2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

How to Acquire Roof Rights?

I live in a 3 flat building where the undeveloped roof is deeded as a common element to all three unit owners in the building in the bylaws. I'm interested in acquiring the roof rights to install a deck, however, I am unsure how to approach the situation. Will the other unit owners require compensation? If so, how much? An attorney would have to amend bylaws..I would have to get permits/appraisal for roof development, which I also do not know the cost. Just curious if anyone else has undertaken this process and had an idea of what's involved and what the typical return on investment is for a roof deck buildout

  • LD

    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're...

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    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're on the 3rd floor and don't want to deal with people above you, I have a feeling this is going to cost much more than the value it will bring to the unit. You'd also be responsible for maintenance and snow removal and likely any roof issues could be blamed on the decking and then you're 100% responsible for those too. I think you're looking at a 6-figure deck over the course of a few years.

  • fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you...

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    fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you have an easier argument for why they should agree to have the bylaws amended to sign the roof rights over to you.

    Approaching the other owners to buy the roof rights carries the likelihood that one agrees and the other holds out for top dollar

34 hours ago

Found Ventra card

I found a Ventra Card on Fullerton (northeast corner) at Kedzie. It was laying on the sidewalk in front of apartment building. I believe the number on door said 3142 Fullerton. This is a debit MasterCard so someone please give me the number on it to claim it.

Sep 07

Updated 3 days ago

Seeking house cleaner recommendation

Any recommendations for an independent or small-business house cleaner who would be willing to clean my one-bedroom LS apartment once a month?

  • Andrea :)

    I have just been on yelp looking up cleaning services! How much do your gals charge per hour?
    Vmaids seems dodgy and Manic maids seems expensive.

  • Would like to hear what you pay these recommended cleaners to clean your homes.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Professional Carpet guys in Logan?

Hi everyone, I'm looking to redo the carpet in my basement with something other than nasty Burbur. I've had absolutely fantastic luck previously here on EB with workers people recommended (shoutout to Ashland Glass for a fantastic custom shower!). Just curious if anyone has someone who could redo carpet that they liked.

Thanks!

  • Mark at romar flooring does a great job with carpeting! 847)652-6183, they've donea couple installations for me. And a side note...my husband has worked for Ashland glass for 20 years, glad you liked their work.

  • Wall to wall carpet in a basement? Always a chance of flooding and/or sewer backup.
    Maybe you should consider area rugs!

  • Brad, it is a finished basement that is 1/2 tile and 1/2 carpet with double sump pumps (for redundancy, I was a boys scout once) and was built in 2006. It isn't going to flood. It also has a special valve that prevents sewer overflow.

    I've got one of those...

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    Brad, it is a finished basement that is 1/2 tile and 1/2 carpet with double sump pumps (for redundancy, I was a boys scout once) and was built in 2006. It isn't going to flood. It also has a special valve that prevents sewer overflow.

    I've got one of those Dyson Animal Hair vacuums and it got ahold of 1 loose piece of the burbur. Before I had a chance to turn it off, it had pulled a run about 10ft long. I hate burbur and would rather just replace it. Also an approximately 500sqft area rug isn't really all that practical, but thanks for the suggestion!

    Ixchel, thankyou, I'll look them up. Ashland put in an absolutely beautiful custom glass door in our master bathroom shower, really pleased with their work so your hubby must know what he's doing :)

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Lost Keys on Logan Blvd

I have a set of keys that were found in front of 3033 Logan Blvd by the drivers side of a dark red Honda CRV. Thinking they probably belong to the owner of the car. A very nice skateboarder found them and gave them to me as I was walking my dog!

Pls contact me of you are the person or know them.

Mimidesigns9@gmail.com

Sep 11

Updated 5 days ago

Heavy Duty Parents Beware: Cement Saw Left Running Unattended

This saw was left unattended with the blade going around at high speeds next to a side walk near homes with young children, a day care, and an elementary school! Who is accountable this time? This complete negligence could seriously Injur a child! The Department of Water Management or the Subcontractors? Chicagoans

Sep 11

Updated 6 days ago

Someone setting off m80s/dynamite near Spaulding and Schubert

Anyone else hear this/feel the explosions? I am LIVID that someone is doing this in general but today of all days!? NOT FUNNY. I called 911. Did anyone else hear this or have a better idea of where it might be coming from? PLEASE call 911 if you hear these explosions or see anyone setting this stuff off.

