33 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

new carpet recommendation

Hi, we are looking for recommendations for a company to get carpet quotes from. We will also need a new subfloor. I'm fine buying carpet separately or a company that will do everything from subfloor to carpet (including carpet sale). The room is about 350 square ft. and we will carpet stairs also.

5 hours ago

    June 26 hearing set for 41st Ward zoning proposal which is subject of a lawsuit - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The City Council Zoning Committee at its June 26 meeting is scheduled to hear a 299-unit apartment proposal near Higgins and Cumberland avenues which has been held in committee for months and is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the developer against the city.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

10 hours ago

Lost car keys

Found car keys at Fosterand MoodyAve in Jefferson Pk

Jun 10

Updated 10 hours ago

Bird mess from feeders

I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard and this mess is not only unhealthy but it has been attracting the rats and now pigeons (and they laughed at me).
Is there any sort of code that determines how close a neighbor can put anything near my property line?

  • I'm sorry you have uncooperative neighbors :-(. We feed birds in our yard, and although we certainly do wind up with the ubiquitous invasive species like English sparrows, we get better birds and no pigeons because we feed them better birdseed. Junk birdseed brings junk birds. I know you probably...

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    I'm sorry you have uncooperative neighbors :-(. We feed birds in our yard, and although we certainly do wind up with the ubiquitous invasive species like English sparrows, we get better birds and no pigeons because we feed them better birdseed. Junk birdseed brings junk birds. I know you probably are not inclined because of their reaction to your request, but you could give them maybe a bag of safflower or black thistle (goldfinches are particularly drawn to the thistle; cardinals like the safflower), which will attract more interesting birds, and not interest the pigeons. If you have a fence or post nearby, you can get a spool of plastic thread, and tie several foot long lengths of the thread - Careyann, who mentioned sparrows being skittish is correct, and something about the light catching the lines of thread throws them off.

    You could also try to point out to your neighbors that they should save their birdseed budget for other times in the year, birds really don't need us to feed them through the summer.
    A plastic owl sometimes works, sometimes not, if the birds see that it is always in the same place and not moving, they may become confident enough to return. Still, it is worth a try!
    I feel your pain for a totally different reasons - our neighbors on both sides know my husband is a birdwatcher, and also put up feeders, to be neighborly - but because they are using the lower quality mixed birdseed, we get a ton of sparrows hanging around their feeders, and a huge mess from the birds perching on our fence.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Starling prefer bugs to seed and love bread.

10 hours ago

Postal Carriers & Today's Extreme Heat

It's really hot for the work they do.
Our postal carrier usually comes by after we're home from work -- Will be on the lookout to offer them a cool drink.
Back when they came earlier in the day, we left a cooler with an assortment of bottled/canned beverages and a note for the Postal carrier to help themselves.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Lost pig

Surprised me to see a pig on the loose yesterday! It came out of the alley of 4800 block of w argyle st then went to Lamon st stopping on grass looking for food. It was dark grey.

32 hours ago

Happy Father's Day

To all the men that have tucked their kids in, gave them a hug when they needed it, encouraged them when no one else did, taught them and continue to teach them about life, respect and what it means to have unconditional love.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

42 hours ago

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Whats going on central and lawrence

A big rat was outside

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    @Paul, I thought you meant a sewer rat, and not an inflatable rat.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    No that's 2 doors north

3 days ago

Sep 17 2014

Updated 4 days ago

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

The concrete stairs in front of my bungalow that lead to the front door started to crumble towards the sides on a few of the steps and i am hoping to have them repaired before the winter hits and hopefully in such a way that shoveling and salting them doesn't make them crumble again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone that could help fix our stairs?

  • I decided to rent them with my husband, because we bought an old house, which required a great renovation, among other things, stairs. Sincerely? I was totally shocked when I saw the results of their work. I thought that the pictures on their website with the effect of "before and...

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    I decided to rent them with my husband, because we bought an old house, which required a great renovation, among other things, stairs. Sincerely? I was totally shocked when I saw the results of their work. I thought that the pictures on their website with the effect of "before and after" refurbishment were some lie, but really everything looked just like on the website. I regret that I did not take a picture of the stairs before they were renovated. I could share with you the effects of the Concrete Power company.
    What's more, all employees of this company are so well trained. You can immediately see that they know what they are doing. Concrete Power really has to put in years of practice in training these people.
    We wanted to go with my husband such a staircase, similar to one of the pictures in their gallery - the ones next to it. It was enough that we showed them a photo and they already knew what to do.
    I think that the price is really good and affordable in relation to the services offered by Concrete Power. They use only the best materials to repair the stairs.
    These stairs will be indestructible for years! Good job, Concrete P!

