16 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Best eating in RP (for NewToRP)

Hi guys, since NewToRP is new to RP, and since her sisters are in town, and since she had a bad experience at Giordano's last night, thought the long time locals could help her out with suggestions on neighborhood gems!

I'll through a few out:
- Heartland Cafe (long wait for the food, but great environment and good quality)
- Grill Inn for Burgers
- Common Cup for coffee
- Twisted Tappas? Okay I confess I've not eaten there myself, but I hear only great things about it :)

What would you guys put on a list of must-eat places?

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Heartland? It's an institution one should check out at least once. Then decide for yourself if there will be a second time.

    Maybe it's me, but what's 'wrong' with Heartland is the same that's whats wrong with many places in Chgo-land. Great places, good comfort food and tasty going down,...

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    Heartland? It's an institution one should check out at least once. Then decide for yourself if there will be a second time.

    Maybe it's me, but what's 'wrong' with Heartland is the same that's whats wrong with many places in Chgo-land. Great places, good comfort food and tasty going down, but I strongly suspect it's the hydrogenated oils that make me feel poor about six hours later and into the next day.

    FYI, we know trans fats are bad but the more important part of the story is that when hydrogenated oils are heated they become trans fats. Forget all the stuff about saturated and poly-un*. It's deliberate distraction. Margarine is mostly hydrogenated oils as is CoffeeMate and we know know this stuff is bad. So is fryer oil (hydrogenated canola, corn, soybean). These oils may be poor for human consumption but they are terrible once they are hydrogenated. They are hydrogenated so they can be stored at room temp and not spoil, and tolerate the heat of a fryer for a few days. Otherwise they would go bad instantly. Problem is the body expecting oils that it needs cannot break down and use oils that are hydrogenated. IMO, the best places to eat are those that use lard, beef tallow, butter & coconut oil. SBK is one, still looking for others.

    Alderman Moore. It was about three years ago that a ban on hydrogenated oils was entertained in the City Council. Please bring it back. The restaurant businesses will not care for it short-term, but Chgo will become a food paradise as a repeat destination like New York and maybe close to Europe where hydrogenated oils are banned. I suspect with your foie gras stance you're toughened up to deal with hydrogenated oils.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    For me, Heartland consistently underwhelmed. Simple dishes were bland and strangely prepared. From the buffalo burger (steer clear of medium rare) to a simple grilled cheese (come on) to eggs and hash browns (or whatever that was), something was always off-- texture, flavor. I appreciate its spirit and the fact that some seem to really like it, but i'm careful with low expectations. All said, i haven't been since new management/ownership or whatever happened. Good place for a casual meeting, low key, quiet, relaxed service.

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Rogers Park Enjoys Quiet Weekend after Last Week's Incidents

Chicago police officers under the leadership of Commander Thomas Waldera responded quickly last week to several shooting incidents in Rogers Park. Commander Waldera requested and received re-enforcements from the Chicago Police Department. The Commander has been on the streets with his tactical lieutenant each night from dusk to dawn personally directing the allocation of those officers.

Thanks to their efforts, Rogers Park experienced no shooting incidents over the weekend.

Last Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot by an unidentified man...

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Chicago police officers under the leadership of Commander Thomas Waldera responded quickly last week to several shooting incidents in Rogers Park. Commander Waldera requested and received re-enforcements from the Chicago Police Department. The Commander has been on the streets with his tactical lieutenant each night from dusk to dawn personally directing the allocation of those officers.

Thanks to their efforts, Rogers Park experienced no shooting incidents over the weekend.

Last Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot by an unidentified man on the 1600 block Morse Avenue Thursday night at approximately 8:00 p.m., and a 25 year-old woman was shot while sitting in her car on the 6600 block of N, Sheridan Road Friday morning shortly before 2:00 a.m.

Commander Waldera tells me police believe the Morse Avenue shooting was gang-related, the latest in a series of shootings resulting from a conflict between two factions of the same street gang. Earlier in the week one man was killed and two others were injured in what police believe to be a gang-related shooting on the 1600 block of W. Howard Street.

The police are not certain whether the Sheridan shooting was the result of the same gang conflict or a separate "road rage" incident. They are still investigating.

I have been in constant communication with Commander Waldera since last Monday's shooting incident. His hands-on and proactive response to these incidents has helped to stem the violence and prevent a further escalation of the conflict.

Police will continue to be on heightened alert this week.

