26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Another Package Theft

At 2pm today a package was stolen from my front porch near Armitage and Sawyer.
I was able to get a look at the theives from behind as they walked out of the alley and onto Armitage Ave near Kedzie, and two women witnessed the theft.

They are wearing all black, head to toe. One man was black and the second hispanic, both about 5'6- 5'8.

UPS claims they left the package with someone, but they clearly did not.
BE CAREFUL and have packages sent somewhere else, especially for the holiday season.

  • Liz

    Thanks Btooz. I just want to look out for our neighbors and my family. We don't need this petty bs happening. My brother loves sting operations too which helps, ha! 10 hours is impressive!

  • Liz

    No luck folks. I tried!

2 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Moreno van (with signage) parked IN a bus stop..

and blocking 1/2 the only entrance to Food Smart.
I left a note ON the van and am trying to FAX a letter as I write this .
Doesn't matter if the blinkers were on..plenty of parking right there if he had looked!

3 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Loud construction

Do I have any say over the noise going on next door while they gut rehab a 2 flat grey stone? They are dropping doors from second stories onto the ground! We have a small child that needs to sleep during the day so I'm dreading the next couple of months.

8 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Looking for daycare in Logan Square

Hello,
Can anybody recommend a daycare in Logan Square? Also, not sure how far ahead I need to be checking places out. Friends have said there can be long wait lists, etc. but I'm not sure if that is everywhere in the city.... Thanks for any info!

  • Allison Logan lawyer & homeowner

    Sooner the better! I take my kid to infant community montessori in Humboldt but several of the Logan places I looked at had long waiting lists.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Let's Get our Video Cameras Connected to CPD District/Cental Command

Being the IT Dept and administrator to the cameras that protect our Condo association since 2009, I have seen firsthand the power this tool has to solve crime. We've been subpoenaed twice and have produced useful video evidence for another dozen or so incidents over the last 5 years that all have helped make this community stronger. High ranking CPD Chief McNaughton has already successfully launched a pilot program in his previous position in Lawndale and we're very close to the reality where hiding from the law is no longer an option.

  • VW

    Has anyone had the cops use a screen grab from a store-bought webcam connected via wifi? My ADT guy said that unless the security system uses closed circuit/hardwired and sealed system the cops won't use it because it could be tampered with (at least in the eyes of the court)--just curious if that is in fact the case, or if he was just being by the book.

  • PR

    I work in law enforcement. The police and prosecutors will use any and all video. The defense attorneys might make a stink about video being tampered with but that rarely sticks if ever. The cops have forensic people to verify that the video hasn't been tampered with in. Get whatever system you can afford. Even crappy video is better than nothing.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Furniture donation and pick up

I have some friends looking to donate furniture and need it picked up by the end of this weekend. They have asked a bunch of places, including Salvation Army. No one has been able to pick up this week. Any suggestions of maybe some more obscure organizations that would do this and need furniture?

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Yet another package stolen

Hi all,

Just wanted to give a heads up, had a package stolen from my porch on the 3200 block of W. McLean Ave. FedEx tracking number states "left on porch" at 11:26 am. I got the mail at noon, nothing there.

We generally request packages to have signature on delivery, however this was a gift sent from my in-laws (actually the last package they shipped went missing as well). I work from home, doorbell never rang.

I filed a police report, had FedEx run a "trace", etc.

If you happen to see this fancy ottoman hanging out in a nearby alley give me a shout I guess!

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/garrettdoublestorageottomanwithtraysideottomans.cfm

Thanks!

  • FedEx will hold your packages at any of their locations without a fee. I usually have mine held at the Kinko's in Division and it's very easy to pick up as they are open late and on weekends. UPS is not nearly as flexible unfortunately

  • But there is a UPS at the corner of Californai and Armitage, in the shopping center.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Did you see WBEZ's story on gentrification in Logan Square?

My colleague Chip Mitchell did an interesting story on how gentrification is affecting Logan Square. What'd you think of it? Did he miss anything?
http://www.wbez.org/news/real-estate-developer-hot-area-sees-bright-future-%E2%80%94-and-displacement-111231

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    City services follows investment (and also clout-but that can work in the favor of a tightly nit minority community). Investment follows cash flow (those that can pay for housing, goods and services). Cash and cash flow ARE more in the hands of white/Anglos than others; and racial & ethnic discrimination ARE definite economic factors; but I see Green as a bigger discriminator than Black/White/Brown. A better focus than race (in my opinion)? Jobs and economic development.

  • Colin Bird Resident of Hermosa

    @Mike Conover Unfortunately race-based economic inequality is a very real factor in all of this, particularly for African Americans. You can't solve one without solving the other. This UC study right here is a good case in point; people with white-sounding names are 50% more likely to be called in...

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    @Mike Conover Unfortunately race-based economic inequality is a very real factor in all of this, particularly for African Americans. You can't solve one without solving the other. This UC study right here is a good case in point; people with white-sounding names are 50% more likely to be called in for a interview than people with African-American-sounding. A lot of this bias is unintentional (humans naturally gravitate toward the familial and to fraternity) but it is definitely there and won't be solved by simply saying "get a job."

