2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Obama's car

I was able to get this picture after Obama was dropped off at the Copernicus Center

  • Randy Stroller

    Now that is entertainment.

    Wallender, Vera, Jack Irish are all fun shows if you like dark mysteries.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Parked properly, not blocking the bike lane.

5 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

President Obama to speak on immigration at Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park

President Obama will speak Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. A limited number of tickets for the public will be distributed at 10 am in the lobby of the Copernicus Center on Sunday, Nov. 23.
The White House released the following: On Tuesday, November 25, the President will travel to the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago, Illinois to meet with community leaders and discuss the executive actions he is taking to fix our broken...

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President Obama will speak Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. A limited number of tickets for the public will be distributed at 10 am in the lobby of the Copernicus Center on Sunday, Nov. 23.
The White House released the following: On Tuesday, November 25, the President will travel to the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago, Illinois to meet with community leaders and discuss the executive actions he is taking to fix our broken immigration system.
As the President said on Thursday, his Immigration Accountability Executive actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. They will also continue our commitment as Americans to an ideal-- that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.
The President looks forward to speaking to a diverse group of leaders on Tuesday, and to continuing to discuss his actions with communities and Americans across the country. Watch for updates at www.nadignewspapers.com

  • Randy Stroller

    Did the QI with an IQ scare you Shot and Beer? She scares me but not as much as seeing the depth of the trolls and the pschological demoralizations they are attempting. Those types of tactics musts have been used on Aaron as well. I suppose though that he was sane so it worked on him. Brahahahaha!!!!

  • Queen of Insanity asked, "Did you not see the first link?"
    Here's some content from http://whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com/

    whattheheckhasobamadonesofar
    Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia...yeah that really stopped Putin in his tracks...Obama's trust that Putin will play by the rules has sent us back to a time...

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    Queen of Insanity asked, "Did you not see the first link?"
    Here's some content from http://whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com/

    whattheheckhasobamadonesofar
    Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia...yeah that really stopped Putin in his tracks...Obama's trust that Putin will play by the rules has sent us back to a time when Russia and US are adversaries...before Obama there was mutual respect and now Putin repeatedly thumbs his nose at the US at its allies...well done to the most powerful community organizer on the planet

    whattheheckhasobamadonesofar
    First president to endorse same-sex marriage equality
    This undid what the Democratic Messiah (Clinton ) did as outlined above in a previous post...aren't supposed political allies supposed to be on the same page...the answer is no and the reason is arrogance...Hillary won't accept (and smartly so) any campaign assistance whatsoever from O-Blame-a when she begins her presidential campaign

    whattheheckhasobamadonesofar
    Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers
    Meanwhile, the average American worker makes less today than when Obama came to power...Good job, Mr Speaker in Chief

    Those were the only items on the link you provided there Queenie...well done!!!

    And as for any supposed investigation done by CNN, CBS, NBC and its subsidiaries, the NY Times or the Washington Post I can't take them seriously. They're so far up Obama's back end its not even up for debate.

    And multiple Gallup polls illustrate and support the fact that Americans have a dwindling trust in the media...the days of Walter Cronkite are long gone.

    As for the meaning of the name Hussein...a name given at birth...all children are good and innocent...so to suggest that some sort of angelic aura remains, simply because of his middle name given at birth, is ludicrous...my middle name is Alexander...does that make me Alexander the Great???!!!

18 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Polish craftware: anyone remember Baltika: 4754 N Milwaukee?

Baltika was a great Polish (E.European) craft/gift store located at 4754 N Milwaukee Ave., and they moved about 5-6 years ago. Anyone have an idea where they may have relocated or, are there any stores near that sell similar Polish (E.European) crafts / giftwares ? Pottery, jewelry, handmade or imported similar crafts? That store was great! Thanks for any info . . . thanks!

24 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Thanksgiving Dinner 1 to 4 pm today

Neighbors, come feast with us, Free dinner and there is a parking lot across the street.
Everyone is welcome! Using St John's gym, 4939 W Montrose (between Cicero and Milwaukee) Free and there's a parking lot across the street.

  • How nice!

