21 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

New bar/restaurant from Owen & Engine owners. Maybe.

Was walking on Milwaukee this morning and saw workers demoing the storefront just south of The Owl at 2515 N. Milwaukee. There was a large sign on the door that said the permit belonged to Bixi Brewery.

That was the beginning of my internet sleuthing (slow work day). I couldn't find any permits for that location online, but found info on Bixi Brewing, LLC - http://www.zacksprivate.com/offering/96806 The owners seem to be Bo & Arden Fowler, who after some more research turned out to be the owners of Owen & Engine. So, I am concluding that Owen & Engine v2 is coming to the main Logan Square thoroughfare.

Anyone else have any details?

  • I went to an art show in the building the brewpub was in once. Man did it stink.
    Hopefully it's not too much work to get it back into shape after years of disrepair.

    All I know about the Milshire is that it got purchased by Mark Fishman (developer) and...

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    I went to an art show in the building the brewpub was in once. Man did it stink.
    Hopefully it's not too much work to get it back into shape after years of disrepair.

    All I know about the Milshire is that it got purchased by Mark Fishman (developer) and will likely be rehabbed. He bought it right before new restrictions came into place trying to keep people from changing single-room occupancy hotels like the Milshire into something fancier/more expensive. But haven't heard any updates lately. Looks like a permit for rehab was denied in October/November. I would imagine he's working on moving that rehab forward.

  • Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't sure if he made the cut off. So he is going to be able to move forward on the rehab? I'm really looking forward to seeing the bottom storefront knocked out and windows go back in. I'm assuming a restaurant will go in there to be...

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    Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't sure if he made the cut off. So he is going to be able to move forward on the rehab? I'm really looking forward to seeing the bottom storefront knocked out and windows go back in. I'm assuming a restaurant will go in there to be part of the hotel.

    As for the 2515 building, we went in there too during MAAF and it just felt an old warehouse. I figured it would go pretty soon. It was an auto dealership like the megamall buildings I believe. I'm betting it won't open sooner than late summer.

Jan 20

Updated 14 hours ago

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

  • Lynn F. Live and work in Avondale

    My dog's vet, Your Pet's Wellness, just posted on Facebook that they will be taking over the space, offering grooming, boarding, and vet services. They are really fantastic. I'm excited they're going to be so close and expanding their services! Www.Yourpetswellness.net

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    oh cool! Dr. Stricker is great - she used to work at Banfield! I hope they continue the retail side, so I can get fancy dog food without going all the way to Pet Supplies Plus.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Seeking Logan Square / Avondale Writer For Article (Will Compensate)

Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Even though our start-up costs are high and revenue is Zero, we would like to offer compensation....

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Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Even though our start-up costs are high and revenue is Zero, we would like to offer compensation. Let us know what you think a fair price for a brief article is and hopefully we can have a meeting of the minds. And as an inspiring writer, you would get your name out there and fatten up your resume. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to e-mail (jraider@raiderrealtychicago.com) us anytime. If you could include a sample of your writing and a resume, that would be great. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    I meant to say, we are without a doubt willing to PAY a writer in dollars for their work.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    There already is a Logan Square/Avondale newsletter in print, FYI.

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Opthalmologist Recommendations

New Chicago resident looking for Opthalmologist recommendations. Who do you love? 👓Thanks in advance.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

TWIN TOWERS property owner still John Burns / MaxMil LLC

Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000...

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Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000

May 28, 2014
Patricia Scudiero
Zoning Administrator
City of Chicago
City Hall - Room 905
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Re: 2255-93 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 2208-26 N. Washtenaw Ave. / 2715-35 W. Belden St.

Dear Zoning Administrator Scudiero:

MaxMil, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, is the owner ("Owner") of the above referenced property (the "Property"). Owner has authorized 2293 North Milwaukee LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("Applicant") to file a Planned Development Application for development of the Property and to take any necessary actions in connections with said application.

Sincerely,
John R. Burns
Member
CC: Rolando Acosta
John Stocker

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gas or Sewer smell?

