4 min ago

Spark Energy

Spark came by today asking for my COMED bill. I said no Thank You and they stated it was not an option. Followed up with another No Thank You and closed the door. Seems like they are saying giving them a bill to review is required and it is definitely not.

21 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

Cheap, plentiful pizza?

We're having an event with 50 people in a couple of weeks, and I'm looking for the best deal on pizza I can find. Do any good local/non-chain places have discounts for large quantities? We usually order from Porretta's or Pete's when it's a small group, but that could get pricey fast for this crowd. We want it to be good, though. Any suggestions?

  • Suparossa is the same we ordered 2 wks ago. And I think the guy above meant Cochiaros next to JJ peppers

  • What i did before was just call some place and talk to them and see if they can give u a deal

14 hours ago

Updated 44 min ago

Schools asking for $ for equipment

Just curious because i've seen a lot of these posts recently. If one were to contribute to the cause, or even purchase and donate the requested item, is it tax deductible?

  • It really sounds as if you don't know the capabilities of Chrome OS. Yes, it can support multiple user profiles, and yes it can be locked down for proper user privacy and security. In fact, you're less likely to have the students have their machines be infected and overrun with...

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    It really sounds as if you don't know the capabilities of Chrome OS. Yes, it can support multiple user profiles, and yes it can be locked down for proper user privacy and security. In fact, you're less likely to have the students have their machines be infected and overrun with various viruses and malware than on your typical Windows machine.
    Please give examples of what "actual software" you're looking for - because for your average student a Chromebook is more than satisfactory and considerably more reasonable than anything Microsoft has out now.

  • A&K

    Jan-
    CPS is falling through the cracks in many schools. Elementary schools on the whole are lacking in technology. There is also a MAJOR discrepancy between schools. This is one of the areas that is the most upsetting for me. My school does not even have a library. The technology...

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    Jan-
    CPS is falling through the cracks in many schools. Elementary schools on the whole are lacking in technology. There is also a MAJOR discrepancy between schools. This is one of the areas that is the most upsetting for me. My school does not even have a library. The technology issue is becoming all the more important to discuss now that we are using exams that are computer based. At many of the less privileged schools, there aren't enough lap tops or computers to have a true testing schedule (I.e. Designated "quiet testing" time in the school). SmartBoards, Promethean boards, etc. are amazing tools that some students have access to and many do not. We need to speak up for our schools and take requests for donations seriously. The majority of grants written by CPS schools are for technology, art and music supplies. We cannot ask ourselves why lower income area schools are underperforming when the methods by which we gather evidence do not bear in mind the tools needed (and the experience gained from practice with those tools) to perform "to standard".

30 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Bye bye trees

Approximately 30 trees have been cut down in the park. Guess we can blame that darn bug. But this is what happens when there is a monoculture. Let's hope that the city/park district practices biodiversity when they replant. And let's hope that they replant, and soon, like this fall.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Gary and Jan, I totally remember the Dutch Elm disease and all the trees lost to it. I thought I was the only one to remember how many blocks resembled living green tunnels. 5100 block of Wolfram 1961 was one of these tunnels. :-)

  • The Chicago TreeKeepers fall course is coming up, starts Sept 6th. It moves around the city and this time it is right here by us! 6100a N Central, in the Forest Preserve volunteer center. Learn all about Chicago's urban forest. Email bhayes@openlands.org or look at the website.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

End or Scale Back red-light camera program

Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from Cook County Clerk David Orr today on the red-light camera program. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-letter-end-or-scale-back-redlightcamera-program-20140818-story.html

The Chicago Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the city of Chicago’s red-light camera program exposes the program for what it is: a regressive revenue-producing tool that dupes law-abiding citizens.

The fine work by Tribune reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards proves the red-light camera program, much like Chicago’s parking-meter fiasco, was a bad deal from the beginning. Pitched as a...

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Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from Cook County Clerk David Orr today on the red-light camera program. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-letter-end-or-scale-back-redlightcamera-program-20140818-story.html

The Chicago Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the city of Chicago’s red-light camera program exposes the program for what it is: a regressive revenue-producing tool that dupes law-abiding citizens.

