6 days ago

Updated 50 min ago

Moving Cross Country

Does anyone have a recommendation for cross country movers? I am moving from Portage park to the Bay Area, within the next month.

25 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Portage Park Dog Park

How come the garbage containers for our dogs waste are located outside the fenced in area? I feel that they should be located inside our area, and there should be more available.

  • Wow Portage Park has a dog park that's awesome! I wasn't aware of this either, and we live in Portage Park. So Stephanie, from Mayfair don't feel so bad, no question is a bad question.

    So were exactly is this area at? Is it purposely hidden so no one can't find it? Do they have signs to identify the area?

  • Portage Park Ryan, I was hoping that you were right. But no, it is a serious post and also the dumbest post ever. And the people who can't even find the dog park are probably not bright enough to even own a dog or else they live in a cave somewhere.

19 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

CTA Bomb Screening on Blue Line Starting Next Month

What do you think about the CTA having the Chicago Police Department screen random passengers before they board the train? They said every tenth rider will be asked voluntarily for their bags to be tested with a swab, but not opened. If you refuse you will not be allowed onto the train. If you still try to board the train, you will be subject to arrest.

  • I'm sure it'll be totally random and not racially motivated at all :/

  • Am conflicted. One part on me says this is just the police expanding their general warrentless dragnet invasions. Another part says even this theatrically small change in routine might actually throw off an Evil Doer.

9 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Jan King And Medicine Ball at Nite Cap

Like Rock N' Roll? Tonight at the Nite Cap, Jan King And Medicine Ball will be playing their infectious blend of bluesy rock n' roll. Come on down! http://www.jankingandmedicineball.com/
Nite Cap: 5007 Irving Park Road

  • Will dave be making his soulful low and slow brisket on that smoker out back?

  • JimmyJamz Back in Chicago after 25yrs

    We were there last night for Cover Dogs....
    Great show, fun time.... 😎👍

30 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cell phone reception (Addison/Austin) area

Hi -

Looking for feedback on cell phone carriers in the above area which has the best reception for voice/text messages.

Have been with Sprint for years, which is adequate. Looking into the family plans for the various carriers but would like to get opinions from folks about the reception.

Thanks!

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

    A fourth "no problem with Verizon for several years" from me...near Thorp.

  • Donna in Belmont Cragin I have been a resident of this area for 16 years

    Virgin Mobile has a great economical plan $30 a month limited data, unlimited txt, 300 talk. Virgin runs on the Sprint network.

44 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

If there are less trees on your block after this week....

The Streets & Sans and Forestry folks have been out removing trees on the parkway. These are trees that did not respond to the treatment for emerald ash bore. The trees that are being taken down are dead.
yes, it is sad that the trees were removed, but better to remove them now as opposed to a dead tree collapsing in the middle of winter and possibly injuring someone walking to a bus stop.

  • marsh3617 10 year resident of Six Corners area

    OH, I see. The tree in question is not on the parkway, like ours was.

  • marsh3617...use the internet version of 311 to request a new parkway tree. You will join a very long line. It could be actual years as the City spends its forrestry money on saving/removing ash trees. But you might get lucky. By using the internet version you may be given the option of requesting a particular tree type from a list. On at least express preferences.

15 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Gas Meter Replacement - Your Experience?

I had the initial appointment regarding moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside several weeks ago. There's some work being done across the street in the median between the street and the sidewalk. I asked one of the workers if that meant that we'd be getting the outside gas meters installed soon (no insights... apparently, it's a different crew that does that work). The person I spoke with at Peoples Gas didn't have any insights on timing....

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I had the initial appointment regarding moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside several weeks ago. There's some work being done across the street in the median between the street and the sidewalk. I asked one of the workers if that meant that we'd be getting the outside gas meters installed soon (no insights... apparently, it's a different crew that does that work). The person I spoke with at Peoples Gas didn't have any insights on timing.

So... for those of you have been through this process, how much of a warning do you get before needing to schedule the 4-hour window for moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside? I've read some posts where workers knocked on the door, wanting to do the work the same day. That would be difficult for us. Even a 24- or 48-hour warning could be difficult.

