26 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

What can I do?

Heard 15-20 shots and saw 5 adult males brandishing guns on the 47 block of Ellis Saturday morning (approx 330am). Called 911 and the operator hung up on me. Do people really not care about the Southside that much???

  • Ky Librarian and South Lakefront resident

    Hi Amanda, if you're not on Nextdoor,(https://nextdoor.com) you should join. This incident was discussed extensively in several posts. I guess there was a large amount of shooting and people involved (there's been manyincidents on the 4600-4700 block of Ellis).

  • Amanda Dennis Transplant from Seattle.

    Ky, no! I was not aware of nextdoor. I will get on that asap. This has been an ongoing problem with a particular apt building. I have called the management company and have received no feedback or response. There is an empty lot behind that complex that they were using for parking/drinking. I called the listing agent as well as the owner. That's finally been locked and a towing company has been hired. But that has not stopped the gun shots etc.

31 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Why no Venues for Blues, Gospel fest on Southside and Westside

You have venues on Northside and Downtown, what is the deal here? This has to stop, we like entertainment as much as the next person. Are our tax dollars being used to finance others entertainment?

  • These are downtown festivals and have been for as long as I can remember. There are other events around the city at private clubs. Please let me know a good blues club on the West side. These things don’t just pop up from the City. People start them.

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    These are downtown festivals and have been for as long as I can remember. There are other events around the city at private clubs. Please let me know a good blues club on the West side. These things don’t just pop up from the City. People start them.

    Now a more interesting way to think about this would be to think about the possibility of moving one of these fests to a city park like Douglas maybe. There has been some concerts there over the last few years and they’ve gone over quite well. And they’re still able to bring people from around the city (one of the benefits of having them downtown).

  • Ray is making a valid point. We all pay taxes, and if the city is going to sponsor event-based entertainment, they could spread the love a bit ... I think that's really the main sticking point here.

    We're not talking about private investors/developers opening their own venues. There are an...

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    Ray is making a valid point. We all pay taxes, and if the city is going to sponsor event-based entertainment, they could spread the love a bit ... I think that's really the main sticking point here.

    We're not talking about private investors/developers opening their own venues. There are an abundance of historic areas (case in point: Record Row along Michigan Ave) where the city could (and SHOULD) lend a helping hand. Chicago Jazz and Blues is one of the most significant cultural exports this city can claim. We should be celebrating that, and creating areas to incubate and preserve that history (in the specific locations with which they originated and flourished) would go a long way to keeping us a global, urban, culturally-rich, world-class city.

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Jul 21 2015

Updated 5 days ago

Spend Where You Live

I am proposing to Bronzeville residents that for one day out of the week we spend in our community as not only a way to demonstrate our purchasing power, but to contribute to the growth of home buisnesses who thought enough of us to invest with us.

  • We need to start the conversation, reestablishing our community becomes more paramount each day. It seems our welcome has worn out and our dollars are not welcome in certain areas. The answer and only answer is get OUR community back.

  • We are being judged not by the content of our character but by the color of our skin, the time is long past that we readdress establishing our community for our own welfare and salvation and financial growth. Once we start funneling our dollars here in Bronzeville and other predominately African American businesses then we become less dependent and start the process of Wealth building right here.

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Updated Apr 16

Car Crashes Into Multiple Parked cars on S Indiana

A car crashed into multiple parked cars around 1 am last night on S Indiana, between 44th & 45th. I heard the sound of the crash but it took a few minutes to realize what had happened. 2 occupants of the car were arguing loudly. Police were called and showed up in 5 minutes. If you live on this block, you might want to check your car!

  • Annette Bada North Kenwood resident

    Thank you for being informative. I do not live over these but it is good to know that conscientious neighbors are in my area.

