3 days ago

Updated 38 min ago

Breakfast with Bob and Ald. Arena - 45th Ward

Come learn about the issues facing our city and share your vision with Aldermen Fioretti and Arena on how to take Chicago in a new direction!

Shila's
Portage Park
3938 N Cicero Ave
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Afterward, Bob, John and volunteers will canvass the neighborhood to talk to voters about safe streets and strong neighborhoods. If you'd like to join the canvass, please contact Stuart White at 312-783-9985.

https://m.facebook.com/events/1506880486233786/

  • Minerva, those wards get voters, earn respect and actually care. Promoting schools doesn't buy votes here. Taking TIF money from a school to build a soccer field is what we pride ourselves on.

  • Thanks Ahmed, I was just curious if there was another meeting that would be nearby.

18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Garage break-ins

In the early hours of Tues morning (11/18) my garage (5400 block of Byron/Dakin) was burglarized. The alley gate was forced open (screws pulled right out of the wood) and the deadbolted service door forced open, deadbolt bent and door split lengthwise. Car was ransacked, but they didn't even find the 3 $1.00 bills and loose change. Nothing is missing, but I'm out the cost of a new door, lock, and the cost of the labor. My neighbor immediately across...

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In the early hours of Tues morning (11/18) my garage (5400 block of Byron/Dakin) was burglarized. The alley gate was forced open (screws pulled right out of the wood) and the deadbolted service door forced open, deadbolt bent and door split lengthwise. Car was ransacked, but they didn't even find the 3 $1.00 bills and loose change. Nothing is missing, but I'm out the cost of a new door, lock, and the cost of the labor. My neighbor immediately across the alley was also burglarized. I made sure to call the police to report the crime. It's very sad that they do not investigate, they take your report and give you a # to refer to. If 2 of us were hit, I'm sure others were too. Why would the CPD not want to nip this in the bud. This month garages, next month armed robberies of 7-11s.

  • Kenneth Bianchi

    The break-in sounds like a heroin junkie not professionals.

  • Anton L.

    She isn't the brightest.

Nov 13

Updated 2 hours ago

The Leaves

Hello all!

I am a new homeowner in the area. I used to rent in the City hence never had to deal with Autumn leaves. My question is: Can I leave them wherever they fall and have the nature take its course? Do I legally have to rake the leaves? Thank you!

8 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Lexicon needed!

http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/nov13-simple-battery-aggravated-police-officer-hands-no-min-6523552/

Thoughts abound as to what this might mean. Policeman angry that toys did not have batteries included so did not lay hands on citizens as his boss has suggested?

Nov 13

Updated 4 hours ago

38th Ward - Lawn a disaster after infrastructure improvements

City finished up with my street last week and our curbside lawn is a disaster with extra dirt and a random small boulder (too heavy for me to lift). Frustrating as we spent $$$ for new sod last year. Does anyone know if we can request a fix or retribution? TIA

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @EveryEric: Welcome! It's nice to see an optimist on here, pretty rare around these parts.

  • Helen Reichard Portage Park resident since 1983

    The gas company did restore my parkway also, and you're right, they may wait till spring.

Jun 03

Updated 5 hours ago

MCM Pub & Eatery?

What’s Everyblock’s take on MCM Pub over on Cicero? I haven’t been in there in probably 5-6 years but seeing Six Corners Association’s pic of their outdoor seating has me intrigued. Last time I was there I was checking out the liquor store and wasn't impressed with the beer selection and when I poked my head into the bar it looked kind of rundown and uninviting.

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What’s Everyblock’s take on MCM Pub over on Cicero? I haven’t been in there in probably 5-6 years but seeing Six Corners Association’s pic of their outdoor seating has me intrigued. Last time I was there I was checking out the liquor store and wasn't impressed with the beer selection and when I poked my head into the bar it looked kind of rundown and uninviting.

They don’t have a website but looking at their Facebook page, it appears they’ve remodeled the place since last I was in there. What’s the food like? No menu on FB, but looks like they’ve got some decent yet random specials. What’s their tap list like? They’re not on beermenus so I'm concerned it’s the type of place that considers Blue Moon or Shocktop “craft” beer. On the plus side, in addition to their outdoor seating, they’re a shorter walk then Hops & Barley for me and I’d pass Josi’s on the way home, so they've got my curiosity.

