4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

  • We need to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks somewhere in the neighborhood. There's a spot on the corner of Washtenaw and Chicago that's been dubbed by the bartender as the "Cursed Corner" because no business has ever made it there. I say we meet there and at least talk about moving forward.

  • Don't forget, most public library branches have meeting room facilities as well. The state attorney general, and the Chicago Bar Association are examples of organizations to contact to get free legal advice/help. This forum and knocking on your neighbor's doors are probably the best way to contact interested parties. Again, pictures/renderings of what is proposed will go far to explain the situation.

6 hours ago

Mariachi Band Recommendations?

I want to surprise my husband with a mariachi band for his birthday party in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have recommendations for a great band to hire just to play for an hour or so? Any ideas of how much I should expect to pay?
Thanks in advance.

Oct 09

Updated 12 hours ago

Just moved to Humboldt Park(by Kedzie and Thomas)

Can anybody recommend some of their favorite vendors? Primarily looking for dry cleaners, banks, grocery, restaurants, etc. Also interested to know the skinny on the park (pool, other activities for kids). Thanks in advance for your input.

  • Evan Gordon Entrepreneur | Hispanic Marketing Specialist | Dad

    So far I've tried Feed, Grandma J's and Sunshine Cleaners. So far, so great! I'm loving my new neighborhood.

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged.

    I saw Rangoli was already mentioned but I skimmed the comments and didn't see Nick's on North. If you need a fast food fix that's the place to go. It's really, really good (especially the gyros) and the owner/staff are even better. We used to go there ALL the time but still make pretty regular trips for no longer living around the corner (essentially where you are now). (I'm sure my arteries still hate me.)

12 hours ago

Searching for housing in Latin area

Looking for A Small EFFICIENCY to a 1 BEDRM apartment OR OVER A STORE. IN THE LATIN community. LOGAN SQUARE, HOMBOLT PARK, AND AVONDALE.Low rent $500-600. I WILL ALSO NEGOTIATE to clean OR repair housing in exchange of low rent.

41 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Depressed by Traffic Jams?

Is it me, or is every way that one can drive into the city from Humboldt Park is now congested due to all kinds of construction projects. I have been so frustrated lately.

I try to take the train/bus as much as possible, but sometimes I need to drive. If folks have found good solutions for car routes, please share. I had pretty good success taking California to Roosevelt into downtown this morning.

  • Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may...

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    Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may cause harm, I'm all for. I see a lot of bikers, however, that should not be riding on city streets, especially ones without bike lanes. They don't seem to have the appropriate spatial ability to discern how close they are to parked cars vs moving cars. During rush hours, having those types of riders on certain roads can cause a great deal of havoc. And yes, I say the same thing about crappy drivers as well.

  • Not everyone can bike, but if more who could would, the congestion around Humboldt Park wouldn't be so bad. The original poster is right - trying to drive in this city during rush hour can be depressing - literally so, in fact. (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140915/walking-biking-to-work-seems-to-have-mental-health-benefits).

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    Not everyone can bike, but if more who could would, the congestion around Humboldt Park wouldn't be so bad. The original poster is right - trying to drive in this city during rush hour can be depressing - literally so, in fact. (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140915/walking-biking-to-work-seems-to-have-mental-health-benefits).

    Biking on Chicago's streets can be intimidating at first, but everyone starts somewhere. I ride from the Humboldt Park area to the west loop every day and would be happy to ride along with anyone who is interested by nervous about doing so alone.

    Biking to public transit may also be an option for those who are sick of being stuck in traffic. The transit coverage in Humboldt Park leaves much to be desired, but the transit options expand greatly for anyone willing to bike a mile or so (approximately 5 minutes of biking at a moderate pace).

17 hours ago

Forming a ceramics/pottery co-op!

Hello, we are in the process of forming co-op for ceramicists that need a space to throw and fire their work. The goal is to pool our resources together so that we can get a space where we can work. We can also use this space to have monthly gallery openings so that we can show our work to the neighborhood. We have three people interested so far, anyone on here interested?

Also, does anyone know of potential places where we could set up a kiln? It would have to be a place that we could vent, like somewhere that used to be equipped for a kitchen.

Thanks neighbors!

