1 hour ago

Updated 21 min ago

  • Lorenzo Wishing for an improved Six Corners

    Yeah, that is really harebrained. Like I am going to run E85 in my car that requires premium fuel. Insanity.

  • I can't use it either. I wish they would quit with the insane nanny state ideas and do things for the city that REALLY matters to all.

26 hours ago

Updated 26 min ago

AT&T DSL Modem

Does anyone have an AT &T DSL modem they want to sell or barter? I have already bought 2 at garage sales and they work but the plug in for power is messed up on both of them, I have to keep smashing the plug in to the point of feeling like I am going to break it, and then it comes loose after a short while and disconnects me. AT&T wants $75 for a new piece of crapola that will probably last a year and I really don't want to give them my money.

I can barter food, PM me to discuss.

Jul 16

Updated 49 min ago

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    Aldermanic candidates in the 38th Ward that receive CTU support, will not get the support of voters this household........

  • Aldermanic candidates who hate teachers, as many people posting here seem to do, will not get the support of this voter.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Portage Park Dog Park

We walked our pup over there yesterday afternoon and the dog park was chained closed with yellow caution tape on the gate. Does anyone know what's going on?

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

    Thanks. This means I will need to use a city vet then? We had the same vet int he family for 30 years in Lombard so I take my pup there.

  • francie portage park transplant

    @beenafix-not sure if you can get DFA tag from your vet, call them to see. Otherwise, I know someone who got her tag from Portage Park Vet across from park, although she does not go there for her dog. I think you just have to show proof your dog has all the required shots.

2 hours ago

LF A Skilled Handyman

Recently, I was looking for a plumber but after speaking with a few neighbors they suggested a handyman would be wiser, economically.

So if anyone has a skilled handyman who can do some mild plumbing and fix a few things around I'm open to your references. Thank you in advance.

4 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

catch basin rebuild?

When Rabine paving was out to check if water line and gas line were crossed, they said catch basin looked bad and couldn't see in. Anyone have this project done? Have lived in this house 17 years and have not had problems...

  • We had ours rebuilt about 2 years ago. The company we used was Madden Sewer. They were quick and clean. And the woman on the phone was very knowledgable and matter-of-fact -- Not pushy, friendly, answered all my questions.

    It was not cheap, but I was pleased with the experience.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    We had it done (not rebuilt, but cleaned out) several years ago after drain backups in basement. It helped and we need to have it done again. As I recall it ran about $200. I plan to call Apex Plumbing on Irving. We've had them come for other work, always responsive and fair priced.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Police in the Park

While I was walking through the park to pick up two of my children from Portage Park camp, myself and at least one kid almost got hit by a police car driving through. Once the cop passed us he started speeding the rest of the way. Behind that car was another one. Another mom yelled out to please slow down (for obvious reasons as camp was just getting out and there were kids everywhere...in a park!). The officer yelled out...

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While I was walking through the park to pick up two of my children from Portage Park camp, myself and at least one kid almost got hit by a police car driving through. Once the cop passed us he started speeding the rest of the way. Behind that car was another one. Another mom yelled out to please slow down (for obvious reasons as camp was just getting out and there were kids everywhere...in a park!). The officer yelled out his window at us!

I understand that there was obviously something going on. However, there are streets with no children. I don't even know who to report this to! It's not like I can call the police and say, "hey, you were speeding through the park and through 100 or so kids."

I am all for the big police presence, don't get me wrong. But not at the expense of my kids' safety.

  • We don't have motorcycle cops in Chicago. Bicycles can't catch a fleeing vehicle at a crime scene.

  • Stevio you are right that there aren't motorcycles in the parks. They do use 2 wheeled motorcycles in Chicago for motorcades and specialty details like funerals and some parades on the odd occasion. The CPD did have Harley Davidson sevi-car 3 wheeled motorcycles to patrol parks and were used downtown...

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    Stevio you are right that there aren't motorcycles in the parks. They do use 2 wheeled motorcycles in Chicago for motorcades and specialty details like funerals and some parades on the odd occasion. The CPD did have Harley Davidson sevi-car 3 wheeled motorcycles to patrol parks and were used downtown and in the districts for traffic patrol. They also used custom modified Hondas when HD no longer made the 3 wheelers. Regardless of their usage, these vehicles were never authorized to chase vehicles. The Dept then used Cushman vehicles, Honda 150 scooters, Polaris ATVs, now they just have bicycles because it's cost effective.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Construction Dumpster

Tonight around 10:15pm a large truck placed a construction debris dumpster on our street. I noticed because of the loud noise of the truck's motor and the crashing of the dumpster. I thought it was odd that it was placed so late on a Friday night. Then the same truck came to pick it up barely 20 minutes later. Anyone else see this truck/dumpster tonight? I was too tired and lazy to get info to call 311, but I'm curious about it.

