14 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

For Walter on Memorial Day.

This is a quick story of Walter and Me, but I’m writing this mostly for Walter, the previous owner of my house. Walter lived on Division and Spaulding for 82 years. His parents owned the home before that from about 1917 when they married. The house I live in was built in 1905. Walter Jr. was buried on July 4th 2008. A neighbor, the sole caretaker of Walter’s estate and his friend Emmett put him in the ground and passed...

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This is a quick story of Walter and Me, but I’m writing this mostly for Walter, the previous owner of my house. Walter lived on Division and Spaulding for 82 years. His parents owned the home before that from about 1917 when they married. The house I live in was built in 1905. Walter Jr. was buried on July 4th 2008. A neighbor, the sole caretaker of Walter’s estate and his friend Emmett put him in the ground and passed away the same day. The house became unoccupied for two years until I bought it in 2010.
When, I bought this house it was like a museum still filled with Walter’s family’s things dating back to 1917 and before. Walter’s parent’s bedroom was just as they left it, with lace curtains and a bed made of hay and horse hair. Mouse traps all around it..Lol. I have their photos, dog tags, pet tags, nothing of value to most people, but these things tell me about his life here. How proud he was of his home, family and country.
The place was in need of some pretty big repairs, so the contractor said, “everything out!” I cleaned this place out in the middle of January, with no heat. I really felt weird about moving stuff that had been in the house unmoved since Walter’s mother died in 1962 of a coronary embolism. I promised him that I would put everything back as soon as I could.

  • Spauldinator A neighbor of yours in West Humboldt.

    Okay, I will try that thank you!

  • What a fantastic post! Thank you for giving us all a chance to honor Walter's memory. As an aside, I also enjoy doing research on "regular folk," including those who used to live in my house. The Historic Chicago Tribune, digitized, is a great resource for this kind of thing. Obituaries of Walter's parents can identify other survivors, although ancestry.com sometimes has that info posted.

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Boycott

Being that we as neighbors are not welcome in certain establishments because of our relatively recent entry into HP, I believe it is necessary to give those establishments their peace. I believe if they do not wish to have me or other new residents in their establishments then certainly they do not want my money as well. If you care to join, it is quite simple. Do not frequent those businesses and agree not to frequent those businesses. One that...

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Being that we as neighbors are not welcome in certain establishments because of our relatively recent entry into HP, I believe it is necessary to give those establishments their peace. I believe if they do not wish to have me or other new residents in their establishments then certainly they do not want my money as well. If you care to join, it is quite simple. Do not frequent those businesses and agree not to frequent those businesses. One that I have been informed of another thread is Papa's Cache Sabroso at 2517 W. Division. If the owner does not want my money, I will not give him it. Thus, my family will no longer be going.

Please inform us of any establishments in the 26th ward that are not open to new customers and residents and we shall post here.

If you wish to add businesses who welcome residents new and old, please post on this page too. It's time for businesses to pay in the pocketbook for their sentiments. It's time for businesses to prosper who treat all the same.

  • I want to thank those in our Community that took the time to see what we are like and our pride for some reason those that started this Boycott think that his or her money means the world to everyone? have you not gotten the Memo? We Value our Heritage and our Community more than Money Can buy...... did you not see we sent Riot Fest Packing? RESPECT and You Will Get RESPECT Good Night...

  • Well said Chicago Puerto Rican Community. They just hurting because what happened to the so call RF. They talking about the Puerto Ricans that they are raises, but yet they asking for their money back of the thickest for RF. They claim to be far for them. Yeah right!! They don't want to go to Douglas Park because is a afro Americans community, and yeah they sit there talking about the Puerto Rican. Jajajaja no hay quien lo entienda.

4 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

An Honest Question Regarding Humbolt Park

Hey everyone, I would like to open an honest, open forum regarding gentrification, rising property values, real estate trends, Riot Fest, PR Fest & all things Humbolt.

I would love to have all members from each side of the argument chime in and list their main concerns regarding the above issues.

But, please no hate, racism, bigotry etc. Let's just all be humans and have a good solid discussion. So, BEGIN!!!

  • Maria Concepcion Education Consultant- Global Intervisions, LLC

    Thanks for starting this conversation. We need more mature conversation and brainstorming about how we enhance the resources we have, bring additional ones to our community and how we protact what we accomplish from the gangs and drug dealers. We need to start by supporting our community small businesses and...

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    Thanks for starting this conversation. We need more mature conversation and brainstorming about how we enhance the resources we have, bring additional ones to our community and how we protact what we accomplish from the gangs and drug dealers. We need to start by supporting our community small businesses and events.
    Check the events at the National Puerto Rican Museum, plan your events there, bring your friends and family members to the restaurants in the area. Find ways to collaborate with the police. Volunteer at one of the social community agencies once in a while. Now in the summer, play some dominoes with the long-time residents. These are just few ways to become involve and continue the conversation about stabilizing our HP community. Just food for thought!

  • Carlos Freytes Logan Square born and raised

    The problem with the "gastropubs and jibaritos" scenario is that an overwhelming majority of domiciles in the neighborhood are rentals, and the average rent in HP is going up such that the Puerto Ricans and Blacks are being displaced. It's like choosing to believe that once upon a time the...

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    The problem with the "gastropubs and jibaritos" scenario is that an overwhelming majority of domiciles in the neighborhood are rentals, and the average rent in HP is going up such that the Puerto Ricans and Blacks are being displaced. It's like choosing to believe that once upon a time the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down and enjoyed the First Thanksgiving and lived happily ever after, as if what followed wasn't a few centuries of genocide and usurping. Did you know that Lincoln Park was a Puerto Rican neighborhood as recently as the 70's and early 80's? Think of 5 establishments in LP that reflect the neoghborhood's historic Puerto Rican tradition. Now try to name 5 LP gastropubs. That's what's at stake here. A community is trying to stave off elimination.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

2 killed, 16 wounded in shootings across city

...in the Humboldt Park neighborhood early Saturday morning. They were inside an apartment in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue on the West Side about 12:15 a.m. when someone else inside the apartment...