If you would like more information about the police response to the recent shootings or what you can do to help stem the violence, I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For the time place and loication of the beat meetings, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152025_322.htm

Commander Waldera will be present at both meetings.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Williamettia: ....or even having illegally possessed firearms (A CLASS 4 FELONY in Illinois)

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Ms. Scott, I understand. I'm not trying to minimize the seriousness of any offense involving guns. I'm just trying to avoid any miscommunication. "d3" asked if "anything happened" since the shooting earlier in the week. I simply was attempting to answer d3's question as factually as possible.

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Joe Moore - I volunteer to sponsor a public forum for you to discuss Ward issues with residents.

Joe – As you know, there have been lots of discussions on social media these days about the state of the Ward from the surge of recent crimes, to economic development plans for our commercial corridors, to education. There have been myriad specific questions asked of you in many threads. I respectfully request that you meet with Ward residents in a public forum to discuss ALL the issues of concern and interest to YOUR constituents. I am happy to:

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Joe – As you know, there have been lots of discussions on social media these days about the state of the Ward from the surge of recent crimes, to economic development plans for our commercial corridors, to education. There have been myriad specific questions asked of you in many threads. I respectfully request that you meet with Ward residents in a public forum to discuss ALL the issues of concern and interest to YOUR constituents. I am happy to:

1) sponsor this and make all arrangements for the location;
2) collaborate with your office (or the 49th Ward Democratic organization – EVEN Helen) to organize and publicize the event;
3) create a preparatory program agenda to insure you are prepared with data necessary to answer FAQ’s; and,
4) Moderate the session with a member of the 49th Ward Democratic Organization to insure that the forum runs with decorum and all resident questions are covered.

I believe it is appropriate to give you at least two to three weeks to prepare before such an event occurs. Will you agree to this public forum? If so, I will reach out to your office immediately and we can begin working on this. Thank you

  • Stacey Garcia Social justice militant

    Please be respectful and use the title of Alderman Moore and don't just call him Joe. Ms. Devane even Republicans ought to have manners.

  • Kim R. Biker, designer, AP resident

    Carl, you shouldn't expect too much from her in the way of understanding you or acknowledging worth in her opponent. She's a politician after all.

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

RP restaurant delivery options

Any recs for good restaurants that deliver? I tend to order from the same places and would like to try some new places.

29 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

So disgusted!

So my sisters are in town visiting....I thought it would be a great idea to take them to Giordano's on Sheridan to experience their first Chicago deep dish. Bad idea! My sister was loving her slice of deep dish pepperoni when she discovered a cooked ROACH! We were immediately mortified! The waitress grab the plates so quickly so that we couldn't take a picture, and the manager came over to apologize.... he was truly embarrassed. He kept asking "what can I do, I'm so sorry... what can I do....do you want me to make you another pizza." We said absolutely NO NO No! And left.

We didn't make a scene, but it was soooo very disgusting. Yuck!

  • Kim R. Biker, designer, AP resident

    Ugh. That sucks. We just ordered Giordanos for dinner. I really like their pizza, too. I may take a closer look at our leftovers.

    I would recommend Leona's, Lou's, and Gino's North. Good luck!

  • Rob

    Gino's North has the best thin crust around. They don't deliver, but I'll often call and put in an order for pick up when I'm around the fullerton stop coming home on the red line and stop off at Granville to pick it up. The bar itself is an art-deco treasure that everyone should check out.

10 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Understanding the Violence in Rogers Park

For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the...

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For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the occupants realities and you guys reality will never cross. But my reality is that they could have saw me before they saw Keno.

I am one of many who live in the economically starved portions of Rogers Park where everyone wants to get out, but just trying to survive the next day, week, month consumes all your energy. Education is the way out, everyone knows this, but finding support and having opportunity to persue it is something rarely given.

So we find ways to pacify ourselves alcohol, drugs, the newest Jordans loud music, the new dance, promiscuity. All to not think about our circumstances or lack thereof.

Yeah we look rough, tough and thugged out, but theres a lot more than what meets the eye.

There are complete retards in our neighborhoods though that have given up all hope of ever be anything other than what our society has labled them. These are the shooters and killers.

Everyday, because of these people I have watch every passing car as I walk through my neighborhood because when the killers from the rival neighborhoods come "hunting" they don't care that I'm not in a gang or that I've never held a gun in my life, they don't care about my dreams and aspirations, but because I look like everyone else I become a target? I may not be a perfect, law-abiding, mainstream society citizen, I smoke weed, I listen to loud music, and I wear Jordans, but this does NOT MEAN I SHOULD DIE!

