8 hours ago

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Creative Solutions

Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of...

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Let’s say hypothetically we had the funding, government support, and the ability to immediately enact any solution to some of these problems…
I am interested in creative solutions/ suggestions to start a real discussion on resolving these problems. What ideas do you have??

Chiraqi had a suggested a gun law that would be well publicized which would be a minimum 10 years sentence for illegal possession of a firearm…

John Versical had suggested legalizing certain drugs as the illegality of them has not made them less accessible. This would free resources and decimate the majority of the gangster economy.
What else?

For example, Chicago just banned the sale puppy mill dogs. This leaves a niche to fill. Perhaps we could find some government funding to start our own program, where shelter dogs are retrained and rehabilitated so they could be sold in conventional stores. This program has been shown to work very well in prison systems throughout the country. Convicts working with dogs… (Anyone who can’t learn to love the smiling face on Pitbull is too far gone in my book…)

What other real world solutions can we offer??

27 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Term Limits for Mayor

Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if...

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Next year is the mayoral election. In addition to voting for Mayor, I'd like it if Chicagoans were able to vote on whether or not there should be term limits for Mayor, like there are in other cities. I'm thinking limiting the Mayor to three terms, consecutive or non-consecutive, sounds like a good number. Considering the power that the Mayor's office holds over the City Council, I think that it's important that we be able to change our Mayor if we're dissatisfied with him/her. Regular elections aren't enough, because it's extremely difficult to beat an incumbent. Just look at Mayor Daley.

Does anyone else like this idea? If so, what's needed to get this proposition on a city-wide ballot and to make it binding?

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    You cannot sign the petition online, however, you can print and sign it and have it notarized - but it needs to be mailed in by April 25:
    http://termlimitsandreform.com/

    The Chairman for the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits is Bruce Rauner.

  • john early ave resident for 10+ years

    Not to take this off topic - I do believe terms limits can be good - but I would like to see us reduce the number of alderman from 50 to 25. The city has gotten smaller in population over the last 40/50 years. No need to keep that bloated bureaucracy. And alderman need term limits too.

4 hours ago

Updated 15 min ago

Question for people who would be hurt by plastic bag ban

I'm a student at Northwestern University and I'm writing an article about the plastic bag ban proposal in Chicago. I would really like to talk to some people who might be against the ban for various reasons, especially retailers or people who own stores that might be hurt by this ban. Please let me know if this applies to any of you; you can email me at nicolekreizel2015@u.northwestern.edu. Thank you so much!

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    *exception*

  • Unless retailers charge for bags, their costs increase, which of course get passed on to us all. Mike, when I lived in DC, they charged $.05 for any bag, paper or plastic--I learned quickly to always carry a bag.

Feb 10

Updated 15 min 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

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    Sandy, there is no wine bar - EdgevilleBuzz mentioned that in their preview story on the store: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/marianos-fostersheridan-first-look

    However, if there is a wine you want, they may be able to order it for you - I was in the Ravenswood Mariano's on Saturday and they promised to get 2 of my favorite bottles into the Edgewater store by today. Staff was incredibly friendly, called HQ and had an answer for me within minutes.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Thanks, Nora---but I don't generally buy wine by the bottle at supermarkets (and have more than enough on hand due to purchases at B'way Cellars wine dinners, gifts and subscription or online purchases from wineries). An on-premises wine bar is for me a place to have a glass and a nosh before shopping. I have no need to have one branch order me a bottle to pick up, whether there or elsewhere.

8 hours ago

Updated 25 min ago

Anyone have an extra ironing board, toaster, or mandoline?

The "wanted" section of Freecycle doesn't get a lot of views, so I figured I'd post here.

I'm looking for a full size ironing board, cover, and/or pad.

For the toaster, it can have two or more slots for bread/bagels/etc.

The mandoline I'm looking for is the kind that you use to chop veggies, not play music with. :-)

Thanks!

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    Alright, now I'm just feeling dumb.

    Robin, I've tried what you suggested, on your name and Kap's, but I don't see an email link. :-(

  • craigslist has a free section

3 days ago

Updated 55 min ago

Understanding the Violence in RP "The Shooters Prospective"

Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma...

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Anyone reading this knows the home I come from, poor, single, uneducated mother content with living the hood life, the non-existent father and that I ain't the smartest apple in school. No pity-party needed and even if I wanted it, none of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou, silverspoon-fed m-----f----s would throw it for me.

