4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Moved - getting rid of a couple things

Husband and I just moved into a new place and we have a couple things that we don't want anymore. A 90 gallon aquarium and a light brown microsuede chair. The aquarium is in excellent condition. We just don't want the upkeep of a tank that big anymore. The chair is also in excellent condition. It just doesn't match our new couch. $200 for the tank and $50 for the chair. Message me w questions or for any more details!

Jul 16

Updated 5 hours ago

Lost unicorn

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

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Thanks Chi girl30! I don't mind being judged by normal people. But Ben Dover is so creepy he created an account on EB just to stalk me. He really, really likes me, if you know what I mean. Anyway, If I owned that unicorn, I'd sell it on Craigslist.

  • SPAM...sorry I've had no luck on craigslist.

8 hours ago

NBC's Mary Ann Ahern is live tweeting images from today's hearing on CPD crime stats

https://twitter.com/MaryAnnAhernNBC

She's mentions it's poorly attended. I don't see any NW side aldermen in any of the pics. Were any of our NW aldermen in attendance?

3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Slots Available at an Amazing Home Day Care

Just wanted to share that the home-based childcare provider where I send my son has a couple of slots available. I can't express how kind and wonderful this couple is. Affordable, too. My older son went for three years; now my baby is there. Such a loving environment. Located at Lawndale and Wilson. I was so grateful to have found them that I thought I'd share with other parents out there stressing over childcare options. Send me a message if you want more info.

  • I don't know how to privately message you, but I'm interested in finding more information

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    Do they have table games too?

  • Fabia, I'm not sure how to message either! Send me an email - cdonohu@hotmail.com

22 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Enforcing EB policy.

Neighbors.

I would like to provide a service to hold posters accountable towards EB policies....specifically posting services or selling/swapping items. I would like to raise capital for a startup that would charge EB a monthly fee to monitor their site for people who use the site to promote their business or sell random stuff.

Email me if you want to donate!!!!!

Also I have king mattress and bed frame for sale $80 Obo....

  • Actually My name Brian. Not sure if you are trying to bully someone again here. You should really find another forum to get your jollies.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    If someone has posts you don't like, ignore them or mute them.

4 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Moving, selling a few things.

Comcast compatible router and modem. Both work great. We would take them with us but we are switching to uverse.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591657749.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591580258.html

Also selling an Ashley Furniture Table that is in excellent condition.

  • jw

    It's "DOCSIS".

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Whatever. I had a 2 minute conversation with Comcast last week, when I (reluctantly) re-signed up with them.

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Man shot in Albany Park

A man was shot in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side Thursday evening.

He walked into Swedish Covenant Hospital about 6:35 p.m. with a gunshot wound to his lower back, police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said. The man — whose exact age was not known — told officers he had been shot in the 3000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, Sedevic said.

His condition was stable at Swedish Covenant early Friday, police said.

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/man-shot-in-albany-park-2/

28 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Houses for sale in Forest Glen

The asking price's in zip code 60646 is un believable I totally get that people are trying to make more money then they paid for their house's But stop being greedy people you are overpricing your house's by 3 to 4 hundred thousand get real so in other words if you were not born into money you are not going to get a house in that area absolutely ridiculous asking price for a small two bedroom house is 415.000 then Forestglen blog has the nerve to write very reasonable pricing on homes for first-time buyers get with reality people your homes are not worth what you pay for years ago

  • They are greedy snobs !

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

    Maybe you're a tightwad and don't want to spend the money. If a house is too expensive don't buy it. A house is worth what somebody else is willing to pay for it.

    Pricing a house is just like pricing a used lawnmower at a garage sale: as high a price as somebody is willing to pay.

17 hours ago

44 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Albany Park Crime

Lots of sirens at Pulaski and Argyle- listening to the police scanner and it sounds like there were two people who were possibly stabbed. This would be on the same block that an apartment building was tagged with a bunch of gang tags a little over a week ago, and that had an arson a few years ago.

  • @ Herecomestgeman. I am right behind you, we are leaving in a few weeks after living here for a number of years. The move date can not come soon enough. AP is going downhill fast, which is sad to see.

  • AP seems to go up and down from year to year. This year has been pretty low, hopefully things will turn around. Don't blame anyone for leaving, though. Been here long enough to see the ebb and flow so I have hope.
    In regards to CAPS meetings, how do you know poster is not involved?

