Apr 14 2012

Apr 14 2012

Forgotten Chicago

I found this website while searching for pictures on google for the Portage Park Theater. There are great pictures of Chicago back in the day here. I am surprised there are not more pictures from Six Corners there but it does have a page with points of interest on it. http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/northwest/six-corners/ Thought I would share. There is also a facebook group of the same name.

Mar 23 2012

Updated Apr 14 2012

Car Cove Theft

Since my car is parked in the driveway, just short of our attached garage, this was pretty bold. Apparently, some amoral scum decided that it was cheaper to steal than to purchase. When I got up this morning the car cover on my Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe was gone. Needless to say I feel violated and I'm damned angry too. We are a Neighborhood Watch community and I live on a well lit, visible southeast corner in Forest Glen. It...

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Since my car is parked in the driveway, just short of our attached garage, this was pretty bold. Apparently, some amoral scum decided that it was cheaper to steal than to purchase. When I got up this morning the car cover on my Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe was gone. Needless to say I feel violated and I'm damned angry too. We are a Neighborhood Watch community and I live on a well lit, visible southeast corner in Forest Glen. It is a nice neighborhood, but there is no such thing as 1950's, Mayberry USA anymore. I could report this to the police, but nothing would come of it. I could file an insurance claim, but who know what that would do to my rates. At any rate, I'm out $300+ Color me disgusted!

  • Steph 11 year Forest Glen resident

    I would suggest a LoJack on the car cover so you can finally bust the car cover theft ring that's been plaguing the city. ;)

    In all seriousness I hope the thieves are lazy enough to pass on a car cover that requires extensive magic marker removal.

  • Josh ... I'm not being naive so much as hopeful. Just what to discourage although I realize that a determined thief will get whatever it is that they are after if they want something badly enough. Your suggestion, although more effective sounds like a lot of trouble to go through,...

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    Josh ... I'm not being naive so much as hopeful. Just what to discourage although I realize that a determined thief will get whatever it is that they are after if they want something badly enough. Your suggestion, although more effective sounds like a lot of trouble to go through, but it gives me an idea though. I'm thinking that this wold be a good opportunity for a service offered by a silk screening operation. As concerns cable locks they are so quickly and easily defeated with scissors or a pocketknife as to be little more than a laughable waste of money.

Apr 13 2012

16" Mens Softball

Just saw a flyer that Jefferson Park has softball and looking for more teams. Call the park 773-685-3316 and talk to Andrew for more info

Apr 13 2012

Portage Update

I first want to assure you that we're all still working hard to preserve the Portage Theater, and I hope you can make it to the zoning board of appeals hearing at 9 am on Friday, April 20. It's possible that Chicago Tabernacle will seek to postpone the hearing, but we won't know for sure until the meeting, a week from today.

Either way, we're ready. And I'm looking forward to seeing our ward's respect for citizen input in development decisions on display next Friday. Thank you for your continued support.

Apr 13 2012

One Summer Chicago = One Application, Many Opportunities

As opposed to booster shots, One Summer Chicago is an opportunity our local kids will be much more excited about. Through one simple application process, Chicago kids can apply for summer jobs, internships, summer camps, organized sports programs and summer field trips to cultural institutions and other noteworthy locations across the city.

Online registration began on April 9 and in-person registration starts this Saturday, April 14.

http://www.onesummerchicago.org/

Apr 10 2012

Updated Apr 13 2012

Does anyone know which Chicago Blocks Will Be Getting These New Street Lights?

They are currently installing these new lights on the block next to mine in the 29th ward which happens to be an “honorary” street named after somebody who must have done something notable once upon a-time! This street happens to be one of the streets where the least amount of crime occurs in our area. I hope that’s just a coincidence and not how the City plans on starting this 200 block retrofit.

  • On LeClaire between Wilson and Avondale.
    I think they are really nice. Wish they would put them on Windsor

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Follow the light.......

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 13 2012

Looking for info on Beaubien

We’re looking at a house in Jefferson Park that is zoned for Beaubien. We really like the neighborhood, but are not sure about the school. Their scores look good but the school seems huge and safety is a concern. Looking at the CPS progress report I noticed that students’ perception of safety is really not that great. Slightly above 60% of students feel safe compered to 90+ in schools like Waters (our current school) or Coonley. I also know the principal is retiring, so changes are possibly on the way, but would love to hear comments from current parents. Anybody have a child in the neighborhood program? I appreciate any input.

