16 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

Riot Fest Update

The organizers of Riot Fest have put fort a forward looking press release regarding the restoration of Humboldt Park after the massive mess that was created in Humboldt Park after Riot Fest.
In my humble opinion Humboldt Park is not designed to handle 60,000 visitors per night. The park is a mess and it will take months to repair. It has become an eyesore. The stench in the north side of the park is so bad that is unsanitary to...

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The organizers of Riot Fest have put fort a forward looking press release regarding the restoration of Humboldt Park after the massive mess that was created in Humboldt Park after Riot Fest.
In my humble opinion Humboldt Park is not designed to handle 60,000 visitors per night. The park is a mess and it will take months to repair. It has become an eyesore. The stench in the north side of the park is so bad that is unsanitary to use children's playground. This should not have been allowed to happen in the first place.
This is a community park and it should not be treated as a revenue generator by the city.
Please call Alderman Maldonado and express your displeasure at what has happened.
Please share this in your wall and participate in the discussion in every block.com

http://charliebillups.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/riot-fest-aftermath/

  • Charlie, you seem to have an agenda here; speaking about the press release, but not posting it is suspect. There are other festivals in the park that claim over 100,000 participants and I don't recall seeing you take issue there. The park is designed to accommodate large gatherings - that's...

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    Charlie, you seem to have an agenda here; speaking about the press release, but not posting it is suspect. There are other festivals in the park that claim over 100,000 participants and I don't recall seeing you take issue there. The park is designed to accommodate large gatherings - that's one of the main purposes of city parks.

    I realize that you were inconvenienced by the festival, and would love to see some of the issues you had addressed in a constructive way. But trying to get a gathering of 160,000 people shut down, because you are inconvenienced by tough parking and noise isn't productive.

    How could the fest be organized that would make ease some of your pain points?

  • festivals are here to stay. This particular festival--riot fest--appears to have some of the most community-oriented organizers around. I'm willing to wait and see how effective the rehabilitation is. It seems important to remember that the organizers could not control the rain on Friday night. Without that downpour the damage...

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    festivals are here to stay. This particular festival--riot fest--appears to have some of the most community-oriented organizers around. I'm willing to wait and see how effective the rehabilitation is. It seems important to remember that the organizers could not control the rain on Friday night. Without that downpour the damage to the park would have been significantly less. BTW I live just a couple of blocks from the park. Even though there was plenty of traffic seeking parking on Sat and Sun, the drivers seemed to be in a great mood and I heard no honking or quarreling over spaces. I knew in advance that the neighborhood would be crowded, much as it is during the PR festival. I've learned to adjust my schedule--It's not a big deal unless you make it one.

2 hours ago

Recommendations for snow removal in West Town/Humboldt?

Winter is on its way and I'm trying to hire someone for snow removal before I procrastinate too long. Do any of you have someone affordable and reliable who does it for your building? I'm looking for basic shoveling, not plowing, in the area directly east of the park.

15 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Beware of wasps (Humboldt Park - on Kedzie and North)

Just wanted to let people know : My dog got stung by swarm of wasps entering the Park. Not sure if they were swarming around a spilled drink or if they nest got knocked down but they were in the grass. So watch out, this is on the trail into the park behind the Natl. Guard building on Kedzie right off North ave.

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    I heard on WBEZ last week that we could expect a rise in the number of bees this month. Perhaps that extends to wasps.

  • I love in this area and we have had a ton of wasps the last two weekends. It's super bizarre.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    It's gotten cold, so they're looking to feed before the cold weather hits. They have been plentiful, and with all the smells emitted by Riot Fest, I'm sure they think there's food to be had.

11 hours ago

Night Out: Global Peace Picnic

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Global Peace Picnic is a gathering of peace and global unity through music! Bring a blanket, dance to global music DJs and Live Music and enjoy family-friendly activities and yoga!
In addition,from 3:00pm-5:30pm attendees can enjoy a FREE concert in the Boathouse as part of World Music Festival featuring live music from Las BomPleneras and the Renato Anesi Trio.
Presented in partnership with Sound Culture the preeminent independent presenter and promoter for world music and multiculturalism in Chicago. Sound Culture has produced over 300 concerts in over 20 Chicago venues, with artists from over 40 countries. For more information visit www.soundculturechicago.com .

40 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Riot Fest - Irresponsible use of Humboldt Park -

1. We could not find a parking spot all weekend because of the inconsiderate action of Riot Fest goers who did not take public transportation.

2. The park is total mess! the ball fields are destroyed and it has disrupted our daily use of the park as we use to walk our children.

3. This Riot Fest is a reckless use of the park for the organizers to make money and take away the use of the park for citizens...

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1. We could not find a parking spot all weekend because of the inconsiderate action of Riot Fest goers who did not take public transportation.

2. The park is total mess! the ball fields are destroyed and it has disrupted our daily use of the park as we use to walk our children.

3. This Riot Fest is a reckless use of the park for the organizers to make money and take away the use of the park for citizens that live in the neighborhood.

4. As for myself I have contacted the Alderman and I will protest all the way to city hall if I have too. This type of festival belongs in Northerly Island away from neighborhoods where small children go to bed at 8pm and there is plenty of parking.

  • The smell is a chemical process of decomposition. The enzymes in the mud are "digesting" the grass. In effect, you are smelling part of a process which occurs in a cow's stomach, and beyond...

