29 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Montana and Western

I recently signed a lease for an apartment near this intersection with two other women in their early 20's. I'm relatively new to the city so would like to get some feedback on safety and general atmosphere of the neighborhood from those that know the area. Thanks!

  • Welcome to the neighborhood - I've lived on the next street north with my family for a few years now and have felt pretty safe compared to other areas we've lived. It's a short block because of the highway so you'll find it's pretty quiet. Residents are nice and it...

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    Welcome to the neighborhood - I've lived on the next street north with my family for a few years now and have felt pretty safe compared to other areas we've lived. It's a short block because of the highway so you'll find it's pretty quiet. Residents are nice and it doesn't seem to attract too many loitering strangers. I do tend to see empty bottles/beer cans littering the east end of the block at the highway from people drinking in their cars or something, but I think that's happening pretty late at night.
    As always, don't venture out alone late at night and stick to the better lit streets when you walk over to the more central Bucktown or Logan hangout spots. The walk up to Western to the shopping area on Elston isn't pretty but seems relatively safe just because of the amount of traffic on Western.
    You may also want to use uber or call for cabs when you need them - we found it can be surprisingly tough to hail one on that stretch of Western. I hope you enjoy the area - it's a great value for how centrally it's located to a lot of great places!

  • It's a nice quiet block just don't leave anything in your car and try not to park on Oakley as car thieves tend to frequent the area. Other than that super nice people, lots of dogs and plenty of parking. Plus Holstein park is right up the street!

2 days ago

Khantoke Dinner at Sticky Rice C.M. next Tuesday April 22

DNAinfo Chicago's next In Real Life (IRL) group outing is exclusively for single peeps of all ages at Sticky Rice Chiang Mai. Details, tickets here: http://dnain.fo/1hFj3tr

Feb 03

Updated 3 days ago

Any update on Humboldt Haus?

Menu? Opening date?

  • I think that once their permits are cleared they will open in full.

    There are a lot of steps to opening a tavern and a restaurant, as well as a lot of costs, and there is no way to recoup any of that if you are closed. It appears as though they have opened in whatever legal capacity they can.

    I wish them well.

  • the liquor store opened last friday , they said the bar would be coming soon. they seemed to be very nice and the beer selection was not bad .

5 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

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 09

Updated Apr 10

Gunshots or fireworks near Wabansia and Lawndale?

I'm in the 3700 block of Wabansia. Just heard what sounded like five or six gunshots outside, maybe a bit east of here. Anybody nearby hear it?

  • It was a nice day and my neighbors were blowing off fireworks ALL DAY LONG. Not exaggerating. Hopefully that's all it was. The joys of summer....

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

Need eyeglass frames adjusted - suggestions?

Anyone know a shop with licensed opticians in Wicker Park or Bucktown that can adjust Warby Parker frames for free or under $50?

  • MDK

    Red Eye (1869 N Damen) has done this for me for free with every pair of WB frames I have purchased.

  • I second the general awesomeness of Red Eye Optical!

Apr 04

Updated Apr 09

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 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

Jun 11 2012

Updated Apr 06

Parkway dog pee

Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that...

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Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that you can get fined by the city for this, which sounds absurd. Is this true? I guess my husband and I are in the minority, I keep a well manicured small front garden but don't really care much about the parkway other than keeping it mowed. We both work a lot and I'd rather focus on my back yard and garden. I guess my question is; how much should I care about what the neighbors say, and can you be fined? And I'd be willing to ask our tenants to go across the street to the park, but how am I supposed to keep other dogs from peeing there when I'm gone most of the day? She keeps people off of hers because she's home most of the day and can see when someone is outside.

Full disclosure: that same neighbor's husband mows our parkway for us. We have never asked him to do it and he just does it because he's a nice guy and he knows we only have a push mower. We have thanked him many times. So I'm not sure if there's a sense of entitlement going on there since they maintain it? We would be happy to mow it ourselves. They have lived here a long time and are very particular.

