Apr 23 2012

Updated Apr 24 2012

6 corners portage theatre

There has to be a way for the portage theatre to be used in the same way that the old town school of folk music functions in Lincoln square. All that activity will make that walkable stretch of the 6 corners fill up with independent small businesses. And I just saw this weekend that the building that the old New Life Ministries used to be in is for sale with a good size parking lot.

  • @Lyndie - I agree with you, I enjoy the conversations on EB and did not intend to stop anyone from putting out ideas. I apologize for coming off that way.

    In the conversation on the theater we must understand where our focus is needed at this time. Part of my...

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    @Lyndie - I agree with you, I enjoy the conversations on EB and did not intend to stop anyone from putting out ideas. I apologize for coming off that way.

    In the conversation on the theater we must understand where our focus is needed at this time. Part of my frustration comes from the ZBA meeting last week when about 100 people showed up at city hall. Now on one hand that is a good turnout, on the other, it ain't. I do understand people work, have kids and lives. We just need to make sure we are doing everything within our power.

    The theater has become a rallying point for the community. We can talk about it on EB but that is as far as it will go unless people take the next step. Cant make it to the next meeting? Then make sure all your neighbors have signed letters and drop them off at the alderman's office. Want the theater to stay? Make plans to take the family to an event at the theater to show support.

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    The example of the Old Town School is a good example of things gone right. The school revitalized an area that was deteriorating quickly. Not to say all is perfect, but nothing never is.
    We need to support independent business in order to achieve success in restoring our community business districts and neighborhood character.

Apr 24 2012

Apr 23 2012

Updated Apr 24 2012

Aldermen want more trust protections

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-aldermen-infrastructure-trust-20120424,0,1438461.story

Glad to see that Arena is one of the holdouts. It's sad that there are only 5 aldermen that are standing up to this.

Mar 01 2012

Updated Apr 22 2012

Chicago Police Staffing 101

As we start to see more graffiti, robberies, burglaries, shootings, etc. we should all be reminded why this is steadily increasing.

The 16th District is the largest Police District in the city with 202 Officers assigned.

http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/chicago-police-staffing-crime-rates-by-district/

Between 3 shifts, 3 tactical teams and office staff, along with days off, medical and vacation days, you get a small number of actual officers on the street.

16th District Beat Map:
http://gis.chicagopolice.org/pdfs/district16.pdf

The District has 12 Beats.

Each beat gets one car....

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As we start to see more graffiti, robberies, burglaries, shootings, etc. we should all be reminded why this is steadily increasing.

The 16th District is the largest Police District in the city with 202 Officers assigned.

http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/chicago-police-staffing-crime-rates-by-district/

Between 3 shifts, 3 tactical teams and office staff, along with days off, medical and vacation days, you get a small number of actual officers on the street.

16th District Beat Map:
http://gis.chicagopolice.org/pdfs/district16.pdf

The District has 12 Beats.

Each beat gets one car. The tact teams may have up to 5 cars on the street if they aren't detailed out, sent to some sort of training or just short on manpower. Our 2 gang teams have been gone for a very long time.

If they assign a job considered dangerous, they either send a 2-man car from the beat of occurrence or a 1 man car and they pull a car from the neighboring beat to back up that 1 man car.

If your beat car makes an arrest, takes lunch, or goes to back up another car, you have no beat car on your beat.

When they have a big OUTDOOR ROLL CALL; there are no cars on the other beats during that roll call.

I'm telling you this because we as citizens need to understand that we are not getting the resources we are paying for with our tax dollars.

Looking at the map from the Chicago News Cooperative, the 15th District has 283 officers, the 7th District has 386 officers and these districts are significantly smaller than ours.

Yes they have higher crime rates, but the large number of officers they are sending there would surely indicate that MORE officers does help combat crime.

Another comparison is our district to the 23rd district with 191 officers or the 21st district with 206 officers. Both districts have low crime and about the same amount of officers as 16; they are also about a 1/4 the size of 16.

By the way, the most recent graffiti issues are on Beat 1623.

  • nonetoday

    Ray, I agree that calling 911 is the best way to boost stats to help get more officers. But a vocal Alderman can also bring officers; I've seen it in other districts.

  • AoifeSineadRonan babysitter & JP resident

    It's important to be present at CAPS meeting find out what is going on. I urge more neighbors to attend. And yes RAy I totally agree calling 911 is important when you see something suspicious, don't leave it to others

Apr 22 2012

Updated Apr 22 2012

Police activity on devon and caldwell/central area yesterday?

Anyone know what happened by the tracks yesterday?

  • I am wondering the same thing myself. I am guessing it was some type of accident. I had to go pretty far out of my way to get to the other side of the railroad tracks to get home last night.

