5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Considering a move to Old Irving Park

Hello, I'm considering a move to the Old Irving Park area. Maybe Portage Park too depending on where I find a house. I'm wondering how diverse the area is, the commute downtown via train, etc. I've been in Ravenswood for over ten years and love the diversity (ethnic, mix of singles, families, straight and gay, etc.) and ease of commuting downtown (brown line or metra). I've driven around the area and visited some houses for sale but that does not give me the scoop on the neighborhood. I'm looking forward to feedback from people living in the area. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

  • SecondCitySavvy 4 years on the K streets

    I'm pretty sure that Preeti didn't even ask about the schools. Go find a different board to troll with your bad spelling and grammar.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    The schools stink are low class like belding and schurz in old irving..send your kids to st johns or st edwards they have a better curriculum. Even the teachers that work for the public schools send there kids to private schools eake up people what does that tell you.

7 hours ago

Organic Gardening

If you currently have an organic garden, or you would like to have an organic garden, I would like to offer my assistance. I can help you in creating an organic vegetable and/or herb garden or I can help you tend to a garden you already have. My name is Jose Bautista and my plan is to work in many gardens over the summer. No matter the type of urban farming you have/want: container plants, raised beds, or in-ground, I want to work in it all. If you might be interested please contact me and we can discuss this further. Have a good one.

6 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Irving and Pulaski

In the past few weeks the intersection at Irving and Pulaski has gotten really backed up in the mornings - particularly Pulaski headed south. Maybe it's my imagination...wondering if anyone else has noticed or knows if they changed the timing on lights or anything else that may be impacting. It's crazy how one light can kill your commute!

  • Aimzer North Center mama bear for 10 years and counting.

    I opened a 311 request and it was closed this evening with the following status:
    Work Assigned to Traffic Signal Repairman
    Final Outcome:
    Service Retime Controller

    Will be interesting to see if anything has changed when I'm driving through there tomorrow. I'm not holding my breath but if so, someone deserves a reward for record time customer service. :)

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    The rat race is in high gear.

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2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Big thanks!

I still haven't figured out who is shoveling the sidewalk along Pulaski from Avondale to the blue line. if it is you or you know who it is THANKS a million!! I know it's not CTA. It's the little things that make our neighborhood great.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    A very nice neighbor is helping you out its the chicago way we care and respect our neighbor's. .

34 hours ago

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34 hours ago

Now that you have dried off from the Polar Plunge

Warm up with coffee at the Portage Park Garden Club's first meeting of the year All gardeners welcome. Today at 9:30am at the Austin Irving Library, 6100 Irving Park Road. The speakers are from the Friends of Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse.

37 hours ago

Midwest travel: Art abounds at Radisson Blu Aqua

...March 17. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and younger are free. Irish American Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago; (773) 282-7035 or irish-american.org

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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, 221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago; (312) 565-5258 or radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, March 14-22, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Admission is $10-$19 for adults; children ages 4 through 12 are $5. Purchase tickets online before March 14 and receive $2 off the box office price. ChicagoFlower.com

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

mail delivery at 10:30pm ... what?

sitting in the living room, heard someone on the front porch. poked my head out the front window to see 3 postmen (i guess) delivering mail to other houses down our block (kenneth & irving). my husband didn't believe me, but lo and behold...we had new mail in our box. what?

  • haha...could very well not be charles! i haven't seen who's doing the 9pm deliveries...

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    You got it dan charles is great I was a kid when he started back in early 90's..he is a mailman..

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Catalytic Converters

This past Friday evening a friend of mine had her catalytic converter stolen. When she filed the report she was told hers was the 4th in a week. We are around the Irving & Kostner area.

  • Careyann, why the Attorney General?! Reporting a catalytic converter stolen doesn't make the news, what YOU do about it does. You form a block club, you set up a community task force, you get proactive and you'll make it newsworthy. You'll also stop the thieves. It's not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    Hi Happiness: I like your ideas, they're very good ones! :)
    I bring up the Attorney General angle because this problem appears to be both growing and ongoing. If the bad guy's source of revenue (ie bad body shops or salvage yards) can be scrutinized, get leaned on, flow of business slowed down or stopped, perhaps that type of crime will become less appealing.