  • ALH 6-year Jeff Park neighbor

    We have a kindergartner there who will start the options program next year, and we have a second child who will start kindergarten there next fall. We are very happy so far. The fellow parents I stand next to every morning are all nice and clearly involved in their kids'...

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    We have a kindergartner there who will start the options program next year, and we have a second child who will start kindergarten there next fall. We are very happy so far. The fellow parents I stand next to every morning are all nice and clearly involved in their kids' schooling. The older kids all seem surprisingly well-mannered and nice. We live 2 blocks from school. Other than the aforementioned graffiti, we've seen no safety issues. I was a little unsure of the place until we went to the Open House and the Halloweeen thing they do. The parents, teachers, staff, and students all seemed to really enjoy the school and take pride. The PTO is extremely well-organized and active, as well. The only drawback I see is that it's a large school. Anyway, good luck!

  • NinJP, Thank you for the update on the contract being given out.
    And I respect your opinion as well with regards to the site.

Apr 13 2012

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 12 2012

Job Needed

My daughter is looking for a temporary, part-time job. She had to leave her job as a server because she is pregnant and can't be on her feet for long periods of time. She would only need the job from now though July. She's smart and has great communication and people skills. If anyone knows of anything that is open, please let me know. Thanks!

  • RutheeGee 30+ Jeff Park Resident

    Thanks so much, Jessica. She's going to check it out!

  • baja fresh is also hiring in niles by golf mill mall i saw today when I was picking up food.

Feb 12 2012

Updated Apr 12 2012

Has anyone been to Finnegan's? (formerly Blue Angel)

Just curious. I saw an ad in the Nadig paper that it's now open.

  • Inactive user

    I for one will continue to support this local eatery. The server I had (think her name was katie) was so nice & friendly. I didn't smell anything strange. I want this place to succeed. I hope all those negative comments don't turn patrons off. To those who haven't gone yet give it a try.

  • Jacalyn Bilski 14 year Jeff Park Resident

    I have gone to Finnegans twice now - once on St. Patrick's Day and last Thursday night. Both nights they had good bands and the waitresses were very attentive and we had a great time.

    I have ordered food there and it is decent. Personally, I am not too worried about the Bamboo cutting boards and would order food again.

    When I first heard that Blue Angel was being replaced I was sad but now we have a better hang out in the neighborhood.

Apr 12 2012

6 Corners Master Planning Session

Great turnout last night at the Six Corners Master Planning session. Thanks to everyone who came out. I'm working to bring our community more dining options, more destinations, and better communication on available parking.

Next steps: The planners are going to propose some ideas and post them on the project website (http://thelakotagroup.com/6corners/) where
people will have a chance to comment online. Then a second community visioning meeting will be scheduled where we can discuss some near-term solutions and long-term "big idea" projects. After that, the final report will be issued.

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 12 2012

Bean Bag Game Toss/Cornhole if anyone wants to know.

If anyone is interested or looking for cornhole boxes. I was calling it the beanbag game toss thingy. I found a guy in Jeff Park that custom makes them. I actually saw his flyer at Jewel. I wanted them for my block party and a family bbq I know I have to host this year. He dropped off the boxes and beanbags to me yesterday. I have to say I was really impressed. I had my family crest put on them and they looked great! They clip together. I would higly recommend this guy! And the price was good!

  • Lou

    @Galte, have you got any pics you can share ?

  • galte 4 years

    Yea, I took the picture last night. But I honestly can't figure out how to post it on here. Does anyone know?

Apr 12 2012

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 11 2012

Help Support your local no kill animal shelter

Chicago canine rescue is doing a fundraising event selling spring bulbs to make money for the shelter. It's not easy to rescue and sustain all those dogs everyday so they could really use support of the community. 50% of sales goes to CCR. If you would like to purchase bulbs you may do so here http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=11117 or you can donate directly by going into their shelter and donating to them in person.

  • Kat

    Fantastic idea!!!! I shared this on my FaceBook page!!

  • Thanks Kat. I volunteer there walking dogs or helping give baths at times. I know any support they can get they greatly appreciate.

