Be a better neighbor. Sign up for EveryBlock to follow and discuss neighborhood news.

Sign up for free →

Jim in regards to there are two sides to every story.

I don't know what story would justify beating someone almost to death with a baseball bat and then admitting that he should have beat the wife too...

12:38 p.m.

13. Valentine's Dance at Portage Park: February 14th from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM, 4100 N. Long, cost is $5

— On the neighbor message Post your Valentines Day ideas here...
5:53 p.m.

The links did not post for some reason.

Here they are:

2. Kid's Valentine's Day Party at Jefferson Memorial Park: February 9th from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, 4822 N. Long

5. Natural Gas Comedy at the Gift Theatre: February 12th at 8:00 PM, 4802 N. Milwaukee, cost is $5

8. Valentine's Day 3-Course Meal at Bread & Wine: February 14th, 3732 W. Irving Park, $45 per person

12.Family Valentine's Dance at Mayfair Park: February 14th from 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM, 4550 W. Sunnyside, cost is $5

14. Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place: February 8-17th, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, cost is $12/adults, $6 kids/senior

— On the neighbor message Post your Valentines Day ideas here...
5:52 p.m.

Anyone planning on going?

— On the neighbor message world of wheels
5:48 p.m.

People should try to not to leave any bags or cases in plain sight. Also, Many people think by hiding something under a jacket or clothes in their car that it detours theft. The cleaner and emptier you can leave your car the better.

— On the neighbor message Purses stolen from cars
2:07 p.m.

@Bill, You tested prior to re-launch, are you a Moderator, Every Block institute their own mods or is it a number of Un-Neighborlies that remove a post?

— On the neighbor message Welcoming EveryBlock
12:23 p.m.

Thanks Bill. You helped getting Every Block back?

I did not like the Reddit or Nextdoor.

— On the neighbor message Welcoming EveryBlock
9:55 a.m.

The best way for a politician to address section 8 is to admit that many people that are on section 8 are hard working decent people and there are some opportunities regarding some section 8 participants.

— On the neighbor message Homicide at Irving/Central
9:15 p.m.

Landlords can also perform the following:


Inquiries with local, state or federal law enforcement agencies are common background checks landlords perform. Looking up sex offender registries and checking the applicant's information against those and other court records is also common.

Prior Landlords

A tenant's past history with other landlords is also a common check. Prospective landlords will typically call past landlords and ask about the tenant and any problems the landlord may have experienced.

A landlord can be held liable if they knowingly let tenants commit crimes on the property such as sell drugs.

— On the neighbor message Homicide at Irving/Central
7:44 p.m.

Can anyone recommend a dentist that does porcelain veneers?

Preferably a recommendation from someone that has had it done and is satisfied with the results.

My dentist is against veneers and is promoting crowns and i rather keep as much of my real teeth as I can.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a good dentist
9:34 p.m.

Keep up the good work Tim!

We want to say thanks for always realizing and acting on the concerns of the community and doing what is needed to prevent things from getting worse. It is leaders like you that inspire greater civic engagement from the community.

Hopefully Arena can make it there too. Maybe it would be good for him.

Here is one of his last quotes:

"The events at Irving and Central are a sad reality of life in our city at this time. But they are rare in this neighborhood."

Arena makes it sound like this as an isolated case and suggest no additional preventative measures other than quote: " Get involved. See something wrong call 911."

Yes, I see something wrong. Portage Park is getting shot up, gang bangers, pot capital of Chicago, next stop crack town USA. Just because it is a rare occurrence makes it worse if you ask me and if we don't do something soon, it is not going to be so rare... Then what?

We hope he is able to attend as this will show where he stands on being a leader against gang violence for the community that he serves.

So thank you TIm for going that extra step.

Many of us do not see these as rare instances, more of the beginning of something that will get worse. We can take steps now and try to nip it in the bud or we can just say it is a sad reality and so be it.

8:34 p.m.

Make sure that you check with your neighbors in your neighborhood and ask them if they need a detector. Remember, if their house catches fire next to yours every second counts before your house may catch fire as well.

Just because you have a detector does not mean you are safe, make sure your neighbors have a detector as well.

— On the neighbor message Free Smoke Detectors at the 45th Ward Office
7:18 a.m.

The good people have to stay.
Telling them to move will only allow and make room for more gangs to move in. If we want the area to get better we need to stand our ground. It is not fair to live in this neighborhood and tell everyone to move that is scared. Good neighborhoods take work.

Don't move.... Get involved with Community Policing.

— On the neighbor message so what up w the gangs by the dollar tree
7:13 a.m.

Dawn mentioned that we should start a committee and work with Police to help combat crime in the neighborhood.

Good news, it is easy to start a committee that does that. It is called a Block Club and it starts with YOU and the people on your block. It helps reduce crime, unites the neighborhood and works with Police. Don't wait for someone to start one on your block, if you are committed to making a difference, get started.

Block clubs can help reduce crime. When neighbors are organized and collectively address issues and concerns, they can achieve most anything. Being involved in and caring for the neighborhood helps provide a safe environment for everyone.

Remember C.A.P.S. involves community policing and that means YOU! have to do something with the Police to make neighborhoods safer.

I would agree that sometimes the best benefit of C.A.P.S. meetings of meeting other neighbors in your area that are committed to making a difference. It would be nice to see more young people at these meetings including teens. Maybe parents can convince them to go sometime.

— On the neighbor message Dakin & Central
7:03 a.m.

Our only concern is as a whole there are more calls to 911 for gang disturbances at Public schools versus Catholic/Private.

Education is Education... It is the student that chooses to learn.

It is best to see where the child feels most comfortable which will ensure them to do their best.

12:30 a.m.

Talk to neighbors.

People don't know what they actually saw till they are asked.

— On the neighbor message Hit and Run
12:01 a.m.

Looks nice and simple.

Nice comfort food to pick up on the way home.

11:55 p.m.

How about a form of Yubitsume that begins with the trigger finger for repeat offenders?

Strict enough?

1:10 a.m.

Block clubs can help reduce crime. When neighbors are organized and collectively address issues and concerns, they can achieve most anything. Being involved in and caring for the neighborhood helps provide a safe environment for everyone.

Organize a Telephone Tree
• The telephone tree lists residents according to their addresses. It can be used to identify block club members, a location where a crime is occurring and any gaps in participation. Samples are provided.
• The telephone tree is a rapid communication and reporting system for the block club.
• For example, a member sees a suspicious person prying open a neighbor’s car trunk. The member calls 911 and reports a “crime in progress” at the address of the car. In this type of a situation, he/she then calls the car owner. In some situations, you should call the neighbor first. You see a “suspicious looking person” entering the back door of the neighbor’s house. It may be his cousin. If they are not home, then call 911. Then he/she calls the two members closest to the incident.
• These members then call 911 and the next two members on the telephone tree. The effect of many calls going to the 911 Center is that the police will be alerted that this is a high priority, a “crime in progress,” and additional eyes can provide more information to the police.
• If the police catch the suspect, the chances for future cooperation are increased. If the suspect gets away two things can happen: (1) the block can provide the police with information about the suspect; and (2) the police will be accountable to the entire block if they are slow in responding. You will also find that people will more likely report crimes if they know they do not have to do it alone.

Since they are not working alone, there will be less fearful of retaliation.

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood Watch & Public Safety
3:08 p.m.

They are allowed to protect themselves with a gun. isn't that the reason for a gun... protection?

Those that don't have a gun should be able to protect themselves another way. You choose what type of protection you can get. Having both should only be reserved for law enforcement.

11:35 a.m.

They are additives.

— On the neighbor message Oil change
11:32 a.m.

Maybe we are going about this the wrong way....

Make it legal for citizens to wear bullet proof vest.

Make it illegal for gun owners to wear bullet proof vest (unless they are law enforcement)

11:46 p.m.

Check your garage everyday.

11:43 p.m.

For those that don't know it looks like both Slick 50 and Dura Lube are a scam.

— On the neighbor message Oil change
11:37 p.m.

What these kids don't realize is that if there are no witnesses when they are tagging, there will be no witnesses if someone decides to hurt them badly because of it.

Citizens are getting fed up and it is a matter of time before they or someone becomes more aggressive to put an end to this. That may include security cameras, dogs, spotlights, night time community watch patrols, etc.

— On the neighbor message Graffiti -- Need Swarm Reporting
12:02 a.m.

This is a great time to stop by your neighbors and invite them for a walk and talk.

Dress for the weather and bring a snack if you feel you might get hungry.

— On the neighborhood event Positive Loitering @ Grace & Albany
11:48 p.m.

You may bring a toy for a the Marysville Crisis Nursery to the Patio even if you do not want a photo with Santa.

Here is more about what they do:

Maryville Crisis Nursery

The Nursery is located at 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Bldg. B., Chicago, IL 60634.

— On the neighborhood event Patio: Photos with Santa Tomorrow
11:37 p.m.

You should also consider taking it to your neighborhood dealer that services your vehicle. Dealers have taken a bad wrap in the past, but have been humbled by the economy. You may be suprised at how local dealerships have changed with service.

They have the best equipment to work on your vehicle and make sure that it is done right. They also know the specific tolerances for your vehicle and have specific information on hand instead of general information that local shops may have.

— On the neighbor message Wheel Alignment???
9:21 p.m.

Funny..... We were stuck in traffic on Addison the other day and there was a car driving very slow.

We were on the side to pass and we found a large Goose walking in the street in front of it.

— On the neighbor message Found Chicken
9:11 p.m.

These events are great!

Get out and meet all your neighbors that are willing to stand up for your community.

We really need to arrange more of these.

Maybe even a midnight patrol in areas that are getting hit with car ransacking. Where a group of neighbors would walk down a few series of predetermined blocks.

— On the neighborhood event Positive Loitering
9:03 p.m.

There is a little Jake in all of us.

— On the neighbor message FIRE!
8:52 p.m.

A's restaurant is not bad. We have been there a couple times. A's is by Narragansett and Irving .

A's Restaurant & Pancake House
6358 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL
(773) 545-1144 ‎

8:51 p.m.

A Cookie Walk is an event that is held and it involves the making of various types of pastry.

Cookie walks are held to raise awareness about an issue or to raise funds. Those participating in cookie walks make different types of pastries and bring them to the event to feed the attendants.

Think of it as a bake sale with cookies

— On the neighborhood event Mother's Club Christmas Bazaar
8:40 p.m.

We miss the Mr. K's on Harlem.

Not sure why they closed down, they always seemed fairly busy.

11:14 a.m.


Her: Can I please borrow your credit card?


Her: I need to do some shopping?

Why do you need mine? How much are you going to spend?

Her: I don't know.... That's why I need to borrow yours.

— On the neighbor message Thanksgiving dinner pre made
5:48 p.m.

She just asked me if i was hungry and would like to have dinner soon.

I said yes, sure what are you going to make.

Her: Well, if you want something good we have to go out.

— On the neighbor message Thanksgiving dinner pre made
6:09 p.m.

Her side: Why don't you do ever want to do anything on Thanksgiving?

My side: Because I don't want to do too much before what could be my last meal.

— On the neighbor message Thanksgiving dinner pre made
6:02 p.m.

Smakosz Restaurant might have a great idea.

It would be nice to pick up a premade turkey dinner that is not: burnt, lumpy or with half a can of pepper on it.

Or that one year where the apple pie tasted like a cherry pie because the wife got the wrong one.

Then there is the constant following me around the house telling me to fix something, clean something , move something or go to the store to get something that she forgot...

You would think that she would stay in the kitchen and watch the food burn.
But, no she has to pace back and forth through the house looking for more things to do.

— On the neighbor message Thanksgiving dinner pre made
9:46 p.m.

The budget needed to have a tax increase to create revenue and put more police on the street for Arena to vote yes.

Here are a couple of the highlights from Arena's E-Mail:

The budget has no tax increase. However, this budget is built on unrealistic revenue assumptions. The budget assumes the city will save $70 million in employee health care costs, an amount I believe to be overly optimistic. Additionally, it includes another $15 million from a program to allow electronic billboards on city property, even though the City Council has not approved the program and some in the media have raised questions about the request-for-proposal process.

Although the revenue assumptions were a significant issue for me, my biggest reason for voting no was the reduction in district-level police. Although the mayor’s office has claimed this budget will result in hundreds of additional police officers, the total headcount at the Chicago Police Department will increase by only 58. That is a 0.4-percent increase.

— On the neighbor message 2013 City Budget Passed - Arena Votes "No"
4:07 p.m.

With social media information is shared quickly. It makes it more well known in an area in a short span of time. There is not more crime, but people are finding out about it more quickly and it seems to be epidemic. Whereas 40 years ago these small crimes were not reported through public media as much and you heard it as word of mouth. 40 years ago these incidents seemed more uncommon.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Grill from my backyard (Portage Park)
11:37 a.m.

I would agree to see the point in which questions posed to "Portage Management" should only be answered by only "Portage Management".

2:26 p.m.

Check if their are any teenage kids on your block that may be willing to do it.

There are still alot of kids out there that need our support. That way they are nearby and can keep an eye on the conditons by your residence. You also know where they live if there is an issue and can build good neighbor relations.

Also, Probably cheaper then a full service.

— On the neighbor message I'm looking for snow removal this winter.
10:42 p.m.

While going through my kids candy i found a brochure in their bag that i may have hail damage.

— On the neighbor message Halloween trick or treat hours
10:37 p.m.

The guy may be holding his nose because of a natrual gas leak.

10:31 p.m.

It is only against the law if there is someone to enforce it.

Someone would have to report the littering in the street.

Right now officers are focused on thefts, burglaries and gangs.

Police are not going to go out of their way looking for someone that is blowing leaves in the street. What typically happens is the resident will say that they were just puting it there because it is easier to pick up off the street.

Either call it in or leave it alone

Those that have a mulching mower can offer to mulch their neighbors leaves or lend them the mower. if they are putting them in the street.

10:30 p.m.

Did they ever finish the investigation?

— On the neighbor message Street Handicap parking
10:20 p.m.

Dan Ray - State Farm Insurance (Replaced Rich Grady)

5230 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

(773) 777-8277

— On the neighbor message Home owners insurance
10:18 p.m.

This is a good time to clean up those old bank statements and old medical files with personal information on it.

Check with family member(s) that are elderly or incapable of taking advantage of this shred event.

It may be a good opportunity to visit and offer to shred their shoe boxes of old papers (be sure to check them for money first).

— On the neighborhood event 45th Ward Paper Shredding Event
10:16 p.m.

Is admission free for the grand opening?

10:07 p.m.

We go to Panera Bread on Lincoln for soup.

Sometimes it can get pretty crowded so go on an off time.

They have good soup and soup and sandwich combos.

6059 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 442-8210

Potbelly's on Harlem has good chilli

4207 N Harlem Avenue
Norridge, IL 60634
Phone: 708-457-0452

— On the neighbor message no soup for you?
10:02 p.m.

Portillos on Skokie Bld. has good Itailian Beefs.

You may be suprised.

— On the neighbor message Italian Beef
5:23 p.m.

Get to know your neighbors and have them call as well.

Have multiple people call for the noise compliant.

The more people that you can get to call at the same time for
noise complaint the better.

Multiple calls get a quicker response and it is likely the police will be firm when they stop by.

— On the neighbor message Loud Neighbors on Monitor
3:07 p.m.

Call, Email, or stop by the office on Patterson, make sure you have a description of the vehicle(s) that are causing the issues.

It is not right to say: " People that attend this church and school now are some of the rudest ignorant people that you have ever seen."

Not all people that attend the church are rude and ignorant and we need to stop stereotyping groups of people or race.

St. Bartholomew School
4941 W. Patterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone 773-282-9373
Fax 773-282-4757
Principal Martin Graham-McHugh

— On the neighbor message ST. BARTS
2:57 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Halloween Treasure Hunt at Six Corners
4 p.m.

Are there any information on stores/businesses that may be doing something for kids for Halloween?

Trick or Treat friendly businesses at 6 corners?

— On the neighbor message Halloween Treasure Hunt at Six Corners
11:18 p.m.

The lot is for customers only and that is while you are a customer. If you purchase a pack of gum, it does not give you the right to park in the lot for an additional half an hour and go where ever you want.

These sign are clearly posted as in almost every business parking lot. For the most part it comes down to common sense. Many times like some laws they are not strictly enforced and people get a false sense of security.

Our personal favorite is those that used to park in the CVS Pharmacy parking lot on Southport and Addison and go to a Cubs game and come back and wonder where their car is.

Even thou bad tows do occur, most are because someone did not read, ignored, didn't care about the sign in the lot that starts out with the word "WARNING".

10:31 p.m.

There is away about things and it is not taking the law in your own hands and parking on the parkway. This would only be acceptable if you authorized parking on the parkway through your Alderman or Police department because of the unique situation. This way should a ticket be issued, it would be dismissed.

If this has been a concern, it should have been addressed by all that live on the street. A petition taken to the alderman stating concerns of the block will get a response.

Maybe they can cut curbs back or have parking on one side of the street only, those seem to be the only options. You can go on Google maps and see people parked on the Parkway. This has been an issue for a while.

The best way to get a response is to approach the city as a group. This would be a petition, if you can get local Police and Fire Departments to sign the petition also. Even take it to a C.A.P.S. meeting. Then, deliver it to the Alderman and request some sort of action.

