3 hours ago

Area around Lawndale/Leland Good for a Young Family?

Hello Albany Park!

We're looking to move to the neighborhood, and have found leads on a couple of places, one of the most promising being around the Lawndale/Leland area. Wondering if the community has any thoughts on how this area is suited to a couple with a 6 month old kid, all of whom commute on the CTA to work/daycare.

In general, do you consider this area safe? Would you take your kid for a walk around this part of the neighborhood? What grocery stores/restaurants are walkable? We've looked at the crime data and at some other resources, but would appreciate a local take on what it's like to live around here.

Any thoughts or feedback are appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 08 2017

Updated 5 hours ago

Medical appointment pick up

Does anyone know of any services that provide this in Chicago? All the ones I've seen online are or ambulatory care or geared toward people with disabilities or senior citizens. I'm neither. I'm having a small surgical procedure done under anesthesia and I need to find someone to pick me up. I don't have any family locally and no one else that is able to help. The surgery center will not allow me to use an Uber or taxi and...

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Does anyone know of any services that provide this in Chicago? All the ones I've seen online are or ambulatory care or geared toward people with disabilities or senior citizens. I'm neither. I'm having a small surgical procedure done under anesthesia and I need to find someone to pick me up. I don't have any family locally and no one else that is able to help. The surgery center will not allow me to use an Uber or taxi and want me to provide a name of someone they can call when I am ready to be released. I'm looking for services similar to these two (links below) but neither are in Chicago. I don't need any special car or services. With the size of the city, you'd think they'd have something here but I can't find anything. As I start to get older, I do worry that I'll need this more often. Any ideas are appreciated.

www.discreetchaperone.com/services

www.appointmentcompanions.com

  • future alderman future alderman

    i am going to look into this because i am not only in the same boat as others but think these rules are insane!

  • Question to those seeking assistance: would one solution be to have a person go with you and wait for your release, leave the facility with you and ride along in a taxi/uber/lyft along with you, then go their own way once you're deposited at your door?

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Woman sexually assaulted in the brown line

A 20-year-old woman was standing on the platform at the Brown Line’s Francisco station on Thursday night when a man approached her, began kissing her and sexually assaulted her, Chicago police said.

The attacked happened around 10:40 p.m. at the station at 4648 N. Francisco Ave. in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The news said she wasn’t getting on a train but rather she was playing Pokémon Go....at 1040pm?!

22 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657)

The General Assembly is back to work in Springfield today and we have a historic opportunity override Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. But, we need you to get it done by calling and emailing your legislators today.

Gun violence is an everyday problem in Chicago and it's fueled by crime guns traced back to Illinois gun dealers. Contact your lawmaker NOW. It’s their one job to keep our families and communities safe. Click image to watch a video and send an email right now.

https://ilgvp.com/ouronejob/

    #OurOneJob - Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
    Governor Rauner has vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657). It's now up to your state legislators to override the veto. Any child killed from gun violence impacts every parent. Sadly, injuries from gun violence are the leading cause of death for children in Illinois.
    https://ilgvp.com
  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Every day for the past five years, Sandy Hook Promise has been doing everything we possibly can to prevent more tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Now, students across the country are stepping up to power a new surge of momentum for meaningful change. They're not just demanding...

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    Every day for the past five years, Sandy Hook Promise has been doing everything we possibly can to prevent more tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Now, students across the country are stepping up to power a new surge of momentum for meaningful change. They're not just demanding adults take action to protect them from gun violence – they're eager to lead efforts to prevent tragedies from happening in their own schools and communities, too.

    That's why we're working so hard to encourage more students to create SAVE Promise Clubs – where young people are empowered with the tools to help prevent gun violence and sustain efforts to make their schools and communities safer.

    This is one very real way we can help prevent tragedies before they tear more communities apart, so please: Can we count on you to help bring a SAVE Promise Club to your local school and empower students to save lives?

    Click this link to learn more about how to bring a SAVE Promise Club to your local school to empower students to help prevent gun violence and save lives in their communities.

    https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/savepromiseclub

    Students are seizing this moment to push for real change, and it's up to us to support them. By working together, I know we will prevent more tragedies from happening.

