2 days ago

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Whole Lotta Flies

Has anyone else noticed an abnormally high amount of flies in their yard this summer? I am loaded with them. Wondering if it's just my yard.

  • Me, also...no little bats lately or crows...possible reason?

  • Thanks goodness everyone has them. I thought I had been transported to Amityville! They're all over--in the house, outside, between the screen and window! When I'm gardening late in the day, they try to eat me alive--even after four applications of bug repellant.

    However, they do add some excitement for my inside-only cats. All the adventure of being outside without the dangers.

1 hour ago

Updated 15 min ago

Solar Power Installation Discounts Available

Homeowners can now have solar power panels installed on their roofs for 25 percent below the standard market cost.

Solar Chicago, a new community-wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Vote Solar.

Chicago and neighboring towns are participating in this program to help owners of single-family homes and 2-flats pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. Solar...

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Homeowners can now have solar power panels installed on their roofs for 25 percent below the standard market cost.

Solar Chicago, a new community-wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Vote Solar.

Chicago and neighboring towns are participating in this program to help owners of single-family homes and 2-flats pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. Solar Chicago simplifies the process of researching and choosing a solar provider, making it easy for you to save money and produce clean renewable energy.

City homeowners will pay $3.49 per watt for the panels, a 25-percent discount. That discount does not include other rebates and tax incentives that are available. The project is funded through a grant from the World Wildlife Fund.

Now is the time to explore if solar is right for your home. The program is available through September 30, so please register to receive your no cost/obligation proposal.

Learn more and register at the Solar Chicago website. http://www.mygroupenergy.com/group/solarchicago/

  • Katherine Pastor, Irving Park United Methodist Church

    John, this is wonderful! Do you know of any similar programs to help non-profits install solar panels?

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

    I signed up, thanks for sharing this information.

36 hours ago

Updated 19 min ago

  • What time does it open?

  • We stopped by yesterday and already love this place. We had cappuccino, pistachio, coconut, nutella, spumoni flavors and I really want to go back there NOW for more.

25 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Old car batteries

Does anyone know where I can recycle old car batteries? They are taking up a lot of space and I don't believe they can just go in the trash or blue bin. Thank you!

14 hours ago

Updated 26 min ago

Bed bugs?

Has anyone dealt with bed bugs recently? I don't know what is causing us to wake up with little red, itchy bites. Fleas, bed bugs, mites, Mosquitos? Can't find any bugs or anything, have thoroughly cleaned and checked every nook me crabby possible.

Ugh!!

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    Treating your house: a simple, not terribly expensive, organic, pet safe (I would let your baby near it though) treatment is something called diatomaceous earth. It's essential ground up bug shells (I know) used in gardening, but it actually causes physical damage to bed bugs and they die. If...

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    Treating your house: a simple, not terribly expensive, organic, pet safe (I would let your baby near it though) treatment is something called diatomaceous earth. It's essential ground up bug shells (I know) used in gardening, but it actually causes physical damage to bed bugs and they die. If your dog or cat eats some, it won't make them sick and they likely will only only taste it and not bother it again. It is a fine powder and a little messy and you will have to leave it alone for a few weeks (yes you will have to live with a dusty house). You sprinkle along the walls of all of the rooms in the house, including across doorways. The only place I know of to get it in Chicago is at Gethsemane on Clark St in Andersonville. It's about $15. You should only need one box or bag. Don't forget the closets!

    You will also want to wash all of your bedding in hot water. Blankets and comforters too. If you have a down comforter, than it am sorry that you will need to put it in the dumpster and get a new one in a few months.

    I know this is a lot to go through. And you can move. And hope there aren't bed bugs in your next building and they not none managed to move with you to the new place.

    Bed bugs really suck, but with patience and diligence, you can get rid of them.

    One last note: Don't bother with an exterminator. There are some that will claim they can get rid of them for you. They will spray chemicals all around your house or apartment and give you a nice fat bill. And when you wake up in the morning you will have fresh bites because they didn't (hopefully!) saturate your mattress with chemicals as well. In a week after the chemicals on the floor wear off, the bed bugs can begin to start moving from room to room again.

