May 02

Updated May 04

Girl, 4, shot while sitting on porch in Gresham

When will we stop these shootings?

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/girl-4-wounded-in-gresham-shooting/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-shootings-violence-20180501-story.html

A 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday evening in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. The girl was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where her condition stabilized, police said. She was later transferred to Stroger Hospital.

    Girl, 4, shot while sitting on porch in Gresham
    A 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday evening in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. She was sitting on a porch with her parents about 7:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 88th Street when a dark-colored car pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Know me as statute Informed Resident, it could be that some of us are as passionate about the subject matter as the original poster. Granted, such an emotionally charged topic polarizes participants in the heat of the discussion, civility can give way to insults and snide remarks that are almost a feature rather than an option, but do not contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion, What someone thinks of another does not define what an who that person is and essentially matters not.

  • Then it may be appropriate to read your own words, and I quote: " Granted, such an emotionally charged topic polarizes participants in the heat of the discussion, civility can give way to insults and snide remarks that are almost a feature rather than an option, but do not contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion..."

    Multiple posters fall into this quicksand; to "explain" with the words above does not ameliorate the back-and-forth insults and a personal need to prevail. Several people disagree, leave it at that, rather than endless haranguing.

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May 03

Jan 24 2012

Updated May 02

Albany Park Gang Turf Disclosed

The District 17 Police have posted Gang turfs in Albany ParK:

Latin Kings: Belmont to Roscoe
Kimball to Hamlin

Spanish Ganster Disciples:
Lawrence to Argyle
Monticello to Kimball
New set forming around Kimball &
Berteau/BellePlaine

LaFamilia Stones: Irving Park to Lawrence
Sawyer to California

Simon City Royals: Montrose to Irviing Park
Kimball to Hamlin

Spanish Cobras: Lawrence to Monticello
Pulaski to Foches

Conservative Vice Lords: Lawrence to Wilson
St. Louis to Hamlin

Maniac Latin Disciples: Moved into District 14

The post also shows pictures of their Gang signs, with descriptions and list their Gang colors.

Apr 29

Updated May 02

Neighborhood recommendations

Two family members are moving to Chicago and I'm scouting out neighborhoods for them to live in. They can't afford much but would like to buy a house. I am thinking about the Belmont & Central area, Hermosa, Mayfair and Albany Park because these neighborhoods are not too expensive (yet). My family members are Caucasian so I'm wondering how they would be received in those 'hoods. Dunning would be affordable and safe but there's poor transportation into the loop so that's out. Any suggestions or recommendations? Thanks.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Something along Belmont would also work for you.The Belmont CTA buses run all night between Harlem and the Red Line.Great access to shopping too

  • Thanks, Michael. I was wondering about Belmont-Cragin for them. The home prices are low there but I don't know anything about the area. I will keep it in mind.

May 01

Updated May 02

Wrought iron fence repair

In need of several minor wrought iron fence repairs. One gate needs to be re-aligned to lock properly and another needs the latch extended as an example. I would like to work with a local contractor if possible. Please provide your recommendations.

  • A Neighbor 2 albany park resident

    I also need the same done.

  • I've had good experiences with Trejo's Iron Works (trejosironworks.com) for iron fence work and repairs: 773-805-7172. Hope this helps!

Dec 03 2012

Updated May 01

Catch basin/Plumbing issue

Hey everyone - we bought a house about 6 weeks ago and we're experiencing our first round of plumbing problems. Everything was going fine until last week. We started noticing a gurgling noise in the basement bathtub when you flush the toilet, the upstairs kitchen sink drain now has a gurgle to it and just yesterday, water started backflowing out of the basement floor drain when the washing machine drained. The drain doesn't appear to be completely clogged because if...

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Hey everyone - we bought a house about 6 weeks ago and we're experiencing our first round of plumbing problems. Everything was going fine until last week. We started noticing a gurgling noise in the basement bathtub when you flush the toilet, the upstairs kitchen sink drain now has a gurgle to it and just yesterday, water started backflowing out of the basement floor drain when the washing machine drained. The drain doesn't appear to be completely clogged because if you watch the water rise and then shut off the washer, the water will recede as the utility sink empties into the drain (the washer drains into the utility sink). We had an overpriced and highly incompetent plumber come out to have a look at this and to unclog the upstairs bathtub and he couldn't find any issue with the basement. The only thing that he did note was that the catch basin looked as if it might be a little full. Apparently there should be three drain openings in the walls of the basin and only one is visible. The basement was remodeled a couple of years ago and he said that the catch basin could have been closed off from the plumbing system. Does anyone know if it is possible to close off a catch basin? Also, has anyone experienced the issues that I am describing? If so, what did you have to do to fix the problem and, more importantly, what did it cost? Thanks in advance for any info that you can provide.

