15 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Shots Fired at Touhy & Sheridan

At 5:07pm, police responded to calls of shot fired in the area of Sheridan & Estes.

Callers report that they saw two male blacks (one of whom, was wearing a red shirt & blue shorts), running from the scene, toward the beach. Another suspect (wearing a black t-shirt), was seen running east-bound on Estes.

Police have stopped a suspect at the Loyola field house.

Witnesses report that the suspects were shooting at a white 4-door sedan that was in the gas station, and last seen heading south on Sheridan.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    So the only effective method of defense against gang violence is WINTER....

    @bigchibro, when doyou plan on playing the congas? Would like to stop by and say hello....

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Likely charged with UUW PLEAD out maybe serve 90 days. If juveniles even less.

8 hours ago

Updated 12 min ago

Divvy bike-share expansion delayed until spring

Looks like Divvy bikes won't be coming to Rogers Park till 2015

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-divvy-new-stations-bikes-met-0821-20140821-story.html

Chicago's Divvy bicycle-sharing program plans to add 175 stations and 1,750 bikes in the spring, the city will announce Thursday, a behind-schedule expansion that will extend the program as far north as Touhy Avenue and as far south as 75th Street.

The expansion, originally planned for this year, was delayed because of the bankruptcy of a company that supplied equipment to a Divvy contractor.

Montreal-based Public Bike System Co., or Bixi, announced in January that it was filing for bankruptcy protection...

Jun 12

Updated 24 min ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    I love hearing the crickets too, and seeing the fireflies in my garden is always a good show.

  • Magandang umaga po - Filipino

    Good day neighbors .

32 min ago

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51 min ago

Criminal justice system or is Tourism Chicago ' s biggest industry.

Both are huge. Tourism includes multiple honeypots like Navy Pier, pro sports venues the jobs it creates. Can the same be said for Chicagos criminal justice system.
Prisons like sports venues have a gate for attendance tracking. Players get contacts and sentences depending on what side of this debate you interpret the word "player".

More parallels agents, lawers and favorite destinations favored by both.

15 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

wood floor repairs

I'm looking to have my wood floors repaired and hoping to get some recommendations on local options. Any suggestions?

24 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Being in a Gang is not illegal.

I was informed by the Alderman's office the other day that being in a violent street gang is not illegal. This would be one of the reasons it has gotten so bad. The police may know who these guys are, know where they live and hang out, but have their hands tied until something like a shooting actually happens. Unfortunately, by then it is too late. Apparently, being in a violent street gang is protected under the constitution's first amendment...

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I was informed by the Alderman's office the other day that being in a violent street gang is not illegal. This would be one of the reasons it has gotten so bad. The police may know who these guys are, know where they live and hang out, but have their hands tied until something like a shooting actually happens. Unfortunately, by then it is too late. Apparently, being in a violent street gang is protected under the constitution's first amendment - Freedom of Assembly. I'm sure when that was written, this is exactly what they had in mind - protecting thugs who plot to commit crimes and violent acts destabilizing the neighborhood. Does this amendment also protect terrorist cells? Because that's another group that is just getting a bad rap in this country. Maybe we should make it harder for the police to arrest them too.

  • Dave CPS Teacher

    The key to preventing gang affiliation is to provide other economic opportunities in the areas they proliferate in. Certain members of our community have been left out of the American Dream for one reason or another - mostly racism - and as long as these community members see gangs as...

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    The key to preventing gang affiliation is to provide other economic opportunities in the areas they proliferate in. Certain members of our community have been left out of the American Dream for one reason or another - mostly racism - and as long as these community members see gangs as the only viable option for making a decent amount of money, gangs will continue to thrive.
    It is also important to realize that not all gang members are people who chose to join the gang. Gangs are like protection rackets. If you live in a particular area and don't accept the invitation to join, you put yourself very seriously at risk. How can you make being a member of a gang illegal, if the penalty for not joining can be serious injury or death?
    It is the gang that runs this city that is most dangerous, as they continue to do nothing to address the root causes of gang affiliation. Adding more police is, to some extent, just an escalation of the war. Until we address the causes, we will continue to see the effects.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Prohibition is greatest gang funding mechanism.

18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Parking spot in east Rogers Park near Touhy&Sheridan?

hello! i am looking to rent ANY sort of parking spot for one small car near Touhy and Sheridan. covered or uncovered - doesn't matter to me! anywhere near that area, within a few blocks. would be greatly appreciated!

19 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Found Bicycle, Stolen?

