21 hours ago

Updated 39 min ago

Cheap, plentiful pizza?

We're having an event with 50 people in a couple of weeks, and I'm looking for the best deal on pizza I can find. Do any good local/non-chain places have discounts for large quantities? We usually order from Porretta's or Pete's when it's a small group, but that could get pricey fast for this crowd. We want it to be good, though. Any suggestions?

  • Suparossa is the same we ordered 2 wks ago. And I think the guy above meant Cochiaros next to JJ peppers

  • What i did before was just call some place and talk to them and see if they can give u a deal

14 hours ago

Updated 42 min ago

Schools asking for $ for equipment

Just curious because i've seen a lot of these posts recently. If one were to contribute to the cause, or even purchase and donate the requested item, is it tax deductible?

  • It really sounds as if you don't know the capabilities of Chrome OS. Yes, it can support multiple user profiles, and yes it can be locked down for proper user privacy and security. In fact, you're less likely to have the students have their machines be infected and overrun with...

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    It really sounds as if you don't know the capabilities of Chrome OS. Yes, it can support multiple user profiles, and yes it can be locked down for proper user privacy and security. In fact, you're less likely to have the students have their machines be infected and overrun with various viruses and malware than on your typical Windows machine.
    Please give examples of what "actual software" you're looking for - because for your average student a Chromebook is more than satisfactory and considerably more reasonable than anything Microsoft has out now.

  • A&K

    Jan-
    CPS is falling through the cracks in many schools. Elementary schools on the whole are lacking in technology. There is also a MAJOR discrepancy between schools. This is one of the areas that is the most upsetting for me. My school does not even have a library. The technology...

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    Jan-
    CPS is falling through the cracks in many schools. Elementary schools on the whole are lacking in technology. There is also a MAJOR discrepancy between schools. This is one of the areas that is the most upsetting for me. My school does not even have a library. The technology issue is becoming all the more important to discuss now that we are using exams that are computer based. At many of the less privileged schools, there aren't enough lap tops or computers to have a true testing schedule (I.e. Designated "quiet testing" time in the school). SmartBoards, Promethean boards, etc. are amazing tools that some students have access to and many do not. We need to speak up for our schools and take requests for donations seriously. The majority of grants written by CPS schools are for technology, art and music supplies. We cannot ask ourselves why lower income area schools are underperforming when the methods by which we gather evidence do not bear in mind the tools needed (and the experience gained from practice with those tools) to perform "to standard".

6 hours ago

Updated 54 min ago

Property Tax appeal due to increased O'hare aircraft noise

Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are...

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Hi, I remember reading a post here about a northwest side resident who won an appeal to lower her property taxes. I remember reading that her alderman wrote a statement for her that confirmed the increase in aircraft noise and increase in resident complaints. Can someone link me to that psot? I asked my alderman to do the same for me so I could appeal but he declined to do so. I want to show him that other alderman are helping their constituents with that letter in hopes he will change his mind and help me out. His office agreed that the o'hare aircraft noise is an issue for the ward but I don't know why he won't put that in writing.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Jackie Robinson West

Are you watching? It's gonna happen. And that's not gunshots, it is celebratory fireworks!

30 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Bye bye trees

Approximately 30 trees have been cut down in the park. Guess we can blame that darn bug. But this is what happens when there is a monoculture. Let's hope that the city/park district practices biodiversity when they replant. And let's hope that they replant, and soon, like this fall.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Gary and Jan, I totally remember the Dutch Elm disease and all the trees lost to it. I thought I was the only one to remember how many blocks resembled living green tunnels. 5100 block of Wolfram 1961 was one of these tunnels. :-)

  • The Chicago TreeKeepers fall course is coming up, starts Sept 6th. It moves around the city and this time it is right here by us! 6100a N Central, in the Forest Preserve volunteer center. Learn all about Chicago's urban forest. Email bhayes@openlands.org or look at the website.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

End or Scale Back red-light camera program

Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from Cook County Clerk David Orr today on the red-light camera program. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-letter-end-or-scale-back-redlightcamera-program-20140818-story.html

The Chicago Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the city of Chicago’s red-light camera program exposes the program for what it is: a regressive revenue-producing tool that dupes law-abiding citizens.

The fine work by Tribune reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards proves the red-light camera program, much like Chicago’s parking-meter fiasco, was a bad deal from the beginning. Pitched as a...

