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Slingshots - A new teen center to open in Six Corners

For all 6th - 12th grade students only! Slingshots will open on Sept. 2nd - Every Mon. to Friday after school from 3pm - 7pm. Teens can do work on computers, play video games, ping - pong, carpetball, hang out with friends, Gaga ball, mini-basketball, get something from the snack shop, etc.

No cost - just have to sign in and sign out.

Slingshots will also have youth group nights!
Wednesdays for 6th - 8th grade students starting Sept. 17th...

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For all 6th - 12th grade students only! Slingshots will open on Sept. 2nd - Every Mon. to Friday after school from 3pm - 7pm. Teens can do work on computers, play video games, ping - pong, carpetball, hang out with friends, Gaga ball, mini-basketball, get something from the snack shop, etc.

No cost - just have to sign in and sign out.

Slingshots will also have youth group nights!
Wednesdays for 6th - 8th grade students starting Sept. 17th from 7:00 - 8:30
Thursdays for 9th - 12th grade students starting Sept. 18th from 7:00 - 9:00
What teens can expect:
1. Hang out with other studnets
2. Games, Mixers
3. Live music - worship style where all can sing if they want - even get involved in the band
4. Listen to a short "power talk"
6. Be part of a small group - build friendships. Talk about different issues that teens are going through and see what the Bible has to say about it.
7. A positive environment where teens are cared for and mentored.

If you would like to volunteer for after school or youth group nights or even to donate go to www.slingshotschicago.com

Please stop in and see Slingshots - Talk to Bob Anderson or Jenn Sydow!

Please help us reach teens and help them hit their target in life.

Slingshots - Helping teens hit their target!

Open House
September 5 - 10am - 5pm
Special Ribbon Cutting at 11:30
September 6 - 10 am - 3pm

slingshotschicago@gmail.com

  • Bob, I hope you get a lot of kids going there.

    Re. religion. I think religion can be very good. :) But not a religion that gets one to be good through fear and negativity of one' s being. I was brought up Catholic, went to Catholic school for many...

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    Bob, I hope you get a lot of kids going there.

    Re. religion. I think religion can be very good. :) But not a religion that gets one to be good through fear and negativity of one' s being. I was brought up Catholic, went to Catholic school for many years. I once and awhile still go to church, still too much negativity in the sermons. There is not enough teaching/emphasis of God's love, a forgiving God. Emphasize that, Bob. Maybe you can have them do "little" volunteer things as an expression of that love.

    I saw on your website that you hope to open another center if all goes well. Cragin neighborhood would be good(more towards Fullerton than Belmont) since great need there. Sketchier neighborhood than 6 Corners which would make it a great 2nd center since would have the experience from the first one, but not as overwhelming as going into the Austin neighborhood.

  • Thank you for investing in the community. My family would love to see such center in Dunning Neighborhood, too. We need more than HIP in the area and our parks are not meeting the varied needs we have.

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Chips

Just thought some would like to know the original series of Chips is coming back on the air September 1st. on me tv

http://metvnetwork.com/videos/metv-promos/chips-starting-september-1

Aug 13

Updated 1 hour ago

Does People's Gas match the new concrete to old when they take out and replace?

I know they probably don't do the concrete work themselves. But I am wondering since they say that they are taking out a square of our front sidewalk. Ours is in very good shape, is smooth and sandy colored. I don't want a glaring white patch of new concrete, I like the earthy tone we have now. What have they done on the blocks that are finished already? Any good examples of bad or good concrete replacement work they did to see in the neighborhood?

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    I'm not worried about the landscape damage. If they don't fix that to my satisfaction I'll just take care of it myself. The concrete is a different story though, especially since I paid to have two of the squares replaced several years ago. One of which they cut and the unmarked one that they cracked.

  • They just replaced 2 panels in front of mine. I wasn't there and someone tagged one panel.

5 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

boa

Before it was Lasalle bank it was a Talman Home Savings, and before that It was Northwest Federal Savings back in the 70's. Anyone remember the Rusty Rooster Booster Club for kids?

