31 min ago

Updated 27 min ago

Moreno van (with signage) parked IN a bus stop..

and blocking 1/2 the only entrance to Food Smart.
I left a note ON the van and am trying to FAX a letter as I write this .
Doesn't matter if the blinkers were on..plenty of parking right there if he had looked!

47 min ago

Updated 32 min ago

Loud construction

Do I have any say over the noise going on next door while they gut rehab a 2 flat grey stone? They are dropping doors from second stories onto the ground! We have a small child that needs to sleep during the day so I'm dreading the next couple of months.

1 hour ago

More than four dozen of the best New Year's Eve events

Ready to Dine There are three seatings for this 90s-hip-hop-inspired party with a dim sum menu including lobster dumplings, foie gras wontons, and champagne-mango pudding. Wed 12/31, 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 PM, Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey, 773-661-9170, eatfatrice.com, $98 per person, sold in pairs.

East Room Music from the mashup maestros in Hood Internet and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, East Room, 2828 W. Medill, 773-276-9603, eastroomchicago.com, $25.

New Year's Eve Beach Party Combat the cold with tiki drinks, a performance by a surf-rock band, bites, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com, $99.

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American Football Tue 12/30, 8 PM; Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775, bottomlounge.com.

Shemekia Copeland Wed 12/31, 7:30 and 11 PM, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 312-733-9463, citywinery.com.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Wed 12/31, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959, parkwestchicago.com.

The Good Life Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808, abbeypub.com.

Jeff the Brotherhood Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, emptybottle.com.

Bob Mould, Margaret Cho Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, metrochicago.com.

Orwells Tue 12/30, 8 PM; Wed 12/31, 10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lh-st.com.

Pelican, the Life & Times Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600, subt.net.

Sun Ra Arkestra Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, constellation-chicago.com.

Andrew W.K. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th, 312-526-3851, thaliahallchicago.com.

The Boundary Enjoy passed bites like coconut shrimp, breaded artichoke hearts, and stuffed mushrooms along with a premium open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-1 AM, the Boundary, 1932 W. Division, 773-278-1919, boundarychicago.com, $85.

...a champagne toast, and party favors. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, the Dawson, 730 W. Grand, 312-243-8955, the-dawson.com, $80-$120...

Mercat a la Planxa Chef Cory Morris prepares a four-course, 12-dish menu inspired by the Spanish tradition of Nochevieja. The meal includes wine pairings and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 5 PM-midnight, Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan, 312-765-0524, mercatchicago.com, $125.

Nellcôte A sampling of bites and drinks from Nellcôte's menu, plus a set from DJ Lani Love. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, 312-432-0500, nellcoterestaurant.com, $100.

New Year's Eve Luau Two seatings are available for chef Edward Kim's ten-course Hawaiian feast featuring beverage pairings, an open tiki bar, and live calypso music. Wed 12/31, 5:30-8 PM and 8:30 PM-1 AM, Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland, 773-687-9977, mottstreetchicago.com, $85-$175.

The Publican A four-course meal from chef Brian Huston, with beer and wine pairings available for an additional $25-$55 per person. Reservations required. Wed 12/31, the Publican, 837 W. Fulton, 312-733-9555, thepublicanrestaurant.com, $65.

...bar, specialty dishes, party favors, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago, 773-645-4949, rootspizza.com, $20-$70...

Takashi Chef Takashi Yagihashi provides a seven-course meal (with wine pairings for an additional $55-$65) and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 5:30 and 7 PM, Takashi, 1952 N. Damen, 773-772-6170, takashichicago.com, $100-$185.

Travelle Two prix fixe menus from chef Tim Graham and pastry chef Scott Green, an early three-course meal and a later five-course meal, both with live music and a champagne cart. Wed 12/31, 5-7:30 PM and 8-10:30 PM, Travelle, 330 N. Wabash, 312-923-7705, travellechicago.com, $95-$175.

Tête Charcuterie Enjoy the restaurant's signature charcuterie and crudo, plus an open bar, DJs, a champagne toast, and a late-night snack from the Salsa Truck. Wed 12/31, 7 PM, Tête Charcuterie, 1114 W. Randolph, 312-733-1178, tetechicago.com, $150.

Uncommon Ground Seatings for a four-course prix fixe menu are available from 5 to 10 PM, followed by a late-night buffet, open bar, and music from Uptown Shakedown. Wed 12/31, 5 PM-1 AM, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680, uncommonground.com, $55.

White & Gold New Year's Eve A four-course Mediterranean menu featuring Chilean sea bass, foie gras, and a chocolate brownie, plus live DJs, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Fig & Olive, 104 E. Oak, $150.

