5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

  • Demolition companies and other contractors may have use for fill for when they remove a house and can no longer dump the material into the foundation. Try a google search and you may find someone who will take it for free, especially since it is bagged.

  • A&K

    Horner, I have a dumpster you can use. Pitch in on the cost of the dumpster and you can throw your dirt in. Message me if you are interested.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

  • There's a single family home up for sale, by owner, on the 3000 w. block of Wilson ave.

  • 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

3 hours 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.

Jul 15

Updated 5 hours 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.

5 days ago

Updated 5 hours 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.

  • Hope your dog continues to improve. But thanks for sharing this. Now I'm wondering about the sanitation of my shoe soles after bringing trash bins in and out of my alley! Or in fact walking around most city alleys and parking lots. Obviously I can avoid standing water, but with...

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    Hope your dog continues to improve. But thanks for sharing this. Now I'm wondering about the sanitation of my shoe soles after bringing trash bins in and out of my alley! Or in fact walking around most city alleys and parking lots. Obviously I can avoid standing water, but with rats likely leaving gifts all over - and it drying on the pavement, I wonder what it takes weather-wise to decontaminate that. Spray my shoe soles with clorox bleach before coming in the house?! (Yes, I know, take my shoes off when I come into the house - and put them where the cats can't lick the soles. But they still get put on my feet before walking out the entrance hall)

  • 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!

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours 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.....

  • hahahahahah...Thanks Daniel and 39th Warder....I needed a good laugh!!!!

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    I've have two of these calls in the past couple of months. I had one on the phone for about 1/2 hour as I had some fun at his expense. I played dumb for a bit and then started yelling at him claiming he was bringing up loads of porn on my computer (which was not even on at the time). He finally hung up.

Feb 12

Updated 10 hours 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)!

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours 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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29 hours ago

Updated 16 hours 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 29 hours 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 29 hours 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).

30 hours 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

4 days ago

Updated 32 hours 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.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours 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.

35 hours ago

Updated 35 hours 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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45 hours ago

Updated 36 hours 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?

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours 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 2 days ago

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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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Drive by shooting by Ainsle and Harding

The drive by shooting took place Midnight at 12:30 AM On Monday the 18. I counted about 9-10 loud and close shots. The Driver then took off quickly heading towards Lawrence Ave. Cops arrived on the scene about 7 minutes later. They looked around with there flash lights and then left. Does anybody know what happen? or if anybody was hurt?

  • I live one block away from there. I happened to be awake and heard all the "pops." At first I thought it was gun fire but then there were so many pops, I changed my mind and figured it had to be fireworks. Also, I could be wrong, but I thought I remember this occurring 2:30 - 2:45 am.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Believe it or not, as crazy as it sounds, the car with the bullet holes in it may have been the intended target. Sometimes these idiots will shoot up a person's car, or house as a warning to them for whatever reason. That way if they get caught, the assumption is that judges will be more lenient than if someone were actually injured.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Sewer blockage in alley - W Wilson Ave

We moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, and experienced our first heavy rain storm this afternoon - unfortunately we realized the sewer drain near our garage is blocked in the alley and now have 2 inches of water in the garage.

A few neighbors have already complained to the City who has said they will fix it "before winter." This needs to be fixed immediately! It appears that the offending sewer is not draining at all. We also...

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We moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, and experienced our first heavy rain storm this afternoon - unfortunately we realized the sewer drain near our garage is blocked in the alley and now have 2 inches of water in the garage.

A few neighbors have already complained to the City who has said they will fix it "before winter." This needs to be fixed immediately! It appears that the offending sewer is not draining at all. We also had a small amount of water back up in one drain in the basement (clear/clean water it appears). It's not clear to us where the water came from because the street sewers are running through out front and do not appear to be backed up. I called 311, and I will be reporting this to Alderman Mell next.

Is anyone else experiencing this in the neighborhood?

