2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Neighborhood Garage Sale?

Hello! My husband and I moved into the neighborhood last year in June and soon after there was a neighborhood garage sale that took place roughly west of Kimball between Addison and Elston. Does anyone know who manages this so I can find out when it will be this year and how I can go about participating? Thanks!

  • Love Your Skin Esthetician at Love Your Skin

    Hi! I live on the block. There are 2 each year. One around June and the other in August. It originally was only on. Now we have 2 neighbors doing it; one competing with the original guy who has been doing it for over 20 years. But good for you. I'll post when I get the notices.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Every year, first Saturday in June, there's a community garage sale in The Villa, which is north of Addison between Pulaski and the Expressway. The late, great Sun-Times columnist Mike Royko nicknamed this section, "The Polish Winnetka."

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Safety near Drummond and St Louis?

Hi, all -- I'm considering a move to the Drummond and St Louis block, just North of Wrightwood and west of Unity Park. I've lived in east Logan/west Bucktown for the past six years and am reasonably comfortable with our level of safety (despite being mugged at once, on a street I considered quite safe and much nicer than our own). Any ideas about the safety over there? I definitely take all the precautions -- no earphones, no walking alone...

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Hi, all -- I'm considering a move to the Drummond and St Louis block, just North of Wrightwood and west of Unity Park. I've lived in east Logan/west Bucktown for the past six years and am reasonably comfortable with our level of safety (despite being mugged at once, on a street I considered quite safe and much nicer than our own). Any ideas about the safety over there? I definitely take all the precautions -- no earphones, no walking alone at night, no alleys, etc, and know that stuff happens everywhere, but we do have a kid now and I worry a little more about gang and safety issues (which have been quite minor where we are now). I have read some stuff about logan square crime actually being on the rise .. Any thoughts on this? Thanks!

  • We're on Drake and Wrightwood, a couple blocks from the area you mention and walk everyday with our 2 and 4 year olds to Unity, never any issues. Foreclosed/shady-looking houses keep getting bought and renovated so hopefully things keep getting better. It's a fantastic area for young parents.That said, obviously be smart about your surroundings

  • I'm further west off Central Park and have had no issues. Sounds like you know what precautions to take. Also try attending a CAPs meeting to better understand the issues in the neighborhood. I agree with the others said above many of the abandoned homes are being bought and i see new regulars at the bus stop every couple of weeks. The business are just slow in moving our way.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Weird smell

I want open my windows but there's a weird smell in the neighborhood-California/dickens/n point streets. It's sort of like burning smell. The city has been working all hours on N. Point st., for at least a week, but the smell has been around for weeks, anyone else smell it?

  • Nope, but pull my finger.

  • I smelled it yesterday. The restaurant on Armitage near California has an outdoor patio / fire pit that they get going pretty early. Not sure if it could be that?

  • IMF I think that's it!!!

Apr 04

Updated 6 days ago

Another disgusting rental

I just came back from looking at another disgusting apartment. I don't get it, and I'd really like to hear from others. There is a huge glut of newer condos for rent out there and I can't believe how filthy and badly maintained they are. When you go to look at a 1800--2400.00 a month apartment I don't expect to see mold and pee stained carpets it blows my mind.You could blame the owners who just let this happen and...

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I just came back from looking at another disgusting apartment. I don't get it, and I'd really like to hear from others. There is a huge glut of newer condos for rent out there and I can't believe how filthy and badly maintained they are. When you go to look at a 1800--2400.00 a month apartment I don't expect to see mold and pee stained carpets it blows my mind.You could blame the owners who just let this happen and happily accept their rent checks now that they've moved to suburbia. You could blame the entitled generation who don't know how to clean because they have never had to. What is wrong with me? I think the owner would maintain the property for resale value, I think the entitled renters would get a cleaning lady. At the very least when renting--don't show pictures of the unit when it was new and lovely. You wouldn't believe the filth I have seen and I wonder that I am the anomaly and if that's so what's wrong with everybody?

