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Albany Park man charged with sexually assaulting girl

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-albany-park-man-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-girl-20140419,0,334683.story

A Northwest Side man repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl who was related to his girlfriend, prosecutors said Saturday.

Abelardo Rodriguez Jr., 41, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl who is now 11 years old and who is a relative of his girlfriend, from January 2013 through January 2014.

Rodriguez, of the 4500 block of North Central Park Avenue, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of someone younger than 13.

In bond court Saturday, Judge Laura Marie Sullivan ordered the resident of the Albany Park neighborhood held on $300,000 bail. Rodriguez will be back in court Monday.

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

hot dog station

MIKE GEBERT

5. Hot Dog Station (click here for address and info)
Albany Park
I seem to be the only one championing this obscure-yet-very-well-run Albany Park hot dog stand, but go try the beef here and tell me they’re not doing everything right. They've got quality beef and sausage, lots of bright spice flavor in the gravy, and peppers grilled by hand before they go on your sandwich.

6 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Threshold James House @ Kimball & Sunnyside

Long time lurker here with a question--

Last summer my wife and I bought a two-flat across the street from what appears to be some sort of halfway house just south of Kimball and Sunnyside.

A little googling tells me that as recently as 2009 it was a "Licensed Group Home/Child Care Institution" (see: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=52247) and I assume it was associated with Thresholds (see: http://thresholds.org) but that was a long time ago.

Anyone know what the scoop is these days?

  • Genevieve, you're very judgmental for someone asking for tolerance. There's nothing wrong with wanting to know what's going on with a neighboring house when the police are there a lot. Your educational efforts would have more effect without the accusatory tone.

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady in W Horner Park

    How often are the police there and in what span of time and for what reason?
    Sometimes when people are released from a hospital they have a police escort, especially if court ordered to be in a supervised living situation.
    I just think there was some finger pointing and stigma going on. I wasn't convinced by the "police are there sometimes" claim.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Anyone with a truck?

Hello Neighbors!! Happy Fine Friday!! I was wondering if someone with a truck could move a queen mattress and box spring from St. Louis/Leland to Foster/Damen sometime this weekend. I think it's not even 4 miles. I'd be happy to pay $20 for your trouble.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Sorry to see you haven't gotten a response. Easter weekend is hard and we too are out of town. I don't have a truck but I do have an SUV with a roof rack and tie downs, and I could help you out on Monday if that will work for you.

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Chicago Tabernacle Church-Parking Problem

Does anyone have any idea if this church is planning on moving anytime soon? I spoke with their pastor, probably about a year ago, about the parking issues and he assured me that he urges his congregation to park in the lot by Bateman Elementary and that we should give them 6-8 months to finalize some logistic changes. However, EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AND SUNDAY I cannot find any place to park and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere. And...

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Does anyone have any idea if this church is planning on moving anytime soon? I spoke with their pastor, probably about a year ago, about the parking issues and he assured me that he urges his congregation to park in the lot by Bateman Elementary and that we should give them 6-8 months to finalize some logistic changes. However, EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AND SUNDAY I cannot find any place to park and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere. And they have all these special events going on that cause the same problem. In one week they had something going on there four days. I literally watch this congregation get into their cars right in front of my apartment. I have to plan my night around their services because they have zero consideration of the residents. I spoke with Alderman Mell last year about this specific church and it's parking problems and he said he was well aware. He stated that we could make it permit parking but people on Berteau and Albany would need to sign a petition. Would any of you be up for that? I just don't know what else to do.

  • EEH

    I would LOVE to have permit parking on Albany. Not only the churchgoers, but the Christian Funeral Home on Albany and Irving has a too-small parking lot, and all our spaces get taken up by funeral goers several nights per week.

Apr 12

Updated 2 days ago

looking for a good haircut

Does any one have recommendations on a good, affordable ( $25-30) place to get a haircut in the neighborhood? Thanks in advance.

  • i "third" Barbara & Barbara! i used to hike all the way from Edgewater. i see Mandy and she's also great!

  • I also like KE Salon at Montrose & Lincoln. I have been going there for about two years now and Petya is my girl. She does a great job and is very sweet too.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    Learn more about the issue through the FAiR Coalition at www.fairchicago.org. Also, I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. We oppose...

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    Learn more about the issue through the FAiR Coalition at www.fairchicago.org. Also, I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. We oppose the increased air traffic, noise and pollution over our homes, schools, yards and playgrounds that resulted from no real community input in deciding the new O'Hare flight patterns. FAiR supports jobs and our regional economy. O'Hare - Yes! Plans and planes without your voice being heard - NO,

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west. Find out more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. You can also sign our online petition and register your airplane noise complaints directly through our site. Join with your neighbors so your voice can be heard over the planes! FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    Questions? Please ask me, Jac Charlier.