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    Also don't forge to have your main sewer line cleared, you will likely have roots blocking things up if it hasn't been done in a few years

  • If it's clear water ,make sure your downspouts are disconnected.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I usually order from Peapod once or twice a winter; their organic produce is usually quite good

  • I refer to Stanley's as "the house of slightly overripe produce." The prices can be incredible but you definitely get what you pay for. It's great if stopping by regularly for a few things is convenient. I go quick a few times a week but that's hard for a family I'd imagine.
    Touhy Fresh Farms is Da Bomb! The fellow customers are a hoot. Everyone should go there just to pick up fresh Napoleon cake at the bakery counter. So not organic nor a produce but oh so so good.

3 days ago

Mayfair Market Update

Hi, just went past Mayfair Market (Pulaski, just south of Lawrence) this afternoon.

The lights are off, doors are locked, with a sign on the door that says they will be temporarily closed until September 1st, re-opening under new management (maybe ownership?).

Hopefully this bodes well for the market, since it's been in obvious decline for some time now (dwindling stock, fewer employees, etc.).
They've definitely seen some rough times since their original very impressive opening several years back; hopefully this re-opening will be the charm.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Air Duct Cleaning

Neighbors,

I'm thinking about getting my air ducts cleaned/serviced and have not used this type of service before. I am looking for recommendations on companies/individuals who do a great job and are reasonably priced.

Thanks!

  • Sears vent cleaning has been given to me on numerous occasions by friends and family for being very thorough. I was told they use the correct cleaning brush system instead of some kid using a regular vacuum with a tiny attachment. Compare equipment styles and choose that way.

  • We use Indoor Air. They are based in the southwest burbs, but are extremely efficient and do a great job. They are a bit pricey though.

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Aug 18

Updated 4 days ago

Wowwwww!!!! Eugene Field

Ok, I will admit that sometimes I often do not see the forest for the trees and blah blah blah (or however that saying goes) but I am ashamed to say that I did not see how pretty Eugene Field is, and I've driven past that place many times, and taken the shortcut by the field house to get home at night and it never registered one single blip on my "Interesting Place" radar. Who knew we could have all...

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Ok, I will admit that sometimes I often do not see the forest for the trees and blah blah blah (or however that saying goes) but I am ashamed to say that I did not see how pretty Eugene Field is, and I've driven past that place many times, and taken the shortcut by the field house to get home at night and it never registered one single blip on my "Interesting Place" radar. Who knew we could have all those pretty wild flowers in our little corner of Albany Park. It's almost like being out in the country for a second (if you tune out the wail of the ambulance on it's way to Swedish Covenant). Maybe I drove past it during the wrong season, but I don't remember all that being there. How did I miss the little marshland/wetland riverbed habitat...geez I must have had my blinders on for sure. But it's beautiful. So pretty I grabbed my camera and used it as a backdrop for my little one's "First Day of PreSchool" photos.... I was amazed at the results.... I couldn't have done better if I had drove all the way out to the Morton Arboretum or to the Chicago Botanic garden. I tried to pull up some background on it, but there isn't much on the web. Does anyone know the history of it????? But I definitely suggest everyone get out and stroll through or takes some photos before the flowers die off....they are simply riotous in all their color and glory.....

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    aww... shucks!
    Thanks for the thanks, guys.
    Even though some of the aspects of this project have created some problems. I really DO want to see it be successful.
    Here's an idea:
    since getting the City to come in and keep it clean isn't really working all that well,
    and...

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    aww... shucks!
    Thanks for the thanks, guys.
    Even though some of the aspects of this project have created some problems. I really DO want to see it be successful.
    Here's an idea:
    since getting the City to come in and keep it clean isn't really working all that well,
    and organizing neighborhood clean-ups can be difficult to coordinate;
    how about each time one of us visits the park to enjoy it, just remind ourselves that on the way out we pick up a bit of trash and toss it in the bin?
    Might not seem like much, but if nothing else, its good for Karma points :)

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    excellent idea! I will try my best to pick up any trash I see and properly dispose of it.