Yeah, I'm angry.....and I should be, cause in a weird way you m-----f-----s are part of the reason why I'm out here on the hunt at 2 a.m.(I'ma get back to that in a sec). Anyway, I just popped a pill, washed it down with 80 proof and my two homies in the car with me just lit a blunt and passed it to me. The tactical plain-clothes officers are headed in for shift-change and we ain't too worried about the fat-a-- blue and whites working the graveyard shift. The 40 cal. on my lap got 16 hollow-tipped slugs and on my dead big brother, somebody from the hood that did it is gonna die tonight.

Haha, ya'll think I'ma drug-crazed thug right? Wrong!... Truth is, is that I'm hurting about what happen to my brother and my other friends in the hood, and scared it could happen to me. But the hood teaches you that you gotta use that hurt and fear to strike back, if not, then you ain't gone live long where I come from.

Funny though, how it seems like I was groomed for this moment all my life, the abuse at home, weed-smoking mama telling me I would never be sh-t, getting jumped on after school, teachers who saw only a dumb, bad kid and not understanding how to help, and you people reading this who cross the street when you see someone like me as though I'm garbage to be avoided, thereby confirming my thug identity... smh.

No blame game here though, cause when I pull this trigger tonight, I'm probably gonna be caught, and if I end up spending the rest of my life in prison, it's cool cause everything I've experienced in life told me I never had a chance anyway.

Sleep well tonight, tell yourself it was "him" who pulled the trigger not you.

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    While I readily acknowledge that these gang bangers and hoods are victims of lousy/non existent parenting, I also know of cases where kids were born with a silver spoon in their mouths, were spoiled and indulged by wealthy parents, and evolved into unbelievable monsters and became highly toxic individuals. Conversely,...

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    While I readily acknowledge that these gang bangers and hoods are victims of lousy/non existent parenting, I also know of cases where kids were born with a silver spoon in their mouths, were spoiled and indulged by wealthy parents, and evolved into unbelievable monsters and became highly toxic individuals. Conversely, there exists, albeit in very small numbers, kids who came from horrendous environments and bloomed into exemplary human beings.
    Granted, these are extremes, and most kids end up somewhere around the middle of the continuum. Truth to tell, it's a coin toss, and even responsible parents worry and ponder how their kids will turn out.

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    The human brain's receptors are very mysterious. Psychiatrists insist that a person's basic personality is basically formed by the time they reach age six (scary?).

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Trying to find an apartment

My lease is up June 1 and I am not having any luck finding an apartment that I like. If anyone has any leads please let me know. Ideally, I would like to find a place that has the following:

* a 1 or 2 bedroom apt.
* modern- I don't like vintage stuff
* Allows cats and dogs with no monthly pet rent. Bonus if there is no pet fee at all. :)
* Has in-unit laundry
* Has parking
* Rent range - under $1,250
* Within walking distance to the red line

I like the :Loyola so that would be my first pick.

  • KMQ Firmly entrenched in Rogers' Park

    I have been looking for that for the past two years. Your stumbling block there is the in-unit laundry. Most of the condos that will allow everything else dont have in-unit laundry in them.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    I personally found apartment hunting services to be 50-50. Most are a waste of time, because the listing/rental agent didn't have the information I needed about pets, pet rent, max number of pets, etc, and they didn't want to bother the landlord to get the information I needed. I went...

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    I personally found apartment hunting services to be 50-50. Most are a waste of time, because the listing/rental agent didn't have the information I needed about pets, pet rent, max number of pets, etc, and they didn't want to bother the landlord to get the information I needed. I went to several different companies. The upside of this is that it'll get you into buildings that you might already be interested in and give you an idea of what apartments look like in your price range.

    Di, I agree with KMQ about the in-unit laundry. Given that you have a dog, you'll have to be more flexible about amenities. Also, perhaps consider this: if you have a lot of laundry to do, it takes less time to do laundry if you have access to multiple washers and dryers than just one.

    Dawn, along Sheridan south of Devon you'll find one bedrooms ranging from $850 to $1,400, with plenty in your range. While their prices may be lower, avoid Hunter Properties and Horizon Group. (Check their Yelp reviews to see why.) Also, my personal experience is that individual landlords are more flexible than property management companies and that you might be able to negotiate a lower rent, paying a higher deposit rather than monthly pet rent, etc, etc.

    Also, in the Edgewater neighborhood, I'd broadly recommend avoiding any 4-and-1 building. This is a building that is three or four floors with a parking garage under it. Visit several of them and ask the residents about the building and you'll get a sense of why I suggest avoiding them.

