10 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Explanation Please Mr. Cullerton

My wife signed up to do the Portage park art fair. We paid our $100 for a space. A spot on Long Ave. Tonight Mr. Cullerton decided he didn't want that. So 13 hours before set up time we are told no one can set up on Long ave. When we asked why the person on the phone said we don't know. The Alderman won't tell us why.

So Mr Cullerton, why?

  • A&K

    Portage park art fair is great. Lots of vendors selling hand made goods. They also have food and music. Even if you don't buy anything it is still fun to look at everything. Sunday the farmers market is going on at the same time so the park will be busy:)...

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    Portage park art fair is great. Lots of vendors selling hand made goods. They also have food and music. Even if you don't buy anything it is still fun to look at everything. Sunday the farmers market is going on at the same time so the park will be busy:)

    Most of the stands you will find are your neighbors who have made items to sell. You won't see big box store stands or anything like it. Last year we bought a few things and still have them:)

    At least come check it out if you have time. Although now it's going to be tight because the alderman decided after 18 years of setting up on Long ave he didn't want that anymore. So the layout should be interesting.

  • A&K,

    Here's my response to another individual who was misinformed as well about this matter:

    "Noreen, I had what I thought was an amicable conversation this afternoon with Jeff G. concerning vendors parking along the west side of Long Avenue which reduces Long Avenue to a single lane of traffic,...

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    A&K,

    Here's my response to another individual who was misinformed as well about this matter:

    "Noreen, I had what I thought was an amicable conversation this afternoon with Jeff G. concerning vendors parking along the west side of Long Avenue which reduces Long Avenue to a single lane of traffic, hampering emergency vehicles and causing traffic congestion. Jeff and I agreed that the vendors would park in the Portage School lot, but I don't recall having asked for vendor booths to be moved off of the Long Avenue parkway.
    We also discussed the fact that the Craft Fair has no permits or insurance from the City or the Park District and that these would be obtained in 2015 and beyond.
    In the 3 1/2 years I have been Alderman, I was under the impression that the Craft Fair had these required permits, but I will take the blame for that misunderstanding.
    I will be happy to work with you and Jeff to find a reasonable solution that does not present an impediment to emergency vehicles. In fact, you can obtain a permit from CDOT to close Long Avenue altogether, but proper barricades and detour signs are required as a condition of such a permit.
    Please call my office next week to schedule a meeting to discuss next year's event."

4 days ago

Updated 13 min ago

thetruthaboutjohnarena.com?

I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to...

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I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to the website thetruthaboutjohnarena in my post. So I checked it out and just wondering if anyone else has. I took it to be people who don't like Arena making up a bunch of stuff but I also wouldn't know whether or any of it is true or not. I hope not! I did see in the FAQ's they say they stand by everything on the website so they're not worried about being sued. Regardless, my hope is that it's all nonsense but does anyone know if any of the stuff on there is true?

  • Colleen Portage Parker

    Tami, I merely put it out to illustrate the differences between emotionally charged op-ed style reporting vs what seems to be a more grounded story. I am sad to see how easy it is to just throw anything out and to see what sticks. Others mentioned they had not seen it.

  • Shot-n-Beer Guy Retired from Jefferson's Park.

    People ought to go back 4 years here and dig up the threads that show which camp was really flinging the most mud.

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20 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

STILL LOST - Female German Shepherd!!!

Pippa the German Shepherd is still missing! Female, 65lbs, Black and Tan, 4yrs old. Last seen near Portage Park area Monday 9/15. Please help me get her home safe and sound. Any info call 310-403-1553 or email abbesilverman@hotmail.com
Thank you!!!!

13 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Community Alert: Attempted Child Abduction

According to police, at about 3:10 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, an 11-year-old boy was walking northbound on the 4400 block of North Keeler when he saw a male sitting inside a parked 4-door black Lincoln Town Car.

The offender pulled out of the parking spot and stopped next to the boy. The offender then asked the boy "Where do you live?" The boy did not answer and kept walking. The offender then stated "Get in the car!"

The boy then...

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According to police, at about 3:10 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, an 11-year-old boy was walking northbound on the 4400 block of North Keeler when he saw a male sitting inside a parked 4-door black Lincoln Town Car.

The offender pulled out of the parking spot and stopped next to the boy. The offender then asked the boy "Where do you live?" The boy did not answer and kept walking. The offender then stated "Get in the car!"

The boy then ran northbound on Keeler. The offender drove off southbound on Keeler.

