49 min ago

Bryn Mawr Sewer Project

Crews will soon begin installing a sewer main in W. Bryn Mawr Ave. starting from N. Kedzie Ave. and working west toward N. St. Louis Ave. We anticipate work to start the week of August 11th. The contractor will begin setting up traffic control and saw cutting pavement. Excavation and laying pipe will follow.

For a period of time, portions of Bryn Mawr Ave. will need to be closed during four (4) separate stages. During these times vehicular traffic will...

Read full message…

Crews will soon begin installing a sewer main in W. Bryn Mawr Ave. starting from N. Kedzie Ave. and working west toward N. St. Louis Ave. We anticipate work to start the week of August 11th. The contractor will begin setting up traffic control and saw cutting pavement. Excavation and laying pipe will follow.

For a period of time, portions of Bryn Mawr Ave. will need to be closed during four (4) separate stages. During these times vehicular traffic will not be allowed on the closed portion of Bryn Mawr Ave. There will be a marked detour setup for each stage of work on W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Sidewalk access will always be maintained for foot traffic and customer access to the businesses along Bryn Mawr.

In addition to these closures, some parking areas along the route of the proposed construction will need to be utilized as a staging area for materials and equipment instead of residential parking. Also, during construction, one-way streets may temporarily become two way streets as an effort to give residents access to their property when the intersections that typically give them access are closed.

We are coordinating with the Department of Water Management to ensure they put a great emphasis the convenience of residents and the quality of life in the neighborhood through the whole term of this project. While construction always involves inconveniences and noise, they have ensured us that they will do everything possible to minimize these and to act as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.

If you have any questions about this project you can contact the Department of Water Management directly at 312-742-1029. You can also contact the 39th Ward office at 773-736-5594.

21 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Peoples Gas bill went way up

Hi, did everyone's gas bill skyrocket? We are on the budget program so that the payment is the same every month. It went from $109 a month last year to $183 per month now.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Our budget bill has gone from $114 to $203. People's reported a 70% price increase, and the winter was cold, but this is ridiculous.

  • George Young Retired Electrical Engineer

    Natural gas market supply prices over the last six months to People's Energy are the highest they've been over the last five years. You can follow along here:

    http://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/company/tariffs/info_hist.pdf

    They are just passing this on to you as they adjust the level of the budget plan payments to accommodate recent gas price levels. You can hope that natural gas production climbs over the summer to replace storage stocks depleted over a colder than normal winter and brings down supply prices.

7 hours ago

You have 8 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

30 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Slots Available at an Amazing Home Day Care

Just wanted to share that the home-based childcare provider where I send my son has a couple of slots available. I can't express how kind and wonderful this couple is. Affordable, too. My older son went for three years; now my baby is there. Such a loving environment. Located at Lawndale and Wilson. I was so grateful to have found them that I thought I'd share with other parents out there stressing over childcare options. Send me a message if you want more info.

  • I don't know how to privately message you, but I'm interested in finding more information

31 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Refugees find peace tending global garden in Albany Park

It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is...

Read full message…

It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is tended by natives of Congo, Bhutan and Burma.

Covering slightly more than an acre is an exuberantly fertile urban garden. Lush tomato, mustard and cilantro plants jockey for space; sturdy squash vines climb over trellises made of dismantled cribs and baby gates.

The whole story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-refugee-garden-met-20140729,0,3352748.story

25 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

  • July29,'14 2:20pm
    Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

    Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here ....

    Read full comment…

    July29,'14 2:20pm
    Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

    Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here .... I hope we can start putting dates and times on our posts and responses? Hope this can work ...✨🙏💫🌟 I think we could stop some lost searches this way... nE way does anyone have help for my original question about a link through an iPhone / Smart phones.... 🍃🐌 thanks again for your time & help💫I guess I sure need it 👽

  • @Kathleen I'm sorry it does not

  • Sorry wrong post

25 hours ago

📱Mobile EveryBlock❓'s & ideas

July29,'14 3:13pm
Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here ..... I hope we can start putting dates and times on our posts and responses? Hope this can work....✨🙏💫🌟 I think we could stop some lost searches this way... nE way does anyone have help for my original question about a link through an iPhone / Smart phones.... 🍃🐌
Thank yoU for your time & help.
Sorry for any duplicate messages,guess I need more help then I originally thought 👽

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Moving, selling a few things.