    Another tip: Since I have a dog, I always asked current tenants if they could hear people in other apartments or not. Dogs sometimes bark, that's what they do. I didn't want to rent in a building where other people would easily hear my dog or I would hear theirs.

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Pet Owners: Be Aware of Coyotes in the Park

Dear Pet Owners:
There are coyotes in the park. I've seen them from my window. Be very vigilant with your dogs, especially if they're smaller creatures. Every year, I hear about someone who loses a beloved pet that was allowed to run around unleashed. There are coyotes all over the city (I encountered one on Ashland last week and I first thought it was a large dog. Just a warning.

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

    If you are in Rogers Park, you can occasionally see them near the Metra line tracks at Pottawatomie Park. I also had two coyotes run directly in front of my car while I was traveling southbound on Kedzie between Pratt and Devon. They emerged from the new development taking place near the old Commonwealth Edison site and they trotted right into the wooded area along the river.

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    @Catharine:
    If I have a view of the dog park at Foster, I probably don't see it. I'm closer to Bryn Mawr.

39 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

The Political Closet

When will any of the persons who want to run for the office of Alderman come out of their closets and speak to us in public? Are their any or are they just staying in the closet? Politics should be an open process but it doesn't seem like there are any challengers at this time with better ideas than what we have which seems pretty good to me. All in all Alderman Moore is doing a great job in a tough Ward to manage. If anyone thinks that she or he could do a better job I sure would like to hear about it. If you are out there please come out of your closets.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Craig, please divulge your interest and involvement with Don Gordon, Joe Lake, Bill Morton, Nick Papadopolous and the rest of the crew from The 49th Ward Connection who do not reside here but are looking to upset the Aldermanic seat here. With some transparency, people from the 49th can judge for themselves. Otherwise you are playing dirty politics, and you and your crew are the ones who are disingenuous.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Dee - the reality is that Joe gets plenty of campaign contributions from people who don't live or work in the Ward, so non-resident supporters of Don's shouldn't be the focus of your ire if outsider campaign dollars for Joe don't trouble you.

    Since the position is meant to be the legislative branch for Chicago, I would hope that outsiders do have an interest in what happens here in the aldermanic race.

10 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Morning!

Good Sunny Morning Roger Parkers,

Just wanting to send some positive cheer! I hope that everyone has a wonderful day....Helen hope to meet you tomorrow, Thursday at CAPS.

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

    Helen, I live near Loyola. I guess I missed ours. That sucks.

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

    Just checked I'm beat 2423 and the meeting is tomorrow. :-)

28 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Foster Dog Beach Badly Deteriorating, Unsafe

Chicago is known for being an extremely dog friendly city. Take a walk along the lake and you are bound to pass several pet owners walking their dogs along the path or heading toward one of the dog beaches. Our city has over 20 dog parks, pet dedicated businesses, a few dog-friendly beaches, and many local shops that have water bowls outside (sometimes even treats!) for our loved furry friends. Chicago dog beach visits have steadily grown over the years, and the Foster dog beach as well as the Montrose-Wilson dog beach have had quite a bit of wear and tear. With limited up-keep and continued deterioration, are these beaches becoming too unsafe for dogs and their owners?

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    Michelle and Rob, there's quite the discussion going on at EVB's facebook page on this topic (including a link to a change.org petition) - many residents have reported calling the Alderman's office only to be told there's no funding to fix the fence. Someone else suggested a private fundraiser but then others question why residents should have to pay private money for a public beach that it is the responsibility of the city to maintain. Might want to weigh in there, sign the petition and/or call the Alderman's office.

    https://www.facebook.com/EdgeVilleBuzz

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    I know most of the dog parks are mainly supported by local neighborhood groups that kicked in at least half the costs to initially build the parks and then they do the upkeep and maintenance. MonDog - the group that supports Montrose Beach area regularly has clean up days and some small fundraisers. They put out some nice benches and a ramp. Other than emptying trash cans it doesn't seem like the city takes any other responsibility for them.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Shout out your Block (Rogers Park)

I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

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I've got about a week until I'm out there digging into the neighborhoods to find where I want to live, and I wanted to get a more granular view of Rogers Park. So, here's what I'm asking:

- Give me a general description of where you are (3900 block of _____, or "near intersection of "______ and _______")

- Tell me what's great about your block and the general area around it -- please identify relevant landmarks, parks, ect.

- Lastly, tell me what could be improved. I'm not asking you to trash it--just be honest.

