18 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Van explosion at Lawrence and Pulaski

Did anyone see what happened? We drove by shortly after whatever happened happened. Van was in the middle of the street with huge flames rising from it, no other vehicle seemed to be involved and van didn’t appear to have hit anything. Hope that anyone who was in it made it out ok

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking to rent parking spots in near North Park University

Hi everyone!
My sister and I are new to the Albany Park neighborhood. We absolutely love living here. It's been the best place in Chicago I've lived thus far.

Currently, our neighborhood is overcrowded with cars on the street that I sometimes have to circle for over 30 minutes just to squeeze in somewhere. It's quite frustrating at the end of a very long day.

I was wondering if anyone in Albany Park might be renting their parking spot or...

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Hi everyone!
My sister and I are new to the Albany Park neighborhood. We absolutely love living here. It's been the best place in Chicago I've lived thus far.

Currently, our neighborhood is overcrowded with cars on the street that I sometimes have to circle for over 30 minutes just to squeeze in somewhere. It's quite frustrating at the end of a very long day.

I was wondering if anyone in Albany Park might be renting their parking spot or garage out. Both my sister and I would be looking for a spot. We currently live right by Ronan Park and North Park University. Anywhere close would be a Godsend.

I'm not very hopefully we'd be lucky enough to find something, but I thought I would put out the call.

Thank you all for your help!
Rachel

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

    Good luck! You may also want to check Nextdoor.com and Craigslist.org

3 days ago

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..

Nov 09

Updated 5 days ago

Cat Sitter Up Here?

Hi there...does anyone have any recommendations for a good pet/cat sitter in the Albany Park area?

  • Heather from Bow Wow Meow, or Marcia from Fur & Feathers. I found both through Yelp recently since I’ll be traveling for the holidays, and I love that they’re both in my neighborhood! Heather lives just down the street from me, actually! I feel like I found my local cat community, and that’s a good feeling. Marcia might have more availability than Heather... Or you could always check on Rover, they do cats too

  • Chicago Cowgrrrl proud Albany Park resident & Irving business owner

    We started using Greer at Mamabear Pet Care a few years ago when we had elderly cats that needed regular medications.
    https://www.facebook.com/mamabeargreer/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=618259609&pnref=lhc
    She was fantastic. Now that we have young cats, we've continued to use her because she's not only super knowledgeable and trustworthy, but she can relax when she's caring for our cats. She sends photos via text. She plays with the cats. She's a bit expensive if you have low maintenance cats, but if they need meds, she's your savior.

Nov 09

Updated 5 days ago

Piano Teacher

We are having a hard time finding a good piano teacher. Does anyone know a good teacher?

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Letters to Santa is back!

Once again, our Letters to Santa program is back for the 16th year running. We are down to less than 500 now, so if you would like to order any, please do so soon. You can send us an email with your order to directeffect@ameritech.net

You can see the program in action via our Facebook here.

https://www.facebook.com/directeffectcharity/

Thanks EB!

  • Please remember to include your mailing address in email. Thanks!

Nov 09

Updated 5 days ago

Loud "Boom" Last Night? Argyle and Central Park?

Did anyone hear a loud boom in the middle of night last night? I think it came from somewhere near Argyle and Central Park or perhaps further west. Thanks

  • ECM

    Also sorry to say very loud music from car in same general area early this AM. Please call police about this kind of thing also. Anyone else hear this? Both very unusual.

  • Ellen K. From the far NW side and now back.

    I heard a loud Boom but it wasn't a gunshot unless someone has a cannon. It startled me and then a lesser boom followed. It seemed like a car but I'd never heard that noise before.

    I live by Pulaski and Irving so I get traffic noise from all over.

5 days ago

Nov 03

Updated Nov 11

Sweetened Beverage Tax

Does anyone know why I'm still being charged the sweetened beverage tax?

