22 hours ago

Updated 2 min ago

Chipotle

Went to Chipotle last night for dinner. I inquired about how business has been since opening. The gal said it's only been "so-so." Yikes, how are we going attract and keep businesses in our area if folks to flock to support them?

  • Geez, I can only imagine what you folks will have to say when Jimmy Johns finally opens. It's no wonder so few estblishments survive around here.

  • I just feel that the city is a far richer place when we enjoy what many different cultures have to offer. One way to do that is to eat authentic food prepared by folks from these cultures. These bland chains may be ok for an occasional quick meal, but no I'm not a supporter of them.

10 min ago

Door replacement company??

We're thinking of having our back doors replaced...Feldco was overpriced to say the least...anyone have a company more local that they would recommend? I'm reading about MG Door Installations and they seem great. Anyone use them??

17 min ago

What do you do for after school care?

My daughter will be starting Kindergarten next year at Smyser, and I have discovered that there are no after-school care/programs offered at that school. What do other working parents in the area do for their kids? We can't be the only ones in this predicament.

2 days ago

Updated 40 min ago

Homeless shelter near 6 corners...

I work on the 4100 block of Knox Ave....today I noticed a sign put up in a vacant lot (used to be a warehouse that burned down several years ago) that this was to be the location for a new homeless shelter sponsored by the Hand of God Ministry...The street is pretty much industrial so I am a bit confused by this...Wouldn't a homeless shelter be residential?? Anyone hear anything about this??? ..

  • It was a whole lot easier when McDonalds had gift certificates.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    build the shelter next to Jim Douglas's house, he won't object!

    yes, NIMBY. I bought in Dunning 23 years ago and recently have seen what section 8 has started to do to my neighborhood.

    speaking of section 8, I question why they allow some section 8 people to live in streeterville expensive high rises, with all the amenities. what's up with that? I work 55 to 60 hours a week and can't afford it, why do they let unemployed slugs with vouchers live there???????????????

22 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

abandoned dog :(

A pitbull mix possibly looks like she may have just had puppies was sitting on my friends porch last night. She has no identification. Shes still sitting on the porch. She was starving as she scarfed down food and water. If anyone can take her in or knows anything please let me know. Unfortunately i cant keep her.

  • I'm glad that the dog seems to have found a safe place to foster and have her puppies. Given that she is a pit, I wonder what chance she had at adoption in a Chicago pound, what with a lot of landlords banning them. Also given her breed, maybe she...

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    I'm glad that the dog seems to have found a safe place to foster and have her puppies. Given that she is a pit, I wonder what chance she had at adoption in a Chicago pound, what with a lot of landlords banning them. Also given her breed, maybe she escaped from some back yard puppy mill. Glad she found Monica!

    On that note, my first thought was, why did she show up and park herself on Monica's porch? Given her starved condition, it made me think of those stories of dogs who find their way "home" across many miles, looking for their owners. Just curious - Monica, have you moved in recently and she was looking for her former family?

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

    Monica, thank you for being so dedicated to save multiple lives!

5 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

Is There a plan for an area homeless shelter?

So where is the thread on actually finding a way to allow people to have freedom while supplying humans with at least the humane treatment we demand for our pets???

25 empty churches and folks choosing to live in alleys, doorways and bus shelters. Can we do better.

  • Randy Stroller

    Even when they have no physical belongings they are often being asked to leave all that they are at the door. That is often the catch-22 that has made life such that they have chosen addiction as an escape from rejection in places some of us think of as warm and welcoming.

  • It's not that simple to say they don't go to shelters because they're on drugs. Some people live at poverty level and a simple parking ticket or car expense causes them to lose their apartment. I have a friend who works at a homeless shelter, finding people jobs, helping to...

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    It's not that simple to say they don't go to shelters because they're on drugs. Some people live at poverty level and a simple parking ticket or car expense causes them to lose their apartment. I have a friend who works at a homeless shelter, finding people jobs, helping to get their lives on track, it's not that easy with limited resources. Women live with abusive men because they fear being homeless untl beaten so badly they are forced. Divorced men who pay child support, legal fees and so on are often left homeless. Temporarily but it happens. Not to mention, all the foreclosures a few years ago.

