17 hours ago

OLV Presents"Comedy and Cocktails" with Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with...

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Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with cash bar and dinner to follow at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.olvchicago.org , at the school, and the church rectory.

Tom Dreesen a native of Illinois, he grew up in Harvey and is a honored veteran of the United States Navy. Tom toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years. Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including many on The Tonight Show. He is a beloved guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. In 2005, Dreesen was the receiver of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

For further information please contact M.B. Frystak, OLV School, at
(773) 283-2229 Ext. 29.

17 hours ago

OLV Presents "Comedy and Cocktails" with Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with...

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Our Lady of Victory School Presents Tom Dreesen

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show. Show starts at 3:00 PM with cash bar and dinner to follow at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.olvchicago.org , at the school, and the church rectory.

Tom Dreesen a native of Illinois, he grew up in Harvey and is a honored veteran of the United States Navy. Tom toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years. Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including many on The Tonight Show. He is a beloved guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. In 2005, Dreesen was the receiver of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

For further information please contack M.B. Frystak, OLV School, at
(773) 283-2229 Ext. 29.

22 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

New Habitat "ReStore" Opens Soon at Peterson & Pulaski!

The former Erickson Decorating building (at 6040 N Pulaski behind the BP station) is in the process of being beautifully renovated as this new ReStore location gets organized.

Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager, will welcome your (tax-deductible) donations of used or new building materials after mid-October, and says the store should be open for shoppers in early November.

Grand Opening is set for Saturday November 22! Anyone may shop and buy materials here, from a big and always changing assortment of...

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The former Erickson Decorating building (at 6040 N Pulaski behind the BP station) is in the process of being beautifully renovated as this new ReStore location gets organized.

Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager, will welcome your (tax-deductible) donations of used or new building materials after mid-October, and says the store should be open for shoppers in early November.

Grand Opening is set for Saturday November 22! Anyone may shop and buy materials here, from a big and always changing assortment of windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and hardware.

This is a great addition to the NW side, both as an environmental good thing and a fundraising engine for Habitat for Humanity's local building programs!
For updates on the ReStore Grand Opening, follow the Habitat For Humanity ReStore Chicago FB page. To volunteer leading up to and for the opening event itself, please contact the ReStore Manager at 773-539-6040 and for all other volunteer inquiries, shoot an email to volunteer@windycityhabitat.org.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I am SO excited about this! I drove all the way down to the Habitat store in Chinatown when I'm in the mood for a browse. I'm over the moon to see one open up nearby! Yay!!!

Sep 26 2012

Updated 23 hours ago

LGBTQs Assemble! Or, at least, get together and introduce ourselves over drinks.

Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400...

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Apparently we're everywhere and we have no clue we're there. Calling LGBTQs of the Jefferson Park and Portage Park areas to gather for some introductions, drinks, and socialization. There has been lots of chatter about gathering to meet fellow "family" living on the NorthWest Side. We've had a couple smaller gatherings thus far, but maybe we can generate more interest this time around.

Thursday, October 11th
6:30p - whenever
Windsor Tavern
4530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 736-3400

Join us, meet some new people, and worst case scenario find out what blocks to avoid because you found the stalker amongst us.

We'll let the bartender(s) know where we're gathered so No Gay is Left Behind.

See you all there!

Rolando

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

    It would be nice to do just an Everyblock one =)

  • RolRod While you're there, wise up.

    Actually, it had been suggested last time to include Meetup in the invitation, in part because it's a meet-up, and in part because we usually only get the same 6 people showing up to them. I haven't forgotten; just been busy. I'll try to set this up this week.

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

O'Hare Must Be A Good Neighbor

I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact...

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I am extremely disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ignore pleas from three members of Congress, dozens of aldermen and suburban elected officials, and thousands of resident to complete a new environmental impact study on the impacts of the O'Hare Modernization Plan.

The O'Hare Modernization Plan, which was first proposed over a decade ago, was approved at the local, state and federal level. It appears that residents did not have the correct data to judge the impact of the plan. Additionally, none of the public meetings were located in areas impacted by the changes.

Despite this, the FAA Administrator has the audacity to call the process "one of the most comprehensive" ever conducted. I could not disagree more. Any process that seems designed to shut out public input is not legitimate.