Apr 11 2012

Apr 09 2012

Updated Apr 10 2012

Employment Opportunities

While construction can be a bear, here's an example of the opportunities such infrastructural renewal can bring. In addition to the new water main project in our ward along Lawrence Ave, the Department of Water Management's capital program includes 70 miles of water main and 40 miles of sewer main replacement.

This work will require a lot of hands, so the department is looking to fill 75 laborer apprentice positions. Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, classroom training, and work...

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While construction can be a bear, here's an example of the opportunities such infrastructural renewal can bring. In addition to the new water main project in our ward along Lawrence Ave, the Department of Water Management's capital program includes 70 miles of water main and 40 miles of sewer main replacement.

This work will require a lot of hands, so the department is looking to fill 75 laborer apprentice positions. Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, classroom training, and work experience, alongside hourly pay starting at $21.12. We've got flyers about the position at our office, but interested applicants must apply online. www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dhr/provdrs/emp.html

Applicants must be 18 years old at time of application.
If you need assistance with your application, call the Department of Human Resources at 312-744-4976 or visit City Hall (Room 100) Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30.

  • Thanks just got it and filling out the information now. I appreciate the help.

  • Inactive user

    Good luck!

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 10 2012

Preliminary Landmark status for The Portage Theater

I'm happy to share a great victory with you today: The Landmark Commission just voted unanimously to bestow preliminary landmark status on The Portage Theater. This change will protect the building's facade, lobby areas and theater space from alterations until the city completes a longer and more extensive study.

This is an important step in the effort to preserve this community anchor, and I'm proud of all the work we've done in the past few weeks to get this safeguard...

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I'm happy to share a great victory with you today: The Landmark Commission just voted unanimously to bestow preliminary landmark status on The Portage Theater. This change will protect the building's facade, lobby areas and theater space from alterations until the city completes a longer and more extensive study.

This is an important step in the effort to preserve this community anchor, and I'm proud of all the work we've done in the past few weeks to get this safeguard into place. So many of you stepped up to help research the building and its history, as well as get the word out about the possible alteration of this unique slice of Chicago's past.

I also want to thank the folks at Preservation Chicago, who designated the Portage as one of their Seven Most Endangered Chicago Buildings. In addition to their support for the historical status of the theater, they also note that Chicago Tabernacle's plan to convert The Portage to a house of worship will "take it off the tax rolls and could jeopardize the nascent economic revival currently occurring at Six Corners. Despite major community opposition, the Zoning Board of Appeals will soon be considering whether to grant the church a Special Use Permit to operate in the Portage Theater space."

As Preservation Chicago wisely notes, the landmark status will protect the building, but not its use. The Zoning Board of Appeals lists Chicago Tabernacle's Special Use Permit request on their April 20 agenda, and I hope you can come out to City Hall that morning at 9 am to voice your opinion. Also, Chicago Tabernacle has now submitted the required paperwork to go through our community-centered zoning review process. We will be sitting down with church representatives next week as part of that process, and the church will present their plans to the community shortly thereafter. I will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

Thank you for your continued community engagement.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I'd like to know what restaurants Judi ate at, and what she had.

  • Tracy Rowan Author and life-long Chicago resident

    What I don't get, "Judi," is why you would come to shop at Six Corners BEFORE the church moved in if you wouldn't before you heard it was negotiating for the space. I can see coming in once the church is there either because you're a member of the congregation...

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    What I don't get, "Judi," is why you would come to shop at Six Corners BEFORE the church moved in if you wouldn't before you heard it was negotiating for the space. I can see coming in once the church is there either because you're a member of the congregation or because you're hoping that its presence will improve the neighborhood. I really don't see how a visit to the neighborhood on the off chance the church will be able to buy the property makes much sense for someone who considers the area ugly and run down. Surely if that was your opinion, you would do your best to avoid the area until it held some other attraction for you.

    You may think the church is all right with keeping the theater as it is, but the church has indicated that they plan on making substantial changes in the structure. This makes landmark status problematic for them.

    Since the rest of us are concerned with OUR neighborhood, an area where we live and do business, I think our concerns are a little more pressing than those of someone who has admitted that she has never bothered coming here to do either of those things and wouldn't unless this church was a factor.

