May 11 2017

Updated 2 hours ago

    Ald. Arena pledges to bring 50 CHA units to the ward
    by BRIAN NADIG Alderman John Arena (45th) has pledged to bring 50 Chicago Housing Authority-sponsored apartments to the 45th Ward by the end of his term in the spring of 2019. Arena and six other aldermen recently signed the pledge as part of an effort that they say will help end segregation on the North and Northwest Side.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Why is Rham a fence sitter? Because he is listening to the neighborhood voters. Unlike arena...he may actually get re-elected by doing such a crazy thing.

  • I hope Rahm never holds office here, or anywhere else, ever again.

May 17

Updated 4 hours ago

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • you can park there and less crime.

  • No,no,no! That's my neighborhood! Do not increase my property values! The middleclass is being pushed out of the city. Dunning is right on the border.

Jun 16

Updated 9 hours ago

Jeff Park Affordable Housing Opponent John Garrido Caught Violating City Ethics Law

John Garrido (CPD Lt. John Garrido/Former losing 45th Ward aldermanic candidate John Garrido/Leading outspoken opponent of the Jefferson Park affordable housing project John Garrido/(Likely) fake EveryBlock name-user John Garrido) VIOLATED the city's Ethics ordinance, per a report released June 15,2017: See the list of names, John Garrido is number 28, on the list linked from this 6/15/17 City Press Release:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/statements_of_financialinterests/news/2017/june/FIS-Viol-2017.html
"June 15, 2017
Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests

Employees and Officials who violated the Ethics Ordinance for failure to timely file 2017 Statements of Financial Interests"

    City of Chicago :: Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests
    Businesses & Professionals Artists & Entertainers Builders Caregivers Contractors Cultural Organizations Developers Educators Existing Businesses Food Service Establishments
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action

LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone...

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LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone this land from POS-1 (Regional or Community Park) to RS-1. This will allow developers to strip this land of its trees and wildlife in order to construct single family homes.

We believe that to divest the people of Chicago of even a single parcel of forested land should be as unthinkable as privatizing a stretch of the lakefront. The parcel in question, though privately owned, provides great value to the community and the region as undeveloped open space. We therefore ask that you sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. We further ask that you reach out to your elected City and County officials to voice your opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.

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  • B. Tersch Urban beautification enthusiast

    Does Openlands know about this situation?

  • J

    Oh, no! Openlands. Lookout. Rhe have zero influence and even less authority on this matter.

25 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

    Photo adds to controversy surrounding Alderman Arena's use of police lot near Wrigley - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG and KEVIN GROSS and A Facebook photograph shows that Alderman John Arena (45th) attended a May 11 Cubs game with other elected officials, contradicting his statement to reporters that he parked at the 19th (Town Hall) Police District Station near Wrigley Field so that his 75-year-old mother would not have to walk too far.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • What would you expect from a scammer??
    Exactly what you see here.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    Which one is his 75 year old mom?

23 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Sears and Forensics

Does anyone know what happened behind the Sears today? At about 11am there were forensics cops and my wife was told the store would not be open today.

  • I get the silence after the fact, but there is usually an initial broadcast to get the police there in the first place

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    When? The site crimeisdown.com holds scanner audio recordings. Go there, click Scanner Audio, select ZONE 1, pick the time slot that is around the time that the CPD crew was there and give it a listen. That's 17th district there.

    You get a free 5 recordings. Worth the $1/month level just for reasons like this.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Free Sod

I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I...

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I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I am just trying to get rid of it without having to bag it for the garbage people, so feel free to come by and take it. I plan to put a sign up tonight, but as described above, if you drive west on Montrose, turn right on Narragansett, turn right on Sunnyside, then turn immediately right into the alley and drive down a bit, you will see the sod stacked up on the right right inside my fence. Take as much as you want, all of it if you can.

