5 days ago

Updated 3 min ago

Deep dish pizza northwest side

Is there anywhere in the area to get good deep dish pizza. We have friends flying in with a long lay over at O'Hare who want to try some but not enough time in the schedule to risk heading downtown. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Diana Davis-Tounsi My Kind Of Town

    Jimmy Mac. Thanks for bringing up La Piazza's! Old Town was my hangout in 69 & 70 and La Piazza Cheese Deep Dish was the best pizza I have ever eaten! We hung out there all the time.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Go to sanos on lawrence

33 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

What does John Garrido say about Mayoral Relationship

Copernicus forum re Mayoral relationship

Question: Aldermen are often classified as either being pro-mayor or anti-mayor. If elected alderman, what can we expect of your relationship with the mayor?

Garrido: "Well, I think it was Russ Stewart that called me non-mayor. I think he wrote that. Well,we don't know who the next mayor is going to be, right. I mean there's still an election coming up and the mayor's race is also on. So, I'm going to be the type...

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Copernicus forum re Mayoral relationship

Question: Aldermen are often classified as either being pro-mayor or anti-mayor. If elected alderman, what can we expect of your relationship with the mayor?

Garrido: "Well, I think it was Russ Stewart that called me non-mayor. I think he wrote that. Well,we don't know who the next mayor is going to be, right. I mean there's still an election coming up and the mayor's race is also on. So, I'm going to be the type of alderman that will work with whoever is on office. My function and my goal as alderman is to work for you, to represent your best interests, to work for our community first. Everything I do is going to have that decision in mind. So, whoever the mayor is, we have to have a working relationship. I think it's just as damaging to our community to be a rubber-stamp of no as it is to be a rubber-stamp of yes. There's give and take, there's negotiation in everything, that's how it works. And if you don't do that, all it does is negatively impact you. You need to know what battles to fight and what battles are not important to fight. You need to pick your right battles and you need to make sure you're picking 'em based on how it's going to impact
your community and that's our community."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question:
what can we expect of your relationship with the mayor?

What does John Garrido say?
"I'm going to...work with whoever is on office"
Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
Mission accomplished.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    No no what does Garrido think about 2 queers getting married...Go Garrido we all love you

  • As opposed to a childless marriage of convenience?

Feb 25

Updated 1 hour ago

Six more weeks...

The illusive Chicago voter has poked out through its burrow and made it mark, calling for 6 more weeks of stuffed mailboxes and call bank calls.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Question

If Garrido is elected, would he be eligible for 2 city pensions?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Ken Dahl: Yes, I saw the link you posted with the answer, it is incredible to me that others on here are still pushing the wrong answer, that is what I am trying to clarify for anyone else on this thread who is interested in the correct answer.

    The article...

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    @Ken Dahl: Yes, I saw the link you posted with the answer, it is incredible to me that others on here are still pushing the wrong answer, that is what I am trying to clarify for anyone else on this thread who is interested in the correct answer.

    The article also answers my question about whether or not the aldermen are actually under the MEABF or another pension plan, stating that the politicians' pension plan is a subset of the MEABF. From the article, which is dated December 22, 2014:

    "Just days before stepping down in November to return to the private sector, Neely opted into a little-known government retirement plan that caters to politicians and allows them to qualify for a public-sector pension with only eight years of government service – the same amount of years Neely had with the city.

    The city's rank-and-file pension plan – which Neely had been part of until switching – requires 10 years of government service before someone becomes pension eligible.

    ...

    In October, the month Neely announced she was leaving her post, she inquired with MEABF about making a switch to the politician plan – which is a subset of MEABF and caters to elected officials such as aldermen, the treasurer and city clerk. Just eight years of service secures a pension there."

    Source: http://www.bettergov.org/neelys_eight_years_of_work_brings_nice_pension_perk/

    From the beginning, I thought it was eight years from something I read somewhere a while back, it might actually have been this article, but it wouldn't occur to me to post that as a definite answer without citing a source. @Happiness kept insisting that someone's guess is an answer, that is how misinformation spreads and why we darn well do need librarians!

