20 hours ago

Updated 6 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?

  • Oftentimes the vehicle is recovered undamaged.

  • insurance costs are going to go up, the insurance actuaries will analyze the claims paid, and adjust premiums accordingly, hey crime ain't free. and don't forget, you get to absorb your deductible.

    you want to sue a carjacker, good luck, you would be suing a gangbanging pos. if he/it were...

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    insurance costs are going to go up, the insurance actuaries will analyze the claims paid, and adjust premiums accordingly, hey crime ain't free. and don't forget, you get to absorb your deductible.

    you want to sue a carjacker, good luck, you would be suing a gangbanging pos. if he/it were a responsible member of society, he/it wouldn't be carjacking.

    don't forget, that thanks to sheriff dart and sa kim foxx, all these pos's when caught are going to get a personal no money bond and be on the street without delay to reck more havoc.

    ain't chitago a great place !!

Nov 09

Updated 20 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 !!

23 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

38 hours ago

Marina Rosenfeld brings together feminism, guitars, and nail polish bottles in sonic exploration

Sun 12/3, 8:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $5, 18+

    Marina Rosenfeld brings together feminism, guitars, and nail polish bottles in sonic exploration
    Sometimes Marina Rosenfeld is a turntablist who layers the sounds of specially made, heavily used acetates into gritty sonic expanses. Other times she is a conceptual composer. Her performers' histories, interests, and personalities become material influences on a composition; for example, her desire to work with people of a generation that had grown up having personal relationships with their electronics led to Teenage Lontano, which she devised for the 2008 Whitney Biennale.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

38 hours ago

Songwriters pay tribute to extinct animals at Remembrance of Lost Species Day

Thu 11/30, 7:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $15, 18+

    Songwriters pay tribute to extinct animals at Remembrance of Lost Species Day
    The passenger pigeon was once the most common bird in North America, numbering in the billions. When in flight, their immense flocks darkened the sun for hours. Humans-acting at our absolute worst-killed every single one of them. The last passenger pigeon, a 29-year-old bird named Martha, died alone at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

39 hours ago

Thanksgiving in Chicago: best things to do

...will take the form of G.I. Joe action figures. 5 PM-Fri 11 PM, 3300 N. Western, toysrus.com...

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

...gnocchi, a traditional turkey leg with stuffing, and chocolate hazelnut bars. Noon-11:30 PM, 840 N. Wabash, bistronomic.net, $65...

Cherry Circle Room Chef Pete Coenen offers a family-style prix-fixe dinner complete with all the fixin's, with the option to pair each course with a glass of wine or a cocktail. 1-9 PM, 12 S. Michigan, cherrycircleroom.com, $80.

...roasted in maple honey molasses. Breakfast 6:30 AM-noon; lunch 11 AM-4 PM. 17 E. Monroe, lockwoodrestaurant.com, breakfast $25, $12 children six-12; lunch $80, $70 seniors, $50 children three...

...expands from two locations (the other in Naperville) to three, adding The Park at Wrigley (3637 N. Clark)—more places to pick up local wares and scarf down German sausages. 11 AM-4...

...pick up local wares and scarf down German sausages. 11 AM-4 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, christkindlmarket.com, free...

    Thanksgiving in Chicago: best things to do
    click to enlarge Give thanks, stuff yourself, and then venture out for a break from the fam. Here are the Thanksgiving activities we recommend: Bistronomic Once again, Green City Market has prepared a feast worthy of your thanks. Choose one item from each of three courses-like yukon potato gnocchi, a traditional turkey leg with stuffing, and chocolate hazelnut bars.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

5 days ago

Updated 45 hours 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.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Lost Cat in Avondale/Logan Sq.

Help!!! Our cat, Esteban, escaped from the house on the morning of November, 21. He's a black, white and tan tabby with an underbite and white paws. He lives in the W. George and N. Sawyer.
Please help.....
Call anytime day or night (419) 419-8691 or (917) 974-2425

Thank you....

  • Put some of his food and litter box outside. They can track the familiar scent (especially used litter) and that may help bring him home. I hope you find him soon!

  • Good neighbor! I have lived on Troy St. since 1990 and love it!

    I hope he comes home. I understand how upsetting this is. Good luck!

  • He is gorgeous. You can also try putting a trap out with a blanket over it, with some food like tuna and sardines. Someone had suggested this to me when my cat got out. It did take about a day or two but I caught her. Good luck and please keep us posted.

2 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.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Nov 15

Updated 2 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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Local Movers needed

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

3 days ago

Nov 15

Updated 3 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

5 days ago

Updated 4 days 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
  • Go back to school, Brender. I have read some of your writings here and on DonorsChoose. Misspellings and grammar errors abound.

    I hope the parents of your students are paying attention.

  • Brender Daye Kindergarten Teacher/Bateman Elementary

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!!!!

  • You're welcome. I wish you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving as well!!!

    I truly hope you consider taking my advice!!! Do it for the students!!!

5 days 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

5 days ago

6 days ago

6 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 Nov 16

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! :)

Nov 12

Updated Nov 16

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!

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

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?

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 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 14

Updated Nov 15

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!

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 15

  • 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

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

Nov 14

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 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

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 12

Nov 11

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

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