30 hours ago

Updated 6 hours 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 mostly happy resident

    I was looking at where I could afford to buy a house after passing on the one my mom offered me. Unless I find a short sale deal the only homes I could find that are nice enough and I can afford are in Waukegan or Mundelein, maybe Gurnee. Waukegan's...

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    I was looking at where I could afford to buy a house after passing on the one my mom offered me. Unless I find a short sale deal the only homes I could find that are nice enough and I can afford are in Waukegan or Mundelein, maybe Gurnee. Waukegan's probably too far away for most but the homes are about 75% to 80% less than Chicago. I found many stunning ones for $149K to $250K that would be $500K to $1M + in Chicago. The taxes seem to be less than half of Chicago's. There's junky ones there too but more than enough nice ones.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Well, sure. both of those towns are (i think ) in Lake County not Cook; so they really aren't comparable to the dilemma in the City.
    I would imagine that the price range you mention buys quite a house indeed.
    Just... not in Cook County / especially Chicago.

7 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 7 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 9 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.

4 days ago

Updated 14 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!

18 hours ago

Updated 17 hours 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?

  • Chicago canine rescue on Elston ave. is open. Pretty sure.. They can scan to see if he is chipped.

  • 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.

4 days ago

Updated 18 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.

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5 days ago

Updated 20 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..

2 days ago

Updated 36 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 40 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.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 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.

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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.

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 24

Updated 4 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.

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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!

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.

Feb 12

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for 2 brm Apartment to Rent

In need of a 2brm apartment for rent that allows pets under $750. I have 2 small dogs, one is 6 yrs old & the other is 7yrs old. Asap

  • Matt Alexander Chicagoan since 2012

    ... with a dog.

  • Andrea D ...in the middle of Albany Park

    Bears Fan - I realize it's been months (sorry! I had some stuff going on LOL). Heat and hot water are included. I pay ComEd and People's Gas. People's gas is super cheap since I only have a stove and a dryer on gas. ComEd varies depending on how hot it is since in the summer I generally have my AC on blast (not this summer though)!

Aug 24

Updated 5 days ago

Junk Yard Dog Lawrence and Kedzie

Hey everyone!!

My partner and I are new to the area. On the corner of Lawrence and Kedzie there is an auto body shop and have a Shepard mix who there over night. As we have walked are 12lb dog passed he always welcomes us with a happy tail. On our walk we have met people who have said that place doesn't really take care of him... Is there anyone around who is looking out for him??

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    Ain't it the truth, Flew That?

    You know, with all the activist sorts posting on EB, you'd think that Richard's Body Shop's lousy park-their-bashed-up-inventory-all-over-the-public-way business model most assuredly warrants a fraction of the post count that was lavished on sweet Angelina. I've personally seen oldsters have to limp out into...

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    Ain't it the truth, Flew That?

    You know, with all the activist sorts posting on EB, you'd think that Richard's Body Shop's lousy park-their-bashed-up-inventory-all-over-the-public-way business model most assuredly warrants a fraction of the post count that was lavished on sweet Angelina. I've personally seen oldsters have to limp out into the street in order to get around the junk Richard's has parked on the sidewalk - on both sides of Lawrence Avenue. Why don't the cops and alderman do a dang thing about it? And yes, who DO these people know?

  • What did happen to Angelina? She used to keep and eye out for me and my pup on late night walks. We thanked her with treats.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Possible Lost Cat?

Hi everyblock,
This cat has been hanging out in my back yard all day. He's not one of the usual feral cats and he's super friendly...but possibly a little lost. I just wanted to post in case anyone is missing their cat.

  • I was going to post this link from Lost Cats -- is this the same cat?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10103180497728859&set=o.107240476016734&type=1

  • Hi Emme,

    That's my post on Facebook. Not the same kitty unfortunately. This little girl doesn't have the black fur on her chin. Thank you for passing it along though!

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Not sure if its the same one, but earlier this spring an unusually sweet and playful cat (no collar) looking very much like him was hanging around Monticello and the river for a week or so. He was a bit small, so i assumed he was young. Disappeared from around...

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    Not sure if its the same one, but earlier this spring an unusually sweet and playful cat (no collar) looking very much like him was hanging around Monticello and the river for a week or so. He was a bit small, so i assumed he was young. Disappeared from around here soon after that, i believe i saw someone near Albany and Pulaski feeding him, along with some ferals.
    Same guy maybe? he may or not be wild-born, but he seemed very affectionate with strangers; definitely not a normal feral trait.
    I hope he finds a regular, proper home.

