6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

  • Jeffrey Littleton 3rd Generation Uptown

    5 strikes? What kind of strikes?

    I don't know the details but to get a referendum on the ballot you are going to need 1000's of signatures of registered voters in the district/ward/municipality it effects. You will need people, it takes more signatures than one person can deliver.

    That means either you have good grassroots support or...your last name is Pritzker or Rauner.

May 02

Updated 10 hours ago

flooded basement

If I have a sump pump that discharges into sewer line and line backs up, what other options do I have, can I discharge into my yard?

  • I have a T switch installed which allows discharge into the city sewer and the other the the pvc pipe that runs out to the alley buried under my fence. The switch is turned to summer pipe via the outside pipe now and in the fall it's turned to the...

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    I have a T switch installed which allows discharge into the city sewer and the other the the pvc pipe that runs out to the alley buried under my fence. The switch is turned to summer pipe via the outside pipe now and in the fall it's turned to the city sewer so the water isn't freezing in the outside pipe. Whatever works to keep your lower level dry...do it. Also don't forget to divert those gutter downspouts away from the house and not down into the pipe that runs underneath your home.

  • We had a similar issue years back, we had Roto Flush Sewer Plumbing come in and correct the issue. Havent had the problem since. www.RotoFlushSewerPlumbing.com is their site give them a call if you are still having issues. The name of the plumber is Omar, real nice guy and he always shows up on time.

12 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERT; INTERIOR REMODEL OF AN EXISTING GROCERY STORE TO REPLACE EQUIPMENT AND NEW GRILL HOOD PER PLANS. NO CHANGE TO EXISTING OCCUPANCY GROUP F MERCANTILE. NO CHANGE TO EXISTING ZONING. NO EXTERIOR WORK.

    3350 N. Western Ave. Issued November 17, 2017 Comment

4 days ago

Updated 19 hours 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?

  • Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books from well-intending strangers.

  • 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.

4 days ago

Updated 27 hours 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

28 hours ago

Grant Suport

Great News! I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom project request. Click the links below to see what my students and I are up to:

Our Unusual "Teacher Library"
https://www.donorschoose.org/project/our-unusual-teacher-library/2919785/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=non_tff_project_reminder&rf=email-system-2017-11-non_tff_project_reminder&utm_swu=1634

"Hands on State of the Art Students"
https://www.donorschoose.org/project/hands-on-state-of-the-art-students/2919916/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=non_tff_project_reminder&rf=email-system-2017-11-non_tff_project_reminder&utm_swu=1634

Early contributions are critical, and any amount helps. Thank you so much for taking a look and considering a donation. I am so excited to bring this project to life!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Daye

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to show their support for public schools, please pass this along.

    DonorsChoose.org: Support a classroom. Build a future.
    DonorsChoose.org connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.
    http://www.donorschoose.org

36 hours ago

2 days ago

Veteran Viennese trio Radian settles into new worlds of sound with guitarist Martin Siewert

Sat 11/25, 8:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $20, $15 in advance, 18+

    Veteran Viennese trio Radian settles into new worlds of sound with guitarist Martin Siewert
    Austrian guitarist Martin Siewert has always stood out to me for using his instrument like an arsenal of paintbrushes. In his many projects, including improvisational and experimental outfits Trapist and Efzeg, he thoughtfully applies his sound upon whatever canvas the group conjures.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

Sep 18

Updated 2 days ago

Relocating to Avondale

Hi! My family of 4 is relocating to the Avondale area and would love some area feedback! We are relocating for the Indianapolis area.

Here are a few things I am interested in :
-art scene (My husband is an artist so I'd like to connect with the art orgs.)
-schools (I have two children in elementary school and are currently homeschooling.)
-dining options/recommendations
-general area/community, and any feedback relating to relocating to the area.

Thank you in advance! :)

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Act of Kindness Drive

Help Men Without Social Security, Men that have been injured on the job, Family men working Part-Time

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

    Mr. Heller - my point was that the definition of "coming here illegally" changes

  • Mute Mute Me

    Finally! A drive id like to support! A red pill drive!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

3280 N. California

Application for a special use to establish residential use and parking below the second floor for a proposed five-story, twenty- five dwelling unit building with enclosed parking.

Anyone hear about this?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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 05

Updated 4 days ago

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.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

After pop tax loss, Preckwinkle headed for fight over budget cuts to sheriff, chief judge

The county also would save about $3.6 million by consolidating technology and human resources services across several departments and offices, eliminating the “duplicative office” of inspector general at the circuit clerk’s office, and closing branch courts at 2452 W. Belmont Ave in Chicago.

    After pop tax loss, Preckwinkle headed for fight over budget cuts to sheriff, chief judge
    Rebuked on a pop tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday proposed cutting $200 million through a mix of laying off midlevel managers, holding the line on raises and requiring workers to take unpaid days off.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Toni is in a tight spot. Fioretti isn't a strong candidate to go against her, but it's possible someone else will emerge to challenge her. You should never ever cut safety and law enforcement. There are other ways to save money, such as freezing raises and taking furlough days. Also...

