6 days ago

Updated 6 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!

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

    Joe - I handle the "business end" of our business (outside of the hours I am at my "real" job), and Howard does the actual work.

  • Everyone is welcome to stand by what he or she believes. From experience, I would be very careful about relying on Angie's List. It's a business that purports to be trustworthy, yet it has no actual stake in the game; no liability if you select a service provider that proves...

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    Everyone is welcome to stand by what he or she believes. From experience, I would be very careful about relying on Angie's List. It's a business that purports to be trustworthy, yet it has no actual stake in the game; no liability if you select a service provider that proves to be sub-par, derelict, or a complete waste of time -- as in our case when we subscribed years ago. ...
    We learned from that experience. They play games with the ratings which skews the veracity of their ratings; they're unreliable.

    In the case of Ironman Fences and More, the owner and his wife both take care of business.

    Customer satisfaction and future warranty coverage are important aspects in the decision making stage -- especially if it's an installation you plan to live with for a while -- versus a property you plan to sell.

4 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Unity in Community Supporting the 2018 Chicago Women's March- Northwest Neighbors Looking to Go?

Greetings My Neighbors!

Following an outstanding 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner Northwest this last Monday, double the size of our Inaugural 2017 Dinner and with a whole bunch of new Northwest neighbors joining us, Unity in Community now turns its attention to our first supported activity of 2018: The Chicago Women's March to be held on Saturday, January 20. Kick-off is at 11 AM but with the crowds expected you've got to get down there much earlier. Men of all...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Following an outstanding 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner Northwest this last Monday, double the size of our Inaugural 2017 Dinner and with a whole bunch of new Northwest neighbors joining us, Unity in Community now turns its attention to our first supported activity of 2018: The Chicago Women's March to be held on Saturday, January 20. Kick-off is at 11 AM but with the crowds expected you've got to get down there much earlier. Men of all ages are entirely welcome to attend.

Unity in Community leader Nancy Kerstein will be carrying our Unity in Community Northwest Area - city and surburbs - banner during the march. Community members interested in going should let us know either via this post or email us at Jac.Charlier@gmail.com. We'll connect up as a Northwest grouping (if you are not attending with another group already). More info is here: http://womens121marchonchicago.org/

Unity in Community is a citizen-led initiative creating an open civic space in our Northwest Area for civil conversation and shared action about race, gender, and diversity. Want more info? Contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com. We are on Facebook too.

  • I used to come to EveryBlock for useful information from my neighborhood, like this post about community support and involvement from Jac. But it has recently turned into Facebook 2.0 with Russian trolls in #MAGA hats spewing hate on everything. Done following this post. Sorry if my comments also turned others off since the post started off with a well-meaning call to action.

  • Phill Lucille, give me strength.

    Why are comments being deleted?
    robin in WRP writes "What about Tax paying citizens, brought here as small children, being forcibly removed from the country the call home and sent to a country where they have no ties?"
    She made a mistake there. Those aren't citizens, their legal status is "Illegal Alien".
    Not "off topic". Thanks.

Jan 11

Updated 13 hours 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

Jan 07

Updated 28 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

4 days ago

Updated 2 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.

3 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

3 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

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5 days ago

    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

6 days ago

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!!

6 days ago

Ready to Celebrate? Come on Over for the 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner Northwest - Unity in Community

Greetings My Neighbors,

Its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and that means you are welcome to join with Unity in Community as we celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. King, as well as the need for our ongoing work towards racial and gender equality, and inclusion for all. You are most welcome to join us tonight, Monday, January 15, for the 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner, the Northwest area's only annual MLK dinner. , We'll be at the...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and that means you are welcome to join with Unity in Community as we celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. King, as well as the need for our ongoing work towards racial and gender equality, and inclusion for all. You are most welcome to join us tonight, Monday, January 15, for the 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner, the Northwest area's only annual MLK dinner. , We'll be at the Wildwood Tavern (6140 W. Touhy, Niles) from 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost is $15/person (CASH ONLY, please - and if you can't afford that, come anyway, we'll figure it out.) It's not too late. All ages welcome.

