8 hours ago

Updated 22 min ago

abandoned dog :(

A pitbull mix possibly looks like she may have just had puppies was sitting on my friends porch last night. She has no identification. Shes still sitting on the porch. She was starving as she scarfed down food and water. If anyone can take her in or knows anything please let me know. Unfortunately i cant keep her.

  • I'm so glad this sweetie and her pups will be safe and have a good home. Thanks so much for going to such lengths to make this happen. You rock.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Great job, Monica! You obviously wanted the best for this poor pup, or you wouldn't have taken the time to post here. While I'm sure some responses were well meant, sometimes people can be a little over-emotional and jump to conclusions when they feel passionate about something. It's really too bad that their lack of grace can over shadows their intentions.

    I commend you on your act of kindness, and wish this beautiful girl and her babies the very best!

8 hours ago

Updated 47 min ago

Chipotle

Went to Chipotle last night for dinner. I inquired about how business has been since opening. The gal said it's only been "so-so." Yikes, how are we going attract and keep businesses in our area if folks to flock to support them?

2 days ago

Updated 51 min ago

Dangerous sidewalk in front of Ace Animal Hospital

It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

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It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

I couldn't take it anymore when I almost fell while carrying groceries coming home. I thought how about the animals that are constantly coming in and out of this place. Or people with disabilities (wheelchairs, motorized chairs, people with canes, people using crutches, parents with strollers, etc...)

The city should make this business comply and have a safe environment for everyone. I called it into 311 the reference # 14-01647351. The real sad thing is that this business would only have to pay for half of the sidewalk, but would be benefiting 100% from the end result.

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Missing cat?

A cat adopted our front porch recently. It's been hanging around the block for a couple of weeks. Pictures are attached. It seems to be not fully grown yet. If it yours please let me know.

  • If you haven't already done this, take him to a vet to get him scanned to see if he has a microchip. Thanks for looking out for him!

  • Dora60641 Is Suarez what our neighborhood needs???

    Boy or girl?

46 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

steak burritos, who's got the best around portage park?

so I am pretty routine and been getting my steak burritos from el gordo

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-gordo-restaurant-chicago-2

its pretty good to me at least, and you get it with beans and rice for 7.75 and it is a chunk of a meal too, you can also melted cheese on top for an additional $2. ingredients always seem fresh every time i go, hot steak, cold lettuce, fresh onions etc.

but while i was eating today and thinking for 55 more cents i am getting so much more than a chipotle burrito, i wondered what else is out there.

so list your favorite burrito places....

Sep 23

Updated 3 hours ago

School Choice Rally

Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support...

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Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support to choose the school they feel will best enhance the growth of their child(ren). In addition, it is a CIVIL right to be allowed that choice. States throughout the country are joining together to advocate for School Choice, and so we say "Illinois, it is time for School Choice Now." The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools saved the taxpayers of the Illinois $1,157,320,242 in the 2012-2013 school year. Support School Choice and St. Pascal School by joining us on Thursday.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Minerva: Ginny Q is yawning and cranky, so we really should let her go home. G'night, Ginny! Meanwhile, Minerva, if you're talking about parochial schools, you're also talking about grossly underpaid teachers. If you're talking about other private schools, please back that up with some facts.

  • In my immediate area, we primarily have CPS or parochial elementary schools. Such parochial schools cost less than half of the CPS amt. Given the local CPS performance record, overcrowding and the poor ongoing economy, some of our elementary children venture out of the area in search of a better...

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    In my immediate area, we primarily have CPS or parochial elementary schools. Such parochial schools cost less than half of the CPS amt. Given the local CPS performance record, overcrowding and the poor ongoing economy, some of our elementary children venture out of the area in search of a better public ed. fit. They are on the CPS bus as early as 6:40 am and, on a good day, get off the bus at 4 pm, starting at the age of 5. In the winter, the bus drop off can be as late as 5:30 pm. Based on our experience, some parochial schools accommodate with a pull-out program. However, at the public school we have experienced, one's knowledge is simply leveled off and the communication is one way. So, vouchers would be liberating.