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Dec 14 2012

Updated 26 hours ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    It's unfortunate to see so many vocal members of a constituency dissatisfied with the level and quality of service that is currently being provided. But where ever there is someone dissatisfied with the conditions they face there is also the potential for change. For those of you interested in a potential change of pace candidate, who has experience as a Union member, a Business owner and a city services worker and aims to unite the entirety of the 26th ward take a look at Adam Corona.
    http://www.coronafor26.com/

  • @Robert Terra - Thank you for making me aware of an alternative to Maldonado, but definitely NOT interested in a Union member.

Oct 03

Updated 30 hours ago

Donations Needed for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
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Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog or cat beds
- towels, blankets, anything clean, warm and fuzzy they can lay on
- treats of any kind
- dog and cat food (for the pet food pantry so people in need can keep their beloved animals and those animals stay out of these kinds of kill shelters)
- toys: chew toys (like nyla bones or kongs) and non-stimulant stuffed toys (no squeekers please - gets them too riled up in their cages)
- puppy potty training pads (there's a huge shortage of workers/volunteers, so they don't get walked often. If they have these, it means they don't have to sit in their pee/feces and it helps reduce the spread of disease.
- cleaning products of any kind to help keep the place disinfected
- heating pads (for kittens, bunnies or even the little squirrels they help nurse back to health)
- leftover dog or cat medicines or vitamins

I was just there on Monday and would love to get them stocked up on towels/beds etc so all the animals have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay (it really helps reduce stress for them).

I've attached some pictures from the last run I did for donations from you great folks! You can see the animals really love the blankets and beds! :)

And if you're thinking of adopting or want to foster some of these sweet babies, hit me up! More foster homes = we can get more of these animals out of kill shelters!

Thanks so much folks!

  • meg

    Thanks Kitkat! Yeah, Humblebar is super cool!

  • meg

    You guys are super awesome! I am AGAIN BLOWN AWAY by your generosity!!! I miswrote drop offs at Humblebar - you can drop off there until Friday afternoon around 5 or so. I'll be doing the pickup then. Sat the donations will be delivered. Thank you folks! Super cool of you!!! And thanks to Humblebar - they're animal lovers too and so nice to host the drop offs!

6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

41 hours ago

Orthopedic Specialists to Discuss Bone and Joint Health on October 29

Is joint pain or a nagging sports injury preventing you from exercising on a regular basis? Learn how to lose the pain and become active again at a free program, “Bone and Joint Health,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on October 29 at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), Nazareth Family Center, 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., (enter at Thomas St. and Oakley Blvd.), Chicago.

Oct 09

Updated 41 hours ago

Halloween Decorations 2014

Hello neighbors! Just wanted to say, it is great to see more seasonal décor going up. If you have never thought about doing so, remember that it helps the overall look/appearance of the neighborhood. It may seem like a small thing, but it makes the n'hood look more inviting. Please rake leaves, pickup trash, put up some lights, Halloween or autumnal décor(if you're into that sort of thing). Tend to shrubbery, trees and gardens. And if you have a porch light, please use it. Lights can deter a lot of mischief. Let's keep the neighborhood on track of looking great, as we have been doing!!

  • Betzaida Live 6 blocks from Humboldt Park

    I put up some Halloween decorations at my home and the kids just love it! I'm so glad I did it.

  • That is awesome. Another way to make memories with them!

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  • That would make sense Mccoy...why spend that kind of dough in October/November when you can really spruce it up in Spring. Hopefully that's their plan.

  • Being Fall and especially with all the rain we've had recently, it wouldn't make much sense to repair the area now. Just be sure that the money is in the pipeline for Spring. A committee sounds like a wonderful idea (inviting all opinions) to sort out 2015 plans. Run the idea through your Alderman's office and invite the CAPS Beat representative as well. Organize!

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

German Shepard mix hit by car/seeking owner

A German Shepard mix (black and dark brown, medium/large with blue canvas collar & no tags) was hit by a car at 11:45 Friday at Humboldt blvd. & Bloomingdale. Was taken by the driver to Chicago Veterinary Emergency Center at 3123 n. Clybourn. Another medium sized tan dog wearing a harness/collar was witnessed near the accident but ran away. Seeking any information about the owner. We don't know how the dog is doing yet but would like to reunite him with the owner. Please reply if you have any information.

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    This is a stretch, but there is a building under construction at whipple and Armitage that recently added two German Shepards to 'police' the place over night. They even added signs on the side of the building that say that 'survivors will be prosecuted' if someone breaks in. I came...

