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Updated 56 min ago

Gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple

Heard several gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple this morning around 2:30am. Called 911 and they said they would send a police car over. Still shaking.

  • MarieM I heard the gunshots. So scary! I keep seeing police cars drive up and down the street. Even my kitties were frightened.

3 hours ago

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15 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Trash in Albany Park

Something needs to be done about the trash in Albany Park. I've gone as far as to pick up what I can of it myself, but I don't know what to do anymore. Albany Park is such a wonderful and diverse neighborhood, it's the essence of Chicago. But right now it is a DUMP.

What can we do together to clean the streets and keep them that way??

  • Agreed! My wife and I just moved here in February and the trash is everywhere. What we notice is that there are not many garbage cans on Kedzie. The can at Lawrence and Kedzie is routinely overflowing to the sidewalk. I think more garbage cans would help, if people use...

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    Agreed! My wife and I just moved here in February and the trash is everywhere. What we notice is that there are not many garbage cans on Kedzie. The can at Lawrence and Kedzie is routinely overflowing to the sidewalk. I think more garbage cans would help, if people use them. Closed containers like the ones downtown could prevent overflow to the sidewalk and street.

    Perhaps we could petition the Aldermen that share the neighborhood: Deb Mel and Margaret Laurino, for starters. I'm not sure how many other wards intersect the neighborhood.

    Also, while there are stiff fines for pollution in the city proper and state of IL, police rarely prosecute. Perhaps going to CAPS meetings could help. I have been to meetings in other wards and it is hit or miss, and often the meetings are not very frequent and not well attended, but it is worth a try!

Mar 06

Updated 13 hours ago

Breakroom Brewery on Montrose?

Just curious....Have you been there? How was it? (Food too). Thanks.

44 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Bus Rapid Transit

BRT: are for it or against it?

Ashland Ave. or Western?

What's your opinion?

15 hours ago

FREE: Fan and desk lamp (currently broken, will probably work again if you have electrician skils)

I have a fan and a desk lamp that have both stopped working for what I imagine are electrical reasons. I really don't need either of them anymore, and would love to give them to someone who will fix them up and put them to good use.

We are in the vicinity of Kedzie and Montrose.

Thanks neighbors!

(And yes, I am posting this on Freecycle as well.)

43 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

33rd Ward: Tim Meegan Withdraws Petition For Recount

Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

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Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

Meegan was 17 votes shy of forcing incumbent Ald. Mell into a runoff. At the Board of Elections certification meeting March 12th, Meegan’s attorney, Richard Means, tried to argue that the B.O.E. should have counted all ballots cast toward the totals, and not just votes for the aldermanic race. If the B.O.E had included ballots where 33rd Ward residents voted for mayor but left the aldermanic choice blank, Ald. Mell would not have had the 50+% she needed to avoid a runoff, Means argued.
“We decided to suspend our campaign,” Meegan said he will now focus his efforts on starting an independent political organization in the ward.“We would like to see a working class party develop," he added. The details are still being worked out, but he believes there is potential for an expanded network in other wards. “There’s interest in different wards all over the city, although we haven’t had any conversations with too many folks, yet.

  • So his main argument was that ballots cast without a vote in this one race should still count towards the total number of ballots cast for this race? That screams desperation.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Landscaping

can anyone recommend a landscaper for a front yard small project?

  • Landscaping – Mario Sandoval, 8603 Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076 847-972-1917
    I've used them for years. Very good and inexpensive. They will do weekly mowing as well as spring and fall clean up and special projects.

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    thank you everyone for your input.

17 hours ago

Newcomer: Crime Trends in Albany Park?

Hello- I am moving to Albany Park at the end of the month and am wondering if anyone can give me an idea of the crime climate in the area, such as what are common crime trends and how best to safeguard? I know to, of course, always be aware of surroundings, but didn't know if there are certain times of day, or areas, or types of crime that are more common. Searching on the internet for things like this can be so general, so I figured you all might be able to give me some more detail based on your own personal experience. Thanks!

