Dec 11

Updated 32 hours ago

Looking for tuck pointers

I need some tuckpointing work done, does anyone have any suggestions of someone I should call?

  • Big Oaks Big Oaks resident since 1979
  • Don't know if you found anyone yet but I highly recommend expert super seal roofing & tuckpointing company I've for a couple different projects in the past few years and they are great I usually work with Samuel he's pretty straight forward and is able to give you a written quote all there estimates are free here is there phone number 773-993-5668

Apr 17

Updated 39 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!

  • Mike Bayne Dunning area New to the area and have 2 children.

    Those dings at the bottom are not from a car, because they are notched and a number would stop the tires from from doing it.

  • Well, we're on our way to finding out. Camera is installed and so far we've captured several alley cats and the guy that tapes flyers to all of our garages. Nothing nefarious yet – if the camera itself is a deterrent, that's fine by me! I'm pretty sure our neighbors saw it being installed. So far, I 100% recommend the Blink camera product. Super easy to install.

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
  • 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

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    F.Y.I, the Jewel at six corners has a rat problem.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!

  • 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

  • Renaissance OHare

6 days ago

Updated 5 days 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!

Apr 17

Updated Apr 17

How long will Irving be closed westbound?

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

  • yeah, I came up southbound on long today and couldn't turn left on Irving too

Apr 11

Updated Apr 15

    Joint Meeting on the Dunning-Read Conservation Area (DRCA)
    For our April Public Meeting, the Portage Park Neighborhood Association will hold a joint meeting with the Dunning Neighborhood Organization, Friends of the Parks, and Friends of the Dunning-Read Conservation Area (DRCA) to inform residents about the DRCA and the conservation and research work being conducted there.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Apr 06

Updated Apr 14

Club Red Permanently Closed

Below is from a message that Alderman Sposato sent out via email.

While it's easy to see the bad or what we feel is bad management in Chicago, this should be an encouragement. Might even be worth sharing positive feedback with the alderman and the police commander.
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CLUB RED PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

I would like to announce that Club Red, 5415 W. Irving Park Road is
PERMANENTLY CLOSED!It was decided yesterday at a meeting with me, 16th District Police Commander...

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Below is from a message that Alderman Sposato sent out via email.

While it's easy to see the bad or what we feel is bad management in Chicago, this should be an encouragement. Might even be worth sharing positive feedback with the alderman and the police commander.
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CLUB RED PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

I would like to announce that Club Red, 5415 W. Irving Park Road is
PERMANENTLY CLOSED!It was decided yesterday at a meeting with me, 16th District Police Commander Bill Looney, City of Chicago Asst. Corporation Counsel Lindsay Baker and Club Red's owner and her attorney, that the club would permanently close and NOT RE-OPEN!I realize that this establishment has been a source of consternation for area residents for many years. Since I became 38th Ward Alderman 3 years ago, it became apparent that this situation needed to be addressed for the good of our neighborhood. I am grateful to Commander Looney, Attorney Baker, Club Red's owner and input from neighbors to help us resolve this troubling issue. To clarify CLUB RED IS CLOSED PERMANENTLY and will not re-open. It is not under construction as some say but is permanently closed.

  • I don't have to ask around. Look at actual statistics, not anecdotes from a neighbor afraid of "the demographics" moving in. There were gangs in the '80s and '90s in PP. Those are just facts.

  • Deutsch portage36

    gaylords, deuces, royals and more. people would get jumped for their starter jackets, gym shoes and bikes. happened on a daily basis in portage park. graffiti busters didn't exist, so it stayed on buildings and garages until the owners would wash or paint over it.

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

1000 words

...sad to see it go?

Mar 25

Updated Mar 27

Vehicles

A USPS mail truck has been sitting in 5500 block of W Cullom for several days, still there today. Police cars were seen around it on Friday. Why is it there?

  • Fredy I'm in real estate and happen to live in the area.

    Saw it too. I was wondering the same. Hopefully they move it soon.

  • Could it be for the episode of Chicago Fire they are soon to be filming at Luther North?

  • Barb and Rich Texas transplants, dog lovers, musicians

    Our mail carrier tells me it broke down and is scheduled to be towed away soon.

Mar 26

Mail truck

Update on the mail truck sitting for a week at Cullom and Linder: mail carrier tells me that it is broken down, the post office is aware of it, and it will be picked up soon.

Mar 25

Art Journalers/Mixed Media Collage

Are there any fellow Art Journalers out there? Mixed Media Collagers? Do you love Dina Wakley, Jane Davenport, Robin Marie Smith, etc? Are you obsessed with stencils, stamps, and different paints? Well me too! and I think it would be fun to get together maybe once or twice a month with like minded people and get creative together. We can work on our own pieces while chatting and having fun. Let me know if you're interested!!

Aug 15 2016

Updated Mar 24

Basement Work

Looking for recommendations for a company that waterproofs basements. I received a quote from US Waterproofing and it was ridiculous and didn't include exterior work. I called Permaseal and they will be quoting me this week. Is there another company anyone has used that they had positive experiences with? Bonus if you have some pictures of the before/during/after.
Thanks!

  • Thanks everyone for your input. We are planning on starting to call for estimates this week.

  • Keith Watson 23-year Logan Square resident, self-employed

    Emily...did you ever complete your project? I am considering a similar project and wonder if you have any reco's to share.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 23

Martin Luther?

Hi everyone! One of my favorite things to do is investigate Google Maps and I have recently noticed Google labeling a neighborhood I have never seen before called Martin Luther. Please view the attached photo for the area. Did Google make this up or is it a real neighborhood nearby I just have never heard of?

