Jun 10

Updated 2 hours ago

Bird mess from feeders

I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard and this mess is not only unhealthy but it has been attracting the rats and now pigeons (and they laughed at me).
Is there any sort of code that determines how close a neighbor can put anything near my property line?

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

    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

    There are two kinds of sunflower—black oil and striped. The black oil seeds (“oilers”) have very thin shells, easy for virtually all seed-eating birds to crack open, and the kernels within have a high fat content, extremely valuable for most winter birds. Striped...

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    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

    There are two kinds of sunflower—black oil and striped. The black oil seeds (“oilers”) have very thin shells, easy for virtually all seed-eating birds to crack open, and the kernels within have a high fat content, extremely valuable for most winter birds. Striped sunflower seeds have a thicker shell, much harder for House Sparrows and blackbirds to crack open. So if you’re inundated with species you’d rather not subsidize at your black oil sunflower, before you do anything else, try switching to striped sunflower.

    Safflower

    Safflower has a thick shell, hard for some birds to crack open, but is a favorite among cardinals. Some grosbeaks, chickadees, doves, and native sparrows also eat it. According to some sources, House Sparrows, European Starlings, and squirrels don’t like safflower, but in some areas seem to have developed a taste for it.

    Cardinals and grosbeaks tend to prefer tray and hopper feeders, which makes these feeders a good choice for offering safflower.

    Nyjer or thistle

    Small finches including American Goldfinches, Lesser Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, Pine Siskins, and Common Redpolls often devour these tiny, black, needle-like seeds. As invasive thistle plants became a recognized problem in North America, suppliers shifted to a daisy-like plant, known as Guizotia abyssinica, that produces a similar type of small, oily, rich seed. The plant is now known as niger or nyjer, and is imported from overseas. The seeds are heat-sterilized during importation to limit their chance of spreading while retaining their food value.

    www.allaboutthebirds.org

  • THNX cc!! omg... that's a lot of info (mostly didn't know) ... well, I'll toss Safflower on our patio (the ultimate platform feeder) and see what happens.

29 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Postal Carriers & Today's Extreme Heat

It's really hot for the work they do.
Our postal carrier usually comes by after we're home from work -- Will be on the lookout to offer them a cool drink.
Back when they came earlier in the day, we left a cooler with an assortment of bottled/canned beverages and a note for the Postal carrier to help themselves.

  • Thanks Jen! Mankind is 'the ultimate brotherhood' -- just taking care of our own.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    I completely agree! What a beautiful world it would be if everyone shared your philosophy. Meanwhile, thank you for setting a wonderful example and for the reminder that thinking of others and small actions like this can have a huge impact on healing our world!

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

new carpet recommendation

Hi, we are looking for recommendations for a company to get carpet quotes from. We will also need a new subfloor. I'm fine buying carpet separately or a company that will do everything from subfloor to carpet (including carpet sale). The room is about 350 square ft. and we will carpet stairs also.

29 hours ago

Lost car keys

Found car keys at Fosterand MoodyAve in Jefferson Pk

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Lost pig

Surprised me to see a pig on the loose yesterday! It came out of the alley of 4800 block of w argyle st then went to Lamon st stopping on grass looking for food. It was dark grey.

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    I might have been Cheif Wiggum snacking between meals again. Did the beast you saw resemble this beauty?

    https://www.instagram.com/boarphomet/

  • Joseph Concerned neighbor

    Nope. It’s dark grey that looks purplish when it’s under the sun. And it had white spots on him. I’m pretty sure it’s a different pig.

2 days ago

Happy Father's Day

To all the men that have tucked their kids in, gave them a hug when they needed it, encouraged them when no one else did, taught them and continue to teach them about life, respect and what it means to have unconditional love.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Whats going on central and lawrence

A big rat was outside

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    @Paul, I thought you meant a sewer rat, and not an inflatable rat.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    No that's 2 doors north

3 days ago

June 15, 2018 Update

The 5000-block of North Northwest Highway at 10 pm May 27;

The 5300-block of North Ludlam between 9:30 pm May 28 and 6 am May 29;

Children can receive free healthy lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.

