5 days ago

Updated 10 min ago

Wedding church/venue/reception help needed

Anyone have recommendations for an affordable wedding church and/or reception venue? I'd like it to be near the Logan Square area but would consider other Chicago neighborhoods. Capacity for 150 to 200 guests with a big dance floor area, looking to have an open bar as well. Trying to coordinate a church and venue for fall of 2017. Thanks!

  • Sam C Big time Whirl fan

    Thanks everyone! I think we may be going with La Villa for the venue (great spot), but still ridiculously hard finding a Presbyterian or non-denominational church in the city that doesn't cost hundreds or thousands to have a ceremony...This planning is a lot haha

  • Helen R Portage Park resident since 1983

    Since you've already decided on LaVilla. There is a Prebyterian church on Keeler just north of Irving. At least it used to be Presbyterian a long time ago.

27 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Vintage doors with frames and hardware - Free to a good home

Anyone interested in some original vintage closet doors? They are for a rough opening 27" x 87" and the door slab is 25-1/2" wide.

These were pulled out as part of some recent remodeling work. They are in great condition, having been stripped and refinished so I had the workers take them out intact with hardware and frames so they could be re-used.

Message me on the site if you are interested.

  • I'm sure I have missed these, I'm getting ready to start on a grey stone project and would love these doors if they are still available. If they are still available I could pick up anytime today

  • i am so interested in these doors! we just bought a house and all the original doors have been replaced with terrible hollow doors!

27 hours ago

Updated 32 min ago

Is this your chicken?

This chicken is at my door front and seems intent on coming inside. Do you know who he belongs to??? We live in the Kimball/Lyndale area.

3 days ago

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Affordable Housing Hoax of The 1st Ward

I, unlike many, was in full support of the new developments being built in the 1st Ward, i believed that the Alderman was committed to keeping families in the neighborhood, while also welcoming new residents and i looked forward to the opportunity of improving my standard of living at an affordable cost and without having to move and send my children to another school. Unfortunately that is not the case. These developers have no desire to meet the needs of...

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I, unlike many, was in full support of the new developments being built in the 1st Ward, i believed that the Alderman was committed to keeping families in the neighborhood, while also welcoming new residents and i looked forward to the opportunity of improving my standard of living at an affordable cost and without having to move and send my children to another school. Unfortunately that is not the case. These developers have no desire to meet the needs of low income families and long time residents. The requirements to qualify for the apartments are rigorous and inflexible, the units themselves are not big enough for a family(not 1 developments offers affordable 3 bedrooms) and the price from the application fee, move in fee, rent and utilities, is not affordable. For example, The Mica building on Milwaukee & Belden is asking $50 app. fee + 973 for rent + $600 move in fee + $135 for utilities all for a 787 square foot apartment. The Centrum development on Division & Milwaukee is asking 1k for a 699 square foot apartment. If they aren't trying to make you pay an unreasonable amount for a shoebox, then there is The EL Group who requires that you make 3 times the rent and have a credit score of at least 650. I so badly wanted to get into the EL building that i spent over 1k to pay off my credit at the suggestion of the property management, and was STILL denied. Now i'm homeless. So much for keeping the promise...https://youtu.be/aV1fDPGJjPE

    The Affordable Housing Hoax of the 1st Ward
    One of the goals of affordable housing was to keep long term residents and working families in the Chicago communities while attracting new residents, what's actually going on is that the process to qualify for an ARO unit is nearly impossible and the units themselves are not big enough for a family resulting in families being forced out to pave the way for young, single rich people.
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  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    The Milwaukee Ave projects are all Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) and as such have received regulatory relief. This is the form that their city subsidy has taken. Since the developers of TODs do not need to provide parking for the majority their residents that burden has been shifted to nearby...

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    The Milwaukee Ave projects are all Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) and as such have received regulatory relief. This is the form that their city subsidy has taken. Since the developers of TODs do not need to provide parking for the majority their residents that burden has been shifted to nearby homeowners and small multi-unit owners who have not likewise been relieved. For instance, the owner of a neighborhood property cannot declare his/her holding "TOD" and replace a garage or an empty parcel with a more economically productive coach house. Through the TOD structure, the city effectively makes the developers property more productive. On a risk adjusted basis, it's no different than handing them a check.

    To my mind, the TOD ordinance and its lighting-paced uptake sounds the death knell for nearby two- and three- flats. The onslaught of new rental properties will depress the rent that older flats can ask. That leaves such property more highly valued for its teardown-to-McMansion conversion than for its rental potential. On that same line of argument, it follows that the economic diversity of the neighborhood will suffer. A person similarly situated to Rah may be able to find a solution in an owner-occupied unit (e.g. trade rent for landscaping help or snow shoveling). I doubt such trades will ever be found in developments with tens or hundreds of units.