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Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from Cook County Clerk David Orr today on the red-light camera program. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-letter-end-or-scale-back-redlightcamera-program-20140818-story.html

The Chicago Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the city of Chicago’s red-light camera program exposes the program for what it is: a regressive revenue-producing tool that dupes law-abiding citizens.

The fine work by Tribune reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards proves the red-light camera program, much like Chicago’s parking-meter fiasco, was a bad deal from the beginning. Pitched as a safety measure, red-light cameras are really a way to nickel-and-dime average folks. From shortened yellow lights to manipulated tickets, residents are sick of these tricks, as they should be.

Government must not treat its citizens this way. The red-light camera program should be ended completely or, at the very least, scaled back drastically with heightened oversight and accountability.

-- David Orr, Cook County Clerk, Chicago

http://theexpiredmeter.com/2014/08/two-more-indicted-by-feds-in-redflex-bribery-scandal/

  • Lou

    I too have never received a ticket from one of the automated systems and strongly agree with Bill and the studies that have been done on these cameras.

  • Lou

    Oh yeah.... knock on wood !

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

How to Volunteer at Fringe Fest

It's easy. Sign up online:

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1614322866&OR=1

You will get a link via email for their online scheduling system. Sign up for shifts. Attend one training (there are four scheduled for next week starting on Sunday). Make it a yearly habit.

I did this last year and had a great experience.

5 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Hello...looking for an electrician...

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

  • emyjane Portage Park newby homeowner

    Portage park handyman! Super nice and local! You can find his info on Yelp!

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Date Night

So rather than doing the same old "dinner and a movie" routine, I want to think outside the box for our future date nights. I figured our Everyblock community would be an awesome idea generator. So neighbors what good options for live music, comedy shows, other entertainment do we have here on the NW side? I am thinking we'll check out a performance at the Gift Theater and visit the new Sip and Paint. What else?

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    One of the best dates my husband and I had (if you can get away overnight) was at the Fireside dinner theater in Ft. Atkinson, WI. It is about 2-1/2 hours away. They have a gourmet dinner, a little shopping, and then some of the best theater I've seen outside of downtown Chicago. Then you stay overnight (Johnson Creek is a good place). The hotel right by the property was NOT recommended the last time I went. I really like some of the suggestions above, too--they show great imagination!

  • There's always a night out bowling as well. If you feel neither of you is very good, that just adds to the fun, You're sure to have lots of laughs.

14 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Food Trucks in Jeff Park Tonight

There will be food trucks serving this evening outside of Fischmans Liquors at Lawrence and Milwaukee in combination with their Tap This event. Tons of Microbrews on draught as well. I hear it is family friendly too!

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    Indoor Wreck Room will also be open--so rain not a factor--per Fischman's post.

46 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cat found by park

My husband found a lost cat tonight (8/19) on the east side of Portage Park by Long and Berteau. I believe it is female, approximately 2 years old. She is a tabby with white chin, paws and belly. The cat has some unique markings. If you think it's yours, please contact us on EB. There was no collar to identify her.

  • What a sweety! Hopefully the signs lead to an owner.

  • A&K

    Kitty has been claimed! Thanks for keeping an eye out, neighbors!

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

House cleaners

Can anyone recommend a good/affordable house cleaning company?

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Yes, your agenda is important but...

please, do not use your children and yourself to block the public sidewalk in front of a runner at full stride. Especially at 9pm on a Monday. I have a schedule and a pace I have to keep throughout my run and politely said, "Sorry, not right now." I do not deserve to have you scream at me down the block after I barely squeezed past your blockade. If you would like me to have a look at your petition, please bring it to my door or approach me at an appropriate hour when I am not moving at 7 mph and I will be more than happy to have a look. Appreciate it!

  • Sss

    Nice hairflip, Susan. Here's a gold star.

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    Oh, Kenji, you're right. But I will be outta here pretty soon!

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Mosquito Spraying This Week

The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

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The Chicago Department of Public Health has determined a need to spray this week in order to protect residents for potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus.

Spraying will occur on Wednesday August 20th and Thursday August 21st. Weather permitting, spraying will begin at dusk.

The northwest map boundary covers wards 36, 38 and 41. The community areas include: Norwood Park, Portage Park and Dunning. In addition, wards 31 and 45 border the spray areas.

Staff will be out the next couple of days placing door hangers alerting people to the spray in order to protect the public health.

