5 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

single bed mattress needed for recently arrived refugee

In need of a (clean, new or gently used) twin bed mattress for a recently arrived Afghani refugee. Must be from a bedbug-free house. Would need to be delivered to the family in Rogers Park.

We are an all-volunteer community nonsectarian group helping recently arrived refugees. We meet on the 1st Sat of each month 10am-noon and on the 3rd Tues of each month 7pm-9pm at Tabor Lutheran Church (3542 W Sunnyside). We collect donations for the newly arrived families,...

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In need of a (clean, new or gently used) twin bed mattress for a recently arrived Afghani refugee. Must be from a bedbug-free house. Would need to be delivered to the family in Rogers Park.

We are an all-volunteer community nonsectarian group helping recently arrived refugees. We meet on the 1st Sat of each month 10am-noon and on the 3rd Tues of each month 7pm-9pm at Tabor Lutheran Church (3542 W Sunnyside). We collect donations for the newly arrived families, sort and organize them, and the families then "shop" for free from the donations. Join us on Sat June 3rd 10am-noon to help sort and organize or to drop off donations. Items needed include: computers (-5 years old), phones (-5 years old), microwaves, disposable diapers, child car seats (-6 years old), sewing machines, strollers, coffee tables, dishes, bikes, window AC units, flatscreen TVs, shampoo, soap, clothing, and other household items.

  • Chicago Cowgrrrl proud Albany Park resident & Irving business owner

    Hi SGC, there is a family who needs a full size mattress. Could you deliver it to them in Rogers Park?

  • SCG

    Hi Chicago Cowgrrrl
    Yes, I can deliver it to the family in Rogers Park this weekend. Can you give me the address and contact info? Do they need any sheets or bedding also? You can email me directly at larryshellygies@me.com

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

    Albany Park Chicago School Ratings and Reviews | Zillow
    Get the facts on Albany Park's best schools and find the right school for your child by reading reviews and checking past test scores.
    https://www.zillow.com
  • perhaps you are unfamiliar with the OP?

    this is a typical rat trap that usually ends up in a bunch of removed posts and thread closure.

    the OP does this on a daily basis.

  • Tomorrow, is another day, beezil is right here. I read the 3rd line and yes it is a question, but I immediately recognize the purpose ... a none too subtle means of initiating yet another gun control debate. If Bob sincerely wanted to talk about the schools in Albany Park, he should have posted links about the schools, not four links about the same mass shooting. Where are the Albany Park school links???

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Welles Park Dog Park?

Thinking Welles Park needs a dog park or signs can't let your dog off leash and someone to ticket. Every morning on baseball diamonds and today we have a party of 5 dogs off leash with owners chatting. Was hoping to cut through park but will go around.

  • I couldn't agree more Cubs. My dog is always on a leash and I deal with this at Winnemac park regularly. Dogs off leash approach my dog as I'm walking him and if they run up to us, he feels threatened. (His eyesight is not great anymore). I would much prefer there were a fence around the unofficial dog park that's formed there so we all can enjoy the park.

  • The police don't always coordinate with the Park District management. This problem has to be addressed with the park supervisor. If you don't know who that is, go to the Chicago Park District website and look it up or click on CONTACT US on the home page and leave your complaint there.

3 days ago

3 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Shooting at BP gas station at Montrose and Kedzie

I live directly behind the BP gas station (I can see it from my kitchen window). At 11:30pm I heard about eight gun shots and in less than five minutes there were cops everywhere. My cousin who lives at Montrose and Troy may have seen the shooters running down her block/fleeing the scene. If anyone has info about what happened please let me know!

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Please let’s stay on topic and be civil.

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Hey JimmyMac, this is unfortunately not the post to try and educate people on the differences between semiautomatic and automatic guns. If you know any information about the shooting from Thursday please do share!

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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?

5 days ago

6 days ago

May 15

Updated 6 days ago

    EDITORIAL: Three bills that would make Illinois safer from gun violence
    A sobering art installation went up at Daley Plaza last week that reminds us how foolishly easy it is for almost anyone to obtain powerful weapons. Built to resemble a bike-sharing station, where customers are free to grab a bike whenever they want, it holds a lineup of 10 replica AR-15 rifles.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • These young activists are indoctrinated political pawns of the anti-gun coalition. Their hearts are in the right place, but their heads are not. Their inflammatory rhetoric is laced with emotion rather than bolstered by rationality. Personal experience is not an argument. It is an emotional appeal. Mass shootings should be...

