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DNAinfo. Needs To Learn How To Count-Or At Least Not Spin

In an article from DNAinfo. titled (Riot Fest Is Not Leaving Humboldt Park, Organizers Say), they wrote-
"That’s despite an EveryBlock post entitled “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?” that emerged Tuesday that prompted 41 responses ranging from concern to good riddance messages. A second post, “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,” was made three days later, drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."!
WHERE DID THEY COME UP WITH THIS INFORMATION?!? I went back...

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In an article from DNAinfo. titled (Riot Fest Is Not Leaving Humboldt Park, Organizers Say), they wrote-
"That’s despite an EveryBlock post entitled “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?” that emerged Tuesday that prompted 41 responses ranging from concern to good riddance messages. A second post, “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,” was made three days later, drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."!
WHERE DID THEY COME UP WITH THIS INFORMATION?!? I went back and read both threads again and found no statement of "good riddance" in “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?”! All the other comments were about CONCERN alright! CONCERN about the fest leaving and how they want it to stay. ONLY ONE PERSON had a negative comment and that person comments that change for the good in HP is bad?!? In the thread “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,”. Where did do get "drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."! Not one comment was negative about RF and most supported it. Neighbors wrote about having meetings with the Alderman, Park District and RF promoters to get them to commit to HP! A very definitive answer of "HP neighbors want RF to stay in a huge way" to me!!!
DNAinfo. did you think the citizens of HP would let you down play this most important event in their neighborhood? I will be waiting to read your retraction and/or apologies to your readers in the HP community. Have a nice day.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I go to DNAinfo. to get my news in HP because the papers leave out a lot of the violence that happens here. Also DNAinfo. adds what contributed to the violence, so I was very upset when I read this article. I received 25 thanks for writing “Riot Fest Needs...

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    I go to DNAinfo. to get my news in HP because the papers leave out a lot of the violence that happens here. Also DNAinfo. adds what contributed to the violence, so I was very upset when I read this article. I received 25 thanks for writing “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,” which means 25 readers are for RF in HP to me! I would have never thought that DNAinfo. could have reported this story so wrong and not understood what the majority of residence feel in HP. EPIC FAIL DNAinfo.!!!!!!

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Riot Fest Needs our Help

UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last...

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UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last years flood during RF. Another member complained that Sacramento was closed one day prior. There was talk of the food trailers in HP going after RF for lost income because setting up days before RF. Max remarked that Sacramento was only closed for an hour that day, the food trailers have a contract with the park district and have given three options on setting up during RF. This RF did not have to do but reached out to the food trailers to help any way RF could! Max went on that the drains in the park were filled with GREASE, gravel and dirt which contributed to the flooding last year. Amy remarked that clogged drains have been a problem going back as far as 2008 in other locations in the park. Max pointed out clearly that RF has to follow Park District rules and complaints about thous rules being followed belong to the Park District and should be made to them and not placed onto RF.
I do not understand why a fest that does so much good "the list is to long to write here" for HP is being questioned on such minor matters? Shootings and gang activity do not spike during this fest! Why are they getting such a hard time making HP a great place to live by the powers in City Hall? Now is the time citizens of HP! If you love RF, write and call your Alderman, The Mayor and attend Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings and make your voice be heard! RF needs us to show our overwhelming support.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Meg, if it is true that this is a Park District thing thn contact,the head of the Park District. For city things follow,the,steps I listed. I have no idea why citizens keep going to the same place that does not give service...and then expects something positive to occur.

    Do foias....

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    Meg, if it is true that this is a Park District thing thn contact,the head of the Park District. For city things follow,the,steps I listed. I have no idea why citizens keep going to the same place that does not give service...and then expects something positive to occur.

    Do foias. Send in the complaints, with photos,or other evidence. If nothing happens send it to the regulatoru bodies and top city lawyer and get them involved. U definitely will get a resolution from the mayor, commissioner, regulatory body.

    I used to be stupid and keep ordering from a ward super and 311 for,years. I Don't waste my time doing that anymore. I go to the,top dogs responsible and tell them to hold their feet on the ground responsible. When they won't I report it to a regulatory body.

22 hours ago

Aldi Development Presentation

The Bucktown Community Organization is hosting a meeting this week hearing proposals on zoning changes for 2339-59 North Seeley & 2332-34 North Elston in Bucktown.
And a presentation of the ALDI project.

