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Updated 18 min ago

HopeFest 2014 @NewLife @ Homan/Division

Any other neighbors experience:

*Division St. closed off all day Saturday
*Parking on surrounding residential streets overburdened with attendees
*People pulling in and backing out of the over-capacity church parking lot dangerously into oncoming traffic (and subsequent horn honking, etc) to go look for parking elsewhere
*Trash left behind by attendees on our streets, parkways and sidewalks (see photo)
*The absence of notification to area residents about the Fest

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1 hour ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

4 hours ago

Backyard swimming pools

Anyone know what the statutes are concerning above ground, backyard swimming pools? My neighbors have one, that houses about 10 kids in it everyday and it is leaning dangerously, in the direction of my house. Makes me a little nervous. Glad the kids are having fun, but concerned about safety and damages.

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16 hours ago

Taste of Latin America Returns in August

From better-known empanadas (stuffed bread treats) to less-familiar alcapurrias (meat-filled banana dumplings), shredded pork milanesa and Chicago's own unique jibarito sandwiches (made with green plantains), food lovers are in for a culinary treat when the Taste of Latin America returns for its second iteration (after taking a year hiatus in 2013) to the Logan Square neighborhood.

Apr 14

Updated 22 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.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Always reading good things about inside this place but now hearing a lot of people say they really dislike the liquor sign they put up. I will go to this place be I will never like that sign. Just my point of view.

  • Simon D Lamb Restaurant guy, gallery guy

    Solid beer and wine selections. Funky, fun stuff.

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Updated 47 hours ago

Yard Sale Saturday and Sunday at 903 n Fairfield. Bikes, furniture, clothes, etc.

There will be a huge yard sale this Saturday July 26 and Sunday 27 at 903 n Fairfield avenue by California ave and Iowa. From 9 AM both days until everything is gone!

Bikes, furniture, tons of clothes, and other great stuff.

  • Varagona Music Teacher & Lanlord

    Do you have any instruments? I'm always on the look out for my students.
    thanks!

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Updated 2 days ago

Riotfest tix

Last year i heard that residents of Humboldt Park are offered free tickets to Riotfest. Any truth to that?

  • I just moved to the north side of the park and sent them an email to see if they're offering anything to residents this year. I'll update when/if I get a reply!

  • Azra Owner/primary care providor at West Town Daycare

    I sent an email and Facebook message last year with no response back. Seems as though they don't want people knowing but will give tix if residents directly in front ask for them. I've been lucky two years in a row. Considering the traffic and the fact the the music is LOUD inside our homes with closed windows, it's a fair trade.

Jun 06

Updated 2 days ago

success contesting speed camera citations?

I'm interested to hear if anyone has successfully contested a speed camera citation.

I live near Clemente High where they've installed cameras both on Division and Western. I couldn't figure out why I'd see the lights flash over and over as cars passed seeming to be driving at a normal rate of speed. Then I got two tickets in the mail: it's a school zone and speed limit is 20mph "when children are present."

First of all, I am not...

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I'm interested to hear if anyone has successfully contested a speed camera citation.

I live near Clemente High where they've installed cameras both on Division and Western. I couldn't figure out why I'd see the lights flash over and over as cars passed seeming to be driving at a normal rate of speed. Then I got two tickets in the mail: it's a school zone and speed limit is 20mph "when children are present."

First of all, I am not a speeder but I've never seen a car slow down to 20mph on Western unless there is heavy traffic. If you don't maintain the flow of traffic you're liable to cause traffic problems (not to mention the road rage you'd incite).

Second, does anyone know the law? Does "when children are present" mean when they're in sight, or does it generally mean when children are in the area i.e. in the school building?

Either way, seems to me these cameras are just slapping drivers with fines without having any positive impact on behavior.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Deputy Larry McPhilips responded to my inquiry:

    "I was informed that you had a question regarding automated speed enforcement and when the City enforces when a child is present in school zones.

    The City only enforces this requirement on school days, when children are present. So if is a school...

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    Deputy Larry McPhilips responded to my inquiry:

    "I was informed that you had a question regarding automated speed enforcement and when the City enforces when a child is present in school zones.

    The City only enforces this requirement on school days, when children are present. So if is a school is closed for the weekend or holiday, the City does not activate the camera systems and no violations are issued.

    The hours of enforcement, on school days, for automated speed enforcement are:

    From 7:00 am to 4:00 pm when children are present, the school zone speed limit is enforced which is 20 mph.

    From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm the existing speed limit is enforced. For example if the speed limit is 30 mph, then this is the existing speed limit."