    Paula Fynboh
    National Field and Programs Director

    P.S. Would you also forward this message to anyone you know who works in a school? The more people we can encourage to empower young people in their communities to make change, the more tragedies we can prevent and the more lives we can save from gun violence.

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Saving Parking Spaces. Wonder why it's hard to find a parking space?

Once in a while you see someone park in the middle of 2 spaces and then later come and bring another vehicle and move the first vehicle back to make room for the other vehicle. It's hard to find parking and then you have people saving spaces or parking their business trucks on residential streets or vehicles that have been left for weeks in the same spot.

  • Yes it bad but when u get home & cars from the brewery are parked on the side streets. Plus some houses have more than 1 car. I feel the brewery need to buy lot next to it & have a lot & or permit parking.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Neighborhood Dad is correct. At a CAPS meeting, it was explained that your call to 911 goes to an operator who takes the information. That information goes to a dispatcher. The dispatcher assigns the police.

    If it's a crime in progress, it goes to the top of the list. A...

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    Neighborhood Dad is correct. At a CAPS meeting, it was explained that your call to 911 goes to an operator who takes the information. That information goes to a dispatcher. The dispatcher assigns the police.

    If it's a crime in progress, it goes to the top of the list. A parked car problem is down the list. You may need to call more than once to get to a time when the dispatcher has police available.

    The city should have something similar to "meter maids" who are sent out to tickets or inspect the cars parked over seven days or otherwise parked illegally. . Trained police officers aren't needed for this.

4 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Wilson/St.Louis - does anyone have advice on the area?

Hi all - I’m looking to move to Wilson/St. Louis and have a few questions for anyone who lives near there -

1. I’ve looked at crime reports for the area and there are definitely incidents but it doesn’t seem like the area is ravaged in crime - do you feel safe walking/parking at all times of the day? Obviously won’t be coming home too often in the middle of the night but still something to consider. I do a...

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Hi all - I’m looking to move to Wilson/St. Louis and have a few questions for anyone who lives near there -

1. I’ve looked at crime reports for the area and there are definitely incidents but it doesn’t seem like the area is ravaged in crime - do you feel safe walking/parking at all times of the day? Obviously won’t be coming home too often in the middle of the night but still something to consider. I do a lot of walking/running in the middle of the day which is also something on my mind.

2. How is parking for you? I see most of it is permit parking but still looks busy. Also, how is parking for guests?

3. What do you love best about the neighborhood?

Thank you so much!

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Get rid of the slumlord Gary C and watch the troublemakers go somewhere else

  • That's Albany Park and there's been problems there for quite a few years now.

Mar 27

Updated 2 days ago

Override Rauner's repeal of gun shop licensing law

Tomorrow, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Gun Dealer Licensing Act — an important public safety bill that Governor Rauner recently vetoed. Ahead of the hearing they're collecting "Witness Slips" — which are basically signatures in support of or in opposition to the bill.

Follow the instructions below to submit your witness slip and help us get over the top.

http://act.everytown.org/go/68471?t=14&akid=91263%2E1454441%2E-MSUft

Open up this link to the witness slip page on the General Assembly's website....

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Tomorrow, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Gun Dealer Licensing Act — an important public safety bill that Governor Rauner recently vetoed. Ahead of the hearing they're collecting "Witness Slips" — which are basically signatures in support of or in opposition to the bill.

Follow the instructions below to submit your witness slip and help us get over the top.

http://act.everytown.org/go/68471?t=14&akid=91263%2E1454441%2E-MSUft

Open up this link to the witness slip page on the General Assembly's website.
Enter your information on the IDENTIFICATION section of the form.
Feel free to leave the REPRESENTATION part of the form blank.
On the POSITION section, select "On SB 1656 and HB 1273" as the subject matter, check the "Proponent" radio button (see screenshot below).
Select “Record of Appearance Only” in the TESTIMONY part of the form (also in screenshot).
Agree to the terms of agreement and click the create slip button (you'll need to complete the captcha in order to successfully submit).

SUBMIT YOUR WITNESS SLIP TO THE IL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Send your Witness Slip to the IL General Assembly
Screenshot of the POSITION and TESTIMONY sections of the form.

We have a fighting chance of overriding Governor Rauner's veto of a bill that passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support — but it's going to take each of us speaking out to fight back against the gun lobby's dangerous agenda.

Thanks for being a committed member of the movement!

