26 hours ago

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Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you?

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you from the 48 unit apartment building at the end of you block. How will you feel laying out to get some sun, or your kids playing in the splash pool? Never going to happen on your block, maybe not, but would you wish that on anybody? John Arena loves density, and if there is an empty lot or tired old commercial building, a closed church nearby, you are extremely vulnerable. Our old alderman's "spot zoning" was bad enough, but Arena is bad up-zoning on steroids. Before you vote, ask yourself, COULD YOU BE NEXT?

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Bob, you are quoting old news. The original concept has been dead since at least last summer. I know this because I was on the committee that reviewed it. And re: JPFP, Nadig and Sun-Tiimes have journalistic standards and quote their sources. All JPFP has is innuendo and speculation. Even bloggers usually throw a link when they are referring to a source. It's common sense.

  • Bob Bank,
    rumor monger
    muck raker

1 hour ago

Updated 1 min ago

Frustrated

Does anyone know what is going on with the eyesore at central and Irving(the Mexican restaurant)?Ever since the fire over a year ago they started construction and there it sits still abanded,not only the restaurant but the whole corner. It looks horrible. I wasn't really that concerned until yesterday when I was driving west on Irving and noticed the old bowling alley was going to be a dollar store and then 3 blocks west a tobacco shop, are you kidding me? Enough is enough.

  • I asked the alderman's office about the trash bin in mid February and I believe his office said they had the permit until end of Feb. and that the construction permits on the building were until June. It definitely warrants a call back to see if they extended the permit or need to move it because it appears as though most of the demolition and rebuilding is done.

8 min ago

Updated 1 min ago

Gardening Yet? All Gardeners Welcome!

The Portage Park Garden Club meets Saturday March 28 at 9:30am, in the Austin/Irving Library at 6100 W Irving Park. The meeting will include an auction to benefit the club, including and not limited to: yard tools, gnomes, trellises, plants, vases,
wind chimes, seeds, planters, gloves, trugs, fairies, pots, containers, planters, chairs, s and elves.

Mar 05

Updated 1 min ago

What does John Garrido say about Milwaukee Avenue

Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw...

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Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw Av, we knew immediately that that's something we didn't want to do in our community & we didn't want to wait and sit on the sidelines because we know we learned from the past that once city gov't comes & says "Here's the project", it's very, very difficult to undo. So I initiated, I drafted, a petition, myself together with members of the community & the GPCC, we passed that petition & we gathered 4,000 signatures from people from the GP community and beyond that said "we don't want to remove a lane of traffic". We support the CSP, Milw Av needs it, it's a mess, absolutely, we want everything that comes with it, bumpouts, medians in the center, we want all of that but we do not want to remove a lane of traffic. And,he fought us all the way, every single time we tried to talk to him about it, he didn't want to sit down, he didn't want to meet. So thankfully, because of our petition, we were successful and they took out the possibility of the protected bike lanes, but on the table is still unless he's saying now, here today, that they are not going to remove a lane of traffic, that would be great."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: How
can this project best achieve its goal (safety for all)?

What does John Garrido say?
so I initated, I drafted, a petition
We want bumpouts, we want medians, We support Complete Streets

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No
Mission accomplished.

  • Pac52us, just curious, what put you dead set against cars? Did something happen?

    Do you currently have a valid drivers licence?

    Do you routinely operate a motor vehicle?

    I am attempting to gain understanding of your point of view.

  • IU,
    I'm not dead set against cars, I'm dead set against the cars-come-first mindset. The more I look into use of the public space in cities, I see that cars kill cities. This is not a car-free argument, rather think of it like you think of water. Everyone needs water to live but too much water is called drowning. We are drowning in cars in Chicago.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    "...cities are primarily for people..."
    http://www.streetfilms.org/jan-gehl-in-times-square-with-mark-gorton/
    Cars kill cities.

Apr 09

Updated 5 min ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • Bob Bank NW-sider since 1973

    Read the Alderman's comments from April 14 and again on April 15, he's even quoting the rents! I would say that's proof there's a plan, wouldn't you? He's backtracking now until after the election; DON'T BE FOOLED!!.