    Shelters only provide spaces for up to X amount of people and the homeless don't go because traveling there, being denied access then looking for a place is discouraging. Also, they get inside at 9 or 10 PM and get kicked out at 6 AM. To turn to drugs to pass the time doesn't seem odd to me. They smoke because nicotine is a stimulant.

    I think we all know the homeless guy at 6 Corners. Last time I saw him, I gave him a cupcake but I adopted the one by the Irving el station bringing him my leftovers every time I dined out, shoving bread and whatever else I could in the box. They kicked them out and I'm not sure where he went now? It's so very sad.

Sep 23

Updated 1 hour ago

School Choice Rally

Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support...

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Please join us on Thursday, September 25, in front of St. Pascal School (6143 W. Irving Park Road) at 10:30 A.M.to promote School Choice in Illinois. We are gathering to celebrate our wonderful school and to raise awareness about School Choice. This rally is the kickoff for a new and greatly needed push for School Choice in Illinois! It the Right of every parent - as the primary educators of his or her child(ren) - to have the financial support to choose the school they feel will best enhance the growth of their child(ren). In addition, it is a CIVIL right to be allowed that choice. States throughout the country are joining together to advocate for School Choice, and so we say "Illinois, it is time for School Choice Now." The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools saved the taxpayers of the Illinois $1,157,320,242 in the 2012-2013 school year. Support School Choice and St. Pascal School by joining us on Thursday.

  • Minerva,

    Those parochial schools cost less per student because the students already come in with a decent economic base, which relates to performance. Vouchers will lead to higher costs to educate the sudden broad spectrum of need and schools will likely raise tuitions. Vouchers haven't worked everywhere they've been tried....

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    Minerva,

    Those parochial schools cost less per student because the students already come in with a decent economic base, which relates to performance. Vouchers will lead to higher costs to educate the sudden broad spectrum of need and schools will likely raise tuitions. Vouchers haven't worked everywhere they've been tried. The cost is too great to create an entirely new system for the very modest, if any, academic gains.

    And if we start thinking about our own needs, what stops people who don't have kids from paying less in taxes? The larger good. It benefits all of society to have an educated population. We spend more per year per prisoners than students. It makes financial sense to spend more on students now so that we can spend less on incarceration in the future.

    Why should I pay for firefighters if I don't need them? And should I get to choose which fire station I like better? No, we equip/support/train them all adequately so they can do the job properly.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Minerva, thanks for giving me a picture from your perspective. I agree that vouchers would make it easier for you and others to choose a parochial school and might help the school financially. I am a product of inner-city parochial schooling and I'm against using taxpayer dollars to support parochial...

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    Minerva, thanks for giving me a picture from your perspective. I agree that vouchers would make it easier for you and others to choose a parochial school and might help the school financially. I am a product of inner-city parochial schooling and I'm against using taxpayer dollars to support parochial schools, just as I am against teaching religion and putting up religious displays in public schools. The separation of church and state protects both church and state. I worked for a researcher who published a book about how parochial schools can fare better in teaching poverty-level students than public schools, adjusting for other variables. The plus factors were not strictly related to the teaching of religion, but the creation of a caring community focused on common educational mission that engaged parents, students, and teachers. In this setting, there is a high degree of interaction, familiarity, and accountability. For instance, if I acted up in school, I knew my father would be embarrassed next time he saw the principal, which I knew he would. Educators at public schools know these best practices and many try to put them in effect, in the face of the changing demands of bureaucracies. But pulling the brightest and most domestically stable children out of neighborhood schools works against building cohesive geographic communities. If Rahm Emmanuel sunk as many resources into neighborhood schools as he is into charters and magnets, even while shutting a FEW schools down due to attendance, he would be credible. Otherwise, he is triaging communities and picking winners. Vouchers cannot level a playing field that is already tilted radically.

25 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Bungalow recognition in Portage Park

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141001/portage-park/portage-park-bungalow-belt-gets-historic-designation

Good to see the area getting some recognition for its place in history.

As an afterthought, it is lovely for the area it applies to. But, for those of us just a few houses east of Lockwood - what are we, chopped liver? My street looks pretty darn similar to the next block over...

  • A&K

    We applied on our own and granted historic status. We don't fall in the zone listed either but based on our home and age we received approval.

