4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Graffiti on Cars!

FYI - Some turd went down Winnebago and Wabansia last night and tagged cars. About 4 of our neighbors and some others had their cars tagged with black spray paint on the hoods and doors. We've all reported it. As of late, I'm not looking forward to summer in this neighborhood.

  • Sadly, nothing in this city surprises me anymore.

  • I'm all for big brother.... Install cameras all over the frickin bucktown.
    I have nothing to hide, do you?

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Pot holes??

Just moved into neighborhood and notice a more than usual amount of pot holes in streets. Is this "normal" ?? Does it ever get fix ??

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dangerous building work

The next time you complain about building permits/fees/processes, remember this picture and that regulation has a purpose. These guys all look like they are about to topple to the ground, where coincidentally, they are throwing all their garbage. No harnesses, no blocking of the street so that people coming around the corner know not to get stuff dumped on their heads.

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

White poodle no tag!!!

There's this white poodle that pops up every now and then he barks a little and run when people approach him. He's wearing no tags and hangs out by noble & blackhawk.

The first time we've seen him my girlfriend almost ran him over with her car!!!
Talk about an irresponsible owner!!

  • Jen

    Is it a little poodle? Like 10-20 lbs? Someone lost their dog 5 days ago and it's that kind of a dog

  • Felipetenor Brazilian dude living in Chicago since 2009

    Yes it is white and weights about that.... I've spoken with a girl that walks dogs by the park and she told me the family that "owns" the dog refuses to make any kind of barriers so he won't come out.... Also the dog seem like he haven't seen a shower in a while....

  • Jen

    Oh ok. What idiots!

Apr 06

Updated Apr 07

Gunshots in wicker/ east village.

Gunshots heard near Ashland and division. 4 shots rapid fire 3:20 am 4/6/14

Same thing happened one month ago.

  • T-time just a guy who likes his neighborhood

    Is it summer already?

Apr 02

Free "Doughnut District' IRL Sampling before the Wicker Park Walk

Hi, all.... I have lived in Wicker Park for nine years and have never been on a tour of the 'hood, so def looking forward to the free Windy City Explorer's walk on Sunday.

DNAinfo-IRL is hosting an In Real Life (IRL) meet-up at 12:30 p.m. at the fountain in Wicker Park before the walk begins at 1 p.m. We have exactly 24 doughnuts, 12 from Stan's Donuts and 12 from Glazed and Infused, and the plan is for everyone...

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Hi, all.... I have lived in Wicker Park for nine years and have never been on a tour of the 'hood, so def looking forward to the free Windy City Explorer's walk on Sunday.

DNAinfo-IRL is hosting an In Real Life (IRL) meet-up at 12:30 p.m. at the fountain in Wicker Park before the walk begins at 1 p.m. We have exactly 24 doughnuts, 12 from Stan's Donuts and 12 from Glazed and Infused, and the plan is for everyone who RSVPs in advance to enjoy the sweets together and tweet out their thoughts. More info here: http://dnain.fo/1dR65Jd

NOTE: There is no financial profit with this because the doughnuts are donated and neither Stan's nor Glazed are advertisers. We are very grateful that the Piece IRL Mystery Dinner has sold-out but do not want every IRL event to cost $ as we know many are on a budget (myself included). There are already 10 RSVPs to the doughnut pre-walk meet-up, so 14 spots remaining! Please email irl@dnainfo.com with your name and Twitter handle if you plan to attend. If you are NOT in attendance at the fountain by 12:30 p.m. sharp, we will give your doughnut to someone else! With the exception of Tom Besore who is the Explorers tour guide and could be running late from brunch.

Mar 31

Updated Apr 01

Small dog w/ red jacket spotted in wicker park

I spotted a small brown dog wearing a red jacket on Marshallfield and Pearson tonight around 7:45. Called it into the animal control as well. I tried to get the dog to come to me but it was obviously scared and ran away. It looked to be possibly a rat terrier completely brown. Hope this helps!