  • Poppyboy: I can be abrasive I know this...don't care..I'm just amazed that people don't realize that what is "normal" for them is not the norm for others. Most of the "problem" post could be solved with common sense. Realize you walk amongst others that care not for you or your belongings the better of you are.

  • Hey, OP. Don't de-neuter 9/11 for Americans with your aghastment over noise made by other people celebrating, or blowing off steam and doing things differently. They probably are not even aware that the day means anything any longer because it has been forced down our throats as a sticking point...

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    Hey, OP. Don't de-neuter 9/11 for Americans with your aghastment over noise made by other people celebrating, or blowing off steam and doing things differently. They probably are not even aware that the day means anything any longer because it has been forced down our throats as a sticking point for false flag wars and the heralding of a new era controlled by the money our security industrial complex has managed to make off of it. I've used the day of sorrow and my never forgetting in reminding people that this was all made possible by U.S. corporate interest and the CIA funding that Reagan signed off on which created these monsters in the first place back when we were still trying to contain Communism.
    P.S. 9/11 is also the day that Pinochet began killing and tortured his own people in a CIA funded Henry Kissinger orchestrated coup.

Sep 10

Updated Sep 12

Lost Male Tuxedo Cat

Hi everyone, last night (9/9/14) my black and white tuxedo cat, Klaus, got out of my house on Lyndale just west of California. He is neutered and not microchipped, has a black nose with a black mark under his nose. Klaus has a small cyst on his left shoulder. Klaus is VERY FRIENDLY and will probably come when called. Please let me know if you see him or manage to grab him.

  • Oh, good for him and thanks to you!! I was just going to message you that PAWS might be a good place got low cost chip. 26th Street has a clinic open @ 9, mostly for vaccines but I got my dog chipped there. You do have to pay the chip peeps to register the number to yourself. Again, good job!

  • Rachel Sehr Schön Logan Square resident, animal advocate, cycling...

    Thanks! Yeah, I'm probably going to bring him to tree house since I'm a very active volunteer and also in a low cost zip code for them. PAWS is sort of a hike. Thank you so much for all of your tips!

Sep 05

Updated Sep 12

Samples of Water Left Just Sitting Out in Street

Does this seem crazy to anyone else? These are samples taken of water for the lab to test its suitability for our consumption. They were left in the street after the workers on the Wrightwood line were done for the day. Anyone could take these, tamper with them, etc. Furthermore, this is Friday night. Lab doesn't open until Monday. What's so they find out there's something wrong with it Minday after we've been drinking/using it all weekend long???wisn'to open until MMondMonday.

  • Yes, they were samples of water. They were picked up late Friday Night..

  • Those are concrete, I have cast thousands of those for work. Plus they are sitting next to freshly poured concrete. There is no water analysis that would require that much water.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

Whose kitty is this?

Wandering on Homer between Albany and Kedzie. Has a bell on her... Super friendly but my out bull prevents me from taking her home!

  • Ha I have NO faith in humanity, I have lots of faith in animals being smarter than humans. I get what you're saying but to call people's level of care for their animals into question is unnecessary and less than constructive. Seriously, thank you for your shelter work though, I'm sure those animals are very grateful for your dedication to their well-being.

  • I took in a kitten that was left behind our garbage can years ago. I raised him and got him neutered. He spend 60% of his life time outdoors when the weather permitted him. He trained himself to come home and let us know when he wanted to come inside....

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    I took in a kitten that was left behind our garbage can years ago. I raised him and got him neutered. He spend 60% of his life time outdoors when the weather permitted him. He trained himself to come home and let us know when he wanted to come inside. During the winter months I always had a litter box for him inside but he refused to use it and go outside and I just waited by the door until he was done. I never had a collar on him but I made sure he was vaccinated every year. Never once I had an issue. All the neighbors knew he lived with me. We had to put him down at the age of 13. So I am sure this cat has an owner and a great home. Maybe he is more of an outdoor cat like mine was.