Apr 09 2012

Updated Apr 09 2012

  • chicago girl Resident in Portage park for over 38 years

    Was listening to the show.It was very interesting. Let's hope the sale still doesn't go throught to ruin or beautiful theater and neighborhood.Thanks Alderman.

  • Lyndie in Jeff/Portage Park Loves this neighborhood

    Saving the Portage as a theatre and as an economic anchor for six corners really does follow this pattern we see in a lot of old suburban downtown centers and in neighborhoods like Logan square, Lincoln square and lakeview where commercial life around it has been revived. Landmark status helps a great deal and thanks to the folks at Preservation Chicago for putting it on the endangered list. Thank you Alderman Arena. Waiting to hear the next episode.

Apr 09 2012

Apr 09 2012

Clean & Green Planning Underway

A few weeks ago I urged you all to submit plans for a neighborhood spot that could use some TLC this year as part of Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Day on Saturday, April 21. As you may remember, having your Clean & Green application accepted by the city ensures Streets & San will supply you with the provisions you need to participate in this city-wide spring cleaning event.

While there's still time to apply before the April 13 registration...

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A few weeks ago I urged you all to submit plans for a neighborhood spot that could use some TLC this year as part of Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Day on Saturday, April 21. As you may remember, having your Clean & Green application accepted by the city ensures Streets & San will supply you with the provisions you need to participate in this city-wide spring cleaning event.

While there's still time to apply before the April 13 registration deadline, one of our neighbors has already stepped up to the challenge and is looking for additional volunteers to join in.

Check out Deirdre's post on EveryBlock with details on her proposal to get together and clean up the area near Northwest Highway and Milwaukee Avenue. The location has already been registered with the city's Clean & Green effort, so some cleanup materials will be provided by Streets & San. While any additional materials would be welcome, all you need to bring to this event are gloves and a willingness to pitch in to beautify your neighborhood.

This group will be meeting at the corner of Milwaukee and Carmen at 9 am on the 21st. If you are ready to commit, please let your neighbors know you'll be there by responding at EveryBlock.

chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/apr21-clean-green-day-jefferson-park-metra-milwaukee-ave-4848034/

Apr 08 2012

Updated Apr 08 2012

Help Save the Portage! Go see Field of Dreams on Monday! at 7:30pm. Only $5 & it's for Charity

Go the distance!

Help us help two great causes one: saving The Portage Theater and two: help us help a great charity like The Keep On Keeping On Foundation. Come out this Monday to the Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee ave. Chicago, IL 60641 @ 7:30 and see Field of Dreams for $5 bucks! This is the next movie in our Monthly Monday Movie Series at The Portage. We hope to see you there. Also check out the live radio broadcast by Slam Internet radio. This should be a homerun!

If we play it will you come?

Apr 08 2012

Apr 07 2012

Apr 06 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

"What Six Corners needs is..."

How many times have you heard a neighbor talk about what they thought was the golden ticket to revitalizing our commercial district at Six Corners? Maybe you have a few ideas of your own. Well, here's your chance to weigh in.

This coming Wednesday, April 11, my office will partner with the city's Department of Housing and Economic Development and the Six Corners Association to host a community workshop. The purpose of this workshop will be to get your input...

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How many times have you heard a neighbor talk about what they thought was the golden ticket to revitalizing our commercial district at Six Corners? Maybe you have a few ideas of your own. Well, here's your chance to weigh in.

This coming Wednesday, April 11, my office will partner with the city's Department of Housing and Economic Development and the Six Corners Association to host a community workshop. The purpose of this workshop will be to get your input on what should be included in a new Economic Development Master Plan for the Six Corners commercial district. The Master Plan will focus on the appropriate land use and business mix for Six Corners, district-wide marketing and promotional efforts, physical enhancements, parking management, and the adaptive use of existing historic buildings.

This Wednesday will be the first of two workshops during the planning process. Come hear the initial assessments of the area and add your ideas for how to help the district become an economic engine for our community and the city at large. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 pm on April 11 at the Lydia Home Foundation at 4839 West Irving Park Road. If you have questions about the workshop or the master plan, contact Ed Bannon at the Six Corners Association: 773-685-9300 or ed@sixcornerschicago.com.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    Article from 2 years ago.
    http://thenwpassage.com/?p=546

  • Mama B NW side lifer

    Even though we've been told at least a dozen times that the neighborhood is too poor--I would love to support the following businesses (or their independent equivalent) at Six Corners: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Walmart, Mista Restaurant, a book store, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods, an Indian restaurant, Cost...

