21 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 29 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

45 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REVISION TO EXISTING PERMIT #100707664. MODIFY BASEMENT CEILING HEIGHT AND OTHER DETAILS BASED ON ACTUAL FIELD CONDITIONS. ALL CONTRACTORS THE SAME AS PREVIOUS PERMIT..SELF CERT

    4028 N. Maplewood Ave. Issued November 14, 2017 Comment

2 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

2 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 4 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

Nov 08

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

Chambershines posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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

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

North Park Elementary School influence continues...

NPES and it's influence/connections were able to stop a thread from continuing on Everyblock..one of the few arenas left for bringing light to corruption.

Here is the original post:

Hello. And no this isn't a viral letter about us leaving Chicago.....yet.

So we are now in appeals court in our litigation against North Park Elementary School in the 47th Ward. This was all simply due to our refusal to sell our property (in Coonley boundary area) to the private school...

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NPES and it's influence/connections were able to stop a thread from continuing on Everyblock..one of the few arenas left for bringing light to corruption.

Here is the original post:

Hello. And no this isn't a viral letter about us leaving Chicago.....yet.

So we are now in appeals court in our litigation against North Park Elementary School in the 47th Ward. This was all simply due to our refusal to sell our property (in Coonley boundary area) to the private school so our kids could attend Coonley.

I am still dumbfounded by the justice system in light of the evidence as it continues to side with the influential/well connected in our liberal enclave.

Apparently emails/texts received in discovery such as those outlined below are not enough to show corruption/threats/RICO in our city's courts:

Board Member/Developer to NPES: "I’m going to push his (Chadha) buttons today. My statement to him will be that my customers feel his property is worth less now and may want to wait for city foreclosure and buy it as a side yard."

Principal to NPES Board Members: "Negotiations on 2035 w Montrose have completely halted….We could re-contact the Alderman’s Office and see if he can speed up the court date or put additional pressure on the owner. "

NPES Board Member meeting notes: "Chris feels we need to put this to rest before the owner has a better understanding of our role throughout the last 3-4 months…..I know the Alderman’s office will do anything possible to help us get that property…"

Board Member/Developer to me: "Good luck hope the city doesn't take it away. This was a sure thing"

Thanks for listening/caring,
Raminder S. Chadha

Here is the original thread before they delete it: https://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep15-the-chicago-way-update-chadha-v-npes-8289920/

    The Chicago Way update on Chadha v NPES
    Hello. And no this isn't a viral letter about us leaving Chicago.....yet. So we are now in appeals court in our litigation against North Park Elementary School in the 47th Ward. This was all simply due to our refusal to sell our property (in Coonley boundary area) to the private school so our kids could attend Coonley.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Oct 31

Updated Nov 01

Abaya

Where in Chicago can I buy abayas? I need something that isn't expensive ($30 or less) kindly please provide exact addresses if possible. My mom is traveling to Saudi Arabia and she needs a lot since she'll be staying there for a while

  • Here are a few places: corner of Lawrence and Harding Ave. Lawrence and keeler. Elston and Pulaski. You will see them displayed in the store front windows.

Nov 01

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    EXISTING 1 STORY W/BASEMENT & ATTIC MASONRY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE - INTERIOR DEMOLITION ONLY - NO STRUCTURAL PARTITIONS, FOUNDATION, ROOF OR EXTERIOR WORK. FULL REHAB PERMIT TO BE APPLIED FOR WITHIN 60 DAYS

    2501 W. Hutchinson St. Issued October 30, 2017 Comment

Oct 29

Updated Oct 30

Sounded like gunfire - west of Horner Park near Belle Plaine...

Anyone else hear what sounded like gun shots around 3:15 P.M. on Sunday? It stopped and started a few times within a minute's time...

  • Dgirl Animal Lover

    Yes I did, while walking my dog with a friend.

  • Philip Independent Business owner ,47th. ward since 1968

    It was fireworks near the middle of the park , I was there with my dog and he couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Looked like a celebration by a coach or parent after a ball game . No one there with a dog was very happy with this illegal display.

