15 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

Potential Fitness, Grocery, Starbuck's at 4901 W. Irving Park

Please join your neighbors for a community discussion of a proposed redevelopment of 4901 W. Irving Park. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Las Tablas banquet space at 4920 W. Irving Park.

The owners of the site are offering a plan to renovate the existing 50,000-square-foot building to accommodate several new businesses, and the theater on the second floor would be renovated for community and non-profit use.

So far, owners have a signed...

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Please join your neighbors for a community discussion of a proposed redevelopment of 4901 W. Irving Park. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Las Tablas banquet space at 4920 W. Irving Park.

The owners of the site are offering a plan to renovate the existing 50,000-square-foot building to accommodate several new businesses, and the theater on the second floor would be renovated for community and non-profit use.

So far, owners have a signed lease for a Retro Fitness at the site. Additionally, owners have letters of intent from and are working on finalized leases with Starbucks and Aldi's. There are also discussions with a Culvers franchisee.

The renovated building will also have 14,000 square feet of additional retail space and 12,000 square feet of office space which is being marketed for medical and non-profit uses.

In order to preserve the theater for community and non-profit use, the owners are requesting $2.5 million in TIF assistance. Additionally, the owners need a zoning change from RS-3 to B1-1 for the parking lot behind the building.

This proposed project falls into the mission of the Six Corners Master Plan. The plan is driven by input from residents, businesses, and land owners, and was adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in August 2013.

To learn more, ask questions, and join the discussion, please come to the community meeting. If you have any other questions, give my office a call at (773) 286-4545.

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  • Wm,
    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
    What would you support in the neighborhood?

  • What's wrong with an Aldi? The stores are nice and you can save a lot of money there.

5 days ago

Updated 21 min ago

A good toilet

We are updating our bathroom and need suggestions of a good toilet to buy. Landloard won't do it but giving us a $200 budget to do it ourselves. So basically looking for one that works well and also not too expensive. I don't want to buy one that clogs all the time or needs to be flushed twice. Got one like that now!! Have any of you bought a new one that works well. Please let me know what it is. Thanks!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hey ya its sloppy sue again trying to kill everyones buzz go to bed hunny bunny!!@@

  • Stephanie, Mayfair Bike path rider, Northsider 44 years

    I used Home Depot last summer when I did a DIY bathroom improvement. I have a Delta, high tank. Narrow profile. Way under your budget. Did a lot of research. The HD on McCormick has a couple of plumbers working the aisle. They were very helpful. The right HD is worth it's weight in gold.

2 days ago

Updated 28 min ago

Redistricting 38th and 45th Wards

I live on the 5200 W. Dakin block and have always been part of the 38th Ward (Laramie is the boundary). When I went to vote yesterday, I was directed to the 45th ward polling place. Was the ward map recently redrawn? I was not prepared to vote for a 45th alderman.

  • Sure, it's your right to vote but with that right comes the responsibility to become informed before you vote. I'm also tired of people insisting on their rights to whatever and never wanting the responsibilities that go along with those rights.

  • Retired,

    "informed" is so subjective,
    it means one thing to a Fox viewer, and
    something entirely different to a sentient human being.

    Be a RESPONSIBLE Voter:

    Report problems or violations of election laws.
    Ensure your address is current on the voter registration list.
    Smile! Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
    Protect...

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    Retired,

    "informed" is so subjective,
    it means one thing to a Fox viewer, and
    something entirely different to a sentient human being.

    Be a RESPONSIBLE Voter:

    Report problems or violations of election laws.
    Ensure your address is current on the voter registration list.
    Smile! Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
    Protect the privacy of others.
    Obtain proper ID to verify your identity.
    Not sure? Ask!
    Study and know candidates and issues.
    Inspect your ballot for accuracy.
    Be on time, know your precinct's hours of operation.
    Learn how to use the voting equipment properly.
    Enjoy your voting experience!

    http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/voterrights.htm/view

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Is St. Ferds open to the public ?

I'd like to try it, but don't want don't want more than dinner and a beer

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    I'd rather have some Jesus Christ with my fish and tartar sauce than some card magic, lol -- "I'm not picking a card, I'm EATING DINNER! Leave me alone!" Ha ha ha ha...

