3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Mcdonalds 2707 N Milwaukee

I don't understand why ever time this Mcdonalds has a promotional event for kids, the signs are only in Spanish. Do they not want any English speaking kids at these events? This is an ongoing thing for this Mcdonalds and I find it very insulting.
Does anyone else think this is wrong??

  • Good discussions. The initial poster never responded if any insight was achieved by this. Now we're touching on Hitler so I will leave it alone.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    I'm not seeing how Robin's experience equates to Godwin's Law. This came to mind:

    http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/09/hendersons_godw.html

    "When people in a political discussion want to put down other people who even mention Hitler, they will invoke Godwin's Law even if the person compared no one to Nazis or Hitler."

    That said, I could care less how McDonald's advertises as far as language. If anything, most people's distaste comes from how they target children with their happy meal toys. It's the Espanol-speakers that ought to be offended here, if anyone.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

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.

  • Don Shifertz Longtime resident, homeowner & Business Owner

    I just read the thread... it's critical that the city agreement and structure bi-laws/decloration or land conveyance contract say that "only" veterans can live there "indefinitely".... the number 2 oldest trick in politics is to put in the fine print that after "x" amount of time it could be rented...

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    I just read the thread... it's critical that the city agreement and structure bi-laws/decloration or land conveyance contract say that "only" veterans can live there "indefinitely".... the number 2 oldest trick in politics is to put in the fine print that after "x" amount of time it could be rented to anyone else? Perhaps after 5yrs, 10 or even 3?... now while you're still paying your 30 yr mortgage, some units have converted to section 8? And they'll be some new non-veterans loving their new tax payer funded home! It's just another sleezeball trick..... Welcome to my nightmare! If it's only for vets I'm all for it.... but it a vets sister' s son' s ex-wife's uncle's brother's plumber! Will "eventually" qualify? Be careful and trust no one over the phone? Ask to see the contracts...

  • And, "U.S. Military Service Veterans" should be specified. Otherwise, it is a slippery slope.

    If there was an intense and full-scale investigation to verify residents in subsidized housing, the determination would be that the vast majority hold EXTRA occupants. These extras are there for a reason. Usually they have made...

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    And, "U.S. Military Service Veterans" should be specified. Otherwise, it is a slippery slope.

    If there was an intense and full-scale investigation to verify residents in subsidized housing, the determination would be that the vast majority hold EXTRA occupants. These extras are there for a reason. Usually they have made choices that make it hard to get their own housing, and may suffer from addiction and/or mental illness.

    A one-bedroom then becomes a place for 3 people instead of 1 or 2.

    Of course a single family house can get overburdened as well, but a few thousand square feet vs. tens of thousands of square feet. You do the math on risk here.

    And then there are the folks that qualify for subsidized housing but live with their girlfriend, in their parents basement, etc. and they illegally sublet their apartment, just showing up for any housing inspections.

    This is big business, fraud in our neighborhood.

    Most of these huge subsidized housing buildings change hands every 7 years. One non-profit group builds it, at huge expense to the taxpayers, and profits immensely through their for-profit construction arm (i.e. Bickerdike). Then, after they minimally maintain it and it gets run down, they sell it to another group, such as LUCHA or Hispanic Housing, who continue to run it into the ground.

    Many of these buildings don't even have GRASS out front of their main entrance on the parkway between the sidewalk and the street.

    Just when you thought things were getting better around here? Welcome back. To backwards.

    Veterans' housing would best be located closer to a V.A. hospital, not next to a hospital that doesn't participate in their health care program.

14 hours ago

Come join us for Unity Park's PUMPKINFEST this Saturday!

Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) invites you to our annual Fall classic!:

PUMPKINFEST
Saturday, October 25th
10AM - 2PM
Unity Park, 2636 N Kimball
FREE - GRATIS - DARMOWY

Featuring:
800+ Pumpkin Patch ( while supplies last )
Pumpkin Decorating
Face Painting
Costume Parade at Noon (NOTE: All activities will stop 11:45-12:15 so kids can participate!)
Fresh Popcorn
Hot Cider
Goodies Bag
Music by DJ Rebel X & More!

Tickets for UPAC's annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, will be...

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Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) invites you to our annual Fall classic!:

PUMPKINFEST
Saturday, October 25th
10AM - 2PM
Unity Park, 2636 N Kimball
FREE - GRATIS - DARMOWY

Featuring:
800+ Pumpkin Patch ( while supplies last )
Pumpkin Decorating
Face Painting
Costume Parade at Noon (NOTE: All activities will stop 11:45-12:15 so kids can participate!)
Fresh Popcorn
Hot Cider
Goodies Bag
Music by DJ Rebel X & More!

Tickets for UPAC's annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, will be on sale at Pumpkinfest. Party for the Park will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-10pm at Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage. $20 Ticket includes food, 1 drink ticket, 1 raffle ticket. Tickets can also be purchased online at: www.unityparkchicago.org

2014 Pumpkinfest Sponsors:

Unity Park Advisory Council
Alderman Rey Colon
Will Guzzardi
Friends of Robert Castillo
Haas Park Advisory Council *
Chicago Park District

For more info, visit UPAC on:

The Web: www.unityparkchicago.org
Facebook: UnityParkAC
Twitter: @UnityParkLS

* Haas Park Advisory Council is organizing a contingent from Haas Park to Unity Park to participate in Pumpkinfest. Please contact HPAC at haaspark.org for more info.

