5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Stolen flowers 🌺

Who ever is stealing my plants from the Porch just ask I can give u seeds n u can grow ur own. Is this happening to anyone else. Twice they stole plants from me n 3 of my neighbors down the block plants were stolen from them and one plant was dug up rite in front of the house. Boy O boy if u can't afford plants 🌱

  • Someone should put out some nice pots and figure out how to hook up electricity to them so that they would be discouraged from stealing anymore after they are electrocuted.

  • NW-sider, that is my neighbor and he is the sweetest man! These people are sick! I wish we could have it spray ghost pepper spray in their face when they pull on them!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Fireworks

Near Dakin and Laramie. At least 4 big ones just now. Anyone find who was setting them off? Really sick of the late night ones, thanks a lot for waking up my infant.

  • These morons have enough $$$ to buy professional-grade fireworks yet they use their link card for groceries...hmmm???

  • So I guess the clerk only sells fireworks to people that have a link card? Or only link card users have access to fireworks ? Am confused here . All this time I thought anybody could be a moron/disrespectful neighbor . Now i see they also have to be link card users / abusers .

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New Mexican Restaurant

Hey Everyone,

Noticed a sign a few doors down from the Binny's (in the old Pineda's Taco spot) that a Mexican restaurant is opening soon.

This little shopping center is really shaping up to be a great place. Looking forward to it.

  • 4901 W Irving Park is the address of the gym that opened. The rest of the businesses I've been posting about ( too much, I know!) are in the same shopping center between Lamon and Lavergne.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Good to know, thanks.

Jul 10

Updated 5 days ago

Door knocker scam?

Just had a young woman knock on my door, telling me that her baby just died and she was going door to door raising money to bury her. It didn't feel right to me at all. I didn't open my door all the way. She quickly opened opened up a book containing wrinkled and old looking photos of a young girl. Had a few bucks poking out and "signatures from my neighbors" (didn't recognize any of them). I quickly told her I was sorry for her loss but I don't have anything and closed the door. Anyone else

  • Waveland_5400 Retired and loving it!

    Black man with male child about 7 or 8 years old. Said he lived on Patterson and blah blah blah.....
    Working Waveland 7/14 around PM.

  • We've seen them on Warwick, 4700 block. We didn't open the door. It was last week.

Jul 06

Updated Jul 10

No neighborhood in 45 is safe from Arena's new found source of campaign funding. Low Income Housing.

Look's like Arena has found a new source of campaign funding, and he is scouring the country for any and all low income housing developers. Any empty lot or underutilized commercial building in any neighborhood in the 45th is a possible site for these privatized versions of public housing. It is quite a lucrative business for those that own such developments, and these developers are eager to give campaign donations in hopes of getting those tax-payer vouchers and city, state and federal tax credits. http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/07/06/milwaukee-wilson-affordable-housing-plan-not-moving-forward-tax-credits-had-been-sought/

    Milwaukee-Wilson affordable housing plan not moving forward; tax credits had been sought
    by BRIAN NADIG A developer had been seeking low-income housing tax credits for a possible 43-unit residential development at 4601-11 N. Milwaukee Ave., but the project is not moving forward. The development would have been built on the site of the former John V. May Funeral Home parking lot, across from Wilson Park.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • John "tiny hands" Arena again caught skulking around in his trenchcoat on moonless nights trying to sneak in more public housing without consulting the people he was elected to represent.

    Ralph in Portage your insightful comment regarding the bottomless pit of self-loathing that is "tiny hands" Arena was a walk...

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    John "tiny hands" Arena again caught skulking around in his trenchcoat on moonless nights trying to sneak in more public housing without consulting the people he was elected to represent.

    Ralph in Portage your insightful comment regarding the bottomless pit of self-loathing that is "tiny hands" Arena was a walk off homerun fer sure so of course "tiny hands" went crying to eb to have it removed as libelous. Pleaseeeee we must all understand that the truth is a shield that obliterates that fanciful fig leaf.

    Hunter Thompson woulda had a field day with "tiny hands" Arena. Perhaps somethin like Fear and Loathing in those little "tiny hands" Arena.

  • @ Annette

    Great comment

    You understand the sneaky Alderman Arena so accurately

    He is so WRONG

Jul 07

Updated Jul 10

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.

  • Culver's is delicious. Relatively speaking. I mean, they're a fast food/fast casual joint. Don't expect fine dining. But their burgers are the bomb. I want to eat one right now just talking about it. haha

  • @chris, i am with you, see you there at the opening

Jul 03

Updated Jul 04

Curbside garbage pick up

Does anyone know when garbage pick up will be in the 45th ward when the normal day is on Tuesday? I called Alderman Arena's office and received a vague answer of keeping it out all week, so I am reaching out to all of you. Thank you in advance.

  • My regular day is Monday. Once, after a Monday holiday, the trash wasn't picked up until the next week.

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Put it out and don't over think it. It's the best policy.

Jun 29

Montrose-Austin older man sitting in chair, any one know if he's okay ?

At 12:55ish pm, I was driving on montrose westbound (near Shell station, between the dentist office and Shell) and on the south side of montrose there was an older man sitting in a chair however, he didn't look conscious. He was surrounded by people and an ambulance and a fire truck had just arrived. Hope the old man is okay, any one know ?

Jun 28

    Empty Lot at 3655 N. Central Ave.
    very exciting announcement! I just listened to a proposal for a great new development/resource for our neighbors and community. Anthem Memory Care hopes to bring a new Senior Care Center to the 36th Ward! This is a facility that would bring jobs and additional tax revenue to the Ward.
    http://chicago.everyblock.com

Jun 21

Updated Jun 23

Neighbors Night Out!!!

