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DNA links suspect to attack of off-duty female Chicago cop

Cortes is awaiting trial on charges he grabbed a 22-year-old woman from behind as she left an XSport Fitness at 4677 N. Elston Ave. in February 2014. He is charged with sexual assault, allegedly assaulting her in the parking lot and courtyard after telling her he had a knife.

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The female officer, then 39, was jogging on the Sauganash Park bike path in the 5800 block of North Rogers Avenue about 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2013, when Cortes grabbed her neck from behind, said Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Karr.

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Empty Bowls at Lillstreet Art Center TONIGHT

5 to 8 pm. Pick out a handmade ceramic bowl to keep. All the soup you can eat, three kinds including vegetarian.

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Grace near Abbey Pub @ 11:00pm

Hey saw a lot of police activity on Grace near the Abbey Pub near my house. The police were looking for a man who they had a warrant for and I was wondering if any knew what it was in regards to.

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Consider fostering a dog.Chicago Animal Care and Control is 100% full!

Obtained from CACC Transfer FB Page

There were literally zero dog cages available for the strays, owner surrenders and confiscates the shelter is legally required to take in as they arrive. Most rescue groups that pull from CACC can only take as many pups as they have foster homes, adopters and financial support for. If you have ever considered fostering a CACC dog, now is the time.Visit this note for more info: http://tinyurl.com/wanttofoster

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CACC-Transfer-Team/226541667442185?sk=timeline

  • AJP

    How can we get City, County to allocate more money and space for the pound? it is underfunded and outdated.

  • Good question. I don't know but its something to think about. I wonder how we compare to other cities?

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Thinking of swapping out our small front lawn for a perennial garden. Advice?

Our front yard is quite shady and the small grass lawn has always struggled to survive. We're thinking of ripping it out in favor of a shade garden (hostas, ferns, sedge, hydrangeas, things like that). Has anyone done this? Have any advice?

  • We had so little room in front of our house that we did that section with nice bricks with a layer look effect. With a very large tree on city parkway blocking the sun from the front of the house all the plants were perennials and spring bulbs. Once summer...

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    We had so little room in front of our house that we did that section with nice bricks with a layer look effect. With a very large tree on city parkway blocking the sun from the front of the house all the plants were perennials and spring bulbs. Once summer comes we add in annuals for shade. I have a hydrangea however it's closer to the South part of front which faces west because hydrangeas need sunlight.

    So our front garden first blooms with tulips, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and some ground cover with purple flowers. At that time the Hydrangea starts budding and Corel bells, live forever flowers and hostas and hostas begin to grow. We top it off in summer with annuals for shade and end of summer mums.

    I love seeing perennials or any kind of flowers in front of houses!

  • Paula, we used Maureen:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/taylor-made-landscape-design-chicago
    She will give you great ideas for plants that will thrive in your garden and can also do soil prep (especially important for hard-packed parkway soil). She is a master gardener and former president of the Irving Park Garden Club

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERT. RESIDENTIAL - REMODEL OF EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY HOME - EXPAND SECOND FLOOR, NEW MASTER SUITE, REMODEL KITCHEN. CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION.

    4519 N. Lowell Ave. Issued April 8, 2015 Comment

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Updated Apr 09

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    Well there you go mid 400s hello in 2006 you had homes or townhomes that started at 600000 by irving Kilpatrick that were a sham to begin with and the old cable building was replaced with homes half ended in foreclosure or bank owned properties. ..not good..

  • Lynn OIP Resident / CPS Mom

    So instead of weighing in back and forth endlessly, I hope everyone attends the OIPA meeting to obtain more information and listen to the intentions of the developers.

Apr 09

Garage space wanted for summer

I'm Looking for a garage space from now Looking to store my classic car till it snows again at end of year, so I can access it on weekends etc. storage only no work will be done on car as it is fully restored. No leaks or issues with car. Old Irving park area Keeler/ Berteau preferred but surrounding areas ok.

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Moving Back to Chicago

Hi all!

Thoughts on living in Old Irving Park regarding safety? I've checked the crime blotter and it seems like typical Chicago stuff.

