24 hours ago

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PetSmart GRAND OPENING!

Fetch your friends for the Chicago Six Corners PetSmart GRAND OPENING!
10/25/2014
Check out what's in store for the celebration:
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am
• Mystery PetSmart® gift card for first 50 customers
• Trick training sessions by our Accredited Pet Training Instructors
• FREE giveaways like treat samples & toys, Prize drawings
http://stores.petsmart.com/2526

  • Neighborly2, they have IAMS just not the kind I buy. They have most varieties in the GYNORMOUS bag but I have two cats and I don't want it to go stale. And two kinds in the medium bag which are $10.99 but on sale at Jewel for $9.99. Tiny bags...

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    Neighborly2, they have IAMS just not the kind I buy. They have most varieties in the GYNORMOUS bag but I have two cats and I don't want it to go stale. And two kinds in the medium bag which are $10.99 but on sale at Jewel for $9.99. Tiny bags too but you know those are worth buying.

    I didn't see the railing Randy's tripping over. I will inspect the store next time I go.

    Please adopt your cats from Tree House Humane society, Paws, Anti-Cruelty. I thought they banned the sale of dogs/kittens from stores to stop the puppy mills?

  • *aren't worth buying

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18 hours ago

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Wal-Mart moving into 6 Corners

I would like to hear people’s views on possibility Wal-Mart occupying the Sears location at 6 corners. Do you agree with it or not agree with it?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Target would be a good choice. I'd prefer one that isn't a superstore with food items. We need a place that sells staple items (cleansers, soaps, etc.) we have enough food stores.

  • I'm glad to see all the opposition to Walmart...it would be a bad decision and I definitely wouldn't shop there. I'm happy to see a few comments showing appetite for Trader Joe's and Whole Foods!

13 hours ago

Updated 13 min ago

1950s record player repair

About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

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About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

For those think this type of stuff is cool, it looks like the one pictured in the link below, but with a darker cabinet, and not as pristine. It has a bunch of original paperwork, and looks like it was originally shipped to someone on the 5500 block of West Dakin.

http://s705.photobucket.com/user/45Victrola/media/DSCN7639.jpg.html

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  • Johnny Portage Park

    As a former owner of a retail record store, I got this question a lot. Unfortunately, I was never aware of anyone reputable so I would often end up performing the repairs myself. While I enjoyed doing the work, it was always tough to find the time. I echo the...

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    As a former owner of a retail record store, I got this question a lot. Unfortunately, I was never aware of anyone reputable so I would often end up performing the repairs myself. While I enjoyed doing the work, it was always tough to find the time. I echo the other poster's comments regarding Dave at Stereo Exchange. I've done business with him in the past but his turnaround time is slow and he is a bit absent-minded. That said, he is one of those genius mad scientist types who can fix any piece of stereo gear as long as you are aware of what you are in for when you drop it off with him.

    Fast forward a few years. I no longer own the record store. I now have a business repairing, building and modifying guitar effects and amplifiers. I may be able to assist but it likely wouldn't be quick or cheap. Feel free to contact me via my web site:
    www.alchemy-audio.com

1 hour ago

Updated 25 min ago

Cell phone reception (Addison/Austin) area

Hi -

Looking for feedback on cell phone carriers in the above area which has the best reception for voice/text messages.

Have been with Sprint for years, which is adequate. Looking into the family plans for the various carriers but would like to get opinions from folks about the reception.

Thanks!

  • Johnny Portage Park

    No problems with Verizon for several years in the area.

9 hours ago

Updated 25 min ago

Someone taking our recycling

For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

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For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

This is very frustrating for us, because we take recycling seriously. We normally keep the bins in our backyard until pickup day, but my husband got mixed up and thought today was pickup - sure enough, we came home to our recycling all over the alley and in our garbage bin. Same with all our neighbors. What can we do about this? A 311 call is all I can think to do, but somehow I doubt that will really do much.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    Also, for the record, I know it's not illegal to go through trash - and I really don't even have a problem with him taking our cans. But that is a LOT of recyclables to leave strewn around the alley or in the garbage cans, and that's just not ok with me.

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  • It happened to me last night. I must live by you. I saw him as he was doing it. I went outside and had a talk with him. (He must think I'm crazy because I was pissed and quite loud.) I told him I was recycling because it was the...

