17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Riot Fest - Irresponsible use of Humboldt Park -

1. We could not find a parking spot all weekend because of the inconsiderate action of Riot Fest goers who did not take public transportation.

2. The park is total mess! the ball fields are destroyed and it has disrupted our daily use of the park as we use to walk our children.

3. This Riot Fest is a reckless use of the park for the organizers to make money and take away the use of the park for citizens...

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1. We could not find a parking spot all weekend because of the inconsiderate action of Riot Fest goers who did not take public transportation.

2. The park is total mess! the ball fields are destroyed and it has disrupted our daily use of the park as we use to walk our children.

3. This Riot Fest is a reckless use of the park for the organizers to make money and take away the use of the park for citizens that live in the neighborhood.

4. As for myself I have contacted the Alderman and I will protest all the way to city hall if I have too. This type of festival belongs in Northerly Island away from neighborhoods where small children go to bed at 8pm and there is plenty of parking.

  • A lot of street festivals shut down neighborhoods. The PR Parade and weekend bled totally into Logan and messed up traffic and to be honest, a lot of other stuff. I will leave it at that. It is what it is. Every weekend the farmers market in Logan messes up my errands I have to run. Riot Fest has messed up my commute to work this entire week. I still think HP benefits from this.

  • Alan is right You're wrong.

    "Our neighborhood" this is the point you are missing. Everyone else that lives here, me included sees the benefits outweighs the minor inconvenience. There are 3 weekend fests on milwaukee that shut that down for 3 days for each one.
    I'm not trying to get any of those shut down under the guise of "our neighborhood" doesn't like it. You as one person can't speak for the neighborhood. These comments that show 95% of the neighborhood approved it shows just that.

1 hour ago

New Business in Logan Square!

Hi All, I am starting an insurance agency through Farmers that kicks off on Friday the 19th of September! I am building a monthly e-mail list and so if you are keen to go into a draw for a $50 Visa Gift Voucher - please send me your/a friend's e-mail address. Every E-Mail address is a entry into the draw on the last day of September - I will contact you via e-mail to deliver it. If you would like...

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Hi All, I am starting an insurance agency through Farmers that kicks off on Friday the 19th of September! I am building a monthly e-mail list and so if you are keen to go into a draw for a $50 Visa Gift Voucher - please send me your/a friend's e-mail address. Every E-Mail address is a entry into the draw on the last day of September - I will contact you via e-mail to deliver it. If you would like a new quote on home,renters, auto, life or commercial insurance - please reach out or give me a call! You can send the mail address to ntaljaard@farmersagent.com...I did check Everyblock's rules and if a new business is starting - anyone's allowed to announce it. Have a great week!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Riot Fest Organizers

Max, I know you have posted on here and have reacted to concerns earlier. Thanks.

Also Thanks for a great 3 days… entertaining and fun… hopefully see it on the north end of the park next year...

Some constructive advice for next year. (Don't get me wrong, fun times, but much room for improvement)

1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Put some more thought into the design/layout.
a. There were many dangerous bottlenecks, got lucky nothing went wrong as the lack of...

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Max, I know you have posted on here and have reacted to concerns earlier. Thanks.

Also Thanks for a great 3 days… entertaining and fun… hopefully see it on the north end of the park next year...

Some constructive advice for next year. (Don't get me wrong, fun times, but much room for improvement)

1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Put some more thought into the design/layout.
a. There were many dangerous bottlenecks, got lucky nothing went wrong as the lack of function would have crushed people (especially where along the curvy roads with the metal barriers) IE The flow would have been much safer if the vendors were set up 20 feet off the roads instead of right on them, or if there were another way for the masses to move rather than just the roads.
b. Somehow you made one of the largest parks in the city seems like an overcrowded rat maze… poor spacial layout and very little thought into how people walk, and how to get people form stage to stage

2. Add way more port-o-johns, average wait was over 20 minutes after 6pm

3. Make the maps accurate...The mobile app, was misleading. It was stressed multiple times to download the app, and we did. One problem was that the water stations were not located correctly, and I think they were missing all together in areas. Had this been a hot weekend could have been bad situation. Also, the one water station we did find was quite a disappointment...

