Apr 14

Updated 21 min ago

Humboldt Haus On Sacramento Blvd. and North Ave. Now Open!

Great news, it is now open but not the deli bar yet. I talked to Mike who said he was a co-owner and the hours now are 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday to Saturday and 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. Mike also added that the 16 taps section will be open in another month. I asked him to join us on Nextdoor and Everyblocks and inform all of the date when the whole restaurant will be open for business. I am looking forward to the grand opening, i will be thirsty! The name of the place is Humboldt Haus.

  • musch955 New on Whipple St.

    I won't care about the sign if I can walk and get a tasty sandwich!

  • ditto for me on the sign, don't think they need to scream LIQUORS; I am sure word will get around

6 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Comcast data caps?

I've seen a few questions about Comcast outages and the like here, but does anyone have a problem with their connection speed? I recently moved to the area and signed up for 50/mbs, but speed tests are showing we get 6-8. Feel like I'm getting ripped off.

  • Nick South Logan / North Humboldt

    I use to have issues with my Comcast connection speed until I upgraded my modem (I own my modem rather than renting one from Comcast). That said, we pay for (key words) up to 50 Mbps. I consistently get 5 Mbps down and 8 Mbps up which is more than adequate for browsing, and streaming on more than 1 device at a time. From my experience this isn't any different with AT&T or any other telecommunications company.

  • Just adding my 2 cents about AT&T. I have U-verse, paying for 45Mbps and reliably getting 25, which is blazing fast. Only had it for 6 weeks, but in that time, no problems whatsoever. Not every block is eligible for U-verse yet, but they are building out their network. Customer service is as awful as all the others, however.

37 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

rats!!!

What is the deal with all the rats that I've been seeing lately?? Does anyone know who to call to get the alleys baited??Just this evening returning home from work, I counted 6 rats running across Central Park ave towards North ave. More were seen in the alley in the same area!!

  • A proactive option is to set your own traps. There are the old fashioned rat-sized mouse traps. And the new high-tech thingy is a battery powered electric rat trap that shocks em dead. I havent tried it, so I cant recommend them. But Ive seen them at home depot.

  • i just released a bird from one of those traps I set in the garden when I saw a rat so I won't do that again. Broke it's leg and my heart...but it flew away before I could do anything else.

    You should go to the last tread about rats. One person recommended 'camphor' but when I went to the site it was all sold out and I'm waiting for them to e-mail it is in stock again.

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

  • I am going to vote based mainly on candidates known actions, not their words. I bet that Irazarry is more articulate than Corona, but I am looking for things to get done in our Ward and not just more talk.

    Conona's experience and ascension to the position of Ward Superintendant...

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    I am going to vote based mainly on candidates known actions, not their words. I bet that Irazarry is more articulate than Corona, but I am looking for things to get done in our Ward and not just more talk.

    Conona's experience and ascension to the position of Ward Superintendant through many steps seems like a logical progression. Work hard, get promoted. Work hard, get promoted again.

    Actually, I think that he is taking a risk by stepping out as a candidate against Maldo, quite possibly breaking the "machine" rules and protocol.

    On the other hand, it appears as though every position that Irazarry has held, whether at Bickerdike, Hispanic Housing, NNNN, etc has been one funded by grants. In a diverse neighborhood, which has NEVER statistically been a majority Puerto Rican (according to US Census records) one, she has clearly focused on the needs of Puerto Ricans.

    That's great, and Puerto Ricans deserve advocates, but I'm probably going to vote for a more inclusive candidate. There are a lot of minorities and issues here that deserve attention, and I think that Corona will do a better job at serving the needs of the broader community rather than the 17%.

  • I guess I'm inclined to disagree you, but since I've worked on many of the same campaigns She did (none of which you included in you list); I guess my actions wouldn't be counted as inclusive since the were for mothers/women's rights--she was involved in those too. I really believe...

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    I guess I'm inclined to disagree you, but since I've worked on many of the same campaigns She did (none of which you included in you list); I guess my actions wouldn't be counted as inclusive since the were for mothers/women's rights--she was involved in those too. I really believe your analysis is myopic, and you know I respect you. I will say it again---talk to her; don't just assume she is not inclusive because she works for the poor. She also worked hard for Miguel del Valle and Will Guizzardi---as did I--are those men you feel only work for one ethnicity? It's fair to vote for a man that you have met at community meetings and respect as a neighborhood assets, but I really think you are misrepresenting all that she does. Seriously, all due respect---we're all voting against hewhoshallnotbenamed, which makes our fight the same.

    I still haven't completely decided. Just wanted a fair representation.

7 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Free moving boxes

Anyone interested in 15-20 gently used moving boxes. Mostly medium sized.

