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Children and/or Grandchildren of Irish Immigrants Needed for Northwestern Study. Skype or In-Person.

I am a doctoral student at Northwestern seeking Irish Americans for a sociological research study on identity and culture. To be eligible, participants must have been born and raised in Chicago, have at least one parent or grandparent that immigrated to the US from Ireland, and be between 18 and 49 years of age. The study consists of a one to two hour interview at a location of your choice (preferably at your home or at a cafe/restaurant in your neighborhood). Alternatively, we could do a Skype or Google video interview. There will be a small compensation for your time. If you are eligible and interested, please email me at chicagoresearch@u.northwestern.edu.

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Opt out of ComEd smart meter

Just wanted to bring attention to the ComEd smart meter opt out program. They keep the option pretty well hidden unless you search for it on your own. I'm unfortunately going thru the process of having one installed as I type. Only now have I even known about the possibility of opting out by being so upset with the project that's been going on that I started looking up online info about the smart meter itself. They are installing it...

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Just wanted to bring attention to the ComEd smart meter opt out program. They keep the option pretty well hidden unless you search for it on your own. I'm unfortunately going thru the process of having one installed as I type. Only now have I even known about the possibility of opting out by being so upset with the project that's been going on that I started looking up online info about the smart meter itself. They are installing it on the front face of my house so I wanted to see how much it would stand out so I was looking up images of them online. Then I came across the info on opting out. Of course it'll cost over $20 a month to do and supposedly by 2019 you won't have a choice. But things could change in that time if they see enough people having reservations about it. I started getting letters about needing to set up an appointment to have them come inside to plan for the change. Within a couple weeks of the first letter came another letter saying my power would be cut if I did not schedule an appointment soon. Never did any letter I received mention that there was an option to opt out. When I called to complain about that fact, way too late in the process by the way, the woman on the phone was so curious as to how I found out about the option of opting out. They are trying to keep it as hush hush as possible and aren't giving up info freely. Hopefully if you decide to get it where you live they won't be ruining your last couple months of summer tearing up the streets early in the morn & digging up your property so late in the season that cleaning it up will be a hassle in the time constraints of upcoming bad weather. Hopefully it won't be during Halloween so that the kids have dangerous obstacles and are completely prevented from using the sidewalk. I've just described my experience. If people would like to add the dangers and concerns to having smart meters I would love to hear opinions about that. So I big trick from ComEd on Halloween and in general.

  • Carol R A concerned Mom & citizen.

    That's ridiculous! I swear we are becoming a society of mandates. Smh!

  • Thanks Ann...much appreciated!

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE 300 SQ. FT. OF DRYWALL, ELECTRICAL PERMIT #100581291 ISSUED 2/16/2015. REPLACE ROOF SHINGLES, 18 WINDOWS, 15 DOORS, FLOORS, & TRIMS, TILES & CARPET. KITCHEN CABINETS. NO PLUMBING WORK TO BE ADDRESSED UNDER THIS PERMIT. ALL WORK SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION.

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Moving to Beverly?? Part II - Schools

Thanks again to everyone that commented on my post last week. It was extremely helpful and informative. We are now digging in deeper and we on the lookout for a great home, and with that comes the big question on schools. What I've heard is most families choose the catholic elementary schools but I've also heard that Sutherland is a great choice. Our priorities in a school would be overall education/environment, meaning it's not a priority for the school to...

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Thanks again to everyone that commented on my post last week. It was extremely helpful and informative. We are now digging in deeper and we on the lookout for a great home, and with that comes the big question on schools. What I've heard is most families choose the catholic elementary schools but I've also heard that Sutherland is a great choice. Our priorities in a school would be overall education/environment, meaning it's not a priority for the school to teach them religion, but if it does that's not a problem either. We are neutral on the religious integration to education. So we would choose a school that has; a good student teach ratio, high parent involvement, diverse after school activities, low behavior issues, a comfortable physical environment, etc. I'm looking to collect information, and hope that I'm not starting a debate as to which schools are "better". As everyone has different priorities when selecting a school I know "better" means different things to different people. I'm hoping to hear from parents and educators from different schools and what they feel are the best things about the school they chose. If there is anyone out there that has used multiple schools or changed schools, I would love to hear about your decision process.

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Moving to Beverly???