Sincerely, I acknowledge that this is a challenging project for Peoples Gas, but it's also challenging for homeowners.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    You can tell them no when they knock on the door and and then get a phone# from them to call if you can't commit making an appt. right then. I'm not talking about the general phone#, the guy who knocked gave me his cell#.

  • My experience:

    Our's was done last year.

    It wasn't "challenging" whatsoever.

14 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bathtub Reglazing?

Portage Park/Bungalow... We're debating reglazing vs. replacing a bathtub (it's an old Kohler, probably from the mid-50s). I'd rather not just "junk" it if the reglazing could be "white" enough to match subway tile.

I wouldn't mind reglazing every few years if necessary; I just don't like the idea of scrapping a bathtub that is very functional/but just not "pretty".

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    UGLY TUB is the BEST! And most affordable! 773-202-0603
    Local company located at 6057 W Irving Pk Rd. Amazing how they transform old tubs, sinks, tiles, etc. I've referred many happy clients!

  • Donna in Belmont Cragin I have been a resident of this area for 16 years

    I used Chicago Porcelain Refinishing over 10 yrs ago, lasted that long now I am ready for a redo on tub. Not sure if they are still in business but would recommend.

Oct 17

Updated 3 hours ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

28 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Organic produce in the area?

Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

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Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

It would be AWESOME to have a place nearby like Stanley's at North and Elston, which has a decent selection of organic produce at inexpensive prices (in fact, I still go there once a week to get what I can before heading to Whole Foods).

  • We live around the corner from the Tony's on Elston and Belle Plaine. Over the past 5 years their Organic and GF offerings have grown tremendously and worth taking a look to see if it fits your needs.

  • thanks so much for all the info folks, this is great!

37 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Someone taking our recycling

For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

This is very frustrating for us, because...

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For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

This is very frustrating for us, because we take recycling seriously. We normally keep the bins in our backyard until pickup day, but my husband got mixed up and thought today was pickup - sure enough, we came home to our recycling all over the alley and in our garbage bin. Same with all our neighbors. What can we do about this? A 311 call is all I can think to do, but somehow I doubt that will really do much.

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

    Another idea - you can request a second recycling bin (we have two). Put the metals in one, everything else in the other.

  • @pattymelt, do they still dig through the rest of the recyclables then? To see if there is more metal in there? Or do they just move along? I'm with LadyLord. I don't care if they take the metal, but I don't want the rest of my recyclables either in the...

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    @pattymelt, do they still dig through the rest of the recyclables then? To see if there is more metal in there? Or do they just move along? I'm with LadyLord. I don't care if they take the metal, but I don't want the rest of my recyclables either in the trash or thrown around the alley. If I wanted them in the trash, I'd just throw them in the trash and not waste the time to recycle.

    I like the corn oil idea, but any type of grease or oil on paper makes it unrecyclable. (Which is why you can't put cardboard pizza boxes into the recycle bin--which I just learned a very short time ago.)

    When I talked to the guy on Thursday, he said he'd remember to not put my recyclables in the trash. He described how he'd know my house. He also volunteered he always makes sure to close the lids so water doesn't get in the cans. (Which happened awhile back--someone must have talked with him about that.) I'll let everyone know how it goes. Maybe its as easy as talking with the guy?

29 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Thoughts on CAPS meeting every two months

At the last CAPS meeting for beat 1624, someone asked the question as to why we meet every two months rather than one. The response from the officer was there wasn't enough crime in the beat (Cicero to Narragansett and Irving to Montrose) and to save paper. There was a lot of disagreement from the crowd (which was a good turn out compared to the last one). Thoughts?

42 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

1950s record player repair

About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

For those think this type of stuff is...

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About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

For those think this type of stuff is cool, it looks like the one pictured in the link below, but with a darker cabinet, and not as pristine. It has a bunch of original paperwork, and looks like it was originally shipped to someone on the 5500 block of West Dakin.

http://s705.photobucket.com/user/45Victrola/media/DSCN7639.jpg.html

  • Scott A. Portage Park since 2010.

