19 hours ago

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car wash

Moved into the neighborhood over the weekend around foster and natoma looking for a car wash and cleaners can anyone direct me in The right way?

  • Forest Glen Hand Car Wash on Elston & Forest Glen. Also, Edison Park Car Wash. Both do great jobs

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    Not intending to hijack the thread, but as long as you're talking about car washes, can anyone point me to an automatic wash that takes vans with running boards?

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Recommend Real Estate agents

Ca anyone recommend a good real estate agent who knows the Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Dunning, Norwood Park areas? Just looking for someone experienced and good rep. Trying to sell. Thanks!

Sep 18

Updated 21 hours ago

Lawrence Avenue development, pedestrian street dsignation discussed at meeting

Plan for 4-story building with 39 apartments was submitted last winter. Laramie Avenue would be made two-way street between Lawrence and alley to the south.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/09/18/alderman-reviews-area-development-potential/

  • Willy Ramone JPark res since 97

    A higher density development that close to a public transit and Metra hub makes sense for those lots. The ten story tower proposal certainly was a non starter but three to four stories with ground floor retail fronting the sidewalk is way better than another suburban type strip mall on...

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    A higher density development that close to a public transit and Metra hub makes sense for those lots. The ten story tower proposal certainly was a non starter but three to four stories with ground floor retail fronting the sidewalk is way better than another suburban type strip mall on that site when there are already businesses struggling in the area.If they're developed as R2 single family homes who wants to buy a house fronting on a major arterial street? There's got to be a way to find a happy medium between competing visions because those vacant lots are an eyesore and wasted tax generating potential. Parking for the Copernicus center does need to be addressed though.

  • 'the center brings visitors who patronize area restaurants...'

    What 'restaurants'? Gales Street, McDonalds and Popeyes? All have parking and there's a garage already. This isn't the Cumberland Park and ride. It's a community.

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Mechanic

Can anyone recommend a good mechanic in the neighborhood for regular car maintenance as well as major work/emergency work? Thanks!

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    For the repairs that I don't have time for or when I know it is more efficient to pay a shop I've been using Lefty's. They do great work. They even have loaner cars available if you need on. Ask for Bill.

    Lefty's Automotive
    5628 North Elston Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60646
    773.763.4000

  • Laymaneers Constant Vigilance

    Sevilla's on Milwaukee and Lawrence.

Jan 29

Updated 31 hours ago

Who else has city chickens?

I posted this up on Nextdoor and had a few responses, but figured I'd go ahead and check here too. I have had hens in my backyard since April 2013 and I absolutely adore having them. I have 4 girls- Rose- a Rhode Island Red, Sylvie- A Silver Laced Wyandotte, Penny- A Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Nugget- An ISA Brown. They each have very individual personalities, and love treats and one in particular thinks she's a lap chicken LOL.

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I posted this up on Nextdoor and had a few responses, but figured I'd go ahead and check here too. I have had hens in my backyard since April 2013 and I absolutely adore having them. I have 4 girls- Rose- a Rhode Island Red, Sylvie- A Silver Laced Wyandotte, Penny- A Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Nugget- An ISA Brown. They each have very individual personalities, and love treats and one in particular thinks she's a lap chicken LOL.

If there's anyone in the neighborhood who would be interested in splitting up trips to TSC in Carpentersville, I'd be happy to discuss. If we could get 2 or 3 of us in the neighborhood to take turns, we'd only need to make the trip a few times a year each.

Anyone else have chickens? Even if you aren't interested in the TSC share, I'd love to hear your stories!

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Who Do You Call for Methane?

There is a metallic kind of smell in our laundry room and also in my 'garden apartment' aka basement, especially when I use my bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans (that draws air in from anything that's open while it exhausts air). I have always thought it to be just old pipes, but perhaps it might be sewer gas and a health threat. Would you call a plumber to check it? I know methane detectors exist but I sure don't know anybody who owns one!

Thanks in advance and I hope the jokes are mild!