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5 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Lowering your cable TV bill?

Our cable TV is too expensive for what we use, and it just went up. We need good Internet for work and school, but we only watch a few channels these days. I was researching options. Mostly ATT, Dish TV, Directv and Comcast are in our area. My buddy told me about a site that finds service with TV channels you watch: www.10channels.com. It found a TV/Internet combo that would saves us $40 with a switch to Direct. There's also a good option for ATT.

I want to call the number and make the change. Just wondering if any of you have Directv or ATT Internet? Any advice is helpful!

  • I have the Motorola 6121 for sale. I just switched from comcast. Bought it from Best Buy in December for $70. Works great. $50 negotiable

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Joe - I own my modem and router; I bought a used docis (sp?) 3 modem for $20; and a netgear router at best buy (matched to the amazon price).

    When you use Comcast's internet equipment, any comcast customer can use your wifi if they are close

Mar 21

Updated 25 hours ago

Gunshots near Kimball and Cullom

Last night between 2 and 2:30am I heard what sounded like two sets of gunshots. It sounded like it came from cullom between kimball and bernard. The first set was three followed by two a few minutes later. Not long after, I heard the sound of a few cars speeding down bernard street yelling something out their windows.
Police showed up in the area a few minutes later. I got on a scanner radio pretty quickly afterward but couldn't seem to find anything about it.
Does anybody have any info?
As always, be safe out there. It's getting warm out again so keep an extra eye out when you're walking by yourself at night.

28 hours ago

Sirens and someone screaming at sunnyside and merrimac/mobile

Tonight we heard a firetruck and ambulance fly down our street. When we went out to see what was going on, we heard a blood curdling scream. We didnt hear any information on the police radio. Does anyone else know anything about this?

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2 days ago

Empty houses moving fast

Saw a guy getting a house cleaned up and painted around 4144 N Drake yesterday. That place has been up for sale for what seemed like 2 years. Nice to see the "for sale" houses finally getting scooped up.

Mar 21

Updated 2 days ago

Man shot in North Park

A 23-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a gunman approached him on foot and opened fire, shooting the man multiple times in his body, police said.

Following the shooting, some neighbors said the loud sound of about seven gunshots woke them up and prompted them to come outside in the early morning hours to find out what happened.

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A 23-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a gunman approached him on foot and opened fire, shooting the man multiple times in his body, police said.

Following the shooting, some neighbors said the loud sound of about seven gunshots woke them up and prompted them to come outside in the early morning hours to find out what happened.

"It doesn't feel at all like a neighborhood thing," said one resident who declined to be named.

Another resident, who said he has lived in the neighborhood for decades, said shootings and other violent crime sometimes happens in Albany Park but is not at all typical in North Park.

"This is not the kind of thing you expect in this neighborhood," said the man, who also declined to be named.

The 23-year-old man was at a hooka bar on West Foster Avenue shortly before he was shot, according to an employee and law enforcement. The employee said there was no fight or confrontation involving the man while inside the bar.

The shooting happened just a short distance away from the Northeastern Illinois University campus and less than a block away from the North Park University campus. Security from Northeastern Illinois was on the scene for a short time Saturday morning as Chicago police investigated the scene.

Police taped off a portion of the sidewalk on the west side of the street near the corner of Spaulding and Berwyn avenues, and more than 10 evidence markers littered the grass and sidewalk where the man was shot.

A small number of police vehicles were parked near the the yellow tape, all sitting without their blue lights turned on, an atypical sight for the scene of a shooting. The block was almost silent except for the sound of birds chirping.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-shot-in-north-park-2-others-wounded-in-west-side-shootings-20150321-story.html

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Will dibs get resurrected today? lol

Here comes those dibs

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

DMS FItness

I've started taking yoga classes at DMS Fitness (http://dmsfit.com/dmsfit-class-schedule/#!) on Montrose at Troy. I didn't notice they had yoga/ zumba until I saw people doing zumba one night while I was at Templestowe Pub.