Need more information? Email jac.charlier@gmail.com or see the EveryBlock MLK Day Dinner Event here: https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/jan15-unity-community-2nd-annual-mlk-northwest-area-dinner-8428566/

Want to know more about this national holiday? Keep reading.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent
question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Against what seemed like
impossible odds, Dr. King and scores of his fellow citizens of all races came
together and, ultimately, helped bend the moral arc of the universe toward
justice. In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress
designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of
service in 1994, and charged the Corporation for National and Community
Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” Today's commemoration of the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 15 is an opportunity to remember that history. It is also a time to consider how much work still remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.

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 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

Swim Lessons at NEIU start Jan. 16

Swim Lessons for Adults and Children begin Jan. 16 at NEIU Campus Recreation.

Openings for children or youth (ages 5 to 16) are available for:

Monday 6:30
Tuesday 6:30
Wednesday 5:45 and 6:30
Friday 5:15
Saturday 10:30 and 11:15

For adults:

Monday 7:15
Tuesday 7:15
Wednesday 7:15

For further information please see our website. https://neiu.edu/university-life/campus-recreation/aquatics

To see the full schedule and to register for swim lessons, follow this link https://apm.activecommunities.com/crneiu and search “youth swim lessons” or “adult swim lessons.”

    Aquatics | NEIU University Life
    Swimming is one of the best-all around workouts, involving nearly every major muscle group. Plus, water disperses heat more efficiently than air and cools the body, lowering your risk for overheating. And swimming offers up to 14% more resistance than exercising on land, providing an all-around great workout.
    https://neiu.edu

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

Unity in Community: Getting Ready for MLK Day on Monday, January 15 - Dine, Donate, Demand

Greetings Again My Neighbors,

As you get ready for the 2nd Annual Unity in Community MLK Day Dinner on Monday, January 15 at Wildwood Tavern from 6:30-8"30 PM (event details are here: https://nextdoor.com/events/1782090/ (Please RSVP if you have not already done so. Cost is $15/person.) it's time to think about what you can do on the MLK National Day of Service, also on January 15 and starting this upcoming weekend.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent...

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Greetings Again My Neighbors,

As you get ready for the 2nd Annual Unity in Community MLK Day Dinner on Monday, January 15 at Wildwood Tavern from 6:30-8"30 PM (event details are here: https://nextdoor.com/events/1782090/ (Please RSVP if you have not already done so. Cost is $15/person.) it's time to think about what you can do on the MLK National Day of Service, also on January 15 and starting this upcoming weekend.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent
question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Through the *MLK National
Day of Service and through this upcoming weekend, you can answer that question. *Locate where you can donate your time and treasure through the act of service to our neighbors* at https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday and be part of all those taking part in the the MLK National Day of Service.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com.

See you at the MLK Day Dinner - all ages are welcome...

Unity in Community is a citizen-led initiative. Our Mission is to create an open civic space in the Northwest area - city and suburbs alike *for civil conversation, growth, reflection, and shared action regarding race, gender, and diversity.

    Unity In Community 2nd Annual Mlk Northwest Area Dinner
    Greetings My Neighbors! Unity in Community is pleased to invite you to our 2nd Annual MLK Northwest Area Dinner on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Wildwood Tavern.
    https://nextdoor.com

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 05

Updated Jan 08

Celebrating MLK Day on Monday, January 15 in Three Easy Steps - Dine, Donate, Demand

Greetings My Neighbors!

It's time to get ready to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day on Monday, January 15.

In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Against what seemed like impossible odds, Dr. King and scores of his fellow citizens of all races came together and, ultimately, helped bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. The upcoming...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

It's time to get ready to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day on Monday, January 15.

In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Against what seemed like impossible odds, Dr. King and scores of his fellow citizens of all races came together and, ultimately, helped bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. The upcoming commemoration of the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 15, is an opportunity to remember that history and re-commit ourselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another. It is also a time to consider how much work still remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.

