2 hours ago

Club on 35th & Western Ave.

Does anyone else notice the club on 3500 S. Western Avenue? This place called El Rey is operating a full blown club using a banquet hall license. How are they getting away with this? When was the letter sent out to neighbors within 500 feet as required city ordinance?

2 days ago

Storyclub Update

Well I attended this month's Storyclub Tuesday night. It was great, again. They actually ran out of chairs. Next month I"m bringing my own. The only drawback still, is the narrator who feels he needs to scream and swear at the audience in between performances. I don't know. Maybe he's nervous and doesn't know how to express himself... hmm..
Anyway, that aside, try to come to the next one. It's the event's 1 year anniversary celebration and the Northside Storyclub is coming to share/compete.

Oh and it's a BYOB, if your so inclined. But it's only an 1 1/2 hours long so it's definitely doable without. Either way is acceptable. Enjoy!

more details? go to: http://www.storyclubchicago.com/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Blue arrow on trees

Does anyone know what this blue arrow means? I'm assuming a utilities of some sort. Any info? Thanks!

  • Jason Marshall Pilsen - Harrison Park resident

    I believe the arrows lead to the smurf village ;)

  • Kathy Long time Bridgeport resident

    maybe a dying or diseased tree or tree trimming by the electric company

  • Thanks for your inputs. It's been bugging me so I did some more research and tracked down a # to Streets & San Forestry Div. Man at the office said that blue paint usual means water main location. Makes sense!

Mar 19

Updated Apr 09

What is going to be built here?

Does anyone know what is going to be done at 3124(approx address) S Shields Ave. It seems like they are doing to tear down the factory/warehouse there...I don't even know who owns it now...Advance something or other....(is the name I think) Anyway I live on that block and am curious as to what is going on with all the excavators and bulldozers they are using there this week.

  • We own property down the street from this location & would welcome new homes w/open arms. The property has been an eyesore for a number of years & we could not get the owner to clean it up. It's better vacant than what was there.

  • i live directly across trom this site and they are definitely digging a huge whole and getting a foundation for something started. perhaps they will build homes like the ones on the opposite side of Stewart (ST/alley/whatever it is) If they build that then the people will all have their own garages and parking on Stewart street behind their residences also. So the parking should not be to problematic, except the property taxes will go up again.

Apr 06

LSC Elections Mon 4/7 and Tue 4/8

On Monday, April 7, parents and community members can vote at their local elementary school. On Tuesday, April 8, parents and community members can vote at their local high school.

To find your elementary school and high school:
Please use this website & plug in your address. You do need to select the “Search by Address” button.
http://www.cps.edu/schools/find_a_school/pages/schoollocator.aspx
Community members voting must be at least 18 years old.
You can vote anytime during the hours of 6:00 am to 7:00...

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On Monday, April 7, parents and community members can vote at their local elementary school. On Tuesday, April 8, parents and community members can vote at their local high school.

To find your elementary school and high school:
Please use this website & plug in your address. You do need to select the “Search by Address” button.
http://www.cps.edu/schools/find_a_school/pages/schoollocator.aspx
Community members voting must be at least 18 years old.
You can vote anytime during the hours of 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Voting takes place at each school.
You can vote for UP TO 5 candidates. You will receive a ballot that includes both Parent Rep and Community Rep candidates.
You do need to present current identification.
If you are a CPS parent voting at your child’s school, you will need the report card you just picked up, plus one more form of ID.
If you are a community member, you need 2 forms of ID to prove you live within the school’s boundaries.
Accepted forms of ID include:
Driver’s License
IL State ID
Credit Card with picture
Voter Registration Card
Matricula Consular
MediPlan/Medicaid Card
Permanent Resident Card
Current Lease or Utility Bill
Thank you so much for your time and commitment to our community and our schools!

Apr 02

Penny Social - this SUNDAY!

We have HUNDREDS of prizes to give away! Please join us!