Illinois Legislative Team
Everytown for Gun Safety

    Witness Slip
    Dashboard for the Illinois General Assembly
    http://my.ilga.gov
  • Lesson liberals and progressive taught this gun owner

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vrkVwUEcAc&frags=wn

  • So much for honesty of a lead anti gunner…

    “Assault weapons .. are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the...

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    So much for honesty of a lead anti gunner…

    “Assault weapons .. are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. — Josh Sugarmann (executive director and founder of the Violence Policy Center (VPC). Prior to founding the VPC, Sugarmann was a press officer in the national office of Amnesty International USA and was the communications director for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

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2 days ago

Got Economic Development? We do. North Branch Trail Alliance 2018 Ride Planning Meeting #ChiNBT

Greetings My Neighbors!

You are needed to help plan our North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) 2018 rides. We'll meet at the Skokie Library (5215 W. Oakton) on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30-5 PM. NBTA is a citizen-led initiative that needs you and your ideas to bring some good old fashioned economic development to our communities! NBTA connects riders with local businesses and local businesses with riders. They go much better together.

We will be working mostly on our first ride...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

You are needed to help plan our North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) 2018 rides. We'll meet at the Skokie Library (5215 W. Oakton) on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30-5 PM. NBTA is a citizen-led initiative that needs you and your ideas to bring some good old fashioned economic development to our communities! NBTA connects riders with local businesses and local businesses with riders. They go much better together.

We will be working mostly on our first ride of 2018 on May 19 - our Northwest Area Icon Ride. What iconic NW area businesses do you think we should have as NBTA Partners for our kick-off ride of 2018? Join us and make your voice heard.

For more information contact jac.charlier@gmail.com or northbranchtrailalliance@gmail.com.

Here's the meeting notice on EB: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/apr28-north-branch-trail-alliance-2018-ride-planning-meeting-8606848/

No need to RSVP for the meeting. Just show up. More about NBTA on our website at www.northbranchtrailalliance.org.

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Jun 25 2016

Updated 2 days ago

Cleaning person

hi, looking for recos for a cleaning person. I'm pretty clean/neat, looking for an occasional person to come in and do the dusting, floors et al. Thanks in advance.

  • Mjs cleaning services and organization mariajuarez286@gmail.com 3124592622

  • Hi! Is Teresa still cleaning houses? I am looking for someone reasonable to clean our home in Albany Park. Please let me know. Thanks:)

Sep 21 2016

Updated 2 days ago

house keeper wanted

I am just recovering from an illness and am in need of a cleaning person once a month. it's a small house in north park. please contact kay at: kathy.finn@att.net
thanks

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  • KM Like to know what's going on in the neighborhood

    Hi Kay, I have someone that I've been using for years at least once a month. Her name is Nelia. She does a great job for my place. She is also reliable and down to details. I'll forward your email to her so she can contact you directly.

    I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • Hi! I am looking for a someone reasonable to clean our home in Albany Park once a month. Is Nelia still cleaning homes and perhaps looking for mor business?

3 days ago

Feb 22

Updated 4 days ago

Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois

Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a...

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Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a single magazine, belt or drum.

If you share Sen. Silverstein's concerns about gun safety in our state, particularly in light of the mass shootings in Florida, Texas and Las Vegas, please provide your contact information to stay updated on this legislation and other gun safety bills the senator sponsors. Thanks.

http://tinyurl.com/y8a3234p

    Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois
    Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America. Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois.
    http://docs.google.com
  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The response I got from Sen. Durbin:

    Dear Mr. Kastigar:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding gun violence and access to guns in our country. I appreciate hearing from you, and I share your concerns.

    Over 30,000 Americans are killed by guns each year, and this violence takes a devastating...

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    The response I got from Sen. Durbin:

    Dear Mr. Kastigar:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding gun violence and access to guns in our country. I appreciate hearing from you, and I share your concerns.

    Over 30,000 Americans are killed by guns each year, and this violence takes a devastating toll on families and communities. I support sensible gun safety laws that will help reduce the number of gun deaths in America. I support measures such as universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, mentally unstable individuals, and domestic abusers. An overwhelming majority of Americans know this is just common sense. I also support efforts to crack down on illegal gun trafficking and straw purchasing, and to limit the civilian use of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used by mass shooters to cause enormous harm.

