41 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Going rate for house/dog sitter?

I'd like to have someone house/dog sit for us for a week. The dog is super low maintenance - she just needs to be fed once a day and let out a couple of times during the day (into the back yard). The person would also need to sleep at our house . I am thinking of asking a friend to do it, but I want to know what the fair compensation for such a request might be?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    I know someone who does this for a living, she charged me $50 a night, my dog is very hard to walk and I knew she would be able to handle him. It was kind of last minute that I needed her and I can't remember if she gave me a discount because we are acquainted.

  • If you were going with a friend I would say 30 per night and 15 per each additional visit that they let the dog out separate from spending the night. By the description and it being a friend $200 would seem far to me. I pay a neighbor-girl the same price it would cost us to board our dog.... the peace of mind he's at home and I know the funds are going to a friend.

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

hot dog station

MIKE GEBERT

5. Hot Dog Station (click here for address and info)
Albany Park
I seem to be the only one championing this obscure-yet-very-well-run Albany Park hot dog stand, but go try the beef here and tell me they’re not doing everything right. They've got quality beef and sausage, lots of bright spice flavor in the gravy, and peppers grilled by hand before they go on your sandwich.

30 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Found dog - Male Chihuahua

Does anyone know this dog? I found him
near Elston and Lawrence at noon on 4/18/14. He has no microchip and no one has called local shelter/animal hospitals looking for him. Please share if you can. He's really sweet and I really hope to be able to reconnect him with his human companion. Thanks!

  • The neighbors found a Chihuahua just north of there several years ago and no one ever came looking for her. They even went door to door trying to find her owner. The neighbors ended up keeping her.

    FYI in the future I would advise not posting a photo of a found dog. It is too easy then for someone who is unscrupulous to try and claim a dog that isn't theirs.

Mar 27

Updated 13 hours ago

In need of vet recommendation

Really need your assistance neighbors, anyone have any good recommendations for vets? In our area or burbs, just need the best vet. Closer obviously better but willing to travel any distance. Let me know and thank you in advance

  • Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I...

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    Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I work as a physician assistant and although I am no vet I have a good understanding and can figure out pretty easy when a vet is being a bit aggressive with tests/meds ect. I also did not like the roaming dog at TLC. It's one thing to have a loose pet in a vets office,....it's another thing when that pet invades your space and makes you uncomfortable when you are trying to comfort your sick pet.

  • Mayfair animal clinic is amazing, all the vets, all the staff A+++++++++++++++. The price is reasonable too!

5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Threshold James House @ Kimball & Sunnyside

Long time lurker here with a question--

Last summer my wife and I bought a two-flat across the street from what appears to be some sort of halfway house just south of Kimball and Sunnyside.

A little googling tells me that as recently as 2009 it was a "Licensed Group Home/Child Care Institution" (see: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=52247) and I assume it was associated with Thresholds (see: http://thresholds.org) but that was a long time ago.

Anyone know what the scoop is these days?

  • Genevieve, you're very judgmental for someone asking for tolerance. There's nothing wrong with wanting to know what's going on with a neighboring house when the police are there a lot. Your educational efforts would have more effect without the accusatory tone.

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady in W Horner Park

    How often are the police there and in what span of time and for what reason?
    Sometimes when people are released from a hospital they have a police escort, especially if court ordered to be in a supervised living situation.
    I just think there was some finger pointing and stigma going on. I wasn't convinced by the "police are there sometimes" claim.

23 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Police activity on Pulaski just south of Foster Friday afternoon 4/18/14

Does anyone know why there were two police and three undercover cars on Pulaski yesterday afternoon (4/18/14)?There was also yellow tape on the fence by the entrance to the park's parking lot on the west side of Pulaski just south of Foster.

39 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Anyone with a truck?

Hello Neighbors!! Happy Fine Friday!! I was wondering if someone with a truck could move a queen mattress and box spring from St. Louis/Leland to Foster/Damen sometime this weekend. I think it's not even 4 miles. I'd be happy to pay $20 for your trouble.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Sorry to see you haven't gotten a response. Easter weekend is hard and we too are out of town. I don't have a truck but I do have an SUV with a roof rack and tie downs, and I could help you out on Monday if that will work for you.

4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Wait for it, wait for it... Bam!

  • Mike Stirk Husband, father, civil engineer and musician

    I readily admit that I occasionally hijack a string, but I always make it a point to tie the tangent into the original post. This State Bill discussion has nothing to do with the unethical activity of the Laurino family, or you have failed to make that connection.

    Please refer to today's Tribune Editorial Section for Day three of D'Amico debacle.

