3 days ago

Updated 32 min ago

Tagging at Montrose & Meade

This is a pretty bad one, already submitted to 311 online.

  • sean4514 ??? on the racist jab? It is off topic to the important community interests of this thread, but can't arnie speculate that there is no longer such a thing as a white-only gang? That NW Side gangs may be at least slightly integrated these days?

  • Sean, I know you are young, but it's a matter of historical fact that Chicago gangs have long been organized based on race. There are Latino gangs, black gangs, and there used to be white gangs. in fact Illinois prisons have to take race into account when deciding which inmates will share cells and what wings they will be housed in precisely because of this. Acknowledging the truth is not racism.

16 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

WBBM News Radio Reference of Six Corners

Was listening to WBBM news on the radio at 105.9 FM this morning and heard the most interesting sound bite...unfortunately I was talking on the phone at the same time and did not catch it all. But they announced "Something very new is coming to six corners, and if you don't know what six corners is...you are probably are not originally from Chicago." They then said to find out more to tune in on "Monday?" Not sure if was for...

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Was listening to WBBM news on the radio at 105.9 FM this morning and heard the most interesting sound bite...unfortunately I was talking on the phone at the same time and did not catch it all. But they announced "Something very new is coming to six corners, and if you don't know what six corners is...you are probably are not originally from Chicago." They then said to find out more to tune in on "Monday?" Not sure if was for the Noon Business Hour, or perhaps a teaser for Channel 2 evening news, which is also owned by WBBM. I know some new business are coming to six corners, but none that would be news worthy on a city level. Does anyone know anymore about this?

1 hour ago

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Mar 14

Updated 1 hour ago

Planes and more planes

On any given evening, from my second floor window, I can see an average of 8 planes at once lined up coming in from the east to land at O'hare. We live just south of Montrose on Moody. This is the new(er) runway traffic correct? Makes me worry about noise, with open window season coming...

  • Susiedal knitter, reader, politico, gardener

    You are sooooo right! It drives me nuts when I look at comps. We pay more in taxes than nearly every house in our neighborhood although some are huge two story bricks that look like mansions! Yet they're listed as having no basement, no attic, no second floor…How did that happen? Ours is listed as having a finished basement (not true). Oh, well, what can you do? Report those owners as being dishonest?? I don't think so.

  • Gary - Bro, I feel your pain. If the Assessor had a rat system to rat out property with an inaccurate property description you would be able to call me King Rat. You can file a complaint every year with the Board of Review (and I do) where pictures are...

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    Gary - Bro, I feel your pain. If the Assessor had a rat system to rat out property with an inaccurate property description you would be able to call me King Rat. You can file a complaint every year with the Board of Review (and I do) where pictures are used and get a token reduction every year.

    Susiedal - Sister, I feel your pain. One time my property description magically went from 1 car to two car garage and from 1 and half bath to 2 bath, “How did that happen?” Next year file an inaccurate property description.

    Dennis

23 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Irving Bowl

Went on a run last night and ran by the old Irving Lanes. These are being leveled. Any idea what is going to happen here? I hope it will not be just a vacant lot.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Survey Says?

I've noticed that Bub's at Irving and Menard has "disappeared" under the banner "Krispy Krunchy Chicken." I'm curious if it's any good or a KFC wanna be.

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    Sorry for the referral to those who did not enjoy the Krunchy Chicken....home made is truly the best....

  • Bill the Engineer NW Side Born & Raised

    @ Portage Park Neighbor.... no need to be sorry. We decided to try it based on the recs here. We have our preferences is all.

9 hours ago

New Speed Camera

Was driving east on Irving Park Rd. tonight. I saw crews installing what looked to be a speed camera onto an existing street light pole. It's on the north side of the street just west of Melvina.

Apr 11

Updated 13 hours ago

Citgo Station - Austin & Montrose

I see that this service station is closed again. Does anyone know what has happened? I think there are notes posted on the windows and doors, but I have not gotten up that close to read them. Thanks!

  • I spoke with the new owner about this earlier this week. He is related by marriage to the previous owner and was trying to pull the financing together to reopen this business. However, things just did not come together as he had hoped so it is now changing hands once again. He anticipates that the newest operator/owner will reopen on or about May 1st.....

  • Paul Informed

    That explains why when they did briefly reopen - the guy behind the counter was one of the same employees from when before they had closed.

