18 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

Skunk On The Prowl

Last night when I got home from work I did what I always do and took my beagle for a walk. On the way home he was pulling a little but hard on the leash but I couldn't see anything that he would have been following. As we turned to walk up to the building there it was...a skunk that was staring us down with its tail raised. I walked purposefully to the door and am happy to say that we were not sprayed.

I just wanted to give a heads up to any late night walkers in the neighborhood - specifically on Fargo between Greenview and Sheridan.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I found its entry/exit. seems to head out late after dark. Thought id then check the crawlspace, if its gone, then seal it up and lay out some repellent.. chili powder, amonia, coyote urine etc. to hopefully keep it away. Thats the plan anyway. Just have to stay awake and...

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    I found its entry/exit. seems to head out late after dark. Thought id then check the crawlspace, if its gone, then seal it up and lay out some repellent.. chili powder, amonia, coyote urine etc. to hopefully keep it away. Thats the plan anyway. Just have to stay awake and alert long enough to carry it out. If it its not gone or there are babies, i'll have to work up another plan probably involving outside help. I don't know if animal control will do the job of an exterminator. If they'll come in the house or how they operate.

    btw, a few drops of spearmint or peppermint oil on a cotton ball does a lot to neutralize the skunk odor in the home or on clothes. Powerful stuff

  • Diane Galleher Rogers Park neighbor since 2005.

    Thanks for the peppermint oil tip.

39 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

We Need Change

Social activism is stagnant. Protesters are boring. We need ideological revolution. Occupy Rogers Park and Chicago Light Brigade are so yesterday. They are dull and musty like Trotsky and Lenin. We need new blood. Marches, tie dye shirts, long hair and angry poetry is last century rubbish. Where are the neo-radicals? Is there life in the street? Is Rogers Park stuck in the post-Beat generation with brown rice, bean sprouts, feminist poetry and tofu? Are we intellectually and ideologically dead? Light the fire.

  • Brown rice, tofu, sprouts, and feminist poetry are all still pretty popular.

  • Daddy lama I'm happy

    I like tie dye stuff, from what I see it's popular with all ages. What's wrong with long hair? It was anti establishment and a form of self expression, and I believe it is still a way to express oneself without offending anyone, and if the length of ones hair does offend you...get over it.

8 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Primary Care Doc

I am devcestated to have to give up my family's current primary care doc (James Clancy at Rogers Park Family medicine) due to an insurance change. If you need a primary then start with him-he is the best ever and we have been with him for 12 years.

So, I need recommendations for a primary care doctor in the area-Dr. Clancy treated both my husband and our 2 kids-so a family doc would be great..
As I write this I am even more sad over losing Dr. C....help!

  • We dropped my BCBS family insurance for my husband's new United Health PPO. Cost for his is saving us hundreds a month as his company can cover more and it is great insurance. I never thought for a second Clancy would not take it. Called the office today to double check and reception told me he is not contracted with United anymore:(

  • Dr. Clancy is pretty awesome, I hope you find someone just as smiley and nice!

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

STILL think Alderman Joe Moore is a good guy?

Yesterday an op-ed piece he penned with--of all people--Ald. Pat O'Connor-- touting how "ethical" the city council had become appeared in the Trib. At 9:15 an ordinance slipped into the rules and "ethics" committee late on Tuesday by O'Connor was voted on to remove oversight of campaign contributions for aldermen by removing it from the duties of the Legislative Inspector General then approved by the city council later in the morning...JUST IN TIME FOR ELECTION SEASON!

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Yesterday an op-ed piece he penned with--of all people--Ald. Pat O'Connor-- touting how "ethical" the city council had become appeared in the Trib. At 9:15 an ordinance slipped into the rules and "ethics" committee late on Tuesday by O'Connor was voted on to remove oversight of campaign contributions for aldermen by removing it from the duties of the Legislative Inspector General then approved by the city council later in the morning...JUST IN TIME FOR ELECTION SEASON!

What do both of these guys have in common? Besides the fact that both their wives have enriched themselves; O'Connor's real estate agent wife had reportedly made over $20 million over the years on deals her husband had a hand in zoning for in his ward, and Moore's wife who did "consulting" to promote Turkey tourism for the Concept Charter School's friends (hello FBI...)? They BOTH have been subject to ethics probes by the LIG! Still think they're just trying to save the taxpayer money by trying to eliminate the LIG's office? HA! I have a bridge to sell you...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-ald-oconnor-limits-ethics-probes-week-after-watchdog-starts-investigating-him-20140730,0,162436.story#vf-5040400000447

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/alderman-joe-moore-political-action-ward-office-217465321.html

  • Well it's hard to blame her. It sounds delicious!