I will continue to support the efforts of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Jan Schakowsky to bring about new FAA hearings into the our aircraft noise issues and the modernization plan.

In the mean time, I attend every O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) meeting and support the commission working toward solutions such as an expansion of the 'fly quiet' program by the Chicago Department of Aviation, more noise monitors on the far Northwest Side, and the inclusion of more residential homes in the O'Hare noise abatement program.

I will continue to strongly advocate for those solutions.

The ONCC monitors and tracks complaints made by residents within communities impacted by the airport and air traffic overhead. I encourage you to log your aircraft noise complaints through the city's website.

https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=csrform&restrict_loc=Y&invSRType=AVN

The complaints will be used for future discussions with the ONCC, FAA, and Chicago Department of Aviation. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have further questions regarding this issue.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items...

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    @Inactive User - That would be cool if that were indeed the case. At the end of the day, the best way to think about all of these measures, save one, is that they do not provide a solution to the massive increase in planes, sound and pollution. Those items being noise monitors, sound proofing and a change in the DNL (lower than 65). All of these are important but only an equitable distribution of flight paths and Fly Quiet (much less so) will actually reduce the planes and hence the noise and pollution levels.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    By the way, folks who want to learn more about the FAiR Coalition can listen to our appearance on CBS radio's "At Issue" show. Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on the link. I invite all citizens to be part of the largest civic movement I've seen in 20+ years of improving our neighborhoods on the NW side. FAiR is the leading voice of both city and suburban residents impacted by the October 2013 changes made at O'Hare. Join us! Www.Fairchicago.org

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Lost a gift card in Mariano's lot- Sunday morning

This is a long shot but I've got my fingers crossed...
My husband went to Mariano's on Elston this morning at 10:00am and in addition to groceries, bought a $25 Toys R Us gift card. He loaded the car and when he got home, realized the little brown Hallmark bag with his receipts and the gift card were not there. We're thinking it slipped out of our bags into the cart or onto the ground.
If anyone found it, can you please contact me? We've already called Mariano's but it hasn't turned up.
Thank you!

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    I wonder if Mariano's keeps a record of gift cards, or if your credit card company could help--cancel it or something. Do you still have your store receipt?

  • Jen

    Unfortunately, the store receipt was in the same bag as the gift card.
    I think this one gets chalked up to being in a hurry and learning a lesson.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Yeah! Good attitude!

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Edgebrook Seeking Artists and Storefronts to support Chicago Artists month in October

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a month-long festival that showcases the creativity in every Chicago neighborhood during the month of October.

During the month of October, artists will be displaying artwork in Edgebrook restaurants and storefronts for the community to view. Any interested artists or business owners, please email art@localgoodschicago.com for more information.

Edgebrook will also be kicking off Chicago Artists Month with the following activities:

- Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30pm: Artisan Launch Party at Local Goods Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/336962449808302/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

- Saturday, October 4th, 7:30pm: Art of Comedy at North Branch Arts: http://www.northbrancharts.com/the-art-of-comedy-2014.html

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Thanks Laura for bringing this to Edgebrook. I'll be there. Local Goods is a great place.

Sep 05

Updated 5 days ago

A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park

While 45th Ward Alderman promises his "Pedestrian Street" designation will limit curb cuts and prevent strip malls, he doesn't clearly define what the trade-off is with such a legal designation as "Pedestrian Street". The trade-off could include efficiency apartments of less than 200 square feet, and with greatly reduced parking requirements that come with the "Pedestrian Street" designation.
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

6 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Entertainment: The Windy City Wizard. (windycitywizard.com)
Food Truck: Wagyu Wagon
Produce vendors, honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags. Also other outreach including 4Greyhound Racers (http://www.4greyhoundracers.org/)
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

Sep 09

Updated 6 days ago

2 "pop" sounds and glass breaking

Did anybody else hear 2 pop sounds and glass breaking around 9:40pm near Argyle and LeClaire? I've never heard gunshots before, but it sounded concerning, so I called 911. The sound of glass breaking is enough for me to call. Never know.

