18 hours ago

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Property Tax appeal due to increased O'hare aircraft noise

Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are...

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Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are helping their constituents with that letter in hopes he will change his mind and help me out. His office agreed that the o'hare aircraft noise is an issue for the ward but I don't know why he won't put that in writing.

  • Don't give up on the city or the Ward! As far as elections, there are a couple of others running for 45th Ward alderman. Stay involved!

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

    Marbee, you mention your are new to the Ward. To get one on one time with Arena the Ward office has Ward Night on Tuesdays. Go this coming Tuesday and be face to face. Why bother with a mere phone call? Go and look him straight in his eyes with...

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    Marbee, you mention your are new to the Ward. To get one on one time with Arena the Ward office has Ward Night on Tuesdays. Go this coming Tuesday and be face to face. Why bother with a mere phone call? Go and look him straight in his eyes with your issues.

    Ward Night: Tuesday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    4754 N. Milwaukee Avenue

    Pro tip:
    Don't go and get in his face and push your pointing fingers into his chest and arms using your outside voice during the meeting. That doesn't go over well on Milwaukee Ave.

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3 days ago

Updated 26 min ago

Yes, your agenda is important but...

please, do not use your children and yourself to block the public sidewalk in front of a runner at full stride. Especially at 9pm on a Monday. I have a schedule and a pace I have to keep throughout my run and politely said, "Sorry, not right now." I do not deserve to have you scream at me down the block after I barely squeezed past your blockade. If you would like me to have a look at your petition, please bring it to my door or approach me at an appropriate hour when I am not moving at 7 mph and I will be more than happy to have a look. Appreciate it!

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    Oh, Kenji, you're right. But I will be outta here pretty soon!

  • I run. A lot. And at first glance I thought PL was clearly in the wrong in this situation - after all, I had just seen someone running opposite me bounce off a little kid who was playing on the sidewalk and have the audacity to look annoyed at the...

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    I run. A lot. And at first glance I thought PL was clearly in the wrong in this situation - after all, I had just seen someone running opposite me bounce off a little kid who was playing on the sidewalk and have the audacity to look annoyed at the kid. Since I saw the whole thing unfold, I could see that it was clearly the runner at fault for not watching where the heck he was going, because the kid was just innocently swinging from a fence post.

    But then I re-read PL's account (and followup messages), and now I tend to agree. It sounds like the petition-taker was actively getting herself and her children in PL's way to attempt to get PL to sign her petition. It sounds like under most circumstances PL makes way for and yields to other pedestrians, but these pedestrians were making it difficult.

    So I can totally understand the annoyance.

44 min ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Food Truck: Meatloaf A GoGo
Now featuring two produce vendors, as well as honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

3 days ago

Updated 48 min ago

Another recommendation for Steve Mancini/Best Price Gutters

We had Steve out this morning to take a look at our gutters and a large metal awning that we wanted removed; his quote was so reasonable that I hired him to take care of them both on the spot. He was efficient, thorough, and genuinely nice. We'll continue to use him and recommend him to anybody who needs small jobs done around the house! You can reach him at 773.507.4415 - he responded to my initial request immediately and was happy to set up a time at my convenience. Can't recommend him enough!

  • A&K

    Ok, I have Dow Corning 756 in sausages. 8 joints need to be scraped out and resealed. It's not a big job but maybe you are interested?

  • sure if you want to call me in about a week when it stops raining I would love to help

44 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Saw Blade Sharpening

Anyone know of a reasonable place to get saw blades sharpened, don't know if it is cost effective to resharpen or buy new ?

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

House cleaners

Can anyone recommend a good/affordable house cleaning company?

  • Use an independent, if you want a deal.they usually charge per house, not per hour. The ones I have used that charge per hour are much slower and actually not as good cleaners either. So you pay more for less.

  • Mary Betterman Mary,works @shelter

    Hello, I am an independent housekeeper . 25 yrs exp. and stellar refs. I am animal friendly as long as they are people friendly. I also do housesitting & can take care of your animals @ your home or mine. I am ahead of the game as (I love to clean ) and very detailed. If this sparks your interest please leave me a message & I will be in touch. Kindest Regards. Mary

17 hours ago

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Hello...looking for an electrician...

...that can install a motion security light in my back yard...also, a gsi outlet....

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Jackie Robinson West

Are you watching? It's gonna happen. And that's not gunshots, it is celebratory fireworks!

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Date Night

So rather than doing the same old "dinner and a movie" routine, I want to think outside the box for our future date nights. I figured our Everyblock community would be an awesome idea generator. So neighbors what good options for live music, comedy shows, other entertainment do we have here on the NW side? I am thinking we'll check out a performance at the Gift Theater and visit the new Sip and Paint. What else?