  • Jac Charlier--many thanks! have signed the petition, filed a complaint (months back for Jeff Park) and just joined the Fair Facebook page. will check the website again to try to keep involved! thanks for the work that you're all doing!

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Apr 12

Updated 4 days ago

Albany Park - location, safety, etc.

My husband and I are looking at a place in east Albany park, right by the Kedzie brown line stop. I'm interested to know your thoughts about the neighborhood. Location, safety, etc. Thanks!

  • Lucas H Albany Park and Loving It

    I live right next to the Kedzie Brown Line and love it here. Been here over a year and a half and have never had any trouble.

  • Rob S. Albany Park resident, condo owner. Dog owner.

    I have lived behind the Kedzie Brown line (closer to the Spaulding entrance) since 2008. The area is great and generally safe. Deb Mell has really shown an interested in beautifying that strip of Kedzie due to a new SSA they're implementing in the ward. Also, since she came in I've noticed a lot more patrolling cops. Go for it!

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5 days ago

updated 17th (Albany Park) Police District crime watch

Stories on recent police reports in the district are available at:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/12/local-crime-from-17th-district-4-5-14/

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

7-11 at Montrose & Pulaski

Interested in what's going to go in in the old King of Tile space at 4401 N. Pulaski? It's a 7-11. With a parking lot. Across from a gas station with a busy lot and next to a strip mall.

http://www.licensedchicagocontractors.com/?pid=100518668#csearch=4401%20N.%20Pulaski

This project, in addition to the soon-to-open Dollar Tree at Pulaski and Ainslie seems to create conditions that will Pulaski even slower for drivers and buses alike. And anyone who's ridden the Pulaski bus from the Irving Park el knows what I mean!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    Maybe Alderman Colón can work with Alderman Mell to have the Pedestrian Street designation extended from Central Park Avenue to Pulaski Avenue.
    http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/04/09/new-law-could-pre-empt-parking-lots-along-albany-parks-main-streets/

  • LTD AP resident

    In terms of the Vosnos space, Half-Price Books, local or chain coffee shop (Starbucks at Lawrence & Pulaski is always packed), a dry cleaning alternative to Clothes Pin.

    A decent Indian restaurant would be great - with the growing population of Pakistanis at the western edge of AP and the...

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    In terms of the Vosnos space, Half-Price Books, local or chain coffee shop (Starbucks at Lawrence & Pulaski is always packed), a dry cleaning alternative to Clothes Pin.

    A decent Indian restaurant would be great - with the growing population of Pakistanis at the western edge of AP and the Indo-Pak grocery stores nearby I'm always hoping someone particularly enterprising will add that to our hood's culinary options.

    A grill/restaurant with seating outdoors. I always thought this model would work in Albany Park with some of our empty lots but particularly the former Kumho tires lot (http://doublewidegrill.com/gallery/images/full/021.jpg)

    A breakfast spot ala West River Cafe...West West River Cafe perhaps? That type of business would have been a nice fit for the corner of Montrose & Pulaski.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

School Day Parking

Anyone have any idea if enforcement in School Parking zones (7-430) is enforced on school holidays such as this week, which is CPS spring break?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    This is a good question to ask at a CAPS meeting

  • To be clear, I haven't gotten a ticket. We live next to an elementary school and just wondered if we could park in the school spots this week and be ok until we leave for work around 745am. Thanks for the input!

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Steeet cleaning left our block even worse

The street sweepers in south Albany Park have dumped everything swept and collected into the middle of our streets. A call has been placed to Laurino's office. I'm hoping I won't have to go out there with a shovel.

  • Me

    Good luck with that... she doesn't seem to care about anything.

  • Actually, the office got another sweeper to come by in just a few hours. Considering what I've heard, that exceeded my expectations.

Apr 13

Updated 6 days ago

Found Cat - Pistachio?

A while back I saw a post about a missing cat near Ainslie and Whipple/Sacramento. Has this cat been found - I think her name was Pistachio. I could not find the original post. There is a cat in my yard that looks like it might be that cat by the coloring and it does come up to us when we say Pistachio. It is hard to see if it has an eartip.

  • AlbanyParkMichael Home owner, parent, & Nelson Algren fan.

    I know the owner lives at 4900 N Whipple, but I don't know which apartment.

  • Thanks for pointing out the location of the flyers. we were able to reach the owner, but we did not grab the cat yesterday when we first saw her. We are keeping a very close eye on our yard. Hoping the rain stops so the cats will come out of hiding.

Mar 26

Updated 6 days ago

New Construction on Kedzie & Argyle?

There seems to be some activity in the north-east corner lot of Kedzie and Argyle. The space has been an empty fenced-in gravel lot for years. It's nice to see that something might be happening. Does anyone know who owns that space or what is being developed?

