43 hours ago

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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?

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

    When will the challenges be finished or determined?

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

    I've only had one occasion to call Laurino's office...signs banning parking on a half block stretch for almost a month. Talked to someone who said he'd check it out and get back to me. No call back for a week so I tried again. Different guy who did call back dating that three permits had been pull by ComEd, etc. Turned out to be a speed camera. Non-responsive answer IMO.

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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/

  • I was walking outside at Lawrence and Monticello at this exact time & thought I heard gunshots but then dismissed it, assuming I was just being paranoid... it appears I was correct though. SO scary I was that close... :(

  • Hopefully this happens to every gangbanger, I'm sick and tired of post after post about gunfire. Let's pray they kill each other so eventually we won't have to talk about these losers anymore. Sorry if I offended one or many

  • WOW! A little before the shooting, I randomly decided to take the bus to the Kimball Brown line instead of walking. the shooting happened right in my walking path to the train. guess I made a good decision...

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours 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.

    FYI, Ruk Albany Park has a slightly different menu than their Portage Park location due to its smaller size. For instance I was hoping to try the wonton soup and the bamee noodles, but neither were offered at this time. The owner did take note, and mentioned he would offer those items as rotating specials in the future.

  • Will try this (possibly this weekend). Do they offer lunch?
    If you're willing to go Vietnamese, then I'd also suggest L.D.Pho on Lawrence just east of California.

38 hours ago

Updated 7 hours 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.

8 hours 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.

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Updated 25 hours 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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Updated 39 hours 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.

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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.

5 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

What happened to Nighthawk?

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

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Mending fences

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

Thanks in advance.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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Updated 2 days ago

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!!"

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  • 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 4 days ago

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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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!

5 days ago

Jul 08

Updated 5 days ago

Speed Camera coming near Lawrence/Cicero

http://www.suntimes.com/28537375-761/speed-cameras-to-be-installed-in-12-new-areas.html

Ashmore Playlot Park, 4807 W. Gunnison St.

Lived in North Mayfair for over 15 years and never knew that there was a city playlot behind the car wash place at Lawrence/Cicero and that there was a epidemic of kids being run over by cars on the way to the playlot.

I bet the cams will be on Cicero Ave and drivers going Northbound on Cicero who think that they just beat the Lawrence light will be in for a surprise. But I'm sure that the fine office of the 45th ward have the stats to back up a need for the camera. /sarc.

Dislosure: I've never received a red light or speed cam ticket.

Dec 04

Updated 5 days ago

At Lawrence Hall, vulnerable kids terrorized, learn life of crime

www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang...

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www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang or other criminal enterprise.

They were juvenile state wards promised round-the-clock supervision and intensive therapy in a taxpayer-financed residential treatment center or in a network of nearby group homes run by the same Chicago agency.

Lawrence Hall is located at 4833 N Francisco Ave.

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

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/rtc/ct-youth-treatment-panel-met-20141211-story.html

    (This is a freebee - not behind a pay-wall!)

    DCFS chief fields queries from child welfare panel about residential care.

    State child welfare chief Bobbie Gregg on Thursday faced sharp questions from former juvenile wards in the wake of a Tribune investigation that revealed hundreds of reports that youth...

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/rtc/ct-youth-treatment-panel-met-20141211-story.html

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    DCFS chief fields queries from child welfare panel about residential care.

    State child welfare chief Bobbie Gregg on Thursday faced sharp questions from former juvenile wards in the wake of a Tribune investigation that revealed hundreds of reports that youth were assaulted or sexually abused in residential treatment centers funded by Illinois taxpayers.

    "This wasn't brought to your attention. Can I ask, why not?" 20-year-old Tashyla Coleman asked Gregg at the emergency meeting of a state child welfare panel convened by Gov. Pat Quinn in response to the Tribune's "Harsh Treatment" series.

  • Thanks, Bob K. for keeping everyone abreast of this situation in our neighborhood at Lawrence Hall and other facilities. I have been following the Chic. Tribune expose and glad that it finally came out in the open.

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Dec 08

Updated 6 days ago

Lawrence Eastbound Closure

Does anyone know when the eastbound closure of Lawrence off of the Kennedy is scheduled to open up? I haven't been able to find any info. Thanks.

  • I drove by this evening, and it looks like they actually are getting to the end stages. Fingers crossed that this messy detour is opened soon.

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

    It's especially bad for bicyclists; Lawrence Avenue has a marked bike lane and is a major east-west travel route.

Dec 03

Updated 6 days ago

mugging 4200 block north troy

9:15 pm. Victim heading south on troy mugged by 6' African American male approx. 25 years old, slim build. Snatched purse, hit her in the face and ran south, possibly west on berteau.

  • Now that I think about it, I do recall the police activity. In fact, I said something to my wife about it and pulled up the scanner, but missed the details.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    It's easy to be insensitive when you're not the victim.

Dec 10

Updated 6 days ago

Fifty Recent Forgotten Chicago Events

Lawrence Avenue east of Pulaski Road contains some of the most intact pre- and post-World War II commercial buildings in...

