31 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Chicago's Population Drops for 2nd Year

For the second straight year, Chicago's Net Population has dropped. In 2016 the population dropped by more than 19,000 people and in 2015 the drop was over 11,000 people for a total of 30,000 residents in 2 years. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-census-population-loss-met-20170322-story.html

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    It couldn't be the insane property taxes, bag tax, soda tax, soon to be increased income tax, increased utility rates, record crime numbers....could it?

  • Hey, did-ya-notice the city also added a TAX on the water bill?! I think right now it's .59/1000 gallons of water and sewer use. I'm not sure if it's .59/1000 water AND .59/1000 sewer, or just .59/1000 gal. Anyway, who wants to bet that will go up every year too?

3 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Handyman Needed For Kitchen Cabinet Alteration

Ever hear the saying "Leave well enough alone"? Well here is one such instance where I shouldn't have altered what was already in place. I gave away all of my white working appliances and replaced them with new stainless steal appliances only to encounter a number of new problems.
The new counter-depth refrigerator is the perfect depth but it is taller than my old one and will not fit into the refrigerator cabinet because of the hinges.
The 18" dishwasher needs a custom built toekick.
Has anyone else faced similar problems after getting new appliances? Any recommendations or handyman referrals?

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    How long ago did you buy these? The toe kick should have been installed with the dishwasher. One of my siblings returned appliances that didn't fit into her existing kitchen, the measurements provided at the store didn't take into account space for hardware at the back of her stove. She was able to exchange the appliance for something that fit.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

One Less Empty Portage Park Storefront- Chop Local

Saw this sign hanging in the storefront at 4842 W. Irving Park Rd.
Someone hold my beer, I've got an axe to throw!

4 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Ald Arena's Latest Spin: Calling It Veterans Housing. Even Developer Said Only 20 Units For Vets

Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and...

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Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and whether Home Depot will continue to offer grants year after year, or call it quits once they have gotten their money's worth of good-will advertising is another question. Alderman Arena shamelessly suggests that there are 3000 veterans in the Jefferson Park area, needing housing; there may be 3000 veterans, but most of them are homeowners.
John Arena signed a court settlement on January 27th, 2017, stating that he will support a massive up-zoning (B3-5) that has brought us this nightmare project. John Arena violated the rights of the property owners when he down-zoned their property from M1-1, which allowed the property to be used as a storage facility, to B1-1 which does not.
John Arena had the owners' permits for remodeling the building for that use rescinded. The owners sued Arena and the City of Chicago because of his actions.They reached a settlement, and that is the one Arena signed, which gets him off the hook, but sticks the neighborhood with this mess.

http://nadignewspapers.com/images/Fully-Executed-Settlement-Agreement.pdf

  • 45th ward residents should demand to see the terms of that "grant" from Home Depot.For the sake of "transparency" of course..Is it open-ended, is there a "sunset clause" ?? What happens if and when the grant stops ??

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Everyone should send Home Depot correspondence about their grant for this building. They have a Facebook page available to leave comments. Let them know what you think about this proposal.

Mar 18

Updated 3 days ago

Assistance in locating siding person for wind damaged siding.

We had some very minor siding damage from the recent wind storm and would like to have it fixed. It's about a 10ft strip at the top of the house. My guess is it would take two qualified people 30 mins to fix. My problem is finding someone for such a small job and someone who doesn't want a minimum of $500 to come to the house. We have the piece that fell off.

Mar 15

Updated 6 days ago

small space for rent

Hello Community-

I am looking for a small inexpensive space to do some community workshops? Any suggestions for me?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I also recommend Anne's Haven. I was just there yesterday for a meet up and it's a lovely gem!

  • moonie1001 psychotherapist

    Thank you for your suggestion

Mar 11

Updated Mar 15

Unwanted items

Please drop off any unwanted items to Savers. They sell the items and the money goes to epilepsy foundation

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    I think there's one in Schaumburg. I wonder why the one in FP is closing. I didn't know about the one in Niles.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Is the store in Franklin Park in the same strip center as the big lots?