5 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

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?

40 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Body found in Logan

Was there a body found on Central Park and Belden today? I heard about it but cannot find news about it on line.

  • I'm so sorry, you're right. My friend knows this family, I should have correlated the addresses. Too much violence, too close to home. Too many kids and too many guns.

  • MakeChicagoSafe Please keep our Chicago Safe

    From a homeowner in the area.

6 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

New development at Shakespeare and Campbell?

Saw a posting on 2 houses a few weeks ago--maybe regarding a change to zoning--does anyone know anything about it? I think it's proposed to be a multi-unit building. I've searched online but can't find anything more.

4 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Ronny's Bar Project/Golden Teardrops Happening?

Anyone in the know know what happened or is going to happen with the Ronny's bar conversion that was planned by some of the Longman and Eagle/Parsons folks? They were going to totally rehab Ronny's bar. I see they initially applied for permits back in June and July...as referenced below...but there seems to have been no activity since. I'm curious if they're still going to move ahead. It would be nice to have that eyesore renovated.

VENTILATION REVIEW 2014-07-24 DENIED
STRUCTURAL REVIEW 2014-07-16 DENIED
ELECTRICAL REVIEW 2014-07-09 DENIED
FIRE PREVENTION REVIEW 2014-07-09 DENIED
PRELIMINARY INTAKE REVIEW 2014-06-03 APPROVED
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW INCOMPLETE
MAYOR'S OFFICE/PEOPLE W/DISAB 2014-07-10 DENIED
REFRIGERATION REVIEW 2014-07-09 DENIED
LANDSCAPE REVIEW (ZONING) 2014-08-12 DENIED
PLUMBING REVIEW 2014-07-21 DENIED

  • KJ

    Way to shatter my dreams. :-(

  • Peter - thanks for the update!! along with my neighbors here, I'm very much looking forward to this! I thought I had read somewhere that the plans fell through, but I'm happy to hear the project is still underway. In the meantime - off to Longman we go.

46 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Found Ventra card!

Found on Albany Ave, just north of North Ave at around 1:15 pm on Sunday. I will call CTA to see what they suggest, but if it's yours and you can identify it (using your online Ventra account to get the last 4 digits), let me know and I'll make sure it gets back to you.

Sep 30

Updated 40 hours ago

  • That would make sense Mccoy...why spend that kind of dough in October/November when you can really spruce it up in Spring. Hopefully that's their plan.

  • 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!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bickerdike 3 building affordable housing project almost finished, LUCHA 10 building project next

I just read this article and have a few questions.

Neighbors, Alderman Support Affordable Housing Near Bloomingdale Trail

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141015/humboldt-park/neighbors-alderman-support-affordable-housing-near-bloomingdale-trail?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=0c61ac4ebd-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-0c61ac4ebd-173185933

The Zapata Apartments project in Logan Square aren't finished yet.

http://www.bickerdike.org/docs/Zapata%20Summary.pdf

The three buildings that are either just finished or still being built are:

3228-34 W. Armitage
3525-45 W. Armitage
3503 W. Armitage

Zoning was out of character with the rest of the area. The buildings are much higher and larger than their surroundings.

The new proposed buildings are:

LUCHA’s proposal...

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I just read this article and have a few questions.

Neighbors, Alderman Support Affordable Housing Near Bloomingdale Trail

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141015/humboldt-park/neighbors-alderman-support-affordable-housing-near-bloomingdale-trail?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=0c61ac4ebd-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-0c61ac4ebd-173185933

The Zapata Apartments project in Logan Square aren't finished yet.

http://www.bickerdike.org/docs/Zapata%20Summary.pdf

The three buildings that are either just finished or still being built are:

3228-34 W. Armitage
3525-45 W. Armitage
3503 W. Armitage

Zoning was out of character with the rest of the area. The buildings are much higher and larger than their surroundings.

The new proposed buildings are:

LUCHA’s proposal includes 3-flat buildings at
1757 N. Drake Ave.,
1812 N. Drake Ave.,
1822 N. Sawyer Ave.,
1802 N. Sawyer Ave.,
1929 N. Drake Ave.,
1858 N. Drake Ave;
6-flat buildings at
1749-1751 N. Drake Ave.,
1649-1651 N. Drake Ave.,
1834-1838 N. Sawyer Ave.
1808-1810 N. Kedzie.

The project will cost a preliminary total of around $17 million — including the $9 million in tax credits — according to Juan Linares, executive director at LUCHA.

http://www.newcommunities.org/news/articleDetail.asp?objectID=1768

Does anyone have a map of affordable housing buildings in the city?
Do some areas have more than others?

  • Bearmosa Resident of Hermosa

    @Glenn Brettner. My name is Colin Bird. It's nice to meet you, too. If you don't believe the actual evidence that's out there and readily available for you to read then by all means continue to live in ignorance and make up stories about grift.

