27 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Carriage Horse

So this was strolling down Granville just now in front of Pete's. Please tell me this isn't going to become a thing.

  • Who would adopt, feed, house and provide veterinarian care for all these out of work horses and ponies if they couldn't make a living? They make very large pets and city people couldn't adopt them. The City can't adopt them.
    Would you want to send them off some place and...

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    Who would adopt, feed, house and provide veterinarian care for all these out of work horses and ponies if they couldn't make a living? They make very large pets and city people couldn't adopt them. The City can't adopt them.
    Would you want to send them off some place and have them turned into meat? There aren't even enough adoption homes for all the puppies and kitties and bunnies and hamsters that end up in shelters. Where would all the horses go? You can't just turn them lose in the woods. There has to be a retirement plan of some kind. What would you do?

  • Barbara Marie RP resident since 2002

    There are sanctuaries for animals, including horses, across the country. And often kind people who already own horses and can care for them, will take them in. These horses are just being worked to death, and will end up as dog meat anyway when they grow too old to earn their keep.

2 days ago

Updated 46 min ago

Woman sexually assaulted in the brown line

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

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

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

  • We need more security. How many times I am on the train and grown men come to you asking for money I am 65+ a woman). Where is security? They tell you to press the emergency button to alert the CTA train driver. Is he suppose to rescue you?

  • Janu--Carry a locking folding knife with at least a 3 inch blade. Normal folk can't carry guns on public trans, but criminals can. So, even the playing field.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Pharmacy at Rosemont and Thome

Anyone have any info about what happened there. Broken glass and there is yellow police tape marking off the corner.

  • Catherine NO!

    From the Tribune article Helen NOH links to:

    Off-duty officer involved in shootout during pharmacy robbery in Edgewater
    Madeline BuckleyContact Reporter
    Chicago Tribune
    An off-duty Chicago police officer working security at a Far North Side pharmacy exchanged gunfire with someone who tried to rob the store on Friday, police said....

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    From the Tribune article Helen NOH links to:

    Off-duty officer involved in shootout during pharmacy robbery in Edgewater
    Madeline BuckleyContact Reporter
    Chicago Tribune
    An off-duty Chicago police officer working security at a Far North Side pharmacy exchanged gunfire with someone who tried to rob the store on Friday, police said.

    The attempted robbery happened around 1:20 p.m. at a pharmacy in the 6200 block of North Clark Street in the Edgewater neighborhood, according to police.

    The store owner and the off-duty officer confronted the armed robber, resulting in the gunfire.

    The robber ran away, and no one was injured, police said.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Community meeting alert

Received this on our door today.

  • When did NPES become such a bully organization?

  • Thinkin' Square Active Neighbor Certified

    That parallel stretch of Sunnyside has terrible morning traffic from parents dropping off their kids at the French school. Looks like Wilson will be the next best route East.

3 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

How do security deposits work in Chicago? Need to get old one back before starting new lease?

If I am leaving a place, when can I get my security deposit back? I'd like to use my security deposit from my old place (the one i'm in now) and put it towards the security deposit on the new place because I don't have a lot of spare funds sitting around. Is it possible to get the security deposit back before the move out date on the old place in order to make this happen?

  • MKW in Lincoln Square 25 years in the Square

    JD could you ask the LL at new place if you can do half the security deposit up front then pay the other half over the next few months after move in? I've let tenants do that in the past, it's certainly worth asking.

    However, what Humboldt writer and Gil...

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    JD could you ask the LL at new place if you can do half the security deposit up front then pay the other half over the next few months after move in? I've let tenants do that in the past, it's certainly worth asking.

    However, what Humboldt writer and Gil said about security deposits are correct - I stopped requiring security deposits and instead charge a move in fee due to the onerous CRLTO laws surrounding maintenance and return of security deposits. I've been fairly lucky so far, but have had a couple tenants do some damage (pulled up carpeting, holes in walls, broken doors) that far surpassed their move in fee. I had to absorb these costs, but it's better than running the risk of a tenant suing me for 2x damages and their attorney fees - all of which can be upwards of $10-15K. So, I can see where the CRLTO's rules around security deposits can in a roundabout way cause rents to rise.

  • MKW, there is nothing "roundabout" about it. Suing landlords for 10 cent security deposit interest has raised countless rents throughout the city.

    After getting screwed once or twice by a tenant for an honest mistake of failing to return 10 cents of annual interest earned on the security deposit cost...

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    MKW, there is nothing "roundabout" about it. Suing landlords for 10 cent security deposit interest has raised countless rents throughout the city.

    After getting screwed once or twice by a tenant for an honest mistake of failing to return 10 cents of annual interest earned on the security deposit cost changed perspective forever. Even when the loss is less than the 2x damages and court/attorney fees. What the Housing Advocate Non-profits (funded by your property tax dollars) do most of the time rather than litigate is to write a threatening letter that they are going to sue you, but a "settlement" for a lower amount is negotiated.