4. 3 Day Passes did not have wrist bands… why not? One could not leave and come back.. stinks

5. VIP is practically worthless. Who cares about free drinks. The benefit of having a ticket (minus the re-entry) has diminished ten fold and compared to many other festivals standards, hardly deserves a VIP title. Viewing areas were not VIP. bathrooms were same as other bathrooms, just shorter lines, and

thanks for reading

  • Riot Fest isn't a quaint little festival, it's a multi-market event and has been for years, (2014 cities are Toronto, Chicago and Denver). Interesting sidebar - Colorado's event was moved in the 11th hour this year after Arapahoe County (CO) refused to grant them a temporary land use permit, citing traffic and safety concerns that occurred at the 2013 event. Colorado's 2014 event is being held in a stadium setting.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    Hi Kelly.

    I actually did read the thread, and even better, I experienced many of the same things you experienced (!). I got shoved, crowd pushed, bottlenecked, and despite being 6', found it hard to see the edge of the crowd at times (let's not even talk abt trying to get to the edge quickly).

    The only difference is I'm not utterly shocked by what I experienced.

    Geez...

3 hours ago

Riot Fest Damage at Humboldt Park

The Chicago Park District is assessing the damage in Humboldt Park after the weekend Riot Fest music festival.

http://abc7chicago.com/311511/#gallery-1

46 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Free Spay/Neuter and vaccinations for cats in 60647 & 60651

Tree House Humane Society is offering FREE vet service packages for cats in zip codes 60647, 60651, 60623, & 60624.

The offer stands for house cats as well as strays and ferals. Please see the attached flyer for more info. :)

Feel free to share and cross post. I have a spanish version of the flyer, available on request.

  • would it be possible for you to email me the above flyer? I can't seem to print it, big enough for me to pass around in my community. We have lots of stray cats and people that want to help, but don't have the resources.

    Thanks,
    Cecy61@aol.com

27 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Election Time!

Can someone please tell me who running against Ald. Ervin in the 28th ward?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I've NEVER seen a more useless politician! Is no one running against Jason Ervin?

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2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Open slots available for enrollment @ Goethe Elementary School

Hey all -

Goethe Elementary School is finding under-enrollment and will lose 10's of thousands of dollars if they don't meet requirements by midnight tonight! Please spread the word! Thanks in advance!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140914/logan-square/goethe-elementary-seeks-students-as-enrollment-deadline-looms!

  • Clee Torres Love life love my neighborhood

    I agree soon all these bad elements will be either in jail, underground (6ft) or move to the burbs and we will have a great diverse neighborhood !

28 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

LOST BELOVED CHIHUAHUA: HURON & WOOD 9/15

Please be on the lookout for this Lost Chihuahua! Belushi was lost at Huron & Wood in the West Town Neighborhood of Chicago on Sept 15. He could very likely be in surrounding neighborhoods. Please call Heather at 773-396-4289 with any leads.

47 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Construction on 3200 Block of Potomac

Does anyone know what's going on with the pipes being put in on the first half of the 3200 block of Potomac? Curious if this is a first phase that will ultimately continue down Potomac or if its just work in that one spot. There are a lot of pipes stacked up on Spaulding just off Potomac, so I'm guessing the former, but I thought someone here may have heard more specific info. Thanks in advance.

  • Looks like 3215 had some sewer work done to their building. Doesn't look like work that will affect entire block.

3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Riot fest tix? I want!!! We got burned

Hey neighbors my husband and I got burned on fake tix. We want to buy a Sunday pass anyone got one or two they are not using? Also, If you live directly off the park bring your address and ID and get free tix then sell them to my husband and I! We live one block off park and got denied the free tix :( so bogus!

  • Thanks for info ! Good to know for next year !

  • The first 2 years if you showed your id(not sure of radius) then you got 2 tix. however, as is always the case when somebody does a nice thing, people received their neighbor tix and then scalped them on the street. That's why you had to have id and went right in instead of getting tix.

    I don't know of any other fest that gives away tickets bc of neighbor inconvenience, but everyone these days seems to feel entitled.

Sep 10

Updated 27 hours ago

Recommendation for gate lock repair?

Hi All! We are looking for someone to fix the lock on our iron gate and also install a mailbox. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  • Jamie W. East Humboldt Park

    I think it was $120 - it took a few hours. They had to remove the old mailbox, prep the iron for the new box, install, and re-paint the iron to make the immediate area look like new again.

