42 hours ago

Updated 20 min 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?

  • For what it's worth, I can echo all of Chris' points. I have the exact same info. Also, his reticence to divulge an exact address is prudent, and reasonable.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Go to the next CAPS meeting, or contact the CAPS facilitator for your beat

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours 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.

  • @Timothy Meegan - so would you have voted against the Red Line to 103rd street extension too? Would you say giving people from areas underserved by public transportation on the south side the opportunity to ride the el to work opportunities in the loop and beyond is bad? Why is...

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    @Timothy Meegan - so would you have voted against the Red Line to 103rd street extension too? Would you say giving people from areas underserved by public transportation on the south side the opportunity to ride the el to work opportunities in the loop and beyond is bad? Why is the north side any different? Are you suggesting poor people and diverse people all have cars or all have jobs local to where they live and don't need to travel to more central locations? I would recommend you get all the facts about an impact study before jumping to a 'I would not support this conclusion.' As a prospective alderman I hope your decision making is more measured and not based on knee jerk reactions should you get the job.

  • Timothy Meegan Independent candidate for 33rd ward Alderman

    I appreciate your criticism; point well taken. That's a good question, and I would not vote against a red line extension, for two reasons:

    - I think it's a question of equity. 103rd/ Ryan is not in danger of gentrifying, and is in greater need of investment in public transit...

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    I appreciate your criticism; point well taken. That's a good question, and I would not vote against a red line extension, for two reasons:

    - I think it's a question of equity. 103rd/ Ryan is not in danger of gentrifying, and is in greater need of investment in public transit and economic development in general.

    - From my viewpoint of the 33rd ward specifically, the benefit is a stop or two NW of the ward and a direct connection to the blue line. As chitowngal mentioned you can take a bus on Montrose, Irving, Addison or Lawrence to connect to the blue line. It's true that the bus is inconvenient, I've taken rte. 82 twice a day for 9 years complete with teenagers.

    But the costs could outweigh the benefits. My primary concern is affordable housing and the direct or indirect displacement of our current residents. I'm also concerned about the impact of reduced pedestrian traffic at Lawrence/Kimball.

    I'd like to add that should I get elected I plan on making decisions in consultation with a democratically elected ward advisory council that has regular public meetings and published minutes. I expect to be held accountable by residents for my vote. I hope I can earn yours in February.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours 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.

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

    I don't get it. Looks like a giant whisk on that pooch's head. What's the dealio?

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

    Oh yeah. Speaking of dealios and red light cameras. I got rid of my car long ago, but was riding with someone today who has a little GPS thingy with a voice that announced every red light camera a block in advance. I wasn't paying attention, but I guess it announces the speed cameras, too. Might be a good investment for those who are red light and speed challenged.

13 hours 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 18 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?

  • 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...

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    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!

34 hours ago

Updated 18 hours 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?

18 hours 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!

37 hours ago

Updated 20 hours 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...

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    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.

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2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

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...

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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.

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

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 44 hours ago

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...

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    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.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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?

3 days ago

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.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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...

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    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...

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    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 5 days ago

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...

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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.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Gun Shots at 5:20 am 10 -12 shots fired as someone drove down central park ave

did anyone else hear the gunshots this morning - some person was driving a car from Peterson down central park and my wife and I woke up - there were I think 10-12 shots taken - what is going on Chicago? am I the only person without a gun?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    daveg69 - I would definitely bring this up at the next CAPS meeting. If they don't know, then make an appointment to speak with the District Commander.

  • The consensus from folks that live there - I just heard - is that it was fireworks. Some kids who live there were hanging outside 3-5am ish....it was probably them. Whew..

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Don't panic with all the cops

Every intersection on Irving from Manheim to irving and kedzie north to montrose will be closed for a police funeral so don't freak out

Jul 14

Updated 6 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.

  • George's on Clark in Andersonville has great ice cream. Sodas are on the menu but I've never tried one!

  • 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.

Jul 12

Updated 6 days ago

Apartment searching

Looking for an apartment/condo/townhouse in the Albany Park/North Park/Mayfair area. 1100-1350 is our price range. We need at least a two bedroom/ 1 bathroom but ideally we would like to rent a 2 bedroom/ 1.5 bathroom, with a dinning room. Must allow dogs. Our move in date is anywhere between August 15th and September 1st. There are four of us, 2 adults and 2 young children, plus the dog. We are very responsible and quiet tenants, with steady employment, no real debt (other than student loans), no record of being evicted, no criminal record, etc. If anyone knows of a place, preferably north of Lawrence, West of Kedzie that might work, please let me know. Thanks.

  • Orestes you might have better luck on foot. A lot of places around here still use the old sign on the door/window.

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    I agree with An G. There are quite a few "For Rent" signs up in my neighborhood north of Foster, west of Western.