You can get going to celebrate MLK Day in three easy steps:

1) Dine
Register now to join with your neighbors at the Northwest area's first and only MLK Day Dinner on Monday, January 15 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Once again this year we'll be at the Wildwood Tavern**, 6941 W. Touhy, Niles. Cost is only $15/person. The price includes a chili bar, soup, salad and breads.

To register you can 1) simply reply to this post or 2) send an email to us at jac.charlier@gmail.com or 3) click here https://www.facebook.com/events/380722305718681/ for Facebook Event site.

**Wildwood Tavern has free parking and is easily accessible via CTA.

2) Donate
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Through the MLK National Day of Service, you can answer that question. Locate where and how here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday

3) Demand
The single word that best describes the work of Dr. King is justice. To that end, this year Unity in Community is proud to support the Chicago Women's March on January 20. Learn more here: http://womens121marchonchicago.org/

Want more info? Contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com

    MLK Day | 1.15.2018 | Corporation for National and Community Service
    Get up to date on everything happening for MLK Day.
    https://www.nationalservice.gov
  • J

    Jac is stirring it up again.

  • Phill Lucille, give me strength.

    Helen NoH is a big fan of controversial alderman Joe Moore (49h Ward). She's angry because I expressed my dislike for that alderman yesterday.
    To her, if you don't love Joe Moore with all your heart, then you're a "troll".

    We all have different opinions, Helen, don't get angry about it.

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 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.

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 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 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.

Dec 17

Updated Dec 19

Toys for Tots Campaign is SHORT OF TOYS for Christmas 2017 - How You Can Help!

Greetings My Neighbors!

Just got this urgent appeal from a sister American Legion Post. I'm asking you to contribute by Wednesday, December 20 to the 2017 Toys-for-Tots Drive, The Drive is short 10,000 toys in two age groups: GIRLS Ages 10 to 13 and BOYS Ages 10 to 13. Toys received by this Wednesday are able to be delivered on time by USMC 2/24 (2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment).

Toys should be new, in the original packaging, and unwrapped. Please –...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Just got this urgent appeal from a sister American Legion Post. I'm asking you to contribute by Wednesday, December 20 to the 2017 Toys-for-Tots Drive, The Drive is short 10,000 toys in two age groups: GIRLS Ages 10 to 13 and BOYS Ages 10 to 13. Toys received by this Wednesday are able to be delivered on time by USMC 2/24 (2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment).

Toys should be new, in the original packaging, and unwrapped. Please – no stuffed animals.

Here’s two ways you can easily contribute:

1) Drop off toys at any IHOPS in Cook County. For our NW area, here are the nearby locations:
IHOP SKOKIE, 9500 Skokie Blvd, SKOKIE, IL 60077
IHOP NORRIDGE, 7056 West Forest Preserve Drive, NORRIDGE, IL 60706
IHOP CHICAGO, 2818 W Diversey Ave, CHICAGO, IL 60647
IHOP CHICAGO, 4210 N Cicero Ave, CHICAGO, IL 60641
IHOP CHICAGO, 5929 N Lincoln Ave, CHICAGO, IL 60659

For other IHOPS, please log onto: http://www.ihop.com/ihop-locations.

2) Donate online to Toys for Tots:
http://chicago-il.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-donate.aspx

Your donated dollars will go a LONG way because the Marines have special buying agreements (big discounts) with the toy stores with NO shipping and NO sales tax! (Toys for Tots is an registered 501c3 charity. So your dollars are also tax deductible).

97% of your donation goes to providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children. 3% is spent on support - principally covering fundraising expenses. Not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.

Questions? Please contact me at jac.charlier@gmail.com or via Nextdoor or just around the neighborhood.

Folks, we can do this...together. Thank you, in advance!

Jac

Dec 17

Updated Dec 18

North Park Village Chapel

Come join us for Mass every Sunday at the North Park Village Chapel. 9:30 AM, enter from Ardmore off 5800 N. Pulaski Avenue at the stop light.