There has been construction going on around Kimball and Palmer for the past week and a half. Today we noticed a strong sent of what could be gas in our apartment. The upstairs neighbors have the smell as well. It seems to be coming from the drain in the basement. Our landlord received a message from Peoples stating that other people around the area have had similar complaints and that the smell is not gas but a combination of paint thinner and ammonia in the sewers. The fire department also came out and checked out the situation and said the same thing. Has anyone else had any issues with this smell?

  • Yes...dry water traps..pour water down it..worked for me...on;y I used buckets...

  • i had this same problem a few days ago and a few buckets of water with some concentrated odor eliminator worked for me. another trick i learned from a friend is to put boric acid around the drains to stave off oriental roaches (waterbugs).

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Interested in nanny share for 9 month old

Anyone have any advice or leads?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    This is a great place to start: http://www.npnparents.org/

  • aya

    The Logan Square Parents Unite group on Facebook may also be a good resource. You'll have to message of of the group admins to gain access:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/160953597431719/

    My family is currently in a nanny share, and found our share family on Craigslist (of all places!), because at the time I was looking, npnparents.org was mostly populated with families looking for nanny shares east of the expressway.

    Anyway, I hope you're able to find a family with similar requirements!

  • A MWL

    Yes! We are looking for a nanny share for our almost 2 year old. We have a nanny already who we love with 10+ years of experience. Please let me know if you are interested. I am also on the facebook page that Aya listed asking for nanny share :)

Jan 19

Updated 3 days ago

Snowblower repair

Anyone have a recommendation for a nearby snowblower (small engine ) repair shop ?

4 days ago

Need a summer nanny?

Hi! I am a high school teacher looking for a nanny position from June-September. If you are in need of a reliable nanny who loves kids, please send me an email.
Thanks for reading,
Danielle

Jan 23

Updated 4 days ago

Congress Theatre Open House - Jan. 24 1-4PM?

Is this happening? Cannot find anything referenced other than in this article. Anyone plan on stopping in tomorrow? Do we expect the renderings to be presented?

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/13/congress-theater-redevelopment-ready-to-move-forward.php

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Michael Moyer was looking a about a two year project and that everything in the building would open at the same time. I also heard that the lobby would be open most of the time and that to the right of the lobby would be a entrance to the Inn on the Milwaukee Ave side.

  • I do hope it's LIVE entertainment and not the stuff that brings too much noise and BASS. Did Mr Moyers discuss the sound issue? Since the Congress Theater was originally designed as a movie theater, it was never properly equipped for optimal acoustics inside and out. The interior is going to need sound proofing. I'm wondering how that will that affect the restoration process?

5 days ago

Awesome Android/iOS game! Support local Logan Square indie developers!

Hey neighbors! We live in Logan Square and are developing an awesome mobile game. We need all the help we can get, so if you like games or know someone who does, please support us on Kickstarter, or share via social media to your friends.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1802153885/the-incredible-baron

Thank you so much for helping to support one of many of the awesome creative projects happening in our neighborhood.

Jan 24

Updated 6 days ago

spark energy update?

The other day, caught off guard, I allowed myself to switch to Spark Energy due to the persistence of two door to door salesmen. Looking at past threads on this topic, it seems lots of folks have had bad experiences, and some folks have seen reduced savings and feel it is a legit company with bad solicitation tactics.

Was I scammed? I feel like a goof for ignoring my gut. Thanks!

  • Joe

    I have saved with first energy for electricity and direct energy on gas (except Dec, Peoples would have been cheaper) Peoples gas charge changes every month. Lots of threads on this.

  • Like kittyhop says, read the receipt they gave you - you have maybe a week from the signing date during which you can cancel. Not sure of the exact time limit; it IS short. But if you do some quick research you can decide whether Spark is worth it for a year.

Jan 22

Updated Jan 23

  • Agreed Lisa. I too enjoyed Letizia's for that. The article doesn't mention it (I don't think), but Letizia's started selling at the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Hopefully that might continue. Maybe? Anyway, I'm excited for the new concept too.

  • I'm glad to hear they're closing the bakery component. Their baked goods were bland and always left me feeling bloated. Dinners, on the other hand, always hit the spot.