  • Monica Over 15 years in the 60622 zip code

    Ashland Locks is highly rated on Angie's List and did some work on our front gate to lock it and tie it into our intercom system.

4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

RIOT FEST: How can this be okay?

I'm not sure how long riot feat is supposed to last into the night, but as a new mom it's disturbing to be able to hear the music in my living room (living more than 2 blocks away from the park, at 9pm).

There has to be some sort of noise ordinance against this, right? I didn't pay for a ticket to the festival for a reason, and my child has to suffer because he can't sleep, which then means we all suffer.

I know if my neighbors were playing music loud enough for me to hear in my home I could call 311, but this is ridiculous.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Although, I agree there is no real parking solution, if the parking becomes permit parking for a weekend during RF, then that same permit parking should apply to all fests that happen, for the duration of the fest. Think of all the money the city could make on tickets.

  • I live on Kedzie by the park and can say parking was a huge issue this weekend for me. If my area had neighborhood parking I'm sure it would have been ok. pR parking was way easier as people were coming and going all day.

    Riot Fest was louder and...

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    I live on Kedzie by the park and can say parking was a huge issue this weekend for me. If my area had neighborhood parking I'm sure it would have been ok. pR parking was way easier as people were coming and going all day.

    Riot Fest was louder and longer than PR weekend. But it ended every night at 10. Aside from the last band on Saturday that was so loud my house was shaking I found it less disruptive from a noise perspective. And the noise didn't go on all night long.

    The people coming to the neighborhood didn't bother me. In fact because the main box office was on Cali it seemed less crowded people wise than PR weekend.

    While RF was inconvenient it was well run and more controlled than other festivals. I might leave town next year to avoid the hassles but whether I do or not I welcome them back. Based on where I live I suspect there are few more unconvinced than I was, but I survived it and can do so again.

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2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Dodge?

What are the doing at Dodge Elementary? And while I'm on neighborhood questions...anyone know why they removed the bike lane on Warren?
thanks
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  • Jdo concerned mom

    No idea what happened to the bike lane but Dodge is slated to become offices for CPS.

36 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost chihuahua

My in-laws are visiting us for the weekend and have lost their dog- a small back chihuahua-- "Mocha". Lost near Washtenaw/LeMoyne.
They're very concerned, she's a country dog and doesn't have any real street smarts :(
Maybe she went to check-out Riot Fest...
Anyone seen her around?

  • Ev

    Check the facebook page: Lost Dogs Ilinois. People posting lost and found pups there. I don't have the time right now to check but if I remember right there was a black Chihuahua posted as found there.

  • Ev

    I don't know when she went missing or what she looks like but here is a link to a female Chihuahua that is at the shelter on Western: http://petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=CHGO.A117314

  • LCK

    A lovely neighbor picked her up and put up found dog posters-- awesome

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

2 shot in Humboldt Park neighborhood

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/2-shot-in-humboldt-park-neighborhood/

September 13, 2014

A teenage boy and a man were both shot Saturday evening in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

The 17-year-old boy and the man, 20, were both shot in the leg about 7:45 p.m. in the

1700 block of North Kimball, police News Affairs Officer Bari Lemmon said.
They were both taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where both of their conditions had stabilized, Lemmon said.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    The two that were shot are gang bangers, I can't wait till the last of them move out and HP will not have to be connected to violence like this any more! We all must keep working to clean up HP together and get the criminals out.

  • Is there a reason that there has been increased activity at Kimball and Wabansia? I was hoping the fights and the shooting last month were isolated incidents, but it appears to be continuing and all incidents have been between 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm when people are out and walking around.

    Thankfully the lights did come back on last Monday, and we were surprised that nothing like this happened while the streets were dark.

2 days ago

What is the world coming to??/Digital Divide

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/theres-city-china-own-street-124936124.html

Maybe our Mayor would be interested in doing this for the Michigan Ave Crowd.

Seems there are so many pedestrians bumping into each other that some cities are making "special" pedestrian lanes. Do we need them more than bicycle lanes?

chuckle

2 days ago

Deep Blue Publications Group Review: Rakennus Tietämyksen tulee Ensin

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Shoe dyer?