Police are looking for a Hispanic man, 30-40 years old, bald, with a mustache. His car was described as a black 4-door Lincoln Town Car

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8200. Reference report # HX-433523. Anonymous Tips can be submitted to tipsoft.com.
http://tipsoft.com/index.aspx

Children are urged to walk in pairs and remain vigilant of their surroundings. And anyone witnessing suspicious activity should call 911.

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    Is it possible to have 'Safe Walk' near schools? Which includes signs that state same...and adults patrolling the areas where the children walk to school before and after...also, there are patrol cars stationed at various intersections along the way...this is provided in the Hyde Park area...seems we need it here as well.

  • A&K

    Hyde park has more money and is surrounded by a less than ideal population.

    When we have houses worth a million plus then we may get special treatment too.

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    Not so much true anymore...regarding the HP area...anyway, those that patrol are volunteers...probably parents and or others.

10 hours ago

Slingshots donations.http://slingshotschicago.com/

Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Bibles
New testaments (NIV or NLT)
Bibles (NIV or NLT)
Devotional books
Note: Slingshots is mindful of student safety. If you have tools that...

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Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Bibles
New testaments (NIV or NLT)
Bibles (NIV or NLT)
Devotional books
Note: Slingshots is mindful of student safety. If you have tools that you would like to donate please make sure they are in good shape. We want students to learn from with the tools that are being used in the work world today. Slingshots will not use antique tools or supplies.
Carpentry
Work benches
Hammers
Wrenches
Screw drivers
Hand saws
Tape measures
Levels
Straight edges
Carpenter pencils
Powered drills
Cordless drills
Drill bits
Sanders
Circular saws
Table saw
Tool storage shelving
Wood. 2 X 4’s
Drywall (teaching students how to build a wall from stud to drywall to paint)
Nails (different sizes – teaching students how to use a hammer on all size nails)
Screws (different sizes – teaching students how to drill in different size screws)
Vac system to collect dust from power tools
Shop vacs
Sand paper

10 hours ago

Slingshots donation. http://slingshotschicago.com/

Items Needed
Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Games
Board games
Card games
Unusual games (carnival, arcade, etc.)
Snack Shop
Candy
Drinks (soda, juice, water, Gatorade, etc.)
Small bags of...

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Items Needed
Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Games
Board games
Card games
Unusual games (carnival, arcade, etc.)
Snack Shop
Candy
Drinks (soda, juice, water, Gatorade, etc.)
Small bags of chips/pretzels
Granola bars
Coffee
Napkins
Cups
Sound system
Sound board (mixer) 24 channels or more
Guitar amps
Piano keyboard and stand
Mics (wireless, belt packs)
XLR cables
Drum set (one that bands would use on a band night or worship night)
Video Games
Games for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2-3-4
Game controllers
Computer printer Ink
Epson work horse 3450 Ink – 125, 126, 127
Screens (20 by 24) 110 mesh
Emulsion
Washout sink
Screen Degreaser
Emulsion remover
Scrub brushes
Ink
Computers
Laptops
Entry level coding software/training
Power strips
Desk chairs
Matching desks for computer lab
Fitness
Head set mics (3)

19 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Check Out OLV's After School Programs and Extended Day!

The OLV Difference!
OLV is committed to your child’s future. Not only does OLV have an outstanding curriculum but a wide variety of after school activities that help students prepare for their future. Through these activities our students excel in skills such as leadership, teamwork, compassion, academic, and social abilities to prepare them for their futures.
OLV also offers an Extended Day Program, for both before and after school care. Before care begins at 6:30 AM and after school care is from 3:05 to 6:00 PM.

  • Dano Living the dream on NW side

    So does St.Barts

  • Great karate program taught by one of the highest ranked instructors in the US.

33 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    3-2-1...

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Thank you, St. Pascal's, for giving these young mothers and their children a chance to succeed! Personally, I am pro-choice, and I support the individual choices that each pregnant woman must make - including the choice to keep her baby.

17 hours ago

OLV Extracurricular Class and Resources

Our Lady of Victory offers a variety of Extracurricular classes and resources to help their students reach above and beyond their potential.

31 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

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Hello im sort of new to the neighborhood been here for about 7 months now and still have not figured out why I hear a helicopter very often at night by six corners little plaza by jewels Sears marshalls? Anyone know ??

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

And now . . . adult dance classes are underway!

The newly opened Chicago Ballet Center (4024 N Cicero, 773.283.6510) is now offering a variety of adult classes. Come on down! No registration necessary.