  • @Robin I'm new to this site and when I saw the date of your post as March 22, I assumed it was this year. My mistake. I was merely attempting to be helpful by posting some info. I'll be more careful when engaging on this public forum in the future.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    it's ok. The 'massive evolution' of plumbing in the past 5 years hasn't made these posts any less timely.

Apr 29

Updated May 01

River Park Improvements

Vera O., Park Mgr. told us last week that
reconstruction of the long demolished
Tennis Courts (6) with lights at River Park.. will begin by 5/3..!
And, the other improvements adjacent like a Soccer Field should be soon followed.
Remember. The $70 million Deep Tunnel one mile dig under Foster Ave.
at the River has been due to finish April
2018...but appears to be quite late.

But, good for the Tennis and Soccer areas. New ,clean sports areas with active players keep the troublemakers
further away.

  • Is the pool still there? I just glimpsed at the construction when I was driving down Francisco yesterday. I couldn't see it, I guess it's covered. I'm hoping for an indoor Olympic sized pool that only I can use :).

  • LincolnSquarePoppy Lincoln Square Resident

    Pool is still there but won't be open until CPS is done for the school year - need the high school lifeguards to keep us all safe!

Apr 20

Updated May 01

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?!

  • Neighborhood dad: I don't carry anything because I don't need to use public transportation. So chill.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I’m as chill as April in Chicago.

Apr 30

Updated May 01

Gunshots near Pensacola & Campbell

Did anyone else hear about 5 gunshots this morning about 4:30?

Apr 30

Updated May 01

5-year-old shot on way to park

On Sunday’s mild afternoon, Stephanie Evans had hoped to take her children to a local park, but a burst of gunfire outside her Northwest Side home ruined those plans, leaving her 5-year-old daughter wounded and the family worriedly gathered at a Chicago hospital instead.

Around 1:30 p.m., Evans, 43, her husband and her four children were walking out of their home in the 4600 block of North Monticello Avenue in Albany Park. They had planned to stop at a relative’s and head to the park from there.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-girl-shot-albany-park-20180429-story.html

When will these shootings stop? What can we do to have more gun control? Attend a meeting at the Sulzer Library.

https://www.facebook.com/events/517728865288773/

    On way to park, family stunned as 5-year-old girl is wounded by gunfire in front of Albany Park home
    On Sunday's mild afternoon, Stephanie Evans had hoped to take her children to a local park, but a burst of gunfire outside her Northwest Side home ruined those plans, leaving her 5-year-old daughter wounded and the family worriedly gathered at a Chicago hospital instead.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • IMHO, I have contended all along that our revolving door criminal justice system is a huge problem in need of fixing. I have never been able to comprehend why myopic "visionaries" of the anti-gun movement focus on the gun and only the gun rather than crime and who commits crimes...

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    IMHO, I have contended all along that our revolving door criminal justice system is a huge problem in need of fixing. I have never been able to comprehend why myopic "visionaries" of the anti-gun movement focus on the gun and only the gun rather than crime and who commits crimes ... the criminal. Prosecution to the fullest extent of the law and incarceration commensurate with the crime is a must. Less criminals ... less crime ... elementary.

    ward greenleaf, exactly what I asked, but even without no reply or word of explanation, we both know the reason as does the original poster.

    I hope that the 5 year old will not suffer from any trauma going forward.

    Jimmy Mac, in another thread, since shut down, Bob noted that we both gave thumbs up to some posts and insinuated, because of the similarity of our EveryBlock IDs, that we are one and the same person. I wish you'd set him straight on that account. Like you Everyblok ID by the way 8^).

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired
Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

May 01

Apr 29

Updated Apr 30

Anyone have any extra rain barrels?

Looking to pick up unused rain barrels

  • Have a couple that you're welcome to. The only thing is that I seem to recall that the plug/spigot was in need of a little finessing to get a good seal.

Apr 30

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Apr 28

Refugee who worked for US Army looking for a phone

Refugee father in need of a phone that works and is unlocked.
Thank you
Evan
773-230-8225

Apr 28

Apr 25

Updated Apr 27

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!

  • Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my...