Jan 07

Updated Jan 23

Lost Lake coming to former Previous Administration Spot

Hi again, everyone. I read in Zagat's list of most anticipated spots of 2015 that our neighbor Paul McGee had joined forces with the Land & Sea Dept. folks - and that we're getting a tiki bar. Well, Lost Lake is opening up at Diversey & Kedzie, where Previous Administration was briefly. Should be opening sometime this month. With this, and Son of a Butcher opening at Diversey & Richmond soon, it's gonna be exciting up here!

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/January-2015/lost-lake/

  • "has"

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

    I suspect this trend will slow down dramatically as the neighborhood inhabitants age and start to realize how many calories are in these drinks.

    On the other hand, it's nice to have a close alternative to Hala Kahiki, although it takes years to develop that fine musty carpet aroma.

Jan 22

Updated Jan 23

Frank Meats Patty opens Friday (Hot Doug's former location)

The guys behind Lockdown and Fatso’s Last Stand have taken over this space..good to see, and I am sure it will be a decent replacement for the Hot Doug's location ..

Found a picture of what the inside looks like in advance of the open (1/23/15)

  • Two specials announced already:

    Duck Foie Gras Sausage Burger, with caramelized onions, truffle mustard, roasted shallots and topped with cherries and Foie mousse.

    Game Burger of the Month; The Buffalo Sausage Burger, with pepper jack cheese, fire roasted poblano peppers and topped with pickled shallots.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    what a great name!!!

Jan 18

Updated Jan 22

Touch of Vintage Closed up - 2500 block of California?

I noticed the empty store front on the 2500 block of California. Use to be a little antique shop next to the hair salon. Did they move? Lot seems to be changing over there. Expanded salon, new Japanese toy store and new mercantile bar heading in. I wonder if the two sushi places will survive.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    About Letizia's on California....I believe that her son Fabio has / is running a good share of the business and they've been building up the restaurant side (Enoteca Roma) for years. First on Division and now in Logan Sq., just a guess that it's been successful--they seem like smart business owners and continually re-invest in their businesses to help them grow. So having watched them over the years, it seems a natural progression, not so much a major shift in concept.

  • Pasta college looks cool! It sounds like Starbucks was taking the biz for bkfast and coffee. Not sure how I feel about 2 liquor stores within a block of each other.

Jan 16

Updated Jan 22

58 year old woman struck and killed today by the CTA Blue Line at Addison

Hate to hear about these sort of things- we reported the accident(WBBM) and have since learned the end result.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/01/16/woman-struck-killed-by-vehicle-in-avondale/

  • I am sorry for your loss- that picture is from the CBS News Chopper- I work for WBBM Radio- if there is anything I could do to help you let me know.

  • Laura rivas

    Is there cameras in the area?

Jan 20

Updated Jan 21

A follow up on donating 'red wiggler' and worm bins...

One of the people who came for my worms was Juli who started a bin for her class who are VERY excited about learning @ this. AND she has selected some hard-working students and will start & learn about gardening this spring. This is one of of schools with struggling students, though I have not been there..yet..but how exciting for the learning process. They have a 'fund raiser' at www.indiegogo.com/projects/kipp-creat-gardens/x/9639443. I'm donating a composter and extra tools and anything else I can find. If you have anything that you can help, please do. Teaching gardens in school is a wonderful thing...don't you think?

Jan 20

Updated Jan 21

Suspicious characters near Kimball/Milwaukee/Diversey

Just wanted to let you know one of my neighbors has seen a couple of guys circling our building and loitering in our parking lot for the past three days. One guy even tried to get in my car. She called the police, but just wanted to post notice here so people are aware. She said it was two Hispanic males, likely mid 30s around 5'8. Both were wearing dark clothing, one had on an orange hunters cap and the other was wearing a black beanie type hat. Please be aware and always report suspicious activity!

  • Please KEEP calling the police...ask for 'special attention' which means the police cars drive that area when they can...

  • descriptions are similar to the ones who broke in a home per an earlier post. keep calling police anytime you see someone acting suspicious.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 21

Reliable and honest roofer?

