2 hours ago

Pick up Nanny

We are looking for a very responsible someone to pick up our boys (18 months and 3) from daycare, bring them home, make dinner, give them a bath, and read to them/play until one of us gets home. Typically this will be 3 days a week from 4-6:45. I will provide the car seats, gas. Person needs to have good driving record and a safe car.

if you are interested message me!

Thanks,
Emily

13 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Street Parking Etiquette

We don't have a garage and have 2 small sidewalks from the street to our main sidewalk that gives us access to our house. We have neighbors that have left 2 of their 3 cars blocking both sidewalks since Sunday. They live on the other side of the street where there is plenty of parking. We had this issue during the winter and said something to them. I have 3 small children and not having direct access to our house...

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We don't have a garage and have 2 small sidewalks from the street to our main sidewalk that gives us access to our house. We have neighbors that have left 2 of their 3 cars blocking both sidewalks since Sunday. They live on the other side of the street where there is plenty of parking. We had this issue during the winter and said something to them. I have 3 small children and not having direct access to our house makes it hard to get them out of the car (especially when there was 3 feet of snow on our lawn). So, do I leave them a note asking them to move their cars and to please not block our sidewalks or call 311 since they haven't been moved all week (and we have had this conversation before). Thanks for any advice!

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

    Come winter time, shovel the walk way in front of your house, dig out a parking spot and slap two items in that spot - the Chicago way.

  • I have two small kids too 18 months apart but I don't think that makes it okay for you to be annoyed at your neighbors. Its not their 'issue' you have 3 children to get into the house. Yes, it would be nice if they cared, but it doesn't seem...

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    I have two small kids too 18 months apart but I don't think that makes it okay for you to be annoyed at your neighbors. Its not their 'issue' you have 3 children to get into the house. Yes, it would be nice if they cared, but it doesn't seem like you've developed a relationship where they do. We've tried to get to know our neighbor, chatted, invited them over, etc... and because of this we've noticed they always leave a spot open for us in front. I think you have to give a little if you want a little. I know it can be frustrating, but its hard to rebuild if you already burned bridges (by having a convo about this in the first place). Good luck!

14 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Chicago aldermen cast a brazen vote for self-protection

http://www.dailynewsen.com/politics/chicago-aldermen-cast-a-brazen-vote-for-self-protection-h2532040.html

O'Connor's ordinance passed 42-6.

The aldermen who voted no: Bob Fioretti, 2nd Leslie Hairston, 5th Scott Waguespack, 32nd Brendan Reilly, 42nd Nicholas Sposato, 36th, and John Arena, 45th.

Jul 25

Updated 7 hours ago

Tree removal from backyard

We have a large tree in our backyard that we want to remove. We have talked with our neighbor (since the tree leans into his property) and he agrees it is time for the tree to go.
Can anyone recommend someone to take the tree out. It is about 2 stories tall and a full canopy (would love to remove it before the leaves fall for the autumn).

  • The tree provides no shade for my home and with its setup, no shade from the afternoon sun. The main problem is that it is leaning on the neighbor's fence (you can hear it creek) and is at, about, a 20 degree angle, pointing east. In all, it will just...

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    The tree provides no shade for my home and with its setup, no shade from the afternoon sun. The main problem is that it is leaning on the neighbor's fence (you can hear it creek) and is at, about, a 20 degree angle, pointing east. In all, it will just fall over with a strong enough storm. The neighbor liked the tree, as it was providing him the afternoon shade, but now the tree's roots are causing him a mess in his yard, so that is why I am removing it. I actually wanted to remove it when we bought the house, but the neighbor liked it and I did not want to cause a fuss as it was a "don't care" for me at that time.
    Got another quote and one on the way...all are within the ~$900 thus far, so that looks the going rate. Will be making a choice by the end of next week.

  • 2nd on Jim's Tree Service. I believe he is out of Edison Park

15 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Just tried the Gutter Cleaners Recommended Here

I took the advice of many on this site an called Steve Mancini at Best Price Gutter Cleaning. I am so glad I did. Two great guys showed up at my house on time this morning and they've gone above and beyond. My neighbor lady walked over and asked them to look at her gutters, one of the guys took a ladder to her house, walked up on the roof, came back down and told her they look good to him. You don't see that very often.

