrose and Sunnyside, along the Brown Line) that a suspicious individual was spotted who seemed to be actively casing his building this morning, circling it at least twice and then making his way to the third floor via the back stairs/deck. The individual is described as being an African-American male, wearing a dark (black or green) jacket with white Adidas stripes on the...

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Good morning,

An email was received from a neighbor on the 4400 block of N. Wolcott (between Montrose and Sunnyside, along the Brown Line) that a suspicious individual was spotted who seemed to be actively casing his building this morning, circling it at least twice and then making his way to the third floor via the back stairs/deck. The individual is described as being an African-American male, wearing a dark (black or green) jacket with white Adidas stripes on the sleeves.

The person who reported this made eye contact with the individual, at which point he left the premises and has not been seen since. A call was placed to 911.

In the last year, there has been several reported burglaries involving apartment buildings in and around that particular block and along the Brown Line, and usually in the morning.

Please be alert and report any suspicious activity to 911 immediately (and feel free to email us at this address, too, so that we can alert the neighbors).

Thank you.

  • I think I emailed the gmail address above and asked to be on mailing list. It was within this past year. I'm not sure where I forst found it though.

  • McBean animals, art, outdoors

    I live on that block on that side of the street! Thanks for letting me know. I am just wondering how this individual was able to walk around the apartment building a few times and get up the back stairs because I think all of our buildings on this block...

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    I live on that block on that side of the street! Thanks for letting me know. I am just wondering how this individual was able to walk around the apartment building a few times and get up the back stairs because I think all of our buildings on this block have locked gates to both side alleys leading to the back. Sometimes people leave the back gate open which ticks me off. Anyway, that is unnerving for someone to be that bold looking in windows on a third floor balcony. And I definitely am not walking out there and asking them if I can help them or take their photo. Come on!

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Hanging a hammock

Can anyone recommend someone to drill holes in two trees in order to hang a hammock?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    I agree Fabia. I think Lance is just lonely. If only Lance had a drill, I would not be typing & Lance could drill freely.

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Great comments again huh? Where are you people from? Stop! If you don't have anything good to say just leave it alone.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Truck Hit and Run on Ravenswood

This afternoon a semi truck turned from Wilson to Ravenswood southbound and hit two cars and didn't stop. If one of these is your car, you should know that there were three witnesses, one of whom called the cops.

Also just before this, I saw this same truck trying to turn south onto Wolcott from Wilson and doing a p*ss poor job of it, so if you were parked there and your car was damaged it might be the one responsible.

  • Rachel writer, indexer, editor, researcher

    Yes - the woman who talked to the police got it, and gave it to them. And we left a note with the info on the windshields of the damaged cars.

    It was pretty awful - the driver didn't slow down at. all. We all just stared in shock.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Did the back of his truck have a sign that said,

    "How am I driving? Call 1-800-WHO CARES" ??

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Custom iron work?

Hi! I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for custom iron work for exterior home decorations. Specifically, I am looking for a wrought iron overhang/awning (or a combination of wrought iron and glass). Not sure if this is something that must be customized, or if there even is an option for standard/pre-made such awnings. I would love to support a local business if possible.

Thank you!

3 days ago

Theater events: Darkly comic ‘Constant State of Panic' premieres at Clockwise

• "Sounds So Sweet," Black Ensemble Theater's salute to girl groups -- from The Andrews Sisters to The Supremes to Destiny's Child -- continues through May 31 at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. Associate director Rueben Echoles wrote and directed the show. (773) 769-4451 or blackensemble.org.

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...at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Opens April 24. $10-$38. (872) 222-9555 or chicagochildrenstheatre.org...

...directed by Ted Hoerl in his Eclipse debut, opens Sunday, April 19, at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 935-6875 or eclipsetheatre.com...

...Geoff Button directs the production, which begins previews Friday, April 17, at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The show opens Wednesday, April 22. See the-hypocrites.com...

...next door in exchange for his freedom. Previews begin Friday, April 17, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Thursday, April 23. (773) 327-5252 or porchlightmusictheatre.org...

...the company's final production for 2015. Previews begin Friday, April 17, at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. The show opens April 25. (773) 342-4141 or adventurestage.org...

...m. Friday, April 17, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Also at Gorilla Tango, EEK! Theatre Company celebrates its fifth year with "High Five...