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Yosef A Logan Square neighbor since 1990

    Weather it is Glenn's explanation or Colin's where the truth lies, or a bit of both, it does not explain how anyone involved in the process, from the developer, to the ploicy makers to the funding agencies, can justify spending 2.4 million building a six flat that may appraise at...

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    Weather it is Glenn's explanation or Colin's where the truth lies, or a bit of both, it does not explain how anyone involved in the process, from the developer, to the ploicy makers to the funding agencies, can justify spending 2.4 million building a six flat that may appraise at slightly over 1 million the day it is finished. Paradoxically, this actually helps the NIMBY people, as the more expensive affordable housing units are, the fewer can be built. Consider that if $205,000 of public funds goes into a unit of $405,000 (based on the proposed budget), the same public money can be used to build 2 units at $305,000 each, or 4 units at $255,000, costs that are not out of reach for a private developer.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Having lived 2 blocks north of there, I would not be surprised to hear drugs.

    Though Bart is right, it could be any number of reasons.

    Sad.

  • could be heart attack or something similar, don't know from what the article states. I hope they can locate relatives.

4 days ago

Lost keys with an "I ❤️ Vermont" key chain

7 keys, plus a car key. Found on Maplewood. Would ❤️ to get them back to owner.

4 days ago

multiples art/craft show

Just heard about this awesome arts and crafty things show near Milwaukee and armitage tomorrow:
http://www.artmultiples.net/visitor.html

Looks pretty great!PUBLIC HOURS
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2014, Noon to 8pm
Sunday, 19 Oct, 2014, Noon to 6pm

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Friday, 17 Oct, 2014, 5pm to 1am

Free admission - a $5 donation is suggested with proceeds to benefit the JE

Oct 13

Updated 5 days ago

Primary care physician

Any recommendations for a great primary care physician in the area ?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Haus Financial Services, LLC Mission to Help

Hello all. Lauren B. Peddinghaus is a Small Business owner who loves helping Condominium Associations who are struggling to get back on track and functioning effectively.

We would like to ask many of the Chicago area locations to help her with her mission on further educating condominiums owners by voting for Haus Financial Services through this link:
https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/55977
for the Chase's Mission Main Street Grants Contest.

Through her own words:
"A $150,000 grant will help us to create a program...

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Hello all. Lauren B. Peddinghaus is a Small Business owner who loves helping Condominium Associations who are struggling to get back on track and functioning effectively.

We would like to ask many of the Chicago area locations to help her with her mission on further educating condominiums owners by voting for Haus Financial Services through this link:
https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/55977
for the Chase's Mission Main Street Grants Contest.

Through her own words:
"A $150,000 grant will help us to create a program to aid condo buildings with severe financial problems, so they can get the legal and consulting services they need to address delinquencies and get back on track.

The funds would also be used to expand ChicagoCondoResource.com so that we can bring more education and resources to condo owners for FREE."

I invite you to visit the Chicago Condo Resource Website where you can find many helpful information that you might need if you are a Condominium Owner.

PLEASE VOTE! ONLY TAKES ONE MINUTE.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE BY OCTOBER 17, 2014

THANK YOU!

  • JoLynn new to the neighborhood

    Laura helped the association in my former condo building and was a great resource. This sounds like a worthwhile program to support.

  • ariana a ari

    Hi JoLynn thank you for the support it is greatly appreciated. This is something that would help alot of struggling small Condo Associations.

Oct 13

Updated 6 days ago

Per Rahm:

Q: Ravenswood and Logan Square are both hot for breweries and bars at the moment. What parts of the city do you think are ripe for the next wave of growth?

A: My prediction is Humboldt Park. It has the architecture and the bones of the buildings, and with the 606 Bloomingdale Trail (rails-to-trails elevated park) and the boulevards, it's set to take off. South of South Loop — Motor Row, Pilsen and that area going into Bridgeport. And west of the West Loop.

  • gpblight - I read in the Suntimes yesterday that Rahm wants to hike parking tax. We need a new mayor with a new vision. Rahm is all about money. The poor are poorer and the working class will move away because they will not be able to afford to live in Chicago anymore.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things....

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    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things.

    The bad things are: 1. he allows the inefficiencies in union labor to continue making taxpayers pay more for services than necessary. 2. he allows the vendors who cheat on their contracts which also overcharges taxpayers 3. he doesn't give a rats nest about the south and west sides of Chicago as is evidenced by the rampant crime and lack of sustainable economic development. 4. he continues finding little ways to ding Chicagoans out of their hard earned $$ instead of finding other means to bring in $$ (ie I would advocate for bicycle licenses and insurance). example the 8 mil from red light tickets issued illegally (less than 3 sec) 5. he continues robbing the tiff piggy bank and diverting $$ which by law belongs in more impoverished neighborhoods. 6. he continues the building of a 5 star city for TOURISTS who happen NOT to live here; while Chicago neighborhoods disintigrate and depopulate.

    Those are my bones to pick with him. If he could make radical reform in those areas...it would make me and alot of others HAPPY little clams.

Oct 14

Updated 6 days ago

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That location and California, from Chicago Ave to Division is exploding with news businesses. It is fantastic to see that it is not the area that is stopping growth like around the corner.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    I mean, yay and everything, for sure. But does someone have an evil plan to make the people of LS enormously fat? How much pie can one 2 block stretch hold?