  • Rod has some great advice You have to spray and vacuum the baseboards and furniture. If you have hardwood floors they will live between the planks for wood. Once you clean your bed and bedding and encase them like Rod suggested (great advice btw), you might want to try bed...

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    Rod has some great advice You have to spray and vacuum the baseboards and furniture. If you have hardwood floors they will live between the planks for wood. Once you clean your bed and bedding and encase them like Rod suggested (great advice btw), you might want to try bed bug traps on the feet of your bed frame. My Mom had bed bugs a few years ago and she had to use an organic spray because she had pets in the house and problems with her lungs. The spray seemed to work well. I think she used something with vinegar, maybe apple cider vinegar,oil of mint, cloves, and eucalyptus. I'll have to ask her. If you get rid of any bedding or furniture make sure you either burn or mark it with "bed bugs." If you leave it in the alley of your building than another part of the building could become infested or someone could pick up your furniture and bring the infestation to their home. You should also wash your clothes in hot water and put them in plastic storage containers instead of a wooden dresser. It is going to be a long battle and moving probably won't help. Any extra towels, sheets, or off season clothing should probably be put in plastic bags or bins.

4 days ago

Updated 57 min ago

Fence recommendations, please

We figure this is the best place to ask...

Does anyone have a great resource for fence builders/contractors?

We want to have an ornamental steel and red cedar fence installed in our backyard. We are looking for something more sophisticated than your good ol' Home Depot special. We checked out TruLink but between the banker's hours and not returning our calls, we want to go a different route.

Thanks!

11 hours ago

Updated 58 min ago

Any used Speedheaters for sale?

We just bought a bungalow with tons of painted wood trim. We want to remove all the paint and restore the wood to its original look without using chemical strippers. I thought we'd see if any of our neighbors have taken on this same project and used a Speedheater that they no longer need. If so, we'd love to buy it from you!

20 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Splendid Soap Shop

I just found a wonderful little shop at Irving Park Rd and Mead (across from The Portage Theatre) called Distinct Bath and Body.
They sell handmade soap (made on site), bath salts, scrubs, face masks, shaving soaps, loofahs, etc.
Everything smells wonderful and the owner is friendly and attentive.
If you love artisinal bath products, you gotta check it out!

  • JimmyJamz Back in Chicago after 25yrs

    Question...
    I was using the "natural" soap they sell at Mariano's....
    Great selling product but left a film after use....
    Are these soaps different?

  • Jewels Bungalow owner

    I am a big fan of their blueberry bar as well! Nice people, great soap!

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Today, we introduced a resolution calling for hearings on the red light camera system.

Call for Committee on Transportation to hold hearing(s) to determine definitive answers to questions raised in Inspector General's 2013 audit concerning deployment and utilization of Chicago's red-light camera system

Click the link to see the list of cosponsors.
https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1874144&GUID=AA11D830-45FD-4FCF-AB95-BD82F80755C2&Options=Advanced&Search

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

A new comic book and game shop is opening in the 45th.

A new comic book and game shop is opening at 4405 N Milwaukee, ---they plan to open mid-August. Just thought I'd pass along the good news that more retail is coming to the 45th Ward!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maximum-Distractions/1430652357223503

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    Great news.,at least it's not a pawn shop

  • Kelly Montrose and Milwaukee

    Right around the corner from us! Saw it the other day, and I'm super excited! I'm a few issues behind on my Walking Dead comics. :)

24 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Electronics recycle

Hello All,
does anyone know of any places near by I could recycle my old computers (desktops and laptops), printers etc at? They are in a working condition but old and slow.
Thank you!!

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13 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Car Seats Inspection

Hello, Im wondering if anybody knows where I can get car seats inspected? I want to make sure my car seats are installed properly. Thanks

  • My husband went to the Jefferson Park police station. They were very nice and told him to come back when our daughter grows out of the baby seat and into a child booster seat

  • Jefferson Park Enthusiast Liberté, égalité... communauté!