Short term this would probably prohibit parking on one side of the street and long term if there is the budget for it, cut the curbs on both sides back.

12:03 p.m.

We go to the Barnes and Noble on Touhy.

They have story and art time

The kids would create crafts or listen to stories and it is the same time every week. You can call for a schedule. Best thing is it is free.

There is a Chuck E Cheese there too, Chuck E Cheese tip of the day: If you ask for extra sauce on your pizza they will put it on. We think it taste better that way (at least for Chuck E Cheese)

10:57 p.m.

Who owns the property that they are protesting on?

I do not believe that your right to protest includes doing so on private property unless it is your own or received permission from the property owners.

The general rule is that free speech activity cannot take place on private property absent the consent of the property owner. However, in California, the courts have recognized an exception for large shopping centers, and have permitted leafleting and petitioning to take place in the public areas of large shopping centers. The shopping center owners, however, are entitled to impose regulations that, for example, limit the number of activists on the property and restrict their activities to designated "free speech areas." Most large shopping centers have enacted detailed free speech regulations that require obtaining a permit in advance. It is unclear whether the courts will extend this "shopping center exception" to other types of private property, such as the walkways in front of large free-standing stores, such as a Safeway or a Costco.

This could possibly be trespassing.

— On the neighbor message Great To See the First Amendment at Work
6:36 p.m.

It is very rare that thieves will break glass to steal something unless it is worthwhile.

Times that glass are typically broken are if you have an enemy, an initiation, for the fun of it without anything being stolen, and lastly to steal something.

he typical reason for breaking glass in terms of theft is a smash and grab. They would break the window, reach into the car through the window, grab something and get away. If there is nothing to grab, they usually would not smash.

Thieves do not like attention and breaking glass gets it. Also, if they break the glass they have to be careful in the vehicle so they don't get cut. This means no sitting on the seat with a pry bar to pull your radio out of the dash.

You almost want them to break the glass. This way if they make enough noise they stand a chance of getting caught.

For the reason people leave doors open is the same reason thieves walk down the block checking if anyone left their car door open. If everyone locked their doors, it would be pointless for someone to check.

The best deterrent is a good alarm system and good alert neighbors.

If you are having issues in your area and you have a front light or front room light, turn it on at night. It will light up the front of your house or if it is the front room light thieves may believe someone is awake. This may reduce the chance of a break in.

— On the neighbor message Cars Ransacked
11:40 a.m.

Sometimes talking to your neighbor on a situation like this can cause some difficulties.

Reason being is this could be part of their livelihood in a difficult time of employment and they may take it as a threat to their livelihood.

Therefore, if you ask them to stop and they don't and you or someone calls police on them they will believe it was you and may retaliate or fix someone's car for them to retaliate on their behalf.

In a case like this I would recommend typing up a letter with a copy of the noise ordinance (or running a repair shop ordinance) and state how it effects you. Send it through the mail.

Let them know that you want to be a good neighbor and that is why you are hoping to resolve this without calling the police. Sign it "Concerned Neighbor". If they continue to run air ratchets at 1 am, you can then call the police without fear of retaliation.

— On the neighbor message Back Alley Car Repair Shops.
11:13 a.m.

What color/make was the SUV?

Was it a white SUV?

Did you get a plate or partial plate #?

Did you report any incident to 311/911?

This would be a good thing to bring up at a C.A.P.S. meeting.

You can make a difference.

The next meeting is:

CAPS Meeting
Beat 1634
St. Bartholomew Church
Start:October 25, 2012 7:00 pm

— On the neighbor message Seen person buying drugs near parklet tonight
12:40 a.m.

When you go to a C.A.P.S. meeting....

Voice your concern. Many people complain about things and have no facts. At that point they are just told to call 911 when the activity occurs.

Speak up! Loud and Proud! State facts, times, descriptions, calls already made to 911 to report the incident or disturbance.

Try to bring someone with such as a neighbor to back you up and voice your concerns. The more people you have supporting your concern the more attention the police will give it.

Do not make statements that distract from your credibility:

"When are the police going to patrol neighborhood park?" "There is always underage drinking there."

Police: "Did you call 911?"


Police: "Just call 911 when you see that activity"

A better way of putting it is:

There is underage drinking at the "neighborhood park". They usually show up around 11pm on Fridays and sometimes 2am on Saturdays. We have called the police several times and they would come out and the kids would leave then come back. Is there anything else we can do, it does not seem like calling is solving the problem?

Remember C.A.P.S. involves community policing and that means YOU! have to do something with the Police to make neighborhoods safer.

11:57 p.m.

This from a previous post....

Here is a movie that I seen in my preschool about strangers.....

I still see and hear the lights.

My kid has already been programmed with the same video I have been haunted by for over 30 years, but it has kept me safe. Good stuff if you have children, they don't make them like this anymore.

Part 1:


— On the neighbor message ADT door to door
10:48 p.m.

It seem like both parties are not saying specifically what happened and lashing out at each other in forms of calling one a liar and one issuing a 5 day notice.

A deal gone wrong.

Maybe there were other promises made that we don't know about and if we did it may change our view of the Alderman and/or Eddie. Perhaps, something that they didn't want us to know about.

There is damage here... Can this ever work now?

The other question is:

Is this for show?

Do Alderman Arena and Eddie have an ulterior motive to remove the tenants and Arena lashing out at Eddie is a show to save face in view of the community.

Probably not, but until Arena tells us what triggered Eddie's actions, it is hard to not keep an open mind.

We hope to continue to support Arena, but he's got to give us a little more than "Eddie's a liar!"

Like, what made it get to that point.

7 p.m.

What it means to be a police officer.

4:25 p.m.

No she is not on Every Block... If she was I would probably post on Other Blocks instead.

I don't go for all that fancy stuff. i will take a casserole bowl fill the bottom and sides with Texas toasted white bread. take some fresh cut apples and dump them in the bowl, top with sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon, and oatmeal put another layer of toast and another layer of apples and bake at 350 till apples are soft.

For a quick snack you can boil apples till soft slice them up and use some apple cinnamon instant oat meal and put it in-between 2 slices of white toast.

12:18 p.m.

Yes, we may have to stop buy for apple pie. when my wife tries to make it it ends up like looking like apple crisp and taste like something else.

11:14 a.m.

We are aware of Google. We are also aware of its limitations.

It is better to get reviews of people from the neighborhood that actually went there and back.

Many reviews online as well can be skewed.

Our community has always provided us with better information then the internet and that is part of the reason we joined Every Block.

11:09 a.m.

Report it to the Metra Police Department

The Metra Police Department is a professional force of more than 100 sworn officers who are responsible for the security of Metra’s 11 rail lines and 239 stations in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane in Northeastern Illinois. The officers provide security to our passengers, employees, equipment, yards, stations and rights-of-way. Metra Police handle a variety of tasks ranging from civilian complaints to criminal activity.

The Metra Police Command Staff is active in creating regional partnerships throughout our service area. In partnership with federal, state, and local agencies, Metra participates in various training exercises to promote awareness, to prevent incidents and enhance training for effective response.

The Metra Police Department is currently a member of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) and participates in communities in which we operate, meeting with residents and local law enforcement to discuss issues regarding crime and safety within specific geographical locations.

1:06 a.m.

There is no way you should trust random people at your door.

There is no way you should allow someone to talk to you about something that you are not prepared to discuss.

If they want to offer something take their information and say you will get back to them.
Check them out first. If they check out ok and you are comfortable then call them and talk to them about their services when you want to not when they come to your door.

That way you are prepared to make a decision in your best interest and not theirs.

— On the neighbor message ADT door to door
12:01 a.m.

The next thing you will see is a tip jar hanging off squad cars.

6:02 p.m.

We need dedicated beat cops not to leave their beat unless extreme circumstances, police on foot and bike patrol making routine rounds.

We need active policing. Police that talk with people in the neighborhood, figure out what is wrong and then develop an action plan to correct it.

Police should patrol side streets and alleys as well and be on the lookout for suspicious activity. They should look for suspicious activity occurring and question people when things may appear to be out of the ordinary. The neighborhood can then get to know their beat police by name and work together in addressing the issues in the beat.

If that is what this $5 will do, I am all in.

If it is just to hire more police to do paperwork or to be on call after the crime has occurred, I'm out.

It would be pointless to hire more police if they are not actively being proactive on crime. To have an extra police officer to show up at your house in 15 minutes to take a report instead of 30 minutes is not going to make anyone safer.

How will these officers be used?

12:59 p.m.

Sometimes it is just a short period of time and she's fine.

Pun may have been intended.

— On the neighbor message at&t issues
10:13 p.m.

"But when I connected I still can't get a signal even though it says I'm connected im not"

Same issue with wife sometimes.

Leave it alone for a day and try to connect again.

— On the neighbor message at&t issues
9:53 p.m.

Here is the abuse complaint form.

You can make a formal complaint online.

Your complaint will be investigated based on facts and a determination will be made to keep or suspend benefits.

Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse

— On the neighbor message Street Handicap parking
4:42 p.m.

Tim, alot of us here on Every Block have 20/20 too.

Keep up the good work!

— On the neighbor message Street Handicap parking
4:59 p.m.

Vehicles will stop for people in crosswalks when people stop jaywalking

If you want a vehicle to stop, put a stop sign or stop light.

Vehicles do not know if pedestrians are going to cross or just stand there like an idiot if they stop. Most of the time it is a waving match. If a pedestrian arrives at a cross walk and there is one vehicle coming, just let them go. If there are more than one vehicle coming than they can get close to the edge of the sidewalk and wave their hand at the vehicle :

and motion to then that they want them to stop and they are intending to cross. Pedestrians should not move into the street until they feel it is safe to do so. The driver then should slow down and yield to their crossing. They should try to make eye contact with the driver when they do this. If it looks like they are not going to stop they should not risk their life as the vehicle can hit a pedestrian or be verbally or physically abusive.

If they are not courteous enough to stop... who knows what they are capable of.

Vehicles need to be careful when approaching crosswalks and yield to pedestrians motioning to cross. Pedestrians can run in front of vehicles. Pedestrians can also be verbally or physically abusive and throw things at the vehicle and run damaging it if they feel threatened by vehicles not yielding.

Remember they are driving a getaway vehicle, you can only run so fast.

If a pedestrian is crossing and a vehicle is turning and waiting for them to cross, the pedestrian should not slow down in front of the vehicle for spite. The pedestrian should walk a normal pace or even quicker if they want to be courteous. The vehicle also should not inch up on the pedestrian in an intimidating fashion or beep at the pedestrian.

By everyone following some simple rules we can all extend courtesy to each other and make it safe for both pedestrians, drivers.

— On the neighbor message Pedestrian friendly?
4:42 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Found Chicken
2:34 p.m.

My wife burns everything.

She once burned a hotdog in boiling water.

Still trying to figure that one out.

— On the neighbor message Good night in the 'hood
2:57 a.m.

For issues like this, there is maintaining law and order and then there is being a good neighbor.

If I notice that my neighbors plate sticker is expired, I will let them know... I won't call 911 and report them. If they fail to get a sticker then I may report them.

If someone is parked my driveway I will let my neighbor know first, if it continues to be a reoccurring issue... I may report them.

If people my neighbors are being loud... I will call them or let them know how/why it affect me... If it continues...I may report them.

If my neighbors lawn is overgrown I will tell them their lawn is getting a little out of control. I can offer to mow it or ask when they are going to get around to it and it is unbecoming of the neighborhood. I will tell them someone might call on them... if it is not resolved... I may report them.

Being a good neighbor is getting to know your neighbor(s) and talking about issues first.

If they don't comply... then you can go behind their back and call the police.

Be the good neighbor first.

— On the neighbor message Man WORKING ON OLD CAR ON GRACE.
4:39 p.m.

Any one ask him to stop or talk to him about it or do the neighbors just call on their neighbor's behind everyone's back?

Neighbors need to stay united and work and help each other.

Be respectful and open to compromise.

Help each other and help keep the neighborhood community safe.

— On the neighbor message Man WORKING ON OLD CAR ON GRACE.
11:59 p.m.

Keep the integrity and charm of the theater and you will be fine.

Try to turn it into something it's not, you will be picketed to kingdom come.

— On the neighbor message Portage Theater Sold
11:44 p.m.

It looks like one person yelped it.

Can someone post a menu?

— On the business license Jefferson Park Grill, Inc.
12:27 a.m.

We seen it on one South bench.

Anyone know if they doing that to all of them or just that one?

— On the neighbor message Parklet Tagged
12:23 a.m.

The invitation to these types of venues do not discriminate.

It can attract a good element as well as a bad.

In most cases (not all) Young + Drunk + High Energy Music = Stupid Behavior

— On the neighbor message Portage Theater Sold
12:21 a.m.

Is there really that big of an issue crossing the street?

We can't think of anything else better to do at 6 corners?

— On the neighbor message Pedestrian Crosswalks at Six Corners
12:06 a.m.

I think I'll train with the kid one more year while looking for a school.

So hard to teach a small kid a straight punch/tight fist, shoulders in.

Every kid wants drop a punch like swinging a hammer.

11:57 p.m.

Does any of the schools participate in tournaments for 5 year olds?
We would like to send our kid to a tae kwon do program, but want to make sure that they are learning real tae kwon do and not just jumping over and hitting and kicking punching bags.
We have taught our child mostly escape and defense techniques, how to block, punch, kick, headlock, head but, elbow strikes and would like to continue our kids education.
It is pointless to have a black belt that would casually defend at best.
Looking for Make strong, Eye of the Tiger, Never surrender type school.

7:52 a.m.

Thank you for posting the pics.

— On the neighbor message CPD Emerald Isle Representing
11:45 p.m.

I think when there is a higher concentration of good stores per block surrounding 6 corners things will definitely get better and you can get more shopping done under "one park".

— On the neighbor message Lack of Sidewalk Cafes
5:26 p.m.

The businesses are not as diverse and they are indeed spread out. Imagine walking a mall with empty or boring stores.

There are people that would park and re-park on the other end of the mall where they may have more shopping.

It is not like everything at 6 corners is centrally located or central parking.

Let us say you go to Fresh Fruit Market-parking lot, go to foot locker- parking lot, go to family dollar-street, go to Walgreens-parking lot, grab a bite to eat Jeff's-parking lot. That is a lot of re-parking. It is not like you can park once and shop all of 6 corners, unless you pay a meter, but then where would you park.

Depending on how much you are buying you may not want to lug 10 bags with you to shop at a few stores.
Just because parking is everywhere does not necessarily make it more convenient.

We can see that most young people would not have an issue with this, but for some older people, spending a day shopping at 6 corners can pose some opportunities.

Any vets want to chime in?

— On the neighbor message Lack of Sidewalk Cafes
5:18 p.m.

It also shows support for our troops.

— On the neighbor message Yellow Ribbon Awareness
4:46 p.m.

Here is how the pros do it.

They park a large truck van in front of the garage like they are hanging out the one goes in-between the garage and the vehicle with a coat hanger and open the door.

The one guy goes in and stages stuff to steal, they have already scoped the garage out so they have an idea of what they are taking and where it is.

The one guy loads the van/truck from the side and gets in and closes the door, they can do this with the garage half way open so those that are casually walking by do not realize the garage door is open.

The garage door is closed when the vehicle drives away.

No one is the wiser till later:

Here is a simple trick using a nylon tie to prevent it:

— On the neighbor message Attempted garage break in
4:44 p.m.

Not from you. Below is the reference from another poster:

Ref: "She talks a good game with church and all, but it is all a con."

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
8:03 p.m.

Oh and there is a nail gun missing.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
7:57 p.m.

There is a lot of conflicting information here.

She is drunk what can be done to help?

Not intruding, just care about the baby.

She smelled like alcohol at 9pm

She was not drunk between 9-12am.

Don't be deceived they are liars and thieves.

She is a con.

DCFS should be involved.

DCFS is involved and the child was born with drugs in its system.

Kenji is right, is the goal to help this person or not.

The conversation seems to shift from pity to insulting this person.

Hat tip to TLO for your continued persistence to try to help this situation.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
7:56 p.m.


— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
2:46 p.m.

DCFS- Sometimes gets a bad wrap

They do programs that can help children and their families. They also have Cash Assistance and Housing Locator Services.

They will only take a child away if their safety, sustainability is threaded.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
2:45 p.m.,0,7604930.story

Here is the post and story that started the "down with the bushes" thread.

A 24 year old man that lived at the Irving Hotel that hit an 11 year old boy to steal a bike.

The thread continues to comment on illegal drinking, littering and drug dealing.

Illegal is illegal, race plays no role. If a someone is drug dealing, it is because they are a drug dealer and not their race that people are concerned.

If a someone is drinking and littering, it is because they are a drinking and littering and not their race that people are concerned.

A huge part of the conversation revolves around cutting the bushes and bringing more visibility to the area and not eliminating a race of people from being there.

People have also went to parklet and met people from the hotel and learned that some are retired some cleaning up and so on. So the image of the residence of the Hotel has changed for the better.

In the second part it goes into sprucing up the area to be more attractive so that more people would also enjoy the parklet.

This is a positive thing for everyone and it is done.

Can we please move forward now and enjoy it?

Last I checked, everyone is welcome as long as they are not breaking the law.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
12:09 p.m.

The parents that bring kids to bars might be training them to be designated drivers.

Keep yourself busy for a couple hours while everyone else drinks then go home sober.

