31 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Aluminum Chimney Liner.

My chimney needs tuckpointing in a few areas. I had the whole chimney retuckpointed (chiseled out old mortar) four years ago. My HVAC guy recommended a chimney liner. The house is 62 years old (no fireplace); gas heat. Question; Do you think it is worth investment. Approx. $600 (aluminum liner; not insulated).

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    @pattymelt; 80% efficiency furnaces need a metal liner because of the moisture in the exhaust. (This moisture also reacts with acids left behind in the old clay liner) I found this out the hard way 20 years ago when I believed the lower bidding installer and didn't have one put...

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    @pattymelt; 80% efficiency furnaces need a metal liner because of the moisture in the exhaust. (This moisture also reacts with acids left behind in the old clay liner) I found this out the hard way 20 years ago when I believed the lower bidding installer and didn't have one put in. The plaster wall (and the exterior brick wall) next to the chimney began to crumble the first winter. When you replace an older furnace it's fairly cost effective to upgrade to the 90% furnace, which has to vent (out the wall) with PVC pipe, and not use the chimney.

  • SusanM Portage Park

    I would put in a stainless steel liner rather than aluminum. Worth the higher price in longevity and reliability.

3 days ago

Updated 2 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?

  • Johnny Mayor of Milwaukee Ave.

    Guess I'm not the only one with this issue. Pretty soon homes will be sinking in this neighborhood. Peoples Gas also put some cute little flags out warning of pipe when digging. So the tree is gonna fall over and snap gas pipe and knock down lamp post which will ignite a gas explosion. I hope I'm not home when it happens. Better double check my house insurance policy. Does it cover city neglect?

  • Those little flags if they are yellow is a precursor to fun... if you haven't had the pleasure of gas line updates yet, that's most likely what they are for.

Jan 29

Updated 2 hours ago

Who else has city chickens?

I posted this up on Nextdoor and had a few responses, but figured I'd go ahead and check here too. I have had hens in my backyard since April 2013 and I absolutely adore having them. I have 4 girls- Rose- a Rhode Island Red, Sylvie- A Silver Laced Wyandotte, Penny- A Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Nugget- An ISA Brown. They each have very individual personalities, and love treats and one in particular thinks she's a lap chicken LOL.

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I posted this up on Nextdoor and had a few responses, but figured I'd go ahead and check here too. I have had hens in my backyard since April 2013 and I absolutely adore having them. I have 4 girls- Rose- a Rhode Island Red, Sylvie- A Silver Laced Wyandotte, Penny- A Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Nugget- An ISA Brown. They each have very individual personalities, and love treats and one in particular thinks she's a lap chicken LOL.

If there's anyone in the neighborhood who would be interested in splitting up trips to TSC in Carpentersville, I'd be happy to discuss. If we could get 2 or 3 of us in the neighborhood to take turns, we'd only need to make the trip a few times a year each.

Anyone else have chickens? Even if you aren't interested in the TSC share, I'd love to hear your stories!

  • Sean Creative Strategist and Beer Maker

    Bella, my girlfriend is a vet and just had a hen come in via the Police whom said it was thrown from a car. It is fine, however needs a home. I recalled this post and was wondering if you were looking for another chicken? I can give the info to you if you are interested.

  • Way to go Sean! Great job networking on behalf of the animals! I am certain you are aware, but nonetheless, please stay away from Craig' s for animal listings.😁

6 hours ago

Prowler on Leclaire Ave.

Yellow bicycle, mid-20's, short-cropped hair, white male, at our mailbox, holding a flat parcel so boldly that my wife thought was his. She innocently made conversation when he explained he was looking for a neighbor who might have a dog for sale?!? Parcel was a delivery I was expecting, and the dog talk was probably to learn whether we had a dog in the house. Reported to police. We live in a "safe" neighborhood but one block over, someone has been stealing American flags. Go figure.

22 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Help !!!!Looking For an in home day care in Jefferson park?????

I know this is a long shot but I am trying to find contact information for an Irish lady her name is Sinead who has an In home day care in the Jefferson park area. I spoke with her a few weeks back but unfortunately I have lost her contact information and i need to secure my spot. Does anyone have any contact for this Lady???

5 days ago

Updated 8 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.

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    I've been told (don't know from experience) that if you suspect a hole is an entry point you should pack it with fine grade steel wool. The rodent ingests and sometime later dies from internal bleeding. But I agree with other posters that IF you can provide care and love to a cat that is your best option for prevention as well. The rodents can smell their predator and usually won't even try to enter.

  • G in Portage Park Portage Park Neighbor

    I've been here for 20 yrs and never had a problem until this summer. There was a rat that would crawl into my yard from my neighbor's, then run into the alley. I was especially concerned because we always saw it during the day. I had already called the alderman's...

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    I've been here for 20 yrs and never had a problem until this summer. There was a rat that would crawl into my yard from my neighbor's, then run into the alley. I was especially concerned because we always saw it during the day. I had already called the alderman's office to complain about a couple of apartment buildings that would consistently leave their garbage can lids open (with food falling all over the alley) which I was afraid would attrack rats. Rodent control came out several times but will only bait if they find holes. They won't go into a yard unless they have the owner's permission too. They finally baited a hole in my neighbor's yard and several others in the alley. Unless people keep their property clean (especially garbage and dog poop) it's a never ending battle. Not enough manpower to deal with all the requests, but the alderman's office and the city were very responsive. They didn't just take my call and add it to a list. You do have to be persistent and call when you see the rats. Last one we saw was wobbling around like he'd eaten the poison, so my husband took care of him and we haven't seen one since. I'm sure they're around, I'm just not seeing them. Nicely asking my neighbors to stop feeding the rabbits helped too.

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Please help find lost dog - Bisha

Lost! Missing on 09-06-2014 (Foster & Elston) Bisha – Female Shih Tzu. Call 312-206-4059 or 773-639-4566. Email jengage34@gmail.com if seen or found. Friendly. 3 Yo, 7-8 Lbs. Multi-color. PLEASE NOTE: Bisha’s hair is now longer than in photo. Wearing Collar.

21 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Siamese cat found by Benjamin Moore on Milwaukee 9/21.

Gorgeous kitty trying to get in the storefront door. Very friendly. Seems like an indoor cat. We brought it home to avoid anything happening-anyone lose their kitty?

2 days ago

Updated 43 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.

  • Wow... We live a couple blocks over from Argyle & LeClaire... Didn't hear a peep! Please do keep us all posted if you find out any info.

  • itjustis Neighbor

    No sirens. Just tons of police cars and police looking for somebody.
    I will keep you posted. Please do the same if you hear anything.

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

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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

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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 4 days 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.

4 days 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/

6 days ago

Updated 4 days 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 4 days 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

4 days ago

Updated 4 days 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 4 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days 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.

5 days ago

Ways You Can Help OLV & Its Students

Ways You Can Help OLV & Its Students

6 days ago

Updated 5 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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6 days 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.

6 days 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.

Sep 26 2012

Updated 6 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 6 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.

Sep 14

Updated 6 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 Sep 15

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.

Sep 15

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Sep 15

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)

Sep 15

Sep 14

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.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

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.

Sep 14

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.

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