Sep 11

AVOID!!!

Pet owners/walkers avoid the southeast corner of Spaulding and Dickens. Two teens just broke a bottle on the sidewalk and threw some of it in the grass.

Apr 28

Updated Sep 11

Framing Shop

Can anyone recommend a framing shop in or near Logan Square? I have a small original watercolor I am looking to give a good-quality frame at reasonable cost. I absolutely do NOT want to wind up at Great Frame Up or similar chain spots that, in my painful experience, are overpriced and all about upselling ignorant consumers (of which I am one). Thanks!

  • I agree with AOB64. I officially became an "adult" last year and for the first time had some favorite items framed. A friend suggested that I go to MCM and while it was more expensive than I was anticipating, the finished work was exceptionally pleasing. The owner worked with me and made a lot of suggestions until something was decided upon. I shall return.

  • MissQ framing is a new frame shop in Bucktown. (reasonable price and great work )

Sep 10

Found dog

Chihuahua was found and has a poster up at Starbucks as of sept 6! Male tan white and brown! For more info call the Starbucks on armitage and hoyne!

Sep 05

Updated Sep 08

Barbershops in Logan?

Maybe it's just me and my bias of living in the area, but the stretch on Fullerton from Rockwell to Kedzie is jam packed with awesome old-school barbershops. Is there any reason for this? Do we logan squaricans just love a straight razor finish? Or is there some other economic peculiarity for them to thrive here?

Also, anyone have a favorite?

  • Chris Defying a Singular Identity

    I know that Joes trained at least one of the other shop owners

  • Mj

    I agree with Jorniskus, Fullerton and Sacramento, if you just want a simple trim. $6, usually not crowded.

Sep 06

Updated Sep 07

Free to a Good Home-Precor EFX 5.17i

Used elliptical that's in good shape and we're sad to part with, but just doesn't fit in our apartment any longer. Message me if you're interested. Thanks!

  • Can you let me know if available? We would pick up from you. Thx

  • If you have anything else you want to get rid of, freecycle.org is another good source. I dumped a decent treadmill in about 2 hours. Good luck!

Sep 02

Updated Sep 05

Boil Water Advisory

Boil water advisory for buildings on W. Wrightwood from N. Ridgeway to N. Central Park until EPA tests are complete.

  • sorry if this a naive/ignorant question, but I'm west of Central Park by Avers and they haven't begun tearing up our streets yet but how does whatever is contaminating the water on your end not filter into our water here? Can it really stay contained to just a few blocks?

  • Mai, I don't know that much about water mains and such, but I do know certain mains olny feed to specific properties. It actually turned out that the sample they took was fine. If you have questions or concerns I would call the Water Department at 312-744-8190

Aug 30

Updated Sep 05

Orange cat still missing

Our orange cat named Charlie has been gone for about 5 days. He's orange and white very talkative, has a collar on that says Bad Kitty. Went missing from 1700 block of north kedzie. Let us know if you've seen him. He's very missed.

  • Did you recently move? Kitties are like homing pigeons and can gravitate towards an old home because of the comfort factor...

  • Jenny Addison Proud Humboldt Park Resident

    Hi Paul, he does have a tag! Can you tell me what block you've seen him on and I can come check it out?

Sep 03

Updated Sep 04

Masonry recommendation

Need a recommendation for someone who can powerwash the paint off my brickwork and redo any damage, as well as patch up my chimney. If anyone can recommend a masonry company please let me know, thanks!

  • I also wanted to mention that James was able to do the job within a week of our first call. If this is critical to get done, you might want to call James. He was very flexible.

  • Be careful with powerful power wash on bricking...it can damage the bricks big time. Look up tuckpointing on the web and see that they warn against it..
    Also, Angie's List is not reliable...they are 'pay for play' right now and their reviews may not be what you think, but some company spending the money to advertise with them. Also, they don't really do much if you have a bad experience or are over charged in the end; I know of what I speak.

