37 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Fischman Public House

Anyone go to Fischman Public House at 4058 N. Milwaukee in Portage Park yet? I remember going to the original Fischman's Bar quite a bit when it was near Hoyne Bank before the bar closed a while back. Gus was the owner then, and I hear his Public House is a smash hit!

  • TJDE Jefferson/Portage Park-er

    Fischman Public House is awesome! We’ve been there 3 times now. I’m a self-professed beer snob and Fischman has a nuanced and extensive tap list. My wife is not a beer snob but easily finds beer to drink.
    The food is impressive too! Gus and crew provide a slightly upscale...

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    Fischman Public House is awesome! We’ve been there 3 times now. I’m a self-professed beer snob and Fischman has a nuanced and extensive tap list. My wife is not a beer snob but easily finds beer to drink.
    The food is impressive too! Gus and crew provide a slightly upscale take on bar plates. Plenty of vegetarian options too! But the star of the show are the cheese curds. Out of this world.
    What I like about it besides the beer and food is that they are family-friendly.
    I see a lot of families eating there.
    I loved the old Fischman bar but the new place is even better.

  • Thanks TJDE! Perhaps we can meet there some time!

  • Wow. Great to hear your review. I'm going to show my wife your review. I want to check it out now.

Jun 14

Updated 10 hours ago

Whats going on central and lawrence

A big rat was outside

Sep 23

Updated 22 hours ago

Excellent Painter Needed

Hey guys! Moving soon and need painter(s) for 1000 sq ft house plus finished basement (3 bedrooms). Experience with house that was smoked in would be helpful (maybe using Kilz first?). Any recommendations?? Thanks!!

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    Another vote for Zinnsers BIN. The price will probably knock you over at $43-48/gallon but it is worth every penny.

    I just used it a couple months ago on highly varnished, very dark and very tarter/nicotine covered pine paneling with at least 100 years of heavy smokers in the house....

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    Another vote for Zinnsers BIN. The price will probably knock you over at $43-48/gallon but it is worth every penny.

    I just used it a couple months ago on highly varnished, very dark and very tarter/nicotine covered pine paneling with at least 100 years of heavy smokers in the house. It is really expensive and a little messy since it's almost the consistency of skim milk but it is the best product for maximum adherence, minimum/no bleed through, stink elimination and quick drying (<40 mins for starting with the actual paint you want to use). I didn't even have to wash the walls or sand them at all. 1 gallon got me through a 15 x 30' room with some to spare for use on other things. A few months later and my ultra-pale yellow shows no bleed through whatsoever and there is absolutely no stale smoke smell (or any smell at all, even from the paint, for that matter).

    Good luck!

  • Hey UrbanGal, did you use anyone recommended here, and if so, how did it work out for you ?

May 11 2017

Updated 26 hours ago

    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

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Was binnys held up

Some neighbors said our new Binnys got held up

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Not sure if they were held up actually, but I was there Friday and they had two doors in the back boarded up. I asked and they said they had been broken into/robbed. The rest of the store looked fine, just the two doors had been smashed in.

  • I believe there was a burglary while they were closed.

5 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Planting by neighbor against my Brick Property needs tuckpointing

Hello

These property lines drive a Chicago homeowner crazy. I told my neighbor I will be doing some tuckpointing work on the west side of my property (on their yard side) later this summer. My chimney protrudes out approx 4 inches on that side which also coincides with MY property line. My neighbor then goes ahead and plants veggie plants directly against my building with chicken wire fencing obstructing where tuckpointing is needed. The Alderman has indicated that I would...

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Hello

These property lines drive a Chicago homeowner crazy. I told my neighbor I will be doing some tuckpointing work on the west side of my property (on their yard side) later this summer. My chimney protrudes out approx 4 inches on that side which also coincides with MY property line. My neighbor then goes ahead and plants veggie plants directly against my building with chicken wire fencing obstructing where tuckpointing is needed. The Alderman has indicated that I would need to get a R/E attorney and apply for a temporary easement order with the CofC to gain access. How ridiculous is this. All because of some plants on MY property line.
Anyone have any suggestions, please give me a holler. Thanks in advance!

