6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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!

5 hours ago

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! :(

10 hours ago

Therapist for alcoholics

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

29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

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.

39 hours ago

Updated 36 hours 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?

  • Petra Z Tomatoes!

    Definitely a gym or a Trader Joe's.

    nah, probably another restaurant.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Saturday lollapalloza

Anyone interested in 2 Saturday wristbands?

Asking 350 obo

Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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!

  • 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 4 days ago

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.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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

4 days ago

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!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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.

  • 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.

5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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.

Jun 30

Updated Jul 04

Group of people (possibly homeless) on Logan and Western

I am curious if anyone knows what is up with the group of people that have been sitting on the corner of Logan and Western (right across from Windy City Fieldhouse)? They have signs asking for money because they are traveling. Is there a way to get this group moved out of the area.

  • TUDOR LOVE ALL DOGS

    Shannon...Tell him from me a stranger, don't get high...
    GET EVEN BY BEING a happy, productive, healthy human being!!
    I did! 12 years sober!! Bless you both!

    Square Peg - I will take a look at that Documentary.. Thank you so much.
    Police work isn't what is use to be....

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    Shannon...Tell him from me a stranger, don't get high...
    GET EVEN BY BEING a happy, productive, healthy human being!!
    I did! 12 years sober!! Bless you both!

    Square Peg - I will take a look at that Documentary.. Thank you so much.
    Police work isn't what is use to be. They use informants, they flip people in jail and put their lives at risk. The problem isn't the suppliers. The problem is the demand.
    America is fueled by drugs, alcohol, and sex, etc. You know how often a child is reported missing in Chicago? Every 12 min. Molested or abused every 3 minutes. I have currently 35 Registered Sex Offenders all living within a 4 block radius of a school and me. This is the world we have created.

  • TUDOR LOVE ALL DOGS

    Like my dad use to say...The Fish spoils from the Head, not the tail.

    If all Gangs would cease to exist?? (Example) What would every tactical unit of Gangs in Law Enforcement do? They would have to be laid off. There is no more need for them. If the supply...

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    Like my dad use to say...The Fish spoils from the Head, not the tail.

    If all Gangs would cease to exist?? (Example) What would every tactical unit of Gangs in Law Enforcement do? They would have to be laid off. There is no more need for them. If the supply for drugs would cease completely, that's a 100 Billion Dollars of tax free money that will no longer circulate in the world plus NO NEED FOR a DEA Agency anymore.

    You understand what I am trying to say? I think you do. Whether you agree with me or not is okay. I won't be offended. These problems will never go away, until humanity steps up, stops getting high, deals with their problems correctly, and stops raping our children. Most addicts, myself included, have been victims of rape and child sexual abuse. Thus the need to numb the past. I pray none of your family will ever fall victim this horrific crime. It is not one that is easy to forget.

    And thank you for being so civil and actually having a conversation with me Square Peg. I really, sincerely, respect you for that. Kudos to you!

Jul 01

Updated Jul 02

Sewer line back-up Monday night

Hey neighbors,
Anyone in the North and Maplewood area have flooding in their basements from the rain Monday night? We had a foot in ours and the sewer backed up; curious if it was an isolated event or is a block-wide problem. Thanks!

  • Jon, you can talk to a sewer company about a flood-control device. They are not cheap to install but considering the inconvenience of mopping up after floods it may well be worth the investment.

    The problem is regional. The metro area's sewer system is inadequate, and despite spending $3B on...

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    Jon, you can talk to a sewer company about a flood-control device. They are not cheap to install but considering the inconvenience of mopping up after floods it may well be worth the investment.

    The problem is regional. The metro area's sewer system is inadequate, and despite spending $3B on Deep Tunnel, the results are abysmal: overbudget and behind schedule by more than a decade.

    Logically, putting trash over the sewer grates on city streets would reduce basement flooding as less rainwater would get into the overloaded storm sewers. However, that would flood city streets and cause traffic hazards, so not a civilized idea.

    Suggestions:
    1) Minimal development of basement/garden apartments. No hardwood floors or carpeting down there. Store everything at least a foot above the floor.
    2) Manage roof runoff at the site. Every property owner would help reduce flooding of basements if they did not "flush" their roof water immediately into the city sewers, which overloads the inadequate system. Consider disconnecting your downspouts from the city sewer system and cope with runoff at your own site.
    3) Don't buy a condo where the developer has minimized green space in favor of asphalt parking lots. Take responsibility for managing runoff where you live.
    4) If you own property, replace concrete and asphalt with permeable surfaces (gravel, pavers).

    Due to climate change, accept we are living in an environment similar to a river delta where flooding is common. There are no easy solutions for Chicago-area residents, except for moving to higher ground and writing off basement spaces (which is what people used to do, using the dank, unfinished spaces for laundry and storing junk).

  • Jon

    Thanks for the info, Keith. Not great news, unfortunately. Maybe I'll call a company and find out more. I've heard of people installing 'catch basins or tanks', I don't know the correct term. My question now is, why doesn't this happen to everyone in the city.

Jun 28

Updated Jul 02

California and Diversey - construction

Hello, does anyone know what's being built on the corner of California and Diversey ? Across from the walgreens ...heard awhile back it was going to be planet fitness.

  • Can't believe there are people in Wicker Park who don't want a Trader Joe's...

