2 hours ago

Our Local American Legion Post Cordially Invites Local Scout Units to Vets Day Parade

All Girl and Boy Scout units are invited to march in the local American Legion Veterans’ Day Parade on Sunday, November 9. American Legion Post #134 in Morton Grove will hold its annual Veterans’ Day Parade through Morton Grove. The fun-filled parade will kick off at 1:30pm at the Post at 6144 W. Dempster. Scouts should arrive at 12:30pm to line up. We are expecting a large parade turnout this year. Scout units interested in attending should contact Jac Charlier, Scouting Chair, with the American Legion at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Anyone hear gunshots?

Near Kedzie and Argyle. I've heard four gunshots in the past half hour. Anyone know what's going on?

Be safe!

  • I heard some bangs at the time. 1 around 8:15, another around 8:30 and 2 in quick succession at around 8:45. Wasn't sure if it was fireworks or what. Since I never heard any sirens or those police truck honks I assumed it was fireworks.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Did you call 911? Police resources are allocated, in part, based on 911 calls. Police response should be under ten minutes.

15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Girl, 14, missing from Albany Park

Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for almost a week from the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Beatriz Delaluz was last seen about 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 when she left her father’s home in the 4900 block of North Lawndale, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Delaluz has been active on Facebook but hasn’t revealed where she might be, the alert said.

She is described as a 5-foot-3, 140-pound Hispanic girl, last seen carrying a black and white Jordan backpack, police said.

Anyone with information on Delaluz’s whereabouts is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

http://breakingnews.suntimes.com/chicago/girl-14-missing-from-albany-park/

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Sounds like runaway. Kids that age usually run away for a reason.

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Jun 12

Updated 26 hours ago

Opinions about Life Performance Gym on Kedzie, f/k/a BodyWorx

Hi - noticed this gym last weekend and was hoping to get people's updated opinions on it, since previous posts/Yelp reviews were quite negative. Apparently many people were upset at the outset when it was called BodyWorx and they signed people up before it opened and continued to charge their cards despite the fact that is was under construction for several more years. Now it appears to be a functional gym, but any positives or negatives from my neighbors? Thanks! Catherine

  • drewmaskreplica Albany Park Resident

    I think "folks that cancelled your memberships" misses the point of what happened here:
    1) The contracted term was one year from opening, which took two-plus years to happen (double charges occurred and refunds were requested before the gym ever opened).
    2) No cancellation materials were offered as no refund was offered. His entire response amounted to "shucks. too bad."

  • E.G. Albany Park

    I understand what you're saying Drew; however I'm in the process of canceling (I did not have an overall positive experience) and have little to go on. I cannot locate a copy of my contract (I doubt if I was given a copy) and when I sent an email to...

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    I understand what you're saying Drew; however I'm in the process of canceling (I did not have an overall positive experience) and have little to go on. I cannot locate a copy of my contract (I doubt if I was given a copy) and when I sent an email to the info email address I was told to come in and fill in a cancelation form. For LA Fitness I just printed one up and sent it in. This seems odd that the gym wants me to come in and have me fill out a cancelation on the spot, especially since the owner knows I'm not happy.

    I paid bi-yearly, and am paid up until the end of the year, I just find this whole buisness is a bit shady.

5 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Neighbor Advice Needed

We live next to one of the (in)famous Gary Carlson buildings. There's a guy living on the 3rd floor who throws cigarette butts and beer cans/bottles off the deck up there into our backyard and the backyard of the house next door. We've spoken with the perpetrator himself, the police, and Gary Carlson, but nothing's changed. We posted a sign on the property asking (very nicely) if they could please not throw trash. It was marked up with obscenities and...

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We live next to one of the (in)famous Gary Carlson buildings. There's a guy living on the 3rd floor who throws cigarette butts and beer cans/bottles off the deck up there into our backyard and the backyard of the house next door. We've spoken with the perpetrator himself, the police, and Gary Carlson, but nothing's changed. We posted a sign on the property asking (very nicely) if they could please not throw trash. It was marked up with obscenities and flown onto our back porch in the form of a paper airplane.

What else can we do? One of our neighbors has said that Gary Carlson has been single-handedly holding back progress in Albany Park. Any of you Carlson-abutters have similar issues? What pressure can we put on him as a landlord?

  • Rob L- I'm curious if you were able to attend the CAPS meeting or if you've looked into any of these options presented. Will you give us an update if you do? Thx!

