13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Burglary

Please becareful white male bald with a ponytail has a bike

4 hours ago

Burglaries Reported

Just wanted everyone to know the cops have been patrolling the neighborhood today looking for a person or persons who were breaking into houses. My neighbor told us a patrol car stopped to let him know. It sounds like it's just homes, but make sure your garages are secured as well.

26 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Humboldt: Anyone else hear manic church bells around 12:20-25 AM (Sat night/Sun morning on 4/20)

Took the dog for a late-night walk and there was the sound of manic church bells going off for at least 5 minutes (could have been going on longer, I just didn't notice them until I took the dog outside). I am near lemoyne and fairfield and it was hard to determine where they were coming from, but it sounded like it was just a few blocks south east of where I was.

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Took the dog for a late-night walk and there was the sound of manic church bells going off for at least 5 minutes (could have been going on longer, I just didn't notice them until I took the dog outside). I am near lemoyne and fairfield and it was hard to determine where they were coming from, but it sounded like it was just a few blocks south east of where I was.

Gotta say, it was creepy listening to that outside at this hour, alone with the dog. I couldn't find any rhythm to the bells. It sounded as if people were just randomly whacking them. They were strong, intentional sounds - not like the wind was doing it (was trying to tell myself that was the case, but the more I listened the less I thought that was possible). It ended right before I got back into the house around 12:30. Have the window open to hear if they go off again.

Full disclosure: I just watched a zombie movie. Please tell me this is a regular occurrence and I just can't hear rhythm in bells. Hoping I just I freaked myself out and the church actually does this every night ~12:20. But I've lived in the immediate area for 5+ years and I frequently walk my dog around this time and I've never heard this before.

Anyone else hear this? Anyone have an idea of a church that rings crazy bells at 12:20am on a Sat night? Is this some kind of Easter thing I don't get?

39 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

What's Happening To The Paseo?

I walked down the Paseo the other day and noticed that CO-CO'S had went out of business. I then noticed about 90% for all the privately owned businesses on Division St. from California to Rockwell were also closed. Even Bank O Popular failed and has been vacant ever since. A good friend told me even the old polish sausage factory sale has fallen apart. Does anyone know what is happening that all of these businesses have failed? Is there any hope of new places opening, maybe a wider range of stores would attract all the new people of the neighborhood to shop there. Any suggestions?

  • there's enough money to support business, but that block is on lockdown. unless you are the "right" kind if person opening a business -and a lot of those people already moved away. or dont have enough money for maldonado campaign contributions.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    What does lock down mean? Is this one of the CHICAGO WAYS where one vets for years to open a business and eventually gives up? I have read articles about Illinois being Business unfriendly. Chicago also has weird ways of deciding what businesses open or get inspected quickly.

13 hours ago

Anybody want to track articles on Nepotism and Cronyism?

There are lots of news articles on the topic of how Political people in Chicago use their positions to promote family, friends, etc. Anybody want to discuss the impact on communities, and particular you block?

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

S&S removed some Fly dumped wood chips today/some still remain

S&S removed 10 tuckloads of FLY DUMPED wood chips today at Homan/Lake. They removed ??? FLY DUMPED wood chips at Maypole/Kedzie. There is still a large mound still there.

The FLY DUMPED truckoads of wood chips were there for at least 9 months. Lets hope they can keep them picked up so that other FLY DUMPERS don't get the idea they can come here and dump in a ghetto.

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S&S removed 10 tuckloads of FLY DUMPED wood chips today at Homan/Lake. They removed ??? FLY DUMPED wood chips at Maypole/Kedzie. There is still a large mound still there.

The FLY DUMPED truckoads of wood chips were there for at least 9 months. Lets hope they can keep them picked up so that other FLY DUMPERS don't get the idea they can come here and dump in a ghetto.

THANKS for taking away these wood chips that were unauthorized and from an unknown source meaning they also could have been diseased or have pests.The last thing we need is a tree removal service dumping trees they cut down that had ash borer or asian long horn beetle, birch, maple disease!