Comcast compatible router and modem. Both work great. We would take them with us but we are switching to uverse.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591657749.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591580258.html

Also selling an Ashley Furniture Table that is in excellent condition.

5 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

rude & agressive developers, going door-to-door on Richmond Ave

Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I...

Read full message…

Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I was a little suspicious, and we were late to meet with friends, so I replied by asking what, specifically, they wanted to ask (and I slowed down, but kept walking).

Then one of them shouted, very aggressively, "Well, if you'd stop walking, we could f***ing ask you!!" right in front of my 6-year-old. I was horrified, not just at the use of profanity, but at the aggression directed towards me. I said nothing else; just turned and walked away. I have to admit, though it was broad daylight and there were other people out and about... I did not feel particularly safe.

Thanks to an inquisitive friend (accompanied by her large dog), we found out that they were developers, looking for properties to flip.

So, neighbors, just be aware of these guys. I'm not sure what's wrong with the one who shouted at me... so just everyone be careful.

  • Cara Winter Office Manager, Prism Capital

    Thanks, supportive ones!

    As a woman, you do the math almost instantaneously, in your head: Outnumbered? Bigger than you? Daylight? Kid w/ you? There were 3 out of 4 "yes" answers there, that motivated me to just ignore them. I'm happy with my decision, given that.

    In a perfect world,...

    Read full comment…

    Thanks, supportive ones!

    As a woman, you do the math almost instantaneously, in your head: Outnumbered? Bigger than you? Daylight? Kid w/ you? There were 3 out of 4 "yes" answers there, that motivated me to just ignore them. I'm happy with my decision, given that.

    In a perfect world, perhaps I could have slowed down and asked them to correct their attitude, and maybe they would have. But ...I still have to wonder, given how aggressive the one was, what real CHANCE was there that they'd have responded favorably? Vs, the chance that they'd have responded even MORE aggressively? Even looking back, I'm thinking there's only a 25% chance they'd have turned it around, vs. escalation. So I stick by my decision to keep walking, have friend w/ large dog investigate... and then report the behavior here. :)

  • TD

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

31 hours ago

You have 6 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

42 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Garage Repair

The garage for my building is falling apart and I'm looking for recommendations on someone who will do a good job fixing it. It's a large brick garage. I've been getting a few quotes from different places, but would love to go with someone who has done this type of work before and that has a good reputation doing a good job. Has anyone in the neighborhood had something like this done or can recommend someone?

  • kay abrams hats by kay

    You might try Peoples Home Improvement, the owner Leonard Belsky is very honest and reasonable and a really nice guy. He built a beautiful back porch for us. Do not get Craft Master Construction, they are very dishonest and not a good job.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Court records: North Mayfair man knocked 12-year-old off bike in theft

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-court-records-north-mayfair-man-knocked-12yearold-off-bike-in-theft-20140727,0,3059545.story

A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson...

Read full message…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-court-records-north-mayfair-man-knocked-12yearold-off-bike-in-theft-20140727,0,3059545.story

A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson Park before riding off on the boy’s bike, according to court records.

Another 12-year-old and a 14-year-old witnessed the incident, according to records.

The boy and his father found Gonzalez at Jefferson Memorial Park on Saturday and confronted him, according to court records.

Gonzalez became aggressive and punched at the father, who held Gonzalez until police arrived, according to court records.

2 days ago

You have 6 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

3 days ago

You have 5 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found: lost necklace

Early this morning I found a necklace on Wilson ave, right about at Sacramento. Describe it to me, and I'll get it back to you.

Jul 14

Updated 4 days 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.

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

    Margie's it is! I went over there today. Good ice cream soda, served in a glass container. Not far from home too.

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

    "Northeast corner of Paulina and Belmont. The name escapes me."

    Scooters.

    http://www.scootersfrozencustard.com/

    I passed by there on Paulina about 8 PM on Friday, but didn't stop. They were crowded, so it must be pretty good.

Jul 23

Updated 4 days ago

Shots fired this morning at Central Park and Cullum

Can't seem to find too much information on this. I didn't hear it happen, but I saw a police investigation with a lot of evidence tags near what appeared to be 20 or so spent casings. Neighbor said he heard a lot of shots from a semi-automatic weapon. Anyone else have any further information?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    In response to someone's earlier post. A gang member who goes to jail on behalf of the gang's business is considered a hero and held in high regard, so making them a chief or section leader is not unusual.

