41 min ago

Farewell Everyblock!

For those who are not interested in transitioning to Nextdoor feel free to stop by Chicago's Northwest Side at Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/ChicagoNWside/

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47 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

EB may be leaving, but we're all still here. Let's start an EveryBlock (or whatever) sub-reddit!

hey all. i'm equally bummed about losing everyblock. i've become used to all the great input, feedback and dissenting opinions...even the varied responses to trolls. they enrich my morning. :)

so why give it up? surely some of you know about reddit.com. we can create a sub-reddit just for us. if we ALL hopped over to a new sub-reddit, then we wouldn't have to lose a thing. we could retain our anonymity. all we need are some basic posting rules...

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hey all. i'm equally bummed about losing everyblock. i've become used to all the great input, feedback and dissenting opinions...even the varied responses to trolls. they enrich my morning. :)

so why give it up? surely some of you know about reddit.com. we can create a sub-reddit just for us. if we ALL hopped over to a new sub-reddit, then we wouldn't have to lose a thing. we could retain our anonymity. all we need are some basic posting rules and a few moderators to oversee it. i'm happy to volunteer to get us started but would certainly appreciate some input from the EB regulars.

i haven't thought out the details, because i know we are all from different neighborhoods...but calling it chicago-northsiders or something comes to mind. there are already a couple of NWside sub-reddits, but they are vastly underused. we could at least just start one and see what happens.

your thoughts?

Jun 15

Updated 11 hours ago

Monarch Butterflies need "Common Milkweed"

For anyone interested in helping restore Monarchs by planting milkweed; not all milkweed offers full life-cycle Monarch support (not all gardeners/naturalists know the distinction). All types of milkweed will attract pollinators/butterflies.
But only Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) supports the full Monarch lifecycle; as the necessary food source for caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly that feast on its leaves.

Never saw the visitor to our garden, but we found its caterpillars! (pic)

  • Nessuno Government Blank Check.

    It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you!

  • Handyman Rich Fixing, Building, Taking Things Apart = Enjoyment

    We had two butterflies emerge this morning. One cocoon was over a bowl covered with Saran Wrap. The cocoon juice was pumpkin (Monarch) colored. It was a surprise, and really shouldn’t have been..

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Street repavement question

Anyone know what the deal is with 4800 and 4900 block of Warwick street repavement? They had signs up for no parking the 5th-11th. They broke up the street. When I returned home from a trip yesterday, the 13th, I was expecting a new paved street, however it was just how I left it. The signs are the old signs as well, so wondering why it stopped and when it will be finished.

  • You know how the city works. Look how long it took them to finish Cicero. Hopefully it will be done soon.

  • Agnes Groeper Major of Major

    We have suffered the repaving problem for years to get the 2400 and 2700 blocks of N Mango repaved. Would you believe they did 2500 and 2600 which were cement and skipped 2400 and 2700, Whoever repaved Schubert from Central to Austin should be sued, It was a bad job to start with and is already cracking up, We need more housewives in City government to clean up the mess Any volunteers?

  • Nessuno Government Blank Check.

    Oriole between Belmont and Forest Preserve Dr. is plain concrete and has lasted for years! Of course, they don't wanna build them all that way. There would be no busy work for the over paid city employees.

3 days ago

FREE Microchip Event

Please come out to National Nite out Aug 7th and take advantage of the free microchips for your pets.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Found Dog

Sharing.....let's find his owner!

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    I would've adopted that dog in a heartbeat.

  • Sher Jeff Park resident since 72'

    A HUGE THANKS to 16th for taking the time and initative to take these lost dogs in to safety and try their best to reunite before turning them in. It's awesome to see this has really helped many animals be reunited with their owners.

Jul 11

Updated 6 days ago

Pro gun rally

Did anyone attend the pro gun rally downtown Saturday.

  • Unless you are ignorant of history, you should all care about it.

  • Clearly not significant if only 35 people showed up.

6 days ago

Jul 08

Updated 6 days ago

Motorcycle Running Wild?

Early this Sunday morning from around 3 - 4 am, I heard a motorcycle or motorcycles racing around the streets somewhere around Monitor, Menard and Cullom (4200 N, 5700 W). While I could not see what was making the noise, I could hear it.

Did anyone else in the area notice this too?

Not sure what to do since I could not call the police and give them specifics.