    Yes, free car seat inspection at the Jeff Park police station on Milwaukee. Call ahead for appt .

26 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Foster parenting/adoption

Hi everyone,
I was looking into becoming a foster parent. I had contacted a few people and they have been explaining to me some of the process and steps to take, but are also talking about how there are several agencies that are available out there that work with people who are trying to get on the path to becoming a foster parent. Does anyone have any experience with fostering/ fostering leading to adoption? Does anyone know of any local agencies?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Feed people, not animals!

  • Tori "South Edgebrook" resident for 4 years

    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois located in Des Plaines for foster care and adoption.

Jul 16

Updated 8 hours ago

  • I agree that home schooling, whether with computer's help or not, is one of our dances around the union and the lemons.

    "Miles O'Toole, Houston USA., 1 year ago
    The future is in Home Schooling by computer software programs. They can do it more efficiently and wont strike. Programs do...

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    I agree that home schooling, whether with computer's help or not, is one of our dances around the union and the lemons.

    "Miles O'Toole, Houston USA., 1 year ago
    The future is in Home Schooling by computer software programs. They can do it more efficiently and wont strike. Programs do not have bad days or molest children. Remove the human flaw factor from the education process and watch human intelligence soar to keep up with the technological reality of the future. Where computers and machines out calculate and out think us. A million fold. All in the next two decades. The drain on public resources to build and maintain the sub-standard education system of America will break us long before military spending or entitlements. Fix education and we will fix America. Striking teachers are no fix." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201286/Karen-Lewis-Chicago-union-chief-boasts-I-spent-college-years-smoking-lots-weed.html#v-1834347603001

  • @Minerva, you know when I seen that first picture of her from your link

    the second picture was the first to come to mind.

    http://imgur.com/RLAx4OW,01uF96w#0

16 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Lost Monkey

I thought I'd pass this flyer along. Hope the kid finds his monkey.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Kittens

Looking for good adoptive homes for three kittens.

14 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Looking for after-school programs or nannies and recommendations

We just lost our wonderful Nanny a few weeks away from starting school. I am looking to find any after school programs in the neighborhood that can pick up from Chicago Academy on Austin. The Y is not a choice... driving time is ridiculous in after school traffic.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Our neighbors had wonderful luck finding nannies through the education department at Northeastern

14 hours ago

Successful Fundraiser for St. Pascal at Pete's #2

Thank you to Pete's #2 for its generous donation of 25% of every order on July 28. We are very grateful for everyone who supported this event. Please save the date for our next fundraiser at Pete's #2 on Monday, September 29.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Need New Glasses

It's been too long since I've gotten my glasses updated and just found out that my optometrist of 30 years has retired. I've never checked out those storefront eyeglass chains, like Lenscrafters, figuring that they were pretty much the Little Caesars of optometry. Anyone have any experience with those, or can recommend a real eye doctor around here? Thanks in advance.

Jul 23

Updated 24 hours ago

Beer decision

Thought I'd let all of you wonderful advisors what beer we decided to serve at our wedding (along with wine and cocktails). Bell's Oberon, Founders All-Day IPA, Greenbush Sunspot. Thanks!

  • Ron M Mortgage Consultant

    Congrats on all!

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    Sounds amazing, can I email you my address for an invite?

26 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

catch basin rebuild?

When Rabine paving was out to check if water line and gas line were crossed, they said catch basin looked bad and couldn't see in. Anyone have this project done? Have lived in this house 17 years and have not had problems...

  • Gerald Sikora Res. portage park

    PP46 I don't think your toilet goes to the catch basin. Only kitchen and laundry sinks and some down spouts.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    You will only find bathroom waste in the catch basin if your sewer is plugged up.