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    These young activists are indoctrinated political pawns of the anti-gun coalition. Their hearts are in the right place, but their heads are not. Their inflammatory rhetoric is laced with emotion rather than bolstered by rationality. Personal experience is not an argument. It is an emotional appeal. Mass shootings should be examined in terms of factual data, devoid of and emotional foundation of untenable false narratives. Anti-gun activists value their message more than they value truth. Their platform consists of egregious, disingenuous demagoguery rather than credible, logical arguments and evidence-based proposals to support their agenda. Anti-gun advocates often smear law-abiding gun owners with the gratuitous assertion that they have “blood on their hands” merely because they have an opposing point of view on gun control policy. Such an allegation is what it is … a duplicitous fabrication.

  • It is a known scientific fact that the young have underdeveloped brains. The prefrontal cortex is that part of the brain that puts the brakes on another part of the brain … the amygdala, the emotional response center. The prefrontal cortex is under developed until age 25. 14-18 year olds,...

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    It is a known scientific fact that the young have underdeveloped brains. The prefrontal cortex is that part of the brain that puts the brakes on another part of the brain … the amygdala, the emotional response center. The prefrontal cortex is under developed until age 25. 14-18 year olds, with underdeveloped brains, should not define gun policy. After years have past these youngsters by, they become in touch with their inner adult and they look back in time, it will be interesting to see how they will view what and who they were in their distant past.

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6 days ago

6 days ago

May 15

Water fountain shut off?

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Using Gompers Lagoon on the city’s Northwest Side as an example, Cooper said the small path around the water currently had three stand-alone water fountains around a paved, circular path about a quarter-mile long. Currently, one of those three fountains falls in the group of 500 that do not have a problem with lead in the water. As of this weekend, it was being flushed; the two other fountains were turned off—and by Monday, had been removed.

Records show some fountains at Gompers Park registered lead levels of 75 and 50 ppb at testing."

There's a lot of traffic through the park; why not let the water run continuously to avoid the contamination?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-park-district-continuously-flushing-water-fountains-to-keep-safe-lead-levels-20180514-story.html

    Park District could shut off half of outdoor drinking fountains amid lead concerns
    Thirsty? As the mercury climbs this summer, Chicagoans - including tens of thousands of kids enrolled in summer camps at city parks - will have hundreds fewer outdoor water fountains to rely on because lead testing once again has shown the city's tap water is tainted.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 11 2016

Updated May 14

Parkway tree inspection?

Last fall the tree in our neighbor's parkway came crashing down in our yard during a storm. When we looked at the remaining stump we saw that it was dead and rotten straight through. The city removed the debris, but did not assist with our claim as the neighbor had never reported a tree problem to the city.

We have a similar tree on our own parkway that we have concerns about. Based on how it looked last fall, it isn't dead but it isn't terribly healthy either. Does anyone know how to go about getting the city to do a "wellness check" on a tree?

  • PurpleHat Small biz owner in Albany Pk. Former Realtor.

    Thanks Scott, but you know that this post is two years old, right? (Also, the dead tree has been deemed "not dead enough" to come down and still stands out front.)

  • PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As...

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    PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As a Volunteer Openland's TreeKeeper, we are trained on diagnosing conditions of trees. Its suggested we look out for problem trees, and report to city same way residents do.

    From my experience, City of Chicago arborist usually have no qualms in cutting down the least bit questionable trees. In fact it seems they have a quota to fill, expecting to remove large numbers of trees every winter anyways. And with new machinery, it takes less work to remove than properly planting one. In past cost of removing a tree was an astounding $1200 bucks! Agreed to by union.

    Property owners pressure city to remove perfectly healthy trees. Or fully blame big parkway tree for damaging private sewer line. Unaware already damaged drainage pipe leaking water invites root growth. Regrowing back, requiring pipe to be rodded out again. Largest reason of drainage lines needing expensive replacement falls on houses original builders who cut corners by installing loose fitting clay pipes without any grout to keep from inevitable leaking.

    Any Arborist knows how healthiest looking trees can turn out to be the structurally weakest and most dangerous. Also true that newest growth ring produced by trees already hollowing out, is only thing keeping it standing. Just like pipe or cardboard tube is a strong hollow structure with OD of outer shell thick enough. So hollow or rotting tree suffers weakened health, newest growth rings will be much thinner. Peak time for failure by thin walled trunk, is month of July during summer drought. Suddenly dropping off on a bright sunny windless day. Ironically lower trunk shoots everyone likes pruning off, supply added girth to trunk. So best option for hollowing out tree, is to retain.

May 14

Lost dog near Cullom and Troy

My neighbor found this dog near Cullom and Troy Ave, sat night around 5pm. The dog doesn’t have a collar or tags, so she took it to the police station to be scanned for a micro chip and it didn’t have one. The dog seems super friendly and calm. Wanted to share in case any of you have ever seen this dog around or may know who it’s owner is. Thanks

May 10

Updated May 14

Portable Generator Repair?

I have a Ryobi invertor generator that needs repair, anyone have a recommendation that I could reach out to?

Apr 26

Updated May 12

Running buddies?

Hi, neighbors! Any one interested in starting a running group? I could use the motivation!

