1 hour ago

Summer's Cool at NPES!

North Park Elementary School's three-week program, Summer's Cool, fills the gap between the end of school and the start of summer camps and other commitments, making the transition to summer easier and less stressful for families.

Here's how it works: Mondays and Fridays are spent at both local parks and North Park Elementary, with kids participating in fun activities like arts and crafts, magic shows and water games, while Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are for field trip adventures. “We do...

Read full message…

North Park Elementary School's three-week program, Summer's Cool, fills the gap between the end of school and the start of summer camps and other commitments, making the transition to summer easier and less stressful for families.

Here's how it works: Mondays and Fridays are spent at both local parks and North Park Elementary, with kids participating in fun activities like arts and crafts, magic shows and water games, while Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are for field trip adventures. “We do three field trips a week to different places around the city, and [the destinations] change every year,” says Katie Ekstrom, who has been heading up the Summer's Cool program for the last three years. This year will feature visits to the Brookfield Zoo, Funtopia, the Shedd Aquarium, a mini-golf course and more.

While the activities might be different from a typical school day, the staff is made up of familiar faces: Ekstrom runs the program with a team of North Park teachers, with the ratio of teachers to students ranging from 1:6 to 1:10, depending on the day's activities.

The program is open to students going into 1st grade through 9th grade (there's a separate junior Summer's Cool program for pre-schoolers), and older students often serve as junior counselors.

According to Ekstrom, the program benefits students in several ways. “We spent a lot of time outside, which is important for getting kids away from screens,” she says. "Parents like it because it gives the kids something fun and constructive to do, and kids like it because they can be with their friends.”

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Lincoln Ave Jewel – Long Delays at Checkout

Anyone else notice that the checkout lanes at the 4250 Lincoln Ave Jewel have become ridiculously long over the last several months? I’m not complaining against any one individual working there. Just making the observation that the lines have been getting unacceptably long no matter the time of day. Recently waited over 10 minutes at 7am on a Tuesday. This store just never seems to have enough people working the front. Not sure if others have noticed the trend, or if I’ve just been going at really bad times.

  • I have noticed this as well! I usually don't shop at Jewel, but that location wins out in convenience when I just need to to grab one or two things. I understand that Jewel has taken away the self-check out lanes to give customers a more personal experience, but the lines are worse off this way.

10 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

gunshots

Sounded like 3 sets of 3-4 gunshots, kimball and Wilson maybe. Anyone else hear them? Happened maybe 415pm

  • Eric Pepeson NW sider, modern conservative

    Ward, in your opinion, are things more active in the neighborhood this spring than in years past? It seems like its been a rough May and June compared to previous years.

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Good question, and absolutely much worse!

33 hours ago

34 hours ago

37 hours ago

Lost Dogs Illinois added a new photo.

#Lost #Chicago #IL #NorthCenter (Claremont & Byron) Chazzey - Female Labradoodle White / Tan Phone: (312) 560-1214 if seen or found. Shy/timid/fearful. Please do not call or chase Chazzey; may cause Chazzey to bolt or run in fear. Cook Co. 60618. 06-20-2018. More Info, Photos and to Contact: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=2063500 To see this pet’s location on the HelpingLostPets Map: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/?pid=2063500

    Lost Dogs Illinois
    Lost #Chicago #IL #NorthCenter (Claremont & Byron) Chazzey - Female Labradoodle White / Tan Phone: (312) 560-1214 if seen or found. Shy/timid/fearful. Please do not call or chase Chazzey; may cause...
    https://www.facebook.com

2 days ago

Mac skills in the neighborhood

I want to be more neighborhood and skill specific, and Craig's List doesn't really suit this.

If you or someone you know is looking for a *permanent* part time position (it's not the kind of position that can handle a revolving door), I'd love to talk. Here are the particulars.

Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am to 4pm, Fridays 9:30 to 3:30. These hours are not flexible. The pay is $15 an hour, but enabling my business to grow and...

Read full message…

I want to be more neighborhood and skill specific, and Craig's List doesn't really suit this.

If you or someone you know is looking for a *permanent* part time position (it's not the kind of position that can handle a revolving door), I'd love to talk. Here are the particulars.

Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am to 4pm, Fridays 9:30 to 3:30. These hours are not flexible. The pay is $15 an hour, but enabling my business to grow and thrive will enable an increase in pay and room for growth in the job.

