1 hour ago

Skunk On The Prowl

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

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

41 hours ago

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3 hours ago

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Looking for nanny in September in East Rogers Park

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

  • We recently used SitterCity to find a new Nanny and were pleased with the candidates that came our way. You'll get your fair share of 75 year old Russian grandmothers who have been doing this for 60 years and also college dropouts whose experience is caring for their 11 brothers...

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    We recently used SitterCity to find a new Nanny and were pleased with the candidates that came our way. You'll get your fair share of 75 year old Russian grandmothers who have been doing this for 60 years and also college dropouts whose experience is caring for their 11 brothers and sisters growing up, but in between those will be a few quality candidates you can interview. You pay a little money to put up a job post, but we found it to be worth it vs. using a far more expensive placement service.

    You might also check out the Facebook group Baby Wranglers of Rogers Park if you aren't already a member. Good luck!

1 hour ago

Sheridan Accident Victim’s Name Released, Additional Details

It was an incredibly horrific scene on Wednesday around 11:12 a.m. when a red Ford Focus sped through a stoplight at Berwyn Ave. and Sheridan Rd at a very high rate of speed plowing into the back of a car which a man was loading with groceries. The victim,  71-year-old Frank Kiley, was a client of […]

18 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Quick poll: Do you feel safe on the CTA?

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

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

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

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

  • Christopher of Estes I am a medical massage therapist

    I had a bad run in with a fool outside of the Morse stop when I first moved here, and how I found this site through DNA info. I feel pretty safe as long as its not too late.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    No, and this isn't an issue isolated to Rogers Park or any particular rapid transit line.

3 hours ago

Out on a nice night

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

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Scrabble, anyone?

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

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

    Hello, everyone!

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

    As far...

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

    Hello, everyone!

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

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

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

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

    Love to hear some of your favorites!

    Emily Smith
    Rogers Park newbie

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    Negative Positive loiterers.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

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

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

  • Redflex Ltd. is an Austrailian Company that was funneling (alleged bribes) to Chicago.
    Not to worry when the Feds complete their investigation and all of the people involved start to squeal on their "friends" to save themselves some jail time there will be plenty of people being indicted. It is the Chicago Way.
    Then in a few more years we can look forward to the Speed Camera investigations.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    Yes, this should be investigated along with Berrios who had a villain on his payroll, not really surprising, and Rahm's money man being extradited from Pakistan, Amer Ahmad. They probably have charter school investments.

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Squad Car At 7400 N Seeley

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

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

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

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

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Norfolk Pine free to good home

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

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

29 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Advice Needed

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

  • Will_iam43 Who dat?

    Let nature take it's course

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

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

31 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Morseland?

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

8 hours ago

12 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

At Least One Pedestrian Dead, Others Injured After 5335 Sheridan Accident

Reports are still a bit unclear, but witnesses say a red Ford was trying to get around a bus heading North at 5335 North Sheridan avenue around 11:12 a.m. this morning. Somehow the red vehicle did not make it around the bus and instead plowed into  two-three parked cars at a high rate of speed […]

  • d3 NOH

    Yup they seem to attempt to squeeze down into one at Balmoral, but there's no sign indicating that. However, right in front of Wing Ho, you can see in Google Street view that there are actually dotted center lines which would otherwise indicate it's two northbound lanes. But, it's also...

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    Yup they seem to attempt to squeeze down into one at Balmoral, but there's no sign indicating that. However, right in front of Wing Ho, you can see in Google Street view that there are actually dotted center lines which would otherwise indicate it's two northbound lanes. But, it's also a 4-6pm no parking rush zone designed to drive in during those periods, which actually is unusual to have also a lane marked as dotted down the center alongside also a rush hour no parking zone. I can think of 2 dozen rush hour driving / no parking streets where they have the same configuration of one intended driving lane and one tpyically parking lane, but they've left off the dotted lines to indicate two driving lanes in all of those cases. In this case it seems they are indicating there are always 2 driving lanes, and the rush hour parking no parking is re designed to accommodate that by reducing cars.. A few there would be easy for 2 cars to navigate, but at rush hour, no. They seem to be saying you can drive it as 2 all day, but it would be more difficult when cars are parked there AND traffic is heavy. There is no signage or markings indicating you need to go from 2 lanes to one.