    Still waiting patiently for coffee over here at Armitage and Kimball. Someone please notice us!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    LUCHA is planning to flood that area with low income housing, maybe that is why no one wants to open a coffee house by you meanboss?

6 days ago

Chicago's 10 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. 10/2014

N. MILWAUKEE AVE/W. NORTH AVE/N. DAMEN AVE
N. CICERO AVE AND W. CHICAGO AVE
N. HALSTED ST/N. LINCOLN AVE/W. FULLERTON AVE
S. COTTAGE GROVE AVE AND E. 79TH ST
N. DEARBORN ST AND W. ONTARIO ST
S. ASHLAND AVE AND W. 63RD ST
N. CICERO AVE AND W. MADISON ST
N. ASHLAND AVE AND W. CORTLAND ST
S. MARTIN LUTHER KING DR AND E. 63RD ST
N. ELSTON AVE/N. WESTERN AVE/W. DIVERSEY AVE

https://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/Safe%20Crossings%20Fact%20Sheet-FINAL.pdf

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-most-dangerous-intersections-met-20141014-story.html

Oct 13

Updated 6 days ago

West Humboldt Park commercial corridor gets spruced up

The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special...

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The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special Service Area, added private security, and have welcomed a few new businesses.

Recently they have taken another step towards being an recognized retail destination by adding banners to their light poles to help spruce up the neighborhood, welcome visitors, and build their neighborhood's brand.

http://www.whpdevelopmentcouncil.net/news/8254

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Glad to see West Humboldt Park taking steps to clean up their area and we in The Humboldt Park area should continue to do the same. Just a reminder that at the next United Blocks of West Humboldt Park meeting at Association House at 7 P.M. on the first Thursday of the month, we will be voting on our name change, removing West from it to stop the confusion over the two very different areas of Humboldt Park.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It took YEARS of fighting to get funding for the Chicago Ave Revitalization plan. It even took a fist fight with the ex governor Blago. City Hall and the State were very SLOW at approving street scape funding for lights, sidewalks, garbage bins, trees...anything at all.

    WHPDC has been fighting for more than 15 years just to get that far! Hats off to them a nd their determination.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Logan Square Dry Cleaners?

I'm not a fan of either Ruby's or Diversey Cleaners. What is the next closest cleaners in Logan Square that does good work and has good customer service?

  • I gave Mandy's a shot, but they lost the belt on my coat (never did find it) and gave me someone else's pants (3 sets).

  • mandy's has gotten slammed in some yelp reviews but they are always nice to me and reliable with my simple stuff (pants, shirts) and she hemmed some sheer drapes for me at half the cost that anyone else quoted me. but it is small and quirky.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

  • i thought damen was being done next, but a sign appeared yesterday on the fence at the western stop that said all bikes must be moved by oct 20 due to train renovation...so that suggests they are doing western next.? i wish they would add more bike racks to all the stops especially while the construction makes us double up at one or another.

  • Jimmy M Grant writer

    Damen is still closing Oct 20 and reopening Dec 22. The Western station will remain open during its renovation (since it was extensively rebuilt a little over a decade ago and won't need the same level of repairs), so they're probably just going to be working on both stations at the same time.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Looking for Photo Documentation at LS Farmer's Yesterday

Good Day,
I am hoping to get in touch with the photo documentation who was at the Logan Square Farmer's Market yesterday. She took a picture of me and my friend and said it was a photo documentary of urban Chicago women. Does anyone know who she is or how I can get in touch with her?

  • Try the chamber of commerce. They run the market and usually have a pretty good idea of what goes on there. Good luck!

  • spe

    Or it could be a college student doing a project.

Oct 13

I need a haircolor model!

Hey neighbors!
Anyone interested in being a haircolor model on Wednesday at 12pm?
I can do any color service (highlights, grey coverage,etc).
$25 dollar charge to cover color cost.
Email if you're interested!
HeatherNoelWatson@gmail.com

Oct 09

Updated Oct 12

Just moved to Humboldt Park(by Kedzie and Thomas)

Can anybody recommend some of their favorite vendors? Primarily looking for dry cleaners, banks, grocery, restaurants, etc. Also interested to know the skinny on the park (pool, other activities for kids). Thanks in advance for your input.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Congrats on the move, Adam's and Son Gardens, a great place.

  • Monica Over 15 years in the 60622 zip code

    I second a lot of these places: Bite, Feed, Rootstock, Adam's and Sons Garden, the beach at Humboldt Park.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 10

Finding Firewood in the City

Hey Everyone,

It seems like firewood is a scarce find on the northwest side unless you buy a small bundle from a convenience store or gas station. I'm looking for a place with reasonable pricing where I can load up my trunk. If anyone happens to be getting rid of some firewood, please let me know!

Thanks EB

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Another vote for Chicago Firewood...they also deliver-gave a friend 1/2 cord for a housewarming gift one year

  • Hi. I drive down to 71st and Dorchester on the east side to E-Z Tree Recycling. They are open Saturday until 3pm and a little hard to find. But prices are the best in the city and it is not that far. If you get down there Saturday morning before traffic gets bad it is a pretty quick trip. The fire wood is right inside the gate. Here is their site:

    http://e-ztreerecycling.com/

Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Cops rushing into Logan Square Blue Line

Just walked out of the Blur Line stop and an unmarked car roared up, officers leapt out, and ran down to the platform. So I'll be that guy and ask: anyone know what's going on?

Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Camera repair recommendations?

Morning all,

I have an older model (between 5-10 years) Canon DSLR that my dad gave me after he upgraded. While putting on a lens, it somehow got stuck in a not-quite-on-but-won't-come-off position. It won't turn on and can't take pictures, but I can't get the lens off the camera and I'm afraid to try too hard lest I snap it. Can anyone recommend a quality camera repair place that can "gentle touch" my camera back into working conditions? Bonus if thy can show me some of the features!

  • Tankboy It wasn't me.

    International Camera in the Loop fixed up my 5 year old Canon Rebel.

  • Agree with the rec for Central Camera! They're great.

    On a different note though - have you tried looking online for the Manual? Canon's are usually pretty widely available in pdf form, and that might be a huge help for you, or at least a good place to start before...

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    Agree with the rec for Central Camera! They're great.

    On a different note though - have you tried looking online for the Manual? Canon's are usually pretty widely available in pdf form, and that might be a huge help for you, or at least a good place to start before paying money when it could be a quick solution.

    There's also tons of "how to" videos out there on YouTube for DSLR cameras that are generally geared towards Nikon and Canon users as the priority. And while your camera may be an older model, the standard features/buttons/symbols really haven't changed that much.

Feb 14

Updated Oct 08

Empty Polish Sausage Shop Sold

I have been told that the four empty buildings on the 2700 West block of Division Street has been sold. The building use to be an old polish sausage factory that moved away many years ago. That is all in information I have at this time. Is this a rumor, will the buildings be torn down, what will become of the buildings, I do not know. If anyone has more information or has facts about what is planned for this location, please reply on this thread. Thank you.

Jul 15

Updated Oct 07

Fresh Market Place Open Date?

Hello! Does anyone know when the Fresh Market Place on Western (about three blocks north of Armitage) is set to open?

  • Hey Paul,
    I live a few blocks away from the new market place that would be opening some time soon. I was wondering if fresh market place was hiring? I am 16 years old. Looking for a part time job. ~ Thanks

  • Note to all: It is past mid September. As I write this it is October 7, 2014.

Sep 29

Updated Oct 04

Watch out for pothole on Milwaukee at Kedzie!

It's a big one! Someone at least has a garbage can on it :)

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    I downloaded your photo and submitted a request/photo via cityofchicago.org as shown on Sergio's link. It's hard to get an exact address, but I got it fairly close by experimenting with different addresses until I hit it (about 3150 W. Logan Blvd.)

    This is really the best place to go...

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    I downloaded your photo and submitted a request/photo via cityofchicago.org as shown on Sergio's link. It's hard to get an exact address, but I got it fairly close by experimenting with different addresses until I hit it (about 3150 W. Logan Blvd.)

    This is really the best place to go with pothole/graffiti/etc info as it is put into the system and you can receive texts on your phone when the report is completed "closed". I reported graffiti this week, and the alert came the next day that the graffiti was removed already (and it was....I checked:)

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

    Take out the garbage can and insert Rahm. At least he'd be doing some good for the city in that new position.

Apr 30 2012

Updated Oct 03

Maplewood Park... Safe?

Hello! My wife and I are looking at a property directly across from Maplewood Park and trying to get a feel for the area. We've heard everything from "Fine, but watch your back", to "Hell, no". Currently we live adjacent to where the Cabrini towers used to be, so we definitely have an idea of how one needs to be aware living in the city. Thoughts? Thanks for the help!

  • Thank you once again sir!

  • Andrew, thank you for starting this thread. I realize this hasn't been updated in quite some time. Perhaps you could speak to recent developments within the area. Thank you in advance for your help! My wife and I are looking to move to the area and would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

Oct 02

Updated Oct 03

Stove and Dinning table for sale

Selling separate or together a stove and table in good condition price negotiable.

  • DL Police officer

    Do u have a better pic of the table? And how much?

  • Amy

    The table is cherry wood and heavy in pretty good condition with chairs. Unfortunately, I don't know how to add pictures to this site. If you're interested my email is corazones5@yahoo.com. I can send you pictures. Asking price is $100 but negotiable.
    Thank you

Aug 14

Updated Oct 01

Rocky + Luella

Hey everyone,
Just wanted to let the neighbors know that my good friend and I are opening a clothing store in the neighborhood very soon. We're planning to open our doors mid-September. The store is called Rocky and Luella and we'll have men's and women's apparel as well as some accessories, bags, etc. We're really excited about bringing some retail to Logan and hopefully everyone in the area enjoys it.

For the past month we've been collecting some additional contributions...

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Hey everyone,
Just wanted to let the neighbors know that my good friend and I are opening a clothing store in the neighborhood very soon. We're planning to open our doors mid-September. The store is called Rocky and Luella and we'll have men's and women's apparel as well as some accessories, bags, etc. We're really excited about bringing some retail to Logan and hopefully everyone in the area enjoys it.