26 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Crazy developer

Anyone noticed the construction going on at the former Humble Parquito location? The permits the developer posted are fake! What a DB. He's been reported to multiple departments within the city so that construction should be suspended soon. Who knows how many other projects of his are working without permits. It's just a shame that these guys come into a neighborhood, build whatever they want, whenever they want, have no idea what time of day the noise ordinances start or stop and just keep doing it over and over again.

31 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Need a LEGIT handy-person for a few condo repairs....

I'm in East Humboldt Park and need two leaking faucets and one light fixture/ceiling fan repaired. I called Mr. Handyman and it will cost me $150 for just one hour of work (?!). Can anyone recommend a good, affordable, reliable handy-person they have worked with? Please and thank you!

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many...

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

  • scotch dog owner

    I have emailed you my phone nr. I buy meat for my dogs at Peoria Meat Packing,was thinking to get a bigger quantity of sausages,hotdogs etc,I could cook them with rice and veggies if we could bring them to the dogs once a week? Call me if you get a chance.

  • meg

    Scotch, I'm sorry but I haven't received your email! Something may not be working with Everyblock emails.

    That is so generous of you. I don't run the shelter, just volunteer, but I'm sure they would love that!

    There's limited staff there, so I would suggest calling and saying you want...

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    Scotch, I'm sorry but I haven't received your email! Something may not be working with Everyblock emails.

    That is so generous of you. I don't run the shelter, just volunteer, but I'm sure they would love that!

    There's limited staff there, so I would suggest calling and saying you want to come by and feed the dogs some homemade goodness. Here's contact info: (773) 667-0088 - Ask for Diane -she's amazing! (Since there are limited staff, it's hard for them to answer the phone when they're taking care of so many animals, so leave a voicemail if you get the answering machine)

    The dogs and cats are so happy to have human contact, I know they would love to visit with you and eat your yummy food!

    Here's my email meaghan.olson@gmail.com if you want to message me there and talk about it more. Sorry it's such a hassle to connect. I love your idea and you are super awesome to volunteer to do that!

Jul 09

Updated 2 days ago

Comed: Who's in Charge of Inspecting a Project?

I had my service upgraded to 200 amps from 100 and had new meters installed at my building. When Comed came to inspect the work, I was told that the service pole was too high and that no technician had a latter tall enough to reach it. The service has to be lowered by a foot in order for it to pass inspection.

I told my electrician about this. He says that he can't get through to whoever is in...

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I had my service upgraded to 200 amps from 100 and had new meters installed at my building. When Comed came to inspect the work, I was told that the service pole was too high and that no technician had a latter tall enough to reach it. The service has to be lowered by a foot in order for it to pass inspection.

I told my electrician about this. He says that he can't get through to whoever is in charge of inspecting the work. He gave me a Comed number to call, but the person's mailbox is full and I'm immediately disconnected. The job was finished three months ago and I have not heard back from them. Who do I call to get the ball rolling? The electrician is giving me the runaround and I need to find out who to call at Comed to kick his arse into gear.

  • Pete Humboldt Park

    Typically if you are sited for a code violation (which I assume ComEd is doing in this case) on a recent construction job, it is the installing contactor's job to fix it. 'Licensed' Contractors have to follow all directives from the City. So from a legal perspective, the contactor has...

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    Typically if you are sited for a code violation (which I assume ComEd is doing in this case) on a recent construction job, it is the installing contactor's job to fix it. 'Licensed' Contractors have to follow all directives from the City. So from a legal perspective, the contactor has broken the law. Hopefully you held a little bit of a retainer on this contactor as that is usually the easiest way to settle these types of disputes. However, you can threaten to file a report against their professional license number as well.

  • Pete,

    I'm not being sited for a code violation. We moved and upgraded the service with permits. I simply can't get through to the person at Comed who's in charge of my project. Her voice mailbox is always full and the system then asks me to dial an extension. I...

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    Pete,

    I'm not being sited for a code violation. We moved and upgraded the service with permits. I simply can't get through to the person at Comed who's in charge of my project. Her voice mailbox is always full and the system then asks me to dial an extension. I don't have an extension and the system immediately hangs up on me. When I talk to whoever else at Comed, I'm told I have to talk to the person whose mailbox is full.

    The contractor is willing to work with Comed, we just can't get through.

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    Prior to upgrading a service the contractor is supposed to contact ComEd and ask for an inspection to confirm the location of the meter(s), the service riser as well as it's service drop height. The ComEd Inspector goes to the sight calls the electrician right then and there to tell him his findings. Then the contractor can begin work. The contractor will have to lower the service drop height per the Inspector's decision. After which the ComEd Inspector must come out and re-inspect. Hope this helps.

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