2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Illegal sign gone

Sun-Times says that obnoxious electronic billboard at Lunt and Western was taken down Aug. 11.

(The company that erected it is also said to have Bruce Rauner as a "passive" investor whose campaign has been given $188,000 in free advertising by the company, the CEO of which is also the head of "Mayors for Rauner.")

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Retired cook looking to volunteer

Having just retired after working forty years in the restaurant business I am looking to help feed hungry people.
All
Religious and political ideals are accepted.
I live on the far north side

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    Thanks everyone for your recommendations on volunteering. I think CatholicWorker will be a good fit for me.

  • Tenzin Rogers Park

    Good choice, Cityboy. Tell us more about the CatholicWorker organization

Nov 25 2011

Updated Aug 12

Dog Leash Laws and the people who dont care

Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What...

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What do you do about the people who dont leash their dogs (and there are plenty in the am)? My dogs are well trained but we do NOT let them off leash ever because of the great variables that can happen. However - other dog owners do not follow the same decorum.
We have called the police (who show up - but typically after they have time to leash up), we have asked (typically with a response of "find a different part of the park" or we just get ingnored or a snide comment.
So I ask all of you -- What would you do?
How would you handle this?
Is there anything more I can do? (and no - i wont try to find a different park)
Thank you for you replies and help!

Jim

  • The problem is people who don't obey the leash laws, especially those who insist their dogs are "trained." The truth is that none of us knows how other people--let alone other dogs--will react to our unleashed pets. People AND dogs who have been bitten or attacked in the past, for...

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    The problem is people who don't obey the leash laws, especially those who insist their dogs are "trained." The truth is that none of us knows how other people--let alone other dogs--will react to our unleashed pets. People AND dogs who have been bitten or attacked in the past, for example, or people who are uneasy around animals for whatever reason, can be expected to become anxious--even panicky--in the presence of unleashed dogs. No one should be subjected to fear or panic attacks because a pet owner decides that his/her dog is "trained" and the fears of another person or dog are irrelevant.

  • I really wish Indian Boundry Park will make it where dogs aren't allowed at the park. I've seen people allowing their dogs-pit bulls walk unleashed where the children are playing and thanks nothing is wrong. That's why I stay carrying a weapon

Aug 05

Updated Aug 07

What happened behind the IHOP next to Mather High School?

My partner and I were grabbing dinner at the Chipotle at the corner of Peterson and Lincoln when we saw a ton of police in that alley between the plaza parking lot and behind IHOP. When we came out there was an ambulance, red police tape, and even more police. I hope that this wasn't a homicide.

  • ALS

    Does anyone have further details on this?

Aug 06

Updated Aug 06

Recommendations for an arborist?

We are looking for a local arborist(s) who will give us a free estimate. Any suggestions?

Thanks all!

PS.... do arborists also string lights in trees or are we on our own for that one?

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    My sister just used Patch, and was very happy

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    A childs life is precious. Keep the baby!

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    Ha! Uh, I'm just lookin' for a dude to trim a tree, but thanks for your concern, Jeff. :)

Aug 05

Updated Aug 06

ABC 7 chopper circling Touhy to Clark

What is going on?

Aug 06

Big turnout on special evening at Indian Boundary

Indian Boundary Park brimmed with hundreds of visitors Tuesday evening, Aug. 5 as two simultaneous events lured families, toddlers and just plain folks for the first time since the fieldhouse was burned and closed in 2012.

http://www.indianboundaryparkadvisorycouncil.org/toddlers-tunes-and-turtles-and-caps-events-held.html

Jul 31

Updated Aug 01

Trader Joe's continued

The more folk we get on the website the better. This alderman is content to keep things the same. We don't need more cell phone stores, empty sari shops and lack of variety in food choices. If we live in the most diverse neighborhood in the city, where is the diversity. While trader joes is a chain it would be a great start

  • Derrick in West Ridge Resident of West Ridge since 1997

    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in...

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    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in Evanston, plopping another grocer in or near the 50th Ward is probably not economically viable. Not to mention the long-rumored Cermak Fresh Market that’s supposed to be opening in the old Dominick’s space near Ridge/Damen/Pratt.