  • @A&K How do you apply for historic status on your own? We are also a couple blocks outside the designated zone.

6 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Who do you think will be our next alderman and why?

I would like to hear peoples thoughts on who do you think will be our next alderman and why? This question is for both 38th Ward and the 45th Ward.

  • Nikoniko, are you considering a run?

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    Has Arena or Cullerton endorsed anyone for the 38th yet?

    Seeing as the line between 45 & 38 goes through the middle of my street (and we were moved into the 38th in the redraw), I'm hoping for an Alderperson that gets along well with the neighboring ward / Alderperson.

Jan 25

Updated 1 hour ago

Is their a Android app for EB?

I know there used to be a mobile app for iPhone for the old EB but not sure if that still works. Anyway I do not recall if there was ever an app for Android. I looked in the Google play store but could not find anything. If anyone knows, please pass on the info. Thanks!

19 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Bikes to donate

We have a couple of bikes to donate - and I think I read something here about a man who takes bikes and fixes them up and then donates them to those in need. Does anybody know who I'm talking about - or was it just my imagination ?

  • Not your imagination, EveryBlock: It's a 15-year old not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization called Working Bikes. www.workingbikes.org Thanks for your donation.

  • spiro pappas professional construction co.24 hours 7735527472

    I fix bikes live at 3509 n natoma
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  • Pat Clark Former Independence Park Farmers Market Manager

    Contact WorkingBikes.org, 2434 S. Western, 773-847-5440. They can arrange a pick-up or a drop-off location for you. Really good outfit!

2 hours ago

Prefall 2014

Just a few snaps by the Stroller

http://imgur.com/a/TJQLl

4800 Byron lights on.

2 hours ago

Bethany at The Gift Theater

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out The Gift's newest play "Bethany." I saw it last weekend and it was excellent! Very intense and the actors did a great jobl

Here's the Sun Times' review:
http://entertainment.suntimes.com/entertainment-news/bethany-offbeat-survivalist-thriller/

2 hours ago

Burglary - 5500 Block of W. Eddy

One of our block club members' home was burglarized yesterday during the day in the 5500 block of Eddy. If anyone saw anything, etc, please let us know.

Keep an eye out folks, constant vigilance!

Sep 25

Updated 2 hours ago

Club E

Does anyone know what's going with the Club E on Irving Park? The signs are down and they appear to be doing to renovation or deep cleaning inside.

3 hours ago

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2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Missing cat?

A cat adopted our front porch recently. It's been hanging around the block for a couple of weeks. Pictures are attached. It seems to be not fully grown yet. If it yours please let me know.

  • If you haven't already done this, take him to a vet to get him scanned to see if he has a microchip. Thanks for looking out for him!

  • Dora60641 Is Suarez what our neighborhood needs???

    Boy or girl?

  • Mark Z Jr. Pensacola Lifer/Personal Trainer/Coach

    We took him (boy) to the vet and he isn't chipped.

6 hours ago

Transitbot

This is not my app but it is a useful one and at least the CTA parts will get rolled into the front of mine which will be first a web app. In the meanwhile transitbot is available and works for iPhones and all but the latest androids.

20 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Portage Theater schedule

A lot of people have suggested the Portage / Patio theaters need to provide a wider mix of entertainment to survive. The upcoming weeks at The Portage look fairly diverse, including silent movies and several rockumentaries, starting this Friday with the Memphis soul music film “Take Me to the River”:

http://www.theportagetheater.com/

Since they’ll probably book more of whatever draws an audience, now would be a good time attend the type of stuff you'd like to see on the schedule. If there is nothing listed on the schedule that appeals to you, try sending them an email with suggestions.

3 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Dangerous sidewalk in front of Ace Animal Hospital

It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

I couldn't take it anymore when I almost fell while carrying groceries coming home. I thought how about the...

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It's pretty sad that Ace Animal Hospital does not care about their business and especially being a good neighbor. The sidewalk in front of their business is in such horrible condition I am surprised that no one else has reported this. Every time I walk by this business I am discussed to see that they have no concern about the neighborhood.

I couldn't take it anymore when I almost fell while carrying groceries coming home. I thought how about the animals that are constantly coming in and out of this place. Or people with disabilities (wheelchairs, motorized chairs, people with canes, people using crutches, parents with strollers, etc...)

