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New Devon Restaurant Proposed

The July 23-29 issue of the News-Star (sorry, story wasn't available online) carried a front-page story about a new restaurant proposed for 1248-60 West Devon. Described as "upscale," the restaurant would have 124 seats plus a 26-seat bar and would rely on street parking. The owner has two other restaurants and bought the 14-unit building. His lawyer, Dean Margos, says the restaurant, to be called Lakewood bistro, would be "...an engine for Devon Ave. revitalization that would bring 'million dollar...

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The July 23-29 issue of the News-Star (sorry, story wasn't available online) carried a front-page story about a new restaurant proposed for 1248-60 West Devon. Described as "upscale," the restaurant would have 124 seats plus a 26-seat bar and would rely on street parking. The owner has two other restaurants and bought the 14-unit building. His lawyer, Dean Margos, says the restaurant, to be called Lakewood bistro, would be "...an engine for Devon Ave. revitalization that would bring 'million dollar condos' to the area." According to the News-Star, the attorney also said that the restaurant's "prices would dissuade less than wealthy people" [from eating there]. The owner is also seeking an incidental liquor license because the precinct is currently dry. Although this area is part of the 49th ward, I've learned to be leery of talk about "revitalization" and "upscale" whatever. I've seen it in other neighborhoods where I've lived and it always displaces longtime residents who can no longer afford to live in the area. Million dollar condos and destination restaurants where locals can't afford to eat can kill a community. We need to focus on balanced development, ie, the kind that's good for a neighborhood, profitable for a business, and doesn't harm or displace decent people who lack six-figure incomes. The paper also notes that contributions from Joe Moore have been made to Citizens for Dean Margos. I don't know what office he's seeking or sought.

  • Thanks! I'd really love an Italian place...so I can replace samosas with calzones or ravioli....

  • Rob

    Paco, based on your complaining about the Devon street market here in the past, this spot on Devon is over a mile and a half from where you live, away from the Devon avenue Indian/Pakistani corridor in West Ridge. If you don't think there is a diverse choice of food...

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    Paco, based on your complaining about the Devon street market here in the past, this spot on Devon is over a mile and a half from where you live, away from the Devon avenue Indian/Pakistani corridor in West Ridge. If you don't think there is a diverse choice of food in this area, you should come East some time. Also do the same for your fear of street parking around this proposed restaurant. As far as the Devon Avenue Streetscape project you reference, the furthest East that extends (to Leavitt) is over a mile away from where this is proposed. Have you ever even been to Uncommon Ground?

Apr 15

Updated 14 min ago

Is the 40th Ward doing participatory budgeting?

So I'm reading all these articles about the participatory budgeting process in nearby wards -- some are holding votes, some conducting online surveys, some holding public meetings -- and I'm realizing that I've never heard a single word about PB from Ald. Patrick O'Connor, who ganked my Lincoln Square block in the redistricting. Is O'Connor even doing PB in the 40th?

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16 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Police activity near BofA?

My son said there were lots of squads and officers walking the area around the Bank of America on Touhy and Francisco. Anyone know what happened?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Kay - when was this? I heard there was a bad car accident Friday morning, but I don't know any details

16 hours ago

IRS Scam

There are people calling and posing as IRS agents, threatening lawsuit or arrest if immediate payment isn't made. Seems obvious after the fact, but they are very good at making you feel very afraid. Please don't judge us; I simply want to raise awareness so others don't fall prey. The IRS will never call you about tax disputes. If someone does call posing as IRS and threaten you, it is a scam.

Jul 09

Updated 19 hours ago

40th Ward Website Finally Addresses Neighbors' Disgust Over O'Hare Jet Noise

On June 23, 2014, Ald. O'Connor's website finally addressed the "air traffic concerns" that have his residents shutting windows and abandoning their backyards just to block out the new jet noise:

"A few neighbors have expressed an interest in the controversy surrounding the addition of flights and increased air noise going in and out of O’Hare Airport as a result of additional runway configurations. This interest has also increased a bit given recent reports wherein it has been stated that...

