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.

5 hours ago

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

23 hours ago

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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.

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.

47 hours ago

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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.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost dog last night in Portage Park area!!!!

Lost dog bear berteau and milwaukee!!!

Last night one of our dogs got under the fence. Please help find her and bring her home. Her name is Zara and she was a rescue dog. She belongs to my 14 year old niece. Thank you!!

  • Hope she is reunited with her family soon!

  • SueLeeT Higgins/Austin Neighbor

    Do call your local police dept, when our dog slipped out we checked with Anti cruelty and the pound, someone suggested the police dept but I didn't call them for a few days because I didn't think they would be a good source, when I finally did call, someone who had found my sweet dog had left their name and number with the local police dept and put me in touch, I was so happy to have her come home! Try everything anyone suggests!

3 days ago

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4 days ago

  • Forces, Motion, Energy in Real-Time

    Mr. Friedberg is asking for $1970.26:
    My students need physics kits and ballistic cars to help understand concepts of forces, motion, and energy and apply them to develop thorough understanding of Newton's Laws and advanced physics concepts.
    Gray Elementary School Comment

4 days ago

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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.

5 days ago

Build that Wall

I'm freaked out about these developments in Jefferson (or is it Gladstone?) Park! As a Portage Park resident we need to build a wall on Lawrence. Keep the horrible 60-year old gangbangers out. It's pretty much the only solution. We'll build it out to O'Hare and that way get to keep Delightful Pastries, Sicilia Bakery, Hagen's, etc. Let Amitabul and Superdawg pay for the dang wall.

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

  • Ecology in Action

    Mr. Friedberg is asking for $821.19:
    My students need a complete ecosystem. Your generous donation will help illustrate food chains, food webs, and characteristics of life. This tank will be used for current seventh graders as well as next year's students!
    Gray Elementary School Comment

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

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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 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 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

Mar 16

Updated Mar 19

Plumber Recommendation

Hi, If anyone could please recommend a good plumber to diagnose a possible leak or water pressure issue.
Thanks!

  • Bennett J - Who did you use to change the old pipes for better water pressure, and was it a decent price? I have a three unit bungalow.

  • I would suggest giving all these options a call & getting a reasonable idea of the cost. I use Ken Brown (773) 369-7808. I've encountered a ridiculous amount of plumbing issues when I purchased a home & I've found him to be professional & incredibly reasonable. I should hope so given how often I seem to find myself suggesting him. =P

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.
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Mar 17

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Mar 16

  • Gray Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    This school is terrible. From the parents to the kids to the new principal who doesn't seem to care at all. The parents all look like gangbangers and they're uninvolved. These kids swear and act like complete savages and have zero respect for adults. The teachers are nice and I feel really bad for them having to deal with these little monsters all day. Especially in the upper grade building. There's no discipline. I saw a mom fight a student and security did nothing!!! One day after school kids were lighting fireworks in the playground again where were the adults? If you have issues with bullying don't count on the principal to return an email. Can't wait to pull my kids out! its a bunch of classless heathens at this school. This is coming from a parent whose dealt with private and magnet school and my goodness this school is something else. My kids don't even know who the principal is what a joke!

    Gray Elementary School (3730 North Laramie Ave) Published on GreatSchools March 15, 2017 Comment

Mar 16

Game Day Arrives As Wildcats Begin First NCAA Tournament Run

5064 Addison Circle

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904 W. Randolph Street

2692 Madison Road

5235 University Parkway

    Game Day Arrives As Wildcats Begin First NCAA Tournament Run
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Northwestern University basketball has never seen a day quite like this one; Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats will play their first-ever NCAA Tournament game. Excitement was building Thursday morning on campus in Evanston. Finals week was in full swing, so it was proving to be an interesting balancing act for students who want to be part of the hysteria.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Mar 16

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Mar 15

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo to the a...

Lost! #Chicago #IL #BelmontGardens (Addison & Laramie) Coco - Male Bichon Frise. White. Call 773-615-7636. Friendly. Cook County. 60641. Missing 03...


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.

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