2 days ago

Updated 13 min ago

  • Matt B. 10 year Logan Square homeowner, dad

    (cont)

    I do believe it will (or should) happen slowly over time. I think the City could manage increased commuters by increasing train frequency, adding dedicated bus lanes, bike lanes, etc. Chicago is far, far less dense than many other great cities in the world, and those cities seem to...

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    I do believe it will (or should) happen slowly over time. I think the City could manage increased commuters by increasing train frequency, adding dedicated bus lanes, bike lanes, etc. Chicago is far, far less dense than many other great cities in the world, and those cities seem to manage just fine. Slumlords and the loss of manufacturing have absolutely contributed to these gaping holes in the fabric of the city, but now that the vacant lots are becoming desirable to developers, stuff is going to get built, for better or worse. I embrace the concentration of dense development around the train stops and infill of the vacant lots with attractive buildings with uses that regular people actually use. I would disagree with Carter about the need for car storage, as that would seem to guarantee that the new residents would flock here with cars in tow. There are plenty of people who live in the city without cars, and the easier it is to thrive in the neighborhood without one, the more people will do without. I hope.

  • I understand. No one is advocating (on this thread) strip malls.
    What does happen is that investors and developers will and do discover (new-ish) micro-markets and invariably it comes with the territory.

4 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Greenchoice Bank closed by govt

Well, ouch. Hope the larger Green Exchange and those businesses aren't impacted, but that seems likely.

http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/greenchoice.html

  • PR

    After Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, they went across the street and opened a bank.

  • well things are not Green @ Green Choice Bank for sure. Stock is non transferable but is trading on eBay as a collectors item. Steve Sherman is handling request for additional stock certificates if you are looking to recycle them as wallpaper. Unfortunately this Bank DOA when it changed hands. The Texas ratio was in excess of 350 and there was never sufficient capital to support the overhead or distressed assets. Community Banking is a sound industry sector this is not a good example of that.

Jul 25

Updated 34 hours ago

Morning Workout Group

I live in Avondale. I have personal trainers at my house 5 days/week at 5 am. We train outside in summer & in my basement in winter. We use resistance bands, exercise balls, jump ropes, tension cords, weights, jogging, stairs, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, planks, etc. We are looking for more participants in our workouts. I am more motivated when I am working out in a group than by myself! Cheaper than joining a gym. Message me if you would like to join us!

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Click on OP's name and a new screen will pop up. On the right side of that screen it will say email, click on it and send her a private e-mail.

  • Angie Duke Neighborhood veterinarian past 12 years

    We meet at 3300 N. Springfield Tuesday through Friday mornings at 5 am. Anyone can show up and join us for a free workout, talk to the trainer and decide if you want to commit. This is the house on the northwest corner of Springfield Avenue and School Street. We work out in the front and side yard areas and running on the surrounding blocks. The more the merrier! We're going to call ourselves Avondale Morning Bootcamp.

45 hours ago

Found cat

Friends of mine found this cat at Diversey and Whipple. If you know who this guy belongs to, let me know!

2 days ago

Ongoing Call for Artists

AnySquared Projects regularly seeks artists and proposals for future for exhibitions of featured artists, curated and/ or group exhibitions throughout the year at various venues. One of our neighborhood projects is Art@Cole's, so far we've organized 25 exhibits at Cole's Bar since 2010.

Send projects@anysquared.com your name, website, and 3-5pieces of your current work to be considered for future shows.

AnySquared is an artist collaborative and network headquartered in Logan Square's AnyWhere Space at Milwaukee/Belden. Propelled by a deep sense of cooperation with our neighbors, AnySquared's all-volunteer members produce art events, exhibits, projects and ongoing activities in our community with mutual support and participation of area artists and local businesses.

3 days ago

Condo Living Made Easy?!

I would like to invite my community and neighbors to these upcoming seminars! These are very informative. They are hosted by Lauren Peddinghaus, owner of Haus Financial Services,LLC. Please come ask questions, share concerns and get informed about different Condominium Association topics! Please RSVP at admin@chicagocondoresource.com

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

For Sale: Gently Used 5,000 BTU Frigidaire Window Unit

Frigidaire 5,000 BTU, model FRA054XT7
Includes remote and manual.
Used one summer only: I'm selling because my new apartment has AC.