    I agree with you and Robin, that the Western and Touhy strips are woefully lacking but what’s missing is some kind of strategy or master plan for attracting businesses to the ward. It has to be a mix of independents, non-profits, and chains if we want to see something that can revitalize those spaces. I recall discussions in the not-so-distant past from the Alderman’s office as well as organizations like the WRPCO about how to attract and attain the right mix of businesses but that was a while ago and I’m not sure where things stand. Perhaps representatives from those groups and any others might weigh-in here. Anybody out there?

    While it certainly wouldn’t hurt to petition Trader Joe’s, I think the effort has to be bigger than that. I’m a huge fan of TJ and would like to see them in more locations, I just don’t know how feasible/realistic it is for them to consider the 50th Ward. That’s where leadership from our elected officials and community organizations is needed.

    But I appreciate your spirit!

  • Check out previous EB conversations "Let's Go Aldermanic" and "Devon Shopping" for suggestions from neighborhood residents about the kinds of businesses residents would like to see on Devon, on Western, on Touhy. I agree than a master plan for economic development is long overdue--or else we don't know that there...

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    Check out previous EB conversations "Let's Go Aldermanic" and "Devon Shopping" for suggestions from neighborhood residents about the kinds of businesses residents would like to see on Devon, on Western, on Touhy. I agree than a master plan for economic development is long overdue--or else we don't know that there is one. I think we have to make a real effort to attract stores that appeal to the 70% of the neighborhood that isn't Indian or Pakistani. On one of the earlier threads I noted that the last time I counted there were 28 sari shops between California and Western but not one place where Western-style clothes or shoes are sold. I maintain that part of the reason other stores don't consider opening here is because the area is marketed as Little India, period. The rest of us have to take our diversity and our business elsewhere. That's why the Lincoln Town Mall is successful, why Wal-Mart, Mariano's, and other stores choose to locate near but not in once-viable commercial strips like Western and Touhy. The storefronts west of Washtenaw now are being occupied by home-health services, medical supply stores and clinics, one-person offices, etc., necessary businesses but not the kind that will provide employment to neighborhood residents or contribute much in the way of tax dollars to our shrinking economic base.

Jul 31

Updated Jul 31

Trader Joe's

Good morning 50 th ward. I spoke to someone at trader joes yesterday about petitioning for a store in the west ridge area. I was told to go to their website and under " contact us" state my case. The more folks petition the more they will consider it. I am tired of waiting for the alderman to do anything for this ward

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Been there, done that, not going to happen. A monster Mariano's will be at Touhy and McCormick; a gigantic Meier will be at Oakton and McCormick.

  • karen returned to my roots

    Neither is in this ward. Neither is even in the city. Why not try

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I tried many times, as have others. Hey, it's just a contact form on their website, so feel free.

    If Trader Joe's were interested in the 50th ward, they would have made a move before now.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 26

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.

Jul 25

Updated Jul 26

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 and Cranky

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

Jul 25

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 14

Updated Jul 25

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.

Aug 06 2012

Updated Jul 24

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.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 23

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?

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

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 Jul 19

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?

Jun 23

Updated Jul 16

Old Bingo Palace

It looks like the old bingo palace at Pratt and Western has a sold sign. Does anyone know what is going to be there?

  • Great. I hope they're wrong.

  • A Trader Joes? A Nookies Restaurant? A diner that specializes in pancakes? Oh how I miss Fluky's pancakes. Yum.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Devon Farmers Mkt

We went to the Devon Market yesterday and had a really nice time looking at the different merchants and products they were selling. Lots of Bakery vendors :), a really nice company selling capons that we decided we will by one next week if they come back. There were a couple of veggie/fruit vendors and we bought some lettuce and fresh sweet Black Cherries that are really good. I thought the prices were very competitive and hope that more vegetable...

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We went to the Devon Market yesterday and had a really nice time looking at the different merchants and products they were selling. Lots of Bakery vendors :), a really nice company selling capons that we decided we will by one next week if they come back. There were a couple of veggie/fruit vendors and we bought some lettuce and fresh sweet Black Cherries that are really good. I thought the prices were very competitive and hope that more vegetable vendors come as the season gets more productive for the farmers. Enjoyed looking at the table set up by Rogers Park Historical Society. Thanks for the free canvas bag to help me bring home my purchases. Will return again. We can tell someone worked very hard to make this a successful initial market. Congratulations.