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    This is a stretch, but there is a building under construction at whipple and Armitage that recently added two German Shepards to 'police' the place over night. They even added signs on the side of the building that say that 'survivors will be prosecuted' if someone breaks in. I came home after midnight earlier this week and the dogs were on the balcony which has yet to have any guardrails installed. Given that kids break into this building to tag it, the plywood door is almost broken down on a daily basis do the dog could have gotten out super easily. These dogs shouldn't have been there in the first place.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Did you leave your phone on the #70 Division bus this morning?

Someone left their phone on the Division bus this morning. I would love to return it to you, but it's locked and needs a code to unlock it. If it's you or you know that person, please contact me. trentonjack2001@yahoo.com
Hispanic teenager, long dark hair, lilac jeans (that's all I remember) got off the bus on Division and Kedzie.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    The phone has been returned, so if you see a young lady with a big smile on her face........................

  • Just saw this.
    big hugs to Rochelle
    your awesome

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Sep 18

Updated 4 days 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

  • Hi guys! We're looking at the possibility of a nanny share starting in March 2015, we live in Logan Square--we are looking for Monday through Thursday. Let me know if anyone is interested!

  • Hhs

    Hi Corinna, We are also a bilingual German-English family in Humboldt Park looking for a nanny share beginning in mid-January, and would love to find a bilingual nanny as well, please be in touch if you are still looking for others for the share.
    Thanks, Hannah

4 days ago

HACIA Scholarship Foundation opens enrollment for free contractor training

Chicago, Ill. –The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) Scholarship Foundation in conjunction with the Institute for Workforce Education at St. Augustine College announced at a Press Conference on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the beginning of a 6-month free Contractor Training Program. The Program aims to instruct 200 small business contractors throughout the Chicagoland area and provide career advancement to minority individuals working in the construction and contracting industries.

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Oct 02

Updated 5 days ago

Python in Alley Between Talman and Washtenaw

Last night my house guests discovered a python snake hanging from a garage door in the alley between Talman and Washtenaw, just south of North Avenue. Happily, a lot of cops showed up pretty soon after we called 311, and it took about 20 minutes for them to remove the really very large snake. What's equally weird is that the elderly couple who own the house were mystified as to how the snake got there since they do not own a snake. There were very grateful not to have found the snake themselves. I assume someone just dumped the snake. Chalk this up as the weirdest thing I have ever seen in Humboldt Park.

  • Sarah RM dachshundist

    It turns out that my office manager's daughter works at Animal Care and Control, so we now have a picture of her holding the "very friendly" snake up in my office kitchen. The good news is that a snake rescue society took the snake almost immediately (and yes, it is a boa, but likely not really the 8 feet estimated by the cops) and it will find a new home soon!

  • I'm glad it has a safe place!

Oct 14

Updated 5 days ago

STOLEN BIKE

Hi!

I live on the corner of Artesian right south of Hirsch and someone entered our apartment building came up to the fourth floor and took my bike from the bannister where we have kept our bikes undisturbed for about two years. I just bought it last weekend and it was partly a gift. If anyone knows anything or has seen it please let me know!

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  • Hope you get your bike back, Lisa.

    I tend toward the humorous side of things with a high focus on personal responsibility. In all honesty the sense of violation felt after a theft is something I hope to never feel again.

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    Hope you get your bike back, Lisa.

    I tend toward the humorous side of things with a high focus on personal responsibility. In all honesty the sense of violation felt after a theft is something I hope to never feel again.

    I have shared hallways that contain beautiful woodwork in apartment buildings where my neighbors routinely scraped, dinged, bumped, scratched, chipped, scuffed, dirtied and in general sullied the appearance of my apartment entrance and damaged the owner's property by bringing their bikes up to their apartment.

    It is a potential fire and tripping hazard.

    Sharon: Textbooks used in my educational era were among the first to instill the use of "he" and "she" interchangeably for pronoun selection when referring to non-gender specific situations.

    If you are telling me that the landlord is a "she" and the bannister was freshly refinished, please let me know ASAP and I will buy a lottery ticket.

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Oct 06

Updated 6 days ago

Former Sausage Warehouse Acquired to House New Arts Center in Humboldt

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park with the purchase of the warehouse at 2713 W. Division St., the former home of the Ashland Sausage Company.

