Oct 24

Updated 16 min ago

Big transit oriented development planned near California Blue Line Stop

From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave....

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From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave. I hope you can come and please tell neighbors who live close to this project about the meeting.

Curious to hear what others think about TOD development. I believe it's by the same team that put up the silver TOD building at Division and Ashland.

I thought TOD usually came with less parking than 70 spots. The one at Division and Ashland has zero parking spots.

I think it's interesting that the city is going back to the way they used to build near major intersections and transit hubs such as this. Like the coyote building at Damen and Milwaukee. Or the hairpin arts building. Smaller units, taller, more dense.

I think it's a good idea, as Logan Square has become less and less populated over the years. I seem to recall reading we have a fraction of the population we once had.

I think it would help make the area more vibrant. I've lived in 100+ unit buildings in the past, and people have the misconception that all 100 people will be causing traffic, or waiting in line at the El all at the same time. But even with 100 or 200 units, the fraction that are doing any one thing at the same time are slim to none.

Should be a lively conversation. People get all up in arms about change and the threat of shadows or traffic.

I say bring a tiny bit of our neighborhood's density back! Come join the fun conversation. For those unfamiliar, this development is slated for the now empty lot across from Cozy Corner diner.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    As for this:

    "Logan Square isn't going to remain "quaint" it's only a few miles form the city, right on the Blue Line and has low crime. It's an attractive place to live and the city should allow supply to meet the demand for homes in the neighbourhood."

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    As for this:

    "Logan Square isn't going to remain "quaint" it's only a few miles form the city, right on the Blue Line and has low crime. It's an attractive place to live and the city should allow supply to meet the demand for homes in the neighbourhood."

    Who said it was quaint? Many of us have been living here through drive by shootings in the middle of the day, arson and all manner of craziness. When I was a kid there was a drug house right on Logan Boulevard and seeing hypodermic needles around wasn't unusual. Automatic weapons fire was unusual, but it was there.

    Learn something from the people who have been at this far longer than you. We built this neighborhood, it didn't happen by magic or the so-called invisible hand of the marketplace. I love density, I spent the majority of my childhood near some of the densest housing tracts in Chicago. For that reason I also respect it the way I respect electricity and fire, and find the idea of casually playing around and dropping it as if it was just an urban planning exercise and hoping for the best to be a terrible idea.

    Buster, I'm not offended, just calling it as I see it. I suspect you are a nice guy and a good neighbor, but you are IMO out of your depth when it comes to shaping a neighborhood.

  • brian Wicker Park resident since 1994

    Thanks for the update Buster. I was surprised to hear that there was no one insisting that the Gerber land be surrendered to the city to use as a park.

    A park (no matter how small or poorly located) and Trader Joe's are apparently the only two acceptable uses for...

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    Thanks for the update Buster. I was surprised to hear that there was no one insisting that the Gerber land be surrendered to the city to use as a park.

    A park (no matter how small or poorly located) and Trader Joe's are apparently the only two acceptable uses for vacant land in the Everyblock communities.

    Transit oriented development will happen sooner or later. Cities are becoming more practical to live in for most people, especially younger people who are not as attached to cars or houses as older generations are.

    I hope this goes through, but if it doesn't, I am betting that land will stay empty until the tides of opinion turn.

3 hours ago

Updated 26 min ago

Looking for local shops that do vintage consignment/sale

Hello neighbors, can anyone recommend a local shop that may be interested in buying some 1960s memorabilia? Beatles and Monkees board games and teen fan magazines. I'd be happy to just get the stuff sold, but I'd take consignment as well. I've been trying to sell stuff on Craig's List and it's tough to find buyers. eBay is another option but it's again difficult to find local buyers and I'd rather not get into the complexities and time of shipping. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!

  • Alan is right You're wrong.

    There is a shop on milwaukee that sells old toys / memorabilia a few doors south of rocking horse but I have no idea what it is called. That's all the help I can provide.

  • Matt B. 10 year Logan Square homeowner, dad

    Also check out Bric-a-Brac on the corner of Diversey and Kedzie - they seem to have mostly 70s and 80s stuff but it's worth a shot..

