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Water tastes/smells like chlorine

Hello! My husband and I just moved to the area and noticed tonight out water tastes/smells like chlorine. We use a Brita and this hasn't been an issue in the past week (since we moved in). Has anyone else noticed this or has this been an issue before? Thanks in advance!

  • Patt Timlin Grew up in Avondale; moved into Old Irving in 1977

    Ours always does and it's worse in the morning or when no one has been home for a while. Just run the water for a few minutes before you drink it to flush out the pipes (which is a good idea anyway since we live in old housing stock with...

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    Ours always does and it's worse in the morning or when no one has been home for a while. Just run the water for a few minutes before you drink it to flush out the pipes (which is a good idea anyway since we live in old housing stock with old pipes and old connections to city supply - flush the lead out too!) I don't drink much of it. Drink bottled water but for cooking, tea, coffee, my dogs ... I always let it run. I let my shower run too before I get in for the same reason. Smells like a swimming pool!

  • Not so bad here. Brita works fine w/very little scaling in reservoir over time. Even so, I think Chicago's tap water is more chlorinated than needs be.

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  • Sharing Our Stories with Wonder

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $479.51:
    My students need Wonder novels to keep at home and share what they have learned in class with their family and friends.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

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Updated 14 hours ago

Mar. 17, 2017 Update

Learn about different career opportunities at O’Hare International Airport during a Chicago Department of Aviation community career fair. The career fair will be on Thursday, March 23, from 9 am to 1 pm at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett.

Volunteers will meet on the morning of Saturday, April 1, at 9 am at 4041 N. Milwaukee for coffee, donuts, and supplies before hitting the neighborhood. Volunteers will clean up until about noon before heading to an art dedication ceremony.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every...

In the fall of 2016, the event sold out at Community Tavern. This time around, the Filament Theatre will partner with Fannies Cafe, 5044 W. Montrose, to offer audiences this unique experience.

Sat., Mar 18, 7 pm,The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park.The non-profitPatrick Lives On is hosting a Film Festival for Charity to raise awareness about gun violence. Tickets: online. $20.

Mon., Mar 20, 7:30 pm, Farlow’s Playroom, 4222 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage...

Sat., Mar 25, 9:30 am,Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park.Mary Joyce-Cahill will speak on natural bug repellent during the Portage Park Garden Club...

Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free. 

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

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The new series will launch this Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 PM at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.

The Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of a self storage unit facility at 5150 N. Northwest Highway on Thursday. The mixed-income housing proposal on the southern parcel of the property was not discussed at the hearing; it will be heard at a later date.

The Hitch Elementary PTA is hosting their annual fundraiser, The Main Event, at Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee, from 6 PM to 11 PM on Friday, March 24.

This year’s event will be on Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 PM at Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.

The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.

All participants must submit their entries by 4 pm on Thursday, April 6. Entries must be mailed to COUNTRY Financial Reusable Bag Contest, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is hosting its annual fundraiser from 3 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, April 1, at Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster.

...Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every $20 contribution a client makes to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry during...

...an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, from 6:15-8:45 PM on Thursdays, April 27 thru June 15. A $125...

CSBI is hosting a free Job Readiness Workshop where prospective applicants can learn more about the organization and the six-week internship program. The workshop will be from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, March 18, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.

We’re at 4754 N. Milwaukee. We’re open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm; Tuesdays, 9 am – 7 pm; Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm; and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm.

Sat., Mar 18, 10 am-2 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. Listen to keynote speaker Laura Gutierrez Ramos of Nuevo Leon Restaurant, receive free assistance from...

Sat., Mar 18, 11 am-2 pm, Dunham Park Fieldhouse, 4638 N. Melvina. Spring is gearing up, which means it’s time for baseball. Join Dunham Park for aBaseball and Softball Equipment Swap & Sale to get your kid ready for the season.Cost of purchases.