So what’s the verdict – worthy of my attention for dinner & drinks or should I pass?

  • Thought I would give an updated review on this place after having a nice time there last night. We stopped in for a nightcap after eating at Six Corners Bistro, and the place was hoppin'. I'm not usually a big fan of karaoke, but in this case, everyone was very talented, so it was free entertainment in the hood. Everyone was friendly and they had a decent selection of beer, including a couple of Revolution options. It's probably all about timing with this place, but we would go back.

3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Local store with holiday gifts

I'm looking for a local small business that sells quality Christmas stockings and ornaments. Small gifts would be a bonus too. I love Foursided in Andersonville, but I'd rather shop in the area if possible. Recommendations appreciated!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    American Science and Surplus is such a fun store!

  • Hello the following was taken from a list posted from an old Thread:

    - Glogg, lingonberries, sauces, etc. from Hagens Fish Market
    - Truffles from City News Café (the new blueberry flavored are fantastic)
    - Soaps from Distinct Bath & Body
    - Bottles of Lake Effect brew
    - Teas from Tea’se
    - Coffee from any of the local coffee houses
    - Coasters, bottle openers, kitchen towels, cards, etc. from Replica
    - Mustard, honey, jam, salsa, etc. from local farmers markets

May 11

Updated 10 hours ago

Patio Theater on Irving

Does anyone know whats going on with the Patio Theater?

  • Cheap Sushi

    Bourbon drunk too?

  • Tezcat....about the email address. Looks like the initial contact's address is masked in the first message. But if the recipient responds, that address is revealed. So a repeated exchange quickly reveals both accountl addresses.

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4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

45TH Ward Community Guide and Map

With so many NEW businesses in the 45th ward and new boundaries, you'd need a map to find them all! Well, we've got one for you. Look for it on your doorstep or come by the Alderman's office to get your free copy. I'd like to thank the Daily Herald and all the businesses that supported. Love Your Local!

Sign up for the 45th Ward e newsletter at www.ward45.org
Join us for Ward Night every Tuesday from 5 - 7pm
4756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Phone: 773-286-4545 ward45@cityofchicago.org
Twitter: @45thWardChicago, Facebook.com/JohnArenaChicago

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    I agree Tami with all of your points. I'd also add that good parents help too, as does a strong local school council. Trouble is, easier said than done on all fronts.

  • Agree: The output is as good as the inputs: teachers, students, parents and the environment. For few years I have watched our CPS school level off my child's knowledge for their convenience sake, which understandably is an issue. Annually, I requested "pretest and then teach", which was ignored year after...

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    Agree: The output is as good as the inputs: teachers, students, parents and the environment. For few years I have watched our CPS school level off my child's knowledge for their convenience sake, which understandably is an issue. Annually, I requested "pretest and then teach", which was ignored year after year. I understand now that it does take a village to raise a child and I hope we will all get involved to generate a better outcome for all.

    Lastly, please remember that supporting teachers does not exactly equate with supporting children. Yes, they share the environment and resources, which continues to be inadequate for most of the northwest side, except for Ward 41/Mary O'Connor, which secured about $74 million for their schools since 2011. But, each party has a different ultimate goal, job protection/increasing rewards vs. successful knowledge and skill acquisition.

    Let's develop GROW45, to mimics GROW47 established by Ward 47th Alderman Ameya Pawar. If schools thrive, the communities will thrive, too.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

  • Chris hey Andy, are you goofin' on Elvis?

    While owning Congress, there were cases of underage serving, security confiscating drugs and then reselling them, paid private ambulances on call for certain shows so "situations" wouldn't make news or stats, a brawl at a Keef show that brought 20 officers to the premises, code violations severe enough that entertainment license suspended, and accusations of slumlord to the tenants renting. Though I am happy to hear Portage has been run smoother, and hope to see this continue, I would not consider the management to be competent.

  • Tezcat Charbydis

    They know how to generate cash. That's a skill set.

    No one mentions that much.

    Cash is king.

    patio desperately needs cash

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

True stories from over by here

Just what it says, tell us something that happened, only criteria is that it is true and happened in the neighborhood.

