28 hours ago

Updated 4 min ago

Prussing Elementary

Hi, I am looking for any input on Prussing Elementary School please.

3 days ago

Updated 26 min ago

Stop signs optional?

I was walking the dog around portage park on Long Ave and couldn't help but notice the cars. A large majority of people don't even slow down at the stop sign. They pretend it doesn't exist and drive straight through. The rest seem to just tap the brakes. I am curious as to when the law changed that stop signs are optional. Especially given the amount of pedestrians surrounding the park.

  • A&K

    Thank you all for your contributions. Some good and of course some bad. I appreciate the amount of responses in regards to this issue.

    Minerva, stop signs are not working. I have to agree with you on that. The only positive I can see with them is that when run...

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    Thank you all for your contributions. Some good and of course some bad. I appreciate the amount of responses in regards to this issue.

    Minerva, stop signs are not working. I have to agree with you on that. The only positive I can see with them is that when run over they can cause some serious damage to your car.

    Although a sign reminding drivers on Irving park or at other locations mentioned may seem small and unimportant it may lead to one life saved. At that point the sign that seemed so minor has become a value. How much is a life worth? I would like to think more than a sign. I understand it won't fix all of our problems. The tough ones are of course always the hardest to solve.

    In terms of the stop sign at long and Warner. The optional stop sign that is. That will be a big challenge to solve. Minerva has it right, how many people should die before a problem is fixed. Maybe the city has a number for that. Then we know once that number of families loose a loved one we can get some help.

    So that leaves a question for our city officials. How comfortable are you letting your children and grandchildren, spouses etc cross at the intersections everyone here mentioned. Knowing that drivers don't stop at long and Warner when will your family be passing through? Never?

    This all may seem dramatic but it's reality. Sad.

  • Our Irving Woods Neighborhood, part of Dunning Neighborhood, already has a record of numerous accidents. Yet, our requests for working safety improvements are still up in the air, which is mind-boggling. Nevertheless, our plea has been documented on-line, and if this accident trend continues, then we might be setting ourselves up for another city/state lawsuit, just like it happened with the dead ash tree falling case, March 2014, resulting in almost $6 million dollar settlement.

    http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/falling-tree-hazard-liability-chicago/

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/city-defends-inaction-tree-panel-oks-injury-settlement/mon-03312014-1146am

2 hours ago

Updated 44 min ago

Has something happened to the Daily Digest?

Hello all,

Forgive me if there's already a thread on this, I searched, but found nothing recent.

I haven't gotten my Chicago Daily Digest since the maintenance occurred over the weekend. The last one I received was 7/19. Is anyone else experiencing this or know if there's been a posting saying it's going away/not working/etc.?

Thanks! :)

*Note to Everyblock, perhaps there should be a category for miscellaneous questions or something as this post does not really fit any of the current categories. :)

  • I haven't either. Nor am I receiving notifications about threads in which I am participating. Figured it was some sort of glitch and hopefully they will get it cleared up soon.

  • I 3rd the post

    Also, before Saturday's maintenance it seemed like the daily update was off schedule. I think at least a couple days I got it late in the day, like 10 pm as opposed to the usual 4 am daily update.

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Dog Heroes and Villains

In another post a neighbor asked 'Don't all dogs bark?'

My mind first went to Old Yeller then to Call of the Wild and is now thinking about Huckleberry Hound and another cartoon dog named Dasterdly iirc.

Where is your mind?

I also try to remember if a dog cannot bark his first line of defense may be a bite.

  • It is the owners, period. Yappy little dogs are like that because the owners hug them and whisper "sshhh" to them. Or a dog barks at the mailman ... guess what? the mailman leaves, reinforcing the dog for barking. Etc.

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    My last dog, a black lab/chow mix, NEVER barked. Even if I tried to actually teach him to "speak" for a treat, it was like pulling teeth. Not just because of this point, he was an amazing, outstanding, wonderful dog. Best dog I've ever had in my life. Back to...

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    My last dog, a black lab/chow mix, NEVER barked. Even if I tried to actually teach him to "speak" for a treat, it was like pulling teeth. Not just because of this point, he was an amazing, outstanding, wonderful dog. Best dog I've ever had in my life. Back to the barking point: Later in his life, he growled at a contractor who was giving my wife his cell phone (long story, she knew the guy's daughter), and I didn't even recognize it until he did it a second time...I thought it was some noise outside. :)

    Our current dog is a black lab/beagle mix, and he's more vocal, but he's more of an "alert" barker...if he hears something odd, he'll give an alert bark for me. But then he's all submissive because he thinks he's not "supposed" to bark. I'm trying to teach him that alert barking is very, very good and what we need. He's getting it, slowly but surely.