I'm looking for someone energetic who knows Mac really well, especially Word for Mac, has a steady hand, patience for occasionally tedious work while able to pay steady attention to it, and also up for the challenge of detailed work with a lot of responsibility. A background and interest in marketing is helpful but a marketing degree is not necessary. I need someone experienced with social media, including blogging and Pinterest. The person must be reliable (I can't afford to have someone who regularly has to call unable to come in), responsible, competent, attentive, efficient and detail oriented. Email only please, skin911@daniela.com.

    http://daniela.com

2 days ago

Jun 15

Updated 4 days ago

Lost dog on Montrose in Albany Park

My wife just came across this dog on Montrose near lawndale. The dog had no collar and she was unable to catch it. Does anyone know this dog? I'm hoping he/she finds its' way home

  • Jinthenorthside Part time student, Part time explorer

    I have seen a dog that looks exactly like this! Lives in a house on Hamlin near Cullom.

4 days ago

Jun 14

Updated 6 days ago

Optometrist Referral

Hi, I am looking for an economical (exam/contacts/glasses) optometrist referral in the Lakeview/Roscoe Village/North Center/Southport Corridor areas or even downtown Loop. Thank you for your suggestions.

  • If you have a Costco membership, they have an optometrist on staff.

  • My husband and I see Dr. Weiler at Lakeview Eye Care and and really like him and his staff.

  • The team at North Center Eye Care on Irving Park are great. 200$ cheaper on my daily contact orders than anyone else who takes my insurance!

Jun 14

Updated Jun 15

Vote for The Northman for Best Cider Bar

The Northman, one of my favorite neighborhood spots, has been nominated by USA Today as Best Cider Bar! You can vote up to one time every day until July 9.
I already set a Google calendar reminder to vote everyday - I want this neighborhood gem to win!
http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cider-bar/.

    Vote- Best Cider Bar Nominees: 2018 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards
    Voting for the Best Cider Bar is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2018 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Cider Bar.
    https://www.10best.com

Jun 13

Updated Jun 14

Key found

Single key on purple plastic tag found on Berteau Ave. between Ravenswood and Wolcott. Identify initials on tag and it's yours.

  • Dennis Realtor

    Does it say Roscoe Village Airbnb or Roscoe Village vacation home?

May 11

Updated Jun 13

Community Bench Building Project

Sunday May 20th, 1 - 4 pm Waters School (4540 N. Campbell)

We are working on a project to increase the number of benches in our neighborhood.

Please click below to learn more.
https://www.youcaring.com/ravenswoodlincolnsquareandnorthcentercommunity-1114370

You can either donate and sponsor a bench for a neighbor (either someone you know or someone who has requested one) or get one for your own parkway.

These benches are intended for the parkway or other public spaces to encourage walking and offer people a...

Read full message…

Sunday May 20th, 1 - 4 pm Waters School (4540 N. Campbell)

We are working on a project to increase the number of benches in our neighborhood.

Please click below to learn more.
https://www.youcaring.com/ravenswoodlincolnsquareandnorthcentercommunity-1114370

You can either donate and sponsor a bench for a neighbor (either someone you know or someone who has requested one) or get one for your own parkway.

These benches are intended for the parkway or other public spaces to encourage walking and offer people a place to rest as they go around the neighborhood.

Our goal is to build 15 benches. If you would like to help build the benches please come to the work group Sunday May 20th at Waters School. All ages and abilities are welcome. You can rsvp to info@forwardchicago.org or call 773-633-8312. Please come support this project - thank you!

Rain date is June 3.

    Click here to support Community Bench Project
    If residents aren't confident that they can get from here to there without a place to rest people won't walk. This impacts people of all ages - parents with children, folks with bad knees, someone with a walker. A new bench-building initiative addresses this issue: From Here to There: Benches to...
    https://www.youcaring.com
  • Our Community Bench Build has been rescheduled to June 15th at 4pm at Waters School.

    We can’t wait to get started and sprinkle these benches through the neighborhood!

    If you sponsored a bench, please plan to come pick up your bench at the build or contact info@forwardchicago.org to make arrangements...

    Read full comment…

    Our Community Bench Build has been rescheduled to June 15th at 4pm at Waters School.

    We can’t wait to get started and sprinkle these benches through the neighborhood!

    If you sponsored a bench, please plan to come pick up your bench at the build or contact info@forwardchicago.org to make arrangements for drop off / pick up.

    If you did not sign up for a bench or still want to sponsor one, you still can! Contact us for details.

    Rain date is June 16th at 9am.

