41 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

White Castle

Does anyone know what is going on with the White Castle near Addison/Elston/Kedzie?
There is a construciton fence up around the property. I'm guessing it's being remodeled or torn down.

32 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Plows and election results

Somebody (not me, I do not have the skills) should overlay today's plowing from http://clearstreets.org/ against ward or precinct level maps of the election results -- I'd want to know if the ward was in a runoff and the % that voted for Chuy.

This would surely get picked up on Chicago blogs -- somebody get on it and be internet famous! :D

  • One good thing about the runoff is you can bet the streets will continue to be plowed very well the rest of the winter.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Old irving are big rahm supporters....no chuy do over here..on this side of town.

Jan 11

Updated 10 hours ago

Hiring at Jet's Pizza

In the mini-strip mall, 3915 N Kimball (& Irving Park), there is an announcement that applications are available for the storefront. 2 other stores north of Jet's: Subway, and T-Mobile. Good luck!! Several positions available. Check it out!!

  • Alex Moreno 15 year play basketball 🏀 im im rotc

    Yes I'm interested what school does she teach at

  • Alex Moreno 15 year play basketball 🏀 im im rotc

    Bryan Gilbert,please I really need a job because my basketball season just finished and I need something to do I can clean ur tables I can make pizza boxes like the basic stuff. im saying basic because im only 15 years old but I am in need of a part time job. Can u help me out Bryan and im in JROTC For my school and I go to Roosevelt high school which Is super close to jets pizza I could work after school?

18 hours ago

Chicago Ballet Center Open House, March 1

Happy Spring, everyone .. well, almost! The Chicago Ballet Center (4024 N Cicero) is hosting an open house this Sunday from 1 to 4pm. Meet the faculty, join the group music classes and age appropriate dance classes from 1:30 to 3. Shanti Kumari will offer a joyous yoga experience at 3 that is open to all ages and includes live musicians. Our 11 week spring session begins March 9 and finishes with our annual Extrava-DANCE-a performances May 30 and 31 at Filament Theater. Registration will be available during the open house for anyone ready nurture that inner artist. 773.283.6510 for more info.

19 hours ago

Tearing Up Streets by St. Wenceslaus

Starting next week the City has announced that it will be tearing up streets in my area, including the Monticello block by St. Wenceslaus, for water/sewer repairs. They've also posted "no parking" signs that extend into April. There doesn't seem to be any provision of what the many people who pack the block with parked cars each night should do. All the blocks around are zoned for permit parking. Has anyone heard any news about easing of permit parking restrictions or such? Yes, I can call the alderman, but I wanted to tap the community grapevine first. Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Wayne Electric Building - Elston and California

Does anyone know what is going on with the old Wayne Electric Building on Elston and California? They just put up fencing all around the property. Has it been bought out? Are they going to tear it down and build a commercial or residential bldg?

  • Steven Vance: I agree that we need a little more pedestrian traffic to support our local businesses. : )

  • They were tearing at least part of it down when I went by on Thursday morning.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Need ChildCare

I am looking for affordable childcare options for my 4 year old. Anyone have ideas, suggestions, any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

22 hours ago

Badger?

I know there have been some weird critter sightings around Irving Park. I found two prints back by the river at McFetridge the other day. What struck me is that it was big and had five toes. Dogs, Coyotes, Cougars and Bob Cats only have four.

23 hours ago

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30 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DECONVERSION OF 3 D.U. TO SFR , INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO 2 STORY MASONRY SFR BUILDING, NEW WOOD DECK AND REPLACE EXISTING FRONT CONCRETE STAIRS AS PER PLANS.

    3843 N. Central Park Ave. Issued February 25, 2015 Comment

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Polling place electioneering laws....

What's the distance supposed to be for electioneering during a municipal elections? I just got back from the Murphy School and there were two big guys blocking my entry into the auditorium with hand bills for Rey Colon, and when I asked them if they were following the law to the letter instead of the spirit they blew up at me.

  • Aimzer North Center mama bear for 10 years and counting.

    When Revere Park was my polling place I was regularly bombarded by individuals pushing their sample ballots on me. I was annoyed and offended by their suggestion that I take their ballot and use jt to fill in my blanks - like i can't make up my own mind. I...

