5 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bloomingdale Trail Bridge on the move this weekend

The Ashland Bridge at the Bloomingdale Trail was removed and pulled to the side by The Kennedy Expressway, it's been refurbished and this weekend will travel down Ashland to North Ave and then to Western and Bloomingdale where a crane will lift the bridge into the exact spot where the old Western Bridge was removed. (I am told 5am Saturday morning for the move)

  • I'm pretty excited to see this, planning on running down and watching that action!

2 days ago

Khantoke Dinner at Sticky Rice C.M. next Tuesday April 22

DNAinfo Chicago's next In Real Life (IRL) group outing is exclusively for single peeps of all ages at Sticky Rice Chiang Mai. Details, tickets here: http://dnain.fo/1hFj3tr

Mar 25

Updated Mar 27

Best pizza delivery?

Apart from Dante's and Father & Son, what do you all suggest for pizza delivery in Logan area?
Thanks!

  • Pequod's is amazing, but their delivery is not nearly as good as it is eaten in the restaurant, especially the pan pizza.

  • John's on Western

Mar 24

Updated Mar 24

Free Similac Newborn nutrition Kit

Received this triple pack when we had our baby but we do not use formula. do you? would you like this?

email if so. jacobocom@aim.com

  • Loulu Me

    If nobody takes you up on the offer, maybe the Women's Center could find someone to use it.

Mar 12

Updated Mar 14

Developer plans 78 apartments in Logan Square

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20140312/CRED03/140319904/developer-plans-78-apartments-in-logan-square
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Developer plans 78 apartments in Logan Square
By: Micah Maidenberg March 12, 2014

A Chicago developer that specializes in condominiums and single-family homes plans 78 apartments in Logan Square, betting the rental boom will flow northwest into the gentrifying neighborhood.
Chicago-based Spearhead Properties LLC wants to demolish an existing, 54,000-square-foot warehouse at 2501-19 W. Armitage Ave. in the southeast corner of Logan Square and build two connected four-story apartment buildings on the site, said Dimitri Nassis, the firm's...

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Developer plans 78 apartments in Logan Square
By: Micah Maidenberg March 12, 2014

A Chicago developer that specializes in condominiums and single-family homes plans 78 apartments in Logan Square, betting the rental boom will flow northwest into the gentrifying neighborhood.
Chicago-based Spearhead Properties LLC wants to demolish an existing, 54,000-square-foot warehouse at 2501-19 W. Armitage Ave. in the southeast corner of Logan Square and build two connected four-story apartment buildings on the site, said Dimitri Nassis, the firm's managing principal.
The project is another example of how developers are trying to get rental projects off the ground in near Northwest Side neighborhoods, drawn in part by the area's public transit options and robust retail and dining scenes.
LG Development Group is working on a 51-unit apartment project near the busy six-corner intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues, for example, while Fifield Cos. is planning apartments at Wood and Chicago avenues.
While Logan Square is well known for its bars and restaurants, the area has yet to catch up with its immediate neighbors to the south in terms of apartment rents, making Spearhead's project a test of what's possible in the area....
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  • There's a lot of development coming to that stretch. They're tearing down that little taco joint/store near 90 miles along with two or so properties next door for townhouses. They're tearing down the two houses to the east of Table, Donkey Stick for condo buildings. They're putting up a condo...

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    There's a lot of development coming to that stretch. They're tearing down that little taco joint/store near 90 miles along with two or so properties next door for townhouses. They're tearing down the two houses to the east of Table, Donkey Stick for condo buildings. They're putting up a condo building in the empty lot to the west of Table, Donkey Stick, they're trying to rent out that blue, one story warehouse near Armitage and Rockwell as a bar/restaurant/brewbup, etc.... That strip is going to look a whole lot more vibrant and lived-in pretty soon.

  • So glad Table, Donkey and Stick is changing things to have lower price point items. I went there for a community meeting and after we stayed for some 'support your scene'. I got a lemonade and a cheese plate (the only vegetarian item) and it was $26! It was good, but ouch. Rick Bayless was eating in the front on the way out, but still I didn't go back.

Feb 25

Updated Mar 04

Litter

I'm constantly amazed and disgusted by how much litter is on the streets and sidewalks in our neighborhood. Just walking from Bloomingdale north to the Western blue line along Western is absolutely disgusting, but really it's all over the neighborhood! Why is Chicago still stuck in the 1970's when people used to think it was ok to litter? It's disgusting and makes our city look like a third world country! People should take some pride in where we live and...

