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Lost Super Sweet Cocktail

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

1 hour ago

The ultimate guide to vintage and thrift shopping in Chicago

6025 W. Irving Park Road 773-283-1653

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These vintage goods are on-the-go and can be found around the city—sometimes, the country—in their ’76 Dodge RV. Follow these fashionable ladies on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next or hit up their shop on Etsy.

1934 S. Wabash Ave. 312-496-3022

6130 N. Broadway 773-743-5444

1151 W. Berwyn Ave. 773-907-2225

6124 N. Broadway 773-313-3614

1500 E. 53rd St. 872-244-7477

5305 S. Hyde Park Blvd. 773-675-6114

2600 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-904-7634

1770 W. Berteau Ave. 773-447-8527

1658 N. Wells St. 312-291-9126

1425 W. 18th St. 312-850-2510

1147 W. 18th St. 773-930-6977

1430 W. 18th St. 312-243-5915

629 W. Cermak Road 773-492-1315

1346 W. 18th St. 312-929-2441

4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. 773-348-0622

4222 N. Ravenswood Ave. 847-475-5025

330 N. Clark St. 312-755-1266

917 N. Ashland Ave. 773-698-6118

1452 W. Chicago Ave. 312-508-3398

1840 W. Hubbard St. 312-733-0098

432 W. Chicago Ave. 312-526-3164

1478 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9558

1323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-252-6996

2545 W. North Ave. 773-943-0710

1721 W. North Ave. 773-235-5797

1472 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4296

1528 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-276-7002

1507 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-384-7880

2501 W. Chicago Ave. 872-817-7116

    The ultimate guide to vintage and thrift shopping in Chicago
    One man's trash is another man's treasure. Or, in the case of these Chicago thrift and vintage shops, everything is a treasure just waiting to be dusted off and given some love. If you're looking for that one-of-a-kind statement piece to give your wardrobe a chance to stand out, these shops are the spots to hit first.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

3 days ago

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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

  • Waveland_5400 Retired and loving it!

    EBKitty, noted. And then there's the Patio theater :-)
    Sign me, Donald Downer

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    You and me both Superman. Chicago needs gun ranges and gun shops. It would generate a lot of revenue.

28 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Looking for someone to install railing in concrete.

Hi Neighbors,
I'm looking for someone who can install a metal railing in existing concrete. I'm not even sure what type of business to call. Recommendations are welcome, thanks for your help!

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3 days ago

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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!

    Jordan - Yes he does, although we do not use him monthly.

  • I've used Bahena's Landscaping. They do really good work and will also do monthly service. 773-430-7048

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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?

  • 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.

  • Waveland_5400 Retired and loving it!

    It's never wise to ask too much of the city. Pretty much anything out of the norm is illegal.

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

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.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    The worst thing about a vehicle blocking any sidewalk is someone in a wheelchair not being able to get around it.

  • ...and if you go back to my Google StreetView link yesterday and roll up to the cross street and look back you'll see the same car in the same place in August 2016.

28 hours ago

Summer Camp at St. John's Lutheran School - 9 Weeks of Christ-centered Summer Fun

Attend from 1 week to all 9 weeks!
Enroll by May 5th!
When: 06/12/17—08/11/17 from 7am-6pm
Where: 4939 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Costs:
5 Day: 1st camper: $195/wk, addl. siblings $175/wk
3 Day: 1st camper: $120/wk, addl. siblings $105/wk
Includes: t-shirt, water bottle, afternoon snack & field trips
For full details: visit stjohnschicago.org/summer-camp
Call/Text: 773-807-4929
Email: summercamp@stjohnschicago.org

Mar 29

Updated 31 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.

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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.

  • 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

  • Agnes Groeper Major of Major

    When the Gas Co. decided to install those huge pipes in our street, the company they used ruined not only our grass, curbs, trees and cracked our foundations, but were very messy workers. Concerning our foundations we were told,"Prove it.You have old houses." Their machinery pounded and pounded for days....

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    When the Gas Co. decided to install those huge pipes in our street, the company they used ruined not only our grass, curbs, trees and cracked our foundations, but were very messy workers. Concerning our foundations we were told,"Prove it.You have old houses." Their machinery pounded and pounded for days. Huge tanklike machines backed over our cubs cracking them to pieces. Still that way. The pounding broke some gas lines going to homes on the opposite side of the digging. They dug holes to the homes. The grass replacement was suppose to be quality sod. not so. Because I have good Zoysa grass would you believe while I was out the workers cut a 4x6 piece of my sod and stole it. When I asked to have it replaced, the Gas Co. gave me some cruddy sod that still won't grow. I am sure that my complaints and the complaints many of the other neighbors led to the Gas Co getting rid of that company. The new company does not use that pounding machine. My advice is keep after Com Ed. If you are not satisfied, keep calling. The squeeky wheel gets the oil.

