35 hours ago

3 days ago

Free Things To Do in Chicago

...do ask for a donation if you can spare it. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St

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...conservation and science, with one of the largest programs in the country. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N Cannon Dr

...check out the largest Tiffany dome in the world. It's breathtaking! Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St

...into Lake Michigan, giving you some of the best views in the city. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave

Grant Park is Chicago-free central. Free summer festivals like Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance, and more all take place in Chicago's Front Yard. Be sure to check out all of the public art year-round and the lights show at Buckingham Fountain during the summer. Grant Park, Columbus & Balbo

...the #1 attraction in the Midwest, supplanting Navy Pier from the top spot. Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph St

The northeast corner of Grant Park has been turned into an impressive destination. The lakefront recreation center features a climbing wall, a skating ribbon, and a giant playground. (Seriously - it's giant!) Maggie Daley Park, 337 E Randolph St

...communal event featuring games, live music, dancing, dining, and drinking. DANK HAUS German Cultural Center, 4740 N Western Ave

...re particularly interested in how photography impacts society, culture, and politics. Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave

...it's open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 7pm. Chicago Design Museum, Block 37, 108 N State St 3rd Fl

...display were primarily uncovered during expeditions in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St

...they offer free tours on Wednesdays and Sundays at 1pm. Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted

Ever wanted to see what a million dollars looks like? Or see inside a cash processing center? You can, and it's free! The Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum even offers a free guided tour every weekday at 1pm. Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, 230 S LaSalle St

...can learn more about what happened during the Cambodian Civil War. Cambodian American Heritage Museum, 2831 W Lawrence Ave

    Free Things To Do in Chicago
    Free things to do in Chicago including events, attractions, museums, parks, and more. Whether you're looking for free Chicago events, activities, or things to do this weekend, start here.
    https://chicago.thelocaltourist.com

3 days ago

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars

Sun 5/27, 7 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, $25, all-ages

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...were reluctant to let him make the commute. "Getting on the bus every morning at 39th and Sacramento and going to the train station on 35th and Archer and taking the Orange Line...

...the bus every morning at 39th and Sacramento and going to the train station on 35th and Archer and taking the Orange Line downtown every day freaked out my parents," he says. "We...

    Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars
    The Chicago schoolkids who make up Mariachi Herencia de Mexico had a hell of a summer in 2017. The band, whose members range in age from 11 to 18, had formed in March 2016, and last May they released their first record, Nuestra Herencia. It debuted at number two on iTunes' U.S.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

May 18

Want to see articles critical of CPD?

A google search brought up these interesting articles. Wade through and read. See if it applies to your problems/issues....THEN u will know WHY. We need a massive reform.

source, googlesearch

https://www.google.com/search?q=text2tip%2C+chicago+police%2C+is+it+successful+or+a+failure%3F&oq=text2tip&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j69i59l3.13151j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    text2tip, chicago police, is it successful or a failure? - Google Search
    Your identity will not be sent to the Chicago Police Department. ... I have only heard of text2tip and cpdtip. .... I dropped off a pair of shoes with specific instructions as to when I needed them and they failed. 0. 0 .....
    https://www.google.com

May 17

Want to know why service sucks?

My expat friend in Bangkok sent me this link. The source is abc7
If you got time to list the little ways you are cheated in your everyday life plz post.

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/report-chicago-most-corrupt-city-in-us/3478310/

    Report: Chicago most corrupt city in U.S.
    A report released Tuesday ranks Chicago as the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois as the third-most corrupt state. "What we find is a very dreary picture.
    http://abc7chicago.com

May 15

Updated May 16

Another shooting on 3200 W Walnut block

In the past 2 weeks...bad things have happened on Walnut

1. Anybody know WHY a car ran over someone, crashed a chain link fence, destroyed a wooden front porch?

2. Anybody know WHY someone was shot?

3. Anybody know WHY someone was shot and injured today?

4. anybody know WHY a car was burned in the middle of the block?

Anyone know WHY CPD is failing the residents living on this block? Can u speculate? It defies logic. There are...

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In the past 2 weeks...bad things have happened on Walnut

1. Anybody know WHY a car ran over someone, crashed a chain link fence, destroyed a wooden front porch?

2. Anybody know WHY someone was shot?

3. Anybody know WHY someone was shot and injured today?

4. anybody know WHY a car was burned in the middle of the block?

Anyone know WHY CPD is failing the residents living on this block? Can u speculate? It defies logic. There are cameras 7114, 194, 7113 nearby. The highly touted strategic decision camera room is in the 11th District just steps from the Commanders' Office. Aerial satellite views show the entire route of start and end where bad guys go. Still CPD makes no arrests most of the time.

