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Did St. Hedgwick do their Good Friday march this year?

I didn't hear anything Friday. I'm curious if St. Hedgwick cancelled their march around the neighborhood this year.

34 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Graffiti on Cars!

FYI - Some turd went down Winnebago and Wabansia last night and tagged cars. About 4 of our neighbors and some others had their cars tagged with black spray paint on the hoods and doors. We've all reported it. As of late, I'm not looking forward to summer in this neighborhood.

  • @t-time - thanks for your words of encouragement... much appreciated. I certainly agree that there are many good people in this city but there are also a hugely increasing number of hostile people that have mostly come from other places. Chicago is just not as friendly as it was –...

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    @t-time - thanks for your words of encouragement... much appreciated. I certainly agree that there are many good people in this city but there are also a hugely increasing number of hostile people that have mostly come from other places. Chicago is just not as friendly as it was – it is a much more hostile, harsher environment all the way around, from how you are treated in the stores and streets to the ultra-violence and brutality of the crimes. Total street robberies may be down from 40 years ago, but 40 years ago it was virtually unheard of to be beaten to death for your running shoes or wallet. At most, some guy with a rusty knife would scare the poop out of you and demand your wallet. Crime is far more barbaric.

    As for Beijing and Amsterdam, my point was the number of bicycles on the streets compared to Chicago. Both cities have a 100 times more bicycle riders than here with far more automobile congestion and far more pedestrian congestion yet there is very little if any hostility or animosity amongst people using all these forms of transportation. In Chicago the hostility is unbearable – regardless if you ride a bicycle, drive a car or whatever… you just don’t see that type of hostility in other places.

    I just don’t think people here want it to be better anymore – they just want things to be there way and don’t care about other people’s point of view. There’s just so little willingness for people to put themselves in the shoes of the pedestrian, the bicycle rider, the commuter, the automobile drive, etc. People just hunker down and only care about their own position. While is a growing American problem Chicago seems to be taking the lead nationwide in fomenting discontent at all levels daily life – government, citizen to citizen, neighbor to neighbor.

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    That said, I will continue to meditate, continue to participate in the neighborhood meetings and MeetUp groups, stay involved in local government and help with volunteering to support my neighborhood and city… for at least as long as I still live here.

    It might just be...

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    That said, I will continue to meditate, continue to participate in the neighborhood meetings and MeetUp groups, stay involved in local government and help with volunteering to support my neighborhood and city… for at least as long as I still live here.

    It might just be I need to move to a smaller city that used be like Chicago was when I was growing up – more friendly. Given that I’m an ultra-liberal, just to the left of McGovern, and a 100% vegan with Buddhist tendencies, places like Arizona are certainly a challenge to my political leans for full time living. That said, I live there for 4 months a year and the lifestyle is a zillion times more friendly – at least as far as everyday life is concerned. Just the attitude in the stores, restaurants, local government officials and amongst neighbors and their dedication to each other and community is so encouraging and remarkable compared to here.

    But alas, I am a city boy and need the architecture and youth liveliness of a real city for at least part of the year. But this is why I mentioned Seattle, Portland and Denver. San Francisco would be a great option as well if it wasn’t so darn expensive. For the 8 months a year I’m in the city versus 4 month is Arizona, I’m just leaning towards giving up on Chicago. Not sure if I’ll ever do it but I’m leaning more toward it now than ever before.

    Thanks again for your post and your words of encouranngment... perhaps they will help me hang in with Chicago for a little bit longer know there are folks like you around that want to make things better :-)

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Updated 12 hours ago

$20 to rake the yard?

Has anyone had a guy ring the doorbell to offer to rake your yard for $20? I think he's been around before to shovel the sidewalk in the winter. Sounds like a good deal but I'm cautious. Any insight?

  • M

    It's an older gentleman, he seemed to be genuine in looking for work. Thanks for the feedback-

  • NRS

    What does he look like?

27 hours ago

Wicker Park, Bucktown Spring Real Estate Market Off To Strong Start

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

1855 N Damen AVE G

1525 N Claremont AVE 1A

1633 N Western AVE 2S

1625 N Western AVE 401

2012 W St Paul AVE 301

1618 N Oakley AVE 2S

1945 N Wilmot AVE 1R

2319 W Wabansia AVE 4

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1823 W. Cortland Avenue. Listed by @properties. Sold in 18 days for $1,640,000.