The city should make this business comply and have a safe environment for everyone. I called it into 311 the reference # 14-01647351. The real sad thing is that this business would only have to pay for half of the sidewalk, but would be benefiting 100% from the end result.

  • I made a type error sorry about my last post when I said "I hope you will not reconsider your candidacy." I meant to say "I hope you will reconsider your candidacy."

  • Colleen Portage Parker

    I will not be a grammar snob, but I have to admit, Niko, I read that one a couple times. I, too, wish Cullerton would stick around, but can appreciate his need, his desire to start a new chapter. By the by, the abundant, albeit proper, use of commas in this post is dedicated to Alliebal and Candace. :D

45 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

When will there be a debate for the upcoming alderman elections?

There is only 120 days left until the next alderman election. How come we haven't had any debates yet? People are waiting to hear what the candidates have to offer, but without a debate how is this possible?

  • What? Like you turn 60 and you can't deal with Fall and Winter in Chicago yet you've been in Chicago for decades?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    What's your angle in this Nikoniko? New account and back to back posts about aldermanic debates. Shilling for a new entrant with little name recognition maybe?

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

steak burritos, who's got the best around portage park?

so I am pretty routine and been getting my steak burritos from el gordo

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-gordo-restaurant-chicago-2

its pretty good to me at least, and you get it with beans and rice for 7.75 and it is a chunk of a meal too, you can also melted cheese on top for an additional $2. ingredients always seem fresh every time i go, hot steak, cold lettuce, fresh onions etc.

but while i was eating today and thinking for 55 more cents i am getting so much more than a chipotle burrito, i wondered what else is out there.

so list your favorite burrito places....

Aug 06

Updated 18 hours ago

Portage Jeff Gardens

What is blooming in your garden now? How are the new roses looking? What about the tomatoes, are you growing a new variety this year?

  • @Bella V... are you confident the acidic history of the dirt around your evergreen shrubs is OK for your roses?

  • Garlic Territorial or Baker Creek on-line. But I don't grow it.

    I was at Lowe's in Brickyard today. They had Knock Out roses on sale. Original Knock Out and Pink Knock Out at that location. Not that I recommend getting roses at Lowe's. I didn't see anything wrong with them....

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    Garlic Territorial or Baker Creek on-line. But I don't grow it.

    I was at Lowe's in Brickyard today. They had Knock Out roses on sale. Original Knock Out and Pink Knock Out at that location. Not that I recommend getting roses at Lowe's. I didn't see anything wrong with them. Rosarians recommend getting them bareroot at the proper planting time, after all danger of frost. Either way, dig a hole eighteen inches deep and two feet wide.

    Planting info available on American Rose Society website. Plus info on the local rose club and consulting rosarians.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Pizza

Good pizza on the Northwest side?

Jul 19

Updated 20 hours ago

Best Pedicure in Portage Park

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

Thanks.

  • Colleen Portage Parker

    Haas a nice mani/pedi at Lee nails by the six corners jewel

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Taryn Nails in the strip mall on Harlem is a place I don't like much. The polish seems to be thinned and doesnt last and the workers seem a little lazy and just file your nails and dont really shape them at all. They want you in and out of there in my experience.

Sep 03

Updated 21 hours ago

What would it cost to get a name architect to design the new development at Six Corners?

What if we could get the developer and the powers that be (government) to agree to let us try to fund a name architect thru Kickstarter or similar? Anyone interested in that? Please discuss here.

This is the development I am talking about:
http://www.clarkstreet.com/current-projects/the-pointe-at-six-corners/

My source of inspiration: Columbus, Indiana.
http://www.columbus.in.us/listings/index.cfm?catId=336

Sep 01

Updated 22 hours ago

Lost Dog -- please help

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

  • Ev

    There are so many pom's listed on Lost Dogs Illinois that could be a possible match. There are so many ways to identify the family, they will have pictures with the family, vet records, you can call the vet to verify, I agree, you can't take someone at their word,...

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    There are so many pom's listed on Lost Dogs Illinois that could be a possible match. There are so many ways to identify the family, they will have pictures with the family, vet records, you can call the vet to verify, I agree, you can't take someone at their word, but without posting a picture it's impossible to know which family on LDI that this girl can belong to. Lost Dogs Illinois is on facebook and also has a website lostdogsillinois.org The saying a picture speaks a 1000 words is so true when it comes to getting these found pups back to their true family. Thanks so much for being this girl's angel and keeping her safe.

