2 hours ago

LeClaire, Winnemac and Argyle

What's going on? Police in backyards police cars down alleys. Lots of action that I don't like.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Garage Sale 101?

We would like to have a garage sale in the next few weeks, but don't know the basics. Do we need a permit or anything else? I did a search on EB and all I could find it people listing their garage sales. Thanks in advance :-)

  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Jefferson Park food lover

    Sorry @Bill - that might be the only day we can!

    That brings up a better question... Does anyone just do one day? Or is it always a full weekend?

  • some people do a day, but most do a weekend or a couple days, put good prices to sell through from the start, this way you are not putting out the same stuff out year after year. keep in mind most stores have 50 and 75% off sales so go...

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    some people do a day, but most do a weekend or a couple days, put good prices to sell through from the start, this way you are not putting out the same stuff out year after year. keep in mind most stores have 50 and 75% off sales so go lower on prices than that unless the stuff is like super mint or rare. the disadvantage is you need to have the right person looking at it to buy it at your specific garage sale on your specific day and you don't always get that. but you might just get someone to take a gamble and buy it for someone else if the price is right. remember people that shop garage sales are looking for a bargain, cheaper than clearance stuff at stores.

    think of it this way with some of the items, you had them, used them and now don't need them, the price you paid is like you rented them, got your use out of them now you just want to get rid of them and make something. remember if you don't want them there is a chance that someone will want them if they got a deal. I have been to some garage sales and see things that I can get at a store on clearance and new for less.

    I went to a garage sale once and there was this heavy duty solid rusty heavy crowbar, I asked how much and the guy said $40, I told him I would give him $20 for it. he said well, it's pretty old... no $40 or no deal... I bet he still has it.

    give a discount if they buy more things, like if you buy 5 things, you get 10% off. all things that would get them to buy more. get rid of the stuff.

    remember you are not only selling items, but there is a value to the space you will have with the stuff you don't have to deal with anymore (think of what you would pay to have the space and not having to think of all these items in the back of your head)

    for those scrap 1 and 2 dollar retail items that you want to get rid of take a bin and put them in there and say that they can grab one of those items free with a $10 or more purchase, another way to get rid of more rinky dink stuff.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

The concrete stairs in front of my bungalow that lead to the front door started to crumble towards the sides on a few of the steps and i am hoping to have them repaired before the winter hits and hopefully in such a way that shoveling and salting them doesn't make them crumble again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone that could help fix our stairs?

  • A&K

    I don't like vinyl patches on stairs because it gets dirty. Sure, it may seal but so will water stop. That is why your stairs cracked in the first place. Water gets in, freezes, then expands. Keep the water out and you will be all set.

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    I don't like vinyl patches on stairs because it gets dirty. Sure, it may seal but so will water stop. That is why your stairs cracked in the first place. Water gets in, freezes, then expands. Keep the water out and you will be all set.

    As another post mentioned you may have some settling under the steps. That concrete is poured as one piece. Monolithic pour. So even if you have a void below it will still hold. Just keep your car off of it. Being stairs I hope that it's not your parking spot. No weight means leave it alone. Seal the joints anywhere water may get in.

    Also you mentioned tuck pointing. Maybe consider having them patched. The reason is left untreated they could get worse quickly as the seasons change. The same applies. Water gets in, freezes at night. Bad combo. It's much cheaper to have the joints cleaned out and patched. Maybe $100 or less. We just had ours patched, our Tuckpointer color matched our mortar joints and repaired all the cracks on the house. It was $150. He spent several hours doing it and was worth every penny. $100 a year gives you more time before the entire house must be done. Especially around your front steps.

  • @A&K Agree with you on vinyl patches. Also, they always seem to be especially vulnerable to freeze/thaw damage. In my case I let the steps deteriorate until the corners of the treads were breaking off, taking some riser as well. These I then filled with sakrete behind planks cut the...

