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Updated 2 hours ago

Not all panhandling is illegal

Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being...

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Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being solicited receives an item or service of little or no monetary value in exchange for a donation, under circumstances where a reasonable person would understand that the transaction is in substance a donation.

Panhandling does not include the act of passively standing or sitting nor performing music, singing or other street performance with a sign or other indication that a donation is sought, without any vocal request except in response to an inquiry by another person.

For example, under the Municipal Code of Chicago, panhandling is prohibited when either the panhandler or the person being solicited in the following places:

• Within ten feet of a bus shelter or a posted Chicago Transit Authority bus stop sign;
• In any public transportation vehicle or public transportation facility;
• In a vehicle which is parked or stopped on a public street or alley, except for those solicitations from recognized charitable organizations;
• In a sidewalk cafe or restaurant;
• In a filling station; or
• Within ten feet in any direction from an ATM or the entrance to a bank or currency exchange.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Aggressive panhandling is also prohibited by the Municipal Code of Chicago and is defined as panhandling In a manner that a reasonable person would find intimidating, including:

    • Touching the solicited person without their consent;
    • Pan handling a person while they are standing in line and waiting to be...

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    Aggressive panhandling is also prohibited by the Municipal Code of Chicago and is defined as panhandling In a manner that a reasonable person would find intimidating, including:

    • Touching the solicited person without their consent;
    • Pan handling a person while they are standing in line and waiting to be admitted to a com mercial establishment;
    • Blocking the path of a person being solicited, or the entrance to any building or vehicle;
    • Following behind , ahead or alongside a person who walks away from the panhandler after being solicited;
    • Using profane or abusive language, either during the solicitation or following a refusal to make a donation , or making any statement, gesture, or other communication which would cause a reasonable person to be fearful or feel compelled; or
    • Panhandling in a group of two or more persons.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    This information was from the Beat 1712 CAPS meeting on August 27th, in case you missed the meeting.

2 hours ago

Cell Phone Scam

Police are warning residents about the 11 one-ring phone scam, 11 which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back.

Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, they hear a message like "You've reached the operator, please hold, 11 while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge...

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Police are warning residents about the 11 one-ring phone scam, 11 which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back.

Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, they hear a message like "You've reached the operator, please hold, 11 while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate. These types of calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers. The area codes used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

To protect yourself, ignore calls like this and do not call back any numbers you don't recognize it. Ifyou're tempted to call back for whatever reason, check the number on online directories or search engines first so you can confirm where the phone is registered or see if it's listed as a scam phone number.

If you have been the victim of the scam, try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier and, if that doesn't work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

Find out about how you can help prevent and reduce crime in your neighborhood. Attend your next beat meeting. If you don't know the date and time of your next beat meeting, call 311.

(This information made available at the Beat 1712 CAPS meeting on August 27th, in case you missed it.)

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Looking for a new place to purchase.

Hi everyone,
I wanted to move out of my condo, and purchase maybe a bungalow or sfh in our neighborhood . I'm pretty handy, so I'm not worried about doing minor/major repairs. Does anyone know of any for sale by owner properties in our neighborhood.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    If you want to come a little farther north, there is a nice georgian on the 2800 block of fitch, with fantastic landscaping

  • Nicholas Ryan Chicago Real Estate Broker

    Hey Scott, I'd be happy to get the ball rolling! Feel free to shoot me a e-mail or respond via every block. Love real estate & know the area!

9 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Dirt/fill disposal?

Hey folks. Any suggestions on how I can get rid of a huge pile of fill? I had my concrete porch replaced recently and now I've got a 4 ft tall pile of dirt/gravel in my garage that was used as fill for the porch and steps. I guess I could add it bit by bit in to the garbage can each week, but seems like that would take forever. I looked in to 1-800-GOTJUNK and it sounds like that would cost +$600. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Demolition companies and other contractors may have use for fill for when they remove a house and can no longer dump the material into the foundation. Try a google search and you may find someone who will take it for free, especially since it is bagged.

  • A&K

    Horner, I have a dumpster you can use. Pitch in on the cost of the dumpster and you can throw your dirt in. Message me if you are interested.