  • Chris pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain

    @George, 4200, west side.

4 days ago

You have 0 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

4 days ago

Cop Cars, Helicopters Last Night

My husband heard it, but I apparently slept through it. He said there were tons of cop cars, helicopters, etc last night. We're on Central Park, north of Iriving. Did anyone else hear? Anyone know what was up? Thanks for the info.

Jul 22

Updated 5 days ago

Extension of the Brown Line Project

Hi Albany Park, I saw this posted months ago and dismissed it as a suggested ideal. Now it seems the Active Transportation Alliance is really trying to push this through. http://www.activetrans.org/blog/kwhitehead/join-our-campaign-expand-public-transit-cook-county Please note the propsal for Albany Park would be to have the Brown Line run West on Lawrence to connect with the Jefferson Blue Line stop. Is there a need for this if the 81 bus can get you there between 20 and 30 minutes? Is there any concern about the noise? Would there be any concern about loss of businesses along Lawrence? Does anyone question how this would affect traffic on Lawrence Ave.? Maybe there ought to be some community input on this.

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    I live right in, what I can assume to be the path of said proposed ground-level extension to the Brownline, and I don't find it to be any more helpful than hoping on the 81 Lawrence bus. And as an avid Brown Line/Blue Line user, I am not impressed by...

    Read full comment…

    I live right in, what I can assume to be the path of said proposed ground-level extension to the Brownline, and I don't find it to be any more helpful than hoping on the 81 Lawrence bus. And as an avid Brown Line/Blue Line user, I am not impressed by the proposed improvement on my commute. Ground level would be a no-go. Unless they plan on taking it above ground, I can only assume that they would continue it up Leland, which would bring it to a halt at the police station, then what, destroy the fairly newly built police station that bisects Leland at Pulaski, as well as plow through the diamond corridor of houses that run parallel to Elston behind the police station, then it will have to cross two expressways and cross over Lawrence at some point to the northside to join up with the Blue Line which is expressway level, which means, the projected cost for raised and lowered platform access complexity will go up. Not only that. Then taking in consideration the fact that I will be possibly be uprooted from a neighborhood that I chose not only for affordability but diversity and convenient access to job, shopping,restaurants, family, friends, entertainment, schools, parks, BUT then you have to factor in the increase in noise pollution all times of day, which is already an issue with Lawrence being landing runway corridor heaven. If you want property value to go up, push to start bringing legitimate businesses into all of these empty storefronts

  • I think community land trusts are usually a great idea and I don't know why they aren't utilized more often as a solution.

Jul 22

Updated 5 days ago

Redlight Tickets

It's about the money has always been about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-aldermen-to-call-for-watchdog-probe-possibly-redlight-refunds-20140721,0,2256501.story
I have not received a ticket yet but you don't need a stop watch to see that some yellow lights are very short.

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    @joan its a head scratcher for adults.

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

    J@Jobobike. Have to agree about the short yellows, as well as the count-down displays. I've noticed several yellows turning red when the countdown is on 2 or even 3. Wth? That's not how they're supposed to work, is it?

5 days ago

You have 0 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 days ago

Volunteer gathering event for Albany Park World Fest

Please join us at Templestowe Pub (3135 W Montrose Ave) on Sunday, 7/27/14 from 2-5 pm to sign up to volunteer at Albany Park World Fest.

6 days ago

neighborhood peace rally and clean up!

Come out and join the clean up effort, peace rally, and violence memorial walk being hosted at Lawrence and Drake on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-1pm. Help improve the neighborhood, and create awareness by joining in this amazing opportunity! Food will be provided!!

Jul 15

Updated 6 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?

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I...

    Read full comment…

    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I have known many in my 37 years born and raised here. They make millions in cash when they sell their properties or just live high off the rents. Most of them never had to work or go to school because they know they are sitting on a fortune or a major income generator. I'm the kind of person who would just go and ask them, "Man, how did you get that car?! Sweet!" People LOVE to talk about themselves, especially owners of flashy stuff. Many of these owners are also tied in with the city and crime... which also goes hand in hand. Ever read that Chicago Magazine article about alderman and gangs? Just wanted to give some perspective. Hope you find out. That's a pretty interesting sociology project.

