15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

No water

3600 block of Wrightwood lost all water as of 6:30 this morning. It's not planned, they turned off our water on Monday from 8-4 with plenty of notice. Hopefully, this won't be long term. Meanwhile, there will be a few stinky people at work today. Thanks Chicago.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Where to buy lots of carnations? Flower markets open to public?

Usually I go to Fleur for flowers, but my financial situation has changed and I'm now looking to get way more bang for my buck! I thought I'd try out getting a few big 'ol bouquets of carnations because they are so inexpensive. Problem is I have no idea where to buy them. Any tips? I'd like them to be as fresh and long lasting as possible. Are there any flower markets open to the public (as opposed to only florists/professionals)?

  • You can get a whole bunch at a time from Costco, and they last forever. :)

  • adams and sons is out mini Gethsemane....its super scenic, nice folk, local and affordable. only downside they are sold out of lot's of perennials...plus side, they have some great mark downs on their multi plant pots. parking on the side street is free (but if there's a humbolt fest, it's a nogo) they have some really nice looking cut flowers and i bet they could get something specific for you with enuff notice.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Woman shrieking last night?

I live just north of Fullerton on Sawyer and last night (7/27) we thought we heard a woman shrieking (about once every 10min or more) between 10:30p and 11:30p. We were debating whether or not to call the police (I know the mantra is always call), but it seemed quite far away (West of us, possibly North) that I didn't feel we could provide any real info. Also, I couldn't be sure whether or not it was real or a hoax since it was so intermittent. Did anyone else hear/witness this or call the police?

Jul 22

Updated 2 days ago

Rooster

I've seen a rooster roaming on Whipple just south of Wellington in the morning, two days in a row. Just wanted to post in case someone is missing a rooster.

  • Susie Corporate Meetings Coordinator

    We live on the same block as said rooster. The woman who owns (I use that term loosely) it never seems concerned about it's wandering. We have an 8 month old so we are up early but others on our block are probably not.

    What options do we have to keep it caged? What are the laws? Animal control?

  • I was out that way around 5:30 this morning and he was crowing as he wandered the alley south of Wellington on Whipple. I wondered if it was annoying any of the neighbors there. The dogs on the street near it were going nuts every time it crowed.

    They're not...

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    I was out that way around 5:30 this morning and he was crowing as he wandered the alley south of Wellington on Whipple. I wondered if it was annoying any of the neighbors there. The dogs on the street near it were going nuts every time it crowed.

    They're not supposed to be wandering since it's deemed a "nuisance," as is excessive noise (a la crowing) but I'm not sure how responsive the City would be.

    There are a lot of posts lately about wandering foul. Here's an article on it with a flyer outlining the rules for keeping chickens: http://blog.allstate.com/local/chicago-il/raise-chickens-in-chicago/

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found dog--terrier mix

My neighbor found a small female blond terrier mix near George and Albany yesterday. She seems young, and has a pink collar, but no tags. Very friendly. He's taking care of her, but if this is your dog, let me know, and I'll put you in touch with my neighbor.

  • I think there was a lost dog flyer up for a terrier mix around Smith Park (by Chicago and Western). Sorry I didn't see it too close.

  • Susie Corporate Meetings Coordinator

    I think we saw the same dog. Friendly neighbor named 'Steve' is looking for the owner. I went to list dogs of IL but didn't see anything...

5 days ago

Two "Premium Balcony" tickets for Camera Obscura tonight at Thalia Hall

I have two extra hard tickets. They cost $40/each after fees, but make me an offer. It'd be a shame for them to go to waste.

Jul 16

Updated Jul 19

Need Recommendations for part-time nanny or flexible childcare options

Hello, my husband and I are looking for a part time nanny ( 3-4 days a week) or child care facility beginning next spring. Does anyone have someone or a business they would suggest?

  • If you go on the dcfs website you will find a list of registered home daycares. I had more success here than the regular daycare. Walk around ur area, you'd be surprised how many home daycares there might be. Not sure if this is anything u are interested in

  • Megan in Logan Square/Avondale 17 year Chicagoan

    Hi Monica,
    I am going to message you about this; check your email.
    Megan

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady, mom, WHorner Park

    Also look at sittercity.com

Jul 17

Updated Jul 18

Building Demolition

Hello all,
A demolition company came out and demolished an old abandoned building next to our condo building this week. I have noticed that the fence between our property has some damage. Also, a lot of the bricks destroyed some landscaping on or side. I am sure I will find some more issues and wanted to see anyone's else's experience with this. I called and left messages with the company, but no one is returning my call. Thanks.

