10 hours ago

Thankful

I am thankful for all of you on Everyblock who reach out to help one another, from voicing your concern for the homeless living under viaducts to sharing good advice with those who need it. I am thankful to be here with practical people of good heart. May spontaneous acts of kindness break out on every block this Thanksgiving and long afterwards.

41 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Graffiti Removal

Graffiti on an unfinished wood privacy fence- already reported to 311 for city removal. I'm really bugged about this. Any suggestions for how to handle/deter this in the future?

  • Aimee7 Resident

    Update: City removal today! 8 day service

  • 8 days? That's slow! I've had it cleared later in the day I file, the next day at the latest.

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2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Cutting down your own Christmas tree

Can anyone recommend places (within a one hour drive) for cutting down your own Christmas tree?

  • Shannon R Irving Park resident

    We go to Dudeck's in Indiana, a little further out but a great place and worth the trip. http://www.dudeckspinecountry.com/

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times should have their published lists in thet week after Thanksgiving.
    The National Christmas Tree Association, has a search option. (See: http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/TreeLocator.aspx)
    Here is their list for with in 50 miles of Chicago:
    TNI Corporation, Inc._x000D_TNI Packaging - 18.30 miles
    Address: 333 Charles Court Suite 101...

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    The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times should have their published lists in thet week after Thanksgiving.
    The National Christmas Tree Association, has a search option. (See: http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/TreeLocator.aspx)
    Here is their list for with in 50 miles of Chicago:
    TNI Corporation, Inc._x000D_TNI Packaging - 18.30 miles
    Address: 333 Charles Court Suite 101 West Chicago IL 60185 United States
    Contact: Jerry Marchese

    Ulta-Lit Tree Company - 21.14 miles
    Address: 1989 Johns Drive Glenview IL 60025 United States
    Contact: John DeCosmo

    The Christmas Tree Company - 31.63 miles
    Address: 725 North McKinley Road Lake Forest IL 60045 United States
    Contact: David Godsoe

    Gorman Nursery - 37.62 miles
    Address: 6607 West Bruns Road Monee IL 60449 United States
    Contact: Kevin/Molly Gorman

    Luers Christmas Tree Farm - 41.65 miles
    Address: 6305 West 91st Avenue Crown Point IN 46307 United States
    Contact: Doug Luers

    Bengtson Farm - 46.90 miles
    Address: 10919 West Wilmington Road Peotone IL 60468 United States
    Contact: Jeremy & Scott Bengston

    Other search options let you search within 10, 20, and 75 miles.
    You may find other tree orchards using the Google search terms: Illinois,"Fresh Christmas Trees" or Illinois, "Christmas Tree Orchard", Wisconsin and Indiana should also have some tree orchards near Chicago.

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bridge

I unfortunately am one of those homeless people who live under that bridge. I mean no harm to anyone especially the people who reside there on Kedzie and on sawyer. I would like to tell anyone who is interested that we do not want to be there anymore that you want us there. We mean no harm and we try to respect the community and all the people who pass through on a daily basis. Don't be scared of us....

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I unfortunately am one of those homeless people who live under that bridge. I mean no harm to anyone especially the people who reside there on Kedzie and on sawyer. I would like to tell anyone who is interested that we do not want to be there anymore that you want us there. We mean no harm and we try to respect the community and all the people who pass through on a daily basis. Don't be scared of us. Try to keep an open mind. Notice that when you do pass through that we try very hard to keep it as clean as we can, we usually don't speak unless spoken to, and we never ask for anything. Some of deal with mental illness others have drug and alcohol problems but there are some of us who are very down on our luck with no family or place to go. If anyone would just reach out and ask they would know that we are harmless and we are just as afraid as you are remember we are there all night. We are alone we are treated as if we are not human and sometimes invisible as if this is what we really want sometimes people think the answer is as simple as getting a job which is a real challenge when you cannot keep your hygiene up, get proper rest and have no way to get back and forth imagine how frightening it is to go out all day and look for a job come back and find that the little bit you own has been discarded by the city. For just a minute put yourself in our shoes and maybe do for us what you would want someone to do for you if you were in our position. It absolutely is not as easy as it sounds.

  • Hi Teri,
    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. There is a place you can go to get help and get back on your feet. It's called Cornerstone Community Outreach, call Micah, the Group Missions Coordinator, at 773-558-8042 or drop in at 4826 N. Clifton. Everyone there is there to help...

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    Hi Teri,
    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. There is a place you can go to get help and get back on your feet. It's called Cornerstone Community Outreach, call Micah, the Group Missions Coordinator, at 773-558-8042 or drop in at 4826 N. Clifton. Everyone there is there to help you get out of this situation and get back on your feet. They house you, find you nice outfits to wear and help you find a job. They also are at Friendly Towers on Wilson Ave. Wonderful people and they are there for you! And anyone else. You just can't bring liquor or drugs with you. Not that you are doing those things but if you do bring anyone with you they need to know that it won't work if they try. My prayers are with all of you.