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Refugees find peace tending global garden in Albany Park

It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is...

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It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is tended by natives of Congo, Bhutan and Burma.

Covering slightly more than an acre is an exuberantly fertile urban garden. Lush tomato, mustard and cilantro plants jockey for space; sturdy squash vines climb over trellises made of dismantled cribs and baby gates.

The whole story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-refugee-garden-met-20140729,0,3352748.story

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35 hours ago

CTA WORK: Brown Line Btwn Manor & Rockwell, 8/15 - 18

CTA WORK: Brown Line Btwn Manor & Rockwell, 8/15 - 18

In an effort to renew the Brown line track, eliminate slow zones, and continue to provide quality rapid transit service, the CTA will be working in our neighborhood.

When: Friday, August 15th (9:00pm) through Monday August 18th (4:00am)

Where: Brown Line - Between Manor Ave. & Rockwell St.

Work Planned: Track renewal

What to Expect:

Rail service on the Brown Line between Manor and Rockwell may be affected between...

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CTA WORK: Brown Line Btwn Manor & Rockwell, 8/15 - 18

In an effort to renew the Brown line track, eliminate slow zones, and continue to provide quality rapid transit service, the CTA will be working in our neighborhood.

When: Friday, August 15th (9:00pm) through Monday August 18th (4:00am)

Where: Brown Line - Between Manor Ave. & Rockwell St.

Work Planned: Track renewal

What to Expect:

Rail service on the Brown Line between Manor and Rockwell may be affected between 2am on Saturday, August 16th, until 4am on Monday, August 18th; shuttles will be provided as necessary.
For the duration of the project, there may be noise, including:
Engine noise from diesel track maintenance equipment
Beeping from backup alarms on track maintenance equipment
Crunching rock
Metal on metal hammering
There will be night lights in the work zone for the safety of the workers.
There will be some restricted alley access at times to accommodate machinery and keep residents safe.

We hope that this work does not inconvenience you, and we ask for your patience as the CTA tries to improve services for our community and our city.

36 hours ago

APCC Event tonight!

See you tonight at APCC's PARTY with a PURPOSE networking event. Golden Crust from 6:00-8:00p. Tickets and info are on our website: http://www.apcc-chgo.org

Jul 25

Updated 47 hours ago

rude & agressive developers, going door-to-door on Richmond Ave

Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I...

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Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I was a little suspicious, and we were late to meet with friends, so I replied by asking what, specifically, they wanted to ask (and I slowed down, but kept walking).

Then one of them shouted, very aggressively, "Well, if you'd stop walking, we could f***ing ask you!!" right in front of my 6-year-old. I was horrified, not just at the use of profanity, but at the aggression directed towards me. I said nothing else; just turned and walked away. I have to admit, though it was broad daylight and there were other people out and about... I did not feel particularly safe.

Thanks to an inquisitive friend (accompanied by her large dog), we found out that they were developers, looking for properties to flip.

So, neighbors, just be aware of these guys. I'm not sure what's wrong with the one who shouted at me... so just everyone be careful.

2 days ago

Bryn Mawr Sewer Project

Crews will soon begin installing a sewer main in W. Bryn Mawr Ave. starting from N. Kedzie Ave. and working west toward N. St. Louis Ave. We anticipate work to start the week of August 11th. The contractor will begin setting up traffic control and saw cutting pavement. Excavation and laying pipe will follow.

For a period of time, portions of Bryn Mawr Ave. will need to be closed during four (4) separate stages. During these times vehicular traffic will...

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Crews will soon begin installing a sewer main in W. Bryn Mawr Ave. starting from N. Kedzie Ave. and working west toward N. St. Louis Ave. We anticipate work to start the week of August 11th. The contractor will begin setting up traffic control and saw cutting pavement. Excavation and laying pipe will follow.

For a period of time, portions of Bryn Mawr Ave. will need to be closed during four (4) separate stages. During these times vehicular traffic will not be allowed on the closed portion of Bryn Mawr Ave. There will be a marked detour setup for each stage of work on W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Sidewalk access will always be maintained for foot traffic and customer access to the businesses along Bryn Mawr.

