2 days ago

Updated 31 min ago

homeless camp

Saw several tents and sleeping bags under Metra tracks at Foster and Ravenswood.

  • Okay on a sidenote can we stop calling everyone that breathes and disagrees with us a troll? That's not how it works.

  • future alderman future alderman

    why didn't u come back after dropping your kids off and engage this person in conversation before calling the cops? THAT'S what neighbors are supposed to do- n'est-ce pas?

1 hour ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • I used Top Line also and they did a great job within the time frame I had. Would use them again. Very fair price too.

  • x3 for Top Line Fence Co. Used them twice with great experience both times. Product, service and price combo is the best.

5 hours ago

Lose some keys near Eastwood and Western (west of south west corner) ?

Yes you Dominican University Alumni.

Let me know any key details and I'll drop them at Beans and Bagels for you Friday morning early.

38 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Water line install pipe replacement Referrals needed

Hello, i'm getting a waterline install quote for a 3 flat in the Northside of Chicago. Looking for economical referrals if anyone has any. I've already gotten pricey quotes from Apex, and Parks Plumbing but am wondering if a smaller company can do better. Thanks everyone.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    A good quality plumber, electrician, etc, is not going to be cheap. The companies you mentioned have very good ratings on Yelp. Why cheap out on something that needs to be done well?

  • Replacing water services is usually pretty expensive, especially if they have to open up the street. The city requires special licenses for that and permits are costly. We use Bubba and Wayne 773-267-1010 for both new water service and flood control systems ad have always been happy with their work.

Jan 09

Updated 11 hours ago

Suspicious Dept of Streets & Sanitation truck on Paulina @ Ainslie

Since at least mid-December the SE corner of Paulina at Ainslie has been taped off as a Tow Zone, supposedly by the Dept of Streets and Sanitation. However, no work nor workers have been spotted a single time. But I do have reason to believe that this is being abused...

The sign posted currently reads, “No Parking-Tow Zone 7a - 11pm through 1/30/18” yet more often than not a lone Dept of Streets & Sani truck is parked inside the...

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Since at least mid-December the SE corner of Paulina at Ainslie has been taped off as a Tow Zone, supposedly by the Dept of Streets and Sanitation. However, no work nor workers have been spotted a single time. But I do have reason to believe that this is being abused...

The sign posted currently reads, “No Parking-Tow Zone 7a - 11pm through 1/30/18” yet more often than not a lone Dept of Streets & Sani truck is parked inside the Tow Zone at all hours. There has also been a dark red minivan spotted parked there, also in the Tow Zone, also during the listed times. I’ve done a little Google sleuthing and have reason to believe that this is occurring directly in front of a house in which an employee of the Dept of Streets & Sani lives.

In my 15 years in this city I’ve never once seen street work being done in a residential neighborhood at 11pm...

This may all be coincidence, but with how difficult it is to park on this street and the city that we live in, I thought I’d stir the pot and see what was cooking.

Smells awfully fishy to me.

  • So I contacted the alderman's office and here was the responce:

    Thanks for your email. There is an active permit in the city's system for the Dept. of Water Management to repair a defective buffalo box in the parkway there at 4895 N. Paulina. They had an initial dig date...

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    So I contacted the alderman's office and here was the responce:

    Thanks for your email. There is an active permit in the city's system for the Dept. of Water Management to repair a defective buffalo box in the parkway there at 4895 N. Paulina. They had an initial dig date on the permit of 12/1 and then it was moved to 12/26. I know that DWM has been grappling with the number of leaks and frozen water services that popped up during the cold snap, and I suspect that this delayed them coming to perform this repair which isn't as critical as someone without water.

    Your neighbor's name is Erick Norton and he is the 47th Ward Superintendent. He coordinates garbage pickup, snow removal, and sanitation code enforcement here in the ward. He is one of 50 such superintendent's in the City of Chicago. I asked him about this and he reported that he was having low water pressure in his home and put a request in to have the city inspect. When they did, DWM found the defective buffalo box and put the item in the queue for repairs.

    I will reach out to DWM today to see if I can get a more concrete timetable. I will also see about having the signs taken down unless they plan to be there shortly.

