Jul 14

Updated 2 hours ago

Z Frank

I was unable to attend the community meeting this evening regarding the sale and potential redevelopment of the old Z Frank space at Western and Peterson. Was anyone there and have any information? Overall feel for how this will pan out?

  • JR, I'm sorry to hear that impending commercial development forced you out of that area. This is exactly what our aldermen need to keep in mind when they approve developments of this size and scope. Just because the zoning is there doesn't mean it's a good idea. And you're certainly right about the disruption--can't help but happen.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    Paco:

    I didn't get forced out, I never made an offer on that house because of the impending condo development. As for the zoning on the Artesian parcels, they are now zoned residential but will be re-zoned commercial.

5 hours ago

Looking for a garage for rent

I live at Chase/Wolcott. Looking for a secure clean and covered garage to rent. I will only be parking in the garage for 3-4 nights per week due to my travel schedule. If u know of any, please let me know.

6 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Garbage Dumper on 6400 Block of Fairfield

This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window...

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This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window just as he was about to toss out a water bottle. He was surprised and then furious, tossing the same garbage plus the water bottle onto the street as he drove away. I got his license number. How do I get the police to issue a dumping ticket? Actually, he should get two tickets, one for the parkway and one for the street. I'll go to court if he contests the tickets. Even if this becomes he-said she-said, he'll miss at least a morning's work and it may make him think twice before he dumps garbage again. What really makes me mad is that I had just cleaned the parkway when I walked the dogs, and had picked up other garbage on our street. Be on the lookout for an older model dark green 4-door car, partial license plate R96---8 (I won't post the whole thing but I have it), driven by a young Hispanic with a close buzz cut. I think he lives on Washtenaw. He's the garbage dumper. He's parked out front before and I've found garbage but this is the first time I've actually caught him.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I think you can report it to the police, but without evidence such as a picture of him dumping the trash, I am not sure what the police will do. I doubt he'll be back after what happened though.

17 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

WRP Safety

It seems that there were many more shooting incidents in East Rogers Park and Edgewater than in West Rogers Park over the last five to six months. Is that so or am I not looking at the right sources?

  • Clarissa Tac Reformed pastafarian

    No physical attacks. It was all over the news. Hateful notes left under wiper blades on car windshields including a rabbi's car.

  • Ira, you're right. We don't have gun violence in WRP as a rule. What we do have are a lot of daily incivilities and un-neighborly behavior.

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Update to "Reserved Parking Misuse?" Posted June 17

Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that...

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Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that this is a loophole that needs to be closed. If the City takes a public parking space and gives it to a resident for his/her exclusive use, then that reserved space should be the only place on that street that this person should park. Other members of his/her household should get the same luck of the draw as everybody else. I'd like to ask the alderman to sponsor an amendment to that ordinance. Opinions, please.

  • this3ndup, the point isn't that other household members are using the reserved space, but that the car with the placard is parked outside the reserved space in order to secure parking for non-handicapped household members. Pipsqueak, you should call the cops if they're damaging your car. And I did learn...

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    this3ndup, the point isn't that other household members are using the reserved space, but that the car with the placard is parked outside the reserved space in order to secure parking for non-handicapped household members. Pipsqueak, you should call the cops if they're damaging your car. And I did learn that if there's a car in a reserved space that doesn't have the placard, it's a 911 matter and they will be ticketed. Is this law screwed up or what: The handicapped parker is not required to park in his reserved space, but anybody else who uses it gets a ticket! And whoever sponsored this ordinance didn't see that this makes it ripe for abuse? Maybe if the cops ticket your neighbors enough they'll stop. If there's only one placard, and they're sharing it, that's also a violation, so you might want to get pictures of different vehicles with the placard in the window. This guy made me so mad I actually took pictures after midnight!

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Yes, there is a lot of abuse of the tags, but please remember, some handicaps are not obvious. Our neighbor is a below-the-knee amputee. Unless he is wearing shorts, you cant tell.

5 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Increasing Fees for Street Cleaning Parkers

My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they...