  • Did you find the owner?

Apr 19

Updated 22 hours ago

Homeless Man On Six Corners

I haven't seen the homeless man that sits in the bus enclosure on Irving park near cicero for about 2 weeks now. He is the man that never begs and has been out there a few years now. Does anyone know what happen to him?

  • Randy Stroller

    So where is the thread on actually finding a way to allow people to have freedom while supplying humans with at least the humane treatment we demand for our pets???

  • EB'ers in Portage Park, Jefferson Park and Gallstone Park aren't interested in that subject matter.

    Bring up burritos, car repair, beef sandwiches, hotdogs, manicures, Garrido, Arena, Cullerton, potholes, and traffic calming, then you'll get lots of replies.

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

  • It gave a simple way to get to I-90 and Milwaukee Ave. from SB I-94

  • Phil Huckelberry Green Party 38th Ward Committeeman

    I suspect Milwaukee from Addison to Irving will be designated in due time.

    The other day I was further east and drove past the intersection of Ashand and Berteau. Berteau east of Ashland is a one-way headed west, so you can't turn and go east. But they added a designated...

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    I suspect Milwaukee from Addison to Irving will be designated in due time.

    The other day I was further east and drove past the intersection of Ashand and Berteau. Berteau east of Ashland is a one-way headed west, so you can't turn and go east. But they added a designated bike lane going the other way on Berteau there. Very innovative, I thought - and, IMO, an ideal street to do that with through Portage Park is again Berteau. I'd like to see some consideration given to an approach like that.

    The Kennedy of course is the biggest obstacle. Wilson isn't so bad because Lawrence is a designated bike route. It's further south, because south of Wilson, there aren't designated bike lanes on any east-west street until you get all the way to Diversey, and only Addison is even denoted as recommended. Part of the problem is that between Diversey and Lawrence, only the 400 streets are uninterrupted through Milwaukee, let alone the Kennedy.

Sep 24

Updated 23 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Portage Park

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Portage Park think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

27 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Playground Trash & Bees

I've noticed a lot more bees at Merrimac Park this week as well as a lot of trash--beer cans, cigarette boxes, beer bottle caps, good containers and wrappers. I can't help but wonder if the food refuse is attracting the bees. Does anyone know who is responsible for playground trash removal and how often it happens? I got stung yesterday by an angry bee and would never wish that pain on my worst enemy, not to mention a young child just trying to get fresh air.

  • Good morning. I'm Donna Segreti, Park Supervisor of Merrimac Park. Please come in anytime to see me, call 773-685-3382 or sent me an email at donna.segreti@chicagoparkdistrict.com In answer to your question, at this time of year the garbage is pick up 3 times a week. and landscape is here on a daily basis. If there are any further issues please let me know. Thank you

  • Thanks, Donna. I haven't been back since Monday but will let you know if I notice problems in the future. Usually the park is very well maintained and one of our favorite places to spend our mornings!

32 hours ago

Jefferson Park Community Garage Sale

Jefferson Park Community Garage Sale

Sunday, October 5, 2014
8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Copernicus Center parking lot
5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago IL
Website: http://www.jpna.net/gs/

Near the Jefferson Park Blue Line & Metra stops
West of the Lawrence Avenue exits from the Kennedy

34 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

DePaul Prep Grad Names Clock

sBe sure and get by Woolworth Six Corners and The Six Corners Walgreens on Irving Park this week.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/juggernautco/15204078577/

  • Randy, you are channeling my thoughts. I was just telling someone today that names are important.

  • Randy Stroller

    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become...

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    Names are what we use to address the information shared between us even though we each have sets of information that intersect to varying extents. Often though my mind works on pieces of information for addressing instead of names. The dynasty represented by the Field's clock has mutated and become corporate as Macy's but if the clock is beautiful or can elicit positive things depends on if those pieces of thoughts momentum might dictate the future instead of the past such that individuals might not be able to achieve their individual aspirations.