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    PrinceRobot again. This still doesn't really seem right to me. I've followed up in terms of the time table and sent a few snaps just to prove my point. To be fair, since I started this thread dude has not been parking there. So maybe he's already paying attention?

  • nice work!

Jan 11

Updated 11 hours ago

Check out Chicago water quality

Watching @CBSThisMorning, interesting feature on poor water quality. Check out the calculator on EWG’s website to determine the quality of your drinking water. Here’s what the say is in our #Chicago tap water! https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=IL0316000#.WldvgLhMGEe

    EWG's Tap Water Database: What's in Your Drinking Water?
    Look up your local water system to find out which pollutants might be of concern, and find suggestions on the best kinds of home filters to remove those chemicals.
    https://www.ewg.org
  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    @ spev - agreed that Chicago tap water is above average at the source. I'm more concerned with the path it takes from that source to reach my glass.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    I had my lead water line replaced with copper and a whole house filter installed. Wasn't cheap, but well worth the health benefits.

12 hours ago

A Community Alert from Alderman O'Conner Nei...

A Community Alert from Alderman O'Conner Neighborhood Burglary Dear Neighbor, The 20th District Police has informed us that a burglary occurred Wednesday, January 17, in the 2900 block of W. Catalpa Ave. The incident occurred at some point during the day when the homeowner was away. Police report that in the area bordered by California and Virginia, Bryn Mawr and Balmoral, individuals are knocking on doors to find out if a home is occupied. Residents are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to call 911 right away. Remember, neighbors are the eyes and ears of the community and have proven time and again to be of great help in the apprehension of burglars. The next CAPS meeting for this area, Beat 2011, is as follows: When: Monday, February 5 Time: 7:00 pm Where: 20th District Police Station Address: 5400 N. Lincoln Avenue The 20th District has assured me that they will step up police patrol in the area. I will keep you posted should more information become available. Download pdf for tips on how to prevent home burglary. Sincerely, Ald. Pat O'Connor

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Jan 05

Updated 3 days ago

Salt Is No Substitute.....

.....for timely shoveling/plowing/snoblowing.

Hello Neighbors - I've owned my home for 22 years on Paulina between Montrose and Wilson. It seems, particularly over the past few years, the use of salt on the public sidewalks - not just by multi-unit buildings and businesses - but also by homeowners has increased dramatically. As the owner of a dog that I walk twice a day for 40 minutes each time, I'm finding it impossible to get through a walk without my dog...

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.....for timely shoveling/plowing/snoblowing.

Hello Neighbors - I've owned my home for 22 years on Paulina between Montrose and Wilson. It seems, particularly over the past few years, the use of salt on the public sidewalks - not just by multi-unit buildings and businesses - but also by homeowners has increased dramatically. As the owner of a dog that I walk twice a day for 40 minutes each time, I'm finding it impossible to get through a walk without my dog coming up lame from salt burns on his paw pads at least 6 times each walk - sometimes even more. Don't get me wrong, salt can be useful on those rare occasions when we have a glaze ice situation or when melting snow suddenly re-freezes. But to simply throw down piles of salt to avoid shoveling or - for whatever reason - throwing it down after shoveling, just doesn't make sense or is just a sign of laziness. As an example, after the last snow event, not a single grain of salt was used by the homeowners on the north half of the block, and yet the sidewalks have been and continue to be perfectly clear following conscientious shoveling or snowblowing by my neighbors. In fact, our sidewalks are actually clearer than many of the sidewalks where we have to dodge the piles of salt that remain day after day after application. In fact, with plunging temps so often coming immediately after snow events, as most people know, salt dramatically loses its effectiveness - yet it lingers on sidewalks for weeks.

Some might say "can't the dogs just wear those booties"? No. While some dogs will tolerate them the majority of dogs refuse to wear them and just push them off their paws.

I ask that homeowners - as well as tenants/condo owners, please ask your snow removal service or superintendent - to seriously limit the use of salt to those situations where it is genuinely needed and is actually effective. And please, do not throw it down just to avoid actually removing snow.