Jul 22

Updated 26 hours ago

Sears key shops to close

After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

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After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

Ownership of the 6 corners shop will be transferred to the current manager of that shop (me.) However the other shop will be closed permanently.

Due to the usual legal stuff (leases, business licenses, etc.) there will be a gap between the closing the old store and opening the new one. I have been working on this since we were notified of the closings 7 weeks ago but this takes longer that you would expect.

I would like to thank the community for its support over the decades and I hope to see you back when we reopen.

See you soon,

  • Giovina Austin & Irving resident since '85

    @EB Kitty if you read the post fully, you will notice that Dale will continue the key shop at the Sears Six Corners location under his own business name called the "Sears Key Shop" so it is not closing entirely. Well at the least the NW location! Thank God as that is the only place I have ever had keys made~

  • Today is the last day under Things Remembered, and also the last day of the huge sale. The shop will be closed at least until Sunday.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Portage Park area cat sitter

Any recommendations? Our cat sitter moved so I'm looking for someone -preferably local to the area. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth, I should have added, when I hired Kaye she was insured. Her business is called Majestic Felines. She's done cat-sitting for me so long that I simply call her by name.

  • KC -monte clare KC , Monte clare

    Been using Karens Kritters for about 8 years ? for my dog. Shes a hugh cat person, many of her own , volunteers for a santuary etc... reliable , easy to recomend
    cant say if her schedule will allow a new client, you would have to call, shes been in business for a long time , has regular client base. Licensed and bonded.
    http://www.karenskritters.net/contact.html 773 836 0976

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

AT&T DSL Modem

Does anyone have an AT &T DSL modem they want to sell or barter? I have already bought 2 at garage sales and they work but the plug in for power is messed up on both of them, I have to keep smashing the plug in to the point of feeling like I am going to break it, and then it comes loose after a short while and disconnects me. AT&T wants $75 for a new piece of crapola that will probably last a year and I really don't want to give them my money.

I can barter food, PM me to discuss.

  • Ugh... So fitting of the name. Where is the PM inbox?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Old Man Dakins: The PM will show up in whatever e-mail account is associated with your EB account. Or I can send up smoke signals.

39 hours ago

Fringe Festival Kickstarter

They have a Kickstarter going to raise money for this year's festival, specifically to make Fringe Central AWESOME, see:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/167242448/make-fringe-central-awesome-at-chicago-fringe-fest

44 hours ago

Updated 39 hours ago

A better fundraiser for your school

How about one that doesn't cost your school's PTO, church or any other 501C3 non-profit organization a dime, yet can raise money every month of the year with the use of a free website for the members to order healthier products than they may be currently using. What products you ask? Like laundry products, softener, dryer sheets, cleaning products, shampoo, body wash and and hand body moisturizer - all things that the members would even save money on just by...

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How about one that doesn't cost your school's PTO, church or any other 501C3 non-profit organization a dime, yet can raise money every month of the year with the use of a free website for the members to order healthier products than they may be currently using. What products you ask? Like laundry products, softener, dryer sheets, cleaning products, shampoo, body wash and and hand body moisturizer - all things that the members would even save money on just by switching to a better brand that is even better for the environment and the health of their families- all while contributing to the cause of their organization. I will be glad to come out and show the non-profit organization a short 20 minute presentation to see how it works, how little work it would entail, just how much money they can raise! To your good health! Candy Wilson; Please reach me by facebook. Thank you!

  • A&K

    Hi, please don't advertise here. This is for residents to express concern over issues in the city or to ask for help.

    Thanks in advance

May 31

Updated 41 hours ago

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe! ( Berteau and Central)

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe ( Berteau and Central)

Hello Everyone and Thank you Alderman Cullerton for your help and support during this project and helping us bring 3 NEW businesses to Portage Park ( Legno, Creative Thinking Preschool, and Mia's Cafe).

