19 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Deb Mell loves red light cameras

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-red-light-cameras-city-council-met-1029-20141028-story.html

"I love the red light cameras," said Ald. Deb Mell, 33rd. "I think it's great. I think people drive too fast in the city."

Even though the camera system invloved bribes, first company fired, obvious spikes that happened to fill budget gap. No refunds for people who were cheated due to the 2.9 second yellow light exception.

Deb Mell voted 100% with Mayor Emanuel, rubber stamp anyone?

http://takebackchicago.org

  • nick 15-year North Center resident

    Hi Bob,
    Sorry for the confusion, I thought I was calling her supporters yahoos, not the entire ward.

    Bark, I don't blame her either. I was just pointing out the differences between people who get elected and those who don't. Pawar, who spoke concisely and factually and Mell, who rambled and used some nice buzz words.

    Plus, I just have a real problem with the way her appointment went down.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    I was very impressed with Pawar in that interview and I am very impressed with Pawar overall. The guy knocked on doors for months and came out of no where and beat a cronie.

    It's like night and day compared to where our Alderman came from.

3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Darning? Repairing moth holes in a wool sweater

I have a black wool sweater that I love and would like to have the small moth holes repaired. I understand that it won't look like it did I just want the holes closed. Does anyone know of someone who can do this?
Thank you.

  • There is a cleaner on Montrose and California (I think the name is Davis). Call and, if they don't do this type of work, maybe they know of someone who does.

  • Sam CityMom

    Yes, any dry cleaners with someone who does alterations would do this.

  • There is a weaver at 3344 W. Bryn Mawr. Without a Trace is the name of the business and that's what they do!

9 hours ago

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21 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Needed: Parking Space

Hi Everyone!
I am looking for a single reserved parking space near Kedzie, Leland, or Sawyer. Any help tracking one down would be appreciated.

Thanks!

  • Hi. I have a driveway space available at Leland & Albany. I will private message you.

Jul 23

Updated 11 hours 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?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Yeah. We generally don't resurrect 3-month-old threads around here, John, unless we really have something worthwhile to add to the conversation.

  • Spam alert. Get control of this thread.

    Thaddeus if you have 25m and still hang around this hellhole then you are looking for trouble. See you in prison or dead soon. Otherwise get out and start fresh. Tell no one...just go.

27 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

New graffiti tag near Sawyer and Montrose

This showed up within the last several days on the back East wall of Marie's Golden Cue and is visible from the street on Sawyer. I reported it to the graffiti removal service and to the 33rd Ward office.

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    I have heard that police advise not to post these gang tags, as members like the 'exposure'. For the future. I learned that recently.

    Stay safe

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Cleaners Recommendation?

I have a knee length down coat that I REALLY need to put in the cleaners before it gets REALLY cold outside. Does anyone know of a place they have experience with that they can recommend in Albany Park or surrounding?

I work in Rogers Park and I'm always in Skokie, Evanston, or Niles for some reason or another, so I'm willing to travel if the place and price is right. It's always good to have options, right?

Thanks! :)

  • Gerry Benedetto Homeowner

    The down coats are washable. There should be care instructions on a label inside the coat. I wash mine all the time and it comes out nice.

  • Gerry I'm so scared I'll screw it up. I love my coat and I fear for it's safety if I wash it myself.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Two shot in Albany Park

Two men were shot in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side Monday night.

The men, 18 and 35, were shot in the 3600 block of West Lawrence about 10 p.m., police said.

The 18-year-old was shot in the rib area and chest and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, police said. The 35-year-old was shot in both legs and taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where his condition had stabilized.

http://breakingnews.suntimes.com/crime/two-shot-in-albany-park/

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

stabbing/battery last night at montrose & mozart

I went to 711 at 2:30-3AM last night and there was an ambulance parked out front. When I got inside, the dude working said that someone just came in 10 minutes prior and asked him to call 911, saying he was stabbed and beaten with a tire iron near montrose & mozart and they stole his wallet. Said the victim was a younger asian kid.

