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Bartering in UK - HP - West Town

Hey y'all! Just spreading the word on a new growing community project we have going on! We were discussing on EveryBlock (UK) some different ways that we can foster that "neighborhood feel" ....and then this was born! Feel free to post something you need or want, and hopefully the more people who join, the more trading and happy bartering we can get goin! If you want to comment about "why barter?" feel free, I'm totally up for the discussion. Please share with neighborhood peeps!

https://www.facebook.com/barteronthewestside

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Trick or Treating, Just Moved From AZ

Hi everyone, we just moved from Arizona and I'm just getting to know this awesome town. Was wondering if you could help me out with this question:

Was wondering how trick or treating works in this neighborhood since we came from a very traditional suburb where every home is a single-family home. We have a toddler and we weren't sure if we should really go knocking on certain doors...especially those that have more than several units.

Do you have any suggestions or a guide to what we should be doing? Should we just go about our way like we did in Arizona?

  • gingervitis I like warm hugs.

    West Loop Families! Great cuz that's what I joined. Many, many thanks neighbor! :)

  • Eckhart Park is having a FREE INDOOR Halloween Party for Kids.

    Join us at Eckhart Park for a FREE Halloween Party for kids from 4-6pm
    Costume contest takes place at 5 PM with ten winners. Games, crafts, photo wall, music, prizes, and more! Costume Contest categories: Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Best Throw Back, Best Pop Culture, Most Creative, Best Movie/TV Character, Best DIY, Most Realistic, Less Is More Award. Hope to see you there!

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Beat 1221 CAPS Meeting

The Beat 1221 CAPS meeting is Wednesday, November 5 at 7 pm at the Smith Park Field House. Among topics to be discussed include recent garage and home burglaries and attempted burglaries and tips for having packages reach you safely during the holiday season.

This will be our last meeting of 2014. Our meetings are the first Wednesday of odd months. Our first meeting of 2015 is January 4.

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Smith Park: Mayor Emanuel promotes Tasty Treats and Safer Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance,...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance, (SPNA) for donating extra candy to the park. SPNA request all community members to visit Smith Park for your treat.

Smith Park will playing Spooky sounds and have strobe lights on with a fog machine as you enter the park’s field house. This year, to keep our youth safe, Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly has ordered all field houses to remain open until 9 p.m. There will be open gym and basketball for anyone interested in putting together a game.

Just a few precautionary measurers to remember for Halloween: Many will
have on amazing costumes, please ensure your costumes have some type of reflector on it so motorist can see you when crossing the street. A flash light or glow lights will also help to let others know you are present. If possible, have an adult with you when trick-or-treating or walk in groups.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween.
David Ramos president, Nani Almendarez vice president, Dave Hunt treasurer, Ellen Ernst secretary.

  • Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) Neighborhood Association

    The candy donations came from many residents of the Smith Park Neighborhood. We do this annually. Any neighbor who wants to donate can take bagged candy to the field house. They will receive a sign they can hang on their gate or door indicating to trick or treaters that they can get their candy at the park.

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New in town (from AZ) and in need of Playdates for 18-month-old!

We just moved from Arizona and living here is a big lifestyle change for us, however, we have yet to meet other moms and toddlers! I would love it if we could get the opportunity to organize a playdate sometime soon.

I've joined this site and meetup groups. If you would like to share some suggestions or ideas, please do!

We live close to Damen and Grand.

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10 Spooktacular Ways to Spend Halloween in Chicago

Get this: If you give the Dawson $15 between 7 and 10 p.m. on Friday, they will give you a drink called the Corpse Reviver and take you into a back room (“the Devil’s Den") for a haunted palm reading. It’s unclear whether you’ll ever return. 7-10 p.m. The Dawson, 730 W. Grand. $15.

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Start Halloween a night early with Evil Twin beers and a horror flick marathon at Bar on Buena. Remember to dress up—best costume wins a pair of Bulls tickets. Thursday at 7 p.m. Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena. Free.

...covering the Lemons (the early-90s Seattle band). Thursday at 10 p.m. The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee. Free...

Expect some over-the-top spectacle at Redmoon’s thousand-person, hundred-dollar shebang (they’ve already promised a fire garden, celestial swing, UFO carousel, and mechanical pastry dispenser). Friday at 9 p.m. 2120 S. Jefferson. $100.

Yes, the city’s chicest cocktail bar is throwing the holiday’s most kitschiest bash, but there’s no doubt Danny Shapiro & co. probably make a mean jungle juice. Throw on a bed sheet and do a toga chant. 8 p.m. Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage. Free.

Now that Scofflaw’s larger, dancier sister-bar has risen, it will inherit Ghost of Bonny’s—Scofflaw’s big, annual dance party. Costumes highly recommended. Bottled cocktails highly available. 8 p.m. Slippery Slope, 2357 N. Milwaukee. Free.

...10, which is huge, since Skilling’s calling for snow. Friday at 8. Headquarters Beercade, 2833 N. Sheffield (Lakeview) and 213 W. Institute (River North). Free...

...Skilling’s calling for snow. Friday at 8. Headquarters Beercade, 2833 N. Sheffield (Lakeview) and 213 W. Institute (River North). Free...

...s Punch House. DJs spin afterward. Friday at 7 and 10 p.m. Punch House, 1227 W. 18th. $22 (comes with a Lagunitas or cup of Letherbee punch...

Dance the night away to funk, gospel, soul, and disco, all pulled deep from the crypt (read: very old, rare vinyl). Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee. Free.