This is my reality in Rogers Park and I need you guys to understand it.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Sorry to hear that, especially given what's happening. Good luck to you and keep posting

  • Kim R. Biker, designer, AP resident

    It would appear we need people like you more than ever. In Albany Park, we have the same types of issues. And with the warmer weather around the corner, it's just going to get worse.

31 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Update on Police Efforts to Stem Violence in Rogers Park

The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from...

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The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from other Chicago Police Department units and is employing them in a comprehensive manner to prevent another outbreak of violence. The City of Evanston is also helping by redeploying some of its police officers to Howard Street.

Commander Waldera has been out in the field late into the night directing his forces.

These efforts are bearing fruit. The police have recovered six guns, some of them fully loaded, from, from suspected gang members. The individuals possessing those guns were arrested and charged.

Police also have arrested and charged an individual suspected in the March 25th shooting of a man at Ashland and Jarvis. They believe they know the identity of the other assailant and are currently searching for him.

Police also arrested an individual they suspect of being involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Jonquil and Ashland. Unfortunately, they currently only have enough evidence to charge the individual with the unlawful possession of an automobile.

The police and my office cannot do it alone, however. We need the involvement of all community residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For information on the time and location of the CAPS meetings and more information on the efforts of the 24th District and my office to stem the gang violence, visit;

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152105_322.htm

  • Rob

    NfaC: The Alderman didn't personally respond to something you wrote less than 24 hours ago? The nerve of that guy! I can see how his integrity just took a HUGE hit.

  • John Warner 12 year resident - RPPL - Beat Facilitator 2431

    Catherine, when information is given it can be given in a confidential manner. That way no one is brought forward and no one knows who said what or when. This is how I always handle this type of information. It is easy to do especially if it is backed up...

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    Catherine, when information is given it can be given in a confidential manner. That way no one is brought forward and no one knows who said what or when. This is how I always handle this type of information. It is easy to do especially if it is backed up with 311 or 911 calls (that can also be done anonymously). It just takes a little caution to do and that's all. This has worked in the past with buildings that I have worked on. And it does work. Names do not have to be used. I use this method when I'm working with CPD on a problem building or when I'm passing information concerning drug dealing information that I have gotten from a "neighbor".

26 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Has anyone tried to negotiate peace between our warring factions.

Considering the human carnage left in the wake of the 15 yr old feud. Has anyone from the police, politicians or anyone else reached out to those feuding? There have Ben attempts to profit yes. The cease fire peeps and folks get involved once money is involved. Have there been other attempts?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I thought your comment was perfectly clear, Carl, but then I wasn't trying to read something different into it.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    CeaseFire is another joke. Emannuel's contributions of city funds to this program led to a major falling out at city hall between hizhonor and Chief of Police McCarthy which almost cost McCarthy his job when he objected to what he felt was a major misappropriation.

4 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

A POP in the alley between Loyola and Arthur streets?

I just heard a loud pop in the back alley after hearing what I had thought were a group of rowdy guys. Now I'm not so sure they were just clowning around. This is between Glenwood and Lakewood .

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Vacuum Repair?

I'm looking for a repairman that fixes Bissell and Eureka - got a broken belt. Any recommendations?

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    The cost of the belt and service call is adjacent to the cost of a new unit. Last week I purchased a new Bissell from Target for $89.00 and it work great. Plus, I have a 12 month manufacturers warranty. My point being, have you considered replacing your unit?

  • Alice Rogers Park resident, GapersBlock reviewer

    I thought about replacing the unit Apple Jaxx, but the belt broke shortly after purchase. I have an Oreck, but it's bad only and I need a unit with attachments, which is what I have with the Bissell.

    Clark Devon, I'm a lock away and shop at your place all of the time. Can you replace the belt for me, too?

    Thanks Fabian, I will keep you in mind.