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On June 23, 2014, Ald. O'Connor's website finally addressed the "air traffic concerns" that have his residents shutting windows and abandoning their backyards just to block out the new jet noise:

"A few neighbors have expressed an interest in the controversy surrounding the addition of flights and increased air noise going in and out of O’Hare Airport as a result of additional runway configurations. This interest has also increased a bit given recent reports wherein it has been stated that the FAA gave incorrect data as it relates to new traffic patterns and the noise that would be generated."

The Alderman says he's attended behind-the-scenes "working meetings" (Mayor's floor leader!) on how to confront the FAA and "understand the truth surrounding the FAA data."

Hurray that O'Connor finally acknowledges his residents' concern about the noise even though he downplays the extent of the concern. Unfortunately, he's in lock-step with the Mayor in casting the FAA as the only player with any power to improve the situation. That's unlikely. Witness the inaction of the outgoing (thank heavens!) City Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino. Last year, lawmakers asked her (not the FAA) to bolster the Fly Quiet initiative that requests airlines to reduce their noise during certain hours. She refused (for whatever reason), but she never claimed the FAA held all the levers.

O'Connor knows that his residents are not primarily "interested in the controversy" with the FAA. We're interested in quieter skies and air traffic flow that's equitable to all communities. We're interested in City Hall finally taking action. Let's not construct a false narrative where the FAA is the bogeyman and City Hall has no cards to play.

I'm glad O'Connor finally acknowledges this serious issue. Now he should be more aggressive in finding ways for the city to create the solution.

  • Susiedal knitter, reader, politico, gardener

    The Alderman wants people to call his office with complaints, not only the ONCC complaint line, which you can access easily via FAiR's website. When you call O'Connor, if his staff directs you to Congressman Quigley's office, hold your ground and tell him that you want to give the alderman your name and the message of how upset you are about the noise.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. www.fairchicago.org

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure...

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    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs. www.fairchicago.org

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in the development and implementation of how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    What can you do?

    As a neighbor, resident and fellow citizen, I ask you to join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. Then...

    * Sign our online petition at www.fairchicago.org
    * Distribute FAiR Door Hangers
    * Report your noise complaints which can be done directly through our website at www.fairchicago.org
    * Put up a FAiR yard sign
    * Tell your neighbors about how our democracy has again been imperiled
    * Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com See you around our neighborhood.

  • 3 levels of govt signed off on the O'Hare expansion, and although our local reps/aldermen are now pointing the finger to state reps, I rely on my alderman to fight for my neighborhood's quality of life. As floor leader and 40th Ward alderman, Pat O'Connor had multiple opportunities to sound...

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    3 levels of govt signed off on the O'Hare expansion, and although our local reps/aldermen are now pointing the finger to state reps, I rely on my alderman to fight for my neighborhood's quality of life. As floor leader and 40th Ward alderman, Pat O'Connor had multiple opportunities to sound the alarm and stop this expansion. 1) when the hearings were clearly a sham; 2) when FAA drastically changed its data; and 3) in October when the onslaught began. Instead, he smoothed the way for passage. This is nothing short of an outrage. We need aldermen who represent their residents, not rubber stamp whatever the Mayor wants.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Looking for a garage for rent

I live at Chase/Wolcott. Looking for a secure clean and covered garage to rent. I will only be parking in the garage for 3-4 nights per week due to my travel schedule. If u know of any, please let me know.

21 hours ago

"Sharon Hahs: No Eminent Domain Land Seizure for NEIU "University Village"

Hi!

I just signed the petition "Sharon Hahs: No Eminent Domain Land Seizure for NEIU "University Village"" on Change.org.

It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/sharon-hahs-no-eminent-domain-land-seizure-for-neiu-university-village?recruiter=3509388&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thanks!

Richard

Jul 14

Updated 24 hours ago

Z Frank

I was unable to attend the community meeting this evening regarding the sale and potential redevelopment of the old Z Frank space at Western and Peterson. Was anyone there and have any information? Overall feel for how this will pan out?

  • I wonder if the residents most affected could band together and use the rezoning as leverage to get the buildings modified. If it's already a done deal it's hopeless...you would think that residents would have a say in this, though.

  • Z Frank Chevrolet was in that location since 1936, until it was sold to Mike Anderson Chevrolet in 2008, and subsequently moved to Irving Park, near Six Corners. There was also a Pontiac dealership where the Walgreens is now located. This area has been commercial (and a car dealership) for...

