Jan 27

Updated 8 hours ago

Building management

Hey neighbors, wondering who uses a building management company (we are less than ten units in our condo building) and if you recommend their services? Do they save you time and or money? Also, does anyone know of a service company that can do a once or twice a year building punchlist - walking the building to make sure things like emergency lights aren't burned out, fire extinguishers are current, etc?

  • We switched to good steward building management and they’re amazing. Wish we had done it sooner.

  • Hi, my name is Brian with Superior Property Management. Our company has specialized in the management of small condominium associations since 1985. Our website address is: www.superiorcandm.com which contains information on the services we provide. Please send me an email at: bksupcm@gmail.com with your property address and how many apts your association has, so we can prepare a management proposal for your association that your owners can review. Hope to hear back from you soon !!

3 days ago

Position Opening at Irving Park Community Food Pantry

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Client Resources Coordinator. The CRC provides Pantry clients with direct assistance to help clients access needed benefits and services. The CRC also manages the Pantry's Web SNAP program and monthly home-bound deliveries.

A background in social services and/or food pantries or hunger relief efforts is necessary. Spanish speaking required. This is a part time position.

Please email cover letter and resume to info@irvingparkfoodpantry.org

    Irving Park Community Food Pantry. Chicago, IL
    http://irvingparkfoodpantry.org

Feb 11

Updated 3 days ago

Saving Parking Spaces

Yesterday I saw pretty many spaces saved on several blocks. The snow wasn't that bad that you had a lot of shoveling to pull a car out. This really needs to be addressed. I personally think it's really ignorant thing to do.

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are...

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    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are typically vacant during the day which is when area businesses need them the most. I'm sure many on this thread will admit they reduce or eliminate non-essential driving when parking becomes limited. So that single selfish act of saving a spot multiplied by thousands of others can equal real economic pain for area businesses. So you had to expel a little effort to dig your car out caused by an act of nature. Get over it. Just like homeownership, car ownership has responsibilities too. You want to own and use a car? Shovel it out. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Stop acting entitled. Continued on next post…

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who...

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    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who say that saving spots is no big deal, there are worse problems in the world. Yes, sadly there are. There are no words for the violence and mayhem that occurs in this City and elsewhere on a regular basis. That doesn't justify un-neighborly behavior. What a great message for our children. "It's OK little Johnny to lay claim to City property for upwards of a couple weeks a year by using an implied threat of violence and/or vandalism, there are worse problems in the world." By such logic I guess shoplifting should be tolerated because car-jacking is worse. Where does it end?? It doesn't. Removed entitlement turns into real violence, vandalism, or even a mother who was so pissed off that she shoveled snow onto a car that took her space. As we've hopefully learned, it might not have even been that person's fault. Maybe her dibs holder had been removed by someone else hours ago.

    Ultimately, we're never going to agree on this topic. So might I make a neutral suggestion instead. On the next material snowfall, everyone who is of able-body goes out and shovels a spot on the street that is not their own. Preferably for someone who really needs the help. Maybe we help create a new better tradition whereby a red ribbon on a stick means that neighbor needs help getting their car out. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and encourage others. Small acts of kindness. Less acts of selfishness. Diminished acts of violence and retaliation.

4 days ago

California Park Advisory Council Kickoff to Spring

https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/feb21-california-park-advisory-council-kickoff-spring-event-8506391/

Come out and meet neighbors. See the work that has begun along the river in California Park. This is the first time in decades that we can see the river bank unobstructed!
Feb 21st at Trigger on Addison near California. 6P. 10 dollar suggested donation. You can get tickets ahead of time or pay cash at the door. Pizza and Soft drinks will be served.

    California Park Advisory Council Kickoff to Spring Event
    Please join the newly formed California Park Advisory Council at their first fundraiser event. Meet neighbors, share your ideas for our park and learn about the new 312 Bike trail. Construction has already begun along the riverbank and portions of the fence have come down opening us up to the river for the first time in decades!
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Put down the shovel, your heart may thank you for it says Chicago cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen

The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart...

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The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.

Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease. If you must shovel, check out these tips from for safe, heart healthy shoveling.

• Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe for you to shovel
• Wait to shovel at least 30 minutes after waking up
• Warm up muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
• Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling
• Only shovel fresh, powdery snow
• Push snow instead of lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel and lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Work slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
• Dress in layers and make sure your head, neck and mouth are covered
• Watch for signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness or burning in chest/neck/arms/back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.

  • Thank you for this. I have heart disease, and had double bypass surgery. Dr. Cohen is my cardiologist. He is a great man who saved my life. Please be careful shoveling snow.

  • fwiw, a Feldenkrais practitioner we know enjoys and recommends Petra Kolber's "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS" for low-impact aerobic conditioning (search "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS DVD Petra Kolber" ).