Aug 30

Updated Sep 04

Purse stores?

Does anyone know of any good purse stores? For some reason I'm really picky about purses and can't ever find any I like. There was a store on North and Leavitt that had some cute ones but they closed.

  • Jen

    I ended up buying from Stitch. It cost about $250 more than what I wanted to pay but I couldn't resist haha you guys are terrible influences!

  • Gregory Gurley 1000 Block of North Leavitt Neighbor

    Simona Calla on Division is my go to spot for purses when I have to buy gifts for the women in my family. Small boutique with great employees and tremendous deals..

Sep 03

Updated Sep 04

I went to Cozy for lunch today!

Great to see them back in action- they had issues with the water line and inside they were slow in getting the floor done- well, after being closed for the Spring and Summer, they are open for business.

The menu is about the same, the space inside is wonderful, the booths in the old part have been reupholstered, the new addition is large and looks great! I'll save my food review for yelp, stay tuned.

  • That's the only decent breakfast place around where we can walk to breakfast with our kid. Nothing earth shattering about the place, but good cheap diners are a dying breed and it's good to see CC roll with the times.

  • I cannot wait for a break from crazy work hours to enjoy a good breakfast! The reno looks great, too.

Sep 03

Updated Sep 03

Cozy corner

Yay open and better than ever

Sep 03

Updated Sep 03

Cozy Corner Diner is OPEN!

Finally! Open today- I am going for lunch! See you there neighbors!

Sep 01

Updated Sep 03

Lost Man - Need Help

i was walking by the corner of Levitt and Wabansia and saw a man sitting under the train crying .. he's probably in his early fifties very well groomed .. I asked him of he was ok and he spoke very broken English and said he was from Poland and lost ( it looked like he had been sleeping there) any advice? I unfortunately do not speak polish but I want to help .. I called 311 and they said they would send someone out.. Not sure what to do.

  • The guy may know about it, but St. Hyacinth's (on Wolfram and George) has a day shelter for the homeless, called Lazarus House. It mostly ministers to Polish, but of course anyone needing help is welcome. The guy can get a meal, clothing, and maybe even references for a place to stay from them. Call the parish for information: 773-342-3636

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    Thanks Beeb!

Sep 01

Updated Sep 02

New coffee house

Brew Brew at corner of Avers & Diversey opening up next week. Yeah a coffee shop in west Logan Square.

http://www.brewbrewcoffeelounge.com

  • John Logan CinC, GAR

    Thank you kindly. I look forward to partaking of their wares.

  • This will be an awesome addition to the neighborhood. So excited to see it opening up only 2 blocks from where I live.

  • Me too...this is terrific! A good option I can finally walk to easily from W. LogSq.

Sep 01

Updated Sep 02

Cozy Corner Diner- (not yet)

The owner did say they would open this week- but as of 6AM Labor Day- still closed- looks to me like perhaps they may have a gas line issue- crews were working leading into the Cozy last week on Milwaukee and by the looks of the parking lot- the back hoes are still ready to work some more.

Stay tuned- the tables are set, the lights are on down low- they look ready to open at anytime.

  • Thanks Jen- there will be a major investigation if they don't open soon! We can't have this! LOL

  • Jen's (hopefully) right! I called yesterday to see if they were open, and the guy I spoke with said they're looking at Wednesday opening!

Aug 31

Updated Sep 01

Cozy Corner Diner

Rumor has it, they may open tomorrow? Anyone have any info?

  • There is still a fence around the parking lot and a bull dozer sitting there. I saw them yesterday around 5pm when walking home so unless those have moved, I doubt it.

  • I called the other location today and was told the new target date is Wednesday, 3 Sep.

Aug 29

Updated Sep 01

Lots of new things near Bloomingdale and Milwaukee!

Does anyone know when the pizza place is opening just south of Bloomingdale? Landscaping is complete...

Building across the street is almost done being gutted. What's going in there?

Across from there I hear northwestern is putting in a specialty medical center where the blue line vacant lot is. Down the street the hotel is going in and a new retail and apartment complex.

