26 hours ago

Updated 28 min ago

Alderman Arena at odds with Jefferson Park Advisory Council

Alderman wants council to increase its membership and has claimed that the recent council election, which resulted in an Arena aide not being elected, was not properly announced. Thousands have attended the council's free events at the park, but turnout to its meetings is low, which Friends of the Parks says is common for councils in the city. This is not the first time that the council and Arena have disagreed.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/07/23/arena-at-odds-with-park-council/

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

    Hi Mo--I checked with the 45th, and they confirm that she was on staff at Ald. Sposato's (haven't doublechecked if she still is) and she has never worked on Ald. Arena's staff. Maybe "working for Ald. Arena" means she's a volunteer who campaigns for him? Don't know. You'd have to ask her. So I stand by my original statement.

  • IMO, the grand plans for improvement at Jefferson Park are a little strange. Like moving a fairly new playground to make room for a bunch of other stuff. Yes, the park is nice and could always be nicer, but is giving it a complete makeover a good use of funds...

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    IMO, the grand plans for improvement at Jefferson Park are a little strange. Like moving a fairly new playground to make room for a bunch of other stuff. Yes, the park is nice and could always be nicer, but is giving it a complete makeover a good use of funds (regardless of where they come from)? Does it make sense for the neighborhood? I actually do wonder if someone on the JP Council has political aspirations because things just have not been adding up to me. Although IMO, Arena's concerns are more likely about a very few people pushing things. Eventually if their plans go far enough, they could spark opposition, since that is usually what happens when things actually start to seem like they might really happen.

    Just my two cents. Not against parks or anything, just not making sense of all this.

Jun 29

Updated 2 hours ago

Looking for floor guys, refinish with some repairs!

Hi, all - does anyone have any recommendations for someone to refinish wood floors (living room and dining room) that are also in need of some repairs? Would love to use someone local!

  • I reviewed my estimate from Michael Zawada who I used and it came out to roughly $2 per sq. foot. Again, real rough numbers because we also had 14 treads of stairs refinished as well. These prices were as of 14 months ago.

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    Thanks. I just like to know rough #s before I call someone because if they are out of my price range or a project is not yet in the budget I do not want to waste anybody's time.

31 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Hot water heater install?

I need to get a new water heater, does anyone have a recommendation for someone who does good work and is reasonably (fairly) priced? Thank you!

  • Moody Plumbing, they did great work and reasonably priced.

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    I hadthe worst luck with Patrick mechanical

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Pizza Delivery People

Last night on 07/21/2014, a neighbor in the 5300 block of Windsor got a pizza around midnight. The entire neighborhood was treated to an impromptu Madonna concert by the delivery person. You could hear the stereo in his black SUV blasting down the entire block. When I told him that I didn't appreciate the loud music, he told me to call the F-ing cops.

He was a stocky white male with brown hair and a beard. If this is your guy pizza peeps, he's not representing your business well with the neighborhood.

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    PIzza was delivered to a condo with 6 units. Talked to half of them, haven't found who ordered yet.

  • Joanie,

    You go girl ;^) Keep pluggin' away. Inquisitive minds want to know.

    Jim

7 hours ago

St. Constance School Presents an Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for New Students

St. Constance School invites all new families to take advantage of a special scholarship for grades K-8. We offer small class sizes that help your student grow both academically and socially. We also offer the SEPUP Science Program in Partnership with Loyola University, instruction of the Spanish language as part of our curriculum for all kids Preschool through 8th, before and after school care and much more! Please visit our website www.stconstanceschool.org or call our school office for a tour of the building at (773)283-2311.

We are now accepting applications for grades Preschool for 3 year-olds, Pre-K for 4 year-ods, full-day Kindergarten through 8th grade!

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Mar 12

Updated 17 hours ago

Pizza

I am looking for a pizza that will be delivered with crisp crust and not soggy. Any recommendations? I have tried Porettas, Colleti's, Villa Rosa, Superosa, Maries, and others I am probably forgetting. So who might be your favorites, please?