  • Take photos and contact your Alderman. They're usually pretty good about getting these things taken care of.

  • 2nd that. take photos immediately. Be sure to include both distance and close up shots of damage.

Jul 16

Fence

Anyone have any recommendations for a company that does rolling fences that operate on a remote control? Thanks!

Jul 12

Updated Jul 14

Gunshots in Logan Square?

I live a couple of blocks south-west of the California Blue Line stop. I just heard 3 gunshots, each about a minute apart. They sounded like they were coming from a little north-west of where I am. Anyone else hear them? Am I mistaking fireworks for gunfire?

  • Thanks, guys. All of this was very helpful. I'm pretty sure they were fireworks, and now I have a better idea of what to listen for.

  • I have shot thousands of rounds both indoor and outdoor. If I am sitting in my house I have a hard time telling the difference. If there are many shots spaced out evenly or they have the crackle or whistle you should be good. Anything else I would be on the safe side and call it in if you fell you can give them a specific area to check.

Jul 11

Updated Jul 14

Streets and sanitation ticket question

I just received a $300 ticket via mail from streets and sanitation for accumulation of construction materials in and around the garbage carts on 5/22.

This is definitely not my mess, I didn't even see it before it got hauled away, but seeing as it was over a month ago, I can't prove it wasn't. My roommate mentioned that the neighbors across the alley were building a deck at that time and it was likely them that loaded up my ddumpster and infront of my garage. Would this be worth the fight? Or am I better off just paying and becoming the alley hawk going forward?

  • Thanks all for the advice! I'm definitely going to fight it then. I can get the affidavits and the photos so I should be all good. I'll post again after court and let you know if I was successful.

  • yes would like to know what kind of evidence they accept...and how receptive they are in general.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 13

Shrieking woman getting dragged into a car behind cafe con leche?

Anyone see or know anything about the domestic disturbance playing out for all the patio diners at d'noche/cafe con leche and parts & labor? I was eating on the patio and saw a woman getting dragged yelling and shrieking into a white car. Cops showed up pretty quickly but it was hard to see into the parking lot.

  • Brandrea21 Logan Square resident

    I assume the cops caught him ?

  • Emilie 5-year West Bucktowner

    So upsetting to see. I'm glad someone called 911 right away. I've noticed that when domestic abuse occurs out in public, people can often hesitate to call police to intervene. Glad that didn't happen here.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 12

Man Stabbed in 3200 block of Logan Square

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/man-stabbed-in-logan-square/
Found blood soaked clothes in our dumpster today and called it in to 911.

  • Jen, that's pretty far from the reported incident.
    Could the news report be wrong about the location, or could that be a separate thing? Did you call the police and report it?

  • Jen60647 Kimball & Schubert

    It's a half a mile away.
    The two might not be related but finding a blood soaked shirt in the dumpster is not a good thing. Yes, I called 911 and let them know.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Rat poison near the sidewalk

I walked by what looks like rat poison beside the sidewalk on the grass as shown. This was in front of 3408 W Parker Ave at Parker and Kimball. Does anyone know what this is about? There are so many dogs and children in this area and this seems extremely dangerous...

  • Craig Born and raised in the city.

    It shouldn't be out like. But to throw it out? Anyone here ever drive or walk through the alleys around there at night? You just might see rats jumping under and on top or garbage cans.

  • Craig- I'm all for pest control when it's not likely to poison everyone's pets and children that happen to walk by a tree lined neighborhood street, rather than a back alley near garbage cans. You just mentioned that's where we find them so why would we put it by sidewalks...?

Jul 09

Updated Jul 10

Cross country moving

Any one ever moved cross country? I'm moving at the end of July to Seattle from here in Chicago. I looked into renting a pod but I have no driveway and don't think it would fly putting one of those on a city street. Any tips? Companies you've used? Should I just uhaul it myself? Ideally looking for something with storage too since I haven't locked a lease in Seattle down yet. Any advice is appreciated!

  • TR Resident Logan / Avondale

    I used a pod, Smart Box, and it was in a parking spot in front of my house for about a week. Granted I live on a smaller side street, but I had no hassles or tickets or anything.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    That reminds me - I think my sister-in-law got a No parking sign and permission to put the pod on the street from her alderman' s office. Maybe worth a try?

