3 days ago

FREE: Halloween Skating Party at Smith Park this Friday

Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday evening? Smith Park, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be hosting a FREE Spooky Skating Party. Bring your roller skates, roller blades or scooter and enjoy the party. The gym will be turned into a roller rink, with a disco ball, black lights and a fog machine. Don't forget your costumes.

For additional information, please contact Maria at 312-742-7534.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Who is my alderman?

I have tried to use this website to figure out my alderman and what district I fall into, but when I try to put my address in, it doesn't take it. And I can not see my street on the map. So hoping one of you may know. I used to think it was Burnett, but someone told me that he wasn't my alderman. THanks. This was the website I was using: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/other/provdrs/clerk/svcs/find_your_ward_andalderman.html

My address is 111 S Morgan St.

Thanks.

Oct 13

Updated 6 days ago

Missing Cat

My cat went missing on Friday night from the 1400 block of West Huron. He is a big brown Tabby with white paws. He answers to the name of Bob.

He normally just wandered the alley between Huron and Superior. Let me know if anyone has seen him!

Thanks!

Oct 17

Updated Oct 18

Late Night Fire on W. Chestnut?

I saw a house on fire and smoking majorly last night around 12am-1am. Tons of firetrucks, noise and commotion.

The firefighters used saws to open the roof. I can't find it anywhere on the news.

Anyone know what happened?

I hope everyone is ok.

Oct 17

The 26 ward needs a new alderman

If you agree.... please take a closer look at Juanita Irizarry. I think she will do a better job of looking out for the entire ward

Oct 14

Updated Oct 15

Caught Red Handed/changing timing on yellow lights

Has anyone gotten a red light ticket where the time was less than the 3 seconds allowed by law?

I saw in the Sun Trib a large article where the city illegally got 8mil from issuing tickets to people who did NOT break the law.

The city will KEEP the ill gotten funds.

If that is true...that sucks. Why should a mayor and his CDOT Commissioner be allowed to break the law and get away with it.

Red light cameras...

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Has anyone gotten a red light ticket where the time was less than the 3 seconds allowed by law?

I saw in the Sun Trib a large article where the city illegally got 8mil from issuing tickets to people who did NOT break the law.

The city will KEEP the ill gotten funds.

If that is true...that sucks. Why should a mayor and his CDOT Commissioner be allowed to break the law and get away with it.

Red light cameras continue to be a problem for car drivers in Chicago.

As traffic violations affect insurance rates. As it is expensive to pay a ticket, the fines, and school...this action against Chicago drivers should be addressed by ALL Aldermen!

Get the $$ back for those who were ticketed illegally!

What do others think? Have any of us gotten one of those bogus tickets?

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    I tried to fight it and they claimed they never got my request for hearing and doubled the fine and now said it was out of their hands.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Tracy, email patricia.jackiowak@cityofchicago.org. Ask if she can find out if your ticket was one of the "questionable" tickets. Ask if there is any kind of investigation she can do on her end.

    It is true that MAIL can be terrible in Chicago. Who knows if it is a postal fiasco...

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    Tracy, email patricia.jackiowak@cityofchicago.org. Ask if she can find out if your ticket was one of the "questionable" tickets. Ask if there is any kind of investigation she can do on her end.

    It is true that MAIL can be terrible in Chicago. Who knows if it is a postal fiasco or another systemic failure in Chicagos' parking tickets.

    THANKS for the response. Ask Jackiowak if she can look into it. If it is a system failure, we can also send to the DOIT top person. Department of Information technology and the Inspector general. The Trib also has investigators who might be interested in your case as DATA to support their claims about Chicago Parking Tickets.

    There is also a head of the parking tickets. He should look into if their lock box person dropped the ball or the mail. That person has the authority to do that. I used to know the guy...he was WONDERFUL. But he is gone now. The question is, Who replaced Mat D?

Oct 08

Smith Park: Halloween Spooky Skating Party

Looking for something fun to do with the kids or grandkids. On Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6-8 pm. Smith Park will have a Spooky Skating Party. Bring your roller skates, roller blades or scooters to Smith Park and enjoy the spooky sounds of Halloween . The gymnasium will turn into a roller rink were strobe lights, black lights and a dancing ball will illuminate your costume.