  • No, we weren't bowling, LOL. It was festive and it ran so smoothly. There was entertainment, a soprano sang, another guy played piano and sang and then another guy with a guitar doing blues/rock. So much room and so much food, seconds all around and most folks took leftovers home. Thanks, St John's for letting Joined Hands use your gym and kitchen. Thanks to all the volunteers, today and everyday.

Apr 25

Updated 15 hours ago

Battery Giant

Nice to have Battery Giant in the neighborhood. Much more than just batteries, they are doing repairs on battery powered equipment too. They replaced photography equipment batteries for me at a fraction of what it usually costs. Stop in and say hello to the owner, Dave Meyer.

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    Big Oaks does not want to read anything negative.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    So he's really direct, unlike some of the alternating identities you sometimes find on EB?

Oct 06

Updated 21 hours ago

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?

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40 hours ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Nanny

Looking for a nanny.

  • This place is so jaded in 2014.

  • R u on facebook ? If so contact Pirate and Pixie - ( they are local handcrafted) anyway they just posted their friend who has been nanny for 20 years needs a job - she's in Park Ridge.

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Recommendations on where to have laminate cut?

We are looking for a place that will cut laminate countertops to spec. Does anyone have a recommendation on where we could have this done? Menards (where we're buying them from) won't cut them.

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks!

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    Bella - when we rehabbed our house a couple years ago we used a guy that was just slightly off Irving Park Rd - almost at Ohare, I think ti was Franklin Park. He cut all our countertops (bathroom, ktichen). I went there a couple times (once it was simply...

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    Bella - when we rehabbed our house a couple years ago we used a guy that was just slightly off Irving Park Rd - almost at Ohare, I think ti was Franklin Park. He cut all our countertops (bathroom, ktichen). I went there a couple times (once it was simply to look at the rements they had...needed a small piece for laundry room - tile cutters have tons of left overs to chose from the bigger projects). He was a sub to our GC, but happy to case his name down if you need it.

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2 days ago

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Jefferson Park welcomes President Obama

Copernicus Center hosts the president. Obama tells protesters that there have been a significant number of deportations but that his executive actions will help change that.

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New Grocery Gal Post: Northwest Side Chicago Landmark: Hagen’s Fish Market

This is a long overdue installment on Hagen's Fish Market on Montrose. I'm pretty sure Portage Park and Jefferson Park fight over who's realm it falls under (I think Portage Park wins because it's on the south side of Montrose), so I kept it simple and said its location was on the Northwest Side. Enjoy!
http://grocerygalblog.com/hagens-fish-market/

  • Troubled Child

    Oh come on it's not that far out? Ever been on a farm and see the poultry, swine and beef walking around and think if it would be yummy?

  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Portage Park food lover

    @chi girl, please let me know how it is!

Nov 17

Updated 3 days ago

lots on Lawrence av east of Milwaukee, pedestrian designation

Yes, we in Jeff Park and of JPNA do not want more density which brings more crime and there is no proof of it bringing businesses since where there is density and no wealth there are vacant stores like on Milwaukee south of Montrose. A developer is putting single family homes on Milwaukee across from Schurz high school. If they can do it there, they can do it here.

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Zoning isn't rocket science but it's not 7th grade math. Sorry, but planned development is, by design, an excuse to ignore local zoning requirements because planned developments typically have a comprehensive plan behind them. The price to pay for petitioning for a zoning change to planned development is greater public...

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    Zoning isn't rocket science but it's not 7th grade math. Sorry, but planned development is, by design, an excuse to ignore local zoning requirements because planned developments typically have a comprehensive plan behind them. The price to pay for petitioning for a zoning change to planned development is greater public scrutiny of the project via legally mandated public hearings for both the zoning change to PD as well as a project review. The benefits of a planned development is greater freedom of design for the project, the drawback is heightened city and public scrutiny over that design.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Due to the volume of off-topic and personal attacks, we have closed comments on this thread. If there are any questions please reach out via the feedback form, located here: http://www.everyblock.com/contact/feedback/

3 days ago

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Nov 17

Updated 3 days ago

Habitat Re-Store has a lot to offer!