For the past month we've been collecting some additional contributions for the store opening. We're just a two-person operation so we don't have any huge investors behind us and every little donation helps.

There's about 48 hours left to donate if anyone is interested in supporting us :)
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocky-and-luella

One of the perks is an invite to the opening party, which should be a lot of fun!

  • Soo

    I am looking for garage space for one car near Paulina and Pearson.

    Thank-You!

  • Just wanted to let you all know that we're open now, so come say hello :) 3207 W. Fullerton at Kedzie

Sep 30

Updated Oct 01

Bike accident can anyone help?

My girlfriend was hit today (Tuesday 9/30) at 5:30 at the intersection of altgeld and California. She was riding her bike and a woman in a jeep hit her while crossing. In her confusion and daze my girlfriend denied help but now regrets this and needs help finding this woman. If anyone saw the accident and has info. Please help. Thank you.

Sep 30

Updated Oct 01

Willow Tree Day Care

I see that Willow Tree Day Care on Western at Bloomingdale opened recently. They've been in that space for what seems like almost 1 year, does anyone know what took them so long to finally open?

  • ChildishPursuits childish pursuits

    I don't know anything about this particular day care but I do have some knowledge about how difficult it is to open a commercial daycare.

    this city can make you wait forever for inspections. I know of at least two groups in the city that have attempted to open commercial...

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    I don't know anything about this particular day care but I do have some knowledge about how difficult it is to open a commercial daycare.

    this city can make you wait forever for inspections. I know of at least two groups in the city that have attempted to open commercial daycares into different neighborhoods and actually after 6 months of paying all the bills and signing on clients with promises and never being able to open due to delays with the city even though they had passed all state licensing required ended up completely broke and having to refund and disappoint all of their prospective clients.

    my primary point here is that just because a commercial daycare takes some time to open don't necessarily take that as a bad sign. If you're interested in the place or like the location it would still be worth your time to interview

  • I'm the Director at Willow Tree Child Care and I would love to answer your question. :)

    Childish Pursuit you are correct. That's awesome you have so much knowledge about the day care business. Child care is a very difficult business to open because we deal with children. We needed...

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    I'm the Director at Willow Tree Child Care and I would love to answer your question. :)

    Childish Pursuit you are correct. That's awesome you have so much knowledge about the day care business. Child care is a very difficult business to open because we deal with children. We needed to remodel the place so everything was up to date with all the new technology and equipment that the City and State asked for. Day Care Iicense is a very slow and delicate process in order to make the facility a safe environment for children, families, and teachers to attend. The City and State tried their best to move the process along but they had to deal with the staff shortage on both their end. Other than the waiting game, there was nothing that was wrong with the facility or our paperwork. I think that is a very good question and I'm glad you asked.

    Thank you so much for your interest with Willow Tree Child Care and you can call the center at (773) 360-7816 for any further questions.

Sep 28

Updated Sep 30

Gunshots Saturday morning near Cortland and Lawndale?

Did anyone else hear this? Just after 6 am. 5 shots (very loud) a car engine gunning up and then screeching tires and spinning off, then 5 (or 6?) more shots right away. I went outside to see if anyone was injured and needed help, but the street seemed to be empty.

  • Colette2 Calling Logan Square home since 1999

    Just checked and I called 911 at 6:33am.

  • Adam in LS Canadian now living @ Armitage & Central Park

    You're right, it was closer to 6:30 if i remember correctly.

Sep 29

Updated Sep 30

Construction at the Corner of Talman & Medill?

Anyone know what's happening here? It's been vacant so long, I'm surprised to see it all torn up now. A contractor once told me that the soil was contaminated from the factory on the same block and that's why it wasn't developed. For reference, this is across the street from Goethe School. My curiosity is piqued... Thanks in advance for any info!

  • Wow! Beginning at upper $700s, too?! This is pretty intense...

  • One more question! I know it's been discussed elsewhere on EB, so I'm sorry to ask again, but what time is construction allowed to start in the morning? It can't be 6:30am... This is a 311 situation, right?

Sep 28

Updated Sep 30

Direct Energy?

This evening a man came to my door asking me to switch to Direct Energy as my electricity provider...I think...

He wouldn't exactly state his business, but it seemed that was the gist of his being there...he said he was door-knocking for my benefit and for the benefit of my neighbors.

I asked to photocopy some of his company's information, so I could look at it more carefully. He said it was the private property of his company, and wouldn't...

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This evening a man came to my door asking me to switch to Direct Energy as my electricity provider...I think...

He wouldn't exactly state his business, but it seemed that was the gist of his being there...he said he was door-knocking for my benefit and for the benefit of my neighbors.

I asked to photocopy some of his company's information, so I could look at it more carefully. He said it was the private property of his company, and wouldn't allow me to copy any of it. I asked if he had any material to give me that I could look over, and he said he did not.

A few years ago I was slammed by someone coming to my door about energy companies, etc. As a result, I am leery, so I told this man that I would contact Citizens' Utility Board first, and then look into his company based on their opinion.

I emailed CUB about Direct Energy, and am awaiting a response. I will post the answer from CUB as soon as I hear what they have to say.

Thanks.

