4 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

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
  • Thanks for these informative posts. I drove by the Dakin houses a few weeks ago and was wondering how the sales were going. On Irving, I see the Retro getting close. It seems they are pushing dirt here and there in the lot west of Retro, but not much else. I check Arena's website pretty frequently and have not seen any recent updates.

  • Marco from Tropoje Two-flat owner

    Also, I've noticed in recent years that Target is shrinking their boundaries. The HIP store and the Addison store are nearly equidistant from Six Corners. About the same distance between their Howard Street, Wilson Yards and Peterson stores. I don't know if there's truth to the rumor but It wouldn't be unprecedented

May 20

Updated 3 days ago

Zoning board unanimously approves drive thru for the Starbucks at Central and Irving

We are so excited to see the Starbucks coming to this eyesore of a lot and how it will benefit the area with other economic development opportunities.

  • Well the PPNA's opposition was useless because they aren't traffic experts so their points are invalid. So whatever they said at the zoning board meeting went in one ear and out the other I bet.

  • @me123, my neighbor was at that zoning hearing and told me that the PPNA held a poster up with the picture of the 2 year old that was killed no where near the intersection of Irving and Central. I wonder if they got permission to use the photo of that child from his parents? That to us(and I'm sure that others feel this way) is disgusting and classless. Way to go PPNA!!!!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Yoga with Merril tonight!

Yoga tonight & every Tuesday at:
Farlow's Playroom
4222 N Milwaukee Ave.
6:45 -8
$15-packages available
Free for JPSM Volunteers/Vets/chronic depression
Www.YogaWithMerril.com

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    I wish I'd known earlier.

    Thanks anyway.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    Same time & place next week.

Nov 10 2012

Updated 6 days ago

"No Honking" Signs

Does anyone have "No Honking" signs in their alleys?

I really would love to get some put up in the alley behind my home. Many people honk obnoxiously when driving through the intersection. Speed-bumps would be nice too.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Portage....I'm going to look into that. Thank you.

  • I honk whenever I leave the alley and am about to cross over the threshold to the street.

    I do it because blind spots from the garages at the end of the alley.

    Im not really into feeling like dealing with hitting a pedestrian or some dummy riding his/her bike on the side walk.

May 16

Updated May 19

Cicero/Berteau Development also on May 19th ZBA Meeting Agenda

The proposed drive-thru coffee shop at Cicero & Berteau is also on the agenda for the ZBA Meeting on May 19th. It is our understanding that some modifications were being made to the site plan that was presented to the community. We have been trying to obtain a copy of the current site plan since mid-April and have now received it from Ald. Arena’s office, see:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8sm_tSOhk6wMUhKQU9PQkZPSjRHLVJjSjRSUGQydmJkeGtB/view?usp=sharing

The main safety concerns we have had with similar developments on Narragansett just north of Irving Park and at Irving Park and Central are not a factor with this development. However, the PPNA board has voted to remain neutral with regard to this development.

    4150 N. Cicero SITE PLAN.pdf
    https://drive.google.com
  • Anyone hear how the zoning meeting went?

  • The attorney for the Cicero/Berteau development requested and was granted a continuance until the July 21st ZBA Meeting, if we heard correctly.

    The Irving/Central development debate lasted almost 2 hours. They do not issue decisions on the spot, we believe they usually publish their decisions on the following Monday.

May 16

Petition for the drive thru Starbucks at Central and Irving

Hi neighbors, take the time to sign the online petition supporting a zoning change for the Starbucks.

Hi Neighbors, take the time to sign the online petition supporting a zoning change for the Starbucks.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/WPPNA

I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634
This is petition for I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634. Join the movement! Sign now!
https://www.ipetitions.com

    I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634
    This is petition for I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634. Join the movement! Sign now!
    https://www.ipetitions.com

May 09

Updated May 12

Irving/Central Development: New ZBA Meeting Date on May 19th, Sign a Letter of Opposition!

As some may have heard, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) granted the developer’s request for a continuance in the matter of the proposed drive-thru coffee shop at Irving & Central. The matter will now be heard at the next ZBA meeting:

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Meeting
Friday, May 19th, 9:00 a.m.
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 200

The public may attend and testify to support or oppose the developer’s Special Use Permit (SUP) application and PPNA...