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    Even though we've been told at least a dozen times that the neighborhood is too poor--I would love to support the following businesses (or their independent equivalent) at Six Corners: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Walmart, Mista Restaurant, a book store, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods, an Indian restaurant, Cost Plus World Market, Dollar Tree, bakery, indoor playground, garden center, coffee shop, new library, bowling alley, Galleria Chicago (a place for artists to rent space to sell their works), and an ice cream/candy shop like Windy City Treats. And, no, I absolutely don't want this to become Lincoln Park, but the article above says that 40% of all storefronts were vacant in 2010, so I figured I'd post my dream list, and then some.

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

Irving Park YMCA afterschool program

Do your kids go to the YMCA afterschool program? Do you like it? Are they bussed from their school there and do you feel the transportation arrangement is safe for little ones?

  • Juliet, does the Park Kids program pick the kids up from school?

  • jeb Portage Park resident

    The Portage Park Park Kids program meets the kids at the corner, kitty corner from Portage Park School. Some kids get bused to the park from other schools.

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

Apple Computer Support

Could someone recommend a good Mac computer/software specialist in the PP or JP area?

  • There was an Apple virus I heard about yesterday, there was a patch from a Apple I believe. You probably did that already. . .

  • Steph 11 year Forest Glen resident

    You'll probably get the best service from the Apple store. I think Old Orchard mall is the closest.

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

Easter brunch suggestions under $30?

Any Easter brunch suggestions in the North Side Chicago area or North or Northwest burbs under $30? Thanks!

Mar 29 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

Precinct Captains

Does Chicago still have precinct captains? Where do they hang out?

  • Zachary - very well said! If one believes that we live in one of the most corrupt cities, in one of the most corrupt counties, in one of the most corrupt states in this great Republic, then those of us who refuse to succumb to any machine, but prefer to...

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    Zachary - very well said! If one believes that we live in one of the most corrupt cities, in one of the most corrupt counties, in one of the most corrupt states in this great Republic, then those of us who refuse to succumb to any machine, but prefer to live in a safe and healthy neighborhood, must stand up for our own self-interest. There is safety in numbers. Block captains, precinct workers, precinct captains and alderpersons may not necessarily be all bad - as long as they meet or exceed our requirements for raising our families in a safe and nurturing environment. While every alderperson in Chicago "has his/her constituency", and many are corrupt, many are not. We pay them with our taxes and control them with our votes. Perhaps I am too idealistic, but we need not fear them, nor revere them. We hold them fully accountable, publically. We need to speak our minds, remain pragmatic, yet principled, and look to the greater good of all things affecting our neighborhood. A drive from one end of this city to the other will tell you where people who care about their community live, and how effective residents are when it comes to controlling their politicians. No place is perfect, but I'd like to believe that a neighborhood organized for the greater good of it's residents will be a better place to live than a neighborhood run by a machine. Hold them accountable, make your voice heard, compromise on a position if it does not compromise your principles, ethics or morality. Get involved.

  • Wow! When I brought up the subject of precinct captains, I never imagined such a response. I am happy to have opened the door to all these wonderful comments and suggestions.
    Keep 'em comin'!

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

Mariano's on Elston

West Wall is up!
Progress! Soon I won't have to waste gas to go feed the family!
HOORAY!

Apr 04 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

OLV

I heard a rumor that OLV is closing its school . Tell me it is not tue

  • Annette Interested neighbor

    If you are a school parent, watch for a letter in the backpacks today from Sister Mary Paul, the Superintendent of the Chicago Archdiocese Schools. Last night she promised to immediately provide Archdiocesan resources for several key issues, including developing a strategic plan for the school. I found the commitment from Sister Mary Paul to be very encouraging. She believes in OLV!

  • Katie K. Neighbor and Parent

    I second that, Annette! And it was great that a deadline of May 1st for the strategic plan was announced at the very end of the meeting. If the parents, parishioners, and staff are patient and work together we will definitely see progress. I am proud and thankful that my children attend OLV. Because of the dedicated and loving staff as well as the welcoming parents, they have flourished since the first day they walked through the school doors!