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

1817 W Iowa ST

1515 W Thomas ST 2R

1080 N Paulina ST 1

1442 W Walton ST 2

1524 N Bosworth AVE 2

1735 N Paulina ST 404

1015 N Paulina 2

911 N Damen AVE 4

742 N Western AVE 1S

1245 N Greenview AVE 2

1530 W Chestnut ST 2

1514 N Bosworth AVE 1

1712 N Wood ST 1E

1017 N Winchester AVE 2

2027 W Rice ST 3

1134 N Wolcott AVE 1F

1809 W Chicago AVE 2E

1024 N Paulina ST 3

1517 W Walton ST 1

1522 W Chestnut ST 3

2204 W Chicago AVE 4W

934 N Wood ST 1

1243 N Wolcott AVE 5

2060 N Stave ST 1

1757 N Paulina ST H

1002 N Hermitage AVE 2

Mar 27

Updated 34 hours ago

Community Forum on USPS issues, Monday night March 31st

Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager...

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Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager
Bill Hedrick, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Andre Martin, Office of the Inspector General
Mark Reynolds, Customer Services Operations
(The Station manager for Wicker Park and other postal representatives will also be in attendance)

This purpose of this forum is to help get context on what the USPS has to go through in order to get us the mail. We plan on leaving with a firm plan on how we can help them solve delivery problems from a community point of view.

Topics: Lost mail, stolen mail, package theft, new and easy ways of reporting, delivery issues, communicating with the local office, knowing your carrier, falsely marked delivered and best types of mailboxes.

Hope you can make it. For more info please click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/723187241036294

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny...

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    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny Davis held congressional meetings on the problems with Chicago mail service that was designated THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY. Here we are 7 years later and things are getting worse than in 2007!

    Working with the same people who made the problem sometimes doesn't work. Why? Their judgement calls are what cause the problems. Making excuses, blaming the victims...those are all signals of NOT taking responsibility for the problems internally. Sending patrons back to the same phone numbers and software that don't work is also a sign management is on the wrong path.

    What Postal management should be doing is working with steller individuals to provide reliable feedback; then going to the personnel file to figure out who was "on duty" at that time...and implementing protocols to get rid of workers who are doing a bad job.

    The CRM software can be misleading as data can be manipulated through threads or algorithms. Unless they CATCH the culprets...things NEVER change. Sabotage does go on and is a tactic used to cause problems.

    t things done.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal...

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    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal patrons is the reason why there may be no hope for this institution in Chicago. We have the same problem in other City worker unions too. In the end, taxpayers have to realize we pay for the service. If we don't get it, there is no reason to pay for a lifetime of work and then pensions until workers die.

    That puts patrons on a continual downslide of worse and worse service. Drive around the neighborhoods that are 60-70% empty...realize that almost 1/3 of the Chicgo residents left in the past 35 years. With 1.2million gone...there will be cutbacks. But that is ok because Illinois is #1 in government hires. We hire more government workers than any other state. ERGO...less population, more hires....means financial ruin.

    Again...Congressional hearings is the FASTEST way to ge

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Caution - Avoid this guy!!

I wanted to alert those in or around the Wicker Park neighborhood, particularly dog owners, that there is a potentially dangerous guy who walks 2 medium sized dogs around the Division Street area.

His name is Matt McEwen and he is the guy with the sunglasses in the band picture at http://blackcatheartattack.com. If you see him try to avoid him. I have had 2 run-ins with this person already and both have erupted into heated physical altercations, during the first...

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I wanted to alert those in or around the Wicker Park neighborhood, particularly dog owners, that there is a potentially dangerous guy who walks 2 medium sized dogs around the Division Street area.

His name is Matt McEwen and he is the guy with the sunglasses in the band picture at http://blackcatheartattack.com. If you see him try to avoid him. I have had 2 run-ins with this person already and both have erupted into heated physical altercations, during the first of which he pulled a knife and attempted to stab me and a friend of mine for breaking up an altercation he was involved in with another dog owner.

Keep our neighborhood safe and please keep a look out for this guy.

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Seamstress

Hi All!
I am in my friends wedding and I had to order a dress off of a certain Etsy site ( We all did!) Needless to say it did not come in as planned.

Anybody know of a good seamstress that could help resurrect my dress?? ( without breaking the bank!)

Let me know!
Brittany

  • Mark (on Huron) (Happy neighbor, Official candidate, IL. St. Rep)

    Absolutely the best in the area: Christine -- Polish lady-- on Grand Avenue, just East of Damen-- N side of street.1926 W Grand-- (312) 226-0445. Super nice, super cheap.

