11 hours ago

Info for families with a kindergartener entering Portage Park School this fall

Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening...

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Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening at Portage Park School. It is NOT a social network - posts only go in one direction: out to users. You will need an email address to sign up. We have over 550 members on the PPSC, please ​join today​ ​and make our circle complete!

You’re invited to a ​Kindergarten Orientation​ for Class of 2027 families on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm.
Enter at Door # 16 on Berteau.
Please RSVP for this event online at: https://tinyurl.com/PPS2027OrientationRSVP
This event is intended for families with students who will be attending kindergarten at PPS in the fall. It is ok to attend if you have not registereed yet, but registration will not be done at this event. Any changes or updates to this event will be posted on the Portage Park School Community circle on SimplyCircle (see above) and on the school website.

If you would like to join a Google group for Class of 2027 parents, you can do so at:
https://tinyurl.com/pps2027class

PPS is a neighborhood school. For more info: https://www.portageparkschool.org/

    Parent Portal | SimplyCircle
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May 03

Updated 15 hours ago

Water seepage after the rain

Did anybody get some water in their basement after last nights rain? It looks like the water came in to our basement through the wall in 3 spots... did anyone have the same problem? Does anyone have someone they can recommend and give me a ballpark idea of how mich it would cost to fix?

  • Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was...

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    Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was wayyyyyy less than other companies that I called.) He came out quickly and did the work professionally the same day! We are very happy with his work, glad that he's right in the area so he could come out right away. So here's his info as I recommend him 100% Mark 773-517-2390

  • Thank you.

Apr 30

Updated 6 days ago

Great Rivers Project Needs YOU!

Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the...

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Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the political, geographic, and funding barriers that exist along this section of the trail. We’ll also be examining how the forming of a coalition, the release of a Phase I engineering study, and the formation of a “Friends Of” group for this section of the trail can serve as instrumental elements in identify solutions and ensuring improvements are made.

You are invited to the next meeting of the Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition, which will take place from noon – 2 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Franklin Park Police Department building (9451 Belmont Avenue, in the Community Room). Lunch will be provided. At this meeting, we’ll have a thorough discussion of the physical constraints (connectivity, flooding, access, etc.) along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail (from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue). We’ll also hear from one of the founders of the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail on how they formed their organizations and how they identified and achieved their goals.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the following link: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

We hope to see you at noon on Wednesday, May 23rd!

Matt Gomez
Trail Advocacy Manager
Active Transportation Alliance
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
Chicago, IL 60601
P 312.216.0474 (direct)
F 312.427.4907
matt@activetrans.org

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  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Anyone can attend. Please do!

  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If...

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    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in attending and haven’t yet RSVP’d, please do so at: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

    For this meeting, we’ll be exploring in great detail the existing trail connections and some possible access points along the southern segment of the DPRT with the project managers from Christopher B. Burke Engineering (who are conducting the Phase I engineering study). We’ll also have a presentation from Diane Banta (of the National Park Service), who helped found the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and was instrumental in getting the Cal-Sag Trail moving forward.

    See you next week!

    Matt Gomez
    Trail Advocacy Manager
    Active Transportation Alliance
    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
    Chicago, IL 60601
    P 312.216.0474 (direct)
    F 312.427.4907
    matt@activetrans.org

May 11

MUMS 'N ROSES

Get away with the daily thorns and show HER a special thanks this Mother's Day with a unique rose ice cream [with rose water and edible rose petals] from BISTRO 6050 [6050 W. Irving Park road, just befor the Chicago Public Library]

Mar 21 2015

Updated May 10

Is the Chicago Gaylords gang still active?

A few days ago a friend of mine told me they were still around in the Belmont-Cragin/Portage Park area... but I don't believe that. Simply because I haven't spotted a group of European gang members in years.
What do you guys think/know?

  • Kathy in 60630 10 yr. resident

    European gang members, huh! They are there. Watch out, they're probably the ones who will rob you. And I know this for a fact.

  • Spotted atleast 7 GLS last nite around pulaski ave. And a few at kilbourn park 6 days ago.

May 08

Updated May 10

Atrocious Experience at Slice Factory in Elmwood Park

This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the...

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This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the state it was in. He more or less shrugged and said take it up with the restaurant. This jerk didn’t even bother to help me carry it upstairs even though it was no longer in deliverable condition.

Called the restaurant to complain and they said they could make me a new order. I declined because I’m not waiting another two hours to deal with the same delivery guy. They said they would refund. When I didn’t get an email saying it was refunded, I called Grubhub. Shocker, the restaurant never called to refund. Grubhub then had to contact the restaurant, who admitted they had received my call but not taken action, and again, offered to remake the order. No dice. I demanded a refund for the portion of my order that was damaged and inedible and for the driver's tip to be refunded.