11 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Recomendations for removal of old heating oil tank?

Hello neighbors. I have a real estate client with an old, unused heating oil tank in their enclosed rear porch (above ground). Has anyone contracted with a company to remove these? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Splendid Soap Shop

I just found a wonderful little shop at Irving Park Rd and Mead (across from The Portage Theatre) called Distinct Bath and Body.
They sell handmade soap (made on site), bath salts, scrubs, face masks, shaving soaps, loofahs, etc.
Everything smells wonderful and the owner is friendly and attentive.
If you love artisinal bath products, you gotta check it out!

  • Distinct Bath and Body Purveyors of fine handcrafted soap

    If your local-(60634/60641) or close we can do same day delivery (we prefer). We can also do parcel shipping. Give us a call if you want to put together an order.

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

    I'm sold. I had no idea you existed. I will definitely be there soon. Great comments, EveryBlockers..

Jul 16

Updated 8 hours ago

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    Minerva,

    Thanks, I do look beyond the surface. A couple points: First, I don't understand why you think an elected school board would be controlled by unions. Second, the majority of parents are against the over-testing that occurs in schools for a variety of sensible reasons. Some of these include...

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    Minerva,

    Thanks, I do look beyond the surface. A couple points: First, I don't understand why you think an elected school board would be controlled by unions. Second, the majority of parents are against the over-testing that occurs in schools for a variety of sensible reasons. Some of these include the fact that it's been demonstrated that many standardized tests in use have considerable flaws. Over-testing takes away precious instructional time during the school-year, as schools end up spending months doing test prep. Not all learning can be measured by standardized testing. Students should be learning to think, not just regurgitate info. Of course, the standardized testing movement is Big, Big Business--very lucrative for those involved in the assessment and textbook publishing fields!

    Real damage to public education is ongoing by wealthy Conservatives like the Koch Bros, who financially support politicians and groups that work tirelessly to de-fund public education through legislation and school privatization. Public education, a mainstay of our democracy, should remain Public. Illinois should certainly do a better job of making education a priority, as we're shamefully at the bottom of the list of states in funding for education. And of course improvements are needed, but I don't think we should throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Since I have a different worldview, I guess Minerva and I will have to agree to disagree.

  • Minerva, who in this thread is a teacher? I just see pattymelt WAS a teacher and A&K is a school counselor. Who are the teachers who are bullying you in this thread?

10 hours ago

Vandals

Kingston Reflexology on Milwaukee Av next to the Portage had two windows shot out approximately 1:30 am by a drive by going NW bound.If anyone seen or heard this,I am sure they would appreciate knowing.They are new to our neighborhood and this is not what we want for any new businesses. You can also report it to the Alderman office or 311.
Thanks just trying to do the right thing.....

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Today, we introduced a resolution calling for hearings on the red light camera system.

Call for Committee on Transportation to hold hearing(s) to determine definitive answers to questions raised in Inspector General's 2013 audit concerning deployment and utilization of Chicago's red-light camera system

Click the link to see the list of cosponsors.
https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1874144&GUID=AA11D830-45FD-4FCF-AB95-BD82F80755C2&Options=Advanced&Search

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Thank you Ald. Arena for looking into the red light cameras. I received a ticket on a very short yellow at a camera that was later removed (Harlem/Higgins). It was less expensive to pay it than take a day off of work.

  • You should be able to contest by mail as well. I recently received a camera ticket and I contested by mail that I respectfully declined the charges until the City can address the issues raised. It is likely that the judge will reply that I still have to pay, but I can still make my voice heard in a small way while folks like Alderman Arena et. al. fight for us.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Any used Speedheaters for sale?

We just bought a bungalow with tons of painted wood trim. We want to remove all the paint and restore the wood to its original look without using chemical strippers. I thought we'd see if any of our neighbors have taken on this same project and used a Speedheater that they no longer need. If so, we'd love to buy it from you!

