Apr 21

Updated 3 min ago

Cash-Only Still Rules At These Chicago Bars And Restaurants

Bullhead Cantina, 1143 N. California Ave.

Flying Saucer, 1123 N. California Ave.

Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern, 2600 W. Iowa St.

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Billy Goat, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (and other locations)

Tufano's Vernon Park Tap, 1073 W. Vernon Park Place

BIG & little's Restaurant, 860 N. Orleans St.

L and L Tavern, 3207 N. Clark St.

Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway Ave.

Rainbo Club, 1150 N. Damen Ave.

Tweet, 5020 N. Sheridan Road

Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Road

Taste of Lebanon, 1509 W. Foster Ave.

Mr. Beef on Orleans, 666 N. Orleans St.

Nuevo Leon, 1515 W. 18th St. (temporarily closed due to a fire)

Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St.

Carol's Pub, 4659 N. Clark St.

Irazu, 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Calumet Fisheries, 3259 E. 95th St.

Fatso's Last Stand, 2258 W. Chicago Ave.

Lawrence Fish Market, 3914 W. Lawrence Ave.

Parts and Labor, 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.

L'Patron Tacos, 2815 W. Diversey Ave.

Andy's Thai Kitchen, 946 W. Wellington Ave.

Schaller's Pump, 3714 S. Halsted St.

Sultan's Market, 2057 W. North Ave.

Farraguts, 5240 N. Clark St.

Feed, 2803 W. Chicago Ave.

Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave.

Red Hot Ranch, 2072 N. Western Ave.

Johnny O's Hot Dogs, 946 W. 35th St.

Richard's Bar, 491 N. Milwaukee Ave.

New York Delicatessen, 2921 N. Clark St.

Friar Tuck, 3010 N. Broadway

Sportsman's Club, 948 N. Western Ave.

Podhalanka, 1549 W. Division St.

Whirlaway, 3224 W. Fullerton Ave.

Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted St.

Simon's Tavern, 5210 N. Clark St.

Bernice's Tavern, 3238 S. Halsted St.

Cozy Noodles & Rice, 3456 N. Sheffield Ave.

The Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Reno, 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chilam Balam, 3023 N. Broadway

The Chipp Inn, 832 N. Greenview Ave.

The Old Town Ale House, 219 W. North Ave.

Nicky's Hot Dogs, 6142 S. Archer Ave.

Parisi's Drive-in, 6216 W. 63rd St.

Zakopane, 1734 W. Division St.

Authentaco, 1141 N. Ashland Ave.

Sky-Ride Tap, 105 W. Van Buren St.

The Barrel, 2015 S. Damen Ave.

Baby Atlas, 3101 N. Sheffield Ave. (bar under Matilda)

Bob Inn, 2609 W. Fullerton Ave.

    Big Star Dropped Its Cash-Only Policy, But Many City Spots Are Holding Out
    CHICAGO - Big Star might have ditched its cash-only policy, but the city still has a lot of holdouts. The restaurant made the big switch and started accepting credit cards because guests wanted the change, technology has advanced and Big Star needed to move forward with the neighborhood, said Kim Lyons, a spokeswoman for Big Star.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • Such wonderful nonsense, sir. Bravo! Just a reminder to you aspiring bards:

    Our subjects' rhymes are great, expressing the state
    of business far and near.
    But be careful not to use a thumb or say something he'll think dumb.
    King Moo says, "don't you dare!"

  • foom, thanks for verifying that you are a cultural moron as well as a moron in general.

2 days ago

Updated 31 min ago

Are Democrats Making Chicago The Next Detroit?

Seven years in a row working people have been moving out of Illinois and Chicago at record rates! Government services are being shut down on a daily basis ant taxes go up on everything, the latest, garbage removal. Now the millionaires are leaving. What do they know, that the rest of us don't?
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/chicago-lost-more-millionaires-than-any-other-u-s-city-in-2015/

    Chicago lost more millionaires than any other U.S. city in 2015
    Chicago lost more millionaires than Russia in 2015, according to new research on the migration of high-net-worth individuals. The Windy City is the only American city to register a significant outflow of millionaires in 2015, topping the losses of economically and socially distressed nations such as Russia, Spain and Brazil - and tying Greece.
    https://www.illinoispolicy.org
  • Well parkway to start at least the millionaires are paying income and property taxes that support those on public assistance. I'd say that's a benefit over those that live here and only rely on others tax dollars instead of adding to them.

