2 days ago

Updated 29 min ago

lots on Lawrence av east of Milwaukee, pedestrian designation

Yes, we in Jeff Park and of JPNA do not want more density which brings more crime and there is no proof of it bringing businesses since where there is density and no wealth there are vacant stores like on Milwaukee south of Montrose. A developer is putting single family homes on Milwaukee across from Schurz high school. If they can do it there, they can do it here.

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Carlene, I think we've demonstrated that you have not cited facts, but rather opinions. Which is fine and appropriate for you to do except when you label your opinions as facts. This is what has attracted so many comments to this thread.

    Ms Colleen - it's a great that you...

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    Carlene, I think we've demonstrated that you have not cited facts, but rather opinions. Which is fine and appropriate for you to do except when you label your opinions as facts. This is what has attracted so many comments to this thread.

    Ms Colleen - it's a great that you went out to collect signatures in the three or four blocks from Long/Argyle. I live six blocks away and walk to the train daily. I support the development, though not necessarily the design. But the petitions don't get into that nuance, do they? Everything is NO, NO, NO. How about working with the developer to make something that could actually work with the community given the city's larger planning goals of transit-friendly development? It's easy to say no to things; its much more difficult to work with people constructively.

  • Ryan Richter, I'm glad that you chose to live in Jefferson Park, and that I can call you a neighbor. You're well-versed, you state your opinion, identify it as opinion, and keep a level head. A refreshing change, shall we say.

44 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Analysis: dynamics of 45th Ward aldermanic race change with candidacy of Michael Diaz

Garrido, Baert, Diaz vying to unseat Arena in 45th Ward race. Who does the mayor support?
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/18/4-candidate-field-roils-45th-ward-race/

30 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Suspicious 99.9% Sure, Neighbor Selling Illegal Drugs

I have an apartment neighbor that I am certain is involved in selling illegal drugs, off of the premises. I have spoken to detectives, reported the activity on the City of Chicago's website: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/eforms/org/cityofchicago/drugTrafficking/index.jsp

If anyone has any ideas, I am open to suggestions . . . Thanks!

  • Tezcat Charbydis

    Don't you wonder what products the guy has to offer first before thinking about costs?

  • PP46, wow! Let's recap: drugs, young men, composter, mislaid front door, naked body in the bathtub in a sleazy hotel, and yachts. :) This is getting more and more interesting. Write that book. I can't wait!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Comcast v DirecTV

I've had DirecTV for 11 years and surprisingly am extremely satisfied, with the exception that they're getting ridiculously expensive, approx $120+/month.

I do have Comcast for internet service, the service is fantastic, but expensive, approx $77/month.

That equals almost $200/month for just the 2 services.

Comcast is now offering me TV (comparable to DTV), interenet (even faster than what I now have) and telephone (with more features than I currently have) for $139/month + tax.

So here's the $64,000 question....what...

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I've had DirecTV for 11 years and surprisingly am extremely satisfied, with the exception that they're getting ridiculously expensive, approx $120+/month.

I do have Comcast for internet service, the service is fantastic, but expensive, approx $77/month.

That equals almost $200/month for just the 2 services.

Comcast is now offering me TV (comparable to DTV), interenet (even faster than what I now have) and telephone (with more features than I currently have) for $139/month + tax.

So here's the $64,000 question....what do you think of Comcast for TV in our area? I have heard some absolute nightmare stories about Comcast, but not from anyone in our neighborhood, so am anxious to get feedback before I agree to make the switch.

Thanks, everyone.

  • Steve Legate Father, Philosopher, Sober Oaf

    It seems that your options inside the city of Chicago are limited depending on what zone you are in, how far you are from the nearest AT&T repeater, etc. We've tried most everything in our 7 years in JP. Here's what we found about:

    1) Comcast
    TV: middle quality for...

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    It seems that your options inside the city of Chicago are limited depending on what zone you are in, how far you are from the nearest AT&T repeater, etc. We've tried most everything in our 7 years in JP. Here's what we found about:

    1) Comcast
    TV: middle quality for middle-high price, clunky DVR, lots of bait and switch pricing
    Internet: bestest fastest bar none, will make you pay $$ if you don't bundle TV
    Phone: wait... people still use land lines?

    2) DirecTV
    TV: the best - best price, selection, GREAT DVR design, price flexibility
    Internet: none - you have to use someone else
    Phone: wait... people still use land lines?