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    EXISTING BUILDING USE, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND OCCUPANCY CLASS, C-3, WILL BE RETAINED. SCOPE INCLUDES REVISIONS OR REPAIR TO MECHANICAL, PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL, FIRE ALARM, AND SECURITY SYSTEMS, EXTERIOR MASONRY, BUILDING STRUCTURE, ROOF, SITE WORK, EXITING AND ACCESSIBILITY. THERE WILL BE A NEW ELEVATOR, PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, INTERIOR FINISHES.

    8 W. Root St. Issued April 9, 2018 Comment

Apr 10

Volunteer English (ESL) Literacy Tutors Needed!

Help adults learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center!
Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes a week at 1751 West 35th Street on the southwest side of Chicago. All tutoring is in English, so you don't have to speak another language to volunteer. Volunteer tutoring opportunities are 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday.

Join us for our next tutor training workshop: Friday, April 27 (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday, April 28 (9am to 4pm). Attendance on both days is required to become a tutor. Please register in advance. For a registration packet, please contact Sabrina at sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512. Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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Apr 04

Free Trees!

Hi Neighbors,

In case you weren't aware, you can get FREE trees for your street from the city or working with a non-profit called Openlands. If it’s just one or a few trees then make a request through 311. If your street has open spots for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands. More details below.

For one or just a few trees, go through the city’s 311 online system (search tree planting) or call 311:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

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Hi Neighbors,

In case you weren't aware, you can get FREE trees for your street from the city or working with a non-profit called Openlands. If it’s just one or a few trees then make a request through 311. If your street has open spots for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands. More details below.

For one or just a few trees, go through the city’s 311 online system (search tree planting) or call 311:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

It takes time for requests to get fulfilled. My request took a couple of years before I got a call and something happened.

When I talked to one of the guys who runs tree planting for the city he said they plant trees based on demand. If no requests are made, no trees get planted. Be specific with your requests. For example, one tree at the curb outside XXXX S Calumet. The number of trees the city plants depends on the budget for the year. If the budget doesn’t cover the full list for the city (typical), then the list rolls over to the next year.

If you have space for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands:

https://openlands.org/trees/treeplanters-grants/

They will plant on city public land. Public land is considered to be the parkways between the curb and the sidewalk in front of residential houses, CPS school property, and some vacant lots. You need to organize a group of volunteers to help with planting. For example, neighbors, school group, church group, block club, etc.

Last Fall our group of neighbors planted 40 trees on two blocks in the neighborhood. It was a nice neighborhood event and a great way to fill in empty spots along the street that were missing trees.

Make the South Side even more beautiful!

    City of Chicago :: 311 City Services
    311 City Services Administrative Hearings Animal Care & Control Aviation Budget & Management Buildings Bus. Affairs & Consumer Protection City of Chicago TV Civilian Office of Police Accountability Cultural Affairs & Special Events Emergency Mgmt & Communications
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

Mar 31

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    REPLACE LIGHT FIXTURES, WALL SWITCHES, AND DUPLEX.INSTALL NEW FEED FOR STOVE EXHAUST FAN.INSTALL CEILING FANAPT. 1E, 2W, AND 3E

    4228 S. Michigan Ave. Issued March 29, 2018 Comment

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Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

Shots fired?

Did anyone else just hear a series of 3 shots fired about 5-10 minutes ago between 40th and 41st and Ellis?

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I am once again protesting Everyblock's increasing censorship of perfectly legal, positive posts. I posted a link to the tragic shooting of an unarmed Black AA man in Sacramento CA and noted that it looked like the police acted improperly. I linked to a very positive informational video from FlexYourRights.org...

