12 hours ago

Take control of your safety

Attention ladies!

Every single day we read about examples of violence in our neighborhoods. It's time to take control of your safety and well-being.

When I first moved to Chicago, I promised myself to take a self-defense course. Not just any course, but one that made me feel as if I could REALLY defend myself.

IMPACT Chicago teaches self-defense for women. The most interesting part of this is that women are strong in their lower body. That is the focus...

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Attention ladies!

Every single day we read about examples of violence in our neighborhoods. It's time to take control of your safety and well-being.

When I first moved to Chicago, I promised myself to take a self-defense course. Not just any course, but one that made me feel as if I could REALLY defend myself.

IMPACT Chicago teaches self-defense for women. The most interesting part of this is that women are strong in their lower body. That is the focus of this training. The other piece is that you are training when in a frightened state - helps with muscle memory and reaction times.

This is just a personal reference and I'm sure that people will post negative comments. I'm proud that I took control of my safety and will never feel like a victim while walking around our neighborhoods.

If you want more information, see their website. http://www.impactchicago.org/

They have upcoming classes and can even offer a payment plan to help with the cost.

This program changed my life - I hope others see the benefit as well.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Printed and Framed

Where is a good place in bucktown to get a picture printed and framed? Not looking for the highest quality frame or anything. Just a good value. Maybe 5 feet by 4 feet large print and frame.

  • Ginna R. Bucktown resident & business owner

    I love Frame Factory @ 1809 W. Webster. Or Webster Street Picture Frame at 2115 W. Webster

  • Not necessarily in Bucktown, but Michael's on Elston always does a great job! They have weekly framing coupons. See here: http://weeklyad.michaels.com/coupons

Aug 24

Updated Aug 25

I love the fest

I love this fest. The difference between this fest and others is affordability. I purchased a number of items and paid less than 200 bucks. What other fest in the city sells affordable art???? So folks, check it out and enjoy. I am not a beer drinker so sorry I cannot comment upon the prices. But I brought in an iced tea so all was good in the world, until I came home and turned on the news.....

  • Agreed easily one of my favorite fests in the city. Lack of crowds and drunkards was refreshing.

  • Bucktown Arts Fest A fest by the community for the community

    We are awfully happy to hear it! Thanks for being a part of it and helping our community in the process.

Aug 23

Updated Aug 24

New business next to Lazo's?

Does anyone know what is going on with the space next to Lazo's Tacos on Western Avenue? Recently, crews have been working on the exterior of the building.

Curious to know what will be opening there...thanks!

Aug 17

Updated Aug 22

2068 North Leavitt - New Luxury Custom Home by Foster Design Build

Foster Design Build is excited to announce our newest project in Bucktown at 2068 North Leavitt.

For more information regarding this project please visit www.fosterdesignbuild.com, email rberg@fosterdesignbuild.com or call 312-445-9564.

  • MaSumm Bucktown North Resident

    Strike3 -- Once upon a time, Leavitt was a commercial corridor, and many of the properties have survived through creative adaptive re-use: The next block north from this property block had a furniture maker and showroom (now a single family home), there were corner taverns every few blocks (for instance,...

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    Strike3 -- Once upon a time, Leavitt was a commercial corridor, and many of the properties have survived through creative adaptive re-use: The next block north from this property block had a furniture maker and showroom (now a single family home), there were corner taverns every few blocks (for instance, while now a single family, the building on nw corner of Hoyne / Leavitt was Pinky's until the early or mid 90's) and there was a funeral home at Leavitt/Lyndale (now a multi-unit apartment building). But, several have been lost, including two this summer -- this property and 2328 N. Leavitt, which was a corner tavern, then southwest style single family. Development and investment are good things, but balance and adaptive re-use are also welcome.

  • I wish I didn't look at the link of what was there. I'm not around there much anymore and wouldn't have known. I remember stumbling by and staring at that place after good nights at the charleston in the late 80's/90's. That particular section around there had/ has such a...

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    I wish I didn't look at the link of what was there. I'm not around there much anymore and wouldn't have known. I remember stumbling by and staring at that place after good nights at the charleston in the late 80's/90's. That particular section around there had/ has such a real feel. Always dreamed of owning around there. I feel so helpless with this unstoppable determination to erase these neighborhoods and replace with depressing stuff. Gone are the folks who move in for what it is and keep it going. I by the way live too close to the lovely development at leavitt/haddon. Still holding my breath that they stick some kind of decorative brick on those things. At least.