  • CeCe Edwards Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council

    First, the Laurino family as well as Rep Rita And Rep Davis are all connected through the political machine. Therefore, since the article also discusses Ethics This issue is also one to review and make political commentary. Review and make phone calls to state reps to Oppose SB 1739 and...

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    First, the Laurino family as well as Rep Rita And Rep Davis are all connected through the political machine. Therefore, since the article also discusses Ethics This issue is also one to review and make political commentary. Review and make phone calls to state reps to Oppose SB 1739 and HB 5395 is one way to fight back.

    As Americans we must not overlook Ethics in how our lives are being impacted. This is still a Democracy for now. Offering this information for naysayers and non believers.

    Second, to provide a few resources to buttressed my observations about HB 5395 and its impact on Seniors, Homeowners and Tenants. See Mark Brown/Sum-times ..."legislators should be careful when taking on issues where they have a direct financial interest..."See http://www.suntimes.com/nes/brown/26748534-452/eviction-bill-deserves-to-get-kicked-to-the-curb-brown.html.

    Also see how Bank Fraud impacts Homeowners and leads to illegal evictions.
    http://nypost.com/2014/03/12/wells-fargo-made-up-on-demand-foreclosure-papers-plan-court-filing-charges/
    See also Institute for Housing Studies/DePaul University Foreclosure crisis and its impact on Cook County communities/Geoff Smith/3/19/13 -- housingstudies.org.

    Banks collect insurance fees from the government once property defaults, collecting fees and leaving abandon property by not completing the sale. Direct impact on property values. Alderman are virtually rendered ineffective. The City must track down property owners and find clear title to get clean-up, grass cutting, etc. .

    Finally, review article...: . When struggling homeowners stopped making monthly payments, the loans defaulted in mass, leaving the government on the hook for massive insurance payouts to the bank...Washington Post: "Gov't sues Wells Fargo for reckless lending practices. 10/10/2012.

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38 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Chicago Tabernacle Church-Parking Problem

Does anyone have any idea if this church is planning on moving anytime soon? I spoke with their pastor, probably about a year ago, about the parking issues and he assured me that he urges his congregation to park in the lot by Bateman Elementary and that we should give them 6-8 months to finalize some logistic changes. However, EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AND SUNDAY I cannot find any place to park and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere. And...

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Does anyone have any idea if this church is planning on moving anytime soon? I spoke with their pastor, probably about a year ago, about the parking issues and he assured me that he urges his congregation to park in the lot by Bateman Elementary and that we should give them 6-8 months to finalize some logistic changes. However, EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AND SUNDAY I cannot find any place to park and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere. And they have all these special events going on that cause the same problem. In one week they had something going on there four days. I literally watch this congregation get into their cars right in front of my apartment. I have to plan my night around their services because they have zero consideration of the residents. I spoke with Alderman Mell last year about this specific church and it's parking problems and he said he was well aware. He stated that we could make it permit parking but people on Berteau and Albany would need to sign a petition. Would any of you be up for that? I just don't know what else to do.

  • EEH

    I would LOVE to have permit parking on Albany. Not only the churchgoers, but the Christian Funeral Home on Albany and Irving has a too-small parking lot, and all our spaces get taken up by funeral goers several nights per week.

Apr 12

Updated 29 hours ago

looking for a good haircut

Does any one have recommendations on a good, affordable ( $25-30) place to get a haircut in the neighborhood? Thanks in advance.

  • i "third" Barbara & Barbara! i used to hike all the way from Edgewater. i see Mandy and she's also great!

  • I also like KE Salon at Montrose & Lincoln. I have been going there for about two years now and Petya is my girl. She does a great job and is very sweet too.

5 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    Learn more about the issue through the FAiR Coalition at www.fairchicago.org. Also, I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. We oppose...

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    Learn more about the issue through the FAiR Coalition at www.fairchicago.org. Also, I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. We oppose the increased air traffic, noise and pollution over our homes, schools, yards and playgrounds that resulted from no real community input in deciding the new O'Hare flight patterns. FAiR supports jobs and our regional economy. O'Hare - Yes! Plans and planes without your voice being heard - NO,

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west. Find out more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. You can also sign our online petition and register your airplane noise complaints directly through our site. Join with your neighbors so your voice can be heard over the planes! FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    Questions? Please ask me, Jac Charlier.

  • Jac Charlier--many thanks! have signed the petition, filed a complaint (months back for Jeff Park) and just joined the Fair Facebook page. will check the website again to try to keep involved! thanks for the work that you're all doing!

38 hours ago

Easter Sunday brunch ideas?