Zumba is only $5 with the code Zumba5 and Yoga is only $12 w/ the code Yoga12... wanted to share as classes are pretty empty right now, and it's the type of business I'd like to keep inn our area.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    And I could never write off Albany Park. It is a part of who I am!

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    Zumba is a blast!

Jul 07

Updated 4 days ago

New eatery

A new restaurant just opened on the corner of Sacramento and Irving Park - Burgers and Barley Pop. No review yet - expect to visit this week.

  • Really? That is a shame giving they are a bakery. You would think they would do a good morning crowd.

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady, mom, WHorner Park

    La Pane is kinda weird. My husband went in once and got bread on his lunch break and asked for butter. The woman scoffed and refused to give him butter saying their bread was so good it shouldn't need any butter. My husband said it was pretty aggressive about it. We haven't been in more than twice since then and that was 2 or 3 years ago.

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Mar 20

Updated 5 days ago

Arborist

Unfortunately, we have a dead Elm tree in our yard that needs to come down - anyone have recommendations on a good arborist?

  • We've used Crosstown too and were very happy with the job they did.

  • we have a silver maple that needs to come down soon, crosstown came out did the estimate, haven't been able to move on it yet but highly recommend them based on our interactions so far. Fast. Curtious. Professional.

Mar 20

Updated 5 days ago

Lincoln Square 7-11 closing

I was at the 7-11 on Lawrence (just east of Western) today and was told that they are closing down permanently. The shelves and coolers are almost completely empty - the Slurpee machine wasn't even working. The employee said that there was some kind of problem with the lease but wasn't really sure. It is too bad that they are closing - it was a great location and the employees were always friendly.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Guess we'll get another Nail place in there .Just what we need .

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    Did it really make sense to have one so close to the one on Western just south of the 'L' station?

  • RoseRed 15 years in Chicago, 4 years in Lincoln Square

    The employees there were always wonderful. I hope they're able to find other work quickly!

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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Police: Man dead in Ravenswood shooting

A man died after a Sunday evening shooting in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side, police said.

The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of West Winnemac.

A witness saw the man, between 18 and 25 years old, in an alley with several other males when gunshots were heard, police said. A red SUV was seen driving from the scene, police said.
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The man was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the fatality early Monday.

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Feb 06 2014

Updated Mar 21

Scam Artist "Harold" is in the North Side Area Again!

A scam artist that goes by the name of Harold is at it again in north side neighborhoods. He walks up to homes, rings the doorbell and says he is asking for donations for winter coats and boots for kids in the Gompers Park community. He even has very authentic looking copies of the "notice" about the charity he's collecting for. He always wants cash, not checks. He'll even give you a signed receipt. How nice. He asks for just...

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A scam artist that goes by the name of Harold is at it again in north side neighborhoods. He walks up to homes, rings the doorbell and says he is asking for donations for winter coats and boots for kids in the Gompers Park community. He even has very authentic looking copies of the "notice" about the charity he's collecting for. He always wants cash, not checks. He'll even give you a signed receipt. How nice. He asks for just $10.

Amazingly, he never seems to change his story much or his "flyer" and tactics. I guess if something isn't broken don't fix it, right?

If you see this person, please call the police immediately. Chicago PD on the north side knows of him but they haven't been able to catch him in the act. Better yet, take a quick picture of him for the police. He doesn't appear to be violent and will quickly retreat if you confront him with too many questions or if he thinks you are going to take his picture (so do it very quickly).

He has been running this scam on the north side for years and the police can never catch him in the act.

Please share this info with your neighbors.