    We can and must do more to keep guns out of the hands of those who would misuse them, and we can do so while protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to use guns in a responsible and legal way for sport, hunting, and self-defense. My wife and I grew up in families of hunters. We know the rite of passage when a parent takes his child out into the woods and teaches him or her to shoot. The hunters I know are good people who love the sport and hate the people who use firearms to terrorize and kill.

    (continued)

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    (continuation of response from Sen Durbin )

    Gun violence is a complicated problem, and there is no one solution that will stop all the tragic shootings. Reducing this violence will require dedicated efforts by families, community leaders, law enforcement, employers, faith leaders, and elected officials to prevent guns from falling...

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    (continuation of response from Sen Durbin )

    Gun violence is a complicated problem, and there is no one solution that will stop all the tragic shootings. Reducing this violence will require dedicated efforts by families, community leaders, law enforcement, employers, faith leaders, and elected officials to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands and to address the conditions which create violence. Unfortunately, in recent years common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence has been blocked in Congress by well-funded political organizations. But I’m not giving up. I will continue to work to ensure the federal government helps address violent crime in our communities.

    Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.

    Sincerely,

    Richard J. Durbin
    United States Senator

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Apr 14

Updated 4 days ago

Really going to miss Sears Store at Irving Park and Cicero.

Heard they're going to close in July this year.

  • nmm1 Chicagoan

    I bought my leather wallets, gardening tools, mattresses, TVs & Blu-ray from Sears. I bought Dad’s clothes from Sears. It was hard to find reasonably priced casual well made men’s clothes until I went to Sears. I wanted to buy my stackable washer & dryer from Sears but they didn’t have what I was looking for. I have a friend who liked to buy her work blazers there. Sears did alot of things well. I will miss the department stores. It was a different experience.

  • I will miss Carson's very much too. I think part of the problem is people don't have a lot of extra money to spend.

4 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Free queen mattress set

I have a queen size mattress with box spring that is in pretty good condition so I'm hoping to give it away rather than throw it out. Let me know if you want it and when you can pick it up. Thanks.

  • SarahJ Nanny

    The mattress is no longer available. Anybody know how to remove a post on this site?

5 days ago

Apr 16

Updated 5 days ago

Moving to Lawrence & Spaulding?

Went to this area this weekend to look at a room and I liked the place and the hood. I walked around a bit, seemed like a cool diverse area. I’m aware there’s gangs in the hood.. I’m not worried about that.. it’s Chicago..Just want to get your opinions on this area. I’m a young black male. If that adds anything. I saw virtually no blacks. Which is fine as well.

  • Adrian A. Albany Park resident, educator, dog owner, parent

    I live right around the corner on Leland and love the neighborhood! Lots of long-time residents who are very neighborly and invested in preserving a (multicultural) sense of community. Proximity to the brown line is great, too. Parking right now is a hot mess because of the construction, but in 5 years or so, when that's all done (j/k), it should be fine. ;)

  • Todd P Parent, Teacher

    If you were on the north side of Lawrence, you were looking on my block. It's fine. Not a super-chatty block - people come and go from the multi-unit buildings and the condos on the corner, so I know few people by name despite being here 10+ years. But everyone's...

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    If you were on the north side of Lawrence, you were looking on my block. It's fine. Not a super-chatty block - people come and go from the multi-unit buildings and the condos on the corner, so I know few people by name despite being here 10+ years. But everyone's always been polite, no trouble-makers or weird stuff going on. Pretty diverse crowd - our upstairs tenants are black, FWIW. Safety-wise, it's a quiet corner of Albany Park. No visible shady stuff going on at night. It's still the city, of course... know your surroundings, don't be stupid, etc. My only beef with the neighborhood is the lack of green space. I'd love a decent park.

    If you move in, shoot me a message and you can join us for a movie and pizza some Friday night.

6 days ago

Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

Greetings Neighbors,

Flags are to be flown at half-staff as indicated below until sunset on Saturday, April 21. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching this black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff (see pic). Questions about flag etiquette? Please reach out Jac.Charlier@gmail.com.

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,...

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Greetings Neighbors,

Flags are to be flown at half-staff as indicated below until sunset on Saturday, April 21. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching this black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff (see pic). Questions about flag etiquette? Please reach out Jac.Charlier@gmail.com.

