6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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 17

Updated 5 days ago

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

  • I understand there's a shortage of police officers in the 16th District but it's not their fault it's the fault of our mayor in our alderman they are not doing enough to hire more police officers they took the officers out of northwest side and put them all on the south and west side

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Amen to you CJC you have the right idea.

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.

Dec 11

Updated Feb 20

Old Nite Cap's location

Does anyone know what's going in where Nite Cap was? Construction on a new facade started this past week, so there must be a new owner/plan. I'll miss all those interesting acts on the marquee for sure though!

  • A beer garden in the back with heavy metal music? Or are they changing their genre? If not - I feel sorry for the neighbors behind them.

  • Oh, man, I loved Nite Cap. This remodel sounds cool but does it mean the end of the live music?

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

Amazon Books on Southport Hiring & what do you think of them opening a "Brick & Mortar" bookstore?

Two things:
1. What do you think of Amazon Books opening a "Brick & Mortar On Southport?
2. Amazon Books is coming to 3441 N. Southport and they are now hiring. I have no connection but always great to work in the neighborhood and not have to commute downtown. You can browse all available openings here, and just search for Chicago.

https://www.amazon.jobs/en/business_categories/amazon-books?base_query=&loc_query=&job_count=7&result_limit=10&sort=relevant&business_category%5B%5D=amazon-books&cache

    Amazon Books
    We've applied Amazon's 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping. Our doors opened November 3, 2015 and it is very much still Day One. We are looking for entrepreneurial, analytical, creative, flexible leaders to help us make Amazon Books the world's most customer-centric bookstore.
    https://www.amazon.jobs:443
  • Can't agree more!
    Supporting our neighborhood shops is key, and in fact go out of my way to find the last of few local shops. A special shout-out to Barabar's Bookstores -- see below from their website.

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    The first Barbara's Bookstore opened on Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town...

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    Can't agree more!
    Supporting our neighborhood shops is key, and in fact go out of my way to find the last of few local shops. A special shout-out to Barabar's Bookstores -- see below from their website.

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    The first Barbara's Bookstore opened on Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood in the early 1960's. The closest thing we had to a computer was a plug-in cash register, pen and paper and a staff that knew every book in the store by heart.

    The retail book industry has changed dramatically in the five decades since Barbara's beginnings. Along the way, we discovered that Barbara's could coexist with the huge national chains and thrive by finding unique locations and creating personal, full-service stores where you don't expect to find them.

    The chain encompasses two types of stores. There are large, neighborhood stores, called Barbara's Bookstore and the smaller, 'niche' stores in high traffic locations like airports and hospitals called Barbara's Bestsellers.

    Barbara's has earned a reputation in Chicago for high-quality inventory and informed service. We love books. Twice our stores have been named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 100 best things about the city. The alternative newspaper, Newcity, has recognized Barbara’s author event schedule as the best in Chicago.

  • I shop on Amazon all the time. Not only is it convenient, but they have the items I'm looking for. When I can, I'll go to a local store, even a local chain. But they don't always carry what I need. There is room for both online and brick and mortal retailers.

Feb 16

Updated Feb 16

PPNA February Public Meeting rescheduled for Neighbors' Night Out @Galvin's

Please note that the PPNA will not hold a Public Meeting on Monday, February 20th. In lieu of our Public Meeting, we will host a Neighbors' Night Out on Monday, February 27th, with the Old Irving Park Association and Jefferson Park Forward. See the details in our e-newsletter.

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=122265c22b&id=0c16eb95f2&e=4b752f82d4

    PPNA February Newsletter
    We will not hold a Public Meeting on Monday, February 20th. In lieu of our Public Meeting, we will host a Neighbors' Night Out on Monday, February 27th, with the Old Irving Park Association and Jefferson Park Forward.
    http://us6.campaign-archive2.com
  • Complimentary Assorted Wing Bar will be offered. Anything else for nibbles?

Feb 15

Updated Feb 15

New Nite Cap

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

Feb 06

Updated Feb 09

Tree Removal

Does anyone know the reason behind all these trees that are slated for removal on Patterson and Waveland Avenues between Central and Narragansett?

I went for a walk this morning around the neighborhood and the city is out and about cutting down all these trees? It's a sad site to see.

Feb 07

Fundraiser for Thorp at Porretta's Feb. 8

Craving pasta? Kids want pizza? Just don't feel like cooking tomorrow but want to support a local CPS school? Don’t worry, Porretta’s (3718 N Central Ave) got it! Head over from 4-10 pm for dine in, carryout, delivery, catering (preorders, too), and even gift certificates, and Porretta’s will donate 15% of sales to Friends of Thorp, the non-profit fundraising group supporting OA Thorp Scholastic Academy. Just mention OA Thorp!

Feb 01

Updated Feb 04

Meeting TOMORROW, Feb 2, 2017 re improving parks on NW side

Just saw this in the Nadiig newspaper.

Chicago Park District will hold a community meeting on improving parks on the NW side at 9:30 AM. Thursday February 2 at the Portage Park Cultural Center 4100 N. Long. The district is seeking the opinions of residents on programming, planning and community needs at Austin-Foster, Gladstone, Jefferson, Roberts Square, Chopin, Dickinson, Dunham, Parsons, Portage, Thuis and Wilson parks.

The cultural center is the building by the outdoor pool.

Strange that I have seen nothing about this meeting in any other media. Has anyone seen it posted anywhere?

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    It is or was on their individual websites and when you walk thru some parks, you see the ash cans for the hot coals.

  • Not Portage park. Its illegal and when the cops move them, they recommend the forest preserves.

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