DOORS OPEN AT 11am in the school building
Penny Social Calling Begins at 12;30 sharp
Refreshments and Lunch for sale!

WIN a flat screen TV, a child's electric riding car, new vacuum, professional waffle maker, plus HUNDREDS of other prizes including jewelry, household appliances, toys, tools, kitchen items, games, snacks, and SO MUCH MORE!

Help us spread the word - and raise money to paint the church domes with this fundraiser!

Apr 01

Updated Apr 02

Volunteer opportunities needed

I was awarded a scholarship to pursue my MFA and one of the conditions is that I do volunteer work in my community. I was wondering if any organizations here in Bridgeport needed any volunteer help. I'd also be willing to volunteer my design services to any non-profits in the area if it would help out.

Thanks

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    The Bridgeport Citizens Group could use a bit of design help with a educational trifold showing CAPS attendees the right way to call 311, 911 and how to report. We have the various components; they just need to be put together.
    The McGuane Park Advisory Council is gathering memories, pictures,...

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    The Bridgeport Citizens Group could use a bit of design help with a educational trifold showing CAPS attendees the right way to call 311, 911 and how to report. We have the various components; they just need to be put together.
    The McGuane Park Advisory Council is gathering memories, pictures, etc. from residents. So far we have material going back to the early 1900s through the 70s. This will likely be several trifolds and likely will not be completed until mid-May or thereabouts. If you would like to do either of these, please send an email to mvawelter@gmail.com.

  • dversdzn Bridgeporter

    Erik, I've got degrees in both Graphic & Industrial Design, but I focus primarily on the graphic end. But I'm willing to help out with whatever someone might need. my work and resume can be viewed at www.kierandelaney.com.

Mar 21

Updated Apr 02

Has Alderman Balcer just put his job on the line with this decision?

"Ald. Jim Balcer (11th), whose Bridgeport ward includes the project, agreed that there would be “almost zero disturbance to the community.” He’s all for a project he called a boon to tourism.

“It means jobs. It means economic growth. It means no TIF money will be used. TIF money will be put in. Fifty or more direct jobs at all level skills will be brought in. Increased revenue for local business. New business and growth in the community, which also creates jobs and revenue. Increased property values,” the alderman said."

I think Balcer has made the mistake of his career.

  • I have been trying to find out where they were advertised. I heard one was held at St. Barbara's but not sure how people heard about it or how much advance notice was given. Was it on EveryBlock recently? Perhaps I just missed it. I looked back through several months...

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    I have been trying to find out where they were advertised. I heard one was held at St. Barbara's but not sure how people heard about it or how much advance notice was given. Was it on EveryBlock recently? Perhaps I just missed it. I looked back through several months of the Bridgeport News and only saw about it advancing through the city council committees, nothing about a meeting. Of course, it could have been slipped in with other things. At any rate, the 11th Ward makes sure our mailboxes get stuffed with whom to vote for at election time, and we also get notified by the city where we can vote. This is not a small thing we should get similar focus for notifications on this and any other major items that will affect our lives and our property.

    If notifications were sent out and I just plain dropped the ball and ignored them, then I will go to Balcer and apologize, but I don't see that as happening. Especially since he has been involved in this for 3 years yet it is new to us.

  • MrCool!! It depends fully on the type of development !!!! And how it is arranged!!

Mar 28

Updated Mar 31

Franco’s Ristorante Offers Diners 1989 Menu Celebrating Opening Day Baseball on the South Side

Franco’s Ristorante, a South Side Chicago neighborhood institution at 32nd & Princeton for the past 25 years, is celebrating the 2014 baseball season with dining treats and a trip to the past.

Franco’s opened its doors in 1989 at 31st and Princeton, in the shadows of the Old Comiskey Park and just a few blocks north of what would be dubbed the New Comiskey.

Franco’s Ristorante is celebrating our storied South Side Chicago past by treating White Sox fans and...

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Franco’s Ristorante, a South Side Chicago neighborhood institution at 32nd & Princeton for the past 25 years, is celebrating the 2014 baseball season with dining treats and a trip to the past.