    3) AT&T
    TV: don't know, their best internet speed to our house isn't fast enough
    Internet: we are 11k+ feet from the nearest repeater, so 3mbps was tops. Ugh.
    Phone: wait... people still use land lines?

    4) Over-The-Air HDTV + Internet Streaming
    TV: best quality picture, lots of channels IF you have a roof antenna
    Internet: unless AT&T can get 6mbps to your house, Comcast is it
    Phone: wait...

    A lot depends on what you want to watch, and how bad. We recently crawled back to Comcast because we couldn't get reliable OTA reception without dropping 2-4 bills on a roof antenna, and we're sports fans. Sports is the pay-TV regime's last ace in the hole; until I can stream NFL and MLB games for cheapish over the 'net... they got me.

    If the AT&T rep promises you 6mbps+ to your house, my best-bang-for-the-buck recommendation would be AT&T for inet/video streaming and OTA HDTV for television.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Hey, Steve, yes, people still do use landlines if we use google voice that lets you call national and local free. You can get a land line for twenty bucks, that's the cheapest one where you have to pay ten cents a call on top of it, and then using google voice through your landline, everything in our borders is free. That beats a bundled deal. I call all day for twenty a month. You can't beat that, right?

5 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

We've Only Got Three or Four Able Bodied Shovelers Left

And it's time we selected a service to snow blow or plough our little condo. Does anyone have good luck and good prices with any particular service? Maybe we can afford it. I'm just about to write the annual Association memo to residents that say, 'Please shovel when it's your turn or pay $20,' but no one does, and the three or four who still can end up shoveling all winter, and one of them gripes so much about it that it's pitiful (not me). Last winter was so bad we finally lost control of the long stretch of pure ice on Higgins, I'm sure to the curses of those who must walk there.

  • AJ Soracco Stay calm and carry on

    We use Stars & Stripes and have for 6 years now. (773) 908-8964. Stay warm!

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    AJ, do you want to put about how much they cost? If not, that's okay!

17 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Lincoln

I've been an amateur Lincoln scholar since grammar school. Spent a lot of time in Springfield during my early years--used the Illinois Supreme Court Library to research and write my thesis. I've always been intrigued with the town and its history, in particular its most famous resident. Been reading "Recollections of Abraham Lincoln" by Ward Hill Lamon--makes me want to visit Springfield again...in the spring. Have any of you read this book? I love it and find it an intimate portrayal of Mr. Lincoln whom I have admired since boyhood.

  • Janet....this bird went by the name of Thompson. And some of them drifted back to Fountain, Indiana. A backwater flag stop on the Monon line.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    I was thinking a little further back.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Architect recommendation for 2nd story addition

I'd like to see if anyone has an architect they could recommend for a 2nd story addition. Thanks in advance

  • Foster Dale did a consult with us and I liked him but we decided to move to an already remodeled, bigger house instead. Which I highly recommend if you can do it.

    http://fosterdalearchitects.com/

    He did a very nice reno for friends of ours.

  • Mark Jesse Principal at Studio J Architects (Portage Park)

    Hi Lunker and A&K -
    I am a registered architect that just opened my own company four months ago. Previously I was working at a high end residential firm (Sullivan Goulette Wilson) for the past 14 years. Fortunately I have been busy with home renovation and addition projects (all thru...

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    Hi Lunker and A&K -
    I am a registered architect that just opened my own company four months ago. Previously I was working at a high end residential firm (Sullivan Goulette Wilson) for the past 14 years. Fortunately I have been busy with home renovation and addition projects (all thru referrals) since opening my company, and I would love to take a look at your project. I have no marketing website yet but I can provide referrals. I live and work in the neighborhood and am trying to build up a client base. I can be reached at 773-732-7515.
    And in addition to the self certified architect option Aaron mentioned (which is a good one), if the project is an owner occupied single family residence the city has other programs which allows you to obtain the permit via one of the neighborhood permit centers (which will also save time & money) instead of submitting downtown. Thank you.

