5 hours ago

Updated 22 min ago

Riot Fest Needs our Help

UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last...

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UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last years flood during RF. Another member complained that Sacramento was closed one day prior. There was talk of the food trailers in HP going after RF for lost income because setting up days before RF. Max remarked that Sacramento was only closed for an hour that day, the food trailers have a contract with the park district and have given three options on setting up during RF. This RF did not have to do but reached out to the food trailers to help any way RF could! Max went on that the drains in the park were filled with GREASE, gravel and dirt which contributed to the flooding last year. Amy remarked that clogged drains have been a problem going back as far as 2008 in other locations in the park. Max pointed out clearly that RF has to follow Park District rules and complaints about thous rules being followed belong to the Park District and should be made to them and not placed onto RF.
I do not understand why a fest that does so much good "the list is to long to write here" for HP is being questioned on such minor matters? Shootings and gang activity do not spike during this fest! Why are they getting such a hard time making HP a great place to live by the powers in City Hall? Now is the time citizens of HP! If you love RF, write and call your Alderman, The Mayor and attend Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings and make your voice be heard! RF needs us to show our overwhelming support.

3 days ago

Updated 33 min ago

Mayoral race

Tomorrow I hope we take a step forward and get rid of Rahm, and elect Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Allen, why do you get to decide who are "the real people of Humboldt park / Logan square"?

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    Its justy opinion Jason. I choose to side with the boricua or the brother or the gringo who had been in the neighborhood since the 60s. Those are the real residents as far as I'm concerned. You don't have to follow my train of thought.

57 min ago

Humboldt Park Gang Banger States 'we've been here and were here to stay"

On another EB Thread "Mayoral Race" a self proclaimed gang member talks about how he will fight to stop gentrification and yuppies from taking over HP and wanted Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward elected to accomplish this goal. This person goes on to state what great things gangs have done for HP and that gentrification is ruining these things by forcing fellow gang members to move out of HP. I wish I would have...

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On another EB Thread "Mayoral Race" a self proclaimed gang member talks about how he will fight to stop gentrification and yuppies from taking over HP and wanted Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward elected to accomplish this goal. This person goes on to state what great things gangs have done for HP and that gentrification is ruining these things by forcing fellow gang members to move out of HP. I wish I would have read his thread earlier because several of his statements were pulled from EB before I could read them. I am astonished when he proudly writes that most of HP residence were criminals and gang bangers working together against good neighbors who called the police back in the 80's and 90's! I found it interesting that he states he attends beat meetings and will use every legal way to stop the undesirables from taking over HP, like they did in Wicker Park. I started this thread because the other threads topic was not about gang bangers and here non-gang members can read what a confessed gang banger thinks about them and how gangs "won't give up without a fight"-" It won't be as easy as you think to get rid of us"! This is what is happening in HP right now. Criminals in HP are working to get politicians elected who they believe will keep them living here and stop the evils of gentrification from occurring. Do they think they can stop progress or law abiding citizens from moving into HP? What about all the good people of HP that they have been victimizing in decades past? Do they think they will allow this to happen? This topic is now open for discussion. Is it wrong to want to make HP a beautiful place again to raise a family at the expense of moving criminals and gang bangers out?

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Riot Fest to leave Humboldt Park?

I've been here a bunch of times before to just check what's going on in the neighborhood, but really felt a need to finally create a login and share what I heard tonight at a local venue. I can't tell you who told me because he/she is close to Mike (owner) of Riot Fest. The news is sad (at least to me), but apparently true. It looks like Mike from Riot Fest has had enough of Alderman Maldonado and is...

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I've been here a bunch of times before to just check what's going on in the neighborhood, but really felt a need to finally create a login and share what I heard tonight at a local venue. I can't tell you who told me because he/she is close to Mike (owner) of Riot Fest. The news is sad (at least to me), but apparently true. It looks like Mike from Riot Fest has had enough of Alderman Maldonado and is moving the festival out of the neighborhood. The person wouldn't tell me the exact reason why, but suggested BS politics that Mike's sick of playing with the Aldeman.

Have any of you heard anything of the sort? If any of you know him because he supposedly lives in the neighborhoid, please ask him?!?!?

  • newcomer Newbie

    So many people complained about Riot Fest last year and now that they want to move it away everybody is complaining about that. I agree with you, we must make it known that we want Riot Fest to stay in HP !!!!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I never thought that complaints about mud and grass and traffic would cause the people in power to give RF such a hard time when the same people do not complain about shootings, crimes and gangs over running HP during the other fest. Even when gangs shot people in the middle of the that fest years ago, these same people would not put them though what they are putting RF operators now. I wonder why?

22 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Hipolito Roldan, are you a slumlord? - Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

The elderly tenants at the second floor at Plaza Taino, 1111 Francisco Ave. are freezing. They have to use electric heaters or their stove to heat their apartments. Doesn't that make Hipolito Roldan to a slumlords? Hipolito Roldan own Hispanic Housing Development Corporation which built, own and manage Plaza Taino.

