37 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Township closing?

Does anyone know the full story? I heard last night that it was their last show and I've also heard the bar itself is closing. Anyone know what's up?

  • Redhead New Logan Square denizen

    They're closed today and tomorrow for the holiday. Here's to hoping they reopen....

  • Brian Township owner

    I started doing shows there with Pancho, he wanted to sell, I brought in Tamiz, we became 50/50 partners, my other company MP productions continued to do the booking, I ran the bar and evenings Tamiz ran the kitchen and brunches, at some point we decided that it was time...

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    I started doing shows there with Pancho, he wanted to sell, I brought in Tamiz, we became 50/50 partners, my other company MP productions continued to do the booking, I ran the bar and evenings Tamiz ran the kitchen and brunches, at some point we decided that it was time to "divorce" and we negotiated a buyout, unfortunately I was not able to outbid his new partner Gino Battaglia and had to bow out selling my share of the company for a very fair price, after it was official they told us to cancel or move all shows with no notice and that's what we are doing, the venue was dismantled and half the staff quit/walked out, I wish them luck.

6 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

SOS at Animal Control

Animal control is COMPLETELY FULL.
Because of this they will be killing tons of adoptable animals. Please if you can foster or adopt let me know ASAP. Fostering is free and temporary. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Jen, that is pretty complete and thorough...

  • Jen

    Thanks! I should have included that part in my original post

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Found Dog

Still hoping to reunite this friendly little guy with his family. Found on 11/17 near Barry and Christiana.

  • Jen , are you going to be able to keep him for a bit?Please let me know if you can't
    -I can foster. Thanks for taking care of him!

  • Jen

    Thanks Pippy. I've posted there as well as Facebook and posted fliers all around where I found him. I have a lead on the owners I'm following up on. He is currently with my sister's family being spoiled like crazy.

32 hours ago

UPAC To Launch P4TP Online Auction

UPAC is launching our 1st ever online silent auction as part of our annual Party for the Park fundraiser. 

We have selected 20 one of a kind items, great artwork and gift packages for you to bid on to help raise funds for 2015 UPAC programming.

The silent auction goes live at 5:00PM Central Time on Tuesday, November 25th and will conclude on Friday, December 5th at 12:00PM Central Time.

Here is our auction URL :
http://www.32auctions.com/UPACPartyforthePark

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UPAC is launching our 1st ever online silent auction as part of our annual Party for the Park fundraiser. 

We have selected 20 one of a kind items, great artwork and gift packages for you to bid on to help raise funds for 2015 UPAC programming.

The silent auction goes live at 5:00PM Central Time on Tuesday, November 25th and will conclude on Friday, December 5th at 12:00PM Central Time.

Here is our auction URL :
http://www.32auctions.com/UPACPartyforthePark

There will also be a computer terminal set up at Party for the Park on Thursday, December 4th from 6-10PM @Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage for guests to use to bid on the silent auction items.

Please note: The UPAC Party for the Park online silent auction will end the day AFTER P4tP on Friday, Dec. 5th at 12Noon.

Please share the info with family, friends, co-workers, etc. I also ask that you please post and share on social media. 

This is an amazing opportunity to help UPAC maximize our fundaising capacity this year. 
You can even suggest that folks shop our online auction site on Black Friday!

Thank you for all you do to help make UPAC the amazing community organization it is.

 Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert Castillo
UPAC

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Small Business Shopping this Saturday - Nov. 29!

Please shop your local small businesses this Saturday, November 29 for most (if not all) your holiday shopping! Help keep them open all year.

Think creatively for those gifts: coffee, jewelry, antiques, pies, whatever your heart (or theirs) desires, I'm sure some small business has it.

Not affiliated with any small business.

Happy Thanksgiving!

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

TRIBUNE: Fate of STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK signs

TRIBUNE transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch has article in 11/24/2014 Monday Getting Around column that mentions Logan Square.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/hilkevitch/ct-must-stop-signs-getting-around-met-1124-20141123-column.html

Mid-intersection street mounted sign Milwaukee at Sawyer went MIA early spring 2014. I asked Alderman Rey Colon about replacement. Answer: ~$500 cost must come from 35th Ward Aldermanic menu funds, not City/CDOT budget. So I contacted Mr. Hilkevitch since:
1. in street mounted signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK are visual cue that enhances Pedestrian Safety. Milwaukee Ave location has 25,000 vehicles/day...