If the kids get used to it at an early age they maybe more likely to be a designated driver when they grow up.

These places serve food too. Maybe they are just having a burger and some cheese wedges and knocking back a beer.

For the sake of everyone I hope that they are not leaving the bar under the influence and driving with the children in a vehicle.

— On the neighbor message Capitol Club Oh No
1:15 a.m.

Good Job!

Keep up the momentum!

Mess with the best... Get locked up like the rest.

1:03 a.m.

It is easier to blame then to get involved.

As long as you blame someone, you paralyze yourself in doing anything to make things better.

— On the neighbor message Meet up and Clean up this past Saturday
11:49 a.m.

Great job with the clean-up!

It is so great to see young people involved in bringing serenity to our community, it is definitely encouraging.

— On the neighbor message Meet up and Clean up this past Saturday
11:48 a.m.

effectively making the Secretary of State's office the department of motor vehicles, though that phrase is not used in Illinois.

— On the neighbor message Secretary of State
7:19 p.m.

I am stating that the "name" of our DMV in Illinois is "The Secretary of State".

You write checks to the Secretary of State because that is your Department of Motor Vehicles name.

Just like the name of my electric company is Com Ed (not electric company). I write checks to Comm Ed. That is my electric company's name.

If you go to a different state you would ask for the name of the DMV, not the Secretary of State, since some states do not have their Secretary of State in charge of motor vehicles.

If you went to a different state you would ask for the name of the electric company and not Comm Ed as it may not be available in all states.

If you have not noticed I am in agreement with you that the name is in Illinois is "Secretary of State".

— On the neighbor message Secretary of State
7:12 p.m.



"DMV" is not used in every state or province, nor are the traditional DMV functions handled by a single agency in every state, but

"the generic term is universally understood"

, particularly in the context of driver's license issuance and renewal.

— On the neighbor message Secretary of State
6:13 p.m.

What is the DMV in Illinois called? The Secratary of State.

Every state has a DMV, but not every state will have a Secretary of State in charge of Motor Vehicles.

If you search "Illinois DMV" the first item that comes up in the search is: or Secretary of State

If you search Illinois Secretary of state the first item that comes up in the search is: or Secretary of State

If you search Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles the first item that comes up in the search is: or Secretary of State

So in theory both are recognized as the same entity.

Quite simply: The Secretary of State is in charge of Department of Motor Vehicles in Illinois.

If you review one of the sites:
Moving to a new state is always challenging. Why add to your stress by having to deal with the DMV? Start here at and we'll point you to your area's closest Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. Find office locations and contact information. If you've simply moved within the state, conveniently submit an address change online!

In our case the Secretary of State is our Department of Motor Vehicles.

— On the neighbor message Secretary of State
6:03 p.m.

Scarp yards are supposed to keep records.

It will be interesting if they are accurate and how many people are involved in these thefts.

Scrappers that would steal city property are most likely stealing private property as well.

They will be investigating for stolen private property (metal) at this location and will be reviewing metal thefts in the area of where the grates were stolen.

5:23 p.m.


— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
5:10 p.m.

We are supised Jake did not drag that free sofa and chair over there.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
5:08 p.m.

Looks much, much better.

Does anyone know if they are going to also repair the broken curb?

It is apparent in this photo:

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
9:27 p.m.

With the amount of grates stolen i am suprised that no one noticed these thieves this earlier. Milwaukee is a pretty busy street to go stealing grates without anyone taking any sort of notice.

Does anyone know if the thieves were posing as city workers as not to draw attention?

1:33 p.m.

There is nothing wrong with doing the bricks another day. Just sweep-um and weed-um.

Maybe the Alderman can put a call into graffiti blasters to see if they can come out blast the bricks.

To paint, dig bushes and pressure wash all at the same time... well, probably something will go unexpected.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
7:26 p.m.

The goal is to get cars going through slow enough to get them to stop and shop.

The theory is they are driving through the area too quickly and that is one of the reasons why shopping at six corners is down.

What better way to turn a driver into a pedestrian.

9:15 a.m.

Just because demographics does not match their model does not mean that they would not be successful.

Companies should look at exceptions to the rule and look at the draw that they would have as well. We have people driving to Park Ridge for food.

There is no guarantee that demographics are a guarantee for success.

There are stores that open in their demographic market and fail.
There are areas in which the demographic changes and stores continue to stay in business.

Look at Sears for example, say what you will, but they have always been here and the demographics have changed.

Mariano's seen the potential for this area and would have been welcome to the Old Bank Of America Building.... but Trader Joe's/Whole foods doesn't.

For those that have not noticed... Mariano's is booming and we have not seen a Mariano's location that is slow. You can tell who the leaders are. It is a shame that we did not welcome Mariano's.

11:29 a.m.

The food trucks are safe.

— On the food inspection Fischman Liquors failed inspection
12:13 a.m.

Thanks for the early post on this event.

12:09 a.m.

We believe that the sign has been left up on purpose so that other potential investors in the area would believe that they were coming and see the area as a developing market.

The next thing would be to put up signs in the vacant store fronts:

"Coming Soon!"
"Your business here."

The "Coming Soon" is the best attention getter.

— On the neighbor message Dolce Restaurant
12:07 a.m.

Sounds to me like the best way to deal with it is to start a fund to hire a life coach to see they can help prop the truly down on their luck people another shot about being productive in their community.

Again, based on the assumption that all are not bad people, per se. Some people might just simply feel defeated.

Maybe even part time jobs can be created from volunteer funds to help in created cleanup efforts throughout the community. It would be a signup program based out of the hotel. ie. volunteer to clean up a park, get a gift card for a local restaurant or food store.

Most drug dealers do not stay in a single room hotels. Addicts yes... dealers typically not.

There is only one registered sex offender that lives there according to the database, it is concerning that someone is thinking about opening up a daycare on the same block.

Does anyone know when the last time the building has been checked for code violations?

— On the neighbor message Question About The Irving Hotel
11:59 p.m.

Let us at EveryBlock know when someone tries it out. Is the same, better or worse.

At least you know at this time they are complaint with the health department.

— On the food inspection Bub's Place passed inspection
11:38 p.m.

Seen it in real life today.

It definately brings solace to the area.

Great job!

The Ad sign does have to be relocated.

It is impious of the piece.

— On the neighbor message the mural at montrose and knox
11:34 p.m.

Wouldn't it be better to strip or sandblast the pavers for a natural look?

To get them clean enough to paint them right would take some time and then would need to be repainted in the future.

Is there any benefit to painting that I do not realize? Or is there a paint for "pavers"

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
11:25 p.m.

Irving Hotel
4849 West Irving Park
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (773) 283-2300

Go in person to fill out application and get more information.
Private bath- $170/week & $600/month; Kitchenette- $200/week & $700/month;
Shared bath-$135/week & $510/month; Community bathroom- $130/week & $450/month
Need state ID, Proper income, Must be over 21

— On the neighbor message Question About The Irving Hotel
12:11 p.m.

Have not been by. Does anyone know if they are open yet or when they will open.

— On the food inspection Bub's Place passed inspection
12:02 p.m.

How about this:

"Fishman's Clean this event"

2 Beers per volunteer (excludes imports)

Group of 3 people will attack each code violation.

Union groups may require more, but limit 6 per group.

— On the food inspection Fischman Liquors failed inspection
11:49 a.m.

Thanks for the picture update.

It is nice to see it as it develops.

— On the neighbor message the mural at montrose and knox
5:11 a.m.

Ideas like this are a great way to transform the community and "support police" (Pun intended).

Also, showing respect for those that sacrifice so we can be safer out there.

Is there anyone out there that can link some pictures of Montrose and Knox?

5:42 p.m.

Neighborhood patrols and Neighborhood Watch programs always have positive effects and helps unite the community.

People are more self conscious about committing illegal acts if they feel people are watching.

It is apparent that since there has been more attention given to this area, there is less questionable activity around it. Not saying that there isn't any, but there is less.

According to a post residents are cleaning up more now as they know the area is being watched and have even been seen with brooms and garbage bags.

Keep up the good work.

Anyone else have a problem area that they want residents to patrol?

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
3:59 p.m.

Thank you...

We have subscribed to the suggested area and are now catching up to what we missed.

— On the neighbor message Back-to-School Health Fair - August 20th
2:54 p.m.

Table Fifty-Two

52 W. Elm Street Chicago
Reservations 312.573.4000

Monday-Saturday 5pm-9:30pm

Sunday 4pm-8:30pm

Sunday Brunch 10:30am-1.30pm

— On the neighbor message best fried chicken in near jefferson park
2:39 p.m.

We have always used that designated watcher program.

Maybe a group of people going at the same time can work together to watch each other's stuff while others are in the pool.

2:34 p.m.

Anyone should be able to sit there as long as they are within the confines of the law. It should not matter how the people look unless it is indecent or unlawful. It is a public place and being so, open to the public. It is not right to say you don't want someone there because they look "unsavory". It would be different if the intending meaning would be that "unsavory" and (unlawful) activities were taking place.

If they are committing illegal activities there, it needs to be reported with complete descriptions. The police might not be able to get there on time for the illegal activity, but at least they would have a description and know what to look for in that particular area.

It is a good thing that neighbors have been involved in monitoring and meeting at the area. This is a practice that should continue in this area and other areas of concern. Neighborhood patrols and monitoring of areas always has a positive effect. If noting less people know that the area is being watched.

The bushes do need to be trimmed and lighting would be a plus. I believe that there is only one light on that particular block.

— On the neighbor message down with the bushes
2:30 p.m.

Just found out they changed this. We usually follow zip code 60641 and are set up for the alerts.

Now we know why not much has been happening.

Does anyone know if Every Block will fix the areas and will post again under the zip code?

— On the neighbor message Back-to-School Health Fair - August 20th
11:09 p.m.

Issue has been resolved. We are able to park 1 block over in the Permit Area.

Found someone in the same permit area from our church. She supplied us with guest permits for a couple days. She said that they will pick up more for the duration of the contructiion from the CIty Clerk.

Cost is $8 for 15 days worth of permits.

— On the neighbor message Peoples Gas Destruction
10:56 p.m.

The concern is that the closest streets with "no construction" have permit parking.

There should have been more warning....People need to plan these things out.

Have you been through this on your block or do you have a garage?

Don't look forward to carrying a sleeping kid 4 blocks.

Hopefully we can get a temporary permit at the Clerks office on Gale Street. Technically we are not in the "Permit" zone, but could be considered in the buffer zone. This is from the city of chicago site:

Residential Parking Permit Zone Lookup
You do not live in a residential parking permit zone
Your aldermanic ward number: 45
Purchasing Residential Parking Permits

If you live in a residential parking permit (RPP) zone but have not purchased a current sticker year residential parking permit, you need to buy a permit at an Office of the City Clerk location.
Click here for information on what type of documentation can prove your residency in an RPP zone

If you live in a zone and already purchased a current sticker year residential parking permit from our office, you can buy your daily passes year-round by clicking here

Buffer Zones

A buffer zone is used to ensure that residents who live just outside of an RPP zone can park in that neighboring zone. Buffers zones are designated in consultation with the Department of Transportation and the Alderman.

It says that the Alderman can designate a buffer zone. We just need 2 weeks for the contruction.

— On the neighbor message Peoples Gas Destruction
10:02 p.m.

Good job officers!

Even thou the police caught him and did an excellent job in responding, remember the key in this equation...

They were responding to a call!

Call as soon as you see anything suspicious... time is critical.

Together we can make a difference.

Watch your neighborhood, Be Alert, Call 911

Keep it in the news: Portage Park cracks down on crime. Citizens take a stand.

10:34 p.m.

We were under the impression that Marino's said that the location did not meet what they needed and they wanted to tear down the old Bank of America building completely and build new. Also, we heard that Marino's wanted an entrance on Irving Park.

Supposedly, Arena wanted to keep the old building to keep the theater and did not want an entrance on Irving park to keep 6 corners pedestrian friendly and denied Marino's proposal and was not open to any compromise if it meant destruction of the building, theater, or entrance on Irving Park.

It was also discussed that part of the reason Aldi wanted in was because the high density of lower income primarily section 8 residents and their long term expected occupancy.

Also, in return for meeting some of Arena's demands, such as keeping the building and the theater he would support a low income senior project in back of the Jewel that would support Aldi's target market.

Is any of this true? Can someone please answer the following Questions:

Will Arena support a business if it meant destruction of the building or theater?

Will Arena deny a business if they want an entrance on Irving Park?

Is Arena supporting low income senior housing project and using that as a selling point to entice Aldi to meet his criteria ?

5:30 p.m.

I'll have to admit that picture of that bridge looks interesting.

Not sure if Six Corners is not ready something like that yet.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Pedestrian friendly changes
4:45 p.m.

"Should be noted that since Six Corners hey day, Cicero has been widened and parking has been eliminated on the east side of Cicero south of Irving to relieve congestion."

"parking has been eliminated n the east side of Cicero south of Irving"

We also see the effect that this had... It didn't make parking or shopping any easier... it was down hill from there.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Pedestrian friendly changes
5:47 p.m.

"We've been so successful at moving the cars that people are just driving on through, instead of patronizing businesses. And that's what really broke."

In 6 corners heyday parking was easy and had a big draw. We used to come from Wrigleyville and spend the day and load up the car with all sorts of stuff.

More cars with more traffic and less easy parking, that is what broke.

It is better to have someone with a car patronize your business because they can buy more stuff. Not sure how many big screen TVs Sears would sell if they did not have a parking lot.

Pedestrians can only carry so much.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Pedestrian friendly changes
5:13 p.m.

For those that went share what you have learned with family and friends and neighbors.

Remember most burglars are caught by neighbors calling the police. Know your neighbors on all sides of you and more importantly make sure they know you. This way they can question if they see anyone other than you at your home.

Front and back doors are most common point of entry. It takes a couple of seconds to kick in or crowbar an average door. Make sure you have good locks and strike plates with long screws going into the framing.

— On the neighborhood event “Town Hall Meeting and Burglary Seminar”
11:45 p.m.

We had issues with our carrier and we reported it to the post office. It seems that the carrier had multiple complaints and was removed from the route.

We have a new carrier that is very good. When our carrier on vacation there seems to be some issues thou.

If you have a different mailperson every time then that is the issue. Your route is not assigned. If it is the same carrier, then you can try talking to them or report them to the post office.

We have noticed that an indicator of a good mail person is that they make deliveries around the same time of day.

11:35 p.m.

It is not asking that much for Alderman Arean to address concerns via Everyblock as he has done it before and Tim Cullerton does all the time.

Who are the other bidders?

What is holding up the sale, are the bids not high enough?

For such an important part of 6 corners future, I would think someone with the means or partnerships could secure this property as an investment.

I also am sure that if someone(s) were to do this and have it converted into some sort of dance studio or something for kids, they could probably get enough kickstarter funds to do it with little out of pocket. That is, if that is what the people really want.

11:26 p.m.

This is terrible! You will end up pushing two cars back at every light in every direction. This will compound traffic issues going in 6 different directions.

How is making walking less pedestrian friendly? Walking is what makes a pedestrian a pedestrian. It is like telling a runner that they are shortening the marathon to make it more runner friendly. I am concerned what this would do to traffic. There are more vehicles that cross through that intersection then people and there are more people in cars that are walking.

We should make the area more driver friendly as there are more drivers then pedestrians that go through the intersection. Also, I found it amusing that in the PDF titled "SIX CORNERS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN" that the southwest corner is still for lease. Why wouldn't a master plan have a mock business or at least remove of photo shop out the for lease sign. Anyway didn't we just blow a lot of money already putting these new sidewalks in?? These are brand new and we want to do it over again because someone changed their mind or did not think of it the first time around. We spent the money on the project and agreed upon it. Why change it now? I am sure the money that would be spent for this could be used in better ways.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Pedestrian friendly changes
10:59 p.m.

Takes one to know one.

11:56 p.m.

Honest, fair and only repair or replace what is needed. They will guarantee that you pass your emission test, they will even take it to the facility and take the emission test.

— On the neighbor message trustworthy mechanic?
12:05 a.m.

Went by Kings II for Itailian ice and it was very sugary and slushy. They only have lemon flavor. Not for me.

2:53 p.m.

If you see illegal activity... call 911 such as drugs or alcohol.

Calls of this nature could take up to 20 mins+ to respond.

The more people that call the better. A record is kept of all calls. A history of 911 calls to a location could trigger routine patrols.

Let it be known at your Beat Meeting or visit your Alderman with a few concerned neighbors.

If you say there is drinking and drugs at a beat meeting, you will be told to call 911 when it occurs. After a series of 911 calls and community request they will patrol the park.

You can also contact:

He is involved in community policing.

— On the neighbor message chopin park deterioration
7:53 p.m.

I go here for Italian ice right now and it is pretty good.

Roma's has Italian Ice... I am not a fan, but you can give them a shot

I too am looking for a closer place for Italian Ice.

I was told sideline Grill is good, but have not had a chance to make it out there yet.

Not sure of any other place close by

4:43 p.m.

We'll give sideline grill a shot, just got back from Italian Ice and a drive.

Maybe we'll try to get there tomorrow...

Thanks for the sugguestion

— On the neighbor message Support of Local Businesses
10:59 p.m.

I am still looking for a good Italian ice around here.

Had to drive all the way to Lisa's again.

1:21 a.m.