  • Cindy G Good neighbor

    Just a thought: A metallic smell from using the fans might indicate a problem with the fans themselves - some part getting overheated because it's wearing out or working too hard, or perhaps something electrical brewing. There's a website called Inspectapedia that has checklists for sorting through and diagnosing household odors. Good luck sorting this out.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Good thought, Cindy. Pretty logical. I think I would like you for my oncologist. Or cardiac specialist. But we did eliminate that, kind of unscientifically, by following the smell around. It's coming from the drains, and also it's a metallic smell, but not an electrical metallic, something hot, overheated.

    @Portage! You weren't snippy at all! What are you thinking!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Deep Tunnel Storm Water Project Underway, Eastbound Lawrence Closed

Work crews have closed eastbound Lawrence from the Kennedy Expressway east to Cicero to work on a $20 million sewer project which should help alleviate some of our local basement flooding issues. Local traffic will be able to get through to the Kennedy Expressway, but the eastbound lanes will be closed to all traffic at Lavergne. Additionally, Lawler southbound from Lawrence is closed to prevent cut-through traffic. The westbound lane will remain open.

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Work crews have closed eastbound Lawrence from the Kennedy Expressway east to Cicero to work on a $20 million sewer project which should help alleviate some of our local basement flooding issues. Local traffic will be able to get through to the Kennedy Expressway, but the eastbound lanes will be closed to all traffic at Lavergne. Additionally, Lawler southbound from Lawrence is closed to prevent cut-through traffic. The westbound lane will remain open.

Allow extra time, as traffic will be heavy in the area impacted. Please respect our neighborhoods by following the designated detour, which is south on Milwaukee, east on Montrose, and north on Cicero.

The closure will allow for the construction of a 230-foot drop shaft that will tie local sewers directly into the Deep Tunnel storm water management system. The closure should end by the end of November. This work should improve sewer drainage for thousands of homes in Jefferson Park.

  • Portage Patty 30+ year veteran of da hood.

    I'm grateful that this information was released weeks ago. But the signage on Lawrence seems to be pretty useless. LeClaire has been turned into a major street as people detour around the closure. Was this the plan ? I'd betcha that all that traffic on a side street will result in the expense of rebuilding it. Plus I can't imagine a steady stream of vehicles is attractive to the people who live nearby.

  • " ...improve sewer drainage for thousands of homes in Jefferson Park." Now put up a copy of the engineers' map showing the boundries of the benefitting area. A map had to be the key basis for the $20 million Return on Investment decision. Its development was paid by tax dollars and should be completely public information.

  • "Lawler southbound from Lawrence is closed to prevent cut-through traffic. The westbound lane will remain open"

    Funny how they shut down a street with 10 houses that no one uses but are allowing cut through traffic on Ainslie and LeClaire. I have been calling the alderman for over a month! We can't even cross the street because of all the traffic! Unbelievable... Maybe they will close off LeClaire and Ainslie when someone gets hit by one of the hundreds of cars or semis speeding down RESIDENTIAL streets. What a joke...

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    NEW 200 AMPS SERVICE WITH 3 METER SOCKETS PUBLIC PLUS 2 UNITS AND 3 NEW PANELS PANELS ,NEW GROUNG TO COLD WATER

    5539 W. Farragut Ave. Issued September 24, 2014 Comment

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Last Chance to get Tom Dreesen Tickets @ OLV!

Last chance to see Tom Dreesen as OLV presents Comedy and Cocktails with Tom Dreesen this Sunday at 3:00 PM. Some tickets are still available, you can purchase tickets online at www.olvchicago.org, at the Rectory, and School. Tickets are $50 person and include dinner at 5:00 PM. Cash bar.

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Sep 22

Updated 4 days ago

Please help find lost dog - Bisha

Lost! Missing on 09-06-2014 (Foster & Elston) Bisha – Female Shih Tzu. Call 312-206-4059 or 773-639-4566. Email jengage34@gmail.com if seen or found. Friendly. 3 Yo, 7-8 Lbs. Multi-color. PLEASE NOTE: Bisha’s hair is now longer than in photo. Wearing Collar.

