9 hours ago

Jan 15

Updated 26 hours ago

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • Our friend was an award winning builder. Several years ago he had 2 clients back out of projects because of bad Angies List reviews. When he looked into it he found several horrible reviews from people he had never heard of. He contacted Angies List and they said they had no way of verifying if reviews were real. He suspected the reviews were initiated by a competitor but could not prove it.

  • I've used Angies List for at least 10 years. I never base my decision on just one or two good or bad reviews. I read ALL the reviews. I look at any pictures posted. There are always some people who are never happy with anything and it is important story...

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    I've used Angies List for at least 10 years. I never base my decision on just one or two good or bad reviews. I read ALL the reviews. I look at any pictures posted. There are always some people who are never happy with anything and it is important story see what the company does to resolve those issues. I look for someone who's been in business for a while thats licensed and insured if required. I also interview several potentials before I decide to hire. During the interview I ask questions and get a feel for how the company is to work with. Then I decide who to hire. I never take the first person I see on Angies List and I never take the cheapest or the most expensive. I also post reviews and have no problem if a potential customer wants to call me regarding a job someone did on my place.

Jan 07

Updated 27 hours ago

Seeking Plumber and Gas man referrals

Hi Neighbors,

We would like to install a washer and dryer and hope that some of you could recommend a plumber and a gas man who could get the job done right.

Thanks so much for your help.

Pam

34 hours ago

  • St. Hilary School reviewed by a parent

    St. Hilary has been a wonderful, warm and kind environment for our son who is in kindergarten. The class sizes are small and the teachers are caring and nurturing and supported by Mrs. Donovan, the school's dynamic principal.

    St. Hilary School (5614 North Fairfield Avenue) Published on GreatSchools January 21, 2018 Comment

Jan 11

Updated 2 days ago

Check out Chicago water quality

Watching @CBSThisMorning, interesting feature on poor water quality. Check out the calculator on EWG’s website to determine the quality of your drinking water. Here’s what the say is in our #Chicago tap water! https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=IL0316000#.WldvgLhMGEe

    EWG's Tap Water Database: What's in Your Drinking Water?
    Look up your local water system to find out which pollutants might be of concern, and find suggestions on the best kinds of home filters to remove those chemicals.
    https://www.ewg.org

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Water line install pipe replacement Referrals needed

Hello, i'm getting a waterline install quote for a 3 flat in the Northside of Chicago. Looking for economical referrals if anyone has any. I've already gotten pricey quotes from Apex, and Parks Plumbing but am wondering if a smaller company can do better. Thanks everyone.

  • May I ask why the street to house line needs to be replaced? Is it leaking before reaching the house or having low pressure issue? When I replaced the lines in my building we did it from the point where it entering the house to all the fixtures and the boiler room.

  • Mike Goode Owner of Goode Plumbing in Chicago

    When you say waterline, are you referring to the water service? This is the line that brings water from the municipal main to your building. If that’s the case, then your choices among plumbing contractors is going to be more limited than for work that does not involve going into...

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    When you say waterline, are you referring to the water service? This is the line that brings water from the municipal main to your building. If that’s the case, then your choices among plumbing contractors is going to be more limited than for work that does not involve going into the public way, which is required to replace a water service. Depending on the current size and fixture count, you may we’ll need to go into the street, requiring a street opening permit among other things. I’m not certain of the age of your 3 flat, but many older buildings in Chicago have a 1 inch lead (or iron) water service which no longer meets current code. You will need to bring things up to current code once you expose it. We do not do water services yet-it is one of the very few services we do not offer (but are looking to in the not too distant future) but would be happy to refer you to someone. If you are looking for inside plumbing, I’d be happy to give you any advice or take a look at things if you’d like.

4 days ago

armed robbery 6600 on Rockwell

I just hear from a neighbor about an armed robbery yesterday (Wednesday) around 6:15-6:30pm. 2 black males in their 20's with handguns robbed a woman after she got out of her car. police were on the scene for several hours. that's all the information I have, just wanted to pass this on to my neighbors. We all need to be alert

4 days ago

A Community Alert from Alderman O'Conner Nei...

A Community Alert from Alderman O'Conner Neighborhood Burglary Dear Neighbor, The 20th District Police has informed us that a burglary occurred Wednesday, January 17, in the 2900 block of W. Catalpa Ave. The incident occurred at some point during the day when the homeowner was away. Police report that in the area bordered by California and Virginia, Bryn Mawr and Balmoral, individuals are knocking on doors to find out if a home is occupied. Residents are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to call 911 right away. Remember, neighbors are the eyes and ears of the community and have proven time and again to be of great help in the apprehension of burglars. The next CAPS meeting for this area, Beat 2011, is as follows: When: Monday, February 5 Time: 7:00 pm Where: 20th District Police Station Address: 5400 N. Lincoln Avenue The 20th District has assured me that they will step up police patrol in the area. I will keep you posted should more information become available. Download pdf for tips on how to prevent home burglary. Sincerely, Ald. Pat O'Connor

    https://www.facebook.com

5 days ago

Jan 16

    Truth in Accounting
    Our Financial State of the Cities will be released on January 24th! The report will include the 75 most populated cities in the United States.
    https://www.facebook.com

Jan 15

Laundry service?