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Aug 06

Updated 4 hours ago

Portage Jeff Gardens

What is blooming in your garden now? How are the new roses looking? What about the tomatoes, are you growing a new variety this year?

  • @Bella V... are you confident the acidic history of the dirt around your evergreen shrubs is OK for your roses?

  • Garlic Territorial or Baker Creek on-line. But I don't grow it.

    I was at Lowe's in Brickyard today. They had Knock Out roses on sale. Original Knock Out and Pink Knock Out at that location. Not that I recommend getting roses at Lowe's. I didn't see anything wrong with them....

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    Garlic Territorial or Baker Creek on-line. But I don't grow it.

    I was at Lowe's in Brickyard today. They had Knock Out roses on sale. Original Knock Out and Pink Knock Out at that location. Not that I recommend getting roses at Lowe's. I didn't see anything wrong with them. Rosarians recommend getting them bareroot at the proper planting time, after all danger of frost. Either way, dig a hole eighteen inches deep and two feet wide.

    Planting info available on American Rose Society website. Plus info on the local rose club and consulting rosarians.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Pizza

Good pizza on the Northwest side?

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Bikes to donate

We have a couple of bikes to donate - and I think I read something here about a man who takes bikes and fixes them up and then donates them to those in need. Does anybody know who I'm talking about - or was it just my imagination ?

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Portage Theater schedule

A lot of people have suggested the Portage / Patio theaters need to provide a wider mix of entertainment to survive. The upcoming weeks at The Portage look fairly diverse, including silent movies and several rockumentaries, starting this Friday with the Memphis soul music film “Take Me to the River”:

http://www.theportagetheater.com/

Since they’ll probably book more of whatever draws an audience, now would be a good time attend the type of stuff you'd like to see on the schedule. If there is nothing listed on the schedule that appeals to you, try sending them an email with suggestions.

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

    Thanks. I have wanted to see TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Jul 19

Updated 6 hours ago

Best Pedicure in Portage Park

Can anyone recommend a great pedicure place in Portage or Jefferson Park?

Thanks.

  • Colleen Portage Parker

    Haas a nice mani/pedi at Lee nails by the six corners jewel

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Taryn Nails in the strip mall on Harlem is a place I don't like much. The polish seems to be thinned and doesnt last and the workers seem a little lazy and just file your nails and dont really shape them at all. They want you in and out of there in my experience.

Sep 03

Updated 7 hours ago

What would it cost to get a name architect to design the new development at Six Corners?

What if we could get the developer and the powers that be (government) to agree to let us try to fund a name architect thru Kickstarter or similar? Anyone interested in that? Please discuss here.

This is the development I am talking about:
http://www.clarkstreet.com/current-projects/the-pointe-at-six-corners/

My source of inspiration: Columbus, Indiana.
http://www.columbus.in.us/listings/index.cfm?catId=336

Sep 01

Updated 8 hours ago

Lost Dog -- please help

I found a lost dog with no tag or collar on the 5500 block of Wilson about 12:30 PM on Labor Day. It is a Pomeranian female (I think), appears to have just had surgery (puppies??), and is very sweet. Please post if you hear anything. Sending her to the pound would be a waste.

  • Ev

    There are so many pom's listed on Lost Dogs Illinois that could be a possible match. There are so many ways to identify the family, they will have pictures with the family, vet records, you can call the vet to verify, I agree, you can't take someone at their word,...

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    There are so many pom's listed on Lost Dogs Illinois that could be a possible match. There are so many ways to identify the family, they will have pictures with the family, vet records, you can call the vet to verify, I agree, you can't take someone at their word, but without posting a picture it's impossible to know which family on LDI that this girl can belong to. Lost Dogs Illinois is on facebook and also has a website lostdogsillinois.org The saying a picture speaks a 1000 words is so true when it comes to getting these found pups back to their true family. Thanks so much for being this girl's angel and keeping her safe.

  • Did you find the owner?