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

    Gates were stuck due to a malfunction. Metra had been there multiple times day and night to work on the mechanical problem. Cops hate that assignment to direct traffic around downed gates.

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    That area would be a b---- to handle.

Apr 21 2012

Apr 19 2012

Apr 17 2012

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALLATON OF LOW VOLTAGECABLES FOR TELEPHONES 5 LOCATIONS CUSTOMER-SAM DAVAHERA DDS. CUST. TELE# 773-631-8717 FLOOR 1 ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL TIM MCGUIRE(SUPERVISING ELECTRICIAN AT&T) 312-220-2408

    5121 W. Devon Ave. Issued April 14, 2012 Comment

Mar 27 2012

Updated Apr 16 2012

Idea to save Portage Theater

I have an idea that may help save the theater and ensure its place in the community for decades to come.

• First we set up a foundation; we can call it the Portage Theater Foundation.
• We then use TIF funds from the over $10 Million dollars in the Portage Park TIF and buy the property for the full $2.5 million that the owner is asking for.
• We then turn the property over to the foundation for $1...

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I have an idea that may help save the theater and ensure its place in the community for decades to come.

• First we set up a foundation; we can call it the Portage Theater Foundation.
• We then use TIF funds from the over $10 Million dollars in the Portage Park TIF and buy the property for the full $2.5 million that the owner is asking for.
• We then turn the property over to the foundation for $1

This sets up a foundation with no multi-million dollar loan to repay; this allows the foundation to offer the retail space at a discounted rent to attract a dance studio, music store, acting school, art school, etc; businesses that would attract families to the area that would center on the theater. All the revenue generated would go toward property maintenance, renovations and taxes. Any surplus could be used for scholarships for local schools for the arts.

This would create something similar to the Copernicus Center or the Irish Heritage Center. We can still do the Jazz club and restaurant, they would just lease from the Foundation.

TIF money was used to purchase properties and sell them to a developer at Milwaukee and Lawrence. One of the lots was given to the Copernicus for $1.

TIF money is our property tax dollars. The turnout at the meeting on the 26th shows the community wants to save the theater, so why not use our money for something the community clearly wants.

The ideas presented and plans for the theater should another buyer have the opportunity to buy sound great. My only concern going from one property owner to another is running into this same problem down the road should we have another down-turn in the economy.

It’s clear our Alderman supports the theater and intends to do what he can to save the theater. Working together with the Mayor, I believe he can get this done; especially if he is able to show the overwhelming support he has from the community.

I hope this helps or at least stimulates more ideas,

John Garrido

Apr 15 2012

Updated Apr 15 2012

Milwaukee and Sunnyside - The buildings have a new owner!

Finally. The buildings were sold and a new owner will be there soon. Here's some images of Syd and crew sprucing it up this weekend:

http://imgur.com/a/QjZI9

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 15 2012

Small Business Fair - Fri. April 13

Fri., April 13, 9–noon, Chicago Academy, 3400 N. Austin

This Small Business Fair will provide a one-stop shop of government resources to small businesses in the 5th Congressional District. The fair will feature one panel on the programs and resources available to small businesses and another on how and where businesses can obtain funding.

Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley in partnership with Alderman Arena. More info/RSVP: Lynora or James at 773-267-5926.

FREE

  • Liz Albany Park resident

    This is very cool, but it would be even more awesome if it could be held in the early evening or on a weekend...would benefit those of us who are trying to start small businesses while continuing to work 9-5 :o)

Mar 02 2012

Updated Apr 14 2012

Update! Sweetie the senior blind pit has been rescued!

Just a quick note to let everyone who was following the previous saga, twists and turns of Sweetie the 8 year old blind senior pit/lab mix.... that she has been rescued by Famous Fido - a rescue I work with. We are still looking for that perfect home for her which is a home with no other pets. No exceptions!

If you are interested or if someone you know may be interested contact; Fido@FamousFidoRescue.com she is currently being boarded with...

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Just a quick note to let everyone who was following the previous saga, twists and turns of Sweetie the 8 year old blind senior pit/lab mix.... that she has been rescued by Famous Fido - a rescue I work with. We are still looking for that perfect home for her which is a home with no other pets. No exceptions!

If you are interested or if someone you know may be interested contact; Fido@FamousFidoRescue.com she is currently being boarded with our vet (Animal Medical Center in Skokie) and the staff there just love her! If you would like to make any donations to her you may do so directly to our vet to help pay for her boarding or at our website www.famousfidorescue.com. All donations are tax deductible. Please follow us on facebook for updates on her http://www.facebook.com/famousfido

Look at that face!