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    @A&K Agree with you on vinyl patches. Also, they always seem to be especially vulnerable to freeze/thaw damage. In my case I let the steps deteriorate until the corners of the treads were breaking off, taking some riser as well. These I then filled with sakrete behind planks cut the riser height and stabilized with bricks stacked in front of them. There was a learning curve. Which I chipped out the following summer. The second batch was smooth and firm and lasted about 10 years with no need for any seam sealing/covering. Then I came by enough money to have the steps totally removed and repoured.

    The original deterioration in bungalows seems always to happen where concrete meets the side brick. (Absent damage caused by something like a heavy furniture dolly banging up/down the steps) I'm thinking the preventative effort should be focused on assuring a tight motar bond between the brick and cement treads.

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Armed home invasion at Jefferson Park

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140918/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-home-robbed-at-gunpoint

Really? Enough of the excuses now.. we are getting planes every :30 seconds.. but we put up with taxes on everything, political nonsense etc. Because this is supposed to be a safe neighborhood. I also had a break in shortly after moving in. I first posted here because we had a catalytic converter stolen, then we got flashed my a drunk at Veteran's Square and my friend chased him down, now this .. way too close to home. Bring more patrol cars back to the 16th.

  • Burglaries and home invasions are a numbers game for the bad guys. They know they have to go out and hit a certain number of homes every day to keep cash in their pockets. They check out your home for occupational hazards like surveillance cameras and alarms systems, indications of...

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    Burglaries and home invasions are a numbers game for the bad guys. They know they have to go out and hit a certain number of homes every day to keep cash in their pockets. They check out your home for occupational hazards like surveillance cameras and alarms systems, indications of who may be at home, and the economic level of the household. In the sense that you may not have installed an alarm system, or don't have cameras up, or you don't have lights on timers set to give the impression that someone is home, you have have selected yourself as a potential victim. These guys get a lot of practice at sizing up homes, and sizing up occupants, and they get away with many more crimes than they ever stand trial for. A term in prison is continuing education for them.

    Burglars know that even with an immediate alarm, police response time is at BEST 5-8 minutes unless you are lucky enough to have the beat car already on your block. Burglars can be in and out long before the police can respond to that alarm or 911 call.

    While you cannot say that you could make it impossible for a burglar to rob your home, you can certainly increase the risks enough that the bad guys will simply choose to go to another house that presents less risk. Unfortunately this means that the crime is simply displaced, but the personal benefit is that you are now sympathizing with your neighbor over his misfortune rather than filing police reports and insurance claims for your own losses.

    As for answering the front door, the strategy is simple: DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Unless you can positively identify that person at the door as someone you would welcome in your home, keep the door locked. Peepholes and windows are there for you to be able to see who is knocking at the door. Talk to them through the door if you must. Call 911 for them if they need help, but DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    A little cash, a lot of cash, door locked or unlocked, 3am or pm , the important fact is that it happened and occurrences will continue to increase without adequate policing among other things including changes within the fabric of our society.

9 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Tree falling against lamp post hazard

My neighbor shows a water leak around a huge tree in front yard and the tree is starting to lean onto a lamp post and tilting it. There is a constant puddle of water on the lawn. I am afraid the tree could come loose from all the water build up and possibly fall into lamp post and cause a serious hazard. Someone came out about three months ago and marked street and sidewalk, and put some little flags in...

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My neighbor shows a water leak around a huge tree in front yard and the tree is starting to lean onto a lamp post and tilting it. There is a constant puddle of water on the lawn. I am afraid the tree could come loose from all the water build up and possibly fall into lamp post and cause a serious hazard. Someone came out about three months ago and marked street and sidewalk, and put some little flags in ground, but nobody has come out to fix problem. My neighbor said the Ward office has been contacted several times with the only response being, "it is on our work list". Does any one have any suggestions on how I can get this issue quickly addressed?

12 hours ago

TOM DREESEN at Our Lady of Victory School

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 ONLY $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show, that's a $300 savings compared to regular price ticket at the Theatre. Show...

