Jun 19

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Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

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

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

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

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

  • Thank you for the clarification.

    Due to the speeding, accident prone traffic, including a recent car driving through Irving Park Cemetery's fence, we certainly would agree that the guardrails would be helpful. Alderman Cullerton mentioned them as an option to consider, after his personal tour of the area and of...

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    Thank you for the clarification.

    Due to the speeding, accident prone traffic, including a recent car driving through Irving Park Cemetery's fence, we certainly would agree that the guardrails would be helpful. Alderman Cullerton mentioned them as an option to consider, after his personal tour of the area and of the broken cemetery's rusted fence, which got "patched" up recently. We just don't know where the funding would come to cover them? We can't get the sidewalks replaced since late 1960's, let alone get the guardrails.

    Last fall, the city started putting gravel on the mud that you see in the picture above with more added this summer. This thick layer of gravel hinders biking and strolling due to the lack of friction, providing a sinking in and bumpy ride. Anyway, we need the sidewalks back, but the added guardrails would be certainly welcomed and would provide "more" safety for the pedestrians and bikers (I know they are not supposed to be on the paths/sidewalks).

    Senator Mulroe also toured the area personally, and this morning, his office informed us that the traffic study got scheduled to occur shortly after the public school year begins. The results will be shared with us.

    There are many questions about the study that I have posed and hope to get more details, like: What does it entail? How long will it take? When will the results be ready to be shared?

    Our crossing guard Kristen would like to participate in the study and she suggested meeting with the surveyors either before (7:30-8:30 am) or after school (2:30-3:30pm), as the kids and their parents cross the street. It is important that the conversation with the local pedestrians is heavily considered as well as the accident record in the area. I am not sure how many accidents get reported, but I do hope that the majority do.

  • Hi Minerva. Just an clarification about your information. Here are the accurate numbers regarding the 36th Ward infrastructure expenditures.

    City of Chicago
    Dept. of Transportation
    2014 Aldermanic Menu Cost Estimates
    Ward: 36

    Committed $$
    Menu Budget: $1,320,000.00
    CDOT 'Authorized' Engineering
    Estimate Total: $1,319,960.89
    Other Total: $0.00
    Ward Committed Total: $1,319,960.89
    Ward Balance: $39.11

    Thank you for your support and dedication to improving the neighborhood.

21 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Lost cat

Found a black and white cat with a bobbed tail in the alley (where the community garden is) behind the condemned house on the 4200 block of Addison. Seems very friendly and housebroken and scared, not feral. Followed me back to my apartment. Didn't let it in, have 3 cats already.

  • There are "lost cat" signs posted on the trees along the east side of Keeler with a contact phone number. Unfortunately I'm not in the area to get the phone number for you.

40 hours ago

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looking for two kittens

I am looking to adopt two kittens, does anyone know anyone who has a litter that is ready to go?

  • I really encourage adopting through a shelter or animal control. I once had to go to animal control in search of a missing pet and it profoundly changed my outlook on adoption and neutering. Animal control is not a place any animal should be.

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    PAWS Chicago is awesome! We adopted another kitten 2 years ago, nice place-they really have a good system down.

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May 28

Updated 15 hours ago

Best Extracurricular Activities for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gunfire in Kilbourn Park Area

Last night at 4:50am, there was gunfire in my alley right behind my building at Kildare and Roscoe. I heard the 4 "cracks" and then the bullets ricochet and zing past my open bedroom window. The car then sped off, hitting garbage cans in the alley. I called the police this morning (since no one showed up last night/this morning) and filed a report over the phone. I was told units will be doing extra patrols of the area. That was seriously a scary scenario and a first in 4 years of living in this neighborhood. Hoping it's an isolated incident. :/

  • Tom G--

    My cat is excellent, and I am a square guy. Thank you for granting me that assumption.

    I felt compelled to respond to your last comment.

    Capitalism is about getting more for less; efficiency; investing profits into capital goods to create more of the same. If you have...

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    Tom G--

    My cat is excellent, and I am a square guy. Thank you for granting me that assumption.

    I felt compelled to respond to your last comment.

