5 days ago

Updated 8 min ago

Potbelly's and Eros Brewery and Restaurant coming to the 45th Ward!

I'd like to thank all the folks who came out last night for the community meeting to discuss 2 new developments in the 45th Ward. Eros Brewery and Restaurant and Centrum Partners.

Centrum Partners gave an update about changes to their plans for the commercial & residential development at Keeler/Irving Park/Avondale. Requirement to make all residential ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) along with announcing the retail space would be hosting Potbelly's.

Eros will bring an investment of $5M to a long dormant former Masonic Temple across for the Irving Park YMCA. The 125 Seat brewpub/cider house/restaurant will open in spring of 2016.

Plans will be available at www.ward45.org in the next few days.

  • Dennis, I’m obnoxiously positive I was only talking about Logan Square and their McDonald’s. You don’t have to tell me about that neighborhood either since I was raised in one of those multi-million dollar homes, my folks chased those gangs out. I have friends up and down the boulevard and...

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    Dennis, I’m obnoxiously positive I was only talking about Logan Square and their McDonald’s. You don’t have to tell me about that neighborhood either since I was raised in one of those multi-million dollar homes, my folks chased those gangs out. I have friends up and down the boulevard and they’re not taking this lightly.

    Give us some credit, huh? We don’t live in this virtual reality bubble you all try so hard to protect. I had fun with EB at first but I don’t think it’s catching on. Same old people who change their pseudonyms but don’t understand that even though they change names (and have several accounts), they can’t change their writing styles. We know who you are.

    Michelle Baert can fill you in on what happens to the public school system when all these apartment buildings go up. Gosh, if she wins, you moms are in for a real treat. She’s absolutely lovely.

  • Baert is an expert on our local school system? Since when?

26 hours ago

Updated 30 min ago

Santa Is coming to Mia's Gelato Cafe today!

Santa is coming to Mia's gelato to tell everyone a story this Sunday!
2:00pm "The Night Before Christmas" and "The Elf on a Shelf"
5:00pm "Polar Express" and "Frosty the Snowman"
Warm up with a complimentary cup of Mi's Magical Hot Coco!

  • Cullerton said the sidewalk needed to be redone. I did not think the sidewalk over there was so bad compared to other spots. I think it was recently redone.

    They weird thing is a little while after Gary asked about the bus shelter, I came across a newly installed one...

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    Cullerton said the sidewalk needed to be redone. I did not think the sidewalk over there was so bad compared to other spots. I think it was recently redone.

    They weird thing is a little while after Gary asked about the bus shelter, I came across a newly installed one on the SW corner of Montrose and Linder. It was in a terrible spot, really not enough room for one there. I took a pic to complain to ward office about it, but before I did, few days later it was gone with no trace! Then they they started working on the building right at that corner.

    Who decides where a bus shelter goes?

1 hour ago

Updated 46 min ago

Unacceptable

After dealing with the gas company tearing up the sidewalks all summer long, I awoke to the sound of construction this morning. I looked out the window and saw that they are finally finishing the project they started. Unfortunately, my driveway is in the middle of this. There was zero notice given to us and our cars are now blocked in. This summer the workers were very nice and gave us notice so we could move our cars. I had...

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After dealing with the gas company tearing up the sidewalks all summer long, I awoke to the sound of construction this morning. I looked out the window and saw that they are finally finishing the project they started. Unfortunately, my driveway is in the middle of this. There was zero notice given to us and our cars are now blocked in. This summer the workers were very nice and gave us notice so we could move our cars. I had a dentist appointment today, which is in Lincoln Park and I had to take a friend to the airport. Now, the friend is scrambling to find another ride and I had to take two busses to get to my appointment. This is absolutely unacceptable that zero notice was given to us home owners whose lives would be affected by this.

  • Could be worse, quit whining. No one is gonna give you money for your troubles much less listen to your complaint.

    Life isn't fair.

  • I wasn't looking for money. I'm looking for some civility and a notice so I can be prepared. Since you don't like my "whining" maybe you should just mute me or scroll past my post.