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    I love this maneuver that Joe's minions employ. It's kinda like when a magician distracts the eye so you don't see how the trick is done. "Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain." Joe learned it in his media training.

    First to answer the issue about me...

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    I love this maneuver that Joe's minions employ. It's kinda like when a magician distracts the eye so you don't see how the trick is done. "Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain." Joe learned it in his media training.

    First to answer the issue about me that is meant to distract voters from the real issue of this post. I will not pay back the money. Businesses offer severance pay with all kinds of strings. That was not illegal. What WAS illegal (and this was confirmed to me by the States Atty in early 2013--3 1/2 yrs after I left) was for the alderman to authorize payments to me on the city payroll, when he knew I was not working and that the city did not allow the payment of severance pay. It was also illegal to allow political work to be done on city property, for which I was fired for "doing the right thing" and reporting it to the alderman. I tried to report what I thought might be ghost payrolling but there was no city agency empowered at the time to investigate it. I never requested severance pay. I never signed anything authorizing the payments or agreeing to Joe's terms. And I am told by the States Attorney's office that it is Joe's obligation to pay the money back since he was the one who broke the law. That's my last word on this guys. Talk among yourselves if you want but, instead, why don't you try to focus and stay on topic?

    Joe's supporters and Craig (who is just being ornery because I kept his candidate from beating the alderman in 2007 and because, well, that's what Craig does) don't seem to have an issue at all with Moore's working with O'Connor to engineer the removal of all oversight over campaign financing in Chicago just 7 mos before a very important election. Talk about transparency: who can't see thru THAT?!

34 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Quick poll: Do you feel safe on the CTA?

The CTA today released crime stats that showed big drops in most categories of transit crime in the first half of this compared to the same period in 2013.

Robberies were down 35 percent, and thefts dropped 18 percent.

But do you feel safe on the CTA? Take the quick poll at my CTA Tattler blog and let us know. Your perception is reality for you.

http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2014/07/quick-poll-do-you-feel-safe-on-the-cta/

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    I transfer a lot at loyal to the bus as well. I think Sheridan is safer an lit. Is it legal to take a knife for your safety in light of concealed carry?

  • I am so, so relieved that I am not the only one to see a public masturbator. I was the only other person in the train car and it was 5:30 am so I jumped off and ran to the next car when the train stopped. I think I feel safer on the bus because the driver is in the bus with me, not in the cab in a car far away like the train.

4 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

B'nai Zion Synagogue on Pratt/Greenview

I'm somewhat new to RP (only 4 years) and a bit newer to EB, but I've been wondering about the place of worship near my home.

There is a history online: http://www.rpwrhs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57:bnai-zion-first-synagogue-in-rogers-park&catid=25:churches-a-public-institutions&Itemid=29

But it's no longer being used for anything but chalk drawing and relaxation (not a horrible fate for a no more-used building, mind you). It appears the daycare nextdoor is part of the "west addition" but what is being done with the actual Synagogue?

  • Once a Church/Synagogue/Mosque move the building is desanctified thus becoming just another building.

    According to another thread the School uses parts of the building for student activities.

  • It's a very nice building sans its historic religious affiliation.

  • The church at Morse and Ashland was also a synagogue, and I'm sure there are a few others in RP. When I worked in South Shore I saw a lot of former synagogues too.

Jul 08

Updated 1 hour ago

People's Gas Tore Up My Patio

Yesterday and also this morning People's Gas was out in my backyard breaking up my private patio and using my hose without any notice at all. I guess we won't enjoy our patio for the rest of the summer. We have also been walking through mud (Sort of like cat litter) every time it rains because they tore out the common sidewalk that feeds 12 townhouses on May, 21st. Everybody seems to be sub-contracted and unable to tell us who or what will happen next.

  • oh my, that wasn't clear to me, Christine. In that case, you have every right to complain, and I would too. I had no idea you were dealing with this for so long.

  • Thanks Carl, and here's the thing...once I noticed it then I seem to notice it more and more elsewhere (human nature?). I fear many people are going to be left with these messes. Some people aren't as vocal as I am or just don't know their rights. You can bet...