    Capitalism is about getting more for less; efficiency; investing profits into capital goods to create more of the same. If you have a better system in mind, I'd be curious to hear what it is. (I'm assuming that you enjoy efficiency, better products, better customer service, and getting more for your hard-earned money. Perhaps I'm wrong.) Perhaps you're confusing capitalism with consumerism. Perhaps there's another "-ism" you prefer.

    The NRA, while not perfect and sometimes cringe-inducing, is dedicated to protecting a constitutional right. Whether you choose to exercise that right or not is a personal decision. Vilify the NRA if you wish, but recognize that the organization is not dedicated to taking something from you.

    Finally, to lump the above two into the same sentence as some colorfully-named street gang is, in my opinion, silly. Maybe you were being flip, or maybe you really believe they are all the same, using logic such as:

    "IF not magic and rainbows, THEN EVIL."

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Sockmule: We should have this conversation elsewhere, because it's about ideology and politics. Capitalism is fine by me, but you can't expect it to provide for all public needs, which is why we need a government with social programs that don't have to be competitive or produce a profit, as...

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    Sockmule: We should have this conversation elsewhere, because it's about ideology and politics. Capitalism is fine by me, but you can't expect it to provide for all public needs, which is why we need a government with social programs that don't have to be competitive or produce a profit, as well as to rein in the excesses of laissez faire capitalism. The Constitution is not the divine word of God and the Second Amendment was written in an historical context that doesn't exist today. The NRA took a wrong turn in the '70's when it decided to change from being an organization for recreational shooters to a lobbying body with an incredibly myopic agenda. And the lumping of a fictitious street gang with the NRA and capitalism only meant that gangs share an affinity for free markets and for promoting access to whatever firepower they can get. My apologies to all the EveryBlock folks who stick to practical and friendly conversation and avoid this sort of partisan ranting. I'll move down the street next time.

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Aug 21

Updated 2 days ago

Dunning Read Conservation Area Advisory Council is Forming

Just learned about this opportunity to serve the community. See the link below. It sounds like a fine opportunity for the nature supporters, educators and parents to create, shape and/or influence the nature programming for their children and others in our "own" backyard. Is anyone thinking of joining in?

http://fotp.org/news/friends-of-the-parks-seeking-members-for-the-newly-formed-dunning-read-conservation-area-advisory-council

  • Does anyone have any feedback on this meeting? I came out having more questions than answers.

3 days ago

Best Mexican restaurants in Irving Park

No. 1: La Oaxaqueña, 3382 N. Milwaukee Ave.

No. 3: Tixteco, 3334 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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No. 2: Taqueria El Primo, 4317 N. Elston Ave.

No. 4: Fast Burrito, 3414 W. Irving Park Road

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4 days ago

Plans for Divvy Stations Near Six Corners Dropped

...Six Corners and the Blue Line along Irving Park Road; and at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave., across the street from where Chicago artist Nick Cave, the head of the fashion program...

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Business owners in the Six Corners Shopping District said the lack of the now-ubiquitous sky-blue Divvy bikes near Irving Park Road and Cicero and Milwaukee avenues would deal a "setback" to their effort to bring new life to the once-thriving area by making it more bike-friendly.

Part of that effort includes an online fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 for three bike corrals that would provide parking spaces for 36 bicycles at 4018 N. Cicero Ave., 4015 N. Milwaukee Ave. and a to-be-determined location on Irving Park.

Part of that effort includes an online fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 for three bike corrals that would provide parking spaces for 36 bicycles at 4018 N. Cicero Ave., 4015 N. Milwaukee Ave. and a to-be-determined location on Irving Park.

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Looking for someone to sand and finish my floors.

Hello,
I was wondering if someone can give me some suggestions on a company to sand my floors.
My house is 106 yrs old and this is never been done. It really needs it !!!
Thank you, I appreciate any help and suggestions I will receive.

  • Zudor Flooring. Did my old house and everyone thinks I put in new floors. Highly recommend and the price was right.
    Paul Zudor
    847-824-2000

  • What is a ballpark figure on the cost to sand/refinish a basic 2 story home? I need to start budgeting so I can get our floors redone in the next few months.

