42 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Helicopters on Montrose and Sheridan?

Two of the biggest, blackest, loudest helicopters I've ever heard/seen flew right over my apartment building about 5 minutes ago. I'm just west of Broadway/Sheridan on Montrose. I checked the President's schedule and he's supposedly in the White House right now. Any ideas of who it could be?

  • sidishus miscreant

    Should clarify...The MV-22's and VH-3s flew in yesterday. They always show the day prior to a visit.

  • SaucyJack 50th ward

    I saw an Osprey in West Ridge last week. Flying west toward O'hare.

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Flower store

Does anyone know why the flower store closed?

  • If it the place that I am thinking of, I think the owner may have retired or something. Again, I maybe be thinking of another florist, but this was located on Bryn Mawr just east of the L and on the north side of the street. I hope things are treating him well!

  • Scott that's the one , thanks

May 24 2012

Updated 5 days ago

Unlawful garbage pickups

What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
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What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
No person shall undertake or cause the loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building, materials, garbage cans, dumpsters or similar objects between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance within a residential district or within a noise sensitive zone.

Some on the block have tried contacting the alderman and we've tried talking to the drivers.

I see from this article that this has been a recalcitrant problem elsewhere in the city.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-18/business/ct-biz-0818-problem-dyson-20110818_1_garbage-trucks-trash-pickup-recycling-corp

Any advice is most appreciated!

  • I had NO idea it was a city violation to pickup before 7am. Thank you for that info!!!!!! I'm at the end of a long alley that has an entranace from Irving Park rd and the beeping and slamming of dumpsters is just ridiculous.

  • Wow, when can we get some of these e-trucks up here? http://dnain.fo/1my5IHU

Sep 24

McPherson School Playground and Campus - Almost finished!

The new park, play space and playground at McPherson School is nearly finished (see attached picture). Work continues on the east side of the campus and will be completed in the next week or so. This is phase I of the campus redesign process and is it REALLY exciting. This project will be a play space and gathering space for us all!

Sep 22

Updated Sep 23

Group of people trying to break into JJ Peppers

LAWRENCE AND SHERIDAN 4 black males and one female arguing with an employee outside around 12:50 am. The employee was able to get inside and blocked the door with a trash can while the group outside were attempting to kick the door in. The employee and at least one other individual inside were on the phone, be careful walking around, the group appeared very violent.

Mar 26 2012

Updated Sep 21

Take This Poll - Based On Your Experience w/Uptown Post Office!

There's a debate going on regarding closing Post Offices around the country.

Based on your experience with only this one (1) Post Office, would you be for or against closing the Uptown 60640 Post Office?

http://poll.pollcode.com/fqmn

(If you have no experience with 60640, please don't take Poll).

  • DJM 25 yr. RP & Edgewater resident.

    I've never had people be rude to me at the PO, but it is slow. I like going to the Uptown PO because it's such a fine example of WPA architecture, even though it's farther away. It would be a shame for the building to be torn down, or turned into condos.

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    Walk in there with a tie and overcoat on. I got immediate service at the pick-up counter. Probably thought I was there to shut them down or something. A no justice/no peace march isn't going to solve the problems there.

Sep 15

Updated Sep 17

Alderman CappleStatement

Dear Jeffrey,

Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

While more police presence helps...

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Dear Jeffrey,

Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

While more police presence helps curb crime, it's not enough. We need to do more and offer more alternatives for our youth in our community. I have helped many youth programs secure City funding and support them in their programming and fundraising efforts. After talking to other elected officials and organizations in the area, a few weeks ago, I asked a number of youth organizations to participate in the creation of the upcoming 46th Ward Community Youth Forum. At this forum, youth organizations, community leaders and elected officials will come together to talk and create a plan of action that will respond better to the needs of the at-risk youth in our community. Any ideas or suggestions you have or if you want to help, please contact Caitlin at Caitlin@james46.org or stop by my office during open office hours Monday evenings between 5 pm -7 pm to chat with me.

I would like to also encourage you to attend your next CAPS meeting where the commander and myself will be present to answer any of your questions. Click here for information about CAPS meetings in your area. Additionally, I'll keep you updated on the 46th Ward Youth Forum as we get closer to the event.

Best,

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    The problem Cappleman has is that he and his allies used to blame the previous alderman for everything, but aldermen can't control the cops or crooks.

  • San @ Buena New Resident

    I do understand, and agree with you, that alderman can't control anyone's behavior and I was not talking about him, specifically. It's an issue, however, when an average law abiding citizen has to weigh whether it is safe to venture through their neighborhood or temper their everyday activities. We are all tired of it. Live and let live. I'm not feeling much understanding and tolerance for bad behavior these days. No excuses or justifications. Heard enough gunshots..........

Sep 15

Updated Sep 15

Shots Fired Sheridan Park

I heard shots fired from the general direction of Beacon and Malden last night.
Anyone else?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    Around 9ish.

  • Same here- never heard a police response that I recall. Been a very active weekend.

  • A

    I heard about 12. I did see some cops driving down the alley between Beacon and Malden very shortly after that.

Sep 14

Searching for Parking Spot in Uptown to Rent

Hi, I am looking for a parking spot for rent in the uptown area. I would be open to renting monthly (would be willing to lease for a predetermined amount of time). It could be covered or uncovered. I am considering all offers. My fiancé and I both work in the suburbs and need cars, but with winter soon approaching we are hoping we can grab a spot off the street. We live in the Sheridan Park area. Near Clark and Lawrence. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aug 23

Updated Sep 13

¿Donde las cicadas?

I've heard a few but not many. It seems there is a lot less of that cicada sound this year.
Is it the vortexing of winter...chill summer...are the cicadas yet to come?

