45 hours ago

Updated 22 min ago

Obama-Land Fiasco Worsens - Chicago Taxpayers Now Face $224 Million Bill

Obama-Land Fiasco Worsens - Chicago Taxpayers Now Face $224 Million Bill
Authored by Mark Glennon via Wirepoints.com, The taxpayer bill for the Obama Center to be built on Chicago's Southside now appears to be $224 million, not $172 million as initially reported, and it's certainly not privately funded as initially promised.
https://www.zerohedge.com

  • NW-Sider..If that $224 is to be believed; that's almost a 33% increase , and nothing has been built yet

  • Where are "Friends of the Parks" on this? They usually oppose (rightfully) taking one square inch of parkland.

52 min ago

Illegal handyman flyers posted on my garage which has two “No Soliciting” signs posted

So, after months of having my two “No Soliciting” ignored and illegal handymen flyers taped to my garage I’ve decided to get some satisfaction.

I called Jose yesterday and gave him an imaginary address about half way down the block from me. He stopped by half an hour later in the alley to look at the garage that “needed a lot of work”. Soon after getting there he started texting & calling me for me to come out. After about 20 minuets he drove away. I then texted him and told him why I just wasted 30 mins of his time. He replied in a viulgar laced text.

It made my day, no it made my week!

27 hours ago

Updated 58 min ago

Man shot while riding bike on Irving Park and Mango

Anyone knows more details about this incident?

  • It's so nice to see that the mayor is diversifying crime areas.

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    "Earlier, a 33-year-old man was shot in the arm by someone on foot while he was riding a bicycle around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of North Mango Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said." nothing more than this quote

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/25/committee-honors-man-for-his-bravery-hears-report-on-gunsh

Wow! Gang activity in both Dickinson and Jefferson Parks.

Gang-related drive-by shooting at 2:45 in the afternoon in front of the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.

Reelect John Arena for 45th Ward alderman 😱😩🤕😲

31 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

10-story building planned for former site of ornate bank at Six Corners

Alderman Arena will hold a community meeting on former bank site at Six Corners at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at the Filament Theater, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave. The planned 10-story building has been in the works for at least a year and most of the 265 units would be for assisted living, including memory care. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/06/17/photo-gives-a-glimpse-into-the-history-of-the-parcel-targeted-for-senior-living-at-six-corners/

    Photo gives a glimpse into the history of the parcel targeted for senior living at Six Corners - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A recently released photograph from the Northwest Chicago Historical Society shows the ornate bank which once stood at Six Corners and where a 10-story assisted and independent senior living complex is now planned.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Resident Live in the 45th

    I am a little confused. Are the plans for a retail space no longer moving forward and this housing plan is taking its place, or are both plans moving forward and will be done in conjunction?

  • Resident, it looks like it'll be 10 stories, 9 of which will be senior housing, and the ground floor will be Aldi (so they say) and maybe a few other retail tenants. Knowing how well they've filled the other retail space in the area (it's desolate at 6 corners), I doubt there'll be anything more than an Aldi's there.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days 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)

  • Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood...

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    Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood wanted to "help scientists" and we decimated the population of fireflies in the area. After those years you'd see maybe 10 or 20 fireflies at dusk. I suspect it was pretty much the same all through the region.

    Anyway, last summer I went outside right at dusk and the yard was blinking with literally thousands of fireflies. So beautiful. Made my heart glad.

    I never saw flocks of monarchs, but as a kid saw many, and the caterpillars too, and many other kinds of butterflies that I don't see anymore. Now I might see one or two monarchs a season, and hardly any other kind of butterfly except those little white ones. Makes me sad.

    Don't know a thing about the junebug... :-)

  • In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern...

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    In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern Swallowtail butterflies -- the Fennel family (finocchio is cool.
    [*keep fennel segregated; it spreads]), dill, parsley, and rue.

    Karner blue info:
    https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/insects/kbb/lupine.html
    Swallowtail info:
    https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2014/07/01/how-to-raise-eastern-swallowtail-butterflies-at-home/

    Be patient watching for lightning bugs this year. Remember we had a long, cold Spring, even the plants are a few weeks off their regular schedule!

Jun 11

Updated 4 days ago

Found dog near Portage Park

Sharing from fb post, contact finder in original post.

Jun 06

Updated 5 days ago

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
  • No, the NFL doesn't. They have banned personnel from kneeling if they are on the field for the national anthem. Which itself is a joke since the NFL takes money for those "patriotic" displays. Can't people find something else to get their panties in a bunch over? Who cares if someone kneels or doesn't kneel for the flag?

  • Chris, patriots care, freedom loving citizens care, widowed spouse of military veterans care. The point is that NFL management are hypocrites, and this display of disrespect is irreverent, unnecessary, unacceptable, and intolerable to many.

5 days ago

Register for the Dunning Community Wide Garage Sale!