Oct 30

Oct 29

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 26

Red-Light Camera Ticket Refund

You may be entitled to a refund from the recent City of Chicago red-light camera settlement. Here is how you can check online to see if you qualify to receive a refund or have your violation debt forgiven.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/10/check-to-see-if-you-are-entitled-to-red.html

    Check to See if you are Entitled to a Red Light Camera Refund
    As many drivers in and around the City of Chicago know, red-light cameras have been installed on many of the intersections we navigate. Unfortunately, many of us know all too well of how they work as you may have received a violation notice in the mail sometime soon after seeing the flash of the camera as you went through an intersection.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Oct 25

Belligerent parent at drop-off

This morning, as I'm taking my daughter to drop her off, I am coming real slowly (crawling because I don't honk) into the intersection from alley by USPS. This North Park Elementary School parent starts honking at me, flicks me off and cuts me off. Her husband (most likely) and daughter are in the car so they can vouch for this. Naturally I stop to take a photo of this vehicle because it made no sense. This is how you exit onto Montrose from one's garage. But the kicker is my daughter is saying "What a cool car" the whole time...Thank you Tesla for making an awkward situation with my child ok.

Oct 25

Oct 18

Updated Oct 19

Leaking Window Repair Needed

Does anybody have a recommendation for a good GC or somebody who can repair/replace the framing around a window that is leaking? The window is on the rear part of our home, on what would have originally been the back stairwell that at some point was fully enclosed and extended the length of the home. I have no idea how old it is. The weird thing is that it has started to leak today, about three days after the rain...

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Does anybody have a recommendation for a good GC or somebody who can repair/replace the framing around a window that is leaking? The window is on the rear part of our home, on what would have originally been the back stairwell that at some point was fully enclosed and extended the length of the home. I have no idea how old it is. The weird thing is that it has started to leak today, about three days after the rain stopped. Water seems to be dripping out from between the wood laminate wall covering and the frame. Not sure if it is coming through from the roof or what. Any names would be greatly appreciated!

On a side note I contacted one large company but they actually required all those named on the mortgage to be present in order to just give me a quote. I think I am capable of making a decision without my wife being present, as I know she would be as well. Not interested in a hard sell. Just a hard worker!

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Just used these folks. Not sure of their work long-term, but they fixed a window that other window companies couldn't fix and/or couldn't replace -- or the replacement cost was $2,500.

    http://apexwindowwerks.com/

Oct 14

Potential Missing Dog on Cullom??

I saw a little white dog (little bit like a Maltese mix) without a collar at Cullom and Albany, I waited around to see if the owner was lurking somewhere but no. I tried to speak to him and approach him but he was a little timid. He walked on to Cullom & Kedzie and seemed to want to get into an apartment building where I let him in. It was 4257-59. When I walked back he wasn't in the common area, so hopefully he found his owner.

If no, I'd suggest going over to that building now.

Oct 10

Updated Oct 12

Aggressive energy salesman

A guy was triple ringing the doorbell last night around 7pm Monday). He asked to review my people’s gas and comed bills. I opened the door and pointed at the sign above the doorbell that clearly stated no soliciting. His response was “what does that mean?” I told him I wasn’t interested. Then he seemed to be acting as if he was offended. Then he took an incoming call and remained on the porch. I told him to leave and he did so slowly. As he exited, he left the gate open. I then instructed him to resecure the gate, and did so while giving me a hard look. Based on demeanor alone, I wouldn’t give his employer a chance.

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    House-frau, more people read the print paper than you think. **Remember, not everyone lives like you and not everyone likes what you like.**

  • I subscribe to the digital version of the Trib, but they deliver the Sunday paper. Easier to glance through the flyers and clip coupons.

Oct 12

Family Memberships as Tax Deductions

Looking for activities for your children in the fall and winter and also a possible tax deduction? Memberships to museums, zoos, and other 501(c)(3) organizations can be a great option. These can also be a great gift to other family members for the holidays.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/10/family-memberships-as-tax-deductions.html

    Family Memberships as Tax Deductions
    As the days get shorter and cooler, taking your kids outdoors might not always be an option. You may be in need of something to keep your kids active and entertained. Did you know that s ome or all of the costs of memberships to organizations that qualify as nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations such as the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Children's Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo can be tax deductible.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Oct 12

Oct 11

Walk sign not working Addison NE walkway from park to el station

The white “Walk” sign is not working on the light at the northbound entrance to the Kennedy. This is creating a dangerous crosswalk issue since both cars and people do not get that right of way to walk, almost 2 people wee hit yesterday.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 11

"Grant Support"

Hello,
My name is Mrs. Brender Daye. I’ve been a Kindergarten teacher at Bateman Elementary located at 4220 N. Richmond a Chicago Public School since 1995. I am a very passionate, loving, nurturing and positive person who continues to LOVE teaching this grade level. It gives me great joy to see how excited my Kinders are when they try hard and do their very best, they can become great readers and mathematician! The looks on their faces are PRICELESS!
I...