  • Senseis Taking the road less traveled

    I agree that it is a bad situation. I would call the alderman. You should have received some notice since it involved your driveway and they should find a way to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

2 days ago

Updated 54 min ago

Chase away January Blues with Paperwhites

Need January Cheer? I plant Paperwhites. Paperwhite-Narcissus can be bought at most places that sell plants. I place my bulbs in a tall mason jar with some rocks on the bottom and cover about half of the bulb with water. They grow fast and when they bloom the smell is wonderful. They can also be grouped together in a container. A very inexpensive last minute gift. Here are more directions: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-paperwhite-narcissus-bulbs.html.

  • That sounds like a great project for the kids too.
    How much light do they need and where can you get the bulbs now?
    I can't wait start planting the garden. These might ease the anticipation a little.
    Thanks for posting it

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    I'll certainly have my eye out for these! Thanks for the suggestion!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 13

Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.

Please note that the day to enroll in the program has changed. This year, homeowners can start enrolling at 12:01 am Tuesday, Jan. 13. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 311 website. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

This is a very popular program - last year, the list was filled in 4 days - so don't delay enrollment if you are interested.

  • If you did not get your gas meter moved yet, consider waiting till after that is done.

  • Where do I complain about zero notice given to us when the gas company decided to finish the project they started. I'm happy the sidewalks are getting finished, not at all happy that my driveway is blocked and I had appointments to get to today. This is unacceptable!!!

  • Go outside with the tradesmen and stamp your feet a lot and scream at them for their incompetence. Shaking your fists and do the sideways neck head thing too.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Time to lighten up?

OK then how about just some sillyness.

Being from Texas thing catch me funny that might not others.

Why do women in Chicago wear leg warmers?

To keep their legs warm.

OK so one of my favorite kid jokes since you like did not laugh at that.

Why is six afraid of seven?

Because seven eight nine.

Whatcha got?

  • SVDC ConcernedCitizen

    I was at my bank today; there was a short line.

    There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious she was a little irritated . . .

    She asked the teller, "Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?"

    The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations."

    The Asian lady says, "Fluc you white people too"

45 hours ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Wandering house cat

5:40 pm noticed a house cat with tags wandering around Lawler and Belle Plaine. Long black hair with white chest. It's clearly a house cat so I thought I'd post in case someone's cat is missing.

Nov 12

Updated 2 days ago

  • Oh sorry I was thinking of the lyric "Celebrate good times come on" -- Celebration.

  • "Celebration" was on my "No Dice" playlist, along with all the other wedding reception standards.

    And I don't think I ever had a request to play it, thankfully.

Dec 10

Updated 2 days ago

Free Affordable Care Act/ Health Care Seminar

Is your Tax Refund impacted by Affordable Care act?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), everyone must have health insurance coverage or meet the qualifications for an exemption.

As a result of the ACA, there are a lot of changes to this year’s tax code, 46 changes to be exact. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to help you learn about the new requirements, how you can enroll in health insurance coverage and what to expect come tax time.

On January 8th from 9am to 9pm all H&R Block office in Chicago will have ACA Specialist on hand to get the answers you need, for free.

No appointment necessary.
No charge.
No reason to wait.

  • Randy Stroller

    So, BM, have you actually paid Comcast to spam and scam us?

  • BM, I was going to make an point by point response picking your most recent response apart. But .... meh. Will just say it is irritating to see a skate on the edge posting then get spun. Yes, you must actually be a Marketer.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Christmas tree lots

I'm new to the neighborhood and was wondering if there are any local Christmas tree lots. A few of the elementary schools in my previous neighborhood used to sell trees to raise money for the school and church. I'd like to support the community, if possible. Any suggestions?

  • We just got a great looking 9ft. balsam fir for $35 at the tree lot at St. Cyril and Methodius on Diversey at Long (about 5700 west). The guy had more expensive Frasier firs too. Most of the trees left are about 7 to 8 footers. The guy said he's closing up on Monday night.