34 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago - ProPublica
    When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago's Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn't the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan - including 45th Ward Ald.
    https://www.propublica.org

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Mixed-income housing developer for 5150 Northwest Hwy reviews options after state denies tax credits

State board explains its reasoning for not approving tax credits for Northwest Highway proposal, while a local pastor charges that the housing authority is enabling the “forces of white supremacy” to maintain segregation on the Northwest Side. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/fate-of-5150-n-northwest-hwy-uncertain-following-tax-credit-decision/

    Fate of 5150 N. Northwest Hwy uncertain following tax-credit decision - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The fate of a controversial mixed-income housing proposal in Jefferson Park remains uncertain after the Illinois Housing Development Authority last week did not approve low-income housing tax credits for the proposal. "We are still reviewing our options at this point," said project developer Joshua Wilmoth of Full Circle Communities.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bill the Engineer /ChicagoNWside/

    Inactive is correct....

    Subsidies, programs and promises have a cost. As those costs rise taxes are raised. When the net is widened, costs increase So taxes are raised. When the taxes and costs become too much to bear, people and companies cut back, move, or fold. Then meaningful economic development...

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    Inactive is correct....

    Subsidies, programs and promises have a cost. As those costs rise taxes are raised. When the net is widened, costs increase So taxes are raised. When the taxes and costs become too much to bear, people and companies cut back, move, or fold. Then meaningful economic development takes a hit which results in less incoming revenue. As things become "unaffordable" for those remaining, they leave or get in line for subsidies. Which of course reduces revenue and increases costs. So taxes are raised.....

    This is an unsustainable cycle....

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Being unsustainable is built in to the Illinois constitution, so, why stop with this? Unsustainable is a word not in Illinois politicians vocabulary as long as the words "added/increased revenue/taxes exist. Sadly, a 5 yr old can see the math problem here and are honest enough to give an accurate answer.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Landscape recommendations

I need to hire someone to mow my lawn at least once a month. Does anyone have recommendations?

31 hours ago

Missing boy, girl last seen at Horner Park on Northwest Side

Police are looking for two children who have been missing since Tuesday from the Northwest Side.

James Stewart, 12, and Katherine Chanalata, 14, were last seen Tuesday at Horner Park, 2700 W. Montrose, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Police released their photos Wednesday and are asking anyone with information about them to call the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266.

Horner Park is located near Montrose and California!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1117431

    Missing boy, girl last seen at Horner Park on Northwest Side
    Police are looking for two children who have been missing since Tuesday from the Northwest Side. James Stewart, 12, and Katherine Chanalata, 14, were last seen Tuesday at Horner Park, 2700 W. Montrose, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

Jul 20

Updated 34 hours ago

    297 Apartments Near O'Hare Approved Over Alderman's Objection
    CITY HALL - A key city panel approved the construction of a seven-story, 297-unit luxury apartment complex near the Cumberland CTA Blue Line station in a 7-1 vote on Thursday despite the objection of Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), who said residents of the 41st Ward did not want the project.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From...

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    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From Pro-Publica Illinois:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.(Excerpts):"Starting with the 2012 elections, some institute leaders began funding campaigns after a series of transactions involving other organizations and political action committees they formed, records show."

    "The Illinois Opportunity Project, in turn, poured more than $1.7 million into political campaigns and committees across the state, according to election board records. "..."Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer running for alderman of the city’s 45th Ward, received $2,000, while Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer and firefighter vying to be 41st Ward alderman, got $3,000."..."In 2016, the Illinois Opportunity Project also loaned $325,000 to Liberty Principles, a political action committee founded and run by Proft. Liberty Principles spent more than $10.5 million in races across the state in 2015 and 2016, including about $118,000 backing Garrido. Proft didn’t respond to a request for comment. The 2015 results were mixed. In the 41st Ward, Napolitano upset an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s. But for the second time in four years, Garrido lost to John Arena, a self-described progressive who received significant backing from unions and liberal donors."

