2 days ago

Updated 53 min ago

Mr. G's up for sale?

I left for vacation and come back to find Mr. G's is up for sale. Every time we visited this diner, they seemed to have a pretty steady clientele. I was surprised to see it closed and up for sale. Did anything happen, or was it just time to retire? It's really too bad. They had an excellent Irish Breakfast :(

  • Conor McGrath Portage Park

    Gladys, any number of meat purveyors could source those ingredients. In Chicago you're basically talking about meats from either Winston's (down on 63rd St) or Diamond (in Niles). When I worked for a meat wholesaler many years ago we would source the sausages based upon the customer's preference. Some like Diamond, some prefer Winston's. Personally I'm partial to Diamond sausages but like Winston's for rashers and the black and white puddings.

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Updated 16 hours ago

Oct. 16 meeting on proposed North Mayfair mosque scheduled

The North Mayfair Improvement Association will hold a community meeting on a proposed Yemeni mosque and community center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at Palmer School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.
The mosque would be located in a triangular-shaped industrial building that is located behind a series of bungalows in the 4800 block of North Kentucky Avenue and that is bordered on all three sides by an alley, with no direct access to a street. The community...

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The North Mayfair Improvement Association will hold a community meeting on a proposed Yemeni mosque and community center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at Palmer School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.
The mosque would be located in a triangular-shaped industrial building that is located behind a series of bungalows in the 4800 block of North Kentucky Avenue and that is bordered on all three sides by an alley, with no direct access to a street. The community center would be across one of those alleys in a portion of a community building at 4860 N. Elston Ave. that houses a car rental agency.
Project organizer Naser Nasser is scheduled to present plans for the project. The project would be contingent on the Zoning Board of Appeals issuing a special use for religious assembly.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/09/24/plans-call-for-yemeni-mosque-center-at-north-mayfair-site/

  • There are two buildings one is surrounded by alleys and there are houses across the one alley.

  • emyjane Portage Park newby homeowner

    Thanks Chitowngal, I didn't understand that the houses are across the alley and couldn't see them from the street.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Spiders in our Basement

They are creepy and all different sizes...Anyone know how to get rid of spiders? We moved into our lovely home in July. My hubby has sprayed a number if times...but they are big, and keep showing up. We have kids and a dog, so I'm worried about chemicals. Any helpful suggestion of what we can do or is there an exterminator out there you know of who might use more kid friendly stuff?

  • if you dare, google: spiders on drugs

    watch the first video that comes up. caution, not for sensitive audience contains language and violence, that is why I won't link it directly, you choose to watch it.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Patty, if I could stitch up world peace on my Bernina, we'd be done with it. Don't I wish.

20 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Shredding Event

Prevent identity theft by bringing your old paperwork with any sensitive information to this SHRED EVENT and get them destroyed while you watch.

Shred-a-thon
Sunday, Nov. 9th from 10AM - 1PM
Hoyne Bank Parking Lot (4729 N. Milwuakee Ave.)

  • Thanks! Do you happen to have any plans for another electronics recycling soon? Looking for one that will destroy and/or recycle floppy disks, etc..

  • FINALLY on a day that I'm NOT working! thank you!

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for teen volunteers to help with an event. The event is on Oct. 25th at Jefferson Park. Teens will help set up, wear costumes and clean up after the event. This is a great opportunity to get involved and get some service learning hours. Contact the park at 773.685.3316

  • Some schools allow earning service hours for community events. NDHS does. From their website:

    "Service to the student’s parish, grammar school, or local community, which includes but is not limited to altar serving, volunteering to coach or tutor at the grammar school, volunteering time at community events such as charity or fundraising events, park or neighborhood cleanups, etc."

    I like that the park is looking for ways to save money while giving teens an opportunity to be involved in the neighboorhood.

  • Thanks Jim, yes it's plain and simply a Halloween event. The event this Saturday from 3pm to 6pm is Costumes and Candy. Costumes are encouraged, volunteers are needed and families are welcome.
    Details were vague because we encourage dialect and want teens to pick up the phone and ask questions....

