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37 hours ago

Updated 4 hours 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?

  • We're probably seeing more car jackings because stealing a car the old fashioned way has become more difficult and thieves are less "talented." With social media we hear about it more often than before which injects bias into our observation. Insurance actuaries would know for sure. My guess is it isn't worse than years ago when thieves showed courtesy by stealing your car at night while you slept.

  • "White flight is real, its not about racism, its about survival."

    It became racism as soon as you made it about races "surviving" by running away from each other.

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Nov 09

Updated 37 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 !!

40 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

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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.

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Local Movers needed

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

3 days ago

Josh Thompson posted 1 photo to Flickr:
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Nov 09

Updated 4 days ago

At least 2 mugged in Uptown in 15 minutes, police say

...by a group of three teen boys just after 7:15 p.m. in the 700-block of West Bittersweet Place, police said...

...15 minutes later, police said a 59-year-old man was walking south in the 4200-block of North Clarendon Avenue when he was approached, in an aggressive manner, by a group of four or five...

    At least 2 mugged in Uptown in 15 minutes, police say
    Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night. Police have confirmed two of the three incidents. A 40-year-old man was approached by a group of three teen boys just after 7:15 p.m.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • Mute Mute Me

    Then the alderman i suppose .

  • i know that whenever I go to eat some sushi at Agami right before my trips to the green mill I can see people getting arrested,buying drugs, running after each other. It's like a free movie. I can tell you that the alderman is full of ---- if he feels that its all on Starbucks

4 days ago

Historic George W. Maher-designed mansion in Buena Park is back hoping for $5.69M

The architecturally significant home at 817 W. Hutchinson was previously available in 2011 for $5.19 million. Finding no takers, the property was reduced down to $4.5 million in 2013 and subsequently removed from the market one year later.

Now seeking $5.69 million, the property is easily Uptown’s most expensive listing. The latest price eclipses an older—and arguably more attractive—Maher-designed beauty located at nearby 750 W. Hutchinson. That home listed for just shy of $4 million back in June.

    Historic Maher-designed mansion in Buena Park returns for $5.69M
    Built by Prairie School luminary George W. Maher for Chicago jeweler Claude Seymour in 1913, this historic mansion in Uptown's Buena Park neighborhood is back on the market after a three year absence. At 12,000 square feet, it's certainly a whopper and sports many original Arts & Crafts details like arched ceilings, mahogany trim, leaded art glass windows, and hardwood flooring.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Will the Hot Luxury Market Finally Help Sell the Claude Seymour House? 817 W. Hutchinson in Buena Park

Will the Hot Luxury Market Finally Help Sell the Claude Seymour House? 817 W. Hutchinson in Buena Park

    Will the Hot Luxury Market Finally Help Sell the Claude Seymour House? 817 W. Hutchinson in Buena Park
    This 6-bedroom historic mansion at 817 W. Hutchinson in the Buena Park neighborhood of Uptown just came on the market. If it looks familiar, that's because we've chattered about it several times since 2012. See our October 2012 chatter here. The Claude Seymour House is one of the many historic mansions that line Hutchinson on this landmarked block.
    http://cribchatter.com

  • I rarely look at real estate notices, but when it's an historic or old and architecturally significant building, I do. Wow...the original architectural details in this mansion are just beautiful. All I need now are some millions of $$$!

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

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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

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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 15

Updated Nov 16

FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery

The Chase location at Sheridan and Irving was robbed on November 9. | Google  For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126...

    FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery
    For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126,520 in cash from a Lakeview Chase Bank vault into a messenger bag while holding two tellers at gunpoint on November 9, police said. Now, a woman has been charged in the case.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

  • Actually you do hear all the time of older victims that dont report being victims of theft for the same reason....shame.

  • when a victim becomes a criminal, they become a criminal. they are no longer a victim. at that point they are in the position of making new victims.

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.

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Nov 16

Disguised bank teller robs branch of own bank, arrested later at work: FBI

Gamble entered the bank at 3956 N. Sheridan Road about 9:30 a.m. and sat in a waiting area “fidgeting’’ with dog biscuits they give to customers’ pets, according to the complaint against her. A staffer spotted her and noticed something felt “off,’’ according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

    Disguised bank teller robs branch of own bank, arrested later at work: FBI
    A pink floral nightgown and black lipstick didn't help a bank teller who was immediately recognized by former colleagues when she held up her former workplace, stealing $126,000, according to court documents. Latasha Gamble, 24, is accused of robbing the Chase Bank branch at gunpoint on Nov. 9.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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

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