About me: I've lived in Chicago 10 years (left in August) and have lived in Uptown for 4 years 2005-2009 (totally fine, no incidents) and Portage Park from 2009-2014 but was actually robbed at gunpoint there near Chopin Park in "one of the cities safest neighborhoods" stated by plenty of news media outlets.

I'm fully aware that anything can happen anywhere in any part of the city, but just wanted a general consensus on the neighborhood from actual residents! Any areas to avoid?

Thanks so much!

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    Rainbow, the northwest side neighborhoods are usually a bit safer, but the biggest reason I'd say is that's where the largest concentration of Police and Fireman live. Edison Park and Norwood park are also where a lot of city employees reside (since they must live in Chicago if they work...

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    Rainbow, the northwest side neighborhoods are usually a bit safer, but the biggest reason I'd say is that's where the largest concentration of Police and Fireman live. Edison Park and Norwood park are also where a lot of city employees reside (since they must live in Chicago if they work for the city.) It's as close as they can get to the suburbs without actually living in the suburbs. My sister lives in Norwood park and on her block alone there are 7 police officers or detectives. Next block over 3 cops and 3 fireman. 2 blocks over another 4 cops, etc. You still aren't guaranteed you will never get robbed or mugged, but if you look at crime statistics in these areas they are much lower than other areas.

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    Come join us in the glen or edgebrook good neighborhood low crime good people!!!

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Updated Apr 07

Stray or Lost Dog?

While walking my dog near Irving Park and Kilbourn, we noticed a dog on the loose, sniffing around the trashcans near the alley. As we tried to get closer, he ran off into the alley behind Sabatino's. He appeared to be a pitbull mix with brown fur. We will try to keep on the look out if he appears again.

  • I believe so.

  • I was asking because my girlfriend found a pit mix yesterday. He hopped right into her car when she followed him. She ended up taking him to the police station and he was reunited with his owner.

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Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel.

From Alderman Laurino:

Dear Neighbor,

On Thursday, April 3rd my office hosted two public meetings to give an update on the Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel.

An afternoon meeting was held at Eugene Field Park Fieldhouse, the evening one at the Albany Park Branch Library. Since 2008, Albany Park has experienced two major floods that have affected hundreds of homes in the community.

I know how devastating these floods have been for Albany Park residents. It is essential to me...

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From Alderman Laurino:

Dear Neighbor,

On Thursday, April 3rd my office hosted two public meetings to give an update on the Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel.

An afternoon meeting was held at Eugene Field Park Fieldhouse, the evening one at the Albany Park Branch Library. Since 2008, Albany Park has experienced two major floods that have affected hundreds of homes in the community.

I know how devastating these floods have been for Albany Park residents. It is essential to me that we keep residents informed about the progress of the diversion tunnel. I want to thank the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for being at the ready with details as well as responding to community concerns.

I want to thank Mayor Emanuel, as our congressman he brought in FEMA to help those in need and as our mayor he has made the tunnel a reality.

The Stormwater Diversion Tunnel, is expected to cost upwards of $45 million and is currently in the project design phase. Work is anticipated to be completed by this summer when the city's Department of Transportation will put the tunnel construction work out for bid. Construction is expected to start by late summer or early fall with a tunnel project completion date of 2017.

Starting in Eugene Field Park, the drainage tunnel will extend for approximately one mile under Foster Avenue to the North Shore Channel. The tunnel will divert water during times of heavy rains and will not affect the river's water level in normal times.

My office will continue to update residents on the progress of this project. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call my office at 772-736-5595.

- Alderman Margaret Laurino

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Updated Apr 03

2-Flat to Single Family, where to start?

My husband and I are looking at a two-flat in the Old Irving neighborhood, and would like to de-convert to a SFH. The home was built in 1910 and looks like it was originally a SFH and sometime over the years was converted into two units. We'd like to bring it back to a single family. Current zoning is RT-4 and the block is a mix of large homes and flats. It is a foreclosure and in need of a...