Apr 14 2012

Updated Apr 14 2012

Solar / WInd Presentation

The Edgebrook Public Library will be having a presentation this Wednesday on Wind and Solar Power. It is at 6p. Free and open to everyone. Flier said to contact Robbie@mightyhouse.net for more info.

  • details from edgebrookcommunity.org/?p=5319

    Have you thought about installing Solar Panels or a Wind Turbine?
    Join us for a talk on Alternative Energy!

    Find answers to your questions:
    -How much does it cost?
    -How long before I receive a return on my investment?
    -What is new in government assistance?

    Learn about:...

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    details from edgebrookcommunity.org/?p=5319

    Have you thought about installing Solar Panels or a Wind Turbine?
    Join us for a talk on Alternative Energy!

    Find answers to your questions:
    -How much does it cost?
    -How long before I receive a return on my investment?
    -What is new in government assistance?

    Learn about:
    -the Honeywell Windtronics® wind turbine
    -a wide range of solar products including
    -Solar PV
    -Solar Thermal panels
    -other options for your home or business

    All presented to you by an expert* – Ron Cowgill of the Mighty House Radio Show! For more information please contact: Robbie@MightyHouse.net

Apr 14 2012

Forgotten Chicago

I found this website while searching for pictures on google for the Portage Park Theater. There are great pictures of Chicago back in the day here. I am surprised there are not more pictures from Six Corners there but it does have a page with points of interest on it. http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/northwest/six-corners/ Thought I would share. There is also a facebook group of the same name.

Mar 23 2012

Updated Apr 14 2012

Car Cove Theft

Since my car is parked in the driveway, just short of our attached garage, this was pretty bold. Apparently, some amoral scum decided that it was cheaper to steal than to purchase. When I got up this morning the car cover on my Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe was gone. Needless to say I feel violated and I'm damned angry too. We are a Neighborhood Watch community and I live on a well lit, visible southeast corner in Forest Glen. It...

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Since my car is parked in the driveway, just short of our attached garage, this was pretty bold. Apparently, some amoral scum decided that it was cheaper to steal than to purchase. When I got up this morning the car cover on my Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe was gone. Needless to say I feel violated and I'm damned angry too. We are a Neighborhood Watch community and I live on a well lit, visible southeast corner in Forest Glen. It is a nice neighborhood, but there is no such thing as 1950's, Mayberry USA anymore. I could report this to the police, but nothing would come of it. I could file an insurance claim, but who know what that would do to my rates. At any rate, I'm out $300+ Color me disgusted!

  • Steph 11 year Forest Glen resident

    I would suggest a LoJack on the car cover so you can finally bust the car cover theft ring that's been plaguing the city. ;)

    In all seriousness I hope the thieves are lazy enough to pass on a car cover that requires extensive magic marker removal.

  • Jimmy Mac of Forest Glen Forest Glen resident

    Josh ... I'm not being naive so much as hopeful. Just what to discourage although I realize that a determined thief will get whatever it is that they are after if they want something badly enough. Your suggestion, although more effective sounds like a lot of trouble to go through,...

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    Josh ... I'm not being naive so much as hopeful. Just what to discourage although I realize that a determined thief will get whatever it is that they are after if they want something badly enough. Your suggestion, although more effective sounds like a lot of trouble to go through, but it gives me an idea though. I'm thinking that this wold be a good opportunity for a service offered by a silk screening operation. As concerns cable locks they are so quickly and easily defeated with scissors or a pocketknife as to be little more than a laughable waste of money.

Apr 13 2012

Portage Update

I first want to assure you that we're all still working hard to preserve the Portage Theater, and I hope you can make it to the zoning board of appeals hearing at 9 am on Friday, April 20. It's possible that Chicago Tabernacle will seek to postpone the hearing, but we won't know for sure until the meeting, a week from today.

Either way, we're ready. And I'm looking forward to seeing our ward's respect for citizen input in development decisions on display next Friday. Thank you for your continued support.

Apr 13 2012

One Summer Chicago = One Application, Many Opportunities

As opposed to booster shots, One Summer Chicago is an opportunity our local kids will be much more excited about. Through one simple application process, Chicago kids can apply for summer jobs, internships, summer camps, organized sports programs and summer field trips to cultural institutions and other noteworthy locations across the city.

Online registration began on April 9 and in-person registration starts this Saturday, April 14.

http://www.onesummerchicago.org/

Apr 10 2012

Updated Apr 13 2012

Does anyone know which Chicago Blocks Will Be Getting These New Street Lights?

They are currently installing these new lights on the block next to mine in the 29th ward which happens to be an “honorary” street named after somebody who must have done something notable once upon a-time! This street happens to be one of the streets where the least amount of crime occurs in our area. I hope that’s just a coincidence and not how the City plans on starting this 200 block retrofit.