Smith Park is always looking for volunteers, if you are interested in helping with this event, please call Maria Garduno, Staff Assistant at (312) 742-7534

This event is supported by the Smith Park Advisory Council

Oct 06

Track the chocolate smell

Local man created fun map that "tracks" the Blommer factory smell:

http://tinyurl.com/ps83lzj

Oct 04

I'm running for Alderman of the 28th Ward!

My name is Marseil Jackson. I was born and raised on the westside of chicago. I am the founder of the Jackson Action Coalition a community organization that is bridging the gap and bringing generations together by empowering our community, youth, and seniors through outreach services and events. You can check out my website at www.friendsofmarseiljackson.com Follow us on FB at www.facebook.com/friendsofmarseil

Oct 02

Updated Oct 03

New Restaurant at Ogden and Grand

My boyfriend was walking past a crew working on the old Fogon exterior at Ogden and Grand, and they told him an Italian restaurant is opening in the space in a month or two. Does anyone have any more information?

  • i wonder if it is the same owner who basically switches between Italian and Mexican restaurants every 2 years or so...

  • I'm curious too. I actually liked the previous Mexican restaurant (not Fogon)....or maybe I just liked half priced margarita Wednesdays :)

  • NJ West Town Dogwalker

    Hope they can finally get it right on that corner. It's a great location and I'd love to see something new in the neighborhood!

Sep 26

Envision & Wonder Magazine Contest & Open Submission!

Envision & Wonder proudly presents it’s First Magazine Submission & Competition. All Interested Artist, Writers, Dreamers and Musicians are welcome to submit to the October Issue of Envision & Wonder Magazine.

1. There’s a CONTEST. The Theme is Dreams & Nightmares. Objective: Create an original work of art, writing or a combination of both that encapsulates the given theme. Rewards are listed on the Submission page.

2. There’s a CLUSTER CALL. In case you were wondering that Is an Open...

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Envision & Wonder proudly presents it’s First Magazine Submission & Competition. All Interested Artist, Writers, Dreamers and Musicians are welcome to submit to the October Issue of Envision & Wonder Magazine.

1. There’s a CONTEST. The Theme is Dreams & Nightmares. Objective: Create an original work of art, writing or a combination of both that encapsulates the given theme. Rewards are listed on the Submission page.

2. There’s a CLUSTER CALL. In case you were wondering that Is an Open Submission for all Types of Artists. We are seeking anyone interested in Ad Spaces, Previews,Working titles, Works in Progress, Concept Art & Illustration, Articles, Reviews,Comic Strips, Graphic Novel Teasers, Fine Art, and Music.

Full Submission Guidelines Visit: http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!submissions/c1x4y

Submit a Completed Artist/ Group, or Contest release form
See Basic & Group Submission Fees on the Magazine Publication page for official pricing. ( http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!magazine-publications/c189o )
High Resolution Images (300 to 600 dpi): Jpegs, PNG’s
Music & Video footage: Mp3, Wma, Mpg, Flv, & Avi formats :30 seconds to 4 minutes max.
Short Stories and Comics should at least provide 1 to 2 pages, Graphic Novels show 3 to 6 pages of proposed work as previews. Written Files or Manuscripts should be sent as: PDF’s, RTF or TXT (Limited to 3 to 4 Pages: Typed). Reviews should be 200 to 500

So now that the hard part is out of the way. Lets get this Magazine Started. Good Luck!

Interested in Other Opportunities aside from the Magazine? Consider checking out our Book Publication page ( http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!book-publications/cc0o ) for Project Pitches, Manuscripts & Book Submission or Submit to just your Portfolio.

~Celebrate Creativity & Expression.

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Sep 19

Updated Sep 25

Scam Alert

Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I wrote and posted these but for some very odd reason Every Block deleted them- So I am re-posting again

1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for...

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Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I wrote and posted these but for some very odd reason Every Block deleted them- So I am re-posting again

1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for a reasonable cost.

3. a duo (usually) rings your bee-and wants to show you how you are being ripped off by Com Ed and Peoples Gas. They show you copies of Com Ed and Peoples Gas "bills" and how they can beat the prices you currently pay by signing on with their third party provider.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    I meant "ring your bell"---sorry.