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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 ONLY $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show, that's a $300 savings compared to regular price ticket at the Theatre. 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.

13 hours ago

Lake Effect Brewing's 45th Ward Ale Promises a Taste of the 'Hood

THE MOST LOCAL OF LOCAL CHICAGO BEERS

"If the 45th Ward were a beer, it would be a pale ale with a smooth, hoppy aroma and flavor. Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC has created a beer just for the 45th ward!

For the second year in a row, the Portage Park brewery used donated hops grown in the ward to brew a special batch of 45th Ward Fresh-Hopped Beer, Bautz said.

"It has become a tradition," Bautz said. "It is...

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THE MOST LOCAL OF LOCAL CHICAGO BEERS

"If the 45th Ward were a beer, it would be a pale ale with a smooth, hoppy aroma and flavor. Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC has created a beer just for the 45th ward!

For the second year in a row, the Portage Park brewery used donated hops grown in the ward to brew a special batch of 45th Ward Fresh-Hopped Beer, Bautz said.

"It has become a tradition," Bautz said. "It is a great collaboration with the neighborhood." The beer uses a mixture of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Nugget hops grown in the 45th Ward.

The beer will be unveiled at a party from 6-10 p.m. Thursday at the Gale Street Inn restaurant, 4914 W. Milwaukee Ave.

The 45th Ward pale ale will be available on tap at the Gale Street Inn in Jefferson Park, Hops and Barleys in Portage Park, the Garage Bar in Gladstone Park, Rabbit's Bar and Grill in Forest Glen and the Phoenix bar, just down the street from the brewery in Portage Park."

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140919/portage-park/lake-effect-brewings-45th-ward-ale-promises-taste-of-hood

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Little Intruders in my home

Sorry I didnt know what to put this topic under
So my house has a visitor aka a mouse. I am wondering if other residents in Jefferson Park are having the same problem. I know a few weeks ago we had a huge mouse come in but that was because we had the basement back door open for fresh air (so much for fresh air) for a short period of time. If you can tell me if you have had these problems recently or in the past and tips to remove them. Thanks!

And Ill be searching my home for any new entry ways as well.

  • My Great Aunt had a really bad mouse problem a few years ago. She had an old and sickly cat that didn't chase after the mice. But a few months into her mouse infestation she took in an alley cat that turned out to be pregnant. After those new kittens arrived the mice vanished. She kept 2 kittens and the rest were adopted. She has had no mice problems since the kittens.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    @psmokeyz, that video was several years old, and ended that the product had been discontinued for a better version. Do you know anything about it?

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39 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

LGBT Jeff Park, Portage Park and near?

Anyone want to meet neighbors?

  • Heyho--how about organizing something specific like dinner or drinks at Sutherlands (or wherever) a specific day and time?

  • Ruta Gardener/Animal Lover

    w.youtube.com/watch?v=8L2btnqE4zg (sorry I couldn't find a shorter version, within the first few minutes you'll get where I'm going with this:)

Sep 05

Updated 34 hours ago

Unfortunate Event

My father was riding his bike on Tuesday Sept. 2nd,2014 around 6:30 pm and was hit by a car. It was at the intersection of austin and lawerence. He was thrown from his bike, and left on the road. The car fled, and no one helped him. All he knows is that it was a black car. He is now in the hospital with a broken leg and staples on his head. He just had surgery today. I hope someome saw something, because this is horrific. I had more faith in my neighborhood to help someone in need.

  • CJ, How is he doing now?

  • Thanks for asking. He is recovering slowly. 52 staples!! Still no word on who did it. I asked local businesses and checked the few surveillances they had, no luck. He's getting there slowly but surely.

36 hours ago

Lawrence Avenue development, pedestrian street dsignation discussed at meeting

Plan for 4-story building with 39 apartments was submitted last winter. Laramie Avenue would be made two-way street between Lawrence and alley to the south.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/09/18/alderman-reviews-area-development-potential/

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Sears won't survive past 2016?

