2 hours ago

Jefferson Park Community Garage Sale

Jefferson Park Community Garage Sale

Sunday, October 5, 2014
8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Copernicus Center parking lot
5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago IL
Website: http://www.jpna.net/gs/

Near the Jefferson Park Blue Line & Metra stops
West of the Lawrence Avenue exits from the Kennedy

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5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Club E

Does anyone know what's going with the Club E on Irving Park? The signs are down and they appear to be doing to renovation or deep cleaning inside.

  • Nikoniko, I'm not following your logic. Are undocumented folks somehow preventing registered voters from signing the petition?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Nikoniko: Your comment is not logical, you said you only need 1/3 of registered voters to sign. Undocumented people cannot vote so how would they be part of the pool of registered voters that is counted in the first place?

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Who do you think will be our next alderman and why?

I would like to hear peoples thoughts on who do you think will be our next alderman and why? This question is for both 38th Ward and the 45th Ward.

  • It's (it is) a start.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Portage Park Mark: There are no formal candidates yet, just people circulating petitions. Some may not make it on to the ballot but my understanding is there are at least 6 people circulating petitions:

    Nick Sposato
    Heather Sattler
    Tom Caravette
    Carmen Hernandez
    Jerry Paszek
    John Cianci

    Just search for their names and 38th ward to see if they have a website up yet.
    Once it is clear who is going to be on the ballot, there will be candidate forums sponsored by the local neighborhood organizations.

30 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

steak burritos, who's got the best around portage park?

so I am pretty routine and been getting my steak burritos from el gordo

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-gordo-restaurant-chicago-2

its pretty good to me at least, and you get it with beans and rice for 7.75 and it is a chunk of a meal too, you can also melted cheese on top for an additional $2. ingredients always seem fresh every time i go, hot steak, cold lettuce, fresh onions etc.

but while i was eating today and thinking for 55 more cents i am getting so much more than a chipotle burrito, i wondered what else is out there.

so list your favorite burrito places....

  • Sign in the window says Amigo Chino will be back at Irving and Central. Wonder if they'll go back to being open 24 hours per day?

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    I'll add a vote for La Palapita. I don't like my burritos with a ton of fillers like beans and rice. Just tender, juicy flavorful steak, adorned with onion and cilantro and a healthy dose of salsa verde, and that's the way they make them. Add cheese or sour cream for a quarter or fifty cents (haven't been there in a while,) or if you prefer the 'dinner plate in a wrapper' style, they'll make you one of those too.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Dangerous sidewalk in front of Ace Animal Hospital

It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

I couldn't take it anymore when I almost fell while carrying groceries coming home. I thought how about the...

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It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

I couldn't take it anymore when I almost fell while carrying groceries coming home. I thought how about the animals that are constantly coming in and out of this place. Or people with disabilities (wheelchairs, motorized chairs, people with canes, people using crutches, parents with strollers, etc...)

The city should make this business comply and have a safe environment for everyone. I called it into 311 the reference # 14-01647351. The real sad thing is that this business would only have to pay for half of the sidewalk, but would be benefiting 100% from the end result.

  • Alliebal, in your post, after "38th ward dollars", you should have put a comma. Just saying, I know you like grammar.

  • If you call someone that cares about their neighborhood an "agitator" then I don't mind being called this, it is worth it!

45 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

DePaul Prep Grad Names Clock

sBe sure and get by Woolworth Six Corners and The Six Corners Walgreens on Irving Park this week.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/juggernautco/15204078577/

  • Randy, you are channeling my thoughts. I was just telling someone today that names are important.

  • Randy Stroller

    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become...

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    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become corporate as Macy's but if the clock is beautiful or can elicit positive things depends on if those pieces of thoughts momentum might dictate the future instead of the past such that individuals might not be able to achieve their individual aspirations.

Apr 19

Updated 7 hours ago

Homeless Man On Six Corners

I haven't seen the homeless man that sits in the bus enclosure on Irving park near cicero for about 2 weeks now. He is the man that never begs and has been out there a few years now. Does anyone know what happen to him?

  • He wasn't there an hour ago.

  • Hi Kapel, as of fairly recently, he was still safe and stable in a nursing home. I just reached out to the Hands to Help Ministry Outreach Worker so I'll provide more detail if I can and if appropriate. I know that many people on this thread notice his absence...