Monday - Adult hip-hop (you know it would be a blast!) 7 - 8:00
Wednesday - Ballet Fitness (focusing on core strength and flexibility) 6:30 - 7:30
Saturday - Two levels of ballet class. Intermediate 12:30 - 2 and Beginning 2 - 3:30

Adult Hip-Hop classes begin September 29. Ballet classes are on going
One hour classes are $10. The 90 minute Ballet classes are $14. Discounted class card are available.

  • Becky . .our website is ummmm at best confusing and a bit misleading at the moment. We are between platforms. If the information you need is not readily available, please call 773.283.6510 and someone can answer all your question.

  • For Becky and Anne, total beginners are VERY welcome at The Chicago Ballet Center for 60 minutes adult hip-hop on Monday at 7 and 60 minutes Ballet Fitness on Wednesday at 6 and 90 minute Beginning Ballet on Saturday at 2:00. Dancers with more experience can certainly join the hip hop or ballet fitness classes, and there is a 90 minute intermediate ballet class for them as well on Saturday at 12:30.

    Come on down. We have a lot of fun working up a sweat!

Sep 11

Updated 19 hours ago

Found Dog on 9/3/14

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on EveryBlock. I'm hoping to find the owner of a dog that was found on 9/3/14 by Belmont and Long in the Belmont Cragin area. It is a male German Shepard who is not neutered. If you or anyone else you know may have lost their German Shepard, please contact me. I hope to reunite him with his family! We have housed him for the past week and may not be able to keep him much longer. I'm not sure if we will turn him into Animal Care & Control, I honestly want to avoid doing that. Any leads will be helpful! Thanks in advance!

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    From thread below: "Pippa the German Shepherd is still missing! Female, 65lbs, Black and Tan, 4yrs old. Last seen near Portage Park area Monday 9/15. Please help me get her home safe and sound. Any info call 310-403-1553 or email abbesilverman@hotmail.com
    Thank you!!!!"

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    Oh, wait...I just saw that this is a clearly male german shepherd...nevermind...

35 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Perkolator Coffee

Nice to see that Perkolator, on Irving Park Road, opened this week, and is open at 6 am. My coffee was delicious, and I'm not just saying that because of the CPS teacher discount!

Sep 13

Updated 20 hours ago

Found dog Menard/Irving Park

Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now,...

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Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now, lying in a blanket. We gave her a bath because she was full of mud and shivering from the rain.

As for the German Shepherd, I saw a post about her on Craigslist (link below). As far as I know the owners have not found her. Her name is Pippa. So please be on the look out for her as well.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/4665669758.html

  • The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at...

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    The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at the vet, we dropped the found dog off. The local rescue Bow Wow Revolution paid for the found dog to get a rabies vaccination and indefinite boarding until a foster situation could be figured out.

    Luckily, the owner of the dog contacted me Saturday afternoon and he was able to be reunited with his little companion. A happy ending to the story.

    I still worry about Pippa the German Shepherd and hope she finds her way back home. I of course am still keeping my eyes out for her when I walk my own dog. My hope is someone was able to find Pippa and just hasn't known where to look to find the owners.

    I also keep checking with Animal Care to make sure she didn't get dropped off over there on stray-hold.

    For example, there was this girl just brought in:

    http://tinyurl.com/kjb8ywv

    I'm not sure it's the same dog though.

  • pippa the German shepherd is still missing and was last seen Monday9/15 near Portage Park. Please help me get my baby back! Any info 310-403-1552. Thank you!

46 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Pediatric ophthalmologist recommendation Needed

Our five year old seems to have issues with reading where she needs to look closely at the words. We've been told that she should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist rather that an optometrist.

Can anyone recommendation a children's ophthalmologist in the Portage Park area?

Thank you.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

model rocket launch site?

Weird question, I know... but my son got a model rocket as a gift, and my inner geek is dying to go try it out this weekend (I'm definitely more excited than he is). However, I would imagine that you can't just go to the park and light a hobby rocket. Am I wrong?

I know there is a model plane flying site over by Schiller Woods. I'm wondering if any of you have ever seen or know of a...

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Weird question, I know... but my son got a model rocket as a gift, and my inner geek is dying to go try it out this weekend (I'm definitely more excited than he is). However, I would imagine that you can't just go to the park and light a hobby rocket. Am I wrong?