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    @Rob L, I know it stinks to be nice to a person who is so inconsiderate, but when the person is as jerky as your butt tosser, honestly, I would try to kill him with kindness if you want to change his behavior. Check out his tossed beer cans and...

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    @Rob L, I know it stinks to be nice to a person who is so inconsiderate, but when the person is as jerky as your butt tosser, honestly, I would try to kill him with kindness if you want to change his behavior. Check out his tossed beer cans and bring him a 6 pack of the same with a smile (and an old coffee can for the butts.) This is how I dealt with an upstairs neighbor of mine many years ago.It actually worked - as my mom always says, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Jul 28

Updated 32 hours ago

Garage Repair

The garage for my building is falling apart and I'm looking for recommendations on someone who will do a good job fixing it. It's a large brick garage. I've been getting a few quotes from different places, but would love to go with someone who has done this type of work before and that has a good reputation doing a good job. Has anyone in the neighborhood had something like this done or can recommend someone?

  • kay abrams hats by kay

    You might try Peoples Home Improvement, the owner Leonard Belsky is very honest and reasonable and a really nice guy. He built a beautiful back porch for us. Do not get Craft Master Construction, they are very dishonest and not a good job.

  • In business over 25 years masonry work in Chicago. McDonald Construction licensed and insured. Give me a call at 773 203 3019 Michael McDonald I can take a look at it and let you know what you need

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Gee, dude. Every single one of your comments since you signed up is about you advertising your business. Give it a rest. Maybe you have happy and satisfied customers who could tell us how great you are.

    No advertising on EveryBlock.

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Updated 39 hours ago

30-Second Auctions - Saturday, October 18th, 2014 @ 9:45 a.m.

Sometimes things just come together in the last 30 seconds…

Brand New

42" SHARP 1080p LED HDTV

WHEN: SATURDAY!!! 10/18/2014 @ 10:15 a.m CST!!!
(Registration starts at 9:45 a.m.)

Location:
Brands Park (Events Room)
3259 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Auctioneer:
Rafal Pawlikowski – Illinois
License No. 441.002037

Questions? Contact: 773-424-2015

AUCTION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

PLEASE NOTE - Only registered bidders will be allowed in the bidding room.

42" SHARP LED 1080p – 120Hz – HDTV

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Sometimes things just come together in the last 30 seconds…

Brand New

42" SHARP 1080p LED HDTV

WHEN: SATURDAY!!! 10/18/2014 @ 10:15 a.m CST!!!
(Registration starts at 9:45 a.m.)

Location:
Brands Park (Events Room)
3259 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Auctioneer:
Rafal Pawlikowski – Illinois
License No. 441.002037

Questions? Contact: 773-424-2015

AUCTION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

PLEASE NOTE - Only registered bidders will be allowed in the bidding room.

42" SHARP LED 1080p – 120Hz – HDTV

This is an all-pay auction, meaning:

ALL PARTICIPANTS PAY: ($30)

REGISTRATION FEE: $30
(All bidders must pay regardless of whether he/she wins the auction)

AUCTION WINNER PAYS: (Estimated total: $128.33)

REGISTRATION FEE: $30
(All bidders must pay regardless of whether he/she wins the auction)
ESTIMATED FINAL BID: $90
CHICAGO SALES TAX: 9.25%

Auction Details:

DATE: Sat., October 18, 2014

REGISTRATION START TIME: 9:45 a.m. CST.

REGISTRATION END TIME: 10:15 a.m. CST.

REGISTRATION FEE: $30

AUCTION START: PROMPTLY AFTER REGISTRATION END

MINIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS: 30

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS: 30

BIDS PER REGISTRATION: 3

BID INCREMENTS: $1

Terms and conditions:

Positive photo ID required at registration. Cash ONLY. 0% Buyers Premium. $30.00 registration fee per auction. All registrants pay non-refundable registration fee. Buyer pays Registration fee + Final Bid Price + any Sales Taxes.

41 hours ago

Oct 10

Updated 45 hours ago

New store taking over several storefronts on Kedzie

I just found out that several storefronts on the east side of Kedzie just south of Lawrence have cleared out their current occupants because they were purchased by a larger retailing who is moving in and totally re-doing the space.
One person mentioned this might be a Ross store. Has anyone heard anything about this? Any other ideas?

  • Cheryl, Golden Crust had sanitary violations over the summer. The details were listed on Every Block.