Jan 23

Updated 6 days ago

Breakroom Brewery

Anybody know when Breakroom Brewery (2925 W Montrose) is going to open? Their Facebook and site suggest soon, but I'm curious as to an exact date.

  • Rob S. Albany Park resident, condo owner. Dog owner.

    I read a comment on their FB page recently, (a comment of a status update) that said they are targeting opening by the end of year. I tried their Citra IPA a couple months ago at Golden Crust and it was pretty tasty.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    Wouldn't it be cheaper to quickly do a build out by hiring someone than paying taxes and mortgage for a year to do it yourself?

Jun 02

Updated 6 days ago

Tree Trimming

Has anyone had any luck in scheduling a tree trimming from the City? We've had costly squirrel damage and all 4 contractors said trimming the tree overhangs would greatly help to eliminate the problem. I've requested a tree trim almost 2 years ago via online and calling 311, followed up just a couple months ago....no answer from the Alderman's office.

Our association would pay for the service ourselves, but no company would accept the job because the tree is technically on "City property." Ugh!

Any suggestions?

  • Our condo association was on the "waiting list" for quite some time, and we only got traction when our management company contacted the alderman's office & mentioned that there were branches were an obvious safety issue & could fall & injure pedestrians.

  • drc Edgewater/Andersonville Border

    So we have a large tree that is in the easement (between sidewalk and street) that has been a continuous problem for our building. We live in a three story walk up condo building in the edgewater triangle area. We been pestering the alderman's office for several years to pair...

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    So we have a large tree that is in the easement (between sidewalk and street) that has been a continuous problem for our building. We live in a three story walk up condo building in the edgewater triangle area. We been pestering the alderman's office for several years to pair down this tree. Last year it caused damage to our roofline (to which the alderman's office said we can submit a claim for damage but likely it wouldn't be paid for many many years). The Dept of Forestry came and cut the limb away from the roof line but left many dead branches. The problem with hiring a contractor is that you or your association will have to pay for this out of pocket and no be reimbursed by the city. And these services are NOT cheap. We've been pestering the Alderman's office for over a year to do additional trimming and on multiple occasions. The alderman's office has been unresponsive (42nd ward - Harry Osterman). This is horribly frustrating as yesterday we had a 12 foot branch come crashing down and damaged one of our planters. Luckily it wasn't on top of a person or a car. There were a ton of large branches scattering our front yard and neighbors front yards. The City of Chicago does a very poor job of maintaining their trees and will typically only react 'after' the problem has occurred. As much as I'd like to discuss with our insurance carrier I'm very concerned bringing it up would raise our insurance rates (yet we need to be sure adequate coverage in the event of a problem). Not to mention we have large branches falling into our gutters and onto our roof line (peaked roofline that it not accessible except with 40 foot ladders). In a nut shell, you will need to be patient and persistent and likely move to the suburbs (where the City Departments are usually much more responsive).

Aug 23

Updated 6 days ago

Need attorney to help draft a will

I am working on my will and would like a recommendation of an attorney who is reasonable and someone local.

  • Sorry I forgot to give you an address of the Lawyer. You get a free consultation.The address is 4108 N. Cicero (six corners) www.dulskilaw.com over 32 years of excellent work. He is a very nice person.He will travel to your home also. I am not an employer of his. My friend has him as a lawyer. He did her will and her husbands when he was in the hospital. He went to the hospital and did his living will. Good luck deciding who to choose. Have a Great Day!

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    Celia Kilpatrick 773-960-8993 local, very thorough, very good.

Aug 24

Updated 6 days ago

Can anyone foster a cat who is at Animal Care and Control?

A male adult cat who cute, friendly, and talky is on the euthanasia list at Chicago Animal Care and Control, and he is in desperate need of a foster.

Here are some Facebook links to see a still photo and video of him:

https://www.facebook.com/CaccCatsTransferTeam/photos/a.628400050537161.1073741866.410321442345024/769449946432170/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=774876965889468&set=vb.410321442345024&type=2&theater

He was found near Lawrence/Western/Lincoln at the end of July. No one has come forward to claim him.