Hi all! We want someone to take a look at our roof and tell us if certain areas are susceptible to leaking. Would love a referral from my neighbors! Thank you!

  • BTD

    My 2¢.....

    I got many quotes using reccomendations from neighbors and my own research.

    Ameribuild's price came in way below everyone using materials the other's wanted to charge extra for. They completed it in less than two days and cleaned up very well. The one time I thought I had a problem they were out within a couple of hours. Fully insured and provided proof!

    Get a quote from them.... 773-282-7700 Tomas

  • Liz

    Thank you all so much! I appreciate the referrals.

Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

Recommendations on a CPA

Greetings neighbors-

Any recommendations you can share on a reputable accountant (CPA)? Hopefully not to expensive.

Thank you in advance.

  • Nick South Logan / North Humboldt

    We have used and recommend Larisey & Company. Very personable, thorough, and professional. http://lariseycpa.com/

  • Hi ! I am a member of Logan Square Chamber & sent you a private e-mail of a QuickBook person who attends my networksing events & the Chamber has used his service.

Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

Seen a ghost? Angel? Saint? Want to tell a journalist about it?

Hi!

I am reporter and Masters journalism student.

I am working on a story concerning the experiences by some who say they have seen or have encountered supernatural spirits (ghosts, holy beings, saints, etc).

Does this apply to you? Would you be willing to tell me about your encounter(s)?

Any help would be appreciated. I am working on deadline.

If your interview would be used, it would be published on a Chicago news website.

Please contact me for more information.

Thank you!

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    I have spirits that I can feel at night while I am asleep, I don't think they want to harm me, I just feel their presence. Keep us posted on your stories.

  • Manny D. Proud Logan Square Resident

    Concerned Guardian, I have experienced the same thing you described, how strange!

Jan 19

Updated Jan 20

Selling my 1998 Honda Civic LX

Hi,
Details and photos available here:
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/4854853407.html

Thanks for looking.

Jan 20

Support Goethe School This Friday at Red Door Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a fun way to support Goethe's Spirit of Giving Campaign?
Come out THIS FRIDAY JAN 23rd for "Free Food Fridays" at Red Door Kitchen & Bar at 2118 North Damen. Enjoy free samples from this month's Meatloaf Cook-off and vote for your favorite from 7pm-8pm. 10% of bar sales from 4pm-8pm will be donated to the Spirit of Giving Campaign to raise money for our stage!

Jan 19

Updated Jan 20

Hybrid-friendly auto repair?

Our Toyota Care ended and we're looking for a place in Logan to take our Prius for regular maintenance and also minor paint repair. TIA!

  • Zapata always has good reviews.

  • BTD

    Green Wheels on Western by North Avenue specializes in electric and hybrid cars. Brought my Prius in for sevicing and came away feeling like they knew their stuff. Pricing was fair and attention to detail was obvious. http://www.greenwheelschicago.com/

    Close to Blue LIne as well.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 19

Alderman Colon celebrates DUI with $1000 from Anheuser Busch Corp

love timing of recent political contributions per Illinois Board of Elections- $1000 from Budweiser and $500 from Beer Distributors of IL PAC

Anheuser Busch Companies
One Bush Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
$1,000.00
12/22/2014
Individual Contribution
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois PAC
P.O. Box 396
Springfield, IL 62705
$500.00
10/1/2014
Individual Contribution
Neighbors for Rey Colon

  • LimoD Logan Square 20 years!

    The voters in his ward need to replace him just as the voters replaced Toni Barrios. A good candidate, hard work, then getting out the vote will make it happen. That's how Colon got in office. He opposed Vilma Colom twice. The first time she nailed him. We know what happened the second time, but let me add, she was absolutely stunned when he beat her!

  • http://www.carlosrosa.org
    Pretty sure he has no DUI arrests! Works for me.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 19

Paddy At It Again!

