12 min ago

Reminder About Winter/Snow Parking Ban Signs

The City of Chicago will start enforcing the Winter Parking bans on major streets starting SUNDAY NIGHT! The ban starts DECEMBER 1st - vehicles will be ticketed and towed starting at 3 a.m. on Monday so be prepared to move on Sunday night. Do not leave your car on any street for any period of time without checking for signage.

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow2012.2013/OvernightParkingBanMap.pdf?utm_source=Winter+Parking+BAN%2C+Ab+Mikva%2C+Safeline%2C+Ald.+Waguespack+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ThXgiving+Nov+26+2014+ward+news&utm_medium=email

Nov 14

Updated 40 min ago

Has anyone received a *credible* response from Peoples Gas re: partially finished sidewalk work?

This is related to the new gas meter installations. Supposedly, my concerns get documented by Peoples Gas, but I'm told that the scheduling of work/the work itself are through contractors. What are we supposed to do when shoveling snow... work around the half-finished cement work, broken pieces of cement and rocks? I'm pretty sure that the trash collectors aren't going to haul away the broken pieces of cement -- and I don't expect them to do so.

Perhaps I'm just being impatient, and it takes longer than I would expect to fix some of these "errors"... it's only been 2+ weeks; maybe that's normal?

  • I just wanted to publicly thank the alderman Cullerton's office for intervening on my behalf during the summer. Thanks!

    Also, PP Mark, be very careful about that mud.

    I have asthmatic cats. With asthma that had been under control (as: no constant medicating, only occasionally as needed and even that...

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    I just wanted to publicly thank the alderman Cullerton's office for intervening on my behalf during the summer. Thanks!

    Also, PP Mark, be very careful about that mud.

    I have asthmatic cats. With asthma that had been under control (as: no constant medicating, only occasionally as needed and even that relatively rare) for 3 years prior. I worked really hard to achieve that, btw. So, the moment they started dumping the debris I pulled out the old HEPA air purifiers and turned them on. I also used central air all the time, changing the filter 2 x/month. I also intensified dusting and vacuuming. For those who don't know - visits to the veterinary ER with an asthma episode are very expensive. So I worked to make sure that didn't happen. And yet it did. Lucky my vet was open and they have the necessary equipment so it wasn't that expensive. Lucky also that asthma did not persist.

    But, the point: since I'm sure I controlled the LEVEL of the dust and yet didn't manage to prevent an episode it must be that the dust particles from that debris carry unusually high load of allergens (VOCs, lead, asbestos...). Mind you, if you and your family are healthy it will not affect you - that's what health is, it allows you to be able to withstand it - but if your family member or a family pet has some immune related or endocrine related disease or is treated for cancer - please be extra careful.

    If the debris dumping in front of my home lasted any longer my cats health would have deteriorated fast. If it wasn't for the alderman's office I'd be in huge financial and emotional stress right now. The other (landscape) destruction - while not inexpensive, to me means pittance - we'll recover from that. But I'm grateful for not having to face putting down an otherwise perfectly healthy and young animal.

    So, government that works. Thank you!

  • Randy Stroller

    One point of interest is how people think the sidewalks belong to the homes. Somehow responsibilty for shoveling those walks belong to the property owners but my understanding is that property lines end at the sidewalk and that they, the property beneath them as well as everything between them belongs...

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    One point of interest is how people think the sidewalks belong to the homes. Somehow responsibilty for shoveling those walks belong to the property owners but my understanding is that property lines end at the sidewalk and that they, the property beneath them as well as everything between them belongs to the city. Now of course we are all the city.

    That said I think they owe us all a good cleaning of everything and replacement of all our curbs that they have damaged as well. Did they actually plan this project to run through November? I have not even been able to deep clean and paint the Parklet benches this year for all the dirt. I have been pleased that the workers taking breaks in the Parklet have used the trash can and often left their can open so the drunks, junkies and others out on the street occasionally had an option. It would seem though that they have added to trash pick up and should pay for that just as they should have hauled away their own trash.

Aug 18

Updated 41 min ago

Concrete Repair and Tuckpointing

Hello! Does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor that does concrete repair and tuckpointing? I have contacted 6-7 contractors via email, phone, and Yelp message, but nobody will get back to me. I understand it's the busy season but still...

My front porch is cracking pretty bad and this past winter just killed it. I don't know if it can be repaired of if the whole porch has to come down. The bricks in front of my house are...

