3 days ago

Looking for a good honest plumber for Pilsen

Some friends of mine on 21st street are having a clogged toilet problem. Three-story house, it's a problem with the toilet on the second floor, only. Seems isolated to that stack. They need a good plumber, but obv. like everyone else, they're budget-minded folks.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Piano teacher?

Hi, I'm looking for a piano teacher for my five year old. Any recommendations? We have a piano, so we're able to have someone come to us, if needed. Thanks!

  • Merit School of Music is a good school. They may have or know of "at home" teachers. My goddaughter went there for 2 or 3 years. I haven't tried Chicago Academy Of Music on 17th, but they may have or know of resources. That's great that he's starting so young! Good luck. :)

  • Even though Old Town School of Folks Music is north, you could ask them if they have any teachers from or who travel to the Pilsen area.

  • These are great ideas, thank you! I also found a site, takelessons.com, where you can look within an area code and see reviews for a teacher, too. I'm going to check out the places you recommended, as well. Thank you!

3 days ago

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • I Can't Find My Homework!

    Ms. P. is asking for $215.52:
    My students need blue folders to keep their papers organized and to help distinguish them from their other subject folders.
    Walsh Elementary School Comment
  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Ms. P. is asking for $550.94:
    My students need wireless headphones to listen to educational math videos.
    Walsh Elementary School Comment
  • Eek! Help Us Organize Our Mess!

    Ms. P. is asking for $629.96:
    My students need locker shelves to help keep their things organized!
    Walsh Elementary School Comment

Jan 13

Updated 3 days ago

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

    Launch Announcement: Visit our NEW GSLA Website! - Greater South Loop Association
    We at the GSLA love to bring neighbors together, and are excited to announce the launch of our refreshed website, greatersouthloop.org! Here's a rundown of some of our favorite features: News: Here you'll find our blog, with summaries of our events and other pertinent information about the South Loop.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

5 days ago

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

    Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal - Greater South Loop Association
    Chicagoans are very fortunate to experience a winter that has it all - cold temps, biting wind chills, freezing rain, and of course, snow. And speaking of snow, now is a good time to remind everyone to clear their sidewalks after it snows.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Jan 13

Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

Cleaning person

Im looking for a cleaning person. I pay $15 per hour. I live on 18th st. Near harrison park. I have a small 1 bedroom.

  • Hi Marla - You can call my room mate Kris. She is interested and we live in the area -- CERMAK & PAULINA. 773-562-9365. I am a slob and she keeps up with my mess so she is pretty good.

Jan 09

Jan 07

Aug 11 2016

Updated Jan 05

Obnoxious Loudness in Pilsen

How can people in certain parts of Pilsen tolerate Banda music and drunkeness in the middle of the night? How? The is a total lack of regard for people who have wake up early. Moreover, if you call the police, you become a target for their animosity. Does anyone know how to silence these folks without becoming a target?

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    I live in La Villita so it's the same if not more so. It comes with the territory for living around Mexican Immigrants. It's a different way of life you need to get used to if you want to live Amongst different cultures

  • I've been here 6 years..a transplanted South Chicagoan.. Its a shame gentrification has softened peoples ears.. There are bigger fish to fry..but keep complaining about Banda music.. The assault rifles down Cermak Road during school hours bring perspective..

Jan 05

2017 State of the South Loop: Highlights

2017 State of the South Loop: Highlights

    State of the South Loop: Highlights
    We are pleased to share a summary of the feedback collected from the 2017 State of the South Loop Survey in November. We thank everyone who took the time to respond with their perspectives on life in the South Loop. The information collected from the survey is already being used to inform our 2018 programming calendar.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Jan 05

ATN: January 2018

...art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 2003 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 432-1995...

...Gabriella Passarelli from St. Jerome, located at 2810 S. Princeton Ave. Walsh School is at 2015 S. Peoria St.

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...7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are for people with drinking problems or AA...

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Food...

...offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center...

Bridgeport Catholic Academy, 3700 S. Lowe Ave., will have an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. School registration also will begin then. For information, call (773) 376-6223.

Three children explore how to deal with hurtful words about skin color in My Wonderful Birthday Suit! at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. Performances are Tuesday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18. Call (773) 227-0180.

Join Chicago Hope Academy for boys’ and girls’ basketball games Friday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m., 2641 W. Harrison St. See chicagohopeacademy.org.

...Monday, Jan. 8. The Queen Contest will be held in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., on Sunday, Jan. 14. The parade and river dyeing will be held Saturday, March 17...

...North Central College, Naperville, IL, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m., and Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are from $10 to $62...

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. will host adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs from Monday, Jan. 8, through the week of March 12. Log on to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Chicago-Womens-Park-and-Gardens.   