7 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Sears key shops to close

After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

Ownership of the 6 corners shop...

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After 62 years of operation (22,614 days) the Things Remembered Corp. has decided to close its remaining 16 Key Shops at Sears. At one time we had over 2000 locations that made keys. In the Chicago area this applies to only the 6 corners store and the Lawrence / Damen store.

The last day of operation will be Wednesday, 7-30-14. Until then there will be a clearance sale at both stores starting on 7-23-14.

Ownership of the 6 corners shop will be transferred to the current manager of that shop (me.) However the other shop will be closed permanently.

Due to the usual legal stuff (leases, business licenses, etc.) there will be a gap between the closing the old store and opening the new one. I have been working on this since we were notified of the closings 7 weeks ago but this takes longer that you would expect.

I would like to thank the community for its support over the decades and I hope to see you back when we reopen.

See you soon,

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Dale,

    I wish you many successful years of key cutting! And that no cars ever run into your shop, your story about that still makes me laugh!

  • I will make sure to teach the key shop to move out of the way of any cars swerving toward it.

3 hours ago

Six Corners Then and Now

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.953835,-87.748021,3a,90y,304.96h,79.83t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sGuQhZlLRAvvebyIAFhj8lg!2e0!5s2007-08

Google Maps has an awesome new feature where you can view the street view for every year back to 2007. Lots have changed on Milwaukee since 2007 and continuing to change for the better.

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Christy Webber landscaping

Just walked by Belle Plaine and Lawler. One of their trucks is filling up their tank from a fire hydrant. Illegal?

  • A&K

    They rent a unit from the city. It's small. The unit attaches between the hose and hydrant. It tracks how many gallons are used. When the unit is turned back in they pay for the amount of water used. So, nope. Not illegal.

    Also they have a contract with the city for landscaping.

6 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

  • Minerva, do you know how much of that salary is taken out for the teacher or principal's contribution for pension and health insurance? I believe they contribute to both.

  • A&K

    Yes they do. Look at salary vs. cost of position. Health care, benefits, etc are all taken out of salary after other position deductions.

28 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Barking dogs

So we have lived in the neighborhood for twenty years. We have always had dogs and have taken good care of them. Last few months someone has been calling the cops on our barking dogs. We were told we are going to start getting tickets. Can our dogs get taken away from the city?

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    Show the person complaining real estate listings for acres of land in Lowell, IN or in Gary, IN (since nobody lives there any more) and tell them to move. This is a city and there are noises. Dogs bark. Kids yell and play. Planes fly over Portage Park. etc

  • Deutsch portage36

    bottom line. if your dog barks all day and night, something needs to be done about it. A dog that barks all day an night, may be the most annoying noise in the world. if people cant own dogs and keep them from barking constantly, then they should second guess being a dog owner. Babies cry, but a good parent knows how to limit the baby's crying and does their best to control it. same could be said for a dog owner.

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Dishwasher repair person?

Can anyone recommend someone?

  • Johnny Portage Park

    We had a similar issue with our dishwasher. Check the drain / filter at the bottom for any obstruction. Ours had a small piece of glass - probably from a dish that broke.

  • Howard Komish at 312-952-5953

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Red-light camera shenanigans...stunning (not)...

Wait, either the city is cheating or it hired an incompetent vendor/equipment manufacturer? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-red-light-camera-ticket-spikes-met-20140717,0,704793.story?page=2&r=3559B8982134H2X

I sure can't wait to see when the speed cameras start to "malfunction"...

  • It's disgusting, an abuse, and why I didn't want these speed cameras installed either.

  • Then it is our, voters', responsibility to make this a point of the elections. The only way this will change is to make the politicians scared of being voted out unless they bring them down. Politicians know that people are fickle and that they change on to the next topic soon enough.

Jul 12

Updated 24 hours ago

Kittens

Would anyone like a free kitten? There is a litter of kittens in my back yard and I am looking for good homes for them. I think they are about four weeks old at present. Let me know if interested.

  • Tamaki Doula, Aspiring Midwife, Mama

    Hi Laurie, I just emailed you! I could foster and care for them. :)

  • Tamaki, I believe this was a troll post with imaginary kittens. A few of us offered help. No communication forthcoming.

29 hours ago

CPS is Having SOAR Community Forum to Help H.S. Drop-Outs, Thursday July 24, 2014

Note that our nw side neighborhood's high school drop out rate ranges 25-35%, based on 2012 data. _______________________________________________________________
Good Afternoon Partners,

In an effort to ensure that all of our youth are college and career ready, CPS has launched an initiative to help out-of-school high school students re-enroll in school. To that end, we opened 3 Student Outreach And Re-Engagement Centers (SOAR Centers). The SOAR Centers are located in Roseland, Little Village and Garfield Park.