...Paul Gordon ("Jane Eyre," "Daddy Long Legs") begins previews Saturday, April 18, at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The show, helmed by artistic director Barbara Gaines, opens April 29. (312) 595-5600...

...a nobleman's son -- into marrying her. Previews begin Saturday, April 18, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Thursday, April 23. (773) 883-8830 or stagelefttheatre.com...

...seat. The Will Bishop production opens Sunday, April 19, at The Flat Iron Arts Building, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. See firstfloortheater.com...

...exterminate certain populations including ethnic groups, organizers and intellectuals. Previews begin Tuesday, April 21, at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. The show, directed by co-founder and artistic director Michael Menendian, opens April 27...

...premiere under director Susan Padveen beginning previews Wednesday, April 22, at The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens April 25. (773) 404-7336 or petheatre.com...

...long-held family secret. Performances run April 23-26 at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 857-1234 or silkroadrising.org...

• "First Date," the musical revue by writer Austin Winsberg and composer/lyricists Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner about blind dates, has been extended. Performances continue through May 17 at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. firstdatechi.com.

...leads an acting company whose work has gone stale. Performances continue through May 2 at 1655 W. Cortland St., Chicago. (773) 384-0494 or trapdoortheatre.com...

...aided by Bob the dog and a young human. Performances continue through May 17 at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (773) 761-4477 or lifelinetheatre.com. Also, Lifeline announced Josh LeVasseur, a former campaign...

...native and Fox Valley Repertory artistic director John Gawlik. Performances continue through May 24 at 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Additionally, The Gift hosts a post-show conversation with Smart, Gawlik, the cast and...

• Emerald City Theatre has extended its production of "Bingo's Birthday Bash," an immersive theater event for children up to age 5. Performances continue through Aug. 9 at 2933 N. Southport Ave. Chicago. (773) 529-2690 or emeraldcitytheatre.com.

...Continuing at the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, is the sketch-comedy revue "AWK Presents ... The Yuk Yuk Hour" at 10 p...

Apr 09

Updated 3 days ago

Raw Sewage is Being Dumped in Chicago River Re: Water Irratation

I was very surprised when a thread on this forum a few days ago proved that a shocking number of Ravenswood (probably not just us) residents are experiencing itching and redness from contact with our drinking/bathing water. Thought we should all be aware that raw sewage is being dumped into the Chicago River. Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I just enjoy touching water and not having it burn me.

http://istheresewageinthechicagoriver.com/?
https://www.change.org/p/stop-dumping-raw-sewage-into-the-chicago-river

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I was very surprised when a thread on this forum a few days ago proved that a shocking number of Ravenswood (probably not just us) residents are experiencing itching and redness from contact with our drinking/bathing water. Thought we should all be aware that raw sewage is being dumped into the Chicago River. Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I just enjoy touching water and not having it burn me.

http://istheresewageinthechicagoriver.com/?
https://www.change.org/p/stop-dumping-raw-sewage-into-the-chicago-river

"Every day, the Cook County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) dumps 1.2 billion gallons of wastewater into the Chicago River.
This wastewater – which isn’t disinfected – comprises 70 percent of all the water in the Chicago River. This is a serious health threat for area residents.
Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) needs to protect public health.
Take Action:
Tell them to approve the Illinois EPA’s proposed disinfection rule and require MWRD to join modern municipalities across the country in requiring disinfection of sewage."

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    Thank you for paraphrasing accurately and not derogatorily mis-characterizing comments made here. Apology accepted.

  • I see what you did there

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Community Gardens in Uptown area

I'm waiting to see posts about our local community gardens, but nothing so far. Does anyone have info on ground-breakings in and around Uptown/Edgewater/Andersonville? They usually kick off this time of year and I don't want to miss out on obtaining a small plot. Thanks, neighbors! :)

  • Are you familiar with Weiss Hospital's Urban Rooftop Farm? It's on top of their parking garage at Weiss Hospital. Website to contact its managers is here: http://loudgradeproducesquad.org/

  • Some of the schools have raised beds that need tending over the summer. I recommend contacting the Alderman's office. Registration for Peterson Garden Project plots is closed, but you may want to contact them anyway. http://petersongarden.org/

Apr 05

Updated 4 days ago

Water irritation?

