33 min ago

November 22, 2017 Update

The Joined Hands Food Pantry is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner for all to enjoy at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4939 W. Montrose. On Thanksgiving, join neighbors and congregation members to give thanks, socialize, and enjoy a warm meal. Dinner will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

SINGER Factory Distributor, 4914 W. Irving Park

Di’s Den, 5100 W. Irving Park, is giving back to our community this holiday season by participating in the annual Toys for Tots Christmas campaign.

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The 5600-block of North Major between 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm November 7;

The 5800-block of North Melvina at 7:15 pm November 7;

The 5700-block of West Sunnyside at 9:50 am November 14;

The 4500-block of North McVicker between 8:00 pm November 15 and 8:00 am November 16; and

The 4400-block of North Mason at 8:11 pm November 17.

Beauty Crew Chicago, 4048 N. Milwaukee:

City News Cafe’s Winter Wonderland, 4108 N. Cicero

Hats Plus, 4706 W. Irving Park

Rasenick’s, 3940 N. Cicero

Distinct Bath and Body (Grand Opening), 4046 N. Milwaukee

Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee

Jeff’s Red Hots, 3901 N. Cicero

Mr. Submarine, 3924 N. Cicero

Rico Music & Dance, 4823 W. Irving Park

Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee

USA Bridal & Tailor, 4020 N. Milwaukee

Today’s Avon, 4057 N. Milwaukee

Shilas Restaurant, 3938 N. Cicero

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

At 6:00 pm, the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, will open its doors for those interested in visiting with Santa before the movie starts. Then, at 7:00 pm, sit back, relax, and enjoy the shenanigans Macaulay Culkin gets into during Home Alone.

The event will take place at the St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale. The hours are 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, December 1, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 3. View the event on Facebook for more information.

The Six Corners Association and the Portage Theatre are partnering to kick off the holiday season by featuring all your favorite holiday movies on Saturday, December 10, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee.

Unwrapped new toys and food donations can be brought to the Pantry at the Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or on Tuesday evenings. Donations can also dropped of at my office (4754 N. Milwaukee) during office hours.

Unwrapped new toys and food donations can be brought to the Pantry at the Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or on Tuesday evenings. Donations can also dropped of at my office (4754 N. Milwaukee) during office hours.

District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrillville, IN 46410; Nov. 28th; 12 pm – 5 pm

Thur., Nov 23, 12 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner.Enjoy a warmThanksgiving Dinner surrounded by friends, family, and neighbors. At noon, there will be...

Tues., Nov 28, 1:30-4:30 pm, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 1102. Learn more about Chicago IT and upcoming bid opportunities during theInformation Technology Vendor Outreach Event. RSVP: online.Free. 

Tue., Nov 28, 7 pm,Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee.Meet neighbors and get involved in the communityGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting.Free. 

Tue., Nov 28, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly...

Thur., Nov 30, 4 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, 5108 W. Belmont.Author Joseph Gustaitis discussesChicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy Cityduring an Author Visit. More info: 312-744-0152.Free.

Sat., Dec 2, 9 am-3 pm, Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Kevlars to Careers hosts aWelcome Home Event. Resources and symposium to prepare veterans, active duty personnel, and reservists/National Guard for a seamless transition to civilian life. Free.

Sat., Dec 2, 10 am,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Join friends and family for the annual Hanging of the Greens. Free.

Sun., Dec 3, 8 am-2 pm, Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell. Get in the holiday spirit during the annual Cookie Walk, Santa’s Breakfast, & Christmas Tree Sale. Free. 

Sun., Dec 3, 9 am-9 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.Celebrate the holidays at the Irish American Heritage Center during a Christmas Bazaar. Tickets for breakfast are $15/adults and $5/children 12 and under. 

Tue., Dec 5, 3:30-8 pm, Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose.Friends of Vaughn partners with Old Irving Brewing Co. to host a Happy Hour Fundraiser...

Fri., Dec 8, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, Courtroom 2005, 50 W. Washington. The senior enrichment series hosts aSenior Driving: Tips for the Active Senior. Register: 312-603-9233.Free.

Sat., Dec 9, 10 am-3 pm,Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield.Shop for homemade gifts by 32 local crafters, enjoy delicious treats from the bake sale, and visit with Santa between noon and 2 pm during theIndependence Park Holiday Craft Fair.Free.

Sun., Dec 10, 2 pm,Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents An Octave Above Holiday Concert. Reception with artists to follow concert.Free.

Sun., Dec 10, 5 pm,LaVilla Restaurant, La Strada Room, 3632 N. Pulaski.RSVP for OIPA’s annual Holiday Party. This year they’re shaking things up by...