Here is an excerpt from yesterday's article in Crain's Chicago

Fitch Ratings today downgraded Sears Holdings Corp.'s credit rating to CC from CCC, a move driven by the retailer's continuing decline in profitability and the rate at which it's burning through cash. The agency warned that Sears may not have enough funding to support operations beyond 2016.

If Sears goes down, what will happen to Six Corners? I don't love the big ugly building and rarely shop at Sears, but it'll be exponentially worse if the store closes.

Sep 12

Updated 36 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

    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

  • Zoes mom working at home

    I find I must correct myself 's Andolino has simply been moved to another aviation post in the city of Chicago ... smh .. politics!!!! And they are oh so excited about bringing more planes to our city. Our current mayor, just must have moved her out of the line of fire. Imho.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-airline-routes-0918-biz-20140917-story.html

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

JEFFERSON PARK COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE-participants sought

JEFFERSON PARK COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Sunday, October 5, 2014
8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Copernicus Center parking lot
5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago IL
Near the Jefferson Park Blue Line & Metra stops
West of the Lawrence Avenue exits from the Kennedy
To participate: download an application and mail/drop off at Battery Giant, 4837 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60630 in Veterans Plaza. Applications are also available at the store. For questions: jeffersonparkgaragesale@aol.com

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Sep 05

Updated 40 hours ago

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant - YUM!

The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered -...

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The hubby and I decided to check out this new addition to the neighborhood tonight. We were there around 8:00 p.m. and there were 2 other couples eating in. We were greeted at the door and told to sit wherever we liked. There was plenty of seating, so we grabbed one of the 4 tops.

The menu was very simple. It's just a paper menu (not sure if this will change in the future) and had the basics covered - tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, carne asada, enchiladas, and a few other items.

The waiter, George, introduced himself and brought us some chips with red and green salsas. They were both terrific. In fact, I could have eaten the green salsa with a spoon. Fresh, obviously homemade, not overly spicy, but just perfect.

I had the carne asada dinner and the hubby had the 2 taco dinner. Each came with rice and beans, and each was $4.99 (what a steal!).

It only took about 10 minutes for our order to come out, and everything was piping hot. My carne asada was super tender, and cooked to perfection. Mexican places sometimes have a habit of overcooking, but not tonight!

I tried both of the tacos the hubs had. One was steak, and it was terrific, but I was more surprised by the chorizo taco he had. I don't usually like chorizo because it's so greasy, but this one wasn't at all. It was actually really delicious.

The rice and beans were great, and we both (surprisingly) polished off our plates.

At the end of the meal, our total with a Coke and 2 full dinners plus tax came to just over $12. WHAT?! I've spent more than that at a fast food place!

To sum it up, I'll be back. I'll probably be back a lot. George was very nice, and asked us to please spread the word, so I'll be posting this review on Yelp as well. I was 100% satisfied (which, if you know me, you know isn't easy to accomplish).

I hope that you, as neighbors, will give this place a chance. They obviously worked hard to make this restaurant work, and they deserve a shot.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Comed Scam Warning

Got a call this afternoon, caller ID said Kaplan Sales (or similar) and caller identified himself as Kevin from Comed. Apparently my bill was past due $498 and I would be cutoff today...

When I asked to verify his name he repeated info so I asked him for comed corporate address, and click. Power is still on, guess "Kevin" made an honest mistake...

Just a heads up in case anyone receives this bs call...

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    Thanks for the heads up. Tell your neighbors, especially elderly ones. I was told at the CAPS meeting elders are scammers biggest target.

2 days ago

Ways You Can Help OLV & Its Students

Ways You Can Help OLV & Its Students

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!!!

  • This is great! I need a wooden door so this will be my first stop for a browse once it's open.

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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.

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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.

Sep 26 2012

Updated 3 days 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.