Drive carefully, there are a lot of deer in the area. A few deer, but not all, have already gone north to help Santa get ready for Christmas.

The program for the week of Christmas:

12/24, Advent and Christmas Eve: Eleanor Strong, Pianist and Stephanie Klatt, Violinist

12/25,: Christmas: Eric Nyberg, Pianist and Patty Garvey, Cellist and harpist

12/31: New Years Eve: Eleanor Strong, Pianist and Stephanie Klatt, Violinist

Join us every other Sunday at 9:30 AM of the year as well.

  • Bob, this is the first time I've seen you advocating driving. Sorry couldn't give up a chance to pick on you.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I should have mentioned, it's a Catholic mass, administered by St. Hilary's Parish, located at Bryn Mawr and California. There's also a Korean service at 12:30 PM. but I couldn't find any information or a link to their website.

    There is mass every Sunday at 9:30 AM, and all the...

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    I should have mentioned, it's a Catholic mass, administered by St. Hilary's Parish, located at Bryn Mawr and California. There's also a Korean service at 12:30 PM. but I couldn't find any information or a link to their website.

    There is mass every Sunday at 9:30 AM, and all the services listed at 9:30 AM.

    Not shown in the picture: there are TWO bicycle racks to lock up your bikes. You don't need to worry about the deer if you ride your bike. If it's raining you can bring your bike inside; I do.

Dec 15

Updated Dec 15

Cost sharing sidewalk applications begin Jan 9, 2018

Pot hold, crumbly, ugly sidewalk? Want a new one? The city will pay half.
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private...

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Pot hold, crumbly, ugly sidewalk? Want a new one? The city will pay half.
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2018 if you wish to be considered for the 2018 program. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311 or through the City’s service request website www.cityofchicago.org/311. The property owner’s contact information and the property address are required at the time of request.
more at https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/street/svcs/shared_cost_sidewalkprogram.html?utm_source=50th+Ward+Chicago&utm_campaign=fe95daf701-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9b54b7a4e-fe95daf701-321138397

Dec 15

Dec 13

    Woman found dead in Target parking lot in West Rogers Park
    A woman was found dead early Tuesday in a grassy area along the fence line of the parking lot of a Target store in West Rogers Park, Chicago police said. The woman, 42, was found around 1 a.m. after police responded to a call of a person down in the 2100 block of West Peterson Avenue on the North Side.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 13

Unity in Community 2nd Annual MLK Northwest Area Dinner - Monday, January 15, 2018 @6:30 PM

Greetings My Neighbors!

Unity in Community is pleased to invite you to our 2nd Annual MLK Northwest Area Dinner on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Wildwood Tavern.

We will celebrate what we accomplished in 2017, look ahead to 2018, celebrate the value of equality of race and gender and diversity in our communities, and have a really good time doing it just like we did at last year's Inaugural MLK Dinner. More info...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Unity in Community is pleased to invite you to our 2nd Annual MLK Northwest Area Dinner on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Wildwood Tavern.

We will celebrate what we accomplished in 2017, look ahead to 2018, celebrate the value of equality of race and gender and diversity in our communities, and have a really good time doing it just like we did at last year's Inaugural MLK Dinner. More info here:

WHAT: Unity in Community 2nd Annual MLK Northwest Area Dinner

WHO: Everybody. All ages - kids - youth - adults of all ages - Everybody.

WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: Wildwood Tavern, 6480 W. Touhy, Niles - Super easy and free parking, accessible by both CTA and PACE buses, bike trail accessible
Here's their home page: www.wildwoodtavern.net

COST: We're having an affordable buffet meal. We want this to be open to as many as possible. Stay tuned for cost info. If costs are a barrier, reach out. We'll figure it out. Oh yeah, please bring cash for the evening. That helps us keep costs low too.

