26 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Advice on Chicago code violations

The building I own a condo unit in has some issues with mismanagement and poor decision making. The association removed one of the back porches from the building, got into an argument with some owners on how they were being rebuilt, and now there's been no construction for three weeks. That side of the building which is maybe seven units I'm not sure, now has no fire exit. I don't want to be held responsible if something happens to those tenants. I called 311 twice and talked to the Alderman but nothing is happening. Any ideas from the EB community?

  • is this an issue with the selected contractor being bad (many if not most are terrible at finishing work) or with the board? I doubt anyone wants the project to drag on, though maybe there is no money to finish? lots of issues to work through. don't look to others to figure it out for you (the city? ha.) this is your home. and remember how helpful people are next time the condo board elections take place.

  • Brad,
    So many issues with the contractor. The board hired a friend who had to get insurance and a license after the fact. The board wants this person to build in direct contrast to what Illinois law states regarding percentage of ownership in the common elements. What a mess. I try to stay out of it but if I told you everything about this board and their contractor friend you would scream. Luckily I travel out of the country to work and don't have to hear from them very often.

32 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

homeless

I do have sympathy for the homeless. Many are down on their luck, are Vets, some have various illness's. But too many of them are saying "shelters are dangerous". They won't let me keep my dogs. If you can afford to feed a couple of dogs you should be able to house yourself. Or I don't want to leave my boyfriend/girlfriend. Between the two of you, you should be able to live somewhere. Too many lame excuses.

  • No but their is a safety net for children and animals. They are helpless and should not be drug down with their homeless parents.

  • Nan

    Yes - there are safety nets for kids- and to a lesser extent, animals, but don't presume an animal is being dragged down living with someone who loves them, regardless of where they live.

38 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Blasted Skunks!!

Family of skunks having a party in my front yard!

39 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Water Trees.

This hot weather is very hard on the trees in the parkways. If you can try and water them.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Yes George it exists! I saw the TreeKeeper class and I wanted to take it! Just not enough time in my life when I work 7 days a week. But bless the TreeKeepers! Maybe B.Tersch can give us more info?

  • good post.

    i should be watering more.

    will do.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Ald. Cappleman AGAIN LIES About Homeless: Many Uptown Homeless were NOT HELPED by DFSS

Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed...

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Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief duration during nighttime, but not at the same time. Those who were staying under the viaducts are being assisted by the city's Department of Family & Support Services--which has had case workers on site on a daily basis for more than a month--as well as other non-profit providers who specialize in identifying and accessing shelter and permanent housing. I fully support a "Housing First" approach with the goal of finding permanent, affordable housing and then providing connections to community-based support for long-term success. I will continue to work with agencies such as DFSS and non-profits, as well as listen to the concerns of the community at large, in order to meet the needs of all members of our community."

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    Mark Angelini is a good man.

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I get it. But at what cost?

    Almost 30 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Does that mean the US should have free gym memberships and
    dieticians?

    I get that some homeless have mental health issues. So increase mental health care. Fine.

    Some are homeless due to bad luck and/or...

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    I get it. But at what cost?

    Almost 30 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Does that mean the US should have free gym memberships and
    dieticians?

    I get that some homeless have mental health issues. So increase mental health care. Fine.

    Some are homeless due to bad luck and/or bad decisions. Give them housing and services and a job? Every job you "give" means one less job to be had.

    Financial training? Our government can't even figure out the principle of don't spend more than you make. And you're counting on the government to teach the homeless that?

    Typically, if government is the answer, your asking the wrong questions.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Tent City

Tent City has relocated for the time being.
Thank you.

  • I saw some of them near the lot on Wednesday afternoon. Police apparently were called. This location is very close to a school and Buttercup where already shady activities occur (and some people just sitting). The park already needs more activism during the summer as I'm pretty sure i witnessed...

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    I saw some of them near the lot on Wednesday afternoon. Police apparently were called. This location is very close to a school and Buttercup where already shady activities occur (and some people just sitting). The park already needs more activism during the summer as I'm pretty sure i witnessed a drug deal. And I hesitated to call 911 as it is hard enough to get the dispatchers to act upon some calls in the best way possible. Also, talking to police directly or with the alderman office is probably a better route for ongoing activities. My concern is having the tent city move to a much more residential area than something like a viaduct.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    The best solution is to create the kinds of supportive housing that stabilizes lives and keep them off the streets where whatever issues can only become exacerbated.

    I know...I am a radical thinker.

35 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Where to find Albany Park themed gifts

Hi all, anyone know of a good place to find Albany Park themed gifts? My wife and I like to decorate our place with gifts representing neighborhoods that we've lived in. Thanks for the suggestions!

36 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Parakeet in Chicago?

Parakeet in Chicago? Hi neighbors, just saw a green parakeet on a line at Altgeld and Rockwell, by yellow brick apt building.

  • JJ

    Thanks for the comments guys! Unfortunately, the parakeet didn't really look like a monk parakeet. I'm thinking it was a pet that got out of someone's home :(

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    Those parrots in Hyde Park/Washington Park are amazing. I saw a nest as big as a VW beetle! Make Megamall site a bird sanctuary!

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Block Party Ideas

Any ideas on some fun stuff to do for a Block Party?

  • Love that piñata idea! A big rat tail off the back of it would make it even better and more authentic! It would really be satisfying for the adults in the crowd! Don't know if candy would come out of it, though. It may just be full of ..... you get the idea!

  • Mary F. Robbins Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner

    We do a water balloon toss in age groups and a split the pot. We also have a theme each year and then the best decorated house to that theme gets a gift card. We've been hiring DJ Wild Bill for years... best value and knows how to keep that block party fun going for all ages. 630.660.2288. http://www.wbjamz.com/no_flash.php

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