Delivery not available.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/frigidaire-5000-btu-window-air-conditioner-white/9734417.p?id=1218163640312&skuId=9734417&st=categoryid$abcat0907001&cp=1&lp=3

  • Prepare to get blasted by folks saying to not post for sale items here. I, however, don't mind.

  • How much were you looking to get for it? Email me? Tullis.liza@gmail.com

  • ErikaM Blue-Line identified

    Thanks for the responses - it's been sold.

3 days ago

Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge is this SATURDAY!!!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140728/irving-park/brewers-pitmasters-compete-for-bragging-rights-beer-bbq-showdown

Your $60 ticket is for a sampling of LIMITED RUN CRAFT BREWS & BBQ
You're the judging panel - casting your vote for - Best BBQ Pork - Best Beer - Best BBQ/Beer Pairing

Tickets still available so get yours today!

www.beerbbqchallenge.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/258597141001618/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Plans for Pierre's Bakery / 2755 N Milwaukee?

Does anyone know what, if anything, is planned for the old Pierre's Bakery site?

  • Please God, let it be a bar!

  • ptpreserves local business owner in Humboldt park

    I worked the winter farmers market and they always said it was a tear down.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

California/Milwaukee Produce Market has re-opened!!!

The California/Milwaukee Produce Market has reopened! Same ownership, basically the same set up. The owner says he'll have more produce and deli meats this week and more to come (although they seem to have most everything they used to have at the old one already)!

I'm happy to have a decent, clean and nice market in a walkable distance again. Also, the owners are very receptive to getting new products (this is a changing neighborhood...) so please introduce yourself and make friendly suggestions if you think you'll be buying something on a regular basis or think others will be also!

7am-9pm (although, he said probably 8ish on Sundays, depending on demand)
2110 N Milwaukee Ave

  • So happy they opened again. Drove by yesterday and stopped in when I saw they had opened. Always bought meat from them and was never disappointed. Fantastic store!

  • They need to sell sake and Sapporo now that they're across the street from Wasabi, they'll make a killing.

Jul 24

Updated 4 days ago

Stolen bike: it's gone :(

I saw the kid do it too. Bike is a women's vintage 52 cm Univega. Black frame with all original parts and red decals. Red rear tire, red pedals, red grip tape, and pink brake cables. The kid took it from California and Milwaukee on wed night around 10:15pm. Younger black male with a stupid mustache - he even rode away with my white BMX helmet that has the word 'Albes' on the front. I ran after him, and was literally about six inches from him but he got away. Police report filed but that is worthless.

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    Thanks everyone!!!!! I truly appreciate everyone chiming in - I've even had people email me pictures of other bikes they thought could have been related. It was locked up to a bike rack under the L by the California blue line. He must have cut the lock - unfortunately it...

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    Thanks everyone!!!!! I truly appreciate everyone chiming in - I've even had people email me pictures of other bikes they thought could have been related. It was locked up to a bike rack under the L by the California blue line. He must have cut the lock - unfortunately it wasn't a U- lock. It actually was my girlfriends bike... The crazy thing is that I was coming down kedzie in a car (on my way to meet her) and stopped at the kedzie/Milwaukee intersection and the little POS rode past me!!! I literally jumped out if the driver seat, leaving my car to the passengers, and tried to grab the kid. I want thinking very clearly, all I knew is that I wanted that bike back. Basically, I was about a foot or two away from him and he ducked into an alley and disappeared forever :(

  • Good Morning. Bikes also stolen Melrose and Pulaski. One from the 1st Floor and one from the Third Floor Back Porches. Last Week, early morning on Monday. Funny, we supposedly have Security Gates that don't Work. One was Locked, they still were able to Steal it. A lot of characters roaming the Alleys at Night and Early Morning.

5 days ago

Man critical from Logan Square hit-and-run

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/man-struck-by-auto-in-logan-square/

A man is in critical condition after he was struck by the vehicle of a hit-and-run driver early Sunday in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The man, thought to be in his 40s, was hit by a vehicle about 1:05 a.m. near the intersection of Western Avenue and Logan Boulevard, police said. The motorist then drove away from the scene.

He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

Police did not have a description of the vehicle Sunday morning.