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-flying-flag-half-staff-passing-barbara-bush/

    President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush
    On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, ...
    https://www.whitehouse.gov

Apr 17

Updated Apr 18

Focus on the Weber Spur Trail

UIC is conducting a survey to gather more information about the neighborhood climate around recreational areas that include forested green space, bike trails, and parks. These questions are related to opinions about alternative transportation, use of recreational space, and what changes you would like to see in your neighborhood.

https://uic.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vwsMzgS95VytW5

Questions near the bottom specifically refer to the Weber Spur Trail and the more responses that are made the more interest in finishing the construction of this trail - 2.7 miles north the Devon Avenue

https://twitter.com/WeberSpurTrail

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeberSpur/about/

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    https://uic.qualtrics.com
  • Bob, it is refreshing to see you focus on something other than guns for a change. So pleased was I that I even filled out the survey and I don;t generally do surveys. I even hate filling out warranty cards

Apr 18

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    ALTERATIONS TO FIRST FLOOR AND BASEMENT, NEW SECOND FLOOR ADDITION, NEW REAR OPEN DECK, NEW FENCE AND NEW 2 CAR FRAME GARAGE TO AN EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY BRICK RESIDENCE AS PER PLANS

    5134 N. Troy St. Issued April 16, 2018 Comment

Apr 18

  • Diving into Dystopia

    Ms. Dacks is asking for $1055.08:
    My students need these dystopian novels that span across grade-levels to analyze symbolism, deepen character analysis, understand story arcs, and read critically with questions in mind.
    Albany Park Multicultural Academy Comment

Apr 17

PSA: 4600 block of Monticello the city is towing Cars

The city is towing cars on the 4600 Block of Monticello. There are no parking signs posted for the water main work, but they just went up yesterday.

Apr 17

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

  • Math Games for Diverse Learners

    Mrs. Whittles is asking for $242.05:
    My students need math games that will help reinforce math skills including counting coins, fractions, time, and basic operations including addition, subtraction, and multiplication. These games will reinforce students' learning in a fun, rewarding way!
    Albany Park Multicultural Academy Comment
  • Widening My World of Writing

    Ms. Murray is asking for $811.47:
    I need support to attend the Teachers College Writing Institute.
    Albany Park Multicultural Academy Comment

Apr 16

    North Park Art
    NorthParkArt.org presents Makers Weekend , a time to unleash your creativity, fulfill your curiosity and conquer inertia! Are you seeking the perfect Instagram shot or a made-to-order Mothers Day present? On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018, North Park artisans will help you create wonderful gifts, souvenirs and oddball objects by whittling wood, sculpting cardboard, fashioning a floral treasure, knitting yarn bombs and turning pulp to paper.
    https://northparkart.org

Apr 13

Armed with ballots

Gun control advocates to send voter registration birthday packages to teens

A group of organizations including the Giffords Law Center is planning on distributing voter registration forms to teens as they turn 18. The effort seeks to motivate a demographic that has traditionally been less politically active to participate in November's elections.

April 12, 2018, New York—Gun control advocates are planning to send birthday packages to newly turned 18-year-olds in 10 states where they believe pro-gun
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Gun control advocates to send voter registration birthday packages to teens

A group of organizations including the Giffords Law Center is planning on distributing voter registration forms to teens as they turn 18. The effort seeks to motivate a demographic that has traditionally been less politically active to participate in November's elections.

April 12, 2018, New York—Gun control advocates are planning to send birthday packages to newly turned 18-year-olds in 10 states where they believe pro-gun
lawmakers are vulnerable. Inside each: a voter registration form.

The effort is part of a teen voter sign-up campaign aimed at electing a gun control-friendly Congress in November by seizing the momentum of a movement driven by young people shaken by gun violence, organizers told Reuters.

“I think young people are going to make a huge difference in this election, and the new energy we're seeing is going to tip the scales in a number of races," said Isabelle James, political director for Giffords, which advocates more restrictive gun laws.