This will help me immensely, as I'm seeing that blogs that discuss Chicago real estate only like to talk about places like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Loop...ect..ect.

If you have a lead or own a building, feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks,
Mike

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Really? I welcomed Loyola and their changes, gives the area a little uplift. Nothing wrong with that. It seems they are taking forever with that Loyola stop though.

  • Glad I saw this post! My partner and I have been looking into moving to Rogers Park when our lease is up at the end of June. One of our challenges is finding a place a pet-friendly place. We have two super sweet, but also large, senior dogs. Cool to get to hear different perspectives on the area.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Please don't Misunderstand my Posts.....

First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however...

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First of all, to Mr. Rogers and Chris_G and all the others who understood, thank you guys for recognizing the fact that I wrote both of my posts "in character" with the intention of allowing everyone to "view", if you will, the perspective of "at-risk" black youth in our community.

I was not trying to "blame-shift" or in any way "lessen" the accountability for these young people's actions, I merely and simply tried to show their way of thinking, however misguided it may be.

I am a very good chess player, and I've learned that the best way to defeat an opponent is first to understand the his thinking, values, and tendencies. Once you understand the player, then you can exploit his game.

Come people, the chessboard in this instance, is the streets of Rogers Park.

"Hint, hint".... Make the connection.

  • @thechiraqi ... your posts are not misunderstood (at least not on my part). Some people see gang bangers and criminals that terrorize a neighborhood and need to be locked up because they kill people. Those people are right. Other people recognize that these kids are out there banging because they...

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    @thechiraqi ... your posts are not misunderstood (at least not on my part). Some people see gang bangers and criminals that terrorize a neighborhood and need to be locked up because they kill people. Those people are right. Other people recognize that these kids are out there banging because they were dealt a very unfair hand in life from a very early age. Those people are also right. My friend is an cop in LA and told me once that he never arrested a criminal who didn't have a story of how they were once a victim them self.

    My personal opinion on this is people who kill need to be locked up, but that is like continuing to mop a floor because of a leaky pipe. It's reactive. It's addressing the symptom of the problem rather than the source of the problem. The shooting are a symptom of an underlying problem. The source of the underlying problem is the environment that many of this kids are born into, which lead to the feeling that you described in your "perspective" thread.

    I think people focus on the symptom because it's an easier solution. I'm not really sure how to best address the source of the problem. I myself have not lived in the world. If you have, maybe you have some ideas. I think it needs to start with kids when they are very young. When they are still impressionable and before they get to the hopeless state that you describe. Not sure how to do it. Would be very happy to hear your opinions. If you come from that background yourself, what could have helped you or friends of yours from becoming involved in gangs?

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Regarding gang-bangers being victims of circumstance...so what? The men who made up the Brown Shirts of the Nazi Storm Troopers were drawn from Berlin's, Bremen's, Leipzig's, etc, gutter. These men had drunks for fathers - if they were present at all. Hitler's father was abusive to the extreme. What does this level of understanding achieve? Stalin's father was an abusive alcoholic who beat his wife and Ioseb (Joseph). What does this information do? My guess is Sheriff Stuckey didn't come from a good home.

30 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Jesus Tagger/Pamphleter Back

I got another pamphlet on my car from this guy. He's back.

Anyone see any recent scribblings or get pamphlets on their car again?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Solution is simple. We give him a viaduct, cans of paint and funding. Then we give each church a viaduct for religious art.

  • So what if that's. The worst. Thing you have to stress. About you are. Indeed. Blessed.!

18 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Carl Good, I hope you don't mind...(Concerning "the empty rhetorical solution to complex problems")

I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International...

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I had to separate two of the comments from Carl Good from a thread of more muck than actual thought. To save you the trouble of reading through the muck--- I'm reposting. (Sorry, Carl but this needs to be heard). Disclaimer: None of this is mine--- I wish it were.

