2 min ago

Bathtub Reglazing?

Portage Park/Bungalow... We're debating reglazing vs. replacing a bathtub (it's an old Kohler, probably from the mid-50s). I'd rather not just "junk" it if the reglazing could be "white" enough to match subway tile.

I wouldn't mind reglazing every few years if necessary; I just don't like the idea of scrapping a bathtub that is very functional/but just not "pretty".

17 min ago

Gas Meter Replacement - Your Experience?

I had the initial appointment regarding moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside several weeks ago. There's some work being done across the street in the median between the street and the sidewalk. I asked one of the workers if that meant that we'd be getting the outside gas meters installed soon (no insights... apparently, it's a different crew that does that work). The person I spoke with at Peoples Gas didn't have any insights on timing....

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I had the initial appointment regarding moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside several weeks ago. There's some work being done across the street in the median between the street and the sidewalk. I asked one of the workers if that meant that we'd be getting the outside gas meters installed soon (no insights... apparently, it's a different crew that does that work). The person I spoke with at Peoples Gas didn't have any insights on timing.

So... for those of you have been through this process, how much of a warning do you get before needing to schedule the 4-hour window for moving the gas meter from the inside to the outside? I've read some posts where workers knocked on the door, wanting to do the work the same day. That would be difficult for us. Even a 24- or 48-hour warning could be difficult.

Sincerely, I acknowledge that this is a challenging project for Peoples Gas, but it's also challenging for homeowners.

27 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

1950s record player repair

About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

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About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

For those think this type of stuff is cool, it looks like the one pictured in the link below, but with a darker cabinet, and not as pristine. It has a bunch of original paperwork, and looks like it was originally shipped to someone on the 5500 block of West Dakin.

http://s705.photobucket.com/user/45Victrola/media/DSCN7639.jpg.html

  • Johnny Portage Park

    You can always rip out the turntable and make it into a cool bar. I've done a few of those too.

  • Scott A. Portage Park since 2010.

    The bar is a great idea. I almost hope it's not worth it to get it working.

Oct 17

Updated 38 min ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    The Illinois Constitution was in effect long before most of us started our government and municipal employment. Who I vote or don't vote for is really none of your business. I'm an American citizen, over the age of 18, so I can vote for whomever I please.

  • High 5 joanie
    Hey what are you doing for the next 4 years. We need a replacement for karen lewis a woman with stones
    They played this so perfectly to pit the public against us. When i started in 1968 some people actually thought we didnt pay taxes i kid you not so i can actually see his mentality against us. But you know what the damage is done and im 98% sure its a done deal. The only payback is our vote and hope it means something

5 hours ago

Updated 38 min ago

CTA Bomb Screening on Blue Line Starting Next Month

What do you think about the CTA having the Chicago Police Department screen random passengers before they board the train? They said every tenth rider will be asked voluntarily for their bags to be tested with a swab, but not opened. If you refuse you will not be allowed onto the train. If you still try to board the train, you will be subject to arrest.

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    Meh. Security theater. I wonder how this will work out during rush hour mobs. Likely going to be a public relations test for the police and some cranky commuters, at least at first.

  • Scott A. Portage Park since 2010.

    All for show...

  • Smoke and mirrors can't do anything about the shootings in the city but they will spend money to harass commuters. Hey it would be nice if our government (city hall) would stand up to this police tactic. This wasn't necessary when the G8 meetings where here why now?

23 hours ago

Updated 57 min ago

Someone taking our recycling

For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

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For the last six weeks (three pickups), someone has been waiting until just after the garbage trucks come, going through our recycling for cans, and dumping all the recycling into our now-empty garbage bins. This has been happening down our entire alley. We have a ton of recycling - we have two bins - and whoever goes through has been dumping whatever recycling doesn't fit into the empty bins or on the ground.

This is very frustrating for us, because we take recycling seriously. We normally keep the bins in our backyard until pickup day, but my husband got mixed up and thought today was pickup - sure enough, we came home to our recycling all over the alley and in our garbage bin. Same with all our neighbors. What can we do about this? A 311 call is all I can think to do, but somehow I doubt that will really do much.

  • medical marijuana, homeless, convents being used for young women to live, airplane noise, asshat gangbangers aren't FWP's.

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    I dare you to find a third world country where any of those are big problems.

32 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Wal-Mart moving into 6 Corners

I would like to hear people’s views on possibility Wal-Mart occupying the Sears location at 6 corners. Do you agree with it or not agree with it?