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0412/Gun-control-advocates-to-send-voter-registration-birthday-packages-to-teens

    Gun control advocates to send voter registration birthday packages to teens
    A group of organizations including the Giffords Law Center is planning on distributing voter registration forms to teens as they turn 18. The effort seeks to motivate a demographic that has traditionally been less politically active to participate in November's elections.
    https://www.csmonitor.com

Apr 13

Apr 10

Updated Apr 12

Women's underwear?

Guys, we are demo-ing our basement, and we found these weird small plastic bags of women's underwear stuffed into the ceiling insulation. Do we have a Dateline situation in our ceiling? What do you think the police station would do if I walked in with underwear and told them I had concerns?

When we were tearing down a wall in the kitchen, we also found a pink pair of women's underwear and some heineken bottles. We just laughed it off. But maybe we shouldn't have?

Why is pink women's underwear hidden in our ceilings?

  • Thank you eyeinthesky, that is helpful.

    It just occurred to me that they also had a large freezer in the garage when we first looked at the house..

    ..but they also owned a restaurant..

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Give them to Anthony Hairbrain.

Apr 11

Updated Apr 12

Dog collar found

Just found this in Eugene Park, next to the basketball court. I tried calling the phone #, but its not working. If anyone knows the dog or the owner please let me know. Thanks.

Apr 12

Apr 10

North Park Art Makers Weekend Sat. & Sun. April 21 & 22, 2018 10am – Noon and 2 pm – 4pm

Be a Maker at one or more “make-and-take” workshops during the inaugural North Park Makers Weekend, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, 2018. Realize your Maker potential by knitting a yarn bomb; fashioning floral arrangements; building a wood trivet, Shaker-style cooling rack or a cheese platter; turning pulp to paper or sculpting and painting a cardboard cactus.

North Park resident artists lead workshops from 10 am - noon and 2 pm - 4 pm, both days. Pre-registration required. Post-workshop “show-and-tell” and 10 percent discount at Sergio’s Taqueria and Pizza, 3253 W. Bryn Mawr. Visit northparkart.org for details and to sign up.

    North Park Art
    NorthParkArt.org presents Makers Weekend , a time to unleash your creativity, fulfill your curiosity and conquer inertia! Are you seeking the perfect Instagram shot or a made-to-order Mothers Day present? On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018, North Park artisans will help you create wonderful gifts, souvenirs and oddball objects by whittling wood, sculpting cardboard, fashioning a floral treasure, knitting yarn bombs and turning pulp to paper.
    https://northparkart.org

Apr 10

Apr 09

Hit and Run

Someone hit the drivers side of my car. It was parked on Ainslie, between Avers Avenue and Hamlin. It is a Cranberry Red, Ford Fusion. The incident happened sometime between Friday, April 6th after 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th before 8:30 a.m. Please let me know if you saw the hit and run, or if you heard the accident.

Thank you,

Lisa

Apr 02

Updated Apr 08

We're Not Finished!!!

WE'RE NOT FINISHED
March for Our Lives Chicago was an incredibly inspiring first step in a massive movement. Thank you for your support. Together we are a force for change.

But we are just getting started.

We need to keep fighting for social and political solutions for gun reform. We set up a list of actions we can all take to keep the momentum.

Are you with us? Keep Fighting
I WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING-click here:
http://act.everytown.org/go/69207?t=6&akid=93655%2E1454441%2EJJqF9f

Watch this: 'Our...

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WE'RE NOT FINISHED
March for Our Lives Chicago was an incredibly inspiring first step in a massive movement. Thank you for your support. Together we are a force for change.

But we are just getting started.

We need to keep fighting for social and political solutions for gun reform. We set up a list of actions we can all take to keep the momentum.

Are you with us? Keep Fighting
I WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING-click here:
http://act.everytown.org/go/69207?t=6&akid=93655%2E1454441%2EJJqF9f

Watch this: 'Our lives matter. My daughter's life mattered.' — Here's why the people of Chicago came out to #MarchForOurLives
https://donate.everytown.org/go/69208?t=7&akid=93655%2E1454441%2EJJqF9f

Read this: Young activists rally for gun reform at March for Our Lives Chicago march in Union Park - in The Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-march-for-our-lives-scribble-20180323-htmlstory.html

Sign up for Strides for Peace to promote gun reform in Chicago
https://www.stridesforpeace.org/

Join a local Moms Demand Action chapter to effect change on gun reform with other committed activists
https://act.everytown.org/signup/Join-Moms/?source=mdmo_MomsMain&utm_source=md_m_&utm_medium=_o&utm_campaign=MomsMain

Sign the petition to override Governor Rauner's veto on gun licensing in Illinois
https://ilgvp.com/ouronejob-petition/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/gatheractivism/

    Keep Fighting
    http://gatheractivism.com
  • Albnypkres SJC

    Is this Facebook?