  • The original post is almost one year old.

8 hours ago

Updated 42 min ago

Is it really a New Business if it's in place of one that Closed?

I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he...

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I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he counting Caspian Cafe as one of his 80 new businesses? They opened under his term- (or just before he started office) and they Closed during his term. Steers as well. Open your eyes folks. If businesses keep shutting down, and other businesses replace them- that isn't progress, it's stagnation, and redundant.

  • Copy Pasta, I just wrote something positive about Garrido and you missed it.

  • Tami,
    I know he can do something right. He hides ownership in his legal capacity.
    Your saying that few contribute to his campaign as a positive?

24 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you from the 48 unit apartment building at the end of you block. How will you feel laying out to get some sun, or your kids playing in the splash pool? Never going to happen on your block, maybe not, but would you wish that on anybody? John Arena loves density, and if there is an empty lot or tired old commercial building, a closed church nearby, you are extremely vulnerable. Our old alderman's "spot zoning" was bad enough, but Arena is bad up-zoning on steroids. Before you vote, ask yourself, COULD YOU BE NEXT?

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  • Bob Bank NW-sider since 1973

    No Plan!? Arena's even quoting the rents! Is there any doubt this is going in if Arena gets re-elected?

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Bob, you're quoting old news. The original plan has been dead since at least last summer. And I know this because I was on the committee that reviewed it.

45 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Addison &Austin

Any idea what happened at addison n austin i see yellow tape

3 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

John Garrido is Following His Own Tea Party Election Strategy

John Garrido (candidate for 45th Ward Alderman) says Tea Party candidates like himself need to hide as "Independents" in order to get elected in Chicago:

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2011/01/an-examination-of-the-tea-party-movement/

Branded as extremists, crazies and “tea baggers,” many individuals affiliated with the party believe the movement would stand a better chance if deemed something else. The heavily rooted negative connotations that accompany the Tea Party has undeniably affected its progress.

“In order to go in and actually win races, we’re going to have to run candidates who appeal to all voters. It has to be more of an independent thing,” said Garrido.

  • Mr Garrido, alone in the forums, decried being painted as party member, a Republican.

  • Chuck, they are not all independent. Arena is the Democratic Party Committeeman for the ward. Not exactly hiding, huh? Although he is obviously not part of the mayor's "machine wing" of the party.

    Garrido said in the debate at Copernicus Center "I'm not in any tea party. I like coffee."...

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    Chuck, they are not all independent. Arena is the Democratic Party Committeeman for the ward. Not exactly hiding, huh? Although he is obviously not part of the mayor's "machine wing" of the party.

    Garrido said in the debate at Copernicus Center "I'm not in any tea party. I like coffee." So, Garrido is straight up lying, hiding, or whatever you want to call it. He is a fraud.

    I mean, if you're a Republican, fine. Be honest about your beliefs/positions and let the voters decide who they align with. Don't play this hide and seek game about your party affiliation and right-wing beliefs.

    PAC: Yes, this shows Garrido is an opportunist with ZERO integrity.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • I support local businesses. If property taxes are not affordable, there will be none. I want my alderman to support all positive local business endeavors- not just those at six corners.

  • Rose,
    If you do then you perhaps need to convince your driving neighbors to do the same.
    Where's Father & Son Pizza, Caspian Cafe. Blue Angel, Elly's dinner hours
    Which suburb would you move to where property taxes are cheaper?

34 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Another shooting

There was a shooting at Pontiac and forest preserve dr. This morning gang bangers

  • DB

    Like I said, foreclosures and plummeting property values are the downfall. That's what brings Section 8. There's no section 8 housing in affluent neighborhoods.

  • Dino V. HVAC guy

    There is a lot of section 8 in affluent neighborhoods, it has all to do with how you are raised that leads to these kids choosing the gangbangers lifestyle, I will choose to a part of this community by volunteering my time at Hiawatha park, library and in the near future my daughters school, will not let these maggots takeover...

Mar 20

Updated 2 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Long & Argyle?

Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido:...

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Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido: "So the letter says I made it political. The residents of thatcommunity found out about the project when it was leaked out in the Nadig newspaper, they didn't find out about it from the Alderman. The Alderman himself admitted that he was aware that there were proposals coming in as much as a year before it finally came out in the Nadig newspaper. 1,500 people signed a petition against this project, that's why it got tabled not because of any other reason. He states in his letter that he had a zoning meeting, one of his secret zoning meetings, that nobody's really quite sure who's on the board and when they happen. So, these are the reasons why people get aggravated. I'm not making this political, I had nothing to do with passing that petition around to get those signatures. It's just another example of how he doesn't really, ..
he says that he includes the community but he really doesn't include the community. The community finds out about these projects either being leaked out or they start to, where people start getting signatures on petitions and then finally, maybe he'll have a community meeting, maybe. There still hasn't been a community meeting about this. So the difference is that when I'm in office I will put any proposal, immediately make it available to the community within the first 24 hours. And that's so everybody knows about it. ....

5 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

BINGO!!!!

This Saturday is the night! Come play BINGO with some great Portage Park folks at Di's Den!!! Brought to you by Portage Park Helping Hands <3

5 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Fish Fry

My daughter and son-in-law just moved into Old Irving. Recommendations for Fish Fries please.

  • Irish American Heritage Center has a great one every Friday during Lent.

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    Takeout from Hagens or Franks works too.

35 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Austin and Irving Park

Anyone know what went on last night around Austin and Irving, police cars ,alley taped off lots of police activity.

6 hours ago

Imagine standing in your penthouse and you look down to see Bob Banks looking back at you

Fear is a two way street and around here folks are afraid of two way streets

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Chicago Ballet Center Design Competition

Harrington College of Design has organized an interior design competition for the new Chicago Ballet Center facilities at 4041 N Milwaukee (across from the Portage Theater). Designers' presentations and jury selection of the winning design will be Sunday, March 29. The event will begin at 3 with designers presentations starting at 3:30.

Come by and see the innovative, creative designs that will transform a wide open, blank space to an engaging and safe place for creativity to flourish.

This is just the beginning!

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Agree: Northeastern Illinois University is NEIU.

  • Avast

    She's not in Six Corners just likes to comment here all the time.

7 hours ago

Grout Cleaner recommendations?

Does anyone have a good kitchen tile and grout cleaner they can recommend?

8 hours ago

Join St. Constance School's Mom's & Tot's Group

St. Constance School invites all moms and their kids to our new mom and tot group. Enjoy a variety of projects, toys, and snacks in a friendly and safe environment. Please call 773-283-2311 x.17 to save a spot!

9 hours ago

Sod instalation

Does anyone know who would do some sod instsll about 60 sq yards.They ould have to remove old grass roto till and grade yard possibly putting new top soil down.

9 hours ago

Join St. Constance School's Pre-S, Pre-K and Kindergarten Program & Save!

Now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. Join our early childhood Preschools & Kindergarten and prepare your child for a successful school career. Visit our website for more information about the school: www.stconstanceschool.org

Upcoming Open House days:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, May 14, 2015
9 AM to 11 AM

Tours & shadow days available by appointment! (773)283-2311

Also accepting registrations for grades 1-8!

5 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Good Job Campaign Workers

Our door has been knocked on by a number of campaign workers; a REAL person (opposed to a robo call) sharing their knowledge and excitement about the candidate they want me to support. The campaign workers have been mostly been positive and provided me with a new piece of information about their candidate. (I fully admit to being a political dunce). As a result, I haven't regretted opening the door and spending a few minutes talking with them. Thanks for walking the blocks and sharing your excitement and knowledge about the candidates.

  • it works! i think I seen publishers clearing house with a big check walk up to tracy's house read the sign and walk right back down without knocking or ringing the bell.

  • Tracy Rowan Author and life-long Chicago resident

    And wouldn't that have been a surprise since I never enter junk like that?

12 hours ago

robo call for rahm

Got a robo-call from Congressman Michael Quigley supporting rahm.. He better hope the payout or promise he got from the rahmfather offset the votes he's losing by kissing the ring....