  • Benjamin Lipsman 37 y.o. Logan Square resident. Web designer.

    I don't get idea that the newest/nicest residences should be the ones where "affordable" housing should be located. Doesn't it make more sense to entice people who can afford the new luxury housing to move there and free up older, less fancy accommodations for those with lesser incomes? I'm all...

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    I don't get idea that the newest/nicest residences should be the ones where "affordable" housing should be located. Doesn't it make more sense to entice people who can afford the new luxury housing to move there and free up older, less fancy accommodations for those with lesser incomes? I'm all for helping people remain in their neighborhood even as it changes, but don't see why that should entitle somebody to something high end for a low end cost. I realize the rules allow developers to create affordable units nearby or pay into a fund to provide, and that seems to make more sense -- especially given the small size of many of these new developments' units vs. need for affordable family-size housing.

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Leonas on elston.

I went there last night awesome food and service. It looks like they need a little word of mouth help because they got new owners and streamlined the menu. All in all the food tasted great and was really fresh.

  • IG

    I love their salads and didn't realize they had a location on Elston. Thanks!

  • VPGirl Logan Square

    I thought they were all bought out by some corporation...no more Sunday brunch! ;-(

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Help - Repair antique cabinet

One of the glass panels on my bookcase broke while moving. I would assume it's a fairly easy fix and just need to replace the glass. Does anyone have any experience with this, know the cost or recommend anyone locally to fix? Thanks!

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Gilman Ace Hdwr, 2118-20 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 773) 252-5886 cuts their own single pane glass in-house.

    Alan is the Ace Hardware Man there.

  • M&M00...i have a danish wood shelf cabinet that is out of alignment and the old fashioned lock is messed up. locksmith told me i needed a cabinet maker / restorer...any idea if Ezekiel's might fit the bill? thanks,

6 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Palmer accident

So I don't post on these things ever but figured this would be a good medium to use. I I moved to palmer and drake like 6 months ago, and in that time have complained to my wife like 50 times how many people blow this stop sign (usually coming from Palmer). Well today at 4:45am a car was flying down Palmer and went staright through the stop sign and clipped a car crossing the intersection so bad the SUV...

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So I don't post on these things ever but figured this would be a good medium to use. I I moved to palmer and drake like 6 months ago, and in that time have complained to my wife like 50 times how many people blow this stop sign (usually coming from Palmer). Well today at 4:45am a car was flying down Palmer and went staright through the stop sign and clipped a car crossing the intersection so bad the SUV was flipped over. No joke, a flipped over car in the middle of the street like Grand Theft Auto. Thank god the young gentlemen was alright as he crawler out from his vehicle, clearly dazed.

Long story short- not sure how many people live near that intersection but many people began to talk at 5am in the street about petitioning we all call 311 for speed bumps on Palmer (many using this as a through street I apologize in advance bc I know its a pain) but there are too many kids playing around here to have to worry about this. If people complain to 311 or their alderman the city might actually listen to people. If you don't live around here I know this post is a waste but for those who do and heard that accident last night, I am sure you wouldn't mind people slowing down a little bit more on this street.

  • A few years ago, the city decided to remove half of the car traffic lanes on several streets. Many people like myself pointed out that drivers would "learn" and start using smaller streets for their commute. It appears that this is what is happening.

    If you think about it, there...

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    A few years ago, the city decided to remove half of the car traffic lanes on several streets. Many people like myself pointed out that drivers would "learn" and start using smaller streets for their commute. It appears that this is what is happening.

    If you think about it, there is not one single North-South street with 2 lanes of traffic between Western Ave and Cicero Ave. So there are constantly people trying to cut down side streets to avoid the traffic on those streets. Yes, I know that Palmer is an East-West, but drivers go East-West to try to get to a different North-South.

    Also, as a driver, I see many MM's texting and reading emails while driving, and therefore distracted. That is a different topic, but may be connected to the rise in accidents.

  • i personally think palmer is much too narrow to be a two-way street and should be one-way westbound. both lyndale and belden are one-way going east, it just makes sense for palmer to be one-way in the opposite direction (at least between kimball and pulaski). i would think that would calm traffic as much as speed bumps would, and it would be way less annoying. i mean, it's absurdly narrow!

2 hours ago

Don't make yourself a victim!

