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Updated 6 hours ago

Lost dog

Need help, lost dog last night 2/15/18 near Ainslie and Talman. If you see her, please call 319-389-7722. She is shy, so please do not attempt to catch her as this may scare her further away

Jan 27

Updated 6 hours ago

Building management

Hey neighbors, wondering who uses a building management company (we are less than ten units in our condo building) and if you recommend their services? Do they save you time and or money? Also, does anyone know of a service company that can do a once or twice a year building punchlist - walking the building to make sure things like emergency lights aren't burned out, fire extinguishers are current, etc?

  • We switched to good steward building management and they’re amazing. Wish we had done it sooner.

  • Hi, my name is Brian with Superior Property Management. Our company has specialized in the management of small condominium associations since 1985. Our website address is: www.superiorcandm.com which contains information on the services we provide. Please send me an email at: bksupcm@gmail.com with your property address and how many apts your association has, so we can prepare a management proposal for your association that your owners can review. Hope to hear back from you soon !!

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Feb 11

Updated 3 days ago

Saving Parking Spaces

Yesterday I saw pretty many spaces saved on several blocks. The snow wasn't that bad that you had a lot of shoveling to pull a car out. This really needs to be addressed. I personally think it's really ignorant thing to do.

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are...

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    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are typically vacant during the day which is when area businesses need them the most. I'm sure many on this thread will admit they reduce or eliminate non-essential driving when parking becomes limited. So that single selfish act of saving a spot multiplied by thousands of others can equal real economic pain for area businesses. So you had to expel a little effort to dig your car out caused by an act of nature. Get over it. Just like homeownership, car ownership has responsibilities too. You want to own and use a car? Shovel it out. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Stop acting entitled. Continued on next post…

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who...

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    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who say that saving spots is no big deal, there are worse problems in the world. Yes, sadly there are. There are no words for the violence and mayhem that occurs in this City and elsewhere on a regular basis. That doesn't justify un-neighborly behavior. What a great message for our children. "It's OK little Johnny to lay claim to City property for upwards of a couple weeks a year by using an implied threat of violence and/or vandalism, there are worse problems in the world." By such logic I guess shoplifting should be tolerated because car-jacking is worse. Where does it end?? It doesn't. Removed entitlement turns into real violence, vandalism, or even a mother who was so pissed off that she shoveled snow onto a car that took her space. As we've hopefully learned, it might not have even been that person's fault. Maybe her dibs holder had been removed by someone else hours ago.

    Ultimately, we're never going to agree on this topic. So might I make a neutral suggestion instead. On the next material snowfall, everyone who is of able-body goes out and shovels a spot on the street that is not their own. Preferably for someone who really needs the help. Maybe we help create a new better tradition whereby a red ribbon on a stick means that neighbor needs help getting their car out. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and encourage others. Small acts of kindness. Less acts of selfishness. Diminished acts of violence and retaliation.

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Feb 09

Updated 6 days ago

Snowblowing

I'd like to thank the person who came down Central Park with a snowblower. We are old, as is our neighbor...this act of kindness is really appreciated.

  • jeanniederman Retiree in Bville

    I think "me" wasn't venting as much as pointing out that it would be nice if more than one neighbor said "Thank you". I also snow throw my block, part of the alley and the block behind me. I do this because it's the right thing to do ( especially for postal carriers) and it makes walking my dogs easier. Jane I do agree with you about the karma but a thanks from folks is always nice.

  • Me

    @JaneSpec... I’m perfectly fine and don’t need to simmer down. Just trying to give you some perspective as to why an entire block might not be cleaned.

Feb 10

Updated 6 days ago

Electrician

I would like a recommendation for an electrician.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Put down the shovel, your heart may thank you for it says Chicago cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen

The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart...

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The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.

Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease. If you must shovel, check out these tips from for safe, heart healthy shoveling.

• Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe for you to shovel
• Wait to shovel at least 30 minutes after waking up
• Warm up muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
• Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling
• Only shovel fresh, powdery snow
• Push snow instead of lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel and lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Work slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
• Dress in layers and make sure your head, neck and mouth are covered
• Watch for signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness or burning in chest/neck/arms/back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.

