3 days ago

Updated 21 min ago

Humboldt Park: 3300 Block of Beach

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Internet Provider

Hey neighbors,

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

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

Thanks!
Tim

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

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

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

Dec 02 2011

Updated 4 hours ago

Spark?

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

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

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

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

35 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Forced entry burglaries

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

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

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

Anyone have any additional information?

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

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

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

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

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

10 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Advice for getting needed city services?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any helpful suggestions I would appreciate it.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Send a letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org. Include your petition and letter. Ask the status. Send an email to the Commissioner. Not sure of their name.

    It may be this expense comes out of the aldermans' ward money. You may be low on the list. There are tons of citizizen/resident requests and not enough $$.

    If it can come out of the Mayors' budget...that would be good. When a city has the kind of financial problems that Chicago has because of decades of mismanagement...it is hard to get what you need.

4 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

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

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

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

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

Thanks for any feedback.

31 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

cops on Spaulding

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

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

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

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4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

A different set of data about the Humboldt Park Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

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

5 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Lost Dog in Humboldt Park

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

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

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

34 hours ago

Little City Foster Care Spring Newsletter

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

34 hours ago

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

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

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Mar 17

Updated 38 hours ago

Single Late 20s Woman Living Alone

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

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

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

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

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

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

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

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

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

39 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Infant CPR and first aid class

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

Thanks!

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Update on problem liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

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Apr 10

Updated 4 days ago

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

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

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

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

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    Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

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

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

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

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

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

Apr 11

Updated 4 days ago

Waiting For A New Beginning

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

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

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

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

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

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

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

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

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

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

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

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

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

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

First warm weekend of the year...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Marea Vierge-Noire Disc Jockey

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

Apr 11

Updated 4 days ago

Will the 606 Destroy the Enclave?

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

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

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

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Coco's Restaurant

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

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

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Building Permits

Can anyone share their experience with getting a construction permit (not an easy permit) with the city? What is the process like? How long does it typically take? Has the process improved since years past?

Thanks!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

LOST DOG

HUMBODLT PARK: Have you seen this dog? She escaped today. If you see her, sit down and call her name - Tina. Do Not Chase. Please call 517-902-3879 with any leads.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

The Bloomingdale Trail Making Humboldt Park A Better Place To Live.

Great change is happening to Humboldt Park and the people who live here welcome it. The Bloomingdale Trail is one huge step in the right direction. People are attracted to the park and the boulevards which in part is why Humboldt Park is coming back to life but it is the Bloomingdale Trail which is helping out the most and with lightning speed. Now people will have a elevated path away from vehicles and intersections to travel directly to down...

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Great change is happening to Humboldt Park and the people who live here welcome it. The Bloomingdale Trail is one huge step in the right direction. People are attracted to the park and the boulevards which in part is why Humboldt Park is coming back to life but it is the Bloomingdale Trail which is helping out the most and with lightning speed. Now people will have a elevated path away from vehicles and intersections to travel directly to down town and most of all, jobs. If you hate traffic and bicycling through it, this is where you want to live and raise a family.
Another large part of the trail is that it is destroying the enclave of gangs and crime that gave Humboldt Park such a violent reputation. This scared away good people and families from moving in but not any more. The criminals that use to hang out on every corner around the park are almost all gone, replaced by new businesses and people that call the police when they see crimes occurring. A few decades ago Humboldt Park was not well known for its multi-cultural ethnic diversity but now because of The Bloomingdale Trail and the diversity of the residence it brings, it truly has become a great place to live for all.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    How sad that the only in put to a thread is to call hard working neighbors Racist, maybe try to give some in put that might help. Going into all the threads and labeling everyone else as a racist is getting old fast. Where is CO-CO PUFFS? The two of...

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    How sad that the only in put to a thread is to call hard working neighbors Racist, maybe try to give some in put that might help. Going into all the threads and labeling everyone else as a racist is getting old fast. Where is CO-CO PUFFS? The two of you make a good team for talking down to people that are trying to help each other on EB. How does EB get away with the Casual Racism that the Portal places on EB continually without anyone able to hit the UNNEIGHBORLY tag?

