25 hours ago

Updated 57 min ago

Gun -- big gun -- in an alley, 4400 block West Bernard

We are house-hunting and tonight saw a place on the 4400 block of West Bernard. As we were checking out the garage, we walked into the alley and saw three young men, late teens or 20s, standing in the middle of the alley passing around what seemed to be a gun. A really big gun. Like a semi-automatic gun.

I actually didn't see the gun, because I was poking around the garage, but my realtor and friend saw it and are pretty convinced it was the real deal.

Has anyone seen anything like this? This is a royal bummer, because up until that second, I was sold on this house. Now, we are obviously a little put off.

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    Off topic but AP Student I would love to get more information on becoming involved with area cleanups and improvements. I too live right around that area. Thanks much.

  • Regardless of whether or not Chicago is a concealed carry city,the weapon is supposed to be CONCEALED..not passed around like a pack of cigarettes. If someone carrying a weapon is doing that then that's reckless and there's a criminal charge for that and the police should've been called to ascertain...

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    Regardless of whether or not Chicago is a concealed carry city,the weapon is supposed to be CONCEALED..not passed around like a pack of cigarettes. If someone carrying a weapon is doing that then that's reckless and there's a criminal charge for that and the police should've been called to ascertain what was going on and they will handle the situation appropriately. If the person with the gun is being a bit of a Rambo then they should lose
    the ccw permit because they don't deserve the opportunity and responsibly of carrying a gun.

25 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum

What are some of your thoughts on tonight's forum?

Dec 16

Updated 10 hours ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

6 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Meeting with Alderman Rey Colon.

EDITED: Changes coming to Montrose Avenue! A development is proposed for 3850 W. Montrose, currently the site of Crafty Beaver. Bethany Retirement Community, a supportive living facility for seniors. This would be a five-story development featuring 130 units (110 studios and 20 one-bedroom units) as well as two outdoor patios, dining and resident-activity areas, and a green-roof garden. (Bethany would be relocating its existing facility in South Andersonville.)
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EDITED: Changes coming to Montrose Avenue! A development is proposed for 3850 W. Montrose, currently the site of Crafty Beaver. Bethany Retirement Community, a supportive living facility for seniors. This would be a five-story development featuring 130 units (110 studios and 20 one-bedroom units) as well as two outdoor patios, dining and resident-activity areas, and a green-roof garden. (Bethany would be relocating its existing facility in South Andersonville.)
Alderman Rey Colón invites all neighbors to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Aspira Haugan School, Annex Building, 3729 W. Leland. The Alderman, staff, and developer will be present to walk neighbors through the plans and necessary zoning change.
For additional information, contact Ald. Colon's office at 773-365-3535.

  • Thank you to everyone who was able to go and speak for me and the other AP families.

  • Irving Park Momma Trying to be a good neighbor

    Ditto what Mike W. said. We had planned on attending the meeting, but sickness invaded our home. I think we still need to be vigilant about any further proposals for this land. Additionally, it still has to go before the zoning board. It's Chicago, and anything could happen even if the community is against the proposal.

38 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Food pantry/soup kitchen

Looking for a soup kitchen or food pantry in Albany Park in order to volunteer with my kids. Anyone know if there are any in the area between Lawrence/Pulaski and Kimball/Montrose?

  • bstaswick Urban Farmer

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Grace Covenant Church has a food pantry every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm. They are located at 4201 N. Monticello Ave. (773) 478-0208. They serve approximately 25-50 households every Saturday morning with food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and breads donated from local Panera bakeries. It is the...

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    Grace Covenant Church has a food pantry every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm. They are located at 4201 N. Monticello Ave. (773) 478-0208. They serve approximately 25-50 households every Saturday morning with food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and breads donated from local Panera bakeries. It is the only food pantry open on Saturdays in the neighborhood, as such it is designed to serve working families that are in need. It is set up as a "shopping experience" for the clients where they can go thru with a shopping assistant and pick out a set number of items, which are usually proteins, grains and canned fruits and vegetables.

    Here is a link to their website: http://www.gracechurchchicago.org/food-pantry/

    They coordinate all of their volunteer help thru http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/111714660206#!/show. You can follow the links there and sign up or email their coordinator at fedwithgracefoodpantry@gmail.com. Either way it is a simple process of picking the date that works best for you. All ages are welcome to volunteer. Kids and teens often man the bread table or help count items at checkout.