Jul 02

Updated Jul 02

Logan Square Skate Park

The skate park on Logan is suppose to be just that- a skate park! My son and I come early so as to avoid the big kids and the bikes. He's still learning so the bikes are intimidating. The sign that used to hang (stating that no bikes are allowed) here has been torn off.
Today there is a family on bikes. One of the kids is on training wheels and the rest are running around like its a playground.
It's dangerous and not very useful as a place where kid might learn how to skate.

Jun 27

Updated Jun 30

Masada restaurant

Ok so I realize it only been open a day but has anyone been there yet? I figured there would be at least one Obsessive Yelper to post a review already.

  • @sadie: I'd say go for it. It will be a very unique and fun experience

  • Great food and drinks! Terrible service. They weren't even apologetic about it-not one iota. I'm sure it will get better, but man...

Jun 27

Updated Jun 27

Does This Bike Belong to Your Child?

It's been on the grass at 3329 W Schubert for over 24 hours now. I don't want to bring it inside for fear that the owner does come back and thinks it's been stolen.

Jun 24

Updated Jun 25

Explosion sound near Diversey and Central Park - anyone else hear?

Sounded too low to be a firework. Anyone know what it was?

  • I definitely heard it as well! I live on Milwaukee/Central Park, and had assumed it was fireworks since it lasted for a good while.

  • Yeah, I'm fairly certain it was fireworks. They're fairly common in this area, as I've noticed since just moving in a month ago. I'm at Hamlin/George and I heard them as well.

Jun 23

Updated Jun 25

Injured Bird

There's an injured pigeon on Lyndale near California in front of the Ottoman Empire's front yard. I know people hate pigeons but the bird's wing is broken or something and no one seems to want to help it. I don't want to just leave it there but I can't drive it anywhere or bring it home. Does anyone have any suggestions or help it?

  • Maybe a magician will take it and rehab it.

  • Francis 60647 Check out the book A Feathered River Across the Sky by J. Greenberg. It's about a different type of pigeon now extinct. Reading it changed my attitude about our local Rock Pigeon population. Nice to see people offering suggestions and support for our local injured bird!

Jun 22

Updated Jun 24

Shots fired?

Did anyone just hear 8-10 shots? I'm on Lyndale near California, and they seemed to come from a few blocks north. Debating calling the police since it would be the third time tonight. I already called twice about three men yelling and blasting music in the alley. So many sirens tonight as well. Logan Square seems to be getting worse by the day. :(

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Jill,

    You have absolutely nothing to apologize for.

    I took your original question as expressing concern about becoming bothersome to police with repeated calls. Call anyway. It's important that gunfire is called in. Increased calls mean more heat on the District Commander.

    I, and many others, share your frustration. This...

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    Jill,

    You have absolutely nothing to apologize for.

    I took your original question as expressing concern about becoming bothersome to police with repeated calls. Call anyway. It's important that gunfire is called in. Increased calls mean more heat on the District Commander.

    I, and many others, share your frustration. This is a great neighborhood, overall. This is 2014, d@mmit!!! Why are people firing guns outdoors?!?! I wish I had an answer, or solution. Suffice it to say that it comes from a criminal element trying to kill someone, asserting their power, or marking their territory like dogs.

    But the real question is: Is MY block/area becoming more dangerous??? Is it safe for any of us to be outside? To walk to the store? To the L? Stroll the blvds.? Sit out on the steps? Jog? Walk alone at night to a lounge for a cocktail?

    I've been on Logan near California for a very long time and there has always been random gunfire here. But over here, it's always been in isolated incidents, seemingly without victims. Other parts of LS are certainly more dangerous.

    Much less so, I think, around Cali/Lyndale, at least as far as gunfire and shootings go.

    However, this is the city, and there are some things that are simply unwise: Night walks down alleys, Getting into arguments with strangers, Walking into a group of teens, Not paying attention to people walking towards you from in front or behind.

    Read the EveryBlock LS crime reports, and you'll see patterns. I.E., a lot of night hour street robberies around the Milwaukee-Diversey intersection. Assaults, too (tho not sexual assaults). But I don't sense much going on down by you in terns of patterns.

    Still, we should be concerned about that One-In-A-Million stray bullet fired in anger or bravado. If we are close enough to clearly hear it, then we are close enough to get hit by it. So even 1 shot, 1 time should not be tolerated without complaint.