Be sure to sign up to have your garage sale listed on a community map for the:

Dunning Community Garage Sale - West of Harlem
July 14th and 15th

&

Dunning Community Garage Sale - East of Harlem
July 21st and 22nd

Email subject “Dunning Community Garage Sale” to jaquaglia@yahoo.com w/ your name, address, and phone number to register.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 13

Looking for a handy man

I need a bunch of small repairs done on my house that no contractor is interested in.

The small back porch needs to be replaced and my garage door opener is messed up.

Anyone in the neighborhood do small jobs for people? I'm close to Irving Park and Laramie.

  • Brad-Sure, please send me your info to pass along. Check my profile for email

  • OD

    Brad,

    I should be able take care of some of those things for you. My name is Oliver and my cell is 312.218.6197

Jun 09

Updated Jun 11

Suspected gang member shot early Friday in the 16th District

A suspected gang member was shot in his right bicep at 2 a.m. Friday, June 8, while he was walking in the 5000 block of West Newport Avenue, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The man reported that 4 gunshots were fired from a passing vehicle, which was described as an older model, dark-colored Ford Taurus, according to police.
He also told officers that he ran when the shots started and that he was a block away when he noticed his wound, police said.

  • Heard on Ch2 news that nearly 20 shooting injuries over this past wknd involved gang-related 'victims' who are NOT cooperating with police investigations.
    Great people to have around, surely (sarc).
    Kinda have to agree w/CHB in spirit.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Last night in the vicinity of Irving Park and St. Louis another choirboy way shot through the forearm.

    He was obviously a gang banger, because when the dispatcher asked his condition the copper said, " he will live to be shot at again." Gallows humor at its best.

Jun 11

Jun 08

Updated Jun 09

Wouldn't this be great for the Point site until something gets developed.

Instead of leaving a vacant parcel of land which they demolished buildings on to make way for the Equinox Hotel, Midwest Related set up a pop up market with shipping containers until they are able to start construction. This is what responsible developers do. HINT HINT Clark Street. Granted Clark Street would have to fill in that hole!

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/6/7/17427132/west-loop-pop-up-box-shops-equinox-related

    Pop-up container market comes to West Loop's Restaurant Row
    Before Chicago's Equinox Hotel breaks ground in the Fulton Market District, the vacant site of the proposed 680-foot tower will host a temporary retail market housed in repurposed shipping containers. Starting on Friday, June 15, the lot at 725 W. Randolph Street will provide a rotating roster of local entrepreneurs and business with a chance to sell and test-out products.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jun 05

Updated Jun 08

Lost Kitty

Our cat, Buzz, got out of the house this morning and we have been unable to locate him. On LeClaire between Berteau and Belleplaine. He is VERY friendly and unfortunately was not wearing his collar. He will come to his name (Buzz) when called. If anyone sees him please let us know. He is all gray - and has long fur with green eyes. We already miss him dearly and hope he returns by the end of the day.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 07

Has Anyone Else Seen or Found any Dead Bats?

I came across either a dead of dying small grayish brown bat on the 4300 block of Lavergne I called 311, and was in formed that Animal Control would be immediately dispatched. The operator said they consider bats a priority because they can carry rabies.

A few years back, the area received a post card in the mail from a government agency (CACC?) that a bat in the neighborhood had tested positive for rabies.

  • Sam

    I have never found a dead bat, but I see them flying every day. There’s a bat colony on the rooftop of a building by me. They come come out around 7pm and just fly in circles.

  • IMHO Been here long enough to know

    I here they found several around 35th and Shields in Bridgeport.

Jun 07

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPLACE EXISTING NON-COMPLIANT WOOD DECK, MODIFY EXISTING REAR ENCLOSED PORCH PREVIOUSLY BUILT WITHOUT A PERMIT TO CORRECT CODE DEFICIENCIES.

    4143 N. Austin Ave. Issued June 5, 2018 Comment

Jun 07

Jun 04

Updated Jun 06

Need Advice

Took in a stray who turned out to be pregnant. I have five kittens now that need a good home. They ate two months and a half months old, litter trained and eat solid cat food. I don't want to take them to a shelter.

  • Yes please email me mjjohnsono1201@hotmail.com. I prefer not to post my phone.

    PAWS Lurie clinic does offer low cost spay/neuter and shots. I've used them before when I rescued a pregnant stray. All the kittens went to good homes and the stray mommy did too!

  • Oh shoot - a typo on the email. It's mjjohnson1201@hotmail.com

Jun 03

Updated Jun 06

City service

Is there a service that the city has to cut a seniors lawn I would but I could hardly cut my own.

Jun 05

Jun 01

Updated Jun 04

Any recommendations for a insured and licensed master electrician who has experience

Any recommendations for a insured and licensed master electrical contractor who has experience replacing old cloth covered tube and knob wires? Thank you

Jun 04

Found keys

On Sunday, June 3rd we found a set of keys on Long near the intersection with Byron There are two non-key items on it if you can identify it the keys are yours otherwise we will take it to the police department on Millwaukee. Thanks!

Jun 03

May 28

Updated Jun 01

Found Cat?