Nov 01 2012

Updated 14 hours ago

no soup for you?

it's that time of year in which sitting down for a nice bowl of thick homemade soup or stew will hit the spot. so any restaurants around portage or jeff park that have it? if not what is the closest, best? if you have a homemade soup recipe, now is the time to share.

  • alright jim, sounds good, I will try to make it next week.

  • Jimmy Mac of Forest Glen Forest Glen resident

    Inactive User,

    OK, just resist the temptation to leave the meat all clumped up. I you like that one, soup recipe, and I am certain you will, I can provide you with some others to try. Don't forget to update that chili recipe with the changed line I supplied so you have the most currently revised recipe. - Jim

Mar 22

Updated 19 hours ago

Lawn Care/Spring Clean-up Recomendations

For those neighbors that use a professional lawn care service, please post your recommendations for local businesses that do this type of work.

  • Recommended by tone loc?

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    Medina was awful...I had my front yard per a referral planted after having 4 big bushes removed by another company. I was charged 1500 for a big mistake...they didn't want to put back the cement blocks because it wasn't their job, they used old/used already ground coverage...the flowers were weak...

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    Medina was awful...I had my front yard per a referral planted after having 4 big bushes removed by another company. I was charged 1500 for a big mistake...they didn't want to put back the cement blocks because it wasn't their job, they used old/used already ground coverage...the flowers were weak and not hearty....I would have asked for my money back but they disgusted me so much that I didn't want to talk with them again. The fellow that talked with me on the phone spoke of how wonderful it would look....I will have to have it done all over again...what a mess it was.

19 hours ago

Please Nominate for the BEST OF THE 45th WARD • Please Take this Survey!

Please Nominate for the BEST OF THE 45th WARD • Please Take this Survey!

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

• Best Bar

• Best Restaurant

• Best Retail

• Best Neighbor (Individual)

• Best Neighbor (Business)

• Best Community Organization or Non-Profit

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

More info:

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

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Cancelling Xsport Membership

I have a membership that I no longer use. I have fulfilled the terms of their contract so it isn't like I still owe them time or money. I looked at their website to see what I would need to cancel, and it says that I have to send a certified letter to their headquarters requesting the cancellation. Is this really what happens? It seems like such a pain! Has anyone had to do this? Am I not able to walk over there and have it done?

  • Of course it isn't that big of a deal to do...took care of it yesterday. It is just the principle.

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    I cancelled Blast and had to go in to the gym and talk with someone there to fill out a form and I thought I was done...no...I had to call and email a letter stating the fact that I wanted to stop the membership and not have them take money out of my credit card any longer...if you don't go through the process accordingly ... they will keep taking money from your account.

4 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Local Furniture Business

My husband is launching a furniture making business. He has done millwork and carpentry for almost 15 years and creates beautiful pieces. Our niche is mid-century modern and vinyl record storage, but he'll also make dining tables, credenzas and mantle pieces. He can work with architectural drawings or just some sketches. Please take a look and let us know if there's something we can help with! http://brokenpressdesign.com/

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3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Best Chicken & Ribs

This place is a few steps out of Portage Park - but is well worth the trip. It is the best fried/broasted chicken and ribs I've had in a very long time. Small, family owned, great staff and a more than friendly owner. The chicken was tender, not greasy - ribs were perfectly cooked and the sauce was the perfect amount of tangy.

Broasted Chicken Royal - 5930 W Lawrence Ave

Apr 06

Updated 35 hours ago

Montrose & Central construction?

Does anyone know what will be going in the lot just west of Central on Montrose? Between Hagens and the strip mall?

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Leadbelly Burgers

I know this has been posted before, but my husband and I finally went for the first time tonight for dinner and it was awesome! So happy this is in the neighborhood. Will definitely be going back.

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Mycorrhizal fungi for a tree

That is, I am looking for mycorrhizal fungi for a bare root tree I am planting.

I thought I had it but apparently no. And a bare root fruit tree arrived today in the mail. I need to plant it tomorrow or in the next 2 days, I don't want to wait any longer than that.

Previously I bought the mycorrhizal fungi online. Given the time constriction I need to find it here in Chicago.

Hence a question to my dear neighbors: is there a local store that carries mycorrhizal fungi for planting bare root trees?

Help will be appreciated very much. (Maybe even in fruit, if the tree survives and grows some :))

Thank you for help!

  • Happy Arbor Day, Allexa and a nice day for planting.

