19 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Sears won't survive past 2016?

Here is an excerpt from yesterday's article in Crain's Chicago

Fitch Ratings today downgraded Sears Holdings Corp.'s credit rating to CC from CCC, a move driven by the retailer's continuing decline in profitability and the rate at which it's burning through cash. The agency warned that Sears may not have enough funding to support operations beyond 2016.

If Sears goes down, what will happen to Six Corners? I don't love the big ugly building and rarely shop at Sears, but it'll be exponentially worse if the store closes.

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    What's unique about Sears is their Craftsman brand of tools and guarantees. I've had great service from the Kenmore appliances that I've purchased. I like the "Land's End" clothing line for plus size and tall women. The rest of their clothing not so much. I would miss Sears if they closed. I shop at the Target next to O'Hare. I probably wouldn't shop at one located in Six Corners.

  • @joanie,

    most craftsman tools used to be made in the usa, now most are made overseas. the lifetime warranty is not a big selling point as places like harbor freight and lowes offer similar warranties on their hand tool brands. actually more tool brands offer a warranty, but must be...

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    @joanie,

    most craftsman tools used to be made in the usa, now most are made overseas. the lifetime warranty is not a big selling point as places like harbor freight and lowes offer similar warranties on their hand tool brands. actually more tool brands offer a warranty, but must be sent in.

    in the old days I would break a socket go to sears and get another one right away. the last two times I went they were out of stock. I think one socket was a 13mm and the other a 1/2 to 3/8 adaptor. they had to order it online to take care of the warranty and it was shipped to me, but I needed the tools to finish the project. the 13mm I borrowed from a neighbor and the adaptor I got at harbor freight. my neighbor had a 1/2 socket break, same thing happened we walked over there, they did not have it and ordered it online and mailed it to him.

    I do like Kenmore and have a dishwasher that washes good, but the panel started coming apart after the warranty, you can't just buy the stick on panel part, it is the whole assembly for about $150, it will just have to look the way it does til it dies.
    Kenmore is not what it used to be thou.

    I used to shop for clothing at sears, but not so much anymore. I got some great long sleeve shirts last winter that was on clearance and used my shop your way points.

    sometimes they will have a sale plus a % off for ordering online that you can pick up in store and use your rewards points. I ended up getting a craftsman pole saw for like $14.

2 hours ago

Updated 15 min ago

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

The concrete stairs in front of my bungalow that lead to the front door started to crumble towards the sides on a few of the steps and i am hoping to have them repaired before the winter hits and hopefully in such a way that shoveling and salting them doesn't make them crumble again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone that could help fix our stairs?

  • Salt is bad for concrete and should be used sparingly. We had concrete done in Nov. one year and we were told to avoid using salt on it that first winter if at all possible because it needs to cure.

  • bellyer Portage Park homeowner, Beer Lover & Home Brewer

    Chitowngal - Were you told to avoid using *salt* or anything that melts ice period? Just curious because our stairs get really icy in the winter without using it.

    Cristobal - Thanks, I will check with Aztec Stone Design. We actually had a fair bit of stone work done around our house (building a retaining wall in the front garden and patio pavers in the back yard) with another company, but they have no recommendations for concrete people, so I'll check with them for sure.

Sep 05

Updated 1 hour ago

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant - YUM!

The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered -...

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The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered - tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, carne asada, enchiladas, and a few other items.

The waiter, George, introduced himself and brought us some chips with red and green salsas. They were both terrific. In fact, I could have eaten the green salsa with a spoon. Fresh, obviously homemade, not overly spicy, but just perfect.

I had the carne asada dinner and the hubby had the 2 taco dinner. Each came with rice and beans, and each was $4.99 (what a steal!).

It only took about 10 minutes for our order to come out, and everything was piping hot. My carne asada was super tender, and cooked to perfection. Mexican places sometimes have a habit of overcooking, but not tonight!

I tried both of the tacos the hubs had. One was steak, and it was terrific, but I was more surprised by the chorizo taco he had. I don't usually like chorizo because it's so greasy, but this one wasn't at all. It was actually really delicious.