Apr 19

Updated 8 hours ago

Homeless Man On Six Corners

I haven't seen the homeless man that sits in the bus enclosure on Irving park near cicero for about 2 weeks now. He is the man that never begs and has been out there a few years now. Does anyone know what happen to him?

  • Randy Stroller

    So where is the thread on actually finding a way to allow people to have freedom while supplying humans with at least the humane treatment we demand for our pets???

  • EB'ers in Portage Park, Jefferson Park and Gallstone Park aren't interested in that subject matter.

    Bring up burritos, car repair, beef sandwiches, hotdogs, manicures, Garrido, Arena, Cullerton, potholes, and traffic calming, then you'll get lots of replies.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

  • It gave a simple way to get to I-90 and Milwaukee Ave. from SB I-94

  • Phil Huckelberry Green Party 38th Ward Committeeman

    I suspect Milwaukee from Addison to Irving will be designated in due time.

    The other day I was further east and drove past the intersection of Ashand and Berteau. Berteau east of Ashland is a one-way headed west, so you can't turn and go east. But they added a designated...

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    I suspect Milwaukee from Addison to Irving will be designated in due time.

    The other day I was further east and drove past the intersection of Ashand and Berteau. Berteau east of Ashland is a one-way headed west, so you can't turn and go east. But they added a designated bike lane going the other way on Berteau there. Very innovative, I thought - and, IMO, an ideal street to do that with through Portage Park is again Berteau. I'd like to see some consideration given to an approach like that.

    The Kennedy of course is the biggest obstacle. Wilson isn't so bad because Lawrence is a designated bike route. It's further south, because south of Wilson, there aren't designated bike lanes on any east-west street until you get all the way to Diversey, and only Addison is even denoted as recommended. Part of the problem is that between Diversey and Lawrence, only the 400 streets are uninterrupted through Milwaukee, let alone the Kennedy.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

  • Jim Douglas Community resident for 18 years

    Dear Alderman, thank you for sending this information. Apparently they are no longer hiring. I found this out after three phone calls. Just a little frustrating.

Sep 24

Updated 9 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Portage Park

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Portage Park think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

11 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Bungalow recognition in Portage Park

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141001/portage-park/portage-park-bungalow-belt-gets-historic-designation

Good to see the area getting some recognition for its place in history.

As an afterthought, it is lovely for the area it applies to. But, for those of us just a few houses east of Lockwood - what are we, chopped liver? My street looks pretty darn similar to the next block over...

  • A&K

    We applied on our own and granted historic status. We don't fall in the zone listed either but based on our home and age we received approval.

6 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Who do you think will be our next alderman and why?

I would like to hear peoples thoughts on who do you think will be our next alderman and why? This question is for both 38th Ward and the 45th Ward.

31 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

When will there be a debate for the upcoming alderman elections?

There is only 120 days left until the next alderman election. How come we haven't had any debates yet? People are waiting to hear what the candidates have to offer, but without a debate how is this possible?

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    As a matter if fact, I was one of the organizers for some of the debates last time-the profile pic I use is from one of them. We had one on January and another in March.
    Please note that these events are run by volunteers & I would strongly encourage anyone interested on the process to get involved in their local neighborhood association to lend a hand. Though no longer president, I am still involved with JPNA (www.jpna.net) and we'd be happy to have you on board.

  • Good luck with getting EB loudmouths to come out and volunteer for anything in their own community.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Homeless shelter near 6 corners...

I work on the 4100 block of Knox Ave....today I noticed a sign put up in a vacant lot (used to be a warehouse that burned down several years ago) that this was to be the location for a new homeless shelter sponsored by the Hand of God Ministry...The street is pretty much industrial so I am a bit confused by this...Wouldn't a homeless shelter be residential?? Anyone hear anything about this??? ..

6 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Club E

Does anyone know what's going with the Club E on Irving Park? The signs are down and they appear to be doing to renovation or deep cleaning inside.

  • What are the jamokes around here gonna do when Cullerton is done and just home all day having tea parties and playing hopscotch out front with the grandkids all day?

