3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Violent Crimes in Portage Park

This happened in the 5400 block of Henderson. The business owners over have been trying to get Ald. Reyboras to meet with us to discuss crime in this area. His office will not discuss anything with us except for the homeless problem. We were told, " that if we try to discuss anything other than the homeless problem that we would not be allowed to meet with the Alderman, which is absolutely absurd, especially with his position of Public Safety...

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This happened in the 5400 block of Henderson. The business owners over have been trying to get Ald. Reyboras to meet with us to discuss crime in this area. His office will not discuss anything with us except for the homeless problem. We were told, " that if we try to discuss anything other than the homeless problem that we would not be allowed to meet with the Alderman, which is absolutely absurd, especially with his position of Public Safety Director for the entire city. There have been over a dozen business burglaries and attempts on Belmont Ave within a 5 block area alone. This is not the first violent incident over here either. There have been many other crimes here as well, too many to list here but our business group has been aware and desperately trying to get our elected officials to act. We've had little success. Our business group has been told by Alderman Reyboras himself that," there is no crime in our area". This is a direct quote. We were promised, 3 years ago, beat cops and did not get them. The Alderman ignored our concerns about the changes in this area and does to this day. If we had had those beat officers patrolling over here, I'm pretty sure the criminal element wouldn't be as bad or as brazen as they've become. When police are on the ground walking they are very aware of their surroundings, much more than a patrol car that whizzes by. I hold Alderman Reyboras directly responsible for this crime. He doesn't even know what is going on in his own ward let alone the rest of the city. I am begging our community to call his office and complain. It can't just be our business district group anymore. We've known and seen it for a few years now. It's time for the neighborhood to speak up PLEASE!

"http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Two-People-Hurt-in-Home-Invasion_Chicago-424569874.html";

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Good thing on both sides that you two aren't face to face with eachother or there would be a new thread created right here about it

  • What about the couple on West Henderso?. Are they onto the animal that pulled that stunt?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Missing Package

We order something from Home Depot that was delivered to an address on the 4200 N. Menard Ave block. It was delivered today but not there when I got home.

Has anyone here had issues with packages being stolen?

  • Deutsch portage36

    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away....

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    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away. I saw that there was a green mini van waiting for him at the corner, and he hopped in. The gypsy kid looked to be about 11 or 12 years old. There are gypsies out there stealing packages. Be on alert.

  • There is also the problem of delivery person incorrectly reading address and leaving packages next door. I receive packages for different streets even, sometimes same address but wrong street. So, not always a theft, sometimes delivery person cannot read...

May 22

Updated 6 days ago

Landline

If your comcast cable goes out you have no phons service
Do not let AT&T do away witb landline service. Seniors will be hurt.

  • For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries...

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    For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries so now we don't include them.' Comcast is, in effect, saying, 'Don't count on our service to be as reliable as traditional service or count on it being there in an emergency.' I don't have comcast phone service but I do have my cablemodem on a UPS powerstrip and I recommend anyone who wants to avoid power related issues for computers, internet, cable, etc., get one. You can get 2-prong (ungrounded) one's for ~$30.

  • Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state,...

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    Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state, it's doubtful any other company would buy and maintain the network -- even if one did, cost would likely double or triple.

    "For today’s landline callers, other options — wireless service, Internet-based phones and bloated triple-play packages from the cable company — aren’t as easy, reliable or affordable as plain old telephone service. Consider this: Advanced 911 — which can trace the exact location of a cellphone — won’t be fully implemented in Illinois until 2020 at the earliest. And AT&T’s recent 14-state wireless 911 outage proves that the company is not yet able to provide a satisfactory alternative for landline customers.

    Rather than let AT&T dictate the terms, Illinois should launch a more comprehensive discussion on how to create a better, pro-consumer plan for our telecom future."

    — Julie Vahling, associate state director of AARP Illinois; Abraham Scarr, director of Illinois Public Interest Research Group; Bryan McDaniel, director of governmental affairs, Citizens Utility Board ... Source: Rockford Star Article - https://goo.gl/7CW64x

May 16

Updated May 16

Cub's Jacket/Kid's Plea

On May 8th I was playing during recess and got too hot so I took off my official Cub's Jacket. When I went to retrieve it, it was gone. This Cub's Jacket has been pasted down two generations. It was left on St. John's Private Property. I'm devastated, if you have any information about this jacket please return it to the school or Jefferson Park Police Station 16th District.
Thank you.

