11 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Water tastes/smells like chlorine

Hello! My husband and I just moved to the area and noticed tonight out water tastes/smells like chlorine. We use a Brita and this hasn't been an issue in the past week (since we moved in). Has anyone else noticed this or has this been an issue before? Thanks in advance!

  • Patt Timlin Grew up in Avondale; moved into Old Irving in 1977

    Ours always does and it's worse in the morning or when no one has been home for a while. Just run the water for a few minutes before you drink it to flush out the pipes (which is a good idea anyway since we live in old housing stock with...

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    Ours always does and it's worse in the morning or when no one has been home for a while. Just run the water for a few minutes before you drink it to flush out the pipes (which is a good idea anyway since we live in old housing stock with old pipes and old connections to city supply - flush the lead out too!) I don't drink much of it. Drink bottled water but for cooking, tea, coffee, my dogs ... I always let it run. I let my shower run too before I get in for the same reason. Smells like a swimming pool!

  • Not so bad here. Brita works fine w/very little scaling in reservoir over time. Even so, I think Chicago's tap water is more chlorinated than needs be.

Mar 21

Updated 19 hours ago

One Less Empty Portage Park Storefront- Chop Local

Saw this sign hanging in the storefront at 4842 W. Irving Park Rd.
Someone hold my beer, I've got an axe to throw!

  • bellyer - You choose your "recreational" activity; I'll choose mine. It's my personal opinion (if I'm allowed to have one) that it's a stupid way to waste your time. I guess, according to the website, I'll just have to suffer my fate when the zombies take over. Can you protect yourself from zombies with an axe, or do you need a silver bullet, or a stake through the heart?

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    You left out tazer

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2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Business Meeting last week

Everyblock:

I wanted to attend the meeting last Monday about brining business to the neighborhood. I think it was sponsored by West Portage Park Neighborhood Association. Did anyone attend or hear anything about the meeting?
Thanks.

  • I think this was the meeting that was held at my church, the northside gospel center. I was not able to attend though

  • 3859 N Central

  • Wow it was a packed meeting and had an interesting speaker from the city talking about economic development. The owner of a new Buisness was also there to introduce himself to the community. It's at central and grace and will be a bar/restaurant called Easy Street and everyone I spoke...

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    Wow it was a packed meeting and had an interesting speaker from the city talking about economic development. The owner of a new Buisness was also there to introduce himself to the community. It's at central and grace and will be a bar/restaurant called Easy Street and everyone I spoke with is very excited about it opening in early April and we all hope this is the begging of businesses finally opening in the south part of Portage Park. They have other successful locations one being Pitchfork at 2922 W Irving. It was also attended by both Aldermans Sposato and Villegas. Some of the residents asked Villegas about the status of Central and Waveland. The WPPNA's President also inquired about this and asked who owns it. Villegas said it was purchased by an LLC and has had no one contact his office. After the meeting there were many of us that thought that was kind of odd since the lot was sold in February and no one has reached out to his office. We think this is a little suspicious given the history of the lot.

36 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

    Separate But Unequal? The School Funding Fight In Illinois
    https://bettergov.salsalabs.org
  • March 30: A special presentation on IL school funding and panel discussion with experts

    Illinois' school funding formula is in the news and being debated in Springfield, but what does it mean? This BGA Idea Forum will break down the basics in a just-the-facts examination of how Illinois currently funds...

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    March 30: A special presentation on IL school funding and panel discussion with experts

    Illinois' school funding formula is in the news and being debated in Springfield, but what does it mean? This BGA Idea Forum will break down the basics in a just-the-facts examination of how Illinois currently funds public schools. A panel of experts will then weigh in on the future of the formula, how it affects students and what options exist to improve it. Panel in formation.
    This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. For more information, call Annum Haider at (312) 821-9031 or email at ahaider@bettergov.org.

    Special thanks to the McCormick Foundation for supporting BGA civic engagement programming.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    6:30 PM CDT - 8:00 PM CDT

    LOCATION
    Roosevelt University
    Ganz Hall
    430 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60605

    Click in original post above to register.

  • Accessible public education needs to remain top priority. Preschools, grade schools and the state university system are vital components in Chicago's and Illinois' future.

4 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Chicago's Population Drops for 2nd Year

For the second straight year, Chicago's Net Population has dropped. In 2016 the population dropped by more than 19,000 people and in 2015 the drop was over 11,000 people for a total of 30,000 residents in 2 years. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-census-population-loss-met-20170322-story.html

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Portage Rules you're right on but you have to remember that in Springfield the state legislature has no brains if you were to bring that wonderful idea up to them they would think you're speaking some foreign language

  • Barbara Foy Neighbor and Realtor for 30 years in Portage Park.