Please share.
Portage Park Neighborhood Association Dunning Neighborhood of Chicago Norwood Park Neighborhood Alderman Tim Cullerton Portage Park Six Corners Neighbors

  • A&K

    Mr. Alderman in future please let us know sooner. I understand we should all be attending meetings etc but not everyone has a schedule to support it. I also believe we should have access to the MSDS if we are to expose people to it.

    Material data safety sheet, it's required on all chemicals to show the break down and exposure limits for people. I am asking for it because it's clear we don't get a choice in the matter.

  • Nan-Gladstone Neighbor

    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will spray to kill adult mosquitoes in select Chicago neighborhoods on the City’s North and Southwest Sides this Thursday, August 29, as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to fight West Nile Virus.

    Spraying will occur in portions of Edgewater, Lincoln Square and...

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    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will spray to kill adult mosquitoes in select Chicago neighborhoods on the City’s North and Southwest Sides this Thursday, August 29, as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to fight West Nile Virus.

    Spraying will occur in portions of Edgewater, Lincoln Square and West Ridge on the North Side and in Clearing, Chicago Lawn and West Lawn on the Southwest Side, effecting parts of Wards 13, 15, 16, 18, 40 and 50. The areas to be sprayed are large in order to reduce the prevalence of disease carrying mosquitoes as much as possible. City employees are hanging notices on resident’s doors informing them of the spraying. For a map of the North Side spray area, click here. For a map of the Southwest Side spray area, click here.

    Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk on Thursday, August 29, 2013 and continue through the night until approximately 1:00am, with mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.

    The material being used to control the adult mosquitoes, Zenivex™, will be applied at a rate of 1.5 fluid ounces per acre. It is approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is used to control mosquitoes in outdoor residential and recreational areas.

    Zenivex™ has been used effectively to control disease-carrying mosquitoes and is non-persistent, decomposing rapidly in the environment. The rapid degradation of this product makes it an excellent choice for control of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes. The spray will be applied by mosquito abatement technicians from Vector Disease Control International, a leader in the mosquito control industry. Guiding the crews through the streets will be supervisors from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.

    Source: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/environmental_health/news/2013/aug/cdph_to_spray_insecticidethursdaytokillmosquitoes.html

6 hours ago

Chicago Fringe Fest slated for Jeff Park business district

Festival features wide variety of performance and returns to Jeff Park for a second year. http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/chicago-fringe-fest-set-at-jefferson-park/

6 hours ago

Ald. Arena seeks to ensure pedestrian friendly development at Milwaukee-Lawrence

Proposed "pedestrian street" designation would prohibit new curb cuts and drive-through facilities and require new retail construction to be located along the sidewalk.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/08/20/plan-to-make-shopping-area-pedestrian-friendly/

7 hours ago

OLV Back to School Picnic

Sun, Aug 24, 2014 noon - 2:00

Come join us this Sunday to kick off the new sr!chool yea

32 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Saw Blade Sharpening

Anyone know of a reasonable place to get saw blades sharpened, don't know if it is cost effective to resharpen or buy new ?

  • I've never dealt with hi-speed, but I've dealt pretty extensively with atlas saw & tool in spring grove. Bit of a hike, but if you have a decent amount of saws they'll pick 'em up and deliver them.

    Granted, I'm speaking of metalworking saws, 400mm carbide tipped hooked for aluminum and stuff, but I'm sure they wouldn't turn other stuff down.

  • For cheap blades you can do it with a dremmel and cone shape grinding stone. Then clean the blade with a towel spayed with a light coat of wd 40 to remove any gumming on the blade, then buff until dry. I even was able to grind back some chipped teeth on the blade so it would not get stuck. For professional blades, have them sharpened by a shop.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Roof and Porch Repair Program

The Roof and Porch Repair Program (RPRP) provides grants up to $30,000 to owner-occupants of 1 to 4-unit residential buildings (condominiums do not qualify under this program). The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roof or porches for low-and moderate-income households.

For more information go to http://www.cityofchicago.org

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

    Right SoccerMom. This is pandering plus it perpetuates the culture of government dependency.

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    @ Tim also.... I used to have that point of view as well, but over the past few years I've come to the conclusion that besides such programs being unaffordable, government can't protect it's citizens from everything. And in reality the biggest beneficiaries are the politicians that advocate for such programs.

