Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ald. Tabares Hosting Paper Shredding, Med Take-Back Event at Byrne School

 Looking to get rid of unwanted yet sensitive documents (like old

utility bills, medical records, tax returns, Social Security/pension statements, etc.)?

Looking to get rid of unwanted, outdated prescription drugs?

Then make plans to head over to Byrne School, 54th and Oak Park, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25--where 23rd Ward Alderman Silvana Tabares will host a shred/drug take-back event.

This is a contact-free event. Motorists dropping off papers or prescription meds are asked to wear masks and stay in their vehicles. Volunteers will remove papers and/or outdated/unwanted meds.

The prescription drug take-back is sponsored by the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Meds should be in their original containers or a sealed plastic bag. Not accepted are liquid meds, anything in an aerosol container, medical waste (including used gloves, masks, syringes, needles, lancets, tubing, IV bags) and illegal drugs.

Volunteers will not accept any electronics at this event.

For details, call the alderman's office at (773) 582-4444.

Thanks to Alderman Tabares for providing this useful public service!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Windy City Coop Tour Showcases Backyard Poultry Raising Operations

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

If ever you've wondered why folks keep chickens in their backyard in the city, here's a good chance to find out.

The Windy City Coop Tour is back for its 11th year--showcasing backyard poultry, eco-yards and urban livestock across the city and suburbs.

During this self-guided tour, hosts open their yards to visitors and share their experience of keeping backyard livestock in an urban setting.

The Windy City Coop Tour provides access to local examples of the broader nation-wide movement toward sustainable urban back yards.

Admission is free to each site. No dogs allowed.

Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26--although hours may vary from site to site.

Most of the sites are wheelchair accessible, and a number of the hosts are multi-lingual.

To ensure the safety of hosts and guests, masks are required when entering any property. Host sites are private property. Hosts reserve the right to deny entry to any guest for any reason. All sites have agreed to follow pandemic protocols. Some sites will have masks and sanitizer available for guests if needed.
The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, a network of local urban agriculturists and supported by Advocates for Urban Agriculture. The Coop Tour is sponsored by Home To Roost, LLC.

There are several sites in the area that are on the tour.

One is the Talaga home, 5720 S. Merrimac. It will be open for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26.

"We started keeping chickens in 2020, when the pandemic hit," said Anna Talaga. "So we're kind of new at it, but we enjoy it quite a bit."
Anna Talaga and her hens.

Born on a farm in the Polish Highlands, Anna wanted chickens as perhaps a modest reminder of her family heritage. Her husband, Boguslaw, originally from the big city of Krak√≥w, initially wanted no part of the project--but has come to enjoy the family's hens. At the moment, they have three: Beaker, Lacey and Blondie--which she describes as "lap chickens" because they are so friendly around people.

The "girls," as they are called, lay an average of two eggs a day. They are free-range birds. Anna says the eggs they lay taste significantly better than store-bought eggs.

The coop the Talaga family built has been expanded with a chicken run. The backyard also features a vegetable garden, a koi pond and more.

In response to a question, Anna said the smell and noise her chickens generate is typically less than an average dog does in a backyard. "Now if we had a rooster, it might be different," she laughed. "But we have no plans for that."

She added that the tour "is an excellent way for us to spread the word about how even with just a small amount of land, people can raise their own chickens, grow their own food and think about making the world a better place" through conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Also on the tour is The Feed Store, 5408 South Harlem, Summit, a wonderful reminder of the area's semi-rural past.

They will be open for tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25 and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26. 

The Feed Store has been at that location for nearly 75 years. Their staffers are very knowledgeable in backyard chicken keeping, and all animal feeding. Currently, they have about 15 different breeds of chicken, a red golden pheasant and regular golden pheasant in their parking lot coop. They have Cemani chickens and peacocks in the store. They also have a black Spanish Turkey and a rabbit. They compost their own chicken manure.

The Windy City Coop Tour also includes west-southwest suburban sites in Berwyn, Oak Park, Darien and Naperville. City sites nearby are in the Brighton Park, Back of the Yards and Beverly neighborhoods.

A detailed map of the tour's sites, as well as more information, are available at

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Kids Invited to 'Touch a Truck' Fun

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Boys and girls, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are invited to Touch a Truck, an event set for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23 in the parking lot of Kinzie School, 5625 S. Mobile.

This hands-on activity is presented by the staff at Wentworth Park and sponsored by 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica "Angie" Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd).

Touch a Truck events offer kids an opportunity to climb aboard large vehicles they typically only see from afar--like dump trucks, garbage trucks, fire engines, ambulances, police cars and so forth.

There will even be food trucks at this event, so be sure and bring your cash.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Secretary of State Mobile Unit Coming

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

For all Southwest Siders who don't want to visit an Illinois Secretary of State facility, for whatever reason, there's a bit of good news.

The Illinois Secretary of State's Mobile Driver's Services Unit will be right here on the Southwest Side, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 at the Quinn/Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office, 6500 S. Pulaski.

Services available include:

• Driver's license renewal or correction.
• State ID card renewal or correction.
• License plate stickers.
• If you renew your driver's license or ID, you will have to opportunity to register to vote and/or register as an organ donor.

But please note:

• Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and Real ID cards will not be available at this event. You must visit a Secretary of State facility for those.
• Driver's license renewals not available for drivers age 75 and older. If you are age 75 or older, you must renew at a Secretary of State facility.
• Written exams and driving exams not available at this event.
• Visions exams will be available, but drivers under age 18 or age 75 and older must get their licenses at a Secretary of State facility.

For more information, please call the Quinn/Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office at (773) 581-8000. And thanks to 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica "Angie" Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd) for making this happen.


It's Like a Big Community Yard Sale

 Looking to buy unique rummage items at bargain prices?

Head over to the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch's Sell-A-Bration, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 18 in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, near 56th and Narragansett.

The Sell-A-Bration will include a basket raffle. Proceeds from the raffle and space rentals at the event will help fund the GRNW’s various neighborhood initiatives.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Burglar Hitting Garages in Scottsdale

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

A string of garage burglaries in Scottsdale has prompted Chicago Police to issue a community alert, at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday, September 14.

Crime scenes include:

• 8400 block of South Karlov on August 9.
• 8300 block of South Kenneth on August 9.
• 8500 block of South Kostner on August 9.
• 8300 block of South Kostner on August 10.
• 8300 block of South Kenton on August 10.
• 8400 block of South Kilbourn on August 10.
• 8300 block of South Kostner on August 11.
• 8300 block of South Kolin on September 9.
• 8300 Block of South Kolin on September 9.
• 3600 Block of West 84th Place on September 10.

Police said the burglar has been described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, 120-140 pounds, with hair in a pony-tail.

Those with useful information share about one of more of the crimes are asked to call CPD Area 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to crime pattern P21-1-138.

In the meantime, police advise:

• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim, do not touch anything. Instead, call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.