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Police investigate where a 20-year-old man was killed in the 1000 block of West 14th Street in the University Village / Little Italy neighborhood.

• A 34-year-old man was shot to death in the Wicker Park neighborhood about 1:45 a.m. Saturday. He was on a porch in the 1700 block of West Pierce Street when someone opened fire, hitting him multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

• Three people were injured in the shooting involving the 4-year-old girl in the 7000 block of South Justine Street in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The other two victims were a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male.

...to the back after someone shot him about 3 a.m. Saturday morning in the 11200 block of South Stewart Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was standing outside when someone...

...his jacket and phone about 1:15 a.m. Saturday near the McDonald's at Garfield Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side shot him in the leg. The...

...left shoulder while sitting in a minivan about 1:05 a.m.  Saturday in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was shot by someone...

...About the same time Saturday, two people were shot in the 1100 block of West 104th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood. A 45-year-old woman was shot in her left...

...year-old man about 11 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood. The attack happened near Menard Avenue and Erie Street on the West Side and the man walked into West Suburban Medical Center seeking treatment...

...A 37-year-old man was shot about 7:15 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of West 66th Street in the city's Marquette Park neighborhood. He was shot in the leg or groin...

...that police said was gang-related. The victim was involved in a fight in the 3000 block of West Roosevelt Road in the city's Lawndale neighborhood, and after the brawl he fled to a vehicle...

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    I did Not read that article.
    And, I do not see the connection between that south side community decades ago (or even the Hyde Park housing pressures now); with the Humboldt Park deaths I was responding to on this thread.

    I get that you and I were looking at different...

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    I did Not read that article.
    And, I do not see the connection between that south side community decades ago (or even the Hyde Park housing pressures now); with the Humboldt Park deaths I was responding to on this thread.

    I get that you and I were looking at different deaths.
    I get that my white middle class north side perspective is far from the whole reparations issue.
    And, I get that more than a century of economic & cultural inequality, injustace, ect has set the stage for many of the ills plaguing Chicago.
    But- I am still not seeing the cause & effect in the way that you do.
    I appreciate the value of your perspective; but it is not my lens for the situations I wrestle with in Humboldt Park.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    No question!

    I am a native son, indeginous to the south lakefront communities of Chicago.

    I do not expect you to understand my authentic cultural experience.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

The time for real action is at hand in Humboldt Park.

Now that the Riot Fest controversy appears to be resolved there still remains real issues to deal with. The ones who should step-up to bat are the ones who successfully fought against Riot Fest in Humboldt Park. We need to continue the battle ourselves against the shooting deaths in the Humboldt Park Neighborhood, the rampant drug sales that fuel crime in the area, the gang leaders that recruit young children into their gangs for drug money profit in order to

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    Rich teenagers

  • No we all had jobs. 1 was rich though. He supplied the lake cottage. Otherwise we were on our own. It amazes me how that area has changed.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

1400 block of N California vs N Rockwell

My partner and I want to build a single family on the East side of Humboldt Park; the two lots that are available are both in the 1400s north, one on N California right across the park and the other one on N Rockwell.

We would appreciate thoughts from anyone with an opinion about N California v N Rockwell?

  • Rockwell is only four short blocks east; and the fact that it's in a more insulated area (not as open) I would think would cause there to be more crime, not less. When I was looking to buy 10 years ago I stopped in at the police station on California just south of Milwaukee and chatted with them to get their opinions on safety. It was very helpful.

  • Jenwomon Andersonville resident, West Town worker

    You can check for yourself re: difference in crimes reported with Chicago Police site - http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm

30 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Spanish lessons?

Are there any long term residents of HP fluent in English and Spanish who are willing to teach spanish to the newbies of the neighborhood? We need to unite the longer and newer term residents of HP. I think a good start would be bridging the language gap. Please respond if you are interested in either taking or teaching lessons and bringing the community together.

  • AIF

    Hi! My mom is a retired principal and Spanish teacher and has been teaching Spanish on the side to a few people. Send me a message if interested :)

  • I'd love more info. I went through Elena Chicago and am always looking to improve my conversation skills.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Let's take down the Puerto Rican flag in the public park!

Humboldt Park is a public space, why is the Puerto Rican flag inside the park? Move it across the street.
I want it down, it's offensive!

  • Brock A: Unfortunately for you the flags were made to last 500 years. If you cant stand too look at them for the rest of your life I suggest you move to a different neighborhood, Chicago has many.

    Honestly seeing this post is very disheartening and sad. And what is...

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    Brock A: Unfortunately for you the flags were made to last 500 years. If you cant stand too look at them for the rest of your life I suggest you move to a different neighborhood, Chicago has many.

    Honestly seeing this post is very disheartening and sad. And what is sadder is that EB allows such a divisive, racist and destructive post on it's site.

    Tracy B: TO answer your questions why PRs don't call themselves American I'm going to suggest a book which may enlighten you or at least give you information and understanding of Puerto Ricans in relationship to the United States.
    The book is called 'War Against All Puerto Ricans' by Nelson Denis which just came out in April, to better get a sense of the history of why Puerto Ricans are here in the US and how they have been made into second class US citizens. see link.

    http://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/

  • I'll check it out.

16 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Wanted: Up-do in HP/Logan Square

So I've had a couple of bad experiences at a couple of city salons, however I like to "up-do" when I go to a formal gathering. Any suggestions/recommendations?

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