Thanks.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    donor cycles? LOL.
    Perhaps there should be a law, if you get a motorcycle license, you automatically sign up as an organ donor in case of motorcycle accident.

  • My thanks to everyone who made a comment and I appreciate the "thumbs up" notices.

    Our family loves living in Portage Park. And it's still a relatively safe community compared to much of Chicago.

    To help keep it that way, I would encourage all of us to consider:

    1. Calling...

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    My thanks to everyone who made a comment and I appreciate the "thumbs up" notices.

    Our family loves living in Portage Park. And it's still a relatively safe community compared to much of Chicago.

    To help keep it that way, I would encourage all of us to consider:

    1. Calling the police for obvious activities they should address (e.g. people doing drugs in their cars, sitting on residential areas in cars playing loud music at night)

    2. When you see graffiti on your block (e.g. even on back of street signs) call or use an online form to get it cleaned up.

    3. When you have an ongoing issue where calling 911 might not be appropriate (e.g. the bad folks are not around long enough for the police to deal with them or fireworks going off two weeks before or after July 4th) call the District 16 Caps office (312) 742-4521 and ask them how to handle these concerning, yet not alarming matters.

    I've done all three of the above, more time than I would like. However, it does seem to work.

    Thanks.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 11

Recycling

To the person in the condo who loaded up our two recycling cans with their junk (A lot of which was not recyclable): We took all that stuff and placed in our garbage bins that were picked up by the city today.

It was strangely statisfying. Also, we know who you are.

  • Penelope - perhaps you meant to respond to another thread - but using a hand held fan to move the flies away from your milkweedworks quite well. I use a large 'dance prop' fan.

  • JeffyPark Counting the days until the Apocalypse

    We are all so blessed.

Jun 23

Updated Jul 11

THE POINT "The Point"

Does anyone know the general feelings from the community regarding the senior housing project? Were there more neighbors for or against this idea?

  • Daniel D

    "Wait until people realize that the Sears building was full of lead based paint and asbestos when it was built. There's probably going to be a second, bigger hole in Six Corners soon."

    Ooh, good call. This should be interesting.

  • There are great breakfast places in the area! We love Nick's Hi Ho which is a little south of Six Corners. Burgundy is great too on Irving. Also, don't forget Fannie's - she is great because the food changes often. We ate at Fischmans and the food was fantastic - try the avocado bomb and the PBJ with bacon!

Jul 08

Updated Jul 11

DA(M)N RYAN SHUTDOWN 2018

Fr. Michel Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina's Catholic Church on the south side of Chicago pulled off a miracle-of-sorts with a peaceful protest, which shut down the NB lanes of the Dan Ryan for 3 hours today, July 7, 2018, against violence & the marginalization of disenfranchised Chicagoans most affected...

Pfleger gives no quarter to those who deny his parishioners' peaceful demand for attention to this most important issue.

Chicago Police Dept. Chief Eddie Johnson is the hero of the...

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Fr. Michel Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina's Catholic Church on the south side of Chicago pulled off a miracle-of-sorts with a peaceful protest, which shut down the NB lanes of the Dan Ryan for 3 hours today, July 7, 2018, against violence & the marginalization of disenfranchised Chicagoans most affected...

Pfleger gives no quarter to those who deny his parishioners' peaceful demand for attention to this most important issue.

Chicago Police Dept. Chief Eddie Johnson is the hero of the day - He parted the Red Sea of "red tape" of politics & legal BS by asserting his higher jurisdiction over defending "the People" in the march to protect them against harm & to insure the People's message is heard and all are safe. While the State Police may have the duty to protect the highway - he had a higher sworn duty to protect the People themselves.

In the end not one person was arrested. In the end not one person acted in a non-peaceful way. This was all accomplished without a single permit application or issuance.

Videos from WGN-TV, which covered the event, show fist-bumps & hugs abounded between the marchers & Chicago police rank & file members who stood alongside to protect citizens in their right to be civil disobediants...

At least for TODAY, the Chicago Police Department and the People of Chicago were finally on the same side against the war-mongers who try to divide them!

THIS IS NOT THE 1968 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION - HALLELUJAH!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was very "late to the party". His previous comments showed his opposition to this march. Does this show his lack of backbone or political worries as his underlings take the lead on the inevitable?