    There are documents on the MEABF website that likely contain the answer as well, my computer at home is old so I try not to do things like open PDFs that make it crash and have been too busy at work to look for the primary source document there, see:

    http://meabf.org

  • should anyone immediately be blacklisted if by law they are entitled to two pensions or is this more the law needs to be changed?

Feb 21

Updated 2 hours ago

Girl Scout cookies have arrived!

I have plenty to go around. Our troop is going to Savannah GA with their earnings. I can meet at walgreens on foster/milwaukee
$4 thin mints, tagalongs, trefoils, savannah smiles, dosidoes, raison, samoas

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Drunk LOL

A guy in a bar sees another guy laying sprawled-out drunk on the floor. Deciding to be a good Samaritan, he gets the drunk's address from the bartender and offers to take him home.
He picks the drunk off the floor and starts ushering him toward the parking lot. On the way to the car, the guy falls down three times. The man gets him in the car and drives to the drunk's home. He gets him out of the...

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A guy in a bar sees another guy laying sprawled-out drunk on the floor. Deciding to be a good Samaritan, he gets the drunk's address from the bartender and offers to take him home.
He picks the drunk off the floor and starts ushering him toward the parking lot. On the way to the car, the guy falls down three times. The man gets him in the car and drives to the drunk's home. He gets him out of the car, and the drunk falls down four more times on their way to the front door. Propping the drunk up beside the door, the man rings the bell. The drunk's wife answers.
"Hi, ma'am. Your husband got really drunk at the bar, so I brought him back home for you."
"Thanks," the wife replies. Then, glancing around, she asks, "Wait a second...where's his wheelchair?"

  • Pivo: Czech. A type of golden beverage of which 90% is water and in the Czech Republic it is literally the cheapest drink in all establishments.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    You got it ron ron...

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

What does John Garrido say?

Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want...

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Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want to have everybody walk and ride their bikes. While that's important, that's good, the fact remains, people drive. But I think that with any project, if the developer wants to put up a parking garage like what he was taking about there. Then, the first thing that needs to happen when any job comes into my office is I need the plans and all the information on the project. It
will immediately, right from the very beginning, be put up on a website so that way everybody can see it and everybody can be involved in a discussion and understand and know what is going on. Then we would have a community meeting about it. For me it's gonna be all about community first. We need to have the community right in the process from the very beginning so we get that input,so we get that feedback,so a developer doesn't necessarily waste their time doing something that the community isn't going to accept. And then the community can have a voice in that process. Unfortunately, a lot of the process that we have now it doesn't seem to go that way."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: Does J
P need a parking structure?

What does John Garrido say?
Parking is important.
Discount people walking and people biking.
Pivot to canned answer about zoning process.
"For me it's gonna be all about community first."
Diminish the existing process.

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
Mission accomplished.

  • Take-away Garrido quote from the Copernicus JP parking structure question:
    "For me it's gonna be all about community first."

    Take-away Garrido quote from the Copernicus Lawrence Lots question:
    "If that owner is unwilling to do something with those lots that I think would benefit the community ..."

    Take-away Garrido quote from the Copernicus Participatory Budgeting question:
    "Because right now, if you don't get the Nadig newspaper or if you're not on the internet, you don't know about it."

  • @Jill - would you provide more detail as I am not informed on your two examples?
    " Clark Street Development. When is the community meeting? Eris was being work on a year ago as well. Schurz soccer field another one inviting the community in at the last minute only causes resentment and problems."

5 hours ago

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22 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

45th Ward Election Results by Precinct

I've made a map of the 45th Ward election results from the 2/24/15 municipal election by precinct. I've categorized the map in terms of first past the post voting, or the precincts "won" by the candidate that took the majority of the votes.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z9EVMxrqh5mI.kCUow3JpilW8

Overlaid on top of this are precincts highlighted in a red boundary.These precincts were won by Alderman Arena but in which the difference between Alderman Arena and John Garrido's vote totals was smaller than the number of votes given to Michelle Baert. This suggests that these precincts might be in play should all of Ms. Baert's votes be assigned to Mr. Garrido.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    Nice work Ryan!

    I guess now the only wild card will be the how the Baert supports really vote...Do you want to start over with a green horn alderman or do you want to see if we can continue to improve the ward for another 4 years?