  • Chicago is made up of many townships. Townships are comprised of “neighborhoods.” Some overlap and some neighborhoods took on a township name. As Chicago expanded these townships saw more advantage to joining the city. Some anomalies exist... Harwood heights etc. Luther north high school took on Martin Luther College and the area simply stop being Martin Luther and never affiliated with Martin Luther King.

Jan 28

Updated Mar 23

Meeting Feb. 7th on proposed gas station/7-Eleven on NW corner of Montrose & Austin

Ald. Sposato is holding a meeting on a development proposal for a gas station/7-Eleven on the northwest corner of Montrose & Austin.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Jut FYI, Martin's Fresh Market has reopened as La Bodega.

  • Pattymelt, Martin's Fresh Market and La Bodega have completed different owners. Martin's Fresh Market moved to Addison and Laramie as Supermercado Martin Offering more variety of fresh meats, fresh vegetables and hot food.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 16

Is the WPPNA still a community group

I’m wondering if anyone has been or knows if the WPPNA is still a community group?

Mar 05

Updated Mar 12

Neighborhood feral cats

There are many feral cats in the Portage Park area- streets such Parkside, Major, etc... I was wondering if there is anyone in the area that is doing TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return)? This a process where the feral cats are trapped and taken to an agency such as Anti Cruelty Society for spay/neuter. This helps to assure that there are no unwanted kittens. It is also healthier for the feral cats to be spayed or neutered. I would like to trap some of the cats as soon as possible as kitten season is here. Looking for some assistance with the process.

  • LB -- sorry to learn of your frustrations. Anyone feeding and housing outside cats should behave responsibly and TNR the cats + newcomers.

    Surface treatments might help deter cats from 'relieving themselves' in your yard. Cats dislike the scent of citrus. You can scatter lemon or orange peels in your...

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    LB -- sorry to learn of your frustrations. Anyone feeding and housing outside cats should behave responsibly and TNR the cats + newcomers.

    Surface treatments might help deter cats from 'relieving themselves' in your yard. Cats dislike the scent of citrus. You can scatter lemon or orange peels in your yard. I'd opt for Citrus essential oil and make a spray (with witch hazel as a base). Also lavender - either actual plants or an essential lavender oil spray. Alternatively, cayenne pepper may work. Any surface treatment needs to be reapplied after snow/rains.

  • I think having the ferals neutered (go through a TNR program) would help immensely. Not only do males mark territory but with their hormones, their urine is quite pungent. Once neutered both of those elements should be eliminated along with no more reproducing.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 12

Irving Park Construction

I've seen signs about Irving Park being closed beginning March 12, but sign didn't indicate where the closure begins or ends. I saw the sign at Irving Park & Austin one day and Irving Park & Long another day. Would be helpful to know for my commute Monday morning. Thanks!

Mar 01

Updated Mar 07

Anthem Development at Central and Waveland pulls out

I found out from a neighbor that the planned Anthem memory care at Central and Waveland has pulled out of the deal. What bothers me is that this happened back in October. Why didnt the developer Bernard Edelman and Alderman Villegas let us know? It’s been 5 months. What’s the secret? Here is the email that was on another neighborhood groups site that someone got from Anthem.

Mar 06

Yoga tonight!

Yoga with Merril at Farlow’s Playroom
4222 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60641
Slow paced- All levels
6:45pm-8
$15 -packages available
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    Yoga With Merril
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Mar 01

Updated Mar 05

Read Dunning School

Construction and land clearing is underway at the corner of Irving and Oak Park. Yet, no one knows what the finished product will be, or who it will serve. Is this mystery school going to be a new 4 year high school serving the local area, or an annex for Taft High School? Or a high school at all? Why can't someone answer this question? Why is this project shrouded in secrecy akin to the Manhatten Project?

Dunning was named...

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Construction and land clearing is underway at the corner of Irving and Oak Park. Yet, no one knows what the finished product will be, or who it will serve. Is this mystery school going to be a new 4 year high school serving the local area, or an annex for Taft High School? Or a high school at all? Why can't someone answer this question? Why is this project shrouded in secrecy akin to the Manhatten Project?

Dunning was named the #1 neighborhood in America by Redfin. With a decades long need, is there any sound reason for not designating this school for Dunning? The idea that we're going to plunk down a freshman annex that only serves the residents of Edison and Norwood Park is deplorable.

An open letter to the Dunning community might explain the situation best.

From: The City of Chicago
To: Dunning residents

Here is a nice shiny brand new high school, beautifully landscaped, paid for with your ever increasing tax dollars, that once your children reach high school age, will not be allowed to attend. Do however, enjoy driving by it on the way to dropping your kids off at Steinmetz. If Steinmetz isn't to your liking, might I suggest a home equity loan, or a second job to help pay tuition at St.Pats. Or how about a move to the burbs? Now, don't get upset, I know a good real estate agent (I gotta a guy!) and you can list your house in late March as your child approaches 8th grade graduation. And yes, we see that Portage Park has grown up considerably in the past few years, and we admit your Schorsch Village tudors are adoreable. However, our over-crowding problem at Taft simply must come first.

This is what the residents of Dunning are left to conclude from continued silence from city leaders.

  • Come Out Wednesday March 7th at 6pm to Oak Park and Irving Park to show your support for a 4 year stand alone school.

    After showing our support we will head to Nest Bar at Irving Park and New England for Appetizer and neighborly Discussion.

  • Thomas R Resident of Schorsch Village

    See you on Wednesday Jason.

Mar 01

Updated Mar 01

St. Ferdinand Fish Fry

Come to the St. Ferdinand Fish Fry this week for a delicious dinner and great entertainment.

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