Anyone else experiencing skin irritation from the water these last couple weeks? Haven't changed any soaps, and can't think of other variables. Would be interested to hear if this is isolated or not, or if I'm just imagining things. Near Lawrence and Damen. Thanks for any input!

  • JW in Lincoln Square 35 year city resident

    I called the Water Dept. number posted by another neighbor and spoke to Mike. They sent a guy out yesterday who took samples. He was very through. We have a water softener hooked up and so we bypassed that so he could test the water coming into the house. He...

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    I called the Water Dept. number posted by another neighbor and spoke to Mike. They sent a guy out yesterday who took samples. He was very through. We have a water softener hooked up and so we bypassed that so he could test the water coming into the house. He just called and they had found no bacteria (which is a test they can run within 24 hours) and several other levels (chlorine for instance) were within normal range. There are still a few results which take longer to generate but this gave me some peace of mind. My son is still experiencing eczema but I am less concerned about it being a water issue now. Good luck neighbors.

  • Sam the Clam Ravenswood Resident

    Thanks so much for posting this, JW. Did they mention what the specific level of chlorine was? I only ask because I recently hooked up a shower filter and my skin has been less irritated with some decreasing redness ever since (no other changes, medicines, etc.) I'm just wondering if...

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    Thanks so much for posting this, JW. Did they mention what the specific level of chlorine was? I only ask because I recently hooked up a shower filter and my skin has been less irritated with some decreasing redness ever since (no other changes, medicines, etc.) I'm just wondering if it's possible a small spike in chlorine could trigger reactions among those with a sensitivity? I don't know. I'm not trying to stoke any fires here and would actually be pretty thrilled if it was something as simple as that. Thanks again for following up with all this.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Massage Therapist?

Seeking a great, experienced massage therapist in the general area (or someone who will make home visits). Must have good experience working with injuries (ie shoulder, neck, back). Anyone have a terrific reference to share?

  • Rachel D Thai massage & Reiki practitioner

    Ok, I'll bite. What's the "big" difference between them?

  • The level of expertise and training. I believe Rx uses all masters in massage therapy while the other side does not. Dr. Morris also works on the Rx side. In addition to chiropractics she provides some wellness classes.

Apr 03

Updated 4 days ago

Chocolate Brown and White Shitzu Mix found

We found a friendly chocolate brown and white (what looks to be) shitzu in our back alley around 6PM. We are located near the intersection of Ashland and Lawrence. It's roughly 8-10lbs. If you are missing your dog or know of someone who is, please contact us at 773.386.8120.

  • **UPDATE**
    The owners have been found! While our dog walker, Jack Hanus, from Uptown Pet Services was walking the little guy today, he ran into the owners. They were able to confirm ownership (besides Rocky, as we've come to found out is his name, running up to them). Turns out, he lives right across the street from us! Happy he's been reunited and back home.

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    Thats incredible! Great news!

Apr 08

Updated 4 days ago

Where did the brand new benches go ?

Corner of Lawrence and Wolcott.

  • There was an orange traffic cone over the sidewalk where the missing trash can was by my house, so I assume the attachment/bolts were being covered for safety. Even more curious - the replacement trash can looks remarkably like the one it replaced - Go Figure.

  • They have been replaced. The new ones have the same basic design, but the metal has a different finish - looks to be a glossy powder coat, rather than the matte anodized of the previous ones.

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Apr 11

Updated 4 days ago

Black cat at Wolcott and Montrose

Very friendly and dirty black cat found behind the corner store across from Starbucks. She/he was following people down the sidewalk. I couldn't take it in but will look later. Spotted at 8 pm. No markings. Medium size and slightly chubby.

  • If it's the cat I'm thinking, he/she lives in the area and the owners seem to let it roam free during warmer weather. It greatly concerns me as there is a lot of traffic and the poor kitty could get squashed :( I'll never understand cats with homes who are allowed to roam free in an urban setting. To each his own, I suppose. Just seems cruel to me.

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    It's technically illegal to let housecats out to roam at-large. Cats are subject to the leash law just like dogs. It's a ticketable offense, as well as if the cat is in a public space without a rabies tag. Ferals that are under management of a Colony Caretaker are excepted, and must be ear-tipped and microchipped.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Support your local Ravenswood businesses! Reader "Best of" voting ends tomorrow!