Feb 10

Updated 6 hours ago

eta for edgewater/ uptown mariano's

does anyone have an eta on the edgewater/ uptown mariano's on sheridan and foster... i saw last week paint cans, and tarps over things as well as the signs for each asile gone but no actual work.. also there have been multiple electrician vans in the lot but i do not see any actual work going on... what is holding this up and when will this open finally

  • d3 NOH

    ' Prices lower than W.F'
    that's not true. Mariano's actually has higher prices than WF in certain departments, particularly the meat department certain items when comparing apples to apples. Also the WF house brand is cheaper when you're comparing then apples to apples products (the roundys house brand is typically lower quality so hard to compare apples to apples, even though it's often similarly priced for a product w/ crappier ingredients). Both being cheaper than Jewel though.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Grudge - activate your card online. You can load coupons on it

8 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Looking for an apartment for rent.

Hi everyone! I am new to the area and I am looking for an apartment that's around $500 or $600. Anyone have any great picks for an apartment. Just a good looking, clean place is all I need. If you have any tips let me know. Thanks! :D

Apr 05

Updated 8 hours ago

Would you walk...with me?

I'm thinking of starting a walking club. Would anyone be interested in walking with me? I'm a lover of health and wellness. I feel I wasted money buying a membership to VTone because I haven't been since I walk every where for fun.

Walking is a great way to explore, stay fit and possibly lose weight if that's your goal.

You typically burn roughly 100 calories per mile at a brisk pace. I walk all over from central RP to...

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I'm thinking of starting a walking club. Would anyone be interested in walking with me? I'm a lover of health and wellness. I feel I wasted money buying a membership to VTone because I haven't been since I walk every where for fun.

Walking is a great way to explore, stay fit and possibly lose weight if that's your goal.

You typically burn roughly 100 calories per mile at a brisk pace. I walk all over from central RP to Belmont, to West ridge to Kimball, to Evanston. A goal is to walk to the Grand red line stop in the city.

A little about me for people who may not be too open to other cultures:

I'm 33( well in a couple of months), tall and often mistaken for Aisha Tyler in which, I think, I do not favor....and a lover of life and all races, and culture.
Love my day job (working with homeless people), marketing and development.

Anyway, anyone interested? I'm thinking I want to start end of April. Hopefully, the weather is steady....

  • Donna McGrath 17-year resident of Rogers Park

    I can't make it tomorrow but next Saturday is good for me. Thanks again for pulling this together! I think it's a great idea.

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    Thanks Donna. :-) see you next Saturday.

8 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Thorndale Positive Loitering - Thursday April 24th

Hello,

Thorndale positive loitering is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, beginning at the southeast corner of Thorndale and Broadway (Little Corner Restaurant). Please note beginning time change.

Walkers will walk the walk on Thorndale and Winthrop and Kenmore between Hollywood and Granville.

Days of the walk will change weekly and will be scheduled the night of each walk.

Meredith Mays Espino & Rachel Sibio-Sanchez Thorndale Positive Loitering Coordinators
Lynn Pierce, Thorndale Action Task Force Chairman, Emeritus Coordinator

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    At the last walk we had 26 people show up, we would love to have a great turnout again this time around, so please join us! Pets and Children are welcome!!!

9 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

When to call 911/311 to report buildings...

I'm sure this has been posted and re-posted but I want to call out the 311 to report the landlord/building as having tenants that are gang members.

Other neighborhoods on Everyblock have mentioned that they started "phone trees" to communicate information that needed to get around. Might not be a bad idea at all to note suspicious behavior etc.

When to call 911

If you see any gang criminal activity such as drug dealing, fighting, breaking into garages, etc.. please...

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I'm sure this has been posted and re-posted but I want to call out the 311 to report the landlord/building as having tenants that are gang members.

Other neighborhoods on Everyblock have mentioned that they started "phone trees" to communicate information that needed to get around. Might not be a bad idea at all to note suspicious behavior etc.

When to call 911

If you see any gang criminal activity such as drug dealing, fighting, breaking into garages, etc.. please call 911 and report the activity.
If you observe multiple gang members loitering on a street corner, in a park, etc.. Call 911 and report it.
If you observe gang members drinking in public call 911 and report it.
Remember you can remain anonymous when you call 911.

When to call 311

If there are gang members living in a building call 311 and ask to report the building to the troubled buildings department and they will issue viloations to the building owner and pressure them to evict the gang members or the landlords will receive fines and possibly lose their properties.
If you observe any gang graffiti please call 311 or go to www.cityofchicago.org and report it. They will remove it free of charge. Even if it is not on your property just call 311 and give them the address. Graffiti makes the neighborhood look bad and gangbangers like to hang in areas that look unkept.
Remember you can remain anonymous when you call 311.