If we put up a fence, then that makes the grass much harder to mow, so then that would involve pulling up the grass and putting something else there which I don't have the desire to to. Also, I've heard that this patch is technically property of the city and could be torn up if they need to access a water main, etc. Any advice is appreciated!

  • The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil...

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    The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil she would pull them away from the front gate. I would never let my dogs do that and I would expect others not to do the same regardless if it is city sidewalk or our property. Something scary is that they both have professional job. They are acting like children.

  • You're totally right Confused, those people are ridiculous. I don't think dogs should go on sidewalks unless that's the only option. That's where everyone walks, no one should have to walk around rivers of pee, especially right in front of their gate.

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 19

Updated Apr 03

Comed question

Our comed bill is $57. It says our actual bill is $27 something but comed is charging us $24.71 as a delivery charge. That's ridiculous. It says our energy is being supplied by integrys and delivered by comed. Do you guys know if we have our energy supplied by comed instead of integrys if our bill would be less?

Mar 31

Updated Apr 01

Bucktown Triangle

The Bucktown Triangle has taken quite a beating this winter! Today, I manned up and picked up all of the trash on the 2300 block of West Altgeld as well as on the IDOT owned slope bordering Altgeld/Avondale/Oakley. I quickly filled up an entire city garbage can to the top with trash and picked up a lot of dog poop. I am asking for everyone's help with the cleanup by raking out your front and tree lawns and placing all of the leaves in garbage cans. Also, please pick up any new trash that accumulates in the area. Street cleaning here isn't for another 3 weeks. Let's all work together to make our block beautiful! Thanks!

  • Thank you for all your hard work! We'll try and do our part this weekend - hopefully by then the iceberg in our front yard will have thawed.

  • You are awesome, thanks!

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 31

Updated Mar 31

Police Activity today in the 14th Dist.

One in cuffs - not sure why, saw it about 1:15 today!

Mar 29

Updated Mar 30

Plumber recommendation

Yesterday my garbage disposal was clogged up and now I just noticed there is a bunch of standing water in the bottom of my dishwasher . Can anyone recommend a good plumber / service person in the area. I broke up with the plumber I was using for the last few years . Thanks

  • Rob West Plumbing. Local, fast and good. Check out the website: http://www.robwestplumbing.com/

  • Try pouring bleach down your sink and leave it for a couple hours, a plumber taught me this trick to deal with teenage daughters hair build-up in the shower. Works like a charm and $3 is better than $100 any day. I found that the concentrated bleach doesn't work.

  • Meredith W. Chicagoan since 2002; LoganSq home & busin. owner

    Kevin McDonough @ Sound Plumbing (or his guy Noel) is great. Angie's List etc and he's done a bunch of work for me and for my neighbors. (773) 306-9494 or soundplumbing@gmail.com

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 25

Updated Mar 27

Best pizza delivery?

Apart from Dante's and Father & Son, what do you all suggest for pizza delivery in Logan area?
Thanks!

  • Pequod's is amazing, but their delivery is not nearly as good as it is eaten in the restaurant, especially the pan pizza.

  • John's on Western

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 26

Updated Mar 27

Wicker park filming?

What are they filming on the six corners?

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!)

Jul 23 2012

Updated Mar 26

Triangle lot at California / Stave

The fences are down and so are the for-sale signs - anyone know if it was sold and who bought it?

  • No...he was pretty clear, he'd been talking with the longman folks about Ronny's bar. Who knows if and when something will happen there though. I haven't noticed if the garish "for sale cheap" sign is gone. I try not to pay that building much attention, especially after they covered their windows with roofing material several years back. Definitely not much to look at now. Hopefully something comes to fruition.

  • Susan S. resident

    @truron It's been nearly 2 years and Masada is still not open, the parking lot is still an issue in the community, but the business at Milwaukee & Spaulding will NOT be a brewery (http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2014/03/26/secret-cafe-con-leche-bar-finally-opening-april-4.php#more).

Mar 24

Updated Mar 24

Free Similac Newborn nutrition Kit

Received this triple pack when we had our baby but we do not use formula. do you? would you like this?

email if so. jacobocom@aim.com

  • Loulu Me

    If nobody takes you up on the offer, maybe the Women's Center could find someone to use it.