The fine work by Tribune reporters David Kidwell and Alex Richards proves the red-light camera program, much like Chicago’s parking-meter fiasco, was a bad deal from the beginning. Pitched as a safety measure, red-light cameras are really a way to nickel-and-dime average folks. From shortened yellow lights to manipulated tickets, residents are sick of these tricks, as they should be.

Government must not treat its citizens this way. The red-light camera program should be ended completely or, at the very least, scaled back drastically with heightened oversight and accountability.

-- David Orr, Cook County Clerk, Chicago

http://theexpiredmeter.com/2014/08/two-more-indicted-by-feds-in-redflex-bribery-scandal/

  • Lou

    I too have never received a ticket from one of the automated systems and strongly agree with Bill and the studies that have been done on these cameras.

  • Lou

    Oh yeah.... knock on wood !

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

How to Volunteer at Fringe Fest

It's easy. Sign up online:

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1614322866&OR=1

You will get a link via email for their online scheduling system. Sign up for shifts. Attend one training (there are four scheduled for next week starting on Sunday). Make it a yearly habit.

I did this last year and had a great experience.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Date Night

So rather than doing the same old "dinner and a movie" routine, I want to think outside the box for our future date nights. I figured our Everyblock community would be an awesome idea generator. So neighbors what good options for live music, comedy shows, other entertainment do we have here on the NW side? I am thinking we'll check out a performance at the Gift Theater and visit the new Sip and Paint. What else?

  • Susan Long-time Jeff Park resident

    One of the best dates my husband and I had (if you can get away overnight) was at the Fireside dinner theater in Ft. Atkinson, WI. It is about 2-1/2 hours away. They have a gourmet dinner, a little shopping, and then some of the best theater I've seen outside of downtown Chicago. Then you stay overnight (Johnson Creek is a good place). The hotel right by the property was NOT recommended the last time I went. I really like some of the suggestions above, too--they show great imagination!

  • There's always a night out bowling as well. If you feel neither of you is very good, that just adds to the fun, You're sure to have lots of laughs.

46 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cat found by park

My husband found a lost cat tonight (8/19) on the east side of Portage Park by Long and Berteau. I believe it is female, approximately 2 years old. She is a tabby with white chin, paws and belly. The cat has some unique markings. If you think it's yours, please contact us on EB. There was no collar to identify her.

  • What a sweety! Hopefully the signs lead to an owner.

  • A&K

    Kitty has been claimed! Thanks for keeping an eye out, neighbors!

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Roof and Porch Repair Program

The Roof and Porch Repair Program (RPRP) provides grants up to $30,000 to owner-occupants of 1 to 4-unit residential buildings (condominiums do not qualify under this program). The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roof or porches for low-and moderate-income households.

For more information go to http://www.cityofchicago.org

  • Shot-n-Beer Guy Retired from Jefferson's Park.

    Right SoccerMom. This is pandering plus it perpetuates the culture of government dependency.

  • Bill the Engineer Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    @ Tim also.... I used to have that point of view as well, but over the past few years I've come to the conclusion that besides such programs being unaffordable, government can't protect it's citizens from everything. And in reality the biggest beneficiaries are the politicians that advocate for such programs.

    Completely agree with you on the pension issue btw....

Jun 19

Updated 8 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Today, I got enough of assurance about the Chicago side (the front of Irving Park Cemetery) sidewalks that I feel that they are likely going to be put into place in the spring of 2015. Our State Rep. Martwick already "officially" committed funds for them and they are being transferred...

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    Today, I got enough of assurance about the Chicago side (the front of Irving Park Cemetery) sidewalks that I feel that they are likely going to be put into place in the spring of 2015. Our State Rep. Martwick already "officially" committed funds for them and they are being transferred from the state to the local hands to make the project a reality. Thus, Alderman Cullerton is willing to put the sidewalks on his capital expenditures schedule for the next year. As you know, our Irving Woods Neighborhood is moving from Sposato/Ward 36 to Cullerton/Ward 38 next year. Hopefully, soon, I will get the word that the 2015 capital expenditure plan incorporates them.

    The traffic study is under works through Senator Mulroe's office. It is likely that its results will determine the faith of the traffic lights at Pioneer Ave. We are waiting for an update on the process.

    The Norridge side (the front of Acacia Park Cemetery) sidewalks need more review. I will share their info as more facts come into light.