I've been anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening of the new Habitat Re-Store since I heard about it several months ago. This weekend it FINALLY opened its doors, and I was all too anxious to get in and see what I could find.

First and foremost, if you've been visiting the Re-Store near/in Chinatown, you're in for a treat with this one. It's FAR more organized, and well lit. In fact, they even had the place heated up nice and toasty...

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I've been anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening of the new Habitat Re-Store since I heard about it several months ago. This weekend it FINALLY opened its doors, and I was all too anxious to get in and see what I could find.

First and foremost, if you've been visiting the Re-Store near/in Chinatown, you're in for a treat with this one. It's FAR more organized, and well lit. In fact, they even had the place heated up nice and toasty when we arrived.

The outdoor/ garden section leaves a bit to be desired, but they did have some Audubon bird feeders that are normally $45-$60 for $10. I picked one of those up. I also scored a cute little wrought iron plant stand for $5.

They have some incredibly decent furniture for affordable prices. I saw couches for $20 and some beautiful sitting chairs for about the same.

We are looking to remodel our kitchen, so we had a look at the cabinets and countertops. They were VERY fairly priced, as were their windows and doors.

We just happened upon a PERFECT fireplace grate, which we were in need of for only $4! This is a heavy duty cast iron grate, not some rinky dinky little thing. It was most definitely a steal!

We'll be going back again and again, I'm sure. The selection was fantastic, and included both new AND used items.

For those of you who aren't aware, the items are donated to the Re-Store by individuals and companies that are remodeling or demolishing homes or buildings, or if there is an overstock. I'm sure there are a variety of other circumstances as well. The proceeds made at the restores go toward helping build homes and other needs for community members. It's a great deal as well as a great cause!

  • Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

  • TomL Loves, bikes, dogs, Jeff Park and Chicago

    6040 N Pulaski...open Tues-Sun 10-6, and yes, it's got a bit of everything!
    Donations are tax-deductible and most welcome (same hours) and give call (773) 539-6040 if you need a pickup of large items.
    The ReStore welcomes volunteers to help run the store, clean appliances, schlep furniture, hang lighting items, mix paint, etc!
    Contact for that is heather@restorechicago.org...or just drop by! a fun place to volunteer and to "make a difference."

3 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire St. Constance School family!

Please see video at the link below for pictures from our Thanksgiving Feast for our Primary Grades.

http://youtu.be/ioTtLSpzE5k

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

3 days ago

3 days ago

Statement on recent murder from the Board of Hands to Help Ministries

This week we learned that one of our contacts, Joseph Kamen, was murdered near the Jefferson Park bus terminal in mid-October. We are deeply saddened by his death. Our outreach worker had at least three conversations with Joe on the street in the past year, during which she offered resources and follow-up. Joseph was hoping for a bus ticket to visit family in Florida. Board Members are currently working on plans for burial and/or a memorial service. For more information about Hands to Help please visit www.handstohelpministries.org

3 days ago

Support OLV on #GivingTuesday

WHAT IS ‪#‎GIVINGTUESDAY‬?
We have Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come...

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WHAT IS ‪#‎GIVINGTUESDAY‬?
We have Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Please support OLV on Dec.2.
VIDEO: What ‪#‎GivingTuesdayis‬ all about in under 2min: http://bit.ly/GTvideo@GivingTues

3 days ago

OLV Bags Tournament

OLV Bags Tournament
November 28th at 6:00 PM
* $10 per person - Prepay (credit cards, checks, or cash) and door (checks or cash).
* 6:00 PM - Novice (No Male/Male)
* 8:00 PM - Expert (Anyone)
*Concessions and beer will be available for purchase.
*Must be at least 18 to attend.
Prizes
1st Game - 50/50, 2nd Game - 50/50
If you have any questions or would like to pre-register please email Paulina at
pkumala@olvchicago.org or call the school office at: 773-283-2229

Nov 18

Updated 4 days ago

Analysis: dynamics of 45th Ward aldermanic race change with candidacy of Michael Diaz

Garrido, Baert, Diaz vying to unseat Arena in 45th Ward race. Who does the mayor support?
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/18/4-candidate-field-roils-45th-ward-race/

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Stewart went through some interesting acrobats to arrive at his conclusions. Nevertheless, I found it to be a thoughtful piece. I will second the comment that I'd love to see Nadig do a write-up on the candidates. This is a fantastic local story that our local paper should not ignore.