Mia's will be opening in July in Portage Park. We will be serving gelato, frozen yogurt with toppings, salads, sandwiches, assorted baked focaccia, smoothies, shakes ,coffees and MUCH MORE! We have a HUGE outside patio and a really cool decor. Children party rooms will also be available for theme parties. Come and join us. SEE YOU SOON!!! Love Mia

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Peoples Gas path of destruction

So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds...

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So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds of dollars worth of sod and recently paved walkways, as well as the trashing of the landscaping along the side of my house, they've strewn water bottles, cigarette butts and half-eaten pieces of pizza along my lawn and sidewalk.

Does anybody know whether Peoples Gas is going to take responsibility for at least repaving the sidewalk, removing excess piles of dirt/construction debris, and restoring the grass or are homeowners just expected to take this upon themselves?

  • I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld...

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    I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld meter, looked at the meter and the furnace, then went outside to make a mark where the meter would go. Took all of 15 minutes. I went upstairs to finish getting ready for work and when I went out the front door 30 minutes later there was a note, supposedly from the safety guy, saying he had come and I was not at home!! I was upstairs and my door chimes are very loud! He could not possibly have rung the the bell with my hearing them! So much for a two-fer!

  • Deutsch portage36

    i was home most of the day yesterday, and not one knock or doorbell ring. i got the note as well, saying they missed me. i don't think they even bothered to see if i was home?

Jul 14

Updated 44 hours ago

Best Price Gutter Cleaning

Just wanted to let everyone know that I called Steve Mancini of Best Price Gutter Cleaning last Saturday morning, after some heavy rain and I could see that our downspout was clogged again. He and his associate came out within the hour, which was great given the forthcoming thunderstorm we had Saturday night.

They were very reasonable, and easy to work with. They moved one of our downspouts, sealed off our catch basin intake, added a new downspout, removed the...

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Just wanted to let everyone know that I called Steve Mancini of Best Price Gutter Cleaning last Saturday morning, after some heavy rain and I could see that our downspout was clogged again. He and his associate came out within the hour, which was great given the forthcoming thunderstorm we had Saturday night.

They were very reasonable, and easy to work with. They moved one of our downspouts, sealed off our catch basin intake, added a new downspout, removed the clog, pruned an overhanging tree, and cleaned out the gutters where necessary. I'd say they were there for about two hours - price was $140. I gave them $200 because I was so happy with the work, and they came within the hour. I'd recommend, and use again.

773-507-4415

  • I'm in need of gutter cleaning, so I will call them and tell them you referred. Thanks!

  • Steve and his work crew were awesome. Found out why my gutters were leaking and fixed it. Also cleaned them and unclogged a down spout all at a reasonable price and time. I will be referring Steven to friends.

Jul 23

Updated 45 hours ago

Barking dogs

Thanks to the neighbors who had good suggestions. To those that pass judgement: I do not leave the dogs out day and night. I train them with treats and praise and bring them inside when they are barking . After 20 years, I now have crappy neighbors. Time move!

  • That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and...

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    That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and they are not even thinking about. Its hard not to get defensive when several people immediately attack you assuming that you were in the wrong. If Resident20 has had a number of dogs and this is the first problem they have had in 20 years, it stands to reason that they are not one of these oblivious dog owners that leave their dog barking the day away.

  • We live in a three flat. There are dogs next to me as well, the neighbors owning at least two a piece. I leave my dogs out, and now they only bark when they just come out and when they want to come in. Maybe 15 minutes total. I have...

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    We live in a three flat. There are dogs next to me as well, the neighbors owning at least two a piece. I leave my dogs out, and now they only bark when they just come out and when they want to come in. Maybe 15 minutes total. I have people who live a little farther down, one lady pointing and complaining about my dogs. It's interesting, because no one really gathers the facts. We have a dog downstairs who is let out and barks for hours. The two dogs next to us bark a lot as well as the other side's dog. But immediately, it is pointing fingers. Sometimes you just have to let people complain. I agree dogs shouldn't be let out though for a long time, especially when they are barkers. And, keep in mind the hours too. I mean, if it is late at night, it would bother me too.