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    NW Federal Savings. Lots of memories. There was a Rusty Rooster Savings club at several local grammar schools. You could open your account with something like $1. You got an folder card that was a passbook. You put your passbook in an envelope with your 'deposit' (minimum $.25) and the...

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    NW Federal Savings. Lots of memories. There was a Rusty Rooster Savings club at several local grammar schools. You could open your account with something like $1. You got an folder card that was a passbook. You put your passbook in an envelope with your 'deposit' (minimum $.25) and the envelopes were collected weekly at school. The S&L picked them up, processed them and returned passbooks and new envelopes a day or two later with your savings (and occasionally INTEREST!!) updated. They advertised "NW Federal Savings time - 63 hours/week" because they were open until 8pm many nights. They hired local H.S. and college "girls" as tellers to cover all those hours. Pay wasn't great, but they provided uniforms so the "girls" didn't have clothing expense. (In hindsight, the 'uniform benefit' was a ploy to make sure they only hired "attractive girls". I knew a "larger girl", as they called them then, who was told not to even bother with an application until she lost weight.) Now you don't even see interest on sizeable deposits and the 'girls' are gone.

  • I attended St. Bart's in the late seventies and participated in the Rusty Rooster Booster Club savings plan. As I remember, there were little prizes for consistent deposits and other things. I still have some Rusty Rooster pencils. The bank also hosted field trips to the bank, with presentations on...

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    I attended St. Bart's in the late seventies and participated in the Rusty Rooster Booster Club savings plan. As I remember, there were little prizes for consistent deposits and other things. I still have some Rusty Rooster pencils. The bank also hosted field trips to the bank, with presentations on services of the bank and banking practices. Obviously it was simplified for children but it instilled in me the merits of saving. A lesson some modern children and even adults could use in this day and age where caring heavy debt is the norm for most. We lost a lot when local banks became regional then, national and, now global.

2 hours ago

Fire near by?

I smelled smoke for 1/2 hour. Looking all around my house, checking out neighbors houses. I saw nothing. Then I see black smoke clouds and then hear firetrucks. Anyone know where the fire was near Long and Grace? Thanks

Jun 19

Updated 2 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

3 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.

43 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Please Walk (to school) on Wednesday

Reminder: FIRST day of school for CPS is Tuesday, September 2nd.

I'd like to see the community start an initiative to walk to school more. According to walkscore.com, Portage Park is the 113th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with a Walk Score of 72.

So let's all walk to and from school this Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Please spread the word! I'd like this to become a regular Wednesday (and then hopefully daily?) thing. This suggestion is for all schools...

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Reminder: FIRST day of school for CPS is Tuesday, September 2nd.

I'd like to see the community start an initiative to walk to school more. According to walkscore.com, Portage Park is the 113th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with a Walk Score of 72.

So let's all walk to and from school this Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Please spread the word! I'd like this to become a regular Wednesday (and then hopefully daily?) thing. This suggestion is for all schools in the neighborhood.

If you do need to or prefer to drive, please consider parking a short distance away and walking the last one or two blocks. Please do not park in crosswalks and no parking zones. It's very hard to see around vehicles parked in those areas and safely cross the street.

Let's get ready for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. For more info: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

  • Well, it is two years diffference. 2012 vs. 2014. I think we lost our I GO car stand at the Portage Park, although the walkscore website says we have I GO. It looks like you can still get an I GO car up on Gale Street. Maybe they are counting that.

  • bellyer Portage Park homeowner, Beer Lover & Home Brewer

    Jefferson Park Enthusiast - I appreciate your perspective and, while I am not disputing the fact that at the North end you may have all of that within walking distance of you, unfortunately, on the southern side of JP (Agatite and Central), we just don't have the sort of destinations...

