25 hours ago

Updated 13 min ago

  • Randy Stroller

    Since I have strolled these neighborhoods with the eye of someone who has brokered many homes in many types of neighborhoods in the 80s, recession, 90s, bull, and 00s recession and for a while thought I might be buying in one of them as I really do see another upturn...

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    Since I have strolled these neighborhoods with the eye of someone who has brokered many homes in many types of neighborhoods in the 80s, recession, 90s, bull, and 00s recession and for a while thought I might be buying in one of them as I really do see another upturn and of course another downturn on the way. The master planned community and the main street initiatives are great as well as the walkable neighborhoods designs that first entered my scope as they were being built along the East and Gulf Coast. Mayberry I guess was in my scope before that but the fun had by Buffy, Jody, Mr French and the Jeffersons as well as Archie Bunkers did not escape me. There are already midrises, bungalows, bungalows with added stories in french and dutch styles, 60s single family condos, apartment complexes, three flats, four flats and many other styles of McMansions and even the Portage property that are great for TOD if folks are willing to be among other people by getting out and walking and when the need arises to go outside the hood for something get on a bus or train and smile. The buses and trains could use a lot of help but outside of rush hours are fairly nice so maybe change schedules so so not so many folks have to travel at rush hours.

  • mm,
    Check out Chicago Housing Plan Chapter 5.1, February, 2014
    "5.1 Promote dense housing development near transit stations"
    the missing middle housing in the 600-1200 foot distance from transit does not appear to be a part of a forward looking 21st Century City plan.

    Mr Kozonis and his real estate...

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    mm,
    Check out Chicago Housing Plan Chapter 5.1, February, 2014
    "5.1 Promote dense housing development near transit stations"
    the missing middle housing in the 600-1200 foot distance from transit does not appear to be a part of a forward looking 21st Century City plan.

    Mr Kozonis and his real estate team can read the plan as well as you and I and they are not limited by the blinders that Bob Bank puts on when reading and parsing the zoning ordinance.

    "fat cat" and "sitting on his money" are terms that don't move a discussion forward and set the stage for antagonism.

    The City's Complete Streets guidelines say "These areas (TOD) require special consideration for riders who arrive on foot, by bicycle, bus or taxi. The City has a
    working group to formally zone these."

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/housing/Chicago_Housing_Plan_Draft_For_Public_Review_Web.pdf

    Did you see that the a.m. /p.m. parking restrictions are being removed from Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Addison? That would clear the way for striped bike lanes on this stretch.
    http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/04/17/residential-units-planned-for-upper-floors-of-two-commercial-buildings-across-from-the-jefferson-park-cta-terminal/#more-2723

15 min ago

Got stuff? Filament Theatre needs it!

The Filament is performing a play tonight at 8pm that is being written, rehearsed, and sourced in only 36 hours! They can only borrow items so look in your basement, your closet, your attic, and the junk drawer! They need the items today! See what they need on their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/FilamentTheatreEnsemble

http://www.filamenttheatre.org/earthfest/

44 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

Pest Control - ants

Friends

Can I get suggestions on local pest control services/remedies for ants? Sprays seem to have worked to keep them out at certain apparent points of entry. But my ants are quite smart and mobile and it seems 1-2 continue to find their way in. Might be time to bring in a pro. Your recommendations are much appreciated.

Mar 18

Updated 29 min ago

Want to start a Block Club?

I was at the CAPS meeting last night, I'm the "block club girl". I just wanted to reach out and let anyone who wants to try and start their own block club but wants some help with how to start please feel free to contact me!! You can reply to this post or reach me via email at our block club email: eddyblockclub@gmail.com.

It can be such an overwhelming task to start something like this but it is so worth...

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I was at the CAPS meeting last night, I'm the "block club girl". I just wanted to reach out and let anyone who wants to try and start their own block club but wants some help with how to start please feel free to contact me!! You can reply to this post or reach me via email at our block club email: eddyblockclub@gmail.com.

It can be such an overwhelming task to start something like this but it is so worth it. With warmer weather around the corner now is the time to get out, get to know your neighbors and get active in your community.

I will be cross posting this in both Ward 36 & 38 as well as some of the "neighborhoods" here on EveryBlock and Next Door.

