22 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

thetruthaboutjohnarena.com?

I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to...

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I was told by a neighbor to check out this site because I was talking about the upcoming election (I'm a first time voter) and how things have gotten so much better around here since the Levar-era. She said she would not support Arena but was going to narrow it down to two other candidates (honestly I don't know the name and am pretty clueless politically). She went on a rant about all kinds of stuff and pointed me to the website thetruthaboutjohnarena in my post. So I checked it out and just wondering if anyone else has. I took it to be people who don't like Arena making up a bunch of stuff but I also wouldn't know whether or any of it is true or not. I hope not! I did see in the FAQ's they say they stand by everything on the website so they're not worried about being sued. Regardless, my hope is that it's all nonsense but does anyone know if any of the stuff on there is true?

  • @ppmegan26,

    just like you, just asking a question... take a breath, I am not an enemy

    "is that a problem?" well, only if you think it is enough to ask, but I have no problem.

    sorry, if you thought I was grilling you. your reading too much into it.

    nothing wrong with trying to get to know new posters a little better, it establishes their character and we all are supposed to be neighborly.

    I personally have lived in portage park for about 11 years

  • Yikes - happy NOT live in the 45th Ward. Sounds like a bunch of bullies !!!!

1 hour ago

Shine a light on Portage Park!

Did you know the past seven years, Ewa Shimasaki and the students at Portage Park Elementary have dedicated themselves to saving the rainforest by raising funds for Rainforest Trust through a variety of creative and successful fundraisers - See more at:
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https://www.rainforesttrust.org/news/2014/portage-park-elementary-raises-1191/#sthash.1AVJdkRy.dpuf

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Speed Cameras

I have been thinking about the issue of speed cameras, I think it's fair to say their only true purpose is to make money for the city, it's just another tax, I would prefer a Cop with a radar, A speed camera can't pullover a motorist, a Cop can, a speed camera can't search a car for weapons or drugs, a Cop can, A speed camera won't deter a criminal driving past it at 2AM in the morning a Cop can, a speed camera can't react to a crime in progress a Cop can, unfortunately our the political leadership in this city Knows the "cost of everything and the value of nothing" just a little Carmen sense!

  • per city of Chicago website:

    The fine is $35.00 for a speeding violation six or more miles over the applicable speed limit, but less than 11 miles over such speed limit. The fine is $100.00 if the recorded speed limit is 11 or more miles over the applicable speed limit.

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/children_s_safetyzoneporgramautomaticspeedenforcement/automated_speed_enforcementfrequentlyaskedquestions.html

  • Kapel Local Resident

    I didn't contest the speed camera ticket I got because it was only a warning ticket. But I just checked the video again and it is indeed for only 2mph over the limit and it says that next time it will cost $35 and go on record as a moving...

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    I didn't contest the speed camera ticket I got because it was only a warning ticket. But I just checked the video again and it is indeed for only 2mph over the limit and it says that next time it will cost $35 and go on record as a moving violation. And so since it's very easy to coast a little faster without touching the gas pedal I prefer to stay 5mph under the limit in speed camera areas. I'm not worried as much about the $35 as the moving violation which creates issues with insurance companies.

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Furnace repair

Our furnace seems to be on the fritz. Any recommendations? Would love to use someone in the Portage Park neighborhood if there's a reliable service provider, but that's not essential. Thanks in advance.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Guardian is great! I would also avoid Heatmasters. Been there done that.

  • Jan

    AllTemp on Montrose just east of the Edens did a great job for me. Call Jack at 312 719-4822.

4 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

More trees gone in Portage Park.

This morning they have started cutting down more ash trees in the park. Counting the +/- 30 trees that were previously cut down, the park will lose approximately 100 trees. A very sad situation that results from planting so many of a single species of tree. New trees are scheduled to be planted in the spring.

  • They were also cutting on Lockwood south of Irving this morning, looks like it's not limited to just the park.

  • Jan

    Gary, the park losing 100 trees is the result of the emerald ash borer, not the result of planting so many single species trees. Could have happened, and has in the past, with Elms, Maples, etc. Removing infected trees is the safest way to control the infestation.

23 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

City tree trimming

Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw...