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    Thanks Jim, yes it's plain and simply a Halloween event. The event this Saturday from 3pm to 6pm is Costumes and Candy. Costumes are encouraged, volunteers are needed and families are welcome.
    Details were vague because we encourage dialect and want teens to pick up the phone and ask questions. Thanks Mrs. L, we have reached out to the neighboring high schools to offer them this service learning opportunity, because most of the teens are already coming in looking for hours.
    We want teens and their families involved in events, activities, programming and most importantly their neighborhood.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Airplanes! Argh!!

D*** you, airplanes! I'm trying to watch the Bears game and you keep messing up my reception!
Furious George!
That is all. Carry on.

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2 days ago

Lost my glasses near JP Terminal

Thursday night, October 16th. Not in case, bifocals. I appreciate any help!

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Updated 2 days ago

For those who like to cook/bake... Chgo Food Swap this Sunday

This Sunday from 2-4 is the Chicago Food Swap. If you like to cook and bake, you can share your food with fellow cooks and trade for their food in return. I went in September and it was so much fun. It's in Edgewater - read all about it on GroceryGal: http://grocerygalblog.com/chicago-food-swap/

  • efs6220 business manager

    I would love to participate. I HAVE AN ORGANIC GARDEN WHICH ALL MY FOOD i CREATE IS ORGANIC. OF COURSE IT IS NOT AS PRETTY AS GENECITALLY PRODUCED FOOD BUT WITH MY FOOD IT IS ORGANIC, NO CHEMICALS OR PESTICICIDES MUCH MORE HEALTHY. I WOULD LOVE TO HELP PEOPLE SERVE THEMSELVES BETTER. We need to better educate people about the food they eat. Cleaner is so much healthy and better to live. Fast food...................Mcdonalds, /Burger King , etc...............is poison.

  • Love the allcaps!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Rpl

    This has nothing to do with Iraq. A terrible crime was committed. And hopefully if these guys have a mental illness it gets dealt with while they spend life in prison.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, our prison system deals positively with anyone who has a mental illness. Not.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Residential permit parking on portion of Balmoral would be lifted under ordinance

The permit zone is only in front of apartment building at 5536-40 W. Balmoral Ave. Minimum 2 blocks normally required for permit zone.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/16/end-to-resident-parking-sought-for-partial-block/

  • There is at least one other that is less than two blocks that I know of. Probably a lot more, too.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

JP Trick or Treaters?

We just moved into the area, pretty close to Farnsworth Elementary. Should we expect a lot of trick or treaters for Halloween? Would they come out Friday evening, or Saturday, or both?

We've always lived in apartments before now, no idea what to expect! Thanks in advance.

  • Loulu Me

    You will only get them on Friday. But given that it's Friday and kids don't have to get up the next day, you may have more kids later and really more kids in general. But feel free to turn your light off and be done with it at whatever time you choose and for whatever reason...going to bed, out of candy, whatever. If you find yourself with too much candy and you don't want it around, you can give two to each kid towards the end.

  • Janet, consider thanking your parents for giving you a more spiritually enclosing experience than others seem to have had. At near age 70 and even with seventeen years of formal education in Catholic schools my experience has always been much more macabre get-the-candy than prayers. Always looking outside myself for the fault I blame the candy and party decoration companies. And a depraved weakness for sugar.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Prussing Fall Festival

Tonight is the night for the Fall Festival. Fun and games at Prussing's Fall Festival! 5:30 to 8:30. Students , Parents and the Community are all invited.

4650 North Menard

Hope to see you there!

  • Thank you to all who came to Fall Festival on Friday night! Much fun was had by all who attended!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Man found dead in dumpster near Jeff Pk CTA Terminal beaten and strangled

Man found in dumpster near Jefferson Park CTA Terminal died of multiple injuries suffered from beatings and strangulation, according to Cook County Medical Examiner's office. On Tuesday the body was found in a dumpster along Avondale Avenue behind Northwestern College. Police have been reviewing footage from security cameras at nearby buildings. Man's identity is unknown but was believed to be in his 40s, the examiner's office reported.

Oct 07

Updated 3 days ago

Pededtrian lights not working on Lawrence, Austin & Mason

I don't know if anyone knows someone that can get these lights fixed? But I have been calling for 3 weeks now and they are still not fixed. I'm not sure if the alderman can get this moving? However, the green arrows heading south on Austin are not working as well as the pedestrian cross walk lights.