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    Hi Kapel, as of fairly recently, he was still safe and stable in a nursing home. I just reached out to the Hands to Help Ministry Outreach Worker so I'll provide more detail if I can and if appropriate. I know that many people on this thread notice his absence every time they pass his spot on Irving Park Road and so far it's a very positive absence. I have worked with many people experiencing homelessness in the past and it's an amazing and human thing to see someone transition out of a dire spot like 15 years living at a bus stop. I reaffirms for me that, although change is slow, continuing street outreach and building relationships is so, so important. As a neighbor and board member of Hands to Help Ministries, thank-you so much for your support and compassion. www.handstohelpministries.org

15 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

When will there be a debate for the upcoming alderman elections?

There is only 120 days left until the next alderman election. How come we haven't had any debates yet? People are waiting to hear what the candidates have to offer, but without a debate how is this possible?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    The debates won't occur until after the holidays. Petitions are due in late November to get on the ballot. Challenges to the petitions will take place next. Debates won't be scheduled until it's certain who will be on the ballot.

    The municipal campaign will kick off in ernest after the Senate/Congressional/State elections are over in November. Historically that's how the parties have conducted these elections.

  • Thank you all for the info, I really appreciate it.

Sep 23

Updated 7 hours ago

School Choice Rally

Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support...

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Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support to choose the school they feel will best enhance the growth of their child(ren). In addition, it is a CIVIL right to be allowed that choice. States throughout the country are joining together to advocate for School Choice, and so we say "Illinois, it is time for School Choice Now." The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools saved the taxpayers of the Illinois $1,157,320,242 in the 2012-2013 school year. Support School Choice and St. Pascal School by joining us on Thursday.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Why is there a huge mismanagement of funds? By what measure is CPS per pupil spending "huge"? According to a 2014 U.S. Census report, Illinois is a distant fourth in per pupil spending to California, New York, and Texas. See http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/12f33pub.pdf and you'll find loads of tables comparing Illinois revenue and spending to different states.

  • The spending is huge in comparison to private grammar schools in the area.

16 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

High School Fair This Weekend

The Parent Power Chicago's School Fair is being held on October 4th and 5th - this weekend - at McCormick Place. 7th and 8th grade students, families, and community members are encouraged to attend.

View the flier at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByE3jAIvJaHVaTdaWGN2d25VTHc/edit?usp=sharing

or http://www.parentpowerchicago.com/

45 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Solid wood hutch - Free

We acquired lots of furniture from the previous owner when we bought our house years ago. We're finally getting rid of some of it. Including this solid wood hutch...it's a great piece as is or for a DIY'er. If no ones takes it it will go out with the trash (we dont have the transportation to get it somewhere).

  • Loulu Me

    Jealous. Please let us know if you want to get rid of more beautiful pieces. Thanks!

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

    @Laymaneers is the best! Just wanted to publicly say thank you.

    We will put this piece to good use, for sure -- though it's actual task is yet to be determined, there's no way it will go to waste. :)

Sep 03

Updated 9 hours ago

What would it cost to get a name architect to design the new development at Six Corners?

What if we could get the developer and the powers that be (government) to agree to let us try to fund a name architect thru Kickstarter or similar? Anyone interested in that? Please discuss here.

This is the development I am talking about:
http://www.clarkstreet.com/current-projects/the-pointe-at-six-corners/

My source of inspiration: Columbus, Indiana.
http://www.columbus.in.us/listings/index.cfm?catId=336

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I agree that the tenants that they attract is incredibly important (but so is the exterior of building - equally important!). Pamela, you should call Clarkstreet Developers. They will already have an architect on the job, but maybe there is a way for the public to get engaged. Maybe they are already working w/ Six Corners Assoc, or the Alderman on plans (I would be surprised if this isn't happening)?

  • Yes, Missy, that is happening but that typically just makes a building slightly more palatable. Sometimes I think developers specifically put something in that they know the community will object to so they can look good by changing it. Meanwhile, the thing is out of scale and/or just completely ugly and nobody realizes that until it's already built.

35 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Homeless shelter near 6 corners...

I work on the 4100 block of Knox Ave....today I noticed a sign put up in a vacant lot (used to be a warehouse that burned down several years ago) that this was to be the location for a new homeless shelter sponsored by the Hand of God Ministry...The street is pretty much industrial so I am a bit confused by this...Wouldn't a homeless shelter be residential?? Anyone hear anything about this??? ..