  • You should have a survey along with your property papers. That survey will give dimensions from your house to your property line.I would guess that the narrow strip of land next to your house where they planted is actually your property. I does not matter where the fence is .
    A contractor will probably erect a scaffold to do the work. That can be done in such a way as to not disturb the plantings. Protection can be do so as to protect the plants from dust and debris.

  • Bob

    IC You-

    Yes, they are on my property. I have a plat survey and it indicates that my property line is 11 5/8 inches out from the building. I'll use this if needed in the event the neighbor tries to justify his plants being placed there.

    The building tuckpointing is...

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    IC You-

    Yes, they are on my property. I have a plat survey and it indicates that my property line is 11 5/8 inches out from the building. I'll use this if needed in the event the neighbor tries to justify his plants being placed there.

    The building tuckpointing is needed at the bottom sections of the building, thus, the plants are obstructing the part that needs access on the lower part. I think there may be room if the contractor decides to pull the plants back with a strap of some kind to shift them forward away from the building without damaging them. This all depends on how cooperative the neighbor is. I have found they say one thing, then do something different. We shall see. Thanks for your comment!

45 hours ago

St. Constance Opportunity Scholarship

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2 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

ALDERMAN LAURINO is doing a great job. She has got the money to put new roof on Palmer School.

She is going to renovate around the School .
It's going to be great. .

  • And soundproof against the O'Hare Aircraft and Noise pollution still affecting the ward?

Jul 07

Updated 3 days ago

Seeking Gay Friends in Jefferson Park and Portage Park!

Hello, Everyone!

I am a single GWM who moved to Jeff Park from Bucktown a few years back and am having a tough time finding any gay identity here. There must be gay men in Jeff and Portage Park tired of the craziness of the Boystown scene and desire true friendships here on the Northwest Side!

My friendship base kinda wained over the years and would love to establish something healthy and enduring. I'm 50, sincere, discrete, professionally employed and have a really warped, fun sense of humor.

So, let's get together and share great conversation, food and friendship! Life is too short not to!

  • future alderman future alderman

    so u work for the city Dan51? why am i not surprised?

  • Priest at St. John's priest of St. John's Episcopal Church

    If you are looking for a supportive community please check out St. John's Episcopal (3857 N. Kostner Ave.) You will find LGBTQ couples and singles and allies. We worship together and sponsor a variety of events.

4 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Body work needed

Someone who is good at minor body work and painting, a good side job.

  • who's good, are you saying that your good at body work or looking for someone.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Looking for someone.

  • yeah, me too...

    someone that can do a decent repair on an older car for a price less then what the car is worth. one of those dulplicolor masters that can eyeball and blend stuff.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Suspicious looking trio checking mail boxes

Approx 6:45pm Three individuals were seen checking mail boxes on the 500 block of N. Kostner.
1. White male (Approx 5' 11" short hair black shirt blue jeans)
2. White Female (Approx 5'9" purple flowing flower sun dress)
3. Asian Female (Approx 5' 1" White top/sweater blue jean shorts)

Has anyone else spotted them?
Package thieves?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Because they think stealing is ok kind of like a politician.

  • I signed up for informed delivery through usps. They send an email each day with a scan of any mail that is to be delivered. I found this to be a great help especially on the days when I am expecting something other than junk mail. It's worth the sign up.

5 days ago

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Jul 08

Updated 5 days ago

Weston's Coffee Shop!

Hi, everyone! I'm very curious as to how Weston's is doing. They are located across from the CTA/Metra hub at Milwaukee. How's the clientele, food and libations? Looks like a cool place to socialize!

  • Chuck Johnson Assistant Director, New Hope Community Food Pantry

    Also the Highway House on NW Hwy. Every time I've been there it's been great.

  • Highway House gets a "thumbs up" from me, too!

Jun 26

Updated 5 days ago

Fire crackers/works

Why does the city let people set off fire crackers? Aren't they against the law? I'm all for celabrating the 4th but a week before and after is wrong. My dog is very scared (as many other dogs)of them. She shakes and cries. Just freaks out. Have some consideration for mans best friend.

  • Prohibition does not prevent people from pursuing the thrills and vices they wish to pursue. It only makes the pursuit thereof more dangerous and harmful to the users and those around them.

    The only solution I can see for this problem is to bring it out into the open. Have...

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    Prohibition does not prevent people from pursuing the thrills and vices they wish to pursue. It only makes the pursuit thereof more dangerous and harmful to the users and those around them.

