20 min ago

3rd Annual Git Down at Hala Kahiki

The 3rd annual Git Down at Hala Kahiki will be taking place next Saturday from noon to 6pm. It's the rare time that Hala Kahiki, one of the last surviving tiki lounges in the Chicagoland area and currently celebrating its 50th year, will be open during the day. We'll have the Revomatics from Milwaukee playing surf music (probably at 2pm). We will have hot rods on display in the back parking lot for the entire show.

Please note that Hala Kahiki is a bar, so unfortunately no kids are allowed inside, but they're welcome to check out the cars.

The event is free for spectators and $5 for cars.

10 hours ago

Updated 25 min ago

All in all you're just another question about a wall

Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

I would love to extend the half wall all the way to the ceiling to make this...

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Hi, helpful homeowners...so our house's second level is a finished attic that is split into two rooms, one on either side of the house, and a dormered bath in the middle. There is a small hallway that connects these rooms with a half wall that separates you from a steep drop overlooking the curved stairs that lead up to this floor from below.

I would love to extend the half wall all the way to the ceiling to make this a true hallway and to block off a potential hazard for any little kids that are tempted to climb where they shouldn't.

The existing half wall is made of plaster-- I am not sure if a wall can be framed over the existing plaster or if it needs to be removed and re-done completely...

1) Will work like this require a city permit? If so, how do I get one and how long does it take?
2) Who is typically hired for such work? A general contractor? A handy man?
3) Any recommendations for someone specific to do the job?

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • You might consider banisters or some other material (glass??? )to keep it more open, especially if extending the wall would block light. We have what you describe but our "half wall" is made of banisters and perhaps not as long as yours as we have a little nook next to it. Nobody has gotten too crazy around it and we have kids. If it "looks" normal as is, I would reconsider.

  • Señor B Teacher of Spanish

    We have exactly what you described and we have a banister which looks nice and still creates an open feeling. We've considered putting a half wall with a built in bookshelf. Just above the stairs is a skylight which allows a lot of light. I wish I could post a pic to give you a visual.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Support the performing artist I am hosting!

Hey, folks, I am hosting an actress from Seattle who is performing her one-woman show, The Two-Step, at the Fringe Festival. I went to her opening night performance last night and it is a really nice piece of theater.

In the piece, she play her grandmother and it was kind of strange for me as she has been staying with me since Monday and we have talked a lot and gotten to know each other and then I see her...

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Hey, folks, I am hosting an actress from Seattle who is performing her one-woman show, The Two-Step, at the Fringe Festival. I went to her opening night performance last night and it is a really nice piece of theater.

In the piece, she play her grandmother and it was kind of strange for me as she has been staying with me since Monday and we have talked a lot and gotten to know each other and then I see her up onstage and she is evoking this other person so well that I forget who she is. The character she creates is kinda feisty and says some hilarious things but the piece also touches on serious things, such as the constraints women of her generation confronted. Women in particular will enjoy it so grab some girlfriends and go!

It is one hour long, you need to buy a $5 button (that $ goes to the festival for operations) and then the ticket for the show is $10 (all of that goes to the actress), though her show might be have a "pay what you can" option, not sure if that was just for opening night. She performs the piece four more times:

The Two-Step @the Lake Effect Stage, 5340 W. Lawrence

Sun 8/31 2:30pm
Mon 9/1 8:30pm
Fri 9/5 7:00pm
Sat 9/6 5:30pm

www.chicagofringe.org

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    I caught Our Fair City Live tonight, an amazing experience, what they did onstage is incredibly difficult and there was not one hiccup or missed cue, they are really on their game. If you like kinda campy sci-fi, check it out.

  • Marisa N Mayfair frustrated liberal

    This House Believes.... was great and it's free. It's hard to decide which to see. I'm thinking about Ceremony, ReEntry or Waiting for Orson.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Slingshots - A new teen center to open in Six Corners

For all 6th - 12th grade students only! Slingshots will open on Sept. 2nd - Every Mon. to Friday after school from 3pm - 7pm. Teens can do work on computers, play video games, ping - pong, carpetball, hang out with friends, Gaga ball, mini-basketball, get something from the snack shop, etc.

