36 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

speed camera

Speed cameras tax the poor and do not work. Our mayor is a joke!! I have paid over 400. and I do NOT speed!! Hire some cops you idiot!! At least we could, sometimes, talk to a cop...If they're in a good mood.

  • Thanks John for your contribution to keep my taxes down and the roads safer - much appreciated.
    A great user pays tax in action.

  • Duncs you are the subservient sheep of a state that views its citizens as a source of funds to maintain the status quo where it benefits the, nothing more.

37 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

FedEx Doesn't Deliver...

I had a package come yesterday that I didn't get via FedEx. I was home all day and watching for it but no one came and it was almost 5pm this point. Then I check the tracking, it says it was left at the door an hour and a half before I checked. No one rang my bell or anything. So I run out to see if it's there. Nothing. I'm so disappointed. This was a really special gift that...

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I had a package come yesterday that I didn't get via FedEx. I was home all day and watching for it but no one came and it was almost 5pm this point. Then I check the tracking, it says it was left at the door an hour and a half before I checked. No one rang my bell or anything. So I run out to see if it's there. Nothing. I'm so disappointed. This was a really special gift that I needed before Monday. Now I won't get it until Wednesday... Why would you leave packages out in the open KNOWING theft is rampant right now? I'm in a multi-unit. It would have been nice to at least put it in the hallway or even just inside our gate...

Has anyone else had issues with them? I rarely get anything delivered by them and I'm just scared my redelivery will meet the same fate...

  • I really don't like Fed X. They ring the bell and run. I live on the first floor and get right to the door but they are usually on their way back to the truck by then. I tell them they have to give people time to get to the...

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    I really don't like Fed X. They ring the bell and run. I live on the first floor and get right to the door but they are usually on their way back to the truck by then. I tell them they have to give people time to get to the door and they always say sorry but keep doing it. I have also had sticky notes saying delivery was attempted but nobody answered when I had been waiting all day for package and KNOW that nobody rang the buzzer. My UPS guy on the other hand rocks, he rings the buzzer and actually stands there to see if anyone is going to come down. I know these people have a lot of packages to deliver , but it is their job and we gave paid for that service.

  • Jacob Ryan Stauffer west town resident on Thomas

    Have you tried calling their customer service for assistance in locating this package? The phone number is 1-800-463-3339. Hit 0 immediately and you won't have to wait through a bunch of frustrating prompts. If you have your tracking number they can usually provide more details as to where the package...

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    Have you tried calling their customer service for assistance in locating this package? The phone number is 1-800-463-3339. Hit 0 immediately and you won't have to wait through a bunch of frustrating prompts. If you have your tracking number they can usually provide more details as to where the package may have been delivered, or have someone reach out to the local station for more delivery information. Often times drivers are asked to leave package not necessarily in front of the front door, but in a location near the front door, hidden from view of potential thieves. Or it is possible that the driver made a mistake.

    In regards to the gentlemen that had the issue with Fedex giving the box to the post office, this is a service that shippers use called Smartpost. It is a service dictated by the shipper of the package where Fedex (or the equivalent UPS service) picks up small packages in bulk from a shipper and then gives the whole shipment to the post office to deliver using their existing residential delivery network. It is good for shippers because it is cheap compared to standard Fedex service. The downside of it is that once it is in the post office network they actually do the delivery, and Fedex is no longer involved with the package. This can be a problem when dealing with something like the Chicago postal system.

35 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Thoughts on St.Louis and Montrose

We have been north siders for 20 years, have 2 small kids and 1 on the way. Our current neighborhood has us priced out of the area as we need to find a larger home. We have found a single family home on St Louis and Montrose that we love, but are not that familiar with the neighborhood and community. My main concern is safety .. I have also noticed that parking is a bit tricky.