  • I heard they charge a fee at the Parks now, to take a shower. Glad you are back on your feet.

Nov 13

Updated 2 days ago

Holiday Fest Fundraiser for Harmony House For Cats

Saturday, November 15th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2914 N. Elston Av.
Free admission
773-293-6103
www.hhforcats.org

Shop for Harmony House t-shirts and sweatshirts, our 2015 color calendar featuring the gorgeous cats of HHC, handcrafted jewelry, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, Chicago’s finest catnip pillows and mats, and homemade baked goods. Find purr-fect gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Sorry, your pet cannot attend this event.*If every guest brought one item from Sheldon’s Wish List to Holiday Fest, it would help...

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Saturday, November 15th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2914 N. Elston Av.
Free admission
773-293-6103
www.hhforcats.org

Shop for Harmony House t-shirts and sweatshirts, our 2015 color calendar featuring the gorgeous cats of HHC, handcrafted jewelry, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, Chicago’s finest catnip pillows and mats, and homemade baked goods. Find purr-fect gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Sorry, your pet cannot attend this event.*If every guest brought one item from Sheldon’s Wish List to Holiday Fest, it would help stock the shelter for the winter months ahead. Please help if you can.
Sheldon’s Wish List
Gift cards for Petco, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Costco and Target
Science Diet cat food
Cat litter – regular and scoopable
Paper plates (6 or 9 inch)
Paper towels
Liquid HE laundry detergent
Postage stamps
13 gallon trash bags
A home for every cat!

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    I am in charge of adoptions at the pet store that I work at ...please contact me and we can set up a time for you to come to the store. Sunshinediva2011@gmail.com

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

viaduct

Now that the weather is getting so very cold will the city do something about the homeless community living under the bridge at Belmont and Kedzie? I am just curious the city comes and periodically removes their belongings will they still do that during the winter monthes?

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    Well, I was just there. And while I do not hate on any of these folks, their gauntlet of junk encroaching on the public way is impossible to understate. Nobody gets to claim the sidewalk for their own use AFAIC. And for the record, their ties to drug running and gangs are well known.

  • teresa avondale concerned citizen

    You are right Amber I am more concerned for their welfare,. I feel sorry for them I wish they all could find a better place to be Ideally their own place but at least someplace warm and dry.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Why I Support the Sauganash Sounds and You Should Too

Greetings my many neighbors!

I'm asking you to support the Sauganash Sounds with a financial donation to this very important community newspaper. I am again making a donation this year. Donations can be mailed to Sounds Donation Drive, ATTN: Julie Gay, 22 Alice Lane, Lake Barrington, IL 60010.

Supporting the Sounds with a donation is important. As a longtime self-professed "community guy", the Sounds provides localized information on what is going on in a whole bunch of NW neighborhoods. The...

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Greetings my many neighbors!

I'm asking you to support the Sauganash Sounds with a financial donation to this very important community newspaper. I am again making a donation this year. Donations can be mailed to Sounds Donation Drive, ATTN: Julie Gay, 22 Alice Lane, Lake Barrington, IL 60010.

Supporting the Sounds with a donation is important. As a longtime self-professed "community guy", the Sounds provides localized information on what is going on in a whole bunch of NW neighborhoods. The information is often tailored exactly to a specific community. The newspaper is responsive to the civics in our area and talks about individual neighbors. All of this would already be worth my and your donation.

But what is most important to me as a community guy, is with the Sounds we increase our ability to build community and do democracy. Building community starts with being informed but moves towards getting involved. I read the Sounds seeing that all of the events and activities listed invite you and me to get involved with other citizens. When done right, whether or not successful, along the way community is built. "We are better together" is one of my many sayings.

The Sounds also allows us to do democracy. Democracy belongs to the people, not the political parties, government or even elected officials. Like community, democracy requires citizens who are informed, connected with one another, understand the common challenges they face and determined to solve those challenges. No citizen stands alone so the massing of more citizens around an issue is required to solve challenges. The Sounds provides an open platform for a variety of voices to be heard in the democratic arena whether those are for or against.

Thank you Sounds for information, introducing us to each other, letting us know what's going on, building community and doing democracy. All of this more than merits my donation once again this year. I ask you to do the same.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I'd rather support someone local than support someone who moved far away.

    Shop local.

  • J

    The Lake Barrington address is that of the daughter-in-law of one of the Sounds’ founders, Nyra Gay. It really does not matter where the contribution is mailed to. Then again, if Bob is so concerned about where payment is received, perhaps he should get involved in the paper and he...

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    The Lake Barrington address is that of the daughter-in-law of one of the Sounds’ founders, Nyra Gay. It really does not matter where the contribution is mailed to. Then again, if Bob is so concerned about where payment is received, perhaps he should get involved in the paper and he can establish a lock box account at a nearby location?