I found a bicycle dumped in the alley last night by some garbage cans. I left it for a few hours to see if it was still there at midnight. It was so I brought it in for the night knowing salvage junkers would take it in the a.m. After having a good look at it today, I'm pretty sure it was ditched because it is no longer functional. The reason I suspect it was previously stolen is because of...

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I found a bicycle dumped in the alley last night by some garbage cans. I left it for a few hours to see if it was still there at midnight. It was so I brought it in for the night knowing salvage junkers would take it in the a.m. After having a good look at it today, I'm pretty sure it was ditched because it is no longer functional. The reason I suspect it was previously stolen is because of its condition. Rear break broken at handle, rear wire and pad. Left peddle mutilated. Tires (tubes?) pretty flat. Chain is off and hasn't been maintained. There are other scrapes dings and bruises that show signs of neglect and abuse. So it looks like the bike served its purpose and was subsequently abandoned. Picture below, it is a men's 26" Magna, Great Divide Style, 21 Speed. Besides needing some work, it looks like a decent bike.

So, is there a lost/stolen bike registry or some place where I can go to find its owner? I don't quite know what to do in this situation. If I don't find the owner I might take it to Robert's Cycle to have it fixed and give it to someone in need. Thoughts?

  • Alissa C Professional Organizer, Cat Lady, Fab Baker

    Try bikeindex.org.

  • Chicago.stolenbike.org could be a good place to check too

  • You might be able to donate to Loyola ChainLinks if you don't find the owner. They'll fix it up and rent for students. Or, you may be able to work with them on a lower price for repairs to donate later...

2 hours ago

Trucks from RP running on LSD?

Every day this week in the early morning before the real rush hour, as I leave our neighborhood to go downtown I have noticed dump trucks driving from our neighborhood down Sheridan Road and they are getting on Lake Shore Drive southbound going past the Michigan Avenue exit. I am on the phone w/311 now but who is doing this? It is Loyola? I saw an empty trailer drive down by the college this morning, but I can't figure out...

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Every day this week in the early morning before the real rush hour, as I leave our neighborhood to go downtown I have noticed dump trucks driving from our neighborhood down Sheridan Road and they are getting on Lake Shore Drive southbound going past the Michigan Avenue exit. I am on the phone w/311 now but who is doing this? It is Loyola? I saw an empty trailer drive down by the college this morning, but I can't figure out if it is this or maybe the Pritzker Parking Garage? This morning I even saw two on LSD going northbound. I really don't enjoy having big semis pull up behind me on Lake Shore Drive. Their plates are marked "ST" which is for Semi Trailer, but it has been too dark to read any company info on their doors. Only one today had a name on it's trailer part - Magnum. Be careful driving out there.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Call me a racist, but......

A big part of the outbreak of violence in Rogers Park is caused by landlords who do not carefully screen or monitor their tenants.

.....Bad buildings house these criminals.

.....Bad buildings offer them a place to hide.

.....Bad buildings store their guns and bullets.

We need to make a list of these bad buildings.

The greedy landlords need to be taken to Housing Court.

.....Hefty fines may encourage them to be a responsible landlord.

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Is there...

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A big part of the outbreak of violence in Rogers Park is caused by landlords who do not carefully screen or monitor their tenants.

.....Bad buildings house these criminals.

.....Bad buildings offer them a place to hide.

.....Bad buildings store their guns and bullets.

We need to make a list of these bad buildings.

The greedy landlords need to be taken to Housing Court.

.....Hefty fines may encourage them to be a responsible landlord.

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Clarification needed :

Is there a limit on how many " Section 8 Voucher Holders "
can live in a particular building ?

There is a new term for the old " Section 8 " program.

Does anyone know the new name of this rent assistance program ?
.......

It has been suggested that certain greedy landlords pack
their building with Section 8 tenants.

.....No background check or references required.
........Just show a voucher and you are in.

I realize that many Section 8 Voucher Holders are decent
people who are trying to improve their living conditions.

But, many gang members live / hang out in the apartments
of the Voucher Holder.

If CHA ( ? ) would limit how many vouchers can occupy
a building, maybe that building would not be a gang clubhouse.

If CHA would more aggressively monitor the buildings where
their clients live, conditions would improve.

If a landlord is not responsible ( allows anti-social behavior ),
CHA should revoke his license to house Section 8 tenants.

Bad landlords are only interested in getting more money.
........( at the neighbors' expense ? )

Hit them where it hurts.

.....Take away their inflated rent income.
.....Hit them with hefty Housing Court fines.

