27 hours ago

Updated 53 min ago

A Collective Voice Against the Chase Development?

The proposed development at the Chase campus on Lawrence near Ravenswood seems to have a lot of dislike. I am particularly not in favor of more efficiency apartments, as we moved here for the family neighborhood feel. Is anyone gathering an opposition to this proposal?

  • Preeti Superstar, animal lover, just me

    @ Martin M - Wolcott needs to remain as wide as it because of McPherson. That's where the buses park for drop-off/pick up and parents stop for drop-off/pick up of their kids. Traffic can still get by. Making it narrower will make it a traffic nightmare for the 9-10 months...

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    @ Martin M - Wolcott needs to remain as wide as it because of McPherson. That's where the buses park for drop-off/pick up and parents stop for drop-off/pick up of their kids. Traffic can still get by. Making it narrower will make it a traffic nightmare for the 9-10 months school is in session.

    @ RavensMaven - what is the "Who RavensWouldn't" development north of Lawrence?

    The height of the development fits in with the surrounding buildings. Density around the train station and major street (Lawrence) is preferable to one of the side streets. The parking spaces seem appropriate for TOD. The efficiencies are pretty small and costly at $1500/month. I agree with others up thread about the need for more family sized units (2 bedrooms). This property is better suited for rentals than condos/townhomes since it's next to train tracks. Developers make more money from rentals than condo/townhomes in today's real estate and financing climate. Hopefully, this developer has better sound proofing than the Ravenswood Terrace complex by the tracks behind Mariano's parking lot.

  • North Center B, I'm with you. Stop treating renters like 2nd class citizens.

31 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Local Mechanic?

Can anyone recommend a good local mechanic in the area?

  • I've used A to Z Auto in the past and always been pleased. They are on Western just north of Irving, 4129 N. Western. Affordable prices and fixed correctly (after the guys at CarX on Irving had two chances to fix the Engine Light On for emissions testing.) Also fixed a brake line correctly and affordably.

  • I'll give a second thumbs up to Nals. My brakes were squeaking. I took it to Nals, called me back and said I had plenty of life left on the pads. They just had some rust on them. I got there and they said there'd be no charge, they just sanded off the rust for me. They had me after that.

33 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Internet Providers

Hi neighbors, does anyone use anyone else besides Comcast/Xfinity for their internet service? Looking for an alternative but do not see one! Thanks!

  • Comcast,dish direct tv,wow exfinity etc they're all the same thing they were never ready for cable and still not its going to get worse especially when tech support people don't know what they're doing and that includes men up on the telephone poles,why you thl

  • If you have DirecTV they won't want you to switch...they will lower your bill to get you to stay and not cut the cord (happened to our friends who wanted to switch from cable to streaming because it's cheaper and no contract)...it's strange that the internet/cable service is so split...

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    If you have DirecTV they won't want you to switch...they will lower your bill to get you to stay and not cut the cord (happened to our friends who wanted to switch from cable to streaming because it's cheaper and no contract)...it's strange that the internet/cable service is so split up in this area...if you haven't already try calling At&t customer service (800-660-1000) and ask if the high speed internet direct pro is offered on your block...if not ask them if they are going to be installing fiber on your block for internet service...this is what they are installing to areas that don't have At&t...it's frustrating cause the only choice we have here is At&t internet or a bundle with internet and a landline phone...

32 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Are you missing the Homeowners Exemption?

I have had a number of clients recently who are not taking advantage of the Homeowner and Senior exemptions on their property tax. If you are a homeowner, this is one way to save on your property taxes and you might be due a refund for prior years.

http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/02/are-you-missing-homeowners-exemption.html

    Are you missing the Homeowners Exemption?
    Over the past year, I have reviewed many clients' assets for tax and estate planning purposes and I have noticed some are missing a large tax exemption each year: their homeowners exemption (also known as Homestead Exemption). This exemption is given to property owners on their property tax bill.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Helicopter circling

Humbolt/Sacramento to cortland to armitage for the past 15 minutes any idea what's going on?

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Any update's on (not) Ronny's?

I live quite close to the formerly-known-as Ronny's and have been watching the exterior progress for some time. Not much has been going on lately so I assume they're working inside right now. I haven't seen any updates on here lately — does anyone know what the most recently updated timeline is? Or have any more info on the concept?

  • @Loganparkcat in the thread mentioned by Meredith, Pete mentions that they are finished with the kitchen so I assume there will be food! :D

  • Bee_Kay, where did you hear it's going to be a health focused spot? I'll be there if it is, but more so hoping it's closer to whisky tavern / upscale bar food spot...