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TRIBUNE transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch has article in 11/24/2014 Monday Getting Around column that mentions Logan Square.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/hilkevitch/ct-must-stop-signs-getting-around-met-1124-20141123-column.html

Mid-intersection street mounted sign Milwaukee at Sawyer went MIA early spring 2014. I asked Alderman Rey Colon about replacement. Answer: ~$500 cost must come from 35th Ward Aldermanic menu funds, not City/CDOT budget. So I contacted Mr. Hilkevitch since:
1. in street mounted signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK are visual cue that enhances Pedestrian Safety. Milwaukee Ave location has 25,000 vehicles/day AND is heavily used by pedestrians day & evening on City designated PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED STREET in heart of vibrant Logan Square business district.
2. signs are intrinsically subject to wear/damage and getting plowed over by (idiot) drivers
3. CDOT/City annual budget should anticipate replacement cost for these signs, like replacement of Stop, Tow Zone, No Parking etc which come from City budget, not Alderman ward menu funds
4. Red Light and Schools/Parks cameras bring in ~$100,000,000 per yr. It's not Mayor Emanuel slush fund to plug police overtime etc. Public Safety & real leadership means: take some of that $ and pay to replace damaged signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK as needed.

The DUI KING of City Council, Alderman Rey Colon offered this comment in Tribune: "These signs are very popular with constituents who request them often," Colon said. But he said the average life of the signs "is like freshly cut flowers that wither and die."

Alderman: it's time for your political career to do the same.

  • I think those little buggers should grow by three feet, glow like a sci-fi show, and be made of METAL. That would teach people real fast to pay attention and stop running over the little neon man!

  • I dunno...Many people who hit those signs don't take care of their cars anyway, so adding some scratches to go with the speed holes and fart cans (mufflers) won't matter to them...

47 hours ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Tables Available For Vendors At Shop Small Event!

We're hosting a pop-up shop at Free Range Office for Small Business Saturday 11/29. Come display your goods, join our complimentary business networking breakfast, and sell, sell, sell! Please email info@freerangeoffice.com for more details. Get a jump on the holiday season with our Wicker Park #ShopSmall event. Booths are $50 and include a table and two chairs.

May 31 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Alleyway shared by 1500 N Talman and 1500 N Rockwell at Le Moyne out of control.

For years, there has been a group of older “gentleman” drinking, gambling and general socializing.  Anywhere from 3-20 plus people.  And they are not quiet  For years the police have not been able to clear this alley.  Maybe the neighbors on the block have gotten used to it or maybe everyone’s calls just get ignored.  Now, the crowd has morphed into drug dealers and users with a pretty obvious drug trade.  What’s it going to take for the police to...

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For years, there has been a group of older “gentleman” drinking, gambling and general socializing.  Anywhere from 3-20 plus people.  And they are not quiet  For years the police have not been able to clear this alley.  Maybe the neighbors on the block have gotten used to it or maybe everyone’s calls just get ignored.  Now, the crowd has morphed into drug dealers and users with a pretty obvious drug trade.  What’s it going to take for the police to do something? A dead body found from overdose? A shooting that claims life of someone walking by?  It’s going to happen, when is the question?  And yes, it has been mentioned at nearly every beat meeting by me and others consistently over the last few years with no avail. If you pass by this stretch, please join me in my futility and call 911 to report.  Maybe a spike in the calls will finally get someone’s attention.

  • Ryan Living all over Chicago

    Actually in the last year I dont think I have seen or heard people hanging out in the alley at all. Around June of 2013 I got pulled over by multiple cops after briefly driving down the wrong way of Le Moyne to go up the alley to get to...

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    Actually in the last year I dont think I have seen or heard people hanging out in the alley at all. Around June of 2013 I got pulled over by multiple cops after briefly driving down the wrong way of Le Moyne to go up the alley to get to my garage, I told the cops I was just accessing my garage to pack up some camping supplies and they pretty much just said OK and that was the end of the stop. I imagine they were staking out the alley for people who come through to buy drugs or something. This may have been the turning point of when the group stopped congregating there all together because as I was saying, over the last year there have maybe only been a couple times if at all that I have seen the group forming there.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    That would be great news if the bad element was gone.

2 days ago

PAWS offering free spay/neuter for cats for the rest of 2014

Just saw this posted on their FB page. You just have to be a Chicago resident.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Christmas trees??