  • Hi Minerva! Are you certain about your information? I read that Alderman Cullerton is retiring so he will not be Alderman after April 2015. Wouldn't the next Alderman elected be responsible for the 2015 capital expenditure?

    Also I have seen a petition that is being circulated by Janina Staniszewski. Do you know her? You guys should work together on this.

    Thanks for working to improve our community.

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

what is jewel doing?

sometimes I will walk to jewel to get a 2 liter or case of pop, just one 2 liter or one case.

lately I went in and it said 24 packs were 5.99 when you buy 8 and regular price if you buy less then that. then another 2 liter 99 cents when you buy 8 regular price if you buy less. then I also seen the buy 4 on the cases and 2 liters as well

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sometimes I will walk to jewel to get a 2 liter or case of pop, just one 2 liter or one case.

lately I went in and it said 24 packs were 5.99 when you buy 8 and regular price if you buy less then that. then another 2 liter 99 cents when you buy 8 regular price if you buy less. then I also seen the buy 4 on the cases and 2 liters as well

now, I get it... they are trying to get you to buy more.... but it is not real pedestrian friendly.

I think if they want to do something like that it would be accumulative that the item would be on sale, but the more you buy the more you save.

to get the best price, I don't even consume that much pop. or if I figure out to carry it, I won't have the room to carry any groceries.

just wanted to ask, is there people out there buying 8 cases of pop to get the deal or is this marketing gone south on this one.

thoughts?

  • Randy Stroller

    Organic, local, South American imports? Price per pound or each? Do fuzzy dice come with a place to put them or do you use a Crown Royal bag?

  • Randy Stroller

    CVS at Lake and Michigan had my Sure so I am good for at least another month.

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2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Shooting incident on Meade & Sunnyside August 13th

Why is there no story or information on the incident from last week, Wednesday, August 13th. Police were all over the area including Wright College looking for a young man who had a gun or fired a gun on Meade & Sunnyside, there was even a helicopter. I'm curious to know what happened.

  • the weapon was most likely left at the scene, the gun was probably his dad's

  • Are there any legal consquences for not keeping your gun in a secure location, especially when a member of the family has mental health issues? Sandy Hook massacre happened when the the mentally ill shooter used his mother's gun.

5 days ago

Updated 13 hours 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!

15 hours ago

Food Trucks and Micro Brews

Fischmans Liquors at Milwaukee and Lawrence will have a ton of Microbrews on tap tonight and food trucks serving out front. Highly recommended!

19 hours ago

19 hours ago

  • Fun With Literature

    Ms. Ericson is asking for $496.36:
    My students need fiction books, non-fiction books, and classic literature in order to learn key concepts in reading comprehension.
    Gray Elementary School Comment

4 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Let's Take Our State Back!

It is time to change the leadership of Illinois. Instead of growing poverty and crime, let's grow self sufficiency and pride. Let's empower our people with quality education, jobs and hope for the prosperous future, especially for our children.

http://youtu.be/IIRe37rMxcE?t=5s

  • Andy x

    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100...

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    For the responsibilities that teachers have they are grossly underpaid. Don't forget, they teach the younger generations who will take care of us when we're old. If we can't pay them cash, we can give them a pension. It's only $10 now but when they retire, it'll be the $100 they need. If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound. Pensions are normally more than 60% funded by investment returns. That's way cheaper than the SS or the proper pay.... There are articles in various news outlets to back this up...

  • EAB resident

    I agree Andy. "If the fund is paid into and the investments are sound". But the city of Chicago has not funded the pensions for years. Where is the oversight. The teachers union should have been all over the city to ensure their pensions were funded.

Aug 14

Updated 23 hours ago

St. Pascal preschool any good?

Does anyone have any experience with St. Pascal preschool? The program at our family's usual church is full. Looking for any word-of-mouth info on St. Pascal's.
Thanks in advance.

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Tree Trimming?

The tree in front of our house has really had a growth phase this year. The limbs are so long now that they are not only almost touching the sidewalk, but the front of the neighbors house as well.

Is this something city services can handle? Will I get blown off by filing an internet request with 311? I would hate for winter to arrive and this may become a bigger issue.

  • ANGIE RESIDENT OF BELMONT GARDENS FOR 38 YRS.