“The acquisition of those properties is a major step in trying to commercially and culturally anchor our community as it faces the onslaught of an ever encroaching gentrification process which seeks to erase our historical memory from the Greater Humboldt Park community,” read an announcement from Ald. Roberto Maldonado’s office.

The properties will be converted into the new center, which will include 14 live/work space for community artists, a 99-seat theater for performance arts and dramatic productions, a retail arts gallery and a “wines of Latin America/Spirits of the Caribbean Piano Lounge,” according to Maldonado’s office.

The 3,000 square foot building sits across from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center along Paseo Boricua.

“The project will definitely invigorate the financial development of the community, and will provide a place where artists can realize themselves both economically and creatively,” according to Maldonado’s office. “It will truly foment a sense of place for our cultural workers.”

Belmont Bank will provide financing for the project. The Division Street Business Development Association, and its executive director Eduardo Arocho, will manage the initiative.

  • Thing Fish Southside to Northside

    Thanks for the info BM. The horse thing was more of a joke... But, I am surprised to hear the PD is responsible for the Maintenance of the roof. Still disappointed it is not fixed yet.

  • Yeah, and the Park District is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Riot Fest to haul dirt and scatter grass seed, but few seem to understand that this takes more than a month or two.

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    Yeah, and the Park District is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Riot Fest to haul dirt and scatter grass seed, but few seem to understand that this takes more than a month or two.

    The Park District has taken 5 years to fix a roof? Hmmm. Hopefully some of that Riot Fest money will be used to repair that roof and to preserve a unique example of German architecture and the German culture that was here before each of us contributing on Everyblock were even born.

    The roof looks fine; maybe even new; in this 2007 Landmarks Designation report:

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Humboldt_Park_Receptory_Stable.pdf

    I wonder who should be fired for failing to maintain a Chicago Landmark?

    Anyone who lives in a residential dwelling that isn't non-profit contributes to the roof repair fund by paying the Chicago Park District via property taxes.

    With our Park District having a tax-funded budget of over 400 million per year, I think it is time that someone advocates for our neighborhood and gets these things taken care of. What is wrong, I mean WTF is wrong with our Alderman?

Oct 13

Updated 6 days ago

Per Rahm:

Q: Ravenswood and Logan Square are both hot for breweries and bars at the moment. What parts of the city do you think are ripe for the next wave of growth?

A: My prediction is Humboldt Park. It has the architecture and the bones of the buildings, and with the 606 Bloomingdale Trail (rails-to-trails elevated park) and the boulevards, it's set to take off. South of South Loop — Motor Row, Pilsen and that area going into Bridgeport. And west of the West Loop.

  • gpblight - I read in the Suntimes yesterday that Rahm wants to hike parking tax. We need a new mayor with a new vision. Rahm is all about money. The poor are poorer and the working class will move away because they will not be able to afford to live in Chicago anymore.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things....

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    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things.

    The bad things are: 1. he allows the inefficiencies in union labor to continue making taxpayers pay more for services than necessary. 2. he allows the vendors who cheat on their contracts which also overcharges taxpayers 3. he doesn't give a rats nest about the south and west sides of Chicago as is evidenced by the rampant crime and lack of sustainable economic development. 4. he continues finding little ways to ding Chicagoans out of their hard earned $$ instead of finding other means to bring in $$ (ie I would advocate for bicycle licenses and insurance). example the 8 mil from red light tickets issued illegally (less than 3 sec) 5. he continues robbing the tiff piggy bank and diverting $$ which by law belongs in more impoverished neighborhoods. 6. he continues the building of a 5 star city for TOURISTS who happen NOT to live here; while Chicago neighborhoods disintigrate and depopulate.

    Those are my bones to pick with him. If he could make radical reform in those areas...it would make me and alot of others HAPPY little clams.

Oct 14

Updated 6 days ago

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That location and California, from Chicago Ave to Division is exploding with news businesses. It is fantastic to see that it is not the area that is stopping growth like around the corner.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    I mean, yay and everything, for sure. But does someone have an evil plan to make the people of LS enormously fat? How much pie can one 2 block stretch hold?

    Still waiting patiently for coffee over here at Armitage and Kimball. Someone please notice us!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    LUCHA is planning to flood that area with low income housing, maybe that is why no one wants to open a coffee house by you meanboss?