If you live in Ravenswood, you probably already know that we have the coolest collection of locally-owned independent small businesses around. We want to let the rest of Chicago know! If haven't already, please support your local business community by voting for some of the great shops in our neighborhood.

Obviously, DOLCE CASA would like to have your vote for BEST COFFEE SHOP. So please take moment to help us out! I also voted for Beguile Brewery, Alapash Terrariums, and...

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If you live in Ravenswood, you probably already know that we have the coolest collection of locally-owned independent small businesses around. We want to let the rest of Chicago know! If haven't already, please support your local business community by voting for some of the great shops in our neighborhood.

Obviously, DOLCE CASA would like to have your vote for BEST COFFEE SHOP. So please take moment to help us out! I also voted for Beguile Brewery, Alapash Terrariums, and one of our very own favorite customers, political writer and progressive activist Rick Perlstein, for the category of best non-fiction writer. There's a bunch of other categories and worthy businesses in our area that could use some recognition.

Thanks for taking some time to let the rest of Chicago know how you feel about the plucky Ravenswood entrepreneurs working hard to serve you every day! The link is pasted below:

http://posting.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Survey?survey=16785176

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Shady guy casing building on 4400 block of N. Wolcott

I've already called the police, but I wanted to get something out so my neighbors could keep their eyes out too.

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An African-American male, approximately 6 ft. tall and wearing a black or dark green jacket with Adidas white stripes on the sleeves, was seen this morning around 6:25-6:35 casing my building on the 4400 block of N. Wolcott. He was first seen on the third floor of our back deck snooping around before going down the stairs and...

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I've already called the police, but I wanted to get something out so my neighbors could keep their eyes out too.

Details:
An African-American male, approximately 6 ft. tall and wearing a black or dark green jacket with Adidas white stripes on the sleeves, was seen this morning around 6:25-6:35 casing my building on the 4400 block of N. Wolcott. He was first seen on the third floor of our back deck snooping around before going down the stairs and around to the front via the north side gangway. He proceeded to walk south down the sidewalk before turning toward the alley via the parking lot behind the businesses on the corner of Wolcott and Montrose. He then walked back north in the alley and stopped behind our building and turned around to walk south down the alley again. At this point I called the police and hurried to the front of my unit and down to the front entry door to the building. As I opened the door, he walked past going north on Wolcott. He and I made eye contact, but no words were exchanged. I didn't see him walking the block after that. I also walked around the block and down the alley 15 minutes after this initial encounter, but still no signs of him.

If you see someone that matches this description, please stay alert. If something doesn't seem right, please call the police immediately.

  • yellow brick or red brick?

  • Thank you for the heads up on this. I live in the exact area that this guy is roaming around--I'll certainly be hyper-vigilant as I return home and leave for work in the mornings.

Apr 10

Updated 5 days ago

Night nurse

Anyone with any referrals for a night nurse to work 2-3 nights per week for 1 month old twins.

Thanks a bunch, Grace and Leavitt

  • Tim Knight North Center since 2014, Chicago since 2006

    My friend has used Gerda Nameyaw for his twins and has been extremely satisfied. I also had her stay with my 2 month old for a night and was happy with everything. gmarianameyaw@yahoo.com

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Apr 10

Updated 5 days ago

Uptown Is Already an Entertainment District, New Event Series Aims to Prove

Bring the whole family to Baker & Nosh, 1303 W. Wilson Ave., at 4 p.m. There, kids can sing and clap along with musician Carol Weston to children's songs like "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" through an interactive program by Juicebox.

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The first program will start at record shop Shake, Rattle & Read, 4812 N. Broadway Ave. It'll be the first stop on cultural and historic walking tours held throughout the afternoon at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

To cap off the evening, go see a Brazilian jazz performance by Maracujaz at FLATS Studio, 1050 W. Wilson Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

  • Why can't I have hair like Littleton Artist/Uptown/Chicago

    The oddest thing about the "entertainment" district thing is it involves no creative people in planning or concept, there is no plan to attract more craetive people to work and-/or live here.

    The people throwing it around are business people, real eastate agents, a local politician....anf a few confused residents.