  • Thank you for this. I have heart disease, and had double bypass surgery. Dr. Cohen is my cardiologist. He is a great man who saved my life. Please be careful shoveling snow.

  • fwiw, a Feldenkrais practitioner we know enjoys and recommends Petra Kolber's "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS" for low-impact aerobic conditioning (search "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS DVD Petra Kolber" ).

    Jose, many post-bypass people don't recover their confidence, which can impede their fullest possible recovery. Sounds like Dr Cohen offers prudent guidance and influences his patients towards a positive outcome and quality of life post surgery. If I ever need a cardiologist, he's certainly one I'd consult with.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 11

Garage Break In

Just wanted to let everyone know that my garage and car were broken into last night 4700 block of Hamlin. I followed the snow prints and it looked like they case a couple of my neighbors too.

Got some cash and a credit card where he went to McDonald's and Walgreens before I was alerted.

Filed police report but let's be on the lookout.

Don't want to sound like one of those people but some guys knocked on my door Sunday to offer shoveling. Coincidence?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Most of the murders and victims of murders in this city are in the african american community. How many of them do you suppose are here illegally? It's a mistake to believe that illegal immigration causes a significant spike in crime. It has nothing either to do with political affiliation. NYC has a very liberal democratic Mayor, and the state a very liberal, democratic governor, yet they have fewer murders then us, a lower crime rate, more illegal immigrants, and four times our population.

  • George F I question your numbers when comparing NY to Chicago, sounds very unlikely. Even TV depicts people commonly getting beat up in NY going way back. Sometimes TV can show a remblance of reality. Yes, I know that commonly takes place here too. What has become of civilization?

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Still Missing - REWARD OFFERED

We are heartbroken because our little Luna is still missing. We are offering a $1,000 reward to whoever helps us find her. Please keep an eye out for her and share this with other neighbors. Thank you!!

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Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Lost Grey Cat.

$500 reward. I lost a medium sized grey cat named Bruce. He has a bit of a belly pooch. Any help, even if just sightings is greatly apprected. Please contact me at 920-445-1466

Jan 10

Updated Feb 04

Litterbugs!

I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to...

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I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to do better, how can we expect better from them? Just bothers me because I pick up trash in front of my house and neighbors, shovel snow, etc, and don't feel that anyone realizes they are in a 'neighborhood' any longer. When did this blatant disregard for others start?

  • Cleaning after others? Endlessly enabling other people's indolence in multiple equally dysfunctional iterations? Modern sysiphus. Greek mythology does not get old over here. Does it?

  • It's not just up to a few to take care of where they live. Yes I notice when I walk around there are blocks with less trash and no broken sidewalks and no pot holes. Then there are other blocks where there is trash, potholes, broken sidewalks. Why is that?

Feb 04

Feb 01

Updated Feb 03

LOST CAT

Hello everybody, our cat Luna went missing on Sunday 1/28/18 and we are asking for your help to get our little baby back home. It's so cold out, so we are really concerned about her wellbeing since she is an indoor kitty. She is cream with a dark face, ears, paws and, tale and was last seen on Wednesday 1/31/18 on Ainslie and Ridgeway. She is very shy so if you see her please give us a call at anytime 312-203-0671 or 312-848-5235
We miss her terribly and pray for her safe and fast return home.
Thank you for your help!!

  • If you call treehouse you can see if they have any colony caretakers that have seen her, or if they can help to catch her.

  • Hi everybody, thank you all for your support. We have been in touch with Paws, Treehouse, CACC and multiple other rescues and have also reported her missing on different sites including Nextdoor and Lost Cats of Illinois. We have talked to colony caretakers and you probably have seen some of the fliers we have handed out. We are doing everything we can to get her back. We ask if you would please keep an eye out for her!!