So just how are you going to achieve this "Personal Responsibility," other than putting it inside dashes and arrows?
There's no end to this kind of solution:
War? --> International responsibility <--
Low wages? --> Corporate responsibility <--
Sexism? --> Gender Responsibility <--
Corruption? --> Voter Responsibility<--
Lack of education? --> Educational responsibility <--
If you shout the phrase long enough, does everyone magically become responsible?
Of course we want Personal Responsibility. Of course it would be great if everyone were Responsible. The question is what you're going to do to get people to be Personally Responsible, and specifically what you're going to do with all those problems for which we are all so Unpersonally Responsible and that make it so difficult for some young people to break free of a culture of violence: billions in drug money and high demand for drugs; the increasingly daunting cost of higher education; legacies of negativity handed down from one family to another; lack of access to jobs that lead to better jobs; public perceptions that certain races are more worthy than others; embattled schools forced to test rather than educate; money and power increasingly in the hands of rich people who only pretend to care about poverty and whose "solutions" so often make things worse; the greed of an increasingly consumerist society; citizens who increasingly vote on their own self-interests and systematically defund initiatives that might make a difference; easy access to guns and a national culture that glorifies guns;

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  • You're right. It has already been made public and it is available for quote, comment, slander, misinterpretation etc... but it would have been more polite of me to ask permission. Please forgive my indiscretions...

  • oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's...

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    oh dear, this is a little embarassing. I of course appreciate the gesture, Taylor, and I'm glad that my comments resonated with you. It looks like you've been drawing out comments from other people, too, so I'm not the only one to be privileged like this. But I think it's probably usually best if comments remain in their threads. If they don't attract as much attention as they could, that's the writer's own problem. In general I don't think some comments should be given more play than others. It's a little disquieting to get on Everyblock and see my name on a posting title! :) But again, I know you meant well, and take care.

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Mariano’s Foster/Sheridan First Look

It was a beautiful morning for a first look at the new Marianp’s Foster and Sheridan store. Edgeville Buzz was invited along with other community leaders to be the first to see what the store has planned for the neighborhood. It started with a few words from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Harry Osterman and the man of the moment, Roundy’s CEO, Bob Mariano. The highlight of the speeches came when Lyle Allen of Care For Real received a $2500 check to help support his growing food pantry. Then after a quick ribbon cutting, people were anxious to set off on a tour of the new grocery store.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Great article! That is terrible that they aren't gonna have a wine bar or hold classes-a community like this would benefit for having classes. Did they say why? Either way I am super excited and may check it out if I have time tomarrow.

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    DK, head a few blocks north to Independent Spirits and the owner will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about wine: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/5-questions-scott-crestodina-independent-spirits-inc

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I was more concerned they won't be holding community events. We could always use more places that holds events, we are definitely community oriented.

    My brother helps lead one of the other locations, I will see if I can get him to tell Bob this.

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

People's Gas Parking Restrictions

It’s appalling how People’s Gas is allowed to set open ended two week parking restrictions on nearly every part of a 3 block radius around Estes and Greenview. If this was downtown or even Lakeview they’d be forced to have much more defined timelines, better communication to the community, and a more restricted closure schedule. Are the project managers at People’s so bad that they can’t plan for one street for two days, the next street for two days, and so on?

  • If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on...

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    If the signs are outdated, by all means, tear them down. I was called out by one of my neighbors that they were going to tow my car, an outdated sign was on the street. The tow truck driver told me that he didn't bother to check the dates on the sign, just saw the sign and went in to move my car.

    I understand that weather does play a part in the work that is being done, however, many of the streets are with no parking signs so that the workers on the job will have a place to park. I personally have a problem with that; residents often have a difficult time finding a place to park and yet have to give up their spots for the workers whom are not even working in that area.

    It's too bad that we have to pay for the work with our People's Gas bills and on top of that we have to put up with People's Gas having absolutely no consideration for their customers. And, People's Gas has a monopoly in Chicago. They can do what ever they want and charge us more money. Too bad, we don't have a choice.

  • I wish the workers were parking on my block... at least that would feel like the signs were justified in some way. It's been empty street with no work, now and in the fall.

29 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

TheChiraqi's Perspective

Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast...

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Thank you to all who've taken interest in my posts over the past few days. I've been delighted by the enthusiasm and passion in your commentary. I find myself enlightened by, and empathetic of all points of view presented.

Thing is, is that I don't believe the idea some of you may have formed of me "thechiraqi" and my writings would coincide if you guys ran into me on the street. So I thought I'd give you guys a fast rundown of me.

My mama tried to kill me, my sister and take her own life when I was 3 y.o.... various foster-homes thereafter for 4 years until the state deemed mama "worthy" of custody again. The physically abusive step-father came next. I was a "runaway" by 12 y.o.... 26 tours in the Juvenile Detention Center up until age 16 for various crimes. After a small hiatus traveling, my adult criminal career scored me numerous arrests until 3 felony convictions awarded me 9 years in the "best" Maximum Security prisons the state has to offer, (phony cheerfulness intended).