  • Beth G 15 year Bucktown resident

    It's a little more than the name when you are comparing medical care!

  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    Yes, I agree, there are quantitative and qualitative ways to compare medical facilities to discern good ones from better ones. That's not the point I'm raising about this specific case. Northwestern Medical is deciding to enter an already well-served neighborhood. Why?

    I would argue that they are targeting an affluent...

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    Yes, I agree, there are quantitative and qualitative ways to compare medical facilities to discern good ones from better ones. That's not the point I'm raising about this specific case. Northwestern Medical is deciding to enter an already well-served neighborhood. Why?

    I would argue that they are targeting an affluent neighborhood with relatively price-insensitive consumers that use brand as a proxy for quality. This sounds like a formula for commercial success. I applaud a good business decision.

    As a neighborhood resident, however, I see St. Marys and St. Elizabeths within a mile, Norweigan American within 2, Rush and the entire Illinois medical district within 3. Yikes, do we have choice! So, just like Tom whose preference would be to see Aldis replaced by Whole Foods, my preference would be for something other than a medical facility on that site.

Sep 01

Updated Sep 01

Water out in 3800 block of W. Wrightwood

Anyone else experiencing this problem today? It's LABOR DAY -- don't the crews have the day off? We've received notice on our mailbox before prior outages.

  • Called 311 and there was a water main break so the water is shut off. That's all they were able to tell me though.

Aug 30

Updated Sep 01

Internet providers

I pay for Comcast (xfinity)'s highest speed Internet but still can't stream video sometimes, especially Sunday nights.

Anybody have any luck with At&t's DSL? Or is this just what we have to put up with in the city?

  • Thanks everyone. We cancelled our tv with Comcast so we will be looking to bundle internet with phone provider to save money (Comcast Internet is over $80/month now for us). I'm going to do the test anyway. If they want our service badly enough, maybe they will come out and fix it and cut our bill in half! Ha.

    Oh, and FYI, less than a year ago they gave us a new modem that has wifi built in. Pretty sure it only made things worse.

  • I heard that if you call them to 'cancel' they will try to keep your Biz by lowering your premium

Aug 31

Yard Sale: Schubert and Harding

Aug. 31st: Priced to sell: box spring, men's and women's clothes, kitchen and more!

Aug 30

Updated Aug 30

Cozy Corner...today is NOT the day

Someone mentioned that Cozy Corner was re-opening this weekend after being closed for what seems like forever for renovation. Well, we walked down there and the construction fences are still up. TOTALLY BUMMED.

  • ANR

    I heard they were opening on Monday.

  • Jen60647 Kimball & Schubert

    Monday is what I heard too.

  • Angela L Living the dream in Logan Square

    When I saw weekend I assumed Saturday...guess I will wait until next weekend.
    The Remix festival has my street closed today, so probably good that they will not open during the congestion.
    Thanks!

Aug 27

Updated Aug 30

Is this your dog?

I posted earlier, put in a couple calls to 311 and called Maldonado's office but animal control must be busy.

He won't let us get too close to us and seems to be having trouble walking. Looks like a chihuahua mix?

If he's yours, he's currently under the front porch of the vacant house at 3220 W. McLean. We have to run, hopefully animal control shows up in the meantime.

  • Hi all. My wife and I currently have this tan chihuahua mix in our apt. It is 100% the one from the photo above that Tom O posted. This is also the same dog that was running the streets on McLean and Kedzie for days. It spent the last two...

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    Hi all. My wife and I currently have this tan chihuahua mix in our apt. It is 100% the one from the photo above that Tom O posted. This is also the same dog that was running the streets on McLean and Kedzie for days. It spent the last two nights hiding under my deck. We live on Kedzie between McLean and Armitage. Finally, last night we were able to bring it inside with some food. It spent the night and is doing well. It let us pet it this am and is becoming less skittish. I think all is going to be fine for the little dude at this point. We wont be letting it out in the streets. If all goes well, maybe we'll hang onto this little dude. However, if anyone knows the owner or has any contact info please send my way. I'm going to make a new post about it now. Thanks.