    The only solution I can see for this problem is to bring it out into the open. Have the Aldermen, city, fire and police organize community supervised fireworks shows. Get it out of the back alleys, where debris showers on the yard and clogs the drains and lands in gutters full of dry tinder. Bring neighbors together to talk to one another, socialize, and use and enjoy fireworks as safely as we can. Teach safety and responsibility. Set up in the park, on the baseball field, and bring along a dumpster and have a cookout on the 5th with rakes, bags and trash pickers to clean up.

    That way most of the activity can be contained and moderated, and the calls to 911 can better address those that still insist on polluting, disturbing the police, and creating hazards in our alleys.

  • Some people just cannot resist the thrill of setting off forbidden fireworks. It's like a little kid thing. If it becomes legal and controlled it may just lose its charm. However, the danger, the noise and the pollution will remain.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Taft, Schurz, Farnsworth among schools in capital budget; no lease for CPS pre-k at St Cornelius

Taft, Schurz, Lane Tech, Steinmetz, Farnsworth, Reinberg, Locke, Bateman, Schubert, Lovett, Rickover are among the area schools listed in 2019 CPS capital budget.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/07/11/taft-farnsworth-among-schools-in-capital-budget-but-no-lease-for-pre-k-center-at-st-cornelius/

    Taft, Farnsworth among schools in capital budget, but no lease for pre-k center at St. Cornelius - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG Outdoor sports for facilities for Taft and Schurz high schools and a new Belmont-Cragin elementary school are among the capital projects which the Chicago Public Schools has planned for the area. "It will be nice to have 'Friday Night Lights' on the Northwest Side," Taft principal Mark Grishaber said of the planned $3.5 million complex.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Jul 11

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Jul 07

Updated Jul 09

Dead Squirrel on the power line

There is a dead squirrel hanging from it’s mouth on the power line in the 5000 w Sunnyside alley. Ive called 311, still there. I’ve called Com Ed, still there. I’ve called 45 Ward office, still there.
Poor thing is decomposing on the line. Not sure who else to call.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 08

Puppy guidance sought

I will be getting an 8 week old Goldendoodle soon. It has been 40 years since I have had a dog. Living alone, I am assuming I need to crate train from the beginning. Having said that, what are thoughts about the pup climbing on furniture and sleeping in my bed?

I know I am going to need help on the training end. What are your experiences with obedience training classes and/ or hiring a trainer to come to the house. And, how about selecting a vet?

  • Puppies do not have eight hour bladders. You need to get up during the night to successfully housebreak them. The crate is to contain them at night, during the day when they cannot be supervised, it is their safe space. You don't want them to view a crate as a...

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    Puppies do not have eight hour bladders. You need to get up during the night to successfully housebreak them. The crate is to contain them at night, during the day when they cannot be supervised, it is their safe space. You don't want them to view a crate as a bathroom and bedroom. They should view the crate as their den and safe space. Dogs don't use their den as a bathroom. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html

    https://www.labradortraininghq.com/labrador-training/what-size-dog-crate-and-which-type/

    If you have a yard this will make housebreaking much easier. It is much easier to get up during the night and take a dog out in the yard than it is to actually go for a walk.

    The amount of exercise a dog requires varies by dog and breed. Each dog is an individual, so some may need more others require less. If you have a higher energy breed making sure they get enough exercise is key to avoiding behavior problems.

    You will also want to puppy proof your yard and house.

  • Robsy, If you're seriously 'rethinking' your goldendoodle because the breed/its needs may not be a good for you, look past that $400 deposit if you can. The best fit you can get with your lifestyle, home, and expectations is more valuable; a good choice on a pup will last many...

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    Robsy, If you're seriously 'rethinking' your goldendoodle because the breed/its needs may not be a good for you, look past that $400 deposit if you can. The best fit you can get with your lifestyle, home, and expectations is more valuable; a good choice on a pup will last many years.
    TDawg54 and Chitowngal have both provided good info. I see TDawg54 mentioned Bichons. We know a Bichon that's such a complete hoot, everyone that meets it adores it. Will fetch with almost unending delight and is smart as a whip. The Bichon's size makes it easy to care for/vet, take along in the car, and pick-up if unsure about other/strange approaching dogs.