  • Something is amiss. Lots of housing going up that is designated "Luxury" and there are more than enough people lining up for these properties. That leads me to believe that there is wealth enough in this City.

    Much ado about nothing.

27 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Alderman Roberto Maldonado's dragracing group is costing tax payers money.

Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Jose Lopez organized vehicle group which gather during warm Sunday afternoon and evenings in Humboldt Park for car and motorcycle speed racing, drag racing, burnouts and alcohol drinking has done major damage to the road inside of Humboldt Park. Burnouts have made deep holes into the asphalt opening the surface to water and ice making big potholes all over the park. During the last week there has been costly repair work done to the road inside...

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Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Jose Lopez organized vehicle group which gather during warm Sunday afternoon and evenings in Humboldt Park for car and motorcycle speed racing, drag racing, burnouts and alcohol drinking has done major damage to the road inside of Humboldt Park. Burnouts have made deep holes into the asphalt opening the surface to water and ice making big potholes all over the park. During the last week there has been costly repair work done to the road inside of Humboldt Park all paid for by tax payers. Thank you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for making us pay for this.

See photos of burnout holes and this weeks costly repair work.

About the organizer Jose Lopez: Jose Lopez is a self proclaimed cultural leader of the Puerto Ricans in Humboldt Park and is the organizer of for example the yearly Puerto Rican Parade. The Puerto Rican Parade is an "exclusive Puerto Rican" event that within is seen as the place to show off local Puerto Rican gang-power by shooting each other. The Puerto Rican Parade is seen as a "dare you" event within that culture. There is always someone shooting and many murder has been committed in connection with the parade. The violence all goes back to Jose Lopez and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

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  • Google shootings during the Chicago Puerto Rican Parade and you will find much violence all organized by Jose Lopez. Throughout the time I lived here I am always surprised that the Puerto Rican parade is allowed to continue year after year.

    Jose Lopez was also the aggressive organizer together with...

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    Google shootings during the Chicago Puerto Rican Parade and you will find much violence all organized by Jose Lopez. Throughout the time I lived here I am always surprised that the Puerto Rican parade is allowed to continue year after year.

    Jose Lopez was also the aggressive organizer together with Alderman Roberto Maldonado to force the Riot Fest out of Humboldt Park. An example of Jose Lopez aggression was that he attacked a woman right outside of Alderman Roberto Maldonado's office on Division Street.

    We all should by now know who Jose Lopez friend alderman Roberto Maldonado is. He is actually elected into office by a minority. Now is a good time to start preparing to vote him out of office for the next alderman election. We need to have these violent elements out of the area.

    Make everyone you know sign up for Humboldt Park's EveryBlock so that we can have an effective communication and critic of the people who are against the multi-cultural development of the area. The violence in Humboldt Park is not as wide spread as it seems. it is created by a very small number of people who we easily can remove. We are only an election from a peaceful Humboldt Park.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    But Riot Fest killed grass and children cried! Who will protect HP's lawn?!?!?

Apr 21

Updated 25 hours ago

I am a woman in her early 20's moving to HP (3400 block of west Crystal) looking for safety tips

In a little over a week I will be moving into a great 3rd floor apartment on the 3400 block of west Crystal just a few houses down from the park. I have looked at crime maps and read about the different incidents in the area and while there have been a few shootings and other things over the years, the block seems relatively safe as long as I am smart and vigilant. I will be living with two male...