This is a serious situation that needs to be fixed before someone gets killed trying to cross these intersections. With the 5 corners...

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I don't know if anyone knows someone that can get these lights fixed? But I have been calling for 3 weeks now and they are still not fixed. I'm not sure if the alderman can get this moving? However, the green arrows heading south on Austin are not working as well as the pedestrian cross walk lights.

This is a serious situation that needs to be fixed before someone gets killed trying to cross these intersections. With the 5 corners and traffic heading in differnt directions at all times, kids heading to and from school do not know when to cross. Before and after school there is not even an officer there to help the children cross the street.

Maybe if we all start calling and putting some pressure on the city, they will handle the situation? Please warn your children to be extremely careful I have seen several close calls over here, especially when it was raining and dark.

  • Thank you! I do remember this being a problem before. I was the one who kept calling. Thank you to everyone who helped get this taken care of. Good work neighbors!

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Received today:
    Good Morning,

    The traffic “controller” at Lawrence/Austin had been damaged and is being rebuilt.

    The temporary traffic controller that is in place does not provide all the normal functions.

    We anticipate the controller to be repaired soon.

    Your patience is appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Mary

    Alderman Tim Cullerton’s 38th Ward Service Office

    773-545-3838

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Oct 05

Updated 4 days ago

I Can't Click on EB posts in the daily digest--gives me an error message

I get Page Not Loading, and the URL looks funny. What iz up?

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    It's working today!

  • Tom

    My home internet version just started working this morning (10/17).

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Man in custody in connection with killing of man found in dumpster near Jeff Pk CTA

A man is in custody in connection with the killing of a man who reportedly was beaten and strangled and placed in a dumpster near the Jefferson Park CTA Terminal. No charges have been filed as of Thursday afternoon, police reported. On Tuesday the man's body was found along Avondale Avenue between Lawrence on the south and Ainslie on the north in a dumpster behind Northwestern College.
The medical examiner's office said on Wednesday that the man's identity was unknown but that he appeared to be in his 40s and that he suffered multiple injuries from the attack.

Oct 13

Updated 4 days ago

Now who will face Rahm?

Karen bowing out to heal from her brain surgery means Rahm just won another election. Can we start a betting pool? What will total voter turnout % be and how much will Rahm win by? We need to liven up this board!

  • @Rob...then why mention it? About 98% of all political workers in Chicago align with one or another sub tribe of the Democratic Party. So when you want to throw a barb you have to be much more precise or the affiliation is meaningless. BTW, in a parallel speech affectation foregoing the adjectival form, you could say there are almost no Republic workers. Which wouldn't be helpful without describing a sub tribal affiliation like RINO, Regular, or Tea Party

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Rob the elderly who want assistance going to the polls are identified during campaign canvasses assessing support strength. I've brought elderly to the polls in the past too. I've had a few surprises too, like a couple little old ladies who pulled Republican ballots after being given a ride claiming to support a particular Democratic candidate. It's all in a days work. Many of these senior citizens wouldn't be able to vote without being given a ride to the polls.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Body found along Avondale Avenue near Jeff Park CTA Terminal

A body of a man was found, reportedly in or near a dumpster, earlier today, along Avondale Avenue between Lawrence on the south and Lipps on the north. Police are investigating.

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6 days ago

Medical marijuana dispensary sought near Milwaukee-Lawrence intersection

A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed for a former print shop at 4760 1/2 N. Milwaukee, next to a woman's boutique.
A special use for a dispensary also is being sought for a second storefront on the block. No more than two dispensaries can be located in Jefferson Township, which goes as far east as Western Avenue and as far south as North Avenue, and includes all of the Far NW Side of Chicago. A dispensary also has been proposed for Elston-Kedzie in the 33rd Ward. The earliest which the zoning board could hear the Lawrence-Milwaukee proposals is November.

http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/10/dispensary-for-medicinal-pot-sought-in-33rd/

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

behind copernicus center

Does anyone know what happened behind the copernicus center by the Northwestern school parking lot? It is all taped off and tons of cops there.