    I HAVE ALSO BEEN WAITING FOR THREE YRS. I did it on line and they gave me a tracking # When I went to check the status 2 mos later, it said no such ##. Must have dropped into the shredder by mistake

  • Just keep calling and requesting the trim. Remind them election season is coming up for aldermen and the mayor.

3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Doggy Day Care in Portage Park

We recently moved to Portage Park and are looking for a good place for those occasions when our work schedules mean too long a day alone for the dog. I've looked at two places - Central Bark on Pulaski, which looks great but has a one day/week minimum; and Barking Lot at Irving Park & Western, which has no minimum but some disturbing reviews on Yelp. Anyone have any experience to contradict those negative reviews? or another place you use for your doggy day care needs? Again, we don't need it every week, which limits things somewhat. Thanks in advance.

  • francie portage park transplant

    I second Doggy Dojo. It's $19 per day and they are very flexible with pick up and drop off times. If you live east of Pulaski I believe, they have pick up services. I go only when the weather is bad and my dog can't play outside. Very nice people!!

  • Jarchicago@aol.com jarchicago

    my dog was kicked out of Central Bark, apparently they were ill prepared to deal with an active Jack Russell ......very disappointed in Central Bark. Try STAY on Rockwell, they are awesome !!!!

34 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Support local businesses

Good morning everyone! I am still working on the Cut/Shave gathering for Jesse's Barber Shop! Saturday has filled up and I am now focusing on getting people for the rest of this week, next week and Saturday, August 30th. If you or someone you know would be interested in contributing to this local establishment to help drive success in our community, please contact me. I will soon be organizing efforts for another local business and will communicate that info when the time arrives.

Thanks,
Franklin
fjones1@farmersagent.com
fjones.chicago@gmail.com
773-633-9328

  • Tank Insurance Agent

    Great to hear and thank you. Please spread the word, the more the merrier.

  • Tank Insurance Agent

    Evening all.

    An update for Jesse's Barbershop. Police Officers and Firefighters get 5 dollars off hair cuts! Be sure to share the info with any officer or firefighter you know or a friend or family member of an Officer or Firefighter and send them to Jesse's for a great haircut, friendly environment and to support our local businesses.

35 hours ago

St. Pascal's principal is doing the ALS bucket challenge today.

Join us at 11:20AM in the school lot on Dakin to see Ms. Akana, the principal, take the ALS Bucket Challenge. Some teachers are also joining the challenge.

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2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

  • Does the guy in the pic really work there? Love that they are offering quick bites and simple pleasures. :)

Jul 07

Updated 2 days ago

Attempted garage break in

Has anyone had any issues this past weekend with kids trying to break into garages? My neighbor caught me on the way home today, and said around 10:30 pm last night, he caught some kids trying to jack open my garage. Thankfully, my alert neighbors have been great, but I don't know if they're trying anywhere else.

This was the 5300 block between Byron & Berenice.

  • @ beep, is that like a driveway alert alarm ? Can you post a link to the one you have?

  • Inactive User: Yes, I think that's what they call them. We bought ours at Harbor Freight (the one on Naragansett and Diversey) but I see they have them online for $17.99. I think we paid more in the store.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html
    I think these things are great, and can see using them in various places, like maybe in the attic facing the window, or basement facing the entry door, so you have some warning someone might be coming in.
    Ours in the garage gives us a lot of peace of mind.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Portal to a New Dimension

What area of Portage Park would it be best to place a portal to a new dimension?

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Brakes

Hi, I need new rear brakes on my Subaru Forester. Any recommendations of good shops in the area? I'm thinking about E and J on Addison and Long. Thanks.

  • I always stand behind my break jobs, but I get exhausted.

  • Kenji--I drive all over the place being a hiker, kayaker, birder, and lover of all kinds of live music in all sorts of places.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Concrete Repair and Tuckpointing

Hello! Does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor that does concrete repair and tuckpointing? I have contacted 6-7 contractors via email, phone, and Yelp message, but nobody will get back to me. I understand it's the busy season but still...

My front porch is cracking pretty bad and this past winter just killed it. I don't know if it can be repaired of if the whole porch has to come down. The bricks in front of my house are...

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Hello! Does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor that does concrete repair and tuckpointing? I have contacted 6-7 contractors via email, phone, and Yelp message, but nobody will get back to me. I understand it's the busy season but still...