Thank for listening.

  • Here we go again!

  • I've lived here for15 years and I always shovel in a timely manner after even the smallest amount of snow. Other posters are correct: There isn't anything I can do about snow that drifts and melts overnight and creates an ice skating rink on the front concrete. I do have...

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    I've lived here for15 years and I always shovel in a timely manner after even the smallest amount of snow. Other posters are correct: There isn't anything I can do about snow that drifts and melts overnight and creates an ice skating rink on the front concrete. I do have a dog and do spent the extra on the expensive pet safe salt because leaving the ice on my front parkway so my elderly neighbors, my mail person, and any other passersby fall and break something isn't an option. Do you know what is an option? Twice daily trips to the Foster Beach Dog Park.

    I agree that calling 311 to report those who don't shovel is import. What you're asking is just entitled whining.

Jan 10

Updated 4 days ago

Anyone's Child Go to DePaul College Pre?

My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I...

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My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I felt it important that he learn to work with his hands as well. It seems so many people go to college only to come out and struggle to find work. Yet I have a friend who is an electrician and he makes fantastic money, and has always been busy.

The other concern was, is DePaul CP a racist school? I see they have a Black Student Union, but none for whites! I do not want to send my son to a racist school since we are a family that is proud of what God made us (I am white, my wife is Hispanic) so we would not mind him joining a group of others that would share like minded ideas about their culture, as I am sure the Black Student Union does, but to have one and not the other worries me in that, this may be a school that teaches that some races deserve special treatment based solely on the color of their skin. Does anyone have experience with DePaul CP? Many thanks for advise. We have a couple of years, but time passes quickly!

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Or cook...

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    No guilt whatsoever on my part.

    Yes these are both true. My electrician friend says that another complaint he has is when his customers go on youtube, assume each job is just like it is on the internet and then question his price, yet are unable to turn a screwdriver on their own. He charges $185 per hour for his labor rate, and even with overhead, that is not a bad living.

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Jan 11

Jan 07

Updated Jan 10

Never ending car alarm

Hi folks,

I wanted to know if anyone has experienced a never ending car alarm somewhere on Lawrence between Oakley and Leavitt. Today, I was woken up at 7am by this alarm, it is now 9:30am and it’s still going on. Tuesday afternoon and night it seems the same car had the same issue. The alarm went on till 8pm from the mid afternoon. I called 311 which connected me to the police they said they would bring a car out this was a little before 8am but obviously nothing has happened. Does anyone have any suggestions what to do about this?

  • I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove...

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    I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove down the street. It was going off several times a minute round the clock. I was starting to go crazy after a week of this. I finally put a note on the car explaining the frequency. After the note disappeared so did the sound. I think non nasty notes are the most effective. Unfortunately I don't think you can do anything in the moment because I don't think cops will tow the car. Unless you know how to get into the car and turn it off like that other guy!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Google the battery location of the make and model of the offending car, and use a hammer to put a chisel or long screwdriver through it.

Jan 08

Updated Jan 10

Bedbug Help

Can anyone recommend a company that does heat treatment for bedbugs? I used Smithereens and they did not do an good job and I still have a problem.

  • We used Aegis Pest Management for a difficult problem in our building. They first brought in their bed bug detection dog and then treated affected units. They explained what they were doing, were very detailed/thorough, and got rid of a bed bug problem that had spread throughout 75% of our building.
    Their contact information is info@aegispest.com or 773-433-3800

  • karen g.p. Registered Nurse at Ill. Masonic

    Thanks for all the tips. Smithereen does offer that but denied that I had bedbugs even tho I had bites a week after they did there treatment.

May 27 2015

Updated Jan 09

Looking for Wedding Ceremony/ Reception Venue(s)

We are seeking a simple but elegant and low cost venue for our wedding ceremony/ reception around Chicago for May of next year. There will be about 60 - 75 guests. We are open to any ideas including unique and edgy locations. All of our family members are travelling from out of town and we want to give them a fun and nice time without breaking the bank.