Illinois state politicians in Springfield (democrats and republicans) continue to be “officially” silent before and in the wake of this peaceful protest march.

Next up... Who’s gonna vote for whom?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-dan-ryan-pfleger-violence-protest-20180706-story.html

  • Father Greg God knows what you did...

    Yes Craig, it was "one sided" (only the Northbound lanes) -Wink!

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    political hoi polli . getting close to election..schools are getting attention, PD is getting officers and suddenly Rahm believes people have a right to protest. As I recall Rahm was the one to push rulings to prevent people from marching and protest downtown because it was some type of health/safety issue. He needs to be removed..time is up ...before we end up with another 20 year Daley that totally sells us out and then jumps ship.

Jul 11

Jul 11

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    UPGRADE EXISTING ELECTRICAL SERVICE ADD A PUBLIC METER AND A PUBLIC PANEL REWIRING BASEMENT, GARAGE AND PORCH TO A PUBLIC PANEL

    5312 W. Pensacola Ave. Issued July 9, 2018 Comment

Jul 09

  • Math Kits

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $356.81:
    My students need materials to build math kits to help them master new math skills.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Jul 08

Jul 07

Lost cat?

I came home a few minutes ago and saw a calico cat on the parkway. I ran inside to get some food and water and she was gone when I got back. If anyone's looking for a pretty little calico, I saw her in the 5700 block of West Patterson.

Jun 11

Updated Jul 07

Found dog near Portage Park

Sharing from fb post, contact finder in original post.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    I'm guessing no microchip, huh?

    Hopefully, his next forever home guardian will be more conscientious.

  • Microchipping : It is the size of a rice kernel. It is injected under the skin. If you go to the reduced cost clinics the city and wards sponsor it is usually a promotion that is free. Free? Yes. Even the minimal cost of 15.00 is so worth it if...

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    Microchipping : It is the size of a rice kernel. It is injected under the skin. If you go to the reduced cost clinics the city and wards sponsor it is usually a promotion that is free. Free? Yes. Even the minimal cost of 15.00 is so worth it if there is not a promotion.. I don't understand why a guardian would not do this for the sake of your animal. More info is available on line about this procedure. Two seconds to do this is worth the life time bonds of your pet.
    Spay and neuter your pet it does help in wandering.

Jul 07

Jun 30

Updated Jul 06

Streets and Sanitation

I was wondering if anyone knows of how dispose of an old love seat with Streets and Sanitation in the 60630 district? Thanks!

  • Lisa New Portage Park Neighbor

    Thank you everyone for your advise :) I had called 311 and they gave me the number to my alderman's office for a pick up request but no one answered. I did read that a call is preferred but you may leave items out by your garbage on pick up day and they will dispose of it. My love seat was picked up today by Streets and Sanitation :) I appreciate their services!

  • I had some really old, half-dead bushes in front of my house cut down and the debris was left on the parkway. I went to the alderman's office (Ald. Villagas) to ask if the city would pick it up, as hauling it out to the alley would have been a monumental task for me. I received a call from the ward superintendent shortly thereafter, and a week later the debris was picked up. I thought I should post something positive for a change!

Jul 06

Portage Park Running Club?

Hi Everyone - I know that this has been posted/attempted in the past few years but I'd like to take a shot at starting some sort of running club at Portage Park. I see lots of runners out there by themselves - why not start a club and make some friends in the process?

I'm envisioning something that welcomes and accommodates runners of all fitness levels. I don't want to set a course and make everyone stick to a certain...

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Hi Everyone - I know that this has been posted/attempted in the past few years but I'd like to take a shot at starting some sort of running club at Portage Park. I see lots of runners out there by themselves - why not start a club and make some friends in the process?

I'm envisioning something that welcomes and accommodates runners of all fitness levels. I don't want to set a course and make everyone stick to a certain pace. That can be intimadating for slower runners and infuriating for faster runners. Since most people tend to run laps around the perimeter of Portage Park (1 lap of the outer perimeter = 1 mile), I'd like to do something where we all meet up beforehand, determine how long we'd like to go for, and then run as many laps as we can during that time and just fall in with groups of runners who are going at a similar pace. Perhaps we can even find a nearby place where we can have a post-run beer.

Is anyone interested? If so, I'll get this going.

