7 hours ago

Don't Fall Victim to Predatory Lending!

CHICAGO, IL- November 24, 2014 – Predatory lending harms borrowers by luring them with ambiguous language then ripping them off with high interest rates and broken promises. There is no concrete definition of this type of lending which is why consumers need to educate themselves to avoid being financially harmed. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to beware of these lenders. 

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20 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

beagle found in humboldt park, 11/25

i found a beagle today in humboldt park around 2.30pm. he was near division and kedzie. he is wearing a collar without tags. he has a microchip but it seems the owners never provided their data for him. he is very sweet and gentle. if anybody knows this dog or his owners please be in touch. i am currently letting him shack up with me, but he is in quarantine from my dog. thanks much.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/4777949968.html

  • Jen

    Do you know to post to "lost pets IL" on facebook and scan for a chip and all that? (I assuming so but just wanted to ask just in case)

  • Jen

    Oops just read the part about the chip

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    This looks like a loved dog. I really hope he is reunited with his family.

15 hours ago

24 hours ago

Car radio thieves

My car was broken into on the 2900 block of Walnut. These pathetic thieves cut the wires to my car alarm and took radio, car charger and left my doors open.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Small Business Shopping this Saturday - Nov. 29!

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

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

Not affiliated with any small business.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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41 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Tables Available For Vendors At Shop Small Event!

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

39 hours ago

May 31 2012

Updated 45 hours ago

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

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

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

  • Ryan Living all over Chicago

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

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

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

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

2 days ago

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

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

Nov 18

Updated 2 days ago

I want your happy chickens eggs!

Anyone in Humboldt Park raising chickens, interested selling eggs? I am located around Division and Spaulding and would love to buy some local eggs. Sadness eggs are the pitts. I go through a dozen eggs every two weeks or so.

  • I would recommend signing up with FarmMatch dot com, it gives a list of local farms, what they sell, and "drop points" where you can pick up your happy eggs, etc. You customize your food preferences (as in if you are vegetarian, you don't select the farms who are selling only meat) so that you only see the farms that are selling what you're after. There are more than a couple of drop points near you, including a friend of mine at Kedzie and Spaulding.

  • Jeremiah Covered in Ink

    You guys are all awesome for coming through with all this info!

2 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth and Governor Quinn Announce ACA Open Enrollment at News Conference

On November 13, Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle kicked off the second year of open enrollment for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at a news conference at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC).

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Criminals Broke Through My Garage To Steal My Bicycle From My Basement 3200 Block W crystal

A week ago Wednesday, criminals pried the top of my garage door to get at the emergency release to go through the garage to get into my back lard (back gate has double lock). Then they went under a porch and carefully broke out a window and stole my Felt MP bicycle (see picture) and a few hand tools. They returned the very next night but I secured the emergency release on the garage door so they ripped holes into...

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A week ago Wednesday, criminals pried the top of my garage door to get at the emergency release to go through the garage to get into my back lard (back gate has double lock). Then they went under a porch and carefully broke out a window and stole my Felt MP bicycle (see picture) and a few hand tools. They returned the very next night but I secured the emergency release on the garage door so they ripped holes into the sides of my garage until they made a 12 by 18 inch hole to clime through. This time they were prepared with transportation and removed my snow thrower, air compressor and a stove among smaller items. My garage door had to be replaced because they tried to pry it up destroying it in the process. Please look at my bicycle because it is very rare and only a few sold in Chicago I believe. Thank You.

  • This seemed very calculated to me, not random. Someone knew what they were coming for. Sorry it happened.

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    That's terrible. I'm really sorry; and will keep an eye out for your bike.

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Nov 19

Updated 3 days ago

Concrete repair

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

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

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

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Time to start the debate!

I am checking the STATISTICAL end of the Governors race 2014-
Rauner 68% white men-56% white women
Quinn 93% Black Vote
Interesting fact??? Only 16% of eligible Blacks ACTUALLY VOTED in this race! Could the Associated Press be WRONG? Did the Civil Rights marches back in the THE DAY mean anything TODAY?