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Graffiti on Waveland and Lockport

Since we have several Alderman active on this app I'd like to know what is really being done to fight the graffiti in our neighborhood?
We've heard about the crackdown and I've seen more and more graffiti in our area! Can we have graffiti cameras?

Is it that hard to catch these wanna bees?
DM

46 hours ago

Updated 38 hours ago

High School Fair This Weekend

The Parent Power Chicago's School Fair is being held on October 4th and 5th - this weekend - at McCormick Place. 7th and 8th grade students, families, and community members are encouraged to attend.

View the flier at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByE3jAIvJaHVaTdaWGN2d25VTHc/edit?usp=sharing

or http://www.parentpowerchicago.com/

  • *The admission is free.
    *The parking's flat fee is: Lot B- $14 or Lot C-$21(preferred loc.), rates are per http://www.mccormickplace.com/attendees/getting-here.php and per conversation with PPC at HOTLINE 773-907-2777
    *Check with your grammar school to see if it organized any free school busing
    Have fun.
    *Preregister on-line to avoid lines.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Solid wood hutch - Free

We acquired lots of furniture from the previous owner when we bought our house years ago. We're finally getting rid of some of it. Including this solid wood hutch...it's a great piece as is or for a DIY'er. If no ones takes it it will go out with the trash (we dont have the transportation to get it somewhere).

  • Loulu Me

    Jealous. Please let us know if you want to get rid of more beautiful pieces. Thanks!

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

    @Laymaneers is the best! Just wanted to publicly say thank you.

    We will put this piece to good use, for sure -- though it's actual task is yet to be determined, there's no way it will go to waste. :)

6 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Illinois School Choice Rally

At 10:30 A.M. the students of St. Pascal School rallied and then paraded around the block promoting School Choice. Every class had posters showing why they were happy their families made the choice.

  • Just offering an alternative to the technology. My kid attended the Chicago Waldorf School. No technology in grade school. Limited computer use in High School. No television at home. Accepted at a top college. Decided to skip college (for now) for a start-up alternative. Lots of choices out there - beyond public, private, technology. I'd encourage parents to explore their options and depend less or not at all on the "system."

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using...

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    Katybeth, thanks for sharing the articles. The use of technology in schools (or in general) could be its own thread! My husband and I use technology, and we do have tv in our home. However, as we raised our boys, we've always put limits on the time they spend using technology, as well as supervising its use. As our boys have grown (now teens), it has become more difficult to find the right balance, in part because their schools require them to use technology for a variety of tasks. Since we've been discussing technology in schools, and for anyone interested in learning more about the impact of constant "connectedness" on humans, I recommend the PBS Frontline documentary "Digital Nation". I found it a real eye opener, with a special focus on how technology is impacting students. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/etc/synopsis.html>;

Sep 01

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Guilty :)

  • Thanks for all the suggestions!

    As a follow-up: we went with Windy City Drywall to build the wall and Mr. Jefferson Koegel (mrjeffersonkoegel at hotmail.com.) to paint the hallway. Very satisfied with both services!

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Street Resurfacing in the 45th Ward

If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money,...

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If you have driven many of the side streets in the 45th Ward, you have likely noticed quite a bit of street construction. The following projects are funded with Menu Program Money allocated through the 45th Ward Participatory Budget process.

Crews first strip the old asphalt off the street. Then, a week or two later (depending on weather), crews come through with new asphalt. The staggered schedule is to ensure that crews are busy at all times, thereby saving money, and to allow for weather issues that might occur.

So far this year, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, work is complete on the following streets:
Dakin, from Laramie to Lockwood;
Strong, from Marmora to Monitor;
Marmora, from Gunnison to Strong;
Strong, from Menard to Monitor; and
Miltmore, from Milwaukee to Ardmore.

According to CDOT, work is in progress, or will start very soon on the following streets:
McVicker, from Strong to Higgins;
Melvina, from Ardmore to Rosedale;
Mason, from Bryn Mawr to Seminole;
McVicker, from Bryn Mawr to Northwest Highway;
Natoma, from Balmoral to Catalpa;
Mulligan, from Berwyn to Foster;
Normandy, from Carmen to Foster;
Marmora, from Giddings to Lawrence;
Belle Plaine, from Laramie to LeClaire;
Belle Plaine, from Lavergne to Milwaukee;
LeClaire, from Grace to Bernice;
Tripp, from Addison to Irving Park;
London, from Giddings to Lawrence; and
Waveland, from Tripp to Kildare.