  • I ordered drive thru fish and chips dinners last night. The fish was hot and good and the chocolate cake was wonderful. The fried dough needs powdered sugar but I think it might have been left off by mistake. Fries were ok. Take out was a little disorganized but the delivery people were very nice and doing their best. No marketing for the church other than the overall sense of community. Which is the best kind of marketing for a church, in my opinion.

6 hours ago

17 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Tagging on my Garage

Got tagging all over my garage door and some on the siding today - Patterson Ave

Already called 311, emailed alderman, sent photos to 16th District CAPS

Anyone else get tagged with a similar color paint? Really hope they get caught one day...

Now to try to clean it off somehow in this cold weather.

  • A&K

    Can you heat the garage? It might take a fair amount of energy or rent a torpedo heater from the depot. Make sure the space is safe. Point it at the garage door with a safe distance from anything flammable. Wait 30-45 min or so for the door to heat up. Even though it's cold out the panel should be warm enough to clean.

    Option #2, grab a cheap blue tarp. Cover the door. Work on it this weekend when it warms up.

  • We got tagged last week. Reported it, and Graffiti Blasters responded the very next morning. I'm going to try the car wax tip; thanks, PPP.

36 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

6 Weeks To Go!

Ok Portage Park, Chuy or Rahm? You will you be voting for in April? Does Chicago elect its first Hispanic mayor, or does Rahm stay on track in his quest to be Hillary's running mate in 2016? Does Chicago elect one of it's own, or does Ravenswood Rahm get a second term? This is an important election, I hope we can get a better turnout. Think and decide people.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its real simple chuy gets hispanic vote and rahm gets the white vote and the blacks will split equally for both so this will be a close race big time...

  • THIS white boy ain't voting for Rahm!

Feb 20

Updated 9 hours ago

Sposato Tactics Equate To Harassment

I have received so much mail from Sposato it's ridiculous. Mail pieces every day this week, 2 polls this week, a poll this morning and a robo call tonight. He should be the poster child for campaign finance reforms laws. If this man wins, it is a classic example of buying an office. I knew nothing about him when this election started and now I can't stand to hear his name. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way and I hope everyone will go to the polls and vote for someone else. PLEASE join me in an "anyone but Sposato" vote on Tuesday.

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    Sour grapes is what I think most of this is about, I never felt harassed and it seems to me that many people went out in very cold weather... door to door because they believe in him. And i for one can't wait to see what he can do...Hell, I was even asked if I needed a ride to vote!!! GREAT CAMPAIGNING !!!!!, THAT'S WHAT WINS ELECTIONS!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Nick the stick haha very funny spiro is a hack...

17 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

need endodentist recommendation on northwest side, or suburbs

need a specialist in root canal as one my regular dentist just completed doens't seem to have taken.......thanks......

34 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Organic Gardening

If you currently have an organic garden, or you would like to have an organic garden, I would like to offer my assistance. I can help you in creating an organic vegetable and/or herb garden or I can help you tend to a garden you already have. My name is Jose Bautista and my plan is to work in many gardens over the summer. No matter the type of urban farming you have/want: container plants, raised beds, or in-ground, I want to work in it all. If you might be interested please contact me and we can discuss this further. Have a good one.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Not interested at all

  • Jose, the Portage Park Garden Club has their first meeting of the year tomorrow morning 9:30 at the Austin Irving Library. Anybody that likes to garden is welcome.

  • The speakers at the PP Garden Club meeting tomorrow are from Friends of Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse, Elizabeth Lennon and Pam Kaniuk. Plus the GC is collecting nonperishable items tomorrow for the Joined Hands Food Pantry. The Garden Club and Joined Hands both have Facebook pages.

3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Nicholas Sposato

It looks to me that you made it...I wish you all the best, Your team team worked hard for you! Now please take our ward where it needs to be....You really earned this one!!!

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

  • It's different than NextDoor where you get to bully people, eh?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Ken and spiro stand behind Garrido get with it people a Garrido takeover is coming your either with us or against us!!!!!!