Does anyone know a shoe shop that will dye shoes a different color? I bought these boots online thinking that they are a deep purple but after I received them I realized that they're brown. I tried to find shoes like this in deep purple and they don't exist. Someone told me that certain shoe stores will dye shoes different colors. I'm going to call around but if anyone has a good recommendation please let me know

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Hi Jen.. Yes they are being dyed.. they cost to much to return.. they came and were a lighter Tan.. I'm having them dyed a darker brown..

  • Jen

    Awesome! Thanks everyone

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Sep 08

Updated 3 days ago

RiotFest

Humbolt residents, this is my first Riot Fest. I live on Kedzie across from the park and park on the street. How bad will it be this weekend for me?

  • Hpsince1970 Born and raised in Beautiful HP

    Humboldtwriter
    U r funny. I like that.
    The reason we should all worry about a van parked and someone camping there is because we don't know who that is or what r they doing here. Residents with kids need to know. And also have u seen all the garbage this person has tossed out. Maybe he should move his van closer to crystal ave. There is always law enforcement giving tickets to cars on that street.

  • Azra Owner/primary care providor at West Town Daycare

    If you're directly in front of the fest try to get free tickets!!!Go to willcall and show your ID. Even if you're not into the music, walk around and check out the food/art/posters they have. I'm on Sacramento and the last two years it was literally in my front yard....

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    If you're directly in front of the fest try to get free tickets!!!Go to willcall and show your ID. Even if you're not into the music, walk around and check out the food/art/posters they have. I'm on Sacramento and the last two years it was literally in my front yard. Parking was nonexistent. I run my daycare from my home, traffic was so bad parents couldn't even get to my house to pick up their kids. It's loud and the traffic sucks but all in the name of fun. The park is HUGE, great location for something like this. Riot fest is great for the neighborhood. Just like any fest that brings people together for some fun but unfortunately not all fests clean up after themselves quite like riot does.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REMOVE\REPLACE 8 PLUMBING FIXTURES & REPLACE COPPER PIPING. REPAIR DRYWALL AS NEEDED. ELECTRICAL PERMIT # 100559727 ISSUED 9/10/2014.

    749 N. Monticello Ave. Issued September 11, 2014 Comment

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Jul 30

Updated 4 days ago

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

    What experience would qualify one for alderman? Honest question.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    Delilaah, thank you for both your concern and valid question!

    Adam's experience as the Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation means that he works alongside the 45th Ward's Alderman John Arena in handling Constituent services and timely handling of many types of issues in his ward. This means his current responsibilities...

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    Delilaah, thank you for both your concern and valid question!

    Adam's experience as the Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation means that he works alongside the 45th Ward's Alderman John Arena in handling Constituent services and timely handling of many types of issues in his ward. This means his current responsibilities include managing garbage removal/recycling programs, street sweeping, snow removal, writing tickets for city ordinance violations, as well as reporting in with the Commissioner and Inspector General. It is Adam's intent to increase the constituent service reactivity in the ward to help with street beautification and general cleanliness of the ward. Further information on the responsibilities of a Superintendent can be found at: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/provdrs/streets_san/svcs/division_and_wardsanitationoffices.html

    His experience with CAPS is not that of an individual merely attending these meetings, but of actually being an active member of the board working with officers of the law to increase the safety of his ward. Adam has received awards from both CAPS and the City Police for his activities in regards to the organization including Volunteer of the Year and a notice of recognition for outstanding work throughout Chicago. One such example was his personal petitioning and fighting to close a liquor store on Division that had been selling tobacco and alcohol to minors while not discouraging the areas criminal presence.

    Aside from this experience Adam has been a General Foreman within the Carpenters union and owned his own small business for 5 years lending him direct knowledge with both Labor and Business issues. In addition he formerly sat on the 1st Ward First board and has worked on the campaigns of Barack Obama, John Arena, Joe Moreno, Scott Waguespack, Susana Mendoza, Eddie Reyes and Will Guzzardi, to name a few.

    Please feel free to check out our website: http://www.coronafor26.com/

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Still no Charlie. :(

Thanks to everyone who has been keeping their eyes peeled for my kitty. Your calls and texts have been encouraging, but we have yet to find a lead that brings him home! I'm very worried, especially since I'm moving out of Humboldt in two weeks. Please let me know if you see him, or if you notice any of the posters I've put up need to be replaced (I think someone around Kimball has been pulling them down! WHY???) Trying not to lose hope...