Found this this morning. Another love note from Paddy and her "Save Our Boulevards" initiative. This time, along with her usual hatred of Moreno, she hates bikes and bike lanes, and Seville, and developers, and high rises and urban planners and pawn shops and purveyors of liquor and bus rapid transit and transit oriented development. Not that they're going to go ahead with the protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Ave, but It is estimated that more than 40 percent of the traffic on this part of Milwaukee during peak rush hours are bicycles...so perhaps some safety improvements can be made.

  • If you "like" Chicago Bicycle Program (the city bicycle program) on Facebook, they have a good video there of a typical stream of bike commuters on Milwaukee ave during the morning commute. Very impressive amount of people biking these days.

  • Clark Street, to the east, can also be challenging in terms of bicycle traffic.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 19

Fullerton/California NE Corner - construction?

Anyone know what is going in in this space? Once a cafe/grocer it's been vacant for the past 8 years at least, and the hair salon place was forced out last fall. The owner wanted to lease both spaces as one. A friend looked at it as a possible restaurant location, but did not take it. Looks like someone has taken it and is doing a build out. Anyone know anything?

Jul 30

Updated Jan 19

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

    Arjonite, supply and demand does not work as simplistically as you are claiming. We have rapid transit stops in a neighborhood due east of us we can learn from. Lots of large developments have gone in, and landlords in older buildings have simply raised rents as the market will bear....

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    Arjonite, supply and demand does not work as simplistically as you are claiming. We have rapid transit stops in a neighborhood due east of us we can learn from. Lots of large developments have gone in, and landlords in older buildings have simply raised rents as the market will bear. The flaw in your reasoning is that demand is fixed. The people these units will appeal to are by no means limited to those in the neighborhood. If I was a landlord I'd be plenty satisfied these buildings were in my economic self-interest. They are simply out of scale, we will see what the developer comes back with.

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

Jan 17

Updated Jan 18

Puppy needs a loving home!

We are currently fostering "Bananas" after being relinquished by his owner. He is a lovely vetted 12 month old puppy and needs to find a good home. He is tall and skinny and most likely pit mixed with hound. He has a very sweet temperament and plays really well with other dogs! We have two large dogs of our own and Bananas gets along perfectly well with them. He is a very submissive dog. He knows how to sit(also to stay until released for dinner), walks on-leash like a prince, he happily goes into his new crate and is 100% house-trained. Please let me know if you're interested in learning more about Bananas and potentially adopting him!

Jan 12

Updated Jan 17

Legal hurdles cleared for Congress Theater Redevelopment!

Jim DeRogatis updates on the long-awaited redevelopment of the Congress Theater. Most excellent news for Milwaukee Avenue:

http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-01/legal-hurdles-cleared-congress-theater-redevelopment-111385

  • at LS Auditorium if it couldn't go back to the Congress lobby.

  • Living insanely close to here, I can't wait to finally see the Milwaukee empty corridor turn into something nice like about a mile south on milwaukee in wicker park.

    The Madison public house is a nice start, but the Congress being viable again with a TOD sounds great to me. Disclaimer: I'm a homeowner super close

Jan 13

Updated Jan 16

Indoor dog parks?

Now that it's cold outside, I haven't been able to find many activities to do with my furry friend. I loved going to the dog parks and beaches over the summer, but now that it's winter, where are some good places to go? Are there any indoor dog park type places in or near the neighborhood? Thanks!

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Hello, Doggie! on Lawrence just east of California has drop-in doggie playtime/daycare, but you drop your dog off, you don't get to play. Very reasonable, though, and if getting your dog some playtime is the goal, I love this place!

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    And Hello, Doggie offers this EVERY DAY til 7pm!

Jan 15

Updated Jan 16

Anybody Go To Logan Square Gentrification Talk?

I'm curious to hear a report on the presentation last night. I'm not finding much info on what was covered online. If they want to get the word out, it's quite easy to video record an event and place it online immediately on youtube. Any chance the organizers will do so, so that more people can see what the event is about? Thanks!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups
  • Joe

    Did anyone go? I would like to hear what ideas were presented to help the Polish immigrants that moved away from Logan Square return to the homes they built or how I can be helped as I had to leave Old Town because it was too expensive. Also, this snow that falls that forces me to go outside and remove it, how can we as people keep me from moving off the couch?