Franco’s opened its doors in 1989 at 31st and Princeton, in the shadows of the Old Comiskey Park and just a few blocks north of what would be dubbed the New Comiskey.

Franco’s Ristorante is celebrating our storied South Side Chicago past by treating White Sox fans and foodies to a season of treats, discounts and delights.

Starting opening day, anyone who brings a 1989 season game stub to Franco’s will be treated to a free entrée of pasta and meatball with marinara sauce.

• Franco’s will also offer diners a Retro 1989, menu including soup, pasta and meatball with marinara sauce and cannoli, for just $12.

In nearly a quarter of a century, Franco’s has built a dedicated following who visit for our famous handmade gnocchi, pastas, meatballs and massive pork chops, in addition to our contemporary and fresh salads, and seafood served in a welcoming old-neighborhood environment.

Die-hard lunch fans from the South Side and beyond visit Franco’s for the delicious Grilled Chicken on Ciabatta sandwich as well as fresh salads.

Franco’s is also host to many family and business gatherings. McCormick Place convention-goers who want a relaxed, friendly setting and quality meals after the show reserve business dinners and luncheons for their teams and clients.

Families rely on Franco’s for their wedding rehearsal dinners, baptisms, graduation, Holy Communion and other celebrations. And you’ll find Franco’s Ristorante bustling with faces from the old neighborhood after the Southside Feasts of St. Rocco, Santa Maria Incoronata or Saint Jerome Church.

Contact Jeanine at Franco’s Ristorante by calling 312-225-9566 to book your next business or family gathering.

Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

Gunshots fired on 32nd and Lituanica

At around 9:35 this evening at least 10 gunshots were fired in rapid sequence in the middle of the street on 32nd and Lituanica and then continued down 32nd Place, right past our family home. This is really sad considering the police department is one block away and anytime I drive down 32nd Place there's always a cluster of neighborhood trash hanging out on a porch, always sticking out like a sore thumb. Why are the police not patrolling this...

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At around 9:35 this evening at least 10 gunshots were fired in rapid sequence in the middle of the street on 32nd and Lituanica and then continued down 32nd Place, right past our family home. This is really sad considering the police department is one block away and anytime I drive down 32nd Place there's always a cluster of neighborhood trash hanging out on a porch, always sticking out like a sore thumb. Why are the police not patrolling this known hot spot better, especially when it's in their backyard and oh so obvious to civilians? We had at least three shootings on this block alone last year and luckily no one was injured. I plan on attending the next CAPS meeting and voicing my concerns about the cluster of gangbangers that is always hanging on 32nd Place throwing up gang signs at passing cars and whom I assume we're involved in or the target of today's shooting. I think we really need to press hard on the police in order to help push out this pocket of gangs. Enough is enough! It's time for the community to keep pressing the police to focus a little more on their own back yard! I checked the 9th Districts calendar for April CAPS meeting but no dates have been posted.

  • JLB

    This is a shots fired incident with resulting criminal damage. A shooting is only when a person is hit.

  • g...... resident

    To me when shots are fired it's a shooting whether someone is hit or not. This time they shot buildings. And what happened last night by you goes well beyond shots fired. There's too much going on too often around here and it has to stop.

Mar 25

Updated Mar 25

Lost and scared German Shepard

This could be Ryan- female, microchipped from the north side and been missing all week. Her owners have reported sightings everywhere from lake view to buck town so maybe she got all the way down here. Hoping she gets home soon. Owner is Mary and can be reached at 231-852-0681. Please call if there's another sighting. Ryan shows fear aggression and is most likely very scared. Microchip #OA11463028

  • Just told "Ryan" is home, so this is not her wandering B'port

  • Oh that's great news for Ryan. Hoping this doggie gets home safe too. Thanks for the update!!!

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 21

Updated Mar 22

Finalists in Windy City Live Spring Wedding Giveaway!!!!