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Nov 11

Updated 22 hours ago

JPNA website

So I was considering going to a meeting of the JPNA, and I figured their website would be a good starting place for information. I get to the website, and see that the website is kinda messed up; I clicked on the "membership" link from the homepage, which took me to a membership page. Great! From the membership page, I clicked on 'community' and was taken to http://www.theworkshopgalena.org. The other links took me to an escrow company, a developer in Houston, an oilfield drilling service, outright weird stuff. Anyone else having this issue? It's pretty comical.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    It turns out there is a problem with our service provider. Thanks for pointing it out. Our S/P is working to correct the situation.

  • Just checked, and it's working fine. Thanks for looking into it.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

City of Chicago Streets and Sanitation Workers

Is there anything that can be done re: the city of chicago workers that park along Lamon (between Lawrence and Wilson) that blast their music at 6am from their cars. As I am typing this there is a car who has been blasting their music for an hour, bass pumping and car rattling to go along with that! I'm assuming they're waiting for their shift to start. This used to happen more frequently in the summer but it looks like it's starting up again.

  • WRONG GRAMMAR COP !

    I DO OPEN DOORS IM A GOOD PERSON!

    I KNOW THAT AREA LIKE I SAID, TWO OTHER COMPANIES ARE THERE AS WELL.
    THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT!
    HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!

  • Is it just me or does rock seem like he's wound a little too tight...lighten up, dude!!!

30 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Looking For Local Family Fun Holiday Suggestions

With small children. What are the streets with the best lights? Looking forward to doing most of my shopping locally. So many great choices.

2 days ago

Should area parochial schools consolidate?

St. Cornelius pastor tells parish that consolidation plan for NW Side is in the works; Archdiocese says plans not finalized. Several area schools say they plan to remain open next year.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/18/catholic-schools-may-consolidate/

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

FOUND: male cat -- do you know him?

My husband and I found a really sweet orange and white male cat near Nagle and Gunnison in Jefferson Park. Are you or someone you know missing a cat? He is neutered, age 3-6, very sweet disposition. Please contact me if he is your (or your neighbor's) cat. Thanks!

  • So adorable! He's not mine, but thank you for taking him in and trying to find his owner.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Roberts Square PAC to Meet Thursday at Jeff Park

Join us at the toasty (if a little drafty) Jeff Park Field House this Thursday evening, as we do a Look Back and a Look Ahead, and elect our board members for 2015!
All welcome, Thursday Nov 20 at 7PM.. If you can't attend but want to serve, or register concerns about our wunnerful little park, call tom at (773) 715-8108 or drop us a note at our web site: http://robertssquarepac.org/

https://www.facebook.com/RobertsSquareParkAdvisoryCouncil?notif_t=page_new_likes

  • TomL Loves, bikes, dogs, Jeff Park and Chicago

    Oh, and if you like what we've done this year, and want to support the park's plans for 2015, you can DONATE easily at our web site anytime (tax deductible)..Even small amounts go a long way... and are most appreciated!
    http://robertssquarepac.org/donate.html

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mother Cluckers Kitchen Coming Soon

Who can guess where this new resturant is going in?

  • I concur spring is a good idea, by the logic if you are what you eat, if you go in spring, it would make you a spring chicken.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Count me in Kathleen. There have been a number of restaurants in the place over the last 5 years. I sure hope this one is successful!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Habitat Re-Store has a lot to offer!

I've been anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening of the new Habitat Re-Store since I heard about it several months ago. This weekend it FINALLY opened its doors, and I was all too anxious to get in and see what I could find.

First and foremost, if you've been visiting the Re-Store near/in Chinatown, you're in for a treat with this one. It's FAR more organized, and well lit. In fact, they even had the place heated up nice and toasty...

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I've been anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening of the new Habitat Re-Store since I heard about it several months ago. This weekend it FINALLY opened its doors, and I was all too anxious to get in and see what I could find.

First and foremost, if you've been visiting the Re-Store near/in Chinatown, you're in for a treat with this one. It's FAR more organized, and well lit. In fact, they even had the place heated up nice and toasty when we arrived.

The outdoor/ garden section leaves a bit to be desired, but they did have some Audubon bird feeders that are normally $45-$60 for $10. I picked one of those up. I also scored a cute little wrought iron plant stand for $5.

They have some incredibly decent furniture for affordable prices. I saw couches for $20 and some beautiful sitting chairs for about the same.

We are looking to remodel our kitchen, so we had a look at the cabinets and countertops. They were VERY fairly priced, as were their windows and doors.

