1 hour ago

Meet with Alderman Bob Fioretti

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send an email to dan.kleinman@me.com.

5 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Trees cut down?

I was away for a week, and who I got back I found two trees on my block cut down. Any idea why? I do not know what kind they were. With this long winter, I forget which were the Maples and which were not.

  • Me

    I want the tree infront of my house cut down, the lawn seems to be sinking in and the roots of the tree are exposed

  • They are cutting down a lot of trees in our area, I think I heard over 400, because of the emerald ashe borer. They are also trimming a lot of the dead branches from trees because of a recent lawsuit where someone was badly injured by falling branches. Apparently the victim had called the city several times to have the tree trimmed, but the work was never done. This is info I remember reading from either EB or FB posts and/or ward emails by both Cullerton and Arena.

  • They are mostly cutting ash trees down.

5 days ago

Updated 5 hours 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

  • Me

    *buy

  • Me

    HA the houses over by Kenneth back there by Berteau are garbage! I wouldn't by property back there if it was 1.00 I'm pretty sure the house over by the jewel down kilpatrick are garbage too!

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

What to do?

I went to my backyard to hide eggs for the kids. My fence was slightly open, I didn't think anything of it. To my surprise I found this. I called 311 and non emergency, no one took my complaint or concern.

  • the statue of liberty

  • Disgusting junkies.

    Glad your children didn't find it.

    Also, you shouldn't live in fear. It's good to be cautious, but take that evening stroll. Bring a friend or two.

17 hours ago

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33 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

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

    You're getting kinda slap happy with the EB posts!

  • I think it's funny that their avatar says ad because their paper is 95 percent ads and press releases.

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

    I just caught your critique after eyeballing my screen for 23 seconds.

28 hours ago

Apr 09

Updated 29 hours 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/

  • Nadig Newspapers Publishing on NW Side since 1940

    I have been asked if the developer, American Colony Homes, is the same entity which once wanted to build single-family homes on the site, and it is the same developer. About 8 years ago when American Colony announced plans for the site, former alderman Patrick Levar said that he had several requests to build condos on the site but that he would only allow single-family homes. A year or two later, the real estate market collapsed, and the houses were never built, but American Colony continued to own the property.

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

    Hold on. Is this Brian? Or your old man?

32 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

16th (Jefferson Park) Police District Crime Watch

Information on some of the latest reported incidents in the 16th District are available at:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/19/local-crime-from-16th-district-4-16-14/

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

    "available at"? Is this Brian writing the copy for these Nadig, EB posts?

    News about crime isn't tomatoes at Family Fruit Market, Brian.

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Ultimate Frisbee

Hi, all. I was wondering if there are any regular Ultimate pick up games at Portage, Wilson, or Jeff Park. I recently finished college and haven't been very active since so I'd like to get active by throwing some discs. Casual or competitive, either is cool.

  • Andy P. 38th for lyphe!

    I'd be interested in playing some organized Ultimate.

  • AFJ Tall guy

    Anybody who responded positively who is interested, you can email me if you want, and if we could scrape together enough people we could get a game going.

33 hours ago

Updated 30 hours ago

  • Bill the Engineer NW Side Born & Raised

    Agree or not, Stewart's column is a primary reason I fork over 0.50 for a copy of the Northwest Side Press every week.

    .....

  • He has picked Arena to win reelection as well.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Left turn signal going northbound at Foster.

Asked you about this on the previous EveryBlock and we still don't have one. And last year Department of water management had installed a new catchbasin in the alley down from my house. The concrete that was used has already cracked all the way through. But please, please get a left turn signal for south bound Milwaukee Ave.

  • Yeah that one is super confusing. And dangerous!!!

  • I usually avoid turning there because its so confusing. I go down to the next block by the police station and turn left there.

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Rib Tips...

Is there a place nearby that has Rib Tips? It seems most places only sell the full or half slab...I do like rib tips, though....

  • He has a knack for that.

  • Brandys on Harlem and Twins on Harlem have tips.They both deliver.Twins tips come with fries and slaw,Brandys come with fries, rice or Greek potatos and garlic bread and soup.Both are pretty good.