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Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

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High time to vote out ineffective politicians

26th Ward Residents:

You have to admire the skills of politicians who do an extraordinary job of ''divide and conquer.''

They are masters of sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, and voodoo economics - all in the guise of doing what is right for the ward while creating such division among its people we stand alone.

And mired in all this ''flapdoodle,'' the average Chicagoan - befuddled by rhetoric, the manipulations of statistics, the-out-of-context quotes, the spin of news agencies...

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26th Ward Residents:

You have to admire the skills of politicians who do an extraordinary job of ''divide and conquer.''

They are masters of sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, and voodoo economics - all in the guise of doing what is right for the ward while creating such division among its people we stand alone.

And mired in all this ''flapdoodle,'' the average Chicagoan - befuddled by rhetoric, the manipulations of statistics, the-out-of-context quotes, the spin of news agencies - takes a side, believes it, defends it, becomes frustrated when nothing changes, relies on their representative to tell them who to blame and then becomes angry when the status quo doesn't improve for the majority.

The Chicago City Council has a current approval rating below 30 percent. And yet, defying all logic, Chicagoans don't fire their employees. At least eight out of 10 Aldermen should be fired!

Even though corporations and the 1 percent contribute millions to their candidates, we do have power: We can vote! Every one of us should forget party lines and vote those currently in power out on their derrieres.
Allow the newbies to have a positive impact, and if they don't, vote them out. Eventually, the message will be received that you can't fool Chicagoan anymore. Let's take the power back and vote the bums out!

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Street lights out

I have called 311 and visited Cityofchicago.org 11 times in the past two weeks to report several blocks with the street lights out around Eckhart Park. If you happen to live on Elizabeth St, Fry St, Chestnut St (surrounding Eckhart Park. Please help and report these entire blocks out. Car break-ins have been occurring nightly and alcohol and drug consumption in parked cars along Eckhart Park is at an all time high (no pun intended). This is also the area the 7 gunshot were reported last week. Thanks to everyone for helping get this issue reported and resolved.

  • Well as a city employee I can only say keep calling in with your concerns. with the past Mayor and current one they have layed off many people. The city is expecting miracles with skeleton crews.

  • I had the same trouble in the 1500 block of Adams Street over the summer. I called for 3 months at least. I got the Alderman involved too. I even got text messages from the City advising me that the light was replaces...which was not true. Finally I saw a...

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    I had the same trouble in the 1500 block of Adams Street over the summer. I called for 3 months at least. I got the Alderman involved too. I even got text messages from the City advising me that the light was replaces...which was not true. Finally I saw a crew in the neighborhood working in the alley. They said that the lights were not on the list for replacement but they agreed to repair it.

    I think you have to keep calling. This is a good venue to get the word out.

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Dogs pooping/peeing on roof decks

This not the 1st time I've seen this, but am I the only one grossed out by owners letting their dogs go on roof decks? They are privately owned but part of condos and they eventually pick up the poop, but what about the pee? Grosses me out!!

  • mwalcheske Enthusiast

    There's a guy in 800 block of N Racine who lets his dog out on his balcony, over the sidewalk, to "go". Last winter I was nailed by his dog peeing over my head, ironically, as I walking my dog (you know, so she can pee/poo at street level). Gross. The bottom line: People are extremely lazy. I'm just not.

  • so nasty. my neighbor did this until I reported them to the board.

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Construction Thieves

Hi all - there are two white males aged 35-45 that drive a red/tan ford truck (it's a truck that has a "backseat") with two "sawhorses" for a ladder rack in the tailgate of their truck who we caught stealing from us on video surveillance. We believe these two men are also responsible for an apartment break-in across the street from us about 6-7 months ago.
We were gone this weekend and they cut the chain to our back gate...

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Hi all - there are two white males aged 35-45 that drive a red/tan ford truck (it's a truck that has a "backseat") with two "sawhorses" for a ladder rack in the tailgate of their truck who we caught stealing from us on video surveillance. We believe these two men are also responsible for an apartment break-in across the street from us about 6-7 months ago.
We were gone this weekend and they cut the chain to our back gate and then came the next night and stole a piece of construction equipment off of my husband's van.
We made a police report and are giving them the surveillance.
I'll post a copy of the video of the men and the truck to this site. Just FYI.
We are at Greenview and Chestnut.

  • I am sorry that you had this problem. Thank you for sharing the details. We will keep a look-out for these guys. Please keep us posted on an updates.

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What's the Deal with River North Restaurants Shorting Peoples' Change?

I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash...

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I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash so they round up or down. WTH!?

1st off, on a personal note, I go to this place 3 - 4 times a month, so this could really add up over the year.

2nd, they could be potentially dodging some major taxes. They also round up and give people whose bills are .01-49 the extra dollar. Not sure how it washes out in the end, but it seems pretty shady and annoying. If they don't want to bother with change, they should list prices rounded to the nearest dollar(that include tax) on their menu like food trucks.,

  • Beckyy Resident

    It should be the patron's option to tip for takeout. If the restaurant won't give exact change they should post the policy. (& I typically tip 20%+ at sit down restaurants so I'm no cheapskate)

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout....

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    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout.

    It's much more the additive result of the rounding that bother me more than one instance. Let's say I eat at River North restaurants 2x a week -- very typical for me. That's $57 a year in money out of my pocket for no reason if the change were .49 each time.

    I wonder how the restaurants manage the taxes around this or even how many people use cash? I'm just going to use my credit card from now on and the restaurant can pay the processing fee.

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