...Call (872) 216-9695 or log on to www.civiclegalcorps.org. The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., will host the Fire and Ice Festival Friday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy woodcraft, astronomy, a bonfire, and ice skating. Call (312) 742-3918.

De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

The Field Museum will offer free basic admission on Monday, Jan. 15: Saturday, Jan. 27; and Sunday, Jan. 28; as well as throughout the month of February. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to www.fieldmuseum.org.

...Before Christmas’ runs through Sun., Jan. 7, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. This comic take on the classic poem features a couple of dancing mice, a spunky...

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.

First Trinity Chicago Lutheran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers take donations on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 643 W. 31st St. Call (312) 842-7390.

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.

The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit www.mercy-chicago.org or call (312) 567-2000.

Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., invites children and their parents or caregivers to gather the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. for a free Storytime early childhood music class. Next date is Jan. 8.

Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., hosts its 17th annual Winter WonderFest, which presents a 170,000-square-foot holiday-themed...

Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various locations on topics including social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.

...of Your Health.” All are offered at Rush at the Johnson R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. To reserve your spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874...

St. Barbara Catholic School, 2859 S. Throop St., will have an open house and book fair on Sunday, Jan. 28. Call (312) 326-6243.

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org.

...Walsh School. All-tournament most valuable player was Gabriella Passarelli from St. Jerome, located at 2810 S. Princeton Ave. Walsh School is at 2015 S. Peoria St...

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., will have an open house on Sunday, Jan. 28. The school is at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Call (312) 842-7668.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, offers family counseling, including pre-marriage classes and marriage counseling. The soup kitchen welcomes gifts of cups, paper products, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.

...of students, graduates of STCCS, and parents in the community. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837...

Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St., will host its Lead with Your Heart fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $75...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., hosts its annual winter coat drive during January. Donations of warm socks, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts...

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is looking for liturgical and cultural event volunteers. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

...on the West Side. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

...hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available...

...Warm up afterward in the main barn with special refreshments. The zoo is located at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Call (312) 742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org...

    Gazette Chicago " ATN: January 2018
    January 4, 2018 The AARP Foundation Experience Corps will hold volunteer information sessions on Thursday, Jan. 18, Friday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 23. Call (877) 926-8300. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Feb 11

Updated Jan 04

Purse Found Saturday Morning

I found a black purse running this morning in Pilsen on 16th Street. The license is in there so please just let me know your name and what was in it and I will gladly let you come pick it up.

  • jnicks1977 Constructing

    sorry this was returned to the police that day. I don't recall that being the name though.

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    How would that person know to look on this site? You have their name and ID. You find them.

Sep 13

Updated Jan 04

Pilsen Alliance not so innocent

The Pilsen Alliance isn't so innocent when it comes to race.

  • As a real estate professional ANYWHERE you can't "steer". Meaning you can't direct people to a neighborhood if the intention is good or bad.
    Example: You can't direct a Mexican family to Pilsen simply because they're Mexican and Pilsen presently has a high Mexican population.
    The intention may be good...

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    As a real estate professional ANYWHERE you can't "steer". Meaning you can't direct people to a neighborhood if the intention is good or bad.
    Example: You can't direct a Mexican family to Pilsen simply because they're Mexican and Pilsen presently has a high Mexican population.
    The intention may be good but for a real estate agent, it's illegal even so.
    I don't read any veiled meaning in these posts.
    What the Pilsen Alliance is doing is directly "steering" and even worse.
    They're singling out racial groups as enemies in their own neighborhood for the fact these people are not Mexican.
    Racism to a major degree.
    They have not interest in harmony.
    Their cause is self serving and delusional.

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    Looks to me there's alot of Indians and other Asian groups moving in as well. What they all have in common is green money. If you don't have money you can't choose were you live.
    Pilsen Alliance are nothing but a bunch of jerks.

Jan 04

Record prices in Pilsen, McKinley Park

Phillip Buoscio, the Better Living Realty agent who has represented all six +Plus Homes sold in the past two years, said the builder will now switch to building condos, starting with six on a site in the 900 block of West Cullerton Avenue where it had planned to build more of the houses.

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
    https://home.chicagobusiness.com

Jan 03

Dec 31

South Loop Lights: It’s Christmas Time in the City!

South Loop Lights: It’s Christmas Time in the City!

    South Loop Lights: It's Christmas Time in the City! - Greater South Loop Association
    Chicago is beautiful any time of year, and the Christmas season is no exception. Falling leaves give way to thousands of sparkling lights, and we all do our best to ignore the falling temperatures and enjoy the beautiful decorations of Millennium Park, State Street, and the Magnificent Mile.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Dec 30

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

Dec 29

  • Access the Curriculum With Chromebooks!

