37 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Tips to The Common Cup

Drink your cup of coffee or eat a breakfast danish from local community masters, The Common Cup at 150 W Morse??? Please tip large to support Indo-American Center, a refuge for many, many West Ridge residents needing English classes, support paying for heating/cooling bills, immigration assistance, seniors socialization, job training, and even computer literacy! The tips for ALL of November will benefit Indo-American Center's free services!!

Thank you!

  • Too bad we don't have a coffee shop like that in West Ridge.

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3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Gun shots in West RIdge

What were the gun shots in the ally off Washtenaw north of Pratt about 30 minutes agao? Does anyone know? Blood, car door open...gangs?

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you....

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    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you.

    If you have any information about this incident please contact:
    Area North Detective Division at (312) 744-8261

    For latest updates please check the CAPS Beat 2411 web site at https://groups.yahoo.com/groups/CAPS2411

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Live by the gun, Die by the gun.

Nov 13

Updated 34 hours ago

Beware of deranged man in WRP

I was walking home yesterday around 4 p.m. on Hoyne ave just past Fargo when somebody started following me. The middle aged black man made light conversation with me about how cold it was then he asked me where I lived he started touching me inappropriately through my ski jacket telling me I had a nice jacket. I immediately ran to the gate of my condo as he walked the opposite direction. I didn't get a good description on him so I did not call the police. I'm posting this to put other females on notice and want the community to keep and eye out and also to be really careful. Scary

  • Bernard (Network 2424) Co-founder of Network 2424, www.network2424.com

    Hi Carl, I would refer you to the Rogers Park Historical Society (which defines the area between Clark & Ridge as west Rogers Park .. and the area west of Ridge as West Ridge) .. and, as to the 49 ward definition, I'd add that the ever changing political boundaries for wards do not alter or determine a city's community area boundaries.

  • I guess it depends on whether we are talking about "traditional" ward boundaries or political boundaries. But since the issue here is crime (or perceived crime threat), it makes more sense to refer to actual, political ward boundaries. But in any case, the incident happened east of Ridge, so whether we're talking about traditional or political ward boundaries, the location Peg reported (Hoyne and Fargo) was in Rogers Park and in the 49th Ward.

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

FAiR Coalition on Chicago Tonight, on Wednesday, December 19, at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS)

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made...

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The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made to the O'Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns. Those changes were made without any real community input.

In addition, FAiR now includes Midway airport. Changes were made there in February 2014. Not surprsingly, these changes were made without any real community input.

We seek a real seat at the airport decision making table in order to find solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution over our communities, again done without any real community input.

Questions? Please ask. jac.charlier@gmail.com

See you in TV Land :)

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Saw your segment. Very well done. I wish there would have been more time to discuss, but I know nothing will be solved on Chicago Tonight.

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

    Thanks Denise. FAiR is having a general meeting on 12/3 from 7-9pm. You can attend that do get updates, ask questions and see what we are doing next. Check it out on www.fairchicago.org

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2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Helicopter over Touhy Thursday morning?

Did anyone notice the orange and white helicopter hovering over Touhy near McCormick this morning around 8AM? Was there something going on?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    It looked to us like it was delivering something to the construction zone (maybe an HVAC unit?)

2 days ago

Chicago Tonight Video of the FAiR Coalition Discussion about O'Hare from November 19, 2014

In case you missed the November 19 Chicago Tonight conversation with the FAiR Coalition, here is the link to the segment: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/11/19/complaints-about-ohare-noise.

Thanks for our tens of hundreds of supports in both the city and suburbs. You are doing great. Keep it up!
You can learn more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.charlier@gmail.com

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking For Frames

Hi all, I am looking for 24x36 in frames to put A to Z posters into for our ELL classrooms. Please let me know if you can help out!

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    Four to be exact!!!

  • Rebo Positive pet and service dog trainer

    Try Freecycle.org. Choose "Chicago" and follow instructions.

    You will be amazed at the generosity and goodness of people.

    This is a good site for everyone. Got something nice that you don't use but it's too nice to throw out? Offer it on Freecycle. You will make another person's day, maybe week!

  • JCV My head hurts.

    I work for an art supply retailer and would be happy to extend my employee discount if you're unable to find anything for free. We sell frames up to that size. Message me if other searches don't pan out! :-)

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Classes for Carpentry / Masonary / General Home ownership maintainence

Hi, We've recently purchased a home in the Rogers Park / West Rogers Park neighborhood and I'm looking for classes around here that would teach basic home ownership maintainence DIY skills. (besides youtube, which has been a godsend) Like perhaps doing basic construction carpentry (like fixing a broken dry wall) or simple masonary that wouldn't require city permits. I know I wouldn't be able to do anything on a professional level but I would like to learn some basic skills....