    The bar is a great idea. I almost hope it's not worth it to get it working.

  • Open the back and try turning the console on. If the tubes don't light up check the fuse, if the fuse is ok buy new tubes, the tubes will have their part numbers painted on them. If it doesn't work with new tubes THEN find a repair man.

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    Open the back and try turning the console on. If the tubes don't light up check the fuse, if the fuse is ok buy new tubes, the tubes will have their part numbers painted on them. If it doesn't work with new tubes THEN find a repair man.

    You should know that these consoles get their great boomy tone by tracking hard on the record. This means the needle sits heavily on the LP and wears out the record quickly, so avoid putting anything other than thrift store finds on it.

    That being said, I love my similar console. Best of luck!

Oct 15

Updated 5 hours ago

Where to buy meat and produce

I am looking for a place in the Six Corners or Portage Park area to buy meat and produce that is good and reasonably priced. I've been shopping at Jewel but their meat is so expensive. I've seen a lot of little local stores so I'm looking for recommendations for any of them. Thank you!!

  • Dang! I forgot about Gene's! Love that store too!

  • Katherine Pastor, Irving Park United Methodist Church

    Dennis, Family Fruit does have Amish raised chicken and eggs. I buy those things there, along with organic produce and the produce that doesn't really need to be organic. Shopping local is as much a priority for me as buying organic.

    Also, at the Farmer's Markets, CD Family Farms has amazing pasture-raised meat. http://cdfamilyfarms.com/. We get beef, lamb, bison, and chicken from them and stock up for the winter.

28 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Parking tickets

Just out of curiosity, have any of you received a parking ticket for street cleaning during this People's Gas upgrade nightmare? My husband works midnights. He parked his car at 7:00 Tuesday morning, on the side street as our street is torn up right now due to the gas work. There were no signs indicating street cleaning when he parked. He was off Tuesday night, so did not go to his car until Wednesday afternoon. Yep, sign is now posted...

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Just out of curiosity, have any of you received a parking ticket for street cleaning during this People's Gas upgrade nightmare? My husband works midnights. He parked his car at 7:00 Tuesday morning, on the side street as our street is torn up right now due to the gas work. There were no signs indicating street cleaning when he parked. He was off Tuesday night, so did not go to his car until Wednesday afternoon. Yep, sign is now posted and he has a ticket.
Just my humble opinion, but the City should suspend street cleaning during the gas company work. The work crews are leaving huge mounds of dirt in the street anyway. Seems to me it would make more sense to schedule street cleaning after this work is complete.

  • I agree. I called the Ward Office and I asked why the city was wasting money on cleaning the streets during this activity. I was told that there is a schedule. I also indicated that parking was an issue. The response I received was that I could park in my garage. Frustration.

  • Andy x

    They just paved Berenice in the 6300 block and now the gas company is messing it up - like a week later. I don't understand what the gas company is doing. They converted us to high pressure in 1996. They moved all our meters outside back then. We're in the 6300 block of Grace and we haven't heard or seen anything yet but I'm starting to wonder if they're doing it over or if they just forgot they did it...

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

PetSmart GRAND OPENING!

Fetch your friends for the Chicago Six Corners PetSmart GRAND OPENING!
10/25/2014
Check out what's in store for the celebration:
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am
• Mystery PetSmart® gift card for first 50 customers
• Trick training sessions by our Accredited Pet Training Instructors
• FREE giveaways like treat samples & toys, Prize drawings
http://stores.petsmart.com/2526

  • Not every old person is a nice person or was one when they were younger.

  • Randy Stroller

    So GNW, you are saying they deserve to live on cat food or in a doorway and die? That we should only be nice to nice people? Wouldn't that mean we should be mean to a lot of CPD who feel they have to be mean to do their job?

11 hours ago

47 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Wal-Mart moving into 6 Corners

I would like to hear people’s views on possibility Wal-Mart occupying the Sears location at 6 corners. Do you agree with it or not agree with it?