  • Kathleen Boyle Matchmaker of Chicagoland Real Estate since 1999.

    Could be as simple as he dropped it at the wrong address, and went back to get it and take it to the correct address.

  • Good news A&K!

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Tiny Tykes Race Car Bed

Does anybody have a gently used Tiny Tykes toddler race car bed (the small version) we could buy? We don't want to spend more than $50. Ideally we want the one that you can fit a crib mattress into the frame (we have the mattress) just need the frame. We can pick it up.Please let me know!

21 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Peoples Gas path of destruction

So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds...

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So, my block is now at the tail end (hopefully) of the Peoples Gas "infrastructure modernization" project and I'm getting a little concerned about the condition that the destruction, ahem, "construction" crews are leaving our neighborhood in. I understand why this project is necessary and appreciate the scope of it, but it doesn't seem like Peoples Gas or the crews they are contracting for this are committed to following the "campsite rule." In addition to the requisite removal of hundreds of dollars worth of sod and recently paved walkways, as well as the trashing of the landscaping along the side of my house, they've strewn water bottles, cigarette butts and half-eaten pieces of pizza along my lawn and sidewalk.

Does anybody know whether Peoples Gas is going to take responsibility for at least repaving the sidewalk, removing excess piles of dirt/construction debris, and restoring the grass or are homeowners just expected to take this upon themselves?

  • Pat Belmont Central homeowner

    Trey, it probably wouldn't hurt to take some photos of the current state of the street, just in case you have to file a complaint. But it sounds like Peoples Gas will do right by your block in the end.

  • As a rule, take pictures of anything untoward, just in case.

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39 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Fish tacos @Jeff Fest

Went to the fest tonight and was going to get some ribs but saw Gale St. is also slinging fish tacos and went that route instead and was not disappointed, they were really good and had some nice heat. I want to say it was 2 for $8 and 3 for $10. I'm not a beer drinker but they have a nice white wine sangria that was refreshing in the heat. It was a nice night, I went with friends from outside the neighborhood and they liked that the festival is more spread out, not crammed along a crowded street.

  • What's up with that Kenji?

  • francie portage park transplant

    I went to Jeff Fest yesterday with my husband and son and had a good time! Loved the kid's corner, loved how it was spread out in the park, good food, beautiful weather! I preferred it over the 6 corners Fest which was too crowded, had to stand in long line to get tickets to stand in long line to get food, drinks (paid cash for food at JF). I would definitely go again next year!

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

My car was stolen in front of my house

Beware if you reside in the Portage Park area. My car, a beige color, 1994 Cutlass Ciera was stolen right in front of my house. The last time I drove it was this past Monday.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Integrys - yes or no?

Got the letter in the mail today (again) about the city-wide switch over to Integrys for electric supply. I understand the whole premise, but feel like I need clarity on whether or not to opt-out. What would be the benefits of opting out? Are any of you going to? Thanks in advance!

  • A&K

    Well, natural gas plant is worse. Perhaps I will have to think about it. It's bad enough I have to use it to heat the house. I wish geothermal was cheaper and allow in Chicago.

    I am not a fan of the drilling process for natural gas. Mainly for the...

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    Well, natural gas plant is worse. Perhaps I will have to think about it. It's bad enough I have to use it to heat the house. I wish geothermal was cheaper and allow in Chicago.

    I am not a fan of the drilling process for natural gas. Mainly for the pollution of ground water. It seems like any way we turn we have to destroy something to get power. Which is the least destructive? Perhaps wind, solar, hydro plants, geothermal. Even those have draw backs.

    Maybe we could use a lot of candles instead.

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    We designed and built solar panel manufacturing machinery for this company...

    http://www.bcbr.com/article/20131011/EDITION/131009918

    ....luckily they paid before they went under.

    Colleagues at another Chicago area machinery company did the same for this outfit....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra

    ...they weren't so lucking in getting 100% paid for their work.

11 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Tree removal from backyard

We have a large tree in our backyard that we want to remove. We have talked with our neighbor (since the tree leans into his property) and he agrees it is time for the tree to go.
Can anyone recommend someone to take the tree out. It is about 2 stories tall and a full canopy (would love to remove it before the leaves fall for the autumn).