  • Thank you, Jane. Pat is taking a lot of heat these days for his style of representation. But he was a person after all. And he had a permanent reservation at the Gale Street Inn. So you could always find him if you had to.

  • Tezcat Charbydis

    There and:

    Moy Lee, lunch#1
    Lucky Grill, lunch#2
    Babe's, 5pm

34 hours ago

PPS Vendor Fair

Only a few more slots open at the vendor fair. They are filling up quickly, contact Michelle if you are interesting in a table at the fair.

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5 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Cold Weather Recipe Possibilities

A thread where we offer recipes we like or think might be worth trying for cold weather.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls
    1TB packed brown sugar
    1 large head green cabbage
    1 can (15 oz.) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or 1.5 cups home cooked)
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1/2 cup chopped carrots
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1 medium onion,...

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    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls
    1TB packed brown sugar
    1 large head green cabbage
    1 can (15 oz.) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (or 1.5 cups home cooked)
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1/2 cup chopped carrots
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    3-1/2 cups marinara sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce (jarred or home cooked)
    1/3 cup raisins
    3 TB lemon juice
    Remove 8 large outer leaves from head of cabbage. In a Dutch oven cook cabbage leaves in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes or just until leaves are limp. Drain cabbage leaves. Trim the thick rib in center of each leaf. Set leaves aside. Shred 4 cups of the remaining cabbage; place shredded cabbage in a 3-1/2 to 6 quart crock pot. In medium bowl combine beans, cooked rice, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce. Divide bean mixture evenly among the 8 cabbage leaves, using about 1/3 cup per leaf. Fold sides of leaf over filling and roll up. Repeat with remaining cabbage rolls Combine remaining marinara sauce, raisins, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Pour about half of the sauce mixture over shredded cabbage in cooker. Stir to mix. Place cabbage rolls atop shredded cabbage. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours. Carefully remove the cooked cabbage rolls and serve with the shredded cabbage

  • We love the blog simplyrecipes.com
    So many great recipes, we have had great luck with everything we have tried. The chicken and dumplings are amazing!
    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/m/recipes/chicken_and_dumplings/

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Beginning home search in Portage Park

Seeking advice on which areas of PP to focus on and if there are any to avoid. Planned to go look at 1st property in 4100 block of N Mcvicker Ave. But I see there is some surrounding area of crime (per Trulia). Wondering local opinions on safety of the area. Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Finally got to Mia's!!

I finally made it to Mia's on Saturday. What a treat! Went with two friends. One had the mushroom foccacia and said it was great. Another had the turkey sandwich: delicious. I had the chicken pesto sandwich which was terrific. LOTS of chicken salad on the onion roll is chose. We all had to take home half of our meal to save room for dessert. Who knew that "White Cake Batter" and "Very Berry" frozen yogurt would be sooooo good together! Will absolutely, positively go back!!

  • I got in all this trouble on here and I have never been to Amigo Chino, Mia's, or Tony's! LOL

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Inactive: I was researching infrared heaters last night. This model got the highest rankings from consumers:

    Dr Infrared Heater Quartz + PTC Infrared Portable Space Heater - 1500 Watt, UL Listed , Produces 60% More Heat with Advanced Dual Heating System. Listed at Amazon, not sure if it's available locally.

    Right now some hot chocolate from Mia's sounds pretty good.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Good area

Have been living in my home for over m40 years, sent kids to private cathokic because we were raised that way.Never a problem with anything or anybody would recomend this before any suburban ares.Livenear Irving and Central.Agree with all the other coments.Taxes are a little high but were are'nt they.

  • Deutsch portage36

    Many houses across the city lost lots of value. City living is great, and Portage Park is a great place to live. Chicago Public schools have lots of work ahead of them, but that's not just in Portage Park. Portage is a great place to raise a family and has a lot to offer its people. Seems like the area is getting better and better every day, and I wouldn't trade it for any other area in the city!!!

  • I like the area. Don't care about schools at all, so that's of no concern to me. Good post Big Z. Too many people complaining. Not enough people praising PP and the NW side.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

5800 block of Addison?

Does anyone know why the 5800 block of Addison is closed? I must've missed an update from the neighborhood associations or the alderman.