My name is Joe and my fiancé Dolly and I are finalists for the Windy City Live Spring Wedding Giveaway. We live in Bridgeport and are hardcore Sox fans.

We would appreciate your support if you could go to Windy City Live's Facebook page and vote for us!

You can also use this link to vote:
http://woobox.com/yj4drm

Mar 10

Updated Mar 21

Dead Rabbits in Palmisano Park

I was walking through the park today, and noticed 5-6 healthy looking rabbits dead around the big sledding hill. There were so many scattered over such a small area it didn't seem natural. I didn't notice any dead rabbits anywhere else in the park. Does anyone know why this would have happened? Will someone from the park district come to get rid of the rabbits? It would be awkward to explain to young children & there are several close to the paths.

  • Just me Lifelong caring resident

    Dredging the quarry and the river would produce many artifacts!!

  • humanstructions B & R Bridgeport Armour School 1965 - VN 1971

    yeah ... artifacts too!

Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

VOTE for me please!!

Bailey will be 17 this June & was diagnosed with cancer last year. Help her leave a legacy behind for us on day and cast your vote! Voted already- please share with your facebook friends! Every vote counts! thanks! Bailey

Only one more day to vote in our My Dog For Mayor contest. Be part of hound history and cast your vote today: http://woobox.com/3s6tns

  • Cheryl Long Time Resident

    Voted and shared! Good Luck Bailey! Praying for you. :)

Mar 12

Updated Mar 16

Homeless Guy and his camp next to the river

Is anybody aware of the homeless guy who has his camp next to da river behind Riverside Square behind Sleepys next to Archer Ave? He is a nusince he steals trash cans from the alleys. I have a friend on Benson and 31st him and his neighbors observed him stealing trash cans late at night. I counted 14 trash cans that I can see. He has alot of other garbage piles around his tent. The city should get involved in helping him out. Look at the pictures I took of it.

  • You guys are right, not enough funding for mental health. But in addition to that, even if there were ample services for the mentally ill (admittedly a very big if), many of them resist treatment. They're well and functioning while receiving meds, but unless there is someone like a family member seeing that they take their med, many won't take them.

  • John W. More equal wealth based on more equal work

    I would recommend to anyone interested in the problem of mental health to read the book (available through the Chicago Public Library) "Crazy: a father's search through America's mental health madness" by Pete Earley.

    Apparently, our laws make it difficult to treat the mentally ill if they are not convinced...

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    I would recommend to anyone interested in the problem of mental health to read the book (available through the Chicago Public Library) "Crazy: a father's search through America's mental health madness" by Pete Earley.

    Apparently, our laws make it difficult to treat the mentally ill if they are not convinced that they need help. Some of them may become sicker and harm themselves or others.

    I tend to be on the side of those above who want something done. None of us know whether this person is mentally ill, a chronic drug user, or just someone who has adopted a carefree lifestyle living off the land. But if we ignore this anti-social behavior, how can we be sure that he might not graduate from taking garbage cans to other personal property, pets, or even nab a child or adult?

    Personally, I am tired of encountering panhandlers at every expressway exit. After seeing the same people for years, it becomes clear that they have adopted this as a permanent way of supporting themselves. I can't even recall how long it has been since I saw any of them with a sign that said 'Will work for food'.

    Many of these people will not take advantage of the shelters and other city and non-profit services available to help them, because these programs have RULES. Such as get clean, look for work, etc.

    I don't see too much of this in the suburbs, and if the city does not do anything to remove these squatters, they may find more Chicagoans fleeing to those safer areas.

Mar 16

LSC Forum

Nobody knows our schools like the parents and the community residents. And when parents and residents help make decisions, they make good decisions for the children and their neighborhood. Parents and residents who are running for a seat on their LSC or who want to help their local public school will have the opportunity to learn from LSC veterans . The McKinley Park Progressive Alliance and the Bridgeport Alliance are holding a Local School Council (LSC) Forum from 6:00 pm...

