46 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Booms

Just in case you were not aware we are close to July 4th Independence Day. This means for the next few weeks you will be hearing booms at night. They are not gunshots they are fireworks. Many of our fellow citizens who choose to ignore the local prohibition of fireworks will be setting off their illegal fireworks. Many of them will have enough of them to continue to amuse themselves before and after the holiday.

  • NW Sider, even if they are prosecuted after a finger is blown off, they continue to be a drain on resources because you and I, by way of our taxes, will help make Disability payments for the rest of their lives because they were stupid enough to shoot off a...

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    NW Sider, even if they are prosecuted after a finger is blown off, they continue to be a drain on resources because you and I, by way of our taxes, will help make Disability payments for the rest of their lives because they were stupid enough to shoot off a finger. We'll pay, too, for the idiots and their ridiculous stereo systems, and the morons on motorcycles that set off car alarms, because they can't find a job because they're now hearing impaired! We work, we pay, "they" get the checks.

  • DebbieM. LOL. Of course, that's the true cost to society of losers.
    Nonetheless, like a friends's self-published children's book title says, "I'd Rather Be Me."

Jun 20

Updated Jun 21

Standing Room Only at West Portage Park Neighbor's Meeting - Waveland and Central Development

We had a packed house tonight at Community First Medical Center. Over fifty neighbors, including 16th District Commander Loony and Alderman Villegas's Chief of Staff, came out in droves to discuss the future of the Waveland and Central property.

WPPNA President Dave Feller opened the meeting, which began with an update on the Patio Theater. Alderman Sposato and the owners of the Patio are still hammering out a plan of operations for the theater in order to get a liquor...

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We had a packed house tonight at Community First Medical Center. Over fifty neighbors, including 16th District Commander Loony and Alderman Villegas's Chief of Staff, came out in droves to discuss the future of the Waveland and Central property.

WPPNA President Dave Feller opened the meeting, which began with an update on the Patio Theater. Alderman Sposato and the owners of the Patio are still hammering out a plan of operations for the theater in order to get a liquor license approved.

The bulk of the meeting considered the vacant lot at Waveland and Central. Yonah Freemark of the Metropolitan Planning Commission highlighted the possibilities for development, noting that the area is probably too small for a full-sized grocery store, but it would be able to accommodate an "express" style grocery store. Citizens can voice their opinion on what they would like to see developed by completing the surveys delivered to their homes or requesting a copy by emailing westppn@gmail.com.

Other notable neighborhood news included a petition drive to support neighborhood schools, which will take place in July and the Little Library Program, which will establish book sharing locations in the neighborhood.

  • I'm still confused as to how any of us gets to decide what goes there. That would be nice, but it doesn't make sense. I understand how we can limit what DOES go there by not allowing the zoning to change. Am I missing something where we can stop someone who wants to develop it within the current zoning?

  • Jaclyn Crawford Harry Potter Enthusiast

    When is the next meeting?

  • Also, it should be noted that Ald. Villegas held a meeting with CVS with regard to the covenant in their lease/contract that does not allow a grocery store to come in onto that lot and CVS indicated to Ald. Villegas that they would lift that covenant for a grocery store if there was a store/chain interested (such as a Marianos Express, TJ, Whole Foods 365, etc.). However, at this point, Ald. Villegas reached out to these grocery entities and none are interested in development.

Jun 18

Updated Jun 20

End of School Bash - Dunning Library - Raven Street Band, A Hit!!!

Today at the Dunning Library, we had music, dancing, snow cones, and most importantly community!

Raven Street performed - a rock band comprised of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders from Onahan School.

State Rep Robert Martwick provided his summer favorite: Red, White, and Blue Snow Cones!

Thank You, to Melissa Kaszynski from the Dunning Library for putting this event together.

The community loved it!!!

Jun 14

Updated Jun 15

Proposed Development is a Mix of Varying Opinions

A lot of support for @perkolator and @portageparkgrounds, shop local, no corporate, walking neighborhood is the general opinion in the room.

But a lovely portrait of a diverse ecosystem, that similar to a coral reef where small and corporate businesses coexist and bolster the area was painted as well.

Which ever way this goes I will continue to support my local coffee shops!

  • I was unable to attend. What were the other businesses proposed for the lot??

  • Ed L. Bannon Resident since 2003; lifelong NW Sider

    I agree, Jason, about supporting locallly owned businesses. They are usually better and more personable. Plus, shopping local keeps the money in the neighborhood, which is better for everybody.

    Thanks for posting about the meeting.

  • Kevin, no other businesses proposed from the developer, they were relying initially on the "Coffee Chain" and then more businesses would come from that.

Jun 12

Found Dog

My friend has two huskies that wandered into her yard! Let me know if you recognize these sweet pups!

Jun 09

Updated Jun 10

Graffiti and gang activity?

Just moved into our home here in portage park and discovered our neighbors across the alley and 2 houses next to ours were tagged with graffiti. This had to have happened overnight, since the garages were free from graffiti last night. I hope this is just kids being bad and not a threat from gangs.