I finally live in an apartment with very tall ceilings and am very excited to have a nice, tall Christmas tree this year. Any suggestions for where I can go in the area to buy a tree this year??

  • Used to go to Gethsemane even though it was far (it was close to my mom's and we had a tradition of buying our trees together). For the past couple of years, I've gone to Christy Weber on Grand. Trees have held their needles well.

  • Thank you all for the tips!!!

3 days ago

Pop-Up Shop Spots Available!

If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All participants will be included...

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If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All participants will be included in our #ShopSmall social media and promotions campaign.

Vendor spaces are only $75 and include the business networking brunch, a table and two chairs. Vendors can call 312-725-3063 or email for the registration form: info@freerangeoffice.com

The business networking brunch from 12pm-1pm, and the Pop-Up Shop runs until 5pm. These events are free to the public. To attend register here:

https://smallbizsatpopupshop.eventbrite.com

Nov 19

Updated 3 days ago

Concrete repair

Does anyone know of someone who is reliable who does concrete repair?

  • I have a good guy he did lots of work for me can you describe what needs to be done?

  • Hi tanja its down to two weeks but its still available for small projects i poured an apron monday and pouring a foundation next week but if u need an estimate im happy to give u one and get it done for i if i can im registered on city website as a gc in jeff park i do all my own work 23 yrs in chicago mike 773 203 3019

Nov 19

Updated 4 days ago

Need a good car mechanic.

I need to replace the front brakes on my Ford Escape and was also told I need to replace the links on the sway bar which is effecting suspension. Looking for someone good in our hood. :)

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I've used Bucktown Auto on North near Paulina several times. They always did a good job and the prices are reasonable. AND they are open on Sundays too!

  • Can't say enough about George at Nortown (North Ave and highway). Been taking my cars (Ford Focus, Honda Fit) there for 12 years.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

California and north?

I know this has probably been posted about but I keep forgetting to check when I'm by a computer. Why has the left turn lane been blocked off ?

  • the Sinkhole has been repaired I called the city yesterday so they can get the blockades removed they put in a request to CDOT, so they removed one blockade. problem is I am not sure if CTA California bus will continue to reroute

  • Jen

    @Jen Ann that's why I was confused, b/c the street isn't closed and I just take a side street to get there instead. I guess I couldn't see what was going on

Nov 18

Updated Nov 19

Logan Square Blue Line Station

There were a couple of CTA workers standing just past the turnstiles that appeared to be randomly checking Ventra cards(?) this morning. The station seemed extra staffed this morning as well. Anyone know what's up?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    There was a canine unit at the Howard L station Monday morning

  • They will also be swabbing random bags for explosives. You don't let them, you don 't get on.

Nov 18

Get Party 4 The Park Tix @ Farmers Market!

Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) will be at the Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market (Milwaukee & Spaulding) this Sunday, November 23rd from 10am - 3pm.

We will have tickets to our upcoming annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, available. This year's Party for the Park will be Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-10pm at Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage.

Tickets are $20 and include a food & dessert buffet, 1 drink ticket + 1 raffle entry. There will also be an online silent...

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Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) will be at the Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market (Milwaukee & Spaulding) this Sunday, November 23rd from 10am - 3pm.

We will have tickets to our upcoming annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, available. This year's Party for the Park will be Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-10pm at Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage.

Tickets are $20 and include a food & dessert buffet, 1 drink ticket + 1 raffle entry. There will also be an online silent auction being launched as a component of Party for the Park shortly.

All $ raised will be used for 2015 UPAC programming.

Can't make it to the Farmers Market?

Tickets are also available from UPAC members and on the UPAC website: unityparkchicago.org

Thanks,
Robert Castillo

Nov 16

Updated Nov 18

Car vandalism

Keep your eyes on the streets. My car was vandalized while I was away on vacation. 2 passenger side wheels taken and the car put up on cinder blocks
Altgeld at Richmond. Nothing taken or other damage to the car that I know of.

  • It's so hard to get over the helpless and violated feeling when someone steals a part off your car. It's such an expensive thing to fix and most people have no choice but to use street parking and leave their car vulnerable. Myself included. I had my catalytic converter stolen at Belden and Kedzie just a month ago. Some people really suck.

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    Nobody saw anything? Wow!