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Hello! Does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor that does concrete repair and tuckpointing? I have contacted 6-7 contractors via email, phone, and Yelp message, but nobody will get back to me. I understand it's the busy season but still...

My front porch is cracking pretty bad and this past winter just killed it. I don't know if it can be repaired of if the whole porch has to come down. The bricks in front of my house are crumbling and turning black. Also the foundation in the front needs to be waterproofed with that black tar. It's not a huge job but it's too much for us to do ourselves.

Any recommendations would be appreciated! I live across the street from Merrimac Park.

Thanks!

  • On the original post, now that I actually read it....It would be a better thing to find and fix any water leaks before rebuilding the bricks. A dry area doesn't need any of that black tar. If it does need tar, that means the water will begin destroying at once...

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    On the original post, now that I actually read it....It would be a better thing to find and fix any water leaks before rebuilding the bricks. A dry area doesn't need any of that black tar. If it does need tar, that means the water will begin destroying at once through the constant dampness. OP, depending on where you live, your house may be one of the many victims of the last ice age (really) which left rock deposits in a hill and causes a lot of water to drain eastward from the higher land west of you...which is obvious if you stand at Irving and Narragannest and look West. You need to address drainage first. Then the cement foundation. Then the bricks. Sounds to me like contractors who understand your problem are not responding because you might be trying to fix the wrong things, and on the cheap. And they don't want you complaining when the work fails. Can discuss more if you want to hear it.

  • This post is very helpful for some work I need done. Thank you.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

These Gas Meters Are an Eyesore

Has anyone noticed the new gas meters being installed on side streets in front of multi-unit buildings? They are installing them on the face brick, right in front of the buildings. It looks horrible. There is a beautiful condo building on Roscoe just east of Cicero that now has about 20 meters in front of it, stacked 3 high. It looks horrible. Also, they did the same thing to a building on Laramie, between Addison and Belmont. This should be illegal.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    They capped off the original gas pipe in the front of my basement and ran new pipe underground on the side of my house to the boiler room.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    God Bless the Gas Man!!

27 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Abandoned Van???

What do I do when a van has been parked (abandoned) in front of my house for over a month? I called 311 and they said they would come and look at it but never did. This is not only an eye soar, it is rather suspicious. None of my neighbors know who left it there or who it may belong to. So many leaves have collected around this giant van...what do I do? I'd like to park in front of my own house again at some point.

  • There's illegal ways to deal with it too. Would start out as possible felony charges but with no previous criminal history would be knocked down to a misdemeanor if you got caught. Would have to be smart about it.

  • When I asked about a similar situation @ a CAPS meeting, I was told by the officer to call 911 vs. 311 to have it dealt with more successfully. I know it seems weird to call 911, but that's what I was told, b/c 311 puts it on a long list that they take forever to get through.

39 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

bright light

Question I was driving north on Austin around 815ish and I saw a BIG BRIGHT LIGHT around Montrose. Did anyone else happen to see that?

5 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

knit sweater

Hello. I knit a sweater that needs finishing off. Does anyone know of a place that could finish my sweater? The packet needs to be knit and the buttons sewn on. Thanks.

  • Wouldn't places like JoAnne fabric do this or Hancock fabrics. I know they have classes on different things there.

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

    Perhaps try Without A Trace weavers on Bryn Mawr near Kimball? Been there forever!

17 hours ago

Educational Camps in Our Neighborhood?

As Christmas nears, some summer camp registrations open up, like Chicago Botanic Garden and Camp Invention, as per links below. Some camps provide an incentive for signing up earlier like the opportunity to break up the payment into installments or getting some upfront discount. However, many quality camps are far away from home and we often wonder why?

Some high schools have realized that offering their space for summer camps is a win-win for all the parties involved. Resurrection H.S....

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As Christmas nears, some summer camp registrations open up, like Chicago Botanic Garden and Camp Invention, as per links below. Some camps provide an incentive for signing up earlier like the opportunity to break up the payment into installments or getting some upfront discount. However, many quality camps are far away from home and we often wonder why?

Some high schools have realized that offering their space for summer camps is a win-win for all the parties involved. Resurrection H.S. offers a hugely attended Camp Invention. DePaul College Prep, previously known as Gordon Tech, offers Green Apple Campus. Whether these schools charge for summer freed-up space or not, the camps can act as their marketing tool and buildup their good neighbor image. The program providers get both transactional and relational rewards. And, the local families benefit in a number of ways, like the nearby location, hopefully the neighborhood-adjusted-cost and get acquainted with the local educational providers.