Jan 13

Updated Jan 15

Any good applience repair person?

Hi, does any one know of a good applience repair person?? I have my washer that stoped working after the water pipes got frozen las week and need to get ir fixed. Thanks everyone.

  • The Fix-It Guy Appliance Repair. Lincoln Park
    The Absolute BEST.

  • Nathan Dougal 13 year Humboldt Park resident

    M & M Service Co. : Rich has been doing this for 30 years; 3/4 of the time when I call him, when I give him the model # of the appliance he makes an accurate diagnosis over the phone and fixes it very quickly or has a very good initial sense of how long it will take and explain why (showing you the parts, etc)

Jan 14

Updated Jan 15

More Roadwork Delays

Diversey is blocked from Western to Logan today.(Wednesday) CTA #76 Diversey buses are temporarily rerouted via Diversey, Elston, Logan Blvd., and Diversey. On going roadwork on SB Western Logan to Diversey- a good area to avoid.

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

    I sure hope this is done before the Western overpass at Belmont comes down...

  • Yup and overnight meant we had to hear them all night destroying the road. Terrible.

Jan 13

Updated Jan 14

35th Ward Aldermanic Election

Got a flyer in the mail for Carlos Rosa yesterday. The usual promises. Anybody have thoughts on the Colon vs. Rosa election?

  • Colin Bird Resident of Hermosa

    I know for sure he graduated in 2007 because I asked him. He could be 26.... that I don't know. Rosa reminds me of Guzzardi. Very smart and knowledgeable about the area, very passionate. I expect good things from both.

  • kim

    Subscribe to Aldertrack's newsletter for free http://www.aldertrack.com and then if you really want to get into the political spectrum pay the $10 to get the reports. These guys are unbiased and have a ton of research. I have learned a lot.

Jan 12

Updated Jan 14

Free Moving Boxes

Lots of them. Near Logan and Western.
Broken down and contained in a bigger box for easy transport.

Email zmarkin@gmail.com if interested.

Jan 10

Updated Jan 13

Lost New Computer

Please share:

Found a new computer in an unlabeled ups store box in our alley. Please reach out to me with the brand and model if you're missing a computer.

I'll be reaching out to the Chicago Police as well.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 12

ComEd vs. integrys vs. Direct Energy?

I know this question has been posed numerous times but is the a truly better more cost effective alternative to ComEd? Last night as I was dutifully shoveling the snow from my sidewalk (unlike some but that's another post), 2 young women approached me trying to get me to switch from integrys to direct energy. They said that integrys charges a substantial "customer fee" to each customer that would be eliminated if I switch to them. I actually never see the bill as my wife pays it but I'm still left with the question of who is truly the most cost effective for consumers. Any ideas?

  • It was their comfort and control 24 package. I just went to their website and saw their rates are much higher now. They fixed the rate for 24 months, at which time it becomes variable. The only thing that "locks" me in is the cost of the Nest. If I...

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    It was their comfort and control 24 package. I just went to their website and saw their rates are much higher now. They fixed the rate for 24 months, at which time it becomes variable. The only thing that "locks" me in is the cost of the Nest. If I leave before the 24 months, I am responsible for paying them for the Nest. After the 24 months, if I don't like the variable rate I am free to switch to another plan or back to ComEd. Technically, I'm free to switch now - but would incur a cost of $249 to cover the Nest. That said, if I wanted to, I could always sell the Nest and recover most of that cost. But, again, it appears their rates are significantly higher than they were just a few months ago when I switched.

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Thanks, Terry. That makes perfect sense and is consistent with the information I found out there. I knew there had to be some thing that kept you tied to Direct Energy in order to keep that rate as it's a good one. So the current .074 rate Com Ed is...

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    Thanks, Terry. That makes perfect sense and is consistent with the information I found out there. I knew there had to be some thing that kept you tied to Direct Energy in order to keep that rate as it's a good one. So the current .074 rate Com Ed is offering is a good one considering there are no restrictions on it. I was getting great rates with Veridian for the past 2 years but this time around they went crazy. They wanted .089 but to keep me, they offered .082. Thanks but no thanks.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 10

Something in old La Boulangerie???

