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Beat 1221 CAPS Meeting Wednesday at 7 pm

The Beat 1221 CAPS Meeting is Wednesday at 7 pm at the Smith Park Field House and will feature two very special guests.

Unless they are needed elsewhere, we will have a demonstration by a K9 officer and his four-legged partner. An added benefit -- the officer was formerly assigned to the 13th and 12th Districts, most recently as a member of the Tact Team, so knows our area very well.

Beat 1221 borders are Chicago to Kinzie and Wood to Kedzie.

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Need a water meter installed, referrals please! West town

I am having the hardest time finding a plumber to install a water meter at my 3 flat. We had a plumber lined up and then he backed out because he didn't want to go get the license and meter from the city. Lots of plumbers have said they don't do it. The city is requiring that we install one or face fines.

Anyone have a reasonably priced suggestion? We had one several thousand dollar estimate (over the phone, without looking at the property) and I can't believe it would cost that much to install so would like to get several more estimates before committing.

Thank you!

  • Do you own the property? If so, and you pay the Chicago Water Department, have the Metersave water meter put in at no cost, and you get a 7 year pricing guarantee. I had mine done, and it beats estimated bills.

  • Thanks for the referrals, I'll try them. I had already tried the city but they know it is a 3 flat and won't install it as we don't qualify for the metersave program. They do provide the meter for free but the licensed plumber has to pick it up.

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Chiditarod X is coming!

Dear Neighbors,

CHIDITAROD X IS COMING!

When: Saturday March 7, 2015

CHIditarod is celebrating its 10th year of fighting hunger in Chicago. Over the past 10 years we have collected more than 100,000 pounds of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and raised $100,000+ to fund Chicago Area programs that fight hunger.

The CHIditarod X course will take racers through the West Town, Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, East Village, Near West Side and Wicker Park Neighborhoods. We are dedicated...

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Dear Neighbors,

CHIDITAROD X IS COMING!

When: Saturday March 7, 2015

CHIditarod is celebrating its 10th year of fighting hunger in Chicago. Over the past 10 years we have collected more than 100,000 pounds of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and raised $100,000+ to fund Chicago Area programs that fight hunger.

The CHIditarod X course will take racers through the West Town, Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, East Village, Near West Side and Wicker Park Neighborhoods. We are dedicated to enriching the neighborhoods CHIditarod visits and we take trash and recycling very seriously; advocating a “leave-no-trace” policy to all of our participants and volunteers, including taking shopping carts home. On Saturday, as the race comes to an end, we will have teams of “sweepers” that will comb through the event routes to pick up any abandoned shopping carts or race related debris.

If you witness any team that deserves to be in the wall of shame, find an abandoned shopping cart, have any complaints or just want to tell us how awesome we are doing, contact us via e-mail at neighbors@chiditarod.org. Keep an eye out for some amazing cart themes and let us know your favorites!

Thank you for helping us fight hunger!

Mush!

The Chiditarod Team

4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Serious Security Threat

My wife got this on our home machine (see image below). It would appear this malware has infiltrated out machine and others.

http://checkwhocalled.com/phone-number/1-888-252-5733

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-252-5733

http://www.mycallbot.com/numbers/8882525733

Just giving everyone the heads up! Anyone else see this?

I actually tried calling from my work phone and someone picked up and hung up.

4 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Potholes in alleys

This may be a dumb question since there are thousands of potholes on the main streets that haven't been repaired, but I put in two requests to the city website to fix a crater in our alley after emailing our landlord. Both requests were later confirmed as "fulfilled" by the alert system, but nothing was fixed.

Has anyone had any luck with the city fixing alley potholes or do I need to get out my shovel in the spring?

  • Jason is correct. Instead of using multiple reports to set priorities, the city uses them to extend the time they have to complete them. It's all about the statistics.

  • Pray to the God of your choice about it.

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Register to vote by 3/10

In order to vote in the runoff election, the registration deadline is 3/10. Info about how and where is in the article. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150226/downtown/can-i-vote-runoff-if-im-not-already-registered

4 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Opens New Orthopedic Center

The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson,...

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The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson, MD and Joseph Sheehan, MD. The facility features eight exam rooms, a large reception area and beautiful waiting room for patient comfort. The office includes a casting area and X-ray equipment conveniently located on site, and free, accessible parking.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to make an appointment, call 773-235-1915. Read more: http://www.reshealth.org/aboutus/newsroom/press_release.cfm?pressReleaseID=1971

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Feb 24

Updated 6 days ago

What is the city planning on doing with the closed school on Oakley and Lake St?