  • Polish National Catholics believe in transubstantiation, so it's gotta be just fine.

3 days ago

Christmas Event

December 23, 2014 St. Cyprian's Food Pantry is having it's last donation event at:
Potbelly, 4207 N Harlem, Norridge, IL (near Harlem & Irving).
25% of sales from 5-8PM will be donated to St. Cyprian's Pantry.
Bring a can of food and get a free cookie or a sample of peppermint shake.
Hope to see you there.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

New Six Corners Bank of America Branch Opens, Paving Way for Redevelopment

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141218/portage-park/new-six-corners-bank-of-america-branch-opens-paving-way-for-redevelopment

With the opening of a new Bank of America branch at Six Corners, a plan that promises to reshape the heart of the once-iconic shopping district took another step forward.

Clark Street Development paid more than $10 million to buy the huge Bank of America branch at Irving Park Rd. and Milwaukee and Cicero ave. and a nearby parking lot, and announced plans to tear down the triangular building to make way for a new development of shops and...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141218/portage-park/new-six-corners-bank-of-america-branch-opens-paving-way-for-redevelopment

With the opening of a new Bank of America branch at Six Corners, a plan that promises to reshape the heart of the once-iconic shopping district took another step forward.

Clark Street Development paid more than $10 million to buy the huge Bank of America branch at Irving Park Rd. and Milwaukee and Cicero ave. and a nearby parking lot, and announced plans to tear down the triangular building to make way for a new development of shops and stores dubbed the Pointe at Six Corners.

To replace its Six Corners location, Bank of America built a new branch at 4737 W. Irving Park Road, which is now open.

Discussions with Ald. John Arena (45th) are ongoing about the development plan for the site, according to Clark Street Development principal Peter Eisenberg.

One of the topics under discussion is whether the project would be allowed to tap the Portage Park Tax Increment Financing District as part of the redevelopment effort, officials said.

The development will boost a years-long effort to revitalize the former retail district, which once drew nearly as many shoppers as the Loop, officials said.

A 2012 city-crafted master plan identified the site as one of the keys to restoring the shopping district to a measure of its former glory.

The master plan recommends a four- or five-story building on the site, to match the height of the Sears store across Irving Park and the Klee Building.

There should be 24,000 square ft. of commercial space on the ground floor of that building and between 50 and 75 residential units on the floors above, according to the master plan.

The development should include a 7,300-square-foot courtyard to allow a public gathering area as well new streets to chop up the massive city blocks into more walkable chunks, according to the master plan.

The project will not include condominiums or apartments.

Dec 15

Updated 3 days ago

Topic: Elected School Board Forum

I am starting this as a seperate thread because it seems to be one of the major issues in the upcoming mayoral and aldermanic elections.

We have discussed it before here and on the reddits.

My current simple level of ideas at a personal level are:

1. Local education is important to me because words are better than resulting to other forms of violence.

2. Education has the potential to build the workers who will build this city in the...

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I am starting this as a seperate thread because it seems to be one of the major issues in the upcoming mayoral and aldermanic elections.

We have discussed it before here and on the reddits.

My current simple level of ideas at a personal level are:

1. Local education is important to me because words are better than resulting to other forms of violence.

2. Education has the potential to build the workers who will build this city in the future. Workers for me includes everyone since I am a cooperative kind of guy.

3. Local is important to me because I just like things local and walkable.

4. That there never has been an elected school board that actually had the authourity to budget and change the system even though there was a so called electd school board.

  • Most judges end-up serving life-long terms, because most voters lack the knowledge to evaluate them and tend to check the yes box. Not good.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    So Hera, you think we should not have an elected school board because voters don't bother educating themselves? Frankly, the same can be said for why Rauner was elected.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

  • Shot-n-Beer Guy Retired from Jefferson's Park.

    Looks like the number of convictions vs arrests is on the low side. Time & place for everything. Bad combination alcohol & wheels .

  • Randy Stroller

    SnB - a statement like that can keep us data types busy for years trying to get prosecuters and judges to give us the data on why that is true.

