18 hours ago

Updated 17 min ago

Tree trimming pick-up / collection service?

Hi all - any recommendations for a service to pick up branches/ big branch limbs we recently cut ourselves? We have a small truck load. Thanks in advance!

  • Sure - Giovanni's Tree Service is in Jefferson Park and very reasonably priced.
    I have used them before.
    773-777-8911

  • If you haul it all out to the curb and call 311 and ask for a forestry service the city will chip it up but be prepared to wait.

    Dennis

2 days ago

Updated 30 min ago

Polish School

Anyone in the area know where I can send my young daughter to learn Polish?

  • Abdevi Northwest Side

    Check out St. Ladislaus at 3300 N Lockwood. They have polish school

  • There is a Polish school at St Thecla, too. They meet on Saturday.

20 hours ago

Updated 39 min ago

Proposed apartment development near Jeff Park transit center.

To me, the investor sounds like another developer who thinks he/ she knows what's best for a neighborhood they don't know or live.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140417/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-transit-center-area-apartment-complex-planned

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

    Two big factors can make this development undesirable: decrease of on-street parking. That many more residents is also going to clog those residential streets in an area with mostly single-family homes. The development goes belly-up and you have an ugly, unfinished development which leads to trouble in more was that...

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    Two big factors can make this development undesirable: decrease of on-street parking. That many more residents is also going to clog those residential streets in an area with mostly single-family homes. The development goes belly-up and you have an ugly, unfinished development which leads to trouble in more was that one. There are places for this type of development -- built In the middle of a mostly single-family block/ area may not be the best location or it.

    I have family in the NW suburbs where something similar happened. A developer used the same pitch saying the development would revitalize the area. Now it sits vacant, developer went bankrupt. I am not saying that the project will go bust, but there is a lot to look into before allowing this development to happen.

  • I remember when people were opposed to the condo development in the 4800 block of N Central it worked out well. Development is almost always good in the long run.

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Apr 09

Updated 1 hour ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • Is there a lack of parking there for commuters who want to drive and then take the train? It seems like there are very few spots specifically set aside for this. Has a CTA/Metra surface lot or even a parking structure ever been considered for here?

  • I don't think there is enough demand for rentals in Jeff Park to justify a 48 unit building. The condo building at Lawrence and Lavergne is still not fully leased up and it's been around for years. I don't know if it's the same type of housing, but still. We'll end up with a monstrosity of a development in the middle of our neighborhood that will sit half vacant.

36 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Grocery Gal visits Paulina Market in Lakeview

As much as I love Montrose Deli and Andy's, there's some stuff that only Paulina Market carries. Check out my new Grocery Gal installment. http://grocerygalblog.com/paulina-market/

  • A block away from my son's school! Well worry the trip! It's a great place!

  • Johnny Portage Park

    It's always the sign of a good butcher shop when all of the butchers appear to have worked there since the Nixon administration (and may not have all of their fingers).

41 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Looking for best place to buy poppyseed & nut rolls

My sister usually does the traditional holiday baking but this year she just doesn't have time. I'm not a baker and I've seen the poppyseed roll at the Produce Center. I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is any other place that sells both poppyseed and nut rolls.

  • My grandmother was also of the same ethnicity. Dinkel's Bakery on N Lincoln makes a variety of strudels (poppyseed is the best) that are similar to those that my grandmother baked. You will find them in the frozen section at Dinkels.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    I thought I posted earlier but I guess it didn't go through...I'm sure I've seen the poppyseed rolls you're talking about at Montrose Deli. Not sure about nut rolls. I also am able to buy really good rye there.

24 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Our Lady of Victory School Parent and Tot Junior PreK Program

Register now for our Parent and Tot Junior PreK Program!
Children and Parents will meet Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
The prices are as follows:
Tuesday and Thursday: $1350
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: $1600
(These prices are for the 2014/2015 school year)
If you have any questions or are interested, please call the school office: (773) 283-2229 or check out our school website at: www.olvchicago.org
We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Good lord! The price of private schooling is outrageous! Wonder how we are supposed to save for their college years.

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Apr 07

Updated 34 hours ago

Putting a stop to doorstep litter? (RedPlum & Yellow Pages)

I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a...

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I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a huge waste of paper and an eyesore in all neighborhoods across Chicago as they sit out. I personally think that people should have to opt-in to receive these sorts of things not go through time consuming steps to *try* and opt-out of receiving them.

How is it that this sort of unsolicited material that arrives at our homes only to be thrown out is allowed? Why does the city not consider this to be littering or some other violation?

