1 hour ago

New drums for Music Department at St. John's Lutheran School!

Fourteen brand new decorative Tubano drums arrived last week. This is just the first of instruments purchased from the Spring 2017 grant that was received. The instruments will supply the music program at St John’s Lutheran School. The children will begin use of them immediately.

25 hours ago

Update from PPNA: Exciting News About the Northwest Portage Walking Museum!

The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers.

New Lead Partners for Northwest Portage Walking Museum
The American Indian Center (AIC) and the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) have joined PPNA as lead partners to work on realizing the walking museum. Their...

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The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers.

New Lead Partners for Northwest Portage Walking Museum
The American Indian Center (AIC) and the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) have joined PPNA as lead partners to work on realizing the walking museum. Their assistance is key as they bring important expertise and organizational capacity to this project. CPAG has applied for a grant from the Chicago Community Trust to fund two museum installation sites at the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers and will learn in late September if the grant has been approved. Together with the AIC and CPAG, we have convened a steering committee with representatives from other organizations that have also joined the effort to advance this project.

Northwest Portage Walking Museum Represented at Chicago Biennial
PPNA is also excited to announce that Perkins+Will, a Chicago architectural and design firm, has offered their design services to support the walking museum. They have taken up the idea in a big way, creating design concepts for the walking museum that will be on display as part of the Chicago Biennial Between States exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Gallery at 224 S. Michigan Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public from September 19th to December 31st and we encourage all to attend.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ttv3wzFQb1h8xXUhr13jZJxmiCrVgi8jFLhO0emKr8A/edit?usp=sharing

Also, our next public meeting is tonight, our guest speaker is Rep. Will Guzzardi, 39th Dist., see:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/sep18-ppna-september-public-meeting-8290064/

    Northwest Portage Walking Museum update 20170917
    The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des P...
    http://docs.google.com

Sep 08

Updated 4 days ago

Call your county commissioner to tell them to vote no for the sugar tax

There is a vote at next weeks county board meeting. Please call your commissioner and tell them to vote NO for this tax. This tax is nothing more than a tax to keep the bloated county government going.

  • You should be really upset with the Federal Government for givings subsidies for corn syrup. Your money is being used to create the sugary drinks and then you're being taxed additionally for their purchase.

    That's double taxation baby!

  • Sign the petition.

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Belmont Central Fest

Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies...

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Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies were subject to.

They were in this small small fenced area being forced to walk in a tight circle for hours and hours providing rides to the few spectators that actually wandered up. Not only were they in a small space, they also had no horse shoes, their poor hooves were cracked, and you could clearly see that they were tired as they lifted their back hooves to an angle trying to alleviate the strain from standing for hours on this asphalt road. It was sad and heartbreaking to see these poor guys standing there in such agony for our mere amusement.

Now, on the other side of Central was a small camel also being exploited for our amusement. This camel was muzzled and, again, forced to walk back and forth on the hard asphalt for hours. I decided to ask the gentlemen who was managing the camel rides about the condition of the ponies and how it wasn't humane that they were being forced to walk in such a small space for hours on asphalt without at least horse shoes to protect hooves. I immediately was greeted a hasty defense and was told it wasn't any of my business what the company name was nor where they were based out of.

I decided to leave it at that and photograph the poor conditions of these animals and document the clear signs of exhaustion.

It's crazy that the city has allowed such a horrid thing to be included as part of the venue. I intend to email the alderman's office and make it clear that this type of entertainment shouldn't be allowed in the future.

  • I'll never be your beast of burden.

  • Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals...

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    Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals felt he was doing the right thing, he would have provided information as to the owner. Please keep us updated, Gerald. We can all contact the alderman. If he can't provide information, he should have to look into the issue.

    Belmont/Central neighbors: wouldn't a Bouncy House be a better choice?

May 24

Updated Aug 31

The Point at Six Corners-- In Case People Missed This Update

Sounds to me like Aldi and Ross are no longer involved or wavering until they find out what other businesses are interested. Sounds like we won't be seeing progress any time soon.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170512/portage-park/the-point-at-six-corners-construction-delayed

    The Point At Six Corners Being 'Modified,' But Developer Still 'Committed'
    PORTAGE PARK - Last summer, crews broke ground on a massive retail hub in the narrow wedge between Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road, promising a glittering new centerpiece for the ongoing revitalization of the Six Corners Shopping District.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Wish the amount of traffic and the speed the traffic goes past six corners everyday I don't think a park would be a good use for the property. JMO

  • A major shopping center as proposed by Clark Development will drastically increase traffic too. At least with an apartment/condo building above the retail, many of the residents would take an elevator ride down to the retail and also walk to other nearby retail/restaurants. I think an Aldi/Trader Joe's store would much rather want to go into a building that has a 100+ units than no units. Most of these residents in the building above would be guaranteed customers simply out of convenience

Jul 07

Updated Aug 22

Culver's -- No Building Permit Issued?

Hey Guys,

Saw this posted by one of the neighborhood community boards and was hoping someone could chime in here. Looks like the Culver's building permit has not been issued/approved. Is it normal to hold a groundbreaking ceremony without this?

More curious than anything as it seemed like everything was finally coming together for that shopping center.

Any input appreciated.

Aug 18

Updated Aug 19

45th WARD SHREDDING EVENT - Saturday, August 19

This posted on EveryBlock to nearby areas but left out Jefferson Park, 60641, and Ward 45: Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 1 pm in the St. Viator parking lot at 4140 W. Addison.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/news-articles/aug16-alderman-john-arena-shared-their-event-8233274/#comment-958283

    Alderman John Arena shared their event. (media mention)
    EveryBlock is the leading Web site for neighborhood discussions and block-level news, including the latest news stories, crime reports, real estate listings and business reviews.
    http://chicago.everyblock.com

Aug 19

Updated Aug 19

Found Kitten

No collar but super friendly and loves my beagle so it seems lost. Anyone missing their kitten? Found near Menard & Belle Plaine

Feb 15

Updated Aug 19

New Nite Cap

The new facade looks amazing! Does anyone know what kind of business is going into the old Nite Cap?