This article has 21 other Chicago locations (Show)

...University, this presentation commemorated the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Greyhound terminal at Clark and Randolph in December 1989; when it opened in 1954 this terminal was the world’s largest...

...Tuesday, November 18 at Mirabell Restaurant & Lounge, an authentic German-style landmark since 1977 at 3454 West Addison...

...discussed the history of Henry Frerk Sons seen above left, and Avondale business landmark on Belmont just east of Kedzie for more than 125 years. Also discussed was the Milford Ballroom shown above right, which...

Also discussed was the 1927 parking garage at 5050 North Broadway shown above left that would be converted to an office for Combined Insurance Company of...

...years and currently being converted to hotel above left. We discussed the odd story of 179 West Washington, an 1893 mid-rise by Handy & Cady that was converted from an office building to...

...we took a look at buildings like Architect Benjamin Marshall’s 1906 Hotel Brevoort at 120 West Madison Street, converted to an office building in 1963. Additionally, we looked at a grouping of two...

...as Chicago’s most forgotten landmark is the former U.S. Court of Appeals at 1212 North Lake Shore Drive seen above, once a lavish 1922 branch office for a Des Moines-based insurance company...

...the entrance. We also discussed the former Commercial National Bank at the busy corner of Lawrence and Western above right; the building remains a bank and its façade has been modernized, but...

...type in “Pennock, IL” in 2014 and be curiously directed to near the intersection of Pulaski Road and Wrightwood Avenue...

...Chicago’s historic Noble Street and environs, along with the rapidly changing intersection of Division, Milwaukee and Ashland. This once-bustling Noble Street corridor (once with its own streetcar line) has been substantially...

...at one of Chicago’s best and most authentic old-school bars, Podlasie Club on North Central Park just south of Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Avondale, all of the book’s authors were present for this...

...plain site. One of the most significant movie history sites in the country is the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue shown above left, the former site of Chicago resident Carl Laemmle’s White Front Theater...

...of the area, such as the Art Deco former Studebaker dealership at the corner of South Michigan and East 26th Street above left, demolished in the mid-1960s for a parking lot. Finally, a South Loop...

...visited the site of the ambitious and never-started X/O condominium project on the 1700 block of South Prairie Avenue seen above right, including a sign still indicating parking for this doomed project’s former...

...housing, retail and manufacturing. Also discussed was the former Snappy Service System hamburger stand on Ashland near Division seen above center, whose exterior had been painted over for decades before being suddenly revealed...

...Side since World War II and the many remnants of this area, such as the Madison and Pulaski (formerly Crawford) shopping district, including the now-altered 1948 Three Sisters retail store by Leichenko...

...for tours, presentations, and articles. The lecture was conducted at co-working space CivicLab at 114 North Aberdeen Street, located in an old Chicago fire station; CivicLab is dedicated to “collaboration, education and innovation...

...a complete list of former national shoe retailer Feltman & Curme, including their former location at 4049 North Milwaukee, shown above...

...inside the store’s massive two-story former display window at the corner of Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park, seen inside and out above center. This tour also included a trip down the store...

Forgotten Chicago’s first walking tour exploring the fascinating communities of Cicero and Berwyn was presented to a sold-out group on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Above left, the...

...of this legendary street from Blue Island to the Dan Ryan Expressway; the buildings on Maxwell Street east of Halsted would not be cleared for another 30 years. At left is one of the many...

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RESIDENTIAL PROJECT - EXISITNG 2 STORY FRAME BLDG W/BSMT - REPLACE EXISTING REAR ENCLOSED PORCH WITH NEW OPEN WOOD PORCH SAME SIZE AND LOCATION

    4620 N. Springfield Ave. Issued December 8, 2014 Comment

Dec 06

Updated Dec 09

Lady pounding on my door at 2 a.m.

Just had a women pound on my door and ring my doorbell over and over begging to let her in. Anyone else have this issue? At Avers and Lawrence.

  • George F's advice is spot on. A few years back a guy started knocking really hard on the door at about 12:30 am a few days after Christmas. My brother had just left, and I thought it was him having forgot something, so I almost opened the door. Instead, I...

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    George F's advice is spot on. A few years back a guy started knocking really hard on the door at about 12:30 am a few days after Christmas. My brother had just left, and I thought it was him having forgot something, so I almost opened the door. Instead, I looked out the window first, and it was this 20 something guy in a pea coat and dark curly hair, and so I spoke to him through the window. He wanted to come in and use the phone because he said his wife was having a baby and their car broke down. I looked around but didn't see any car, or woman in a car. I told him I'd call the police for him, and he said JUST OPEN THE DOOR! Well, that was that. I left the window and left him there. I didn't call the police, but told my brother about it the next day, and he called the police just to report it and ask what I should have done. They told him if something like that happens always call the police, since the person may try the same tactic down the block. It was implied these are home invasion tactics.

    So, I guess the bottom line is, don't open the door for anyone, and call the police. Glad you guys are safe.

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