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Helicopter action in Portage Park

It's 6am and there is a helicopter hovering south of Irving Park and Austin. Grrr. Why?

Feb 20

Updated 4 hours ago

Update on Closed thread: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/apr15-yet-another-pickup-tr

Since the thread was closed (for good reasons of its age) I am starting a new one to give out some updates for people in Portage Park that own a Pickup Truck or a Van.

There is legislation in committee (The Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee) headed by Burnett (27th) and Mell(33rd), (and also includes 50th and 41st Wards) that is set to abolish the requirement of a Pickup truck/Van Residential Parking Permit.

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Since the thread was closed (for good reasons of its age) I am starting a new one to give out some updates for people in Portage Park that own a Pickup Truck or a Van.

There is legislation in committee (The Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee) headed by Burnett (27th) and Mell(33rd), (and also includes 50th and 41st Wards) that is set to abolish the requirement of a Pickup truck/Van Residential Parking Permit.

The only thing you will need to park your Non-Commercial Use Pickup Truck or Van (under 8001 pounds) will be a Current, Valid Chicago City Sticker. The City Clerk is taxing over the regulation of these particular vehicles, around April-June when/if this amendment legislation passes committee.

This is the down side: Based off of the language of the amendments as it stands, if you do not BUY a City Sticker, you can be ticketed. If your City Sticker is Expired, you can be ticketed, If you don't Live in Chicago, you can be ticketed.

And then of course there is the 24/7 restriction of parking Trucks on a Business Street for free or parking Commercial Vehicles of Any Type on a City Street for free if they are not engaged in business at a location on the block they have parked on during business hours and outside of business hours IF an Emergency Service Call.

I am including a link that will take anyone that clicks on it directly to the City Clerks website where they host every City Committee with the wards of every Alderman that sits on or Chairs/Vice Chairs the committees:

https://chicago.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=13665&GUID=D80FEBB5-57FC-4E88-A9AA-428861DA3053

Hope this information will help, and Call your alderman to get on the Committee to hurry up and pass this Common Sense Amendment to alleviate the headaches that City Residents face with this issue.

    Office of the City Clerk - Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
    The Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety shall have jurisdiction over all orders, ordinances, resolutions and matters relating to regulating vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, on or off street parking, public safety, highways, grade separations, protected bicycle lanes, Chicago bicycle and pedestrian plans and studies, Chicago metropolitan area traffic studies and highway development, and matters generally affecting the Bureau of Street Traffic and the Bureau of Parking, the Police Traffic Bureau, and public and private organizations dealing with traffic and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
    https://chicago.legistar.com
  • Going to update this thread because of a New and Recent Change to the Ordinances from the original linked thread.

    9-64-170 A has been amended effective April 2016. You No Longer are required to obtain and display a Special Permit to park your Passenger Use Pickup Truck or Van on...

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    Going to update this thread because of a New and Recent Change to the Ordinances from the original linked thread.

    9-64-170 A has been amended effective April 2016. You No Longer are required to obtain and display a Special Permit to park your Passenger Use Pickup Truck or Van on a Residential Street. If you have a Current and Valid City Sticker on that Passenger Use Only Pickup Truck or Van, you are Good to Go for parking on that Residential Street you used to have a special sticker for.

    9-64-170B has also been amended to remove the Prohibition of Parking a Pickup Truck (because it is a Truck) on a Business Street. No City Sticker Requirement on this one though.

    Please note: Must Display a City Sticker on the Vehicle.

    Suburb Pickup Truck? Wisconsin Van? No City Sticker = $75.00 Ticket for the Residential Street parking ban.

    Commercial Vehicle Enforcement has also Stepped up. Outside of City Business Hours, ALL commercial vehicles (Marked. See Ordinance 9-64-170E for the definition and requirement) can be Tickets for 125$ and Booted on Site. All Unmarked Commercial/Contractor Use Vehicles will be ticketed under A, B or D because they are NOT MARKED.

    A Marked Commercial Vehicle consists of a vehicle with:

    Business Name
    Business Address and Phone #
    Business License Number

    And while working:

    A Contractor Parking Placard (available FOR FREE from the Chicago City Clerks website as a downloadable PDF. FREE Stuff from the City!!).

6 hours ago

Man With Knives Robs Northwest Side, Norridge Businesses

at 12:40 a.m. in the 5600 block of West Irving Park Road in the Portage Park neighborhood;

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at 7:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of West Higgins Avenue in the Oriole Park neighborhood; and

    Man With Knives Robs Northwest Side, Norridge Businesses
    CHIC AGO (CBS) - A man armed with two knives robbed three businesses early Wednesday on the Northwest Side and in northwest suburban Norridge. In each case, the man entered the business and showed a knife while demanding money from the register, according to Chicago Police. The robberies were reported: at 12:40 a.m.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

7 hours ago

Man with a knife robs Northwest Side, Norridge businesses

at 12:40 a.m. in the 5600 block of West Irving Park Road in the Portage Park neighborhood;

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at 7:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of West Higgins Avenue in the Oriole Park neighborhood; and

    Man with a knife robs Northwest Side, Norridge businesses
    A man armed with two knives robbed three businesses early Wednesday on the Northwest Side and in northwest suburban Norridge. In each case, the man entered the business and showed a knife while demanding money from the register, according to Chicago Police. The robberies were reported: at 12:40 a.m.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

15 hours ago

3 seriously injured in Dunning crash

As of 6:13 a.m., the CTA’s No. 80 Irving Park buses were temporarily rerouted in the area, via Irving Park, Harlem, Addison, Oak Park and Irving Park.

