27 hours ago

Updated 31 min ago

Who is running against Balcer in the next election?

Does anyone know who is running against Alderman Balcer in the next election? We need someone with a plan to build and grow Bridgeport, Alderman Balcer has proven he is not the person to move our neighborhood forward. Back room deals for development at 35th and Parnell, lack of new business, the dollar store strip of Halsted St, empty store fronts and vacant lots everywhere...what has he done? We need new blood and leadership. Does anyone know who is running?

  • rene One of Morty's people

    Petitions happen in August. We'll know then.

  • Maybe Kozlar will give it a run again. Sounds like he's doing great things in Canaryville.

6 hours ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE FOUR EXISTING PACKAGED AIR CONDITIONING UNITS WITH ONE CARRIER 12 1/2 TON SERVING THE LAB LOCATED ON THE ROOF OF BUILDING #4,THREE CARRIER 25 TON (2) SERVING THE MIXING DEPARTMENT, (1) SERVING THE WAREHOUSE. THE THREE 25 TON UNITS ARE LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT WEST GRADE.

    1437 W. 37th St. Issued July 23, 2014 Comment

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Where did the patios go?

First I noticed Poncho Pistolas outdoor seating was gone (that was a week ago, so it maybe back and I did not notice) then last night I noticed that Zaytune's outdoor seating was gone. Is anyone aware of this? Or why?

If I had time this week I would just stop at both for lunch and investigation :)

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Absolutely agreed, Rene.

    I didn't get a chance to stop in at Zaytune and ask what the deal was. I should get a chance today or tomorrow, though.

  • rene One of Morty's people

    I suddenly have a night off so Morty and I might just wander over there to pick up dinner tonight. Love that place, I just don't get there as often as I would like.

23 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

finding apt in Bridgeport

Hi everyone,

I'm interested in moving to Bridgeport. I live on the North Side now but find myself fairly often in Bridgeport/Pilsen. I moved to Chicago from LA last year and that area reminds me a lot of parts of LA.

I don't see many postings for Bridgeport apartments on Craigslist, and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for good ways to locate vacancies. I chatted with someone who works at Pleasant House Bakery and he mentioned walking around the neighborhood looking for "For Rent" signs. Any other good strategies?

Thanks in advance!

  • dawn degrazia Mayor of Lowe Avenue

    I have a few apts available. 773-852-4244

  • Bek Pray for peace, everywhere!

    Dawn is really good at matching seekers to apartments; just sayin'....

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

New storefront?

Does anyone know what may be opening in the NE corner of Archer & Damen. Looks like they're pretty close to finishing up that building.

  • Guadalupe Garcia Long time Brighton Park neighbor

    Yes,,,a coffee shop! Or maybe a Thai food spot! In all probability it will be a taqueria....because lord know we don't have enough of them around.

  • Good call on the Thai restaurant. That would be nice. At least the parking lot looks completed. Saw it today. Looks good.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Ding dong Obamacare is gone!

A federal appeals court in D.C. has ruled that folks who get their insurance through a federal insurance exchange are not able to get subsidies to purchase insurance as those who purchase insurance through a state run exchange. Illinois has a hybrid ststem which is half state and half federal.Ding dong Obamacare is gone!

  • 'emrnibbles' is your real name Oxy Moran? What a TROLL I have been playing your Tea Party(R) sippin manipulation for days.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi folks,

    Due to this thread and comments within it being off-topic, we are closing comments.

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2 days ago

The Water Meter is Installed! So Far, So Good

Thanks again for your earlier advice, everyone! The installation took about 45 minutes, and -- amazingly -- no leaks!

I've used about 125 gallons this week, which means I'm on track to use about 1000 gallons in two months if I don't have to water the lawn. (Keep on coming, thunderstorms, LOL)

Of course, you knew I had to videotape the whole thing ;)

http://youtu.be/5J46yMnmu4s

Mar 29

Updated 2 days ago

WANTED

Does any one have, know someone who has, or where I can get a good working laptop for free or very cheap? I have a friend who is in desperate need of one

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    It's kind of a hike, but check out Free Geek Chicago (http://freegeekchicago.org/) up at Diversey & Kimball. They take donated hardware and refurbish it to sell back out for cheap (usually in the $50-$150 range, if memory serves). You can also get a computer for free by volunteering with them to earn credit.

    They're one of my favorite small-scale charities.

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    I volunteer at FreeGeek Chicago and second Erik H's recommendation. (Sorry for being so late to the conversation). Laptops start at $75 and with 24 hours of volunteering you get a $75 reward which can cover the cost of one in full. We have minimum standards for hardware that we...