Looking for an affordable local brunch place.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

I heard a rumor

I heard a rumor that they are putting a Target in the old bank of america building across from Sears at 6 corners was wondering if anyone else heard this rumor or if its true

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2 days ago

Attempted kidnapping reported in North Mayfair neighborhood

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-attempted-kidnapping-reported-in-north-mayfair-neighborhood-20140416,0,4331955.story

Chicago police said a man tried to kidnap a woman in the North Mayfair neighborhood last week.

She was walking near the corner of Ainslie Street and Karlov Avenue when a man exited van, opened the back doors of the van and grabbed the woman, ripping her clothes.

The attack happened about 9:20 a.m. on April 10.

Police described the man as white, between 45 and 55 years old with brown eyes, gray hair with a portion of it...

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-attempted-kidnapping-reported-in-north-mayfair-neighborhood-20140416,0,4331955.story

Chicago police said a man tried to kidnap a woman in the North Mayfair neighborhood last week.

She was walking near the corner of Ainslie Street and Karlov Avenue when a man exited van, opened the back doors of the van and grabbed the woman, ripping her clothes.

The attack happened about 9:20 a.m. on April 10.

Police described the man as white, between 45 and 55 years old with brown eyes, gray hair with a portion of it dyed brown, a gray beard and a trimmed mustache.

The police sketch released by police doesn't show the beard or mustache.

He's between about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 and about 160 pounds. Police said he wore a navy blue jacket, navy blue shirt and blue jeans. The jacket and jeans were described as dirty.

The van is old, white and lacking windows or writing on the side. It had a ladder tied to the roof by yellow rope with clear windows on the back door and tools and an orange cable in the back.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 312-744-8200.

(A police sketch of a suspect wanted in an attempted kidnapping in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago on April 10. (Chicago police / April 16, 2014)

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3 days ago

North Mayfair Improvement Association (NMIA) membership drive

Get your name in the hat! As part of the NMIA membership drive (going on now) if you are a paid member as of our 6/4 NMIA meeting, you could be the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate to the Farmer's Market Garden Center (4110 N. Elston)!

To join: http://northmayfair.org/nmia/membership/

Apr 12

Updated 3 days ago

Albany Park - location, safety, etc.

My husband and I are looking at a place in east Albany park, right by the Kedzie brown line stop. I'm interested to know your thoughts about the neighborhood. Location, safety, etc. Thanks!

  • Lucas H Albany Park and Loving It

    I live right next to the Kedzie Brown Line and love it here. Been here over a year and a half and have never had any trouble.

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

    I have lived behind the Kedzie Brown line (closer to the Spaulding entrance) since 2008. The area is great and generally safe. Deb Mell has really shown an interested in beautifying that strip of Kedzie due to a new SSA they're implementing in the ward. Also, since she came in I've noticed a lot more patrolling cops. Go for it!

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updated 17th (Albany Park) Police District crime watch

Stories on recent police reports in the district are available at:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/12/local-crime-from-17th-district-4-5-14/

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

7-11 at Montrose & Pulaski

Interested in what's going to go in in the old King of Tile space at 4401 N. Pulaski? It's a 7-11. With a parking lot. Across from a gas station with a busy lot and next to a strip mall.

http://www.licensedchicagocontractors.com/?pid=100518668#csearch=4401%20N.%20Pulaski

This project, in addition to the soon-to-open Dollar Tree at Pulaski and Ainslie seems to create conditions that will Pulaski even slower for drivers and buses alike. And anyone who's ridden the Pulaski bus from the Irving Park el knows what I mean!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    Maybe Alderman Colón can work with Alderman Mell to have the Pedestrian Street designation extended from Central Park Avenue to Pulaski Avenue.
    http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/04/09/new-law-could-pre-empt-parking-lots-along-albany-parks-main-streets/

  • LTD AP resident

    In terms of the Vosnos space, Half-Price Books, local or chain coffee shop (Starbucks at Lawrence & Pulaski is always packed), a dry cleaning alternative to Clothes Pin.

    A decent Indian restaurant would be great - with the growing population of Pakistanis at the western edge of AP and the...

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    In terms of the Vosnos space, Half-Price Books, local or chain coffee shop (Starbucks at Lawrence & Pulaski is always packed), a dry cleaning alternative to Clothes Pin.

    A decent Indian restaurant would be great - with the growing population of Pakistanis at the western edge of AP and the Indo-Pak grocery stores nearby I'm always hoping someone particularly enterprising will add that to our hood's culinary options.