  • Sears dug their own grave.Walmart digs graves for everyone else. From the suppliers they use to the "tax breaks " they demand, to how they treat their workers, they are evil. We need a better retailer, traders would be very welcomed. If you want 6 corners to be born again, you do not want Walmart to come in. If you wish 6 corners to die then being Walmart in. They will strangle it completely.

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

    Walmart would never come in. That space would not fit their stores. I am hoping that Sears will survive because that location seems to do very, very well. Now that Petsmart has opened, it would be nice to see more stuff open. Binny's and Trader Joe's would be nice, but I think Trader Joe's ruled against opening in PP. A good furniture store would also be a possibility to make it a destination.

10 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Portage Park Dog Park

How come the garbage containers for our dogs waste are located outside the fenced in area? I feel that they should be located inside our area, and there should be more available.

13 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Organic produce in the area?

Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

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Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

It would be AWESOME to have a place nearby like Stanley's at North and Elston, which has a decent selection of organic produce at inexpensive prices (in fact, I still go there once a week to get what I can before heading to Whole Foods).

  • A&K

    Farmers markets are far better than standard conventional. Some of what you buy might have been sprayed but far less compared to what you buy in Jewel for example. The average conventional peach has 13 servings of pesticides and chemicals. No thanks. I like my fruit chemical free.

    We shop at the whole foods in park ridge and don't generally have a problem finding organic. You just have to be selective about what you pick out. At least you can be sure it's non-gmo:)

  • I think the Mariano's on Elston has a pretty good organic selection.. Again, it depends on what you are seeking. They seem to have all the basics covered. And the prices seem reasonable. No, it's not Stanley's, but it's definitely worth a mention.

38 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

PetSmart GRAND OPENING!

Fetch your friends for the Chicago Six Corners PetSmart GRAND OPENING!
10/25/2014
Check out what's in store for the celebration:
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am
• Mystery PetSmart® gift card for first 50 customers
• Trick training sessions by our Accredited Pet Training Instructors
• FREE giveaways like treat samples & toys, Prize drawings
http://stores.petsmart.com/2526

  • Portage, that's very sad. I heard that from one of my mailmen. He helped an elderly woman with her groceries and she was carrying cans of dog food and didn't have a dog. He also thought she didn't have family until he showed at her funeral and met her kids. He delievered her mail for years and nothing from them.

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    wow, Tami, that's really sad.

15 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cell phone reception (Addison/Austin) area

Hi -

Looking for feedback on cell phone carriers in the above area which has the best reception for voice/text messages.

Have been with Sprint for years, which is adequate. Looking into the family plans for the various carriers but would like to get opinions from folks about the reception.

Thanks!

  • Johnny Portage Park

    No problems with Verizon for several years in the area.

  • I had US Cellular then switched to Verizon because too many people had reception problems "inside" their homes with Sprint and the other one. They had to buy boosters for the phones and homes. I have no problem with my service.

  • Had AT&T but no reception in my house. Switched to Verizon about a year and a half ago. No problem with reception here or in our travels.

24 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

House Cleaning Service

I know this has been posted before but I can't seem to find the thread. Can anyone recommend a good house cleaning service in the portage park area?

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Jimmy John's NOW OPEN!

JUST IN: Jimmy John's is NOW OPEN at 4021 N. Milwaukee Ave. Head on over FREAKY FAST and get your gourmet sandwich!

6 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

6 Corner's Bistro

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Take advantage of the BYOB while you can.

  • Randy, for a brief while during my army days I was Beetle Bailey. Sitting on the mess hall's back steps, peeling potatoes into a GI can. Even wore the big apron. Then advanced to cook. No way was there a chef in THAT kitchen. I have only one advice based on that experience....Never, ever, look into the kitchen of a restaurant where you expect to eat.

  • Randy Stroller

    Air Force chow was always great. Best liver and onions in the world at Hell's Kitchen. I have been in many kitchens. Most recently at Harvest at Willow Creek South Barrington. No problems looking at any part of that kitchen.

30 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

If there are less trees on your block after this week....

The Streets & Sans and Forestry folks have been out removing trees on the parkway. These are trees that did not respond to the treatment for emerald ash bore. The trees that are being taken down are dead.
yes, it is sad that the trees were removed, but better to remove them now as opposed to a dead tree collapsing in the middle of winter and possibly injuring someone walking to a bus stop.

  • Krazykitty6380 Love my area

    where can I get more info no when and the where? We have a couple on our parkway that are suffering - but I would like to save the planter boxes we built around these trees .... ?