  • ^^ I guess that'd be true, if you equate "criminal" with "non-white." Way to stir the pot. . . again.

    The Trail will be a great addition to the neighborhood and provide access both ways: other neighborhoods will get the benefits of HP, including the park itself and diverse restaurants...

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    ^^ I guess that'd be true, if you equate "criminal" with "non-white." Way to stir the pot. . . again.

    The Trail will be a great addition to the neighborhood and provide access both ways: other neighborhoods will get the benefits of HP, including the park itself and diverse restaurants and businesses, etc. and the residents of HP will have easy access to other neighborhoods via a beautiful new parkway. Seems like a win all the way around for everyone. The High Line in NY did wonders for revitalizing the neighborhoods connected by it by bringing the communities together, spurring new businesses and restaurants and revitalizing the existing ones. I think the Trail will do even more here in Chicago.

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6 days ago

Home Invasion near Augusta and Western

I was walking to my car after a late lunch at Leghorn near Augusta and Western at 6pm and saw someone booking it (running really really fast and hopping fences). He was a slightly tall, skinny kid (probably in his early 20s), seemed latin-american, baggy white shirt and baggy light colored jeans, red and white simple baseball cap. A couple of older 30s-40s guys were trying to chase him but lost him near the mb bank parking lot as he...

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I was walking to my car after a late lunch at Leghorn near Augusta and Western at 6pm and saw someone booking it (running really really fast and hopping fences). He was a slightly tall, skinny kid (probably in his early 20s), seemed latin-american, baggy white shirt and baggy light colored jeans, red and white simple baseball cap. A couple of older 30s-40s guys were trying to chase him but lost him near the mb bank parking lot as he disappeared on Walton and further east. Apparently there was a home invasion??? I don't know if the owners were there or came home as it was happening, or if the people chasing home were just neighbors that caught him in the act.

Just a heads up if anyone saw this kid running in the area and got a good look at him for the police report. I only saw what I said above, not the front of his face.

Apr 08

Updated 6 days ago

Heroin needles on the ground

I was walking to work and all down Francisco towards North ave is absolutely littered with what appears to be heroin needles. Be careful with your kids and dogs!

  • Craig, needle exchange programs save lives (and tax payer money). They allow drug users access to safer injection which reduces disease transmission (Hep C and HIV are the more common ones). Reduced disease transmission means less public money spent on treating disease. They also allow social workers a safe space to engage with people who are using to offer them services. Dead addicts don't recover. Needle exchanges are an evidence based practice proven to be beneficial.

  • what Anne said. it's a public health issue, and i support it. it works pretty well for a lot of other countries, and as long as the recipients don't leave their kits all over the place outside, i'm for it.

6 days ago

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Apr 08

Updated 6 days ago

You have Questions- Get Answers

What's happening in your 'hood? Join a community-wide conversation on the news, events, and issues of the 26th Ward LIVE this Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. on cable channel 21 and online at http://www.cantv.org/live. Ald. Roberto Maldonado will be taking your calls- so tune in and chime in if you have any questions or want to talk about a problem on your block. Or leave a comment on this post and we'll try to get it answered during the show (calling in is still your best bet).

Apr 11

Updated Apr 11

Divvy Bike Program: Success or Failure?

A new transportation bike system was introduced in places such as New York, Washington, Boston, and in France. In 2013, the Divvy Bike Operation was placed in Chicago to deliver several factors to the development of transportation.  It has been a year now, and so the question rises: Is the program worth it?

  • Divvy is an asset to the community. An asset to everyone of all ethnic and economic backgrounds who live here in Humboldt Park.

    I don't know who did what, but within the past 10 years it went from former Alderman Ocasio and zealot Jose Lopez vetoing the bike lanes so...