  • HI Amy! I waited at the park for 10 minutes but no one showed. I run and walk around the neighborhood everyday if you or anyone else is still interested!

  • Hey Tula - I'm late to this convo but would definitely be interested in joining next time! Tuesdays aren't the best for me but there are occasional weeks that I'm free. I'd love to start meeting people now that's it's nice out again!

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 11

From Schurz High School

291 schools across the nation have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough.

Throughout April, students mounted artistic protests in Chicago’s Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, (https://www.newberry.org/bughouse-square-debates) ground zero for America’s free speech movement. We hosted a Soapbox Poetry Speakout; hung 7,000 strips of orange fabric; posted 1,300 notes of hope, representing all the kids...

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291 schools across the nation have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough.

Throughout April, students mounted artistic protests in Chicago’s Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, (https://www.newberry.org/bughouse-square-debates) ground zero for America’s free speech movement. We hosted a Soapbox Poetry Speakout; hung 7,000 strips of orange fabric; posted 1,300 notes of hope, representing all the kids were killed last year, plus another 1300 for what's expected this year; and repeatedly chalked the 291 school names down the length of the sidewalk -- an entire city block. Neighbors stopped, tweeted, and high-fived. Some even cried.

It was rainbows and sunshine until a pro-gun group petitioned the park's elected advisory council to mount a counter installation on the fence. Rather than embrace still more free speech, the council voted to crush it. B.S. Bughouse got evicted. No joke. Since then, we've taken our show on the road, popping up at schools, parks, companies, and houses of worship. The response to the 291 Sidewalk Challenge has been tremendous.

So now, on top of moving the needle on gun violence, we also aim to return the park to the people.

https://www.change.org/p/schools-say-enough

    Bughouse Square Debates | Newberry
    At a time when political polarization is intensified by the extremes of digital discourse, the Bughouse Square Debates are a public forum where people can encounter new ideas and share their own-in person! The 2018 Bughouse Square Debates will take place Saturday, July 28 across from the Newberry in Washington Square Park.
    http://www.newberry.org

May 11

Two boys shot among 7 wounded in Thursday, Friday morning attacks

Two boys, 13 and 17, were shot in the legs Thursday night in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side, Chicago police said.

Five other people were wounded during separate shootings on the South and West sides between Thursday and early Friday morning, and sixth person shot himself in the knee while playing with a gun, police said.

The two boys were in the 4600 block of North Sheridan Road around 7:35 p.m. when two to three other males approached on foot and shot them in the legs, Chicago police said.

The 13-year-old was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital and the 17-year-old was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital. Both were in serious condition.

May 11

May 10

May 09

PARKING NEEDED

Hello,

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

May 07

Updated May 09

Shots on Grace between Albany and Troy at 11:54 PM on 06May2018

Whats it going to take for the neighborhood to take a stand and say enough is enough? These little gang bangers live in the 3600 and 3700 block of Troy and also on the 3800 block of Albany. The ones that live on these blocks are now trading shots on Grace between Albany and Troy with the idiots that claim Montrose and Whipple.

Whats it going to take for you to get involved?

  • wait, i'm sorry......not every post.

    I noticed you haven't touched any of the two dozen ATF agent shooting posts.

    It doesn't appear you care at all when a law enforcement officer gets shot by a recidivistic gang banger scumbag.....your silence on those posts is deafening.

  • beezil ... And the votes have been counted, Bob is loosing the "thumb wars"

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May 09

Updated May 09

A new cat in my house

A window was left open last night and a friendly young black cat has appeared. We're sure they have a family who's worried. Contact me ASAP to pick him/her up! 773-412-0437 We're near Diversey and Kedzie.

  • Well, he/she slipped out the back door (not raining now) and I can't manage to get them back in, so be on the lookout for the black cat with blue collar!

May 06

Updated May 08

    2 women shot outside Mount Sinai Hospital
    Two 35-year-old women have been shot during a drive-by outside Mount Sinai Hospital on Saturday night. It happened about 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of West Ogden Avenue. The assailants were inside a dark-colored car that pulled up and began firing - hitting both women in the lower body area, police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • I just wanted to say i like dad referring to jimmy as j-mac

    Good stuff dad!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    " I’m just trying to enlighten and speak the truth as I know it."

    But when other speak the truth as THEY know it your criticize them!

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May 07

Updated May 08

Scammer posing as People's Gas

Several of my neighbors have mentioned that a man has been asking to be buzzed into their condo buildings, posing as a People's Gas representative, but the company has no record of that service call. Has anyone else in Albany Park run into something like this?

  • I live at Wilson and St. Louis where People's Gas is installing new lines all over. They left a card on our door to get in touch. I called People's Gas main customer service number to verify, and it was legit. So I called the guy back who left the card, and he came over from the job site on Drake, with ID. Turns out they want to move our condo building meters from the basement to outside.