Even the items that were not damaged were just terrible. A burger and fries are not supposed to be so damp they are falling apart and the Buffalo fries were missing the chicken and bleu cheese that were supposed to come on them (also completely soggy and inedible, I could mush them with a fork they were so soft). I've tried this restaurant once before and they left an item out of the order, but their Cobb salad was great so I decided to give them another shot. Mistake on my end.

Terrible food, terrible service and the delivery guy should be fired. You don't hand someone destroyed, leaking boxes of food, refuse to take it back and not even help them get the order inside. Anyone in the Belmont Cragin and Elmwood Park area steer clear.

  • If it's the one on Grand this this must of happened a while ago because the slice Factory been closed for at least 6 months to a year

  • No. Harlem

May 10

Local Landscaper Wanted

Hello,
We are looking for a local company to do some heavy work on our front and back lawns. We need tilling, some sod, stumps removed and recommendations on what to do with bushes that appear dead to me as well as removal of wood chips and gravel. Looking to get this all done before it gets too far into summer. Thank you!

May 09

Updated May 09

FOUND DOG 2900 N NATOMA

Just found a dog with a collar but no tags, wandering alone and wet on Natoma. If you know this pup, please contact us. It's a male, about 20 lbs prob, shaggy/terrier, grayish color. (Pic doesnt want to attach)

  • Reunited! Yay puppy! Lived on Wellington and ran away from the thunder!

May 09

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Is This Your Lost Dog? #Chicago #IL #Montclare (Natoma & Wellington) Male Mix. Grey/Tan. Call 773-732-8830. This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/from the actual owner. Friendly. Found 05/09/2018. Cook County. 60634. To see this pet’s location on the Helping Lost Pets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pID=2321050 More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2321050

    Lost Dogs Illinois
    This is an album of dogs that have been found by good Samaritans.
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May 09

  • Permit issued for signs

    SIGN INSTALLED WITH GRAPHICS. SIGN IS INSTALLED ON THE WEST SIDE WALL OF THE BUILDING AND IT ALSO FACES WEST.

    3134 N. Narragansett Ave. Issued May 8, 2018 Comment

May 05

May 02

Apr 28

Bell Park Flea Market

Register now for the June 2, 2018 Bell Park Flea Market
Tables and sales directly support park improvements, programs,
and Bell Park Baseball!

To register: send an email request to: BellParkPAC@gmail.com

Apr 28

Apr 26

Updated Apr 27

Lost dog

4/26 lost white female Maltese near belmont and Laramie...

  • 773-791-9486

  • PetParent Founder of Pitter Patter Parenting

    Does she have I'd tags? A microchip? Have you posted flyers yet? Can you upload a photo?

Apr 26

Plumbing company recommendation?

Can anyone suggest a good reasonable plumbing company to replace my hot & cold water valves for the washer. No need to open wall, just shut down water line in the building. Anyone might be able to give me an estimate? So far I was told $325. I think kinda high. Thx

Apr 21

Updated Apr 25

Concrete stair repair and iron railing repainting contractors

I saw a post on this same topic from 2014, but was looking for more up to date information. I am looking for a contractor to do concrete repair on the front steps of my house. Specifically, I have a crack and separation along the base of the first riser at the walkway (see photo). Other than this there is no major problems with the concrete. Ultimately, what I would like to have done is crack repair, new parge coat, and iron railings prep and paint. Looking for suggestions on contractors used for similar projects in my area. Thanks in advance.

Apr 25

Apr 21

Updated Apr 24

City sticker question

I have a question regarding fees for people who go to buy a city sticker years after they should have. I can’t seem to find a response in faq sections regarding this topic! Can you help?

My friend went to buy a city sticker for his car recently but was told he’d need to pay 3 yrs retroactive of city sticker prices because he’d lived in the city w/this car for 3 yrs w/o buying a sticker meaning there wasn’t...

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I have a question regarding fees for people who go to buy a city sticker years after they should have. I can’t seem to find a response in faq sections regarding this topic! Can you help?

My friend went to buy a city sticker for his car recently but was told he’d need to pay 3 yrs retroactive of city sticker prices because he’d lived in the city w/this car for 3 yrs w/o buying a sticker meaning there wasn’t just a fee for not buying the sticker 3 yrs ago but a few PLUS 3 yrs of whatever the sticker cost is.

Is that right? This policy deters anyone from trying to do the right thing. He would of paid the fee but to ask him to pay yrs worth of stickers just made him walls out the door and buy nothing.