6 days ago

Garage space for Rent

I’m renting out a garage space at Armitage and St Louis for $100 per month. If you’re interested or know someone who is, please contact me at mitchellronit@gmail.com or respond here. Thanks!

Jul 23

Updated 6 days ago

History of this old Gas Station?

I was having a debate with some friends over what this building at the corner of California and Altgeld once was.

I'd bet dollars to donuts it was a gas station, but is there anyone who's been in the neighborhood awhile who could add any further details?

Thanks so much.

P.S. I heard they were going to put a Trader Joe's in that building, but then the local slumlord jacked up the rent because someone stapled a flyer to a tree trying to give away a dog that they CLEARLY DON'T DESERVE TO OWN, because the dog was scared by a loud noise last night--was that gunshots or fireworks?

At least that's what I heard.

Thanks!

  • Susan--that's really fantastic. Thanks so much for that.

  • Just today I saw Mr. Kowski sweeping the street in front of the old gas station at 5:30am this morning. To say the family maticulously maintains the property is an understatement - it's practically OCD. He regularlly re-asphaults the lot and even paints the curb yellow on Altgeld to make...

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    Just today I saw Mr. Kowski sweeping the street in front of the old gas station at 5:30am this morning. To say the family maticulously maintains the property is an understatement - it's practically OCD. He regularlly re-asphaults the lot and even paints the curb yellow on Altgeld to make sure cars do not park too close to the driveway. True story (not satire) - check it out! It's a slightly off shade of yellow than the official color the city uses. Hell, I'd bet he'd even write you a citation! Glad to have neighbors that care so much about the property & its history (and rather entertaining to watch too), good for the Kowski's for holding on to their own little gold mine at Cali & Altgeld (although I agree & often thought an ice cream shop would be a nice addition)!!!

Jul 22

Updated 6 days ago

Something new coming to the Zacatecas spot?

I was walking by the old Zacatecas spot on Sunday and noticed that there was some demolition going on inside. The counter and paintings on the wall were ripped out. Yesterday, all of the windows were covered with paper.

I am curious about what might be going in. Hopefully another affordable restaurant or maybe a Trader Joe's?

Jul 25

Art opening tonight at Firecat Projects

https://www.facebook.com/119727521432949/photos/gm.886225331391980/689646741107688/?type=1&theater

An exhibition of new paintings by Ellen Campbell will be opening tonight at Firecat Projects at 7pm. 2124 North Damen. It's a cool place if you've never been. Ellen's work is exquisite!

Jul 23

Updated Jul 24

Therapist for alcoholics

Does anyone have a recommendation for a miracle working therapist that specializes in alcoholics?

  • There is a SMART meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the Sage Health space on Armitage and Bingham. SMART also has a meeting for friends and family on Thursday nights on the north side.

  • Also, all SMART mtgs are open to anyone, so if you want to attend the Sunday mtg alone or with him, you can:-)

Jul 23

Updated Jul 24

Is that your dog?

We just saw a white with tan spots female chihuahua running loose around Central Park and Schubert. Wearing no collar or tags. She was timid but friendly and wouldn't let us get close enough to pick her up.
Just a heads up, hopefully she wasn't too far from home! :(

  • CC

    There is a sign in Palmer square for a do that fits that description.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 23

Coach house is legal?

Is it legal to build a coach house on top of your garage, and use it for rental income? Do you know where to find the City of Chicago laws pertaining to this type of structure? We see several of them in the neighborhood, but were not sure about attempting this ourseleves. We can definitely use the extra income!!

  • New ones were banned in 1957, the ones you still see are grandfathered in. It's too bad, coach houses are much more appealing than basement apartments.

  • AnnaWilson Anna

    Yeah, I went through the hassle of talking to several contractors and went to the building permit office and was told NOPE! If a coach house exists then it's OK but we're not allowed to build a new one, even if you knock down your detached garage and replace it with a coach house. Lame.

  • Even if new coach houses weren't explicitly banned, you probably would not be able to due to zoning restriction regarding number of units on the lot and total finished sq footage.

Jul 18

Updated Jul 21

Saturday lollapalloza

Anyone interested in 2 Saturday wristbands?

Asking 350 obo

Thanks!

Jul 21

Updated Jul 21

Lawn guy needed Central Park and Wrightwood.

Need a guy to do routine mowing at my building. Anyone know a guy who could come every few weeks? Looking to spend $15-20 bucks per visit. Thanks!

