28 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?

  • 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.....

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

    White flight is real, its not about racism, its about survival. It happened to Detroit and it will happen here, eventually there will only be dindus left in the city. Good hardworking people cant even go to their cars without a gun stuck in their faces. Who wants to raise...

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    White flight is real, its not about racism, its about survival. It happened to Detroit and it will happen here, eventually there will only be dindus left in the city. Good hardworking people cant even go to their cars without a gun stuck in their faces. Who wants to raise a family with that? The police are hesitant from the Ferguson effect and knowing criminals are given more protection than them and law abiding citizens. Corrupt mindless politicians won't be laughing when there's no one to tax here but jobless criminals and illegal immigrants. But they'll be happy because at least they'll kept being voted in...

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Nov 09

Updated 28 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 !!

31 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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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

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO ADD TWO NEW DWELLING UNITS TO EXISTING BASEMENT LEVEL WITH MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING. UNDERPINNING FOUNDATION WALL AT NEW EXTERIOR STAIR PER PLANS. CONVERTING 6 D.U. TO 8 DWELLING UNITS.

    3402 N. Elaine Pl. Issued November 20, 2017 Comment

4 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

Chicago comedy spotlight for Nov. 20-26

Messing with a Friend at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m. This is a show where the improvisers morph from character to...

Jokesplaining at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 10:00 p.m. Pushing boundaries is the goal. Featuring Megan Stalter, Allison Dunne and Erica Nicole Clark. Guest set by Denise Medina.  The evening is hosted by Alex Kumin. Bring in one coat to donate and get two free tickets. 

This article has 8 other Chicago locations (Show)

Best Night Ever at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, 9:00 p.m. Mike Cronin hosts Emily Galati, Tom Thakkar, Jimmy Roberson, Sabeen Sadiq, Mike O'Keefe, Jessica Hong, and Dave Losso.

Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues’ Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:00 p.m. Produced by James Allen Kamp, creator of the most excellent comedyofchicago...

Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, 8:30 p.m. Kyle Kinane is an internationally touring comedian who got his start...

Christmas By Melania at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Melania hosts a Christmas special with guests “Paul Manafort, Mike and Karen Pence, Barron Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, Vladimir Putin, Maxine Waters” and more TBA.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. Chicago Underground Comedy is one of comedy’s most groundbreaking showcases. Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, TJ Miller, Dan Telfer, and Kumail Nanjiani all got their start here. Produced by Meredith Kachel.

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up...

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:30 p.m. Mike Lebovitz, Kristen Toomey and more TBA.

The Lincoln Lodge at Under the Gun Theatre, 956 W. Newport, 8:00 p.m. This famed stand-up showcase is now headquartered at Under the Gun with shows on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 20-Sunday, November 26, 2017
    In town: Shawn Wayans and Alingon Mitra. Returning to their comedy hometown: Chris Redd, Emily Galati, Kyle Kinane, and John Caponera. A "who's who" in improv and music will appear nonstop for 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday at Second City. Keep reading for details.
    http://www.chicagonow.com

3 days ago

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

4 days ago

4 days ago

Hellcab: A Chicago Holiday Story But Not Your Mother’s Christmas Carol

One of the pleasures of Hellcab is the litany of Chicago lore and locations, past and present, that color every interaction. A ride to Bridgeport, a diner at Melrose and Broadway, Mercy Hospital, the Wooden Nickel Lounge at Wilson and Broadway. And “how about those Bulls?”

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Hellcab by the Agency Theater Collective runs 90 minutes with no intermission. You can see it through December 17 at the Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Performances are Thursday-Sunday and tickets are pay what you can, with $5-$30 suggested. Buy tickets online or call 773-697-3830.

    Hellcab: A Chicago Holiday Story But Not Your Mother's Christmas Carol
    The set is an old taxi. That's all. An old Checker taxi, number 4538, with an Illinois license plate. The top is removed and its back wheels are on blocks. But the headlights and turn signals work. Written by Will Kern and directed by Sommer Austin, Hellcab, a Chicago holiday classic, is being staged at...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

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Vanille Patisserie’s Grand Opening Weekend announced for December 1-3, 2017

...Chicago French Market in the West Loop, 2108 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, and 3243 N. Broadway in Lakeview, the expansion to Harper Court brings an authentic French patisserie experience to the...

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Harper Court’s Vanille Patisserie officially opens its new Hyde Park location at 5229 S. Harper Court on Friday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and special events and offers all weekend long.

With three existing locations in Chicago including 131 N. Clinton at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop, 2108 N. Clark Street in Lincoln...

...in Chicago including 131 N. Clinton at the Chicago French Market in the West Loop, 2108 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, and 3243 N. Broadway in Lakeview, the expansion to Harper Court brings...

    Vanille Patisserie's Grand Opening Weekend announced for December 1-3, 2017 | 53rd St.
    December is an especially tantalizing month at the patisserie, with French-inspired desserts including traditional and modern Buche de Noel in a wide variety of traditional and new flavors; petit fours, holiday cookie, and signature macaron trays; and hot chocolate mix with Vanille house-made marshmallows - perfect for last minute hostess gifts.
    http://fiftythird.uchicago.edu

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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 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

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REMOVE EXISTING REAR WOOD DECK/STAIR AND REPLACE WITH NON-COMBUSTIBLE 4 STORY REAR STEEL STAIR/DECK (3B CONSTRUCTION) IN EXISTING 28 D.U. BUILDING AS PER PLAN.

    730 W. Cornelia Ave. Issued November 10, 2017 Comment

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  • Creative Seating for Creative Kids!

    Ms. Levinsky is asking for $1171.11:
    My students need seating choices that empower them to learn while addressing their mind and body's needs.
    Nettelhorst Elementary School Comment

Nov 08

Did you attend the community meeting Tues Nov 7?

Our apartment building got the notice yesterday too late, but the address on the flyer was wrong: Meet at Broadway and Racine.

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