We just happened upon a PERFECT fireplace grate, which we were in need of for only $4! This is a heavy duty cast iron grate, not some rinky dinky little thing. It was most definitely a steal!

We'll be going back again and again, I'm sure. The selection was fantastic, and included both new AND used items.

For those of you who aren't aware, the items are donated to the Re-Store by individuals and companies that are remodeling or demolishing homes or buildings, or if there is an overstock. I'm sure there are a variety of other circumstances as well. The proceeds made at the restores go toward helping build homes and other needs for community members. It's a great deal as well as a great cause!

2 days ago

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Nov 09

Updated 2 days ago

Edgebrook coffee shop/Pho #1 update

My husband & I went to check out the Coffee shop yesterday for breakfast. We knew it went under a renovation but didn't realize it had new owners. It was fantastic! The menu was such a refreshing change from your typical greasy spoon. The menu was something you'd see in Andersonville or Logan Square. My husband got the breakfast burger & I got the chicken chorizo, poblano scramble. The Owner makes his own breakfast patties & chicken chorizo (& sells...

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My husband & I went to check out the Coffee shop yesterday for breakfast. We knew it went under a renovation but didn't realize it had new owners. It was fantastic! The menu was such a refreshing change from your typical greasy spoon. The menu was something you'd see in Andersonville or Logan Square. My husband got the breakfast burger & I got the chicken chorizo, poblano scramble. The Owner makes his own breakfast patties & chicken chorizo (& sells them too). We'll definitely go back to try the other options/specials. The inside's still the same-small, cramped but it's worth it for the food.
And from the other side of the food spectrum, Pho #1 has revamped their menu. It's more user friendly for the non-Vietnamese. They had a new waiter, a young guy-didn't get his name-who explained alot of the food & made recommendations of some of his favorites. Oh & instead of plain water they now serve you Jasmine water-soooo good. Winter is quickly approaching so go get your Pho on!

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Hey Mom, is your post in the right string?

  • Ruta Gardener/Animal Lover

    @BellaV-I didn't know you could ask them to do all that! It made me rethink my dinner options last night:)

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Storm doors/installation recommendations

We are looking to replace our storm/screen doors, and are not at all handy with home improvement projects.

We have looked at doors at home improvement stores and thought about paying one of their contractors to install it, but now we are wondering if we should hire someone like Feldco to come over and measure our door frames, help us pick out a style, and come back to install.

Does anyone have any recommendations on this project? Either a quality installer or if you feel that going the home improvement store route is more economical/better?

Thanks for any ideas.

  • We've had great experiences with American Thermal and would highly recommend them to our friends & family.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    We've found that American Thermal is fine for sale and installation. Hope you never need service on your doors after that, though. We did, and it was less than satisfactory.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Sandhill Crane Migration

For those of you who enjoy birdwatching, keep listening and watching the sky. The sandhill cranes are migrating!

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Thanks for the tip, Laura! I love bird watching here in the neighborhood, and I'm always fascinated by the varieties right here in the city! I'll keep an eye out for the Sandhills. They're my favorite crane.

  • A bunch just flew over. We went to Jasper Pulaski in Indiana to see their stopping place on the way to Florida. At that time, there were over 6000 cranes. The highest count we have seen was over 20k cranes. They will be there for another two weeks. It is awesome to see!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-jane-byrne-dead-20141114-story.html#page=1

Mayor Jane Burke Byrne, Chicago's first woman mayor has passed away. God Bless You Lady Jane. You were an icon and trailblazer for women in the City of Chicago of all ages. My first vote was cast for you in 1979 and my mother loved you too. May you Rest In Peace. My deepest condolences to her daughter Kathy on her loss.

  • Bill the Faux Engineer

    Fascinating.

  • Spam, this is bothering me now because I wasn’t old enough to vote for her but I worked in the same building. A part-time after school job doing legal work. She had to keep her office and Washington must have been Mayor at the time? I bumped into her after...

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    Spam, this is bothering me now because I wasn’t old enough to vote for her but I worked in the same building. A part-time after school job doing legal work. She had to keep her office and Washington must have been Mayor at the time? I bumped into her after she already blazed that trail. It’s no wonder I was awestruck.

