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Wow $3000/month? I hope they can clear that overhead. Not to be a pessimist but I don't think that would work out financially.

— On the neighbor message Jefferson Park CTA Station - New Cafe Opening
8:45 a.m.

Awesome!

— On the neighborhood event Mariano's on Elston Ave
11:21 a.m.

Andersonville is also nice. http://www.andersonville.org/

— On the neighbor message Moving to Chicago
10:39 a.m.

My daughter is in 2nd grade there. No news yet, however I assume the Vice Principal would be in line to take over.

— On the neighbor message Beaubien school new Principal
10:07 a.m.

Maria, family of four in a typical Chicago english. Box with a triangle on top.

— On the neighbor message Water & Sewer charges?
2:07 p.m.

Yikes! We're metered and ours is around $50 (for two months). Got the bill today. We just went metered last year.

Maybe the high rates is a way to get everyone metered.

— On the neighbor message Water & Sewer charges?
12:56 p.m.

Alderman Arena, thanks for the reminder! I filed my appeal online. Do I have to mail supporting documents and evidence as well? Or is this optional?

— On the neighbor message Tax Appeal Deadline
4:34 p.m.

Kenji, I should check that place out. Thanks for the tip.

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
1:08 p.m.

Edgebrook1, definitely NOT Applebee's. Off the top of my head I'd say:

- Tre Kronor near Foster and Kedzie
- Walker Brothers on Green Bay Road near Evanston/Wilmette

I am all for better restaurants. Just saying that the closing of Blue Angel leaves a "great breakfast spot" missing from our neighborhood. Also to be fair: if I really wanted something like that I might as well open one myself. Put my money where my mouth is—maybe in that abandoned Car Title Loans/Old Checkers place or the burned out Popeye's/Burger King.

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
12:48 p.m.

I don't remember saying I wanted a mediocre meal for cheap.

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
10:27 a.m.

Alex, you bring up a very good point. The market truly decides. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
7:57 a.m.

I'm not a "yuppie". I don't really care about trendy places. You can call me a family man, and I definitely see the lack of family restaurants in the area.

I guess I'm surprised that there are so many fake Irish pubs. This Blue Angel is an "Irish Pub" opened by Greeks. There are several Irish Pubs down Northwest Highway. There's that Irish Pub in Edgebrook that also isn't too far away.

What happened to awesome family places where you can get breakfast? Sunday brunch? There are literally none around. The only real option is McDonald's. WTF?

Where's our Original Pancake house? Walker Brother's type thing? There is none. I didn't think Blue Angel was that great. However, we are losing the one "breakfast" place around.

Sorry for the rant.

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
7:23 a.m.

It is nice to have restaurants in the area. I guess my first thought was: Another faux-Irish pub!? How many of these types of establishments can the Northwest Side support? :P

— On the neighbor message Blue Angel to become Irish Pub
5:34 p.m.

There's Yo-Joe's on Addison and Naragansett. http://www.yelp.com/biz/yo-joes-red-hots-chicago

— On the neighbor message Good Hot Dog Place?
1:03 p.m.

We've been taking our cars to Lefty's on Elston (across from the CTA bus garage) for a few years now. They are honest guys, but not the cheapest. I guess you get what you pay for.

1:42 p.m.

Really cool.

— On the neighbor message Paste D'Arte on Check Please.
2:08 p.m.

It might be a stolen vehicle. I'd call 3-1-1 and see what they say. Maybe go to your local Police Station too.

— On the neighbor message Abandoned SUV?
7:24 a.m.

Jaxx, it is totally easy to miss! That's why I suggested to the owner to pump up the signage (in an elegant way not a crappy one). The food is decent, but my neighborhood (Forest Glen) is such a restaurant desert that I really want this place to succeed...

— On the neighbor message Chicken and Taco Place - Foster and Elston
12:05 p.m.