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Feb 02

11 ways to treat your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

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...gift your significant other will love! See their creations and follow the shop on Facebook. 4757 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, Illinois 60625; 773-539-5363

All of the products used during the facials are from the Eminence Organics Skin Care. For more information call 773-478-1558, e-mail info@revivalwellness.com or visit their website online. 4507 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60625; 773-478-1558

...cards that can be used towards any service—manicures, pedicures, neck massage, facial and waxing. 3352 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-717-7188

...February.  See the full list of services online and check out the parlor’s Facebook. 2944 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-516-4497

...steak with cherry, smoked paprika, tahini and cilantro. Call the restaurant to reserve your table. 3026 W Montrose Ave, Chicago IL 60618; 773-539-0111

...about Montrose Saloon and the Rachel Drew & Tony Richards at Montrose Saloon music event online. 2933 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-463-7663

...5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 8 at Golden Crust Pizza and Tap (4620 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625). Stop by for $4 drink specials and celebrate 123 local businesses in...

North River Commission (3403 W. Lawrence Ave., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-478-0202) is the nonprofit community and economic development...

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...on products and services. Learn more and register online at lenarosebeauty.com/the-lena-life/. 4668 N Manor Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60625; 872-806-2552

...at 773-478-0819 to reserve a table and visit grubhub.com to order delivery. 4053 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-478-0819

...fish and meat specials. Call 773-654-1629 or visit the website to make reservations. 4114 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-654-1629

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    11 ways to treat your sweetheart this Valentine's Day
    Choosing the right Valentine's Day gift can be stressful. Whether you're searching for a thoughtful present or a cozy date night experience, small businesses in Albany Park and Irving Park have you covered. Local shops have everything from classic rose bouquets and jewelry, to spa packages and beauty products, guaranteeing a perfect gift to set the mood for every relationship.
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Jan 30

Updated Feb 02

Sewer cleanout in the front of the house?

Hi, has anyone here recently had a sewer cleanout installed in the front yard recently? If so, which company you used, how much it cost and would you recommend them? Trying to defeat roots in the line and with a clean out, it will give better access than Rodding from backyard catch basin. Thanks in advance. The tree was cut down last year but it will be a while before roots die off.

Jan 29

Updated Feb 01

When are these coming to Albany Park?

Reverse vending machines are getting very popular all over the world. We need a bunch of those in Albany Park. Don't we? I'm sure we don't have the kind of legislation that facilitates this kind of system but can we come up with some kind of local business idea to make something like this happen? Come on enterpreneurs. Help us out!!! 😃♥️ https://youtu.be/5pyNps1fhec

    smart way to recycle bottles in Germany.AVI
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  • Shawn60625 Proud dad and LS resident

    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows...

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    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows a relatively close schedule. These are in every grocery store, and some of the big liquor stores even, in new England where bottle deposits are prevalent. They do require frequent emptying, but I would say they encourage recycling. I grew up in the northeast, and it seems like recycling is second nature there. I was a little surprised when I moved to Chicago and witnessed relatively common disregard for it. Programs like this work.

  • future alderman future alderman

    so many people with illinois plates on them michigan had to put a daily limit on it

Jan 28

Updated Feb 01

Drone flying over my house and yard yesterday.

I was quite mad as if this drone lingered while I was in my yard. What are the laws about drones flying over private property and if they have a camera invading your privacy of your home? Luckily it didn't crash into the tree in my yard.

  • This happened on Sunday afternoon. The drone was white. It flew over my house and over my yard from the East and continued to the west. Aren't there some rules about going over private property?

  • Next time call the police right away, all drones are camera equipped and anyone can own one, although it can be something as innocent as a neighbor having fun with a new toy, it can also be a peeping Tom or a thief casing your house, just never know. If it makes you feel watched or uncomfortable call it. If it's lingering or hovering too low into your yard, the chances of being watched increase. A good slink shot will do the trick.

Jan 25

Updated Jan 30

Gunshots

Location: Argyle and Hamlin.

Did anyone else hear the gunshots last night at 7:20? We, and some other neighbors, called police, but I was curious if anyone saw/heard anything.

