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.

    Now a...

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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.

39 hours ago

  • Permit issued for new construction

    SELF-CERT: NEW TWO STORY FRAME AND BRICK SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE, NEW REAR WOOD DECK, AND NEW 2 CAR FRAME GARAGE PER PLANS.

    4223 S. Champlain Ave. Issued April 22, 2018 Comment

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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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Apr 18

  • Students & Social Studies!

    Mrs. Lewis is asking for $487.86:
    My students need Scholastic News magazine each week to help connect us to the real world.
    Mollison Elementary School Comment

Apr 17

Five cars stolen over last month while parked in Bronzeville

4400 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue. Car stolen sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

4300 block of South King Drive, around 1:30 p.m. March 24.

4300 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, around 9:30 p.m. April 10.

600 block of East 44th Street, between 8:10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 11.

4300 block of South Vincennes Avenue, between 10 p.m. last Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Five cars stolen over last month while parked in Bronzeville
    Five cars have been stolen in the last month while parked in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, according to Chicago police. The first theft was reported on March 15 and the most recent this past Saturday: * 4400 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue. Car stolen sometime between 11:30 p.m.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 15

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.

Apr 11

Local public schools’ recorded maintenance, cleanliness violations warrant thousands in daily fines

Recent Chicago Sun-Times reporting has uncovered systemic maintenance and cleanliness issues at Chicago Public Schools, which commissioned—but did not complete—a “blitz” inspection of 220 schools after Mollison Elementary in Bronzeville (4415 S. King Dr.) failed two health inspections last fall.

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...School failed its health inspection. Since then, reports were completed at every public school in Hyde Park and Kenwood except Reavis Elementary School (834 E. 50th St.) and published by the Sun-Times. The...

...were completed at every public school in Hyde Park and Kenwood except Reavis Elementary School (834 E. 50th St.) and published by the Sun-Times. The Chicago Department of Public Health could be fining...

Hyde Park resident Kara Howe knew the situation at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., where her two children attend, was bad even before the exposé’s publication. She saw...

Violations observed on December 11 at Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., could warrant $11,000 in daily fines. Clutter and students’ food items were found in...

Violations observed on December 12 at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., could warrant $25,750 in daily fines. The office was cluttered with boxes on the...

Violations observed on December 12 at Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., could warrant $9,250 in daily fines. Employee facilities were cluttered. Hot foods were not...

Violations observed on December 12 at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., could warrant $5,500 to $7,000 in daily fines. Built-up dirt, clogged floor...

Violations observed on December 12 at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., could warrant $9,000 in daily fines. Facilities were unorganized, cluttered, dusty and dirty, and...

Violations observed on December 12 at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., could warrant $9,250 in daily fines. In the food service area, hood covers and...

    Local public schools' recorded maintenance, cleanliness violations warrant thousands in daily fines - hpherald.com
    By AARON GETTINGER Staff Writer Recent Chicago Sun-Times reporting has uncovered systemic maintenance and cleanliness issues at Chicago Public Schools, which commissioned-but did not complete-a "blitz" inspection of 220 schools after Mollison Elementary in Bronzeville (4415 S. King Dr.) failed two health inspections last fall.
    https://hpherald.com

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Apr 09

The Stairwell

...Elementary School, lived with his mother and other relatives in his grandparents’ house, on the 600 block of East 42nd Street...

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...family would walk the two blocks from their house, a modest brick cottage on the 5500 block of South Fairfield Avenue, to Mass at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish. As soon as he was old enough...

At Wells and Wacker, something extraordinary happened: The driver of the Dodge stopped at a red light, opened the...

At Randolph and Wacker, a westbound cab collided with the Dodge. Bauer testified that he had not witnessed the...

...Wacker, then west on Madison. After blowing through one red light, it ran another at Madison and Desplaines...

...police might address crime on the school’s Streeterville campus. Parked near the corner of Clark and Lake around 2 p.m., Bauer happened to catch a call on the radio. He heard...

...of a stairwell on the southeast side of the Thompson Center, near the corner of Clark and Randolph. The two men struggled. Legghette fell down the stairs...

    The Stairwell
    The first officer to arrive on the scene outside the Thompson Center found one of the men in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairwell, the other lying prone on the steps nearby. The man at the bottom of the stairs, a white man, was in full police uniform beneath his overcoat.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

Apr 05

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!

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    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

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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?

Mar 28

  • Permit issued for new construction

    ERECT A NEW 2 STORY FRAME (4A CONST.) SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH BASEMENT AND 2 CAR DETACHED FRAME (4A CONST.)GARAGE AS PER PLANS.

    527 E. 42nd Pl. Issued March 26, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for new construction

    ERECT A NEW 2 STORY FRAME (4A CONST.) SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH BASEMENT AND 2 CAR DETACHED FRAME (4A CONST.)GARAGE AS PER PLANS.

    539 E. 42nd Pl. Issued March 26, 2018 Comment

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Mar 22

Film Screening: Redial

...film Redial on Saturday, March 31 from noon–3 p.m. at the Parkway Ballroom (4455 South King Drive, Chicago). A Q&A with Chicago producer Dion Strowhorn Jr. and the actors, facilitated by...

    Film Screening: Redial
    Please join the Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs for a special community viewing of the thought-provoking short film Redial on Saturday, March 31 from noon-3 p.m. at the Parkway Ballroom (4455 South King Drive, Chicago). A Q&A with Chicago producer Dion Strowhorn Jr.
    https://iit.edu

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Mar 20

  • Permit issued for new construction

    ERECT A 3 STORY 3 D.U. MASONRY BUILDING WITH BASEMENT, DETACHED 3 CAR GARAGE AND FENCE (5' HEIGHT-WROUGHT IRON, 6' HEIGHT-WOOD) AS PER PLANS

    4118 S. Vincennes Ave. Issued March 19, 2018 Comment

Mar 18

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