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    It happened to me last night. I must live by you. I saw him as he was doing it. I went outside and had a talk with him. (He must think I'm crazy because I was pissed and quite loud.) I told him I was recycling because it was the right thing to do and I didn't appreciate him throwing all my non-metal recyclables in the trash. He said he'd remember my house and wouldn't do it again.

    What he's doing is taking all the metal out of the recylce bin, and as he goes through it, he puts the plastics and glass into the other bin so its easier to get the metal.

    I called 311 about this once before and they told me to separate the metals and make it easy for him to get to--that way he won't dig through the rest. Not what I want to do, but I guess it would work, for my can anyway. But it doesn't solve the problem for the rest of the neighbors who are trying to recycle and its getting thrown in the trash. Like @LadyLord, I try to take recycling seriously and it bothers me.

    I would think that the City would want to do something though because I'm sure that the recycling program is at least partially funded by the money that they get from the metal. But I suppose they have bigger fish to fry.

31 min ago

Thoughts on CAPS meeting every two months

At the last CAPS meeting for beat 1624, someone asked the question as to why we meet every two months rather than one. The response from the officer was there wasn't enough crime in the beat (Cicero to Narragansett and Irving to Montrose) and to save paper. There was a lot of disagreement from the crowd (which was a good turn out compared to the last one). Thoughts?

6 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

  • Pasquale yes it is OUR Money they have stolen. Black and White it is not black and white. Because I worked in the private sector for 20 plus years and than took a government job I automatically lose social security benefits. Will they repay me for for the 20 plus...

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    Pasquale yes it is OUR Money they have stolen. Black and White it is not black and white. Because I worked in the private sector for 20 plus years and than took a government job I automatically lose social security benefits. Will they repay me for for the 20 plus years I contributed into social security, NO so I have lost money there.
    Please read http://www.chicagonow.com/interesting-chicago/2014/10/chicagos-pension-crisis-was-created-decades-ago/. It is factual. Now government employees are getting screwed out of their 20,25, 30 35 thousand dollars a year pension. Pension that they have been paying into their entire careers. If those in charge of government hadn't STOLEN yes STOLEN the money there would be no major problems.

  • Joanie I work weekends, Holidays and rarely have time to see my friends or family during any holidays. I have been forced to worked 2 days straight without barely any sleep during bad weather and we were paid straight time. Straight time for a 48 hour shift with 5 hours...

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    Joanie I work weekends, Holidays and rarely have time to see my friends or family during any holidays. I have been forced to worked 2 days straight without barely any sleep during bad weather and we were paid straight time. Straight time for a 48 hour shift with 5 hours off for some sleep. We weren't allowed to go home. I know what it is to have it rough with a government job and what it like to be abused yes abused by being forced to work extra hours continuously and have less than 8 hours between shifts. So working 17 hours than having less than 8 hours to get home take care of what you need to take of and get some sleep? Talk about being sleep deprived, that happened for years. My first 5 years I was constantly mandatoried and didn't think I would make it. Thankfully they have changed how people get mandatoried to work over and it is a larger rotation pool. So I decided to stay to invest in my future, it's not been a cakewalk. It has been hard, very hard and now to lose promised benefits is a low blow.

10 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

House Cleaning Service

I know this has been posted before but I can't seem to find the thread. Can anyone recommend a good house cleaning service in the portage park area?

6 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

6 Corner's Bistro

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Take advantage of the BYOB while you can.

  • Randy Stroller

    And did he know Beetle Bailey? Great cooks and chefs and executive chefs I have known are still great if they are at Palmer House, Willow Creek or my house.

  • Randy Stroller

    You are incorrectly spelling gore man. Should we wait until it opens? Counter man if you are up for it I am but my birthday is coming up so if your mouth organ is not up to your picture we may have to litigate.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Home Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good detail orientated and trustworthy cleaning person/service to clean my one bedroom apartment in the Klee Building once a week? Should not take more than an hour each week.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    The rates at Little Helpers are good too. Thanks everyone for their suggestions.

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Jun 19

Updated 10 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

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

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

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

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

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

  • Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick....

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    Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick. Alderman is now trying his best to get the sidewalks constructed before the upcoming winter. I told Alderman that such completed construction would make a wonderful Christmas present for us all. Yay! Thank you Alderman Cullerton and thank you our State Rep. Rob Martwick!

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Jimmy John's NOW OPEN!

JUST IN: Jimmy John's is NOW OPEN at 4021 N. Milwaukee Ave. Head on over FREAKY FAST and get your gourmet sandwich!