    3 seriously injured in Dunning crash
    Three people were seriously injured in a crash Wednesday morning in the Dunning neighborhood on the Northwest Side. A taxi and a black vehicle crashed shortly after 5 a.m. in the 4000 block of North New England, according to preliminary information from Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

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Aug 29

Updated 39 hours ago

Water Main Project Is Killing Our Business, Says Portage Grounds Cafe Owner

The biggest hassle for Portage Grounds customers has been the lack of parking near the cafe, 5501 W. Irving Park Road, Quezada said.

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    Water Main Project Is Our Killing Business, Says Portage Grounds Cafe Owner
    PORTAGE PARK - A months-long construction project to replace water mains underneath Irving Park Road has snarled traffic and made it impossible to park near Portage Grounds in Portage Park - grinding the cafe's profits to dust, its owner said.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • Ralph Johnson Old, retired and not living in Rhamville any more.

    And how much did your business and property taxes go up? We need more government workers! Many municipality's have a small workforce and outsource most of the larger jobs. Less city employees means less payroll and less pensions.

  • When is this project supposed to be completed ? As it looks now, the crews have abandoned the project, leaving behind only destruction, piles of gravel, busted up, run over barrels... The strip of Irving in along the car dealerships is almost impassable.

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    Ms. Edwards is asking for $676.54:
    My students need chromebooks to develop student-created newsletters and to help foster a collaborative classroom community.
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2 days ago

Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program

6100 W. Irving Park

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3401 W. Foster

3160 N. Milwaukee

    Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program | Alderman John Arena - Chicago's 45th Ward
    Beginning October 1, eligible homeowners affected by the increase in property taxes can apply for the city property tax rebate. Chicago homeowners with a household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less earned in 2015 that saw an increase in the city portion of their most recent property tax bill increase compared to last year's, may be eligible to apply for a rebate to offset the property tax increase.
    http://ward45.org

2 days ago

Cyclist Killed In Crash With Truck At Damen And Addison

Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man riding a bicycle along Irving Park Road near Marmora Avenue was critically injured when he was hit by an SUV.

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NORTH CENTER — A woman riding her bike Monday morning was killed in a collision with a "small flatbed truck" on Damen Avenue near Addison Street, police say.

Last month, Francisco Cruz, 58, was killed by a car while biking in the 4000 block of West Maypole Avenue.

The nation's first bike-share fatality happened in Chicago on July 1, when 25-year-old Virginia Murray was hit by a flatbed truck while riding a Divvy bike at Belmont and Sacramento avenues. 

    Cyclist Killed In Crash With Truck At Damen And Addison, Police Say
    NORTH CENTER - A woman riding her bike Monday morning was killed in a collision with a "small flatbed truck" on Damen Avenue near Addison Street, police say. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was riding a bike northbound on Damen Avenue near Addison Street when she collided with a northbound "small, flatbed truck" that was turning eastbound onto Addison Street, according to Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago police spokesperson.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

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Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo to the a...

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #BelmontGardens (Pensacola & Long Ave) Female Mix.Tan Call 773-732-1796 Email Kathyolejnik@gmail.com to identify. This dog...

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Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo to the a...

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #BelmontGardens (Pensacola & Long Ave) Female Mix.Tan Call 773-732-1796 Email Kathyolejnik@gmail.com to identify. This dog...


4 days ago

September 23, 2016 Newsletter

Meet at Portage Ground Coffee, 5501 W. Irving Park, at 8 am. After enjoying delicious coffee, cyclists will take off for a 15 mile ride that explores the extension of the North Branch Trail and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Sat., Sept 24, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, Community Room, 6100 W. Irving Park, 2nd Floor.Learn about the basics of gardening ecosystems, water conservation, sustainable practices, and environmental...

Sun., Sept 25, 8:30 am, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Community First Medical Center (5645 W. Addison) sponsors the 17th annual Fall Into Fitness 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds to support hospitals Medical Interpreters Program. Sign up:online. $20/adults, $10/children & seniors, $45/families. 

...Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gathers in the southeast corner of the park near Irving Park and Long to sell their locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, and prepared foods...

Wed., Oct 12, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

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This Michelin Guide-recommended farmers market takes place at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield, between 9 am and 1 pm every other Sunday through October. Market goers can pick from a wide range of quality vendors and pay with cash, credit card, or LINK cards.

...during an event this Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 4 pm at the museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee. The event also includes a youth panel where the new contributors will talk about the...

On Friday, September 30, cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin. The Six Corners Association will show The Goonies in a Drive-In Movie event located int he parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.