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    Z Frank Chevrolet was in that location since 1936, until it was sold to Mike Anderson Chevrolet in 2008, and subsequently moved to Irving Park, near Six Corners. There was also a Pontiac dealership where the Walgreens is now located. This area has been commercial (and a car dealership) for longer than most of us have been alive, it's just been vacant for the last several years. To me, complaining about a new car dealership coming in is on a par with complaining about airport noise after you buy a house in Des Plaines -was the airport there when you bought the place? Yes? Then you knew about the "nuisance" and that should have been part of your decision making process. Same with Z Frank. I, for one, welcome the new enterprise.

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6 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Update to "Reserved Parking Misuse?" Posted June 17

Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that...

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Quick recap: My neighbor has reserved (handicapped) parking but parks his vehicle all over the block in order to save parking spaces for other members of his household. I wondered if this is legal (it's certainly not right). I e-mailed photos to the alderman's office and spoke with Marlene, who advised that it is not illegal for those with reserved parking to park elsewhere on the block because the streets are open to the public. It seems to me that this is a loophole that needs to be closed. If the City takes a public parking space and gives it to a resident for his/her exclusive use, then that reserved space should be the only place on that street that this person should park. Other members of his/her household should get the same luck of the draw as everybody else. I'd like to ask the alderman to sponsor an amendment to that ordinance. Opinions, please.

  • Clark, I think there's a misunderstanding here. I'm not talking about moving a placard. I'm talking about using a vehicle with a placard to save a parking space for others. The placard stays in the vehicle that is saving the space, the handicapped person is not moving vehicle to vehicle. I'm sorry for your experiences. I have a blind family member who's been treated the same way on the bus and on the street. Seems that too many people don't learn proper manners these days.

  • this3ndup Rogers Park Resident

    Paco, thanks for the clarification; that was unclear in the original comment.

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Garbage Dumper on 6400 Block of Fairfield

This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window...

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This morning I caught a guy dumping garbage from his parked car onto my parkway. He had parked overnight out front and when he retrieved his car he apparently decided that the parkway in front of my home was the right place for a McDonald's bag and a black plastic bag, both full of garbage, and several receipts. I yelled at him to stop and picked up the garbage, tossing it back inside the car through the open passenger window just as he was about to toss out a water bottle. He was surprised and then furious, tossing the same garbage plus the water bottle onto the street as he drove away. I got his license number. How do I get the police to issue a dumping ticket? Actually, he should get two tickets, one for the parkway and one for the street. I'll go to court if he contests the tickets. Even if this becomes he-said she-said, he'll miss at least a morning's work and it may make him think twice before he dumps garbage again. What really makes me mad is that I had just cleaned the parkway when I walked the dogs, and had picked up other garbage on our street. Be on the lookout for an older model dark green 4-door car, partial license plate R96---8 (I won't post the whole thing but I have it), driven by a young Hispanic with a close buzz cut. I think he lives on Washtenaw. He's the garbage dumper. He's parked out front before and I've found garbage but this is the first time I've actually caught him.

  • CarrieW Wife, Mom, Dog Mom

    Way to go Paco! I have done the same thing, yelled at people, called the alderman, but always received the same response, "no picture, nothing they can do". Maybe if more people stand up, loudly voicing their opposition, the less people will do it? One could hope but I won't hold my breath! Either way, love what you did!

  • Carrie, he hasn't been back so maybe it worked! Thanks.

Aug 06 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Explosion/Loud Boom in West Ridge (3:30 AM, 8/6)

My husband and I were awaken by the sound of an explosion at 3:30 AM this morning, just West of Lincoln and Richmond. Did anyone else in the neighborhood hear it? Any idea what it was?

  • We heard it from farwell and Hamilton! I thought my water heater burst or something. Hope everyone is alright.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Since it took almost two years for the sound to reach you, the source was probably much farther away.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Hollywood park ribbong cutting

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 1:oo p.m.

Hollywood park playground is done please join us for ribbon cutting celebration saturday july 26th at 1:00 pm at playground . Alderman Lau rino will be cutting the ribbon. Please join saturday.

  • Why cut the ribbon on July 26th? I passed from there yesterday and it was full of kids playing already so really there's nothing new about it & Also there's WoodChips that we'll be causing a lot of splinters where's the soft flooring like in all the other parks? The old swing frame was never taken down only the swings were removed and replaced so whats so new about it ? There's only 2 new things there's ! It's really sad !

