2 days ago

Beat 1221 CAPS Meeting Wednesday at 7 pm

The Beat 1221 CAPS Meeting is Wednesday at 7 pm at the Smith Park Field House and will feature two very special guests.

Unless they are needed elsewhere, we will have a demonstration by a K9 officer and his four-legged partner. An added benefit -- the officer was formerly assigned to the 13th and 12th Districts, most recently as a member of the Tact Team, so knows our area very well.

Beat 1221 borders are Chicago to Kinzie and Wood to Kedzie.

2 days ago

Information

In respect to several comments, you are correct regarding investigating where the TIF funds are being spent. However, there are options for small businesses when the bank loans are out of reach: Accion Chicago ( loans are from $500. to $100,00) up to 72 months and Lisc Chicago ( loans are $500 to 2.5 million dollars) and a small number of grants. The information is not really being given to the masses...

Also on a different note, was the cheerleading/dancing program ever started in EGP? If not, are there any similar activities in the community? I did check with the park district. Thanks.

6 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Opens New Orthopedic Center

The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson,...

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The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson, MD and Joseph Sheehan, MD. The facility features eight exam rooms, a large reception area and beautiful waiting room for patient comfort. The office includes a casting area and X-ray equipment conveniently located on site, and free, accessible parking.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to make an appointment, call 773-235-1915. Read more: http://www.reshealth.org/aboutus/newsroom/press_release.cfm?pressReleaseID=1971

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

What is the city planning on doing with the closed school on Oakley and Lake St?

Does anyone have any idea what the city is planning to do with that land or building? Right now and in the summer it is not much of a park and seems to be only utilized by homeless people who wait for services from St. Malachy's across the street. It would make a great space for a dog park.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 24

Amber Building/Viva Plaza

Just saw that the first floor doesn't have Lyft training anymore. It now says "ANNEX" and "never sleeps", anyone know what's happening? I have been excited to see the restoration and investment in the neighborhood.

  • Still waiting on anything official, but the rumor is that it's going to be co-working space, even on the ground floor. Doesn't make much sense to me (and I was hoping for a restaurant) but that's what's out there right now. BTW, if you live in the area, join the UK Village Community page on Facebook -- it's being discussed there.

Feb 20

Updated Feb 24

Ash tree removal due to Emerald Ash Borer

Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will...

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Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will probably be destroyed in the next year or two.

Ash trees are a staple of Chicago's neighborhoods. I live next to one of the tallest and most amazing trees in the neighborhood (on the 1200 block of W. Huron) and it's tagged for removal.

The tree has been noticeably suffering over the past year and I'm utterly distraught that it will be removed. Not only is it beautiful, it served to shade and protect the house and really beautified the block. It's going to be extremely bare without it. I've always joked with my wife that when that tree goes, we go too...I just was hoping it wouldn't be so soon.

I'm hoping the city has a more amicable solution than uprooting our century-old Ash trees, though the EAB is essentially a death sentence for our Ash trees. Will there be a replacement? Saplings? Anything? I called the Forestry department but got no significant answers.

i just wanted to share my lament. If you see the giant tree on Huron with the orange signs taped to it, take a moment to admire how strong and amazing of a tree it was - it will be gone by the end of the month.

  • For those of us who enjoy Skinner Park in the West Loop, we can say our fairwell to a number of those trees as well. Notably the trees that align the Loomis pedestrian path between Monroe & Adams. Sad, as those trees provided nice shade in the Summer, and were a beautiful part of these park.

  • I am happy to report the marked Ash trees on our block were pruned today and not cut down.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 21

Stolen Dog Van

Why no description of the perps?

  • The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a...

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    The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a victim than a f'up, so he omitted some details in his story to the police. Security camera ratted him out. End of story. I'm sure the dog guy is in trouble enough already. There doesn't need to be a full-blown investigation. This is between him, the company owner, and the police.

Feb 21

CPD road block on Chicago Ave.

Anyone know why CPD is blocking he street on Chicago Ave. by Eckhart Park?

Feb 16

26TH Ward Candidate Forum – Tuesday Night at 7pm – Euro Furniture

For a civil and thoughtful look at the issues facing the 3 candidates for the 26th ward, here is the event announcement:

26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from...