  • On LeClaire between Wilson and Avondale.
    I think they are really nice. Wish they would put them on Windsor

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Follow the light.......

Apr 11 2012

Updated Apr 12 2012

Job Needed

My daughter is looking for a temporary, part-time job. She had to leave her job as a server because she is pregnant and can't be on her feet for long periods of time. She would only need the job from now though July. She's smart and has great communication and people skills. If anyone knows of anything that is open, please let me know. Thanks!

  • RutheeGee 30+ Jeff Park Resident

    Thanks so much, Jessica. She's going to check it out!

  • baja fresh is also hiring in niles by golf mill mall i saw today when I was picking up food.

Apr 12 2012

6 Corners Master Planning Session

Great turnout last night at the Six Corners Master Planning session. Thanks to everyone who came out. I'm working to bring our community more dining options, more destinations, and better communication on available parking.

Next steps: The planners are going to propose some ideas and post them on the project website (http://thelakotagroup.com/6corners/) where
people will have a chance to comment online. Then a second community visioning meeting will be scheduled where we can discuss some near-term solutions and long-term "big idea" projects. After that, the final report will be issued.

Apr 09 2012

Updated Apr 10 2012

Employment Opportunities

While construction can be a bear, here's an example of the opportunities such infrastructural renewal can bring. In addition to the new water main project in our ward along Lawrence Ave, the Department of Water Management's capital program includes 70 miles of water main and 40 miles of sewer main replacement.

This work will require a lot of hands, so the department is looking to fill 75 laborer apprentice positions. Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, classroom training, and work...

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While construction can be a bear, here's an example of the opportunities such infrastructural renewal can bring. In addition to the new water main project in our ward along Lawrence Ave, the Department of Water Management's capital program includes 70 miles of water main and 40 miles of sewer main replacement.

This work will require a lot of hands, so the department is looking to fill 75 laborer apprentice positions. Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training, classroom training, and work experience, alongside hourly pay starting at $21.12. We've got flyers about the position at our office, but interested applicants must apply online. www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dhr/provdrs/emp.html

Applicants must be 18 years old at time of application.
If you need assistance with your application, call the Department of Human Resources at 312-744-4976 or visit City Hall (Room 100) Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30.

  • Thanks just got it and filling out the information now. I appreciate the help.

  • Inactive user

    Good luck!

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 10 2012

Preliminary Landmark status for The Portage Theater

I'm happy to share a great victory with you today: The Landmark Commission just voted unanimously to bestow preliminary landmark status on The Portage Theater. This change will protect the building's facade, lobby areas and theater space from alterations until the city completes a longer and more extensive study.

This is an important step in the effort to preserve this community anchor, and I'm proud of all the work we've done in the past few weeks to get this safeguard...

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I'm happy to share a great victory with you today: The Landmark Commission just voted unanimously to bestow preliminary landmark status on The Portage Theater. This change will protect the building's facade, lobby areas and theater space from alterations until the city completes a longer and more extensive study.

This is an important step in the effort to preserve this community anchor, and I'm proud of all the work we've done in the past few weeks to get this safeguard into place. So many of you stepped up to help research the building and its history, as well as get the word out about the possible alteration of this unique slice of Chicago's past.

I also want to thank the folks at Preservation Chicago, who designated the Portage as one of their Seven Most Endangered Chicago Buildings. In addition to their support for the historical status of the theater, they also note that Chicago Tabernacle's plan to convert The Portage to a house of worship will "take it off the tax rolls and could jeopardize the nascent economic revival currently occurring at Six Corners. Despite major community opposition, the Zoning Board of Appeals will soon be considering whether to grant the church a Special Use Permit to operate in the Portage Theater space."

As Preservation Chicago wisely notes, the landmark status will protect the building, but not its use. The Zoning Board of Appeals lists Chicago Tabernacle's Special Use Permit request on their April 20 agenda, and I hope you can come out to City Hall that morning at 9 am to voice your opinion. Also, Chicago Tabernacle has now submitted the required paperwork to go through our community-centered zoning review process. We will be sitting down with church representatives next week as part of that process, and the church will present their plans to the community shortly thereafter. I will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

Thank you for your continued community engagement.

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

    I'd like to know what restaurants Judi ate at, and what she had.

  • Tracy Rowan Author and life-long Chicago resident

    What I don't get, "Judi," is why you would come to shop at Six Corners BEFORE the church moved in if you wouldn't before you heard it was negotiating for the space. I can see coming in once the church is there either because you're a member of the congregation...