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    Jefferson Park Enthusiast - I appreciate your perspective and, while I am not disputing the fact that at the North end you may have all of that within walking distance of you, unfortunately, on the southern side of JP (Agatite and Central), we just don't have the sort of destinations that my wife, son and I would want to walk to. You mention that you walk to a number of high end restaurants, but, unfortunately, I do not recognize any of the restaurants you listed as being "high end." That is not intended to come across as a snooty comment; it is just that we are what some would consider "foodies" (I hate that term) and ,while we will gladly grab a bite to eat anywhere from time to time, we are often looking for really exceptional places to have dinner. That's not to say that things aren't changing significantly for the better (Legno, Mia's, The Portage are a few great examples), but as people who will only buy organic and local produce and meat, we have to drive up to Whole Foods in Sauganash or the Logan Square Farmers Market or even all the way to the Lincoln Park Whole Foods because you just can't get the foods that we demand in walking distance of our home.

    I would also say that having a three year old reduces the walkability score of our neighborhood in our book. I am hoping to see our neighborhood continue growing in the way that we have witnessed over the past few months, so that walkability will improve for us and we certainly do not mind biking to places in the neighborhood for dinner or to get down to Six Corners for some of the shopping or our awesome barber (Jesse's).

    I do think the area is becoming *more* walkable for our intents and purposes and I honestly think that we deserve a higher score than we are getting, but I personally would not yet call this neighborhood as walkable as Logan Square where we moved here from over a year ago. There are a lot of things that I love about living here over Logan Square though.

6 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Chinese anyone?

I'm looking for a good, clean Chinese restaurant in Portage Park.
Any suggestions?

  • gsw concerned

    @only me
    That's bait for the cats!

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    If this was a soul food thread and you guys were making fried chicken and watermelon jokes the whole place would be up in arms.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

O'Hare Noise Tax Appeal?

I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

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I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

I know the website says to provide documentation such as the OMP map of the new runway, recently published articles about the negative impact on the community, a drafted resolution or letter of support from Ald. Cullerton, and a copies of articles regarding the questionable FAA hearings and lack of/ false information provided to residents. I can also provide video or photos of the actual planes over my home.

Is there anything else that should be provided?
Is it better to appeal via the Board of Review or the Assessor’s Office?
Has anyone had luck asking Ald. Cullerton to support them in this endeavor?

Any help would be appreciated! I would like to start the process sooner than later. Deadline is Sept 4th.

Thank you!

  • I'm not sure what upsets me the most about this - the loss of my quality of life, the work that went into making my garden an urban oasis that I no longer enjoy, the attack on my health from noise, pollution and lack of sleep, or the blatant theft of the equity in my property, which was just building back up after the crash/bank theft.

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

    **Some of you might have already seen this FAiR posting...it talks about who we are and what we are up to. Please go to www.fairchicago.org for more information. You can also contact me directly at jac.charlier@gmail.com **

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a...

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    **Some of you might have already seen this FAiR posting...it talks about who we are and what we are up to. Please go to www.fairchicago.org for more information. You can also contact me directly at jac.charlier@gmail.com **

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    What can you do? Go to www.fairchicago.org and

    * Sign up for FAiR Coalition emails.
    * Sign our online petition
    * Report your noise complaints
    * Appeal your property taxes
    * Put up a FAiR yard sign
    * Distribute FAiR door hangers
    * Tell your neighbors about FAiR
    * Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

where to find a vintage sink?

I've looked at Salvage One, ReBuilding Exchange, Craigslist, Urban Remains...have I missed any sources for vintage sinks?

  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse (on Dempster west of Dodge) has a lot of great stuff!

  • @KM: beautiful!! I wish we had the space for a sink that long! You'll have no trouble finding a buyer, I'm sure.

    Thanks to everybody who gave me such great tips!

5 hours ago

Dog Found on 5500 block of Wilson

Looks like a small American Eskimo Dog (having trouble uploading photo). No tags. Looks like she just had surgery.