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Now What

45th Ward

Rahm Emanuel: 47.9%

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: 35.1%

Willie Wilson: 3.1%

Bob Fioretti: 5%

William "Dock" Walls: 0.9%

Turnout: 41.8%

According to DNAinfo but that means the vocal ABR folks here were certainly better represented here than at the polls.

And who knew but cops and their families apparently vote as well. So we have a battle that may actually be boiling down to cops and their sphere of influence wanting some political and economic clout in the neighborhood.

  • Mark Z Jr. Pensacola Lifer/Personal Trainer/Coach

    Loulu, it's not my article. The writer's article suggests that. Just thought it was an interesting take especially for those that think they're having to vote for the lesser of two evils.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Go chuy support st johns to thanks chuy..

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

How Close is Close?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150225/portage-park/far-northwest-side-voters-picked-rahm-but-helped-garcia-trigger-run-off

Seems to me anything greater than 45 percent is pretty close when your runoff oponent is far enough behind that if the other candidates backer lose interest then a win is in the offing.

Not sure if Rham heard that thunder clap or not or if he will just laugh at it thinking the four groups should have settled on one contender if they wanted the belt.

  • Lorenzo Wishing for an improved Six Corners

    Ditto Spiro! And now Baert is backing him. Great news and a good choice. SEIU will be out in force the next 7 weeks or so.

  • Garrido will be someone's prison wife soon.

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Stolen Dog ALERT

Please keep an eye out for this dog that was stolen at a gas station this morning: "Cloud aka Neven is a 16.5 lb golden retriever mix that was stolen from his owners car and loaded into a black minivan this morning as she was getting gas at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Cicero/Montrose in Chicago. 4401 North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630"

Police have been notified.

http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=390490

This is not my dog, but sharing information.

38 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Power Home Remodeling Sales Rep

Sales rep came to the door and decided to bang on the front window to get my attention when the door bell didn't work. He had no sales collateral with him and was very rude when I said that I wasn't interested in a free estimate for window replacement. He was wearing a logo'd jacket for Power Home Remodeling.I just called the company to complain. Here's the number: 888.REMODEL (888.736.6335)

  • Loulu Me

    I find most people coming to the door to sell something are very aggressive (including the window banging). They are generally rude when you say you're not interested. I suspect most of them are scams and/or not of quality. In this day and age, this is not the way to do business.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heads up on those doorbell ringers and people banging on your door really rude..some people are storm chasers others are fake companies who take half of your money and never return for a job!!!!

46 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Midwestern Christian Academy Open House Today!

If you are interested in your student receiving a balanced traditional academic program with a Christian emphasis, come and check out Midwestern Christian Academy. There is an open house today from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We are located at 3465 N. Cicero Ave. Check out the classrooms, the teachers, current students and parents. Check us out on the web ahead of time at midwesternchristianacademy.org

15 hours ago

DunRite Services, Inc.

The agency I work for needed a plumber on am immediate basis. I checked the a Portage Park Chamber of Commerce directory and found DunRite Services. Within a one hour time frame a supervisor and 2 workers came out to assess the problem. As suspected the problem was greater than expected. DunRite Services had to come back the next day to complete the job. They are reliable and dependable and very clean. Unlike other plumbing services they didn't find other things that were wrong and try to cheat the agency. If you need plumbing services. .I highly recommend DunRite Services located at 4356 N. Mil Waukee Ave!

Jan 24

Updated 17 hours ago

Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

What's wrong with the above account which commented twice today in a Portage Park thread. The above account was open in 2012 and up to May 2014 events held in Ald. Sposato's 36th Ward were occasionally posted. When did Ald Sposato take over the 38th Ward? Guess Sposato doesn't need to earn the support of the 38th Ward voters he just moves in. Hay Nick how bout showing 38th Ward voters and 38th Ald Cullerton a little respect?

  • Chow? Don't try to use foreign terms if you can't spell four-letter words.

  • Ken,

    Perhaps Suzi's is using the Asian spelling of the Italian word?

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Asbestos?

ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while...