Aug 19

Updated 4 days ago

LOST CAT - Pinky (male, white/ginger)

URGENT - PLEASE SHARE! My cat Pinky went missing last night in the neighborhood of Berteau & Kimball (Irving Park/Albany Park) in Chicago. He's extremely friendly and is probably terrified. I'm really worried! He's mostly white with some ginger coloring and a striped tail. IF ANYONE SEES HIM, PLEASE CALL 773-552-5656. Please share!

  • Lukie, I called his name for six hours. He was literally two feet away from me, but he was too scared to move or even meow.

  • Lukie 25 year resident of North Park

    Wow. Well, I'm so glad he's safely home now. I maintain that house cats should be taken out on a leash to get to know their surroundings in the event they ever accidentally get out. But maybe, in the case of a very timid cat, that wouldn't work because the cat would be too afraid even so.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

LOST DOG

Just wanted to get the word out there - My co-worker lost her dog this morning around the Belmont and Troy area. Unfortunately his tag fell off when he ran from the yard. He's a puggle mix named Ivan. If you find him, please feel free to email me or post. Thank you!

  • PrettyBrownEyes Hello, Im part of the Cvpp Program nd Mentoring Pr

    I hope you find your dog!!! Good Luck!!! I know how much you must be missing him:)

  • He was found this morning. He's back at home and all is well. Thank you!

  • My brother saw him wandering a bit scared and managed to get him on a leash and feed him he seems very friendly

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4 days ago

Need someone for exterior cleanup / minor repair

We've had a minor rodent problem outside in an enclosed crawlspace attached to our house.

I'm looking for someone who can clean out the space and repair the holes in the exterior wall made by the animals.

Can anyone recommend someone who might be good for this service?

Thank you very much,
Michael

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Parking near Wilson & Kimball

Does anyone know of a garage, covered or uncovered, or any other parking options near Kimball and Wilson?! Parking is bad enough at night and this new construction has made things even worse!

  • Before anyone jumps down my throat, please know that I believe this work to be necessary!

  • We have parking available. Please give me a call at 847-571-6248. The lot is located on Kimball and Eastwood.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Free Microwave, In good Condition!!!!!!!!

Does anyone, need a microwave??? I have a black microwave, I'm trying to get rid of Free of Charge!!!!! In good condition,......You, would only need to pick it up!!!!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    I second freecycle. If anyone isn't already a member I would seriously recommend joining. Great way to get rid of stuff and not be wasteful.

  • I would be happy to take it off your hands if its still available.

Aug 19

Updated 5 days ago

Sewer Project/Parking Issue

So, it looks like our fine city is finally beginning the sewer project on Wilson (and maybe Montrose) from Kedzie to Kimball, and including Sawyer, Spaulding & Christiana. I can see that signs are already posted on Wilson and at least the first block of Spaulding (very possibly on all side streets) that there will be no parking from 7AM - 4PM on both sides.

We have called Alderman Mell's office to NO avail. (We have also repeatedly called her...

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So, it looks like our fine city is finally beginning the sewer project on Wilson (and maybe Montrose) from Kedzie to Kimball, and including Sawyer, Spaulding & Christiana. I can see that signs are already posted on Wilson and at least the first block of Spaulding (very possibly on all side streets) that there will be no parking from 7AM - 4PM on both sides.

We have called Alderman Mell's office to NO avail. (We have also repeatedly called her for loose manhole covers and dead tree branches that will probably (eventually) fall down and impale someone on a busy corner.)

It's maddening to think that no one has thought about the parking problem this incurs, and even worse that no one cares! (OBVIOUSLY none of the "powers to be" live in this part of Albany Park.) Our condo association, as well as neighbors, are outraged. In a neighborhood that already has a parking problem, WHERE are all of these cars to go??

Does anyone have any productive ideas or effective contacts?

Thanks!
Happy Tuesday!

  • Jenn WiredCat

    I can't say I'm happy with the entire neighborhood being torn up at one time, nor am I looking forward to the possible unexpected water shut offs. We all know that communication from the city is rather poor, but Mell has been sending out emails about the project, and hopefully...