  • The orange juice was bough from the refrigerated section but if doesn't show 100% juice. Next time I'll read the label more carefully because it looks like good orange juice but the small print says orange juice beverage with no artificial sweeteners less surgar.

  • Joint FB account, Mute...let's not rush things my dear. In due time.

Nov 10

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #LoganSquare #IrvingPark (Irving Park Rd. & Kimball) Female Mix.Tan Call 773-280-5324 Email Kim.123456789@yahoo.com to identify. This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/emails from the actual owner. Found 11/09/2017. Cook County. 60618. To see this pet’s location on the Helping Lost Pets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pID=2039623 More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2039623

    Lost Dogs Illinois
    This is an album of dogs that have been found by good Samaritans.
    https://www.facebook.com

Oct 17

Updated Nov 09

Refugee Donations

Anyone know of any services taking donations for refugees? I have some furniture and household items i'd like to donate. Any ideas?

  • amv Montrose & Kedzie

    I have a gently used full-size mattress I'd like to donate. It's still in very good condition, and it's been kept in a hypoallergenic zip-around mattress protector.

    Is it possible to have someone come pick it up? I don't have a vehicle or anyone to help me take it downstairs. I'd hate to throw it out since it still has a lot of use left.

    Thanks!

  • VPGirl New to AP

    Hi, I have some bedding that I can donate. Sheets and covers for a queen size bed

Nov 09

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATIONS & 1ST/2ND ADDITION ON (2) STORY W/ GARDEN FLOOR FRAME SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE, REPLACE EXISTING FRONT PORCH, AND NEW (2.5) CAR FRAME GARAGE PER PLANS

    4121 N. Bernard St. Issued November 7, 2017 Comment

Nov 09

Nov 02

Updated Nov 08

Windy City Playhouse

Two years ago someone posted about seeing a play at Windy City Playhouse. I checked them out and decided to buy a seasons pass. Every play I see there is better than the last. The prices are cheaper than down town at Goodman ( also had seasons pass there ), the seats are roomy & comfortable with a little table for your cocktail, there is free parking right outside. You can eat at Leader Bar or Pitchfork and walk over to the play. The acting is superb. The plays are all awesome. I just saw "Becky Shaw" tonite and loved it. if your into live plays at smaller venues check this place out. All around a great night out.

  • Been there once a while back, thoroughly enjoyed the experience & acting. I should go back soon again!

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    Chris Jones (Tribune theater critic) wrote that with "Becky Shaw" the theater looked to be hitting its stride as a neighborhood playhouse. He pointed out that some of their productions were pretty dreary in terms of subject matter. I was not enthusiastic about many of their early productions, but I look forward to the shows they have scheduled. My wife and I are eager to go and I'll be purchasing tickets.

Nov 07

Nov 07

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.

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 05

fly dumping

Has anyone seen a little silver four-door Subaru hatchback dumping trash, short white male dumping furniture and trash up and down the alley.Report to aldermans office. http://www.33rdward.org/

Nov 02

Updated Nov 05

Wooden Chairs stolen from front yard 4100 block of Mozart

Had some decent wood Adirondack chairs in the front yard for a couple of years - one day after Halloween they were stolen. These are heavy wooden chairs that would have required a vehicle to move. Who steals chairs?

  • smartypants Be Nice

    People stole our metal garden fencing (the tiny kind that you just stick into the ground.) Sad. I'm sorry this happened to you. We even had to drill our front planters into the concrete to keep them from being stolen. Don't give up. Just chain them down.

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Sorry to read this, Tom. Hope you are able to get new ones as well as a way to keep them secure.

Nov 05

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 04

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

Jun 02 2015

Updated Nov 02

Loaf of Bread Left on Steps?

About a month ago, I left for work in the morning and noticed that at night someone (or something) had placed a large chocolate chip cookie on the front doorstep of our home --it seemed placed (not thrown) because it was actually touching the door. The front gate was not locked, so figured it was either left by a wandering drunk vagrant who had decided to take rest on our doorstep during his nighttime travels, or perhaps had been placed...