We will be holding an...

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Note that our nw side neighborhood's high school drop out rate ranges 25-35%, based on 2012 data. _______________________________________________________________
Good Afternoon Partners,

In an effort to ensure that all of our youth are college and career ready, CPS has launched an initiative to help out-of-school high school students re-enroll in school. To that end, we opened 3 Student Outreach And Re-Engagement Centers (SOAR Centers). The SOAR Centers are located in Roseland, Little Village and Garfield Park.

We will be holding an open house to provide more detail regarding the new SOAR Centers on Thursday July 24, 2014 at the JLM Center at 2622 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60612 at 9 a.m.

You can make a referral to the SOAR Center by simply sending us an email at SOAR@CPS.EDU. We will reach out to the student as soon as possible and offer the following services:

· Develop a re-enrollment plan and a graduation plan for each student.
· Assist the student with selecting and enrolling in a school that best fits his or her needs.
· Assist students with developing strategies to overcome issues that have kept them from succeeding in school.
· Develop an individual success plan that maps out academic, behavior and attendance goals for each student.
· Provide online credit recovery for students for whom we are unable to provide immediate school placement.
· Provide opportunities for students to earn service learning hours.

Please join us on Thursday July 24, 2014 for more information. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to ssmith114@cps.edu. If you have any questions regarding the SOAR Centers or would like to receive SOAR marketing materials, please call Sean Smith the SOAR Manager at (773)710-7329.

Sean J. Smith
Re-Engagement Center Manager
Office of College and Career Success
Chicago Public Schools
125 S. Clark Street, 12th Floor- Chicago, IL 60603
Cell Phone: (773)710-7329 Office: (773) 553-2039 Email: ssmith114@cps.edu

34 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Two Men and a Truck? Any reccomendations?

I need to move a couple of large pieces of furniture from my Mom's condo in Lincolnwood to my condo in Portage Park. Specifically, a chair-and-a-half, an ottoman, a floor lamp, and a small wood trunk.
Any recommendations for a company you've used and have been happy with?

Thanks in advance.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Best Pedicure in Portage Park

Can anyone recommend a great pedicure place in Portage or Jefferson Park?

Thanks.

  • christyr20 Northwest sider

    Love Rosie at Rose nails, but be prepared to wait even if you have an appointment. I don't have that kind of time. I like Taryn Nails in the strip mall on Harlem where Gunnison cuts off.

  • DickinsonParker 20 years in Portage Park and loving it.

    Kasia at XOX Salon is great. The pedicure lasts longer than other salons I've gone to.

5 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Back to School - Math Tutoring

Hello neighbors! Since I've started seeing back-to-school ads making the rounds, I thought I would let you all know that I have some availabilities for math tutoring (K-6) for the remainder of the summer and the fall semester. I am a licensed Illinois teacher with extensive experience both teaching and developing elementary math curriculum at a variety of grade levels. I currently work as an elementary math curriculum developer at the University of Chicago. I live right next to Portage...

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Hello neighbors! Since I've started seeing back-to-school ads making the rounds, I thought I would let you all know that I have some availabilities for math tutoring (K-6) for the remainder of the summer and the fall semester. I am a licensed Illinois teacher with extensive experience both teaching and developing elementary math curriculum at a variety of grade levels. I currently work as an elementary math curriculum developer at the University of Chicago. I live right next to Portage Park Elementary and will tutor in my home. I have 1/2 hour and hour sessions, and I can either offer homework help, remediation, or enrichment, depending on your child's needs. I have also done group tutoring for children in the same grade level/class. I have even offered family sessions for parents who want to better understand their child's homework! Whether they just need a little extra help or a challenge to help them deepen their mathematical understanding and excel further, I can design a program that will help your child succeed.
Please contact me for rates and availability. Have a great day!

  • Wow. I cant believe nobody commented. With the trouble our youth is having with simple mathematics, im really surprised nobody is taking you up on this.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    Black N White, thanks - I don't take offense! :) It's mid-summer, so I'm sure no one wants to think about school yet - probably math least of all. I just want the neighborhood to know I'm available if anyone should need the extra help when school starts up.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    Terrific, great to know! We may like to pursue some reinforcement/ enrichment tutoring before school resumes for our 3rd grader. Do you do weekend mornings? Please direct msg me with further info. Thanks.