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    "playing hopscotch out front".... Well that explains the sidewalk damage!
    Sorry Alderman Tim, I love ya but I had to do it. ;-)

12 hours ago

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38 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Playground Trash & Bees

I've noticed a lot more bees at Merrimac Park this week as well as a lot of trash--beer cans, cigarette boxes, beer bottle caps, good containers and wrappers. I can't help but wonder if the food refuse is attracting the bees. Does anyone know who is responsible for playground trash removal and how often it happens? I got stung yesterday by an angry bee and would never wish that pain on my worst enemy, not to mention a young child just trying to get fresh air.

  • Good morning. I'm Donna Segreti, Park Supervisor of Merrimac Park. Please come in anytime to see me, call 773-685-3382 or sent me an email at donna.segreti@chicagoparkdistrict.com In answer to your question, at this time of year the garbage is pick up 3 times a week. and landscape is here on a daily basis. If there are any further issues please let me know. Thank you

  • Thanks, Donna. I haven't been back since Monday but will let you know if I notice problems in the future. Usually the park is very well maintained and one of our favorite places to spend our mornings!

20 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

DePaul Prep Grad Names Clock

sBe sure and get by Woolworth Six Corners and The Six Corners Walgreens on Irving Park this week.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/juggernautco/15204078577/

  • Randy, you are channeling my thoughts. I was just telling someone today that names are important.

  • Randy Stroller

    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become...

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    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become corporate as Macy's but if the clock is beautiful or can elicit positive things depends on if those pieces of thoughts momentum might dictate the future instead of the past such that individuals might not be able to achieve their individual aspirations.

32 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

High School Fair This Weekend

The Parent Power Chicago's School Fair is being held on October 4th and 5th - this weekend - at McCormick Place. 7th and 8th grade students, families, and community members are encouraged to attend.

View the flier at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByE3jAIvJaHVaTdaWGN2d25VTHc/edit?usp=sharing

or http://www.parentpowerchicago.com/

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Solid wood hutch - Free

We acquired lots of furniture from the previous owner when we bought our house years ago. We're finally getting rid of some of it. Including this solid wood hutch...it's a great piece as is or for a DIY'er. If no ones takes it it will go out with the trash (we dont have the transportation to get it somewhere).

  • Loulu Me

    Jealous. Please let us know if you want to get rid of more beautiful pieces. Thanks!

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    @Laymaneers is the best! Just wanted to publicly say thank you.

    We will put this piece to good use, for sure -- though it's actual task is yet to be determined, there's no way it will go to waste. :)

6 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Illinois School Choice Rally

At 10:30 A.M. the students of St. Pascal School rallied and then paraded around the block promoting School Choice. Every class had posters showing why they were happy their families made the choice.

  • Just offering an alternative to the technology. My kid attended the Chicago Waldorf School. No technology in grade school. Limited computer use in High School. No television at home. Accepted at a top college. Decided to skip college (for now) for a start-up alternative. Lots of choices out there - beyond public, private, technology. I'd encourage parents to explore their options and depend less or not at all on the "system."

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using...

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    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using technology, as well as supervising its use. As our boys have grown (now teens), it has become more difficult to find the right balance, in part because their schools require them to use technology for a variety of tasks. Since we've been discussing technology in schools, and for anyone interested in learning more about the impact of constant "connectedness" on humans, I recommend the PBS Frontline documentary "Digital Nation". I found it a real eye opener, with a special focus on how technology is impacting students. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/etc/synopsis.html>;

Sep 01

Updated 35 hours ago

All in all you're just another question about a wall

Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

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Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

I would love to extend the half wall all the way to the ceiling to make this a true hallway and to block off a potential hazard for any little kids that are tempted to climb where they shouldn't.

The existing half wall is made of plaster-- I am not sure if a wall can be framed over the existing plaster or if it needs to be removed and re-done completely...

1) Will work like this require a city permit? If so, how do I get one and how long does it take?
2) Who is typically hired for such work? A general contractor? A handy man?
3) Any recommendations for someone specific to do the job?