No cost - just have to sign in and sign out.

Slingshots will also have youth group nights!
Wednesdays for 6th - 8th grade students starting Sept. 17th...

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For all 6th - 12th grade students only! Slingshots will open on Sept. 2nd - Every Mon. to Friday after school from 3pm - 7pm. Teens can do work on computers, play video games, ping - pong, carpetball, hang out with friends, Gaga ball, mini-basketball, get something from the snack shop, etc.

No cost - just have to sign in and sign out.

Slingshots will also have youth group nights!
Wednesdays for 6th - 8th grade students starting Sept. 17th from 7:00 - 8:30
Thursdays for 9th - 12th grade students starting Sept. 18th from 7:00 - 9:00
What teens can expect:
1. Hang out with other studnets
2. Games, Mixers
3. Live music - worship style where all can sing if they want - even get involved in the band
4. Listen to a short "power talk"
6. Be part of a small group - build friendships. Talk about different issues that teens are going through and see what the Bible has to say about it.
7. A positive environment where teens are cared for and mentored.

If you would like to volunteer for after school or youth group nights or even to donate go to www.slingshotschicago.com

Please stop in and see Slingshots - Talk to Bob Anderson or Jenn Sydow!

Please help us reach teens and help them hit their target in life.

Slingshots - Helping teens hit their target!

Open House
September 5 - 10am - 5pm
Special Ribbon Cutting at 11:30
September 6 - 10 am - 3pm

slingshotschicago@gmail.com

Aug 16

Updated 7 hours ago

Central Kitchen and Tap closed

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

  • nabortwo good neighbor

    For years Central Kitchen and Tap was a single business model but the neighbors did not support it enough. Prior to closing this restaurant it seems as though the owner added the late night bar to try and stay open, I'm guessing. Because the area did not support a family...

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    For years Central Kitchen and Tap was a single business model but the neighbors did not support it enough. Prior to closing this restaurant it seems as though the owner added the late night bar to try and stay open, I'm guessing. Because the area did not support a family restaurant it has closed. I always enjoyed the pot roast sandwich and the friendly atmosphere for my family. Kids were welcomed there and loved the soft serve too. I had hopes that Jefferson Park would support this family restaurant but I was wrong. So now I have to take my family to another area for good food because Pete serves greasy food. Petes is "meh". People who are worried about free pop should eat at McDonalds!!! Now you can look at the empty restaurant. Are you happy?

  • seems like a lot of people went there for sandwiches.

    maybe someone should open a sandwich shop.

    i am thinking like a heros type thing with more seating and carry out.

    or go with like Panera style where you can get a soup and sandwich or salad

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Photographers

I was wondering if anyone uses film in their cameras today. That is opposed to digital.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Thanks everybody. I so appreciate your comments.

  • speaking of, I have a roll of undeveloped 110 film with a few pictures on it, any place by 6 corners to get it developed? i don't think walgreens sends out anymore

Aug 21

Updated 7 hours ago

Hello...looking for an electrician...

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

  • SMA Mechanical
    "The Service Company"
    Free estimates
    In Business Since 1990

    1-224-805-7412

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Ray Cirillo 773-213-1514 is outstanding and highly reasonable.

33 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Taste of Polonia concludes Labor Day

5216 W Lawrence--steps from the Blue Line ... a Bounce House village for kids, live music and great food

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    It's a shame with all the sponsors they had they felt the need to nickel & dime everybody. The websites I seen did not mention $5 for this and $10 for that. Fishy indeed. They should make their money on food & booze not kid stuff. Pretty sad. :(

  • C Neighbor

    Bellyer and Jewels, we were there Sunday right when it opened at noon. Same experience with the bounce-houses, and my husband and son were in one when it deflated. Scary. I was pretty sure I saw the kids' area advertised at $5 in Nadig and on DNAInfo, but sucked it...