  • Troubled Child

    Probably won't see that Ryan for a few reasons. Brian and Glenn sit on all the chambers of commerce around here, sitting with both Garrido and Arena. Right there would be a conflict of interest. Second conflict of interest that could make a newspaper story less than neutral is local candidates spend big dollar amounts advertising in the Nadig Newspapers during the election cycle , so essentially political candidates are clients of the newspaper. Can't have fair journalism that way.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Thanks CFD

Many thanks for your timely response when a gas leak was feared this morning at the condo complex in the 5300 block of Windsor Ave. Your professionalism was superior and you located the source of the problem quickly, enabling residents to return inside and go about their day. Fortunately the odor throughout the complex wasn't a gas leak, but an aerosol can of sealant that ruptured in a mechanical room. We're very grateful to the Chicago Fire Department for being there when we needed assistance.

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    you did the right thing by calling the fire department. Better safe than sorry.

  • Teddy B.

    I hope you are feeling restored after your ordeal.

4 days ago

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Apr 23

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Users on everyblock

neighbors, without sparking to much debate I am curious your views on something. Lots of accusations by many about others having multiple names, then there are the opinions that are often strong and heated by folks who clearly want to remain hidden. These opinions as you know can be everything from neighborhood issues to business reviews. What's your thoughts on that issue? Should EB revamp and require neighbors to display who they are? Just general thoughts and I'm sincerely curious what you all think on the subject

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    So Joanie, are you saying 2 alderman are cyber stalking you?

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    No that isn't what I said nor inferred. I'm someone who actually lives in the community and they know me. They're decent family men and well known because of their positions on the City Council.

4 days ago

Nov 19

Updated 4 days ago

Suspicious 99.9% Sure, Neighbor Selling Illegal Drugs

I have an apartment neighbor that I am certain is involved in selling illegal drugs, off of the premises. I have spoken to detectives, reported the activity on the City of Chicago's website: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/eforms/org/cityofchicago/drugTrafficking/index.jsp

If anyone has any ideas, I am open to suggestions . . . Thanks!

  • Manuel G.

    The better question is why an account with 49 mutes isn't killed.

  • Lowrent on LeClaire

    49 mutes is impressive!

Nov 20

Updated 4 days ago

We've Only Got Three or Four Able Bodied Shovelers Left

And it's time we selected a service to snow blow or plough our little condo. Does anyone have good luck and good prices with any particular service? Maybe we can afford it. I'm just about to write the annual Association memo to residents that say, 'Please shovel when it's your turn or pay $20,' but no one does, and the three or four who still can end up shoveling all winter, and one of them gripes so much about it that it's pitiful (not me). Last winter was so bad we finally lost control of the long stretch of pure ice on Higgins, I'm sure to the curses of those who must walk there.

  • Vic Hitler

    When I get older I'll want to walk out of my place, saunter to the liquor store for my bottle of Krupnik and 3 packs of Pall Malls. Need ice free walkways for that.

  • Call on Keith for a price, he does residential & commercial plowing & shoveling.
    1 (773) 842-1856. Best of luck to you.

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Sep 02

Updated 5 days ago

General contractor

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

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

  • I am a gc registered with city with a 2 million building cap if u still need estimate i could give u one with the prints 773 203 3019

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Oct 29

Updated 5 days ago

Don't toss your pumpkins!

Hey guys!

I hope that you're all enjoying this beautiful fall weather we're getting. I was hoping to ask those of you that have pumpkins this year to save a few for me. My chickens LOVE them, and they're a great source of natural fiber, vitamins, calcium, and some even claim that they're a natural de-wormer (though I'm not 100% on that).

If you have a pumpkin that hasn't been chemically treated and you'd like to get rid of it,...

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Hey guys!

I hope that you're all enjoying this beautiful fall weather we're getting. I was hoping to ask those of you that have pumpkins this year to save a few for me. My chickens LOVE them, and they're a great source of natural fiber, vitamins, calcium, and some even claim that they're a natural de-wormer (though I'm not 100% on that).

