15 hours ago

Info for families with a kindergartener entering Portage Park School this fall

Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening...

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Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening at Portage Park School. It is NOT a social network - posts only go in one direction: out to users. You will need an email address to sign up. We have over 550 members on the PPSC, please ​join today​ ​and make our circle complete!

You’re invited to a ​Kindergarten Orientation​ for Class of 2027 families on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm.
Enter at Door # 16 on Berteau.
Please RSVP for this event online at: https://tinyurl.com/PPS2027OrientationRSVP
This event is intended for families with students who will be attending kindergarten at PPS in the fall. It is ok to attend if you have not registereed yet, but registration will not be done at this event. Any changes or updates to this event will be posted on the Portage Park School Community circle on SimplyCircle (see above) and on the school website.

If you would like to join a Google group for Class of 2027 parents, you can do so at:
https://tinyurl.com/pps2027class

PPS is a neighborhood school. For more info: https://www.portageparkschool.org/

    Parent Portal | SimplyCircle
    SimplyCircle parent portal makes it easy for classrooms, schools, PTAs and other groups to organize and communicate. It's private, secure, and easy to use.
    http://www.simplycircle.com

17 hours ago

Landscape recommendations

I need to hire someone to mow my lawn at least once a month. Does anyone have recommendations?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Local shredding events?

Any upcoming 45th or 38th ward shredding events scheduled?

  • joanie 25 year resident of JP

    The 39th Ward is the only one that I know of that is scheduled in the near future. June 16th, 9:00 to noon, at Colleti's, 5707 N. Central.

    The 45th Ward just had an event about a week ago. I haven't read anything about any upcoming shredding events in the 38th Ward.

2 days ago

Reboyras blames upset citizens, then tries to blame Ald. Ramirez-Rosa

"Rubberstamp" Alderman Reboyras, who voted almost 100% of the time for Rahm Emanuel's agenda is trying to play the "blame game".
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/after-chaotic-hearing-on-civilian-oversight-of-cops-alderman-to-change-format/

    After chaotic hearing on civilian oversight of cops, alderman to change format
    The format of public hearings on four rival proposals for civilian police review will be dramatically altered after a chaotic first hearing that encountered so much resistance, it had to be cut short. Ald.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Stolen van

My husbands van was stolen yesterday. If anyone has seen or has information please email me adelavillagrana@gmail.com we will reward... please help this truck is still being paid.... truck has tinted windows and a Soccer team Real madrid sticker on back window. License plates 2207406B

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • LD

    This area needs to move faster with improvements .

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    What does the alderman have planned for area now . The Culvers can't make up for Sears moving,too many projects none are finished.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Van stolen barry and pulaski

My husband was truck was stolen this morning. Anyone with any information please message me or report to 311. 2010 ford 350. Has a real madrid stick on back window. Left side. Please any information will be greatly appreciated.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Plaster Repair

Can anybody recommend a plaster repair guy/gal? We have some water damage on our ceiling.

  • Bosco Plastering
    Call: (773) 544-5316
    2132 W Melrose Street
    Chicago, IL 60618-6310

    Used this guy twice. Very pleased with work. Fair and reasonable pricing.

  • I would like to know too. I have some seams with drywall that need to be repaired.

  • My husband working in construction. Very professional. Call for estimate 7736985690

Apr 17

Updated 5 days ago

Car wheels stolen.

A Honda Accord had its car wheels stolen on Keeler Ave. Probably happened last night. A resident mentioned that this was the sixth time she had seen this happend while walking he dog.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    But the msm tells us that "crime is down." They wouldn't lie to us, right. Sarcasm off.

  • Id rather be with wheels than wake up not finding your car... someone stoled my husband's work van by barry ave and karlov

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Grills, Balconies, and Apartments: My entire apartment smells like I had a fire.

My second apartment in the 10 months since I've moved to Chicago and another friggin problem: grills. I'm not going to apologize people. If you want to grill, then buy a house, go to the park, or find a building with a backyard and a landlord that will permit you to grill.