6 days ago

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

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Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Lost unicorn

I was running in the forest preserve today and came across a unicorn. It was pink and had a purple tail the horn was white glittery. If it's anybody's it's in my back yard eating some hay!! Come claim it

Jul 17

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Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Albany Park Block Party

I just wanted to take this time to let everyone know about a great event that is happening this Friday July 18, 2014 in Albany Park. There is going to be a Block Party from 6pm-8pm for the entire community at the corner of Drake and Sunnyside that is being hosted by New Life Community Church.
I am planning on taking my family and a few friends and I hope to see a lot of you there. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for everyone from our community to get together and to get to know each other. So bring your family and friends for a fun night.

Here is the link to the event
http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/jul18-community-block-party-drake-and-sunnyside-albany-park-6261781/

  • Albany Park Community Center APCC educates and supports members of the communit

    This looks great! We will be sure to share it with staff and clients. Thanks for coordinating and hosting, New Life!

Jul 15

Updated Jul 16

Here is why you never get a timely police response

They are to busy protecting and serving 7-11 in packs every night, shockingly there was only 2 there is usually 3 to 4 at one time

  • Chi.girl30 Neighbor

    What if they need to use the washroom. I'm sure squad cars aren't equipped with them inside. Relax people.

  • If you listen to the police scanner for the 16th/17th police districts you will hear first hand how overworked and understaffed our police force is. At any time of the day officers are responding to a nonstop barrage of 911 calls concerning very mundane issues right through to life-threatening beatings...

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    If you listen to the police scanner for the 16th/17th police districts you will hear first hand how overworked and understaffed our police force is. At any time of the day officers are responding to a nonstop barrage of 911 calls concerning very mundane issues right through to life-threatening beatings and robberies. It seems to be a constant, never ending cycle:

    elderly well-being checks,
    double-parked car preventing a school bus from getting through,
    home and business burglary alarms,
    domestic disputes,
    neighbor disputes,
    suspicious activity in the alley,
    missing children,
    persons off their medication and acting dangerously,
    robbery at gun-point in a convenience store,
    threats of suicide,
    reckless drivers,
    loud music and parties,
    illegally parked cars,
    gang activity,
    more gang activity,
    and even more gang activity,
    disputes between retail business owners and customers,
    child custody issues,
    landlord and tenant issues,
    auto hit-and-runs,
    aggressive panhandlers,
    gunfire,
    suspicious car occupants,
    sex in public parks

    The list goes on and on. On the weekends it's worse. Sometimes there's a backlog of calls and not enough officers to respond. And at some point during the middle of all this, police officers have to call the dispatcher to get permission to take their 30 minutes for dinner.

Jul 08

Updated Jul 16

Turtle in the Park!

I came across this turtle crossing the path on the north side of the river, in Eugene Field Park. Shortly after, s/he went north into the nature area.

Searching for a place to lay eggs? Looking to get away from the river? Moving from Albany Park to North Park? If this is somebody's pet you can come and pick him up - if you can find him.

I know you're supposed to stop for pedestrians crossing the street, but are turtles pedestrians?

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

    It's not unusual for snappers to have various fresh-water mollusks attached to their carapaces (upper shell). They're often covered in algae due to their mostly sedentary bottom-dwelling ways. I've always assumed the snails and such were mostly interested in feeding on that vegetative matter. They also get leeches and, of...

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    It's not unusual for snappers to have various fresh-water mollusks attached to their carapaces (upper shell). They're often covered in algae due to their mostly sedentary bottom-dwelling ways. I've always assumed the snails and such were mostly interested in feeding on that vegetative matter. They also get leeches and, of course, those critters are after blood.

    This turtle has parasites visible on both the carapace and the soft tissue on and near its neck. I assumed they were snails when I first saw the photos, but I really can't identify them for sure, or even if they're all the same organism.

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

    A little late here, but I just discovered this really fine video on common snapping turtles geared toward the general public. And it concerns populations even more northerly than ours in Chicago.

    http://youtu.be/1FaTfpXs3vo

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Jul 09

Updated Jul 16

Truck parking on residential streets

From an email I got from the Illinois Secretary of State:

"Pickup trucks (vehicles with an open bed and are designed for pulling or carrying freight or cargo) are Second Division vehicles which are required to display a truck license plate.

Should you have additional questions regarding this situation, please contact the Public Inquiry Division at (217) 785-3000. They will be happy to assist you."

So why aren't these pickup trucks ticketed for parking on residential streets or for not having proper truck license plates? This is part of the reason parking is so hard to find.

  • Regarding getting "handicap" plates or hang tags: You actually have to have a form completed by your doctor that says you are not able to ambulate (walk) more than a certain (very short) distance. The last time I looked into it, it was 50 feet. And just because you have...

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    Regarding getting "handicap" plates or hang tags: You actually have to have a form completed by your doctor that says you are not able to ambulate (walk) more than a certain (very short) distance. The last time I looked into it, it was 50 feet. And just because you have one, doesn't mean there will be a spot. On the occasions I am able to go out at night and use a car, I often either get home between 6 PM and 9 PM and the surrounding area has no parking because of yet another event (every single day of the week) at Parkview Lutheran, or it is late enough that all of the spots are just taken for the night, including the metered spots in front of our building. I have to use a cane and some days I can walk farther than others. It is very difficult to bring home laundry and groceries and have to bring them from 2 or 3 blocks away making multiple trips to the car to get everything. And God help you if you try to double park while you are unloading. I have inquired about lobbying to get our street made to be permit parking at the very minimum of 6 PM to 6 AM but was told to not waste my time because the church and Alps would fight it.