Jan 23

Updated Mar 14

    Diversey and Laramie traffic detours during construction and 5 Ton residential street limits.
    During the closure of the Diversey and Laramie intersection traffic is re-routing itself down the 5100 and 5200 blocks of Schubert, Parker, Wolfram and George along with the 2700 and 2800 blocks of Leclaire and Lockwood.
    http://chicago.everyblock.com
  • Kapel2 Neighborhood Resident

    About a year ago LeClaire was tore up due to a water main project. After this project the street was re-paved and new roundabouts and curbs were put in. Now that there's this extended mining project happening at Diversey and Laramie the re-routing of traffic continues. The CTA is following...

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    About a year ago LeClaire was tore up due to a water main project. After this project the street was re-paved and new roundabouts and curbs were put in. Now that there's this extended mining project happening at Diversey and Laramie the re-routing of traffic continues. The CTA is following a set detour down Fullerton which has recently been re re-routed to Belmont. There are Detour signs set up indicating this. But throughout the day there are large semi-trucks, dump trucks, car transport trucks and other large vehicles well above 5 tons traveling down the residential side streets rather than taking the set detour. These large vehicles cannot make it around the new roundabouts so they either A, run right over them or B, go counterclockwise and run over the new curbs which is destroying them. Originally the Diversey and Laramie project was scheduled to end February 4th, then it was extended to March 15th. Now we are hearing that it might be extended another 2 weeks. By the time all this is finished they will have to repair the new curbs and roundabouts on the side streets again.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 12

Six Corners Binnys/Culvers?

Has anyone heard what is the status of the new development Binnys and Culvers down on Six Corners? It doesn't look like there has been any progress.

  • MGirl MGirl

    I haven't heard anything on the Binnys and Culver's but I know the Retro Fitness was supposed to open in January then they told me late March. But when I walk by, not much has changed inside. I live across the street and there are workers there everyday!

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    I hope for the sake of the neighborhood it actually happens. Just like I hope the point at six corners happens.

Mar 07

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Mar 03

Updated Mar 07

How do I get the message thru to the alderman that Long Ave is a racing strip?

For anyone who lives on or near Long Ave, knows that is used as a thorough fair between Central and Laramie without street lights. I get that, but, the stop signs are absolutely useless and most (8 out of 10) drive right thru them...some accelerating and even passing those at the intersection that actually do slow down. My repeated calls to the alderman's office are usually taken with disinterest and usually with a tone that I am annoying them. Is...

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For anyone who lives on or near Long Ave, knows that is used as a thorough fair between Central and Laramie without street lights. I get that, but, the stop signs are absolutely useless and most (8 out of 10) drive right thru them...some accelerating and even passing those at the intersection that actually do slow down. My repeated calls to the alderman's office are usually taken with disinterest and usually with a tone that I am annoying them. Is it going to take a kid getting killed (which I am shocked that that hasn't happened in my three years of living here) to get their attention to this. While not a fan, I suggest bump outs or even the awful round about. Do these need petitions?

Mar 06

Updated Mar 06

Gas leak at Portage Park Senior Center

Numerous emergency vehicles showed up at Portage Park this morning due to a major gas leak. At least three fire engines, two ambulances, and police were there by noon. It looked like it was the Senior Center on one end of the building that holds the pool where all of the action was taking place. The area was being cordoned off so I'd say to avoid that part of the park for the rest of the day unless you hear otherwise.

The gas was so bad that I could smell it - strongly - running along the north side of the park on Berteau, 500+ feet away from the building.

Mar 05

Water main on Dakin and CVS lot on Central

Hi Everyblock:
There are signs on parts of Dakin that say water main work coming soon, but only on parts of the street near Long Ave. Would the city just fix one part? or are they just not putting up many warning signs? Perhaps it's connected to the water main work on Irving that was done over the summer. I did not see any info on the city Water Dept website.

CVS lot: I called Alderman Villegas and was told there would be some type of announcement in mid to late February, but have not seen yet. The sign was removed and heard the zoning was changed, but no other info. Does anyone know?

Thanks

Feb 09

Updated Mar 05

Bag tax

Since the bag tax began, I carry my own bags, but now I notice the cashiers expect me to bag my own items. This happened at Walgreens on central and at Food market on Fullerton, so my question is bag tax? Or is it to supplement cashiers wages ( sarcasm)

  • "What's next? The city already charges for CFD ambulance services."