I am really pulling for these guys. I had a chat with the owner yesterday. His partner withdrew, so he's all on his own. They just put up that writing on the windows. I am not a big fan of that (looks unprofessional and blocks the light coming into the restaurant). I suggested he add some other type of signage on the roof that says "tacos, burritos, tostadas, Mexican home cooking". Superdawg like signage/neon/or something around the border of the restaurant. It seemed like he appreciated the feedback.

I'm really worried that they'll close down and we'll have another empty storefront....

— On the neighbor message Chicken and Taco Place - Foster and Elston
11:32 a.m.

@Scott, that neighbor would be me...if I could get it! :P

— On the neighbor message Comcast Internet Slowness (neighborhood?)
12:36 p.m.

OK just an update. A technician came out this morning and checked my line signal. He said everything was good. He also gave me the updated DOCSIS 3.0 modem which he said would be better. Unfortunately, it seems about the same. Unpredictably slow at times. :P

— On the neighbor message Comcast Internet Slowness (neighborhood?)
12:09 p.m.

Eric, Thanks for the advice on CLEAR. I spoke to Comcast and they are coming to swap out my DOCSIS 2.0 modem with a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. This is no additional charge. If any of you are having issues maybe you can also request a new modem.

— On the neighbor message Comcast Internet Slowness (neighborhood?)
9:01 a.m.

I've called their customer service and they keep blaming my wireless setup. I have Macs too. It used to be dependably fast. The thing that sucks is if someone comes out and cant find a problem then I have to pay for the service call. :P

— On the neighbor message Comcast Internet Slowness (neighborhood?)
8:06 a.m.

Finally something nice on Elston!

8:18 a.m.

I saw this story in the morning. So horrible.

4:04 p.m.

Wow that is good news!

12:36 p.m.

I had dinner at the Chicken and Taco Place tonight with my daughter. They are very nice. Just a good taqueria. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible. The best thing about it is it is less than a block from my house and they have seating. AND they accept credit cards.

Check it out if you're ever stranded in Forest Glen!

— On the neighbor message Chicken and Taco Place - Foster and Elston
6:53 p.m.

Cathy, really? Are you sure you aren't thinking about La Pasadita Express near the Kmart?

— On the neighbor message Chicken and Taco Place - Foster and Elston
12:29 p.m.

Thank you for posting this. It is absolutely terrifying. My wife and I will be on the lookout. Thank god for helpful neighbors.

7:58 p.m.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

— On the neighbor message New Neighbor
2:51 p.m.

My daughter went to kindergarten at Beaubien. We are very happy with the school. I believe their office is open during the summer. You can call them directly http://www.beaubien.cps.k12.il.us/

I can't remember when we received information about the classes (my daughter is entering 2nd grade this coming year). One thing to keep in mind is the hours are very short. I think Kindergarten is only 2.5 or 3 hours long. If it isn't that short, it isn't much longer. The classes are split into AM and PM.

— On the neighbor message Starting Kindergarten Beaubien
8:49 a.m.

I'll definitely check it out!

— On the neighbor message Central Kitchen and Tap
7:53 p.m.

There are definitely some weird job titles on there.

— On the neighbor message City of Chicago Employee Salaries
3:28 p.m.

Potbelly's and I'd be happy. That is all.

— On the neighbor message Mariano's Fresh Market planned for 45th Ward
6:42 p.m.

My daughter is in 1st grade at Beaubien. She was also in Kindergarten last year. We like the school a lot.

— On the neighbor message Beaubien school
3:17 p.m.

Wow that is horrible. Thanks for posting.

10 a.m.

Thankfully I can work at home if I choose - which I do to save money on gas.

— On the neighbor message Surviving high gas prices
10 a.m.

Friends of the Jefferson Park Sunday Market:

It looks like the Logan Square Farmer's Market might be in jeopardy. I doubt that it will be shut down. However, if that happens we can provide a great alternative.

Full story: http://chicagoist.com/2011/05/03/could_political_complications_shut.php

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
12:49 p.m.