My friend took his car here to have his transmission done:

I have been going there for years for repairs and they have never let me down. I have also recommended several friends and they were happy as well. They are honest and give a good warranty.

— On the neighbor message Transmission Repair Needed
1:19 a.m.

This is a good start:

Know everyone on your block. We even made it a point to know who lives in back of my house so they know who I am and if it isn't me, either call me or the police, depending on the circumstance.

It is a good thing for all the neighbors on your block to be able to contact each other via phone tree. When something is going down... we would call all our neighbors to call 911 as well. Or if we see something suspicious by a neighbors house we could call the neighbor or the people next door.


Please Join Us
June 30, 2012
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Salvation Army - Mayfair Church
5040 N Pulaski


Visit with over 40 various City of Chicago Departments, various community organizations and county agencies.

Block Club Organizing
Are block clubs necessary?
Yes! Block clubs are necessary because they help preserve and improve the quality of life in communities. Block clubs also provide a forum in which neighbors can share ideas and information, such as a Phone Tree and e mails. They also help get neighbors acquainted, which in turn builds and strengthens communities and increases the value of your property.

Are block clubs effective?
Absolutely! Block clubs can help reduce crime. When neighbors are organized and collectively address issues and concerns, they can achieve most anything. Being involved in and caring for the neighborhood helps provide a safe environment for everyone.

It is important for someone from your block attends....Let's share success stories and learn from one another...

"Together We Can"

— On the neighbor message Portage Park neighborhood watch community?
1:07 a.m.

If you had to vote on what you would want more of more police officers or more Cease Fire...

Not sure what your vote will be, but I would say more Police Officers....

At least they come when you call, maybe they would get there sooner if there were more of them.

— On the neighbor message Gang Supression Missions - CPD
12:53 a.m.

For the second link Click >Commercial>Dumpster Enclosures>Dumpster Enclosure Photos

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
12:11 a.m.

I would suggest a dumpster fence running the length of the rear of the property. It is an immediate response to the neighbor concerns and it eliminates an area for dumping around the dumpsters.

Put a lock on it and you should be good to go.

Renters get a key.

something like this:

or this:

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
12:06 a.m.

It looks like no one has filed a formal complaint with the city on the residence:
I would report it through the city site, get your neighbors to do the same:

It looks like no one has filed a formal complaint with the city on the residence. I am not sure of the exact address but, there is no more than 1 complaint for the 5500 block:

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
8:26 p.m.

It has come to this.

Jails are overcrowded and police are understaffed. While my personal preference would be that it is not decriminalized at all, times are changing and unfortunately we have to bend with them a bit. If you can stop it, I will support you 100%, but I don't fight battles I cannot win.

I would rather see more gang members, drug dealers and violent offenders in jail then the recreational pot smoker. I am not saying that they should not be penalized, just a recreational pot smoker does not need to be in jail.

If a youth is caught with pot, I would suggest a drug assessment and an educational program. Let police write a ticket and move on, freeing up time to fight real crime.

The time spent to lock up someone for a joint could be spent locking up a drug dealer or gang member or patrolling the streets.

Maybe use that time to find out where his suppler is.

4:11 p.m.

I agree with the decriminalization, but not the legalization.

I don't agree with putting pot smokers is jail.

If they plan to legalize pot down the road, I cannot see it helping and it is the wrong direction. What's next? Small amounts of cocaine? Why not? It is a drug too and a lot of people like it.

I agree with the confiscation and fining in small amounts, I agree if you want to smoke it you do it in your own home or other private residences. As long as it stays that way, everything is ok.

Hopefully the fines will be high enough to keep it from becoming an issue.

“What the Hell”, let’s just legalize pot and tax it all day long.

I don't agree in legalizing pot.

When grammar school kids start coming home with contact highs because it is legal to carry in small amounts and more available.... then people will start to understand. This is not about responsible adults, it is about the children, it is about people that will smoke it at the bus stop, it is about people that will carry it with them and possibly smoke it before driving.

1:44 p.m.

This is a step in the wrong direction. If it is legal to have a small amount of pot, then it is legal to press charges agaist theft of it.

I can just see the police being called now...

That girl, uh um her like Maria or something like asked to like see my joint and then she like with a super like breath smoked the whole thing, like wow and like now I don't have it because it she smoked it and I did not say so, so it is like it is stolen and would like to press charges. I tried to like do mouth to mouth to get like a hit off her or like something, but she decided to like absorb it and get high like real quick. and now i am like bummed. So but if you can make her make me another joint, I will not press like charges.

2:45 a.m.

From Peter as a not insulting endorsement for Alderman Cullerton:

Alderman Cullerton,

I am disappointed in our elected officials that they would give up on a problem in their neighborhood that stretches back many years with just the empty promise of this person from only one phone call.

Maybe if it were in your back yard it would be more important.

I am disappointed but yet not very surprised.

If your office cannot do anything why bother.

It is pretty obvious that the tickets do not bother this slum lord.

This problem goes back 6 to 7 years and I have yet to see more than 2 phone calls, this one included, to the owner.

That is if they were even made.

I guess this is what we can expect from elected officials in Chicago.

Even when I called your office to report it the other day I can sense the dismissive tone of the person that answers your phone there.

I understand frustration, but it is clearly pointed in the wrong direction.

The landlord is the one to be upset with and if things have been bad for 7 years complaining to different Alderman and nothing has changed, the Alderman may not be in a position to do more than have tickets issued.

In that case you need to find another legal recourse to end the situation.

Tim, keep up the good work.

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
2:25 a.m.

The lantern lights are excellent, even thou some people don't like them. We think that they are great for these areas as there are less places to hide at night. There is a lot theft going on in the area as well. There are a lot of trees on Dakin and Byron and it can be pretty dark at times.

12:29 p.m.

Good call!

Alderman Tim, you are a great role model for the community. This shows a great example of being observant and concern for your neighbors.

One call can make a difference....

Thanks for taking the time to make the call, hopefully it encourages others to do the same.

4:32 p.m.


What makes anyone think this is going to be a restaurant?

— On the neighbor message Question
12:56 a.m.

If it is discovered on you when are pulled over or checked for justifiable cause. It should be confiscated and ticketed.

If you want to smoke that stuff do it on private property be it your own or with permission.

There are too many people getting killed by drunk drivers and texters and it would be way too easy for someone to smoke that joint that they can legally carry in their pocket at the wrong time ruining their life and someone else.

And for the record there may be a lot of people that can "handle it", but there are a whole lot more that don't.

Call me old fashioned, but no thanks.

12:52 a.m.

I guess the shop your way program backfired... that is how theives shop

— On the media mention 2 Weeks, 3 Smash-And-Grab Retail Thefts
12:33 a.m.

A Veterens Art Museum will be a welcome addition to the area.

12:28 a.m.

Stolen catalytic converters are sold to scrap yards for around $100 to $150, and when you consider the current prices for precious metals you can understand the demand. Rhodium sells for roughly $9,500 an ounce, while platinum pays at about $2,000.

This is the craziest thing I have seen to prevent theft.

A strobe and alarm. I cannot imagine being a theft under a car trying to keep quiet and this alarm and strobe go off in my face:

And you can even get a text to your mobile phone

— On the neighbor message Catalytic Converter Theft
12:23 a.m.

There are hood locks available that fit under the grill:,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=5eae71dd0a7775cf&biw=1280&bih=820

You may have to do some research to see if they have your particular make or model, but after installed might be the best option to curb battery theft.

— On the neighbor message Battery Stolen
11:25 p.m.

It is terrible that people doing the right things to make a living are being put into this position. I hope they get paid quickly.

11:15 p.m.

This would be an excellent opportunity for teens looking to do something extra over their summer vacation. Volunteering looks good on your college application as well as your resume. The alderman's office is always looking for volunteers.

— On the neighbor message Cleaning Up Jeff Park Post Office
11:12 p.m.

We have never been there and we used to go to Norridge due to having family out there.

How is it? How much is it for residents?

— On the neighbor message Pool at Portage
11:07 p.m.

The concern is that "convenience" stores may be selling singles under the table to under age individuals.

— On the neighbor message Loose Cigarettes - Are they Sold Near You?
10:36 p.m.

Alderman Tim,

Maybe a couple beat cops need to browse around the shop every once and awhile... look at him in the eyes and just leave. Just to make sure he is ok. For his safety and all.

They don't have to say anything, just make sure that everything he is ok and not being harassed by people that want crack pipes and weapons.

10:32 p.m.


— On the neighbor message New local Brewery opening
10:22 p.m.

Waco brothers put on a good show. It was a good time and we stayed later this year then last year. We met up with our neighbors. I was glad that there were more food selections this year. If they had Microbrews it would have been perfect.

— On the neighbor message Reviews for 6 Corners BBQ Fest 2013
10:19 p.m.

It is very nice to see and be reminded of the good that good people can do.

— On the neighbor message mural at Addison & Avondale
10:16 p.m.

We use mothballs inside the house and garage, not outside. We used enclosed bait stations outside.

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
3:14 p.m.

You got it Portage Parker... Just kill um. The city uses posion for good reason... It works.

Moth balls work as well in keeping them away. Always have always will. You don't eat them or stay in a room sniffing them, or use them in a garden.

A couple packets near entrances and in the garage are not going to kill you.

When you don't smell the lavender, the packets have evaporated and just throw down another packet.

It is a good option if someone has a temporary problem since moth balls evaporate and there is no clean up.

Keep away from pets and small children

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
3:05 p.m.

moth balls inside around the garage and doorways, outside bait stations
no rats

— On the neighbor message Rats! EEK!
10:58 p.m.


Home Depot



Children's Place



Jess Cafe (used to go to Wong's, E' Wok is not the same)

O'Reilly's Auto Parts (Jefferson Park)

Fed Ex Kinkos (sometimes use Easy Copy if open)

Supercuts (used to go to the one by 6 corners and they moved to the Lincoln location. They said they are looking to move back by 6 corners, but want to find a spot with parking like they had before.)

— On the neighbor message where do you shop outside of portage park?
10:49 p.m.

Not a fan of Roma's Italian ice, thanks for the suggestion thou.

— On the neighbor message Support of Local Businesses
9:26 a.m.

That would be nice if there were an Italian Ice place around here.

Any suggestions?

We go here now

Not that far, would like to go someplace closer, but do not want to sacrifice quality.

— On the neighbor message Support of Local Businesses

Harbor Freight Tools just opened its first Chicago store up in Brickyard. Next to the Babies R us. They could be looking for addtional locations. Portage/Jeff Park would be nice.

— On the neighbor message Support of Local Businesses
11:26 p.m.

Being Puerto Rican does not signal gang activity or that you are in a gang.

It means that the person is Puerto Rican and proud of their heritage.

As long as it is on private property it is legal, if it is on public property it may have to be authorized by the alderman.

— On the neighbor message Gang Flags
11:17 p.m.

Scroll down Demographic information is at the bottom of the page:

— On the neighbor message Demographics
1:10 p.m.

Even thou it may have been "clearer" to keep the tickets the same price, they do it on purpose to drive online sales as one will rush to save money by ordering online and would not see the fees till you get there.

The same happens at retailers that advertise 10 for $10 promotions. Some stores will let you buy one for $1 and others will say in the small print that you must buy 10 for the promotion. It would or could be misleading to someone that goes to a store and buys 1 for a dollar on a 10 for $10 promotion and the same person goes to a store advertising a 10 for $10 promotion in which you have to buy 10 for the offer.

There are also shows that if you purchase tickets online you do get a discount and there are others that you do not. Some are better discounts than others. Then there are also some that are the same or close to. Any experienced ticket buyer knows this. One that does not buy a lot of tickets for different events might not know this and can be easily confused due to lack of experience.

Even thou the wording would lead an average person to believe that they are saving, it does not actually say it and that is the magic of marketing.

We are going there too, so I am sure the place is going to be packed. I would suggest getting there early at events like these sing-alongs there is going to most likely be a line at the door for everyone that wants a good seat.

— On the neighbor message Fun Neighborhood Event
10:32 a.m.

Here are some ideas from a previous thread.

— On the neighbor message Noise Pollution
9:24 a.m.

I hope there able to catch this dog thief.

I also seen a lot of post lately for lost dogs... but, could also be stolen as dog thefts have been on the rise. The economy so still bad and no one has anything left of value to steal anymore because it has been stolen already, it looks like dogs are now a larger target then before.

Here is a link with some great information on preventing dog theft:

There are many times that contacting the media can help, as I seen many stories about lost and found dogs on the news.

Jewel has outdoor cameras and they can look up video footage... Dept 94

11:24 p.m.

If it was reported as gang activity, they will always try to dispatch a tactical unit first. If one was not available it may have delayed the process.

If you want a response immediately there must be violence, injuries or children involved.

9 minutes is a reasonable response time for the circumstances.

Understand that units cannot be 5 minutes away from everyone's house at all times. Sometimes they are completing a job when called for another.

I wish they were able to catch them, but sometimes it is just luck in a unit being a block over when the call is dispatched.

Unfortunately, it is what it is

• Priority 1: Calls dispatched immediately. These calls include situations involving threat to life, crime of violence, in progress felonies, missing juveniles (under 12 years old), and accidents with injuries.

• Priority 2: These calls should be dispatched within 20 minutes. They include situations involving business or residential alarms, calls with a threat of violence, and suspicious circumstances (involving suspicious vehicles, or suspicious persons).

• Priority 3: These calls should be dispatched within 60 minutes. These are calls in which a significant amount of time has passed since the crime occurred. These include crimes such as burglary, thefts, vandalism, with the responsible parties gone.

• Priority 4 and 5: These calls include parking matters and abandoned automobiles.

— On the neighbor message Gangbanger tagging
11:09 a.m.

I do not condone breaking the law.

Speed limits like law are designed to keep people safe.

Speed limit should be variable based on traffic and conditions (have you ever heard of driving too fast for conditions).

I agree with digital speed limit signs or signs that change with traffic conditions, time of day, environmental issues road destruction, etc.

Just as driving too fast is an issue, driving too slow (Impeding traffic) is also an issue that contributes to other issues such as road rage, traffic congestion, persons perception of what is right by speeding to make up time lost by speeding because of a slow driver.

Cameras have their pros and cons, it is about money, but it is also punishing people that speed financially. The speed limits are already posted and the cameras are only going up in areas where speed is an issue in which may endanger children. So it is also about the children.

I believe that if they started putting officers on every corner with radar guns thou, there would be many people getting tickets and losing their licenses.

Speeding is considered a moving violation when ticketed by an officer and you can get so many before it is reported to the Secretary of State and your Insurance. This will increase the chance of losing your driving privileges and increasing Insurance rates. Cameras thou will burden you financially if you speed and get caught will also, protect your privileges and Insurance rates from going up.

There should be more mutual respect between drivers and cyclist. There are many cyclist just like drivers that obey the law and those that don't. When I cycle, I make sure to follow the Rules of The Road as I am sharing the road with motor vehicles and have the greater chance of being killed by one.

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
1:36 p.m.

It should not be an issue. As silicone in itself is a lubricant and protectant and does not amplify heat like oil. I sprayed my garage door with a couple cans of silicone spray and the graffiti comes off easily... Not that it is an issue anymore. You can use some of the tire foams and tire wets as they contain silicone. After you spray just wipe it down and you are set. tire foam is the fastest, but make sure the one that you are using contains silicone and wipe it down afterwards. You don't have to do the whole door, just get a real good coat in the strike zone. Then at that point the graffiti will come off in 2.2 seconds with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or in some cases a wet towel depending on how much silicone you laid down on the door, what they used, and period of time it has been there.

— On the neighbor message Graffiti
1:05 p.m.

Depending on what the house is made of you can look into a Anti-Graffiti System, once the Graffiti offender realizes that his/her work is easily compromised they will look at longer lasting targets.

You may even be able to look into temporary alternatives such as spraying the area that is a target every few months with silicone spray, depending on the surface.

You can get a camera system, but usually the offenders will cover their face when they are performing the action, but it can still detour the novice.

You can get a motion sensor with a light that may scare them away if it puts a spot on them when they are their or a motion sensor with an alarm/chime that you can turn on at night and it will alert you to any movement outside, but you would have to get up to see if it was a passerby or an offender performing an act of graffiti. If you have a camera system you can use these systems together to just look at your monitor.

Anti Graffiti Coating System

US Coating Solutions' Anti-Graffiti System is a self cross-linking, water-born silicone polyester that has super nonstick properties, thus providing excellent anti-graffiti protection, as well as a protective coating for interior and exterior surfaces. The excellent clarity makes it ideal for bulletin boards, signage, and murals. It also contains a UV package that will protect the coating below it from fading. It will not yellow like most urethane and epoxy coatings have a tendency to do over time. It is available in limited stock colors as well as clear.


— On the neighbor message Graffiti
12:18 p.m.

Here is the link to request a quote in which also outlines the benifits:

Doing what is right for the environment is not always easy. It is hard to find the time to get to a recycling facility and sorting plastics, metals and paper into separate bins is time consuming.

Waste Management makes life easier for you by providing curbside recycling pickup services. In many communities, we provide single-stream recycling which allows our customers to put all their recyclables into one bin without sorting. This approach allows us to recover up to three times as many recyclable materials as in the past.

It's a Win/Win Situation

You have an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment and we can divert these materials from going into a landfill. Together we can turn your recyclables into something new.