    The overarching project is all about trying to get the data to be able to know what happened. A lot of that is if you have the dollars to not be an easy target. Part of it is we have judges. Yes period. At the prosecutor level though... well period again. Humans, ack.

4 days ago

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Dec 09

Updated 4 days ago

Homemade Tamales?

Anyone know where I can order some homemade tamales?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Boy Scout Popcorn ?

Ordered popcorn from a boy scout and his mom a couple of months ago , paid for it and of course forgot the troop number, haven't seen the popcorn yet ?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

More trees cut down in Portage Park (the park)

Yesterday morning, a large tree just north of the ball diamonds was cut down. This morning, two large trees north of the parking lot were cut down. There may have been more, but that is the only area I pass on my way to and from swimming. I sure hope that they are about done with the tree removal. It is sad to see these very large mature trees come down. Dang ash borer!

  • I'd be the first one to go buy the wood, if it was available for sale by the city. I can find a local company that would make flooring out of that (yes, it's a hardwood and the ash floor has a lovely neutral cool coloring - a respite from...

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    I'd be the first one to go buy the wood, if it was available for sale by the city. I can find a local company that would make flooring out of that (yes, it's a hardwood and the ash floor has a lovely neutral cool coloring - a respite from the golden oak in bungalows). There would be no jobs lost :)... (Btw., I understand Mickey that when you say jobs you really mean profits and profits not for anyone but specific groups and institutions that seem not to be able to think on their feet, i.e., large corporations. If so, you're more cynical than me...)

    I've been actually on the lookout for the possibility of purchase - and boobkas. So far.

    Anyway, I have been also following up on ash disease (chalara dieback) in Europe and they seem to be much better than us in utilizing the wood. Even thou chalara is a fungus and thus affects the wood also. (They kiln dry the wood below 20% moisture level to kill the fungus and use the wood for whatever purpose, with the exception of mulch.) Why can't we learn?

  • The city can't keep it's roads in basic fair shape, can't repair crumbling curbs and sidewalks. There's no way they'd run a lumber yard business in any kind of efficient way.

Dec 12

Updated 5 days ago

Rescheduled: Christmas Cartoons @the Patio

It looks like they have changed this to Sunday at 1:00 p.m.:

http://www.patiotheater.net/Events/325/relive-christmas-family-classics-free/

  • I wonder if the crew worked for the new management and not the owners? If so, and if the show was live Dub Step tribute bands, do you think they'd have knocked it out of the park?

  • A funny! "Dub Step tribute bands"

    Whippersnappers, 23-skidoo!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Soil boring and survey markings at Grayland stop

Today I saw a drill rig taking soil borings and survey markings on the Grayland platform. Does anyone know if there are impending improvements to the station? They are long overdue. The platform can only accommodate about 4 cars, the shelter on the inbound side leaks when it rains, the steps to the inbound side are uneven and are a safety concern, and there isn't a sidewalk between the stairs on the outbound side steps and the city sidewalk. Commuters need to walk over sloppy gravel.

  • This morning a surveyor was out by the "parking area" and crosswalk. Don't know what gives, but I wonder if they plan on making it more ADA accessible/compliant. I think they did work on other platforms last year. A non-leaking shelter would be nice.

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Dec 13

Updated 5 days ago

Whole Leaf

I am ashamed to say I have been a smoker for many years. I tried to quit a few times without success. A friend of mine told me about personal vaporizers. They are like e-cigarettes but more advanced. I stopped in at Whole Leaf Tobacco and they set me up with a kit and juice. It has now been a month cigarette free. The staff has been very supportive and welcomed my questions. If you also battle the same thing I did maybe give them a shot. I feel so much better than I did a month ago.

  • Like HHF. I know a couple of people who took Chantix and they were pretty weird taking it. One just about ruined her marriage. They started doing things they never did so use it with caution. It is a hard habit to break. Like you said some people are fine...