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ok I've searched for asbestos on this site but didn't get the answer I was looking for. Last year we had the water department come out to see if they'd put in a water meter. They looked at the pipe and said - that looks like it might be asbestos, we're not doing anything until you get an asbestos abatement company out to tell you whether or not it is asbestos and if it is, have them remove. So while I know this can be expensive, I'm wondering A. How expensive and B. How much would really have to be done? I mean, could we just do the one pipe and leave the rest or would we need to have them do it all? Not disturbing it is only an option if we never get a water meter installed and the water bill keeps getting higher and higher...any advice?

  • I just emailed you my contact info if you want to chat about it. Call anytime.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Asbestos lol its 2015 wow you peope must live in some real dumps!!!! Get with it

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Congratulations to 38th Ward Alderman-Elect Nick Sposato

I would like to congratulate Alderman Nick Sposato on his Election Day victory yesterday. I would also like to congratulate all of the candidates for refraining from personal attacks in their campaign literature and in their comments during the two aldermanic forums.

Our city and our community are facing some unprecedented financial challenges over the next four years that will call for some very tough choices.

It has been my honor and privilege to represent my neighbors over the past four years and I look forward to working with our new Alderman to make his transition as smooth, seamless and successful as possible.

  • AnnabelleBlue Proud teacher & active mom who loves our hood :)

    Me? Absolutely not. I expect a full pension for my years of service.

  • Yeah posting on here all day merits a fat pension.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

  • A 6% margin of victory, whether over one opponent or six opponents, is a large margin of victory. Sposato won. Get over yourself and move on.

  • Loulu Me

    Out of seven wards with six or more candidates, one of which was an incumbent, Sposato was one of only two incumbents who avoided a runoff. (Although he ran in a different ward, all the media considered him an incumbent.)

23 hours ago

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44 hours ago

Register to Vote/Change Voter Registration Address

Voter registration is open again:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/register-to-vote-change-of-address.html

You can vote in the April 7th runoff even if you did not vote this past Tuesday.

Dec 04

Updated 44 hours ago

Portage Park Knitters/Crocheters

I'm trying to find out if anyone out there would be interested in joining a group that would meet on a regular basis at a local coffee shop for an hour or two with like-minded individuals. We can work on a current project or get some advice/tips/help from each other if we are stuck on a project. Just message me on EB if you are interested and let me know what day and time might work best for

  • DeMurph PP Neighbor since 2010

    Thanks Helen. Was worth a shot 😊 Will definitely consider starting a second group and will look forward to a Tue availability to meet you when schedule permits. Best, DeMurph

  • @randy, I assume pamela means it in the Wendy Russell ingenious way.

47 hours ago

You have 3 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Estate Sale

Has anyone worked with an estate sale agent/company that covers our area?
Thank you.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Naomi is a straight shooter; she will be completely honest with you, and be there every step of the way.

    Naomi Ross
    Sassie's Estate Sales,Inc
    www.sassiesantiques.com
    847-322-5913

    If you contact me offlist, I can give you the name of a company to avoid like the plague

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    I recently received a flyer from my office for a company called Estate Angels. Not sure if they are any good but give them a try. Here's the info:

    www.yourestateangels.com

    Contact Lori Kumskis at:

    708-374-2458

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago children's Club

We just had a guy ring our doorbell asking for a $10 or $20 donation for the children at Portage Park. We asked him why are they asking for donations this late in the winter and he said they ask for it after Valentines and it is used for next year. He was a very quick talker. Beware, beware.... so I asked him for information and he said he would drop off the leaflet. I just checked online and there is no such organization for this.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    That one guy with the boot he has on chicago fire department shirts on to I heard which any civilian can buy at a store....

  • retired sgt retired sgt

    Call 311 or 911 and report it as a suspicious man ringing doorbells.... Come on guy's then the next tread will be I got robbed last night or can you believe I just got approached by a strange man in front of my house.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

What issues will be guiding your voting?

I will be voting based on the candidates' stances on certain issues that are important to me. These can cross ward boundaries, and some are city wide issues. What issues are you basing your voting on, both for mayor and alderman?