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Has anyone in the neighborhood actually had success getting the city to come out to trim their trees? Service was requested for the tree in front of our house on May 24, 2013. I called the city for an update, and all they could tell me was call your alderman. I called the 38th Ward, and the office said there was nothing they could do, and that we might be waiting for another year.

I'm about to take a hacksaw to the low branches, it's starting to block the sidewalk and I feel bad for my neighbors getting smacked in the head... I've seen some threads with private tree trimming recommendations, but since this is the city's responsibility, it seems silly (and expensive) to do it myself.

Thanks for any input!

  • I live on a corner with a lot of trees, and I've been doing a lot of tree trimming in the past year because I want the trees trimmed in particular ways, but for things I couldn't get to, I called the alderman's office, and told them there were some large broken branches teetering up high in the tree. Twice, I did this, and a crew was out there within a week.

  • Yep, I made the online request, and am hearing two years to fulfill it. Sounds like I didn't get in the lucky couple of weeks queue some of you all found. Hoping I don't lose my tree to the ash borer in the meantime!

    Alderman, thanks for responding.

23 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Parent recommended Daycare: Portage Park, Old Irving Park, Mayfair,

Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her...

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Our fantastic daycare provider, Mercedes Hanks, will have 5 openings starting next month. She is licensed and works out of her home. Our son is leaving for pre school and I can't rave enough about her. Our son has learned so much from her and our daughter is now in her care as well. Mercedes is so patient and gentle with the children, while somehow still getting them to all follow her directions. Our son loves her and Maki (her sister and helper) so much that he wanted them at his birthday party. Lunch is always homemade, hot and nutritious. We live in Portage Park and the drive is only 10 minutes away. Her number is 773-736-8930. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me here for references

28 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Freedom of information

Mr. Alderman, would you be willing to make a freedom of information act request to the city of Chicago? They insist on having to spray chemicals to combat bugs but won't tell us what the chemical is. We have the right to know what we are inhaling. I could make the request but being an individual they most likely would ignore my request. Coming from an Alderman might make it happen though.

  • Thanks J.P.E. (and some of my best friends are Progressives)!

  • Thank you Alderman Tim! And I'll second Jeff Park Enthusiast - we will miss you! :(

    Also, this is a bit outside of the realm of this discussion, however, I wanted to say something about that analysis from the link to the city-data.com/forums/dogs that A&K provided. I hope everyone got...

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    Thank you Alderman Tim! And I'll second Jeff Park Enthusiast - we will miss you! :(

    Also, this is a bit outside of the realm of this discussion, however, I wanted to say something about that analysis from the link to the city-data.com/forums/dogs that A&K provided. I hope everyone got it that it is complete bonkers. If you are considering using some anti-flea remedy on your pet, the choice of product should be made by talking to your vet who actually knows your individual pet's health needs. This is not an endorsement of spot-on anti-flea products, btw. It's also not a warning against. It's just a rallying cry against a lousy analysis, which this is. The "betterness" of fipronil over etofenprox in the spot-on anti-flea products has not been proven at all in that discussion.

    A&K, I'm glad you're calmer about the spraying thing. I hope your pet gets better soon.

5 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Found Dog on 9/3/14

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on EveryBlock. I'm hoping to find the owner of a dog that was found on 9/3/14 by Belmont and Long in the Belmont Cragin area. It is a male German Shepard who is not neutered. If you or anyone else you know may have lost their German Shepard, please contact me. I hope to reunite him with his family! We have housed him for the past week and may not be able to keep him much longer. I'm not sure if we will turn him into Animal Care & Control, I honestly want to avoid doing that. Any leads will be helpful! Thanks in advance!

  • Sue Old Irving Resident

    What I meant was, if you bring a dog you have found to paws (and anti cruelty for that matter), they bring it straight over to animal care and control.

  • Mike M Life long city resident

    A women posted some signs in Chopin Park this afternoon. The flier says they are looking for a German Shepard!! Hope fully this can be #6..

27 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

St. Pascal Church Celebrates 100th Anniversay!

Congratulations to Pastor, Fr. Paul Seaman and the Parishioners of St. Pascal Church on their 100th Anniversay! Thank you for inviting me to participate in the celebration!

Watch Fr. Paul make the saxophone sing at the Gala Dinner!

http://youtu.be/86qBEYB1j4k

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Cha Ching

Here are some more photos

  • It smells like winning the Kentucky Derby. A friend of mine says those roses don't actually smell. But we can dream.

