Jul 12

Updated 2 days ago

Dark Chocolate Ganache Glazed Layer Cake - WOW!

Holy cow!! Friends took us to Lutz Bakery & Cafe for cake and coffee in their private garden. Anyone who loves dark chocolate cake and ganache glaze and hasn't tried Lutz's, it's worth grabbing a slice... best cake I've ever had. Will be returning for certain.
Anyone have other local spots and fav fare to share?

  • I went to mother cluckers today and had pulled pork sandwich, with a side of mash potatoes...great!

    but just so you know if you are going there today, their pop fountain is down so I had to drink water... I put some equal packets in it but it just tasted like sweetened water.

  • IU^ + lemon wedges and voila: lemonade. :-)

Jan 22 2015

Updated Jul 12

Bad Neighbors in Portage Park

What do I do with bad neighbors living next door to me. Noone likes them since they are not friendly at all. They have stalked me, continually park their cars sooo close to me that I cannot open up my hatchback door and many other things too long to post. They have threatened me and my dog while walking where I even wet my pants. I have called the police and waited 4 hrs. on the nite of the incident...

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What do I do with bad neighbors living next door to me. Noone likes them since they are not friendly at all. They have stalked me, continually park their cars sooo close to me that I cannot open up my hatchback door and many other things too long to post. They have threatened me and my dog while walking where I even wet my pants. I have called the police and waited 4 hrs. on the nite of the incident of threat with no response. They want me to move since I am the first neighbor speaking out for the rest who are sooo tired of all their drama in sooo many years. The police know them very well since they have been there on many, many occasions but not with me. I heard that making a complaint with Arena won't get me anywhere from previous complaints people made on different incidents. Will going to the Caps meetings help me? I will not move since I love my apt. and the area and all the neighbors except for them. I will not bow down to them.

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    Hi Helga! Welcome to EveryBlock.

    May I suggest starting a new thread about your particular travails instead of bumping one on a different matter which is now 2-1/2 years old? How did things work out with your neighbor? Did the police bust him? Is your camera still working?

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    They sound like bullies. Have you thought about turning the tables on them and arming yourself with whatever you would be comfortable with. JMO.

Sep 10 2012

Updated Jul 12

new flood lights next door

The house next door to us had flood lights installed on the side of the house where the driveway is located this past Friday.

They shine directly into our bedroom and specifically into my face when I lie down on my bed. Neighbor came home from work around 2am Saturday morning & shut the lights off (finally).

Last night we were sitting in the yard looking ta the stars and feeling happy that the flood lights weren't on and then...

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The house next door to us had flood lights installed on the side of the house where the driveway is located this past Friday.

They shine directly into our bedroom and specifically into my face when I lie down on my bed. Neighbor came home from work around 2am Saturday morning & shut the lights off (finally).

Last night we were sitting in the yard looking ta the stars and feeling happy that the flood lights weren't on and then BLAM - they came on. Must be on a timer. So, I went & rang the doorbell hoping to ask the Mrs. to shut them off so I could sleep. She apologized and shut them off.

Today when we tried to talk with him about the problem he avoided any discussion by not answering the door (even though he could be heard and his shadow could be seen coming to see who was at the door)

On the way to his car to go to work we approached him to talk and he waved us off saying that he couldn't talk and the lights were for a "security issue".

SO - my question is what can be done? Is there an ordinance against intrusive residential lighting?? I've Googled for it and can't find anything useful.

TIA

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Beth, you compare your neighbor's lights to "streetlights. Ridiculous." I am curious as to what kind of home you have. Ours has half the bedrooms in front, half in back. So we get the ridiculous streetlight shining like Chernobyl into our bedroom and into baby's room AND the alley lights...

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    Beth, you compare your neighbor's lights to "streetlights. Ridiculous." I am curious as to what kind of home you have. Ours has half the bedrooms in front, half in back. So we get the ridiculous streetlight shining like Chernobyl into our bedroom and into baby's room AND the alley lights illuminate the kids' back bedrooms. We do use black out shades. They are very cheap at Home Depot. It is rare for windows to open in rather than out, but if you have those, at least you could use the shades most of the year when the weather is foul. I hate the light pollution, too, but the city says they're a crime deterent. CAPS suggested we put sensor lights up as well, for safety, but we declined due to the nuisance it would cause our neighbors. We got an alarm system instead. Good luck.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    Light pollution is offensive. Try empathy. A motion light is certainly effective and exhibits a level of empathy we should expect from our civilized neighbors.