There are some nice parks and Forest Preserves. Check out Gompers Park near Pulaski and Foster. There's a nice lagoon. There's also North Park University on Foster near Kimball. Forest Preserves nearby are Labagh Woods.

6:56 p.m.

If (and when) they open up a nice pub/restaurant I'll be over there all the time.

— On the media mention Albany Park gets its first brewery!
9:27 a.m.

Whoo hoo!

— On the media mention Albany Park gets its first brewery!
7:34 a.m.

Thanks Becca, Alice, Jeff Parker, RobertFG, and I met at a local café and we're starting to get the ball rolling for a Sunday Market this summer in Jefferson Park!

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
4:45 p.m.

I'll be there. Might get my neighbor to come along too.

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
10:52 a.m.

SemperSpero, I've heard about this redrawing of the Wards. Is this final? I also heard that 22 or so aldermen will be cut. Not sure how that works given that we just had an election. Do you know where we can find out this news?

12:58 p.m.

Pasta d'Arte is awesome! Don't let the manequins in front freak you out! Great food.

— On the neighbor message Great food, delivered
8:50 p.m.

Sounds good, Cafe Soroni at 11AM on Sunday, 4/17 http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-soroni-chicago

Alice, do you mind post here again or at another thread as it gets closer to that day?

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
5:25 p.m.

Alice, 10am 4/17 here? http://www.cravescafechicago.com/ Sounds good to me.

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
4:41 p.m.

Thanks for clarifying Tracy. I will have to try both soon. Pizza duel to the death!

— On the neighbor message What are your Top 3 Pizza places?
8:46 a.m.

Tracy, I've heard good things about Pequod's in Morton Grove. Is that the same thing as "Burt's Place"?

— On the neighbor message What are your Top 3 Pizza places?
8:35 a.m.

"$25,000 for a recount"? It'd cost that much really? I thought since everything is electronic (even those big cards) that it'd be pretty easy to do. $25,000 is a lot of money! I'll count those ballots for that.

6:25 a.m.

+1 for Sunday 4/17

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
5:07 p.m.

LGTH, Yes she started in Kindergarten with Miss Jops (very happy with her) and is now in 1st grade with Ms. Sineni (very happy with her too). If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them on a different thread or if my email is visible on my profile page (?) please do get in touch.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward to-do list
12:24 p.m.

Pete's is a tradition on my wife's side of the family. It isn't the best pizza, but it is one of those Chicago traditions she holds dear. :)

— On the neighbor message What are your Top 3 Pizza places?
9:25 a.m.

LGTH, My daughter goes to Beaubien across the street from Roberts Square Park. It would be great if that program was also updated!

— On the neighbor message 45th ward to-do list
8:40 a.m.

FYI, if you want to follow along before you get the news tomorrow. http://elections.chicagotribune.com/city-council/45th-ward-alderman

— On the neighbor message Arena or Garrido
4:50 p.m.

I just voted. Get out there friends and vote.

— On the neighbor message Election Chatter
8:56 a.m.

Susan, regarding your dirt alley (wow!) you and your neighbors can contact Levar. We live on Foster and a bunch of cars were using our alley as a shortcut. My wife and I were worried about our kids getting mowed down by speeding cars in the alley.

We got in touch with Levar to inquire about speedbumps. His office said that we needed to get signatures from everyone on our block. We needed 80% of them to agree to speedbumps. We got the speedbumps and a sign for "Children Playing" at both ends of the alley. I was actually surprised how easy it was!

— On the neighbor message 45th ward to-do list
4:14 p.m.

It'd be nice to get recycling in our Ward. That'd be a good thing to cross off the to-do list.

— On the neighbor message 45th ward to-do list
3:21 p.m.

Thanks for your commentary. This was helpful.

— On the neighbor message Arena or Garrido
11:19 a.m.