  • Miss Chris 3rd Generation Chicagoan - Lover of Lincoln Square

    I think they own everything up to North Park Auto Service.

  • Kelly2135 Albany Park resident since 2010.

    My husband had seen the North Park "parking lot" flyers years ago, but nothing since then. Based on second-hand information from last year, North Park had to knock down some buildings to make room for the new science building, including married housing. Perhaps they are putting up new housing buildings?

Oct 21 2011

Updated 6 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

6 days ago

Local Dog Rescue in Search of Fosters

I help manage a local dog rescue and we are seeing a serious drop off of people offering to foster or adopt from our organization, Bow Wow Revolution. Spring is a great time to bring a new pet into your lives so if you think you would be interested in becoming a foster, please contact us at bowwowrevolution@gmail.com. We pay the vetting and provide the crate!

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Join us to reform City Hall

My newest handout is now available... the attached pdf is best printed two sided.... I have printed copies if you would like some. Just call me at 312-206-8793.

Thanks

  • sorry, everyblock wouldn't let me upload a pdf... Just call me.

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Apr 09

Updated Apr 13

Area around Lawrence and Albany Ave

We are looking to move and saw a house on Albany Ave that we liked. What are your opinions on crime, schools, neighborhood in general? Is it a friendly area or do people stick to themselves. Any details and/or opinions are appreciated. We are in our 30s, with two small children.
Thanks!!

  • Cuyler Dave Kimball & Irving Park

    It's the city, so you will run into typical property crime there (vandalism, graffiti, etc.) but you will run into that anywhere in the city. That's one of the prettiest parts of Chicago in my opinion just east of there by the River and the Francisco Brown Line stop. You also have River Park only blocks away - a great spot for your kids.

  • It was north that we looked at initially. Thanks all!

Feb 05

Updated Apr 13

Lost dog and cat

From Albany Park Neighbors on Facebook.

  • is Pistachio still missing? there is a cat in my yard that fits the description - can't tell about the tooth though.

  • I saw many posters on trees with his picture just last week at whipple and argyle

  • found the posters and left a voicemail and text. looks like the same cat

Apr 11

Updated Apr 13

Parking near springfield and ainslie

Wondering if anyone has a parking spot available in this area to rent.

  • AJ

    I heard you can rent out a spot at Volta Elementary School's parking lot. Try calling the school for more info.

  • Me

    I used to live right by Volta and I knew that you could rent spots... but that was like 8 years ago. That area is horrible for parking, Cabs were everywhere, was so happy to get the hell out of that nasty neighborhood

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Apr 09

Updated Apr 11

Antique Plantation Desk

I have an antique desk that is approx. 250 yrs old. It has been in my family for about 200 of those years. It was used in the South by the post office. The wood is beautiful and is in wonderful condition. I have attached a photo. I HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE IT AWAY FREE. No one if my family has room for it in their homes and I have decided to move. If you would like to see it call me at 773-267-5155
June

  • I would like to see it as well. My email is lnicholsnchgo@gmail.com.com

  • Gloria P. 22-year resident of Roscoe Village

    Hi June, I'd like to pick it up, what time would be good for you?

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

Hot Dog Station

You guys have to check this place out on kimball passing the pathetic excuse of the huddle house. Place is good even though I do miss the cute latin boy that worked there.

  • Awesome place always good, fresh, and fast.

  • It's ok, just a Chicago fast food joint. Same menu as the many fast food joints around. Had the burger the other day, decent but not spectacular. Small portion of fries were not good. I guess if your in the mood for burgers and fries or hot dogs, and you live nearby, it's convenient.

  • LBV Albany Parker

    With all due respect, 47th Ward - I don't think you're talking about the right place.

    I'll admit I've never had their burger, but the Station has a VERY different menu from other hot dog places - they have a unique selection of hot dogs prepared in different ways (definitely try the Diablo), and their fries (while they are small portions) are some of the best and freshest fries in the area.

Apr 08

Updated Apr 11

Needing a Kitchen Space on a Weekly Basis for a Month

I am trying to put together a private class for a group of guys that need to learn some basic cooking skills.

I am trying to find a kitchen space that will accommodate about 10 people, includes 2 stoves, a long prep table, cookware, baking sheets, knives, utensils, basically everything but the food and spices. I hadn't planned on a space with an instructor, partly due to cost, and also because all of the food must be halal, and we aren't really interested in "cuisine", just basic how to cook things, but making things from places like North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indo-Pak regions of the world.

Any ideas?

  • NSS

    If Lakeview works for you, our church (Second Unitarian on Barry Ave. between Clark and Broadway) has a recently remodeled kitchen that fits your description pretty well, and an adjacent small social hall that would work nicely to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Check out www.secondunitarian.org for contact info.

  • Found a space. Thank you.

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