Jul 04

Updated Jul 11

How late do the fireworks go

hi all, happy 4th. I hate to be a party pooper but how late do the fireworks go in portage park? I've got two dogs here who are thundershirted, have been given anxiety Med's, and are still trying to dig their way to safety. And... I've got to be up at 430 for work. Are people going to keep launching them off all night?

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Make explosives legal to store and use in our neighborhoods? I shudder at the thought.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Hey they are still lighting off fireworks, but my one dog lost his fear of them , the other can care less thumbs up

Jul 03

Updated Jul 04

Armed robbery last night at Belmont and Laramie

Does anyone know if the robber was captured last night? There was a woman robbed at gunpoint at Belmont and Laramie, took her phone and $40. Just before midnight, I believe. It was a man, wearing a blue shirt and dark jeans. He was wearing a mask, so I think that was all for a description. He ran north on Laramie. Didn't hear anything else over the scanner, but I stopped listening after about another hour. Really worrisome because this is our corner! Hope they caught him.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Thank God she was unharmed

  • There's a police camera @ Roscoe & Laramie. If the robber made it that far north before changing course...

Jul 02

Updated Jul 03

Fireworks Show

Does anyone know if Portage Park (or others nearby) does a fireworks show? I know in some neighborhoods locals gather and set off their own to create a show. Or any other 4th of July events on the area? Thanks!

  • Is the one at Ridgemoor a full show or just a few?

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Come to the Butera parking lot at Gunnison and Nagle tonight get there early to get a goid spot they shoot the fireworks from the golf club across the street its entertaining should say good spot

Jun 30

Updated Jul 01

Shooting on the 5700 block of Eddy

There was a shooting on the 5700 block of Eddy on Wednesday morning around 9am. Does anyone know the details? Does the alderman know about this?

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

    Did you check with your CAPS facilitator?

Jun 29

Comment from DNA info about the Waveland and Central development,

I was looking at the comments on DNA info and came across this one, interesting.

What has us suspicious is that alderman Villegas and the owner Bernard Edelman know each other and have for awhile. Villegas claimed he didn't know him when asked at a economic development meeting that the local community group had and Mr.Edelman was in fact at that meeting so given what he tried to do with that lot over a year ago in January we are very very suspicious.

Jun 09

Updated Jun 26

Porch Swing Installation

Hello,
Looking for someone to hang our porch swing. Have it assembled, but need someone to actually hang it. I'd do it myself, but soffice needs to be removed and would rather have someone with experience to come out so I don't damage anything in the process. If anyone has had a swing installed, please let me know. Thanks!

  • Jules79 Real estate broker / candy addict

    Hi there- Did you find someone? I'm in similar situation. If so, would you mind forwarding me info if it was a good experience? Thanks!

Jun 19

Updated Jun 19

No power?

Anyone else dealing with no power in the portage area?

  • Yes...ours was out for about 45 mins and is currently back on. ComEd said it was a damaged power line.

Jun 07

Updated Jun 10

Real Estate Attorney recommendations

Looking for real estate attorney recommendations. Thanks!

  • PJ monitor

    Farlap & Associates, 773-409-4405, no percentage, $125.00 and he will check first for free to see if he can get them down, very good at what he does

  • Farlap? I saw a YouTube video about contesting your property taxes with them. Seemed very honest & knowledgeable.

Apr 22

Updated Jun 09

Car parked on apron but in street

I've lived on Belle Plaine near Portage Park for around 8 years and the entire time there's been a long car parked in front of the driveway on Berteau and Lockwood. It's an illegal parking spot because the car blocks parts of the sidewalk as well as parts of the roadway.

I used to walk around it when walking my kids to the school, sometimes slipping on the ice on the apron next to the garage door. Now, every time...

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I've lived on Belle Plaine near Portage Park for around 8 years and the entire time there's been a long car parked in front of the driveway on Berteau and Lockwood. It's an illegal parking spot because the car blocks parts of the sidewalk as well as parts of the roadway.

I used to walk around it when walking my kids to the school, sometimes slipping on the ice on the apron next to the garage door. Now, every time I drive down Lockwood from Montrose, the car is there, sticking at least a foot into the street, Lockwood.

I've contacted the police twice, and waited a while to do this because it's a pretty lame thing to do, but I'm tired of stopping each time there is a car going in the opposite direction on Lockwood. It's also unlike the neighbors around here. Or maybe not.

In any case, nothing's happened, and I suspect it's because the homeowner is a city worker. There's often an SUV with MV plates in front of the house. Any suggestions about how to deal with this? I can always let it go.