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 20

Updated Mar 21

Dog roaming on Wabansia between Sawyer & Spaulding

I've seen this dog a couple of times now roaming the street with no collar or tags. Am going to try to leash and check for a chip, but if anybody knows where this dog lives please let me know - thank you!

  • Thanks everyone! I found him again today inside his yard - looks like he found his way back. A friend is going to send a collar with tag, along with bilingual information on microchipping, so they are informed moving forward.

  • Angela, thanks for the update, so glad you helped this dog & owners.

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 16

Updated Mar 17

Bucktown/Logan Single Family Row Home

Our owner occupied, well cared for vintage Bucktown/Logan Square single family row home is going on the market tomorrow 3/17/14. Come check it out! We have left no stone unturned getting it ready for sale. It is pretty awesome and is in a great location east of Western at the intersection of Fullerton and Western. Message me for the details.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 17

Dibs?

My client told me that last night he parked in front of his house. There was a lawn chair on the grass but not in street. When he came out to his car this morning it had been smashed with a baseball bat and the lawnchair was in the front yard of one of the houses.

???? What kind of a psycho would do that? There is no snow or ice on the street. Dibs is long over!

  • For sure, I agree with others this should be reported. Dibs is illegal partly due to this kind of stuff. People are not entitled to a parking spot just because they shoveled or whatever other reason. If this person is a psycho, all the more reason for neighborhood authorities to be alerted.

  • I agree about reporting it. Personally, I'd like to know if there were a psycho living on my street so I could avoid them at all costs.

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 16

Updated Mar 17

LSD at Fullerton Shut Down

A wanted Georgia man for murder crashed his car and standoff has ensued.

  • TBates Logan Square Resident Since 2008

    NBC 5 is streaming their chopper footage live!

  • As of 4:30 AM (Monday)- all lanes reopened!

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 12

Updated Mar 14

Developer plans 78 apartments in Logan Square

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20140312/CRED03/140319904/developer-plans-78-apartments-in-logan-square
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Developer plans 78 apartments in Logan Square
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A Chicago developer that specializes in condominiums and single-family homes plans 78 apartments in Logan Square, betting the rental boom will flow northwest into the gentrifying neighborhood.
Chicago-based Spearhead Properties LLC wants to demolish an existing, 54,000-square-foot warehouse at 2501-19 W. Armitage Ave. in the southeast corner of Logan Square and build two connected four-story apartment buildings on the site, said Dimitri Nassis, the firm's...

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By: Micah Maidenberg March 12, 2014

A Chicago developer that specializes in condominiums and single-family homes plans 78 apartments in Logan Square, betting the rental boom will flow northwest into the gentrifying neighborhood.
Chicago-based Spearhead Properties LLC wants to demolish an existing, 54,000-square-foot warehouse at 2501-19 W. Armitage Ave. in the southeast corner of Logan Square and build two connected four-story apartment buildings on the site, said Dimitri Nassis, the firm's managing principal.
The project is another example of how developers are trying to get rental projects off the ground in near Northwest Side neighborhoods, drawn in part by the area's public transit options and robust retail and dining scenes.
LG Development Group is working on a 51-unit apartment project near the busy six-corner intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues, for example, while Fifield Cos. is planning apartments at Wood and Chicago avenues.
While Logan Square is well known for its bars and restaurants, the area has yet to catch up with its immediate neighbors to the south in terms of apartment rents, making Spearhead's project a test of what's possible in the area....
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  • There's a lot of development coming to that stretch. They're tearing down that little taco joint/store near 90 miles along with two or so properties next door for townhouses. They're tearing down the two houses to the east of Table, Donkey Stick for condo buildings. They're putting up a condo...

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    There's a lot of development coming to that stretch. They're tearing down that little taco joint/store near 90 miles along with two or so properties next door for townhouses. They're tearing down the two houses to the east of Table, Donkey Stick for condo buildings. They're putting up a condo building in the empty lot to the west of Table, Donkey Stick, they're trying to rent out that blue, one story warehouse near Armitage and Rockwell as a bar/restaurant/brewbup, etc.... That strip is going to look a whole lot more vibrant and lived-in pretty soon.