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    Thanks Carl, and here's the thing...once I noticed it then I seem to notice it more and more elsewhere (human nature?). I fear many people are going to be left with these messes. Some people aren't as vocal as I am or just don't know their rights. You can bet that when those who busted up the concrete have come and gone, nobody will be knocking on doors to do repair work. Collectively, it doesn't work well for the neighborhood. There needs to be some sort of a point person to address this BIG issue going on all over.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

All Night Fireworks

It sounds like a war zone over here at Western and Devon, 4th of July was three weeks ago WTF is with all the explosions and fireworks?

  • Rob

    JR- Has anyone said anything that makes you feel like a fool?

  • Usually when I feel like a fool it's because of something I've said to myself, like for example, "Carl, you are a fool." It can be quite devastating until I remind myself that it really doesn't matter what I say to myself. However, the mixed messages can be a little confusing.

2 hours ago

Joe Moore and pals remove authority from only office able to investigate campaign funding violations

This might be the biggest con job in the history of Chicago politics. As the elections near and aldermen scurry to scoop in every dollar they can to outspend their opponents, they have the audacity to neuter the only office able to investigate whether they're violating ethics laws in the process. You know, the office that caught our own alderman in a series of ethics violations and subsequent lies.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-ald-oconnor-limits-ethics-probes-week-after-watchdog-starts-investigating-him-20140730,0,162436.story#vf-5040400000447

Gee, why would they do that?

It's time to vote these crooks out of office.

9 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Politicking

There are constant accusations of Chicago Alderman politicking on Everyblock and Nextdoor. Most accusations are sheer nonsense from right wing nut jobs or Libertarian lunies, but some do appear to ring true. Both websites seem at times to be controlled by the Alderman and their hand picked online thugs who work to control the messaging, especially here on EveryBlock. It would seem an investigation is warranted to see if Alderman are actually violating the terms of service agreements on these websites? And furthermore it's possible some Alderman are breaking election, or in the case of an Alderman directing others to drive the dialogue on EveryBlock or Nextdoor for their political gain, even federal racketeering (RICO) laws?

  • Jack Lydon 47th Ward Democratic Party Ward Committeeman

    I can't believe I wrote "your" and not "you're." I feel like an idiot. Please forgive my poor grammatical and proofreading skills.

  • I forgive you, Jack. There is room for many errors in this big tent of ours, even grievous ones like yours. And I love you, too, Robin, I always have. As for Mr. Revolution, he will just have to observe the love and forgiveness fest from a safe revolutionary distance and keep clicking away at the "thanks" buttons.
    I have to go now. I heard there was kissing going on in another forum on here, so I'll have to go check that out.

3 hours ago

Any United Church of Rogers Park members available?

Hello!

My name is Ramsen Shamon and I am Northwestern University graduate journalism student covering religion in Rogers Park.

Would any members of the United Church of Rogers Park be willing to communicate to me their experience as a church member?

This is for an assignment. Your information will not be published.

Thank you!

Ramsen Shamon

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @Need for Change - Again, you are trying to relate stories that are not related. Because they have Ald. O'Connor's name in them does not give you license to build bridges from one topic to another. You are still rationalizing your behavior but it would seem that you do not recognize it, even though it is blatantly obvious to others.

  • Kyros C. New York Native - Loving Rogers Park & Edgewater

    Why does the article constantly refer to the guy as "the rapper"?
    Why not just say his real name, so the police and the community members can investigate this character, and give him all the attention he has earned ??

12 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

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

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    karen - I agree with you! Most of the new tenants on Touhy are non-profits; that does not help us at all!!

  • 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!

Mar 22

Updated 6 hours ago

Chicago Electric Aggregation / Integrys

So, doing the math, I seem to be paying ComEd 4.2 cents/kWh for electricity. The notice from the city regarding Integrys says that if I don't opt-out, I'll be paying a price of 5.299 cents/kWh through May 2015. Assuming everything staying flat, it seems to be cheaper to stay with ComEd. But, rates are going up in June, no? Is anybody else considering opting out, or do you have an opinion on why it'd be wise to not opt-out?

And if I do opt-out, can I opt-in again later? Or am I out of the loop until something else comes along in May 2015?

  • The Bishops nearly 10 years NOH

    You bet Dave! That is exactly why I keep resurrecting this discussion.

    My point of view is strictly from that of a single family home owner and the savings equation will be different from others living in an apartment/condo/townhome, regardless I've yet to see any other analysis of substance.