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Hi, We've recently purchased a home in the Rogers Park / West Rogers Park neighborhood and I'm looking for classes around here that would teach basic home ownership maintainence DIY skills. (besides youtube, which has been a godsend) Like perhaps doing basic construction carpentry (like fixing a broken dry wall) or simple masonary that wouldn't require city permits. I know I wouldn't be able to do anything on a professional level but I would like to learn some basic skills. Any recommendations would be grateful. Also, I'm willing to travel within reason to take classes. Unfortunately I work a typical 9-5 job mon-fri and would only be able to do nights and weekend. I know Home Depot sometimes have these 1 day bootcamps and seminars and it's great but I want something that goes more in depth.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Good bars in West Rogers Park?

Where are the best watering holes around the Lunt/Western intersection? Preferably where you can walk to in 10-15 min.

  • Mullen's is a good option. Their Southwest Buffalo Wings are fantastic.

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

    The Candlelite on Western has a good selection of beers. Also excellent burgers.

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Construction on Devon

Anyone know what they are starting construction on at Devon and Ravenswood (west of viaduct). I was told its not a S&C project.

4 days ago

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Nov 15

Updated 5 days ago

Homeowner Zoned Parking

Instead of permit parking, we need homeowner zoned parking. Every single family residence homeowner or owner occupied multiple-unit building would be entitled to the exclusive right to two parking spaces adjacent to their property lines. These rights would be leased annually from the city for a small fee. Those not wanting to lease the right would continue to look for spaces on the street as they do now. Homes with fire hydrants would have first option to pick up any unleased space nearest their house.

  • SidSak ERP Kilmer, Sullivan alumnus.

    It seems to me single family residence majority of the time have garages or space where a car port or garage could be.

  • Rus

    I have another plan that makes as much sense.
    We take all structures and raise them at least 8 feet, which would clear the way for an abundance of parking.
    Everyone could have 7 cars, one for each day of the week.

Nov 11

Updated 5 days ago

Permit Parking on Arthur near Warren Park

Ald. Silverstein wants to put in Permit Parking on my street. This would not only cost me more money on a street I already pay taxes for but would not solve the problem. I also would need to buy guest passes for visitors. My family has live din the same place for 50 years and the population of the neighborhood keeps going up and will continue to do so, that means even if you pay for the permit you still...

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Ald. Silverstein wants to put in Permit Parking on my street. This would not only cost me more money on a street I already pay taxes for but would not solve the problem. I also would need to buy guest passes for visitors. My family has live din the same place for 50 years and the population of the neighborhood keeps going up and will continue to do so, that means even if you pay for the permit you still wont be able to find a parking spot.

I have a 6 year old son with Autism, he is in therapy outside of school 5 days a week. Not only would I need guest passes 2 days a week for my babysitter but I would also need 2 passes 2 days a week for the therapists that come to my house from 5:30-7:30 pm (permit enforcement would start at 5pm) this is ludicrous and would cost me a lot of money, money that I use to provide my son with extra therapy. Has anyone else had a problem like this or tried this route in their neighborhood only to have them thinking "Uh Oh"? I would appreciate any feedback. I was sent a survey and when I tried to fax it in, the fax number provided was for a business called AON downtown, hmmm. Diversion tactic?

  • Well said, Dan. West Ridge is not now and never was a nightlife district.

  • Fuji, I read your proposals on your Web site. A few questions: Why should the neighborhood pick up parking costs for visitors? Who will pay for the free parking and the shuttle buses? Nothing is really "free," there are always costs associated with "benefits" and those costs need to be...

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    Fuji, I read your proposals on your Web site. A few questions: Why should the neighborhood pick up parking costs for visitors? Who will pay for the free parking and the shuttle buses? Nothing is really "free," there are always costs associated with "benefits" and those costs need to be paid; for example, who will pay to lease and fuel the shuttle buses?. Will they be using CTA stops? Is it really a good idea to add shuttle buses to the congestion on Devon? If the Warren Park lot is used exclusively or overwhelmingly by shoppers, where would those using the park's facilities park?

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Nov 13

Updated 5 days ago

Semi Trucks Parking on Western Ave

Anyone else notice all the semi trucks that use the metered parking on Western Ave, mostly between Bryn Mawr and Pratt? They're too wide for the parking spots and take up about half of the right traffic lane. I have to navigate around them on my morning commute up to Evanston.