  • So glad Table, Donkey and Stick is changing things to have lower price point items. I went there for a community meeting and after we stayed for some 'support your scene'. I got a lemonade and a cheese plate (the only vegetarian item) and it was $26! It was good, but ouch. Rick Bayless was eating in the front on the way out, but still I didn't go back.

Mar 12

Updated Mar 13

Milwaukee Ave will be blocked this weekend! Heads up!

MILWAUKEE AVENUE TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS
Traffic to be Detoured March 14-16; Bloomingdale Trail Construction in Full Swing

The second stage of bridge improvements related to the Bloomingdale Trail construction will cause a weekend closure of Milwaukee Avenue from March 14-16, including overnight demolition work, to remove the deteriorated concrete deck for future replacement.

  • Justin 402 New to Chicago and Bucktown!

    What happens to the 56 bus? Will it follow the same detour?

  • Hear ya go Justin- All vehicular traffic, including CTA’s Milwaukee Avenue Route #56 buses, will be detoured west to Western Avenue via North and Armitage Avenues. Pedestrians will be detoured east to Wilmot Avenue, as the viaduct at Winnebago Avenue will be closed for repair.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 11

Before and After: the oid Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Goddess and Grocer hopes to open in new space across the street in early April. http://dnain.fo/1kAQGyK Great to see that empty building finally being used! Anyone else miss DQ though?:)

  • What is going to take Goddess's current locations place when they move across the street?

  • Gordon 9-year Bucktown resident

    Let's hope it's not another head shop.

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?

Mar 05

Updated Mar 07

Moody's Downgrades Chicago again

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N0M201W20140305

Three notches above junk bond status. Of major U.S. cities, only Detroit has a worse rating.

I've only been here 7 years, so I don't have a sense of Chicago's zeitgeist. I think the city has tremendous potential, but all that debt and pension liabilities is crushing and hampers progress.

The money needed to meet obligations is going to come from somewhere. Will it be from property taxes? Airport surcharges? Sales tax? More red light cameras? The water rights to Lake Michigan? Will the City declare bankruptcy and start over?

Does anyone have a sense of where this is all heading for Chicago/Chicagoans? Is anyone else concerned?

  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    Profoundly concerned.

    In his early years, Henry Ford said that the customer can have any color car he wishes as long as it's black. Like Mr. Ford's early customer, the voter in the City of Chicago can be represented by any party he or she wishes.

  • I don't see any way out of this mess besides bankruptcy

  • Vote Fioretti for Mayor!

Mar 05

Updated Mar 06

new meaning to burning money

hi, all, this story does not have an address in it, so EveryBlock bots can't "scrape" it but thought what this artist did is sad, especially because he is really talented, so wanted to share a link... http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140305/wicker-park/kickstarter-fail-artist-raises-51k-publish-books-burns-them-alley

By any chance if you were one of the 1,000 backers that helped John Campbell raise over $51,000 on Kickstarter and you haven't received your book, he said he will consider allowing people to pick their books up rather than burn them.

  • Alisa DNAinfo Chicago reporter/Wicker Park resident

    Oh, KM, in full disclosure, Campbell lives above a shop I work out of, so if I happen to see him, will try to get you a book.

  • KM

    Thanks, Alisa! I'm very glad to hear he seemed well and in good spirits. I definitely understand how he could have reached a breaking point with the book (and with fans).

Feb 25

Updated Mar 04

Litter

I'm constantly amazed and disgusted by how much litter is on the streets and sidewalks in our neighborhood. Just walking from Bloomingdale north to the Western blue line along Western is absolutely disgusting, but really it's all over the neighborhood! Why is Chicago still stuck in the 1970's when people used to think it was ok to litter? It's disgusting and makes our city look like a third world country! People should take some pride in where we live and...

