2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

    Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Based On Shootings
    Last week I posted on Chicago's safest and most dangerous neighborhoods based on the murder rate. Although that's a pretty popular way for people to make a determination of a neighborhood's relative safety it's actually a pretty narrow definition. A lot of bad things an happen to people without them getting murdered.
    http://www.chicagonow.com
  • Mute. Agreed. Sometimes it sort of sorts itself out. But you have to be careful about ignoring murder. Has a tendency to float over to legitimate victims. Ever so slowly. Kind of dangerous, but I know what you are saying.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Was that picture of the new six corners after the gringos move out.

34 hours ago

Updated 0 min ago

Staubers Reopens as Lakeview Ace Hardware

I stopped in today to the old Staubers, which was sold to Lakeview Ace. The same staff folks are there, who have always been so neighborly and helpful. Just wanted you all to know they're back. I'm so glad. I'd much rather shop there than at a big box store.

  • Great news! Do they still sell pickles and Chuckles?

  • I didn't even know they were closed - this is good news, my go to place for pepper spray! The big box stores are okay for some things but they mostly seem to sell what helps their profit margin rather than what you might really need, at least that's been my experience.

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Found Cat Tabby with white chest and paws male

Grace and Narragansett Ave. Very affectionate. Checking tomorrow if microchipped. Posting on Lost Cats Illinois - Facebook as well. Very nice boy - was very hungry. I bathed his chest and paws so his picture might not be a very good representation. In my home tonight and my own cats are in the basement. Let me know if you or someone you know is missing this guy.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Is 1700 N Albany block in East Humboldt Park safe for a family to live in?

Hello,

I am in the market to purchase a home. I was made aware of the enormous amount of construction activity taking place in Logan Square \ East Humboldt Park. We currently reside in a South Loop high-rise condo and are accustomed to living in VERY safe environments. The block I was directed to is 1700 N Albany (Intersecting with Wabansia) all the way to Bloomingdale Ave (606 Trail). I have heard horror stories about the gang activity near and...

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Hello,

I am in the market to purchase a home. I was made aware of the enormous amount of construction activity taking place in Logan Square \ East Humboldt Park. We currently reside in a South Loop high-rise condo and are accustomed to living in VERY safe environments. The block I was directed to is 1700 N Albany (Intersecting with Wabansia) all the way to Bloomingdale Ave (606 Trail). I have heard horror stories about the gang activity near and around Humboldt Park and North Ave. but would love to obtain feedback from current residents living in the block or nearby about the current state of safety affairs, neighborhood improvement initiatives, closeness of community etc. My wife, my15 year old son and 18 year old daughter would live there. My son would have to commute back home via the Blue Line occasionally when I am unable to pick him up from the blue line stop ( I work mostly from home) My son goes to Whitney Young HS. He loves to take walks and we would utilize Humboldt Park for our periodic jogs. I have seen some gorgeous new construction homes on that block which indicates great progress and a good future. I am nervous about executing. Would you recommend we live there? I look forward to your feedback! Thank you.

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    No, do not move there. Rakarwowski is probably right, gentrification will tidy the neighborhood but I wouldn't risk exposing my family until it happens.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Now, can you afford to pay double the price when it happens? If so, I would wait also.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Catalytic Converter stolen 4 times! (3 in the last 4 months)

Logan Square residents beware my Hyundai Tuscon 2013 had it's catalytic converter stolen for the 4th time on Monday night. It's happened 3 times this year July, October and November. The first time it was stolen almost 2 years ago.

Here's a timeline for you:
1) Monday, Feb 23, 2015 parked 5pm 3023 W Logan in front of apt entrance near Whipple under street light, 10 AM next morning car sounds like a jet engine taking off when started.
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Logan Square residents beware my Hyundai Tuscon 2013 had it's catalytic converter stolen for the 4th time on Monday night. It's happened 3 times this year July, October and November. The first time it was stolen almost 2 years ago.

Here's a timeline for you:
1) Monday, Feb 23, 2015 parked 5pm 3023 W Logan in front of apt entrance near Whipple under street light, 10 AM next morning car sounds like a jet engine taking off when started.
2) Thursday July 27, 2017 9pm parked 3023 W Logan near Whipple one space in front of street light, next day 8AM stolen
3) Saturday Sept 30, 2017 parked 11pm 2514-16 Willett's Court near tree on right side of street, Sunday Oct 1 9:30AM stolen (thief leaves greasy partial hand print on driver's side door)
4) Monday Nov 13, 2017 parked 7pm between 3051 and 3055 W Logan Blvd in a giant puddle, 8AM next day stolen

After the third repair I had my car back for a week and then had a trip out of the country for a few weeks so my friend had let me park in their garage in Lakeview. I had parked it less than 24 hours on the city streets again before it was hit. I've filed police reports each time. I've been told there are no aftermarket parts available so each repair is the OEM or original part. (This by 2 of 4 mechanics I called and search online does not provide any.) Mechanic recommends each time for aftermarket part but insurance replaces with OEM. I've made reports at both alderman's offices west and east of kedzie Moreno and Waguespack, respectively.

I need to drive my car pretty much daily so it's rarely parked in the same spot for more than one evening. Obviously, I park closer to my home when possible. This is getting a bit ridiculous and is super frustrating. Still paying off deductible from third incident and it happened again.

  • Barbs hey you kids, get off my lawn!