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    Hey, Jen! This is actually my neighborhood and we're an almost young family a (baby on the way) and have been in the neighborhood for almost 2 years. There are plenty of families over here pushing their kids around on strollers and a couple of families with children in my building alone. There's a park right at Lawndale and Leland and when it's sunny you'll see a bunch of families playing on the playground and throwing balls to their dogs on the baseball field. You're only a few blocks off the Kimbal Brown and a quick bus ride to the Blue Line.

    I think the neighborhood is generally safe. There has been some gang activity since we've moved in but police response is very fast (there's a station right at Leland and Pulaski) and it's been happening less and less as I've seen more and more families moving in. There's a Cermack produce moving in right next to the police station and many bodega type grocery stores on Lawrence though we don't really use them. We go to the Marianos on Lawrence over by the Metra which is a quick bus ride from the hood. There's plenty out of the cut restaurants to chose from and you're right up the street from Lincoln Square to the east and Mayfair to the west.

    It's not Roscoe Village but it's a good neighborhood that's been on the come up.

  • Andrew Carpenter Realtor Edgewater home owner and Chicago Reator

    As a Realtor I'm legally not allowed to comment on crime rates but I can tell you that you can buy a condo for the same monthly costs as renting and there is a grant that will pay for your down payment eliminating most of your out of pocket costs. It's easier to buy property than most people think!

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

    So, my point of all of this was to keep our dang phones put away and keep the head on a swivel.

    Had it been my daughter, I’d be in a perch looking for the offender, but it wasn’t. We live in a 360 degree world, head on a swivel and watch your six. How did General Martis put it? “Be nice to everyone but have a plan...”

Mar 22 2016

Updated Apr 27

Map of Section 8 Housing?

Does anyone know of an online map showing the location of all Section 8 housing (in Albany Park, or the north side in general)? I realize that it's difficult (if not impossible) for such a map to be comprehensive, especially on a city-wide scale, but was wondering if someone has put together a decent ad hoc map of this type, at least on a neighborhood level.

  • FR

    Here are a couple of maps I found regarding section 8:

    1. http://www.thecha.org/residents/public-housing/find-public-housing/ - this is the map of all the PUBLIC housing in chicago (managed by CHA, paid for by the US HUD).

    2. http://chicagoha.gosection8.com/Tenant/tn_Results.aspx - This is a map/list of the current PRIVATE housing (owned/developed by non-government) that...

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    Here are a couple of maps I found regarding section 8:

    1. http://www.thecha.org/residents/public-housing/find-public-housing/ - this is the map of all the PUBLIC housing in chicago (managed by CHA, paid for by the US HUD).

    2. http://chicagoha.gosection8.com/Tenant/tn_Results.aspx - This is a map/list of the current PRIVATE housing (owned/developed by non-government) that are looking for tenants and can accept Housing Choice Vouchers (paid for by the US HUD).

    3. Here is a list the "Affordable Housing" Units in Chicago -
    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/affordable_rentalhousingresourcelist.html . "Affordable Housing" is the term typically used for developments that have received money or other resources (i.e. relaxed zoning, permits) from the City of Chicago (NOT the US HUD). Google "Affordable Housing Ordinance Chicago" for more info.

    4. CAPS office probably has a list where HCV holders currently live - but I know the CHA produces similar maps periodically - the information is out there.

  • FR

    Though, a map of section 8 vs crime would be about as interesting as looking at a chart of ice cream consumption vs drowning deaths - uniformed people, or people with a preexisting bias to confirm, would see a pattern (ice cream causes drowning!) whereas more knowledgeable folks would know...

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    Though, a map of section 8 vs crime would be about as interesting as looking at a chart of ice cream consumption vs drowning deaths - uniformed people, or people with a preexisting bias to confirm, would see a pattern (ice cream causes drowning!) whereas more knowledgeable folks would know that people tend to eat more ice cream and swim more in the summer.

    HCV recipients tend to live in low-rent high-crime areas. This is because, the HCV subsidy, until very recently, was based on the average rent of the ENTIRE Chicago metro area - thus it was only cost effective for landlords to take HCVs in low-rent areas (which is correlated with high-crime areas). However, the HCV-eligible houses are usually the nicer houses/apartments in the area- they have to pass an inspection.

    This had an effect of creating/perpetuating ghettos - poor people in one area, rich in another. Based on your political affiliation, this is either a desirable or undesirable result.

