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 17 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!

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.

2 days ago

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.

5 days ago

5 days ago

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 15

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

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.

Nov 14

Nov 14

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 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.

Nov 12

Nov 01

Updated Nov 11

Post Office on Irving Park/Narragansett

I don't suppose I need to go into detail...however, the Post Office on Irving Park and Narragansett is much to be desired...meaning the employees there are terribly rude and I am not just speaking of one person...most that I have come into contact with...as well as the post man....and can anyone tell me why he wears a towel over his head and eyes? He wears this towel winter, spring, summer and fall. At first I thought it was because of...

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I don't suppose I need to go into detail...however, the Post Office on Irving Park and Narragansett is much to be desired...meaning the employees there are terribly rude and I am not just speaking of one person...most that I have come into contact with...as well as the post man....and can anyone tell me why he wears a towel over his head and eyes? He wears this towel winter, spring, summer and fall. At first I thought it was because of allergies as it was in the springtime when I first noticed it...but it is all seasons. Anyway, I digress...I don't believe anyone ought to lose their job, however, maybe the city can transfer these employees around from area to area...it is usually the first 6 months when they are new that they are polite and helpful....after that...forgetaboutit! As I am writing this my stomach is turning because I have a package to send...I think I will go to the one on Fullerton and Sheffield....that way the rudeness and inefficiency won't affect me so much because it isn't in the area that I represent and live in. Have a good day!

  • We have had the same mail carrier for years. He is family to each of us, a genuine friendly caring man. His name is Jetta.

    Too bad the front desk at the post office can't learn a thing or two from him.

  • In my limited experience at this particular post office (3-4 visits tops), I have nothing bad to say about the staff.

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 09

Updated Nov 10

Movers

Hey all! Trying to see if anyone knows of a company that could move a big piano from my mothers house to junk. I’ve posted on Craigslist giving it away for free no responses and this needs to go ASAP but need help getting it out
Thanks!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Call steve ramirez 773 449 -7614

  • Junk militia
    Great father son team.
    His son was in army.
    Call Tim
    ‭+1 (708) 323-7560‬

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 04

Updated Nov 06

water seepage in basement

Did anyone else get water in basement because of the foundation cracks? It's been raining a lot lately.

  • Mark 60634 Foundation crack repair pro

    Smart investments corp
    7735172390

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Tried it before lasted 5 years then had it redone three more times still seepage not a permanent solution need to install drain tile and waterproof barrier and pump ,especially since I will refinish basement.

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 06

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.

Nov 04

Excerpts from "5 New Bars and Eateries Redefining Chicago's Northwest Side" on Neighborhoods.com

For a more casual experience for stopping along your commute, look no further than Bistro 6050 A worldly street food cafe that opened in Portage Park in early 2017, Bistro 6050 is inspired by food cart flavors from around the world. One-third cafe, one-third world market, and one-third snack bar, this new addition to the Irving Austin Business District serves everything from empanadas to bubble tea, as well as cafe staples like espresso drinks. The storefront is modern, open, and...

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For a more casual experience for stopping along your commute, look no further than Bistro 6050 A worldly street food cafe that opened in Portage Park in early 2017, Bistro 6050 is inspired by food cart flavors from around the world. One-third cafe, one-third world market, and one-third snack bar, this new addition to the Irving Austin Business District serves everything from empanadas to bubble tea, as well as cafe staples like espresso drinks. The storefront is modern, open, and bright, advertising their “ CHARCOAL NUTS™ ” in marquee-style lights. Described as a “hidden Northwest Side gem,” Bistro 6050 (6050 W. Irving Park road, right next to the Library, 312 883 6050) brings tastes from around the world to an area that is beginning to experience its own renaissance.
Excerpt from “5 New Bars and Eateries Redefining Chicago’s Northwest Side” by Katrina Wlodarczyk
Read the full article at: https://www.neighborhoods.com/blog/5-new-bars-and-eateries-redefining-chicagos-northwest-side

    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 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

https://www.facebook.com/events/173149489930790??ti=ia

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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.

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