  • That chihuahua is always around. His owner is a lady somewhere on Ashland. I've been told that she's been asked not to let him roam, but he's still always out and about. He runs away from people and seems to be road-savvy.

    Think it's more like a squirrel than a dog at this point. Harmless, but probably leaves micro-turds everywhere.

  • Good to know. I walk on that street every day twice a day and never noticed it before but I'll keep an open eye from now on. On a side note, that's a terrible idea to let your dog roam around Ashland!

Mar 28

Updated Mar 31

Yet another greystone being knocked down for condos

I have serious anger towards people like this. You are ruining the beauty of our city.

  • As a former owner in a 100+ year old condo building, looks are deceiving with older buildings. They look great on the outside, but the upkeep isn't something that I wish upon anybody. When your own money is on the line rather than your opinions on what buildings that other people own should look like, you'll think differently.

  • Dan

    I own and live in a 125 year old building that I am gradually upgrading to 21st century standards of comfort and energy efficiency, while retaining the original craftsmanship, so I am familiar with the issues.

    Most vintage masonry structures are perfectly viable, and could be rehabbed. Usually the reason they are torn down is because the lot is zoned for a larger building than currently exists. The developer tears down the existing structure and builds a larger, but often cheaply built building, allowing the sale of more units.

Mar 24

Updated Mar 29

Bloomingdale Trail - Ashland to be closed this weekend

ASHLAND AVENUE TO BE CLOSED NEXT WEEKEND FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS

Traffic to be Detoured, Overnight Bridge Movement March 28-30

The third stage of bridge improvements related to the Bloomingdale Trail construction will cause a weekend closure of Ashland Avenue from March 28-30, including overnight work, to remove the structure and place it in an adjacent work yard just north of Walsh Park, where it will be cleaned, assessed, and painted.

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ASHLAND AVENUE TO BE CLOSED NEXT WEEKEND FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS

Traffic to be Detoured, Overnight Bridge Movement March 28-30

The third stage of bridge improvements related to the Bloomingdale Trail construction will cause a weekend closure of Ashland Avenue from March 28-30, including overnight work, to remove the structure and place it in an adjacent work yard just north of Walsh Park, where it will be cleaned, assessed, and painted.

ASHLAND AVENUE TO BE CLOSED NEXT WEEKEND FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS Ashland Avenue will be closed to all traffic between North Avenue and Armitage Avenue during this work period, with detours for vehicles and pedestrians. Crews will begin work at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, working around the clock to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. I took this picture a few years ago of this work spot..

  • That's a very busy street to shut down but it has to be done. Thanks for the info!

  • Cheto Neighbor

    Marshfield Ave between Cortland and Wabansia is, as of 9 am on 3/29, a race track with large trucks and cars speeding up and down a residential street to work around the Ashland closure. Drivers completely blowing off the stop signs at Wabansia and at Bloomingdale (in front of Walsh...

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    Marshfield Ave between Cortland and Wabansia is, as of 9 am on 3/29, a race track with large trucks and cars speeding up and down a residential street to work around the Ashland closure. Drivers completely blowing off the stop signs at Wabansia and at Bloomingdale (in front of Walsh Park) and people honking. Might have thought about closing off residential streets when diverting Ashland traffic! The Alderman, CDOT and the 606 get "stupidity of the year" awards for this one. Semi truck try to go in reverse blocking traffic. Let's hope no one gets killed or into an accident. As for the Ashland BRT, this proves just how damaging it will be if Ashland is taken down to one lane.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Wicker park filming?

What are they filming on the six corners?

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Rooftop vegetable gardens. Any advice?

Any experience with this? Did it last year, kind of, with a few tomato and pepper plants in Home Depot buckets with mixed results. I'm looking to grow some veggies in some homemade sub irrigated planters this year. Any advice or pointers from people who do this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • I have some plans drawn up for sub irrigation planters I can give you if you are looking for a weekend project.