    Please watch the Forward Chicago website and facebook for more info and pictures.
    See you there and thank you!!
    Forward Chicago

  • Hi all,
    We're so excited to build benches this Friday, June 15th from 4 - 6 at Waters School (4540 N. Campbell). Please feel free to come and help build and bring a friend!
    Please plan to pick up your bench starting after 5 and if you are unable to come to pick up the bench, please email info@forwardchiago.org.
    See you soon! Thanks again to our donors and participants.
    Forward Chicago

Jun 06

Updated Jun 12

NPES "Kinder-gardeners" Grow Vegetables, Donate to Common Pantry

If you've been admiring the bright planter boxes on the North Park Elementary School play lot, you can thank the school’s kindergarteners. The NPES kindergarten class — led by teacher Zoe Ardito — have maintained every aspect of the planters, from deciding what to grow to sowing the seeds to plucking the weeds to harvesting the plants. It's part of their classroom's year-long service learning project, where students take the lead (with help from their teachers) in responding to the...

Read full message…

If you've been admiring the bright planter boxes on the North Park Elementary School play lot, you can thank the school’s kindergarteners. The NPES kindergarten class — led by teacher Zoe Ardito — have maintained every aspect of the planters, from deciding what to grow to sowing the seeds to plucking the weeds to harvesting the plants. It's part of their classroom's year-long service learning project, where students take the lead (with help from their teachers) in responding to the needs of the school and community.

They started with a Fall visit to Montrose Metra Community Gardens. The hands-on experience saw the students harvesting tomatoes, peas, peppers and eggplants, which were bagged up and donated to Common Pantry, a local food pantry. “Not only did they get to feel like they were a part of this gardening project, but to give back to the community was really awesome for them,” Ardito says.

During the winter months, the class read books on gardening, talked about what happens around the globe in the winter and learned about eating seasonally. In late February, the class started to plan their gardens and in May they planted low-maintenance vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes and peppers which they'll water, weed and harvest before the end of the school year. Then they'll do another round of planting, so they can see the results when they come back in the fall. “I think it promotes global awareness, being part of a bigger picture, to plant and see things come to life,” Ardito says.

According to Ardito, kindergarten is the perfect time for kids to start learning about gardening. “What's beautiful about this age is their excitement and understanding,” she says. “They're starting to comprehend things, to develop a self-awareness and empathy, and to have an awareness of the world around them.” And then there's the dirt. “Playing in the dirt is one of their favorite things to do!"

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Susy D -- not sure where you are, but several North Side CPS schools already do some variation on what NPES does. As mentioned above, Waters has a strong ecological focus and not only has gardening but also a strong no-waste program with recycling (and I believe composting). Coonley has...

    Read full comment…

    Susy D -- not sure where you are, but several North Side CPS schools already do some variation on what NPES does. As mentioned above, Waters has a strong ecological focus and not only has gardening but also a strong no-waste program with recycling (and I believe composting). Coonley has its "kinder garden" outside the school, which (as you might expect) the kindergarteners tend to. Bell has a civics unit in which the teacher takes kids to the grocery store and then has the kids deliver food to a food pantry. Sometimes these activities are integrated into a science curriculum. So because the teachers have mandated amounts of time they have to spend on specific subjects (not just math and writing and science and social studies, but also PE and computers), they manage to fit this in without taking away from other instruction. Surely you can't be against that. And in certain parts of the city, where there are food deserts, school/community gardens offer a way for children (and adults) to have access to fresh produce.

    As for CPS being a priority for the city, anyone who follows the news might think otherwise. Just in the past 6 months there have been revelations about special-ed services denied to students to save money, rats and other filthy conditions due to the privatized cleaning contract, and sex abuse that was covered up by CPS for years. So unfortunately no, the city (mayor) has not prioritized public education. Instead he/they have diverted resources to charter schools while starving neighborhood schools, in addition to hiring grifters and putting money toward building new schools instead of fixing/supporting the existing ones. In fact, it would be great if more Chicago citizens would pressure the mayor/city to make better decisions with their tax money.

  • I am well aware of what you say - - - but it makes one wonder where all the $$$$$ that comes out of our Real Estate Taxes - goes - - I would like to re-state what someone once said to me when I went to a meeting at Police headquarters - "Susy D, you live in Mayberry" - - -

Nov 06 2012

Updated Jun 11

Graffiti - 2431 W. Irving Park Rd.

Over 5 months now. Your alderman and city hard at work. So funny...