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    Divvy is an asset to the community. An asset to everyone of all ethnic and economic backgrounds who live here in Humboldt Park.

    I don't know who did what, but within the past 10 years it went from former Alderman Ocasio and zealot Jose Lopez vetoing the bike lanes so they dead-ended at Western Ave. They called them "the white lanes of gentrification" and tried to paint their own surrealist picture that depicted something else than this being a good thing for everyone. Their decision was a mistake and it hurt everyone.

    So, I find it fantastic that for whatever reason, hard heads have softened. Divvy and bike lanes are here, and it looks like they will stay.

    Definite success. And with the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606) coming they will play an even more important part in the lives of us who live, work and play in the community.

Apr 11

International Baccalaureate More than just a Program

Last year in Humboldt Park, 28% of residents 18 and over graduated from high school and only 22% completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 12% lower than that of Chicago Metro Education statistics sourced from the census (“Humboldt Park, Chicago...”).  That same year, Roberto Clemente Academy High School in Humboldt Park became the only completely IB high school in the Chicago Public Schools.

Apr 11

American Red Cross Provides Family Reconnnection

The American Red Cross Restoring Family Links program helps to locate and restore communication between families separated internationally by conflict, disaster or other humanitarian emergencies, and we do this by working within our global Red Cross network. Annually the American Red Cross assists more than 5,000 families trying to reconnect with their loved ones in the U.S. and around the world. In Chicago, the Red Cross has Restoring Family Links caseworkers available to assist families to reconnect when traditional methods of finding one another are not available. There is no charge for these services. To learn more about our program, please contact us at 312.729.6238 by email at ChicagoIS@redcross.org, or visit our website.

Apr 11

Putting it all “On the Table”

The concept is pretty simple – 10,000 Chicagoans eating, talking and discussing great ideas about how to make the region a better place to live.

Apr 11

Updated Apr 11

A Safe or Vulnerable Passage: Perceptions of Safety

A Safe Passage sign signifying that the area is a Safe Passage Route

  • "Jose De Diego...being far across Western Avenue"

    it's a single block east of Western.

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

Gunshots at North Ave & Washtenaw

Anybody know what happened?

  • Same thing happened at Spaulding and evergreen at 2pm.

  • This is why when you see suspicious or outright illegal activity you have to call 911.

Apr 08

Updated Apr 11

Where to buy grass sod?

Hi, everyone. I recently moved to the area and am looking to make some improvements to my property - including fixing up the small stretch of grass between the sidewalk and the street. I was hoping to put down some grass sod, but am having trouble finding it. Does anyone know where I can get some sod in the area? I don't need much, I just think it would be better than if I tried to grow grass from seed.

Thanks!

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    We went to central sod.

  • Forget Seed!!!..been there done that!!!..I highly recommend landscapers at www.iamgreenwise.com in Evanston,Ill...They have by far the darkest Emerald green sod i have ever seen in my life...The problem may be that they are a bit pricey but in my humble opinion well worth it if you plan on doing it...

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    Forget Seed!!!..been there done that!!!..I highly recommend landscapers at www.iamgreenwise.com in Evanston,Ill...They have by far the darkest Emerald green sod i have ever seen in my life...The problem may be that they are a bit pricey but in my humble opinion well worth it if you plan on doing it one time...They have a minimum SQ FT amount for job so if you have area near home and a backyard along with the parkway,that might meet minimum.You could go to Lurveys in Des Plaines,Ill but you might have to buy sod as a whole pallet cause they mostly serve landscapers...Best of luck!...If you go with seed,get a thin mesh that breaks down over time...

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

garage door service

I'm looking for someone to adjust my overhead garage door, it won't close properly since winter thaw and probably just needs the spring tightened/loosened

  • WL

    I've used Robert's Garage Door Pros two times. They do good work at a fair price and were able to show up within the hour both times I called. I now just keep their business card stapled next to the button on the wall since it always seems to break right as I need to leave.

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Love Robbie (Robert's)

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