    Ms. M. is asking for $3121.24:
    My students need ten HP Chromebook computers and a charging/docking station in order to be able to read texts and engage in learning on various platforms.
    Walsh Elementary School Comment

Dec 28

Dec 28

Dec 23

Updated Dec 24

Indoor places for family pictures

I'm a stickler for taking family pictures every year, but this year I procrastinated and missed the fall season. Now it's way too cold to take outdoor pictures so I'm thinking this might give us an opportunity to take pictures at a cool location we wouldn't ordinarily use. Any suggestions?

  • Hi. How about Garfield Park Conservatory?

  • Carlos D Butler Husband and Father of 2

    We had a great photo session a few years ago inside the Blackstone Hotel. Lots of interesting spaces.

Dec 21

Updated Dec 22

Santa arrives early with wonder dog SYD

Santa dropped by the house early today to check out the chimney - to make sure he'd fit - and also to drop by and see his favorite canine - SYD - they obviously have a great rapport.

  • (Bow)Wow SYD, you must have been nice and not naughty to score a personal visit from Santa! Peace, love and joy to both of you.

Dec 22

Dec 21

Dec 20

Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction

You may want to pay the 1st installment of your property tax bill before the end of this year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes. You may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/prepay-your-property-taxes-for-2017-tax.html

    Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction
    With the likely passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that the majority of taxpayers who currently itemize their deductions will take the standard deduction for the tax year 2018. The reason for this change will be capping of State and Local Tax and Property tax deductions at $10,000.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Dec 20

Depression Press posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Dec 17

Updated Dec 18

Books in Spanish

I would like to donate books in Spanish, is there an idividual or organization interested in books these books? They are used but in good shape. Diverse subjects, literature.

Dec 15

Score Luxurious, Limited-Edition Gifts from Two Chicago Brands

Wardrobe for CPS hosts a pop-up shop at Artpentry (1932 S. Halsted St.) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Selling Champion merchandise decked with...

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Meanwhile, exclusive hat-maker Optimo (51 W. Jackson Blvd., optimo.com) will make 150 custom pieces of its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hat. Dubbed...

Madewell (932 N. Rush St., madewell.com) is taking 25 percent off purchases made in store and online through December 19. Gift-worthy goods at the women’s store include a D.I.Y. necklace kit ($42 full-price) and a ring with mixed-metal stars ($18 full-price).

Ted Baker (1011 N. Rush St., tedbaker.com) has items on sale for up to 50 percent off. Score a party-ready skater dress (reduced from $439 to $263) and a festive zig-zag bowtie (reduced from $60 to $41).

Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington Blvd., randolphstreetmarket.com) hosts its Holiday Market Shopping Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. More than 125...

    Score Luxurious, Limited-Edition Gifts from Two Chicago Brands
    Looking for a last-minute but lavish holiday gift? Two local brands have you covered with new, limited-edition pieces for women or men. Ricorso ( ricorsodesign.com), a Chicago-based luxury label, released its Madison Jacket earlier this week. Created as a holiday accent piece, the limited-edition jacket combines gold or silver tweed with grommets, sequins, and fur textiles; it retails for $1,000.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

Dec 15

Dec 14

Get in the holiday spirit with these 10 Christmas activities in Chicago

2136 S. Peoria St., 312-600-5111

This article has 8 other Chicago locations (Show)

12 S. Michigan Ave. 312-940-3552

20 E. Delaware Place 312-397-3633

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414

521 N. Rush St. 312-645-1500

26 W. Hubbard St. 312-863-7427

2001 N. Clark St. 312-742-2000

Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

10 E. Randolph St. 312-739-0120

    Get in the holiday spirit with these 10 Christmas activities in Chicago
    Nothing dresses up Chicago like the holiday season. Lights twinkle from the trees, wreaths hang from doorways and decorations make windows festive. The holidays are a perfect time to spread love and loosen up before another year, so we've rounded up some of our favorite holiday-related activities, Christmas or otherwise, that are sure to put you in the spirit.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 14

M&J Fdtn. Gave and Gave at Christmas Time

TBT - MJ and I take a photo at the JUMP offices where we recorded his narration track for a video I produced and directed for the M&J Foundation (M&J stood for Michael & Juanita Jordan Charitable Foundation). MJ had a much bigger smile when he took a photo with my son Matt and his buddy Brett Witek, but they didn't make him work like I did.