  • McBean animals, art, outdoors

    To anyone subscribed to this, I wanted to post an update. After changing ideas on the venue and guests and date, we finally decided to have our wedding at Goose Island brewery on Clybourn next July with about 80 guests. We reserved two event rooms and will have a buffet...

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    To anyone subscribed to this, I wanted to post an update. After changing ideas on the venue and guests and date, we finally decided to have our wedding at Goose Island brewery on Clybourn next July with about 80 guests. We reserved two event rooms and will have a buffet and bar in one, and the marriage ceremony and dancing in the other. The food and beverage choices are very good and affordable. The sound system is great and we will do our own music using spotify. Lisa the event coordinator is super nice. We are happy with our choice and can't wait!

  • McBean, hope your marriage is going strong! How did your reception turn out, were you happy with the results and the final cost? And would you mind letting us know how much per head it came out to (or a $ range)?

Jan 07

Updated Jan 09

Cleaning lady/service?

We are looking for a cleaning lady for our home. It's officially 4 beds and 2.5 baths, but we are a couple with no children, so it's much less work than it might seem based on straight up numbers. We had a lady who cleaned it for $75, but she kept breaking things... Does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably-priced cleaning person?

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Maybe this couple works a lot of hours and simply cannot find the time. Before I was married, I lived with my girlfriend. I worked very long days, as did she, in addition to going to school. Sorry after a 12 hour day, the last thing either of us felt...

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    Maybe this couple works a lot of hours and simply cannot find the time. Before I was married, I lived with my girlfriend. I worked very long days, as did she, in addition to going to school. Sorry after a 12 hour day, the last thing either of us felt like was cleaning house. We had a cleaning lady once a week and our place was always guest ready. You assume because they don't have kids, Mark, that they don't use the other rooms. Maybe they have an office, gym, hobby room etc.

  • Who wouldn't enjoy having a cleaning person if they could afford it?

  • Mary, let me know if you find anyone as we too are looking for about the same needs.

Jan 08

Parking

Hello im looking for someone who. has a parking spot for rent in the Albany Park area. I live near montrose and kimball and parking is awful. I will be moving in March but staying in the same area. My budget is $50-100 per month. Thanks in advance!

Mauricio

Jan 07

Updated Jan 08

Need a student or retiree Sundays Noon-4pm for dusting of merchandise and shelves plus sweeping.

Pay is $50. Job involves dusting of all shelves, merchandise and products used in treatments, dusting of celling fans, and thorough sweeping. Since this is all that is needed, no need for professional cleaning, so this is perfect for a student or retiree looking for a little extra cash. Location is a semi-basement, which means cobwebs and daddy long legs do show up, so the person has to be ok with removal of small cobwebs and the appearance of the occasional spider. Really pleasant environment, location is off of Montrose near Damen. If interested, please email danielasfacialstudio@gmail.com.

Jan 08

Jan 06

Updated Jan 07

Has anyone see these photos from China?

Can you imagine how people in poor countries, even in rural China, could use these discarded bikes!

Jan 07

Jan 02

Updated Jan 03

Jury Duty 26 S California

Any tips, suggestions, thoughts? Never had Jury Duty there.
Thanks!

  • Been there twice but my panel was not called so it was very boring. If you're driving stay on Western and turn West at 26th and then South at California and you're there. There is free parking for jurors right across the street from the courthouse if you show your summons. TV in the waiting room. I brought my lunch. There is a cafeteria in the building and many Mexican restaurants in the area. You must go through a metal detector and empty your pockets or purse.

  • Bring your lunch. Especially if you get impaneled

Jan 01

Updated Jan 03

Case of the Disappearing Ink

I keep purchase receipts for items that are expensive, have a warranty, for tax records, resell, etc. Has anyone noticed that the ink on the reguster receipt disappears in a few months so the only proof of purchase is a blank piece of paper. It seems that this is not a benefit to the purchaser. I am thinking I should contact a consumer rights agency.

  • I pay for business purchases through my bank acct., then I download it to TaxAct and do a category report. Bingo, it's all there. I also keep an XLS of non-purchased things like biz mileage.

  • I Xerox important reciepts cause I have had this problem in the past.