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    I volunteer at FreeGeek Chicago and second Erik H's recommendation. (Sorry for being so late to the conversation). Laptops start at $75 and with 24 hours of volunteering you get a $75 reward which can cover the cost of one in full. We have minimum standards for hardware that we sell so although not new computers, they all can play Youtube videos smoothly (with adequate internet connections), surf the web on Firefox, play DVDs, burn CDs (and some also can burn DVDs). We test them all and if they can not handle those tasks, we recycle them. Desktops start at $40 and we may soon be lowering the cost of our lowest priced desktops even further.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Robbery

Did anyone hear that the nail salon @ 36th & Wallace was robbed today?

Jul 15

Updated 3 days ago

Montrose Beach-style melee coming to McKinley Park?

It looks like the promoter of the Montrose Beach melee party is getting ready to do something this coming weekend "at a bar directly across the street from McKinley Park." Is this at the skeezy place under the tracks, at Pershing and Western? http://www.uptownupdate.com/2014/07/details-emerge-about-montrose-beach.html

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    I based my original post on the linked-up blog post that said the promoters were going to hold their next event at a bar across from McKinley Park. It would be great if a decent place moved in to replace the ultra skankiness and flesh trade criminality that was Cha...

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    I based my original post on the linked-up blog post that said the promoters were going to hold their next event at a bar across from McKinley Park. It would be great if a decent place moved in to replace the ultra skankiness and flesh trade criminality that was Cha Chas. However, I don't think the owners of the property have changed, or have they? I think it's going to take new ownership -- not just a new name -- to change the nature of this place. A couple years ago, I did some serious googling and discovered all kinds of nastiness about what was going on, including potential licensing chicanery by the owners.

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    Also, thanks, Casey, for taking a look at this and reporting back.

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Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

  • @beezil , Greene. They just need to post more no firearms allowed warning signs on the platforms. That should do the trick.

  • Sorry City Sorry ward (11) and most Sorry State.remember stay loyal to your Poliiticians and keep voting for them if you like what's happening.

Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

Looking for a housekeeper

Hi there. Does anybody have a recommendation of a good cleaning lady/service in the neighborhood? I'm looking for someone who could come by once every week or two. Thanks!

  • Call Alicia 773-991-3097 tell her Jan referred you. I have referred her to a few people and all of them love her. She is very good.

  • Call Grace ^^^

Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

Air line Noise

My next door neighbor said he read in the bridge port news about a meeting
this week or may be next week about the noise that the air planes are making
going over bridge port. I did'nt see it. Did anyone out there see it ? He said it
was a small peace. If any has seen it did it say were and when the meeting was
going to be ?

  • Midway Noise Compatibility Commission, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Mayfield banquet hall, 6072 S. Archer Ave.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Need Local Lawncare Professional

Any good recommendations for local lawncare providers that are reasonably priced? I need someone to mow the grass (full size lot 25 x 125) and do the other usual stuff (trim shrubs, pull weeds, etc.).

  • Try Rex Lawn Service. 773 219 6857. Tell them Mary Pecci referred you.

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May 14

Updated Jul 18

Dog Park at McKinley Park

My husband and I would like to start a new Dog-Friendly Area (DFA) at McKinley Park. There are a number of people who walk their dogs both on- and (illegally) off-leash within the park, and we think a designated area for dogs would make the entire park safer and cleaner for everyone while also more enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

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My husband and I would like to start a new Dog-Friendly Area (DFA) at McKinley Park. There are a number of people who walk their dogs both on- and (illegally) off-leash within the park, and we think a designated area for dogs would make the entire park safer and cleaner for everyone while also more enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

A DFA is the only place in Chicago parks where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash. They usually provide ammenities like dog drinking fountains and waste bags, and they follow park hours. Dogs must be registered and have certain vaccines to visit the park.

There are currently no dog parks within Chicago on the South, West, or Southwest sides. The closest to us is about 5 miles away. We think that a DFA at McKinley Park would improve the park and our community.

The procedures for establishing a DFA are on the Chicago Park District website. One of the first steps is to form a group of people interested in pursuing this. It does seem to be an involved process that will require petitions and fundraising, so we're looking for dedicated dog-owners and non-dog-owners alike who would like to join us in this effort. Please reply if this is you!

One of the other steps is to choose an possible location, and my husband and I have a couple of ideas. Since it's supposed to be an under-utilized area, our first suggestion is the southeast corner of the park, which has no fields or structures at this time. Our other (and I think better) suggestion would be part of the gigantic median that exists between the north and south legs of Damen on the east side of the park. I would also ilke to hear feedback on these suggestions and the idea of a DFA in general.

Thank you!

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/23/Comprehensive_DFA_Package.pdf

  • Liz

    Yup. Both those options work.

  • Is this still and idea people are still discussing? I really like the idea, although it's completely absurd for the park district to expect a citizen committee to raise the $150K for the project. Dog owners would be happy with a fenced enclosure. I wonder if all other dog parks in the city had to go through the same process.

