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Updated 4 hours ago

Building onto the garage

I saw another post where some folks in the area are looking to connect their garage and turn it into a bedroom. A lot of people were saying that the city would not allow that. Are there city issues against building onto a garage or something? I was looking to extend my garage out a few feet to give me some storage, does that seem like I'll hit some road blocks? Thanks for your help

  • Was able to find out that your "garage" cannot be over 600 sq ft for the standard 30x125 lot. Thanks for all of your help.

  • And Chicago building codes hardly change. Most towns update their codes every 5-10 years so no they do not change yearly. Also, if there is not anything really wrong with the existing garage, only the addition would have to be built to today's code

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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.

  • Take a photograph and send it to the city, that puts them on the hook for
    any lawsuits.

  • Tabitha B Neighborhood hopper

    I have the same problem with someone who does this on Kedvale. In winter when walking my dogs I just have to avoid going that route so that I don't slip on the ice walking in the street to get around it. Please update us with what finally works because I would love to get them to stop but also don't want to go banging my head against a brink wall.

27 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Affordable landscapers?

My wife and I are looking for someone that can pull out two evergreen bushes and some landscaping gravel/rock from our front and back yard. Does anyone have an affordable local person to reccomend? Many thanks in advance!

  • Lynne in Dunning Long time resident. Love living here!

    We have used Jose Mancera Landscaping. He does not have a company website, but here is his phone number 847-428-6910. We had him remove some overgrown bushes and ratty grass from the back yard and then install landscaping trim and mulch and pond pebble the entire yard. He also sodded our parkway in front. It looked great for one season and then the gas company came around and wrecked it. :)

  • I'm also looking for a quote on planting seed v laying sod over a 15'×15' patch of lawn. It appears the previous owner started to lay gravel for a patio, but then changed their minds and just put dirt/sod over top to make it look nice for the sake of the sake. I need an estimate on what it will take to turn it all back to grass. Does anyone have any recommendations?

21 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Garage conversion

Disclaimer: Yes, we will consult a contractor/architect for official advice.

We have a small house on a slab and want to gain some square footage somehow. We've figured we have two options. The first is to probably dormer the attic, but only half since our furnace is up there, adding a bedroom and maybe bath. The stairs would probably be added on outside, we have room to do that. The second and arguably less expensive option is to connect our...

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Disclaimer: Yes, we will consult a contractor/architect for official advice.

We have a small house on a slab and want to gain some square footage somehow. We've figured we have two options. The first is to probably dormer the attic, but only half since our furnace is up there, adding a bedroom and maybe bath. The stairs would probably be added on outside, we have room to do that. The second and arguably less expensive option is to connect our garage to the house (probably only 4 feet away) and then turn 3/4 of the garage into a bedroom, saving 1/3 at the back for storage. We have a parking pad, and would cover that to park. I talked to an architect friend of mine who thinks the slab may not support anything else, and that the city probably won't allow the garage conversion. Thoughts?

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    You may not looking to sell anytime in the near future, but you will be selling eventually. Very bad resale move.

  • I don't think "annexing" the garage into the house is necessarily impossible w regard to the city/codes. Heading east along Foster Ave, almost to Gompers Park there is a very small brick house that sits right on Foster that had a garage attached via a breezeway, and the garage access...

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    I don't think "annexing" the garage into the house is necessarily impossible w regard to the city/codes. Heading east along Foster Ave, almost to Gompers Park there is a very small brick house that sits right on Foster that had a garage attached via a breezeway, and the garage access was via a driveway onto Foster. (which was probably horrific to back out of into traffic). Someone recently bought the place, replaced the garage door w/ a wall and put in windows, and you can tell it is now living space and part of the house. The small yard behind the garage is now a two car parking pad accessed off the ally instead of Foster.

5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

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?

  • I've not read all the 31 comments above, so this might just be repetition. First, the furniture denies five other households use of part of what you describe as a small common area. Did the other five households give you permission to mark off space they paid for in their...

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    I've not read all the 31 comments above, so this might just be repetition. First, the furniture denies five other households use of part of what you describe as a small common area. Did the other five households give you permission to mark off space they paid for in their rent?

    Second, furniture in a small recreational area shared by five other households in practical terms is yielded to common use. It is naive to expect different.

    Third, the impractical cure would be to organize a building-wide pool to buy common furniture which is surrendered to the owner. That's probably not going to happen, but it would help you avoid becoming the building's crazy neighbor.

  • 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.

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45 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Ax throwing comes to Portage Park

5500-5599 W. Irving Park Rd.

    Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
    If you're sick of golf or bowling, there's a new game Axe throwing has come to Chicago's North Side at Thunderbolt. Owner Scott Hollander got the idea after a trip to Canada. Thunderbolt just opened in Portage Park this week and if throwing axes seems like a potentially dangerous idea, you can be assured they take safety very seriously.
    http://wgntv.com

  • I would suggest a gun range instead...(Can't wait to hear the feedback on my post) :)

  • I attended my friend's birthday party at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing on Saturday. There were 18 of us. We had a great time! The owner, Scott, was there along with 3 other employees. We all had to sign a waiver and pay $20 for the hour before we were allowed to...