    My resistance to contributing to the Sounds is mostly due to fact that there is very little news in it. Recipes and baby pictures are of little interest to me. I learn about more crime from EveryBlock than I do the Sounds. Every issue is guaranteed at least one picture of Alderman Laurino or State Rep. D’Amico. We know who they are and don’t need semi-monthly reminders. Report real news, instead of being the mouthpiece for the neighborhood’s political family and the paper may find increased support.

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5 days ago

Community Alert - Residential Burglaries

Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert
P14-N-196 (CA)
November 19, 2014

Wanted for
Residential Burglaries
016th District
( Jefferson Park)

About the Crime:

Unknown Offender(s) are entering apartments and residences through windows or doors and removing property. Offender(s) are taking electronics, jewelry, cash, and other miscellaneous items.


Incident times and locations:

There have been five incidents that have occurred since October 31, 2014. These incidents are occurring mainly during the day time and early evening hours. These incidents...

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Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert
P14-N-196 (CA)
November 19, 2014

Wanted for
Residential Burglaries
016th District
( Jefferson Park)

About the Crime:

Unknown Offender(s) are entering apartments and residences through windows or doors and removing property. Offender(s) are taking electronics, jewelry, cash, and other miscellaneous items.


Incident times and locations:

There have been five incidents that have occurred since October 31, 2014. These incidents are occurring mainly during the day time and early evening hours. These incidents have occurred on beat 1634 within the boundaries of Cicero to Long and Belmont to Irving Park Road.

5200 block of W. Belmont on October 31, 2014, between 11:30 PM – 8:00 AM
4800 block of W. School on November 4, 2014 between 7:45 AM – 7:30 PM
5300 block of W. Patterson on November 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM
4900 block of W. Eddy on November 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM
4900 block of W. Roscoe on November 17, 2014 between 7:00 AM – 2:55 PM



What you can do:

· Be aware of this crime and alert your friends and family about this crime.
· Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
· Pay special attention to any suspicious subjects loitering in the area.
· Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information as well as direction of flight, if known.


If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263
HX-489158, HX-495276, HX-497709, HX-510083, HX-510701
Chicago Police Department

Nov 18

Updated 5 days 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

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Police Activity (shooting?) at Waveland & Troy

Police have blocked Waveland between Troy & Albany and there are evidence lights shining on the street which is not uncommon when there are shootings and they are looking for shell casings. Anyone heard what happened?

  • Deb informed her ward via her newsletter, and maybe even on here, that there was filming happening there with prop weapons. There were police on site as there is with most filming and to make sure there weren't any problems or concerns with residents.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Parking Spot

I need a parking a spot garage for now till the winter ends, we live in Hamlin between Milwaukee and Diversy

  • I have a garage with room for another car. Just can't be a big car. Let me know if your interested.

6 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

6 days ago

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Nov 18

Updated Nov 19

Handyperson recommendation?

Hi
Can anyone recommend someone for a couple of small jobs? Leaky tub faucet, hot water hose change for washer. Some other small odd jobs. Thank you.

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Nov 13

Updated Nov 17

Stolen Car - White Honda Civic Hatchback license number V68-0594

My car was gone from the front of my house on Albany Ave. near Belmont this morning, and has not been reported as towed.
It is a white honda civic hatchback with a small hole in the front bumper, license plate Illinois # V68-0594.
If you have any information please let me know.

  • Thanks guys, my husband's car has actually been stolen twice, so we are very familiar with all the facts and things that we need to do. That being said, I'm simply asking everyone in the avondale area to keep their eyes peeled for a car that looks like mine - sometimes social media is more reliable than the police ;)

  • I guess you guys have been around the block with this before, I pray you get it back. Good luck!

Nov 14

Updated Nov 17

avondale/irving park in home nursery infant openings

hi everyone! we are currently looking to fill 4 infant spots in our in home nursery's new avondale location. we have been in logan square for almost 10 years. les petits amis is a bilingual montessori/reggio emilia inspired infant and toddler care. we have 2 full floors in our avondale location, a park in front (athletic field park) and are 1 block away from the addison blue line. we have a fb group so lmk if you are interested! tuition is 300/week with breakfast, lunch and snack included. ratio 1:4. cloth diapers are ok! much more info, feel free to ask!
thanks
alex

  • please add me to the Google site saralconley at gmail.com. Thanks!

  • I'm interested; we are looking for part-time care for our 8 month old son. Please add me to the google site: sgalluzzio at gmail.com. Thank you!

Nov 17

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Nov 17

Community Alert -- Strong Armed Robbery -- Avondale / Logan Square / 14th & 17th Districts

Just wanted to get the word out ASAP about a community alert issued today by the Area North Detective division. Please see the attached photo taken from the 14th District's Twitter account:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2mCMe6CIAAp-7p.jpg:large

Areas & dates of occurances:
3000 Block of N. Gresham (11/1)
3300 Block of W. Belmont (11/2)
3400 Block of W. Diversey (11/13)

Please see alert for description of offenders.

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