16 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Jimmy John's NOW OPEN!

JUST IN: Jimmy John's is NOW OPEN at 4021 N. Milwaukee Ave. Head on over FREAKY FAST and get your gourmet sandwich!

  • I liked quiznos when it was on cicero, that and the supercuts. two places I wish had not have gone.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    Wasn't there an Office Depot as well where the CW Price is now? For people who work from home in this neighborhood loosing that was a shot in the arm. I have to go to Lincoln Park or Norridge if I run out of printer ink. UGH!

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

  • An Elston bus would be fab.

  • This conversation makes no sense... I believe there is a way alderman and corespondent institutions can resolve issue of homeless in our neighborhood. Saying that homeless are present in last 50 years does not explain why they still have to be...we vote do we?

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Real service is like giving people who come to you for help real service, Kenji. Get them what they're entitled to, refer them to other places if they're not. Ever need someone to help you with a problem? Hope you never do, Mortimer cuz I believe you perhaps have the same psyche you are mocking. This country was made and has continued based on sincere commitment from the people who live and work here. Hope you both get what you need.

  • @dennis, I think they are questioning you because you claim to have had a job that you loved and were proud of and after retiring you are vague on what your position was.

    even now I am unclear of what you did for the government, so I will take a...

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    @dennis, I think they are questioning you because you claim to have had a job that you loved and were proud of and after retiring you are vague on what your position was.

    even now I am unclear of what you did for the government, so I will take a guess based on the information you provided.

    I am going to guess social worker or a member of the a team

    If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....maybe you can hire The A-Team."

6 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Home Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good detail orientated and trustworthy cleaning person/service to clean my one bedroom apartment in the Klee Building once a week? Should not take more than an hour each week.

4 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Six Corners Bistro

My wife and I had dinner at the new six corners bistro last night. The food is fantastic, our waiter was very friendly, the music choice was perfect. Not very loud and not annoying. I had the burger, they tell me it was ground fresh in house and it tasted like it. It's Byob but we were told a full offering will be available in a few weeks. They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is great, prices are fair, and the tables have good spacing. I didn't feel crammed in. We will definitely go back. If you have time pay them a visit. You won't be disappointed.

32 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city

This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your...

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This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. Their sister store Kim Long, next door, has great Chinese food and again for $2.50 they'll deliver you tasty Chinese food and donuts. The owners are so nice and obviously like what they do. One of the best things is that they have a good variety even near closing time, 10pm.
Never thought I'd go on about donuts like this but this is a real find!!! And so unique. I don't take advantage of delivery so that I can control my intake, but I did order some Chinese food and a donut recently. It was delicious.
Address is 5112 W. Fullerton. Phone 773.237.7588.

  • Rob Kozlowski Journalist, teacher

    Just had their donuts for the first time the week before last. Yes, quite fantastic.

  • I stopped by Portage Grounds twice just for the dougnuts. Gotta get there early, I think, or you won't have much of a selection, if anything at all. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Portage Grounds coffee. It tastes quite awful.

    I go to Perkolator for coffee. Dark roast,...

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    I stopped by Portage Grounds twice just for the dougnuts. Gotta get there early, I think, or you won't have much of a selection, if anything at all. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Portage Grounds coffee. It tastes quite awful.

    I go to Perkolator for coffee. Dark roast, black. That's where it's at.

    Anyway, thank you for the heads up on the dougnuts. Besides Portage Grounds, I've been going to A&G for my baked goods. Dunkin is terrible. Somethin' Sweet is a bit of a drive just for a treat, but when I get that sweet tooth ...

11 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Post about voting early

Anybody know where the post went? It was here earlier today and now its gone.

10 hours ago

We would love to see all you creeps at our halloween party!

Chicago's Legno Gastropub invites revelers to attend its first-annual Halloween Bash. The best drink specials in the city and complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres through out the evening. Winners of a costume contest will get $200, $100 or $50 for first, second or third place. Covers by Stolie beginning at 8:00 pm DJ's Brock Hegr and Joseph McMahon spinning tunes the rest of the night - FREE FREE FREE!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1574120816140817/

Jun 19

Updated 12 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.

  • Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians...

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    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians (State Senator Mulroe, State Rep. Martwick, Alderman Cullerton (Ward 38) and Alderman Sposato (Ward 36)) and us, not just State Senator Mulroe. A part of these recommendations includes an outstanding 2011 recommendation for Pioneer Ave./Irving Park Rd. intersection. Note that all of the pedestrian safety recommendations, the old and the new, are the responsibility of the city, thus ought to be funded by the ward menu dollars, which require the approval of the area alderman. As of 9/23/2014 city reporting, neither Ward 36/Sposato or Ward 38/Cullerton has any menu dollars left and the state dollars found by Alderman Cullerton and being transferred to the city by State Rep. Martwick to cover the Irving Park Cemetery's sidewalks did not transfer yet. Thus, most likely, there will be no changes to the corridor this year. Since we are being remapped from Ward 36/Sposato to Ward 38/Cullerton next year and aldermanic elections are coming up then, the timing of changes if any is unknown. We might have to restart our action next summer, so it is imperative that we get and hold on to the IDOT's comprehensive recommendation. I will send an update once we get the paperwork. In the meantime, please keep on spreading the news about the petition and let me know if you have any ideas about how to proceed. We are not alone, we are supported by our friends at Active Transportation Alliance.

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/CIP_Archive/Aldermanic%20Menu/WardDetail2014.pdf

    http://www.activetrans.org/mission-vision

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10822104

  • Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside...

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    Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside of the agency. The recommendation package consists of the following components: the September 2014 traffic study and crash report for the intersection of Pioneer Ave. and Cumberland Ave. (received by us), the 2011 recommendation for the intersection (received by us), the vehicle crash report for the corridor addressed by the petition (not apart of the IDOT draft but was promised), and the comprehensive recommendation for the corridor, adapting the "premium" 2011 recommendation for the intersection and adding parking lanes in the front of homes/businesses and a turning median onto P streets to narrow the four-lanes corridor by the cemeteries into a safer two-lanes passage, consistent with the Irving Park Rd.'s layout to the east of the cemeteries. The recommendation is what it is at this point in time. We doubt that it will dramatically change. It is our tax dollars that made it possible, and we have the right to access it under the Freedom of Information Act. I am asking all of the petition supporters to contact our local leaders (see below) to make a request of them to support the release of the "complete" IDOT recommendation package, so we can move forward with our task.

    Thank you!

    State Senator G. John Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net,773-763-3810
    State Rep. Robert Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com, 773-286-1115
    Ald. Timothy Cullerton Ward38@cityofchicago.org, 773.545.3838
    Ald. Nick Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com, 773-836-0036

    PS
    Please sign the petition if you have not done so already. We need you. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em&r_by=10822104

4 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

6 Corner's Bistro

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Take advantage of the BYOB while you can.

  • Hey I just went to Mr. Submarine across the street and I brought a lawn chair with me and a good cold beer from MCM Pub & liquors. I am enjoying supporting the neighborhood in front of the poor 6 Corners Bistro. If anyone cares to join me the company would be welcomed.

  • You were the Japanese lady?

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • I'm no fan of Quinn, but Rauner doesn't seem to have much of a plan beyond cutting taxes. Everyone needs to take a hard look a what is going on in Kansas. Brownback cut taxes hard and revenues collapsed. http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/07/15/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-and-its-tax-cuts-it-cant-do-math/

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I am guessing Rauner wants to be compared to Mitch Daniel in Indiana - whatever it is he did it seemed to work at turning around their economy (or the metrics anyway that you can report on). I don't like comparing Illinois to other states. Indiana and Kansas are both bad examples as neigher one has a large power house city like Chicago (including surrounding suburbs). Hard to tell if what they did will have same impact (good or bad).

