31 hours ago

Updated 46 min ago

Salsa and Chips - New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Kimball

Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked...

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Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked like an awesome bowl of soup. Everything was delicious, very fresh, and the price was right!

I'm posting because the very nice owner chatted me up while I waited for my food, and asked that if I had a good experience to please let other people in the neighborhood know. So that's what I'm doing! I'm happy to have a decent Mexican takeout option on this strip of Montrose and hope they stick around.

Though I eat enough Mexican food to alarm my doctor, I don't think I can keep them in business single-handedly, so please check them out and support this new local business!

  • excited to try this, good looking out.

    shawn, i share your pickiness with chicken. if you haven't already, try michoacan attached to the grocery store on lawrence & kedzie (chicken reliable & above average imo), and also montrose fresh market a little west of kimball (not quite shredded, and there are some chunks, but the quality & portions are ridicurous, and its in the style of rotisserie chicken which sounds weird but its awesome)

  • Shawn Ritchie South Side transplant to North Center since 2007

    Huh. Michoacan is literally right around the corner from us. Any relation to El Michoacanito south on Kedzie some that you know of?

2 days ago

Updated 47 min ago

Waiting for rails to raise at kedzie brown line stop is inefficient

I sent a message to CTA a couple of weeks ago with no reply yet.

My issue is that both guard rails stay down at the sidewalk, no matter which train - east or west - is coming through, so one side waits unnecessarily to enter the station. This is mostly a problem during rush periods. My stop is Kedzie. Other affected stops could be Francisco and Rockwell.

I see no point in standing around if the side I want to cross is clear.

Does this bother anyone else? I'm all for safety, but independent rails for each side could solve the issue and save a lot of waiting time.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Trash in Albany Park

Something needs to be done about the trash in Albany Park. I've gone as far as to pick up what I can of it myself, but I don't know what to do anymore. Albany Park is such a wonderful and diverse neighborhood, it's the essence of Chicago. But right now it is a DUMP.

What can we do together to clean the streets and keep them that way??

  • The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those...

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    The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those public-service announcements are long gone. Maybe it's time to bring it back for a new generation of folks, from different backgrounds, and in multiple languages.
    On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I saw a very creative sign posted by some local neighbors, urging people to keep their neighborhood (and beach) clean. It reads,
    "Disfruta tu Playa! Pero no dejes la basura que generas.
    Si no puedes ser la solucion, no seas parte del problema.
    Mantenla limpia como tu casa.

    Then it was signed, "Los Goonies." A bit of humor goes a long way.
    Basically the sign says, Enjoy your beach, but don't throw trash. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Keep this place clean, like you would your house.
    The areas around the sign were noticeably cleaner than others.

    I have a photo of this sign, but can't seem to post it to this thread.

  • As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the...

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    As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the historical times in which nobody cared is that in our day and age we generate unhealthy amounts of waste with our lifestyle. Nothing is meant to last. It's all plastic bags, Styrofoam, etc. I wish we could attach photos to this thread. You can even find full baby bottles! littering the streets. The soda bottles left behind on every corner you can attribute to oblivious teenagers (I've heard them brag about how they "don't give a s___"). Yet a baby is hopefully monitored by an adult. I have been taking photos of puzzling samples of littered junk. I've also shot junk food wrappings litter with such toxic ingredients that I no longer wonder how little someone cares about their environment if they're able to do that to their own body. As someone implied earlier, I feel like I'm preaching to the choir. Sure there are more social issues that need to be addressed, but I see that a lot of it is interrelated.

1 hour ago

39th Ward Spring Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available

Now that the thaw is here, the streets are in need of a good spring cleaning! Please see the attached map and schedule to find out when your street is going to be swept. Also, remember to check the street for parking restrictions, as street sweeping starts Weds, April 1st.

Ward Map
http://files.ctctcdn.com/0fbe15e7001/91f9b887-9bc5-4ca9-a140-8ec841bde385.pdf

Street Sweeping Dates
http://files.ctctcdn.com/0fbe15e7001/97dd8359-a74a-41a3-8c76-0d169298b434.pdf

8 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Cat Found

Hey, last night I found a lost, wandering cat (Near Foster & Spaulding). Has anyone misplaced their pet? She was crying and I felt bad leaving her out there so I brought her inside. If you are looking for her please text me at 630-240-0019 or email me at lcarmer@yahoo.com with her name and description.