    Jose, many post-bypass people don't recover their confidence, which can impede their fullest possible recovery. Sounds like Dr Cohen offers prudent guidance and influences his patients towards a positive outcome and quality of life post surgery. If I ever need a cardiologist, he's certainly one I'd consult with.

Feb 06

Parking spaces for rent?

Wondering if anyone has any parking spaces for rent near Mozart and Berteau. Parking can sometime be difficult and I get home late and a parking space would be a huge help to my daily struggles for parking. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jan 10

Updated Feb 04

Litterbugs!

I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to...

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I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to do better, how can we expect better from them? Just bothers me because I pick up trash in front of my house and neighbors, shovel snow, etc, and don't feel that anyone realizes they are in a 'neighborhood' any longer. When did this blatant disregard for others start?

  • Cleaning after others? Endlessly enabling other people's indolence in multiple equally dysfunctional iterations? Modern sysiphus. Greek mythology does not get old over here. Does it?

  • It's not just up to a few to take care of where they live. Yes I notice when I walk around there are blocks with less trash and no broken sidewalks and no pot holes. Then there are other blocks where there is trash, potholes, broken sidewalks. Why is that?

Feb 01

Updated Feb 03

Vigil With Memorial Candles by DePaul Prep on California

Hello Everyone. I saw some teens with Candles making a Memorial in front of DePaul Prep on California Near Addison last night. I searched all over but could not find any news. So I decided to sign up on here to ask. I was wondering if it was a shooting or maybe a car accident? Thanks for any information.

  • There was a crash with shots fired. Two young men died on 2/1/2016. You can google it. Probably an anniversary vigal.

  • Hello Dave. Thank you very much for your response. That's so very sad.

Jan 30

Updated Feb 02

Sewer cleanout in the front of the house?

Hi, has anyone here recently had a sewer cleanout installed in the front yard recently? If so, which company you used, how much it cost and would you recommend them? Trying to defeat roots in the line and with a clean out, it will give better access than Rodding from backyard catch basin. Thanks in advance. The tree was cut down last year but it will be a while before roots die off.

Jan 28

Updated Feb 01

Drone flying over my house and yard yesterday.

I was quite mad as if this drone lingered while I was in my yard. What are the laws about drones flying over private property and if they have a camera invading your privacy of your home? Luckily it didn't crash into the tree in my yard.

  • This happened on Sunday afternoon. The drone was white. It flew over my house and over my yard from the East and continued to the west. Aren't there some rules about going over private property?

  • Next time call the police right away, all drones are camera equipped and anyone can own one, although it can be something as innocent as a neighbor having fun with a new toy, it can also be a peeping Tom or a thief casing your house, just never know. If it makes you feel watched or uncomfortable call it. If it's lingering or hovering too low into your yard, the chances of being watched increase. A good slink shot will do the trick.

Jan 29

Looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside & Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply here or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

Jan 27

Updated Jan 29

Residential Parking

Hello, neighbors! My block (4700 N Lawndale) does not have permit parking but many of the surrounding blocks do. Does anyone know if I can purchase permit parking stickers from the city clerk even if my block isn't permit parking? Many times I pass dozens of open permit parking spots as I drive around for an eternity trying to find a free spot.
If I cannot purchase them, would any of my friendly neighbors be willing to sell me some??
Thanks! :)

  • Cheryl, agreed. It is about people in a neighborhood (zone) being allowed to park in their neighborhood, not a particular street. In Lincoln Park, a zone covers several streets. Lucy is definitely missing the whole point. Also, the fact that her street is zoned is probably forcing more parkers onto Tula's street. Everyone should look at the big picture.

  • Thank you all! I contacted the alderman's office and they told me to first go to the city clerk to get the process started. I appreciate all the supportive neighbors out there! :)

Jan 29

Looking to rent parking space near Sunnyside and Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

Jan 19

Updated Jan 28

Bad Gas

So apparently I've put "bad contaminated" gas in my car TWICE now...not returning to the same station as the first time...does anyone else experience this in our area?!

What stations do you trust...!? HELP!

  • I find that the former Citgo, now Marathon on Pulaski, just south of Belmont always has low prices.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    New Clark Station at Long and Diversey has regular for $2.69per gal.All new owners too.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 23

  • Sorry to distract you all from this fun little tangent (lol), but I thought you would like to know the police found grandma's car.

  • Kodi&chloe

    Please explain Phil. Are you saying that if i witness a tragic / fatal car accident, or shooting, or suicide I will become a vegan or atheist? How does that occur?

Feb 08 2017

Updated Jan 19

Screaming guy by Irving and Pulaski

I know this will seem a bit... nuts.

Frequently, I hear some guy screaming nonsense in the middle of the day right near this intersection. I've SEEN him doing it a couple times too. Screaming at nobody. Perhaps has a medical condition. Either way, has anyone else seen him? I really wonder if he screams inside his apartment building which is near me as well.