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I'm constantly amazed and disgusted by how much litter is on the streets and sidewalks in our neighborhood. Just walking from Bloomingdale north to the Western blue line along Western is absolutely disgusting, but really it's all over the neighborhood! Why is Chicago still stuck in the 1970's when people used to think it was ok to litter? It's disgusting and makes our city look like a third world country! People should take some pride in where we live and not treat the street or sidewalk as their personal garbage cans. Is there anything that can be done to get it cleaned up? If the city won't do it are there any clean up the neighborhood type groups? What about moving forward how do we get anti-littering fines enforced?

  • The litter here is a bummer for sure. I don't think it's a matter of being on a main street or side street either. I live on a quiet side street and there is a fair amount. More closer to Chicago Ave. I'm sure garbage cans help some, but I've...

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    The litter here is a bummer for sure. I don't think it's a matter of being on a main street or side street either. I live on a quiet side street and there is a fair amount. More closer to Chicago Ave. I'm sure garbage cans help some, but I've seen litter a few feet away. Granted, the cans don't get emptied often and tend to overflow, and the garbage blows away. I think the best thing to do is to call people out on their littering (safely- I confront people when I see them do it) and pick up your area, or at least in front of your apartment/condo once a week. Or else it just attracts more. I spent a lot of time trying to organize a clean-up group one time, then everybody bailed. So I've decided it's just easier to worry about my area on my own. It's important how someone acknowledged that seeing neighbors pick up garbage isn't that common and looks 'crazy' to some people. The more people do it, the less weird it will look. I also think it's super important to thank neighbors in passing who are picking up litter, shoveling sidewalks, trimming bushes, etc. I do all of those things and rarely get any acknowledgement. I'm not looking for it, but the rare "Thank you, it looks great!" goes a long way. I admit, it can be frustrating when I fill a shopping bag and several pieces are back within the next day or two. But I think if you leave it, it just invites more. And it's depressing. I'm open to doing a big clean-up anytime.

  • As I see it in front of my place or in front of my neighbors, in the alley I pick it up.

    Often I see people opening their car doors and dumping things on the ground. I am not confident enough to ask/tell someone to pick it up after dropping...

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    As I see it in front of my place or in front of my neighbors, in the alley I pick it up.

    Often I see people opening their car doors and dumping things on the ground. I am not confident enough to ask/tell someone to pick it up after dropping something.

    I have seen culprits by me often root through trash cans for aluminum and dump garbage all over the ground. I have take to sorting out my cans and hanging them on the fence in small bags from the grocery store and leaving my trash cans inside the fence except for garbage days. I know that's not an option for other people. I just thought I'd share changes I have made that work for me.

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 21

Updated Feb 24

Backhoe in the empty lot?

Anyone know why a backhoe is tearing up the empty lot on Medill between Talman and Wabansia? Is something going to actually be built in what has been an unofficial dog park?

  • They sure don't like to see grass for too long around here.

  • Oops, yeah, Washtenaw. Wrong 'W' street.

    Thanks for the info!

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Water main work on Bloomingdale

Not sure how the water main projects are going in the rest of the city (or if other areas are being worked on) but it's ridiculous on Bloomingdale.

The project has been going on since September. Our water has been shut off four times. Each time no work has been done.

Yesterday was pretty much the breaking point. Water was to be shut off between 8am and 4pm. Nothing got done in that time frame. The crews started work outside...

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Not sure how the water main projects are going in the rest of the city (or if other areas are being worked on) but it's ridiculous on Bloomingdale.

The project has been going on since September. Our water has been shut off four times. Each time no work has been done.

Yesterday was pretty much the breaking point. Water was to be shut off between 8am and 4pm. Nothing got done in that time frame. The crews started work outside my apartment around 3:30pm. I waited out the shut off, got in the shower a little after 4:00pm. Water went off while I was in the shower. Really? Water was off from 4:20pm until after midnight. No notice posted or anything. To top it off, construction was done all night long. I was woken up at 3:30am because of construction.

We called 311, got transferred to 911. We pretty much were told not to complain because "At least work is getting done."