  • John Warner 12 year resident - RPPL - Beat Facilitator 2431

    One thing that I have to add to this - if you see graffiti - PLEASE take a picture of it - even if it does not look like gang graffiti and email it to graffiti@caps24.org with the location of where it is at. The CPD 24th District is keeping...

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    One thing that I have to add to this - if you see graffiti - PLEASE take a picture of it - even if it does not look like gang graffiti and email it to graffiti@caps24.org with the location of where it is at. The CPD 24th District is keeping track of where the gang or non-gang graffiti is. This helps in tracking the movement of the gangs and if they are trying to take over other territory. This is important, and has proved effective with keeping track of the gangs.

41 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Murder rate in Rogers Park

Rogers Park has a serious uptick in murders for 2014. Summer hasn't even arrived, and we've already matched the total for 2013. We're only four months into the calendar year.

This is on track to be the worst year for murders in 5 years. This is an issue that should be front and center. Not swept under a rug.

Yet, Alderman Joe Moore is more concerned about Divvy.

http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-graphic-rogers-park-homicide-report-20140416,0,3004314.htmlpage

  • I'm concerned by what I perceive as increased violence in the neighborhood... but it's kind of foolish to take exceptional numbers at a certain point in time and claim we're "on track" for anything for the year, as if there's a constant background and there's no way to significantly influence future events. I think the messenger is undermining his own message even before he gets to his obligatory alderman-bashing- which is too bad because the topic of 'how are we going to address this violence' is important.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Craig, I'll be more mindful of punctuation, if you'll be more mindful of facts, truth and mudslinging. Deal?

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

My Partner !

This is my second post and I would like to thank everyone who was concerned enough to reply and care. My Partner Daniel was back and doing much better, unfortunately he was Gay bashed last night by three men.
I dont know all the details as yet and he is home from the hospital this morning it happened last night and as soon as I find out more i will re-post the area,he is securely asleep and I didn't want...

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This is my second post and I would like to thank everyone who was concerned enough to reply and care. My Partner Daniel was back and doing much better, unfortunately he was Gay bashed last night by three men.
I dont know all the details as yet and he is home from the hospital this morning it happened last night and as soon as I find out more i will re-post the area,he is securely asleep and I didn't want him to relive it today . So please be very conscious and be careful walking alone. I only know it was three men 2 white 1 black and in there twenty's.

I am so angry but will let god handle this. As stated in my last post, he is the most gentle caring guy . I am asking for your spiritual energy (prayer ) for my best friend ( Daniel ) that he doesn't have any head trauma ,he was hit repeatedly on his head !

“It's not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia

  • Al I. Rogers Park since 2006

    I'm so sorry to hear this.

  • bigchibro 15yrs+ ERP Extroverted "Can Do'

    Happy Easter, I will definitely take time out of my day to day to say a special prayer for you for healing , spiritual uplifting and fortitude.

11 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Police closing off Pratt at Clark and Ashland

Looks like police are blocking off Pratt between Clark and Ashland. Is something going on in the neighborhood?

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    Is St Jerome's doing the Stations of the Cross? It is Good Friday.

  • KMQ Firmly entrenched in Rogers' Park

    Ah...okay...thanks everyone.

12 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Lose Your Lizards?

Found these 2 guys in my front yard this morning, in a container in a paper bag. They were dead (it seemed), brought them in and now they have arisen. Just in time for Easter. About 4" nose to tail. No tags or chips. Are they yours? If so, wtf?

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    How sad people can just dispose of living things. We aquired an iguana this year that was found on Clark street. Part of it's tail had been lost by people chasing it. We secured it and brought it home. We attempted to find the owner but everyone who called lied...

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    How sad people can just dispose of living things. We aquired an iguana this year that was found on Clark street. Part of it's tail had been lost by people chasing it. We secured it and brought it home. We attempted to find the owner but everyone who called lied when we asked questions. We took him to a vet and found most of his legs had previous fractures. He is now ours and well taken care of. He feels safe and at home. Perhaps a pet store can take them?

  • ShebaCat Trying not to gentrify.

    Poor critters! Thanks to both of you for being good neighbors to animals as well as people.

Apr 02

Updated 15 hours ago

Building Condition Report Recommendations

Does anyone know of a good, affordable company or individual that can do a full evaluation of a building - e.g. evaluating the roof, electrical,heating, and water systems, and overall condition of the common areas (inside and outside) of the building - not individual units? We're a relatively small condo association and we'd like to have one done and am having a hard time finding one. We've already looked on Yelp and contacted several places, either they dealt only with...