7 hours ago

Easy CASH for help moving

I am looking for someone with a truck who can move an appliance. Really simple move less than 1 mile. CASH. TIA.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Tenant don't want to move out :-(

Hi all, I need suggestions on what to do with my tenant, this was supposed to be her last month in the apartment, she didn't pay August rent because she used her safe deposit towards this last month, right now she just told me she is not moving on the 31st because she couldn't find a place. The problem is that I have the contractors coming on tuesday sep 2nd to fix a few things, because someone else is moving in. I called 311 and they gave me a number which doesn't lead to much help. What to do???? Thanks in advance.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    @ Wicked.

    Sounds like you don't screen very effectively. How would 'we're "a good Christian family" come up in the a screening ? What do you do ? - ask them ... 'are you gonna take good care of it ? Ya' promise ?' - "Ah, yes sir, we're a good Christian family" - 'Oh, Ok... then here are the keys" <Christian pinky shake>

    For a short term vacation rental - considerable deposit money and credit card/contract for any other issues is key.

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Crusty, most Good Christians don't need to be asked, they just volunteer this information without anyone even hinting at it. It's their badge of honor.

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43 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Support the performing artist I am hosting!

Hey, folks, I am hosting an actress from Seattle who is performing her one-woman show, The Two-Step, at the Fringe Festival. I went to her opening night performance last night and it is a really nice piece of theater.

In the piece, she play her grandmother and it was kind of strange for me as she has been staying with me since Monday and we have talked a lot and gotten to know each other and then I see her...

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Hey, folks, I am hosting an actress from Seattle who is performing her one-woman show, The Two-Step, at the Fringe Festival. I went to her opening night performance last night and it is a really nice piece of theater.

In the piece, she play her grandmother and it was kind of strange for me as she has been staying with me since Monday and we have talked a lot and gotten to know each other and then I see her up onstage and she is evoking this other person so well that I forget who she is. The character she creates is kinda feisty and says some hilarious things but the piece also touches on serious things, such as the constraints women of her generation confronted. Women in particular will enjoy it so grab some girlfriends and go!

It is one hour long, you need to buy a $5 button (that $ goes to the festival for operations) and then the ticket for the show is $10 (all of that goes to the actress), though her show might be have a "pay what you can" option, not sure if that was just for opening night. She performs the piece four more times:

The Two-Step @the Lake Effect Stage, 5340 W. Lawrence

Sun 8/31 2:30pm
Mon 9/1 8:30pm
Fri 9/5 7:00pm
Sat 9/6 5:30pm

www.chicagofringe.org

  • Robin Proud owner of Historic Bungalow

    I'm at the Lake Effect Stage, waiting to see "About These Superbowls". Hope everyone can get out to see at least one show. Fringe is a great addition to our 'hood. 😊

  • I was at Effect today, I saw Two Step and 10 & 2. Looking forward to Lamp Oil tomorrow, or maybe Jesus, Do You Love Me?

    Anyone win anything in the raffle or silent auction or the games?

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Missing cat?

There is an adorable white with gray markings cat that has been hanging around our backyard for the past few days. Does not seem like an alley cat and would love to reunite kitty with owner. Is anyone missing their cat?

  • If you are in the area and want to look at the posters, they are on the sidewalk side of trees along Keeler between Addison and Irving Park.

  • JLH

    There was a post on here a couple of weeks ago about a missing cat.

Aug 25

Updated 29 hours ago

Pitbull Attack

A neighbor told my girlfriend there was a terrier killed after a pitbull attacked it on the 5200 block of Cullom the other day. She heard the pitbull wasn't leashed at the time of the attack.

32 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

What's in a name?

What's in a name? Well my name is Hernandez that came from my Father who was born in the great state of Texas, as he use to say he's a Texan, My Mother was born in Chicago her maiden name was Rinaldi that makes her Italian, she came from Taylor St, My wife is German, Danish, and Austrian, so what does that make our kids AMERICANS!

32 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Block by Block!

As I walk through the Neighborhood getting petition signatures, I have a chance to meet a lot of new people, it's good to see that we are getting a lot of young families moving into the area, they ask a lot of question about why I want to be the Alderman and what I stand for, and that's a good thing, I don't come from a political family my Father was a welder, my Mom worked in a factory, I...

