33 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

Question about the carjackings

It seems that we have tens of carjackings every week. Got me thinking. What is this doing to the car insurance costs in Chicago? And can the victims whose cars get totalled sue the thieves direct or does the insurance sue the thieves?

  • We're probably seeing more car jackings because stealing a car the old fashioned way has become more difficult and thieves are less "talented." With social media we hear about it more often than before which injects bias into our observation. Insurance actuaries would know for sure. My guess is it isn't worse than years ago when thieves showed courtesy by stealing your car at night while you slept.

  • "White flight is real, its not about racism, its about survival."

    It became racism as soon as you made it about races "surviving" by running away from each other.

20 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RENOVATION OF EXISTING 2-DWELLING UNITS TO A DUPLEX, 1ST FLOOR TO A BASEMENT AND 2ND FLOOR TO AN ATTIC AT EXISTING FRONT 2-STORY FRAME BUILDING PER PLANS. **Certified Plan Corrections Project - Conditional Permit: Subject to field inspections **

    1743 W. Barry Ave. Issued November 22, 2017 Comment

Nov 09

Updated 33 hours ago

Spree of muggings early evening November 8th in Buena Park

CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to...

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CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to the ground, but he was not robbed. The attackers ran north on Clarendon. The victim was treated at a hospital.
There is surveillance video of one of the violent attacks. The robbers appear to be between 15-18 years old.
I have been in contact with the investigating officers of these incidents.
As I have recording cameras surrounding my estate on Hutchinson and Clarendon,
I will check to see if there is anything that can be helpful to police. I have reported this information to the police.

  • Mute Mute Me

    " I'm not sure why this keeps happening"

    what has changed that would stop it from happening?

    "My friend and his pregnant wife have a condo in that exact area, and I do worry about their safety"

    im not sure if a pregnant woman would be seen as an easy target or just the opposite since if caught there are added charges.

    why would anyone want to raise children in that area? Hopefully they dont plan to stay long!

  • DEAR ALL:
    Concerning the rampage of muggings November 8th, I received a call last night from the lead detective: one of the 4 criminals is in custody. The CPD is now interviewing the suspect to turn in the other 3 which I am confident he will in exchange for reduced charges. So this good news to enhance safety for our neighborhood.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING MY FRIENDS !!

36 hours ago

    Rock Engravings of Dogs on Leashes Show Pre-Neolithic Good Boys
    A new study of prehistoric rock art reveals how hunters in the Arabian Peninsula pursued prey with dogs over 8,000 years ago - and even controlled their packs with leashes. The engravings represent the earliest evidence for dogs on the Arabian Peninsula and might even stand as the earliest depictions of canines yet, as Science first reported.
    https://hyperallergic.com

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

How to get a referendum started?

Would anyone know where to go to get a referendum on the ballot? would it be the City or County? and is there a cost?
Thanks.
I'm going to start a 5 strikes & out petition.

  • do you think the judges & chief judge know about this law? I keep seeing a rotating door with the same criminals released. Maybe (we) should send the Chief Judge a copy of the law to remind him?

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

    I think they and the States’ Attorneys and defense attorneys all know about it.

    Again, I haven’t researched it. But I doubt anyone has even qualified for those 3 strikes. Meaning nobody has had two prior, separate convictions for the heinous felonies listed and folllowed it up with another such...

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    I think they and the States’ Attorneys and defense attorneys all know about it.

    Again, I haven’t researched it. But I doubt anyone has even qualified for those 3 strikes. Meaning nobody has had two prior, separate convictions for the heinous felonies listed and folllowed it up with another such conviction. I’d assume any of the felonies would have resulted in perhaps a 25-year sentence. Two of those would be 50 years. Assuming the person was 18 at the first conviction, and there were only 2 years between the first release and the second conviction. That’d leave you with a 70-year-old needing to commit another heinous crime.

    It needs to be a broader list of what felonies count as “strikes.” And a system that doesn’t use those strikes to pressure perps into pleading to lesser crimes to avoid a strike.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Stolen Tricycle. Roscoe Village.

Stolen Royal Enfield Tricycle.