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Does anyone know of a good, affordable company or individual that can do a full evaluation of a building - e.g. evaluating the roof, electrical,heating, and water systems, and overall condition of the common areas (inside and outside) of the building - not individual units? We're a relatively small condo association and we'd like to have one done and am having a hard time finding one. We've already looked on Yelp and contacted several places, either they dealt only with individual condo inspections, were not thorough enough, or didn't return phone calls. In the case of one of the most popular companies on Yelp's list, Domicile Consulting - they were very difficult to reach - by phone or through their website. Tried contacting them for months! When I finally got them, they promised to send a draft contract out and never did. Then when I tried calling them back to remind them, still never returned my calls. I would not say I'm difficult to deal with. At any rate, I would welcome any suggestions!

  • Ann - What is the purpose of the evaluation? The company/person that you seek to hire will probably vary depending on what you need. For example, do you need the building evaluated for real estate transaction purposes, fiscal planning or are there building condition issues that need to be addressed? Are you considering improving the building somehow - new windows, mechanical system, energy efficiency, etc.? Your answers will help determine the type of evaluation that is necessary and the correct professional for the evaluation.

  • Ann

    Good Questions Chad -
    We want do some proactive planning because we have an older building that is in need of repairs and we want to determine the best ways to make these repairs, get cost estimates, and create a timeline for the repairs need to be made. We want, as much as possible, to avoid being caught by surprise with a huge special assessment and/or the boiler breaking down in the middle of the winter, for example.

15 hours ago

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32 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Cribbage anyone?

Meetup.com is remarkably devoid of any cribbage group/get together, so I thought I'd see if there are any RP folk interested in getting together, perhaps for a regular session?

- chris

  • 15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6! Cribbage is pure poetry. I have so little free time and probably shouldn't add more to the list but I just want to say how happy I am that you're proposing a cribbage meet-up! I grew up in a rural Wisconsin tavern and spent many hours at the end if a bar challenging the old timers in cribbage. Such an awesome game.

30 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Graffiti Question

There is new "BDK" graffiti on a sign near my home. I'm tempted to just get some paint and paint over it myself. Should I be worried about doing this for any reason? Thanks in advance for your input.

4 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Oak Street Health!

Are you on Medicare/Medicaid and is a senior? Have you seen the new Seniors only doctors office located on 1541 W. Devon across from the hardware store? If not you need to, Oak Street Health is a very unique company taking on improving Older adults health by offering services that you won't find in many doctors offices. First they offer rides for seniors and as you can remember with all the crazy winter weather we had it was extremely difficult...

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Are you on Medicare/Medicaid and is a senior? Have you seen the new Seniors only doctors office located on 1541 W. Devon across from the hardware store? If not you need to, Oak Street Health is a very unique company taking on improving Older adults health by offering services that you won't find in many doctors offices. First they offer rides for seniors and as you can remember with all the crazy winter weather we had it was extremely difficult to get to your doctors appointments if you rely on the CTA to get around. Oak Street Health patients enjoyed being picked up and dropped off for their appointments. They also have a community room that all patients can come and enjoy anytime even if they just want to hangout and have coffee with friends. Plus they are able to enjoy many of the programs happening in the community room such as workouts, presentation on diabetes and other health related issues. I hope you really take a look at it if you or someone you know is a senior who is on Medicare.

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Affordable spaces for 100 guests in the Andersonville/Edgewater area?

I've seen this post before but wanted to see if anyone had any FRESH/NEW ideas of affordable spaces that would cater to a decent-sizes group to celebrate getting legally married! I wrote down every suggestion from past threads but wanted to reach out in case any of you have found another place we could consider. Thanks for your time!

  • One last update...we decided to go with Hamburger Mary's for their pricing, facilities that caters to a large number of guests, and all that comes along with it! I highly recommend working with them and their event planner, Shanna Behrend, has been a really positive experience. Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful suggestions!

  • Clark Devon Hardware Neighborhood hardware, rental & repair since 1924.