  • RAZOR tacunit5

    How about we here at eb start are own street gang!

  • Yeah Section 8 you will keep moving and moving how's that working out for you because you gonna keep moving! You see WE OWN YOU RENT!!! with the help of social services. Good Luck when that runs out!

38 min ago

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14 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Faith Church Spring Craft Fair

Please come and browse a variety of unique hand made items: machine made baby quilts, hand lathed wooden pens, hand painted artwork, jewelry, creative candy models, hand carved knitting needles and crochet hooks, needle felted animals and hand painted rocks, and much more...Many great Mother's Day gifts.
Plenty of neighborhood parking all around the church!! Please tell your friends!! Hope to see you.

1 hour ago

Man sleeping in the bushes

I discovered a man sleeping in the bushes of my building yesterday. He was charging his cell phone and appeared drunk when I yelled at him to leave. In hindsight I should have called the police but I was looking for this to be as nonconfrontatonal as possible. He didn't look homeless but that doesn't mean he isn't. I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this in the area and to keep and eye out for it.

37 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Our condo water bill doesn't help us save water and money

I am a new condo owner, God help me. We pay our water bill in common, from monthly assessments. I've been forced to help our Board, as you too will be if you ever buy a condo, and to look at the water bills, and it eventually dawned on me that they are enormous! So, after pointing this out with some wonder, I was given the job of investigating, and the water department took a moment to look at our...

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I am a new condo owner, God help me. We pay our water bill in common, from monthly assessments. I've been forced to help our Board, as you too will be if you ever buy a condo, and to look at the water bills, and it eventually dawned on me that they are enormous! So, after pointing this out with some wonder, I was given the job of investigating, and the water department took a moment to look at our bill, our readings, and so forth, and commented that every time (save one) the meter had been read in the last six months, a code indicated the water had 'been running,' and that that particular code usually meant there was a leak somewhere.

This information regarding a code does not appear on the bill or on the online account. If I had not called, and if a particular question had not triggered the response with the information about the code, I'd have been--unenlightened.

Of course now we are on a mad course to find the leak, and anyone who has ever lived in a condo full of senior Polish retirees knows how much better the scene is than anything HBO could imagine.

But here's the thing: this leak has been going on for a long time. And we had no way to tell. It shouldn't be like that. The water bill should contain any codes the meter reading finds, so owners have a fighting chance to rectify any leaks, right? And another piece of information that we could have used is some kind of comparison of our usage with similar sized buildings. That way we would have known that our January bill was way out of line.

I don't know what I want. A hearing, sympathy, if you know somebody who knows somebody, couldn't they get this done in the software that generates the water bills? A promise from the alderman that this being a terrific idea he'll make sure it gets done?

I feel really really bad for wasting water, and I want to help make sure others have enough info to stop water waste (and money!!!) ahead of time. What is to be done? (Lenin)(he had water bills)

  • re the bb's, they tried one procedure that didn't work, so they had to heat her apartment to, I believe, 120F for a few hours, done. Luckily they didn't get into my unit, but mgmt. inspected twice, each time before treatment.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Thanks, Nick. Our meter must not fall into that category with the guarantee, because the meter isn't where you can see it, ALAS. It's in the parkway under a heavy cover and I'm not sure if you can even 'see' the dial from the top side. They read it with...

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    Thanks, Nick. Our meter must not fall into that category with the guarantee, because the meter isn't where you can see it, ALAS. It's in the parkway under a heavy cover and I'm not sure if you can even 'see' the dial from the top side. They read it with an electronic thing. Given how terribly expensive water is, it sure seems cruel to the population to put your 'check' where you can't check. Like an open spigot to your bank account!

    I bet somebody could run for alderman on a reform the water bill ticket. Mayor! Most of us are paying the money blindly. Anyway, we were in our building. We may have had this problem for years and years.

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Shots fired

Higgans and Harlem at the Burrito King !

4 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

FREE Morning kickboxing classes added!

Are you looking for an activity to do in the morning? Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club in Portage Park will be having FREE adult morning kickboxing classes only for the whole month of May! Classes begin at 10am - 11am.

Muay Thai is a martial art that uses your entire body as a weapon. Very useful for law enforcement!