2 days ago

Memorial Day 2018: 3 Ways You Can Join In Locally

Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways you can be part of Memorial Day 2018, right here in our community. If you have questions about any of these, please ask - jac.charlier@gmail.com. I'll be at all three and look forward to seeing you there.

1) Chicago Veterans Ruck March - Friday, May 25 from 9 AM
This 20 mile march (hike) from Glencoe to North Avenue Beach will raise awareness of the 20 veterans who commit suicide everyday. All can march. Adults. Kids. Strollers. Do some or all of the march. No ruck needed. Volunteers welcome. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may25-chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2018-8596131/

2) North Park Village Flag and Remembrance Ceremony - Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM
The names of all servicemembers of families present (any branch, any era) who have passed away will be spoken out loud. They do not need to have died in combat. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-memorial-day-service-north-park-village-8653219/

3) Community Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance - Sunday, May 27 at 1 PM
The Morton Grove American Legion Post #134 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade from the Post (6140 W. Dempster) to the Morton Grove Library and back. Light refreshments and treats will be served. A Memorial Day service will also be held. Scout units - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts equally - are invited to march in the parade. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-your-community-memorial-day-parade-sunday-may-27-8653232/

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2 days ago

Info for families with a kindergartener entering Portage Park School this fall

Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening...

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Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening at Portage Park School. It is NOT a social network - posts only go in one direction: out to users. You will need an email address to sign up. We have over 550 members on the PPSC, please ​join today​ ​and make our circle complete!

You’re invited to a ​Kindergarten Orientation​ for Class of 2027 families on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm.
Enter at Door # 16 on Berteau.
Please RSVP for this event online at: https://tinyurl.com/PPS2027OrientationRSVP
This event is intended for families with students who will be attending kindergarten at PPS in the fall. It is ok to attend if you have not registereed yet, but registration will not be done at this event. Any changes or updates to this event will be posted on the Portage Park School Community circle on SimplyCircle (see above) and on the school website.

If you would like to join a Google group for Class of 2027 parents, you can do so at:
https://tinyurl.com/pps2027class

PPS is a neighborhood school. For more info: https://www.portageparkschool.org/

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    SimplyCircle parent portal makes it easy for classrooms, schools, PTAs and other groups to organize and communicate. It's private, secure, and easy to use.
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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Presidential Proclamation: Flags at Half-Staff for the Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas

Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

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Flags are requested to be placed at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, May 22. Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag (see pic) is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff.

The full Presidential Proclamation is below. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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, May 22, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time 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 eighteenth day of May, 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

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  • Beezil dear....I don't proclaim my knowledge....it's not necessary for anybody to do so.....over and out.

  • ...and for clarification, my "moniker" is related to my former role as a block club president for 2.5 years. So, "Statute Informed?" Yes, I know city statutes and many I have downloaded. That's a necessity when you're dealing with building owners, complaining residents, businesses, construction crews, 250 club members, etc. If one needs info, then it's good to be able to direct him/her to the source.

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Local shredding events?

Any upcoming 45th or 38th ward shredding events scheduled?

  • joanie 25 year resident of JP

    The 39th Ward is the only one that I know of that is scheduled in the near future. June 16th, 9:00 to noon, at Colleti's, 5707 N. Central.

    The 45th Ward just had an event about a week ago. I haven't read anything about any upcoming shredding events in the 38th Ward.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Stolen van

My husbands van was stolen yesterday. If anyone has seen or has information please email me adelavillagrana@gmail.com we will reward... please help this truck is still being paid.... truck has tinted windows and a Soccer team Real madrid sticker on back window. License plates 2207406B

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May 15

Updated 4 days ago

5150 N Northwest Hwy proposal left off state housing authority agenda

Preliminary agenda for state board meeting on low-income housing tax credits does not include proposal for 5150 N Northwest Hwy. Barring any late changes to the agenda, it is not clear what impact the lack of tax credits would have on the feasibility of the housing proposal for this year. The developer, Full Circle Communities, could not be reached for comment. Tax credits are often required for affordable housing developments. One local housing group has questioned the neutrality of the state board. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/15/5150-project-not-on-preliminary-agenda-for-low-income-housing-tax-credits/