In addition to these closures, some parking areas along the route of the proposed construction will need to be utilized as a staging area for materials and equipment instead of residential parking. Also, during construction, one-way streets may temporarily become two way streets as an effort to give residents access to their property when the intersections that typically give them access are closed.

We are coordinating with the Department of Water Management to ensure they put a great emphasis the convenience of residents and the quality of life in the neighborhood through the whole term of this project. While construction always involves inconveniences and noise, they have ensured us that they will do everything possible to minimize these and to act as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the street.

If you have any questions about this project you can contact the Department of Water Management directly at 312-742-1029. You can also contact the 39th Ward office at 773-736-5594.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Peoples Gas bill went way up

Hi, did everyone's gas bill skyrocket? We are on the budget program so that the payment is the same every month. It went from $109 a month last year to $183 per month now.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Our budget bill has gone from $114 to $203. People's reported a 70% price increase, and the winter was cold, but this is ridiculous.

  • George Young Retired Electrical Engineer

    Natural gas market supply prices over the last six months to People's Energy are the highest they've been over the last five years. You can follow along here:

    http://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/company/tariffs/info_hist.pdf

    They are just passing this on to you as they adjust the level of the budget plan payments to accommodate recent gas price levels. You can hope that natural gas production climbs over the summer to replace storage stocks depleted over a colder than normal winter and brings down supply prices.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • July29,'14 2:20pm
    Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

    Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here ....

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    July29,'14 2:20pm
    Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

    Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here .... I hope we can start putting dates and times on our posts and responses? Hope this can work ...✨🙏💫🌟 I think we could stop some lost searches this way... nE way does anyone have help for my original question about a link through an iPhone / Smart phones.... 🍃🐌 thanks again for your time & help💫I guess I sure need it 👽

  • @Kathleen I'm sorry it does not

  • Sorry wrong post

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📱Mobile EveryBlock❓'s & ideas

July29,'14 3:13pm
Was wondering if there is away I haven't come across to copy links to posts with a iPhone/mobile phones to cross post ?

Also for AnyOne posting since the 'Creators' Out here seem to have not put dates & times for the mobile app running out here ..... I hope we can start putting dates and times on our posts and responses? Hope this can work....✨🙏💫🌟 I think we could stop some lost searches this way... nE way does anyone have help for my original question about a link through an iPhone / Smart phones.... 🍃🐌
Thank yoU for your time & help.
Sorry for any duplicate messages,guess I need more help then I originally thought 👽

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Garage Repair

The garage for my building is falling apart and I'm looking for recommendations on someone who will do a good job fixing it. It's a large brick garage. I've been getting a few quotes from different places, but would love to go with someone who has done this type of work before and that has a good reputation doing a good job. Has anyone in the neighborhood had something like this done or can recommend someone?

  • kay abrams hats by kay

    You might try Peoples Home Improvement, the owner Leonard Belsky is very honest and reasonable and a really nice guy. He built a beautiful back porch for us. Do not get Craft Master Construction, they are very dishonest and not a good job.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Court records: North Mayfair man knocked 12-year-old off bike in theft

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-court-records-north-mayfair-man-knocked-12yearold-off-bike-in-theft-20140727,0,3059545.story

A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson...

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A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson Park before riding off on the boy’s bike, according to court records.

Another 12-year-old and a 14-year-old witnessed the incident, according to records.

The boy and his father found Gonzalez at Jefferson Memorial Park on Saturday and confronted him, according to court records.

Gonzalez became aggressive and punched at the father, who held Gonzalez until police arrived, according to court records.

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Jul 25

Updated 6 days ago

Found: lost necklace

Early this morning I found a necklace on Wilson ave, right about at Sacramento. Describe it to me, and I'll get it back to you.

Jul 14

Updated 6 days ago

Ice Cream Soda?

Is there anyplace in the vicinity of Albany Park or nearby that serves real ice cream sodas?

Real ice cream sodas, served in glass, made with high pressure compressed seltzer water. Not a float, like a root beer float.

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

    Margie's it is! I went over there today. Good ice cream soda, served in a glass container. Not far from home too.

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

    "Northeast corner of Paulina and Belmont. The name escapes me."

    Scooters.

    http://www.scootersfrozencustard.com/

    I passed by there on Paulina about 8 PM on Friday, but didn't stop. They were crowded, so it must be pretty good.