  • I just googled the image and WOW the color is gorgeous. Makes me miss my rose Koko Loco. She didn't make it last winter. She was a strange and beautiful purplish brown. I want another one :)

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Peoples Gas work (photo)

Does any one have ANY idea when Peoples Gas will be wrapping things up? I've had a HUGE 5 ft deep hole in front of my house for about two months now! It's covered with broken, wet plywood (see photo). I'm just hoping no one gets hurt and that they can move on so our neighborhood can get back to normal. Kids at the nearby childcare center go on daily walks past this eyesore. 4700 block of Berenice

  • Chicago Carol retired

    When the gas company came to our house, it was explained that the new meters were needed because the pressure in the pipes was going to be changed. When does that happen? If the new lines are in, I'm referring to the ones on Major that took forever, then what's going to happen all winter with the higher pressure and no new meter?

  • Mary on Patterson Mary's Beat 1633

    By reading all the comments about the work by Peoples Gas, I DREAD the thought of the work when it begins on my block. Broken pipes, sewage, open holes, etc.etc. I had flood control put in two years ago and am now worried about that being messed with. I didn't spend thousands of dollars on the system to have it ruined by careless workers. Will the work continue through the winter?

20 hours ago

29 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Freedom of information

Me Alderman, could you please file a freedom of information act request for what chemical the city sprayed in our neighborhood? They say it's safe but do not list what chemical and how much was sprayed. Or tell us how and I will do it. The city would be more likely to honor your request over mine.

Thanks

Sep 05

Updated 24 hours ago

Petition for Portage Park School

Please sign this Petition. We need community assistance to get on the list.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/404/430/574/unhealthy-working-conditions-cps-school/?taf_id=12650955&cid=fb_na#

  • Gary it sounds like you have a problem with the project as a whole, not the inclusion or exclusion of a particular school. That's not what this thread is about.

    I'm sorry you disagree with how the city spends "your money." If I were you, I would find the appropriate venue for such concerns.

    Good luck to PP and everyone who has dedicated time and energy into solving this problem. I don't want to waste anymore time on this thread.

  • I disagree with how the city spends "our money". That is what this thread is about, how the city spends "our money", including money that we do not have. You want to spend the money that we do not have on AC. You seem to believe that there is a magic pot of money available. Good luck.

29 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Looking for hairdresser

Does anyone know of a hairdresser that goes to your home? Someone that's really good with perms on very resistant hair and gives a good cut?

  • Margaret, the owner of XOX! Located at 4458 N. Milwaukee (at Sunnyside).

    http://www.xoxsalon.com

  • Oops, just read the part where you need the hairdresser to come to your home. I don't know if they can do that, but XOX is right in the neighborhood.

  • Carol Corston Jeff Park lifer

    Hi there. I actually go to homes and I do give perms also. You can call me at 773-545-9160. .Wednesday through Saturday.

45 hours ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Meeting!

Hello every one, I will be attending a meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 7:30pm at the People's Gas Building 4839 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL the group that's conducting the meeting is The Portage Park Neighborhood Association, it’s a very good Organization, I will be introducing myself at the end of the meeting I hope you can attend, thank you Carmen Hernandez.

  • Hector Anaya Neighbor

    Hi. I want to go into politics myself and would like to get my feet wet. I would like to be able to help during the campaign. I couldn't find contact information like an email online so I went through EB. Let me know.

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Lost Dog In Portage Park

Have you Seen this dog? Please help find Pippa, she was lost on 9/12 around Portage Park. Call the number in the flyer with any information and please share this post! Thank you

Lost Dog - German Shepherd in CHICAGO, IL



Pet Name: Pippa (ID# 68472)
Gender: Female
Breed: German Shepherd
Color: Black
Color 2: Brown
Pet Size: Large (40-75lbs)
Pet Age: 4 years
Date Lost: 09/12/2014
Zip Code: 60630 (CHICAGO, IL)
See All Lost Dogs In CHICAGO, IL
http://www.lostmydoggie.com/details.cfm

  • There's a female German Shepherd who was brought in to Animal Care and Control. It does not appear to be Pippa, but hard to tell from the one photo above. I see others told the owners about it already, but still worth posting here in case it was missed:

    http://tinyurl.com/kjb8ywv

  • Mrs. L Mayfair resident for 20 + years

    Praying she comes home soon!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found dog Menard/Irving Park

Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now,...

