6 days ago

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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.

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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,

  • I went because I needed one key made and was walking through the lot to the jewel, but they did not have it.

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    Oh gosh, I just saw one the other day and said how nice it was still around after all these years. Poof, there it goes.

2 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Whole Lotta Flies

Has anyone else noticed an abnormally high amount of flies in their yard this summer? I am loaded with them. Wondering if it's just my yard.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Lots of flies, green and black.

  • odette 18-year resident of 38th ward, stay at home mom

    Same here, lots of them!! If anyone knows how to control this please share.

23 hours ago

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Updated 21 min ago

Need New Glasses

It's been too long since I've gotten my glasses updated and just found out that my optometrist of 30 years has retired. I've never checked out those storefront eyeglass chains, like Lenscrafters, figuring that they were pretty much the Little Caesars of optometry. Anyone have any experience with those, or can recommend a real eye doctor around here? Thanks in advance.

  • Kathleen Boyle Matchmaker of Chicagoland Real Estate since 1999.

    For Eyes and America's Best are also rip-off artists! I have been struggling with the same "screw" issue as you for two years, but am now a Costco convert!

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    My family goes to Dr. Cesar Lau on Milwaukee - across the street from Jeff Park Terminal.

    http://www.drclau.com/

26 hours ago

Updated 23 min 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...

  • "Couldn't see in" says Rabine. Could simply mean the thing needs a clean out. That involves a truck with a suction tube. Or an old fashioned company which is a guy in hip boots with a bucket and shovel (known as a honey dipper in the trade). The basin collects...

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    "Couldn't see in" says Rabine. Could simply mean the thing needs a clean out. That involves a truck with a suction tube. Or an old fashioned company which is a guy in hip boots with a bucket and shovel (known as a honey dipper in the trade). The basin collects the solids and grease from the kitchen, wash tubs and toilet. Over the decades it can fill up. Especially if the downspouts have been diverted and don't give it a robust flush a couple times a year. So start off talking cleaning, not rebuild. Last time mine cleaned the company slathered on quick drying cement all over the inside walls to mostly eliminate all seepage.

    Basically the water comes in near the top and the outlet to the sewer main is at the bottom. The outlet at the bottom is a pipe with an elbow turned downward so solids don't flow into it and the city sewer system. Grease and soap float on the water above that outlet and gradually sort of solidifies. So a guy looking down "can't see in" unless he has the courage to prod the shell of goo with a stick.

  • Yes, your catch basin may not even be much in use anymore depending where your gutters & pipes go, if they have been diverted. I would check this first. I had ours cleaned when it wasn't really necessary, unknowingly

44 hours ago

Updated 32 min 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?

  • They just finished the concrete work on my block and did a terrible job. The trucks shattered many sidewalks on the block, they only replaced the squares directly in the pathway of the gas lines. My walk is crooked and they ran out of concrete 1/2 way through, so there...

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    They just finished the concrete work on my block and did a terrible job. The trucks shattered many sidewalks on the block, they only replaced the squares directly in the pathway of the gas lines. My walk is crooked and they ran out of concrete 1/2 way through, so there is a very visible patch in the new walk. They also failed to replace the "tree lawn' walk which is 1/2 missing.They said they didn't do it, I had to file a separate claim with the gas co.
    There were a lot of fast food, chip bags, cigarette packs and empty bottles in the 3 months the trucks were camped out on our block. There is no communication between the gas co and the residents. They are using so many sub-contractors that there is no accountability. It has been frustrating at best.

  • I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld...

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    I had an appointment yesterday for both meter move and a safety inspection. When I made the appointment with PG, the said we could "do both at the same time." The meter-mover guy showed up within the two-hour window, went in the basement with something that looked like a handheld meter, looked at the meter and the furnace, then went outside to make a mark where the meter would go. Took all of 15 minutes. I went upstairs to finish getting ready for work and when I went out the front door 30 minutes later there was a note, supposedly from the safety guy, saying he had come and I was not at home!! I was upstairs and my door chimes are very loud! He could not possibly have rung the the bell with my hearing them! So much for a two-fer!

45 hours ago

Updated 36 min 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

2 days ago

Updated 49 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.

  • I have our old one. I was planning to use the power source/dc convertor to power something else, which requires stripping the wires. It sounds like your broken one might still be able to do the job. If that's the case, it would be more environmentally friendly to trade you a working modem that you need for a broken one that has the parts I need.

  • can you duct tape it in place?

    if there is a problem with the inside prong in the female outlet on the unit you maybe able to bend it with a toothpick or something so that there is more tension on the male end of the plug or even slim...