    Does anyone know how to post a picture of an ostrich with it's head in the sand? Nessumo, you are right.

Mar 19

Updated 44 hours ago

Four home burglaries reported in Portage Park

between 3:30 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. March 14 in the 6100 block of West Newport;

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 5 in the 5700 block of West Addison;

about 3:45 p.m. March 17 in the 3200 block of North Long; and

between 4:45 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. March 17 in the 5500 block of West Grace.

    Four home burglaries reported in Portage Park
    Police are warning Northwest Side residents after at least four home burglaries were reported this month in the Portage Park neighborhood. The burglar breaks into apartments or houses through doors or windows and steals personal property and miscellaneous items, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Handyman Needed For Kitchen Cabinet Alteration

Ever hear the saying "Leave well enough alone"? Well here is one such instance where I shouldn't have altered what was already in place. I gave away all of my white working appliances and replaced them with new stainless steal appliances only to encounter a number of new problems.
The new counter-depth refrigerator is the perfect depth but it is taller than my old one and will not fit into the refrigerator cabinet because of the hinges.
The 18" dishwasher needs a custom built toekick.
Has anyone else faced similar problems after getting new appliances? Any recommendations or handyman referrals?

  • Thank you for the responses. My brother was able to raise the cabinet an inch and a half. The refrigerator looks great now! Still tinkering away with the dishwasher issue.

  • thanks Karen, it is always good to hear the outcomes, updates on these post.

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    No need to be negative, Dan G. Poster asked a simple question. My answer to poster is that I thought trees that have been treated have red tags. Not sure what the blue ones mean, but you can as at the city's website--Forestry.

2 days ago

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Mar 01

Updated 4 days ago

Where to dispose of used insulin syringes?

Hello...one of my canine pets was recently diagnosed with diabetes...I give him 2 injections per day...I can put them in an empty detergent bottle...however, where do I throw away the bottle...I understand that I ought to label the bottle 'used syringes/needles' but it seems a bit risky to just throw them in the garbage in which I was told. I contacted the pharmacy as well as a hospital and they no longer will take and dispose them...so what would be the wiser thing to do or whom should I call to ask that would have the policy on this? Thank you!

  • You might check with your veterinarian. Oftentimes they will dispose of such things for you at no cost. They may also provide you with a sharps container.

  • Agnes Groeper Major of Major

    commenting on this site being racist, I think not
    . What we are all saying is that our Northside neighborhoods are being hurt by the gang people from the areas that the police are now patrolling more efficiently.
    Because they are now more in danger of being caught there we believe they are widening their activity to include us. We need more POLICE help. Thank you.

4 days ago

Basement to rent

Hi i am looking to rent a basement, if someone have something let me know.

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Mar 20

Updated 5 days ago

Ald Arena's Latest Spin: Calling It Veterans Housing. Even Developer Said Only 20 Units For Vets

Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and...

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Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and whether Home Depot will continue to offer grants year after year, or call it quits once they have gotten their money's worth of good-will advertising is another question. Alderman Arena shamelessly suggests that there are 3000 veterans in the Jefferson Park area, needing housing; there may be 3000 veterans, but most of them are homeowners.
John Arena signed a court settlement on January 27th, 2017, stating that he will support a massive up-zoning (B3-5) that has brought us this nightmare project. John Arena violated the rights of the property owners when he down-zoned their property from M1-1, which allowed the property to be used as a storage facility, to B1-1 which does not.
John Arena had the owners' permits for remodeling the building for that use rescinded. The owners sued Arena and the City of Chicago because of his actions.They reached a settlement, and that is the one Arena signed, which gets him off the hook, but sticks the neighborhood with this mess.

http://nadignewspapers.com/images/Fully-Executed-Settlement-Agreement.pdf

  • 45th ward residents should demand to see the terms of that "grant" from Home Depot.For the sake of "transparency" of course..Is it open-ended, is there a "sunset clause" ?? What happens if and when the grant stops ??

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Everyone should send Home Depot correspondence about their grant for this building. They have a Facebook page available to leave comments. Let them know what you think about this proposal.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

  • Jane in Irving Park Dog walker extraordinaire

    Exactly!!! Let's not forget to add the people who make several fake accounts so they can make comments on their own posts. Like making imaginary allies.

  • Anthony Harebrained Portage Park Young Blood

    What a dumb post. Let's keep Everyblock a tool for improving our neighborhoods and being constructive.

5 days ago

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Jul 27

Updated 6 days ago

Lawn Care Recommendations?

I'm looking to replace my lawn care service because of poor communication issues. Does anyone have one they recommend?