    Back to the main point though, gentrification to me is more the wholesale terraforming of a built environment by a group of people with a specific lifestyle in mind and who have the means to do so against those already there who have a different way of living and who do not have the capital ($$$ or political) to stop it. I really hate the argument I see proposed on Everyblock often that Latinos "pushed out" European immigrants here before them. It's simply a gross falsehood; these areas (Logan, Humboldt, Avondale, Hermosa) were in steep population decline 50-60 years ago as second- or third-generation immigrants started moving to the Western suburbs or further NW Chicago, looking for homes and areas with better convenience and amenities that suited them. In that vacuum, new immigrant groups (Puerto Ricans, Mexicans) filled in the void.

    I think the biggest thing we are losing with the changeover in Logan Square is the loss of a neighborhood that had always been a ethnic enclave for new immigrants to this country (first Scots, Germans, Swedes, then Polish, Irish, then Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc). That will probably be lost forever now. I think the new ethnic enclaves in Chicago are likely to mostly be in the older, slightly decaying, inner suburbs.

    http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

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3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Rain Barrel Setup

Hi Neighbors,

Does anyone have a rain barrel? If so, I would love to see your setup or just ask some questions. Please post here or PM me.

Thanks!

  • You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in...

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    You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in the 'burbs: http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=3528

    Finally - you need a diverter so the downspout stops water when all the barrels are full....the downspout should just run into an area of your yard where you can plan water-loving plants like these: http://www.prairiemoon.com/native-plants-for-lakeshore-wetland-restoration/

    Our yard is completely full of prairie plants, whose roots go down 6-8 feet. Our downspouts are all disconnected. Doesn't cause us any problems at all...you just have to plan for it and we save a bunch of money watering our gardens because of the rain barrels.

    If you need any help planning this out, drop a note and I'm happy to share what I know!

  • Ack! Sorry, that rain calculator should be this address: http://save-the-rain.com/

34 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park (+)

On the pillars at the garden area with the buffalo couple (which my dog thought were 'real' the first time we walked there) is now a bright pink heart with 'It's a Girl' painted in the middle. It would be so interesting to find out what that 'story' is about......

16 hours ago

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16 hours ago

17 hours ago

Stockings & Garters Burlesque @ Gorilla Tango

Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., presents Stockings & Garters: A Geek Girls Holiday Striptacular -- that is, a holiday-themed burlesque show -- tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $28. 18+

3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Possible attack?

Last night/early Tuesday morning, around 3:30-4:00, my roommate and I both woke up to screams. They were definitely made by a women, but it was difficult to make out any words; it definitely didn't sound like they were joking around. We looked out our windows but saw nothing and they stopped shortly after. We live very close to the new Whirly Ball on Webster Ave. Did anyone else hear these or know what happened?

  • Kathleen P Bucktown Lady

    Scary. Hope everything was ok. If you hear anything like this again, please call the police. Even if there isn't something to be worried about, the police should check it out.

Oct 28

Updated 27 hours ago

Elise Doody Jones for 32nd Ward

According to @Aldertrack, Elise Doody Jones is running against Scott Waguespack

https://twitter.com/Aldertrack

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Lord, get the 32nd Ward aldermanic candidate the new 32nd Ward map.
    In an email entitled "Democrat Elise Doody-Jones for 32nd Ward," aldermanic candidate." Jones lists her office address as 2020 (#204) N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647" THE OFFICE IS LOCATED IN THE 1ST WARD.
    FROM DNA ARTICLE OCT. 31, 2014. "... JONES LIVES IN THE 2500 BLOCK OF WEST LYNDALE STREET (1ST WARD)
    IS THE 32N WARD ALDERMANIC CANDIDATE GEOGRAPHICALLY CHALLENGED?

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    The Power of 121 Votes: The Last Hurrah... [The 2007 32nd Ward Aldermanic Runoff Election]
    http://www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/32ndNLA/info

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Bloomingdale Pathway

I was thinking about that pathway yesterday. What's the update on it?

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bring the Chicago Foodseum to Logan Square

Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

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Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

The location has not been decided, but I immediately thought Logan Square would be the perfect location, with all the new restaurant activity, fantastic farmer's market, and plans for a future rare-fruit orchard.

After pledging my support, I emailed my thoughts to their executive director, Kyle Joseph, who personally wrote me back to thank me. He said that they are "big fans" of LS and they have been keeping an eye out there, and agreed that LS would be a great fit. He encouraged me to pass along the word in the neighborhood and said he would be happy to speak to fellow residents and supporters.

If you like this idea, please pass it along, donate to the campaign, and email the museum founders and organizers that you would love for Foodseum to come to Logan Square!