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    can you duct tape it in place?

    if there is a problem with the inside prong in the female outlet on the unit you maybe able to bend it with a toothpick or something so that there is more tension on the male end of the plug or even slim jim a piece of aluminum foil in the side where the prong is parallel and along side the male adaptor, not to make contact with the front of the connector (just the side) to make a better conductivity and tension on that side.

    is the problem with the female plug or male plug? they do sale replacement plugs at radio shack, if it is the female plug in the unit there are typically two solder points if it is the male piece you can cut he cord and solder on a new plug as well.

3 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

    I am not sure how to email someone on here. I am a bad IT guy, but I can't find an email address or a "message" link on your profile.

  • Sorry - that's my fault! I changed my settings now. If you click on my name there should be an "email" link. Or, shoot the DFA an email at portagedogpark@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

Jul 16

Updated 1 hour ago

  • @Bill the E: For starters, every corporation has the influence to get whatever they want from government. But then, corporations are people, so says SCOTUS.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    @Bill the Engineer.... AARP, NRA, Organized Religions, Street Gangs......
    They are all in it for something.

19 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Portage Park area cat sitter

Any recommendations? Our cat sitter moved so I'm looking for someone -preferably local to the area. Thanks!

  • Email me, I would do it, if you are nearby.

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

    I use Snappy Paws for my puppy. Great service!!! I found out about them through EB. I can't remember who recommended them, but thanks!

6 days ago

Updated 3 hours 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!

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Well Resident 20 I think you should move. You sound like a crappy neighbor to me. Wouldn't want you next door.

  • That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and...

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    That seems a bit harsh Dennis. Have you witnessed this yourself or are you just siding with the upset neighbor? I guess it really doesn't matter since Resident20 inactivated their account days ago, but at least they were trying to solicit advice. There are people whose dogs bark incessantly and they are not even thinking about. Its hard not to get defensive when several people immediately attack you assuming that you were in the wrong. If Resident20 has had a number of dogs and this is the first problem they have had in 20 years, it stands to reason that they are not one of these oblivious dog owners that leave their dog barking the day away.

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3 hours ago

Rosita's Cleaning Services to your rescue!!!

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3 hours ago

Please Sign Up to Help Us Build a Community Playground at Thorp School!

Please join me in this great opportunity to do something wonderful, fun and positive for our community....sign up and volunteer a few hours of your time to help build a community playground at the O.A. Thorp School, located at Austin & Warwick Avenues, on Saturday, August 9th (a week from this Saturday). When completed, the playground will be available for use by the entire community! Hope you can join me! The deadline to sign up is this Friday.
Thanks!
Tim
DEADLINE to register as a volunteer for Thorp Playground Prep Days and Build Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 1. Register here http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/9556498040112. Donate (lend) your tools here http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/27521338037. Don't forget to share this on your wall.

3 days ago

Updated 4 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).

  • I've used Jim's Tree Service four times, twice to trim down the gigantic, fast growing trees the homeowner before me planted - once to remove half a tree that fell on my fence, and once to remove half a tree that fell on my neighbor's garage. (Yes, I have tree issues.) They do really decent work for a good price. I have two numbers - not sure which ones the best - 773-235-8004 or 847-384-9000.

  • We got our first estimate from County Tree Service, $950 for tree removal, and stump grinding (a few inches below grade).
    Will get more estimates and update once we make a decision and how it went.

5 hours ago

Kittens

Looking for good adoptive homes for three kittens.

10 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 14 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.

  • Wow. Sounds terrible. I used top line fence in 1997 apparently a lot has changed.

24 hours ago

Updated 15 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.

2 days ago

Updated 21 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.

  • It was a fun fest. I like that you didn't have to pay extra once you were in for the little ones to go on the inflatables. I'd like maybe one or two more kids activities and/or have the inflatables not shut down so early. The drum circle was awesome:)

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    The drum circle is offered by John Yost...he has monthly drum circles at Mozart Park every 3rd Friday at 7:30pm...he also teaches djembe drumming, ie, West African Drumming....lot of fun and good times.

3 days ago

Updated 21 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!

  • PJ monitor

    We have one but no hardware, you can buy a hardware kit from Little Tykes !

  • Senseis-Thanks for the pic! I just emailed you back. Let me know good day/time to pick it up. Thanks EB friends for helping w/this! My toddler keeps crawling out of his crib:) Lord help me. Our other son who is almost 3 has a blue race car bed that has been a perfect transition & I know they'll enjoy matching.

3 days ago

Updated 24 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.

3 days ago

Updated 26 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!

27 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 29 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.

5 days ago

Updated 29 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.

34 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 40 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.

4 days ago

Updated 43 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.

5 days ago

Updated 47 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.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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 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?

4 days ago

Updated 3 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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4 days ago

Updated 3 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 3 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.

Jul 21

Updated 3 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.

6 days ago

Updated 4 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 4 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.

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May 31

Updated 4 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

6 days ago

Updated 4 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!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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!

5 days ago

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