    A grill/restaurant with seating outdoors. I always thought this model would work in Albany Park with some of our empty lots but particularly the former Kumho tires lot (http://doublewidegrill.com/gallery/images/full/021.jpg)

    A breakfast spot ala West River Cafe...West West River Cafe perhaps? That type of business would have been a nice fit for the corner of Montrose & Pulaski.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

School Day Parking

Anyone have any idea if enforcement in School Parking zones (7-430) is enforced on school holidays such as this week, which is CPS spring break?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    This is a good question to ask at a CAPS meeting

  • To be clear, I haven't gotten a ticket. We live next to an elementary school and just wondered if we could park in the school spots this week and be ok until we leave for work around 745am. Thanks for the input!

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Steeet cleaning left our block even worse

The street sweepers in south Albany Park have dumped everything swept and collected into the middle of our streets. A call has been placed to Laurino's office. I'm hoping I won't have to go out there with a shovel.

  • Me

    Good luck with that... she doesn't seem to care about anything.

  • Actually, the office got another sweeper to come by in just a few hours. Considering what I've heard, that exceeded my expectations.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Found Cat - Pistachio?

A while back I saw a post about a missing cat near Ainslie and Whipple/Sacramento. Has this cat been found - I think her name was Pistachio. I could not find the original post. There is a cat in my yard that looks like it might be that cat by the coloring and it does come up to us when we say Pistachio. It is hard to see if it has an eartip.

  • AlbanyParkMichael Home owner, parent, & Nelson Algren fan.

    I know the owner lives at 4900 N Whipple, but I don't know which apartment.

  • Thanks for pointing out the location of the flyers. we were able to reach the owner, but we did not grab the cat yesterday when we first saw her. We are keeping a very close eye on our yard. Hoping the rain stops so the cats will come out of hiding.

Mar 26

Updated 5 days ago

New Construction on Kedzie & Argyle?

There seems to be some activity in the north-east corner lot of Kedzie and Argyle. The space has been an empty fenced-in gravel lot for years. It's nice to see that something might be happening. Does anyone know who owns that space or what is being developed?

  • Miss Chris 3rd Generation Chicagoan - Lover of Lincoln Square

    I think they own everything up to North Park Auto Service.

  • Kelly2135 Albany Park resident since 2010.

    My husband had seen the North Park "parking lot" flyers years ago, but nothing since then. Based on second-hand information from last year, North Park had to knock down some buildings to make room for the new science building, including married housing. Perhaps they are putting up new housing buildings?

5 days ago

Here's Marge... you be the judge.

50 Alderman in 50 Days. Here is what Marge thinks about the Ward...

http://cltv.com/2013/12/10/50-wards-in-50-days-ald-margaret-laurino-39th-ward/#axzz2yszZGu6H

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Graffiti- Spray painting a house.

Can someone explain why, when a friend and myself saw a 14 year old trouble maker spray paint the side of the house right across the street. With us sitting there, we caught him. I called the police, they came awhile later. We talked, they handcuffed him. That's the only time he showed any emotion at all. He cried, policed ask if that was my building. It wasn't so the cop told me there was nothing they could do unless...

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Can someone explain why, when a friend and myself saw a 14 year old trouble maker spray paint the side of the house right across the street. With us sitting there, we caught him. I called the police, they came awhile later. We talked, they handcuffed him. That's the only time he showed any emotion at all. He cried, policed ask if that was my building. It wasn't so the cop told me there was nothing they could do unless the owner of the house was there to sign the complaint???? What the hell, the owners were out for the night and we couldn't get ahold of them. So away then went, kid in the cop car. But nothing was going to happen. What about that we witnessed this CRIME. If this is what happens, no punishment no trouble. The punks and trouble makers know. The chances they will get off is great! ( we are in Mayfair area)

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    The UniBomber once lived in Lombard with his parents:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski

  • Tom from Mayfair 41 years in Mayfair area

    The sad thing is, if the parents cared enough to set a good example, they would make that child clean it off. No matter how long it took. But my guess is that since the kid is left to roam without any supervision, nothing will be done and he will do worst things in the future. Parent have to be made responsible for their children's act. But I am old school also.

Oct 21 2011

Updated 5 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.

5 days ago

Local Dog Rescue in Search of Fosters

I help manage a local dog rescue and we are seeing a serious drop off of people offering to foster or adopt from our organization, Bow Wow Revolution. Spring is a great time to bring a new pet into your lives so if you think you would be interested in becoming a foster, please contact us at bowwowrevolution@gmail.com. We pay the vetting and provide the crate!

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Join us to reform City Hall

My newest handout is now available... the attached pdf is best printed two sided.... I have printed copies if you would like some. Just call me at 312-206-8793.

Thanks

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