Let us help you get motivated to get fit for the summer, build confidence in yourself, all while learning practical self-defense techniques, and conditioning drills fighters use to train. Hard work starts here!

For more information, other programs, or find out what we are all about, visit:
www.cmtportagepark.com or www.facebook.com/cmtportagepark

43 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

OHare Noise

Illinois Rep Christine Winger is seeking noise witness accounts in advance of the hearing April 21http://www.ilhousegop.org/ohare_noise

Please voice your support to our neighborhood and it's future.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    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. We oppose the increased air traffic, noise and pollution over our homes, schools, yards...

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    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. We oppose the increased air traffic, noise and pollution over our homes, schools, yards and playgrounds that resulted from NO REAL COMMUNITY INPUT in deciding the new O'Hare flight patterns. FAiR supports jobs and our regional economy. O'Hare - Yes! Plans and planes without your voice being heard - NO,

    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. As a neighbor, resident and fellow citizen, I ask you to join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. Sign our online petition and report your noise complaints (can be done directly through our website too). Tell your neighbors about how our democracy has again been imperiled. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com See you around our neighborhood.

  • The links are coming up "error". I will try again later.

Mar 29 2012

Updated 18 hours ago

Precinct Captains

Does Chicago still have precinct captains? Where do they hang out?

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Free Tickets for the Retun of Filament's Critically Acclaimed LIFEBOAT

Hey Neighbors, I am able to offer you free tickets to see Filament's re-mount of LIFEBOAT by Nicola McCartney. LIFEBOAT is the true story of two girls evacuating war-torn Britain during WW2 when their ship was torpedoed and sank. I'm sure some people on Everyblock can speak to their thoughts about our 2014 production of the show. In addition to local praise for the show, LIFEBOAT was recognized on the Chicago Tribune's list of best storefront theatre in 2014!

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Hey Neighbors, I am able to offer you free tickets to see Filament's re-mount of LIFEBOAT by Nicola McCartney. LIFEBOAT is the true story of two girls evacuating war-torn Britain during WW2 when their ship was torpedoed and sank. I'm sure some people on Everyblock can speak to their thoughts about our 2014 production of the show. In addition to local praise for the show, LIFEBOAT was recognized on the Chicago Tribune's list of best storefront theatre in 2014!

Thanks to the sponsorship of the National Veterans Art Museum (located above us at 4041 N Milwaukee) we will be offering FREE PREVIEWS on April 30th & May 1st @ 7:30pm. We are blessed to have such supportive neighbors who want to help share this story with more neighbors!

Space is limited. I encourage you to take advantage of this chance to see a Filament show for the first time! (or bring a friend and come back to see LIFEBOAT again :)

Reserve tickets here: https://dime.io/events/lifeboat/
More show details are here: www.filamenttheatre.org/lifeboat

Let me know if you have any questions!

Christian

  • Katherine Pastor, Irving Park United Methodist Church

    We saw "Lifeboat" last year. It was both a stunning production and extremely thought-provoking. I highly recommend it! And for parents of teens: the conversations that were a result of seeing this play were both significant and frequent. Don't miss it!

4 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

  • RAZOR tacunit5

    Another problem guys is alot of these brick three flats are owned by people inthe north burbs they dont care they take section 8 cause they get guarenteed money jack the rent up and let these maggots rent packing 6 in a 3 bedroom what a sham people!! Getting them out is even tougher!

  • Instead of a Presidential library we need another jail

Jul 23 2012

Updated 24 hours ago

How early can workers start in the morning?

I was wondering how early workers can start in the morning? Construction, garbage pick up, landscapers... like 6:30-7am... Is that early? Or is there a time they are supposed to wait until?

24 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Missing Boxer

It has been a week since Penelope has gone missing... if anyone has seen her she is a puppy boxer. She ran out of the yard by Cornelia and Cicero, please let me know.

41 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Internet provider....

Hello...I have clear internet and was told that in November they are closing...it appears that Sprint will take over but not merge with them. Anyway, I have Dish TV and contacted them to see if they would set me up with internet services...they said they do not have internet services in my area. So, what to do? Sprint has the attachable internet services, however, I would rather use the modem and connect via wifi all other devices without having to deal with alot of problems...I am hooked up and no need to bother with it...but that will end soon. Any thoughts....? Would be much appreciated.