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    B-NWside - I have to admit I'm out of my element with the campaign strategy but one thing I noticed in the data were the precincts that the Alderman won closely in which Baert had a high enough vote count to flip. Now, I doubt whether all of Baert's voters...

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    B-NWside - I have to admit I'm out of my element with the campaign strategy but one thing I noticed in the data were the precincts that the Alderman won closely in which Baert had a high enough vote count to flip. Now, I doubt whether all of Baert's voters will go to John Garrido but the pattern was interesting, nonetheless. I'll let other armchair political advisors speculate on what it all means.

    The motive for the map really was all of the political talk around here and elsewhere and yet, no one could visualize what actually happened in the election. This map is my contribution to that discussion.

31 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Skunk,,,,,,,,,lol

So I’m driving home driving home from dinner last night with my wife, it’s like 16 degrees out. Cold as hell. Icicles on your nose kind of cold. So anyways we’re going around a slow corner and she (my wife) spots a baby skunk lying on the side of the road. Being the animal lover she is, I get yelled at to pull over and help the little guy.
“Fine, I’ll stop but you gotta get out and help it.”...

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So I’m driving home driving home from dinner last night with my wife, it’s like 16 degrees out. Cold as hell. Icicles on your nose kind of cold. So anyways we’re going around a slow corner and she (my wife) spots a baby skunk lying on the side of the road. Being the animal lover she is, I get yelled at to pull over and help the little guy.
“Fine, I’ll stop but you gotta get out and help it.” I say. So she jumps out of the car and picks up this baby skunk. Poor little guy is half frozen but still alive. She says, “What should I do?” “Bring it in the car” I tell her and we’ll “warm him up”.
So she gets in with the skunk and asks, “How should I keep him warm?” I tell her “Put it between your legs.” She replies “What about the smell?” So I say, “Just hold his nose!”
The doctors expect I’ll make a full recovery, but the skunk she used to beat me with died during the incident.

Jan 27

Updated 7 hours ago

Downtown Jefferson Park

I cross posted this on the JPNA facebook site, but wanted input here. What would you like to see in downtown Jefferson Park? It could be anything - stores, restaurants, residential, parks, bike lanes, anything. Downtown is ill defined but for this purpose let's assume it centers around Milwaukee and Lawrence and extends east to the Kennedy Expressway, west to Central Avenue, north to the Metra bridge on Milwaukee and south to Wilson Park. Any ideas?

  • A bridge from the transit center over WB I-90 would cut 1/4 mile off of a teacher's walk from the transit center to Beaubien School. Then we could get rid of all that Beaubien School Zone Parking or price it appropriately.

  • 1.Not too chaotic, not too ordered.
    2.Visible Life.
    3.Compact.
    4.Orientation and Mystery.
    5.Scale.
    6.Make It Local.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy4QjmKzF1c#t=842

9 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Milwaukee Avenue

Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw...

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Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw Av, we knew immediately that that's something we didn't want to do in our community & we didn't want to wait and sit on the sidelines because we know we learned from the past that once city gov't comes & says "Here's the project", it's very, very difficult to undo. So I initiated, I drafted, a petition, myself together with members of the community & the GPCC, we passed that petition & we gathered 4,000 signatures from people from the GP community and beyond that said "we don't want to remove a lane of traffic". We support the CSP, Milw Av needs it, it's a mess, absolutely, we want everything that comes with it, bumpouts, medians in the center, we want all of that but we do not want to remove a lane of traffic. And,he fought us all the way, every single time we tried to talk to him about it, he didn't want to sit down, he didn't want to meet. So thankfully, because of our petition, we were successful and they took out the possibility of the protected bike lanes, but on the table is still unless he's saying now, here today, that they are not going to remove a lane of traffic, that would be great."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: How
can this project best achieve its goal (safety for all)?