Jun 05

Updated Jun 08

Syringes in alley

The house on the NE corner of Melrose and Melvina is being rehabbed and is unoccupied. Next to their garbage are three syringes. Who do I contact for removal- 311?

  • Maja, have you called the principal of the school?

  • Pamela...yup, several time. I also frequently speak to the security officers who drive around on a golf cart but they only go to belmont...they don't cross it N/B and all of the activity tends to congregate at the alley just across belmont/mobile.

May 24

Updated May 26

Has anyone tried Lone Star BBQ?

I tried this place a month ago and had the worst BBQ meal ever.....

  • Dano Living the dream on NW side

    This place sucks for sure
    Don't see this establishment lasting thru summer

May 23

    Vote to draft girls looming in Congress
    A vote is looming in Congress on whether the U.S. Selective Service System, if and when another draft ever is launched, will be calling up young women as well as young men. And officials with Concerned Women for America say members need to hear from constituents now.
    http://www.wnd.com

May 17

Updated May 20

Found Chihuahua in Portage Park

My neighbors were walking their dog this morning and this little guy followed them home. Was cold and hungry. He's safe and sound for now and will be checking for a chip tonight. Anyone know if someone is missing this sweet little guy?

  • Chitown Gal, doesn't matter that someone unlocked your gate. Yes, the correct course of action is to make sure the gates are closed before letting the dogs out, and not leaving them in the yard unattended. That said, yes, sometimes accidents do happen.

  • Also want to add that the chihuahua in the photo is stretching so it's a little unfair to say he's malnourished. And his nails are a bit long, but also not necessarily a sign of neglect. However, taking those two things into consideration as well as the fact he isn't chipped and no one seems to be looking for him, I would say he is better off going to your friend's forever home. Thanks for taking care of this little pup.

May 16

Community Groups Cultivate Partnership to Achieve Tangible Benefit for Local Area

After months of planning Redeemer Church, a church plant from Park Ridge, has teamed up with the Dunning Read Conservation Area, Friends of Dunning Read, West Portage Park Neighborhood Association, Friends of the Parks, along with volunteers from two corporate sponsors, to come out and clean up our very Own Natural Prairie on the Northwest Side.

Redeemer Church and the Friends of Dunning Read has been in talks about organizing a clean-up event at the Dunning Read Conservation Area. Because...

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After months of planning Redeemer Church, a church plant from Park Ridge, has teamed up with the Dunning Read Conservation Area, Friends of Dunning Read, West Portage Park Neighborhood Association, Friends of the Parks, along with volunteers from two corporate sponsors, to come out and clean up our very Own Natural Prairie on the Northwest Side.

Redeemer Church and the Friends of Dunning Read has been in talks about organizing a clean-up event at the Dunning Read Conservation Area. Because of the interest generated by Peter Schwich, Friends of Dunning Read were able to work with Friends of the Parks to recruit additional volunteers from American Airlines as well as AXA Insurance Company.

It is always a struggle to find volunteers to come maintain the State Land, which was designated a Conservation Area by the 2004 State Wildlife Action Plan. Since the formation of the Friends of Dunning Read, who are charged with organizing local resources to care for the area, there has been more attention brought, in turn realizing tangible benefits.

Thank You to all of the Groups participating in the Dunning Read Conservation Area to bring real change to our community.

www.dunningreadconservationarea.org

!!!Please see attached our Dunning Read Successes and Updates!!!

Apr 25

Updated May 09

Recapping of Windows

Does anyone know of a reputable person who can recap some windows on my house? I live in the dunning area?

May 02

Updated May 03

Beware

Saturday night around 8:00 pm ( dark and raining) two white men came to our door and tried to sell us a security system. They were very pushy and really tried to get in the house. My husband is a carpenter so when they started talking about door jams and had no clue what they were talking about my husband told them to leave. They did, but were going door to door knocking on everyone's door. My husband called the...

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Saturday night around 8:00 pm ( dark and raining) two white men came to our door and tried to sell us a security system. They were very pushy and really tried to get in the house. My husband is a carpenter so when they started talking about door jams and had no clue what they were talking about my husband told them to leave. They did, but were going door to door knocking on everyone's door. My husband called the police and they came out within 10 minutes. Unfortunately they were gone. The police said that it sounded like a scam, just trying to see who lives where. They never mentioned the company that they were representing. Just want everyone to know to beware.

  • Tommy G retired

    The 2 white guys were in the Irving Cumberland area. They represent Vivint alarm company. They are slow to identify themselves. They are pushy and even if you have an alarm system they try to indicate how your system can be defeated. I called my alarm company ADT and they said BEWARE. The best part of their system is the camera in the door bell which you can watch on the alarm panel video screen, but be prepared to pay about $60. a month for a basic system.

  • They were on Pittsburgh Ave, I just told them I wasn't interested.

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