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    What I don't get, "Judi," is why you would come to shop at Six Corners BEFORE the church moved in if you wouldn't before you heard it was negotiating for the space. I can see coming in once the church is there either because you're a member of the congregation or because you're hoping that its presence will improve the neighborhood. I really don't see how a visit to the neighborhood on the off chance the church will be able to buy the property makes much sense for someone who considers the area ugly and run down. Surely if that was your opinion, you would do your best to avoid the area until it held some other attraction for you.

    You may think the church is all right with keeping the theater as it is, but the church has indicated that they plan on making substantial changes in the structure. This makes landmark status problematic for them.

    Since the rest of us are concerned with OUR neighborhood, an area where we live and do business, I think our concerns are a little more pressing than those of someone who has admitted that she has never bothered coming here to do either of those things and wouldn't unless this church was a factor.

Apr 10 2012

Apr 09 2012

Updated Apr 09 2012

  • chicago girl portage park resident for 34 years.

    Was listening to the show.It was very interesting. Let's hope the sale still doesn't go throught to ruin or beautiful theater and neighborhood.Thanks Alderman.

  • Lyndie in Jeff/Portage Park Loves this neighborhood

    Saving the Portage as a theatre and as an economic anchor for six corners really does follow this pattern we see in a lot of old suburban downtown centers and in neighborhoods like Logan square, Lincoln square and lakeview where commercial life around it has been revived. Landmark status helps a great deal and thanks to the folks at Preservation Chicago for putting it on the endangered list. Thank you Alderman Arena. Waiting to hear the next episode.

Apr 09 2012

Clean & Green Planning Underway

A few weeks ago I urged you all to submit plans for a neighborhood spot that could use some TLC this year as part of Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Day on Saturday, April 21. As you may remember, having your Clean & Green application accepted by the city ensures Streets & San will supply you with the provisions you need to participate in this city-wide spring cleaning event.

While there's still time to apply before the April 13 registration...

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A few weeks ago I urged you all to submit plans for a neighborhood spot that could use some TLC this year as part of Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Day on Saturday, April 21. As you may remember, having your Clean & Green application accepted by the city ensures Streets & San will supply you with the provisions you need to participate in this city-wide spring cleaning event.

While there's still time to apply before the April 13 registration deadline, one of our neighbors has already stepped up to the challenge and is looking for additional volunteers to join in.

Check out Deirdre's post on EveryBlock with details on her proposal to get together and clean up the area near Northwest Highway and Milwaukee Avenue. The location has already been registered with the city's Clean & Green effort, so some cleanup materials will be provided by Streets & San. While any additional materials would be welcome, all you need to bring to this event are gloves and a willingness to pitch in to beautify your neighborhood.

This group will be meeting at the corner of Milwaukee and Carmen at 9 am on the 21st. If you are ready to commit, please let your neighbors know you'll be there by responding at EveryBlock.

chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/apr21-clean-green-day-jefferson-park-metra-milwaukee-ave-4848034/

Apr 08 2012

Updated Apr 08 2012

Help Save the Portage! Go see Field of Dreams on Monday! at 7:30pm. Only $5 & it's for Charity

Go the distance!

Help us help two great causes one: saving The Portage Theater and two: help us help a great charity like The Keep On Keeping On Foundation. Come out this Monday to the Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee ave. Chicago, IL 60641 @ 7:30 and see Field of Dreams for $5 bucks! This is the next movie in our Monthly Monday Movie Series at The Portage. We hope to see you there. Also check out the live radio broadcast by Slam Internet radio. This should be a homerun!

If we play it will you come?

Apr 06 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

"What Six Corners needs is..."

How many times have you heard a neighbor talk about what they thought was the golden ticket to revitalizing our commercial district at Six Corners? Maybe you have a few ideas of your own. Well, here's your chance to weigh in.

This coming Wednesday, April 11, my office will partner with the city's Department of Housing and Economic Development and the Six Corners Association to host a community workshop. The purpose of this workshop will be to get your input...

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How many times have you heard a neighbor talk about what they thought was the golden ticket to revitalizing our commercial district at Six Corners? Maybe you have a few ideas of your own. Well, here's your chance to weigh in.

This coming Wednesday, April 11, my office will partner with the city's Department of Housing and Economic Development and the Six Corners Association to host a community workshop. The purpose of this workshop will be to get your input on what should be included in a new Economic Development Master Plan for the Six Corners commercial district. The Master Plan will focus on the appropriate land use and business mix for Six Corners, district-wide marketing and promotional efforts, physical enhancements, parking management, and the adaptive use of existing historic buildings.