  • robin in WRP Feelin' Feisty

    Our clear tower was decommissioned last August, so I feel your pain! I was unable to find another portable internet service with unlimited data. We would up going to comcast. We started with 25 mbps for $30 a month (our own modem and router), guaranteed for 12 months. A few months in, they offered us 50 mbps + broadcast cable + HBO for $40/month guaranteed for 18 months, with a free cable modem. We accepted the offer, didn't hook up the cable, and run HBO-GO through our roku.

31 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Stay Classy, Reboyras

New loan place going in @ Addison and Cicero. Like we need another one of those garbage businesses.

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Daycare

Does any know of any daycares in the area? I'm open to both home daycares and centers in the area. I live in jefferson park but would be interested in anything in the vicinity, portage park, Norwood park, etc. My little one will be 18 months when he begins. Thanks so much!!!

  • Kids in Harmony!

  • Thanks everyone!!! Can't wait to look into all of these places. Thank you for the suggestions. I just joined everyblock last week and wasn't sure if I'd even get any replies. You guys are great!! Thank you!!

40 hours ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Shredding?

I thought I saw a post about a shredding even in jeff park awhile back and now i have fotgotten the date. Anyone know if or when this will happen?

  • JCT Old Irving Park

    There is a shredding event sponsored by Arena's office.
    May 2, 2015
    10AM - 1PM
    Hoyne Bank Parking Lot - 4729 N. Milwaukee

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    Saint Thecla is having a event tomorrow. 10 am to 1 pm. There is a limit of 3 boxes or 3 bags. 6725 W. Devon Ave. Use the parking lot driveway on Newcastle.

45 hours ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Empty Bowls at Lillstreet Art Center TONIGHT

5 - 8 pm Pick out a handmade ceramic bowl to keep. All the soup you can eat, three kinds including vegetarian.

Apr 08

Updated 39 hours ago

Landscaping Recommendations

The previous owners of our home basically ripped everything out of the yard, laid down some sod, then never really took care of it while the house was on the market. We've got bare patches in the yard and dead bushes in the front and along the side of the house. I'm looking for recommendations for a landscaping company to help remedy our little eyesore as I have the opposite of a green thumb. Thanks in advance!

41 hours ago

Free Weekend Events

Hi everyone!

This weekend checkout Sustain36 - a community-driven performance over at Filament (4041 N Milwaukee Ave.) For any item you share with the project (don't worry - you'll get it back at the end!), you get a free ticket to the show. You can follow on Facebook or by using #sustain36

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

44 hours ago

Friends of Thorp, Virtual Online Auction

Hi! Friends of Thorp is having it's annual fundraiser, Taste of Thorp on Friday, April 24th at Biagio! You can participate in our online auction now until Sunday 4/19! Check it out!

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
Don't let these fateful words of The Bard ring true for you!! Time is tickin' away and these phenomenal online auction prizes are only available till Sunday 4/19!!

www.biddingforgood.com/tasteofthorp

The makings for an awesome weekend: Grab a delicious gourmet...

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Hi! Friends of Thorp is having it's annual fundraiser, Taste of Thorp on Friday, April 24th at Biagio! You can participate in our online auction now until Sunday 4/19! Check it out!

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
Don't let these fateful words of The Bard ring true for you!! Time is tickin' away and these phenomenal online auction prizes are only available till Sunday 4/19!!

www.biddingforgood.com/tasteofthorp

The makings for an awesome weekend: Grab a delicious gourmet burger at DMK Burger Bar, while wearing a gorgeous piece of art fabricated by Thorp Mom Alison Mooney, then head over to watch a comedy or a tragedy by that guy Bill Shakespeare, and then stretch it all out on Sunday morning at CorePower Yoga!! Sounds like a good plan!

Don't forget that you can enter your highest bid so your bids can be incrementally increased without having to sit in front of your computer all day. Though if you're the kind of gambler who likes to watch those bids roll in, you can do that, too.

And you can buy your tickets for Taste of Thorp while you're at it! Happy Friday!!

45 hours ago

Empty Bowls at Lillstreet Art Center

Tonight 5pm to 8pm. Pick out your own handmade ceramic bowl to keep. All the soup you can eat, three kinds incl vegetarian.