3 hours ago

Updated 49 min ago

What's happening on Hamlin between Wrightwood and Altgeld?!?

Cops and LOTS of shots being fired!

  • Nothing on the local news about it yet - Please provide an update if you can.

  • Please do! Typically that block is very quiet!

  • Jim Mitchell 11-year Logan Square resident

    It was not shots; it was a pole-mounted electrical transformer that shorted and burned out in the alley that goes north from Altgeld between Hamlin and Ridgeway. The popping went on for about an hour before the transformer completely burned out.

26 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

'Safari' computer trouble in the last week?

Suddenly I'm getting 'plug-in blocked' and even though I down-load what they tell me, it continues. I went 'on the web' and it said that Safari has been having this problem. Can you help me solve it, please?

  • Anytime a browser is giving you a hassle, the first thing to try should be switching to a different browser to see if the problem persists.

    On a Mac, you should have Safari, Chrome, and Firefox ready to go ... on a new computer those are the first things I...

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    Anytime a browser is giving you a hassle, the first thing to try should be switching to a different browser to see if the problem persists.

    On a Mac, you should have Safari, Chrome, and Firefox ready to go ... on a new computer those are the first things I add (Safari comes on a Mac, but you have to download the other two)

    There is no guarantee that any site will work with all browsers, and there is no point in worrying about it if you have an alternate browser to use.

  • Thanks everyone..great help and I appreciate it!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Found Cat

Hi, a very friendly female tabby cat was found near California and Logan, October 27th.

  • Have you brought her somewhere (like Treehouse) where they can check for a microchip?

  • Hi All, Thank you for your help!!! The cat was reunited with it's owner last night! I believe the old fashioned paper flyer was what worked. She was very happy to have her cat safe and sound. Good luck to all of the lost cat owners out there.

43 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Seeking Out Shoe Donations

Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for...

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Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for more classic styles - no sneakers or modern sandals. So this could be heels, pumps, oxfords, boots (depending on what kind), flats, etc. I only have a month before the installation, so I'll probably take anything!

I live in the area, and would be happy to meet in a neutral place or make a pick up!

Thanks!!!

  • Hamlin Park newbee Hamlin Park

    Are men's shoes ok or are you only looking for women's?

  • Wondering what you are planning to do with the shoes once the exhibit is over. Will you donate them on or throw them away or do something else?

42 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Cats on 2400 block of Monticello need help!

Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo...

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Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo female I named Monopoly and a tiny, male Snowshoe Siamese kitten I named Kimchee, both went to Tree House today for tests, exams and spay/neuter). I simply do not have foster homes or adoption floor spots for all these cats. I have a foster (but no adopters) for all the little kittens, but if anyone can help foster some of these young, healthy adults/older kittens until I can get them adopted or into other foster, please do let me know (I would have them vetted before they came into your house).They've got bad food and no shelter, and one seemed pretty underweight to me....they ate the food I brought like crazed zombies - they're obviously not being fed properly. THANK YOU Erica@treehouseanimals.org

  • Vinita Mehta Resident

    Erica, do you have any suggestions how to ask a neighbor about fixing the stray cat that he feeds? He wants the cat around to catch rats which she is good at doing. But she had kittens earlier this year, and I'm afraid she'll have more. I brought it up to him but there's a language barrier and he didn't understand me. He is Ukrainian but knows some English.

  • onthewing Community Cats Coordinator at Tree House

    Vinita, email me directly at erica@treehouseanimals.org. I have a volunteer who is Ukrainian and can speak to him

3 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Local Plumber?

Hi there...seems like EveryBlock is a good place for recommendations, so here is my second request of the day: I need a plumber...any recs?

  • Diversey plumbing is who we use. They show up on time and do good work.

  • Today, make a stop in to see "The Faucet Guy" on Fullerton Avenue. Describe your problem. The man who owns the place will be able to recommend the ideal plumber who lives/works in the neighborhood because many of them buy from there.

27 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

HVAC Recomendations?

