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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.....

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Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago: Best things to do

Sat 11/25: Both A Charlie Brown Christmas and the story of Rudolph are affably spoofed in the Annoyance Christmas Pageant, an annual yuletide tradition for the Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont). 7 PM, $20, $12 children under 12

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Fri 11/24: In her latest exhibit "Reindigenizing the Self" at Volume Gallery (1709 W. Chicago), Tanya Aguiñiga uses clay, plants, hair, and other natural substances to create work that reflects on her Mexican heritage. 11 AM-6 PM, free

Fri 11/24: Join Liz Taylor (former president of the National Book Critics Circle) and Charles Finch (a past finalist for the NBCC's award for criticism) at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), where they discuss the best books of 2017. 6 PM, free

...24: G Herbo, one of Chicago's brightest hip-hop stars, plays the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee). The Reader's Leor Galil writes of Herbo's latest album, Humble Beast: "For all...

...current staff writer on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, appears at Challenger Comics + Conversation (1845 N. Western) to discuss his new book, Santa's Husband, an illustrated look at what the North...

Sun 11/26: Gremlins, described by former Reader film critic Dave Kehr as, "E.T. with the lid off," screens at the Boiler Room (2210 N. California) for today's iteration of PBR Movie Night. Pizza, Jameson, and PBR are on special.

    Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago: Best things to do
    click to enlarge If you're wondering how to make the most of your post-Thanksgiving weekend, here's some of what we recommend: Fri 11/24: In her latest exhibit "Reindigenizing the Self" at Volume Gallery (1709 W. Chicago), Tanya Aguiñiga uses clay, plants, hair, and other natural substances to create work that reflects on her Mexican heritage.
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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 !!

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    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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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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15 seasonal shows (both naughty and nice) for the holidays

Performances run through Dec. 23, at 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 697-9693 or theannoyance.com.

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Performances run through Dec. 31, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. (312) 443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org.

Performances run through Dec. 31, at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-5600 or chicagoshakes.com.

Performances run through Dec. 30, at The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago. (773) 769-3832 or thehousetheatre.com.

Performances run through Dec. 31, at 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 325-1700 or mercurytheaterchicago.com.

Performances run through Jan. 6, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 327-5252 or americanbluestheater.com.

Performances run through Dec. 3, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com.

Performances run through Dec. 17, at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 697-3830 or wearetheagency.org.

Performances run through Dec. 30, at 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 975-8150 or theaterwit.org.

    15 seasonal shows (both naughty and nice) for the holidays
    Looking for some holiday entertainment? Here's a partial list of seasonal shows on stage in the city and the suburbs. * Larry Yando returns for the 10th year to play Ebenezer Scrooge in Goodman Theatre's 40th anniversary production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Performances run through Dec. 31, at 170 N.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

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Local Movers needed

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

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14 Blackout Wednesday specials to help you pregame Thanksgiving

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3443 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-248-4400

3518 N. Clark St. 773-248-0002

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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...

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.

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. 

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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.

    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

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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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The Chicago Art Book Fair and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Fri 11/17-Sat 11/18: James Adomian, an excellent impressionist and astute humorist, brings a cast of characters and absurd jokes to the Lincoln Lodge (956 W. Newport). Local comic Terence Hartnett opens. Fri 8 PM, Sat 8 and 10 PM, free

Sat 11/18: Both A Charlie Brown Christmas and the story of Rudolph are affably spoofed at the Annoyance Christmas Pageant—an annual yuletide tradition that takes place, fittingly, at the Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont). 7 PM, $20, $12 children under 12

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...and past work. Satellite studios outside the main location at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan) host more vendors; a complete lists of locations can be found at cabf.no-coast...

...17-Sat 11/18: It's closing weekend for Tangles & Plaques at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland). The Reader's Max Maller says, "[The show] challenges its audiences to experience the decline...

...are throwing a 40th birthday party for him and a fundraiser at Guaranteed Rate Field (333 W. 35th), which includes a free drink, light appetizers, and most importantly a show with secret out...

Sun 11/19: Support the efforts of Second City's employees to unionize by attending Monkey Wrench, a special stand-up show headlined by James Fritz—a former Chicagoan and excellent, thoughtful storyteller. The show takes place at Cole's (2338 N. Milwaukee). 9 PM, $10

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5 things to do this weekend in Chicago

...as a guest speaker and begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Old Chicago Inn (3222 N. Sheffield Ave.). Free...

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...s 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony goes down—er, up—this weekend in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). The ceremony features a 62-foot tall Norway Spruce donated by Darlene Dorfler of Grayslake...

...Brass Ensemble will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.), a collaborative concert with the Institute that highlights its exhibit of Brazilian artist Tarsila do...

...will bring her “All I Want for Christmas is You” tour to the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. So if you’re a Christmas music lover, make...

...launch party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at its Kedzie location (3340 N. Kedzie). Deth’s Tar variants will be tapped at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday...

    5 things to do this weekend in Chicago
    We've got some fun ways for you to warm up or embrace the chill, with boozy brews and speakeasy stories, plus the lighting of the city's Christmas tree. Light that tree One of the city's oldest holiday traditions, Chicago's 104th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony goes down-er, up-this weekend in Millennium Park (201 E.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Nov 16

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 16-22

Select dishes including crispy shrimp cakes, garlic edamame and avocado tempura bao buns are buy one, get one half-price from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bites Asian Kitchen (3313 N. Clark St. 773-270-5972).

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Seven Lions (130 S. Michigan Ave. 312-880-0130) offers $24 select bottles of wine, $8 select glasses of wine, a half-price featured draft and $8 hummus, pulled pork nachos or crispy chicken sliders from 3 to 6 p.m.

MAD Social (1140 W. Madison St. 312-243-2097) offers $25 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baptiste & Bottle (101 E. Erie St. 312-667-6793) offers $3 customizable martinis with an entree purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

RM Champagne Salon (116 N. Green St. 312-243-1199) offers $1 oysters from 5 to 8 p.m.

Revival Cafe Bar (125 S. Clark St. 773-999-9411) offers rotating specials from 4 to 6 p.m. including boilermakers, highballs and classic cocktails for $7-$10 and select bottles of wine for $20.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 16-22
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.
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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.

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