I know there is a model plane flying site over by Schiller Woods. I'm wondering if any of you have ever seen or know of a similar site for model rockets. I'd set it off in our back yard, but even closing our garage door loudly sets our neighbor's old dog into a panic. Plus, this model is reusable, and I don't want to have to go searching through alleys and spying in backyards to retrieve it.

Any info is much appreciated!

  • I fail to see the distinction between a model rocket and fireworks. Given the utter disregard by the CPD for the ridiculous amount of fireworks set off in this neighborhood, I'd be highly surprised they would come out for a model rocket. Also, isn't it the common consensus that the police only come if you are dead? I thought they had "bigger fish to fry?" Seems like you might be taking a bigger risk with the Parks Department patrol, over those whom we kind of know don't give a hoot.

  • I was going to suggest the forest preserves near Devon and Central Ave but the Forest Preserve Volunteer Center is there so there are Forest Preserve cars and maintenance crews near by that are often driving through the area.

22 hours ago

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22 hours ago

Mom to Mom Resale

Hi I live in Portage Park and so do other members of our Mother's of Multiples club. If you need a Halloween costume, a holiday dress, a coat, etc. Our resale tomorrow is a great place to shop! We have over 30 families selling and it is organized as well. Hope to see you there.

Twice As Nice Mom’s
Mom to Mom Resale!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8 am – 1 pm

*Park Ridge Presbyterian Church*
1300 W. Crescent Ave...

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Hi I live in Portage Park and so do other members of our Mother's of Multiples club. If you need a Halloween costume, a holiday dress, a coat, etc. Our resale tomorrow is a great place to shop! We have over 30 families selling and it is organized as well. Hope to see you there.

Twice As Nice Mom’s
Mom to Mom Resale!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8 am – 1 pm

*Park Ridge Presbyterian Church*
1300 W. Crescent Ave • Park Ridge

Gently used & like-new kids’ clothing, sizes 0-8+ years, maternity items, baby equipment, toys & more!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

$1 General Admission • No Strollers
Cash Only • Bring a Basket

Shop our red dot sale 12-1 for 50% off!

Twice As Nice Moms is a 501c3 organization.

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  • 3 times fast if you dare

    "real rear wheel"

    some can't even say it once

  • I worked closely with Dan for several years back in the day - my first web job in Chicago. Went on his press check for the poetry book he kept trying to hock during that speech. I love him, though he seems to be suppressing his 'crazy poet' nowadays. Also, I've never felt so strongly that I know someone who will one day be mayor.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Possible meter move scam?

So our street has been tore up, everyone has the new pipes and infrastructure for our gas meters to be moved out of our homes. I've been wondering how Peoples Gas will schedule this with homeowners, if you have had your meter moved already did they mail you instructions to call and make an appointment?

I ask because yesterday morning two individuals in construction gear rang my bell and asked if I wanted my meter to be moved that day....

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So our street has been tore up, everyone has the new pipes and infrastructure for our gas meters to be moved out of our homes. I've been wondering how Peoples Gas will schedule this with homeowners, if you have had your meter moved already did they mail you instructions to call and make an appointment?

I ask because yesterday morning two individuals in construction gear rang my bell and asked if I wanted my meter to be moved that day. When I said would need at least 24 hrs notice to move some things and that my husband wants to be present they got a little pushy, suggesting they help me move the items, repeating everything I said to each other...I kept saying tomorrow (today now) would work they wouldn't commit saying they would need to speak with the foreperson on the job site, would I be home all day? They would stop back by to confirm Wednesday...needless to say they didn't stop back by. I don't know. Maybe they were legit? But I just didn't get a great feeling from them. In the past reps from Peoples Gas always had badges, especially if they were going to be entering our home...and I just can't see them scheduling these final moves by going door to door....

If you've had your meter moved outdoors how did they go about scheduling?

If I see these two again I will snap a picture...it was an older (45-55) black man with a younger (28-35) white woman...

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

IP Business Questions???

Can anyone give me a complete explanation of what the evaluation business? Also if the private buses have to pay for parking? Inquiring minds want to know?

  • Mr Steer

    Ask Mr. Bannon at 4041 N. Milwaukee. He is the Executive Director of all of Six Corners.

  • Randy Stroller

    What about it Ed? Do you know what these businesses do?

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

More shootings close to home

While not quite Portage Park, its still pretty close to home. this is the stuff spilling over into our neighborhood that i speak out against all the time. (what I referred to in the post about the increase in Gang activity in the area, specifically Hispanic gangs). Its becoming a serious problem around here with the shootings. The one last week at Laramie, now this.