Sep 09

Updated Sep 10

Petsmart 6 corners

Would like to know 1. Is there a estimated opening and completion date for the petsmart next to jewel? 2. If petsmart already has the property why the for lease sign is still in the window? Reason I ask 2 is when I called a few weeks ago they said property was still available.

Sep 09

Our Lady of Victory School is having an Open House this Friday, September, 12th from 9:00 AM to 11:0

Our Lady of Victory School is having an Open House this Friday, September, 12th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Stop on by to see the OLV difference. OLV serves the Jefferson Park neighborhood and beyond for over one hundred years and continues to be an anchor in the community. Rooted in Catholic traditions, our school provides a diverse and inclusive environment and excellent academic curriculum. We are proud to say that our graduates not only attend some of the best high schools in the area, but are also viewed as leaders who are equipped with a strong moral foundation- they are truly prepared and poised for success.

Sep 09

Jr. Preschool @ OLV

Our new parent and child Jr. Preschool, is a two year old program with parental involvement. We establish a nurturing, structured environment that encourages interactions with others. The children will be introduced to activities and themes to help develop social and cognitive skills. We will begin to introduce academic concepts through play, with a main focus being on the social development and motor skills of the children. This program is for both the parents and the child. Our class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am to 10am. We are so happy to welcome our newest little students to the Our Lady of Victory family and know it is going to be a great year of fun, growth and lots of learning.

Sep 08

Updated Sep 08

6 corners Petsmart?

For some time they have been talking and from what I understand planning for a Petsmart next to jewel by 6 corners. My question is two part. 1. When is the estimated completion/opening dates? 2. If Petsmart already has the spot why is there still a for lease sign in the window?

  • I'm also very curious as to a timeline for opening.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    The universe was put on hold while the Chipotle was being built. Now that it is open, I am sure this will move forward.

Sep 08

Photo exhibit to open at Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park

The Ed Paschke Art Center honors legendary photojournalist Steve Schapiro with the Chicago debut of his new exhibition entitled Warhol, Reed, and Bowie. Featuring some of Schapiro’s most iconic images of the 20th century’s most prominent pop cultural figures, these eloquent documentary photographs take viewers behind the scenes of the golden age of photojournalism during the 1960’s and 70’s.
Beginning Sept. 13 and running through Nov. 15, the Ed Paschke Art Center (5415 W. Higgins Ave.) will exhibit Schapiro’s most...

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The Ed Paschke Art Center honors legendary photojournalist Steve Schapiro with the Chicago debut of his new exhibition entitled Warhol, Reed, and Bowie. Featuring some of Schapiro’s most iconic images of the 20th century’s most prominent pop cultural figures, these eloquent documentary photographs take viewers behind the scenes of the golden age of photojournalism during the 1960’s and 70’s.
Beginning Sept. 13 and running through Nov. 15, the Ed Paschke Art Center (5415 W. Higgins Ave.) will exhibit Schapiro’s most notable photographs of artist Andy Warhol and musicians Lou Reed and David Bowie.
“Steve Schapiro is a legend in the world of photojournalism, with his work being prominently featured in galleries worldwide,” said Vesna Stelcer, Ed Paschke Foundation chair. “We are truly honored that Steve Schapiro will be calling the Ed Paschke Art Center ‘home’ for this exhibit.” Center is open 7 days a week. Free admission.

Sep 08

Updated Sep 08

Houses for rent?

A friend is looking to rent a house in the Jeff Park/Portage Park area. Any suggestions on the best way to find one? Realtor? Nadig? Pound the pavement? Thanks!

  • I'd reach out to any seller agents of houses that have been on the market for an extended period. Sometimes homeowners choose to rent if they have to move!

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    You can search for rental houses at www.realtor.com. I saw one the other day when I went to walk my dog, can't remember exactly where, I will keep my eyes open.

Sep 08

Prussing Elementary School

The 1st PTO meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th followed by
the first LSC meeting at 7:00 p.m. Parents, Staff and the Community are welcome to both! Come here what is happening at Prussing Elementary.

Sep 02

Updated Sep 06

General contractor

Looking for a general contractor to do a second story addition for our home. We have plans but did not get permits yet. Any recommendations?

  • gsw concerned

    http://www.eurotileandremodeling.com Very good contractor. Detail oriented, professional, courteous. Keeps job site clean. Have used them on several jobs in the past. Never had a negative experience.