This very sweet, very personable cat has recently been hanging around Grace St. between Lamon and Cicero. Does s/he belong to anyone? Has a collar with a bell on it but no ID. Contact me if you know who this is!

  • Thank you Phil. Wow, that was some time ago. You did a good thing. God bless.

  • Possums are good to have around. They eat mice and bugs.

May 31

Car Dirty? Come get your car washed. Saturday, June 2nd 9AM to 1 PM

Car Dirty? Come get your car washed.
Saturday, June 2nd
9AM to 1 PM

St Pascal Boy Scout Troop 815
Car Wash Fundraiser
St Pascal Church Parking Lot
Moody & Irving Park Rd

May 10

Updated May 31

My nephews dog is lost

If seen please call 312- 428- 0024. Ran out of yard from 5400 west Bernice ave Thank very much in advance.

  • Normas Cragin area

    ***Listens by his name Brownie***

  • I hate to say it, but he definitely needs a trim. He actually looks abused by his looks. Hope you find him or found him and take him to a groomer, PLEASE!!

May 27

Updated May 29

Free working air conditioners

Both work fine. Take one or both. Kenmore brand. You must carry away.

  • That was very nice of you, Nature Nut. I went a whole summer without AC when I first moved into my house and it was miserable! You might have save a life.

  • @nature nut, that was a very "cool" thing for you to do

May 17

Updated May 26

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 26

May 23

Updated May 25

Sears and Forensics

Does anyone know what happened behind the Sears today? At about 11am there were forensics cops and my wife was told the store would not be open today.

  • I think they were investigating the slow and painful death of Sears Holdings Corporation.

  • We recently purchased a police scanner. Things are very busy for our police. Recently I read about long wait times due to the lack of beat police. Its absolutely awful knowing you can wait ,20 + minutes for a squad to arrive.
    There are incidents that never make it posted anywhere because of the amount of crime daily. As a person who is now privy to the calls, and the hold times of responses due to lack of sufficient police, you should call the alderman and mayor!

May 22

Updated May 24

What is the truth Ald. Sposato

Yesterday, Nick Sposato posted on FB (in all capital letters for emphasis) that the new school being built on Oak Park Ave was going to be a neighborhood high school. Today I see an article saying that it will be a freshman academy for Taft with selective enrollment for 7th & 8th graders and that Sposato attended a meeting on May 8th where he said it was 90% confirmed. Does anyone know the truth? Are our elected officials purposely misleading the public because it is an election year?

http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/freshman-academy-for-taft-hs-appears-almost-a-done-deal/

    Freshman academy for Taft HS appears 'almost a done deal' - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The Taft High School Local School Council at its May 8 meeting received good news about the prospects of a new freshman campus to help relieve overcrowding at Taft. "It's almost a done deal that it's going to be a freshman academy," Alderman Nicholas Sposato (38th) told the LSC.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • I know when they opened a new charter school in Avondale it was only Freshman the 1st year. Then freshman and sophomore the next till they build all 4 years. I know charter isn't the same as COPS but this maybe why only Freshman the 1st year.

  • RALPH PAWLIKOWSKI I am Chicagoan

    @Chitownliz Yes, that would be my solution as an alderman too. Freshman first year, Freshman and Sophomore second year, etc. It would be a 4-year transition. The reasoning behind that would be to keep the kids in one school all 4 years. That would prevent current seniors, juniors, and sophomore...

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    @Chitownliz Yes, that would be my solution as an alderman too. Freshman first year, Freshman and Sophomore second year, etc. It would be a 4-year transition. The reasoning behind that would be to keep the kids in one school all 4 years. That would prevent current seniors, juniors, and sophomore kids from transferring from the Taft North campus to the Taft South campus. If this is the plan, then it should be honestly explained to the public this way.

    I remember when Gordon Technical High School went co-ed. The first year plan was to allow freshman girls in, the second year, sophomore girls, third year junior girls, etc. The transition was smooth.

May 24

May 22

Updated May 23

Landscape recommendations

I need to hire someone to mow my lawn at least once a month. Does anyone have recommendations?

May 23

May 22

Looking for a job?

Trattoria Porretta Ristorante is hiring!
3656 N. Central

✔Servers
✔Bartenders
✔Delivery Drivers

Please call John if interested at
773-316-1908

May 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Parent Portal | SimplyCircle
    SimplyCircle parent portal makes it easy for classrooms, schools, PTAs and other groups to organize and communicate. It's private, secure, and easy to use.
    http://www.simplycircle.com

May 03

Updated May 22

Water seepage after the rain

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

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

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

  • Thank you.

May 22

May 20

Updated May 20

Local shredding events?

Any upcoming 45th or 38th ward shredding events scheduled?

  • joanie 25 year resident of JP

    The 39th Ward is the only one that I know of that is scheduled in the near future. June 16th, 9:00 to noon, at Colleti's, 5707 N. Central.

    The 45th Ward just had an event about a week ago. I haven't read anything about any upcoming shredding events in the 38th Ward.

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