    CatClamp and a car alarm, add a surveillance cam to watch out your window. Too bad no garage rentals nearby...

  • :)

    I leave for work very early in the morning. This past Monday I walked out of my door on Altgeld to walk my dog before leaving. Two men driving in what looked to be a Hyundai Tuscon, definitely silver, stopped when they saw me and then backed into the alley...

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    I leave for work very early in the morning. This past Monday I walked out of my door on Altgeld to walk my dog before leaving. Two men driving in what looked to be a Hyundai Tuscon, definitely silver, stopped when they saw me and then backed into the alley across the street from me.
    I immediately turned around to go back inside because of the gut feeling telling me this wasn't good. I turned back to look at the license plate but saw one of the men was out of the car walking towards me so just quickly walked inside.
    About 20 min later I left, and driving down Logan Blvd right near the location you listed, I saw them parked and looking in parked cars. I called the police immediately and reported them. They were two black men who appeared to be in their 20s, but other than that I did not get a very good look at them. Hopefully they're caught soon. So sorry about your car!

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

BOOKS

Does any organization or individual take books as a donation anymore? or should they just be thrown in the recycle bin for garbage collection?

  • Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books from well-intending strangers.

  • Mute Mute Me

    "Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books"

    Typical. Has no idea what books the op has but calls them trash,worthless and heavy! How teacherly.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Anyone get a misdirected package on Tuesday?

It's probably stolen, but i'm hoping against hope someone got my package by mistake yesterday. It's about a foot tall, delivered around 1 p.m. in the area of calf. and armitage. it's just a folk art carving -- nothing fabulously valuable -- but had sentimental value and was intended to as a gift. It was shipped from Santa Monica, CA, to my address on california ave. in chicago. please let me know if you have seen a package -- or...

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It's probably stolen, but i'm hoping against hope someone got my package by mistake yesterday. It's about a foot tall, delivered around 1 p.m. in the area of calf. and armitage. it's just a folk art carving -- nothing fabulously valuable -- but had sentimental value and was intended to as a gift. It was shipped from Santa Monica, CA, to my address on california ave. in chicago. please let me know if you have seen a package -- or the remains of one (if stolen, it might have been dumped when they saw what was in it) usps tracking says they "left by mailbox" which in my case would have been the sidewalk, instead of leaving it somewhere sensible, like the porch, so it could be anywhere.

  • there was a news report on nbc local news last night re "rash of package theft" ...the report was made up of people's security cameras showing various folks running off with their packages,so i guess it has started. i do have a hiding place between two planters that sometimes the...

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    there was a news report on nbc local news last night re "rash of package theft" ...the report was made up of people's security cameras showing various folks running off with their packages,so i guess it has started. i do have a hiding place between two planters that sometimes the carrier uses, sometimes not, but having everything sent to work right now or just not buying. amazon is pretty good about replacing low cost items that get stolen. it was the pricy ebay package (sent fed ex with no signature and no insurance and then locally delivered by uspc that i am sol out for more than 100 bucks.) live and learn.

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    That's really too bad; now you're going to need a new hiding place too.

42 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

concern about safety

There is an urgent need for adequate lighting on the North side of the 606 at Bloomingdale and Western. The pavement is very uneven and dangerous to pedestrians. Also any traffic coming from the East trying to merge onto Western cannot see what's coming from northbound traffic on Western. There should be a way for cars to see what's coming on Western, in order to merge without blocking the crosswalk or entering Western since that's very dangerous to the moving cars on Western as well.

  • I wrote a correction because I got my directions turned around like what happens to me in the subway sometimes. That pic is east side of Western facing west, north of 606. Bloomingdale is the width of an alley and should never egress into a 4 lane major road. You...

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    I wrote a correction because I got my directions turned around like what happens to me in the subway sometimes. That pic is east side of Western facing west, north of 606. Bloomingdale is the width of an alley and should never egress into a 4 lane major road. You can see the the sidewalks on this street are less than the required 6 feet because of the tree cutouts. This is an ADA violation. There are a myriad of ways to get to Western without having to egress at this intersection. This is very dangerous as you pointed out. Lighting won't help and no one cares about a silly stop sign.

  • JeannyB Old Apartment renovator, architect,

    You're quite sure of yourself and clueless about how people navigate. People merge into traffic from alleys all over creation. I don't know what ADA means or why this would be considered a violation, but Western is not a highway or an expressway, and the traffic on Western would be...

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    You're quite sure of yourself and clueless about how people navigate. People merge into traffic from alleys all over creation. I don't know what ADA means or why this would be considered a violation, but Western is not a highway or an expressway, and the traffic on Western would be compelled to stop for a stop sign. If you live on Bloomingdale, east of Western there are NOT many ways of getting to where you want to go without a lot of one-way streets, cut offs and lots of frustration, so you shouldn't be dispensing generic advice that in reality is quite meaningless.
    You also just describe the sidewalk problem, without any problem-solving. Stronger streetlights would definitely help some one on foot see the ground and not trip over the uneven junk and get hurt.
    Don't forget there's a lot more bldgs. going up, without parking, which assumes that these folks will be navigating by bicycle or on foot...which means a lot more traffic.

27 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Gunshots and more gunshots...

Just now (3am Sat) we heard a series of about 10 shots east of Clark and Devon. Tuesday night we heard shots coming from the same direction but a bit further away. Anyone else hear this and did anyone hear anything about the Tuesday incident?

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