Wed., Dec 13, 7 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the16th district beat map. More info: 312-724-4521.Free.

Sat., Dec 16, 9 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during aPeer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting.More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., Dec 21, 6 pm, Harry’s on Elston, 5943 N. Elston. The Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association hosts their annual Holiday Party. Join friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate each other and enjoy the holiday season.Cost of purchases.

    November 22, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, I would like to wish everyone a joyous Thanksgiving. As we gather with friends, families, and neighbors to enjoy a warm meal, let's all take a moment to express our gratitude for one another and for the blessings we have. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    http://ward45.org

Jun 16

Updated 3 hours ago

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
  • Mute Mute Me

    ok let me see if i follow. i know im late to the party but robert used to date this cop? it was a really nasty break up i gather?

  • Robin Hood Rohdenburg has posted over 70 comments on this thread...that's nearly half of the 156 total.

    Who has over 70 DIFFERENT things to say about ANY subject???

    Once again, Robin Hood, the sheer volume of comments is not changing hearts and minds...in fact, it's pretty pathetic.

    I speak for many.,..please find something to do with your life that is worthwhile.

    To be clear, regurgitating info on the same subject herein or anywhere is not at all redeeming or worthwhile.

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Locksmith Recommendations

Hey Everyone,

I need to have the locks changed at the condo I closed on (and if possible, have them on the same key; right now the deadbolt and regular handle have separate keys).

All responses appreciated. Thanks!

  • To see if your two existing locks can be keyed alike try to insert the key from one lock into the other. It will not open it but you just want to see if it will enter. If it does then remove one lock (the easy one) and take it...

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    To see if your two existing locks can be keyed alike try to insert the key from one lock into the other. It will not open it but you just want to see if it will enter. If it does then remove one lock (the easy one) and take it and both keys to the locksmith. He will key the lock you bring to the key for the other lock.
    There are some cases where this will not work (one key is longer than the other for example) but it usually will.
    Note: You did not say if the deadbolt is key on both sides or key / knob. If key on both take the knob lock with both keys to change the knob.

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

    Pls report shahid for foreign spam.

5 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

    Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Based On Shootings
    Last week I posted on Chicago's safest and most dangerous neighborhoods based on the murder rate. Although that's a pretty popular way for people to make a determination of a neighborhood's relative safety it's actually a pretty narrow definition. A lot of bad things an happen to people without them getting murdered.
    http://www.chicagonow.com
  • Mute Mute Me

    Its a sad state of affairs when citizens are more worried about being discriminated against by the police vs being a victim of crime by a non police officer.

    In 2016 stop and frisks went down 80% here in chicago. Anyone know if crime went up any ?

    Id like to think cops still profile but i dont know. They stop profiling me when i stopped driving my cutlass with ttops tinted windows and sound system and moved out of that ghetto called uptown.

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    David 1929, I agree that is the current state of policing in Chicongo and crook county, but if the CPD rank and file was to tour/patrol in a "fetal" fashion, then they shouldn't be paid or collect benefits via the taxpayers for subpar law enforcement work. If CPD will not...

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    David 1929, I agree that is the current state of policing in Chicongo and crook county, but if the CPD rank and file was to tour/patrol in a "fetal" fashion, then they shouldn't be paid or collect benefits via the taxpayers for subpar law enforcement work. If CPD will not act as "The thin blue line," then what are civilians supposed to do to protect themselves? Turn vigilante? Or will it turn into a urban Lord of the Flies?

    The ACLU oversight on CPD street stops, Kimisha Foxx failing to charge or allowing violent felons "of color" to plea down heinous crimes, the local and national leftist msm's 'War on the Police,' which by the way, way initiated by Obama's anti-cop Department of Justice, and local politicians pandering to "the community," has had a chilling effect on proactive police work.

    The "Ferguson Effort" is real. Crime is up. Don't believe The media lies. They act as Emmanuel's personal stenographers as does CPD Superintendent " Special Ed."

    What's truly necessary is a Star Chamber to liquidate/neutralize the recedivist criminal element, and vote weak on crime politicians out of office.

5 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Lost cat !

White with black face. 3 year old Himalayan. Shaved body. Furry paws.

Last seen Thursday Nov 16.

Lives on the 5100 W Berenice

6 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Found Cat Tabby with white chest and paws male

Grace and Narragansett Ave. Very affectionate. Checking tomorrow if microchipped. Posting on Lost Cats Illinois - Facebook as well. Very nice boy - was very hungry. I bathed his chest and paws so his picture might not be a very good representation. In my home tonight and my own cats are in the basement. Let me know if you or someone you know is missing this guy.