During my recent conversation with Intrinsic Schools, based on my own experience with the CPS programming and from reading about ACT testing and beyond, I realized that our children are greatly in need of writing workshops, not just a stronger STEAM focus, which rightfully gets lots of attention due to its own merits. Since writing is not being tested on standardized tests, I found that it is not the focal point of the school experience.

I hope that our community leaders will find ways to fill this writing void with companies like 826CHI and will address other well-known educational needs by leveraging their relationships and other resources.

http://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=11724
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp
http://www.826chi.org/

20 hours ago

Old Town School of Folk Music

I wish we could bring Old Town School of Folk Music closer to home. They provide both entertainment and education for all ages. Below is their recent announcement:

New World Music Wednesday &
Global Dance Party Concerts Added

Our long running mid-week series, World Music Wednesday, remains one of the best deals in Chicago - FREE with a suggested donation (we do recommend that you reserve tickets in advance)! Plus, nearly every Friday night you can learn a new style of dance and work on your moves to live music at our popular Global Dance Party series.

Pictured: AfriCaribe. Friday, March 13, 8:30 PM.

See All Upcoming World Music Wednesday: Concertshttp://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/worldmusicwednesday/

See All Upcoming Global Dance Party Concerts
http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/globaldanceparty/

27 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Extra Ticket to Obama Event?

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has an extra ticket to the President's speech at the Copernicus Center this afternoon? I'm dying to go, but I didn't see the announcement on Sunday until the time passed for tickets. I would be beyond appreciative if anyone has an extra ticket or knows of a way to get in to the event. Thanks!

  • JimmyJamz Back in Chicago after 25yrs

    You couldn't pay me enough to go see that antagonistic, divisive, race baiter....
    Every time I hear his smug, arrogant speeches I cringe.... He has taken race relations back 50 years rather than bring people together...

  • How do you really feel?

  • U think you'll get more handouts if u show up in person?

32 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Patio Theater Grand Reopening Friday Dec 5

Free admission to the Grand Re-Opening screening of Indians Jones and The Temple of Doom.

http://patiotheater.net/Events/319/grand-re-opening-indiana-jones-and-the-temple-of-doom/

Friday Dec 5, 7:00 PM

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Portage Park Cat Sitter

Is responsible, professional and caring

  • Troubled Child

    Yeah it puts a motherfuntzing donk right up my cliff richards.

  • Because 8 is enough to to fill your cats with love.

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

EveryBlock Staff

If someone is continually rude, derogatory and insulting, can they be cut off from Every Block? I know that they can probably just sign on again with another name, but I would think that their negative and insulting character would be visible time and time again.
I appreciate the information that Every Block shares and would like to know that the continual bad remarks of a couple would not ruin it for others.

  • Troubled Child

    There was a shooting in the alley behind the parklet?

    "drive through behind the parklet"

  • Ice bucket challenge is played out. It was Obi Wan Kenji who wanted to wrestle. You are too jumbo for my tastes.

29 hours ago

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May 11

Updated 43 hours ago

Patio Theater on Irving

Does anyone know whats going on with the Patio Theater?

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Suspicious behavior at 5700 block of Pensacola?

A while ago, a neighbor shared with me that six squad cars came up to a house, entered it and left with a person and some materials. Since then, there's been an uptick in traffic to and from this house at all hours of the night. Neighbors are afraid to call anything in in fear of somehow getting found out and having some retribution come their way. What should we do?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    your aunt and uncle and 20 "cousins" in a single family dwelling? yes.

  • Section 8 neighbors are wonderful. You should embrace them and make them feel welcome.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Happening Now at Six Corners

Farmer's Market 10AM-2PM at the movie theater, including a free showing of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Some live music at City News Cafe, along with fresh cowboy and green chili (veggie option also on the way). Cranberry vodka dark chocolate truffles have also been added to the mix for Thanksgiving week.

Nov 12

Updated 2 days ago

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Nite Kenji. Sleep well.

  • Randy Stroller

    If I am hearing you right you are thinking the dust ups between the progressives and the mayor are costing some of us better city services. I have had this feeling but yet see that we are rocking along nicely and getting more than our share of asphalt. I think...

