Apr 14

Updated 3 days ago

Slowest Chipotle Ever Built

Is it just me or can a Chipotle be whittled out of balsa wood faster than the one on Irving is getting done?

  • Marinewife 5 yrs in Cragin, Bungalow owner, CPS mom

    BTW, this is the best thread I've seen here in a while! :)

  • Cynthia Resident Since 1988

    Jeff's is great. I go there all the time.

Apr 16

Updated 5 days ago

Christmas is over!

Seriously people-- please take down your holiday decorations! Deflated Santas... sagging snowmen... plastic candy canes... and OH the lights! There's even a house in my neighborhood with a Halloween banner still up.

Don't put it up unless you plan on taking it down in a timely manner. Do you need my help? You might get it--want it or not. 4700 blocks of Berenice and Grace-- I'm especially talking about YOU!

  • My elderly aunt left her tree up year-round because she made the ornaments for it by hand and it made her happy. Now that she's gone, it's something that makes me chuckle in amusement when I think about her. It was her only eccentricity.

    Unless there's an HOA rule that's being broken, I think you're probably stuck with seeing the Christmas decorations until next Christmas.

  • That's a cute story, Nick-G. I suppose we all have our eccentricities to a certain degree. I imagine I would leave my Halloween decorations up year-round inside my home if I thought I could get away with doing so.

    Leaving decorations outside after a reasonable period is just being lazy.

    Six Corners Sam, perhaps an anonymous letter or flier can be sent to the offending parties announcing the change of seasons and the end of certain holiday times.

Apr 14

Updated Apr 14

New Restaurant at Six Corners

Went to this new restaurant at Six Corners (on Cicero south of Irving Park) this morning and the breakfast was delicious and prices very reasonable. They're open everyday, 7am-3pm.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/shilas-chicago?hrid=r5WmkaqSJdtcGRZu8E2BWQ

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    Some of us had an impromptu lunch gathering there a few weeks ago. We all enjoyed our food and the great service by the owner and his son. Hope everyone gives it a try.

Apr 12

Old Irving Upcoming Events

Pancake Breakfast (all you can eat)
Sunday, April 13th, 8am-12pm
St. Viator gym
3644 N. Kedvale Ave.
$6 Adults, $4 Senior (65 & over), $4 kids

Leave the cooking to...
Legno
4250 N, Central Ave.
773-736-2854
Monday, April 28
(Lunch, Dinner or Carryout)
Carryout 10am-12:30am
Restaurant hours 4pm-10pm
Legno offer a wide selection of Italian favorites plus wood burning pizza. Kids meals include a drink & scoop of ice cream!! Free parking lot across the street!
**Flyer must be presented...

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Pancake Breakfast (all you can eat)
Sunday, April 13th, 8am-12pm
St. Viator gym
3644 N. Kedvale Ave.
$6 Adults, $4 Senior (65 & over), $4 kids

Leave the cooking to...
Legno
4250 N, Central Ave.
773-736-2854
Monday, April 28
(Lunch, Dinner or Carryout)
Carryout 10am-12:30am
Restaurant hours 4pm-10pm
Legno offer a wide selection of Italian favorites plus wood burning pizza. Kids meals include a drink & scoop of ice cream!! Free parking lot across the street!
**Flyer must be presented for St. Viator to receive credit**
http://www.stviatorchicago.org/storage/DD%20Legno.pdf


Cinco de Mayo dinner dance
Saturday, May 3, 6pm-11pm
St. Viator gym
3644 N. Kedvale Ave.
$20 Adults, $10 Children (5-12)
Cash bar
Music, food, dancing & fun
For more information, contact Maria Brizuela mdrbrizuela@sbcglobal.net

GIPNA Fine Craft Fair
Sunday, May 4, 12pm-4pm
The Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St.

