4 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Yes, your agenda is important but...

please, do not use your children and yourself to block the public sidewalk in front of a runner at full stride. Especially at 9pm on a Monday. I have a schedule and a pace I have to keep throughout my run and politely said, "Sorry, not right now." I do not deserve to have you scream at me down the block after I barely squeezed past your blockade. If you would like me to have a look at your petition, please bring it to my door or approach me at an appropriate hour when I am not moving at 7 mph and I will be more than happy to have a look. Appreciate it!

  • Portage Parker 46,

    Would you care to cite where I specifically stated that I was going to lurk and/or [just] talk pizza from now on? One assertion down. Now, our other assertion that I am picking a fight is little more than an opinion stated as fact. Let me help...

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    Portage Parker 46,

    Would you care to cite where I specifically stated that I was going to lurk and/or [just] talk pizza from now on? One assertion down. Now, our other assertion that I am picking a fight is little more than an opinion stated as fact. Let me help you out here. I'm just hold an opposing, rational point of view. It;s like this. I support the runner and you support the person who thought it was OK to deliberately block the runner's progress to obtain a signature on a petition. You consider that to be, responsible conduct within the normal realm of acceptable behavior. I don not! I'm not picking a fight here. I just merely happen to disagree with your point of view. If you can't handle that, I can't help you. - Jim

  • Randy Stroller

    I tend to like a bit of friendly discourse with an edge. Winter it seems may be cild ans we coukd have rimr to fill, Why not fix it with our current three aldercrearure wabbabees saying thtyt planks unt per post.

39 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Property Tax appeal due to increased O'hare aircraft noise

Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are...

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Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are helping their constituents with that letter in hopes he will change his mind and help me out. His office agreed that the o'hare aircraft noise is an issue for the ward but I don't know why he won't put that in writing.

4 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Another recommendation for Steve Mancini/Best Price Gutters

We had Steve out this morning to take a look at our gutters and a large metal awning that we wanted removed; his quote was so reasonable that I hired him to take care of them both on the spot. He was efficient, thorough, and genuinely nice. We'll continue to use him and recommend him to anybody who needs small jobs done around the house! You can reach him at 773.507.4415 - he responded to my initial request immediately and was happy to set up a time at my convenience. Can't recommend him enough!

16 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Stolen Dog - JEFF PARK

LOST/STOLEN DOG 9 YEAR OLD DOG WITH HEART ISSUES PLEASE BRING HIM HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man who we think stole him claims to live on LOTUS

  • He was stolen on Luna

  • A&K

    Ok that should be a help. Now we have a decent idea what to look for as we can look for a person if they do not have the dog with them.

    It's no guarantee but better than nothing.

39 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Hello...looking for an electrician...

...that can install a motion security light in my back yard...also, a gsi outlet....

  • Priest at St. John's priest of St. John's Episcopal Church

    Wade Wilson
    Wilson Electrical Services
    Licensed - Bonded - Insured
    Lic. #ECC93500
    773-742-7301

  • A&K

    Yeah, seems like quite a bit. I don't know the extent of the project though.

17 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Linder Racetrack

Any way we can recommend that cops plunk down somewhere on Linder between Montrose & Lawrence during the morning or evening rush hours? They would make a BUNDLE in tickets and maybe make things a bit safer....

I think because it is a fairly wide, one-way street north, people fly up Linder, so often barely even slowing down for the stop signs. Scary when trying to cross the street with our kids.

A great place for them to camp out...

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Any way we can recommend that cops plunk down somewhere on Linder between Montrose & Lawrence during the morning or evening rush hours? They would make a BUNDLE in tickets and maybe make things a bit safer....

I think because it is a fairly wide, one-way street north, people fly up Linder, so often barely even slowing down for the stop signs. Scary when trying to cross the street with our kids.

A great place for them to camp out would be on Linder and Leland, where the fenced off lot is - they could hide behind there and nab a lot of folks!

Seriously, does the local precinct take any suggestions like these under consideration and/or should we filter it through the Alderman's office?

  • Recruit some of your neighbors and start attending the CAPS meeting regularly to complain about this issue.

  • A&K

    Stops signs in Chicago are optional and except our EB officer tickets are rare. Officers are busy on the south side.

    Just assume they won't stop for you. Sorry, good luck.

12 hours ago

Ald. Arena sets community meeting on 'pedestrian street' designation

Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Jefferson Park Library.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Saw Blade Sharpening

Anyone know of a reasonable place to get saw blades sharpened, don't know if it is cost effective to resharpen or buy new ?