    It is going to be interesting to see how I factor the RRTP program into my comparison spreadsheet, but it will be an interesting learning process. Meanwhile, ComEd's RRTP customers are paying only $0.035 per KwH right now (7/31@9am).

    - chris

  • d3 NOH

    BTW... Now this week it was announced ComEd and Integrys are essentially the same company. The parent company of ComEd bought the energy distribution unit at Integrys ... now everyone who didn't opt out is paying twice as much delivery fee than prior to the city of chicago's aggregation program and the company giving and supplying is still the same parent company.

Jul 23

Updated 6 hours ago

What do you think of a Proposal to Rename Jarvis Beach and Park?

I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor...

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I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor of Ms. Mahony Griffin.

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

Mary Mahony Griffin (see photo below taken in 1930 with husband, Walter Burley Griffin) was of the first female licensed architects in the United States, an ambassador of the Chicago-style architecture to the world, and a pioneer for professional women in the first decades of the 20th Century. She was the first employee hired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and became his right hand person. Her design work and watercolors became synonymous with the Prairie Style of architecture.

Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes became known as a staple of Wright's style, though he never gave her credit for her work. Despite her talents, her work went largely unrecognized during her tenure with Wright.

Mahony Griffin's talents finally emerged from Wright's shadow when she and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, won the international design competition for designing the capitol city of Australia, Canberra (this is why the Consul-General of Australia is advocating for her to be honored). She is celebrated in Australia and Asia, but remains overlooked in the United States, her hometown of Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park where she spent her final years.

Below is a Wikipedia biography of Mahony Griffin's amazing life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Mahony_Griffin

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    The Park District Director of Communications, Jessica Maxey-Faulkner@ 312-742-4786, also has been quiet on the topic. The Park District Board of Commissioners meets in about a week and a half and hasn't yet announced the agenda or if the renaming proposal will be addressed by the Alderman on August 13th....

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    The Park District Director of Communications, Jessica Maxey-Faulkner@ 312-742-4786, also has been quiet on the topic. The Park District Board of Commissioners meets in about a week and a half and hasn't yet announced the agenda or if the renaming proposal will be addressed by the Alderman on August 13th. That is when he would make a proposal of how to honor Griffin at a park or a beach in the Ward. Hopefully he will be creative and flexible in finding a way to not to dishonor Jarvis while simultaneously honoring Griffin in a way that will inform people as to who she actually was.

  • PTM DJ/MC

    And have you heard the park at Water Tower is being named after Jane Byrne. That's a former Chicago MAYOR. And it's a PARK not the entire Water Tower.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Joe Moore -- Why aren't you asking the IG to investigate the red lights money grab?

Eight of your colleagues have asked that the IG conduct an investigation into the "enforcement" spikes in the red lights camera system. Why aren't you joining them in that request?

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    Suzanne, why are you not answering me? You wouldn't ignore me the same way you accuse Joe Moore of ignoring you, would you?

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Business travel, Delmer. So I didn't see your open question. You'll just have to wait!

47 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Morseland?

Has anybody heard any news or any plans for the old Morseland on morse?

12 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Skunk Alert 6500 Block of Greenview

Ok stepped outside to the unmistaken odor of Peppi Le' Phew !!
Skunk in the area. I'm used to running into the perfume in Glenview / Skokie. First time in 20+ years the hairs in my nose have been clipped so close to home!!!

  • d3 NOH

    last month they were in my yard pretty much daily. haven't seen one or smelled one in about 2 weeks though

  • We smell them occasionally at Eastlake and Rogers as well. Lived here long enough to tell the difference between weed and skunk. :-)

10 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

peacful protest yesterday?

My husband was out walking with our daughter yesterday and ran across a group marching together. Signs calling for an end to gangs and sending love. I want to know who these people were! We want to join in. Anyone have any further info?

21 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Squad Car At 7400 N Seeley

The entire alley is taped off, and the cops are nowhere to be seen. Squad cars are still here and flashing. No clue what's up yet...

  • Kyros C. New York Native - Loving Rogers Park & Edgewater

    Earlier this evening, there was a report of an electric power transformer fire in the area.

    Not sure of the precise address, but the police might be closing the alley, until ComEd can get there.

  • diana Life is short. Death is long. Act accordingly.

    Yep. The transformer between the 7300 block of N. Seeley and the north/south alley (between Seeley/Damen) blew around 6:30-7:00pm. Half the alley was blocked off until ComEd came some time during the night and fitted a new transformer to the pole.