  • Hi Pattymelt, Thanks for keeping an eye out. Bisha's not mine, but I only posted the notice for Bisha's person, Jennifer Costello, to help out since Jennifer didn't know how to post and add a pic. I dont know her personally.

    It looks as if the found puppy post you referenced has been updated and her family found her. I don't know if it was Bisha or not. Maybe Jennifer will comment. Thanks.

  • Ev

    Bisha is still listed on Lost Dogs Illinois as Lost. :( Glad the other girl was reunited with her family. Also glad to see the prior remarks removed by Everyblock. Heartbreaking for these families with their lost pups and these families don't deserve detrimental comments. Very glad that person doesn't...

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    Bisha is still listed on Lost Dogs Illinois as Lost. :( Glad the other girl was reunited with her family. Also glad to see the prior remarks removed by Everyblock. Heartbreaking for these families with their lost pups and these families don't deserve detrimental comments. Very glad that person doesn't live near me. Years ago my girl backed out of her collar when I slipped on ice and she bolted. I know the horrible stress and how your life stops. She was found safe and I forgot about the pain I was feeling from the fall. Bisha's hair is longer then the original picture from what Jennifer emailed me. I posted a link that shows her with the short hair and longer hair. I so hope Bisha is back home to Jennifer safe and soon.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Win a free slow cooker from Grocery Gal

Hi Everyone - I have a contest going where you can win an amazing slow cooker by Hamilton Beach. Just read the blog post to find the details. No purchase of anything necessary to win and your email addresses are only seen by me, so there's no additional spam emails :-). Contest is open until Oct. 15th - one entry per person. I love this product and know you will, too! http://grocerygalblog.com/hamilton-beach-set-forget-slow-cooker-33967/

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    youtube videos!

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  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Jefferson Park food lover

    I haven't been the biggest fan on their products in the past... And made it known in the reviews I wrote. This product is the real deal.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

  • From above link . . ."If you wish to rent to Section 8 Voucher holders, you should inform the local Housing Authority of the availability of your property and also indicate in your advertising that you welcome Section 8 Voucher holders. Ultimately, it is the voucher holder's decision whether or not to rent your property. Of course, as the landlord, you would screen the Section 8 voucher holder just as you would any other prospective tenant."

  • Jesse M.

    They are city and county ordinances that wouldn't be on a federal website.

Mar 03

Updated 4 days ago

Gene's Sausage &Deli ?

I remember before we moved that Gene's Sausage & Deli was supossed to move into the space Krakus had on 4700 block of Milwaukee. Well we was down for a funeral last week & went by there but it was still empty. What's going on there?

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    Well to be fair, the Gene's in LS serves a different demographic. Up there that Gene's markets prime aged beef and also has a killer rooftop restaurant. Can't get that on Belmont Ave. To me it's only the same in name not product selection.

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

    You nailed it, Kenji!

4 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Entertainment: Dennis Sherman & his Hurdy Gurdy
Produce vendors, honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

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Tagging

Does anyone know what 'tukah' is? Our building and the one next door were tagged.

Sep 22

Updated 5 days ago

Prowler on Leclaire Ave.

Yellow bicycle, mid-20's, short-cropped hair, white male, at our mailbox, holding a flat parcel so boldly that my wife thought was his. She innocently made conversation when he explained he was looking for a neighbor who might have a dog for sale?!? Parcel was a delivery I was expecting, and the dog talk was probably to learn whether we had a dog in the house. Reported to police. We live in a "safe" neighborhood but one block over, someone has been stealing American flags. Go figure.

  • Taking a flag (or a plant for that matter) off someones porch is stealing which is against the law. Do flag takers have a limit on how much they are willing to break the law? UNSAFE.

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Littering and texting while driving are also illegal. Both occur frequently in the neighborhood. It doesn't make me feel as if the neighborhood is crime-ridden and dangerous (although the texting is very unsafe).

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Welcome to Chicago, Archbishop Cupich

(rendering by Ken Klopack, Sept. 24, 2014, issue of Nadig Newspapers' NW Side Press)

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Sep 21

Updated 6 days ago

Aluminum Chimney Liner.