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Hello,
My name is Mrs. Brender Daye. I’ve been a Kindergarten teacher at Bateman Elementary located at 4220 N. Richmond a Chicago Public School since 1995. I am a very passionate, loving, nurturing and positive person who continues to LOVE teaching this grade level. It gives me great joy to see how excited my Kinders are when they try hard and do their very best, they can become great readers and mathematician! The looks on their faces are PRICELESS!
I have Exciting news from Kindergarten room 109… we’re ready to update our class with a new “Smart Board” (interactive whiteboard system)! This school year (and for years to come), I want to ensure that my students have what they need to succeed, so I've created a request on a 501(c)3 charity website called DonorsChoose.org.

I'm writing to ask for any donations possible for my students - no matter the size (seriously, every little bit counts).
If you can't donate anything now, no worries... just share this information with anyone who you know is passionate about education. Your donation will have a direct impact on at least 24 students this year and you'll hear back from our class about your impact!
Here’s my classroom request:
Go to this link https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=2743674# or go to Donors Choose.org - Mrs. Daye. “Technologically Savvy in Kindergarten”
Please don’t forget to spread the word if you know anyone who may want to show their support for public schools. Please share our classroom page and contribute if you can!
Thank you again!
Mrs. Daye
Kindergarten Teacher
Bateman Elementary School
4220 N. Richmond
Chicago, IL 60618
budaye@cps.edu

    DonorsChoose.org: Support a classroom. Build a future.
    DonorsChoose.org connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.
    https://www.donorschoose.org
  • How long will this be up?

  • Radhika I've lived in Albany Park since 2000.

    Come voice your opinion on safety in Albany Park, Irving Park, North Park, and Sauganash: Kedzie Center's Community Peace Event @ American Indian Center 3401 W. Ainslie. Today Wednesday October 11th, 3:30-5:30 pm. Refreshments, raffle, school supplies! Go to website Kedziecenter.org to complete the survey we will launch today. Translations available in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Gujarati, and Korean.

Oct 11

Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Seamstress

I'm looking for a seamstress that can handle the replacement of zippers on a soft piece of luggage.

The zippers are in a 'U' shape and require about 30" of zipper for each bag.

Let me know if you have a reference and contact info.

Thanks.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Storm Door Installation Recommendation?

I am looking for a storm door installation. Would like to hire a local business/handyman before resorting to Home Depot or Lowes (though I would also appreciate any recommendation for either of these as well). I am near Horner Park. Thank you

  • Suzy Thomas Realtor and founder of Realtors to the Rescue

    I recommend Theodore Lambiris. I'm sure he could do this. He is reliable and reasonable. 708-945-2019

Sep 29

Updated Oct 05

HELP! Comcast upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0--modem or line problem?

Neighbors, can you help me? Comcast says my cable modem is too old and needs to be upgraded to be able to work with DOCSIS 3.0. I bought four different brands of approved modems, but none of them can get past the Upload light. My old modem was working prior to my changing it starting Wednesday evening. I called Comcast twice and we tried the modems, including my old one, but it is the same problem--is stuck on the blinking...

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Neighbors, can you help me? Comcast says my cable modem is too old and needs to be upgraded to be able to work with DOCSIS 3.0. I bought four different brands of approved modems, but none of them can get past the Upload light. My old modem was working prior to my changing it starting Wednesday evening. I called Comcast twice and we tried the modems, including my old one, but it is the same problem--is stuck on the blinking Upload and unable to move to Internet Connection. I have a service call but it is a week away and I need to have access, as I do some work from home. Any suggestions? I have asked some friends but they have no idea either. Has anyone had problems when moving from DOCSIS 2.0 to 3.0? THANK YOU!