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As some may have heard, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) granted the developer’s request for a continuance in the matter of the proposed drive-thru coffee shop at Irving & Central. The matter will now be heard at the next ZBA meeting:

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Meeting
Friday, May 19th, 9:00 a.m.
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 200

The public may attend and testify to support or oppose the developer’s Special Use Permit (SUP) application and PPNA encourages all residents to do so. PPNA has drafted a letter of opposition for residents, they are available to sign and turn in to staff at Portage Grounds at 5501 W. Irving Park and Perkolator at 6032 W. Irving Park. View the letter here:

http://tinyurl.com/l8wyjl9

You may also sign a letter at our Public Meeting on Monday, May 15th, 7:30 p.m. @Community First Hospital, 5645 W. Addison St., 7th fl., Sr. Jerome Conference Room. You may also e-mail a signed letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals, send your e-mail to Victor.Resa@cityofchicago.org. We also encourage residents to e-mail Ald. Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com to voice their opinion. If you wish, you may CC the PPNA at ppnainfo@gmail.com on both e-mails.

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  • ME123,the online petition for the Starbucks has been posted, spread the word.

  • Correction ME123, I see that the petition opens that you included. Spread the word.

Apr 29

Updated May 11

5150 Northwest Hwy, says "Housing for the poor" on the tax return. Looks to be a family business

Full Circle Communities Inc., has paid $285,648 to three Full Circle Communities officers, Milton Pinsky, Martin Pinsky and their brother-in-law David Gottlieb.
The proposed 100 units (so far) 7-story(so far) at 5150 N. Northwest Highway will be exempt from State and Federal taxes.
Of the proposed 100, 51 are 3-bedroom units, only 10 units are fully equipped for the disabled. The supposed Veteran's Housing is just a "goal" ( or should we say desperate phony sales pitch), not enforceable and...

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Full Circle Communities Inc., has paid $285,648 to three Full Circle Communities officers, Milton Pinsky, Martin Pinsky and their brother-in-law David Gottlieb.
The proposed 100 units (so far) 7-story(so far) at 5150 N. Northwest Highway will be exempt from State and Federal taxes.
Of the proposed 100, 51 are 3-bedroom units, only 10 units are fully equipped for the disabled. The supposed Veteran's Housing is just a "goal" ( or should we say desperate phony sales pitch), not enforceable and easily forgotten by the owners at their convenience. The zoning change requests actually shows 186 units, and 120 ft. tall bldg.!
This seems to be a family business, "FORM 990, PART VI, SECTION A, LINE 2: Explanation: Milton Pinsky and Martin Pinsky are brothers. David Gottlieb is Milton Pinsky and Martin Pinsky Brother-in-law. Milton Pinsky, Martin Pinsky and David Gottlieb have a business relationship in several other For Profit entities, including... Banner Realty..." Full Circle has paid Banner Realty at least $24,908 yearly.

May 07

Updated May 10

Petition for the drive thru Starbucks at central and Irving

Hi Neighbors, take the time to sign the online petition supporting a zoning change for the Starbucks.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/WPPNA

    I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634
    This is petition for I support the Zoning Change at 5553-5557 Irving Park Rd Chicago,IL, 60634. Join the movement! Sign now!
    https://www.ipetitions.com

May 08

Updated May 09

Water Meter

My mom had a water meter installed two months ago. She received a letter stating that her meter has been running non stop since it was installed. Said we should hire a plumber to investigate.
Has anyone else run into this situation? If so, what did it turn out to be?

Apr 14

Updated May 07

Opposed to Irving/Central development? Sign a letter of opposition!

Neighbors, if you are opposed to the drive-thru coffee shop proposed for the southeast corner of Irving & Central, letters of opposition are now available to sign and turn in to staff at Portage Grounds at 5501 W. Irving Park and Perkolator at 6032 W. Irving Park. See the text of the letter here:

http://tinyurl.com/l8wyjl9

You may also sign a letter at our April Public Meeting, where we will discuss this development and the reasons for our opposition. Because our...

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Neighbors, if you are opposed to the drive-thru coffee shop proposed for the southeast corner of Irving & Central, letters of opposition are now available to sign and turn in to staff at Portage Grounds at 5501 W. Irving Park and Perkolator at 6032 W. Irving Park. See the text of the letter here:

http://tinyurl.com/l8wyjl9

You may also sign a letter at our April Public Meeting, where we will discuss this development and the reasons for our opposition. Because our April Public Meeting date falls on the same date as a Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Quigley and Rep. Schakowsky, we have rescheduled it, here are the meeting details:

PPNA April Public Meeting
Wednesday April 19th
7:30 p.m.

Location: @Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.

PPNA will submit the signed letters to the Zoning Board of Appeals at the ZBA Meeting on Friday, April 21st.

Aug 17 2012

Updated Apr 24

Where to buy microgreens?

Is there a store where I can buy microgreens? I haven't seen them at the little markets that I frequent and don't shop the big chain food stores. I have seen them at Farmers Markets at various parks, but am wondering where I will be able to purchase them once the weather changes. Thanks in advance for any info!