Sep 30

Updated Nov 17

  • Being Fall and especially with all the rain we've had recently, it wouldn't make much sense to repair the area now. Just be sure that the money is in the pipeline for Spring. A committee sounds like a wonderful idea (inviting all opinions) to sort out 2015 plans. Run the idea through your Alderman's office and invite the CAPS Beat representative as well. Organize!

  • They announced that all the repairs are complete, and they've officially launched a foundation, aiming to give away half a million dollars to charity.

    http://chicagoist.com/2014/11/17/riot_fest_announces_launch_of_the_r.php

Nov 11

Updated Nov 17

Transit Oriented Development, Milwaukee/California Community Feedback

There was another thread that I started that got a little long. Thought I'd start a fresh one to house thoughts on the idea of TOD near the California El station, as the developer goes back to the drawing board to work on a revised, scaled-back plan. Here's some recent feedback from the group "Save Our Boulevards" and a link to follow offering a different view.

  • 2221 N. Milwaukee got his feedback from the GGNA:

    The GGNA Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAPC) and neighbors who live near 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave met on March 10 with the project team for that address. We reviewed their request for an up zoning from C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development for...

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    2221 N. Milwaukee got his feedback from the GGNA:

    The GGNA Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAPC) and neighbors who live near 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave met on March 10 with the project team for that address. We reviewed their request for an up zoning from C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development for a 7 story building with 135 rental units.
    The plans as presented and the request for up zoning to C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development were not regarded favorably by the ZAPC for the following reasons:
    1.) The seven story building is too massive and will be completely out of character and scale with the surrounding neighborhood buildings. The ZAPC recommends that the building height be no more than 5 stories with different heights along the street. Higher sections of the building should be closer to the bank and be lower closer to Talman.
    2.) The additional car density was also a big concern. This project should not move forward until alley, street traffic and parking exits have been reviewed at a community meeting and changes have been approved by CDOT. This building is one block from Goethe Elementary School where there are already traffic backups and more cars going north on Talman will add to those problems. The alley behind the building will also become congested. There are also not enough parking spaces for both the retail unit(s) on the first floor and for one space per unit, which will cause more parking issues both on Milwaukee and the nearby interior streets. This project is also one block from the Congress Theater that has historically brought in 5,000 plus people, many arriving in cars for events several times a week.
    3.) The size of the building will also create problems for surrounding neighbors by blocking sunlight and creating wind tunnels that will adversely affect both pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • 4.) Although a green roof is being planned for the top of the building, the developers said it will not be accessible to residents; only on the third floor. And there is no green space being planned on the street level on a pedestrian zoned street except a few trees...

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    4.) Although a green roof is being planned for the top of the building, the developers said it will not be accessible to residents; only on the third floor. And there is no green space being planned on the street level on a pedestrian zoned street except a few trees in the parkway. The project team also did not mention any green building standards being used in construction of this building.
    5.) The project team agreed to provide 14 affordable housing units, the required 10%, in proportion to the range of apartment types. The ZAPC would like to see those affordable units made a requirement of this project with no donations to the city affordable housing fund allowed.
    6.) The project team referred to Plan B of the Milwaukee Ave Plan as a basis for the project height and density. They had no comment when it was pointed out that there was also a Plan A which called for buildings no higher than 4 stories.
    7.) The ZAPC needs more clearly detailed dimensional elevations for the project.
    We strongly recommend that Alderman Moreno not approve the current zoning request and plans as presented to the group. We would welcome the project team to come back to another ZAPC meeting after making changes in their plans based on the community concerns.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 17

Old Zacatecas restaurant on Richmond/Diversey

Seems like there is a lot of work happening on that building - the exterior was repainted, and the inside is getting gutted. Any ideas what's going to become of the space?

  • Susan S. resident

    All reliable information no doubt! :-)

  • Now if only someone would move into that derelict property on Albany and Diversey. What an eyesore! Garbage cans always overflowing, a real rat haven. It's a good looking building and would make a nice restaurant.

Nov 12

Updated Nov 16

  • Thank you, Myles. Unfortunately, the knee jerk reaction in Chicago is to think there is evil intend behind any change. I just don't see it here.

  • CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran...

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    CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran to live here?

    Why say it is 4 stories when clearly from the architects renderings it is 5 stories?

    Why would it cost $400,000 /unit for basic housing?

    Why build it on the property of Norwegian American Hospital (which has been on that site for over 100 years) and then name it something Puerto Rican?

    Why are these things always built by the same 3 developers, and always use the same lawyers to pass the "zoning change"?