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Sep 13

Updated 4 days ago

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    He can't write worth a lick. But I wish him well.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Guess Janet Baker likes his wordiness. And no, Jan, I do not intend to edit his missive for you. Did enough of that in my former life. I find Russ extremely boring. I happen to have been a poly sci major in college as an undergrad. Topic excites me, but his writing puts me to sleep. Enjoy his commentary.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days 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!

Sep 08

Updated 4 days ago

Penny Pinchers Closed

Another casualty on the corner of Central and Lawrence. Walked by tonight and saw the joint completely cleaned out. The place wasn't my bag but I'm sad to see another abandoned storefront. Did they lose their lease? Just not make it?

  • A sad event. They met a need. But apparently not profitably. As I understand it a local, multi generational family operation.

  • Keith Gale St. Baseball Guy

    They sold clothing when they first opened, then soon switched to just selling miscellaneous junk. I wish I'd gone back to see whether they changed their business model again, but the last time I went in they had nothing of interest.

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4 days ago

Prussing Open House

Tuesday, September 16th
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Parent Meeting followed by the annual
NCLB Title 1 Open Parent Meeting

Meet your child’s teacher and view their classroom
after the parent meeting in the auditorium.

(ALL ROOMS WILL BE CLOSED TO 6:30)

4 days ago

5 days ago

Victim of Brown Line machete attack: ‘I had to do something'

Elvira, of the 5300 block of West Foster, and three other men were each charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on CTA property, police said.

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The attack happened around 12:35 a.m. Monday at the CTA's Kedzie L station in the 4600 block of North Kedzie, police said.

The others charged are: Jean Salvatierra, 23, of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine; Kevin Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 block of West Rosedale; and Kevar Preston, 20, of the 3600 block of West Cullom, police said.

The others charged are: Jean Salvatierra, 23, of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine; Kevin Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 block of West Rosedale; and Kevar Preston, 20, of the 3600 block of West Cullom, police said.

The others charged are: Jean Salvatierra, 23, of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine; Kevin Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 block of West Rosedale; and Kevar Preston, 20, of the 3600 block of West Cullom, police said.

5 days ago

Donations Needed for Fundraiser to For Girl, 12, Battling Rare Leukemia

To help cover those expenses, a benefit for the family will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 8 at St. Cornelius Church Hall, 5430 W. Foster Ave.

Sep 09

Updated 5 days ago

7 charged in machete attack on CTA Brown Line platform

Mario Elvira, 18, of the 5300 Block of West Foster Avenue, Jean Salvatierra, 23 of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue., Kevin Ramirez, 19...

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...Elvira, 18, of the 5300 Block of West Foster Avenue, Jean Salvatierra, 23 of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue., Kevin Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 Block of W. Rosedale Avenue, Kevar Preston, 20, of...

...23 of the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue., Kevin Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 Block of W. Rosedale Avenue, Kevar Preston, 20, of the 3600 Block of West Cullom Avenue were charged along with...

...Ramirez, 19, of the 1300 Block of W. Rosedale Avenue, Kevar Preston, 20, of the 3600 Block of West Cullom Avenue were charged along with two 15-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl...

According to police, the seven people attacked a 17-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man on the platform on the 4600 block of North Kedzie Avenue at 12:35 a.m., police said.

  • What I wanted to be bring out is that a lot of people are distracted these days either on the cell or other devices. The criminals target these people. I am always aware of my surroundings when walking my dog and get involved by telling young girls to do the...

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    What I wanted to be bring out is that a lot of people are distracted these days either on the cell or other devices. The criminals target these people. I am always aware of my surroundings when walking my dog and get involved by telling young girls to do the same when I see them on their cell phones. There is definitely more crime now, in the Els, in the streets and even in your home. I won't carry a gun but I will probably carry good old MACE. Does anyone know where I could get some from a store without buying it on the internet. Beware aware of your surroundings and please teach your kids the same thing. When my kids were little, we always had a code name if someone is trying to pick them up anywhere. If they don't know it, I told them.to run like hell. Eventhough it was a lot safer back then, it was always good to teach your kids about being street smart. The same goes for now in these dangerous times. I am hoping that parents and the schools are doing tha same. Better to be safe then sorry.