12 hours ago

You have 9 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

OLV Summer Camp

It's not too late to sign up for summer camp.

  • DMW

    Dunham Park and Jefferson Park run camps from June 15th - August 14th. 9 weeks for 6 hours a day for just over $500. It's about $1.85 an hour. That deal is unreal and better than any deal going. Tshirt, trips and lunch included. Dunham partners with St. Roberts for...

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    Dunham Park and Jefferson Park run camps from June 15th - August 14th. 9 weeks for 6 hours a day for just over $500. It's about $1.85 an hour. That deal is unreal and better than any deal going. Tshirt, trips and lunch included. Dunham partners with St. Roberts for camps to extend the hours also for before and after their camps begin and end. They also partner for after school programming during the school. That is 50 out of 52 weeks during the year. People still do care and the staff is trained well and have a lot of experience.

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    For comparison, St. John's is in that same range. $35/day but it does include the before and after care. For a working parent like me, that works better than some of the camps, like the Park District's, that end earlier.

    But to DMW's point, some of those CPD camps partner...

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    For comparison, St. John's is in that same range. $35/day but it does include the before and after care. For a working parent like me, that works better than some of the camps, like the Park District's, that end earlier.

    But to DMW's point, some of those CPD camps partner to help handle the extended hours.

    We just like being able to go to one place for pick up and drop off and since it is where our kids go to school, there is a comfort level there as well. To each his own, but any way you cut it, I'm sure prices are higher than in the past. That's life!

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2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Assault/Mugging

Just found out this morning my daughter's boyfriend was attacked Monday evening around 11pm near Portage Park school. As he was walking home someone came up behind him and punched him in his head. They then grabbed him, pushed him face down into the ground and robbed him - took everything including his jacked and shoes. It was a black male in his late teens early 20s. Rather sad that someone can't even walk through the neighbor hood without being...

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Just found out this morning my daughter's boyfriend was attacked Monday evening around 11pm near Portage Park school. As he was walking home someone came up behind him and punched him in his head. They then grabbed him, pushed him face down into the ground and robbed him - took everything including his jacked and shoes. It was a black male in his late teens early 20s. Rather sad that someone can't even walk through the neighbor hood without being in danger.
And, before anyone asks - no, it was not reported to the police. I would pressure him to do so, however numerous past experiences dealing with the police have been more frustrating rather than reassuring. Since my family moved in to Portage Park six years ago we've had the cars broken into 3 times, my father punched in his face from someone with road-rage, someone get out of their car to threaten me, my son both approached by a sexual predator (when he was underage) and held up at gun point and robbed and now my daughter's boyfriend being attacked. I don't see the area getting any better - rather seems that things are getting worse.
Be careful and aware of your surroundings while walking around - and try to walk with someone instead of alone. These scumbags are all over.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Please tell me what "people like you" means to you. To me, a person like me is concerned not just for myself, but for the common good. A person like me doesn't give up on the system that is set up to protect me and others, even if it doesn't...

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    Please tell me what "people like you" means to you. To me, a person like me is concerned not just for myself, but for the common good. A person like me doesn't give up on the system that is set up to protect me and others, even if it doesn't always (and it hasn't) go my way. A person like me encourages others to be active participants in trying to get justice for themselves and others by participating in our justice system, despite disappointments. That's what a person like me is. What kind of person are you? Bitter and afraid, I get that, but why do you give up on justice? Why do you just stand there and take it when people don't do their jobs? Why don't you fight for your rights and hold them accountable? That is what a person like me would do.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Correction: "just one of those people". What do you mean by that? And no, I am not blaming the victim. I am saying that, as a victim, you have rights, and sometimes defending them and demanding them isn't easy, and yes, it's hard to not get discouraged when you've been...