  • Also looking for this service. It's time for the brickwork and stairs. Thanks for all the recommendations. I've read eventually bungalows will need

5 days ago

Jun 06

Updated 5 days ago

    Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects
    The economic bustle in and around O'Hare International Airport yields a strong job market for working-class Chicagoans, a market that's only going to get stronger when O'Hare's long-awaited expansion starts. Plenty of mass transit, including the Blue Line and an array of CTA bus routes, connects Far Northwest Side neighborhoods with the rest of the city.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Anytime. Anyplace. Just for drill.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city...

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    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city cop and/or crime in wrigleyville and boys town.

    Every poll done in the last 3 decades have shown the the msm vote 90%+ for the democrats, and have overwhelmingly liberal attitudes on social issues.

    You'd have to go back to the mid-1990's to have a foot to stand on deeming the fibune "conservative," especially their editorial board.

Jun 09

Updated 6 days ago

Gangs are at Dickens Park

Watch your surroundings

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    That was at 2 am begging for cigarettes

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    016 needs silent running drones with a high resolution IR camera to monitor the parks in the area covertly.

    Crimes caught on camera would be admissible.

Jun 10

Updated 6 days ago

residential canopy and awnings

My neighbor built out of wood and plexiglass an awning over his doorway on the side of his house that extends all the way to my property line (fence). Their awning is adjacent to my entrance doorways (difficult for me to bring large objects in my house because of the encroachment). Not only do I catch their rain when I walk out the door I get their snow (from the awning) during the winter which slides into my yard by...

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My neighbor built out of wood and plexiglass an awning over his doorway on the side of his house that extends all the way to my property line (fence). Their awning is adjacent to my entrance doorways (difficult for me to bring large objects in my house because of the encroachment). Not only do I catch their rain when I walk out the door I get their snow (from the awning) during the winter which slides into my yard by my doorways. I have asked him to move it back but that was on deaf ears.
Is there a building code that specifies how far a canopy or awning can extend out from the side of the house? This awning is considered encroachment if it extends to my property line, correct?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Call building department and ask about set backs for awnings and find out code first.

  • If he built it without a permit that is all you need to challenge it. Also any new structure needs to be 3 feet from the property line if they are made with wood or any other flammable materials. If he replaced an existing awning it may be grandfathered in. My guess is any awning that existed before probably wasn’t done without a permit anyway.

Jun 10

Updated 6 days ago

Very Arrogant Neighbors

I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into the middle of their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard...

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I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into the middle of their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard and this mess is not only unhealthy but it has been attracting the rats and now pigeons (and they laughed at me). I have asked them 3x now and in my book that's more than a fair chance to rectify the situation.
Is there any sort of code that determines how close a neighbor can put anything near my property line? Do I have any Recourse?

Jun 10

Updated 6 days ago

Building Codes

I have a neighbor who built and installed an awning constructed out of wood and plexiglass over his side door leading into the basement. It extends out all the way to my fence line and my entrance doors into my residence are adjacent. Needless to say I catch all the water and snow at my doors now. There has to be a code regulating how far an awning can extend out on the side of house...along with what materials are considered safe. Am I wrong?

  • Let the neighbor know that the rain and snow falls on your side - and ask him to add a rain gutter to the awning...... that may take care of the problem - -

    If the snow falls on your side - that could cause a serious accident - talk it out with your neighbor....maybe you two can come to an agreement...good luck

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Susy D for U.S. Secretary of State. Good diplomacy skills. Much better than Mike Popeo.

Nov 16 2015

Updated Jun 11

Basement renovation question

Hi all. Starting to explore the potential to add living space to the basement. It is plumbed (awkwardly) for a powder room, and most of the space has a kiss over 7' in height from concrete to joist. I would like to do the work on the up and up, but installation of a sub-floor (even something ultra-thin) would encroach on that 7' clearance. My question to you all is: Has anyone attempted to get a variance on the ceiling...

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Hi all. Starting to explore the potential to add living space to the basement. It is plumbed (awkwardly) for a powder room, and most of the space has a kiss over 7' in height from concrete to joist. I would like to do the work on the up and up, but installation of a sub-floor (even something ultra-thin) would encroach on that 7' clearance. My question to you all is: Has anyone attempted to get a variance on the ceiling height for a basement renovation project? Were you successful? Why or why not?
Demoing out the old slab (though thin), digging down and re-pouring is not really an option. Neither is lifting the house. Just not the budget for it. Yes, floor drains would have to be re-located, moisture infiltration prevented, insulation, electrical, . . . but all of that talk is moot unless there is precedent for a variance. If I can't get an answer here, I'll turn to an architect, but thought I'd see what the neighbors say first.

anyone?

