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smashed windows

hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been...

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hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been working with the police precinct but there isn't much they can do. we are just wondering if other people have had the same problem and also let the neighborhood know to be vigilant and safe. replacing glass gets expensive for a small businesses like us, but more important, it is scary and troubling knowing there are people on our block in the early morning hours looking to cause damage and perhaps hurt people.

  • Lyn Wolfson President Chicago Grand Neighbors Association

    Call your alderman and contact CAPS shy Juan Clas and ask what additional assistance police can provide. You might be in remapped 1st ward Ald Proco Joe Moreno, otherwise Walter Burnett. Maybe Ald can ask police to declare hot spot, to have tactical team patrol between those hours. Find out what CAPS area you are in and who is Community Facilitator. If Beat 1215 email Beth at Beat.1215@yahoo.com
    Ask for help.

  • Lyn Wolfson President Chicago Grand Neighbors Association

    Typo above Sgt. Clas.

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New Bohemian House

This is a new place at 11 W Illinois. Can anyone tell me if they have been there and how the pricing is?

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Anyone interested in getting a fenced dog park in Smith Park?

We've been walking our dogs up to Wicker Park, but it'd be nice to have a designated, fenced-in, off-leash area closer to home. Anyone else interested or know if this has been attempted before?

Thanks --Leila

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    You could try Claremont dog park at Western and Flournoy St. It's closer to wicker park and SO much bigger with grass, no concrete.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Closer to Smith park than wicker park**

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Six of the Most Refreshing Sparkling Wine Cocktails in Chicago

730 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-243-8955

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671 N. St. Clair St., Streeterville, 312-642-1800 Bellinis are great at brunch, of course. But a fizzer this tasty (thanks to both peach purée and crème de pêche) needn’t be confined to weekend-morning consumption only.

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Meet Libertyville man who gave up banking to make pizza

"I said I wouldn't do it unless I found the perfect place," Durning said. That place was an old dry cleaning shop at 404 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the heart of downtown Libertyville.

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Drones Flying In Your Neighborhood

My sleep was disturbed at 2:30 am this morning by a drone hovering above our apartment building. I have seen it hovering over my building and adjacent ones in broad daylight several times, sometimes for several hours. This is the first time I have seen and heard it at night. Has anyone noticed this happening near their homes? If so, is there anything that I can do about it?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    T in Chi-You're probably right that it is gas powered. That must have been the "fuel exhaust" I was seeing coming from it. I didn't even know gas powered "toys" existed as I thought they were all battery powered. I don't know anything about that drone you're talking about.

  • Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on...

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    Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on small fires - it's pretty common to make scale WWII planes that do things like drop fake bombs or make machine gun sounds when you hit a button on the remote control - a fire fighting RC chopper would be pretty awesome, particularly for firefighters!) Thanks!

    I've never been able to find a city ordinance that flat out bans flying radio control planes, helicopters, etc (some cities/towns do have them, though). A big part of why I'd like to help defuse this situation with our neighbor who is buzzing the neighborhood is that I'd like to avoid some alderman with nothing better to do passing some sort of ban of "drones", and which would probably ban all other radio control flying gizmos. (I'm thinking of some of Burt Natarus' more zany proposals...)

    It's cool that firefighters can use some of their down time to fly a RC heli, I can do some test runs in the alley, and even that our neighbor can do *a little* flying around (but not when its really bugging people, and particularly at 2:30am). It would be nice if we could avoid heavy handed new ordinances or unnecessary police involvement (though, repeatedly waking people up in the middle of the night is a pretty appropriate thing to call the police about, if it keeps happening.)

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WATER: Non-metered account v metered for 2-flat

Hi neighbors, Just curious if anyone had any success with installing meter save in their 2-flat. My water bills have gone from $300 -$600 per 6 month use, and when I called to inquire, I was told it's because of an unmetered account.

I joked that I should start selling the water to other people to cover the crazy increase, and bizarrely enough the rep told me I should. Oh, Chicago.

Just wanted to inquire from fellow neighbors before I sign up.

  • Our bill was $200+ every six month and had it changed to meter so now $30+ bi-monthly. We also got a rain barrel from the city to water the plants.

  • CJL ...

    We got a meter 3 years ago. Our last full 6 month unmetered bill was $400. Since then our highest two month bill has been under $50. So, even if every bill now were our highest (they aren't), and the unmetered amount hadn't gone up (it would have), we'd be paying over 60% less. In reality, we are paying about 80% less than if we had not switched.

    Seems like a no brainer, too me.

Aug 25

The Anti-Cruelty Society needs your help!

The Anti-Cruelty Society is the only shelter in Illinois competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Shelter Challenge. We can win the $25K Community Engagement award with your help. You can vote daily through August 31. Voting is easy:
1. Login to your Facebook account
2. Visit www.votetosavelives.org
3. Find The Anti-Cruelty Society (hint-we're the only shelter in Illinois) and click GO.
4. Be sure to click Vote for this Shelter on the next page.
That's it. Your vote could help us win $25,000 to help the animals!
THANK YOU!

Aug 25

Chicago's Top Sandwiches to Round Out National Sandwich Month

Duran European Sandwiches (529 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

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Nhu Lan Bakery (2612 W. Lawrence Ave.)

Bari (1120 W. Grand Ave.)

Cemitas Puebla (3619 W. North Ave.)

Leghorn Chicken (959 N. Western Ave.)

Mercadito Fish (10 E. Delaware Pl.)

Aug 25

A New and Exciting Church is Starting Near You!

In just 2 weeks there is a great new church opening near you! On Sunday, September 7th Empower Chicago will begin Sunday morning church services at the new iO Comedy Theater located at 1501 N Kingsbury! It's right across the street from the Whole Foods Market and not far from the North/Clybourn red line CTA station. There's also free street parking available.

Everyone is welcome at Empower Chicago Church Services! We are a modern, contemporary, nondenominational church that believes the...

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In just 2 weeks there is a great new church opening near you! On Sunday, September 7th Empower Chicago will begin Sunday morning church services at the new iO Comedy Theater located at 1501 N Kingsbury! It's right across the street from the Whole Foods Market and not far from the North/Clybourn red line CTA station. There's also free street parking available.

Everyone is welcome at Empower Chicago Church Services! We are a modern, contemporary, nondenominational church that believes the Bible and is totally into God and helping people.

There are many things that are important to us, but here are a few that may interest you:

We’ll have awesome praise and worship music!
You’ll hear powerful messages that are life-changing!
You’ll have the opportunity to make new friends!
You’ll be given opportunities to make a difference around the city through meaningful outreaches!

We’ll have a safe, clean and fun program for kids!
September is Preview Month so come and check it out!

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