    Why don't the alderman in other wards build subsidized housing for their veterans?

    This has become the tried-and-true formulaic way that elected officials in Humboldt and Logan can shift millions of tax dollars to their friends and family.

    BTW, as Johnathon Gruber was quoted last week, the ..."voters are too stupid to know the difference". That's why Chicago politicians steal from the taxpayer, not banks and individuals.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamacare-architect-jonathan-gruber-fire/story?id=26919286

Nov 13

Updated Nov 16

Thanksgiving volunteering

Hi, my husband and I are always looking for ways where we can give back to our community. As we cannot be with our own families this year, we are looking for a place where we can help serve Thanksgiving dinner. We also plan on giving to the Chicago Food Depository, but was hoping to find a positive community environment on this day as well. Thanks so much!

  • There is a women's shelter in Old Town, near Piper's Alley, called Deborah's Place. A few years ago, I volunteered there on Christmas Eve with a friend to cook and serve food to their guests. It was a great night, I highly recommend them. They also need people on a daily basis.

  • Thank you everyone for the information! I truly appreciate it.

Nov 15

Updated Nov 16

Local Handyman

Looking to hire a local handyman for our 8 unit condo building. Light cleaning and general maintenance. Looking for recommendations from other small condo associations please.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Deb, I have an excellent person, my husband. He's amazing with all things structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing wise. He's also an elevator mechanic, so he's licensed for a lot of those services as well. Please call me at: 312-925-4158. He also has a ton of tools, so, most things he should be able to repair or improve on, asap. We live in Humboldt.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    Great!! I'll definitely give you a call. Thank you

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Sounds good, Deb.

Nov 13

Updated Nov 14

Sounded like an explosion...

Did anyone else hear that really loud noise around 4pm thurs.11/13? It sounded like an explosion and shook our house. I live at Armitage & Central Park.

Wondering what it was.

  • Eric Humboldt Property Owner Living in Bangkok

    Someone's been eating at La Pasadita!

Nov 11

Updated Nov 13

Bow truss coffee coming to Logan Square

Looks like there is going to be another coffee shop in LS. No specific location yet. Hoping it's going in one of the gutted buildings on Milwaukee (near Diversey)

http://dailycoffeenews.com/2014/11/06/chicagos-bow-truss-coffee-roasters-plans-loop-and-logan-square-shops/

Nov 10

Updated Nov 13

Old Mattress Building at Diversey and California

Does anyone know if anything is going into the building at California and Diversey; the one across from the Walgreens?

I thought I had heard it might be a gym, but haven't heard anything new.

Jan 29

Updated Nov 12

The Previous Administration -New bar/restaurant on Diversey

Has anyone ever gone here, or know anything about this place?
I haven't had a chance to go yet but I really hope they make it -
it's exciting to have a new place here!

  • Hmmm...according to the permit, the owner (of the permit at least) is Peter Toalson, who also owns Empty Bottle, Longman and Eagle and many others. I think the space is in good hands.

  • Thanks Michael and upstairs neighbor ;-)

Oct 17

Updated Nov 12

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Where did the boulevard art go?

What happened to the large sculptures which were displayed on the boulevard for the last year or so? We saw a crew - might have been a city crew? - taking the art down over the weekend. Now the pieces seem to have gone as abruptly as they appeared.

Does anyone know more about this? Who originally installed the sculptures? Were they always intended for a temporary display? What was the rationale for taking them down? Are they going to be displayed elsewhere? And, who were the artists?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

  • KJ

    Manny, I think they were saying wouldn't things be better if there was a giant tooth lightbulb hanging out in the street?

  • Chicago Blues Dancer of Blues, Jazz, Swing and more

    Which boulevard? You talking about Logan?

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

Two full bags on front lawn

I just looked out my window and see two plastic bags, one black ( can't see contents) sitting on my front lawn . They have a VVA sign on them . Does anyone know about this ? Is this a donation pick up special for today ?

Nov 11

Updated Nov 11

Logan Square Monument wrapping

Does anyone know why the Logan Square Centennial Monument is wrapped in plastic? Are they starting a restoration, or did it get damaged?

Nov 06

Updated Nov 11

what's up with the "unity" mural (calf & armitage)?