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Bravo to Robert Murphy for getting 43% of the 39th ward!

Although he didn't win, this was a great showing and an indictment of "Marge".

Margaret Laurino 5,840 53%
Robert Murphy 4,740 43%

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Chitowngal wrote: "Bottom line people aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Make that "Bottom line (some) people (a minority) aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Aldertrack (http://www.aldertrack.com/) projected and reported on many wards that were anticipated going into a runoff. No one ever predicted that Laurino...

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    Chitowngal wrote: "Bottom line people aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Make that "Bottom line (some) people (a minority) aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Aldertrack (http://www.aldertrack.com/) projected and reported on many wards that were anticipated going into a runoff. No one ever predicted that Laurino wouldn't be re-elected.

    The elections ended, get over it. Give congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Murphy, and encourage him to stay active. We need more people who are active and willing to participate.

    Elections are about disagreements. Now is the time to bring back agreements. I would encourage Mr. Murphy to keep in touch with Ald. Laurino, and to offer constructive criticism and suggestions.

  • Reasonable advice from Bob assuming that there is not too much ill-will (ie. water under the bridge). Following there runoff, I don't feel that Bob's line of reasoning will apply to Arena and Garrido and their opposing factions. Kiss and make up is just not going to happen.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Arena's Office Vandalized

So this is what the election has been reduced too?

Not sure how anyone could support this kind of behavior. Even if Arena's opponents did not condone this behavior, it says a lot about those who are in favor of Arena's opponents.

I guess we'll see this evening if a positive campaign comes out on top.

https://twitter.com/JohnArena445/status/570180903177101314

  • What happened to Arena yesterday? What is this message? I watched everyone’s FB and Arena didn’t get many likes on any of them. Did his campaign volunteers cut and run?

  • Looks like some slushy from 7-11. Someone may have picked it up from 7-11 @ Jeff Park and didn't like the flavor so dumped it on the sidewalk. Drama much ?

3 days ago

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Feb 17

Updated 4 days ago

Our Very Own Tunnel?

Alderman Laurino "join[ed] Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, and officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MRWD) to announce" that a storm water tunnel will be built in Albany Park. It is to begin in Eugene Park, go under Foster Ave, and 2 years and $45-55M later. empty into North Branch. She "will be engaging the Albany Park community through a series of community meetings and public forums." (per 2/17/15 email)

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    It's "Eugene Field Park" - Eugene Field was the name of the author of several poems and he lived in Chicago. Calling it "Eugene Park" is wrong.

Feb 21

Updated 4 days ago

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Hope it picks up....

39th ward voting at CPD this AM was a ghost town, I think I saw a tumbleweed blow through the room

Sep 09

Updated 5 days ago

Schurz Field Renovations to Close Waveland Ave

Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows...

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Schurz proposal quote: " This street is viewed by local residents as an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets. The 45th Ward Alderman has committed to champion the removal of this street for this project. A full size soccer arena is viewed by the school administration as the most valuable resource of the proposed athletic field."

Ok local residents [who were never asked in the first place,] do you think Waveland is an unnecessary road that allows unwanted access to residential streets? Seems to me to be one of OUR main access points since all roads lead north from here!

"$1.2 million capital campaign to construct an Athletic Field / arena" - an ARENA, no less, with no resident input?

So let's get this straight: close a street, take down approx 10 trees, build a bus turn-around on a residential corner, extend the field into a soccer/football field with a baseball diamond at the other end, a sports "arena" with no parking, rent it out for nights and weekend with no toilet facilities, no bleachers or seating?

And the Champion Alderman Arena thought it best NOT to mention this to the residents?

  • Jill, you are violating Everyblock community guidelines. And those of human decency. On Election Day. Hopefully, EB will be pulling your posts that violate their guidelines.

  • "you sure are negative behind that alias!" - written so eloquently from someone posting behind an alias. My place of employment has little care for me posting constructive comments and opinions regarding the neighborhood/ward I reside in. Attack me all you want, you will not change my convictions or dedication to being part of the conversation. I thank my neighbors who welcome this discourse, even if we don't always agree :-)

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Chicago Barn Dance @ Irish American Heritage Center

The Chicago Barn Dance Company hosts a dance featuring the Spitshiner Quartet tonight at 6:45 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.