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    One of the best dates my husband and I had (if you can get away overnight) was at the Fireside dinner theater in Ft. Atkinson, WI. It is about 2-1/2 hours away. They have a gourmet dinner, a little shopping, and then some of the best theater I've seen outside of downtown Chicago. Then you stay overnight (Johnson Creek is a good place). The hotel right by the property was NOT recommended the last time I went. I really like some of the suggestions above, too--they show great imagination!

  • There's always a night out bowling as well. If you feel neither of you is very good, that just adds to the fun, You're sure to have lots of laughs.

26 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Food Trucks in Jeff Park Tonight

There will be food trucks serving this evening outside of Fischmans Liquors at Lawrence and Milwaukee in combination with their Tap This event. Tons of Microbrews on draught as well. I hear it is family friendly too!

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    Indoor Wreck Room will also be open--so rain not a factor--per Fischman's post.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Mosquito Spraying This Week

The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

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The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

Staff will be out the next couple of days placing door hangers alerting people to the spray in order to protect the public health.

Please share.
Portage Park Neighborhood Association Dunning Neighborhood of Chicago Norwood Park Neighborhood Alderman Tim Cullerton Portage Park Six Corners Neighbors

  • A&K

    Mr. Alderman in future please let us know sooner. I understand we should all be attending meetings etc but not everyone has a schedule to support it. I also believe we should have access to the MSDS if we are to expose people to it.

    Material data safety sheet, it's required on all chemicals to show the break down and exposure limits for people. I am asking for it because it's clear we don't get a choice in the matter.

  • Nan-Gladstone Neighbor

    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will spray to kill adult mosquitoes in select Chicago neighborhoods on the City’s North and Southwest Sides this Thursday, August 29, as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to fight West Nile Virus.

    Spraying will occur in portions of Edgewater, Lincoln Square and...

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    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will spray to kill adult mosquitoes in select Chicago neighborhoods on the City’s North and Southwest Sides this Thursday, August 29, as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to fight West Nile Virus.

    Spraying will occur in portions of Edgewater, Lincoln Square and West Ridge on the North Side and in Clearing, Chicago Lawn and West Lawn on the Southwest Side, effecting parts of Wards 13, 15, 16, 18, 40 and 50. The areas to be sprayed are large in order to reduce the prevalence of disease carrying mosquitoes as much as possible. City employees are hanging notices on resident’s doors informing them of the spraying. For a map of the North Side spray area, click here. For a map of the Southwest Side spray area, click here.

    Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk on Thursday, August 29, 2013 and continue through the night until approximately 1:00am, with mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.

    The material being used to control the adult mosquitoes, Zenivex™, will be applied at a rate of 1.5 fluid ounces per acre. It is approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is used to control mosquitoes in outdoor residential and recreational areas.

    Zenivex™ has been used effectively to control disease-carrying mosquitoes and is non-persistent, decomposing rapidly in the environment. The rapid degradation of this product makes it an excellent choice for control of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes. The spray will be applied by mosquito abatement technicians from Vector Disease Control International, a leader in the mosquito control industry. Guiding the crews through the streets will be supervisors from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.

    Source: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/environmental_health/news/2013/aug/cdph_to_spray_insecticidethursdaytokillmosquitoes.html

18 hours ago

Chicago Fringe Fest slated for Jeff Park business district

Festival features wide variety of performance and returns to Jeff Park for a second year. http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/chicago-fringe-fest-set-at-jefferson-park/

18 hours ago

Ald. Arena seeks to ensure pedestrian friendly development at Milwaukee-Lawrence

Proposed "pedestrian street" designation would prohibit new curb cuts and drive-through facilities and require new retail construction to be located along the sidewalk.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Check OLV Out on the News Today!!!

Happy 1st day of school, both students and parents are happy to be back at OLV. We had a great turnout this morning. Be sure to watch the news throughout the day as we had various news stations join us this morning to kick off the new school year.

  • This is a day for celebration, not negativity.

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    It was an exciting first day back to school! We are thrilled to be back and our son is happy! Yeah

41 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Admission or Donation?

Hey all,

Regarding the Taste of Polonia, and other Copernicus Center events - I noticed that they all require an admission as opposed to a donation. One could argue that part of it takes place on their parking lot, but they certainly close down at least two streets, and for Taste of Polonia they close down four blocks. Should they be allowed to charge admission?

Thanks.

  • Dave Kramer Nosy neighbor

    Legally they can't charge you to walk down a public street, so it must be a donation.