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    CHA does background checks on everyone 18+ in the household and violent or drug-related offenses disqualify a household (often permanently). The problem is landlords who turn their backs on households who have someone not on the voucher living in a household illegally (often a boyfriend of the voucher holder) who was not screened and does have a criminal record.

  • C.H.A. :....ENFORCE THE RULES.

    .....Your laxity is causing dangerous conditions for all of us.

    .....Clean-up your properties.

    .....Your tenants ( and their neighbors ) deserve better.

40 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

National Guard

When are we going to bring in the National Guard to fight the gangs? I think it's clearly time. What do you think?

7 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Deadly Mosquitoes Invade West Rogers Park

A woman in her 70s who lives in West Rogers Park was diagnosed with the city's first case of West Nile virus, officials said. Of the more than one hundred victims last year, around ten percent died. Technicians will be spraying Zenivex to poison the mosquitoes. You should stay indoors and close your windows while spraying is underway as an extra precaution, city officials said. Be careful because one bite can kill you. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140819/norwood-park/city-spray-far-northwest-side-for-mosquitoes-wednesday

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    We don't have air conditioning, and I have asthma. Here's hoping the poisonous spray stays away from me!

7 hours ago

34 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Navy vet looking for work

Hey my friend just got out of the Navy and is looking for a job in the restaurant/bar/pet industry. She has 10 years experience as a waitress and can handle two large pitbulls. Does anyone need good help from an armed forces veteran?

  • HI Christopher,
    Can you have her contact me? I need pet care for two dogs. She can email at vishnel@gmail.com
    Thanks!

  • Unfortunately I have no job for your friend, but I wish her the best of luck! Our vets deserve utmost respect snd support - thank her from me for her service!

  • Craigslist. That is all.

37 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Thank you SO much for the alert of animal abuse

Dear friend: This is a really valuable post. Here is a suggestion: as hard as it may be
to watch, try keeping out of sight and follow this horrible person home. Get an address.
Then, you can have better leverage when you put in your complaint. There are plenty
of animal advocates out there that will be happy to rescue this dog - Pit Bulls take a
really bad rap, most of the time. I wonder why?
Signed:
Emily
Rescue Director
Madison, WI

  • What I don't understand is all these people that have seen this guy abusing this dog and no one has taken a photo. Who doesn't have a cell phone these days?

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Who doesn't call the cpd?

Aug 02

Updated 14 hours ago

What About O'Connor?

There is a lot of discussion of Joe Moore on Rogers Park Everyblock - but a few of us in Rogers Park are in the 40th Ward, and our alderman is Patrick O'Connor. While I often disagree with Moore's votes in the City Council, he does have some redeeming qualities in terms of benefiting our community. O'Connor, as far as I can tell, not only rubber stamps anything Emanuel wants, but seems to be pretty much invisible to all but the real estate developers here.

If any of you know of anything O'Connor has done to benefit the non-wealthy people of our community, or have opinions, either for or against O'Connor's policies, I would be interested in hearing them.

Thanks.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Need claims: "Racist just because Chicago City Council was divided along racial lines? They were no more or less "racist" than the balance of Chicago City Council which was radically obedient to Harold Washington." No, they were divided along philosophical lines. The old boys network was just fine with replacing Harold with another black who would do their bidding. Our alderman, David Orr, was not the only white supporter of Harold. He had the other Lakefront Liberals. O'Connor was not one of them.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    Anyone who knows about the workings of the Harold Washington coalition knows that there were many factions within that coalition. There were progressive Black, Latino and White groups and a retrograde group of self-promoting folks focused on their own economic and political advancement linked to a mission to create a...

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    Anyone who knows about the workings of the Harold Washington coalition knows that there were many factions within that coalition. There were progressive Black, Latino and White groups and a retrograde group of self-promoting folks focused on their own economic and political advancement linked to a mission to create a core of wealthy Black businessmen tied to a loyal group of political representatives. The later group became allies of the old Daley corporate and financial elite once Washington died and the coalition splintered.

    Washington tried to move things in a more progressive direction but was met with strong resistance from the mostly White elite and the more conservative members of his own coalition, which he always had to keep at bay. After his death the local Black elite who were not committed to community or progressive reform as much as they were to increasing their wealth allowed for the reconstitution of the machine but with new benefits for themselves.