Mar 30 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

Friday fun: How would you give back to your neighborhood if you won tonight's Mega Millions drawing?

If you've been reading the news lately, you've probably heard something about tonight's jackpot drawing that has got a lot of folks dreaming big.

So I thought it would be fun to ask how you would give back to your neighborhood if you were the lucky winner?

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    @portage,if your new and you won a half a billion bucks,you could have the world's best block party!
    Otherwise,stay alert and stay safe and welcome!

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    @Gene...Absolutely!! I would have a party for the whole Jefferson Park area...I would have all the major and side streets blocked and everyone would be dancing in the streets!!! Music, Food and good compay.... By the by, thank you for your words of wisdom in staying alert and safe...always good the keep that in mind at all times. Have a wonderful day! And if you celebrate Have a blessed and very Happy Easter Day!!!

Apr 05 2012

Apr 05 2012

Apr 03 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

St. Cornelius School in the lead to win the NATIONAL recycle rally!

We need the Northside's HELP!. Please gather your clear plastic beverage containers and aluminum NON alcohol cans and bring them to St. Cornelius School! Will pick up, We are also holding a Recycle Rally on April 14th! Help us WIN !!

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    My neighbor Fran brought them over the other day.Hope you guys get the success you deserve.
    Good luck.I'll save up a few more cans and bring them over.

  • Thank you Gene!!!

Apr 02 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

Constance or Bellarmine?

Your thoughts...ready, set, go!

Looking for options for my 4-year-old (and for a younger sibling in a couple years)...we've checked out a few. Have yet to check these out, so I wanted to get some thoughts. We've heard a lot about many of the other area schools, but haven't heard much (negative or positive) about either of these...so, do your worst (and, your best), so we have some things to take under advisement...thanks!

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    I graduated from St. Constance and had the best experience choosing a high school, and getting into my first choice! I don't speak Polish, and never felt singled out or mistreated. I do not understand these claims and they are unfair to the school. The teachers don't even speak Polish! I am so proud I went to St. Constance, I don't think I would be at the school I am at today without all of the care and attention I received.

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

    Thank you everyone, for your insight. It's just what I was looking for...a nice, varied set of opinions. Definitely, we plan to check these schools out for ourselves, but I wanted to find out more about these two first, as we'd not really heard anything on either (while others, we'd heard things from folks we know...some good things, some bad).

    This helps tremendously, so thank you all!

Apr 04 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

Who needs a good laugh on HUMP DAY?

Did you know that the Gift Theater has an Improv Show for only $5.00?! No seriously only $5.00 for an hour full of hard core belly laughs.
Go check out the show and bring your ticket stub back to Fischman's for $2.00 off the purchase of a 12' pizza from Joe's Pizza on Higgin's and a refreshing pint of your favorite brew. Go ahead and park in our lot, forget dishing around for quarters.

NATURAL GAS
entirely improvised comedy
every...

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Did you know that the Gift Theater has an Improv Show for only $5.00?! No seriously only $5.00 for an hour full of hard core belly laughs.
Go check out the show and bring your ticket stub back to Fischman's for $2.00 off the purchase of a 12' pizza from Joe's Pizza on Higgin's and a refreshing pint of your favorite brew. Go ahead and park in our lot, forget dishing around for quarters.

NATURAL GAS
entirely improvised comedy
every Wednesday. 8pm
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee
Tickets: $5
www.thegifttheatre.org
Twitter: @NATGASimprov
Facebook: Natural Gas

What folks are saying about NATURAL GAS:

“Natural Gas is an amazingly talented group: a perfect combination of clever and clown.”
Norm Holly, Head of The Second City Conservatory, Chicago

"Natural Gas came to iO West in Hollywood. They brought down the house & sold out the house. We invited them back. They brought down the house & sold out the house again. Refreshing & hysterical, we can't wait to have them back.
I have two words for you: book them."
James Grace, Artistic Director, iO West

“Michael Thornton is one of the most talented actors, directors, improv performers, and teachers I have had the honor of knowing and working with.
His improv team NATURAL GAS is pure magic.”
Erica Daniels
Associate Artistic Director
Steppenwolf Theatre Company

"Natural Gas brings a new perspective to improvisation and sketch comedy."
Anne Libera, Director of Comedy Studies.
The Second City, Chicago.

