26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Question about the carjackings

It seems that we have tens of carjackings every week. Got me thinking. What is this doing to the car insurance costs in Chicago? And can the victims whose cars get totalled sue the thieves direct or does the insurance sue the thieves?

  • Barbs hey you kids, get off my lawn!

    @west town dude is right. The States Attorney, Kim Foxx, is now treating carjackings as a non-violent offense. So these "kids" bond out, and are free to do it again and again, and they know it.

  • I just want to say, three or four "kids" coming up to your car with at least one showing a gun, does not exactly seem like a "non-violent" offense to me. I thought it would be armed robbery, which is pretty serious.

    A person facing that situation is literally "in...

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    I just want to say, three or four "kids" coming up to your car with at least one showing a gun, does not exactly seem like a "non-violent" offense to me. I thought it would be armed robbery, which is pretty serious.

    A person facing that situation is literally "in fear of their life," or at least I would be. I cannot imagine the fear of that moment. Some of the people carjacked said they were told to lie face down on the ground. One guy said he was sure he was going to die right then.

    And these are not "kids." Kids are 12 or 13 years old and typically aren't able to punch you out. These "kids" could do serious bodily harm just with their fists. I am sure they are quite menacing.

    More and more reasons to move way far away.....

13 hours ago

Nov 09

Updated 26 hours ago

Spree of muggings early evening November 8th in Buena Park

CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to...

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CHICAGO - Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night.
The first robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. near West Buena and North Clarendon avenues. The victim said four males attacked him and ran east, toward Marine Drive.
Right after that, another man was reportedly beaten up and robbed in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place.
Minutes later, the group reportedly beat a 50-year-old man to the ground, but he was not robbed. The attackers ran north on Clarendon. The victim was treated at a hospital.
There is surveillance video of one of the violent attacks. The robbers appear to be between 15-18 years old.
I have been in contact with the investigating officers of these incidents.
As I have recording cameras surrounding my estate on Hutchinson and Clarendon,
I will check to see if there is anything that can be helpful to police. I have reported this information to the police.

  • Mute Mute Me

    " I'm not sure why this keeps happening"

    what has changed that would stop it from happening?

    "My friend and his pregnant wife have a condo in that exact area, and I do worry about their safety"

    im not sure if a pregnant woman would be seen as an easy target or just the opposite since if caught there are added charges.

    why would anyone want to raise children in that area? Hopefully they dont plan to stay long!

  • DEAR ALL:
    Concerning the rampage of muggings November 8th, I received a call last night from the lead detective: one of the 4 criminals is in custody. The CPD is now interviewing the suspect to turn in the other 3 which I am confident he will in exchange for reduced charges. So this good news to enhance safety for our neighborhood.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING MY FRIENDS !!

29 hours ago

    Rock Engravings of Dogs on Leashes Show Pre-Neolithic Good Boys
    A new study of prehistoric rock art reveals how hunters in the Arabian Peninsula pursued prey with dogs over 8,000 years ago - and even controlled their packs with leashes. The engravings represent the earliest evidence for dogs on the Arabian Peninsula and might even stand as the earliest depictions of canines yet, as Science first reported.
    https://hyperallergic.com

36 hours ago

jrozwado posted 1 photo to Flickr:

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

How to get a referendum started?

Would anyone know where to go to get a referendum on the ballot? would it be the City or County? and is there a cost?
Thanks.
I'm going to start a 5 strikes & out petition.

  • do you think the judges & chief judge know about this law? I keep seeing a rotating door with the same criminals released. Maybe (we) should send the Chief Judge a copy of the law to remind him?

  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I think they and the States’ Attorneys and defense attorneys all know about it.

    Again, I haven’t researched it. But I doubt anyone has even qualified for those 3 strikes. Meaning nobody has had two prior, separate convictions for the heinous felonies listed and folllowed it up with another such...

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    I think they and the States’ Attorneys and defense attorneys all know about it.

    Again, I haven’t researched it. But I doubt anyone has even qualified for those 3 strikes. Meaning nobody has had two prior, separate convictions for the heinous felonies listed and folllowed it up with another such conviction. I’d assume any of the felonies would have resulted in perhaps a 25-year sentence. Two of those would be 50 years. Assuming the person was 18 at the first conviction, and there were only 2 years between the first release and the second conviction. That’d leave you with a 70-year-old needing to commit another heinous crime.

    It needs to be a broader list of what felonies count as “strikes.” And a system that doesn’t use those strikes to pressure perps into pleading to lesser crimes to avoid a strike.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Local Movers needed

Need a mover to pick up a lg couch in north center and move it to wrigleyville

3 days ago

3 days ago

  • Wobbles For Focus!