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    Like HHF. I know a couple of people who took Chantix and they were pretty weird taking it. One just about ruined her marriage. They started doing things they never did so use it with caution. It is a hard habit to break. Like you said some people are fine on it. My cousin also did the gum but continued to chew it for years. She finally quit that last year. I never took up the habit because my mother was such a chain smoker it turned me off. But both of my siblings do and they have tried to stop several times. Best of luck to you AK!

  • Cindy G Good neighbor

    In my experience: I quit years ago with a 3-week program that used a set of filters to gradually reduce the nicotine. Once I was past the nicotine addiction (accomplished in one week instead of 3, because I was committed and in a hurry to get over it), then it...

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    In my experience: I quit years ago with a 3-week program that used a set of filters to gradually reduce the nicotine. Once I was past the nicotine addiction (accomplished in one week instead of 3, because I was committed and in a hurry to get over it), then it was a matter of overcoming the behavioral habit -- the cup of coffee + cigarette, the phone call + cigarette, the after-a-meal cigarette -- but that was easier to do because I was already past the nicotine addiction. I also had a friend who had great success with hypnosis -- one session did it for him, and he's one of the most addictive personalities I know. His success helped spur me on -- if HE could do it, certainly I could. Good luck to you! It's a good thing to do for yourself and the people who care about you.

6 days ago

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Oct 02

Updated 6 days ago

Door replacement company??

We're thinking of having our back doors replaced...Feldco was overpriced to say the least...anyone have a company more local that they would recommend? I'm reading about MG Door Installations and they seem great. Anyone use them??

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    American Thermal did a nice job of selling and installing. When it came to servicing and fixing problems, not so good.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    please advise contact info for MG Door Installations. I need to replace my back door. American Thermal sold me a beautiful front door and storm door, and did a good job on the installation, but it was very expensive.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Dog sighting

Small white dog running eastbound in alley between grace and berenice 5400 block. Tried to catch him or her but he's scared and just keeps running. Sorry best I can do.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

The Chicago Park District--Take a Survey, Please!

Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of...

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Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of an online cultural database.

Take the survey now.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chicagoparkcommunity

Complete this survey by December 21, 2014 and receive 500 Park Points. Not a Park Points member yet? Learn more about Park Points and sign up today.

Thank you for your participation and support.

The Chicago Park District

AA - Administration Building
Chicago Park District
541 N Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL, US
60611"

Dec 11

Updated 6 days ago

Why Isn't My Event Listed?

Trying to get the word out on this fundraiser for a mom at St. John's that has cancer. I posted it but I didn't see it come through on Everyblock and it isn't in the Event listings.

Is it because the actual event's address is out of our "area"? It is organized by folks from JP / PP and benefits someone from our community as well.

Or did I simply push the wrong button?

Here is the info on the event, which is Friday the 12th at 6pm at the Black Rock Pub:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-party-to-benefit-meryldines-miracle-tickets-14394005859?aff=eorg

And here is the heartbreaking story of Meryl and her family:
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/meryldine-s-miracle/249989

Help?

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Don't reply to the Kenji-associated trolls such as HLB. Just mark them as Unneighborly when they make unneighborly comments. His latest account will get banned soon enough. And that's the worst thing of all for an attention-seeker like that.

  • You people who campaign to get trolls deactivated do realize they are back in less than 90 seconds? So all that work for nothing. If you just mute them you solve the problem. If they keep coming back under new names you will have to mute each one after seeing the unwanted comments where if you just left them be and muted you would not see what they write. What is so hard about this?

Dec 15

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 15

Alderman John Arena Announces Proposed Brew Pub and First Ciderhouse in Chicago In Old Irving Park

On Dec. 16th, Alderman Arena will host and moderate a community meeting for Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse proposed in the Old Irving Park community. The meeting will take place at the Irving Park Baptist Church – 4401 West Irving Park Road – at 7:30 p.m.

The public meeting is the result of a year-long effort by the Alderman’s office working with the local community (Old Irving Park Association), the adjacent church (Harvest Christian Community Center), and City and State officials....