    Umm... Don't most places? Even the small town I grew up in did this... Was like $1000 I believe... Parents always drove us to the ER if we needed to go, lol

  • Gabriella S long time resident of Portage Park

    I was overworked and underpaid also when I was a cashier many years ago, but we were trained to give good customer service. We bagged the items and said thank you to our customers!

Feb 28

Updated Mar 02

Black Newfoundland found

Just found a black Newfoundland roaming Waveland in Portage Park. No tags or chip.

  • Taking him to the police station on Foster and Milwaukee.

  • Put on Lost Dogs Of Il. They get wonderful results.Maybe hang some flyers on posts or vets offices. Thanks for helping and good luck

  • Thanks! All of that is done.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 28

Basketball hoops in the park?

Recent new resident to portage park & have noticied that most parks with basketball courts have had their hoops removed, just an empty backboard. Was this done for a reason? With the weather warming up, wondering where there are complete basketball courts for those in the area?

  • Some parks have removable rims. The attendant takes them down at closing time. If your park doesn't have this design maybe you could start asking for it. PS Each aldercreature/ward has a $1million annual budget that could buy these. It is called "Menu Money" and is used for things like pot holes, street signs, parklets, school learning gardens, traffic lights & road stripes and similar.

  • Kapel2 Neighborhood Resident

    I was thinking of fenced in basketball courts, similar to tennis courts, that would be locked during the hours the parks are closed. But removable rims is a better idea as it would cost a lot less to implement.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 25

Inaccurate reporting. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-police-sh

I would just like to point out that the Chicago Tribune has consistently gone out of its way to misrepresent what happened in this tragedy. Considering I have the precise information in the police report via their FOIA request, I feel it is not only rude, but purposefully misleading to the public. In this incident, only one bullet was fired. Unfortunately, and tragically, the bullet passed through the offender, and struck the innocent person. It is a horrible and misfortunate...

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I would just like to point out that the Chicago Tribune has consistently gone out of its way to misrepresent what happened in this tragedy. Considering I have the precise information in the police report via their FOIA request, I feel it is not only rude, but purposefully misleading to the public. In this incident, only one bullet was fired. Unfortunately, and tragically, the bullet passed through the offender, and struck the innocent person. It is a horrible and misfortunate event. However, not once has the Tribune reporter that accurately, despite knowing the information. They make it seem as if the officer involved was spraying wildly, striking another person without any concern. The fact of the matter is he fired one bullet at the offender. The bullet struck and passed through that person, tragically hitting the person behind him who, along with the offender's family, had called the police on him in the first place after he also threatened her with a baseball bat.

I find it sad and ironic that the Chicago Tribune is trying to get people to sign up to read it online service for money by touting the fact that they are reliable news. They prove all too often, at least in the last couple years, that politics is ahead of accuracy in terms of their agenda. They over hype stories that will infuriate the public or angle them to do so, and they under play, as much as possible, the large quantity of good things that happen in the city and in the world in general. So there you have the truth about the situation. Thank you Chicago Tribune for finally, after months, driving me to say something with your constant, and of course purposeful, slight misreporting, that goes to completely change the context of a given situation. Oh I forgot you're the most trusted name in news, my bad.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Kansas. Texas. Every day a bunch of dumb white people shooting.....Where's the outrage for that? How very one sided of you.

  • I am against senseless crime and violence....be it by a presumed white thug in Kansas or a black or brown gangbanger in Chicago. The difference is we are on pace to have over 700 murders with guns. Wait til these animals are allowed to operate in a more temperant climate.

Feb 16

Updated Feb 24

Tired of receiving Red Plum publications?

While reading over the PPNA newsletter, I saw this about the Red Plum publications. I have been wondering how to stop them, especially as I never signed up to receive them. ;) I am excited to get rid of some waste. I see them all over the neighborhood when walking, usually just piled up or lying in the same place for days. I'm guilty of it myself.

When I just called, I left a message. Unsure of how it will...

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While reading over the PPNA newsletter, I saw this about the Red Plum publications. I have been wondering how to stop them, especially as I never signed up to receive them. ;) I am excited to get rid of some waste. I see them all over the neighborhood when walking, usually just piled up or lying in the same place for days. I'm guilty of it myself.

When I just called, I left a message. Unsure of how it will proceed from here, but I'm hopeful.