Green Machinesm - Advantages of Waste Management’s Residential Recycling Pickup Services.
•In many communities all recyclables — plastic, metal and paper — go into a single bin
•On-time, every-time curbside recycling pickup
•Great customer service available online and by phone

— On the neighbor message Recycling bins
3:22 a.m.

There is no set ETA, but i believe that they were saying sometime next year.

If recycling is truly important to you (that your willing to pay) here is an excellent option that you can recycle and you don't need a car:

With our curbside program, you simply set your recyclables at the curb on recycling day and you're done. Our single-stream recycling programs, available in many communities, make it even easier. Residents simply put all their recyclables into a single bin and let our advanced sorting technology do all the work.

— On the neighbor message Recycling bins
3:18 a.m.

Compost Bin Sales
Saturday, August 9th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Northeastern Illinois University
3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Many of us who garden here in Chicago know that the City is highly encouraging of folks reusing water and waste on their own site instead of putting it off to the municipal coffers, as it were. If you are not yet participating in any of these activities, it's not too late! In just a little over a month (mark those calendars!) the Department of Environment will be hosting its third annual Environmental Resource Event. The next opportunity for City of Chicago residents to purchase a compost bin is at the upcoming Environmental Resource Event on Saturday, August 9th at Northeastern Illinois University At this event, residents can:

• Hazardous household chemicals & paints
• Computers, cell phones, fax machines, scanners, keyboards old or unused
• Prescription & non-prescription medications old gas can and/or gas-powered
lawn mower

• (1) Rain barrel** ($40 payable by check or money order only)
• (1) Compost bin** ($30 payable by check or money order only)
• (1) Free compact fluorescent light bulb*
• (1) Free environmentally-friendly gas can* (when you trade in an old one)

• Additionally, residents can receive a $100 rebate towards an electric or push
mower (when you drop-off your old gas-powered mower).

— On the neighbor message Compost bin - where to buy?
3:04 a.m.

We appreciate all the information you choose to take time to share with us.

Tim, we sincerely thank you

You are the bomb

— On the neighbor message Crime Tape @ 5600 block of W. School
2:45 a.m.

Someone can only be held accountable if someone is doing the accounting.

If an accountant does not know (in meaning the one to hold one accountable), they can't account and there will be no accountability.

If you are not an accountant or cannot do the accounting you get one to do the accounting for you.

— On the neighbor message 38th Ward
2:41 a.m.

I cannot wait till this church debacle is over... I'm hungry.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Bistro
2:33 a.m.

It does not matter where the vehicle is registers as long as the person is a Chicago resident.

A common misconception is that a Chicago resident is not required to purchase a City Vehicle Sticker if the resident registers his or her car outside the City. This is not true. Any Chicago resident using his or her vehicle in the City must have a City Vehicle Sticker – regardless of where the vehicle is registered. Failure to do so will likely result in a $200 ticket(s).

— On the neighbor message No Chicago Vehicle Sticker.
11:46 a.m.

Hope this is helpful

11-4-2800 Music and amplified sound.
(a) No person on the public way shall employ any device or instrument that creates
or amplifies sound, including but not limited to any loudspeaker, bullhorn, amplifier,
public address system, musical instrument, radio or device that plays recorded music, to
generate any sound, for the purpose of communication or entertainment, that is louder
than average conversational level at a distance of 100 feet or more, measured vertically or
horizontally, from the source.
(b) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., no person on any private open
space shall employ any device or instrument that creates or amplifies sound, including
but not limited to any loudspeaker, bullhorn, amplifier, public address system, musical
instrument, radio or device that plays recorded music, to generate any sound, for the
purpose of communication or entertainment, that is louder than average conversational
level at a distance of 100 feet or more from the property line of the property from which
the noise is being generated.
(c) The limitations imposed in this section do not apply to a person participating in
a parade, athletic event, public assembly, or outdoor special event, as defined in section
10-8-330 or 10-8-335 of this Code; provided that a permit has been issued, if required,
and the person is in compliance with the permit.
(d) The limitations imposed in this section do not apply to emergency and nonemergency
signal devices as described in sections 11-4-2815 and 11-4-2820 of this Code,

— On the neighbor message Turning it up to 11
5:53 p.m.

constitutional ....spell check can't work all the time

— On the neighbor message Sunday's NATO Protests
7:02 p.m.

Police have to use extreme caution. Spaying a large group of people is a good way to start a riot.

It is always best to deal with the individuals that are non compliant to peaceful protest, that way it does not seem like the group is being attacked and individuals know what to expect if they get overly aggressive.

Police intent is not to use excessive force to control the situation and keep people from hurting themselves or officers or others.

It is everyone's constructional right to peaceful protest. The Police are there to make sure it remains peaceful.

Lets commend our officers for their restraint in maintaining law and order and that the Police continue to do their job in keeping the peace, and all people safe.

— On the neighbor message Sunday's NATO Protests
6:19 p.m.

You can text police. However if you see a crime in progress you are encouraged to call for an immediate response.



The Chicago Police Department created the TXT2TIP program so that YOU can anonymously and SAFELY help rid your community of crime by sending information to the Chicago Police Department via a text message from your cellular phone. Follow these easy steps to submit a tip via text message:

1. Create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone
2. Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line
3. In the message box, type the word CPD, a space, and then your crime tip information
4. Hit “send” to send the text message You will automatically receive a system generated message back on your cell phone acknowledging your tip.

Your identity will not be sent to the Chicago Police Department.


For more information on TXT2TIP, please visit the Chicago Police Department website at
*The cash reward is provided by Cook County Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.

TXT2TIP allows the public to send tips (including pictures, video or audio) via text message about criminal activity to the Chicago Police Department from any cell phone. Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 dollars for information leading to arrests.

TXT2TIP Arrests
Community members recently sent a text to 274637 (CRIMES), leading to the arrest of offenders. Thank you for your continued support!

— On the neighbor message neighborhood mobile watch patrol
10:21 a.m.

Inactive User,

Even if they leave you can still call in a report. If the police should happen to see these people in the neighborhood that gives them probable cause to check them out.

Police just can't go up to people for no reason like in the 80's-90's.

If you call it would give police probable cause to check them out and even interrogate them if they found merchandise that was suspected to be stolen.

— On the neighbor message Gang Activity (Dakin / Lavergne)
1:39 a.m.

The police has boosted its presence in this area, today there were patrols down both Lamon and Lavernge.

There was a marked car going down Lamon the investigating suspicious activity in the afternoon and an unmarked patrolling Dakin, Laverne, Byron and also stopped some teens by the Dunkin Dounuts in the evening.

It is very important that when you see something going on that you call if you see suspicious activity.

With police boosting patrols in the neighborhood... response time will be quick. If they do not see anything going on, they will patrol the next area. In order to keep patrols in your area, you need to call and report activity. Get a good description of all of the suspicious people/ activity and report it.

Remember if people are excessively loud or swearing and/or intimidating people by their actions they are disturbing the peace... Call it in, these people have no respect for others or community. If you think they will be gone by the time the police get there give a good description and direction of travel.

The police will circle the area to see if they see the person causing the disturbance.

At least they know police are in the area and know who they are.

If there are two areas and one has 10 calls for suspicious activity and one area has no calls, what area do you think the police will be closer to?

You need to call! Not someone else. Not you don't want to be involved.

If you seriously want to make your neighborhood better you are the only one that can make that call.

— On the neighbor message Gang Activity (Dakin / Lavergne)
1:31 a.m.

Here are two authorized LG service centers that are closest to you. The warranty period is 5 years on new LG air conditioners.

In order to claim the warranty the product it must either be registered by sending in the registration or you have the original receipt.

UNIQUE REPAIR SERVICE, /847-621-2900/847-621-2902/60007/1447 HOWARD STREET

L ELECTRONICS, INC./847-670-4600/847-670-4038/60004/278 WEST RAND ROAD

— On the neighbor message air conditioner
7:01 p.m.


What year Mustang is in your profile picture?

— On the neighbor message Trash Goes on The Grid
9:08 p.m.

1979 mustang?

— On the neighbor message Trash Goes on The Grid
12:35 p.m.

What was the activity?

— On the neighbor message Gang Activity (Lamon / Dakin)
9:15 p.m.

First thing Police say at every beat meeting, "you need to call police".

Get a good description of the suspect(s) height, weight, age, weight, what they are wearing, direction of travel, and any vehicle information if they are driving. A good thing that neighbors could do is make a checklist that outlines the detail information, that way it would be easy to get a comprehensive account of description and circumstance.

Even if an event is reported later in the day the details of the description will help to identify the suspects.

An example is:

There is a car that flies down your block doing 40 and blows the stop sign

Get as much information that you can and call it in

The car could be involved in fleeing a crime or on its way to a crime/accident.

If a crime did or will occur the police will have that information on file to investigate the incident.

Same thing with suspicious activity call it in, even if police do not come out right away the information documented on the call will be on file that could help in an investigation.

— On the neighbor message Report Gang Activity (Portage Park)
9:13 p.m.

There were 2 of them by me on 5/7/2012 in the afternoon with bricks at Lavernge and Dakin, they dropped a large rock on the South West corner, it was a patio rock.

They were running around like they were looking for someone or something to brick.

Today 5/8/2012 around 1:20pm police tactical teams handcuffed and took 3 suspects into custody at Lavernge and Dakin.

It was good to see 2 tactical cars in the neighborhood, most of the time there is just one. A police van took the suspects.

Good job police!

— On the neighbor message Gang Activity
8:58 p.m.

My suggestion would be to make things real simple and most people happy.

You have the Thanks button

You have the Report button... 5 reports get you to be hidden

After 5-10 reports on a comment (up to Every Block Administrator) put it up for an Every Block Administrator review.

Every Block would then check the post in its hidden state to see if it is deemed for complete removal.

— On the neighbor message Thanks and No Thanks ?
5:36 p.m.

If it was the same people that came around today by us, they are from an energy supply company.

The clipboards that they had a Commonwealth Edison bill on it showing how much and where you can save. They ask you for a copy of your bill and show you where you can save, which maybe true.

Told them that we were not interested and they kept persisting and asking why? They continued to say that I could save money, and why I did not want to save, etc. They were not wearing uniforms or company ID's around their necks. They did not offer to leave any information such as website or brochures comparing the savings.

Cannot say if they were legitimate or not, but now a days when you have people impersonating Peoples Gas, com Ed, and City Employees, and even Police Officers it is hard to believe anyone that comes to our door anymore.

With the number of home invasions on the rise they might just be going door to door looking for a perfect victim, when I came to the door they asked if I was the man of the house.... What does that even mean anyway, maybe it is there way of asking if there is anyone else in the house.

There was two caucasian guys, one older in a green shirt and one younger in a black shirt.

Not sure if these are the same people you seen or not.

— On the neighbor message almost seen a fight today/door to door
11:31 p.m.

Here is something for your yard:

The Pet Safe Deluxe Outdoor Bark Control system is the perfect way to stop your own dog or a neighbors dog from nuisance barking. The system uses ultrasonic sound to disrupt barking up to 50-feet away, and is durable and weatherproof meaning you can leave it outside. It also boasts a built in digital timer that can be programmed to turn the unit on and off at specific times of the day, just like an alarm clock. The attractive unit is disguised as a bird house, and can be easily placed anywhere in your yard, whether it is hanging up or free-standing. The units internal microphone will pick up the sound of a bark, and emit an ultrasonic sound that can be heard by dogs but is silent to humans. As the dog is startled by the noise, it will begin to associate its bark with the unpleasant sound and learn to stop barking. Requires a 9-volt battery (not included) and comes with a training manual.

There are other devices that are similar, but they seem to have good results. It may be the easiest way to solve your issue, while protecting your neighbor relations.

— On the neighbor message Can't the police enforce the laws?
10:53 a.m.

Something is not right... they put the flyers on brand new garages by me.

They do it all the time and it would seem to be a poor return on investment as I don't see any of my neighbors calling to have them fix their garage. If I owned that business I would not blow my money on flyers that don't get a return, then to plaster the same garages every week.

I can see how that the person that passes out the flyer could be part of a burglary scout operation even if the garage place is reputable.

It would make an excellent cover as this would be a great way to monitor the whole block and see what time and place would have the most opportunity for a burglary.

The police needs to stop one of these guys in the act and give him the we know what you're up to and we are watching you routine.

Or the someone with your description was "fill in the blank", What is your name? Do you have an ID? Is this your address on your ID? Where are you going? Where did you come from? etc,.

Anyone that look suspicious should be acknowledged by police... even if it is a hello, how are you doing? The police should acknowledge neighbors too if they come into immediate contact ... even if it is a hello, how are you doing?

Police -- slow down, eye contact.... wave, let people know that you are watching...

— On the neighbor message Garage door postings (again)!
1:19 a.m.

The only person that you can trust is yourself...

You are the only one guaranteed to be with yourself the rest of your life...

— On the neighbor message Infrastructure "Trust"
10:20 a.m.

Did DMK say why not yet? What is holding DMK back?

10:17 a.m.

Close to 6 corners is good, we have been here more than 10 years and have nice neighbors.

We are optimistic that things will get better. Alderman Arena seems to have a strategy to rebuild 6 corners and is asking the community for their feedback.

There is going to be crime everywhere, but the police would probably be able to get to a crime in the 6 corners area faster, because of geographic location of 3 busy streets to come off of instead of just 2.

A lot of people from higher income neighborhoods such as Lake View have moved to the area of 6 corners including us.

In time one of 3 things are most likely to happen:

-Businesses will occupy 6 corners and return the area to former glory.

-No businesses will come and 6 corners will be converted to condos and lofts.

-A combination of both.

— On the neighbor message Where to buy a house
2:24 a.m.

So to summarize we all are saying that we need a "higher end" doughnut shop in Portage Park or Jefferson Park?

— On the neighbor message DONUTS!!
1:56 a.m.

Hope they have some great Grand Opening specials to get people in to try it. This place would be walking distance for us.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Bistro
1:46 a.m.

If you put it in the mail get it insured and have them sign for delivery confirmation.

— On the neighbor message Selling gold jewelry
1:43 a.m.

This might be the place you are looking for:

They may have had a connection to the Irving and Pulaski location.

— On the neighbor message Another Cell Phone Store at 6 Corners???
1:39 a.m.

You can add this to the list:

1:32 a.m.

It is good to know that no innocent people were hurt because of this.

1:30 a.m.

They get me too all the time. The funny thing is down my block a person got a brand new Danely garage built and looks perfect... they put one on his too...Really?

Anyone ever see what these people look like or what time they put these things up, I want to catch someone putting it on my garage.

To me there is no difference between this and graffiti as they are physically taping the item to my garage.

I don't want it, it defaces my property and " I can't like it!"

If they want to give me a flyer, put it on my porch or mailbox like everyone else.

— On the neighbor message Excessive Garage postings
12:06 a.m.

Here are some pictures of Chicago Dibs, scroll down and hit next....pages of creative Dibs:

— On the neighbor message Chairs, buckets, tables, cones, etc.
7:42 p.m.

Then there is sEARS, close to the cranium.

7:35 p.m.

I would not want parking spaces taken up by parklets. Once six corners starts booming again, we are going to want those parking spots back.

You say Park let.... I say Let Park

— On the neighbor message Parklets
7:31 p.m.

Welcome to the neighborhood

7:18 a.m.

They broke into my friends backyard on 49XX Byron. They broke his locked gate. It looks like they could have been trying to get the house or set it up to get it later.

7:15 a.m.

Ok, you guys are ahead of me. It is on the facebook page and the PPNA page.

Here it is now on Everyblock

1:54 a.m.

Thanks for this alderman... I know a lot of people have a lot of good and different ideas on what they want the community to look like.

This is a great way to put it all down on paper and see what ideas are most likely to work together.

The key is combining the most ideas that would work synergistically with what already exist successfully without distorting the character and rebuilding the identity of what six corners is to be.

1:49 a.m.

No, it was a typo...(and no one stole my "graphical") it was an intended abbreviation.

— On the neighbor message Car Cove Theft
1:36 a.m.

I took some of those letters for wife and my neighbors. I am going to make copies and put some in the mailboxes on the other block.
It would be nice if there was a way to mail out a copy to all the residents in the area that did not sign at the theater.
Maybe the PPNA could have a link to the copy of the letter on their website, and a link on the save the portage park facebook pages, I know people could write their own, but if it is already written we stand a better chance of getting them all in because some people are professional crastinators.
I would encourage everyone to take some to their schools and neighborhood organizations as well.

1:32 a.m.


Good job Anna, especially when they could not get the PowerPoint to work. Thank you for driving this.

It is very important that we keep the theater. I don't think many people know what effect it would have of there not only being a theater gone, but a church of over 1000 that most likely would drive into our already congested Milwaukee avenue.

We really need the restaurants here too, I am looking forward to having a choice in places to go to eat around here instead of eating at the same places.

8:51 p.m.

So did you "retire"

— On the neighbor message Car Cove Theft
6:47 p.m.

Found a video of the owl...Not my video, but just so you know what owl was stolen.

— On the neighbor message Stroller is gone :(
4:01 p.m.

They stole my owl and it was bolted to my front porch, they ripped it right off (it was not a real living owl).

Still don't know woo did it, but I was able to get another owl and keep it inside the house.

— On the neighbor message Stroller is gone :(
10:32 a.m.

Can we comprise and make it a half day?