Whilst trying to drive down Logan during our artic tundra yesterday I caught a glimpse of what looked to be something open in that corner storefront where La Boulangerie was..... It almost looked to be La Boulangerie.... Did I imagine this????

  • Diddilysquat 5 year LS resident, Personal Trainer, Model

    Oh! Dangit I want a bakery please lol

  • not going to lie, I'd have been much happier to see something else in a prime corner spot like that. we have so many hair places.

    then again, I guess more wouldn't keep opening if the local economy couldn't support them.

Jan 10

Updated Jan 10

Hit and Run? Drunk driving?

We saw your car get hit at 5:20am at Palmer and drake. We heard a lot of yelling(sounded like a woman) and then a loud collision and engine revving. We looked outside and saw an SUV do a donut and head the wrong way down drake and turn east down Palmer. We think it was an explorer. We called 911 but still haven't seen the police show up.

  • 2 tow trucks showed up at about 5:45. One man got out and walked up the the car that was hit and then got back in the truck and drove away. Still no police 40 minutes later.

Dec 29

Updated Jan 09

Twin Towers developer was Intelligentsia Coffee co-CEO

Rob Buono, developer of proposed Twin Tower 11+15 story 254 apartment plan for 2293 N Milwaukee Ave MAX GERBER site, was also Co-CEO of INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE for 3 yrs until June 2014 (friend to Intelligentsia cofounder Doug Zell) and also manages an organic vegetable farm.
http://sprudge.com/rob-buono-stepping-down-intelligentsia.html
Mr. Buono has contributed to city Aldermen Joe Moreno Ward1 ($2,500), Rey Colon Ward35 ($4,500) and others including Mayor Rahm Emanuel ($6,000). Buono previously worked for Smithfield Properties, which sought to redevelop MegaMall during...

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Rob Buono, developer of proposed Twin Tower 11+15 story 254 apartment plan for 2293 N Milwaukee Ave MAX GERBER site, was also Co-CEO of INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE for 3 yrs until June 2014 (friend to Intelligentsia cofounder Doug Zell) and also manages an organic vegetable farm.
http://sprudge.com/rob-buono-stepping-down-intelligentsia.html
Mr. Buono has contributed to city Aldermen Joe Moreno Ward1 ($2,500), Rey Colon Ward35 ($4,500) and others including Mayor Rahm Emanuel ($6,000). Buono previously worked for Smithfield Properties, which sought to redevelop MegaMall during city TIF RFP eminent domain process 2005 -> 2009 started by Ald Rey Colon.
Buono, Robert
1920 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Investor
Employer: Henry Street Partners LLC
$5,000.00 11/24/2014
Chicago for Rahm Emanuel

$1,000.00 4/30/2014
Chicago for Rahm Emanuel

uono, Robert
1611 W. Division, Ste. 201
Chicago, IL 60622
$1,500.00 10/1/2014
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1910 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield
$1,500.00 1/28/2011
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1910 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield
$1,500.00 7/1/2003
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1237 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield Properties
$1,500.00 3/26/2013
Friends for Proco Joe Moreno

Buono, Robert
1237 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield Properties
$1,000.00 7/14/2011
Friends for Proco Joe Moreno

  • They don't have to be so large KJ...that's why they had a community meeting about it. We're waiting for revised, presumably scaled-down, plans to be presented again. To each their own in terms of taste. I happen to like the building on the old Pizza Hut site, and the longstanding...

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    They don't have to be so large KJ...that's why they had a community meeting about it. We're waiting for revised, presumably scaled-down, plans to be presented again. To each their own in terms of taste. I happen to like the building on the old Pizza Hut site, and the longstanding Noble Square Co-Op houses a lot of people that have been here, likely, a lot longer than you. Nice co-op housing keeps costs low. Makes sense to me to have density near El stop. I also think a co-op and section 8 are two different things. Not that it really matters...they're both necessary and helpful.

  • Something tells me Moreno won't release new plans to the community until after the election. It is quiet for a reason.