  • UPDATE!!!!
    We were able to find the cat's family! Yay!
    Thank you to all

8 hours ago

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24 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

  • They are doing a report about this tonight at 10 on nbc news

  • I also work at a clinic. Keep in mind vaccinated dogs also get sick, just not as severe. Best to avoid daycares and other places of exposure until this passes.

Feb 19

Updated 18 hours ago

attention ⚠ yall looking for a part time job

Looking for a part time job im 15 years old and im looking for a little job so help me out asap im located in Albany park area Irving park area Avondale area so just keep in touch Thanks.💯

  • Alex, you're getting good advice. Employers check online activity before hiring.

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    Well I *was* interested

Mar 06

Updated 20 hours ago

Breakroom Brewery on Montrose?

Just curious....Have you been there? How was it? (Food too). Thanks.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple

Heard several gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple this morning around 2:30am. Called 911 and they said they would send a police car over. Still shaking.

  • Dan

    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant...

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    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant and prompt reporting of gang activity, including graffiti, is really the only tool that is going to have an effect. You already have the presence of at least two gangs in the area: the Kings who reside there, and their rivals who are traveling through and shooting at them. Unfortunately, until you can identify, disrupt, and uproot the Kings, you're going to continue to have problems. Good luck and stay safe!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Dan nailed it.

4 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Bus Rapid Transit

BRT: are for it or against it?

Ashland Ave. or Western?

What's your opinion?

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Newcomer: Crime Trends in Albany Park?

Hello- I am moving to Albany Park at the end of the month and am wondering if anyone can give me an idea of the crime climate in the area, such as what are common crime trends and how best to safeguard? I know to, of course, always be aware of surroundings, but didn't know if there are certain times of day, or areas, or types of crime that are more common. Searching on the internet for things like this can be so general, so I figured you all might be able to give me some more detail based on your own personal experience. Thanks!

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

    Go to a CAPS meeting, and attend the regular meets.

    CAPS Meeting
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 P{M
    Combined Beats 1711, 1712, 1713
    Details: Mayfair Church (behind Salvation Army)
    Location: 5020 N. Pulaski Road
    (Enter across from Aldi's)
    Map: http://g.co/maps/ubbdy
    Plenty of parking in the parking lot
    Contact 312-742-4588
    Find your Beat here by entering your address:
    https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/Communities/Districts/District17/Map%20and%20Direction

  • K' Albany Park Gamer!

    @gloriasunshine15 - I think it depends on what part of Albany park you are moving to. I have lived in Albany Park for almost 5 years and from what I've gathered anything past kimball and Lawrence isn't the safest. A friend of mines grew up in Albany park and has also stated that pass Kimball and Lawrence is very sketchy.

    Albany Park is a nice diverse neighborhood and have their bad seeds of course but overall you just need to be aware kg your surroundings.

  • Albany park is a wonderful working class neighborhood; you will see humble, beautiful families around. However, Lawrence ace between Kimbal and Pulaski is pretty rough. I've been dealing with people drinking alcohol in my building doors' steps for three years. Some people defecate in a corner of the building I...

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    Albany park is a wonderful working class neighborhood; you will see humble, beautiful families around. However, Lawrence ace between Kimbal and Pulaski is pretty rough. I've been dealing with people drinking alcohol in my building doors' steps for three years. Some people defecate in a corner of the building I live at. Also, At that corner I've seen prostitutes dealing with their costumers at 5 am when I have to go to work. Some gangs write graffities on the walls and doors around the supermarket store across the street. In summer is common to see police officers dealing with juveniles, etc, etc. I hope the neighborhood get better in the next years.

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2 days ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    TUCKPOINT FRONT AND SIDE OF HOUSE. TUCKPOINT ALL ELEVATIONS OF GARAGE , REPAIRS TO FACIA AND RAFTERS. REPAIRS TO FRONT STAIR SYSTEM. WORK TO ADDRESS VIOLATIONS

    5024 N. Monticello Ave. Issued March 27, 2015 Comment

3 days ago

FREE: Fan and desk lamp (currently broken, will probably work again if you have electrician skils)

I have a fan and a desk lamp that have both stopped working for what I imagine are electrical reasons. I really don't need either of them anymore, and would love to give them to someone who will fix them up and put them to good use.