    Recently, they have changed the HCV program so cities with wide varieties of neighborhoods that have wildly different market rents (like Chicago, NYC) can offer vouchers that reflect that reality. This is how those 4 HCV holders were able to live in a $3000 per month in the Loop, as opposed to having to live in Garfield Park at $600 a month.

    HCVs do not usually pay the entire rental amount - most of the time the HCV recipient has to pay part of the rent, based on their current income. Additionally, the program has a long wait time and stringent requirements - many landlords prefer HCV recipients because they are already vetted and have a lot more to lose by being a bad tenant, and payments are guaranteed.

    Thus HCV recipients who live in nice areas will almost certainly be extremely well behaved tenants - an HCV landlord will have 100s (no joke) of HCV applicants to their apartment if it is in a nice North Side area, thus will be able to select the best tenants.

Apr 27

Shout Out to Chicago Police for a Job Well Done

Burglary in progress last night was stopped by CPD, at least one person was detained.

Apr 24

Updated Apr 27

Keep A Lookout For Robber

I was almost mugged taking out my trash on Wednesday, April 18th in the alley behind the 3500 block of Wolfram St between the 2800 block of Milwaukee Ave.

The man is somewhere between 5’10 and 6’0, African American with very dark skin, a black leather coat and a dark gray beanie. He has a nice complexion (no pock marks or acne) and does not appear to be homeless or on drugs. His clothing was actually pretty nice.

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I was almost mugged taking out my trash on Wednesday, April 18th in the alley behind the 3500 block of Wolfram St between the 2800 block of Milwaukee Ave.

The man is somewhere between 5’10 and 6’0, African American with very dark skin, a black leather coat and a dark gray beanie. He has a nice complexion (no pock marks or acne) and does not appear to be homeless or on drugs. His clothing was actually pretty nice.

I called the cops and they showed up within 2 minutes but we could not find him. I’m not sure if he was armed because he had his hands in his pockets so he either was and didn’t want to flash the gun or wasn’t and wanted me to think that he was.

Be careful out there everyone and keep your head on a swivel.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Have to agree, without details we do not know what you mean, that you were almost mugged? Don't get me wrong, I will be the first to say that I profile in my neighborhood, but it does not sound like this guy did not appear to not belong. The ones...

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    Have to agree, without details we do not know what you mean, that you were almost mugged? Don't get me wrong, I will be the first to say that I profile in my neighborhood, but it does not sound like this guy did not appear to not belong. The ones I look for are, and they can be any color/ethnicity, scummy looking, pants down to the ankles, smelling like reefer, and in that case, I also call. A nicely dressed black guy walking with his hands in his pockets, unless he did or said something, it does sound like a white bread city newbie.

  • lakeview has too many criminals loitering around waiting to commit another violent crime. Most are career violent criminals and should be Stop and search identify see if warrants out. Most likely he was doing #1 or #2 in the alley, they do it in my alley all the time

Apr 26

Updated Apr 27

Wilson Ave car jacking?

Hey guys, am I missing it or have there been any updates on the carjacking from last night?

Apr 23

Updated Apr 26

Massive New School Proposed On Montrose — Community Meeting Thursday @ 6pm

On Thursday April 26 at 6pm there will be a community meeting about North Park Elementary’s plan to build a massive 63,000+ square foot school at their current location. This is three times the size of their existing structure. A related plan to more than double the enrollment will also be put into place. The meeting will take place at 2017 W. Montrose. Please attend if you want your voice heard.

Here are the proposed plans:

http://chicago47.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-W-Montrose-NPES-drawings-4-13-18.pdf

    http://chicago47.org
  • @LincolnSquareFam: Agreed. A compromise should be worked out and it's very possible that the school put the biggest plan out there so that after negotiations, it scales down and ends up building exactly what they wanted to initially. They come off as "listening to the neighbors" which is great PR....

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    @LincolnSquareFam: Agreed. A compromise should be worked out and it's very possible that the school put the biggest plan out there so that after negotiations, it scales down and ends up building exactly what they wanted to initially. They come off as "listening to the neighbors" which is great PR. That would also follow the Rahm/Chicago way of doing things.

    I also don't think it's that simple to tear it down and make condos. Unless of course, the Alderman allows the zoning change for the new developer/owner. Currently it is zoned for a school and the playlots are zoned for single family homes that existed there previously.

    To take your example further that if the school moves and a condo building comes in, that would actually help the tax base since those condos (also Transit Oriented Development which everyone seems to endorse now) would than add greatly to the property tax revenue to our neighborhood. Currently the city receives $0 from those prime city lots as the private school is tax exempt.