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On Dec. 16th, Alderman Arena will host and moderate a community meeting for Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse proposed in the Old Irving Park community. The meeting will take place at the Irving Park Baptist Church – 4401 West Irving Park Road – at 7:30 p.m.

The public meeting is the result of a year-long effort by the Alderman’s office working with the local community (Old Irving Park Association), the adjacent church (Harvest Christian Community Center), and City and State officials.

“I am very excited to bring this opportunity before the community. This level of investment shows that businesses see opportunity throughout the 45th Ward. I am proud of the work that my office accomplished as it would not be possible without a partnership with neighbors, community leaders and my counterparts in Springfield,” said Arena.

In collaboration with State Senator Iris Martinez [20], State Representative Jaime Andrade, Jr. [40] and City officials, Alderman Arena’s office successfully navigated both the State’s and City’s legislative processes for this major development that is sure to help revitalize the neighborhood.

The construction and passage of a bill to amend the State of Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934, as well as the removal of an ordinance governing packaged good moratoriums along the 4200 block of West Irving Park Road, has paved the way for the re-adaptive use of this building and a $5 million investment to take place in our community.

The creators of Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse, LLC, who have had a combined 20 years experience in hospitality, craft brewing and cider industries, "are very excited to combine two of the fastest growing segments in the beverage industry at a location that allows the community to gather and socialize.”

“This last year has been a tremendous ride for us. The support and encouragement from Alderman Arena's office, OIPA, and our new neighbors has been amazing. We look forward to meeting more of the community on the 16th.”

  • Randy Stroller

    Six Corners needs more booze and boozers! LOL Corn, potatoes and sugar cane are all natural and would make a wonderful way to not be able to taste the food so we can opt for less quality. We need more booze, padded cells, opium dens, crack houses and do not forget designer drugs.

  • I hope this cider house rules.

Dec 14

Updated Dec 14

family fruit market

If you go to groun-on you can get deals for Family

  • Hush Little Baby

    That sounds painful for a few cents off groceries.

  • Cynthia Resident Since 1988

    The deals at group-on were arbitrary. The day before I bought one someone used one of them at Family and after their purchase they were also given a $5 off coupon for their next shopping trip. The next day I used mine and didn't get the coupon. Then a few days latter I was back at the store and someone else got that coupon.

Dec 13

Updated Dec 14

  • Congrats to the Alderman

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I agree with Arena's support of the teachers union and all unions in general. I will give credit where credit is due.

Dec 11

Updated Dec 13

Senate attempting to pass law against filming police in Illinois... ?

Wtf is going on with our state, after all that has been going on in the country any citizen that films police should be applauded, not threatened with arrest or worse! The police should be ashamed of their treatment of the people.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/illinois-felony-citizens-record-police-media-silent/

  • The whole "it's against the law to film police" part is misleading. Because that's absolutely not what the law the IL senate passed is about. While I do have my concerns about the ruling, no where does the bill say that it is illegal to film police officers while they're...

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    The whole "it's against the law to film police" part is misleading. Because that's absolutely not what the law the IL senate passed is about. While I do have my concerns about the ruling, no where does the bill say that it is illegal to film police officers while they're doing their duties in public.

    Please read the two links I posted for further clarification. The HuffPo article in particular is pretty cut & dry. Even the ACLU agrees http://www.aclu-il.org/eavesdropping-bill-passes-in-illinois/

    If I am indeed incorrect (which I admit, I have been known to be), please do explain to me how/where specifically I've misinterpreted things.

  • iamchicagoan Running for Chicago Mayor in 2035!

    @Lou

    Firstly, I would like to say that even your response is confusing...Why? You may ask.

    Because you use my name as an acronym, IAC. My name is Chicagoan, thus IamChicagoan, not to be confused with IAC, Illinois Action Council or anything else.

    Secondly, in response to your question let's...

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    @Lou

    Firstly, I would like to say that even your response is confusing...Why? You may ask.

    Because you use my name as an acronym, IAC. My name is Chicagoan, thus IamChicagoan, not to be confused with IAC, Illinois Action Council or anything else.

    Secondly, in response to your question let's analyze your article...