I was paroled five years ago and haven't been back since. Most days I dress and look like the "common hoodlum", it's a roll over habit that's hard to get rid of. I don't actually speak as well as I write. I have only a G.E.D. and no college credentials.

Now at age 31, because of my background or lack thereof, I can't bring about the needed changes in the community but I've been writing in hopes of inspiring you guys to do so.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    As I said in the last topic you of all people would be a great person to start a blog about these topics. That is what I also suggested Vanessa. You can start your own violence consulting gig even,etc. Agree what everyone has said so far. Everyone and their mother start blogs about topics they are passionate about and they turn into something big whether it is on the local level or national.

  • Dee in E Rogers Park East Rogers Park over 10 Years

    You need not have any special skills educationally to reach people. You have a wonderful voice -- you need to use it. I can totally relate to being able to speak better with a pen and paper versus actually standing in front of people as in a public forum. Hopefully, these discussions will make you realize what a gift you have; you need to be blogging somewhere everyone can see. I'm sure everyone here would sign up!

8 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Latest Community Violence In Edgewater, Mayor Speaks Out

Last weekend many families celebrated Easter, the final days of Passover, or enjoyed the last few days of their spring break. But others in the city of Chicago experienced great loss because of violent episodes in several neighborhoods, including our very own Edgewater. This last weekend was a violent one, with 9 people killed and 36 wounded between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Victims ranged from an 11-year-old-girl to a 46-year-old man. Shootings varied from a social media dispute, a homicide/suicide between husband and wife police officers, and multiple gang related shootings. In Edgewater, a 46 year-old man was shot on Saturday on the 1700 Block of West Rosehill Drive around 11:30 a.m. and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Other neighborhoods that experienced violence and shootings were Park Manor, Little Village, Pilsen, Longwood Manor, Avalon Park, Hermosa, Englewood, and Gresham. Regardless of what neighborhood you live in, we should all be alarmed about this level of violence.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I thought I read someone came up to him and shot him. Then again I am getting confused there is so many.

  • JW resident since 2006

    Does anyone know if the shooting on Rosehill last Saturday was a random act of violence or a dispute between the victim and assailant?

9 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

New lights on Juneway are in

There was a crowd amazed at the new lighting installed when they were turned up. (thanks in part to PB voting). There were a number of concerned neighbors about placement/light itself/etc., but I think the overall consensus is they're a great improvement. The light color seems to be warm and not that obnoxious cool white LED stuff they were using for awhile.

( A few have suggested painting them black for aesthetics as has been done w/ the same lights in other parts of the city and to match the lights at sheridan, there are pros and cons to this, thoughts? )

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be...

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    Too late to paint them black. If done on the street, they will eventually flake and look poor. Should have been done in the factory. Plus, postings poorly removed with tape and stickers would look really bad on black. The aluminum will fade a little. I think it will be fine.

    The new light on Juneway first alley E of Ashland SB, is in the path of the garbage trucks when they make the turn on/off Juneway. Is there any possibility of getting one of those large stones in the parkway?

    Thanks to whoever is responsible for the lights. They're great!

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours 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.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Wasn't comfortable I mean sorry for typo.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on...

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    Chiraqi, I encourage you to start a blog with your great writing. When you get a lot of pageviews(which you will easily) You can then sell ads on your site. There are many bloggers doing this and generating income.

    You can hold events in the community too.

    I lived on Howard St for a year in a studio and although I didn't look like a target still was to go out alone unless my 6'4 230 lb fiance was with me. It didn't phase him at all though. I got used to the neighborhood. I love the movie theater and the Starbucks plaza for people watching. They did a nice job with the Howard Station and we were taking it downtown everyday. We still use the tennis courts.

    I would not been able to get out of that studio if I didn't have my education. We saved enough to buy a condo in Edgewater that we were admiring for awhile because it was next door to the park for my kid and it had everything we wanted.

    We still hang out in RP of course.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Useful e - mail address

robin.popelka@chicagopolice.org

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She is the 24 th District's officer in charge of monitoring BAD buildings.

She can share your information with your Beat officers to improve their patrol of your block.

She can also meet with owners / managers of buildings to assist them in their supervision of their property.

If necessary , she can have city inspectors visit the site.

She can also take the owner to
Housing Court.

She can be a valuable resource in your efforts to improve your block.

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Don't forget to involve your Alderman.

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Thank you for your efforts to improve
Rogers Park.

Mar 10

Updated 9 hours ago

Home Inspection recommendation?