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

    Walmart would never come in. That space would not fit their stores. I am hoping that Sears will survive because that location seems to do very, very well. Now that Petsmart has opened, it would be nice to see more stuff open. Binny's and Trader Joe's would be nice, but I think Trader Joe's ruled against opening in PP. A good furniture store would also be a possibility to make it a destination.

  • This is good that people are giving positive solutions, not just complaining. If we want to take back our community and see it prosper it will take all of our effort as a community to bring it back to what it once was!

    That's why it is very important to...

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    This is good that people are giving positive solutions, not just complaining. If we want to take back our community and see it prosper it will take all of our effort as a community to bring it back to what it once was!

    That's why it is very important to hold our elected officials accountable, for community input, before any new projects materialize in our neighborhood! Even if there is no zoning changes require, you better believe the alderman know which businesses plain to move in our neighborhood. The only one that will be surprise is the people that live there. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

39 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

House Cleaning Service

I know this has been posted before but I can't seem to find the thread. Can anyone recommend a good house cleaning service in the portage park area?

4 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Jimmy John's NOW OPEN!

JUST IN: Jimmy John's is NOW OPEN at 4021 N. Milwaukee Ave. Head on over FREAKY FAST and get your gourmet sandwich!

Oct 17

Updated 19 hours ago

6 Corner's Bistro

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Take advantage of the BYOB while you can.

  • Randy, for a brief while during my army days I was Beetle Bailey. Sitting on the mess hall's back steps, peeling potatoes into a GI can. Even wore the big apron. Then advanced to cook. No way was there a chef in THAT kitchen. I have only one advice based on that experience....Never, ever, look into the kitchen of a restaurant where you expect to eat.

  • Randy Stroller

    Air Force chow was always great. Best liver and onions in the world at Hell's Kitchen. I have been in many kitchens. Most recently at Harvest at Willow Creek South Barrington. No problems looking at any part of that kitchen.

28 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Home Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good detail orientated and trustworthy cleaning person/service to clean my one bedroom apartment in the Klee Building once a week? Should not take more than an hour each week.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    The rates at Little Helpers are good too. Thanks everyone for their suggestions.

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Jun 19

Updated 39 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

  • Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick....

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    Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick. Alderman is now trying his best to get the sidewalks constructed before the upcoming winter. I told Alderman that such completed construction would make a wonderful Christmas present for us all. Yay! Thank you Alderman Cullerton and thank you our State Rep. Rob Martwick!

5 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

  • Rauner is a leader. Quinn is a wannabe. No one needs to be paid to recognize the difference. Quinn degraded our state to one of the bottom ones of the 50! Can you get any lower than that?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Movers Needed today 10/22/2014

I need movers for today. I have a few boxes and cartons that need to be moved to Hoffman Estates. It is a one man job that would take less than one hour. Drive would be 30-40 minutes. Unpack would be 30 minutes. So two hours work. I need a licensed and bonded mover.

Please let me know if you have any names.

  • One of my cars once set my jammed packed garage on fire and it all went up in flames.

    That was a great way to purge a bunch of stuff I had in boxes.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    That's a good trick - getting your landlord to move you! I'll have to remember it for my next move!

2 days ago

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Sep 16

Updated 2 days ago

Furnace repair

Our furnace seems to be on the fritz. Any recommendations? Would love to use someone in the Portage Park neighborhood if there's a reliable service provider, but that's not essential. Thanks in advance.

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

    I need to have mine serviced. I now know who to call. Thanks! =)

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Dave Marvin of Mar-Tech Heating & Cooling. Really great guy and lives in the area.
    Dave Marvin
    (708) 212-3838 cell

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher.

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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    "And as always, please remember to like us...."

    Maybe if you posted for any reason other than promoting your business, you'd make that easier?

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Energy Supplier Recomendations?

I started comparing my energy supplier charges on my Comed bill to that of friends, and as it turns out I am paying twice as much per kWh. I've researched a few suppliers like Spark, Integrys, and Direct Energy and all have rates to lock into for of 6,12, 24, and even 36 months. Do many of you have any advice on chosing the most affordable supplier? I average 1,000 kWh per month.