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Will the city do anything? Is it worth filing a complaint?

  • Valiha S Mom and Designer

    I hear you. Both my husband and I are so fed up with it. And we have had the same experience. We have a number of very small children in our building so it is so frustrating that they are not communicating properly. This project has been so disruptive! Sidewalks...

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    I hear you. Both my husband and I are so fed up with it. And we have had the same experience. We have a number of very small children in our building so it is so frustrating that they are not communicating properly. This project has been so disruptive! Sidewalks closed so it's impossible to walk south on western, street closures, construction starting at 6am (which is awesome when your baby was sleeping soundly but they start banging on metal and wake all of us up), I could go on and on!

    My husband called 311 around 6:30 and got a person who was rude and generally not helpful. He was finally able to talk with a supervisor who made note of the claim and sent someone out to 'investigate'. She said they were unaware of the work being done today. He also went out to talk to the foreman twice. Around 7:00 he said it would be another 3 mins... but another guy said no way, it would be 2 hrs minimum. Went back out around 9:30 and said 30 mins tops. No water at 10... I am sure that something went wrong and that is why it took so long but why did they start the work after 4pm!?

    We also tweeted ol' Joe Moreno but got no response.

    We have this letter dated Nov. 11, 2013 that says, "We are coordinating with Alderman Moreno's office, and he has made clear we are to put great importance on your convenience and the quality of life in this neighborhood through the whole term of this project. Good communication is the key."

    What a joke!

    It mentions that "if you have any questions or comments about the project to contact Assistant Commissioner Tom LaPorte at 312.742.1021." It also mentions... "Timing: We will begin installing the new water main shortly, and expect the water main work to be completed in early January 2014. Restoration (to be completed by the Chicago Department of Transportation) will follow. Dates may change depending on weather and other factors. If there is any appreciable change, we will notify you."

  • Valiha S Mom and Designer

    I try my best not to think about it, I get all fired up! We are calling the number referenced above and the alderman to see when this is wrapping up, I know this is only one project... the 606 is going to be the next thing to be quite disruptive!

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Ward Office on Cortland

Anyone know what's going on with the Streets and Sanitation Ward Office on the corner of Cortland/Campbell? A few nights ago (Sunday, maybe?) the alarm went off for about 10-15 minutes around 10:00pm. Since then, the lights have been on 24/7, but I haven't seen anyone inside.

Is it a polling place for the March primary?

  • PR

    It probably just Joe Berrios' guys working overtime filling out ballots for the primary.

  • LimoD Logan Square 20 years!

    Tweet it to @Alderman_Moreno. He may have an assistant check it out. If you tweet it to @limodavid I'll retweet it

Dec 15 2012

Updated Feb 19

FINALLY 2412 W North Ave Building...

You know the building that's been boarded up for years next door to the Shell gas station on the corner of North & Western? Well its finally been sold!! Have you ever been inside? I have and its f&^$ing fantastical! The view is amazing!!!! Top floor is being converted into live work. 3rd floor will keep tenant (photographer), 2nd floor is laid out office, main level is 6000 sq ft, hardwood floors, new windows and doors...

We'd love to see,...

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You know the building that's been boarded up for years next door to the Shell gas station on the corner of North & Western? Well its finally been sold!! Have you ever been inside? I have and its f&^$ing fantastical! The view is amazing!!!! Top floor is being converted into live work. 3rd floor will keep tenant (photographer), 2nd floor is laid out office, main level is 6000 sq ft, hardwood floors, new windows and doors...

We'd love to see, ok, don't laugh:
Trader Joes
Whole Foods
Starbucks
A GREAT RETAILER (NO pawn shops, liquor or $ stores)
Art gallery
Photography
Vintage Shop
The space is huge! The columns are massive. Looks like a restaurant was going in & they stopped mid stream. Hey gang, if you are a baller, entrepreneurer or know someone looking for an unbelievable space, call 773.961.8819.

Why am I hyping this space? Its two doors down from us, An Orange Moon, and we welcome new businesses on the strip! Its good for everyone. Holla back!

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