The only wood chips that should be used are FORRESTRY wood chips. The city has wood chips they need to dispose of. Those are the chips that should be used.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    S&S came for the rest of the FLY DUMPED (illegally dumped) wood chips.

    THANKS to S&S for removing this blight from the neigborhood. Thanks for removing the harbingers of RATS. Thanks for removing the TEMPTATION for other fly dumpers to just come and dump a load. (which also makes us...

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    S&S came for the rest of the FLY DUMPED (illegally dumped) wood chips.

    THANKS to S&S for removing this blight from the neigborhood. Thanks for removing the harbingers of RATS. Thanks for removing the TEMPTATION for other fly dumpers to just come and dump a load. (which also makes us vulerable to infestations of pests and disease because the source is unknown). We don't want/need any asian long horn beetles, birch, elm disease or other problems like that.

    This problem was part of approx 150 truckloads of wood chips illegally dumped all because 1 garden group gave permission for a truckload. The locations of the FLY DUMPING were mostly 40 city owned vacant lots.

    THANKS to the Dept of Public health who is starting to issue tickets to offenders who FLY DUMP.

    If you see someone FLY DUMPING call 911 and get CPD to come and issue a ticket. If caught in the act the FLY DUMPER can have his vehicle impounded IMMEDIATELY. Call The Department of Public health and they have inspectors that come more or less after the fact. If you take photographs depicting the illegal dump including license plates go for getting someone CONVICTED.

    If there is a conviction the city will pay a $100 reward for your time. Fines can be $2500 so it is worthwhile. A ding like that and ILLEGAL FLY DUMPERS will move on to a different area where residents are not as astute as us!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We need to chase those bad guys who add to blight in EGP out of the HOOD and let them know...BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU...if you BREAK THE LAW and leave us stuck with the mess.

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    We need to chase those bad guys who add to blight in EGP out of the HOOD and let them know...BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU...if you BREAK THE LAW and leave us stuck with the mess.

    Perhaps there also needs to be an ordinance that the "garden group" needs to get permission from the city department that controls the inventory of city owned vacant lots to have truckloads of wood chips dumped. Perhaps there also needs to be an ordinance that approved wood chips would come from FORESTRY...a city department that also needs to dispose of WOOD CHIPS. Why should the taxpayer pay to dump loads of wood chips at waste sites when gardeners using city city owned land could use them? Should there be an ordinance saying that wood chips need to be used within XX days of delivery?

    There doesn''t seem to be any monitoring at all going on in some areas of what NFPs and Delegate agencies are doing. Maybe that also needs to be tidied up.

    MOUNTAINS of wood chips sitting around on vacant lands are a tempting invitation for the ILLEGAL FLY DUMPERS.....we don't need that signal to go out. Seems these tree removal people SPREAD THE WORD...between themselves and we then become VICTIMIZED by random dumping!

    This of course is done at TAXPAYER EXPENSE....our only recourse is to try and recoup by getting tickets issued and vehicles impounded.

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Mar 28

Updated 26 hours ago

Old Sheets, Pillow Cases, Towels, etc to Donate to Dogs/Cats at a Cold Shelter?

Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a...

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Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a local open-access shelter.

The beds make a big difference to these dogs and cats. Shelter life is stressful. A warm bed helps reduce stress.

I would be thrilled to pick up any donated dog/cat supplies too. Unopened dog and cat food, litter, treats and calming toys are always appreciated.

I am planning on going to the shelter on Tuesday and would love to bring a carful of donations if you have anything laying around! Thank you! The dogs and cats thank you!

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    Hey folks - if anyone has anything else for me to pick up, I'm heading over there tomorrow. Happy to pick up this afternoon/evening or tomorrow before I go. Thanks again to all those who donated! The dogs and cats will be appreciative!

  • meg

    Thanks everyone! Forgot to post I delivered them 2 weeks ago and they were very appreciative! The shelter was touched that so many of you guys donated.