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We have been north siders for 20 years, have 2 small kids and 1 on the way. Our current neighborhood has us priced out of the area as we need to find a larger home. We have found a single family home on St Louis and Montrose that we love, but are not that familiar with the neighborhood and community. My main concern is safety .. I have also noticed that parking is a bit tricky.

Any thoughts would be helpful (I know any area can be unsafe, with having a family now, I just need to be super cautious!).

I guess my main question is, if you have a young family, would you move to the area? Yay or nay?

Thanks in advance for any insight!

  • Susan 8 year resident

    We moved here with a baby and a two year old, and then had one more kid. That was 9 years ago, and no problems! Safety has been fine. There are isolated incidents of course, but overall it is a friendly neighborhood with kind, caring, non-pretentious neighbors. Parking on my...

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    We moved here with a baby and a two year old, and then had one more kid. That was 9 years ago, and no problems! Safety has been fine. There are isolated incidents of course, but overall it is a friendly neighborhood with kind, caring, non-pretentious neighbors. Parking on my block is fine, but we have zoned park.

    The one issue we have faced here is schools. My kids attended the local school for preschool, and it was OK, but not fabulous. They are now in a selective enrollment school. Many families choose to send their kids elsewhere. I'm not sure where the boundaries are, but our block is Tier 2 which actually made it very easy to get placements. My daughter applied last year and got 8 offers.

  • I live on Montrose and Francisco. Married with five children. Have a wonderful neighbor. Great neighborhood within walking distance of Horner Park, The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, a city swimming pool, and the indoor ice arena. Plenty of great restaurants and bars in the area. Love it here!

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Video Surveillance

I live in an apartment building and would love to get a recording system set up. Is this something I need authorization from my landlord about or could I just hook it up? I also want to be able to connect this system to the CPD somehow.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    I don't think you can do it without the landlord's consent, and I don't think he can approve it without all of the other tenant's consent.

  • What's the opposite of a selfie? A someonelsie?
    My understanding of your rights as a tenant is that you may have something inside your window pointing to the outside. To install anything on the outside of your apartment, you will need the permission of your landlord.
    Also my understanding is...

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    What's the opposite of a selfie? A someonelsie?
    My understanding of your rights as a tenant is that you may have something inside your window pointing to the outside. To install anything on the outside of your apartment, you will need the permission of your landlord.
    Also my understanding is that you cannot connect with any PD unless they are a private police force. Not even the big stores can do it, so for little you would be impossible.
    Let me know if you do install it. I want to fix my hair.

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39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

  • Robert Murphy, thank you for the offer to discuss your vision, it is appreciated.

  • Just a suggestion to anyone who may be involved in the planning of the debate. I think it would be helpful to those residents not able to attend the debate if a webcast, video and/or transcript is made available. Thanks for organizing this! Looking forward to it.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Man critically wounded in Albany Park shooting

A man was shot in the head Tuesday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

About 3:10 p.m., the 21-year-old was sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked in the 4700 block of North Lawndale when two gunmen walked up and opened fire before running away, police said.

The 21-year-old was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

One of the gunmen was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and the other, a heavyset male, had on a gray hoodie, police said.

http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/man-critically-wounded-in-albany-park-shooting/

  • Hman Ravenswood Manor resident

    What a waste of life!! These pathetic losers. If they really want to go and shoot someone, why don't they enlist and go defend our country from a**holes like isis and other terrorist groups. Feel bad for their parents, but probably a reflection of them! Gangbangers suck!

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    You can't go anywhere anymore. Montrose is sketchy anyway.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Just Wondering....

Anyone know what's being built on the corner of Belle Plaine and Kedzie....hopefully it's a parking garage!

  • Irving Dave Friendly neighbor

    Affordable Senior Housing.

  • Huh... Welcome something positive to the area...hope it comes with its own parking lot...yes driving around for hours and lugging groceries several blocks has me disgruntled.