  • Also, I love how troll Tas has seen everything, done everything, been everywhere, owns everything, had every job, all of his family are somehow connected to CPD, CFD, and many other areas of government. Talk about an insecurity complex.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 15

Unneighborly behavior or illegal ?

Does anyone know the legalities of calling "dibs" in the summer? We have neighbors who use their two motorbikes to save a parking spot for their car every day. They are really obvious about it, and I find it obnoxious. They really have some nerve doing this. But every day, their bikes are parked on the street, spaced enough for the car. In the evening, they move one of the bikes and slide their car right in. I am going to leave a tactful note, but first I want to check out how legal this is- or is this just plain rude? Thanks!

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    @george Im by all means brutally honest which most take is a as a hostile way. Friendly or cordial has nothing to do with going up to them and chatting with them about it. no different then how you meet any other stranger in life husband wife what ever. I...

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    @george Im by all means brutally honest which most take is a as a hostile way. Friendly or cordial has nothing to do with going up to them and chatting with them about it. no different then how you meet any other stranger in life husband wife what ever. I see two options walk over there and chat it up or continue to deal with it.

    Most bikers being protective about their bikes are usually the nicer folks i know. Im going to take a stab at it and say the bikes they are leaving outside all day are definitely cruisers rather then sport bikes since the sport bikes most like would have been stolen by now

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    I wasn't talking about you. What I meant was that some people are afraid to confront other people for fear of retaliation. They're strangers to each other and you don't know how someone is going to react to complaint directed at them.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 15

Looking for volunteer work in Albany Park

Hey neighbors,

We are relatively new to the neighborhood and wanted to find some activities, volunteer opportunities or events that we could partake in to give back to the community. Can someone out there connect me with local organizations or support communities in the neighborhood?

Thanks!

  • The Albany Park Community Center on Kimball and Foster needs volunteers for tutoring English, citizenship and other skills. They provide training. Karen Parillo is the volunteer manager. Her number is 773-433-3737. I volunteer there. I love it!

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    Chicago Cares is a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities. volunteer@chicagocares.org

Jul 15

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Jul 14

Updated Jul 15

Police action around Ainslie & Springfield

Just came home from dinner with friends and there were cops blocking Ainslie at the intersection of Ainslie & Springfield. There seemed to be a bit of activity going on. Anyone have the scoop?

  • I'm trying to find out too - I know they were looking for someone - they were on foot in my alley 2x and asked if I had seen anyone run past.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 15

I actually like the neighborhood fireworks

I just wanted to share an alternate opinion because it seems that so many people on everyblock have a problem with fireworks. I love the non-stop neighborhood fireworks! So does everyone I know. I understand it's not legal... but as long as nobody's hurt, I don't have a problem. I also think the cops have more important things to do, which is why they haven't really stopped anyone. Fireworks are better than hearing about regular summer shootings, right? (that's including...

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I just wanted to share an alternate opinion because it seems that so many people on everyblock have a problem with fireworks. I love the non-stop neighborhood fireworks! So does everyone I know. I understand it's not legal... but as long as nobody's hurt, I don't have a problem. I also think the cops have more important things to do, which is why they haven't really stopped anyone. Fireworks are better than hearing about regular summer shootings, right? (that's including ALL of Chicago) It started near me almost a week ago, at that time it was much less often. To me it just part of Independence Day... and I love that. I also want to add that me and my husband haven't personally bought or blown off fireworks, neither has anyone we know. They haven't bothered my little barky dogs either. I just wish the people actually participating in the fireworks would clean up the fireworks trash afterwards. It's only once a year guys... let's all relax a little.

  • TD

    "I actually like when my garage gets spray painted. Call me crazy but I love when the youth in our neighborhood express different ideas through urban art ...." DOPE

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    I think I heard a firework going off, or was it a car back firing, maybe a gun shot hmmmm nope it was the guy walking down the street passing a beer fart. False alarm sorry going back to bed now.

    TD thanks for the laugh best comment in this...

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    I think I heard a firework going off, or was it a car back firing, maybe a gun shot hmmmm nope it was the guy walking down the street passing a beer fart. False alarm sorry going back to bed now.

    TD thanks for the laugh best comment in this thread LOL.

    Still amazes me how the ones that dont like someones opinion find any way to say its a personal attack. sorry but when one says you they are talking directly to that individual its not a personal attack its a term directly addressing a certain person. Harden up folks to many sensitive people out there.

    Oh yeah lets not forget everything is illegal in IL and Chicago to SPIT IN PUBLIC.

    Google what states have a full ban on fireworks those same states are also the ones with the most uptight people IL, New york and a few other states very few to be exact. Seems the rest of the country disagrees even the most uptight state California always fireworks ironic.

    Oh well the 4th was awesome nice to see the shows in the alley and guess what everyone cleaned up the mess. Cant wait for it to happen again next year and the year after etc etc

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