  • If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do...

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    If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do throughout the year. I know they are very open to outside use of the building for meetings and community functions. So I think the entry fee is reasonable and there is community benefit.

    SCBBQfest is also a good cause. They define partners each year and donate profits to those organizations.

    The reality is these fest cost over 100K to produce. Many lose or break even. I see them as a good marketing tool for our shopping districts and a great way to have fun in our community. They have their challeges. Parking, noise and litter but so far the fests in our community have been family friendly and safe events.

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Best Pizza

I like Chambers on Milwaukee; they deliver, too.

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School is starting soon

Does anyone know of a daycare or a person who takes children to school? Something reasonably priced. I have my son that needs to be dropped off at school 4 days a week. Portage park elementary. My previous daycare has stopped all drop offs/pick ups. Thank you in advance.

  • Where do your kids go to school?

  • Sorry I see where they go.. Good luck!

  • Call the school. I am pretty sure they have the number of someone in the neighborhood who does that. They may know of other options, too. Also, I think the new daycare going in by Berteau and Central, behind Mia's, might be doing before and after school care. Not sure when they open, though.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need sidewalk concrete on side of house redone

Can anyone recommend a company that can rip out our old slanting/crack sidewalk on the side of our home and and repour a new one? Reasonable and bonded please.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    P. Steinert, Inc. (773) 545-2246 and (773) 283-3327 Local Portage Park company, third generation family owned, great work at fair prices.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Central Kitchen and Tap closed

CKT put up signs that they'd be "closed for renovations" which sounded fishy to me. Today, realtor signs went up in the windows. Very bummed about this. What a cool neighborhood spot.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't...

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    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't talk to the manager - they review on Yelp. And a cursory scroll through those reviews echoes everything said here. So, why didn't they change then? I don't think it's an issue of "fixing" the problems as much as it was the model just didn't work there. Bar/diner? Everything a la carte? Counter service? The community obviously didn't go for these things. If that's the restaurant they want, I hope they find a community/location where it works.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to...

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    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to someone if something specific is wrong with my food, like it was under-cooked, but not just because I thought it was "meh". I just choose not to go back.
    Also, I didn't read anything in this thread that I would classify as "vicious". People are just sharing their personal experiences.

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Boom Sounds

Is anyone hearing loud booms outside? Every 5 minutes or so

  • Would these "sewer" blasts be done on weekends late at night? Who would be paying that kind of overtime? The article states that the blasting would begin in December and in Jefferson Park. The blasts are being heard in areas other that Jeff Park i.e., Sauganash, Portage Park, Oriole Park, Edison Park, etc.

  • Lawrence sewer project hasn't started yet - I think they are targeting after Labor Day. We are told all work will occur during the day.

3 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Max (shih tzu)

My family Dog name Max was taken from our yard last Thursday afternoon in the Jefferson Park area at 5500 N Luna block. PleaseHelp

  • Joy 14 yr resident Forest Glen

    Just met in law of Max's owner and the dog I found is not Max. Good luck in finding Max. Sorry

  • Try calling the city of Chicago pound. A friend of mine got lucky and found his dog there.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Taste of Polonia Questions

Does anyone know if there will be a separate entrance fee for the kids activities? I think there was one last year? If yes, any idea of the amount? Can't find any info on the event's website :(

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    I'm not going but I checked out 2 websites. The sandwich making contest is free as is the clown, puppet, bounce house, etc, etc. You pay $7 for people 13 and up and that's it. Of course you pay for food and the casino and bingo type games. And all the stage shows for adults and kids are free. At least that's the way I read it.

Aug 14

Updated 3 days ago

Welcome Sip & Paint to Jefferson Park

I'd like to welcome Sip & Paint, another new business to join the 45th! They are located at 4412 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The perfect place to bring out your inner Picasso. You bring your favorite beverage and they supply you with step-by-step instructions and all art supplies necessary to create a display-worthy masterpiece.

Join in on the fun by registering at www.sipandpaintchicago.com

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood! I love that it's BYOB and the $30 per class price includes everything you need to create your painting. That's cheaper than the other classes like this one that I've attended.

    These classes are a lot of fun. I look forward to trying this new business out!

    It looks like you can "like" their Facebook page here for upcoming events, etc.

    https://www.facebook.com/sipandpaint?ref=hl

  • You could probably even post this to the date night thread.

Aug 11

Updated 3 days ago

Info on Central Kitchen and Tap?

CKT is one of our favorite places, but they've recently "closed for renovations." Anyone have any word on when they're reopening or if perhaps this is a permanent closure? I would hate to see such a great place close! Any info you have is greatly appreciated!