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The 4800-block of North Long between 1-4:20 am May 30; and

The 5000-block of North Milwaukee at 2 pm June 6.

The 4100-block of North Lawler between 9:15 pm June 6 and 4:30 am June 7;

The 4900-block of West Belle Plaine between 7:45 pm June 6 and 9:30 am June 7;

The 4000-block of North Monitor between 8 pm June 6 and 10 am June 7;

The 5400-block of West Windsor between 10 pm June 6 and 7 am June 7;

The 4500-block of North Long at 2 am June 7;

The 4500-block of North Mason at 4:20 am June 7;

The 5300-block of West Windsor at 12:30 pm June 7;

The 3900-block of North Marmora between 10 pm June 7 and 8 am June 8.

Celebrate these sultry summer nights with Six Corners Association’s Social After Six Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm at 4929 W. Irving Park.

Join LYDIA Home for Hope Fest on Saturday, June 23, from 12-5 pm in the parking lot at LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.

Keeler Gardens, located at 3631 N. Keeler Ave. in Old Irving Park, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization educating on the physical, mental, and cognitive benefits of connecting with nature and how to incorporate nature into your life. Learn more at Keeler Gardens’ website.

The 16th District Police Station is hosting a Safe Summer Rally on Saturday, June 16, from 12-3 pm at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long.

I am pleased to announce that Ryan Companies US and Clark Street Real Estate now have an updated proposal for the vacant land at the southeast corner of Milwaukee and Irving Park. We’ll host a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

I am pleased to announce that Ryan Companies US and Clark Street Real Estate now have an updated proposal for the vacant land at the southeast corner of Milwaukee and Irving Park. We’ll host a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Thursday, June 21, crawlers will meet at Three Counties Irish Pub, 5856 N. Milwaukee, at 5:30 pm. From there, they will make their way to Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant, 5760 N. Milwaukee, and crawl their way down to Gladstone Lounge & Liquors, 5734 N. Milwaukee.

On Friday, June 22, I will host a City Sticker Sale and CityKey ID event from 10 am to 2 pm in the annex space at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W. Lawrence.

If you would like to purchase your city sticker before June 30, you can purchase one at the City Clerk’s satellite office located at 5430 W. Gale Street, at most currency exchanges (service fees may apply), online, or via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.

A local favorite, Delightful Pastries (5927 W. Lawrence), is in the running to be named the Sweetest Bakery in Ameria. Help them gain local and national recognition by voting for them.

Summer camp runs on Thursdays from 2-4 pm at Baltic Art Studio, 4346 N. Milwaukee. Purchase one session for your child for $40 or buy four weeks for $150. The price includes all supplies and tools as well as one-on-one time with an instructor.

The camp runs July 23-27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 4939 W. Montrose. More information and registration is available online.

Fri., June 15, 6:30-8 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Kids ages 8-18 will perform rock and roll classics from all eras and genres in theirSchool of Rocklive show. Free.

Fri., June 15, dusk,Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hostsGuardians of the Galaxy as a part of the Movies...

Sun., June 17, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown...

...am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, speciality items, prepared foods, and more...

Tue., June 19, 6:30-8 pm, Divine Connections Church, 5237 W. Diversey. The Northwest Side Housing Center hosts a Housing Justice for Northwest Side Chicago Communitiesmeeting. Discuss...

Wed., June 20, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Thur., June 21, 3-7 pm, 6417 W. Irving Park.School’s out for the summer! Join Youth Outreach Services for theirOwn the Summerevent. There will be food, activities, games, prizes, a DJ, and so much more! More info: 773-777-7112.Free.

Thur., June 21, 5:30-6:30 pm,Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Bring your litte ones to the playground for some fun music that will get them grooving during Movin’ to the Music at Athletic Field Park. Free.

Sat., June 23, 9:30 am-12:30 pm,Gompers Park Lagoon, 4222 W. Foster. The 17th District/CAPS will once again hostHooked on Fishing. Up to 60 kids 6-14 years old may participate. Registration required: email organizers or call 312-742-4588.Free.