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    When Revere Park was my polling place I was regularly bombarded by individuals pushing their sample ballots on me. I was annoyed and offended by their suggestion that I take their ballot and use jt to fill in my blanks - like i can't make up my own mind. I wasn't hit with as much this time around at a different polling place but but could just be that it's a "smaller" election (less choices to strain my poor little brain *eyeroll*). I think it should be illegal for anyone to be on premises at all, it reeks of intimidation.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Bring it up at a caps meeting hahaha!!!!! You little runts...

47 hours ago

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yooperann posted 1 photo to Flickr:

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Calling all gardeners in Avondale

Hey all! My friend started this Facebook page for gardeners in Avondale who might want to swap seeds, seedlings, and harvests this year. She's thinking of rounding up folks in Brands Park throughout the season. If you're interested, check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/AvondaleGardeningSwap

3 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Pilates at Independence Park

Hi neighbors,

Has anyone taken the pilates classes at Independence Park? I'm curious and considering signing up, just wondering if there are any reviews out there. Thanks!

3 days ago

Get out and vote today!!!!

The polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight. It is your civic duty to vote!

3 days ago

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Aug 26

Updated 4 days ago

our logan square nursery, les petits amis nursery is opening another location in avondale!

we are a family owned home nursery in logan square. we are a bilingual montessori and reggio emilia based infant and toddler program. we are expanding into avondale and are looking to enroll 4 children while we are processing our new license. please post your email address so i can let you into our google site for info!

  • I would like some more information as well please! vanna.cord@gmail.com

  • I would like to learn more for both of your locations. I am looking for September.
    lmorga@artic.edu

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Deb Mell signs everywhere

As if her 2 - 3 flyers in our mailbox aren't enough, yesterday I looked out my window to see a Deb Mell sign hanging from our fence. Nobody asked us if they could hang it. I took it down, but then noticed that the whole neighborhood had them strung up. About one for every 1.5 houses.

Don't they have to ask if they can hang signs on our property??

I can't wait until she loses this election so I don't have to hear the name Mell in the 33rd ward again.

  • @Robert - Mozart north of Diversey. No other campaign signs were taken down, but it still doesn't feel right that she should be able to post signs without homeowners' permission.

  • Hey guys I have a sign in my front yard, but Deb Mel personally came to my door to ask. She said she wanted to make sure before they put me down for one (since I already supported her when she came to my door). There's a lot of over...

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    Hey guys I have a sign in my front yard, but Deb Mel personally came to my door to ask. She said she wanted to make sure before they put me down for one (since I already supported her when she came to my door). There's a lot of over zealous workers out there who might be bombing people's yards with the signs, but feel free to reach out to her to tell her. She's very responsive. I'm not saying she's the best person for the 33rd ward, but she's sure as hell better than Rey Colon. In my 3 years living here, Colon never returned any of my 7 e-mails (and multiple calls). I'm so thankful they redrew the districts and we at least have someone who is responsive.

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Feb 15

Updated 5 days ago

Dibs Again!

It has been snowing for two hours and a total of a half inch has fallen. The dibsters have already started. Ge'ez.

  • M F

    Do like I did, throw it all in the trash and don't park there. :D

  • A few neighbors and a picked the rest of up yesterday on our block and I have been picking it up on other blocks on my daily walks.

5 days ago

Admissions Event/Open House, February 25, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

When you tour St. Viator you will have the opportunity to observe how our mission and values are translated into the classroom. We believe every student has the opportunity to achieve academic excellence through fun and innovative instruction, which instills a strong reading and STEM foundation and fosters a life-long love of learning. Throughout their tenure at St. Viator, our students learn to respect the uniqueness of each individual and have compassion for everyone, especially those in need of our service. These values are at the core of everything we do and we hope you agree that this creates a welcoming and exciting place for your child to learn.

Feb 17

Updated 5 days ago

Dog Problem

There's a man who lives on Richmond, almost on Waveland, who has two dogs who he lets run around the neighborhood. Of course they poop all over, which is bad enough. The problem is with the snow they can't get to the grass so the sidewalk is covered with their poop. The man happened to be outside, so I asked him about picking it up. He said he wasn't going to do it and didn't care if it bothered his neighbors. What do you do about someone like that?