    If you do some spring cleaning in the next weeks or months, and come up with more goodies for the animals, message me...

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    Thanks everyone! Forgot to post I delivered them 2 weeks ago and they were very appreciative! The shelter was touched that so many of you guys donated.

    If you do some spring cleaning in the next weeks or months, and come up with more goodies for the animals, message me and I'm happy to pick up/deliver.

    Here's a list of what they need if you have it laying around or want to donate anything:
    - blankets, sheets, towels, rugs, pillow cases, old clothes (bedding for animals, helps reduce stress and give comfort)
    - any unopened dog or cat food or treats
    - pet meds (some of the animals they get in are very sick and they'll take whatever they can get to help them get healthy so they have a better chance of getting picked by a rescue (only then do they go to the vet)
    - hot dogs as treats - ALDI has cheap ones (this doesn't sound the healthiest, I know, but sometimes they have to try to fatten some of the skinny ones up and try to get them to eat anything if they're "shut down" because they're scared)
    - kongs and peanut butter (boredom is rough for these animals. Due to the number of animals and lack of staff/resources, they don't get a ton of human attention)
    - calming products (Rescue remedy, etc)
    - calming toys (such as stuffed animals without squeekers)
    - moms and dads :) Hit me up if you're interested in rescuing a dog or cat :)

    Thanks again everyone. It was nice meeting a bunch of you!

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Advice for getting needed city services?

Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage,...

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Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage, but there has been no answer to the actual request, and I think that the high-watt bulbs were already in place.

Our block is an above standard size due to Grand Ave. being on the south end of it. We encompass addresses from the 1000's through the 1150's.

We only have 5 streetlights on our block to illuminate the sidewalks and street in front of 30 city lots, and the two on the end are located on the alley. This leaves only 3 lights to enhance security and safety and act as a preventive measure. They are 125-175 feet apart, leaving large swaths of sidewalk under the cover of darkness.

We have the old light poles with only one high lamp.

And, all of the lights are located on the west side of the street. There isn't a single light pole on the east side of the street!

I checked with the city and filed a request directly with CDOT last year and got a service request number, which I have on file.

We have had great success in stopping other types of crime, but in part due to the darkness, my neighbors still suffer catalytic converter theft, broken car windows, scratched paint and dents, etc. and we believe that our safety and quality of life would quickly and effectively be preserved and enhanced by getting proper illumination through an adequate number of properly placed streetlights.

If you have any helpful suggestions I would appreciate it.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    Matthew: How far apart are the street lights on your block where you live? Are they on both sides of the street? I bet you won't answer this question.

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    Matthew: How far apart are the street lights on your block where you live? Are they on both sides of the street? I bet you won't answer this question.

    If you had a broken window on your house before you bought it, wouldn't you just buy the house you wanted and could afford and just fix the window? Or would you buy the house and leave the window broken? This is not a rhetorical question as you seem to be telling me to accept things the way they are because I should have bought and afforded a house in a perfect neighborhood with perfect street lighting. I bet you won't answer this question either.

    I don't see the big deal with a community (our block) wanting something, going through the proper known channels, and wanting a response. We have identified a problem, documented it, and articulated it to our elected official. It has been over 2 years, and we have been patient. In the meanwhile, some people (not me) have been the victim of petty crime.

    I had really hoped to get some good suggestions or advice, and besides gpblight's ideas, a few of which echo my own, I have gotten none. I really didn't think that this type of thing had to be brought to the attention of the mayor, but maybe it does.

    By the way, gpblight, I will not upload all of my neighbor's phone numbers and addresses on the petition to any public forum for obvious reasons. I am happy to provide it to officials should I be given or create the opportunity.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things...

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    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things that could be done to improve public safety in the area I have done. The security of my own home and property is fine and I don't really think about it so much.

    There are about 70 households on the block, and some of them have been much less successful than me with regard to protecting their family and possessions.

31 hours ago

Bloomingdale Trail is Real!