  • Try All In One Workers, Inc. They do it all and are reasonably priced. I think they may even give a police, firefighter, and police discounts. (312) 754-5376. Highly recommended

Sep 05

Legno and OLV Team Up!

Come to Legno for some good eats and support OLV at the same time!!!
Just remember to mention this flyer.

Sep 04

Updated Sep 05

Lawrence and Milwaukee Pedestrian Street Designation Meeting Tonight.

Earlier this summer, I filed an ordinance to create a pedestrian street designation on Milwaukee from Giddings to Higgins, and on Lawrence from Laramie to Long.

I'll host a public meeting on the proposal Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6 pm, in the Jefferson Park Public Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.

The designation does not change the street or the sidewalk. It also does not change the zoning on any lot. Instead, the designation seeks to protect the existing urban shopping district...

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Earlier this summer, I filed an ordinance to create a pedestrian street designation on Milwaukee from Giddings to Higgins, and on Lawrence from Laramie to Long.

I'll host a public meeting on the proposal Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6 pm, in the Jefferson Park Public Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.

The designation does not change the street or the sidewalk. It also does not change the zoning on any lot. Instead, the designation seeks to protect the existing urban shopping district and prevent developments such as strip malls.

The designation would require that any new building be built within five feet of the sidewalk, that the facade facing the street be at least 60 percent transparent glass, that buildings have a primary entrance facing the street, and that all parking be located in the rear and not be visible from the street. It prohibits new driveways and drive-throughs.

The designation would not change any existing building, only buildings that may be proposed in the future.

For example, if the CVS at Lawrence and Milwaukee were to be built under a pedestrian street designation, the building would not have a driveway, it would need more windows, parking would be in the rear, and the building would need to be close to the sidewalk.

The purpose of the designation is to protect the existing, pedestrian-friendly shopping district we have in downtown Jefferson Park.

  • semoore, I saw it posted somewhere else (thought it was here but I can't find it), probably last week. Do you receive the 45th ward newsletter? It was in the Aug 29 edition. That is probably where I saw it, although it could have been Nadig newspaper or website.

  • Jefferson Park Enthusiast Liberté, égalité... communauté!

    I had this meeting on my calendar for about a month. Pamela mentioned the resources.

Sep 03

Updated Sep 05

Fringe Festival

Don't forget to check it out. Not sure why they are not listed in the events section. Here is the link.

http://www.chicagofringe.org/fest_2014jeffpark_shows_bydate.php

  • Yes, Thursday thru Sunday.

  • Does Jefferson Park seem weider? Has any one seen The Penelopiad? Oh, and there is another free preview night Thursday at Fringe Central on Milwaukee.

  • Fifteen more shows tonight, another chance to see The Two Step. Plus free festivities at Fringe Central 4780 N Milwaukee and it is LIVE MUSIC NIGHT.

Sep 03

Updated Sep 03

Arena/Berrios tax event--anyone go?

I wasn't able to make the tax appeal workshop last night sponsored by Aldreman Arena and Joe Berrios. Did anyone go? Did the issue of appealing for plane noise come up?

  • the Berrios rep was a no show. An Arena staffer walked us through the process which can be completed online. You can take your paper application to Arena's office before noon on the 4th. Plane noise for those under the new runway can be listed as a reason for the appeal by checking the "other" box under reasons & providing an explainatory narrative. This aspect of the narrative might be easier online. Arena's office can handle questions.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    For Residential Property Tax Apppeals, go the FAiR Coalition website to download your airplane appeal support packet. Jefferson Township appeals are due Sep 4. Other townships have different due dates.

    http://www.fairchicago.org/property-tax-appeals/

    Then, please read the following which provides background info on the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition....

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    For Residential Property Tax Apppeals, go the FAiR Coalition website to download your airplane appeal support packet. Jefferson Township appeals are due Sep 4. Other townships have different due dates.

    http://www.fairchicago.org/property-tax-appeals/

    Then, please read the following which provides background info on the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition....

    Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com or check us out on Facebook or our website.

    Increase in O'Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses.

    What can you do? Via our website at www.fairchicago.org....