    The title reads, "Illinois Just Made it a Felony for Its Citizens to Record the Police and the Media is Silent"

    Analysis - To many the word "record" is associated with video recording as opposed to audio recording. Also, the "media is silent" is a fallacy because this article is written by the media and presented by the media.

    Caption above image reads, "Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light."

    Analysis - The words "turning on the light" may also lead on to interpret this as a camera light.

    The image itself has the words, "Filming the police is your right."

    Analysis - Although this statement is true, it may lead one to believe that this article is in regards to filming the police. This image meme could benefit from further detailed explanation.

    These are some of the misleading tactics used by this media outlet to confuse and distort the truth. At first, I was upset when I read that same article initially. Then I read the more credible, Huffington Post article, followed by the Chicagoist article even before HankScrorpio provided the links.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 13

  • Randy Stroller

    here not here and please forgive the other middle of the night typing errors.

  • Hush Little Baby

    You left out cigarettes, Mr. I've Seen the LIght.

Dec 13

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Nov 30

Updated Dec 12

Free! Christmas Cartoons @the Patio Theater

Saturday
December 13, 2014
2:00 PM

It's Christmas time at the Patio! Come with the whole family to see our favorite Christmas classics on the big screen! Free!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Little Drummer Boy

Come see all four short films with the whole family this Christmas season!

Dec 12

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 11

Portage Park School Production

Check out this awesome production put together by our own PPS Drama students!! This is going to be an amazing production by the kids. Please stop by and see it. All are welcome!!

  • The drama teacher is very good. They did a good job last spring with their first production. Did you know there had been a long tradition of theater at Portage Park School? I found a great news article about it some time ago, but of course I can't find it now.

Dec 04

Updated Dec 11

Portage Park Knitters/Crocheters

I'm trying to find out if anyone out there would be interested in joining a group that would meet on a regular basis at a local coffee shop for an hour or two with like-minded individuals. We can work on a current project or get some advice/tips/help from each other if we are stuck on a project. Just message me on EB if you are interested and let me know what day and time might work best for

  • Helen R Portage Park resident since 1983

    Pastor K, That's great! I was hoping to get something started at my own church to get some community involvement and I was looking to expand that to some sort of charitable cause, like the Linus Project. Maybe I can pick your brain over coffee and stitches.

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    I'd love to learn to knit and crochet! My only experience is crocheting 1 shawl, and that was decades ago. Can anyone recommend a place where I could learn?

Dec 05

Updated Dec 11

Another new business to open in the 45th - Berrista

I want to welcome another new business to our community. Old Irving Park resident and celebrity Chef Homaro Cantu will open Berrista at 4219 W. Irving Park with a special community preview on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Berrista is built upon a curious jellybean-shaped fruit called the miracle berry, which has the ability to make sour and bitter foods taste sweet.

Please stop by and enjoy tasty, homemade "healthy junk food" donuts, pastries, sandwiches, fresh fruit smoothies, coffee, tea, and more at what is sure to be a very special place.

If you don't make it Saturday, stop by when Berrista officially opens for business Monday, Dec. 8.

Dec 11

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Dec 08

Updated Dec 10

Neighborhood watch - checking our streets so we'll never have to take back our streets

The far northwest neighborhoods are currently some of the safest wards in Chicago. We have the luxury of being able to call police and anticipate a timely response, no matter how major or seemingly insignificant the reported activity. I never want to be in a position of having to protest, march, rally, etc. to "take back our streets," and the only way to not put ourselves in that position is to not give them up in the first place.

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The far northwest neighborhoods are currently some of the safest wards in Chicago. We have the luxury of being able to call police and anticipate a timely response, no matter how major or seemingly insignificant the reported activity. I never want to be in a position of having to protest, march, rally, etc. to "take back our streets," and the only way to not put ourselves in that position is to not give them up in the first place.