    Completely agree with you on the pension issue btw....

Jun 19

Updated 8 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.

  • Today, I got enough of assurance about the Chicago side (the front of Irving Park Cemetery) sidewalks that I feel that they are likely going to be put into place in the spring of 2015. Our State Rep. Martwick already "officially" committed funds for them and they are being transferred...

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    Today, I got enough of assurance about the Chicago side (the front of Irving Park Cemetery) sidewalks that I feel that they are likely going to be put into place in the spring of 2015. Our State Rep. Martwick already "officially" committed funds for them and they are being transferred from the state to the local hands to make the project a reality. Thus, Alderman Cullerton is willing to put the sidewalks on his capital expenditures schedule for the next year. As you know, our Irving Woods Neighborhood is moving from Sposato/Ward 36 to Cullerton/Ward 38 next year. Hopefully, soon, I will get the word that the 2015 capital expenditure plan incorporates them.

    The traffic study is under works through Senator Mulroe's office. It is likely that its results will determine the faith of the traffic lights at Pioneer Ave. We are waiting for an update on the process.

    The Norridge side (the front of Acacia Park Cemetery) sidewalks need more review. I will share their info as more facts come into light.

  • Hi Minerva! Are you certain about your information? I read that Alderman Cullerton is retiring so he will not be Alderman after April 2015. Wouldn't the next Alderman elected be responsible for the 2015 capital expenditure?

    Also I have seen a petition that is being circulated by Janina Staniszewski. Do you know her? You guys should work together on this.

    Thanks for working to improve our community.

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Another recommendation for Steve Mancini/Best Price Gutters

We had Steve out this morning to take a look at our gutters and a large metal awning that we wanted removed; his quote was so reasonable that I hired him to take care of them both on the spot. He was efficient, thorough, and genuinely nice. We'll continue to use him and recommend him to anybody who needs small jobs done around the house! You can reach him at 773.507.4415 - he responded to my initial request immediately and was happy to set up a time at my convenience. Can't recommend him enough!

  • I use geocel its also a industrial silicone seal

  • A&K

    Ok, I have Dow Corning 756 in sausages. 8 joints need to be scraped out and resealed. It's not a big job but maybe you are interested?

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

what is jewel doing?

sometimes I will walk to jewel to get a 2 liter or case of pop, just one 2 liter or one case.

lately I went in and it said 24 packs were 5.99 when you buy 8 and regular price if you buy less then that. then another 2 liter 99 cents when you buy 8 regular price if you buy less. then I also seen the buy 4 on the cases and 2 liters as well

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sometimes I will walk to jewel to get a 2 liter or case of pop, just one 2 liter or one case.

lately I went in and it said 24 packs were 5.99 when you buy 8 and regular price if you buy less then that. then another 2 liter 99 cents when you buy 8 regular price if you buy less. then I also seen the buy 4 on the cases and 2 liters as well

now, I get it... they are trying to get you to buy more.... but it is not real pedestrian friendly.

I think if they want to do something like that it would be accumulative that the item would be on sale, but the more you buy the more you save.

to get the best price, I don't even consume that much pop. or if I figure out to carry it, I won't have the room to carry any groceries.

just wanted to ask, is there people out there buying 8 cases of pop to get the deal or is this marketing gone south on this one.

thoughts?

  • Randy Stroller

    Organic, local, South American imports? Price per pound or each? Do fuzzy dice come with a place to put them or do you use a Crown Royal bag?

  • Randy Stroller

    CVS at Lake and Michigan had my Sure so I am good for at least another month.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Check OLV Out on the News Today!!!

Happy 1st day of school, both students and parents are happy to be back at OLV. We had a great turnout this morning. Be sure to watch the news throughout the day as we had various news stations join us this morning to kick off the new school year.

  • This is a day for celebration, not negativity.

  • kstaunton NW Interested neighbor

    It was an exciting first day back to school! We are thrilled to be back and our son is happy! Yeah

29 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Admission or Donation?

Hey all,

Regarding the Taste of Polonia, and other Copernicus Center events - I noticed that they all require an admission as opposed to a donation. One could argue that part of it takes place on their parking lot, but they certainly close down at least two streets, and for Taste of Polonia they close down four blocks. Should they be allowed to charge admission?

Thanks.

  • Dave Kramer Nosy neighbor

    Legally they can't charge you to walk down a public street, so it must be a donation.