    While I do not agree with much of Obama's policies, he is the lesser of evils. The blueprint for White obstructionism as a reaction to the rise of a Black politician could have been drafted in Chicago. There was an attempt in Illinois to transfer city political power to the White caretakers downstate (This bears some resemblance to what is occurring right now in Michigan). The use of systematic racism is heavily weighted in the direction of the economic, mostly White elite because they have the power to utilize it to its full effect and have strong economic reasons to wield this strategic weapon of divide and conquer.

    We members of the hoi polloi can only exercise "our rights" to partake in the lavish consumption of the social opiates of prejudice and ignorance, which allows us to be manipulated and controlled and the game goes on and on...

15 hours ago

Looking for third roommate

My friend from the Navy found a place and she needs a third roommate to occupy this three bedroom. It is at Clark and Pratt and would be perfect for a student. Must love dogs and lots of storage space. It will be mostly furnished, you would just need bedroom stuff. Can easily do a short term sublet for a student. Contact solraki3@yahoo.com if interested.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Moving

Well for about the last year I've been considering a move back to RP after being gone for many years...I see thru here that East of Ashland has just gotten worse and Jonquil Terr has maintained the same reputation it always has back then ..BAD. Really a shame because at the sametime there seems to be other good things that go on ,neighborhood events that didn;t happen when I lived there....good things.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Eoj, your "sketchy" is probably the area I love most. There's no place in RP where I wouldn't walk by myself.

  • I work in a town called Wareham ad you would not believe the heroin and crime in this Cape town...So I am not looking for perfect, RP has more community events than they did when I lived there

15 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Were those gunshots at Leone Beach at 5:05pm?

Sure sounded like shots fired, I hope it was just fire works.

  • Whoa im steps from the
    beach and guard shack. If there was shots there is a camera On touhy.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

  • Paco you recovered in your second post.Well put.

    Side note ..didn't the L'K's kill that store owner on Estes behind the old China hut? He was nice his whole family was kind. RIP

  • Kyros C. New York Native - Loving Rogers Park & Edgewater

    Bigchibro:
    I remember that case very well - it stunned the whole neighborhood, all of whom could only describe the victim as a very friendly and generous person:

    At 9:30am, on Sunday, August 3, 2003, Subhaschandra Joshi, 53, was shot to death inside his store "Stop-N-Buy", at 1744 W. Estes (in the convenience store, that is now called "Mike's Neighborhood".

    I don't know if the robbery was gang-related, or if the robber was ever apprehended, but it was a terrible loss of a valued member of our community.

16 hours ago

Condo for Sale

I love the diverse RP neighborhood but a job opportunity has recently relocated me east.
Now we must sell the condo we have called home for several years. The real estate market has been pretty quiet, so we are trying different avenues to reach interested persons.

MOTIVATED SELLERS for 3 bedroom, 2 bath recent-rehab duplex in great location, right across from park. 1 main floor bedroom, perfect for office. 2 lower level bedrooms and full bath with privacy from main living space. Beautiful kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors throughout. Included washer/dryer in unit. 2 year new roof in well-maintained building. All this in walking distance to 3 train lines and tons of beach access.

http://www.koenigrubloff.com/homes-for-sale/IL/Chicago/60626/1647-W-Sherwin-Avenue-UNIT-1-121295716

4 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Chihuahua Running loose right now

a small tan girl with pink collar has been running the streets now for a couple hours between wolcott and damen and greenleaf and estes. tried to catch her several times but she is scared and wondering. just wanted to see if anyone knows who she is and where she lives. Thanks Holly

  • holly homeowner rogers park

    Hi everybody! Candy is home now and safe and sound (she was safe too with the awesome, caring foster family who took her in while she was missing). Apparently her family was out of town and a friend was doggy sitting and at some point they were in the car...

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    Hi everybody! Candy is home now and safe and sound (she was safe too with the awesome, caring foster family who took her in while she was missing). Apparently her family was out of town and a friend was doggy sitting and at some point they were in the car and when the door opened, Candy jumped out and was on the run as fast as a jack rabbit and disappeared.
    It was nice for us to see the neighborhood response to the importance of catching her and the continued hope that she would be returned home. Rogers Park residents surely care very much about theirs and others pets.
    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU on Everyblock for your help and concerns!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    What good news. Thanks for letting us know.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest- Thank you Rogers Park!

Thanks to our generous and community-spirited sponsors for making this annual event possible. Thanks to the fan-freakin'-tastic artists and musicians for sharing their talent with us. Thanks to our glorious Rogers Park food and beverage vendors, showing off the delights you can come back and eat again any day of the week (only indoors at their restaurants)! And thanks to YOU for coming out and joining us for the fun. Did you take any pictures? We hope you will send us some!