Jul 08

Jul 07

Bushes

Can anyone recommend someone to remove 3 bushes from in front of my house? And would anyone know the approximate cost?

Jul 03

Updated Jul 06

    Iconic "Girls Work Near Home" sign removed at 6 Corners, but it could return - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The iconic "Girls Work Near Home" sign for a former job agency in the Six Corners business district was removed last month, but there are efforts underway to bring it back. It is believed that the Key Personnel sign had adorned the front of a two-story office and retail building at 4006 N.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Johnny Mayor of Milwaukee Ave.

    It should read, "Girls working every corner, soon."

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    They could work out of the new proposed rental units, how convenient.

Jul 05

Jul 01

Updated Jul 03

Snakes in the Yard

Hi, I've just moved to this neighborhood and sometimes notice snakes in my front and back yard. I had no idea that I would ever encounter them and I was just curious to know how some of the locals have gone about it and dealt with them. Thanks!

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    This man seems to know what to do about snakes. Perhaps you can try this home remedy:

    https://youtu.be/amYzBQMT4VI

  • I haven't seen them in years. We use to have them when I was young. You do have to be careful when mowing the lawn. Wish we still had some because they are beneficial.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 03

Car broken into 7800 block gregory

Car was ransacked and broken in to Saturday night 6/30/18. Nothing was taken but maybe some change... just things were definitely thrown around and left open in the car. Happened approx. between 10-1am

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    Been several auto related break in,vandalism, and theft incidents in that area over the past few months. Hopefully the creeps are caught soon.

Jun 29

Updated Jul 02

Squatters in Home on Melvina @ Higgins

It appears after the police removed the squatters from this house and padlocked the doors at 5128 N. Melvina at Higgins, the squatters have returned via the windows. The grass is knee high and garbage is strewn all over the property. Of course, I'm concerned about rats. A CTA bus stop shelter is right there. I would be scared that the waiting riders might see a rat or two.

Besides the CAPS 16th District contact and Alderman Arena, who else should I alert to get these ne're-do-wells removed?

Jun 26

Updated Jul 02

Upscale senior housing at 6 Corners would not include on-site affordable units for low-income

Update: the project’s required nine affordable units would be built off-site, possibly at the Saint Cornelius convent in Jefferson Park. Those affordable units would be around $800 a month, but may not have the amenities of the planned upscale building at Six Corners, where rents would start at $4,400. Alderman Arena says he will push for extra affordable units for Six Corners in the large residential developments which could be coming to the Sears and Peoples Gas sites. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/06/26/upscale-six-corners-project-would-not-include-on-site-affordable-units-for-low-income-seniors/

    Upscale Six Corners project would not include on-site affordable units for low-income seniors - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG Rental costs for the proposed 256-unit senior living complex at Six Corners would start at $4,400, while the developer plans to comply with affordable housing rules by building the project's required nine apartments for low-income residents at an off-site location. Ryan Companies vice president Dan Walsh said that the "upscale" complex at 4747 W.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • A good portion of seniors who own are already shelling out big bucks between mortgage, property taxes, home insurance, association fees, maintenance, food, and utilities. If they own a vehicle then add in all those costs. Then if they need to add in home care, the assisted living places become a valid option.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    It's not that affordable for many people, this neighborhood is far from being a wicker park . Much construction of homes but who owns them,. Maybe high rents and remodeled homes will force change into portage park.

Jun 30

Found dogs

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

Jun 28

Updated Jun 30

How are drug sales on La Verne doing

Ate we ever going to get neighborhood ti change.

Jun 26

Updated Jun 28

Exterminator Needed

I pray to God it's only ants. I need a reputable exterminator.

  • It looks like water damage.

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    agree looks like water damage and the rotten/moist wood is attracting the ants

Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Age - Friendly Chicago

A recent Chicago needs assessment concluded the number one priority of Chicago seniors is "that seniors want to age in place". Consequently, the City is piloting an initiative through senior centers to identify and organize neighborhood resources to engage and support isolated seniors. The modal for Portage Park is based on successful models already developed in Lincoln Park, Streeterville and Hyde Park.

The initial planning meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at the Portage Park Senior...

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A recent Chicago needs assessment concluded the number one priority of Chicago seniors is "that seniors want to age in place". Consequently, the City is piloting an initiative through senior centers to identify and organize neighborhood resources to engage and support isolated seniors. The modal for Portage Park is based on successful models already developed in Lincoln Park, Streeterville and Hyde Park.