    Mrs. Barraza Perez is asking for $417.36:
    My students need to move while they learn. Research shows that movement helps children to focus better, so we are asking for 4 more wobble chairs for our classroom.
    Inter-American Magnet School Comment

Nov 15

Updated 4 days ago

BOOKS

Does any organization or individual take books as a donation anymore? or should they just be thrown in the recycle bin for garbage collection?

  • Mute Mute Me

    "Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books"

    Typical. Has no idea what books the op has but calls them trash,worthless and heavy! How teacherly.

  • maybe you wouldn't have so much on your plate if you weren't a jerk to those trying to help you. simmer down, lesko

5 days ago

5 days ago

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    Mr. Gutierrez is asking for $622.26:
    My students need an air purifier to help reduce impurities in the classroom air and help regulate comfortable temperatures.
    Horace Greeley Elementary School Comment
  • The Great Smell of Success!

    Mr. Gutierrez is asking for $163.29:
    My students need essential oils and an oil diffuser to help keep calm and focused in the classroom.
    Horace Greeley Elementary School Comment

6 days ago

Nov 17

Nov 17

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

Nov 16

Hazel + Junior?

I came home about 30 minutes ago (8:30PM) and couldn’t get through the intersection because of several squad cars blocking Junior. They didn’t have their lights on, but there were officers walking around, seemingly looking for something. Anyone know what’s going on?

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

Chicago installs its 60th construction crane of 2017

...They include The Hayden West Loop condos, the Lakeview apartment complex and food hall at 3833 N. Broadway, and a River North condo project known as The Bentham...

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...things—at the site of River North’s Renelle on the River condominium development at 403 N. Wabash...

    Chicago installs its 60th construction crane of 2017
    With the foot of downtown Chicago's high-rise boom still firmly planted on the gas, the Windy City reached a notable milestone today with the installation of its 60th construction crane of the year.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

  • I wonder if Chicago has extensive foreign real estate investment. So many communities have seen their rental costs escalate sharply because of it.

  • Good point.

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

Ravenswood and Irving Park

Hi all, the police and fire department just shut down Ravenswood north of Irving Park Rd (9:15pm Tuesday 11/14) anyone know why?

  • There was a fire in the uniform company in the 4100 block of Ravenswood.

  • I left 4043 Ravenswood at around 10 and saw four ambulances, two fire trucks, and the police car blocking Ravenswood at Irving. Its odd that something calling for that kind of response wasn't covered in the media.

Nov 16

Nov 05

Updated Nov 15

COYOTE

Holy Sh*t, I'm standing last night on my porch around 10:45pm having my drinks before heading downtown to Gibson's, and this huge animal which I later learn to be a coyote, zipped at 100mph past my house east on Hutchinson.
Unreal.

  • My sister saw that dude by the PNC bank a few months back. Got a good picture of him.

  • A picture of Yves? Or the coyote?

Nov 15

Nov 14

snow shoveler near Broadway and Wellington?

I'm looking for someone I can pay to shovel our front sidewalk this winter right around Broadway and Wellington. Anyone know anyone?

Nov 14

    The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll is December 1, 2017
    It's that time of year again! The Southport Holiday Stroll will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM this year from Belmont to Irving Park Road. More information can be found here from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com

Jun 14 2012

Updated Nov 14

Looking for mechanic for Prius near Lakeview

Does anyone know an honest and reasonable mechanic who works on Toyota Prius? I saw a Yelp listing for Motocare on Western but I don't know anything about them.

  • I've had really good luck with Nal's Auto Repair on Irving Park @ Ravenswood. Check out some reviews:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/nals-chicago

  • Jeff Avondale resident, avid cyclist

    Green Wheels Automotive Services,
    1540 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    Auto dealership & mechanic specializing in electric cars & environmentally-oriented vehicles with good reviews

Nov 14

Nov 14

Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely

The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway.

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The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway.

    Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely
    The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway. We spent many a windy winter's afternoon standing on that corner waiting for the #80 Irving Park bus to provide us with shelter, safety, and transportation.
    https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org

Nov 13

Lunchbreak: Mashed sweet potatoes and cornbread

3555 N. Broadway

    Lunchbreak: Mashed sweet potatoes and cornbread
    Chef Mitch Liebovich Wrigley BBQ 3555 N. Broadway Chicago (773) 472-1227 wrigleybbq.com Mashed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 6 sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into quarters) 2 cups of heavy cream 1 stick of butter 1 cup of brown sugar 2 teaspoons of salt pinch of black pepper
    http://wgntv.com

Nov 13

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

LOST DOG

A friend lost his dog Armitage LaPorte
Lukey, 5 year old male Shih Tzu
No collar, No chip
If you’ve seen him please
Call Ritilio 773 681-6597
If you call his name, he’ll come to you.
His family really misses him.
Thank you

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Be careful out there today - streets and sidewalks glaze ice

I just returned from being out. I was east of Ashland Ave. at about Fullerton. The side streets and sidewalks are glaze ice. Cars are fishtailing and skidding trying to stop. I tried to stop at one intersection and forget it --- my car just kept going and stopped about the middle of the intersection. It was that way all the way until Western, where it's not so bad, but is still wet and looks icy in places.

Bicyclists are having a very hard time of it. They skid if they try to slow down or stop, and then when they put their foot down they slip.

So far the main streets are just slushy and are safer.

  • catlady for the love of cats, lets get along!

    oh man, thanks for the heads up Beeb! I am one who hates driving in the snow, yes i've lived here all my life but i still cannot do it lol. I shall be driving super slow this evening. Stay safe!

  • Buses were stuck on broadway.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    If you're in need of snow and ice removal or preventive maintenance call
    312 885 1719
    Reasonably priced
    Quality assurance contracting services llc

Nov 12

Nov 08

Updated Nov 11

Package Theft

After having a package stolen from our porch, I am now using anAmazon pick up locker.There are locations all over mine is in a 24 hr. 7-11. It’s free, they email you when it’s coming and send you a barcode to open the locker. No hassle Great service to use especially during the holiday shopping season. Boz

  • angelranger 47 year Northside resident

    Thanks Mousie! great suggestion.
    UPS left a package last night for my upstairs neighbor...
    in the back yard! Good thing it didn't rain.

  • Good to know. Walking through the neighborhood a couple of days ago I saw packages on porches and on stoops all over the place. Several large packages were just leaned up against apartment building doors right on the sidewalk of a busy street. I'm amazed anyone gets anything they order!

Nov 10

2 men sought in Lakeview armed robberies, one reportedly witnessed by preschoolers

Two men, matching the robbers' descriptions, also robbed someone on the street in the 900 block of West Grace on October 29.

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The most recent robbery was Thursday morning. Two men with guns robbed "Big and little's" Restaurant located at 1034 W Belmont Ave.

On their way out, they ran past some children from the L&L Academy and Preschool, located at 1056 W Belmont Ave, before jumping into their getaway car -- a silver 4-door vehicle, according to CWB Chicago.

    2 men sought in Lakeview armed robberies, one reportedly witnessed by preschoolers
    CHICAGO -- Police have issued a community alert after two armed robberies in the city's Lakeview neighborhood. One of the robberies was reportedly witnessed by a group of preschoolers. Police say the robbers are between 25-30-years old, 5'8 to 6 feet tall, 160-180 lbs. Both men are said to have braided hair.
    http://wgntv.com

Nov 10

Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police

On Oct. 29, the offenders went up to someone in the 900 block of West Grace Street about 7:20 p.m. and demanded property.

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About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said. They announced a robbery and took money from the cash register.

    Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police
    Chicago police released surveillance images of two men accused in two recent armed robberies in the Lake View neighborhood on the North Side, according to a community alert. About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 10

Pair Of Armed Robberies Reported In Lakeview, Including At Restaurant

A week and a half earlier, the suspects again had a handgun at 7:19 p.m. on Oct. 29 as they stopped a person on the street in the 900 block of West Grace Street and demanded their property, police said.

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The latest incident happened at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, when robbers armed with a handgun walked into a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont and announced a robbery as they took money from the cash register, according to Chicago Police.

    Pair Of Armed Robberies Reported In Lakeview, Including At Restaurant
    CHICAGO (CBS) - The armed robbery of a Lakeview restaurant was one of a pair of robberies that have been reported in the past two weeks in the North Side neighborhood. The latest incident happened at 10:50 a.m.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Nov 10

Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police

On Oct. 29, the offenders went up to someone in the 900 block of West Grace Street about 7:20 p.m. and demanded property.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said. They announced a robbery and took money from the cash register.

    Two armed robberies reported in Lake View: police
    Chicago police released surveillance images of two men accused in two recent armed robberies in the Lake View neighborhood on the North Side, according to a community alert. About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, two offenders entered a restaurant in the 1000 block of West Belmont Avenue, police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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