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As I walk through the Neighborhood getting petition signatures, I have a chance to meet a lot of new people, it's good to see that we are getting a lot of young families moving into the area, they ask a lot of question about why I want to be the Alderman and what I stand for, and that's a good thing, I don't come from a political family my Father was a welder, my Mom worked in a factory, I don't have the backing of the current Alderman or any other politicians.
My family reflects this working class Neighborhood ,two of them are police officers, three of us are members of the Military, my wife is a bank teller, two of sons go to college and work part time, I will never be rich nor do I want to, I work for the City Of Chicago Dept, of Water management I'm a member plumber's local 130, We maintain the water system in the city, we work outside 24/7, I'm one of those people who get the call at 2 o'clock in the morning when it's 20 below zero to fix a broken water main,the work can be hard and dangerous but it pays good, but the pride I get from working with my fellow city workers is what it's all about!

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    How awesome to see a "regular person" running for alderman. Best of luck!!

34 hours ago

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41 hours ago

  • They Can SING, Help them READ!!

    Ms. Haskins is asking for $773.64:
    My students need these 39 books to help them produce rhythms found naturally in speech. Music class will help them learn to use their voices and help with literacy!
    Reinberg Elementary School Comment

2 days ago

38th Ward Election

Hello my name Carmen Hernandez and I'm running for Alderman of the 38th Ward,I have lived in the ward for the past 32 years, I have six children and have been married to Noreen Hernandez for 37 years, two of my sons are Chicago Police officers, I'm a member of the Illinois National Guard 933rd Military Police Company, two of my younger son, Nathan and Leon are also in the Guard, I was deployed to Iraq for 16 months, my...

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Hello my name Carmen Hernandez and I'm running for Alderman of the 38th Ward,I have lived in the ward for the past 32 years, I have six children and have been married to Noreen Hernandez for 37 years, two of my sons are Chicago Police officers, I'm a member of the Illinois National Guard 933rd Military Police Company, two of my younger son, Nathan and Leon are also in the Guard, I was deployed to Iraq for 16 months, my son Nathan was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.Our family has a history of public service, I have served our country in time of war, and now I would like to have the honor to serve the 38th ward and the City of Chicago, thank you very much, Carmen Hernandez.

2 days ago

K-12 Science, Tech and Math Team Fun with USFirst.org

Parents and educators, get your kiddos involved with practical projects leading to solving real life problems and to internships and scholarships by engaging in research, design, construction, presentation and team building practice.

Take a look at the USFirst.org promo video to get us all started on this exciting journey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7k5IxsixO4.

Learn about the Illinois participation at http://www.ilfirst.org . St. Patrick H.S. is on their map of participants. Let's get more of our home and school teams on the map....

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Parents and educators, get your kiddos involved with practical projects leading to solving real life problems and to internships and scholarships by engaging in research, design, construction, presentation and team building practice.

Take a look at the USFirst.org promo video to get us all started on this exciting journey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7k5IxsixO4.

Learn about the Illinois participation at http://www.ilfirst.org . St. Patrick H.S. is on their map of participants. Let's get more of our home and school teams on the map. Get registered as seeking a team or members or to volunteer your expertise at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll/start-a-team

My family is also attending the upcoming IMTS 2014, the largest trade show in the country and maybe in the world. It is free to educators and their students. Register at http://www.imts.com/student/index.html.

We will be focussing on the SmartForce Student Summit. To learn more about it, view the following video at 40:29 milestone. http://www.imts.com/education/imtsedu/video/index.cfm?vid=1086

Let's have fun while learning and changing the world!

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Support for Smyser's Music Department

Here is a link for a donorschoose project that will benefit the music department at Smyser:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/practice-pads-for-band-orchestra/1311684/?verify=1837429703&rf=page-siteshare-2014-08-project-teacher_106265

If you enter the code INSPIRE at checkout, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100.

If anyone isn't familiar with donorschoose.org, it's a really great organization centered around supporting public school teachers and students. You can search for projects that you believe in and donate directly to the fundraising goal for that particular project. It's been a great resource.