Thought those of us in Logan Square who shop there, or are interested in development, might like to attend. I'm assuming the meeting is open to those who would like to hear about the ALDI project. Wed. 7-8pm. Bucktown Library.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Structural analysis of our home

Any ideas for someone to come analyze the structure of our home? Recently we have a few cracks along some kitchen wall seems and a few hardwood floor slats that seem to be slightly separating.

  • Thank you everone. This is super helpful.

  • Another vote for Clark Baurer. Our condo association worked with him, and were very pleased. He also lives in the neighborhood himself, so you would be supporting one of your neighbors.

Feb 22

Updated 5 days ago

1411/1412 Beat Meeting on Feb. 26

The beat meeting for 1411/1412, which had been postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7pm. Beat meetings are held at St. Nicolai Church, 3000 N. Kedzie Ave.

In addition to the usual information about crime statistics, police alerts, significant arrests and neighborhood occurrences, this meeting will also feature a information on bicycle theft prevention.
With Spring approaching (allegedly), people will be using their bikes more often. With more bikes out, the number of bicycle thefts increases in spring/summer. Get some tips from CPD members who are also cyclists on protecting your bike from theft.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    Due to time constraints, the bike theft tips will be at April's meeting. Still worth attending!

Feb 03

Updated 6 days ago

Development around Kedzie/Armitage?

Does anyone know what's happening in the building across from Scofflaw (MuveMusic building) on the NW corner of Kedzie and Armitage? My boyfriend received a hint from someone at Scofflaw that "something good" was coming, but no more details were offered. I also wondered if anyone had heard any plans about anything coming into the other vacant buildings on the north side of Armitage in that general area (for example, there are a few vacant storefronts between the cleaners and Walgreens, east of Kedzie)?

  • thanks gayle and michael for the links...which i used to see that there were permit denials in jan and feb for the old ronny's site...so frustrating.

  • I went by Tumbao on my way home from voting today and saw workers going in and out. Clearly something is happening in the space, even if it's not Scofflaw related.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

I support Ronda Locke in the 1st Ward Aldermanic race because instead of having to explain what she will do with developer contributions and wondering whether they will influence her decisions, she simply won't accept these contributions. Ronda is a true business supporter because new and existing business owners will know that they will get a fair hearing without wondering if they need to make a contribution to her.

Feb 23

Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

It is time for adult leadership in the 1st Ward. Ronda Locke is a Chicago Public School parent, serves on her Local School Council, her local Park District Advisory Council, volunteered with the Chicago Police Department as a volunteer peer jury adult moderator and raised funds to improve local play lots. Ronda has done more as a volunteer than many elected officials. She deserves your vote.

Feb 23

Brentano School Winter Open House and Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration - This Saturday!

Brentano Winter Open House and
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
THIS Saturday, Feb.28th, 10:30-1:00

Please join us at Brentano this Saturday for a party in honor of Dr. Seuss and meet the teachers, parents and students who make the Brentano family truly special.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 22

Best election resources?

I'm catching up on local politics this weekend...what are your favorite online resources for getting up to speed on the candidates?

  • ErikaM Blue-Line identified

    Don Washington started Mayoral Tutorial last cycle, and I am glad it has continued. http://mayoraltutorial.com/

  • aldertrack.com is pretty good - it has a 'racing form' PDF with all the candidate stances on major issues, their platforms, their URLs, their endorsements by others/press and the blog part has a lot of good walkthroughs/videos of issues.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 21

Low Flying Plane last night 2/19/2015

Anybody see the plane last night the felt like it was on top of my head last night? Sometime between 8pm and 10:30pm?

  • Yes! I thought it was crashing. Went outide to check it out but didn't see anything.

  • Brenton A poor, poor, writer in Humboldt Park.

    V22 Ospreys escorting Obama. Scary things.

  • newcomer Newbie

    Yes Brenton, I saw them too. It was two low flying helicopters. They went over in the late morning as well.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 21

retail space in logan

Does anybody know how one might go about getting information on available retail space in the area?

I live the neighborhood and have noticed so many empty storefronts on Milwaukee Ave. just west of the square. I can't find any info on whether these are available, who owns them, or how to get in touch with the landlord. It seems like such prime space yet so much of that stretch is sitting empty.

Appreciate your thoughts!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    Here's a quicker link to what Susan mentioned:
    http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/site-selector

    It's run by World Business Chicago, the city's semi-independent business/economic development promotion organization chaired by Mayor Emanuel. The CRE (commercial real estate) listings on that site come from Rofo.