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    Actually all you need to do is make sure that the piece of 1X is perfectly straight and leave the plywood bottom piece wider. The saw is used to cut off the excess and it is then perfectly matched to the saw. With the fancy one you linked to, you...

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    Actually all you need to do is make sure that the piece of 1X is perfectly straight and leave the plywood bottom piece wider. The saw is used to cut off the excess and it is then perfectly matched to the saw. With the fancy one you linked to, you need to add/subtract the distance from the edge of the base to the blade. With the homemade one all you do is line up your marks with the edge of the jig. These home made jigs are great if you have to cut something on an angle. This method also protects the material from being scratched by the bottom of the saw.

  • @portage porker, i was referring to square, the edge piece that overhangs is square to the long piece.

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Stolen bike???

Someone left a bike in our gangway that we presume was stolen. If you think its yours please reply with identifying details.

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Arena Fund Raiser

Why isn't the alderman holding his fundraiser in the ward at some small business that could use a boost?

  • Kenji's 13th EB Account Yeah it's really me

    Miska's tap room would be my choice.

  • A&K

    If you are trying to get people to donate you don't want to offer them cheap food and drinks. We don't exactly have fine dining in portage park. The closest is the Portage.

    Please join me at chipotle for a night of burritos. Support my campaign. Not so much. He is doing what he needs to do.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Mosquito Spraying This Week

The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

Staff will...

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The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

Staff will be out the next couple of days placing door hangers alerting people to the spray in order to protect the public health.

Please share.
Portage Park Neighborhood Association Dunning Neighborhood of Chicago Norwood Park Neighborhood Alderman Tim Cullerton Portage Park Six Corners Neighbors

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

    I'm just curious to see over the next couple days how many fewer bees, butterflies, lightning bugs, etc., visit the yard. That's the shame of the whole thing...and for me, the mosquitoes have actually not been bad at all this year.

  • I never gave them a thought this year. I refill the birdbath often. Low on butterflies over here.

16 hours ago

Protected bike lanes along curb could be out as option for Milwaukee Ave safety project

Road diet and buffered bike lanes remain options for project that is intended to slow traffic and make Milwaukee safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/22/protected-bike-lanes-appear-to-be-out-as-option-for-milwaukee-avenue-safety-improvement-project/

16 hours ago

Max

My family dog is still missing

21 hours ago

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22 hours ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Food Truck: Meatloaf A GoGo
Now featuring two produce vendors, as well as honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter @JeffParkMarket

3 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

House cleaners

Can anyone recommend a good/affordable house cleaning company?

  • Use an independent, if you want a deal.they usually charge per house, not per hour. The ones I have used that charge per hour are much slower and actually not as good cleaners either. So you pay more for less.

  • Mary Betterman Mary,works @shelter

    Hello, I am an independent housekeeper . 25 yrs exp. and stellar refs. I am animal friendly as long as they are people friendly. I also do housesitting & can take care of your animals @ your home or mine. I am ahead of the game as (I love to clean ) and very detailed. If this sparks your interest please leave me a message & I will be in touch. Kindest Regards. Mary

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Jackie Robinson West

Are you watching? It's gonna happen. And that's not gunshots, it is celebratory fireworks!

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Date Night

So rather than doing the same old "dinner and a movie" routine, I want to think outside the box for our future date nights. I figured our Everyblock community would be an awesome idea generator. So neighbors what good options for live music, comedy shows, other entertainment do we have here on the NW side? I am thinking we'll check out a performance at the Gift Theater and visit the new Sip and Paint. What else?

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    One of the best dates my husband and I had (if you can get away overnight) was at the Fireside dinner theater in Ft. Atkinson, WI. It is about 2-1/2 hours away. They have a gourmet dinner, a little shopping, and then some of the best theater I've seen outside of downtown Chicago. Then you stay overnight (Johnson Creek is a good place). The hotel right by the property was NOT recommended the last time I went. I really like some of the suggestions above, too--they show great imagination!

  • There's always a night out bowling as well. If you feel neither of you is very good, that just adds to the fun, You're sure to have lots of laughs.

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Food Trucks in Jeff Park Tonight

There will be food trucks serving this evening outside of Fischmans Liquors at Lawrence and Milwaukee in combination with their Tap This event. Tons of Microbrews on draught as well. I hear it is family friendly too!

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

    Indoor Wreck Room will also be open--so rain not a factor--per Fischman's post.