GAAF Planning Committee

Glenwoodave.org

  • I love the GAAF! I look forward to it every year. A great job by the organizers. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    This year's fest was the best. I especially liked the crowd that was filled with many of the faces of RP as well as those from other areas. But only in Pilsen have I ever felt a sense of community in Chicago like I did at this year's GAAF event....

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    This year's fest was the best. I especially liked the crowd that was filled with many of the faces of RP as well as those from other areas. But only in Pilsen have I ever felt a sense of community in Chicago like I did at this year's GAAF event. I also thought the festival was well attended without it being overwhelming.

    I tried to attend Market Street Days on Halsted Street this year, and it was just too crowded and a ripoff at a "suggested" but highly pressured admissions price of $10. This bothered me for a couple of reasons. The cost keeps out those who cannot afford it and compromises the diversity and welcoming community atmosphere. The proceeds used to go to AIDS related organizations but that no longer seems to be the case. Besides, charging people to come in and spend their money seems outrageous to me. And, in addition, I was told they would have to search my bag. I have had to cope with this at airports and the occasional unwarranted frisk by the cops, but I found having to be searched for walking down a city street was too much. I turned around and left.

    The GAAF was just the right atmosphere. No one was kept out. And I spent a good amount of money there on what I wanted to spend it on (gifts for friends and relatives). The music and stage acts were entertaining and of high quality. Great event.

38 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Found - Gray Cat - Ashland/Juneway/Jonquil

I found a gray kitty Monday evening in our building courtyard meowing away.
Please forward a picture if you are missing your baby.
Kitty is safe inside my home and have an appt with a vet Thursday to verify microchip status.

  • Saw signs about a mile away for a missing grey kitty. Will find number and post so you can get in touch.

  • Thanks for all you are doing, Susan. I hope Ann is able to help you get this kitty home!

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    You can bring it to the local police station for scanning. They have chip scanners as well and you don't have to wait for an appointment.

23 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Join Fellow Pork Lovers at First Annual Rogers Pork Event at Jarvis Square

Sponsored by the businesses of Jarvis Square, “Rogers Pork” spotlights local food, local music, and local artists with proceeds supporting Youth Empowerment Performance Project Saturday, August 23, 2014 Noon to 8 PM Jarvis Square Intersection of West Jarvis Avenue (7400 N) and North Greenview Avenue (1500 W) Right off of the Jarvis Red Line Stop R Public House and Towbar will be providing their delicious pork and BBQ specials. Amazing Kale will also be cooking their delicious vegetarian grubs. Live bands all day - 12PM to 8/9PM 12-12:45 Blue Shag 1:00-2:00 Straight Ethyl 2:30-3:30 Amy Kelly Band 4:00-5:00 John B Group 5:30-6:30 Heeby Jeebys 7:00-8/9:00 DJ Psycho Bitch2014_08_23_Rogers_Pork.pdf[where: ]

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    Sounds like fun!!! Thanks Renee ;)

22 hours ago

Police Commander Waldera Provides Update on Previous Week's Activities

Below is a link to 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera's latest report on the activities and accomplishments of his 24th District police officers:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154528_322.htm

5 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Who will be our next mayor?

The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last...

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The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last year to a current low of 35 percent.

Rahm's approval ratings are sinking fast. Preckwinkle is out of the race. Karen Lewis' ratings have improved, and so has Fioretti's. Who would be the best choice for our next mayor?
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rahm-emanuel-job-approval-ratings-chicago-tribune-poll-271262221.html#ixzz3AYhN7YZa
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  • And it looked to me like the alderboy got smacked for being a liar. Who votes for a liar? Rham's buddies?

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    St. Iggy Pop really (or is it Reilly?) is going Bananas over the babblings of the Bodacious Poopless Gordonians.

44 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Condo Association cleaning and/or snow removal

Hello neighbors. I live in an 8 unit self-managed condo building. We are looking for a new cleaning service for common areas and someone for snow removal this winter. Any recommendations and idea of rates would be appreciated.

  • Jim Edgewater glen Realtor

    Call Eric with Property Care 1. They handle all of the above & do a great job! 773-318-3260 or Robert - 773-551-1246. Tell them JIm referred you!

  • J&K Cleaning a local company family owned for 30 years.
    (773) 769-6330

24 hours ago

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41 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Calling all Rogers Park Artists and Designers: Design our new Bike Rack Logo

Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's...

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Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's Office of Budget and Management, which has final discretion over the funding of City infrastructure projects, did not approve the project, as it had serious concerns about the cost of the racks as well as insurance and oversight issues.