"Red Plum Paper Litter: We notice a lot of Red Plum advertising papers laying outside on the ground. If you do not wish to receive these advertisements, a helpful neighbor contacted the PPNA to advise that delivery may be stopped by calling 312-222-2928."
-PPNA Feb newsletter

Whoever that helpful neighbor is, thank you!!!

  • I get a bounceback from that email address that the email address of this person cannot be found.

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    Use ronbuss@chicagotribune. Their email address changed after Tribune split into separate companies.

Apr 20

Updated Feb 24

cancelling a Red Plum 'subscription'?

Has anyone ever successfully gotten them to stop delivering Red Plum sale papers to your house? I've called in, and I've gone through the online cancellation process outlined on the website... But they keep coming...

  • CJ

    ronbuss@tribune.com <ronbuss@tribune.com>
    email Ron and they will stop

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    CJ - That email address is outdated. It is from before Tribune split into two separate companies. If you email that address, you will get an undeliverable notification. The correct address for Ron Buss is now ronbuss@chicagotribune.com.

    For anyone who does contact Ron to get Redplum stopped, just be sure...

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    CJ - That email address is outdated. It is from before Tribune split into two separate companies. If you email that address, you will get an undeliverable notification. The correct address for Ron Buss is now ronbuss@chicagotribune.com.

    For anyone who does contact Ron to get Redplum stopped, just be sure you keep his email address handy. The delivery service may very well start delivering to you again, even after Ron has had them stop, as has happened to me multiple times over the past few years and you will need to ask Ron again to get the deliveries stopped.

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Electrician/handyman?

I need to move an existing ceiling junction box in a plaster ceiling approximately 8-12 inches for a new light fixture. Any local recommendations for electrician or handyman?

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Our family business is AIK Restoration & Repair. Please send an email to aikrandr@yahoo.comhttps://www.yelp.com/biz/aik-restoration-and-repair-chicago?sort_by=rating_desc

  • Hi, I own a home near Cicero and Belmont. My handy man is Agustin Gil. He is awesome...his work is of great quality, plus, he is reasonably priced, trustworthy, dependable, and cleans up after himself when he is done. I last used him to change out my tub on the second floor. You can reach him at 773.937.3065. Call him for a quote. Hope this helps.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 18

Quality of Portage Park-area Elementary Schools

I'm a teacher who will be moving to Portage Park soon and I'm hoping to work in/near Portage Park. I'm at a private school now and I'm hesitant to get back into CPS considering what's been going on. However, I'd love to give it a try if I can find the right fit. Any input on the elementary schools in the area is appreciated, especially from teachers/parents who are in the know. Thank you!

  • Thank you both for the information!

  • Phillip M Keep Portage park safe

    Sarah
    Try looking into St Barts as well. Our youngest has been going there and it's a great school

Feb 16

Updated Feb 17

No power

Anyone know why the power went out at Montrose & Cicero?

  • Power out like flipping light switch that's how quick it was.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Tripped breaker in a ComEd substation, bypass activated by power loss. The breaker tripping could be caused by several factors: anomalies on line, power surge or a ground fault condition.

Feb 03

Updated Feb 14

    Portage Park Starbucks Plan Moving Forward, Alderman Says
    PORTAGE PARK - A special-use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals is the only remaining obstacle to groundbreaking on a coffee shop - likely a Starbucks - and attached retail at the corner of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue, Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th) told DNAinfo.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    So Margo and Kitty why thumbs down for gun stores and gun ranges in chiraq. Both are legal ways of making money and providing tax money the politicians in chiraq can use to promote their agendas.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Good post Weebis.
    Have you noticed all the gun crimes around Belmont and Central lately. People moving from the west and south sides are bringing the crime with them. Along with the democrats attacking the police every chance they get.
    JMO

Feb 10

Updated Feb 14

Free Sandbox Sand

I have 4 buckets of sandbox sand that has been sitting in my garage for 3-4 years. I have left it in my alley (6119 W Dakin) if anyone wants it.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 13

Weekend caregiver needed

Caregiver needed for an elder gentlemen, some experience required
Saturday 11:30am to 7:30pm
Sunday 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Hourly pay $15.

  • Thebazile04 Daycare Owner: Higgins and Central.

    Hi, my husband is interested in this job, let me know thanks.