Aug 21

Updated Aug 22

Over Night Blue Line Construction

Our bedroom face the Western Blue Line stop. We are used to sleeping through the standard train sounds, but last night, they began night construction and we were awake for the entire thing. Although loud, the actual machinery is tolerable. What kept us up was the intermittent sound of boards or something similar being thrown from the el into large metal dumpsters on the ground. Every time I dozed off for a second, BOOM! Anyone know how long this is supposed to last? Should they be throwing materials from the tracks? I am exhausted.

  • Can you go on the website and get more information about construction?

    Sadly, city services has different 'rules' as I learned from 606. But file a complaint with the city anyway...everyone needs to sleep...

Aug 19

Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes! House & Garden Walk-Sept. 13th

EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON
2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

Popular Late Summer Showcase Hosted by Logan Square Preservation to Include Gardens and Church

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September 13 during the Logan Square Preservation 2014 House & Garden Walk.

Visitors enjoy relaxed interior tours of stately turn-of-the-century homes led by trained docents who...

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EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON
2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

Popular Late Summer Showcase Hosted by Logan Square Preservation to Include Gardens and Church

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September 13 during the Logan Square Preservation 2014 House & Garden Walk.

Visitors enjoy relaxed interior tours of stately turn-of-the-century homes led by trained docents who provide insight on history and architectural significance.

The event also includes access to four striking area gardens and the Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, the first religious institution of its kind in Chicago.

Most homes and gardens on the walk are located on Palmer Square, a pocket neighborhood of Logan Square, one of Chicago’s most historic and vibrant communities. The seven-acre Square recently was redeveloped by the City to include a children's play space, walking trails, soft surface jogging trail, open lawn areas, lighting, seating, and landscaping.

Visitors are highly encouraged to take in the Walk at a leisurely pace and also explore the surrounding neighborhood, now home to many award-winning, ethnic and eclectic restaurants.

The House and Garden Walk runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are now on sale for $25; day of event tickets are $30. Those interested can purchase tickets on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Av., or by visiting www.logansquarepreservation.org

Request further information from logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com.

This year marks the return of this popular late summer event hosted by Logan Square Preservation, a long-standing non-profit community organization with a rich history of preserving the homes and unique character of the neighborhood and its Boulevard network.

Aug 17

Updated Aug 18

Stolen Bicycle with Child's Seat

Had a 10 year old Gary Fisher Mountain bike stolen last night from my garage on Charleston. Just a reminder for all to keep their garages secure. I thought ours was locked but when i looked out saw it open around 9pm.

I see men with old pickups driving around the alleys looking for junk all the time. Often the stop and look into my garage when they don't realize I am in there.

  • These garbage picker upper type of cars should be outlawed . All they do is shuffle through our garbage and make a mess. We had a guy take our iron door off our fence.

Aug 16

Haircolor Models Needed This Monday

Hey neighbors!
I work as an apprentice at a salon called Art+Science on Milwakee Ave.
I'm looking for models who would like to do one color all over (no foiling).
Great for refreshing faded ends or correcting tone.
The appointments are this Monday at 1, 3, and 5pm.
The cost is only $10
Please email me at HeatherEckardt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Apr 08

Updated Aug 16

Need eyeglass frames adjusted - suggestions?

Anyone know a shop with licensed opticians in Wicker Park or Bucktown that can adjust Warby Parker frames for free or under $50?

  • I second the general awesomeness of Red Eye Optical!

  • I know that this is an ancient post, but I'd like to suggest Contacts and Specs on Milwaukee, by the Logan Theater. There's a $20 fee, but they provide all the information and instructions on how to get Warby Parker to reimburse you. These folks sell almost entirely plastic frames, so they know how to get your glasses back in the right shape.

Aug 05

Updated Aug 12

Lost my keys

Hello,
I lost my keys taking my dog for a walk on Tuesday, August 5th between 5:00pm-5:45pm between Claremont Ave. to Wabansia and Winnebago. Please give a shout out if you found them please:(

  • Hi Ruby Red,
    You are a great honest person, we need more people like you. When I lost my keys, I found a few more avenues people may try to notify others of lost items. You can post on the "lost and found" section on Craigs List.

    Also, you can...

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    Hi Ruby Red,
    You are a great honest person, we need more people like you. When I lost my keys, I found a few more avenues people may try to notify others of lost items. You can post on the "lost and found" section on Craigs List.