  • Ruk is great -- friendly service and delicious food. We've known John since the early '90s -- his parents own Roong Petch by the Montrose Brown Line stop. Really lovely people.

45 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bathroom and Kitchen Remodel

Has anyone used anyone recently on a bathroom and/or kitchen remodel? We had a couple bids for the kitchen, but none that I've been thrilled about. Appreciate any feedback from neighbors.
Thanks!

  • Worth getting a quote from Chicagoland Remodeling, Inc. They just did our bathroom (looks great!) and came well under the other six or so quotes we obtained. Plus they were fast and scheduled the job as soon as we were ready. We had a couple of communication glitches that meant...

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    Worth getting a quote from Chicagoland Remodeling, Inc. They just did our bathroom (looks great!) and came well under the other six or so quotes we obtained. Plus they were fast and scheduled the job as soon as we were ready. We had a couple of communication glitches that meant they had to re-do some minor things. They were quick to comply and make it right. My advice is that if you work with any contractor, sit down and go over every detail with the person who is actually going to be doing the job (they subcontract), in addition to communicating your vision with the primary contractor/company reps.

  • Chigirl Albany Parker

    Thanks for the recs guys!

2 days ago

Marijuana Dispensary on Montrose?

from DNA this morning--
IL Grown Medicine is trying to secure three medical marijuana dispensary licenses in the city, and has partnered with a California-based dispensary to target elderly customers in Wicker Park, Mayfair and Pullman.
The company hopes to open dispensaries at 4739 W. Montrose Ave., 1300-1308 W. North Ave. and 11040 S. Langley Ave.

2 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Rain Rain Go Away

Hi EB Family,
I moved here three years ago from Dallas Texas , and can't seem to feel good around these times. Does anyone else have any good ideas to feeling better throughout this Chicago fall season.

  • Maria Lifelong Chicagoan

    Love the advice in here. Hope it helps the OP as I think it will me. Did not know the Paschke Center even existed in the nabe where I grew up of all places. I like his art. Thanks, all.

  • Maria, the Ed Paschke Center is fairly new, run by his 2 kids.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Squirrels (or raccoon) in house

We need help removing wildlife from our house. We have squirrels or perhaps a raccoon living in the space between our top two floors. It is beyond our control. Can any suggest a wildlife removal company? And a roofing company? Thanks!!!

  • CB Parked in Albany Park

    ABC Humane Wildlife (847) 870-7175 removed squirrels that got in between the floors of my two flat. They were professional and effective. They even found and sealed the opening to prevent future nesting.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Comcast Outage?

Internet at home is down and wondering if anyone else is having issues? Around Montrose and Kimball?

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Now who will face Rahm?

Karen bowing out to heal from her brain surgery means Rahm just won another election. Can we start a betting pool? What will total voter turnout % be and how much will Rahm win by? We need to liven up this board!

  • @Rob...then why mention it? About 98% of all political workers in Chicago align with one or another sub tribe of the Democratic Party. So when you want to throw a barb you have to be much more precise or the affiliation is meaningless. BTW, in a parallel speech affectation foregoing the adjectival form, you could say there are almost no Republic workers. Which wouldn't be helpful without describing a sub tribal affiliation like RINO, Regular, or Tea Party

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Rob the elderly who want assistance going to the polls are identified during campaign canvasses assessing support strength. I've brought elderly to the polls in the past too. I've had a few surprises too, like a couple little old ladies who pulled Republican ballots after being given a ride claiming to support a particular Democratic candidate. It's all in a days work. Many of these senior citizens wouldn't be able to vote without being given a ride to the polls.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Skunk or Opossum removal

Anyone has a recommendation for a company that will humanely remove Skunk or Opossum that is recently moved under my porch. Don't want to use poison and don't want trap and bitten by the animal.

Any advice ?

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Lost leather journal on #92 bus

#92 bus Sunday AM 10/12. Door side front facing seat. Left brown leather journal. Let me know if you found it!

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    Call the CTA Lost and Found at the Forest Glen Garage 773-774-2666 which is where the #92 bus is stationed. Good Luck.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I have retrieved my cell phone (twice) and keys from the CTA. I am always shocked at how honest people are

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Gunshots near Kimball and Carmen?