  • Yea gilbert and someone at chity hall should be the go between the taxpayers and the companies involved. Caked in mud on the streets that you can in no way hand clean sewers being clogged with sand dirt and debris and on top of that leaves that have never been...

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    Yea gilbert and someone at chity hall should be the go between the taxpayers and the companies involved. Caked in mud on the streets that you can in no way hand clean sewers being clogged with sand dirt and debris and on top of that leaves that have never been swept. Its been posted to sweep but both times they had the 5800 block of newport clogged with sub contractors eguipment. Its a city ordinance that these private contractors run private sweepers behind their crews work while its still posted but again chity hall doesnt care about the taxpayers just how to rob them. We also pay a sewer tax but in order to gain access to an outside sewer i have to scrape out a trench in the mud and leaves to drain the water the length of 4 houses. Then at the same time as this not completed yet here comes down marmora a new major sewer line so as on addison the side streets are war zones with both these projects at the same time. I wonder whose working the planning dept at chity hall. Bozo?

  • Gee my comment above about the chity hall bozo in charge of planning major construction projects didnt take didnt take long to materialize. Look what took place in edison park overnight. Luckily no one was hurt nor any property damage done. All it takes is common sense chity hall you...

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    Gee my comment above about the chity hall bozo in charge of planning major construction projects didnt take didnt take long to materialize. Look what took place in edison park overnight. Luckily no one was hurt nor any property damage done. All it takes is common sense chity hall you dont mix major projects together DUH!!! But still the 80 families affected had to endure the frigid weather over someones stupidity. Many families have children and elders but hey who cares. We have gas meter and main sewer construction 5800 block newport. At 8:55 this am i went to look out my front door to see what has been destroyed for the day (it has become a common practice to check at least 4 times per day for destruction or dumping) i noticed a sticky note on my storm door that wasnt there at my 6am check. Well it stated my water will be turned off 9am to 2pm. Great that gave me 5 mins to get a couple of 5gal buckets of water for toilet flushing and hand washing. Must take too much brain power to give 24 hr notice so you can shower wash cloths etc etc. I wonder if rahum can tax or fine us for having no water

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Past post...

How can I get past crime reports !!!

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    Go to the top of the page, click on "show only," choose "crime reports."

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Patio Theater - New Pics on FB Page?

I get the "notifications" from the Patio Facebook page and saw a couple of days ago that they added some new photos, including a new cover photo. Haven't heard ANYTHING about any new events, etc. there, so maybe they are just posting nice pics in order to help sell the place?

Anyone hear any new news about the Patio?

Funny, a friend from the city (but not our 'hood) went with me to an event at the Portage last weekend, which she said was great. It absolutely was but I told her that the real beauty was the Patio. Wish we could have BOTH back & open!

  • Kapel Local Resident

    There are also new events posted to The Patio website starting in December.

    http://patiotheater.net/Home/

    What's odd is there is nothing advertising the re-opening. Not sure if the theater is sold to a new owner or if the existing owner is re-opening for some Holiday events. Either way it will be great to see life come to the Patio again.

  • They have had a renovating sign up at the Patio for the last 8 years now. Have no idea what's going on.

2 days ago

stole my truck

stole my truck from 7457 West Addison black pick up plywood on the window in the rear Dodge Ram

2 days ago

Nov 13

Updated 2 days ago

Tree Planting in Portage Park Today!

New trees are now being planted at Portage Park to replace those we lost to the emerald ash borer. It appears the white flags recently placed throughout the park were markers for the new tree locations. Moore Landscapes' crews are hard at work this morning planting a great number of them. Can anyone identify the tree type(s)? It looks to be a single species.

  • Mrs. O'Malley

    I did see the new trees when I was at the park today. It made me feel better after so many trees have been cut down secondary to disease. I suspect that the drought a few years back stressed the trees. Some of the blocks that have few trees look...

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    I did see the new trees when I was at the park today. It made me feel better after so many trees have been cut down secondary to disease. I suspect that the drought a few years back stressed the trees. Some of the blocks that have few trees look so bleak and barren. The houses must be very warm in the summer without the shade.
    Frequently during the summer when I am out walking, I notice that many of the parkway trees are not watered by homeowners. Trees need water to flourish.
    I am told there are only so many workers to care for the trees all over the city. The days of pruning and maintance are long gone,sad to say.