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Nobody knows our schools like the parents and the community residents. And when parents and residents help make decisions, they make good decisions for the children and their neighborhood. Parents and residents who are running for a seat on their LSC or who want to help their local public school will have the opportunity to learn from LSC veterans . The McKinley Park Progressive Alliance and the Bridgeport Alliance are holding a Local School Council (LSC) Forum from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm on Wednesday, March 19th, at the McKinley Park Library, 1915 W 35th St. Speakers at the LSC Forum are Nellie Cotton, Jose Hernandez and Elena Rios. The Forum is designed to provide ideas and methods to help make good decisions. The Forum will also review planks that were developed by the Grassroots Education Movement for improvement to our public schools.

Mar 13

Updated Mar 16

Transportation to airports

Can anyone recommend or let me know a reliable taxi service that picks up in Bridgeport and goes to either Midway or O'hare or what you use besides the obvious friends relatives etc. I just want to be picked up in time and not worry.

  • Paul Lukis Bridgeport Blogger

    Check out Uber. It is amazing.

  • If you want reliable service without wondering what your cost will be use Chicago private car. Great on time service with flat rate so same cost if you're by yourself or riding with friends/family

Mar 06

Updated Mar 14

Petroleum odor on 31st

Does anyone else have a petroleum odor in their sewage or basements on 31st? Or smell anything in the businesses? Getting dizzy or headaches? Saw a past post of a hazmat situation on 31st? Was there any other word on this?

  • Kevin S. #Bridgeport # Southside

    Has anyone tried reporting this to the various news outlets investigative division? It's a serious health risk & a hazmat situation.

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    Hasn't the City been working up and down 31st street lately? Creating one hellva sick mess. Who is to say they themselves haven't hit something underground that was there without them knowing.. I never liked that dirty gas station on 31st and Union. Always so dirty looking. When was the last time they actually had to change their own underground tanks? That place gives me the creeps and always has!

Mar 12

Bridgeport Teen Named Finalist in Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Competition

Bridgeport's Michaelina Kotrba is Finalist in Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago’s 2014 Youth of the Year Awards

Michaelina Kotrba, a Bridgeport Junior from DeLaSalle High School was one of eight finalists in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago’s 2014 Youth of the Year competition. Kotrba, a member of the Louis L. Valentine Club for 11 years, competed before 1,100 attendees in the Clubs’ annual essay and speech contest at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on March 4, 2014. She...

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Bridgeport's Michaelina Kotrba is Finalist in Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago’s 2014 Youth of the Year Awards

Michaelina Kotrba, a Bridgeport Junior from DeLaSalle High School was one of eight finalists in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago’s 2014 Youth of the Year competition. Kotrba, a member of the Louis L. Valentine Club for 11 years, competed before 1,100 attendees in the Clubs’ annual essay and speech contest at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on March 4, 2014. She described how the Valentine Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport has made a positive impact on her life.

The winner of this year's Youth of the Year competition is Shakhari Edwards of the Northwest side's Daniel A. Cotter Boys & Girls Club. She will move on to the state competition held in April.

The Boys and Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year is an annual nationwide competition highlighting the achievements of young people who, thanks to the staff and mentors at their local clubs, have become role models and leaders in their communities. The Chicago winner will advance to the statewide competition, and, if successful, to the Regional and then National Finals in Washington, D.C. The National winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

This year’s eight nominees come from neighborhoods and clubs all across the Chicago area. Clubs identify candidates based on their level of leadership in the following areas: Home & Family, Moral Character, Community, School, Club, & Life Goals. The eight finalists are judged on completion of a series of written components, including an essay, as well as a speech delivered on the night of the Awards dinner and reception.

All finalists received an array of prizes: a new laptop from CDW; BMO Harris gift cards, laptop bags and one hour of career coaching from the University of Phoenix and Flux Headsets from Steel Series.

