46 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Handyman Needed

Posting for a friend who is looking for a handy man. Needs someone who can reinstall insulation, not a big job.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Shots Fired

Approx 4 shots fired this morning 4100/4200 N. Lockwood from a passing car. Nothing but trouble coming from that corner apartment building across from the school. Police were notified . Be careful out there & report incidents.

  • They claim to want to get rid of segregation because Chicago is so known for that however this city is so far gone for that and nothing about this city is run right or legal. It has corrupted the authorities and everyone in "charge". It's very sad who knows anymore...

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    They claim to want to get rid of segregation because Chicago is so known for that however this city is so far gone for that and nothing about this city is run right or legal. It has corrupted the authorities and everyone in "charge". It's very sad who knows anymore who is "good or bad".@weebis you are so right on with your comment worse run city/county in the nation. I have nothing holding me here and I am for sure going to be lifting myself out of my comfort zone to move out of here. Giving so much money to this city and for what. I bet the segregation won't be happening in certain areas such as the one the mayor
    Lives in. He will continue to keep himself and loved ones in there own "perfect" city living. People have no respect anymore and don't care they live for basically free and it has came to the point where they feel like it should be given to them and it should be given to them wherever they want and hey if they want someone else's things they feel they can take it or destroy property because you ask them not to sit on your porch or your car it's there world and we just live in it. Call the police for these reasons and they look or speak to like what's the problem here don't waste our time for nonsense they stole your converter on your car sorry maybe you shouldn't park it on the street it's all just pathetic and just continues to get worse.

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    As this city, county, and state circle the toilet, Arena's 'Gangbanger Paradise' at 5151 N. Northwest Highway will be the crowning turd for the northwest side demise.

    Gunfire by violent felons released by Dart, not prosecuted by Foxx, coddled and celebrated by Emanuel and Preckwinkle will become the 'crickets of the night,' along with the sirens of responding ambulances and squad cars.

    Bravo. Shakespeare couldn't have written a better tragedy himself.

Oct 09

Updated 3 days ago

  • central park 5 no profiling!

    Come on Kittypgrl you have zero credibility. Really you think Sposato does not support business? Completely wrong.

    Arena is the one who does not support business. Arena killed the City funding for the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce not once but twice. Arena went on an out of control rant...

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    Come on Kittypgrl you have zero credibility. Really you think Sposato does not support business? Completely wrong.

    Arena is the one who does not support business. Arena killed the City funding for the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce not once but twice. Arena went on an out of control rant demanding that the City department that funds the Chambers in the City not give the funding to the Jefferson Park Chamber. You don't seem to understand that Arena killed the funding for the Jeff Chamber not once but twice. John Arena is the biggest phony on the Chicago City Council! Arena is a 21st century snake oil salesman!

    And do I even have to mention Lake Arena at Milwaukee and Irving?

  • Annette? Annette Sposato, is that you?

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Boarded up apartment bldg on 3700 Central?

Does anyone know what gives with the boarded up apartments on 3700 (ish) Central. Looks like a gut to condo and they're waiting for all tenant leases to expire? Been this way for a long while now and is not a pretty sight.

  • If you are referring to the one on Byron/Central, it is a huge eyesore. I believe former slumlord had a ton of code violations that where tied up in court and never corrected and then home was foreclosed. Now it sits there as an eyesore. Hoping some developer buys it up and turns it into a nice rehab.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

St Pascal Haunted House Police and Ambulance

9:30 Friday night, police and ambulance outside the haunted house. Anyone know what happened?

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Fireworks near Laramie and Byron

Does anyone know who continues to light these things? This has gone on since spring and it is beyond annoying and my dog freaks out forever.

  • My dog gets scared with Thunder, fireworks, etc,. I’m just thankful they are not gun shots!

5 days ago

PPNA October Public Meeting: Canceled due to Jefferson Park Transit Center Meeting

PPNA Public Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month. Because our October Public Meeting date falls on the same date as a meeting to gather input on the redesign of the Jefferson Park Transit Center, we are canceling our public meeting and encouraging all residents to attend that meeting instead as the transit center is an important asset to the Northwest Side. The meeting details are as follows:

Jefferson Park Transit Center Community Meeting
Monday, October 16, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Copernicus Center Annex @5214 W. Lawrence Ave.