44 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Fence recommendations, please

We figure this is the best place to ask...

Does anyone have a great resource for fence builders/contractors?

We want to have an ornamental steel and red cedar fence installed in our backyard. We are looking for something more sophisticated than your good ol' Home Depot special. We checked out TruLink but between the banker's hours and not returning our calls, we want to go a different route.

Thanks!

  • Top Line Fence Co. On Cicero ave, near Armitage.

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    I had Top Line do my fences. They didn't really do that great of a job. They sent out the wrong gate, and despite my telling the installer that it wasn't the one I ordered, he went ahead and welded it on anyway. I also caught his laborer snooping around...

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    I had Top Line do my fences. They didn't really do that great of a job. They sent out the wrong gate, and despite my telling the installer that it wasn't the one I ordered, he went ahead and welded it on anyway. I also caught his laborer snooping around under my porch. It took my refusing to pay the bill to get the owner out to grind off the wrong gate and finally install the right one, along with other parts that were "forgotten", leaving the brand new gate posts looking like they were salvaged from another job. And those were just the highlights. If you call them, deal with the owner only. His sales reps and work crews proved themselves to be very inattentive.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

In Home Daycare

My wife & I are looking into licensed in home day cares in Portage Park. Does anybody have good suggestions? Thanks,

  • Katherine, usually they do. But if the child isn't, they'll help you get the child potty trained. at least that has been my experience

  • Ms. Edith In home licensed daycare provider!

    My name Edith, I have a in home day care in the Portage Park neighborhood at Berenice and Marmora. I have open availability for infants and toddlers full time or part time. I am a licensed with the DCFS department. If you are interested in learning more, we can set up an appointment to come to view my place and get more information. I also have great references. My number is: 773.706.0255 (text or call). Thank You.

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market 7/27

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Music: Steven Zane
Feature: a rep from Youth Company Chicago & a rep from American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Norridge/Harwood Heights will be out.
Also come meet out our new produce vendor, as well as several new craft vendors.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook

  • KevinJee

    Watch for fingers on the scales!

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Pls. don't let an unfortunate incident stop you from attending the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. It's wonderful just to have it in our neighborhood. If you feel you have to be extra careful, mention it to that vendor and, I am sure, he/she will be glad to make things right. Please come again.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    And actually the vendor did discover a problem with the scale, fixed it & had a test weight handy today in an effort to cooporate and put people at ease.

22 hours ago

Lost terrier Dog near Pulaski/Belmont

A small rat terrier mix got off her leash around 1:30 pm Sunday July 27th near Central Bark Doggy Daycare at 3358 N Pulaski. Her name is Pepper and she is mostly white with some black spots. If you see her or catch her, please call 773-957-3076

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Does anyone know anything about the Phoenix?

Hi,
I've seen that the old Stage Bar (before that Memories), at Montrose and Cicero, after disappearing for a few months and quietly reopening "under new management", is now open as the Phoenix. Does anyone know anything about it? I know there were some bands that used to come through the old place. I had high hopes that this might be a nice little live music joint in the neighborhood but I swear when I drove by the other night it looked like another tavern.

  • I was walking by so stopped in for a minute and talked to the manager, Jose. The place is spruced up quite a bit, and has a new jukebox and TVs. No draft beer at this point, just mainly domestic standards but he is looking to expand that. He says...

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    I was walking by so stopped in for a minute and talked to the manager, Jose. The place is spruced up quite a bit, and has a new jukebox and TVs. No draft beer at this point, just mainly domestic standards but he is looking to expand that. He says a few of the old regulars have stopped in but he would be happy to get some new regulars. I doubt that it's going to become the little live music joint a lot of us are looking for, but he seems open to ideas and some live entertainment, so feel free to stop in and make some suggestions.

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

    Not a gay bar. We aren't so lucky. This bar may have been a drunk spot 10 years ago, but neighborhoods change. Wicker Park is nicer than it was 10 years ago and some are worse off. Maybe this will have a different type of crowd. I have "hipster" friends who love Sidekicks and none live in this area.

28 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Spark is working the area again.

These people sure are persistent. As soon as he mentioned wanting to see my utility bills I had to practically slap him in the face with my No Soliciting sign (Of course they don't think they're selling anything. They're getting paid to copy down account numbers) and point a pepper spray at him before he finally got the message and left.