  • Duane & Kenji,

    It has been a long time guys.

    Duane … just a reminder to let us know your impressions of Forno Rosso.

    Kenji … Still waiting to her back with you impressions of my pizza sauce recipe.

    Jim

  • miesterburger just a regular guy

    Sano's 4469 W Lawrence Ave
    Chicago, IL 60630
    Phone number (773) 725-9482

5 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Neighbor Dilemma - Advice Please

My wife and I moved here to a gorgeous bungalow in Portage Park last year and love everything about the neighborhood except for our next door neighbors on one side of our house. They are a three generation home that is constantly smoking pot, even around small children, the smoke from which drifts into our house all the time, even when the windows are closed. They also have people coming and going constantly at all hours of the day and...

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My wife and I moved here to a gorgeous bungalow in Portage Park last year and love everything about the neighborhood except for our next door neighbors on one side of our house. They are a three generation home that is constantly smoking pot, even around small children, the smoke from which drifts into our house all the time, even when the windows are closed. They also have people coming and going constantly at all hours of the day and night and make all kinds of noise. They have 4 giant dogs, which I have no problem with (I own a couple dogs myself); what I do have a problem with is that they leave the dogs' feces to collect out in their paved backyard and it literally starts to smell almost as bad as the pot smoke that comes into our house at times. These are just a few of the many issues that we have with them.

Where I am looking for some advice is on what we can/should do about it, if anything. When I see them out smoking pot around small kids or setting off their enormous firework displays or doing other illegal things, I am tempted to call the police. However, my wife does not want me to because she does not want to start anything bad with the neighbors for fear that they may retaliate towards us in some way. I used to be in law enforcement and have no problem involving the police and, if necessary, defending myself if they do retaliate in some way for involving the police, but my wife fears for herself and our 3-year old son. I want to respect my wife's wishes, but I also don't want us stuck complaining about how much our neighbors are detracting from our quality of life.

Any advice on how to handle this would be very much appreciated.

  • Rats eat dog feces! Go on the City of Chicago website to request a service (rat baiting). The City will come out to check their property! At least the feces will be cleaned up!

  • Chris T 10 year Lincoln Square/Ravenswood resident.

    Looking into Surveillance cameras (CCTV) might make sense. These systems have gotten extremely inexpensive over the last couple of years. You can have a system installed for about the same price (If not less) as a home theater system. Not only would this help if they ever encroach on your property but it could also act as a deterrent.
    I know it is a drag to think that you may need CCTV but then again, it is 2014 and we live in the city.

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

3 days left to buy your Groupon for Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival!

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lagunitas or Lake Effect Beers (Up to 47% Off)

http://www.groupon.com/deals/jefferson-park-chamber-of-commerce-1

  • The groupon for one person works out to $3/beer, for two is $2.75/beer, and for four is $2.50/beer

    If the list price is a reflection of beer price, there'll be $7 beers without the groupon.

    Definitely worth it :)

Jul 15

Updated 3 days ago

Please. . Help

I am new to living here in Jefferson Park. Had friends over and was asked if they were visiting Tokyo? I have been complaining for months about all the wires hanging in my yard. I called AT&T...Comcast...Com Ed plus my alderman. No one will come here to fix this problem. These wires are hanging so low we all have to step aside as to not get hit in the head. Just a big pile of spaghetti looking, loose or dead wires. They are laying on top of my son's swingset and our garage. Please can anyone help me?

  • Post your detailed account on all of those companies' Facebook pages. They will respond immediately.

  • C Neighbor

    For what it's worth, I've heard that tweeting about an issue often gets more/faster/better results than established customer service channels. I'm not on Twitter and have no personal experience, but I've read that big companies have entire staffs monitoring their brand image. Might be worth a tweet @311, @AT&T, @ComEd. Just a thought.

3 days ago

Found - Car Keys

We found a set of car keys for a Toyota, on 5300 block of Lynch Avenue in Chicago, about a month ago. We checked with all of our neighbors, and no one had lost keys. I thought I would post here on EveryBlock to reach a larger audience. Please respond to this message, with a description of your keys, if you believe these could be your keys.