We hope to see you there!

Oct 08

Updated Oct 09

    Skip Haynes, who wrote Chicago anthem 'Lake Shore Drive,' dead at 71
    Skip Haynes, who wrote the Chicago anthem "Lake Shore Drive," died of cancer Monday in California. Mr. Haynes, 71, had been the last surviving member of Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah, whose performance of the jingly-jangly early 1970s song became a hardy perennial of radio.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

Oct 05

Updated Oct 06

Update: Pedestrian refuge islands removed from 6 Corners to be rebuilt

Update: Chicago Transportation Department says the islands were impeding traffic the way they were initially installed. Construction of new islands is expected start next week. http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/10/04/pedestrian-refuge-islands-at-6-corners-removed-after-recently-being-installed/

  • Nice - so my main question is, who's paying for this? Is this coming out of the Alderman's budget or the city budget? With as much oversight and permitting and inspections required to do anything in this city, it just boggles the mind how this can happen. SMH....

  • Depends on who’s fault it was for being incorrectly installed

Oct 04

Updated Oct 06

Electronics recycling

I'm sure I missed any event lately to bring some old electronics to be recycled...Any coming up in the near futre?

Oct 02

Updated Oct 06

Please pick up your dogs' mess

Whoever is walking their (small by the size of the poop) dog in the alley behind the 5200 block of Dakin, please PICK UP THE POOP! I almost stepped in the mess left by my garbage cans this morning.

  • Hey cubshawksbears... 💋

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    This ward has some of the dumbest dog owners in the planet. I know that's hyperbole, but quite close to the mark.

Oct 01

Updated Oct 03

Free Composter

I have a composter I do not need. I have put it in the alley behind my house. My address is 6119 W Dakin St. If you want it come grab it. First come first serve.

Sep 26

Updated Oct 02

First they came for my neighbor, and I did not speak out -Wake up Portage Pk; it's not just Jeff Pk

Arena wanted to expand the plan’s boundaries farther north, to include Jefferson Park and Portage Park. Burnett didn’t want to complicate the issue.
“When I’m dealing with developers who bring belligerence to the table and find every single way to get around doing affordable units on site … why wouldn’t you give us a hand in fighting that fight when you have the legal defensible position to do it in this case?” Arena asked.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/emanuels-affordable-housing-pilot-plan-clears-key-committee-hurdle/

    Emanuel's affordable housing pilot plan clears key committee hurdle
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to create affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods - on the Near North and Near West Sides and along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor - cleared a key hurdle Monday, despite fears that rents are too high for families to afford and the area covered is too small.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    Danny, that will be easy, since I don't own either one of those pins.

  • Who wears pins? Oh wait Richard Spencer does but even he doesn't wear a confederate or swastika one.

Sep 29

Free Flagstones

I pulled some flag stones out of my back yard. Any body who wants them can have them. They are in the alley behind my house at 6119 W Dakin St.

Sep 29

Sunshine Activity Center

We were sad to read in the Nadig News that Sunshine Activity Center, a respite program in Portage Park that serves developmentally disabled adults, lost its state funding and will have to close its doors. We were unaware of this and contacted the center to ask if PPNA could help raise awareness of the good work they do and funds to stay open but it does not seem likely that anything can save the center. Center director Diane Gunaka used...

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We were sad to read in the Nadig News that Sunshine Activity Center, a respite program in Portage Park that serves developmentally disabled adults, lost its state funding and will have to close its doors. We were unaware of this and contacted the center to ask if PPNA could help raise awareness of the good work they do and funds to stay open but it does not seem likely that anything can save the center. Center director Diane Gunaka used her own money to found the center 32 years ago along with Linda Williamson and we would like to thank them and all the employees at Sunshine for providing this very important service to the community for so many years. The center does have outstanding debts, including payroll, so please consider making a donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/save-sunshine-center

    Click here to support Save Sunshine Center! organized by Linda Williamson
    Since 1985 Sunshine Activity Center has provided high quality programming for hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through daily activities that help introduce and develop important life skills. Here at Sunshine, we firmly believe that our program is the key to hap...
    https://www.gofundme.com

Sep 29

Crafters/Vendors wanted!