Do we have an 17% murder solve rate meaning 83% failure rate? Do we have a less than 30% crime solving meaning 70% failure rate. Those kinds of data mean MANY should be cut loose and sharper tacks hired. Maybe US military peacekeepers who are accustomed to working in bad areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria could do a better job than what we have now. They would not be AFRAID which is the most common excuse we get.

Can u speculate as to WHY our police are not able to SOLVE crime issues here in EGP? Plz chatter here. WE NEED HELP solving this chronic problem frought with red tape, institutional barriers (like talking to a brick wall)...

There are better, faster, cheaper ways to problem solve than what we got. Can u contribute to the conversation here? THANKS

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Guess we made the news this am. Firey crash was a result of shootings on Walnut. Source below

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/05/15/garfield-park-shooting-police-chase/

    Ring doorbell gives better crime alert that the Commander at 11. His typical response as is the response of his people is " this is an ongoing investigation and we can;t release any information."

    We deserve better information than that from the Commander. maybe we should go directly to the Police department responsible for press releases.

May 16

  • Mariachi Ensemble!

    Mr. Olazaba is asking for $1599.48:
    My students need trumpets, violins, guitars and a vihuela to continue playing mariachi music in middle school and other programs related to mariachi.
    Orozco Fine Arts & Sciences Elementary School Comment

May 13

May 10

Updated May 12

Are u a filmmaker? Want to earn $400. My neighbor is trying to get footage.

We have not been able to clean up the Kedzie/Lake area in decades. A neighbor is taking a bold step by asking someone to make a video. The video will be used to send to government agencies including the Mayor and Police and ask that they ENFORCE LAWS.

Are you a filmmaker? Are you interested in helping a neighborhood recover from blight? This might just be up your alley.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cwg/d/mini-film-project-at-kedzie/6585347954.html

    Mini-Film project at Kedzie/Lake for Adventurous film student/creator
    I'm hiring a short term gig for a week. Your job would be to document for a few hours each day at the Kedzie and Lake Green line station. The purpose of these videos is to show the debris, nuisance...
    https://chicago.craigslist.org
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Any creative types in the neighborhood or Art schools? Opportunity to help neighborhood get rid of problem spots on their own as we are NOT able to get the government to do it.

May 11

Updated May 11

Corrupt Cops from West side indicted

We have all heard stories about Corrupt West side Cops who do bad things. Read and see if these guys did anything to people you know. If they did, report to CPD and ask for Justice.

Source Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cops-charged-stealing-cash-drugs-20180510-story.html

    Two Chicago gang cops indicted on federal charges they stole cash and drugs
    A Chicago police sergeant and an officer who works for him on a West Side gang squad have been indicted on federal charges alleging they lied to judges to obtain search warrants and then stole cash and drugs from properties they raided. The charges against Sgt.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    If u know anybody who had trouble from these Indicted Cops, ask for justice.

May 11

Unhappy with Greenline Kedzie stop?

CPD and CTA Police do not keep the Lake/Kedzie (Kedzie/Maypole) clear of undesirable element. Undesirables include drug dealers, drug users, alcoholics, mentals, shooters, murderers, robbers, rapists, perverts, assaulters, kidnappers...and a host of other undesirables

Those who ride the train to go downtown for work or any other purpose feel intimidated and insecure while trying to access oublic transportation.

The elevator to access the overhead stop is used as a urinal and the stench of urine revulsive for 20 years. ....

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CPD and CTA Police do not keep the Lake/Kedzie (Kedzie/Maypole) clear of undesirable element. Undesirables include drug dealers, drug users, alcoholics, mentals, shooters, murderers, robbers, rapists, perverts, assaulters, kidnappers...and a host of other undesirables

Those who ride the train to go downtown for work or any other purpose feel intimidated and insecure while trying to access oublic transportation.

The elevator to access the overhead stop is used as a urinal and the stench of urine revulsive for 20 years. .

If u are unhappy with the conditions near the CTA Greenline/ Kedzie stop please post your comments here.

Also here is the State Transit Inspector general Complaint form. The union maintenance crew does a miserable job of cleaning the p-ss in,the elevator. SUPERVISOR does not supervise. Security camera on ceiling of elevator is NOT used to arrest and prosecute. CTA security does not keep area clear of drug dealing and other 7noleasantries near the station.