  • I have noticed them along Warren Park, ususally white with no/little markings on them. Find out anything?

6 days ago

Rapid gunfire Saturday night Arthur and Bell

No exaggeration, like *20* rapid shots at Arthur and Bell in West Rogers around 1:30 am. Several squad cars within minutes. Couldn't decipher anything from the window but hope no one was hurt. Anyone else around see/hear anything?

Nov 15

Updated 6 days ago

Weirdo at My Apartment Door

I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of this going on but just in case . . . . Saturday night at 7:15 pm some weirdo buzzed our downstairs door and someone in the building let him in. He banged on my door and wanted to know if I controlled the electrical and gas for the building. I didn't open the door, told him "no" and said to contact the management company. He proceeded to ask me again the same question,...

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I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of this going on but just in case . . . . Saturday night at 7:15 pm some weirdo buzzed our downstairs door and someone in the building let him in. He banged on my door and wanted to know if I controlled the electrical and gas for the building. I didn't open the door, told him "no" and said to contact the management company. He proceeded to ask me again the same question, I responded with the same answer and he said he didn't believe me. I told him to leave and he asked the same question again. At that time, my 20-something son came out of his room and wanted to know what was going on. I told the guy at the door that I was calling the police. Then my son went to the door and said, "What's going on?" With that, the guy scurried out of the building. I did notice he did not go to any other apartment door. I live on the third floor walk-up. Why would one hike up (3) flights of stairs to ask a silly question? I do believe he intended harm. Everyone be aware and be safe; this guy is going around looking for victims!

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Two black 20 something year old males did the same thing to me, slightly different set up. They were standing at the building's front door waiting to be buzz in or for someone to open the door.

    I opened the front door and said "what can I do for you...

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    Two black 20 something year old males did the same thing to me, slightly different set up. They were standing at the building's front door waiting to be buzz in or for someone to open the door.

    I opened the front door and said "what can I do for you gentlemen? " I was loud and made sure to grab attention of those standing by.

    I made sure the front hall camera got a clear shot of them.

    They asked "oh we needed to speak with someone about the their heating bill."

    I politely said, "oh wrong building, or go talk to the property management as heat, electricity, gas is all inclusive. "

    They said "Are you sure?"

    I said, "I am, but you're not. Goodbye." I stared at them until they left.

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Nov 15

Nov 15

FAiR FOIA WORKSHOP for O’Hare and Midway Airport Data

All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October...

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All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October 2013 significantly increased jet noise levels, resulting in citizens, civics and organizations (including FAiR) requesting noise and flight data from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
1) FAiR Coalition members
2) Concerned citizens;
3) Civic and Community Associations; and
4) High School/College students having an interest in completing a class project

COST OF WORKSHOP: FREE

Please bring:
• A laptop;
• Any reports and/or data that you may have already requested/received; and
• A data stick to share data with, and get data from, others in the Workshop related to ORD/MDW noise and aircraft flight operations.

RSVP: To the FAiR Coalition, at jac.charlier@gmail.com

• You do not need to be a FAiR member to attend the workshop

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition is a rapidly growing movement of citizens and civics on Chicago’s Northwest side and the near Northwest suburbs. FAiR is the leading voice for city and suburban residents negatively impacted by the runway takeoff and landing patterns implemented in October 2013.

Citizens and civic organizations are invited to learn more about and join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. FAiR is also on Facebook.

Aug 27

Updated Nov 15

Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Joe Moore, having been in the city council for more than two decades now, really knows his clowns. Whoever you support in February, please consider someone other than the incumbent who has voted 100% of the time with Rahm. Like Moore, she is a tool for the monied interests who control this city with Rahm's help. Unless you are an Investment Banker or Hedge Fund Manager, the rubber stamps in the city council are not working in YOUR best interests.

  • Here's a link to the April 2012 analysis by the Chicago Inspector General of TIFs and SSAs; info on Devon Avenue (SSA #43) can be found about 2/3 of the way down the individual listings.. This tax is self-imposed in the sense that the business owners agreed to pay it to get certain benefits they want. I haven't slogged through tax law on this matter yet but see the second link for Illinois tax law on SSAs). .

    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/publications-and-press/analysis-of-special-service-area-taxes-and-tax-increment-financing-funds/

    http://law.justia.com/codes/illinois/2005/chapter8/9502.html

Nov 01

Updated Nov 15

Winter approaching, picking up after your dog.