I came home today, and my entire apartment smells like I had a fire. Everything smells of smoke, including my new furniture, from the bedroom to the front...

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My second apartment in the 10 months since I've moved to Chicago and another friggin problem: grills. I'm not going to apologize people. If you want to grill, then buy a house, go to the park, or find a building with a backyard and a landlord that will permit you to grill.

I came home today, and my entire apartment smells like I had a fire. Everything smells of smoke, including my new furniture, from the bedroom to the front room. Even the clothes in my closet.

This had got to be a Chicago thing. Every other place I've lived, local ordinance banned grilling on apartment balconies, period. I can barely stand to sit in my apartment, that I pay rent for, with all the smoke.

F'en unbelievable!

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

May 15

Updated 5 days ago

Planting in the front

I was trying to find information if it's Ok to plant in the front of my house. Mainly between the street and the sidewalk. A neighbor just recently planted a small tree there but I am hesitant to do anything since I thought that was city property.

If someone knows, please reply.

Thanks

  • I'm in the process of doing this right now, probably much to my neighbor's dismay since I need to kill all the grass first and that's a rather ugly process. We have a city tree planted there already but it was not planted deep enough and the roots are all...

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    I'm in the process of doing this right now, probably much to my neighbor's dismay since I need to kill all the grass first and that's a rather ugly process. We have a city tree planted there already but it was not planted deep enough and the roots are all over the place making it near impossible to mow. And why not have something that requires little to no maintenance? The other day some city workers came to futz with our streetlight and trampled over part of my grass-killing bonanza, but I figure once I plant perennials and natives they will pop back up or be able to be replanted pretty easily. Unless they have to tear up the whole thing, in which case get yourself on some neighborhood facebook groups or freecycle and there are always people giving away plants for free.

  • K Seasay, that parkway tree with the shallow root spread sounds typical of what happens when they are planted as saplings and don't get heavily watered for the first few weeks. For parkway saplings, if there's no treegator, just set a watering hose inside their mulch ring on a steady...

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    K Seasay, that parkway tree with the shallow root spread sounds typical of what happens when they are planted as saplings and don't get heavily watered for the first few weeks. For parkway saplings, if there's no treegator, just set a watering hose inside their mulch ring on a steady light flow for a couple hours every evening to develop a deep tap root system. At least for a few weeks. We did that and our trees developed twice as full and sturdy as others the City installed that didn't get watered.

5 days ago

    Chicago's vacant Sears stores present new opportunities for mixed-use redevelopment
    The shuttered Sears facility at the intersection of Chicago's North and Harlem avenues is poised to get a new lease on life as a development containing both retail and loft-style apartment components. The preliminary plan for the vacant North Side site straddling the Galewood neighborhood and Elmwood Park was announced Wednesday by Tucker Developer and Seritage Growth Properties-a spin-off of Sears' former real estate arm.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

5 days ago

lost car key

Hi neighbors!
Yesterday while out on a walk, I lost a single car key attached to a clicker around Montrose and Austin. I was on a walk with friends and we went down a lot of side streets around there. If anyone has spotted it, can you please let me know? Much appreciated. - Nora K. (nora8888@yahoo.com)

6 days ago

    Big developments planned for Sears' Six Corners, Galewood stores
    The last Sears store in Chicago and one the company closed last year are slated to be replaced with developments that combine residential and retail space. Highland Park-based Tucker Development and Seritage Growth Properties are partnering to redevelop stores in the Six Corners shopping district at the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood and on North Harlem Avenue in the Galewood neighborhood, Tucker Development said Wednesday in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 16

May 10

Updated May 15

5200 W. Roscoe

Noticed the construction going on inside this building of the corner of 5200 W Roscoe/Laramie. The ground level has framing going on front to back. Any ideas what they are doing?

  • Is framing going up inside the existing building or outside?

  • From what I seen that night in the dark, the framing is going on inside the first floor, front to back. Please note, I was inquiring if anyone had ideas what business establishment was coming. Or what they are building inside the place, not if there are permits. I'm not one to report people. I'm glad the building was purchased and work is being done instead of sitting abandoned.