My chimney needs tuckpointing in a few areas. I had the whole chimney retuckpointed (chiseled out old mortar) four years ago. My HVAC guy recommended a chimney liner. The house is 62 years old (no fireplace); gas heat. Question; Do you think it is worth investment. Approx. $600 (aluminum liner; not insulated).

  • SusanM Portage Park

    I would put in a stainless steel liner rather than aluminum. Worth the higher price in longevity and reliability.

  • Ed Edward Old Norwood park

    You already got stiffed by your HVAC company. Adding a liner is part of installing a 80 plus furnace. Your chimney is deteriorating from the inside out with out one.

Sep 21

Updated 6 days ago

Help !!!!Looking For an in home day care in Jefferson park?????

I know this is a long shot but I am trying to find contact information for an Irish lady her name is Sinead who has an In home day care in the Jefferson park area. I spoke with her a few weeks back but unfortunately I have lost her contact information and i need to secure my spot. Does anyone have any contact for this Lady???

Sep 19

Updated 6 days ago

Tree falling against lamp post hazard

My neighbor shows a water leak around a huge tree in front yard and the tree is starting to lean onto a lamp post and tilting it. There is a constant puddle of water on the lawn. I am afraid the tree could come loose from all the water build up and possibly fall into lamp post and cause a serious hazard. Someone came out about three months ago and marked street and sidewalk, and put some little flags in...

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My neighbor shows a water leak around a huge tree in front yard and the tree is starting to lean onto a lamp post and tilting it. There is a constant puddle of water on the lawn. I am afraid the tree could come loose from all the water build up and possibly fall into lamp post and cause a serious hazard. Someone came out about three months ago and marked street and sidewalk, and put some little flags in ground, but nobody has come out to fix problem. My neighbor said the Ward office has been contacted several times with the only response being, "it is on our work list". Does any one have any suggestions on how I can get this issue quickly addressed?

  • B! Nice neighbor

    We have the same issue on N. Luna ave. Leak in parkway, tree is leaning a bit towards house but no lamp post. Everything is marked and ready but haven't heard/seen anything since they came out. Really hope the repairs are coordinated so we don't lose our tree.

  • Nan-Gladstone Neighbor

    The No Parking signs the city taped up (around a drying up tree) expired 9/15/14 - no updates.

6 days ago

GIFT Theatre announces new production

THE GIFT THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR CHICAGO PREMIERE OF BETHANY
WRITTEN BY LAURA MARKS AND DIRECTED BY MARTI LYONS
Performances October 2 – November 23, 2014

(July 30, 2014) – The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the Chicago premiere of Bethany written by Laura Marks and directed by Marti Lyons, who previously collaborated on Mine last season at The Gift. Bethany features Gift ensemble members Hillary Clemens (Mine), Paul D'Addario (Thinner Than Water) and James D. Farruggio...

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THE GIFT THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR CHICAGO PREMIERE OF BETHANY
WRITTEN BY LAURA MARKS AND DIRECTED BY MARTI LYONS
Performances October 2 – November 23, 2014

(July 30, 2014) – The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the Chicago premiere of Bethany written by Laura Marks and directed by Marti Lyons, who previously collaborated on Mine last season at The Gift. Bethany features Gift ensemble members Hillary Clemens (Mine), Paul D'Addario (Thinner Than Water) and James D. Farruggio (Northwest Highway) with guest artists Mary Anne Bowman (last seen in Backstage Theatre's production of A Scent of Flowers), Susaan Jamshidi (Theater Wit’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) and Kirby O'Connell (founding member of The Gift’s Natural Gas).

“The Gift is ecstatic to reunite with playwright Laura Marks and director Marti Lyons, who birthed our Chicago premiere of Mine,” said Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton. “These two women possess a dazzling spirit of brave exploration and storytelling expertise combined with a gentle humility that's a rare, rare wonder to behold. We kind of just sit back and marvel at them. Simply put: we can't wait for Bethany.”

Bethany previews run September 25 - 28 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Opening night is Thursday, October 2. The show runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through November 23. Press performance is Monday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets, $20-$30, are available at http://thegifttheatre.org/ or by calling the box office at 773-283-7071.