  • Place a "No Solicitation" sign on your door. It has worked wonders for me,

  • I've done that. It's reduced the traffic @ 50%. For some reason, campaign workers don't feel they're "soliciting"...

Jul 30

Updated Sep 29

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Let's not forget the military school fiasco.

  • I would be interested if anyone had a collection of links that explained candidate positions. I find it annoyingly difficult to find anything of substance. Part of filing should be the public posting of 100 pages of policy proposals personally written by the candidate.

    For what it's worth, I discovered this blog trying to research Irizarry:
    http://juanitairizarry.wordpress.com/

    Light on substance, heavy on religion.

Sep 27

Updated Sep 29

Entrepreneur on Milwaukee

Just saw a hooker pick up a john on Milwaukee, right across from the Logan Blue line station. At 11 am. Didn't have my phone on me, plus I doubt the police would be interested in an isolated incident. It IS isolated, yes? Or have others seen this activity around the station?

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    we're going to have to agree to disagree, kate.

    eons ago i was a fanatically social and fiscal liberal who truly believed the disadvantaged could be raised up with a helping hand and that crime could be eradicated if we had mercy on criminals and led them to rehabilitation. i...

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    we're going to have to agree to disagree, kate.

    eons ago i was a fanatically social and fiscal liberal who truly believed the disadvantaged could be raised up with a helping hand and that crime could be eradicated if we had mercy on criminals and led them to rehabilitation. i read the works of marx and lenin ... and alinsky, looking for hope but eventually saw through their empty, manipulative, failed philosophies.

    i have seen 40-50 years of the failure of the liberal approach, the failure of protocols to treat, not punish, the criminal, to give away money to those who will not work.

    i quit believing in that BS a long, long time ago. i grew up.

    i no longer view crime, welfare, the economy, social policy, domestic and national policy, national defense, or much of anything else through the liberal kaleidoscope.

    prison IS a deterrent ... for as long as the incarceration lasts. they come out, re-crime, return to prison. more deterrence. criminals come out, re-crime, die in the attempt. oh well, more deterrence.

    i am an attorney and licensed private investigator. i am certified to, and do, train people to accurately shoot a firearm until an imminent threat on their life is stopped.

    i believe that Themis holds the scales of justice in her left hand and the sword in her right for a reason. what is that reason? she is right-handed.

    prostitutes fund pimps who fund groups that buy and sell drugs on a scale you cannot imagine, engage in sex trafficking, kill to protect their area and sales and secrets, buy sell and use illegal weapons. the whole money chain is toxic and corrupt - from the street to the kingpin.

    someone very close to me was once saved from death by a coven of hookers, taken in by them while dying. the person survived and went to prison - rightly so. i, in turn, owe my life to that person.

    so i do not hate prostitutes. my position is not ad hominem. my stance is pro law, pro safety.

    so yes, absolutely. ENFORCE THE LAW. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIME.

  • Y'all are presuming a lot about folks you don't even know. I've known sex workers in this city, and while some of their stories were tragic and some of them were empowering, none of them were kidnapped or coerced into doing it. That's not to say that there *aren't* sex...

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    Y'all are presuming a lot about folks you don't even know. I've known sex workers in this city, and while some of their stories were tragic and some of them were empowering, none of them were kidnapped or coerced into doing it. That's not to say that there *aren't* sex workers out there who are in that situation; this is only to say that none of us know sh*t about their backgrounds or choices, so let's not fly off the handle talking about cutting off the drug-addled dragon's tails or whatever other sort of lame analogies for crime that we can come up with.

    Gil, you haven't seen 40-50 years of a liberal failure. You've seen 40-50 years of a bipartisan failure to actually cooperate and work towards long-term and sustainable government solutions. But hey, I probably shouldn't expect too much from anyone who speaks of viewing the world merely through a "liberal" or "conservative" lens.

Sep 27

Found pomeranian at North and Kedzie

Very sweet, loving little lady! She turns over for belly rubs. Bad eye and teeth. Very soft. If anyone recognizes her let me know, ill be taking her to Anti Cruelty in the next hour or so. Also if anyone is looking for a sweet small older dog she'll be there if they accept her :)

Sep 24

Updated Sep 26

Patio Pooper

I came home today and found that someone had broken into my enclosed patio to take a poop. Nothing appears to have been stolen, it really seems more like my patio became someone's toilet. Totally gross. Has anyone else in the Logan Square/Humboldt Park area been visited by the patio pooper?

  • I came home yesterday from being gone for a week to find the patio rug in front of my place with poop on it. I figured it was some dog. There was some toilet paper and a rag sitting by it. I will be installing motion detector lights and considering...

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    I came home yesterday from being gone for a week to find the patio rug in front of my place with poop on it. I figured it was some dog. There was some toilet paper and a rag sitting by it. I will be installing motion detector lights and considering a camera. I will literally crush this person if I catch them. A) I have rights as they are on my property. I will drop a table on them from my window or balcony if need be. Also I am sick of people trashing the neighborhood. I noticed two small trash bags filled with bottles and food right in the middle of the sidewalk on damen this AM.