May 13

Updated May 15

Tree Cutting

Hi neighbors,

I have a 30+ foot tall pine tree between my house and garage I'm looking to get cut down. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to do this? Any idea how much I should be prepared to spend?

Thanks.

  • Just trying to help, if it's not a Colorado Blue Spruce then it isn't worth it, So Chop Away!!!

  • LStone Western and Lawrence

    We had positive experience with McKay Tree Service, 1710 Catalpa Lane, Mount Prospect, IL - 847-489-5145

May 15

Mar 26 2017

Updated May 14

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • @scott concertman, I have my parkway Ash treated every few years by a local tree company. It's in great shape. How do I get it on the "list" to not be cut down? The company that treats the tree puts on a new / current tag every time they treat it. I'm assuming they're pulling a permit because they are well known in the city.

  • First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially...

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    First, thank you for patriotically protecting our urban ecosystems keystone species presently facing functional extinction in the wild. If most beneficial thing a conservationist can do for local ecology...is plant a new tree. Then protecting an already maturing tree, which literally represents physical definition of ones local ecosystem. Is exponentially more beneficial, so great job Chi-girl! If you did not check it out yet, here is link to my historical EAB info blog with photos of two oldest cook county ash trees I am voluntarally protecting....https://scottieashseed.wordpress.com/

    Yes permit on record is first line of defence, and revised tag affixed to trunk showing date last treated is only thing defending it from city removal. Know that even with all that, if treatment had been applied poorly. And tree showed decline, city could remove based on diagnosis.

    You are right to be worried since city has already begun removing numbers of recently retreated ash trees when still fully healthy, for reasons such as just because they are ash, and will require inevitable removal anyways in upcoming years.

    So I have already begun working with one senior forestry rep to help organize an official protection program. In fact first time I had discussed this issue with him, he was confident that required permit entered into city wide system with trees exact location was intended to prevent mistaken removal.

    In closing, forestry no longer marks trunks of trees to be removed with big Green painted spot. But now few days before...applies orange parking restriction posters on multiple trees, to allow crews more room for felling. And no poster differentiates which tree or trees are selected for removal, or will not be touched. So six trees with six signs for one removal. Hey Chi girl, here is link to front page story written about my work http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/%27Scottie-AshTree-Seed%27:-Trees-don%27t-have-to-die/

May 11

Updated May 14

30th Ward Aldermanic Election

Who would you vote for if the election were held today?

A) Ariel Reboyras (incumbent)

B) Jessica Gutierrez (Congressman's daughter)

C) Anyone but these two

  • Drain the swamp. Anyone in there, or is related to someone in there, or even knows anyone in there, should not get any chicagoans vote. Haven’t you seen enough. Dems, keep everyone poor and stupid. They just want your vote. Business as usual. This tax payer is tired of business as usual. Aren’t you?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Mark is 100 per cent correct .

May 14

May 08

Updated May 13

Lost Dog Luke 5/4/18

Lost Yorkie! 4lb male not neutered or chipped. Has underbite and suffers from seizures. Tan/Silver/Dark Gray. Has a shaggy cut. Has his tail. His family misses him please contact me with any info. Went missing on 5/4/18 at 11a on Division and Spaulding. He is one of our four Jedi please help spread the word.
Selena

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    My dog and I are on the lookout for Luke on every single walk.

  • Thank you so much. I really hope he comes home soon. Your support means the world to us

May 11

Updated May 13

Missing Recycling Bins

There used to be 3 recycling binds for our apartment building. Now two of them are gone. The same thing happened to the building next to ours. One bin will not hold all of our recycling.

Is the city deemphasizing recycling [again]. Or is there a ring of recycling bin thieves hitting our neighborhood.

  • Usually if the scavenger is going to replace damaged or chewed up cans they are replaced within a week. Still suspect the best thing is to check your Scavenger contract to find out if anything has changed. Most landlords/Associations do not advise unit owners/tenants when this is done.