  • Why doesn't Bob confine his proselytizing to a single post? Perhaps because he has gotten significant push back on his other threads that address much the same subject matter or perhaps he feels that it is advantageous to blanket Everyblock with multiple posts to spread his anti-gun "gospel" to a wider audience.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 07

Side swept car on Wilson

Only reason I parked my car on Wilson was because of ComEd. I hate parking my car on Wilson because I dread getting my car side swept and of course at 2:30 am today I heard a bang and my car alarm go off. I didn’t get to see who did it in time but a neighbor came out and said they went west towards Pulaski on Wilson. This happened at St. Louis & Wilson. I am wondering if anyone...

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Only reason I parked my car on Wilson was because of ComEd. I hate parking my car on Wilson because I dread getting my car side swept and of course at 2:30 am today I heard a bang and my car alarm go off. I didn’t get to see who did it in time but a neighbor came out and said they went west towards Pulaski on Wilson. This happened at St. Louis & Wilson. I am wondering if anyone has cameras that may have captured the vehicle around this time? In the morning I’ll be able to see the paint color. I also found this in the street, it’s a long shot but maybe someone knows what kind of car it belongs to. It’s snowing but it isn’t that slippery to cause someone to do this.

  • ShleinAlbanyPark

    I found it’s a 1997 bmw 528i. But if anyone has footage it would be helpful

  • 1. File a police report.
    2. Contact your insurance agency, scoop out $500 deductible (easier said than done) and get your car back and fixed in a couple of weeks.
    3. Stop playing detective, it's not going to get you anything but frustration, been there done that.
    Good luck be safe

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. I'm an insurance professional with over 20 years in the business. File the police report and get 2-3 damage estimates. Damage estimates are free except for your time and trouble. If you cannot contact and work out a way for the other driver...

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you. I'm an insurance professional with over 20 years in the business. File the police report and get 2-3 damage estimates. Damage estimates are free except for your time and trouble. If you cannot contact and work out a way for the other driver to pay for the damage they caused to your vehicle either out of pocket or through their reputable insurance carrier, ie if the agent is someone like Insurance King, Talrow Insurance, Marvell Towers as opposed to State Farm, Geico, Progressive or another big company you may want to look to your own insurance company provided you have comprehensive aka other than collision coverage. Reason being non-standard insurance companies generally don't have the best claim service and payment record. If, however, you have liability only, check your policy to see if you purchased uninsured motorist property damage coverage which MAY, depending on the terms of your insurance contract, respond to the damage caused in this incident. I hope this all works out for you!

Apr 07

Apr 06

Peterson Garden Project!

Gardening plots are still available at the NEIU campus through Peterson Garden Project!
This is our 4th summer gardening there and we love it and maybe you would too!
Go to https://petersongarden.org/garden-with-us/ for more info!

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

Edgebrook Resident Mike Royko's April 5, 1968 Article on the Assassination of Dr. King (Post 2 of 2)

*This Royko article is being done in two postings*

And behind them were the subtle ones, those who never say anything bad but just nod when the bigot throws out his strong opinions.

He is actually the worst, the nodder is, because sometimes he believes differently but he says nothing. He doesn’t want to cause trouble. For Pete’s sake, don’t cause trouble!

So when his brother-in-law or his card-playing buddy from across the alley spews out the racial filth, he...

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*This Royko article is being done in two postings*

And behind them were the subtle ones, those who never say anything bad but just nod when the bigot throws out his strong opinions.

He is actually the worst, the nodder is, because sometimes he believes differently but he says nothing. He doesn’t want to cause trouble. For Pete’s sake, don’t cause trouble!

So when his brother-in-law or his card-playing buddy from across the alley spews out the racial filth, he nods.

Give some credit to the most subtle of the subtle. That distinction belongs to the FBI, now looking for King’s killer.

That agency took part in a mudslinging campaign against him that to this day demands an investigation.