RSVP: Reserve your spot today (!) to jac.charlier@gmail.com. We're keeping this thing super simply, just reply to this posting, send en email to Jac.Charlier@gmail.com or you can also RSVP on Facebook as well as get updates, share and post comments/thoughts. Our Unity in Community Facebook page is called "Unity in Community Northwest"

Unity in Community is a citizen-led initiative creating an open civic space in our Northwest Area for civil conversation and shared action about equality of race, gender, and diversity. Unity in Community invites any and all to join us at our annual dinner and throughout the year. We are focused on the Northwest Area including both NW Chicago and the near NW suburbs.

More to come. For now, please RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com or reply to this post or go to Facebook to RSVP. And, kindly share this posting with neighbors.

Dec 05

Updated Dec 13

Ira Silverstein makes up his own rules

It's embarrassing for those of us in the 9th Senatorial District that State Sen. Ira Silverstein has decided to run for re-election in the Democrat primary in March.

If he wins that primary, he'll glide into the November election, and he'll return to the General Assembly where he'll be called before an ethics committee to answer questions about his unsavory relationship with a female lobbyist.

Now this from a another Silverstein constituent who writes the 50th Ward Follies:

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It's embarrassing for those of us in the 9th Senatorial District that State Sen. Ira Silverstein has decided to run for re-election in the Democrat primary in March.

If he wins that primary, he'll glide into the November election, and he'll return to the General Assembly where he'll be called before an ethics committee to answer questions about his unsavory relationship with a female lobbyist.

Now this from a another Silverstein constituent who writes the 50th Ward Follies:

A friend just sent me a WBEZ report that Ira Silverstein served as lawyer for the father of Denise Rotheimer, his accuser in the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his leadership role in Springfield, during the tine she alleges the harassment occurred.

Worse, WBEZ’s Dave McKinney adds that Ira used his office on Devon–the one leased by the 50th Ward Democratic Organization–rather than his private law office to meet with the father, Philip Rotheimer, about a legal dispute over Rotheimer’s father’s estate. McKinney writes that an unnamed “…government watchdog group said hosting personal business on state property could pose a breach of ethics and a conflict of interest if a lawmaker also is doing legislative work on behalf of a client or client family member.”

Read the story. Then ask yourself: What was Ira thinking?

  • Dan Miller RP/WR resident since 1978

    The valuable 50th Ward Follies reports that "Formal objections have been filed to the nominating petitions of each of the five candidates in the 8th District senatorial contest. Objectors don't have to admit that they are objecting in behalf of another candidate, and the candidates themselves rarely deign to be...

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    The valuable 50th Ward Follies reports that "Formal objections have been filed to the nominating petitions of each of the five candidates in the 8th District senatorial contest. Objectors don't have to admit that they are objecting in behalf of another candidate, and the candidates themselves rarely deign to be so open with the public.

    Then there's Zehra Quadri, who filed objections to petitions for Ram Villivalam and Caroline McAteer-Fournier in her own name. Good for you, Zehra, it shows integrity and courage. Leaders lead.

    Rulings on objections will occur next week. Losers will have the opportunity to seek judicial review if they believe the State BOE made the wrong decision. If there are no appeals to the judiciary, then the Board's decisions stand.

    Petitions were filed by Ira Silverstein, Ram Villivalam, Zehra Quadri, Caroline McAteer-Fournier, and David Zulkey.

  • Dan Miller RP/WR resident since 1978

    re: >>>... no worries. No Republican has filed to run for state senate in the 8th District <<<

    No worries? A Democrat has held that seat since dirt, and Democrats have dominated state and Chicago politics for decades, leaving the state with $22 bln. in unfunded public pension liabilities. Property...

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    re: >>>... no worries. No Republican has filed to run for state senate in the 8th District <<<

    No worries? A Democrat has held that seat since dirt, and Democrats have dominated state and Chicago politics for decades, leaving the state with $22 bln. in unfunded public pension liabilities. Property taxes in Cook and Chicago are the highest in the US outside of Calif. and the Democrat-dominated Northeast. And we have "no worries" that an ethically challenged Democrat will waltz into his umpteenth term to represent us in the 8th Senatorial district?

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