Sat., June 23, 10 am-12 pm, Sulzer Library, Community Room, 4455 N. Lincoln. Liz Houtz hosts a Helping Feral Cats Near You workshop. Learn how to trap, neuter, and return (TNR) community cats using humane traps. More info: email organizer or call 773-898-9899.Free.

Sat., June 23, 1-10:30 pm,Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark. The music event of epic proportions returns! Join the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago...

Mon., June 25, 2-4 pm, Dickinson Playlot, 4101 N. Lavergne. Enjoy storytelling, music, movement, and nature play rooted in neighborhood stories duringArtSeed. Young people and...

Tue., June 26, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting. More info: online.Free.

Wed., June 27, 6:30 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Guest speaker Karina Gil from Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will host aKeeping Your Child...

Wed., June 27, 7 pm,Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement, 5320 W. Giddings.Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Associationmonthly meeting...

Thur., June 28, 12-10 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Stop in to enjoy your favorite froyo flavor while supporting a good cause during Josi...

Thur., June 28, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

    June 15, 2018 Update
    Dear Neighbors, Are you looking to treat your dad, grandpa, or husband to something sweet this Father's Day? Consider attending GIPNA's 14th annual Gourmet Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, from 9 am to noon at the Independence Park Bungalow at Hamlin and Byron.
    http://ward45.org

Sep 17 2014

Updated 5 days ago

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

The concrete stairs in front of my bungalow that lead to the front door started to crumble towards the sides on a few of the steps and i am hoping to have them repaired before the winter hits and hopefully in such a way that shoveling and salting them doesn't make them crumble again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone that could help fix our stairs?

  • I decided to rent them with my husband, because we bought an old house, which required a great renovation, among other things, stairs. Sincerely? I was totally shocked when I saw the results of their work. I thought that the pictures on their website with the effect of "before and...

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    I decided to rent them with my husband, because we bought an old house, which required a great renovation, among other things, stairs. Sincerely? I was totally shocked when I saw the results of their work. I thought that the pictures on their website with the effect of "before and after" refurbishment were some lie, but really everything looked just like on the website. I regret that I did not take a picture of the stairs before they were renovated. I could share with you the effects of the Concrete Power company.
    What's more, all employees of this company are so well trained. You can immediately see that they know what they are doing. Concrete Power really has to put in years of practice in training these people.
    We wanted to go with my husband such a staircase, similar to one of the pictures in their gallery - the ones next to it. It was enough that we showed them a photo and they already knew what to do.
    I think that the price is really good and affordable in relation to the services offered by Concrete Power. They use only the best materials to repair the stairs.
    These stairs will be indestructible for years! Good job, Concrete P!

  • Also looking for this service. It's time for the brickwork and stairs. Thanks for all the recommendations. I've read eventually bungalows will need

Jun 06

Updated 6 days ago

    Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects
    The economic bustle in and around O'Hare International Airport yields a strong job market for working-class Chicagoans, a market that's only going to get stronger when O'Hare's long-awaited expansion starts. Plenty of mass transit, including the Blue Line and an array of CTA bus routes, connects Far Northwest Side neighborhoods with the rest of the city.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Anytime. Anyplace. Just for drill.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city...

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    RR, yeah Clarence page is on the fibune' editorial board, and we all know how conservative and right-leaning his is 😛

    The fibune supports open borders and is no friend of the 2nd Amendment. They don't provide descriptions of perps, unless their hand is called by blogs like second city cop and/or crime in wrigleyville and boys town.

    Every poll done in the last 3 decades have shown the the msm vote 90%+ for the democrats, and have overwhelmingly liberal attitudes on social issues.

    You'd have to go back to the mid-1990's to have a foot to stand on deeming the fibune "conservative," especially their editorial board.

Jun 09

Updated 6 days ago

Gangs are at Dickens Park

Watch your surroundings

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    That was at 2 am begging for cigarettes

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    016 needs silent running drones with a high resolution IR camera to monitor the parks in the area covertly.

    Crimes caught on camera would be admissible.