39 hours ago

Chicago Fringe Fest slated for Jeff Park business district

Festival features wide variety of performance and returns to Jeff Park for a second year. http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/chicago-fringe-fest-set-at-jefferson-park/

39 hours ago

Ald. Arena seeks to ensure pedestrian friendly development at Milwaukee-Lawrence

Proposed "pedestrian street" designation would prohibit new curb cuts and drive-through facilities and require new retail construction to be located along the sidewalk.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Check OLV Out on the News Today!!!

Happy 1st day of school, both students and parents are happy to be back at OLV. We had a great turnout this morning. Be sure to watch the news throughout the day as we had various news stations join us this morning to kick off the new school year.

  • This is a day for celebration, not negativity.

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    It was an exciting first day back to school! We are thrilled to be back and our son is happy! Yeah

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Admission or Donation?

Hey all,

Regarding the Taste of Polonia, and other Copernicus Center events - I noticed that they all require an admission as opposed to a donation. One could argue that part of it takes place on their parking lot, but they certainly close down at least two streets, and for Taste of Polonia they close down four blocks. Should they be allowed to charge admission?

Thanks.

  • Dave Kramer Nosy neighbor

    Legally they can't charge you to walk down a public street, so it must be a donation.

  • If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do...

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    If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do throughout the year. I know they are very open to outside use of the building for meetings and community functions. So I think the entry fee is reasonable and there is community benefit.

    SCBBQfest is also a good cause. They define partners each year and donate profits to those organizations.

    The reality is these fest cost over 100K to produce. Many lose or break even. I see them as a good marketing tool for our shopping districts and a great way to have fun in our community. They have their challeges. Parking, noise and litter but so far the fests in our community have been family friendly and safe events.

45 hours ago

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2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Best Pizza

I like Chambers on Milwaukee; they deliver, too.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Norwood Park carnival to benefit park, Taft and chamber

Carnival will be held Aug. 21 to 24 at Norwood park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave. Starts this Thursday. Class car show planned for Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

School is starting soon

Does anyone know of a daycare or a person who takes children to school? Something reasonably priced. I have my son that needs to be dropped off at school 4 days a week. Portage park elementary. My previous daycare has stopped all drop offs/pick ups. Thank you in advance.

  • Where do your kids go to school?

  • Sorry I see where they go.. Good luck!

  • Call the school. I am pretty sure they have the number of someone in the neighborhood who does that. They may know of other options, too. Also, I think the new daycare going in by Berteau and Central, behind Mia's, might be doing before and after school care. Not sure when they open, though.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need sidewalk concrete on side of house redone

Can anyone recommend a company that can rip out our old slanting/crack sidewalk on the side of our home and and repour a new one? Reasonable and bonded please.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    P. Steinert, Inc. (773) 545-2246 and (773) 283-3327 Local Portage Park company, third generation family owned, great work at fair prices.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Central Kitchen and Tap closed

CKT put up signs that they'd be "closed for renovations" which sounded fishy to me. Today, realtor signs went up in the windows. Very bummed about this. What a cool neighborhood spot.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't...

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    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't talk to the manager - they review on Yelp. And a cursory scroll through those reviews echoes everything said here. So, why didn't they change then? I don't think it's an issue of "fixing" the problems as much as it was the model just didn't work there. Bar/diner? Everything a la carte? Counter service? The community obviously didn't go for these things. If that's the restaurant they want, I hope they find a community/location where it works.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to...

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    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to someone if something specific is wrong with my food, like it was under-cooked, but not just because I thought it was "meh". I just choose not to go back.
    Also, I didn't read anything in this thread that I would classify as "vicious". People are just sharing their personal experiences.

3 days ago

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4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Boom Sounds

Is anyone hearing loud booms outside? Every 5 minutes or so

  • Would these "sewer" blasts be done on weekends late at night? Who would be paying that kind of overtime? The article states that the blasting would begin in December and in Jefferson Park. The blasts are being heard in areas other that Jeff Park i.e., Sauganash, Portage Park, Oriole Park, Edison Park, etc.

  • Lawrence sewer project hasn't started yet - I think they are targeting after Labor Day. We are told all work will occur during the day.

Aug 15

Updated 4 days ago

Max (shih tzu)

My family Dog name Max was taken from our yard last Thursday afternoon in the Jefferson Park area at 5500 N Luna block. PleaseHelp

  • Joy 14 yr resident Forest Glen

    Just met in law of Max's owner and the dog I found is not Max. Good luck in finding Max. Sorry

  • Try calling the city of Chicago pound. A friend of mine got lucky and found his dog there.

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