6 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Neighborly advice needed!

Big thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read all of this...

So, we had our old detached garage facing the alley behind our house completely demolished and rebuilt almost exactly a year ago because it was completely falling apart. It's nothing fancy, but broke our bank and it works.

Less than a month after it was built, I noticed the first major ding on the garage door… Fast forward a year, and the garage door is...

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Big thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read all of this...

So, we had our old detached garage facing the alley behind our house completely demolished and rebuilt almost exactly a year ago because it was completely falling apart. It's nothing fancy, but broke our bank and it works.

Less than a month after it was built, I noticed the first major ding on the garage door… Fast forward a year, and the garage door is severely dented, dinged, warped and getting worse by the week. It is very apparent that our neighbor across the alley from us is using our garage door as a stopper when they back out of their own driveway. But, we’ve never received a visit or a note... no one has attempted to take responsibility for what I image to be at least a dozen pretty major impacts and who knows how many smaller “taps” at this point.

My husband has walked around to knock on their front door, but as the old adage goes: the lights are on, but nobody’s home. And frankly, I’m really worried about confronting them… If these people have no concern for damaging our property over and over like it’s some kind of joke, I worry about my two small children. What kind of people have such a blatant indifference toward their neighbors?

I called 311 and was sent to the non-emergency police line. The guy I talked to was sympathetic but said gathering evidence was the key. Once we have evidence, we can bring it in to file a report and go from there. I have an IP security camera ordered, but I’m worried our wifi won’t stretch all the way to the alley, my dad suggested hiring a private investigator – does anyone have experience with anything like that?

However this goes, I can’t imagine a good outcome. Either we’re total chumps that just take this beating or face possible retaliation. It’s a complete garbage fire either way. I guess I’m turning to my Everyblock neighbors for encouragement or any ideas I may be missing.

Thanks for reading!

  • Mike Bayne Dunning area New to the area and have 2 children.

    Those dings at the bottom are not from a car, because they are notched and a number would stop the tires from from doing it.

  • Well, we're on our way to finding out. Camera is installed and so far we've captured several alley cats and the guy that tapes flyers to all of our garages. Nothing nefarious yet – if the camera itself is a deterrent, that's fine by me! I'm pretty sure our neighbors saw it being installed. So far, I 100% recommend the Blink camera product. Super easy to install.

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Updated 3 hours ago

  • Why Take The Stairs When You Can Ride The Slide?

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $1629.44:
    I need help covering the cost of registration, lodging, transportation, and food for a 2-day training at the Ron Clark Academy so I can learn innovative ideas around student engagement, rigor, classroom culture, and environment.
    Smyser Elementary School

41 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Casing the Street

Hello, I just watched a young man stroll down my street, block of 4800 W Belle Plaine, checking out the inside of cars and meandering around for a few minutes. If he comes back while I'm watching, is there someone I could call, instead of 911?

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Description?

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Yes you definitely should call.As far as 311 goes you'll probably have a full grown beard by the time a 311 call representative gets to your call so l would go only with 911

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Apr 01

Updated 14 hours ago

Rims and tires stolen from at least 10 vehicles on Northwest Side

4400 block of North Monitor Avenue between March 26 and March 27.

5900 block of West Montrose Avenue between March 28 and March 29.

4200 block of North Leclaire Avenue between March 28 and March 29.

4900 block of West Warner Avenue on March 29 at 3:44 a.m.

5000 block of West Waveland Avenue on March 29 between 12:01 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.

4400 block of North Lockwood Avenue between March 29 and March 30.

5400 block of West Eddy Street on between March 29 and March 30.

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4500 block of North Menard Avenue on March 28 at 7 p.m.

5200 block of West Windsor Avenue between March 28 and March 29.

5500 block of North Melvina Avenue on March 29 between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

    Rims and tires stolen from at least 10 vehicles on Northwest Side
    Thieves have stolen rims and tires from at least 10 vehicles in the past week on the Northwest Side, leaving the cars perched on cinder or paver blocks, Chicago police said. The thefts happened between Monday and Friday to vehicles that were parked on residential street overnight in the Jefferson Park and Portage Park neighborhoods, police said in a community alert.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Jeffrey Littleton Local Uptown Artist #1

    Hondas are always getting hit.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Shoot. Scoot and stay mute.