  • Your comments caused me to legitimately want to look into the development. I did, I found it odd that there weren't any 200 sq ft units. I wished you and your mom the best on your search. What more do you want from me.

    You said it: "Concerns because some...

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    Your comments caused me to legitimately want to look into the development. I did, I found it odd that there weren't any 200 sq ft units. I wished you and your mom the best on your search. What more do you want from me.

    You said it: "Concerns because some of the units were 200 sq feet efficiency apartments." I corrected you on it, with proof. And yes, 400 sq ft is twice the size, pretty big difference. Now lets drop it.

    And why don't you keep my family out of this, its low class and makes you look foolish.

  • Happiness,

    Do you believe everything you read on EB?
    Why do find Jill♡ believable?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Six Corners

Any idea what the final plan is?

  • Resident Live in the 45th

    Where is this notice for? I can't make it out from the picture. Is that just an empty lot in the picture?

  • It's for the old Bank of America building at 6 Corners. I checked the Clark Street Development site today, and while they have the project listed, no designs or renderings yet. Very interested to see what the plans look like.

Feb 02

Updated 2 days ago

Remodeled home quality

I've been looking at houses for sale in the area and have noticed a handful that have been recently rehabbed, all in the same style. They look really nice, but use some cheap materials and appear to be quickly worked on.

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a home like this. In particular, it'd be great to hear if any issues with a house like this was mainly cosmetic or required a significant amount of time/money to repair.

  • Tonton Tonton

    About a year ago I bought a beautiful gut rehab from a contractor working in this area. I saw some really bad rehabs before we stumbled upon this property. It had been on the market for less than one day and we grabbed it right away. They did a great...

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    About a year ago I bought a beautiful gut rehab from a contractor working in this area. I saw some really bad rehabs before we stumbled upon this property. It had been on the market for less than one day and we grabbed it right away. They did a great job - new finishes, electrical, plumbing, hvac, roof. The inside and finishes were planned by professional designers and the workmanship appears to be of high quality. The whole second floor was removed and rebuilt, too, all keeping the original bungalow look. I had an inspector review the property of course. They did identify some things that needed to be taken care of… Additional air vents on the second floor to provide better heat and air control was a biggie. Otherwise, the house is extremely solid. Where did they skimp? From what I can tell, in areas areas I am well equipped to handle myself - landscaping, cheap locks, cheap back porch. There are other minor things that I'm working to address. We couldn't be happier with our home in PP!!

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    You could get a well rehabbed home, and you can get a lemon. It all depends on the contractor. Always ask for references from the contractor, get a real good home inspector, preferably someone with remodeling knowledge, and ask for a warranty.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ward Budgets?

I heard somewhere 80% of Sposato's 36th ward budget last year went to the parks. E.g, Shabbona had 100 new trees planted as well as the playground redone.

If someone can post a more accurate picture of 36th an 38th ward budget expenditures for last year or more it would be appreciated.

  • Pamela,
    The Portage Park playground was funded before my term, under Alderman Allen, but I believe it was a combination of TIF funds (West Irving Park TIF), Park District capital funds and funds raised by the Friends of Portage Park, with the greater share coming from the TIF. TIF funds...

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    Pamela,
    The Portage Park playground was funded before my term, under Alderman Allen, but I believe it was a combination of TIF funds (West Irving Park TIF), Park District capital funds and funds raised by the Friends of Portage Park, with the greater share coming from the TIF. TIF funds were also used at the park for the nature area, the new DFA, resurfacing of the parking lot, new pathways (sidewalks), new lockers for the indoor pool and reconstruction of the outdoor decorative water fountains which will be transformed into planters this Spring.

  • New cargo swim trunks with the new micro fiber material for faster wicking for Tim this June. See you there sir with Coppertone in hand!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Mailers

Just got a bunch of mailers from various 45th ward candidates and they are all positive except for Garrido. Talk about Debbie Downer….