  • The papered up spaces closer to the Diversey intersection are owned by Fishman and are currently being remodeled before being put up for rent

Feb 19

Updated Feb 20

Community Vet Clinic-Sat 21st 1-2:30

Pet Supplies Plus- 3640 N. Elston (773) 583-2288.
Usually held to the side of the building. Line forms, but I kept my dog in the car until it was my turn. Shots, etc. We had a good experience. The prices are good if this is what you are looking for. This location is run by amazing people. I've gone here for years.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    Yeah if you get on the Pet Supplies Plus email list they send you emails about these. they're really just vaccine clinics, though, not sick pet care and no spay/neuter.

    Anti Cruelty, Treehouse, and PAWS (the one on 26th street) all have free or low cost spay neuter in the city. There's also usually a $40 discount at private vets during february (yeesh this month goes by fast!)

    The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation sometimes sponsors low-cost vaccine clinics, but they're usually on the south or west sides.

  • That's an added bonus for cheering on the Hawks.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

Water Meter or Not?

Hello All! Just looking for thoughts and or opinions...we are thinking of getting a water meter installed for our 2 flat. We are currently paying $775 every 6 months. We think it's a lot considering there are three people living on first floor and three on second floor. People who have two flats and a water meter, what do you pay? Is a water meter worth it? Thanks for any thoughts and or opinions!

  • Get it as fast as you can...can save you hundreds(!!) of dollars. I wiffled on this but eventually gave in at $600 x twice a year...saving bucks now

  • Joining chorus. Get it. You have to really be a water glutton to go over the non metered rate, which I guess is the whole point.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 19

The Dead Reunion Show Rejection Letter?

Hi all. I met a lot of people at the post office on California while sending my mail in order for tickets who were doing the same. I was wondering if anyone in our area has received rejection letters or any news on tickets? I haven't gotten anything so hoping some of you have some updates? Thanks all!

  • Question for my fellow rejects (who used western union money orders)...
    Based on this western union website, it looks like there is a $15 processing fee for EACH money order return (and it takes 30 days!). Please tell me I'm reading this wrong, or there is a way around it...
    I'm feeling dumb and ill.
    https://thewesternunion.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/52/~/money-order-refund

  • I didn't do a mail order myself but did hear something like that regarding the Western Union MOs.

    I'm sorry - the whole thing sounded pretty disorganized - part of the reason I decided to wait for public onsale.

Feb 16

Updated Feb 17

LA Fitness - California & Diversey

Anyone know of an update to the development of an LA Fitness in the former Olympia Carpet building at California & Diversey? Past reports indicated an early 2015 opening, but one look at the building and it appears that all construction has ceased with no end in sight.

  • I was told it was going to be an Xsport which I thought was weird since there is one off Elston and Logan.

  • I'm so curious about this spot as well. It looks so shady and no progress appears to be made. They now park a security vehicle there full time, though often it is empty.

Jan 14

Updated Feb 17

Aldermanic Debates for the 26th Ward

Curious if there are any debates scheduled for the the Aldermanic race in the 26th Ward prior to the February election. A quick web search did not yield anything useful. Thanks!

  • Kyle eat, drink, run

    The Sun-Times also published their first list of Alderman Endorsements this morning (wards 1-10). The first few paragraphs are about lofty standards and idealism and courage to face hard truths about city finances, then they endorsed 6 of 9 incumbents. They do at least have a paragraph of reasoning behind each endorsement...we'll see if the trend of backing incumbents holds up when they get to the 26th.

  • Tonight at EuroFurniture, 2145 W. Grand Ave. at 7 p.m. It is apparently a meet and greet with all 3 candidates answering the same questions. They will not be allowed to question each other.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150217/humboldt-park/26th-ward-aldermanic-forum-will-feature-all-three-candidates-tuesday-night

Feb 15

Updated Feb 17

Hoy?

Does anyone know who I can contact to ensure Hoy stops being delivered to my house? It's been three years that this publication is thrown into my lawn and I never requested it.

  • The link that Kevin M shared in this thread seems to have worked. Well, I got a response at least. They said it can take up to 2 weeks, but, in 2 weeks I should know! Fingers crossed and thank you!

  • I also used the Kevin M link...and got the same response......allow 2 weeks to be removed from the mailing list. Thank you!!