Apr 07

Updated 15 hours ago

Shots Fired

Anyone else hear & or report 7 shots fired at 3:10 this morning in area of Montrose & Lockwood. 911 stated there was multiple calls, but I did not see police activity afterwards.

Apr 12

Updated 16 hours ago

Well it's happened. Sears at Six Corners is closing.

Goodbye Sears store. My father-in-law still talks of their family driving up from the south side of the city to shop their when he was a kid. I wonder what will happen to the building. Now there will be two massive open properties in that spot.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-sears-closing-last-chicago-store-20180412-story.html

    Sears closing its last Chicago store
    Sears is closing its last remaining store in Chicago. Employees at the store at Six Corners in the Old Irving Park neighborhood were told of the closure Thursday morning, spokesman Howard Riefs said in an email. The store will close in mid-July after a liquidation sale set to begin April 27.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • toys r us is closing too, even the kids are effected with all these retailers closing down.

    so we are left with the following:

    no toys for you... just watch you tube

    google it

    order it on amazon

    uber eats

    I need a cleaning person

    I lost my dog

    the crater is here to stay

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    F.Y.I, the Jewel at six corners has a rat problem.

Apr 17

Updated 16 hours ago

Portage Park’s Frunchroom Opens to Serve Thoughtful Chicago-Style Deli Food

Frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (773) 853-2160, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday; open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    Portage Park's Frunchroom Opens to Serve Thoughtful Chicago-Style Deli Food
    Portage Park has a new casual spot for bagels, sandwiches, and fresh pastas now that Frunchroom has opened its doors. The restaurant - a collaboration between former Community Tavern chef de cuisine Matt Saccaro and the tavern's founder, Quay Tao - debuted this morning on the Northwest Side with a menu representing Saccaro's Chicago's memories.
    https://chicago.eater.com

Apr 17

Updated 16 hours ago

Helicopters flying around

Anyone know who the police are looking for in the area?

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    The phone store had to be right there,the address wasn't far from the restaurant.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    "Up and coming neighborhood " my butt.

18 hours ago

April 20, 2018 Update

The 5000-block of West Grace at 8:55 pm April 12; and

The 6000-block of West Grace at 9:30 am April 13.

The show will run through June 3 at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Tickets cost $12 to $17.50 and are available to purchase online online. Consider purchasing a two show package to save 25%.

Beaubien Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Biagio’s, 4242 N. Central.

Wed., Apr 25, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Thur., Apr 26, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Sat., Apr 28, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. A guest speaker from Proven Winners will attend thePortage Park Garden Club meeting. Seed exchange and discussion to follow speaker. More info: email organizers. Free.

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...in focusing on Avondale between Lawrence and Laramie are meeting at the old firehouse on Lipps and Ainslie at 10 am. Volunteers interested in working on Avondale between Pulaski and Irving Park and...

...under the Irving Park Blue Line viaduct are meeting in the Potbelly’s parking lot, 4185 W. Irving Park, at 10 am...

You may recall that in 2015, the city attempted to permanently close the intersection of Lamon and Wilson to all vehicle traffic without having any conversation with my office or the community. After I halted construction with my vehicle, they agreed to work through this issue with us.

The meeting will be 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 2, at the Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Lawrence.

The 5300-block of West Windsor at 9:45 pm April 11;

Peoples Gas Testing on Mulligan and Avondale

Starting in May, Suneys will begin to install a fiber optic conduit at the intersection of Byron and Cicero.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, May 12, between 10 am and 1 pm.

Donations can be dropped off or shipped to: Disney II Magnet High School, c/o Kelly Novac, 3900 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL, 60618.

Many celebrate Earth Day as a time of service in the community with cleaning, planting, and educational events. Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, would like to invite you to connect with nature after your day of service.

Hands to Help Ministries is hosting their annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm in the gym at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Harding.

During the month of April, the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, will be collecting diaper wipes, diapers, new socks, new underwear and new pajamas.

Sat., Apr 21, 10 am-1 pm, Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee.Hundres of gently used books will be for sale or for free during theSchurz Used Book Sale & Giveaway.Costs vary depending on purchases. 