    I suggested that they use the school security cameras to ascertain the dubious distinction of "when children are present." Otherwise...whose word do we take? Or does the red light cameras also photo children? Boy, talk about a BIG gapping hole.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Just spoke to the Deputy. He said that 3 separate parties look at the SCHOOL camera tickets. He said that there are few contested tickets that win. Red light intersection cameras are different.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Humboldt Park - Park management

What's up with the park? No garbage cans, baseball fields in bad shape. Where and how is the park spending its funds? Especially with new events like Riot Fest that are providing additional funds. How is the Park manager (Cynthia Rosario) and supervisor (Jesus Perez) taking care of issues and concerns? And if they are not going to do anything about it, how do we go about replacing them?

  • Hey everyone. As I have read all of your thought provoking comments I thought it might make sense to share our learning with one another. I believe we all conduct meetings at the same time and we should either stagger our meeting so other advisory council members can sit in...

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    Hey everyone. As I have read all of your thought provoking comments I thought it might make sense to share our learning with one another. I believe we all conduct meetings at the same time and we should either stagger our meeting so other advisory council members can sit in on each others meetings or we should have a separate meeting where each council can come together to discuss success stories, city issues and other matters. Let me know if there is an interest and I can take the lead on setting something up for everyone.

    Below is information pertaining to our fundraiser. I also have posted the event on the Everyblock timeline. You can perform a search under "Mary Martelme Park" in the West Loop. It would be great if you all would support our annual fundraiser in August. We should all support each other's efforts if we can. You can count on me to support your fundraising efforts if I am informed of the event.

    Come support the Mary Bartelme Park and your local West Loop business community. We have a stage with two bands, a 30' rock climbing wall beer from Haymarket Brewery and another beer truck. General admission $25 or $20 if tickets are purchased in advanced.

    Purchase tickets in advance @ : www.westlooppark.com

    All proceeds benefit the park. We hope to see you there!

    Kindest Regards

    Christian

    cjsiegel514@gmail.com

  • Anyone with questions or issues can email Cynthia Rosario at cynthia.rosario@chicagoparkdistrict.com or Ald. Maldonado via Nilda Montanez at Nilda.Montanez@cityofchicago.org.

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Jun 27

Updated 3 days ago

Missing Cat- Courtland and sawyer area

My friend lost her black male cat about 24 hours ago. He got out without his collar. If you've seen such a creature please let me know.

  • Em Ro evening is the whole day

    Do you have a picture?

  • Have you found this cat yet? My roommate and I have a cat who's been hanging out on our windowsill since last night and we live nearby at Sawyer and Milwaukee. Let me know!

4 days ago

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Jun 05

Updated 4 days ago

construction at Lafayette school

Hi all!
Has anyone else been disturbed by the construction noise at Lafayette school (2714 W Augusta) lately? They've been starting in the 6:00am hour, well before the city ordinance allows. I've called police to complain several times and went to Alderman Maldonado's office last week to file a complaint, but it started this morning again at about 6:15am. Wondering if others are noticing this too...

  • Rai Rai Rai Rai

    Ok I just can't take it any longer!! Each day the constructions starts just a bit earlier than the day before! This morning I heard those machines as warily as 5am!! This has gotten out of hand and something needs to be done!! I've called 911 several times and each time I'm told a car will be sent but that never happens. Does any have any other suggestions?

  • Lauren84 Humboldt Park resident

    Hi Rai Rai,

    I feel your pain. I called the police on about 10 different occasions, but no one ever showed. I made an earlier post (see my post above from July 2nd) saying that I have a reporter from the Reader who is doing a piece on this, as...

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    Hi Rai Rai,

    I feel your pain. I called the police on about 10 different occasions, but no one ever showed. I made an earlier post (see my post above from July 2nd) saying that I have a reporter from the Reader who is doing a piece on this, as well as Alderman Maldonado's total lack of response to this and other neighborhood issues. If you'd like to speak with the reporter please click on my profile and send me an email with your contact info and I will be glad to pass this along. Unfortunately this seems to be our only means for getting anything done, since cops won't show up and the Alderman has made it clear that he will not take any action. I've contacted Maldonado's office several times about this, and my messages have gone unreturned and I have been hung up on. I'm very happy that they're working on the school, but waking up residents for months at 5 or 6am is really unacceptable.
    Thanks!

Jul 19

Updated 4 days ago

Any bright ideas about how to complain about city subcontractors?

There are subcontractors who are doing city work on my block and have consistently screwed things up. Broke my front walkway last week, and today got a piece of heavy machinery stuck on the new covers to the new plumbing that they did on our block, plainly damaging them in the bargain. The phone number on the side of their truck is for a non-working number (Sumit Construction in Skokie -- there are 4 Sumit Constructions in Chicago) and the workers are completely surly. I've called 311 as has my neighbor, but is there anything more we can do to try to get the city to pay attention to this?