  • mike Return Chicagoan circa 1996

    Felicia- Service technicians have a different skill set versus call center operators and the technicians cost a lot more. Many service calls can be resolved with out the need to send out a technician. I agree that it's extremely frustrating when the operator is just reading from the script but...

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    Felicia- Service technicians have a different skill set versus call center operators and the technicians cost a lot more. Many service calls can be resolved with out the need to send out a technician. I agree that it's extremely frustrating when the operator is just reading from the script but it wouldn't be cost effective to pay a technician to sit and answer phones.

    I'm also a bit surprised that the changing the connector was all that was needed. While they can fail, it's not very common. Hopefully you didn't get charged for it.

  • No, no charge for this one.

Oct 04

Chambershines posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Oct 03

    Free cat, kitten adoptions all month at Chicago shelter
    Today's Top Stories WATCH NOW TOP VIDEOS The Chicago Animal Care and Control has so many animals that they're letting people adopt cats and kittens for free. The offer is good for the whole month of October. You do still have to fill out an application, and have it approved.
    http://abc7chicago.com

Sep 30

Want Garage to Rent Roscoe Village

Want garage to rent near Roscoe and Oakley
Call/Text 773-383-9550

Sep 30

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERT - ERECT A 2ND FLOOR ADDITION AND AN OPEN DECK ABOVE THE REAR 1-STORY FOR THE EXISTING 1-STORY SFR WITH ATTIC, BASEMENT AND REAR OPEN DECK AS PER PLANS. OWNER AS GC AND SELF-PERFORM., PLBG. AND VENT WORK.

    2537 W. Cullom Ave. Issued September 28, 2017 Comment

Sep 23

Updated Sep 26

Hit & run-old chevy SUV at Barry & Damen intersection

Last night around 9:10pm, I was traveling northbound on damen Ave. at the 4 way stop at Barry & damen, I proceeded to enter the intersection when it was my turn & I was hit by someone driving an old dingey white or light silver SUV with a darker front bumper. They were traveling wesbound. I don't know if they ever stopped for the stop sign. I saw them enter the intersection, coming right at me as I was midway...

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Last night around 9:10pm, I was traveling northbound on damen Ave. at the 4 way stop at Barry & damen, I proceeded to enter the intersection when it was my turn & I was hit by someone driving an old dingey white or light silver SUV with a darker front bumper. They were traveling wesbound. I don't know if they ever stopped for the stop sign. I saw them enter the intersection, coming right at me as I was midway through the intersection. We briefly made eye contact & there was no indication in that moment they cared about what was about to happen. My car became undriveable & I thought I saw this car pull over on the northbound side of Barry once they made it through the intersection but if they did, they quickly drove off. If anyone has any security cameras in that area or knows of any that could have captured this incident please advise. It's a busy intersection right, with Hamlin park being on the corner south/west corner. No one stoped to help. There were a group of kids that quickly dispersed after witnessing the accident & SUV speed off but they were unable to see the plates. They were confident it was a Chevy, possibly a suburban & that the driver was a woman with tattoos.

Thanks for any and all of your help,

  • Eric from 60618 Lifelong NW sider, business owner and deplorable.

    Real good advice there, Eye... just get your car fixed (which they know to do anyway), and then just let the sh-t head go and be thankful. You forgot a #5... bend over and take it in the a-s..

  • jbs city dweller

    thanks for all of the replies. the situation really, really stinks. if you're honest, you're held accountable, but if you're a crook, you just get away with it. so, so disheartening. well, I've done what I can about the situation. now on with life. have a safe, great day all!

Aug 01

Updated Sep 25

2 Found Conure Birds

Found on 7/21/17
They were together in Chicago, IL. 60618. Contact me with proof of ownership. Thank you.

  • DianeW just nosey

    I'm not sure how to post a pic of it but it's a maroon tail feather

  • Hello, Pidgey is still missing but suspect that someone has her, due to the fact that there hasent been one sighting or call since she went missing.
    I have seen some Conures went missing in Chicago recently.
    No one has called for the two Conures I found either.

Sep 25

Francisco and belle plaine police activity

Anyone know what's going on on Francisco just north of belle plain. Lots of fire trucks, ambulances and a police car. No smoke explosions that I know of

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