  • Jan

    @Inactive User: Yes, i've seen all the videos from Mandatory Fun, and paid to download the entire album from iTunes. Love driving in the hood blasting Word Crimes.

Oct 15

Updated 9 hours ago

Where to buy meat and produce

I am looking for a place in the Six Corners or Portage Park area to buy meat and produce that is good and reasonably priced. I've been shopping at Jewel but their meat is so expensive. I've seen a lot of little local stores so I'm looking for recommendations for any of them. Thank you!!

27 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location for the last market is the season at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Produce vendors, dog food , honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags, as well as several area businesses.

More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

  • Question -- Is there a plan for an inside market for the winter? Is the Portage an option?

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    I understand that the folks from the Portage market are planning to be in the theater again this year. Information should be up in their website soon.

14 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Thoughts on CAPS meeting every two months

At the last CAPS meeting for beat 1624, someone asked the question as to why we meet every two months rather than one. The response from the officer was there wasn't enough crime in the beat (Cicero to Narragansett and Irving to Montrose) and to save paper. There was a lot of disagreement from the crowd (which was a good turn out compared to the last one). Thoughts?

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    Nothing was ever mentioned about a meeting with amongst the residents during off month' (at least with those in attendance). I may just have to be more interactive.

    I found it odd that the beat officer says the number of crimes in the best doesn't prompt a monthly meeting, yet,...

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    Nothing was ever mentioned about a meeting with amongst the residents during off month' (at least with those in attendance). I may just have to be more interactive.

    I found it odd that the beat officer says the number of crimes in the best doesn't prompt a monthly meeting, yet, he informed us about two recent armed robberies: one in the alley of 5100 Pensacola, and the other in a garage of 4100 Long. These incidents occurred in between the off month (September) and the 24th of October.

    Robin: do you have any info on the off month meetings? Where, when, etc? Our next scheduled meeting in 24 with the officer will not be until February.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I haven't been to CAPS meeting since the new format was introduced. I'm in 2411; feel free to join the yahoo group for meeting information. Our meetings alternate between the J on Touhy and St. Margaret Mary's.

    https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/Get%20Involved/How%20CAPS%20works/Beat%20Meetings

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3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Home Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good detail orientated and trustworthy cleaning person/service to clean my one bedroom apartment in the Klee Building once a week? Should not take more than an hour each week.

  • 6 Cornered Living glee at the klee.

    The rates at Little Helpers are good too. Thanks everyone for their suggestions.

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Jun 19

Updated 24 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.

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

  • Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick....

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    Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick. Alderman is now trying his best to get the sidewalks constructed before the upcoming winter. I told Alderman that such completed construction would make a wonderful Christmas present for us all. Yay! Thank you Alderman Cullerton and thank you our State Rep. Rob Martwick!

5 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

  • Rauner is a leader. Quinn is a wannabe. No one needs to be paid to recognize the difference. Quinn degraded our state to one of the bottom ones of the 50! Can you get any lower than that?

Jul 23

Updated 34 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!

  • I scoured the web and saw nothing about a ComEd rate increase for Chicago on Nov. 1. The CUB website mentioned a court ruling that may or may not increase rates in the future, but nothing written in stone yet, due to a federal court decision that stripped the company...

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    I scoured the web and saw nothing about a ComEd rate increase for Chicago on Nov. 1. The CUB website mentioned a court ruling that may or may not increase rates in the future, but nothing written in stone yet, due to a federal court decision that stripped the company who runs the power grid in Northern Illinois the power to run a power saving program. Apparently, congress may enact legislation that allows the company to start running this program or a similar program again. I only found an article for increase for National Grid (their version of ComEd) customers in Massachusetts so that the grid and equipment can get upgraded, which ComEd already took care of in our area. I think if rates were going to go up it probably would have been in the news by now. Even this federal court ruling pertaining to Northern Illinois' power grid didn't make the news yet. Traditionally electricity rates go down in the fall and winter in our area because no A/C usage makes demand lower. I know my actual usage is a LOT lower in the winter, so even if rates did increase slightly, I'm still better off without Integrys because of their extra flat fee customer ON TOP of what ComEd charges as a delivery fee, which still "rewards" heavier electricity users and penalizes conservative users. It's the worst kind of regressive tax.

  • By the way, Rawkstah, I would call Integrys with a follow up just to make sure they received your online cancellation. It certainly couldn't hurt.