Jun 10

Updated 6 days ago

residential canopy and awnings

My neighbor built out of wood and plexiglass an awning over his doorway on the side of his house that extends all the way to my property line (fence). Their awning is adjacent to my entrance doorways (difficult for me to bring large objects in my house because of the encroachment). Not only do I catch their rain when I walk out the door I get their snow (from the awning) during the winter which slides into my yard by...

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My neighbor built out of wood and plexiglass an awning over his doorway on the side of his house that extends all the way to my property line (fence). Their awning is adjacent to my entrance doorways (difficult for me to bring large objects in my house because of the encroachment). Not only do I catch their rain when I walk out the door I get their snow (from the awning) during the winter which slides into my yard by my doorways. I have asked him to move it back but that was on deaf ears.
Is there a building code that specifies how far a canopy or awning can extend out from the side of the house? This awning is considered encroachment if it extends to my property line, correct?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Call building department and ask about set backs for awnings and find out code first.

  • If he built it without a permit that is all you need to challenge it. Also any new structure needs to be 3 feet from the property line if they are made with wood or any other flammable materials. If he replaced an existing awning it may be grandfathered in. My guess is any awning that existed before probably wasn’t done without a permit anyway.

Jun 10

Updated 6 days ago

Very Arrogant Neighbors

I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into the middle of their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard...

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I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into the middle of their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard and this mess is not only unhealthy but it has been attracting the rats and now pigeons (and they laughed at me). I have asked them 3x now and in my book that's more than a fair chance to rectify the situation.
Is there any sort of code that determines how close a neighbor can put anything near my property line? Do I have any Recourse?

Jun 10

Updated Jun 12

Building Codes

I have a neighbor who built and installed an awning constructed out of wood and plexiglass over his side door leading into the basement. It extends out all the way to my fence line and my entrance doors into my residence are adjacent. Needless to say I catch all the water and snow at my doors now. There has to be a code regulating how far an awning can extend out on the side of house...along with what materials are considered safe. Am I wrong?

  • Let the neighbor know that the rain and snow falls on your side - and ask him to add a rain gutter to the awning...... that may take care of the problem - -

    If the snow falls on your side - that could cause a serious accident - talk it out with your neighbor....maybe you two can come to an agreement...good luck

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Susy D for U.S. Secretary of State. Good diplomacy skills. Much better than Mike Popeo.

Nov 16 2015

Updated Jun 11

Basement renovation question

Hi all. Starting to explore the potential to add living space to the basement. It is plumbed (awkwardly) for a powder room, and most of the space has a kiss over 7' in height from concrete to joist. I would like to do the work on the up and up, but installation of a sub-floor (even something ultra-thin) would encroach on that 7' clearance. My question to you all is: Has anyone attempted to get a variance on the ceiling...

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Hi all. Starting to explore the potential to add living space to the basement. It is plumbed (awkwardly) for a powder room, and most of the space has a kiss over 7' in height from concrete to joist. I would like to do the work on the up and up, but installation of a sub-floor (even something ultra-thin) would encroach on that 7' clearance. My question to you all is: Has anyone attempted to get a variance on the ceiling height for a basement renovation project? Were you successful? Why or why not?
Demoing out the old slab (though thin), digging down and re-pouring is not really an option. Neither is lifting the house. Just not the budget for it. Yes, floor drains would have to be re-located, moisture infiltration prevented, insulation, electrical, . . . but all of that talk is moot unless there is precedent for a variance. If I can't get an answer here, I'll turn to an architect, but thought I'd see what the neighbors say first.

anyone?

  • The above code section regarding 7'-0" ceiling height, may only apply to existing legal units and useful for duplexing purposes, but may not apply to converting an existing space into a new stand alone legal dwelling unit.

  • new dwelling will require 7' 6", if you want a bathroom down there

Jun 08

Updated Jun 11

10-story building planned for Six Corners

10-story building with senior housing and commercial space is planned for Six Corners. Six Corners Master Plan calls for four or five-story development on the site. Alderman Arena will host meeting on the proposal at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 21, at the Filament Theater, 4041 N Milwaukee. The complex would include 265 units, with a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care options.
The following story is from last December when the alderman called the 10-story plan “speculative.”
http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/12/28/10-story-senior-living-at-six-corners-speculative/

    10-story senior living at Six Corners 'speculative' - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG A preliminary proposal for a 10-story senior housing project with ground-floor retail and medical uses at Six Corners was presented to Alderman John Arena (45th) in late August, but Arena has called the plan "speculative" as talks with the developer continue.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Another political joke at least demolition crews are busy.