Jul 18

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Jul 17

Updated Jul 17

Bridgeport Needs Your Help - The 2nd Annual Bridgeport Air & Water Show - A Fun Volunteer Opportunit

The Bridgeport Air & Water Show
Saturday, August 16, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

The Bridgeport Air & Water Show is one of the youngest and most unique air shows of its kind (All Kid Powered Activities). Recognized by both the Chicago Parks District & Friends of The Park – Chicago as “the kind of event we like to see neighborhoods promoting in city parks,” the Bridgeport Air & Water Show is destined to become one of Bridgeport’s most anticipated summer events....

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The Bridgeport Air & Water Show
Saturday, August 16, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

The Bridgeport Air & Water Show is one of the youngest and most unique air shows of its kind (All Kid Powered Activities). Recognized by both the Chicago Parks District & Friends of The Park – Chicago as “the kind of event we like to see neighborhoods promoting in city parks,” the Bridgeport Air & Water Show is destined to become one of Bridgeport’s most anticipated summer events. The citywide support for an event taking place right here in our neighborhood is inspiring to those of us who are working hard to keep Bridgeport safe and a great place to live.

Thriving public parks have an important role in the health and well-being of our community. That is why the Bridgeport Citizens Group is proud to announce that we have been asked to organize the 30 volunteer spots need for this year’s event.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

10 – Water Volunteers: help teach kids to fish (catch & release)

5 – Air Volunteers: teach the art of getting a kite airborne

5 – Kite Decorating Volunteers: help the young ones personalize their kites with crayons and markers

6 – Information Volunteers (daytime): two people are needed at each information table (maps and information for all the day’s activities)

4 – Information Volunteers (nighttime): set up Chicago Astronomers and then remain near the telescope largest portable telescope and answer guest’s questions about the event as well as make call to Park Advisory Council members or local officials if needed.

Volunteer shifts will last 2.5 - 3 hours max. If you would like to volunteer please let us know ASAP.

In your email please include your name, phone number and preferred volunteer position. We will reply to confirm details within 24hrs.

Volunteer Coordinators:
Daniel Pugh – bridgeportcitizensgroup@gmail.com
Maureen Sullivan – maureen@bridgeportbusiness.org

Jul 05

Updated Jul 17

Missing Cat

William has been missing since the 4th of July. He lives with me on the 33rd place block of South Morgan street in Bridgeport.
He is a very friendly orange cat with soft hair and a wide vocabulary of meows and chirps. No collar.
If you find him I would be most grateful if you could give me a call: 215-470-6131.
Reward or cookies or artwork to the lovely person who will return him to me. He is the best cat I have ever met. I am heartbroken.

Jul 17

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Jun 17

Updated Jul 15

Water Meter Savings (?)

After practically having to sell blood to pay June's water bill (up 10% from last December, up over ONE THIRD from two years ago), I'm seriously considering the Water Department’s extortion tactic -- I mean, generous offer to install a free water meter in my home. Their claim is that I’ll only be charged for what I use, and that my water bill will go down, especially since I’m single, take short showers, water the lawn sparingly, and generally use...

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After practically having to sell blood to pay June's water bill (up 10% from last December, up over ONE THIRD from two years ago), I'm seriously considering the Water Department’s extortion tactic -- I mean, generous offer to install a free water meter in my home. Their claim is that I’ll only be charged for what I use, and that my water bill will go down, especially since I’m single, take short showers, water the lawn sparingly, and generally use water like a desert tortoise.

I’m curious about the experiences of those of you who have had water meters installed. Have your water bills actually gone down, or do the City of Chicago’s grand claims not -- hold water? (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

Also, are these water meters installed outside, like the gas and electric meters? And have there been any issues with vandalism?

  • Funny. I got my bill today, and it's still $96 credit (it's my second bill)

  • Peanut McKinley Park resident

    If anyone has problems with a utility company, in this case- water, that they are unable to resolve on their own, please reach out to the Citizen's Utility Board for help! They are a non-profit established to help the consumer.

Jul 13

Updated Jul 15

Husky Hog

There is a new restaurant in the neighborhood called the Husky Hog. They have a famous Food truck and is now newly located on the southwest corner of 31st and Shields (where Spanky's and the old Shrimp House was located). Amazing Southern BBQ! Yummy stuff. After sampling the menu earlier in the week I then had my wife's birthday party catered from them last night. Joe and Lauren Woodel (owners) came through and all our guests raved about the food. Check out Husky Hog and you will be pleased and back for more.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Sorry, we're more of an "unreasonable amounts of BBQ" family. :P

    Yeah, we'll be checking this out.

  • R. Gar Life long Bridgeporter

    Had brisket and "burnt ends" today. Fantastic! "Burnt ends" are off the charts good.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 15

Looking for mint plants

I'm with the McGuane PAC and am looking for about 6 mint plants to put in the 2 planters by the front doors. If you have any to spare, please respond to this post. Thank you.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    LMD6204
    can you send me an email so we can get in touch? mvawelter@gmail.com

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Creeping Charlie is a close relative of mint. I've got yards of that, if anybody wants it!

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