  • carol berk Portage Park

    Their are many homeless living on or near the railroad tracks that I believe this is a necessary step to improve our neighborhood. Panhandlers are up and down Montrose and Cicero. and they do accept food instead of money . I have been hearing about this shelter for months my only hope is that they also provide medical and various mental and or health services not just food and spiritual guidance

  • People give them money and that's why they stay. Now u want to give them a convention center..... Hope it's on your block!

41 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Pizza

Good pizza on the Northwest side?

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    Al's wings are also very good!

  • Lots of good thin crust on the northwest side, but nobody compares to Frank's on Belmont. If you're looking for authentic Italian style instead of Chicago thin crust, my favorite is Forno Rosso.

42 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

  • I second what Girl and Been said. I see Divvy as another public transit option. The bikes can help link transit centers with business centers. I live near Six Corners and would use Divvy for getting to the L or the Metra. I take the Metra to work and wouldn't...

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    I second what Girl and Been said. I see Divvy as another public transit option. The bikes can help link transit centers with business centers. I live near Six Corners and would use Divvy for getting to the L or the Metra. I take the Metra to work and wouldn't mind a cycling option to help me get to a station faster.

    I do own two bikes (my husband owns four) but might use a Divvy to get to other parts of the neighborhood when I don't feel like taking and worrying about my own bike getting stolen.

    Also, I think that Divvys are important because they help make cycling and cyclists a more visible presence in the neighborhood. Too many people think that bikes are just toys that kids use to ride around the block or on a bike trail. They are a legitimate transit option and when more people realize that, hopefully, driver attitudes and bike (and pedestrian) infrastructure improves.

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

    I think the future of our neighborhood (for success) is a hybrid of city and suburban living. Where having a car is not a hassle, but many other forms of transportation are readily available. Divvy would put so much more within our reach, Oak Park is getting it so I do think we can support it too.

5 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Illinois School Choice Rally

At 10:30 A.M. the students of St. Pascal School rallied and then paraded around the block promoting School Choice. Every class had posters showing why they were happy their families made the choice.

  • Just offering an alternative to the technology. My kid attended the Chicago Waldorf School. No technology in grade school. Limited computer use in High School. No television at home. Accepted at a top college. Decided to skip college (for now) for a start-up alternative. Lots of choices out there - beyond public, private, technology. I'd encourage parents to explore their options and depend less or not at all on the "system."

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

    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using...

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    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using technology, as well as supervising its use. As our boys have grown (now teens), it has become more difficult to find the right balance, in part because their schools require them to use technology for a variety of tasks. Since we've been discussing technology in schools, and for anyone interested in learning more about the impact of constant "connectedness" on humans, I recommend the PBS Frontline documentary "Digital Nation". I found it a real eye opener, with a special focus on how technology is impacting students. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/etc/synopsis.html>;

22 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Playground Trash & Bees

I've noticed a lot more bees at Merrimac Park this week as well as a lot of trash--beer cans, cigarette boxes, beer bottle caps, good containers and wrappers. I can't help but wonder if the food refuse is attracting the bees. Does anyone know who is responsible for playground trash removal and how often it happens? I got stung yesterday by an angry bee and would never wish that pain on my worst enemy, not to mention a young child just trying to get fresh air.

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Bees or yellow jacket wasps? Yellow jackets sting repeatedly whereas bees can only sting once. Yellow jackets are slightly smaller than black and yellow bees. This is the time of the year when yellow jackets are seen more. They're highly aggressive and love soda pop and garbage cans.

    I haven't seen as many bees/wasps this year. The rough winter killed off a lot of them.

  • Joanie, I honestly don't know the difference. The one that stung me snuck into my sandal. I try to stay far away!

6 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Portage Park

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Portage Park think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

  • Although NextDoor.com asks for your real first and last name, just like Facebook does, one can make up the full name to stay private. One also gets one chance, as I recall, to change this name once the account is setup.

  • Another important difference, based on my limited experience: one can reach more people with EB, because you can post messages to any neighborhood or ward, although each post is for one location at a time, not efficient. On NextDoor.com one seems to be limited to posting one's message to your immediate only or both immediate and the very adjacent few neighborhoods with one post, more efficient but less reaching. This might change over time though.

Sep 01

Updated 19 hours ago

All in all you're just another question about a wall

Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

I would love to extend the half wall all the way to the ceiling to make this...