The rice and beans were great, and we both (surprisingly) polished off our plates.

At the end of the meal, our total with a Coke and 2 full dinners plus tax came to just over $12. WHAT?! I've spent more than that at a fast food place!

To sum it up, I'll be back. I'll probably be back a lot. George was very nice, and asked us to please spread the word, so I'll be posting this review on Yelp as well. I was 100% satisfied (which, if you know me, you know isn't easy to accomplish).

I hope that you, as neighbors, will give this place a chance. They obviously worked hard to make this restaurant work, and they deserve a shot.

  • Went in for the $1 tacos. I think the $1 tacos are smaller then the regular tacos on other nights...unless my eyes were deceiving me! And you can never have enough cheese! They do charge $0.50 a taco for cheese. Might just go to Family Fruit Market and stock up on chiuchiu cheese and keep getting the $1 tacos though.

  • Hands On Tom Mayfair Resident

    How is the Amigo Chino at Lawrence and Austin?

24 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

New Habitat "ReStore" Opens Soon at Peterson & Pulaski!

The former Erickson Decorating building (at 6040 N Pulaski behind the BP station) is in the process of being beautifully renovated as this new ReStore location gets organized.

Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager, will welcome your (tax-deductible) donations of used or new building materials after mid-October, and says the store should be open for shoppers in early November.

Grand Opening is set for Saturday November 22! Anyone may shop and buy materials here, from a big and always changing assortment of...

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The former Erickson Decorating building (at 6040 N Pulaski behind the BP station) is in the process of being beautifully renovated as this new ReStore location gets organized.

Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager, will welcome your (tax-deductible) donations of used or new building materials after mid-October, and says the store should be open for shoppers in early November.

Grand Opening is set for Saturday November 22! Anyone may shop and buy materials here, from a big and always changing assortment of windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and hardware.

This is a great addition to the NW side, both as an environmental good thing and a fundraising engine for Habitat for Humanity's local building programs!
For updates on the ReStore Grand Opening, follow the Habitat For Humanity ReStore Chicago FB page. To volunteer leading up to and for the opening event itself, please contact the ReStore Manager at 773-539-6040 and for all other volunteer inquiries, shoot an email to volunteer@windycityhabitat.org.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I am SO excited about this! I drove all the way down to the Habitat store in Chinatown when I'm in the mood for a browse. I'm over the moon to see one open up nearby! Yay!!!

  • This is great! I need a wooden door so this will be my first stop for a browse once it's open.

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OLV Presents"Comedy and Cocktails" with Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with...

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Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with cash bar and dinner to follow at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.olvchicago.org , at the school, and the church rectory.

Tom Dreesen a native of Illinois, he grew up in Harvey and is a honored veteran of the United States Navy. Tom toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years. Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including many on The Tonight Show. He is a beloved guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. In 2005, Dreesen was the receiver of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

For further information please contact M.B. Frystak, OLV School, at
(773) 283-2229 Ext. 29.

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OLV Presents "Comedy and Cocktails" with Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with...

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Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with cash bar and dinner to follow at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.olvchicago.org , at the school, and the church rectory.

Tom Dreesen a native of Illinois, he grew up in Harvey and is a honored veteran of the United States Navy. Tom toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years. Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including many on The Tonight Show. He is a beloved guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. In 2005, Dreesen was the receiver of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

For further information please contack M.B. Frystak, OLV School, at
(773) 283-2229 Ext. 29.

Sep 26 2012

Updated 25 hours ago

LGBTQs Assemble! Or, at least, get together and introduce ourselves over drinks.

Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400...

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Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400

Join us, meet some new people, and worst case scenario find out what blocks to avoid because you found the stalker amongst us.

We'll let the bartender(s) know where we're gathered so No Gay is Left Behind.

See you all there!

Rolando

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    It would be nice to do just an Everyblock one =)

  • RolRod While you're there, wise up.

    Actually, it had been suggested last time to include Meetup in the invitation, in part because it's a meet-up, and in part because we usually only get the same 6 people showing up to them. I haven't forgotten; just been busy. I'll try to set this up this week.