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mover recommendation for vintage stove Mokena to WRP

Hello! I need a 400lb vintage range moved from Mokena to WRP- I need strong, reliable movers people can recommend please. Going to a 2nd floor walk up

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

WRP Safety

It seems that there were many more shooting incidents in East Rogers Park and Edgewater than in West Rogers Park over the last five to six months. Is that so or am I not looking at the right sources?

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Jul 17

Updated 4 days ago

Increasing Fees for Street Cleaning Parkers

My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they...

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My street was scheduled to be cleaned yesterday and today. Two cars remained parked on the other side of the street yesterday, and the street sweeper had to go around them. This morning, we had three cars parked on my side, including one next to my home. As of Noon the street sweeper hadn't appeared, and neither had the police to issue tickets. I really think that we need to increase fines for people who park on a street they know is schedule for cleaning (in each case the vehicles were parked in front of or just behind the orange street cleaning signs). Sixty dollars isn't enough. This is the second time in a row that the street in front of me won't be cleaned because of some lout who doesn't care about street cleaning and probably doesn't live on my block anyway. I'll have to go out and sweep it myself. I say we start with a $100 ticket, and increase it $50 for every subsequent violation. If you want to thumb your nose at other people and the law, you should pay for it.

  • $100 - my last ticket for failing to move my car for street sweeping several years ago - in West Ridge. No zone, no other additive penalties.

  • That's odd - why isn't there one fee citywide?

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Jul 18

Updated 6 days ago

Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets, including Lincoln/McCormick

http://www.chicagotribune.com/
Red light cameras tag thousands for unfair tickets
Updated 5:47 a.m.
Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets
A red light camera at Lincoln Avenue and McCormick Road in Chicago generated 563 tickets during a 12-day spike. More than 99 percent were for right turns. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)
Red light cameras in Chicago caught thousands of undeserving drivers during sudden spikes in tickets that city officials say they cannot explain, a Tribune investigation found.

  • Also noted in the piece was Peterson/Ridge & Clark St. Very suspicious. If you've gotten a ticket there in the past couple of years, you may want to revisit the circumstances, if possible.

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    So the red light cams work....what about the blue light cams?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Red light = for profit.
    Blue light = not for profit.
    Guess which one works.

Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

why not newsworthy?

Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming...

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Everyone has their own opinions about politicians and their actions or lack there of.
I believe it is newsworthy when strangers have the courage to put their names and faces on the line to confront the dangerous and potentially dangerous people in our communities. If we dont, who will. The more that do the less we have to live in fear.
It our right to face our accusers. The more faces that are looking you back in the eye confirming what happened the better the odds of conviction.
I've been both the victim of violent crime and a witness. The feeling going into court was the same for both. I was nervous, scared, and at the same time knew I was doing the right thing. It is commendable to overcome the fears that cause blind eyes. Our alderman is not perfect. Not one of us are. Some comments made on that thread I believe lost sight of what was originally intended.

  • When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and...

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    When I first reported getting mugged at the end of my alley I was terrified for weeks. My yard is easily identifiable with it having enough toys for six kids in it. They had my phone with pics of kids in yard. I didnt want to leave the house and send my boys to school. I got over it. We play in the backyard and the kids were fine going to school. Guess we got lucky. I just couldnt see letting them hang at the end of our alley after they literally punched me right out of my shoes, broke my big toe, and a few small bones in my hand.. I can definitely understand the fear of retaliation.

  • Sarah, I can understand how truly frightening the whole experience was. You did the right thing, and I thank you. Do you think that reporting what happened scared them off?

Jul 19

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Jul 14

Updated Jul 17

interested in whats going on in WEST ROGERS PARK

When will the Indian/Pakistan Parades take place.

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    No, it will not be in the parking lot. It will be on a side street and only lasts a few hours. Don't worry, be happy!

  • Renuka, I'm happy now! I just hate loud music. Everybody always says it just lasts a few hours, but when you can't get away from it those few hours seem like forever!

Jul 17

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Jul 17

Pothole on recently paved street

Our block was paved less than two years ago, and has a growing sinkhole in the middle of the block.

Jul 16

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