This Wednesday will be the first of two workshops during the planning process. Come hear the initial assessments of the area and add your ideas for how to help the district become an economic engine for our community and the city at large. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 pm on April 11 at the Lydia Home Foundation at 4839 West Irving Park Road. If you have questions about the workshop or the master plan, contact Ed Bannon at the Six Corners Association: 773-685-9300 or ed@sixcornerschicago.com.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    Article from 2 years ago.
    http://thenwpassage.com/?p=546

  • Mama B NW side lifer

    Even though we've been told at least a dozen times that the neighborhood is too poor--I would love to support the following businesses (or their independent equivalent) at Six Corners: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Walmart, Mista Restaurant, a book store, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods, an Indian restaurant, Cost...

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    Even though we've been told at least a dozen times that the neighborhood is too poor--I would love to support the following businesses (or their independent equivalent) at Six Corners: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Walmart, Mista Restaurant, a book store, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods, an Indian restaurant, Cost Plus World Market, Dollar Tree, bakery, indoor playground, garden center, coffee shop, new library, bowling alley, Galleria Chicago (a place for artists to rent space to sell their works), and an ice cream/candy shop like Windy City Treats. And, no, I absolutely don't want this to become Lincoln Park, but the article above says that 40% of all storefronts were vacant in 2010, so I figured I'd post my dream list, and then some.

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

Irving Park YMCA afterschool program

Do your kids go to the YMCA afterschool program? Do you like it? Are they bussed from their school there and do you feel the transportation arrangement is safe for little ones?

  • Juliet, does the Park Kids program pick the kids up from school?

  • jeb Portage Park resident

    The Portage Park Park Kids program meets the kids at the corner, kitty corner from Portage Park School. Some kids get bused to the park from other schools.

Apr 05 2012

Updated Apr 06 2012

Apple Computer Support

Could someone recommend a good Mac computer/software specialist in the PP or JP area?

  • There was an Apple virus I heard about yesterday, there was a patch from a Apple I believe. You probably did that already. . .

  • Steph 11 year Forest Glen resident

    You'll probably get the best service from the Apple store. I think Old Orchard mall is the closest.

Mar 30 2012

Updated Apr 05 2012

Friday fun: How would you give back to your neighborhood if you won tonight's Mega Millions drawing?

If you've been reading the news lately, you've probably heard something about tonight's jackpot drawing that has got a lot of folks dreaming big.

So I thought it would be fun to ask how you would give back to your neighborhood if you were the lucky winner?

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    @portage,if your new and you won a half a billion bucks,you could have the world's best block party!
    Otherwise,stay alert and stay safe and welcome!

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    @Gene...Absolutely!! I would have a party for the whole Jefferson Park area...I would have all the major and side streets blocked and everyone would be dancing in the streets!!! Music, Food and good compay.... By the by, thank you for your words of wisdom in staying alert and safe...always good the keep that in mind at all times. Have a wonderful day! And if you celebrate Have a blessed and very Happy Easter Day!!!

Mar 26 2012

Updated Apr 03 2012

Mom's Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant

Mom's Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant named 1 of 12 best Mexican Restaurants in Chicago Magazine.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2010/Best-Mexican-Restaurants-in-Chicago/

http://momsoldrecipechicago.com/index.htm
5760 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

(I do also love Sol de Mexico which wasn't on the list)

  • Talk about press bump...We haven't been able to get into another of our favorites, Pasta D'Arte since it was featured on Check Please several months ago.

  • Mom's is incredible. So highly recommend.

Mar 31 2012

Updated Apr 03 2012

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

    I'll bet if you call their Ward office for the same request instead of using EB, there would be no time difference. His office is known for great "customer support".

  • Tracy Rowan Author and life-long Chicago resident

    I posted about my streetlight outage after I'd spent a couple of weeks reporting it to 311. I don't expect Alderman Tim to monitor EB just to figure out what needs fixing. I give him mad props for the way he takes care of business, but I know he's a busy man, and would only resort to posting here if the other channels failed.

Mar 30 2012

Updated Apr 03 2012

Portage Theater Update - Zoning Board of Appeal Meeting

Though the agenda hasn't been posted yet, I wanted to ask you to pencil in the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall at 9 am on Friday, April 20.

The planned discussion of the proposal to alter The Portage Theater would benefit greatly from your presence. I hope you can appear and raise your voice in support of this neighborhood icon. Stay tuned for more updates.

Mar 27 2012

Updated Apr 01 2012

6 Corners Economic Development Master Plan - Community Workshop

On Wednesday, April 11 at 7 pm, the first community workshop will be held in the effort to increase citizen input in the Six Corners Economic Development Master Plan. The event will take place at Lydia Home Foundation at 4839 West Irving Park, and you'll have an opportunity to weigh in on land use and business mix issues, parking concerns and physical enhancements to the Six Corners area.