6 days ago

Tuesday is election day! GO VOTE

Not sure where to vote tomorrow on election day? Check your polling place here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

Feb 14

Updated 6 days ago

Love this.

So happy to be able to communicate instanteanously with so many neighbors on so many platforms - EveryBlock, Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor.

Please know that I am listening to all of you, including those who disagree. I value all your opinions.

There has been lots of things happening lately in the 39th ward race, including that I received the Tribune's endorsement and a poll administrator at the N. Park Village Admin building who works for Ald. Laurino was removed.

I'm happy to answer any questions you all have about these or other issues. Please feel free to reach out on social media, on my website, or by phone 773.710.8431.

Oct 09

Updated 6 days ago

Meeting at Schurz last night

There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
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There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
2. We were assured over and over that if we agreed to this proposal, the park district would run the new park according to neighbors's wishes, would NOT be rented out to adult leagues EVER, and would only rent out to youth leagues during times that the neighborhood agreed too.
3. It would be a park. I doubt that it would run according to neighbors's wishes. Do any parks run according to neighbors wishes?
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  • Parking lots bring up property values?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Schurz is and looks like a dump and dangerous..Parents send your kids to st Ignatius college prep get with it..No public high schools !!!!

Nov 24

Updated 6 days ago

Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Patrick Flynn Concerned citizen, Real Estate Executive

    Tuesday all questions will be answered. Whoever got their message out the best will win. It has been a tough campaign for all involved no matter who you support. I give them ALL credit for undertaking this task. I just feel there has been a lot of lies by all involved. Hopefully the weather forecast hold and we get a better than normal voter turn out in the ward. Good luck to all candidates!

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    Patrick, we agree that everyone should go vote!

    Turnout has been great so far, early voting was up 82% in the 39th ward: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/albany-park/early-voters-turn-out-big-numbers-33rd-39th-wards

6 days ago

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Feb 17

Updated 6 days ago

Get ready for Election Day

You can learn more about the aldermanic candidates in the 39th ward with this forum hosted by Albany Park Neighbors: http://ow.ly/Jeabt

  • CC.

    Pretty good forum. They asked some good questions.

Feb 12

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Feb 22

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Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Unusual Baert Mailing

Happiness - here is the photo.

  • Madilyn S Portage Park home owner.

    Just got one directed at me because I'm a woman. And therefore I should vote for another woman. Because women.

  • Lots of Irish mailers went out.

Feb 21

Today is the LAST day of early voting!

Please remember to vote!

If you are not registered at your current address, you can register and vote today ONLY at any of the 51 polling places in the city. The 39th ward polling place is at North Park Village. To register you need 2 pieces of ID, like your driver's license and utility bill.

For more information: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

Feb 21

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Feb 20

2015 Chicago area fish fry finder

Irish-American Heritage Center: 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL- $12 adults, $8 children

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St. Andrew Parish: 1710 W Addison St., Chicago, IL

Frontier: 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL- $15

Division Ale House: 1942 W. Division St., Chicago, IL- $9.95

St. Ferdinand: 5900 W Barry Ave., Chicago, IL- $11.50 per pound

St. Christina Church: 11005 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL- $9 adults, $6 children

Feb 20

CANCELLED Family Reading Night - St. Edward School

Family Reading Night scheduled for tonight at St. Edward School is CANCELLED.

Feb 20

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Feb 20

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Feb 19

Updated Feb 20

Electrician Needed

Hi Neighbors...looking for an affordable and trusted electrician in the Jefferson/Portage Park area. Thank you.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 19

Catalytic Convertor Stolen 2/19/15

Hey all,

Just a heads up to all the neighbors out there. My catalytic convertor was cut and stolen off my car last night 2/18 between 11pm and 8am on 2/19. I am near the cicero and montrose intersection. So you all may want to keep your eyes open and occasionally peek out your windows throughout the night and observe any suspicious activity.

Feb 14

Updated Feb 19

The Truth About John Arena Website

Very interesting find here. I guess I knew some of this but not to the degree that this website points out. Holy moly, I didn't realize the amount of money the SEIU pumped in to Arena's campaign and what the paybacks were. I guess I stopped paying attention. http://www.thetruthaboutjohnarena.com/arena-the-union-puppet.html

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