  • I found this site informative. I believe that the dollar amounts that they are stating are for your electricity supply only, but I haven't contacted them for clarification. It is, at least, a good list of options beyond the couple that you mostly hear of.

    https://www.chooseenergy.com/compare/60641/electricity-rates/

  • @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED...

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    @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED bulbs on Newegg or Amazon. There are plenty of online stores that can sell them but prices vary and some beat Ebay when sales occur.

    To get back on topic, you will have to compare the various companies offered and place a note on calendars, your phones, and other places to find a new contract when your 6,12, 24, or 36 month contract expires. The reason rates double is that when you are off a contract the company expects you to leave at any moment and you do not get a "long-term discount" for being with them. It is similar if you would not have a contract with your internet provider, some of their monthly rates are twice the contract rate if not more.

Oct 17

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Six Corners Bistro

My wife and I had dinner at the new six corners bistro last night. The food is fantastic, our waiter was very friendly, the music choice was perfect. Not very loud and not annoying. I had the burger, they tell me it was ground fresh in house and it tasted like it. It's Byob but we were told a full offering will be available in a few weeks. They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is great, prices are fair, and the tables have good spacing. I didn't feel crammed in. We will definitely go back. If you have time pay them a visit. You won't be disappointed.

  • BnW I think WAGS was briefly on the same footprint as what is now the Dollar Store. Before that it was an Illinois Bell switching office and before that, part of the Dickenson Tavern property. And before that, Indian Country.

  • There's two "dollar" stores in Six Corners. The one on Milwaukee where everything is indeed only one dollar, and the other one on Irving that says dollar in it's name but products can be way more than one dollar.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city

This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your...

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This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. Their sister store Kim Long, next door, has great Chinese food and again for $2.50 they'll deliver you tasty Chinese food and donuts. The owners are so nice and obviously like what they do. One of the best things is that they have a good variety even near closing time, 10pm.
Never thought I'd go on about donuts like this but this is a real find!!! And so unique. I don't take advantage of delivery so that I can control my intake, but I did order some Chinese food and a donut recently. It was delicious.
Address is 5112 W. Fullerton. Phone 773.237.7588.

  • I love something sweet! The owner is amazing he told me he's been making donuts for years! I have also stopped in at portage grounds for their donuts ( they are excellant as well). I prefer perkolator coffee shop over portage grounds. It would be amazing if the owners of perkolator could team up with something sweet and offer their donuts at the coffee shop! Now that would be amazing! It's hard for me to get over by something sweet or I would be there everyday getting super fat!

  • I've been singing their praises for some time now. Great people. Great place.

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Post about voting early

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Children's Eye Glasses

Just found our out 5 year old needs glasses. Would appreciate recommendations for children's eye glass business, ideally would like to support a Portage Park business. Although we're interested in a place that's good with children, even if not right in the area.
Thanks.

  • Not in the neighborhood but the Opthamologist on Western avenue near Fullerton was great for our toddler. Lawrence Kaufman.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    I highly recommend Aardvark eyewear, kids-only specialists. It's on Western just south of Fullerton. Odd little shop, busy... tons of frame sizes and styles to try, and most importantly the service & expertise is high quality, personalized, caring. I bought my daughter's first-time glasses there; have been back a few times over the past year for growth and comfort fit adjustments, and haven't been charged even for long consultations. Go during the week if possible, on Saturdays it's jammed. Good luck!

  • Yes, Dr. Kaufman at 2456 N Western Ave. in Chicago 773- 235-2020 is the best children's ophthalmologist around. I have taken both my glasses wearing boys to him over the years and he comes highly recommended.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Orange Tabby Cat seen near Smyser Elementary

Saw a very friendly orange tabby cat with white feet near Smyser Elementary the night of Saturday, Oct. 18. It crossed over to Moody Street and was last seen near a blue house on Moody. I am pretty sure it was someone's pet as it was very friendly and looked healthy. I am concerned that it was lost and hope the owner can find it.