  • Spoken Word Academy Arts organization

    In my opinion, focus on the color of the voters, instead of the content of the candidate elected is counterproductive. The "Black vote" or lack thereof was not solely responsible for this election's outcome. That responsibility is shared by the Rauner supporters who went to the polls and the "rainbow coalition" of eligible voters who did not vote.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Thanks for your comment Spoken Word Academy. But I believe you missed my point. The peaceful protests, the stand so many took, and the lives of so many lost during the civil rights movement for African Americans to have the right to vote- and only 16% took this hard fought privilege seriously enough to vote on November 4th.

Nov 19

Updated 4 days ago

Need a good car mechanic.

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

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

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

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

Nov 07

Updated 4 days ago

Maldonado must go! Let's All Get On the Same Page

For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still...

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For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still secure at least 50% of the vote, and I personally do not wish to see a run-off election (thinking of taxpayer dollars here.)

Remember, the goal is to OUST MALdonado!

My intention with this post is NOT to get into a deep discussion about either candidate, because this is exactly what will lead to a vote split! Bear with me here.... At face value, Irizarry seems way ahead of Corona in terms of community involvement. Also, I spoke with several community leaders that I respect, and they highly recommend Irizarry.
And, one community leader even indicated to me that s(he) has asked Corona to withdraw from the election specifically to avoid a vote-split. If you are not a fan of second-hand information, then I hereby officially ask Adam Corona to withdraw from the election and throw his support behind Irizarry.

So, I suggest that we throw our combined support behind Irazziry. No, I do not work for her. I have never even met her. I just took a quick look at both candidates with info on the Internet and this blog-site. I don't want to over-complicate it. Unless some egregious info surfaces about Irizarry before election day, she's getting my vote. Remember, the goal is to defeat MALdonado. And based on what I am seeing, I think Irazziry is the stronger of the 2 candidates.

Let's do it, together! Let's send MALdonato packing - well deserved and overdue!

  • Continuation from above:

    Maldando have claimed that his low income construction projects will bring jobs to the area but the construction crew that they would use in our area would not be from here. So, start approaching big business to support yourselves and all of us.

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    Continuation from above:

    Maldando have claimed that his low income construction projects will bring jobs to the area but the construction crew that they would use in our area would not be from here. So, start approaching big business to support yourselves and all of us.

    You do not seem to have the political connection people expect from politicians but you could develop business connections and that is where you could win. We do not need more politicians. We need better business community so that we can give people jobs and bring them up from their low income and unemployed situation. The present situation is a trap. More low income and unemployed people in an area without jobs is a disaster. More jobs will attract voters.

    I know a politician who have extensive experiences competing in elections for alderman positions in the city of Chicago. If you get started I will put you in contact with this person.

    So if you register yourselves as a contesting alderman and start approaching business let's meet and discuss the competing strategy with the goal to win the election of being the next alderman in Humboldt Park.

    I look froward to hear weather you really are interested or not. It will need a lot of work but then you will get an income of about 100K for as long as you can grab on to the alderman position.

    Also, I have extensive experience in building powerful support for new ideas through local, national and international campaigns.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    With all due respect for Nice Neighbor but the deadline for signature turn in is this Monday the 24th. Any contestant would need to provide around 460 confirmed registered voters from the ward who have not signed for another candidate using petitions provided to them by the board of elections....

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    With all due respect for Nice Neighbor but the deadline for signature turn in is this Monday the 24th. Any contestant would need to provide around 460 confirmed registered voters from the ward who have not signed for another candidate using petitions provided to them by the board of elections. As the three candidates that are running have already submitted these petitions the odds of finding the needed amount, confirming them and getting them notarized is virtually impossible. At this stage it is more productive to learn about those who are running so people can begin the discourse about what the ward needs.