My front porch is cracking pretty bad and this past winter just killed it. I don't know if it can be repaired of if the whole porch has to come down. The bricks in front of my house are crumbling and turning black. Also the foundation in the front needs to be waterproofed with that black tar. It's not a huge job but it's too much for us to do ourselves.

Any recommendations would be appreciated! I live across the street from Merrimac Park.

Thanks!

2 days ago

Concrete

You may have checked Marks already I was very Happy with their work.
Concrete porch.
773-774-0444 Fax: 773-774-1444
http://www.markstuckpointing.com/index.php5

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Partial dormer recommendations

We need to completely tear-off and redo the roof on our house. I've been getting some estimates for it (I think we might go with Lindholm when we do it) but I'm trying to weigh out waiting til the spring (to save up some more $) because we also want to do a partial dormer to put in a bathroom upstairs within the next couple of years.

So I'm wondering if it's a total waste to redo the roof now,...

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We need to completely tear-off and redo the roof on our house. I've been getting some estimates for it (I think we might go with Lindholm when we do it) but I'm trying to weigh out waiting til the spring (to save up some more $) because we also want to do a partial dormer to put in a bathroom upstairs within the next couple of years.

So I'm wondering if it's a total waste to redo the roof now, only to want to add the dormer for the future bathroom space in a year or two. I also have dreams of adding a bedroom above our kitchen (the kitchen was a first-floor addition years before we bought the house). Again, wondering how much of a waste it is to do the roof over the kitchen now, only to want to build up the bedroom in the next 5 years. That is the roof that is also our biggest concern - where the kitchen roof meets the exterior of the 2nd story.

So... any ideas on how much a ~12 ft length, 8ft high dormer might cost? I would just want the structural changes at this point (adding 6 ft up to the wall, and flattening out the roof in that section), not the bathroom yet. My dream master bedroom 2nd story would be 21x12ft above the kitchen. I wonder how much it would be to just get it roughed out in order to get the roof done, and then slowly do the finishes ourselves over time. We have family and friends in various trades (electric, plumbing, etc). But not structural changes.

Anyone have any recommendations on contractors I could get estimates from?

  • Madilyn S Portage Park home owner.

    Everything is metal/copper.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    If the furnace is vented through a metal flue pipe it is probably an 80% efficiency furnace, not a 90% High Efficiency furnace.

2 days ago

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May 19

Updated 2 days ago

pros and cons for new high school (INTRINSIC) at 4540 W. Belmont Ave..

My daughter has been accepted at this charter school. Does anyone have a child that attends this school now ? Any info that you can provide will be helpful.. Or if have any direct knowledge of this school ... please let me know. I need to provide my answer asap. Pros and Cons please..

2 days ago

Don't do the new update for iOS

I did the most recent update to EB for iOS. It crashes all the time. Now clicking on a persons name to get more info doesn't work either. Don't update, they messed it up.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Beneovlent Ghost Saves Senior from Collision with Garbage Truck

A benevolent spirit allegedly saved a senior from an oncoming garbage truck this morning near Six Corners. It may have something to do with the placement of a dimensional portal, or dementia.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Taste of Polonia Questions

Does anyone know if there will be a separate entrance fee for the kids activities? I think there was one last year? If yes, any idea of the amount? Can't find any info on the event's website :(

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979

    I'm not going but I checked out 2 websites. The sandwich making contest is free as is the clown, puppet, bounce house, etc, etc. You pay $7 for people 13 and up and that's it. Of course you pay for food and the casino and bingo type games. And all the stage shows for adults and kids are free. At least that's the way I read it.

May 08

Updated 3 days ago

Pueblo Nuevo Mexican Restaurant

My girl friend and I tried a new place last night....
Pueblo Nuevo
4342 N Central Ave.....
(just south of Montrose)
Food was good, service was good,
Place was clean....
We hate chain restaurants so we're always looking for new places....
We will definitely be back....

  • *Bump*

    This place is beyond amazing! Love the way she always remembers me and my family when we come in. The food is always fantastic, I'm totally hooked on this place. The Pozole is Delicious and they make it daily. Their steak is season perfectly, best steak tacos in Chicago! Great people, Awesome Service and Food. :)

  • I tried it once and liked it, but they didn't have a menu for me to take home. I never stepped inside (had my dog with me on a walk), so I called in an order of tacos. I would love a menu so I can get some takeout from time to time. Without one I keep passing on this place.