    Nothing big. But I hope that someone cleans up the red crime scene tape. It's a little off-putting.

  • Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Tree trimming along Metra tracks

Does anyone know who is responsible for trimming the trees that are hanging out into the street from the Metra tracks along Ravenswood? All of the street cleaning signs are completely covered by the brush, but I still see people getting parking tickets there on street cleaning days (and I got one myself). I'm disputing the ticket, but I'm curious who should be maintaining the tress.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Pat, did you call 311 or the relevant alderman's office and ask to have the trees trimmed?

  • Helen ( you sweet thing ) ,

    No

    I think Moore's office contacted Union Pacific.

    They trimmed, but didn't remove the cuttings.

    They are piled up in the " curb to fence " area.

    But, it's a big improvement for southbound Ravenswood travel.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I maintain the " curb to fence " area around Albion & south to Devon.

    Trim the trees / bushes, pick up litter.

    But I did venture up to Pratt to cut the tree limbs near the stop sign.

10 hours ago

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20 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Looking for nanny in September in East Rogers Park

Hi I have a newborn and will be returning to work in late September. I am looking for an experienced nanny to come to my home in East Rogers Park. I am also open to the idea of a nanny share. Please message me if you have any referrals. Thanks in advance!

  • I`m looking for a full time position such as your post for a Nanny.. I have experience with children from infant to school age. I also have my associates in Child Development. I have worked in private homes and daycares. Please consider me in your search for a Nanny.
    You can send me an email on Every Block or at my email address: Smith4514@yahoo.com Thanks

  • Amy 13 years in the RP

    Hi. My dear friend, east rogers park neighbor and Spanish bilingual nanny extraordinaire Liliana may be available. She has fantastic references. Email me at amylzimmerman@gmail.com and I will connect you! She has extensive infant experience too.

12 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

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, very tired

    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, very tired

    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.

34 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Da Bears 2014

I love the Bears they are one of the oldest teams in the NFL .
The Bears have made some moves that will make them better on Defense as well as offense .Just today a receiver was acquired.Should be an exciting season .
I am predicting 10-6 or 11-5 anything could happen in a 16 game season so ....
Go Bears
http://www.chicagobears.com/
http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/schedule.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqFf-0eROUA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thue2qFFaYI Could you imagine this guy singing it in Soolider Field .
Have you been a game or to Solider field how was your experience.

Jun 12

Updated 12 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

21 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Norfolk Pine free to good home

Well, folks, I'll say right off that the dear thing lists eastward - and is just too big for the space it occupies in my church. The kids think its pot is a sandbox and can't keep their hands out of it. It is currently about 8 ft tall and really needs a nice skylit stairwell or atrium to grow in. A little TLC would go far. Comment on this posting if you're interested; thanks!

  • Is it only an indoor plant? Probably cannot take it anyway, but just in case, it would only be as an outdoor plant. Thanks...

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I wish I had the space for it.

    Julia, I grows fine outdoors--on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. But, no, in Chicago, it can't spend the winter outdoors.

  • My place could not handle such a large tree indoors. I am sure someone will save such a great plant. Good luck...

19 hours ago

Out on a nice night

Had a great time meeting a few more fine Roger's Park residents this evening. Cannot believe I still have the energy to still be up. Got to see the area from a whole new perspective!

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Scrabble, anyone?

Hello, friends. We are new to the neighborhood. I'm Emily and my fiancée
is Eddie. I founded a Scrabble club in Madison and then Edgerton, WI.
Any interest in starting one in Rogers Park? We can meet at our house, and
anyone can come, regardless of skill. We can teach newcomers! Please
post if interested, and we will contact y. P.S. We LOVE Rogers Park!

  • Attention: Scrabble lovers, word nerds, philologists, wordsmiths:

    Hello, everyone!

    Wow. What a heartening response to starting a Scrabble club! And what fun to have contributions on my little word puzzles. We did lots of these in the past with our Scrabble club members. WHO LOVES WORDS??? WE DO!

    As far...

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    Attention: Scrabble lovers, word nerds, philologists, wordsmiths:

    Hello, everyone!

    Wow. What a heartening response to starting a Scrabble club! And what fun to have contributions on my little word puzzles. We did lots of these in the past with our Scrabble club members. WHO LOVES WORDS??? WE DO!