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    These are why I met them with such hostility. These aren't girl scouts selling cookies, they're con artists trying to steal personal information for nefarious purposes. You can't just slam the door and ignore criminals like this or they just keep coming back, trying to steal from you again and again. The only thing that gets through to them is to make them fear for their own safety. If that gives me a reputation among their ranks as that crazy old guy that's willing to hurt them, all the better.

  • Stephanie Young adult concerned about neighborhood issues.

    They came to my house about a month ago, demanding to see my Comed bill. Since I'm not the account holder, I told them no. I really don't like answering the door for people because I've trained my dog to bark at intruders,etc. Then they had the audacity to tell...

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    They came to my house about a month ago, demanding to see my Comed bill. Since I'm not the account holder, I told them no. I really don't like answering the door for people because I've trained my dog to bark at intruders,etc. Then they had the audacity to tell me that I should "really shut my dog up or get rid of it". Then I said "well i trained him to keep people like you away from my house" and slammed the door. They then decided it was a good idea to come back at 7 pm the same day. These guys just won't quit.

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Cab recommendations?

Need a cab to the airport tomorrow. Will have an infant with us. Anyone recommend a good reliable company to call that services our area? Tried hailing one last time....that didn't work....

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    Uber doesn't "dispatch" taxi's. Using GPS - both from your smart phone and what is in the Taxi's car - you make a call out for a Taxi - the drivers can see where you live and if he is close - he takes the request and comes to your...

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    Uber doesn't "dispatch" taxi's. Using GPS - both from your smart phone and what is in the Taxi's car - you make a call out for a Taxi - the drivers can see where you live and if he is close - he takes the request and comes to your house immediately. Your credit card is stored in your Uber account (and the standard tip amt you want to give) and as a result there is no financial transaction that has to take place. They pick you up, you get in and out. No fuss. If you lived in Lincoln Park you wouldn't need to use this, but if you live in area that doesn't have a frequent taxi traffic, it's perfect.

  • My friend tried unsuccessfully to use Uber from PP last weekend. There were two available when she first checked, but when she went back to actually call one of 'em up, they were both gone. An hour blew by and still no Uber in the area. So if someone wants to make some extra cash, do that. Become a driver around the NW side. lol

5 days ago

Updated 47 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,

    The corporate name is The Key Hut Inc. and the store name is really original...

    "Sears Key Shop"

    Clever, huh?

  • BTW, we are having a humoungus clearance sale on everything. I will not post it here because EB does not want that kind of thing posted.

    In fact if you want to help me, don't come. I get whatever is left over. :)

    OK, You can come if you want to.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

local vet?

hi, wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a good local vet near portage park? thanks!

  • Jan

    i agree with LadyLord. I've been living in Portage Park for 10 years now and have always taken my felines to Cat Hospital of Chicago. Dr Currigan is a leader in feline geriatrics and all the vets and vet techs are incredible. 773-539-9080

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

    @bethd: What type of animal(s) do you have? I agree with LadyLord and Jan about Cat Hospital after having our first visit with them. But maybe you have a dog?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

A/C recommendations

We're considering adding high velocity air to our bungalow. (We're hoping to avoid ductwork/visible units/etc - not very 1920's!) I've seen a number of threads here asking for recommendations for a/c installers, but none specifically addressing high velocity systems. Any recommendations for this specific type of A/C? If anyone has put this type in, have you been happy with the result?

  • I just checked with my dad who's an HVAC guy. He said that the cost in Chicago is abnormal due to the requirments of having to hire an architect and applying for all the special permits. Its a much more complex job then regular a/c install. Unfortunatly he couldn't even recomend a price on it as he doesn't do these installs (they take too much time, and he has too many clients) sorry, wish I was more help.

  • FYI, Spacepak (and similar systems, I assume) is usually cheaper to run than conventional a/c. It is more efficient and takes out more moisture so you can feel more comfortable even at a higher temp. And obviously it does have ducts, they are just really small. It is important to...

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    FYI, Spacepak (and similar systems, I assume) is usually cheaper to run than conventional a/c. It is more efficient and takes out more moisture so you can feel more comfortable even at a higher temp. And obviously it does have ducts, they are just really small. It is important to make sure the installer does a thorough heat gain analysis to determine the cooling needs in each room. If there is something borderline, you may want add an additional outlet in that room just to be sure. After all that money, you don't want to wind up with a room that is just short of comfortable. They can and do make adjustments to the ducts after installation when testing the output, to tweak it, but they can only work with what was installed.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Neighbor issue: residential fencing

We are having an strange problem with the home owner next door. A chain link fence marks the property boundary line, but it is technically the neighbor's fence (it faces out towards our yard). The neighbor is threatening to remove our fence gates, which are attached to her fence posts.
Can she do this? What are the residential fencing ordinances for Chicago?
Thanks for your input.