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Lost terrier Dog near Pulaski/Belmont

A small rat terrier mix got off her leash around 1:30 pm Sunday July 27th near Central Bark Doggy Daycare at 3358 N Pulaski. Her name is Pepper and she is mostly white with some black spots. If you see her or catch her, please call 773-957-3076

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Portage Park Dog Park

We walked our pup over there yesterday afternoon and the dog park was chained closed with yellow caution tape on the gate. Does anyone know what's going on?

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

    I am not sure how to email someone on here. I am a bad IT guy, but I can't find an email address or a "message" link on your profile.

  • Sorry - that's my fault! I changed my settings now. If you click on my name there should be an "email" link. Or, shoot the DFA an email at portagedogpark@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Please Sign Up to Help Us Build a Community Playground at Thorp School!

Please join me in this great opportunity to do something wonderful, fun and positive for our community....sign up and volunteer a few hours of your time to help build a community playground at the O.A. Thorp School, located at Austin & Warwick Avenues, on Saturday, August 9th (a week from this Saturday). When completed, the playground will be available for use by the entire community! Hope you can join me! The deadline to sign up is this Friday.
Thanks!
Tim
DEADLINE to register as a volunteer for Thorp Playground Prep Days and Build Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 1. Register here http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/9556498040112. Donate (lend) your tools here http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/27521338037. Don't forget to share this on your wall.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Tree removal from backyard

We have a large tree in our backyard that we want to remove. We have talked with our neighbor (since the tree leans into his property) and he agrees it is time for the tree to go.
Can anyone recommend someone to take the tree out. It is about 2 stories tall and a full canopy (would love to remove it before the leaves fall for the autumn).

  • I've used Jim's Tree Service four times, twice to trim down the gigantic, fast growing trees the homeowner before me planted - once to remove half a tree that fell on my fence, and once to remove half a tree that fell on my neighbor's garage. (Yes, I have tree issues.) They do really decent work for a good price. I have two numbers - not sure which ones the best - 773-235-8004 or 847-384-9000.

  • We got our first estimate from County Tree Service, $950 for tree removal, and stump grinding (a few inches below grade).
    Will get more estimates and update once we make a decision and how it went.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

LF A Skilled Handyman

Recently, I was looking for a plumber but after speaking with a few neighbors they suggested a handyman would be wiser, economically.

So if anyone has a skilled handyman who can do some mild plumbing and fix a few things around I'm open to your references. Thank you in advance.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Fish tacos @Jeff Fest

Went to the fest tonight and was going to get some ribs but saw Gale St. is also slinging fish tacos and went that route instead and was not disappointed, they were really good and had some nice heat. I want to say it was 2 for $8 and 3 for $10. I'm not a beer drinker but they have a nice white wine sangria that was refreshing in the heat. It was a nice night, I went with friends from outside the neighborhood and they liked that the festival is more spread out, not crammed along a crowded street.

  • It was a fun fest. I like that you didn't have to pay extra once you were in for the little ones to go on the inflatables. I'd like maybe one or two more kids activities and/or have the inflatables not shut down so early. The drum circle was awesome:)

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    The drum circle is offered by John Yost...he has monthly drum circles at Mozart Park every 3rd Friday at 7:30pm...he also teaches djembe drumming, ie, West African Drumming....lot of fun and good times.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Tiny Tykes Race Car Bed

Does anybody have a gently used Tiny Tykes toddler race car bed (the small version) we could buy? We don't want to spend more than $50. Ideally we want the one that you can fit a crib mattress into the frame (we have the mattress) just need the frame. We can pick it up.Please let me know!

  • PJ monitor

    We have one but no hardware, you can buy a hardware kit from Little Tykes !