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Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

I would love to extend the half wall all the way to the ceiling to make this a true hallway and to block off a potential hazard for any little kids that are tempted to climb where they shouldn't.

The existing half wall is made of plaster-- I am not sure if a wall can be framed over the existing plaster or if it needs to be removed and re-done completely...

1) Will work like this require a city permit? If so, how do I get one and how long does it take?
2) Who is typically hired for such work? A general contractor? A handy man?
3) Any recommendations for someone specific to do the job?

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Guilty :)

  • Thanks for all the suggestions!

    As a follow-up: we went with Windy City Drywall to build the wall and Mr. Jefferson Koegel (mrjeffersonkoegel at hotmail.com.) to paint the hallway. Very satisfied with both services!

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3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Street Resurfacing in the 45th Ward

If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money,...

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If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money, and to allow for weather issues that might occur.

So far this year, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, work is complete on the following streets:
Dakin, from Laramie to Lockwood;
Strong, from Marmora to Monitor;
Marmora, from Gunnison to Strong;
Strong, from Menard to Monitor; and
Miltmore, from Milwaukee to Ardmore.

According to CDOT, work is in progress, or will start very soon on the following streets:
McVicker, from Strong to Higgins;
Melvina, from Ardmore to Rosedale;
Mason, from Bryn Mawr to Seminole;
McVicker, from Bryn Mawr to Northwest Highway;
Natoma, from Balmoral to Catalpa;
Mulligan, from Berwyn to Foster;
Normandy, from Carmen to Foster;
Marmora, from Giddings to Lawrence;
Belle Plaine, from Laramie to LeClaire;
Belle Plaine, from Lavergne to Milwaukee;
LeClaire, from Grace to Bernice;
Tripp, from Addison to Irving Park;
London, from Giddings to Lawrence; and
Waveland, from Tripp to Kildare.

This list does not include resurfacing that is done as part of restoration after Department of Water Management or People's Gas work. Thank you for your patients as we work to finish this work before snow comes.

  • Lujan, then it is time to start calling your alderman once a week.

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    I heard that resurfacing was to start at the end of summer on Central between Montrose and Higgins. Is there any update on that stretch?

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Family Owned Business

Hi Everyone,
My question is that if it's okay to let the neighborhood know about our family business on EveryBlock?

  • You should join "I grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago" and other FB pages around your business instead. FB has a lot more folks, good luck!

  • Check out circlesavvy.com. If you build it they will come? You can do one free ad a month.

38 hours ago

Fundraiser at Pete's #2 on Montrose

Today Mon., Sept. 29, Pete's #2 on Montrose from 3-10PM is hosting a fundraiser that will donate 25% of sales to St. Pascal School. All purchases whether you dine in, carryout, have it delivered, or purchase their gift cards for future visits will all count towards the total. The purchase of Pete's t-shirts will also count too.
Thank you in advance for joining us and we look forward to seeing you there.

43 hours ago

Updated 42 hours ago

and ANOTHER one right around the corner

"• An 18-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the 3200 block of North Long Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Alfaro said.

The man was sitting in a car when “several males” came up to him and started yelling gang slogans, Alfaro said. The man suffered a gunshot to his shoulder as he tried to drive away, Alfaro said.

He stopped a few blocks away in the 5600 block of West Belmont Avenue, where the ambulance was called. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition, Alfaro said. No one is in custody as result of the incident."

  • Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to...

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    Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to their name.

    Besides that, going after a guy randomly sitting in a car doesnt seem like a "big fish to fry" either. Is it worth bringing extra police attention, which is bad for business?

    the whole concept these gangs sell to the morons who join and do these acts is a sham. theyre killing, being killed, and doing jail time to make the guy at the top rich and keep his hands clean. Drug money isnt a way to justify it. Maybe back a while ago thats what it was really about, but nowadays theres kids shooting people and not even knowing what its about..just because theyre not of the same gang, less of area control. they think 'oh, i should automatically hate this guy because he doesnt black and gold and throw up crowns like me". Its petty stupidity, plain and simple. the whole concept of the business of it was lost long ago

  • Herecomestheman Beer drinker

    BangBang.

4 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

St. John's Lutheran Still Open for Enrollment

Passing this along from St. John's, where our kids go to school:

Understanding parents’ concerns over the changes that are occurring at Portage Park Elementary due to budget cuts, St. John’s would like to offer current families of Portage Park Elementary an education option with an enriched curriculum (98.5% of our students attend high school outside of their local Chicago Public High School), lower class sizes (max of 25 students per grade), and financial stability (127 years strong).