  • I gave some plants to my local park, not Portage Park, and they died soon after their planting. Our park employees have a working water hose, but they refuse to use it. Their typical answer is "I do not know." or "It is not my job". This is not "The City That Works!"

Sep 20

Updated 2 days ago

Buckeye/ Chestnut Confusion

I regularly walk my dog to Dunham park and in the late summer/early fall, have always noticed that there are sometimes people picking up the nuts that fall from some of the trees and collecting them in bags. These are usually older Polish women. I was curious as to what exactly they were collecting and collected a few myself. At first I thought they were chestnuts, and thought , oh cool! I was already looking forward to roasting them and...

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I regularly walk my dog to Dunham park and in the late summer/early fall, have always noticed that there are sometimes people picking up the nuts that fall from some of the trees and collecting them in bags. These are usually older Polish women. I was curious as to what exactly they were collecting and collected a few myself. At first I thought they were chestnuts, and thought , oh cool! I was already looking forward to roasting them and eating them. When I walked to the park this morning with my daughter, I picked up a few more and told her of my intentions to roast and eat them, when she informs me that those were not chestnuts but rather, the fruit of the Ohio Buckeye tree. She had done a tree taxonomy project her freshman year in high school and had actually used those trees in the park to identify for her project. We went home and googled it and apparently they are buckeye nuts which are NOT EDIBLE. As a matter of fact, we did some more research into it and found out that chestnuts grow in clusters, in the same type of greenish-yellow looking pod, but it is far more spiky. The Buckeyes, however, grow one to a pod, and the pod is not as spiky and is more rounded. People often confused them with the chestnut, because they look so similar. I will throw away the nuts I collected but now I feel that the people that I have seen collecting them are getting them confused with chestnuts and I hate to think that people might be getting ill eating these.

  • Do you know part of the park this tree was located? My girlfriend went to Ohio State for school and she actually lives close by to there

  • They fall on the inner path.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Insulate Old Bungalow???

Has anyone here had new insulation blown into their exterior walls on a 1920's brick bungalow?? I heard most of the original insulation would be compacted and at the floor by now. Just trying to get an idea of companies and cost. Our attic is unfinished so access would be pretty easy. If you had it done did you notice a difference??

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Has anyone here had new insulation blown into their exterior walls on a 1920's brick bungalow?? I heard most of the original insulation would be compacted and at the floor by now. Just trying to get an idea of companies and cost. Our attic is unfinished so access would be pretty easy. If you had it done did you notice a difference??

Also has anyone here reglazed their own original windows? We've been the to Bungalow Association classes on this so we know how, just curious if any local has done it and if they thought it was as simple as they make it sound? And did you notice a difference in the drafts in the home.

Can you tell we're a little cold today?? Thanks neighbors!!

  • madopal...Consider squirting the expanding foam in there. Since the weight pockets are no longer needed, that should close things up for you. Unless somebody else has an actual experienced based opinion.

  • BTW...if you have 30 year old vinyl windows they are beyond their normal 'life' and are/already cracking and splitting and breaking. Especially the south facing windows and those used often. Think of replacements because they will only get worse.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Garage Break-in

This morning we found our garage door open, and someone had busted through the back door to get into the garage. There was nothing taken from what we can tell, which we found odd. We don't keep anything of value in there anyway, but someone could have just looked in the window and seen that it is nearly empty. Why would they break in? Has anyone else experiened this?

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone know a good attorney.

Should be able to tell the difference between a troll ans a gmome.`
Should know the difference between trolls and gnomes. Be cyberbullying competant. Willing to stay the course against a major media corporation.

  • I didn't think you were serious Randy. This is costly. You should reserach Lisa Shuman Stone. Her son was cyber bullied in a chat group.

  • Randy Stroller

    There are a lot of ways of evaluating cost as well as ROI.

Nov 13

Updated 3 days ago

great realtor needed portage park/jeff park

We need a GREAT realtor to price our house well and actually sell it. We are moving out of state and want to put it on the market mid-January.

  • Ha! Ben, you're cracking me up!

  • Jan

    A laugh a minute Ben, but no thank you.
    Either way, the potential client did contact me for help and I will work on helping her.