    Full disclosure: I attend this church and my family has volunteered there several times over the last year. To give you an idea of the need and the outreach in Albany Park here are the 2014 numbers:

    1,989 Households served
    7,818 Individuals benefitted (total in households)
    68,000 Pounds of food distributed
    130 Volunteers
    2,711 Volunteer hours

    Thank you for reading and considering volunteering!

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Jan 07

Updated 24 hours ago

URGENT - Husky Loose in AP

we just spotted a Husky running down the alley between Kimball and Bernard towards Montrose. We tried to get him to approach offering treats. He is wearing a collar. He ran off. We are afraid he will get hit by a car or freeze.

  • Thank Jennie. I never saw him so I never knew if the missing pups could have been him, but I am glad to hear you're looking out! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  • Hopefully he's doing well !

25 hours ago

January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

29 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Maid Service?

Can anyone recommend a good, affordable maid service? We just need someone to come in once a month to give a good cleaning. Thanks!

Jan 20

Updated 33 hours ago

Recommendation for Real Estate Agent in East Albany Park area?

Can anyone recommend a good real estate agent who knows the Ravenswood Manor, East Albany Park, Irving Park areas? Just looking for someone experienced and is a good rep. Trying to sell our condo. Thanks!

  • Sorry wrong post Please diregard. However, I to am looking for a real estate agent who will be proactive in search for my home. I have gone thru two agents so far and I want to give up

  • If you're looking for an agent to buy a property, I can't recommend Carrie Weston enough. She works for a small firm in Chicago (Big Shoulders Realty) and has served me well (twice), as well as several friends -- I've recommended her several times. She loves what she does and it shows. Good luck!

37 hours ago

6:30 tonight meeting with Alderman

Don't forget, Alderman Rey Colón invites all neighbors to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Aspira Haugan School, Annex Building, 3729 W. Leland.

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2 days ago

39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

No More Recycling Plastic Bags?

I hear from my friendly recycling man that the city will no longer accept any plastic bags in the blue recycling bins. That's trash bags or grocery bags. This is confirmed on the city's site: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/supp_info/recycling1/blue_cart_residentialrecyclingacceptedmaterials.html

How long has this been the case? Seems lame, no?

  • Yes, those plastic grocery bags and plastic sheeting are recyclable but they need to be handled separately. Left in the waste stream they wrap around and get caught on the rollers that move the waste through the sorting facilities and cause breakdowns and loss of man-hours spent removing them from the stream to keep them from literally, gumming up the works.

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    The City of Chicago recycling website mentioned in the first post has brief videos about the recycling process. In the video about separating or sorting recyclables the narrator says something like, "First, the plastic bags holding the items are ripped open to loosen the contents." So it looks like we...

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    The City of Chicago recycling website mentioned in the first post has brief videos about the recycling process. In the video about separating or sorting recyclables the narrator says something like, "First, the plastic bags holding the items are ripped open to loosen the contents." So it looks like we can still carry our newspapers and other plastic and glass out to the blue cart in plastic bags. We use Glad recycling bags, which are translucent. We take our bag of bags to the Jewel every couple of weeks for recycling.

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3 days ago

Woman hurt after car slams into bus stop, rolls over on Northwest Side

A 22-year-old man was driving a 1997 Honda Civic eastbound in the 3600 block of West Foster Avenue around 1 a.m. when he sideswiped another vehicle, struck a bus stop and rolled over, said Chicago Police News Affairs Amina Greer.

Jan 21

Updated 3 days ago

Kittens

I have to get rid of two female kittens. They are 7 months old. I am available today (Wednesday, 1/21) after 4:30 pm but before 6:30 pm. If interested, feel free to email me. Thanks

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    Thanks, I got the new landlord to approve my keeping them. They are like babies, and as I stated before it would damage them to be separated. They adore each other so much. I know that shelters would separate them, that's why I reached out to see if someone wanted them so that they aren't separated. Thanks again

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Concerned Guardian,
    That's wonderful news! I always think kittens are happier in pairs. I have two littermates that I adopted as kittens. They have been so happy together, and keep each other company when I'm not home. :) So glad you are keeping them. Thank you for taking care of them, for thinking about what's best for them, and keeping them together.