Apr 21

Updated Apr 22

Fence Installer

Need recommendations for a company to install a wood privacy fence.

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    We used The Fence Store for a cedar board & batten with a lattice top. Very good price, good quality, and the job crew was in and out fast. They cleaned up after so well, it was hard to tell there had been work done that day. Don at the store lives in the neighborhood and couldn't be nicer.

  • Yes, we used them to put up two fences.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 19

PPNA Position on Irving/Central development

Dear Neighbors:

Below please find a link to the site plan for the fast food restaurant with a drive-thru that has been proposed for the southeast corner of Irving Park Rd. and Central Ave, which PPNA received after requesting it from the developer’s attorney:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8sm_tSOhk6wT19XaDh5X3JCTnRKV2xCVFZFd0NSZ184VUZ3/view?usp=sharing

The developer must apply for a special use permit to gain approval for the drive-thru. Such applications are decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the developer’s application for this project is on the...

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Dear Neighbors:

Below please find a link to the site plan for the fast food restaurant with a drive-thru that has been proposed for the southeast corner of Irving Park Rd. and Central Ave, which PPNA received after requesting it from the developer’s attorney:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8sm_tSOhk6wT19XaDh5X3JCTnRKV2xCVFZFd0NSZ184VUZ3/view?usp=sharing

The developer must apply for a special use permit to gain approval for the drive-thru. Such applications are decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the developer’s application for this project is on the agenda for the next ZBA meeting, here are the meeting details:

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Meeting
Friday, April 21st
9:00 a.m.
121 N. LaSalle St, Room 200

ZBA Agenda: https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Administrative_Reviews_and_Approvals/Agendas/ZBA_Apr_2017_Agenda.pdf

PPNA is opposed to the site plan for the development and board members will attend the ZBA Meeting to testify. We encourage all residents to attend and voice their opinion. For those who cannot attend, PPNA will be drafting a letter of opposition that residents may sign. We will collect signed letters and submit them to the ZBA at the meeting. 

As it is too lengthy to post in its entirety here, please see our official position and the reasons for our opposition at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gnpNMIPPSuNYiu90c4MPBI1G5gVWiSudojCDtfTErPA/edit?usp=sharing

    Irving/Central Development Site Plan
    https://drive.google.com
  • lucky grill's Irish breakfast is great, man. i'm in there every few weekends to get one.
    get the hash browns extra crispy (as lucky grills are usually soft), and substitute 1 of the black puddings for a white, so its 3 white pudding 1 black pudding. perfect. breakfast

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    I eat dry toast from Jewel

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

Siding and Aluminum trim

Anybody have a good siding company to recommend?

  • They will come to your house and sit down with you to discuss what you are looking for and the different materials they offer which will be different prices. Vinyl siding for example is considerably cheaper than fiver cement siding. Then will send you a proposal to have a look...

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    They will come to your house and sit down with you to discuss what you are looking for and the different materials they offer which will be different prices. Vinyl siding for example is considerably cheaper than fiver cement siding. Then will send you a proposal to have a look at and come round and discuss it with you, show you sample materials/colours and then see if you want to move forward. It's not a hard sell which we liked. It is cheaper to get your siding done in the winter as its their slower season and they are likely to be more open to negotiating.

  • Thanks for the tips

Apr 14

Updated Apr 15

WPPNA Secures Right Turn Only Pledge.

The West Portage Park Neighbors Association has just reached a written agreement with Sumac Development, the developers of the property at 5555 W. Irving Pk. Rd., that all exits from their development will be RIGHT TURN ONLY.

We at the WPPNA, are for vigorous economic development of our area, but not at the expense of safety. The option to turn left was problematic at best and hazardous at worst. That had to be corrected before the project, in our opinion,...

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The West Portage Park Neighbors Association has just reached a written agreement with Sumac Development, the developers of the property at 5555 W. Irving Pk. Rd., that all exits from their development will be RIGHT TURN ONLY.

We at the WPPNA, are for vigorous economic development of our area, but not at the expense of safety. The option to turn left was problematic at best and hazardous at worst. That had to be corrected before the project, in our opinion, could move forward.

We at the WPPNA try to be problem solvers. We reached out to the developer and impressed upon them the need for all the exits to be Right Turn Only. They agreed. Attached is copy of the letter from Sumac's attorney. Hopefully, this puts this issue finally to rest.

  • The letter reads, ”As indicated in our telephone call, the developer has agreed to install signs prohibiting left turns at all access points for the development"

    Not sure what victory you're championing here.

    The simple reality here is the developer at the zoning meeting in The Patio, said they would...

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    The letter reads, ”As indicated in our telephone call, the developer has agreed to install signs prohibiting left turns at all access points for the development"

    Not sure what victory you're championing here.