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/2-shot-in-belmont-cragin/

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    @CiscoC, that's why I think they need our funding. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the former CeaseFire director, the program works. Here, see the results of a study that found the program's approach "promising:"
    https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=205
    Also, if you have the time and inclination, watch the documentary "The Interrupters," which showcases the invaluable work this organization does. And try to keep an open mind - as productive and effective as complaining about gangs and parenting on EB is, it's possible it's even more effective to interrupt violence where it happens.

  • Trust me. As a social worker I know what you mean about being more productive. But I also know about the lack of availability of mental health assistance as well as recreational activities for low income families. Great resource on the interrupters. I am familiar with it. I also like the fact that you are providing links and insight. Most people on EB don't take the time to be a good neighbor and share actual knowledge.. Thanks ladylord

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

A Dangerous Celebration

I have a video I shot at Diversey and Laramie is from a previous year of one of these celebrations showing the type of reckless driving behavior that goes on here on Diversey, on Fullerton and eventually spills into the side streets and alleys. 1 to 3 times a year. This is supposedly to celebrate some annual Holiday. It started around 8pm last night (9-15-14) and went past midnight. Why is this kind of thing allowed? Where are the police?...

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I have a video I shot at Diversey and Laramie is from a previous year of one of these celebrations showing the type of reckless driving behavior that goes on here on Diversey, on Fullerton and eventually spills into the side streets and alleys. 1 to 3 times a year. This is supposedly to celebrate some annual Holiday. It started around 8pm last night (9-15-14) and went past midnight. Why is this kind of thing allowed? Where are the police? Last February I received a “Speed Camera” warning ticket for going 2 mph over the limit and a neighbor got a seat belt ticket over the summer. If I can figure out how to post this video you’ll see, at these “celebrations” there are very few seat belts worn, there’s open beer in the cars, reckless high speed driving, people hanging out of cars WHILE there are children present both walking and on bicycles, public intoxication, curfew violations (this video was shot around 11pm that year), etc. I wish I would have recorded the car surfers that came after my phone ran out of memory. Yes! Car Surfers! It’s really amazing no one is killed at these “Celebrations”! If anyone has video or pictures from last night on Fullerton or Diversey, please post. I realize this isn’t the Portage Park area, but it’s not very far.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Thanks for all the comments. I didn't realize this also went on in so many other areas of the city each year. The noise and chaos or exhilaration and fun (as Tom G termed it) did start up again last night but didn't last long. It seemed this time the...

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    Thanks for all the comments. I didn't realize this also went on in so many other areas of the city each year. The noise and chaos or exhilaration and fun (as Tom G termed it) did start up again last night but didn't last long. It seemed this time the police were on it. A neighbor brought this situation up at a CAPS meeting a few years ago and was told to talk to the alderman. In ward 31 that goes no where. As some folks noted there's nothing wrong with ethnic celebrations or even celebrations of a sporting event for that fact. But common sense must be exercised when out of control speeding vehicles are used as a tool of celebration especially when they are in the presence of children.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    As most of us know, common sense is not all that common.

Sep 03

Updated 44 hours ago

What is someone's recourse when your neighbors have violent dogs?

For the last five years my neighbor's dogs have gotten loose and attacked several people. Most the time they just scare the heck out of people, but there have been injuries. I remember the person across the alley getting bit on the wrist, and yesterday another neighbor and her grandson were attacked. About two years ago the dogs were taken after attacking a streets and san worker in the alley. Six months later they returned. This is starting to get...

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For the last five years my neighbor's dogs have gotten loose and attacked several people. Most the time they just scare the heck out of people, but there have been injuries. I remember the person across the alley getting bit on the wrist, and yesterday another neighbor and her grandson were attacked. About two years ago the dogs were taken after attacking a streets and san worker in the alley. Six months later they returned. This is starting to get frustrating and I'd hate to see this problem solved after a child gets seriously injured or mauled. How can the homeowner or renter be pressured into taking action and hopefully accepting the fact that they are not responsible dog owners? By the way, this is the 4200 block of north Moody.

  • I can see both sides of this issue. I've been around many pitbulls in my life who have been super friendly. I've also known personally of a couple really bad experiences with them. One was a cousin who had one that I loved. They got it as a puppy around...

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    I can see both sides of this issue. I've been around many pitbulls in my life who have been super friendly. I've also known personally of a couple really bad experiences with them. One was a cousin who had one that I loved. They got it as a puppy around the same time they had their first child. When they were both around 5 the dog attacked him for no reason. He just came down the stairs and the dog flipped out. Luckily my cousins husband was right there and prevented a serious injury or worse. He unfortunately had some extensive damage to his arm. They turned the dog over to a shelter after that. Not sure what happened from there.