The initial planning meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at the Portage Park Senior Center. The meetings will run from 11:00 TO 12:00. You can call Sean Dolan at the Senior Center for more information.

As a footnote, I attended for the first time last week and was impressed by the number of folks interested in helping. I also was very impressed with how articulated 45th Ward alderman John Arena was in describing in detail, senior needs in the ward.

  • future alderman future alderman

    sweet

  • evam eva s, jpna member

    Robsy5111, thank you for posting this. But, the meeting dates are the third WEDNESDAY of each month. Have attended quite a few of them.

  • Yikes, thanks evam for catching my error.

Jun 26

Aldermanic prerogative comes into question on issues of affordable housing

Th City Council’s longstanding practice of aldermanic prerogative was put into question at today’s Zoning Committee meeting. Some aldermen argued that aldermanic prerogative should not apply when on-site affordable housing is at stake. Committee almost votes against the wishes of Alderman Napolitano (41st).
http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/06/26/committee-votes-down-41st-ward-proposal-discusses-impact-of-aldermanic-prerogative-on-affordable-housing/

    Committee votes down 41st Ward proposal, discusses impact of aldermanic prerogative on affordable housing - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The longstanding practice of aldermanic prerogative in the City Council may have taken a hit at the June 26 meeting of the council's Zoning Committee, as members almost voted in opposition to the wishes of the local alderman on a Northwest Side development proposal.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Bathroom Remodel Recommendations

Can anyone recommend a company for bathroom improvements? My shower area has become a disaster and I need to fix it up.

  • Can try calling these guys for a quote and ask to see their photo album --
    Pat & John: 773.719.4944

    Reasonable rates and nice work. They've been busy doing kitchen/bath renos for over 15 years by word-of-mouth & add-on work alone (both worked at Century Tile & Carpet yrs ago)....

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    Can try calling these guys for a quote and ask to see their photo album --
    Pat & John: 773.719.4944

    Reasonable rates and nice work. They've been busy doing kitchen/bath renos for over 15 years by word-of-mouth & add-on work alone (both worked at Century Tile & Carpet yrs ago). They're local to Portage Pk/Jeff Pk and are usually booked out a few weeks.

    In case you haven't had the work done before, tile cutting is messy work that's done outside; you'll need a viable spot for that. Also, if you're keeping your current bathroom flooring, lay a fitted piece of low, tight-looped pile foam-backed carpet to protect your flooring -- it's cheap insurance that pays off.

  • LuAnne Avon Rep / print shop owner

    I would recommended Prestige Kitchen and Bath and speak to the owner, Ron Smith. His number is 773.552.3717.
    I have known him for many years and they do quality work. Tell him LuAnne recommended you.

Jun 22

Updated Jun 26

Landscaping project

Looking for landscaper quotes on the excavation of back yard, 25’x19’, adding a 6” gravel base and installation of artificial turf, Flagstone walkway (turf/flagstone on-site). In addition to the installation of a stamped cement patio roughly 120Sf.

  • Hi!
    Call Ian, with Roche Landscaping at 773-443-1697. He can give to you a free estimate or help in some way!
    Good luck!

  • Good luck with your project. Always good to know what you want (and where you want it) before obtaining quotes.

Jun 22

Updated Jun 25

Tuckpointing..

Anyone know a good tuckpointing company?

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

    We just finished a project with Pyramid. The price was amazing. The work Richard did was also amazing. The work done by one of his helpers was awful, and looks worse because the work Richard did is absolutely beautiful. He redid some of it, but not all.

  • I have heard many good things about the work Pyramid does.

Jun 21

Updated Jun 25

Looking for Reliable Lawn Service

Looking for a Lawn Service/Landscaper who is reliable, responsive, experienced, and reasonable. Recommendations would be appreciated. Jefferson/Gladstone Park area. Thanks!

  • Call Oscar at
    (773) 946-8496

    Ask him for an estimate. He does great work and is very responsive.

Jun 25

Seafood City/Elston Mix Market

Does anyone know if "Elston Mix Market" is part of Seafood City? It is next to it, however, it looks empty inside.the business. Was not sure if we had a new business coming to the are for groceries, etc.

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