    All I can say is she was stunning. I would watch her from my little corner of the elevator and she’d exit quickly while my ride went almost to the top. I studied her too. Her mannerisms were elegant, her posture perfect, every hair in place, just beautiful. I was in the presence of royalty or pretty close to it, I thought. I’d hold my breath and when she smiled at me, time stood still. She’d exit the elevator and leave behind this million dollar fragrance that I would drink in because I would finally breathe. She was lovely and may have had a tough exterior but very feminine.

    I’ll call dad. He worked in the same building a few floors below me.

3 days ago

Tickets now available for Jefferson Park Messiah Sing-Along concert on Dec. 14

Visit CopernicusTickets.org. The Copernicus Center is located one block from the Jefferson Park Blue Line stop. The concert is intended for singers and non-singers to enjoy.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/17/jefferson-park-sing-along-messiah-comes-to-copernicus-center/

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for Recommendations for In-home wifi

Hey all.
I'm looking for superb (tall order), fast in-home wifi service.
Not interested in a cable-phone bundle unless extremely competative.

Neither RCN or Verizon service Jeff Park (Lawrence & Cicero).
People seem to hate Comcast and AT&T; contracts are loathsome, corporate entities without a soul.

Currently, I am on Clear but they no longer meet my needs.

Help and thank you!

  • I've got Comcast and am not too far from the OP. The speed as good but the wifi in the router they gave me is HORRID. I hooked up a fairly cheap Asus tri-band(?) wifi router and it's LOADS better. I'll still have to occasionally reboot the Comcast router (because it's Comcast) but I can at least maintain e.g. VPN connections and get reasonable Netflix HD/gaming speeds.

  • Wife and I finally got our act together and purchased a combo router/modem from Netgear, works far better than the wonky Comcast stuff. We did have to call Comcast CS at one point, and they were incredibly helpful, once we got past the bots that just ask the same questions and make you turn things on and off. An actual IT guy was what we eventually got, and he had us up and running in about 3 minutes.

3 days ago

16th District police commander: strong community groups a key component in crime prevention

Commander Roger Bay says that he is impressed with how active Jefferson Memorial Park is. He said that the park, 4822 N. Long Ave., attracts crowds to its events.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/17/parks-groups-key-in-crime-prevention/

Nov 12

Updated 3 days ago

Shop and Saved opened today at Nagle-Devon.

Took a quick tour and I like, spending only 26 bucks. The hot food section has big selection of entrees with sides for $3.99. The store is well lighted and roomy, not like old store with low ceiling and darkness. The bakery section had bins with all kinds of bread rolls to pick and choose. You could get a slice of cake for $1.99, not $5.00 like Mariano's. The fish section was huge with live crabs and lobsters and just...

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Took a quick tour and I like, spending only 26 bucks. The hot food section has big selection of entrees with sides for $3.99. The store is well lighted and roomy, not like old store with low ceiling and darkness. The bakery section had bins with all kinds of bread rolls to pick and choose. You could get a slice of cake for $1.99, not $5.00 like Mariano's. The fish section was huge with live crabs and lobsters and just about any fish you want. Some bread was .99 cents. I didn't really check the frozen section and overall the grocery section was small with limited selection. For instance, they didn't even have any small cereal packages of the one serving size. The liquor area was not yet stocked but you could get a 24 oz can of Bud for $1.99 with a large selection of other beers in single cans and bottles. If I had one major complaint it would be that fish section was right after bakery section and while walking through bakery section all I smelled was fish. I want to smell that fresh bread.

  • @hhf, no I have not been to shop and save yet.

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

    was there yesterday morning. I liked it a lot. the fish section was properly iced down and the walleye I bought was fresh. the young man behind the deli counter was polite and they were working quickly through the line of customers waiting. other than the fish section, i think i like happy foods better, selection wise, but i spent $100 and got some really good deals.

3 days ago

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Apr 09

Updated 3 days 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/

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    If they knew about less money for pot holes they wouldnt have agreed with the idea.

  • Bill the Faux Engineer

    You don't know what and you don't know that they didn't know.

3 days ago

New Forest Glen mural celebrated

The Forest Glen Community Club celebrates the completion of the new mural on the viaduct at Forest Glen and Elston. Ald. John Arena, Congressman Mike Quigley, St. Rep. John D'Amico, and Arts Alive Chicago president Cyd Smillie were among those at the event. (photo by Randy Baran)

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for Seamstress

Would anyone know someone who makes chair and ottoman slip covers? Looking for someone good, but at a reasonable price. Thanks

  • Fwiw I am not terribly thrilled with my sure fit slip covers, they didn't stay in place, and seemed to slip off a ton. I would really explore getting it reupholstered or a proper fitting cover made, especially if you plan on sitting in the chair. A bit more money will buy you lots less aggravation.