  • I’ve seen the screaming guy often near the Irving Park Blue line station several times. The guy I’m talking about is unmistakable...not distracting only in certain locations. He is clearly mentally ill and screams at the top of his lungs; I can hear him from a few blocks away. He is saying something but I have no idea what. He is so loud that I always think that he must have a sore throat from the screaming.

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

    yeah, every day around 4:30 he walks north on Pulaski from the Blue Line screaming. Once I saw him ON the el platform at 7:30am screaming at the cars...and I swear he was telling them to have a nice day! LOL He got on neither el when I was there.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 13

Drivers Chucking Objects At Your Car After You Honk At Them For Safety Reasons

Has anyone else experienced this? Ever since I moved here from Detroit, I started experiencing this...me honking at a person, because they are about to hit me, and them instantly getting pissed, when it's very obvious I was not in the wrong and just saying , "hey I'm here I don't think you see me! Ive had multiple people do this, almost get out of their car, one did once, screamed at me and threaten to beat me up...the last...

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Has anyone else experienced this? Ever since I moved here from Detroit, I started experiencing this...me honking at a person, because they are about to hit me, and them instantly getting pissed, when it's very obvious I was not in the wrong and just saying , "hey I'm here I don't think you see me! Ive had multiple people do this, almost get out of their car, one did once, screamed at me and threaten to beat me up...the last two people have just gotten in front of me anyways, then slowed down or pulled over...opened their window up and throw some hard object at my car.

It is very dumb, dangerous, and traumatizing.

I can't help but wonder ever what the other person is thinking.... especially since they usually have another person in the car watching them throw a temper tantrum baicslly...when they were in the wrong...

  • Eric Pepeson NW-side deplorable, based-stickman, commie-crusher

    I remember the good ole days when road rage on the northwest side was fun for the whole family. Not anymore, mooks and neighborhood cretin will just pull a gun out and shoot at you. Back in the day, hand gestures and well thought out expletives would suffice, now not so much.

  • LarryB Dog owner / wine sipper

    I'm hep to those vibrations daddy-o.....evil is as evil does..

Jan 12

Updated Jan 12

ER vehicles on 4300 N St. Louis

I saw a number of emergency vehicles on the 4300 N block of St Louis this evening. How that everyone is safe!

Jan 12

Updated Jan 12

Helicopters Over St. Louis and Cullom

Fire at 4251 n. St. Louis

  • LadyHawk justdointheright35thward

    Scanner just now instructions to a unit to call the Arson Unit ASAP.

Jan 11

affordable snow removal service/person?

hello neighbors!
We are a new business at the corner of Avondale and Pulaski and we are looking for a more affordable option for our snow removal. We're interested in a professional service for heavier snow falls (over one inch) and/or a local person who could just (perhaps with a snowblower?) take care of our sidewalks during light snowfalls. We've gotten lucky so far this year but there is still (purportedly) a lot of winter days left!

Thanks!
Sonya Seifert
Bluebird Wellness
www.bluebirdwell.com

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    Bluebird practitioners offer acupuncture, herbal therapy, and nutritional counseling. We provide private and sliding-scale community acupuncture treatments, in English and Spanish, to help make our treatments affordable and accessible. All of our services are by appointment only. Call, email, or click on the button below to set up an appointment.
    http://www.bluebirdwell.com

Dec 29

Updated Jan 04

Appealing Property Taxes

I wondering if anyone has appealed their property taxes on they're own. I'm currently using a lawyer for the process. I understand that the value of my house is determined by the "Fair Market Value" but who / how is that determined? When comparing my place to similar on my block - lot size, two flat, some brick ( mine is frame) they are all valued less and paying less taxes. And they are claiming the Homeowners Exemption also or none at all. How would I go about getting the value of my place corrected?

  • Of course, you should only appeal if your assessed value goes up.

  • Elizabeth, can you explain inactive user's advise was deserving of a thumbs down?

Dec 14

Updated Jan 04

Please clear snow and ice from sidewalks.

Most sidewalks were full of ice this week. If there is a melt of snow one day and you see the temperatures will drop over night the sidewalks will have ice. When I try to walk on these sidewalks and try not to fall I think of the people that live in these homes that didn't bother to clear their sidewalks. Think of your neighbors, the kids on their way to school and the delivery people. It only takes a few minutes to clear your sidewalk. There are many bad sidewalks with cracks and dug up in the neighborhood. So add ice and snow and it makes it that much worse.

  • michelle, loving the yaktrax! it's nice to not just walk in boots when the weather warms up (haha) to double digits. thanks again for the recommendation!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I am a landlord , I shovel stairs,sidewalks and salt . Many homeowners don't. Many city sidewalks also are in need of repairs so who gets the ticket the city.

Dec 21

Person Shot

26 year old male shot in the 4600 block of Central Park. One to the stomach. Says he was just walking down the street and someone shot him. Happened just before 8PM 12/21

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