2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

New Veterinary Clinic in Logan Square!

Boulevard Veterinary on Armitage and California recently opened their doors and are accepting new patients!
All new clients receive $25 off their first visit!

2740 W. Armitage Ave.
773-360-1731
www.blvd.vet
Facebook: Boulevard Veterinary
Instagram: @blvd.vet

  • Our new puppy goes to Boulevard. We love it there. Dr Dylan is great as is the staff. I highly recommend them.

  • we'll try it out! Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Congress Theatre Open House - Jan. 24 1-4PM?

Is this happening? Cannot find anything referenced other than in this article. Anyone plan on stopping in tomorrow? Do we expect the renderings to be presented?

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/13/congress-theater-redevelopment-ready-to-move-forward.php

  • It was just yesterday HZSkolnik....1-4 pm on Saturday. I expect it's going to be dark over there for some time now.

  • HZSkolnik Resident of the northeast side of Logan Square

    Understood, thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

  • Glad I could help!

  • This may just be a case of the landlord not realizing what having a pet realted business in their building means. It can be a lot of wear and tear on a storefront. All of that may have caused a lot of bad blood between the landlord and logans pets. Who knows what really happened.

4 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

2 DOGS FOUND!

Found two very sweet dogs in an alley off of McLean Ave. near Kedzie Blvd. on Saturday night around 8pm. One is a female Rottweiler and other is a small mix breed male. They're the best of friends so they must live together. They had no tags and no chips. If these are your dogs or if you know the owner, please contact me!!

  • Did not realize they were seniors they don't look it from the pix. Can't imagine having unfixed pets running around for a decade

  • Is there an update after meeting with the owner of these two pups?

8 hours ago

Looking for garage to rent

Looking for a garage spot near Paulina and Blackhawk

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

  • Just to clarify.
    The presentation to the Wicker P&D was strictly informational.
    They presented pretty much what you have already seen in the media.
    They were a last minute addition to an already full agenda.
    A large portion of our agenda was already dedicated to chewing out a developer on another project and we barely had time to ask questions ourselves.

    When anything progresses, we will let you know.

  • Here's the tactic of the developer in a nutshell. The land is zoned low density where the building currently cannot be built above a certain level. S/he submits a design that is way beyond tolerable density. Their real goal? Somewhere in the middle and higher if they get it. I...

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    Here's the tactic of the developer in a nutshell. The land is zoned low density where the building currently cannot be built above a certain level. S/he submits a design that is way beyond tolerable density. Their real goal? Somewhere in the middle and higher if they get it. I don't mind the project, I mind the size and future density. That area on Milwaukee was once a void between Damen and Western. Too much too soon would make it a horribly dense extension of Milwaukee that currently exists southeast of Damen & North. They also are proposing this in winter so the thought of summer traffic horrors are away from your mind.

34 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

spark energy update?

The other day, caught off guard, I allowed myself to switch to Spark Energy due to the persistence of two door to door salesmen. Looking at past threads on this topic, it seems lots of folks have had bad experiences, and some folks have seen reduced savings and feel it is a legit company with bad solicitation tactics.

Was I scammed? I feel like a goof for ignoring my gut. Thanks!

  • Joe

    I have saved with first energy for electricity and direct energy on gas (except Dec, Peoples would have been cheaper) Peoples gas charge changes every month. Lots of threads on this.

  • Like kittyhop says, read the receipt they gave you - you have maybe a week from the signing date during which you can cancel. Not sure of the exact time limit; it IS short. But if you do some quick research you can decide whether Spark is worth it for a year.

6 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Looking for wood shop space to rent..

Hi, three friends and I are looking for a wood shop space to rent in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square neighborhood. Ideally we'd hope to have the space to ourselves and pay monthly rent. If you know of anyone with a vacant garage/building that wouldn't mind the noise and sawdust please let me know! Note, we would be providing all our own tools so we're basically just needing an empty room with electricity.

Thanks!

  • Hey Ray! I feel like a moron but I can't figure out how to private message on here. :) Let me know your contact info and I'll reach out. Thank you!!!

  • T Janet Thoughtful Neighbor and Design Enthusiast

    I can respond to your questions if you send me a direct email.

13 hours ago

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29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Question about front yard fences

My neighbor is putting up a fence to close off the courtyard of their building. Where he is putting the fence will completely block the side of my porch and if I need porch repairs or gutter repairs, the fence will make it hard to get to. The fence is on his property line but I want to know if it is legal for him to put a fence up literally 6 inches from my porch and blocking it off.