  • John Connorski: good for you! You have a sense of humor and are proud to be Polish.....that's not racist.
    Marigoldski

  • Dobro robota cullegas

Jan 29

Looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside & Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply here or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

Jan 27

Updated Jan 29

Residential Parking

Hello, neighbors! My block (4700 N Lawndale) does not have permit parking but many of the surrounding blocks do. Does anyone know if I can purchase permit parking stickers from the city clerk even if my block isn't permit parking? Many times I pass dozens of open permit parking spots as I drive around for an eternity trying to find a free spot.
If I cannot purchase them, would any of my friendly neighbors be willing to sell me some??
Thanks! :)

  • Cheryl, agreed. It is about people in a neighborhood (zone) being allowed to park in their neighborhood, not a particular street. In Lincoln Park, a zone covers several streets. Lucy is definitely missing the whole point. Also, the fact that her street is zoned is probably forcing more parkers onto Tula's street. Everyone should look at the big picture.

  • Thank you all! I contacted the alderman's office and they told me to first go to the city clerk to get the process started. I appreciate all the supportive neighbors out there! :)

Jan 29

Looking to rent parking space near Sunnyside and Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

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Updated Jan 28

lost dog

our little white fluffy poodle-mix got out of the yard - she was seen running on wilson towards western. she has a flower collar on - her name is hattie. please please call if you see her. 773.616.3522

Jan 27

Updated Jan 28

Community Networks

I was just curious if Albany Park or closely surrounding areas have something like the following available?

https://communitytechnology.github.io/docs/cck/index.html

It seems like a good way to circumvent net neutrality ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzy5vRmN8Q ) issues and provide a necessary/needed service to local communities.

Like they're doing in Detroit:
http://detroitcommunitytech.org/?q=story

If anyone has any information they can provide on local community wireless network initiatives, please speak up. Thank you.

    Neighborhood Network Construction Kit
    Community Technology Field Guide: (Re)Building Technology
    http://communitytechnology.github.io
  • Damian R Neighborhood Geek

    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some...

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    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some point, and those choices are limited, but after the buildout costs, it may be helpful in providing lower cost internet. I have limited experience with outdoor setups however, and I’m curious what kind of performance hit a modern WiFi mesh network will take in a good rainstorm. WiFi and water don’t play well together. While not an issue for an outdoor venue, where people would be less likely to be using it in the rain, if it were my primary home internet, it would be pretty lousy if speeds suffered every time it rained. Chicago building/construction codes might also be an obstacle.

    All that and the tiny voice in my head still saying “you don’t want to be an ISP”!

Jun 13

Updated Jan 28

Parking Spaces for Rent?

Hey Everyone,

My Fiance and I just moved to Albany Park (Sunnyside and Drake) and parking is a nightmare. It has been taking 20+ minutes on average to find a parking spot every night. I'm looking for 1 or 2 parking spaces for rent that are close to our location.

  • future alderman future alderman

    mell has plenty of political enemies-tell one of then

  • Yeah the old dirty truck is gone from Kimball and the van with no plates or sticker is gone from Belle Plaine . Now there are 2 more open spots to park in. Hopefully the van that has been sitting on Belle Plaine will be gone too. Counted at least 5 cars without city stickers on my walk over to the Jewel.

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Jan 27

Illegal trash dumping

There is a white male dumping trash in a dark blue minivan please report this to the Alderman's office this is causing Property Owners with private Waste Service a lot of money because of extra charges for excessive garbage and furniture as well as Streets & Sanitation citations and tickets

Jan 15

Updated Jan 25

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business...

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    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business owner responds is huge. Sometimes jobs go bad and it is how those situations are handled by the business owner that reflect on how the company will deal with issues. I have had better luck with Angie's contractors than by anyone else, and that includes direct referrals. My friend referred a tuck pointer to me, who left a huge mess and globs of mortar all over my sidewalk and grass. And the job looked sloppy. I had an Angie's list tuck pointer come straighten things out.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond,...

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    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond, the review is removed. If the complainer insists they have the right company, then the review stays. He also said that companies such as his, which have a lot of reviews on Angies List, tend to deliver much better customer service for fear of getting a bad review. Since the Yellow Pages is pretty much a thing of the past, most contractors that are larger than a mom and pop size operation, rely heavily on reviews to stay busy. Google, Angies, Yelp, etc. Also be cautious of awards-for example Chicago's Best is an award that a contractor buys, according to another electrician who is a personal friend!

Jan 25

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