The Barrelhouse Flat A two-floor party with classic cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live jazz, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln, 773-857-0421, barrelhouseflat.com, $100-$150.

...night also features live music and whiskey shots at midnight. Wed 12/31, Big Star, 1531 N. Damen, 773-235-4039, bigstarchicago.com...

...the midnight balloon drop and confetti blast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-4 AM, Castle, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, castlenightclubchicago.com, $59, $89 for gold package, $159 for platinum package...

CH Distillery Count down to midnight with an array of signature cocktails and ring in the New Year at midnight with a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-1 AM, CH Distillery, 564 W. Randolph, 312-707-8780, chdistillery.com, $100.

The Drake The three-room party offers drinks, a buffet, hors d'oeuvres, and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, 312-787-2200, thedrakehotel.com, $135.

The Fifty/50 The sports bar hosts a five-hour open bar, buffet, and, of course, a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM, the Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division, 773-489-5050, thefifty50.com, $80.

Headquarters Beercade OK Go headlines this night of video games, drinks, and a specialty menu. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, 773-665-5660, hqbeercade.com, $75.

Irish American Heritage Center Hors d'oeuvres, live music from Gerry Haughey and Kara Eadie, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-12:30 AM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, irishamhc.com, $25.

Noon Year's Eve Party A family-friendly celebration with music, crafts, and a countdown to noon with an apple juice toast. Wed 12/31, 11 AM-1 PM, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, naturemuseum.org, $20, $10 for children.

A WBEZ New Year's Party Live entertainment from the Doug Peck Trio and Moth StorySlam, plus specialty cocktails from mixologist Johnny Costello, hors d'oeuvres, and a dance party. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, wbez.org, $80.

Co-Ed Prison Sluts A performance of the long-running musical revue, plus a buffet, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 10 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 773-697-9693, annoyanceproductions.com, $40.

Improv New Year's Eve The night includes performances of improv shows Process, Gigantic, and CIC Gameday along with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM, CIC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731, cictheater.com, $40, $75 per couple.

iO Theater New Year's Choose from performances of Whirled News Tonight, TJ & Dave, Improvised Shakespeare, and the Deltones along with an open bar, a buffet, a dance party, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-1 AM, iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, ioimprov.com/chicago, $100.

New Years Eve Cornstravaganza The night kicks off with an open bar and buffet, followed by sketch and improv performances, a dance party, and a midnight champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-650-1331, cornservatory.org, $55, $100 per couple.

New Year's Eve Hullabaloo The venue's grand opening includes a cocktail hour, a performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret, a dance party, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, uptownunderground.net, $100.

New Year's Eve Monster's Ball Guests are encouraged to dress in horrifying attire for unlimited drinks, appetizers, a zombie band, a haunted house, and a "champain" toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-1 AM, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, stage773.com, $70, $120 per couple.

...carousel handing out desserts, and fountains spouting cocktails. Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Redmoon Theater, 2120 S. Jefferson, 312-850-8440, redmoon.org, $100...

New Year's Eve Under the Gun A buffet and cocktail hour followed by performances of #trending and Comedy Against Humanity plus a dance party and midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 773-270-3440, undertheguntheater.com, $50.

New Year's Hangover Stand Up Marathon A stacked lineup of local comics including Ali Clayton, Kellye Howard, Mike Lebovitz, and more. Thu 1/1, 6 PM, ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont, 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212, comedysportzchicago.com, $15.

New Year's Psychic Eve A performance by mentalist Sidney Friedman, with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 10:30 PM, Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, davenportspianobar.com, $30 plus two-drink minimum.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: New Year's Eve Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres before the Neo-Futurists' signature show, plus a champagne or cider toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $20.

With Love From the Black Ensemble Theater A performance by the stars of At Last: A Tribute to Etta James, along with food, dancing, and lots of champagne. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-1 AM, Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark, 773-769-4451, blackensembletheater.org, $125, $200 for couples. 

The neon-lit bar at Lawrence and Broadway, now a legendary jazz club, has been around for 107 years—and has more stories than any tavern in town. Here are a few from the past three decades.

24 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Another Package Theft

At 2pm today a package was stolen from my front porch near Armitage and Sawyer.
I was able to get a look at the theives from behind as they walked out of the alley and onto Armitage Ave near Kedzie, and two women witnessed the theft.

They are wearing all black, head to toe. One man was black and the second hispanic, both about 5'6- 5'8.