If you're feeling generous, please donate to ours or any other project you may find that strikes a chord.

Also, please note that there is absolutely no ice involved with this charitable action.

Thanks, neighbors.

  • SuzPlank Portage Park resident

    Smyser has a great music program - Concert and marching band, orchestra, and choir. Supporting our neighborhood kids' fine arts education is a great investment!

2 days ago

Montose blocked off east of Austin.

Montrose is blocked off completely by fire trucks and police cars just east of Austin. Anyone know what's going on?

Aug 22

Updated 3 days ago

Squirrels in the veggie garden

Stupid squirrels have never really bothered my veggies in past years...but today they basically destroyed most of my corn. I'm pretty ticked off...but aside from sitting out there and catching them and hosing them down or something, anybody got any proven tricks?
I had been using blood meal but these squirrels seem to have grown accustomed to it.

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

    Knock on wood/crossing my fingers...
    A combination of a hastily set up "cage" of chicken wire around my biggest and pinkest tomatoes, combined with Polonia's suggestion of Russian Sage (I clipped about four three-foot long branches off the plant that were hanging across the sidewalk and needed to be cut anyway), seem to have kept the squirrels from scratching/biting my tomatoes the last day and a half.

    I hope this lasts. :)

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

    For next year, I'll have to construct something to completely enclose the corn. Seems that once they were convinced there was no more corn on those plants, they left. Maybe that will keep them away

    It'll be nice if I don't have to enclose the entire flippin' garden and can just build a freestanding cage around the corn (mind you, it's about an 8x5 swath of corn, but that's better than 22x10!), that I can lift or open or something when harvest time arrives.

Aug 25

Updated 3 days ago

Bank of America - Again

Yesterday I noticed some new construction next to the new Chipotle on Irving... It's another Bank of America... Next to the old Bank of America . . . You know, the one that's empty, and has been for a year or more . . . Another thing, wasn't the building at Irving and Lamon (S/W Corner) a Bank of America?

Who approved this?

Aug 25

Updated 3 days ago

Chipolte

Does anyone know when the new Chipotle at Irving Park and Kilpatrick is supposed to open?

  • I know the Qdoba in Seattle served bottled beer, but I don't recall our Chipotle serving any alcohol. I wasn't a frequent customer, but I won't lie, since this has become a Mexican food wasteland ( RIP Pineda's Tacos and Playa Escondida), maybe it will help me get my fix.

  • Three of our long awaited food establishments are slated to open this month!

    Chipotle will open their doors to the community on Saturday, September 6th. Jimmy John's hopes to open mid-month. Meanwhile, construction is coming along at Six Corners Bistro on Cicero. The gorgeous tin ceiling has been installed and Reis reported that the fixtures will be put in place this weekend. Once all inspections are passed, he's targeting the last week of September for opening!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Idea Factory for the Patio Theater

Been turning over ideas in my head about the Patio Theater and what kind of programming will get people in the door. Post your ideas here, one idea per comment, please. If an idea is something you and your family are like to attend, thank the poster and that way we will see what might fly to keep the theater open.

  • Correction: That new restaurant is planning open at 6050 W. Irving....not 6950 (sorry).

  • Paul psv60

    I would like to suggest using the vintage Music Box Theatre in the Addison/ Southport Ave., which has the same atmosphere of The Patio, and which has been very successful with keeping their doors open all these years. I was recently in that area after not being there for quite...

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    I would like to suggest using the vintage Music Box Theatre in the Addison/ Southport Ave., which has the same atmosphere of The Patio, and which has been very successful with keeping their doors open all these years. I was recently in that area after not being there for quite some time, and I was amazed how gentrified the area has become. As Alderman Cullerton has stated, the "big picture" of streetscaping and cleaning up of the surrounding buildings and general area is what is needed to increase community support and complement The Patio and help bring back its vibrancy. Patty mentioned the vintage Pickwick theatre earlier, and again, look at the area that surrounds The Pickwick, which is very vibrant and pleasing to the eye.