  • SussetteH Chicago Resident for 27 Years

    Bluebelle
    Here is the copied text from Next Door post. There are some pics but can't seem to attach to this comment. I looked at the face marking and I could swear it is the same cat. Please call the number to verify. Thank you.
    "
    Michelle Martin, Southeast Portage Park
    Lost Tabby Cat

    My beautiful KittyBoy ran out last night and hasn't returned. Please contact if found. 773-612-7398. He has 4 white paws and white belly. He is about 11 pds, beautiful stripes.
    "

  • Mute Mute Me

    Fingers crossed its that cat!

28 hours ago

Leadership by Example

We need more of this kind of help in the ward...

FROM:http://wgntv.com/2017/11/15/chicago-police-officer-recruits-volunteers-to-help-veteran-renovate-his-newsstand/
CHICAGO -- For the past seven years, Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up stand at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragutt. Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido connected with Anthony about a year ago and decided to give Anthony a better place to sell his newspapers.

Garrido posted a Facebook Live video asking for help. Volunteers stepped up, and they spent...

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We need more of this kind of help in the ward...

FROM:http://wgntv.com/2017/11/15/chicago-police-officer-recruits-volunteers-to-help-veteran-renovate-his-newsstand/
CHICAGO -- For the past seven years, Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up stand at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragutt. Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido connected with Anthony about a year ago and decided to give Anthony a better place to sell his newspapers.

Garrido posted a Facebook Live video asking for help. Volunteers stepped up, and they spent the last few weeks transforming this stand.

All of this was done with the help of local sponsors like Tony Marino of Marino Jeep. They took Johnson to the local Dick's Sporting Goods and bought Johnson all new winter attire to help him stay warm.

Johnson makes about $120 a week from his newsstand, and most of the time, he's just trying to by. He says he sleeps outdoors more often than indoors. So, John set up a GoFundMe account to help with Anthony's living expenses.

"While this is not a long term fix, our hope is this will give Anthony a chance to get a leg up to take care of himself down the road. We will also look into other resources that may be available to him as a vet," the GoFundMe page says.

Today, the newsstand looks brand new, and artist Peter Bucks is painting two murals on the stand.

The new and improved newsstand will be unveiled Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.
(See story link to vide video)

    Chicago police officer, volunteers help veteran renovate his newsstand
    CHICAGO -- For the past seven years, Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up stand at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragutt. Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido connected with Anthony about a year ago and decided to give Anthony a better place to sell his newspapers.
    http://wgntv.com

Jul 30 2014

Updated 40 hours ago

Splendid Soap Shop

I just found a wonderful little shop at Irving Park Rd and Mead (across from The Portage Theatre) called Distinct Bath and Body.
They sell handmade soap (made on site), bath salts, scrubs, face masks, shaving soaps, loofahs, etc.
Everything smells wonderful and the owner is friendly and attentive.
If you love artisinal bath products, you gotta check it out!

  • Forgot to mention axe throwing, Culver's and Binny's too. haha

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

    Was kind of irritated to feel tricked into "liking" a three+ year-old thread that someone bumped. Then read all the friendly, informative comments (ax throwing aside) and am glad I did! Hope the shop prospers in its new location.

Nov 06

Updated 47 hours ago

FOUND SIAMESE

On Saturday night, we found a Siamese cat around keystone and montrose. He is a young un-neutered male. Very sweet, and not chipped. Please note, this is not the missing cat named Jon Snow.

Jul 14

Updated 4 days ago

New Mexican Restaurant

Hey Everyone,

Noticed a sign a few doors down from the Binny's (in the old Pineda's Taco spot) that a Mexican restaurant is opening soon.

This little shopping center is really shaping up to be a great place. Looking forward to it.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Good to know, thanks.

  • I saw a food truck parked on that strip. It was from Taco Grill and Salsa Bar. We tried it and enjoyed it. They have a salsa bar on board the food truck, yummy.
    www.TacoGrillAurora.com is their website for anyone interested in checking out. They do cater, it said so on their truck.

Nov 15

Updated 5 days ago

Home Damage from Peoples Gas/NPL Line Work on Cornelia by Chopin Park?

Hi neighbors. If you live on Cornelia west of Long where the Peoples Gas/NPL line work has been taking place over the past few weeks, be sure to carefully inspect your home's foundation, walls and ceilings.

In our home, the ceilings closest to the street where the work has been taking place are showing a substantial amount cracking since they started work in late October.

For those who aren't home during working hours, the work currently taking place requires a...