    The other instance what about 10 years ago. I was walking with my friend who was walking her pit. It was a great dog and never had any issues. Well we were standing talking to another friend and a small dog came running up to it (off the leash) and Max (the pit) just grabbed the thing by the neck. We were all freaking out, as was the lady who's dog it was. We did everything we could to get Max to let go but he didn't until the dog was dead. That was one of the most traumatic experiences I've had. That's also why I hate seeing people walk their dogs off the leash. Anyways, they ended up keeping the dog and never had another problem with it but that with my cousin's experience and others I've heard about make me very leery of them. I know probably 95% of the time it comes down to the owner or the dog's history, but there's still always that chance. There is with any dog but the difference with pits is they don't just bite and let go. It seems the bite and hold things is in their DNA.

  • Blame the deed not the breed. I have worked with the Doberman Pinscher Club of America regarding dog bans. There is a lot of emotion/drama around this subject. Everyone has a story that ranges from death to maiming to the best family dog in the whole world. Certain breeds are...

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    Blame the deed not the breed. I have worked with the Doberman Pinscher Club of America regarding dog bans. There is a lot of emotion/drama around this subject. Everyone has a story that ranges from death to maiming to the best family dog in the whole world. Certain breeds are predispositioned towards certain behavior. Training can manage instinct but it can't erase it. Dog owners should know what their dog is bred to do, practice responsible dog ownership, and be fined or jailed if their dog bites someone or causes property damage. And everyone should research the facts.

    According to AKC statistics the Pit Bull, Chow Chow, Rottweiler, Akita, and Bullmastiff are the top biters. However,dog-attack statistics are notoriously unclear on elucidating why people are maimed or killed by dogs (cruel breeders, bite victims that don’t seek medical attention).

    If you are concerned about a dog that has behaved violently stay away and call the appropriate authorities to report the dog, if you are afraid of a dog because it is big, loud, and barks at the window or on fenced priority perhaps learning more about the dog will help, talking with your neighbors, and reassuring yourself that the dog is safely contained on their property.

    Teach your children to keep fingers out of fences, never to approach a strange dog without permission, and to stop and turn away from a dog that looks threatening. NEVER RUN. Drop and tuck if attacked. It is as important to teach dog safety as gun safety. SAFETY NOT FEAR.

    Frankly, I'm on the dogs side in most cases, and these tips will help to keep bans and responsible owners grief to a minimum. In most cases when people (especially children) are bitten they are doing something to the dog that they shouldn't. Kids love to tease dogs that react strongly--especially boys ages 6-14. But I wouldn't ban them, since I have one :-D.

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Jun 19

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Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • I am looking for a nearby place to schedule a community meeting for anyone interested in discussing the petition. I am considering Hiawatha Park and Dunning Library for an evening time slop of 6-8 pm on any of the following days: October 6,8, 13 or 15th. Any preferences/input/assistance would be...

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    I am looking for a nearby place to schedule a community meeting for anyone interested in discussing the petition. I am considering Hiawatha Park and Dunning Library for an evening time slop of 6-8 pm on any of the following days: October 6,8, 13 or 15th. Any preferences/input/assistance would be appreciated? Would like to finalize the plans this week.

    Although everyone in the community will be invited, we do need Canty's Elementary School's LSC representation to attend the meeting since it involves safety of the passage to school at the intersection of Irving Park/Pioneer. Are there any interested LSC parties on-line? The more of LSC representation the better.

    Active Transportation Alliance representative(s) will be joining us to offer a helping hand. To learn about their mission and work, go to http://www.activetrans.org/mission-vision

  • Please spread the word about our safety improvement petition at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10822104

May 11

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Patio Theater on Irving

Does anyone know whats going on with the Patio Theater?

  • Classic movie theaters are being preserved in different ways all over the country, this site shows 438 renovations:

    http://cinematreasures.org/blog/renovations

    http://cinematreasures.org/

    Some by fundraising, some by grants, others by larger developers. In many cases it's similar to libraries reinventing themselves to be more like community centers. This can happen, just need someone to steer it in the right direction.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Now that the weather is cooler and there's no need for air-conditioning we're hoping to see the Patio Theater opened again soon.

