38 hours ago

Updated 23 min ago

Any guess on what the tax hike will be?

We all knew it was coming...

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/pac-survey-signals-property-tax-hike-way-fioretti-says/thu-08282014-1106am

Anyone have any idea what the percentage will be? I could probably do the math since it's assumed to be 250 million in 5 years.

We could blame it on Rahm but we can't dance around the elephant in the room much longer.

  • @zippy8, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kendall and Kane counties are among the counties with the highest property taxes in the U.S. Cook county is not even in the top 30. Everyone knows that Lake county has the highest tax rate in IL. I checked Zillow and the only house listed in...

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    @zippy8, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kendall and Kane counties are among the counties with the highest property taxes in the U.S. Cook county is not even in the top 30. Everyone knows that Lake county has the highest tax rate in IL. I checked Zillow and the only house listed in Waukegan between $200k-$250k is a five bed/4 bath for $220k with $8,167 taxes. No house in chicago with $220k value has $8,167 in taxes. That's almost 4% of the value of the property. The average tax rate in Cook county is slightly less than 2%.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    Yes, taxes average about 2.2% in Chicago, but in Cook County suburbs it's more.

    Example: 3 bedroom/2 bathroom houses around same sq footage

    Chicago - $3,600 in taxes
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/5431-W-Dakin-St-60641/home/13462836

    Harwood Heights - $4,785 in taxes
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Harwood-Hts/7542-W-Winnemac-Ave-60706/home/13554429

    Park Ridge - $6,785 in taxes
    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Park-Ridge/929-Oakton-St-60068/home/13648893

    Now yes Chicago is the lowest, but that comes with the negatives like the schools, crime, city works etc.

    Eventually if City taxes keep going up what would be the advantage to staying put?

26 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

Found Dog

Hey, I found this good looking fella roaming around Spaulding and Leland with no collar. Obviously he belongs to somebody. Friendly, well mannered dog. Do you know who he belongs to?

  • Deanna Stop it winter, just stop it.

    Owner and dog reunited. They are pet sitting this fella while their son is in Europe. Just got out an open back door.

  • Great news. Plz. Do not post on Craigslist, especially when giving a free dog away. Nice looking girls or family come for them.only to use them for torture or for dog fighting. Plz. Plz.,.spread this everywhere. I got my info from Facebook and shared it.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Neighborhood Violence

I'm new to every block and I am appalled by the amount of crimes I see. I grew up in the suburbs and obviously its much quieter out there.

The news about the stabbing yesterday.... Very disturbing. How can we help create an environment that discourages such behavior??
I don't want to be walking around wondering if some bum is going to jump
me while I am doing my runs or walking to the store.

Laws, ordinaces, and policies don't seem to do the trick.
What the next best step..... I wonder.

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

    Lol! That will stop them for sure!

  • Marisa N Mayfair frustrated liberal

    Wow. I hate saying something negative but I'm glad Tasmania and Dan are not my neighbors.

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15 hours ago

Auto Vandalism on Harding btw Ainslie and Lawrence?

Just got back in town - heard that car windows were shattered down the west side of Harding between Ainslie and Lawrence last week (Thurs before Labor Day). I didn't see anything on the web or on this site. Just wondering if neighborhood reported anything, if cops are taking notice?

Jul 14

Updated 15 hours ago

Ice Cream Soda?

Is there anyplace in the vicinity of Albany Park or nearby that serves real ice cream sodas?

Real ice cream sodas, served in glass, made with high pressure compressed seltzer water. Not a float, like a root beer float.

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

    Two suggestions...Chocolate Shop on Devon 1 block East of Central (I think it's 5345 W. Devon).
    Grazianno's on Touhy avenue 2 blocks west of Lehigh. They do ice cream creations including sodas in glass.

    Bon appetit!

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

    Grazianno's looks like a full-service restaurant or pizza place; do they really serve ice cream sodas?

    I haven't stopped at the Chocolate Shop on Devon, tho I've been past there many times. I'll check it out.

Aug 22

Updated 16 hours ago

Where to buy organic fruits & veggies?

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

  • Oh, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dill Pickle--I just wish they were closer to us.

  • bellyer Portage Park homeowner, Beer Lover & Home Brewer

    I drive from Jefferson Park/Portage Park just to buy certain things from the Dill Pickle that we can't get elsewhere, unless our schedule permits us to make it to the Logan Square Farmers Market. Dill Pickle rocks! If only we had someplace even remotely like it in Portage Park.

17 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Neighborhood Trash

Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is...

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Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is consciously throwing their trash outside. I have started walking up and down my street with a trash bag to pick up whatever I can and it seems to help ! I really believe in leading by example. Sure enough the other day I was picking up trash and someone came out of their house and did the same thing! It was great! It would be awesome if everyone in the area could start to do the same thing. Make our neighborhood clean and welcoming!

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5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Not all panhandling is illegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Honestly, why are people such defenseless little flowers when it comes to panhandling by homeless people?
    Yes, I've encountered aggressive people and dealt with them accordingly.
    Most are NOT that pushy, and if you've got any kind of spine you can either simply say "no" or semi-politely pretend not to...