Hoping this is something that can be improved on this year. Just because your dogs poop gets hidden in the snow doesn't mean you just leave it. Be neighborly and kindly pick it up. Someone may just return it to you in a plastic bag on your front porch in hoping you step on it. Wouldn't be a pretty picture now would it.

Another note, the City does have a leash law. Have a neighbor or two who doesn't follow the law. If your pet is not enclosed in your backyard he must be on a leash or harness when walking about

Nov 15

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Nov 12

Updated Nov 14

Devon Ave. & Western Ave. Parking Proposal

Encourage 50th Ward customers to park at Warren Park. With non-enforceable courtesy signs indicating a 2 hour limit during daytime hours and longer hours after daylight for wining and dining at local restaurants. Also, a shuttle bus would be available from Warren Park to Devon Ave. and Kedzie. The website FiftiethWard.com, a free website I am working on for local businesses, would be used to inform, promote and assist with parking at Warren Park. For example, if a customer subscribed...

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Encourage 50th Ward customers to park at Warren Park. With non-enforceable courtesy signs indicating a 2 hour limit during daytime hours and longer hours after daylight for wining and dining at local restaurants. Also, a shuttle bus would be available from Warren Park to Devon Ave. and Kedzie. The website FiftiethWard.com, a free website I am working on for local businesses, would be used to inform, promote and assist with parking at Warren Park. For example, if a customer subscribed to the website (email) or App, a polite courtesy text alert would be sent to the 50th Ward customer alerting her or his car at Warren Park will soon expire their allotted non-enforceable parking time limit. Of course promotions like coupons promoting local businesses could also be sent. Please note this proposal is a rough draft and will be continually be updated.

Read More at: http://50thward.com/proposals.html

  • Fuji Shioura Independent Alderman Candidate Fuji

    Robin,

    Lifetime residents of our 50th Ward constantly tell me exactly that Robin. As your next Alderman I have several solutions that will be forthcoming. From colorful neon signs, like the 1960s Devon Ave. used to have to canopy redesign and so much more! I'm surprised our 50th Ward didn't...

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    Robin,

    Lifetime residents of our 50th Ward constantly tell me exactly that Robin. As your next Alderman I have several solutions that will be forthcoming. From colorful neon signs, like the 1960s Devon Ave. used to have to canopy redesign and so much more! I'm surprised our 50th Ward didn't even have a logo. So I designed one on a napkin during breakfast. I'm really curious to know if maybe our Ward did have a logo but I couldn't discover one. People tell me Devon Ave. used to look so different. Anyway, the digital version of our 50th Ward "facelift" can be seen at www.FiftiethWard.com, it's still a work in progress.

  • The reason for the rise of suburban shopping districts for the Indian-Pakistani market is simple: people shop where they live, and many Indians and Pakistanis live in the suburbs. This can be viewed as a challenge to businesses on Devon to keep the street the way it is and attempt...

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    The reason for the rise of suburban shopping districts for the Indian-Pakistani market is simple: people shop where they live, and many Indians and Pakistanis live in the suburbs. This can be viewed as a challenge to businesses on Devon to keep the street the way it is and attempt to attract those shoppers, or an opportunity to broaden and diversify the businesses and merchandise available to appeal to a wider audience. Business runs in cycles, and it just may be that the Indian-Pakistani presence on Devon has played itself out in terms of those being the only businesses on the street. These shops and restaurants might be more profitable were they part of a broader mix of businesses.

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Nov 13

Nov 13

Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in...

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I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in learning more.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and to pass it along.

Jac Charlier
American Legion Post 134

Dear Cook County Military Families and Merchants:

The Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program is a public- and private-sector partnership to honor those who serve and have served. It is jointly administered by the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Our goal is to create a network of businesses and merchants who offer money-saving discounts and incentives to veterans and active-duty military, as a way of showing our gratitude. Those who wish to take advantage of this program can visit CCRD’s Veterans Service Office at 118 N. Clark, Room 120, and upon proof of service, receive a Discount/ID Card.

We hope this program will be a “win-win” – both a way to help save money for military families and a way to support businesses that support military families.

Below you will find a Registration Form with which to register your business and the discount you would like to offer. Once registered, your company’s name will be added to the Program’s promotional materials. We urge all businesses to sign up and offer military discounts year round, not just around the holidays.

If you would like more information, please call (312) 603-5788 or email Brian.Cross@CookCountyIL.gov.

Thank you to all who serve, and to those who serve them.

Sincerely,

Karen. A. Yarbrough, Recorder of Deeds

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