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    Regarding the "T.J", if I got this correct, the only reason he was released was because of the NW University group took his case on.

    If they didn't decide to take his case he would still be locked up for something that he did not do.

    I can imagine, everyone he told he was innocent laughed in his face for 16 years.

    That is messed up!

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Are we becoming immune?

No one else heard the gun shots at approx 4 a.m. this morning? They sounded close, but the sirens that followed must have been @ Montrose or further north. They were NOT fireworks. Any one know what happened?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    The police should have responded within 10 minutes of your 911 call. If that didn't happen, I would definitely bring this up at CAPS; you might also want to make an appointment with the District Commander.

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Where on Montrose?

6 days ago

Job Fair

Albany Park Neighborhood Council is holding a Job Fair hosted by the Community Violence Prevention Program (Parent Leaders). It will be held in the Basement At Our Lady Of Mercy Church. The address is 4444 N. Troy. On Friday July 25, 2014. From 11am -1pm. There will be neighborhood companies giving interview so dress professionally and bring current resumes. They will also have information on how do do a successful interview and have information on how to do a resume. Important information there is only parking on the street, not in the church parking lot. Hope to see you all there! Have a Great Day everyone!

Jul 23

Updated 6 days ago

Albany Park - Concerned Resident

Hi Everyone,

I've lived in the area for several years now and have seen a rise in a series of issues from housing, violence, social as well as mental health. I have reached out to the Alderman in regards to working with fellow community members and her team to think of ways to address these issues.

Has anyone seen any success working with our elected officials in the area?

Are there any task forces in the area that have already been established that are open to having community residents participate?

Would really appreciate some thoughts on the matter.

Many thanks!

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP...

    Read full comment…

    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP constituents and her staff's rude behavior were big parts of it. (Example 1: in 8 years of living in AP, I never met Laurino. Since moving to West Ridge in September, I've met the alderman twice--- and she approached me! Example 2: Laurino's office once told me they couldn't remove large pieces of wreckage from a car accident from our front sidewalk near two schools because they were overburdened. It was a huge twisted bumper with sharp edges, and I called after it had been laying there for 3 days. Her words were something like "We can't help you because we are being forced to take furlough days. Can't you just pick it up yourself?"). On the other hand, there are tons of people in AP who really care. Organizing them to get things done isn't easy, but working through EB and the chamber of commerce helped me in the past when I wanted to coordinate a clean-up of the area. There is also a really great "green team" that focuses on gardening, but I can't recall their exact name. I wish you the very best of luck. Thank you, too, for being active in your community.

  • D* Albany Park resident

    Check out Albany Park Neighbors website for info. Seems like involved community members... http://albanyparkneighbors.wordpress.com/

  • AlbanyParkMom Community gardener, 11-year resident

    Hey, I heart AP! I'm one of the Albany Park Neighbors folks. We've just been around for a couple of years, but we're working to establish good relationships with our two aldermen (Colon and Mell, Laurino has been mostly redrawn out of AP) and raise awareness about issues like crime, problem buildings and businesses, as well as engage residents in productive activities like clean-ups and calling out great local businesses, etc. Check us out! We're online at the link above or via FB at Albany Park Neighbors.

6 days ago

You have 12 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

Jul 23

Updated 6 days ago

Jul 22

Updated Jul 23

How to handle garbage issue?

We have an ongoing garbage problem with a building across the alley. The building is owned by the government; I believe it is part of the CHA scattered sites program, but I am not positive. In any case, the building lacks its own recycling bins and also seems not to have enough regular bins. The tenants are constantly filling our recycling bin and putting unbagged garbage in our bins, which then ends up strewn everywhere. It looks atrocious and we...

Read full message…

We have an ongoing garbage problem with a building across the alley. The building is owned by the government; I believe it is part of the CHA scattered sites program, but I am not positive. In any case, the building lacks its own recycling bins and also seems not to have enough regular bins. The tenants are constantly filling our recycling bin and putting unbagged garbage in our bins, which then ends up strewn everywhere. It looks atrocious and we really need our garbage space, as my daughter's medical supplies create lots of waste. We are spending hours each week cleaning our alley and the next day it is back to being covered by trash.

Does anyone know how to handle a garbage issue when the CHA is involved?