Dec 27

Updated Jan 02

Coyote Sighting

Just wanted to let everyone know (especially those with animals) that I saw a coyote this morning running through the alley in between Damen and Winchester. It went running from Winnemac up towards Foster.

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    "Coyotes do actually pose a threat, but not very much to humans...."

    I believe there have been two documented cases of coyotes killing humans - two - in all of North America, in all of recorded history. No yes, "not very much," indeed.

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    "So yes, 'not very much,' indeed"

    I'm not sure which irritates me more: when posters make careless typos, or when they subject readers to their corrections. :)

Dec 31

Updated Jan 01

Waterbed Store

Does anyone know of any Waterbed stores in the area? It appears as though our bed has sprung a leak.

TIA

  • @mke - my waterbed is from the mid90s. It's a limited edition model so I've taken care of it.

    @fabia - thank you. Do you know if a bicycle tire repair kit will work on a waterbed leak?

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    Your Komodo Dragon clawed a hole in that water bed mattress? Am I right?
    You used to troll so hard. Where you been hiding?

Dec 30

Updated Jan 01

Jet Noise

Hi, I live in Ravenswood and I was wondering if anyone has ideas that actually work to drown out the loud jet noise? I know this has been an issue for a while but it just seems like excessive amount of planes flying over this area. Thanks

  • Hi Wazzup, the east-west runways are new since 2015. And planes now drop altitude and fly very low once they are past the obstacles of lakefront high-rises. Therefore aircraft noise was recently shifted to neighborhoods, where it was never a concern. Planes are now landing on the new Wilson aligned...

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    Hi Wazzup, the east-west runways are new since 2015. And planes now drop altitude and fly very low once they are past the obstacles of lakefront high-rises. Therefore aircraft noise was recently shifted to neighborhoods, where it was never a concern. Planes are now landing on the new Wilson aligned and Berteau aligned runways opened to replace O'Hare's longstanding diagonal runways. Planes are at a pretty high altitude along the lake because of building height, so you don't experience the noise neighbors west of you are upset about. Planes drop to 1,000', then lower about 1200 west. I too have state-of-the-art insulation and super insulated windows. What you have isn't adequate if you live in a neighborhood west of the lakefront with shorter buildings, where planes fly much lower.

  • Wazzup not available

    @southport - so i have something else to be thankful for! thanks for the update.

May 25 2016

Updated Jan 01

Airplane Noise During Fly Quiet Hours: Are we Still Reporting It ?

So tired, two nights in a row woken up at 4:08 and kept awake til after 5 by loud jets flying over - same volume as during the past two days. I understand the new flight pattern trials are going on but this is too much ! Previous two days it was 11:30 to 12:30 am and starting up at 5 am. Hard to guess when to turn my sound generating machine on as we recently had 4 am theft in area ,don't want to be unaware. Are we still supposed to be reporting jet noise thesame

  • Yes, please do report it. Fly Quiet provisions are not mandates for air traffic, just suggestions. We need to make it clear that the runway rotation and Fly Quiet as it stands are not enough to mitigate noise.

  • Thank you for posting about this, Alice. The same thing happened to me and unfortunately I just cannot sleep with anything that blocks out normal sound. I'm an early riser but 4 AM is too early.

  • Report at www.chicagonoisecomplaint.com or call 311. . Heading toward 5 million noise complaints in 2017. let each of your elected officials know they need to work on controlling the O'Hare aircraft noise and air pollution problem.

Dec 31

Dec 18

Updated Dec 30

Parent-Child Class?

Just moved to this neighborhood. Want to check out a Montessori school for my 14 month old daughter. Three blocks from where we live, there is a school called Montessori Gifted Prep. We toured there, but they are full. Thinking about to trying their Parent-Child class on Jan. 25 Anyone want to join together?