Looks like the weather will be perfect this evening for free appetizers on Veranda's rooftop -anyone going?!

  • Jumbo John Tradesman

    Wish I would of known earlier I would of love to gone sounded like a cool event

  • Linda Mindock Realtor Dream Town Realty

    Like their page on Facebook, West Portage Park Neighbors Association to get info and updates. The WPPNA also posts on Nextdoor.

Nov 28 2012

Updated Jun 22

Streets & Sanitation Now Hiring General Laborers - Apply Online

Applicants must apply online between November 29 and December 12, 2102 at the Department of Human Resources CAREERS site:

http://cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

Salary Starts at $19.50/hour

Must be 18 years old at time of application

For assistance, call 312-744-4976 or visit City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 100, Monday thru Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

In addition to a Veterans preference of 25%, the City of Chicago is implementing a new hiring preference for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school...

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Applicants must apply online between November 29 and December 12, 2102 at the Department of Human Resources CAREERS site:

http://cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

Salary Starts at $19.50/hour

Must be 18 years old at time of application

For assistance, call 312-744-4976 or visit City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 100, Monday thru Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

In addition to a Veterans preference of 25%, the City of Chicago is implementing a new hiring preference for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school graduates, in an effort to encourage students to stay in school and graduate. This is the first hiring preference for City of Chicago positions that is targeted at CPS students. The General Laborer position will be the first position that utilizes the CPS preference. DHR will ensure that at least 25% of the candidates referred to the department for hiring consideration are CPS graduates. In order to receive the preference, applicants must attach their CPS high school transcripts or diploma at the time of application.

  • kids i won't u to know that staying in school is a good way to assure that your heading in the right direction in life. stay smart stay in school.

Mar 02

Updated Jun 21

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.

  • Giovina Austin & Irving resident since '85

    The Casual Tap episode will air on Bar Rescue new season in July. There was an article in time out about this as well as the Tribune. So you'll be able to watch it soon

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Thanks!!!

Jun 19

Updated Jun 21

Central and Waveland

I was just on Alderman Villegas's web page and read that he is meeting with the developer this evening. We hope that the developer will build something there that benefits the area with economic development. We don't want any thing like they are doing in the 45th Ward.

  • Gardener Portage Park

    As a nurse practitioner and resident in the immediate area, I'm absolutely in agreement with this plan. We need this type of facility in the area; the population is aging and there are many seniors who need assisted living because of declining mental capacity. Anthem has an excellent reputation and should be a good neighbor. The artist's rendering looks like the facility will blend well in the 'hood.

  • In addition to filling an urgent need for senior housing, its close proximity to a hospital is another plus for the building occupants/residents.

Feb 15

Updated Jun 20

New Nite Cap

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

  • anyone know where they are at with this

  • Jermy coffee fuels me

    I walk by this daily. No progress from the outside. Looks the same as it has for months

Jun 20

Yoga with Merril tonight 6:45 at 4222 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Weekly on Tuesdays
At Farlow's Playroom

Drop in $15
Packages 4 for $50
Vets & clinically depressed free

Jun 16

Updated Jun 17

Building a porch

I'm looking for recommendations for
1) someone to build about a 4ft x 4ft back porch
2) materials to use (pressure treated vs cedar vs synthetic)

I'd also appreciate any tips or suggestions for this project.
Thanks!

  • following. We need to replace our front, ground level aluminum porch that has a concrete pad. Thinking either wood or brick, with a shingled roof. Ours is maybe 8x4? My husband was thinking we could maybe even get a kit of some sort, but I feel like if we hire someone then they will properly dispose of the old materials.

Jun 15

PPNA June Public Meeting

PPNA Public Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month. Because our June Public Meeting date falls on the same date as a meeting to gather input on the redesign of the Jefferson Park Transit Center, we are canceling our public meeting and encouraging all residents to attend that meeting instead as the transit center is an important asset to the Northwest Side. The meeting details are as follows:

Jefferson Park Transit Center Community Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m.
@Copernicus Center Annex, 5214 W. Lawrence Ave. (the annex is east of the main theater entrance)

Jun 13

Updated Jun 14

St John’s School will receive a classroom set of ukuleles for use in music class

Thanks to CLEF (Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation) and their “Dream a Dream” award, St John’s School will receive a classroom set of ukuleles for use in music class next year for 3rd—8th grades. Students will learn how to accompany themselves on songs and have the opportunity to perform at school, in church, and in the community. Thank you CLEF!

In addition to CLEF’s grant, the Wurlitzer Foundation has awarded St. John’s with a grant to purchase 14 conga drums and a drumming curriculum. This will be used for all students Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students will have the chance to build a community of working together in an ensemble and expressing themselves through rhythm. Thank you Wurlitzer Foundation!

  • This is wonderful news. but it does remind me of a old musician's joke:

    Q: What is the definition of a true gentleman?
    A: Someone who knows how to play a ukulele and refrains from doing so.

  • Of course this joke also works well with banjo's, bagpipes and didgeridoos.

May 29

Updated Jun 11

    Sears site at Six Corners being marketed for new tenants
    by BRIAN NADIG The site of the Sears Department Store at 4730 W. Irving Park Road is being marketed for new commercial tenants. Up to 127,106 square feet of "anchor space" is available for lease, according to a marketing flier from New York-based Seritage Growth Properties.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 23

Updated May 30

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

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    Only tues. Do u have daytime yoga

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    Sorry, only Tuesday for now. I do have a chair yoga event coming up on Thursday June 8 in Mayfair. But that's at 7pm.

May 24

Updated May 27

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 May 24

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!!!!

Nov 10 2012

Updated May 22

"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.

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