Elo Folks! Got a bit of a heating problem and it's now a bit beyond us. We've replaced the coupling, and the furnace stays on for...maybe five to ten minutes, then shuts down. Pilot light out! Can anyone recommend a local person/business who's reliable and fair? A guess is a valve is shot, but I'm not going to chance making it worse. Any suggestions very much appreciated. Thanks!

  • Seth Logan Square resident for 13+ years

    Are you having to relight the pilot light each time that the furnace stops working? If so, it's most likely that the thermocouple needs replacing. This should be an easy repair. Feel free to message me if I can help you troubleshoot.

  • LEH Est. in Chicago 1973

    Thanks for all your suggestions folks! Nice! Very neighborly and so appreciated! I went with Manny via "Poppyboy's" suggestion. As I said, we changed the coupling, but it turned out to be a Gas Valve and a pile up of Soot. We're AOK now! Safe and Sound...a bit of a dent in the paycheck, but so worth it. I can now recommend Manny and Sub City Heating and Cooling! They were in and out in under an hour.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bicyclists Be Careful!

I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd...

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I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd like to offer up a reminder that a) not only can you get yourselves killed by pushing the limits of traffic laws, but b) an entire busload of people may get thrown several feet forward due to reckless bicyclist actions, causing injury to others. Please be considerate and CAREFUL if you're riding on busy streets during rush hour!

  • Asking someone to "be Careful" isn't admonishing them. It is a comment meant to show that you care. Just like your mommy did when she told you to be careful.

    This is how the conversation always goes when the Know-it-all bike Nazis get involved. They know how you should travel; they know whats best for your family; they know what the world should do; they know everything...........

  • Peww... Pinch my nostrils, this thread stinks.

4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Pet Sitter

Hi there...is there a local pet sitter anyone can recommend? I have one, but they are pretty expensive since they do not live in the area. I have two adult cats that I will need help with. Any and all advice appreciated!

  • urban tailz is cat sitting mine...so far so good. 17 bucks a day for up to three cats.

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32 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Crash this morning on Diversey-

Yes, you woke up to sirens and choppers over head..NOISE! There was a crash about 6:30AM today (Thursday) on Diversey just east of the Kennedy!

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Hell, I was already up for an hour and a half by then! LOL!

  • Oh, wow. My husband said my kids were looking up at helicopters this morning on the way to school. Which is actually not an unusual thing since we live near Cali & Diversey and the interstate. Had no idea this had happened though.

  • I hope no one was injured

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Solar Panel Installation

The Citizens Utility Board is working with Microgrid Solar to provide a discount for those wanting to install solar panels on their roof. I spoke to a representative who of course told me I should sign up immediately to benefit from the program. I was wondering if anyone else had signed up for this, or dealt with Microgrid Solar, or has had solar panels installed on their own.

I'm trying to decide if its worth it. Thanks!

  • TN8

    RaleighsMa - I got the info through the CUB website/email. The bulk purchase deal seems to end tomorrow.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we...

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    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we are not Arizona, however, photovoltaic panels perform better in cooler weather than in hot, so that helps.

    From the flaming hippies at Bloomberg:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-29/while-you-were-getting-worked-up-over-oil-prices-this-just-happened-to-solar.html

    "After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016, according to a Deutsche Bank report published this week. That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.

    Even if the tax credit drops to 10 percent, solar will soon reach price parity with conventional electricity in well over half the nation: 36 states. Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar is becoming mainstream, and prices will continue to drop as the technology improves and financing becomes more affordable, according to the report."

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Why do bicyclists ride on the sidewalk when they don't have to?

I totally get why cyclists go on the sidewalks sometimes. I did not understand why a young guy had to speed run down Armitage on the sidewalk last night, almost plowing down my 10 pound dog. I also didn't get why the woman was riding on the sidewalk on Humboldt last night when there is the side street to the main street she could have been riding on. I also saw a guy riding on the sidewalk on Palmer, another quiet street.

Since there are so many drivers are so evil threads, I thought I would start a thread on bikers because I saw three last night on the sidewalk for no reason.

  • Susan S. resident

    @Tom in Logan SQ The law is anyone over the age of 11 must ride in the street.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    ^^^ Yeah but it's not enforced, at all.

