16 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Decades-in-the-works genealogy book chronicles family's roots from Mexico to Gary

The couple lived in an apartment at 1609 Pennsylvania St., where their second child, Rachel, was born on March 3, 1921. Six years later, after living in other apartments, the couple saved enough money to buy property at 4121 Lincoln St., near Lew Wallace High School.

    'A One Time Journey' chronicles Hispanic family's roots from Mexico to Gary
    On her wedding day, Feb. 11, 1918, Francesca Chavez Ornelas chronicled her holy nuptials with new husband Pablo Ornelas. She wrote in cursive into the family's leather-bound Bible. "We had a very small wedding but solemn at church," the new bride wrote in English, her second language.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Eric from 60618 Lifelong NW sider, business owner and deplorable.

    A One Time Journey chronicles Hispanic family's roots from Mexico to the armpit of Indiana.

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

COYOTE IN NORTH CENTER. ON LEAVITT BTWN BYRON & GRACE AT 10:30am

Keep an eye on your animals! I was walking my dog at the time and thought it was a dog off leash until another guy across the street yelled that it was a coyote. A little dog alone in a yard is no match with a coyote!

  • Jill H 38 years in Chicago, 19 in North Center

    Please read about coyote behavior and what and what not to expect from them at the Urban Coyote Reserach Program. https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/about-coyotes

    Here's what they have to say about what coyotes eat--and it's not pets or garbage: "Some people believe that urban coyotes primarily eat garbage and pets. Although coyotes are...

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    Please read about coyote behavior and what and what not to expect from them at the Urban Coyote Reserach Program. https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/about-coyotes

    Here's what they have to say about what coyotes eat--and it's not pets or garbage: "Some people believe that urban coyotes primarily eat garbage and pets. Although coyotes are predators, they are also opportunistic feeders and shift their diets to take advantage of the most available prey. Coyotes are generally scavengers and predators of small prey but can shift to large prey occasionally. Researcher Paul Morey analyzed scat (fecal matter) contents at different locations within our study area. After investigating 1,429 scats, he found that diet items varied across space and time, which reflects the flexible food habits of coyotes.

    The most common food items were small rodents (42%), fruit (23%), deer (22%), and rabbit (18%). (Scats often have more than one diet item; therefore, frequencies do not necessarily add up to 100%). Apparently, the majority of coyotes in our study area do not, in fact, rely on pets or garbage for their diets."

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    Thank you Jill H. All very interesting information. I would expect an urban animal would have to shift their diet in order to survive. So because of that, It would be hard to predict what they will be hungry for on any given day. I myself won't be taking any...

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    Thank you Jill H. All very interesting information. I would expect an urban animal would have to shift their diet in order to survive. So because of that, It would be hard to predict what they will be hungry for on any given day. I myself won't be taking any chances that it wouldn't come after my animal. Doesn't mean I'm not taking my dog out in the neighborhood, I just won't let her in our yard unsupervised and if I see one again I will turn around and go the other way again. Love my dog too much to take chances.

  • Very informative post Jane.

27 hours ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REVISION TO PERMIT # 100648131 TO CHANGE PROPERTY OWNER TO KD INVESTMENT SERVICE INC. GC TO COMPLETE EXPERT CONSTRUCTION, PLUMBING CONTRACTOR TO NORTHSHORE PLUMBING & SEWER SERVICES & HVAC CONTRACTOR TO J & W COMFORT CONTROL & MASON CONTRACTOR TO OMEGA STRUCTURES, INC.

    1941 W. Warner Ave. Issued November 22, 2017 Comment

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5 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Need electrician or handyman to hang lights over a kitchen island.

Can anyone recommend a reasonable electrician or handyman who could hang 2 pendant lights over a kitchen island? My go to person doesn’t have the time. Thanks so much!

  • Let me add to the comments. Howard has done various projects for me in the past quite satisfactorily, BUT sometimes he wouldn't show and came up with lame excuses for not showing. The last occurrence happened this past spring when he took an outdoor light fixture and some paint I...