Dec 15

Updated 2 days ago

New Thai option on Kimball

Hi all, I noticed something this morning that I'm VERY excited about. The former Coffee Berry location in the strip mall across from the Kimball train stop is turning into Ruk Thai and Sushi. I've always been vexed by the lack of Thai options in east/central AP (Thai Valley doesn't do it for me) so I'm hoping that this helps fill the void! They have another location near Milwaukee and Montrose but I've never been.

I was only driving by, so didn't get to see inside and have no idea when they're opening. Just wanted to share.

Happy holidays to us!

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

    New Asia has the best chicken pho or L.D. Pho has the best chicken pho?

  • New Asia.

Oct 21 2011

Updated 2 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

  • Albany Parker Jane Addams Community Health and Urban Development

    Ok so we all know about the graft for the well connected and the claims that this all has been "For the children" and the ridiculous light timings that could not be explained Well the facts are in and the cameras do not improve safety. They are all about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-camera-safety-met-20141219-story.html#page=1 FIVE HUNDRED MILLION in fines! How many lives has that affected?

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

    The Tribune and Redlight stories are misleading.

    They note that the number of T-Bone accidents have been reduced (which is good) but then go on to complain that the number of rear-end accidents have increased.

    Rear-end accidents occur because of drivers driving to fast and following to closely, not because of the Red-Light cameras.

    Slow down, keep your distance, and drive safely. Quit looking for someone else to blame.

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Sirens on montrose 2am Saturday 12/20??

I hear a ton of sirens coming and coming near montrose and Hamlin? Anyone know what's up ?

2 days ago

3 days ago

4 Neighborhood Places You Should Eat This Weekend

Marie's Pizza & Liquors, 4127 W. Lawrence Ave.

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

The Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 N. Clark St.

Antonios Cafe & Restaurant, 3335 W. 111th St.

Sugar Fixe Macaron, 958 W. Armitage Ave.

3 days ago

Marie's Pizza Decks the Halls, the Ceilings and Pretty Much Everything Else

...Pizza has been dazzling customers with its annual Christmas fantasia. To enter the doors at 4127 W. Lawrence Ave. is to fall down a rabbit hole that leads to a singular display of holiday...

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Beats 1722, 1723, 1724 CAPS Meetings Being Rolled Into One Come January

Beats 1722, 1723, and 1724 CAPS meetings are being combined so that all can have monthly meetings. First combined meeting will happen Wednesday January 21st, 6:30 PM, community room of 17th district. Note the start time is 6:30, not 7.

I think this is a good thing.

  • FCZ Montrose and Troy

    Thanks, Chris. That was a better description than provided by our CAPS facilitator. I, for one, do not like the change. First, the change in location. 1724 held meetings at Horner Park. We could walk to that. 17th precinct is a bit far to us to walk to which will...

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    Thanks, Chris. That was a better description than provided by our CAPS facilitator. I, for one, do not like the change. First, the change in location. 1724 held meetings at Horner Park. We could walk to that. 17th precinct is a bit far to us to walk to which will make it more difficult to attend. Second, the time change. 7:00 was a hard start time to make. 6:30 is, obviously, more difficult. Lastly, and most importantly, our meetings ran long. Too long. As you pointed out, CAPS meetings aren't run the most efficiently (and that is putting it mildly). A combined one sounds Kafkaesque!

    So, I'm afraid the new format makes if very unlikely that will be attending any more CAPS meetings. Our CAPS facilitator stated that if the new format doesn't work out, they will go back to the old one. Here's hoping they do.

  • Chris Dick Johnson!

    I hear you on the time. It was difficult for me to make 7. 6:30 will make it more difficult.

    If it's any relief, once things gets structured, the tentative plan mentioned to us is 1722 @ 6:30, 1723 @ 7ish, 1724 @ 7:30ish. So the time might not be...

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    I hear you on the time. It was difficult for me to make 7. 6:30 will make it more difficult.

    If it's any relief, once things gets structured, the tentative plan mentioned to us is 1722 @ 6:30, 1723 @ 7ish, 1724 @ 7:30ish. So the time might not be as bad for you.