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I'm constantly amazed and disgusted by how much litter is on the streets and sidewalks in our neighborhood. Just walking from Bloomingdale north to the Western blue line along Western is absolutely disgusting, but really it's all over the neighborhood! Why is Chicago still stuck in the 1970's when people used to think it was ok to litter? It's disgusting and makes our city look like a third world country! People should take some pride in where we live and not treat the street or sidewalk as their personal garbage cans. Is there anything that can be done to get it cleaned up? If the city won't do it are there any clean up the neighborhood type groups? What about moving forward how do we get anti-littering fines enforced?

  • The litter here is a bummer for sure. I don't think it's a matter of being on a main street or side street either. I live on a quiet side street and there is a fair amount. More closer to Chicago Ave. I'm sure garbage cans help some, but I've...

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    The litter here is a bummer for sure. I don't think it's a matter of being on a main street or side street either. I live on a quiet side street and there is a fair amount. More closer to Chicago Ave. I'm sure garbage cans help some, but I've seen litter a few feet away. Granted, the cans don't get emptied often and tend to overflow, and the garbage blows away. I think the best thing to do is to call people out on their littering (safely- I confront people when I see them do it) and pick up your area, or at least in front of your apartment/condo once a week. Or else it just attracts more. I spent a lot of time trying to organize a clean-up group one time, then everybody bailed. So I've decided it's just easier to worry about my area on my own. It's important how someone acknowledged that seeing neighbors pick up garbage isn't that common and looks 'crazy' to some people. The more people do it, the less weird it will look. I also think it's super important to thank neighbors in passing who are picking up litter, shoveling sidewalks, trimming bushes, etc. I do all of those things and rarely get any acknowledgement. I'm not looking for it, but the rare "Thank you, it looks great!" goes a long way. I admit, it can be frustrating when I fill a shopping bag and several pieces are back within the next day or two. But I think if you leave it, it just invites more. And it's depressing. I'm open to doing a big clean-up anytime.

  • As I see it in front of my place or in front of my neighbors, in the alley I pick it up.

    Often I see people opening their car doors and dumping things on the ground. I am not confident enough to ask/tell someone to pick it up after dropping...

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    As I see it in front of my place or in front of my neighbors, in the alley I pick it up.

    Often I see people opening their car doors and dumping things on the ground. I am not confident enough to ask/tell someone to pick it up after dropping something.

    I have seen culprits by me often root through trash cans for aluminum and dump garbage all over the ground. I have take to sorting out my cans and hanging them on the fence in small bags from the grocery store and leaving my trash cans inside the fence except for garbage days. I know that's not an option for other people. I just thought I'd share changes I have made that work for me.

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Water main work on Bloomingdale

Not sure how the water main projects are going in the rest of the city (or if other areas are being worked on) but it's ridiculous on Bloomingdale.

The project has been going on since September. Our water has been shut off four times. Each time no work has been done.

Yesterday was pretty much the breaking point. Water was to be shut off between 8am and 4pm. Nothing got done in that time frame. The crews started work outside...

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Not sure how the water main projects are going in the rest of the city (or if other areas are being worked on) but it's ridiculous on Bloomingdale.

The project has been going on since September. Our water has been shut off four times. Each time no work has been done.

Yesterday was pretty much the breaking point. Water was to be shut off between 8am and 4pm. Nothing got done in that time frame. The crews started work outside my apartment around 3:30pm. I waited out the shut off, got in the shower a little after 4:00pm. Water went off while I was in the shower. Really? Water was off from 4:20pm until after midnight. No notice posted or anything. To top it off, construction was done all night long. I was woken up at 3:30am because of construction.

We called 311, got transferred to 911. We pretty much were told not to complain because "At least work is getting done."

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Will the city do anything? Is it worth filing a complaint?

  • Valiha S Mom and Designer

    I hear you. Both my husband and I are so fed up with it. And we have had the same experience. We have a number of very small children in our building so it is so frustrating that they are not communicating properly. This project has been so disruptive! Sidewalks...

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    I hear you. Both my husband and I are so fed up with it. And we have had the same experience. We have a number of very small children in our building so it is so frustrating that they are not communicating properly. This project has been so disruptive! Sidewalks closed so it's impossible to walk south on western, street closures, construction starting at 6am (which is awesome when your baby was sleeping soundly but they start banging on metal and wake all of us up), I could go on and on!

    My husband called 311 around 6:30 and got a person who was rude and generally not helpful. He was finally able to talk with a supervisor who made note of the claim and sent someone out to 'investigate'. She said they were unaware of the work being done today. He also went out to talk to the foreman twice. Around 7:00 he said it would be another 3 mins... but another guy said no way, it would be 2 hrs minimum. Went back out around 9:30 and said 30 mins tops. No water at 10... I am sure that something went wrong and that is why it took so long but why did they start the work after 4pm!?

    We also tweeted ol' Joe Moreno but got no response.