4 days ago

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Jul 12

Updated 5 days ago

Haley's home safe

Brought him home safe Thursday night about 11 safe and sound, but I think the people that had him might have been going to keep him. they found him Saturday right here by my house and they lived down by pulaski and division and didn't post him till Thursday afternoon they said all he did was hide under the bed. bur he is home now and safe that's all that matters.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Apartment hunting for mid-Aug/Sept

Okay so I thought i found the perfect place but the listing was incorrect :(. I am looking for first floor, ideally 2 bed or 1 bd + office, laundry, garage, dog friendly. I am a great tenant with a secure job and will treat the place well! Prefer a small, homey building. I really can't spend more than around $1200 in housing totals (rent, utilities, garage).
Anyone know of anything?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Did you try padmapper.com?

  • Yes. Everything I've done has been unsuccessful. The fact that I have a dog, and need to live on the first floor bc she is too old to handle stairs, AND I need a garage is making my search endless :(

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

People's Gas shut off my gas

So I had a PG guy come out to do an inspection - he identifies a leak, another guy comes out and shuts off the gas. Says have a contractor open up your wall and a plumber fix the leak and call us when it's all done. WTF? Who do I call? I have no way to cook or dry our laundry :( And People's Gas won't give us any names of companies that could help.

5 days ago

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Jul 09

Updated 5 days ago

Solutions for gutter drainage?

Hello everyone. I'm in the process of disconnecting our home's gutters/downspouts from the underground tile system. I've heard from some people that this will mitigate the overflow of rainwater that sometimes soaks our basement. My question is, does anyone have any ideas about how to best cap the drainage holes after I redirect the downspouts? Thanks very much in advance!

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    That $5 expandable plug will work fine and if you change your mind (or need to rod out the line) you can just pop them right out. We don't have a clean out on our main drain and if there is a problem the guy rods through the front downspout tile. Works every time!

  • Hector Anaya Neighbor

    I posted something similar to this. People gave me great ideas. Also there are good how to videos on YouTube. Hope it steers you in the right direction.

Jul 16

Updated 5 days ago

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Working to build community

    Increase in O'Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR...

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    Increase in O'Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in the development and implementation of how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    What can you do?

    As a neighbor, resident and fellow citizen, I ask you to join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. Then...
    Sign our online petition at www.fairchicago.org
    Report your noise complaints which can be done directly through our website at www.fairchicago.org
    Put up a FAiR yard sign
    Tell your neighbors about how our democracy has again been imperiled
    Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com See you around our neighborhood.

  • Hector Anaya Neighbor

    I really don't mind the noise. I do think that if ohare plans to allow planes to fly at lower altitude that they should do what midway did and pay to get noise reduction windows for the affected communities. I'll take a look at your petition.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

New Playgrounds Coming to Jefferson Park

The Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks are in the process of installing new playgrounds at Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle, and Grace Zwiefka Thius Park, 4759 N. Lavergne. Both were selected for the Chicago Plays! playground replacement program after the surrounding communities nominated the playgrounds last year.

Friends of the Parks also needs volunteers to help spread the Fibar around the playgrounds. Fibar spreading will happen around Thius Park on Monday, July 21, from 10 am...

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The Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks are in the process of installing new playgrounds at Roberts Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle, and Grace Zwiefka Thius Park, 4759 N. Lavergne. Both were selected for the Chicago Plays! playground replacement program after the surrounding communities nominated the playgrounds last year.

Friends of the Parks also needs volunteers to help spread the Fibar around the playgrounds. Fibar spreading will happen around Thius Park on Monday, July 21, from 10 am to 2 pm. The spreading will happen at Roberts Square Park Thursday, July 24, from 10 am to 2 pm.

You must be 18 to volunteer. You'll be working with wheel barrels, rakes, and other landscaping equipment, so make sure to wear close-toed shoes and dress appropriately. To volunteer or find more information contact Maria Stone at (312) 857-2757, ext 17, or via email.