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For a civil and thoughtful look at the issues facing the 3 candidates for the 26th ward, here is the event announcement:

26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from voters. A reception offering voters an opportunity to speak with the candidates will close out the evening.

Have a question you'd like all the candidates address? Send your questions to 26thwardquestions@gmail.com

The evening is hosted by the Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) and the newly formed West Town Neighbors Association (WTNA)

Parking is plentiful and free on both sides of Grand Avenue after 6 pm.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 12

Affordable Housing

I just read that Garfield Park is getting a forty units of affordable housing. Do any of you know about it?

  • Taj's page Committed to helping others.

    Just who is Jasmine Jackson?

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    She is a registered WRITE IN Candidate qualified to be accepted as write in. Rumor has it the other write in candidate ha an address of a homes shelter and no plans to,work for election. Did not fact check.

    She may b a special Ed teacher who is active in...

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    She is a registered WRITE IN Candidate qualified to be accepted as write in. Rumor has it the other write in candidate ha an address of a homes shelter and no plans to,work for election. Did not fact check.

    She may b a special Ed teacher who is active in community issues.

    Go to jjfor28.'com her site.

    Look around and see the scourge of blight in28

    All who do not rally to get new representation deserve to live in the deplorable conditions we suffer under,

    Do your best to help us break the scourge in 28 over the past 24 years.

    Nobody can deny stats.

    The best tools are early voting where one can register And Vote on the same day. Go to the bBoard of elections site for requirements and ID. Going to a polling place outside of the ward is a Good idea to escape the spies and any potential intimidation and retaliation.

    Rumors abound about rough intimidation by thugs and how scarey it is. Others talk a out someone showing up at their door asking them to recant their signature to get on the ballot. Those are also fearful.

Feb 11

Opportunity For Those in 26th Ward - Candidate Forum

26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from voters. A reception offering voters an opportunity to speak with the candidates will close out the evening.

Have a question you'd like...

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26th Ward Candidates Meet and Greet

Join your neighbors at a meet and greet featuring candidates for 26th Ward Alderman Adam Corona, Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

Tuesday, February 17th
7-8:30 pm
EuroFurniture
2145 West Grand

The event will begin with opening comments by the candidates followed by a question and answer session with questions gathered from voters. A reception offering voters an opportunity to speak with the candidates will close out the evening.

Have a question you'd like all the candidates address? Send your questions to 26thwardquestions@gmail.com

The evening is hosted by the Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) and the newly formed West Town Neighbors Association (WTNA)

Parking is plentiful and free on both sides of Grand Avenue after 6 pm.

Feb 05

Updated Feb 06

Snow dump trucks

Hey West town,
I'm sure you guys are sick about the snow. Last night while shoveling my car for the fourth day in a row. I noticed a dump truck full of snow driving up and down Ohio and Elizabeth. I read on WGN news website that the city plans to clear the snow in neighborhoods dumping some other open land Dump in the city. Has anyone else seen these trucks on your block?!

  • bob

    I doubt the city will be clearing every street like that. Maybe main thoroughfares. Most private parking lots have the snow removed when there is this much.

  • KC resident!

    The city did do just that during a big storm years ago. Totally possible.

Feb 03

Updated Feb 06

Safe pathway for kids

When our mayor closed all these schools in all Chicagoland communities. He said "I'm going to have safe pathway for all our children going to the schools." Well what I see is children walking into the streets and not on sidewalks where there are so much snow on the routes of the safe pathway. I believe the mayor should be held responsible for not having these safe pathway route clean by now. So that children are not walking into any danger.

  • Jon Banks supervisor banks

    The owner of the lot is responsible whether there is a structure on the property or not. Sadly, most vacant lots are not maintained as required by the city.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    The city doesn't maintain their own lots, from what I can see.

Feb 02

Updated Feb 03

West Town snow situation

Does anyone know when our side streets will get plowed? I have a back injury and am trying to square away help to dig my car out (or just take some pain killers and suck it up myself). I live on Erie and Hoyne. Thanks for the info! Stay warm and safe, neighbors!

Feb 02

Updated Feb 03

  • MnHPK m

    Perhaps the better question is why do African American shootings get more press. Apparently the fact that more shootings numerically are done by European Americans is a statistical fact in the United States yet it is all but buried in the news priorities. People shoot who they know. Unless it's...