This list does not include resurfacing that is done as part of restoration after Department of Water Management or People's Gas work. Thank you for your patients as we work to finish this work before snow comes.

  • Lujan, then it is time to start calling your alderman once a week.

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

    I heard that resurfacing was to start at the end of summer on Central between Montrose and Higgins. Is there any update on that stretch?

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Family Owned Business

Hi Everyone,
My question is that if it's okay to let the neighborhood know about our family business on EveryBlock?

  • You should join "I grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago" and other FB pages around your business instead. FB has a lot more folks, good luck!

  • Check out circlesavvy.com. If you build it they will come? You can do one free ad a month.

2 days ago

Fundraiser at Pete's #2 on Montrose

Today Mon., Sept. 29, Pete's #2 on Montrose from 3-10PM is hosting a fundraiser that will donate 25% of sales to St. Pascal School. All purchases whether you dine in, carryout, have it delivered, or purchase their gift cards for future visits will all count towards the total. The purchase of Pete's t-shirts will also count too.
Thank you in advance for joining us and we look forward to seeing you there.

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and ANOTHER one right around the corner

"• An 18-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the 3200 block of North Long Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Alfaro said.

The man was sitting in a car when “several males” came up to him and started yelling gang slogans, Alfaro said. The man suffered a gunshot to his shoulder as he tried to drive away, Alfaro said.

He stopped a few blocks away in the 5600 block of West Belmont Avenue, where the ambulance was called. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition, Alfaro said. No one is in custody as result of the incident."

  • Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to...

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    Generally, the idiots doing the shooting arent even the ones making the money. The money flows upward, the dirty work flows downward. From the people i knew in my much younger days, generally the trigger guys and the guys walking around harassing people about gang affiliation barely had $2 to their name.

    Besides that, going after a guy randomly sitting in a car doesnt seem like a "big fish to fry" either. Is it worth bringing extra police attention, which is bad for business?

    the whole concept these gangs sell to the morons who join and do these acts is a sham. theyre killing, being killed, and doing jail time to make the guy at the top rich and keep his hands clean. Drug money isnt a way to justify it. Maybe back a while ago thats what it was really about, but nowadays theres kids shooting people and not even knowing what its about..just because theyre not of the same gang, less of area control. they think 'oh, i should automatically hate this guy because he doesnt black and gold and throw up crowns like me". Its petty stupidity, plain and simple. the whole concept of the business of it was lost long ago

  • Herecomestheman Beer drinker

    BangBang.

6 days ago

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St. John's Lutheran Still Open for Enrollment

Passing this along from St. John's, where our kids go to school:

Understanding parents’ concerns over the changes that are occurring at Portage Park Elementary due to budget cuts, St. John’s would like to offer current families of Portage Park Elementary an education option with an enriched curriculum (98.5% of our students attend high school outside of their local Chicago Public High School), lower class sizes (max of 25 students per grade), and financial stability (127 years strong).

We are extending a $500 credit to current families of Portage Park Elementary School who enroll at St. John’s Lutheran School.

For more information, contact: admissions@stjohnschicago.org or773 / 736-1196 – Some classes are almost full!

  • All those parents complaining about the lack of AC at CPS, put your own money where your mouth is and pay for your kids to go somewhere that has it.

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    No Pamela, we DON'T agree, there was NO NEGATIVE INTENT but folks like you always want to see one. That's sad for you.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Austin & Irving

Does anyone know what they doing with the bldg on the SE corner?
Lot's of scaffolding and tarps.

  • @chris,

    maybe it's spoons for rent

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcDVBsPuTk

  • There is some confusion about the address of the incoming restaurant on Irving Park west of Austin...
    The owner of 6050 Irving told me that she is planning to open an eclectic restaurant...this is a bit farther west of Perkolator. The building immediately west of Perkolator is 6038-40-42 W. Irving and is being completely rehabbed with 3 storefronts now for rent.

5 days ago

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Found dog Addison and Narragansett

Dog found 9/26 . Male looks like a shepherd pit mix. Approximately 40 ilbs.Has collar but no tags. Cant keep him. Sweet dog. Not a stray. Clean

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