A while back, I posted a photo when the first "coming soon unity mural" appeared an the southeast corner of california and armitage. it was quickly defaced and painted over. i was out of town last week, but when i got back last night, there was a "building a gentrified chicago" mural up that was further (?) defaced last night. (see photo) are yuppies still a thing? i thought it was hipsters everyone gripes about. being neither, i dunno. would still like to know who or what is officially supposed to be doing a mural here.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 11

Guys fighting in our back yard/alley

They came into our yard twice, last time falling/being pushed into metal baby gate and leaving blood on it. Were armed with bricks and a bat. Either got into or were being chased by, a black Crown Vic.

Police are on it, but wanted people in the blocks near Kimball and Fullerton to be aware. Activity happened in back alley/yard of 2400 block of Spaulding and Kimball.

The guys

  • 2400 = Fullerton

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Reminder, put a lock on your alley gate so they can't wander in to your yard. We did this on the advice of our CAPS meeting representative and it's worked wonders.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 10

Anybody know what's going on in the Midway Storage building on Chicago?

I noticed that they put in some windows and a door in at the east end of the Midway Moving and Storage building in the 2700 west block of Chicago Ave. Anybody know what the plans are and/or what might be opening in this space?

I'm happy to see that they're doing something with this building - its been shuttered a long time.

  • I'd heard on everyblock it was intended to become a storage building again. I think that was backed up by an everyblock permit check.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 10

We have a skunk in our back yard, unless it slunk out

Is anyone missing a skunk???

Nov 07

Updated Nov 08

Diversey & Drake Level 1 Hazmat?

Any one know what's going on with this right now? All the firemen could tell me was that it's a level 1 Hazmat call and he didn't know any more than that (supposedly). Traffic & pedestrians re-routed, taped off corner of the block, 15 or so firemen with oxygen tanks hanging out. Potential gas leak? Meth lab?

  • It is said that construction work wad been done and grenades were found in the lower part of the premise and until someone specilized in military bombs came and picked them up

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Follow Chicago PD CAPS 14 at https://twitter.com/ChicagoCAPS14 They posted the following yesterday Rehabbers find old firearm ammo in basement at 2800 Drake, bomb sqd gives all clear & removes. If you find this stuff, don't touch, call 911

Nov 05

Updated Nov 07

Smart Thermostat

I don't know if spending $250 on a Nest is worth it. Does anyone have any opinions or experience with smart thermostats? Thanks!

  • direct energy is offering one free if i switch. anyone here switched to direct energy from comed?

  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    I decided against the Nest in favor of a Honeywell Wi-Fi model. Setting aside the Nest's 2x to 3x price premium, I found the idea of Nest's embedded occupancy sensor very creepy. Having a home's occupancy status constantly reported to somebody's "cloud" strikes me as both a huge invasion of privacy and an unnecessary security risk.

Nov 07

Yogurt Daze

Are they gone already? They have been closed for a few weeks, but the TV/ monitor is still on in there. Just curious. Kind of pricey, but such a nice little addition to the neighborhood.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 06

Road "construction" on California

So my favorite geological feature of Logan Square, the rectangular pavement cutouts, have gotten filled in with asphalt.
WHAT THE F IS THIS BS?!?!?
They literally took perfectly reasonable roadway, dug out a hole and filled it back in. I bet anything that these spots will be prime for potholes come winter.
Argh!!! Why are we paying taxes?
Argh

  • Everyone's expertise about everything is simply humbling. I nominate the posters above to fix everything.

  • Brad isnt that what EB is for?

Oct 24

Updated Nov 05

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

    OK, well I will say that's great to hear Buster & I hope everyone finds mutual ground and is happy with the result. Like I said, I just am against spot zoning on principle, precedent is as real a phenomenon for real estate as it is for anything else regulated...

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    OK, well I will say that's great to hear Buster & I hope everyone finds mutual ground and is happy with the result. Like I said, I just am against spot zoning on principle, precedent is as real a phenomenon for real estate as it is for anything else regulated by law. Cori is dead correct that we don't need any more strip malls, but I do think the community should feel empowered to push back, the developer is going to make money in any case, we are the ones who have to live with it.

    Keith, you didn't refute anything. Cherry picking responses from an everyblock thread is a sad excuse for a rebuttal.