What does John Garrido say?
so I initated, I drafted, a petition
We want bumpouts, we want medians, We support Complete Streets

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No
Mission accomplished.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Waveland Avenue will NOT be closed as part of Schurz athletic field project

Project is now on hold. Ald. John Arena and principal Daniel Kramer announced today that the closing of Waveland was removed from consideration due to community feedback. Arena is in a runoff election against police lieutenant John Garrido.
The following article is a report on a community meeting held last fall on the project.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/13/ald-arena-will-form-committee-to-address-concerns-about-closing-waveland-for-schurz-athletic-field/

  • This everyblock sure is a strange place and so much like high school. Is this really what you do all day in your golden years? You and your fake friend here are nothing but a bunch of bullies.

  • User 197716, Jill♡, then Jill♧,now Jill♡ again,
    Playing the victim is a passive/aggressive manipulation technique.

18 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Desperately Seeking

Grace, Gina and Mark in Jefferson Park, who moved into new home mid-2013. Please call me at Grace's old phone #.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Long & Argyle?

Copernicus Long & Argyle

Question: A 48 unit apartment complex has been proposed for a vacant parcel at L&A. The zoning proposal, which is on hold, has created much debate. What is your view on this project and how would you gather input on zoning proposals in general?

Garrido: "The problem that we have right now is that there is no transparency. We have secret zoning meetings that occur who knows when and who knows who's ...in those meetings. And...

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Copernicus Long & Argyle

Question: A 48 unit apartment complex has been proposed for a vacant parcel at L&A. The zoning proposal, which is on hold, has created much debate. What is your view on this project and how would you gather input on zoning proposals in general?

Garrido: "The problem that we have right now is that there is no transparency. We have secret zoning meetings that occur who knows when and who knows who's ...in those meetings. And with that the community is not involved in the process until either the project has been leaked to the press or until it's so far down the road that it's just going to happen. So, my position will always be is bringing the community to the table from the very beginning. These plans, those projects would have been up on my website from the day they came in the door. So that way everybody knows about it. Now,in particular for this project, the community has already spoken: 1,500 signatures plus have come in against it. They don't want it. And density is not always the answer to economic development. People have moved to these neighborhoods because they want to maintain the single family home character of these communities. This isn't Bucktown, this is JP, GP, this is OI, IP & 6C. We're more like to like like EP than anything else. So, I've already signed an agreement that I would not upzone that property.

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question:
What is your view on this project and how would you gather input on zoning proposals in general?

What does John Garrido say?
"...we have...no transparency..."
Density is not always the answer
I've already signed an agreement...not upzone that parcel.

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? Yes,
Mission accomplished.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChb_HSuhEbR4HkT1htqywRQ/playlists

  • Little news update (not trying to mess with the thread topic): against a very vocal opposition, the House has just passed the Amtrak reauthorization bill at around the same level of funding as previously awarded. Now it goes to the Senate. . . .

  • Take-away Garrido quote from this Copernicus question: "The problem that we have right now is that there is no transparency."

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Airplane Noise?

Copernicus re Airplane noise

Question: What is your plan to reduce the obscene amount of airplane traffic over the 45th ward?

Garrido: "Well, there are a lot of things that we can do but where it starts is is informing the community. The Alderman says he's been going to these OMCC meetings since he took office back in 2011. That means he knew what was coming since 2011. We haven't heard a peep out of him about it 'til now,...

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Copernicus re Airplane noise

Question: What is your plan to reduce the obscene amount of airplane traffic over the 45th ward?

Garrido: "Well, there are a lot of things that we can do but where it starts is is informing the community. The Alderman says he's been going to these OMCC meetings since he took office back in 2011. That means he knew what was coming since 2011. We haven't heard a peep out of him about it 'til now, 'til now when the planes are already here and they're making all this noise. So, why wasn't any of this brought to our attention years ago? FAIR has bee sounding the alarm for about a year and a half and they've been others before that but it's all fallen on deaf ears with our alderman. Never wants to try to push back in 2011 or '12 or '13, let's get the community together, let's try to sound the alarm before this all happened., even though it started before he came into office, the fact remains he knew the noise that was going to be coming, because he says he's been going to all these meetings, so he should know about it and he did nothing. The other thing we can do is work with our legislators because right now we can only have 8...too much to get into 15 seconds, I'll pass."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question:
What is your plan to reduce the obscene amount of airplane traffic over the 45th ward?