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Hi neighbors. If you live on Cornelia west of Long where the Peoples Gas/NPL line work has been taking place over the past few weeks, be sure to carefully inspect your home's foundation, walls and ceilings.

In our home, the ceilings closest to the street where the work has been taking place are showing a substantial amount cracking since they started work in late October.

For those who aren't home during working hours, the work currently taking place requires a substantial amount of pounding that actually "shakes" your home from the bottom up.

I have contacted the Alderman's office as well as People's Gas directly about this, but wanted to spread the word to those who might be similarly affected and not even know it.

  • Absolutely. It stinks, but they do it and get away with it. Chances for damage increase in colder weather. "Before" photos would be your best proof-basis for claims of damage.

    As new gas lines came in a few years back, I watched heavy equipment get driven over yards and sidewalks,...

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    Absolutely. It stinks, but they do it and get away with it. Chances for damage increase in colder weather. "Before" photos would be your best proof-basis for claims of damage.

    As new gas lines came in a few years back, I watched heavy equipment get driven over yards and sidewalks, damaging both. I pressed for replacement and they sent some jerkw@d who showed me lo-res photo captures he said came from video taken prior to the work. The images seemed to depict the new damage as pre-existing, with blurs or debris obscuring all detail, like they'd been messed with in Photoshop. I wasn't buyin it and said the coloring in the images looked weird, like before and after frames were put into one, the guy gave-up and marked the damaged sections for replacement.

  • It's always pre existing. They will come back with Google photos from 8 years ago that we had a tree and thats what caused uneven side walks not the heavy equipment driving on sidewalk and digging on sidewalk, They will also take all your good dirt and will replace with...

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    It's always pre existing. They will come back with Google photos from 8 years ago that we had a tree and thats what caused uneven side walks not the heavy equipment driving on sidewalk and digging on sidewalk, They will also take all your good dirt and will replace with sand or ground stone, When they finally return to replace lawn, they will take out 2 inches of sand/stone and replace wtth 2 inches of weed infested dirt and give instructions for watering, when sod starts turning brown, its your fault for not watering, can't grow sod on stone/sand. Take lots of photos before the start and during
    if you can, probably still won't help. They fired the sub contractor who did our area because of damage and so many complaints but never fixed the damage.

Nov 11

Updated 6 days ago

XSport on Irving Park - Lock your doors!

Hey neighbors! My husband returned to his car after a workout to find a young man rummaging through the trunk of our car. The young man then got into an awaiting car and they drove off slowly. Yes, my husband called the police but he hasn't heard anything regarding filing a report, go figure.

  • My son has had 2 thefts at different XSport locations from the lockers... I think they are running their own theft ring myself... they don't give a rat about doing anything about it either... one was Lakeview and the other was either Portage or Norridge... I mean you have cameras, why are you not catching the scumbags doing this? Pathetic!

  • Jennifer...Cameras in locker rooms is a no no

Nov 10

Updated Nov 14

Can I borrow a Large cat crate?

I recently rescued a stray cat from my backyard but need to train her to use litter box. I was hoping someone had a large cage that could fit a litter box and bed that I can perhaps borrow?

  • Try laser-pointing a twisting trail to treats for happy and nimble cats. :-)

    KristinaS. That would work fine. Did you already ask Portage Pk Animal Hosp if they're okay with that idea? What pet's name should we put on the bag?

  • KristinaS New to the area

    Hi NW-Sider! I have not had a chance to call them yet, super busy with work, not even sure when we can get over there. I hope to get back to you within a few days :) Thanks so much for all your help :) It is really appreciated!

Oct 28

Updated Nov 14

    Man critically wounded in Portage Park shooting
    A man was shot and critically wounded early Saturday in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. At 3:47 a.m., the 20-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, back, arm and buttocks in the 5800 block of West Waveland, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Fisch Web Developer / Musician

    Gonzo, that PDF you shared shows the 5800 block of Waveland still in Portage Park as well. ;)

  • My bad, I was thinking of wellington.

Nov 14

Di's Den at 5100 W. Irving Park is a register...

Di's Den at 5100 W. Irving Park is a registered 2017 Toys for Tots collection site. Please bring donations in any time.

    https://www.facebook.com

Nov 14

St Pat's Vendor and Crafts Fair

This Saturday the 18th St Pats HS at Austin and Belmont will be hosting it's annual Vendor Fair. There are some great and unique Gift items on sale, from Jewelry and Watches to Wines and Handmade Crafts.

Nov 14

New Sidewalks at Chopin.