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    If I am hearing you right you are thinking the dust ups between the progressives and the mayor are costing some of us better city services. I have had this feeling but yet see that we are rocking along nicely and getting more than our share of asphalt. I think we could get more organized on exactly what we want in the next 50 to 100 years in the way of populations and the support services for those populations. Will we have all economic stratas and ages therefore all services from family planning to perpetual care? Will we strive to be one economic strata? Will we seek to have a working class and an owner class? Will we seek renters and owners as we do now? Will we want employees to serve a few economically advantaged? Will we encourage cooperatives?

    Has the mayor angered the President so he chose to support the 45th? Certainly if the mayor really had it in for us there would be a doormat ward with a center for ethnic cohesion other than ours he could have offered up.

Nov 07

Updated 2 days ago

Brick and Mortar Doctor Needed

On the side of our house there are a number of bricks in the middle of the wall that are flaking and deteriorating. I've had it cleaned and sealed when it happened before. However, the deterioration continues. I'm told that somehow water is getting behind the bricks to cause this damage. My concern is that this will continue with more of the brick flaking off.

Can someone here recommend someone who is skilled with this type of repair?

Thank you.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Garage break-ins

In the early hours of Tues morning (11/18) my garage (5400 block of Byron/Dakin) was burglarized. The alley gate was forced open (screws pulled right out of the wood) and the deadbolted service door forced open, deadbolt bent and door split lengthwise. Car was ransacked, but they didn't even find the 3 $1.00 bills and loose change. Nothing is missing, but I'm out the cost of a new door, lock, and the cost of the labor. My neighbor immediately across...

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In the early hours of Tues morning (11/18) my garage (5400 block of Byron/Dakin) was burglarized. The alley gate was forced open (screws pulled right out of the wood) and the deadbolted service door forced open, deadbolt bent and door split lengthwise. Car was ransacked, but they didn't even find the 3 $1.00 bills and loose change. Nothing is missing, but I'm out the cost of a new door, lock, and the cost of the labor. My neighbor immediately across the alley was also burglarized. I made sure to call the police to report the crime. It's very sad that they do not investigate, they take your report and give you a # to refer to. If 2 of us were hit, I'm sure others were too. Why would the CPD not want to nip this in the bud. This month garages, next month armed robberies of 7-11s.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Free showing of the movie Elf at Portage Theater

The marquee at The Portage Theater says there is a FREE showing of the movie Elf tomorrow afternoon at 2:45pm. We love this movie! The event appears to be sponsored by John Garrido, so it seems like a good opportunity to ask him specific questions. Any EBers planning to attend? PS JaKenji trolls, please don't try to derail this thread. Community events like this is what keeps this area neighborly.

  • Hark the Herald

    Like you have $10,000.

  • Hark the Herald

    A king troll like yourself should be friendlier to other ones.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Temporary/daily rate childcare?

Hi all, we have a wonderful childcare provider, who will be taking a couple vacation days at Christmastime. Does anyone have a suggestion for someone who offers daily rates for childcare?

We're looking for someone in Portage Park/Jefferson Park or maybe Irving Park, who is licensed. Our son will be about 7-months old in December. He'll need care December 22nd - 24th and on January 2nd, until 7 pm.

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    There is a nanny who posted on NextDoor:

    https://portageparkeast.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=7911514

  • Lowrent on LeClaire

    Patricia, Next Doors links are PRIVATE. Only TRUSTED, VETTED, Next Doors, subscribers can see them.

    DO NOT cut and paste Next Doors post text other places that would be AGAINST Next Door's AUP

    SHAME ON YOU, you can DO BETTER next times.

    Next Doors is for lusers too.

Jun 03

Updated 3 days ago

MCM Pub & Eatery?

What’s Everyblock’s take on MCM Pub over on Cicero? I haven’t been in there in probably 5-6 years but seeing Six Corners Association’s pic of their outdoor seating has me intrigued. Last time I was there I was checking out the liquor store and wasn't impressed with the beer selection and when I poked my head into the bar it looked kind of rundown and uninviting.

They don’t have a website but looking at their Facebook page, it appears they’ve...

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What’s Everyblock’s take on MCM Pub over on Cicero? I haven’t been in there in probably 5-6 years but seeing Six Corners Association’s pic of their outdoor seating has me intrigued. Last time I was there I was checking out the liquor store and wasn't impressed with the beer selection and when I poked my head into the bar it looked kind of rundown and uninviting.