"Natural Gas rocked the house so hard we thought it was an earthquake!"
Mike Ervin, co-director: Victory Gardens Access Project.

  • Holy crap, a 12 foot pizza! Reminds me of that Spinal Tap scene where he wrote 18 inches on the napkin for the Stonehenge prop. Just kidding. I really wouldn't expect a 12 foot pizza.

  • Fischman Liquors Fischman Liquors Owner

    lol Thx Carl! I'll let ya know though when we can master that size of a pizza.

Mar 14 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

Bungalow Planters

Does anyone know of any other providers of stone planters for bungalows other than Oak Park Home & Hardware? They actually have a decent price compared to other non-bungalow style planters, however I'd like to see my options before I rely on just one business for my planter needs.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    @CJ sorry if I offended you by mentioning wood as opposed to stone. Sure wouldn't want you to bring yourself to do something that is offensive to you.

  • CJ Architect

    I'm not offended. I would like to eventually get a stone planter, however, a wood one might be good for temporary purposes.

Apr 04 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

LeClaire and Argyle

Yesterday driving by our favorite corner I saw the leClaire sign banged up again.This morning the city was out putting up a new one.Thanks to the alderman and the people of 311 not letting this go.

  • SBV

    Yes Gene..it was bent for a couple of weeks and glad it's been taken care of. The owner of the corner building (white siding) painted his property and it looks nice and clean now. Hopefully things will stay nice and quiet as it has for the past month or so:)

Jan 09 2012

Updated Apr 04 2012

Fyrniture dilemna

Let's see if anybody has any better ideas for me. I purchased the top line from Value City furniture. A couch and chair made by American Signature (Their top line). I've had it just over 1 1/2 yrs. Have full insurance on furniture. About 4 or 5 months after purchase, I noticed my cushions really sagging, so i called, they had guy come out he ordered me new cushions. Took about 5 or 6 months, I got new cushions. Their...

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Let's see if anybody has any better ideas for me. I purchased the top line from Value City furniture. A couch and chair made by American Signature (Their top line). I've had it just over 1 1/2 yrs. Have full insurance on furniture. About 4 or 5 months after purchase, I noticed my cushions really sagging, so i called, they had guy come out he ordered me new cushions. Took about 5 or 6 months, I got new cushions. Their furniture guy had told me that they were having a problem with a lot of cushions, obviously made with cheaper filling. The store manager gave me the option to pick out another sofa & chair. But I had a hard enough time finding the color and model I wanted, also repair men from store said the same problem could happen with another. I want to keep the couch & sofa I picked. Well back to issue, 5 or 6 months later, same thing the cushions are sagging, again, I call manager, another guy comes out, gonna order new cushions again, well that was in Feb. or March of 2011. Since then I haven't heard another word. I am not calling store again. I'm thinking of getting a lawyer and having some other company refill my cushions with new stuffing and have Value City pay for it since they can't seem to solve problem. I'm not gonna have them send me new cushions every year and after 7 yrs, when ins. expires on cushions, then what. Any better ideas out there. Anyone know of Good place to have cushions restuffed. Waiting for reply's. Has anyone else had an issue with Value City Furniture?

  • Deirdre Chicago lifer now in Jefferson Park

    I must concur - Value city is a joke.

    I had a great experience at the upholstery place on Milwaukee, right across from the Jeff Park station. The shop is cluttered and dingy, but the old man was sweet as pie and they did an all-star job making new cushions...

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    I must concur - Value city is a joke.

    I had a great experience at the upholstery place on Milwaukee, right across from the Jeff Park station. The shop is cluttered and dingy, but the old man was sweet as pie and they did an all-star job making new cushions for a chair of mine in record time and for a reasonable price.

    Retailers all get their stuff from China these days. My sister spent a ton on a suite from Macys that was absolute garbage.

    I got a good foam mattress at Costco and I get nearly all my furniture from craigslist. You have to be careful of bedbugs these days, but I have gotten some great pieces.

  • Kathy in 60634 9 yr. resident

    @Deidre, do you have the name or address, phone number for this upholstery guy? I know it's been a while since I posted this. Hope you still have info.

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