Mar 12

LSC Update

As of March 9, CPS shows LSC vacancies at Holden, Armour, Healy, McClellan, Sheridan and Air Force HS. Serving on a LSC is important to our children and our neighborhoods. Deadline is this Friday, March 14, at 3:00pm at the school. You can file papers if you have a child in the school or live within the school boundaries. Call your school if you have questions. You can check the link below to see the vacancies at each CPS school. Congratulations to Graham, Haines and Ward -- these schools have candidates for all vacancies as of March 9.
http://cps.edu/Pages/LSC_Map_2014.aspx

Mar 10

Updated Mar 10

CAPS MEETING FOR BEATS 913 and 915

Due to the early voting taking place in the Community Room at the 009th District the meeting for Tuesday March 11th is cancelled. Officer Meija and the beat Facilitators will be available in the lobby from 6:30 - 7:30pm for any community concerns.

  • JLB

    Oops- I didn't see your post before I posted again this evening. Thanks, Maggie!

Mar 10

Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor at Aquinas Literacy Center!

Are you interested in getting involved in the community? Aquinas Literacy Center needs your help!

Aquinas Literacy Center, which offers individualized instruction in the English language, is looking for volunteer ESL tutors to work with adults for 90 minutes per week, which does not include preparation time. All instruction is in English and training is provided. Our next New Tutor Training Workshop is Friday, March 21st (6pm to 9pm) and continues on Saturday, March 22nd (9am to 3pm). For more information and to register for the training, please contact Lori at 773.927.0512 or email aquinasliteracy@gmail.com.

Jan 25 2013

Updated Mar 08

Gasoline Smell around 700 W 31 ST

Does anyone know why there's strong gasoline smell by Freddie's? It's so bad it cause headaches and nauseating. I heard people call 911, fire truck came but advise to flush sewer in basement with water. The smell keep coming back. Anyone knows what's going on?

  • JL

    So what's a little pollution . People getting sick so what as long as this is not happening at or by the alderman house. Now there are 2 things WE THE PEOPLE can do. 1 Get the alderman off his but
    and do something about this. 2 Remember this come...

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    So what's a little pollution . People getting sick so what as long as this is not happening at or by the alderman house. Now there are 2 things WE THE PEOPLE can do. 1 Get the alderman off his but
    and do something about this. 2 Remember this come next election if he does nothing about this.

    PS
    We have a election coming up doesn't matter if your Dem. or Rep or other. WE must get out and vote.This shows that were watching what there doing.
    By staying at home and not voting tells the politicians we don't care what they are doing.

  • It seems like I heard the same story last year around this time....Something fishy going on here.

Mar 07

Updated Mar 08

Local School Council update

Below is a link to an interactive CPS map (data as of 3/4/14) that can tell you what schools need people to run for an LSC seat. Deadline to submit forms is 3/14. There are no qualifications needed except for a desire to have great schools, live within a school's boundaries or to have children at the school. People willing to run should call the school they live near or where their children are enrolled to get the forms. Talk...

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Below is a link to an interactive CPS map (data as of 3/4/14) that can tell you what schools need people to run for an LSC seat. Deadline to submit forms is 3/14. There are no qualifications needed except for a desire to have great schools, live within a school's boundaries or to have children at the school. People willing to run should call the school they live near or where their children are enrolled to get the forms. Talk with your friends and neighbors. LSCs not only help make our schools great, they also foster better neighborhoods -- and it only takes one to two hours a month.

http://cps.edu/Pages/LSC_Map_2014.aspx

As of 3/4/14,
Armour needs 3 parent and 2 community candidates
Graham needs 1 parent, 2 community candidates
Haines has just enough candidates
Healy needs 1 parent, 2 community candidates
Holden needs 3 parent and 1 community candidates
McClellan need 6 parent and 2 community candidates
Sheridan, needs 1 parent, 2 community candidates
Ward has enough candidates

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Deadline for nominations is March 14. To get the forms, go to the school in your boundary area if you are a resident or to the school where your child is enrolled. You can download the forms here:
    http://www.cps.edu/Pages/LSCElections.aspx

  • Maureen@Walkies Owner, Walkies Pet Sitting Service

    McClellan has a community member submission, too.