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    Correction: "just one of those people". What do you mean by that? And no, I am not blaming the victim. I am saying that, as a victim, you have rights, and sometimes defending them and demanding them isn't easy, and yes, it's hard to not get discouraged when you've been victimized repeatedly, but that doesn't mean giving up. But when you don't pursue your legal rights and fully participate in the legal system - including a legal system that throws up resistance and disappoints you - then it should not come as a surprise to you when you're system doesn't work. Stand up and fight back! Don't let the criminals violate you, and then let the police do it again. DEMAND the services you deserve!

19 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Dying LOL

Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for...

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Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for another hour. A little later they are getting into bed when Barry realised he only had 8 hours to live. He touched his wife's shoulder and said "Honey? Please? Just one more time before i die". She agreed then afterwards rolled over exhausted and fell asleep. Barry however, heard the old clock ticking in his head, and he tossed and he turned until he was down to only 4 more hours. He tapped his wife on the shoulder to wake her up. "Honey i only have 4 hours left! Could we...?"
His wife sat up angrily, turned to him and said, "Listen Barry, i have to get up in the dam morning! you don't."

  • ha ha ha ha,,,,,good one Frederick....Thanks!

  • A mother was teaching her child about the side-effects of alcohol.
    She gets two short glasses, filling one with water and the other with whiskey.
    She says "I want you to see this." She puts a worm in the water, and it swims around.
    She puts a worm in the whiskey, and the worm dies immediately.
    She then says, feeling that she has made her point clear, "what do you have to say about this experiment?"
    The child responds by saying: "If I drink whiskey, I won't get worms!"

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

New Play in Portage Park - READER Recommended - A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S TALE @Filament Theatre *DISCOUNT

Duplicity Ensemble is presenting their critically-acclaimed new play, A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S TALE, at Filament Theatre in Portage Park (4041 N Milwaukee). Check out this great review in the Chicago Reader: bit.ly/1EKVWr2

The show runs March 20 - April 12 at Filament Theatre (4041 N Milwaukee). Wildly comedic and fast-paced, this world premiere production is perfect for ages 12 and up. If you're looking to see a little bit more storefront theatre in Chicago, then this is a great opportunity for...

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Duplicity Ensemble is presenting their critically-acclaimed new play, A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S TALE, at Filament Theatre in Portage Park (4041 N Milwaukee). Check out this great review in the Chicago Reader: bit.ly/1EKVWr2

The show runs March 20 - April 12 at Filament Theatre (4041 N Milwaukee). Wildly comedic and fast-paced, this world premiere production is perfect for ages 12 and up. If you're looking to see a little bit more storefront theatre in Chicago, then this is a great opportunity for you at a very reasonable price.

Everyblock fans can use the discount code BLOCK to access 2-for-1 tickets to this new play in Portage Park. Just visit www.duplicityensemble.org, click on the "Tickets" tab, and use the discount code BLOCK. Make your plans and get your tickets NOW - before this show melts away!

About the show:
Inspired by last year's relentless Chicago winter (and let's face it, the one currently drawing to a close hasn't been so great either), Duplicity Ensemble combines two of Shakespeare's greatest plays to create the ultimate antidote for cabin fever at Filament Theatre. When four young lovers chance upon into a quiet mountain cabin while looking for shelter from a snowstorm, life is turned upside-down as hearts get broken, muffins get eaten and a play is read in this modern comic mash-up of The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Once everything has been spun backwards, can it be set right again?

Performed at Filament Theatre, A Midwinter Night's Tale runs ~ 90 minutes.

Friday, March 20th 8PM - OPENING
Saturday, March 21st 8PM
Sunday, March 22nd 2PM

Thursday, March 26th 8PM
Friday, March 27th 8PM
Saturday, March 28th 2PM
Sunday, March 29th 2PM

Thursday, April 2nd 8PM
Friday, April 3rd 8PM
Saturday, April 4th 8PM
Sunday, April 5th - NO SHOW
Monday, April 6th 8PM - INDUSTRY

Thursday, April 9th 8PM
Friday, April 10th 8PM
Saturday, April 11th 8PM
Sunday, April 12th 2PM - CLOSING

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Even better, we can pop by Fischmans and support TWO local businesses in one go! Thanks, Nathan!