    As far as a potential meeting place, please scratch my offer of my home, as least
    for now. What was I thinking??? Many thanks to RPGurl and BigChibro for reminding
    me to be cautious about that. Some good suggestions have been Sol Café, Rogers Park Social, Common Cup, the library, and Jewel(s) meeting room. Have I forgotten any? I am off work tomorrow and plan to contact these places.

    Once we have a place, we will have to set a time. We used to meet on Sundays
    from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Will that work for people?

    Finally: Here is another little brain tickler for you. How about your favorite
    oxymorons? (No: That is not a very dumb ox. It is a "seemingly self-contradictory term" like "cruel kindness." Oxymorons are everywhere! We just have to look for them.
    I saw a really good one in the grocery store: "Extra Large MINI-Buns."

    Love to hear some of your favorites!

    Emily Smith
    Rogers Park newbie

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    Negative Positive loiterers.

45 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Advice Needed

My cat just alerted me to the presence of a bird on my fifth floor balcony. It's very still and I think it may be a fledgling or maybe the victim of a hawk attack? I've decided not to interfere tonight, but wonder if there are some bird savvy neighbors who can give me advice should the bird still be out there tomorrow. Advice? Thanks!

  • Will_iam43 Who dat?

    Let nature take it's course

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Lakewood&Albion since 2010, Chicagoan since 2000

    You're welcome, Shelby, and good to know that about Chimney Swifts. I'm on the 4th floor, so who knows if that will come in handy if one lands on my porch one day.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Police patrolling late last night

Dear friends:
I somehow found myself walking my two dogs very late last night, about 2:30 a.m.
Well, one of them is a purebred GSD so I don't worry too much. But it was
a wonderful comfort to see a police car patrolling our street very carefully, as well
as tours through all the alleys. This was Newgard Street near Albion. Can anyone
send a big thank you! to our police who patrol for us?
Emily

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    Oooops #3. The commander's email address is dot (.) org, not dot (.) com. You need more coffee.

  • Dear Pension Pat:
    It takes a village! Don't worry about it.
    As a newcomer to Chicago, I am very glad to
    be part of this neighborhood family.
    P.S. I am not afraid to speak my mind!
    Emily

5 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Clark and Pratt/Farwell

Lots of gunfire at 1:25.

  • I understand about hating a job. That is still not a reason not to do the job well. you never know where doing a job well will lead.

  • Spenser Akanni Omigbemi Harris Father , Vet.Conscious. ...A Local

    I feel the same way about republicans BUT we all gotta eat plus u never had a bad day?? Look I don't know what ur experience did for u but that doesn't mean stop calling ...call more and instead of typing ,,talk to the operators bosses ...Movement not fussing it works

34 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Rolland's

Does anyone know what's up with Rolland's at Clark & Howard? It's been dark the last few days. There isn't a sign on the door or a notice on the website. It would be a shame if they closed. They've been a great neighbor, and their burgers are amazing!

  • Too bad. Burgers were very good. I did patronized this place...

  • You're right, Mac. It was my understanding that the restaurant was purchased by the manager of the Hop Haus. The menu was quite similar - the few changes there were made it better in my opinion.

    It's so strange that I can't find any news about the closing....

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Thanks to Streets and Sanitation for trimming the trees.

Streets and Sanitation did such a great job today trimming the trees on Farwell Ave. and Greenview. They trimmed along the one side of each street, where street cleaning took place and all the cars were moved. It made such a dramatic improvement and has made the entire area so much brighter. Hopefully they'll get to the other side too. I imagine this will make the area safer.
Thank you Thank you

  • Good post, Tim. Neighbors, if you have branches that are touching our house or very nearly touching, you should call 311 to schedule a tree trimming. We don't think about it in nice weather but during a storm, those branches can do massive damage to your home. Summer time is the right time to get it done!

  • I also noticed the tree trimming going on in the neighborhood. Was thinking that the tree trimmers & street cleaning should work together. Considering with street cleaning, there are no cars parked (for the most part) on the side of the street being cleaned. Streets & Sanitation could go in...

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    I also noticed the tree trimming going on in the neighborhood. Was thinking that the tree trimmers & street cleaning should work together. Considering with street cleaning, there are no cars parked (for the most part) on the side of the street being cleaned. Streets & Sanitation could go in prior to the street cleaner, complete the trimming & move on to the next block. This type of schedule would ensure each block not only being swept but having the trees being taken care of as well. On the other hand, this may just be too logical for the city to schedule.