  • mcctry Long term-Jeff Park

    Jefferson Parker - I was thinking that the sure fits are not all that great. I want something to stay in place. There used to be a lady in my neighborhood who sewed and did slip covers, but she has moved on. I will keep looking.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Great cleaning lady referral

I had a great experience with a cleaning lady today. She came at the last minute, did a fantastic job and. price was fair. Her name is julie 773-563-9716 i highly recommend her.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    "My spouse's father was a restaurant cook. When he came home he wouldn't even heat water for his tea."

    I would speculate that that is because he had a wife, so he didn't have to do it for himself.

    @IU
    Sure, could be. But I'm going with horse, not zebra.

  • Bill the Faux Engineer

    Occam's Razor.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale

Excellent vehicle to have for our Chicago winter! Click the link to view on craigslist. Thank you in advance. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/4760569156.html

  • Bill the Faux Engineer

    You said he couldn't do Carmax because he has a full time job, not that he can't sell the car. P.S. A lot of us have full time jobs.

  • Black Stalin http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    The man is keeping you down.

5 days ago

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Nov 12

Updated 5 days ago

Can you vote for alderman elections if you aren't a US citizen?

I know it's illegal to vote in some elections as I'm nota citizen - but I can vote for alderman right? thanks

Nov 12

Updated 6 days ago

New Dog Daycare Business

Hello everyone! I am considering opening a dog daycare business on the far northwest side of the city and would like to hear your opinions. I posted in the Jefferson Park group but please feel free to share the link with any pet parents around the northwest side that you think may be interested.

The facility will provide socialization and exercise for your dog while you are at work or on vacation. There will be a large play area, comfy places to nap, and a secure outdoor area for potty breaks. There will also be dedicated parking that provides a safe place to get your dog in and out of the car.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LB68P75

Thank you for your time and support!

  • ATrueBeliever Writer, Mother,Teacher, Wife & Die-Hard Northsider

    Kirby's Doggie Day Care & Boarding opened on Northwest Highway near Nagle in 2012. It lasted less than a year. It offered cageless boarding and 24-hour on-site presence. It was clean. The workers were nice. Not sure why they closed. I think they just couldn't get enough clients.

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    Kirby's Doggie Day Care & Boarding opened on Northwest Highway near Nagle in 2012. It lasted less than a year. It offered cageless boarding and 24-hour on-site presence. It was clean. The workers were nice. Not sure why they closed. I think they just couldn't get enough clients.

    My husband and I did Doggie Day Care from our home in Norwood Park for a long time. Despite advertising (website, local print advertising, business cards, etc), low rates ($15/day), pick up drop off service (free), flexible hours (6 a.m. thru 10 p.m.), after 2 years, we built a small but regular school of pups. We got about 1 inquiry a month for doggie day care and we got about 1 inquiry a week for boarding. By far, dog owners seek boarding more than day care.

    We began to look seriously at opening a facility. We talked to real estate agents, mortgage brokers, various city departments, and the alderman's assistant. It's nothing short of a nightmare to find the right space ($3,000/month), get the alderman's backing (Arena was supportive), apply for and obtain the Special Use permit (which is over $1,000 just to apply and takes 3-6 months to get, if approved), hire a lawyer (about $10,000 to handle it all), hire an architect to make any required changes to the property (things you may not think of, like install a drain to hose down the area where the pups have to potty, etc), obtain insurance, obtain a kennel license from the state, pay employees, etc. We crunched the numbers over and over again. No matter how we looked at it, at the end of the day, we estimated we would end up taking home less than minimum wage.

    And now, there is a new (small) doggie day care opening on Harlem north of Foster. It's taken them almost a year to get everything in place.

    I hate to discourage you. If you have a lot of money and time and are really committed to your profession and enjoy challenges, I say go for it and best wishes. You can do anything you set your mind to.

  • We used to take our dog to daycare X2 week in summer and X3 in winter when we lived in Ravenswood. Now that we are in Jeff park, we take him once a week and still go the Ravenswood location. We tried one location here and while they were nice,...