6 hours ago

7 hours ago

Horner Park Tennis Courts

Are they crowded at all during week nights, say around 8-9PM? These courts are the closest my place but I rarely pass by them at night.

Jul 15

Updated 9 hours ago

4200 Block of North Drake

Perhaps there's a reasonable explanation but lately there have been quite a few very expensive cars park on this block. I'm talking a Hummer, a Porsche, a Bentley and a Lamborghini. The last three are parked there right now (well, the Bentley is a half-block down). Sunday morning there were two guys outside 4224 or so blasting rap music (at 9:45 on a Sunday morning). Maybe in the suburbs I could see people actually owning these cars... but a Lamborghini? Here?

  • Sorry, that Mr. Jimenez has two post in Shots Fired...I didn't see him in this 4200 Drake...thread but I could have missed it before a possible deletion. He has two post in the thread...Shots fired this morning at Central Park and Cullum.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    Actually Jennifer, "J. J." was referring yo you.

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Leptospirosis - Dogs (and humans) at risk

My dog is in critical condition with a Leptospirosis infection. We initially thought he was poisoned. (Which as a side note, it makes me wonder how often suspect poisonings are actually lepto infections).

He is on an immune suppressing drug, which probably put him at a higher risk than the average pet.

It was likely transmitted by rats (but also can be squirrels and raccoons and most other wild life.)

I often hesitated to have my alley baited because A)...

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My dog is in critical condition with a Leptospirosis infection. We initially thought he was poisoned. (Which as a side note, it makes me wonder how often suspect poisonings are actually lepto infections).

He is on an immune suppressing drug, which probably put him at a higher risk than the average pet.

It was likely transmitted by rats (but also can be squirrels and raccoons and most other wild life.)

I often hesitated to have my alley baited because A) I was afraid my dog would get a hold of a rat poisoned and would be poisoned himself, and B) Because poisoning is a pretty awful death for the rats.

But this is what can happen when you don't deal with the rat problem....as I am learning the hard way.

Please make sure your dogs are all vaccinated, and do keep an eye on the rat population. People can get lepto, so its not just pets at risk. I will likely have to be treated myself, just to be safe.

It is a known risk in chicago
http://abc7chicago.com/pets/chicago-dog-owners-warned-of-bacteria-spread-by-rodents/124859/

Squirrels can be carriers, but I can't find good information as to if they often succumb to it. If they do, it could be the explanation for some of the squirrel deaths people have been reporting.

We live in the Lawrence/Kedzie area.

  • Hope your dog continues to improve. But thanks for sharing this. Now I'm wondering about the sanitation of my shoe soles after bringing trash bins in and out of my alley! Or in fact walking around most city alleys and parking lots. Obviously I can avoid standing water, but with...

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    Hope your dog continues to improve. But thanks for sharing this. Now I'm wondering about the sanitation of my shoe soles after bringing trash bins in and out of my alley! Or in fact walking around most city alleys and parking lots. Obviously I can avoid standing water, but with rats likely leaving gifts all over - and it drying on the pavement, I wonder what it takes weather-wise to decontaminate that. Spray my shoe soles with clorox bleach before coming in the house?! (Yes, I know, take my shoes off when I come into the house - and put them where the cats can't lick the soles. But they still get put on my feet before walking out the entrance hall)

  • I really hope your furry kid gets well! So sorry to hear about that and THANK YOU FOR THE WARNING! As a pooch parent myself, i think its easy to overlook the possible diseases since we tend to associate such things with suburban/rural areas. My "kids" are vaccinated but vaccines dont always work!

3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Microsoft Phone Scam

Well...looks like the scammers are at it again...Received two phone calls from "Microsoft" yesterday...both had heavy accents...1st guy told me that they have received a number of error messages and he would help me fix the problem...told him I would have my daughter look at it and hung up...the 2nd guy got as far as telling me he was from Microsoft and I told him I don't have a computer ....what are you calling me for??? and he hung up on me...wish I would have remembered to ask where my Million dollars was for forwarding the "Microsoft E-mails" LOL.....

  • hahahahahah...Thanks Daniel and 39th Warder....I needed a good laugh!!!!