Just nice to see this happening after years of waiting!

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Updated 2 days ago

Humboldt Park: 3300 Block of Beach

I will be moving soon and am looking over in this area? Is it safe for a SWF with no car? Thanks.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Hottest, top, maybe not best but all the same to me.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    When working people invest their hard earn dollars into an area, it always gets better. This article states HP is the top ten Hottest places on the real estate market, not the safest. I have to disagree about the gang bangers, They are strong on some blocks but not all anymore. They ruined Division St. in front of a ghetto liquor store and neighbors voted the area dry. The ghetto liquor store gone with the bangers. So yes the bangers are going away with every hang out we close.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Internet Provider

Hey neighbors,

I was curious what your experience with internet service has been like in the Humboldt Park area. I currently have Comcast which has fine service but the price has gone up in recent months after the promotional price they gave me expired. I'm now paying around $75 vs. the $30 I used to pay. I've called Comcast and tried to find a solution but I was told that's the best they can do for me if I want internet only.

That price seems high but I'm not sure if there are any other companies who even service this area. Anyone have a similar experience or some advice?

Thanks!
Tim

  • Btw, it took a few different calls to Clear to get the best rate, and i had the impression that different phone reps had varying levels of discretion to offer incentives to stay, though I also always waited 2 weeks between my 'end-me' calls. Anti-churn program incentives may have been changing in the meantime, depending on manager & company retention goals.

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    I have ATT. I have had it for years and it works fine for me. It went up from 19 to 45 last year. I would quit Comcast they seem so expensive.

Dec 02 2011

Updated 2 days ago

Spark?

Hi. Does anyone know anything about Spark Energy? They wanted to look at my Comed bill to check something. I thought it was weird.

  • Ugh, I had a guy come to the door today to ask me if anyone talked to me about the green credits I had earned. He just needed to see my electric bill...

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    now that the city has opted everyone into Integrys you will be getting bombarded by sales reps. I opted out of integrys by calling them and when the sales people come by I tell them I am not the decision maker. They will pester you until they finally get the hint>

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Forced entry burglaries

Noticed quite a few of these popping up lately including:
Burglary: Forcible entry
1800 block N. Kedzie Ave. • Apr 07 @ 12:00 PM

Burglary: Forcible entry
1900 block N. California Ave. • Apr 08 @ 4:00 AM

Burglary: Forcible entry
1800 block N. Rockwell St. • Apr 07 @ 10:00 AM

Anyone have any additional information?

  • 1600 block of N. Mozart on 4/17 @ 8am

  • 3400 block of west diversey this week - about $2000 worth of tools stolen.
    found the wallet of a 90 year old man that was robbed in the alley at 3400 w diversey. who does this to an old helpless man on public aid???
    catalytic converter stolen 2 months ago...

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    3400 block of west diversey this week - about $2000 worth of tools stolen.
    found the wallet of a 90 year old man that was robbed in the alley at 3400 w diversey. who does this to an old helpless man on public aid???
    catalytic converter stolen 2 months ago - that's a $1000 part
    home on drake burglarized 4 months ago. tools $1000 and tenants bikes $8000

    called cops, they don't care, called the Alderman, haven't heard back. I'm going to go to the next caps meeting.

    I will tell you this is making me an angry and hateful person.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Humboldt Park: Is Area of Central Park and North Ave Safe?

I lived north of the park as did and have some friends for a long time with no complaints. My in-laws are considering a move a few blocks west of the park, between North and Division. I have heard in the past that HP west of Kedzie is 'dicey.'

I would love someone to tell me that I have been misinformed. It is particularly important because the in-laws care for our toddler who loves to be outside. All of that activity takes place during the day time.

They currently rent in the 2400 block of north Lowell. I am wondering how the neighborhoods compare.

Thanks for any feedback.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

cops on Spaulding

Saw a couple of cop cars & was just wondering what was going on last night near the church on Spaulding, just south of Division. Anyone know?