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Last night (9/13) I saw two loose dogs on the run (not together, but at the same time) around Irving and Menard.

One was a German Shepherd, but she evaded me. I ran after her for quite a bit till I came across another dog, this one small and maybe a chihuahua mix. She seems older. Black and white, long-hair.

Approximate time: 9:45 p.m.

If anyone recognizes this little dog, contact me please. She is safe and sound right now, lying in a blanket. We gave her a bath because she was full of mud and shivering from the rain.

As for the German Shepherd, I saw a post about her on Craigslist (link below). As far as I know the owners have not found her. Her name is Pippa. So please be on the look out for her as well.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/4665669758.html

  • Ev

    Pippa is posted on everyblock and here is the families contact info if you see her, as she might come back your way to look for her little friend: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/sep13-lost-dog-in-portage-park-6383818/ Lost! #Chicago #IL (Sunnyside & Linder) Pippa - Spayed Female German Shepherd. Call 310-403-1552 or 317-508-4227. Email abbesilverman@hotmail.com if seen or found. Shy-Timid Please do not call or chase - may cause Pippa to run in fear. 4 Yo , 70 Lbs. Brown & blacked. Microchipped,Wearing Collar. Cook County. 60630. Missing 09-12-2014.jj

  • The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at...

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    The dog in the above photo has been reunited with her owner.

    My girlfriend and I could not keep her for more than Friday night into Saturday morning because we so-happened to be taking in a sick foster dog that morning. When we went to pick up our foster at the vet, we dropped the found dog off. The local rescue Bow Wow Revolution paid for the found dog to get a rabies vaccination and indefinite boarding until a foster situation could be figured out.

    Luckily, the owner of the dog contacted me Saturday afternoon and he was able to be reunited with his little companion. A happy ending to the story.

    I still worry about Pippa the German Shepherd and hope she finds her way back home. I of course am still keeping my eyes out for her when I walk my own dog. My hope is someone was able to find Pippa and just hasn't known where to look to find the owners.

    I also keep checking with Animal Care to make sure she didn't get dropped off over there on stray-hold.

    For example, there was this girl just brought in:

    http://tinyurl.com/kjb8ywv

    I'm not sure it's the same dog though.

Aug 16

Updated 2 days ago

New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Milwaukee

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

  • Bill the Engineer Maker. Fixer. Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    You're fine Candace...I hope your holiday weekend was as enjoyable as mine.
    And Thanks for setting the record straight regarding the new owner of this establishment. Some residents nearby to it will be pleased by that, especially if the new owner is a good neighbor to them.

  • Is it still BYOB? I cant find anything about it on Google

Jul 25

Updated 2 days 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).

  • Final bill exactly what I was quoted. No problems at all...I do recommend, just be patient, they may take a day or 2 to get back to you.

  • Portage Parker Posey Proud Portage Park homeowner since 2006

    We've used Care of Trees as well to remove huge, bird-planted alder on the fence line. Recommend them highly.

2 days ago

The Process!

Good Morning The process of running for Alderman is a lot of work as it should be, the people that I have been meeting have been so kind, it’s been a wonderful opportunity to listen and more importantly to learn want people want from their public officials. They’ve been telling that they feel like they have no voice in the way city government is conducted. Because of my background I have very good connection with working people, because I’m in the Military, I have a certain connection with the Veterans, because of my large family I understand the teachers and their concerns, and as the father two Chicago Police Officers, I understand what they facing on a daily basis.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Speed cameras

I have been thinking about the issue speed cameras, I think it's fair to say their only true purpose is to make money for the city, it's just another tax, I would prefer a Cop a with radar, A speed camera can't pullover a motorist, a Cop can, a speed camera can't search a car for weapons or drugs, a Cop can, A speed camera won't deter a criminal driving past it at 2AM in the morning a Cop can, a speed camera can't react to a crime in progress a Cop can, unfortunately our the political leadership in this city Knows the "cost of everything and the value of nothing" just a little Carmen sense!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I wish you were running in the 50th!

  • Thank you!