St. John's
4939 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 736-1197

  • I understand the devastation. about 27 years ago I left a pair of gloves in church, when I went back they were gone and no one had turned them in. even thou I bought new gloves since then, it still bothers me that I left them.

May 14

Updated May 15

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the great moms out there!

May 10

Updated May 14

Infant Care

My husband and I are looking for a home daycare in Portage/Jeff/Old Irving Parkarea for our son beginning August 15th, 2017. We would be willing to start earlier if need be.
He will be 5 months at that time. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

  • Thebazile04 Daycare Owner: Higgins and Central.

    Hi, I live in the area Of Jefferson Park, running a home daycare for 8 years already so if you are interested I will be more than happy to show you our place.

  • M

    Are you still looking for infant care? I do have references. and reliable transportation.

May 03

Updated May 09

Blond medium Dog barking outside locked gate alley Karlov

Between
Karlov and Barry
and
Karlov and Nelson

  • The front of the building is multi-unit. You ring bells, but nobody answers.

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    Did u ever find out who the dog belongs to. I like that dog. Where is it now

Apr 24

Updated May 02

Catch Basin/Sewer cleaning

Hi All:
Some streets have clogged catch basins. I did the 311 form online and I have noticed some bright green dots on some of them recently. Does that mean they will be vacuumed out? It is not just some leaves around the grate, but the actual hole is plugged. I have cleaned around the grate and the street gutter near me, but it is not helping much. I know street cleaning is coming up, but this may be a separate issue. Does anyone have info? Thanks.

  • ET5911 Tom

    If your basement flooded it's not because of the street sewer, it probably due to a dirty catch basin or plugged sewer. If you need more info let me know.

  • Th is have been a problem on my street since last spring. I called the alderman office but till this spring 2017 nothing have been done. Now we have dirt and plants coming out. Every rain day we my husband have to dig, but the problem is still there. Any suggestions?

Apr 30

Updated May 01

Emergency Roofer

Need recommendation for my daughter's house whose roof is leaking bad into her bedroom. She's worried the water will spread to her five month old son's room. She has Gieco insurance. They are telling her to get someone to tarp it until they can come. She lives by Belmont and 25th. Thanks

  • Jermy coffee fuels me

    We used TAR restoration and they were the best people I've ever had do any work to our house.

    (773) 850-0335

  • Bville Cat Lady "ironic" pedant

    Nyberg Exteriors will do repairs at a fair price and honestly.

    Geico should have been able to refer a tarp company. Examples like that is why I pay extra to have State Farm.

Apr 19

Updated Apr 30

In need of neighborly advice, please....

I live in a 6 unit building with a nice little yard surrounded by a privacy fence. I have a patio set that I keep in the yard. Last year all the other neighbors in the building used my furniture as if it were theirs, no one asked permission. Everyone knew it was mine. I did not mind at first because I didn't use it everyday and I wanted to be neighborly. Some smoked cigarettes and used the table top...

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I live in a 6 unit building with a nice little yard surrounded by a privacy fence. I have a patio set that I keep in the yard. Last year all the other neighbors in the building used my furniture as if it were theirs, no one asked permission. Everyone knew it was mine. I did not mind at first because I didn't use it everyday and I wanted to be neighborly. Some smoked cigarettes and used the table top as an ashtray and butted out their cigarettes on it, left the butts on the table or tossed it on the ground under the table, some left burn holes on the chairs, allowed their pets to sit on the chairs and snuggle up to soak up some rays, kicked their feet up on the table while sitting in the chairs, some have moved the set to position it elsewhere in the yard to their liking, and someone damaged the umbrella which I had to replace- twice last summer.
This time I do not want anyone to use it. I did notify my landlord who is a Chicago police officer. His response to me was that he didn't want to deal with petty drama.
Any advice on how to deal with this?

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Good luck, Sahia. You appear to be a very smart young lady trying to learn the ways of the world.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Sahia, I apologize. My comment was just plain rude. I should never speak on anything after a very long shift working with a very troubled population. It makes other problems seem small, which is unfair since everything is relative. I wish you luck enjoying your yard this summer.

Apr 25

Updated Apr 27

Lost Super Sweet Cocktail

Skittles (Skits) flew out of our back door yesterday 4/24. He's about a year and half years old. We are so sad about this. He's a good talker and whistler. His favorite phrase is "Such a good bird". PLEASE if you see him let me know. He even might come to you if you call him. He's completely tamed and friendly. I'm sure he's hungry. We miss him so much.
My name is Robin
Cell: 847 456-5609

Apr 21

Updated Apr 22

New to the zip code

Does anyone have the name of a handy man they can pass along?