Instead, the City's Budget Office approved my request to use the money allocated for the artistic bike racks to install nearly 100 of the traditional City bike racks throughout our neighborhood. The City's Budget Office also agreed to my request to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks that will be located at several community gateways and high traffic spots.

I'm looking for Rogers Park artists and designers to come up with ideas for the logo design.

Several Chicago neighborhoods use custom logos on their bike racks to build community identity, improve the look of commercial streets, and add a little local creativity to an otherwise purely functional object on the public way. For some examples of bike racks from the Uptown, Wicker Park/Bucktown and Lakeview neighborhoods, see the photos posted below.

The competition is open to any Rogers Park artists or designer. You must either live in Rogers Park or have a studio in Rogers Park (defined as the area bound by the Evanston border on the north, Devon Avenue on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and Western Avenue on the West)

For full details, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154516_322.htm#PB

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Perhaps the designs in line to be chosen should be run by some cyclists who will actually use the racks to make sure the concerns David raised are not an issue.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Bob Fuller on my staff who is coordinating this competition is an avid cyclist. We'll also ask organizations, such as the Active Transportation Alliance, to review the final designs for functionality.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Dog in Distress

A friend of mine who was watching my pets for a long weekend witnessed a very thin guy beating his pit bull in the parking lot next to the former Morseland around 10:30pm Thursday night. She could hear him referring to the dog as "Aden." The dog was so terrified that he was slithering on his belly and my friend was feeling too vulnerable to confront him. I'm pretty sure that I've read about this guy on EveryBlock. A call...

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A friend of mine who was watching my pets for a long weekend witnessed a very thin guy beating his pit bull in the parking lot next to the former Morseland around 10:30pm Thursday night. She could hear him referring to the dog as "Aden." The dog was so terrified that he was slithering on his belly and my friend was feeling too vulnerable to confront him. I'm pretty sure that I've read about this guy on EveryBlock. A call to the Anti-Cruelty society revealed that they would send an investigator out if anyone can furnish the guy's address, nature of the abuse, and their (the complainant's) name and phone number. This would be a more effective way to go than the police or animal control. Does anyone know where this guy lives? I'm willing to call if anyone is uncomfortable about using his or her name. In the meantime, here's the link to the Anti-Cruelty Society: abuse@anticruelty.org. Thanks

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Call 911. I once saw a guy in a wheel chair punch his dog with his fist. Flagged down a cop who went after him. :-(

  • Bellaisteps Native north sider

    If anyone spots this person, perhaps you can use a smart phone to record the incident. and then report it to Anti-Cruelty & CPD.

30 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

31 hours ago

Need AC and antique frame repaired

I have two household in need of repair. One is a built-in air conditioner that suddenly zonked out. The other is an antique, wood frame that has a crack in it. I'd like to find a skilled craftsperson to glue the crack, and someone to look at the air conditioner. If the AC needs to be replaced, I can accept that. It would be great if it could be got working again. The frame can't be replaced. If it's not a neighborhood business or entrepreneur, that's OK.

35 hours ago

A heartwarming sight at weekend art fest

Just wanted to share a sight that still warms my heart some days later. At the art fest, there was this incredible woman who had purchased a "doggy stroller," not unlike a baby carriage, for her elderly black lab - very grizzled with the kindest, most expressive eyes I've ever seen. This 13-year-old dog, unable to navigate on his own, was able to greet people, inhale an exciting potpourri of smells, lounging in the comfort of his special carriage. Everybody with an aging dog should check these out!
Emily, an avid dog lover

4 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Where can you get a healthy breakfast in Rogers Park?

Chime in - when you want to go out and eat a healthy breakfast in Rogers Park, where do you go?

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Dunkin Donuts egg white flatbread breakfasts are made with all natural food and are very good.

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Between friends we know what 'natural' means. Over the years, business interests have watered down this standard to mean basically nothing of value when applied to food and food business. 'USDA Organic' is another standard that still means something, but attacks on this too have occurred. In about 5 year...

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    Between friends we know what 'natural' means. Over the years, business interests have watered down this standard to mean basically nothing of value when applied to food and food business. 'USDA Organic' is another standard that still means something, but attacks on this too have occurred. In about 5 year imo, just about when critical mass and organic meet, 'organic' will be industry-compromised to mean about what 'natural' means today. I blame President O'bama for his appointment especially to the FDA, a former Monsanto exec.