    5150 project not on preliminary agenda for low-income housing tax credits - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The proposed 75-unit housing development at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. is not among the 26 projects which the Illinois Housing Development Authority plans to approve for low-income housing tax credits, according to a tentative agenda for the authority's May 18 meeting.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bob

    Daniel D-You are correct about our 'great alderman'. He is truly a politician at work and I think there is something behind this whole 5150 project to get all of these low income section 8 applicants into this building. There has to be some kind of kick back of some...

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    Daniel D-You are correct about our 'great alderman'. He is truly a politician at work and I think there is something behind this whole 5150 project to get all of these low income section 8 applicants into this building. There has to be some kind of kick back of some sort. These guys cannot ever be trusted b/c they could care less about public opinion. It will always be all about the $$$$ with these guys in power. They are really expert at creating smoke screens. I have to sometimes wonder how these guys sleep at night?? Probably better than the rest of us honest folks IMHO. Just my general opinion...

  • Dammit

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Found wallet

Anyone lose a wallet on Mulligan ave Thursday must describe and contents

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Rioting @ IDHA.. no one went to stop funding for 5150?!?!

We need to organize and STOP this project from happening!

  • We need to help this project happen, for affordable housing for disabled vets and the elderly, and to improve the immediate vicinity with that residential population.

May 17

Updated 5 days ago

Van stolen barry and pulaski

My husband was truck was stolen this morning. Anyone with any information please message me or report to 311. 2010 ford 350. Has a real madrid stick on back window. Left side. Please any information will be greatly appreciated.

Apr 17

Updated May 17

Car wheels stolen.

A Honda Accord had its car wheels stolen on Keeler Ave. Probably happened last night. A resident mentioned that this was the sixth time she had seen this happend while walking he dog.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    But the msm tells us that "crime is down." They wouldn't lie to us, right. Sarcasm off.

  • Id rather be with wheels than wake up not finding your car... someone stoled my husband's work van by barry ave and karlov

May 16

Updated May 17

Grills, Balconies, and Apartments: My entire apartment smells like I had a fire.

My second apartment in the 10 months since I've moved to Chicago and another friggin problem: grills. I'm not going to apologize people. If you want to grill, then buy a house, go to the park, or find a building with a backyard and a landlord that will permit you to grill.

I came home today, and my entire apartment smells like I had a fire. Everything smells of smoke, including my new furniture, from the bedroom to the front...

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My second apartment in the 10 months since I've moved to Chicago and another friggin problem: grills. I'm not going to apologize people. If you want to grill, then buy a house, go to the park, or find a building with a backyard and a landlord that will permit you to grill.

I came home today, and my entire apartment smells like I had a fire. Everything smells of smoke, including my new furniture, from the bedroom to the front room. Even the clothes in my closet.

This had got to be a Chicago thing. Every other place I've lived, local ordinance banned grilling on apartment balconies, period. I can barely stand to sit in my apartment, that I pay rent for, with all the smoke.

F'en unbelievable!

  • having quite a day, eh, Tom

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    NW-Sider be careful they might remove your comment. 😉

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May 15

Updated May 17

Planting in the front

I was trying to find information if it's Ok to plant in the front of my house. Mainly between the street and the sidewalk. A neighbor just recently planted a small tree there but I am hesitant to do anything since I thought that was city property.

If someone knows, please reply.

Thanks

  • I'm in the process of doing this right now, probably much to my neighbor's dismay since I need to kill all the grass first and that's a rather ugly process. We have a city tree planted there already but it was not planted deep enough and the roots are all...