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    I've have two of these calls in the past couple of months. I had one on the phone for about 1/2 hour as I had some fun at his expense. I played dumb for a bit and then started yelling at him claiming he was bringing up loads of porn on my computer (which was not even on at the time). He finally hung up.

Feb 12

Updated 14 hours ago

Looking for 2 brm Apartment to Rent

In need of a 2brm apartment for rent that allows pets under $750. I have 2 small dogs, one is 6 yrs old & the other is 7yrs old. Asap

  • Matt Alexander Chicagoan since 2012

    ... with a dog.

  • Andrea D ...in the middle of Albany Park

    Bears Fan - I realize it's been months (sorry! I had some stuff going on LOL). Heat and hot water are included. I pay ComEd and People's Gas. People's gas is super cheap since I only have a stove and a dryer on gas. ComEd varies depending on how hot it is since in the summer I generally have my AC on blast (not this summer though)!

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Junk Yard Dog Lawrence and Kedzie

Hey everyone!!

My partner and I are new to the area. On the corner of Lawrence and Kedzie there is an auto body shop and have a Shepard mix who there over night. As we have walked are 12lb dog passed he always welcomes us with a happy tail. On our walk we have met people who have said that place doesn't really take care of him... Is there anyone around who is looking out for him??

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Ain't it the truth, Flew That?

    You know, with all the activist sorts posting on EB, you'd think that Richard's Body Shop's lousy park-their-bashed-up-inventory-all-over-the-public-way business model most assuredly warrants a fraction of the post count that was lavished on sweet Angelina. I've personally seen oldsters have to limp out into...

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    Ain't it the truth, Flew That?

    You know, with all the activist sorts posting on EB, you'd think that Richard's Body Shop's lousy park-their-bashed-up-inventory-all-over-the-public-way business model most assuredly warrants a fraction of the post count that was lavished on sweet Angelina. I've personally seen oldsters have to limp out into the street in order to get around the junk Richard's has parked on the sidewalk - on both sides of Lawrence Avenue. Why don't the cops and alderman do a dang thing about it? And yes, who DO these people know?

  • What did happen to Angelina? She used to keep and eye out for me and my pup on late night walks. We thanked her with treats.

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33 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Possible Lost Cat?

Hi everyblock,
This cat has been hanging out in my back yard all day. He's not one of the usual feral cats and he's super friendly...but possibly a little lost. I just wanted to post in case anyone is missing their cat.

  • I was going to post this link from Lost Cats -- is this the same cat?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10103180497728859&set=o.107240476016734&type=1

  • Hi Emme,

    That's my post on Facebook. Not the same kitty unfortunately. This little girl doesn't have the black fur on her chin. Thank you for passing it along though!

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Not sure if its the same one, but earlier this spring an unusually sweet and playful cat (no collar) looking very much like him was hanging around Monticello and the river for a week or so. He was a bit small, so i assumed he was young. Disappeared from around...

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    Not sure if its the same one, but earlier this spring an unusually sweet and playful cat (no collar) looking very much like him was hanging around Monticello and the river for a week or so. He was a bit small, so i assumed he was young. Disappeared from around here soon after that, i believe i saw someone near Albany and Pulaski feeding him, along with some ferals.
    Same guy maybe? he may or not be wild-born, but he seemed very affectionate with strangers; definitely not a normal feral trait.
    I hope he finds a regular, proper home.

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25 hours ago

Get your tickets! Filament Theatre's 'Crossing Six Corners: School Days

http://www.filamenttheatre.org/calendar-event/crossing-six-corners-school-days-2/

Crossing Six Corners: School Days is the fourth in the series of Filament’s neighborhood heritage projects. Through interviews with past and current residents, archived news articles, and discussions with local historians, Filament has devised another patchwork of the historic Six Corners Shopping Districts and its surrounding neighborhoods. This installment will feature stories about going to school in the neighborhood.

30 hours ago

Jan 23

Updated 33 hours ago

Breakroom Brewery

Anybody know when Breakroom Brewery (2925 W Montrose) is going to open? Their Facebook and site suggest soon, but I'm curious as to an exact date.

  • Rob S. Albany Park resident, condo owner. Dog owner.