Neighbors, let's stand in solidarity to keep our neighborhood(s) in check so crime doesn't rise in this area. Call 911 for ANY suspicious or dangerous activity. This isn't a north vs. south or a race or class issue - it's a safety issue. The police in this district DO arrive to patrol areas where suspicious or dangerous activity of any degree is reported, so utilize them and send a message that....well, we don't play that game here. :)

Thanks in advance for your support and alertness!

  • I agree. We all know what's "right" and when something is not "right" even when it seems minor. So calling 911 and asking your neighbors to confirm what you are seeing and asking them to also call 911 does work.

  • I agree with the post, too. In addition, since we do have an ongoing garage break-in's, we ought to think about investing in an alarm system, given there is none.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    I just bought one on Amazon. Screams a shrill siren when door is opened. Figured that would chase the little hoodlums away.

Dec 07

Updated Dec 10

Rat City - Ugh!

I know this topic has been discussed before, but I have to bring it up again as a reminder. Earlier this week when I came home from work, I noticed that someone had let their dog do his business by my recyling bin back in the alley without picking up and throwing away the resulting do-do. Disgusted, I did the chore myself. Last night, coming home from dinner, I noticed a nice, healthy rat scampering around the trash cans. I...

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I know this topic has been discussed before, but I have to bring it up again as a reminder. Earlier this week when I came home from work, I noticed that someone had let their dog do his business by my recyling bin back in the alley without picking up and throwing away the resulting do-do. Disgusted, I did the chore myself. Last night, coming home from dinner, I noticed a nice, healthy rat scampering around the trash cans. I don't know if he was looking for a meal of fresh doggie do, but it certainly does not help when dog owners don't clean up after Fido. I know the vast majority of dog owners do pick up their pet's business, but please, please everyone make an effort to keep the alleys clean as possible. I will call the City tomorrow (they paid a visit to our alley last month), but everyone needs to cooperate before we become overrun with vermin.

  • Thanks so much for sharing that story Liz! I hope my cats live as long, they are 5 years old now. I love cats but can't have them in the house because I am allergic, so my feral colony is perfect.

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    Thanks to all of you who care for these ferals. We adopted a rescued kitten from Feral Fixers 9 months ago, and he has become the darling of our family!

Dec 08

Updated Dec 10

Patio Theater to Screen First Run of "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies"

Beginning Wednesday 12/17/14 through Wednesday 1/7/15, show time at 8 PM.

http://patiotheater.net/Events/332/the-hobbit-battle-of-the-five-armies/

Schedule of other upcoming features, including this Friday's screening of "Take Me to The River" & "Mistaken for Strangers"... http://patiotheater.net/Events/viewall_yes/

  • Kapel Local Resident

    As far as the seats go, yah, we're keeping an eye on that. But remember, the seat removing theater owner does not own the Patio. It's simply his management team that's running it. As far as sound quality goes, yah, a theater with a good Dolby surround system will blow...

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    As far as the seats go, yah, we're keeping an eye on that. But remember, the seat removing theater owner does not own the Patio. It's simply his management team that's running it. As far as sound quality goes, yah, a theater with a good Dolby surround system will blow away the monaural sound at the Patio, but I have to admit there have been times I've heard the movie sound much better at the Patio than at some of the cracker box AMC theaters. The sound effects come through with power but the dialog gets drowned out at some of the AMCs. They can't always seem to get the center channel loud enough. With the Patio's monaural system, that's not a problem. Anyway, from what I was told there was a plan in place after the digital projector was installed to put in a new screen and then a Dolby surround system. And if all went well after that the Barton Theater organ at the Patio was to be refurbished. But as we all know, things didn't go according to plan due to all the HVAC issues. As far as the price goes for 1st and 2nd run movies, the studios set that price, not the local theaters. In light of that the Patio elected to show 2nd run movies until the new screen and sound system was completed to keep the price down. And so that was then, this is now. I intend to continue to support the Patio regardless of sound quality or screen condition because getting folks in the seats is the only feasible way to get some of the improvements on the wish lists to come to be. And yes, I'm optimistic.......................Cautiously Optimistic :-)

  • Sean Creative Strategist and Beer Maker

    I guess I'm a snob.

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