We are in the vicinity of Kedzie and Montrose.

Thanks neighbors!

(And yes, I am posting this on Freecycle as well.)

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

33rd Ward: Tim Meegan Withdraws Petition For Recount

Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

Meegan was 17 votes shy of forcing incumbent Ald. Mell into a runoff. At the Board of Elections...

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Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

Meegan was 17 votes shy of forcing incumbent Ald. Mell into a runoff. At the Board of Elections certification meeting March 12th, Meegan’s attorney, Richard Means, tried to argue that the B.O.E. should have counted all ballots cast toward the totals, and not just votes for the aldermanic race. If the B.O.E had included ballots where 33rd Ward residents voted for mayor but left the aldermanic choice blank, Ald. Mell would not have had the 50+% she needed to avoid a runoff, Means argued.
“We decided to suspend our campaign,” Meegan said he will now focus his efforts on starting an independent political organization in the ward.“We would like to see a working class party develop," he added. The details are still being worked out, but he believes there is potential for an expanded network in other wards. “There’s interest in different wards all over the city, although we haven’t had any conversations with too many folks, yet.

  • So his main argument was that ballots cast without a vote in this one race should still count towards the total number of ballots cast for this race? That screams desperation.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Landscaping

can anyone recommend a landscaper for a front yard small project?

  • Landscaping – Mario Sandoval, 8603 Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076 847-972-1917
    I've used them for years. Very good and inexpensive. They will do weekly mowing as well as spring and fall clean up and special projects.

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    thank you everyone for your input.

3 days ago

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Mar 23

Updated 3 days ago

Lowering your cable TV bill?

Our cable TV is too expensive for what we use, and it just went up. We need good Internet for work and school, but we only watch a few channels these days. I was researching options. Mostly ATT, Dish TV, Directv and Comcast are in our area. My buddy told me about a site that finds service with TV channels you watch: www.10channels.com. It found a TV/Internet combo that would saves us $40 with a switch to Direct. There's also a good option for ATT.

I want to call the number and make the change. Just wondering if any of you have Directv or ATT Internet? Any advice is helpful!

  • I have the Motorola 6121 for sale. I just switched from comcast. Bought it from Best Buy in December for $70. Works great. $50 negotiable

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Joe - I own my modem and router; I bought a used docis (sp?) 3 modem for $20; and a netgear router at best buy (matched to the amazon price).

    When you use Comcast's internet equipment, any comcast customer can use your wifi if they are close

Mar 21

Updated 3 days ago

Gunshots near Kimball and Cullom

Last night between 2 and 2:30am I heard what sounded like two sets of gunshots. It sounded like it came from cullom between kimball and bernard. The first set was three followed by two a few minutes later. Not long after, I heard the sound of a few cars speeding down bernard street yelling something out their windows.
Police showed up in the area a few minutes later. I got on a scanner radio pretty quickly afterward but couldn't seem to find anything about it.
Does anybody have any info?
As always, be safe out there. It's getting warm out again so keep an extra eye out when you're walking by yourself at night.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Here we go again. As the weather gets warmer things start to happen. Be safe my friends. Keep it moving.

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    Yep another summer. Glad i upgraded my cameras to 1080p IP cameras

3 days ago

Sirens and someone screaming at sunnyside and merrimac/mobile

Tonight we heard a firetruck and ambulance fly down our street. When we went out to see what was going on, we heard a blood curdling scream. We didnt hear any information on the police radio. Does anyone else know anything about this?

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Empty houses moving fast

Saw a guy getting a house cleaned up and painted around 4144 N Drake yesterday. That place has been up for sale for what seemed like 2 years. Nice to see the "for sale" houses finally getting scooped up.

Mar 21

Updated 5 days ago

Man shot in North Park

A 23-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a gunman approached him on foot and opened fire, shooting the man multiple times in his body, police said.

Following the shooting, some neighbors said the loud sound of about seven gunshots woke them up and prompted them to come outside in the early morning hours to find out what happened.