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    a garage pooper was caught in the act by a neighbor this last spring. there was a lot of yelling then the driver accidentally hit the pooper friend with their car. pretty wild night. too bad the rat bashing bat boys weren't out tearing it up that night.

Sep 22

Updated Sep 25

Inexpensive massage?

Does anyone know of an inexpensive place, maybe a school, where you can get an inexpensive massage? Ive never had one, and would love to try it out. Thanks.

  • In the state of IL students can not accept payment (the clinic can) or tips. This is an IRS law.

  • Mirror mirror in the west loop tend to have a bunch of groupons for $39 per massage I have been about 3 times. Pretty good deal

Sep 25

Updated Sep 25

Which way do I go?

When driving down a one way and one comes up on one of those "islands" in the intersection(put there to slow down traffic), what's the proper way to make a left turn? Does one go around the island? OR does one simply make a left turn in front of the island?

  • Be careful other drivers will take the shorter incorrect route...

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    yeah the proper way would be to go around to the right, but you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't cut left.

Sep 25

Updated Sep 25

Community Garden

Be careful there is a guy video tapong kids by the community garden, looking out the window, at humboldt blvd and north avenue. My kids have always gone there since it was established on the parllel block. Now they are spooked

Sep 25

Updated Sep 25

Unity mural at Calf. & Armitage?

Last week, they whitewashed a wall off the alley on the s/e corner of Calf. and Armitage and painted "Unity Mural Coming Soon" ...it was immediately tagged, it looks like, and someone wrong "funny" underneath it. (sorry for crappy phone photos) anyone know if it is a for-real mural? what the design is and who is sponsoring it? wondering about it in light of the eb debate about the blueline mural.

  • hmmm. guess i will watch the spot and report.

  • Managed to track this post down from Facebook:

    Hello Community, The Aspira Mirta Ramirez Student Mural Club is seeking paint donations for a mural project at Armitage and California. AnySquared is excited to support the club by connecting them with material donations to create and complete their ambitious project. We...

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    Managed to track this post down from Facebook:

    Hello Community, The Aspira Mirta Ramirez Student Mural Club is seeking paint donations for a mural project at Armitage and California. AnySquared is excited to support the club by connecting them with material donations to create and complete their ambitious project. We hope that you can help!
    Seeking Acrylic or Latex Paint:
    Partial or full cans
    Bright colors especially desired: Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green, Orange. Whites and Darks are also welcome.
    If you have brushes or rollers to donate, that would also be appreciated!
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    Brian Herrera is the point person for the club:
    Contact him at bthedesign@gmail.com
    Brian will make arrangements to pick the paint up from you!
    --OR--
    Drop off paint on Wednesdays from 3pm to 8pm
    During AnySquared's weekly Studio Day
    2328 North Milwaukee
    Look for the open studio sandwich board. The door will be open.
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    Let's help them make this project come to fruition!!!
    Thanks!
    Tracy Kostenbader
    AnySquared Projects
    http://AnySquared.com

Sep 23

Updated Sep 25

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    I thought that there was a code among graffiti artists to not deface major graffiti art that goes beyond just tagging. I think that this outdoor murals could be classified as graffiti art because of the materials and style of the work crosses over into graffiti art. Even if it...

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    I thought that there was a code among graffiti artists to not deface major graffiti art that goes beyond just tagging. I think that this outdoor murals could be classified as graffiti art because of the materials and style of the work crosses over into graffiti art. Even if it isn't the greatest mural that anyone has ever seen, it was done with the help of the community and children. What was done to it was so disrespectful and selfish. I have a real problem with taggers. I don't consider them artists. They are just marking territory, thinking this makes them important, but instead it just makes them idiots, not artists. They are wannabes that will never be. It takes talent to be a graffiti artist. Taggers have no talent, and think too highly of themselves. They disrespect property and real artists. They think only of themselves.

  • Redhead New Logan Square denizen

    The CTA advertised a mural project and held an open call with voting for a wide list of stations in the past, but not this one. Is Logan Square not deserving of such regard from a neighborhood bursting at the seams with artists?

    You're right, I am envious and I...

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    The CTA advertised a mural project and held an open call with voting for a wide list of stations in the past, but not this one. Is Logan Square not deserving of such regard from a neighborhood bursting at the seams with artists?

    You're right, I am envious and I would have loved to have pitched a proposal, but I didn't know it was an option nor did I (and still don't) know how to go about it. Some research will have to be done because it seems a lot of people find the mural an eyesore. You should see the comment thread on the original article. I think its only fair to open the floodgates to proposals and collaborations for when this 2 year tenure is complete.

    The blue and yellow mural was iconic - "a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something" - and well known. It was simplistic and stereotypical, but at least it had a history and story that involved Logan Square. Even Chicago Picasso was met with disgust and controversy, but now has become an icon of the city. It would be impossible to move to another location, as it created for that space. The same with Calder's Flamingo. But this isn't about sculptures from famous artists; this is a discussion on a wall painted for advertisement. Everyone has a right to their opinion and definition of art, and a right to voice it when forced to stare at it daily.

    I agree with Keith - anyone who creates a public mural should expect graffiti. The artist and gallery took precautions and sealed the mural, thus not letting it get "destroyed" as the article suggested. That's what sparked all of this. The mural is fine.

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