Visit www.independenceparkchicago.com to signup!
Email questions to info@independenceparkchicago.com

Independence Park Yard Sale
Saturday, May 17, 9am-3pm
Independence Park (outdoor)
3945 N. Springfield
10x10 space is $20.
Bring your own table or rent ours for $10 each
Rain or Shine!
The Salvation Army trucks will arrive at the end of the sale to take any unwanted items!
Visit www.independenceparkchicago.com to signup!
Email questions to info@independenceparkchicago.com

Apr 07

Updated Apr 07

Spark Energy going door-to-door in Old Irving Park

I just had a conversation with someone from Spark Energy who asked to see my electricity bill to get my account number. After thinking it over, I sent her away without giving her my information.

I'm not exactly sure what Spark is trying to do or what service they are offering, but their approach was way too aggressive and unsettling for my taste. Has anyone else dealt with Spark? Are they legit?

I'll be doing my own research this week, but I'm curious to hear what my neighbors are experiencing.

  • TLo

    This is one of those topics that comes up every other week....there has to be a way to link back to the previous thread (tho I just tried and couldn't get it to work).

Mar 31

Updated Apr 02

Electrical

I just received a com ed bill for 3 times more then usual. Com ed insists that it's correct but it can't possible be. Even running the ac last year two months straight without turning it off the bill was still 60% less then the bill I just received.

Can anyone recommend a electrician or what to do

  • ANGIE RESIDENT OF BELMONT GARDENS FOR 38 YRS.

    I am having the same prob with Peoples gas. Have a 2 flat home all day have heat cooking gas, water heater and dryer. Yet my bill is consistently lower than my tenants and they just have heat a cooking gas. No one actually cooks. The thermostat is on 68...

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    I am having the same prob with Peoples gas. Have a 2 flat home all day have heat cooking gas, water heater and dryer. Yet my bill is consistently lower than my tenants and they just have heat a cooking gas. No one actually cooks. The thermostat is on 68 for maybe 9 hrs . Rest of time its 62. People were gone 4 2 weeks last mo heat was completly down 2 58 and still their bill was 2X mine. thermo is locked and set so they cannot fiddle around with it. Gas Co states that the more you use the more u pay DUUGH! Like I'm 2 stupid to understand it. Logic states that my bill s/b higher not theirs.Any suggestions??

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    So Connie, you are leaving us hanging. What did your grand daughter do and what was the upshot? We all want to know specifics.

Mar 31

Updated Apr 02

O'Hare airport noise getting worse?

anyone hearing louder airplane noise around Irving Park and Portage Park? At 2:25-2:30 am a low flying jet woke me up, then 3:30 am another one. where do you complain about this?

  • Steve1964 Just a neighborhood guy!

    I been woken up nightly.The pattern seems to be between Irving Pk & Lawrence.
    Complained to the Aviation dept and they were ok what's the problem,you live near an airport.No getting around RAHMBO! Busy phones and rude service The Chicago way. Remember at election time.Quinn gave money for the extra runways too.

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    Reports can be made online at the link stated above, which is how I make my reports. I have also kept all of the confirmation emails in case they are of use to FAiR in compiling noise complaint data. NO ONE has to take that b.s. statement "you live near an airport!" Old Irving is not that close to O'Hare and many of us lived in our respective neighborhoods/suburbs long before the runway patterns were changed in October 2013. Any interested party can join FAiR at this link:
    http://www.fairchicago.org/

Mar 16

Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago

Hey All! Please join us for this fun event!!

Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago is a DIY fund-raising event that benefits a different community group each time. This event is for our dog rescue. New leash on Life- Chicago. We are 100% volunteer run, non profit organization committed in finding loving homes for shelter dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.

I'm so excited to announce that on Friday, March 21st, we'll be rocking it out for the pups with Punk Rock...

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Hey All! Please join us for this fun event!!

Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago is a DIY fund-raising event that benefits a different community group each time. This event is for our dog rescue. New leash on Life- Chicago. We are 100% volunteer run, non profit organization committed in finding loving homes for shelter dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.

I'm so excited to announce that on Friday, March 21st, we'll be rocking it out for the pups with Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago at LiveWire Lounge starting at 9pm! Come dressed in your finest destroyed leather and studs (or not...) and sing/scream along with your favorite punk rock tunes!