  • Milli 3 year Logan Square resident

    Hey Chicago Al, are you on the southwest corner of that intersection? If so, what's the plan? Your building is looks well maintained and yet seems perpetually vacant.

  • $15, seems very low, good luck..

Jun 23

Updated Jul 19

Abandoned home full of dogs?

I was walking my dogs on a new route this past Saturday morning and passed by a deserted-looking house that seemingly contained a pack of barking dogs. I know what two or three dogs sound like; this was way more than that, and it was particularly strange emanating from such a dilapidated home.

I could be mistaken; just wanted to see if anyone else had a similar experience on Sawyer, between McLean & Palmer.

  • I think it is or another one is 2116N. Sawyer. A friend reported 2116 to ACC and not sure if anything happened. Upped it to PETA-political comments unwelcome-they actually show up and mediate or offer to take dogs. The garage has an orange unsafe sticker.

  • Ha! 2053 N Sawyer is not under renovation, the owner just slaps on new siding & what-not to hide the holes in the building. It's very dilapidated & infested with rats. One almost ran over my foot a bit ago when I was walking by. There are dogs that live on the first floor, their owner is fantastic & they're taken care of but I do worry about everyone that lives in the place, it looks like it's about to fall apart with a good wind.

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

Helicopter and sirens?

Does anybody know what is going on in West Logan? I've got a channel 7 helicopter hovering over my house and sirens coming from all directions thanks

Jul 19

Wanna run the Rock n Roll Half Marathon tomorrow?

I have an extra bib will sell for reasonable offer - it's tomorrow at 8 am, lovely weather for a race.
Call or text 847 305 nine5 sixty-one
Yay!

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

Obscure No Parking signs going up on Wrightwood

Seeing someone put up "No Parking" signs on Wrightwood for this weekend (starting today) around Avers, Hamlin. One of them stapled to a flat tree stump - pedestrians can see, but not cars. Pretty dumb considering there's a tree right next to the stump prime for posting.

  • The temporary no-parking signs around here are consistently sparse/non-existent this round was particularly bad though. Called 311, not sure who exactly to get a hold of though.

    Posted a picture here:
    http://bradnagle.com/noparking.jpg

Jul 18

Updated Jul 18

Spray painted sidewalks?

Anyone know what "improvements" are planned for the north side of Wrightwood? Sidewalks and street marked up with spray paint from Avers to at least Kimball.

  • Milli 3 year Logan Square resident

    They are installing 4,209 feet of 8" watermain. The old pipe dates back to 1896. All questions and comments should be directed to Tom LaPorte at 312-742-1029.

Jul 18

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

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Poor planning!

It seems like every year for the past few years Pulaski has been torn up from Belmont to Addison. They've dug holes, done some work leaving the road crappy then repaved it. Don't get me wrong, I like the freshly paved road but it is a complete waste of money to have to repave the same street over and over the past few years. Well I'm driving to work this morning and guess what. They're digging a hole in the middle if Pulaski and Milwaukee over the same stretch of street that was paved a few months ago.

Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

City trees maintenance

Does anybody know whether the home owner or city is responsible for trimming tree branches from tree lawn trees that are protruding into homes?

I presume that we'll have to hire somebody, especially if we want it done soon. The branches are scratching our siding. But thought I'd check to see what others have done.

  • The city is overwhelmed with dying trees due to the Emerald Ash borer so be patient. There is no point to pruning a dying tree, if that is the case. Otherwise, the Forestry dept has a pretty lean budget for routine tree work.

    You can also make your request at www.cityofchicago.org

  • Alderman's office told me that there's a 2 year backlog on tree trimming.

Jul 15

Updated Jul 16

Fresh Market Place Open Date?

Hello! Does anyone know when the Fresh Market Place on Western (about three blocks north of Armitage) is set to open?

Jul 14

Updated Jul 15

Increase in sketchy people hanging out near the monument.

Has anyone else noticed and increase of sketchy people and gangbangers hanging out near the monument in the Square lately? Less than an hour ago I witnessed two dudes getting into it into it and arguing in Spanish, one of them had a bloody ear and I thought for sure something was gonna go down for a minute.

  • Imagine that - neighborhoods change and economic cycles exist. Ethnicities concentrate in an area, then displace over time. People come, people go.