  • Melissa Starosta Concerned resident

    I'm interested in the caretaker position. I have experience caring for the sick and elderly!!! If you would like to know more about me and my experience, you can contact me at1 (773) 554-5617!!! Thanks, Melissa

Feb 04

Updated Feb 12

Betsy DeVos nomination

Has the Mayor's Office commented on the nomination of Betsy DeVos? Are they on record as opposing it? What is their official stance?

  • JVJ Airline Pilot Triathlete Portage Park.

    Any comments from the Mayor in Vos would be idiotic knowing damm well that the Chicago Public School system has been in the hands of democrats and is a joke in our country.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    The systemic problems with CPS go hand-in-hand with poverty, crime, and parents who lack parenting skills. CPS also has amazing schools, neighborhood schools like Blaine; magnet schools like La Salle; SE schools like Decatur. Neighborhood high schools are undergoing a renaissance, like Amundsen and Lakeview.

Nov 16

Updated Feb 11

NEED A HOME!

I rescued a dog, a red nosed pit to keep my other rescued dog who had a degenerative hip disorder and made a great companion, they got along great, When we had to put him down I got the Idea to save another dog. The problem is that this dog ( great looking and very loving ) gets along with my dog 99% of the time; but I can't afford the other 1% of the time and I believe that...

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I rescued a dog, a red nosed pit to keep my other rescued dog who had a degenerative hip disorder and made a great companion, they got along great, When we had to put him down I got the Idea to save another dog. The problem is that this dog ( great looking and very loving ) gets along with my dog 99% of the time; but I can't afford the other 1% of the time and I believe that all deserve better. I am now keeping the dogs separated and I can't give both dogs the attention they deserve!! So I'm looking for a good home without any other dogs. I really love this dog and want the best for her. When a good home is offered I will provide a crate, , heavy duty training collar, feeding bowls all shots and chip in her ear. Her name is Katrina, (Kat) .I will even throw in a 40 Ib bag of food. Please help me , I need to see this dog get her forever home

  • Wayne, I hope the sadness will be filled with laughter.I'm sure the past has many happy memories. Now's the time to look to the future and make new memories.It will happen, hang in there.

  • Oh, my, that is a sad ending. Sorry for your loss. I know you were trying to rehome, not have to put the doggy down.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 10

dollar tree on cicero is open, just incase you were not sure.

so decided to stop in today and check it out, they have a pretty decent party section. the store is clean and has nice wide aisles.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161102/portage-park/dollar-tree-family-fruit-six-corners-portage-park

    Dollar Tree Plans 'Fresh Start' On Cicero, Gets Mixed Reaction
    PORTAGE PARK - Nearby residents and workers expressed variations of shock, relief and frustration at last week's news Dollar Tree, 4070 N. Milwaukee Ave., will move to fill the former Family Fruit Market at 4118 N. Cicero Ave. in January.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    A great decision not to have the store carpeted. All the stores that I have been in that have carpeting it has always been filthy.
    BTW Dollar tree is my favorite dollar store because it's a true dollar store. Nothing more then a dollar. Looking forward to shopping there.

  • they have this French toast for a buck, can't go wrong, really was not that bad either

    http://imgur.com/a/jft56

Jan 27

Updated Feb 10

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
  • I can see Starbucks pulling out and waiting. It is not a first choice location for them anyway. They prefer corner lots on two busy streets or in front of a large mall lot. I think they are bending to take the location as is. Then to put conditions on it. It is really letting Starbucks know you really do not want their business.

  • I'm frustrated with Arena's carrot on a stick approach. He makes these grand announcements about things that are coming to Six Corners, but they either don't materialize or we wait literally years for any sign of progress.
    He announced a "letter of intent" for a Starbucks at the 4901 W...

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    I'm frustrated with Arena's carrot on a stick approach. He makes these grand announcements about things that are coming to Six Corners, but they either don't materialize or we wait literally years for any sign of progress.
    He announced a "letter of intent" for a Starbucks at the 4901 W Irving Park development that never materialized. Announced Starbucks at the old Family Fruit Market lot, now he's balking. Where's Elly's? Culver's? Nothing happening with either of them that the average person can see.

    I'd rather he saved his announcements until these projects were confirmed and he could give us an approximate completion date. These promises are growing old and tiresome.

Jan 18

Updated Feb 09

Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan

We are excited to announce the first Portillo’s restaurant opening of 2017!