Hi,
my trike was parked on the corner of Bell and School St when it was taken some time between 11am-8pm. I know it’s a long shot. But maybe someone saw it happen or has spotted it around town? It’s my main mode of transport and I loved her very much. Gold color. Rear whitewall tires. Front and rear baskets. Thanks in advance.
Megan.

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

Local Movers needed

Need a mover to pick up a lg couch in north center and move it to wrigleyville

Nov 15

Updated 4 days ago

BOOKS

Does any organization or individual take books as a donation anymore? or should they just be thrown in the recycle bin for garbage collection?

  • Mute Mute Me

    "Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books"

    Typical. Has no idea what books the op has but calls them trash,worthless and heavy! How teacherly.

  • maybe you wouldn't have so much on your plate if you weren't a jerk to those trying to help you. simmer down, lesko

Nov 17

  • Permit issued for new construction

    ERECT A 2 STORY FRAME AND BRICK VENNER SINGLEFAMILY RESIDENCE WITH BASEMENT AND 2CAR DETACHED GARAGE WITH ROOF DECK PER PLANS

    1832 W. Barry Ave. Issued November 15, 2017 Comment

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

Ravenswood and Irving Park

Hi all, the police and fire department just shut down Ravenswood north of Irving Park Rd (9:15pm Tuesday 11/14) anyone know why?

  • There was a fire in the uniform company in the 4100 block of Ravenswood.

  • I left 4043 Ravenswood at around 10 and saw four ambulances, two fire trucks, and the police car blocking Ravenswood at Irving. Its odd that something calling for that kind of response wasn't covered in the media.

Nov 16

Nov 05

Updated Nov 15

COYOTE

Holy Sh*t, I'm standing last night on my porch around 10:45pm having my drinks before heading downtown to Gibson's, and this huge animal which I later learn to be a coyote, zipped at 100mph past my house east on Hutchinson.
Unreal.

  • My sister saw that dude by the PNC bank a few months back. Got a good picture of him.

  • A picture of Yves? Or the coyote?

Nov 15

    Protect Rental Property Assets with an LLC
    Real Estate has always been considered a safe investment since the supply is finite and the demand grows with the population. Even though we have seen some swings in the real estate market over the past decade, the theory still is held true by many.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Nov 14

snow shoveler near Broadway and Wellington?

I'm looking for someone I can pay to shovel our front sidewalk this winter right around Broadway and Wellington. Anyone know anyone?

Nov 14

    The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll is December 1, 2017
    It's that time of year again! The Southport Holiday Stroll will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM this year from Belmont to Irving Park Road. More information can be found here from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com

Jun 14 2012

Updated Nov 14

Looking for mechanic for Prius near Lakeview

Does anyone know an honest and reasonable mechanic who works on Toyota Prius? I saw a Yelp listing for Motocare on Western but I don't know anything about them.

  • I've had really good luck with Nal's Auto Repair on Irving Park @ Ravenswood. Check out some reviews:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/nals-chicago

  • Jeff Avondale resident, avid cyclist

    Green Wheels Automotive Services,
    1540 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    Auto dealership & mechanic specializing in electric cars & environmentally-oriented vehicles with good reviews

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 11

Updated Nov 12

LOST DOG

A friend lost his dog Armitage LaPorte
Lukey, 5 year old male Shih Tzu
No collar, No chip
If you’ve seen him please
Call Ritilio 773 681-6597
If you call his name, he’ll come to you.
His family really misses him.
Thank you

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Be careful out there today - streets and sidewalks glaze ice

I just returned from being out. I was east of Ashland Ave. at about Fullerton. The side streets and sidewalks are glaze ice. Cars are fishtailing and skidding trying to stop. I tried to stop at one intersection and forget it --- my car just kept going and stopped about the middle of the intersection. It was that way all the way until Western, where it's not so bad, but is still wet and looks icy in places.

Bicyclists are having a very hard time of it. They skid if they try to slow down or stop, and then when they put their foot down they slip.

So far the main streets are just slushy and are safer.

  • catlady for the love of cats, lets get along!

    oh man, thanks for the heads up Beeb! I am one who hates driving in the snow, yes i've lived here all my life but i still cannot do it lol. I shall be driving super slow this evening. Stay safe!

  • Buses were stuck on broadway.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    If you're in need of snow and ice removal or preventive maintenance call
    312 885 1719
    Reasonably priced
    Quality assurance contracting services llc

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Nov 08

Did you attend the community meeting Tues Nov 7?