  • Your friend has been freeloading for 3 years. Now he's caught and has to pay up.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    It would be the same with the IRS

Apr 23

Apr 21

Apr 21

WIERCIPIETAS posted 2 photos to Flickr:

Apr 21

3144 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 posted 2 photos to Fotella:

Apr 16

Updated Apr 17

Volleyball leagues around here?

Are there any indoor leagues around portage park or belmont cragin?

Apr 14

Updated Apr 16

Shootings on Belmont Ave

I am posting this because of my grave concern for the area on the S. end of Portage Park and the N. Side of Belmont Cragin. Between March 5 and April 5, 3 shootings occurred between Long and Central on Belmont Ave where several pedestrians and vehicles were present and most businesses were still open. Gun shell casings were recovered at one of the shootings and the last shooting on April 5, a shot fired through the Laundry Mat window...

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I am posting this because of my grave concern for the area on the S. end of Portage Park and the N. Side of Belmont Cragin. Between March 5 and April 5, 3 shootings occurred between Long and Central on Belmont Ave where several pedestrians and vehicles were present and most businesses were still open. Gun shell casings were recovered at one of the shootings and the last shooting on April 5, a shot fired through the Laundry Mat window at 2pm in the afternoon. It has been pure luck that no one has not been shot and killed. Business owners attended a Business CAPS meeting for the area and the police were notified that at least 2 businesses had captured the incidents on video surveillance. Not one officer responded to check the recordings. We were told that if there was no victim then there is no crime. I don't know about any of you but I think this is absurd. All 3 shootings happened in Alderman Reyboras's ward who is in charge of public safety for the entire city. These incidents bordered Alderman Santiago and Alderman Villegas' wards. The ward boundaries run through the middle of Belmont Ave. Gerrymandering at its finest. The two police districts also run down the middle of Belmont Ave, the 16th district being on the N. side of Belmont and the 25th police district being on the S. side of Belmont. I am reaching out to the bordering wards to insist on more beat/bike patrols for the area and insist that the police review tapes to try to identify the criminals even when there has been no direct victim. I am also asking for residents to please call Ald. Reyboras's office as well as Ald., Santiago and Villegas. If any adjacent neighborhoods/wards think that this isn't going to crawl through the ward boundaries they are sorely mistaken. Our area, the Belmont Central corridor has been hit hard with robberies, vandalism and shootings. We need our neighbors to step in and help. Ward 30 Reyboras, 773-794-3095, Ward 31 Santiago 773-278-0031, Ward 36 Villegas 773-745-4636.

  • Kelly~ a few years back there were shots fired at Lockwood/Drummond by the park at 5pm. Witnesses too, but no "victim" When I went to the CAPS meeting this incident wasn't even in the report! When I asked why,I was told the same thing......no victim, no report taken. WTF! I will contact Millys this week & altho I'm not in the other wards, will call them as well. Keep up the good work

  • I have a friend who lives near Belmont and Laramie. I feel considerably less safe going to visit him and his family today than I did several years ago, His garage has been burglarized 2X in the last 2 years for starters. When I do visit them I don't drive...

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    I have a friend who lives near Belmont and Laramie. I feel considerably less safe going to visit him and his family today than I did several years ago, His garage has been burglarized 2X in the last 2 years for starters. When I do visit them I don't drive there for fear of my car being vandalized...or worse.

    To the law abiding citizens of nearby Portage Park and Belmont Cragin: Be vigilant but be careful. Be ware of your surroundings. And most importantly, if you see something, say something. Don't allow the criminals/gangbangers to rule your neighborhood.

Jan 03

Updated Apr 15

Adoptive Home Wanted

I am looking for an adoptive forever home for my back gate cat. Why not keep her, you ask. Because I have my cats and if they do not accept her than I have no place for her. I also have dogs and a bird (all on different levels of the house). This cat will NOT be free. The money needed will be used for her vet bills. What I am proposing is that she goes from my alley, to...

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I am looking for an adoptive forever home for my back gate cat. Why not keep her, you ask. Because I have my cats and if they do not accept her than I have no place for her. I also have dogs and a bird (all on different levels of the house). This cat will NOT be free. The money needed will be used for her vet bills. What I am proposing is that she goes from my alley, to the vet, to your home. She, I say she but that is my impression, has recently become friendly with the extreme cold. I am now able to pet her but she has never been at a vet or in a home that I know of. She will need to be spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia/fiv, and worm tested. Portage Park animal hospital accepts the Friends of Animals certificates for reduced spay/neuter, unless you have a relationship with another vet of your choice, or my vet. I am not working and will do a Go Fund Me page to save her if needed.