Jan 19

Updated 4 days ago

The Deb Mell Avalanche of Campaign Flyers

Is anyone else just getting deluged by Mell flyers in the mail? Between my wife and I we get two almost every day. I have dozens of these flyers stacking up. I wasn't planning to vote for Mell. The flyers would have convinced me otherwise if I had been.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Same problem in the 50th with Silverstein literature. I picked up three flyers on the grass during my block walk home from the bus stop

  • MK long-time city girl & dog lover

    So wasteful and annoying! Was also not planning to vote for her, and this just confirms it. Makes me question her judgment about use of resources.

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Jan 21

Updated 5 days ago

Used appliance store rec!

Greetings neighbors,
Looking for a place that has good used and/or refurbished washers and dryers. Anyone have any positive experiences with any local stores? Any and all recommendations welcome.

Many thanks!

  • Andrew Levin Property Management Specialist

    Mike's Furniture is still open at 1259 N Ashland. In addition to great used appliances, they have a great stove and refrig repair service mostly for appliances they have sold in the past.

  • Sue Portage Park-er

    There are Sears Outlets in Melrose Park and Niles. Refurbished and returned items, some with dings but most in like new condition. You can shop the current inventory on-line before making the trip. http://www.searsoutlet.com/
    We've bought a couple appliances there and have had no problems.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Anyone attend the newly formatted CAPs meeing (1722, 1723, 1724)?

I am curious how the new format worked out. Likes/dislikes?

  • Chris Dick Johnson!

    I attended. For the most part, first meeting went better than I thought it would. Still think they will have to curtail wondering complaints a little better, but it didn't happen as much as I thought it would. Turnout was great. Meeting ended by 7:30 for all 3 beats (30...

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    I attended. For the most part, first meeting went better than I thought it would. Still think they will have to curtail wondering complaints a little better, but it didn't happen as much as I thought it would. Turnout was great. Meeting ended by 7:30 for all 3 beats (30 mins shorter than allotted). I like the (recently) new lieutenant.

    All in all, a few small kinks, but ran smoother than I thought. I was expecting a real cluster. And it wasn't at all.

    I did enjoy seeing the larger attendance, and seeing some faces from my neighboring beats I have seen in a long time.

  • FCZ Montrose and Troy

    Thanks, Chris. I, too, am surprised it only lasted for an hour. And, by the attendance.

Jan 20

Updated 6 days ago

Watch Your Cars!!!

Thieves going around steeling tires with the rims off cars.

  • A friend living on Oakley just south of Montrose had her catalytic converter cut out three days ago.

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Wheel locks
    Catalytic convertor lock

    Those are two things that you can protect your car with and they work.

    You can get around wheel locks, unlikely thieves will have time or tool to do so.
    The cat lock, they would need a toolkit IF they can take it off.

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    Wheel locks
    Catalytic convertor lock

    Those are two things that you can protect your car with and they work.

    You can get around wheel locks, unlikely thieves will have time or tool to do so.
    The cat lock, they would need a toolkit IF they can take it off.

    Likely, with these pieces in place, a thief will see it and move on.
    Higher vehicles (toyota Rav3/4runner) type trucks are most common for cat theft. These people must be idiots, most of the nice rims in Chicago come off of cars for winter time.

    GL

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

snow giving people a license to not clean up dog poo

once the snow melts, the amount of moist, smudgy, smooshy, disgusting dog shieet that emerges all over the place is really a measuring stick of society.

all you people who do this are a small notch above rats & pigeons.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Jane, I agree with you on the idea of making bags available for people that "forget" to bring them. I've tried it by the back fence in my yard, and some people do use them.

    There's really not much more you can do other than to encourage people to be...

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    Jane, I agree with you on the idea of making bags available for people that "forget" to bring them. I've tried it by the back fence in my yard, and some people do use them.

    There's really not much more you can do other than to encourage people to be responsible; yelling at them after the business is done and they start walking away usually turns unproductive.

    As for the hurling of trash out of car windows... just ONCE I'd like to see a cop write a ticket for littering. Or someone just lose it, pick up the trash and hurl back into their car. It would be nice to see the City begin a concentrated campaign against litter; some people have been doing it for so long they don't even think about it as being something irresponsible.

    Oh, and to the OP retrac... I know rats and pigeons aren't the most cuddly and beloved of city critters; but they are definitely several notches above careless pet owners and litterers.