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In a little over a week I will be moving into a great 3rd floor apartment on the 3400 block of west Crystal just a few houses down from the park. I have looked at crime maps and read about the different incidents in the area and while there have been a few shootings and other things over the years, the block seems relatively safe as long as I am smart and vigilant. I will be living with two male roommates which makes me feel a little better but I do still have concerns. I don't have a car so I'm just looking for insight on walking home from the bus stop at night if I have to work a closing shift (10/11pm). Will I be safe as long as I'm aware of my surroundings? Does anyone have any experience with this block? or just some tips on how to stay safe when I'm walking to/from the bus stop in the early morning or dark?

Thanks!

  • The move in went great and the apartment is awesome! I met several neighbors and they were all very nice. The block doesn't seem terribly unsafe and we actually moved in after dark and felt fine. There weren't people walking around in the street or anything but then again it...

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    The move in went great and the apartment is awesome! I met several neighbors and they were all very nice. The block doesn't seem terribly unsafe and we actually moved in after dark and felt fine. There weren't people walking around in the street or anything but then again it was a Monday. I decided that from work at night I will take a Lyft from where I get off the train to save a little money but also avoid walking home late by myself even if it is a short walk. my roommates also have cars and of course said that if I ever feel nervous to call them and they would come pick me up. I downloaded the lifeline response app which is pretty cool! I did see a young girl walking her dog after dark on Kedzie by the park and again there weren't many people hanging out outside which is nice. My street and alley is well lit with street lights so I'm able to see all around. I seriously appreciate all of your advice. it has made me feel much better and after being in the neighborhood I don't feel as nervous. I'll just be sure to always be vigilant at any time of day (no matter where I am) and I've already begun to follow your suggestions!

  • I would probably opt to take an Uber home at night.

5 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Police: Pizza delivery drivers being robbed in Humboldt Park

Both robberies occurred in the 1300 block of North Maplewood, one at 9:30 a.m. April 26 and the other at 9:50 p.m. April 29, police said.

    Police: Pizza delivery drivers being robbed in Humboldt Park
    Police are warning residents of two recent robberies of pizza delivery drivers that occurred on the same Humboldt Park neighborhood block last week on the West Side. In both incidents, someone approached the delivery driver after an order has been placed, brandished a metal pole and then stole the driver's pizza order and cash, according to Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That proves nothing. Many criminal Republicans out there. Look at my comment again, democrats elect convicted criminals. They want criminals in office! Why? Do you think it is because it takes one to know one and that is how you stop crime? Do you think an elected gang banger wants more police in Chicago to arrest their fellow bangers? Chicago is one of the most corrupt governments in America and is 100% democrat with no term limits. You voted for this?

  • "Do you think an elected gang banger wants more police in Chicago to arrest their fellow bangers?"--

    --Absolutely. Less competition, higher prices for their wares. "Bangers" compete with "bangers". But it's more like the CPD want "bangers" as alderman, easier to bribe, easier to cajole, more opportunity for funding, less...

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    "Do you think an elected gang banger wants more police in Chicago to arrest their fellow bangers?"--

    --Absolutely. Less competition, higher prices for their wares. "Bangers" compete with "bangers". But it's more like the CPD want "bangers" as alderman, easier to bribe, easier to cajole, more opportunity for funding, less accountability, and less oversight. A criminal is the ultimate free-market advocate.

    Al Capone supported the Republican machine. Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christy have felons in their family tied to organized crime. Trump was up to his fuzzy eyebrows in mob concrete in Atlantic City.The political parties are just sales pitches for empty suits. I will concede contemporary Democrats in Chicago seem to be easier to bribe, probably because they are not independently wealthy.

Apr 28

Updated 29 hours ago

Great News For Humboldt Park

As gangs are making their presents know in the park and things look bleak, here is a bright star proving Humboldt Park is getting better every day. The more slum buildings, purchased by developers and rehabbed into this affordable high standard of living units, the faster the bangers will be forced out of the community. Building like this use to be owned by slum landlords and apartments in them were deplorable. Gang Bamgers loved this, extremely low rents and a...