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Movers Needed today 10/22/2014

I need movers for today. I have a few boxes and cartons that need to be moved to Hoffman Estates. It is a one man job that would take less than one hour. Drive would be 30-40 minutes. Unpack would be 30 minutes. So two hours work. I need a licensed and bonded mover.

Please let me know if you have any names.

  • One of my cars once set my jammed packed garage on fire and it all went up in flames.

    That was a great way to purge a bunch of stuff I had in boxes.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    That's a good trick - getting your landlord to move you! I'll have to remember it for my next move!

38 hours ago

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Sep 16

Updated 2 days ago

Furnace repair

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

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

    I need to have mine serviced. I now know who to call. Thanks! =)

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Dave Marvin of Mar-Tech Heating & Cooling. Really great guy and lives in the area.
    Dave Marvin
    (708) 212-3838 cell

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher.

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children...

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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Energy Supplier Recomendations?

I started comparing my energy supplier charges on my Comed bill to that of friends, and as it turns out I am paying twice as much per kWh. I've researched a few suppliers like Spark, Integrys, and Direct Energy and all have rates to lock into for of 6,12, 24, and even 36 months. Do many of you have any advice on chosing the most affordable supplier? I average 1,000 kWh per month.

  • I found this site informative. I believe that the dollar amounts that they are stating are for your electricity supply only, but I haven't contacted them for clarification. It is, at least, a good list of options beyond the couple that you mostly hear of.

    https://www.chooseenergy.com/compare/60641/electricity-rates/

  • @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED...

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    @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED bulbs on Newegg or Amazon. There are plenty of online stores that can sell them but prices vary and some beat Ebay when sales occur.

    To get back on topic, you will have to compare the various companies offered and place a note on calendars, your phones, and other places to find a new contract when your 6,12, 24, or 36 month contract expires. The reason rates double is that when you are off a contract the company expects you to leave at any moment and you do not get a "long-term discount" for being with them. It is similar if you would not have a contract with your internet provider, some of their monthly rates are twice the contract rate if not more.

Oct 17

Updated 2 days ago

Six Corners Bistro

My wife and I had dinner at the new six corners bistro last night. The food is fantastic, our waiter was very friendly, the music choice was perfect. Not very loud and not annoying. I had the burger, they tell me it was ground fresh in house and it tasted like it. It's Byob but we were told a full offering will be available in a few weeks. They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is great, prices are fair, and the tables have good spacing. I didn't feel crammed in. We will definitely go back. If you have time pay them a visit. You won't be disappointed.

  • BnW I think WAGS was briefly on the same footprint as what is now the Dollar Store. Before that it was an Illinois Bell switching office and before that, part of the Dickenson Tavern property. And before that, Indian Country.

  • There's two "dollar" stores in Six Corners. The one on Milwaukee where everything is indeed only one dollar, and the other one on Irving that says dollar in it's name but products can be way more than one dollar.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city

This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your...

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This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. Their sister store Kim Long, next door, has great Chinese food and again for $2.50 they'll deliver you tasty Chinese food and donuts. The owners are so nice and obviously like what they do. One of the best things is that they have a good variety even near closing time, 10pm.
Never thought I'd go on about donuts like this but this is a real find!!! And so unique. I don't take advantage of delivery so that I can control my intake, but I did order some Chinese food and a donut recently. It was delicious.
Address is 5112 W. Fullerton. Phone 773.237.7588.

  • I love something sweet! The owner is amazing he told me he's been making donuts for years! I have also stopped in at portage grounds for their donuts ( they are excellant as well). I prefer perkolator coffee shop over portage grounds. It would be amazing if the owners of perkolator could team up with something sweet and offer their donuts at the coffee shop! Now that would be amazing! It's hard for me to get over by something sweet or I would be there everyday getting super fat!

  • I've been singing their praises for some time now. Great people. Great place.

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Post about voting early

Anybody know where the post went? It was here earlier today and now its gone.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Children's Eye Glasses

Just found our out 5 year old needs glasses. Would appreciate recommendations for children's eye glass business, ideally would like to support a Portage Park business. Although we're interested in a place that's good with children, even if not right in the area.
Thanks.

  • Not in the neighborhood but the Opthamologist on Western avenue near Fullerton was great for our toddler. Lawrence Kaufman.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    I highly recommend Aardvark eyewear, kids-only specialists. It's on Western just south of Fullerton. Odd little shop, busy... tons of frame sizes and styles to try, and most importantly the service & expertise is high quality, personalized, caring. I bought my daughter's first-time glasses there; have been back a few times over the past year for growth and comfort fit adjustments, and haven't been charged even for long consultations. Go during the week if possible, on Saturdays it's jammed. Good luck!