    While I'm a huge fan of name-calling on this particular topic, better infrastructure does reduce it. However, I tend to see the most offenders away from large artery streets that would (probably) be next in line to get a bike lane. Meaning, more bike lanes aren't going to solve the issue. People who do this have by doing so demonstrated they don't deserve the carrot, get the stick and use it.

    Cops. Tickets. Public humiliation.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

LS Trick or Treating- Date and Times?

I'm not sure what tradition is as it's my first year in Logan Square but I wanted to be sure to be ready for any Trick or Treaters if there were to be some.

Anyone have info to share on any Neighborhood traditions?

  • I feel so out of touch! 3 or 4 in the afternoon is so early. When I was little it was a night time activity (6:00 to 8:00) for all ages. Thanks for posting, I'd never have known otherwise.

  • Susan S. resident

    Just wanted to address the date question: It's Oct. 31.

    Chicagoans may not realize that some places trick or treat Oct. 30 or by municipal fiat.

30 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Ring lost in Palmer Square

My wife was with our daughter in Palmer Square yesterday afternoon and in the process of packing up lost her engagement ring. We've had a guy come out with a metal detector to search the area to no avail. If you by chance come across a ring in the area, please let me know. We're more than happy to offer a reward.

  • Is there a certain area? Or the whole park?

  • I have a detector. Let me know where and I can check a second time. Make sure she double checks her purse. I find things in there the third time I look. : )

  • Thanks everyone. She was sitting under a dead tree on the N/NW side of the park. We had someone run that area with a metal detector yesterday. The tricky part is she also ran a couple of laps around the track and then headed back to our home, north on Kedzie. So this thing really could be anywhere.

Aug 19

Updated 40 hours ago

Electricity provider

My new apartment allows me to choose an electric provider. Does anyone have recommendations (or warnings) they can share?

Current tenants in the unit use ComEd, so it may be easiest to stick with that, I'm not sure. Any advice is appreciated.

  • I called to cancel Integrys and return to ComEd. I was they would submit the request to change our provider. But was told no refunds were being given out? Is there something specific I should ask for? Thank you for you help!!

  • Mara, I simply asked for a refund of the amount that I overpaid. I received a $100 Visa debit card this week. Good luck.

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Introducing LoganSquarist v 2.0

I'm pleased as punch, overjoyed and tickled (all of those things at once) to announce LoganSquarist v. 2.0! The new version of the site has an upgraded sleeker, cleaner and meaner (in a good way) design! Reconfigured directory, refined information AND a brand new LoganSquarist Store (that's right, get your Logan Square merch right here!) Learn more about the updates and check it out! Please let us know what you think! http://lsq.st/10uCDmY

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Loose Dog. Albany and Dickens

Small black and white fluffy dog without a collar running loose around Albany and Dickens. We tried to catch but is very scared and running. If this is your dog, this is the area that he/she was seen around 3:30pm.

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Holiday Lights Contractor

Does anyone know if there is a service that will put up our holiday lights outside the house?

  • Susan S. resident

    Try an internet search including the word "installation." There were news stories about this type of service pre-recession, though I don't know if the companies weathered the storm.

  • Susan, great suggestions. I did a google search prior to posting this but did not use the word installation. The word installation yields many more results.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thanksgiving Day Space

Looking for a space to host a Thanksgiving Day party.

Do you have any ideas?

  • I work by day at what is, at night, a homey event space in the northern end of Humboldt Park. I think a thanksgiving celebration would be perfect. Just email Annie on this page: http://thelivingroom.io

    Note that there is no oven on site; you'd need to bring your food from elsewhere.

  • Friends just hosted a wedding shower at an airbnb rented apartment. It was perfect because it had a full kitchen and plenty of space. She only spent $100 a night. Might be a cool idea to look into for Thanksgiving if your own place isn't big enough.

  • Great ideas - Thank you so much!!!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Twin Towers Project

news on the Logan Square list serve indicates that there will be a public meeting this Thursday for a large scale project on Milwaukee Avenue.

"Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed there will be a community meeting held on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 PM at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue for the re-development of the Max Gerber property at 2293 N Milwaukee Ave that currently calls for a 15 and a 11 story building which will be connecting towers and include 253 rental units and only 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 calling this a planned TOD development."