  • Peoples Gas Chicago's natural gas delivery company

    FR, you and your neighbors did the right thing by attempting to verify if it was us trying to gain access to your building. Our employees carry identification and you should always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing utility workers into your home. For our system modernization...

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    FR, you and your neighbors did the right thing by attempting to verify if it was us trying to gain access to your building. Our employees carry identification and you should always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing utility workers into your home. For our system modernization program, we send letters in advance of working in an area and, in many cases, our crews will knock on doors to schedule appointments.

    Please email me your address and contact information at mediarelations@peoplesgasdelivery.com, and we will check to see if your building is located in one of our areas scheduled for an upgrade. If it is, we will have the supervisor in the area contact you to schedule an appointment.

    Our website, peoplesgasdelivery.com, has information about the program and a map of our work areas.

May 08

May 06

Updated May 07

More image captures of the Avondale package thief

He is at it again. Hit several homes this week. Flyers have been posted around the neighborhood.

  • I'm sure you did already, but reported to police? They are probably already familiar with him?

  • Eileen Dimberg Like our neighborhood people are friendly.

    Thanks for warning

May 07

Updated May 07

Lost Cat

Our cat got out last night- Please reach out with any details or if you see him. His name is Byfuglien (Buff-Lin). 708 927 5884

May 05

Updated May 06

Garage burglaries reported in Albany Park

Police are warning residents about a string of garage burglaries in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest side.

In each burglary, the suspects entered the garages through the side door or the overhead door and took property, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The burglaries happened:

between 7 p.m. April 14 and 8 a.m. April 15 in the 4300 block of North Saint Louis;
about 6:30 a.m. April 19 in the 4200 block of North Avers;
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Police are warning residents about a string of garage burglaries in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest side.

In each burglary, the suspects entered the garages through the side door or the overhead door and took property, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The burglaries happened:

between 7 p.m. April 14 and 8 a.m. April 15 in the 4300 block of North Saint Louis;
about 6:30 a.m. April 19 in the 4200 block of North Avers;
about 6:45 a.m. April 19 in the 4300 block of North Springfield;
between 7:30 p.m. April 24 and 2 a.m. April 27 in the 4300 block of North Drake; and
about 3 p.m. April 30 in the 3700 block of West Wilson.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    Good pictorial suggestion at the end of your post as to how a home owner can protect their property. I never took you for a 2A guy!

  • Hey thanks for the heads up but are the first three addresses listed Albany Park? I don’t think so.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    How do I arrange several of these for my garage? Might be more cost effective than calling 1 800 got junk.

May 05

Updated May 06

Lost cat at Cullom and Spaulding

Calico cat named Marmie. Please call 773-368-2950 if found. See photo

May 05

Updated May 06

Shots fired at 3:30am

Heard 16 or so successive shots last night, maybe around Wellington and Francisco? I called, anyone else call? I saw cops cruising following the event, once with lights, a couple no lights, but nothing to make me think they figured out what happened. Any info?

  • Thank you guys for politicizing my post to have a platform for your unsolicited opinions about gun regulation.

    In the meantime, is there anybody who has info about this shooting that happened outside my window?

    Info appreciated.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    Maybe you can pick up some details here:

    https://crimeisdown.com/audio

    Select Zone 3 from the Radio Channel drop down and then set the time/date for the recording to start at the top of the hour before you called in. This is free for a single audio download, but well worth the low cost subscription if you want to use it to keep tabs on your neighborhood when you want to know more crime details after the fact.

    I'm not affiliated with the site, just a user.

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

    Contact your CAPS facilitator

May 02

Updated May 04

Girl, 4, shot while sitting on porch in Gresham

When will we stop these shootings?

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/girl-4-wounded-in-gresham-shooting/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-shootings-violence-20180501-story.html

A 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday evening in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. The girl was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where her condition stabilized, police said. She was later transferred to Stroger Hospital.

    Girl, 4, shot while sitting on porch in Gresham
    A 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday evening in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. She was sitting on a porch with her parents about 7:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 88th Street when a dark-colored car pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Know me as statute Informed Resident, it could be that some of us are as passionate about the subject matter as the original poster. Granted, such an emotionally charged topic polarizes participants in the heat of the discussion, civility can give way to insults and snide remarks that are almost a feature rather than an option, but do not contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion, What someone thinks of another does not define what an who that person is and essentially matters not.

  • Then it may be appropriate to read your own words, and I quote: " Granted, such an emotionally charged topic polarizes participants in the heat of the discussion, civility can give way to insults and snide remarks that are almost a feature rather than an option, but do not contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion..."

    Multiple posters fall into this quicksand; to "explain" with the words above does not ameliorate the back-and-forth insults and a personal need to prevail. Several people disagree, leave it at that, rather than endless haranguing.

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May 03

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