This is all I could find about it: https://twitter.com/Chicago_Scanner/status/525929104982306816

Anyone hear about this?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Not so. There's no law that prohibits the average citizen or business from cooperating with the police or a police investigation. With or without a warrant if a shyster attorney is involved, anyone can sue anyone for anything and any reason to put pressure on them to settle for $$$.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    By the way, in my opinion the right thing to do is not concern myself with the company that I work for, but to help my neighbor/victim.

5 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Website designer

hi, I'm looking for someone to update my website. Fairly basic, no payment function onsite.

  • Hi Jenn,

    Your post had your website's url, but I can't see the email address.
    I'm not sure why the emails are bouncing back. Please try this address:

    raulpg76@gmail.com

  • Jenn,

    Sorry, I didn't receive your emails. Did you try:
    raul@raulpg.com

    ?

32 hours ago

Break-in alert at 5000 block of N Ridgeway

On Monday 10/27 someone broke into our garage. I also found our back porch door open (two-flat with rear enclosed porch) but that door is questionable as to if someone left it open or if someone unlocked it. A bicycle and some tools were taken. Not clear as if it happened at night or during the day. Just wanted to notify my fellow neighbors. Police and incident reports have been filed.

33 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Any real estate agents out there?

I need help...I need a statement from a real estate agent -- know anyone who can help?

  • Can I ask what it's for? I have a good friend who's an agent.

  • I need a statement showing fair rental value of property for a 2 bedroom apt...in the area....

  • AmandaB homeowner, dog lover & real estate agent!

    I'm an agent. Would be happy to run comps. Email me with the details (address, square footage, parking, etc) at Amanda.hewitt@dreamtown.com

5 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

People, I beg of you, please!

I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog...

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I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog or young child, please respect my words. It doesn't make a difference if your child loves dogs or if your dog is a sweet, docile snuggle bug.

Yes, he's muzzled up and can't hurt you, but you hurt him when you don't listen to me. He doesn't need anymore setbacks from well-meaning people. I understand you think he is sweet/handsome and you want to pet him. He doesn't. He thinks you're trying to hurt him - or me.

I'm not asking you to be afraid or cross the street if you see us. Passing us on the sidewalk is no longer an issue. If he gets riled up by your dog, I will cross the street. Don't worry. I want us all to be safe and enjoy a pleasant walk.

I expect that some people will flame this post and tell me to "put him down." I don't have to defend myself to you and I won't. I am not putting people in danger. I'm simply asking you not to try to introduce your dog to mine, or encourage your child to try to pet him.

Thank you!

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Can we all just be grateful that no one has said the words "pit bull" in this thread? I think so.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Duncs is right. How come you have two threads going simultaneously on the same subject/incident?

45 hours ago

2 loud bangs?

Anybody here 2 loud bangs around 7pm near kimball & montrose?

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Hear ye hear ye

$3 Capital dark voyage black IPA @ independence tap!!!

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing your Kitty?

We found a very sweet kitty last night on the 4400 block of N. Troy and have her/him on our back porch for the time being. The cat is declawed so we definitely did not want to leave her roaming the streets. I will be taking her to our vet to see if she has a chip this evening. If you recognize the kitty in the pics as yours, please let me know.

Oct 20

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for a recommendation for roofing company

We need our roof repaired or replaced. Any recommendations? Thank you!

  • JZ Roofing replaced the roof on my house and garage as well as all of the gutters. They did an excellent job. Merrill, the sales guy, is a bit annoying but you certainly get a nice new roof without any hassels. Everything is guaranteed. Their quote was in the middle.

  • Nyberg for sure. More than merely excellent.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

White Lights for side streets

On my evening stroll home from Walgreen's I noticed how nicely lit both Spaulding and Sawyer are south of Irving Park with the new white lights Chicago is now rolling out. Then I get to my block and see how dimly lit it is (street lights only on one side) with the standard Chicago orange street light.

Does anyone know the timeline on the lights being put in place? They make the blocks look so much safer as one, it is much more well lit and two, the use of white light makes seeing colors so much easier.