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    We used to take our dog to daycare X2 week in summer and X3 in winter when we lived in Ravenswood. Now that we are in Jeff park, we take him once a week and still go the Ravenswood location. We tried one location here and while they were nice, we did not like that they put the dogs in crates before pick up. I would rather my dog stay at home and get a walk from our dog walker, than pay for him to spend time in a crate. I would really love a doggie daycare in the neighborhood and would support it. Everyone wins when you come home from work and your dog is happy and tired.

Nov 13

Updated 6 days ago

Quigley Admits that the O'Hare Expansion "May Have Been a Mistake" . Now what?!

Here's an excellent article and audio interview that speaks on the current noise issues many of us are having with the new O'Hare expansion. The article hits home on a lot of the points for us here in the 38th ward.

I'm SHOCKED to see that an elected official is (GASP!) admitting they might have made a very expensive mistake. Quigley has been nothing but fair about this in my eyes, and he's certainly earned my respect as far as this matter goes.

Article:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141113/ohare/quigley-blasts-ohare-expansion-says-new-runways-may-have-been-mistake?utm_source=Jefferson+Park%2C+Portage+Park+%26+Norwood+Park&utm_campaign=bf4a064676-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e52b2129cd-bf4a064676-171885609

A local group you can join to fight back (FAiR):
http://www.fairchicago.org/
https://www.facebook.com/FairAllocationInRunways

Website to report excessive noise:
https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=csrform&restrict_loc=Y&invSRType=AVN

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    It is the ongoing effort of FAiR that leads the way on finding solutions to the changes made at O'Hare. These changes were made without any real community input. We are a citizen-led initiative to build community. We gather democratically. Join us. www.fairchicago.org

  • It wouldn't have mattered if he had had the correct figures, Daley would have rammed it through anyway. He doesn't live up here, was close to retirement and I'm sure he had a lot of cronies who stood to make $$ on the runway expansion construction. Noise? What noise?

6 days ago

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Nov 12

Another fantastic read about the bike vs. car debate

I would love for there to be an informed discussion rather than the shouting matches that have occurred (and held up improvements near the transit center that would have made the rod safer). This article, while a bit biased in favor of bikes, explains why the same excuses don't apply.

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/9-things-drivers-need-stop-saying-bikes-vs-cars-debate/

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

Veterans Day ceremony held at Milwaukee/Higgins in Jefferson Park

The Indian Portage VFW Post 3592 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the war memorial at Higgins and Milwaukee avenues in Jefferson Park. The monument has been maintained by a group of WWII veterans for about 70 years. Bugler Larry Zimmerman of Nadig Newspapers concluded the ceremony with Taps. Members of the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce were among those attending the ceremony.

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

    Did Brian Nadig take that photo? I'm disappointed that Brian decided to offset the main subject matter - the monument and veterans - to get a politician in the frame.

  • Black Stalin http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I wasn't there but look at the EB post, it's Brian typing the text, not a link to an article in one of his newspapers. I'd assume the JPG file came from the potato he carries around.

    Brian has never claimed to be a photographer.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Local veterans art museum hosts new exhibit

New exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave at Six Corners
100 Faces of War Experience:
Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan

The exhibition will be on view from November 11, 2014 through May 1, 2015.
The 100 Faces of War Experience is an open contemplation of the American experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It consists of portraits of 100 veterans who were chosen to represent the...

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New exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave at Six Corners
100 Faces of War Experience:
Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan

The exhibition will be on view from November 11, 2014 through May 1, 2015.
The 100 Faces of War Experience is an open contemplation of the American experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It consists of portraits of 100 veterans who were chosen to represent the statistical demographics of the American involvement in these conflicts. Each person was asked to provide the words that accompany their portrait. They are allowed total freedom in what they want to say.This exhibition is timed to coincide with the official end of war in Afghanistan and it is meant to be a place of open contemplation upon the American experience of these wars.

These portraits represent a cross section of the American experience of these wars and the statements of the people pictured reveal a candid, unedited understanding of our recent history. Nine years in the making, 100 Faces was created by Artist Matt Mitchell. Each portrait represents a part of the American statistics of these wars and comes out of a personal meeting between the artist and the person pictured.

  • Warren P. Photographer

    Awesome exhibit

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

    We went yesterday. Absolutely moving and I recommend it to all.

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