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    I am once again protesting Everyblock's increasing censorship of perfectly legal, positive posts. I posted a link to the tragic shooting of an unarmed Black AA man in Sacramento CA and noted that it looked like the police acted improperly. I linked to a very positive informational video from FlexYourRights.org providing very practical advice how to avoid and survive hostile police encounters. I also linked to the City Hall protest where the deceased brothers and others through temper tantrums and behaved in inappropriate ways that discredited their legitimate grievances. Why was this censored? This censorship seems to me the same as when Everyblock censored my comments noting that some Simeon High School students ransacked the local Wall Mart in the national walk out protests over gun violence. What happened to our 1st Amendment rights to just suggest that our young people should not riot, loot stores and should try to avoid hostile police encounters by acting in a calm and reasonable way? Do we want our young people to riot - engage in behavior that will lead to very dangerous encounters with police or armed citizens? What's going on?

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Updated Mar 09

Censorship on Everyblock - Common Sense Education/cultural reforms are needed

I am making a complaint about censorship on Everyblock. I made an intelligent post opposing the worst forms of Rap music in the Chicago Public Schools and on Grammy and other awards shows. I advocating teaching our young people time tested standards of decency, promoting traditional education and positive music and culture.

Pretty much every successful adult I meet of all racial and ethnic groups agrees with these positions, and yet we are the ones who are censored, not the...

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I am making a complaint about censorship on Everyblock. I made an intelligent post opposing the worst forms of Rap music in the Chicago Public Schools and on Grammy and other awards shows. I advocating teaching our young people time tested standards of decency, promoting traditional education and positive music and culture.

Pretty much every successful adult I meet of all racial and ethnic groups agrees with these positions, and yet we are the ones who are censored, not the worst, most violent, hateful rap "Musicians".

This #*$&*# isn't even music as few rap "musicians" know how to play instruments or read music.

I'll support any Christian pastor, ex military veteran, grandmother from the South anybody that can step in and give our young people some positive direction in life - Catholic Nuns used to wash students mouths out with soap for using the vile language I hear in almost every single rap song - and this music seems to be infecting every part of society. When will it end? How long to the Bubonic plague in Europe last?

  • @jaye - Are you saying there's a radical Islamic serial killer on the loose killing gay people? I'm not at all saying you're wrong, just asking for your evidence? If he/they were truly Islamic radicals, I'd imagine they'd do something similar to the Pulse nightclub incident ... not running around in the shadows like they're Jack the Ripper.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    No this Islamic serial killer has been arrested. I just wanted to notified Gay people in Boystown should be alerted.

Mar 09

Police seek suspect in robberies on Michigan Ave

4130-4199 S. Michigan Ave.

    Police seek suspect in robberies on Michigan Ave
    CHICAGO - Police are searching for a man who robbed two stores on Michigan Avenue in the middle of the afternoon. The first robbery happened Monday afternoon. The second happened Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. The suspect is seen on security footage entering the stores and showing the employee a gun.
    http://wgntv.com

Feb 23

Updated Mar 08

Prayer in Schools

Bring prayer back into our schools not guns. Yes and Amen!

  • That's great, and I'm happy for you that it's something you're excited about. And as long as it stays in your private church and out of our public schools, you and I are as kosher as a couple of hotdogs.

  • Sheila A. Donovan Have been an owner at the Stratford since 2001.

    agenaaw, a new twist to an old fairytale. That'll draw in the crowds that have abandoned organized religion.

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Parolee is 2nd man charged with murder in killing at Far South Side park

Turner, who police say lives in the 4500 block of South Michigan Avenue, has been part of a program to train parolees and place them in jobs, and was the first in the program to get a permanent job, his public defender said Monday.

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

Justin Turner, 23, is the second person charged in the killing Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, of Larreese Smith, 25, at Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.

Conner killed Smith after Turner spotted Smith and someone else going to a corner store in the 11200 block of South King Drive about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, prosecutors said Monday.

Turner was arrested Saturday about 8:55 p.m. in the 500 block of West Polk Street, police said.

    Parolee is 2nd man charged with murder in killing at Far South Side park
    A man in a job-training program for parolees who was the first in the program to get a permanent job has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he gave another man a gun and urged him to kill someone they saw in the Roseland neighborhood Thursday.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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