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Moving to Cragin

Hi, everyone!

I'm so excited to have found this website. I grew up in the NW suburbs and am moving back to the area after seven years in Columbus and Philadelphia, come the end of May. I'll be living around Belmont and Laramie. (I was under the impression that it was considered in Portage Park, but it seems to be listed as Cragin here on EveryBlock!)

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and ask for any tips and suggestions...

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Hi, everyone!

I'm so excited to have found this website. I grew up in the NW suburbs and am moving back to the area after seven years in Columbus and Philadelphia, come the end of May. I'll be living around Belmont and Laramie. (I was under the impression that it was considered in Portage Park, but it seems to be listed as Cragin here on EveryBlock!)

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and ask for any tips and suggestions for a person who is new to the neighborhood! What are the good places to eat or hang out? Where do you do your shopping? What should a new person know about this area?

Thanks so much :) Looking forward to being neighbors!

Jess

  • Deb R Fed-up

    Hi Jess, Welcome to the neighborhood, I've lived here 40+ years. Living at Belmont and Laramie, you have Bristol right on the corner. It's a Polish deli/liquor store. You can pick up most of your daily needs there, kind of a mini A&G's. Taco Burrito King (TBK) is on Belmont...

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    Hi Jess, Welcome to the neighborhood, I've lived here 40+ years. Living at Belmont and Laramie, you have Bristol right on the corner. It's a Polish deli/liquor store. You can pick up most of your daily needs there, kind of a mini A&G's. Taco Burrito King (TBK) is on Belmont & Long, a short walk west of Laramie. A cute, hidden gem is Mamma Mia on Belmont & Central, directly across from the parking garage on Central. All homemade Italian food and pizza. Service can be slow, but the place is so cute, you don't mind waiting. I think it's BYOB, call to be sure. There's a Dunkin' Donuts on Belmont near Cicero and one on Central and Barry. Also a Subway right on Belmont and Laramie. Any more questions, ask away. EB is a great place to get answers and suggestions.

  • Welcome! !!!
    I have lived in the area for quite some time. Very nice area but always be on guard for the bad Chicago element. Nice places to eat and shop are all around. A good ethnic mix!!

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Crime and grafitti in our neighborhood

I heard that Indian Boundary and some other neighborhoods petitioned for tax breaks on their homes due to declining property values (O'Hare Airport noise) and won their appeals. Maybe we should appeal our property taxes also on the same basis due to the graffiti that is all over our neighborhoods and crime too. There are homes in our area that are just not selling and this is most likely the reason. I also notice that Alderman Arena and Alderman Cullerton are active in their everyblock posts. Guess that our guys, Suarez and Reboyas are too busy.

  • Marty92 4- yr. resident

    Sounds like great idea. Our taxes just went up!!!

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35 shot in 36-hour span

About 4:10 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the 5400 block of West Diversey Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. He was wounded in the stomach and...

...a gunshot wound, police said. The man was shot in the right hand on the 5200 block of West Wellington Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood, police said. His condition had stabilized, said Sweeney...

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The fourth murder was also early Sunday, about 1:10 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The shooting victim, identified by the...

...victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Joshua Martinez of the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue, whose body lay on a sidewalk in front of the brick bungalow...

Two people were shot about 2:40 a.m. in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A 32-year-old...

About 2:30 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the forearm twice in the 1500 block of West 18th Place in the Pilsen neighborhood, police said. He was shot blocks from where two people were shot last night. The man was taken to the University of Illinois Hospital in good condition.

...m. a 28-year-old woman was shot in the head in the intersection of Grand and Kedzie avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. She was northbound...

About the same time in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Lawndale neighborhood, an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg, police said. He was walking with a group and fled at the sound of gunfire but realized he had been shot. He is in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 11:55 p.m., two people were shot in the 10000 block of South Crandon Avenue in the South Deering neighborhood on the South Side. A man and a woman, each...

A 30-year-old man was shot in the groin about 11:24 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Hubbard Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger hospital.

Someone shot a 26-year-old woman in the hip in the 5900 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood neighborhood about 11:10 p.m., Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector...

Three people standing on a sidewalk in Logan Square, near the intersection of North and Washtenaw avenues, were shot about 10:25 p.m., police said. Someone who passed by in...

...a 16-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg on the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue, in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, said News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.The shooting happened at...

At 4:55 p.m. a 30-year-old man was shot on the 400 block of West 126th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, said Sweeney. The man was shot in the left leg and was taken to Metro South Hospital in good condition, said Sweeney.

Aside from the 18 people shot, a 25-year-old man walked into Stroger hospital Saturday afternoon and said he was shot about 2 a.m. near 59th Street and Talman Avenue in Gage Park early Saturday morning. He was shot in the side but it's not clear why he delayed seeking medical attention.

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4 Dead, 33 Wounded in Weekend Chicago Violence

The man was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend in the 5400 block of West Diversey Avenue when someone intervened and shot him in the hand and torso, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

Police said the man was shot in the 5200 block of West Wellington Avenue but that the injury may have been self-inflicted.

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Around 2:40 a.m., a man and woman were standing behind a residence in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue when they heard shots and felt pain.

At 2:30 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the 1500 block of West 18 Place in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old man was found fatally shot in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place following an altercation outside his home.

Around 12:30 a.m., a woman was critically wounded in a shooting in the 900 block of North Kedzie Avenue.

Just before midnight Saturday, two men were seriously injured in a shooting in the 10000 block of South Crandon Avenue.

Twenty minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 4900 block of West Hubbard Avenue.

Around 10:25 p.m., three people were shot in an apparent drive-by shooting near the intersection of North and Washtenaw avenues.

Earlier Saturday evening, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the right leg in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, Sullivan said.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, a 30-year-old man was shot in an apparent drive-by in the 400 block of West 126th Street.

The man claimed he was shot around 2 a.m. near 59th Street and Talman Avenue while walking home from a friend’s house. The man said he was heavily intoxicated at the time and did not seek medical attention until later, Sullivan said.

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Blackhawk Park Next Door group

If you live in and around the Blackhawk Park area (Fullerton to Armitage, Cicero to Laramie), you are more than welcome to join the neighborhood Nextdoor group.

https://blackhawkpark.nextdoor.com/choose_address/

  • Alonso Born and raised in the Cragin neighborhood.

    Ignore the 8 day deadline. I talked to the main organizer for NextDoor a few days ago and she has lifted the deadline for ND's in her area. You can also post it on your FB page and see if others might join. Hopefully we get our 10 members quickly and can start making some much needed changes around here. :)

  • PetParent Founder of Pets Are Like Family

    I just joined the group, but it says the group will dissolve in like 8 days if we don't at least 6 more members by then. I signed up to have postcards sent to neighbors, but that won't be quick enough.. I don't have neighbor email addresses. Hope you can get some more folks on board.

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Lloyd Elementary School Parents and Potential Parents

I'd like to know more about our neighborhood school. Per CPS website, Lloyd is it. I'm in the 4900 block of west Altgeld. Are there any organized groups of parents or future parents of Lloyd students?

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Gang graffiti

Barry and Lockwood has been hit with lots of gang graffiti for the last few months. Please join me in reporting it to 311 or Ald. Juarez.

  • Deb R Fed-up

    Last time I checked it was Reboyas. Either way they are both useless.

  • Is Suarez is alderman for this street?

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