    Try checking out Mayne Stage on Morse http://www.maynestage.com/private-events/

34 hours ago

Chicago Danztheatre Performance This Weekend

Chicago’s Danztheatre Ensemble is in the midst of a month long performance series that utilizes performance, visual art, film, dance and contemporary movement to explore topics related to activism and  promote change in the world around us. Lucky for us, there is one more weekend of shows coming up starting on Friday April 18th and Saturday April 19th at Ebenezer Lutheran Church at 1650 W Foster. Chicago Danztheare is the current artist resident at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and the partnership has been great for both the church as well as the artists rehearsing and performing there.

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Updated 45 hours ago

Awesome Food at Twisted Tapas

I know it's been plugged here before, but this place can't get enough praise! Twisted Tapas at Pratt & Sheridan (just east of Sheridan) is absolutely awesome. Non-traditional, creative food served in tapas portions at super affordable prices. You can have a half dozen taste experiences in one sitting. It's a great place to take a group of friends.

Great experience, and their staff is friendly and awesome. Check it out if you haven't already!

  • Al I. Rogers Park since 2006

    The boulevard is wider than usual in front of their place and has trees and shrubs in it, and a taller than usual fence around it. Thus it shrinks the usable sidewalk area significantly. If you took all that out and paved it, they could have a wonderful patio. I don't see that happening, though. However, on nice summer nights, they can have their giant windows open, and you get a nice breeze inside. I really love that space in the summer.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Al, I'd forgotten about those windows. I hadn't been in there in the summer for a long time because I didn't care for the two previous restaurants in that space, but I seem to recall that Cafe Suron, the Persian restaurant I loved, would open them in the summer.

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Celebrate Neighborhood Public Schools in Edgewater

Reading & Writing Chicago Style II: Our Neighborhood Schools
– Then & Now

This fundraiser will support North Shore Kiwanis Club’s Local School Literacy Programs.

North Shore Kiwanis Club supports reading programs and an 8th grade essay contest at local schools, including Goudy, Hayt, Peirce, and Swift. All funds raised at this event will be used for these programs.

Our program will include presentations by Principals from neighborhood public schools in Andersonville and Edgewater as well as readings from student...

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Reading & Writing Chicago Style II: Our Neighborhood Schools
– Then & Now

This fundraiser will support North Shore Kiwanis Club’s Local School Literacy Programs.

North Shore Kiwanis Club supports reading programs and an 8th grade essay contest at local schools, including Goudy, Hayt, Peirce, and Swift. All funds raised at this event will be used for these programs.

Our program will include presentations by Principals from neighborhood public schools in Andersonville and Edgewater as well as readings from student essays. Food and beverages will be provided. Silent auction/raffle that will include a book signed by Jimmy Carter, an autographed copy of James McBride’s Good Lord Bird, and Cubs tickets. Music will be provided by Edgewater’s own Steve Solomon.

Please join us to celebrate the achievements of neighborhood public schools in Andersonville and Edgewater.

The event will be held at the Swedish Museum (5211 N. Clark Street) on
Monday, April 28, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets $35 online & at the door

To order tickets: http://northshorekiwanis2014.brownpapertickets.com/

2 days ago

3 police cars parked on Glenwood and Arthur

Does anyone know why 3 police cars were parked on Glenwood and Arthur this morning at 7:00 a.m.?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Termite contracts and Terminix

Big question about the need for a termite contract and feedback about Terminix in particular: When we bought our house five or so years ago, it came with a Terminix contract. There was no termite activity but were told (by Terminix) how necessary it was to keep it up; in case of recurrence we had a warranty and wouldn't pay for treatment.

The contract , which is up for renewal, isn't cheap. Can anyone comment and advise on the need for the contract and an average renewal fee that seems reasonable? Or send me to a site/person who knows about this stuff and can help navigate the process?

  • Yay! Thanks for that Darrin. I do have 6 years of Terminix's "certifications" which I'll keep. By the follow-up visit before closing, did that come from the same company you used to treat the termites, or elsewhere? Do you know anything about WDI inspections? These are independent inspectors who will conform no activity. Cost under $200. I just want to make sure that in the event we do sell it won't be an issue.
    Thanks again!

  • Darrin Greenview Terrace Association Member

    I had it from the same company that had done the treatment. I also documented where I had repairs done. I haven't heard of a WDI inspection but for $200 I would be all for it... better than losing a deal!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

mover recommendations? (short move/1bedroom) Tip amount?

Anybody have recommendations for good/affordable movers.
-1bedroom 2nd fl Andersonville to 1 bedroom 1st floor Rogers Park.

What are people tipping their mover's these days?