    * Sign up for FAiR Coalition emails
    * Sign our online petition
    * Report your noise complaints which can be done directly through our website
    * Appeal your property taxes
    * Put up a FAiR yard sign
    * Distribute FAiR door hangers
    * Tell your neighbors about FAiR
    * Become active with FAiR in your community

Sep 02

Updated Sep 03

New Businesses Coming to Jefferson Park, Six Corners

I'd like to welcome a new business opening in Jefferson Park next week.

PRO, a computer services retail shop, is opening at 5019 W. Lawrence on Saturday, Sept. 6.

They're hosting a grand opening celebration from 9 am to 5 pm that day. The grand opening will feature free 10-minute consultations on problems you might have with your desktop or laptop computer. Don't let the construction on Lawrence deter you from visiting this new business.

At Six Corners, Slingshots is...

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I'd like to welcome a new business opening in Jefferson Park next week.

PRO, a computer services retail shop, is opening at 5019 W. Lawrence on Saturday, Sept. 6.

They're hosting a grand opening celebration from 9 am to 5 pm that day. The grand opening will feature free 10-minute consultations on problems you might have with your desktop or laptop computer. Don't let the construction on Lawrence deter you from visiting this new business.

At Six Corners, Slingshots is opening on the first floor of the old People's Gas building, 4839 W. Irving Park. They are a faith-based organization that provides programming for teenagers. In addition to ministry, they will offer an after-school program, vocational training, and bands and events. Find more information at the Slingshots website.

  • paradoxymoron Neighbor

    Faith-based? What faith? I checked the website and it is very vague. There is no mention of any affiliation, though it seems evangelical. Are they an NFP?

Sep 03

OLV Open House

Join us for our Open House on Sept. 12th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We are still accepting applications.

Aug 31

Updated Sep 02

Taste of Polonia concludes Labor Day

5216 W Lawrence--steps from the Blue Line ... a Bounce House village for kids, live music and great food

  • C Neighbor

    Bellyer and Jewels, we were there Sunday right when it opened at noon. Same experience with the bounce-houses, and my husband and son were in one when it deflated. Scary. I was pretty sure I saw the kids' area advertised at $5 in Nadig and on DNAInfo, but sucked it...

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    Bellyer and Jewels, we were there Sunday right when it opened at noon. Same experience with the bounce-houses, and my husband and son were in one when it deflated. Scary. I was pretty sure I saw the kids' area advertised at $5 in Nadig and on DNAInfo, but sucked it up and paid the $10. One of the duck games was $3 to pick one duck. ONE. We both couldn't believe what we shelled out compared to previous years, and we agreed this is probably our last year attending...way, way too much money for a neighborhood festival.

  • Smitty Portage Park

    I did not go this year because in the years past I suspected something about the nickel and dime in. Do the city workers get a cut of these proceeds?
    Greek fest down on Halsted 100 X better. No admission fee.

Aug 21

Updated Aug 29

Chicago Fringe Fest slated for Jeff Park business district

Festival features wide variety of performance and returns to Jeff Park for a second year. http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/chicago-fringe-fest-set-at-jefferson-park/

Aug 22

Updated Aug 28

Arena Fund Raiser

Why isn't the alderman holding his fundraiser in the ward at some small business that could use a boost?

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    I can honestly tell you I don't know anyone else who spends more of their paychecks directly in the Ward than the Arena's. I actually use that fact jokingly with them. It would drive me nuts.

    I'll bet Cullerton is runner up. He's All Ward All the Time™ too.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    Aren't there banquet halls on Milwaukee Avenue? They are in the 45th .. just saying ... we want to bring business and people here. Including the downtown money folks. I would think they could accommodate 100 plus people. I for one would have been more likely to attend that.

Jun 06

Updated Aug 27

Fishing Anyone?

My birthday is next week, and I'll be getting some shiny new fishing gear as my gift. Fishing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and since I eat fish or seafood 2-3 times a week, it would be nice to take a few home to clean and cook up. Does anyone here have a favorite fishing spot? Any insider tips on fishing local waters? I have only ever spent "reel" time trying for bass and pan fish...