4 days ago

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Nov 10

Updated 4 days ago

Tuxedo cat seen and outdoor cat shelter needed

Is anyone missing a tuxedo cat? I'm assuming it's a stray because it's relatively thin. She's a really friendly cat though. She let me pet her when I walked up to her and rolled on her belly for me to pet it.

I didn't bring her inside because I'm pretty sure she's a stray and my cats would kill her, but I just wanted to post this just in case.

On that note, does anyone make winter cat shelters? I know they're easy to make and I can do it myself but if anyone has any handy I'd like to put some in my area for the season.

Thanks!

4 days ago

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPIPING FOR ENTIRE PLUMBING SYSTEM, AS PER PLANS. DRYWALL PATCHING THROUGH OUT BUILDING. REPLACE WINDOWS AND DOORS. NO LAYOUT CHANGE. TUCKPOINT AS NEEDED. APPROX. 1000 S.F.

    944 N. Drake Ave. Issued November 20, 2014 Comment

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

California and north?

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

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

  • Jen

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

5 days ago

La Casa Norte Joins #GivingTuesday Campaign

On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, La Casa Norte will join the #GivingTuesday campaign in an effort to support a National Day of Giving.  Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday intends to harness volunteers, donations, and social media efforts to support various causes like ending homelessness.

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Nov 16

Updated 5 days ago

Found a lost cat

Last night (around 10 p.m.), we found a black and white juvenile female cat in the baseball field on the western side of Humboldt Park near Lil Cubs field. It appeared frightened and lost. She is currently staying in our guest bedroom until we can find the owner. If you think it might be your cat, please contact us at 773 235 8696.

  • Thanks--we took her to the emergency vet on Clybourn when we found her and had her checked, but unfortunately no chip.

  • Just wondering if this is the cat: danielleg.com/mila? You may want to post her on the Facebook Lost Cats of Illinois page. Thanks!

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Jul 28

Updated 5 days ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

  • I just emailed you. Please let me know if it doesn't get through for some reason. I'm new here!

  • meg

    Got it! Just replied. Thanks so much dogfriend!

Oct 03

Updated 5 days ago

Donations Needed for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
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Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog or cat beds
- towels, blankets, anything clean, warm and fuzzy they can lay on
- treats of any kind
- dog and cat food (for the pet food pantry so people in need can keep their beloved animals and those animals stay out of these kinds of kill shelters)
- toys: chew toys (like nyla bones or kongs) and non-stimulant stuffed toys (no squeekers please - gets them too riled up in their cages)
- puppy potty training pads (there's a huge shortage of workers/volunteers, so they don't get walked often. If they have these, it means they don't have to sit in their pee/feces and it helps reduce the spread of disease.
- cleaning products of any kind to help keep the place disinfected
- heating pads (for kittens, bunnies or even the little squirrels they help nurse back to health)
- leftover dog or cat medicines or vitamins

I was just there on Monday and would love to get them stocked up on towels/beds etc so all the animals have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay (it really helps reduce stress for them).

I've attached some pictures from the last run I did for donations from you great folks! You can see the animals really love the blankets and beds! :)

And if you're thinking of adopting or want to foster some of these sweet babies, hit me up! More foster homes = we can get more of these animals out of kill shelters!

Thanks so much folks!

  • I have several containers of wet dog food I can donate. Can I drop them off at Humblebar? If so, what hours are best? Thanks.

  • meg

    Thanks so much Becky! I can pick up tomorrow during the day before 5pm or I'll be home all day and you can drop off (I'm near North and California). I'm going to the shelter very early on Sat and I'm unavailable Friday night. Or I'm home tonight so I...

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    Thanks so much Becky! I can pick up tomorrow during the day before 5pm or I'll be home all day and you can drop off (I'm near North and California). I'm going to the shelter very early on Sat and I'm unavailable Friday night. Or I'm home tonight so I can come by and pick up within the next hour or two if it's not that late! Otherwise, I can pick up another day and your food will go on the next trip. Thanks for the donation! Please private message me and we can arrange a pick up.

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