  • Yes, Dr. Kaufman at 2456 N Western Ave. in Chicago 773- 235-2020 is the best children's ophthalmologist around. I have taken both my glasses wearing boys to him over the years and he comes highly recommended.

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Orange Tabby Cat seen near Smyser Elementary

Saw a very friendly orange tabby cat with white feet near Smyser Elementary the night of Saturday, Oct. 18. It crossed over to Moody Street and was last seen near a blue house on Moody. I am pretty sure it was someone's pet as it was very friendly and looked healthy. I am concerned that it was lost and hope the owner can find it.

  • Jan

    Tami, i'm so pleased to know you are a TNR - in this case R being rehabilitate and rehome. Good on ya!

  • Thanks Jan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't have to spend their lives on the street.

Oct 16

Updated 4 days ago

Trick or Treaters

So since this is such a "family friendly" neighborhood, shall my wife and I expect trick-or-treaters in the next couple weeks? I think she's dead (no pun intended) set on getting dressed up and passing out candies. If that kind of thing does happen, should we expect kids early in the day, or evening?

  • Narragansett and Addison area - we usually get tons of smaller kids right after school. Then there seems to be a lull around supper time and then things heat up again with a huge surge of older kids and larger groups from about 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Then it usually stops. I'm dressing as a frog this year, to pass out candy!

  • It's a Friday night, so expect a LOT of kids throughout the late afternoon and evening.
    If it was a school night, they would be out early, almost after school lets out until about 8:30

Oct 14

Updated 4 days ago

New Gas Line, now basement leaks

Peoples gas was through my block a couple weeks ago and installed the new line along the side of my house to install a new meter. Well, when we got that heavy rain a week or two ago, I noticed I got some water in my basement right near where the new line is. Not standing water or anything, but at least a foot or two of carpet near the wall was wet.

How do I file a claim? Do i start with the city, Do I need an estimate first, am I just SOL? I mean, I can't PROVE that is what caused it, but it's kind of a big coincidence

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Standard 1" riser.

  • Thanks PP, I'll check this weekend when I have light.

    Herecomes..what do you mean by Standard 1" Riser?

4 days ago

6 Corners Pet Smart OPEN!

Very excited that this store is finally opening today. It's right next to Jewel on Irving. For those with animals that need grooming, i think they are having a special on grooming at their grand opening on Saturday.

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Oct 12

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Two kids tagging garages in broad daylight Sunday afternoon

I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair,...

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I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair, probably between 13-15 years old. One was wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt and the other a white long sleeved shirt or hoodie. They were pretty cavalier about it and were walking around with the spray cans in their hands. They actually got quite a lot done on my block, covering every garage with stupid-looking swastikas, gang-sign looking squiggly daggers and devil horns and stuff. I was really surprised they were able to cover that much area on a Sunday afternoon, considering how many people are usually out in the alleys around here, washing their cars, coming and going, etc.

I know that when garages get tagged around here, people usually freak out, imagining it as the harbinger of impending bloody gang warfare in our alleys, but these kids looked more like Justin Bieber in his "street art" phase...and about as threatening.

Anyways, keep your eyes out!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Did you by chance take a photo or video with your cell phone? Since they were so cavalier maybe they would have posed for pictures.

  • Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW,...

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    Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW, They took off running when I held up my phone to get a shot, unfortunately, I didn't get one off in time. Up until that point, they were acting really casual as I followed them, trying to act like they'd done nothing even though they still had the spray cans in their hands.

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Updated 5 days ago

Date Night in Portage Park

Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway"...

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Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway" - quite good. Funny and original with maybe the best and funniest scene I have ever seen of 4 people on a motorcycle chasing a moped. There were only 15 of us in the audience. I recommend to my neighbors to go see this show before it ends after next weekend.

It would have been good to have a pub on the block for a post-show drink. Maybe next year?

  • Good to know. Thanks will look for it.

  • We dined at 6 corners bistro last night and all five of us loved our entrees. Soooo happy to have another great option open up !

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Moving Cross Country

Does anyone have a recommendation for cross country movers? I am moving from Portage park to the Bay Area, within the next month.

5 days ago

St. Cyprian's Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Please join us at Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, 4307 N Harlem, on November 18th from 5-8 P.M.. Your donations of non-perishable food will earn you a free cookie. The food that we collect will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions to needy families in our neighborhood. Thank you for your participation in this event.

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