  • A&K

    We cleared our fence choice with the neighbors. It was easier to get approval before we changed anything. Exterior plans for the house down to the color was also cleared with the neighbors. Fortunately they all approved. It makes it easier. It would be nice if everyone was that easy going.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    A&K - you are a polite adult, not a spoiled brat. If our neighbors had approached us, we would have helped put up the fence, and probably offered them money.

Mar 21

Updated 2 days ago

Integrys Energy or Opt Out??? Electric Aggregation Program.

I just got in the mail that I can opt out of Integrys. I let my plan switch to Integrys, not sure how much I saved. I was wondering If I should stick with Integrys or find another supplier or head back to COMED.

  • upen e31st and indiana av

    Edwina: thank you for your guidance. Appreciate it. By the way I must mention, the two points in my letter, so that others are aware:
    New pricing will begin in Sept 2014 meter read and based two-part blalanced energy plan which includes:
    1. a low fixed price of 5.299 cents/kWh...

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    Edwina: thank you for your guidance. Appreciate it. By the way I must mention, the two points in my letter, so that others are aware:
    New pricing will begin in Sept 2014 meter read and based two-part blalanced energy plan which includes:
    1. a low fixed price of 5.299 cents/kWh and
    2. a monthly customer charge (now $19.99) which covers costs everyone in ComEd service territory pays regardless of supplies. Previously, the monthly customer charge was based on your rate class(S-F, M-F, or Watt Hour account). Beginning with your Sept 2013 meter read, your monthly customer charge (noted above) will be based on the annual electricity usage of your home/business.

  • Jeff Life long Chicago kid

    i think they need to regulate the notifications to make these easier to read. Shame on the city for distributing these dense contracts. A standard, easy to read comparison similar to what was done in the credit card and mortgage world is in order. I'll hold my breath.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days 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?

  • Liam Fitzsimmons is that you? Haven't heard from you in a week. Good to see you're feeling better.

  • Liam F.

    We know what Cu is short for. EB was down for a stretch in case you didn't notice.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Pool Cleaner

My wife and I just bought a house that came with a pool. I've been trying to keep up with the chemicals, cleaning etc., but I'm afraid I just don't know what I'm doing. It's only been just over a week since we bought the house, and the pool is already pretty bad. Ideally what I'd like is someone that will clean the pool a couple times and also show me how to do it. I'm having a hard time finding a company. Plenty of pool supply companies, but all the cleaning companies seem to be located way out in the burbs.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Barking dogs

Thanks to the neighbors who had good suggestions. To those that pass judgement: I do not leave the dogs out day and night. I train them with treats and praise and bring them inside when they are barking . After 20 years, I now have crappy neighbors. Time move!

  • Juan C. Ayala Belmont Cragin Resident

    I have 3 dogs that bark at 1 neighbor, once I hear them barking their heads off I immediately bring them inside as I know this can annoy neighbors. Common courtesy should be practiced in these situations.

  • I am not so certain that Resident20 would be as argumentative as some of you are accusing.

    Resident20, if you really want to constructively engage your upset neighbor, you could pass out your contact info and solicit more detailed feedback about the barking, mentioning the police as the trigger. If...

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    I am not so certain that Resident20 would be as argumentative as some of you are accusing.

    Resident20, if you really want to constructively engage your upset neighbor, you could pass out your contact info and solicit more detailed feedback about the barking, mentioning the police as the trigger. If you provide an email address and/or your user name of EveryBlock, they would be able to anonymously contact you, if that makes it easier for them (maybe even mention that in the distributed info). You may want to create new contact information for this just in case your upset neighbor is abusive. You can easily create a new email address from a number of sites and you can also use Google Voice to create a new phone number that you can forward to your existing one. Google Voice allows you to block incoming numbers just like you would block spam in your email. I have seen it recommended frequently for Craig's List sellers and my wife uses it to create a separate work number.

    I would only recommend this if you really want the feedback and are willing to adjust your routine, if you just want to argue your case, its probably not going to be very productive and could end up escalating the issue into a feud.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Huge Moving Sale

I'm hosting a huge moving sale this Saturday and Sunday (7/26 & 7/27) from 8:30am-4:00pm.
I have a 4 piece twin bedroom set, bookcases, storage units, art books, craft supplies, a large dresser, educational books, glassware, winter coats, jewelry, new shoes and much much more. Please stop by and find a treasure. See the attached flyer for location details.