Feb 09

Updated Feb 16

Verizon data on blue line?

Does anybody with the new iPhone have trouble accessing Verizon data on the logan square blue line platform?

I have an older phone and have trouble getting service waiting for the train, but I used to not have a problem prior to joining Verizon 2 years ago.

Feb 14

Updated Feb 16

Dibs!!!

Dibs is only acceptable 1 week after any extreme weather condition. After a week, dibs should be shut down. Its been more than a week!!! Take your reservations off!!!!

Feb 13

Updated Feb 14

  • Jack79 5-year Logan Square resident

    Interesting read, looking forward to seeing what the Congress looks like after it is fixed up.

Feb 13

Updated Feb 13

PSA: remove your dibs items!

Streets and Sanitation trucks are going through LS right now tossing all the dibs gear (note: I have no opinion on dibs, just want to keep my neighbors informed!)

  • Logan Square looks like a garbage dump right now. People are afraid of violence based on where they park. But let's pretend there are a couple sides to the dibs "debate".

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    PSA: be a decent human and don't put junk in the street with the implicit threat that you'll vandalize cars parked in those spots.

Feb 13

Updated Feb 13

Dibs Garbage Trucks on The Roll!

I just saw a garbage truck, with two guys hanging off the back, go down Troy St (by North avenue) picking up dibs debris. Great to see!

FYI, They seemed to be only grabbing the chairs/garbage that were sitting in the street, and not the chairs/garbage are sitting 2' away in the parkway. (ready to be put back on the street with then next .03" of snowfall hits.

Thanks to the city for listening and cleaning this mess up! I...

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I just saw a garbage truck, with two guys hanging off the back, go down Troy St (by North avenue) picking up dibs debris. Great to see!

FYI, They seemed to be only grabbing the chairs/garbage that were sitting in the street, and not the chairs/garbage are sitting 2' away in the parkway. (ready to be put back on the street with then next .03" of snowfall hits.

Thanks to the city for listening and cleaning this mess up! I cannot believe people were still playing the 'dibs card' 14 days after the storm.

I think next snow fall I may ask for donations on EB, to put a dumpster on the corner and clean it out myself after 7 days. I will label it DIBS DEBRIS and note the location so everyone knows where it is located.

What ya think? I am sure I can get 50 angry people on EB to donate $5 :) A 10 cubic yard dump is around $350 with a three day street permit.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Yep. I'm pro-dibs but more than a few days is too long.

Aug 03 2012

Updated Feb 13

Logan Square Internet Providers

Anyone know of any alternatives to Comcast for Internet? They were the only provider servicing my area in 2010, but I'm getting pretty tired of high fees and constant outages. Curious if anyone has any tips for keeping it under $70/month—or better yet, an alternate provider. Looks like other options could include ATT or RCN...I'm just not sure if they service Logan Square currently. Thanks in advance!

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    I've found that the best alternative to Comcast - is Comcast.

    Call and tell them you can't handle their outrageous bills anymore - tell them you want to quit all services and they'll set you up with a reasonable plan.

    I now pay $55 for the 25MB internet service and Basic Cable combined. Does the trick for me.

  • EllenBR Lifelong Chicagoan

    My continuing saga with AT&T - which I am calling "why can't I could quit you?"....

    I upgraded from AT&T DSL about a year ago, switched to their U-Verse,18Mbps plan with a 1 yr promo....decent price . So, the year is up, my rate went up, and I come to...

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    My continuing saga with AT&T - which I am calling "why can't I could quit you?"....

    I upgraded from AT&T DSL about a year ago, switched to their U-Verse,18Mbps plan with a 1 yr promo....decent price . So, the year is up, my rate went up, and I come to find out that they no longer offer the U-Verse 18Mbps service in my area, (Logan Square/Humboldt Park) it now maxes out at 6Mbps.....not fast enough for me, as I also work from home a lot.

    I have to say, as far as customer service goes, once you get through to someone, they are very accommodating. The best way to get to the right person seems to be by posting on their FB Page.....I find just calling doesn't really work, and only adds to the frustration.

    They are sending someone out today, to work on a "network issue," what ever that really means. But the fact here is, that if they can't provide me with a higher speed, I have to change providers.....and so the question is, which devil do I choose? AT&T is my known devil, and I do have some absurd loyalty. What to do? What to do?

    Suggestions?