:)

  • Melissa Rogers Park - Jarvis Square Resident

    We've used Movetastic as well as Joey's Movers in Skokie - both were great and really put effort into getting the move done quickly which we appreciated!

  • I tipped $50 per mover (hired professionals with insurance), but that's because I moved from the third floor of a 3-story walkup and they had to hoist my sofa and elliptical down the outer side of the outside stairwell this winter. I would think that $20 per crew member would be fine.

2 days ago

Growing Presence of Breweries In and Around Edgewater

We at the Edgeville Buzz enjoy an occasional local and fresh beer, and we have done our best to be aware of local businesses that continue to keep our glasses full and plenty. We also look forward to businesses that are planning to move into our community and lucky for us, Half Acre is expanding their operations and our neighborhood gets to be their new home!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Homicide near Chase and Sheridan

At 6:30am police were in my driveway. Stated there was a homicide "over there" (he was looking towards Touhy and Sheridan). The person came through the alley and jumped my back fence. Proceeded to exit my yard and left my gate open. The evidence (looked like a blanket) lay next to the condo building to the east of my home.

Nothing on dnarogers park. Just wondered if anyone knew anything

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    Mary Jo, Touhy/Estes and Sheridan area is where the police were searching for the alleged suspects in the 7600 North Ashland murder earlier. They were using K-9 dogs going in and out the alley's and streets.

  • bigchibro 15yrs+ ERP Extroverted "Can Do'

    Every port I was stationed @ had sketchy places near the beaches and shores .S.D. CA, Coronado CA,Perth ,Lima Peru,Vieques PR,Singapore,Virginia ,Gulfport MS,.....all have the same probs in some ways JMHO
    BUT THAT IS CLOSE whew glad they were investigating and nothing really happened in the area .I hope they eventually find them, that my soothe the families pain that the perp is still out there .

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Multiple TIRES Flattened/Slashed on North Eastlake Terrace

I was walking my dogs in Juneway Terrace Park on the lakefront this morning and I noticed a car with a jack stand stuck under the frame, next to the flat tire. "The owner must of given up trying to lift the car?" I thought. Then I noticed on the another flat tire. Then ANOTHER. There must of been about 8 CARS with flat tires on the east side of North Eastlake Terrace. Pretty blatant vandalism, targeting that side of the street.

MY car was NOT parked there, so I am not a direct victim. Still upsetting. I tried calling 311 and the rang and rang with no answer...

  • Not pothole related. They were deliberately slashed!

  • Roxanne psychotherapist, gardner. 39 yr. resident of RP.

    For this I would call "911" never "311". This is a police issue. Let them figure out what really happened to these cars. I think we need to call "911" more often in light of what is being reported that is happening lately in our beloved Rogers Park. I, for one,don't want a "long hot summer" here. Period. I am saddened to hear of what happened in your neighborhood.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Jonquil peace

Cpd did an awesome job dispersing an all too familiar crowd on Jonquil at about 1am. Unfortunately, one particularly alley has become a loitering spot where cars race up and down making exchanges with those around the area. A certain group kept coming back (repeatedly!!) making violent threats to someone inside the building, but cpd made it's presence known and we finally had some quiet... I often see suspicious activity around the alley. Not wanting to waste the cops time,...

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Cpd did an awesome job dispersing an all too familiar crowd on Jonquil at about 1am. Unfortunately, one particularly alley has become a loitering spot where cars race up and down making exchanges with those around the area. A certain group kept coming back (repeatedly!!) making violent threats to someone inside the building, but cpd made it's presence known and we finally had some quiet... I often see suspicious activity around the alley. Not wanting to waste the cops time, I only report certainties -- yet I truly appreciated their efforts on this one.

Has anyone else noticed the alley near the Willie B White park at night? These are not teens just hanging out...I see cops drive by all the time and the group just waits till they pass and then continues their activities.

Thank you!!

  • Evict everyone residing at the Jonquil / Ashland building ?

    Repopulate the building with SENIOR Citizens ?

    .....They are usually not the THUG type.

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    Broadcast Lawrence Welk music to the block ?

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    Make HELEN ( N of H ) the building manager ?

    .....She would get good behavior out of the tenants.

  • I don't know-- I've met some pretty mean senior citizens before... Maybe the IRS could do a "random" (wink) audit of all suspected thugs. Even if we can sentence them all, at least they'll be preoccupied for some time. Do you think they all filed their tax returns on time?

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