Has anyone found a home inspector they love, who is reasonably priced? If you had a co op inspected, that would be a bonus!

9 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 10 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

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Or you call though the long way (312-744-4000 for 311), and use *67 to block your number

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

    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call...

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    Leelee - with cell phones what is received is the number and the location of the nearest cell tower that the call is bounced off of. With a land line the exact address is given. All you have to do is tell the call taker that you want the call to be anonymous. At that point the call taker hits a button on the console and your information is blocked. It is not sent to the dispatcher. One drawback with this is if the officer wants to speak with you after they get on scene they will not be able to.

    Another thing that you can do is to ask for a "silent dispatch". Use this only if you are calling for a situation concerning a drug dealing. Most of the dealers (if not all) have scanners on their phones. They hear the calls being dispatched over the radio. A silent dispatch is sent over the internet to the cars that are in the area not the radio. This way the officers will show up and the dealers will not know they are coming.

12 hours ago

14 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

CAPS Meeting, Thursday, April 24

The CAPS Meeting for Beats 2422, 2423, and 2424 is at 7:00 PM at Chicago Math and Science Academy, (CMSA) 7212 N Clark. Meet your beat officers, give input to problems and solutions and get any updates the officers are able to give you on issues. The Commander and the alderman will be at this meeting too, I believe. Don't know your beat? Find it by looking at the map here:
http://www.caps24.org/

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

    I will try to make this tomorrow. Thanks.

25 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Firetrucks at Magnolia and Bryn Mawr

I was just walking home from work when I saw four firetrucks. Two were coming east on Ridge and to were northbound on Broadway. The two lead trucks nearly hit each other at the intersection!

Then a somewhat comical scene ensued wherein each driver was trying to wave-on the other driver. They figured it out eventually and all the trucks went to the building on the SE corner of Magnolia and Bryn Mawr.

At first they piled out and some...

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I was just walking home from work when I saw four firetrucks. Two were coming east on Ridge and to were northbound on Broadway. The two lead trucks nearly hit each other at the intersection!

Then a somewhat comical scene ensued wherein each driver was trying to wave-on the other driver. They figured it out eventually and all the trucks went to the building on the SE corner of Magnolia and Bryn Mawr.

At first they piled out and some began to hook up hoses to the fire hydrant. There were about 20 guys standing on the sidewalk on Bryn Mawr. I also saw one in the alley talking to a guy who was on a top floor balcony. Then they seemed to abandon the fire hydrant and instead one truck raised its latter to the roof of the building. I moved on at that point.

Just thought I'd report what I saw. I didn't see any smoke or anything so I'm not sure what's going on.

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    Oops upside down photo. Oh well. Sorry.

  • Rob

    The photo being upside down completes the story.

  • My friend lives in that building. Something in the basement caught fire and was quickly put out. At least they managed that well Lol

5 days ago

Updated 24 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.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    @John Warner: Do you know if any other police districts have a similar email address for reporting graffiti?

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

    Feihong - Checking

29 hours ago

Interesting article

I'm unsure if this has been posted already but there is an interesting article on Yahoo about the violence that plagues our city.

http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-became-chiraq-094500160--politics.html

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Need a Good Handyman(woman)

Looking for someone who is reliable and multi-talented in doing small electrical, a little woodworking, etc. jobs at my apartment. I have several little things on my 'to do list' that need to be taken care of and my building manager is just never available. Must have references.

  • I'd highly recommend Bijan Solutions Handyman (847) 910-3132. He knows what he's doing, and he charges very fair prices. He's very workmanlike and cleans up after himself. I've been using him for years, including when I lived in west Rogers Park. It *may* take a little while to find a good time on his schedule. I'm also an Angie's List member, and his ratings on that list are all A's.

  • I've just had a series of jobs done by Lakeshore Handyman and I enthusiastically recommend them.

    773 240 2601
    info@lakeshorehandyman.com

33 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 40 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?

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    yep, all those legs...nothing stopping them from goin up up up! ;)

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Sorry, New, you read something into my comment. I don't think there has ever been more than one centipede in the tub at any one time. But it creeps me out that he can touch it.

    Dee, some mice seem incredibly stupid. A year or so ago, I was going...

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    Sorry, New, you read something into my comment. I don't think there has ever been more than one centipede in the tub at any one time. But it creeps me out that he can touch it.