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About a month ago, I left for work in the morning and noticed that at night someone (or something) had placed a large chocolate chip cookie on the front doorstep of our home --it seemed placed (not thrown) because it was actually touching the door. The front gate was not locked, so figured it was either left by a wandering drunk vagrant who had decided to take rest on our doorstep during his nighttime travels, or perhaps had been placed there by an animal (though that seemed unlikely, since no part of it had been eaten). Weirded me out enough that I took note of it, but other than that, pretty much forgot about it.

This morning I woke up to find a large loaf of unsliced bakery bread (a little smaller than a football) on our back porch steps. This really weirded me out, because our gate was locked this time, and our house is surrounded on all sides by a 6-foot fence. Was way too big to have been carried by a squirrel/cat, showed no signs of having been bitten, nibbled or clawed. Nor, given the way porch is situated, could it have been tossed there from street or alley. Which means, some time between midnight (when we got home and entered via the back) and 8:15 a.m. (when I noticed it), someone climbed our fence, placed this strange loaf of bread on our steps, and departed.

Obviously, that’s a little disconcerting. Tried googling, and found this reddit thread (http://www.reddit.com/r/needadvice/comments/2qm1kh/does_anyone_know_what_leaving_bread_by_someones/) by someone who had experienced a similar thing, but which provided no further explanation. Suppose next step is to install some hidden cameras, but was wondering if anyone in the neighborhood has experienced a similar thing or had ideas as to what this might be. Little freaked out right now, would appreciate any alternative explanations that don’t involve a person climbing our fence in the middle of the night to leave some weirdness on our steps.

  • I have seen a couple of times where all sorts of bread is by the parkway of a tree at 2 different locations. The bread is broken up loaves of bread. I don't know why someone would put a bunch of bread at the base of a tree. I cleaned it up so rats wouldn't come. Why is someone putting break or cupcakes outside for animals to get?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    I think it's a misguided, but well intended gesture at feeding squirrels, and birds. Ever see a rat and a squirrel fight over a piece of bread? Not pretty.

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

Oct 29

Updated Nov 01

Boiler - furnace repair?

Hi...looking for recommendations for boiler-furnace repair.

  • Be careful with 4 seasons, they always want to replace. Called somewhere else for second opinion and still working 5 years later after scare tactics.

  • I agree on four seasons told me my boiler was leaking gas had to replace. I called another company no leaks no need to replace. Hate being conned

Oct 31

Updated Nov 01

Halloween kids

What time should we expect kids for candy? It’s my first time home without my little guy.

  • In Avondale, had about 125 kids when I ran out of candy (I know because that's how many pieces I had to give out.) I didn't even get one piece! Darn! :-)

    1st kid came about 4:45 pm but then not any until around 5:20 pm. Then it was bunches every few minutes until about 7:15 pm.

  • My son and I were out from 530p-630p, with a group. I have enuff candy to last us thru Christmas now

Oct 31

Oct 26

Updated Oct 30

Dog Boarding

Any recommendations for someone on a strict budget? I live in the Irving Pk neighborhood. I have a place that is affordable but it's in Grayslake, but I'm looking for something closer to home.

  • Alpal30 Love Chicago

    Diamond Dogs on Montrose and Hamlin. Sue, the owner, is awesome. The dogs are never alone and get plenty of playtime.

  • Nancy new resident

    I’ve used Valerie’s pet service at Wellington and clybourn for 20 years, can’t say enough good things about them. Prices have always been competitive with other places in the city

Jun 28

Updated Oct 29

Lost Dog near Jensen Park

Please help, my dog Lilly and I are new to the area. She is a small 5 pound Shih Tzu, BLACK WITH WITH CHEST AND PAWS. EXTREMELY shy. She is afraid of loud noises like thunder and fire crackers and hates being on her back, so no belly rubs. We are lost without her. PLEASE ANY INFO WOYLD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

  • Lisa Central park block

    4455 n Spaulding ave. No bell. Call when you get here

    She had two children that we're dying to show me a giant sunflower and their garden in the back yard. The dog was not lilly, barked at me the whole time and would not cone near me.
    I adopted...