  • If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do...

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    If the event entrance is on non city property they can charge a fixed admission. If it is street fest like Six Corners BBQ fest it is a suggested donation. In the case of TOP the money goes to support upkeep of the building and other programing that they do throughout the year. I know they are very open to outside use of the building for meetings and community functions. So I think the entry fee is reasonable and there is community benefit.

    SCBBQfest is also a good cause. They define partners each year and donate profits to those organizations.

    The reality is these fest cost over 100K to produce. Many lose or break even. I see them as a good marketing tool for our shopping districts and a great way to have fun in our community. They have their challeges. Parking, noise and litter but so far the fests in our community have been family friendly and safe events.

12 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Shooting incident on Meade & Sunnyside August 13th

Why is there no story or information on the incident from last week, Wednesday, August 13th. Police were all over the area including Wright College looking for a young man who had a gun or fired a gun on Meade & Sunnyside, there was even a helicopter. I'm curious to know what happened.

  • the weapon was most likely left at the scene, the gun was probably his dad's

  • Are there any legal consquences for not keeping your gun in a secure location, especially when a member of the family has mental health issues? Sandy Hook massacre happened when the the mentally ill shooter used his mother's gun.

5 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Milwaukee

Hi, everyone - does anyone have additional details about La Margarita, the restaurant set to open on the corner of Montrose and Milwaukee in the old Mrs. O'Leary's space? Really looking forward to it!

15 hours ago

Food Trucks and Micro Brews

Fischmans Liquors at Milwaukee and Lawrence will have a ton of Microbrews on tap tonight and food trucks serving out front. Highly recommended!

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Best Pizza

I like Chambers on Milwaukee; they deliver, too.

4 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Let's Take Our State Back!

It is time to change the leadership of Illinois. Instead of growing poverty and crime, let's grow self sufficiency and pride. Let's empower our people with quality education, jobs and hope for the prosperous future, especially for our children.

http://youtu.be/IIRe37rMxcE?t=5s

  • Andy x

    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100...

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    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100 they need. If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound. Pensions are normally more than 60% funded by investment returns. That's way cheaper than the SS or the proper pay.... There are articles in various news outlets to back this up...

  • EAB resident

    I agree Andy. "If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound". But the city of Chicago has not funded the pensions for years. Where is the oversight. The teachers union should have been all over the city to ensure their pensions were funded.

Aug 14

Updated 23 hours ago

St. Pascal preschool any good?

Does anyone have any experience with St. Pascal preschool? The program at our family's usual church is full. Looking for any word-of-mouth info on St. Pascal's.
Thanks in advance.

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Tree Trimming?

The tree in front of our house has really had a growth phase this year. The limbs are so long now that they are not only almost touching the sidewalk, but the front of the neighbors house as well.

Is this something city services can handle? Will I get blown off by filing an internet request with 311? I would hate for winter to arrive and this may become a bigger issue.

  • ANGIE RESIDENT OF BELMONT GARDENS FOR 38 YRS.

    I HAVE ALSO BEEN WAITING FOR THREE YRS. I did it on line and they gave me a tracking # When I went to check the status 2 mos later, it said no such ##. Must have dropped into the shredder by mistake

  • Just keep calling and requesting the trim. Remind them election season is coming up for aldermen and the mayor.

3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Doggy Day Care in Portage Park

We recently moved to Portage Park and are looking for a good place for those occasions when our work schedules mean too long a day alone for the dog. I've looked at two places - Central Bark on Pulaski, which looks great but has a one day/week minimum; and Barking Lot at Irving Park & Western, which has no minimum but some disturbing reviews on Yelp. Anyone have any experience to contradict those negative reviews? or another place you use for your doggy day care needs? Again, we don't need it every week, which limits things somewhat. Thanks in advance.

  • francie portage park transplant

    I second Doggy Dojo. It's $19 per day and they are very flexible with pick up and drop off times. If you live east of Pulaski I believe, they have pick up services. I go only when the weather is bad and my dog can't play outside. Very nice people!!

  • Jarchicago@aol.com jarchicago

    my dog was kicked out of Central Bark, apparently they were ill prepared to deal with an active Jack Russell ......very disappointed in Central Bark. Try STAY on Rockwell, they are awesome !!!!