Jul 07

Updated 34 hours ago

Missed homeowner exemption, any recourse?

I was a few days late applying for my homeowners' exemption and it looks like they didn't apply it to this tax bill. The assessor's office phone is just a busy signal (yes, this is the year 2014). Anybody go through this recently? Can I just bring the proper paperwork to a branch office and get it sorted out?

  • Jean-Pierre

    This year's taxes are for last year.

  • Chris, I think you have to wait till you've lived there a calendar year.

2 days ago

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Jun 08

Updated 3 days ago

Mia's is coming soon!

We are really working hard to open before the 4th! Hope to see you soon. Here's a few pictures of our progress. Love Mia:)

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @tntbon6: Are you gonna camp out the night before to get the first gelato? ; )

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    I'm gonna camp out to try that pizza!

Jul 03

Updated 3 days ago

  • Randy Stroller

    Everytime we hear someone laying on their horn for no reason we know we are in Chicago which after all is the Windy City and folks in cars do not get to talk to each other so they have to honk their horns.

    We need to be sure and include...

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    Everytime we hear someone laying on their horn for no reason we know we are in Chicago which after all is the Windy City and folks in cars do not get to talk to each other so they have to honk their horns.

    We need to be sure and include these folks as well for their slice of the consultants fees:

    http://nimue-new.cyberstreet.com/amta1/

    And instead of F150s the rule will be everyone must drive one of these to work on one day and find a place to park it with no carpooling allowed either. MadMax and Thunderdome rules.

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    The last time I had an impatient jerkasaurus behind me honkin' off it was kid (looked to be about 14) in his mommy's soccer van. He must have been anxious to get to his drug buy. Lucky for me, we were on side streets where he would not have any opportunity to pass me so I cruised along at about 3 mph to give him plenty of time to text his dealer. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

3 days ago

Lost Keys on 5200 W Dakin Block

Hello neighbors, yesterday morning while walking my dogs I lost my keys, which have a larger older style of car alarm remote on them.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

People's Gas shut off my gas

So I had a PG guy come out to do an inspection - he identifies a leak, another guy comes out and shuts off the gas. Says have a contractor open up your wall and a plumber fix the leak and call us when it's all done. WTF? Who do I call? I have no way to cook or dry our laundry :( And People's Gas won't give us any names of companies that could help.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Six Corners, Six Police Cars.

What's going on at Six Corners?

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Illinois Tax

Just came across some interesting tax info, which sheds the light on the recent news about companies leaving/planning to leave our state.

The following fragment was copied from http://cgfa.ilga.gov/upload/2014januaryillinoistaxincentivesupdated012914.pdf

"Illinois has been shown to be in the bottom half of the rankings in some of
the most prominent studies that rank states according to their business tax
climate. Although, some question whether the entire enterprise of
measuring an overall business tax climate for a state can be valid or useful,...

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Just came across some interesting tax info, which sheds the light on the recent news about companies leaving/planning to leave our state.

The following fragment was copied from http://cgfa.ilga.gov/upload/2014januaryillinoistaxincentivesupdated012914.pdf

"Illinois has been shown to be in the bottom half of the rankings in some of
the most prominent studies that rank states according to their business tax
climate. Although, some question whether the entire enterprise of
measuring an overall business tax climate for a state can be valid or useful,
below are some of Illinois’ rankings based on the most popular methods of
comparison:

1. State Business Tax Climate Index – 31st
2. Small Business Policy Index – 35th
3. State Competitiveness Report – 38th
4. Economic Outlook – 48th

 Illinois rankings in the area of business tax climate have fallen over the last
several years. Much of this falloff can be tied to increase in the personal
income tax rates (from 3% to 5%) and corporate income tax rates (from
4.8% to 7%), which became effective for tax year 2011."

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

38th Ward 2015 Aldermanic Election

It's that time when incumbents and hopefuls are considering their candidacies for the office of Alderman. Petitions for the office will be circulated beginning in late August, and Election Day is set for February of 2015. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Alderman for the past three years and look forward to continuing that service until my present term expires in May of 2015.

After careful consideration, I have made the decision to retire when...

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It's that time when incumbents and hopefuls are considering their candidacies for the office of Alderman. Petitions for the office will be circulated beginning in late August, and Election Day is set for February of 2015. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Alderman for the past three years and look forward to continuing that service until my present term expires in May of 2015.

After careful consideration, I have made the decision to retire when my present term expires to spend more time with my family, especially my five beautiful grandchildren. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the dedicated 38th Ward Staff who do an excellent job of providing individual attention and service to each and every person who calls or comes to our office for service and assistance.