    Also, you can drop them off at your local police station. We called the police station on California and they have an entire bucket of lost keys people can rummage through to find their keys.

    Just two ideas! Good luck and thank you for being such an honest neighbor!

  • Thanks for the tip! A few months back I was the beneficiary of a kind soul and I just want to pay it forward!

Aug 11

Updated Aug 11

California and Damen Station Closures

It's my understanding these are station closures but not track closures. So trains will be running through the stations but not stopping there. Is that understanding correct? I get on at Western and am wondering if trains will still be running through the Damen station or if I need to come up with a new commute plan during the closures.

  • Yeah. No track closures. The blue line will run as normal just not stop at California sept-October, or Damen October-December.

Jul 31

Updated Aug 04

Property values

Property values near millennium park rose 100 dollars per square foot faster than everything else when the park opened. What's the word on property along the Bloomingdale trail next year? Any forecasts out there?

  • http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140731/wicker-park/wicker-park-rowhouses-near-bloomingdale-trail-sell-for-600k-700k

    This was posted last week. I've worked in the planning industry for 10 years. As long as parks are safe and seen as an asset to the community they almost always raise adjacent property values.

  • It's going to depend on what happens to the adjacent properties. If it's a vibrant park, values will go up. If it turns into an unpatrolled path where adjacent homes are broken into or lack privacy, values will go down.

  • thedom Chicagoan

    Correlation is not the same as causation.How do you know for certain that these park influenced the neighboring property values and that the city isn't just riding on the coattails of an already rapidly appreciating area? Also, isn't the sample of your personal experience as a planner somewhat biased?

Jul 17

Updated Jul 31

Any recommendations for a mechanic?

I live near the Western blue line stop and am looking for a reasonably priced, honest mechanic. Any recommendations are much appreciated!

  • Santos at Division and Hoyne. Great work and super honest. We had engine work done somewhere else before we brought it to him because we still were having problems. He turned down $2500 worth of work because he said the other mechanic should have fixed it. Reasonably priced too.

  • It's a little further away, but Ashland Tire and Auto is amazing.

Jul 25

Updated Jul 27

Scrap metal recycling - How's it work?

Has anyone ever brought old junk to the recycling places on Kingsbury?

How does it work? Which are the best places and is it possible to avoid those long lines of scrapper trucks?

We only have about two boxes worth, random stuff that's been sitting in our basement from various home projects, and we would like to get money for it, if possible.

Will we be waiting in line a long time and then only get 50-cents for our efforts?

  • a few weeks back aluminum was at $0.35/lb and steel/iron was at $0.05/lb.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Most of what we recycle is copper (stripped wire and pipe odds and ends); it's around $2.50/pound.

Jul 21

Updated Jul 21

Police activity on Rockwell and Bloomingdale

My neighbor just mentioned there were about 15 police cars and a fire truck on Rockwell and Bloomindale last night (Sunday). Anyone know what happened?

  • Curious about this report. Hopefully someone has some intel! I can't seem to find anything reflecting this in a news search (at least yet).

Jul 18

Catalytic converter stolen

Just a heads up to you all-- the catalytic converter was stolen from my car parked on the 2400 block of west Cortland. Seems to be happening a lot in this area as of late.

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Jul 17

Need a lightly used couch?

I have a couch for sale that I only bought last year...moving to a new place and it won't fit. Here's the posting: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fuo/4572724509.html

Feel free to message me if you are interested or have any questions!

Jul 14

Found white (with pinkish cover) samsung cell phone

I found a samsung white phone with a guy and a girl doing a selfie as the home screen. it was found in the floor of the bp gas station at Fullerton & Ashland. comment if it's yours!

Jul 11

Union complaint at Water Savers

Ha move the company to a 3rd world country. Than the ex employees can have all the time they want to text and look at porn in the bathrooms at work.
Good job guys way to go. They are complaining to have only 6 minutes to use the bathroom a day aside from there long breaks. 6 minutes times 100 employees 600 minutes times 5 days 3000 minutes times 52 weeks is 15600 minutes dive by 60 minutes is 2600 hours times $25 bucks an hour is $65,000 use the bathroom on your own lunch time. Train your body's internal clock like we did when we were rebuilding our country after ww2. When real American Men and Women worked

Jul 07

Moving sale. All furniture must go!

Hi! I've moved to a new section of Bucktown and trying to sell some furniture that's not coming with us. All pricing is negotiable. Check out my listing on CL.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fuo/4556536196.html

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