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Mr. G's up for sale?

I left for vacation and come back to find Mr. G's is up for sale. Every time we visited this diner, they seemed to have a pretty steady clientele. I was surprised to see it closed and up for sale. Did anything happen, or was it just time to retire? It's really too bad. They had an excellent Irish Breakfast :(

  • Conor McGrath Portage Park

    Gladys, any number of meat purveyors could source those ingredients. In Chicago you're basically talking about meats from either Winston's (down on 63rd St) or Diamond (in Niles). When I worked for a meat wholesaler many years ago we would source the sausages based upon the customer's preference. Some like Diamond, some prefer Winston's. Personally I'm partial to Diamond sausages but like Winston's for rashers and the black and white puddings.

18 hours ago

Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher.

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children...

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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiddieland-ECE/294680377262264?hc_location=timeline#!/media/set/?set=a.788832787847018.1073741902.294680377262264&type=1

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40 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Children's Eye Glasses

Just found our out 5 year old needs glasses. Would appreciate recommendations for children's eye glass business, ideally would like to support a Portage Park business. Although we're interested in a place that's good with children, even if not right in the area.
Thanks.

  • Not in the neighborhood but the Opthamologist on Western avenue near Fullerton was great for our toddler. Lawrence Kaufman.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    I highly recommend Aardvark eyewear, kids-only specialists. It's on Western just south of Fullerton. Odd little shop, busy... tons of frame sizes and styles to try, and most importantly the service & expertise is high quality, personalized, caring. I bought my daughter's first-time glasses there; have been back a few times over the past year for growth and comfort fit adjustments, and haven't been charged even for long consultations. Go during the week if possible, on Saturdays it's jammed. Good luck!

  • Yes, Dr. Kaufman at 2456 N Western Ave. in Chicago 773- 235-2020 is the best children's ophthalmologist around. I have taken both my glasses wearing boys to him over the years and he comes highly recommended.

Oct 14

Updated 32 hours ago

Oct. 16 meeting on proposed North Mayfair mosque scheduled

The North Mayfair Improvement Association will hold a community meeting on a proposed Yemeni mosque and community center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at Palmer School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.
The mosque would be located in a triangular-shaped industrial building that is located behind a series of bungalows in the 4800 block of North Kentucky Avenue and that is bordered on all three sides by an alley, with no direct access to a street. The community...

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The North Mayfair Improvement Association will hold a community meeting on a proposed Yemeni mosque and community center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at Palmer School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.
The mosque would be located in a triangular-shaped industrial building that is located behind a series of bungalows in the 4800 block of North Kentucky Avenue and that is bordered on all three sides by an alley, with no direct access to a street. The community center would be across one of those alleys in a portion of a community building at 4860 N. Elston Ave. that houses a car rental agency.
Project organizer Naser Nasser is scheduled to present plans for the project. The project would be contingent on the Zoning Board of Appeals issuing a special use for religious assembly.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/09/24/plans-call-for-yemeni-mosque-center-at-north-mayfair-site/

  • There are two buildings one is surrounded by alleys and there are houses across the one alley.

  • emyjane Portage Park newby homeowner

    Thanks Chitowngal, I didn't understand that the houses are across the alley and couldn't see them from the street.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Spiders in our Basement

They are creepy and all different sizes...Anyone know how to get rid of spiders? We moved into our lovely home in July. My hubby has sprayed a number if times...but they are big, and keep showing up. We have kids and a dog, so I'm worried about chemicals. Any helpful suggestion of what we can do or is there an exterminator out there you know of who might use more kid friendly stuff?

  • if you dare, google: spiders on drugs

    watch the first video that comes up. caution, not for sensitive audience contains language and violence, that is why I won't link it directly, you choose to watch it.

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Patty, if I could stitch up world peace on my Bernina, we'd be done with it. Don't I wish.

36 hours ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Shredding Event

Prevent identity theft by bringing your old paperwork with any sensitive information to this SHRED EVENT and get them destroyed while you watch.