  • I am not a fan of the speed camera's. I agree with you that they are all about increasing revenue. I also like the idea of an increased police officers in the neighborhood. My questions to you is if you got rid of the cameras and increased police presence how...

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    I am not a fan of the speed camera's. I agree with you that they are all about increasing revenue. I also like the idea of an increased police officers in the neighborhood. My questions to you is if you got rid of the cameras and increased police presence how would you propose to pay for the additional cost of the officers when you are losing a revenue source? How would you control cost in order to balance the budget? I think Chicago is endanger of driving people, businesses and tourist from our city due to over taxing and too many fees. Don't get me started on the parking meter debacle..

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Zone 1 Police Scanner

What has happened to District 16 and 17 feeds?

  • psmokeyz Smartphones ARE the zombie apocalypse

    "Status: Internet is back. Equipment will be moved and set up tomorrow or Saturday!"

2 days ago

Are You a Tech Savvy Girl, Grade 6th-9th?

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you K-12 Science, Tech, Math and Fun with USFirst.org via a post at http://chicago.everyblock.com/family/aug30-k-12-science-tech-and-math-team-fun-6353855/. We are pursuing this opportunity with much excitement.

Today,we came across an upcoming opportunity for 6th-9th grade girls & their parent(s)/supporter(s) at IIT. For details, click here at http://www.dg58.org/cms/lib02/IL01001925/Centricity/Domain/61/Tech%20Savvy%20Girls.pdf . We hope that some families can take advantage of this inexpensive ($5pp), educational and informative workshop about STEM learning, career and college financing. Registration is at http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/tech-savvy/, just scroll down to the state of Illinois and click the corresponding "Register today!"

Sep 08

Updated 2 days ago

  • Andy x

    Actually, it -is- the law that slower vehicles stay to the right. And in the City of Chicago, stay in the bike lane. No sidewalks. Save some energy. Stop that arrogance of making cars crawl along at idle. Car motors waste more gas and pollute the air more running like...

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    Actually, it -is- the law that slower vehicles stay to the right. And in the City of Chicago, stay in the bike lane. No sidewalks. Save some energy. Stop that arrogance of making cars crawl along at idle. Car motors waste more gas and pollute the air more running like that.
    I won't be the wrong person at the wrong time. I've had enough dents in my car caused by bike riders who were -not- obeying the law. And I've dodged a few more who don't even try to slow down for stop signs. yeah - bike riders need to obey the law too.

  • Andy, I try to exercise vehicular cycling for safety reasons: I'm more visible, less likely to be hit (unless it's intentional), drivers are less likely to sideswipe me, and I stick to slower roads. I won't ride right next to parked cars, in case someone opens a door in my...

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    Andy, I try to exercise vehicular cycling for safety reasons: I'm more visible, less likely to be hit (unless it's intentional), drivers are less likely to sideswipe me, and I stick to slower roads. I won't ride right next to parked cars, in case someone opens a door in my way (this has happened to me before).

    The intersections where I am riding are approximately 300 feet apart. They all have stop signs. I can accelerate adequately to about 20 mph: the default speed limit is 30mph. I'm not a physics major but it seems safely overtaking a cyclist in those conditions means a driver would have to accelerate rapidly, brake the speed limit, and crush their brakes by the next stop sign. In addition, the municipal code of Chicago states that drivers must pass cyclists with at least 3 foot clearance: many side streets have people parked on the shoulder, which means they are only a little larger than a single lane road. There is not enough room on streets like Long for a driver to safely pass. See the following laws:

    9-52-010 a,b,c and d – Bicyclists must obey all of the rules of the road; penalty: $50-$200.
    9-4-025 a,b – Penalty for motorists who violate bicycle safety provisions: $150 to $500
    9-16-020 e – Drivers must yield to bicycles turning left
    9-16-020 f – Drivers must yield to bicycles when turning right
    9-36-010 e – Drivers must pass bicycles with at least 3 feet of clearance when passing
    9-40-160 – Drivers must exercise due care to avoid crashing with any bicyclist or pedestrian on the roadway
    9-80-035 – It is illegal to open a vehicle door into moving traffic, unless it is reasonably safe to do so and only long enough to load and unload passengers.
    9-120-060 – Traffic rules apply to bicyclists

    http://chicagocompletestreets.org/your-safety/enforcement-laws/

    http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Progress on the much awaited Community Tavern - 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave.