  • A&K

    If I happen to have off I can pitch in. Don't count me in yet but I will mark it on the calendar.

  • How's the Lionel Rabb Memorial Park coming along in Jefferson?

Jul 17

Updated 5 days ago

If you're a Jeff, this is your fest!

Do you have "Jeff" in your name? Free Admission for you and a guest, (Friday, July 25th only) to Jeff Fest Arts & Music Fest. www.jefffest.org

Prove it, please bring identification.

If your name isn't "Jeff" and your looking for a great deal check out this Groupon deal http://www.groupon.com/deals/jefferson-park-chamber-of-commerce-1

  • Jean-Pierre

    Alderman thanked me so I think he knows da truth.

  • Archie Bunker

    will a printout of my my everyblock profile suffice? Sadly my real name isn't Jefferson :/

Jul 14

Updated 5 days ago

Daycare Recommendations?

Any good daycare recommendations in the area?

  • chicmo27 parent, citizen

    I can not say enough goods things about Foster Day Care at Foster and Laramie. It is an in home day care with an extremely warm and loving environment. Her house is tidy and outfitted like a school inside and out. She is not expensive. And she is very flexible....

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    I can not say enough goods things about Foster Day Care at Foster and Laramie. It is an in home day care with an extremely warm and loving environment. Her house is tidy and outfitted like a school inside and out. She is not expensive. And she is very flexible. Also she takes babies at 6 weeks--that is quite unusual. She has basic instructional posters in multiple languages (French, etc. ) But who would you trust with your precious new born? Ms Irena is a nurse and knows everything about little one. Ms Irena recognized my child --by name!!!--after not seeing her for 10 years!

  • There is another day care at Foster and LeClaire. friend of mine likes it a lot

Jul 16

Updated 6 days ago

Parkway grass or parkway garden?

My wife and I have been walking the neighborhood regularly for a few years, and we keep seeing so many really great gardens in the parkway areas of our neighborhood. If we decided to go that route (it wouldn't be the whole parkway, we would cordon off the section we'd use, and leave a border of grass around the outside), do we have to notify the city in any way? I would certainly ask my immediate neighbors what they think, but is there anything else we may need to do?

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

    Hi Allexa: I've thought about that, trust me. But I just can't get past the part where I'm spending my own money on a service I've, in effect, already paid for and the city is supposed to provide. :)

    It's just a "principle of the thing" situation...there's a record that...

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    Hi Allexa: I've thought about that, trust me. But I just can't get past the part where I'm spending my own money on a service I've, in effect, already paid for and the city is supposed to provide. :)

    It's just a "principle of the thing" situation...there's a record that I've now called twice in 14 months or so (and will start following up progressively more frequently), so if something does happen (what would happen, who knows?), I can at least point to the fact that I told the city about it and the city didn't get to it.

    Truth be told, had I planted the tree (or hired someone to do it) even if it was in the parkway, I'd definitely spend the money on it.

  • I have a neighbor that has planted his parkway space to the gills. It is the poster child for an eyesore as he never weeds it. Ive called the city on him to at least keep it down.. but he is mentally slow so he cant figure out that it looks like $h1t. Eventually the city will get him. Its just slow..

6 days ago

Thuis Playlot - Lavergne/Lawrence Will you come?

Thuis Playlot @ 4759 N. Lavergne Ave. is being renovated. I'd love to take my kids there since it's so close to our house, but I am deathly afraid of crossing Lawrence at the Lavergne/Lawrence intersection. I honeslty think that the inability to safely cross the street is one of the major reasons this playlot is very underutilized. Anyone have any thoughts on what can be done?