3 days ago

Your Homes can prevent need for Homless shelters in our area

Not actually suggesting a good thing but it is sort of the natural order of things. Great that there is a way now for anyone to monitor any property though ideally each owner would be responsible for their own. If it is a teardown and in a REIT that is not likely to happen so please sign up for any in strolling or dog walking distance from your home.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141119/jefferson-park/worried-about-squatters-on-your-block-online-alerts-could-tip-you-off?utm_source=Chicago&utm_campaign=2af2673f4a-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4061d3bea7-2af2673f4a-173926869

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3 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SECOND FLOOR FRAME ADDITION TO AN EXISTING 1-1/2 STORY BRICK SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE WITH INTERIOR REMODELING AS PER PLANS. EXIST. DETACHED GARAGE TO REMAIN.**CERTIFIED CORRECTIONS- - SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **

    5036 W. Patterson Ave. Issued November 17, 2014 Comment

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Grand Opening

Some of us have been waiting for this and it's here. Open from 10am to 6pm today Sunday. 6040 N Pulaski, free parking, too. Keep stuff out of the landfill and build homes, win win. Speaking of winning, stop by and enter the drawing for several different fabulous prizes, including and not limited to: 200 dollar gift certificate, various power tools, etc. Shop for home goods, furniture, appliances, tools, hardware, paint, gardening,
bird feeding, flooring, ceilining, plumbing, cabinet doors, windows, lighting, lumber, trim, lightbulbs, chandeliers and more. Like handbuilt guitars.

Nov 14

Updated 4 days ago

Has anyone received a *credible* response from Peoples Gas re: partially finished sidewalk work?

This is related to the new gas meter installations. Supposedly, my concerns get documented by Peoples Gas, but I'm told that the scheduling of work/the work itself are through contractors. What are we supposed to do when shoveling snow... work around the half-finished cement work, broken pieces of cement and rocks? I'm pretty sure that the trash collectors aren't going to haul away the broken pieces of cement -- and I don't expect them to do so.

Perhaps I'm just being impatient, and it takes longer than I would expect to fix some of these "errors"... it's only been 2+ weeks; maybe that's normal?

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    We were told our sidewalks and landscaping wouldn't be repaired until Spring 2015.

  • they came out today drawing pink lines on the blocks they needed to cut out to replace. when they where cutting and got to my house i went out to make sure they cut the block about an inch over so the overcut that they did in next block of...

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    they came out today drawing pink lines on the blocks they needed to cut out to replace. when they where cutting and got to my house i went out to make sure they cut the block about an inch over so the overcut that they did in next block of sidewalk is taken care of and not left with one notch cut in the middle.
    at that point they said that their generator gave out and they will come back next week and make the cut to include the part that they overcut into the next block.

4 days ago

St. Barts Open House

Looking for the right school for 2015-16 school year? Stop in at St. Barts for a visit on Wednesday night from 6:30pm-8:00pm! Our students are in prek through eighth grade! Tell your friends and neighbors!

4 days ago

Winter Bazaar with Cookie Walk and Santa photos

Friends and Neighbors,

I'll be taking the Santa photos at this event, so bring the family, including your pets.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/nov23-winter-bazaar-cookie-walk-and-santa-photos-6517300/

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4 days ago

Vendor Fair PPS

The vendor fair is approaching quickly!! Contact Michelle today to get your spot at the event before they are all gone! This is a great event that brings in tons parents, staff and community!

4 days ago

Vendors Needed!

Hi Everyone Portage Park School still has some openings for our December 6th vendor fair and bake sale. It's not to late!!! Please contact me if you are interested. 773-428-7161 or portageparkpta@hotmail.com Have a great day!!!

4 days ago

Nov 14

Updated 4 days ago

How Would You Spend $1 Million in Our Community?

For the third year, I'm using participatory budgeting to determine how to spend 2015 Aldermanic Menu funds.

This process offers transparency into how the city spends your tax dollars and gives you a real voice – by offering ideas and voting for specific projects – into how that money is spent in our community.

Here’s how it works: Each alderman every year is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds to spend on street and sidewalk repaving, curb replacement, bike...

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For the third year, I'm using participatory budgeting to determine how to spend 2015 Aldermanic Menu funds.