    Meanwhile, USDA Organic rules. A better choice is to know your farmer and directly support your farmer(s). Even if they can't afford or choose to not get certified in the organic std. This is where the 'best', 'good-est' and 'healthiest' food comes from.

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Back to School Event

There was more going on in RP on Saturday than the Arts Festival. This annual Back-to-School event was held at the RP police station:

http://abc7chicago.com/education/safe-chicago-coalition-provides-school-supplies-in-rogers-park/265722/

On the news tonight, I spotted the Beat Facilitator for 2431 helping out but the video is not on the website. Thanks, John, and the other volunteers!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    John: " And I am cuter too......" `:-)

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Pension Pat was our Captain America and Super Man all wrapped up in one.

5 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Recommendations for playgroup-part-time preschool?

Looking for a playgroup/preschool setting to send my toddler one day a week. Any recommendations?

  • There is a great Mary Cranes Center at Morse and Ashland. It is tucked back to the right of the church steps, you can see the entrance to the playground.

  • Melissa, thanks so much -appreciate it! Mine is too young now but great option for later!

43 hours ago

People who felt like they were a part of their community had lower risk of heart attack

Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)

The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women.

The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into difficulty, and if they trusted most...

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Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says
By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)

The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly two-thirds were women.

The participants were asked to rate how much they felt like they were part of their neighborhood, if their neighbors were friendly and would help them if they got into difficulty, and if they trusted most of their neighbors. Collectively, this is known as neighborhood social cohesion.

During the four years of follow-up, 148 (66 women and 82 men) had a heart attack. People who had reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion were less likely to suffer a heart attack, the study found.

Specifically, a single unit increase in neighborhood social cohesion was associated with a 17 percent reduced risk of heart attack, according to the findings published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The reduced heart attack risk associated with higher levels of perceived neighborhood social cohesion remained even after the researchers took other factors into account.

The results support other studies that found a connection between living in good neighborhoods and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. However, while the study found an association between the two, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

"Perceived neighborhood social cohesion could be a type of social support that is available in the neighborhood social environment outside the realm of family and friends," Eric Kim, from the department of psychology at the University of Michigan

The findings suggest that tight-knit neighborhoods may help encourage so-called cohesive behaviors and help prevent antisocial behaviors, the authors said in a journal news release.

SOURCE: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, news release, Aug. 18, 2014

46 hours ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Greenview and North Shore arrest

Plain clothes officers arrested someone in the alley behind the courtyard apartment near the corner. It all happened in the alley. How do residents find out what happened? Is there a police report website?

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    You find out by attending a CAPS meeting, or at least contacting your CAPS facilitator

  • Here's some info for contacting CAPS to give or get info:

    http://caps24.org/

    24th District Court Advocacy meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.

    Call the District Community Relations Office 312.744.6321.

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Sign removal

I was sorry to hear the Alderman bowed to the complaints of what was described as a "few neighbors" who wanted the historic Old Style beer sign replaced at Cuneen's on Devon. This is a commercial strip-what is the problem with an old beer sign that has some history to it? Years from now we will be sorry for these "improvements." I like driving around and seeing places that look like they did 30 or more years ago. Maybe in this case the Ward could have asked the entire neighborhood how they felt. If everyone wants such gentrification everywhere, I will shut up and live with my memories.

  • Of all the BS going on in Rogers Park, the sign at Cuneen's is a priority? I overheard at the Newgard yardsale that Joe Moore was asked why the no bicycling on the sidewalk law isn't enforced by a gentleman of a certain age (probably not so spry when it comes to dodging them). Moore's response was that they had bigger fish to fry. This stupidity is one of those fish?

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    Too bad about the sign. I have seen others around the neighborhood. I like them, & don't even like beer!

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Farwell and Ashland

I did my own drive-by through this intersection this morning.

Here is what I saw:
Young woman running with headphones in full jogging attire.
Old lady with an iPhone not paying attention to he surroundings.
Man walking two dogs.
Other woman walking her dog.
Mother at bus stop with stroller and baby.
Several young people in business casual on their way to work.
A nice neighborhood with nice-looking people.

What I didn't see:
Anything bad.

Thought this was just as...

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I did my own drive-by through this intersection this morning.

Here is what I saw:
Young woman running with headphones in full jogging attire.
Old lady with an iPhone not paying attention to he surroundings.
Man walking two dogs.
Other woman walking her dog.
Mother at bus stop with stroller and baby.
Several young people in business casual on their way to work.
A nice neighborhood with nice-looking people.

What I didn't see:
Anything bad.