Our Harwood Heights location will open at the end of January and will be located at 7308 W. Lawrence Ave. The Harwood Heights location will be our 39th Portillo’s in Illinois. Stay tuned for updates on a chance to receive an exclusive invitation to attend pre-opening events!

“Founder Dick Portillo and our entire team have been interested in Harwood Heights for years,” said Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “We...

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We are excited to announce the first Portillo’s restaurant opening of 2017!

Our Harwood Heights location will open at the end of January and will be located at 7308 W. Lawrence Ave. The Harwood Heights location will be our 39th Portillo’s in Illinois. Stay tuned for updates on a chance to receive an exclusive invitation to attend pre-opening events!

“Founder Dick Portillo and our entire team have been interested in Harwood Heights for years,” said Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “We have appreciated the full support of the village and we look forward to being a part of the Harwood Heights community.”

The 9,900 square foot restaurant will have a 1950’s-60’s theme, two drive-thru lanes, seasonal outdoor seating, and will sell beer.

http://www.portillos.com/next-up-for-portillos-harwood-heights-illinois/

    Next Up for Portillo's: Harwood Heights, Illinois
    We are excited to announce the first Portillo's restaurant opening of 2017! Our Harwood Heights location will open at the end of January and will be located at 7308 W. Lawrence Ave. The Harwood Heights location will be our 39 th Portillo's in Illinois.
    http://www.portillos.com
  • @cheesecake chick, I did not even know they had a fish sandwich, I may get one next time I am there just for the.............. halibut.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    @InactiveUser, they also have a tuna fish sandwich, but I have never had it....mom and I go there just for the halibut LOL!!:

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Hair donation Places

Hi, my daughter has a very long hair and we would love to donate her hair to be used for wigs for children who have lost it due to a medical condition. Does anyone know a place where I could take her to have her hair cut and donate it at the same time? I appreciate any help as we have been delaying her hair cut in order to fulfill our purpose but she really needs a haircut now.

Thank you

  • Locks of Love*

  • Thank you all for your very helpful information, I will try to get more info on the pantene program. Thanks again ☺

Dec 20

Updated Feb 02

Doesn't Mean We're Going to LISTEN

So despite objections from the neighbors, Lamon Ave. is now 2-way between Irving Park and Dakin, with the added traffic snafu of a left-turn lane off IPR. There is NO benefit to this change, only more opportunity for accidents and snarled traffic (because no one understands the meaning of "Do Not Block Intersection.") But I guess the only way you get someone to pay $600K for a narrow-lot house is to make the traffic as bad as Lincoln Park/Lake View.

  • I'll see if anyone is parked outside when I get home lol.

  • DarkAngel Lifetime Chicagoan, new Portage Park home owner

    I haven't been there this week but it has been a cluster because it isn't very clear that it is two way and there were a few cars parked in the tow zone section (heading north on Lamon) which made it even harder to get through.

    Better lighting might help.

Jan 30

Updated Jan 31

Need to recycle an old TV....

Need recommendations on recycling a large old TV, preferably with pick up service. thank you in advance.

Jan 26

Updated Jan 31

Smell like rubber cement or burnt plastic?

The day before yesterday I came home at night to the smell of rubber cement/burnt plastic or something like that. I woke fine the next day but last night I came home to the same smell. I turned off the furnace and opened the windows a bit and there was no smell this a.m. The furnace people are coming to check on things tomorrow. Anyone encountered a similar smell before and was it the furnace and what was it about the furnace that created this smell? Also, is it safe to sleep inside in an unheated home tonight - for humans, for cats? Thanks.

  • After seeing all the comments, I'm pretty sure it was the glue they used to put the water pipes together while doing the water main work. The same strong glue smell came up through the sink and floor drains at a company where I worked several years ago when they were replacing water pipes under the street outside the building. The workers confirmed that they used a type of glue adhesive to seal the pipes together.

  • Ah, thanks Rose Francis - that was my suspicion and I thank you for confirming it! All the best

Jan 14

Updated Jan 28

Lot on Central and Addison by CVS

Just heard that the lot was sold like to know if anyone knows who bought it and what is going to be built there

  • Is there any update on this? I am very curious about this lot. Thanks

  • No word on it maybe the alderman office may know

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