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Street Snow Removal Case Study - Going Dibless

I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture...

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I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture to save a spot for parking after digging out. They would ask--is it not a public street? Well--yes? Well we Chicagoans know it's complicated. I asked them how the city of Montreal handled it and it was so simple. What the city does when it starts to snow, they execute plowing schedules set up very similar to our street cleaning and snow removal on main arteries here in Chicago. Residents are required to move their cars off one side of the street to allow plows to remove snow up to the curbs in the am and by the the morning the other side would be removed.

I think it's brilliant--any thoughts?

  • I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her...

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    I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her that the street space was public property which simply caused more rage. I'm paying for private parking this year to avoid the constant aggravation and potential nasty encounters. This is going to be a tough habit for some selfish Chicagoans to break.

  • This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am...

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    This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am also not looking forward to this winter, especially since we already have parking problems here in Chicago. My blood pressure is already rising just thinking about it. That would be a great idea with the moving to one side for the plows to come in. We definitely would have to wait awhile. All streets should be one way and have the cars parked at a one way angle giving more room to park This would never work either since the city works backwards instead of forwards. Yikes, soo many cars.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

helicopters?

i'm near california and fullerton and kept hearing helicopters last night. between 8:00 and 8:30 i feel like i heard at least a half dozen on them. i'm not seeing anything in the trib about accidents on 90/94 last night. discounting the possibility that i am insane anyone else notice it?

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Slow Your Roll--Fullerton Ave Suggested Approach

Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to...

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Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to cross. I have always found that it hard to cross the street at some points where there are crosswalks and most drivers just ignore the signage. Also in my observations it just seems to be a drag strip from California to Western. I have read studies that if the lanes are tighter, drivers in response will slow down. I envision that part of Fullerton to be like Division between Ashland and Leavitt. With it's oversize sidewalks it could be the new "it" area for outdoor cafes and such. Thoughts?

  • KM

    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting...

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    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting hurt here.

    I would absolutely be supportive of the city re-engineering this strip to be more safe for those crossing (on foot, bike, or in a car), whether that solution includes bike lanes or not.

    In its current configuration, this strip does seem to visually cue drivers to move along and not expect much cross traffic. As others have noted, there are many options (and ones more effective than signs) for modifying the physical components of this strip that would elicit more cautious east-west traffic and safer north-south traffic.

  • Just want to say that there are folks at Goethe working with I believe Active Trans (but I could be wrong) about making the areas around Haas and Goethe safer for pedestrians/cyclists.

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2 days ago

Voting Guide/ Candidate Resource - Judges

Hi All,

For those who have not voted yet, I just wanted to share a resource I found helpful in making my decisions for all the Judicial selections on the ballot. In addition to the Gubernatorial, and Congressional candidates, most of the ballot is comprised of candidates for judges in various courts -- none of whom I knew anything about.

Various Bar Associations gave their recommendations on all of the candidates, compiled in the pdf link below:

http://www.voteforjudges.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Alliance-General-Election-Ratings-Retention-in-Ballot-Order-Final.pdf

Also helpful is the general list of candidates:
http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3876.pdf

Hope it helps!

3 days ago

Police: 'Escorts' robbed, assaulted on city's Northwest Side

The incidents began Oct. 9, when an attack happened in the 3200 block of North Oketo Avenue about 1:15 a.m., according to police crime data. Another attack happened just after midnight on Oct. 17 in the 3700 block of West Shakespeare Avenue.

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The incidents began Oct. 9, when an attack happened in the 3200 block of North Oketo Avenue about 1:15 a.m., according to police crime data. Another attack happened just after midnight on Oct. 17 in the 3700 block of West Shakespeare Avenue.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Building at Rockwell/Cortland

Does anyone know what's going on with the closed down residential building on the north west corner of Rockwell and Cortland? When the gates went up I was hoping they were going to tear it down, but it looks like they're restoring it now.