Some excerpts from the Chicago reader article (http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-politics-alderman-runoff/Content?oid=3515389) Joy linked to:

In any event, voters in the 45th face a unique dilemma. Whereas most voters in Chicago have to hold their nose and pick the worse of two evils, folks in the 45th Ward have to decide between two genuine reformers...

On most issues, the two Johns—uh, maybe it's not a good idea to refer to them like that—see eye to eye. They both denounce Mayor Daley's TIF scam of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Both call on the city to put more cops on the local beat, and both promise to open up discretionary spending to community suggestions....

If Arena has a specialty, it's economic development. A native of Aurora, he moved to the area in 2000 from Lakeview, set up a graphic arts business with his wife, joined the Portage Park Neighbors Association, and got involved with economic development issues.

For years he's been calling me and other reporters pleading for coverage about their ongoing effort to recruit business and fill the empty storefronts along Milwaukee Avenue near the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, Cicero, and Irving Park....

Ordinarily, I'd be happy to support Arena—but for several reasons my heart's with Garrido, a 39-year-old lieutenant in the police department who was born and raised in the community.

He reminds me of a lot of northwest-side cops and firefighters I've met over the years—they're sick and tired of the waste, clout, and corruption they see every day. Get them to talk over a few beers off the record and they sound like the second coming of Dick Simpson.

Over the summer I met Garrido by chance and he helped me pick apart the police department budget, figuring out where the fat's buried and how it can be trimmed in order to get more cops on the beat. I'd like him on the council if for no other reason than to watch him grill the police brass during budget hearings....

— On the neighbor message Garrido vs. Arena
2:12 p.m.

Edison Park, Lincoln Square, Andersonville are some neighborhoods that come to mind. All have main streets going through with good single family housing and apartment buildings around. These neighborhoods weren't too "cool" 15-20 years ago.

— On the neighbor message Models for Jefferson Park revival?
3:45 p.m.

I definitely am. Where do we start?

— On the neighbor message Farmers' market in Jefferson Park?
3:42 p.m.

I haven't heard anything. Hopefully that entire area gets an overhaul! I hate driving by that Popeye's, empty strip mall, and vacant car title loan place. There's a lot of potential there.

— On the neighbor message Empty eyesore
12:59 p.m.

Six Corners Resident, yes definitely! I'm in Forest Glen. We don't have them yet.

— On the neighbor message Recycling in the 45th Ward
10:32 a.m.

Thanks everyone for chiming in. Like I said, we take ours to the enormous blue dumpsters near Superdawg (in the forest preserve). It's OK, but the containers get filled so fast. Sometimes it looks like a real dump there with cardboard boxes and bottles overflowing.

I think both of the candidates for Alderman want to bring recycling here. I just don't completely understand how the system works.

Thanks for enlightening me!

— On the neighbor message Recycling in the 45th Ward
10:29 a.m.

La Scarola definitely. The real Italian restaurants have at least 20 8 x 10 glossies on the wall. No need to look for a "seal". LOL

9:38 a.m.

The Engineer, Trader Joe's is pretty cheap. It's kind of like Aldi but with Hawaiian shirts.

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
6:10 p.m.

FYI, I started getting worried about the 45th Ward Aldermanic race. I contacted John Arena to see what he thinks about business at Six Corners. Here's what he said:

Jamie

Thank you for contacting me. I have worked to BRING business to Six Corners. The Klee has retail on the first floor because of the efforts of the PPNA and my involvement. We petitioned the city to issue a request for proposal to multiple developers after a back-room deal resulted in a plan with no retail and 122 unit dud. The result is a 64 unit building with 19,500 sq. ft. of retail.

The developer (who received $7 million in direct and indirect subsides) and some investors seeking to flip their units in a bad market are propagating the story I am anti business. Because they want to get at more TIF money.

I live 4 blocks form Six Corners. Worked for 10 years to revitalize the area with little or no support from the current alderman. I sat on the streetscape steering committee. hundreds of hours of meetings. Why would I be anti business.