  • I walked to the market and enjoyed capon sausage and hibiscus tea infused with strawberries for dinner, plus took home fresh bread, cherries, and raspberries for later. I had a nice experience and will come again next week. My only criticism is there was no place to sit and eat. I was there shortly after 4. Some tables were being set up as I left. Maybe that's what they were for. Definitely DO support this market.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Mary - have you been to the Evanston Farmers Market? They have seats, folks selling bottled water and other beverages, etc.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 07

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    It was a design feature used to double the revenue stream. Who is going to have the time to fight a ticket that can afford a smartphone and use the app? So few it will be worth it to write the tickets and see who pays.

Jun 04

Updated Jul 03

Devon Community Market needs volunteers

Hi everyone (yes, it's me...again)! The Devon Community Market also needs volunteers to help with various tasks from 2pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings starting with our launch day on July 9th. Are you or someone you know really good at greeting people, counting people, lifting heavy things, giving directions, taking pictures, answering questions, translating languages, or other things you think would be helpful at the market? I've got a couple folks so far, but need many many more to help make this a fun and festive affair. Let me know who you are and what you like to do and I will be sure to include you! Thanks.

  • I'll be there. Thanks for working so hard on this.

  • Mary Arents Farmers Market Junkie

    Hi everyone!
    Our launch day for the Devon Community Market is quickly approaching...yay!! We could still use volunteers for our first day, July 9th, and the following Wednesdays until September 17th. Let me know at devoncommunitymarket@gmail.com if you are interested. Thanks!

Jul 03

Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center Free Senior Enrichment Seminar Series

CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY ELDER JUSTICE CENTER

FREE SENIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR SERIES:

Real Estate Fraud Prevention
.:. Prevention of fraudulent transfers of property
.:. Cook County Recorder of Deeds Property Fraud Unit assistance in combating fraudulent claims against homeowners' property
.:. Common scams involving mortgages
.:. Issues dealing with Power of Attorney for real estate and real estate closings

SPEAKERS:
Hon. Karen A. Yarbrough - Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Assistant State's Attorney Deidre Dyer - Cook County State's...

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CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY ELDER JUSTICE CENTER

FREE SENIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR SERIES:

Real Estate Fraud Prevention
.:. Prevention of fraudulent transfers of property
.:. Cook County Recorder of Deeds Property Fraud Unit assistance in combating fraudulent claims against homeowners' property
.:. Common scams involving mortgages
.:. Issues dealing with Power of Attorney for real estate and real estate closings

SPEAKERS:
Hon. Karen A. Yarbrough - Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Assistant State's Attorney Deidre Dyer - Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Courtroom 2005
Chicago, Illinois 60602

TO REGISTER CONTACT:
The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center
(312) 603-9233

Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Patricia Banks, Presiding Judge, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division

Jun 20

Updated Jun 25

Tipping

I went to the bar at a restaurant and ordered a wine,beer and soft drink.the bill was 16.00 .I gave him a 2.00 tip.the bartender said he couldn't except it because it was too small and an insult.I usually tip my waitress /waiter at least 20 percent.What is the amount I should have given him.I don't go to bars. wasrude of him to talk

  • I used to work in hospitality. Making any comment about the amount of a tip or lackthereof was grounds for termination. He seems like a jerk, and/or having a really bad day. The owner/mgr should know about this. The fact that some people don't realize stuff like this will spread like wildfire is beyond me.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    wasn't this thread a scene in "Reservoir Dogs" ?

Jun 24

"Park Wars" Program Tomorrow at Budlong Woods Library

Arlene Swartzman, a historian of urban parks, will present a talk showing how far feisty Chicago communities are willing to go to have a say in the creation of neighborhood parks. She will discuss the founding of two Chicago parks, Indian Boundary in West Ridge and Pottawattomie in Rogers Park. The program will take place tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm at the Budlong Woods Branch of Chicago Public Libraries at 5630 N. Lincoln. It is sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

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