  • If they were the blue bins from the city just call 311 they will bring out more. Mine were stolen as soon as they replaced the previous ones that were stolen. People apparently don't realize they can get their own for free by calling 311

May 13

Apr 25

Updated May 11

Armed Robbery

Last night, Tuesday, April 24th approximately 10:30 PM a man and a woman were held up at gunpoint in front of 3750 N. Kilpatrick.

I will again say Alderman Ariel Reboyras has not done enough to bring more police officers to our neighborhood. The area has progressively gotten worse and the Alderman has had street roll calls one after another, yet not doing anything to actually protect us.
I will encourage my friends and neighbors to vote out Mayor Emanuel and Ariel Reboyras. We need more than just "lip service" and "dog n' pony shows".

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    I worked with a woman that went to Lakeview High School with Reboyras. She said he was a VERY active member of the latin kings street gang.

    Maybe, if the 30th ward residents were all latin Kings, he'd do something for you.

  • Friendly Neighbor Chicago Needs Some Change

    I've heard rumors about his ties to gangs. Although I failed to actually challenge him last election, I befriended a lot of new people in the ward. In the Belmont-Central business district, business owners told me that he's very thuggish and rude. Last year, a friend of mine said that...

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    I've heard rumors about his ties to gangs. Although I failed to actually challenge him last election, I befriended a lot of new people in the ward. In the Belmont-Central business district, business owners told me that he's very thuggish and rude. Last year, a friend of mine said that his nephew I believe was involved in a shooting that occurred in front of his building. I definitely wouldn't doubt that he is somehow more involved in the crime in the ward than some people would want to believe. If Gutierrez wins the alderman seat, she won't investigate him nor the suspicious activity of his entire office. He refused to grant the Chicago Inspector General with the authority to investigate alderman without their consent. I wonder what he's hiding...

May 10

Updated May 10

My nephews dog is lost

If seen please call 312- 428- 0024. Ran out of yard from 5400 west Bernice ave Thank very much in advance.

May 08

Updated May 10

I need to SOD my front Yard. Can i get some company recommendation if anyone has them.

I need to SOD my front Yard.

Can i get some company recommendation if anyone has them.

  • I literally had my backyard sodded last week and I'm so in love with my yard right now. I contacted a woman named Dana Lyons who owns Jaxy Customscapes (773-343-1148). She and her team did everything.

  • Karen - do you mind relaying what your costs were? I'm looking for a landscaper as well.

May 07

Updated May 09

Found Social Security card

I just found a social security card on the sidewalk of the 4100 block of Keystone. First name is Evangelia. Please let me know if this is you!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    I too live on the 4100 block of Keystone and do not know an Evangelia (though admittedly I don't know everyone). She may not live here. I too would suggest shredding it as she can get a new one and having one lost out there could lead to identity theft. I'm glad a good person found it and will take care to make sure that doesn't happen.

  • We found a credit card and the lady was listed in the phone book, lived a couple blocks down. I had my own returned to me because the finder located me on facebook. Saved a lot of hassle.

Apr 26

Updated May 09

Irving Park Metra Ramp Blood

I just got on the metra this morning and there was a cop guarding a bunch of dried blood on the ramp asking everyone to step around it. Does anyone know what happened? Looks like quite a lot of blood, I tried googling to see if anything came up to no luck.

  • Inbound. It was the Irving Park NW stop, not Grayland.

  • No calls reported. Police on scene just assumed a bloody nose or something

May 09

May 08

Updated May 08

ATF Officers

Dues anyone have any idea why there were dozens of ATF and police officers on the 3100 block of N Cicero Ave Sunday night May 6th?

  • They were looking for the guy who shot the ATF agent

May 06

Updated May 08

Traffic study on Long?

Is it possible to order a traffic study on Long between irving and addison? I am now numb to every single car & motorcycle driving thru, accelerating, and/or passing cars AT the stop signs. At this point the city might as well just take them down. They are absolutey, completely, and utterly useless. Can the Sposato "do" anything?