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    Toni is in a tight spot. Fioretti isn't a strong candidate to go against her, but it's possible someone else will emerge to challenge her. You should never ever cut safety and law enforcement. There are other ways to save money, such as freezing raises and taking furlough days. Also update the computer equipment so that a lot of services can be self-serve and not require humans.
    She should look at all her upcoming retirees and offer than a buyout - like the federal government is doing- or early retirement with reduced pension.

  • can't disagree with that!

4 days ago

    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

4 days ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    area of work appx 500sf: rebuild front facade & replace (4) lintels (not longer than 6 ft)-(no structural work)- all work same as existing; subject to field inspections

    3251 N. Western Ave. Issued November 13, 2017 Comment

4 days ago

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?

5 days ago

    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

5 days ago

After pop tax loss, Preckwinkle headed for fight over budget cuts to sheriff, chief judge

The county also would save about $3.6 million by consolidating technology and human resources services across several departments and offices, eliminating the “duplicative office” of inspector general at the circuit clerk’s office, and closing branch courts at 2452 W. Belmont Ave in Chicago.

    After pop tax loss, Preckwinkle headed for fight over budget cuts to sheriff, chief judge
    Rebuked on a pop tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday proposed cutting $200 million through a mix of laying off midlevel managers, holding the line on raises and requiring workers to take unpaid days off.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jun 14 2012

Updated 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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..

6 days ago

Fresh Start To Your Week: 11/13 – 11/15

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

The Flat Five Fall Freak Out Residency @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:00PM, 21+

Salonathon: I’m Doing This For Me @ Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 8:00PM, 21+

Dumpster Tapes Presents Free Monday! Mia Joy (Tape Release) / Rosali / Cupid Youth / Head @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM, 21+

Tarot Reading for Beginners @ Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N Western Ave., 7:00PM

Milkstachio + Firecakes Donuts Collab @ Dryhop Brewers, 3155 N Broadway St., 5:00PM

After Work: Emily Blue @ The Robey, 2022 W North Ave., 6:00PM, 21+

    Fresh Start To Your Week: 11/13 - 11/15
    This past weekend we had our first showing of snow! Luckily it was short lived and didn't deter you from heading out and enjoying all the great events! The beginning of this week will keep the events part of that going with some fantastic concerts, art, podcasts, and brews to make it a fun time...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

6 days ago

Nov 11

Updated 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

Nov 09

Updated Nov 12

Paint thinner smell

our house started smelling very strongly of paint thinner yesterday. We had the gas company come by and they did find a small leak in the dryer connections and they capped it off. We aired out the house and hoped it would clear. This morning the strong smell is back again. They are digging up the sewers near us and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it. Is anyone else having this problem? We are near Addison and kedzie.

Nov 11

Nov 09

Updated Nov 10

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.

  • TS

    Thank you for getting involved and being vigilant. I'm not sure why this keeps happening, almost daily, but we see very little police presence in the area.

  • Thanks for your vigilance. My friend and his pregnant wife have a condo in that exact area, and I do worry about their safety going to/fro work, especially since it gets darker outside earlier.

  • 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!

Nov 10

Nov 05

Updated Nov 09

Lost Cat - Siemese

Chloe has been missing since Friday 11/3.
Last seen on N Avers Ave and W George St.
She is very sweet, but probably scared. She has blue eyes and a pink collar.
Please call with any information!
She is very missed, Thank you!

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Oh I cannot tell you how happy I am for you all!!! This is awesome news!!! Thanks for keeping us posted. I'm sure we will all sleep well tonight now! ;) Cheers!

  • Such good news! Glad she's safe at home again

Nov 05

Updated Nov 08

Potential Gunshots Near George and Troy

I'm at George and Troy and just heard what sounded like 5 shots a few blocks northeast of me. Anyone else hear anything? I called 911 to be safe.

  • I don't know the exact time, because the 911 call doesn't show up in my call log for some reason. It was Sunday, November 5th, late morning/early afternoon. Based on the accounts of others, it sounds like it was near Wellington and Albany. I could hear it a few blocks away at George and Troy because I was outside. My wife was inside and didn't hear anything.

  • My phone log for 911 call is for 12:53 pm on Sunday, I'd say that was about 3 minutes after we heard the shots. We were outside and it was like it was next to us. My husband was inside digging around in the basement and didn't hear a thing. Go figure.

    Incidentally, I did not hear the gunshots from Saturday morning, though I wish I had, I would've called those in too.

Nov 08

Updated Nov 08

    Construction begins on battered stretch of Milwaukee
    It took almost 10 years, but road reconstruction has begun on a battered and bumpy stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The delay on this and other projects citywide can be traced to state and federal budget issues, one city official said this week.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • This stretch of Milwaukee is in a deplorable condition. Can't wait till its finished.

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 08

Nov 07

Nov 06

Hello,

I am looking for a nanny for my baby girl

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 05

PUPPETS IN PROGRESS event Hairpin Lofts Arts Center SUNDAY 11/5 5-8pm 2810 N Milwaukee Ave

Working on Puppets? This sounds interesting. Sunday 11/5 @Hairpin Arts Center 2810 N Milwaukee Ave 2nd Fl. Community TIF $ helped fund redevelopment Hairpin Lofts
https://chicago.everyblock.com/events/nov05-puppets-progress-8369581/

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.

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