Last night as I was driving through the Logan Square area near Logan Blvd. and Richmond at about 10:45 pm I saw a young woman, maybe mid-20's, walking alone down a dark side street, eyes glued to her cell phone and apparently texting at length. She was totally absorbed in that and never once looked up/around during the time that I observed her. And I did stop my car to watch over her until she got to the lights of...

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Last night as I was driving through the Logan Square area near Logan Blvd. and Richmond at about 10:45 pm I saw a young woman, maybe mid-20's, walking alone down a dark side street, eyes glued to her cell phone and apparently texting at length. She was totally absorbed in that and never once looked up/around during the time that I observed her. And I did stop my car to watch over her until she got to the lights of the blvd.

She - or anyone who is similarly oblivious - might as well wear a sign that says, "Attack Me." That kind of behavior is EXACTLY what predators look for - people out alone and not paying attention to their surroundings!

People - for God's sake, do NOT do that and tell anyone who you care about not to do that.

Day or night - and especially at night - and doubly especially on dark streets - we have to maintain situational awareness ... have to keep our eyes and ears open to potential dangers. We can't always walk around in groups - and we can't live in fear - but we CAN always at least TRY not to be reckless about our own safety.

Please do not make yourself a victim.

2 hours ago

Shutter Report: Fizz Fizzles; Bucktown Sausage Stand Closes After 70 Years; More

Two Lions Pub and Grill is closed in Logan Square at 2906 W. Armitage Ave. Two Lions served British-style pub grub, but had to change names shortly after first...

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The West Lakeview space that housed Fizz Bar & Grill near the intersection of Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland, is empty. The bar is closed, ending an 18-year run—even Fizz’s circular...

...sign above the storefront has been removed, eliminating all references to the bar/restaurant at 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. The space had been up for sale since last year...

Sam’s Red Hots, a decades’-old hot dog stand near Armitage, Western and Milwaukee, is closed, according to DNAinfo. While the walk-up window wasn’t as prodigious as...

...70 years, and their hot dogs and frozen krinkle-cut fries will be missed at 2345 W. Armitage Ave.

Taverna 750 will close tonight at 750 W. Cornelia Ave. in Boystown, as the Italian restaurant is moving to Andersonville where it will take over the Brixton space. The Brixton closed on Sunday at 5420 N. Clark St.

Taverna 750 will close tonight at 750 W. Cornelia Ave. in Boystown, as the Italian restaurant is moving to Andersonville where it will take over the Brixton space. The Brixton closed on Sunday at 5420 N. Clark St.

...with DMK Restaurants on a complete reconcept to revive the West Loop restaurant space at 841 W. Randolph St. GEB had a mild relaunch earlier this year, but the results weren’t what management...

    Shutter Report: Fizz Fizzles; Bucktown Sausage Stand Closes After 70 Years; More
    The West Lakeview space that housed Fizz Bar & Grill near the intersection of Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland, is empty. The bar is closed, ending an 18-year run-even Fizz's circular sign above the storefront has been removed, eliminating all references to the bar/restaurant at 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.
    http://chicago.eater.com

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Incredibly Friendly Tuxedo Cat Missing

Hi Everyblock, this is pretty embarrassing, since I've already posted about this on here, but my black and white tuxedo Myshkin is missing. He's indoor/outdoor and likes to work his Palmer Square beat during the day, but he is always home for dinner. I get a lot of calls about him because he's so friendly that he often seems lost, so the fact that no one has called means that most likely his collar came off. It's a breakaway collar,...

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Hi Everyblock, this is pretty embarrassing, since I've already posted about this on here, but my black and white tuxedo Myshkin is missing. He's indoor/outdoor and likes to work his Palmer Square beat during the day, but he is always home for dinner. I get a lot of calls about him because he's so friendly that he often seems lost, so the fact that no one has called means that most likely his collar came off. It's a breakaway collar, and while I'm really glad it did its job and broke away, there's no number to call if anyone has found him. He *loves* people and is so chummy that I think anyone who found him would assume he was a missing housecat and might be kindly taking care of him. That makes me appreciate my neighbors even more than usual, but it also means he can't make his way home. If anyone has found him, I would be so grateful if you could give me a call or text so I can pet him forever and get him a new collar. If the quality of the neighborhood feels like it's gone down a little lately, it's probably because the mysterious ins and outs of Palmer Square is no longer under his expert care. Any information, including weird hunches, is totally welcome. Thank you!

  • Barbs hey you kids, get off my lawn!

    Try to keep him inside, please. Does he at least have a microchip, and is he neutered?