Jun 10

Jun 06

Jun 05

Sports Fence for Garage Roof Deck

I have recently noticed a bunch of garage roof decks having high metal fences around them to allow basketball to be played without the ball going off the deck. Does anyone know a company or individual that has either done these in the past, or could do this? Thanks in advance.

P.S. It brings me back to the 80s and looks like a good ole WWF Steel Cage match.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 05

GoFundMe Campaign for Lane Carnival victim

In case anyone is interested in donating, here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/pay-marvins-medical-bill

    Click here to support Pay Marvins Medical Bill organized by Soraya Aguirre
    On Saturday afternoon, May 26, 2018 at the Lane Tech carnival , Marvin attended an event that was suppose to be fun memories with peers and friends. His friend's bicycle was being strong armed from him and without hesitation, Marvin defended his friend but instead got jumped and beaten by a large...
    https://www.gofundme.com
  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    How awful!

  • Marvin defended his friend...courageous young man.

    I hope his attackers die in a house fire.

  • My God what is wrong with people? Parenting?

May 29

Updated Jun 04

    Downtown: Overworked Cops Battling Mag Mile Fights, Mayhem Through Weekend
    It's been a wild holiday weekend in Chicago, especially in River North and the Magnificent Mile. CWBChicago estimates a minimum of 19 arrests between noon on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday related to mob activity, battery, and weapons possession. A number of Mag Mile fight videos from the weekend were sent to CWBChicago.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com
  • krw

    What terrifies me are not things that you can use common sense to protect yourself by, but what you cannot. Middle of the night break ins through AC units assaulting kids in Lincoln park. Assaults in Lakeview at 8:30 pm on a busy Saturday evening, getting robbed in Lakeview at gunpoint between 2 days cares at 2:30 pm in the afternoon. Its by far way worse than normal city life. Horrific.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Rufus, Jamal, and their ' play cousin' Pookie are just " funnin' and clownin.'

Jun 03

Jun 02

May 27

Updated May 29

Found Yorkie near Belle Plaine & Lincoln

Found female Yorkie Friday evening near Belle Plaine & Lincoln. Microchipped but not registered to owner.

  • I saw a lost dog sign yesterday at Coonley Elem...looks like the same dog in the picture. I’ll grab the number on my run today and post it here.

  • Flyers are posted all over the neighborhood. Just walked by one but couldn't figure out how to upload the picture. Looks just like the Yorkie in your photo. The numbers listed are 773-459-6172 & 781-799-9750. Good luck

May 29

Huge 60+ Family Yard Sale this Saturday

65 family yard sale in Northcenter. Addison to Montrose, Ravenswood to the Chicago River. Get a pdf map emailed to you or look online at www.northcenterneighborhood.org Bikes, garden stuff, furniture, kids toys, clothing and more. Maps can also be picked up at:
3739 N. Bell Ave.
1938 W. Belle Plaine Ave.
2214 W. Cullom Ave
Follow us on Facebook to see images soon. facebook.com/northcenterneighborhood

Spread the word!

    Northcenter Neighborhood Association - Home
    Northcenter Neighborhood Association - connecting neighbors in a vibrant Chicago neighborhood.
    http://www.northcenterneighborhood.org

May 28

Updated May 29

Accident on Kimball between Addison and Elston

Anyone have any information or a link for what happened? My mom's car was one of the ones in the accident, I'd like more info. All I know is that it happened Sunday at 2am, a Lexus rolled over and took out a few parked cars.
Thank you.

May 22

Updated May 28

Northcenter Town Square Reno

Does anyone know if the renovation of Northcenter Town Square is going to happen? If so, when?

  • Just call the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce - they will give you any info you need on this issue.... They are very nice folks......

  • Brendan Southside to Northside

    From what I heard it will begin Spring 2019. Originally there were to be two phases - one that began Spring 2018 and another to complete in Spring 2019 - but that has changed.

  • The alderman recently told me the project would be starting this next year so I believe it is moving forward.

May 26

Updated May 27

Did anyone lose their pet parakeet?

Spotted a small white and blue bird (parakeet?) in the bushes next to the Coonley Elementary School playground (Leavitt between Irving Park and Cuyler) this morning around 7am. Hope he/she finds their way back home!