  • I am a dog owner and I routinely keep at least one bag, usually two, in my pocket, even when my dog is not with me. The second bag allows me to pick up extra poop I encounter on my property or my neighbors'. I also routinely use a bag...

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    I am a dog owner and I routinely keep at least one bag, usually two, in my pocket, even when my dog is not with me. The second bag allows me to pick up extra poop I encounter on my property or my neighbors'. I also routinely use a bag I have with me to clean up all the cigarette butts I find outside my back gate and around my trash cans. (Picked up 30 of them yesterday.) On the rare occasion that I have forgotten to take a bag with me on a dog walk, I have gone home for a bag and retraced my steps. Snow actually makes it easy to do the clean up from the dogs, so it's no excuse. It's dried leaves in the fall that makes it a little harder. I find these behaviors to be absolutely disrespectful to my neighborhood.

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

photography

Where are the best spots in Albany Park for photographers? Not just nature shots but to capture outstanding model photos? Interior and exterior is fine by me. Thanks

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    Definitely the wetlands and maybe the field house also at Eugene Field, see my post about it from this past fall, took a few photos there with my DSLR

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    Also the Thai cultural center on Pulaski maybe, (I think it's Thai) where the old police station used to be

Jan 15

Updated Jan 20

Group of Young Vandals

I've noticed a group of kids, approximate ages 10 - 15, knocking over trash receptacles, throwing rocks at cars, apartment and house windows, and generally making trouble in the alley that runs just south of Lawrence, between Avers and Lawndale. The group ranges between 6 and 10 kids and they usually appear within a couple hours after school, normally between 3:30 and 5pm. I've called the police each time, but because they move quickly, normally by the time the police...

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I've noticed a group of kids, approximate ages 10 - 15, knocking over trash receptacles, throwing rocks at cars, apartment and house windows, and generally making trouble in the alley that runs just south of Lawrence, between Avers and Lawndale. The group ranges between 6 and 10 kids and they usually appear within a couple hours after school, normally between 3:30 and 5pm. I've called the police each time, but because they move quickly, normally by the time the police arrive, they are long gone.
I caution neighbors to be vigilant. These kids more than likely live local, and have parents that aren't monitoring their comings and goings. If you've recently had a broken window, turned over garbage can, or other vandalism in this area, this is likely the source. I urge you also to notify the police if you see these trouble-makers (you may make the report anonymously if having your info in police hands worries you). Multiple reports will generate more action and also establish a pattern, which may help put an end to this annoyance.

  • eric teacher, resident

    Don't sweat the petty things, eh?

  • JK

    Just had a snowball thrown at the front window. All in good fun, I'm sure.

Jan 20

Jan 13

Updated Jan 20

Try Ciao Bella's Pizza @ 3737 W Lawrence Ave!!

As close as you can get to thin crust pizza from Italy! Super delicious and at a great price! Close to the Kimball Brown line stop. Just walk a few blocks west on Lawrence. Haven't tried delivery, but if you dine in, they serve food quickly and all are made to order!

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Too funny. At least they called you back.

  • Anne Northwest side mom

    We called in an order for pick up and when we didn't get there as quickly as we thought we would they called to let us know it was ready and sitting there waiting there for us - he was really nice about it and it seemed more helpful on his part than him thinking that we weren't going to pay for what we ordered. The pizzas were delicious - we will absolutely be ordering from them again!

Jan 19

Updated Jan 20

Seeking free shredding

Hi there, Cleaning house for the new year and would like to know of any free shredding events or services in January. Thanks in advance!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I am looking for this too! They are often held in warmer months, but don't know where to find then in winter.

Jan 20

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 19

Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

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

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

Jan 19

Concordia Place BrewFest

Join Concordia Place at Revolution Brewing and enjoy a night full of unlimited craft brews, delicious appetizers and much more. All proceeds will benefit Concordia Place.

$45/person - Limited time friends and family special (available until January 26)
$60 before February 7
$75 at the door

$20 VIP Upgrade - Tour of brewery, meet the brewer, sample some of the newest brews available, and a BrewFest koozie donated by Bulldog Printing.

$250 4 Pack - Four tickets with VIP upgrade

$500 HOPS Sponsor - Six tickets with VIP upgrade, event signage & social media recognition

Get tickets today at www.ConcordiaPlace.org/BrewFest

Dec 04

Updated Jan 19

At Lawrence Hall, vulnerable kids terrorized, learn life of crime

www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang...