  • LadyHawk Lifelong resident

    Arena was successful shoving his "Senior Housing" agenda with the Independence Branch library scam! Don't believe these schemers, continue the conversation!

Jun 10

Jun 04

Updated Jun 07

Weekly Ad paper delivery

Hi All-

Does anyone know who delivers these ads with Aldi, Shop and Save, Butera etc ads every week. Sometimes I do not receive delivery and I am looking to pick one up if I can.
Thanks in advance!

  • Len

    In red plastic bag is dropped in your driveway by the Chicago Tribune

  • tribune. you can call them and tell them you do not want it

  • Bob

    Thanks to everyone for responding to my comment. I have notified them to try and have the weekly ads delivered. Sorry to here they are leaving piles of these ads in apt and condo complexes. I make sure the ads are picked up the same day, sorted and recycled. No reason to have to litter.

Jun 06

NBTA June 2018 Ride Has Been Re-Scheduled to June 23 at 11 AM #ChiNBT

The North Branch Trail Alliance of Greater Chicago June 9 ride has been rescheduled. All else remains the same (time and starting location):

**Rescheduled**
NBTA Farmers' Market Ride 2018
Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 am
Starting at the Glenview Farmer's Market

More ride information here:
https://mailchi.mp/08aa508cbcab/rescheduled_nbta_june_2018_farmers_market_ride

For those that registered for the ride, we apologize for any inconvenience this change creates to your schedule. We hope you can still join us on June 23! It's going to be fun as we spend our money supporting our local businesses and do our part for neighborhood economic development (while having fun of course!).

Jun 01

Updated Jun 05

Mister Rodger's

I after submitting a post as I have been criticized by a member for not having value since I l don't comment often. in my defense, I try to only comment when I have something of substance to offer. So to gain creditability with my critics, I am offering this post.
Having watched the documentary on Mister Rodgers tonight, I was really inspired in his impact on our kids. Anyone raising kids in the 70's, exposed their kids to him. What a gift he was to our kids. Hearing his documentary highlights, what a wonderful man he was. I did my best in terms of teaching values but this guy solidify my values.

Mar 14 2016

Updated Jun 03

Converting Garage into Mother-In Law Suite

Does anyone have any recommended contractors for converting a garage into a Mother-in-Law Suite? Does anyone know approximately how much this would cost? And does anyone know anything about permits and zoning issues? Thanks!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I think I will build one thanks

  • N. McNeal Interested in Lincoln Square and nearby areas

    Do you know of any other use for a garage that would be approved by Zoning?

    Have a garage that I am trying to convert into a home office, not an apartment. No kitchen and no bathroom. Zoning said that I had to change the scope of work, which to me means that the wording has to be different.

Jun 02

NBTA Farmers' Market Ride - Saturday, 6/9 #ChiNBT

Greetings My Neighbors!

The North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) of Greater Chicago cordially invites you to our June 2018 Farmers' Market Ride. We'll start at the historic Wagner Farm in Glenview @11 AM Saturday, June 9. From there...

**We'll enjoy the tasty treats, snacks and more at two NBTA Business Partners - Glenview Farmer's Market and the Morton Grove Farmer's Market.

**As always, we'll close out our ride with some good fun and good fellowship at another NBTA Business Partner...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

The North Branch Trail Alliance (NBTA) of Greater Chicago cordially invites you to our June 2018 Farmers' Market Ride. We'll start at the historic Wagner Farm in Glenview @11 AM Saturday, June 9. From there...

**We'll enjoy the tasty treats, snacks and more at two NBTA Business Partners - Glenview Farmer's Market and the Morton Grove Farmer's Market.

**As always, we'll close out our ride with some good fun and good fellowship at another NBTA Business Partner - The Garage in wonderful Gladstone Park.