  • @morgan, the one place that I knew closed down, but you can check some home depots, they have tool rental, russo might do it to but not sure, none the less if you google tool rental center you may find something.

    Time to chime in everyblockers... do you know of any tool rental places around here?

    I think there was a c davis, but it closed down.

  • Please, no.

31 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

letter of interest from home buyers

Just curious if anyone else has recently gotten a letter from people who want to buy your house. I received a handwritten letter today with no return address, just a name and phone# from someone who wants to buy my house for $CASH$.

Could there be some kind of scam they could pull on someone?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    We get letters and notes from realtors a couple of times a month.

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    We also own the "looks like a fixer upper" house next door. Routinely get letters from developers who want to buy it for cash. They go in the circular file aka recycling bin.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

  • Congratulations to Mia's! We love to have an exciting new place in the neighborhood. It's look beautiful. You guys did a great job! We will be heading over for some gelato really soon.

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    Stopped by and had the pistachio and chocolate chip gelato. Excellent. And candy: they had these things that looked like malted milk balls but were chocolate covered COOKIE DOUGH. My dentist is going to love this place.

26 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Nanny Share

I'm switching jobs & my new role will require more time away. My sons attend a little school, but we need to look into all options since I won't be able to pick them up. I was thinking maybe a nanny for my 17 month old full time, part time for my 3 year old (some days he'd attend school). Is anybody looking for a nanny share that would be willing to come to our house in Portage Park? I'm...

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I'm switching jobs & my new role will require more time away. My sons attend a little school, but we need to look into all options since I won't be able to pick them up. I was thinking maybe a nanny for my 17 month old full time, part time for my 3 year old (some days he'd attend school). Is anybody looking for a nanny share that would be willing to come to our house in Portage Park? I'm looking for someone with one child similar age (baby or 1-2 year old). I'm going to expect the nanny to drive & pick up my son, take the kids places. Let me know if anybody is interested as I look into various options before my new job begins. We can chat further. Thanks!

  • noni Portage Park Resident

    My cousin is looking for a nanny job she drives, bilingual (Spanish), has a degree in education . Let me know if you are interested

17 hours ago

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Jul 22

Updated 20 hours ago

Sears key shops to close

After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

Ownership of the 6 corners shop...

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After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

Ownership of the 6 corners shop will be transferred to the current manager of that shop (me.) However the other shop will be closed permanently.

Due to the usual legal stuff (leases, business licenses, etc.) there will be a gap between the closing the old store and opening the new one. I have been working on this since we were notified of the closings 7 weeks ago but this takes longer that you would expect.

I would like to thank the community for its support over the decades and I hope to see you back when we reopen.

See you soon,

  • Today is the last day under Things Remembered, and also the last day of the huge sale. The shop will be closed at least until Sunday.

  • On Thursday I closed and emptied both of the key shops in Chicago. The one at 6 corners now looks to me like a giant white beached whale. Very sad.

    However if you want to see it you must hurry because I received the final paper work today (75 pages)...

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    On Thursday I closed and emptied both of the key shops in Chicago. The one at 6 corners now looks to me like a giant white beached whale. Very sad.

    However if you want to see it you must hurry because I received the final paper work today (75 pages) and we should reopen next week.

    Currently the stuff is in storage and it took 3 days to empty the shop. It will take longer to get it all back in and put away and the closing sale did deplete most of the key chains.

    So when I get the final OK from Sears we will open the moble shop first while the main shop is refilled, restocked, and new merchandise and equipment is purchased. Then we will have the grand re-opening with a sale even better than the closing one. Here is a hint, I started cutting keys on November 5th, 1969, do you remember the key prices at Sears on that day? I do.

23 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DEMOLITION OF EXISTING ASPHALT PAVING AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PLAYGROUNDS, INCLUDING SITE DEMOLITION, EXCAVATION, CONCRETE CURB CONSTRUCTION, NEW STORM SEWER INSTALLATION, STONE BACKFILL, UNDER-DRAINS, AND PLACEMENT OF RUBBERIZED SURFACE (PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION BY OTHERS).