Friends of Portage Park is looking for vendors for the first annual holiday craft fair to be held in conjunction with the annual tree lighting, Saturday December 9th 2017. The craft fair is from 10am-4pm and the tree lighting and festivities run from 3:30-5:30. Interested crafters can find an application at: http://friendsofportagepark.org/holiday-craft-fair1

Looking forward to seeing all the amazing goodies!!!

    friendsofportagepark.org
    Friends of Portage Park is looking for HAND made items for our first holiday craft fair. The spirit of the season will abound between vendors set up inside multiple buildings, and the excitement of the tree lighting, music, hot cocoa, and carriage rides later in the day. Be part of something special.
    http://friendsofportagepark.org

Sep 19

Updated Sep 22

Composting

My dear wife wants to start composting. I called the Alderman, but they said they do not have any. Does anyone know of a cheap resource or a giveaway of compost barrels?

  • Did you have any issues with insects when you kept the worms inside? That's my only concern. I can control any smell by covering but even the smallest screen will allow the tiniest insects in and I would worry about them multiplying inside the bin.

  • Farmers Market Garden Center on Elston has a compost bin (not a tumbler) on sale for about $70.

Sep 20

Updated Sep 20

    9-Mile 'Portage Museum' Could Transform The Northwest Side
    CHICAGO - Visitors to this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial can check out a sweeping proposal for more than a dozen new new art installations and public areas along the 9-mile stretch of Irving Park Road between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

Sep 20

Updated Sep 20

Bring your mom to this free event!

Sunday, October 1, 11am-1pm @ Anne's Haven. We'll bring the mimosas and get the stories flowing. It will be an experience you won't forget!

Sep 19

New drums for Music Department at St. John's Lutheran School!

Fourteen brand new decorative Tubano drums arrived last week. This is just the first of instruments purchased from the Spring 2017 grant that was received. The instruments will supply the music program at St John’s Lutheran School. The children will begin use of them immediately.

Sep 16

Updated Sep 19

Shooting on Warwick & Marmora

On 09/15 at approx. 11:30 a.m. gunfire erupted coming from 5858 W. Warwick. Heard two volleys of 5 to 7 shots. Within minutes our neighborhood was swarming with police from 16th. District. The efficiency and professionalism shown by our officers was reassuring that they were indeed protecting and serving us well. The location of the incident is now being watched by many eyes of disturbed residents.
Myself, I am confident that our neighborhood is indeed secure and the drug dealers are being watched closely by all...24/7.
THANK YOU TO ALL 016 OFFICERS WHO RESPONDED. YOU ARE AWESOME!

  • We had the same problem but with drugs a they got evicted because of the constant 911 calls. It works stay on it.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    The 911 call taker will ask you your name but all you have to say is that you wish to remain anonymous and your call will still be dispatched to the patrol cars

Oct 26 2012

Updated Sep 18

Is this unreasonable? - neighborhood kids

So our next door neighbors and their kids think they own the block. They have no respect for others' property. Aside from their garbage ending up in our yard (from eating/drinking soda and throwing the wrapping/cans on the ground or over the fence on our property), our bigger issue is with them causing physical damage to our home. I understand that kids are kids - we have a 4 year old, but they insist on playing soccer or baseball either...