You have a voice in the development and future plans of this community. Exercise that right with your neighbors.

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

    Personally I consider Irving and Cicero the cranium. Get towards Devon and Milwaukee and you're at the gluteus maximus of the Ward, using history as a physiological reference, although I'm not sure if I should mix bones and muscles in this reference.

    Jefferson Park would be the bulging six pack abs, using a muscle reference, I think. Right now we can't see them. Time will tell.

  • Then there is sEARS, close to the cranium.

Mar 31 2012

Mar 30 2012

Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program - Rebates!

Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program is once again offering residents up to 50% back on local purchases of trees (up to $100 rebate), native plants (up to $60 rebate), rain barrels (up to $40 rebate) and compost bins (up to $50 rebate). See their site for downloadable rebate forms and a list of participating garden centers, along with educational workshops and other resources. If you have further questions about this effort, please call 312-743-9283 or e-mail rainbarrel@cityofchicago.org.

Mar 20 2012

Updated Mar 29 2012

Petitions circulating to oust Portage Theater

Word on the street is that the party interested in buying the Portage Theater is attempting to circulate petitions claiming that PT is somehow detrimental to our neighborhood. They are allegedly in/around the Six Corners area, trying to lure unsuspecting residents to sign this petition.
FYI - be aware if someone approaches you with a petition! Read it first, to be sure of what you're signing.

  • Gene 50 year resident of Jeff Park

    If there is a surplus in TIF funds,how about giving it back to homeowners?

  • Shot-n-Beer Guy Retired from Jefferson's Park.

    Possible sincerity in recent suggestions but on the face appear opportunistic.
    Trusting in those working on this from Day 1

Mar 27 2012

Updated Mar 29 2012

Great turnout at the Portage Theater last night

An amazing crowd of over 1200 concerned friends of the Portage came out last night to hear the news on the Portage Theater...we thank you all!

Don't forget to be counted! Let the ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS know you want to save the Portage Theater!

Information and sample letter on the website: www.savetheportagetheater.org

  • Rdk

    Wish I could've been there. Thanks for the link to the letter.

  • any one got the number to johny depp?
    let him be at the next meeting, entry fee.... free with signed opposition letter.
    or just have him meet us at 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 905 with picket signs.

Feb 22 2012

Updated Mar 28 2012

Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meeting - March 29th

Thursday, March 29th - Alderman Arena’s office, The Cultural Advisory Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Special Events and Arts Alive/45 are hosting a “Cultural Conversation at the Copernicus Center Annex, 5216 West Lawrence from 6-8 p.m.

This is an opportunity for you and your organizations to have input in setting goals and developing specific ideas for arts facilities, events and opportunities for the Northwest Side. Please come and share your ideas, dreams and hopes for our area. With your participation we can make a difference!

  • RolRod While you're there, wise up.

    I'm not sure how this all gets out of hand. Why can't multiple projects transpire at the same time? Why can't there be talks of entertainment/business development simultaneously with artistic development. The two efforts could feed off each other.

  • RolRod, yes they could. But will they is my question.

Mar 25 2012

Updated Mar 26 2012

Just Give the State Your Social Security Number to Buy a Lottery Ticket?

They could now track all the taxpayers money spent by those folks collecting government subsistence purchasing a long list of "lucky numbers. I certainly understand why you need to provide your social security number to “redeem” a winning ticket. BUT, ask yourself why you need to provide your social security number simply to purchase a lottery ticket.

I think it is brilliant of the state to offer lottery service online. Although I don’t think it will go viral.

  • DarkAngel Lifetime Chicagoan, new Portage Park home owner

    Josh, I'm a little slow. Can you provide some addtional information about what you are referring to, perhaps a link or something?

  • Josh. .

    Dark Angel, I would be happy to provide more information.

    In which area might you be a little slow? Would you like a link to any of the articles explaining how to play Illinois’s lottery game now available online or, would you like more information about the many different ways companies and government uses your social security number?

  • DarkAngel Lifetime Chicagoan, new Portage Park home owner

    I guess I didn't know that you need to provide your social security number to play online. From your post title and subsequent text it reads like you have to give your ss to buy a lottery ticket under any circumstances, like picking up a ticket at the 7-11.

    On the surface, giving it online is to make sure taxes are collected on winnings. Your point appears to be that they want your ss# for more insideous reasons.

Mar 23 2012

Updated Mar 26 2012

Car Theft

Two weekends ago my fiance and I both had our cars broken into.

We have no idea how they got into either of our cars as there were no windows broken and no apparent scratches/damages to our cars.

I have an older car and he has a newer car, different makes/models.

We live at the end of a cul-da-sac.....they rifled through mine and walked away with an iPod and an iPod, GPS, and a few misc things from my fiance's...