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Guilty :)

  • Thanks for all the suggestions!

    As a follow-up: we went with Windy City Drywall to build the wall and Mr. Jefferson Koegel (mrjeffersonkoegel at hotmail.com.) to paint the hallway. Very satisfied with both services!

36 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Street Resurfacing in the 45th Ward

If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money,...

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If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money, and to allow for weather issues that might occur.

So far this year, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, work is complete on the following streets:
Dakin, from Laramie to Lockwood;
Strong, from Marmora to Monitor;
Marmora, from Gunnison to Strong;
Strong, from Menard to Monitor; and
Miltmore, from Milwaukee to Ardmore.

According to CDOT, work is in progress, or will start very soon on the following streets:
McVicker, from Strong to Higgins;
Melvina, from Ardmore to Rosedale;
Mason, from Bryn Mawr to Seminole;
McVicker, from Bryn Mawr to Northwest Highway;
Natoma, from Balmoral to Catalpa;
Mulligan, from Berwyn to Foster;
Normandy, from Carmen to Foster;
Marmora, from Giddings to Lawrence;
Belle Plaine, from Laramie to LeClaire;
Belle Plaine, from Lavergne to Milwaukee;
LeClaire, from Grace to Bernice;
Tripp, from Addison to Irving Park;
London, from Giddings to Lawrence; and
Waveland, from Tripp to Kildare.

This list does not include resurfacing that is done as part of restoration after Department of Water Management or People's Gas work. Thank you for your patients as we work to finish this work before snow comes.

  • Lujan, then it is time to start calling your alderman once a week.

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

    I heard that resurfacing was to start at the end of summer on Central between Montrose and Higgins. Is there any update on that stretch?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Family Owned Business

Hi Everyone,
My question is that if it's okay to let the neighborhood know about our family business on EveryBlock?

  • You should join "I grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago" and other FB pages around your business instead. FB has a lot more folks, good luck!

  • Check out circlesavvy.com. If you build it they will come? You can do one free ad a month.

2 days ago

Fundraiser at Pete's #2 on Montrose

Today Mon., Sept. 29, Pete's #2 on Montrose from 3-10PM is hosting a fundraiser that will donate 25% of sales to St. Pascal School. All purchases whether you dine in, carryout, have it delivered, or purchase their gift cards for future visits will all count towards the total. The purchase of Pete's t-shirts will also count too.
Thank you in advance for joining us and we look forward to seeing you there.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

and ANOTHER one right around the corner

"• An 18-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the 3200 block of North Long Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Alfaro said.

The man was sitting in a car when “several males” came up to him and started yelling gang slogans, Alfaro said. The man suffered a gunshot to his shoulder as he tried to drive away, Alfaro said.

He stopped a few blocks away in the 5600 block of West Belmont Avenue, where the ambulance was called. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition, Alfaro said. No one is in custody as result of the incident."

  • Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to...

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    Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to their name.

    Besides that, going after a guy randomly sitting in a car doesnt seem like a "big fish to fry" either. Is it worth bringing extra police attention, which is bad for business?

    the whole concept these gangs sell to the morons who join and do these acts is a sham. theyre killing, being killed, and doing jail time to make the guy at the top rich and keep his hands clean. Drug money isnt a way to justify it. Maybe back a while ago thats what it was really about, but nowadays theres kids shooting people and not even knowing what its about..just because theyre not of the same gang, less of area control. they think 'oh, i should automatically hate this guy because he doesnt black and gold and throw up crowns like me". Its petty stupidity, plain and simple. the whole concept of the business of it was lost long ago

  • Herecomestheman Beer drinker

    BangBang.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

St. John's Lutheran Still Open for Enrollment

Passing this along from St. John's, where our kids go to school:

Understanding parents’ concerns over the changes that are occurring at Portage Park Elementary due to budget cuts, St. John’s would like to offer current families of Portage Park Elementary an education option with an enriched curriculum (98.5% of our students attend high school outside of their local Chicago Public High School), lower class sizes (max of 25 students per grade), and financial stability (127 years strong).