They don’t have a website but looking at their Facebook page, it appears they’ve remodeled the place since last I was in there. What’s the food like? No menu on FB, but looks like they’ve got some decent yet random specials. What’s their tap list like? They’re not on beermenus so I'm concerned it’s the type of place that considers Blue Moon or Shocktop “craft” beer. On the plus side, in addition to their outdoor seating, they’re a shorter walk then Hops & Barley for me and I’d pass Josi’s on the way home, so they've got my curiosity.

So what’s the verdict – worthy of my attention for dinner & drinks or should I pass?

  • Thought I would give an updated review on this place after having a nice time there last night. We stopped in for a nightcap after eating at Six Corners Bistro, and the place was hoppin'. I'm not usually a big fan of karaoke, but in this case, everyone was very talented, so it was free entertainment in the hood. Everyone was friendly and they had a decent selection of beer, including a couple of Revolution options. It's probably all about timing with this place, but we would go back.

  • I've been there a few times just on a whim. Have eaten there on a couple occasions. The food is good and not too pricey. Typical bar food. It's a shot and beer bar...not some snooty yuppie bar. A lot of regulars who can carry a tune for karaoke. Real people. I always had a great time when I've been in!

3 days ago

Dog Would Landscaping

They install, design and maintain gardens. They offer full service landscaping. Pet friendly. Designs that include native plants. Butterfly gardens. They offer a wide variety of traditional garden styles and ponds. The owner can be reached at (773) 837-2341.

Nov 19

Updated 3 days ago

Good area

Have been living in my home for over m40 years, sent kids to private cathokic because we were raised that way.Never a problem with anything or anybody would recomend this before any suburban ares.Livenear Irving and Central.Agree with all the other coments.Taxes are a little high but were are'nt they.

  • I like the area. Don't care about schools at all, so that's of no concern to me. Good post Big Z. Too many people complaining. Not enough people praising PP and the NW side.

  • Chris, I also did not care about schools until I got kids of my own. I certainly did not care about CPS until my kids transferred into one Now, I realize that either we improve the school's outcomes or we must invest more in the justice system! I also realized...

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    Chris, I also did not care about schools until I got kids of my own. I certainly did not care about CPS until my kids transferred into one Now, I realize that either we improve the school's outcomes or we must invest more in the justice system! I also realized that either we service the families all over Chicago, not just those in the selected neighborhoods, like those found in downtown area or Lincoln Park, or we risk losing them to the suburbs or other cities. It is certainly our decision, actively decided or arrived at by default, as to what our mission and the grand plan will be. Just beware that our choices do impact the health of the community as a whole.

3 days ago

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Nov 13

Updated 3 days ago

38th Ward - Lawn a disaster after infrastructure improvements

City finished up with my street last week and our curbside lawn is a disaster with extra dirt and a random small boulder (too heavy for me to lift). Frustrating as we spent $$$ for new sod last year. Does anyone know if we can request a fix or retribution? TIA

  • Helen R Portage Park resident since 1983

    The gas company did restore my parkway also, and you're right, they may wait till spring.

  • I'm hoping they come back and fix everything--even the concrete sidewalks. I noticed that the edges of the non-slip squares are sticking up on a lot of the crosswalks. If they're doing that now, my guess is they're going to get a lot worse with time.

    I'm hoping that the cold weather caught them off guard and that they'll be back in the Spring.

3 days ago

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Nov 17

Updated 3 days ago

Finally got to Mia's!!

I finally made it to Mia's on Saturday. What a treat! Went with two friends. One had the mushroom foccacia and said it was great. Another had the turkey sandwich: delicious. I had the chicken pesto sandwich which was terrific. LOTS of chicken salad on the onion roll is chose. We all had to take home half of our meal to save room for dessert. Who knew that "White Cake Batter" and "Very Berry" frozen yogurt would be sooooo good together! Will absolutely, positively go back!!

  • Peter Flynn

    Haters gonna hate. That's why so many businesses fail around here. Soroni, Central Kitchen, Regulus, etc.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Another comment for Peter, in his maiden voyage.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Breakfast with Bob and Ald. Arena - 45th Ward

Come learn about the issues facing our city and share your vision with Aldermen Fioretti and Arena on how to take Chicago in a new direction!