    I say confused because to the supporters of the scheme have no idea what an actual entertainment district is.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    It's cargo cult city planning. Rahm was fascinated with the Old Town School of Folk Music because he thought that it single-handedly revitalized Lincoln Square when there were a number of other factors involved. Cappleman and his associates think that the same thing will happen if the Uptown Theatre reopens....

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    It's cargo cult city planning. Rahm was fascinated with the Old Town School of Folk Music because he thought that it single-handedly revitalized Lincoln Square when there were a number of other factors involved. Cappleman and his associates think that the same thing will happen if the Uptown Theatre reopens.

    http://chicagoist.com/2012/01/09/old_town_school_of_folk_music_debut.php

    The Old Town School of Folk Music's move from Old Town to Lincoln Square has been credited for upgrading Lincoln Square from a quiet German community to the baby factory of young families it is now. Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony saying, “This is a classic example of how a single cultural entity can take a neighborhood and become an economic engine.”

Apr 02

Updated 6 days ago

Suit alleges North Park Elementary School, city skirted RICO laws

Chicago resident, Raminder Chadha, has filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging that a private school, North Park Elementary School (NPES) in conjunction with a developer Swan Development, Alderman's office and the city departments used illegal methods in attempts to steal land owned by him.

After being unable to receive financing that was promised to him by Harris bank in the financial crisis of 2008, a developer Swan Development offered to purchase the property. When Chadha...

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Chicago resident, Raminder Chadha, has filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging that a private school, North Park Elementary School (NPES) in conjunction with a developer Swan Development, Alderman's office and the city departments used illegal methods in attempts to steal land owned by him.

After being unable to receive financing that was promised to him by Harris bank in the financial crisis of 2008, a developer Swan Development offered to purchase the property. When Chadha declined the offer, the developer, who was secretly working for NPES, and with the Alderman's office, started having numerous violations placed on the property with the explicit purpose of securing the property at a discounted price or through eminent domain/foreclosure.

In correspondence found during discovery between Principal Lynn Lawrence and Alderman's office, Principal Lawrence stated "I'd love the help because I don't want him to know we're buying John's house before we close on his house." At Alderman's insistence, City was requested that the property "be inspected as soon as possible because of their hazardous conditions."

In conversations between Swan Development (also a Board Member of NPES) and Principal Lawrence, Swan Development stated "We want him (Mr. Chadha) to be very nervous so be very noncommittal as to interest. I'm going to push his buttons today....my statement to him will be that my customers feel his property is worth less now and may want to wait for foreclosure and buy it for side yard."

Further communication where all Board Members of NPES were involved in an email states "that this needs to be put to rest before the owner (Mr. Chadha) has a better understanding of our role throughout the last 3-4 months...I know the Alderman's office will do anything possible to help us get the property."

  • Paul Thompson, LincolnSquareInsider Welles Park Baseball coach, Realtor.

    I got my figure from the MLS, it was so low because it had been burned out. Without doing anything to it, he relisted at 399,999. As far as I know, there is nothing illegal or unethical about him doing that. A new home has been built there now, and he is listed on the tax records as the owner.

  • @Paul. Sounds like all's well that ends well...per suit, looks like previous Alderman and developer were in cahootz as is the alleged case with the Montrose Green development by the Brown Line stop now...some things never change.

Apr 11

Updated 6 days ago

North park

in terms of the recent postings.....it seems to me that if someone is unable (for so many different reasons) to keep up with their house payments and the home goes into foreclosure, than anyone can bid on and buy the home. You, me, the next door neighbors, the next door neighborhood school. It is sad when someone loses their home. No one wants that. However, if our home goes into foreclosure, then the bank(s) take Possession. We all learned that...

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in terms of the recent postings.....it seems to me that if someone is unable (for so many different reasons) to keep up with their house payments and the home goes into foreclosure, than anyone can bid on and buy the home. You, me, the next door neighbors, the next door neighborhood school. It is sad when someone loses their home. No one wants that. However, if our home goes into foreclosure, then the bank(s) take Possession. We all learned that in 2009.

If you are unable to get a loan from one bank, you can go to another or another or another....if you are unable to keep up your property (for whatever reasons) than codes will be violated. If there are violations with your property then yes....that will decrease the value of your home. That is how it works for all of us. I suppose. Why does it have to be somebody's else fault when things don't work out the way we'd like?

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