There's much work to be done until the end of my term, but I wanted to give those current residents of the 38th Ward, who would like to pursue this position in 2015, ample time to organize, plan and present their credentials to the electorate to allow the best candidates to emerge.

Thank you for your continued support!

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

    Alderman, trust me. Retiring & being able to be with the grandkids as they grow is a true blessing.

    And THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    Where is my free salt, alderman Cullerton???

Jul 12

Updated 4 days ago

Need plummer recommendation please

Can anyone recommend a plummer? we have some work that needs to get done?

  • Really appreciate all the info. Moody, was the first one to get back to me, they came by quickly, thought they would give estimate on job and schedule, but he was able to take care of right away, with a much easier solution to the radiator issue then I had seen. Over all excellant! would use them again.

  • So glad to hear that - glad your problem was solved so quickly (and good to know about Moody)!

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Satellite Internet

I know there have been plenty of "how do I ditch Comcast" posts on here, but I'm specifically looking for info about satellite internet on the NW side. Has anyone here done it? I'm looking at dish network. We do quite a bit of streaming, and Comcast has been great for that - I just can't handle the price gauging/customer service anymore. I'm prepared to give up TV, but we do need Internet. I'm obviously desperate, so suggestions welcome.

  • I've never had a problem with their customer service.

  • InTheManor Edgebrook resident

    Regarding U-Verse -- that is AT&T DSL with fiber to the neighborhood. AT&T brings fiber to a switch nearby, and connects your copper to it. That reduces the copper loop length, which is the main determinant in DSL speed (given good quality copper). That enables AT&T to provide service competitive...

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    Regarding U-Verse -- that is AT&T DSL with fiber to the neighborhood. AT&T brings fiber to a switch nearby, and connects your copper to it. That reduces the copper loop length, which is the main determinant in DSL speed (given good quality copper). That enables AT&T to provide service competitive with cable.

    Your experience with U-Verse will hinge on the quality of the copper cabling from that neighborhood node to your premises. U-Verse does not use shared cabling, unlike Comcast. You have a dedicated copper pair. Even if a neighbor has great service, yours could be marginal, due to damage to your pair. One advantage to AT&T service from my perspective is that if you do have issues (and every service does have issues), and you get past the telephone support people, they'll send a lineman out. AT&T is a telco, and the linemen still have the telco service mentality, and they will work hard to truly fix issues. I have had great service once somebody has been dispatched, typically within hours.

    However, having written that, we had horrid U-Verse for about a month. They sent out multiple linemen, who would get it working ok, and then the problem returned. By the end it got escalated and they had multiple linemen out here on poles tracing everything into the night, and then engineering was out, and replaced a complete span of cabling between poles. They expended a lot of effort, and money, getting my service up, and it has been extremely solid since.

Jul 04

Updated 4 days ago

Bought an out of State Car. What do I need to do?

Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with...

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Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with the sale papers? Or do I wait until the Title comes in the mail and then go over there? (Assuming its going to come in the mail??)

What do I do about my city sticker? Do I have to get a new one? (They stuck the old one on the new car.)

And can I put my old plates (from the car I traded in) onto the new car? Or is that a big no-no? (Until its properly transferred.) I'm worried someone's going to steal the temporary plate. (And if I can't put my plates on, can I put the temporary plate in the back window? Or is that a no-no too?

Help please! I looked at cyberdriveillinois, but its not clear to me.

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    I paid $20 for a replacement after I bought my car in March. Went to the Currency Exchange at Montrose and Central and was out in 10 min.

  • @Portage Park Ryan, I didn't realize you could go to a Currency Exchange for a transfer. The City of Chicago website only lists the three City Clerk offices as places you can go. I'll try a Currency Exchange next. That would be much easier. Thanks!

4 days ago

Thuis Playlot - Lavergne/Lawrence Will you come?

Thuis Playlot @ 4759 N. Lavergne Ave. is being renovated. I'd love to take my kids there since it's so close to our house, but I am deathly afraid of crossing Lawrence at the Lavergne/Lawrence intersection. I honeslty think that the inability to safely cross the street is one of the major reasons this playlot is very underutilized. Anyone have any thoughts on what can be done?

4 days ago

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

4 days ago

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Jul 13

Updated 4 days ago

Where to donate clothes and household items

Hello! I am cleaning out my apartment and have clothes and household items to donate but not sure where to bring them. Any suggestions as to local organizations that could use these items? Thank you

  • Although Unique thrift shops are for profit, part of the proceeds from sales do go to Disabled Veterans programs, but what percentage I don.t know.