  • I can tell when looking at the yucky places I've been to if the current tenant is a girl or boy or a couple. Couples are always the cleanest, it's like the nesting instinct has kicked in. Women have way more stuff and it's easier to be messier. There is of course a difference between messy and dirty, I have to wonder how one turns to another--it's like hoarding, is it a psychological problem?

  • I'd love to know what the removed comments said.

Apr 06

Updated Apr 07

Mr. ZJ's

Went into this bar the other night at the corner of Central Park & Oakdale. 10 minutes after getting there, people started barring the back exit with wood planks, then locked the front door. Some of the clientele started getting really tense feeling and one guy was punching the jukebox and screaming. I got them to unlock the front door for me so I could leave. What are the Avondale local dives that I should avoid? I'm all about a no frills bar, but Mr. ZJs seemed pretty unsafe.

  • That's not just seems unsafe. That IS unsafe. What if a fire broke out & the exits were blocked? It's up to you, but you may want to alert the city about that (not that it might do any good). But what they're doing is illegal.

  • Took me a minute to realize this is the "Podhale." I used to live across the street and have been there, it is terrible. Had a friend witness a stabbing there.

    Go next door to the Podlasie. It's a Polka bar and every time I've been there it's been very welcoming and friendly. I would also recommend the Bialystock on Diversey. Great karaoke spot on Saturday nights.

Apr 06

Updated Apr 06

Barber shop opening up at old La Boulangerie

According to a barber at Art and Science in Wicker Park, the salon is opening a men's barber shop where La Boulangerie used to be

Apr 02

Updated Apr 05

New Humboldt Community Garden?

Does anyone have any info on a new (what I think is a community) garden on Humboldt Blvd one half block north of North Ave? I live nearby and am wondering if I'll be able to use it, and who I need to talk to. It appeared over the weekend!

  • Sam R. Chicago musician and Humboldt resident original...

    I would love to get on the list! Also I'll keep an eye out for you. agentsamroberts@gmail.com

  • Sam and Janielle, I have added you to the richmond community garden email. Let me know if you don't get email.

Mar 31

Updated Apr 01

The Harding Tavern

Now this was nice to see today - Now Open at Milwaukee and Spaulding

Mar 28

Updated Apr 01

Att or Comcast?

Which is better for Internet? (I do not need a package)

Mar 27

Updated Mar 28

Dog behavioral issues

My dog has some weird, random aggression issues. Obedience isn't the issue. He needs a therapist or behavioral specialist. He's a two year old spaniel/collie mix and mostly blind (which I'm sure has to do with his problem). Do you guys have a specialist you can recommend?

  • With no disrespect intended to a previous poster, Bark Busters is exactly the opposite of how I would approach working on a dog with aggressive tendencies. Their training methodology is grounded in correction and is highly outdated.

  • Joan Harris at K-9 University does a lot of work with the "problem" dogs at PAWS and also does private training. I have trained my dogs with Joan going back almost 20 years. I recommend her VERY highly, especially for cases that need special expertise. K-9 U is at Lake and Sacramento (773) 533-5959

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Ghetto

Any one know what all the ruckus was with marked and unmarked police SUV speeding around fullerton, avers and Hamlin?

  • From my understanding there is some kind of gang war going in in the area

  • Seems like they multiplied as this kind of activity was not there within the two years we've been in this neighborhood.

Mar 24

Updated Mar 27

CTA Blue Line Service- what a mess

Train derails at ORD today- this train never stopped went up the platform onto the escalator. (Just before 3AM Monday) 32 people with minor injuries..meanwhile the platform work at Logan, Southbound to Western was not done at 4AM, but 4:45AM- hundred of people were delayed with that! (I was there!)

Mar 24

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Mar 22

Updated Mar 24

CTA Blue Line Bus Shuttle

The bus shuttle from Logan Square is off and running this weekend. I never saw more so many buses and CTA personal standing around except at the end of a Cubs Game on Addison. Hopefully things ran smoothly, seemed so, as I walked by late this afternoon. Normal service should resume this Monday at 4 AM..till, next weekend.