  • Bethany Persons Christian, wife and new mom

    Wicker park cleaners, on Damen and Potomac does great work. A little pricey compared to other cleaners for alterations, but really good with more complex alterations.

41 hours ago

2 days ago

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
http://ow.ly/vUl5z

2 days ago

Mindblowing: Buffalo Exchange Is Having a One Dollar Sale. Yes, $1.

On Saturday, the Wicker Park location of the store (1748 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will celebrate Buffalo Exchange's 40th anniversary by selling everything for a a buck. There...

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Buses on Western Ave between wabansia and milwaukee

Can someone tell me whats going on with all these buses? They shut down parking on the east side of western ave and there have been the extended buses lined up there for a week or so. Are they learning new routes or is this something that is going to last into the summer?

3 days ago

Smoke Daddy's generous field trip experience for LaSalle II students

Huge thanks to Smoke Daddy's for giving a great experience to LaSalle II students and great article in the Our Urban Times newspaper.
http://oururbantimes.com/school-news/smoke-daddy-welcomes-future-workers-lasalle-ii-elementary-school-east-village

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

I lost my Ventra Card!

It has my name on it, and my first name is Lauren. Please return if found. It was inside a green zip pouch

Thanks,

Lauren

  • You can call to have it cancelled and they will send you a new one. But your better off going to ventra office on Jackson and picking it up. I lost mine and called to have a new one sent and after almost a month a still didn't get it. The good thing though is they transfer whatever balance you had on your list card into the new one.

  • a good Samaritan in my neighborhood found it and contacted me hooray!

  • Michael Bucktown Resident

    Wow! Congrats!

Apr 02

Updated 4 days ago

Need Garage for Rent

I need to find a garage for rent as close to Beach & Paulina as possible.
Long time resident for over 20 years and very responsible.
M.S.

  • M.S. resident

    I need to find a garage for rent as close to Beach & Paulina as possible.
    Long time resident for over 20 years and very responsible.
    M.S.

4 days ago

Rand Paul to Visit Wicker Park School Next Week

The Republican senator from Kentucky will be at Josephinum Academy, 1501 N. Oakley Blvd., from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22.

Apr 10

Updated 4 days ago

  • I have esurance sweety , and they do know about my ride sharing , Lyft and uber extended their coverage as I understand to the drivers and passengers just recently

  • I think it's stupid because we have all that already , we have ourselves and passengers covered and also anything that happens in the whole accident is covered .... They are trying to regulate us but our rideshare provider is one step ahead of the game already ... These cab...

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    I think it's stupid because we have all that already , we have ourselves and passengers covered and also anything that happens in the whole accident is covered .... They are trying to regulate us but our rideshare provider is one step ahead of the game already ... These cab drivers and their medallion holders are kicking and screaming like babies because they want it their way. They say we are taking away money from their business , but in reality ride sharing is much more organized and pleasant for the passenger . It's freedom of choice the consumer should have the option to pick who they would like to ride with we are just out here making a pretty buck just like them except we don't have the option to be flagged down in our downtime. They do have good perks but they don't look at what advantages they have , their just looking to clear out the playing field :(

Feb 06 2013

Updated 4 days ago

Fabric Dyeing Service

By chance, does anyone know of a fabric dyeing service in Chicago? I have a couple of cotton futon covers that I would like to have dyed and do not want to deal with the mess in my washer. Thanks.

  • Hello - wondering if you ever received a reco for fabric dyeing in Chicago? I'm wanting get two (cotton blend) jackets dyed for Spring/ Summer and would love a local vendor. Thanks!

  • BaR artist & longtime resident

    Marisa,

    No, I didn't come across any sources for this. Found a few online but were expensive and you have to send the items to them. My original request item is no longer needed but should you hear of a local source, I would love to know about it. Thanks, Barbara

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4 days ago

  • Play Day

    Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch (1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue) April 29, 2014 @ 10 a.m.

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Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance

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5 days ago

Celebrating 35 Years: Wireless Community Network (WCN) Project

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5 days ago

Celebrating 35 Years: IGO CarSharing

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5 days ago

CNT Rallies Chicago-area Flood Victims at “Gross Gathering”

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5 days ago

Celebrating 35 Years: CNT’s LEED Platinum Building

When you first walk into CNT’s office at 2125 W. North Avenue in Chicago, you might not “see” the LEED Platinum status, but as you look deeper...

5 days ago

Celebrating 35 Years: Real-Time Pricing. Power Smart Pricing. Energy-Smart Pricing Plan.