Jul 23

Updated 6 days 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?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    In response to someone's earlier post. A gang member who goes to jail on behalf of the gang's business is considered a hero and held in high regard, so making them a chief or section leader is not unusual.

  • Chris pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain

    @George, 4200, west side.

6 days ago

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6 days ago

Cop Cars, Helicopters Last Night

My husband heard it, but I apparently slept through it. He said there were tons of cop cars, helicopters, etc last night. We're on Central Park, north of Iriving. Did anyone else hear? Anyone know what was up? Thanks for the info.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 25

Extension of the Brown Line Project

Hi Albany Park, I saw this posted months ago and dismissed it as a suggested ideal. Now it seems the Active Transportation Alliance is really trying to push this through. http://www.activetrans.org/blog/kwhitehead/join-our-campaign-expand-public-transit-cook-county Please note the propsal for Albany Park would be to have the Brown Line run West on Lawrence to connect with the Jefferson Blue Line stop. Is there a need for this if the 81 bus can get you there between 20 and 30 minutes? Is there any concern about the noise? Would there be any concern about loss of businesses along Lawrence? Does anyone question how this would affect traffic on Lawrence Ave.? Maybe there ought to be some community input on this.

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    I live right in, what I can assume to be the path of said proposed ground-level extension to the Brownline, and I don't find it to be any more helpful than hoping on the 81 Lawrence bus. And as an avid Brown Line/Blue Line user, I am not impressed by...

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    I live right in, what I can assume to be the path of said proposed ground-level extension to the Brownline, and I don't find it to be any more helpful than hoping on the 81 Lawrence bus. And as an avid Brown Line/Blue Line user, I am not impressed by the proposed improvement on my commute. Ground level would be a no-go. Unless they plan on taking it above ground, I can only assume that they would continue it up Leland, which would bring it to a halt at the police station, then what, destroy the fairly newly built police station that bisects Leland at Pulaski, as well as plow through the diamond corridor of houses that run parallel to Elston behind the police station, then it will have to cross two expressways and cross over Lawrence at some point to the northside to join up with the Blue Line which is expressway level, which means, the projected cost for raised and lowered platform access complexity will go up. Not only that. Then taking in consideration the fact that I will be possibly be uprooted from a neighborhood that I chose not only for affordability but diversity and convenient access to job, shopping,restaurants, family, friends, entertainment, schools, parks, BUT then you have to factor in the increase in noise pollution all times of day, which is already an issue with Lawrence being landing runway corridor heaven. If you want property value to go up, push to start bringing legitimate businesses into all of these empty storefronts

  • I think community land trusts are usually a great idea and I don't know why they aren't utilized more often as a solution.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 25

Redlight Tickets

It's about the money has always been about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-aldermen-to-call-for-watchdog-probe-possibly-redlight-refunds-20140721,0,2256501.story
I have not received a ticket yet but you don't need a stop watch to see that some yellow lights are very short.

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    @joan its a head scratcher for adults.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    J@Jobobike. Have to agree about the short yellows, as well as the count-down displays. I've noticed several yellows turning red when the countdown is on 2 or even 3. Wth? That's not how they're supposed to work, is it?

Jul 25

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Jul 25

Volunteer gathering event for Albany Park World Fest

Please join us at Templestowe Pub (3135 W Montrose Ave) on Sunday, 7/27/14 from 2-5 pm to sign up to volunteer at Albany Park World Fest.

Jul 24

neighborhood peace rally and clean up!

Come out and join the clean up effort, peace rally, and violence memorial walk being hosted at Lawrence and Drake on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-1pm. Help improve the neighborhood, and create awareness by joining in this amazing opportunity! Food will be provided!!

Jul 15

Updated Jul 24

4200 Block of North Drake

Perhaps there's a reasonable explanation but lately there have been quite a few very expensive cars park on this block. I'm talking a Hummer, a Porsche, a Bentley and a Lamborghini. The last three are parked there right now (well, the Bentley is a half-block down). Sunday morning there were two guys outside 4224 or so blasting rap music (at 9:45 on a Sunday morning). Maybe in the suburbs I could see people actually owning these cars... but a Lamborghini? Here?

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I...

