May 17

Updated May 18

We need a cleaning lady for a one time clean for our apartment, can anyone recommend someone?

Live in Irving Park and we need a one time cleaning lady for our rental apartment this Sunday, any recommendations?

May 10

Updated May 12

Vine maintenance

Hi neighbors, we have a vine-covered building that we're trying to maintain. We don't want to completely get rid of the vines, but we would like them to stay healthy. Can anyone recommend a service that would help with this? It's a 3 story building and the vines go to the top. At the very least I'd like them to be trimmed away from the windows (they are murder on the screens!) but I'm thinking we'll need professional help.

  • Vines are like ladders for ants to crawl in your unit

  • If you have a brick building, vines are the worst thing you could do. Vines eat away at the mortar and tuckpointing. Can completely ruin the masonry over time. Be prepared for the expense of re-tuckpointing if you continue to allow vines to grow on your building.

May 09

PARKING NEEDED

Hello,

Does anyone have a parking space for rent near Kedzie and Cullom?

Apr 29

Updated May 02

Neighborhood recommendations

Two family members are moving to Chicago and I'm scouting out neighborhoods for them to live in. They can't afford much but would like to buy a house. I am thinking about the Belmont & Central area, Hermosa, Mayfair and Albany Park because these neighborhoods are not too expensive (yet). My family members are Caucasian so I'm wondering how they would be received in those 'hoods. Dunning would be affordable and safe but there's poor transportation into the loop so that's out. Any suggestions or recommendations? Thanks.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Something along Belmont would also work for you.The Belmont CTA buses run all night between Harlem and the Red Line.Great access to shopping too

  • Thanks, Michael. I was wondering about Belmont-Cragin for them. The home prices are low there but I don't know anything about the area. I will keep it in mind.

Apr 25

Updated Apr 27

Area around Lawndale/Leland Good for a Young Family?

Hello Albany Park!

We're looking to move to the neighborhood, and have found leads on a couple of places, one of the most promising being around the Lawndale/Leland area. Wondering if the community has any thoughts on how this area is suited to a couple with a 6 month old kid, all of whom commute on the CTA to work/daycare.

In general, do you consider this area safe? Would you take your kid for a walk around this part of the neighborhood? What grocery stores/restaurants are walkable? We've looked at the crime data and at some other resources, but would appreciate a local take on what it's like to live around here.

Any thoughts or feedback are appreciated. Thanks!

  • Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my...

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    Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my building alone. There's a park right at Lawndale and Leland and when it's sunny you'll see a bunch of families playing on the playground and throwing balls to their dogs on the baseball field. You're only a few blocks off the Kimbal Brown and a quick bus ride to the Blue Line.

    I think the neighborhood is generally safe. There has been some gang activity since we've moved in but police response is very fast (there's a station right at Leland and Pulaski) and it's been happening less and less as I've seen more and more families moving in. There's a Cermack produce moving in right next to the police station and many bodega type grocery stores on Lawrence though we don't really use them. We go to the Marianos on Lawrence over by the Metra which is a quick bus ride from the hood. There's plenty out of the cut restaurants to chose from and you're right up the street from Lincoln Square to the east and Mayfair to the west.

    It's not Roscoe Village but it's a good neighborhood that's been on the come up.

  • Andrew Carpenter Realtor Edgewater home owner and Chicago Reator

    As a Realtor I'm legally not allowed to comment on crime rates but I can tell you that you can buy a condo for the same monthly costs as renting and there is a grant that will pay for your down payment eliminating most of your out of pocket costs. It's easier to buy property than most people think!

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    So, my point of all of this was to keep our dang phones put away and keep the head on a swivel.

    Had it been my daughter, I’d be in a perch looking for the offender, but it wasn’t. We live in a 360 degree world, head on a swivel and watch your six. How did General Martis put it? “Be nice to everyone but have a plan...”

Mar 22 2016

Updated Apr 27

Map of Section 8 Housing?

Does anyone know of an online map showing the location of all Section 8 housing (in Albany Park, or the north side in general)? I realize that it's difficult (if not impossible) for such a map to be comprehensive, especially on a city-wide scale, but was wondering if someone has put together a decent ad hoc map of this type, at least on a neighborhood level.

  • FR

    Here are a couple of maps I found regarding section 8:

    1. http://www.thecha.org/residents/public-housing/find-public-housing/ - this is the map of all the PUBLIC housing in chicago (managed by CHA, paid for by the US HUD).

    2. http://chicagoha.gosection8.com/Tenant/tn_Results.aspx - This is a map/list of the current PRIVATE housing (owned/developed by non-government) that...

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    Here are a couple of maps I found regarding section 8:

    1. http://www.thecha.org/residents/public-housing/find-public-housing/ - this is the map of all the PUBLIC housing in chicago (managed by CHA, paid for by the US HUD).

    2. http://chicagoha.gosection8.com/Tenant/tn_Results.aspx - This is a map/list of the current PRIVATE housing (owned/developed by non-government) that are looking for tenants and can accept Housing Choice Vouchers (paid for by the US HUD).

    3. Here is a list the "Affordable Housing" Units in Chicago -
    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/affordable_rentalhousingresourcelist.html . "Affordable Housing" is the term typically used for developments that have received money or other resources (i.e. relaxed zoning, permits) from the City of Chicago (NOT the US HUD). Google "Affordable Housing Ordinance Chicago" for more info.

    4. CAPS office probably has a list where HCV holders currently live - but I know the CHA produces similar maps periodically - the information is out there.

  • FR

    Though, a map of section 8 vs crime would be about as interesting as looking at a chart of ice cream consumption vs drowning deaths - uniformed people, or people with a preexisting bias to confirm, would see a pattern (ice cream causes drowning!) whereas more knowledgeable folks would know...

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    Though, a map of section 8 vs crime would be about as interesting as looking at a chart of ice cream consumption vs drowning deaths - uniformed people, or people with a preexisting bias to confirm, would see a pattern (ice cream causes drowning!) whereas more knowledgeable folks would know that people tend to eat more ice cream and swim more in the summer.

    HCV recipients tend to live in low-rent high-crime areas. This is because, the HCV subsidy, until very recently, was based on the average rent of the ENTIRE Chicago metro area - thus it was only cost effective for landlords to take HCVs in low-rent areas (which is correlated with high-crime areas). However, the HCV-eligible houses are usually the nicer houses/apartments in the area- they have to pass an inspection.

    This had an effect of creating/perpetuating ghettos - poor people in one area, rich in another. Based on your political affiliation, this is either a desirable or undesirable result.

    Recently, they have changed the HCV program so cities with wide varieties of neighborhoods that have wildly different market rents (like Chicago, NYC) can offer vouchers that reflect that reality. This is how those 4 HCV holders were able to live in a $3000 per month in the Loop, as opposed to having to live in Garfield Park at $600 a month.

    HCVs do not usually pay the entire rental amount - most of the time the HCV recipient has to pay part of the rent, based on their current income. Additionally, the program has a long wait time and stringent requirements - many landlords prefer HCV recipients because they are already vetted and have a lot more to lose by being a bad tenant, and payments are guaranteed.

    Thus HCV recipients who live in nice areas will almost certainly be extremely well behaved tenants - an HCV landlord will have 100s (no joke) of HCV applicants to their apartment if it is in a nice North Side area, thus will be able to select the best tenants.

Apr 26

Parking spots for rent !!!

Hello all , I’m new to the neighborhood and I’m having a hard time finding a parking spot at night after work . I’m near 4412 N St. Louis and montrose ...does anyone know of parking spots for rent around the area ??

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