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My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they know is schedule for cleaning (in each case the vehicles were parked in front of or just behind the orange street cleaning signs). Sixty dollars isn't enough. This is the second time in a row that the street in front of me won't be cleaned because of some lout who doesn't care about street cleaning and probably doesn't live on my block anyway. I'll have to go out and sweep it myself. I say we start with a $100 ticket, and increase it $50 for every subsequent violation. If you want to thumb your nose at other people and the law, you should pay for it.

  • $100 - my last ticket for failing to move my car for street sweeping several years ago - in West Ridge. No zone, no other additive penalties.

  • That's odd - why isn't there one fee citywide?

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets, including Lincoln/McCormick

http://www.chicagotribune.com/
Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets
Updated 5:47 a.m.
Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets
A red light camera at Lincoln Avenue and McCormick Road in Chicago generated 563 tickets during a 12-day spike. More than 99 percent were for right turns. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)
Red light cameras in Chicago caught thousands of undeserving drivers during sudden spikes in tickets that city officials say they cannot explain, a Tribune investigation found.

  • Also noted in the piece was Peterson/Ridge & Clark St. Very suspicious. If you've gotten a ticket there in the past couple of years, you may want to revisit the circumstances, if possible.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    So the red light cams work....what about the blue light cams?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Red light = for profit.
    Blue light = not for profit.
    Guess which one works.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

why not newsworthy?

Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming...

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Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming what happened the better the odds of conviction.
I've been both the victim of violent crime and a witness. The feeling going into court was the same for both. I was nervous, scared, and at the same time knew I was doing the right thing. It is commendable to overcome the fears that cause blind eyes. Our alderman is not perfect. Not one of us are. Some comments made on that thread I believe lost sight of what was originally intended.

  • When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and...

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    When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and send my boys to school. I got over it. We play in the backyard and the kids were fine going to school. Guess we got lucky. I just couldnt see letting them hang at the end of our alley after they literally punched me right out of my shoes, broke my big toe, and a few small bones in my hand.. I can definitely understand the fear of retaliation.

  • Sarah, I can understand how truly frightening the whole experience was. You did the right thing, and I thank you. Do you think that reporting what happened scared them off?

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Jul 14

Updated 5 days ago

interested in whats going on in WEST ROGERS PARK

When will the Indian/Pakistan Parades take place.

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    No, it will not be in the parking lot. It will be on a side street and only lasts a few hours. Don't worry, be happy!

  • Renuka, I'm happy now! I just hate loud music. Everybody always says it just lasts a few hours, but when you can't get away from it those few hours seem like forever!

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5 days ago

Pothole on recently paved street

Our block was paved less than two years ago, and has a growing sinkhole in the middle of the block.

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Jun 23

Updated 6 days ago

Old Bingo Palace

It looks like the old bingo palace at Pratt and Western has a sold sign. Does anyone know what is going to be there?

  • Great. I hope they're wrong.

  • A Trader Joes? A Nookies Restaurant? A diner that specializes in pancakes? Oh how I miss Fluky's pancakes. Yum.

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Jul 08

Updated Jul 14

People's Gas Tore Up My Patio

Yesterday and also this morning People's Gas was out in my backyard breaking up my private patio and using my hose without any notice at all. I guess we won't enjoy our patio for the rest of the summer. We have also been walking through mud (Sort of like cat litter) every time it rains because they tore out the common sidewalk that feeds 12 townhouses on May, 21st. Everybody seems to be sub-contracted and unable to tell us who or what will happen next.

  • https://www.facebook.com/chitribproblem

    Probably also call your insurance agent for homeowner's policy to ask them about dangerous walkways and see if they have had other homeowners with problems caused by Peoples Gas or other utilities.

    Try CUB. They may just be about utility rates but they may be able to point you in the right direction--the right person at Peoples Gas to follow up with.

  • ^^ Thanks. I actually thought about contact insurance over the weekend.

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Jul 13

Jul 13

National Night Out, Tues, Aug 5

JOIN CAPS BEAT 2411 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th
6:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M.
INDIAN BOUNDARY PARK
2500 WEST LUNT
- Show solidarity
- Take a visible stand against crime
- Take back our streets and park
- Strengthen your neighborhood spirit
- Partner with local police to fight crime
- Send the message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back!