  • Wonder if the blue line derailment at O'Hare complicated getting the trains back running in the morning. Hopefully only an issue this week.

  • Didn't seem to affect my commute this morning, but I did read that it might take as long as 24 hours to clear out the debris. Hopefully it'll be isolated and not affect traffic.

Mar 23

Updated Mar 24

Animal Control

I know there are a lot of people who are passionate about animals on this site. Animal Control REALLY needs volunteers. Most days, by the time we have to leave, there are still dogs that haven't made it out of their cage. The cats sometimes don't get any attention. You can volunteer any day from 12-7. Even if you just have a few hours a month, please consider helping out. These animals are in an extremely stressful environment and need care.

  • Thanks for posting this Jen. I just sent an RSVP for the volunteer orientation session on April 12th.

  • Jen

    Thank you!!

Mar 19

Updated Mar 24

Horner Park dog friendly area?

There was talk last year about adding a large dog friendly area to Horner Park. I'm wondering if anyone knows the status?

  • I don't think Dave was being grumpy... leash laws are there for a very good reason, same as for cleaning up dog mess. I don't understand why some people feel that the law shouldn't apply to them, but I'm guessing they're probably the exact same folks who feel entitled to dibs, parking in handicap spots, etc. Horner Park is a nice, generously sized park, I think a dog run would be a nice addition, as well as utilizing some of the river bank for canoe launches and such.

  • Hi all--I am on the committee working on the new dog park. Dog parks in Chicago get built through community support and funding--we need all the help we can get. We are in the midst of fundraising to move to the next step with the park district. There are lots of ways you and other dog lovers can pitch in, so do check out our website (thanks Greg) and pass the word!

Mar 18

Updated Mar 19

New Member

Hello from Humboldt!

Mar 16

Updated Mar 19

It must be midnight - the internet is down

Frustrating!

  • Mary Nisi: Warned that what was going to happen? Outages every night at midnight? Or some sort of planned work?

    I am very interested as I have been contemplating a switch to Comcast (from AT&T internet) and these threads make me wary.

  • I got a robocall everyday for like 5 days in a row saying that the internet would be worked on and down from 12am -5am. I have a 7 week old baby so needless to say it didn't really effect me but I was thinking that it would really suck if
    I was a student or worked from home or was a professional gamer. Heh.

Mar 14

Updated Mar 17

Home remodel

Looking for a contractor to renovate a two flat, anyone have any recommendations on someone reliable and who does nice work?

  • Dave Porter, Homescape Construction. Www.homescapeconstruction.com 773-934-0589

    He's doing a project near there now. Check him out!

  • I used Jose Duarte Construction to do the majority of an apartment I redid, his prices were very reasonable, and he worked fast.

    Jose: 1-708-514-4411

    Tell him Domenic sent you.

Mar 13

Updated Mar 14

Potholes!!

Is calling the alderman worth it or do we have to wait until it gets warmer? The ones on our block are just ridiculous.

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    Really the best you can do is LOG them in on the www.cityofchicago.org website. On the left it says "I want to..." click (report/file) then (pothole in street).

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en.html

    You can leave your number, and ask for tracking/updates, I believe.

  • Hopefully they get fixed before prime biking season. Avoiding potholes causes drivers to have to suddenly drive into the next lane or into the bike lanes.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 11

Parking 3900 N Monticello

I've lived on this block for the last 6 years. When I first moved here parking was congested but most of the time it was fairly easy to park on my block.

Later, the city randomly made all of the parking from the alley to Elston metered parking. No warning to the residents. Several of us called Alderman Mell's office (he was our Alderman before the map change). They said it had always been metered parking but not explain why...

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I've lived on this block for the last 6 years. When I first moved here parking was congested but most of the time it was fairly easy to park on my block.

Later, the city randomly made all of the parking from the alley to Elston metered parking. No warning to the residents. Several of us called Alderman Mell's office (he was our Alderman before the map change). They said it had always been metered parking but not explain why there had not been meters for a few years. This eliminated 5 parking spots on our block.