If you have a pumpkin that hasn't been chemically treated and you'd like to get rid of it, please let me know! I'd be happy to take a few off your hands! I roast them, puree them, and add fresh cinnamon (antibacterial and antifungal) and fresh garlic (ant parasitic and antifungal). I keep them in little baggies over the winter and serve them up nice and warm for the girls on those super chilly days. They gobble them right up!

If anyone is interested in donating your old pumpkin after Halloween, just let me know!

Thanks!

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Apr 09

Updated 6 days ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Queen of Insanity - I think this is right on. In my own experience my wife and I lived in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square before purchasing in Jefferson Park. We always had one car, but bought a larger second one when child #2 came around. Yet, we managed to...

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    Queen of Insanity - I think this is right on. In my own experience my wife and I lived in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square before purchasing in Jefferson Park. We always had one car, but bought a larger second one when child #2 came around. Yet, we managed to find a place just 5-6 blocks from the Jeff Park terminal. Being carless is not as appealing right now, sure, but it will when I'm older, and I like the fact that amenities are around so as my kids get older they will be less reliant on me to drive them places. I work downtown so not driving has its perks, too. One of the reasons I'm pro-development and additional density (not anywhere, just near the train station) is because I have a rational, experienced, professional based belief that viable businesses and residential neighborhoods around transit create strong communities.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    @Queenofinsanity It's probably not going to be single occupancy at 2k a month it will be at least 2 + people per unit. Easily affordable, splitting the utilities. the plus would be the location to the train, the negative will be the noise.

Oct 19

Updated 6 days 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 :(

  • pattymelt....over the years a kid of ours has had two bodhrans made by a Roundstone guy. And we've listened to two Lennons play trad music. One in Spiddal and the other here.

  • Cheap Sushi

    Bourbon drunk tonight?

Nov 21

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Nov 19

Updated Nov 20

Lincoln

I've been an amateur Lincoln scholar since grammar school. Spent a lot of time in Springfield during my early years--used the Illinois Supreme Court Library to research and write my thesis. I've always been intrigued with the town and its history, in particular its most famous resident. Been reading "Recollections of Abraham Lincoln" by Ward Hill Lamon--makes me want to visit Springfield again...in the spring. Have any of you read this book? I love it and find it an intimate portrayal of Mr. Lincoln whom I have admired since boyhood.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Janet, as Phil said Lincoln was born in Kentucky and came to Illinois via Indiana. McCleansboro is not on my radar as anywhere he lived, but he did ride circuit throughout the state and could very well have stayed there. He knew almost nothing about his mother's family, the Hankeses,...

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    Janet, as Phil said Lincoln was born in Kentucky and came to Illinois via Indiana. McCleansboro is not on my radar as anywhere he lived, but he did ride circuit throughout the state and could very well have stayed there. He knew almost nothing about his mother's family, the Hankeses, who moved from Virginia to Kentucky in the late 1700's. They named all their kids the same, all the boys were named James or John, and the girls Polly, Lucy, or Nancy. There were at least 8 Nancy Hankes born during the 1780's. Abraham Lincoln believed that his mother was illegitimate. She died while in Indiana, and his father, Thomas married Sarah Bush before moving to Illinois. Rather difficult geneology to track, but I would certainly encourage you to take a shot at it. Good Luck.

  • i thought this was funny, there is a reference to Lincoln and his hat at :29

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynYnloG9rKo

Nov 18

Updated Nov 20

Comcast v DirecTV

I've had DirecTV for 11 years and surprisingly am extremely satisfied, with the exception that they're getting ridiculously expensive, approx $120+/month.

I do have Comcast for internet service, the service is fantastic, but expensive, approx $77/month.

That equals almost $200/month for just the 2 services.

Comcast is now offering me TV (comparable to DTV), interenet (even faster than what I now have) and telephone (with more features than I currently have) for $139/month + tax.

So here's the $64,000 question....what...

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I've had DirecTV for 11 years and surprisingly am extremely satisfied, with the exception that they're getting ridiculously expensive, approx $120+/month.