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    Perhaps the better question is why do African American shootings get more press. Apparently the fact that more shootings numerically are done by European Americans is a statistical fact in the United States yet it is all but buried in the news priorities. People shoot who they know. Unless it's a serial killing sociopath. Perception is seemingly more important than reality. Prove me wrong, do the work.

    Is there a problem with violence in America. Is it correlated with poverty and education across the color line? Yes, and does the rest of the world, perceive us as a violent country? Do we act based on what we believe or what we know as facts? I suggest that believing what you hear and are lead to see by conventional wisdom doesn't make it true. Here's another seldom expressed reality, affirmative action helped white women in greater numbers than blacks. Chew on that fact.

  • @MnHPK, I'd argue that black on black shootings get significantly less press than white on white. The former has unfortunately been assumed as fact, while the latter is usually newsworthy.

Feb 01

Updated Feb 01

Stay safe

Stay safe out there neighbors. Please be courteous to others in this beautiful yet crappy snow. :-)

  • If anyone in the immediate vicinity of Erie and Ada needs help pushing their car or clearing show, I will be free for the next couple of hours and will try to help. Just send me an email.

Jan 27

Jay

Almost midnight and some dude keeps yelling "jay" outside near grand and may, but I cannot see him! Is he locked out? Is he drunk? He is now honking. This is awesome.

Jan 27

Meet the 27th ward aldermanic candidates

Candidates for alderman in the 27th ward took part in a forum hosted by the Chicago West Side Branch of the NAACP. Watch it online at: http://ow.ly/I37tC

Jan 25

Updated Jan 26

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    I've marked you as un-neighborly. Please don't spam our boards.

Jan 25

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Jan 23

Updated Jan 25

New Construction at Old Lumber Yard Across From LaSalle School?

It looks like there's construction starting at the lumber yard where Trader Joes was supposed to go... I didn't realize there was a decision made about what was going there in its place. Does anyone know? Apartments or condos I'm sure?

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    Condos with retail on the first floor.

  • Scott Rappe Architect, Father, Fourth Generation East Villager

    Per building permit status, January 21:

    ERECT 4 STORY - 33 DU RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH 1ST FLOOR EMPTY TENANT SPACES FOR RETAIL AND RESTAURANT - 43690 SQUARE FEET - PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED UNDER APPLICATION

    REVISION TO PERMIT #100543892 TO CHANGE SITE PLAN TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES. REVISION TO FLOOR PLAN LAYOUT TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNITS - NEW TOTAL 36 DUS

Jan 15

Updated Jan 22

"Bad Landlords"

Some of you may have heard by now that the City is planning on posting a list of "Bad Landlords". Granted there may a few here and there. However, I feel that if the city post a list of "Bad Landlords then there should be a list for "Terrible Tenants" as well!

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Nothing kills a lie better than truthful info.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round...

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    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round the world with the click of a mouse in a second. THINK on how fast that is! Things that were a twinkle in someones' eye can be a 3 dimensional item within hours thanks to 3d printing.

    Things are just different, faster, maybe better and maybe worse. It is hard to sort out but one must do the best they can.

    In 50 years China built itself up into a superpower. In the same 50 years the south and west sides of Chicago cratered to unlivable conditions where 1/3 of the population has fled to the suburbs. 1.2 million have left; most in minority neighborhoods because living conditions are the worst.

Jan 19

Updated Jan 19

Jason Ervin continues to get caught up in questionable activities

A Multimillion Dollar gets a $2000 per month rent agreement for a $2k donation . No wonder these neighborhoods do not improve
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/301614/watchdogs-movie-studio-boss-pays-20k-debt-city-hall-sun-times-inquiries

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Ervin does not campaign, would be interesting to see if he gets investigated for campaign funds that he
    doesnt spend. He simply challenges everyone who wants to run

Jan 13

How Taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

I went to this last time, and it was very surprising how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent. They are having another free/public meeting. This time the meeting is in the Near North with plenty of free parking. I highly recommend attending.

Saturday, January 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Marcello’s ~ Father and Son Restaurant
645 West North Avenue

Here is the URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27th-Ward-TIF-meeting

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

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