New floor going in today and the some of the chandeliers are installed. Spread the word and help them get to 1k likes. Love your local!

They will be looking to fill some positions. Please email your resume to communitytavern@gmail.com for consideration.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

explosions?

What is with the explosions on a rainy cold night? Live near Austin and Wilson.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Someone on our block is lighting off fireworks. They only did a couple and were done with it, but I sure wish they'd knock it off. I'm right down the street from you, Denise.

  • I live right there too. They were fireworks.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone missing a chicken?

A chicken has been hanging around our house for the last 24 hours. If you are missing a chicken, message me with a description of the chicken you are missing. He's sleeping on our front porch right now...and I'm going to be real honest, I have no idea what to do with a sleeping chicken.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    @Polonia, not positive, but we think welsummer.

  • I'm glad the chicken wandered into the right yard. My brother and sister in law keep hens, and I know they'd be devastated to lose one. I hope its owner shows up, but I'm glad it has a safe place in the meantime. I hope you'll update us if you hear anything else.

    I believe chickens do best in groups, anyway, so it's probably for the best that you didn't keep her. She'll be happier with chickenfriends.

4 days ago

Thank you for visiting St. Pascal's Open House

It was great to see so many new families visiting us and taking a tour of our fabulous school. If you were unable to attend, please take a tour any school day to see our wonderful teachers and students in action.

Sep 04

Updated 4 days ago

Do we really need 50 Alderman?

Well what do you think? personally I think we can manage with about 25, It's time for City Government to join the real world! We pump our own gas, bag our own groceries, and if we have to keep 50 Alderman let's make it a part-time position that way maybe they'll have to get a real job!

  • ok, so from what I am reading the alderman get a staffing budget and they have to work within that budget. you have one chief of staff, then 3 staff members is the average.

  • Phil Huckelberry Green Party 38th Ward Committeeman

    Don, thank you for the heartiest laugh I've had in weeks.

    Rest assured, even if there were only 4 wards, I'd still be stuck as one of the committeemen, since I'm the only person in the party who actually knows what the Central Committee is supposed to do.

Sep 03

Updated 4 days ago

  • miesterburger just a regular guy

    That's how Arena won the last election. Sold his soul to SEIU.
    Nice murals though.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Sour grapes, misterburger. I could just as easily say that Garrido "sold his soul" to the union-bashing Republican Party. It's a shame that two candidates progressive enough to publicly question Emanuel's economic priorities and challenge issues like TIF fund allocation are running against each other in the same ward. So,...

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    Sour grapes, misterburger. I could just as easily say that Garrido "sold his soul" to the union-bashing Republican Party. It's a shame that two candidates progressive enough to publicly question Emanuel's economic priorities and challenge issues like TIF fund allocation are running against each other in the same ward. So, the race degenerates into the cultural war of old residents versus new residents and mudfights. And, yes, the SEIU paid for some pricey mudslinging, but I could just as easily say that voting Republican doesn't go down so well with a lot of people in the 45th who owe their economic well-being to strong labor negotiations.

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The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association Fall 2014 Seminar Series

The first one is next Monday, September 15 6-7:30pm
Living in a Material World: The Importance of Building Deconstruction and Reuse
Austin Irving Library 6100 W Irving Park Rd.
view topics and register here... http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar

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Edgebrook Seeking Artists and Storefronts to support Chicago Artists month in October

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a month-long festival that showcases the creativity in every Chicago neighborhood during the month of October.

During the month of October, artists will be displaying artwork in Edgebrook restaurants and storefronts for the community to view. Any interested artists or business owners, please email art@localgoodschicago.com for more information.

Edgebrook will also be kicking off Chicago Artists Month with the following activities:

- Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30pm: Artisan Launch Party at Local Goods Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/336962449808302/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

- Saturday, October 4th, 7:30pm: Art of Comedy at North Branch Arts: http://www.northbrancharts.com/the-art-of-comedy-2014.html

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Thanks Laura for bringing this to Edgebrook. I'll be there. Local Goods is a great place.

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Moving/Garage Sale

We're moving so lots of stuff to sell!! Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm at 3354 N. Neenah

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Patio Brick Layer

I am looking for someone to fill in an approx. 5 x10 empty pond and then lay patio bricks. The pond is about 2 feet deep.