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Sep 17

Updated Sep 22

Little Intruders in my home

Sorry I didnt know what to put this topic under
So my house has a visitor aka a mouse. I am wondering if other residents in Jefferson Park are having the same problem. I know a few weeks ago we had a huge mouse come in but that was because we had the basement back door open for fresh air (so much for fresh air) for a short period of time. If you can tell me if you have had these problems recently or in the past and tips to remove them. Thanks!

And Ill be searching my home for any new entry ways as well.

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    I've been told (don't know from experience) that if you suspect a hole is an entry point you should pack it with fine grade steel wool. The rodent ingests and sometime later dies from internal bleeding. But I agree with other posters that IF you can provide care and love to a cat that is your best option for prevention as well. The rodents can smell their predator and usually won't even try to enter.

  • G in Portage Park Portage Park Neighbor

    I've been here for 20 yrs and never had a problem until this summer. There was a rat that would crawl into my yard from my neighbor's, then run into the alley. I was especially concerned because we always saw it during the day. I had already called the alderman's...

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    I've been here for 20 yrs and never had a problem until this summer. There was a rat that would crawl into my yard from my neighbor's, then run into the alley. I was especially concerned because we always saw it during the day. I had already called the alderman's office to complain about a couple of apartment buildings that would consistently leave their garbage can lids open (with food falling all over the alley) which I was afraid would attrack rats. Rodent control came out several times but will only bait if they find holes. They won't go into a yard unless they have the owner's permission too. They finally baited a hole in my neighbor's yard and several others in the alley. Unless people keep their property clean (especially garbage and dog poop) it's a never ending battle. Not enough manpower to deal with all the requests, but the alderman's office and the city were very responsive. They didn't just take my call and add it to a list. You do have to be persistent and call when you see the rats. Last one we saw was wobbling around like he'd eaten the poison, so my husband took care of him and we haven't seen one since. I'm sure they're around, I'm just not seeing them. Nicely asking my neighbors to stop feeding the rabbits helped too.

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Sep 21

Updated Sep 22

Siamese cat found by Benjamin Moore on Milwaukee 9/21.

Gorgeous kitty trying to get in the storefront door. Very friendly. Seems like an indoor cat. We brought it home to avoid anything happening-anyone lose their kitty?

Sep 21

Sep 19

Updated Sep 20

LeClaire, Winnemac and Argyle

What's going on? Police in backyards police cars down alleys. Lots of action that I don't like.

  • Wow... We live a couple blocks over from Argyle & LeClaire... Didn't hear a peep! Please do keep us all posted if you find out any info.

  • itjustis Neighbor

    No sirens. Just tons of police cars and police looking for somebody.
    I will keep you posted. Please do the same if you hear anything.

Sep 20

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Sep 17

Updated Sep 19

Garage Sale 101?

We would like to have a garage sale in the next few weeks, but don't know the basics. Do we need a permit or anything else? I did a search on EB and all I could find it people listing their garage sales. Thanks in advance :-)

  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Jefferson Park food lover

    Sorry @Bill - that might be the only day we can!

    That brings up a better question... Does anyone just do one day? Or is it always a full weekend?

  • some people do a day, but most do a weekend or a couple days, put good prices to sell through from the start, this way you are not putting out the same stuff out year after year. keep in mind most stores have 50 and 75% off sales so go...

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    some people do a day, but most do a weekend or a couple days, put good prices to sell through from the start, this way you are not putting out the same stuff out year after year. keep in mind most stores have 50 and 75% off sales so go lower on prices than that unless the stuff is like super mint or rare. the disadvantage is you need to have the right person looking at it to buy it at your specific garage sale on your specific day and you don't always get that. but you might just get someone to take a gamble and buy it for someone else if the price is right. remember people that shop garage sales are looking for a bargain, cheaper than clearance stuff at stores.

    think of it this way with some of the items, you had them, used them and now don't need them, the price you paid is like you rented them, got your use out of them now you just want to get rid of them and make something. remember if you don't want them there is a chance that someone will want them if they got a deal. I have been to some garage sales and see things that I can get at a store on clearance and new for less.