Mar 05

Updated Mar 07

Looking for the best Internet provide for streaming

I don't have cable. I stream through roku and have an antenna. No monthly cable bill, which is great. We currently use At@t but it has become almost impossible to stream recently. We have had them come out on multiple occasions and it has not really helped. If you stream and like your provider, please let me know. I am not sure who else I can use.

Thanks

  • I got 'U Verse and bill is $29 95 month - As of now_ down is 3.85 mbps up1.89mpbs
    get info at → http://www.speedtest.net/index.php ← A very safe site!

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    We also use clear, but don't have to have our modem near a window (we are about two blocks from a tower). We have had six devices using it at one time (three smartphones, two laptops, and a roku), without any issues

Jan 24

Updated Mar 06

HAZMAT Clean-up @ 31st and Canal

On Wednesday afternoon I heard something on the radio about a HAZMAT clean-up at 31st and Canal, but I haven't been able to find any more information about what happened. Has anyone heard about this?

  • Geri retired ARRT

    I don't know about that, but I wish they'd do something about the vacant piece of land along Canal at 29th. Trucks were in there forever and who knows what was leaching from them. I thought it'd be great as a dog park, but not until the soil's been tested. Who owns it?

  • Was there anymore information about this? Weird petroleum smell on 31st. Wondering because they have been working on the pipes if something was dug up?

Feb 05

Updated Mar 06

Chicago City Council introducing a bill to Ban Pet Stores from selling Cats and Dogs

What does everyone think of this? I am so hoping this passes. It would do a big part in getting rid of puppy mills where most of these animals come from. Really if you really desire that pedigree Labrador or Pug chances are you can look at petfinder or adopt a dog on the net and find them. I'm a big supporter of animal shelters etc. I found my big baby Liam at David Lee on western Avenue and he's the best.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Sox fan, Chicago Loot Drop

    Mills are honestly an easier target than individuals, because they're larger and less hidden. They're big, centralized operations rather than distributed among private residences. Because they're easier to police than, for example, someone breeding animals in their basement, it might be a better long-term solution to try and control standards for how mills are run rather than trying to shut them down entirely. I might be wrong about that, though—just coming at this from the viewpoint of someone who's used to thinking about networks and rule structures.

Mar 03

Updated Mar 04

35th and Wallace

Dis anyone know what happened today at Wallace and 35th with the accidents.are the people involved ok

  • Jenni Doty architecture student

    When I walked by (8:30) there was a cpd SUV there, but no one was in it around any if the cars, it was super weird

Mar 01

Updated Mar 03

demo activity in ramova storefronts

demo activity in ramova storefronts today (saturday!).

  • jim m bridgeport resident 14 years

    yeah, "remodeling" on weekends is usually not a real auspicious beginning...

  • JLS

    Hopefully they will rent or lease the spaces

Feb 28

LSC Deadline Extended

There is still time to get involved in our local schools. The filing deadline for Local School Council candidates has been extended by two weeks. Parents and residents who are interested in running for their local school LSC in 2014 must file the paperwork at their local school by March 14 at 3 p.m. Forms can be picked up at their local CPS school. LSC members serve two-year, unpaid terms, beginning July 1. Parents must have a child currently enrolled...

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There is still time to get involved in our local schools. The filing deadline for Local School Council candidates has been extended by two weeks. Parents and residents who are interested in running for their local school LSC in 2014 must file the paperwork at their local school by March 14 at 3 p.m. Forms can be picked up at their local CPS school. LSC members serve two-year, unpaid terms, beginning July 1. Parents must have a child currently enrolled at the school. Residents must reside within the school's attendance boundaries. The Bridgeport Alliance encourages parents and residents to run for their local LSC and to vote in the LSC elections which will take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 7 for elementary schools, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 8 for high schools. More information about LSCs can be found at http://www.cps.edu/pages/Localschoolcouncils.aspx

Community involvement in our schools results in great schools, great neighborhoods and stable real estate prices. If you cannot run, consider contacting your local school council and ask how you can help. In this era of reduced budgets, our schools have needs that can only be met by the community. And remember to vote in the April 7 elections.