6 days ago

6 days ago

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Jul 14

Updated 6 days ago

Integrys Energy new fixed customer charge

I was just about to pay my ComEd bill this month and was shocked that it was almost 40% higher than last month! Upon reviewing the bill, I noticed that Integrys Energy Services has now added a month customer charge of $22+ dollars a month. This is the most we have ever paid for a month where we did not run any A/C or heat. Does anyone use ComEd as their supplier instead of Inegrys, is it cheaper, is there an alternative, or are we now stuck with high electric bills from now on?

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Joanie, you pay for what you use whether monthly or on the budget plan.

  • July 30 at 6;30 pm, the church on Giddings (by the library) there will be someone from Citizens Utility Board at the Jefferson Park Neighbors Association meeting. You don't have to be a member, just come and bring your confounding gas and electric bills.

Jun 26

Updated 6 days ago

Work has begun on new mobile classrooms at Hitch and Prussing

Work has begun on new mobile classrooms at two of our most overcrowded schools.

Mobiles providing eight classrooms are being added to Hitch Elementary School in Gladstone Park to address overcrowding. The mobile classrooms will also allow the school to convert some building rooms back to their original uses.
http://schoolreports.cps.edu/capitalplan/2015-23811-TUS.pdf

Prussing Elementary in Jefferson Park also is receivingmobiles that will provide for six more classrooms, helping to alleviate some of its short-term overcrowding issues.

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Work has begun on new mobile classrooms at two of our most overcrowded schools.

Mobiles providing eight classrooms are being added to Hitch Elementary School in Gladstone Park to address overcrowding. The mobile classrooms will also allow the school to convert some building rooms back to their original uses.
http://schoolreports.cps.edu/capitalplan/2015-23811-TUS.pdf

Prussing Elementary in Jefferson Park also is receivingmobiles that will provide for six more classrooms, helping to alleviate some of its short-term overcrowding issues.

The mobiles at both of these schools were a long time coming, and I am proud to have worked with the local principals, local school councils, and Chicago Public Schools Central Office to secure these temporary classrooms.

I'll continue to work for permanent additions to our local schools, as well as another neighborhood school campus.

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    Today around 3:30 pm I was driving West on Bryn Mawr coming up to NW Hwy. when I seen one of the mobile classrooms heading towards Hitch. It's not often you see a double wide going thru Norwood Park!

Jul 17

Movies in the park - The Wizard of Oz

I'm proud to sponsor "The Wizard of Oz" on July 30th at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations.

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/

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Updated Jul 16

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

This Sunday @ Long & Lawrence, 9:30-1:30.This market is going to the dogs! Tail Waggin Treats and Doggie attire will be joining us and if you don't have your own consider adopting. Reps will be out from 4 Greyhound Racers. Also Dave the Knife Sharpener will be on hand to handle all your knife sharpening needs. Wayward will be performing. Meatloaf-a-go-go's food truck will be there to add lunch options beyond our resident Tamales Express. More st www.JeffersonParkSundayMarket.com

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let this mishap stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The volunteers involved in setting this up do try their best to make this event a success. For many years there was no Farmers Market in Jeff Park. Let's all work together and enjoy a beautiful Sunday, coming out with the entire family. If you have some suggestions or you have someone you would like to see at the market, email:Jeffersonparksundaymarket@zoho.com Hope to see you there the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month!

  • "Jake" your obsession with me reveals your identity. DSM-V

Jul 14

Updated Jul 16

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I'm pretty sure advertising isn't allowed in the virtual garage sale groups.

    I do advertising on craigslist for two contractors (a handyman and an hvac guy); it can be a good way to build a business. Ebay classifieds is another free advertising option. Also, make sure that your Yelp profile is up to date. Feel free to contact me off list if you have any questions.

  • A friend of mine rented a garage for his rug cleaning business, worked out well for him for many years.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 16

Post Mailboxes

I have been searching for one of those cute painted post mailboxes for weeks. Anyone suggest where to go to buy one? My mailman will not enter my yard because I have 2 Cocker Spaniels. So i am lucky to get mail once or twice a week. Problem is I don't have a lot of room to put it. I have seen some on small round poles, like the size of the pole at the end of a chain link fence. Can anyone steer me in a direction.

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