Jun 06

Updated Jul 06

Firefighter kneels before football game

Has anyone seen a public statement from Ald. Sposato or Napolitano about this? I know I saw a picture of them at the game.

What do people think of this?

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/black-firefighter-takes-knee-at-charity-football-game-cpd-cfd-garry-mccarthy-anger/

    Black firefighter takes heat after taking knee at police-fire football game
    A political and emotional brush fire is smoldering within a grieving Chicago Fire Department over a national anthem protest that marred a charity football game dedicated to the memory of two fallen Chicago heroes.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • You're talking about it. His protest worked. Like Paul said, you have the right to ignore it.

  • Where did Pau say that? You consider his protest having worked if people who are it were supportive, but how do you consider condemnation of his protest as working?

Jul 04

Oct 03

Updated Jul 03

Cook County Towing/Avondale Collision - Open Meeting at City Hall

Neighbors - we've all complained now we must insist the City follow through! Please attend an open meeting at City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, room 805 on Thurs, Oct 5, 10 AM.

The purpose of this meeting is to address the numerous complaints of reckless driving, aggressive behavior, noise at all hours of the day and night, misuse of the lot at Keeler & Milwaukee in accordance with zoning, and overall "junkyard" state of the property occupied by these businesses.

Please attend. Please bring your neighbors. Please call the alderman's office, and more importantly 911 when you see issues happening in real time.

We deserve respectful neighbors in our community and these businesses are infringing on our safety.

  • To address the concerns and take steps towards being better neighbors, AC was advised that they needed to operate inside the scope of their business license. Their working hours should not go past 6 p.m. They should provide their contract with CCT for review. They are only permitted 15 (possibly...

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    To address the concerns and take steps towards being better neighbors, AC was advised that they needed to operate inside the scope of their business license. Their working hours should not go past 6 p.m. They should provide their contract with CCT for review. They are only permitted 15 (possibly 16) spaces on their Milwaukee-facing lot. They should not load out or receive any cars on the Keeler side. Drops on the Milwaukee side must be on the property (street drops not allowed). Signage was required (and subsequently displayed) pertaining to driving cautiously and being quiet. Vendors are to use the Milwaukee-side entrance only to conduct business.

    Per the owner of Avondale Collision, they used to but do not currently have a contract with Cook County Towing.

    I call all this non-progress because the last meeting with Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection it was deemed that AC provided all documentation and signage to maintain their business and continue to operate at Milwaukee and Keeler, and since then we've seen the number of cars in the lot continue to grow again, CCT continue to drop off cars after 6pm + AC being open beyond 6pm. The only "win" I've witnessed is that the CCT are less likely to idle next to my home, but, from the comments here and recent comments on Facebook, it sounds like they have just found new spots to and neighbors to disturb. Please keep calling 911 to report reckless driving, please keep telling the Aldermans this is unacceptable behavior from a neighbor.

  • No contract with CCT...what a joke, I’m going to snap a photo every chance I see a cct truck dropping a car off

Jun 27

Updated Jul 02

Local internet providers?

AT&T has raised my rates for the last time. I cut cable due to annual rate increases that went above my budget, but, the internet is a different beast...wife needs it for work. If my research is correct, it's only AT&T (stand alone internet) or XFinity (bundled only) for our area. RCN is not available (where are they available?). Where are the choices? Borderline monopoly? At about a 20% increase year-over-year, this is simply unsustainable. I guess I can cut one meal a day and shower and flush less, but, would rather not. Are there other internet options for PP area or is it just these two? Thnx.

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Being priced out of something is hardly a generational issue. However, running a tight and responsible budget may lean toward as something more of my own X'er generation.

  • Ha! Yes, Mr. Maucy, I know what a hard wired phone is. In fact, I used to have a lineman's headset, tracer, and the punchdown tool to put phone lines into a punchdown block. That doesn't mean that "today" we don't need other things to keep up with technology. If you are older, maybe you don't need internet. However, the vast majority of the world needs even basic internet just to live a normal life. It may be a sad state of affairs, but it is what it is :)

Jul 01

Found Dog

I am not the finder, sharing from FB post. Let's help to get him home!

Jun 30

Jun 27

Updated Jun 28

Deck Staining Help Needed

We have a lot of Fenceing/Decks that need to be stained this summer. Does anyone have a recommendation of someone that does this kind of work? Recovering from back surgery so I can't do it myself. Thank you!

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