  • The word from various neighbors is that there has been a juvenile from a Section 8 apartment nearby targeting homeowners car and house windows and shooting them with a BB or pellet gun.

    They may be looking for him based on your neighbor's complaints.

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

A different set of data about the Humboldt Park Area

Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western...

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Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western Ave., Chicago Ave., Central Park, and Bloomingdale.
There is a total population of 38,522. Of that the largest segment is caucasion at 18,729 (or 49%) The second largest segment is Black, at 6,574 (or 17%). This leaves 34% for "other" which is made up of Asian, Latino, and people that identify as 2 or more races.
After hearing for years that Humboldt Park was a "Puerto Rican " neighborhood, I was surprised to see the actual facts. And while some city maps define Humboldt Park as going all the way to Cicero Avenue and Kinzie Street, going farther West and South on the census map only gives a larger number of Blacks in the population stats.
Here is the link
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/

  • Jason W: Enjoy the silence. Zero accountability. PRCC and the Portal is not a neighborhood-friendly organization if you define the 'hood as including the other 78% of us who live here and do not share the Culture PRCC promotes. They represent the radical 10% of a declining minority population and...

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    Jason W: Enjoy the silence. Zero accountability. PRCC and the Portal is not a neighborhood-friendly organization if you define the 'hood as including the other 78% of us who live here and do not share the Culture PRCC promotes. They represent the radical 10% of a declining minority population and create and promote things like the "No se Vende!" campaign when there are hundreds of houses in the area that are for sale. Asking one question of them is being racist in their opinion, even if you are Hispanic/Latino. They get thousands of dollars of our tax dollars to run the center, the newspaper, in addition to having taken over the beautiful and historic horse stables inside Humboldt Park without an ounce of authentic community input. One thing remains the same about that place. They are still shoveling stuff out of that building long after the horses are gone!

    I remember them organizing when the lady from Tipsy Cake (a local bakery that closed their retail space here near the Paseo Boriqua - Division St. between Western and California - but keeps her bakery here and employs several residents) joked with someone interviewing her and she called her confections "crack cake" and playfully referred to one that had too many bullet holes in it.

    Just yesterday, NPR ran a piece where a researcher broadly studied online reviews of food, and found that the majority of reviews compared sweets and desserts to drug addiction.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I just took a walk around the neighborhood and noticed several apartment buildings with around 20 units a building, gutted and being rehabbed. These buildings use to be mainly filled with Puerto Ricans but now they are empty. A 23 unit building across the street from me was almost all...

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    I just took a walk around the neighborhood and noticed several apartment buildings with around 20 units a building, gutted and being rehabbed. These buildings use to be mainly filled with Puerto Ricans but now they are empty. A 23 unit building across the street from me was almost all Latino and some African American and many were gang bangers. The building has been gutted, rehabbed and now there is only a couple of Puerto Ricans living there and I understand most of them are moving out this year. So, yes, you just need to go out and see for yourself how drastically HP has changed from a few years ago.

Apr 13

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Dog in Humboldt Park

HUMBODLT PARK:: have you seen this dog? She escaped my friend's house when she was at work today. If you see her, sit down and call her name - Tina. Do Not Chase. Call this number with any information - 517-902-3879.

  • I think my friend has posted flyers, tina was spotted by 90 Miles (the cuban restaurant) and a couple of other places around, I think she was the one spotted by Francis... here is the latest update, thanks for the posts.
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    Tina is still on the loose, but she was spotted [Tuesday] morning at Francisco & Armitage. If you see her, do not chase her (she's super shy) -- sit down and call her name. Contact Carli Jo (517-902-3879) with any information.

  • Tina was found! -- thanks everyone for your help and comments!

3 days ago

Little City Foster Care Spring Newsletter

As we wait for the weather to catch up with the calendar, Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program remains hard at work. We continue to engage with the community, bringing  awareness to the need for more foster parents. This quarter’s newsletter brings you updates on our foster parent recruitment efforts. We share a moving story that shows what can happen when foster parents, birth parents, and the agency work to keep families together, and highlighting one of our stellar volunteers. Lastly, don’t miss the calendar of events —we hope to see some of our Humboldt Park neighbors at an orientation soon!