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    4455 n Spaulding ave. No bell. Call when you get here

    She had two children that we're dying to show me a giant sunflower and their garden in the back yard. The dog was not lilly, barked at me the whole time and would not cone near me.
    I adopted a pitbull, from a rescue on fb called lost & found dogs of northwest Chicago. Sandra Amador and Yasmine Garcia are the two women who united us. And also the women who posted the story about the pitbull, I saw it, said I can provide a home but when Lilly comes back and if they don't get along, I will have to rehome the pitbull.
    I still look for her every single day and listen for her bark. So please check ur facts. You are all terrible for claiming to know all the facts. You're all just starting horrible rumors.

  • future alderman future alderman

    so how come u haven't posted?-what are all the facts?

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

Oct 24

Updated Oct 27

Scariest Haunted House?

Neighbors, can anyone recommend a really good and scary haunted house in Chicago or Evanston?

  • Stairway to Insanity Haunted House!
    Friday, October 27th 7-10p
    Saturday, October 28th 7-10p

    Looking to feed your taste for the fearful this Halloween? Visit the Stairway to Insanity haunted house, on the second floor of the St. Viator Recreation Center located at 3644 N. Kedvale Avenue, Chicago (on the corner...

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    Stairway to Insanity Haunted House!
    Friday, October 27th 7-10p
    Saturday, October 28th 7-10p

    Looking to feed your taste for the fearful this Halloween? Visit the Stairway to Insanity haunted house, on the second floor of the St. Viator Recreation Center located at 3644 N. Kedvale Avenue, Chicago (on the corner of Kedvale & Waveland Avenues).

    The haunt that the Horror Tourers gives a 4 1/2 chainsaw rating and calls "a value haunt" with "good scares" that they "definitely would go back [to] and definitely recommend."
    https://youtu.be/kt3y_96D3QY

    As you ascend the stairs and falter through one of the most horrifying haunted house experiences within the city of Chicago, you will question your sanity and wish you had the power to unsee. Now in it’s 4th year, the Stairway to Insanity includes all new scares for 2017. Enter if you dare!

    Don’t trek to the suburbs for Halloween haunts. The St. Viator Parish campus is easily accessible by the Addison bus and CTA Blue Line. Plentiful parking also available in lot adjacent to the Rec Center.

    ** This haunted house is not intended for younger children. Mature audiences only. **

  • smartypants Be Nice

    Thank you all so much! We are ready to be scared!

Oct 26

Looking for parking

Looking for a parking spot to rent near Ainslie between Harding and Hamlin if anyone has any leads. Thanks

Oct 26

WGNTV Reception Problems

In the past few weeks, I've been having a lot of trouble picking up WGNTV channel 9.1 on my TV in my dining room. It's the only channel that I can't pick up on the antenna now. It's been fine up until about a week ago. It was really spotty yesterday, and today i have nothing. I have even tried re-scanning channels and still nothing. Is anyone else having any problems?

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In the past few weeks, I've been having a lot of trouble picking up WGNTV channel 9.1 on my TV in my dining room. It's the only channel that I can't pick up on the antenna now. It's been fine up until about a week ago. It was really spotty yesterday, and today i have nothing. I have even tried re-scanning channels and still nothing. Is anyone else having any problems?

I also have UVERSE in my livingroom, and of course that's fine but that's coming from a different feed, and I refuse to pay them for a second box, since normally, all the channels work fine.

Just wondering if anyone else is having any issues, or if something is going on with their broadcast.

Oct 25

Shots fired in alley, 3700 block of W. Byron

Anyone else hear this last night around 11:30pm? Police found 6 shell casings near the entrance of the alleyway.

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