  • I planted the last one yesterday. It was fun. Now time to sit and wait for the first blooms. :)

    Thanks!

    P.S.: I ended up buying mycorrhizal fungi in Chicago Roots Hydrophonics and Organics. Much closer than Pesche and when called they said they had it. I was very impressed with the store. Hopefully it will work well.

Apr 09

Updated 41 hours ago

stumped

so the city just chopped down my neighbors tree and left the stump. does the city come back at a later time to take the stump out or do they just leave it?

if they remove it, what is the average time they come to remove it after they chop the tree down?

  • We had a dying tree removed from our parkway a number of years ago, I recall that it was probably a couple of weeks or so before someone came and ground out the stump. Some amount of time later and they planted a new tree. And now several years later, that little tree is getting nice and big.

  • they came today and grinded down the stump

Apr 07

Updated 44 hours ago

Barry Ave Street Lights not working properly going on 3 years

I accidentally posted this on another post.

Alderman Tim, with all due respect, you always suggest that we contact our alderman with our problems. Many of us have contacted our alderman repeatedly and we get no cooperation. Personally, I have a street light on my block that is dim, candlelight dim, going on 3 years now. The entire row of lights on 5300 Barry Ave is not at full strength. Now here's the catch. The north side of Barry is...

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I accidentally posted this on another post.

Alderman Tim, with all due respect, you always suggest that we contact our alderman with our problems. Many of us have contacted our alderman repeatedly and we get no cooperation. Personally, I have a street light on my block that is dim, candlelight dim, going on 3 years now. The entire row of lights on 5300 Barry Ave is not at full strength. Now here's the catch. The north side of Barry is Alderman Reboyas, the south side is Suarez. Two different alderman on one street is ridiculous, but I digress. My neighbors and I have called both aldermen multiple times. Suarez's office personnel says it's "not his ward". Reboyas sends someone out, but never with the directions I have given them. I have explained clearly that the light isn't burned out, it's DIM, a fuse has blown or something, but the lamp has electricity. This dim light is effecting the block of lights. S&S comes out, tests the pole to see if it's live and then leaves. No one gets to the root of the problem. We don't know who to turn to anymore and have actually given up contacting the city. Calling 311 doesn't work, neither does reporting it via the internet. Can you please give me some direction here. I'd appreciate a name of someone or an email of who I may contact. We need light. I'm tired of keeping my porch light on every night increasing my electric bill because our aldermen won't do their job and fix the lights here. Thanks for listening.

  • Deb R Fed-up

    Annie, as you can see the street light has finally been fixed. We owe thanks to Alderman Cullerton for contacting both of the aldermen to explain how bad the lighting was here. Within 2 days, the light was fixed. Thanks to everyone for getting Barry and Lockwood out of the dark.

  • i like my grammar crackers with milk;)

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Legno...Best Restaurant in the Area??

Let's just say it's in my top 3. My wife and I stopped by for a last minute dinner date on Saturday Night and it ended up being one of the best nights we have had in a while. The atmosphere is nice, quiet and welcoming in the back and up front its more up beat in the bar area.

The food was legitimately amazing Italian fare. The waiter knew every detail of the menu items. The bartender is an expert mixologist. The host was very nice and accommodating....and the live entertainment, Stolie, was awesome. She'll be back April 25th, I highly recommend stopping in for the night...We will be there!!!!

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    It's the best! Whenever my husband and I just want a good meal, friendly service, and a relaxed atmosphere it's the first place that comes to mind in our neighborhood

  • Scott A. Portage Park since 2010.

    I had a great meal there, and there was an extensive gluten free menu for my wife. Definitely in my top 4 restaurants in the area. I have a hard time putting them in order because they all have such different food, but the Portage, Gale Street, Legno, and Sol de Mexico are my favorites for sit-down meals. I've gotten great service and great food at all of them.

2 days ago

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Mar 20

Updated 2 days ago

brickwork and tuckpointing

Need some work done at my chimney and steps would like some ideas on companies or contractors that have affordable prices. Thanks!

  • Fortune Restoration 847-647-2500 is a full service tuck pointing and restoration company that has some of the most responsive and experienced professionals for all sorts of brick work needs. info@fortunerestoration.com

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I wouldn't use Fortune only because of all of the debris they constantly leave around my house!

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

60641 mail delivery to be discussed at OIPA meeting tomorrow

From their email :

-a rep from Cong. Quigley's office will speak at our OIPA meeting tomorrow about what's going on to fix the abysmal mail delivery in 60641. He will also compile concerns about the Cicero Ave. Irving Park post office.