    I'm sure some lawyer already is snapping pics of this illy marked street as we speak. Hopefully the speeding camera tickets in the name of pedestrian safety is enough to cover this lawsuit against the city. Then maybe someone at the city will grow up and realize how to actually improve pedestrian safety and not their bottom line.

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    There are many places where the arterial streets are very poorly marked in Edgewater. On Southbound Broadway, for example, it seems like the markings fade in and out all the way from Devon to Ardmore. Seriously, please be careful out there. Also, I'm not sure of they've changed the configuration but northbound Broadway near Argyle, there never seemed to be enough room for parked cars and traffic in the right lane, even though there is (or used to be) a dotted marking indicating two northbound lanes.

23 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

We Need Change

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

31 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Police patrolling late last night

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

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

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

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

4 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Clark and Pratt/Farwell

Lots of gunfire at 1:25.

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

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

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

18 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Rolland's

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

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

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Mariano's Still in Violation of City Noise Abatement Statutes

I just came back from the Mariano's at Foster & Sheridan, at 11:41 PM, after speaking with the night receiving room person. The store has been a problem in its consistent violation of noise abatement statutes that require compressor(s) on the trailer(s) parked at the dock to be off -- an environmental noise abatement statute - between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM. The Carmen Winona block club allowed the store some slack and the manager agreed to a cut off...

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I just came back from the Mariano's at Foster & Sheridan, at 11:41 PM, after speaking with the night receiving room person. The store has been a problem in its consistent violation of noise abatement statutes that require compressor(s) on the trailer(s) parked at the dock to be off -- an environmental noise abatement statute - between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM. The Carmen Winona block club allowed the store some slack and the manager agreed to a cut off at 11:00 PM. Last week, the problem was consistent with compressors on later than 11:00 PM and being turned on at 5:00 AM. Tonight, the young man told me that the manager's direction are to turn it off (maybe) at 11:30 PM and back on at 3:00 AM. Now, I ask you, since when does the ward and the city allow a business to rewrite statute? And, you will NEVER see medical people recommending 3-4 hours for quiet for sleep. This is an arrogant business and I already terminated my $150 per week in purchases. This store does large volume - let it hire more people to unload the trailer(s).

  • It's impressive how on top of things you are! I wasn't aware of the special requirements for SNCs. Are those available somewhere online? The land by the loading dock for Mariano's is still available, I believe. It's the narrow, deep parcel between the Foster portion of the Club and the Mariano's building. I was surprised to hear the Club hadn't purchased it because theoretically something could go in there that would overshadow or otherwise affect their property in a significant way.

  • I thought of the wrong lot. I can't imagine how a buyer could use that sliver of land. Incidentally, about five months after Dom's opened, I had a conversation w/one of the fellows from the engineering co. that worked on the store. The loading dock was supposed to face the...

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    I thought of the wrong lot. I can't imagine how a buyer could use that sliver of land. Incidentally, about five months after Dom's opened, I had a conversation w/one of the fellows from the engineering co. that worked on the store. The loading dock was supposed to face the S & C Club, so that any noise would head toward a premise that's empty and unused at night. Safeway wanted a ramp up to the roof parking; to make space for it Safeway changed the dock orientation to face Foster.

    Go: http://www.noisefree.org/cityord/chicago.pdf and download it. Sec 11-4-2810 and 11-4-2825.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Thanks to Streets and Sanitation for trimming the trees.

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

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

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

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

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

13 hours ago

Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap

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

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

$5.00 or FREE admission w/ your college ID

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

https://www.facebook.com/redlinetap

14 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Bus Crash at Sheridan and Berwyn

Looks pretty serious, the whole street is blocked off. Does anybody have more info?