  • Brandrea21 Logan Square resident

    I would have loved a grocery store or trader joes !!!
    Thank you for the feedback everyone :)

Jul 01

Bike for sale

Not sure if anyone in the area is in need of a bike, but I thought I'd share. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/4533739059.html

Jun 27

Updated Jul 01

At-Home Daycare for Infant??

Looking for an at-home daycare facility in Logan Square beginning in October (child will be 4mos old).

We like the flexibility for drop-off/ pick-up times of at-home facilities vs. daycare centers. However, the facility needs to be separate from owners living quarters and hoping for little to no spanish influence.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

  • Hey Jess, I get it. I always planned to raise my child with complete immersion in another language. Then he became delayed with his speech development. While I still hope to help him become fluent in one other language quite young, I've had to put that wish on hold and...

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    Hey Jess, I get it. I always planned to raise my child with complete immersion in another language. Then he became delayed with his speech development. While I still hope to help him become fluent in one other language quite young, I've had to put that wish on hold and enroll him in speech therapy instead. I have two kids, one older and one younger than yours. If you want to get together, private message me and we can work out the details. Not all of your neighbors are judgmental jerks.

  • My daughter goes to a Spanish speaking home daycare in the area and I can assure you, English is still her first language. If anything, having the exposure to a second language since 3 months old has increased her vocabulary. I have had several people tell me they think my daughter (who is now 4) is older than she is due to the way she talks and communicates with people. Good luck!

Jun 24

Updated Jun 26

  • wrlgsq Many years

    I remember jam sessions here, pre-fire, surprised the place didn't cease to exist then.
    So it may become a Trader Joes, I wonder if is it a complete gut, or a teardown, and how would the Division & Honore TJs factor into this, if it even happens.
    My curiosity is piqued.

Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Burned mini van on Springfield and Belmont

Anyone know what happened?

  • No, but I posted about 2 burned vehicles in my area about a week and a half ago, which no one knew about either. There were also multiple burned cars in the news.

Jun 21

Updated Jun 25

Marble bar has new owners, inflated food prices and no specials!

So I went to Marble today near Kimball and Armitage, my go to food place on the extreme cheap. Apparently they got bought out and everything on their menu went up by about $5 and they completely got rid of their weekly specials, and it looks like even some menu items. Needless to say I am very disappointed.

  • My favorite Carlsberg on tap might disappear? Waa waa waah waah waa!

  • Nick Logan Square @ the 606

    I also live right up the street from Marble and have been there many times, but have never seen the bar full. JJ85 has is right. As a business owner your number one priority is to have a bar full of happy guests, making your bar profitable.

    While Marble is...

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    I also live right up the street from Marble and have been there many times, but have never seen the bar full. JJ85 has is right. As a business owner your number one priority is to have a bar full of happy guests, making your bar profitable.

    While Marble is a great neighborhood dive bar to have a pint and catch game at, or relax with a group of friends in the beer garden it is far from reaching its potential. South Logan/North Humboldt is changing, it's only a matter of time that we see other new restaurants and bars pop up in the vacant storefronts along Armitage. I for one am excited to see these positive changes take place!

Dec 05 2011

Updated Jun 25

Spaulding/Milwaukee Ave. Development?

Anyone have any idea what's going on with the old bowling alley that was US Cellular/Pearl Vision? Both tenants have moved out, stores gutted, and outside of building has had what looks like possible beginning of restoration work to original facade. Cannot find building permits - wondering what's going on there and what's moving in?

  • The rear of the space (which is the bulk of the square footage) will be a dialysis facility. (This is in addition to the dialysis facility going in on Kimball just north of Milwaukee). The frontage along Milwaukee will be a beer pub, expected to seat about 60 people, owned by the owner of Cafe con Leche.

  • Andrea Miller Real Estate Broker / Miller Chicago Real Estate

    Hi All - I am the commercial broker representing the site at 2760-2774 N Milwaukee. We just officially went to market today and I was doing some research and found this chat thread and wanted to post the listing info. If you know anyone looking for retail space in Logan Square, send them this link: http://millerchicagorealestate.com/logan-square-retail-2760-2774n-milwaukee-ave-kimball-diversey-logan-square-spaulding-blue-line/

Jun 24

Updated Jun 25

Mega Mall is up for sale! Finally!

Looks like there is finally something happening with the MegaMall. I will not miss this disaster of a building. I am so excited for someone to rid Logan Square of this eye sore. Trader Joes? :)

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140624/logan-square/logan-squares-megamall-listed-for-sale

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    Can the corn and tamale guys stay?

Jun 23

Updated Jun 24

Masada to (finally) open Wednesday, 11am

Drove past Masada today and they have a sign up saying they will open June 25th at 11am, for anyone interested!

For those who haven't seen it, there was a pretty nice article on eater.com about it:

http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2014/05/27/masada-sultans-market-owners-longawaited-middle-eastern-palace.php

  • PR

    I attended the soft open and agree with all of francis's points. The decor is awesome and the food was mediocre. That bathroom is ridiculous. There is literally no where you can look without seeing genitals if someone else is in the bathroom. It's actually pretty gross.

  • I was at the first night of the soft open. I will just say they made some odd design choices. The wow factors are there but once you start to look at the details, not so great. I hope the food improves.

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