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    CHICAGO (CBS) — After having a gun pointed at his side, the next thing Greg Cihak remembers is handing over his keys as crooks carjacked him right outside of his home of 30 years in Irving Park. He told CBS 2’s Jermont Terry that he never imagined he would be held up at gunpoint not far from his front door....
    IRVING PARK — An Irving Park street will be named after Betty Resnikoff, a longtime community organizer who died last year from COVID-19. The official unveiling of Betty Resnikoff Way will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday in the 4100 block of North St. Louis Avenue. Plans include a potluck.  “Family, friends and neighbors will gather to remember Betty Resnikoff as...
    IRVING PARK — When gun violence increased in some North and Northwest side neighborhoods last year, officials and residents pushed for a two-fold solution: more police in the short term and community-based interventions to keep everyone safer in the long term. Almost a year later, some Irving Park residents got their first look at the longer-term plan this week, meeting...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police said a child was injured in a hit-and-run on the city's North Side Tuesday night.Police said that around 7:30 p.m. the child was struck near the intersection of Foster and Pulaski in Albany Park.The kind of vehicle that struck the child was not immediately known. The driver did not stop. Police said the child was...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Saturday issued a warning about a team of carjackers who have struck in Avondale and Albany Park in recent days. In each incident, the perpetrators have pulled up in a vehicle and blocked the victims’ path. The perpetrators have then exited the vehicle in which they arrived and approach the victims’ cars. READ MORE: Lyons...
    ALBANY PARK — After years of planning and one year in business, a husband and wife team have moved their startup restaurant showcasing Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine into the Albany Park neighborhood. Las Palmas, which started near Foster and Spaulding avenues in North Park, is now located nearby at 4959 N. Kedzie Ave. — and winning over new customers. Co-owner Osmar Carreto...
    ALBANY PARK — People inside two cars shot at each other Thursday morning near an Albany Park school while kids were outside for recess, but no one was hurt, local officials said. The shootout occurred around 9:45 a.m. near Sacramento and Belle Plaine avenues, about a block from Bateman Elementary School, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd) said in a letter...
    By Mary Chappell CHICAGO (CBS) — Police alerted Albany Park and Jefferson Park residents of two attempted burglaries involving criminal damage to property in the past week. READ MORE: Detectives Feel Confident Woman Recovered from Lake Michigan is Missing Chicago 19-Year-Old In one incident, the victim heard knocking on their apartment door and voices stating they were police officers. The victim...
    CHICAGO — The city will spray insecticide to kill mosquitoes Wednesday in several North Side neighborhoods. The spraying is part of an effort to protect residents from West Nile virus. The spraying will start at dusk Wednesday in the Albany Park, Lincoln Square, Irving Park and North Center community areas, according to a city health department news release. Spraying will...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Sunday issued an alert about a string of carjackings that have been happening in Northwest Side neighborhoods. The carjackings have happened since July 31 in the Avondale, Albany Park, and Old Irving Park neighborhoods. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Return To Hot Temperatures, Storm Chances In each incident, the assailants came up to a parked car...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Two boys were shot late Friday night while in a car in Albany Park, and one is in critical condition. Chicago police say at 11:40 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Lawrence someone in an SUV opened fire on the car the boys were in. READ MORE: Alumni Rush To Raise Funds To Save Mosaic At Demolished...
    ALBANY PARK —  Neighbors can support more than 40 small businesses as part of the Flavors of Albany Park restaurant crawl this month. The event organized by the North River Commission begins 5 p.m. Aug. 26 and features three different walking routes to showcase local restaurants, which will offer a sample of their food, a sweet treat or a unique drink to attendees. The...
    ALBANY PARK — New owners have taken over the Albany Park Community Center in a move leaders say will benefit early childhood education and child care programs. The center is now the Carole Robertson Center for Learning at Albany Park. The Carole Robertson Center, a nonprofit with flagships in North Lawndale and Little Village, assumed control of the Northwest Side...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A community on Chicago's North Side is mourning a leader and fighter who lost her battle with COVID-19.Maria Elena Sifuentes was a champion for education equity and affordable housing in Chicago. She contracted the virus and died last week, before she could get her second shot.Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 102 cases, 13 deaths Family and friends...
