Belmont Cragin

Officers responding to a call in the 2300 block of North Laramie Avenue about 7:02 p.m. Monday swerved to avoid hitting two people on a scooter. The squad car struck a parked car and caught fire.
Last year, the city transportation department released its “Cycling Strategy,” billed as a “community-driven approach” to creating a “more connected, healthy and sustainable” city, with the goal of “designing and implementing 150 miles of bikeways in the coming years.”
Two men were on a gas-powered scooter in the 2300 block of North Cicero Avenue about 12:42 a.m. Monday when they hit the side of a gray sedan, police said
Nearly 4,900 robberies happened between July 1 and Nov. 26, a more than 55% increase compared to the previous five months. That’s the largest percentage increase in robberies between consecutive five-month periods since at least 2001.
A 23-year-old man was shot in the 2900 block of North Neenah Avenue about 1:24 p.m. Monday, police said. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The familiar fall delights are within reach of almost every Chicago neighborhood — and most are under $5 apiece.
An autopsy released Tuesday found the man died of traumatic brain injuries from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.
About 12:45 p.m., a 39-year-old man entered a home in the 2100 block of North Meade Avenue. He was shot twice in the chest by a man inside the home, Chicago police said.
Miguel Huerta, 34, was fighting with someone about 11:40 p.m. Saturday when the other person pulled out a handgun and opened fire, authorities say.
Ismael Romano, 45, and Margarita Romano, 65, were both pronounced dead Thursday morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Francisco Panuco lived in Belmont Cragin for 18 years before ICE detained him on May 31. Friends and supporters have since rallied to keep him in Chicago.
The Supportive Reentry Network Collaborative connects returning citizens to whatever they need, from completing parole mandates to finding health care and a job. Leaders say they’ve had a successful first year, but need to grow.
James Gardiner faced several scandals in his first term on the City Council; Jessica Gutierrez is poised for a runoff to replace Ariel Reboyras after falling 300 votes short in 2019.
High school junior Brenda Correa, with the help of Belmont-Cragin United, started the GoFundMe campaign to make up what Gonzalo Garcia lost when he was attacked.
The Chicago Department of Transportation plans to add more than 12 miles of bike lanes in Belmont Cragin. More lanes are coming to nearby Hermosa, as well.
The Communities United canvassers are part of the Chicago Flats Initiative, organizations working to save the city’s dwindling supply of two- to four-flat buildings.
In June, the median list price of homes in Belmont Cragin was $360,000, up 19% from June 2020, according to But high demand led to overbidding, driving the median sale price even higher — to $375,000
Oscar Carballo-Garcia, 27, allegedly shot and wounded a 35-year-old man in the 4800 block of West Nelson Street Sunday, authorities said.
About 4:05 a.m., a 28-year-old man was driving west in a black Honda Accord with a passenger thought to be about 20-years-old, when he struck the side of a business in the 5200 block of West Belmont Avenue.
In what became a viral cellphone video, Earl Casteel was seen shot in the legs by Thaddeus ‘T.J.’ Jimenez in a bizarre case recounted in the 2019 Sun-Times/WBEZ podcast.
The man was taken into custody in the 5400 block of West Fullerton Avenue after a stand-off with a police SWAT team.
The 37-year-old was shot in the back of her head by someone in an SUV that was following the car she was in, police say.
City Hall says the decision to start ticketing motorists caught driving 6 mph to 10 mph over the posted speed limit was triggered by a 45% surge in traffic fatalities, but Ald. Anthony Beale doesn’t buy it. It’s about generating more revenue for the city, he said.
One of the teens allegedly pointed a gun at the vicim as he sat his car.