    I was walking my dogs on the 1400 block of W. Farwell around noon today and the street was closed off due to the tree trimming. I watched one of the workers up trimming branches. He would catch the branch and drop it to the ground. The problem I saw was that the branch was hitting the back of a car. If the street was clear due to street cleaning, he wouldn't have been scratching the back of someone's car.

29 hours ago

Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap

Tonight: Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap! $1 Bud Drafts / $3 Well Drinks / $1 Pucker Shots and more...

On Stage at 9 pm: Big Leg Emma / Wesley Harding / Sons of the New Amish

$5.00 or FREE admission w/ your college ID

The Red Line Tap - 7006 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL

https://www.facebook.com/redlinetap

6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Let's Talk Spanish!

Our conversational Spanish group will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28th. at the Heartland Cafe. Want to learn? Want to brush up? Light conversation with others
is a great way to do so and have some fun at the same time.
Barbara

  • I can't make it this Monday but I'd love to participate in the future. Is there an official schedule or calender ?

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Same, hope there are future lessons.

  • Emilie Junge Lawyer, crim justice and health care advocate

    Any schedule yet? I would love to join

30 hours ago

Bridge to Nowhere

bridge to Northerlu Island? No way!

They want to shut down Burnham harbor, despite the press on how great the bridge will be. You can walk to Northerly Island as it is.

http://fotp.org/news/what-can-you-do-to-speak-up-for-open-space

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Condo Association Obligations

I am a renter in a four-flat condo building. Two units in the building are owned by the gentleman who live in Italy, one unit is owned by a local developer (bought recently), and on unit is owned by a condo association chairman (I am not sure about the proper title-I'll call him condo 'guy'). In the four months that I've rented here, I've observed that the condo 'guy' barely does any upkeep to the property. Things look pretty dismal....

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I am a renter in a four-flat condo building. Two units in the building are owned by the gentleman who live in Italy, one unit is owned by a local developer (bought recently), and on unit is owned by a condo association chairman (I am not sure about the proper title-I'll call him condo 'guy'). In the four months that I've rented here, I've observed that the condo 'guy' barely does any upkeep to the property. Things look pretty dismal. When I asked him about that, he said that the budget for the upkeep is very low. I found out later that three owners pay him $185 each in condo fees. It is not a high amount but it still something.

Is there a way to find out the exact responsibilities of the condo 'guy' and how he exactly spends the condo fees? I am afraid that because two of the owners are in Italy and the new owner is not in the loop yet, the condo 'guy' does what he pleases because no one is keeping him accountable.

  • -John Versical, as far as maintenance schedule is concerned, I am pretty sure there is none. The grass was only cut twice this spring/summer season. Both times I had to call him and ask him to cut it because we had a city violation notice on our door. After you...

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    -John Versical, as far as maintenance schedule is concerned, I am pretty sure there is none. The grass was only cut twice this spring/summer season. Both times I had to call him and ask him to cut it because we had a city violation notice on our door. After you mentioned that condo association pays for general electric, I find it suspicious that only one hall light out of four (one on each floor) has a working light bulb. I've asked him about that too couple weeks ago, but he never changed the bulbs.

    -FA Grl, I am mostly talking about the landscaping. The grass is 50% weeds. Also, weeds are growing through the concrete cracks. Trash cans are pretty old and have fist size bites or chips on the top of them. (Rats?)

    -Julia Z-N, we would not go as far as breaking the lease because everything works great in our unit and we love unit's rare convenient lay out. When we came to look at the unit in March before renting it, everything was still covered in snow, and there was no way of seeing how the landscaping was like. Street view form Google Maps looked better than the reality most likely because it was from 2009. Hall lights were working at that time and hallway was clean. Though now that I think of it, lack of snow shoveling in the pathways should have been viewed as a red flag.

    -As a final thought, I am so surprised that the property with condos priced at the higher spectrum of the market for the area have such low HOA fee that brings poor upkeep with it.

  • d3 NOH

    who knows if he's even being paid?

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

People ARE interested in Scrabble! Please let me hear from you!

Hello, Rogers Park friends. I have already had THREE interested
friends respond to my post of yesterday about starting a Scrabble
club for the Rogers Park area. Please let me hear from you! We do
have a friend who has volunteered to also recruit future wordsmiths.
I will be contacting you back to further plan this.
P.S. Would anyone like to contribute their favorite commonly
mispronounced words? One of mine is ek cetera.
:>) Emily

  • Oh, you guys are good! These make me nuts, too!
    How about...IRREGARDLESS.....

