4 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Searching for free or low cost activities for a Toddler

Looking for something to do with my 15 month old child outside of the home. We need more sensory and learning activities. At this rate he is only learning to fold laundry and clean floors, hahaha.

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Updated 12 hours ago

Neighborly advice needed!

Big thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read all of this...

So, we had our old detached garage facing the alley behind our house completely demolished and rebuilt almost exactly a year ago because it was completely falling apart. It's nothing fancy, but broke our bank and it works.

Less than a month after it was built, I noticed the first major ding on the garage door… Fast forward a year, and the garage door is...

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Big thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read all of this...

So, we had our old detached garage facing the alley behind our house completely demolished and rebuilt almost exactly a year ago because it was completely falling apart. It's nothing fancy, but broke our bank and it works.

Less than a month after it was built, I noticed the first major ding on the garage door… Fast forward a year, and the garage door is severely dented, dinged, warped and getting worse by the week. It is very apparent that our neighbor across the alley from us is using our garage door as a stopper when they back out of their own driveway. But, we’ve never received a visit or a note... no one has attempted to take responsibility for what I image to be at least a dozen pretty major impacts and who knows how many smaller “taps” at this point.

My husband has walked around to knock on their front door, but as the old adage goes: the lights are on, but nobody’s home. And frankly, I’m really worried about confronting them… If these people have no concern for damaging our property over and over like it’s some kind of joke, I worry about my two small children. What kind of people have such a blatant indifference toward their neighbors?

I called 311 and was sent to the non-emergency police line. The guy I talked to was sympathetic but said gathering evidence was the key. Once we have evidence, we can bring it in to file a report and go from there. I have an IP security camera ordered, but I’m worried our wifi won’t stretch all the way to the alley, my dad suggested hiring a private investigator – does anyone have experience with anything like that?

However this goes, I can’t imagine a good outcome. Either we’re total chumps that just take this beating or face possible retaliation. It’s a complete garbage fire either way. I guess I’m turning to my Everyblock neighbors for encouragement or any ideas I may be missing.

Thanks for reading!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I have a rental and no internet at building will it work , thanks.

  • Waveland, that’s great to hear! We were struggling with where to put the module - upstairs back bedroom sounds perfect. My calls to 311 and local police both had the same instructions: gather evidence first, then come in and talk about filing a criminal damage report after that.

    Paul, unfortunately you DO need a strong wifi signal to run this type of camera. There are other kinds of wired systems that don’t need WiFi though. They tend to be more expensive though.

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Northwest Side bank held up in takeover bank robbery

Surveillance photos show a man robbing a bank at 4106 N. Milwaukee Ave. on April 20, 2018.

    Northwest Side bank held up in takeover bank robbery
    The men held up the Parkway Bank at 4106 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Portage Park neighborhood around 4:20 p.m., according to the FBI.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Irving Park and Long Street Closure

According to the city website, this is scheduled through 5/7. These closures are frustrating for everyone. However, when you choose to cut through the side streets and you get stacked up 10 deep trying to cross Laramie during rush hour, please don't think that laying on your horn will get the cars moving any faster. Perhaps sticking to the main arteries is a better option for you. Or just please have a little courtesy for those of us living on...

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According to the city website, this is scheduled through 5/7. These closures are frustrating for everyone. However, when you choose to cut through the side streets and you get stacked up 10 deep trying to cross Laramie during rush hour, please don't think that laying on your horn will get the cars moving any faster. Perhaps sticking to the main arteries is a better option for you. Or just please have a little courtesy for those of us living on the block and already having to deal with lines of cars blocking us from getting to our own homes. I realize it is pointless to post this as those who honking like psychos are not likely to change based on my post. Just hoping.

  • I'm by Lockwood and Dakin and it's very frustrating

  • My husband was nearly hit on Laramie when someone didn't stop at Byron. He had the right of way. OBEY the traffic signs please. And it is really better to use the posted detour. It is construction season people!

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Hotel That Can Accommodate Large Moving Truck

Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open...

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Hey Everyone,

My mom is moving out to the area this June, but they are driving her stuff out here in a large Uhaul or Penske type truck. Does anyone know of any hotels out by O'hare/Rosemont that has a parking lot or garage that can accommodate a truck of that size for one night? I know there are lots downtown that can, but I wouldn't be comfortable having all of her stuff in a lot downtown overnight. I'm open to downtown hotel recommendations as well, if they have a private parking structure that would work.

I've tried to work it out with my HOA but they will not allow us to park the moving truck in the building's lot overnight, so I'm trying to come up with a contingency plan. We'd prefer not to have to unpack 60 boxes and several heavy loads of furniture immediately after making a cross-country trip.

Any thoughts or ideas appreciated. Thanks!

  • @Paul, we did and we’re not interested in that option because of timing issues. Most of those cross country movers move multiple people’s stuff at a time. The trucks only leave when full. We don’t want an extended time frame of possible delivery and quite frankly have heard many horror stories from people who have used movers for cross country moves. YMMV.