Apr 11

Updated Apr 19

Proposed site at Central and Irving Park will be a Coffee Shop;

PPNA proposed their position said they were not for the project because they don't know if it will be a Starbucks or not. Little did they check that the blueprint they received from the attorneys states on the building with the drive thru "NEW COFFEE SHOP WITH DRIVE THRU". REST ASSURE TO EVERYONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT THIS WILL NOT BE A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT OF ANY KIND BUT A COFFEE SHOP.

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

    Irving/Central Development Site Plan
    https://drive.google.com
  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    So we should just dismiss those people?

  • Dan G Scratch and win

    don't drive start cycling on the safe streets of Chicago... "Yeah Right"

Apr 14

Updated Apr 16

Need a wheelchair?

I have a wheelchair that I need to get rid of/donate. I am really having trouble finding a home for it. It is in good condition and free. It is 6 years old. Anyone know of a place that will pick up?

  • Katherine Pastor, Irving Park United Methodist Church

    We have a member of our church who needs a wheelchair and has been borrowing one. If it still available, I would be delighted to pick it up.

  • If it's still available, our school has been asking for a wheelchair donation for use by the school nurse.

Apr 12

Easter Church Services

Just wanted to throw out an invite to our church, Park Community Church - Forest Glen to anyone looking to go to a service this Easter. Times are 9 am and 11 am and there is child care as well. Location is at 4920 W Foster Avenue Chicago, IL 60630 if you want to join!

Apr 05

Updated Apr 07

Reniberg School

Hi everyone. Our 5 year old son did not get into Thorp so in the fall he will likely be attending Reinberg Elementary as a kindergartner. None of my neighbors or friends kids go there so I do not know much about it. I did some research online but I would like to hear any thoughts you may have on the school. If you have had personal experience with the school, mind telling me about it? Also, do they have an after school program? Both my husband and I work.

  • Reinberg has both before/after school and Chopin Park has after school. They pick up at the school.

    Your child will be fine in any of the local schools.

    Reinberg has great teachers and the principal is hands on.

    When someone says something bad about a school it doesn't mean the...

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    Reinberg has both before/after school and Chopin Park has after school. They pick up at the school.

    Your child will be fine in any of the local schools.

    Reinberg has great teachers and the principal is hands on.

    When someone says something bad about a school it doesn't mean the school is a bad school. It usually means the rumor mill has produced a whooper.

    Do your research go visit the school ---while in session.

    Our city has great magnet schools and our neighborhood schools are just as good.

    Be involved wherever your child attends and help make the school better.

  • Magdalene artist

    Thank you! I have been doing research and I do plan to visit. I am a teacher myself, so clearly there are conflicts with schedules but I will make it work. Best way to get to know any school is face to face interaction. I have not heard anything bad...

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    Thank you! I have been doing research and I do plan to visit. I am a teacher myself, so clearly there are conflicts with schedules but I will make it work. Best way to get to know any school is face to face interaction. I have not heard anything bad about Reinberg, my concern was that I do not know anyone who goes there. My concerns were based on lack of info not bad reputation. I am very relieved to hear that Chopin has an after school program! Thanks again Deputy Mayor.

Apr 05

Updated Apr 06

Portage Park Elementary

Hello - starting to think about schools for Pre-K/Kindergarten for my child. I'd love input on Portage Park Elementary. Please just send advice that is helpful - not looking for people complaining. Thanks!

  • My kid does not go to Bart's or PP, but I will say that I'd be surprised if you got a stink eye being a same sex couple at most schools. The reality is that families come in a lot of varieties, and if a school wants to educate kids it needs to deal with that reality.

  • CPS pre-k is not free for all students. Fees are based your income level. I paid a lower tuition at a catholic school than compared the pre-k CPS fee. Something to consider when looking for a school for child.

Jan 27

Updated Apr 02

Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?

Just in case anyone missed it - there was an article in the free weekly paper - I'll link below - talking about all the construction and Arena discussed the proposed Starbucks planned for Cicero and Berteau. Arena is pushing back on the project because he doesn't like the designs Starbuck's has presented.

Arena said that the proposal for the coffee shop resembles a suburban-style development and that he would not support the project unless the it has an urban...