We find ourselves without a washer and dryer for a couple of weeks. Rather than schlep to a laundromat, is there a service (preferably with pickup and delivery) anyone recommends?

Thank you!!

Jan 10

Updated Jan 14

Anyone's Child Go to DePaul College Pre?

My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I...

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My brother went to Gordon Tech in the 1990s and loved the auto and wood shops among other things. It is now called DePaul College Prep. My son is in the 6th grade and we are starting to look at high schools. A couple of items on their website alarmed me. One is that it seems that with the change to DePaul CP, they also did away with all shop classes. While my son wants to go to college, I felt it important that he learn to work with his hands as well. It seems so many people go to college only to come out and struggle to find work. Yet I have a friend who is an electrician and he makes fantastic money, and has always been busy.

The other concern was, is DePaul CP a racist school? I see they have a Black Student Union, but none for whites! I do not want to send my son to a racist school since we are a family that is proud of what God made us (I am white, my wife is Hispanic) so we would not mind him joining a group of others that would share like minded ideas about their culture, as I am sure the Black Student Union does, but to have one and not the other worries me in that, this may be a school that teaches that some races deserve special treatment based solely on the color of their skin. Does anyone have experience with DePaul CP? Many thanks for advise. We have a couple of years, but time passes quickly!

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

    Or cook...

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    No guilt whatsoever on my part.

    Yes these are both true. My electrician friend says that another complaint he has is when his customers go on youtube, assume each job is just like it is on the internet and then question his price, yet are unable to turn a screwdriver on their own. He charges $185 per hour for his labor rate, and even with overhead, that is not a bad living.

Jan 14

Jan 11

Updated Jan 13

Gunshots on corner of Francisco and Granville

Awareness:

Tonight at 11:35pm my husband and I heard approx 15 gunshots coming from Granville & Francisco. We called 911 and alerted them. Found out a bullet went through a woman's garden apt window on Francisco and multiple shell casings found.

Jan 11

Updated Jan 13

Free Artograph...

If you know what an Artograph is, you probably are an art teacher or an old-school graphic artist, and you know whether this device would benefit you or your students. It's a DB 300, principally designed as a drawing-board projector with a 3x enlargement or reduction, or 18x on a vertical surface. It weighs 40 pounds, uses two 150-watt photo enlarger lamps and pulls 115 volts and 3 amps. We have the original owner's manual. Free to a user who can make good use of this great teaching aid.

  • Hi Dan. I have a friend, not on Everyblock, that would LOVE to have this for her school. She's an art teacher. How can I have her contact you?

  • Dan Miller RP/WR resident since 1978

    Sorry, Diane. It was taken.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 12

Crying cat 😢

Hi neighbors, there is a a beautiful white with like brownish/grayish spots fluffy cat circling my house (birchwood and fargo) every day crying in the middle of the night, i say its because of the freezing temperatures. Ive tried to grab it but everytime i get close it runs away I cant even take a picture of it. Please if someone thinks this cat belongs to someone lets work on giving it back or help me find it a home. (Im working on grabbing it.) Lets not leave these poor cats out in the cold please lets Stelter them.

  • Thank you all.
    Diana thank you so much for your suggestions, I didn't know about that cat shelter. I will go tomorrow morning!!

    Tara O'Shea your kitten is gorgeous, it's not the same one I see around my house. I will keep my eyes open for your kitten!

  • Reach out to Treehouse @ Western and Touhy..there is a Facebook.group called "Chicago Community Cats"..you may want to join to see if anyone is misdingva colony cat..thanks for caring!

Jan 11

Jan 11

Jan 07

Updated Jan 10

Never ending car alarm

Hi folks,

I wanted to know if anyone has experienced a never ending car alarm somewhere on Lawrence between Oakley and Leavitt. Today, I was woken up at 7am by this alarm, it is now 9:30am and it’s still going on. Tuesday afternoon and night it seems the same car had the same issue. The alarm went on till 8pm from the mid afternoon. I called 311 which connected me to the police they said they would bring a car out this was a little before 8am but obviously nothing has happened. Does anyone have any suggestions what to do about this?

  • I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove...