I hardly know anyone that uses a phonebook these days, yet they arrive on our doorsteps only to sit there for weeks/months rotting in the rain, until they are finally all picked up and disposed of. The Tribune/RedPlum papers may not sit out for as long as phone books usually do, but they arrive a couple times a week and I am getting really tired of picking them up.

Can't we get these things to stop? I know that there was a law suit filed over the RedPlum papers last summer; not sure how that ended up though, if it has even been resolved yet... http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/20318975-418/residents-sue-chicago-tribune-over-nuisance-coupons.html

Apr 08

Updated 37 hours ago

Yellow Rose Cafe

Best Homemade Corned Beef Hash in Chicago.... Come Give Us A Try,
5640 N Elston Ave

  • My family loves Yellow Rose -- been going there for at least 6 years. We've always found the staff to be exceedingly friendly, the portions generous and the prices reasonable. I recommend it to anyone who asks; it's a hidden gem. Sorry to hear that others have had a bad experience there.

  • Thanks Thomas glad you love the Yellow Rose

6 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Forestry Cutting Down Infected Trees

As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected....

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As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected. And even if a tree looks well, the ash borer is likely killing the tree and creating a hazard.

It is going to take years for us to work through the devastation caused by this insect.

The good news is that the city is beginning to plant trees again. If you would like a tree, please email us. Please note, we cannot guarantee a specific type of tree.

ward45@cityofchicago.org

Apr 08

Updated 41 hours ago

Tree trimming

I have a large tree that needs trimming - by a licensed and insured service. Does anyone have a recommendation?

  • If the trees are in the parkway they need to be cared for by the City or a company authorized by the City. The Care of Trees is authorized. There are probably other companies, too.

    We have used The Care of Trees for years.

    Good luck.

  • I don't know about what PeralK says about Care of Trees being authorized by the City to trim parkway trees...but I heard they have had and might still have a business relationship with Wright College, working on their trees and supplying them with wood chips for landscaping.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Softball Leagues

Jefferson Park is still looking for Adult Softball teams/players for the Men's and Co-Rec Leagues. Call Kevin at 773.685.3316

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    It's Chicago...12" softball is king.

  • These are both 16" leagues!

    B-NWside if your wife knows at least 4 teams that want to play we can start a Women's league (for this season).

2 days ago

St. Cornelius Recycle rally

Wed, Apr 30, 2014 8am- 9pm

Please drop off non-alcoholic beverage containers (excluding milk) to 5252 n long ave on April 30th or before.

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2 days ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REVISION TO PERMIT # 100503802 TO CHANGE THE HVAC & REFRIGERATION CONTRACTORS TO CLIMATE CHANGE THE PLUMBER TO DISCOVERY PLUMBING & HEATING.

    5425 N. Lotus Ave. Issued April 14, 2014 Comment

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

FOUND CAT -- Is he yours?

Is this your cat? Was found near Irving Park YMCA in Portage Park. Male, neutered, no microchip. Seems like an indoor cat. If he is yours please call 773-240-4177 ASAP! Or if you know anyone who lost him, please pass this on!!!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Evening Pumber Needed - Kitchen Sink Clogged

I have a nasty clog in my kitchen sink drain.
I've used commercial-strength drain cleaner and plunged i. Neitehr worked.
I'm seeking a reasonably priced plumber who could fix it one evening this week after 6:00 p.m.
Any recommendations?

Apr 09

Updated 2 days ago

Entrance on Narragansett to the Mall (off of Irving Park)...

My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that....

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My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that. This is all to say that I am sure that my mother isn't the only one that has trouble entering the Mall on foot...I, too, do, however, for the most part I drive and will drive two blocks so I don't have to enter through the gate where the cars travel through. Is it possible to have a pedestrian entrance on Narragansett and on Irving Park....there are many elderly people that shop at the Jewel in that Mall. Thank you....it is nice to have a place to share my conerns.

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Feb 02 2013

Updated 3 days ago

Power Outage

So apparently there is a power outage affecting over 1,800 Com Ed customers near Carman and Menard. Com Ed estimates power should be restored around 11:15 pm. Sign up for alerts on comed.com

Apr 06

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone see this ugly accident around 8:00 am on Lawrence ??

2 people taken away in an ambulance

  • That doesn't look like a head on, the car on left looks like it got hit on the drivers side. Is that the Kennedy off ramp? It could have been coming off there and hit by the other car coming westbound.

  • Me

    Mike... this is in the 45th ward, you can't blame her this time

    Pamela, yes that was the I-90 exit ramp at Lawrence @ Leclaire. I believe the car on the left was coming off the ramp when it was struck by the car on the right. the car on the right is all front end damage.

Apr 09

Updated 3 days ago

People's Gas shutoff for no inspection?