Post complaints and suggestions here. File a complaint with the OIG

Lets see what we cando!

https://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/complaints/Pages/OnlineComplaint.aspx

May 10

5 things to do this weekend in Chicago

...murals, including 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday beginning at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum (1852 W. 19th St.). Tickets: $20. chicagohistory.org

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...from Reese Witherspoon. Matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at MBT (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Tickets: $8. musicboxtheatre.com

...all you sick weirdos. At 7 p.m. Friday, Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records (3182 N. Elston Ave.) will show a pair of flicks full of murder: 1997’s “Bloodletting” — about a serial...

...auctions. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4046 W. Armitage Ave.). Tickets: $30-$200. Tickets: eventbrite.com

    5 things to do this weekend in Chicago
    Which do you prefer, Chicago? Outside: Peruse murals in Pilsen, party for Logan Square or watch the game. Inside: Grab a matinee or a double feature or, again, watch the game. Take a walk on the historical side No other neighborhood in Chicago has a collection of murals like Pilsen's, which makes sense given the public art form's strong Mexican roots.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 10

Problem with Liquor stores? Report them

A neighbor sent me this link this am. It might be a good place for some of you to send data and get positive results from the State as opposed to no results from the City.

https://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/sitepages/licenselookup.aspx?Status=A&Owners=SEARCY,%20PERCELL&;

    ILCC
    https://www.illinois.gov

May 10

5 things to do this weekend in Chicago

...murals, including 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday beginning at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum (1852 W. 19th St.). Tickets: $20. chicagohistory.org

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...from Reese Witherspoon. Matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at MBT (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Tickets: $8. musicboxtheatre.com

...all you sick weirdos. At 7 p.m. Friday, Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records (3182 N. Elston Ave.) will show a pair of flicks full of murder: 1997’s “Bloodletting” — about a serial...

...auctions. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4046 W. Armitage Ave.). Tickets: $30-$200. Tickets: eventbrite.com

    5 things to do this weekend in Chicago
    Which do you prefer, Chicago? Outside: Peruse murals in Pilsen, party for Logan Square or watch the game. Inside: Grab a matinee or a double feature or, again, watch the game. Take a walk on the historical side No other neighborhood in Chicago has a collection of murals like Pilsen's, which makes sense given the public art form's strong Mexican roots.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 10

Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/10 – 5/113

Pilsen Murals Walking Tour @ Mexican Fine Arts Museum, 1852 W 19th St., 2:00pm – 4:00pm, All Ages

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Eric B & Rakim The Technique Tour @ The Patio Theatre, 6008 W Irving Park Rd., 7:00pm, 18+

MISSION: Elbo Room: Fay Ray, Flow Tone, Fiona Kimble, Stephen James @ The Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00pm, 21+

Funny Ha Ha: Oh, Mother @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 6:30pm, 21+

Flora Fauna Group Art Show @ Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N Western Ave, 7:00pm -11:00pm, All Ages

Kitten Forever / OvefOw / Vacuum @ Happy Gallery, 902 N California Ave., 7:00pm

Sunflower Bean & Dream Wife @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00pm, 18+

Midwest Connect Residency: Esso Afrojam Funkbeat / Immigré / Puerko Yakaa Yayauhqui Pitzotl @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00pm, 21+

Renegade Craft Fair @ Halsted St. in Pilsen, 18th Street & Halsted, 11:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages

NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Halsted St. in Pilsen Between W 18th St. and S Canalport Ave., giving you a great spot to shop and support DIY crafters.

Andrew W.K. & The Kickback @ The Vic, 3145 N Sheffield Ave., 7:00pm, 18+

Speedy Ortiz / Nnamdi Ogbonnaya / Didi @ Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave., 9:00pm, 21+,

Third Coast Percussion @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:30pm, All Ages

Spaceface / Faux Furrs / The Voluptuals @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00pm, All Ages

    Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/10 - 5/113 - Third Coast Review
    The curated weekend is here and it's a big one! So big in fact that there are quite a few events in the calendar that just couldn't fit into this list. So when your done perusing these carefully selected event including concerts, comedy, art, and craft shows, check out the rest of the calendar for...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

May 05

Updated May 09

Looking for a regular lawn guy. 3305/07 W. Walnut.

It takes about 45 minutes for an experienced guy to cut. Size 80' x 40' approx.
Want to cut every 3 weeks throughout the summer.

Post here if you are interested and then click head icon and email me direct.

THANKS

May 06

Updated May 08

10 bad habbits/Cost Homeowners

This interesting article can help homeowners save $$. We were guilty of HALF OF THEM.

Read and maybe you can save some $$.