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I'm so glad you have your cat back, and I wish you and your cat a long and healthy life together! That said, I hope you'll reconsider and keep him as an indoor-only cat. I'll give you a few reasons why I say this.

    I do TNR (trap/neuter/return) in the...

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    I'm so glad you have your cat back, and I wish you and your cat a long and healthy life together! That said, I hope you'll reconsider and keep him as an indoor-only cat. I'll give you a few reasons why I say this.

    I do TNR (trap/neuter/return) in the city and have seen way too many sick, injured, abused, and dead cats on the street. Many of them have been indoor/outdoor pets. The friendly cats are especially at risk of being hurt.

    I have seen cats that were intentionally burned with cigarettes, scalded with hot water, used as bait in dog fights, shot with bb guns, etc. I have seen cats that were killed by dogs and coyotes and raccoons. I have seen a cat who lost its eye during a cat fight. I have seen cats who were poisoned (both accidentally and intentionally) and cats who were hit by cars. I have even seen cars intentionally try to hit cats on the street!

    Also, when you allow your pet cat to go outside, he is at risk of contracting parasites and diseases. Some of these are fatal. Others will just cost you money at the vet.

    If your reason for letting him go outside is that he likes the outside, I can tell you from personal experience that he can easily learn to love being an indoor-only cat. I have several cats who used to be homeless feral cats, living on the street. They are now indoor-only cats and are very happy. I provide them with comfortable areas in front of my windows (securely screened), and I give them plenty of toys to keep them mentally stimulated, and I provide a lot of places in the house where they can jump up high (shelves are great but regular furniture works as well).

    Please consider what I'm saying here. I really don't want him to be one of the cats I pick up dead or injured from the street.

    You have to ability to make his life long and happy.

17 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Raccoon question

I live near California and Dickens and just saw a large raccoon come out from under a car and go in between two buildings. Never would have seen it if my dog hadn't started staring at the car.

I'm just curious if anyone else frequently sees them or they're common to the area. I've lived in this neighborhood for two years and have never seen one before.

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    I had 4 in my pear tree at the same time, and my neighbor saw a group of 8 crossing Drake a few nights later (last year). Haven't seen many this year.

  • Kilk 17 Year Logan Square Homeowner

    We had a small pond in our yard with goldfish. A racoon and family frequents our pond in search of sashimi. Sadly, we now only have the pond.

20 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

House constantly has dog poop in front yard.

Can anything that can be done? Constantly I see dog poop in the front yard.

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Stove gas line relocation needed

Hi, Can anyone recommend someone to move a stove gas line from one wall to another?

9 hours ago

Lost pup sighted Sunday afternoon

I spotted what looked like a dark brown Chihuahua puppy Sunday around 4pm. In the alley at Belden and Drake. He had a collar and blue dog bone tag, but I was walking 2 dogs at the time and couldn't get close enough to grab him. He seemed lost and like he would have come over if my dogs weren't w me. I asked two guys I passed on the street to look out for him and call the number on his tag if they saw him. Not sure if they did. Just posting in case he's still missing

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42 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Lost Cat in Logan

Beetlejuice, whose home is near Kimball & Fullerton, has been missing since Monday. He's a dark grey, friendly, and adventurous cat who often wanders around Logan. He's got a bright blue tag in the shape of a dog bone. Please let me know if you spot him!

  • Pretty certain I saw him mid-week wandering from the alley by the community garden from Medill towards Belden, and that we saw him in the alley behind the Burlington another day this week (though we weren't aware anyone was missing him then). Will keep an eye out.

  • Thanks for the lead Allie - my friend who owns the cat went to check out the area today and will continue to look around there.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Looking for Doctor in Logan Square or nearby

Anybody have a recommendation for good medical doctors? I'm not new to the area but haven't gotten around to establishing a PCP relationship in Chicago since I've been here. I would prefer in the Advocate network.

  • May I ask why you would like to be within the Advocate network? Chicagoans have access to some of the best academic hospitals. Northwestern is phenominal. If the Northwestern practitioners accept your insurance, that would be my first recommendation.

  • My research tells me otherwise regarding Advocate Medical Group Brick and Mortar physicians. They are driven by patient volume and generic utilization of drugs. This maybe fine for lipids or hypertension but treating diabetes, for example is requires much more than using metformin, 50 year old SU and insulin as...