We are extending a $500 credit to current families of Portage Park Elementary School who enroll at St. John’s Lutheran School.

For more information, contact: admissions@stjohnschicago.org or773 / 736-1196 – Some classes are almost full!

  • All those parents complaining about the lack of AC at CPS, put your own money where your mouth is and pay for your kids to go somewhere that has it.

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    No Pamela, we DON'T agree, there was NO NEGATIVE INTENT but folks like you always want to see one. That's sad for you.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Austin & Irving

Does anyone know what they doing with the bldg on the SE corner?
Lot's of scaffolding and tarps.

  • @chris,

    maybe it's spoons for rent

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcDVBsPuTk

  • There is some confusion about the address of the incoming restaurant on Irving Park west of Austin...
    The owner of 6050 Irving told me that she is planning to open an eclectic restaurant...this is a bit farther west of Perkolator. The building immediately west of Perkolator is 6038-40-42 W. Irving and is being completely rehabbed with 3 storefronts now for rent.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found dog Addison and Narragansett

Dog found 9/26 . Male looks like a shepherd pit mix. Approximately 40 ilbs.Has collar but no tags. Cant keep him. Sweet dog. Not a stray. Clean

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Sep 22

Updated 2 days ago

Be Safe

I just saw a group of gang members walking through the area really weird they look like thier up to something so everyone please be careful and safe tonight

  • Juan C. Ayala Belmont Cragin Resident

    I usually wear dress slacks and a Polo shirt, but there are times like when I'm going for a jog or to the gym in the fall that I will wear a hoodie and joggers. That's usually when I get the looks from other gang members. When it comes to strangers on the street, you bet I will judge them by what they are wearing and how they carry themselves.

  • Rawlins Riles City slicker, bar rat

    While I feel like this post has gotten out of hand I do think I have some facts that relate to the topic. Please correct me @allnamestaken if this does not match with the story you are trying to tell.

    I saw a group of teens (4-6) walking south on...

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    While I feel like this post has gotten out of hand I do think I have some facts that relate to the topic. Please correct me @allnamestaken if this does not match with the story you are trying to tell.

    I saw a group of teens (4-6) walking south on Kilpatrick crossing Irving Park road (just in front of the new Chipotle) around the 10 o'clock hour on Monday September 22nd. I noticed this as not normal as it was pretty late at night for a group of teens to go out on what did not look like a neighborly stroll. I drew attention to myself as I had music playing from my car and this granted acknowledgement from them towards me. Two of them ran ahead so they could see me as I drove by.

    Be safe

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Randy Stroller

    Yep, he also encouraged me to put those out on imgur. I have been strolling more in the loop or Pilsen recently so the pics would not be considered local. I mostly now though just move them out to twitter or FB then sometimes to my Brisket in Chicago blog.My little wix web site has links to both accounts as well as my YouTube account:

    randy7771026.wix.com/codepath

    I hope to create more video beginning sometime this winter.

  • Randy Stroller

    Perhaps I should add that account and:

    https://parkletpops.imgur.com/all/

    No vomit pics though. I am monkey see monkey do when it comes to vomit.

Sep 22

Updated 3 days ago

HVAC/Radiator Work

Hello Collective Wisdom,

It's our first winter in our new house, and we need someone to show us how to bleed the radiators, etc. before firing up the heat for the first time. Does anyone have a reliable and affordable HVAC person they'd recommend?

Many thanks*

  • @Inactive User about fixing something that isn't broken at the moment....the engineer said that if you patched with something like JB Weld, and had mixed it correctly and got it to make a shoulder inside, you could either oversize drill out the old vent and oversize tap it or bypass...

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    @Inactive User about fixing something that isn't broken at the moment....the engineer said that if you patched with something like JB Weld, and had mixed it correctly and got it to make a shoulder inside, you could either oversize drill out the old vent and oversize tap it or bypass it and tap a new hole in the JB Weld. He says people successfully patch engine block water jackets with that stuff. He also says you should have a ready to go replacement in the garage. Especially if it is not summertime. He further observes that an old stand up radiator usually can be taken out of the line and the line capped or a simple pass through pipe installed to allow continued circulation. And this way the old radiator can be positioned perfectly for the tapping.