    6024 W. Warwick Ave. Issued July 30, 2014 Comment

3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Whole Lotta Flies

Has anyone else noticed an abnormally high amount of flies in their yard this summer? I am loaded with them. Wondering if it's just my yard.

  • Kathleen Boyle Matchmaker of Chicagoland Real Estate since 1999.

    (Googling how to grow Lavender)

  • so it could be something in the area (air) that maybe causing this, I have not seen many flies this year by me, also I was out in my neighbors yard half the afternoon today and no flies. we got those little small bugs flying around in bunches in front...

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    so it could be something in the area (air) that maybe causing this, I have not seen many flies this year by me, also I was out in my neighbors yard half the afternoon today and no flies. we got those little small bugs flying around in bunches in front of the house, is that what everyone is talking about?

    I have not had to use the fly swatter in the house this year so far, only a few moths. my house has spiders thou, and I am ok with them.

35 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Shakespeare Returns to Wilson Park Aug. 2, 3

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will return to Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, this summer for two performance of the classic A Midsummer Night's Dream.

After what you might call a less-than-ideal courtship, Theseus, Duke of Athens, awaits his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons—the same woman he has just conquered in battle. Theseus soon discovers he isn't the only one with romantic troubles when Egeus approaches him with a problem of his own: his daughter Hermia, who's in love with...

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Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will return to Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, this summer for two performance of the classic A Midsummer Night's Dream.

After what you might call a less-than-ideal courtship, Theseus, Duke of Athens, awaits his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons—the same woman he has just conquered in battle. Theseus soon discovers he isn't the only one with romantic troubles when Egeus approaches him with a problem of his own: his daughter Hermia, who's in love with Lysander, refuses to marry Demetrius, her father's choice. Hijinx ensue.

Performances are Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 pm, and Sunday, Aug. 3, at 4 pm. A sign language interpreter will be at the Sunday performance.

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy what is sure to be a fantastic performance. More information, as well as other park locations, can be found at the Chicago Shakespeare website.
http://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/parks2014

  • miesterburger just a regular guy

    It's Ok, police have better things to do then hassle resident tax payers who care about their hood. I Walked thru Dunham Park during baseball Asso. picnic and the booze was flowing. Same old story. "It's for The Children" Baseball parents gone wild!

  • Kathleen Boyle Matchmaker of Chicagoland Real Estate since 1999.

    I can't wait! We look forward to this every year, since the Park District was dumb enough to shut down the year-round Shakespeare productions and children's theater program at Chase Park, and outsource their creative offerings to expensive private companies that don't produce shows nearly as good as the park district's former creative staff did!

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Bed bugs?

Has anyone dealt with bed bugs recently? I don't know what is causing us to wake up with little red, itchy bites. Fleas, bed bugs, mites, Mosquitos? Can't find any bugs or anything, have thoroughly cleaned and checked every nook me crabby possible.

Ugh!!

  • BPP

    Thanks SO much for your helpful tips. I could make myself insane reading all kinds of things on the Internet so this is much better!! I purchased a few of the little traps to put around my bed to see if I can catch anything to help identify the culprits....

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    Thanks SO much for your helpful tips. I could make myself insane reading all kinds of things on the Internet so this is much better!! I purchased a few of the little traps to put around my bed to see if I can catch anything to help identify the culprits. Also have Diatomaceous Earth handy for the yard (food grade so human/pet safe) so will try that this weekend as well, after another thorough cleaning. I will post an update once I see if either of these options work!! Thanks again.

  • If it does turn out to be pet fleas you can beat it yourself. A vet can confirm and advise you on use of a couple of bug bombs. My advice is to fully follow all the advice the vet gives you and be very diligent with the washing aspect. Over the last 30 years have had to do this twice. In both cases the thought was fleas in the grass jumped onto a dog (one time) and a cat (another).

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Old car batteries

Does anyone know where I can recycle old car batteries? They are taking up a lot of space and I don't believe they can just go in the trash or blue bin. Thank you!

  • Thanks everyone!