— On the neighbor message Doing away with Pulaski Day
10:19 a.m.

The person is just being de' fensive

Maybe they cannot afford a metal fence and took a self de fence course and did it themselves

Still on the fence if i like it or not

Not sure if the design "wood" be the best idea or if they got a permit

If they did not get a permit and it is 6 or more feet they may have it removed, if reported

Some people might find it "off fensive".

Maybe they have a dog or children and just don't want someone to reach in and get bit or something?

— On the neighbor message Today's Funny Post
5:02 p.m.

Does anyone know if they tear up your sidewalk? I just had mine sidewalk done in front of my house.

10:15 p.m.

Jake... Orange Garden is good, only been there a few times.Been in Lakeview 20+years, was there when it was rough too.

— On the neighbor message Hello Portage Park!
5:19 p.m.

The neighborhood is not real bad, though going through a rough patch, but better than other areas.
If you subscribe to Portage Park through Every Block you will see the crime alerts:
We were burglarized once and both cars were broken into, but at least our cars were not stolen (a lot of car theft in the area). Also, burglaries happen in all neighborhoods, and is on the rise everywhere... Just lock it up tight and get an alarm system.
We don't have a lot of gang activity, but it seems to be growing in areas, residents are tough thou and are rallying against it. Some areas are hit with graffiti, we are not.
By the bar on Milwaukee there was a triple shooting, but that was at bar, Chase bank was robbed, but they caught the people, and there was a shooting in the alley on Warwick, but no one was killed. Not everything, but a few highlights.
Overall, feel safe, came from Lakeview area and feel safer over least there are not a lot of rapes/sexual assaults this way, which is important since I have a wife and daughter.

— On the neighbor message Portage Park Info
5:06 a.m.

The 10% discount, what is considered "in the neighborhood?"

— On the neighbor message Central Tap
12:14 a.m.

Thanks Bob... This is the one I don't like....I'd rather fall back

11:59 p.m.

Maybe we should not look for so many reasons to be offended.

It seems like now days people go out of their way to be offended.
Go some place to eat....then eat , if it is an issue with the service and food that is one thing, then complain, but just because someone makes a mistake and thinks you speak Spanish, big deal... I mean really, say I don't speak Spanish.... and move on with life. You don't let it cripple you, you don't let it get you upset or frustrated... enjoy life.

"When I left, I made sure to glance at the other side of the restaurant"

Why did you make sure to glance... maybe you were looking for a reason to be offended or at least justify it.

Lighten up, I am not saying it to be mean or anything it is from experience that people that complain a lot are never happy and if you want to be happy, look for less reasons to complain.

Let the small stuff go so you can enjoy the big stuff like your children. I am sure that they deserve more of your attention then the people sitting around you at the restaurant or the Spanish speaking waiter for that matter.

— On the neighbor message Very racially segregated Ihop...
11:53 p.m.

Jake, been here about 10 years, do you remember Ria's pizza that closed down that was next to National bank on Lincoln or was Douglas electronics across from Lincoln restaurant, R-Dog's, Third base inn, Sun Drugs etc...

— On the neighbor message Hello Portage Park!
11:41 p.m.

CJ, I am from lakeview too, ( Ashland and Addison area). Where about did you move into the neighborhood... just approximately.

— On the neighbor message Hello Portage Park!
11:13 p.m.

It looks like there were developers at the site today. According to them Aldi is planning on the location and is looking at their options at this time.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
8:44 p.m.

Sounds like something happened for you.

Before I get out of my car I always look around before I turn the car off. If I see something suspicious, I will drive around the block again. If warranted I will call 911.

If I hear a noise outside, I have my phone ready to call 911, I do not go outside to see what is going on as it could be a ruse to get me outside. If I feel the need to investigate further I would drive my car around the block or contact a neighbor to see if they see anything.

If my wife comes home at night, I ask her to call me when she is making it to the house so I can watch out for her.

I have AAA so incase I get stranded, I can call for help that will come get me where I am.

No one would get close enough to my child for me to not be able to do something, once you are in the zone myself or my child, I question what you are up to and be alert to your actions.

I know martial arts, so that is my defense and I will not go out of my way to use it.

It is best to be aware and avoid conflict as much as possible, you just need to identify it and stay away from it.

If it is a home, buy good locks,security door, install a camera, get good windows, know your neighbors, etc

— On the neighbor message how do you defend yourself and your family?
8:38 p.m.

Can they throw in an officer on a bike?

8:56 a.m.

It is a teaching method for preschool children-
Reggio Emilia approach

It is similar to Montessori

— On the neighbor message Kiddieland
8:52 a.m.

If you have a metal garage door and put a light coat of WD-40 on it or blast it with tire foam from time to time, spray paint would not adhere well to it and if it is spray painted, it would just wipe off with a rag even if it dries... you may have to rub a bit but it comes right off.

— On the neighbor message graffti blasting
9:56 p.m.

you can try following zip codes, they cover a bigger area

— On the neighbor message Limitations on following area?
9:23 p.m.

Used to go to Bob-o-rinos 4 years ago to be exact, it was near a friend's house and i used to do lunch there, since he moved i never made it back over there. thanks for reminding me it's there, it has been awhile. You won't believe this, but never had Jimmy John's. There one around here?

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
7:28 p.m.

If you leave graffiti for up for 12 days that is 12 days that you are saying gang territory tagging and damage to property is acceptable. Definitely something that is unacceptable to all an a invitation to the wrong elements.

If that is the case if they start tagging every 12 days we will really be in trouble.

This is a crime and as any crime it should be rectified as soon as possible.

It is like saying you just got robbed and the police saying that they will be there in 12 days to take the report.

5:13 p.m.

Yes, we go to the Panera at Old Orchard, but only when we are out that way. We try to avoid the one on Lincoln since we have a kid and it seems every time we tried going there, it was packed. It would be nice to have one closer by. Mr. Submarine is right next door to us and you can only eat so many Mr. Submarines and I know there is a Subway on Milwaukee, but we don't like Subway.

We might give Gulliver's a try if we are out that way or even the Morton Grove Quod's as we were so accustomed to going to the one on Clybourn.

Thank you for all the information

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
4:48 p.m.

We are right by Irving and Cicero.

Know the Whole Foods on Cicero
Pot Bellys on Harlem
Trader Joe's up on Northwest Highway unless I want to drive down to Lincoln
Know there is a Pequod's in Morton Grove
I did not know or have not heard of Gulliver's, but it seems like it is just as far as Quod's

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
12:46 a.m.

The cars are more efficient and use less gas, with the cost of fuel it will save money in the long run. They have all wheel drive and will not get stuck in snow or mud. They handle better are safer and are faster reducing response times. The new Interceptor can survive a 70mph rear end crash saving lives.

Since there are less police, they need to be more efficient and the 20 year old Crown Victoria panther platform was a little inefficient and outdated.

The money stays in Chicago and stimulates the economy for supporting the jobs of the people that build them in Chicago.

It is good for police morale and with all the negative press the Chicago Police gets, some positive moral in due about now.

12:29 a.m.

They may be going for the loft crowd in the Klee building.

— On the neighbor message Sad News For 6 Corners
12:08 a.m.

What is wrong with wanting to know what is going on?

I would imagine if people want to know what is going on, then they must have a reason or concern.

Before people help other people they tend to ask what is the problem, what have you done, before offering help.

Maybe if they seen what some of these organizations are doing, it may encourage them to join them or have a better understanding of why things are the way they are.

I guess the associations could reach out to residents and ask them to petition for a store, but maybe there is some reasons they don't that may be legitimate.

Since some of the associations are on everyblock, they view this as an opportunity to communicate so in regards to going to them for the answer... they probably have received the message.

You have to remember that it is an association thou, and one may not want to respond for everyone of the association.

They do work on other things other than bringing businesses to 6 corners, so it is not the only thing they do.

I heard that they may be trying to get DMK burger over here. Not sure, but if they can use everyblock to rally enough support for a business it just may help.

I don't think that F.P.W. and others are business people or know how to go about helping, but give them some credit for wanting to know what is going on, maybe if they did it would either put them in a position to help or understand what is going on.

— On the neighbor message 6 corners area...what are you doing ?
11:59 p.m.

We moved from Lakeview too. I have to drive to Clybourn or Evanston to have a Jamba Juice, there is a Pot Belly on Harlem that is not that bad of a drive when there is no traffic. We were by Addison and Ashland so both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods were equal distances away. If you are used to going to certain places it is challenging when they are further away. Panera would be another one that we would like to see. We miss being close to Pequod's pizza, it was nice to catch a pizza and a show at the Webster.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
6:26 p.m.

This should have never happened. This is the kinda stuff that give Chicago Police a bad rap. There are so many good officers out there for something like this to happen.

5:58 p.m.

why so negative?

— On the neighbor message Any CB'rs out there
10:35 p.m.

I agree, went to Vernada and the food was bland and overpriced. They talked up a special, but then said it was for 5 not 4 people after we ordered it, we had to get something else. We had a baby with us and even thou the baby was well behaved they made it seem like she was not welcome. The place had 2 other couples in the place at the time and service was not the greatest.

— On the neighbor message Lunch on a Saturday Afternoon
10:31 p.m.

It is nice to see that elderly people were able to protect themselves, but not sure that a gun is right for everyone.

They would have to live with knowing they killed someone, not everyone can do that, even if they are bad people.

I agree to a point with Inactive that if you are going to put yourself in a compromised position that you do have some protection. Pepper spray can be used and will only temporary hurt someone with the intention of running away or calling police.

There have been a lot of people killed in home invasions so I could understand how someone could be so vigilant in seeing it continue to happen and might want to see it stop.

I also agree with Inactive that people have a right to bear arms and that there are good people with guns....

All the good people that I know that have guns are called POLICE.

Let's try to keep it that way

9:39 p.m.

I have e-mailed, The Apple Store, The Container Store, HH Gregg , Harbor Freight tools, Dmk Burgers, wrote a letter to Trader Joes. So far no takers.
Mariano's wanted to open in the Old Bank of America building, but residents wanted an Aldi... I think that might have fell through now.

— On the neighbor message 6 corners area...what are you doing ?
9:26 p.m.

The Portage shows older movies, a new theater would be for newer movies. Different niche.
A theater/ Parking lot would be ok by the Conway site too.

— On the neighbor message Parking Garage on Cowey Site
10:31 p.m.

It is very hurtful to hear.

Before my mother in law passed away, my wife was pregnant. She said that since she probably would not live to see the child (Cancer) she wanted to leave something very special for her, so she can say that she gave her something. It was a watch that was engraved that she received on her wedding day from her husband (wife's dad, also passed). She never wore the watch and it was always cherished. My wife could not wait for my daughter to get older to give it to her and tell her it was grandma's special watch and she wanted her to have it.

The house was burglarized and that was one of the items taken along with other sentimental stuff as well.

My wife was simply devastated

I completely understand and sympathize on so many levels.

I hope that the police are able to catch and prosecute the people responsible and hope that they are able to recover what was most sentimental.

It has been several years and we have not heard any updates on our case.

God bless

10:18 p.m.

Would like one at 6 corners...

Keep it simple the first hour is free and after that there is an hourly charge.

Maybe it could go behind the Jewel or something.

Similar to the area in Evanston by Church and Sherman (Sherman Plaza Self Park:

It would be close enough for 6 corners and off of Irving to keep it pedestrian friendly.

While there at it they can build a small movie theater too for new movies.

— On the neighbor message Parking Garage on Cowey Site
9:58 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Kenji
3:12 p.m.

Have not seen it but here that they use a vehicle to slowly push the garage door so it comes off the track. Then they would lift up the door and sneak in. The vehicle blocks the door and in less than a couple of minutes the vehicle is loaded and they are on their way.
Any car or truck can push a standard garage door off the track, best thing to do is when you park your car in your garage, back it up to the door after it is closed.

When your car is not there, you can reinforce the track frame as much as possible and make sure any valuables inside are secure and are bolted or chained down.

Make sure your side door is reinforced as well since they can break in that way to, press the button and open your garage door for a waiting vehicle. Have 3 locks on side door, entry lock, deadbolt and padlock. You can have a padlock on the inside and outside that way if you leave out the garage way you can put it on the inside and if you come back to the house you can put it on the outside.

Also, you can put those cheap alarms on the track frame so that if someone does push the track off your garage frame an alarm will sound.

Be alert to people looking in your garage and try not to leave it open for any extended period of time.

— On the neighbor message Garage break-ins
1:14 p.m.

Well, at least we know that he was warned and not just shut down.

When they warned him, they probably let him know the specifics.

He is one of the most knowledgeable people in the community and forum.

— On the neighbor message Kenji
11:26 a.m.

Wonder if he was warned or Everyblock just shut him down.

Think we just don't know if it is what he said or a combination of things that he said, being reported etc,.

If Everyblocked warned him and he continued to violate then it is a different issue.

It is difficult to know all the nuances of what can be said on the forum, as there are rules, but with communication can be left open to individuals interpretation.

Why didn't Everyblock just mute him?

Sounds like a Jimmy the Saint blog might be considered

— On the neighbor message Kenji
10:56 a.m.

Yeah, i used to put my magnetic mount antenna on my gutter (old house, steel gutter) of my old house out the window of the top floor(it was dormered). good range that way. Pick up miles away.

— On the neighbor message Any CB'rs out there
6:26 p.m.

We plan to go on Saturday afternoon so hopefully it won't be that crowded.
What kind of car would your son enter in the show if he did?
With everything going up the tickets are what they are. We try to load up the car and split the parking and stop by the O'Reilly's on the way there. Oh, sometimes I would pick up some of the odd ball tools from the bins. I had a 61' Chevy, but times were difficult and had to let it go....

— On the neighbor message World of Wheels
5:12 a.m.

Looks like you might be the only other one on every block going.
The last shows at McCormick were getting pretty bad.
Like Donald E Stephens better it is like it is rejuvenated the feeling .
I Buy 3 Car Movie DVDs each time there. Next on the list:
Vanishing Point
The Seven Ups
The Driver
The only thing that I miss from McCormick were all the bikini girls, but that was like 20 years ago and they stopped it. Oh, and the ritual of running across Lakeshore Drive, but that ended too when they moved it from the East building.

— On the neighbor message World of Wheels
10:42 p.m.

Our police can use one of these....

— On the neighbor message Roll Call for Concerned Citizens
10:13 p.m.

The police use radios to communicate with other police, why not the community do the same?
It can start with you and a neighbor be it next door or a few blocks away.
You could radio everyone to call the police if something is going down. The more calls, the more the police response. The community can call police or show support depending on the situation.

— On the neighbor message Any CB'rs out there
4:56 p.m.

Business was slow, maybe the hookers requested a blue light special.

4:50 p.m.

It is just a great way that we all could remain anonymous if we wanted and it would be instant communication. I.e. you see someone outside of your house writing graffiti and you can call it out on the CB and let neighbors know and they can all come out or all call police. Police will come much faster if there are 6 or 7 calls then 1. If gang members or drug dealers are hanging out in a park and 20 residents decide to go to the park, they may get the message and have to find another spot. It is probably a good way that we can organize and communicate trouble instantly and react as a group and call the police or stand up. You would just leave it on like you would a police scanner...

This is just a thought... if no one is down for a CB that is ok, just found my old one in the basement and thought if anyone still had one, it could be a great way to communicate and possibly unite some community.

You get the idea.

Down and on the side, All good numbers

— On the neighbor message Any CB'rs out there
6:51 p.m.

Don't forget Sears companion line:

The Sears tool line was discontinued in the late 1980s and replaced by the Companion tool line. The Companion tool line was itself discontinued and replaced by the Evolv tool line in 2008.

It looks like the "Companion" is back at Sears.... Just in the lot.

— On the neighbor message Chicago the most corrupt city in the US
4:40 p.m.

"affordable senior housing" is the political term.

— On the neighbor message Chicago the most corrupt city in the US
5:19 a.m.

All I know is Mariano's wanted the old Bank of America building and wanted to tear it down and build a whole new building with an entrance on Irving Park, but they said no to the new development because wanted to keep the theater and he did not want an entrance on Irving Park, they wanted to keep the area pedestrian friendly....But, for what pedestrians?

They would rather keep the old building and put an Aldi's in it. A trade down if you ask me.

They might want the Aldi for low income senior apartments that they want to build behind the Jewel. Could be a conspiracy with Aldi, build the store then move in low income seniors.

Then they said that there is a large population of seniors in the area and they want an Aldi.
This is the current demo 5 miles out.

Demographic Information
Population 1-mi. 3-mi. 5-mi.

2011 Age 18-20 4,831 49,557 113,325
2011 Age 21-24 6,456 64,763 165,845
2011 Age 25-29 2,920 28,442 79,472
2011 Age 30-34 2,900 28,124 74,048
2011 Age 35-39 3,019 27,435 67,275
2011 Age 40-44 3,053 25,829 61,824
2011 Age 45-49 3,033 25,881 62,319
2011 Age 50-54 2,709 23,434 56,698
2011 Age 55-59 2,056 19,244 46,414
2011 Age 60-64 1,744 15,622 38,046
2011 Age 65-69 1,222 11,253 28,083
2011 Age 70-74 897 8,249 21,662
2011 Age 75-79 672 6,755 17,407
2011 Age 80-84 512 5,372 13,699
2011 Age 85+ 436 5,011 13,951

— On the neighbor message Chicago the most corrupt city in the US
12:59 a.m.