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    Probably a rich developer or parasitic slumlord who's just as rich. Many Chicago landlords inherit their properties and collect tens of thousands in rent monthly while putting none of it back into their "investment" or cash cow if it's inherited. Hello, we have Beverly Hillbillies all over this city. I have known many in my 37 years born and raised here. They make millions in cash when they sell their properties or just live high off the rents. Most of them never had to work or go to school because they know they are sitting on a fortune or a major income generator. I'm the kind of person who would just go and ask them, "Man, how did you get that car?! Sweet!" People LOVE to talk about themselves, especially owners of flashy stuff. Many of these owners are also tied in with the city and crime... which also goes hand in hand. Ever read that Chicago Magazine article about alderman and gangs? Just wanted to give some perspective. Hope you find out. That's a pretty interesting sociology project.

  • Irving Bark Deb Step!

    Regarding the "T.J", if I got this correct, the only reason he was released was because of the NW University group took his case on.

    If they didn't decide to take his case he would still be locked up for something that he did not do.

    I can imagine, everyone he told he was innocent laughed in his face for 16 years.

    That is messed up!

Jul 23

Updated Jul 24

Are we becoming immune?

No one else heard the gun shots at approx 4 a.m. this morning? They sounded close, but the sirens that followed must have been @ Montrose or further north. They were NOT fireworks. Any one know what happened?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    The police should have responded within 10 minutes of your 911 call. If that didn't happen, I would definitely bring this up at CAPS; you might also want to make an appointment with the District Commander.

  • Lauren Luv u in th present bc th future a split-sec away.

    Where on Montrose?

Jul 24

Job Fair

Albany Park Neighborhood Council is holding a Job Fair hosted by the Community Violence Prevention Program (Parent Leaders). It will be held in the Basement At Our Lady Of Mercy Church. The address is 4444 N. Troy. On Friday July 25, 2014. From 11am -1pm. There will be neighborhood companies giving interview so dress professionally and bring current resumes. They will also have information on how do do a successful interview and have information on how to do a resume. Important information there is only parking on the street, not in the church parking lot. Hope to see you all there! Have a Great Day everyone!

Jul 23

Updated Jul 24

Albany Park - Concerned Resident

Hi Everyone,

I've lived in the area for several years now and have seen a rise in a series of issues from housing, violence, social as well as mental health. I have reached out to the Alderman in regards to working with fellow community members and her team to think of ways to address these issues.

Has anyone seen any success working with our elected officials in the area?

Are there any task forces in the area that have already been established that are open to having community residents participate?

Would really appreciate some thoughts on the matter.

Many thanks!

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP...

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    For us, trying to get an appropriate response from the alderman (Laurino) was an exercise in frustration. After years of cleaning up garbage in the streets, cleaning up graffiti, positive loitering, and (sometimes) attending CAPs meetings, we left AP for many reasons but Laurino's lack of interest in her AP constituents and her staff's rude behavior were big parts of it. (Example 1: in 8 years of living in AP, I never met Laurino. Since moving to West Ridge in September, I've met the alderman twice--- and she approached me! Example 2: Laurino's office once told me they couldn't remove large pieces of wreckage from a car accident from our front sidewalk near two schools because they were overburdened. It was a huge twisted bumper with sharp edges, and I called after it had been laying there for 3 days. Her words were something like "We can't help you because we are being forced to take furlough days. Can't you just pick it up yourself?"). On the other hand, there are tons of people in AP who really care. Organizing them to get things done isn't easy, but working through EB and the chamber of commerce helped me in the past when I wanted to coordinate a clean-up of the area. There is also a really great "green team" that focuses on gardening, but I can't recall their exact name. I wish you the very best of luck. Thank you, too, for being active in your community.

  • D* Albany Park resident

    Check out Albany Park Neighbors website for info. Seems like involved community members... http://albanyparkneighbors.wordpress.com/

  • AlbanyParkMom Community gardener, 11-year resident

    Hey, I heart AP! I'm one of the Albany Park Neighbors folks. We've just been around for a couple of years, but we're working to establish good relationships with our two aldermen (Colon and Mell, Laurino has been mostly redrawn out of AP) and raise awareness about issues like crime, problem buildings and businesses, as well as engage residents in productive activities like clean-ups and calling out great local businesses, etc. Check us out! We're online at the link above or via FB at Albany Park Neighbors.

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