UPS claims they left the package with someone, but they clearly did not.
BE CAREFUL and have packages sent somewhere else, especially for the holiday season.

  • You're hard core Liz, I'm impressed. That's coming from someone who stood watch over my freshly poured sidewalk for 10 hours.

  • Liz

    Thanks Btooz. I just want to look out for our neighbors and my family. We don't need this petty bs happening. My brother loves sting operations too which helps, ha! 10 hours is impressive!

3 hours ago

Straight From The Forbidden Root: A Shady Character

Shady Character can be found at Small Bar (2956 N. Albany Ave.) Saturday, Dec. 20 for the event, “A Very Herbal Christmas.” If you’d like to own some Shady Character, you can find it at Bottles and Cans (4109 N. Lincoln Ave.) in 4-pack 12-ounce bottles.

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Shady Character can be found at Small Bar (2956 N. Albany Ave.) Saturday, Dec. 20 for the event, “A Very Herbal Christmas.” If you’d like to own some Shady Character, you can find it at Bottles and Cans (4109 N. Lincoln Ave.) in 4-pack 12-ounce bottles.

3 hours ago

Eat Your Way Through the Holidays on a Budget

Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

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Coppervine (1962 N. Halsted St.)

Trenchermen (2039 W. North Ave.)

Bub City (435 N. Clark St.)

bellyQ (1400 W. Randolph St.)

5 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Looking for daycare in Logan Square

Hello,
Can anybody recommend a daycare in Logan Square? Also, not sure how far ahead I need to be checking places out. Friends have said there can be long wait lists, etc. but I'm not sure if that is everywhere in the city.... Thanks for any info!

  • Allison Logan lawyer & homeowner

    Sooner the better! I take my kid to infant community montessori in Humboldt but several of the Logan places I looked at had long waiting lists.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Let's Get our Video Cameras Connected to CPD District/Cental Command

Being the IT Dept and administrator to the cameras that protect our Condo association since 2009, I have seen firsthand the power this tool has to solve crime. We've been subpoenaed twice and have produced useful video evidence for another dozen or so incidents over the last 5 years that all have helped make this community stronger. High ranking CPD Chief McNaughton has already successfully launched a pilot program in his previous position in Lawndale and we're very close to the reality where hiding from the law is no longer an option.

  • VW

    Has anyone had the cops use a screen grab from a store-bought webcam connected via wifi? My ADT guy said that unless the security system uses closed circuit/hardwired and sealed system the cops won't use it because it could be tampered with (at least in the eyes of the court)--just curious if that is in fact the case, or if he was just being by the book.

  • PR

    I work in law enforcement. The police and prosecutors will use any and all video. The defense attorneys might make a stink about video being tampered with but that rarely sticks if ever. The cops have forensic people to verify that the video hasn't been tampered with in. Get whatever system you can afford. Even crappy video is better than nothing.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Furniture donation and pick up

I have some friends looking to donate furniture and need it picked up by the end of this weekend. They have asked a bunch of places, including Salvation Army. No one has been able to pick up this week. Any suggestions of maybe some more obscure organizations that would do this and need furniture?

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Yet another package stolen

Hi all,

Just wanted to give a heads up, had a package stolen from my porch on the 3200 block of W. McLean Ave. FedEx tracking number states "left on porch" at 11:26 am. I got the mail at noon, nothing there.

We generally request packages to have signature on delivery, however this was a gift sent from my in-laws (actually the last package they shipped went missing as well). I work from home, doorbell never rang.

I filed a police report, had FedEx run a "trace", etc.

If you happen to see this fancy ottoman hanging out in a nearby alley give me a shout I guess!

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/garrettdoublestorageottomanwithtraysideottomans.cfm

Thanks!

  • FedEx will hold your packages at any of their locations without a fee. I usually have mine held at the Kinko's in Division and it's very easy to pick up as they are open late and on weekends. UPS is not nearly as flexible unfortunately

  • But there is a UPS at the corner of Californai and Armitage, in the shopping center.

5 hours ago

Weekend scares: Babadook, Christmas Haunt, plays, and more

Monstrum Dark Arts Exhibition - Group dark art show presented by Gallery Provocateur and 44 Flood which “explores the monsters in our collective psyche.” Runs through January 2015. 1621 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60647.

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...at their house, the mother finally begins to put trust in her child's claims. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago...

...A trailer reel of Christmas horror films will also be screened. Free event. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago...

...and Saturday at 8:00pm. Tickets $15. (Goldstar members 50% discount.) The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago. For more information, call 1-800-650-6449...