  • DQ

    Thank you all for the recommendations. I will definitely check out other options in the neighborhood, I won't go so far like O'hare unfortunately. I was just so amazed by how well children at Montessori Gifted Prep spoke both Spanish and Mandarin at this early age when I toured there.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    North Park is not a Montessori school, but they do incorporate Montessori principles for primary grades. https://www.npeschool.org/

    Keep in mind that not all children do well in that environment; ours did much better in a highly structured, competitive program

Dec 29

Why You May Want to Make Year-End Charitable Donations

While many people are prepaying their property taxes, you may also want to make charitable contributions before the end of the year.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/why-you-may-want-to-make-year-end.html

    Why You May Want to Make Year-End Charitable Donations
    The new tax law has been forecasted to result in $21 billion less in charitable giving in the coming year. As an estimated, 95% of Americans will now take the standard deduction rather than itemize, few will see a tax advantage for charitable giving in the coming years.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Dec 29

Dec 28

How the 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction may Affect You

The new tax bill has many people trying to understand how the 20% deduction applies to pass-through income and whether it affects them. Before making any changes in the new year, understand the deduction and speak to a tax professional to determine if it can be beneficial to you.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-new-20-deduction-on-pass-through.html

    The New 20% Deduction on Pass-Through income, What is It? And does it affect you?
    There are many intricacies of the new Tax Act that will be discussed and analyzed over the coming weeks and months. While some of the changes will allow for a tax reduction for "pass-through" entities, the complexities of the tax bill should be discussed with your tax advisor to make sure you understand how it affects you before you make any significant financial or employment changes.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Dec 28

Dec 27

Updated Dec 27

I’m digging this cute snowman ⛄️ I spotted on...

I’m digging this cute snowman ⛄️ I spotted on Berwyn & Bowmanville this morning

    Barry Kafka
    I'm digging this cute snowman ⛄️ I spotted on Berwyn & Bowmanville this morning
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  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    Looks jabba the hut

Dec 25

Dec 21

Updated Dec 24

Stolen Black Chevy Suburban from Catalpa and Bryn Mawr

Alert of stolen vehicle Black Chevy Suburban, tinted windows. Three car seats and a baby stroller inside of truck. Was parked by Catalpa and Bryn Mawr, gone missing between 8:30pm(12/20) and 7:30am (12/21)

  • J

    Speak truth, Penny. And if we don't rally to speak up, folks like Ald. Arena and Jac Charlier will destroy what we have for their own political gain.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Who's trying to "gentrify" Jeff Park?

Dec 22

Updated Dec 24

Please crush your boxes! Recycling tips...

As the gift giving season arrives, a friendly reminder to please always crush your boxes for the blue recycling bins. It maximizes space for neighbors to also fill the bins. Also, don't place plastic bags in them ~ they jam up the recycling equipment at the plant. And finally, keep everything loose, not in bags, even paper bags. Happy holidays and happy recycling!

  • The problem with dumping paper in with the other recycled items is that it becomes unusable; that is why no one wants our paper to recycle anymore. The plastic bags gum up the machines , and are therefore prohibited, but are the only way of keeping the paper clean.
    China...

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    The problem with dumping paper in with the other recycled items is that it becomes unusable; that is why no one wants our paper to recycle anymore. The plastic bags gum up the machines , and are therefore prohibited, but are the only way of keeping the paper clean.
    China has stopped accepting the paper materials (just send it to the developing world) and now the US companies are trying to sell it to India. Our recycling is not well thought out and hence pretty useless. Until the City comes up with a better way to do this, a large majority of the waste is not able to be recycled at all.

  • ScottK Near Glenwood/Devon in North Edgewater

    Seems like the thing for Chicago to do is find out how things are done in San Francisco and other cities with a high rate of recycling. As with most problems, we tend to act like it's unique to Chicago and that we need to figure it out here.

Dec 18

Updated Dec 23

Help for those impacted by building fire

There was a fire in this building on Friday 12/15. Four of the unites were badly damaged (two have children). Please consider helping out neighbors we have lost so much and are displaced this holiday season. https://www.youcaring.com/needyresidentsof45154527nwolcottavenue-1045621?fb_action_ids=10211133979850507&fb_action_types=youcaringcom%3Adonate

    Click here to support 4515 - 4527 N. Wolcott Building Fire Relief
    On Friday, 12/15/2017, a fire broke out in a unit in our neighbor building at 4515 - 4527 N. Wolcott. The fire destroyed that unit and caused serious damage to others. During the effort to put out the fire, units were also damaged by water, smoke, and holes that were put into the roof in order to...
    https://www.youcaring.com
  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 30 year plus resident

    For those who have given THANK YOU and I wish you the BEST of the season ... For those of you who think this is begging - I feel VERY sorry for you ... This season as I was always taught was a season of Giving ... My condo unit...