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    I'm in the process of doing this right now, probably much to my neighbor's dismay since I need to kill all the grass first and that's a rather ugly process. We have a city tree planted there already but it was not planted deep enough and the roots are all over the place making it near impossible to mow. And why not have something that requires little to no maintenance? The other day some city workers came to futz with our streetlight and trampled over part of my grass-killing bonanza, but I figure once I plant perennials and natives they will pop back up or be able to be replanted pretty easily. Unless they have to tear up the whole thing, in which case get yourself on some neighborhood facebook groups or freecycle and there are always people giving away plants for free.

  • K Seasay, that parkway tree with the shallow root spread sounds typical of what happens when they are planted as saplings and don't get heavily watered for the first few weeks. For parkway saplings, if there's no treegator, just set a watering hose inside their mulch ring on a steady...

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    K Seasay, that parkway tree with the shallow root spread sounds typical of what happens when they are planted as saplings and don't get heavily watered for the first few weeks. For parkway saplings, if there's no treegator, just set a watering hose inside their mulch ring on a steady light flow for a couple hours every evening to develop a deep tap root system. At least for a few weeks. We did that and our trees developed twice as full and sturdy as others the City installed that didn't get watered.

May 17

    Chicago's vacant Sears stores present new opportunities for mixed-use redevelopment
    The shuttered Sears facility at the intersection of Chicago's North and Harlem avenues is poised to get a new lease on life as a development containing both retail and loft-style apartment components. The preliminary plan for the vacant North Side site straddling the Galewood neighborhood and Elmwood Park was announced Wednesday by Tucker Developer and Seritage Growth Properties-a spin-off of Sears' former real estate arm.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

May 17

lost car key

Hi neighbors!
Yesterday while out on a walk, I lost a single car key attached to a clicker around Montrose and Austin. I was on a walk with friends and we went down a lot of side streets around there. If anyone has spotted it, can you please let me know? Much appreciated. - Nora K. (nora8888@yahoo.com)

May 16

    Preliminary plans for mixed-use development at Six Corners Sears site - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The Six Corners site of Sears at 4730 W. Irving Park Road would be transformed into a "vibrant retail and residential destination" under preliminary plans announced Wednesday afternoon, May 16.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 16

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 14

Updated May 16

Incident on Kennedy Early Sunday A.M.

Does anybody know what happened on the eastbound Kennedy I-90 Sunday morning around 6 a.m.?

It happened just east of the Austin Ave exit and it appeared that first responders had the Kennedy completely shut down. Thankfully I was able to exit at Austin Ave to avoid the gridlock but others were not so lucky.

  • I keep getting thumbs up for this post.

    This is somewhat puzzling as I'm asking a question about a presumed incident on the Kennedy last Sunday morning.

    Does anyone know what happened???

May 11

Updated May 15

Anybody need some dirt??

Digging up my backyard to install some patio pavers. I’m gonna have a ton of extra dirt and the city won’t take it away as waste. Does anybody need some?

May 10

Updated May 15

5200 W. Roscoe

Noticed the construction going on inside this building of the corner of 5200 W Roscoe/Laramie. The ground level has framing going on front to back. Any ideas what they are doing?

  • Is framing going up inside the existing building or outside?

  • From what I seen that night in the dark, the framing is going on inside the first floor, front to back. Please note, I was inquiring if anyone had ideas what business establishment was coming. Or what they are building inside the place, not if there are permits. I'm not one to report people. I'm glad the building was purchased and work is being done instead of sitting abandoned.

May 13

Updated May 15

Tree Cutting

Hi neighbors,

I have a 30+ foot tall pine tree between my house and garage I'm looking to get cut down. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to do this? Any idea how much I should be prepared to spend?

Thanks.

  • Just trying to help, if it's not a Colorado Blue Spruce then it isn't worth it, So Chop Away!!!

  • LStone Western and Lawrence

    We had positive experience with McKay Tree Service, 1710 Catalpa Lane, Mount Prospect, IL - 847-489-5145

Jul 17

Updated May 15

    Starbucks planned for former Brown's site at Lawrence & Central
    by BRIAN NADIG A Starbucks coffee shop is planning to open inside the former Brown's Chicken restaurant at 5601 W. Lawrence Ave. "Brown's Chicken closed their doors (in late December).
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 14

Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15 - Flag at Half-Staff

​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state,...