34 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Support local businesses

Good morning everyone! I am still working on the Cut/Shave gathering for Jesse's Barber Shop! Saturday has filled up and I am now focusing on getting people for the rest of this week, next week and Saturday, August 30th. If you or someone you know would be interested in contributing to this local establishment to help drive success in our community, please contact me. I will soon be organizing efforts for another local business and will communicate that info when the time arrives.

Thanks,
Franklin
fjones1@farmersagent.com
fjones.chicago@gmail.com
773-633-9328

  • Tank Insurance Agent

    Great to hear and thank you. Please spread the word, the more the merrier.

  • Tank Insurance Agent

    Evening all.

    An update for Jesse's Barbershop. Police Officers and Firefighters get 5 dollars off hair cuts! Be sure to share the info with any officer or firefighter you know or a friend or family member of an Officer or Firefighter and send them to Jesse's for a great haircut, friendly environment and to support our local businesses.

26 hours ago

35 hours ago

St. Pascal's principal is doing the ALS bucket challenge today.

Join us at 11:20AM in the school lot on Dakin to see Ms. Akana, the principal, take the ALS Bucket Challenge. Some teachers are also joining the challenge.

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2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

  • Does the guy in the pic really work there? Love that they are offering quick bites and simple pleasures. :)

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

School is starting soon

Does anyone know of a daycare or a person who takes children to school? Something reasonably priced. I have my son that needs to be dropped off at school 4 days a week. Portage park elementary. My previous daycare has stopped all drop offs/pick ups. Thank you in advance.

  • Where do your kids go to school?

  • Sorry I see where they go.. Good luck!

  • Call the school. I am pretty sure they have the number of someone in the neighborhood who does that. They may know of other options, too. Also, I think the new daycare going in by Berteau and Central, behind Mia's, might be doing before and after school care. Not sure when they open, though.

Jul 07

Updated 2 days ago

Attempted garage break in

Has anyone had any issues this past weekend with kids trying to break into garages? My neighbor caught me on the way home today, and said around 10:30 pm last night, he caught some kids trying to jack open my garage. Thankfully, my alert neighbors have been great, but I don't know if they're trying anywhere else.

This was the 5300 block between Byron & Berenice.

  • @ beep, is that like a driveway alert alarm ? Can you post a link to the one you have?

  • Inactive User: Yes, I think that's what they call them. We bought ours at Harbor Freight (the one on Naragansett and Diversey) but I see they have them online for $17.99. I think we paid more in the store.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html
    I think these things are great, and can see using them in various places, like maybe in the attic facing the window, or basement facing the entry door, so you have some warning someone might be coming in.
    Ours in the garage gives us a lot of peace of mind.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need sidewalk concrete on side of house redone

Can anyone recommend a company that can rip out our old slanting/crack sidewalk on the side of our home and and repour a new one? Reasonable and bonded please.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    P. Steinert, Inc. (773) 545-2246 and (773) 283-3327 Local Portage Park company, third generation family owned, great work at fair prices.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Portal to a New Dimension

What area of Portage Park would it be best to place a portal to a new dimension?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't...

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    We never had what I would call a "bad" experience at CKT, and indeed sometimes we really liked it there. But I will say we were sometimes underwhelmed, and it was often nearly empty when we would go, at times when it should have been busy. These days, people don't talk to the manager - they review on Yelp. And a cursory scroll through those reviews echoes everything said here. So, why didn't they change then? I don't think it's an issue of "fixing" the problems as much as it was the model just didn't work there. Bar/diner? Everything a la carte? Counter service? The community obviously didn't go for these things. If that's the restaurant they want, I hope they find a community/location where it works.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to...

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    I'm not sure what speaking to the owner or manager could do if you just found their food to be mediocre. I've been to plenty of restaurants where there was nothing particularly wrong with the food but it just wasn't anything I'd care to eat again. I will speak to someone if something specific is wrong with my food, like it was under-cooked, but not just because I thought it was "meh". I just choose not to go back.
    Also, I didn't read anything in this thread that I would classify as "vicious". People are just sharing their personal experiences.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Brakes

Hi, I need new rear brakes on my Subaru Forester. Any recommendations of good shops in the area? I'm thinking about E and J on Addison and Long. Thanks.

  • I always stand behind my break jobs, but I get exhausted.

  • Kenji--I drive all over the place being a hiker, kayaker, birder, and lover of all kinds of live music in all sorts of places.

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