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    Bellyer and Jewels, we were there Sunday right when it opened at noon. Same experience with the bounce-houses, and my husband and son were in one when it deflated. Scary. I was pretty sure I saw the kids' area advertised at $5 in Nadig and on DNAInfo, but sucked it up and paid the $10. One of the duck games was $3 to pick one duck. ONE. We both couldn't believe what we shelled out compared to previous years, and we agreed this is probably our last year attending...way, way too much money for a neighborhood festival.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Chips

Just thought some would like to know the original series of Chips is coming back on the air September 1st. on me tv

http://metvnetwork.com/videos/metv-promos/chips-starting-september-1

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Inactive: Sounds like you were glued to the TV, takin' it easy on Labor Day, huh?

  • No, been a tough week, little sleep/rest this week. Was up at 4:30am today. Barely going. Had to take time out now thou. In the tub now with some pepsom salts, some incense, and classic rock sippen a grape powerade zero.

6 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Chinese anyone?

I'm looking for a good, clean Chinese restaurant in Portage Park.
Any suggestions?

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

    If this was a soul food thread and you guys were making fried chicken and watermelon jokes the whole place would be up in arms.

  • Paul psv60

    Chopstick Express on North Harlem Ave., just a little north of Addison, in a strip mall. You can eat-in or take-out. The dining area is very, very clean. Their kitchen is visible when you order at the cashier, and looks pretty clean too. I also second the motion on Jesse Café on Belmont Ave., and is also very good. They have a loyal customer base as it is always crowded.

10 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Happy Labor Day!

I would just like to say "Happy Labor Day" to everyone, this a family day, we cook outside get the kids ready for their first day of school, well stay safe out there.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

JOB WANTED

Does anyone know of any doctor or dental offices that are looking for a part time receptionist. Recently lost my job after 10 years.

Aug 13

Updated 10 hours ago

Does People's Gas match the new concrete to old when they take out and replace?

I know they probably don't do the concrete work themselves. But I am wondering since they say that they are taking out a square of our front sidewalk. Ours is in very good shape, is smooth and sandy colored. I don't want a glaring white patch of new concrete, I like the earthy tone we have now. What have they done on the blocks that are finished already? Any good examples of bad or good concrete replacement work they did to see in the neighborhood?

  • They just replaced 2 panels in front of mine. I wasn't there and someone tagged one panel.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    When I had those two squares (and the walkway to my house) replaced, I sat guard on the front porch. Around 11:00 pm I went inside and laid on the couch right by the open front window. 11:15 I heard two kids talking out front, flung the front door open...

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    When I had those two squares (and the walkway to my house) replaced, I sat guard on the front porch. Around 11:00 pm I went inside and laid on the couch right by the open front window. 11:15 I heard two kids talking out front, flung the front door open and one of the kids is kneeling down with a pocket knife getting ready to scratch something into the concrete. They took off running. Not that I could have chased them, as I would have had to jump across the wet concrete.

Jun 19

Updated 10 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Below is the City of Chicago detail of how $1.3 million dollar budget got spent by ward as of 8/6/2014.

  • Randy Stroller

    So it is clear your alderman and the city site currently have different numbers. Not sure why you do not take the advice of others and get with him to clarify but it would be great if he also clarified here and the two sets of numbers were to be the same.

12 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

boa

Before it was Lasalle bank it was a Talman Home Savings, and before that It was Northwest Federal Savings back in the 70's. Anyone remember the Rusty Rooster Booster Club for kids?

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    NW Federal Savings. Lots of memories. There was a Rusty Rooster Savings club at several local grammar schools. You could open your account with something like $1. You got an folder card that was a passbook. You put your passbook in an envelope with your 'deposit' (minimum $.25) and the...