  • One of my former neighbors in Wicker Park has a blog, Green Roof Growers, you should check out. He grows organic heirloom vegetables on his rooftop using "homemade sub-irrigated planters and commercially available Earthboxes." You might find one of his getting started posts, How (and Why) to Make a SIP, of interest: http://greenroofgrowers.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-make-sip.html

  • Check out the book Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. My family has been using his method for the last 25 years with amazing results. Great for rooftops and balconies or anywhere space is a premium.

Mar 23

Updated Mar 25

Mechanic

Does anyone have a recommendation for a mechanic in the area? Trustworthy and affordable?

  • I trust Ogden auto too

  • Hi I use grand auto. Right here on grand and noble. They are great. Nick is the owner.
    Tell him Nanette sent you. His step son is Francisco. Nice family business, local.
    They are fair in price and take care of neighbors.

Mar 23

Updated Mar 24

Cafe called Bru takes the palce of Ready Coffee

Does anyone know the story on what happened to Ready Coffee and why there is now a new coffee shop taking it's place called Bru?

  • Victoria Artist and Muscian

    yes lots to choose from, but not many are open late. Do you know of any that are?

  • I think wormhole (11PM), caribou and filter have the longest hours,

Mar 23

Updated Mar 24

I noticed that Ready Coffee shop on Milwaukee Ave is now called Bru

Does anyone know the story of waht happened to Ready Coffee and whyit is now called bru?

Mar 12

Updated Mar 13

Milwaukee Ave will be blocked this weekend! Heads up!

MILWAUKEE AVENUE TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS
Traffic to be Detoured March 14-16; Bloomingdale Trail Construction in Full Swing

The second stage of bridge improvements related to the Bloomingdale Trail construction will cause a weekend closure of Milwaukee Avenue from March 14-16, including overnight demolition work, to remove the deteriorated concrete deck for future replacement.

  • Justin 402 New to Chicago and Bucktown!

    What happens to the 56 bus? Will it follow the same detour?

  • Hear ya go Justin- All vehicular traffic, including CTA’s Milwaukee Avenue Route #56 buses, will be detoured west to Western Avenue via North and Armitage Avenues. Pedestrians will be detoured east to Wilmot Avenue, as the viaduct at Winnebago Avenue will be closed for repair.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 11

"...it's who you know."

Hey neighbors!
I'm currently looking for a server: hostess job in the area and thought I'd give EB a try. If you have any leads, or are in fact hiring yourself, I'd love to hear about it. I have experience in fine, casual and bar settings. I have extensive food and wine knowledge & a pretty strong start on craft beers.
Thanks!

Mar 11

walk-in job interviews for Mariano's this week

Mariano's has rented the former ABC Daycare on North just west of Ashland to use as hiring center. If you are looking for a job, pop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 11

Before and After: the oid Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Goddess and Grocer hopes to open in new space across the street in early April. http://dnain.fo/1kAQGyK Great to see that empty building finally being used! Anyone else miss DQ though?:)

  • What is going to take Goddess's current locations place when they move across the street?

  • Gordon 9-year Bucktown resident

    Let's hope it's not another head shop.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 08

Jewelry repair

Can anyone recommend a good place to take a necklace for repair? It's a very fine gold chain and one of the links broke and needs to be reattached. Seems like a simple fix. Thanks much!

Feb 28

Updated Mar 06

Input meeting regarding Trader Joe's on old Miller Lumber site

Trader Joe's is actively planning a location at Division and Honore, at the former site of Miller Lumber. This has replaced the plans for a condo building with restaurants below, which was approved last year.

Although I'm sure we would all like a TJ's in the neighborhood, this site presents significant challenges for a grocery/liquor store operation, and the Parent-Teacher organization from LaSalle School across the street is expressing a very detailed list of concerns, essentially opposing the project. This...