Sat., Mar 18, 6 pm,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin, Eastwood Entrance.Join neighbors and congregation members for aSpaghetti Dinner.$5/kids 5 and under, $7/6 and older.

Sun., Mar 19, 12:30 pm, St. Francis Borgia Deaf Center, 8025 W. Addison. Learn abou the recent changes to immigration policy and how the laws are enforced during an Immigrant Update Workshop. Registration required: email organizers or call 773-282-8445. Free.

Sun., Mar 19, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John Concert Series presents Mio Nakamura. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 8 am, LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.Meet other businesses, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at thePortage Park Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Meeting. Registration required: email organizers. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 12-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Rev. Jacki Belile, a certified life coach on staff at the church, will lead a...

Tue., Mar 21, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Seniors are invited to meet officers during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. Free.

Tue., Mar 21, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during aWest Walker Civic Association meeting.Free.

Wed., Mar 22, 11 am-2 pm, 2102 W. Ogden, Room 1. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities presents a Discussion about Fire Safety and Tenants Rights. Register & more info:online. Free. 

Thur., Mar 23, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn how to protect your finances and identity, learn the laws and regulations...

Fri., Mar 24, 10 am-12 pm, 16th District Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District police station is hosting a Free Child Car Seat Check. Make sure your child is safe and secure when you’re on the road. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Mar 25, 6:30 pm-Midnight, 4447 N. Lowell. Win great prizes during this luau themed Big Red Auction for St. Edwards. Cost of purchases. 

Tue., Mar 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Wed., Mar 29, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

Sat., Apr 2, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.  The Jefferson Park Sunday Market continues theirWinter Market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting. Cost of purchases. 

Tue., Apr 4, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.

Sat., Apr 2, 8 pm,Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark. Join Chicago Canine Rescue for theirHambingo Mary’scharity event. Raise life-saving funds for shelter pups while playing to win great prizes. Velicity Metropolis hosts.Cost of purchases and donations. 

Sat., Apr 8, 2-7 pm,Rex Tavern, 4933 N. Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, Jefferson Park Forward will be hosting its second annual JPF Pub...

Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.

    Mar. 17, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, The Jefferson Park Branch Library, in collaboration with Pan y Rosas Disco, is launching a new Library Experimental series. This new series focuses on Chicago's experimental musicians. The first show will feature text and tuba action with Nathanael Jones and Beth McDonald, as well as cello experiments with Sarah Ritch.
    http://ward45.org

  • Ellen K. From the far NW side and now back.

    We need to start a separate thread

  • I guess Arena not only keeps his constituents in the dark, he has a lack of transparency with his colleagues at City Council too; so much for being a progressive.

Mar 21

Updated 19 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!

  • bellyer - You choose your "recreational" activity; I'll choose mine. It's my personal opinion (if I'm allowed to have one) that it's a stupid way to waste your time. I guess, according to the website, I'll just have to suffer my fate when the zombies take over. Can you protect yourself from zombies with an axe, or do you need a silver bullet, or a stake through the heart?

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    You left out tazer

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Business Meeting last week

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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.

  • I think this was the meeting that was held at my church, the northside gospel center. I was not able to attend though

  • 3859 N Central

  • Wow it was a packed meeting and had an interesting speaker from the city talking about economic development. The owner of a new Buisness was also there to introduce himself to the community. It's at central and grace and will be a bar/restaurant called Easy Street and everyone I spoke...

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    Wow it was a packed meeting and had an interesting speaker from the city talking about economic development. The owner of a new Buisness was also there to introduce himself to the community. It's at central and grace and will be a bar/restaurant called Easy Street and everyone I spoke with is very excited about it opening in early April and we all hope this is the begging of businesses finally opening in the south part of Portage Park. They have other successful locations one being Pitchfork at 2922 W Irving. It was also attended by both Aldermans Sposato and Villegas. Some of the residents asked Villegas about the status of Central and Waveland. The WPPNA's President also inquired about this and asked who owns it. Villegas said it was purchased by an LLC and has had no one contact his office. After the meeting there were many of us that thought that was kind of odd since the lot was sold in February and no one has reached out to his office. We think this is a little suspicious given the history of the lot.