    The Music Box always has varying themes which help attract an ongoing rotation of diverse audiences -- I do think you have to keep the themes and events fresh and diverse -- just showing a second-run movie at a cut-rate admission just doesn't prove effecitve anymore in these times.

    As a native NW-sider, I just want to say how great it is to see the continued interest and support for this venue !

Aug 16

Updated 3 days ago

New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Milwaukee

Hi, everyone - does anyone have additional details about La Margarita, the restaurant set to open on the corner of Montrose and Milwaukee in the old Mrs. O'Leary's space? Really looking forward to it!

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    It's open. Ran in an hour ago and snapped a shot of their menu

    http://imgur.com/9PeHhvV

    Open 11-11 weekdays, til 2am on Saturdays I was told.

    No beer or liquor yet it's BYOB for now.

    Jorge/George said it was his place now.

  • Bill, I'm sorry if I sounded rude. I have a broken / dislocated ankle and it causes me to be cranky. I again apologize. The old owners of O'Leary's never should have opened the place to begin with. Bonnie (Mrs. O'Leary) was a bartender / manager for many years and...

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    Bill, I'm sorry if I sounded rude. I have a broken / dislocated ankle and it causes me to be cranky. I again apologize. The old owners of O'Leary's never should have opened the place to begin with. Bonnie (Mrs. O'Leary) was a bartender / manager for many years and thought she'd give it a shot. Her husband, whom I am friends with, is a licensed contractor. I don't believe either gives you the experience or knowledge to own and run a bar / restaurant. I have been a bartender for over 15 years and I know that I couldn't do it. I think that is why so many businesses fail. Just because you are a great cook doesn't mean you can run a successful business.

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6 days ago

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Best Dance Class for Toddler?

Please share your recommendations about where great dance classes are offered for toddlers in Portage Park or neighboring hoods. Thanks!

  • What about gymnastics? My little 4 year old firecracker didn't have the patience or discipline to sit through ballet. Any good ones?

  • If you are looking for a great gymnastics program look into Sokol at Elston and Lawrence. They have classes for tots through seniors. My boys have been there a few years.

May 28

Updated 3 days ago

Best Extracurricular Activities for Kids

We have found a local gem at our local park in Dunning Neighborhood, which is Culture and Arts--Woodworking Class. We highly recommend the offering to all, ages 6 and up. Teacher Joe has 20+ yrs. of working with wood and children. Recently, the projects included little race cars and bird homes. The process includes drawing the model, cutting the wood, putting it all together and painting. It is a practical hands-on learning for anyone.

Do you know of any other nearby quality children programs that should be considered?

  • Art Enrichment for both the Young and the Old at Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge

    We love Brickton Art Center and faithfully attend their classes for several years now. They have amazing people and provide amazing results. Try them out and you will not look anywhere else for arts. http://www.bricktonartcenter.org/

  • Spanish Preschool (2.5 to 5-yrs-old) at Des Plaines Park District

    If you are looking for a fun affordable Saturday morning Spanish Preschool, 2.5 hrs/day, I highly recommend the Des Plaines Park District Program. Seniora Meza puts a lot of effort to create a warm, colorful, entertaining and educational program. Each class has its own theme and the art projects are noteworthy. Read more about the program on page 16th at

    http://www.joomag.com/magazine/dpparks-fall-spectrum-2014-vol3-fall2014/0950185001407979479

Dec 12 2012

Updated 3 days ago

Fishy phone call from Sperian Energy

Hello EB neighbors! I received a phone call today from a gal who claimed to be from Sperian Energy. It was the phone call version of the guy that comes to your door asking you to "take your time while you go and grab your current ComEd bill". In fact, she used those same words! I quickly Googled Sperian Energy while I still had her on the phone and found they are not registered with the BBB and have a few complaints against them. Just wondering if anyone has dealt with this agency before and has had positive results. I am always looking for a way to legitimately lower my ComEd bill.

