2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 14

Updated 4 days ago

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.

  • Inna I could not agree with you more. KNicas estimate of 4 minutes is ridiculous. During rush hour you are lucky to make it from 6 corners to Irving and Central in 10-15 minutes. But then the option of zig-zagging your way through residential side streets was suggested to save...

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    Inna I could not agree with you more. KNicas estimate of 4 minutes is ridiculous. During rush hour you are lucky to make it from 6 corners to Irving and Central in 10-15 minutes. But then the option of zig-zagging your way through residential side streets was suggested to save time. I thought we were concerned about safety here?......

    KNicas then stated that she walks a couple blocks to the park so this is a safety concern for her. "How about putting it at Lawrence and Central?" Well, Jefferson Park is a block away from there so I'm sure there are other families who walk to their local park. I'm not sure how exactly that is helping your cause, if it is truly safety that you are fighting for. Also, please do not cry safety and condemn a Starbucks but suggest a Brewery ( "where there's a park across the street and families walking" ) at the very same location. It sounds incredibly foolish. Don't get me wrong I am all for any and all new businesses in the Portage Park area setting up shop wherever they please (breweries included 😉) just pointing out others with their own agenda.

  • Well we know the red light cameras and speed cameras were all for the safety of our city (wink..wink) but in all reality it turned out to be a big, fat, revenue stream that really drove the decision.

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?"

Mar 18

Updated Mar 20

Police presence

I noticed an increase in police presence between Irving and Addison/Central and Laramie. Does anyone know what happened or what caused the increased patrol this evening?

  • sorry to hear they have clout, diet changes and limiting meat and seafood can help, they can take inflammatory drugs, but avoid aspirin because it can make the clout worse.

  • Police are only half of the equation to crime fighting/prevention. The other half are active community members who call them whenever they see something or someone suspicious no matter how minute it may be. Criminals start small and gradually build up as they get away with the crimes they are committing. A good example of that would be the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Lost dog

White havenese dog

  • Post on Lost Dogs Of Illinois. They have great luck in reunions. Put flyers on post at vets offices,groomers and stores.
    Dog owners,never leave your dogs in a unlocked yard by themselves.Evil people do steal them right out your yards for resale or other very bad things.
    I hope you find your dog. Keep us up dated please.

  • Lynne in Dunning Long time resident. Love living here!

    Also post here: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/
    I wish you a happy outcome.

Mar 18

WPPNA Economic Development Forum

Hello, I received this flier in my door from a local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20th to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. There will be a speaker from the City's office of neighborhood relations and a representative from Starbucks community relations there. (Please reference the flier below)I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers.I...

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Hello, I received this flier in my door from a local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20th to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. There will be a speaker from the City's office of neighborhood relations and a representative from Starbucks community relations there. (Please reference the flier below)I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers.I went on their Facebook page and was shocked to see so many empty storefronts that are in our neighborhood I think it's time to start talking about these issues. I and many of my neighbors are going to this meeting and if you care about the neighborhood then stop by and participate. This is what makes a community stronger. FYI the meeting is NOT at the hospital its at:

The North Side Gospel Center
3959 N Central Ave
Monday, March 20th at 7pm

Mar 17

    PPNA March Public Meeting
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    http://chicago.everyblock.com

Mar 14

Updated Mar 15

Car in Hair Salon

Monday afternoon I saw that a car had plowed into a hair salon on the south side of Belmont in the 7100 block. Anyone have details. Nothing in the news.

Mar 11

WPPNA Economic Development Forum

I put this message in the event category and thought I would share it here also.I received this flier in my door from the local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20tn to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers. I went on their Facebook page and was shocked to...

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I put this message in the event category and thought I would share it here also.I received this flier in my door from the local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20tn to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers. I went on their Facebook page and was shocked to see so many empty storefronts that are in our neighborhood. I think it's a good idea that we start talking about these issues. I'm going to this meeting and if we care about this neighborhood then stop by and participate. That is what makes a community stronger. FYI the meeting is NOT at the hospital its at:

The North Side Gospel Center
3859 N Central Ave
Monday, March 20th at 7pm

Mar 01

Updated Mar 07

So many big trees being cut down

I've noticed in the 38th and 45th Wards there are so many big trees being cut down. All along Sunnyside and other side streets.

A lot of them do not appear to be diseased or dead, maybe infested by the Ash Bug?

I'm wondering if the city will automatically plant new trees? It's sad to see so many being taken down. The neighborhood looks empty and vacant.

  • Sadly at my boyfriend's house they destroyed a 100year old chestnut tree. They chopped off huge branches on 1 side. Now it looks lopsided. I also saw through out the neighborhood that they take off huge branch so high up the tree it looks ridiculous. These guys are professionals? Huge waste off tax payers money. Unwanted tree trimming. Please stop.

  • To balance the picture, I waited two years for the city to trim my overgrown maple and they did a great job this last summer.

Mar 02

Updated Mar 06

Casual Tap

Does anyone know whats going on with the Casual Tap at Montrose and Mason? I know that the TV show bar rescue did a makeover with it and its been months since its been finished and it hasn't opened.

  • I just watched the Dugout's episode last night. The owner looked like a nightmare to try to work with! While i wouldn't doubt some of his minor complaints about the quality of the makeover, if your bar is failing in *Wrigleyville*, you have no one to blame but yourself.

    Maybe the Casual Tap owners are waiting to see if the airing of their episode will spark a renewed interest? Seems a shame to be closed.

  • Per the Trib article Denise linked, "Bar Rescue has two other episodes set in Chicago expected to air in August. The show will not yet reveal which bars they feature in those episodes."

Feb 23

Updated Mar 01

Wheel Chair Ramp Builder

Can someone recommend a contractor to build a wooden wheel chair ramp?

  • The state / city specs say for every inch of rise on the stairs you need to come out 12 inches for state codes and 9 inches for city codes.

  • The state code's longer run is going to be safer and more comfortable. Hope you have the space for it -- ideally with a switchback landing.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

lot sold at Central and Waveland

I drove by the empty lot at Central and Waveland and noticed the for sale signs are gone. Does anyone know if it was sold and if so who bought it? I know it was downzoned to R-2 which I think is residential.

  • Laymaneers Constant Vigilance

    It was sold. Some folks have done some research on the buyer and he seems to be a strip mall developer if I'm remembering correctly. Ald. Villegas has said once plans are developed they will bring them to the community for a meeting.

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