  • A condo building has pros and cons. It would probably be just as big, though. It seems like they are always retail level plus 3 floors. I am sure they would change the zoning if the alternative is a big empty building. I think those developers have a lot of...

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    A condo building has pros and cons. It would probably be just as big, though. It seems like they are always retail level plus 3 floors. I am sure they would change the zoning if the alternative is a big empty building. I think those developers have a lot of leverage, right? It’s a good location for condos, near the EL. The businesses would like condos, I would imagine. I am at least 2 blocks away so I have less skin in the game, but I still prefer a school. I just feel it adds more value and it brings families into the neighborhood. I hope everyone is reasonable on all sides.

Apr 26

Parking spots for rent !!!

Hello all , I’m new to the neighborhood and I’m having a hard time finding a parking spot at night after work . I’m near 4412 N St. Louis and montrose ...does anyone know of parking spots for rent around the area ??

Apr 24

Updated Apr 25

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
  • SB 1657...

    Victim #2 – The Independent Gun Retailer. If passed, SB1657 would require firearm retailers to drastically alter their business processes. Such would include upgraded training for employees, updated security systems, and increased expenditure of staff-hours dedicated to government inspections of their stores. The net result would be a...

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    SB 1657...

    Victim #2 – The Independent Gun Retailer. If passed, SB1657 would require firearm retailers to drastically alter their business processes. Such would include upgraded training for employees, updated security systems, and increased expenditure of staff-hours dedicated to government inspections of their stores. The net result would be a significant increase in fixed overhead costs for independent retailers. Increased overhead costs would be passed along to customers in the form of higher retailer prices to the tune of $150 to $300 per gun. Increased gun prices would artificially drive down demand for firearms by the law-abiding public. In effect, SB1657 would establish a tax on a Constitutional right. It should be noted that "big box" retailers are exempted from the bill's requirements because their gun sales do not exceed 20% of gross yearly sales for all lines. The exemption puts independent dealers at a serious competitive disadvantage – further driving the demise of independent gun shops. Having very little skin in the game could prompt the big box retailers to withdraw entirely from the firearms market – thus leaving Illinois citizens with no accessibility to firearms.

  • SB 1657...

    Victim #3 – Illinois Firearm Manufacturers. Under the original version of the Senate bill, firearm manufacturers would have to comply with the licensing bill as well. The costs to manufacturers would be prohibitive and they would have to move out of state or shut down,
    As usual, Bob...

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    SB 1657...

    Victim #3 – Illinois Firearm Manufacturers. Under the original version of the Senate bill, firearm manufacturers would have to comply with the licensing bill as well. The costs to manufacturers would be prohibitive and they would have to move out of state or shut down,
    As usual, Bob is uninformed, but he never lets that cramp his style when it comes to pushing his agenda. Bill 1657 is an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that seeks to create anti-gun 5-member licensing boards and onerous mandatory regulations, fees and costs potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

Apr 08 2017

Updated Apr 25

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

  • 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?

  • future alderman future alderman

    sure-but you will have to pay for said service-i hereby offer my services for 50$ plus travel minimum cash-anything over 4 hours 10$ an hour

Apr 22

Updated Apr 24

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.

Apr 24

Firetrucks

Anyone know what’s going on at Lawrence and Kedzie?

Apr 21

Updated Apr 24

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.

Apr 23

Updated Apr 24

Police Issue Alert After NW Side Armed Robberies

3400 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue: 4/20 at 12:18 a.m.

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

4700 block of North Central Park Avenue: 4/14 at 11:35 p.m.

2400 block of North Monitor Avenue: 4/17 at 10:37 p.m.

4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue: 4/17 at 11:28 p.m.

    Police Issue Alert After NW Side Armed Robberies
    Chicago police are searching for suspects in a series of armed robberies on the city's Northwest Side. According to authorities, five different robberies have taken place within the last week, including a pair of thefts on April 17 that occurred less than an hour apart.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

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

    These guys should reconsider their tactics and choice of victims. They might get caught up with and off duty Cop who’s practiced this scenario and could have their young life come to a screaming hault, just saying.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Or possibly an ex cop with a conceal and carry who will happily teach them the error of their ways.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Might I also add, how nice that they described the folks as something other than "three males". At least we can be on the lookout, although any further details (height, weight, age etc) would be good also.

Apr 24

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