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    I attended my friend's birthday party at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing on Saturday. There were 18 of us. We had a great time! The owner, Scott, was there along with 3 other employees. We all had to sign a waiver and pay $20 for the hour before we were allowed to go over near the cages. They take safety very seriously here. People are not walking around with axes! Everyone receives a safety orientation and tutorial. There is only one axe per lane/cage. The rules are similar to archery, you may only retrieve your axe from the target when the person next to you is done throwing and is ready to retrieve as well. Check out their Facebook page, they have a lot of videos. You will see that it is pretty unlikely that an axe fight breaks out. This isn't a place for loitering. It is $20 an hour on weekends and $15 an hour during the week.

Mar 29

Updated 8 hours ago

Power wash/Sand and Stain work

I am looking for names of someone who can do some backyard work. Powerwash, sand and stain small deck privacy fence.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    Hi. Quality assurance contracting Services LLC is here to help! Licensed bonded and insured
    312 885 1719

8 hours ago

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.

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Updated 2 days ago

Fence Installer

Need recommendations for a company to install a wood privacy fence.

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    We used The Fence Store for a cedar board & batten with a lattice top. Very good price, good quality, and the job crew was in and out fast. They cleaned up after so well, it was hard to tell there had been work done that day. Don at the store lives in the neighborhood and couldn't be nicer.

  • Yes, we used them to put up two fences.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Can the city replace my sod that ComEd destroyed?

I've been calling landscaping companies to give me an estimate. When ComEd came through, they replaced the little patch of grass on the corner with clay. Nothing will grow there. One of the companies I contacted suggested that the city may replace it. Is this true? Do I call 311?

If I need to hire somebody, can anybody give me a reputable landscaping company? I tried K.C. Landscaping but the gal never came to give me an estimate. Lost my business. Another one I called said the job was too small. Thanks everyone.

  • "Seeding remains our primary tool for lawn repair."

    good thing they did not destroy a tree, that seed could take forever to grow.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I had a water leak at B box city side, they cut down a tree and cracked all city sidewalks by next door neighbor and later came back and sprayed on some type of grass seed looks like

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3 days ago

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New to the zip code

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

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  • Math Talk On Wheels!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $453.22:
    My students need a white board easel on wheels so they can teach a math talk to their classmates during our math workshop stations.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

2 days ago

Weekend horror: Donnie Darko, Trouble Every Day, C2E2, The Void

...Vernon Wells will introduce ROAD WARRIOR! Photos and autographs are free of charge. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are only $20...

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...to the big screen in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. (Please note: the 7pm screening on Friday will be the Director's...

...expect the unexpected)! Lecture by filmmaker Melika Bass on the 25th. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601...

...Sunday at 3:45pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637...

GET OUT - (4/21-4/27) There's still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen and the Logan Theatre's got you covered. Times vary. 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

TV Party 4 - (4/24 at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a collection of indie film shorts. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL. (Big thanks to Mike McCune of the Chicago Horror Meetup Group for the information!)

JURASSIC PREY / THEODORE REX - (4/24 at 8pm) Dinosaur double feature with screenwriter John Oak Dalton Q&A. vendors, food/drink specials, giveaways. 21+. Fat Cat Restaurant & Bar, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL.

...by Elly Green. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. $25. TICKETS...

...tempers rise as their phones reveal the city being destroyed above them. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637...

...the story is told through singing and plenty of hits from the eighties. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets $15...

...Expo. Alex will discuss art forms, trends, storytelling, and more. Free event. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL...

...other guests) will be discussing the future of horror in film and comics. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649...

...Nighy (Love, Actually). All ages. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Omnimax Theater, Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637...

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.

    Weekend Horror: Donnie Darko, Trouble Every Day, C2E2, The Void
    Sci-fi and horror fans of the Midwest, rejoice! This weekend is absolutely packed with entertainment options around Chicago. C2E2 returns, The Void continues, Donnie Darko is back on the big screen with a new 4K restoration, Béatrice Dalle goes wild in Trouble Every Day, Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) will be speaking at the Music...
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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine

I guess it's been a while since I've been over that way. I stopped by to get a sandwich for dinner and there was a sign up saying their license was suspended. Anyone know if this is recent, or have I just been out of the loop as of late?

  • Eh, you'd think if that's routine practice for them the health dept would crack down harder since they clearly don't maintain the changes.

  • Shutdown for no hot water. Critical violation

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Jul 04 2014

Updated 3 days ago

Bought an out of State Car. What do I need to do?

Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with...

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Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with the sale papers? Or do I wait until the Title comes in the mail and then go over there? (Assuming its going to come in the mail??)

What do I do about my city sticker? Do I have to get a new one? (They stuck the old one on the new car.)

And can I put my old plates (from the car I traded in) onto the new car? Or is that a big no-no? (Until its properly transferred.) I'm worried someone's going to steal the temporary plate. (And if I can't put my plates on, can I put the temporary plate in the back window? Or is that a no-no too?

Help please! I looked at cyberdriveillinois, but its not clear to me.

  • @Melissa, I didn't have to get my emissions done first, but I bought my car from a dealer in WI and it was a few years ago. Things may have changed since then. The people at Elston were pretty helpful, so you could stop by and ask once you're purchased the car.

  • Chi-Girl, thanks! I test drove the car here in Chicago, and woke up with horrible neck pain the next day!! So I didn't end up buying the car after all. I'm back to the drawing board when it comes to finding a car, but at least I didn't have to go up to Wisconsin for nothing!

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