Wow the city actually used their brains this time, they were replacing some gas/sewer/water lines not sure exactly what it was under the road and at the same time tore up and redid the pretty bad sidewalks around the park.

Oct 25

Updated Nov 13

We don't need this.

Take this away. It is in front of Vitamin Shoppe.

  • Inactive user: my first big laugh of the day! However, it makes me sad that people have to resort to that sort of thing to make a point. Apparently a world full of garbage doesn't bother some people. If they're driving, it's even easier. They drop it in someone else's neighborhood and don't have to look at it. Then it looks like WE are the ones who don't care.

  • Mute Mute Me

    Kinda like the death penalty doesnt deter murder? Well it keeps me from killing people. Some people need a taste of their own medicine. Its been proven lots of people dont learn a lesson until it personally affects them.

Nov 13

Nov 09

Updated Nov 12

Electrician

Hi, can anyone recommend a reliable plumber who can provide references? I need to have an outdoor outlet installed, and would be grateful for recommendations. Thank you!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Hiring a plumber is not good, I made that mistake myself. Everytime I turned on the lights water came out the light fixtures.

  • You can call Rick from G. Electrical at 312-720-7474. Local electrician in Portage Park area.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 11

Do you want to provide an outdoor kitty with a heated home during winter?

I bought this one on Amazon and we love it, the kitty loves it too. It was only about $45. There are so many feral cats in our area and they keep the rat population to a minimum for us so the least we can do is provide homes for some of them. If you have a covered outdoor area with an outlet you can plug this in, takes very minimal power to run. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZJOH06/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 here is a picture of the kitty in my backyard enjoying her house.

  • Laurie53 Parkside Neighbor

    Kristina S and others who help...... thanks so much for taking care of the outdoor/ feral cats. Our recently trapped rescued kitten is going off to her new home today. We have other cats and can’t keep her. It’s a lot of work but well worth it.🐱

  • KristinaS New to the area

    You are awesome Laurie53!!!

Nov 11

Apr 19 2014

Updated Nov 08

Homeless Man On Six Corners

I haven't seen the homeless man that sits in the bus enclosure on Irving park near cicero for about 2 weeks now. He is the man that never begs and has been out there a few years now. Does anyone know what happen to him?

  • Kapel2 Neighborhood Resident

    Thank you Lindsey for being so instrumental in helping Joe and so many other local homeless folks re-integrate into a more normal life. You are truly a blessing to the community! As time allows I will send you and/or Gayle a note as to how my wife and I came to know about Joe and we will be sending another card for him and making a donation to HTH ministries.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Hi Lindsey P L, I am getting ready to send a donation to HTH Ministries and was wondering if Joe is still in the nursing home and basically how he's doing. I will be sending a card for him with the donation if you guys still have contact with him.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 07

Central and Waveland

There was a question asked in another thread about what the status is at the empty lot at Central and Waveland. There was a meeting at Chicago academy in the spring about a Alzheimer’s memory development to be built. Is this one going to stay vacant as long as the Belmont and Narragansett site?

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    I'm surprised they haven't found any dead body in there yet. It's gonna turn into a dumping ground soon

  • This is another project just like the one at Belmont and Narragansett that just sits. It’s a shame there is no transparency with Villegas. Locking back it’s a good thing many residents got involved in stopping Villegas from pushing thru that section-8 housing development. Everyone should be Leary of what is going on with these 2 areas.

Oct 27

Updated Nov 07

White and Gray Kitten

I live on 6100 block of West Byron. I was seeing a little gray/white kitty for a few weeks and wanted to try and rescue him if I could but haven't seem him now for over a week. I'm guessing he was born in the spring so he's still small but not tiny anymore. Just wondering if anyone on Berenice or Dakin or Grace have seen him? He was then also seen on 6300 block of West Warwick just this...

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I live on 6100 block of West Byron. I was seeing a little gray/white kitty for a few weeks and wanted to try and rescue him if I could but haven't seem him now for over a week. I'm guessing he was born in the spring so he's still small but not tiny anymore. Just wondering if anyone on Berenice or Dakin or Grace have seen him? He was then also seen on 6300 block of West Warwick just this past Wednesday. They tried to coax him inside but the kitty ran away. It was also noticed at that time he had an eye injury so now I'm desperately wanting to find out where he might be so I can get help from cat rescue to try and trap him and get him off the streets soon!! Please, if anyone has seen him, please let me know. He looked similar to the cat in this photo but smaller and not sure of gray markings, he had more white hair I believe but I could never get close enough to know for sure. Thank you!

  • If it's a kitten you have a good chance to get it socialized. Can you get a trap from PAWS or animal cruelty? Thank you for trying to help Fabiola.Get in touch with Chicagoland Cat Rescue Discussion Group, maybe they can help.