  • Don't blindly stick with the city aggregation. Use the CUB formula to see if you will save by going back to ComEd. I switched back to ComEd because it should save me money. If you are a low volume user, you will probably save by going back to ComEd, per CUB.

  • I got an email from CUB today with an updated calculator. I already opted out of Integrys from the first notice but tried it again and still save $107.51 going with ComEd. Should never had thought the city would be giving the citizens a great deal.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

LOST DOG

Any one lost a puppy yesterday? Found a puppy in the 4700 block of Addision.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Wright College

Tried to sign up for some computer CEU classes only to find out that the person that ran it at Wright left and no one to run it, so they don't offer them. Now we have to go and pay out of district at Triton or Oakton if we want to take classes. Whats up with this? Anyone know whats up?

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

    CEU= continuing education unit (I believe).

  • You should be able to take it at another Chicago college,(Truman isn't too far) But, you may be able to get a charge back if Chicago doesn't offer it and you have to go to Triton or Oakton.

Aug 24

Updated 4 days ago

Elly's Closed August 23rd

Went over to Elly's on Milwaukee for breakfast on 8/23 and they were closed. Couldn't find any posts on EveryBlock and didn't see any signs on the doors. Anybody know why they were closed?

  • Tracy Rowan Author and life-long Chicago resident

    I've never had a single problem with service at Elly's. The people have been unfailingly polite and helpful.

  • Robin Proud owner of Historic Bungalow

    I've been there a few times. The food is fine, the waitstaff friendly. I think the ambience leaves a bit to be desired, however. I feel like I'm eating in a high school cafeteria. It's very loud! They could use some noise-deadening things on the walls. It would also make the dining area a bit more visually appealing.

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Aug 25

Updated 4 days ago

Tax Bloom. Property tax refund

I received a letter from a company called tax bloom and they are claiming they can get a $1200 to $10,000 tax refund for me. It said this will expire soon if we don't act soon. Does anyone know if this is legit? I appealed my own taxes and received a reduction in the assessed value of my home the year before last. What else can be refunded?

  • Thanks Everyone!!!

  • j.mullan lived on northwest side my whole life

    When i moved into my house the previous owner did not claim the home owners exemtion that year. I got a refund when i appealed but it took about a year and a half to get it.

Aug 24

Updated 4 days ago

trucks that sell produce

I was just wondering about the trucks that park on the side of the road that sell produce? Is it a good deal? Is the product good? Is it legal? Any info appreciated.

  • I will use them occasionally, but I get most of my fruit and veggies from A&G. Love that place!

  • If A&G had better parking, I would go there more often. But their one way parking lot is a nightmare.

5 days ago

Bring Bike Parking to Six Corners!

Bring bike parking to #SixCorners! Help us raise $10,000 needed for three bike corrals to make biking more convenient for residents of the Northwest side!

This week, volunteers from our community kicked off a neighbor-funding campaign to promote bicycle use and pedestrian-friendly amenities for the 6 Corners Shopping District. Cities nationwide, as well as Chicago's own Andersonville, Pilsen, and Logan Square neighborhoods, find that on average pedestrians spend more time and money in local, independent businesses than those traveling by vehicle.

Three bike corrals will provide parking for 36 bicycles and draw new customers to Six Corners!

To support this campaign, please visit: www.gofundme.com/6cornersbikecorrals

To receive a project proposal, please email hello@sixcorners.com.

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Filament Theatre's 'Crossing Six Corners - Sat September 6

Tickets for the 3pm & 7pm shows are available for reservation online.... Free or $5 donation.

http://www.filamenttheatre.org/calendar-event/crossing-six-corners-school-days-2/

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    Oops - it's 3pm or 8pm (not 7pm).

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Per the website, the second show is at 8pm.

Aug 22

Updated 5 days ago

Wasp removal recommendations?

Can anyone recommend someone to get rid of wasps? They took up residence inside some exterior wood trim a week ago and spraying every night has made no difference.

  • they sometimes look for a loose aluminum siding panel

  • Caleb B.

    Aluminum siding is tacky.

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