15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Silver Malibu

Some guys in a silver Malibu just tried getting buzzed into our unit. They kept buzzing every unit in the building, we live on Fullerton, has this happened to anyone else? I just checked with other tenants and it was no one they knew or were expecting.

4 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

bedbugs

My tenet just notified me she found bedbugs in her sons beds, I live in the building and I don’t have them and the garden unit doesn't have them either
Who is responsible in paying for the extermination $$$$$

16 hours ago

22 hours ago

Found Bike Key

Found near Troy & Schubert. Let me know!

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Not cool, Moreno

Is it normal for campaign volunteers to canvass door-to-door at 8pm? We were putting our 6 month old to bed and got our buzzer rung...twice! My husband ran outside and gave them the what-for. The goons seemed less than contrite.

  • 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno

    Hi Alya,
    Sorry for the disturbance. It is common for campaign volunteers to canvass at times when it seems likely that residents will be home from work. I'll speak to our volunteers personally to address this specific complaint.
    Thank you for the feedback.

  • All our volunteers have been asked to not canvas past 7pm. I, too, am a mom and in general, feel residents are settled for the evening by that time. Have also reminded all volunteers that NO literature is to go into mail boxes. Have seen some literature (not ours) slid in the boxes. Working towards Feb 24 -- unless we have a run off, residents should not be bothered after that date! Don't forget -- 1st Ward Debate Jan 29, 7pm at Wells High School.

  • I, too had an incident about a week ago-I believe they were campaigning for Jan Schawosky. I probably spelled that incorrectly. Anyway, they laid on my buzzer like the building was on fire and woke me up. (I had the flu.) I just said "no thank you" and they went away. I should have gone downstairs and explained to them why this behavior was unacceptable. Can't believe they think this is ok.

5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Kids stealing packages

Around 3:35 I saw a group of kids running north on the 2400 block of Spaulding Ave (about halfway between Fullerton and Altgeld). They ran up the stairs of a porch across the street from me, grabbed some packages that were on the stoop, and ran away down an alley. I couldn't tell if they had taken anything from more than one house.

I called 311, but was told I couldn't report it because I wasn't the victim. I'll let my neighbors know, but I just wanted to let people in the area know to be on the lookout and watch out for their packages. The kids were male and probably early to mid teens .

  • Aaron Logan Square

    Chad, the likely answer is yes. There was another post on here before xmas from someone around 1900 N Albany that had them on camera. A day later I went to Julia de Burgos park and found several empty amazon boxes that were discarded there. All of this has been reported to the police and I encourage anyone else experiencing this problem to report it as well.

  • Aaron Logan Square

    This is just the list of packages I found in the park. Many other people commented about this problem happening to them.
    1753 N Troy
    1743 N Troy
    1725 N Troy
    1746 N Albany

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2 days ago

Ald. Moreno's Signs Reminding Dog Owners to Pick up Poop Illegal: City

On Friday, Jerry Mandujano, an assistant in Moreno's office, 2058 N. Western Ave., said that the signs, which were unveiled about eight months ago, were paid for out of Moreno's own pocket and "have been very popular."

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Agreed Lisa. I too enjoyed Letizia's for that. The article doesn't mention it (I don't think), but Letizia's started selling at the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Hopefully that might continue. Maybe? Anyway, I'm excited for the new concept too.

  • I'm glad to hear they're closing the bakery component. Their baked goods were bland and always left me feeling bloated. Dinners, on the other hand, always hit the spot.

Apr 22

Updated 2 days ago

Code 0964100G Violation

Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb...

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Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb and there are and have been several cars parked just as close to the stop sign or in the same exact spot for years, and I've never seen a car ticketed ONCE. I'm mad. Anyone have any suggestions for anything I can do to be productive? Otherwise, I will just stew in my anger and out $60. This was at the stop sign at Spaulding and Schubert, near the blue line.

  • Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign...

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    Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign is not very near the corner or the crosswalk.

    I've even asked a parking enforcement person who was writing tickets what areas are legal in that dead end and what are not. She told me that parallel to the curb was ok, except near the stop sign, corner, and fire hydrant. She also said that the "head in" spots were legal "about half-way" (?!?) across the dead end but this is apparently subjective because my husband just received a ticket when parked there. Grrrrr. Actually he received two within 24 hours -- we appealed both by mail & got the duplicate dismissed, at least.