  • The above code section regarding 7'-0" ceiling height, may only apply to existing legal units and useful for duplexing purposes, but may not apply to converting an existing space into a new stand alone legal dwelling unit.

  • new dwelling will require 7' 6", if you want a bathroom down there

Jun 08

Updated Jun 11

10-story building planned for Six Corners

10-story building with senior housing and commercial space is planned for Six Corners. Six Corners Master Plan calls for four or five-story development on the site. Alderman Arena will host meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at the Filament Theater, 4041 N Milwaukee. The complex would include 265 units, with a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care options.
The following story is from last December when the alderman called the 10-story plan “speculative.”
http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/12/28/10-story-senior-living-at-six-corners-speculative/

    10-story senior living at Six Corners 'speculative' - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A preliminary proposal for a 10-story senior housing project with ground-floor retail and medical uses at Six Corners was presented to Alderman John Arena (45th) in late August, but Arena has called the plan "speculative" as talks with the developer continue.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Another political joke at least demolition crews are busy.

  • LadyHawk Lifelong resident

    Arena was successful shoving his "Senior Housing" agenda with the Independence Branch library scam! Don't believe these schemers, continue the conversation!

Jun 08

Jun 04

Updated Jun 07

Weekly Ad paper delivery

Hi All-

Does anyone know who delivers these ads with Aldi, Shop and Save, Butera etc ads every week. Sometimes I do not receive delivery and I am looking to pick one up if I can.
Thanks in advance!

  • Len

    In red plastic bag is dropped in your driveway by the Chicago Tribune

  • tribune. you can call them and tell them you do not want it

  • Bob

    Thanks to everyone for responding to my comment. I have notified them to try and have the weekly ads delivered. Sorry to here they are leaving piles of these ads in apt and condo complexes. I make sure the ads are picked up the same day, sorted and recycled. No reason to have to litter.

Jun 07

Jun 01

Updated Jun 05

Mister Rodger's

I after submitting a post as I have been criticized by a member for not having value since I l don't comment often. in my defense, I try to only comment when I have something of substance to offer. So to gain creditability with my critics, I am offering this post.
Having watched the documentary on Mister Rodgers tonight, I was really inspired in his impact on our kids. Anyone raising kids in the 70's, exposed their kids to him. What a gift he was to our kids. Hearing his documentary highlights, what a wonderful man he was. I did my best in terms of teaching values but this guy solidify my values.

Mar 14 2016

Updated Jun 03

Converting Garage into Mother-In Law Suite

Does anyone have any recommended contractors for converting a garage into a Mother-in-Law Suite? Does anyone know approximately how much this would cost? And does anyone know anything about permits and zoning issues? Thanks!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I think I will build one thanks

  • N. McNeal Interested in Lincoln Square and nearby areas

    Do you know of any other use for a garage that would be approved by Zoning?

    Have a garage that I am trying to convert into a home office, not an apartment. No kitchen and no bathroom. Zoning said that I had to change the scope of work, which to me means that the wording has to be different.

Jun 03

May 30

Updated Jun 01

Curious re concrete slab in shared gangway

There are rules for capturing and routing stormwater from rooftops, but I'm curious and wonder if anyone knows of applicable rules/codes for new concrete installation/s?
Assume you have a sidewalk running alongside your structure and the owner of a neighboring structure installs a concrete slab on their side -- do they need a permit? and are they required to install a drainage system such as a trench and grate?
Replacing a huge patch of earth with solid concrete creates a stormwater runoff issue that could affect neighboring property if not contained/managed. Seems sensible there should be a drainage requirement. Anyone know?

  • Abc123 13 yr Old Irv resident, please pick up trash

    A very quick summary, you cannot dispense roof or lot drainage water to your neighbor's property or create a nuisance. Its prohibited and I've seen the City respond quickly to such claims. Chicago is a code/no-code/enforce/that'll be ok/hey whatcha got minefield, dress appropriately.

  • Mark 60634 Foundation crack repair pro

    Thank you for the link. That's the first time I have heard of it. Very informative.

May 25

Updated May 30

Help needed with farmers market promotions

It’s that time of year again & we’re looking for help with host sites for lawn signs, posters and banners.
Feel free to pm me.
Anyone who has a lawn sign from previous years, it’s time to start getting them out.
The first market is June 10.
Merril
Manager,
JeffersonParkSundayMarket.com

    Jefferson Park Sunday Market
    Jefferson Park Neighborhood farmers market
    http://jeffersonparksundaymarket.com
  • If North Mayfair isn't too far, then you can put a sign at 5002 N Kenneth. I'm the owner and love to go to Jeff park Sunday market when I can.