  • Nikki my son had to do something thing stayed at the motel 6 which is location at Riverroad and Lawrence have a parking lot that you could park your trucks and have cameras all around so it will be safe

45 hours ago

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    CORRECT ELECTRICAL VIOLATIONS, 3' CLEARANCE FOR C. B. PANEL, MIXED CIRCUITS 1ST FL & 2ND FL, SCRAPE SIGNS, AND OTHERS, MAKE REPAIRS, NO NEW CIRCUITS

    5058 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued April 18, 2018 Comment

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Mar 26 2017

Updated 47 hours ago

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    No need to be negative, Dan G. Poster asked a simple question. My answer to poster is that I thought trees that have been treated have red tags. Not sure what the blue ones mean, but you can as at the city's website--Forestry.

  • Orange paper signs posted to restrict parking during day of pruning or removal. To make ample clearance for equipment. Since city no longer paints green solid circle on trunk of tree being removed, any one of trees sporting orange sign could be cut down. Chicago has also began culling healthy...

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    Orange paper signs posted to restrict parking during day of pruning or removal. To make ample clearance for equipment. Since city no longer paints green solid circle on trunk of tree being removed, any one of trees sporting orange sign could be cut down. Chicago has also began culling healthy treated ash trees. Treated trees have Blue, Red, Purple, Bronze, Silver dog tags.

    So if you want to keep your treated parkway ash...as our cities community Tree historian, along with being a volunteer Openland's Treekeeper. I am presently working with an official Forestry Representative, to allow property owners to continue protecting their parkway ash with treatment. Waving requirement for costly permit needed by your hired professional arborist.

    Be aware that our city Water department regularally culls healthy maturing trees, in order to make wide clearance for machinery. As in past, workers damaged trees so badly. They had to be removed anyways. Well...now you know!

Apr 12

Updated 2 days ago

Well it's happened. Sears at Six Corners is closing.

Goodbye Sears store. My father-in-law still talks of their family driving up from the south side of the city to shop their when he was a kid. I wonder what will happen to the building. Now there will be two massive open properties in that spot.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-sears-closing-last-chicago-store-20180412-story.html

    Sears closing its last Chicago store
    Sears is closing its last remaining store in Chicago. Employees at the store at Six Corners in the Old Irving Park neighborhood were told of the closure Thursday morning, spokesman Howard Riefs said in an email. The store will close in mid-July after a liquidation sale set to begin April 27.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Amazon is taking over the world! Package thieves will be happy.

  • toys r us is closing too, even the kids are effected with all these retailers closing down.

    so we are left with the following:

    no toys for you... just watch you tube

    google it

    order it on amazon

    uber eats

    I need a cleaning person

    I lost my dog

    the crater is here to stay

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Updated 3 days ago

Helicopters flying around

Anyone know who the police are looking for in the area?

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Police: Robbers armed with gun, baseball bat striking on Northwest Side

A second followed on Thursday around 8:55 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Grace Street in the Portage Park neighborhood, the alert said.

Also in Portage Park, a third robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 6000 block of West Grace Street.

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The first robbery happened Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Windsor Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, police said in a community alert.

    Police: Robbers armed with gun, baseball bat striking on Northwest Side
    Robbers armed with a handgun or baseball bat have robbed people at least three times in recent days on the Northwest Side, Chicago police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Statistics show that criminals who have been shot
    commit less crimes...

  • CJC, you are on the right track but the age of responsibility should be 10. Many of the little thugs get their start way earlier than 14.

3 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    2ND STORY ADDITION TO AN EXISTING SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE WITH 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOM INCLUDING MODIFIED STAIRWAY AND FIRST FLOOR MODIFICATIONS INCLUDING ASSOCIATED MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING WORK PER PLANS

    6220 W. Warwick Ave. Issued April 16, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    PLUMBING ONLY:WORK ON 2ND FLOOR. REPLACE KITCHEN DRAIN BEHIND THE CABINETS & REPLACE KITCHEN FAUCET REPAIR WATER SUPPLY AS NEEDED- ALL WORK SAME AS EXISTING. ALL WORK SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    4037 N. Lavergne Ave. Issued April 16, 2018 Comment

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

How long will Irving be closed westbound?

Anybody know how long the westbound lanes will be closed on Irving by six corners?

4 days ago

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee, is now open. M...

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee, is now open. Make sure to swing through and try Quay Tao's newest delectable creations. https://chicago.eater.com/2018/4/17/17246652/frunchroom-portage-park-open-menu-deli-style-daytime-restaurant-community-tavern-owner

    Portage Park's Frunchroom Opens to Serve Thoughtful Chicago-Style Deli Food
    Portage Park has a new casual spot for bagels, sandwiches, and fresh pastas now that Frunchroom has opened its doors. The restaurant - a collaboration between former Community Tavern chef de cuisine Matt Saccaro and the tavern's founder, Quay Tao - debuted this morning on the Northwest Side with a menu representing Saccaro's Chicago's memories.
    https://chicago.eater.com

4 days ago

Portage Park’s Frunchroom Opens to Serve Thoughtful Chicago-Style Deli Food

Frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (773) 853-2160, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday; open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    Portage Park's Frunchroom Opens to Serve Thoughtful Chicago-Style Deli Food
    Portage Park has a new casual spot for bagels, sandwiches, and fresh pastas now that Frunchroom has opened its doors. The restaurant - a collaboration between former Community Tavern chef de cuisine Matt Saccaro and the tavern's founder, Quay Tao - debuted this morning on the Northwest Side with a menu representing Saccaro's Chicago's memories.
    https://chicago.eater.com

4 days ago

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