  • They were pouring cement this morning. There is a new sign in the front window as well but I didn't catch what it says. Possibly a Realtor sign.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

GRIDLOCK at California and Milwuakee (Friday)

It seems like maybe this could have been better executed- the traffic was stopped for 4 cycles so two sections of California either side of Milwaukee could be ground up for reasons unknown. This was taking place at 4PM, traffic was gridlocked on a Friday afternoon in all directions.

Two CTA busses one going North and the other South were stuck in traffic and the drivers stopped to chat, their mirrors were tangled, they were too close too each other,...

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It seems like maybe this could have been better executed- the traffic was stopped for 4 cycles so two sections of California either side of Milwaukee could be ground up for reasons unknown. This was taking place at 4PM, traffic was gridlocked on a Friday afternoon in all directions.

Two CTA busses one going North and the other South were stuck in traffic and the drivers stopped to chat, their mirrors were tangled, they were too close too each other, it was a comedy of errors, and poor traffic direction from the contractor. Chicago Police, nowhere despite being just blocks from the 14th District...they sure could have used better traffic control.

So now the road is ground up and there is no work being done, couldn't this have waited till Monday and then do whatever needs to be done?

  • Same thing happened on Saturday Oct 18th at noon at the intersection of Logan and Elston. That is ground zero for Saturday errands and chores (Target, Home Depot, Strack n Van Till, X Sport, Pep Boys etc). What a nightmare!!!!!
    And they came back on sat oct 25 to work again. Not in the middle of the day in the middle of the week. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, that'd actually make sense.

    This city is run by morons. Aldermanic elections in February. VOTE AGAINST THE INCUMBANT, no matter where you live.

  • Rick in Kimball's farm LogSq resident for 13.14 x 10^6 minutes

    I was on Logan Blvd as they paved the intersection at Elston. They just threw a few orange cones across the road and paved the intersection. I think the grid lock lasted about 15 minutes. It seems to me that once you have a crew and equipment working on the...

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    I was on Logan Blvd as they paved the intersection at Elston. They just threw a few orange cones across the road and paved the intersection. I think the grid lock lasted about 15 minutes. It seems to me that once you have a crew and equipment working on the road you'd want them to pave as much as possible in as little time as possible.

    I'm not a member of the Rahm fan club but I won't vote against anyone for fixing the streets. I would love to talk to him about how he measures Charter Schools to be more effective than Public Schools staffed with union teachers.

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3 days ago

Introducing the new look of LoganSquarist!

We're so excited to announce our website upgrade! The new version of the site has an upgraded sleeker, cleaner and meaner (in a good way) design! Reconfigured directory, refined information AND a brand new LoganSquarist Store (that's right, get your Logan Square merch right here!) Learn more about the updates and check it out! Please let us know what you think! http://lsq.st/10uCDmY

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Moving to Chicago!

I posted something similar to this before, but I was wondering about driving time (and received answers mostly relating to commute time via public transportation.)

So, what would the driving time in rush hour to UChicago be from Logan Square, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview? Thanks!

  • NFT LS landlord and resident

    I commute to the law school from Logan Square and it takes me 35-40 min in the morning to get there around 7:50. It takes me about 10 minutes to get on the expressway (especially if I leave after 7:20), so you can shave some time off by living closer...

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    I commute to the law school from Logan Square and it takes me 35-40 min in the morning to get there around 7:50. It takes me about 10 minutes to get on the expressway (especially if I leave after 7:20), so you can shave some time off by living closer to 90/94. I always take LSD, I end up regretting it otherwise 90% of the time, and the view is absolutely beautiful. It's a great way to start the day. I leave around 3:30/4 to beat rush hour and it takes around the same time.

    I would say that if you don't have a parking spot, you should get there at the latest by 7:45. Spots fill up very fast.

    I have some friends who live in the south loop and take the bus, which takes them about half an hour, so it's not that much of a difference. Obviously if you're driving, it's under 15 min.

    I went to UChicago for undergrad too, and the only way I told myself I'd go back is if I didn't live in Hyde Park, it really sucks. The commute has not really been an issue.