What does John Garrido say?
There are a lot of things (then names one thing, but no plan)
We can work with our legislators
I'll pass

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
Mission accomplished.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    The airplane noise upsets his wife and dogs off big time..get with it people. .

  • Take-away Garrido quote from this Copernicus question: "I'll pass."

6 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Election update: Michelle Baert endorses Garrido in 45th Ward aldermanic runoff

Baert finished third in the Feb. 24 aldermanic race in the 45th Ward. The runoff is a rematch of 2011: incumbent Alderman John Arena vs. police lieutenant John Garrido. Both candidates will be trying to identify Baert supporters in order to ask for their vote. Baert received about 1,700 votes.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/27/election-update-michelle-baert-endorses-garrido-in-45th-ward-aldermanic-runoff-race/

Jan 20

Updated 21 hours ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • Ruta Gardener/Animal Lover

    Yep, you need to wear the little guy out. Like someone else said a good walk or play time in the evening may help. Have you looked into "thinking" or "busy" toys? You put treats or a portion of his dinner into this toy. The openings are small so he...

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    Yep, you need to wear the little guy out. Like someone else said a good walk or play time in the evening may help. Have you looked into "thinking" or "busy" toys? You put treats or a portion of his dinner into this toy. The openings are small so he has to figure out how to get the food out by rolling it around or such. We got ours at Pet Supplies Plus a few years ago. I think it was called a Flying Saucer or at least looked like one. The point of it is to keep him busy & hopefully mentally exhaust him. Maybe something to try in the evening?
    Also, a ticking clock or a radio on low tuned to either opera or talk radio show in his room may soothe him to sleep.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Thanks for the advice, guys. I've looked at so many websites and videos and read so many books. Everyone has a different opinion on the best way to crate train it seems.

    We definitely play and walk and I've been trying to take him out to the pet stores at...

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    Thanks for the advice, guys. I've looked at so many websites and videos and read so many books. Everyone has a different opinion on the best way to crate train it seems.

    We definitely play and walk and I've been trying to take him out to the pet stores at least 2-3 times a week to walk around, socialize, and meet other people. I take him up to my husband's office in Wheeling and have him walk around there and meet everyone. I also take him on daily walks around the block, sometimes two.

    The vet recommended that I did not walk him any further than one or two blocks for now because he's so young and his little feet can't take the pavement for that long. In fact, after our 2 block walk, I noticed that his foot pads were already very red, so I think 2 blocks is our limit. We also play outside 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes.

    The Great Pyrenees breed is a nocturnal breed by nature (I didn't know this when I initially adopted him), so this should be a real treat!

    On another note, I took him into the groomers at PetSmart on Grand Ave today and left him for a couple of hours. They said he was GREAT until they tried to put him into the kennel, then he screamed bloody murder and cried himself to sleep :(

    He seemed pretty calm when I picked him up, but the excitement wore him out (Thank God!) and he was out like a light on the way home. I just wish there were a way to make him stay awake so that he'll sleep at night. I'll keep reading your posts and trying what I can to help him out. I have read that this can be a LONG process, so I guess I'd better just get ready!

    Thanks again!

Feb 25

Updated 27 hours ago

Bravo to Robert Murphy for getting 43% of the 39th ward!

Although he didn't win, this was a great showing and an indictment of "Marge".

Margaret Laurino 5,840 53%
Robert Murphy 4,740 43%

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Haha that drunk irish mick murphystands no chance against LAURINO AND HER CREW. After Margaret retires then we got d amico ready to take over the thrown! Get with it

  • M F

    Throne, it is a throne.

    Get with it.

29 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Eggs ????

She was in the kitchen preparing to boil eggs for breakfast.
He walked in; She turned and said,
You've got to make love to me this very moment."
His eyes lit up and he thought,

"This is my lucky day."
Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraced her
and then gave it his all;
right there on the kitchen table.
Afterwards she said,

"Thanks,"
and returned to the stove.
More than a little puzzled, he asked,

"What was that all about?"
She explained,
"The egg timer's broken."

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hahaha hahaha lets go to okcim on oak park and get a pivo pivo!!!!!

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Political analysis, from the mind of a 4-year old

I recently decided to some real political research by showing photos of both Garrido and Arena to my friend's 4-year old daughter. Her responses:

To a photo of Arena from one of his mailers: "He looks like a dog, the kind with the long face, that sniffs the ground."