  • LD

    Agreed, I have nothing against the idea of the museum (I'd def visit out of curiosity), I just wouldn't invest in it as I am doubtful of its sustenance. Ditto for the juice bar (if the profit margins actually float the juice bar for a while, it will close as soon as the craze dies down, vitamixes get cheaper, or another, less expensive juice bar opens), although I think there's a big difference b/t restaurant/retail and hospitality/entertainment and not sure the 2 are comparable.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    There's of course nothing wrong with people having opinions. There is however a special place in hell for those who comment negatively on web stories/projects, etc they didn't even bother to visit before forming said opinions.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bone Marrow Match Drive Tuesday 12/16 for Cop with Leukemia

Bone Marrow Drive TUESDAY 12/16 at 14th District Chicago Police Station, 2150 N California @ Shakespeare. 12 Noon - 6 PM
Police Officer BLANCA MAGALLON, 43 yr old mother of 4 daughters, needs match for bone marrow transplant in her battle with leukemia. Quick cheek swab, no needles. Flyer (attached jpg) from Ward 1 enewsletter

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Two young pit bulls loose on the block

My husband and I just got off the Fullerton bus at Lawndale and two young pit bulls ran up to us and followed us to our door and tried to come home with us. They were friendly, and looked like they were being taken care of, but no collars or tags. I reported their location to 311 in case anyone is looking for them.

3 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

acupuncture and chiropractor?

Is there a Logan square facility that offers both services at the same location that anyone would recommend.? I have both arthritic and alignment issues going on but limited time (and $) to deal with both.

  • Sage Community Health Collective is an amazing place. They do fantastic acupuncture and they also have massage and other things, though I am not sure about chiro. Anyway, they have a wonderful mission that these services should be available to everyone, so they work on a sliding scale. If you do community acupuncture (which is a quiet room with several people getting it at once - it's not as weird as it sounds at ALL) - it's even less. I went there for several months and loved it. http://sagecommunityhealth.org/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park++

This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the...

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This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the other is a special needs adult who I do not believe can speak. I always say 'Hello' and the special needs lady released her companion's hand to give me a hug...a nice big hug.

Then she started to cry. Large tears. I said "Please don't be sad" and her companion said "Oh, she cries when she is happy." I said 'Well, then just keep hugging and I'm glad you are happy'.

If you see them in the park, please do say 'Hello' (Hugs are optional...)

  • I bet you saw a Coopers Hawk. One flew into our backyard a few years back so I did a little research to identify the species. It might have been 2 ft. but in a little Chicago backyard, it looked like a giant Condor.

  • I saw a hawk that fits the description in my yard a few days ago.

  • i have seen that hawk a few times… it really looks like massive compared to the other birds around there...and I am pretty sure I have seen what is left of the rabbits/pigeons it destroys… looks like a small explosion of feathers & fur in the middle of the field, with nothing else around…

    the hawk i saw had quite a bit of white on it, so the coopers hawk looks to be it

3 days ago

Chicago Condo Resource- Find Answers to your Condo Questions

Chicago Condo Resource is having an offer on their Membership.

I find this website very useful for Condo Owners and specially Board Members when sometimes Management Companies do not have the time to consult on questions they might have.

They have:
Video Education & Supplementary Materials -
-Board Responsibilities
-Budgeting
-Collecting Assessments from Condominium Units Made Easy

Self-Management Templates and Guides
-Election Ballot
-Proxy Template
-Rules & Regulations Violation Notice
-Conducting an Association Meeting

"Ask the Expert" Q&As - Access the full content of our knowledge base.
Consultation Requests - Get individualized help from the Experts

Happy Holidays!

http://www.chicagocondoresource.com/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Yet another missing cat

My neighbor's cat went missing. The cat's name is Pilar. She is a small, brownish-black, sweet little kitty and she escaped this morning from the cat sitter's in the vicinity of Logan Blvd and Western. Pilar normally resides in Palmer Square near Belden and Milwaukee. I don't have a picture to post.

If anyone spots her, please let me know. Thanks!

Dec 06

Updated 3 days ago

Coming soon to Diversey and Richmond

This new bar and restaurant maybe a great addition to Logan Square. I have heard several different explanations as to just what it might be, stay tuned.

  • "A large ham selection will hang from behind the bar, and every guest, whether ordering a glass of wine at the bar or sitting down for a meal, will get a complimentary wooden board with a handful of fresh slices of meat like prosciutto or Spanish-style jamon with some pickles."
    How cool...

  • sounds interesting, I wish them success.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Electricity just went out :(

Is anyone else having problems?

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Cat sitter needed

We are in need of a cat sitter for 12/25-12/27 at Damen & Armitage. I saw the previous post but she is booked already so if anyone has a recommendation, please let me know.

  • We have used Home Alone Pet Service for 7 years and Erin is the best. Dependable,great care and she checks the house and brings in our mail

  • I used to use Sharon and she is amazing. I used her for 7 years! Until my cats passed away. I trust her and she was amazing with my very mean kitty - Sharon - I think deep down Addy loved you. :)

3 days ago

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