  • Dom Guarraci 39 year resident of Jeff Pk. U.S.Navy Veteran. Ret

    I took a few to Auto Zone, on Milwaukee north of Foster and received a gift card with a $4 credit for @ battery.

40 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Solar Power Installation Discounts Available

Homeowners can now have solar power panels installed on their roofs for 25 percent below the standard market cost.

Solar Chicago, a new community-wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Vote Solar.

Chicago and neighboring towns are participating in this program to help owners of single-family homes and 2-flats pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. Solar...

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Homeowners can now have solar power panels installed on their roofs for 25 percent below the standard market cost.

Solar Chicago, a new community-wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Vote Solar.

Chicago and neighboring towns are participating in this program to help owners of single-family homes and 2-flats pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. Solar Chicago simplifies the process of researching and choosing a solar provider, making it easy for you to save money and produce clean renewable energy.

City homeowners will pay $3.49 per watt for the panels, a 25-percent discount. That discount does not include other rebates and tax incentives that are available. The project is funded through a grant from the World Wildlife Fund.

Now is the time to explore if solar is right for your home. The program is available through September 30, so please register to receive your no cost/obligation proposal.

Learn more and register at the Solar Chicago website. http://www.mygroupenergy.com/group/solarchicago/

  • A&K

    I signed up. Let's see how it goes.

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    Six Corners Sam.....That's the capital cost per watt to supply the electric needs of your house. The provider designs a system around your current power usage, which will determine the size/number of panels and inverter requirements.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Looking for after-school programs or nannies and recommendations

We just lost our wonderful Nanny a few weeks away from starting school. I am looking to find any after school programs in the neighborhood that can pick up from Chicago Academy on Austin. The Y is not a choice... driving time is ridiculous in after school traffic.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Our neighbors had wonderful luck finding nannies through the education department at Northeastern

  • Depending on pick up times I may be able to help. I was a nanny for 10 years before having my own kids. I'm now a stay at home mom of 2 . PM me if you'd like to discuss it further :)

4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    No doubt there will be short term gains for corn farmers and the Illinois economy. The trouble is it's not just about us, because other nations depend on our food surpluses and pricing of agricultural products on global markets, as well as sustainability practices that make countries with arable lands...

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    No doubt there will be short term gains for corn farmers and the Illinois economy. The trouble is it's not just about us, because other nations depend on our food surpluses and pricing of agricultural products on global markets, as well as sustainability practices that make countries with arable lands good conservators. I really doubt our local legislators are thinking about much beyond short term gains. Here's a conclusion from Cassman and Liska at U of Nebraska (2007):
    "Ten years from now the rapid expansion of bio-fuel production may look foolish, or worse—unethical, if it leads to environmental degradation, high food prices, and increases the number of undernourished people. While we are optimistic that this scenario can be avoided, it would require both an increase and redirection of the global research, development, and extension portfolio because the magnitude of the scientific challenge has been grossly underestimated and critical research areas are currently neglected. Without the luxury of food surpluses, it will become increasingly important to make the right bets on research and development priorities in developed and developing countries alike."

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    Phil....It wouldn't be right for me to speak for Alderman Cullerton, except to say that based on our discussion he truly believed the ordinance would have been beneficial. I appreciated and respected his position and candor, and he mine.

    I happen to agree with both you and Tom G regarding...

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    Phil....It wouldn't be right for me to speak for Alderman Cullerton, except to say that based on our discussion he truly believed the ordinance would have been beneficial. I appreciated and respected his position and candor, and he mine.

    I happen to agree with both you and Tom G regarding the long term adverse affects on agriculture, and the need to return most of the corn crop to consumption. My brother-in-law, a dairy farmer, uses his crop almost exclusively for feeding the herd. Excess silage (along with animal waste, which is the primary "fuel") goes into the Methane Digestion System that he had installed, which produces methane gas that powers a generator that produces electricity. This supplies power to the operations of the farm and household. Sort like the fictional Bartertown from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome". Here's an interesting article on real world usage, and a Wiki....

    http://www.vlt.org/news-publications/publications-archive/archived-articles/methane-digesters

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaerobic_digester

    Considering the huge amount of biodegradable waste produced in major metropolitan areas, it prompts me to wonder why these systems aren't being investigated and adapted by cities in the United States. Like Chicago.....