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    I called 311 once for a car going off all night. They said the only thing they could do was put a noise violation ticket on it. Which wouldn't help get it turned off obviously. Another time was a neighbor's car that beeped outside my window everytime a car drove down the street. It was going off several times a minute round the clock. I was starting to go crazy after a week of this. I finally put a note on the car explaining the frequency. After the note disappeared so did the sound. I think non nasty notes are the most effective. Unfortunately I don't think you can do anything in the moment because I don't think cops will tow the car. Unless you know how to get into the car and turn it off like that other guy!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Google the battery location of the make and model of the offending car, and use a hammer to put a chisel or long screwdriver through it.

Jan 10

Jan 08

Parking

Hello im looking for someone who. has a parking spot for rent in the Albany Park area. I live near montrose and kimball and parking is awful. I will be moving in March but staying in the same area. My budget is $50-100 per month. Thanks in advance!

Mauricio

Jan 07

Jan 06

Updated Jan 06

Missing Cat Ollie

Ollie ran away from our house today. He is a white American short haired cat and he has two different colored ears one black and one pink. He has black spots over his body has green eyes.

Jan 06

Jan 04

Updated Jan 05

Mt. Trashmore sledding prohibited!?

It's been years...decades rather since I've been there. I just read a story saying sledding is illegal on the big hill. Is this true? I know it's been unbearably cold, but has anyone been there recently? How are the sledding conditions?

  • Sledding is allowed on Cricket Hill. That's in Lincoln Park near Montrose Harbor and there's lots of free parking.

  • Warren Park has a sledding hill. Built for sledding.

Jan 04

Updated Jan 05

Looking for a handyman or reliable plumber?

Our regular handyman isn't available right now and we have a leaking toilet seal, slow drain, and some plaster work that needs to be done.

Thanks for your help.

Jan 05

  • Permit issued for signs

    ON PREMISE BUSINESS IDENTIFICATION SIGNSIGN PAINTED DIRECTLY ON WALL WEST ELEVATION

    5773 N. Lincoln Ave. Issued January 3, 2018 Comment

Dec 27

Updated Jan 04

ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods

This is shocking! No, not our neighborhood...yet! But these criminals can easily travel.
And remember, Chicago has some of the toughest gun restrictive laws in the country so it isn't gun violence but people who don't care about laws using guns violently.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/25092/one-third-us-homicide-spike-coming-just-few-jared-sichel

    ONE-THIRD Of U.S. Homicide Spike Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods
    Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI's annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.
    https://www.dailywire.com
  • Michael Archangel Truth is NOT whatever you can get away with!

    @Phill - You need to go back and read for content. What John Sebeck wrote was: "... I rather go out standing my ground with the weapon of choice...". To "go out" means to die. So my comment remains valid that the outcome is the same...dead is dead!

    Really, Phill, unless you completely misunderstood what was previously written, you are distorting the comments of another person and that is dishonest. Dishonesty is also uncivilized.

  • Phill Lucille, give me strength.

    Ohhhhhhh, you were being "snappy"?

Jan 02

Updated Jan 03

Jury Duty 26 S California

Any tips, suggestions, thoughts? Never had Jury Duty there.
Thanks!

  • Been there twice but my panel was not called so it was very boring. If you're driving stay on Western and turn West at 26th and then South at California and you're there. There is free parking for jurors right across the street from the courthouse if you show your summons. TV in the waiting room. I brought my lunch. There is a cafeteria in the building and many Mexican restaurants in the area. You must go through a metal detector and empty your pockets or purse.

  • Bring your lunch. Especially if you get impaneled

Jan 03

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Out-of-staters recognize our financial problems more clearly than we do

This excerpt is from an editorial in a newspaper in Nevada, the Review-Journal.

"Illinois is a financial basket case — which is what you get when you combine political patronage with powerful public-sector unions that control leftist politicians. The state should be a case study for other jurisdictions on how not to conduct public policy. After all, who will pay the bills when the taxpayers flee?"

Surely, after decades of one-party rule in Springfield, Cook County and Chicago, we voters can do better this March in the primaries and in September in the general election.

  • The joy of living in a state controlled by Democrats for decades. The unfunded debt is worse in high tax Democrat controlled states...and tends to be be better in low tax Republican states.

Dec 31

    Gunfire erupts at birthday party inside West Rogers Park bar, injuring 4
    It was Tiana Harston's first time at American Ale House, an over-30 bar with Christmas lights hanging in the window and a green awning, on the Far North Side. She was there early Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday. But uninvited guests slipped in, cutting the celebration short, she said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 31

Dec 18

Updated Dec 30

Parent-Child Class?

Just moved to this neighborhood. Want to check out a Montessori school for my 14 month old daughter. Three blocks from where we live, there is a school called Montessori Gifted Prep. We toured there, but they are full. Thinking about to trying their Parent-Child class on Jan. 25 Anyone want to join together?