The suggested donation is $5. We will also be selling our merchandise, and taking donations for physical items such as blankets, Collars, leashes, bowls and any other gently used items you may like to donate for our pups.

This event is going to be a blast. I guarantee you will have SO MUCH FUN! Even if you're not in to punk rock or karaoke, come watch the crowd and enjoy the atmosphere! It's for an amazing cause! Who doesn't want to save shelter dogs!

Either way, please do your best to share the event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/505376529571369/?previousaction=join&source=1

Mar 10

Updated Mar 16

CW Price Closing

I moved to the area 5 years ago. The current (not for long) CW Price was an Office Depot. Then it closed and became AJ Wright. Less than a year later it became CW Price. Three businesses in the same location--all closed down. What's next? Seems like an OK location.

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    That's a big space for a Panera or Corner Bakery. You would think it could be successful because it actually has parking. Hoping it doesn't stay vacant for long. As long as it isn't a dollar store.

  • Six Corners Sam proud father and husband

    Ugh. I can't believe I walked right into their marketing scheme. Oh well. I'd rather see it in use than unoccupied. Thanks everyone!

Mar 08

Updated Mar 13

Thai/Chinese

Hot Woks is our go to, but looking to switch it up sometimes, any favorites out there? We've tried Java Thai and unfortunately weren't fans.

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    Thai Aree is awesome.

  • Dharma Garden is good and BYO and closer than Opart, but Opart is a fav for sure

Mar 08

Updated Mar 09

Can Clear (Internet) hubs be used second hand?

We previously had Clear service for a few months and it was just painfully slow so we switched to Comcast (sigh). Can I sell our clear hub or is it linked to our account in some way?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    You can sell it; you just have to call clear and make sure it is unattached from your account. We have clear, and I would like a backup modem, since they are no longer selling them. Please contact me offlist?

  • C Ped Suburban Irving Park Transplant

    I'll give them a call this week!

Mar 05

Labyrinth available for Walking at Irving Park United Methodist Church

Beginning March 18 through March 25, we will have a labyrinth indoors for anyone interested to walk. Call the church for available times. There is no fee. 773-283-6262.

Mar 02

Albany Park, Irving Park/ Old Irving & Ravenswood Manor Virtual Garage Sale

I have started some Facebook virtual garage sale site in our area and a few others.
It is a place to buy/sell with your neighbors in your neighborhood.
Come check out these other groups that may be closer to where you live.
Feel free to join one or all! Happy Buying/Selling
Albany Park, Irving Park/ Old Irving & Ravenswood Manor Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/707752879264290/
North Center, Lincoln Square, Lake view, Roscoe Village Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1406838629562737/
Andersonville, Uptown, Loyola, Rogers...

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I have started some Facebook virtual garage sale site in our area and a few others.
It is a place to buy/sell with your neighbors in your neighborhood.
Come check out these other groups that may be closer to where you live.
Feel free to join one or all! Happy Buying/Selling
Albany Park, Irving Park/ Old Irving & Ravenswood Manor Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/707752879264290/
North Center, Lincoln Square, Lake view, Roscoe Village Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1406838629562737/
Andersonville, Uptown, Loyola, Rogers Park & Edgewater Virtual Garage sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/732530996757733/
Bucktown, Wicker Park & West Loop Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/282543145231487/
Lincoln Park, Old Town, River West/North & Gold Coast Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1452216758330187/
Forest Glen, Sauganash, Mayfair & Edgebrook Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420706874835898/
Belmont Cragin, Brickyard, Montclare & Surrounding Area Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463361163876571/

Feb 23

Updated Feb 26

Hello neighbors!

I just joined Every Block, and am excited about being more connected to the community. I am a voice teacher in the Old Irving Park neighborhood.

  • Welcome!

  • Jennifer Thompson Thompson Voice Studio owner

    Katherine, that sounds awesome. I wish I could be there, but I have a prior commitment this weekend. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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