Posted the last permit issued, did not mean that that was the permit that they were working on. They would have to have a permit for renovation if they were putting in something new.

— On the neighbor message Activity at the Mr. Steer Location
11:30 a.m.

Does not look like anything going there yet.

Permit is not for renovation

Possible that they are reviewing potential plans with an architect to show tenets or buyers what the place can be transformed into. Also, cleaning up the space in which you don't need a permit so they can show the property.

— On the neighbor message Activity at the Mr. Steer Location
11:28 a.m.

Here is what Illinois Law says about Arrest by a Private Person (725 ILCS 5/107-3) "Any person may arrest another when he has reasonable grounds to believe that an offense other than an ordinance violation is being committed."
In the U.S., all states permit "Citizen Arrests" if a felony is committed in the presence of the Private Person. Illinois Law above also includes misdemeanors, but not ordinance violations. Generally by "arresting someone" the general consensus is that means you are detaining them until Law Enforcement authorities can arrive. A State's Attorney can always charge someone with a crime based on another person's testimony or urging, but in that case the charges are placed by the State's Attorney or a Police Officer.
It is important to note that a private person does not have the authority or legal protections that are often applied to the Police. A Private Person is liable under both Civil and Criminal law for the violation of the rights of another. Private Persons are for the most part not trained in arrest techniques and are not armed, so it can be dangerous for them to attempt arresting another person. It is likely that the person being arrested may resist with force or even a weapon. Excessive force could also result in charges against the person trying to arrest another.
The best course of action for a Private Person is to report the incident to Police as soon as possible, and be a good witness. Remember descriptions, details, what happened and what was said, then give that information to a Police Officer. Of course there are situations where a Private Person feels they must become involved, for instance in defense of themselves or another defenseless person. Even then, the safest course of action may be to scare the offender off or stop the assault without attempting to detain the offender.

— On the neighbor message Roll Call for Concerned Citizens
11:05 p.m.

It sounds like you don't need The Board of Ethics or the States Attorney...

You need:

Pam Zekman;

Just make sure your on the up and up or she will take you down too.

— On the neighbor message Chicago the most corrupt city in the US
10:58 a.m.

A reminder that residents can also use Every block to organize positive loitering events in the days after the roll call to show that the community is united in saying no to gangs and graffiti.

9:58 a.m.

The economy hit the gangs too, victims have less to money and property to steal so they have to steal from more people.

While company's and government are laying off, gangs are recruiting...

A lot of guns are being stolen during all these burgularies from law abiding citizens homes and sold.

More guns, more empowerment, more shooting.

It may be an Isolated incident to that alley, but things have been happening all around a 2 mile radius and growing over the last 2 years.

— On the neighbor message Gun shots near Warwick
11:11 p.m.

Don't worry there are definitely more burglaries, robberies, and car thefts than shootings.

— On the neighbor message Gun shots near Warwick
8:18 p.m.

I am thankful that you and your family were not hurt by this, at least physically.

Did someone from forensics collect the bullet(s)?

Did the shots sound the same or different? Would you be able to guess if it was one or two different guns?

Depending on the amount of damage, it may be better not to make a claim on your homeowners insurance if you get a "claim free discount". You may not be eligible for another claim free discount for a couple years.

— On the neighbor message Gun shots near Warwick
7:58 p.m.

There are 2 types of cops, those that go out every shift and say that I am going to go out and actively make a difference today for my beat and those that just wait for the call and arrive after the incident to take the report.

There are great cops in our beat/district and then there are the report takers (not saying there are good/bad report takers either). You probably got one of the report takers.

The area is also changing faster than the cops can adjust. There is more gang activity than they are used to dealing with and do not know how to address it without more community support and/or more cops.

Police take the report
Detectives investigate the report
Tactical usually goes head to head with gangs

We need more Tactical.

— On the neighbor message Gun shots near Warwick
5:34 p.m.

Yo ga-ta check the YMCA on Irving Park

— On the neighbor message Yoga suggestions
5:23 a.m.

When was the last time anyone got a ticket for driving too slow... impeding traffic?

They can give them a ticket for talking on the phone too while they are at it.

Also, give people tickets that have their turn signal on and never turn... deceptive driving.

What about people that have reunions at the stop lights and hold up traffic at a green light.

How about those drivers that go into a lane that is obviously closing and try cut you off and when you don't let them in, they beep at you and look at you like your crazy... an unjustifiable beep.

What about those pedestrians that walk in the middle of the street and hold their hands up like they are Moses trying to part the ocean as you slam on your brakes hoping the car behind you won't hit you or that you dropped your jelly doughnut on your lap.

What about those fast yellows? There should be a standardized timed yellow light. If not the responses will vary depending on the lights you have judged.

What about bikes that are supposed to follow the same rules as cars... Red lights are not just for cars. The truth of the matter is they only have a handful of cop bikes, then cops that can ride them. We need more bike cops!

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
12:14 a.m.

We all need to join a gang to fight gangs.

We can call it C.A.P.S. AKA EBG (Every "Block" Gang)

— On the neighbor message Very depressed; Gang graffitti near Beaubien.
11:49 p.m.

It is a matter of time before someone gets hurt, cut off, swore at, something thrown at window, for driving too slow due to road rage. A majority of people in Chicago are working long hours to pay the bills and have a long commute to get with their families. Many people in support of cameras do not drive above the speed limit, because they don't drive a lot or do not know what it is like to work 12 hours a day and commute an hour and be lucky to see your kid(s) before they go to sleep.
The speed limit should change based on traffic conditions. I.e. bumper to bumper traffic speed limit 45mph (not that they will get to 45 but will be more alert to drive, no traffic 35mph, school hour 25mph, etc that way it is variable with real conditions.

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
11:27 p.m.

John, You may want to change your picture. In your photo the way your hands are positioned could be misinterpreted as throwing down a gang sign. This is not meant as a joke.

— On the neighbor message Love Your Local this Valentines Day!
5:51 p.m.

About 2:45 a.m. Sunday, three people were shot in a parking lot in the Portage Park neighborhood, on the 4200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

Told you it was scary...

Still think recycling is the most pressing matter?

— On the neighbor message 45th ward- what do we need?
4:50 p.m.

The most pressing matter is that there are a lot of people who think the most pressing matter is recycling.

Not saying it is not important, but really?

Burglaries are skyrocketing in the Ward, so much that they are having a seminar

16th District Burglary Seminar

“Keeping It Real”
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence

For More Information contact 16th District CAPS office at (312) 742-4521

A lot of the shops on 6 corners are empty and boarded up and some of the ones that are open need a facelift. If it weren't for the streetscape and the art that the Alderman is supporting putting on the empty store fronts it would be real bad.

6 corners is supposed to be pedestrian friendly.... for what the 13 pedestrians. Walk down Milwaukee at night, scary isn't it...

— On the neighbor message 45th ward- what do we need?
1:10 a.m.

It should be listed on Shedd's site here:

It looks like the last Ward day posted on the 24th of January was Ward 50 for February 12th.

It looks like a Ward day for the 50th Ward tomorrow (on the 12th) and nothing listed for 45th. Maybe there was a miscommunication on the Ward.

Sorry for the Sheddy news.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward day @ Shedd Aquarium
12:39 a.m.

Don't give them a chance to do it again:

I hope we catch who is responsible and that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

If you see suspicious activity, always call police, even 311 if non emergency, that way if something does occur there is a record of the event that might help in a criminal investigation. Something as simple as seeing a car in the area during the time of the event could be important.

If you do not want to be "involved" call 311 or 911 anonymously.

If you're not part of making things better, you are part of letting things get worse.

— On the neighbor message owner @ Cafe Soroni
12:20 a.m.

.Jeff's is good, not sure why no one mentioned.

Mr. Submarine is good for a quick lunch.

Both places are cheaper than the ones listed, but thought you would want a cheaper option as well.

— On the neighbor message Lunch on a Saturday Afternoon
10:32 p.m.

Its ok, thanks for ledding us know.

— On the neighbor message Polish Visa Waiver Resolution
10:03 p.m.

Here is a movie that I seen in my preschool about strangers.....

I still see and hear the lights.

My kid has already been programmed with the same video I have been haunted by for over 30 years, but it has kept me safe. Good stuff if you have children, they don't make them like this anymore.

Part 1:


— On the neighborhood event BEAT MEETING 1634
7:38 p.m.

Thank you purple heart veterans that sacrificed part of your life for our freedom.

— On the neighbor message Calling All Purple Heart Veterans!
5:26 p.m.

Mr. Tracer,

Thank you for your email. We appreciate your interest! I have shared your information with the appropriate personnel. They will contact you if they are interested in your service. We hope to have further opportunities to serve you.

Ryan, hhgregg Corporate

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:46 PM
To: Contact_Us
Subject: Tracer-Other-

First Name:Victor
Last Name:Tracer
Zip Code:60641
Invoice Number:
Details:The alderman is looking for a new business to take over the 18000 square foot building at 4901 W Irving which is located in the shopping district at 6 corners. It has ample parking and is near I-90 highway, 3 main busy streets and public transportation. Please consider the site for a new store. More details can be retrieved from the following office.

45th Ward Service Office

4754 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ward Night: Tuesday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
TEL: (773) 286-4545
FAX: (773) 685-4527

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
5:08 p.m.

Would my well behaved 3 year old be welcome there? Obviously with me.
Mac & cheese wedges, tatter tots, cups of fruit, chicken tenders.
This is like her dream menu.
Also, if you have Billy Idol "Rebel Yell" on the juke box she'd be set.

— On the neighbor message Sutherland's?
5:07 a.m.

To recap:
Maybe she was just off Target.
The spaghetti monster is real and he is eating a snickers.
The woman's name is Sue Target.
She was trying to sell her phone.
The guard at Addison was told to guard the Escalade.
Yes, she probably was shaken, but not stirred.
Target did not escalate the incident.

12:58 a.m.

Centera, That was "Metro", right?

12:33 a.m.

Not only that but they have to walk back to the car to put the little ticket in too.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward- what do we need?
11:41 p.m.

Super H Mart is like an adventure...
Sometimes I stop by when I am at Home Depot,.
Some of the packages do not have English on them so I look at the pictures, I do not know what I am buying half the time.
They have a good selection of produce, meat, and a lot of fish.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward- what do we need?
10:01 a.m.

Just go to a muffler shop and have them weld it. You can have them weld the cat or the cat clamp bolts to the threads.

It is the cheapest and easiest thing to do to prevent theft.

most of ones they steal they unclamp the exhaust clamps using a socket or wrench.
It would be very difficult and time consuming to remove a welded cat, they will go for an easier target.

— On the neighbor message catalytic converter anti-theft devices?
12:19 a.m.

Don't knock the lights.... Rapist, gang members, drug dealers, and muggers hate the lights more than you do.

Maybe if you were a victim you will think differently.

I wish we had them.

— On the neighbor message Do the new street lights bother anyone else??
12:04 a.m.

Another way to reduce speeders.... Increase the speed limit.

Then build a pedestrian crossing bridge.

Fence off the sidewalk from the street so there is no Jaywalkers.

That way everyone is happy and safe.

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
10:20 p.m.

If you do the appeal, is there a chance they will raise it or is the appeal process a one way to lower it.
My neighbor said my tax was pretty low compare to his and that he was appealing since we have comparable properties. He said I should be happy and not file an appeal, that they may raise my tax.
I filed anyway on line. Does anyone know if your tax is already low and you file, could it go up by doing an appeal?

— On the neighbor message Tax Appeal Deadline
10:14 a.m.

Thank you for raising the awareness of this rarely enforced violation.

Others might need a reminder that the violation exist, but understand there are a lot of people that know as well.

You cannot be ticketed for being on the side of the street opposite of where the stop sign is posted. It’s perfectly legal to park there. Here’s the municipal code:

9-64-100 Parking prohibited

It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in any of the following places:

(g) Within 30 feet of an official traffic signal or stop sign on the approaching side;

If you were not parked on the same side as the stop sign it is contestable.

The reason for the law is so that other traffic and pedestrians can see oncoming traffic.

I think what everyone else is trying to say is:

This will be helpful:$f=templates$3.0

and lastly "It's only against the law if you get caught"

9:55 a.m.

Eric, the boyscout was the highlight :)

— On the neighbor message How did Harwood Heights and Norridge escape?
6:23 p.m.

That depends, with the lack of tax dollars in Portage Park we would be left with 1 police officer, an old police dog and an obsessive compulsive boy scout... And knowing our luck, the one Portage Park police car would get stolen.
At this time maybe we stay Chicago a little longer.

— On the neighbor message How did Harwood Heights and Norridge escape?
4:55 a.m.

It is important to reach out and introduce yourself to your neighbors, at least they would know who you are and if something does not look right to call police. This will enable you to also know who they are, so if you see something suspicious, you can question it.
I heard my neighbors car alarm go off the other day. I seen a guy looking in the window and pulling on the handle while trying to keep his head down. I ran outside with my ASP baton and asked him what he was doing to my car.... needless to say he ran before I could get down the stairs.
This could help and you can expand the system:
If you get an alarm system that is not monitored like ADT let your neighbors know so at least they know to call police and it is your residence that needs help. Also, throwing up some ADT stickers could not hurt, when they hear the alarm they could think that it is a monitored system.

— On the neighbor message Burglary
12:50 a.m.

Most people speed up to make sure that they make the light at the intersection, thus is the contributing factor in reducing accidents (they clear the light before it turns red).
Now, if you do speed up to make sure you make the light and do not get a red light ticket...You get a speeding ticket.
Sounds like entrapment.
When someone locks up their brakes at the light and stops in a cloud of smoke....Just remember the law says if you hit them in the back, it's your fault... don't blame them, the camera made them do it.
If you say the camera can't make them do anything.... How is the camera going to make them stop speeding?
No one drives perfect... We live in Chicago and it is too easy to get a license and then again most people think they don't need one.
If this is going to be the case, don't discriminate give tickets for driving slow as well.

— On the neighbor message Quinn signs speeding camera bill
11:45 p.m.

Why don't they just put those ridges in the road on Foster on that stretch like on the toll way, before you hit the toll. The ridges in the road that go Blurrrrp, Blurrrrp, Blurrrrp. That always reminds me to slow down.

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
9:04 p.m.

Introduce your self to your neighbors. That way at least you know who they are and they know who you are.
It is easier to look out for people when you know who they are.

— On the neighbor message New to the Neighborhood
12:38 a.m.

Better off setting the timing on the lights. We would save gas, cut accidents, reduce congestion and pollution.

Then people would not have to speed, they can just cruse and make evey light while doing the speed limt (as lights would be
timed to make every light if you do the speed limit).

"Since 2005, it has cut travel time in Atlanta's traffic corridors by 18 percent and time stopped by 39 percent"

"When green lights are properly synched to a designated speed, going faster only gets a driver to a red light faster, explained Douglas Noble, director of operations"

— On the neighbor message Speed Limit Cameras on Foster
6:22 p.m.

Also, there is Squirrel repellent. There are different types, but here is an example:

The repellent is more reliable then the ultra sound.

5:43 p.m.

Any public schools participating in these programs?

— On the neighbor message DARE Program Graduations
4:19 p.m.

They were not caught all at the same time, but were caught west from here up by Grand Ave.

— On the neighbor message Chase bank robbed
4:06 p.m.

Originally the plan was to keep the one on the East and remodel it more extensively (the old Osco) and close the smaller one, but both were profitable and CVS own the property.
The one on the East (old Osco) is a union store with union employees and a union contract. The store is bigger, has a larger food presentation and has a liquor license and a large parking lot that the small one does not have. CVS retained some of the previous Osco employees.
The store to the west is smaller non-union employees and is cheaper to have open 24 hours and supplement basic needs 24 hours
Based on a study by CVS the small both stores draw enough customers for them to stay profitable.
The larger CVS is also able to have a plant shop in summer where the smaller one would not have the capacity.
So basically if they closed the small one now and kept the big one open 24 hours, it would cost more in utility cost and staffing for the larger store, they would have to block off the liquor department at a certain time, it would be busy to the point it would be annoying with lines etc.

— On the neighbor message Two CVS across the street from each other
11:14 a.m.

Even if the all the seniors in the building don't drive...

That does not mean all the people coming to visit them don't drive.

That is where the concern would really be.

I am sure seniors have family and friends.

— On the neighbor message New Low Income Housing List
12:28 a.m.

HV128701 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:35:00 4900 W IRVING PARK RD 0610 BURGLARY FORCIBLE ENTRY N ABANDONED BUILDING N 1634 45 05

— On the neighbor message Police activity @ bank of america building
3:18 p.m.

What if we start a collection by setting up some donation containers at Arena's office and participating businesses in the area? That way when you are shopping a store or at Arena's office you can contribute to "Light up 6 corners fund". This would be a great way for the neighborhood to contribute and donations big and small would be welcome. It would be an excellent way to build community involvement and make everyone that contributes know that they are directly making a difference in their community. Together we can light up 6 cornners.

— On the neighbor message Vacant Store Fronts Along Milwaukee
10:39 a.m.

P helpful messages and comments. Everyone needs to vent sometimes, but instead of ranting, use Every Block to ask your neighbors for helpful solutions.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
1:55 a.m.