We are extending a $500 credit to current families of Portage Park Elementary School who enroll at St. John’s Lutheran School.

For more information, contact: admissions@stjohnschicago.org or773 / 736-1196 – Some classes are almost full!

  • All those parents complaining about the lack of AC at CPS, put your own money where your mouth is and pay for your kids to go somewhere that has it.

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    No Pamela, we DON'T agree, there was NO NEGATIVE INTENT but folks like you always want to see one. That's sad for you.

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Austin & Irving

Does anyone know what they doing with the bldg on the SE corner?
Lot's of scaffolding and tarps.

  • @chris,

    maybe it's spoons for rent

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcDVBsPuTk

  • There is some confusion about the address of the incoming restaurant on Irving Park west of Austin...
    The owner of 6050 Irving told me that she is planning to open an eclectic restaurant...this is a bit farther west of Perkolator. The building immediately west of Perkolator is 6038-40-42 W. Irving and is being completely rehabbed with 3 storefronts now for rent.

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Found dog Addison and Narragansett

Dog found 9/26 . Male looks like a shepherd pit mix. Approximately 40 ilbs.Has collar but no tags. Cant keep him. Sweet dog. Not a stray. Clean

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Sep 22

Updated 45 hours ago

Be Safe

I just saw a group of gang members walking through the area really weird they look like thier up to something so everyone please be careful and safe tonight

  • Juan C. Ayala Belmont Cragin Resident

    I usually wear dress slacks and a Polo shirt, but there are times like when I'm going for a jog or to the gym in the fall that I will wear a hoodie and joggers. That's usually when I get the looks from other gang members. When it comes to strangers on the street, you bet I will judge them by what they are wearing and how they carry themselves.

  • Rawlins Riles City slicker, bar rat

    While I feel like this post has gotten out of hand I do think I have some facts that relate to the topic. Please correct me @allnamestaken if this does not match with the story you are trying to tell.

    I saw a group of teens (4-6) walking south on...

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    While I feel like this post has gotten out of hand I do think I have some facts that relate to the topic. Please correct me @allnamestaken if this does not match with the story you are trying to tell.

    I saw a group of teens (4-6) walking south on Kilpatrick crossing Irving Park road (just in front of the new Chipotle) around the 10 o'clock hour on Monday September 22nd. I noticed this as not normal as it was pretty late at night for a group of teens to go out on what did not look like a neighborly stroll. I drew attention to myself as I had music playing from my car and this granted acknowledgement from them towards me. Two of them ran ahead so they could see me as I drove by.

    Be safe

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Randy Stroller

    Yep, he also encouraged me to put those out on imgur. I have been strolling more in the loop or Pilsen recently so the pics would not be considered local. I mostly now though just move them out to twitter or FB then sometimes to my Brisket in Chicago blog.My little wix web site has links to both accounts as well as my YouTube account:

    randy7771026.wix.com/codepath

    I hope to create more video beginning sometime this winter.

  • Randy Stroller

    Perhaps I should add that account and:

    https://parkletpops.imgur.com/all/

    No vomit pics though. I am monkey see monkey do when it comes to vomit.

Sep 22

Updated 2 days ago

HVAC/Radiator Work

Hello Collective Wisdom,

It's our first winter in our new house, and we need someone to show us how to bleed the radiators, etc. before firing up the heat for the first time. Does anyone have a reliable and affordable HVAC person they'd recommend?

Many thanks*

  • @Inactive User about fixing something that isn't broken at the moment....the engineer said that if you patched with something like JB Weld, and had mixed it correctly and got it to make a shoulder inside, you could either oversize drill out the old vent and oversize tap it or bypass...

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    @Inactive User about fixing something that isn't broken at the moment....the engineer said that if you patched with something like JB Weld, and had mixed it correctly and got it to make a shoulder inside, you could either oversize drill out the old vent and oversize tap it or bypass it and tap a new hole in the JB Weld. He says people successfully patch engine block water jackets with that stuff. He also says you should have a ready to go replacement in the garage. Especially if it is not summertime. He further observes that an old stand up radiator usually can be taken out of the line and the line capped or a simple pass through pipe installed to allow continued circulation. And this way the old radiator can be positioned perfectly for the tapping.