What does health and wellness mean to you? Join over 50 vendors in the medical and safety field during the 45th Ward Back-To-School Community Fair. The event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 8, at Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee.

Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker, is raising money to better serve their native Spanish speaking students.

The Irving Park Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler, is collecting gently used winter coats to distribute to those in need starting in October. All shapes and sizes of coats are needed.

Coats can also be dropped off inside the main lobby at either Disney II Magnet School campus. Disney II Elementary is located at 3815 N. Kedvale and Disney II High School is located at 3900 N. Lawndale.

Coats can also be dropped off inside the main lobby at either Disney II Magnet School campus. Disney II Elementary is located at 3815 N. Kedvale and Disney II High School is located at 3900 N. Lawndale.

September 29 through November 20, The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, will feature A Life Extra Ordinary.

Performances will take place at Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee (across the street from the Filament Theatre), September 24 through October 3. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children. Ticket price includes a 5-course prix fixe tasting menu. Seating is limited.

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., Sept 24, 9:30 am, 4350 W. Sunnyside. St. Edwards hosts their Homecoming Parade. Parade starts at 4350 W. Sunnyside and ends at Gompers Park. Free.

Sat., Sept 24, 11 am, Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster. Kick off the St. Edward’s football season by watching the Junior Varsity Homecoming football game.Free.

Sat., Sept 24, 6:30-10 pm,Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell.Show off your dance moves during the John Keane Homecoming Scholarship Dance. All ages welcome. $5/person or $20/family. 

Sat., Sept 24, 7-11 pm, St. Bartholomew Parish, 4949 W. Patterson. Enjoy live music, great food, and delicious beer during the BartOberFest. More info:online. $25.

Sun., Sept 25, 8:30 am, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Community First Medical Center (5645 W. Addison) sponsors the 17th annual Fall Into Fitness 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds to support hospitals Medical Interpreters Program. Sign up:online. $20/adults, $10/children & seniors, $45/families. 

Sun., Sept 25, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and the Copernicus Foundation host a Community Garage Sale/Flea Market at Lipps and Lawrence.Free. 

Sun., Sept 25, 9 am-1:30 pm,Copernicus Center Parking Lot, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and the Copernicus Foundation host a Community Garage Sale/Flea Market at Lipps and Lawrence.Free. 

Sun., Sept 25, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support locally grown food and other local vendors during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. Free. 

Tue., Sept 27, noon-1:30 pm, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 2005. Learn Learn about types of adult day care services, how to choose the...

Tue., Sept 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.

Wed., Sept 28, 3-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805.Take an in-depth look at some of the ways to find funding for your business and access capital during a Financing Your New Business seminar. More info and register: online or call 312-744-2086. Free.

Wed., Sept 28, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Join neighbors for the monthly Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Guest speaker Jim Bachor talk about converting potholes into works of art. Free.

Thurs., Sept 29, noon-1:30 pm,Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400.Learn more about plans to transform the region’s rivers during the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Roundtable.More info and register: online.$30/general, $15/MPC Donor; free to media.

Sun., Oct 2, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents The Allegro Trio. Free, but donations are accepted.

Fri., Oct 7, 9 am-7 pm, St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster. Find great deals during the St Cornelius Ladies Guild’sRummage Sale. $5 bag sale and low prices. Free.

Fri., Oct 7, 2-4 pm, Oak Street Health, Community Room, 4848 W. Irving Park. Obtain resources from a variety of vendors in the heath care community, including Rush University Medical Center, during a Senior Resource Fair. RSVP: online or call 773-724-6200. Free.

Sat., Oct 8, 10 am-2 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. The Athletic Field Park Advisory Council hosts its annual Fall Fest. Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, Harvest Cafe, music, and more. More info: online. Admission free, costs apply for rides, food, etc. 

Sat., Oct 15, 9 am-3 pm, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 4950 W. Addison. 30 vendors will be selling homemade and manufactured products during the Annual Craft Fair. Cash prizes and giveaways. Vendor space available. More info: email organizers. Free.

Sat., Oct 15, 6:30 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Gymnasium, 4057 N. Harding. Teams compete for bragging rights and cash during Carlson Community Services’ Carlson Trivia Night. Beer, wine, and soda available for purchase. 21 and older. More info: online. $240/table, 8 people/team. 

Tues., Oct 18, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Join neighbors for theWest Walker Civic Association General Meeting. Free.

Wed., Oct 19, 7:30 pm, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 Beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Sat., Oct 22, 10 am-4 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Local fair features crafts and merchandise handmade by local artisans during the 3rd annual Maker...

Thur., Oct 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat CAPS meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Fri., Oct 28, 10 am-2 pm, Central Plaza Residential Home, 321 N. Central. Are you looking for a new job? Central Plaza Home is hosting their 3rd annual...

    September 23, 2016 Newsletter | Alderman John Arena - Chicago's 45th Ward
    Dear Neighbor, Join me between 10 am and noon this Sunday, September 25, at the Independence Park Farmers Market. I will be attending along with my spin art bike. This crowd pleasing attraction creates art right before your eyes. This Michelin Guide-recommended farmers market takes place at Independence Park, 3945 N.
    http://ward45.org

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