    I went to a garage sale once and there was this heavy duty solid rusty heavy crowbar, I asked how much and the guy said $40, I told him I would give him $20 for it. he said well, it's pretty old... no $40 or no deal... I bet he still has it.

    give a discount if they buy more things, like if you buy 5 things, you get 10% off. all things that would get them to buy more. get rid of the stuff.

    remember you are not only selling items, but there is a value to the space you will have with the stuff you don't have to deal with anymore (think of what you would pay to have the space and not having to think of all these items in the back of your head)

    for those scrap 1 and 2 dollar retail items that you want to get rid of take a bin and put them in there and say that they can grab one of those items free with a $10 or more purchase, another way to get rid of more rinky dink stuff.

Sep 17

Updated Sep 19

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

The concrete stairs in front of my bungalow that lead to the front door started to crumble towards the sides on a few of the steps and i am hoping to have them repaired before the winter hits and hopefully in such a way that shoveling and salting them doesn't make them crumble again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone that could help fix our stairs?

  • A&K

    I don't like vinyl patches on stairs because it gets dirty. Sure, it may seal but so will water stop. That is why your stairs cracked in the first place. Water gets in, freezes, then expands. Keep the water out and you will be all set.

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    I don't like vinyl patches on stairs because it gets dirty. Sure, it may seal but so will water stop. That is why your stairs cracked in the first place. Water gets in, freezes, then expands. Keep the water out and you will be all set.

    As another post mentioned you may have some settling under the steps. That concrete is poured as one piece. Monolithic pour. So even if you have a void below it will still hold. Just keep your car off of it. Being stairs I hope that it's not your parking spot. No weight means leave it alone. Seal the joints anywhere water may get in.

    Also you mentioned tuck pointing. Maybe consider having them patched. The reason is left untreated they could get worse quickly as the seasons change. The same applies. Water gets in, freezes at night. Bad combo. It's much cheaper to have the joints cleaned out and patched. Maybe $100 or less. We just had ours patched, our Tuckpointer color matched our mortar joints and repaired all the cracks on the house. It was $150. He spent several hours doing it and was worth every penny. $100 a year gives you more time before the entire house must be done. Especially around your front steps.

  • @A&K Agree with you on vinyl patches. Also, they always seem to be especially vulnerable to freeze/thaw damage. In my case I let the steps deteriorate until the corners of the treads were breaking off, taking some riser as well. These I then filled with sakrete behind planks cut the...

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    @A&K Agree with you on vinyl patches. Also, they always seem to be especially vulnerable to freeze/thaw damage. In my case I let the steps deteriorate until the corners of the treads were breaking off, taking some riser as well. These I then filled with sakrete behind planks cut the riser height and stabilized with bricks stacked in front of them. There was a learning curve. Which I chipped out the following summer. The second batch was smooth and firm and lasted about 10 years with no need for any seam sealing/covering. Then I came by enough money to have the steps totally removed and repoured.

    The original deterioration in bungalows seems always to happen where concrete meets the side brick. (Absent damage caused by something like a heavy furniture dolly banging up/down the steps) I'm thinking the preventative effort should be focused on assuring a tight motar bond between the brick and cement treads.

Sep 18

Updated Sep 19

Armed home invasion at Jefferson Park

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140918/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-home-robbed-at-gunpoint

Really? Enough of the excuses now.. we are getting planes every :30 seconds.. but we put up with taxes on everything, political nonsense etc. Because this is supposed to be a safe neighborhood. I also had a break in shortly after moving in. I first posted here because we had a catalytic converter stolen, then we got flashed my a drunk at Veteran's Square and my friend chased him down, now this .. way too close to home. Bring more patrol cars back to the 16th.

  • Burglaries and home invasions are a numbers game for the bad guys. They know they have to go out and hit a certain number of homes every day to keep cash in their pockets. They check out your home for occupational hazards like surveillance cameras and alarms systems, indications of...