May 27

May 26

May 26

May 25

    Man suspected of recent armed robberies arrested in Lakeview
    Police arrested someone suspected of several recent armed robberies Friday in the Lakeview neighborhood on the North Side. About 3:10 a.m., officers tried to pull over a red Jeep in the 1100 block of West Roscoe that matched the description of a vehicle used in multiple armed robberies in the area, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

May 23

Updated May 24

Need someone to mount a flat screen TV

Hi neighbors
Can anyone suggest a person or company thathat can install a wall mount for a flash screen TV? Son’t Want to ruin my wall! Thanks!

May 24

May 18

Updated May 20

Welles Park Dog Park?

Thinking Welles Park needs a dog park or signs can't let your dog off leash and someone to ticket. Every morning on baseball diamonds and today we have a party of 5 dogs off leash with owners chatting. Was hoping to cut through park but will go around.

  • I couldn't agree more Cubs. My dog is always on a leash and I deal with this at Winnemac park regularly. Dogs off leash approach my dog as I'm walking him and if they run up to us, he feels threatened. (His eyesight is not great anymore). I would much prefer there were a fence around the unofficial dog park that's formed there so we all can enjoy the park.

  • The police don't always coordinate with the Park District management. This problem has to be addressed with the park supervisor. If you don't know who that is, go to the Chicago Park District website and look it up or click on CONTACT US on the home page and leave your complaint there.

May 19

Updated May 19

Interested in current and world events? Join in Great Decisions - starting in June

GREAT DECISIONS: America’s Largest Discussion Program on World Affairs

The Foreign Policy Association provides background information, policy options and stimulates discussion on eight critical issues facing America today. Join people across our country in a shared learning experience.

We are so excited to begin this new 9-week course to learn and discuss world events, stimulate thinking and re-discover the art of discourse. Topics include:

The waning of Pax Americana?
Russia’s foreign policy
China and America: the new geopolitical equation
Media...

Read full message…

GREAT DECISIONS: America’s Largest Discussion Program on World Affairs

The Foreign Policy Association provides background information, policy options and stimulates discussion on eight critical issues facing America today. Join people across our country in a shared learning experience.

We are so excited to begin this new 9-week course to learn and discuss world events, stimulate thinking and re-discover the art of discourse. Topics include:

The waning of Pax Americana?
Russia’s foreign policy
China and America: the new geopolitical equation
Media and foreign policy
Turkey: a partner in crisis
U.S. global engagement and the military
South Africa’s fragile democracy
Global health: progress and challenges
Registration is limited to 30 participants Cost is approximately $30.00 for materials.

Convened by: Forward Chicago, Leage of Women Voters of Chicago, Ofice of 47th Ward - Ald. Ameya Pawar, and Sulzer Regional Library

Course dates (Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 pm): June 4, 11th, 18th, 25th; July 9, 16, 23, 30th.
To sign up and for more information: https://2018greatdecisions.eventbrite.com

Questions? email info@forwwardvchicago.org or call 773-633-8312

    Forward Chicago
    Forward Chicago is a grassroots, all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) that connects neighbors, business, and local organizations to build a stronger community. Together, we're creating neighborhoods where people of all ages are active, engaged and influential. Visit www.forwardchicago.org to learn more.
    https://www.eventbrite.com

May 17

Updated May 18

Shooting at BP gas station at Montrose and Kedzie

I live directly behind the BP gas station (I can see it from my kitchen window). At 11:30pm I heard about eight gun shots and in less than five minutes there were cops everywhere. My cousin who lives at Montrose and Troy may have seen the shooters running down her block/fleeing the scene. If anyone has info about what happened please let me know!

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Please let’s stay on topic and be civil.

  • Alicia Actor and lover of french bulldogs

    Hey JimmyMac, this is unfortunately not the post to try and educate people on the differences between semiautomatic and automatic guns. If you know any information about the shooting from Thursday please do share!

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

May 18

Found Dog - Husky

Young, male, unneutered good boy Husky found in Avondale, at California & Melrose. He has no tags, no chip, and all that was on him was a training collar. He is someone’s pet as he seems well taken care of, so please if you know this dog or the owner contact me at 8475144272

About

EveryBlock collects 22 types of news in Chicago — including articles, real estate listings, meetups and conversations neighbors are having — and organizes it by location. Here is all the recent news and discussion near 3900-3999 N. Bell Ave.

Thousands of neighbors connect and get their news via EveryBlock, including:

Crystal Renée Drake Terri Kelly margarita ortiz Russell Lewis Myra Hooks Taylor Parks Kelly swindled Hillary Guartazaca Francesca Theresa

You're 60 seconds from creating an account and joining them…

or
Enter your email address