5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Street lights out for 3 nights

The street lights on the 2000 and 2100 block of Haddon have been out since Monday.

Both my husband and I have made several reports through 311. So far all talk and no action

I was told it was a city issue. Just so I'm understand...Crime is up in the area and now we turned the lights out to make it easier for the criminals to hide

  • Yes, agreed -- call the alderman. This will get something done way faster than 311 calls.

  • LT Res Long Time Chicagoan

    Looks like my request for services on the city website has had an effect, the lights are back on.

43 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Public safety

There are tons of posts on here from people asking what to do about: random people loitering regularly, crowds on neighborhood corners in the middle of the night yelling at people, women's screams in the night, potential brothels/drug houses, and the list goes on......the answer to all of these questions is to CALL THE POLICE....not to post it on social media and wait for a group consensus on what to do. It's a great idea to post after you call...

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There are tons of posts on here from people asking what to do about: random people loitering regularly, crowds on neighborhood corners in the middle of the night yelling at people, women's screams in the night, potential brothels/drug houses, and the list goes on......the answer to all of these questions is to CALL THE POLICE....not to post it on social media and wait for a group consensus on what to do. It's a great idea to post after you call the cops, so people know to keep their eyes opened, but please, if anything looks wrong to you, do you part and call the police. Nobody here can help. I worry about all of the people who have been hurt and all of the property that's been damaged or stolen because people posted here instead of doing what's right. Let's all do what we can to keep our streets safe!!

  • I've been to a few caps meetings and the police say "if we don't know about it, we can't do anything about it".

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Silver Cloud now Kitten's Corner

Anyone have any news about Silver Cloud? Noticed they got evicted and now have a sign up saying Kitten's Corner coming soon.

  • Alisa DNAinfoCHI Wicker Park/Bucktown/WestTown reporter

    Saw the sign too and pretty sure it is a joke.

  • Tom

    A sign on the window today said temporarily closed for renovation.

Aug 30

Updated Sep 04

Purse stores?

Does anyone know of any good purse stores? For some reason I'm really picky about purses and can't ever find any I like. There was a store on North and Leavitt that had some cute ones but they closed.

  • Jen

    I ended up buying from Stitch. It cost about $250 more than what I wanted to pay but I couldn't resist haha you guys are terrible influences!

  • Gregory Gurley 1000 Block of North Leavitt Neighbor

    Simona Calla on Division is my go to spot for purses when I have to buy gifts for the women in my family. Small boutique with great employees and tremendous deals..

Aug 29

Updated Sep 01

Lots of new things near Bloomingdale and Milwaukee!

Does anyone know when the pizza place is opening just south of Bloomingdale? Landscaping is complete...

Building across the street is almost done being gutted. What's going in there?

Across from there I hear northwestern is putting in a specialty medical center where the blue line vacant lot is. Down the street the hotel is going in and a new retail and apartment complex.

  • Beth G 15 year Bucktown resident

    It's a little more than the name when you are comparing medical care!

  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    Yes, I agree, there are quantitative and qualitative ways to compare medical facilities to discern good ones from better ones. That's not the point I'm raising about this specific case. Northwestern Medical is deciding to enter an already well-served neighborhood. Why?

    I would argue that they are targeting an affluent...

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    Yes, I agree, there are quantitative and qualitative ways to compare medical facilities to discern good ones from better ones. That's not the point I'm raising about this specific case. Northwestern Medical is deciding to enter an already well-served neighborhood. Why?

    I would argue that they are targeting an affluent neighborhood with relatively price-insensitive consumers that use brand as a proxy for quality. This sounds like a formula for commercial success. I applaud a good business decision.

    As a neighborhood resident, however, I see St. Marys and St. Elizabeths within a mile, Norweigan American within 2, Rush and the entire Illinois medical district within 3. Yikes, do we have choice! So, just like Tom whose preference would be to see Aldis replaced by Whole Foods, my preference would be for something other than a medical facility on that site.

Aug 29

Block party Sunday 8/31.

For a good cause!

Aug 12

Updated Aug 12

Balloon Framing? An architectural history question.

A while back I read that the old Mena Travel building on Milwaukee Ave. has landmark status because it is a rare example of "balloon framing." Wow, I thought - that is kind of cool, but who will ever see the framing of the building - it's usually all covered up. Well it's being reno'd now and is down to the studs. So I stared at it yesterday, and help me out. What is "balloon framing"? -I expected to see something like an Amish barn structure???

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the...

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    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the sides of exterior studs, rather that the exterior studs resting on the joist, it's likely to be balloon framed. Thus construction type is terrible for energy efficiency due to the connectedness of the attic and basement (air leakage) and also presents some difficulty when insulating during a retrofit.

Aug 11

Stanleys Market Strawberries $.99 a case!

Im at Stanleys ( north and elston) and they have Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries for .99 cents A CASE! Load up on antioxidants people! I have never seen a deal this good. I love this place!!!

Aug 03

Extension Ladder?

Was wondering if anyone near Damen & Walton has an extension ladder I could use for a few hours? Needing to clean some second story windows.

Thanks, Jason

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