Thought this was just as much news as some of the other stuff going on here. Most people on here asking about the hood seem genuine. The responders, I am not so sure. I think there are some people posting on this site just to make the neighborhood sound worse than it really is. I cannot figure out why that is.

  • On a positive note. Spent a couple of hours on morse, doing laundry, going to the market, etc.. I saw friendly cops on every corner, apparently just making their pressence known. I felt quite safe.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    I agree Rob - reading many of the responders on EB and I wonder what they are talking about and what neighborhood they are talking about since their negativity doesn't mesh with my reality of the neighborhood. And again not perfect but not the hellhole many people are trying to make RP out to be. Then again, don't know the personalities other than their consistent negative, hysterical posts but have a feeling these consistent "sky is falling" posters would not be happy in Eden.....

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Please advise re: buying condo at Farwell and Greenview

Hello--I just put a bid on a condo at Farwell and Greenview--and it was accepted. I'm supposed to hand over my earnest money tomorrow. It's a lovely condo--but I'm getting really freaked out after reading here about all of the gunfire on Farwell & Ashland and Farwell and Greenview. I currently rent in Lincoln Square, where I feel completely safe (even at 3 pm, walking alone--have lived here for 11 years), but I can't afford to buy in LS--and I'm attracted to lots about RP: the beach, the farmer's marketing, cafes, (mostly) friendly people. But is it suicidal for me to buy in this area of RP? Please advise. Thank you!

  • Lauren, I would say that particular corner is fine to rent in, and isn't particularly dangerous, but you should not buy a property there. Property values will be suffering for a long time because of the shootings that have been going on. There are a few bad buildings on that...

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    Lauren, I would say that particular corner is fine to rent in, and isn't particularly dangerous, but you should not buy a property there. Property values will be suffering for a long time because of the shootings that have been going on. There are a few bad buildings on that corner run by slummy landlords that have no concern for the property values of others.

    Unless you're getting some kind of insane deal on the place (like $50k), do your future self a favor and don't do it. You'll just be throwing your money away and will be stuck living there in the future when you get tired of the crime.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I have a friend who owns right there and she doesn't feel unsafe, and neither do I. She, I and others have concerns over the overall increase in violence this summer. It feels like a bigger issue than just this one corner. If you're in it for the long haul,...

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    I have a friend who owns right there and she doesn't feel unsafe, and neither do I. She, I and others have concerns over the overall increase in violence this summer. It feels like a bigger issue than just this one corner. If you're in it for the long haul, you'll probably come out ahead. This area will probably be getting better over the coming years, is my guess. But you have to weigh that with, do you feel comfortable enough dealing with the area in the near term. No clear answers, just things you have to consider and decide on your own.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Noted Police Presence Around Rogers Park and School

I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out...

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I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out and definitely had probable cause to pull him over. My feeling is that they are looking for something bigger. I'm just not sure what it is. I have seen a lot of youngsters in packs on bikes riding around the park too. Does anybody know if something has happened? Also, make a full stop at the signs or you'll be pulled over.

  • Oh, okay! Your post seemed like there was some hidden reason for the increase in patrol.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    The park has had several arrests for drug sales over the last 20 years, including heroin.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Really. How's RP?

So, the rent on my apartment in Edgewater was raised significantly this year. I need to cut costs and would like to hear from people who live in RP. What's your take? Do you feel safe? Are there areas to avoid? Any insider tips? What about restaurants, coffee houses, culture? What do you recommend? I'd love to hear from you to help make a better decision. I'm finding RP doesn't have the best reputation but I want the real scoop.

  • CPinRP A Rogers Park neighbor since 2006

    I've lived here for a number of years and feel that there is a great community of people who far outweigh the threats of gangs. It is important to realize that violent crime is actually down from years past (check out the bottom of this link to see trends: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chi.../community/rogers-park...

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    I've lived here for a number of years and feel that there is a great community of people who far outweigh the threats of gangs. It is important to realize that violent crime is actually down from years past (check out the bottom of this link to see trends: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chi.../community/rogers-park - July of 2006 had 74 violent crimes and this past july had 36. Rogers Park ranks 36th (tied) among Chicago's 77 community areas for violent crime reports in the last 30 days.) There is far more intrinsic good in RP (the lake, the larger condos for less $$) than bad.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I've been here a year and a half and I like it just fine. Love being near the lake and I really loved having to walk only a block to enjoy the Art Fest.
    I don't walk around alone in the middle of the night, but I also didn't do that when I lived in the country in Wisconsin.

2 days ago

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