  • Thanks for your post Jill. What's being shot on this thread is the messenger. :(

Jun 19

Updated Jun 22

Shooting on Richmond & Logan

My husband was jogging down Logan and was almost hit by a white Grand AM filled with multiple Latinos who seemed like they were following a grey Honda (playing loud music driven by a young Latino) as he reached California. The Grand AM turned down the parkway, to catch up to the Honda. One person got out and shot twice-- and left. The police are investigating. He would have never believed this would occur at 12:25 pm on a Thursday!

  • Lisa Sepper Logan Square area

    I am a runner, this morning I was out getting in my miles when MANY drivers were just blowing past the STOP signs & also disregarding the lights. I was stopped & waiting for the light to change when a car came flying down the street. Be careful out there, we have laws but some people think these laws do not apply to them.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    the uncivilized.

Jun 21

Updated Jun 21

Daylight break-in!

Earlier today our condo storage area was broken into and a bike was stolen. Perp left his/her own bike and demolished our door frame. Anybody have a recommendation for emergency door frame repair in Chicago near Irving Park?

Jun 14

Updated Jun 15

Chalk outline on Albany

Theres a chalk outline of a body and what looks like dried blood on the 2700 block of Albany. Anyone know if this is for real, or just a sick joke? Disturbing.

  • Not funny that's a sick joke

  • It looks like a 3rd grader did it. And the "blood" appears to be chocolate ice cream. No weird hipster art here, just a child.

Jun 09

Updated Jun 10

Gray cat

Saw cutest gray kitty (not a kitten) on drake north of Belmont. Cat has a little white tuft of fur in middle of chest. Tried to get a photo, poor kid is scared as can be!

  • I've seen a grey cat with a collar on Lyndale the last couple of days. Wonder if it's the same cat- really friendly cat.

  • Margaret Power I have lived on Troy St. since 1990 and love it!

    Arthur has a yellow collar. He is very friendly and very fluffy. Where is Lyndale? And where on Lyndale? Have you seen the picture of Arthur? I could send it to you? Thank you so much, any help is very much appreciated.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 05

Time to leave.

So, I remember about 4-5 years ago when there was all this talk about making Grand and Harlem a business district again, they wanted to make it a "main street" of sorts. As of right now there's allegedly a cover all/garbage cell phone store going in next to PS Yoga, there's a Currency Exchange being put in at the corner of Grand and Neva where Zumba was and there's a Methadone clinic by Leila's Pool hall. Not to mention all of the empty storefronts and plots of land up and down grand ... This screams of Mont Clare going quickly down the drain.

  • Wait, is Mont Clare the name christened upon this area?

  • David in Mont Clare Been around for 31 years.

    Been in the area for almost 32 years, on Grand ave for the past 4 years. Been Mont Clare forever, Galewood is to the south and Elmwood Park to the west. Traditionally a heavy Italian neighborhood but that's changed quite a bit over the years.

Jun 03

Updated Jun 04

The Ontario Feeder Ramp is being demolished/CTA Blue Line changes

In case you didn't hear- Planned renovations to the Ontario Feeder ramp on the Kennedy Expressway will take place over three weekends in June. From June 13-15 the eastbound I-90/94 and reversible lanes will be closed, from June 20-22 the westbound I-90/94 and reversible lanes will be closed and from June 27-29 the eastbound I-90/94 exit to Ohio Street will be closed. IDOT is urging travelers to use another route during those times.

So, the CTA facelift on The Blue...

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In case you didn't hear- Planned renovations to the Ontario Feeder ramp on the Kennedy Expressway will take place over three weekends in June. From June 13-15 the eastbound I-90/94 and reversible lanes will be closed, from June 20-22 the westbound I-90/94 and reversible lanes will be closed and from June 27-29 the eastbound I-90/94 exit to Ohio Street will be closed. IDOT is urging travelers to use another route during those times.

So, the CTA facelift on The Blue Line will happen THIS WEEKEND- but they will be taking a break ..In order to help provide more options to people traveling around the city, the CTA opted to reschedule the work originally planned between Logan Square and Western for a to-be-announced future date.

After that, Blue Line commuters will get a reprieve from the construction and closures until July 25. According to the CTA, work is now expected to continue into September.

  • Bart..thank you from all of us for all your posts! I learn so much from you! (Oh, and love the photos...)

  • Angel L. Ortiz In love with Wicker Park

    I concur with kittyhop. The pictures are phenomenal and you have become my reliable source for my city news and updates.

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