  • Many, many blessings to all of you helping the animals!

Nov 03

Updated Nov 06

Auto Body Repair Recommendations

Our 2003 Toyota Corolla has finally started to show signs of rust on the body. Can anyone please recommend a local body shop that does minor repairs?

In the past EveryBlock helped me to find an auto repair shop that is the best! Hoping that lightning might strike twice.

  • the poster is referring to a rust repair.
    to give deeper insight on cost, those that had work done at any of the places listed

    was it a rust repair?
    what was the damage to your car?
    what was the total cost for the repair?

  • Thank you Inactive user. Yes, it's for a natural rust issue, not general auto repair.

Nov 06

    Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation
    Please Share: Female found at Irving and Menard. No tags, no chip. Please have owner contact the 16th District at 312-742-4480. Owner must show proof of ownership.
    https://m.facebook.com

Nov 06

    5 New Bars and Eateries Redefining Chicago's Northwest Side | Neighborhoods.com
    Chicago's Northwest side has some great new bars and restaurants that are redfining their neighborhoods. visit Neighborhoods.com to see some of Chicago's newest bars and eateries.
    https://www.neighborhoods.com

Nov 04

Updated Nov 05

Gunshots by Chopin Park

I know this has already been posted about but I imagined I’d post as well since I have a bit more details. Today at 4 am I heard two gunshots followed by about a ten second break along with another two gunshots. I live couple houses from Chopin Park and curious if anyone else heard it or heard somewhere where it happened. I’ve lived here for 17 years and can’t remember a time I directly heard gunshots in our area

  • Nope. Do you know where I can find who it is?

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

    Try calling the police district. You can also get a schedule of CAPS meetings.

Oct 12

Updated Nov 05

Anybody have a great pediatrician and OBGYN (and hospital) they would recommend?

I'm looking for a great OBGYN and a good hospital to have my baby at. (I've looked at the hospital reviews and because of them I'm kind of wanting to have my baby in another state at this point.) Please help! I also haven't been able to find a pediatrician or OB with great reviews who is nearby. I'd prefer someone close but am willing to go downtown too. Thank you so much for recommendations! I really appreciate it 😊

  • For an OB/GYN, hands down, I recommend Dr. Micah Garb at Northwestern-Lake Forest. We just delivered our first at Lake Forest in March. I know it is a bit of a drive, ( but if you were looking at going as far as out of state, I imagine you don't...

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    For an OB/GYN, hands down, I recommend Dr. Micah Garb at Northwestern-Lake Forest. We just delivered our first at Lake Forest in March. I know it is a bit of a drive, ( but if you were looking at going as far as out of state, I imagine you don't mind a bit of a commute.) Long story short, I began seeing Dr. Garb when he was at a private practice in Streetorville. He's fantastic enough that I followed him to the burbs. When choosing a hospital to deliver it, we primarily looked at Swedish, Prentice, and Lake Forest. I, too, was unimpressed with Swedish. Our delivery experience at Lake Forest was hands-down the best it could have been. The staff was amazing, and we felt like we were the only patients there. I was also a high risk pregnancy, and never once doubted any care or advice we received.

    As far as a pediatrician, we're going to a Northwestern affiliated office at North & Clyborn. We've seen all but one of the Drs. there, and it's been kinda 'meh'. Definitely haven't clicked with any of the Doctors or been impressed, but not bad enough that I'd say to steer clear. PM me if you have any questions, best of luck, and congratulations!!!

  • Illinois Masonic was fantastic. The level of personal attention and care was incredible, and they don't rush you out of there, unlike Prentiss, which we were warned is baby factory. Their ObGyn faculty group has a lot of great doctors. Dr Melissa Dennis, Dr Popper.

    We also highly recommend our pediatrician--Dr Nava Segall. She's with Lurie Children's but sees infants at Illinois Masonic as well.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 04

  • Laramie and what street?

  • I live couple houses from Chopin Park so Newport and Long for me and I sure heard it! Two gunshots then like a ten second break followed by another two gunshots

Nov 02

Updated Nov 03

3 Paint gun pellets shot through window and porch on Nov 2nd at 8pm.

3 Paint gun pellets shot through window and porch on Nov 2nd at 8pm. Vandals car may be newer Dodge Magnum white with sunroof. I have it on surveillance cameras.

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    was this yesterday or Wednesday or both? I saw a similar post on another neighborhood blog pertaining to long and grace. I live near there and didn't see damage and/or paint on any homes. long is such a thoroughfare between central and laramie, these dip wads could be hard to stop given the volume of traffic and lack of police presence. if they'll be doing this garbage in this area, I'm certain I'll be hit, too as I am a very open target.