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As gangs are making their presents know in the park and things look bleak, here is a bright star proving Humboldt Park is getting better every day. The more slum buildings, purchased by developers and rehabbed into this affordable high standard of living units, the faster the bangers will be forced out of the community. Building like this use to be owned by slum landlords and apartments in them were deplorable. Gang Bamgers loved this, extremely low rents and a landlord who did not care what criminal activities they did as long as the rent was paid. Look at the pictures of this unit! I know how bad this block was and would have never thought that it would turn around in such a grand manner in so short of time. We have to just wait out this bad spike for the fantastic time that are coming right in front of our faces. Keep the chin up neighbors, together we will weather through this.

http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/4/27/11519756/chicago-humboldt-park-greystone-condo-for-sale

    Home in 1899 Humboldt Park Greystone Asks Under $200K
    In addition to its historic charm, there's plenty to love about this home's prime location in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Humboldt Park with its 200-plus acres of green open space is located just a couple blocks west.
    http://chicago.curbed.com
  • D. Tate resident

    Not only am I in touch but have been a resident of the area for a very long time and if you bother to read city stats for the past 20 years and prior to any movement against police brutality the shootings and murders have gone down. Not that I...

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    Not only am I in touch but have been a resident of the area for a very long time and if you bother to read city stats for the past 20 years and prior to any movement against police brutality the shootings and murders have gone down. Not that I am happy with any type of violence but Gangs have been operating here for decades with a decrease activity and that was due to community involvement, decrease in residents, increase in available resources. I support the CPD thru CAPS, calls and pleasantry but "hands tied behind their back" is now why you have gang activity. When certain businesses and concerned people who feel comfortable speaking with police advocate for a better area it makes things better. Blanket statements shot from the hip are hardly helpful. If anything binds police officers its lack of funding, man power and uncooperative residents.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I agree 100% with everything you just wrote except one. We just pasted shooting #1000!!!!! Is that not the highest on record for that time!! Get off the kool-aide, shooting have spiked to an all time HIGH! I have worked hard with my neighbors and together we can enjoy what...

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    I agree 100% with everything you just wrote except one. We just pasted shooting #1000!!!!! Is that not the highest on record for that time!! Get off the kool-aide, shooting have spiked to an all time HIGH! I have worked hard with my neighbors and together we can enjoy what we have accomplished until now. HP has become a shooting gallery this spring. Not due to movements against police brutality but movements against all police period! Attacks on police are up over 100% but I don't see and news on it or politicians against it. You can't solve a problem until you admit to the problem in the first place.

45 hours ago

Graffiti

I just saw this in the alley just west of Kedzie between crystal and division at the t. I already called 311 to get it removed.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Not Everything Is Selling in a Day: Smart Tech Home in West Town Reduces: 900 N. Richmond

Not Everything Is Selling in a Day: Smart Tech Home in West Town Reduces: 900 N. Richmond

    Not Everything Is Selling in a Day: Smart Tech Home in West Town Reduces: 900 N. Richmond
    We last chattered about this 4-bedroom "Smart Tech" home at 900 N. Richmond in West Town (East Humboldt Park???) in February 2016. You can see our chatter here. If you recall, this is one of several dozen similar homes that have been built in West Town, Avondale, Logan Square and other gentrifying neighborhoods since the bust.
    http://cribchatter.com

  • LT Res Long Time Chicagoan

    One home sets the trend? I got a good laugh out of this one,

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Checked on this building, sold for it's asking price of 449K one year ago after being listed for a few months. This seller must have thought, flip it and make a quick 140K. WRONG, OUCH! If the price was 100K lower, it would sell in a day I bet.

Apr 26

Updated 2 days ago

Shots fired early Saturday stray bullet a foot from my head

I live on Kedzie across from the park. There were shots fired early Saturday at around 4am and a stray bullet went through the the front of my house about a foot from my wife and my head.

  • Lakeshore94, that doesn't surprise me. When I had a problem with a neighbor, I made sure to go to Maldonado's office dressed in a guayabera. I also made sure to put on my best Carribean accent. I knew that if I had gone there as my normal self, I might have been mistaken for a gringo.

  • Same here, no response from Maldonado to my email as well.

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