Monday, April 14, 7 PM, Irving Park Baptist Church, 4401 W. Irving Park at Kostner. Free, all welcome. Hope to see you there!

  • Update: Just got the phone with Cody. As stated, he is just the messenger, but I was able to give him the experience (And tracking numbers and dates) of the poor mail service in 60634. I encourage others to do so as well (he told me 60634 came in second to 60641 (so with as bad as ours was, if yours was worse, wow!)).

  • C Ped Suburban Irving Park Transplant

    Our service had been spotty (late delivery, skipped days) but I just chalked it up to limited personnel and extreme temperatures.

    Last night though my husband spotted bundles of mail (rubber banded bundles) on the ground outside our apartment building!! What the hell? Luckily my husband caught it and brought it inside, but lord knows how long it was outside or if some had already been stolen. What if it rained?! We're pretty furious, as you can imagine!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cars speeding down McVicker

Ok so this is not the first time this happens. Last night I came home and I was helping my pregnant wife unload groceries from our car in front of our house. The next thing I know there's 2 cars chasing each other heading north on McVicker from Irving Park. So I immediately pulled her back from the street. As they fly past us I yell at them to slow down. A minute later here they come again!!! They turned...

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Ok so this is not the first time this happens. Last night I came home and I was helping my pregnant wife unload groceries from our car in front of our house. The next thing I know there's 2 cars chasing each other heading north on McVicker from Irving Park. So I immediately pulled her back from the street. As they fly past us I yell at them to slow down. A minute later here they come again!!! They turned on Mcvicker flying down the street, they do not slow down getting to Bell Plaine instead they just go faster. Finally when they get to Berteau they stop at that stop sign!!!! So they do not make a stop until 2 full long blocks later (on Mcvicker from Irving Pk. all the way to Bertau). Cars that are on Belle Plaine turning north on Mcvicker do not have a stop sign either. So guess what I'm trying to ask here is does anyone know how to get some stop signs or speed humps on Mcvicker and Bell Plaine? We moved into this beautiful neighborhood in 2009 from the "ghetto" there when cars used to come flying down the street like that, people used to throw bottles at them and break their windows to teach them a lesson. I would hate for this to ever happen in Portage Park. Summer is coming and kids will be kids, they will run across the street without looking and I would hate for a tragedy to ever happen to any my neighbors just because of a negligent driver(s).......

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    I'm sorry, but this time I led this astray, This all started with a close call for a pregnant woman that sounds like it could have been in front of my house, for this I am sorry, but I lived here over 25 years and found traffic on mcvicker to be a problem. my daughter grew up on this street and now my granddaughter and I am not afraid.

  • If you speed in harwood heights, you would say police detour speeding.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Should Both the Portage and Patio go to Pot?

Check out this story at DNAInfo about the Patio Theater: http://dnain.fo/1jIwlEZ

If you read nothing else in the article take note of this:

"Carranza's track record at the Portage, which he abruptly shut down 11 months ago, and the Congress, which was shuttered after city officials yanked Carranza's liquor license and declared it unsafe because of building code violations."

Is this the type of business owner we want in our community?

  • It's too bad. I miss being able to take my kids to relatively inexpensive movie like my parents were able to do for me. We used to go to the Avon on Fullerton, Milford on Pulaski, along with the Portage, and Patio. Later me and my wife would go to the Morton Grove. Is there anyone who can turn these theaters into what the Logan theater in Logan Square and the Davis theater in Lincoln Square have become?

  • Sue Portage Park-er

    No, this would be a disaster.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Blackhawks pet collars?

A couple of friends and I would love to get our pets in the spirit for NHL playoffs. Anyone know anywhere in Chicago I might be able to find Blackhawks cat/dog collars? I though Replica might have them, but I haven't checked yet. Any other ideas?

  • Sue F. Long time resident

    I was just at Petco on Forest Preserve & Harlem and they had leashes, collars, dog shirts, etc in Blackhawk Gear right near the checkouts......go Hawks!

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    Thanks all! I've found a few good options for dogs, which is great...any thoughts about cats?

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Gardening Community?

Hi All,

Fairly new to everyblock, first time homeowner and new to gardening.

Id love to get connected with the local gardening communities if it exists. Can anyone recommend any clubs, websites, blogs like this?