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​Greetings My Neighbors,

A solemn day of remembrance is now with us once again on Tuesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The following announcement was released today by the American Legion.

Pursuant to Title 36 U.S.C. § 136, Congress requests the president to proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and that the United States flag be displayed at half-staff in accordance to Title 4 U.S.C. § 7(m) to pay tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication.

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.

Questions about our US flag and flag etiquette? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com

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Mar 26 2017

Updated May 14

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • @scott concertman, I have my parkway Ash treated every few years by a local tree company. It's in great shape. How do I get it on the "list" to not be cut down? The company that treats the tree puts on a new / current tag every time they treat it. I'm assuming they're pulling a permit because they are well known in the city.

  • First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially...

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    First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially more beneficial, so great job Chi-girl! If you did not check it out yet, here is link to my historical EAB info blog with photos of two oldest cook county ash trees I am voluntarally protecting....https://scottieashseed.wordpress.com/

    Yes permit on record is first line of defence, and revised tag affixed to trunk showing date last treated is only thing defending it from city removal. Know that even with all that, if treatment had been applied poorly. And tree showed decline, city could remove based on diagnosis.

    You are right to be worried since city has already begun removing numbers of recently retreated ash trees when still fully healthy, for reasons such as just because they are ash, and will require inevitable removal anyways in upcoming years.

    So I have already begun working with one senior forestry rep to help organize an official protection program. In fact first time I had discussed this issue with him, he was confident that required permit entered into city wide system with trees exact location was intended to prevent mistaken removal.

    In closing, forestry no longer marks trunks of trees to be removed with big Green painted spot. But now few days before...applies orange parking restriction posters on multiple trees, to allow crews more room for felling. And no poster differentiates which tree or trees are selected for removal, or will not be touched. So six trees with six signs for one removal. Hey Chi girl, here is link to front page story written about my work http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/%27Scottie-AshTree-Seed%27:-Trees-don%27t-have-to-die/

May 08

Updated May 13

Lost Dog Luke 5/4/18

Lost Yorkie! 4lb male not neutered or chipped. Has underbite and suffers from seizures. Tan/Silver/Dark Gray. Has a shaggy cut. Has his tail. His family misses him please contact me with any info. Went missing on 5/4/18 at 11a on Division and Spaulding. He is one of our four Jedi please help spread the word.
Selena

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    My dog and I are on the lookout for Luke on every single walk.

  • Thank you so much. I really hope he comes home soon. Your support means the world to us

May 07

Updated May 13

Roofer needed

I'm looking for a roofer to provide an estimate for, and possibly replace, a roof on a 3 story, 6 unit condo building in the wicker park area. Does anyone have any recommendations?

May 11

Updated May 13

Missing Recycling Bins

There used to be 3 recycling binds for our apartment building. Now two of them are gone. The same thing happened to the building next to ours. One bin will not hold all of our recycling.

Is the city deemphasizing recycling [again]. Or is there a ring of recycling bin thieves hitting our neighborhood.

  • Usually if the scavenger is going to replace damaged or chewed up cans they are replaced within a week. Still suspect the best thing is to check your Scavenger contract to find out if anything has changed. Most landlords/Associations do not advise unit owners/tenants when this is done.

  • If they were the blue bins from the city just call 311 they will bring out more. Mine were stolen as soon as they replaced the previous ones that were stolen. People apparently don't realize they can get their own for free by calling 311

May 13

May 05

Updated May 13

Drumming Panhandlers

Is anyone else tired of listening to the young men who panhandle and play their drums at the corner of Wilson and Cicero. We call police and the Alderman's office every time they show up. If there are others who are fed up please call 911 and report them and Alderman Laurino's office and complain. Thanks for your help.