3 days ago

Rham's Kid's Robbery now on Portal and you can draw shape in crash report

https://www.youtube.com/user/smartchicago/videos
I guess we will have to wait a day for the upload. When it is up just drag over until you see the guy in a suit. That will be our CDO. Tutns out the police internally flag things as confidential but the data that gets put on the portal is not confidential and there were about 178 crimes not posted because of that.

http://chicagocrashes.org/#zoom=16&lat=41.95342&lon=-87.74491

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lawn Sign Stolen

I know it is nothing new, but someone stole an aldermanic lawn sign in front of my house (38th ward). It may seem like politics as usual, but it doesn't sit well for me. The candidate I support did not just plop a sign on my lawn. This candidate introduced herself to me, spent 30 min. listening to me and my concerns and spoke about her platform (in July), called weeks later and asked if I would be willing to...

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I know it is nothing new, but someone stole an aldermanic lawn sign in front of my house (38th ward). It may seem like politics as usual, but it doesn't sit well for me. The candidate I support did not just plop a sign on my lawn. This candidate introduced herself to me, spent 30 min. listening to me and my concerns and spoke about her platform (in July), called weeks later and asked if I would be willing to display a sign, hung the sign, and later thanked me with a hand written note as well. I am impressed at the grass root efforts of her campaign and her sincerity. And I would like to optimistically think that there are several candidates that are giving it their best efforts and have good intention for the neighborhood. Candidates get a lot of criticism, but I applaud residents who run for local office with good intention. When people (ill intentioned candidates and their goons) steal lawn signs, vandalize billboards and smear candidates names - it cost us all a chance of having true residents step up and run for office (as opposed to professional politicians who move into neighbors for job security).. The majority of the candidates do not have major financial backing from and private interest groups. They are residents who reach deep into their pockets to run a campaign and get their message out. Please allow them to do so. When we don't - we only have ourselves to blame when we have sellout politician who don't truly represent us and our interest.. (I must be a glass half full type of person because I believe there are good candidates out there and I truly believe in the candidate I am supporting.)

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    No signs for me unless they the politicians pay me to put there name in front of my house..you are asking for it by putting up political signs up!!!!

  • I don't want a politician's money nor do I want politicians to resort to buying votes. I want a resident that knows and loves this neighborhood as much as I do and will represent us all fairly. So when I find this rare find, I want to give them the...

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    I don't want a politician's money nor do I want politicians to resort to buying votes. I want a resident that knows and loves this neighborhood as much as I do and will represent us all fairly. So when I find this rare find, I want to give them the opportunity to put themselves out there and give it their best. I want a candidate spending time talking with residents rather than mingling with goons to pad their campaign fund. In this case Heather Sattler found me and proved herself to this household.

3 days ago

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Feb 18

Updated 4 days ago

Eye Doctor

Can anyone recommend a good place to get an eye exam and purchase glasses?

  • Dr. M. Spencer & Dr. L. Blount-Odum
    (773) 237-4774
    4949 W Irving Park Rd # E, Chicago, IL 60641-2641

  • Jason M. Kluckzyk - very, very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it.

4 days ago

Thank You Mayoral Candidates

The Portage Park Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the Mayoral Candidates who attended our Mayoral Meet Greet, Willie Wilson, William “Doc” Walls, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Bob Fioretti.

We also like to thank Ken Davis of the Chicago Newsroom for doing such an outstanding job as our moderator. He can be found at http://chicagonewsroom.org/ Also his program appears on CANTV you can find there schedule here http://cantv.org/?s=chicago+newsroom or subscribe to his podcast on iTunes.

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The Portage Park Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the Mayoral Candidates who attended our Mayoral Meet Greet, Willie Wilson, William “Doc” Walls, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Bob Fioretti.

We also like to thank Ken Davis of the Chicago Newsroom for doing such an outstanding job as our moderator. He can be found at http://chicagonewsroom.org/ Also his program appears on CANTV you can find there schedule here http://cantv.org/?s=chicago+newsroom or subscribe to his podcast on iTunes.

A special thanks to John Gorski and the Irish American Heritage Center located in Mayfair Park at 4626 N Knox. Thanks for providing a great venue on a cold winter night for the people of the northwest side to meet their candidates. Also thank you for opening the pub for all us to hoist a pint afterwards. TO find out more about their events, performances, art gallery, museum and more go to http://irish-american.org/.