The bullet that hit King came from all directions. Every two-bit politician or incompetent editorial writer found in him, not themselves, the cause of our racial problems.

It was almost ludicrous. The man came on the American scene preaching nonviolence from the first day he sat at the wrong end of a bus. He preached it in the North and was hit with rocks. He talked it the day he was murdered.

Hypocrites all over this country would kneel every Sunday morning and mouth messages to Jesus Christ. Then they would come out and tell each other, after reading the papers, that somebody should string up King, who was living Christianity like few Americans ever have.

Maybe it was the simplicity of his goal that confused people or the way he dramatized it.

He wanted only that black Americans have their constitutional rights, that they get an equal shot at this country’s benefits, the same thing we give to the last guy who jumped off the boat.

So we killed him. Just as we killed Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. No other country kills so many of its best people.

Last Sunday night the President said he was quitting after this term. He said this country is so filled with hate it might help if he got out. Four days later we killed a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

  • I remember this day and the many others like it. Thank you for posting.

  • Thank you for posting. How sad that 50 years later we are still fighting the same hatred and bigotry.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 05

Edgebrook Resident Mike Royko's April 5, 1968 Article on the Assassination of Dr. King (Post 1 of 2)

**This Royko article is being done in two postings due to EveryBlock space limitations. This is Post 1 of 2**

Greetings My Neighbors!

At 6:05 PM CST today on April 4, 1968 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered (with a Remington rifle) by a white man who was a known criminal. You know the story of course, and that's important as it's our history. On this 50th Anniversary of the violent assassination of Dr. King, I share...

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**This Royko article is being done in two postings due to EveryBlock space limitations. This is Post 1 of 2**

Greetings My Neighbors!

At 6:05 PM CST today on April 4, 1968 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered (with a Remington rifle) by a white man who was a known criminal. You know the story of course, and that's important as it's our history. On this 50th Anniversary of the violent assassination of Dr. King, I share with you the words of Edgebrook resident Mike Royko. He would publish this tomorrow, April 5, 1968.

Mike Royko: Millions in his Firing Squad
April 5, 1968

FBI agents are looking for the man who pulled the trigger and surely they will find him.

But it doesn’t matter if they do or they don’t. They can’t catch everybody, and Martin Luther King was executed by a firing squad that numbered in the millions.

They took part, from all over the country, pouring words of hate into the ear of the assassin.

The man with the gun did what he was told. Millions of bigots, subtle and obvious, put it in his hand and assured him he was doing the right thing.

It would be easy to point at the Southern redneck and say he did it. But what of the Northern disk-jockey-turned-commentator, with his slippery words of hate every morning?

What about the Northern mayor who steps all over every poverty program advancement, thinking only of political expediency, until riots fester, whites react with more hate and the gap between the races grows bigger?

Toss in the congressman with the stupid arguments against busing. And the pathetic women who turn out with eggs in their hands to throw at children.

Let us not forget the law-and-order type politicians who are in favor of arresting all Negro prostitutes in the vice districts. When you ask them to vote for laws that would eliminate some of the causes of prostitution, they babble like the bums they are.

Throw in a Steve Telow or two: the Eastern and Southern European immigrant or his kid who seems to be convinced that in 40 or 50 years he built this country. There was nothing here until he arrived, you see, so that gives him the right to pitch rocks when Martin Luther King walks down the street in his neighborhood.

  • Thank you Jac. A very timely post speaking truth to all of us.

Mar 26

Updated Apr 05

Need some reco's....

Hi All...

Need a couple of recommendations, hopefully in Albany Park. I need a plumber, and someone to re-do the stairs going into my basement...whole thing (taking out the old stairs, putting in the new stairs, finishing and/or painting them as well). Thanks!

Apr 04

Mar 27

Updated Apr 02

Hi, am new to EveryBlock.

I've been attending the CAPS meetings and will be at the next one
on Apr 18! Would be interested in meeting anyone along Leland.
I would also like to participate in the neighborhood cleanup on Apr 21.

Tks
Doug

  • Welcome to your neighborhood, Bob! I think you'd get more of a response if you mention what cross street of Leland you are near. That's a long street. :)
    Are they promoting a neighborhood cleanup at the CAPS meeting? Cool!

Apr 02

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