  • A&K

    Call Lurveys landscape on Dempster. They have good recommendations. Just tell the person that answers that you are trying to have some paver work done and they will connect you to the contractor center.

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  • Chicago Carol retired

    When you attend the CAPS meetings, they give you all the details of crime in the
    district. When there were several shootings here, it was explained that there are five (5) gangs in this district. They have been here generation after generation.
    Yes, I agree that new activity is emerging,...

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    When you attend the CAPS meetings, they give you all the details of crime in the
    district. When there were several shootings here, it was explained that there are five (5) gangs in this district. They have been here generation after generation.
    Yes, I agree that new activity is emerging, so go to the CAPS meetings, ask questions, be observant on your street, join a neighborhood watch, especially around the schools and keep calling 911. I personally have been here 39 years. This problem was very bad in the late 80's, and the police cleaned up Portage Park during one summer. I have always felt safe here. Please do your part to be an active person in the neighborhood and call in suspicous activity.

  • Garzastrip, I was speaking more to the people who come here and talk about how they've been in the neighborhood for the last 10-20 years and how it's all going to pot. But truthfully, these folks have been saying the same thing for the last 10-20 years.

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    Garzastrip, I was speaking more to the people who come here and talk about how they've been in the neighborhood for the last 10-20 years and how it's all going to pot. But truthfully, these folks have been saying the same thing for the last 10-20 years.

    Obviously one shooting is one too many.

    Call me fortunate or lucky. But as I said, I walk my dog all around the area constantly, day and night, and have yet to encounter anything you speak of with the gangs. And yes, I walk through the park, by that 7-Eleven, along Central, Irving, anywhere. I'm not saying you're lying or trying to imply it either. I believe you, but my point is that look how different our experiences are. So if you have a couple of people with your experiences coming here constantly badmouthing the area, the perception is out there that it's a terrible and unsafe place to live. I just don't believe it is.

    The idiot who got killed lived in Norridge. He could have easily been shot there too. Dunning right next to us is top 5 safest in Chicago statistically. And though I haven't looked at crime stats recently, they are on a sharp decline every year in the last decade in this area, per capita.

    We can all agree we need more of a police presence, which is why it's pertinent to report anything you see going on.

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  • Portage Patty 30+ year veteran of da hood.

    Way our government moves I suspect it will be my great great grandchildren who will be around when this imitative will kick in.

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O'Hare Noise Tax Appeal?

I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

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I was curious to know if anyone in the 38th ward was able to attend the FAiR O'Hare Noise Complaint tax appeal workshop earlier in the week? I will definitely be appealing my property taxes citing the jet noise and contamination to our quality of life and possible loss of property value. I was curious if anyone in my ward is able to give some tips learned at the workshop?

I know the website says to provide documentation such as the OMP map of the new runway, recently published articles about the negative impact on the community, a drafted resolution or letter of support from Ald. Cullerton, and a copies of articles regarding the questionable FAA hearings and lack of/ false information provided to residents. I can also provide video or photos of the actual planes over my home.

Is there anything else that should be provided?
Is it better to appeal via the Board of Review or the Assessor’s Office?
Has anyone had luck asking Ald. Cullerton to support them in this endeavor?

Any help would be appreciated! I would like to start the process sooner than later. Deadline is Sept 4th.

Thank you!

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pet safe pest extermination company

Hello, I'm searching for an extermination company that uses pet safe methods and products to get rid of these stupid waterbed that have overrun us after a flood. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • Orkin uses all pet and child safe products. It may seem like a lot of money but they guarantee everything. If you do go with them, don't go for the monthly option. They have a quarterly plan where they come out every three months. But if you need them, they will come out every month at no charge. So you're getting the same service but saving money.

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La Margarita - Check out this new Mexican restaurant!

Went to La Margarita last night (4368 N Milwaukee Ave) and I highly recommend it. Excellent Mexican food. The recipes are all the owners mothers, who was in the back cooking up a storm! I had the skirt steak dinner plate (comes with rice and beans), hubby had carne asada tacos, and we shared some guac. So, so tasty. The prices are very reasonable too - most dinners were around $5. We'll definitely be going back. They're new to the neighborhood so please give them a try and spread the word!

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