  • Senseis-Thanks for the pic! I just emailed you back. Let me know good day/time to pick it up. Thanks EB friends for helping w/this! My toddler keeps crawling out of his crib:) Lord help me. Our other son who is almost 3 has a blue race car bed that has been a perfect transition & I know they'll enjoy matching.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Police in the Park

While I was walking through the park to pick up two of my children from Portage Park camp, myself and at least one kid almost got hit by a police car driving through. Once the cop passed us he started speeding the rest of the way. Behind that car was another one. Another mom yelled out to please slow down (for obvious reasons as camp was just getting out and there were kids everywhere...in a park!). The officer yelled out...

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While I was walking through the park to pick up two of my children from Portage Park camp, myself and at least one kid almost got hit by a police car driving through. Once the cop passed us he started speeding the rest of the way. Behind that car was another one. Another mom yelled out to please slow down (for obvious reasons as camp was just getting out and there were kids everywhere...in a park!). The officer yelled out his window at us!

I understand that there was obviously something going on. However, there are streets with no children. I don't even know who to report this to! It's not like I can call the police and say, "hey, you were speeding through the park and through 100 or so kids."

I am all for the big police presence, don't get me wrong. But not at the expense of my kids' safety.

  • We don't have motorcycle cops in Chicago. Bicycles can't catch a fleeing vehicle at a crime scene.

  • Stevio you are right that there aren't motorcycles in the parks. They do use 2 wheeled motorcycles in Chicago for motorcades and specialty details like funerals and some parades on the odd occasion. The CPD did have Harley Davidson sevi-car 3 wheeled motorcycles to patrol parks and were used downtown...

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    Stevio you are right that there aren't motorcycles in the parks. They do use 2 wheeled motorcycles in Chicago for motorcades and specialty details like funerals and some parades on the odd occasion. The CPD did have Harley Davidson sevi-car 3 wheeled motorcycles to patrol parks and were used downtown and in the districts for traffic patrol. They also used custom modified Hondas when HD no longer made the 3 wheelers. Regardless of their usage, these vehicles were never authorized to chase vehicles. The Dept then used Cushman vehicles, Honda 150 scooters, Polaris ATVs, now they just have bicycles because it's cost effective.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Construction Dumpster

Tonight around 10:15pm a large truck placed a construction debris dumpster on our street. I noticed because of the loud noise of the truck's motor and the crashing of the dumpster. I thought it was odd that it was placed so late on a Friday night. Then the same truck came to pick it up barely 20 minutes later. Anyone else see this truck/dumpster tonight? I was too tired and lazy to get info to call 311, but I'm curious about it.

  • Kathleen Boyle Matchmaker of Chicagoland Real Estate since 1999.

    Could be as simple as he dropped it at the wrong address, and went back to get it and take it to the correct address.

  • Good news A&K!

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Jul 23

Updated 3 days ago

My car was stolen in front of my house

Beware if you reside in the Portage Park area. My car, a beige color, 1994 Cutlass Ciera was stolen right in front of my house. The last time I drove it was this past Monday.

3 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

In Home Daycare

My wife & I are looking into licensed in home day cares in Portage Park. Does anybody have good suggestions? Thanks,

  • Katherine, usually they do. But if the child isn't, they'll help you get the child potty trained. at least that has been my experience

  • Ms. Edith In home licensed daycare provider!

    My name Edith, I have a in home day care in the Portage Park neighborhood at Berenice and Marmora. I have open availability for infants and toddlers full time or part time. I am a licensed with the DCFS department. If you are interested in learning more, we can set up an appointment to come to view my place and get more information. I also have great references. My number is: 773.706.0255 (text or call). Thank You.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market 7/27

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Feature: a rep from Youth Company Chicago & a rep from American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Norridge/Harwood Heights will be out.
Also come meet out our new produce vendor, as well as several new craft vendors.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook

  • KevinJee

    Watch for fingers on the scales!

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let an unfortunate incident stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. It's wonderful just to have it in our neighborhood. If you feel you have to be extra careful, mention it to that vendor and, I am sure, he/she will be glad to make things right. Please come again.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    And actually the vendor did discover a problem with the scale, fixed it & had a test weight handy today in an effort to cooporate and put people at ease.

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