    It's been happening for as long as Chicago has existed, and despite what some may wish, it will continue to happen for as long as Chicago exists. There's...

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    Imagine that - neighborhoods change and economic cycles exist. Ethnicities concentrate in an area, then displace over time. People come, people go.

    It's been happening for as long as Chicago has existed, and despite what some may wish, it will continue to happen for as long as Chicago exists. There's nothing sinister about it, because regardless of the form which this change takes on an individual level, it's based in a common, human desire: a better life for oneself and one's family.

    The art major with student debt looking for a cheap place to live in Pilsen has no better or worse motives in where they choose to live than the struggling Mexican family forced to move out of Pilsen because of increasing rents.

    The old, Puerto Rican property owner who sells his building in Humboldt Park to a developer for a "killing" so he can retire comfortably in the suburbs has no better or worse motives than the young professionals buying that property from the developer at a "steal" so that they can convert it into the dream home in which they'll raise their kids (and for 1/2 the price they'd pay in Lincoln Park.)

    The African-American family who has struggled to move up the income ladder and can finally afford that house in Oak Lawn has no better or worse motives than the white family that first moved there from the city in the 1970s to get away from the increasing crime, and now complains about the former.

    A term like gentrification may describe what happens to a neighborhood when looked at from a macro-economic, big picture level, but it completely ignores the individual decisions and very human motives that happen on an individual level. People want better lives - be they white or Hispanic, rich or poor. Since we can all understand that sentiment - then why all the fuss about a process that seems as natural and cyclical as evolution? Do people complaining about gentrification also complain about the fact that nature didn't grant them a third arm or a second head?

  • PR

    Well, now that you mention it, a 3rd arm would come in "handy" from time to time.

Jul 11

Updated Jul 15

L Patron closed? Here's a good nearby alternative:

I haven't heard why L Patron has been closed for days now, but open or closed it's always good to have another nearby neighborhood small business as a tasty alternative.

It's been just over a year since Las Islas Maria II took over the space at 2903 W. Diversey (at Francisco Ave. next to Masa Azul), but the new owners have done an excellent job of making this "burr-eatery" shine.

(Phone orders accepted 773-252-7303. Open 10 am to midnight.)

First,...

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I haven't heard why L Patron has been closed for days now, but open or closed it's always good to have another nearby neighborhood small business as a tasty alternative.

It's been just over a year since Las Islas Maria II took over the space at 2903 W. Diversey (at Francisco Ave. next to Masa Azul), but the new owners have done an excellent job of making this "burr-eatery" shine.

(Phone orders accepted 773-252-7303. Open 10 am to midnight.)

First, inside the restaurant has a clean, fresh, inviting look. The clutter and dinge of the prior owners has been replaced by a more open, spacious look and feel.

There is a small bar for liquor service, and a number of tables arranged conveniently in the roomy front section of the shop.

The large flat screen TV is often tuned to a Spanish-language station, but it has a remote control that the waitstaff can use to flip the channel if you ask with a smile.

Las Islas serves a small selection of beers and mixed drinks to complement your delicious meal.

Which brings me to the most important comments:

Ala carte items (tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc.) are very inexpensive, the portions are hefty, and they taste fantastic!

And there are simply too many full meals, combination plates, soups, seafood dishes, and meaty entrees to list - all at bargain prices.

Want a treat? Try their refreshing Ceviche!

Note: There is another Las Islas Maria restaurant in Chicago, but there is no business relationship between the two.

So, when you want to have a margarita with your sit-down Carne Asada (grilled steak) dinner, or a Corona with your Camarones al Ajo (shrimp sauteed in garlic), or just a Coke with your Caldo de Langostino (lobster soup) give Las Islas Maria II a try.

I'm glad I did.

Note #2: I have no personal or social connection to the proprietors of this restaurant, other than to be a returning customer. I just wanted to point out that, IMHO, Las Islas Maria II is well worth checking out.

Gil

  • Benjamin - I assume you're talking about L'Patron?

    If it's 2/3 full at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, I'd guess they're pretty stoked at that volume. But If you go any mid/late evening it's like the opening doors on Black Friday!

    But also they cook-to-order, and I mean nothing is even...

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    Benjamin - I assume you're talking about L'Patron?