Shila's
Portage Park
3938 N Cicero Ave
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Afterward, Bob, John and volunteers will canvass the neighborhood to talk to voters about safe streets and strong neighborhoods. If you'd like to join the canvass, please contact Stuart White at 312-783-9985.

https://m.facebook.com/events/1506880486233786/

  • Minerva, those wards get voters, earn respect and actually care. Promoting schools doesn't buy votes here. Taking TIF money from a school to build a soccer field is what we pride ourselves on.

  • Thanks Ahmed, I was just curious if there was another meeting that would be nearby.

Nov 13

Updated 3 days ago

The Leaves

Hello all!

I am a new homeowner in the area. I used to rent in the City hence never had to deal with Autumn leaves. My question is: Can I leave them wherever they fall and have the nature take its course? Do I legally have to rake the leaves? Thank you!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lexicon needed!

http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/nov13-simple-battery-aggravated-police-officer-hands-no-min-6523552/

Thoughts abound as to what this might mean. Policeman angry that toys did not have batteries included so did not lay hands on citizens as his boss has suggested?

Nov 19

Updated 4 days ago

Local store with holiday gifts

I'm looking for a local small business that sells quality Christmas stockings and ornaments. Small gifts would be a bonus too. I love Foursided in Andersonville, but I'd rather shop in the area if possible. Recommendations appreciated!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    American Science and Surplus is such a fun store!

  • Hello the following was taken from a list posted from an old Thread:

    - Glogg, lingonberries, sauces, etc. from Hagens Fish Market
    - Truffles from City News Café (the new blueberry flavored are fantastic)
    - Soaps from Distinct Bath & Body
    - Bottles of Lake Effect brew
    - Teas from Tea’se
    - Coffee from any of the local coffee houses
    - Coasters, bottle openers, kitchen towels, cards, etc. from Replica
    - Mustard, honey, jam, salsa, etc. from local farmers markets

4 days ago

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Nov 18

Updated 4 days ago

45TH Ward Community Guide and Map

With so many NEW businesses in the 45th ward and new boundaries, you'd need a map to find them all! Well, we've got one for you. Look for it on your doorstep or come by the Alderman's office to get your free copy. I'd like to thank the Daily Herald and all the businesses that supported. Love Your Local!

Sign up for the 45th Ward e newsletter at www.ward45.org
Join us for Ward Night every Tuesday from 5 - 7pm
4756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Phone: 773-286-4545 ward45@cityofchicago.org
Twitter: @45thWardChicago, Facebook.com/JohnArenaChicago

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    I agree Tami with all of your points. I'd also add that good parents help too, as does a strong local school council. Trouble is, easier said than done on all fronts.

  • Agree: The output is as good as the inputs: teachers, students, parents and the environment. For few years I have watched our CPS school level off my child's knowledge for their convenience sake, which understandably is an issue. Annually, I requested "pretest and then teach", which was ignored year after...

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    Agree: The output is as good as the inputs: teachers, students, parents and the environment. For few years I have watched our CPS school level off my child's knowledge for their convenience sake, which understandably is an issue. Annually, I requested "pretest and then teach", which was ignored year after year. I understand now that it does take a village to raise a child and I hope we will all get involved to generate a better outcome for all.

    Lastly, please remember that supporting teachers does not exactly equate with supporting children. Yes, they share the environment and resources, which continues to be inadequate for most of the northwest side, except for Ward 41/Mary O'Connor, which secured about $74 million for their schools since 2011. But, each party has a different ultimate goal, job protection/increasing rewards vs. successful knowledge and skill acquisition.

    Let's develop GROW45, to mimics GROW47 established by Ward 47th Alderman Ameya Pawar. If schools thrive, the communities will thrive, too.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

  • Chris hey Andy, are you goofin' on Elvis?

    While owning Congress, there were cases of underage serving, security confiscating drugs and then reselling them, paid private ambulances on call for certain shows so "situations" wouldn't make news or stats, a brawl at a Keef show that brought 20 officers to the premises, code violations severe enough that entertainment license suspended, and accusations of slumlord to the tenants renting. Though I am happy to hear Portage has been run smoother, and hope to see this continue, I would not consider the management to be competent.

  • Tezcat Charbydis

    They know how to generate cash. That's a skill set.

    No one mentions that much.

    Cash is king.

    patio desperately needs cash

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

True stories from over by here

Just what it says, tell us something that happened, only criteria is that it is true and happened in the neighborhood.

  • Thank you, Jane. Pat is taking a lot of heat these days for his style of representation. But he was a person after all. And he had a permanent reservation at the Gale Street Inn. So you could always find him if you had to.