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    Let me add to the comments. Howard has done various projects for me in the past quite satisfactorily, BUT sometimes he wouldn't show and came up with lame excuses for not showing. The last occurrence happened this past spring when he took an outdoor light fixture and some paint I had purchased home with him. We agreed that these outside chores could be done at his convenience even if I wasn't home. He never did the work, and in June I emailed Robin and was told he was out of town for a family emergency, had injured his hand, and was getting x-rays. I'd heard similar excuses before and decided I'd been patient enough and asked to have the items returned to me; I even said I'd pick them up when it became apparent they would not be returned voluntarily, which was in fact the case. In the end, I wrote the whole thing off and lost his number, went out and bought the items again and hired someone else to do the work.

  • smartypants Be Nice

    I have hired Howard for 3 separate jobs in my home. The work was good, he was punctual, and the prices were extremely reasonable.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

police activity Sunday Nov. 19 on Hoyne and Grace?

Anyone know what the police activity was on Sunday morning in North Center? Grace was blocked off by police cars, many fire trucks.

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

    Did you check with the CAPS facilitator?

  • There was a house fire caused by a fire in the fireplace. Everyone is safe.

Nov 15

Updated 3 days ago

Neighborly Litigation (Chadha v. NPES)

Many on this forum talk about litigating, be it for some unneighborly thing or other. Well, here is your chance to read the behind the scenes workings of the Chicago Way in its entirety (link below - get some popcorn and settle in) and VOTE.

This is the culmination of 7 years of attorney fees and a waste of our taxpayer-funded court's time/resources, in my opinion, of course.

Link: https://chadhavnpes.weebly.com/appeal-brief.html

    Appeal Brief
    CHADHA VS. NORTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (CHICAGO)
    https://chadhavnpes.weebly.com
  • Worth a read. Cast my vote too..can't wait to see end results.

  • Votes are trickling in: Chadha: 24 NPES: 28 Deadlocked: 7

  • MJP

    Absolutely worth the read. Citizens in this neighborhood need to be aware of how their neighbors are being treated and how their tax dollars are being squandered accordingly.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need mover for couch

Looking to move a lg couch from Damen and Addison to wrigleyville at Fremont and Addison

Nov 17

Updated 4 days ago

Staubers Reopens as Lakeview Ace Hardware

I stopped in today to the old Staubers, which was sold to Lakeview Ace. The same staff folks are there, who have always been so neighborly and helpful. Just wanted you all to know they're back. I'm so glad. I'd much rather shop there than at a big box store.

Nov 18

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    WHOLE HOUSE RENOVATION WITH NEW KITCHEN, MASTER BEDROOM, HALL BATHROOM AND BEDROOMS. WINDOWS REPLACEMENT. NEW REAR PORCH. DECONVERSION OF EXISTING 2 FLAT TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE. EXISTING USE: RESIDENTIAL / PROPOSED USE: RESIDENTIAL.

    4230 N. Winchester Ave. Issued November 16, 2017 Comment

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Nov 17

Nov 16

Hazel + Junior?

I came home about 30 minutes ago (8:30PM) and couldn’t get through the intersection because of several squad cars blocking Junior. They didn’t have their lights on, but there were officers walking around, seemingly looking for something. Anyone know what’s going on?

Nov 15

Updated Nov 16

Anytime Fitness North Center

Does anybody have an idea of when the Anytime Fitness on Rockwell will open? Their corporate website has no information.

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    I'm wondering the same thing. I bet it will be right after the holidays when everyone makes their new years resolutions and are ready to pony up for a membership that will only get used in January :)

Nov 15

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE ONE ROOFTOP UNIT WITH ONE 5 TON, AIR COOLED, SELF-CONTAINED, R410A, FRASER JOHNSTON ROOFTOP UNIT, LOCATED ON THE REAR LOW ROOF, AND SERVING OFFICE SPACE. THIS ROOFTOP UNIT IS COOLING ONLY.

    2157 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued November 13, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALLATION OF LOW VOLTAGE SECURITY SYSTEM CAMERAS. CUSTOMER# 402447956. JOB# 94514140.