    I read a comment on their FB page recently, (a comment of a status update) that said they are targeting opening by the end of year. I tried their Citra IPA a couple months ago at Golden Crust and it was pretty tasty.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    Wouldn't it be cheaper to quickly do a build out by hiring someone than paying taxes and mortgage for a year to do it yourself?

Jun 02

Updated 33 hours ago

Tree Trimming

Has anyone had any luck in scheduling a tree trimming from the City? We've had costly squirrel damage and all 4 contractors said trimming the tree overhangs would greatly help to eliminate the problem. I've requested a tree trim almost 2 years ago via online and calling 311, followed up just a couple months ago....no answer from the Alderman's office.

Our association would pay for the service ourselves, but no company would accept the job because the tree is technically on "City property." Ugh!

Any suggestions?

  • Our condo association was on the "waiting list" for quite some time, and we only got traction when our management company contacted the alderman's office & mentioned that there were branches were an obvious safety issue & could fall & injure pedestrians.

  • drc Edgewater/Andersonville Border

    So we have a large tree that is in the easement (between sidewalk and street) that has been a continuous problem for our building. We live in a three story walk up condo building in the edgewater triangle area. We been pestering the alderman's office for several years to pair...

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    So we have a large tree that is in the easement (between sidewalk and street) that has been a continuous problem for our building. We live in a three story walk up condo building in the edgewater triangle area. We been pestering the alderman's office for several years to pair down this tree. Last year it caused damage to our roofline (to which the alderman's office said we can submit a claim for damage but likely it wouldn't be paid for many many years). The Dept of Forestry came and cut the limb away from the roof line but left many dead branches. The problem with hiring a contractor is that you or your association will have to pay for this out of pocket and no be reimbursed by the city. And these services are NOT cheap. We've been pestering the Alderman's office for over a year to do additional trimming and on multiple occasions. The alderman's office has been unresponsive (42nd ward - Harry Osterman). This is horribly frustrating as yesterday we had a 12 foot branch come crashing down and damaged one of our planters. Luckily it wasn't on top of a person or a car. There were a ton of large branches scattering our front yard and neighbors front yards. The City of Chicago does a very poor job of maintaining their trees and will typically only react 'after' the problem has occurred. As much as I'd like to discuss with our insurance carrier I'm very concerned bringing it up would raise our insurance rates (yet we need to be sure adequate coverage in the event of a problem). Not to mention we have large branches falling into our gutters and onto our roof line (peaked roofline that it not accessible except with 40 foot ladders). In a nut shell, you will need to be patient and persistent and likely move to the suburbs (where the City Departments are usually much more responsive).

34 hours ago

Wanted: Kids and Moms for Marketing Research

Dear Neighbors,
I work at The Marketing Store (www.tmsw.com), which is a Chicago-based company that creates promotions and toys for Fortune 500 companies. We are currently looking for kids and moms to participate in fun, upcoming research, online or in focus groups. I thought that this opportunity would be of interest to you and your child (ren).
Research at The Marketing Store generally involves a small group discussion (focus group) with 4-6 kids (or moms) in our downtown Chicago office...

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Dear Neighbors,
I work at The Marketing Store (www.tmsw.com), which is a Chicago-based company that creates promotions and toys for Fortune 500 companies. We are currently looking for kids and moms to participate in fun, upcoming research, online or in focus groups. I thought that this opportunity would be of interest to you and your child (ren).
Research at The Marketing Store generally involves a small group discussion (focus group) with 4-6 kids (or moms) in our downtown Chicago office (55 W. Monroe) where we talk about various topics, provide opinions and/or play with toys. Other times it’s as simple as taking a short online survey.
We are looking for kid’s ages 5-9 years old (and their moms) who might like to participate in this type of research. Everyone is paid for his or her participation, along with a $15 dollar travel stipend.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please email kidsmoms@tmsw.com . Please be sure to include your full name, your age, email address and child (ren)’s gender and age. And if you know of anyone else who would like to be a part of our database, please pass this along.
Thank you

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Before/After Care Palmer School

Hello! We're new to North Mayfair and are looking for before/after care for Palmer School. Any ideas, recommendations? Having a hard time finding someone on Sittercity. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

  • I dont know how old but there a library they can hang out after school. Im not far from the school so if you do need help i'll help you. You can email me at, acj1209@hotmail.com

Dec 04 2012

Updated 36 hours ago

Home Daycare Has Openings

Our fantastic home daycare provider has openings. Located in Jefferson Park near Beaubien Elementary. Nicki, Sandra, and Ruth have watched our two girls for two years now, and they just love it there. Email me at kimnigro@gmail.com if you'd like more info.