Oct 29

Updated Nov 03

    Man shot in Portage Park
    A man was shot Saturday night in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Officers responded about 11:10 p.m. to a call of a person shot in the 3500 block of North Lavergne and found the 25-year-old man had already been taken from the scene by paramedics and was en route to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Jan

    my understanding is the case is not closed but there wasn't enough evidence to charge the 37 year old man. here's what i think - if you have a handgun you got it with the intent to use it. of course we don't know who the gun belonged to.

  • I don’t believe the car jacking story.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 01

How to search for Police Reports?

Does anyone know how to find the police report for the shooting Sat at 11:10pm on the 3500 block of N Lavergne? I've spoken to many neighbors and none of us heard or saw anything.

Oct 30

Updated Oct 31

Fischmans Opening Date Set 11/11

Bottle shop opening first, pub coming a few mos later per Facebook

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  • Anthony Harebrained Portage Park Young Blood

    Binny's is great if you're hosting a birthday party and need a good selection of booze and need to do it cheap. Fischman's is great for when you're trying to find something special for the birthday boy/girl.
    I'll be supporting both.

  • What I like about places like Fischman's is their stock was always fresh. That's 100 percent true. They didn't over-order and you had to get there when the truck delivered the goods to pick up certain beers. And I also loved how they brought in different breweries on the weekends. Fresh taps.

    However, Binny's does have a great selection of beer that you don't find at most local corner liquor stores (not talking about bottle shops). I picked up 18th Street there, for example.

Oct 30

FREE Halloween Zombie Fest at PATIO Theater [Oct 31, 4PM, 8PM]

Haloween Themed Cartoons, Music Videos, Short Movies, 8PM Night of Living Dead, FREE Popcorn for Trick or Treaters, Zombie Photo Station, Zombie Escape Room and Much MORE !!!

Oct 30

BYOB...

Bring Your Own Broom, Bring Your Own Blood, Bring Your Own Ballantine's, Bring Your Own Burgundy, Bring Your Own Budweiser, BRING YOUR OTHER BUDDY to BISTRO 6050 until 9PM for Halloween week [6050 W. Irving Park road, next to the Library ; 312 883 6050, www.bistro6050.com]

Oct 25

Updated Oct 27

    Tableau Public
    https://public.tableau.com

Oct 17

Updated Oct 26

Handyman Needed

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

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    Hi dave how can I pm u. I'm also looking for a handy man in the neighborhood hopefully

  • I just sent you a PM. Let me know if you didn't get it.

Oct 17

Updated Oct 25

BeefBelly restaurant has closed.

The BeefBelly restaurant at Lawrence and Central has closed. The shades are all shut with paper signs saying Tipsy Cow Cantina. Always thought it was odd to open so close to BrgrBelly on Irving.

From their Facebook page...
'We have decided that serving burgers at both Beefbelly & the “original” Brgrbelly within a 1 mile radius does not make a lot of sense and is pretty redundant for our great Northwest Side neighborhood so we have decided to re-concept and...

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The BeefBelly restaurant at Lawrence and Central has closed. The shades are all shut with paper signs saying Tipsy Cow Cantina. Always thought it was odd to open so close to BrgrBelly on Irving.

From their Facebook page...
'We have decided that serving burgers at both Beefbelly & the “original” Brgrbelly within a 1 mile radius does not make a lot of sense and is pretty redundant for our great Northwest Side neighborhood so we have decided to re-concept and re-model Beefbelly into a Fresh & Funky Fiesta!! The "Tipsy Cow Cantina” opens this December and will feature tacos, salads, burritos, nachos, live music, karaoke, an amazing margarita bar…get ready for a whole new fresh and fun environment…

Also, Molly & Myles Ice Cream has closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you this coming Spring.'

  • I'm excited for the new concept. Yes, we have other Mexican joints in the area, but to me the ones I frequent all serve different purposes. Pueblo Nuevo is awesome btw. Cochinita is more upscale, also the bomb.

    I like Brgrbelly's vast beer selection so I hope that carries over...

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    I'm excited for the new concept. Yes, we have other Mexican joints in the area, but to me the ones I frequent all serve different purposes. Pueblo Nuevo is awesome btw. Cochinita is more upscale, also the bomb.