    4025 N. Damen Ave. Issued November 13, 2017 Comment

Nov 11

Updated Nov 13

Catalytic Converter Stolen

Hey neighbors, just letting you know that my catalytic converter was stolen off my Jeep parked on Mozart. I filed a police report, but I wanted you all to be on the lookout. There has been a wave of this crime on the NW side

  • MetroCyclist Food Crazy 9YR Inde Park/Albany Park Resident.

    Kittyhop in Logan Square, I was standing at my rear kitchen window while on an important phone call, when I saw the perpetrator inside my truck. I yelled out as loud as I could and pounded on my window, which startled both the customer service representative and the a-hole in...

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    Kittyhop in Logan Square, I was standing at my rear kitchen window while on an important phone call, when I saw the perpetrator inside my truck. I yelled out as loud as I could and pounded on my window, which startled both the customer service representative and the a-hole in my truck. I ran out my backdoor towards my truck when he ran down the alley while clutching his, what looked like, a gun peering out of his shirt. I had left my vehicle unlocked (not any more), just to avoid damage to my vehicle in situations like this.

  • WOW!!That is quite something...and yes, scary that he might have had a gun....

    (The guy from the service that jumped my car today had a gun in his belt..that ISN"T why I gave him a tip however...)< that's a joke...but he did have a gun..

Nov 12

Updated Nov 13

Where to look for stolen jewelry?

My engagement ring (a family heirloom) was stolen from my apartment by a burglar, and I realize that it's probably gone, but I'd still like to do my due diligence to try and find it. I've been looking at Craigslist, ebay, and some resale sites (offerup, facebook market). The detective assigned to our case looked through the pawn shop database but no luck.

Any other suggestions.

  • Chicago John North Center neighbor since 1989

    My heart goes out to you. Keep on searching. Offer a reward somehow. Good luck

Nov 11

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Nov 08

Updated Nov 11

Package Theft

After having a package stolen from our porch, I am now using anAmazon pick up locker.There are locations all over mine is in a 24 hr. 7-11. It’s free, they email you when it’s coming and send you a barcode to open the locker. No hassle Great service to use especially during the holiday shopping season. Boz

  • angelranger 47 year Northside resident

    Thanks Mousie! great suggestion.
    UPS left a package last night for my upstairs neighbor...
    in the back yard! Good thing it didn't rain.

  • Good to know. Walking through the neighborhood a couple of days ago I saw packages on porches and on stoops all over the place. Several large packages were just leaned up against apartment building doors right on the sidewalk of a busy street. I'm amazed anyone gets anything they order!

Nov 09

Recommendations for the best nursing homes that accepts a Medicaid patient in Chicago or suburbs.

We are looking for a Home that provides full assisted living for a 90 year old who can no longer afford to live independently or with supportive living ( unable to go to dining room, go to bathroom alone, etc.)
Thanks very much for any advice.

Nov 09

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Nov 04

Updated Nov 06

Shots fired

Around 4:43am there were three shots fired...about 30sec later 2 more shots were fired by Small Bar. Police were looking around but haven't found anything. I heard the first three shots got up and the next two were shot. Couldnt see them but very loud.

  • correction - probably near 3000 N Albany - at Wellington, by the bar.

  • Wellington and Albany. Shots were fired again yesterday at 12:30pm. They found casings from the bullets.

Nov 06

Oct 31

Updated Nov 05

Stolen Dog at Addison/Damen

Stolen dog in North Center (Addison/Damen)! My colleague just got footage from a neighbor's home security of someone walking off with her dog - taken from her fenced in yard. If you live in the area please be on the look out for this sweet pup.

Nov 02

Updated Nov 04

Broken car window

A day late asking .... came out at 6:30 am to find my car window on driver's side had been busted in. Nothing stolen (not that there was anything), just really irritating. Wondering if anyone else in area had same experience? Happened on Francisco between Belmont & Elston.

  • Was this Halloween night?