  • Avast

    Onan will be lonely,

Jan 25

Updated 24 hours ago

Stop Zoning Change At 3616-20 N Cicero Near Addison

I just received a letter for a zoning change at this location and they want to open a another Car Wash, the plans are to open up doors on to Cicero Ave this will create delays and huge very huge traffic jams on those sunny days.

Hope there not going to use the alley as a commercial entrance or allow cars through the alley preventing the Police, Fire Department and Ambulance from any life threatening situation or even prevent some...

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I just received a letter for a zoning change at this location and they want to open a another Car Wash, the plans are to open up doors on to Cicero Ave this will create delays and huge very huge traffic jams on those sunny days.

Hope there not going to use the alley as a commercial entrance or allow cars through the alley preventing the Police, Fire Department and Ambulance from any life threatening situation or even prevent some other city services or the utility companies from passage through a grid lock neighborhood.

Let's call our Alderman Ariel Reboyras and complained, so please call him starting MONDAY at 773-794-3095 before the zoning change or he gets his license!!

Protect Our Neighborhood

  • Deutsch portage36

    the post from the 30th ward 11 hours ago says plans are on hold. It looks like the owner has the option of a community meeting. If he decides to have one, it can re- start the entire process. I advise anyone who is against it, or for it, should go to the community meeting.

  • For anyone truly interested in the bad politics of this ward and Alderman Reyoras please watch this video and the story NBC5 news did regarding pawns shops and in particular the one at 5458 West Belmont. The Belmont business corridor (36 business owners) petitioned this and it happened anyway... it...

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    For anyone truly interested in the bad politics of this ward and Alderman Reyoras please watch this video and the story NBC5 news did regarding pawns shops and in particular the one at 5458 West Belmont. The Belmont business corridor (36 business owners) petitioned this and it happened anyway... it is deplorable.

    /www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/Residents-Fight-Pawn-Shop-in-War-of-Words-215934841.html

    Residents Fight Pawn Shop in War of Words
    Up and down the block where Jennifer and Donald Glover live are signs in the window. “No Pawn Shop” they state. The pawn shop they are fighting will be located in the 6400 block of North Avenue, a few blocks...
    NBCCHICAGO.COM

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

St. Pascal Summer School Program

Looking for a summer program that is filled with academics and plenty of fun activities? Registration is ongoing for the 2015 summer school program. This program is open to all students entering Jr. Kindergarten through 7th grade in the 2015-2016 school year. Call the school office at (773)-736-8806 if you any questions or if you would like a registration form sent to your home. The form can also be found online- stpascalschool.com. A reduced weekly tuition rate is available only until May 1. Mrs. Finneke, Ms. Bertagna, Miss Jessie, Miss Katie, and Miss Nora are running the program again this year.

  • Darlene in Chicago Faculty member

    St. Pascal School's summer program is very popular. I hope that if you are looking for a camp or program for your children this summer, you consider this one.

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    Our daughter has attended for the last three years and loves it. They have lots of fun, but manage to squeeze in some learning as well. Lots of field trips too. We highly recommend.

    As a bonus they offer onsite before and after school care (for extra, but reasonable charge).

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

  • They live here now thanks to Mayor Daily and Section 8 😜 and Momma cops responded within seconds ! Chicago has its own terrorist andd we are worried for issis ?

  • Caps Concerned Resident

    Agree!

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

  • This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for...

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    This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for office,
    he's an Independent if that's convenientto run for office,
    he's against the expansion of charter schools if that's convenient,
    but his "closest advisors" benefit from the profitization of public education,
    but he's hidden that conveniently,
    he's like a windsock, blowing with the wind and to continue the analogy,
    provides no stable direction to take us where we need to go as a ward.

    ---He's secretive. In his chosen profession as a lawyer specializing in wills, estates, trusts, he has experience in hiding ownership. Hidden interest in the Prohibition Club is an issue that has dogged him for quite some time now.
    -Who were the ownership partners in the Gladstone Park Senior development project that Candidate Garrido says the whole GP community supported?
    -What are the other businesses and financial interests that Mr Garrido has hidden?