There are a million books, articles, and resources like the extension office to answer specific questions, but I'm looking for something more social.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Patio closing

Hi everyone, I'm writing a story about the Patio closing its doors. I would really like to talk to some neighborhood folks about the theatre. What they loved about it, what the absence will mean, etc.

  • So Eddie Carranza wants to come in on his white horse and save the Patio just like he saved the Portage. Heaven help us!

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    You can PM me if you want, we used to go all the time when his father operated it, I remember Dmitry as a little boy.

3 days ago

FOUND CAT -- Is he yours?

Is this your cat? Was found near Irving Park YMCA in Portage Park. Male, neutered. Seems like an indoor cat. If he is yours please call 773-240-4177 ASAP! Or if you know anyone who lost him, please pass this on!!!

Apr 11

Updated 3 days ago

Pet Store

I thought I read last month about a large chain pet store coming to the 6 corners area. Does anyone know if this is still happening? If so where at 6 corners?

  • The're already open. I shopped for dog food about a month ago. Really nice store...kind employees...good experience, overall. Very few customers, though. Maybe b/c no one knows they're open?

  • Dogmom Old Portage Park since 1993

    I'll check it out I usually go to the one on Forest Preserve Dr.

3 days ago

Dunning Neighborhood Organization Gets Infusion of Public Dollars from Youth Outreach Services?

If the article below is true, I hope that this inflow of the public money into DNO's and the dramatic increase in its membership that followed, will lead to great programs to benefit our youth, especially as it pertains to the after-school programs, like chess, robotics, kids' science, book debate, and/or different kinds of arts. Does anyone know how much public money is involved?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140204/dunning/new-neighborhood-organization-seeks-connect-dunning-groups-residents

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DunningNeighborhood/members/

Apr 05

Updated 3 days ago

Great handyman/painter/cleans gutters

Hey Everybody on Everyblock - do not forget about Steve Mancini for all your handyman needs. My husband and I hired him over a month ago for some miscellaneous household repairs/improvements and to de-ice our gutters on our rental property and we have kept him working on and off for us ever since! He is a very hard / smart worker who is very responsive and extremely reasonably priced too! You will thank us for recommending him! Steve can be reached at 773.507.4415 and the1gutterguy@gmail.com

  • Steve does great work!! I called him today and just like you said he's johnny on the spot. He was here within an hour and fixed my leaky downspout problem! Didn't ask for an arm and a leg either. Awesome handyman!

  • I have to publicly Thank Mr& Mrs JP for recommending Steve
    / Carl . Excellent job!!!! , they clean up , it turned out perfect and I will have him back for more projects around the house. Thanks !!! Everyblock keep these guys busy YEAR ROUND.... 773.507.4415 and the1gutterguy@gmail.com

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Jan 22 2013

Updated 4 days ago

restaurant at Central & Berteau?

ABC Dance Academy posted this on Facebook today:

"B R E A K I N G N E W S ! ! !
IT IS OFFICIAL!!!! ABC Dance Academy will be moving TO A NEW LOCATION THIS SPRING!!!
Just 3 minutes from our current location! BIG PLANS AHEAD! First drawings in hand! New location will have 2 dance floors so more dance & fitness classes will be offered! Also new instructors will be hired! We are sad to leave 4200...

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ABC Dance Academy posted this on Facebook today:

"B R E A K I N G N E W S ! ! !
IT IS OFFICIAL!!!! ABC Dance Academy will be moving TO A NEW LOCATION THIS SPRING!!!
Just 3 minutes from our current location! BIG PLANS AHEAD! First drawings in hand! New location will have 2 dance floors so more dance & fitness classes will be offered! Also new instructors will be hired! We are sad to leave 4200 N. Central but with the changing economy our building has been empty for some time and our landlord has plans for a new restaurant at our current store front... STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!!!"

Sorry to see a business leave my immediate neighborhood, but glad they're staying close. Anyone have info on the 'plans for a new restaurant'?

  • I could have sworn someone on here said recently it would be a breakfast/cafe type of joint, which is exciting to me. Overlooking the park on beautiful days ... I always walk past that area.

  • The owner plans to open a cafe' ("Mia's"), on the corner and is renting/leasing the remaining space to a new day care operator. Both should be welcome additions to the area.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

dad 75th birthday

Me and my brother are looking for a clown/ balloon artist. We think it would be fun and a total surprise for him and the party guest s. Does anyone have a recommendation? Affordable too....

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