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Trader Joe's is actively planning a location at Division and Honore, at the former site of Miller Lumber. This has replaced the plans for a condo building with restaurants below, which was approved last year.

Although I'm sure we would all like a TJ's in the neighborhood, this site presents significant challenges for a grocery/liquor store operation, and the Parent-Teacher organization from LaSalle School across the street is expressing a very detailed list of concerns, essentially opposing the project. This was list was forwarded to me in an email, too long to post here. East Village Association will probably get info up on their web site soon.

There is a public meeting at LaSalle School, Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m. to discuss the project.

  • Drop-off is between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. pick-up is any time between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up occur both on Honore and Wolcott. I think a lot of the safety issues could be alleviated if TJ committed to putting in a traffic signal at that intersection.

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    Drop-off is between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. pick-up is any time between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up occur both on Honore and Wolcott. I think a lot of the safety issues could be alleviated if TJ committed to putting in a traffic signal at that intersection.

    I don't think this should be a you're either with us or against us or if the school PTA prevents the TJ from opening then 'they are a parasite' - I think that's a bit over the top. At the meeting it was not only LaSalle II parents who raised concerns - the EVA was there along with other local businesses - including Chopin Theater.

    Let's keep in mind that this is an uphill battle for TJ - They need to go back to City Council with new building plans for their Type 1 zoning approval; They need to lift the moratorium (both state and local); they need to convince CDOT and surrounding neighbors that a two-way street will not negatively impact the traffic flow to surrounding streets; and They need to (unless they are willing to pay for one) convince CDOT that a traffic signal is not necessary.

    I don't think the school or other parties who have raised concerns are saying that they absolutely don't want it (with the exception of local business owners - who were pretty adamant they do not want a national chain on Division). However I do think it's fair for them to raise concerns and for TJ to be a good neighbor and address those concerns. Quite frankly it doesn't really bode well for their "great neighbor" representation when they - based upon information I heard - try to pull building plans based upon different plans than what was originally approved and considered by the community under the Type 1 rezone - but maybe I misunderstood another post re: the history of the site/development.

  • Alisa DNAinfo Chicago reporter/Wicker Park resident

    Thanks, Nicole. And i agree it is not a for or against thing. And yes, there was a type 1 planned zoning for the prior development plan and now it will revert back to the original zoning, per developer's lawyer Jim Banks. The developer switched lawyers and was previously working with Rolando Acosta, who was lawyer for 1611 w. Division.

Mar 05

Updated Mar 06

new meaning to burning money

hi, all, this story does not have an address in it, so EveryBlock bots can't "scrape" it but thought what this artist did is sad, especially because he is really talented, so wanted to share a link... http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140305/wicker-park/kickstarter-fail-artist-raises-51k-publish-books-burns-them-alley

By any chance if you were one of the 1,000 backers that helped John Campbell raise over $51,000 on Kickstarter and you haven't received your book, he said he will consider allowing people to pick their books up rather than burn them.

  • Alisa DNAinfo Chicago reporter/Wicker Park resident

    Oh, KM, in full disclosure, Campbell lives above a shop I work out of, so if I happen to see him, will try to get you a book.

  • KM

    Thanks, Alisa! I'm very glad to hear he seemed well and in good spirits. I definitely understand how he could have reached a breaking point with the book (and with fans).

Mar 04

Updated Mar 04

Red light camera going up

Walked past the installation of a red light camera facing East at Division and Ashland.

  • Gunner Marshfield

    This was there long ago. They're just re-installing it after the construction of 1616.

Feb 27

Updated Feb 28

ISO Used Scooter

Anyone know a place / resource to pick up a cheap used scooter or moped?

  • Steve Niketopoulos Admin for Neighborhood Watch and Community Pages

    Second city scooters has used ones on their main webpage from time to time.

  • dajenster smile :)

    Selling mine! $1300 only 25 miles on it. Got it in the runner brand new, got pregnant, doubt I'll be using it. Let me know if interested.

  • Sweet! Pics?

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