3 days ago

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May 31

Updated 3 days ago

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe! ( Berteau and Central)

Coming Soon Mia's Cafe ( Berteau and Central)

Hello Everyone and Thank you Alderman Cullerton for your help and support during this project and helping us bring 3 NEW businesses to Portage Park ( Legno, Creative Thinking Preschool, and Mia's Cafe).

Mia's will be opening in July in Portage Park. We will be serving gelato, frozen yogurt with toppings, salads, sandwiches, assorted baked focaccia, smoothies, shakes ,coffees and MUCH MORE! We have a HUGE outside patio and a really cool decor. Children party rooms will also be available for theme parties. Come and join us. SEE YOU SOON!!! Love Mia

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for dog daycare recommendations.

In about a month, my pup will be ready for dog daycare. Does anybody have any recommendations for the Portage Park area or maybe NW suburbs because I work in "the Schaumptons"

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

    Thanks... I was googling around and Dojo looked VERY GOOD so I am glad you mentioned them. I checked them out on Facebook and also "Canine Corral" up in Norwood Park. I am not impressed with Canine Corral by the pictures and videos, but Dojo looks like a great potential. They will do pickup/dropoff to Portage Park?

  • Yes, they do Pick-ups/Drop-offs.
    http://www.thedoggydojo.com/home/services/
    Portage Park should be within their service area.
    I would call them directly, as I'm sure they can answer any questions you may have. Maybe you can go check the facility out yourself! It's about a 7min drive from Portage Park (depending on traffic). Eastbound...

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    Yes, they do Pick-ups/Drop-offs.
    http://www.thedoggydojo.com/home/services/
    Portage Park should be within their service area.
    I would call them directly, as I'm sure they can answer any questions you may have. Maybe you can go check the facility out yourself! It's about a 7min drive from Portage Park (depending on traffic). Eastbound on Belmont, it's right after Milwaukee & the Dunkin' Donuts on the right side. It's kind of hard to spot (nondescript 2-story building). A visit to the facility might help you in your decision.
    Good luck to you & your pup!

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Beer decision

Thought I'd let all of you wonderful advisors what beer we decided to serve at our wedding (along with wine and cocktails). Bell's Oberon, Founders All-Day IPA, Greenbush Sunspot. Thanks!

4 days ago

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5 days ago

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Rug Cleaning

I'm looking to have two area rugs cleaned. I don't need someone to come to my house, I'd rather drop them off. Does anyone have any neighborhood recommendations?

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Glad Cleaners at Central/Devon in Edgebrook. I dropped off a wool hand hooked area rug yesterday. They do great work and are a green cleaner, environmentally friendly!

  • I use Koshgarian Rug Cleaners Inc in Hinsdale. A little far away from Portage Park but they do a wonderful job on cleaning and repairing rugs. Maybe a little more expensive but check their website for coupons.

5 days ago

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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. :)

  • annethirteen teacher of the maths

    Thanks, Bill, maybe they just wanted someone to notice. ;)

  • annethirteen teacher of the maths

    Lulu, it's a daily email that highlights what happened on EveryBlock the previous day, crime reports, events, etc. You can subscribe to neighborhoods and choose which neighborhoods you'd like an update on.

5 days ago

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Old Mrs. O'Leary's

Yesterday late evening, I noticed the sign removed and the doors and trim painted. Is the old pub & grill sold and opening?

Nov 01 2012

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no soup for you?

it's that time of year in which sitting down for a nice bowl of thick homemade soup or stew will hit the spot. so any restaurants around portage or jeff park that have it? if not what is the closest, best? if you have a homemade soup recipe, now is the time to share.

  • @jim, where have u been

  • Inactive User,

    Been kinda busy. Mostly I have just been lurking, only responding to a thread hear and there. I just decided to go back an look at some of my old subscriptions to see if anyone tried recipes I posted or visited a pizzeria I recommended ... that sort of thing.

    Jim

5 days ago

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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.

  • DickinsonParker 20 years in Portage Park and loving it.

    Thanks A&K. I knew about the contract. I've lived In Chicago my entire life and I'm cynical about city services and more.

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    I know Chrissy Weber landscaping has state and city contracts..

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Prussing Elementary

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

Jul 19

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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

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