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Lost Monkey

I thought I'd pass this flyer along. Hope the kid finds his monkey.

41 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

A new comic book and game shop is opening in the 45th.

A new comic book and game shop is opening at 4405 N Milwaukee, ---they plan to open mid-August. Just thought I'd pass along the good news that more retail is coming to the 45th Ward!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maximum-Distractions/1430652357223503

  • Too excited I am loving all the new businesses in portage park/jefferson park

  • Nice to see so many folks read comics. I personally do not. Comics for me are so nostalgic though. They remind me of growing up in Norwood Park. I'd often ride my bike to DJ's on Northwest Hwy near Raven and buy baseball cards. Or I'd go to Titan Comics...

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    Nice to see so many folks read comics. I personally do not. Comics for me are so nostalgic though. They remind me of growing up in Norwood Park. I'd often ride my bike to DJ's on Northwest Hwy near Raven and buy baseball cards. Or I'd go to Titan Comics on Milwaukee near Austin and peruse all the comics in the cardboard boxes.

    There were so many comic book shops back then and many have shuttered.

    But yeah, video arcades (Just Games on Harlem and Foster), comic book shops, baseball card stores. That was good stuff. I'm looking forward to this store opening for sure.

6 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Fence recommendations, please

We figure this is the best place to ask...

Does anyone have a great resource for fence builders/contractors?

We want to have an ornamental steel and red cedar fence installed in our backyard. We are looking for something more sophisticated than your good ol' Home Depot special. We checked out TruLink but between the banker's hours and not returning our calls, we want to go a different route.

Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Portage Park area cat sitter

Any recommendations? Our cat sitter moved so I'm looking for someone -preferably local to the area. Thanks!

  • KC -monte clare KC , Monte clare

    Been using Karens Kritters for about 8 years ? for my dog. Shes a hugh cat person, many of her own , volunteers for a santuary etc... reliable , easy to recomend
    cant say if her schedule will allow a new client, you would have to call, shes been in business for a long time , has regular client base. Licensed and bonded.
    http://www.karenskritters.net/contact.html 773 836 0976

  • Elizabeth - I use Chris at Supreme Pet Care. They are licensed/insured. She lives in the Portage Park area and is very flexible and great with my kitties. Www.supremepetcare.com. 773-329-0343

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Electronics recycle

Hello All,
does anyone know of any places near by I could recycle my old computers (desktops and laptops), printers etc at? They are in a working condition but old and slow.
Thank you!!

41 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Car Seats Inspection

Hello, Im wondering if anybody knows where I can get car seats inspected? I want to make sure my car seats are installed properly. Thanks

  • My husband went to the Jefferson Park police station. They were very nice and told him to come back when our daughter grows out of the baby seat and into a child booster seat

  • Jefferson Park Enthusiast Liberté, égalité... communauté!

    Yes, free car seat inspection at the Jeff Park police station on Milwaukee. Call ahead for appt .

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Foster parenting/adoption

Hi everyone,
I was looking into becoming a foster parent. I had contacted a few people and they have been explaining to me some of the process and steps to take, but are also talking about how there are several agencies that are available out there that work with people who are trying to get on the path to becoming a foster parent. Does anyone have any experience with fostering/ fostering leading to adoption? Does anyone know of any local agencies?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Feed people, not animals!

  • Tori "South Edgebrook" resident for 4 years

    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois located in Des Plaines for foster care and adoption.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Kittens

Looking for good adoptive homes for three kittens.

2 days ago

Successful Fundraiser for St. Pascal at Pete's #2

Thank you to Pete's #2 for its generous donation of 25% of every order on July 28. We are very grateful for everyone who supported this event. Please save the date for our next fundraiser at Pete's #2 on Monday, September 29.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need New Glasses

It's been too long since I've gotten my glasses updated and just found out that my optometrist of 30 years has retired. I've never checked out those storefront eyeglass chains, like Lenscrafters, figuring that they were pretty much the Little Caesars of optometry. Anyone have any experience with those, or can recommend a real eye doctor around here? Thanks in advance.