  • DQ

    Thank you all for the recommendations. I will definitely check out other options in the neighborhood, I won't go so far like O'hare unfortunately. I was just so amazed by how well children at Montessori Gifted Prep spoke both Spanish and Mandarin at this early age when I toured there.

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

    North Park is not a Montessori school, but they do incorporate Montessori principles for primary grades. https://www.npeschool.org/

    Keep in mind that not all children do well in that environment; ours did much better in a highly structured, competitive program

Nov 03

Updated Dec 30

    State Sen. Silverstein resigns from Senate leadership team after sexual harassment allegation
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced on Wednesday that Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein has resigned from the Senate Democratic Leadership team after being accused of sexual harassment. Legislative activist Denise Rotheimer testified Tuesday in front of a senate panel that Ira Silverstein made inappropriate comments to her while the two worked together on legislation.
    http://abc7chicago.com
  • Phill Lucille, give me strength.

    And Democrats think they're "the good ones", "the resistance", SMH.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    It really doesn't discriminate by democrat or republican it's all a matter of keeping oneself in check at all times in how you speak to or treat your fellow colleagues

Dec 28

Car Key Found

Range Rover key found this minding in the snow, on Campbell Ave. Text Milian to retrieve. (773) 251-5187.

Dec 28

Dec 21

Updated Dec 24

Stolen Black Chevy Suburban from Catalpa and Bryn Mawr

Alert of stolen vehicle Black Chevy Suburban, tinted windows. Three car seats and a baby stroller inside of truck. Was parked by Catalpa and Bryn Mawr, gone missing between 8:30pm(12/20) and 7:30am (12/21)

  • J

    Speak truth, Penny. And if we don't rally to speak up, folks like Ald. Arena and Jac Charlier will destroy what we have for their own political gain.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Who's trying to "gentrify" Jeff Park?

Dec 24

Dec 23

Dec 22

Property tax delinquent? Up for auction

Whether or not you decide to pay your 2017 property taxes early for a perhaps federal tax deduction depending on your income, among other factors, check to make sure you're not delinquent for past years. By law, the Treasurer is required to put delinquent taxes up for auction – the first step toward loss of property. The next delinquent properties sale will be May 4, 2018.

Do not let your home be threatened by opportunistic tax buyers. It is very important that you visit www.cookcountytreasurer.com to check if your property taxes are delinquent. For more information, contact the Cook County Treasurer’s Office at (312) 443-5100.

    Cook County Treasurer's Office - Chicago, Illinois
    https://www.cookcountytreasurer.com

Dec 13

Updated Dec 21

Illinois Drives People Away The taxpayer migration continues from the Land of Ever Higher Taxes.

Soon there will be so much affordable housing. But who will pay the taxes? Oh!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-drives-people-away-1513125224
Illinois Drives People Away.

If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration.

The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax...

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Soon there will be so much affordable housing. But who will pay the taxes? Oh!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/illinois-drives-people-away-1513125224
Illinois Drives People Away.

If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration.

The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow in tax returns.
While Florida with zero income tax was the top destination for Illinois expatriates, the Illinois Policy Institute notes that Illinois lost income and people on net to all of its neighbors—Wisconsin (6,000 people based on claimed exemptions), Indiana (8,200), Iowa (1,900), Missouri (2,000) and Kentucky (1,100). What’s the matter with Illinois?

Too much for us to distill in one editorial, but suffice to say that exorbitant property and business taxes have retarded economic growth. Illinois’s corporate tax rate is 9.5%, and pass-through business owners pay 6.45%. Though Illinois’s flat 4.95% income tax rate is relatively low compared to its neighbors, Democrats have found other ways to clobber their citizens.

Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. The average homeowner who moves from Lake County, Illinois, across the border to Kenosha County, Wisconsin would receive an annual $3,200 annual property tax cut. Taxes may increase as Democrats scrounge for cash to pay for pensions. Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilitie
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  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Right wing drivel.....Rauner, Tribune, et al have story line that they hope if they kreep repeating, more gullibles will agree so they can break the unions and put more money in their pockets. Looks like there are a few non thinkers here who then post their drivel. The Republican party has rotted and their minions blindly follow.

  • Headline in the Drudge Report, Illinois Losing Resident Every 4 Mins... ,
    which links to this http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-20/illinois-lost-1-resident-every-43-minutes-2017-dropped-6th-most-populous-state Illinois Lost 1 Resident Every 4.3 Minutes In 2017, Dropped To 6th Most Populous State,

    While it is understandable that people are upset when facts disagree with deeply held feelings, ignoring them is dangerous. For all our sakes let's hope that the construction cranes aren't the forerunner to a bust leaving us holding the debt bag.

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