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    For those who have given THANK YOU and I wish you the BEST of the season ... For those of you who think this is begging - I feel VERY sorry for you ... This season as I was always taught was a season of Giving ... My condo unit was part of the 6 of 28 units that is affected by the fire... However I feel blessed to also have been able to donate on line and buy a few things for some of the kids that are affected by this fire... I wish you all Peace Joy and Contentment this Holiday Season and in the new Year!

  • We used to live in that building in the mid 70s sorry this happened to you. I’ll visit the web site.

Dec 23

Sep 07 2016

Updated Dec 22

Missing Cat: Moobert Jones

Hi there,

I saw a ton of posters around the neighborhood about Moobert, so I thought I'd post it here:
Moobert is an indoor/outdoor cat who is white with black spots that look exactly like a cow's. He has a collar on with his name, Moobert Jones, on a tag, and he's very, very friendly.
His owner is missing him very much and would love to be contacted if anyone's seen him--if you have I'll post her number/his picture!
Thank you, let me know!

  • Just found the little guy, number isn't working for him, anyone know the phone number for his owner?

  • N

    Is Moo still not home? Please return him to the 4800 block of N Wolcott and he will be fine. He live approximately at 4825 n and will find his way in to his home. He is my neighbor.

Dec 20

Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction

You may want to pay the 1st installment of your property tax bill before the end of the year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes. You may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/prepay-your-property-taxes-for-2017-tax.html

    Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction
    With the likely passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that the majority of taxpayers who currently itemize their deductions will take the standard deduction for the tax year 2018. The reason for this change will be capping of State and Local Tax and Property tax deductions at $10,000.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Nov 21

Updated Dec 19

Andersonville Jewel

Is the Andersonville Jewel going to be replaced with a Marianos or Whole Foods? It would be nice and more in step with the neighborhood. I venture over there as I eat and visit friends in the neighborhood and the place is seriously dated, and there have been multiple times I have visited the store packed with customers and only two cashiers on shift. The lines are literally halfway down the store aisles. And that is once you are in...

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Is the Andersonville Jewel going to be replaced with a Marianos or Whole Foods? It would be nice and more in step with the neighborhood. I venture over there as I eat and visit friends in the neighborhood and the place is seriously dated, and there have been multiple times I have visited the store packed with customers and only two cashiers on shift. The lines are literally halfway down the store aisles. And that is once you are in the store. You have to go out into the Rob Me Dim barely light parking lot. The lighting reminds me of a Kmart parking lot, from like the 1980s. Lighting technology has changed so this lot should be light up like daylight at all times. It is seriously dark and a carjacking/mugging waiting to happen.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Mr. Flatwoods - are you speaking of those bra-burning women's libbers?

  • Eric Pepeson NW-side deplorable, based-stickman, commie-crusher

    This is a classic EB thread, kudos to Joe for starting it, but it looks like he deleted himself, he had this planned all along, a real American genius.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

Dec 15

Updated Dec 19

Volunteer opportunities for Christmas Eve?

Anyone aware of opportunities to offer our time on Christmas Eve? We have no family plans for that day due to scheduling issues... We would like to give back to the community.
Thanks for any options you are aware of..

  • If you’re an animal lover, you may want to call some local shelters to see if they need volunteers so their regular staff could spend it with their families.

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    JanBran - good for you two. There’s no bad, or even “worst,” time to volunteer.
    Many churches, soup kitchens and other organizations do Christmas dinners. Maybe they need some Christmas Eve help. Common Pantry and St. Benedict Parish are two that come to mind. Salvation Army, Misericordia Home, Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, etc may also have some needs or connections to places needing volunteers.

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