  • If it is Watermain work, which again I'm guessing it is (I use to work at Dept of Water and Sumit Construction is one of the main subcontractors that did this work), you should email Thomas Powers. Tom Powers is the head of the Dept of Water, whenever he got a complaint via email from a citizen or the Alderman office, he would send it to me and we would have the damage taken care of right away and would notify the sub. You can contact him at tpowers@cityofchicago.org

  • Sarah Marmor dachshundist

    This was attendant to the water main work -- installing some new access pipes, I believe. I will contact Mr. Powers. Thanks!

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Updated 5 days ago

3242 w Thomas st

Any info about 3242 w Thomas st i am interest to buy it

  • I don't know anything about that house or that block. I bought on the 2700 w block of Thomas...from renting on the 2100 w block of Thomas....I am very PRO Humboldt Park...this area is such a diamond in the rough. It has so much potential and such a special special...

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    I don't know anything about that house or that block. I bought on the 2700 w block of Thomas...from renting on the 2100 w block of Thomas....I am very PRO Humboldt Park...this area is such a diamond in the rough. It has so much potential and such a special special place in the city, Humboldt Park. I went in buying where I am now with open eyes... The difference between 2100 w and 2700 w is like night and day. The further west you go I don't know anything about that house or that block. I bought on the 2700 w block of Thomas...from renting on the 2100 w block of Thomas....I am very PRO Humboldt Park...this area is such a diamond in the rough. It has so much potential and such a special special place in the city, Humboldt Park. I went in buying where I am now with open eyes... The difference between 2100 w and 2700 w is like night and day. I haven't had any major issues the rougher it gets. I haven't had any major issues. Looking at the location it is close to the park but I wouldn't care for the lack of restaurants in walking distance. I could be wrong on that. The area is changing and who knows what the future will bring...if the momentum in our area stays at the same level it's going to be even more amazing than it already is, in my eyes anyway. Good Luck!

  • Are you looking to live there or to flip it? We live nearby.

  • Zillow has it listed as a foreclosure. Good luck!

6 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Contributes $26.1 Million in Community Benefits

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) contributed more than $26.1 million in community benefits to residents of the West Town, Belmont Cragin, Hermosa, Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago, including outreach efforts that helped 90,669 people in 2013, announced Presence Health officials.

6 days ago

Adventurous Bickerdike Humboldt Residents host a Gardening Party

For years, at the Bickerdike site, planting has been a tradition for the residents. We love gardening because it's nice to wake up in the morning and see the different flowers that surround the front courtyard.

Jul 19

Updated 6 days ago

1050 N Spaulding

heard some commotion outside this multi unit bldg. Saw they called police twice and an argument with a young guy and some family members. Got a little hectic with loud voices then it settled down !

  • Clee: There has been a lot of "clean-up" done in this area. If you have eyes on a repetitively problematic building, you may want to get more involved with CAPS (Beat 1121's meeting is coming up on the 1st Thursday of August). Especially if you own property nearby.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Rockwell and LeMoyne disturbance 9:15p ish

Domestic issue in the Lucha building on the s.w. corner. Confirmed with the responding officers. About 10 cars were at the incident and I have to say that is a welcome sight.
Thank you CPD.

  • Leigh CPS Teacher & Humboldt Park resident

    Thank you for posting this as I'm at Rockwell & Potomac and was wondering where the speeding cops cars down Rockwell were headed.

Jul 19

Updated 6 days ago

Humboldt Haus?

Any idea on when Humboldt Haus will open there deli or is this turning into another liquor store as evidenced by the by liquor sign?

  • Squeak-O Your friendly neighborhood Gladys Kravitz.

    They are not running just another liquor store. The selection is really good, quality wines from small producers and a nice craft beer selection priced well. I stopped in and had a nice chat with the owner. He's looking forward to getting the deli open but things with the city and building capital take time. Stop in and talk to the man behind the counter before passing judgment.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I talked to a owner some time ago, still no deli, I think the sign sucks! I had big hopes for this place, first just a liquor store, deli did not open in February and now this ghetto sign. Just what the neighborhood doesn't need. I talked to the man behind the counter so I guess I can pass judgment.

Jul 18

Updated 6 days ago

I have to give a shout out to the cops this morning

I read a lot about how unresponsive the CPD is in our neighborhood, but this morning at about 6 am I heard what seemed like 6 shots near my home (1500 block of Talman), and called 911. The CPD were there within 5 minutes and did a thorough check. I felt a little sheepish because I'm never 100% sure what shots sound like, but I felt I had to call. They were fast and on it and great, and I felt safer as a result. And I feel like it's only fair to note it when they do a good job, too.

Jul 20

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Jul 19

Updated Jul 19

gray and white cat, clipped ear

is he yours? think it's a he. he's sort of friendly and trying to get inside but also bitey and has a clipped ear. we'd be ok with him being our outdoor cat for a little while, but he may belong to someone, or be happier as an indoor cat?