  • I really hope this isn't true! My husband and I love this place. The food and service has always been great.

  • Well, it seems as though it might be gone for good. We drove by yesterday and there was a realtors sign on both sides of the windows. Looks like it's officially for sale. :(

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Find yourself in a bubble at Jefferson Park this weekend.

Seriously, a bubble booth is just one of many interactive art projects at Figment Festival 2014 at Jefferson Memorial Park this Sat. & Sunday from 10am - 6pm.

They have Dragons (two), Great Stories (Never Told), Clowns, Dance, Poetry, Hugs, Epic Food-Drive "Races" & More.

You can engage in Mad Social experiments, or record a song anywhere in the park. There's Morlas & Mustaches. Red Curtains & Rock Poetry. Beehive-like structures, Blues & Bubbles (we promised). Pushing more than 30 Art Projects, FIGMENT has one thing left to ask: WHAT ARE YOU BRINGING?

For more information go to http://chicago.figmentproject.org

  • What, no pony rides? Going anyway, both days.

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    I would like to thank all involved for this project! My 4 year old granddaughter just loved it!! Special thanks to the ladies at the entrance with the hula-hoops, your patience really made her day...pony rides wouldn't have made the day any better for her!!!!

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Another car broken into...

I know we live in a safer neighborhood than most but we deserve regular patrols just as much as any neighborhood. This is the 3rd time in the past few months that I have caught punks digging around in a neighbor's car. It has to stop... We need more police!

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Well, as far as the money goes, and not the thugs we're talking about, it doesn't matter who is mayor. We made a bad mistake about fifty years back--or several of them, one of which was the completely unsupported idea that our earth's population was too large and that we...

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    Well, as far as the money goes, and not the thugs we're talking about, it doesn't matter who is mayor. We made a bad mistake about fifty years back--or several of them, one of which was the completely unsupported idea that our earth's population was too large and that we had to take drastic steps (you might still believe it! ). As a consequence, the size of our families has fallen--for a whole lot of people fell to zero, because they aren't getting married or having kids at all, or maybe squeaking out just one poor tot. We have to depend on immigration to keep things afloat, and that population is poorer than the middle class kids who might have been born, although they did their best to buy up our houses until the lending crisis (that is, the greed crisis). And THEY'RE going home. Karen Lewis won't do a thing. She can't. She might cancel the red light cameras, but the pension crisis is going to sit right there on top of us, because it always was, from the beginning of time, a ponzi scheme in which the new kids supported the old farts, and bought stuff. That's the secret to any economy, the rest is how to divvy it up once the kids are born. The whole world has never before faced a situation where people just don't reproduce. But we won't talk about it. That's forbidden.

  • There has been a rash of auto thefts in the area (Jefferson Park); and the car of choice seems to be Hondas, according to police who live on my block.

    If you hear of an auto theft in the area, please post location, date, approximate time of theft and make and model of car. Also please report if car has been found -- many are being found blocks away, stripped of many parts and catalytic converters.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Jets Public House on Milwaukee

Heard rumors they got new owners and staff. Any info out there on this?

  • From Jet's Facebook Page: First off, thank you Mike Jettner for 9+ years of good times and great memories at Jet’s Public House. We are excited to continue the tradition that has been established at Jet’s. The loyal customers that have been supporting the bar are very important to us...

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    From Jet's Facebook Page: First off, thank you Mike Jettner for 9+ years of good times and great memories at Jet’s Public House. We are excited to continue the tradition that has been established at Jet’s. The loyal customers that have been supporting the bar are very important to us and we look forward to meeting (or re-meeting) all of you along the way. Our goal is to continue making Jet’s a destination for good times and a fun atmosphere for hanging with friends, great food, trivia, music, and watching our beloved sports teams. Stop in, we look for to seeing you!
    John Eshoo
    Pat Maguire
    Bridget Maguire

  • Jet's, my old stamping ground!

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Aug 14

Updated 5 days ago

Recommendation needed for car transmission shop

I am looking for a recommendation for a reasonable and honest transmission mechanic. If you know of anyone, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

  • Mike in Jeff Park In the neighborhood

    I will 2nd Joe's recommendation. They have done two cars for me over the past 10 or so years. Neither needed any additional work for the remaining years I owned them.

  • Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to offer the recommendations! I truly appreciate it!

Aug 13

Updated 5 days ago

Grealys

Does anyone know what is happening with the old Grealys on Lawrence? They have been working a lot on that building last few weeks. Will it be another bar?

  • Oops Fischmans

  • Fischman fans: we should gather some night. Support the best craft beer bar in the northwest side!

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