  • Thank you so much for taking this guy in! Sounds like he would have a wonderful life with you and your wife. I hope you keep him :-)

Aug 27

Updated Aug 29

Small injured dog in yard

There is a small dog that may be injured, resting between my house and the vacant building next door. Can't get a good picture and there's no answer at 311. Any thoughts?

3200 block of W. McLean

  • Tom O Engineer

    Sorry I didn't update this post. The dog is ok - same dog as in other posts (see comments in post "chihuahua running loose..."). I guess he may not have been injured, he seemed to be hobbling when I saw him. When I'd get close he'd burrow further between the buildings, so I left him while waiting for animal control. He got out sometime after that, ran around the neighborhood a while before another good every blocker caught him.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    So where is that lil honey? With animal control or with the friendly Everyblocker?

Aug 28

Updated Aug 29

Agility training for dogs

Does anyone have a reasonably priced agility training center that they recommend? My dog needs some kind of stimulation like that but I'm on a budget. Thanks!

Aug 29

Who's dog has been shriek barking for the last hour?!

Logan and Fairfield area. Probably separation anxiety, or the worlds longest break in.

Aug 14

Updated Aug 28

Scary

This man with an assault rifle was walking down our alley (Lyndale between California and Sacramento) around 7:45 tonight. We did file a police report and the police took action immediately, but they didn't find the man as far as we know. Be alert!

  • when I called the city about rats in my alley and seen crossing the street & sidewalk, they came out and did an inspection, made some recommendations to help prevent rat hiding places. I looked around in the alley where rats seemed to go and found a hole at the...

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    when I called the city about rats in my alley and seen crossing the street & sidewalk, they came out and did an inspection, made some recommendations to help prevent rat hiding places. I looked around in the alley where rats seemed to go and found a hole at the bottom of a dumpster across the alley from me. I called the owner of the dumpster and he was concerned and had the dumpster replaced. That solved our major rat problem. It was like a rat diner in the dumpster, rats would go in and out of the hole, we finally saw rats coming out of the hole and that is how the hole was found. Check around your area for any possible rat 'homes/diners', keep contacting the city to come out and inspect the area. Check for overflowing garbage bins/dumpsters, contact the owners. We also did our own rat baiting with rat traps, all this helped. FYI - I feel the plastic garbage bins contribute to rat problem, wind blows lids open, they tip easily and have holes chewed in them, the metal cans were better. Good luck.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    kitty - did you get the shots in the gut, or in the butt? mine were about 90cc (3 oz) of vaccine in the backside (same side every time) with a very big needle every day for 10 days. ... couldn't sit for 2 weeks. talk about a p.i.t.a. !...

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    kitty - did you get the shots in the gut, or in the butt? mine were about 90cc (3 oz) of vaccine in the backside (same side every time) with a very big needle every day for 10 days. ... couldn't sit for 2 weeks. talk about a p.i.t.a. !

    hotrock - the rats can climb up the plastic bins and open the lids far enough to get in.

    on raccoons - i forget the name of the parasite, but they carry one that is very dangerous for children. i've had raccoons walk into my open LS garage while i was in there. absolutely stay away. yes, they are soooo cute and will eat out of your hand but NEVER feed them or they will move into your house. these pests caused over $20,000 damage to a home my parents once had in the burbs. and the filth ... omg, you have no idea. they had to tear out every ceiling in every room.

Aug 26

Updated Aug 27

Cozy Corner Diner to OPEN next week!

I asked one of the owners today, when???? He said next week, and being me, I pressed him a little more - then he said, "MONDAY".. I said that Monday was a holiday, he said, "Monday" again.

I wouldn't take this to the bank exactly, but the tables are set, the lights are on, and they look ready! Happy Eating!

  • Ed

    Wow, $50? I always felt that CC was priced VERY reasonably, especially if you're getting one of the specials.

    Looking forward to the reopening! And, welcome back, Bart!