5 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Let's Talk Spanish!

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

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

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    Same, hope there are future lessons.

  • Emilie Junge Lawyer, crim justice and health care advocate

    Any schedule yet? I would love to join

13 hours ago

Bridge to Nowhere

bridge to Northerlu Island? No way!

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

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

37 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Condo Association Obligations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • d3 NOH

    who knows if he's even being paid?

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

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

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

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

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

16 hours ago

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

Hello everyone!

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for all of your help.

Best,
Mike

45 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Lakeshore Recycling - garbage pickup

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

  • RPM N Sheridan Edgewater

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

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

16 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

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

18 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Da Bears 2014

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

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Tree trimming along Metra tracks

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

  • The other day I did tree trimming along Ravenswood.

    The northbound stop sign at Pratt was totally blocked out by tree limbs.

    At least now, you can see the stop sign.

    If Forestry Department doesn't trim the trees, residents have to act.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

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

17 hours ago

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Jun 12

Updated 19 hours ago

Good Morning

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

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Alderman Moore responds to outrageous allegations from an unreliable source

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

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

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

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

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

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

Jul 23

Updated 24 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wait for it. It's coming. I'm guessing in excess of 3,000 words from the alderman for this one.

  • Philip Sparkman agent of justice

    Find a way to add women's names on things without trashing stuff that's already here. Blotting out names we are familiar with is dumb. Are we going to rename everything when ever some one wants it? Is Rogers Park going to be renamed on a political whim? Stop messing with our neighborhoods. Leave the beach alone and find something else for her. We never heard of her.

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24 hours ago

Night Out: Solo Chicago at Berger

Wed, Aug 13, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

One person show filled with stories, songs, and so much more! Three Cat Productions.

26 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

ISO Same Sex Wedding Card

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

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

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

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

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Pockets

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

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

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

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

31 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

How about a word puzzle?

All you word lovers: Does anyone know of these words that do NOT use either
a vowel (A, E, I, O, or U) or the letters Y or X?

A three-letter word:
A seven-letter word:

We loved the contribution of the word "cwm" and the hilarious mispronunciations!

Sincerely,
Emily Smith
P.S. Good suggestions on where to meet- let's keep the conversations going...

32 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

choppers?

Estes/Sheridan

38 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    After that article the commander in 20 may learn not to talk to Ben either.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    The reporter attended a community meeting and took notes, wasn't an exclusive interview. No huge revelation, i heard news to this effect 2 weeks ago.
    The commander needs to be more tactful when blurting out information. I just hope this can somehow lead to arrests and prosecutions. Somehow. Let these idiots know that they can't get away with shooting up the neighborhood because right now they probably think they can, because they are.

Jul 18

Updated 32 hours ago

Any Such Thing As "Honest" Mechanic?

The A/C in my car went out. I took it to my dealer, who had a complex diagnosis and a sky-high quote. Today, I took it to two other places. Each gave a different reason, and different repair price, from each other and from the first place. Does anyone know a mechanic he or she really trusts and is reliable on pinpointing the source of a car's problem?

  • daveP been around awhile

    Instead of starting a new thread, just thought I'd ask on here if anyone
    has any positive/negative experiences to share about Elite on jarvis?

  • ks1227 RP resident

    I had some fairly basic work done at Elite one time and had a good experience.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Leona's on Sheridan

Is Leona's in trouble? I walked back from the park along Morse at about 8:15 last night, a beautiful summer evening and there was only one table occupied in their outdoor seating area. Now, I was coming home from the Shakespeare performance, so maybe everyone who was at the play and would soon fill the tables?

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    I was just over that way a few minutes ago and checked. The doors are locked. That stinks.

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    Booo. Right before football season too. Seemed like they had a fairly regular crowd. Hope something goes in that spot sooner than later.

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