...students) or $10 for Goldstar Members. Runs through June 15, 2015. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693...

...for “Santa.” Runs through January 4th, 2015. Tickets $30-$90. (Goldstar Members $49) Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago, IL. rocknrollxmas.com

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose - This holiday mystery returns for its 4th year at Raven Theatre. Original story by Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL. Tickets $10-$20. Runs through January 4th, 2015.

Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints - Showcases special works in the Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints. Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 107, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through January 4, 2015. Open daily 10:30am-5:00pm; Thursdays until 8:00pm.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Did you see WBEZ's story on gentrification in Logan Square?

My colleague Chip Mitchell did an interesting story on how gentrification is affecting Logan Square. What'd you think of it? Did he miss anything?
http://www.wbez.org/news/real-estate-developer-hot-area-sees-bright-future-%E2%80%94-and-displacement-111231

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

    City services follows investment (and also clout-but that can work in the favor of a tightly nit minority community). Investment follows cash flow (those that can pay for housing, goods and services). Cash and cash flow ARE more in the hands of white/Anglos than others; and racial & ethnic discrimination ARE definite economic factors; but I see Green as a bigger discriminator than Black/White/Brown. A better focus than race (in my opinion)? Jobs and economic development.

  • Colin Bird Resident of Hermosa

    @Mike Conover Unfortunately race-based economic inequality is a very real factor in all of this, particularly for African Americans. You can't solve one without solving the other. This UC study right here is a good case in point; people with white-sounding names are 50% more likely to be called in...

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    @Mike Conover Unfortunately race-based economic inequality is a very real factor in all of this, particularly for African Americans. You can't solve one without solving the other. This UC study right here is a good case in point; people with white-sounding names are 50% more likely to be called in for a interview than people with African-American-sounding. A lot of this bias is unintentional (humans naturally gravitate toward the familial and to fraternity) but it is definitely there and won't be solved by simply saying "get a job."

    Back to the main point though, gentrification to me is more the wholesale terraforming of a built environment by a group of people with a specific lifestyle in mind and who have the means to do so against those already there who have a different way of living and who do not have the capital ($$$ or political) to stop it. I really hate the argument I see proposed on Everyblock often that Latinos "pushed out" European immigrants here before them. It's simply a gross falsehood; these areas (Logan, Humboldt, Avondale, Hermosa) were in steep population decline 50-60 years ago as second- or third-generation immigrants started moving to the Western suburbs or further NW Chicago, looking for homes and areas with better convenience and amenities that suited them. In that vacuum, new immigrant groups (Puerto Ricans, Mexicans) filled in the void.

    I think the biggest thing we are losing with the changeover in Logan Square is the loss of a neighborhood that had always been a ethnic enclave for new immigrants to this country (first Scots, Germans, Swedes, then Polish, Irish, then Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc). That will probably be lost forever now. I think the new ethnic enclaves in Chicago are likely to mostly be in the older, slightly decaying, inner suburbs.

    http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

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Updated 7 hours ago

Rain Barrel Setup

Hi Neighbors,

Does anyone have a rain barrel? If so, I would love to see your setup or just ask some questions. Please post here or PM me.

Thanks!

  • You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in...

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    You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in the 'burbs: http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=3528

    Finally - you need a diverter so the downspout stops water when all the barrels are full....the downspout should just run into an area of your yard where you can plan water-loving plants like these: http://www.prairiemoon.com/native-plants-for-lakeshore-wetland-restoration/

    Our yard is completely full of prairie plants, whose roots go down 6-8 feet. Our downspouts are all disconnected. Doesn't cause us any problems at all...you just have to plan for it and we save a bunch of money watering our gardens because of the rain barrels.

    If you need any help planning this out, drop a note and I'm happy to share what I know!

  • Ack! Sorry, that rain calculator should be this address: http://save-the-rain.com/

9 hours ago

Son of a Butcher Tavern Announces Plans for Avondale Opening

According to operators at the upcoming Son of a Butcher Tavern, the new shop from restaurateur Adolfo Garcia will be located at 2934 W. Diversey Ave. “in Chicago’s burgeoning Logan Square neighborhood.”

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10 hours ago

Caffeine Up: A Logan Square Coffee Shop Round-Up

The space relies on natural light from big windows facing Milwaukee and Fullerton, and plenty of seating options — from a bar to small tables to a large picnic...

32 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park (+)

On the pillars at the garden area with the buffalo couple (which my dog thought were 'real' the first time we walked there) is now a bright pink heart with 'It's a Girl' painted in the middle. It would be so interesting to find out what that 'story' is about......

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