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My husband and I are looking at a two-flat in the Old Irving neighborhood, and would like to de-convert to a SFH. The home was built in 1910 and looks like it was originally a SFH and sometime over the years was converted into two units. We'd like to bring it back to a single family. Current zoning is RT-4 and the block is a mix of large homes and flats. It is a foreclosure and in need of a lot of work. We're just starting out in the process of exploring this type of purchase/project and not sure where to begin. I've read mixed info that we should start with an architect, but others say we should first meet with a contractor. Has anyone gone through this process and can share their experience or tips on how to get started? Many thanks in advance.

  • HoneyBadger resident

    Our project was to double the size of our cape cod - we went up and out and down. I'd recommend going with an architect first. We did but erred in going with a contractor who had done a similar job in the neighborhood who brought us to a couple...

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    Our project was to double the size of our cape cod - we went up and out and down. I'd recommend going with an architect first. We did but erred in going with a contractor who had done a similar job in the neighborhood who brought us to a couple other houses he'd also done and came highly recommended by the neighbor. Mistake. Should have "interviewed" a couple more. In general, the job turned out ok - we expected great. Contractor often went for cheapest materials (to increase his profit). Thankfully, having had carpenters and bricklayers in my family in my youth, I quickly saw quality becoming an issue and had to constantly look over his shoulder and pay more than the GC originally bid to get him to upgrade windows to Pella, plumbing fixtures to Koehler, some doors to not-hollow ones, door hardware etc. Atop that, I came home one day to the (coked-out) electrician finishing up to find most of the switch plates on the second floor, shall we say, a bit off? Actually I could write a book - and miss that house (was there 30 years and raised 5 kids there) despite some headaches. My advice is to really investigate the GC.

    As an aside - when our GC did work down the block, he was Kings Construction Company. He "reincorporated" prior to doing our place as "McQueeny and Sons" did one more job in the area under another name......heard he then moved out of state. Bet he's in a nice big old house - heh heh.....I picture him sounding like Matthew McConaughey, rubbing his hands together sayin' 'Awriiiight Awriiiight Awriiiight".

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    Dave - sounds like an exciting project. We also went thru a multi-unit to SFH conversion of a 100 year old home. It's definitely a lot of work (working with banks to get construction loans, permits, architects, contractors, etc etc), but in the end you have something uniquely your own...

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    Dave - sounds like an exciting project. We also went thru a multi-unit to SFH conversion of a 100 year old home. It's definitely a lot of work (working with banks to get construction loans, permits, architects, contractors, etc etc), but in the end you have something uniquely your own and you preserved a little bit of history. Many folks in OIP have done this and we will throw you a parade for not knocking down a house :). Attaching some links to a recent converted two flat and a link to Derek DiSera's profile and number as this was his project. Very nice guy who lives in the OIP and he can probably give some advice on cost associated with the project so that you have an idea before you get too far. As with anything - "it depends". At some level, the basic construction is what it is...then you will have many choices that can drive costs (the more bathrooms the more $$, new appliances, cabinets, windows and the list goes on). Good luck!

    https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/3826-N-Lowell-Ave-60641/unit-2/home/13459305

    http://www.atproperties.com/agents/3672/derek-disera

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The Nadig Newspaper

Does anyone know the closest place to buy the paper in or near OIP?

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Updated Apr 02

Woodcraft Class at Merrimac & Shabbona Parks--Let's Make a Derby Car & Race!

Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family...

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Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family was simply blown away by the last year experience! The organization, the presentation, the children's output and the family turn-out was more than pleasing. It was way beyond our expectations. Thanks Mr. Joe and thanks Chicago Park District!

Currently, to my surprise, there are still registration spots available for woodcraft with Mr. Joe at both parks. I would like to encourage our local youth and their families to join this affordable, local program, teaching the life skill of carpentry. Like us, once you try it, you will be hooked and that is my promise!

Woodcraft with Mr, Joe is our local gem. Let's build it up and protect it.

Ages: ~7-10: https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98302

Ages: ~9-12:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98303

Ages: 18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98304

Ages: ~7-10:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98315

Ages: ~18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98317

Ages: ~10-13
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98316

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