    Many trees in East Bay regional parks are dead or dying — likely due to lack of rainfall — and officials fear the trees could catch fire and that the flames could sweep through the parks and reach nearby homes. The trees cover about 1,000 acres of the 124,909-acre district, and multiple species are affected, including acacia, eucalyptus, Monterey pines,...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a fire hydrant in Albany Park Tuesday night. According to police, the vehicle struck the fire hydrant just before 11 p.m., causing damage and flooding in the 5000 block of North Monticello Avenue. The Chicago Fire Department reported the driver was no longer at the scene when...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Two cars crashed into a restaurant in Albany Park overnight. Police said the driver of an Infiniti hit a Camry and then the building, near Montrose and Drake avenues around midnight. The cars also struck a tree. The Infiniti driver was taken to a hospital with arm pain. She was also given a ticket for not stopping at...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot and wounded a man early Wednesday in the Albany Park neighborhood. Police said just before 1 a.m., the officer shot a man who was trying to break into his home in the 3100 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue. READ MORE: Increased COVID-19 Positivity Rate In Chicago Prompts Mayors Warning That...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– An off-duty police officer shot a 28-year-old man who was attempting to break into the officer’s home in Albany Park. According to police, the incident took place in the 3100 block of West Bell Plaine Avenue just before 1 a.m. The 28-year-old offender was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A car and a dog were found in the Logan Square neighborhood Monday after they were stolen two days earlier in Albany Park. Police said Shakespeare District officers found the stolen car in the area of Armitage and St. Louis avenues around 6:30 a.m. The dog had been inside the car when it was stolen on Saturday,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A car was stolen with a dog inside in Albany Park on Saturday, and the car and the dog remained missing in the evening. At 10:35 a.m., a 33-year-old man told police he had left his vehicle idling with a 3-year-old Labradoodle inside in the 3300 block of West Lawrence Avenue. A thief then took the victim’s...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was carjacked Monday evening in the Albany Park neighborhood. At 6:18 p.m., a 35-year-old man was in a Hyundai in a parking lot in the 4000 block of West Lawrence Avenue when another man knocked on his window and took out a gun. The man ordered the driver out of the car and demanded his...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people were shot while sitting in a parked vehicle early Sunday in the Albany Park neighborhood. The shooting took place at 1:10 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Sunnyside Avenue, police said. The victims – two men and a woman all 32 years old – were sitting in the parked vehicle when someone came out...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Investigators late Tuesday were trying to determine the cause of a fire that left a woman dead in Albany Park. The fire broke out in a building in the 4400 block of North Lawndale Avenue. An anonymous person called 911 reporting smoke from a third-floor window, police said. Firefighters 44-year-old woman unresponsive in her bed when they...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —People living in one Albany Park apartment building said they’re living in a nightmare. And scared for their own safety. It’s all because of one renter who can’t be kicked out because of the eviction moratorium. But CBS 2 has found that some evictions are indeed happening. CBS 2’s Brandon Merano reports on the sticky situation. He spoke...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A gunshot victim turned up at a Popeye’s in Albany Park Monday night. Police and paramedics were called to the restaurant on Lawrence Avenue near Kimball Avenue, and also near the Brown Line Chicago Transit Authority train terminal, around 8:30 p.m. The young woman was found shot in the leg and bleeding. Investigators believe she was shot...
    ALBANY PARK — Shootings have fallen in the 17th Police District, and incoming violence interrupters hope to continue that trend when the program launches in 2021.   Alliance of Local Service Organizations, a nonprofit, is working with Metropolitan Family Services to build out the team of violence interrupters who will be active in the Albany Park area starting Jan. 1. ...
    LINCOLN SQUARE — Timeless Toys in Lincoln Square was closed for part of the year due to the pandemic, so shopkeeper Scott Friedland is hoping to have a busy holiday season. “We’re actually off to a great start in November. We had such a loss during the beginning part of the year that honestly, this holiday season needs to be better than...
    ALBANY PARK — Families who have lost a loved one amid this year’s surge of gun violence or the coronavirus pandemic can receive a free Thanksgiving basket from Albany Park-based Israel’s Gifts of Hope. This is the third year the family-run organization is providing care packages to local families. The organization supporting families affected by gun violence was founded in honor...
    ALBANY PARK — The Chicago Children’s Choir is hosting a virtual open house for its Albany Park Neighborhood Choir on Dec. 8.  This free event is for students in third grade and up and their families who want to learn about joining the choir. There will be activities, like learning a song together, playing games and connecting with current Children’s Choir singers who will share their...
    ALBANY PARK —  Neighbors who support Albany Park’s small businesses as part of the Flavors of Albany Park restaurant crawl can also win prizes. This year’s event has gone online due to the coronavirus pandemic and will continue through Nov. 30.  Albany Park is home to a broad array of international cultures and cuisines. Neighbors are being invited to order delivery or takeout...
    RAVENSWOOD MANOR — Neighbors have urged local leaders to crack down on rising gun violence on the Northwest Side for nearly a year. After months of public meetings, disagreements and appeals to the mayor, shootings in Ravenswood Manor, Albany Park and Irving Park finally seem to have slowed down, according to neighbors and police.  There were three reported shootings Oct. 11-Sunday...