    Thanks

    Ellen

Feb 12

Updated Feb 12

Kedzie blocked

Does anyone know what's going on between Wabansia and Bloomingdale, on Kedzie? There are police blocking the street and an ambulance just passed.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Semi serious accident at Kedize/Bloomingdale. Seems a drunk driver came the wrong way down Kedzie from at least Armitage and blasted a northbound SUV. Was on the scene pretty quickly, put out a small fire, and talked to the pinned driver. He did eventually get out and was not seriously injured at least externally. Driver of the NB car was alert and responsive, seemed OK.

    Both SUVs obviously totaled. Could have been a lot worse.

Feb 11

Updated Feb 12

Free TV

Free TV in the alley between Monticello and Lawndale, north of Palmer. Works good but weighs a ton, bring a friend to help load it up.

  • Already gone. That was fast!

  • I have a 36 inch I can't get out of my basement. Anyone interested send message.

  • Jack79 5-year Logan Square resident

    I also have a free 36" TV, Sony Trinitron it works great I just upgraded to a LCD. Message me if interested.

Feb 11

Updated Feb 12

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Filming Prohibits Parking

At the eastern end of Logan Blvd ~100 unofficial factsheets were posted on residential entryways & parked vehicles claiming that 3 blocks of streetside parking would be prohibited for a significant timespan due to the filming of a tv show. It included a paragraph on the beneficence of such operations to the neighborhood & municipal economy, which I initially granted with indifference, until someone raised the question of limits to the rights of residents vis-à-vis the film production, & who...

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At the eastern end of Logan Blvd ~100 unofficial factsheets were posted on residential entryways & parked vehicles claiming that 3 blocks of streetside parking would be prohibited for a significant timespan due to the filming of a tv show. It included a paragraph on the beneficence of such operations to the neighborhood & municipal economy, which I initially granted with indifference, until someone raised the question of limits to the rights of residents vis-à-vis the film production, & who mediates their claims? Perhaps they do have a permit, perhaps the streets are public property & generate municipal revenue, perhaps they do benefit nearby businesses, but do they have the right to occupy a neighborhood without the consent of the residents, or to arbitrarily cancel numerous taxpayers' parking places, or to take exclusive ownership of the profits on residents' maintainence of neighborrhood ambience, how is the Alderman speaking for or accountable to their constitutents, ...?
While not intending to be so pessimistic or litigious, I'm more interested in neighbors' standpoint on this filming, so what are your thoughts?

  • And great leading parts for actors so that they don't feel they have to move to LA or NYC. Let's keep them here!

  • Orangina Recidivist

    A comparable problem to a street fest in the summer that you didn't know was coming. Grumble and move on. Enjoy it and move one. The choice is yours.

Feb 10

Found Keys

Message if yours

Feb 08

Updated Feb 09

Free b&w laser printer

Working small footprint brother laser printer with half used cartridge. Works good. I bought wireless version so don't need this one. If u could use it let me know. Free for pickup near armitage and california.

  • Seth Logan Square resident for 15+ years

    Terrific! I'll email you now. Thanks!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    I understand the other two people have dibs. I just would like to remind all readers of this post to keep in mind to recycle your old electronic equipment to such organizations.

Feb 07

Lost glasses at Logan and fransisco

Found a black pair of glasses on my front steps. Oliver People's case say "Moscot/originals". Reply if they are yours.

Feb 05

Updated Feb 07

How long can you claim your dibs?

Wondering at what point people plan to remove their lawnchairs/crates? How much does the snow have to melt? Asking in seriousness because, from the forecast, it looks like it might not melt completely before we get hit with the next storm. What are the rules in this situation?

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

    I strongly recoment that you call 311 and make out a police report over the phone about the vandaism to your car. Alterantivly, you can call 911, arrainge to meet a squad car at your car, and therby remind your nighbors of the illegality of what is transpiring. Maybe remove the cr-p while they are sitting there.

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

    Perhaps you could also call the Mayor's office, and ask if the city will cover the cost of the vandalism; since the Mayor's words seemed to have inspired it. . . . Or maybe Rahm will pay it out of his own (deep) pockets, like he does the red light tickets his detail collects. . . :)

Feb 05

Updated Feb 06

Looking to get involved

Hello neighbors! I just moved to Humboldt Park and, as a journalism student, I want to know what is going on in my community. What stories would you (as members of the community) like to see covered?