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    He claims to be running as an independent in this race, but because it's nonpartisan everyone is lol.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    So if he is conveniently Mexican is this how he addresses CPD brass?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7txPU6efos

36 hours ago

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Mar 04

Updated 37 hours ago

josi's is open now!

Josi's is open now, closes 9pm today. Not too late to get your josi's fix!

43 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Looking for a local auto repair shop. Please share your recommendations.

Friends - The car has decided to start misfiring and I need to bring in the professionals. I have been going to Pete's on Higgins for the past 4 years and want to give another shop a try. Can I trouble yous for recommendations? Thanks

  • I agree with wicked fast BMW not every mechanic can work on every car. I own a German car, and not every mechanic can work on them. I made the mistake of taking my German car to one of the small shops in the neighborhood for them to change my...

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    I agree with wicked fast BMW not every mechanic can work on every car. I own a German car, and not every mechanic can work on them. I made the mistake of taking my German car to one of the small shops in the neighborhood for them to change my radiator hose. Well, I guess they didn't flush the radiator leaving a bubble which messed up my engine pretty bad. They also wouldn't stand behid their "warranty". I had to take the car to the dealer and pay 4000 dollars for the repair. The dealer even stated it was the shops fault, and if they had replaced the hose they would have paid for all the damage to the engine.

    So moral of the story go to the dealer or a large company. Not just some small shop that will look the other way when they mess up. Oh and BTW the mechanic that did this to my car is listed above.

  • steven 60706 resident

    You must be a good
    Swimmer West is right not East

Mar 15

Updated 45 hours ago

hot dogs

Has anyone else noticed a big deference in the hot dogs at Gene & Jude Red Hot Stand??? I hate to see it go. Does anyone know what has changed!! I used to like Jimmy's hot dogs, then Gene and Jude's... Has anyone else noticed a change, or is it just my taste has changed??

  • @lothario,

    yes, I like salt, test put salt in range thou, I think it is partial because I have high potassium levels. actually I had some test last week.

    bp 108/70 pulse 71 bmi 25.09kgm2 18% body fat

    blood ph 7.34 clinical range 7.36-7.44

    electrolyte profile

    salt (na) 141 clinical range 136 - 146 mmoi/l
    k 4.49 clinical range 3.60-5.00 mmoi/l
    ca++ 4.85 clinical range 4.40-5.20 mg/dl
    mg++ 1.41 clinical range 1.09-1.63 mgdl

    glucose (fasting)

    92 clinical range 65-99mg/dl

  • sorry, correct blood ph is 7.38, I looked at the prior result comparison.

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Peoples Gas Neighborhood Upgrades Installation: Landscaping Disaster

Anyone else upset about the way these upgrades were handled? Essentially, they dug up the land, did something underneath it, installed a pipe for a new meter (I assume) and dumped sand in to replace the soil. They also actually ripped up the sidewalk to do this work and then filled it in with Gravel. In addition, they spray painted the sidewalk with a permanent paint.

  • Helen R Portage Park resident since 1983

    The new gas lines were done on my block several years ago. They did an excellent job of putting it back together. I would think the timing of this project (winter) is the problem.

  • Portage Parker Posey Proud Portage Park homeowner since 2006

    Michels tore up our block's sidewalks in late fall and are only now beginning to set forms and pour replacement concrete. We participated in the city's sidewalk share replacement program 1.5 years ago, and 6/8 squares we paid for were damaged (removed, corner cracks, overcuts and heaving out of level)....

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    Michels tore up our block's sidewalks in late fall and are only now beginning to set forms and pour replacement concrete. We participated in the city's sidewalk share replacement program 1.5 years ago, and 6/8 squares we paid for were damaged (removed, corner cracks, overcuts and heaving out of level). But only 3 were painted for replacement, which is an issue. Peoples Gas should be embarrassed about how poorly this project and its impact has been communicated to customers. I've gotten no information from the PG CS # and no calls returned by supervisors they forward me to. Alderman is frustrated as well but offered no contact information for the contractor for our block. A fellow neighbor finally tracked down the foreman on the project the day the concrete work was to begin. PG and Alderman should be much more forthcoming with the contact information. Communication goes a long way to manage expectations.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

What does John Garrido say about a plan for goind forward in the 45th?