Shred-a-thon
Sunday, Nov. 9th from 10AM - 1PM
Hoyne Bank Parking Lot (4729 N. Milwuakee Ave.)

  • Thanks! Do you happen to have any plans for another electronics recycling soon? Looking for one that will destroy and/or recycle floppy disks, etc..

  • FINALLY on a day that I'm NOT working! thank you!

5 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for teen volunteers to help with an event. The event is on Oct. 25th at Jefferson Park. Teens will help set up, wear costumes and clean up after the event. This is a great opportunity to get involved and get some service learning hours. Contact the park at 773.685.3316

  • Some schools allow earning service hours for community events. NDHS does. From their website:

    "Service to the student’s parish, grammar school, or local community, which includes but is not limited to altar serving, volunteering to coach or tutor at the grammar school, volunteering time at community events such as charity or fundraising events, park or neighborhood cleanups, etc."

    I like that the park is looking for ways to save money while giving teens an opportunity to be involved in the neighboorhood.

  • Thanks Jim, yes it's plain and simply a Halloween event. The event this Saturday from 3pm to 6pm is Costumes and Candy. Costumes are encouraged, volunteers are needed and families are welcome.
    Details were vague because we encourage dialect and want teens to pick up the phone and ask questions....

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    Thanks Jim, yes it's plain and simply a Halloween event. The event this Saturday from 3pm to 6pm is Costumes and Candy. Costumes are encouraged, volunteers are needed and families are welcome.
    Details were vague because we encourage dialect and want teens to pick up the phone and ask questions. Thanks Mrs. L, we have reached out to the neighboring high schools to offer them this service learning opportunity, because most of the teens are already coming in looking for hours.
    We want teens and their families involved in events, activities, programming and most importantly their neighborhood.

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Orange Tabby Cat seen near Smyser Elementary

Saw a very friendly orange tabby cat with white feet near Smyser Elementary the night of Saturday, Oct. 18. It crossed over to Moody Street and was last seen near a blue house on Moody. I am pretty sure it was someone's pet as it was very friendly and looked healthy. I am concerned that it was lost and hope the owner can find it.

  • Jan

    Tami, i'm so pleased to know you are a TNR - in this case R being rehabilitate and rehome. Good on ya!

  • Thanks Jan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't have to spend their lives on the street.

5 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Trick or Treaters

So since this is such a "family friendly" neighborhood, shall my wife and I expect trick-or-treaters in the next couple weeks? I think she's dead (no pun intended) set on getting dressed up and passing out candies. If that kind of thing does happen, should we expect kids early in the day, or evening?

  • Narragansett and Addison area - we usually get tons of smaller kids right after school. Then there seems to be a lull around supper time and then things heat up again with a huge surge of older kids and larger groups from about 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Then it usually stops. I'm dressing as a frog this year, to pass out candy!

  • It's a Friday night, so expect a LOT of kids throughout the late afternoon and evening.
    If it was a school night, they would be out early, almost after school lets out until about 8:30

Oct 14

Updated 42 hours ago

New Gas Line, now basement leaks

Peoples gas was through my block a couple weeks ago and installed the new line along the side of my house to install a new meter. Well, when we got that heavy rain a week or two ago, I noticed I got some water in my basement right near where the new line is. Not standing water or anything, but at least a foot or two of carpet near the wall was wet.

How do I file a claim? Do i start with the city, Do I need an estimate first, am I just SOL? I mean, I can't PROVE that is what caused it, but it's kind of a big coincidence

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Standard 1" riser.

  • Thanks PP, I'll check this weekend when I have light.

    Herecomes..what do you mean by Standard 1" Riser?

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Airplanes! Argh!!

D*** you, airplanes! I'm trying to watch the Bears game and you keep messing up my reception!
Furious George!
That is all. Carry on.

42 hours ago

6 Corners Pet Smart OPEN!

Very excited that this store is finally opening today. It's right next to Jewel on Irving. For those with animals that need grooming, i think they are having a special on grooming at their grand opening on Saturday.