Aug 06

Updated 3 days ago

Portage Jeff Gardens

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

  • Have any of you grown tomatoes from seeds of an heirloom you bought at a Farmer's Market?

  • Well, it's that time of the year again...

    Second crop, anyone? Is anyone planting, seeding for the winter crop? And if so, what are your choices?

    Polonia, I have done tomatoes from seeds in the past but my sun room these days isn't that sunny or ventilated enough... So, not these days, no... I don't remember it being a difficult process.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Smoking in outdoor seating areas at bars, etc.

Is smoking in outdoor seating areas at bars and restaurants against an ordinance/no smoking in public laws or just rude? Discuss...

  • Argyle King of Wheat Proud Moderate to Severe Plaque psoriasis survivor

    So, based on previous notes, Galvin's should not allow smoking, because they have doors on both ends of there patio that are used, and easily with in 15 feet on both sides.

  • Argyle King of Wheat Proud Moderate to Severe Plaque psoriasis survivor

    I just noticed I used the wrong form of "their," in my post. Real nice.

3 days ago

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Jul 30

Updated 3 days ago

Car Seats Inspection

Hello, Im wondering if anybody knows where I can get car seats inspected? I want to make sure my car seats are installed properly. Thanks

  • Fire station on Lawrence and Harlem are very nice and very willing to help for FREE!!

  • Divine Divine

    thank u all!

4 days ago

St. Ladislaus Catholic School Open House

Join St. Ladislaus as we celebrate: Back To School Night/ Open House on Monday, August 18th, 6:00-8:00 PM. St. Ladislaus invites you to join us for hot dogs and ice cream and an opportunity to tour our school and meet our St. Ladislaus teachers and families.

St. Ladislaus is located in the Portage Park neighborhood at 3330 N. Lockwood, Chicago, IL 60641, just one block from Chopin Park. St. Ladislaus serves children in preschool-8th grade. Our mission is to offer all families the opportunity to give their child a quality Catholic Education. Bring your family and friends and "Come and see what we are about." Financial Assistance is available. To learn more about St. Ladislaus please call us at 773-545-5600.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

my garbage disposal died. now what?

my insinkerator died last week. i can go buy a new one, but need someone to install it. Recommendations?

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Installation is very easy if you are simply replacing one. I'm sure a friend, relative, neighbor or any handyman can do it.

  • Jan

    @A&K, i LOVE ABT! didn't think about them. I'll drive over there one night this week. Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Portage Park Farmer's Market today from 10-2

And the rest of the schedule:

Sept 7 and 21
Oct 5

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Help wanted, briefly

How can I find a couple of young people to help move cartons around in my basement, for pay? Approx 2 - 3 hours work, one-time job, afternoon Mon or Tues.

Aug 11

Updated 4 days ago

Lawn service

I am looking for sod to be put down and am in need for referrals for lawn companies that someone would have experience with.

  • A&K

    Sod is easy to install, it doesn't take much if you want to give it a shot yourself. Happy to tell you how if you want to give me a call.

    For recommendations I don't have any, sorry

  • Lmeyer23 Your Neighbor

    We just hired Gary's Finer Lanscaping. Great and as affordable as possible. Good luck.

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    Pete's AUTO ON HIGGINS AND MILWAUKEE ##725-3030 see Timmy or Pete.. Great service!!! Been going to Pete's for a VERY long time!!!!!!

Aug 13

Updated 5 days ago

Northeastern to strong arm residents

I opened the small newspaper for the area that gets thrown on my doorstep. On the front page is a story about how Northeastern is going to initiate eminent domain to seize homes of 6 residents that do not want to move. That way they can build dorms. I appreciate the expansion but it's wrong to allow someone to try and strong arm residents from a property they own. I wouldn't want someone to force me out of my home. So I am curious what people think.

  • Deutsch portage36

    The city tried to force Michella Terrace on Irving Park to sell thru eminent domain a few years back. They wanted his land to make room for more car dealerships. He fought them and won. I'm glad he stuck it to them.

    The owner not only beat the eminent domain attempt, but he bought the car dealership next door and converted it to his personal parking lot. God bless him. This is America, and people should not be forced to sell or move, if they choose not to.

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