My husband and I are searching for our next home and we are considering moving from West Town to Beverly. I am hoping to get some input from the community to help us make a decision. We are somewhat familiar with the area as he grew up in the southern suburbs and we have family in Mt. Greenwood. Our hesitations are ones I'm sure you've heard before; proximity to violence and deteriorating neighborhood. To be more specific we are concerned...

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My husband and I are searching for our next home and we are considering moving from West Town to Beverly. I am hoping to get some input from the community to help us make a decision. We are somewhat familiar with the area as he grew up in the southern suburbs and we have family in Mt. Greenwood. Our hesitations are ones I'm sure you've heard before; proximity to violence and deteriorating neighborhood. To be more specific we are concerned that what we like about Beverly, the people that MAKE this community, are starting to move out, etc. Ideally we are looking for a place that has a strong community, but more importantly one that has their eyes on the future. Can anyone speak to how Beverly has changed over the last 20,10,5 years? And can can anyone speak to what the future might be? What is coming down the pipeline for long term sustainability and growth (not necessarily population, more so commerce, business, arts and culture)? What are the roadblocks for growth? What anchors exist in the community? How strong and active is the neighborhood association?What common goals does the community share?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

  • My wife and I moved to Beverly 6 months ago and love the neighborhood. I've lived in Logan Square, South Loop, Pilsen, and Bridgeport and this neighborhood feels more like a real community than any place I've been in Chicago.

    I had a lot of the same questions as you...

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    My wife and I moved to Beverly 6 months ago and love the neighborhood. I've lived in Logan Square, South Loop, Pilsen, and Bridgeport and this neighborhood feels more like a real community than any place I've been in Chicago.

    I had a lot of the same questions as you - we were getting ready to have a baby (our first) and I wanted to make sure that we were moving to a place where we could raise a family while still take public transportation and have some of the conveniences of an urban area. Statistically I found that Beverly is definitely one of the safer neighborhoods in the city, consistently in the top 10 or so. The Chicago Tribune has a pretty good crime rate tool if you are interested in really looking at numbers.

    Our block, like most, has families that have been here for 50 years, and young families that have moved to the area within 3 years. Everyone has been welcoming, neighborly, and helpful.

    I think the neighborhood is so active and neighborly in part because it does have its challenges. It also has so much to offer: beautiful streets and homes without the price tag of the north side, big old trees, parks, plenty of shopping, public transportation, an active community, etc. I'm excited to see how the neighborhood develops in the next 10 years and I'm already selling it to my friends and family.

    Hope to see you around!

  • Thank you so much for all your comments. We greatly appreciate it. I have a few questions about schools and I will start a fresh post. If you have any input watch for it and let us know.

    Thanks again!

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95th Metra Station Coffee

Hi all - anyone happen to know how long the coffee shop within the 95th street metra station has been closed? Anyone know the story behind it? Thanks!

  • Markland Hubbard moved to 99th street, just east of the tracks. You can still purchase parking lot passes for 95th commuter lot there.

  • I think Nathaniel H is referring to the small coffee stand *inside* the 95th Metra station building. I don't use the 95th station much anymore, but I think that coffee stand has been closed for at least a few years now (unless it reopened and then closed again since my last visit). My recollection is one morning years ago it was just closed with a small sign implying it would be re-opening, but it never did (apparently).

  • Thanks guys - yep, I was talking specifically about the small shop inside the station.

    I have visited Markland Hubbard on 99th, and in talking with the owner found out she used to be in 95th as well.

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Hardboiled Coffee Company

Help support locally owned small businesses in North Beverly
This business is a hidden gem in our neighborhood
street parking & barbershop lot
4.5 star rating (Yelp)
Coffee & Tea

9135 S Western
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone number (773) 238-8360

Vintage posters and radio/TV cabinets reveal a true collector!

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Where to park for parade on Sunday?

My wife, kid and I will be coming to the parade from Logan Square. It would take forever to take the EL/Metra or the Western bus. I was thinking of driving. Are there any paid lots nearby? Any suggestions on where to look for parking?

  • Fairfield family Recycling block captain

    Be careful you don't block someone's driveway. Parking starts to fill up around 10:30. I hate to say this, because I live west of Western, but you will probably find more parking west of Western. You may have to walk a few blocks. We have people walking as much as 1/2 a mile if they arrive closer to parade time.

  • Joy

    True Fairfield family... we don't like our driveways blocked so be courteous but we love the excitement so be respectful to the neighborhood but have FUN and party RESPONSIBLY so our parades can continue! 😊

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