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Updated 27 hours ago

O'Hare Must Be A Good Neighbor

I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact...

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I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact of the plan. Additionally, none of the public meetings were located in areas impacted by the changes.

Despite this, the FAA Administrator has the audacity to call the process "one of the most comprehensive" ever conducted. I could not disagree more. Any process that seems designed to shut out public input is not legitimate.

I will continue to support the efforts of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Jan Schakowsky to bring about new FAA hearings into the our aircraft noise issues and the modernization plan.

In the mean time, I attend every O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) meeting and support the commission working toward solutions such as an expansion of the 'fly quiet' program by the Chicago Department of Aviation, more noise monitors on the far Northwest Side, and the inclusion of more residential homes in the O'Hare noise abatement program.

I will continue to strongly advocate for those solutions.

The ONCC monitors and tracks complaints made by residents within communities impacted by the airport and air traffic overhead. I encourage you to log your aircraft noise complaints through the city's website.

https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=csrform&restrict_loc=Y&invSRType=AVN

The complaints will be used for future discussions with the ONCC, FAA, and Chicago Department of Aviation. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have further questions regarding this issue.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items...

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    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items being noise monitors, sound proofing and a change in the DNL (lower than 65). All of these are important but only an equitable distribution of flight paths and Fly Quiet (much less so) will actually reduce the planes and hence the noise and pollution levels.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    By the way, folks who want to learn more about the FAiR Coalition can listen to our appearance on CBS radio's "At Issue" show. Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on the link. I invite all citizens to be part of the largest civic movement I've seen in 20+ years of improving our neighborhoods on the NW side. FAiR is the leading voice of both city and suburban residents impacted by the October 2013 changes made at O'Hare. Join us! Www.Fairchicago.org

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Updated 35 hours ago

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    He can't write worth a lick. But I wish him well.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Guess Janet Baker likes his wordiness. And no, Jan, I do not intend to edit his missive for you. Did enough of that in my former life. I find Russ extremely boring. I happen to have been a poly sci major in college as an undergrad. Topic excites me, but his writing puts me to sleep. Enjoy his commentary.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Lost a gift card in Mariano's lot- Sunday morning

This is a long shot but I've got my fingers crossed...
My husband went to Mariano's on Elston this morning at 10:00am and in addition to groceries, bought a $25 Toys R Us gift card. He loaded the car and when he got home, realized the little brown Hallmark bag with his receipts and the gift card were not there. We're thinking it slipped out of our bags into the cart or onto the ground.
If anyone found it, can you please contact me? We've already called Mariano's but it hasn't turned up.
Thank you!

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    I wonder if Mariano's keeps a record of gift cards, or if your credit card company could help--cancel it or something. Do you still have your store receipt?

  • Jen

    Unfortunately, the store receipt was in the same bag as the gift card.
    I think this one gets chalked up to being in a hurry and learning a lesson.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Yeah! Good attitude!

Sep 08

Updated 2 days ago

Penny Pinchers Closed

Another casualty on the corner of Central and Lawrence. Walked by tonight and saw the joint completely cleaned out. The place wasn't my bag but I'm sad to see another abandoned storefront. Did they lose their lease? Just not make it?

  • A sad event. They met a need. But apparently not profitably. As I understand it a local, multi generational family operation.

  • Keith Gale St. Baseball Guy

    They sold clothing when they first opened, then soon switched to just selling miscellaneous junk. I wish I'd gone back to see whether they changed their business model again, but the last time I went in they had nothing of interest.

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Prussing Open House

Tuesday, September 16th
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Parent Meeting followed by the annual
NCLB Title 1 Open Parent Meeting

Meet your child’s teacher and view their classroom
after the parent meeting in the auditorium.

(ALL ROOMS WILL BE CLOSED TO 6:30)

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Aug 26

Updated 3 days ago

Petitions for Chicago elections

Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be...