    Dee, some mice seem incredibly stupid. A year or so ago, I was going to bed without turning on the bedroom light to avoid waking my companion. I saw something small and dark on the bed so I got a flashlight. My cat had dispensed with a mouse and left it on the bed as a present for me. And possums are all over the place. I, too, find them hanging out on the third-floor porch.

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

  • d3 NOH

    I read the first party source 2 weeks ago when it came out, Chicago Magazine, not a third party source by a NY based reporter for a UK based news rehash site.

    what they would have gained would have been a reduction in scope and count of the crimes they...

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    I read the first party source 2 weeks ago when it came out, Chicago Magazine, not a third party source by a NY based reporter for a UK based news rehash site.

    what they would have gained would have been a reduction in scope and count of the crimes they were looking at (in order to do this in a year, vs 3 years of work). That doesn't invalidate what they did look at -- those conversions still did take place... but what they would have lost is the ability to know there weren't others not classified as such if the crime wasn't even on record as something in their scope of examination. Nobody is disputing that they did a very detailed, long examination of crime data, nor are they disputing their findings.

    They mention in their own article speaking to officers/detectives who said there was an "invisible hand" that made some cases simply disappear. So, if those cases weren't classified by CPD, they weren't studied, no? That's the logical conclusion that I would draw. Unless they were able to drum up every detective in the city to get their gut instinct on every case that had ever "disappeared" how would they have even studied it in the first place? .... their story is ongoing and they promise another installment in next month's issue.

  • It's easy to claim lower crime stats when the reclassification of a lot of crime is changed to a lower and less violent name when it comes to report writing within the enforcement circles as directed by city hall. So that aggravated battery where a bat was used but the...

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    It's easy to claim lower crime stats when the reclassification of a lot of crime is changed to a lower and less violent name when it comes to report writing within the enforcement circles as directed by city hall. So that aggravated battery where a bat was used but the person wasn't actually struck with it is changed to a simple battery. Same old scams and directives from city hall which is protect this cities reputation at all costs!! Businesses looking to move here are looking at that as well as renters and buyers of residential and commercial property...they all look at that and city hall knows it!!! Go down Michigan avenue and look at all the law enforcement..do you think they really want to be out there??? That's city hall at work!!!

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45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk - Earth Day Clean Up at Berger

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. EARTH DAY CLEAN UP, BERGER PARK GARDENS ? 9:00-NOON Come and help dig up, divide, and transplant hardy, drought-resistant plants to fill in the blank spaces in the gardens. Help distribute the "seed bombs" created over the winter by the Berger Park After School Program. BE THERE AT 9 AM FOR COFFEE AND DONUTS. FINISH THE DAY WITH FREE PIZZA!

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk - Drum and Song at Berger

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. NATIVE AMERICAN DRUM AND SONG ? 8:00-9:00pm Representatives from the American Indian Center of Chicago will visit with a special presentation sharing Native American drums and song honoring the lake. Speaker: Dave Spencer

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk - Indigenous Science at Berger

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. INDIGENOUS SCIENCE ? 7:00-8:00pm Learn more about community science programs developed by educators at the American Indian Center of Chicago. Speaker: Fawn E. Pochel

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk - Walking Tour at Berger

Thu, Apr 24, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS ? 7:00-9:00pm Join us for a walking tour of Loyola's newest sustainability gem, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, where you will learn about green features of the building and innovative programs advanced by students. Meet at Berger Park, and walk to the IES building. Speaker: Aaron Durnbough

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk-Chicago Coyote Projectat Berger

Wed, Apr 23, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. CHICAGO COYOTE PROJECT -- 7:00-8:00pm Coyotes are new residents to many areas of Chicagoland. Prof. Gehrt will share information from his long-term study about their lifestyle as they live among us. Speaker: Prof. Stan Gehrt

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Week - Bees in the City at Berger

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council.

BEES IN THE CITY
Come learn more about bees/pollinators from an expert at Loyola?s Institute of Environmental sustainability.

Speaker: Kelly Garbach

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Wk-Sustainable Projects at Berger

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. YOUTH-LED SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS ? 6:00-7:00pm LETS GO Chicago will describe their youth-led strategy for developing sustainable communities, including insights gained through their Yard Sharing and Children's Garden programs. Speaker: Kelly Garbach

45 hours ago

Celebrate Earth Week - Birds at Berger

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Berger Park is hosting an entire week of programming in honor of Earth Day, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Co-sponsored by the Berger Park Advisory Council. BIRDS Join us for a discussion of the birds in our urban environment, led by a dedicated researcher from Loyola?s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Speaker: Edgar Perez

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