16 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

If there are less trees on your block after this week....

The Streets & Sans and Forestry folks have been out removing trees on the parkway. These are trees that did not respond to the treatment for emerald ash bore. The trees that are being taken down are dead.
yes, it is sad that the trees were removed, but better to remove them now as opposed to a dead tree collapsing in the middle of winter and possibly injuring someone walking to a bus stop.

13 hours ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location for the last market is the season at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Produce vendors, dog food , honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags, as well as several area businesses.

More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

  • Rauner is a leader. Quinn is a wannabe. No one needs to be paid to recognize the difference. Quinn degraded our state to one of the bottom ones of the 50! Can you get any lower than that?

Oct 15

Updated 19 hours ago

Where to buy meat and produce

I am looking for a place in the Six Corners or Portage Park area to buy meat and produce that is good and reasonably priced. I've been shopping at Jewel but their meat is so expensive. I've seen a lot of little local stores so I'm looking for recommendations for any of them. Thank you!!

  • For the last 4 years, we have been getting all of our meats from Joseph's Finest Meats as well. family run business. Quality meats with great prices and awesome customer service!! We have never been disappointed in anything we purchased there.

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

    Love Caputo for inexpensive produce. Tony's finer foods has an extensive meat selection, along with lots of produce. Tony's carries a large variety of stuff for varied cuisines, which works for me since I like to cook lots of ethnic dishes. While quite a drive, my favorite Tony's is the newish store in Niles, near Advocate Lutheran. I've also shopped at the Belmont Ave. store (many more locations I haven't tried yet). Definately going to check out Joseph's, based on this thread.

45 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Movers Needed today 10/22/2014

I need movers for today. I have a few boxes and cartons that need to be moved to Hoffman Estates. It is a one man job that would take less than one hour. Drive would be 30-40 minutes. Unpack would be 30 minutes. So two hours work. I need a licensed and bonded mover.

Please let me know if you have any names.

  • One of my cars once set my jammed packed garage on fire and it all went up in flames.

    That was a great way to purge a bunch of stuff I had in boxes.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    That's a good trick - getting your landlord to move you! I'll have to remember it for my next move!

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Sep 16

Updated 37 hours ago

Furnace repair

Our furnace seems to be on the fritz. Any recommendations? Would love to use someone in the Portage Park neighborhood if there's a reliable service provider, but that's not essential. Thanks in advance.

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

    I need to have mine serviced. I now know who to call. Thanks! =)

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Dave Marvin of Mar-Tech Heating & Cooling. Really great guy and lives in the area.
    Dave Marvin
    (708) 212-3838 cell

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher.

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiddieland-ECE/294680377262264?hc_location=timeline#!/media/set/?set=a.788832787847018.1073741902.294680377262264&type=1

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    "And as always, please remember to like us...."

    Maybe if you posted for any reason other than promoting your business, you'd make that easier?

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Energy Supplier Recomendations?

I started comparing my energy supplier charges on my Comed bill to that of friends, and as it turns out I am paying twice as much per kWh. I've researched a few suppliers like Spark, Integrys, and Direct Energy and all have rates to lock into for of 6,12, 24, and even 36 months. Do many of you have any advice on chosing the most affordable supplier? I average 1,000 kWh per month.

  • I found this site informative. I believe that the dollar amounts that they are stating are for your electricity supply only, but I haven't contacted them for clarification. It is, at least, a good list of options beyond the couple that you mostly hear of.

    https://www.chooseenergy.com/compare/60641/electricity-rates/

  • @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED...

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    @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED bulbs on Newegg or Amazon. There are plenty of online stores that can sell them but prices vary and some beat Ebay when sales occur.

    To get back on topic, you will have to compare the various companies offered and place a note on calendars, your phones, and other places to find a new contract when your 6,12, 24, or 36 month contract expires. The reason rates double is that when you are off a contract the company expects you to leave at any moment and you do not get a "long-term discount" for being with them. It is similar if you would not have a contract with your internet provider, some of their monthly rates are twice the contract rate if not more.

6 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Six Corners Bistro

My wife and I had dinner at the new six corners bistro last night. The food is fantastic, our waiter was very friendly, the music choice was perfect. Not very loud and not annoying. I had the burger, they tell me it was ground fresh in house and it tasted like it. It's Byob but we were told a full offering will be available in a few weeks. They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is great, prices are fair, and the tables have good spacing. I didn't feel crammed in. We will definitely go back. If you have time pay them a visit. You won't be disappointed.