Aug 17 2012

Updated 45 hours ago

Where to buy microgreens?

Is there a store where I can buy microgreens? I haven't seen them at the little markets that I frequent and don't shop the big chain food stores. I have seen them at Farmers Markets at various parks, but am wondering where I will be able to purchase them once the weather changes. Thanks in advance for any info!

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April 21, 2017 Update

Six Corners Association and Retro Fitness are partnering up to host two all-levels fitness classes in the Portage Theater ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee, Sunday, April 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Thursday, May 11. from 6:000-7:30 PM at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee

Sat., Apr 22, 10 am-12 pm, Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park./ Myrna Santiago- Martinez hosts aABC’s of Home Buying Process seminar. More info: online. Free.

Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free. 

Thur., Apr 27, 10 am-2 pm, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. The Planning and Placement Center hosts a Job Fair & Career Day. Resume and professional dress required. More info: 773-481-8527. 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 the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 11 am, Biagio, 4242 N. Central. The St. Cornelius Ladies Guild is hosting their annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment by Roxanne Anzelone. Sign up: call June at 773-267-1774.$40.

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Thursday, May 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner;

Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jefferson Park Library Branch, 5363 W. Lawrence;

Monday, May 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker;

Tuesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison; and

CTA Jefferson Park Terminal (meet at 9 AM at 4917 N. Milwaukee);

Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski (Meet at Potbelly at 4185 W. Irving Park at 9 AM);

Along Avondale near Lawrence (Meet at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, at 9 AM); and

The triangles at Milwaukee and Foster (meet at Habeleter Bowl, 5250 N. Milwaukee, at 8 AM).

The triangles at Milwaukee and Foster (meet at Habeleter Bowl, 5250 N. Milwaukee, at 8 AM).

...as the winner of a city design competition for the new Independence Park Library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the ground level with affordable housing above as part...

A public meeting to gather community input on the final design will be on Monday, May 15, from 5-7 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.

Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.

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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.

Sat., Apr 22, 8:30 am-1 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. CPS in partnership with the Arturuo Velasquez Institute invites you to attend the Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum and Resource Fair. More info and register: online.Free. 

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-12 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Spend your Earth Dayhelping beautify a local park. More info and sign up:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm, Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Village Network is hosting a Chicago Housing Expo. This year’s theme is “Living Better at Home”. Learn more:online. Free.

Sat., Apr 22, 5-6:30 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings.Join neighbors and the congregation for a Spaghetti Dinner Social event. Doors open at 4. For seating reservations or special raffle ticket numbers call: 773-725-0121.Adult/$12; Children 6 & under/Free. 

Sun., Apr 23, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee hosts its final 2016-2017 concert. Featuring the Carthage Faculty Trio. Reception to follow concert. More info: online.Free/Donations accepted. 

Tues., Apr 25, 10 am, Liberty Bank, 6210 N. Milwaukee. Liberty Bank will host aFinancial Abuse Among Seniorspresentation. RSVP by April 20 to Marsha: 773-489-4679. Free.

Wed., Apr 26, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn the 3 steps to obtaining a business license as well as business resources during a Business Licensing 101 workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 9-11 am, St. Edward School, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Meet teachers, students, and parents while school is in session during the St. Edward School Open House. More info: online or 773-736-9133.Free.

Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.

Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am, Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker...

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.

Sat., Apr 29, 3-4 pm, City News Cafe, 4018 N. Cicero. Local and international poets Snezana Zabic and Larry O. Dean will join City News Cafe for a Poetry Reading and Book Signing. Tasha Fouts will also read and bring her own poems to share. More info:online. Cost of purchases. 

Sat., Apr 29, 7:30 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. The Trinity Irish Dance Company teams up with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for the third annualStomping Grounds, a dance concert highlighting different communities and rhythmic traditions. More info: online. Free.

Fri., May 5, 12-2 pm, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The 17th, 19th, 20th, and 24th police districts co-host aSeniors Cinco de Mayo party. All seniors invited.$2/person. 

Sat., May 6, 12-4 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield. The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is hosting the 10th annualFine Craft Fair just in time for Mother’s Day.Email organizers if you’re interested in participating.Cost of Purchases. 

Thur., May 11, 12-2 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Andrew Salata hosts a Social Security: Rights, Responsibilities, and Deadlines seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.

Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm, Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.

Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen

    April 21, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Start your Sunday morning off right with Zumba and Yoga in the Portage Theater! Six Corners Association and Retro Fitness are partnering up to host two all-levels fitness classes in the Portage Theater ballroom, 4050 N. Milwaukee, Sunday, April 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.
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2 days ago

Updated 2 days 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

Apr 19

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

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2 days 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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