    Wade, Iand what exactly would you be using to determine those rents? Craigs List? Apartment Finders? Direct referrals? A weighted average of all? Supply and demand pricing analysis works on a *very* macro level or when you have consistency with a product, within a complex urban area like Chicago very subjective and random things are more important. Can you tell me the difference in rent per square foot as you move every 100 ft towards or away from the California L stop? How about with Rev Brew? I'm guessing no. Because such a thing is important to some people, while utterly meaningless to others. Access to information and all of the nuances that involves is the bigger factor nowadays, people who don't know how to prowl a neighborhood on foot looking for "for rent" signs don't get the same deals those people do. I was a landlord before converting my house to a SFH, and both of my parents were landlords for decades in Lake View and Logan Square. The general rule of thumb is that when you get good tenants you try and keep them. Getting an extra $25 a month isn't worth the uncertainty or possible loss of rent due to vacancies.

    Not meaning to drop out of the larger discussion here, but loading this conversation is getting increasingly cumbersome, so I will let others have the last word(s) as they see fit.

  • Facts and contrary opinions really annoy self-appointed experts. That's why Every Block has a convenient mute function.

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Zipper Repair Recommendation

Does anyone have a great place for zipper repair in LS or the vicinity? Looking to fix a zipper on a nice leather tote. Thanks!

  • I second your shoe repair. They've replaced the zipper and sole on a pair of boots that I refuse to let die many times.

  • G

    Your Shoe Repair on 2240 W North Ave. Elijah did a good job with a piece of luggage I took him.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 04

Who is this?

Does anyone know who this artist is or the name of this piece?

Oct 15

Updated Nov 04

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

  • Urbanpioneer Humboldt Park homeowner

    The planning commission called me back and said the planning commission hearing wasn't scheduled yet. He said that homeowners, not renters, would be getting letters from Chico and Nunes P.C. 2 weeks prior to the hearing. Also, there is a notice placed in the Chicago Sun Times two weeks prior...

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    The planning commission called me back and said the planning commission hearing wasn't scheduled yet. He said that homeowners, not renters, would be getting letters from Chico and Nunes P.C. 2 weeks prior to the hearing. Also, there is a notice placed in the Chicago Sun Times two weeks prior to the public hearing, which are the 3rd Thursdays of the month. Basically, my understanding of what I was told was that Norwegian American Hospital land is currently zoned for hospital use to a level of 75 feet and the applicants are looking to change the zoning to include veteran housing (not as high). He said also that if we wanted to contact Chico and Nunes P.C., we should be able to have them send us a copy of their materials. He said also that the building would have no city funding. With regards to it being on the boulevard/maintaining the beauty of the boulevard, he said that since it is not on the boulevard, it wouldn't apply but that that issue would be taken up with the landmarks commission if it did. Not sure I understood everything we spoke about, but that is the gist of it.

  • It is our responsibility to create interest for the problem. I heard that some property owners just tossed the paper in the garbage because they thought it did not involve them. We have to make everybody understand that this involve them.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 04

"Construction"

Is this the same type of "roadwork" that's been done on all the other NW side streets like Belmont & Ashland?
Argh!!!!

Oct 31

Updated Nov 03

Where are the trick or treaters?

I know the city of Chicago doesn't technically post trick or treating hours, but I expected to see a few groups by now. Am I just too early? Is the weather keeping everyone in?

  • Juan C. Ayala Belmont Cragin Resident

    We usually go through 2 bags of candy, only had 4 groups come by, I assume the weather kept kids home.

  • Logan Blvd was packed with trick r treaters and people giving out candy all along the blvd. side streets were sparse.

Oct 27

Updated Nov 03

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!

  • I went to a fast food place the other day, and they had just mopped the floor. They placed a cone that read "caution, slippery when wet". How dare they not realize that I am capable of making my own decisions!

    EVERYBODY be careful, please. Does everybody feel better now?

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged.

    A little friendly reminder never hurt anyone.

    I'm already missing the sun.....folks are getting so crabby and winter hasn't officially hit yet.

Nov 02

Updated Nov 02

Free haircut and highlight Tuesday 11:15am

I'm looking for a highlight and haircut model on Tuesday.
The haircut can just be a trim-nothing crazy.
Medium length hair preferred with little to no existing color.
11:15 in Logan Square

Please email me if interested.
HeatherNoelWatson at gmail dot com

Nov 02

Free men's haircut Monday at 10:30am

Looking for a men's haircut model.
Basic mens cut (clippers on sides and scissors on top).
10:30am on Tuesday in Logan Square.
Email me if you're interested.
HeatherNoelWatson at gmail dot com

Thanks!

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