  • My aunt in Humboldt Park has them on her street and you are right - they make the block look safer at night. And they're nicer looking than the green lamposts. Maybe there is somethng on Deb Mell's or Marge Laurino's (depending on who your alderwoman is) website regarding the timeline?

3 days ago

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Jun 12

Updated 4 days ago

Opinions about Life Performance Gym on Kedzie, f/k/a BodyWorx

Hi - noticed this gym last weekend and was hoping to get people's updated opinions on it, since previous posts/Yelp reviews were quite negative. Apparently many people were upset at the outset when it was called BodyWorx and they signed people up before it opened and continued to charge their cards despite the fact that is was under construction for several more years. Now it appears to be a functional gym, but any positives or negatives from my neighbors? Thanks! Catherine

  • E.G. Albany Park

    I understand what you're saying Drew; however I'm in the process of canceling (I did not have an overall positive experience) and have little to go on. I cannot locate a copy of my contract (I doubt if I was given a copy) and when I sent an email to...

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    I understand what you're saying Drew; however I'm in the process of canceling (I did not have an overall positive experience) and have little to go on. I cannot locate a copy of my contract (I doubt if I was given a copy) and when I sent an email to the info email address I was told to come in and fill in a cancelation form. For LA Fitness I just printed one up and sent it in. This seems odd that the gym wants me to come in and have me fill out a cancelation on the spot, especially since the owner knows I'm not happy.

    I paid bi-yearly, and am paid up until the end of the year, I just find this whole buisness is a bit shady.

  • I highly recommend not going to this gym. They cannot be trusted with credit cards and how they handle their business is unacceptable.

    I was a member for a year before moving away. The actual gym itself I enjoyed so it is a pity that people cannot trust them with...

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    I highly recommend not going to this gym. They cannot be trusted with credit cards and how they handle their business is unacceptable.

    I was a member for a year before moving away. The actual gym itself I enjoyed so it is a pity that people cannot trust them with their cards. If you check out their yelp page, and their BBB rating, you will see that they have the tendency to charge people's credit cards for random amounts and ignore requests for refunds. Justin (the owner) will not answer the phone or return calls and you have to email their 'billing' department, which is a man who answers your emails from his i-phone and has no contact phone number.

    When I was a member, this happened three times. Luckily, I could walk to the gym and demand a refund which usually was a personal check from Justin. Now that I have moved, I canceled my membership and have emails of proof confirming this, yet I continue to get charges for large amounts (more than I paid for my monthly dues).

    They answered my first email, admitting to this mistake and saying a refund was coming, but then ignored my other emails and did not refund my money. I had to go through my bank each time. This recently just happened a week ago.

    It is very concerning for me that they have access to my account and I now I have decided to change my bank card because of them. This is highly inconvenient because I live in Russia and having a new card shipped to Siberia is a pain. Its ridiculous to me that I have to change my bank card because of a neighborhood gym in Chicago. I can't decide if they are scammers or just highly incompetent, but either way I would stay away from them.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

FOUND CAT

Nice cat - kinda striped, white and black and brown, green eyes (maybe?) kinda white face (nose and mouth) very sweet and mewing outside my back door. Not sure the sex, might be male? Found at Whipple & Sunnyside... Reply here!

  • Jim Schmeltzer Ravenswood Resident

    Another reason this web site is so useful great!

  • Yes!! Bill, SO glad to hear! I knew he had to belong somewhere, he was just so sweet :)

5 days ago

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6 days ago

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Oct 23

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Oct 10

Updated Oct 22

Hunted trails

I wonder who the geniuses were that stopped The haunted trails that was at Peterson Park every Halloween and I remember that there was a pumpkin patch at Peterson Park back in October of 2005 but never reappeared now they're complaining and trying to stop Ayso are you people serious ! We have two parks in our neighborhood Peterson Park & Hollywood Park and yet there is never anything fun for your kids and either one like all the other neighborhood parks amazing I mean why should we have to take our kids to other neighborhood parks for Halloween pumpkin patches or festivals

Oct 22

Babysitter

Hey, my name is Madalina and I am an experienced babysitter. I am looking for a family that needs a full time caring and careful babysitter for their child. I live in the Avondale area. Please contact me if you are interested or know someone who would be interested. Thank you !
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Oct 21

Updated Oct 22

Lost cat: Approx 10-year-old male short hair tabby

Hi,

My family's cat has been missing since some point on Saturday. Unfortunately we were out and about most of the weekend until late Sunday so he didn't have opportunity to come inside. He was last seen around Whipple-Albany and Sunnyside.