  • Agreed Tom - there is ZERO police presence, especially btwn Addison & Irving Pk Rd, where the elementary school brings many dozens more cars/buses twice a day.
    They have more police presence sitting in wait to nab drivers turning L onto Sunnyside from Central from 4-6pm!! That's nowhere NEAR the same level of public safety issue.

  • Weebis Politically Incorrect Thought Criminal

    It's not just Long. Crossing just about any side street is like playing Russian Roulette.

May 08

May 04

Updated May 06

Bungalow Addition

My husband and I live in a bungalow with a large, unfinished attic. We would like to build out the attic and add some bedrooms and a bathroom. We don't want to do a pop-up addition and would prefer to add to the upstairs in a way that would preserve the look and feel of our house. We are doing all this on a budget and we aren't entirely sure where to start. Does anyone have recommendations for architects or contractors that they have used? We have a few leads but are looking for a few more. Thank you :)

May 06

May 04

Updated May 05

Ultimate Frisbee?

Hello all,
Does anyone know of ultimate pickup games on the Northwest side? I've only found groups for Lincoln and Grant Parks.

Thanks!

  • Good idea , I enjoy frisbee @ Portage Park , never seen an organized game though

Apr 30

Updated May 04

Sketchy house on Byron

My wife and I moved in the neighborhood 2017. I live on Bernice near Lamon and share the alley with people whom Im sure are squatting in a frame house on Byron. I looked up the address and it was foreclosed on a year ago and is bank owned. I cant even count how many people "Live" there. There is constant traffic and what appears to be transactions happening. Physical fighting all times of night , banging on windows, and...

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My wife and I moved in the neighborhood 2017. I live on Bernice near Lamon and share the alley with people whom Im sure are squatting in a frame house on Byron. I looked up the address and it was foreclosed on a year ago and is bank owned. I cant even count how many people "Live" there. There is constant traffic and what appears to be transactions happening. Physical fighting all times of night , banging on windows, and overall bad activity happening. Police have been notified numerous times, if you live in the area you probably know the house Im talking about, this guy is by no means discreet. White males and females. Sickly looking. probably buying and selling drugs, I see the guy walking all over the neighborhood walking up to cars and walking back to Byron. I call the police like they advise me to do. Just wondering if anyone else is aware of this or has complained?

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    FDCMIKE - Just curious, who's your Alderman?

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

    Tom - the account has already been deactivated

Apr 26

Updated May 01

Need a Plumber

Hi everyone,

I need a good, resnobale licence plumber, anybody knows One?
Thank you,
Terry

  • Had Jeff do work for me could not be more satisfied very reasonable senior discount.

  • Joe the plumber 773 575 7927 good guy reasonable

Apr 27

Updated May 01

City Utility Bills

New to the area and city living. I know the water, sewer, trash is billed every other month. Understanding that every household is different, anyone care to share their "average" bill for the water, sewer, trash?

  • Ugh. Man...was having a great, sunny day and then I'm reminded about the IL pension system. Thnx chi *wink*
    The legislators that created the overloaded mess more than 20 years ago have systematically dug us deeper in the hole (through 'creative finance' that bankrupted the coffers), and they made certain...

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    Ugh. Man...was having a great, sunny day and then I'm reminded about the IL pension system. Thnx chi *wink*
    The legislators that created the overloaded mess more than 20 years ago have systematically dug us deeper in the hole (through 'creative finance' that bankrupted the coffers), and they made certain to "protect their own" by writing safeguards into the IL State constitution; subsequent lawmakers have been unable to enact reforms so far.

    Hard to imagine how a $10 bi-monthly tax per household is going to help that mess -- like a Band Aid on a gashed femoral artery.

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    My monthly bill for a family of three, plus two dogs, over the past six months has ended up between $98.00 - $100.86.

    For those who don't yet have meters, I really have to ask - why not? I have not met anyone who has not saved a good chunk of money once they switched from non-metered to metered.

May 01

Apr 30

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