Apr 28 2012

Updated Sep 11

Albany Park Library Branch - closing :(

I just found out the Albany Park branch is closing in June! They are going to demolish the building and build a new library, but the librarian I talked to said that process could take up to two years. I know we have Sulzer nearby, but AP was quieter and faster when requesting books online.

Sep 09

LoganSquareTV & Curbed Chicago features Logan Square House & Garden Walk

Interior tours of Logan Square's magnificent turn-of-the-century homes are available this Saturday. Now is your chance to get an inside look at the historical richness and beauty of this landmark neighborhood!

Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is this Saturday, September 13th.

More information and tickets available online: www.logansquarepreservation.org

Due to an overwhelming amount of email requests to extend pre-sale tickets we have extended discounted pre-sale tickets until Friday, September 12th.

Check out what Curbed Chicago said about the House & Garden Walk:
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/04/tour-logan-squares-historic-19th-century-boulevard-homes.php

You can get a sneak peak of one of the houses on LoganSquareTV:
http://logansquare.tv/?p=848

For questions email: logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com

Aug 27

Police Activity

I drove past a scene near Montrose and Broadway today around 6:30pm. There appeared to be a man laid out on the sidewalk, clearly injured. Police, detectives and ambulance onsite. Anyone know what was going on?

Aug 25

Updated Aug 27

VIDEO: Saturday Night Mayhem in Uptown

Some raw footage posted of Saturday night's chaos after shots rang out in Clarendon Park.

Find it HERE: http://uptown.quickercity.com/

  • I was wondering the same thing, Catherine. It seems, from the video, that the police just let the offenders walk away.

  • Stopping people leads to lawsuits, google New York. Gone is the old school beat cop that kept the block quiet and safe . Oh no, too mean and violent. Project high rises raised, scattered sight housing and housing vouchers in nice neighborhoods. Gangs from the south and west sides are now neighbors. Police can't fix what mom and dad should be correcting. It'll get much worse before it gets better.

May 28

Updated Aug 25

Buena Park Mural

This is a preliminary sketch for a mural coming to Buena Park Uptown.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    Just a thought but every piece of art in public doesn't have to be about the community exactly. It just has to be good.

  • Hey Littleton, your mural at the Buena underpass looks much more vibrant after your recent additional work! I like it now.

Aug 22

Updated Aug 23

Earth Shaking Boom

Huge boom Friday at 11:07pm in Sheridan Park! Not a firework. Anyone else hear it?

Aug 12

Updated Aug 14

May 09

Updated Aug 12

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I was just informed today that both Alderman Deborah Mell (33rd Ward) and Alderman Joseph Moore (49th Ward) have joined as co-sponsors of the Chicago For All ordinance. Thanks you Aldermen! Additional meetings with aldermen, city officials, and others are occurring over...

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    Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I was just informed today that both Alderman Deborah Mell (33rd Ward) and Alderman Joseph Moore (49th Ward) have joined as co-sponsors of the Chicago For All ordinance. Thanks you Aldermen! Additional meetings with aldermen, city officials, and others are occurring over the next month. The currently planned introduction of the revised Chicago For All ordinance, with added SRO owner/buyer incentives is Wed. 9/10, at the 10am City Council Meeting. A press conference should be at around 9am.

    Here are the Chicago For All ordinance updated list of sponsoring aldermen and organizations:

    Organizational support:Members:

    ONE Northside

    Allies:

    Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

    Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

    Northwest Side Housing Center

    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    Endorsers:

    Albany Park Neighborhood Council

    Alliance to End Homelessness

    Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

    Housing Action IL

    Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

    Jane Addams Senior Caucus

    Logan Square Neighborhood Association

    Metropolitan Tenants Organization

    SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana

    Aldermanic Support:

    Lead Sponsors:

    Alderman Burnett

    Alderman Burns

    Alderman Dowell

    Alderman Pawar

    Co-sponsors:

    Alderman Arena

    Alderman Fioretti

    Alderman Mell

    Alderman Moore

    Alderman Moreno

    Alderman Smith

    Alderman Tunney

    Alderman Waguespack

    Please contact Mary Tarullo with ONE Northside at 773-769-3232 x15 with questions or to learn more about the work being done to pass this Ordinance

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Homelessness and SRO preservation will be among the things discussed in my article in favor of City incentives for SRO owners to be published this Sunday 8/17 in the Chicago Tribune Business Section. An opposing viewpoint will be given by another author on the same page as my article.

Aug 09

Updated Aug 11

McPherson School Campus Project

Construction on the McPherson School campus and playground will begin next week on the west side of the school. The west campus will include new walkways, landscaping, play spaces, play structures, and will be designed to improve storm water management on the campus. The east campus will include new walkways, landscaping, outdoor classroom space, a small performance space, a Little Lending Library and a variety of seating areas. The work on both sides of the school will begin in August and be completed around the end of September. If you have questions about the project or want to learn more about the school, please email kim@friendsofmcpherson.com.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Hi Kim - this is great to hear! Was the funding from CPS or a 501c?

  • Thanks for your question. The project is funded through a combination of state, local TIF, Aldermanic menu funds and donations from private donors. No CPS funds are being used for this project.

  • There is also a video about the project posted on the Friends of McPherson website. Phase I, which includes the playground and play spaces on the west side and the east campus landscaping redesign, will be finished this year. We are working to secure the necessary resources to complete Phase II, which includes the turf field and new parking configuration on campus, in 2015.

    Here is the link to the video from the ground breaking ceremony: http://www.friendsofmcpherson.com/2014/05/30/new-campus-project-gets-underway/

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