    Also, as a head's up, I've gotten a ticket parallel parked on the north side of that dead end for parking in the wrong direction when pointed toward Milwaukee. Apparently some others have too because now you will see cars parked in both directions on that side (nose to nose or tail to tail). I've been on this block for almost 8 years and never saw anyone parked pointed away from Milwaukee until this year. (For those not familiar, the dead end is all of 3 cars long & has no room to turn around.) I can't even see how cars get in there that way without some illegal driving moves. I just avoid that whole area as much as possible, but as you know parking is sometimes tough to find.

    I'd gladly avoid parking illegally if I could only figure out what is legal. :( Who could I ask to get a definitive answer? I'd also be happy to pursue getting reasonable signage/paint if possible - I guess the alderman would be the starting point?

  • I know this is an old post, but I wanted to chime in that I contest every single ticket I or my husband get, most of which have been for this violation of parking too close to a stop sign. I would say they throw out 2 of 3. It is ALWAYS worth a shot, just don't forget to take and include photos in your contest!

Jan 07

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Lake coming to former Previous Administration Spot

Hi again, everyone. I read in Zagat's list of most anticipated spots of 2015 that our neighbor Paul McGee had joined forces with the Land & Sea Dept. folks - and that we're getting a tiki bar. Well, Lost Lake is opening up at Diversey & Kedzie, where Previous Administration was briefly. Should be opening sometime this month. With this, and Son of a Butcher opening at Diversey & Richmond soon, it's gonna be exciting up here!

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/January-2015/lost-lake/

  • "has"

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    I suspect this trend will slow down dramatically as the neighborhood inhabitants age and start to realize how many calories are in these drinks.

    On the other hand, it's nice to have a close alternative to Hala Kahiki, although it takes years to develop that fine musty carpet aroma.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Rent vs. ownership

I think one of the key issues is that these small businesses rent rather than own. Ideally, if a small business can own the property, it can avoid increase in rents, etc. I know, a pipe dream for many but if you can own your building it would seem much easier to run your business.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Larry - It is true that companies that make it and stay in the same location for 25 years will probably have done better to buy than rent. But to generalize your experience is to allow survivor bias to creep in as you ignore the fact that very few businesses...

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    Larry - It is true that companies that make it and stay in the same location for 25 years will probably have done better to buy than rent. But to generalize your experience is to allow survivor bias to creep in as you ignore the fact that very few businesses last 25 years and even fewer in the same location.

    Most fledgling companies would never be approved for a property loan without a personal guarantee. And even if they could, it still might not make sense. You may want to move, expand, contract, etc. Renting, while more expensive, provides this flexibility which is EXTREMELY valuable.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    I think these are all good points, and it's valuable to hear a wide range of opinions on the subject. One nuance I haven't heard discussed per se is just how much customization does your business require, in terms of infrastructure build out. The owner of a law office may not feel a need to purchase the property as moving is relatively painless. A dentist may see it differently due to equipment requirements, a yoga studio owner who breaks his/her back to put in really nice hardwood flooring, etc.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Smart Bike Parts Tagged Tuesday Night - anyone happen to know these dudes?

Our business got tagged Wednesday night at 11PM by these two individuals - if anyone was out and about and happens to recognize either of these two gentlemen I would be in your debt if you could get a hold of me. Ride on. Eric Puetz (Pitts) - Owner. Smart Bike Parts. Armitage & Whipple - across the street from Dante's Pizza.

You can view a quick video of this event at:

http://smartbikeparts.com/Tagged-1215.mov

  • G

    What did they tag? If you can make it out?

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    The video is of such poor quality that you can't make out the face of the one person whose face you can see.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

too early?

At what time are the construction guys supposed to start working ??? They are working on the Water project by Kimball/Palmer..

  • 8 am for private work; allegedly 7am for govt work; but the city can claim hardship and work whenever they want.
    I know that sounded snarky, but that's really the system we have.

  • When they were expanding the Kennedy years ago , they worked 24 hours, alongside housing.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Frank Meats Patty opens Friday (Hot Doug's former location)

The guys behind Lockdown and Fatso’s Last Stand have taken over this space..good to see, and I am sure it will be a decent replacement for the Hot Doug's location ..

Found a picture of what the inside looks like in advance of the open (1/23/15)

  • Two specials announced already:

    Duck Foie Gras Sausage Burger, with caramelized onions, truffle mustard, roasted shallots and topped with cherries and Foie mousse.

    Game Burger of the Month; The Buffalo Sausage Burger, with pepper jack cheese, fire roasted poblano peppers and topped with pickled shallots.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    what a great name!!!