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    I can't say I'm happy with the entire neighborhood being torn up at one time, nor am I looking forward to the possible unexpected water shut offs. We all know that communication from the city is rather poor, but Mell has been sending out emails about the project, and hopefully she will be able to inform us about shutoffs in some timely manner. It appears that the entire grid from Kedzie to Kimball, Montrose to Wilson for an entire month will be difficult to navigate for residents. And, yes, I have no idea where people are going to park their cars. I just hope in the long run this will make things better for residents, less flooding, better drainage, etc.

    I'm just glad that I don't work nights. I will feel sorry for those on the night shift that will have to try to sleep during the day during all the construction noise.

    In the meantime, I'm waiting to see what the impact will really be on the neighborhood. Sure the signs worry me, but It's one of those things I just cannot worry about until it actually starts to happen, and we see the impact. We can then show proof that it will be a problem in the neighborhood.

    I used to live in a neighborhood that had permit parking, and it really didn't help with parking availability. It was never enforced, despite multiple calls to 311 about cars that didn't belong. Again, other neighborhoods may have better enforcement, and it does work, but I haven't seen it work effectively - yet.

    It also doesn't help when there are multiple vehicles to one home/apartment. It's not something we can change, but it's still frustrating.

  • jw

    I live a block east of Kimball. Two summers ago, the city did sewer work on our streets that lasted about a month. Then, they came back a month later and did "remediation" on one of the streets (the other one _still_ needs paving, but that's another story).

    We are...

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    I live a block east of Kimball. Two summers ago, the city did sewer work on our streets that lasted about a month. Then, they came back a month later and did "remediation" on one of the streets (the other one _still_ needs paving, but that's another story).

    We are in a corner building, and we got it on both sides. I seem to get home a little earlier than most people, so I was able to manage by parking on neighboring streets. But if I came home late or went out at night? Forget it. I'd park at a meter on Lawrence or Kimball and get up early to move my car the next day. And, yes, it was loud.

    So... I don't know. I also feel your pain. Hopefully, it won't be as much as a hassle as you anticipate.

5 days ago

loose dog with pink collar

This morning i ran into a loose dog on Ainslie between Whipple and Sacramento. It was a lighter brown pit bull with a pink collar. I called 311 twice but kept getting disconnected. Sorry i was not fast enough to get a photo, dog seamed curious but somewhat frightened.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Jet Noise Bottlenecked in City Council

Nothing's changing ... the jet noise is out of control. Legislation to address it has been held in Aviation Committee since JANUARY. Ald Zalewski is chair http://www.chicago23ward.com/ PHONE him at (773) 582-4444. And then call your alderman repeatedly ... nothing is going to change without a lot of pressure.

  • Liz.. Are you proposing then that the international world abide to only fly these newer planes during normal sleeping hours?
    And with that, what would be your definition of normal sleeping hours?
    Is that your solution?
    This is a city of close to 8 million people, progress happens.. We should...

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    Liz.. Are you proposing then that the international world abide to only fly these newer planes during normal sleeping hours?
    And with that, what would be your definition of normal sleeping hours?
    Is that your solution?
    This is a city of close to 8 million people, progress happens.. We should be thankful for that.
    Again... What are these fair solutions that are promised and posted in yards ?
    What are the ideas you are implementing?
    Anyone can complain, and personally I am over it. If you are looking for support than wouldn't it be to your credit to explain your solutions.

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

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an...

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    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's desire is to obtain acceptable solutions to community concerns as well as future plans so they do not become an issue. To date, that conversation with communities has been non-existent. The FAiR Coalition seeks a democratic approach. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    What can you do?

    * Sign up for FAiR Coalition emails. Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on "Join Now"
    * Sign our online petition at www.fairchicago.org
    * Report your noise complaints which can be done directly through our website at www.fairchicago.org
    * Put up a FAiR yard sign
    * Distribute FAiR door hangers
    * Tell your neighbors about FAiR
    * Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com See you around our neighborhood.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Catalytic converter

They like Hondas and cavaliers. Get an alarm that goes off when car is moved...and get a dash video cam.