Jul 23

Updated 2 days ago

Beer decision

Thought I'd let all of you wonderful advisors what beer we decided to serve at our wedding (along with wine and cocktails). Bell's Oberon, Founders All-Day IPA, Greenbush Sunspot. Thanks!

  • Ron M Mortgage Consultant

    Congrats on all!

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    Sounds amazing, can I email you my address for an invite?

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

catch basin rebuild?

When Rabine paving was out to check if water line and gas line were crossed, they said catch basin looked bad and couldn't see in. Anyone have this project done? Have lived in this house 17 years and have not had problems...

  • Gerald Sikora Res. portage park

    PP46 I don't think your toilet goes to the catch basin. Only kitchen and laundry sinks and some down spouts.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    You will only find bathroom waste in the catch basin if your sewer is plugged up.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

AT&T DSL Modem

Does anyone have an AT &T DSL modem they want to sell or barter? I have already bought 2 at garage sales and they work but the plug in for power is messed up on both of them, I have to keep smashing the plug in to the point of feeling like I am going to break it, and then it comes loose after a short while and disconnects me. AT&T wants $75 for a new piece of crapola that will probably last a year and I really don't want to give them my money.

I can barter food, PM me to discuss.

  • Ugh... So fitting of the name. Where is the PM inbox?

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Old Man Dakins: The PM will show up in whatever e-mail account is associated with your EB account. Or I can send up smoke signals.

3 days ago

Fringe Festival Kickstarter

They have a Kickstarter going to raise money for this year's festival, specifically to make Fringe Central AWESOME, see:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/167242448/make-fringe-central-awesome-at-chicago-fringe-fest

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

A better fundraiser for your school

How about one that doesn't cost your school's PTO, church or any other 501C3 non-profit organization a dime, yet can raise money every month of the year with the use of a free website for the members to order healthier products than they may be currently using. What products you ask? Like laundry products, softener, dryer sheets, cleaning products, shampoo, body wash and and hand body moisturizer - all things that the members would even save money on just by...

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How about one that doesn't cost your school's PTO, church or any other 501C3 non-profit organization a dime, yet can raise money every month of the year with the use of a free website for the members to order healthier products than they may be currently using. What products you ask? Like laundry products, softener, dryer sheets, cleaning products, shampoo, body wash and and hand body moisturizer - all things that the members would even save money on just by switching to a better brand that is even better for the environment and the health of their families- all while contributing to the cause of their organization. I will be glad to come out and show the non-profit organization a short 20 minute presentation to see how it works, how little work it would entail, just how much money they can raise! To your good health! Candy Wilson; Please reach me by facebook. Thank you!

  • A&K

    Hi, please don't advertise here. This is for residents to express concern over issues in the city or to ask for help.

    Thanks in advance

May 31

Updated 3 days ago

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe! ( Berteau and Central)

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe ( Berteau and Central)

Hello Everyone and Thank you Alderman Cullerton for your help and support during this project and helping us bring 3 NEW businesses to Portage Park ( Legno, Creative Thinking Preschool, and Mia's Cafe).

Mia's will be opening in July in Portage Park. We will be serving gelato, frozen yogurt with toppings, salads, sandwiches, assorted baked focaccia, smoothies, shakes ,coffees and MUCH MORE! We have a HUGE outside patio and a really cool decor. Children party rooms will also be available for theme parties. Come and join us. SEE YOU SOON!!! Love Mia

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Peoples Gas path of destruction

So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds...

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So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds of dollars worth of sod and recently paved walkways, as well as the trashing of the landscaping along the side of my house, they've strewn water bottles, cigarette butts and half-eaten pieces of pizza along my lawn and sidewalk.

Does anybody know whether Peoples Gas is going to take responsibility for at least repaving the sidewalk, removing excess piles of dirt/construction debris, and restoring the grass or are homeowners just expected to take this upon themselves?