May 10

Updated May 12

NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT

Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village...

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Greetings Neighbors!

Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area"

Where: North Branch Trail
When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am

We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx. 5400 N Forest Glen in Chicago). Riders will enjoy the beautiful North Branch Trail with stops at Superdawg, The Leaning Tower of Niles, Village Creamery, North Park Village Nature Center & more! Enjoy pizza, beverages, and more with fellow cyclists at Chicago's favorite Marie's Pizza & Liquor.

This event is not to be missed!

We kindly encourage you to patronize the NBT Alliance business partners, so bring some spending money with you and show some love on Social Media. If you would like to volunteer at this or a future NBTA ride, we would love to hear from you!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ride!

Here's more info on the EveryBlock Event Page for the May 19 ride:
https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may19-nbta-announces-first-ride-2018-icons-northwest-area-8631381/

    NBTA Announces First Ride of 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" on May 19 #ChiNBT
    Greetings Neighbors! Winter is over, the weather is great and the North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) is excited to invite you to our first ride for 2018: "Icons of the Northwest Area" Where: North Branch Trail When: Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11:30 am We will start at Forest Glen Woods and the North Branch Trail (approx.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Apr 25

Updated May 11

Armed Robbery

Last night, Tuesday, April 24th approximately 10:30 PM a man and a woman were held up at gunpoint in front of 3750 N. Kilpatrick.

I will again say Alderman Ariel Reboyras has not done enough to bring more police officers to our neighborhood. The area has progressively gotten worse and the Alderman has had street roll calls one after another, yet not doing anything to actually protect us.
I will encourage my friends and neighbors to vote out Mayor Emanuel and Ariel Reboyras. We need more than just "lip service" and "dog n' pony shows".

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    I worked with a woman that went to Lakeview High School with Reboyras. She said he was a VERY active member of the latin kings street gang.

    Maybe, if the 30th ward residents were all latin Kings, he'd do something for you.

  • Friendly Neighbor Chicago Needs Some Change

    I've heard rumors about his ties to gangs. Although I failed to actually challenge him last election, I befriended a lot of new people in the ward. In the Belmont-Central business district, business owners told me that he's very thuggish and rude. Last year, a friend of mine said that...

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    I've heard rumors about his ties to gangs. Although I failed to actually challenge him last election, I befriended a lot of new people in the ward. In the Belmont-Central business district, business owners told me that he's very thuggish and rude. Last year, a friend of mine said that his nephew I believe was involved in a shooting that occurred in front of his building. I definitely wouldn't doubt that he is somehow more involved in the crime in the ward than some people would want to believe. If Gutierrez wins the alderman seat, she won't investigate him nor the suspicious activity of his entire office. He refused to grant the Chicago Inspector General with the authority to investigate alderman without their consent. I wonder what he's hiding...

May 10

Updated May 10

My nephews dog is lost

If seen please call 312- 428- 0024. Ran out of yard from 5400 west Bernice ave Thank very much in advance.

May 07

Updated May 10

Thanks package thieves.......

Hope you enjoy the diaper cream, infant gloves and nasal aspirator you stole from my front door steps on Leland between Linder and Central (Saturday later afternoon). Hope karma bites you in the a&& for stealing items meant for a extremely congested 6 week old baby.

  • Sorry to hear that happened to you. Hope you were able to get the items you needed for the little one.

  • Family Man We call Police!

    That's horrible I hope the baby gets well soon and you were able to get her some supplies.

May 08

Updated May 10

I need to SOD my front Yard. Can i get some company recommendation if anyone has them.

I need to SOD my front Yard.

Can i get some company recommendation if anyone has them.

  • I literally had my backyard sodded last week and I'm so in love with my yard right now. I contacted a woman named Dana Lyons who owns Jaxy Customscapes (773-343-1148). She and her team did everything.

  • Karen - do you mind relaying what your costs were? I'm looking for a landscaper as well.

May 09

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