  • I don't think it is a percentage, I think it is a flat amount for using the name. Maybe someone can fill us in on that. Same with Salvation Army.

Jul 11

Updated 4 days ago

Wooden privacy fence?

Anyone know anyone that can install privacy fence around our yard?

  • Agree with you JeffPark30. When originally built none of the bungalows had fences in the back or front. Concept was open shared land. It encouraged neighborlyness in shared help, tools, security. Not a knock on you, EliotV because circumstances and needs change.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    When I was walking my dog, I saw that the house behind Suparossa/Legno just got a new fence and there is a little sign that says American Fence and maybe the phone# is on there, it looks nice so you might want to swing by and check it out.

Jul 15

Updated 5 days ago

Portage Park - Parking on Garage Aprons?

As a relatively new Portage Park resident, I fear that I might be "flamed" in responses to this post. I recognize that the alleys in Portage Park are wider than in my last neighborhood, but is it common for people to park vehicles on the aprons (i.e, is this use of garage aprons common practice in Portage Park)? Is it common for people to park on *anyone's* garage apron? I don't know if our house's previous occupants had some sort...

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As a relatively new Portage Park resident, I fear that I might be "flamed" in responses to this post. I recognize that the alleys in Portage Park are wider than in my last neighborhood, but is it common for people to park vehicles on the aprons (i.e, is this use of garage aprons common practice in Portage Park)? Is it common for people to park on *anyone's* garage apron? I don't know if our house's previous occupants had some sort of "deal"/didn't use their garage... but it has been at least three different vehicles that blocked our garage in the past month -- and one of the car owners was annoyed enough to flip me off, call me a name that I don't care to repeat and gun it down the alley when he finally moved his vehicle--I guess it was annoying to him that I needed to get to a meeting for work.

We don't want to be jerks if this is common practice in this area. However, there are times that we need to get to work/the office and end up having to call a cab because we can't figure out who's blocking the garage and get them to move the vehicle. It seems unfair to me to spend $20 or $40 for a cab, but maybe that's what people do/expect in Portage Park?

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Is it possible that these parkers don't know that new owners own the house? Just because your neighbors know doesn't mean their guests do. If you haven't already done so, go to the hardware store and buy NO Parking signs and tape them to your garage door. This would be...

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    Is it possible that these parkers don't know that new owners own the house? Just because your neighbors know doesn't mean their guests do. If you haven't already done so, go to the hardware store and buy NO Parking signs and tape them to your garage door. This would be a signal to the would be parkers then approach them when you see them. "Hi, I'm the new owner..." Could be the former owner never used their garage so it became an informal parking space for your neighbors. Just a thought.

  • they ticket cars over in my area for parking on the "apron" and it really pissses the garbage men off too

Jul 15

Updated 5 days ago

I Took A Stroll

Maybe I should have had a bucket and a grabber / scooper with me.

http://imgur.com/a/ZUqNo

  • Jean-Pierre

    Why not just take it home and flush it? Too simple?

  • I bring extra bags with me when I walk my dog and I confront people I see who don't pick up their dogs poo. It hasn't grown hostile yet. It's ridiculous people let their animals deuce anywhere and keep walking.

5 days ago

Creating vision for the outdoor, edible education

Below is info taken from a CPS e-mail I just received:

Over the next few months, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness will conduct a series of forums to engage students, parents, teachers, administrators, external partners, academics and other stakeholders in crafting a district-wide vision for school gardens. The focus is on the following:

» A strategic plan to strengthen outdoor, edible education for all Chicago Public School students;
» An initiative that engages internal and...

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Below is info taken from a CPS e-mail I just received:

Over the next few months, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness will conduct a series of forums to engage students, parents, teachers, administrators, external partners, academics and other stakeholders in crafting a district-wide vision for school gardens. The focus is on the following:

» A strategic plan to strengthen outdoor, edible education for all Chicago Public School students;
» An initiative that engages internal and external stakeholders;
» An effort to maximize the proven health, academic and behavioral benefits of school gardens.

Thursday, July 24th 3:00pm
Garfield Park Conservatory Community Room
300 N Central Park Ave

Saturday, Aug 23rd 11:00am
DePaul University Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Rm 220

To register, email studentwellness@cps.edu

Les Kniskern, M.A.C.D.
Family and Community Engagement Manager
Network 2, K-12
lpkniskern@cps.edu
773/230-4084

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

5 days ago

Boxing / MMA Gym on 5700 W Irving

Anyone know anything about the boxing and/or MMA gym that popped up between the dance studio and Leadbelly on Irving? Walked by there the other day and was pleasantly surprised - maybe I'll pay to get slugged when it opens.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Club E Agrees to 29 Day Suspension in Settlement Agreement

On January 1, 2014, the City of Chicago filed the following charges against Club E:

1. Selling alcohol after permitted hours on January 1, 2014
2. Failure to cooperate with police on January 1, 2014
3. Aggravated battery to a police officer by an agent on January 1, 2014

Club E agreed to a 29 day license suspension on these charges. The settlement agreement is not an admission of guilt, although the agreement will be recorded on their license disciplinary history.