    If it's 2/3 full at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, I'd guess they're pretty stoked at that volume. But If you go any mid/late evening it's like the opening doors on Black Friday!

    But also they cook-to-order, and I mean nothing is even half pre-cooked, so even though there's only 1 in line, it may be that half a dozen of the people sitting are still awaiting their order.

    Also, they get a lot of business via phone-in/pick-up.

    I agree they are interminably slow, it's just a curse that their Taco's are so good I can't resist.

    I always, always call in ahead, am invariably told 15-20 mins, and even then I'm still stood waiting another 5-10 minutes. But I am hooked so I factor it into my deep breathing exercise schedule.

    I was hoping they'd enroll on Grubhub, then I wouldn't even have to wait for the phone to be answered

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    i remember one evening around 7 pm walking into L Patron and BEING THE ONLY CUSTOMER THERE!

    i think the hawks might have had a playoff game that night. it was a very twilight zone-ish experience.

    i don't begrudge LP the long waits. made-to-order takes time even though their (tiny)...

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    i remember one evening around 7 pm walking into L Patron and BEING THE ONLY CUSTOMER THERE!

    i think the hawks might have had a playoff game that night. it was a very twilight zone-ish experience.

    i don't begrudge LP the long waits. made-to-order takes time even though their (tiny) kitchen operation is fairly slick for what it is. not efficient, but its moving parts move well enough ... for now.

    LP's kitchen op reminds me of when i was working summers as a grillman in one of my dad's diners in the '60s when we were selling hamburgers "5 for $1" (w/ lettuce, tomato, and onion) over at Lincoln/Sheffield/Wrightwood. omg - most folks probably cannot imagine what it's like to cook and serve food at that volume for 2+ hours straight with 1 grillman and one helper on a single 30" grill. hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of burgers would fly through my hands. I was maybe 13 years old at the time but there wasn't a faster pair of hands on a short order cook in the midwest.

    so LP gets some slack for the delays because their kitchen is not set up right for high volume production. it's too small, too tight, with terrible work flow, tiny equipment, and staff tripping over each other because the building itself is too shallow/narrow.

    we had the same problem over on lincoln ave., so dad had kitchen and seating additions added to the original tiny 8 stool, no tables diner. eventually we retrofitted a professionally-designed, high output equipment line into an expanded kitchen area.

    LP should expand to the rear. if possible, and build a real kitchen. i hope that's in the cards for them, because to tell the truth, it will be impossible to sustain that level of kitchen chaos over the long haul. it's just too hard on the staff ... and eventually some customers are going to grow weary of it as well. been there. done that. not fun if you're in the kitchen getting slammed during a rush and not something that encourages staff retention.

    gil

Jul 15

Boxes from Peapod

I have 7 boxes leftover from a Peapod delivery that they apparently don't want back. They have styrofoam coolers inside and some have ice packs. Would be perfect for moving food!

Text me if interested: 217-721-7748.

Jul 14

CPS budget meeting at Wright College on Wednesday

Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration...

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Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration starts at 5pm). Why should you go speak out at this budget hearing? Because CPS is cutting the budgets for many of our public schools that our neighborhood children attend. We can't let them further weaken our public schools without putting up a fight.

Examples of some of the proposed cuts...

Kelvyn Park High School -$1.8 million
Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood -$1.6 million
Steinmetz H.S. -$448,000
Northwest Middle School -$ 313,000
Reinberg -$30,000
Thorp -$ 275,000
Foreman -$728,000
Schurz - $711,000
Department of Academic learning and Support- City wide -$75,000,000
Department of Diverse learners Support and Services -$88,000,000

Jul 11

Updated Jul 13

Masada!!!!!

I took my family to Masada today for lunch and Oh. My. God. It was AMAZING!! We had the hummus, an appetizer that our server, Ruba, suggested (incredible) and a variety of shawarmas. It was everything I had hoped it would be. My mother (who's never had Middle Eastern food) said it was the best food she's ever had. Well worth the 10 year wait!! The owner came over and introduced himself and was personable and funny and very charming in a non threatening way. Check it out, you won't regret it!

  • Where is this rest located?

  • right off the california stop of the blue line on california...between townline and logan restaurants.

Jul 12

Local Author Releases New Humor Book

101 Ways to Get Lice: A Remedy to Society's Little Parasites is now available at Wolfbait & B-girls, or online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.