I do have Comcast for internet service, the service is fantastic, but expensive, approx $77/month.

That equals almost $200/month for just the 2 services.

Comcast is now offering me TV (comparable to DTV), interenet (even faster than what I now have) and telephone (with more features than I currently have) for $139/month + tax.

So here's the $64,000 question....what do you think of Comcast for TV in our area? I have heard some absolute nightmare stories about Comcast, but not from anyone in our neighborhood, so am anxious to get feedback before I agree to make the switch.

Thanks, everyone.

  • Tom

    Free... Just go to:
    voice.google.com

    It's a service Google purchased many years ago. I think it used to be called Grandcentral.

  • Wow, thanks! Will do!

Nov 17

Updated Nov 20

Architect recommendation for 2nd story addition

I'd like to see if anyone has an architect they could recommend for a 2nd story addition. Thanks in advance

  • Mark Jesse Principal at Studio J Architects (Portage Park)

    Hi Lunker and A&K -
    I am a registered architect that just opened my own company four months ago. Previously I was working at a high end residential firm (Sullivan Goulette Wilson) for the past 14 years. Fortunately I have been busy with home renovation and addition projects (all thru...

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    Hi Lunker and A&K -
    I am a registered architect that just opened my own company four months ago. Previously I was working at a high end residential firm (Sullivan Goulette Wilson) for the past 14 years. Fortunately I have been busy with home renovation and addition projects (all thru referrals) since opening my company, and I would love to take a look at your project. I have no marketing website yet but I can provide referrals. I live and work in the neighborhood and am trying to build up a client base. I can be reached at 773-732-7515.
    And in addition to the self certified architect option Aaron mentioned (which is a good one), if the project is an owner occupied single family residence the city has other programs which allows you to obtain the permit via one of the neighborhood permit centers (which will also save time & money) instead of submitting downtown. Thank you.

  • T Janet Thoughtful Neighbor and Design Enthusiast

    Lunker and A&K:

    I have an architectural and interior design company which I've owned for the past 10 years. A great percentage of our work is for single-family and two-flat residential additions and remodeling. I find it best to meet in person with my prospective clients to review their desired...

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    Lunker and A&K:

    I have an architectural and interior design company which I've owned for the past 10 years. A great percentage of our work is for single-family and two-flat residential additions and remodeling. I find it best to meet in person with my prospective clients to review their desired scope of work; see the space that is being remodeled; discuss the renovation process with them; as well as, discuss my company. If you prefer to have a conversation prior to a meeting, please contact me at 773-769-1177. My architectural design concept is not to force a particular style on the client; but, a working relationship with my clients to achieve their style appropriate to their home; as well as, to design additions and remodels from the original design perspective, so your addition/remodel looks like it was a part of the original construction. In addition, I'm a member of the Chicago Bungalow Association, extremely familiar with the details of this type of home; and, a self-certified architect with the City of Chicago. To add to the conversation on the neighborhood (satellite) permit center: Yes, these centers are for owner-occupied homes; they are for projects that don't change the FAR (floor area ratio) on the home; such as dormers, deck additions, porch remodeling etc. In other words, if you are adding square footage to your home, such as an addition; a zoning review would need to take place for approval; which are no longer performed at the satellite offices. If you are a self-certified architect your submittal swiftly goes through the zoning & permit process; if not, it would need to go through the downtown center. I talked to my contact at the City, and zoning reviews are now at least 21 days out before your permit review could begin. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have; or to set-up a meeting, Sincerely, Janet Tebbenkamp, Licensed Architect and Licensed Interior Designer.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 20

JPNA website

So I was considering going to a meeting of the JPNA, and I figured their website would be a good starting place for information. I get to the website, and see that the website is kinda messed up; I clicked on the "membership" link from the homepage, which took me to a membership page. Great! From the membership page, I clicked on 'community' and was taken to http://www.theworkshopgalena.org. The other links took me to an escrow company, a developer in Houston, an oilfield drilling service, outright weird stuff. Anyone else having this issue? It's pretty comical.

  • Just checked, and it's working fine. Thanks for looking into it.

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    Rigged scales at the farmers market, faulty websites. It's amateur hour.

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