  • Mr Rogers and Daddy lama read my mind... Those make me so bonkers that I think I tried to forget them ...

Jul 19

Updated 31 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.

  • RickAiello Chicago resident since 1997

    I'm on Washtenaw between Granville and Glenlake, and at one point we had FOUR such spots on our block alone. And at no time did I ever see anyone using that spot that either had a disabled license plate or a placard on their dashboard. (I won't say that they...

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    I'm on Washtenaw between Granville and Glenlake, and at one point we had FOUR such spots on our block alone. And at no time did I ever see anyone using that spot that either had a disabled license plate or a placard on their dashboard. (I won't say that they didn't appear disabled, because I know better than that)-- I felt then that there is an abuse of this system going on, and I still believe it. I honestly don't see as many of these spots in other neighborhoods, so I have to wonder if the abuse is more prevalent in ours.

  • Good question, Rick. Like you, I have no problem with legitimate use but wonder about why there seem to be more here than in other areas.

32 hours ago

Who's Been Shopping at The Giving Tree Toy Store?

Hello everyone!

I'm a graduate student studying journalism at Northwestern. I'm writing a story about The Giving Tree, the new toy store that opened on N. Clark street a couple of weeks ago and I'd really love to speak with some Rogers Park residents who have shopped there in the store's first few weeks.

If you've spent any time at the shop, either buying or browsing, I'd love to chat with you about your experience. My deadline is on Friday so I need responses asap!

If you have anything you'd like to share or have any questions, do not hesitate to write me at mikee-at-u.northwestern.edu.

Thanks in advance for all of your help.

Best,
Mike

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Lakeshore Recycling - garbage pickup

Lakeshore Recycling has been collecting trash every Tuesday morning in the alley between Pratt and Albion and Sheridan and the lake usually at 4:00 am , today at 4:50 am. I called 311 and they directed me to 911 who said they would sent the police to tell them that the earliest garbage pickup is 7:00am. I encourage anyone who has the same problem to call 911. I posted about this a couple of months ago. That post degenerated into a long list of people going off the subject here. I am just trying to get Lakeshore Recycling to not come so early.

  • RPM N Sheridan Edgewater

    They're over here in North Edgewater before 7:00 as well. They don't pay any attention to the law. Call the alderman.

  • A City of Chicago truck was in the alley(touhy &ridge) this morning picking up trash at 6:30 am.

32 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

There's been some confusion about the day our group meets. We meet every Monday evening at 7:30 at the Heartland Cafe. Our next meeting will be Monday, Aug. 4th., same time and place.
Barbara

34 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Alderman Moore responds to outrageous allegations from an unreliable source

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Joe-Moore-Makes-It-Worse-218519841.html

As many of you have read in threads here, I am often critical of our Alderman and his extreme liberal positions. Conversely, I dealt with his accuser, former 49th Ward Chief of Staff Anne Sullivan when she was employed by the Alderman, and found her to be an obtuse shrew. Rest assured folks that her accusations are without merit and are wholley in retaliation for her dismissal with cause.

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned...or dumped from a staff position

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    That's exactly what Joe Lake said about her and it's maybe the only believable thing he ever said.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

ISO Same Sex Wedding Card

I always buy cards at Cost Plus in Evanston. They have non-standard cards, and a nice selection. How is it possible, that all of their wedding cards had man/woman (or male/female animal) couples? I don't have time to run around, and was hoping to find a card close to home.

  • If you want local, there's a beautiful card and gift shop in Evanston on Chicago just north of Dempster and south of the children's boutique, Lollie (I bought a card there for a wedding recently but can't remember the name). They have beautiful but pricey hand pressed cards appropriate for any wedding. Also, Women & Children First in Andersonville.

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    Four-Sided in Andersonville. Best greeting card store I've ever found. Great selection and lots of humor, too. Lots of great gift items there too.

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Pockets

Anyone know what's happening with the supposed Pockets on Ridge and Touhy? There's been a whole lot of nothing going on inside the space over the past several months.

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

    I actually called Cermack Market who is supposed to be opening in the Ridge Dominick's location about a month ago. They told me it would open in six months.

  • Emailed Pockets today and heard back right away from the President, of all people. Said they're still waiting on permits. Didn't say how much longer it might take.

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