Hipolito Roldan built Plaza Taino but made some miscalculations when constructing the floor so it started to sink into the ground. Hipolito Roldan started to repair the floor a year...

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The elderly tenants at the second floor at Plaza Taino, 1111 Francisco Ave. are freezing. They have to use electric heaters or their stove to heat their apartments. Doesn't that make Hipolito Roldan to a slumlords? Hipolito Roldan own Hispanic Housing Development Corporation which built, own and manage Plaza Taino.

Hipolito Roldan built Plaza Taino but made some miscalculations when constructing the floor so it started to sink into the ground. Hipolito Roldan started to repair the floor a year ago but after digging up the first floor he got bored so the first floor is still just dirt. The open and unheated first floor is now cooling down the entire building.

Plaza Taino's residents are elderly and some of them are disabled. When the first floor was removed so was the entire entrance to the building. Tenants are now entering through the fire door at the side of the building. There is nobody working in the entry anymore. The elderly and the disabled are without necessary services Hipolito Roldan charge for.

Hipolito Roldan, when are you going to stand up to your responsibilities to make Plaza Taino livable for your elderly tenants? I guess you still get your government subsidized rent so aren't you required to provide livable conditions for your tenants?

To all other readers: Where do you report a slumlord? Hipolito Roldan charge average $1500 / moth per apartment but the conditions are barely livable. Some elderly tenants has recently been forced to move out. How can we as a community stop this kind of neglect?

Hipolito Roldan fix Plaza Taino. Stop being a slumlord!

  • HPsince70, you can try and twist everything and some people will believe it. I'm sorry for our community; the machine rolled over the 26th Ward.
    Did you ever read Animal Farm? "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". That about sums up everything. Very sad...

  • HP1970, you are sticking up for slumlords? Is this how you think "affordable housing" is supposed to work, and what you seek from your Alderman and tax dollars? The subject that Jose introduced is serious, and all you can do is try to inject some nose-rubbing politics into it. Stay classy.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Today's a new day....

Now that we can put all the mudslinging behind us and welcome back Roberto and entrust him with leading the 26th ward as our Alderman, what's next? How do you suggest working with him? What committees or associations need boosted leadership to get their priorities on his desk, or what new committees need to be formed? Now we need real leaders to push our agenda.... making HP safer, cleaner, more enticing for job growth, more enticing for tourism (Paseo Boricua),...

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Now that we can put all the mudslinging behind us and welcome back Roberto and entrust him with leading the 26th ward as our Alderman, what's next? How do you suggest working with him? What committees or associations need boosted leadership to get their priorities on his desk, or what new committees need to be formed? Now we need real leaders to push our agenda.... making HP safer, cleaner, more enticing for job growth, more enticing for tourism (Paseo Boricua), assistance for struggling homeowners, maybe a good elementary school or two?

Throwing it out there because all the back and forth debates and rebutles were entertaining, but that did not offer a solution, that was blowing off steam.

I don't have a lot of time to commit to this but I'd like to join efforts of those that are on the same page.

Thanks

  • Smith Parker, Sounds interesting. It would be excellent if all neighborhoods in the 26th Ward had a large community group and then we all could work together. The only neighborhood organization that seems to have many members is Maldonado's own organization. That organization even help voters to get to the polling stations. All people in the 26th Ward should be similarly nice and helpful to each other.

  • Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) Neighborhood Association

    niceneighbor and Smith Parker, the 44th Ward has the Lakeview Citizen Council, which is an "umbrella" organization to which all community groups in that area belong. The alderman there has an advisory council on zoning and development issues. Our question to the aldermanic candidates was based on that advisory council. We will be following up with Ald. Maldonado reminding him of this pledge.

31 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Doorbell Repair

Hey Everyone,

I am looking for recommendations for buzzer/doorbell repair or rebuild. We have an existing set up in place for a four unit building that hasn't worked in years, and I am wondering if any of you have had success with a specialist located in the area. It sounds like it could be pretty expensive, but all we are really looking for are working door chimes as opposed to electronic entry. Any ideas? Thanks everyone.

30 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Norwegian American Hospital not shoveling their empty lots

Has anyone else noticed that Norwegian American Hospital, with all of their precious empty lots, forgets that shoveling the sidewalks around them is their responsibility? Everyone down our block does their best to keep up on shoveling but when you get to a hospital lot, the snow is either stacked high or the ice is packed thick and it becomes seriously dangerous. Of the city of Chicago website they say that businesses that do not shovel their property face a fine of $1000 a day. With the 10 or so properties the hospital owns that would seriously add up. If this isn't an isolated issue only on our block, should we all collectively complain to the city?

  • I posted a EB thread about this same problem a few weeks ago. I had luck getting some snow removed along the properties that I noticed by contacting the hospital through their website. Feel free to message me if you want the direct contact info.

  • Call 311 or report them on the city's snow removal reporting website

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