Dec 14

Get in the holiday spirit with these 10 Christmas activities in Chicago

2136 S. Peoria St., 312-600-5111

This article has 8 other Chicago locations (Show)

12 S. Michigan Ave. 312-940-3552

20 E. Delaware Place 312-397-3633

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414

521 N. Rush St. 312-645-1500

26 W. Hubbard St. 312-863-7427

2001 N. Clark St. 312-742-2000

Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

10 E. Randolph St. 312-739-0120

    Get in the holiday spirit with these 10 Christmas activities in Chicago
    Nothing dresses up Chicago like the holiday season. Lights twinkle from the trees, wreaths hang from doorways and decorations make windows festive. The holidays are a perfect time to spread love and loosen up before another year, so we've rounded up some of our favorite holiday-related activities, Christmas or otherwise, that are sure to put you in the spirit.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 14

Dec 12

Maria Elaine Hadden shared an event to Alderm...

Hey 45th Ward residents, don't forget the Participatory Budgeting Chicago 5 year celebration and volunteer appreciation event, THIS Saturday, 12p-4p @ 2150 S Canalport, 2nd Floor, The Lacuna Loft building. Come help us vision what the next 5 years of #PBChi could do for your community! Free parking, Free lunch, registration required! #OurMoney, #OurVision, #OurChicago New Economy Coalition The Participatory Budgeting Project

    PB Chicago Celebrates 5 Years: Volunteer Appreciation Event
    https://www.facebook.com

Dec 09

Neli Vazquez Rowland Announces Run for Congress

Neli Vazquez Rowland is running for Congress. She has 20 years of experience in helping homeless - including homeless VETS - so - please share this because we need more WOMEN in Congress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu3VpI8nyMo

    Neli4Congress
    Contact us: Campaign@neli4congress.com
    https://www.youtube.com/

Dec 08

  • Chromebooks: Do or Die!

    Mrs. Ionita is asking for $2360.11:
    My students need Chromebooks! In today’s age, computer literacy is an integral component of any student’s learning plan. These Chromebooks will help engage my students with interactive lessons and prepare them for an increasingly digital workforce.
    Walsh Elementary School Comment

Dec 06

Around Town at Chicago Scenic Studios

955 W. Cermak Rd.

    Around Town at Chicago Scenic Studios
    Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. 955 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, Illinois 60608 312.274.9900 Considered the "granddaddy" of scenic construction in Chicago and unofficially serving as a training hub for stage designers for four decades, Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. President and Founder Bob Doepel established the company in 1978 as a design and fabrication studio for Chicago's up and coming theater community.
    http://wgntv.com

Dec 04

GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night!

GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night!

    GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night! - Greater South Loop Association
    We recently hosted a Neighborhood Paint Night at Bottle & Bottega as a fun holiday event and fundraiser for our organization. We really appreciate all who came out to support the GSLA and spend a fun evening in the neighborhood. The GSLA would like to extend an extra special thanks to Lakeside Bank for their sponsorship of this event and...
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Dec 03

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPAIR AND REPLACE EXISTING MASONRY WALLS AND REPAIR OF EXISTING ROOF MEMBRANE. NO CHANGE TO EXISTING MECHANICAL-ELECTRICAL-PLUMBING LAYOUT. TO CORRECT BUILDING VIOLATIONS LISTED ON DRAWINGS. TOTAL SQ. FOOTAGE OF WORK: 13,325

    1929 S. Halsted St. Issued December 1, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    masonry work (appx 800 sf)-(no structural work)- all work same as existing; subject to field inspections

    1945 S. Halsted St. Issued December 1, 2017 Comment

Nov 29

Updated Dec 02

Stop your whining.

I feel happy and proud when i see filming in the hood. It can be a slight temporary inconvenience. Shameless is a fabulous show that shines a light on a different way of life.

  • pbsene Local Business Owner, Tired American

    Right on! It creates way more jobs than just the overpaid actors - I have a good friend whose kids are both working behind the scenes on this show.

  • Pilsen/Heart of Chicago area have been part of movie & tv productions for decades. A few people that recently moved into area whine about many things that are not the real issues and concerns that actually effect our lives. The arts in general have thrived over the last few decades in our community, they add a great benefit to our community, and lives.

  • A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been...

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    A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been multiple shows (too many to count) and over 5 movie shoots there this past year. Each time this happens, the production companies take over entire blocks in the neighborhoods (off set) for their personal parking, trailer parking, and truck parking. Then, adding insult to injury (after kicking all the residents out) they don't even use all of the space.

    This would be a lot better if the Chicago Film Office actually did a service for the people of our City! They are only chartered to roll the red carpet out for outsiders and only have staff to rubber stamp applications given to them by Hollywood. (I confirmed this in multiple calls.) They do not limit shoots at particular locations, make sure the closed space is actually being used, or move the ancillary parking around from shoot-to-shoot. (So the same blocks keep getting hit for parking and catering.) When it rains and shoots are canceled, the "No Parking" zones stay up (even when the streets are empty) and the residents still get ticketed.

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