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  • 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 Comment

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Updated 5 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?

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours 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!

  • I have a little problem with people not picking up after there pets , One of my cameras, that was put in to monitor the front door , captures a big part of the front yard. Well I have a video of the kid( more like teeneger) that walks his...

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    I have a little problem with people not picking up after there pets , One of my cameras, that was put in to monitor the front door , captures a big part of the front yard. Well I have a video of the kid( more like teeneger) that walks his huge dog and let’s him take a massive dump on my yard and just walks away.

    Am I really suppose to go to the cops with this ?

    Also it continues to happen:

    Asking here since someone said , you have the video now what ? That’s my question what now ? I understand damage to a garage door is more of a cop problem , but is dog poop also a call the police thing ?

  • @Danny: I think the issue with the garage door would be more of a civil matter, meaning the person hitting the garage could be sued for damages to property in small claims court. I don't really know the process, but perhaps with a video the owner could go to the...

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    @Danny: I think the issue with the garage door would be more of a civil matter, meaning the person hitting the garage could be sued for damages to property in small claims court. I don't really know the process, but perhaps with a video the owner could go to the police station to make a complaint and get a police report, then sue for cost of replacement of the door, representing themselves in court. The problem might be all the damage that has happened before but not videoed. It would be hard to prove the same person did all the damage, even if they did, because there is no proof for that.

    Don't know.

Mar 26 2017

Updated 10 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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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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Northwest Side bank held up in takeover bank robbery

Surveillance photos show a man robbing a bank at 4106 N. Milwaukee Ave. on April 20, 2018.

    Northwest Side bank held up in takeover bank robbery
    The men held up the Parkway Bank at 4106 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Portage Park neighborhood around 4:20 p.m., according to the FBI.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Irving Park and Long Street Closure

According to the city website, this is scheduled through 5/7. These closures are frustrating for everyone. However, when you choose to cut through the side streets and you get stacked up 10 deep trying to cross Laramie during rush hour, please don't think that laying on your horn will get the cars moving any faster. Perhaps sticking to the main arteries is a better option for you. Or just please have a little courtesy for those of us living on...

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According to the city website, this is scheduled through 5/7. These closures are frustrating for everyone. However, when you choose to cut through the side streets and you get stacked up 10 deep trying to cross Laramie during rush hour, please don't think that laying on your horn will get the cars moving any faster. Perhaps sticking to the main arteries is a better option for you. Or just please have a little courtesy for those of us living on the block and already having to deal with lines of cars blocking us from getting to our own homes. I realize it is pointless to post this as those who honking like psychos are not likely to change based on my post. Just hoping.

  • I'm by Lockwood and Dakin and it's very frustrating

  • My husband was nearly hit on Laramie when someone didn't stop at Byron. He had the right of way. OBEY the traffic signs please. And it is really better to use the posted detour. It is construction season people!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!

  • @Paul, we did and we’re not interested in that option because of timing issues. Most of those cross country movers move multiple people’s stuff at a time. The trucks only leave when full. We don’t want an extended time frame of possible delivery and quite frankly have heard many horror stories from people who have used movers for cross country moves. YMMV.

  • 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

3 days ago

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    CORRECT ELECTRICAL VIOLATIONS, 3' CLEARANCE FOR C. B. PANEL, MIXED CIRCUITS 1ST FL & 2ND FL, SCRAPE SIGNS, AND OTHERS, MAKE REPAIRS, NO NEW CIRCUITS

    5058 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued April 18, 2018 Comment

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Updated 3 days 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
  • Amazon is taking over the world! Package thieves will be happy.

  • 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

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