    Most landlords choose the negotiation and pay because it beats all of that time lost in court, as well as the potential attorney fees.

    The landlords who got screwed responded in different ways. One had to take on the expense of hiring an accountant to make sure that they ten cent checks were sent out every year. Keep in mind it costs 50 cents for just the postage now. That cost was passed on to tenants in the form of modest but unnaturally accelerated annual rent increases. Another one raised rent by over $100/month (and got it immediately) to make up for the $1000 he lost on that specific unit, and raised most of the other 17 units by 5%+ to go to a legal fund that his Financial Advisor recommended as a DIRECT RESPONSE to what happened with the tenant. Some of those units hadn't had their rent raised in over 5 years, but the actions of ONE TENANT affected 15-20 other people who then had to shoulder the burden of higher rents to make up for this one person who grabbed $1000 or $2000 based on a technicality.

    Raising rents isn't always because a landlord is greedy. It is like putting on a hat because a bird just crapped on them. Just another tool to fix a problem.

    But please go after sleazy slumlords with all of your might! There are some out there. Save your wrath, fury, and most litigious machinations for them who deserve it.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Moving to the neighborhood -- Community Groups?

Hi there,

Moving to Rogers Park next month from downtown. Do any specific community action groups come to mind, that a newcomer should join to start becoming involved?

No particular cause/topic in mind right now--just looking to become a contributing member of the community.

Thanks!!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Hotel That Can Accommodate Large Moving Truck

Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open...

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Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open to downtown hotel recommendations as well, if they have a private parking structure that would work.

I've tried to work it out with my HOA but they will not allow us to park the moving truck in the building's lot overnight, so I'm trying to come up with a contingency plan. We'd prefer not to have to unpack 60 boxes and several heavy loads of furniture immediately after making a cross-country trip.

Any thoughts or ideas appreciated. Thanks!

  • @Paul, we did and we’re not interested in that option because of timing issues. Most of those cross country movers move multiple people’s stuff at a time. The trucks only leave when full. We don’t want an extended time frame of possible delivery and quite frankly have heard many horror stories from people who have used movers for cross country moves. YMMV.

  • Nikki my son had to do something thing stayed at the motel 6 which is location at Riverroad and Lawrence have a parking lot that you could park your trucks and have cameras all around so it will be safe

24 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

"Meeting House Tavern" Coming Soon To Clark & Winnemac

5025 N. Clark (at Winnemac) and future home of "Meeting House Tavern" (Google)

    "Meeting House Tavern" Coming Soon To Clark & Winnemac
    We've heard rumors for some time now about the former owners of Crew and their plans to open up a new neighborhood watering hole in the area. According to liquor license applications with the city, we now know that Mark Robertson and Michael Sullivan intend to open "Meeting House Tavern" at 5025 N.
    https://www.uptownupdate.com

  • From Jeffrey: "It doesn't say anything about the second floor"

    From the brief article: "Meeting House Tavern would occupy the front two floors of the building along Clark."

    From Jeffrey: "not really an "article" as much as a comment a liquor license was applied for."

    From the brief article: "Not...

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    From Jeffrey: "It doesn't say anything about the second floor"

    From the brief article: "Meeting House Tavern would occupy the front two floors of the building along Clark."

    From Jeffrey: "not really an "article" as much as a comment a liquor license was applied for."

    From the brief article: "Not much else to go on besides the liquor application. But once we hear more of what to expect, we will pass it along."

    The very brief article addressed both of the things Jeffrey was complaining about, so why is he complaining? Obviously more info will be coming out in the future.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Local Uptown Artist #1

    Why is anyone complaining?

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Iron staircase/fence painting suggestions?

3 flat. Looking to paint some iron/metal gates and staircases. Any contractor suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Calabrese & NW Sider- I am very sad to have to share that I just got an email last night from one of Bill West's family members. He was in a horrible accident in Michigan last week, spent the week in a hospital and is now home, but jaw is...

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    Calabrese & NW Sider- I am very sad to have to share that I just got an email last night from one of Bill West's family members. He was in a horrible accident in Michigan last week, spent the week in a hospital and is now home, but jaw is wired shut and there will be months of recovery for him. I am shocked and saddened. I just wanted you to know should you try to reach out to him at this time. Thanks also NW-sider for your kind words. I would be honored should you ever need my services. Meanwhile, find happiness in each and every day! Life surely can change on a dime....

  • Jen - Ouch, that's awful. I feel for him and his family. Also very relieved he survived the accident. What little we need done can await his recovery and any of physically taxing bits can easily wait until the heat of summer passes.

    We value integrity and your sincerity and honesty are evident in your posts, Jen. You're welcome. Working with ppl like yourself is actually a favor to ourselves.

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