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/10-bad-habits-that-can-cost-homeowners-in-the-long-run/2018/04/06/c8b6c2d2-339b-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.072965a8f7d9

  • Awesome! And don’t forget to shop at Menards... everybody knows you save more money at Menards..

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Yes, they have nice sales. They have a 40 lb bag of gypsum for yards and gardens that is $5. You can pay $5 for a 1 lb bag or $5 for a 40 lb bag. Go figure. I guess decorative colorful bags cost a fortune.

  • ..kitchen, electrical, appliances, too - the savings will always come right back to you..

May 05

Lockpicker

Someone tried breaking into my apartment on the corner of damen and 21st street. Jokes on them, I have nothing to steal.

May 02

Apr 27

Apr 26

    China-based online education companies just launched an aggressive hiring spree in search of U.S. teachers
    Teachers have long supplemented their incomes by tutoring. And there's perhaps never been a better, or easier, time to do it than right now. The reason: China-based online education companies are in an apparent race with each other to hire U.S.
    https://finance.yahoo.com

Apr 25

We get more LOW marks for development and expansion!

With all the headlines about what a great job Chicago is doing...look at our ranking! Even po dunk little places are doing better! Even Detroit!

Perspective is important when winding through the spinn city hall throws out there.

source below

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-economy-by-metro-area-ranked-san-francisco-seattle-austin-2018-4?amp%3Butm_medium=referral

    The economies of the 40 biggest US cities, ranked from worst to best
    The US economy varies in its biggest cities. Metro areas such as San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and San Jose have particularly strong economies; Cleveland, Virginia Beach, and Providence are much weaker. That's according to our ranking, which ranks metro areas by taking into account their unemployment rate, average weekly wage, job growth rate, GDP per capita, and GDP growth rate.
    http://www.businessinsider.com

Jun 22

Updated Apr 25

Link to Police Directives

Follow this link. you can find a treasure trove of police services you never dreamed of let alone knew exist. No more whining about not getting service. Quote the directive

http://directives.chicagopolice.org/directives/

    Chicago Police Department Directives System
    http://directives.chicagopolice.org
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u achieve anything Gabe? What was it?

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We went to the Directrive page again. We found a TREASURE TROVE of police forms that are supposed to be used to help us. Look under FORMS hyperlink. Ask the Superintendent and Gen Counsel to get the form up and running. do a foia and you can see if the form was used at all!

Apr 19

Updated Apr 20

THANKS 2 Rat Patrol!

We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we...

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We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we have very few rats!

it is an effort involving: 1. Baiting, 2. Getting Garbage cans. #. Replacing damaged cans. 4. having Safer clean alleys, streets, parkways, vacant lots. 5. Getting weed spray.6. getting forestry to pick up branches. 7. getting flydup0ed tires, construction debris, trees, etc removed.

We now are at the point where we need CPd to issue citations for can theft, can rummaging, littering, using COMMUNITY CONCERNS and CITY SERVICES directive to continually have Beat and Patrol cars order the city service we need as well as gang/drug issues.

Everyone said this clean up could never be done. WELL...it is done!

  • gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on...

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    gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on Ashland and a new industrial tear-down at Adams and Laflin. Lots of reasons for the rat population to grow.

    I will study your details over the weekend, put together a plan and enlist the help of our wonderful neighbors and the new developers of the vacant buildings who are probably dying to figure out ways to be a good neighbor..

    Thank you so much.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times...

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    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times instead of 8 times. IF we can keep the stuff off the ground and alleys clean.

    We were a REAL MESS with 550 active holes on half a block, once upon a time.

    Post the steps you did. What happened. It is always good to SHARE steps that work.

Apr 20

Apr 19

If you see overtime abuse REPORT IT!

THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral...

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THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral homepage has a place to report and make positive suggestions.

Our Superintendent is doing more than any other in this effort. We need to support him in ways that are meaningful. He gets reports. Reports may not be true. It is up to us to tell him the truth. It is our new civic duty in a place like chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-overtime-ig-report-20171004-story.html

    Chicago police overtime monitored loosely and ripe for abuse, report finds
    The Chicago Police Department has failed to closely monitor its massive spending on officer overtime - a combined $575 million over the last six years - or take measures to prevent officers from abusing the system, an investigation by the city's watchdog concluded.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 18

who is interested in signing up with States Attorney Prosecutor?

The States Attorney Office is interested in making a MAP of public and private Camera addresses. Would u be willing to sign up for this list?

the purpose is to get evidence for crimes in HIGH CRIME areas like ours.

It could help with Prosecutions

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