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    NW Federal Savings. Lots of memories. There was a Rusty Rooster Savings club at several local grammar schools. You could open your account with something like $1. You got an folder card that was a passbook. You put your passbook in an envelope with your 'deposit' (minimum $.25) and the envelopes were collected weekly at school. The S&L picked them up, processed them and returned passbooks and new envelopes a day or two later with your savings (and occasionally INTEREST!!) updated. They advertised "NW Federal Savings time - 63 hours/week" because they were open until 8pm many nights. They hired local H.S. and college "girls" as tellers to cover all those hours. Pay wasn't great, but they provided uniforms so the "girls" didn't have clothing expense. (In hindsight, the 'uniform benefit' was a ploy to make sure they only hired "attractive girls". I knew a "larger girl", as they called them then, who was told not to even bother with an application until she lost weight.) Now you don't even see interest on sizeable deposits and the 'girls' are gone.

  • I attended St. Bart's in the late seventies and participated in the Rusty Rooster Booster Club savings plan. As I remember, there were little prizes for consistent deposits and other things. I still have some Rusty Rooster pencils. The bank also hosted field trips to the bank, with presentations on...

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    I attended St. Bart's in the late seventies and participated in the Rusty Rooster Booster Club savings plan. As I remember, there were little prizes for consistent deposits and other things. I still have some Rusty Rooster pencils. The bank also hosted field trips to the bank, with presentations on services of the bank and banking practices. Obviously it was simplified for children but it instilled in me the merits of saving. A lesson some modern children and even adults could use in this day and age where caring heavy debt is the norm for most. We lost a lot when local banks became regional then, national and, now global.

Aug 22

Updated 14 hours ago

Stolen bike???

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

14 hours ago

Fire near by?

I smelled smoke for 1/2 hour. Looking all around my house, checking out neighbors houses. I saw nothing. Then I see black smoke clouds and then hear firetrucks. Anyone know where the fire was near Long and Grace? Thanks

15 hours ago

Lost Dog -- please help

I found a lost dog with no tag or collar on the 5500 block of Wilson about 12:30 PM on Labor Day. It is a Pomeranian female (I think), appears to have just had surgery (puppies??), and is very sweet. Please post if you hear anything. Sending her to the pound would be a waste.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Please Walk (to school) on Wednesday

Reminder: FIRST day of school for CPS is Tuesday, September 2nd.

I'd like to see the community start an initiative to walk to school more. According to walkscore.com, Portage Park is the 113th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with a Walk Score of 72.

So let's all walk to and from school this Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Please spread the word! I'd like this to become a regular Wednesday (and then hopefully daily?) thing. This suggestion is for all schools...

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Reminder: FIRST day of school for CPS is Tuesday, September 2nd.

I'd like to see the community start an initiative to walk to school more. According to walkscore.com, Portage Park is the 113th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with a Walk Score of 72.

So let's all walk to and from school this Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Please spread the word! I'd like this to become a regular Wednesday (and then hopefully daily?) thing. This suggestion is for all schools in the neighborhood.

If you do need to or prefer to drive, please consider parking a short distance away and walking the last one or two blocks. Please do not park in crosswalks and no parking zones. It's very hard to see around vehicles parked in those areas and safely cross the street.

Let's get ready for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. For more info: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

  • Well, it is two years diffference. 2012 vs. 2014. I think we lost our I GO car stand at the Portage Park, although the walkscore website says we have I GO. It looks like you can still get an I GO car up on Gale Street. Maybe they are counting that.

  • bellyer Portage Park homeowner, Beer Lover & Home Brewer

    Jefferson Park Enthusiast - I appreciate your perspective and, while I am not disputing the fact that at the North end you may have all of that within walking distance of you, unfortunately, on the southern side of JP (Agatite and Central), we just don't have the sort of destinations...

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    Jefferson Park Enthusiast - I appreciate your perspective and, while I am not disputing the fact that at the North end you may have all of that within walking distance of you, unfortunately, on the southern side of JP (Agatite and Central), we just don't have the sort of destinations that my wife, son and I would want to walk to. You mention that you walk to a number of high end restaurants, but, unfortunately, I do not recognize any of the restaurants you listed as being "high end." That is not intended to come across as a snooty comment; it is just that we are what some would consider "foodies" (I hate that term) and ,while we will gladly grab a bite to eat anywhere from time to time, we are often looking for really exceptional places to have dinner. That's not to say that things aren't changing significantly for the better (Legno, Mia's, The Portage are a few great examples), but as people who will only buy organic and local produce and meat, we have to drive up to Whole Foods in Sauganash or the Logan Square Farmers Market or even all the way to the Lincoln Park Whole Foods because you just can't get the foods that we demand in walking distance of our home.