Tomorrow is Election Day, stay warm but don't forget to vote!

Feb 20

Updated 4 days ago

Unusual mailing from Michelle Baert

In the mail today I received a mailing in a standard letter envelope with the name "Danny Boyle" in bold green letters in the return address area. I opened the envelope to see a letter from Mr. Boyle which stated "I'm reaching out to my fellow Irish men and women to rally support" ...for Michelle Baert.

I am amazed at this degree of "narrowcasting" in an aldermanic race and am intrigued by how they determined which ward residents appear to be of Irish descent.

Has anyone with an Italian or Polish or Latino surname gotten a similar ethnically targeted letter?

I am not sure why but I am slightly put off by this clannish approach to campaigning.

  • How is this any different than candidates campaigning in African-American churches? Everyone's something-American at election time.

  • marsh3617 10 year resident of Six Corners area

    I got a mailing from her Asian-American husband going for the Asian vote.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

PCP/general practice doctor

I've searched the site but haven't seen much in terms of helpful info, so: does anyone have a primary care physician/general practice/family doctor in the area they would recommend?

  • Mine is Agnieszka Kania who is Polish and she is great at Lutheran General Hospital. She does get a lot of children there, but then how often do we go there except for our annual and of course when sick

  • If you are a senior on Medicare, there is a great new practice in our community, Oak Street Health. Great teams and they focus on - wellness!!

6 days ago

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  • Randy Stroller

    So you are only 53%? Will that get you to the polls? MRE may need to be mRE capable.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    John kass is great at the tribune and his battles with rahmfather are priceless..john kass is a true Chicagoan. ..awesome stories as well..

Feb 19

Updated 5 days ago

Sposato's 36th Ward Service Office wed site no longer in service. Removed from City Clerk link

Sposato”s 36 Ward Service Office Web –site no longer in service. Sposato’web site link removed from City Clerk’s link
My post Jan 25, I questioned why “the official 36 Ward web site where we can help” should have a big red DONATE button in the upper right side. The majority of aldermen use their outside funds to pay for their web site but Sposato is the only alderman that crosses the line to silicate donations to his campaign fund. If...

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Sposato”s 36 Ward Service Office Web –site no longer in service. Sposato’web site link removed from City Clerk’s link
My post Jan 25, I questioned why “the official 36 Ward web site where we can help” should have a big red DONATE button in the upper right side. The majority of aldermen use their outside funds to pay for their web site but Sposato is the only alderman that crosses the line to silicate donations to his campaign fund. If you google aldermansposato.com you see a message “We will be back soon” You will get the same message from the City Clerks link. I questioned if Sposato’s practice was in violation of the ethics ordinance and reported my concerns to the legislative inspector general. Possibly there is another explanation as to why Sposato no longer has a 36 Ward Service web-site. It will be interesting to see if it returns minus the big red DONATE button.
http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/jan24-ald-nicholas-sposatos-service-office-from-38th-ward-6642811/

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Feb 11

Updated 6 days ago

Sposato argues in favor of Rham Emanual Endorsement

The following is quoted from a Reader article by Ben Joravsky
‘Chicago firefighters give Mayor Rahm $25,000
Posted By Ben Joravsky on 02.02.15 at 07:00 AM
The $25,000 contribution to the mayor came in the form of a check on January 26 from the International Association of Fire Fighters, the parent union of Chicago's Local 2.
Apparently, Aldeman Sposato is a very forgiving man. Though he hasn't personally endorsed the mayor, he argued in favor of Local 2 endorsing the mayor, when that matter came before the union's executive board.’

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/02/02/chicago-firefighters-give-mayor-rahm-25000

Feb 14

Updated 6 days ago

  • He's also a Tea Party Independent. So - that makes him a Tea Party Independent Republican who votes Democratic. And he says he is a Cop and a Lawyer ... and then consider he wants the opportunity to vote on the fate of pensions and saving the financial condition of the City of Chicago. (He'll have to recuse himself from this vote because he has to remain ethical?) How is he going to do it?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Garrido is a conservative republican we need atleast one on the city council! !!!

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