Apr 19

Updated 58 min ago

Stinky basement?

Anyone out there experiencing stuff coming up from the hole in their basement? I normally have to take our standpipe out and pour water into the hole in the basement in the springtime or sewer gas escapes into the house. Lately, however, there has been a smell that is more like actual raw sewage -- like poop! -- and when I lifted the standpipe, all this black composty stuff and water came up from the hole. What is going on here? Anyone having this issue? What are we supposed to do? Yuck.

  • EEH

    I've used Rob West plumbing. It was more expensive than I expected, but their work was excellent and they cleaned up after themselves.
    http://www.robwestplumbing.com/

  • Apparently, our catch basin had like four feet of toilet paper yuck in there. They couldn't clean it 100%. The guys cleaned it out some but they say we need to install another clear-out spot in the front yard because of all the roots. Quote was for $2200.

    Anyone else have a front yard catch basin installed? Is this cost legit?

27 hours ago

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Projects to Make 45th Ward More Pedestrian Friendly Win Big at Polls

Lighting and pedestrian improvements under the Kennedy Expressway at Pulaski Avenue and the sidewalk next to the expressway from Pulaski and Dakin avenues to Byron Street and Parkside Avenue also won enough votes to be funded.

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Voters also agreed to spend $24,000 for people spots at Lawrence and Austin avenues; Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues; and Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues.

Voters also agreed to spend $24,000 for people spots at Lawrence and Austin avenues; Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues; and Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues.

Voters also agreed to spend $24,000 for people spots at Lawrence and Austin avenues; Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues; and Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues.

Also getting the thumbs up was a plan to extend the curbs at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues; Milwaukee and Warner avenues; Milwaukee and Giddings Street; Central and Balmoral avenues; and Central and Leland avenues.

Also getting the thumbs up was a plan to extend the curbs at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues; Milwaukee and Warner avenues; Milwaukee and Giddings Street; Central and Balmoral avenues; and Central and Leland avenues.

Also getting the thumbs up was a plan to extend the curbs at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues; Milwaukee and Warner avenues; Milwaukee and Giddings Street; Central and Balmoral avenues; and Central and Leland avenues.

Also getting the thumbs up was a plan to extend the curbs at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues; Milwaukee and Warner avenues; Milwaukee and Giddings Street; Central and Balmoral avenues; and Central and Leland avenues.

Voters also agreed to spend $60,000 to build a pedestrian refuge island at Cicero Avenue at Pensacola Avenue, to make it easier to get from the west side of Cicero Avenue to the Mayfair Metra station.

  • CJ,
    GPk also gets the watered down version of the Milwaukee Av Complete Streets improvements in addition to any street resurfacing from PB.

    My understanding is if you or your community doesn't participate with at least suggesting an idea, the Alderman's office gets few capital improvement ideas during the rest of the year.

    Suggestions need to be for capital improvements not maintenance items, so street resurfacing is OK, filling potholes is not.

  • CJ,
    PACE will also build some Arterial Rapid Transit bus stations for the PACE Pulse route on Milwaukee Av.

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Anybody lose a parakeet??

I was driving down Irving Park road today and saw this little green/yellow parakeet in the middle of the road at Irving/Kimball. I stopped traffic and saved him. He's super friendly and just hops around on you. I'll keep him/her but want to make sure they aren't someone's pet first. Message me. Thanks!

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2015 PB45 RESULTS ARE IN

2. Lighting and pedestrian improvements under the Kennedy at Pulaski and on the sidewalk next to the Kennedy from Pulaski and Dakin to Byron and Parkside, 200 votes; and

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3. People spots at Six Corners, around Lawrence and Milwaukee, and around Lawrence and Austin, 171 votes;

3. People spots at Six Corners, around Lawrence and Milwaukee, and around Lawrence and Austin, 171 votes;

4. Pedestrian bump-outs at Milwaukee and Cuyler, Milwaukee and Warner, Milwaukee and Giddings, Central and Balmoral, and Central and Leland, 168 votes;

4. Pedestrian bump-outs at Milwaukee and Cuyler, Milwaukee and Warner, Milwaukee and Giddings, Central and Balmoral, and Central and Leland, 168 votes;

4. Pedestrian bump-outs at Milwaukee and Cuyler, Milwaukee and Warner, Milwaukee and Giddings, Central and Balmoral, and Central and Leland, 168 votes;

5. Pedestrian refuge island on Cicero at Pensacola, 163 votes;

7. A storage shed for the community garden at Laramie and Ainslie, 142 votes; and

8. Pedestrian refuge island on Lawrence at Lavergne, 131 votes.

  • Tom

    @pattymelt... That's not the point look at the post it is the same thing posted two or three times. The everyblock website just doesn't do well with these media mentions.