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    Separate But Unequal? The School Funding Fight In Illinois
    https://bettergov.salsalabs.org
  • March 30: A special presentation on IL school funding and panel discussion with experts

    Illinois' school funding formula is in the news and being debated in Springfield, but what does it mean? This BGA Idea Forum will break down the basics in a just-the-facts examination of how Illinois currently funds...

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    March 30: A special presentation on IL school funding and panel discussion with experts

    Illinois' school funding formula is in the news and being debated in Springfield, but what does it mean? This BGA Idea Forum will break down the basics in a just-the-facts examination of how Illinois currently funds public schools. A panel of experts will then weigh in on the future of the formula, how it affects students and what options exist to improve it. Panel in formation.
    This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. For more information, call Annum Haider at (312) 821-9031 or email at ahaider@bettergov.org.

    Special thanks to the McCormick Foundation for supporting BGA civic engagement programming.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    6:30 PM CDT - 8:00 PM CDT

    LOCATION
    Roosevelt University
    Ganz Hall
    430 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60605

    Click in original post above to register.

  • Accessible public education needs to remain top priority. Preschools, grade schools and the state university system are vital components in Chicago's and Illinois' future.

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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

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Portage Rules you're right on but you have to remember that in Springfield the state legislature has no brains if you were to bring that wonderful idea up to them they would think you're speaking some foreign language

  • Barbara Foy Neighbor and Realtor for 30 years in Portage Park.

    Does anyone know how to post a picture of an ostrich with it's head in the sand? Nessumo, you are right.

Mar 19

Updated 44 hours ago

Four home burglaries reported in Portage Park

between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 5 in the 5700 block of West Addison;

between 3:30 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. March 14 in the 6100 block of West Newport;

between 4:45 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. March 17 in the 5500 block of West Grace.

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about 3:45 p.m. March 17 in the 3200 block of North Long; and

    Four home burglaries reported in Portage Park
    Police are warning Northwest Side residents after at least four home burglaries were reported this month in the Portage Park neighborhood. The burglar breaks into apartments or houses through doors or windows and steals personal property and miscellaneous items, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

3 days ago

Updated 46 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?

  • Thank you for the responses. My brother was able to raise the cabinet an inch and a half. The refrigerator looks great now! Still tinkering away with the dishwasher issue.

  • thanks Karen, it is always good to hear the outcomes, updates on these post.

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Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    No need to be negative, Dan G. Poster asked a simple question. My answer to poster is that I thought trees that have been treated have red tags. Not sure what the blue ones mean, but you can as at the city's website--Forestry.

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One of our neighbors found this beautiful gir...

One of our neighbors found this beautiful girl in the 5800 block of Berenice Ave. in Portage Park area of Chicago.

    Gem Cem
    One of our neighbors found this beautiful girl in the 5800 block of Berenice Ave. in Portage Park area of Chicago.
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Found dog at Marmora & Berenice. Call Debbie...

Found dog at Marmora & Berenice. Call Debbie: 443-763-6632

    Lauren Kolb
    Found dog at Marmora & Berenice. Call Debbie: 443-763-6632
    https://www.facebook.com

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  • GERALD NOVAK BLOCK WATCHER

    This is my house. I did not order this permit. Who ordered this permit?
    Something is very wrong.

  • Can you call them? Maybe it's just a typo error on the permit.

  • Permit issued to......
    enertouch, inc
    1407 center circle
    Downers grove, il 60515
    630-620-9073

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  • Forces, Motion, Energy in Real-Time

    Mr. Friedberg is asking for $1970.26:
    My students need physics kits and ballistic cars to help understand concepts of forces, motion, and energy and apply them to develop thorough understanding of Newton's Laws and advanced physics concepts.
    Gray Elementary School Comment

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