    We have this letter dated Nov. 11, 2013 that says, "We are coordinating with Alderman Moreno's office, and he has made clear we are to put great importance on your convenience and the quality of life in this neighborhood through the whole term of this project. Good communication is the key."

    What a joke!

    It mentions that "if you have any questions or comments about the project to contact Assistant Commissioner Tom LaPorte at 312.742.1021." It also mentions... "Timing: We will begin installing the new water main shortly, and expect the water main work to be completed in early January 2014. Restoration (to be completed by the Chicago Department of Transportation) will follow. Dates may change depending on weather and other factors. If there is any appreciable change, we will notify you."

  • Valiha S Mom and Designer

    I try my best not to think about it, I get all fired up! We are calling the number referenced above and the alderman to see when this is wrapping up, I know this is only one project... the 606 is going to be the next thing to be quite disruptive!

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Ward Office on Cortland

Anyone know what's going on with the Streets and Sanitation Ward Office on the corner of Cortland/Campbell? A few nights ago (Sunday, maybe?) the alarm went off for about 10-15 minutes around 10:00pm. Since then, the lights have been on 24/7, but I haven't seen anyone inside.

Is it a polling place for the March primary?

  • PR

    It probably just Joe Berrios' guys working overtime filling out ballots for the primary.

  • LimoD Logan Square 20 years!

    Tweet it to @Alderman_Moreno. He may have an assistant check it out. If you tweet it to @limodavid I'll retweet it

Dec 15 2012

Updated Feb 19

FINALLY 2412 W North Ave Building...

You know the building that's been boarded up for years next door to the Shell gas station on the corner of North & Western? Well its finally been sold!! Have you ever been inside? I have and its f&^$ing fantastical! The view is amazing!!!! Top floor is being converted into live work. 3rd floor will keep tenant (photographer), 2nd floor is laid out office, main level is 6000 sq ft, hardwood floors, new windows and doors...

We'd love to see,...

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You know the building that's been boarded up for years next door to the Shell gas station on the corner of North & Western? Well its finally been sold!! Have you ever been inside? I have and its f&^$ing fantastical! The view is amazing!!!! Top floor is being converted into live work. 3rd floor will keep tenant (photographer), 2nd floor is laid out office, main level is 6000 sq ft, hardwood floors, new windows and doors...

We'd love to see, ok, don't laugh:
Trader Joes
Whole Foods
Starbucks
A GREAT RETAILER (NO pawn shops, liquor or $ stores)
Art gallery
Photography
Vintage Shop
The space is huge! The columns are massive. Looks like a restaurant was going in & they stopped mid stream. Hey gang, if you are a baller, entrepreneurer or know someone looking for an unbelievable space, call 773.961.8819.

Why am I hyping this space? Its two doors down from us, An Orange Moon, and we welcome new businesses on the strip! Its good for everyone. Holla back!

Feb 17

Vintage/Toy/Arts/Farts store opening in March!

Hey guys, just wanted to share our press release below. We've lived in the Logan Square/Bucktown area for 13 years and are super exited about this. Hope you are too!

TOY DE JOUR: VINTAGE, TOYS, ARTS & FARTS
Feb 2, 2014 - Chicago, IL – Husband and wife team to open a vintage collectibles and toy store specializing in your childhood memories. On the heels of losing the dearly departed Chicago staple Uncle Fun, Toy de Jour looks to fill...

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Hey guys, just wanted to share our press release below. We've lived in the Logan Square/Bucktown area for 13 years and are super exited about this. Hope you are too!

TOY DE JOUR: VINTAGE, TOYS, ARTS & FARTS
Feb 2, 2014 - Chicago, IL – Husband and wife team to open a vintage collectibles and toy store specializing in your childhood memories. On the heels of losing the dearly departed Chicago staple Uncle Fun, Toy de Jour looks to fill the void with a new brick & mortar toy & vintage shop. (Think Uncle Fun’s nerdy nephew.) With items ranging from action figures to vintage jewelry to one-of-a-kind finds, there’ll be something for everyone. At 2064 N. Western – this new store will add to the already thriving area of the Western Blue Line stop which includes Challenger’s Comics + Conversation and the legendary Margie’s Candies!
Owners Sam Wells and Liz McArthur have been buying/selling/collecting toys/vintage/art together for over 15 years - since they were teenagers renting booths at small toy shows in machinist halls in their hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. They have been doing the same here in Chicago for the past 13 years and finally decided to put a roof over it.
The couple also plans to showcase local artists work in addition to their mélange. They plan to open in early March with a Grand Opening in Mid-March. They have started a crowd sourcing campaign to help with start-up funds. http://igg.me/at/toydejour/x/4597783
TDJ is a social butterfly:
https://twitter.com/ToydeJour
https://www.facebook.com/toy.dejour
More details about preview night and grand opening to follow.
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