Does anyone have any idea what the city is planning to do with that land or building? Right now and in the summer it is not much of a park and seems to be only utilized by homeless people who wait for services from St. Malachy's across the street. It would make a great space for a dog park.

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Amber Building/Viva Plaza

Just saw that the first floor doesn't have Lyft training anymore. It now says "ANNEX" and "never sleeps", anyone know what's happening? I have been excited to see the restoration and investment in the neighborhood.

  • Still waiting on anything official, but the rumor is that it's going to be co-working space, even on the ground floor. Doesn't make much sense to me (and I was hoping for a restaurant) but that's what's out there right now. BTW, if you live in the area, join the UK Village Community page on Facebook -- it's being discussed there.

Feb 20

Updated 6 days ago

Ash tree removal due to Emerald Ash Borer

Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will...

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Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will probably be destroyed in the next year or two.

Ash trees are a staple of Chicago's neighborhoods. I live next to one of the tallest and most amazing trees in the neighborhood (on the 1200 block of W. Huron) and it's tagged for removal.

The tree has been noticeably suffering over the past year and I'm utterly distraught that it will be removed. Not only is it beautiful, it served to shade and protect the house and really beautified the block. It's going to be extremely bare without it. I've always joked with my wife that when that tree goes, we go too...I just was hoping it wouldn't be so soon.

I'm hoping the city has a more amicable solution than uprooting our century-old Ash trees, though the EAB is essentially a death sentence for our Ash trees. Will there be a replacement? Saplings? Anything? I called the Forestry department but got no significant answers.

i just wanted to share my lament. If you see the giant tree on Huron with the orange signs taped to it, take a moment to admire how strong and amazing of a tree it was - it will be gone by the end of the month.

  • For those of us who enjoy Skinner Park in the West Loop, we can say our fairwell to a number of those trees as well. Notably the trees that align the Loomis pedestrian path between Monroe & Adams. Sad, as those trees provided nice shade in the Summer, and were a beautiful part of these park.

  • I am happy to report the marked Ash trees on our block were pruned today and not cut down.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 24

Need Help with Sewing Project

Hi - I have a sewing project that I am seeking help with.

The project involved making several hanging panels with pouches for a small specialty club. The hanging panels are sort of like the hanging shoe bags you see on the back of closet doors. We need some fairly heavy fabric to be used for the main backing and I have an example of an existing one to show anyone that may be interested in the project.

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Hi - I have a sewing project that I am seeking help with.

The project involved making several hanging panels with pouches for a small specialty club. The hanging panels are sort of like the hanging shoe bags you see on the back of closet doors. We need some fairly heavy fabric to be used for the main backing and I have an example of an existing one to show anyone that may be interested in the project.

The panels aren’t terribly complicated but obviously someone with some sewing or seamstress experience would be best suited to tackle this. We would purchase all material and pay for the panels to be created.

I gathered a list of sewing shops I found on-line and will probably email them but thought I would throw it out here to EveryBlock to see what some of my creative neighbors suggest!

Thank you for any suggestions.

  • Go to the Polish lady at F&G cleaners on Grand, east if Damen right next to Albany Steel. She sews. I take everything to her. She is wonderful!

  • Yes I agree, Christine at F & G is the best.

  • yep, I agree Christine is the best

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Final 26th Ward Aldermanic Forum and afterward for West Town and Humboldt Park

...s really tough to watch trucks go load up with salt at the facility at Grand and Rockwell and come down our streets without dropping any or lowering their blade. What will you...

...the 26th Ward. Recent examples include the development near Norwegian Hospital and condo buildings at Grand and Western. Do you support the formation of a ward-wide Zoning and Development Advisory Committee comprised...

...trash strewn eyesores and havens for rats to other more productive uses? Specifically, in the 2300 block of West Erie where home prices range from $350,000 to more than $1 million, if neighbors indicated...

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All three candidates in the 26th Ward Aldermanic race were present at a West Town Forum in Euro Furniture, 2145 W. Grand Ave, on Tues., Feb. 17. The event was hosted by the

Juanita Irizarry wants development done "right." In a Chicago Reader interview she seemed to say that not all businesses are equal. She won't patronize Bang Bang Pie,    2051 N. California Ave., "because the name strikes her as insensitive." 

Feb 20

Updated Feb 23

See Roberto Maldonado's death-threat poster.