  • Yes, unfortunately. I have lived in Chicago for 15 years .... 2.5 in this neighborhood and have never had any issues.

  • It was a group of neighborhood teenage kids who busted car windows on multiple vehicles with a baseball bat on Halloween night. If anyone else had their windows busted in the Avondale neighborhood or by the Target on Addison near Sacramento park send me a private message and I’ll pass along the information I have.

Nov 01

Updated Nov 03

Belmo t & Kedzie area

Does any one know who to talk with about cleaning up tbe under pass by Belmont & Kedzie.I walk every day to train & home.It is getting dirtier & dirtier each day.Someone dumped a load of clothes now you walk in street or over the pile. I have lived in area for 40 some years & this is the worst its ever been. Needs to be cleaned before bad weather starts.

Nov 03

    Time For Kids-Nonfiction Reading! | DonorsChoose.org project by Ms. Martinucci
    My students need TIME for Kids to be prepared for the world and for real world situations. I have 120 5th and 6th grade bilingual students. They are full of life and come in ready to learn!! All of my students receive free lunch. Their families struggle financially and asking them to...
    https://www.donorschoose.org

Nov 03

Oct 13

Updated Nov 02

Lawn service and snow removal

Looking for a responsible lawn service to mow a postage size lawn, provide spring and fall cleanup and, in the winter snowblow walks and shovel stairs. This is for a two flat near Montrose and Damien. Thanks!

Oct 02 2016

Updated Nov 02

Looking for at-home daycare for June 2017!

My wife and I live in Avondale and we are expecting our first child this coming June. We are looking for at-home daycare options. We noticed not all at-home daycare centers have websites for us to research. We have lived in the neighborhood for 2 years now, but don't know of all the options in the neighborhood. Any suggestions would be welcomed!

Nov 02

Nov 01

  • Permit issued for signs

    WEST ELEVATION: 13'-5" X 3'-8" LED ILLUMINATED FLAT WALL SIGN "CRAWFORD SUPPLY PLUMBING & CABINETS * BATH & KITCHEN"

    3914 N. Lincoln Ave. Issued October 30, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DECONVERSION OF EXISTING 2 DU BUILDING FOR USE AS SFR, INCLUDING 14'X20' ADDITION FOR BASEMENT, 1ST AND 2ND FLOOR. PER PLANS.

    4249 N. Winchester Ave. Issued October 30, 2017 Comment

Oct 31

Best Non-Beef Burgers In Chicago

4128 North Lincoln Ave.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

2954 North Sheffield Ave.

41 East Superior St.

315 N. Lasalle St.

1021 West Armitage

    Best Non-Beef Burgers In Chicago
    Looking for an excellent burger in Chicago, but prefer a non-beef alternative? Consider and try the following burger choices in Chicago, you will not be disappointed and a new favorite burger joint may be found in the process. Here are the 5 best non-beef burgers in Chicago.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Oct 30

Chicago comedy spotlight for Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Edgar Allan Poeprov at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., 11:00 p.m. “Edgar Allan Poeprov is a fully poeduced, poefessionally impoevised play based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe.”

This article has 17 other Chicago locations (Show)

Cocktail Comedy at House of Blues’ Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:00 p.m. Produced by James Allen Kamp, creator of the most excellent comedyofchicago...

Monster Mash-Up at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Improv teams undergo a mash-up.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. One of comedy’s most groundbreaking showcases where Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, TJ Miller, Dan Telfer, Kumail Nanjiani, just to name a few, got their start. Produced by Meredith Kachel.

Super-Human: Halloween Show at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave., 10:00 p.m. “Seasoned pros take the stage for a night of extreme comedy.”

All The President’s Men at The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., 4:00 p.m. This University of Chicago event is free and open to the...

David Sedaris at The Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway, 8:00 p.m. Possibly the best storyteller in the known and unknown universe. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:30 p.m. Blake Burkhart hosts Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Xavier Lamont, Jason Melton, and Taneshia Rice.

