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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

In 2012, Area Has Seen Minimal Environmental Complaints

By Sam Charles

Residents of Roscoe Village and West Lakeview can–quite literally–breathe a little easier. Newly released statistics from the City of Chicago show that from the start of 2012 through Dec. 10, the area has seen 11 environmental complaints out of the exactly 1,000 total received by the city since Jan. 1. Though most commonly logged complaint Read the Rest…

City Data: Area Traffic Among City’s Worst

By Sam Charles

Now it’s official. Traffic on the arterial streets of Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Northcenter, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village and the surrounding communities is some of the worst in the city. The City of Chicago recently expanded its data portal to include statistics on the average levels of traffic congestion in 29 different regions throughout the city, including Read the Rest…

Report: Human Trafficking Pervasive in Massage Parlors

By Sam Charles

According to a report published by the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Not In Our Name!, a group made up of massage therapists against sex trafficking, the culture of massage parlors is conducive to sex trafficking in the United States. A recent report by Center Square Journal identified several area massage parlors where sexual favors are allegedly offered by Read the Rest…

City Stats Show Theft Up, Burglary Down

By Sam Charles

The coverage area of Roscoe View Journal saw 176 reported incidents between Oct. 15 and Nov. 18, slightly up from the 144 total incidents between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14, according to data from the city. Theft and burglary, once again, were the most commonly reported crimes in Beats 1911 and 1912, with 72 and 31 Read the Rest…

Theft, Burglary Most Common Area Crimes, City Stats Show

By Sam Charles

Police beats 1921 and 1922, which that encompass Roscoe Village and West Lakeview, saw 144 total reported incidents between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14. In that time, the most common incidents were: 55 thefts, 23 burglaries, 20 batteries, 17 incidents of criminal damage and nine motor vehicle thefts. The area also saw three assaults, three Read the Rest…

CAPS Meeting: Property Crime Tops Area Incidents

By Sam Charles

Since the last meeting for Police Beat 1922, theft and burglary have been the most common crimes within the area, with 24 and 14 respective reported incidents since the last meeting on Sept. 19. The latest CAPS beat meeting, held on Oct. 17 at Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Rd., brought out only a Read the Rest…

RV Neighbors Board Votes To Oppose Day Care Center Zoning Change

By Mike Fourcher

Last night, in a unanimous voice vote, Roscoe Village Neighbors (RVN) agreed to oppose the rezoning of the Lorente Dress Factory, 1825 W. Newport Ave., which would have allowed the creation of an expanded daycare center. The building’s owner, John Sears, has proposed creating a two-floor daycare center that could occupy as much as 18,000 Read the Rest…

Meet Roscoe Village’s Masskrugstemmen Champ

By Patty Wetli

Some people hold their alcohol better than others. Take Roscoe Village resident Rob Garcea (pronounced Gar-sha). He’s held a liter of beer for five and a half minutes, good enough to earn him the crown of Chicago’s Masskrugstemmen champ and the chance to compete for the national title Sept. 15 in New York’s Central Park. Read the Rest…

Every Time a Pet’s Adopted an Angel Gets Its Tail

By Patty Wetli

Gotta hand it to the folks at PAWS Chicago, they’re a bunch of evil geniuses. Click on the website for this weekend’s Angels With Tails event in Roscoe Village and we dare you not to fall in love with at least one of the dogs or kittens pictured on the page. They don’t call ‘em Read the Rest…

Meatheads Burgers Coming to Roscoe Village

By Patty Wetli

Looks like Burger Fest might have a new player next year. Meatheads, a fast-casual premium burger joint, will open its first Chicago location at 3322 N. Western Ave. by late September. “We’re under construction now,” said Meatheads marketing manager Joe Sanders. Founded in 2007, Meatheads already boasts eight locations in Illinois, the majority in the Read the Rest…

Proposed Zoning Change Draws Opposition From Roscoe Village Community

By Patty Wetli

The qualities that attracted John Sears to the 1800 block of West Newport as a potential home for his daycare business — it’s quiet and safe — are the very reasons that area residents oppose his plan. It’s quiet and safe, and they want to keep it that way. During a recent community meeting held Read the Rest…

Get Ready for Retro on Roscoe: Music! Cars! Baby Wipes!

By Patty Wetli

It’s the first weekend since forever that the city’s meteorologists/fear mongers aren’t forecasting temperatures as hot as Hades, which means it’s safe to venture outside your air-conditioned bubble and mosey on over to Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 11 -12. Despite its billing as Chicago’s third-largest street fest, Retro hasn’t quite outgrown the feel of a Read the Rest…

Wanna Buy a Late Night Tavern? Underbar For Sale

By Patty Wetli

Anybody can buy a 2 br/2 ba condo. Well anybody with a stellar credit score and 20 percent down payment. You wanna impress us? Plunk down six hundred and fifty grand for one of the North Side’s favorite late night taverns. The listing for the property at 3243 N. Western Ave. includes Underbar — notable Read the Rest…

Retro on Roscoe Announces Music Lineup, Charitable Contributions

By Patty Wetli

A number of the bands on the bill for Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 11-12, clearly take the retro part seriously, offering up tributes to music from the ’70s and ’80s. Saturday’s headliners include 16 Candles (’80s) and Hairbangers Ball (’80s glam rock); Sunday’s lineup includes Too White Crew (hip hop tribute) and Infinity (formed as Read the Rest…

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