  • BnW I think WAGS was briefly on the same footprint as what is now the Dollar Store. Before that it was an Illinois Bell switching office and before that, part of the Dickenson Tavern property. And before that, Indian Country.

  • There's two "dollar" stores in Six Corners. The one on Milwaukee where everything is indeed only one dollar, and the other one on Irving that says dollar in it's name but products can be way more than one dollar.

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city

This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your...

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This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. Their sister store Kim Long, next door, has great Chinese food and again for $2.50 they'll deliver you tasty Chinese food and donuts. The owners are so nice and obviously like what they do. One of the best things is that they have a good variety even near closing time, 10pm.
Never thought I'd go on about donuts like this but this is a real find!!! And so unique. I don't take advantage of delivery so that I can control my intake, but I did order some Chinese food and a donut recently. It was delicious.
Address is 5112 W. Fullerton. Phone 773.237.7588.

  • I love something sweet! The owner is amazing he told me he's been making donuts for years! I have also stopped in at portage grounds for their donuts ( they are excellant as well). I prefer perkolator coffee shop over portage grounds. It would be amazing if the owners of perkolator could team up with something sweet and offer their donuts at the coffee shop! Now that would be amazing! It's hard for me to get over by something sweet or I would be there everyday getting super fat!

  • I've been singing their praises for some time now. Great people. Great place.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Post about voting early

Anybody know where the post went? It was here earlier today and now its gone.

2 days ago

Oct 15

Updated 2 days ago

Take Back Chicago Reports on and Grades all 50 Aldermen

Click through each alderman to get the lowdown on them.

http://takebackchicago.org/

Grassroots Illinois Action

Changing the Face and Focus of Politics in Chicago

"Grassroots Illinois Action is setting out to unite working families in an effort to build real independent political power in and for our communities. We can build the power to elect Progressive champions who will fight for our communities and defeat those who would close schools, cut good jobs, slash human services, and demolish affordable housing. We can change the political landscape and shift our city and state's priorities. Together we can pursue a vision that values all of our residents, all of our neighborhoods."

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Children's Eye Glasses

Just found our out 5 year old needs glasses. Would appreciate recommendations for children's eye glass business, ideally would like to support a Portage Park business. Although we're interested in a place that's good with children, even if not right in the area.
Thanks.

  • Not in the neighborhood but the Opthamologist on Western avenue near Fullerton was great for our toddler. Lawrence Kaufman.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    I highly recommend Aardvark eyewear, kids-only specialists. It's on Western just south of Fullerton. Odd little shop, busy... tons of frame sizes and styles to try, and most importantly the service & expertise is high quality, personalized, caring. I bought my daughter's first-time glasses there; have been back a few times over the past year for growth and comfort fit adjustments, and haven't been charged even for long consultations. Go during the week if possible, on Saturdays it's jammed. Good luck!

  • Yes, Dr. Kaufman at 2456 N Western Ave. in Chicago 773- 235-2020 is the best children's ophthalmologist around. I have taken both my glasses wearing boys to him over the years and he comes highly recommended.

3 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Orange Tabby Cat seen near Smyser Elementary

Saw a very friendly orange tabby cat with white feet near Smyser Elementary the night of Saturday, Oct. 18. It crossed over to Moody Street and was last seen near a blue house on Moody. I am pretty sure it was someone's pet as it was very friendly and looked healthy. I am concerned that it was lost and hope the owner can find it.

  • Jan

    Tami, i'm so pleased to know you are a TNR - in this case R being rehabilitate and rehome. Good on ya!

  • Thanks Jan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't have to spend their lives on the street.

Oct 16

Updated 3 days ago

Trick or Treaters

So since this is such a "family friendly" neighborhood, shall my wife and I expect trick-or-treaters in the next couple weeks? I think she's dead (no pun intended) set on getting dressed up and passing out candies. If that kind of thing does happen, should we expect kids early in the day, or evening?

  • Narragansett and Addison area - we usually get tons of smaller kids right after school. Then there seems to be a lull around supper time and then things heat up again with a huge surge of older kids and larger groups from about 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Then it usually stops. I'm dressing as a frog this year, to pass out candy!