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My birthday is next week, and I'll be getting some shiny new fishing gear as my gift. Fishing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and since I eat fish or seafood 2-3 times a week, it would be nice to take a few home to clean and cook up. Does anyone here have a favorite fishing spot? Any insider tips on fishing local waters? I have only ever spent "reel" time trying for bass and pan fish up at our cottage in Wisconsin and spent my childhood fishing for cats, bass, and 'gills down South. I know there are pike, muskie, crappie, and other varieties in the waters up here though. I'd like to try for some of the bigger boys once in awhile.

I'll be attending the fishing derby this weekend at Busse Woods, and think it's a great opportunity to get a feel for the waters here. Anyone have luck over there? The Derby is taking place at Grove 25, but there are SO MANY other areas to fish.

Have a favorite spot? A lure you swear by? Please share!!

  • Bill the Engineer Maker. Fixer. Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    BLS.... I haven't had the boat out there this year, but I've fished from it and along the shoreline.

    On foot over near the canoe/kayak rental at Tower Rd. Both sides of the boat landing. Near the dam North of Tower at Lagoon 4. There are also some good access...

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    BLS.... I haven't had the boat out there this year, but I've fished from it and along the shoreline.

    On foot over near the canoe/kayak rental at Tower Rd. Both sides of the boat landing. Near the dam North of Tower at Lagoon 4. There are also some good access points along Forestway Drive on Logoon 5. We'd cover a lot of water in the boat. From the North end of 5 to the South end of 3.

    Since Independence Day weekend, we haven't been out as much as we'd like......

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    What's your catfish recipe?

Aug 26

Get your tickets! Filament Theatre's 'Crossing Six Corners: School Days

http://www.filamenttheatre.org/calendar-event/crossing-six-corners-school-days-2/

Crossing Six Corners: School Days is the fourth in the series of Filament’s neighborhood heritage projects. Through interviews with past and current residents, archived news articles, and discussions with local historians, Filament has devised another patchwork of the historic Six Corners Shopping Districts and its surrounding neighborhoods. This installment will feature stories about going to school in the neighborhood.

Aug 26

"Little Warsaw" honorary street dedication planned for Labor Day at Milwaukee-Lawrence intersection

Dedication set for noon on Monday, Sept. 1. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the "Taste of Polonia" festival this weekend at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/26/little-warsaw-honorary-street-dedication-set-for-labor-day-at-milwaukee-lawrence-other-jeff-park-happenings/

Aug 24

Updated Aug 26

Kitchen countertop places in Jeff/Portage Park?

Any suggestions?

  • Bart of Granite Design of Illinois - 773-841-2296. Best prices and Service. We do all our business with Bart.

    Amish Custom Kitchens

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    We remodeled our kitchen a couple of years ago and we used American Flooring and Countertops in Niles for our kitchen granite. Typically with a minimum of 25 sqft, they have pretty good deal. They did a great job. Only hiccup was they wrote down the wrong sink spec. We...

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    We remodeled our kitchen a couple of years ago and we used American Flooring and Countertops in Niles for our kitchen granite. Typically with a minimum of 25 sqft, they have pretty good deal. They did a great job. Only hiccup was they wrote down the wrong sink spec. We ordered a single deep basin since it was a corner cabinet/sink and they wrote it up as a double basin, which is wider. We noticed this on the day of the install. The sales rep came out to verify the situation and once he realized that the sink was ordered wrong, he had new granite cut for the correct sink and they were back out within two days to complete the install.

    If you are looking for a small amount of granite (less than 25 sqft) you may want to check out AMF Brothers in Franklin Park. We used them for our basement bathroom. They resell their remnants/cut offs. Only downside is that the selection can be limited.

    We actually used Studio 41 (Pulaski location, talk to Sergey) for our cabinets. We purchased Cardell which are semi-custom. We caught them on a special and saved a ton of money. Great quality and construction.

    The reason we split up our purchases was due to price. As a project manager for a local architectural firm I did an extensive pricing exercise soliciting numerous quotes based on our plans. At the end of the day we saved money by splitting up the cabinet and granite purchases.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 24

Back to School Celebration for OLV!