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www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang or other criminal enterprise.

They were juvenile state wards promised round-the-clock supervision and intensive therapy in a taxpayer-financed residential treatment center or in a network of nearby group homes run by the same Chicago agency.

Lawrence Hall is located at 4833 N Francisco Ave.

  • If you have a long memory, you can remember Patrick Murphy, the Cook County Public Guardian back then, saying that DCFS is what keeps prostitution in Chicago supplied with new recruits.

  • Our new governor just slashed funding to DCFS. How can they possibly make things better with even less money.

Jan 15

Updated Jan 19

Strip club gets neighborhood award for keeping Albany Park beautiful

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/291588/strip-club-gets-neighborhood-award-keeping-albany-park-beautiful

Of course the APN couldn't look harder to find other businesses in the area that keep their properties neat and clean (judging a book by its cover). I guess by hitting the rock bottom, the bar can only go up now.

  • I like that even though their facade is lit, it is tastefully done. Not like the rest of Lawrence which every business seems to blind me as I'm driving with their flashing LED lights. Why does the Alderman allow this?! It makes Lawrence look like a real dump. Especially between Pulaski and Kedzie.

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

    Remember that the award is given for the appearance of the outside, not necessarily for the inside. For example:

    "Other winners for January were Golden Crust Pizza and Tap, Lawrence Eye Care, Noon O Kabab, Mayan Sol Latin Grill and Andy’s Fruit Ranch."

    Golden Crust Pizzeria failed inspection

    https://chicago.everyblock.com/food-inspections/jan16-golden-crust-pizzeria-failed-inspection-6629726/

Jan 19

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Jan 18

Updated Jan 19

'Go Albany Park' Program to Hit the Ground Running, Biking and Walking

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150113/albany-park/go-albany-park-program-hit-ground-running-biking-walking

ALBANY PARK — There's nothing like a bike-pedaled smoothie machine to get people out of their cars and taking advantage of other modes of transportation.

Active Trans, which manages the Go program for CDOT, will spend the next several months drumming up support for Go Albany Park among community groups, as well as soliciting input on potential events.

"We want to meet everyone," said Maggie Melin, Go project coordinator for Active Trans.

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ALBANY PARK — There's nothing like a bike-pedaled smoothie machine to get people out of their cars and taking advantage of other modes of transportation.

Active Trans, which manages the Go program for CDOT, will spend the next several months drumming up support for Go Albany Park among community groups, as well as soliciting input on potential events.

"We want to meet everyone," said Maggie Melin, Go project coordinator for Active Trans.

Full-time ambassadors will be hired for Go Albany Park's four-month duration, June to September. In both Bronzeville and Pilsen, the ambassadors continued on a grassroots volunteer basis.

"People didn't want them to go away," said Melin.

The Brown Line, bus routes and forthcoming Divvy stations worked in Albany Park's favor, as did the neighborhood's strong sense of community, according to Melin.

Transit-oriented events are more challenging to organize, Melin conceded.

One aspect of the program that remains constant across communities is the distribution of free "Go Kits."

Based on its experience in Pilsen, Active Trans has already obtained a number of materials printed in Spanish. Given Albany Park's even greater diversity, Active Trans will work with community groups to identify other key languages.

Though Go Albany Park doesn't officially launch until June, a Facebook page will be up and running shortly, the hiring process for ambassadors will begin in April, and Melin will happily field suggestions for potential events via email at maggie@activetrans.org.

Jan 18

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Burglar targeting businesses in Albany Park neighborhood

Police are warning Northwest Side Albany Park business owners after four storefronts were targeted in recent burglaries.

The suspect shatters the front glass door or window of a business on Kedzie Avenue with a brick or concrete block then steals property, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

The burglaries happened:

– about 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 in the 4500 block of North Kedzie
– about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 8 in the 4900 block of North...

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Police are warning Northwest Side Albany Park business owners after four storefronts were targeted in recent burglaries.

The suspect shatters the front glass door or window of a business on Kedzie Avenue with a brick or concrete block then steals property, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

The burglaries happened:

– about 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 in the 4500 block of North Kedzie
– about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 8 in the 4900 block of North Kedzie
– about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the 4900 block of North Kedzie
– about 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the 4700 block of North Kedzie

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call detectives at (312) 744-8263.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/300566/burglar-targeting-businesses-albany-park-neighborhood

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