Thank you

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Snow removal around Norwegian American Hospital

It's such a shame that Norwegian Hospital is not clearing their sidewalks of snow. This has been a reoccurring problem this year, but I know they have plows and the grounds staff to do it. What's the excuse this time?

I sent an email through their webpage, but I doubt if it'll get any traction. Anyone have a contact there?

  • You'd think that with Hispanic Housing and Bickerdike getting their property for $1 and not paying any property taxes that there would be at least a small budget for maintenance...

  • They can't clean the snow off the sidewalk? Our former alderman, Billy Ocasio, who now works for the hospital and spearheaded the land deal to develop a housing project with current Alderman Maldonado, will fill their pockets With Tax Payer Funds yet can't find the common decency to clear the sidewalks to help people in their ward? What is disgrace.

Feb 05

Stand-by election day judges needed $175

The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for standby judges to work election day, Tuesday, February 24th. You do not need to be a registered voter or live in the City of Chicago and you don't need experience. You do need to attend a training class and report to Harold Washington College on election day at 5am. If you're called to a polling place to work, you'd be driven there and back. Call the Board (312) 269-7984 and ask for the HR dept.

Feb 05

Updated Feb 05

wowee -- did you see what's going into the old Mitad Del Mundo on Armitage!

its in crain's

"Stephen Hasson, who has been chef de partie at Sixteen at the Trump Tower and Alinea, and has worked alongside Patrick Sheerin at the Signature Room, is opening his own restaurant."

The Italian restaurant, which Hasson, 30, describes as a modern diner, is slated to open this summer in Logan Square.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150204/BLOGS09/150209884/coming-to-logan-square-a-diner-with-an-italian-twist?utm_campaign=chicagobusiness&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=BLOGS09

it's going to be right across the street from the fancy italian place we got last year, Osteria Langhe --

wonder if that will finally put the kibosh on the after hours bad behavior at the next door sushi joint...

  • here's the rest of the short article in case you hit the (on again off again) paywall:
    (the weird thing is they talk about it being a nightclub and skip the last two incarnations...Blitz and until a month or so ago, quite abruptly, Mitad)

    Stephen Hasson, who has been chef...

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    here's the rest of the short article in case you hit the (on again off again) paywall:
    (the weird thing is they talk about it being a nightclub and skip the last two incarnations...Blitz and until a month or so ago, quite abruptly, Mitad)

    Stephen Hasson, who has been chef de partie at Sixteen at the Trump Tower and Alinea, and has worked alongside Patrick Sheerin at the Signature Room, is opening his own restaurant.

    The Italian restaurant, which Hasson, 30, describes as a modern diner, is slated to open this summer in Logan Square.

    Chicago-based Kudan Realty's Brian Laskov sold the 2,800-square-foot space at 2833 W. Armitage Ave., once a Ukrainian nightclub, to Hasson's parents, Albert and Marlee Hasson, who are backing the project. The Italian-driven menu will change seasonally and feature homemade pasta and flatbread pizzas made with local ingredients.

    "I've worked hard and put in a lot of hours for other people, and now I'll be doing that for myself," the younger Hasson said. He's cooking at Salero on Randolph Street's restaurant row while he gets his new restaurant up and running.

    Hasson said his experience at fine-dining establishments has helped him hone his attention to detail. He wants his restaurant to be "approachable; to serve really good food at a fair price."

  • So awesome! I would be thrilled for this to head a boost for our stretch of Armitage. Bakery please? Sandwich place maybe? Possibly a soup emporium? Truly good, not jr high cafeteria quality ie the present occupants of the north side of the street? A girl can dream...

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Why is the Alderman's block plowed to pavement and cars are getting stuck a few feet away?

The block of Troy between Bloomingdale and Wabansia got plowed and salted (to the pavement) but stopped at the end of the block, just before the corner of Troy and Wabansia, where cars have still be getting stuck regularly, on the hour. Wabansia is also a mess. They did a great job on just that one block. Weird huh, to plow and salt one block, right? It's the block where the Alderman, Maldonado lives. Coincidence?

  • I have noticed this for other alderman over the years. I was informed several years ago that aldermen get plowed out first so that they can get out and help the rest of us. Not judging -- just reporting what I was told.

  • I don't think any city worker wants to look bad to the Alderman or other official. I've always wished I lived on the block of an alderman or other elected official. That seems to be one of the perks.

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