3 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hosts Open House for New FertilityCare Center

Physicians and employees at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) attended a recent open house for the new FertilityCare Center to learn more about its services, meet the staff and tour the facility.

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Mar 17

Updated 3 days ago

Single Late 20s Woman Living Alone

Is it safe to live west of Western btwn Division & Grand as a single late 20s woman? I work a 9-5 job & am usually only out late when accompanied by my 150+ English Mastiff or in a cab. I know "no place in Chicago is safe" but just looking for suggestions! Moving from the North Side looking @ possibly HumPark, West Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Logan Square. I did live in Logan Square @ Armitage/Kedzie for 2 years and never had any issues- thanks so much in advance for your feedback :D

  • @Rakarwowski, it's funny that you posted that link because I actually emailed and called the number to the owner of the unit to view this and NEVER got a response back. I was truly disappointed.

  • I was told it rented immediately and the owner was flooded with interested parties.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Humboldt Haus On Sacramento Blvd. and North Ave. Now Open!

Great news, it is now open but not the deli bar yet. I talked to Mike who said he was a co-owner and the hours now are 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday to Saturday and 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. Mike also added that the 16 taps section will be open in another month. I asked him to join us on Nextdoor and Everyblocks and inform all of the date when the whole restaurant will be open for business. I am looking forward to the grand opening, i will be thirsty! The name of the place is Humboldt Haus.

  • That's my concern. The hanging out culture that's allowed by certain liquor stores is a big problem.

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Good point - and those of us who live nearby will have to make sure it doesn't happen.

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Infant CPR and first aid class

Does anyone know where I can find a child and infant CPR class?

Thanks!

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Apr 13

Updated 5 days ago

Update on problem liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage

I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the...

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I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the store http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140409/logan-square/neighbors-air-grievances-about-armitage-food-at-city-hall

One of the Alderman showed up to the hearing to represent his constituents, the other did not. Justice is sometimes slow, but hopefully this store owner gets the message and cleans up his act, and therefore the neighborhood. CONGRATS to all of the neighbors that worked so tirelessly to get some relief.

  • Alderman Maldowannadonuthin' has accepted $1500 per year for 4 years in campaign contributions from the liquor store, which might explain why he won't engage the community.

  • Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc....

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    Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc. contributed $1,500 a year to Maldonado's campaign in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    This seems to have affected his motivation to handle the resident's concerns. The people deserve a leader that is willing to attack difficult problems with a closed fist rather than a palm facing up.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140205/logan-square/armitage-foods-battle-gets-personal-as-alderman-questions-campaign-cash

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I have heard that the stores owners are back to their old bad habits ignoring a judges order to stop all bad practice. I guess the store owner must believe he is above the law with an Alderman in his corner!

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Apr 10

Updated 6 days ago

Does anyone know why there is a helicopter around North and Talman?

North Avenue is blocked off around Talman and Rockwell right now. Tons of police and a helicopter right now.

  • Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this...

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    Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this neighborhood. I hear tons of talk that it is up_and_coming, and I can see.

    From what I heard, it happened to Logan Square, and Wicker Park...and getting the right people in the neighborhood to invest time, and their money is great.

    How did Logan Square, or Wicker Park grow and become a better neighborhood to itself? I can see it happening on the East side of Humboldt Park...just wish it could happen faster.

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

    You're right, Bobby. I can personally attest to Wicker Park being almost exactly the same around 2000 - lived there for 7 years. I used to go party there in the early 90's and it was seedy in a lot of spots. With the 606 Trail being built, big changes are coming to EHB and Logan Square, and the up-and-coming period is going to be a lot shorter than it would otherwise be. You can read up on what the elevated park has done for that part of NYC.