Feb 20

Updated 5 days ago

Campaign Mailer Volume (Looking at you Deb Mell)

Everyday I get 2-5 pieces of campaign literature from Deb Mell's campaign. Politics aside, this is absolutely ridiculous. No other candidate comes close to her volume of garbage mailers.... I can handle one here or there, that's fine. I understand that campaigns have to get the word out, but it's absurd to get 5 things in a single day! It almost makes me want to change my opinion that I've formed via research and discussion.... I cant wait till this election is over.

  • Agreed: the number of mailings Mell is doing are ridiculous. One of her brochures indicates that she is "creating jobs" in the 33rd ward. For whom? Printers?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    jamiej is right. according to the 2/19 DNA info Chicago article at http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150219/downtown/rahms-war-chest-which-aldermen-got-most-money-from-mayors-super-pac
    ,the Mayor's Super PAC "Chicago Forward" gave Ald. Mell $50,643. She is #4 on the list of current aldermen who are the focus of his super PAC money. He is also paying for polls for the candidates....

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    jamiej is right. according to the 2/19 DNA info Chicago article at http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150219/downtown/rahms-war-chest-which-aldermen-got-most-money-from-mayors-super-pac
    ,the Mayor's Super PAC "Chicago Forward" gave Ald. Mell $50,643. She is #4 on the list of current aldermen who are the focus of his super PAC money. He is also paying for polls for the candidates. His wealthy friends are no doubt following the Mayor's lead as well. Much more money will be spent on any aldermanic run-off races. So vote and cross you fingers for no run-off in the 33rd Ward. If there is a run-off, expect full mailboxes through the 4/7 run-off election. Recycle the mailers if you can.
    Excess mailers may mean you are a targeted regular voter or a long-time resident.
    Duplicate mailers mean that you are several target lists by people/organizations with money to spend. I believe that the Direct Mail Marketing Association 's "Do No Send Lists" for reducing junk mail, specifically exempts political-related mail (that is considered free speech. To reduce your junk mail, use the form at:http://www.directmail.com/directory/mail_preference/Default.aspx
    A similar list exists for junkphone calls from telemarketers, but neither lists is 100% effective, they may only reduce and not eliminate junk mail or calls.
    Have you been called for jury duty too? All the signs of being a good citizen.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

'Crash-and-grab' thefts go residential

One victim, a woman who lives on the 3700 block of North Central Park Avenue, told me Friday that she went into her alley last Sunday morning to find that...

Feb 18

Updated 6 days ago

** BEWARE of SEX OFFENDERS in these homes

I belong to Family Watchdog which is a sight that will send you automatic updates when a sex offender moves in to your neighborhood. The latest offenders are living at the following addresses.
Andrew Weller 2755 N. Mozart - child pornography and molestation of a child.
Jason Martinez 3130 N. Kimball Apt. 1 - Aggravated sexual assault.
You are surrounded by offenders and the best way to keep you family and children clear of these folks is to sign up http://www.familywatchdog.us/ and you will know where, who and why these folks are on here. You never know who's living next door.

  • I was surprised by how many child pornographers live along and off of Logan Blvd. These are regular looking guys. I am glad for the heads up.

  • I agree with MelindaLongfordPower, these people have served their time and been deemed safe to release. Yes, be careful around them (like any other felon), but they are now free and need a place to live, and to restart their lives. If we treated them like ordinary people, perhaps they'd...

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    I agree with MelindaLongfordPower, these people have served their time and been deemed safe to release. Yes, be careful around them (like any other felon), but they are now free and need a place to live, and to restart their lives. If we treated them like ordinary people, perhaps they'd be less likely to re-offend and go back to jail.

    Keep in mind too that there are a lot of people listed in sex offender registries who really shouldn't be there. Examples include an 18-year-old who had sex with a 17-year-old (depending on the state), or two 14-year-olds "sexting" with each other. Don't assume the worst.

Feb 19

Updated 6 days ago

Need help dealing with cancer loss

I lost my husband to cancer 4 years ago and the pain is so deep, it still feels like yesterday. He was my best friend and I miss him terribly. I go on through life and I pretend I'm OK, but I'm really not. I carry this broken heart with me always and wonder if I will ever be happy again.

Can anyone recommend a therapist or a support group? Perhaps you have personal experience you can share? I'm in...