He's an extremely friendly male cat, brown-black tabby with black stripes. He has a distinguishing mole on his nose. He is known to approach strangers and purr and meow a lot, so I am wondering if a neighbor may have taken him in. He's also fairly skinny but overall in good health.

Thanks for any help.

Oct 22

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Oct 22

Oct 21

9 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your family in Chicago

5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. (Albany Park)

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

1852 W. 19th St. (Pilsen)

4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. (Mayfair Park)

935 W. Wilson Ave. (Buena Park)

1641 W. 16th St. (Pilsen)

220 S Michigan Ave. (South Loop)

Oct 21

Movie nights, pumpkin patches, spooky parties all part of park district’s Halloween celebrations

On Monday, people age 8 and older are invited to Day of the Dead mask painting 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. Admission costs $15 and includes one plaster mask per person. For more information call 773-478-9744.

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

A Day of the Dead workshop for ages 9 and older is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. This time, participants will learn to paint and decorate their own sugar skulls on canvas. 

...Movies is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Dr., for ages 13 and older. Admission to the horror flick “Insidious,” rated PG-13, costs...

...ages 4:40-6:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. The party will feature spooky tunes, decorations, treats and a costume contest with prizes. Normal...

...people age 12 and younger at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park W. The 5K at 4 p.m. features a winding course through Lincoln Park followed by...

...Out with Dracula 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave. People of all ages are invited to enjoy a meal of pizza and salad followed...

Oct 21

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Oct 20

Is this your cat?

I found this cutie in the vicinity of Sunnyside & Drake approx. 5pm Sunday (10/19). He was following various people on the street and trying to enter apartment building in the area, meowing to go inside. No one knew who he might belong to.

Male tuxedo kitty, all black on top, white belly and paws. Seems quite young. See attached pic. Not micro-chipped and appears to be in excellent health. Very perplexed as to why this guy is not micro-chipped...

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I found this cutie in the vicinity of Sunnyside & Drake approx. 5pm Sunday (10/19). He was following various people on the street and trying to enter apartment building in the area, meowing to go inside. No one knew who he might belong to.

Male tuxedo kitty, all black on top, white belly and paws. Seems quite young. See attached pic. Not micro-chipped and appears to be in excellent health. Very perplexed as to why this guy is not micro-chipped as he appears to be someone's loving pet.

Extremely well socialized with people, playful and not fearful at all. Did not appear to be an indoor/outdoor kitty as he did not seem familiar with cars, traffic or the outside world. Will be turning over to rescue group for proper adoption procedure if owners are not located by end of the week. He will be an extremely good find for someone looking to adopt a young male who is quite outgoing, well-behaved and friendly. Am re-posting this to various neighborhood sites, Chicago lost pet FB pages, etc.

If you believe this is your cat, please call #773-822-1700 and leave a message with call back number and email. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership and photos.

Thank you. - Heather

Bow Wow Meow Pet Care
www.mybowwowmeow.com
Proudly Serving Albany Park Since 2005

Oct 20

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Oct 19

Updated Oct 20

Girl, 14, missing from Albany Park

Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for almost a week from the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Beatriz Delaluz was last seen about 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 when she left her father’s home in the 4900 block of North Lawndale, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Delaluz has been active on Facebook but hasn’t revealed where she might be, the alert said.

She is described as a 5-foot-3, 140-pound Hispanic girl, last seen carrying a black and white Jordan backpack, police said.

Anyone with information on Delaluz’s whereabouts is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

http://breakingnews.suntimes.com/chicago/girl-14-missing-from-albany-park/

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Sounds like runaway. Kids that age usually run away for a reason.

  • The link Bob provided has been updated & says she's been found.

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