  • I used to commute to the University of Chicago Medical Center from North Ave and Ashland. I started work at 8 a.m. and my commute there via 90/94 was about 30 minutes including the time needed to find on-street parking in Hyde Park. Driving home I would take Lake Shore Drive to 55 to 90/94. I would leave work at approximately 4 p.m. and be home within 45 minutes most days.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Crawfish tails

I am looking for a place to buy a few pounds of crawfish tails (with fat if possible). Fresh or frozen is fine, but I want tails, not the whole bug.

Any ideas? Whole Foods carries them but is way too expensive.

Thanks.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    You might also have luck at an Asian market, I've seen them at numerous Asian/Korean markets around town. They'll be frozen n imported from China. My guess is Dirks will be similar in price to Whole Paycheck.

    You should be fine w just the tails, the fat that makes them taste different from other shrimplike creatures is in the tail.

    Also if you're gonna turn them into Etoufee you should message me w an address, b/c I'll pay top dollar for a bowl of that stuff.

  • I was able to pick up whole head on frozen crawfish from strack and van til earlier this year. I dont know what your plan is with them, but I believe they may have been pre cooked. They worked out just fine for an etouffee, not sure if they'd do as well for a boil being pre cooked.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Thanks for Making Unity Park's Pumpkinfest a Smashing Success!

Unity Park Advisory Council would like to thank everyone who came out to Unity Park to celebrate Pumpkinfest!

Thanks to our hardworking volunteers who were kept busy by a steady stream of festgoers on a glorious sunny and unseasonably balmy autumn day.

We could not have done it without our fellow 2014 sponsors: Ald. Rey Colon, Will Guzzardi, Friends of Robert Castillo, Haas Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District.

If you have pictures from Pumpkinfest, please share them with us on facebook: UnityParkAC or twitter: @UnityParkLS

We are so fortunate to have such strong community support and look forward to another great Pumpkinfest next year!

  • Robert P. Castillo Unity Park Advisory Council

    UPAC also Thanks Walgreen's at Fullerton & Kimball for donating candy for our Pumpkinfest goodie bags!

  • We also have a lot of hay bales and corn stalks left over. They are in the park, help yourself!! Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it such a great day!!

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Our Last 75 degree day for 2014

Enjoy today, this will be the last day the mercury hits 75 this year. (Sunrise today from Chopper 780, WBBM)

Oct 22

Updated 4 days ago

Did you lose a young cat, black with white markings?

There is a little lost kitty in the courtyard of my building. A neighbor is attempting to get him/her inside for the night. Is anyone missing a young black cat with some white marks? It is lost in the area east of Kimball and south of Milwaukee. I didn't want to take a picture because it might have scared her away. Looked clean and timid, like someone's pet. If you've lost your little one and the description fits, please post a pic and I'll let you know if it looks like the same cat.

  • Jen60647 Kimball & Schubert

    I tried to get some pics of the cat a couple of weeks ago but it was at night and all I could get were glowing eyes. My husband has been trying to coax him close enough to catch since Monday. There is a neighbor at the corner of Spaulding...

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    I tried to get some pics of the cat a couple of weeks ago but it was at night and all I could get were glowing eyes. My husband has been trying to coax him close enough to catch since Monday. There is a neighbor at the corner of Spaulding and Schubert who says she leaves food out for him. I know she's been checking in on CL for the owners for several weeks. It's a tuxedo cat and he's been roaming for awhile now. I think he's a neighborhood stray.

  • LD

    FYI - I think I saw the missing cat Oreo (or yet another b&w cat). I heard some sweet, sweet cat love Sunday morning outside my window around 6:30am and went outside to shoe them away.Saw the little black w/ white markings - the stray I always see - hissing at a bigger black tuxedo cat w/ white markings. They both ran off and I was in my pjs so didn't pursue. I'm on kimball s of schubert.

Oct 24

Updated 4 days ago

Snow Removal

I did a search in the archives for 'snow removal' but cannot find someone within Logan Square. I would rather do business locally, so does anyone know of someone local who could do snow removal? Small area (front/back of house, gangway to alley) this winter. Thanks for all suggestions!

  • G

    Godoy Snow Removal....let me know if you need their number.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    Can I have their number please. Can't find on Yelp.

  • VPGirl Logan Square

    Just sent you a PM (I think)...please let me have the number.

    Thanks!

4 days ago

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