Jul 05

Updated Jul 13

Planting on the parkway

Does anyone know the Municipal Code, or rule for planting plants, NOT TREES, on the parkway in front of your residence? I have a neighbor that has planted indigenous plants on their parkway that attract bees and butterflies. The plants are not only beautiful but smell wonderful, however some are quite high. There is one person on the block that feels it is a safety issue when she walks by, and wants to call the Alderman's office on them. I can't seem to find anything online about the rules of plants, just trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Do we want to set a precedent of giving into a paranoia, however unreasonable?
    I would start a counter-petition. I have asked alderman for an enforcement campaign for laws that are already on the books (right of way of pedestrians @ crosswalks) w-out much success, it would be an affront to common sense for her to get behind this scared woman w-out history of such hiding in the bushes crimes in our district.

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    Sure didn't mean to start a controversy. I'm generally in favor of parkway planting. I love the amazing stuff on Campbell and Albion, for instance. But sometimes it can make it difficult for pedestrians and drivers to be careful of one another. As a pedestrian with 2 small kids, a stop sign there would make me feel like everyone knows what the expectations are. Alternatively, trimming the hedge would also help. Just my two cents.

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Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Devon Farmers Mkt

We went to the Devon Market yesterday and had a really nice time looking at the different merchants and products they were selling. Lots of Bakery vendors :), a really nice company selling capons that we decided we will by one next week if they come back. There were a couple of veggie/fruit vendors and we bought some lettuce and fresh sweet Black Cherries that are really good. I thought the prices were very competitive and hope that more vegetable...

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We went to the Devon Market yesterday and had a really nice time looking at the different merchants and products they were selling. Lots of Bakery vendors :), a really nice company selling capons that we decided we will by one next week if they come back. There were a couple of veggie/fruit vendors and we bought some lettuce and fresh sweet Black Cherries that are really good. I thought the prices were very competitive and hope that more vegetable vendors come as the season gets more productive for the farmers. Enjoyed looking at the table set up by Rogers Park Historical Society. Thanks for the free canvas bag to help me bring home my purchases. Will return again. We can tell someone worked very hard to make this a successful initial market. Congratulations.

  • I walked to the market and enjoyed capon sausage and hibiscus tea infused with strawberries for dinner, plus took home fresh bread, cherries, and raspberries for later. I had a nice experience and will come again next week. My only criticism is there was no place to sit and eat. I was there shortly after 4. Some tables were being set up as I left. Maybe that's what they were for. Definitely DO support this market.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Mary - have you been to the Evanston Farmers Market? They have seats, folks selling bottled water and other beverages, etc.

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Jun 02

Updated Jul 10

Plane traffic over West Rogers Park/West Ridge

I've lived in West Ridge for 15 years and before that Evanston and Rogers Park. Has anyone else noticed the iplane traffic over our houses in the West Ridge/West Rogers Park area? We never had this before. We are now living under a flight path.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Under the flight pattern changes, areas directly west, southwest and east of O'Hare are being exposed to up to several hundred additional flights overhead between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily,...

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I've lived in West Ridge for 15 years and before that Evanston and Rogers Park. Has anyone else noticed the iplane traffic over our houses in the West Ridge/West Rogers Park area? We never had this before. We are now living under a flight path.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Under the flight pattern changes, areas directly west, southwest and east of O'Hare are being exposed to up to several hundred additional flights overhead between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, according to city flight data presented to the noise commission."

"The new east-west flow of airplanes since Oct.17 has led to more jet noise — and a huge jump in noise complaints from weary residents — both east and west of those parallel runways."

http://tinyurl.com/ko9llxj

Property owners in the wards west of us have begun to win property tax appeals. These are the wards that get hit after the planes go over our area. At that point they are lower, but they are low when they go over our houses as well. I can tell which airline the plane belongs to.

http://norridge.suntimes.com/news/ohare-NOH-04142014:article

This means the Cook County Board of Review has agreed that their property values have gone down, as a result of the new flight patterns. Your property values will follow too. Who would buy a house under a flight path? Not me. I would never have considered buying my house, if I knew it was under a flight path, as it is now.