I'm in a bit of panic as we got a disconnection notice (due to me not calling them to set up a time for a mandatory safety inspection). It's completely my fault but I wasn't aware and now that I'm aware I'm trying to call with no luck. I call in the am and pm and get the same message that they are too busy and try back another time. Grrrr. They gave us 1 866 524 0795.

Any suggestion to get a hold of someone to schedule this inspection? Before my gas is off! Any help appreciated!

  • I called 1-866-573-6880 and chose the option to speak to a representative.
    You will hear a message that the hold time is extremely long, but I only waited about 10 minutes.

  • I believe that I scheduled my inspection on line!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

TEKS Computer Service

Are you tired of paying outrageous fees to get your computer repaired? I can help! I fix computers, cell phones, televisions, etc. at reasonable fees. Free diagnostic on your first visit!! 773-969-8357

  • BillsDigital Photos Local Photographer in Norwood Park.

    Can you post the
    Belmont Ave. address where they fix the phones? Thanks, Bill.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    7010 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
    (773) 860-4201

    http://www.gsmsolutionsinc.net/

    Hey Bill, I saw your ad in the Nadig. Is the ad working for you?

Apr 09

Updated 3 days ago

Higher Property Taxes, Better Schools??

Reading the paper today our Mayor thinks our property taxes are to low compared to the suburbs. Now the decision falls to the City Council (Our Alderman). The only reason I'm still residing in the City of Chicago is because of the low taxes compared to suburbs. Emanuel aides claim that an owner of an $250,000.00 home would pay an additional $58 per year on top of a $4,000.00 property tax bill each of the next five years. For them to even consider this is a complete joke. If this was going for a bump in city services I might consider. What do you all think?

  • arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin...

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    arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin practices of part time work and borderline criminal use of the 'independent contractor' employment designations. These two evils are crushing low and middle income retirement savings potentials by eliminating structural discipline and economies of scale. Consider that when these two practices spread into the lower half of the workforce, wages did not rise. But the cost to employers went down. (2) Failure of real wages to increase to make up for the loss of paid benefits. (3) Rising medical and educational costs will in advance of general cost-of-living inflation.

  • InTheManor Edgebrook resident

    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than...

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    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than the burial benefit). Today those numbers are around 75% and 85%.

    Another quip -- my grandmother lived during the income tax amendment campaign. She once told me that if people knew then what it would become, there would have been a revolution. The income tax was sold as applying only to the wealthy, and started at 1% for the very well to do. It was a very different time then. My grandparents (an elementary school teacher and salesman) did well in retirement, due to pensions, savings, stocks with dividend payments. Social Security for them was just icing, letting them travel internationally and extensively in retirement.

    They also happened to have lived during a unique period, where the United States survived 100% intact following an incredibly destructive war, with massive industrial capacity, and leveraged that into economic dominance and great prosperity. Times change though, and we've been living through that. One facet of people is that we tend to view what we experience as "normal" and don't really conceive of or plan for different times. Look at the income tax, and the implications that has for our form of government. How many people today can conceive of a time where the income tax didn't exist, and the (much much smaller) federal government survived on nothing but excise and other non-direct forms of taxation?

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German Shepherd Spotted

Headed towards Foster on the 4900 block of Mulligan. No visible collar.

4 days ago

Apr 05

Updated 4 days ago

Welcome to Grilling Season

Normally I would be grilling all winter, but until the last couple of weeks, my grills were buried under the snow. Did a couple of steaks last weekend, but this weekend will be back in full swing. Tonight catfish on the Weber. Tomorrow ribs on the Traeger. Happy spring, neighbors. Enjoy!

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5 days ago

Water main break

Was just curious, how many people have had water main breaks near them in the last year? I'd say within 2 or 3 blocks? If so then where? And how about people who took in water to the basements?

Apr 10

Updated 5 days ago

Anyone else sick of the constant sales calls from Neighborhood Restoration?

Men from the company Neighborhood Restoration have been to our door several times over the course of the year (including twice last night) telling us that we had storm damage to our siding and offering to replace the siding on our house. They have continually told us that they would "smooth it over with the insurance company." This sounds suspicious to me, especially because my siding does not look damaged.

Anyone dealt with this company? Has anyone successfully gotten them to stop ringing the doorbell in the middle of dinner?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    We do answer the door for our Nadig Newspaper girl.

    Tip yours well.

  • I don't have a home phone so I don't get these calls. it's pretty nice.

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Mar 29

Updated 6 days ago

Dogs and Stairs?