Rent Due Comedy Show at Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr., 7:30 p.m. Starring Toya Turn Up (BET, 50 Central), Blameitonkway, Darren Fleet (Rick Smiley Show), and Taneshia Rice (Kevin Hart's Hart of the City and The Next Level). Hosted by Radio Personality Zana'P.

EbonyEssenceJet at MCL Chicago Comedy Theater, 3110 N. Sheffield, 7:30 p.m. Tonight's show celebrates the group’s third anniversary.

Stand Up Stand Up at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. With Felonious Munk - see him now! He’s about to move to New York! – with Kristen Toomey, Michael Robinson, Ed Towns, Jake McKenzie and more TBA. Check out the Laugh Factory schedule for more Felonious Munk appearances this week.

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up...

Just Nesh at Red Nightclub, 5415 Irving Park, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tonight and tomorrow night. Follow link for all show times. Taneshia Rice has appeared on Kevin Hart’s Next Level and Hart of the City, Windy City Live, and toured the country with Dick Gregory.

Michael Issac: Making It Happen In Chicago at The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, 8:00 p.m. Michael Issac films his first comedy special. He is a Zanies...

VHS Comedy at @North Bar, 1637 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. Top comic commentary and stand-up based on the most absurd...

The Lincoln Lodge at Under the Gun Theatre, 956 W. Newport, 8:00 p.m. This famed stand-up showcase is now headquartered at Under the Gun with shows on Friday and Saturday nights.

Alan Alda at the Chicago Humanities Festival at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, 2:00 p.m. Alan Alda (M*A*S*H, Scientific American Frontiers) and biologist...

House Party: Sunday Night Improv at ComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont, 7:00 p.m. Three house teams perform "scenes, songs, and games."

    Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 30-November 5, 2017
    In town: Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, Toya Turn Up, Darren Fleet, Zainab Johnson, Nick Swardson, Dana Gould, and Alan Alda. The cast of Superior Donuts is here: Maz Jobrani, Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani and Rell Battle. Returning to comedy hometown Chicago: Michael Palascak, David Sedaris (Art Institute grad) and David Koechner.
    http://www.chicagonow.com

Oct 29

On Smoke Break, Brewhouse Worker's Robbed At Gunpoint; 3 In Custody

...offenders approached the victim around 10:30 p.m. behind Half Acre Brew Co. at 4257 North Lincoln, police said. One robber produced a handgun and all three fled with the victim’s...

    On Smoke Break, Brewhouse Worker's Robbed At Gunpoint; 3 In Custody
    Three suspects are in custody after a North Center brewhouse worker was robbed while taking a smoke break Saturday evening. The offenders approached the victim around 10:30 p.m. behind Half Acre Brew Co. at 4257 North Lincoln, police said. One robber produced a handgun and all three fled with the victim's cellphone and wallet.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

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Oct 25

Updated Oct 27

Clogged grates after gas company work

Has anyone noticed the large pools of water in some intersections of side streets ever since the gas company did all that rehab this summer? The corner of Belle Plaine and Harding has the grates so clogged , I tried to open one with a metal rod, and hit what felt like solid rock. When it rains the whole intersection , including 3 feet up the sidewalk (sloped) is a lake. Not a huge deal now, but in a month...

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Has anyone noticed the large pools of water in some intersections of side streets ever since the gas company did all that rehab this summer? The corner of Belle Plaine and Harding has the grates so clogged , I tried to open one with a metal rod, and hit what felt like solid rock. When it rains the whole intersection , including 3 feet up the sidewalk (sloped) is a lake. Not a huge deal now, but in a month when it freezes , it's going to be a major hazard for walkers and drivers. I called the aldermans office once, will call them again today... but if anyone else has noticed , do us all a favor and call, time is flying.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Karen is right leave water in street better than in your basement.I would block my street drain partially with plywood during heavy rains to avoid basement flooding at my old home, now they have restrictors in sewers.

  • My basement never floods. This is not a low lying area . And I'm not taking heavy rains, just any rain. I'm pretty sure leaving a flooded intersection to freeze is not going to be a good thing. I called the alderman and they are going to check it out,so we'll see

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