6 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Please vote ONCE A DAY from NOW thru March 31st for Portage Park Helping Hands to win $500!

http://woobox.com/6r7znj

Please vote ONCE A DAY from NOW thru March 31st for Portage Park Helping Hands to win $500 from Mike Anderson Chevy. If you don't use Facebook, please consider passing this link on to family members, friends and neighbors. Portage Park Helping Hands raises funds for Portage Park School.

This is a great opportunity to support a local org without opening your wallet! We can totally win this $500 prize with your help!

PPHH Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PortageParkHelpingHands/

The Great Charity Contest

    The Great Charity Contest
    Mike Anderson Chevrolet- Chicago has initiated a giving campaign to bring additional attention and resources to charities providing services around Chicago, IL.
    http://woobox.com
  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    how about if some who would like to if we give monies directly to HH? I would be willing to donate $100.

6 days ago

Burglary Prevention Seminar

Alderman Gilbert Villegas is hosting a seminar on theft prevention on March 27. It will feature a panel of former convicted criminals sharing their first-hand knowledge on how burglars identify their targets, as well as tips to keep your home secure. The meeting takes place on Monday 03/27/17 at the Schorsch Village Hall, 6940 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL See attached flyer for additional details.

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Mar 21

Updated Mar 22

Seeking carpenter or woodworker recommendations

Hello neighbors, I'm searching for someone who can design and create a few "pet ramps" for my home. Particularly for my back porch into the backyard, and also a ramp to our bed. Attached are some ideas that I have in mind. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time finding someone to tackle this project. I welcome any and all suggestions. Thanks for your help!

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Call Bosko at 847-912-4969. He is a fine finish carpenter, and our customers love him. Tell him Howard sent you

  • Thanks for the info Robin as I also would like some pet ramps/perches.

Mar 18

Updated Mar 21

Assistance in locating siding person for wind damaged siding.

We had some very minor siding damage from the recent wind storm and would like to have it fixed. It's about a 10ft strip at the top of the house. My guess is it would take two qualified people 30 mins to fix. My problem is finding someone for such a small job and someone who doesn't want a minimum of $500 to come to the house. We have the piece that fell off.

Mar 18

Updated Mar 21

This is what Ald. Areana thinks of anyone who disagrees with his far-left fringe ideology

When can we vote this arrogant, tone deaf fool out of office?

Yesterday is not soon enough!

  • Sadly, he may have aspirations for higher office, if you can believe it..Yikes

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Agree with Anthony. Right ideas. Wrong delivery. No matter what the "other side" to this is there is no excuse for a public official to talk that way. Ever. This is the kind of thing that embarrasses me most about Trump. No class. Follow the Obamas "When they go low we go high."

Mar 19

Updated Mar 21

Community alert goes out in Jefferson Park due to string of burglaries

6100 block of W. Newport on March 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM – 7:55 PM

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

5700 block of W. Addison on March 05, 2017 between 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

3200 block of N. Long on March 17, 2017 at 3:45 PM

5500 block of W. Grace on March 17, 2017 between 4:45 PM – 10:20 PM

    Community alert goes out in Jefferson Park due to string of burglaries
    JEFFERSON PARK, Ill. -- A community alert to residential burglaries has been issued by the Bureau of Detectives for the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The alert gives notice to residents of the neighborhood of burglaries occurring in homes around the area.
    http://cltv.com

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    But the city can tax paper and plastic bags and have absolutely nothing to show for it except those vintage street lights we don't need because the older ones were working just 👍

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Were working just fine

Mar 21

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Mar 18

Updated Mar 20

Police presence

I noticed an increase in police presence between Irving and Addison/Central and Laramie. Does anyone know what happened or what caused the increased patrol this evening?

  • sorry to hear they have clout, diet changes and limiting meat and seafood can help, they can take inflammatory drugs, but avoid aspirin because it can make the clout worse.

  • Police are only half of the equation to crime fighting/prevention. The other half are active community members who call them whenever they see something or someone suspicious no matter how minute it may be. Criminals start small and gradually build up as they get away with the crimes they are committing. A good example of that would be the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Lost dog

White havenese dog

  • Post on Lost Dogs Of Illinois. They have great luck in reunions. Put flyers on post at vets offices,groomers and stores.
    Dog owners,never leave your dogs in a unlocked yard by themselves.Evil people do steal them right out your yards for resale or other very bad things.
    I hope you find your dog. Keep us up dated please.

  • Lynne in Dunning Long time resident. Love living here!

    Also post here: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/
    I wish you a happy outcome.