  • JeffParkSundayMarket Jefferson Park's own farmers market

    Signs have been ‘planted’. Feel free to move them/take them down during off weeks. & let us know if you need them picked up at the end of the season, as they are multi - year ( as long as they hold up). Also they cannot be in the parkway/city property between the sidewalk & street.
    Thanks again!!!

May 21

Updated May 30

Mixed-income housing developer for 5150 Northwest Hwy reviews options after state denies tax credits

State board explains its reasoning for not approving tax credits for Northwest Highway proposal, while a local pastor charges that the housing authority is enabling the “forces of white supremacy” to maintain segregation on the Northwest Side. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/fate-of-5150-n-northwest-hwy-uncertain-following-tax-credit-decision/

    Fate of 5150 N. Northwest Hwy uncertain following tax-credit decision - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The fate of a controversial mixed-income housing proposal in Jefferson Park remains uncertain after the Illinois Housing Development Authority last week did not approve low-income housing tax credits for the proposal. "We are still reviewing our options at this point," said project developer Joshua Wilmoth of Full Circle Communities.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 25

Updated May 27

Northside Sox Bar / Southside Cubs Bar

Do north side Sox bars or south side Cubs bars exist? If so, what bars and where are they located? Any info as to the their quality would be appreciated. Thanks!

May 23

Updated May 25

    Photo adds to controversy surrounding Alderman Arena's use of police lot near Wrigley - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG and KEVIN GROSS and A Facebook photograph shows that Alderman John Arena (45th) attended a May 11 Cubs game with other elected officials, contradicting his statement to reporters that he parked at the 19th (Town Hall) Police District Station near Wrigley Field so that his 75-year-old mother would not have to walk too far.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bob

    What do you expect? He is a POLITICIAN!! That's what they do best!! Create smoke screens so no one ever really knows what underlying cause is behind any statements made, of course until a video or picture tells a 1000 words. Perhaps she was using the restroom at the time the photo was taken?? You never know do you! I am sure anyone in that position can come up with a 1000 more explanations, right?? I'm just sayin...

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Whenever arena's lips are flapping, lies are being uttered.

    Even if I didn't know who that was in the photograph, the d-bag vibe is strong with him.

    Bucky, arena posted said photo on his FB. No shame in his corrupt game.

May 23

Updated May 25

    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago - ProPublica
    When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago's Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn't the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan - including 45th Ward Ald.
    https://www.propublica.org

May 11 2017

Updated May 24

    Ald. Arena pledges to bring 50 CHA units to the ward
    by BRIAN NADIG Alderman John Arena (45th) has pledged to bring 50 Chicago Housing Authority-sponsored apartments to the 45th Ward by the end of his term in the spring of 2019. Arena and six other aldermen recently signed the pledge as part of an effort that they say will help end segregation on the North and Northwest Side.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Why is Rham a fence sitter? Because he is listening to the neighborhood voters. Unlike arena...he may actually get re-elected by doing such a crazy thing.

  • I hope Rahm never holds office here, or anywhere else, ever again.

Jun 16 2017

Updated May 24

Jeff Park Affordable Housing Opponent John Garrido Caught Violating City Ethics Law

John Garrido (CPD Lt. John Garrido/Former losing 45th Ward aldermanic candidate John Garrido/Leading outspoken opponent of the Jefferson Park affordable housing project John Garrido/(Likely) fake EveryBlock name-user John Garrido) VIOLATED the city's Ethics ordinance, per a report released June 15,2017: See the list of names, John Garrido is number 28, on the list linked from this 6/15/17 City Press Release:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/statements_of_financialinterests/news/2017/june/FIS-Viol-2017.html
"June 15, 2017
Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests

Employees and Officials who violated the Ethics Ordinance for failure to timely file 2017 Statements of Financial Interests"

    City of Chicago :: Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests
    Businesses & Professionals Artists & Entertainers Builders Caregivers Contractors Cultural Organizations Developers Educators Existing Businesses Food Service Establishments
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

May 22

Updated May 24

Free Sod

I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I...

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I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I am just trying to get rid of it without having to bag it for the garbage people, so feel free to come by and take it. I plan to put a sign up tonight, but as described above, if you drive west on Montrose, turn right on Narragansett, turn right on Sunnyside, then turn immediately right into the alley and drive down a bit, you will see the sod stacked up on the right right inside my fence. Take as much as you want, all of it if you can.

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