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Red Eared Slider Turtles need an excellent home!

A male (Squirt) and a female (Kirmy). Both are full grown. The female does lay eggs.

My kids are grown and I don't want to take care of the tank anymore! I will donate the turtles, tank, filter, lights, food, etc. Everything you need. But only to a good home! (You WILL be interviewed!)

I will not give away the tank separately.

Warnings:
Do not consider until you read up on caring for aquatic turtles.
The tank needs cleaning often, even with the filter.
No fish can share the tank or they'll be eaten.

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  • They make a good soup.

  • check with the Edison Park field house on NW Hwy. there was a guy there that took care of turtles and had a few there.

Apr 07

Updated 2 days ago

Update on Central water main installationCentral Main Replacement

Crews will be starting on the Central water main replacement in the intersection of Milwaukee and Central starting Wednesday, April 8. Traffic will be open, but during rush hour there may be slight delays so commuters might wish to avoid the intersection.

Crews will then begin the trenching process Monday, April 13 on Central from Milwaukee to Foster, working at NIGHT from 7pm to 5am to minimize traffic disruption. The lanes might shift, but traffic will remain open. Please drive safely and carefully around workers and equipment.

  • JP,
    What do you do in the winter when the parking restrictions apply on Central?

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    Don't fret JeffParker. These are just slight delays. Just ask your esteemed alderman.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Peoples Gas expectations

Just wondering about others' experience with this process. My lawn and side walk was ripped up and the concrete has now been repaired with the exception of a divot 2 inches deep on a piece of concrete we had installed into our grass line to eventually accommodate wheelchair access. The grass is a mess and I'm not so concerned with that as I am with my sprinkler line was was torn/cut in several places. Do they go back and repair...

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Just wondering about others' experience with this process. My lawn and side walk was ripped up and the concrete has now been repaired with the exception of a divot 2 inches deep on a piece of concrete we had installed into our grass line to eventually accommodate wheelchair access. The grass is a mess and I'm not so concerned with that as I am with my sprinkler line was was torn/cut in several places. Do they go back and repair this or do I need to contact someone? My meter hasn't been switched to outside either so I know to expect that soon but just wondering how others sprinkler lines were managed/repaired. Is it worth expecting them to repair the divot on pre-existing concrete? Thanks!

  • We had this work done. It looked terrible while they did it and I was skeptical. In the end they put everything back to where it was or better (I have fewer dandelions in the sod they laid). However, I don't know if the individual crews all work the same, etc. etc.

  • christyr20 Northwest sider

    So they came and moved the meter today. I have to say they were pretty efficient. It was about 5 people in and out working on my house as well as 2 other neighbors houses at the same time. It took about 2 hours and I had scheduled a couple...

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    So they came and moved the meter today. I have to say they were pretty efficient. It was about 5 people in and out working on my house as well as 2 other neighbors houses at the same time. It took about 2 hours and I had scheduled a couple days ago when they rang my doorbell. They said as far as they knew, the sprinkler lines, grass and damaged concrete should all be done by the end of June. Crossing my fingers this is true. I don't mind waiting as long as it'll get done!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Central Repaving Project Ongoing

The Chicago Department of Transportation is in the early stage of a project to repave Central between Montrose and Higgins.

The work will include sidewalk ramp improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, bus pad construction, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping. The curb and gutter and sidewalk work will take place first, followed by the milling and paving of the roadway, and then followed by the bus pad construction.

During construction, No Parking signs will be periodically posted as needed for the work. Work is tentatively scheduled to be completed by May 13, weather permitting.

Please watch for construction crews and drive carefully during the work.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Removed Comment about Arena

I can't seem to republish this one since the thread is closed. I said Alderman Arena should try to keep it together around a woman wearing a campaign button. He's now being sued by her and, I believe, has court next week. So what?

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Vandalism

We live by Wilson Park and have experienced vandalism on both of our vehicles. Cops suggest its a neighbor and I believe it is as well. Not sure what the retaliation is all about considering that we are hard working respectable people that have lived in this area for 6 years now. Someone is obviously targeting my family. If anyone knows of recent vandalism on Lockwood ave please notify me on here. Thanks!