He needs a foster to save his life. Please consider fostering; please share with anyone you know who might be interested. CACC works with a list of approved rescue organizations (https://www.facebook.com/notes/cacc-cat-transfer-team/interested-in-fostering-or-adopting-a-cacc-cat-contact-one-of-these-homeward-bou/578148428895657). If you have never fostered, I am in contact with a woman who works with Tree House who can help you.

Thanks so much!

  • Heather Albany Park resident, condo owner, cyclist

    Tree House is great! I just adopted my second cat from them. Thanks for doing this Emme.

  • Thank you for the links to foster with Animal Care and Control pets.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Jr. College in Chicago (St. Augustine College0

St. Augustine College is accepting applications for enrollment. They offer scholarships for students that qualify. They have 5 locations and classes in both English and Spanish. They also have Flexible schedules. They have pre- college classes and college classes. one of the pre-college classes is a FREE GED class. They are offering a scholarship for $9,576 but you have to go to their web site and click on the icon.For more information go their web site or call them. www.staugustine.edu/ Phone: (773) 878-8756

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Aug 25

Updated 6 days ago

Police at Lawrence and Troy

There are currently 5 police cars on Lawrence and Troy. Does anyone know why? Anyone on a police scanner?

Aug 24

Updated 6 days ago

Seeking local Handy Man/Woman for reasonably priced closet project

Hi there, I live in a large apartment, but when we moved in (over 2 years ago), neither of the two large closets had any kind of shelving or hanging rods. I am seeking a local handy person to create 2 organized closets and turn one mini office space into a closet/work space. California Closets, Container Store and the like are far beyond my budget. I have no problem using IKEA or Target items and am willing to spend between...

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Hi there, I live in a large apartment, but when we moved in (over 2 years ago), neither of the two large closets had any kind of shelving or hanging rods. I am seeking a local handy person to create 2 organized closets and turn one mini office space into a closet/work space. California Closets, Container Store and the like are far beyond my budget. I have no problem using IKEA or Target items and am willing to spend between $250 - $500/closet (work included) and $500-$1000 on the mini office conversion. Again, this is an apartment and I just want organization in my home at long last!! My landlord is unwilling to help. Students are welcome. Anybody have any suggestions? This project could be done over a period of time if need be. Thanks much! Careen

  • I've recently done a kids closet, butler pantry, and office counter with drawers and a cabinet. Email me at scottcutswood@gmail.com and I can send some pics and we can talk more.

    -Scott

Jun 21 2012

Updated Aug 25

A Squirrel Problem

Hello, neighbors... Okay, I've got a bit of a problem and I was wondering if anybody had any potential solutions. Here's the situation:

I like having a nice looking yard and garden. Over the past few months, I've spent quite a bit of time landscaping my front yard so the basement will stop flooding, built up a nice garden, put in a few flower boxes ... Some veggies and herbs in the back yard.

The problem ... some squirrels. They've...

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Hello, neighbors... Okay, I've got a bit of a problem and I was wondering if anybody had any potential solutions. Here's the situation:

I like having a nice looking yard and garden. Over the past few months, I've spent quite a bit of time landscaping my front yard so the basement will stop flooding, built up a nice garden, put in a few flower boxes ... Some veggies and herbs in the back yard.

The problem ... some squirrels. They've dug holes in the front yard where I've planted grass which means I have to fix all those holes and replant the grass. They've dug up my (and my neighbors) flower boxes ... and have even viciously murdered a rose bush, some cucumbers, and countless flowers.

I have nicely asked them to leave my yard alone, and they just roll their eyes at me. I've tried putting a mechanical owl that hoots in the garden to scare them, and they just laughed at me. I've sprinkled the yard with hot sauce and pepper spray, and they still come to dig up my plants.

Does anybody know how I can get those pesky squirrels to leave my yard alone? I'm desperate. I swear I am going to lose it if one more plant gets savagely murdered by those squirrels.

Thanks...

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    DawnOne - I answered your squirrel question 6 comments up. As far as the legality of civilians spreading poison outdoors in the city, I'm sure you already know the answer to that.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    By the way, squirrel season in Illinois runs from Aug 1, 2014 to Feb 15, 2015, so if you want some meat for your stew pot, you've plenty of time. But again, you must be a licensed hunter and use a gun or rifle, or bow and arrow - NO TRAPS - and that's pretty much guaranteed to produce quite the CPD response to your house when you begin firing away!

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