41 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

  • Me

    This Slovakian gal thanks you for the link Anna!
    Kristen, I have seen the bread at Fresh Farms on Touhy!

  • Me

    *Kirsten

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Going rate for house/dog sitter?

I'd like to have someone house/dog sit for us for a week. The dog is super low maintenance - she just needs to be fed once a day and let out a couple of times during the day (into the back yard). The person would also need to sleep at our house . I am thinking of asking a friend to do it, but I want to know what the fair compensation for such a request might be?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    I know someone who does this for a living, she charged me $50 a night, my dog is very hard to walk and I knew she would be able to handle him. It was kind of last minute that I needed her and I can't remember if she gave me a discount because we are acquainted.

  • If you were going with a friend I would say 30 per night and 15 per each additional visit that they let the dog out separate from spending the night. By the description and it being a friend $200 would seem far to me. I pay a neighbor-girl the same price it would cost us to board our dog.... the peace of mind he's at home and I know the funds are going to a friend.

  • efs6220 business manager

    I think 250.00 for a week would be fair. Just make sure they are compatible and compassionate with your dog. If not your dog will be very unhappy!

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Brunch

I'm thinking about taking the family for an Easter brunch this Sunday and was hopping (🐇) you fine people might throw out some of your favorite (& affordable) spots for Easter brunches. Thanks!

Mar 27

Updated 3 days ago

In need of vet recommendation

Really need your assistance neighbors, anyone have any good recommendations for vets? In our area or burbs, just need the best vet. Closer obviously better but willing to travel any distance. Let me know and thank you in advance

  • Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I...

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    Risers has been the best for me over the last 4 years- prior to that had bad experiences at Abel, TLC and Touhy animal Hosp in Parkridge. Risers has lots of consistently good and conservative vets - they are not quick to jump to meds or tests not needed. I work as a physician assistant and although I am no vet I have a good understanding and can figure out pretty easy when a vet is being a bit aggressive with tests/meds ect. I also did not like the roaming dog at TLC. It's one thing to have a loose pet in a vets office,....it's another thing when that pet invades your space and makes you uncomfortable when you are trying to comfort your sick pet.

  • Mayfair animal clinic is amazing, all the vets, all the staff A+++++++++++++++. The price is reasonable too!

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Moratorium on new packaged liquor licenses proposed for 45th Ward

Proposed moratorium would not affect plans to open liquor store near Bryn Mawr and Milwaukee
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/18/moratorium-proposed-on-new-liquor-licenses-in-45th-ward/

4 days ago

Your Nominations Wanted for the BEST OF THE 45th WARD • Please Take this Survey!

Your Nominations Wanted for the BEST OF THE 45th WARD • Please Take this Survey!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JSMNXK9

• Best Bar

• Best Restaurant

• Best Retail

• Best Neighbor (Individual)

• Best Neighbor (Business)

• Best Community Organization or Non-Profit

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JSMNXK9

More info:

http://45id.org/event/best-of-the-45th-ward-awards/

5 days ago

Updated 4 days 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

  • Call Norwood Park, I know they have a section of of Avondale, they use for people who bring trees, branches, bushes for mulch. If you dont mind hauling it there. Im sure they will take it. PS you dont get to keep the mulch its for the parks to use.

Apr 16

Updated 4 days 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.

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days 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).

5 days ago

Updated 5 days 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.

5 days ago

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Apr 07

Updated 6 days 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 6 days 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

Apr 11

Updated 6 days 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 6 days 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.

Apr 15

Updated 6 days 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).

6 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.

6 days ago

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6 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

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

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!!!

Apr 13

Updated Apr 15

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?

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    Consult the oracle YouTube and the great guru Google... and unclog it yourself.

  • Earl from Clog Be Gone is terrific. 773-286-8890

Apr 09

Updated Apr 15

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.

Apr 15

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Feb 02 2013

Updated Apr 15

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 Apr 14

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 Apr 14

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!

Apr 12

Updated Apr 14

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 Apr 14

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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