"......................................................"

  • Jeffpark JoAnna New resident to Jefferson park

    Thank you for clarifying. Well, they are now and not just because he is the incumbent.

  • They did support Arena in the runoff election.

Jan 20

Updated 2 days ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • Avast,

    An assumption? Why ask a leading question that presumes an answer that is as irrelevant as the question? My turn to pose a question. Is there a compelling reason for not calling the dog by the non-biblical name that BellaV gave her pup? Religion and mythology aside, I think Odin is quite the cool name.

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    Some people call Sinatra Ole Blue Eyes. Deal.

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Caps meeting Tonight Merrimac Park

7 pm to discuss the last 2 shootings in the neighborhood !

  • Melissa Starosta Concerned resident

    When is the next CAPS Meeting at Merrimac Park? Would like follow up discussion on 2 shootings and neighborhood gang activity!!! I was unable to attend on March 17.

Feb 24

Updated 2 days ago

Stolen Dog ALERT

Please keep an eye out for this dog that was stolen at a gas station this morning: "Cloud aka Neven is a 16.5 lb golden retriever mix that was stolen from his owners car and loaded into a black minivan this morning as she was getting gas at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Cicero/Montrose in Chicago. 4401 North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630"

Police have been notified.

http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=390490

This is not my dog, but sharing information.

  • The original "stolen dog" story is full of holes. If this vet dumped Neven there is very little legal action that can be taken but her practice and reputation could be severely damaged. It's horrible when anyone treats an animal in this matter (or any living creature) but it goes...

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    The original "stolen dog" story is full of holes. If this vet dumped Neven there is very little legal action that can be taken but her practice and reputation could be severely damaged. It's horrible when anyone treats an animal in this matter (or any living creature) but it goes way beyond horrible when it is a veterinarian. The licensing board for Vets takes all complaints seriously and may be a good place to start. Caution and facts needs to take precedence over emotion but I do think this needs to be investigated and if I am not mistaken she had another incident that was suspect with a dog she owned (please note, I did not fact check this information)
    Sarah I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for being willing to adopt, foster and allow yourself to be subject to this kind of heartbreak despite all your best and careful efforts.

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 9-year resident

    Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to imagine that there are people who are so careless and irresponsible as Ms. Davis. You did your very best to help Neven prepare for a forever home. Remember that he had a wonderful life during the months he was cared for by you- he was very lucky in that way. Thank you for fostering rescued animals. I hope you're able to continue doing this important work.

2 days ago

What has John Garrido done to bring officers to the 45th ward?

After hearing the debates between alderman Arena and John Garrido and hearing their main arguments, my question is what has John Garrido done as a police lieutenant to bring more police officers to the ward since he works at the 16th district police station?

On his website he states "Portage Park is on the front line of this bat­tle, and we need all the resources we can get to keep this and other ward neigh­bor­hoods safe. I know and under­stand...

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After hearing the debates between alderman Arena and John Garrido and hearing their main arguments, my question is what has John Garrido done as a police lieutenant to bring more police officers to the ward since he works at the 16th district police station?

On his website he states "Portage Park is on the front line of this bat­tle, and we need all the resources we can get to keep this and other ward neigh­bor­hoods safe. I know and under­stand how the Chicago Police Department works. As alder­man, I will demand that our com­mu­nity is pro­vided with the nec­es­sary police man­power and equip­ment to com­bat these vio­lent gangs and keep our streets safe."
http://johngarrido.com/issues/public-safety/

At his current position has he demanded more officers be brought to the ward? Many may say that is not his job, but when you google "What does a police lieutenant do?" you get
"As a police lieutenant you lead. You're the frontline commander of the police department. You pass orders from the top level of command to the police sergeants, who in turn relay those orders to the police officers and detectives."

He says he will demand more officers as alderman but has he done the same as a lieutenant? If he has not at his current position why would that change when he is an alderman?

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