Feb 28

St. Mary's Penny Social *POSTPONED*

Due to the possibility of up to 6" of snow on Sunday, we are POSTPONING our Annual Penny Social (originally scheduled for this Sunday, March 2nd) until later this Spring. We know how much our families and seniors enjoy this event, and we want to make sure that everyone can safely attend.

Please help us spread the word - and check back here or the church bulletin for news on the new date of our Penny Social!

Feb 28

St. Mary's Penny Social *POSTPONED*

Due to the possibility of up to 6" of snow on Sunday, we are POSTPONING our Annual Penny Social (originally scheduled for this Sunday, March 2nd) until later this Spring.

We know how much our families and seniors enjoy this event, and we want to make sure that everyone can safely attend.

Please help us spread the word - and check back here or the church bulletin for news on the new date of our Penny Social!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 26

AT&T service in Bridgeport

For the past week I have been unable to make or receive phone calls on my AT&T phones. AT&T reports that multiple cell towers are having issues nearby. It has been a week now without the ability to dial 911 if necessary. They say they will credit my account once service is restored to the area. I am near 36th Lowe. Anyone else experiencing issues? Please call AT&T if you are and complain, perhaps if enough people complain they will expedite repairs.

  • J 11 year veteran of the Soxside

    32nd east of Halsted and never have problems with my AT&T service. What the issue could be is the towers are near the Ryan and are overloaded. I had that problem at my work, too close to the Kennedy so during rush hours you couldn't even get one bar. They added towers a few years ago and I've had no issues since.

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    Always have issues with cell phones here at 35th Union. Once the hubby got rid of his blackberry it got better. He thinks it's the ballpark. Never have issues when we are away from this area.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

Gang Graffiti Removal

Hello Everyone,

I have been using this new app that notifies your our ward on gang graffiti that needs removal. You can take pictures and it uses GPS system for the location. We need everyone on board for our communities to be cleaner. Thanks!!!

App: SeeClickFix

  • Jorge Vega Www.searchingchicago.com

    Thanks A bomb! Crummy IPhone's Kevin. I will surely keep using it on a regular basis and will continue to monitor the results. This is a great step towards community involvement for those of us that are always busy. No more excuses. :)

  • JL Lifelong McKinley Park Resident

    Great! hadn't heard of this before. its so easy to use!

Feb 18

Updated Feb 24

Mariano's

Has anybody heard when we can expect Mariano's to open? TIA

  • asha The Burger Point Owner, Proud South Looper

    So excited!!!!

  • Just found out Dominick's lease isn't up until march.then there going to start construction.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 24

Looking for a safe cracker

I have a huge old steel safe and I am looking for someone who can open it safely. It's a combination lock.

  • C

    Ed McGunn in Beverly, if he can't open it for you, he'd know who you could contact to get it opened.

  • Big dee are you still looking for a safe?

Feb 21

Updated Feb 22

'Dibs' ends Monday; Garbage collectors to pick up items left on Chicago streets

From ABC7 News: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&id=9440645

February 21, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- That lawn chair better be gone by Monday. Or the city's taking it - dibs or not.

The City of Chicago said garbage crews will start picking up whatever "dibs" items are left on the streets Monday. Therefore, owners who want to keep their lawn chairs and ironing boards to mark spots during the next snow better get them out of the street over the weekend.

City officials said the snow is melting, so there's no need for people to mark and lay claim - to the spots they shoveled out in one of Chicago's winter traditions.

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    Sheila....gotta love the toliet! Was that with or without a seat? lol J/K That beats my clothes hamper and clothes rack! OMG a toliet.... too much!

  • Sheila lets help eachother

    No seat lol it just crazy what these ppl put down.. lol

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