    I like Brgrbelly's vast beer selection so I hope that carries over to the new place. And if I may make a suggestion ... "skinny" margaritas would be great. Like hundreds fewer calories and I've been trying to watch it all summer. haha

    Brgrbelly is down the street from me so I've only been to Beefbelly a handful of times, and funnily enough, it was always for the chicken sandwiches. I never got around to trying the beef sandwiches, which is sad because I'm not a fan of traditional soggy beef sandwiches so I bet I would have really enjoyed Beefbelly's offerings.

    I fully understand why the owner was disheartened to read all the negativity here. Neighbors beg for businesses and when someone puts their livelihood on the line to open one, it's a sea of complaints.

    It'll always be this way due to the anonymity of the internet. People complained about a Starbucks potentially opening. They said we needed more local offerings. Then something local opens and they complain it isn't Ethiopian food.

    The more cool, fun places to hang out at, the better the neighborhood is for it. I welcome anyone taking the chance and opening a business. People complained the same way when Portage Grounds opened. "Oh, we already have Regulus. Why do we need another coffee shop?" But now (at least from the outside looking in), Portage Grounds AND Perkolator are thriving.

    Good luck with the new concept, Tipsy Cow. Sounds like it'll be fun to get out to on a cold, winter day. My best suggestion is to try shaking off harsh negativity here, although I can see why anyone would want to defend themselves. As a small, neighborhood joint, a lot of vocal (and IMO unwarranted) criticism from neioghbords can negatively impact the bottom line.

  • Mmmm, I would love a polish sausage and egg taco.

Oct 12

Updated Oct 24

Found dogs

Sharing again, now 2 dogs found together....let's get them home.

  • @Chi-Girl Portage: "While opinions vary in animal rescue, with a proper socialization plan, kittens born outside have an opportunity to be socialized."

    just out of curiosity do you have any idea what the "window of opportunity" so to speak would be for a kitten to be socialized?
    for example, i have a now 1 year old cat/kitten who spent 100% of her first ~10 weeks of life outdoors, and has spent 100% of her life since then indoors and i've never noticed any kind of problems whatsoever.

  • @BelmontCentral, I don't. Tree House says it's ideal to begin socializing before 8 weeks, but there are many kittens who are older than that who can still be socialized. I think that the older they get, the tougher it becomes. I have heard of people bringing them in at four months old and still being able to socialize them, but it took a long time.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 22

Electrician Recommendations For Installing Cable Wires in Walls?

Hey Everyone,

I am buying a condo that has cable wired for the living room and the master bedroom. However, I want to move the cable hookup to the opposite wall in the living room and add a hookup to the spare bedroom.

Any suggestions/recommendations for electricians in the area who can do this type of work? I know Comcast would run the wires, but they won't run them through walls so that is out.

Also, anyone have experiences with this and roughly how much it cost? All answers appreciated.

Thanks!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Make sure you pull permits many contractors don't or cant because they aren't licensed electricians.You can't be quoted a price unless they evaluate the job.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    A installer I talked to said wireless is a good option, landlords can eliminate the swiss cheese look with many holes drilled for cables and to pay the high labor cost for a electrcian unnecessary.

Oct 15

Updated Oct 20

Flooded basement

I have about 12 inches of water in my basement from the recent storm that needs to be pumped out. Can anyone recommend someone honest and reliable?

  • @DebbieM, glad to hear the basement will be cleaned up correctly. It's something we take for granted sometimes, a dry basement over the lifetime of home ownership.

  • AS50, yes, I always thought a pool would be nice but not this way.

Oct 19

Updated Oct 20

Internet Service Providers???

We are moving to Portage Park soon and we are looking for recommendations on internet providers. We are hoping to avoid the big companies like Comcast and AT&T. Thanks!!

  • Lisahew Business owner who live works in neighborhood

    Highly recommend http://www.12global.com/
    Super fast, affordable small new local company that is competing with the big guys. I have used their service for almost 8 months and all has been excellent thus far - no buffering and a human to attend to your issues without recordings, etc. You buy your own router. I hope they blow the big guys out of the water.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 20

Shots Fired

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

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

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

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

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

  • AprilsAngelsPets 12-year dog walking provider

    Segregation? Around 4228 n hermitage? Ravenswood area?

    They already claim there is housing in their neighborhood on some post somewhere around here!

Oct 20

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR REMODEL OF EXISTING BUSINESS UNIT ON FIRST FLOOR OF EXISTING TWO-STORY MIXED USE COMMERCIAL / RESIDENTIAL MASONRY BUILDING. WORK INCLUDES INSTALLATION HAND SINK, DRINKING FOUNTAIN AND BUILD OUT OF RECEPTION AREA.

    5122 W. Irving Park Rd. Issued October 18, 2017 Comment

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