"It doesn't feel at all like a neighborhood thing," said one resident who declined to...

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A 23-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a gunman approached him on foot and opened fire, shooting the man multiple times in his body, police said.

Following the shooting, some neighbors said the loud sound of about seven gunshots woke them up and prompted them to come outside in the early morning hours to find out what happened.

"It doesn't feel at all like a neighborhood thing," said one resident who declined to be named.

Another resident, who said he has lived in the neighborhood for decades, said shootings and other violent crime sometimes happens in Albany Park but is not at all typical in North Park.

"This is not the kind of thing you expect in this neighborhood," said the man, who also declined to be named.

The 23-year-old man was at a hooka bar on West Foster Avenue shortly before he was shot, according to an employee and law enforcement. The employee said there was no fight or confrontation involving the man while inside the bar.

The shooting happened just a short distance away from the Northeastern Illinois University campus and less than a block away from the North Park University campus. Security from Northeastern Illinois was on the scene for a short time Saturday morning as Chicago police investigated the scene.

Police taped off a portion of the sidewalk on the west side of the street near the corner of Spaulding and Berwyn avenues, and more than 10 evidence markers littered the grass and sidewalk where the man was shot.

A small number of police vehicles were parked near the the yellow tape, all sitting without their blue lights turned on, an atypical sight for the scene of a shooting. The block was almost silent except for the sound of birds chirping.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-shot-in-north-park-2-others-wounded-in-west-side-shootings-20150321-story.html

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Mar 23

Updated 6 days ago

Will dibs get resurrected today? lol

Here comes those dibs

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Mar 22

Updated 6 days ago

DMS FItness

I've started taking yoga classes at DMS Fitness (http://dmsfit.com/dmsfit-class-schedule/#!) on Montrose at Troy. I didn't notice they had yoga/ zumba until I saw people doing zumba one night while I was at Templestowe Pub.

Zumba is only $5 with the code Zumba5 and Yoga is only $12 w/ the code Yoga12... wanted to share as classes are pretty empty right now, and it's the type of business I'd like to keep inn our area.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    And I could never write off Albany Park. It is a part of who I am!

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    Zumba is a blast!

Jul 07

Updated Mar 24

New eatery

A new restaurant just opened on the corner of Sacramento and Irving Park - Burgers and Barley Pop. No review yet - expect to visit this week.

  • Really? That is a shame giving they are a bakery. You would think they would do a good morning crowd.

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady, mom, WHorner Park

    La Pane is kinda weird. My husband went in once and got bread on his lunch break and asked for butter. The woman scoffed and refused to give him butter saying their bread was so good it shouldn't need any butter. My husband said it was pretty aggressive about it. We haven't been in more than twice since then and that was 2 or 3 years ago.

Mar 24

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Mar 20

Updated Mar 23

Arborist

Unfortunately, we have a dead Elm tree in our yard that needs to come down - anyone have recommendations on a good arborist?

  • We've used Crosstown too and were very happy with the job they did.

  • we have a silver maple that needs to come down soon, crosstown came out did the estimate, haven't been able to move on it yet but highly recommend them based on our interactions so far. Fast. Curtious. Professional.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 23

Lincoln Square 7-11 closing

I was at the 7-11 on Lawrence (just east of Western) today and was told that they are closing down permanently. The shelves and coolers are almost completely empty - the Slurpee machine wasn't even working. The employee said that there was some kind of problem with the lease but wasn't really sure. It is too bad that they are closing - it was a great location and the employees were always friendly.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Guess we'll get another Nail place in there .Just what we need .

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    Did it really make sense to have one so close to the one on Western just south of the 'L' station?

  • RoseRed 15 years in Chicago, 4 years in Lincoln Square

    The employees there were always wonderful. I hope they're able to find other work quickly!

Mar 23

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Mar 23

Updated Mar 23

Police: Man dead in Ravenswood shooting

A man died after a Sunday evening shooting in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side, police said.

The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of West Winnemac.

A witness saw the man, between 18 and 25 years old, in an alley with several other males when gunshots were heard, police said. A red SUV was seen driving from the scene, police said.
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The man was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the fatality early Monday.

Mar 23

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