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So our next door neighbors and their kids think they own the block. They have no respect for others' property. Aside from their garbage ending up in our yard (from eating/drinking soda and throwing the wrapping/cans on the ground or over the fence on our property), our bigger issue is with them causing physical damage to our home. I understand that kids are kids - we have a 4 year old, but they insist on playing soccer or baseball either in front of our home or in their driveway. Either way, the balls always end up hitting our home and windows. We just replaced all of our windows including a large bay window (which cost a pretty penny) and we are getting ready to put new siding on. But I'm constantly out there talking to them about not playing ball in the sidewalk and hitting our house; there is a field 3 blocks away. These kids (ranging from 7-13) don't give 2 sh*ts about what I tell them (I'm always being polite and respectful when I speak to them). Their parents also don't care because they are usually outside and can see that the balls are hitting our house, cars, etc. and yet, they don't do anything about it. they only yell at the kids if the ball hits their home/car.

Anyways, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect others to respect your property and not cause damage to it. Is there anything else I can do? This may seem petty to some but it really pisses me off.

  • This post is also 5 years old...ha

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    Things were so much simpler back in two-aught-twelve.

Sep 18

Update from PPNA: Exciting News About the Northwest Portage Walking Museum!

The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers.

New Lead Partners for Northwest Portage Walking Museum
The American Indian Center (AIC) and the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) have joined PPNA as lead partners to work on realizing the walking museum. Their...

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The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers.

New Lead Partners for Northwest Portage Walking Museum
The American Indian Center (AIC) and the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) have joined PPNA as lead partners to work on realizing the walking museum. Their assistance is key as they bring important expertise and organizational capacity to this project. CPAG has applied for a grant from the Chicago Community Trust to fund two museum installation sites at the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers and will learn in late September if the grant has been approved. Together with the AIC and CPAG, we have convened a steering committee with representatives from other organizations that have also joined the effort to advance this project.

Northwest Portage Walking Museum Represented at Chicago Biennial
PPNA is also excited to announce that Perkins+Will, a Chicago architectural and design firm, has offered their design services to support the walking museum. They have taken up the idea in a big way, creating design concepts for the walking museum that will be on display as part of the Chicago Biennial Between States exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Gallery at 224 S. Michigan Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public from September 19th to December 31st and we encourage all to attend.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ttv3wzFQb1h8xXUhr13jZJxmiCrVgi8jFLhO0emKr8A/edit?usp=sharing

Also, our next public meeting is tonight, our guest speaker is Rep. Will Guzzardi, 39th Dist., see:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/sep18-ppna-september-public-meeting-8290064/

    Northwest Portage Walking Museum update 20170917
    The Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is pleased to share some exciting updates about our idea for the Northwest Portage Walking Museum, an outdoor museum to be comprised of artistic, historical, cultural, and natural installations along Irving Park Rd. between the Chicago and Des P...
    http://docs.google.com

Sep 08

Updated Sep 14

Call your county commissioner to tell them to vote no for the sugar tax

There is a vote at next weeks county board meeting. Please call your commissioner and tell them to vote NO for this tax. This tax is nothing more than a tax to keep the bloated county government going.

  • You should be really upset with the Federal Government for givings subsidies for corn syrup. Your money is being used to create the sugary drinks and then you're being taxed additionally for their purchase.

    That's double taxation baby!

  • Sign the petition.

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Belmont Central Fest

Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies...

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Excited to check out a local street festival, my partner and I walked down to see what it was all about. A stage blasting loud music, a few food stands and and handful of carnival/fair rides.

What surprised and shocked me most was the poor ponies that were being held hostage in a small enclosure providing amusement and rides. Ok -- I know this doesn't seem that bad, but you need to understand the environment in which these poor ponies were subject to.

They were in this small small fenced area being forced to walk in a tight circle for hours and hours providing rides to the few spectators that actually wandered up. Not only were they in a small space, they also had no horse shoes, their poor hooves were cracked, and you could clearly see that they were tired as they lifted their back hooves to an angle trying to alleviate the strain from standing for hours on this asphalt road. It was sad and heartbreaking to see these poor guys standing there in such agony for our mere amusement.

Now, on the other side of Central was a small camel also being exploited for our amusement. This camel was muzzled and, again, forced to walk back and forth on the hard asphalt for hours. I decided to ask the gentlemen who was managing the camel rides about the condition of the ponies and how it wasn't humane that they were being forced to walk in such a small space for hours on asphalt without at least horse shoes to protect hooves. I immediately was greeted a hasty defense and was told it wasn't any of my business what the company name was nor where they were based out of.