Did anyone else hear what sounded like 4-6 shots about 15 minutes ago, so like 11:15 pm? My window was open in my kitchen and it was loud enough for me to hear in my living room with the TV on. Heard some sirens and saw blue lights fly down Kimball, but not sure where exactly the noise came from. Maybe the bridge on Carmen and Bernard.

  • Yes! I called 911, but heard only one siren.

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    One siren means nothing. Wouldn't you want to speed around without your siren so they don't hear you coming?
    Good job on calling it in right away, that is the only way they know, is when we call.

4 days ago

Oct 12

Updated 5 days ago

electrician recommendation

The fluorescent bulbs in my bathroom light fixture are crackling nonstop. Pretty sure it is a wiring issue--bulbs work fine elsewhere. Anyone got a rec for an electrician in Albany Park or nearby? Thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

building cleaning/maintenance co?

We have a seven unit condo building, looking for a maintenance company. Light cleaning (front back entry/stairs, some yard work - but it's just the berm really, blowing leaves out of parking lot, etc. Perhaps snow removal?); would appreciate any local recommendations. Thanks!

  • My wife and I work in residential and commercial cleaning we live in front of river park also we give maintenance to a building on the corner of wilson and kimball for more than 7 years and we are looking for more clients thank you and please email me with any questions you may have.
    omy2000@ Hotmail.com

  • Jenn,

    Our property management company has been in the neighborhood for over 30 years. Give us a call or email us and we would be more than happy to provide an estimate regarding the work you requested. Furthermore, we just purchased a new plow truck and can accommodate any snow removal needs this winter quickly and efficiently.

    Saima Causevic
    NorthSide Realty, Inc.
    847-571-6248
    saimacausevic@thenorthsiderealty.com

5 days ago

Shots Fired

1-16 shots heard near Bernard and Sunnyside at about 11:30 pm Monday October 13. Anyone have further information or know where we can find out what happened?

Oct 09

Updated 5 days ago

Sewer Backup

Neighbors: as residents of Albany Park, I assume a large number of you have had to deal with basement flooding during heavy rains, caused primarily from ancient street sewer lines ill-equipped to manage the load. I have had a variety of "professionals" come and assess the situation, but haven't been satisfied with their solutions—mostly because I get the sense they're trying to sell me more than I need. Can anyone recommend someone reasonable and trusted to help solve our problem?

  • I would advise against filling drains in. If you have leaks elsewhere in the pipes, the sewer pressure will drive it through them and into your soil or below your slab or look for an alternate pathway. Now you have effluent/storm water 'somewhere' and a greater risk of subsidence and floor motion/cracking, etc. Its not cheap, but get it done right, document it, and pass on to the new owner who will appreciate it as much as their home inspector will when you sell.

  • We have a check valve between the street and the house, with a bypass pump to move your house's sewage out (around the check valve) when the valve is closed. Yes, if power goes off the bypass pump will not function but the likelihood of power outage at the exact...

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    We have a check valve between the street and the house, with a bypass pump to move your house's sewage out (around the check valve) when the valve is closed. Yes, if power goes off the bypass pump will not function but the likelihood of power outage at the exact same time as a long-lasting closed check valve is very low.

    Yes, it costs $6,000 or more, and (no one has mentioned this yet) it needs annual maintenance. But it's worth it. We had 4 basement floods in 3 years. Up to 6 inches of storm water came in from the soil under the basement, leaking under heavy pressure through the sewer pipe joints and then up through the saturated soil and through cracks in the cement basement floor. Since installing the check valve, no flooding whatsoever. Our neighbors continue to have flooded basements.

    If your flooding is coming from or over the foundation and down the walls of the basement, it's surface water. Diverting downspouts out of the storm sewer on to your yard will make surface flooding worse, not better. For that you need to try rain barrels, corrected grading etc., not a check valve. If surface flooding can't be corrected that way, then you need a sump pump and drain field around the inside perimiter of the basement. Also not cheap.

    If you have both surface flooding and sewer backup, you have my sincere condolences.

    The annual maintenance for the check valve and bypass pump costs $85.00 from our vendor. But last time they did it they found a worn-out $300 part and replaced it at no cost under the guarantee (after 8 years). Eventually the pump will give out, but . . . it's worth the cost of replacing it when that happens.

    Ours was installed by Xpert Flood Control on Montrose near Central Park. I can recommend them highly. They're local. Our neighbor.

    Xpert Flood Control at (773) 267-5000

    google for them, check them on Angie's List -- highly recommended

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