Jan 20

Updated 53 min ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Thanks Chris! There have been some amazing recommendations here, and I sure have a TON to think about. I'm soooo excited! I am hoping to get my puppy for (or around) Valentine's Day, so I'll keep you posted! Who knows, I'll probably fall in love with a pit/lab mix. Wouldn't that be something?! LOL.

    You've all been incredibly helpful and I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate your insight and involvement in this process. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  • BellaV,

    I just had a look at the Chicago Canine Rescue website and they now have quite a few dogs "in stock" that fit your criteria. Have a look. Valentines day is only 2 weeks out ;^).

Jan 21

Updated 59 min ago

45th Ward "Debates" Tonight

OMG, you guys see how many mouthbreathers were there tonight? Seats downstairs were about 2/3rds full and there had to have been at least a hundred. Droves of satin blackhawks jackets and Payless dirty gymshoes. What's happened to this Ward? Where did the class go to? Niles and Morton Grove?

  • Happiness,

    My post was about the difference between population density and housing density, not about the government taking of any property. I do remember the bang of the pile hammers building the I-90 bridges and the attendant community destruction that followed.

    I've not had the experience of government taking my real property.

    Back to my original question to you:
    what 45th Ward aldermanic candidate's positions do you find attractive?

  • toss up between missionary and doggie

Jan 11

Updated 1 hour ago

Question

Those of you who are still talking/texting on your cell phone while driving, in spite of it being illegal for more than a year, would you please explain your reasoning? I'm just curious.

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43 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Downtown Jefferson Park

I cross posted this on the JPNA facebook site, but wanted input here. What would you like to see in downtown Jefferson Park? It could be anything - stores, restaurants, residential, parks, bike lanes, anything. Downtown is ill defined but for this purpose let's assume it centers around Milwaukee and Lawrence and extends east to the Kennedy Expressway, west to Central Avenue, north to the Metra bridge on Milwaukee and south to Wilson Park. Any ideas?

  • IU,
    The book "Motorization of American Cities" by David J St Clair posits a conspiracy of General Motors and related highway interests to eliminate streetcars in American cities in the 1930s and 1940s in order to promote auto sales and highway construction. I think it was tax policy and the...

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    IU,
    The book "Motorization of American Cities" by David J St Clair posits a conspiracy of General Motors and related highway interests to eliminate streetcars in American cities in the 1930s and 1940s in order to promote auto sales and highway construction. I think it was tax policy and the vision of unending cheap energy that moved the country away from a more efficient means of mass transit. Do you remember "What's good for General Motors is good for the country". The feds would provide 80% of the roadbuilding costs, but only 75% of the mass transit costs. (Prof. Schwieterman of DePaul).

    The last Chicago streetcar ran in June of 1958, discarded by CTA management as outdated. Streetcars are more efficient and more sustainable are making a comeback around the country.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Streetcars are still used in San Francisco and New Orleans. Maybe elsewhere. They were never obsolete, just pushed out by cars in some places. Cars just took over the roads.

    At least streetcars killed fewer people than cars.

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20 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

IT'S OFFICIAL, Rep Chi is expanding their store!

Rep Chi in Jeff/Portage park, just signed the lease on the store directly next to them so they can expand. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more exciting news! Love your local

6 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    We can rebuild it. We have the technology.

  • The scrolling pictures on this site would be a downtown Jefferson Park I'd go out of my way (on transit) for. http://www.chicagostreetcar.com/

    Also the end of the Milwaukee Ave streetcar line was one block north of Devon at Imlay. The turnaround is still there.

Jan 19

Updated 20 hours ago

Whomever posted the Business review for Sportif Importer

Certainly struck many chords on Yelp, me being one of them and I didn't post the review. I had similar negative experiences and learned the tried and true: Rudy's on Irving. It maybe a 30 minute walk but, it beats the alternative . . . just an FYI

  • Milwaukee isn't some neighborhood side street. It is a major street with a state route designation. Check out the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_Avenue_(Chicago)

  • i went there twice, years ago, once was to true a bike rim in which they were high and said would take a few days. then they had an 80's Raleigh bmx there for a few years, I broke the frame on mine and was just going to see how...

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    i went there twice, years ago, once was to true a bike rim in which they were high and said would take a few days. then they had an 80's Raleigh bmx there for a few years, I broke the frame on mine and was just going to see how much the bike was so I could buy and swap parts. I asked to see how much he would take for it and said $275, I asked if he could do better on the price since it was way over list (msrp was like 190). he said that was the price, if I wanted it, it was $275.

