2 hours ago

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.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Explosives in Garbage Cans

Last night around 9:45 pm the four white male teenagers pictured here put an M-80 in our neighbor's garbage can and blew plastic and metal shrapnel all over both properties. (The one lighting the grenade has shoulder length hair and baseball cap on backward.) This occurred in the 5800 block alley between Nina and West Circle. Please take a look and see if you recognize them? Their parents might want to know what they were up to last night (other than smoking weed, which is also visible on the security footage). 16th District police have been notified.

  • TDawg54 Resident of Old Norwood

    CHB, sad to say I've had similar experiences in our neighborhood. And the aura of entitlement is not confined to Taft kids or cops' kids. It's kind of pervasive.

  • @JBarney, glad to hear the troublemakers were caught. I do hope you decide to continue posting on EB in the future. There are many on EB that do respond with helpful suggestions/replies respectfully.

6 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Tuckpointing..

Anyone know a good tuckpointing company?

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

City Water Lot @Sunnyside + Lamon: Workers going down the alley the wrong way daily

The headline about sums it up. I've contacted the Alderman's office several times, over the past 3 months, lodged complaints with 311, with no real results. Anyone else have this issue with city workers not respecting the neighborhood they work in? I happened to be walking down the alley today and made them back up and go out on Lamon. One guy got really mad and tried inching his car up on me. His description: middle aged WHITE MALE.

13 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Details of high-end senior living complex outlined at community meeting

Officials address height concerns, while some residents express concerns about the high rents, starting at $4,400 a month for the independent units, which include one meal a day and other amenities.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/06/22/high-end-senior-living-with-array-of-amenities-planned-for-six-corners-with-rents-starting-at-4400-a-month/

    High-end senior living with array of amenities planned for Six Corners, with rents starting at $4,400 a month - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG Reaction to a proposed 10-story senior housing and retail complex at 4747 W. Irving Park Road was mixed at a June 21 community meeting hosted by Alderman John Arena (45th). About 225 people attend the meeting, which was held at the Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • Arena might not allow buyouts in the ward, but he does allow segregation by letting the builder build the affordable units off site, most likely in Jefferson Park. Arena, the true NIMBY in all of this.

  • We are dealing with assistive living right now and the price is actually cheap. Obviously most people can’t afford that type of money so with our experience our family member bought a long term insurance which will cover the entire cost.

13 hours ago

Shooting by the park at Lawrence and Long

Does anyone have details on how/why it happened? I'm guessing it was directed at someone by the basketball court.

25 hours ago

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!

4 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Postal Carriers & Today's Extreme Heat

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

  • cc, the prankster in me would get an old cooler from a yard sale and glue a cement paver in the bottom. Sure, they 'could' steal it; but on a 95 degree day, gotta doubt they'd consider it worth the sweat. You know... hard work.

  • Chuck Johnson Assistant Director, New Hope Community Food Pantry

    This is a really great idea, and one I had never thought of. It will start warming up again for sure, there will be a cooler on my steps with bottles of cold water in it. Gosh, I wish I had thought of that years ago!

6 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Lost pig

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

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

    BatGrrl; Alderman Arena is organizing a Ward Picnic and Porky has a starring role.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Maybe he is from St. BARTS carnival's opening act, now where is the rooster hidding.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

    June 26 hearing set for 41st Ward zoning proposal which is subject of a lawsuit - Nadig Newspapers - Northwest Side Local Newspapers
    by BRIAN NADIG The City Council Zoning Committee at its June 26 meeting is scheduled to hear a 299-unit apartment proposal near Higgins and Cumberland avenues which has been held in committee for months and is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the developer against the city.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Jun 10

Updated 2 days ago

Bird mess from feeders

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

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

    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

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

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    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

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

    Safflower

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

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

    Nyjer or thistle

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

    www.allaboutthebirds.org

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

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

new carpet recommendation

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

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    I had heard that it was going to be an Aldi and a Ross store. Bummer.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Oops! Commented to the wrong post. Sorry!

4 days ago

Lost car keys

Found car keys at Fosterand MoodyAve in Jefferson Pk

5 days ago

Happy Father's Day

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

5 days ago

6 days ago

Jun 14

Updated 6 days ago

Whats going on central and lawrence

A big rat was outside

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

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

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    No that's 2 doors north

Jun 13

Updated 6 days ago

Auto repair

Folks: Tom and Jerry's Auto Repair? Anyone have any experience with them or any other reliable body shop in the area.

  • Yet another person chiming in here with a good review. I've used Tom & Jerry's several times. One time I had to take my car in for a fender bender, they even asked me if I had work done from a previous accident (I had about a year prior). They...

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    Yet another person chiming in here with a good review. I've used Tom & Jerry's several times. One time I had to take my car in for a fender bender, they even asked me if I had work done from a previous accident (I had about a year prior). They said whoever the body shop was before, they did a terrible job and left a lot of debris and unfinished work. Anyway ... Tom & Jerry's cleaned it all up and fixed my car up nicely. I've been there a few times and they do great work. It's the only place I'll take my car now (I hope to not have to take it in for any repairs though, haha).

  • I agree with the previous comments. Very good work, professional staff. Not cheap if you are paying out-of-pocket. Also, they do not patch rust, because they can't guarantee that type of work.

Sep 17 2014

Updated Jun 14

Concrete Stair Repair Recommendations?

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 13

Jun 06

Updated Jun 12

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

    Anytime. Anyplace. Just for drill.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 09

Updated Jun 12

Gangs are at Dickens Park

Watch your surroundings

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    That was at 2 am begging for cigarettes

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

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

    Crimes caught on camera would be admissible.

Jun 10

Updated Jun 12

residential canopy and awnings

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

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

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

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

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

Jun 10

Updated Jun 12

Very Arrogant Neighbors

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

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

Jun 10

Updated Jun 12

Building Codes

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

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

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

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

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

Nov 16 2015

Updated Jun 11

Basement renovation question

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

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

anyone?

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

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

Jun 08

Updated Jun 11

10-story building planned for Six Corners

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

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

    Another political joke at least demolition crews are busy.

  • LadyHawk Lifelong resident

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

Jun 09

Jun 08

Jun 04

Updated Jun 07

Weekly Ad paper delivery

Hi All-

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

  • Len

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

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

  • Bob

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

Jun 07

Jun 01

Updated Jun 05

Mister Rodger's

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

Mar 14 2016

Updated Jun 03

Converting Garage into Mother-In Law Suite

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

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I think I will build one thanks

  • N. McNeal Interested in Lincoln Square and nearby areas

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

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

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