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5 days ago

New EPA Report Highlights Benefits of Transit-Oriented Development

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5 days ago

Including Cities in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

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5 days ago

Money Available to Help Small Apartment Building Owners Improve Efficiency

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5 days ago

Celebrating 35 Years: Location Efficient Mortgages (LEMs)

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Chicago Homicides

How about some perspective to the alarming Chicago homicide info.

In a post from earlier this morning, DNAinfo recently headlined “In total, four people have been killed and 30 shot from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.”

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140413/south-austin/weekend-violence-continues-with-two-dead-15-wounded-overnight

That’s a “kill percentage” of 13% (based just on this weekend, Fri night through Sun morning.)

CPD and media generally focus on the total number of homicides in Chicago per year. Chicago’s 2013’s homicide number was 431 (depending on source,) and the CPD...

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How about some perspective to the alarming Chicago homicide info.

In a post from earlier this morning, DNAinfo recently headlined “In total, four people have been killed and 30 shot from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.”

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140413/south-austin/weekend-violence-continues-with-two-dead-15-wounded-overnight

That’s a “kill percentage” of 13% (based just on this weekend, Fri night through Sun morning.)

CPD and media generally focus on the total number of homicides in Chicago per year. Chicago’s 2013’s homicide number was 431 (depending on source,) and the CPD were largely lauded because of the “Vast Improvement from the previous year; GREAT JOB CPD! (CPD overtime amounted to $100 million to justify this vast improvement over 516 homicides from 2012.)

Approximately 80% of these homicides were from gunshot. So we’re “down” to 345 gunshot homicides. Now, if we factor in the 13% “success” rate, that means 2,654 people were shot. YIKES! (What does EMT / hospital bill amount to? $5000, $10,000, $15,000 on average? - I have no idea.) If we use $10,000 for that figure, then that amounts to over $26 million.

I’m rambling a bit, I realize...

How many shots are fired, on average, before someone is actually hit? 2? 5? 8? Just guessing, but let’s say it’s 5. 2,654 hits = over 13,000 shots fired. YIKES!

I googled “how much does a bullet cost, and WikiAnswers served up; “A single 9mm bullet is about 3-6 cents.” Could that possibly be right? Let’s say it’s 10 cents. Jeez, maybe here is an idea: The govt should tax ammo so that ammo is $100 per bullet.

I realize there are some approximations and my figures are guestimated in some cases, but is there a way to make it more expensive to fire a gun? I realize illegal handguns is an insurmountable problem. So why not consider another approach to mitigate all of these shootings?

  • Brian Thompson East Village resident; Attorney and CPA

    $10,000 for a gunshot trauma ER visit? Not a chance - add at least another zero. Bad public policy is very costly.

  • West Town 42 Noble Square/West Town neighbor

    The worst multiple bullet criminally-related gunshot patients that survive, not only require ER, but intensive care, major surgery, recovery, extended stay on general care unit, and physical rehabilitation --- quite often for uninsured patients. Collateral cost of criminal violence just in health care alone has to be in BILLIONS not...

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    The worst multiple bullet criminally-related gunshot patients that survive, not only require ER, but intensive care, major surgery, recovery, extended stay on general care unit, and physical rehabilitation --- quite often for uninsured patients. Collateral cost of criminal violence just in health care alone has to be in BILLIONS not millions.

    Would taxing bullets would have any effect? The criminals that are causing the majority of the damage are not buying their guns and bullets via legal means. High tax would primarily just affect legal gun owners. But, maybe that is not a bad idea after all.

    Maybe a society that supposedly (according to NRA) wants to live in a country with such lax gun regulations, perhaps the burden of paying for high levels of gun related collateral costs SHOULD fall on legal gun owners. Maybe the costs associated with keeping the 2nd Amendment untouched in 21st century society should be borne by legal gun owners.

    There are similar taxes to cover collateral damage costs of autos, cigarettes, alcohol, and other things citizens use that also cause harm. Why shouldn't guns and bullets be included among them when the evidence of their general harm and cost to society is obviously so great?

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Car Break-ins at the Logan Square XSport

My car was broken into today at approximately 11:30 a.m. while parked on the 4th floor in the gym's parking garage. 2 other vehicles also had their passenger side windows busted out. Please be extra cautious if you park your car in that garage!

  • That really sucks. I go to that gym all the time. What were they trying to get? I hope they aren't breaking into cars for loose change.

5 days ago

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