  • Susan 8 year resident

    I've used SeeClickFix/311 when they dump larger stuff multiple times, mostly to protect myself from tickets. But we are talking about strewn garbage three or more times a week. I know from records searches that the building is listed as government owned, so no management company. I have one time seen a CHA truck there, so I think it is a small CHA building. I will definitely notify Alderman. Do you think calling Streets and San directly and asking to give them appropriate bins would be helpful or not?

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    The Alderman's office will coordinate for the additional bins if necessary and will keep a record of your call for future reference.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 23

Call for local volunteers for Albany Park World Fest!

Help make AlbanyPark World Fest (Aug. 16 & 17) a success by volunteering. If you're 21+, sign up for a shift: http://vols.pt/KyfMet
You can also attend a volunteer gathering event at Templestowe Pub (3135 W Montrose Ave.) on 7/27/14 from 2-5 pm.

  • Thanks GBH55. I've lived in the neighborhood for 14 years, so I am well aware of the gang issue. But thanks for your attempt at trying to educate me.

    And actually, you called out the race card with your initial comment, so pat yourself on the back.

  • At what point did I mention race in my comments? lol. Epic fail.

Jun 01

Updated Jul 23

Construction at Montrose/Sacramento

Does anyone know why they halted the construction of the strip mall at this corner? Once the weather got warmer they were making good headway, but then abruptly stopped about a month ago with no activity since. There has been quite a bit of graffiti on it as well. I wasn't dying to have another strip mall there, but the empty lot was an eye sore and now the half built lot is even worse.

  • Sha

    Thanks for checking Ashp. Much appreciated. I hope so - it's been over a month and as we've been commenting, there is a lot of graffiti/tagging and the weeds are astronomical.

  • Hey-- i reached out to Mell's office again about the weeds/ over grown trees in the sidewalk and asking for an update on construction... got the following response:

    Thank you for contacting our office. We are aware of all the issues over there and we are taking care of the...

    Read full comment…

    Hey-- i reached out to Mell's office again about the weeds/ over grown trees in the sidewalk and asking for an update on construction... got the following response:

    Thank you for contacting our office. We are aware of all the issues over there and we are taking care of the situation. As far as we know it is still going to be a strip mall, they ran into a few issues and it had to be put on hold so as soon as we hear anything we will announce it. If you need anything else please let me know. Have a great day.

Jul 23

You have 2 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

Jul 23

Jul 21

Updated Jul 22

Catalytic converter stolen

The catalytic converter and mufler on our 2007 Honda Element was stolen early this morning. I live on the 4500 block of North Harding.

  • why not say what color too? now they'll come back knowing you just put a new one on!

Jul 15

Updated Jul 21

Conversation, Cultural Exchange, $$$$ and community

I thought you and your community may be interested in this opportunity. American Homestay Network is looking for individuals and families to be hosts for international students (18-30 yrs. old) studying English in Chicago. Students are arriving this summer and fall. Hosts apply at the website www.homestayhosting.com and we will follow up with them after the application is complete. Hosts are paid approximately $850.00 a month and provide student meals (optional), a bedroom, English conversation and community. The average stay is 13- weeks and the students come from all over the world. Students attend English language training schools in the Loop, UIC, NEIU and Loyola University. Access to public transportation is necessary.

  • Hi Nancy - I would like to speak with you about your experiences with this over 15 years of hosting. What is the best way to be in touch directly?

Jul 21

Neighborhood volunteers needed for Albany Park World Fest

Help make AlbanyPark World Fest (Aug. 16 & 17) a success by volunteering. If you're 21+, sign up for a shift: http://vols.pt/KyfMet
You can also attend a volunteer gathering event at Templestowe Pub on 7/27/14 from 2-5 pm. 3135 W Montrose Ave.

Jul 20

You have 5 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

empty lot on Elston and Fullerton...and what about Olive Garden on Addison and Kennedy?

anyone know what is going to be built where the former European Imports was, next door to Mid-Town Tennis on Elston? Also, any idea when Olive Garden will be open for business?

Jul 10

Updated Jul 19

Kimball and Foster back to normal

Now that the new library looks to be so near to completion, does anyone know when the bus stops at that intersection will return to the way it was, and will we get our kiosk back, so we can stay out of the winter wind?
By the way, if you haven't seen it already, it looks like it will be ready within a month or so. And, it is very nice looking! Quite an improvement to the area!