We recently adopted an English bulldog from a rescue who refuses to come up our back stairs (6 steps). She will go down the stairs, but not up, even when bribed with treats. However, she has absolutely no problem going up our front steps--scampers right up. Back stairs are wooden with carpeted treads and closed wooden backs. Front steps are concrete and about twice as wide. She's apparently refused to go up others' stairs too, as reported by the lady who fostered her. She's around 3 years old. Have any of you experienced anything similar? What did you do about it? Thanks so much for any advice you may have.

  • I mean like on top of the stairs itself, not exactly like in the picture.

  • Inactive, don't think so. Too narrow. Maggie almost tried it today. Thinking if she's on leash and I run just ahead, she might follow. That's what she does in front. But guess she will when she's ready. Thanks.

6 days ago

PB45 2014 Project Expos This Month, Voting in May

As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot....

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As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot.

I am hosting three project expos where you can learn more about what is on the ballot. Those expos will be:

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8 pm
Disney II Magnet School (Kedvale Campus)
3815 N. Kedvale

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8 pm
St. Tarcissus School
6040 W. Ardmore

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am-1 pm
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park (basement)
5320 W. Giddings

This year, projects include:
• Renovations to the Wilson Park tennis courts ($67,000);
• A new playground at Independence Park ($100,000);
• More pigeon abatement and viaduct remediation ($150,000);
• Refreshed bike lanes on Lawrence between Cicero and Long ($70,000);
• New fencing on the pedestrian walkway to the Gladstone Park Metra station ($25,000);
• Tree planting throughout the ward ($535 per tree, vote for 150, 300, or 450);
• Branded street light banner holders throughout the Jefferson Park business district ($17,500); and
• Improved lighting at the Irving Park Road-Kennedy bridge ($35,700) and the Pulaski-Union Pacific viaduct ($10,000).
• Additionally, voters will again select a percentage of the $1 million to go toward street resurfacing. You can learn more about potential street projects during the expos.

Voting will be Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Wilson Park Field House, 4630 N. Milwaukee, with early voting in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, May 5-9 between 8 am and 6 pm.

For more information, email my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org 773-286-4545

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Apr 10

Free metered parking on Sundays may be eliminated in 45th Ward

Change is designed to discourage all-day parking in front of businesses:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/10/meter-fees-on-sunday-would-resume-in-ward/

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

New built building...

...on Fitzpatrick and Irving Park...across from the entrance/exit to the Mall....what will it be? Does anyone know? It is a cute smaller brick...next to Bank of America...

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    I remember that clothing store.

  • A long time ago (30+ years) there was a Robert Hall clothing store there. It was the building that was torn down last year.

    The construction you see now was stopped in November and no work has been done since. Inside the building the concrete floor has not been poured, it is just dirt. I hope that they restart construction soon.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

Robocall about John Arena

Did anyone get a Robocall about Alderman John Arena? We got one this weekend and wanted to know if it was legit or just a campaign slam tactic

  • Man, I hope we're not in for a replay of the Berrios campaign tactics since her campaign handlers are currently unemployed. Prepared to have Arena's responsible for every ill known to humanity.

  • Business Mom Business owner...Long time resident...

    Sean...Weren't you the one ranting about this very thing when you first joined Everyblock?

    It is so insulting to many informed people here, that some think we are so stupid to fall for this junk.. And that they are so much smarter then the rest of us.

Apr 06

Updated Apr 10

It MUST Be Spring, We're Talking Where to Park the Bikes

Last summer my condo president and I spent hours trying to figure out where to install something to lock our bikes to. In the end we could not arrive at any decision, we were split. Today Mr. Pres rang my bell with a new idea: could we perhaps buy a rack and install it in the parkway "just for summer parking" so we could quit arguing about where to put a rack inside the fence? It seems to me I...

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Last summer my condo president and I spent hours trying to figure out where to install something to lock our bikes to. In the end we could not arrive at any decision, we were split. Today Mr. Pres rang my bell with a new idea: could we perhaps buy a rack and install it in the parkway "just for summer parking" so we could quit arguing about where to put a rack inside the fence? It seems to me I already ran this by Andi in the Ward 45 office last summer and she said no, that belongs to the city, but maybe there are magic words I don't know about? Or magic beans? We got two new owners and they've got bikes, too! Is it possible to use the parkway for bikes, or a part of the street? His idea is just do it and let them say something, but I got the distinct feeling the city watches these things like a hawk! Those parking racks aren't cheap and we could waste one!

  • Oops, sorry about that! Didn't think it through.

    ANYWAYS :) I know there is some sort of condo/apt building in that area, and yeah, it'd be nice to have a spot to lock bikes if you have nothing inside the bldg. Might even help those who would want to lock up and take the bus (I think there's a bus stop shelter there, my wife walked smack in to the side of it once while we were taking a walk).

  • Jan

    Well that's because the bus stop is transparent!

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