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Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be written or printed opposite his or her name and shall include the street address, city and county, except that the City of Chicago and Cook County may be printed on the petition forms. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]
 Each petition signer must, at the time he or she signs the petition, be registered to vote at the address shown opposite his or her signature on the petition. If the petition is for Mayor, Clerk or Treasurer, such address must be within the city of Chicago. If the petition is for Alderman, such address must be within the ward in which the candidate is seeking election. [10 ILCS 5/3-1.2, 5/10-4]
 Petition signers may not sign more than one nominating petition for the same office. [10 ILCS 5/10-3] Circulating petition sheets
 No petition sheet shall be circulated more than 90 days preceding the last day provided by law for filing the petition; therefore, the first day that petition sheets may be circulated for the February 24, 2015 election is Tuesday, August 26, 2014. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]

Good luck to the declared candidates.

  • I've been a little confused about how the petition is suppose to look. Is there a template I can use or do I draft it up myself.I went downtown for help and they we're able to guide me. Can someone let me know??

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Plymouth Green - Do not do it yourself. Google election attorney and have them do it. Richard (Dick) Means is one of them.
    Note - I have no horses in the race, I am not running nor have I run. As a longtime community guy, I've learned a few things over the years...

Sep 03

Updated 3 days ago

Arlington Park Racetrack

Have any of you been out there this season?

  • LOL, Hot Butter ... it took me awhile.

  • Speaking of a pony in the seventh, I'm watching Keeneland Sales live coverage. A million here, a million there...pretty soon you're talking about money.

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Sep 07

Updated 4 days ago

Garden Tomatoes

Now that they are ripe, which ones did your grown that taste the best?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Perhaps a butternut squash and sage ravioli in cream sauce, acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, sage, and cheese, or even as part of an unconventional vichyssoise? You can also use it in teas if you enjoy them. I'm forever mixing up my own tea concoctions from whatever is in my garden 😊

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    @LadyLord--I was kidding, but after I read your comment, I googled it and got about a million hits, the first of which I'll put below (but others below looked classier!!):

    http://www.ehow.com/how_8349853_ferment-herbs.html

Sep 10

Updated 5 days ago

Available Wall for Public Art

I'm an artist in Albany Park looking for some opportunities to create some public art in the area. I'm wondering if anyone might know of some wall space that might be a viable option for a mural. I'm not looking for any funding, just space. Any leads or points in the right directions would be greatly appreciated.

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Updated 5 days ago

Edgebrook Seeking Artists and Storefronts to support Chicago Artists month in October

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a month-long festival that showcases the creativity in every Chicago neighborhood during the month of October.

During the month of October, artists will be displaying artwork in Edgebrook restaurants and storefronts for the community to view. Any interested artists or business owners, please email art@localgoodschicago.com for more information.

Edgebrook will also be kicking off Chicago Artists Month with the following activities:

- Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30pm: Artisan Launch Party at Local Goods Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/336962449808302/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

- Saturday, October 4th, 7:30pm: Art of Comedy at North Branch Arts: http://www.northbrancharts.com/the-art-of-comedy-2014.html

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Thanks Laura for bringing this to Edgebrook. I'll be there. Local Goods is a great place.

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Sep 05

Updated 5 days ago

A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park

While 45th Ward Alderman promises his "Pedestrian Street" designation will limit curb cuts and prevent strip malls, he doesn't clearly define what the trade-off is with such a legal designation as "Pedestrian Street". The trade-off could include efficiency apartments of less than 200 square feet, and with greatly reduced parking requirements that come with the "Pedestrian Street" designation.
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

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6 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Entertainment: The Windy City Wizard. (windycitywizard.com)
Food Truck: Wagyu Wagon
Produce vendors, honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags. Also other outreach including 4Greyhound Racers (http://www.4greyhoundracers.org/)
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

6 days ago

Sep 09

Updated 6 days ago

2 "pop" sounds and glass breaking

Did anybody else hear 2 pop sounds and glass breaking around 9:40pm near Argyle and LeClaire? I've never heard gunshots before, but it sounded concerning, so I called 911. The sound of glass breaking is enough for me to call. Never know.

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