Never said strip mall...
Just using the Shopping Center "Anchor" store business model as an example of how to attract smaller businesses to the area. Key stores would act as the "Anchor" and bring consumers to support smaller stores. It's the idea that a "Anchor" store is instrumental in supporting small businesses in its area.
These are probable solutions to revitalize all of 6 corners.
I would like to hear more ideas on how to fill all the vacant stores in 6 corners.
It is better to post potential solutions to bring businesses to fill all the vacant stores in 6 corners.
Right now there is no way smaller businesses can afford the rent even with grants, incentives and loans. There is not enough draw to the area. Aldi is a neighborhood store and would not create a big draw. No one is going to drive miles to come to our Aldi.
The article (Oak Park,Texas) shows others views in different areas of U.S. about Aldi.
Remember the original post:
"I'd love to connect with people who are opposed to an Aldi in the old B of A building on Irving at Lamon. John Riordan at Arena's office indicates it is still a viable option".
I said in previous post
" Thank you Stacy for all your involvement, with Aldi pushing to help the theater group, renovate the building and bring in a restaurant it makes it difficult to say no if no other businesses are interested. I agree with Stacy in reaching out to business that may want the location. If we cannot find another viable option, it looks like Aldi's offer's may be what is best at this time. If they do intend to join 6 corner's I hope their intent is to offer a premium selection".
"If we exhaust all other options and Aldi is the only one to come, so be it. We should explore all options and how it will affect the future development of 6 corners".
"I applaud the Alderman's office in refusing pawn shops and pay day loan places. I also agree with the Alderman supporting the arts and what he has done and is doing for the community".

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building

Never said anything about promises or guarantees.
Areas improve through economic development. This starts with someone investing in the area and its long term potential.
This is the perfect opportunity for a business to be on the ground floor of the future of 6 corners.
We need a retailer/business that would create a draw to the area. They would have to be big enough to hold their own.
Once the draw of consumers is brought to the area, other businesses can take advantage of the draw.
That is why most malls have an "Anchor" store (that is the draw) the other smaller stores feed off that draw. The format has been proven to be economically sound.
It is the draw that gets consumers in the area to shop. Right now there is no draw... smaller stores can't afford the rent and that is why they are all empty. Create the draw, get consumers in the area, that will enable them to feed off the "Anchor" , pay rent, make profit. The area needs an "Anchor" just like in the Malls to create the draw.
6 corners has a lot going for it irregardless of demographics:
It is centrally located in the center of Chicago
It is near 3 busy streets everyone knows, highways and public transportation
It just had a beautiful street scape
It has a great community that is committed to growth
There are incentives for businesses coming to 6 corners
Arena is an awesome alderman
In order for the smaller stores to afford the rent in 6 corners they would either have to be high volume like a dollar store or high margin like a bath & body works, but if the bath & body works does not have a draw to the area, they will not do enough business on their own to pay the rent. There are already enough dollar stores in the area, so the only other option to fill the empty stores is to attract higher margin retailers by creating a draw.
If we exhaust all other options and Aldi is the only one to come, so be it. We should explore all options and how it will affect the future development of 6 corners.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
6:54 p.m.

The story that I heard was he was fleeing from hitting a parked car and that is why he was speeding.
I do not have a source to confirm that is what happened, but there were two people that I overheard talking about the incident and I went up and asked them if they knew what happened and that is the story that they told me.

— On the neighbor message 2 Dead/6 Injured - Austin & Sunnyside
5:45 p.m.

For those of you that do not understand what the issue with Aldi coming in is this.
The reason that there are empty stores everywhere is in part that people in this neighborhood do not have extra money to spend, If they did stores would be fighting for a spot at 6 corners due to the community spending money in the area.
So quite simple, we have to attract people from out of this area to spend money to better our community and revitalize 6 corners.
Once a higher end store moves in and attracts money to the area, then other stores will follow suit to get a spot in an area where there is higher spending.
It is all about spending. If you had a store would open it in an area where people are looking to save money? How much would you sell? Right now it is not enough to pay the rent at some of these empty store fronts. That is why they are empty. Your store would have to make enough money to pay the rent and be profitable. Since the money cannot come from the neighborhood at this time we need to attract money from other areas. Aldi would only draw from the community. We need a store that would draw people from miles away and spend money in it and neighboring stores.
Now if you had an area where there was an excess of average spending, it would make sense to locate your business in that area. To pay the rent and make a profit. This would add to the tax base and encourage more stores to move into the vibrant area.
Look at it as tourism... We attract people that have money to spend in our community to better our community.
Tourism, 6 corners has to be a destination. Aldi would not make 6 corners a destination.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
5:16 p.m.

My comment was intended not to get anyone's hopes up and seems like it was taken out of content to say it was rude. Please understand that I am not condemning the area.
We are going through the same thing over here at 6 corners. They offered to build a Mariano's, but the alderman did not want to tear down the bank to preserve the theater . Many request have gone in for Whole foods and Trader Joe's, but according to demographics of the area, they say that we are suited for an Aldi... With $600,000 homes 6 blocks away we thought that the neighborhood would meet demographics that supersede Aldi.
If our area would be lucky to get an Aldi in a "shopping district" that just had a million dollar streetscape project done. I am not sure you could get a Mariano's to come.
Please read the link below and you will see my comment was realistic and insightful and hopefully you can use some of our arguments to solicit bringing a sustainable business to that area .
I apologize since I thought everyone knew about what was going on with the old bank of America Building and the 6 corners area.

— On the neighbor message Jewel Property on W. Belmont & N. Pulaski
10:46 p.m.

If we can't get a Mariano's at 6 corners, it is probably not going to happen over there.

Right now they are saying we would be lucky if we got Aldi to take the property at 4901 W Irving Park.

If that is the case you would be lucky to get a "Shop 'N Save".

— On the neighbor message Jewel Property on W. Belmont & N. Pulaski
7:31 p.m.

I do not have the connections to make the proper contact.
Can we try to get the Apple Store? They have actually converted old banks into Apple Stores:
This would be perfect for them, since it would give them a perfect central location close to highway, busy streets and suburbs.
People will come to avoid the overly congested 801 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL store.
People that have money to spend in the district as opposed to people looking for money to save.
There is also a small location in Old Orchard, but Apple has some stores within a mile of each other and they are doing well.
The store would be a good draw and attract much needed business and revenue to our neighborhood. I believe that it may attract other business as well.
Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States in 2008, and in the world from 2008 to 2011
The I Phone, I Tunes, and I Pad are fairly popular and Apple might be persuaded to part with 4 million for the building and renovation and support of the Theater. They may even donate some I Pads to the Theater with the right approach.
Can we approach Apple and see if they are interested in the opportunity to come to 6 corners?
Oh, Apple also supports Arts:
Maybe there could even be a Arts Alive 45 app...

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
6:22 p.m.

If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem... do something.
You will never think this is a high crime area till you are a victim.
Don't wait till you are a victim and don't think you or a love one are immune.
Not that this is a "bad" area, but we have too many good people in the area for so much bad to happen.
The more we let happen and don't do anything, increases the chance of other things to happen.
There needs to be more community involvement in keeping the area safe... and there can be.
Since the presence of police may not exceed the presence of gangs in some areas there needs to be presence of community.
Everywhere there is graffiti post a neighborhood watch sign.
If gangs can throw up graffiti and mark their territory, we can put up neighborhood watch signs to remind them that it is ours.

— On the neighbor message Very depressed; Gang graffitti near Beaubien.
5:23 a.m.

They are discussing of building an Aldi at 4901 W. Irving Park Rd. Just in case you wanted to look for a home around there.

— On the neighbor message Buying a home
11:08 p.m.

Factory Muffler
They can fix anything, from a tune up to a new used engine.
What makes them different is that they are honest.
I go to the one on Devon, but if that shop is busy you can go to the one on Central. It is father and son owned and ran.

— On the neighbor message Need reliable car repair
4:59 a.m.

Jess Cafe

Delivery is fast... Food is good, good idea to check out

— On the neighbor message New Restaurant on Irving Park Road...
9:27 p.m.

She pulled out in front of a car that was allegedly fleeing a hit and run of hitting another vehicle, under the influence, doing in excess of 60mph, had no insurance and no license.
At the time she pulled out the car was a distance away, but the Mustang was driving more than twice the speed limit that she did not have time to react because she did not expect the car to be on her so quickly.
"Richard Strum, 35, of the 5400 block of North Mobile Avenue, was charged late Wednesday with five felony counts of aggravated DUI in the fatal crash. He also was also issued traffic citations for failure to reduce speed and driving on a suspended license and without insurance".
The main street is not for repeat D.U.I. offenders with no license that have multiple speeding violations. His license was suspended so something like this would not happen. He never should have been there.
If it was a normal driver doing the speed limit people might have been hurt instead of killed.
Remember the Mustang hit the rear passenger side with enough force to push her into the pole on the driver's side and kill her. If he was driving slower (speed limit) or not under the influence, he may have been able to swerve out of the way or hit the car with less force to kill.

— On the neighbor message 2 Dead/6 Injured - Austin & Sunnyside
7:34 p.m.

If Aldi was built today do you think that the realtor should include it in the listing as a selling point? ie. "Close to Aldi"

Just asking.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
10:44 p.m.

We need to know, support, and look out for our neighbors...
Police response time (normal disturbance, average times)
1 call 15-20 min
2 calls 10-15 min
3-4 calls 7-15mins
4+ calls 5-7mins and on the 8th minute they are calling a slow down

The gangs know more people in your neighborhood then most neighbors...
And most of them don't even live on their "turf".

There are more of us then them on our "turf" and one person is scared to stand up since the gangs will know where they live and could retaliate in force, but if everyone stands up, the gangs back down and find a new area. I don't mean throwing down, I mean calling law enforcement, Having all of your neighbors coming outside when something is going on.

Form a block club, have a phone tree of your neighbors, join C.A.P.S., organize neighborhood watch,
go to a beat meeting to meet your neighbors and those committed to making a better community.... not to complain and leave and expect the police to fix all the problems. The police need our help and support. Every time you get a chance let the police know that you appreciate them, support them, and to stay safe.

It seems that we can all come together when someone dies and hold a candle, but when it comes to knowing all the neighbors on your block it is such a hard thing to do.

Times have changed, we need to change them back... The police were always considered heroes when I was growing up... now everyone criticizes them. There are less of them now which makes them more of a hero in my eye. They just need our help and support. Remember, they go home too, and they are a target, but guess what .... most of them live in close proximity and there is a definite neighborhood watch in effect.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward- what do we need?
8:45 p.m.

You can use this if you see a squirrel run up to you expecting you to feed them, At least they are not in the middle of Irving and Cicero yet.
Mega-Sonic Scatter-cat Ultrasonic Pest gun
Gets rid of Squirrels with ultrasounds "laser sighing"

Also, there is Squirrel repellent for the yard as to not ruin your mower. There are different types, but here is an example:

— On the neighbor message STOP Feeding the Squirrels
11:45 p.m.

Well Barnes and Noble is out:
Thank you for suggesting a location for a Barnes & Noble store.
Currently, we have no construction plans in the W Irving area in the
near future. However, we do appreciate your interest in having us in
your community and have forwarded the information to our Real Estate &
Development Department. We will certainly keep your inquiry in mind.
We look forward to seeing you in our stores again soon.
Customer Service Representative
Barnes & Noble Customer Service

Container store is reviewing possibility:
Thank you for sending us this message. We will be sure to pass your suggestion along to our Real Estate Department for their consideration.
If you have any additional questions, requests, or concerns, just let us know. Enjoy your day!
Jacob S. | Customer Solutions Department | The Container Store
800-733-3532 phone | 800-786-5858 fax |

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
10:27 p.m.

According to all this talk about Seniors.
Maybe we can get a Denny's!
Like the one next to the Aldi in Harwood Heights. If it is reasonable to have Aldi, it is reasonable to have a Denny's.
They have senior specials.
Offer a restaurant to the community that is open 24/7.
Are priced conservatively.
And you won't have to take a bus.
If you don't like Denny's you can probably afford to drive somewhere else.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
11:15 a.m.

And just as he started being more aggressive cracking down on the increase of burglars, car thieves and robbers.

I hope the new commander continues to take the same involvement in bringing these people to justice.

Even thou these crimes are not violent, they still hurt people.

I commend him for being an active participant in CAPS and being available to community.

10:59 a.m.

Thank you Stacy for all your involvement.
With Aldi pushing to help the theater group, renovate the building and bring in a restaurant it makes it difficult to say no if no other businesses are interested. I agree with Stacy in reaching out to business that may want the location. If we cannot find another viable option, it looks like Aldi's offer's may be what is best at this time. If they do intend to join 6 corner's I hope their intent is to offer a premium selection.
Senior population is mostly fixed income, If they want an Aldi, it is to save money, not to spend more in the shopping district. How will this bring more money to the area and attract businesses?
I applaud the Alderman's office in refusing pawn shops and pay day loan places. I also agree with the Alderman supporting the arts and what he has done and is doing for the community.
It is very interesting that Mariano's would move in and drop the money to build a new building, but Trader Joe's does not see the value of coming to 6 corners. I did not realize that Mariano's shares the same demographic preferences as Aldi.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
2:43 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Chicago water pressure?
12:53 p.m.

Normal pressure is about 35lbs

Check if plumbing is old and needs to be replaced or larger pipe installed. Could be old piping that is corroded in the inside.

If plumbing is ok, you can install this:,,20305378,00.html

and you will be at 50lbs and sparking or broken dishes.

— On the neighbor message Chicago water pressure?
12:46 p.m.

That would be awesome.

Posted to facebook per request::
Victor Tracer

We are starving over here at 6 corners (Irving, Cicero, Milwaukee)
We need a good premium burger place.
We are centrally located for people meeting up to have a burger.
We are close to highways, busy streets, and CTA accessible.
Can you bring DMK to 6 cornners

Like · · 2 seconds ago ·


— On the neighbor message DMK Restaurant Concept
9:58 p.m.

Other options could include:
Container Store
Barnes and Noble
Sports Authority
Tiger Direct (Formerly Comp USA)
Apple Store (this would be a perfect central location and create a good draw)

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
7:33 p.m.

I live on Dakin across the street from the bank. I will be directly affected by this. I can understand if you are a few blocks away... An Aldi, why not... but, would you like to live right next to one?
It would be different if it had a Trader Joes on top of it like Clybourn Corridor... At least I would shop Trader Joe's and it seems a lot of people in Portage Park would as well, at least it is a balance. ....Just not Aldi alone.

It is strange that comments were made that Aldi is for all incomes, yet it is also stated that Aldi would not put in a Trader Joes because there was not enough income in the area. If Aldi was so sure that it would be so great for the area, why wouldn't they step it up to a Trader Joes? Maybe due to their research they are planning this to be a lower income area for some time.

It is our community and we should be communicating what we need.
When I moved here I did not say "This area really needs an ALDI"
Did you?

For the record, It does not have to be a food store to move in... I just don't "NEED" Aldi.
I am fine with the Jewel in the area... At least it supports Union Jobs.

It could even be a Harbor Freight Tools... At least I'll buy tools.
This is just my opinion, I do not intend to offend anyone that supports Aldi.


— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
12:20 a.m.

Lincoln Park and Park RIdge were not the way they were several years ago and they did not get to their status by Building Aldi's. I grew up by Addison and Ashland when it was infested with gangs and crime. Higher end retailers stated moving in and it attracted more money to the area, building and infrastructure flourished and home values went. Apartment building were converted into condos, bringing longer term residents.
We need a strong anchor to attract many viable smaller retailers that we fill the vacant space in all of 6 corners and by viable I don't mean rent a places, payday loans, title loans and pawn shops.
There are a few more reasons that I oppose.
Jobs- Even thou Aldi will hire people there payroll model is minimal compared to other retailers. This means less people hired per square foot of real estate. Where Aldi would have a manager and a couple cashiers compared to a Mariano's that would have twice the jobs per square foot. Even thou they pay at a higher wage there are less associates.
Real Estate - In taking with a friend that is a Real Estate agent he said that he has "NEVER!" used Aldi as a selling point in selling a home and that he would "NEVER!" bring up that there is an Aldi right next to the house as a way to entice a buyer. There are a lot of homes that are for sale or foreclosed in our area. It is very important to attract a buyer that is going to take that house, put money into it and its community, raising property value of the area.
People that are positioned to buy a home are in no hurry to run and buy a house as a good investment because it is positioned near an Aldi. If we don't attract home buyers that are going to put money in to homes and community , we attract a buyer that will barely maintain the property or rent to gangs or drug dealers.


— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
12:20 a.m.

I would oppose an ALDI for the following reasons:
6 corners is suppose to be a shopping district. People that go to Aldi are looking to save money not spend. Need to attract customers to the neighborhood with money to spend in the shopping district. Whole foods, Trader Joes, Mariano's would attract customers to the area to spend money in the district.
Aldi would not attract other businesses such as a Starbuck's, Jamba Juice, and other smaller businesses that will fill up the many vacant small stores in the area.
I simply don't shop at Aldi, I would like a store next to my house that I would shop at.
It might seem like a good idea now for an Aldi because the land is vacant, but we need to look at the long term effects of attracting other retailers.
We need to establish a strong Anchor such as in the big shopping mall's to attract other retailers to bring total revenue and occupancy to 6 corners.

— On the neighbor message Old Bank of America Building
9:26 a.m.