46 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

City of Chicago: Integrys Electric Aggregation Program

I'm aware there has been much discussion regarding this program, I originally opted for the program and a year later later opted out. Yesterday, I received a letter from Integrys stating that if I don't opt-out by January 30, 2015 I'm automatically re-enrolled. I was surprised by this auto-enrollment, interesting.

  • There has also been discussion regarding the $7.95 monthly customer charge that Integrys instills on everyone.

  • That is a good point, there may be additional fees from Integrys that push your bill higher. I was strictly focused on actual supply charges.

Dec 16

Updated 22 hours ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

23 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

  • Have Joe color balance that photo residing on your website, Scoop. All the people look like Smurfs.

43 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Leadbelly Burgers Gladstone Park will be featured on Check, Please!

Tune in this Friday, Jan. 30th at 8pm, our very own Leadbelly Burgers Gladstone Park will be featured on Check, Please WTTW. I'm proud to announce that Nicole and I are working together on yet another new business in the 45th Ward!

It'll air Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4:30pm, and Sunday at 1pm.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Fruitmania opens in Jefferson Park

I'd like to welcome another new business to Jefferson Park, Fruitmania at 5035 N. Montrose. Stop in and grab a fresh fruit smoothie. Love your local.

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37 hours ago

January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Anyone but arena

No trolls, people post like adults. You don't have to put up with the immature postings of arena's trolls.

  • Oh honey, we don't need you to admit it. Tell Junior Art Garfunkel wants his hair back.

  • Nice try MaxwellJ. I get emailed the troll list then asked to name them? Pass it on? I don't want to participate in this game.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Little Ladies Antique closing

After shopping at Little Ladies for years I have found out that they will be closing in March. I was quite sad to find out but did find some great finds at their clearance sale.

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39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Anybody But Arena!

I was sent a link to a page called Anyone but Arena. At this point I am undecided on who I will vote for. But I do know it will not be John Arena. I think this page is a great idea. We need to band together and vote for the other 3 candidates. The vote needs to be split so Arena does not get 51% on Feb 24. Better yet hopefully one of the other 3 will take it...

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I was sent a link to a page called Anyone but Arena. At this point I am undecided on who I will vote for. But I do know it will not be John Arena. I think this page is a great idea. We need to band together and vote for the other 3 candidates. The vote needs to be split so Arena does not get 51% on Feb 24. Better yet hopefully one of the other 3 will take it and win feb 24th. It is predicted to be Arena and Garrido in the run off. At this point I will take Garrido or either of the other 2. Please get out and vote and spread the word that we need to vote on Feb 24th for Anyone but John Arena! I am not sure if links are allowed here so please go to facebook and search Anyone But Arena, Thank You!

Jan 19

Updated 2 days ago

Stinky basement foul smell moving through house?

I noticed a smell in my basement a few weeks ago. I really just thought it was a dead mouse / rat since we have that issue going on. So I have been looking for a dead decaying rodent. No luck.

I read on here that the smell may be coming from the floor drain pipes? Can anyone give me more information. The smell is starting to reach the living room and kitchen in the past weeks. Thanks

  • p-trap is below the wash tub. It holds water in it so air doesn't flow from the drain pipes in the floor up into the basement. If the p-trap becomes empty in a week it's probably leaking at it's base. turn the water on in the sink for a minute. Put a bunch of toilet paper right under the p-trap. Come back the next day or two and see if the toilet paper is wet.

  • Mmm easy enough. Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Jefferson Park Transit Center To Get $25M Renovation

The $25 million renovation of the transit center at 4917 N. Milwaukee Ave. — which includes stops for nearly a dozen buses, the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line and Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line, is expected to include an improved bus turn-around, new canopies, lighting, escalators and stairs, officials said.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150123/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-transit-center-renovation-get-5m-from-tif-districts

The Renovation will be funded in part by $5M from the Jefferson Park and Portage Park TIF Districts.

During the station renovation, a new crosswalk will be installed across Milwaukee Avenue, Brugh said. Plans for the crosswalk have been in the works since May 2013, when 45th Ward residents set aside $125,000 of Arena's discretionary budget for the project.

  • There have been more than a few times when I've seen a rat here and there crossing over the railroad tracks upstairs by Metra. The problem has not gone away. Can someone please take ownership and fix this problem please?