    Rotting grass stinks.

    I was there, and my boots were covered in mud. They do not...

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    The smell is a chemical process of decomposition. The enzymes in the mud are "digesting" the grass. In effect, you are smelling part of a process which occurs in a cow's stomach, and beyond...

    Rotting grass stinks.

    I was there, and my boots were covered in mud. They do not stink like kah kah.

    The most dangerous thing I saw were numerous people stepping in the water-filled and therefore hard to see potholes on Luis Munoz Marin Dr. Everyone lost their balance, stumbled and got their shoes wet. I didn't see anyone fall, but I suspect it happened. I would be shocked if there weren't reports of sprained ankles.

    It would be nice if the Park were maintained to a level of perfection before Riot Fest as it is expected to be restored to afterwords.

  • I live on Fairfield just north of Bloomingdale. There is no permit parking on my street which went unnoticed by festival goers because there was (albeit more limited than usual) parking available all weekend and all was quiet after the music stopped. Completely unexpected.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Riot Fest Organizers

Max, I know you have posted on here and have reacted to concerns earlier. Thanks.

Also Thanks for a great 3 days… entertaining and fun… hopefully see it on the north end of the park next year...

Some constructive advice for next year. (Don't get me wrong, fun times, but much room for improvement)

1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Put some more thought into the design/layout.
a. There were many dangerous bottlenecks, got lucky nothing went wrong as the lack of...

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Max, I know you have posted on here and have reacted to concerns earlier. Thanks.

Also Thanks for a great 3 days… entertaining and fun… hopefully see it on the north end of the park next year...

Some constructive advice for next year. (Don't get me wrong, fun times, but much room for improvement)

1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Put some more thought into the design/layout.
a. There were many dangerous bottlenecks, got lucky nothing went wrong as the lack of function would have crushed people (especially where along the curvy roads with the metal barriers) IE The flow would have been much safer if the vendors were set up 20 feet off the roads instead of right on them, or if there were another way for the masses to move rather than just the roads.
b. Somehow you made one of the largest parks in the city seems like an overcrowded rat maze… poor spacial layout and very little thought into how people walk, and how to get people form stage to stage

2. Add way more port-o-johns, average wait was over 20 minutes after 6pm

3. Make the maps accurate...The mobile app, was misleading. It was stressed multiple times to download the app, and we did. One problem was that the water stations were not located correctly, and I think they were missing all together in areas. Had this been a hot weekend could have been bad situation. Also, the one water station we did find was quite a disappointment...

4. 3 Day Passes did not have wrist bands… why not? One could not leave and come back.. stinks

5. VIP is practically worthless. Who cares about free drinks. The benefit of having a ticket (minus the re-entry) has diminished ten fold and compared to many other festivals standards, hardly deserves a VIP title. Viewing areas were not VIP. bathrooms were same as other bathrooms, just shorter lines, and

thanks for reading

  • Buster ~ I've read quite a few stories at The Denver Post and local affiliate stations in the Denver area. Seems there were quite a few factors in denying the permit that included engineering studies, traffic studies and of course, the feedback from the community (based on their 2013 experiences around issues of sound, drug use and traffic).

    Of course, safety is always a concern should there be injuries and overdoses.

  • Interesting Square Peg. I just recall reading one account from a woman who lived there saying how they could barely support the people that live in the town with emergency services...and she was worried if something happened people would be out of luck. Lot's of challenges to putting on a big music fest.

19 hours ago

Y.O.U Openhouse

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5pm-7:30pm

Casa Central's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program is hosting an open house this Friday Sept 19th from 5:00-7:30pm. There will be music and light refreshments served. This is a great opportunity for families to find out about the many services Y.O.U offers as well as people who are interested in volunteering with us. Feel Free to stop by!
1351 N.California Ave.

43 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Restaurant Opening & Community Thank You (Free Coffee!)

Hello Neighbors!

I just wanted to let you know that our restaurant, Polak Eatery, will finally be opening on 1043 N California this Saturday from 7am-3pm, then reopening for California nights from 5-9pm.

Damian & I have been working on our concept and space in the old tipsy cake building since February and have felt so welcomed by the community, thank you so much for that!

We'll be serving free coffee all day as a thank you for your support, so please stop by for a cup and chat & let us know what you think of the new place!

23 hours ago

New Business in Logan Square!

Hi All, I am starting an insurance agency through Farmers that kicks off on Friday the 19th of September! I am building a monthly e-mail list and so if you are keen to go into a draw for a $50 Visa Gift Voucher - please send me your/a friend's e-mail address. Every E-Mail address is a entry into the draw on the last day of September - I will contact you via e-mail to deliver it. If you would like...

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Hi All, I am starting an insurance agency through Farmers that kicks off on Friday the 19th of September! I am building a monthly e-mail list and so if you are keen to go into a draw for a $50 Visa Gift Voucher - please send me your/a friend's e-mail address. Every E-Mail address is a entry into the draw on the last day of September - I will contact you via e-mail to deliver it. If you would like a new quote on home,renters, auto, life or commercial insurance - please reach out or give me a call! You can send the mail address to ntaljaard@farmersagent.com...I did check Everyblock's rules and if a new business is starting - anyone's allowed to announce it. Have a great week!

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