    I would also say that having a three year old reduces the walkability score of our neighborhood in our book. I am hoping to see our neighborhood continue growing in the way that we have witnessed over the past few months, so that walkability will improve for us and we certainly do not mind biking to places in the neighborhood for dinner or to get down to Six Corners for some of the shopping or our awesome barber (Jesse's).

    I do think the area is becoming *more* walkable for our intents and purposes and I honestly think that we deserve a higher score than we are getting, but I personally would not yet call this neighborhood as walkable as Logan Square where we moved here from over a year ago. There are a lot of things that I love about living here over Logan Square though.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

O'Hare Noise Tax Appeal?

I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

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I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

I know the website says to provide documentation such as the OMP map of the new runway, recently published articles about the negative impact on the community, a drafted resolution or letter of support from Ald. Cullerton, and a copies of articles regarding the questionable FAA hearings and lack of/ false information provided to residents. I can also provide video or photos of the actual planes over my home.

Is there anything else that should be provided?
Is it better to appeal via the Board of Review or the Assessor’s Office?
Has anyone had luck asking Ald. Cullerton to support them in this endeavor?

Any help would be appreciated! I would like to start the process sooner than later. Deadline is Sept 4th.

Thank you!

  • I'm not sure what upsets me the most about this - the loss of my quality of life, the work that went into making my garden an urban oasis that I no longer enjoy, the attack on my health from noise, pollution and lack of sleep, or the blatant theft of the equity in my property, which was just building back up after the crash/bank theft.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    **Some of you might have already seen this FAiR posting...it talks about who we are and what we are up to. Please go to www.fairchicago.org for more information. You can also contact me directly at jac.charlier@gmail.com **

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a...

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    **Some of you might have already seen this FAiR posting...it talks about who we are and what we are up to. Please go to www.fairchicago.org for more information. You can also contact me directly at jac.charlier@gmail.com **

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses. FAiR's goal is a better future founded upon a real voice for communities and solutions arising out of collaboration between the citizenry and our government. Solutions to these types of challenges are not solely technical in nature but are more importantly democratic in substance.

    What can you do? Go to www.fairchicago.org and

    * Sign up for FAiR Coalition emails.
    * Sign our online petition
    * Report your noise complaints
    * Appeal your property taxes
    * Put up a FAiR yard sign
    * Distribute FAiR door hangers
    * Tell your neighbors about FAiR
    * Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

where to find a vintage sink?

I've looked at Salvage One, ReBuilding Exchange, Craigslist, Urban Remains...have I missed any sources for vintage sinks?

  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse (on Dempster west of Dodge) has a lot of great stuff!

  • @KM: beautiful!! I wish we had the space for a sink that long! You'll have no trouble finding a buyer, I'm sure.

    Thanks to everybody who gave me such great tips!

17 hours ago

Dog Found on 5500 block of Wilson

Looks like a small American Eskimo Dog (having trouble uploading photo). No tags. Looks like she just had surgery.

19 hours ago

Easy CASH for help moving

I am looking for someone with a truck who can move an appliance. Really simple move less than 1 mile. CASH. TIA.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Tenant don't want to move out :-(

Hi all, I need suggestions on what to do with my tenant, this was supposed to be her last month in the apartment, she didn't pay August rent because she used her safe deposit towards this last month, right now she just told me she is not moving on the 31st because she couldn't find a place. The problem is that I have the contractors coming on tuesday sep 2nd to fix a few things, because someone else is moving in. I called 311 and they gave me a number which doesn't lead to much help. What to do???? Thanks in advance.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    @ Wicked.

    Sounds like you don't screen very effectively. How would 'we're "a good Christian family" come up in the a screening ? What do you do ? - ask them ... 'are you gonna take good care of it ? Ya' promise ?' - "Ah, yes sir, we're a good Christian family" - 'Oh, Ok... then here are the keys" <Christian pinky shake>

    For a short term vacation rental - considerable deposit money and credit card/contract for any other issues is key.