    2) If it ain't broke, don't fix.
    3) Not a job for Fall or Winter
    4) When you gamble, how lucky are you usually?

  • 2) i don't plan on fixing it now, but want to have options when/if it leaks.

    3)not planning on it but if worse comes to worse I will bring the bbq grill in the living room (j.k. lol)

    4) I rarely gamble but I usually lose when I do. also, if something could go wrong at a specific time and place it will.

3 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Recommended landscaper?

Anyone have a landscaper they would recommend for a one time yard clean up (weeding, trimming hedges)?

  • Kelly Dunning

    I have used Angel with Arroyo Landscaping. He is on Yelp, but doesn't have the greatest reviews, doesn't always show up on time and can definitely be hard to get a hold of on the phone. With all that being said, he does do good work and his prices are...

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    I have used Angel with Arroyo Landscaping. He is on Yelp, but doesn't have the greatest reviews, doesn't always show up on time and can definitely be hard to get a hold of on the phone. With all that being said, he does do good work and his prices are probably the cheapest you will find. We had him remove about six overgrown bushes and install a retaining wall in the front of the house last November and he replaced our front sod in May. If you can deal with his quirks, then I would hire him. If not, definitely find someone else. Hope this helps!

  • Laura Edwards CPS Teacher

    NICA Landscaping Service. Contact Miguel Garcia at 1-773-505-2162. They did a great job pulling out many weeds in our backyard a few months ago and putting sod down for us at a reasonable price. His English isn't great, but he is very reliable and his crew does great work. I highly recommend his company.

  • my brother rich cuts grass, bushes, trees, spring and fall cleanup for a business, and is pretty reasonable (yes, even i, his nice sister, pays him)....his number is 773-710-3893

3 days ago

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Mar 11

Updated 4 days ago

Zoning Question

My neighbor across the street at 5329 Windsor has several cars with service dealer plates at any given time on his property and parked along Windsor Avenue. Now that the weather is improving, the noise from this residence is impacting the neighborhood. Tonight several vehicles were being moved after 11 pm with their engines revving and blowing horns on the vehicles. There is a lot of traffic in and out of this residence for a single family home. People were...

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My neighbor across the street at 5329 Windsor has several cars with service dealer plates at any given time on his property and parked along Windsor Avenue. Now that the weather is improving, the noise from this residence is impacting the neighborhood. Tonight several vehicles were being moved after 11 pm with their engines revving and blowing horns on the vehicles. There is a lot of traffic in and out of this residence for a single family home. People were yelling and shouting as these vehicles were being moved. Tonight they had a commercial sized truck, not a pickup, parked on Windsor too. Is it legal to operate a vehicle support service from a residence? The direct approach, speaking with my neighbor, hasn't mitigated the problem. Currently the residence is in the 45th Ward, but will be getting moved to the 38th Ward with the remap.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Whats going on?

I posted on Monday that I saw gang members roaming the area well my neighbor told me that on friday his house got robbed...seriously this is suppose to be a good area! The police is alerted but lock those doors!

  • if one enters my home, guaranteed he/she will not get out alive

  • @chris,

    it is always best to be prepared, that is why we have fire drills, disaster drills and active shooter drills for school faculty and such things. even thou it does not cover all situations, drills and role play does help.

    in my home I have fire extingishers just to...

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    @chris,

    it is always best to be prepared, that is why we have fire drills, disaster drills and active shooter drills for school faculty and such things. even thou it does not cover all situations, drills and role play does help.

    in my home I have fire extingishers just to be prepared and it is not because I live my life in fear, but had a situation once where I did not have a fire extinguisher and needed one.

    you don't have to role play it physically, just go through the steps in your mind.

    just because you prepare for something does not mean that you live your life in fear.

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