  • Thank you for the heads up!

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I am re-posting again

    1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

    2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on...

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    Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I am re-posting again

    1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

    2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for a reasonable cost.

    3. a duo (usually) rings your bell-and wants to show you how you are being ripped off by Com Ed and Peoples Gas. They show you copies of Com Ed and Peoples Gas "bills" and how they can beat the prices you currently pay by signing on with their third party provider.

Sep 25

Voters and Housing

@ gpblight, I am not picking on you, but it seems you blame poor black people for every ill on the westside. Yes a good many destroyed it but they did not create poverty. Poverty is a big business for politicians.!!!!
Those who are less fortunate may not have been taught that if you know better(information, education, etc) you can do better.Yes when Election time comes, people will gladly pass out flyers for some of those self-centered politicians who pay...

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@ gpblight, I am not picking on you, but it seems you blame poor black people for every ill on the westside. Yes a good many destroyed it but they did not create poverty. Poverty is a big business for politicians.!!!!
Those who are less fortunate may not have been taught that if you know better(information, education, etc) you can do better.Yes when Election time comes, people will gladly pass out flyers for some of those self-centered politicians who pay them $ 75.00 for a few hours work. Yet they are not the only ones who keeps voting them in.
Where do you get your statistics ?Where do you expect low wage & no income people to live after almost 25-30,000 housing units were demolished(projects) and the severe foreclosure crisis, not to mention high unemployment rates of minorities in Chicago.This was done by design. Please read :University of Chicago Press, Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Many of us were once middle-class homeowners & working people (now low-income)who were hit hard during U.S.Economic Crisis and are still trying to recover.

Sep 25

4th Annual West Town Art Walk at Tarnish Featuring the Photography of Cormac Kehoe

Stop by shops up and down Chicago Ave. Friday Oct. 3 from 5pm - 9pm or Sat. Oct. 4th and enjoy a beverage while checking out featured artists along the way.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1510619145845565/1510619825845497/?ref=notif&notif_t=like

Sep 17

Updated Sep 22

Robbery at gunpoint 2100 block Erie

My neighbor was robbed at 10pm tonight at gunpoint while pulling into the garage.

2 African American males (20-25yo one with an Afro) approached him after he pulled into the garage, ordered him out if the car and onto his knees facing the wall as they rummaged through the car and took his wallet, watch and cell phone.

Be aware at night everyone, especially in the alleys. These types of robberies seem to come in waves.

  • Chuck T Battling the dummies

    What was the address, 2100 what? Were the police called? Please provide additional information. This is my block and I work nights. Thank you.

  • Exact address should not be posted online.

Sep 17

Updated Sep 22

Are you interested in playing fall basketball at Smith Park?

Smith Park is still looking for boys or girls between the ages of 13-17 to play in the fall basketball league on Saturday afternoons. Practice and games will be held in the Smith Park gym. If anyone has a child, friend or relative who may be interested in playing fall basketball, please contact Frank at 312-742-7534. The cost is $35. Season will end mid-December. You do not need to live in the West Town Community to play.

Smith Park
2526 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612

smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

This is Frank below, thank you for all your support! :)

Sep 17

West Town residents financing businesses

Hi, West Towners! As supporters of the stores and cafes in West Town, I wanted to share a new way to advocate for local businesses and create a stronger neighborhood economy.

Your many years of love for The Ugly Mug Cafe on Chicago Ave. has encouraged them to open for a second location. They are seeking customers, friends, and neighbors to fund a community sourced loan for the costs of construction. They chose this type of loan instead of traditional financing because they believe in the benefit of community involvement to growing the cafe and the neighborhood. FYI, they built their patio this year using this same lending method.

Check out how this works here:
http://bit.ly/ZqDYuu

Sep 17

Y.O.U Openhouse

Casa Central's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program is hosting an open house this Friday Sept 19th from 5:00-7:30pm. There will be music and light refreshments served. This is a great opportunity for families to find out about the many services Y.O.U offers as well as people who are interested in volunteering with us. Feel Free to stop by.
1351 N.California Ave.

Sep 16

3rd Meeting of Neighborhood Group - For Those in the Area Bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western

If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs,...