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    I'm not going to say that the new library doesn't look good.
    But I wasn't then, and am not now, convinced that what we needed was a completely new building.

    I don't feel that there was anything really "wrong" with the old one that couldn't have been improved with some...

    Read full comment…

    I'm not going to say that the new library doesn't look good.
    But I wasn't then, and am not now, convinced that what we needed was a completely new building.

    I don't feel that there was anything really "wrong" with the old one that couldn't have been improved with some electrical and tech updates.
    Much as we as residents (and businesses) do with older buildings we live and work in.
    And early 1960's isn't that old; the building wasn't difficult, just a big open box.

    The new building doesn't seem much larger. It really doesn't seem to have much more parking (not that we really needed it in pedestrian-friendly Albany Park). I'm counting only five new bike lock-up posts.

    What the library system needs is better materials and programs; something that probably could have been achieved in the older structure.

    I've been in some of the newer libraries and was shocked to see just a few older computers available with a cumbersome system if (God forbid) you wanted to make a printed copy. Hopefully, this kind of head-up-the-b*tt thinking has been addressed.

    I view this entire building bonanza as little more than a Daley-Era corruption kickback mess.
    Again, not that it doesn't look nice.

  • Well, Dan on Monticello, I very much disagree, and am thrilled to see this change. The old library was built in 1952, over a gas station, during a, pre-environmentally concerned era. As to the parking, I counted approx. 16 spaces, I didn't count the bicycle parking area. The old building...

    Read full comment…

    Well, Dan on Monticello, I very much disagree, and am thrilled to see this change. The old library was built in 1952, over a gas station, during a, pre-environmentally concerned era. As to the parking, I counted approx. 16 spaces, I didn't count the bicycle parking area. The old building was not architecturally, much to look at. The new building is one and a half times the size of the older one. And, in a neighborhood that includes two universities, numerous grammar schools and two high schools, it's only right that the library reflect the educational facilities available. And in a purely personal view; we live in a middle income, somewhat overlooked area. For us to be gifted with this is just wonderful. I am very much looking forward to the opening, as I use the library often, and live just a block away. So if it is, as you say a bonanza, let's enjoy it!

Jul 13

Updated Jul 19

Crazy Man yelling at people on the street

Just a heads up: twice in the past two days I have seen the same crazy guy yelling at people and walking into traffic. Last evening around 9 pm he was on the corner of Kimball and Montrose. He downed a can of soda (?), crumpled it up, threw it on the ground and then crossed Montrose against the light yelling the whole time. Then today at about noon he did the exact same thing at Lawrence and Kezie. I...

Read full message…

Just a heads up: twice in the past two days I have seen the same crazy guy yelling at people and walking into traffic. Last evening around 9 pm he was on the corner of Kimball and Montrose. He downed a can of soda (?), crumpled it up, threw it on the ground and then crossed Montrose against the light yelling the whole time. Then today at about noon he did the exact same thing at Lawrence and Kezie. I had a run in with this guy about two years ago - when he got too close to me I told him not to touch me and he screamed threateningly at me and followed us a little ways down the street (I learned my lesson and ignore him now). I don't know what can be done about him... I just hope he doesn't end up hurting anyone.

  • Tas if you are speaking to me, then yes, reading is fundamental. You should try it sometime.

    Joan I don't believe I said anything about anybody's grandmother or about being physically accosted, with the exception of Tas physically attacking the subject of this thread instead of calling the police.

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

    Rod, of course, you didn't say anything about anyone's grandmother. Or mother. Or women in general in that big block of text with advice and judgement about how "people" here have responded. That was my point.

About

EveryBlock collects 28 types of news in Chicago — including articles, real estate listings, meetups and conversations neighbors are having — and organizes it by location. Here is all the recent news and discussion near 3633-3660 W. Foster Ave.

Upcoming events

Wed

View full calendar →

Thousands of neighbors connect and get their news via EveryBlock, including:

omega_weapon Tom Cosgrove Daniel Malinski ZL  Electric  Servives Nellie Walsh goosie la'flare Tatiyana Baukovic Frankie Robles Jr Dennis Estrada Brent Rockwell Price

You're 60 seconds from creating an account and joining them…

or
Enter your email address

3633-3660 W. Foster Ave.