  • Fit Fam Longtime RM resident

    Attached is a pic of the guy, Harold Ciani. See FB neighborhood blog.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/65240842795/permalink/10152419334867796/?stream_ref=2

  • OFFdutyWOLF life long resident of albany/irving pk. & L.E.O

    He has been Arrested before...in 2010 for exactly what you described. Its been 4 years.. So he's gotten better at his old tricks. 4 years also means that the local beat cop probably has seen him around the area...but doesn't know what he is up to....since beat cops don't last long.

  • Amie :)

    He is not a scam artist and has a reputible organization and legitimate business license. You are slandering this man and that is considered a crime. Also , as a tax payer of the City of Chicago , I hope my tax dollars are going on police fighting real crimes out there.

Mar 17

Updated Mar 21

Looking for an Apartment to Rent

Hello! I am looking to rent a 1 Bedroom apartment in or around the Albany Park area. I might be willing to go with Irving Park/Logan Square/Ravenswood areas. I'm looking for a mid-May move in date. I do have two cats.

Please message me if you can help me. Thank you!

  • Unfortunately that post was taken down before I got a response on it. :-/

  • C.G. Albany Park Resident

    I'm sorry!! The post was made by the current tenant and wasn't advertising anything, and there are posts in this very thread of an identical nature that haven't been removed, or I wouldn't have cross-posted it.

    If I see or hear of anything else in the area, I'll PM you the info. My building only has two and three bedroom units so no help there. :)

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Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Computer assistance

I work of a Macbook Pro laptop, it's partitioned and runs Fusion. I'd like to get rid of it so looking for recommendations to remove the Fusion side. Thanks.

  • Irving Dave Friendly neighbor

    Go to an Apple Store.

  • You can run the terminal app and diskutil command to get the UUID of the fusion logical drive and then delete it. Be sure to back up your data first.

  • Damian R Ravenswood Photographer

    JennG, Its not clear from your message if you're looking to get rid of the computer or just the (VMware Fusion) Bootcamp partition on it. Guessing it's not Fusion Drive like Slinger suggested. VMware can be uninstalled and the partition deleted. The main partition can then be extended to use that space.

    Part of my business is Mac and PC maintenance and I could definitly help with this. If you're interested you can direct message me to discuss.

Mar 19

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Mar 19

Seeking 2 bedroom for May 1 In North Park (2 cats)

I love the neighborhood, however my roomate and I will be splitting & she indicated she wants to stay in current apt. I will be seeking a new roomate as well (female preferred),I am female.

Mar 18

Updated Mar 19

Esset Koyal Group Capital Management Buffett's Advice: Don't complain about your salary

Warren Buffett has an important piece of advice for the future leader of his empire in his annual letter to shareholders: You'll get rich anyway so don't mind a USD 100,000 salary.

As chairman of the company for five decades now, Buffett wrote in his letter to Berkshire Hathaway's stockholders, "He can't help but earn money far in excess of any possible need for it. But it's important that neither ego nor avarice motivate him to reach for pay matching...

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Warren Buffett has an important piece of advice for the future leader of his empire in his annual letter to shareholders: You'll get rich anyway so don't mind a USD 100,000 salary.

As chairman of the company for five decades now, Buffett wrote in his letter to Berkshire Hathaway's stockholders, "He can't help but earn money far in excess of any possible need for it. But it's important that neither ego nor avarice motivate him to reach for pay matching his most lavishly compensated peers, even if his achievements far exceed theirs."

In the same letter, Buffett also explained, for the benefit of the next leaders, the risks of too much bureaucracy and arrogance. He emphasized as well the dangers of not putting the company first. On the other hand, he pointed out the advantages of a decentralized corporation -- all the more reason to take care of shareholders.

According to the second-richest man in the US, the CEO's attitude will greatly affect the employees under him and the firm's stockholders so it's important that he shows he values them.

"No one can replicate Warren Buffett, you can't find someone to be him. What you need to do is find someone who carries the same values and principles and philosophy to investing," said Gary Goldstein of Whitney Partners, an executive-search company.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Hey, Hallie - can you pay back that money you owe me?

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