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If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs, operations, planning and preservation) will present updates and the organization name will be discussed. And we are hosting a social gathering at Tuman's Tap (Chicago & Leavitt) after the meeting.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to get involved, send us an email to

neighborhoodoptions60612@gmail.com.

To check for updates and find out about our progress and goals look here:

http://neighborhoodoptions.blogspot.com

Whether you own or rent come to make your voice heard and please share this information with your neighbors!

Thank You.

JW Glass

Sep 13

Updated Sep 14

police & helicopters

Does anyone know you there are police flying down western Ave going north and helicopters?

Sep 12

Projection Mapping Animations at the High Dive

The West Town Art Walk is just around the corner, taking place on October 3-4. Come out and support all of the amazing featured artists and West Town establishments. And be sure to stop by the High Dive at 1938 W. Chicago Ave. to see two projection mapped animations.

The two animations below will be on display 5pm – 8pm on October 3rd and 11am – 8pm on October 4th:

untitled – 5’ x 7’ – 03:15 (http://vimeo.com/58034310)

the elephant in the room – 4’ x 4’ – 05:45 (https://vimeo.com/105606079)

For more info on the event: http://www.westtownartwalk.com

Sep 09

Logan Square House & Garden Walk featured on Curbed Chicago & LoganSquareTV!

Do you love architecture? Historic homes? Interior tours of Logan Square's magnificent turn-of-the-century homes are available this Saturday. It is going to be a beautiful fall day and now is your chance to get an inside look at the historical richness and beauty of this landmark neighborhood!

Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is this Saturday, September 13th.

More information and tickets available online: www.logansquarepreservation.org

Presale tickets are available to purchase until Friday, September 12th and available for pickup at Will Call the day of the walk.

Check out what Curbed Chicago said about the House & Garden Walk:
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/04/tour-logan-squares-historic-19th-century-boulevard-homes.php

You can get a sneak peak of one of the houses on LoganSquareTV:
http://logansquare.tv/?p=848

For questions email: logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com

Sep 08

REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. Smith Park

The Smith Park Advisory Council will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at Smith Park, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60612

Topics: Up coming Midnight Circus in the Park
Cameras around Smith Park

Web: smithparkadvisorycouncil.org
We Are On FaceBook

Sep 06

Reminder: Today, Smith Park to host a Movie in the Park.

Come and enjoy a FREE outdoor "Movie in the Park" at Smith Park. Tonight's movie is Back to the Future. The movie will start at 7:30 p.m. Connie's Pizza will be selling Pizza Slices.
Brought to you by Smith Park Advisory Council

Come early to set up and enjoy some great music before the movie begins.

Sep 06

THANK-U Chicago Trib 4 promoting MADE IN CHICGO

http://www.chicagotribshops.com/?track=email-ChicagoShoppingAdE-EditionEmail

Made in Chicago is something DOP has promoted for years. The Chicago Trib now has this link on their digital email Trib page! Thanks for giving local people a place to shine.

Anyone in EGP or other parts of Chicago can investigate and see if being on this page will help them and the MADE IN CHICAGO movement.

Creative people...see if this is a way to promote your product!!!

Sep 02

Updated Sep 05

New Member

Hello Neighbors,

I'm a new member and would like to say hi to all my neighbors.

  • Smith Park Advisory Council, (SPAC) smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

    Greetings Deborah, welcome to the community. Just a few things to help out this weekend. SPAC is hosting a Movie in the Park on Saturday, September 6th at 7:30 p.m. The movie will be Back to the Future. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and if you forget your picnic basket, don't worry, Connie's Pizza will be selling slices of pizza.

    SPAC has a web: smithparkadvisorycouncil.org and we are on Facebook. We have a general meeting next Tuesday at the park. 6 p.m. We look forward to meeting you.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    Hello, and welcome to EB.

Aug 30

Updated Sep 04

Any plans to upgrade the Ashland L station?

The Ashland L station is in dire need of structural and cosmetic upgrades; are there any plans to do so in the near future?

Sep 02

Smith Park Advisory Council General Membership Meeting

SPAC General Membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Smith Park

Topics: Midnight Circus in the Park, Cameras around the park.

Visit us on our web: smithparkadvisorycouncil.org
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