Anyone who wants to help me save a life can respond to this post. I will supply an email address once I see any responses. I don't currently have a picture but if I can get one I will add it.

  • This is so wonderful. Thank you for getting him off the streets. Hopefully he does well and is able to adjust. Will you be able to visit him/her?

  • I said I would call and check in. He is the second cat I have taken to this shelter. I don't know if my heart can take visiting him. I don't believe that cats are truly "feral". The "feral" cats that I feed come out when they see/hear me and...

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    I said I would call and check in. He is the second cat I have taken to this shelter. I don't know if my heart can take visiting him. I don't believe that cats are truly "feral". The "feral" cats that I feed come out when they see/hear me and they are starting to meow too. They don't run when I put food out in front of them. That isn't feral. I said in one of my other posts that we don't call homeless people feral. Homeless animals, even animals born homeless, can come around to the right person. They can sense who is kind and are afraid because of how they are treated by some cruel people.

    I appreciate all the nice comments but I don't put these comments up for that. I just want people to know that it can be done.

Apr 13

Finally Safe

I finally got the cat from my post (months ago) into a shelter today.

Apr 08

Updated Apr 12

Sidewalks Need to be Repaved

Does anyone know who is responsible for repaving the side walks here in the city? Some of the sidewalks in my neighborhood are in terrible shape and I wasn't sure if this is something that the city or the owner of the residence is in charge of getting fixed.

Thanks in advance.

  • Concrete used to be about $100 a yard, but that was about 10 years ago, there's a formula U use, by length x depth x thickness, so it depends on how much the City pays for it, vs. how much needs to be laid!!!

  • Also, U can't just hire someone to come out lay concrete and expect the City to pay half of the Bill, the City will tell U to go Scratch!!! U have to through their shared programming to be eligible for the Discounted Price! But if U really want it for...

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    Also, U can't just hire someone to come out lay concrete and expect the City to pay half of the Bill, the City will tell U to go Scratch!!! U have to through their shared programming to be eligible for the Discounted Price! But if U really want it for free, Try NBC 5 investigates to put a flame under the City's A-s in an effort to have Ur problem rectified!!! Also, Denise, that rate seems very low to me, don't forget when U do Concrete, U have to pay Laborers, Concrete finishers, time the concrete truck stands idle, etc., So it's going to be a little more than just by the sq. Footage, plus they only sell it by the Yard that I know of!!! You can try googling a concrete place and ask them, like Zinga to give U a better quote if this helps, U may actually need a permit as well if U plan on ripping up the Concrete Yourself, & don't forget disposal fees!!!!

Apr 12

Apr 11

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

2 Pitbulls Running Loose Fullerton/Parkside/Major/Belden

2 Brindle Pitbulls are loose. Last seen on Belden going towards Austin. Had gray collars. They were Brindle, brown/gray, from what I saw. Obviously you would know if they are yours. Please people. These dogs will be killed if they are taken in and not claimed. TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS.

  • Please let us know when they were sighted. Date, time.
    That helps the owners know when and possibly how they got out.
    Hope the owners step up!

  • April 9th, approximately 2:45 - 3:00. I don't know what happened to them after they ran off. I called the area police station to alert them that the dogs were running loose and posted here. That was all I could think of. Around here this stuff is seen all the time.

Apr 09

Apr 06

Apr 02

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

Lost! #Chicago #Il #BelmontCentral #BelmontCragin(Belmont & Narragansett) Zues - Male Pit Bull. Brown. Call 773-454-6060. Friendly. Cook County. 60634. Missing 03/31/2018. To see Zues’s location on the Helping Lost Pets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pID=2262103 More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2262103


Mar 30

Updated Mar 31

    Lost Dog Dunning, Chicago, Illinois, IL, United States - L43369
    Lost Wednesday March 28th 2018: Pet Dog in Dunning, Chicago, Illinois, IL, United States | Lost & Found Ref# L43369
    https://www.critteralert.com

Mar 30

Updated Mar 31

Vandalism

Both side mirrors were broken on a car belonging to our house. Anyone have this happen around here? I am wondering if it was random or if someone offended a "neighbor", or took their parking spot, and the car was targeted.

  • Jesica Ramos Just one of the neighbors

    my mirror was broke off the 2 nights ago overnight on the 4100 block of Richmond

  • Thanks. I am a bit out of that area but thanks for commenting. Since it was both mirrors on ours I am guessing it was done on purpose. We could use a street camera on this block.

Mar 31

Mar 30

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