  • I've been to McNamara's and Hops and Barley several times and don't find them very similar at all.

  • Deutsch portage36

    Come to think of it, we don't have a strip club anywhere in the area. None in walking distance. So many empty stores. "tavern foundation girls?" won't even need to change most of the sign. lol

Apr 02 2014

Updated Aug 16

Gas Meter change

So just got my notice that People's will be tearing up my neighborhood and destroying my home to move my gas meter to the outside of my house.
I have a finished basement, so has anyone with a finished basement gone through this? (I fear they will just tear it apart and just leave a mess (I pray it is like the water meter, where they installed it AND put in a new access door in the finished wall, THAT was excellent service!)).

  • They put my meter put outside maybe 6 - 10 years ago. No fuss. They were happy to put the meter on the side of the house, beyond the chimney so it is invisible from the street. And they used one of several paint colors on it so it more...

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    They put my meter put outside maybe 6 - 10 years ago. No fuss. They were happy to put the meter on the side of the house, beyond the chimney so it is invisible from the street. And they used one of several paint colors on it so it more ore less harmonizes with the brick. They put the new pipe in right next to the furnace and hot water tank so the connecting was minimal. They took out the old meter and some pipe and a second crew came later to replace the damaged plasterboard section. A landscaping crew reset the dirt from the narrow trench between the street and the house. They threw down seed. By a month later you'd never know the thing happened.

  • Stovewhisperer Owner, Chambers Stoves Chicago

    Placing a regulator inside a building is dangerous and should not be done. A meter CAN go inside a building, but not a regulator. For a full explanation, check out my blog post: http://chambersstoveschicago.blogspot.com/2013/09/regulation-and-regulators-they-beget.html

Apr 19 2016

Updated Aug 09

Bungalow front steps

My cement front stairs are looking pretty shabby, and I think it's time to have them fixed. Hopefully not redone, but there's some cracking and maybe some sinking involved. Any recommendations for this type of work? Thanks!

  • >we have a vertical crack going through several steps. It is not very large, but has crept up our stairs over the past year"

    Sadly this is almost certainly a problem substantially beyond patching because the underlying footings are probably shifting. If this is a classic Chicago bungalow with side...

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    >we have a vertical crack going through several steps. It is not very large, but has crept up our stairs over the past year"

    Sadly this is almost certainly a problem substantially beyond patching because the underlying footings are probably shifting. If this is a classic Chicago bungalow with side walls made of bricks many bungalows have this problem because the original architectural design throws some of the building's extra weight onto the steps' sidewalls. And they don't have the right footings to handle the extra weight. Even if that's not true for your house, you don't have a choice. The rapidly developing vertical cracks tell you the foundation levels are failing. You have to take out the old steps, reset the underlying rubble and pour a new set of steps. If your have a brick side wall there might be more. Ask and you shall hear.

  • Where is Portage Parker 46 these days?

Jul 26

Updated Jul 29

BEWARE! Workers posing as Com Ed employees are making the rounds

Two young African American males rang my doorbell, and every other doorbell in my building this afternoon. They said they were from Commonwealth Edison and "wanted to talk" about my electricity delivery. I went to the common door, asked to see their ComEd identification. They said there were from an electricity supplier. I didn't let them in and neither should you.

  • Good point IU re false I.D.s (And, ThomasD, kudos for cyber-stkr/troll expose)
    Another concern re these small groups of door-to-door visitors -- they are learning who is/isn't home and when. Too easy for them to case the neighborhoods then share the intel w/their buddies. Unless ppl report the energy company canvassing, CPD won't be able to see any connection if break-ins occur later on in the area/s.

  • Don't even answer the door. Problem solved.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 28

? Shooting on Laramie south of Addison 8:20pm, July 21

Anyone have details/story of what happened here? Had CPD SUVs and crime scene tape blocking Laramie south of Addison at the intersection last night. Can't find any further detail other than some 24 y/o has a GSW to their ankle.

  • Did you just not associated third world people and there ideals with Hispanic gangbangers?

    It's not the use of a word that makes you racist its you thinking the whole race is the same and the cause of all problems .

  • Wow Danny. You are reading way more into it than intended. Many Spanish countries are third world. I didn't make them third world. It's the way they are. This country had much higher standards and with the influx of third world immigrants coming here the bar has to be lowered. It's just the way it is.

Jul 26

Updated Jul 27

Lost cat

Smallish brown and grey striped tabby. Female cat, name is Tessie. She has a collar but no tags. She is microchipped to a relatives address in Park Ridge and also anti cruelty. She's been with me for many years. Got away from pet sitter. Very friendly and probably scared as she is an indoor cat only. Around Berenice and Laverne. 773-407-2369

  • I'll keep an eye out. I hope you find her!

  • Post this on lost cats of IL. Put out her dirty litterbox and check with neighbors garages and bushes, decks. Put out flyers and also hand them out to neighbors.

  • Try shaking her dry cat food while calling her name.Connie Kay has all good ideas. Good luck and keep us posted.

Jul 24

Updated Jul 26

Vendors Wanted

Hi Neighbors! St. John's Lutheran is having a back to school event
Saturday August 26th from noon to 4pm. We are looking for:
an ice cream truck
a face painter
Vendors
Food trucks
Please call Kerri 773-780-5751 for more info.

  • The Village Creamery has an ice cream wagon that will come out, but I think they charge for it. Still might be worth a try to see if they will donate. 847-965-9805

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