  • Interesting about that code word between children and parents. My son was 12 years old when I taught him to take broadway to Belmont to go to Jane Adams building. Now a father with his own daughter) And never trusting anyone if they did not know the code. Or believing...

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    Interesting about that code word between children and parents. My son was 12 years old when I taught him to take broadway to Belmont to go to Jane Adams building. Now a father with his own daughter) And never trusting anyone if they did not know the code. Or believing anyone who said to the child parents sent them to pick them up. I say interesting cause it was here in this community where I used this as a safety measure. I thing you for reminding of this. I now have a three year grand daughter. I can now pass it on to her and father who was practically raised here in this community. Thanks again great memory .

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Aug 26

Updated 6 days ago

Petitions for Chicago elections

Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be...

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Today is the first day that candidates are allowed to circulate petitions for the upcoming municipal elections. Rules concerning petitions are outlined by the Chicago Board of Elections:

SIGNING AND CIRCULATING PETITION SHEETS
Signing petition sheets
 Each person signing the petition must personally sign the petition. No one may sign another person’s name or signature on the petition, including spouses or members of the family for another person. [10 ILCS 5/10- 4]
 The signer's residence address must be written or printed opposite his or her name and shall include the street address, city and county, except that the City of Chicago and Cook County may be printed on the petition forms. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]
 Each petition signer must, at the time he or she signs the petition, be registered to vote at the address shown opposite his or her signature on the petition. If the petition is for Mayor, Clerk or Treasurer, such address must be within the city of Chicago. If the petition is for Alderman, such address must be within the ward in which the candidate is seeking election. [10 ILCS 5/3-1.2, 5/10-4]
 Petition signers may not sign more than one nominating petition for the same office. [10 ILCS 5/10-3] Circulating petition sheets
 No petition sheet shall be circulated more than 90 days preceding the last day provided by law for filing the petition; therefore, the first day that petition sheets may be circulated for the February 24, 2015 election is Tuesday, August 26, 2014. [10 ILCS 5/10-4]

Good luck to the declared candidates.

  • I've been a little confused about how the petition is suppose to look. Is there a template I can use or do I draft it up myself.I went downtown for help and they we're able to guide me. Can someone let me know??

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

    Plymouth Green - Do not do it yourself. Google election attorney and have them do it. Richard (Dick) Means is one of them.
    Note - I have no horses in the race, I am not running nor have I run. As a longtime community guy, I've learned a few things over the years...

Sep 03

Updated 6 days ago

Arlington Park Racetrack

Have any of you been out there this season?

  • LOL, Hot Butter ... it took me awhile.

  • Speaking of a pony in the seventh, I'm watching Keeneland Sales live coverage. A million here, a million there...pretty soon you're talking about money.

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Sep 07

Updated Sep 12

Garden Tomatoes

Now that they are ripe, which ones did your grown that taste the best?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Perhaps a butternut squash and sage ravioli in cream sauce, acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, sage, and cheese, or even as part of an unconventional vichyssoise? You can also use it in teas if you enjoy them. I'm forever mixing up my own tea concoctions from whatever is in my garden 😊

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    @LadyLord--I was kidding, but after I read your comment, I googled it and got about a million hits, the first of which I'll put below (but others below looked classier!!):

    http://www.ehow.com/how_8349853_ferment-herbs.html

Sep 10

Updated Sep 12

Available Wall for Public Art

I'm an artist in Albany Park looking for some opportunities to create some public art in the area. I'm wondering if anyone might know of some wall space that might be a viable option for a mural. I'm not looking for any funding, just space. Any leads or points in the right directions would be greatly appreciated.

  • Please also contact Alderman Mary O'Connor! I think all viaducts and unsightly walls should be offered to any artist willing to put up a mural!

  • Thanks for all the suggestions.

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