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Oct 14

Updated 6 days ago

West Humboldt Park Development Council Revealing of Banners on Chicago Avenue

The West Humboldt Park Special Service Area #63 (SSA), in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services and the West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) installed 44 banners along Chicago Avenue on September 26, 2014. After the banners were installed, a ceremony took place at Kells Park to celebrate the Commercial Corridor Revitalization Project.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Hats off to WHPDC! It works HARD to make things better in thearea. The agency and alderman have worked for 15 years to get this area street scaped. City Hall and the State have been SLOW in allocating funds. This stinks. Remember during election time!

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Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

West Humboldt Park commercial corridor gets spruced up

The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special...

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The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special Service Area, added private security, and have welcomed a few new businesses.

Recently they have taken another step towards being an recognized retail destination by adding banners to their light poles to help spruce up the neighborhood, welcome visitors, and build their neighborhood's brand.

http://www.whpdevelopmentcouncil.net/news/8254

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Glad to see West Humboldt Park taking steps to clean up their area and we in The Humboldt Park area should continue to do the same. Just a reminder that at the next United Blocks of West Humboldt Park meeting at Association House at 7 P.M. on the first Thursday of the month, we will be voting on our name change, removing West from it to stop the confusion over the two very different areas of Humboldt Park.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It took YEARS of fighting to get funding for the Chicago Ave Revitalization plan. It even took a fist fight with the ex governor Blago. City Hall and the State were very SLOW at approving street scape funding for lights, sidewalks, garbage bins, trees...anything at all.

    WHPDC has been fighting for more than 15 years just to get that far! Hats off to them a nd their determination.

Oct 14

Breast Cancer Awareness Program Set for October 23

Looking for a fun night out combined with timely information about preventing breast cancer and women’s health? Then grab a friend and dine with the doctors at a free program, “What’s Best for the Breasts,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on October 23 at Standard Bar and Grill, 1332 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.

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Oct 13

Cheap Tart Bakery Owners to Open Pie Shop, Soda Fountain at Booming Corner

HUMBOLDT PARK — An increasingly popular block in Humboldt Park is slated for another opening by the end of this year as the owners of online shop Cheap Tart Bakery launch their first brick and mortar storefront.
The yet-to-be-named pie and ice cream shop will open before the year is out at 1000 N. California Ave. and feature a vintage soda fountain and an array of pies and shakes, according to Dinah Grossman of Cheap Tart Bakery.
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HUMBOLDT PARK — An increasingly popular block in Humboldt Park is slated for another opening by the end of this year as the owners of online shop Cheap Tart Bakery launch their first brick and mortar storefront.
The yet-to-be-named pie and ice cream shop will open before the year is out at 1000 N. California Ave. and feature a vintage soda fountain and an array of pies and shakes, according to Dinah Grossman of Cheap Tart Bakery.
“In addition to the sweet and savory pies and tarts we've always offered at Cheap Tart, we'll be serving ice creams and sorbets from local producers, and handmade sodas and fountain drinks such as malts, shakes, phosphates, etc. with the help of a refurbished vintage soda fountain,” Grossman said.
Grossman, a Humboldt Park resident, will bring her 15 years of baking experience to the Humboldt Park intersection that’s been slated for at least three big openings and renovations in recent and coming months; two from restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, including the newly renovated California Clipper, 1002 N. California Ave.; and another opening, The Haywood Tavern, 2759 W. Augusta Blvd., from the owners of High Dive and Rocking Horse.
The new pie shop will open in the former Peanut Gallery space, and with the closing of Knockbox Café across the street in September, residents can expect yet another announcement at the booming intersection.
“Humboldt Park is home. I can walk to the shop from my apartment. I love the neighborhood and the park itself," said Grossman, who opened the now defunct Cheap Tart in 2010 and sold direct to customers via web and phone orders, including catering events, before moving to Humboldt Park. "The California Clipper has always been a special spot for me. Getting to be next door neighbors just felt like fate.”

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Finding Firewood in the City

Hey Everyone,

It seems like firewood is a scarce find on the northwest side unless you buy a small bundle from a convenience store or gas station. I'm looking for a place with reasonable pricing where I can load up my trunk. If anyone happens to be getting rid of some firewood, please let me know!

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