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I lost my husband to cancer 4 years ago and the pain is so deep, it still feels like yesterday. He was my best friend and I miss him terribly. I go on through life and I pretend I'm OK, but I'm really not. I carry this broken heart with me always and wonder if I will ever be happy again.

Can anyone recommend a therapist or a support group? Perhaps you have personal experience you can share? I'm in my early 50s and I know I've much life ahead of me, yet I can't seem to get back to living.

If you've been there and could share how you learned to live again, I would love to hear from you as well. Please feel free to write me privately if you would rather not post here. I would appreciate any thoughts you can share.

Thank you so much.

  • You were brave to reach out in this manner, TGND. Wishing you healing and future happiness.

  • Wenders in OIPA Active in community development; OIPA member

    Having already said: "What works for one person, may not for another." - I still urge you to seek counseling, including "group". All who are in this type of group totally understand where you are coming from, including the intensity of emotions, like crying. Doing so in front of people...

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    Having already said: "What works for one person, may not for another." - I still urge you to seek counseling, including "group". All who are in this type of group totally understand where you are coming from, including the intensity of emotions, like crying. Doing so in front of people is not a common thing for any of us to do, but the safety and comfort of the group setting can be quite therapeutic.
    My suggestion of going to Gilda's Club was given because of the specific knowledge they have in dealing with cancer related issues, including the the grief one experiences loosing a loved one to the disease.
    I wish you strength and courage in your journey.

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Feb 11

Updated Feb 20

Cleaning lady needed!

I need a cleaning lady to clean two apartments (for myself and for my best friend). One is approximately at Irving Park and Elston, and the other is approximately at Irving Park and Pulaski. The first apartment is a two bedroom with eat-in kitchen, and the second is a two bedroom with full dining plus sun room. One warning: I have 4 cats, and she has 1 cat, and we would only hire someone that has experience cleaning around them....

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I need a cleaning lady to clean two apartments (for myself and for my best friend). One is approximately at Irving Park and Elston, and the other is approximately at Irving Park and Pulaski. The first apartment is a two bedroom with eat-in kitchen, and the second is a two bedroom with full dining plus sun room. One warning: I have 4 cats, and she has 1 cat, and we would only hire someone that has experience cleaning around them. Yes, they are all extremely friendly. Please provide pricing in your response. We are looking for a permanent cleaning lady to take care of both apartments on a Saturday once every one to two months. I would really prefer an independent person with decent experience. No large cleaning services, please. All cleaning equipment will be provided. Thank you!

  • I have over 7 years of cleaning and organizing experience. Please give me a call if the position is still available, I live off of Irving Park and Kildare. I would be happy to give you an estimate and I am very comfortable around cats. My number is 312-280-1792. Here is a link to my account on Care.com which has an updated background check: https://www.care.com/p/dawnw46/hk

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Give Dawn a call she is good...

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

Free Magazines

I've got several boxes of magazine back issues (Dwell, Metropolitan Home, Cooking Light, InStyle, Vogue) that have just been taking up space. I thought I'd offer them to anyone who wants them and/or can use them for paper crafts before I take them out to the recycling bin on Friday. Drop me a line if you'd like to pick them up.

Oct 04

Updated Feb 20

New Pizza Place

Looks like there is. Coming Soon sign for a Jet's Pizza next door to the Subway at Kimball and Irving Park. Happy to see a business finally fill that spot!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Good luck bryan hope you sell a good quality pizza not that imitation rubber pizza from chicagp pizza!!!! That pizza is bad dont know how they stay in business!!!!!

  • Spiro, thank you very much! I can assure you it's great pizza. We spend hours every day making our dough fresh and only use the highest quality ingredients (yes, our cheese is VERY expensive). We can't wait to bring some good pizza to the neighborhood!

Feb 20

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Feb 16

Updated Feb 19

4000 block N Francisco

Does anyone know what's going on on the 4000 block of N. Francisco? There are no parking/tow signs down half the block lasting from this week (anyone remember which day it starts??) through March 8. Construction?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hey schmuck if i am not serious why are you responding to my posts..I dont mind cause you my boy dont matter.....

  • Spiro I think he actually responded to my post and I don't see anywhere that he called you any names.

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