    ALBANY PARK — Lindo Michoacan has new murals celebrating the diversity and resiliency of Albany Park’s community leaders.  Painted by artist Chantala Kommanivanh, the portraits at the grocery store, 3142 W. Lawrence Ave., depict people like Manmaya Kalikotey, a Bhutanese refugee and entrepreneur farmer at Global Garden farm. Portrait of Schantelle Alonzo by Chantala Kommanivanh. provided Another person profiled is Schantelle Alonzo,...
    ALBANY PARK — A local landlord is asking neighbors to help raise money for three families displaced after an Albany Park fire destroyed their homes last month.  The Oct. 15 fire at 4457 N. Spaulding Ave. began around noon that day, neighbors said. The building is a three-flat home with a coach house in the rear, where owner Ryan Landau lives....
    ALBANY PARK — The fallout from a developer’s Facebook post saying “we need to recruit snipers” amid looting and social unrest in Chicago continued this week as an alderman said she is rejecting his brother’s plans to build in Albany Park. Last week, developer Armand Candea abruptly withdrew plans for an apartment building with a clock tower in Andersonville....
    RAVENSWOOD MANOR — After a surge in gun violence in recent months, Ravenswood Manor and Albany Park neighbors said they’re relieved to know more officers, technology and violence interrupters are coming to help. But more still needs to be done to curb violence in the long term, they said.  Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) announced Friday nine additional officers were assigned...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It has been one of the most violent months ever in one Northwest Side Chicago neighborhood. Now city departments are coming together to try to get it under control. Chicago police say they are stepping up patrols in Albany Park. It’s one thing being done to try to reverse an alarming spike in shootings in the 17th Police...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The Chicago Police Department’s Operation Clean is underway. Several city agencies are joining community members in Albany Park. The program helps neighbors clean their trash, trim their trees, cut grass and dig out weeds. The city says helping communities bring people together curbs violence.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Waite Park say a man is in custody after fleeing police early Wednesday morning. According to police, around 2:30 a.m. an officer saw a motorcyclist driving very erratically on 3rd Street north. Officials say the driver was accelerating very quickly, traveling at a high rate of speed and running stoplights. As the officer attempted to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man is dead after being shot Monday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood, an area of the city that has seen an uptick in gang and gun violence in recent weeks. The shooting happened at 3:45 p.m. in the 4800 block of North Bernard Street, police said. The 38-year-old man was shot in the leg and...
    ALBANY PARK — A 38-year-old man was fatally shot in Albany Park on Monday afternoon, as the neighborhood continues to struggle with a surge in shootings. The shooting occurred in the 4800 block of North Bernard, according to preliminary information from police. Few details were available about what happened. Chicago Police only said the man was shot in the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — We’ve been digging into gun violence in the community around Ravenswood Manor and Albany Park. As CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reported Wednesday night, the area has seen a spike in gang violence that has gotten the attention of state lawmakers. Before this summer, the sounds of trains – grade-level Brown Line Chicago Transit Authority trains – were...
    ALBANY PARK — A new six-story affordable housing development in Albany Park could break ground in early 2021 if the city approves its zoning request. Developer Celadon Holdings announced in April plans for an apartment building focused on affordable housing at an empty lot at 3557 W. Lawrence Ave. after the city granted the project highly competitive tax credits.   Celedon is...
    ALBANY PARK — Shootings have more than doubled in the 17th Police District on the Northwest Side, which includes Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor, and neighbors are frustrated police and elected officials have yet to put a stop to them. A crowd of about 45 people attended a public safety meeting Wednesday where some questioned and criticized police and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A father was shot in the face in a case of mistaken identity, in what has become a problem area for police when it comes to violence. As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, friends of Hector Alvarez Jr. said he was targeted for the car he drives. He is one of the latest victims of gun...
    RAVENSWOOD MANOR — A union engineer and father of five remains hospitalized after family members say he was mistaken for someone else and shot in Ravenswood Manor Friday. Hector Alvarez Jr., 38, is chief engineer at Edgewater Plaza, 5455 N. Sheridan Road and has been a member of Local 1 SEIU for the past 10 years. He was with...
    ALBANY PARK — After at least seven people were shot in Albany Park in three days last week, local residents organized a march and vigil to take a stand against the shootings and pay tribute to those who have been hurt and killed. But before the the community could gather Sunday afternoon, at least two more people in the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- People fed up with gun violence in Chicago say they want change.Many come out to rally during a vigil in Albany Park Sunday where seven people were shot and killed in a matter of days in just that one neighborhood.EMBED More News Videos Five people, including two teens, were wounded in a drive-by Tuesday in Albany Park...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  Sunday at midnight, TikTok and messaging app WeChat will vanish from U.S. app stores. Users who already have TikTok on their phones will still be able to use it for now. The Trump administration claims the Chinese are maliciously collecting Americans’ personal data through the apps. One person who said she will not be sad to see TikTok...
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