  • Jan

    Tami, i'm so pleased to know you are a TNR - in this case R being rehabilitate and rehome. Good on ya!

  • Thanks Jan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't have to spend their lives on the street.

Oct 16

Updated 4 days ago

Trick or Treaters

So since this is such a "family friendly" neighborhood, shall my wife and I expect trick-or-treaters in the next couple weeks? I think she's dead (no pun intended) set on getting dressed up and passing out candies. If that kind of thing does happen, should we expect kids early in the day, or evening?

  • Narragansett and Addison area - we usually get tons of smaller kids right after school. Then there seems to be a lull around supper time and then things heat up again with a huge surge of older kids and larger groups from about 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Then it usually stops. I'm dressing as a frog this year, to pass out candy!

  • It's a Friday night, so expect a LOT of kids throughout the late afternoon and evening.
    If it was a school night, they would be out early, almost after school lets out until about 8:30

Oct 14

Updated 5 days ago

New Gas Line, now basement leaks

Peoples gas was through my block a couple weeks ago and installed the new line along the side of my house to install a new meter. Well, when we got that heavy rain a week or two ago, I noticed I got some water in my basement right near where the new line is. Not standing water or anything, but at least a foot or two of carpet near the wall was wet.

How do I file a claim? Do i start with the city, Do I need an estimate first, am I just SOL? I mean, I can't PROVE that is what caused it, but it's kind of a big coincidence

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Standard 1" riser.

  • Thanks PP, I'll check this weekend when I have light.

    Herecomes..what do you mean by Standard 1" Riser?

5 days ago

6 Corners Pet Smart OPEN!

Very excited that this store is finally opening today. It's right next to Jewel on Irving. For those with animals that need grooming, i think they are having a special on grooming at their grand opening on Saturday.

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  • Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy reviewed by a parent

    This is my daughter's 3 year at Thorp and the quality of the school has improved each year. I really like the principal, Mr. Toledo, and I am satisfied with the communication between the teachers and parents.

    Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy (6024 W Warwick Ave) Published on GreatSchools October 19, 2014

Oct 12

Updated 5 days ago

Two kids tagging garages in broad daylight Sunday afternoon

I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair,...

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I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair, probably between 13-15 years old. One was wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt and the other a white long sleeved shirt or hoodie. They were pretty cavalier about it and were walking around with the spray cans in their hands. They actually got quite a lot done on my block, covering every garage with stupid-looking swastikas, gang-sign looking squiggly daggers and devil horns and stuff. I was really surprised they were able to cover that much area on a Sunday afternoon, considering how many people are usually out in the alleys around here, washing their cars, coming and going, etc.

I know that when garages get tagged around here, people usually freak out, imagining it as the harbinger of impending bloody gang warfare in our alleys, but these kids looked more like Justin Bieber in his "street art" phase...and about as threatening.

Anyways, keep your eyes out!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Did you by chance take a photo or video with your cell phone? Since they were so cavalier maybe they would have posed for pictures.

  • Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

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    Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW, They took off running when I held up my phone to get a shot, unfortunately, I didn't get one off in time. Up until that point, they were acting really casual as I followed them, trying to act like they'd done nothing even though they still had the spray cans in their hands.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Date Night in Portage Park

Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway"...

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Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway" - quite good. Funny and original with maybe the best and funniest scene I have ever seen of 4 people on a motorcycle chasing a moped. There were only 15 of us in the audience. I recommend to my neighbors to go see this show before it ends after next weekend.

It would have been good to have a pub on the block for a post-show drink. Maybe next year?

  • Good to know. Thanks will look for it.

  • We dined at 6 corners bistro last night and all five of us loved our entrees. Soooo happy to have another great option open up !

6 days ago

St. Cyprian's Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Please join us at Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, 4307 N Harlem, on November 18th from 5-8 P.M.. Your donations of non-perishable food will earn you a free cookie. The food that we collect will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions to needy families in our neighborhood. Thank you for your participation in this event.

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