  • $50 for two people? We're absolute piglets when we go out for breakfast and I don't think we've ever paid more than $30 at the absolute most for the two of us (ordering enough for 3-4...yup, we can get pretty glutenous). The most expensive thing on the menu is $14.99 for steak something and they don't even sell booze.

    I'll be so happy when they re-open in a few days!

Aug 21

Updated Aug 26

Missing kitty in Logan

Our little love daisy is missing!
She is she is about 8lbs, tan, and not wearing any tags.

She's very sweet but doesn't really respond to her name. If anyone sees her

please let me know we are going nuts!

  • Oh thank you loves--we just found her! If only she knew how worried we were!

  • so glad Daisy is found, how did you find her, may help others with lost pets.

May 04

Updated Aug 26

Paradise Garden

Can anyone please give me the history on the Paradise Garden on Drake & Lyndale? I have lived next to it for a year and am so confused - is this a public park?

Aug 23

Updated Aug 24

Cozy corner open yet?

Earlier this week I thought I saw lights on, cars in the lot and people inside. Does anyone know if the Milwaukee ave location is open yet? Thanks!

Aug 23

Artists! Call for Participation in 2 exhibits at the Hairpin Arts Center

Full details: http://anysquared.com/2014residency.html

Click on link above for details about the AnySquared's Exhibit and the Art-2-Go! exhibit (Art2Go will be part of A Day in Avondale and both will be part of AnySquared's 6-Week Residency at the center).

Aug 21

Updated Aug 22

Bicycles stolen

5 bicycles were stolen from our garage Monday night/Tuesday morning I woke up to walk the dog and the garage door was open and the bikes were gone. Any other incidents - 2317 n milwaukee

  • The problem with disabling the electrical switch is that it won't help when they use a coat hanger to pull the release cord. It's very purpose is to work without electricity.

  • Thanks for the heads up.

Aug 21

Updated Aug 22

Over Night Blue Line Construction

Our bedroom face the Western Blue Line stop. We are used to sleeping through the standard train sounds, but last night, they began night construction and we were awake for the entire thing. Although loud, the actual machinery is tolerable. What kept us up was the intermittent sound of boards or something similar being thrown from the el into large metal dumpsters on the ground. Every time I dozed off for a second, BOOM! Anyone know how long this is supposed to last? Should they be throwing materials from the tracks? I am exhausted.

  • Can you go on the website and get more information about construction?

    Sadly, city services has different 'rules' as I learned from 606. But file a complaint with the city anyway...everyone needs to sleep...

Aug 16

Updated Aug 21

What do we do to get our streets fixed?

It's been many months since winter and streets still have 6" deep potholes. It's dangerous for bikers and damages cars. I've called 311 for the deep holes I've found within a few blocks of my house with no results. Guess they only care about new speed cameras, red light and street cleaning tickets.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    I suggest getting some neighbors together, taking up a collection, buy some fill @ Home Depot and fill the holes yourselves. Calling in the local news media to get some footage is a good idea too. Sometimes, we need to make some public noise to garner exposure to these simple problems that our taxes are supposed to cover.You could make a block party out of it, and meet your neighbors too!

  • Aislin

    Love that idea, J. Theo!

Aug 20

Updated Aug 21

Att down

Is anyone's Att service down?

  • My cell phone service within my home is sucking right now. No service. If I go a couple blocks away, I'm good to go.

Aug 18

Updated Aug 19

Yellow eyesore to become a pawn shop?

I am new to the Bucktown/Logan area and recently heard about a possible new development at 2441 N. Western Avenue (at Altgeld), which is currently a large abandoned yellow brick building and graffiti magnet. If you live in this area, I am certain you know the building I am talking about. Since moving in, I've filed several graffiti removal service requests, but was more concerned to learn that the building had been targeted as the site for an EZ Pawn....

