March 2007 Archives

What I want to know is if a friend or family member has gone out of their way to help someone else, even in the smallest way — raising money for cancer, helping a senior paint their porch or organize a benefit for someone in need?

Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline said what any neighborhood tavern regular worth their salt was thinking after seeing video of that big sissy, disgraced officer Anthony Abbate, beat the snot of the petite, tough-as-nails bartender at Jesse's Shortstop Inn on the Northwest Side: "If I could hit him with a baseball bat, I would."

When the fabulous Janet Rausa Fuller — Sun-Times writer of all things eating — wrote the obit for Delicatessen Meyer, a long-time Lincoln Square favorite, it got me thinking about the many neighborhood haunts — and colorful shop keepers for that matter — who have sadly disappeared from the streetscape.

Filter, that urban hipster coffee joint, at Six Corners along with hot dog stand Swank Franks are on their death bed, set to be replaced by a Bank of America branch. Could this mean ...

If you're one of the many Chicagoans floating around the blogosphere posting your daily musings, deep thoughts and personal view of city life, Uncle Mark wants you ...

Hi, I'm Mark. I'm a South Sider. I once was a North Sider. But none of that really matters. This blog isn't about me.
It's about you, and the Chicago experience we share.

Here, I hope we can start a running dialogue on our quality of life in Chicago's wonderfully diverse neighborhods. To keep this blog vibrant I'll need your help.

It's the neighborly thing to do.

With their niece, 16-year-old Meghan Henry of Itasca, suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer Tim and Lori Quinn of Mt. Greenwood helped organize a benefit at Sox Park to raise money for Meghan’s medical bills that are not covered by insurance.

It's that kind of selfless effort that too often goes unnoticed. I say, we put a stop to that.

So, tell me ...

Lake View resident Richard Eisenhardt sent me a letter to compliment his mail carrier and complain about the poor service at his neighborhood post office.
I had to laugh when the letter arrived crumpled, dirty and ripped inside a post office envelope that offered this apology, "Dear Valued Postal Customer ....

It's been two weeks since Chicago's mail delivery trouble made headlines as the worst in the nation. Has your mail delivery service improved since then?

Post office sources told the Sun-Times that loads of mail postmarked in mid-February was delivered to local post offices on Monday to be sorted and delivered.

Did you get any old mail on Tuesday?

In-town, overnight mail delivery in Chicago is the worst in the nation. It's bad in almost every corner of the city. And a postal survey showed that only 77 percent of Chicago postal customers believe mail service is "excellent, very good or good." The national average for satisfied customers is 92 percent.

But which Chicago neighborhoods are suffering the most from the mail delivery?

Go ahead, post your mail "horror stories" here ...

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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