The 29 day suspension will go into effect for 29 consecutive calendar days beginning July 21, 2014.

  • I'm never around that club when it's jumping, but I frequently see the aftermath the next day: trash and empty liquor/beer bottles in Portage Park. It doesn't speak well of the management's concern for the neighborhood.

  • A&K

    Jean mayoral or higher. The buck doesn't stop at the mayor. If we only had to pick out shady dealings between a mayor and an alderman we could figure out who the problem is. From what I gather we have many elected officials. It just takes a simple phone call. It's the way of dirty politics.

    Unless I have it wrong. If everyone in politics is squeaky clean I apologize.

Jul 14

Updated 5 days ago

  • Let me re-type that last part, this time in English.

    The Patio being for sale is good news. I want to see it do well, and cleaning up the storefronts and the facade will help.

  • madopal Proud Portage Park resident

    Nice, Patty. When it comes to being constructive, you back away. We'll look forward to hearing from you when you have something that isn't just bashing on others.

    Chris, who said anything about shrinking Irving? The point that was being brought up was that the Patio didn't have sufficient parking,...

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    Nice, Patty. When it comes to being constructive, you back away. We'll look forward to hearing from you when you have something that isn't just bashing on others.

    Chris, who said anything about shrinking Irving? The point that was being brought up was that the Patio didn't have sufficient parking, and I said that the area wasn't built for parking like that. But I forgot, guy like you can cross a street all by himself, so everyone else should never have a problem. Maybe Alderman Al from Dunning can cross the street with you sometime, and you can see how someone like him might have a problem with the current speedway.

Jul 14

Updated 6 days ago

Alderman Pawar’s Note on Neighborhood High Schools (Lake View and Amundsen)

Ok, so this is outside the neighborhood but I am posting it to start some discussion about our neighborhood high schools. I have met the principal from Schurz and he seems interested in developing the school similarly to what is mentioned here for other schools:

http://cpsobsessed.com/2014/07/13/alderman-pawars-note-on-
neighborhood-high-schools-lake-view-and-amundsen/

Let's see if we can make this a positive, productive discussion. Even if it is just that more people become better informed about our neighborhood high schools.

I'm posting this in PP, I wish EB had a way to easily post it in multiple neighborhoods.

  • Give principals more freedom and accountability, like it is done with charters.

    We should use the longer school year and school day to offer more English support to our ever growing ELL.

    Invite the prescreened growing retirement community with relevant skills to support the learning as volunteers.

    Free up the...

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    Give principals more freedom and accountability, like it is done with charters.

    We should use the longer school year and school day to offer more English support to our ever growing ELL.

    Invite the prescreened growing retirement community with relevant skills to support the learning as volunteers.

    Free up the teachers from routine work that can be performed by the computer, so they can focus on developing critical thinking, creativity, debating and presentation skills across the disciplines.

    Support rich before and after school programs to help students connect the theory to real life practice.

    Reward the well performing teachers and let the ineffective ones go without any delays. It is the children that need protection, not the other way around.

    Support Common Core and NWEA MAP, which raise the educational standard to the international level and provide feedback in real time by topic within each of the core subjects. The test feedback details the strengths and weaknesses and tracks the growth in knowledge. This is a winning combo or the foundation for providing "differentiated" instruction to each and every child. These innovative tools can go far with strong teacher/parent partnership and the community support at large.

    We do not need more money for education. We spent $13,344 per child, if we divide the total budget by the student population. See http://illinoisreportcard.com/ Schools do not get all this money, because too much money is spent on administration. Let's cut out the waste and support the front line. http://www.familytaxpayers.org/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/family/jul12-pisa-2012-test-results-put-usa-36th-place-6253629/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/family/jul04-found-nwea-map-testing-video-parents-6236493/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/family/jun11-public-school-informative-websites-6188123/

  • Please take a look at the entertaining and informative
    RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms video at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Jul 10

Updated 6 days ago

Seeking a room or a roommate northside!

Looking to move, would like to find someone looking for a roommate in the jeff park/portage/albany area. North.

Or does someone have a room for rent?