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

    Might be feral. I think they clip their ears when they release them after being vet checked/spayed.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 19

criminal sexual assault to a minor

on june 28 at approximately 3:18am my 15 year old daughter was beaten and dragged into an alley near francisco and thomas and was raped by 3 men who hang in the area of augusta and california. one is in custody, the youngest 14 yrs old but the other two who are in there 20's are still out there. if anyone has any info please contact the police, one guy goes by the name tony he is a reputed gang...

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on june 28 at approximately 3:18am my 15 year old daughter was beaten and dragged into an alley near francisco and thomas and was raped by 3 men who hang in the area of augusta and california. one is in custody, the youngest 14 yrs old but the other two who are in there 20's are still out there. if anyone has any info please contact the police, one guy goes by the name tony he is a reputed gang member of the insane dragons he's hispanic with blue eyes, the other is in his 20's goes by the name julian or michael soto. my daughter just turned 15, they lured her away from her friends, they beat her then they took her in an alley and they all raped her, my daughter was a virgin. please anything you know call detective burns at 3124981436. this happened in an alley between mozart and francisco on the north side of augusta at about 3:30 to 4:00 am on june 28th. thank you and god bless

  • me

    Whenever my child suffers, I die a little inside. I will pray for you both and wish I could do more.

  • Dizzle83 Tri-Taylor resident. Mom. Pet owner. Journalist.

    I know you're a good mom. Thanks for sharing your story and getting the word out on your daughter's behalf. That takes courage.

Jul 19

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Jul 03

Updated Jul 18

Suspicious activity?

800 block of N. Washtenaw. Yesterday (July 2), late morning/early afternoon, as I had returned home, I noticed a small white car parked (maybe a Ford or Toyota, engine not running) with two white men sitting. I thought it was a little weird, partially because the engine was turned off, but more because they just seemed to be sitting there not talking but scoping out the block. I made brief eye contact with one of them. A few minutes after...

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800 block of N. Washtenaw. Yesterday (July 2), late morning/early afternoon, as I had returned home, I noticed a small white car parked (maybe a Ford or Toyota, engine not running) with two white men sitting. I thought it was a little weird, partially because the engine was turned off, but more because they just seemed to be sitting there not talking but scoping out the block. I made brief eye contact with one of them. A few minutes after I went inside, my buzzer rang briefly but I was busy and couldn't answer it. I suppose it could've been them. When I was able to look outside, the car was gone.

Don't know. This is probably nothing, but I know I've never seen that car parked on the street before. I just thought it was a little odd and just wanted to let those who are on this block or surrounding blocks know just in case.

  • A lot of doorbell activity yesterday. There was a group of women ringing doors and leaving doorknob hangers about a Headstart program. And there were two salesmen from Star Energy trying to get people to switch from Com Ed.

  • Could be undercover looking for rapists in that area

Jul 18

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Jul 17

Fun Song about the 606 project

Heard this catchy tune at an event at the Hideout the other night. It's a song about the history of the Bloomingdale train line. Can't get it out of my head. Here's the video:

http://youtu.be/YzBNRrzFak0?t=33s

Jul 15

Updated Jul 17

Giant Rat living in garage- safe removal?

I have a giant Rat that likes to live in my garage. he sneaks in at night when we come home and sleeps and then runs out when we open garage door. He is the size of a large raccoon and even our dog is afraid of it. I called 311 to have them do abatement in the alley. Does anyone have any recommendations of trapping? I don't want to put poison in the yard or garage because I know stray cats come through the gangway and my dog plays in the yard. Thanks neighbors.

  • They don't?! Ratatouille was all a lie?

    Thanks for the plug-in option. That is 1000x/WAY better than my horrific bucket suggestion.

  • urbaneden* happy in the city*

    :)

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Updated Jul 16

Are there bats in Humboldt Park?

I'm pretty sure I saw two bats flying around diving for bugs above the baseball fields in the northeast corner of the park near Lemoyne and California. Distinctive flying pattern that I've seen before from bats in the northern woods. I've walked my dog in the park for 4+ years at night around here and have never noticed bats. Is this new? Am I just noticing them? Just curious.

  • meg

    A crab - cool! I saw a crawfish by the marsh last year (maybe a crab now that I think of it). And a horned owl!! I am going to be on the lookout for her!

  • There's a type of bat that comes out in the late afternoon and have a chittering type of sonar sound. They're about the size of a large sparrow, but they're a solid color and the wings are bent instead of straight. They fly in groups and swirl around. There's another type that comes out after dusk and have more of a scree sonar sound. That type is larger, and prefers to fly mostly solo.

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