  • I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld...

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    I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld meter, looked at the meter and the furnace, then went outside to make a mark where the meter would go. Took all of 15 minutes. I went upstairs to finish getting ready for work and when I went out the front door 30 minutes later there was a note, supposedly from the safety guy, saying he had come and I was not at home!! I was upstairs and my door chimes are very loud! He could not possibly have rung the the bell with my hearing them! So much for a two-fer!

  • Deutsch portage36

    i was home most of the day yesterday, and not one knock or doorbell ring. i got the note as well, saying they missed me. i don't think they even bothered to see if i was home?

Jul 14

Updated 3 days ago

Best Price Gutter Cleaning

Just wanted to let everyone know that I called Steve Mancini of Best Price Gutter Cleaning last Saturday morning, after some heavy rain and I could see that our downspout was clogged again. He and his associate came out within the hour, which was great given the forthcoming thunderstorm we had Saturday night.

They were very reasonable, and easy to work with. They moved one of our downspouts, sealed off our catch basin intake, added a new downspout, removed the...

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Just wanted to let everyone know that I called Steve Mancini of Best Price Gutter Cleaning last Saturday morning, after some heavy rain and I could see that our downspout was clogged again. He and his associate came out within the hour, which was great given the forthcoming thunderstorm we had Saturday night.

They were very reasonable, and easy to work with. They moved one of our downspouts, sealed off our catch basin intake, added a new downspout, removed the clog, pruned an overhanging tree, and cleaned out the gutters where necessary. I'd say they were there for about two hours - price was $140. I gave them $200 because I was so happy with the work, and they came within the hour. I'd recommend, and use again.

773-507-4415

  • I'm in need of gutter cleaning, so I will call them and tell them you referred. Thanks!

  • Steve and his work crew were awesome. Found out why my gutters were leaking and fixed it. Also cleaned them and unclogged a down spout all at a reasonable price and time. I will be referring Steven to friends.

Jul 23

Updated 3 days ago

Barking dogs

Thanks to the neighbors who had good suggestions. To those that pass judgement: I do not leave the dogs out day and night. I train them with treats and praise and bring them inside when they are barking . After 20 years, I now have crappy neighbors. Time move!

  • That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and...

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    That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and they are not even thinking about. Its hard not to get defensive when several people immediately attack you assuming that you were in the wrong. If Resident20 has had a number of dogs and this is the first problem they have had in 20 years, it stands to reason that they are not one of these oblivious dog owners that leave their dog barking the day away.

  • We live in a three flat. There are dogs next to me as well, the neighbors owning at least two a piece. I leave my dogs out, and now they only bark when they just come out and when they want to come in. Maybe 15 minutes total. I have...

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    We live in a three flat. There are dogs next to me as well, the neighbors owning at least two a piece. I leave my dogs out, and now they only bark when they just come out and when they want to come in. Maybe 15 minutes total. I have people who live a little farther down, one lady pointing and complaining about my dogs. It's interesting, because no one really gathers the facts. We have a dog downstairs who is let out and barks for hours. The two dogs next to us bark a lot as well as the other side's dog. But immediately, it is pointing fingers. Sometimes you just have to let people complain. I agree dogs shouldn't be let out though for a long time, especially when they are barkers. And, keep in mind the hours too. I mean, if it is late at night, it would bother me too.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost terrier Dog near Pulaski/Belmont

A small rat terrier mix got off her leash around 1:30 pm Sunday July 27th near Central Bark Doggy Daycare at 3358 N Pulaski. Her name is Pepper and she is mostly white with some black spots. If you see her or catch her, please call 773-957-3076

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Portage Park Dog Park

We walked our pup over there yesterday afternoon and the dog park was chained closed with yellow caution tape on the gate. Does anyone know what's going on?

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    I am not sure how to email someone on here. I am a bad IT guy, but I can't find an email address or a "message" link on your profile.

  • Sorry - that's my fault! I changed my settings now. If you click on my name there should be an "email" link. Or, shoot the DFA an email at portagedogpark@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

3 days ago

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