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    Burglaries and home invasions are a numbers game for the bad guys. They know they have to go out and hit a certain number of homes every day to keep cash in their pockets. They check out your home for occupational hazards like surveillance cameras and alarms systems, indications of who may be at home, and the economic level of the household. In the sense that you may not have installed an alarm system, or don't have cameras up, or you don't have lights on timers set to give the impression that someone is home, you have have selected yourself as a potential victim. These guys get a lot of practice at sizing up homes, and sizing up occupants, and they get away with many more crimes than they ever stand trial for. A term in prison is continuing education for them.

    Burglars know that even with an immediate alarm, police response time is at BEST 5-8 minutes unless you are lucky enough to have the beat car already on your block. Burglars can be in and out long before the police can respond to that alarm or 911 call.

    While you cannot say that you could make it impossible for a burglar to rob your home, you can certainly increase the risks enough that the bad guys will simply choose to go to another house that presents less risk. Unfortunately this means that the crime is simply displaced, but the personal benefit is that you are now sympathizing with your neighbor over his misfortune rather than filing police reports and insurance claims for your own losses.

    As for answering the front door, the strategy is simple: DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Unless you can positively identify that person at the door as someone you would welcome in your home, keep the door locked. Peepholes and windows are there for you to be able to see who is knocking at the door. Talk to them through the door if you must. Call 911 for them if they need help, but DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    A little cash, a lot of cash, door locked or unlocked, 3am or pm , the important fact is that it happened and occurrences will continue to increase without adequate policing among other things including changes within the fabric of our society.

Sep 19

TOM DREESEN at Our Lady of Victory School

Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are ONLY $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show, that's a $300 savings compared to regular price ticket at the Theatre. Show...

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Our Lady of Victory School is proud to announce a night of “Comedy and Cocktails” with Tom Dreesen. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on an afternoon with friends, laughter, and great food.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014 join us as we host Comedy and Cocktails with World Famous Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tickets are ONLY $50.00 per person and include dinner and the show, that's a $300 savings compared to regular price ticket at the Theatre. Show starts at 3:00 PM with cash bar and dinner to follow at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.olvchicago.org , at the school, and the church rectory.

Tom Dreesen a native of Illinois, he grew up in Harvey and is a honored veteran of the United States Navy. Tom toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years. Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including many on The Tonight Show. He is a beloved guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. In 2005, Dreesen was the receiver of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

For further information please contact M.B. Frystak, OLV School, at (773) 283-2229 Ext. 29.

Sep 19

Lake Effect Brewing's 45th Ward Ale Promises a Taste of the 'Hood

THE MOST LOCAL OF LOCAL CHICAGO BEERS

"If the 45th Ward were a beer, it would be a pale ale with a smooth, hoppy aroma and flavor. Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC has created a beer just for the 45th ward!

For the second year in a row, the Portage Park brewery used donated hops grown in the ward to brew a special batch of 45th Ward Fresh-Hopped Beer, Bautz said.

"It has become a tradition," Bautz said. "It is...

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THE MOST LOCAL OF LOCAL CHICAGO BEERS

"If the 45th Ward were a beer, it would be a pale ale with a smooth, hoppy aroma and flavor. Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC has created a beer just for the 45th ward!

For the second year in a row, the Portage Park brewery used donated hops grown in the ward to brew a special batch of 45th Ward Fresh-Hopped Beer, Bautz said.

"It has become a tradition," Bautz said. "It is a great collaboration with the neighborhood." The beer uses a mixture of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Nugget hops grown in the 45th Ward.

The beer will be unveiled at a party from 6-10 p.m. Thursday at the Gale Street Inn restaurant, 4914 W. Milwaukee Ave.

The 45th Ward pale ale will be available on tap at the Gale Street Inn in Jefferson Park, Hops and Barleys in Portage Park, the Garage Bar in Gladstone Park, Rabbit's Bar and Grill in Forest Glen and the Phoenix bar, just down the street from the brewery in Portage Park."

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140919/portage-park/lake-effect-brewings-45th-ward-ale-promises-taste-of-hood

Sep 19

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