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    Honestly, why are people such defenseless little flowers when it comes to panhandling by homeless people?
    Yes, I've encountered aggressive people and dealt with them accordingly.
    Most are NOT that pushy, and if you've got any kind of spine you can either simply say "no" or semi-politely pretend not to notice them.

    I'm guessing its because so many people don't want to be reminded of the "icky" factor of our economy. Your steady-income comfort does NOT guarantee your insulation from the less fortunate, nor does it give you the right to push them aside through cowardly and coercive laws.

    Suck it up.
    Really, I've witnessed more insistent badgering by people collecting for (I assume) legitimate charities in grocery stores.

    Begin whining complaints.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I encounter many panhandlers commuting to and from work (Howard and Bryn Mawr L stations), and there are a couple who can be quite aggressive..

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3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Bird Found!

Beautiful & tame bird found last night - Lawndale & Leland in Albany Park! This is someone's bird! We have in a cage for now but we can't keep this guy for long. Please contact me!

  • Susan 8 year resident

    What type of bird?

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Someone posted on here that their bird was missing the other day. Did you see that post???

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Donating an electric piano

Does anyone know of any organizations/schools that need/will accept an electric piano? I have one that I'm looking to get rid of. A few of the keys need repair and I've replaced it with an upright piano. I'd rather donate it than throw it away.

Thanks!!

  • I would suggest contacting 4/4 Kids - http://keys44kids.com/ We purchased a piano from the a few years ago - great organization.

  • I would be happy to take it off your hands, if you can't find a home for it with a school. I'm not a nonprofit, but I do teach violin and viola lessons from my apt.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Yard sale!

Sun, Aug 31, 2014 9-4

Toys, kitchen stuff, books, games, clothes, odds and ends... something for everyone!

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Stabbing in Albany Park

Does anyone have details about this stabbing of a woman this morning in Albany Park? Just curious if it was a targeted event or a random act.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-woman-dies-following-northwest-side-stabbing-20140827-story.html

  • Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical...

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    Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

    The victim was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Erenbira Pimentel-Hernandez of the 5000 block of West Grand Avenue.

    She was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital at 12:40 p.m.

    The stabbing appeared to be domestic-related and no one is in custody, Sedevic said.

  • My house is on the street that dead ends into the alley behind this building. My husband was approached by detectives who were investigating on Wednesday and they told him that it was a case of domestic violence. The detectives knew who the offender was, but the person ran off after the stabbing. I do not know if they have caught the guy yet or not.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Phone scam - don't be a victim

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the...

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The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request.

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

4 days ago

4 days ago

Spraying for Mosquitoes

Did anyone hear that our area was supposed to be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight? The only thing I found on line was that areas west of A.P. were to be sprayed but it sure smelled like they did our area also (around 10:00 p.m.).

4 days ago

Lost dog

This morning on our way to school, saw a cream and light brown dog with collar wandering around without owner. I can only assume it was lost. It was kinda shy and ran to the other side of the street when it saw us.

Aug 22

Updated 4 days ago

Leptospirosis - Dogs (and humans) at risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We live in the Lawrence/Kedzie area.

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

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    I stopped working at a vet's office 4 years ago & we were already recommending the Lepto vacc & informing clients. It concerns me that so many are just finding out.

4 days ago

GT's Fast Food

GT's Fast Food
5016 N Pulaski

Original owner is back he sold the fast food place 10 years ago And just recently bought it back.

New employees New food menu
New prices.

Thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Horner Park Tennis Courts

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

  • Very rarely. I go past them a couple times per week and generally note how nicely they are lit but how rarely they are used. Relative to the courts at Welles Park, these are very available!

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    Good to know they are well-lit & available. But i'm glad the Horner Pk tennis courts were brought up - played there once this summer & was disappointed at their condition - not very well kept up. Horner is such a beautiful park otherwise.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Dirt/fill disposal?

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

  • I always see listings for Free Fill Dirt, with a picture of a pile if dirt, on Craig's List in the free section. I don't know if they get rid of it, but there are several listings every day.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Concrete can be recycled
    http://www.prairie.com/green/recycling.asp

    contact: Illinois
    Prairie Material National Headquarters
    7601 W. 79th Street
    PO BOX 1123
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-458-040

Aug 18

Updated 5 days ago

Taste of Polonia Questions

Does anyone know if there will be a separate entrance fee for the kids activities? I think there was one last year? If yes, any idea of the amount? Can't find any info on the event's website :(

Aug 24

Updated 5 days ago

Microsoft Phone Scam

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

  • Susan 8 year resident

    I always pretend recording the call on behalf of someone like the FBI. They always freak out.

  • Daniel Garcia Merker in Albany Park 4 years and still need to explor...

    My thought is that while they are busy wasting their time with me they are not scamming some other person.

    It also makes me angry because they are calling my parents home, they have a computer mostly to check their bank accounts or Facebook and they could fall victims of this if I did not happen to be visiting them at the time.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Wanted: Kids and Moms for Marketing Research

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

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

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    My marketing research indicates that your message is classified as ADVERTISING and is not allowed here.

    Please mark as UNNEIGHBORLY.

5 days ago

Cell Phone Scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 24

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for a new place to purchase.

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

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

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

  • Nicholas Ryan Chicago Real Estate Broker

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

5 days ago

Jul 15

Updated 5 days ago

4200 Block of North Drake

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

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

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

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

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