26 hours ago

Updated 37 min ago

Riot Fest Update

The organizers of Riot Fest have put fort a forward looking press release regarding the restoration of Humboldt Park after the massive mess that was created in Humboldt Park after Riot Fest.
In my humble opinion Humboldt Park is not designed to handle 60,000 visitors per night. The park is a mess and it will take months to repair. It has become an eyesore. The stench in the north side of the park is so bad that is unsanitary to...

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The organizers of Riot Fest have put fort a forward looking press release regarding the restoration of Humboldt Park after the massive mess that was created in Humboldt Park after Riot Fest.
In my humble opinion Humboldt Park is not designed to handle 60,000 visitors per night. The park is a mess and it will take months to repair. It has become an eyesore. The stench in the north side of the park is so bad that is unsanitary to use children's playground. This should not have been allowed to happen in the first place.
This is a community park and it should not be treated as a revenue generator by the city.
Please call Alderman Maldonado and express your displeasure at what has happened.
Please share this in your wall and participate in the discussion in every block.com

http://charliebillups.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/riot-fest-aftermath/

  • I live 6 blocks from the park and attended all three days. And could hear the blaring music all 3 days from inside my home before I went to the event. I was also inconvenienced, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. I also understand we are all entitled to our opinion. I just think the horse is dead -- stop beating it.

  • Dead, until next year, wickerparkgirl. The residents that live along the park have to deal with the inconvience for longer than those 3 days that you attended.

    I'm still unsure about the pros of the festival. Honestly.

    "Improvements" to the area are being talked about, but there's no details. Talk...

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    Dead, until next year, wickerparkgirl. The residents that live along the park have to deal with the inconvience for longer than those 3 days that you attended.

    I'm still unsure about the pros of the festival. Honestly.

    "Improvements" to the area are being talked about, but there's no details. Talk of the revenue it generated for the neighborhood has been thrown in there, but how true is that? Where's the data?

    How does it improve the community, NOW? Many on EB have said that people now see that the area is great and safer than what they originally thought, and they'll want to move here. What problem does that then cause, for the residents that have lived here bit now have landlords who plan on jacking up the rent, because they know someone else will pay for it? (Gentrification)

    If Riot Fest and the organizers were really interested in helping the community then they'd help all year long. Are they creating programs to invest the youth in this outlet they enjoy so much? Music education for local pre-school children? Are they offering scholarships to the teens in this area who might want to go, but can't afford to attend a school that offers music engineering as a future major/career? What about internships?

    It's nice that so many people had a good time, but where's the service to the community? I don't think it's right to just say "see you next year!"

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Nanny Share in Humboldt Park Area

My husband and I are looking for a family to join or to establish a nanny share with us in Humboldt Park or surrounding area starting December 1st, 2014. Our daughter Lilian will be 4 months by then. We both work full time and would need a nanny approximately from 8 am to 6 pm. We are open and flexible to different hosting options. Our family is bilingual German-American, and a nanny who also speaks German would be great but is not a necessity.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,
Corinna

  • Chicago Al Lifelong Chicagoan, documentarian, & time-traveler

    Which days can you share? We need a part-time nanny for 3 days: M,W, & TH...

  • We are looking for a nanny for the whole week, Monday to Friday.

12 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Recommendations for snow removal in West Town/Humboldt?

Winter is on its way and I'm trying to hire someone for snow removal before I procrastinate too long. Do any of you have someone affordable and reliable who does it for your building? I'm looking for basic shoveling, not plowing, in the area directly east of the park.

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25 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Beware of wasps (Humboldt Park - on Kedzie and North)

Just wanted to let people know : My dog got stung by swarm of wasps entering the Park. Not sure if they were swarming around a spilled drink or if they nest got knocked down but they were in the grass. So watch out, this is on the trail into the park behind the Natl. Guard building on Kedzie right off North ave.

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    I heard on WBEZ last week that we could expect a rise in the number of bees this month. Perhaps that extends to wasps.

  • I love in this area and we have had a ton of wasps the last two weekends. It's super bizarre.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    It's gotten cold, so they're looking to feed before the cold weather hits. They have been plentiful, and with all the smells emitted by Riot Fest, I'm sure they think there's food to be had.

21 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Riot Fest - Irresponsible use of Humboldt Park -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The smell is a chemical process of decomposition. The enzymes in the mud are "digesting" the grass. In effect, you are smelling part of a process which occurs in a cow's stomach, and beyond...

    Rotting grass stinks.

    I was there, and my boots were covered in mud. They do not...

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    The smell is a chemical process of decomposition. The enzymes in the mud are "digesting" the grass. In effect, you are smelling part of a process which occurs in a cow's stomach, and beyond...

    Rotting grass stinks.

    I was there, and my boots were covered in mud. They do not stink like kah kah.

    The most dangerous thing I saw were numerous people stepping in the water-filled and therefore hard to see potholes on Luis Munoz Marin Dr. Everyone lost their balance, stumbled and got their shoes wet. I didn't see anyone fall, but I suspect it happened. I would be shocked if there weren't reports of sprained ankles.

    It would be nice if the Park were maintained to a level of perfection before Riot Fest as it is expected to be restored to afterwords.

  • I live on Fairfield just north of Bloomingdale. There is no permit parking on my street which went unnoticed by festival goers because there was (albeit more limited than usual) parking available all weekend and all was quiet after the music stopped. Completely unexpected.

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Riot Fest Organizers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thanks for reading

  • Buster ~ I've read quite a few stories at The Denver Post and local affiliate stations in the Denver area. Seems there were quite a few factors in denying the permit that included engineering studies, traffic studies and of course, the feedback from the community (based on their 2013 experiences around issues of sound, drug use and traffic).

    Of course, safety is always a concern should there be injuries and overdoses.

  • Interesting Square Peg. I just recall reading one account from a woman who lived there saying how they could barely support the people that live in the town with emergency services...and she was worried if something happened people would be out of luck. Lot's of challenges to putting on a big music fest.

33 hours ago

New Business in Logan Square!

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

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

35 hours ago

Riot Fest Damage at Humboldt Park

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

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

3 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks,
    Cecy61@aol.com

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3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Open slots available for enrollment @ Goethe Elementary School

Hey all -

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

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

  • Clee Torres Love life love my neighborhood

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

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

LOST BELOVED CHIHUAHUA: HURON & WOOD 9/15

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

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Construction on 3200 Block of Potomac

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

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

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 10

Updated 2 days ago

Recommendation for gate lock repair?

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

  • Jamie W. East Humboldt Park

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

  • Monica Over 15 years in the 60622 zip code

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

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

RIOT FEST: How can this be okay?

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

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

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

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

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

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

    Riot Fest was louder and...

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

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

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

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

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost chihuahua

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

  • Ev

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

  • Ev

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

  • LCK

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

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

2 shot in Humboldt Park neighborhood

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

September 13, 2014

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

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

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

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

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

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Shoe dyer?

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

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

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

  • Jen

    Awesome! Thanks everyone

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    *SELF-CERT* NEW 2 STORY FRAME SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE WITH BASEMENT, NEW REAR WOOD DECK, AS PER PLANS.CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    1144 N. Christiana Ave. Issued September 12, 2014 Comment

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