  • I know you posted this a LONG time ago. But worth a shot in the dark. Do you still have contacts at that daycare? I may be looking for an infant and a toddler. Thanks.

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Need attorney to help draft a will

I am working on my will and would like a recommendation of an attorney who is reasonable and someone local.

  • Sorry I forgot to give you an address of the Lawyer. You get a free consultation.The address is 4108 N. Cicero (six corners) www.dulskilaw.com over 32 years of excellent work. He is a very nice person.He will travel to your home also. I am not an employer of his. My friend has him as a lawyer. He did her will and her husbands when he was in the hospital. He went to the hospital and did his living will. Good luck deciding who to choose. Have a Great Day!

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    Celia Kilpatrick 773-960-8993 local, very thorough, very good.

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Can anyone foster a cat who is at Animal Care and Control?

A male adult cat who cute, friendly, and talky is on the euthanasia list at Chicago Animal Care and Control, and he is in desperate need of a foster.

Here are some Facebook links to see a still photo and video of him:

https://www.facebook.com/CaccCatsTransferTeam/photos/a.628400050537161.1073741866.410321442345024/769449946432170/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=774876965889468&set=vb.410321442345024&type=2&theater

He was found near Lawrence/Western/Lincoln at the end of July. No one has come forward to claim him.

He needs a foster to save his life. Please consider fostering; please share with anyone you know who might be interested. CACC works with a list of approved rescue organizations (https://www.facebook.com/notes/cacc-cat-transfer-team/interested-in-fostering-or-adopting-a-cacc-cat-contact-one-of-these-homeward-bou/578148428895657). If you have never fostered, I am in contact with a woman who works with Tree House who can help you.

Thanks so much!

  • Heather Albany Park resident, condo owner, cyclist

    Tree House is great! I just adopted my second cat from them. Thanks for doing this Emme.

  • Thank you for the links to foster with Animal Care and Control pets.

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Lost Visa Gift Card

By chance did anyone in the 4800 N Kostner run across a Visa Gift Card. I had just purchased as a gift for my Grandsons 8th birthday.

  • If you have the receipt of the purchase then you can ask the merchant for the issuing Bank's customer service phone#. Actually the phone number should be in the back of any Visa gift cards displayed at the store from where you bought it. Call them and ask them how to get a replacement card. Hopefully if someone found it then they may have not used up the balance. Good luck.

39 hours ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Jr. College in Chicago (St. Augustine College0

St. Augustine College is accepting applications for enrollment. They offer scholarships for students that qualify. They have 5 locations and classes in both English and Spanish. They also have Flexible schedules. They have pre- college classes and college classes. one of the pre-college classes is a FREE GED class. They are offering a scholarship for $9,576 but you have to go to their web site and click on the icon.For more information go their web site or call them. www.staugustine.edu/ Phone: (773) 878-8756

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2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Police at Lawrence and Troy

There are currently 5 police cars on Lawrence and Troy. Does anyone know why? Anyone on a police scanner?

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Seeking local Handy Man/Woman for reasonably priced closet project

Hi there, I live in a large apartment, but when we moved in (over 2 years ago), neither of the two large closets had any kind of shelving or hanging rods. I am seeking a local handy person to create 2 organized closets and turn one mini office space into a closet/work space. California Closets, Container Store and the like are far beyond my budget. I have no problem using IKEA or Target items and am willing to spend between...

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Hi there, I live in a large apartment, but when we moved in (over 2 years ago), neither of the two large closets had any kind of shelving or hanging rods. I am seeking a local handy person to create 2 organized closets and turn one mini office space into a closet/work space. California Closets, Container Store and the like are far beyond my budget. I have no problem using IKEA or Target items and am willing to spend between $250 - $500/closet (work included) and $500-$1000 on the mini office conversion. Again, this is an apartment and I just want organization in my home at long last!! My landlord is unwilling to help. Students are welcome. Anybody have any suggestions? This project could be done over a period of time if need be. Thanks much! Careen

  • I've recently done a kids closet, butler pantry, and office counter with drawers and a cabinet. Email me at scottcutswood@gmail.com and I can send some pics and we can talk more.

