July 2007 Archives

Megan Dailey, 34, of Belmont Heights is hosting a benefit on Sept. 15 in honor of her late father, retired Chicago police commander Maurice "Mo" Dailey, who died of a brain tumor. All proceeds will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Answer today's Hoods Quiz question correctly here, and win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Today we visit the Scottsdale neighborhood, or better known as St. Bede parish, on the Southwest Side almost two weeks after a rumble at Durkin Park sparked concern of racial tension in that part of town.

I spend the day talking to folks at the park and around the neighborhood about the "changes" in Scottsdale, once a white neighborhood that has become diverse with a healthy mix of whites, black and Hispanics.

When neighbors who I talked to spoke frankly about racial concerns in the neighborhood, they said that they aren't sure if recent fight, which sent one teenager to the hospital, was racially motivated. But all the talk about the possibility that race was a factor, struck a nerve with many folks, especially blacks and Hispanics who moved into the 60652 zip code in recent years.

What's your take on the state of Scottsdale?

Let your voice be heard here.

Down in the Bush neighborhood there's a secret place where you can sneak in to an off-limits wilderness on the lake.

I'm sorry that I just couldn't tell you where to find it. But take a peak at Brian Jackson's photos of the place.

If you have a South Works story, or a comment about the slow pace of development at the site, post away

Christopher Frost, 26, of Bucktown, spends one day a week with Philip Kaish. They met through Best Buddies Illinois, where Frost volunteers and where Philip, who's autistic, takes classes. "I enjoy being there for someone with a disability," Frost says. "And he always gives me a different perspective on things."

What's the only street in Chicago that intersects with the same street twice?

The first poster with the correct answer wins a free T-shirt.

Laurin Grabowski was last weeks' winner. She knew the dancing hot dogs of Superdawg Drive-in are located in Norwood Park.

Joe Losacco's got rat trouble, so he takes matters into his own hands. He catches them in traps and exterminates them the old fashioned way -- think hot boiling water and drowning. Tips he picked up working at a butcher shop when he was a kid.
That's been his last resort since the city won't pick up the rats he catches in a borrowed trap

Do you have trouble in your neighborhood that needs fixing? Tell me your story.


Chicago police put two dispatchers on leave while investigators try to figure out why it took almost a half hour to respond to a 911 call of an assault in progress at Durking Park in Scottsdale last weekend.

The clash between black kids and a group of white and Hispanic kids in the 8400 block of South Kolin sent nine people to hospitals, one boy was beaten into a coma. Neighborhood folks concerned about the slow response by police.

Columnist Mary Mitchell wrote today that this brawl may have been caused by the imaginary racial boundaries in neighborhoods that are friction points for this kind of violence, and always have been in Chicago.

What's your take on these invisible ines — certain streets, railroad tracks and highways — that divide neighborhood demographics by black, white and Hispanic?

Post your stories of how our still segregated city -- and these racial boundary lines -- affect your life?


Mary Johnston, 44, of Edison Park is a serial volunteer who spends her free time helping immigrants study for the U.S. citizenship test, volunteering at the North Park Nature Center and making crafts with seniors at a nursing home. "It feels good to help people, and I think it's just good citizenship."

Ed Heywood has rented apartments to more folks in Beverly than he can remember.

"Heck, I've owned so many buildings in the neighborhood, I've forgotten some of them, too," the 85-year-old landlord says.

But if you ever signed a lease with Old Man Heywood, you know he's a hard guy to forget -- especially if he's ever come banging on your door at 8 o'clock on a Saturday morning. (Read more here)

If you're one of the many folks who've had run-ins with this colorful landlord, post your stories here.


Name the neighborhood where can you find these dancing hot dogs?

Bogan High School student Jeremy "Jovan" Bavginear with his six backup dancers, Infinite.
They took home the $100 prize. (92 bucks after teh $8 entry fee.
That's $13.14 each.

Congrats Jovan.

OK, everybody — even those clowns Eddie and Jobo on B-96 — seem to be talking about Brian Urlacher's text message tirade today.

I'm the guy who stumbled upon the court filing and wrote the story, so post your comments and questions here.

Margaret Kiesz beat cancer almost 10 years ago. But it's back, this time in her bones. Sometimes she aches.

If the pain comes when certain people are around, she forces a smile.

Kiesz runs a foundation in Irving Park that helps immigrant women with breast cancer who struggle speaking English to understanding their treatment and pay their bills while they fight the disease.

"Everyone look at you, and you have to give them power, even when you not so good feelings about your body," Kiesz says, smiling.

"I try to show that you can fight with everything you have, even if it's hard."

Recent Northtown Academy graduate Justin Romero and a dozen of his classmates painted a mural under the viaduct on Peterson just east of Rogers Avenue as a gift to the Sauganash neighborhood. The Northtown graduating art students worked on the painting in six-hour stints every Saturday in May and June.

Has someone been kind to you? Tell me about it.

Roger and Sue Rhodes nearly lost their home when construction next door nearly caved in their home's foundation.

But a lot of times the problems that come with teardowns are more annoying than anything else.

Tell me your tale of woe about construction gone wrong your block.

How did Waveland Avenue get its name?

The first to post the correct answer wins a Sun-Times T-shirt.

If you're looking for something different to do this summer, try a neighborhood event that isnt' glorified flea market with bad cover bands (Blazing Saddles not included) and beer gardens.

Here's a suggestion:

The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture is hosting an outdoor film festival in Humboldt Park starting July 14th — circus performers will also entertain. And it's free.

Click here
or more information.

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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