We need a clear and rational voice to move this ward forward and I will be that voice.

We will have two new groceries open in the next four years. New businesses are already coming to Six Corners and good sustainable development will happen at Jeff Park Station and north Milwaukee Ave.

There is not magic wand to make this happen. Hard work and understanding of our communities will do it. I am the candidate that has that track record. We will get it done.

Thank you and I hope to count on your vote. If you have any questions please call me at my office 773-685-1099.

John Arena

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
9:51 a.m.

I wanted to get John Arena's position on Six Corners, so I emailed him on his website (http://http://arenafor45.com/). Here's what he sent back:

Jamie

Thank you for contacting me. I have worked to BRING business to Six Corners. The Klee has retail on the first floor because of the efforts of the PPNA and my involvement. We petitioned the city to issue a request for proposal to multiple developers after a back-room deal resulted in a plan with no retail and 122 unit dud. The result is a 64 unit building with 19,500 sq. ft. of retail.

The developer (who received $7 million in direct and indirect subsides) and some investors seeking to flip their units in a bad market are propagating the story I am anti business. Because they want to get at more TIF money.

I live 4 blocks form Six Corners. Worked for 10 years to revitalize the area with little or no support from the current alderman. I sat on the streetscape steering committee. hundreds of hours of meetings. Why would I be anti business.

We need a clear and rational voice to move this ward forward and I will be that voice.

We will have two new groceries open in the next four years. New businesses are already coming to Six Corners and good sustainable development will happen at Jeff Park Station and north Milwaukee Ave.

There is not magic wand to make this happen. Hard work and understanding of our communities will do it. I am the candidate that has that track record. We will get it done.

Thank you and I hope to count on your vote. If you have any questions please call me at my office 773-685-1099.

John Arena

— On the neighbor message Garrido vs. Arena
9:42 a.m.

I like Caponies too.

— On the neighbor message Restaurants?
4 p.m.

Say it ain't so guys! Off topic, but somewhat related. I live near 3 empty lots, a burned out storefront, and a car title loan place. Why do businesses continue to ignore us? I spend my money in Skokie or Park Ridge. I'd rather spend it on the Northwest Side.

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
3:46 p.m.

Lincoln Square is definitely nice. I can see Milwaukee Ave between Six Corners and Montrose looking like that.

— On the neighbor message Garrido vs. Arena
6:14 a.m.

Thanks Adrian, going to copy, print, sign, and mail that letter!

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
9:09 p.m.

Really awesome job. I hope this doesn't come across the wrong way, but I think it can be a better Facebook!

— On the neighbor message New EveryBlock look
8:49 p.m.

Really great. I'll definitely check out the BBQ!

— On the neighbor message Six Corners News
8:47 p.m.

Adrian, what's going on? I dig the new site! Yeah I witnessed the building fire. It was pretty incredible. Anyway, fingers crossed that a Wireless Toyz doesn't open up in its place!

8:41 p.m.

Thank you LO'Brien. I definitely think Six Corners could use some cleaning up. It is sad to see so much potential wasted.

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
8:24 p.m.

We used White Plumbing on Irving once. They were OK. http://www.yelp.com/biz/white-plumbing-company-chicago

— On the neighbor message Plumber
8:20 p.m.

Do you have a link to the Facebook page? I definitely think that Trader Joe's would be awesome there.

— On the neighbor message Trader Joe's at 4901 West Irving Park, 60641
8:17 p.m.

My neighborhood is very pro-Garrido. I met him on Sunday and thought he was a nice guy.

Arena seems like someone that understands the business needs of our Ward. It drives me nuts that our neighborhood is like a wasteland. We drive to Skokie to spend our money (Target/Costco).

I care about an Alderman that will attract business to our Ward. We can have a thriving neighborhood like Edison Park. I'm not sure why our Ward is filled with empty lots, burned ou storefronts, and car title loan shops.

— On the neighbor message Garrido vs. Arena
4:42 p.m.