**Bring spending money. We're doing our part for local businesses!

**Register for this FREE ride by going to www.northbranchtrailalliance.com You will be sent official ride news, full line-up, and ride map as the ride approaches.

See you on June 9 at 11 AM at Wagner Farm in Glenview!

More info? Contact us at northbranchtrailalliance@gmail.com

NBTA Mission: Create economic development for all communities along the North Branch Trail
NBTA Purpose: Connect North Branch Trail users to cultural, shopping and dining experiences
NBTA Hashtag: #ChiNBT

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Jun 02

May 30

Updated Jun 01

Curious re concrete slab in shared gangway

There are rules for capturing and routing stormwater from rooftops, but I'm curious and wonder if anyone knows of applicable rules/codes for new concrete installation/s?
Assume you have a sidewalk running alongside your structure and the owner of a neighboring structure installs a concrete slab on their side -- do they need a permit? and are they required to install a drainage system such as a trench and grate?
Replacing a huge patch of earth with solid concrete creates a stormwater runoff issue that could affect neighboring property if not contained/managed. Seems sensible there should be a drainage requirement. Anyone know?

  • Abc123 13 yr Old Irv resident, please pick up trash

    A very quick summary, you cannot dispense roof or lot drainage water to your neighbor's property or create a nuisance. Its prohibited and I've seen the City respond quickly to such claims. Chicago is a code/no-code/enforce/that'll be ok/hey whatcha got minefield, dress appropriately.

  • Mark 60634 Foundation crack repair pro

    Thank you for the link. That's the first time I have heard of it. Very informative.

May 25

Updated May 30

Help needed with farmers market promotions

It’s that time of year again & we’re looking for help with host sites for lawn signs, posters and banners.
Feel free to pm me.
Anyone who has a lawn sign from previous years, it’s time to start getting them out.
The first market is June 10.
Merril
Manager,
JeffersonParkSundayMarket.com

    Jefferson Park Sunday Market
    Jefferson Park Neighborhood farmers market
    http://jeffersonparksundaymarket.com
  • If North Mayfair isn't too far, then you can put a sign at 5002 N Kenneth. I'm the owner and love to go to Jeff park Sunday market when I can.

  • JeffParkSundayMarket Jefferson Park's own farmers market

    Signs have been ‘planted’. Feel free to move them/take them down during off weeks. & let us know if you need them picked up at the end of the season, as they are multi - year ( as long as they hold up). Also they cannot be in the parkway/city property between the sidewalk & street.
    Thanks again!!!

May 21

Updated May 30

Mixed-income housing developer for 5150 Northwest Hwy reviews options after state denies tax credits

State board explains its reasoning for not approving tax credits for Northwest Highway proposal, while a local pastor charges that the housing authority is enabling the “forces of white supremacy” to maintain segregation on the Northwest Side. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/05/21/fate-of-5150-n-northwest-hwy-uncertain-following-tax-credit-decision/

    Fate of 5150 N. Northwest Hwy uncertain following tax-credit decision - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The fate of a controversial mixed-income housing proposal in Jefferson Park remains uncertain after the Illinois Housing Development Authority last week did not approve low-income housing tax credits for the proposal. "We are still reviewing our options at this point," said project developer Joshua Wilmoth of Full Circle Communities.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

May 25

Updated May 27

Northside Sox Bar / Southside Cubs Bar

Do north side Sox bars or south side Cubs bars exist? If so, what bars and where are they located? Any info as to the their quality would be appreciated. Thanks!

May 27

May 26

Memorial Day: Flag at half-staff (Sunrise to Noon)

reetings My Neighbors,

In accordance with Flag Code, Title 4 U.S.C. § 7 (m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff from sunrise until noon in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018 to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms our country enjoys.

Unable to lower your flag?

Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered...

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reetings My Neighbors,

In accordance with Flag Code, Title 4 U.S.C. § 7 (m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff from sunrise until noon in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018 to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms our country enjoys.

Unable to lower your flag?

Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. See attached pic.

Want to attend a Memorial Day Event in Our Area?

Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM - North Park Village Memorial Day Flag Ceremony and Remembrance - https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-memorial-day-service-north-park-village-8653219/

Sunday, May 27 at 1 PM - American Legion Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony -
https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-your-community-memorial-day-parade-sunday-may-27-8653232/

Monday, May 28 at 11 AM - Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade - http://www.norwoodpark.org/community_events/2018-memorial-day-parade/

Additionally, title 36 U.S.C. § 116, requests the President of the United States issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe Memorial Day by praying for a permanent peace, according to their individual religious faith, and call on the media to join in observing Memorial Day and the period of prayer.

You can the Presidential Proclamation for Memorial Day here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-memorial-day-may-28-2018-day-prayer-permanent-peace/

    Memorial Day Service At North Park Village
    The North Park Village Advisory Council Cordially Welcomes You To: MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE & READING OF NAMES All are welcome to this Memorial Day Flag Ceremony and Remembrance Service to be held on Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM.
    https://nextdoor.com

May 23

Updated May 25

    Photo adds to controversy surrounding Alderman Arena's use of police lot near Wrigley - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG and KEVIN GROSS and A Facebook photograph shows that Alderman John Arena (45th) attended a May 11 Cubs game with other elected officials, contradicting his statement to reporters that he parked at the 19th (Town Hall) Police District Station near Wrigley Field so that his 75-year-old mother would not have to walk too far.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Bob

    What do you expect? He is a POLITICIAN!! That's what they do best!! Create smoke screens so no one ever really knows what underlying cause is behind any statements made, of course until a video or picture tells a 1000 words. Perhaps she was using the restroom at the time the photo was taken?? You never know do you! I am sure anyone in that position can come up with a 1000 more explanations, right?? I'm just sayin...

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    Whenever arena's lips are flapping, lies are being uttered.

    Even if I didn't know who that was in the photograph, the d-bag vibe is strong with him.

    Bucky, arena posted said photo on his FB. No shame in his corrupt game.

May 23

Updated May 25

    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago - ProPublica
    When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago's Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn't the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan - including 45th Ward Ald.
    https://www.propublica.org

May 25

May 11 2017

Updated May 24

    Ald. Arena pledges to bring 50 CHA units to the ward
    by BRIAN NADIG Alderman John Arena (45th) has pledged to bring 50 Chicago Housing Authority-sponsored apartments to the 45th Ward by the end of his term in the spring of 2019. Arena and six other aldermen recently signed the pledge as part of an effort that they say will help end segregation on the North and Northwest Side.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Why is Rham a fence sitter? Because he is listening to the neighborhood voters. Unlike arena...he may actually get re-elected by doing such a crazy thing.

  • I hope Rahm never holds office here, or anywhere else, ever again.

Jun 16 2017

Updated May 24

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

May 21

Updated May 24

LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action

LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone...

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LaBagh Woods offers great recreational, aesthetic and ecological value to the people of Chicago, and serves as a habitat for migratory birds and diverse wildlife. The privately owned, wooded property at 4357 W Bryn Mawr is a seamless addition to the forest preserve and contributes to the quality of life and property values that the families of Sauganash and neighboring communities enjoy.

We were dismayed to learn that in spite of strong community opposition, the City Council voted to rezone this land from POS-1 (Regional or Community Park) to RS-1. This will allow developers to strip this land of its trees and wildlife in order to construct single family homes.

We believe that to divest the people of Chicago of even a single parcel of forested land should be as unthinkable as privatizing a stretch of the lakefront. The parcel in question, though privately owned, provides great value to the community and the region as undeveloped open space. We therefore ask that you sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. We further ask that you reach out to your elected City and County officials to voice your opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.

https://www.change.org/p/chicago-labagh-woods-chicago-call-to-action

    Sign the Petition
    Chicago : LaBagh Woods (Chicago) Call to Action
    https://www.change.org
  • B. Tersch Urban beautification enthusiast

    Does Openlands know about this situation?

  • J

    Oh, no! Openlands. Lookout. Rhe have zero influence and even less authority on this matter.

May 22

Updated May 24

Free Sod

I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I...