    2) If it ain't broke, don't fix.
    3) Not a job for Fall or Winter
    4) When you gamble, how lucky are you usually?

  • 2) i don't plan on fixing it now, but want to have options when/if it leaks.

    3)not planning on it but if worse comes to worse I will bring the bbq grill in the living room (j.k. lol)

    4) I rarely gamble but I usually lose when I do. also, if something could go wrong at a specific time and place it will.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Recommended landscaper?

Anyone have a landscaper they would recommend for a one time yard clean up (weeding, trimming hedges)?

  • Kelly Dunning

    I have used Angel with Arroyo Landscaping. He is on Yelp, but doesn't have the greatest reviews, doesn't always show up on time and can definitely be hard to get a hold of on the phone. With all that being said, he does do good work and his prices are...

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    I have used Angel with Arroyo Landscaping. He is on Yelp, but doesn't have the greatest reviews, doesn't always show up on time and can definitely be hard to get a hold of on the phone. With all that being said, he does do good work and his prices are probably the cheapest you will find. We had him remove about six overgrown bushes and install a retaining wall in the front of the house last November and he replaced our front sod in May. If you can deal with his quirks, then I would hire him. If not, definitely find someone else. Hope this helps!

  • Laura Edwards CPS Teacher

    NICA Landscaping Service. Contact Miguel Garcia at 1-773-505-2162. They did a great job pulling out many weeds in our backyard a few months ago and putting sod down for us at a reasonable price. His English isn't great, but he is very reliable and his crew does great work. I highly recommend his company.

  • my brother rich cuts grass, bushes, trees, spring and fall cleanup for a business, and is pretty reasonable (yes, even i, his nice sister, pays him)....his number is 773-710-3893

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Missing cat?

A cat adopted our front porch recently. It's been hanging around the block for a couple of weeks. Pictures are attached. It seems to be not fully grown yet. If it yours please let me know.

  • If you haven't already done this, take him to a vet to get him scanned to see if he has a microchip. Thanks for looking out for him!

Mar 11

Updated 3 days ago

Zoning Question

My neighbor across the street at 5329 Windsor has several cars with service dealer plates at any given time on his property and parked along Windsor Avenue. Now that the weather is improving, the noise from this residence is impacting the neighborhood. Tonight several vehicles were being moved after 11 pm with their engines revving and blowing horns on the vehicles. There is a lot of traffic in and out of this residence for a single family home. People were...

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My neighbor across the street at 5329 Windsor has several cars with service dealer plates at any given time on his property and parked along Windsor Avenue. Now that the weather is improving, the noise from this residence is impacting the neighborhood. Tonight several vehicles were being moved after 11 pm with their engines revving and blowing horns on the vehicles. There is a lot of traffic in and out of this residence for a single family home. People were yelling and shouting as these vehicles were being moved. Tonight they had a commercial sized truck, not a pickup, parked on Windsor too. Is it legal to operate a vehicle support service from a residence? The direct approach, speaking with my neighbor, hasn't mitigated the problem. Currently the residence is in the 45th Ward, but will be getting moved to the 38th Ward with the remap.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Whats going on?

I posted on Monday that I saw gang members roaming the area well my neighbor told me that on friday his house got robbed...seriously this is suppose to be a good area! The police is alerted but lock those doors!

  • if one enters my home, guaranteed he/she will not get out alive

  • @chris,

    it is always best to be prepared, that is why we have fire drills, disaster drills and active shooter drills for school faculty and such things. even thou it does not cover all situations, drills and role play does help.

    in my home I have fire extingishers just to...

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    @chris,

    it is always best to be prepared, that is why we have fire drills, disaster drills and active shooter drills for school faculty and such things. even thou it does not cover all situations, drills and role play does help.

    in my home I have fire extingishers just to be prepared and it is not because I live my life in fear, but had a situation once where I did not have a fire extinguisher and needed one.

    you don't have to role play it physically, just go through the steps in your mind.

    just because you prepare for something does not mean that you live your life in fear.

Sep 23

Updated 3 days ago

Lost PUPPY: Found

My wife found a Yorkie puppy wandering in traffic this morning near Montrose & Minitor. No tags. Please message me if you know her humans.

  • I found a dog yesterday. We are in the process of trying to get him to him owners. Took him to the vet, he is chipped but the addresses and phone numbers are not lining up. poor guy is only 1 -2 years old and has 4 addresses listed to...