Oct 13

Updated 6 days ago

Free haircut and blowdry Tuesday October 14

Hello,

My name is Mandy and I am a licensed cosmetologist in an advanced training program at Pascal Pour Elle salon in Glenview.

I am offering a free haircut and blow dry as a part of my training program on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm.

Haircut is supervised by our master stylist and educators.

If you would like to just trim your length that's okay too! I am open to what you would like.

Please text or call(text preffered) 773-954-0579 if you are interested. Describe your hair and what you would like to have done.

Thanks so much!!

Mandy

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Delicious dinner at 6 Corners Bistro

Had a great byob dinner tonight! Huge entree of braised pork on creamy polenta was $14. Scallop appetizer on butternut squash purée absolutely spectacular. Very happy to have them in the neighborhood. Definitely worth a visit... I hope to be back later in the week with my husband!

  • Randy Stroller

    Nice.

  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Jefferson Park food lover

    It was a menu for Monday only. Was different than the other image posted.

Oct 10

Updated Oct 14

question please????

I am just wondering how I can't post my Mary Kay business, but my fellow neighbors can post up their businesses or garage sales??? Open to all suggestions. ..thanks in advance

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    I thanked you because there were some low blows. But I'm telling you, Chris, it's due to the general sleaziness of our particular economic system, where everybody is either a salesman or a mark, which is just boring if not worse. Whatever 'honor' we see in fiction in real estate...

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    I thanked you because there were some low blows. But I'm telling you, Chris, it's due to the general sleaziness of our particular economic system, where everybody is either a salesman or a mark, which is just boring if not worse. Whatever 'honor' we see in fiction in real estate dealings or contracts--that comes from an earlier time and a different system where you could make a living without all the drama we have to go through. So people are snarky about it. I have this friend, I like her, she's a sympathetic figure but she's always trying to sell me something on the side. It's just -- creepy. And salesmen in general--well, I know some women who work in convention hotels, and salesmen are the worst to come in. The stories they tell! Lots of problems and issues. Our system creates this. So--people get evil about it. We don't have any other way to protest it than ignorant ways. It's not like they give us a choice at the voting box. We only get to choose between a kick in the head and a kick in the stomach.

  • I will agree with you Janet that we do have a sleazy economic system. It does push people to put themselves out there trying to sell. I tried selling Mary Kay for awhile but I'm just not wired to "ask" people--if you will--to buy stuff from me. That being said I have to admire someone who wants to try to make a go of it.

    And thank you for making your point respectfully.

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Oct 11

Updated Oct 13

Trim Carpenter Needed

Need a trim carpenter to finish hanging six panel oak bifold doors. Will also need final adjustments on swing, level, etc. Had difficulty hanging DIY. Think we need to have about 1/4" or less planed from the bottom of the door to fit mounting brackets and don't have th tools. Should be a one-to-two hour job. Do you have someone wonderful that you trust? Please provide referral. I am at 6200 North and 6200 West approximately. Many thanks, neighbors

  • A&K

    Holly be sure those doors are not hollow. They can't be trimmed. If it's a solid core door they will be pretty heavy and cost more. Then you could trim them down. Trying to trim down a hollow core door could end in disaster.

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    Dan the handy man can do this he is insured and does the job very well 773-426-0296

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Oct 11

Updated Oct 12

Looking for an accountant

Hi All -
I am looking for a good accountant who works with small business owners and real estate investors. I'd like to find one in the neighborhood if possible. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

  • i have been going here for years, they are very good.

    http://www.callero.com
    Callero & Callero LLP
    7800 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Niles, IL, 60714

    Phone: (847) 966-2040
    Fax: (847) 966-2179

    info@callero.com

  • Ned Chamlin
    Chamlin and Co
    8725 Narragansett Ave, #B
    Morton Grove‎ Illinois‎ 60053
    (847) 583-8800

Oct 12

Updated Oct 12

LOST BLACK CHIUAUA MIX Portage Park/Jeff Park

Our cleaver dog has escaped our yard. She is small mostly black with a some white on her chest and white on her paws. She is chipped and fixed. Her name is Georgia.
We will offer a reward if she is found, we greatly miss her.
She got out on Sat Oct 11th about morning time.

