Sep 24

Updated 5 days ago

New to the Area and Looking for Opinions

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking at buying my first condo in the Belmont Cragin area (close the the Brickyard). Current resident of Portage Park.

Anything I need to know (good or bad)? Opinions on if the area is safe, are there things to do, good restaurants, etc?

Just would like to hear overall opinions on the area. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!

  • Sorry, everyone. It's been a busy few weeks. I appreciate all the thoughts and look forward to being in the neighborhood :)

  • Mark 60634 Foundation crack repair pro

    If you're going to need help finding realtor let me know.
    We'll find you something nice in the area. Also we have some people who do loans.

Sep 25

Updated Sep 25

Hovering helicopter this morning

Anyone know why there was a helicopter hovering in the area this morning?

Jul 14

Updated Sep 15

ATT Fiber (Gigapower) vs Comcast Xfinity

Looking for anyone that has had experience moving from Comcast Xfinity to ATT Fiber (Gigapower) Service. For clarity, I'm not talking about ATT DSL nor ATT Uverse.

I have no illusions about customer service - I know they both rate mediocre there. I also am not so concerned about cost comparison. It's really more about the install, uptime, consistency of speed the ISP is delivering. If all evils are about equal I'd make a move to take advantage of the increase in speed ATT Fiber provides.

Any personal experiences anyone can share will be gratefully received. Thanks!

  • Nate, what speed do you normally get from the fiber? Is it close to their advertised speed? Thx.

  • Also how much are the fees and taxes for the fiber service?

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Belmont Central Fest

Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies...

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Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies were subject to.

They were in this small small fenced area being forced to walk in a tight circle for hours and hours providing rides to the few spectators that actually wandered up. Not only were they in a small space, they also had no horse shoes, their poor hooves were cracked, and you could clearly see that they were tired as they lifted their back hooves to an angle trying to alleviate the strain from standing for hours on this asphalt road. It was sad and heartbreaking to see these poor guys standing there in such agony for our mere amusement.

Now, on the other side of Central was a small camel also being exploited for our amusement. This camel was muzzled and, again, forced to walk back and forth on the hard asphalt for hours. I decided to ask the gentlemen who was managing the camel rides about the condition of the ponies and how it wasn't humane that they were being forced to walk in such a small space for hours on asphalt without at least horse shoes to protect hooves. I immediately was greeted a hasty defense and was told it wasn't any of my business what the company name was nor where they were based out of.

I decided to leave it at that and photograph the poor conditions of these animals and document the clear signs of exhaustion.

It's crazy that the city has allowed such a horrid thing to be included as part of the venue. I intend to email the alderman's office and make it clear that this type of entertainment shouldn't be allowed in the future.

  • I'll never be your beast of burden.

  • Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals...

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    Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals felt he was doing the right thing, he would have provided information as to the owner. Please keep us updated, Gerald. We can all contact the alderman. If he can't provide information, he should have to look into the issue.

    Belmont/Central neighbors: wouldn't a Bouncy House be a better choice?

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