Our apartment building got the notice yesterday too late, but the address on the flyer was wrong: Meet at Broadway and Racine.

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.

Sep 27

Updated Nov 06

Injured goose

Does anyone know who to contact about a goose at belmont harbor missing a foot. It seems to be cast out of the group of geese all by itself.

I saw this yesterday but today saw just one in the water honking like it was in distress maybe the same one? Isnt it unusual for them to be aline?

  • @mute, try calling the alderman, when I needed help with rescuing the injured goose I contacted Tim Cullerton and he worked with me (through a series of emails) till it got helped, the dawn information I got, I got from him. he followed up with her to make sure the goose was taken care of.

  • Mute Mute Me

    Is fullerton the alderman at 3410 lsd?

Nov 04

Updated Nov 05

Smoke Detectors With Cameras!

I have to replace my smoke detectors, so I hopped on Amazon to see what they got. Boy, was I surprised to see how readily available smoke detectors with hidden cameras are! Creepy! Just a warning to all you renters out there. It you feel like someone's watching, they probably are!

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 05

Mail Boxes

Where have all the mail boxes gone in Lake View???

  • Actually the post office was honest this time. After work I walked around aND saw all the missing boxes back In my area of lakeview

  • Yves, thus far my weekend has been grand. Hope yours has been as well.

Nov 03

Updated Nov 05

Update on the Garbage pickups

All, when the garbage cans overflowed on Pine Grove/Sheridan/Marine Drive earlier this year, I wrote the aldermen and Streets and San. I got a lovely letter from Str & San:
"My office received a copy of your recent letter...Thank you for taing the time to report your concerns....the 46th Ward superintendent reported that the baskets at these locations will be serviced regularly.... and more frequently."

  • d3 NOH

    Does the ssa fund these?

  • I have received the same response to my complaints to Cappleman’s office in the early summer. A week later the garbage cans were overflowing again, and this continued all summer and into the fall.

  • Nora H 15 year Lakeview resident, member ELVN

    It seems a little better lately let’s all keep on this.

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.

Oct 24

Updated Nov 04

Free upright piano

Story and Clark upright piano with piano bench. We moved and it doesn't fit in our new place unfortunately. Free to you - you'd just need to move it out. Currently located in North Center.

  • Dan27 Roscoe Village home owner

    I'd potentially be interested! Is this still available?

  • ERomi Ravenswood resident

    Apparently Every block doesn't have a way to send a PM.. odd. Ok well yes I think it is still available- the tenants who are living there now have actually been coordinating getting people in to see/try the piano. Can you email me and then I will put you in contact with them? Eileen.m.romito@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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

    ER - it does; it is a matter of the user enabling the function. Click on the user name, and (if enabled) there will be a link on the right to send email

Nov 04

  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW ROOFTOP DECK & ACCESS STAIR AT EXISTING 2-CAR FRAME DETACHED GARAGE. **Certified Plan Corrections Project - Conditional Permit: Subject to field inspections **

    1729 W. Melrose St. Issued November 2, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RENOVATION OF EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY REAR BUILDING AT EXISTING 1-1/2 STORY FRAME BUILDING PER PLANS.conditional permit subject to field inspections)

    1743 W. Barry Ave. Issued November 2, 2017 Comment

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

New-construction home in North Center: $1.5M

1828 W. Melrose St. in Chicago: $1,475,000

    New-construction home in North Center: $1.5M
    1828 W. Melrose St. in Chicago, illinois
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 03

Nov 03

Updated Nov 03

Woman hit by off duty officer asks for him to serve brain injury community, not sentence

Courtney had just stepped off of a bus and was crossing the street near the corner of Belmont and Wolcott avenues on the Northwest Side when Mowry, driving his Mercedes at about 1:20 a.m., sped around the bus and slammed into the 20-year-old.

    Woman hit by off duty officer asks for him to serve brain injury community, not sentence
    CHICAGO -- There was a rare request today from the mother of a drunk driving victim who was left with serious brain injuries. She doesn't want the Chicago officer accused in the case to go to jail.
    http://wgntv.com

  • Mute Mute Me

    Wonderful! One less person living off our taxes!

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

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