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Energy Supplier Recomendations?

I started comparing my energy supplier charges on my Comed bill to that of friends, and as it turns out I am paying twice as much per kWh. I've researched a few suppliers like Spark, Integrys, and Direct Energy and all have rates to lock into for of 6,12, 24, and even 36 months. Do many of you have any advice on chosing the most affordable supplier? I average 1,000 kWh per month.

  • A&K

    Have you tried getting LED bulbs from eBay? They are much cheaper to operate and you can find bulk deals. Home Depot charges $15 for a 60w equivalent but you can find them on EBay for $8 each shipped.

    A 60w LED uses 10-11 watts.
    A 40w LED uses 7-8....

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    Have you tried getting LED bulbs from eBay? They are much cheaper to operate and you can find bulk deals. Home Depot charges $15 for a 60w equivalent but you can find them on EBay for $8 each shipped.

    A 60w LED uses 10-11 watts.
    A 40w LED uses 7-8.

    They cost more up front but contain no mercury like the curly bulbs. It's the most efficient option next to candles. The cost is a bit higher up front but if you are a heavy light user they pay off in a year or less.

  • I found this site informative. I believe that the dollar amounts that they are stating are for your electricity supply only, but I haven't contacted them for clarification. It is, at least, a good list of options beyond the couple that you mostly hear of.

    https://www.chooseenergy.com/compare/60641/electricity-rates/

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Where to buy meat and produce

I am looking for a place in the Six Corners or Portage Park area to buy meat and produce that is good and reasonably priced. I've been shopping at Jewel but their meat is so expensive. I've seen a lot of little local stores so I'm looking for recommendations for any of them. Thank you!!

Oct 12

Updated 2 days ago

Two kids tagging garages in broad daylight Sunday afternoon

I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair,...

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I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair, probably between 13-15 years old. One was wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt and the other a white long sleeved shirt or hoodie. They were pretty cavalier about it and were walking around with the spray cans in their hands. They actually got quite a lot done on my block, covering every garage with stupid-looking swastikas, gang-sign looking squiggly daggers and devil horns and stuff. I was really surprised they were able to cover that much area on a Sunday afternoon, considering how many people are usually out in the alleys around here, washing their cars, coming and going, etc.

I know that when garages get tagged around here, people usually freak out, imagining it as the harbinger of impending bloody gang warfare in our alleys, but these kids looked more like Justin Bieber in his "street art" phase...and about as threatening.

Anyways, keep your eyes out!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Did you by chance take a photo or video with your cell phone? Since they were so cavalier maybe they would have posed for pictures.

  • Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW,...

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    Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW, They took off running when I held up my phone to get a shot, unfortunately, I didn't get one off in time. Up until that point, they were acting really casual as I followed them, trying to act like they'd done nothing even though they still had the spray cans in their hands.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Date Night in Portage Park

Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway"...

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Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway" - quite good. Funny and original with maybe the best and funniest scene I have ever seen of 4 people on a motorcycle chasing a moped. There were only 15 of us in the audience. I recommend to my neighbors to go see this show before it ends after next weekend.

It would have been good to have a pub on the block for a post-show drink. Maybe next year?

  • Good to know. Thanks will look for it.

  • We dined at 6 corners bistro last night and all five of us loved our entrees. Soooo happy to have another great option open up !

2 days ago

Lost my glasses near JP Terminal

Thursday night, October 16th. Not in case, bifocals. I appreciate any help!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Moving Cross Country

Does anyone have a recommendation for cross country movers? I am moving from Portage park to the Bay Area, within the next month.

2 days ago

St. Cyprian's Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Please join us at Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, 4307 N Harlem, on November 18th from 5-8 P.M.. Your donations of non-perishable food will earn you a free cookie. The food that we collect will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions to needy families in our neighborhood. Thank you for your participation in this event.