  • Whats wrong with rats on the railroad property? There's deer too.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Health news Micron & Associates Hong Kong Blog - Top 3 health tips: easy ways to lose weight

Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

1 If you're divvying up your total daily...

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Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

1 If you're divvying up your total daily calories among five or six smaller meals to control hunger and lose weight, you may be able to get by with one less snack and slim down even more. According to one study, a mid-morning snack is less effective for weight loss than a mid-afternoon one.

IGNORE THE WORDS 'LOW FAT'

2 It may sound counterintuitive but a Cornell study found people eat up to 50 percent more when a product is labeled low-fat. This is known as the "halo effect," because it makes the product appear healthful, prompts us to feel virtuous and — you guessed it — we end up eating more. Here's the rule: Eat the same amount of the "skinny" version as you normally would the "fat" version and you'll cut calories.

EXERCISE IN THE MORNING

3 Women who work out in the morning reduce their appetite and boost their total physical activity throughout the day, according to researchers. But here's the fine-print: The appetite-reducing effect only lasts for a short time, until body temperature returns to normal after exercise. However, since moving in the morning apparently encourages more movement all day, try four or five short bursts of activity (take the stairs, park in the outer reaches of the parking lot, do some crunches …) for best results.

Jan 06

Updated 3 days ago

Lavergne blocked at Montrose

I probably have missed the reasoning for this, but I'd really love to know how you have the juice to close down a street just to park your crane? I see no work being done in the spot, yet the crane sits there between two sets of fencing?

  • Drewski Don't feed the trolls.

    It has drastically reduced the ridiculous amount of cut-through traffic in the neighborhood though. That has been a welcome relief.

  • My taxes pay for your street, I can cut through wherever I want.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Truck Driver-

A truck driver was driving along on! the freeway. A sign comes up that reads,
"Low bridge ahead." Before he knows it, the bridge is right ahead of him and
he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally, a
police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the
truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, "Got stuck, huh?"
The truck driver says, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas."

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Palmer Elementary School

Palmer is a level 1 Chicago public school and now has a great new banner to celebrate this achievement.

  • That banner is a wonderful public statement of all the hard work going on inside that school. Congratulations to the Administration, Faculty, and Students and their Families. And thank for for helping make North Mayfair the great neighborhood it is!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for Line Cook & Wait Staff

Local Irish pub restaurant looking to hire locals. Experience required with references. Please send your information to galvin5901@aol.com.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Gladstone Plaza is finally getting its long awaited upgrade!

After several years of vacancy and dilapidated condition, the Gladstone Plaza is finally getting its long awaited upgrade!

Construction has been ongoing for the past few weeks!

After successfully negotiating a plan with the Department of Planning & Development and the developers, Revision, we can finally bring this parcel online and activated with business tenants!

4 days ago

St. Constance School Open House Tomorrow!

Join us for a reception, and Open House on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:30 am t0 1pm. The Open House will feature a Health, Social Studies and Literature Fair, and Book Fair as well.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Update: Long/Argyle

As a neighbor who is not in favor of up zoning this parcel, I called the alderman's office to get an update. It seems there is no current proposal by the developer. Whew! Just wanted to throw that out there as it seems many people are actively worried that a project is in the works. It is not; it is stalled.

  • Maybe it's in the water supply?

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    That initial concept in the Press was not even an official proposal anyway.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Amish Grocery Store in the City

I've seen many threads where neighbors are looking for good quality, organic foods and grass fed meats. A small store in Ukrainian Village features Amish products and the prices are really great.

Find out more on Grocery Gal: http://grocerygalblog.com/amish-healthy-foods/

  • A&K

    I have seen only two threads asking for good quality meats and veggies. I see far more complaints about how much low quality food costs. Including one about finding cheaper meat compared to jewel. You get what you pay for. We get ours from the family farms that come to...

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    I have seen only two threads asking for good quality meats and veggies. I see far more complaints about how much low quality food costs. Including one about finding cheaper meat compared to jewel. You get what you pay for. We get ours from the family farms that come to the farmers market. All of the meat is ethically raised and processed. The costs are only slightly higher. A pound of chicken runs $6-$7. The veggies are non-gmo and little or no pesticide.

    Whole foods step 4 is also a good choice. However, even step one is far better quality compared to jewel. The up front cost to switch to non-gmo and organic food was costly. Now that it's done our food bills are very reasonable.

  • Forest Glen Vince

    Remember that movie where Harrison Ford nailed the Amish girl?

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