Written by a local author, me to be exact, 101 Ways to Get Lice is a look at particular things people do that are annoying, illogical, or just plain silly, such as wearing socks with sandals, guessing the ending to a movie, and refusing to eat the crust of a piece of pizza.

Please check it out and spread the word to help support a local artist.

Thanks.

Jul 12

Found keys at Palmer and Kimball

Found some lost keys at Palmer and Kimball sitting on my fence. There is a bike key, gate key, and some random house keys.

Jul 12

Art in the Park Has Been Rain Postponed.

Art in the Park is rain postponed to August 23. We'll keep everyone updated. We hope to see you on the new date.

Jul 04

Updated Jul 11

Lost Cat

Hi - my cat got out yesterday. He's a brown tabby, friendly but scared. His left ear is tipped/snipped since he was TNR'ed last summer before adopting us and moving in. We're on the 1800 block of North Fairfield. Please reply if you see him or email me at achablani at hotmail

  • so glad he is back - thanks for the update.

  • Very good news because I was just walking at Armitage and Humboldt and there is a similar one dead in the street. Someone is going to be sad.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 11

california & diversey

does anyone know anything about the building construction just south of diversey on california in the space that was the tile, mattress, & rug store?

  • Another gym. Lovely.

  • CR Avondale: I pass by that corner daily and haven't seen any activity recently either. I actually am looking forward to the LA Fitness going in at that location. :)

Jul 07

Updated Jul 09

Crooked apartment and building inspections?

I'm moving into an apartment (a regular old three flat built early 1900s) soon that seems rather crooked. Not just floors but the entire building tilts a little bit. The floors don't seem too bad, nothing out of the norm, and the walls also seem fine. Parts of it have clearly been renovated over the years, central heat, etc. but it's an old, crooked building still.

Trying not to be concerned about it because it's a great place otherwise. But think knowing that it's been checked out would make me feel better.

Newb questions: Do apartments need to be regularly checked for structural stability? Is there a way I can retrieve this information from the city? Any words of wisdom?

  • IN FACT, sorry to keep posting here, I promise this is my last post, but who even knows if you can evict tenants in order to fix a violation. You certainly can't evict them just to work on their places, you can try to ask them politely to leave (good...

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    IN FACT, sorry to keep posting here, I promise this is my last post, but who even knows if you can evict tenants in order to fix a violation. You certainly can't evict them just to work on their places, you can try to ask them politely to leave (good luck that's crazy and will take months) or you can work while they're in there, but with this level of renovation it definitely wouldn't be habitable for awhile, even if you have lightning-speed contractors. Your landlord (or investment company) if they have good intentions at all is probably 'between a rock and a hard place' which is their own fault for not fixing the building when they bought it, and/or not waiting for a convenient time when it happened to be vacant, and for thinking sloped floors are nbd

  • Steve Jaded Curmudgeon

    "@SLA -Try to find an Owner Occupied 2-4 Unit."

    RTP - unfortunately, this isn't always good advice. Owner-occupied buildings of 6 units or less are specifically excluded from the RLTO. That means if anything *does* go wrong, your rights and protections are far more limited.

Jul 08

Updated Jul 09

  • PR

    Sounds like it might be an expensive Parson's without the patio. Oh well, better than a bank.

  • While I'm no fan of "all meat" restaurants, maybe it will pull some of long lines away from places on the square that don't just cater to carnivores. Better than a bank, far cry from good.

  • g. grillz Allen Ave Beat Architect

    i think it sounds pretty fantastic. i am a little confused by all the fired chicken places that have opened recently (Parson's, Leghorn, Honey Butter) but the spicy kick will hopefully cut through some of the greasiness! sad to see johnny's go, but i suppose i liked it more for nostalgia than the food anyhow. well that and it was the only place i didnt have to wait an hour for brunch!

May 03

Updated Jul 08

Helicopters

I don't know why the helicopters maybe taping for Chicago fire

  • Taco cart? Where exactly at that corner? When is the cart usually there. Have never scene it.

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    I've enjoyed the tacos at Bullhead. Nice variety there.

Jul 08

Moving boxes free

About 6 boxes different sizes. Near Kedzie and Logan, by Lula. Text me: 217-721-7748.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 08

Great Restoration Company!