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Crusty, most Good Christians don't need to be asked, they just volunteer this information without anyone even hinting at it. It's their badge of honor.

22 hours ago

You have 12 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Lamp rewiring?

Does anyone know where I can get a lamp rewired? Thank you.

34 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Looking For Work!

SMA Mechanical
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29 hours ago

janemadk posted 1 photo to Flickr:

34 hours ago

Friendly Small Business Looking For Work

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5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Looking for HVAC duct-cleaning recommendations

My wife and I are finally getting around to having all of the ductwork in our home cleaned out, but not sure who to go with. Anyone have positive feedback from a cleaning service they've used, or known someone who did use a service that they were pleased with?

  • Recommended for Duct Cleaning:
    Indoor Air Inc.
    1-800-663-8287
    Let them know Fire n Ice in Naperville referred you and they will give you a small discount. Very reputable company and great work.

  • SMA Mechanical 1-224-805-7412
    Free estimation
    They are very honest and will give you good pricing

4 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Missing cat?

There is an adorable white with gray markings cat that has been hanging around our backyard for the past few days. Does not seem like an alley cat and would love to reunite kitty with owner. Is anyone missing their cat?

  • If you are in the area and want to look at the posters, they are on the sidewalk side of trees along Keeler between Addison and Irving Park.

  • JLH

    There was a post on here a couple of weeks ago about a missing cat.

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Elly's on Milwaukee

My wife & I stopped in a couple times and; long wait to get a menu, long wait to place order, long wait to get food and then it was luke warm at best. Eggs Benedict warm, bacon cold. Not impressed, stopped going. Cumberland much better.

  • Jefferson Park Enthusiast Liberté, égalité... communauté!

    IDK, the food and the prices are good, the breakfast crowd shows no sign of dying down - way busier than Blue Angel - and we always get a sweet waitress. I like the grab n go bakery and smoothies, too. I agree that the decor is clean, but sparse,...

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    IDK, the food and the prices are good, the breakfast crowd shows no sign of dying down - way busier than Blue Angel - and we always get a sweet waitress. I like the grab n go bakery and smoothies, too. I agree that the decor is clean, but sparse, and that they oftentimes seem to need an additional server. It's ultimately a diner, not an upscale restaurant. I have no real complaints. Glad to have them in the neighborhood. If they are not to your liking, there is also Yellow Rose.

  • I have been here 3 times now and while not perfection, I have not had to send food back once and I can be very picky! I'll agree service can be a little slow when they have a full house (which has been the case every time I have gone),...

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    I have been here 3 times now and while not perfection, I have not had to send food back once and I can be very picky! I'll agree service can be a little slow when they have a full house (which has been the case every time I have gone), but not really any worse than any other restaurant I have been to. I have only been there for brunch and I personally only ever had breakfast. Since it IS a pancake house... I'm thinking if most of you that are complaining had them, you would be happier. Best darn pancakes I ever had! ;-)

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Pitbull Attack

A neighbor told my girlfriend there was a terrier killed after a pitbull attacked it on the 5200 block of Cullom the other day. She heard the pitbull wasn't leashed at the time of the attack.

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What's in a name?

What's in a name? Well my name is Hernandez that came from my Father who was born in the great state of Texas, as he use to say he's a Texan, My Mother was born in Chicago her maiden name was Rinaldi that makes her Italian, she came from Taylor St, My wife is German, Danish, and Austrian, so what does that make our kids AMERICANS!

  • This the Hernandez family along with my Wife's parents the "Patek's" and her two sisters families!

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Block by Block!

As I walk through the Neighborhood getting petition signatures, I have a chance to meet a lot of new people, it's good to see that we are getting a lot of young families moving into the area, they ask a lot of question about why I want to be the Alderman and what I stand for, and that's a good thing, I don't come from a political family my Father was a welder, my Mom worked in a factory, I...