Mar 20

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Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Home/theft prevention safety seminar 4/5/17 @ 7:00 pm

For anybody attending the theft prevention seminar being held on April 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia, 8033 W. Addison, can someone please raise the topic of alley lights are out and why is Alderman Sposato's office saying that this situation is out of their hands and that ComEd has a 6 month waiting list to fix these? Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but, really wish I could. I am absolutely certain that one of their pieces of advice...

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For anybody attending the theft prevention seminar being held on April 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia, 8033 W. Addison, can someone please raise the topic of alley lights are out and why is Alderman Sposato's office saying that this situation is out of their hands and that ComEd has a 6 month waiting list to fix these? Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but, really wish I could. I am absolutely certain that one of their pieces of advice is to keep your porch light on and encourage neighbors to do the same. I do that without fail. But, what good does it do when your front is on, but, the alley is pitch black. I've been calling weekly to Sposato's office and they're clearly getting perturbed by my calls, but, I feel safer with those lights on plain and simple. I have only one that's been out since December. There's an entire stretch of alley between Long and Lindner/Grace and Berniece (6/7 lights) since about the same time. I get the whole low priority thing, but, 6 months. Unacceptable. Thanks to anyone who remembers this and asks.

  • There is no reason for the lights to be out for that long. Have you called 311? Whenever our lights are out, that's who I call and they are back on in a matter of days. These are street lights though so I don't know if alley lights are handled differently. Your absolutely right that it's a safety concern and it seems to me like Sposato's office is being lazy.

  • Street & alley lights are fixed by the city, not ComEd. Call 311 over and over and over and stay on the Alderman's office. The info they are giving you is incorrect.

Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

16 DISTRICT POLICE...WHERE ARE THEY?

This is a screen shot of a police officers computer. The image shows all the patrol officers beats in the district. The areas where it says "down car" means there is no beat officers. Do you feel safe? Or that your thousands of dollars of property tax, bag tax, city sticker, red light camera, speed camera...etc. are being spent for your safety? This is a link to secondcityblog..

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LynJJuzM-40/WMnvIUNLIRI/AAAAAAAAFfw/kw6z24iQenM6m1zI5ShRYzW7Z--cfyfzQCLcB/s1600/016%2BShorthanded.jpg

  • I understand there's a shortage of police officers in the 16th District but it's not their fault it's the fault of our mayor in our alderman they are not doing enough to hire more police officers they took the officers out of northwest side and put them all on the south and west side

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Amen to you CJC you have the right idea.

Mar 19

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Mar 15

Updated Mar 19

small space for rent

Hello Community-

I am looking for a small inexpensive space to do some community workshops? Any suggestions for me?

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I also recommend Anne's Haven. I was just there yesterday for a meet up and it's a lovely gem!

  • moonie1001 psychotherapist

    Thank you for your suggestion

Mar 18

Mar 18

WPPNA Economic Development Forum

Hello, I received this flier in my door from a local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20th to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. There will be a speaker from the City's office of neighborhood relations and a representative from Starbucks community relations there. (Please reference the flier below)I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers.I...

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Hello, I received this flier in my door from a local community group the West Portage Park Neighbors Association. They are having a meeting on March 20th to talk about the need for more economic development in our area. There will be a speaker from the City's office of neighborhood relations and a representative from Starbucks community relations there. (Please reference the flier below)I have attended their meetings in the past and find them very informative with good guest speakers.I went on their Facebook page and was shocked to see so many empty storefronts that are in our neighborhood I think it's time to start talking about these issues. I and many of my neighbors are going to this meeting and if you care about the neighborhood then stop by and participate. This is what makes a community stronger. FYI the meeting is NOT at the hospital its at:

The North Side Gospel Center
3959 N Central Ave
Monday, March 20th at 7pm

Mar 18

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Mar 17

    PPNA March Public Meeting
    EveryBlock is the leading Web site for neighborhood discussions and block-level news, including the latest news stories, crime reports, real estate listings and business reviews.
    http://chicago.everyblock.com

Mar 13

Updated Mar 17

Bars on Addison

Any idea what is going on with Mugshots? I drove by yesterday and a lady was walking out the front door with neon beer signs in both hands. Are they renovating? Also, any clue what happened to the facade of the old Boom Town?

Mar 17

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Mar 16

Mar 16

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Mar 14

Updated Mar 15

Car in Hair Salon

Monday afternoon I saw that a car had plowed into a hair salon on the south side of Belmont in the 7100 block. Anyone have details. Nothing in the news.

Mar 15

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Mar 11

Updated Mar 15

Unwanted items

Please drop off any unwanted items to Savers. They sell the items and the money goes to epilepsy foundation

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    I think there's one in Schaumburg. I wonder why the one in FP is closing. I didn't know about the one in Niles.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Is the store in Franklin Park in the same strip center as the big lots?

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