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Oct 08

Updated 3 days ago

City News Stand Cafe

Went to the City New Stand Cafe today and was very pleasantly surprised to see they hired a dedicated barista to make the coffee. It was usually a staff member from the City New Stand making the coffee before. The coffee was great and the barista was super friendly. No need to go to Starbucks with this service and quality.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

For those who like to cook/bake... Chgo Food Swap this Sunday

This Sunday from 2-4 is the Chicago Food Swap. If you like to cook and bake, you can share your food with fellow cooks and trade for their food in return. I went in September and it was so much fun. It's in Edgewater - read all about it on GroceryGal: http://grocerygalblog.com/chicago-food-swap/

  • efs6220 business manager

    I would love to participate. I HAVE AN ORGANIC GARDEN WHICH ALL MY FOOD i CREATE IS ORGANIC. OF COURSE IT IS NOT AS PRETTY AS GENECITALLY PRODUCED FOOD BUT WITH MY FOOD IT IS ORGANIC, NO CHEMICALS OR PESTICICIDES MUCH MORE HEALTHY. I WOULD LOVE TO HELP PEOPLE SERVE THEMSELVES BETTER. We need to better educate people about the food they eat. Cleaner is so much healthy and better to live. Fast food...................Mcdonalds, /Burger King , etc...............is poison.

  • Love the allcaps!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Rpl

    This has nothing to do with Iraq. A terrible crime was committed. And hopefully if these guys have a mental illness it gets dealt with while they spend life in prison.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, our prison system deals positively with anyone who has a mental illness. Not.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Residential permit parking on portion of Balmoral would be lifted under ordinance

The permit zone is only in front of apartment building at 5536-40 W. Balmoral Ave. Minimum 2 blocks normally required for permit zone.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/10/16/end-to-resident-parking-sought-for-partial-block/

  • There is at least one other that is less than two blocks that I know of. Probably a lot more, too.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Cat Found!

A friendly kitten was found crying 10/14 at 1 AM Near Cornelia/Addison. He was wearing a collar. He is around 6 months old and has an orange spot on his back.
@youtube: goo.gl/H3VXWI
@craigslist: goo.gl/YqCGG7

  • Great idea for the video! You may be able to find the owner by having a vet scan him for a microchip. Thanks for keeping him safe!

  • Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I...

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    Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I want the cat to be in good hands, hopefully I find the ower soon, or if i find someone with a kind heart and care, then I might give to someone. Otherwise, I might as well keep her with my other three cats.

  • She found the right person to follow and she's in good hands now.
    She looks like a real sweetie. I'll keep my eyes out for someone posting her as lost.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

JP Trick or Treaters?

We just moved into the area, pretty close to Farnsworth Elementary. Should we expect a lot of trick or treaters for Halloween? Would they come out Friday evening, or Saturday, or both?

We've always lived in apartments before now, no idea what to expect! Thanks in advance.

  • Loulu Me

    You will only get them on Friday. But given that it's Friday and kids don't have to get up the next day, you may have more kids later and really more kids in general. But feel free to turn your light off and be done with it at whatever time you choose and for whatever reason...going to bed, out of candy, whatever. If you find yourself with too much candy and you don't want it around, you can give two to each kid towards the end.

  • Janet, consider thanking your parents for giving you a more spiritually enclosing experience than others seem to have had. At near age 70 and even with seventeen years of formal education in Catholic schools my experience has always been much more macabre get-the-candy than prayers. Always looking outside myself for the fault I blame the candy and party decoration companies. And a depraved weakness for sugar.

3 days ago

Change Drive

Hi Folks, Portage Park School has a monthly change drive. Next one is Tuesday, October 21th. If you are interested in dropping off change please bring it to the front office. If you know a business that would like to have a Pennies for Portage Change Drive jar in their establishment please let us know so we can set it up. All change collected goes to the Athletics Department at the school. Thank you! Please like our page on facebook Portage Park Helping Hands

https://www.facebook.com/events/714659911921238/

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