    -Scott

46 hours ago

Found Kitten on 4900 Block of N. Kilpatrick

A very sweet and VERY chatty kitten has been coming around my house for the last few nights. She (or he) is really loving and very comfortable with people, after a brief "get to know you" stage. She's really thin and small, and I worry about her being out alone. She cries outside my door all night like she wants to come in. I'm really hoping I can find her home. Please let me know if you have any info!

Jun 21 2012

Updated 2 days ago

A Squirrel Problem

Hello, neighbors... Okay, I've got a bit of a problem and I was wondering if anybody had any potential solutions. Here's the situation:

I like having a nice looking yard and garden. Over the past few months, I've spent quite a bit of time landscaping my front yard so the basement will stop flooding, built up a nice garden, put in a few flower boxes ... Some veggies and herbs in the back yard.

The problem ... some squirrels. They've...

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Hello, neighbors... Okay, I've got a bit of a problem and I was wondering if anybody had any potential solutions. Here's the situation:

I like having a nice looking yard and garden. Over the past few months, I've spent quite a bit of time landscaping my front yard so the basement will stop flooding, built up a nice garden, put in a few flower boxes ... Some veggies and herbs in the back yard.

The problem ... some squirrels. They've dug holes in the front yard where I've planted grass which means I have to fix all those holes and replant the grass. They've dug up my (and my neighbors) flower boxes ... and have even viciously murdered a rose bush, some cucumbers, and countless flowers.

I have nicely asked them to leave my yard alone, and they just roll their eyes at me. I've tried putting a mechanical owl that hoots in the garden to scare them, and they just laughed at me. I've sprinkled the yard with hot sauce and pepper spray, and they still come to dig up my plants.

Does anybody know how I can get those pesky squirrels to leave my yard alone? I'm desperate. I swear I am going to lose it if one more plant gets savagely murdered by those squirrels.

Thanks...

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    DawnOne - I answered your squirrel question 6 comments up. As far as the legality of civilians spreading poison outdoors in the city, I'm sure you already know the answer to that.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    By the way, squirrel season in Illinois runs from Aug 1, 2014 to Feb 15, 2015, so if you want some meat for your stew pot, you've plenty of time. But again, you must be a licensed hunter and use a gun or rifle, or bow and arrow - NO TRAPS - and that's pretty much guaranteed to produce quite the CPD response to your house when you begin firing away!

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Drive by shooting by Ainsle and Harding

The drive by shooting took place Midnight at 12:30 AM On Monday the 18. I counted about 9-10 loud and close shots. The Driver then took off quickly heading towards Lawrence Ave. Cops arrived on the scene about 7 minutes later. They looked around with there flash lights and then left. Does anybody know what happen? or if anybody was hurt?

  • I live one block away from there. I happened to be awake and heard all the "pops." At first I thought it was gun fire but then there were so many pops, I changed my mind and figured it had to be fireworks. Also, I could be wrong, but I thought I remember this occurring 2:30 - 2:45 am.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Believe it or not, as crazy as it sounds, the car with the bullet holes in it may have been the intended target. Sometimes these idiots will shoot up a person's car, or house as a warning to them for whatever reason. That way if they get caught, the assumption is that judges will be more lenient than if someone were actually injured.

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Jul 28

Updated 3 days ago

Mayfair Market - Pulaski

What's going on with Mayfair Market? The last year it's been a pretty sad example of a grocery store but the last couple of weeks they aren't even restocking their shelves.

Are they going out of business?

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    That is so sad, because I do a lot of my shopping there and I was wondering why all of the shelves were empty. I don't know if it is in a good location because there is a lot of product overlap between CVS, Mayfair, Walgreens (which is now stocking...