  • Regarding the original post, there's been an update: the car is now gone. I can't believe it... I think it hadn't moved for 2-3 years, sticking out into the street the entire time. (Before then, it was parked there, coming and going.)

    I followed some of the suggestions here: I...

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    Regarding the original post, there's been an update: the car is now gone. I can't believe it... I think it hadn't moved for 2-3 years, sticking out into the street the entire time. (Before then, it was parked there, coming and going.)

    I followed some of the suggestions here: I called Sposato's office twice, and the second time they clarified that they were going to simply call 311 for me. The next day I called 311 myself and described the situation. I can't tell whether it was my call or Sposato's office's call or both together that made the difference.

    I do know that calling the precinct or 911 is a waste of time.

  • BerteauBungalow 20 year resident.

    We have the same problem at the corner of LaVergne and Belle Plaine, across from Dickinson Park. The garage is vintage so today's cars stick out beyond the apron. The neighbors across the street are smart and they park parallel to the garage, so they don't block the sidewalk. I've seen elderly people walking around the cars, in the grass. I'm afraid someone is going to fall. It's very annoying.

May 20

Updated Jun 08

Oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline

Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home...

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Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home security systems.

With the Illinois Telecommunications Act set to expire July 1, AT&T’s legislation (SB 1381/HB 2691) would allow the company to end service to 1.2 million business and residential landlines once the Federal Communications Commission gives final approval. And it would axe Illinois’ best local phone deals, the Consumer’s Choice calling plans, which are under a state-mandated rate freeze.

https://goo.gl/7CW64x (Rockford Star Article)

  • Mark F. Chicago LS NAT

    Traditional landline service will eventually be phased out but that does not mean AT&T should be able to stop providing home phone service. AT&T not only wants to get rid of copper but also the regulations that protect consumers.

    Home phone service needs to be available, reliable and affordable and...

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    Traditional landline service will eventually be phased out but that does not mean AT&T should be able to stop providing home phone service. AT&T not only wants to get rid of copper but also the regulations that protect consumers.

    Home phone service needs to be available, reliable and affordable and so in the future, whatever phone service eventually replaces copper landlines should be subject to similar rules as landlines are......

    1. It must be stand alone without bundling
    2. You should not have to buy or lease any equipment
    3. Must include a basic no frills plan (currently $19 for landlines)
    4. Must be reliable and repaired quickly

    I had wireless home phone service and began experiencing an issue where I could not receive incoming calls. I called over 20 times and replaced the equipment three times. But they didn't seem to be in any hurry to resolve the issue. It was a network wide problem and not resolved until a few MONTHS later. Legally, a landline must be repaired within 72 hours.

    It is still too early to phase out regular landlines. AT&T is not ready. For now, AT&T should at least lower the price on their digital phone and drop the requirement to bundle (which they have done is some areas). The copper network should not be shut down until an equally reliable and affordable network is in its place.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Always Taking & Taking thats todays AT&T

Jun 03

Updated Jun 07

Garage Door Opener

I'm looking to have a garage door opener install by a reputable person or company...Any suggestions before I let my "fingers do the walking"

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    We used Diamond 10 yrs ago. Works great and they came back for no charge to show me how to switch the code when it started working with my neighbor's remote.

  • @superman, let us know who you go with and how it turned out

May 29

Next-Gen Broadcast TV ... on the not so distant horizon

The Consumer Reports article covers the highlights. For what the eventual change means in terms of your existing equipment, scroll down to "What's the Catch? There's Always a Catch." https://goo.gl/aQZFFt

    Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better
    There's a new over-the-air broadcast TV standard, called ATSC 3.0, on the horizon. Consumer Reports explains everything you need to know.
    http://www.consumerreports.org

Nov 02

Updated May 25

Dropped Calls Due to Airplane Traffic

Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or...

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Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or blocking service signals from cabin to the ground?
As a call dropped just now, I got an earful of sharp-pitched tones pulses through the phone, and sure enough, there was a plane passing by.
It's bad enough that air traffic kills broadcast TV signals and can rumble folks from their sleep, but having it affect our otherwise reliable phone communications is not only nettlesome, it's a safety issue.

  • NWSide Colleen 17-year Jefferson Park resident, neighbor, parent

    Lots of unintended consequences for sure!

  • The signal interference we get is from low-flying air planes. Those huge metal-clad bodies and the air turbulence they create in passing interrupts linear digital signal paths. What is transmitted from point A gets knocked off course before reaching point B which drops our cell calls and digital antenna t.v. signal. But we can listen to local radio through our tuner with zero interference.

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