I decided to leave it at that and photograph the poor conditions of these animals and document the clear signs of exhaustion.

It's crazy that the city has allowed such a horrid thing to be included as part of the venue. I intend to email the alderman's office and make it clear that this type of entertainment shouldn't be allowed in the future.

  • I'll never be your beast of burden.

  • Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals...

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    Just because it isn't part of your culture doesn't mean it should be ignored. Part of being members of the human race includes learning from our mistakes and making changes to be more humane and we should be becoming more enlightened not more regressive. If the supplier of the animals felt he was doing the right thing, he would have provided information as to the owner. Please keep us updated, Gerald. We can all contact the alderman. If he can't provide information, he should have to look into the issue.

    Belmont/Central neighbors: wouldn't a Bouncy House be a better choice?

Sep 01

Updated Sep 10

Really that bad?

Good morning everyone! I read EveryBlock daily for Portage Park / Six corners. Lately I have been seeing more and more comments about the area going downhill. Is this the case?

It seems things are happening that are positive in the Six Corners area. New small businesses etc. (onviously with the exception of the bank hole). The neighborhoods still seems quiet and contain a very tight community feeling which is hard to find. What are your thoughts?, I am interested!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    City plays the race card to get things done and people arguing ,go walk at midnight down some of the side streets and wake up . It's not about race its bad elements and crime.The alderman should not have police protection for them or their families if it is safe like they assume it to be wont be a problem.

  • Sue Portage Park-er

    I did report the one on Long & Byron via the website, also the one north of it on the building east side of Long.

Jul 24

Updated Sep 09

    Click here to support St John's Flexible Seating organized by Renee Bohus
    St John's Lutheran Church and School - Teachers spend much of their time focused on engaging students in lessons, and through flexible seating successfully make students more comfortable in the classroom. There is new information to support children's physical movement around the classroom, as th...
    https://www.gofundme.com

Aug 24

Updated Sep 08

Feral cat

I am trying to trap a feral cat so that she can be spayed. I have a trap that she has avoided. Any cat trapping experts out there? Or any inventive ideas? I seem to be able to trap possums just fine😏

  • Congratulations!

  • That's great! I'm so glad you were persistent. I hope she can find a home, but at the very least, she will be spayed. We successfully trapped a feral who ended up living happily in our home for over 10 years. Even though he was feral, he adjusted and loved our other cats. He warmed up to us in his way after a long time. Good luck!

May 24

Updated Aug 31

The Point at Six Corners-- In Case People Missed This Update

Sounds to me like Aldi and Ross are no longer involved or wavering until they find out what other businesses are interested. Sounds like we won't be seeing progress any time soon.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170512/portage-park/the-point-at-six-corners-construction-delayed

    The Point At Six Corners Being 'Modified,' But Developer Still 'Committed'
    PORTAGE PARK - Last summer, crews broke ground on a massive retail hub in the narrow wedge between Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road, promising a glittering new centerpiece for the ongoing revitalization of the Six Corners Shopping District.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Wish the amount of traffic and the speed the traffic goes past six corners everyday I don't think a park would be a good use for the property. JMO

  • A major shopping center as proposed by Clark Development will drastically increase traffic too. At least with an apartment/condo building above the retail, many of the residents would take an elevator ride down to the retail and also walk to other nearby retail/restaurants. I think an Aldi/Trader Joe's store would much rather want to go into a building that has a 100+ units than no units. Most of these residents in the building above would be guaranteed customers simply out of convenience

Aug 20

Updated Aug 28

Two dumb kids trying to act tough.

One is a heavy set hispanic (teen?) And a skinny white kid with pants waaay down past his butt. They walked across the street on Grace and Menard, while I drove around them, the skinny one got annoyingly close to my car. He did it with full intention.

Then I found out yesterday, my own mom saw these two walking towards her. They were across the street and once they saw her, they crossed to her side. She rushed to her car and locked the door.

Anyone see this too?

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