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    That is so sad, because I do a lot of my shopping there and I was wondering why all of the shelves were empty. I don't know if it is in a good location because there is a lot of product overlap between CVS, Mayfair, Walgreens (which is now stocking a mini produce section, and mini deli section with salads and sandwiches, etc) and Jewels down the street along with all the other little bodegas and mini markets up and down Lawrence, none of which supple exceptional product for reasonable price.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Chandra. i think it really had more to do with the original opening. As i recall, a larger, suburban-based corporation named Michael's Produce expanded quickly with several new stores and got themselves into financial trouble. Not because they weren't excellent at providing quality produce and service; but they simply became...

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    Chandra. i think it really had more to do with the original opening. As i recall, a larger, suburban-based corporation named Michael's Produce expanded quickly with several new stores and got themselves into financial trouble. Not because they weren't excellent at providing quality produce and service; but they simply became over-extended at a very perilous time for our economy. Mayfair was actually doing quite well, but the corporation as a whole, was not.

    Our local store was then bought out by someone without the capital and management experience for long-term financial health and had some troubles... hence, the closure.
    I'm really hoping that whoever has taken charge can make a go of it.

    Walgreens and CVS, while convenient, are really not true competitors for the kind of fresh foods that a produce / meat market can provide. When Mayfair first opened, they actually put a small produce market just around the corner on Lawrence out of business (now Yummy Buffet).

    Lets keep our fingers crossed for success.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Sewer blockage in alley - W Wilson Ave

We moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, and experienced our first heavy rain storm this afternoon - unfortunately we realized the sewer drain near our garage is blocked in the alley and now have 2 inches of water in the garage.

A few neighbors have already complained to the City who has said they will fix it "before winter." This needs to be fixed immediately! It appears that the offending sewer is not draining at all. We also...

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We moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, and experienced our first heavy rain storm this afternoon - unfortunately we realized the sewer drain near our garage is blocked in the alley and now have 2 inches of water in the garage.

A few neighbors have already complained to the City who has said they will fix it "before winter." This needs to be fixed immediately! It appears that the offending sewer is not draining at all. We also had a small amount of water back up in one drain in the basement (clear/clean water it appears). It's not clear to us where the water came from because the street sewers are running through out front and do not appear to be backed up. I called 311, and I will be reporting this to Alderman Mell next.

Is anyone else experiencing this in the neighborhood?

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    Also don't forge to have your main sewer line cleared, you will likely have roots blocking things up if it hasn't been done in a few years

  • If it's clear water ,make sure your downspouts are disconnected.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Where to buy organic fruits & veggies?

We usually shop at Trader Joe's, but I find their produce is often rotten within a day or so. Where can we buy organics in Albany Park/Avondale/Irving Park? Thank you!

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I usually order from Peapod once or twice a winter; their organic produce is usually quite good

  • I refer to Stanley's as "the house of slightly overripe produce." The prices can be incredible but you definitely get what you pay for. It's great if stopping by regularly for a few things is convenient. I go quick a few times a week but that's hard for a family I'd imagine.
    Touhy Fresh Farms is Da Bomb! The fellow customers are a hoot. Everyone should go there just to pick up fresh Napoleon cake at the bakery counter. So not organic nor a produce but oh so so good.

3 days ago

Mayfair Market Update

Hi, just went past Mayfair Market (Pulaski, just south of Lawrence) this afternoon.

The lights are off, doors are locked, with a sign on the door that says they will be temporarily closed until September 1st, re-opening under new management (maybe ownership?).

Hopefully this bodes well for the market, since it's been in obvious decline for some time now (dwindling stock, fewer employees, etc.).
They've definitely seen some rough times since their original very impressive opening several years back; hopefully this re-opening will be the charm.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Air Duct Cleaning

Neighbors,

I'm thinking about getting my air ducts cleaned/serviced and have not used this type of service before. I am looking for recommendations on companies/individuals who do a great job and are reasonably priced.

Thanks!

  • Sears vent cleaning has been given to me on numerous occasions by friends and family for being very thorough. I was told they use the correct cleaning brush system instead of some kid using a regular vacuum with a tiny attachment. Compare equipment styles and choose that way.

  • We use Indoor Air. They are based in the southwest burbs, but are extremely efficient and do a great job. They are a bit pricey though.

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