Apr 11

Updated 6 days ago

Waiting For A New Beginning

Where will our future children belong to? This question still remains unanswered because of the social economic status of children. Early child education is important to the growth of a child. Growing up in a different community tends to have a different outcome in the development of children.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but...

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    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but more importantly an environment condusive for excellence. She smiles everyday now when she comes home from school vs being aggravated and having a frown. Things worked out well for her although it was not by her own doing. She would have rather stayed and tried to "make a difference" for her students...despite they and their parents having no interest at all in education.

    Change is not easy. We have to make tough choices and close empty and under performing schools to make way for something better. It won't be an easy transition.

    We are told we have good city services. Ha! the bad services runs the gammit of all city departments. It can be a war just to get garbage picked up. Can you imagine anyone saying that a ghetto gets good service! How stupid do they think we are?

    EB people CAN find solutions that are BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER. It comes through our sincere discussions of "the other side."

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids...

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    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids so they will be able to get a job in the future.

    OMG look at the schools on CHICAGOLAND! Who would want their kid to go to an insane place like those schools...in the midst of their turn arounds!

    Choosing something better for your kid is what is supposed to happen. It takes alot of research to choose the right thing. It will not be convenient. (my neighbor drives her kid to Melrose Park) The vote with their feet and move to the suburbs shows many make that choice. Again for 60 years Chicago schools have been a problem; and the vetting continues. First there was white flight and now black flight surpasses white flight.

    Rich people can send their kids to boarding schools or Montisorri schools. Poor folk can send their kid to a surrounding area school IF it produces something better for the child.

Apr 12

Updated 6 days ago

First warm weekend of the year...

I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division....

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I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division.

I guess I'm venting as much as anything, but I also don't think it has to be this way or that anyone should have to accept this kind of chaos as a condition of living in the city.

I love my neighborhood. I don't love the people disrespecting it.

  • If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line...

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    If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line with the standards of the community.

    Many of these ne'er-do-wells used to live in the area but have left. Some just have the habit of coming here and terrorizing our homes. They come back, and they visit their old buddies, and bring trouble. Sometimes you have to focus on the "host" house because they are providing a place for nefarious activity to thrive, conceal itself, and persist.

    If the gang-bangers have no place to go, they have to chose to either hang totally out in the open and in their cars, or go somewhere else.

    Lets encourage them to go somewhere else. That is good for everyone who lives here.

    By the way, just an idea from personal experience, you might consider putting some attention on the huge amount of subsidized/welfare housing that is crammed into that area. A lot of unauthorized tenants inhabit those dwellings, and they typically aren't there so they can be closer to their 9-5 job.

    The politicians have dumped an inordinate amount of "affordable" housing in our neighborhood because it brings them votes (and they don't live here), but then short us on the supply of resources to help those folks succeed and to keep them from bringing the community down.

  • Marea Vierge-Noire Disc Jockey

    Thank you. I think you're right. I need to start picking up the phone when I have been resistant for a number of reasons. Thanks for reminding me.

Apr 11

Updated 6 days ago

Will the 606 Destroy the Enclave?

Humboldt Park is well known for its multi-cultural ethnic enclave because of the diversity of the residence. All across Chicago these enclaves are being split apart because of higher housing prices. Usually, the different structures that bring in change to an ethnic enclave, or any enclave,  are businesses and parks. The new parkway, 606, will bring change to the Humboldt Park area, the questions is, are the residents of Humboldt Park prepared?

  • Jason, I'm sure they would accept more grant money for that purpose, as long as there wasn't any real oversight...

  • Good God. I feel 10x stupider after having read that piffle.

Apr 12

Updated 6 days ago

Coco's Restaurant

Anyone know what's going on with Coco's Restaurant?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I can only say what is written on signs in all the windows. There was nothing about CO-CO'S re opening also there were signs up that read CO-CO'S Thanked everyone for the last ten years. Those signs are gone now.

  • Sounds like Coco has indeed closed. Thanks for the report.

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