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Two weekends ago my fiance and I both had our cars broken into.

We have no idea how they got into either of our cars as there were no windows broken and no apparent scratches/damages to our cars.

I have an older car and he has a newer car, different makes/models.

We live at the end of a cul-da-sac.....they rifled through mine and walked away with an iPod and an iPod, GPS, and a few misc things from my fiance's car.

We both independently called the police and the police said since there's no windows broken out or major damage indicating a Slim Jim use that we both must've left our cars unlocked!!!

We've lived in Chicago for 7 years and never left our car doors unlocked! ABSURD.

  • What's weird is my car doesn't even have a power lock opener b/c it's old. My fiance's does though. Mine is a Toyota and his is a Pontiac. I'm thinking it had to have been a slim jim and they just did a good job at not scratching the cars or something.

  • Deirdre Chicago lifer now in Jefferson Park

    It is terrible that stuff like this happens. Sadly, I think the best thing we can do is reduce temptation. The tips I have heard in the past are to make sure your car is absolutely barren. No chargers, no change, no receipts. Nothing that may indicate you may have something expensive in your car. Keep absolutely everything out of sight or out of your car.
    Good luck :(

Mar 16 2012

Updated Mar 25 2012

Speed Cameras

As you may know, there is a hearing planned to consider the mayor's controversial proposal to use cameras to catch speeders on our streets.

While I look forward to learning more from the upcoming meeting of the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, I do not support this ordinance as it is currently written. In preparation for considering the proposal and possible changes, I would appreciate some feedback from you.

Please e-mail my office at ward45@cityofchicago.org to express your thoughts and ideas.

  • Thanks Big Oaks, to all those who made a ramp out of a cinder block and a piece of plywood, and jumped it without a helmet....lol

  • Inactive user

    We don’t want ourselves or our families put in danger by selfish drivers driving at excessive speeds, yet we want the freedom to drive at speeds far in excess of the legal limit! I think the truth is we all break speed limits and we don’t like being caught. Only way to avoid fines and penalties is not to speed.

Mar 09 2012

Updated Mar 25 2012

Where can I donate furniture where they will pick it up?

I have some older furniture that I want to unload and not deal with selling. It is dated but it is high quality, solid wood (no particle board). 3 pieces of Ethan Allen (2 dressers and a book case that attaches above large dresser) and about 4 pieces of white and blue lacquered wood (swedish) furniture. Purchased at the Mart about 20 years ago. All bedroom stuff. I think that a crafter or re-finisher could update them. Vets dont want it, any ideas or suggestions? I think its too nice to just throw away, someone could use it.

  • Tori "South Edgebrook" resident for 4 years

    There is a great organization called HOME... Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly. They pick up furniture if you can bring it outside. See link below for more info...
    http://www.homeseniors.org/index.html

  • If anyone is still looking for a place to donate any and all items check out: http://zealousgood.com/ It's a website that allows you to list your donation and decide which Chicago charity you'd like to give your items to. HOME is actually one of the almost 50 charities we work with. Several of our charities will pickup from home.

Mar 23 2012

Updated Mar 24 2012

Campaign signs

Took note that Most of the campaign signs been cleared in the 45th. Thanks to the campaigns and the supporters that are responsible.
To the supporters of a couple of candidates that didn't make the cut: The election is over! No need to keep those eyesore signs on your lawn or balconys.
Thank you

  • Inactive user

    You could make a case for that, but not for Arena. Levar was the machine.

  • Inactive user

    Is your name based on the boy band? Why not Backstreet Boy-Rick?

Mar 21 2012

Updated Mar 23 2012

Metal recycling?

Are there any places in the 45th or nearby that recycle/pay for scrap metal? I have a bunch of old steel shelves taking up space that I would rather not just leave in the alley.

I know there used to be one on NW Hwy, but it closed, and I think the semi-truck by the Walgreens on Higgins is gone as well.

  • worth a trip to Clifton & Kingsbury. I've spent hours sitting in the car with the kids watching the show there. I'll have to try & find some video I have.

  • If you're more concerned about them getting recycled than with getting some money out of them, the "metal men" will take them immediately, especially if you post to craigslist & the metal will surely be shredded & melted down. I think you could probably sell your shelves to them for...

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    If you're more concerned about them getting recycled than with getting some money out of them, the "metal men" will take them immediately, especially if you post to craigslist & the metal will surely be shredded & melted down. I think you could probably sell your shelves to them for a few bucks at least & you wouldn't have to haul the stuff yourself.

    I guess that would make said men "metal middlemen."

    Also, are these usable in a garage? I could use some shelves in the near future. But I don't pay for stuff I can usually find in the alley.

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