To a photo of Garrido: "He looks happy....(pointing to his mouth) That looks like one big tooth in there."

She also wanted to now if either of them liked My Little Pony.

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Stolen Packages from Front Porch

FYI, I'm over at Montrose and Austin and in the last 3 weeks I've had 2 packages stolen off of my porch from FEDEX.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Go to the store and by your stuff or get a outdoor camera or have the nosey old lady who looks out the window all day put the smack down on the thieves. Get with it!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hey scary scherry your stuff can still get jacked even with a request signature.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Love to bid (Northside Chicago)

Come and join this new group on facebook. This a neighborhood group where you can auction off your items. You could win children's clothes or toys, women's clothes, etc., for a $1. Feel free to join and invite you family and friends.

Love To Bid (Northside Chicago)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549038008560767/

2 days ago

If you see this blue/green Toyota Camry...

Not sure if this went out yet, but just in case...

Feb 25

Updated 2 days ago

What's with the speed camera on Cicero just North of Lawrence?

Just after the bend, passed the overpass, is a speed camera. There is no park there, no school, and I believe there isn't even a crossing or sidewalk on the east side of the street. Not sure I understand why there's a camera there.

  • ccc,

    City has a budget crunch from salting away all of the TIF money and selling the parking meters for $1B below value, police enforcement is expensive plus Mayor 1% would have to hire more officers.

    Appropriate street design is a more cost effective way to convince you not to speed and get photo-ticketed. Over use of stop signs diminishes their effectiveness.

    Newcastle is too wide to be a one way street, you'd expect drivers to speed as they perceive no reason not to.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hahaha I am one of those drivers that fly down byron to get to brewery at around midnight. ..

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dinner for 40 Restaurant

A friend is looking for a restaurant space for her husband's 40th birthday. For next Saturday, for roughly 40 people. Another restaurant just canceled due to a miscommunication between the owners so she is scrambling big time.

We know Saturday is tough, but does anyone know a space that could handle that number? Somewhere here on the NW side is preferable.

Thanks!

  • Ruth J long time resident

    just 2 more not previously mentioned....Zia's on NW Hwy in Edison Park- they have valet parking and Vince's on Harlem at Lawrence in Harwood Hts, in a large strip mall with good parking.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    Are you looking for a fancy place, or good food? I've noticed Shilas occasionally hosting private parties in the evening.

Feb 25

Updated 3 days ago

Married ?????

A man and a woman, who have never met before, but are both married to
other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were
both very tired and fell asleep quickly ... he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.
At 1:00 AM, the man leaned over and gently woke the woman
saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you...

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A man and a woman, who have never met before, but are both married to
other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were
both very tired and fell asleep quickly ... he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.
At 1:00 AM, the man leaned over and gently woke the woman
saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold."
"I have a better idea," she replied. "Just for tonight, let's
pretend that we're married. "
"Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed.
"Good," she replied. "Get your own ****** blanket!"
After a moment of silence, he farted.

  • Here's a real stupid joke:

    There are these two dogs who enjoy heading over to the local horse track to watch the horses run in practice. One day, the dogs are watching the horses and they notice a little horse, about 2/3 the size of the others, trying to run...

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    Here's a real stupid joke:

    There are these two dogs who enjoy heading over to the local horse track to watch the horses run in practice. One day, the dogs are watching the horses and they notice a little horse, about 2/3 the size of the others, trying to run with them. The bigger horses are toying with the little guy, letting him think he's going to win, and at the last moment, they speed by him, winning the practice race. They do this for over a half hour.

    "That's terrible what they're doing" one dog says to the other
    "It is, and I can't stand to watch any more of this. I'm going over there to give those bigger horses a piece of my mind!"
    And with that, the dogs head over to where the horses are. The dog goes up to the biggest horse and says:

    "Look, I've been watching you guys! I've seen how you're picking on that little horse, letting him think he's going to win, but then beating him and making him feel miserable. It's terrible sportsmanship, and I think you should stop this immediately!"

    The one big horse looks around, then looks at another of the big horses and says

    "Get a load of this, a talking dog."