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I am new to the Bucktown/Logan area and recently heard about a possible new development at 2441 N. Western Avenue (at Altgeld), which is currently a large abandoned yellow brick building and graffiti magnet. If you live in this area, I am certain you know the building I am talking about. Since moving in, I've filed several graffiti removal service requests, but was more concerned to learn that the building had been targeted as the site for an EZ Pawn. I was personally thinking that corner would benefit from a Starbucks or a Pot Belly – commercial symbols of an improving neighborhood, versus a harbinger of a community in despair. In any event, it has been in its current state for some time and I am wondering if anyone knows what the plans are, or when those plans will be put into motion. It may help stem the burgeoning rat population that such abandoned buildings are afforded stewardship instead of being left to lie dormant.

  • I thought that this plan was pretty much ruled out a long time ago. It was proposed that AmeriPawn was going to buy the building to hold its pawn shop with also the addition of a dentist, some apartments and some kind of fast food restautant. As you can see...

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    I thought that this plan was pretty much ruled out a long time ago. It was proposed that AmeriPawn was going to buy the building to hold its pawn shop with also the addition of a dentist, some apartments and some kind of fast food restautant. As you can see in the story below, the neighborhood was strongly against the idea and the voting that took place that night was rigged.

    http://oururbantimes.com/business-news/votes-sale-logan-square-pawn-shop-meeting

    This building has been a problem for a long time and the owner is the guy that owns the fireplace shop up north on Western. He doesn't give a care about the building or the block.

  • the potbelly and starbucks are around the corner on elston

  • Thanks, John. If by "around the corner," you mean on the other side of the interstate highway, I'd still be in favor of something a little more accessible. While walkable, it is not particularly convenient, nor as safe as I would prefer. I've been nearly hit twice by truckers who...

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    Thanks, John. If by "around the corner," you mean on the other side of the interstate highway, I'd still be in favor of something a little more accessible. While walkable, it is not particularly convenient, nor as safe as I would prefer. I've been nearly hit twice by truckers who aren't looking for pedestrians when they hastily turn off the exit ramp onto Western Avenue. More to point, I should clarify, is that I only named Starbucks and Potbelly's as examples of businesses that have demonstrated an ability to improve the appeal of a neighborhood, versus detracting from it as something like a pawn shop most assuredly would.

Aug 18

Updated Aug 19

Gunshots and cars heading west on Diversey

Just heard gunshots about halfway down my block - Sacramento between Diversey and George. 6-8 shots in quick succession, followed by car alarms going of while two cars sped down the street. One a white SUV (Explorer, I think) followed by a grey sedan (I think a BMW?) both with tinted windows. Both squealed around the corner and headed west on Diversey... Called 911. They need to be watching the "derelict" house with the graffiti and a red X sign that I heard about on WBEZ, at the corner of George & Sacramento - no good is happening there!

  • Lesley, did they in fact catch the guys on Wednesday? It sounded like it happened right outside our place (north of Diversey). It woke my napping kids up and I saw a car go speeding down the back alley immediately afterward. That one freaked me out because it was the middle of the day ...

  • Elsbeth - according to the officer I spoke with, they did. Someone was able to get a description of the car when they called it in, and it was actually a car that had been reported stolen (don't know if it was determined by plates or just description) - and...

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    Elsbeth - according to the officer I spoke with, they did. Someone was able to get a description of the car when they called it in, and it was actually a car that had been reported stolen (don't know if it was determined by plates or just description) - and they found the car and inhabitants later in the afternoon. I happened to be working from home that day and was like "what? Certainly not gunfire on a Wednesday afternoon." One good thing - it was great to see so many neighbors out on the street after. Apparently they got several calls - and everyone was talking to the cops, so it's a concerned block - which is good. We'll see what happens. I bet if they get the security camera footage from Julio's Auto Parts they'll be able to get plates and makes if cars. One of their cameras is aimed right up Sacramento (I've been able to see my front door when getting keys cut), so fingers crossed they were recording last night!

Aug 17

Updated Aug 18

Dogs on the loose

Two friendly pit bulls, one dark brown female and one male that is white with tan spots, are on the loose between Wabansia and Cortland on Montecello/Lawndale. They followed us on our morning dog walk. Super sweet. Hope they find their home. I have included an image of the girl...

Aug 16

Updated Aug 18

Family photographer

Can anybody recommend a good local photographer for a family shoot? Someone with a studio is a major plus.

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