Hi, This message does only apply for people who live within the 26th Ward.

See posted photograph. The photograph was taken at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center at 2753 West Division Street. Roberto Maldonado is closely involved with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and he is a strong promoter of the organizations cause, political agenda and working methods. The poster was not only used at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center but was displayed at many places throughout the 26th Ward....

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Hi, This message does only apply for people who live within the 26th Ward.

See posted photograph. The photograph was taken at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center at 2753 West Division Street. Roberto Maldonado is closely involved with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and he is a strong promoter of the organizations cause, political agenda and working methods. The poster was not only used at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center but was displayed at many places throughout the 26th Ward. The poster was developed by Maldonado and a local group of influential politicians and business men closely associated with him. You can read about the group at: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2014/Jose-Lopez-Humboldt-Park

The poster was developed as part of a campaign to create race hate and tension between the various ethnic groups in the 26th Ward. The goal was to stop non-Puerto Ricans to move into the 26th Ward and to intimidate "outside" entrepreneurs and visitors. Other posters in the campaign showed families and children with ethnically characteristic features together with the headline "NO SE VENDE" and "NOT FOR SALE".

Together with the 26th Ward's homicide statistics the posters were read as a real death threat for people who recently moved into the 26th Ward and for people who visited the area. Some residents in the 26th Ward still have bullet holes in their windows from the time of these posters. The campaign changed mid-through Maldonado's term and the same windows that previously showed the death-threat posters are now showing posters promoting the release of a convicted terrorist. You can, however, still buy t-shirts and buttons with "NOT FOR SALE" messages at some of Maldonado's associate's businesses close to his office on Division Street. There is also active websites dedicated to creating tension between Puerto Ricans and all others in the 26th Ward.

  • Jose Johnson e.g. Bridgeport block captain; Java Jolt Cafe owne

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    The average rent in Smith Park and the 26th Ward area between Western and Damen by the Ukrainian Village HHDC are several times higher which means that the profit margins are much higher for HHDC and Bickerdike. Therefore, Maldonado has strong interests in develop large high-density government...

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    The average rent in Smith Park and the 26th Ward area between Western and Damen by the Ukrainian Village HHDC are several times higher which means that the profit margins are much higher for HHDC and Bickerdike. Therefore, Maldonado has strong interests in develop large high-density government subsidized housing in these areas.

    It is possible to say that Roberto Maldonado's death-threat campaign has been successful as the unemployment in the 26th Ward is record high at 17% and many businesses have successfully been kept out of the Ward. He and his associates has succeeded to get large high-density government subsidized housing projects through despite solid resistance from home owners in the area. Maldonado and his associates can look forward to 99 years of large amount of money streaming in.

    Please, do not vote for Roberto Maldonado.

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    OMG! Sometimes the total level of corruption actually DOES surprise me....

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Updated Feb 22

Paper Aldermanic Endorsements Out for 2nd Ward

If you're like me and one of the people that have found themselves redistricted into the gerrymandered monstrosity that is the new 2nd ward, and as a result are completely bewildered by the array of aldermanic candidates that you've never even heard of, the city council endorsements from both the Trib and Sun Times are out. Here they are, for whatever it's worth:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/341881/chicago-sun-times-aldermanic-endorsements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-city-council-endorse-0208-20150206-story.html#page=1

The Trib notes in particular that there a many good candidates in the field.

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If you're like me and one of the people that have found themselves redistricted into the gerrymandered monstrosity that is the new 2nd ward, and as a result are completely bewildered by the array of aldermanic candidates that you've never even heard of, the city council endorsements from both the Trib and Sun Times are out. Here they are, for whatever it's worth:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/341881/chicago-sun-times-aldermanic-endorsements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-city-council-endorse-0208-20150206-story.html#page=1

The Trib notes in particular that there a many good candidates in the field.

If you're not sure if you're also one of the lost souls that has landed in the new Chicago 2nd which runs all the way from Streeterville, through River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Noble Square, Wicker Park, and Bucktown, here's the work of abstract art that is the new 2nd: http://ward2chicago.com/Images/2012ChicagoWard2Small.jpg

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Feb 19

Updated Feb 21

Stolen Dog Van

Why no description of the perps?

  • The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a...

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    The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a victim than a f'up, so he omitted some details in his story to the police. Security camera ratted him out. End of story. I'm sure the dog guy is in trouble enough already. There doesn't need to be a full-blown investigation. This is between him, the company owner, and the police.