Hey neighbors! I know a lot of your basements flooded (mine included) and wanted to refer a great restoration company to anyone who may still need it. They are called Family First Restoration and their number is 312-445-0610. They came in to clean and sanitize, cut out and replace drywall and replace door frames and baseboards. They were very honest and didn't tell us we needed to replace something if there was no need. Super impressed.

  • Hi Liz - we got water as well over this last storm. Not much but enough to damage tjhe hardwood floors. Where are you located? We are on the 2300 block of Rockwell. I'm curious to know if other neighbors in this areas also got just water or full sewer...

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    Hi Liz - we got water as well over this last storm. Not much but enough to damage tjhe hardwood floors. Where are you located? We are on the 2300 block of Rockwell. I'm curious to know if other neighbors in this areas also got just water or full sewer backup. We have sump pump and a closed drain system that flows into the Chicago sewer system. Were you covered by insurance? Our floors look like the water came up through the floor and not the sump pump. There was not water in the walls, must pools on the floor - like it seeped up through the floor. I'm curious to know if your insurance covered you for seeping up through the floors?

  • Liz

    We are at Dickens and Sawyer. I know everyone on my block flooded and the water came up through the drains. We have drain tiles, a sump pump and an ejector pump. It's my understanding that the city closed the drain valves into the sewer system for our area which...

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    We are at Dickens and Sawyer. I know everyone on my block flooded and the water came up through the drains. We have drain tiles, a sump pump and an ejector pump. It's my understanding that the city closed the drain valves into the sewer system for our area which caused the backup for so many people in our area. So annoying and I wish there was a way to make them reimburse us. Anyway, we bought supplemental flood insurance so we did get a check from our insurance company. Our neighbors were not so lucky so it depends on your insurance policy. We ripped out our carpet and baseboards ourselves which saved a lot of money. I hope to never deal with this again. Good luck!

Jul 06

Updated Jul 07

Free packing materials

Large bag of thick water resistant wrappers, some bubble, and several sheets, blankets, tablecloths etc usable to wrap or as drop cloths or whatever. Don't want to just put in alley for someone to rip open & make a mess of. Would love to give to a neighbor :)
Please reply if interested.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 07

Suspicious vehicle

Vehicle posted up near the corner of Belden & Kedzie. Driver appeared to be taking photos of young women as they walked by on his cell phone. Older Hispanic male 40-50 with hearing aide in left ear.

  • Juan C. Ayala Belmont Cragin Resident

    I don't think he is breaking any laws, you are allowed to photograph anyone and anything out in public. But it is creepy that this man sitting in a rusty old van is potentially photographing young girls.

  • Police may not be able to make an arrest, but they can give him a warning and fill out a contact card. That alone may stop the behavior.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 07

Belmont & Central Park Retail Space

Hello all...

There is a new plaza that has two retail spaces on Belmont and Central Park. One is a new 7-11, which opened late last year I believe. Does anyone happen to know what the other retail space will be?

Thanks

  • The other open retail space still is open for lease, so that side is TBD.

Jul 03

Updated Jul 07

Homeowners Insurance?

Wondering if anyone has recommendations for homeowners insurance companies. Aside from reasonable pricing, has anyone had positive experiences with filing a claim? Hoping to never have to do so but most online reviews seem to indicate that is where most companies fail. Thanks much and Happy 4th of July!

  • I will give a shout out to USAA- You don't have to be an active service member to qualify either, if your parent (or even grandparent I believe) were in the service you can join. Wife and I have auto & renters insurance with them, as well as car finance...

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    I will give a shout out to USAA- You don't have to be an active service member to qualify either, if your parent (or even grandparent I believe) were in the service you can join. Wife and I have auto & renters insurance with them, as well as car finance (would do banking too if there rates were a little better). Have not had to file a home claim, but over the years had three auto claims. They all went very smoothly, and every time I have had to talk to someone, customer service has been top notch.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    We've used Allstate for years. When our nitwit neighbor sued us because his roof leaked, our homeowner's coverage was triggered and they paid for the attorney. They did not settle, they fought it and won (mostly because it was the very definition of a nuisance lawsuit). They've also paid out with no question when our gutters were damaged by hail, for a whole new gutter system. These days, I don't think it matters who your agent is, because all your interactions are with the company itself.

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