Back To School Celebration with Dick Biondi
August 24th @ 12:00 PM
Come join us for a back to school treat at: Mia’s Gelato 4200 N. Central 60634
Dick Biondi will be there to help us welcome our students back to school this fall. Please invite your families, neighbors, and friends! Dick Biondi will be at Mia’s until 1:30 PM.
Please call if you have any questions!
(773) 283-2229

Aug 22

Ald. Arena sets community meeting on 'pedestrian street' designation

Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Jefferson Park Library.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

Aug 22

Protected bike lanes along curb could be out as option for Milwaukee Ave safety project

Road diet and buffered bike lanes remain options for project that is intended to slow traffic and make Milwaukee safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/22/protected-bike-lanes-appear-to-be-out-as-option-for-milwaukee-avenue-safety-improvement-project/

Aug 21

Updated Aug 22

  • I guess some people will oppose anything. They are acting like it is a half-way house for sexual predators and gang-bangers.

Aug 22

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Food Truck: Meatloaf A GoGo
Now featuring two produce vendors, as well as honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

Aug 21

Updated Aug 21

Food Trucks in Jeff Park Tonight

There will be food trucks serving this evening outside of Fischmans Liquors at Lawrence and Milwaukee in combination with their Tap This event. Tons of Microbrews on draught as well. I hear it is family friendly too!

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    Indoor Wreck Room will also be open--so rain not a factor--per Fischman's post.

Aug 21

Ald. Arena seeks to ensure pedestrian friendly development at Milwaukee-Lawrence

Proposed "pedestrian street" designation would prohibit new curb cuts and drive-through facilities and require new retail construction to be located along the sidewalk.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

Aug 19

Updated Aug 21

Check OLV Out on the News Today!!!

Happy 1st day of school, both students and parents are happy to be back at OLV. We had a great turnout this morning. Be sure to watch the news throughout the day as we had various news stations join us this morning to kick off the new school year.

  • This is a day for celebration, not negativity.

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    It was an exciting first day back to school! We are thrilled to be back and our son is happy! Yeah

Aug 19

Updated Aug 19

School is starting soon

Does anyone know of a daycare or a person who takes children to school? Something reasonably priced. I have my son that needs to be dropped off at school 4 days a week. Portage park elementary. My previous daycare has stopped all drop offs/pick ups. Thank you in advance.

  • Where do your kids go to school?

  • Sorry I see where they go.. Good luck!

  • Call the school. I am pretty sure they have the number of someone in the neighborhood who does that. They may know of other options, too. Also, I think the new daycare going in by Berteau and Central, behind Mia's, might be doing before and after school care. Not sure when they open, though.

Aug 16

Updated Aug 19

Boom Sounds

Is anyone hearing loud booms outside? Every 5 minutes or so

  • Would these "sewer" blasts be done on weekends late at night? Who would be paying that kind of overtime? The article states that the blasting would begin in December and in Jefferson Park. The blasts are being heard in areas other that Jeff Park i.e., Sauganash, Portage Park, Oriole Park, Edison Park, etc.

  • Lawrence sewer project hasn't started yet - I think they are targeting after Labor Day. We are told all work will occur during the day.

Aug 14

Updated Aug 18

Welcome Sip & Paint to Jefferson Park

I'd like to welcome Sip & Paint, another new business to join the 45th! They are located at 4412 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The perfect place to bring out your inner Picasso. You bring your favorite beverage and they supply you with step-by-step instructions and all art supplies necessary to create a display-worthy masterpiece.

Join in on the fun by registering at www.sipandpaintchicago.com

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood! I love that it's BYOB and the $30 per class price includes everything you need to create your painting. That's cheaper than the other classes like this one that I've attended.

    These classes are a lot of fun. I look forward to trying this new business out!

    It looks like you can "like" their Facebook page here for upcoming events, etc.

    https://www.facebook.com/sipandpaint?ref=hl

  • You could probably even post this to the date night thread.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 18

Info on Central Kitchen and Tap?

CKT is one of our favorite places, but they've recently "closed for renovations." Anyone have any word on when they're reopening or if perhaps this is a permanent closure? I would hate to see such a great place close! Any info you have is greatly appreciated!

  • I really hope this isn't true! My husband and I love this place. The food and service has always been great.

  • Well, it seems as though it might be gone for good. We drove by yesterday and there was a realtors sign on both sides of the windows. Looks like it's officially for sale. :(

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