Please call if you know anything. cell : 773-306-9773

  • We have our dog on a teather line but she backed out of her harness and she only goes out for about 15 min at a time. But things happen and she was found by a wonderful lady.

  • I see your reply and understand "Chris".

Oct 10

Updated Oct 12

Found Lost Dog

We found a female gray and white huskey in our alley tonight about 6pm. She looks to be about 1 year old, has beautiful blue eyes and is friendly. She has a pink harness on, but no tags. My husband has been walking around our neighborhood (near Milwaukee and Montrose) with her for 2 hours. The poor girl is lost. Please respond. Thanks!

  • Idalia in Jeff Park Doll in Jeff Park

    Thanks to all! Certainly a happy ending!

  • Idalia, way to go trying to get the dog back to its owners. That's more than many people would do unfortunately. I've seen a lot of people walk right by a loose dog. I too have found dogs and walked them around the general area for hours hoping someone recognized...

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    Idalia, way to go trying to get the dog back to its owners. That's more than many people would do unfortunately. I've seen a lot of people walk right by a loose dog. I too have found dogs and walked them around the general area for hours hoping someone recognized it.

    I still don't understand how a dog gets out without the owners knowing. Probably another case of a dog being left in a yard unattended or people opening a door to leave with their back to their home. You have to close your doors facing your home to make sure your dog stays put.

Oct 06

Updated Oct 12

Recommendation for refrigerator repair please

My side by side refrigerator suddenly has become very hot to the touch on the inside between the doors and on the outside corner on the freezer side. If you have a good and reasonably priced refrigerator repair person, would you please recommend? Also does anyone know if this is dangerous in the interim until I can get it repaired?

  • A&K, My frig is self standing, not built in, if that's what you mean by "pull out" as in pull out of the built in area? I haven't taken anything apart in the back, so not sure if there a build up of dirt/dust in there. So far, I haven't had any additional problems. :)

  • Mrs. L, Cleaning the bottom front behind the toe kick does wonders, If you have not cleaned behind the cover in the back, you should, no matter how clean your home is, dust finds it way back there.

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Oct 02

Updated Oct 11

Jeff Park group opposes pedestrian plan for business district

Proposal intended to preserve urban atmosphere of business district , but association expresses concern about how designation would impact redevelopment of vacant lots on Lawrence Avenue. A four-story building reportedly is in the works.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/02/group-votes-to-oppose-pedestrian-street-plan/

  • Perhaps my rhetoric was too strong. 'Destroy' as as a meeting place community wide for entertainment for all.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    Ryan, I don't see any accusations of

    "elitism." But I do think people can be allowed to express their opinions and concerns, without being treated harshly. As you stated "community input" for zoning changes is required. If the community supports the change it will happen, if not it won't. Democracy...

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    Ryan, I don't see any accusations of

    "elitism." But I do think people can be allowed to express their opinions and concerns, without being treated harshly. As you stated "community input" for zoning changes is required. If the community supports the change it will happen, if not it won't. Democracy in action. I really wasn't happy when the 7-11 @ Veterans Square got an extended liquor license having been flashed by an out of control drunk there on a Saturday afternoon and waiting :20 for a police officer while my friend watched the guy so he would not bother anyone else. But it was not my call. Someone played that liquor license extension, right by a park and the train station. So we live with it.

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Oct 10

Updated Oct 11

  • For the record, I think this is extremely false: "I’ve been talking to producers in California, and there is no real presence in Chicago for independent films."
    As an independent and foreign film goer in Chicago, there are so many choices I can't even scratch the service of of what I want to see. Either way, I'm so happy that the Portage will be hosting this stuff. And this listserv is how you can stay connected to independent film in this city: http://cine-file.info/list.htm

  • Uncle Joe

    Shocking, when the Carranza crew have such a sterling reputation for honesty.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 11

  • Dan Bihler 40 plus years construction experience.

    I do indeed, there all the time as a kid. I even played in the back and side where the pond was alongside the railroad tracks. There were many Peacocks running around in the back area. They also had a huge pigeon coupe and several ducks. It's missed but great memory. At this time I lived at 4900 W. Parker Ave, 1 block south of diversy.

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