This process offers transparency into how the city spends your tax dollars and gives you a real voice – by offering ideas and voting for specific projects – into how that money is spent in our community.

Here’s how it works: Each alderman every year is allocated $1.3 million in Aldermanic Menu funds to spend on street and sidewalk repaving, curb replacement, bike lanes, street light replacement, and other capital projects. In most wards, this money is allocated by the alderman, with varying degrees of input from city departments, staff and residents.

The PB process starts in the fall with neighborhood assemblies. There, we explain the process and brainstorm infrastructure projects.

The projects suggested are sent to committees made up of volunteers. Those volunteers in the fall and winter research the projects for feasibility and cost. They then select projects to place on the ballot.

In the spring, the committees present the projects selected for the ballot to the community at project expos, explaining why those projects were selected and answering questions.

Finally, in the late spring, all ward residents 14 and older are invited to vote on projects. Residents will also vote on how much of the $1 million we’re allocating through this process should be spent on streets, sidewalks and curbs.

We’ll announce the results at the same weekend as voting, and the projects will be submitted to the city for funding.

Mon. Nov. 17, 7pm, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee
Tues. Nov. 18, 7pm, Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings
Wed. Nov. 19, 7pm, Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker
Thurs. Nov. 20, 6:30pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield
Sat. Nov. 22, 10:30am St. John’s Lutheran School, 4939 W. Montrose

To offer suggestions email owen.brugh@cityofchicago or call (773) 286-4545 http://www.pbchicago.org

  • Minerva, I think we can all agree this area has been neglected. We disagree on what it takes to revive it. We don’t need anything grand, we need something unique. Someone mentioned Gale Street Inn. Jeff Park folks aren’t the only ones who eat there. Who can forget the Buffalo?...

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    Minerva, I think we can all agree this area has been neglected. We disagree on what it takes to revive it. We don’t need anything grand, we need something unique. Someone mentioned Gale Street Inn. Jeff Park folks aren’t the only ones who eat there. Who can forget the Buffalo? No one is traveling across town for Chipolte’s or JJ’s although, Mother Cluckers might be a hoot. Good food attracts people. Shops, small events and some type of indoor exercise for kids since they don‘t get that at home will keep folks out. People are talking about building tall structures near the Jeff Park terminal and I haven’t recovered from Krakus.

    I was saddened to walk into my high school alma mater and see the condition of the auditorium then learn it was no longer utilized when we had so much fun. Instead, I heard my alderman discuss lazy parents and fat kids that can no longer ride bikes in Lincoln Park, go to the zoo or walk a couple blocks to Kilbourne. We pay taxes for a mass transit system that no one will use. How can we even entertain the thought of a soccer field when they haven‘t figured out parents are the problem? (I shudder to think what that WOW is? It’s on the side of EB and I KNOW it’s not for parents to walk to kids to school on Wednesday.) Then today, I saw Jeff Park publish their Messiah sing along and I thought wouldn’t that be nice for Schurz? No, we’re taking money away from a historic building, giving it to the park district for a field “we” can’t use today since it’s snowing and won’t utilize until Spring.

    HAVE WE COMPLETELY LOST OUR MINDS?!

    We need something UNIQUE like Gale Street Inn, Mother Cluckers, the sing along Messiah. This is what us normal folk are saying. We know the area has been neglected but times have changed. There is a JJ’s on every corner but someone will drive clear cross town for a nice slice of Polish ham.

  • Sorry for repeating my self, but I believe the thriving communities are those with the abundance of families, which necessitates the presence of quality education, quality extracurricular activities, and other well known basic need fillers. Building an entertainment and dining district is a fantastic idea indeed. I am all for...

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    Sorry for repeating my self, but I believe the thriving communities are those with the abundance of families, which necessitates the presence of quality education, quality extracurricular activities, and other well known basic need fillers. Building an entertainment and dining district is a fantastic idea indeed. I am all for it. But, it comes second on my list.

    We are involved parents and value both children's mental and physical development. We tirelessly drive 10 miles one way to a decent school and frequently cross the town or visit suburbs to get our various family needs met. We know we are not the only ones!

    Although all of our community bare the responsibility for the status quo, I am greatly disappointed with our leaders. They are in the position of power to improve the common good outcomes but often choose to serve their own needs instead.

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