  • I think the multiple postings are because the article is tagged to display in several different EB neighborhoods. Which means a single user registered in some/all of those neighborhoods gets multiple postings of the same article.

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Updated 26 hours ago

Chicagoist's Guide To May: 13 Events To Get You Out Of The House

Bread & Wine ( 3732 W. Irving Park Rd.)

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Ed Paschke Arts Center ( 5415 W. Higgins Avenue)

La Sirena Clandestina ( 954 West Fulton Market)

Big Jones ( 5347 N. Clark St.)

Harris Theater ( 205 E. Randolph)

Studio Snaidero Chicago ( 110 West Kinzie St.)

Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall ( 1340 W. Washington St.)

Logan Theater ( 2646 N Milwaukee Ave)

Athenaeum Theatre ( 2936 N. Southport Ave.)

McGee's Tavern & Grille ( 950 West Webster Avenue )

The Kitchen ( 316 North Clark Street )

Thalia Hall ( 1807 S Allport St.)

  • Tom

    Melissa D,
    The problem is the non-standard way everyblock posts these Media Mentions. Instead of putting a link with in the article, it has you click the title which is wrong.
    Most websites when you click the title it will open the post on it's own website, not bring you to an external link.
    With everyblock you click on that title and it will bring you to the article it is trying to summarize. And it is a poor summary.

    It's a poor design on everyblock's end.

  • Tom

    BTW... It only seems to be a problem with the Media Mention posts.

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last minute question about fight.

anyone know of any larger establishments showing the fight tonight ¿ portage theater may or may not have it. I've seen articles but nothing on their website. any suggestions would help. i know of some bars showing the fight. looking for a roomier place. thanks and sorry for the dumb question.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Patio chairs taken

Just a heads up that we had 4 nice patio chairs with blue fabric and black metal legs and arms, taken from our backyard some time on Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We don't have a fence, but the chairs were not visible from the alley. We are near Irving Park and Kedzie.

  • That's absolutely terrible! Just holding my breath, hoping nothing gets stolen from my yard, especially anything metal. Unfortunately, sometimes metal scavengers will steal, just pile something up on their truck. Sorry that happened to you, thanks for the heads up.

  • That is just awful.  I'm so sorry it happened to you, it's such a lousy feeling.  My husband is a maniac about chaining things up in our yard.  We have our patio table and gas grill chained.  I had thought he was being ridiculous, but after hearing something like this,...

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    That is just awful.  I'm so sorry it happened to you, it's such a lousy feeling.  My husband is a maniac about chaining things up in our yard.  We have our patio table and gas grill chained.  I had thought he was being ridiculous, but after hearing something like this, I'm glad he is so careful.

    A few years back we had an old weber kettle stolen, and our neighbors up and down the street also reported grills stolen.  Perhaps some lowlife was throwing a big barbecue. Probably just going for metal recycling, though. I have also had a gorgeous hanging pot of begonias stolen off my front porch. I wire tie them good and tight to the hooks now. Sigh.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE 2 ROOF JOISTS AND TEAR OFF ROOF. TUCKPOINT PARAPET. REPLACE FRONT ENTRY DOOR (SAME AS EXISTING). REPAIRS TO CIELING. ALL WORK SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION AND BARACADE/CANOPY PERMIT FROM CDOT MUST BE ON SITE

    3608 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued May 1, 2015 Comment

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Blackhawks Nail Art: Fans Let Their Fingers Do the Talking

The Cat's Meow, 4221 N. Elston Ave., will hand-paint Hawks-themed art on your nails.

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  • CICS Irving Park reviewed by a parent

    Our daughter is finishing Kindergarten at CICS Irving Park. We have been nothing short of amazed with her development, both educationally and socially, throughout the past 8 months. She absolutely loves to go to school every morning and trusts and enjoys her teacher immensely. The teachers are engaged and dedicated to the success of their students. Every one I have met from the Director to the support staff are working toward the same goal - teaching these kids to succeed in the higher levels of education. There is a great energy here and tremendous school spirit. We feel fortunate to be a part of it.

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Apr 26

Updated 4 days ago

Soil health in Irving Park

I'm looking to start a vegetable garden in my backyard and am wondering about the health of my soil. The house was built in early 1900's, and I don't know the lead paint history. Has anyone in Irving Park had their soil tested?

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