3 days ago

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  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    Really excited to see this. I hope the Patio gets a new owner soon and re-opens.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Congrats to Perkolator!! and best of luck to who ever becomes the new owner of the Patio Theater.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Furnace repair

Our furnace seems to be on the fritz. Any recommendations? Would love to use someone in the Portage Park neighborhood if there's a reliable service provider, but that's not essential. Thanks in advance.

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    Double Bonus. I prefer to not have my plumbers do my HVAC if you catch my drift.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Troy and Sons 312-203-6191 He is very reasonable and prefers to work evenings which is great for me since I'm at work during the day.

3 days ago

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More trees gone in Portage Park.

This morning they have started cutting down more ash trees in the park. Counting the +/- 30 trees that were previously cut down, the park will lose approximately 100 trees. A very sad situation that results from planting so many of a single species of tree. New trees are scheduled to be planted in the spring.

  • Parskside street ,the city inoculate the trees against emerald ash borer disease.

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    I want a tree in my parkway. I wish there was a "Share the cost" process for this like the sidewalks.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lights off for months at Gray Elementary

It's been months since the lamp posts in the middle of Gray Elementary were on. It gets pretty dark around there at night, which is also a safety concern. The 38th ward office and the school were informed about this. I'm tired of empty promises, who should I contact to resolve this?

  • Make a 311 report. I did for my block and the following week they were on. Worth a shot

Apr 02

Updated 2 days ago

Gas Meter change

So just got my notice that People's will be tearing up my neighborhood and destroying my home to move my gas meter to the outside of my house.
I have a finished basement, so has anyone with a finished basement gone through this? (I fear they will just tear it apart and just leave a mess (I pray it is like the water meter, where they installed it AND put in a new access door in the finished wall, THAT was excellent service!)).

  • Is the downspout connected to sewer or disconnected? There seems to be some sort of rule about proximity to a window (only ones that can be used for egress???), but I have not heard anything about downspouts. We have a downspout on the same side where the meter is going...

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    Is the downspout connected to sewer or disconnected? There seems to be some sort of rule about proximity to a window (only ones that can be used for egress???), but I have not heard anything about downspouts. We have a downspout on the same side where the meter is going but they will not be very close.

    I really wish that aldermen would have (they still can!) taken a greater role in helping residents through this project. Such as letting them know their rights. If you are persistent you can usually get what you want. But PG is not going to give you that the first time around unless it is also what they want.

  • Connected to the sewer. I have a feeling that dealing with the actual workers will be far more pleasant than dealing w/ the schedule makers.

4 days ago

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Parent recommended Daycare: Portage Park, Old Irving Park, Mayfair,

Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her...

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Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her sister and helper) so much that he wanted them at his birthday party. Lunch is always homemade, hot and nutritious. We live in Portage Park and the drive is only 10 minutes away. Her number is 773-736-8930. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me here for references

  • Do you know if she picks up kids from school for after school care?

  • Unfortunately, I don't think she does.

  • Susie: I just spoke with her and she said to give her a call. It would depend on where the school is. Her name is Mercedes and number 773-736-8930

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR REMODELING OF SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE INCLUDING NEW ELECTRICAL, HVAC, PLUMBING AND ONE STORY REAR WOOD DECK. REPAIR/REPLACE EXISTING FRONT COVER PORCH AND NEW WOOD FRAME 2-CAR GARAGE.

    5618 W. Berenice Ave. Issued September 15, 2014 Comment

6 days ago

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Cha Ching

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  • I just googled the image and WOW the color is gorgeous. Makes me miss my rose Koko Loco. She didn't make it last winter. She was a strange and beautiful purplish brown. I want another one :)

  • It's the parent of some good roses, too, like the climber America and the tall HT Folklore.

3 days ago

Meeting!

The meeting I attended yesterday was great, it gave me the opportunity to talk to people in the Ward,and for me that's the best part of running, I get to listen to their idea's and concerns it is truly a learning experience.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

St. Pascal Church Celebrates 100th Anniversay!

Congratulations to Pastor, Fr. Paul Seaman and the Parishioners of St. Pascal Church on their 100th Anniversay! Thank you for inviting me to participate in the celebration!

Watch Fr. Paul make the saxophone sing at the Gala Dinner!

http://youtu.be/86qBEYB1j4k

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

City tree trimming

Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw...

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Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw to the low branches, it's starting to block the sidewalk and I feel bad for my neighbors getting smacked in the head... I've seen some threads with private tree trimming recommendations, but since this is the city's responsibility, it seems silly (and expensive) to do it myself.

Thanks for any input!