  • It's a Friday night, so expect a LOT of kids throughout the late afternoon and evening.
    If it was a school night, they would be out early, almost after school lets out until about 8:30

Oct 14

Updated 3 days ago

New Gas Line, now basement leaks

Peoples gas was through my block a couple weeks ago and installed the new line along the side of my house to install a new meter. Well, when we got that heavy rain a week or two ago, I noticed I got some water in my basement right near where the new line is. Not standing water or anything, but at least a foot or two of carpet near the wall was wet.

How do I file a claim? Do i start with the city, Do I need an estimate first, am I just SOL? I mean, I can't PROVE that is what caused it, but it's kind of a big coincidence

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Standard 1" riser.

  • Thanks PP, I'll check this weekend when I have light.

    Herecomes..what do you mean by Standard 1" Riser?

3 days ago

6 Corners Pet Smart OPEN!

Very excited that this store is finally opening today. It's right next to Jewel on Irving. For those with animals that need grooming, i think they are having a special on grooming at their grand opening on Saturday.

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Oct 12

Updated 4 days ago

Two kids tagging garages in broad daylight Sunday afternoon

I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair,...

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I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair, probably between 13-15 years old. One was wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt and the other a white long sleeved shirt or hoodie. They were pretty cavalier about it and were walking around with the spray cans in their hands. They actually got quite a lot done on my block, covering every garage with stupid-looking swastikas, gang-sign looking squiggly daggers and devil horns and stuff. I was really surprised they were able to cover that much area on a Sunday afternoon, considering how many people are usually out in the alleys around here, washing their cars, coming and going, etc.

I know that when garages get tagged around here, people usually freak out, imagining it as the harbinger of impending bloody gang warfare in our alleys, but these kids looked more like Justin Bieber in his "street art" phase...and about as threatening.

Anyways, keep your eyes out!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Did you by chance take a photo or video with your cell phone? Since they were so cavalier maybe they would have posed for pictures.

  • Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

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    Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW, They took off running when I held up my phone to get a shot, unfortunately, I didn't get one off in time. Up until that point, they were acting really casual as I followed them, trying to act like they'd done nothing even though they still had the spray cans in their hands.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Date Night in Portage Park

Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway"...

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Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway" - quite good. Funny and original with maybe the best and funniest scene I have ever seen of 4 people on a motorcycle chasing a moped. There were only 15 of us in the audience. I recommend to my neighbors to go see this show before it ends after next weekend.

It would have been good to have a pub on the block for a post-show drink. Maybe next year?

  • Good to know. Thanks will look for it.

  • We dined at 6 corners bistro last night and all five of us loved our entrees. Soooo happy to have another great option open up !

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Moving Cross Country

Does anyone have a recommendation for cross country movers? I am moving from Portage park to the Bay Area, within the next month.

4 days ago

St. Cyprian's Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Please join us at Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, 4307 N Harlem, on November 18th from 5-8 P.M.. Your donations of non-perishable food will earn you a free cookie. The food that we collect will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions to needy families in our neighborhood. Thank you for your participation in this event.

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Oct 08

Updated 5 days ago

City News Stand Cafe

Went to the City New Stand Cafe today and was very pleasantly surprised to see they hired a dedicated barista to make the coffee. It was usually a staff member from the City New Stand making the coffee before. The coffee was great and the barista was super friendly. No need to go to Starbucks with this service and quality.

  • They still have a pretty good selection of porn, gay and straight. Even better than the adult book stores around here.

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    I knew I was gonna regret making that comment.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Cat Found!

A friendly kitten was found crying 10/14 at 1 AM Near Cornelia/Addison. He was wearing a collar. He is around 6 months old and has an orange spot on his back.
@youtube: goo.gl/H3VXWI
@craigslist: goo.gl/YqCGG7

  • Great idea for the video! You may be able to find the owner by having a vet scan him for a microchip. Thanks for keeping him safe!

  • Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I...

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    Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I want the cat to be in good hands, hopefully I find the ower soon, or if i find someone with a kind heart and care, then I might give to someone. Otherwise, I might as well keep her with my other three cats.

  • She found the right person to follow and she's in good hands now.
    She looks like a real sweetie. I'll keep my eyes out for someone posting her as lost.

5 days ago

Change Drive

Hi Folks, Portage Park School has a monthly change drive. Next one is Tuesday, October 21th. If you are interested in dropping off change please bring it to the front office. If you know a business that would like to have a Pennies for Portage Change Drive jar in their establishment please let us know so we can set it up. All change collected goes to the Athletics Department at the school. Thank you! Please like our page on facebook Portage Park Helping Hands

https://www.facebook.com/events/714659911921238/

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