  • Are you able to install a camera? There was a really bad guy who lived in the large condo building near the park. He had an irrational grudge against a lot of people and did a lot of property damage. As far as I know he is no longer there.

  • Dead guy.

Mar 31

Updated 3 days ago

Downhill Derby, April 17th, 6:30 P.M., Merrimac Park

With much anticipated pleasure, I am pleased to inform you of one of our own and best local events, Downhill Derby!

So, let's join the local children, their parents, our neighbors and friends, as the wheels turn and churn of these wonderfully hand-made cars.

Bring your pom poms. Bring your cheer. Let's celebrate!

http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/Downhill-Derby-at-Merrimac/

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Do You Use the Des Plaines River Trail On a Regular Basis?

Just wondering who is using the mostly dirt trail and how frequently? Are you walking, running and/or biking? Are you a regular user, and if so, why? Do you know of any groups using the trail on a regular basis?

I read some reviews of the trail at the below link and even walked parts of it alone and with family with mixed reaction. It is beautiful indeed and close to home but not well maintained nor marked in Cook...

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Just wondering who is using the mostly dirt trail and how frequently? Are you walking, running and/or biking? Are you a regular user, and if so, why? Do you know of any groups using the trail on a regular basis?

I read some reviews of the trail at the below link and even walked parts of it alone and with family with mixed reaction. It is beautiful indeed and close to home but not well maintained nor marked in Cook County. Also, I hear the trail's condition is a bit better next to Rosemont and further north.

It would be great to increase its use and to improve its condition to at least match the condition found in Lake County.

http://www.traillink.com/trail-reviews/des-plaines-river-trail.aspx

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Big Sam, you must be referring to Schiller Pond? Are you from Irving Woods, like me? Yes, I realize the city is not directly responsible for the area, but it should have an influence over it. Des Plaines and Rosemont, based on a quick research and even being involved with...

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    Big Sam, you must be referring to Schiller Pond? Are you from Irving Woods, like me? Yes, I realize the city is not directly responsible for the area, but it should have an influence over it. Des Plaines and Rosemont, based on a quick research and even being involved with Rosemont's survey, do take interests in the trail and so should we. A well designed and maintained trail and nature areas do have a profound impact on the quality of life for the residents and visitors. It even impacts the values of the nearby property. It draws people in from other areas, too, and thus can have the potential to impact local economy. My new neighbor even used some trails to commute to work at one time, thus eliminating some care emissions. He told me some trails, not ours, are even lit at night.

    In the recent Chicago Tribune I quickly read about Next Century Conservation Plan for the Cook County, which will costs approx. $40 million a year with no well identified funding source. I agree with Mark Spreyer, an executive director of the Stillman Nature Center who objects to the plan by saying: "The public prefers forests," he said, "but we're getting prairie shoved down our throats.

    I do believe that trees are what we need to save us from the green house effect and we need well working and maintained trails to help our families get healthy and stay healthy, to cut down on emissions and to get creatively connected to other communities.

    Instead of spending money on trying to recreate the life from 200 years ago and displacing the current wildlife, I would hope that we invest the funds to improve our trails, move them away from the river, add gravel or crushed limestone and even add boardwalks whenever it makes sense. We should also improve our local camp ground in Thatcher Woods, our Trailside Museum and even provide better site programming and its marketing.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Big Sam, I would likely pursue the local matter with the FPD and its Cook County Commissioners, if the local community would join in on the mission.

    "ttp://fw.to/63ZVoYP
    http://www.nextcenturyconservationplan.org/

Feb 23

Updated 3 days ago

Mailers

Just got a bunch of mailers from various 45th ward candidates and they are all positive except for Garrido. Talk about Debbie Downer….

  • So, I had two comments removed today for being repeatedly reported. This is my comment:

    momma7, please stop with the melodramatics. I'm not sure what's so offensive about that when I'm asking nicely? Have a happy day everyone!

  • Crappiness

    My candidate lost after I guaranteed he would win. I'm a sad and lonely kook.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Homaru Cantu's Passing

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-famed-chef-homaro-cantu-owner-of-moto-found-dead-on-northwest-side-20150414-story.html

This is a real shame. I didn't get to try Berrista, but I think this guy had some really inventive ideas.

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