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Just in case anyone missed it - there was an article in the free weekly paper - I'll link below - talking about all the construction and Arena discussed the proposed Starbucks planned for Cicero and Berteau. Arena is pushing back on the project because he doesn't like the designs Starbuck's has presented.

Arena said that the proposal for the coffee shop resembles a suburban-style development and that he would not support the project unless the it has an urban feel, with the building situated along the front of the property. “Starbucks is very much a take it or leave it business,” he said. “There’s a lot of suburbs. Build it up there.”
Arena said that he hopes Starbucks would agree to changes but that longstanding efforts to maintain the district’s urban character should not be abandoned. “If you do it for one, you have to do it for the next guy,” he said. “It’s really in their (Starbucks’) corner.”

As far as we're concerned I don't care if it looks suburban - it's across the street from IHOP and McDonald's, it's not like there's some significant architecture we need to match. The article goes on to say he thinks another restaurant or retailer could be found - really???? How about all the abandoned storefronts in the neighborhood? We have enough check cashing / cell phone stores / psychics - not that I'm a huge Starbuck's fan, but they're solid and generally raise the value of the neighborhood and it's also one of the businesses that will help attract others.

May be worth dropping Arena a note.

http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/01/19/building-of-point-at-six-corners-targeted-for-spring-fate-of-proposed-starbucks-on-cicero-undecided/amp/

    Building of 'Point at Six Corners' targeted for spring; fate of proposed Starbucks on Cicero undecided
    by BRIAN NADIG Construction of the Point at Six Corners shopping center is expected to start this spring, while a proposal to build a Starbucks coffee shop at 4151 N. Cicero Ave. requires design changes if it is going to move forward, according to Alderman John Arena (45th).
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Thanks Inactive User. Good to know it's not a dead deal after his objections. I won't frequent the place but will be glad to see it there as I drive by. Of course Arena will "work to expedite the process," as the article mentions, right or wrong that's his style....

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    Thanks Inactive User. Good to know it's not a dead deal after his objections. I won't frequent the place but will be glad to see it there as I drive by. Of course Arena will "work to expedite the process," as the article mentions, right or wrong that's his style.

    As for the proposed Starbucks a mile away at Central & Irving -- Can't really imagine patrons of Portage Grounds switching to Starbucks, because they're worlds apart and serve different clients. But if Portage Grounds is concerned, they're the ones with a dog in the fight.

  • @nw-sider, same here not that much of a coffee drinker, if I do go to star bucks, probably once or twice a year just because someone else would want to go and I am not just going sit around doing anything, so when I do drink star bucks I usually...

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    @nw-sider, same here not that much of a coffee drinker, if I do go to star bucks, probably once or twice a year just because someone else would want to go and I am not just going sit around doing anything, so when I do drink star bucks I usually will go for a venti cappuccino with 2 expresso shots, 4 shakes of cinnamon and 4 splendas. but, majority of the time I drink tea, nothing special, just lipton most of the time, sometimes pj tips, jasmine, green and last but least sleepy time (the one with the bear on the box)

Mar 31

Updated Apr 02

Flooding

Like to know if anyone got water got home about 4:00 o clock and found water in basement waited for it to go down did not start going down till about 10:30 last night got up this morning and saw that the sewers were still high even the catch outside was still high out side any one else had this problem

  • Are the downspouts connected? If it's rain water,disconnecting them could solve
    your problem.

  • Several years ago, after spending more than 10 years in home, I started flooding after heavy or prolonged rains. Flooding, not seepage. I called sewer specialist, and it turned out be a cracked drain tile. When the drain pipe (buried in the ground) cracks, and the soil can't absorb all the water because of the amount of rain, you could get a flood. Have them use the camera to see what the problem is. I got the drain fixed and it was the end of the problem. Good luck.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 31

Business Meeting last week

Everyblock:

I wanted to attend the meeting last Monday about brining business to the neighborhood. I think it was sponsored by West Portage Park Neighborhood Association. Did anyone attend or hear anything about the meeting?
Thanks.

  • Thanks for the info Portage parke. I also checked their facebook page and found some info.
    I called Alderman Villegas's office about that lot in mid Feb and they said to expect an update soon. No luck on that one I guess.

  • If anyone is interested, I was on the WPPNA Facebook page and see that they are forming an economic development committee. This is a great opportunity for the community to get together and discuss ideas to jump start Buisness development in portage park.

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