Let me know if anyone else is upset about this. We have more power if we are together. Let me know if anyone is interested in organizing. Not sure what we can do, but we can try. Thanks.

In the meantime:

You can call 311 and register a complaint or register a complaint here -
http://tinyurl.com/kgsshzj

You can call Council Member Silverstein - 773-262-1050.

You can call Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Chicago - (773) 506-7100

You can contact FAIR, Fair Allocation in Runways - http://www.fairchicago.org/
They have more contact numbers.

  • I haven't commented on this thread in over 3 weeks and lee-sauganash commences with the name-calling...who's the troll, lee???

  • Anyone wishing to make connections with others---city and suburban---on the issue of increased planes, noise, pollution and what we can do about it: please come to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) General Meeting and Summer Kickoff Event:
    FAiR Summer Kickoff Event and door hanger distribution
    When: Sat, July 12, 9am – 11am
    Where: Edgebrook Library 5331 W. Devon in Chicago

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Jul 09

CAPS

Reminder from: CAPS2411 Yahoo Group

Title: Beats 2411, 2412, 2413

Date: Thursday July 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Location: JCC, 3001 W. Touhy
Notes: CPD has decided to hold COMBINED beat meetings for a number of reasons and the most compelling is resource management.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 09

Fireworks

Is it possible to police the derelicts that continue to set off fireworks starting each night at dusk and ongoing each night since the 4th...as recent as 10:30 last night; not the small ones--the HUGE ones that explode in the sky. I've not gotten much sleep since the 4th because people are still setting off the fireworks. My dogs are scared to death. Last night, I had to go and find the perpetrators and threaten to have them arrested.They were...

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Is it possible to police the derelicts that continue to set off fireworks starting each night at dusk and ongoing each night since the 4th...as recent as 10:30 last night; not the small ones--the HUGE ones that explode in the sky. I've not gotten much sleep since the 4th because people are still setting off the fireworks. My dogs are scared to death. Last night, I had to go and find the perpetrators and threaten to have them arrested.They were setting them off at the school playground at Pratt. If I can do it surely the police can. Isn't it against the law to obtain and use fireworks in the state of IL?????? On the 4th, this activity went on until 4AM... FOUR AM! Some people have to work. And, when I went to investigate that night they were being set off by a group of people by a garage near Talman and North Shore. Is it possible for the police to stop this tonight?????????

  • I agree. Try calling the CAPS office.

  • JKF West Ridge Ranger

    Better yet take a photo. Evidence is the key.

Jul 09

Indian Boundary Park seeks your opinion

The Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council wants to know what neighbors think about Indian Boundary Park. We created an online survey to find out who visits the park at 2500 W. Lunt, why they visit, how long they visit, and what new attractions at the park they would like to see.

The survey takes only a couple minutes to fill out, and will help the Advisory Council work with the Chicago Park District as Indian Boundary Park begins its 86th...

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The Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council wants to know what neighbors think about Indian Boundary Park. We created an online survey to find out who visits the park at 2500 W. Lunt, why they visit, how long they visit, and what new attractions at the park they would like to see.

The survey takes only a couple minutes to fill out, and will help the Advisory Council work with the Chicago Park District as Indian Boundary Park begins its 86th year with an exciting and inspirational Nature Center, a renovated splash pool and a rehabbed fieldhouse -- plus 104 newly planted trees.

Please click on the web site below, or cut and paste this web site into your browser, and tell us what YOU think today:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCXHQT7

Thank you.

Jane Pranga, president, IBP Advisory Council
Leta Dally, secretary
Dan Miller, treasurer

Jul 09

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Jul 07

Updated Jul 08

Flight pattern all weekend

On 7.4.2014 I decided to track how many planes flew overhead for 1 hour. Total of 41 planes in 60 minutes, some so huge, talking to someone next to me was impossible. I noticed signs in the 5600 block of Virginia addressing this problem. Can someone tell me where I can get this sign, what's going on in terms of getting this to stop? This is out of control.
Thank you

  • Hello--try the Fair Coalition
    http://www.fairchicago.org/

    You can sign the petition to stop the noise AND make a complaint to the city every time the noise bothers you, at least once a day.

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