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Advice for first time buyers - Homboldt Park

Hello,

My fiance and I are considering purchasing a condo on the 2700 block of West Thomas street and are looking for advice / insight about the area. This would be our first time moving into the city and we are concerned with the neighborhood.

How is walking to and from bus stops? How is it walking around at night? I have done some research on the area, probably looking at the crime history from the Chicago Tribune and other crime maps did not help with our decision.

Any advice would be appreciated!

  • Lisa Hibbard Avondale/Logan Square Resident

    I have a friend in Humboldt Park who will be listing her house in the near future. She is looking to move to the south suburbs where housing costs are more reasonable and an easier commute to her job. Her time in Humboldt Park wasn't too bad, she just wants to get out of the city.

  • If you are thinking about renting, our penthouse 3 bed/2 bath will be available April 15. Includes off street parking spot.

2 days ago

Updated 17 min ago

Crime in lincoln park

I'm currently writing a news article regarding the spike in crime within the Lincoln Park area and was wondering if any victims or residents have any input on the issue.

Why do you think it's increasing?
What have the police done regarding the issue?
Are there any solutions?

  • I have lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. I have read the crime rate has gone down. However the type of crime has changed. It used to be car break ins, muggings late at night. Instead it is now the 7Eleven across from my house getting robbed at gunpoint,...

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    I have lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. I have read the crime rate has gone down. However the type of crime has changed. It used to be car break ins, muggings late at night. Instead it is now the 7Eleven across from my house getting robbed at gunpoint, the shops on Halsted I walk by every day get robbed at gunpoint at 4pm, it is armed robberies happening on the route I walk with my son at 5pm or worse in the park where kids are playing, it is a mugging that ended in a young mans life just on Sheffield, it is drive by shootings on Belmont, or shootings in alleys at 8pm just on diversely.

    For myself personally, I have the typical story of car vandalized, bikes stolen (twice) and my house broken into during the daytime(luckily. No one was home). Also my friend was just mugged at gunpoint in Lincoln square on walk home from work at 6pm.

    Maybe the numbers are smaller, but the crime feels more real. It saddens me greatly as I wanted to raise my son in the city. I have not given up yet, but I am on the edge.

  • Steve Jovan Public Policy

    Sorry there is no evidence that the kind of crime has changed. The nature of certain crimes has changed so that a restaurant instead of a gas station might be robbed but the total number of robberies is not up.
    A freshman student in criminology knows that no one is...

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    Sorry there is no evidence that the kind of crime has changed. The nature of certain crimes has changed so that a restaurant instead of a gas station might be robbed but the total number of robberies is not up.
    A freshman student in criminology knows that no one is comparing bike thefts to armed robberies.
    Sorry no!
    Again we are at historic lows for crime in downtown Chicago.
    4 communities account for 80% of all homicides none of which are downtown.
    No one denies there is crime in downtown Chicago but it's a tiny fraction of the total crime in the city with far less of the worst kinds of crimes committed downtown.
    The shooting on Belmont was gang related as are 79% of all such shootings.
    There is a difference between zero crime and low crime.
    Studies prove that it's not crime that has risen rather that crime reporting is up by 300% in the last 10 years.
    What Americans think about crime has little to do with actual crime.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Alderman Roberto Maldonado "Political $$Expenditures" tell a story

What Restaurant did Maldonado use for 2 meetings about "Ward Matters" costing $501.00? Santorini @ 138 S Halsted. Eateries in Humboldt Park not good enough for Roberto? Also $250 paid to Charlie Billups for Photographic Services. Pix that capture Alderman's best feature, his corrupt profile. Source: IL Board of Elections/Expenditures

Santorini Restaurant
138 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661 $345.35
11/23/2016 1/4/2017 Expenditure
Citizens for Maldonado Meeting re: Ward matters

Santorini Restaurant & Lounge
138 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661 $155.30
12/13/2016 1/4/2017 Expenditure
Citizens for Maldonado Planning meeting re: Ward matters

Billups, Charlie
1820 N. Richmond
Chicago, IL 60647 $250.00
10/4/2016 1/4/2017 Expenditure
Citizens for Maldonado Photographic services

  • God forgive him he is stealing from his own people

  • Jaay Riot Fest Supporter

    Hey voters don't forget Maldonado is collecting a big fat county pension on top of his $ 118,000 salary for part time work as an alderman!!!!

    Why do we need 50 ALDERMAN????

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