Sat., Apr 21, 2 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Join in for a spirited Sing-A-Long. Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Mary Peterson and Linda Smith will take participants on a journey of tunes. Free.

Sat., Apr 21, 4:30 pm, Handzel Center Gym, 5864 W. Ainslie. St. Constance School hosts a Taste of Poland Diner Dance fundraiser. There will be a...

Sun., Apr 22, 11:30 am-2 pm,St. Viator School, 4140 W. Addison.Join St. Viator for a day to celebrate their students’ artistic and academic achievements for...

Tue., Apr 24- 6-8 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden United hosts aFaith and Health Community of Practice. This is a gather for leaders...

Tue., Apr 24, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free.

Wed., Apr 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Financial Literacy: Managing and Protecting Your Assets seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free. 

Wed., Apr 25, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

Thur., Apr 26, 7 pm, NEIU Campus, BBH Room 102, 5500 N. St. Louis. Jeff Skrentny of the Labagh Restoration Leadership Team shares our local natural history from Native...

Wed., May 2, 5:30-7 pm, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center, 3435 N. Cicero.Experience lively performances from the Latin Dance teens group and beautiful vocals of Upbeat Music & Arts teens. Artwork, presentations, and delicious food also available at theSpring 2018 Salon. Free.

Wed., May 2, 6:30-8 pm,Albany Park Community Center, 5101 N. Kimball. Learn about resources available in your neighborhood, prevention tips, and how to work together to make a safer neighborhood during theHispanic Outreach Beat Meeting. Presentation in Spanish. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

    April 20, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Join your neighbors for Chicago's annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 10 am this Saturday, April 21. This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to pitch in to help beautify our neighborhoods.
    http://ward45.org

5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Hotel That Can Accommodate Large Moving Truck

Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open...

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Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open to downtown hotel recommendations as well, if they have a private parking structure that would work.

I've tried to work it out with my HOA but they will not allow us to park the moving truck in the building's lot overnight, so I'm trying to come up with a contingency plan. We'd prefer not to have to unpack 60 boxes and several heavy loads of furniture immediately after making a cross-country trip.

Any thoughts or ideas appreciated. Thanks!

  • Nikki my son had to do something thing stayed at the motel 6 which is location at Riverroad and Lawrence have a parking lot that you could park your trucks and have cameras all around so it will be safe

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34 hours ago

Mar 26 2017

Updated 44 hours ago

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    No need to be negative, Dan G. Poster asked a simple question. My answer to poster is that I thought trees that have been treated have red tags. Not sure what the blue ones mean, but you can as at the city's website--Forestry.

  • Orange paper signs posted to restrict parking during day of pruning or removal. To make ample clearance for equipment. Since city no longer paints green solid circle on trunk of tree being removed, any one of trees sporting orange sign could be cut down. Chicago has also began culling healthy...

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    Orange paper signs posted to restrict parking during day of pruning or removal. To make ample clearance for equipment. Since city no longer paints green solid circle on trunk of tree being removed, any one of trees sporting orange sign could be cut down. Chicago has also began culling healthy treated ash trees. Treated trees have Blue, Red, Purple, Bronze, Silver dog tags.

    So if you want to keep your treated parkway ash...as our cities community Tree historian, along with being a volunteer Openland's Treekeeper. I am presently working with an official Forestry Representative, to allow property owners to continue protecting their parkway ash with treatment. Waving requirement for costly permit needed by your hired professional arborist.

    Be aware that our city Water department regularally culls healthy maturing trees, in order to make wide clearance for machinery. As in past, workers damaged trees so badly. They had to be removed anyways. Well...now you know!

  • @scott concertman, I have my parkway Ash treated every few years by a local tree company. It's in great shape. How do I get it on the "list" to not be cut down? The company that treats the tree puts on a new / current tag every time they treat it. I'm assuming they're pulling a permit because they are well known in the city.

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6 days ago

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Searching for free or low cost activities for a Toddler

Looking for something to do with my 15 month old child outside of the home. We need more sensory and learning activities. At this rate he is only learning to fold laundry and clean floors, hahaha.

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