Feb 21

CPD road block on Chicago Ave.

Anyone know why CPD is blocking he street on Chicago Ave. by Eckhart Park?

Feb 21

Feb 21

Updated Feb 21

Who is my Alderman? 26th Ward? - Election Tuesday, Feb 24.

I'm living between Chicago and Grand Avenue and I have had the perception that my Alderman probable is in Wicker Park - but - I am part of the 26th Ward which stretches from Damen to Kostner. See posted map. The yellow is the 26th Ward.

The population in the 26th Ward has changed the last few years which means that the people in the east part of the ward can influence who will be the next Alderman. This election...

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I'm living between Chicago and Grand Avenue and I have had the perception that my Alderman probable is in Wicker Park - but - I am part of the 26th Ward which stretches from Damen to Kostner. See posted map. The yellow is the 26th Ward.

The population in the 26th Ward has changed the last few years which means that the people in the east part of the ward can influence who will be the next Alderman. This election is important for us because the present Alderman, Roberto Maldonado, wants to take away police men from us and he wants to build low income housing within our neighborhood. So, please, vote.

After weeks of research, here are my conclusions of the three candidates:

Adam Corona
Corona is the only independent contender for alderman in the 26th Ward. He has no special interest group contributions to his Alderman campaign. Corona's independence is important because with him we will be able to affect low income housing developments in our neighborhood.

An alderman is in charge of a variety of different city services in his Ward. Corona has crucial Chicago city management experience which is important for getting things done as an alderman. Since 2011 he has held the position as Streets and Sanitation Superintendent in the 45th Ward managing about 100 people. Previously he ran an own business for 5 years, Corona's coffee in Chicago. Corona has a degree in Political Science. He has close connection with to the police force and he pride himself of personally having been involved in stopping drug sales and crimes on the streets.

Adam Corona is my choice. His independence, experience with the management of the city services and his active engagement in safety and his personal relations with the police makes him to the best Alderman for the 26th Ward.
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  • Susanne,
    I already planned to vote for Corona but it's nice to hear that you came to the same conclusion as I did. Thank you.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    I voted for Adam Corona today. Hands down the best man for the job!

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Updated Feb 19

Missing Cat: Big Momma

Missing: All-gray shorthair cat who is an eye surgery patient at the Animal Care Center of Chicago, 1248 W. Wasington Blvd. About 10 lb., missing her left eye, answers to Big Momma. She escaped from her carrying cage yesterday after a post surgical checkup. Her friends are very worried and want to bring her home. If you see her in the West Loop area, please contact Animal Care Center of Chicago at (312) 243-6655.

  • Jeanne K. 5 year neighbor

    What a sweetie! I hope you or her friends/family find her and that she is safe and sound somewhere. I hope she is recovering well from surgery, too.

Feb 19

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Feb 18

Coverage of 26th Ward Candidate Forum

If you weren't among the more than 80 people who attended last night's event, DNAinfo has a good wrap-up.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150218/west-town/police-gentrification-development-focus-of-final-26th-ward-forum

Feb 18

Looking for a roommate to share my awesome West Town Apartment

Are you or someone you know looking for a place in the West Town/Ukrainian Village neighborhood? I have a two bedroom and am looking for a good human/roommate to share this great space. I have a dog and a cat, laundry in-unit, a great back yard and a fantastic record collection. It is furnished besides the bedroom I am renting, so it would be best if you don't have a TON of furniture. I am a 32 year old female artist type with a regular 9-5 in non-profit. Rent is $550 a month + utilities. If you are interested, lets start the conversation!

Best,
Lauren

Feb 16

Updated Feb 18

West Town Break-ins

I heard there were multiple break-ins in West Town in the last week. One was at 1400 West Chicago which is next door to me so interested to hear what happened. Anyone have any info on this? THXS

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Feb 16

26TH Ward Candidate Forum – Tuesday Night at 7pm – Euro Furniture

For a civil and thoughtful look at the issues facing the 3 candidates for the 26th ward, here is the event announcement:

26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from...

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For a civil and thoughtful look at the issues facing the 3 candidates for the 26th ward, here is the event announcement:

26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from voters. A reception offering voters an opportunity to speak with the candidates will close out the evening.

Have a question you'd like all the candidates address? Send your questions to 26thwardquestions@gmail.com

The evening is hosted by the Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) and the newly formed West Town Neighbors Association (WTNA)

Parking is plentiful and free on both sides of Grand Avenue after 6 pm.

Feb 16

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