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    My research tells me otherwise regarding Advocate Medical Group Brick and Mortar physicians. They are driven by patient volume and generic utilization of drugs. This maybe fine for lipids or hypertension but treating diabetes, for example is requires much more than using metformin, 50 year old SU and insulin as a protocol. Every major medical governing body agrees that these drugs should be used as a last resort while Advocate promotes this second line. Why? They are $5 a month and this helps drive patient cost down so Advocate could better position themselves to manage care organizations. How do physicians in the brick and mortar Advocate facilities learn about new advancements in therapy? They can't see drug reps so how do they understand what's new in medicine outside of CME credits, which we all know are a joke. I've spoken to many Advocate physicians with relatives being treated there and it's scary how little they truly know about anything outside of what they learned in medical school. If I have the choice, I were physicians aren't told what and how to prescribe and are more concerned with total patient care. Dr. Jim Clancy in Rogers Park is a prime example of how a physician should treat a patient in 2016.

4 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Peak Urban Millennial 2015: Part 2

I can't wait to hear back from anyone willing to take either side of the argument. The landlords think millennials will stay in cities forever. The demographers say there's nothing new under the sun and peak urban millennials will sooner or later start moving out of cities. Here's the study that encapsulates the theory by Dowell Myers, a professor at the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy:

http://popdynamics.usc.edu/pdf/2016_Myers_Peak-Millennials.pdf

If you're short on time and would rather not have to read 21 pages of demographic data, here are some other articles that give a synopsis:

http://fortune.com/2016/03/28/millennials-leaving-cities/

http://www.arcamax.com/business/businessnews/s-1836806?print

  • Steve I East Logan Square since 2005

    I disagree with many of the factors cited in the Fortune article. The author argues that things will "return to historical norms" without any definition or validation of those "norms".

    The baby-boomer's parents lived in a time when cars were new and made "sub-urban" living the exciting, modern thing to...

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    I disagree with many of the factors cited in the Fortune article. The author argues that things will "return to historical norms" without any definition or validation of those "norms".

    The baby-boomer's parents lived in a time when cars were new and made "sub-urban" living the exciting, modern thing to do. Cities were crowded by soldiers and sailors recently returned from WW II, who aspired to a place of their own behind a gleaming white picket fence.

    Millennials, in contrast, were raised when cars were the evil causing congestion and climate change, attracted by the efficiency of density and (literal) heights of urban living. They have seen boom and bust housing cycles firsthand unlike their parents. From the article's own data, less than 50% want to move so they can own, not rent - including those planning to stay in the city.

    If Millennials are more 'collectively minded' that seems to align perfectly with urban neighborhoods that mix sfh with two and three-flats. Rentals will be plentiful for those that decide ownership is not for them, and investment property economics for those that do.

  • Steve I, you cite the baby boomers' parents as wanting to move to the suburbs to get out of congested cities. What do you say about the baby boomers who left the city to the suburbs? I believe what the author of the Fortune article means by historical norms is the cycle of people moving to cities in their 20s and moving back to the burbs as they mature.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Not sure what to do...

We recently look down a smallish tree in our yard ourselves. We have tons of branches to get rid of. New to this homeowner game, do I just bag them and throw them away, or are there services to pick it up? Thanks!

  • Steve I East Logan Square since 2005

    This changed recently - Homeowners need to call 311 to have landscape waste picked up.

    It is a separate pickup so that it gets composted instead of going to the landfill. I have done it in the past and they are pretty responsive - usually a day or two. I don't know about trees but it seems likely the 311 operators will have some info.

  • Oh wow Steve I, when did this change? Because I recently (I guess it was in late June) cleaned up some small weed trees and put it out in the alley in bundles as previous and it was gone on garbage day.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

an older guy got robbed by 3 male blacks on bikes, 5'7" 130lbs on the 606 about 20 minutes ago

offenders fled north from the lawndale exit. wearing red. saw the cruisers and went to the scanner website to see what was happening and this is what i've gathered. keep an eye out!

  • KJ

    So all three were 5'7" and 130 lbs? Triplets? Siamese Triplets?!?!?!

  • Yes it was weird because apparently the victim stuck by the description even though they were holding someone 6'4"

26 hours ago

Youth Outreach Services Hosts Monday Its First Fundraiser

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Youth Outreach Services Hosts Monday Its First Fundraiser
    CHICAGO (CBS) - Youth Outreach Services' Auxiliary Board hosts Monday their first official fundraising event. Youth Outreach Services (YOS) is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that partners with at-risk youth and their families to help them discover what they are capable of achieving. Their vision is a society that treasures the safety, well-being and self-worth of every child.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

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  • I see "technology" for learning more and more. Might I suggest Amazon Kindle products instead of a single laptop or desktop. For the price of the 1 touch screen laptop, you could have had anywhere from 4-12 kindle tablets or 3+ chrome books.

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