    The simple reality here is the developer at the zoning meeting in The Patio, said they would install concrete barriers, known as “porkchops” to ensure that no one would make a left-hand turn out of the facility crossing against the flow of traffic.

    He could NOT have been more clear.

    The WPPNA is taking credit for a solution that doesn't even hold him accountable for something he promised.

    Alderman Sposato is quoted as saying "What can I do about this?” What you can do Alderman Sposato, is stand up for your constituents and look to protect pedestrians and say no to the zoning change without the “porkchops” that were promised.

    "When was the last time you saw somebody roll a stop sign in Chicago?” If you said the last time you took your car out, then you're being truthful.

    The suggestion that people will follow the signs when there's no enforcement in the way of police is the fools errand here.

    The WPPNA specifically touts themselves as follows, “The West Portage Park Neighbors Association is committed to promoting and maintaining a thriving, family oriented atmosphere in the Portage Park area.” Check out their Facebook page.

    Is the privilege of getting your $6 latte without having to get in and out of your car worth a traffic fatality? Is a drive-thru across from a busy park that endangers pedestrians, families, and children “promoting and maintaining a thriving, family oriented atmosphere in the Portage Park area?”

    I think this an organization that is hoping most people will fail to read the attachment here because if they did, its safe to say they would realize that the developer, Alderman, and the WPPNA all feel that a drive-thru and the business that it secures is more important than the neighborhood’s safety.

    That is shameful.

Apr 12

Updated Apr 14

WPPNA supports Irving & Central Development

The West Portage Park Neighbors Association (WPPNA) supports the proposed Economic Development at Irving & Central.

The former used car lot at Irving and Central, will be the home of a couple of new businesses, anchored by a strong probability of us welcoming the long awaited Starbucks Coffee Shop.

This, we feel, is a good thing for the neighborhood. If we are to grow as a community, we need strong economic development. While, the WPPNA has been and will continue...

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The West Portage Park Neighbors Association (WPPNA) supports the proposed Economic Development at Irving & Central.

The former used car lot at Irving and Central, will be the home of a couple of new businesses, anchored by a strong probability of us welcoming the long awaited Starbucks Coffee Shop.

This, we feel, is a good thing for the neighborhood. If we are to grow as a community, we need strong economic development. While, the WPPNA has been and will continue to be supportive of local retailers, to think that 2 or 3 or 4 local independent merchants will be able to shoulder the load of serving a whole community is not a realistic notion.

In short, we need a combination of both independent retailers and "big box" retailers. Look to the East of us at Six Corners. A once proud shopping district that fell on hard times is experiencing a rebirth. New stores are moving in. All small "Mom & Pop" type places? No. Some are but there are also 3 or 4 major chains coming in, a Binny's, a Culvers, an Aldi's and a possibly a proposed Starbucks.

That's what our neighborhood needs, a combination of the two.

So where do we go from here?

The next step is the developer has filed an application with the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special use to establish a one-lane drive-thru to serve a proposed "quick service restaurant" (QSR).

The Zoning Board Meeting is

Friday April 21st
9:00am
City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 200

The WPPNA is in SUPPORT of this zoning change.

The WPPNA will be at the Zoning Meeting to testify in support of application. We encourage other community residents to come to the meeting to show your support.

If you can't come to the meeting but still want to show support, then you can sign a letter of support that we are drafting that we will present to the Zoning Board on the 21st.

Email us at westppn@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Our neighborhood needs this.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    I'll never understand why people are willing to pay as much as they do for a cup of coffee. JMO

  • yes, left turns would be bad... some people have trouble making right turns, even when they can legally do so.

Mar 17

Updated Apr 06

16 DISTRICT POLICE...WHERE ARE THEY?

This is a screen shot of a police officers computer. The image shows all the patrol officers beats in the district. The areas where it says "down car" means there is no beat officers. Do you feel safe? Or that your thousands of dollars of property tax, bag tax, city sticker, red light camera, speed camera...etc. are being spent for your safety? This is a link to secondcityblog..

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LynJJuzM-40/WMnvIUNLIRI/AAAAAAAAFfw/kw6z24iQenM6m1zI5ShRYzW7Z--cfyfzQCLcB/s1600/016%2BShorthanded.jpg

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Any description of the 3 suspects? That's my bus stop and was dropped off at about 8:00ish last night. It must have happened minutes after I started walking home. This is the 2nd mugging at that stop that I've heard of. I may have to rethink my bus route. F'ing punks.

  • Can someone post the article, please? Thank you

Apr 03

Surveyors at Central and Waveland

Someone from nextdoor posted that there are surveyors at Central and Waveland. Like he said "has anyone heard anything about this?"

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