    1723 meetings on avg run about 45 mins most times, at hot times about an hour. But that could easily be reduced to 30/45 with a more controlled meeting.

    1724 met once every 2 months, right? Going to monthly, with hopefully less items to discuss, might help with 1724 durations. I used to attend 1724 about 3 years ago, they averaged about 30 mins back then.

    Not trying to contradict ya' FCZ. I have a feeling first couple of meetings will be a mess. Just trying to have a hopeful outlook on it.

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Police Tape

Anyone know what happened by the alley on Lawndale and Lawrence? There's police tape up and a bunch of cops.

  • He was shot in the head and drove???

  • Chris Dick Johnson!

    Victim was Spanish Cobra, shooter was Conservative Vice Lord. Victim is not cooperating.

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Nov 24

Updated 5 days ago

Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Susan, OId Irving Anna commented in another thread:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/politics/dec16-39th-ward-alderman-debate-6565538/

    "Several community associations are discussing co-sponsoring a debate. Effort is being spearheaded by the Hollywood Park--North Park group. Location would be Northside College Prep auditorium. No firm details yet."

    I look forward to attending,

    From reading Kathleen's comment, it confirms that some areas of the 39th Ward receives better treatment than other sections. My area seems to be one of the forgotten areas.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    The Edgebrook Community Association is doing a 39th Ward aldermanic debate on January.

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Dec 12

Updated 6 days ago

Lawrence ave closed to thru traffic between kedzie and western

Does anyone know why Lawrence ave is shut down to traffic between kedzie and western? Seems like people are driving through anyway but I can't find info about it and the Chicago street closure site is down right now. The bus is definitely rerouted. I apologize if someone already posted about this, it's been over a week since I've headed this way.

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

    Listening to the variability of the CTA drivers' announcements is interesting. Upon approaching either end of the detour points, one might loudly call out, "May I have your attention please!" and then proceed to describe exactly what route they will be taking on the upcoming detour.

    On the other hand,...

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    Listening to the variability of the CTA drivers' announcements is interesting. Upon approaching either end of the detour points, one might loudly call out, "May I have your attention please!" and then proceed to describe exactly what route they will be taking on the upcoming detour.

    On the other hand, you have the drivers who just say, "Detour" in a conversation-level voice as they make their turn off the normal route, OR the ones who say not one word! Huh? Some riders start to look around, look confused, look panicked, start talking in various languages.

    Thanks CTA!

  • There was a sewer system collapse there last week and it looks like they are fixing Albany south to Leland.

Dec 12

Updated 6 days ago

What happened to Nighthawk?

They said Fall 2014, but no signs of progress as far as I can tell.

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Dec 15

Mending fences

Can anyone recommend a carpenter skilled at building a gated fence?

Thanks in advance.

Dec 13

Updated Dec 15

Gun Shots near Cullom and Bernard

Last night at 10pm, I heard about 7 gunshots outside my residence. At first, I thought it was fireworks (I'm an optimist). Still, the pops were irregular and more resonant than fireworks.

5 minutes later, I looked out my window and saw a small fleet of police cruisers sitting in the area. This definitely was gunfire. Broken glass all over the street the next day also proved that something went down.

Did anybody else in the area hear this?

This is my first post on EB about such an occurrence. I've always been weary of even the slightest involvement in any criminal incident. I just want people from around the area to be aware that this happened.

Thank You

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    Welcome to the neighborhood! I bet your real estate agent forgot to mention that...

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    The best way to take a handle on this is by being involved. As stated above, attend CAPS meetings and my motto is "See something, Say something." Best of wishes to you

Dec 15

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Dec 14

Updated Dec 15

Door to Door Crime and Justice Survey in Albany Park

Shared from Albany Park Neighbors FB page

Head's up, folks! Researchers from UIC'a Survey Research Laboratory are conducting the National Crime and Justice Study in Albany Park. They're going door to door to talk with residents about police and citizen-initiated encounters with police, asking a series of questions about the details of encounters that they recall. All responses are confidential.