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I have a bunch of sod I cut out this weekend stacked up right inside the fence next to my garbage cans in the alley behind the 4400 block of Narragansett. There are some really good rolls, and a ton of smaller pieces, that can be used to patch big or small areas. Note that a lot of the good rolls are towards the bottom, so if you dig a little, you'll get to most of the good rolls. I am just trying to get rid of it without having to bag it for the garbage people, so feel free to come by and take it. I plan to put a sign up tonight, but as described above, if you drive west on Montrose, turn right on Narragansett, turn right on Sunnyside, then turn immediately right into the alley and drive down a bit, you will see the sod stacked up on the right right inside my fence. Take as much as you want, all of it if you can.

May 24

Jul 20

Updated May 23

    297 Apartments Near O'Hare Approved Over Alderman's Objection
    CITY HALL - A key city panel approved the construction of a seven-story, 297-unit luxury apartment complex near the Cumberland CTA Blue Line station in a 7-1 vote on Thursday despite the objection of Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), who said residents of the 41st Ward did not want the project.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From...

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    Ald. Napolitano is still the only elected alderman publically opposed to the proposed 5150 N. Northwest Highway mixed-income development in the 45th Ward, designed too house people with disabilities and veterans, Here is a Pro-Public Illinois investigation on the financing of those opposed to the development, including Ald. Napolitano: From Pro-Publica Illinois:https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-policy-institute-northwest-chicago-affordable-housing
    Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

    Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.(Excerpts):"Starting with the 2012 elections, some institute leaders began funding campaigns after a series of transactions involving other organizations and political action committees they formed, records show."

    "The Illinois Opportunity Project, in turn, poured more than $1.7 million into political campaigns and committees across the state, according to election board records. "..."Some of the money from the Illinois Opportunity Project went to a pair of Northwest Side candidates for the Chicago City Council in 2015. John Garrido, a Chicago police officer running for alderman of the city’s 45th Ward, received $2,000, while Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer and firefighter vying to be 41st Ward alderman, got $3,000."..."In 2016, the Illinois Opportunity Project also loaned $325,000 to Liberty Principles, a political action committee founded and run by Proft. Liberty Principles spent more than $10.5 million in races across the state in 2015 and 2016, including about $118,000 backing Garrido. Proft didn’t respond to a request for comment. The 2015 results were mixed. In the 41st Ward, Napolitano upset an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s. But for the second time in four years, Garrido lost to John Arena, a self-described progressive who received significant backing from unions and liberal donors."

May 23

May 22

Memorial Day 2018: 3 Ways You Can Join In Locally

Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Memorial Day 2018 is almost upon us and with it comes a hope that you will take some time to remember all of our servicemembers (women and men) who have given the ultimate measure of devotion to our nation. We also remember and provide comfort to their families for whom the pain of the loss of a loved one continues on.

Ready to join with each other to do just this? If so, here are 3 ways you can be part of Memorial Day 2018, right here in our community. If you have questions about any of these, please ask - jac.charlier@gmail.com. I'll be at all three and look forward to seeing you there.

1) Chicago Veterans Ruck March - Friday, May 25 from 9 AM
This 20 mile march (hike) from Glencoe to North Avenue Beach will raise awareness of the 20 veterans who commit suicide everyday. All can march. Adults. Kids. Strollers. Do some or all of the march. No ruck needed. Volunteers welcome. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may25-chicago-veterans-ruck-march-2018-8596131/

2) North Park Village Flag and Remembrance Ceremony - Sunday, May 27 at 10:45 AM
The names of all servicemembers of families present (any branch, any era) who have passed away will be spoken out loud. They do not need to have died in combat. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-memorial-day-service-north-park-village-8653219/

3) Community Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance - Sunday, May 27 at 1 PM
The Morton Grove American Legion Post #134 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade from the Post (6140 W. Dempster) to the Morton Grove Library and back. Light refreshments and treats will be served. A Memorial Day service will also be held. Scout units - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts equally - are invited to march in the parade. Full information is here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/may27-your-community-memorial-day-parade-sunday-may-27-8653232/

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