  • Frederick Jakubowski live near Gunnison and Nagle

    Am I married? Separated for many. many years, long story lol.....

Jun 28

Updated 3 days ago

  • @redditor, I think mike is related to Yuri

  • When is the zoning meeting for this and the neighborhood presentation?
    Did I miss it the community meeting? I know it has been almost a year that project started. Is there any neighborhood input on this? Arena is having community meetings for the other Bank of America location but not this one?

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Feb 23

Updated 4 days ago

Picked her up in a bar

Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys...

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Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys on the bookshelf and stuffed toys on the window sill. There were more on the floor, and of course, stuffed toys all over the bed.

They cleared off the bed, jumped in, and went at it. Later, after the sex, Harry turned to Sandy and asked, "Well ... How was I?"

Sandy replied, "Well, you can pick anything from the bottom shelf."

Feb 13

Updated 4 days ago

Two thumbs up for Amigo Chino

My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one...

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My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one of the best steaks I've had in Chicago. It was popping with flavor and so tender it practically fell apart. The rice and beans were delicious as well. I probably only finished about 1/8 of the dinner. The portions are that huge.

My husband got the taco dinner, and for $12, he thought it was a pretty good deal. He got 1 chicken, 1 steak, and 1 chorizo taco. He said they were all pretty good, and the flavor of the beans and rice was excellent.

I will 100% be going back and ordering that steak, but next time I'll being 2-3 friends to help me finish it!

Way to go, Amigo Chino! You ROCK!

Taqueria Amigo Chino
5959 W Lawrence Ave
773-853-0170

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    Bella V, try El Gordo on Belmont. In particular the Botana Mix for an appetizer. I think they have they best Mexican food on this side of the city :)

  • Pueblo Nuevo is good. Amigo Chino by the park was a decent late-night joint. They still have signs up claiming a return. I haven't tried the one Bella went to yet since it's just farther out for me and the aforementioned Pueblo Nuevo always calls my name.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

$2.5 million in TIF assistance sought for Irving Park Road development

Retro Fitness, Aldi's and a drive-through Starbucks are being considered. Project would preserve two-story bank building, 4901 W. irving Park Road.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/28/fitness-center-grocery-store-coffeehouse-targeted-for-4900-block-of-irving-park-ald-arena-to-hold-march-11-meeting/

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    Culver's wouldn't compete with Leadbelly. Totally different level of burger joints. A Meatheads or Five Guys might compete but not Culver's. Truthfully, Culver's would be more of a "threat" to Dairy Queen than Leadbelly.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    The development on irving will look alot like village crossing in skokie on touhy avenue just without the theatre and dicks...

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Now that you have dried off from the Polar Plunge

Warm up with coffee at the Portage Park Garden Club's first meeting of the year All gardeners welcome. Today at 9:30am at the Austin Irving Library, 6100 Irving Park Road. The speakers are from the Friends of Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse.

6 days ago

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Feb 26

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Feb 17

Updated Feb 25

Our Very Own Tunnel?

Alderman Laurino "join[ed] Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, and officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MRWD) to announce" that a storm water tunnel will be built in Albany Park. It is to begin in Eugene Park, go under Foster Ave, and 2 years and $45-55M later. empty into North Branch. She "will be engaging the Albany Park community through a series of community meetings and public forums." (per 2/17/15 email)

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    It's "Eugene Field Park" - Eugene Field was the name of the author of several poems and he lived in Chicago. Calling it "Eugene Park" is wrong.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 25

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

Feb 25

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Feb 19

Updated Feb 25

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Stewart should hang it up he is lost in the 60s probally hits the peace pipe every night! Favors candidates that give him a envelope of 100s!!! Who knows!!!!

  • He is never correct and he makes me happy:)

Feb 18

Updated Feb 24

State Budget

Newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner announced in his budget speech that the Regional Transit Authority can lose up to $128 million in state funding, while downstate gains $120 million in capital projects. Yet we pay higher gas, property and sales tax than downstate Illinois while they reap the benefits of Chicago/ suburban taxpayers. Downstate Illinois is draining state resources and it's all brought to you in part by our corrupt governor.

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