Then Wamu closed and Alps opened. We were happy to have the restaurant and they have there own lot. Unfortunately they are so popular that many of the parking spots on our street are now taken by overflow traffic from the restaurant.

It used to be that the parking on Sundays was difficult due to the church on the block. We were fine with that. For the past couple of years though there has been something going on at the church every single evening when people are getting home from work so there is no parking available.

I think the church school may have expanded in the last couple of years because it seems there are more teachers using up the parking.

This didn't used to be a problem. However, this block is densely populated with apartment buildings or apartments above businesses. Most of the neighboring streets are permit only so there are not a lot of parking options. Often we have to park down at Grace and walk back home. It makes it difficult on grocery and laundry days.

There are a few older people in the apartments and I personally have some mobility issues but not severe enough to warrant a handicap placard so some of need to be able to park on our own block between Byron and Elston.

The city doesn't want to grant us permit parking because it would hurt the local businesses. Anyone know how to strongly encourage a change in the city's attitude in favor of residents?

My apologies for such a long post.

  • Deb, my husband and I went there to vote last week. We had a hard time finding a place as many were now reserved for residents. There's a place in front of the Center, but I can imagine how quickly that will fill up in a few weeks.

  • Deb R Fed-up

    Sandy, do they expect people to park on the street? Let me guess, it's metered parking on Pulaski?

Mar 10

Updated Mar 10

Chicago Fire back in Logan Square on Tuesday (3/11/14)

They will be shooting at Richmond and Altgeld all day Tuesday

  • Is that the house of Lt Casey on the show?

Feb 23

Updated Feb 27

No dibs!

To the 1600 block of Humboldt I just wanted to thank everyone for not doing the dibs thing. I tried to park at my friends house the other night and had to park a few blocks away bc everyone in that area calls dibs.

Side note: is anyone from my block on here?

Feb 22

Updated Feb 24

L'Patron is expanding!

It's been a little over a year since this amazing place opened, and coming (hopefully) next month they will be expanding to the space next door- It will be the same deal, order at the counter and go seat yourself, but now there will be more places to sit! I'm there on average once a week. My advice is to call your order in ahead, everything is made fresh to order, so why wait, avoid the long lines, call ahead. Tell them I sent you.

  • Concerned Avondale Neighbor 15 Year Resident

    Thanks for sharing. I started going there because of your post last year when they first opened and haven't stopped going. They do get pretty busy in there so it's nice to know they are expanding.

  • LOVE L'Patron!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

Groupon for the Logan Theatre today...

$11 for a Movie for Two with Popcorn at The Logan Theatre ($19 Value)

  • I've never been there and I've lived here for over 20 years. It looks beautiful. Will definitely go. Thanks!

  • I love this groupon - I bought it the first time. Best Deal Ever! Logan Theatre is Chicago gem! I went as a kid, brought my kids when it was dive and after renovations! But I know I don't have to sell it here...

Feb 19

Updated Feb 20

Logan Square Elevated Lines Poster 1923

Originally published in 1923, this poster by Oscar Rabe Hanson for the Chicago Elevated Rail Lines depicts the Logan Square Monument, which at the time, was at the end of the Northwest branch of the Metropolitan Division.

Feb 19

Grow+Learn Early Childhood Homechildcare

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Feb 05

Updated Feb 17

Square shoveling or lack of

Why r the sidewalks thru and around the square monument and comfort station not shoveled??????!

Email Rey!!!

  • Yesterday evening, I saw my friend Gareth shoveling the diagonal sidewalk at the monument. I returned with some tools and we chipped away at it for a few hours. Our friend Kevin, owner of Boulevard Bikes joined us as well. Gareth cleared 95% of what has been done by himself, including the crossing of Kedzie. He's probably out there now, feel free to join him.

  • Noticed more work being done yesterday as I was driving home from out of town (looked like someone was trying to tackle the sidewalk through the monument). What a big round of applause is due to all involved.

    Now if only mother nature would bring those warmer temps along!

Feb 16

Tell ur local biz

Every business with a Toni Baloney Barrios sign has lost my biz and i tell the biz. Bye bye bucktown liquors. No more citco.

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