I do have a decent kitchen table (expendable), couch (expendable), all things to make a kitchen work -and i like to cook.

I'm rarely home and have a 8-4pm job in Deerfield.

  • iamchicagoan Ralph Pawlikowski

    I have a copy of the Pioneer Press if you want. It's the neighborhood paper with apartment classifieds. Don't see any single rooms or room mates. Does have some apartments in the $500-$600/month range.

Jul 14

Updated 6 days ago

Anyone going to Portage Theater tonight? Or tomorrow?

I'm heading over if I make it home on time -- any other EBers coming to see this book tour? Or the Forgotten Chicago talk tomorrow night? Looks like tickets are free for both events.

http://www.theminimalists.com/tour/

  • Jean-Pierre

    So good to see so many of my EB pals at the Forgotten Chicago show. Did you see me?

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Great presentation at the Forgotten Chicago show explaining how theater palaces came to be, why they worked out back in the day and why it's difficult to keep them up and alive today. Also it's quite amazing to see how many of them once existed and how few of them...

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    Great presentation at the Forgotten Chicago show explaining how theater palaces came to be, why they worked out back in the day and why it's difficult to keep them up and alive today. Also it's quite amazing to see how many of them once existed and how few of them are actually left standing and still usable. Also didn't realize that Chicago was where theater palaces started. All of this proves how important it is to try to preserve the few remaining theater palaces that are left today like The Portage and The Patio because once they are gone, they are gone for good. R.I.P. Will Rogers, Luna, Montclaire, Mercury, Milford, Tiffin, Bel-Park, Manor, etc........

Jul 11

Updated 6 days ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

This Sunday @ Long & Lawrence, 9:30-1:30.This market is going to the dogs! Tail Waggin Treats and Doggie attire will be joining us and if you don't have your own consider adopting. Reps will be out from 4 Greyhound Racers. Also Dave the Knife Sharpener will be on hand to handle all your knife sharpening needs. Wayward will be performing. Meatloaf-a-go-go's food truck will be there to add lunch options beyond our resident Tamales Express. More st www.JeffersonParkSundayMarket.com

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let this mishap stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The volunteers involved in setting this up do try their best to make this event a success. For many years there was no Farmers Market in Jeff Park. Let's all work together and enjoy a beautiful Sunday, coming out with the entire family. If you have some suggestions or you have someone you would like to see at the market, email:Jeffersonparksundaymarket@zoho.com Hope to see you there the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month!

  • "Jake" your obsession with me reveals your identity. DSM-V

6 days ago

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Jul 11

Updated 6 days ago

Bungalow second floor cooling question

Hello, I know there are a lot of bungalow dwellers around here... We live in a bungalow with an attic converted into two bedrooms. In the spring/summer it is HOT up there, even on nice temperate days like today. The central air cools one room, but the other has inadequate ductwork leading up there. The ductwork would require us to basically rip apart a lot of walls throughout the house and is more expensive and crazy to deal with than...

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Hello, I know there are a lot of bungalow dwellers around here... We live in a bungalow with an attic converted into two bedrooms. In the spring/summer it is HOT up there, even on nice temperate days like today. The central air cools one room, but the other has inadequate ductwork leading up there. The ductwork would require us to basically rip apart a lot of walls throughout the house and is more expensive and crazy to deal with than we are able to do at this point. There are many days (like today) we need the air on to get the upstairs to a livable temperature (and the one room is still not comfortable), but the downstairs is way too cold. We were wondering if it would be cost/energy efficient to leave the central air off and just put in small window units in the bedrooms up there. Our first floor stays pretty cool until we are in the 90 degree kind of weather so it is totally wasteful to have the central air on as much as we do. Any advice if this will work or how to even begin comparing the cost and energy consumption on this? Thanks in advance!

  • Beeb,yes a joke all around. Another situation in which I could have used an emoticon. He was guilty of an innocent mistake and felt badly for it. However, notice he then recovered and said the experience made me and my brother much healthier. AND built up a substantial life-reserve of moral fiber.

    Question to OP, lulu_d...will excessive heat have the same impacts?

  • I have never heard of trying to adjust the baffles... Sounds like it is worth a try. Our basement is finished though and I'm wondering if they will be up under some drywall or if they will be visible in the furnace room. Off to google! Thanks for the tip!

Jul 15

Updated 6 days ago

Cleaning company decision

Hi there - about to move into a Portage Park bungalow, doing some much-needed work on the place first. We want to have the place professionally cleaned before moving in and are deciding between two companies, both highly rated on Angie's List: The Three Marias and A-1 Polish Services. Does anyone have any experience with either or both? Thanks in advance.

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