The team will mostly be out in the neighborhood on weekdays from 4-9pm, and can conduct surveys in English and Spanish. They have specific ID cards from UIC.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    uh-oh. I guess that means we'll soon be having EB threads started about, "HELP, some people rang my buzzer and I wasn't expecting anyone. I peeked out my window and saw one of them had dark skin and was carrying a clipboard. They were probably casing my home, so I called the police. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!"

Dec 13

Updated Dec 14

  • Congrats to the Alderman

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I agree with Arena's support of the teachers union and all unions in general. I will give credit where credit is due.

Nov 09

Updated Dec 14

9 hospitalized after extra-alarm fire on Northwest Side

Nine people were taken to hospitals after an extra-alarm fire early Sunday at an apartment building on the Northwest Side.

The blaze began in the 5700 block of North Kimball about 4 a.m. and moved throughout a courtyard building, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The blaze was extinguished by 4:45 a.m., though firefighters remained at the scene chasing hot spots, according to Fire Media.

Nine people — some of them children — were taken to various hospitals, including Swedish Covenant, Weiss Memorial and Saint Francis in Evanston, according to Fire Media.

Two people are in serious-to-critical condition and seven others are in fair-to-serious condition.

http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/extra-alarm-fire-extinguished-on-northwest-side/

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

    Tenants injured in deadly Northwest Side fire file lawsuit against building owners

    Tenants of an apartment building that caught fire in November, killing a 10-year-old boy, have filed a lawsuit against the Northwest Side building owners, alleging they were injured while the boy’s family attempted to escape the blaze.

    Saul...

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    Tenants injured in deadly Northwest Side fire file lawsuit against building owners

    Tenants of an apartment building that caught fire in November, killing a 10-year-old boy, have filed a lawsuit against the Northwest Side building owners, alleging they were injured while the boy’s family attempted to escape the blaze.

    Saul and Andrea Zetina filed the negligence lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

    Firefighters responded to the blaze about 4 a.m. Nov. 9, which moved throughout the courtyard building in the 5700 block of North Kimball, before being put out about 45 minutes later, Fire Media Affairs said at the time.

    The suit claims the building’s owners, Mihai and Elena Horga, failed to properly test and maintain smoke alarms in common stairwells and did not properly maintain or inspect the building to prevent a fire

    The rest of the story:
    http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/tenants-injured-in-deadly-northwest-side-fire-file-lawsuit-against-building-owners/.

  • I live in the multiple-unit apt. complex on the south side of Carmen Ave., on Kimball, across from Von Steuben H.S., owned by M. Benjamin (not the same owner). From what I've heard, many/mostof the alarms/detectors in our bldgs. have either been painted over and/or do not work. I purchased...

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    I live in the multiple-unit apt. complex on the south side of Carmen Ave., on Kimball, across from Von Steuben H.S., owned by M. Benjamin (not the same owner). From what I've heard, many/mostof the alarms/detectors in our bldgs. have either been painted over and/or do not work. I purchased my own (working) fire alarm/CO2 detector not long after we moved in, but doubt others have done the same (especially since bldg. owners are required to provide and maintain). Online, I've seen multiple code violations for our multi-unit complex--observed and reported by city inspector(s), but I don't believe the situation has yet been rectified (per the information detailed on the city's site, and from simply living in the bldg.) The news stations reported the owners of the bldg. in this tragic fire had multiple code violations, as well (including the lack of working detectors). It seems so senseless this poor boy had to lose his incredibly short life, and that his family will forever mourn their unspeakable loss. It's scary, too, thinking this could happen to us, just a few blocks south this horrific event.

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Dec 13

Parking Space

What is the going rate to rent an uncovered parking space in the Albany Park/Irving Park area? I would appreciate any advice you could give me!

Dec 13

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