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

    Get ride of the car, ride a bike. Do NOT get an alarm, it won't stop a thief and will only annoy the neighbors.

  • Dorothy Schmidt Neighbor

    I got a car alarm which also goes off in the house, too. it has not gone off once during the night, and did go off once during the day, and the potential thief left when it did! My car parked in front of my home. My neighbor has one...

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    I got a car alarm which also goes off in the house, too. it has not gone off once during the night, and did go off once during the day, and the potential thief left when it did! My car parked in front of my home. My neighbor has one that goes off about 3:30 a.m often! Annoying yes...but I'd rather be annoyed then have her car vandalized. And her alarm helps keep the bad guys away from our street.
    And you can also get a fake alarm in your car.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

ADT installer? Can you recommend a good one?

Looking for a good company to install an ADT system. I have heard many are awful. Thanks.

  • Hi there,
    We have a home security system through http://www.trustbulldog.com/. They are a local company based in Highland Park. They were customizable depending on what you wanted and the company made some logical recommendations. We've been in the area for 10 months and love it.

    *Full disclosure, the guy who owns the company is a good friend, but I wouldn't recommend it if we didn't have a great experience.

    Good luck.

Jun 12

Updated 6 days ago

Divvy Coming to the 33rd Ward + More

READY TO RIDE: Divvy Coming to the 33rd Ward + More

Divvy Announcement

Alderman Mell has approved the installation of nine Divvy stations in the 33rd Ward. These locations are in addition to proposed stations just outside the ward, including docks at North Park University, Diversey & Richmond, Clark Park, Elston & Montrose, and the Addison and Belmont Blue Line stations. Installation for these stations is scheduled for later this year.

The new 33rd Ward Divvy stations are as follows:...

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READY TO RIDE: Divvy Coming to the 33rd Ward + More

Divvy Announcement

Alderman Mell has approved the installation of nine Divvy stations in the 33rd Ward. These locations are in addition to proposed stations just outside the ward, including docks at North Park University, Diversey & Richmond, Clark Park, Elston & Montrose, and the Addison and Belmont Blue Line stations. Installation for these stations is scheduled for later this year.

The new 33rd Ward Divvy stations are as follows:

CTA Kimball Brown Line station
CTA Kedzie Brown Line station
CTA Francisco Brown Line station
Kedzie & Montrose
California & Montrose
Sawyer & Irving Park
California & Byron
Troy & Elston
California & Fletcher

Learn more about Divvy on their website.
http://www.divvybikes.com

Dedicated Bike Lanes

As we announced last week, Alderman Mell recently sent a letter of support to the Department of Planning and Development for the allocation of TIF funds for expansion and addition of bike lanes in the 33rd Ward and connecting to other areas of the city. The allocation will be used to help fund a buffered bike lane on Kedzie Ave from Milwaukee to Addison, and on Elston Ave from Webster to Milwaukee.
Learn more about these and other safe biking efforts on our website.
http://www.33rdward.org/our-community/biking-lanes?utm_source=Week+41+Newsletter+-+6%2F11%2F2014&utm_campaign=Week+41+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Bikes & Roses

Get your bike ready for the summer (and the upcoming Chicago Bike Week) at a great bike shop right here in the ward.
Bikes & Roses is a youth-led bike shop sponsored by the Albany Park Neighborhood Council. They are dedicated to teaching youth valuable skills while promoting a healthy biking lifestyle.
This shop is located at 4751 N. Kedzie. Hours: Monday - Friday (11am - 7pm); Saturday (12 - 5pm.)

Keep up with Bikes & Roses on their Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/apnc1

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    Seems like a little over saturation

    Kedzie & Montrose
    California & Montrose
    Sawyer & Irving Park
    California & Byron

    These locations are pretty close to each other, I doubt they would be profitable over a year but who knows?

  • PrettyBrownEyes Hello, Im part of the Cvpp Program nd Mentoring Pr

    One can only wait and see!!!!!!

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