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    I found a dog yesterday. We are in the process of trying to get him to him owners. Took him to the vet, he is chipped but the addresses and phone numbers are not lining up. poor guy is only 1 -2 years old and has 4 addresses listed to the chip, one being in Kentucky. If you have a pet that is chipped, please make sure his info is accurate in the database. I am doing everything possible to find this dogs owners. I cannot keep him. I already have a 100 lb german shepherd and my home is not large enough for both of them. My boss is going to take him until we find his owners and if not, the pup will have a new forever home. I just hate to think that someone is missing their dog. If my dog ever got out I would pray that someone would do this for me.

  • The dog's owners have been found and came and picked up their pup this afternoon. Another happy ending and good karma.

Sep 03

Updated 3 days ago

Annual Fall into Fitness 5K run/walk

Sunday, September 28, 2014

5K Run/Walk start time: 8:30 a.m.
Portage Park, Irving Park and Long Avenue.

Co-sponsored by:
Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection & 38th Ward Alderman Tim Cullerton

Fall into Fitness will take place rain or shine!

For more information, go to:

www.presencehealth.org/FallFitness5K

Sep 19

Updated 3 days ago

Slingshots donations.http://slingshotschicago.com/

Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Bibles
New testaments (NIV or NLT)
Bibles (NIV or NLT)
Devotional books
Note: Slingshots is mindful of student safety. If you have tools that...

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Maybe you can help provide some of the needed items for Slingshots teen center. Check out the list below. If you have any of the items below and would like to donate them to Slingshots – or if you would like to provide the funds needed to purchase the items please contact Bob Anderson at slingshotschicago@gmail.com
Bibles
New testaments (NIV or NLT)
Bibles (NIV or NLT)
Devotional books
Note: Slingshots is mindful of student safety. If you have tools that you would like to donate please make sure they are in good shape. We want students to learn from with the tools that are being used in the work world today. Slingshots will not use antique tools or supplies.
Carpentry
Work benches
Hammers
Wrenches
Screw drivers
Hand saws
Tape measures
Levels
Straight edges
Carpenter pencils
Powered drills
Cordless drills
Drill bits
Sanders
Circular saws
Table saw
Tool storage shelving
Wood. 2 X 4’s
Drywall (teaching students how to build a wall from stud to drywall to paint)
Nails (different sizes – teaching students how to use a hammer on all size nails)
Screws (different sizes – teaching students how to drill in different size screws)
Vac system to collect dust from power tools
Shop vacs
Sand paper

  • Randy Stroller

    Six Corners Association normally 9-5 M-F except when they are not and other hours here and there then 24 hours during Fest.

  • Randy Stroller

    Parklet 24/7/365

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Piano Teacher Recommendations

I live in Portage Park and my 7th grader has taken an interest in the piano. I'm interested in recommendations for teachers? I would prefer ones that would teach in home lessons otherwise be nearby but open to thoughts from the community. My daughter is older and not looking to be in an intensive program, and I think she'd like a younger teacher or one that would include modern music in her lessons to keep her interested.

  • This is not exactly what you are looking for, but you might want to check it out with your daughter. I have no experience with them, but this franchise seems like a dynamite for the young.

    https://elmhurst.schoolofrock.com/

  • My son takes private piano lessons with with Mrs. Anderson 773-685-2941. She is wonderful!

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Toxic Water

Recently in Toledo, Ohio the water people drink was poisoned bad enough they could not drink it. Here in Chicago that may seem far away. It's not. ComEd provides us power mostly from coal fired plants. If you have 10 minutes please watch the video. It talks about what is happening in Ohio. It also means the same thing could happen here. This is dangerous for our health and we deserve better.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4iwD5J7GX58

May 28

Updated 4 days 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?

  • Park Ridge Park District is amazing with its wide array of offerings for both the young and the old: cooking, dancing, sports, science, robotics, chess, theater,music, singing, preschool program and you name it. Check out their catalog at

    http://www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com/

  • Stage Coach Theatre, Park Ridge, http://www.stagecoachschools.com/parkridge.html

    This is an exceptional offering for ages 4-16, broken into two schools: Early Stages and Main School. In Main School, ages 6-16, students get a specialized teacher for each of the three segments of the program: dance, drama and singing. We always look forward to the end of session performances. The stage setup, costumes, acting, dancing and singing is well worth the wait.

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