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As I walk through the Neighborhood getting petition signatures, I have a chance to meet a lot of new people, it's good to see that we are getting a lot of young families moving into the area, they ask a lot of question about why I want to be the Alderman and what I stand for, and that's a good thing, I don't come from a political family my Father was a welder, my Mom worked in a factory, I don't have the backing of the current Alderman or any other politicians.
My family reflects this working class Neighborhood ,two of them are police officers, three of us are members of the Military, my wife is a bank teller, two of sons go to college and work part time, I will never be rich nor do I want to, I work for the City Of Chicago Dept, of Water management I'm a member plumber's local 130, We maintain the water system in the city, we work outside 24/7, I'm one of those people who get the call at 2 o'clock in the morning when it's 20 below zero to fix a broken water main,the work can be hard and dangerous but it pays good, but the pride I get from working with my fellow city workers is what it's all about!

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    How awesome to see a "regular person" running for alderman. Best of luck!!

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38th Ward Election

Hello my name Carmen Hernandez and I'm running for Alderman of the 38th Ward,I have lived in the ward for the past 32 years, I have six children and have been married to Noreen Hernandez for 37 years, two of my sons are Chicago Police officers, I'm a member of the Illinois National Guard 933rd Military Police Company, two of my younger son, Nathan and Leon are also in the Guard, I was deployed to Iraq for 16 months, my...

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Hello my name Carmen Hernandez and I'm running for Alderman of the 38th Ward,I have lived in the ward for the past 32 years, I have six children and have been married to Noreen Hernandez for 37 years, two of my sons are Chicago Police officers, I'm a member of the Illinois National Guard 933rd Military Police Company, two of my younger son, Nathan and Leon are also in the Guard, I was deployed to Iraq for 16 months, my son Nathan was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.Our family has a history of public service, I have served our country in time of war, and now I would like to have the honor to serve the 38th ward and the City of Chicago, thank you very much, Carmen Hernandez.

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K-12 Science, Tech and Math Team Fun with USFirst.org

Parents and educators, get your kiddos involved with practical projects leading to solving real life problems and to internships and scholarships by engaging in research, design, construction, presentation and team building practice.

Take a look at the USFirst.org promo video to get us all started on this exciting journey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7k5IxsixO4.

Learn about the Illinois participation at http://www.ilfirst.org . St. Patrick H.S. is on their map of participants. Let's get more of our home and school teams on the map....

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Parents and educators, get your kiddos involved with practical projects leading to solving real life problems and to internships and scholarships by engaging in research, design, construction, presentation and team building practice.

Take a look at the USFirst.org promo video to get us all started on this exciting journey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7k5IxsixO4.

Learn about the Illinois participation at http://www.ilfirst.org . St. Patrick H.S. is on their map of participants. Let's get more of our home and school teams on the map. Get registered as seeking a team or members or to volunteer your expertise at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll/start-a-team

My family is also attending the upcoming IMTS 2014, the largest trade show in the country and maybe in the world. It is free to educators and their students. Register at http://www.imts.com/student/index.html.

We will be focussing on the SmartForce Student Summit. To learn more about it, view the following video at 40:29 milestone. http://www.imts.com/education/imtsedu/video/index.cfm?vid=1086

Let's have fun while learning and changing the world!

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Support for Smyser's Music Department

Here is a link for a donorschoose project that will benefit the music department at Smyser:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/practice-pads-for-band-orchestra/1311684/?verify=1837429703&rf=page-siteshare-2014-08-project-teacher_106265

If you enter the code INSPIRE at checkout, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100.

If anyone isn't familiar with donorschoose.org, it's a really great organization centered around supporting public school teachers and students. You can search for projects that you believe in and donate directly to the fundraising goal for that particular project. It's been a great resource.

If you're feeling generous, please donate to ours or any other project you may find that strikes a chord.

Also, please note that there is absolutely no ice involved with this charitable action.

Thanks, neighbors.

  • SuzPlank Portage Park resident

    Smyser has a great music program - Concert and marching band, orchestra, and choir. Supporting our neighborhood kids' fine arts education is a great investment!

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