    Our house is 102 years old and the floors are in terrible condition. Do you have to move out while the work is being done? We have a lot of pets and no family in the area, so I'm concerned about how long the process takes.

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Aug 21

Updated 5 days ago

Overflowing garbage in Old Irving Park

Help! We're moving to OIP and took possession of our house a couple of weeks ago. The previous owners left both garbage cans FULL, and we took them out to the end of our driveway for the city to empty them, but so far, nothing has happened. We live in Northcenter now, and our garbage is picked up every week. We were told that our OIP garbage would be picked up yesterday, but no luck. So, we have no place to put our garbage, AGAIN. Could someone please tell me what the routine is out there? THANKS!!

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Thank You, Alderman! I went online on the 311 site and requested a pickup, but if we don't get one soon I'll surely let you know.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Please do call Alderman Arena's office. Whenever people have an unusually large amount of trash piling up or an unusually large item, the city can send a truck out for a special pick-up!

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Aug 16

Updated 6 days ago

chipotle

When is the chipotle by six corners opening??

  • Yeah- I asked at the other chipotle on Addison and they said they've been held up for a couple weeks now on permitting/licensing issues. But otherwise they're pretty much good to go...but who knows how long that will take. sigh.

  • NASCAR Old Irving Park

    Longest building time for a chipotle in history.

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Aug 20

Updated Aug 21

Independence Park BEER Fest

Saturday, September 13, 4 to 8pm
Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield

Enjoy over 15 local craft beers, unique food trucks, and support your local park! Featuring local breweries: Lake Effect, Lagunitas, Hypothesis, Rude Hippo, Pollyanna, Woodchuck Cider, Tenth&Blake, Pipeworks, Sam Adams, New Belgium and more!
Tickets on sale now!!!

http://independenceparkchicago.com/2014-independence-park-beer-fest/

  • Kenner Husband, father, proud Chicago resident.

    This looks great! I'll be there for sure and am recruiting others. Thanks for the tip!

Aug 21

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Aug 16

Updated Aug 20

Let's Take Our State Back!

It is time to change the leadership of Illinois. Instead of growing poverty and crime, let's grow self sufficiency and pride. Let's empower our people with quality education, jobs and hope for the prosperous future, especially for our children.

http://youtu.be/IIRe37rMxcE?t=5s

  • Andy x

    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100...

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    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100 they need. If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound. Pensions are normally more than 60% funded by investment returns. That's way cheaper than the SS or the proper pay.... There are articles in various news outlets to back this up...

  • EAB resident

    I agree Andy. "If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound". But the city of Chicago has not funded the pensions for years. Where is the oversight. The teachers union should have been all over the city to ensure their pensions were funded.

Aug 20

Sunflower Day Spa

The owner of Sunflower Day Spa is retire and moving from Chicago.
The business is for sale.
For more information, please call, Linda at 773-580-8010

Aug 20

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Aug 18

Public Meeting on 4041-49 N. Pulaski Residential Project

This Wednesday, August 20th, at 6:30 PM I will host and moderate a community discussion on a proposed residential development at 4041 - 4049 North Pulaski.

The project developers, MK Construction & Builders, are seeking to construct two (2) six (6) - unit buildings with a total of 12 residential units.

Currently the property is vacant land.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 20th, at Independence Park Field House, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., at 6:30 PM.

Please join us if you're able! Call the office at (773) 286 - 4545 if you have any questions on the project meeting.

Old Irving Park Association (OIPA)

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Aug 14

Updated Aug 16

White Work Van Break-ins

Wanted to give every one out there with a working van a heads up. My work van has been broken into 3 times within one year. I mainly keep it on pulaski and bellee plaine but this last time I had parked it on belle plaine and harding. These thieves know what they are doing since they managed to pry my side door off and steal my tools.. Its unfortunate, but I hope I can prevent it from happening to someone else by posting here. For I know we contractors work too hard for someone to just stroll on by and break into our vans

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Very sorry about your tools and damage.

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Maybe you could buy a rattlesnake and keep it in your van. SURPRISE!! Sorry this is happening to you, though.

Aug 16

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