  • Rachel Sehr Schön Logan Square resident, animal advocate, cycling...

    Are you posting and re-posting on craigslist? My cat was just found yesterday via craigslist ad. Have you posted to Tree house humane society Facebook page and tree house community cats TNR Facebook page? Also checking CACCcat transfer Facebook page? I am happy to help flyer/canvas and help try to trap in areas people may have seen him. I know how devastating it is, please don't give up!!! Email me through here if you want some help.

  • He may have gone up on the 606. Have u looked up there?

Sep 09

Updated 4 days ago

Event Space for Bday Party

I am looking for a relatively inexpensive place to host a kids birthday party but I don't want to do it at a place like Pump it up or any business. I just want an open space I can decorate and bring my own food to in Wicker park, Logan square or Ukrainian Village.

  • Jason Glombicki Pastor at Wicker Park Lutheran Church

    Hi there. If your looking for a great place to hold a birthday party consider Wicker Park Lutheran Church at Hoyne & Lemoyne. I'm the pastor there and we do offer our space for nominal donations. It's local, non-zoned parking around the area, and we have a few spaces that...

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    Hi there. If your looking for a great place to hold a birthday party consider Wicker Park Lutheran Church at Hoyne & Lemoyne. I'm the pastor there and we do offer our space for nominal donations. It's local, non-zoned parking around the area, and we have a few spaces that you can transform into whatever feel you'd like. A large kitchen is available for food warming or preparation. Additionally your support to us allows us to offer many community programs like karate, Jazzercise, Anonymous groups, community events for the arts at Arts Sanctuary, and much more. For more information contact me at pastor@wickerparklutheran.org.

  • I used Smith Park before for my sons birthday party. they have plenty of sports equipment and matts that can be set up in the gym, a sound system, and a kitchen. There's plenty of parking for the entire family and Smith Park has an agreement with Village Pizza were you can get a discount price when pizza is delivered to Smith Park. I highly recommend using Smith Park.

Sep 10

Updated 4 days ago

No parking for a week because of riot fest!!!

Because previous tread was banned from EV I post here answer from fest organizer regarding this topic

"I don't normally post to or even read forums, but a longtime local friend informed me of this thread. Transportation planning around the fest is important, and tons of updates haven't left us much time to communicate this to the surrounding area. So I felt it was prudent to put some info on the topic out to an obvious informational resource in the...

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Because previous tread was banned from EV I post here answer from fest organizer regarding this topic

"I don't normally post to or even read forums, but a longtime local friend informed me of this thread. Transportation planning around the fest is important, and tons of updates haven't left us much time to communicate this to the surrounding area. So I felt it was prudent to put some info on the topic out to an obvious informational resource in the neighborhood.
Parking signs were incorrectly posted along Kedzie, Humboldt and California north of the park early this week. Thanks to those who brought it to our attention. All were removed once the error was found, and I confirmed that no one was ticketed or towed as a result. I personally removed the signs and apologize to anyone who was confused or inconvenienced. It was a result of miscommunication between us and various city departments. We do the best we can, and when we fall short, we get up again and fix it. We live close to the park, and we want to be considered good neighbors.Know that over a dozen city departments and the fest management have held scores of meetings on these topics in the last few months. To confirm, the only full closures that will take place will be to Humboldt Dr between North and Division, and all of Luis Munoz Marin through the park starting Wednesday after the evening rush. (The park itself is open till late Thursday for pedestrians, then reopens Monday morning first thing.)

  • Hpsince1970, I've known traffic would back up this week since they started doing this in the park a couple years ago. You've been here since 1970? Expect traffic. Leave your car parked if you can. Enjoy the music! It IS the best thing to happen to Humboldt Park in a long time! Every fest...PR fest or this...is going to cause headaches. But I wouldn't trade it for the world! I took the day off tomorrow to go early. Buy your tickets soon for next year if you want them cheap.

  • It's been on for several hours now. Is everyone still surviving?

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Accion and Partners Hosted Small Business Workshop in Aurora

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Accion Chicago, in partnership with the City of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College SBDC, and The Hartford, presented its 2nd annual “How to Get Money for Your Small Business” workshop in Aurora. Hosted at Two Brothers Round House, this workshop presented small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network one-on-one with industry experts and to learn about available resources to start or grow a business.

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