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chimney Sweep / Inspection Service

Can anyone recommend a service for a chimney sweep / inspection? We have a wood burning fireplace that we would love to use, but want to make sure it's safe.
Also does anyone know what the ballpark cost is for a cleaning/inspection?

Thanks in advance!

  • Cmb

    Ye Olde Chimney Sweep (773) 237-7070
    They inspected my chimney and fireplace in 2011 and it was $80.

  • Jon Banks supervisor banks

    708-358-0505info@chicagochimney.com
    Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co
    Chimney Maintenance, Repair Service in Chicago
    Member National Chimney Sweep Guild
    Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America
    Certified by the National Fireplace Institute
    Chimney Repair, Chimney Sweep, and Fireplace Repair Services in Chicago
    Repair, Restoration and Installation Company Serving The Entire Chicago Area -- Chicago's Leading Chimney Sweep Company

    Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co.
    http://chicagochimney.com
    850 North Ridge Avenue
    Lombard, IL 60148
    United States
    Phone: 708.358.0505

    Email:
    info@ChicagoChimney.com

    Fireplace & Chimney Restoration Site Map

    Chimney Sweep Contractors Member: Berkeley, IL

  • Thank you for the recommendations! I'll check these two out.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Construction on bldg

What are they doing in the tall bldg on the cor or North/Milwaukee? Across from Walgreens.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Snowblower repair

Anyone have a recommendation for a nearby snowblower (small engine ) repair shop ?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    I'm sure I can fix it. I'm in Lincoln square. Phone # 312-890-7558. Free snow if I can't fix it

  • Ravens...what else do you fix???? (Hey if you can make it snow, you can also make it stop..ok?)

2 days ago

  • 4 stars out of 5: Ipsento on Yelp

3 days ago

Garage Break ins...

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Burglar targeting Northwest Side garages
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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Updated: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power tools and other objects, according to...

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Updated: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power tools and other objects, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

Burglaries happened:

— in the 2200 block of North LeClaire between 5-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 8-9 and Jan. 14-15;

—in the 4900 block of West Wellington between 5-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15;

—in the 4600 block of West Dickens about 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 16;

—in the 2100 block of North Kildare between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Jan. 19; and

—in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of North Kildare between 11 a.m. -9:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The suspect is described as a white man 20-35, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, and 180-185 pounds, wearing a black ski mask.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 744-8263.

3 days ago

Apr 19

Updated 3 days ago

Tuckpointing need for 1906 built 2-flat building

I went back in the archives (2011/2012?) and there was just a thread in March, but in reading it I think my 2-flat needs more work then that. Recommendations please? (Thanks!)

  • Actually my guys were very quiet, VERY clean, very fast, very good...and you wouldn't have know they were there if the neighborhood dogs had stopped barking...

    Fear not!!

  • One of the most important things when having tuckpointing done on an old brick house is that the correct lime-based mortar be used, and not the contemporary kind using Portland cement. Plus the pointing should be recessed, not protruding or flush with the bricks. In old brick construction, both the...

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    One of the most important things when having tuckpointing done on an old brick house is that the correct lime-based mortar be used, and not the contemporary kind using Portland cement. Plus the pointing should be recessed, not protruding or flush with the bricks. In old brick construction, both the bricks and mortar were porous, allowing for escape of moisture and expasion/contraction (kind of "breathing") with conditions. Contemporary (Portland cement based) mortar is higher strength and non-porous - so moisture can be retained and lead to cracking and peeling of the brick. And the recessing of the pointing is related to allowing the rain to drip off; I just can't remember the details.

    (from attending a couple of evening seminars on masonry repair and maintenance held by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. The speakers were from the U.S. Heritage Group. More than you ever want to know about mortar and materials: http://usheritage.com/products-head/)

Jan 18

Updated 3 days ago

Touch of Vintage Closed up - 2500 block of California?

I noticed the empty store front on the 2500 block of California. Use to be a little antique shop next to the hair salon. Did they move? Lot seems to be changing over there. Expanded salon, new Japanese toy store and new mercantile bar heading in. I wonder if the two sushi places will survive.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    About Letizia's on California....I believe that her son Fabio has / is running a good share of the business and they've been building up the restaurant side (Enoteca Roma) for years. First on Division and now in Logan Sq., just a guess that it's been successful--they seem like smart business owners and continually re-invest in their businesses to help them grow. So having watched them over the years, it seems a natural progression, not so much a major shift in concept.

  • Pasta college looks cool! It sounds like Starbucks was taking the biz for bkfast and coffee. Not sure how I feel about 2 liquor stores within a block of each other.

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