  • Tezcat Charbydis

    There and:

    Moy Lee, lunch#1
    Lucky Grill, lunch#2
    Babe's, 5pm

5 days ago

PPS Vendor Fair

Only a few more slots open at the vendor fair. They are filling up quickly, contact Michelle if you are interesting in a table at the fair.

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Nov 17

Updated 5 days ago

Cold Weather Recipe Possibilities

A thread where we offer recipes we like or think might be worth trying for cold weather.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls
    1TB packed brown sugar
    1 large head green cabbage
    1 can (15 oz.) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or 1.5 cups home cooked)
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1/2 cup chopped carrots
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1 medium onion,...

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    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls
    1TB packed brown sugar
    1 large head green cabbage
    1 can (15 oz.) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or 1.5 cups home cooked)
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1/2 cup chopped carrots
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    3-1/2 cups marinara sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce (jarred or home cooked)
    1/3 cup raisins
    3 TB lemon juice
    Remove 8 large outer leaves from head of cabbage. In a Dutch oven cook cabbage leaves in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes or just until leaves are limp. Drain cabbage leaves. Trim the thick rib in center of each leaf. Set leaves aside. Shred 4 cups of the remaining cabbage; place shredded cabbage in a 3-1/2 to 6 quart crock pot. In medium bowl combine beans, cooked rice, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce. Divide bean mixture evenly among the 8 cabbage leaves, using about 1/3 cup per leaf. Fold sides of leaf over filling and roll up. Repeat with remaining cabbage rolls Combine remaining marinara sauce, raisins, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Pour about half of the sauce mixture over shredded cabbage in cooker. Stir to mix. Place cabbage rolls atop shredded cabbage. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours. Carefully remove the cooked cabbage rolls and serve with the shredded cabbage

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Nov 18

Updated 5 days ago

Beginning home search in Portage Park

Seeking advice on which areas of PP to focus on and if there are any to avoid. Planned to go look at 1st property in 4100 block of N Mcvicker Ave. But I see there is some surrounding area of crime (per Trulia). Wondering local opinions on safety of the area. Thanks!

Nov 17

Updated 6 days ago

5800 block of Addison?

Does anyone know why the 5800 block of Addison is closed? I must've missed an update from the neighborhood associations or the alderman.

  • Yea gilbert and someone at chity hall should be the go between the taxpayers and the companies involved. Caked in mud on the streets that you can in no way hand clean sewers being clogged with sand dirt and debris and on top of that leaves that have never been...

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    Yea gilbert and someone at chity hall should be the go between the taxpayers and the companies involved. Caked in mud on the streets that you can in no way hand clean sewers being clogged with sand dirt and debris and on top of that leaves that have never been swept. Its been posted to sweep but both times they had the 5800 block of newport clogged with sub contractors eguipment. Its a city ordinance that these private contractors run private sweepers behind their crews work while its still posted but again chity hall doesnt care about the taxpayers just how to rob them. We also pay a sewer tax but in order to gain access to an outside sewer i have to scrape out a trench in the mud and leaves to drain the water the length of 4 houses. Then at the same time as this not completed yet here comes down marmora a new major sewer line so as on addison the side streets are war zones with both these projects at the same time. I wonder whose working the planning dept at chity hall. Bozo?

  • Gee my comment above about the chity hall bozo in charge of planning major construction projects didnt take didnt take long to materialize. Look what took place in edison park overnight. Luckily no one was hurt nor any property damage done. All it takes is common sense chity hall you...

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    Gee my comment above about the chity hall bozo in charge of planning major construction projects didnt take didnt take long to materialize. Look what took place in edison park overnight. Luckily no one was hurt nor any property damage done. All it takes is common sense chity hall you dont mix major projects together DUH!!! But still the 80 families affected had to endure the frigid weather over someones stupidity. Many families have children and elders but hey who cares. We have gas meter and main sewer construction 5800 block newport. At 8:55 this am i went to look out my front door to see what has been destroyed for the day (it has become a common practice to check at least 4 times per day for destruction or dumping) i noticed a sticky note on my storm door that wasnt there at my 6am check. Well it stated my water will be turned off 9am to 2pm. Great that gave me 5 mins to get a couple of 5gal buckets of water for toilet flushing and hand washing. Must take too much brain power to give 24 hr notice so you can shower wash cloths etc etc. I wonder if rahum can tax or fine us for having no water

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