  • Yep, I made the online request, and am hearing two years to fulfill it. Sounds like I didn't get in the lucky couple of weeks queue some of you all found. Hoping I don't lose my tree to the ash borer in the meantime!

    Alderman, thanks for responding.

  • BANKS had trees planted along Grand Ave. Many of the stores were furious because they were placed blocking the business signs. Everyone had voted no to the project, but he signed for everyone that said no, thus converting the no votes to his yes vote. Now they are as seedy...

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    BANKS had trees planted along Grand Ave. Many of the stores were furious because they were placed blocking the business signs. Everyone had voted no to the project, but he signed for everyone that said no, thus converting the no votes to his yes vote. Now they are as seedy as the planters he shoved down the throats of business owners. Many owners are absentee owners renting to others, some business are gone. His legacy is to have ruined the entire blocks long area of Grand Ave. He pushed through that project with total opposition ….anyone walking down Grand off Harlem can view his
    pockmarked, chipped and broken down planter project. The kids just love
    skakeboarding on them….Yay kids !!! Hopefully the new alderman or woman
    can find some funds to repair them but that is a pipe dream with so many other
    more important things to fund.

3 days ago

Shine a light on Portage Park!

Did you know the past seven years, Ewa Shimasaki and the students at Portage Park Elementary have dedicated themselves to saving the rainforest by raising funds for Rainforest Trust through a variety of creative and successful fundraisers - See more at:
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https://www.rainforesttrust.org/news/2014/portage-park-elementary-raises-1191/#sthash.1AVJdkRy.dpuf

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Speed Cameras

I have been thinking about the issue of speed cameras, I think it's fair to say their only true purpose is to make money for the city, it's just another tax, I would prefer a Cop with a radar, A speed camera can't pullover a motorist, a Cop can, a speed camera can't search a car for weapons or drugs, a Cop can, A speed camera won't deter a criminal driving past it at 2AM in the morning a Cop can, a speed camera can't react to a crime in progress a Cop can, unfortunately our the political leadership in this city Knows the "cost of everything and the value of nothing" just a little Carmen sense!

  • per city of Chicago website:

    The fine is $35.00 for a speeding violation six or more miles over the applicable speed limit, but less than 11 miles over such speed limit. The fine is $100.00 if the recorded speed limit is 11 or more miles over the applicable speed limit.

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/children_s_safetyzoneporgramautomaticspeedenforcement/automated_speed_enforcementfrequentlyaskedquestions.html

  • Kapel Local Resident

    I didn't contest the speed camera ticket I got because it was only a warning ticket. But I just checked the video again and it is indeed for only 2mph over the limit and it says that next time it will cost $35 and go on record as a moving...

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    I didn't contest the speed camera ticket I got because it was only a warning ticket. But I just checked the video again and it is indeed for only 2mph over the limit and it says that next time it will cost $35 and go on record as a moving violation. And so since it's very easy to coast a little faster without touching the gas pedal I prefer to stay 5mph under the limit in speed camera areas. I'm not worried as much about the $35 as the moving violation which creates issues with insurance companies.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Freedom of information

Mr. Alderman, would you be willing to make a freedom of information act request to the city of Chicago? They insist on having to spray chemicals to combat bugs but won't tell us what the chemical is. We have the right to know what we are inhaling. I could make the request but being an individual they most likely would ignore my request. Coming from an Alderman might make it happen though.

  • Thanks J.P.E. (and some of my best friends are Progressives)!

  • Thank you Alderman Tim! And I'll second Jeff Park Enthusiast - we will miss you! :(

    Also, this is a bit outside of the realm of this discussion, however, I wanted to say something about that analysis from the link to the city-data.com/forums/dogs that A&K provided. I hope everyone got...

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    Thank you Alderman Tim! And I'll second Jeff Park Enthusiast - we will miss you! :(

    Also, this is a bit outside of the realm of this discussion, however, I wanted to say something about that analysis from the link to the city-data.com/forums/dogs that A&K provided. I hope everyone got it that it is complete bonkers. If you are considering using some anti-flea remedy on your pet, the choice of product should be made by talking to your vet who actually knows your individual pet's health needs. This is not an endorsement of spot-on anti-flea products, btw. It's also not a warning against. It's just a rallying cry against a lousy analysis, which this is. The "betterness" of fipronil over etofenprox in the spot-on anti-flea products has not been proven at all in that discussion.

    A&K, I'm glad you're calmer about the spraying thing. I hope your pet gets better soon.

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