Jan 09

"Required" Mailbox move notice received today. FYI, you don't have to do it.

Well, I guess it's finally our turn in Avondale. Today we got the notorious "move your mailbox to sidewalk level OR ELSE!" notice in our mailbox. For everyone who just got one and doesn't know, this has been floating around for a while. The bottom line is you don't have to do it.

Here's a link to a former thread on this (from April of 2014) but there are others:
http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/apr21-mailbox-notices-6096814/

Also, Eric Zorn wrote a piece about it in the Tribune back in August. You can't see it if you don't have a online Tribune subscription, but here's a link to an article on a blog that cites it:
http://postalnews.com/blog/2014/08/13/that-ultimatum-to-move-your-mailbox-just-an-empty-threat/

Jan 07

Updated Jan 09

Alderman Rey Colon beats DUI; license suspended refused Breathalyzer

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) was found not guilty Monday on charges of drunken driving that stemmed from a July after-midnight traffic stop along the Eisenhower Expressway.
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150105/loop/ald-colon-found-not-guilty-of-dui-summer-traffic-stop
"I woke up this morning trusting that God would do His job and that the justice system would do its job, and I just want to go back to do my job," Colon said immediately after the verdict was rendered by Judge James Pieczonka in Cook County Circuit Court.

Pieczonka said he did...

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Ald. Rey Colon (35th) was found not guilty Monday on charges of drunken driving that stemmed from a July after-midnight traffic stop along the Eisenhower Expressway.
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150105/loop/ald-colon-found-not-guilty-of-dui-summer-traffic-stop
"I woke up this morning trusting that God would do His job and that the justice system would do its job, and I just want to go back to do my job," Colon said immediately after the verdict was rendered by Judge James Pieczonka in Cook County Circuit Court.

Pieczonka said he did not see any "substantial" evidence of erratic driving on Colon's part. While he granted that Colon's eyes seemed "a little bloodshot" in his mug shot, he added, "I've seen a lot worse."

Key evidence included an 18-minute video showing Colon's traffic stop about 1 a.m. July 25 at the Homan Avenue exit off the westbound Eisenhower Expressway. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Clarke argued "the evidence is overwhelming" showing Colon waving his arms trying to balance on one foot and failing to walk heel to toe in a straight line.

State Trooper Eric David testified that Colon was driving without his lights on and that his "right tires were clearly over the line" on the right shoulder before being stopped. He said Colon failed a horizontal vision test, indicating impairment, as well as walk-and-turn and balancing-on-one-leg tests. David said he smelled alcohol on Colon's breath and that the alderman was "swaying while standing" and had to wave his arms to maintain his balance on one leg, and even then touched the other foot to the ground without being able to stand immobile for 30 seconds.

David said Colon's eyes were "bloodshot glassy red" and that he was, in David's opinion, "unfit to drive."

Yet Colon, who did not testify in his own defense, said after the trial that "the tape was exactly what I remembered" and helped him fight the charges.....
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  • Susan S. resident

    Driving while drunk and endangering others far exceeds "his private life." You don't have a vote here.

  • I thought politicians were suppose to 'represent the people' in public and private. This isn't a 'one time deal' and he definitely has a problem; IF you have friends, relatives, and love ones killed by drunk drivers, you wouldn't consider it a 'private' matter. This whole thing is a sad excuse for an individual. But I respect your opinion.

Jan 07

Updated Jan 08

Helicopters to the west?

Anyone know why all the helicopters are circling west of Sacramento? I believe we counted four. They were pretty close to us at Richmond and Logan but eventually moved further west?

  • I love helicopters but seeing four news choppers hovering in a star formation above some random location in the city is about as exciting or intriguing to me as seeing a garbage truck or a fire truck.

  • Carrie K Chicago Public School Teacher

    Also - watched the news at 10 and did not see anything. Seemed far west of us to be Kennedy. However now that Bart explained how they film perhaps it was an accident on the Kennedy that was dropped from news coverage at 10 for more important stories.

Jan 03

Updated Jan 08

How do I stop La Raza and Hoy from delivering to my address???

Today the front yard is filled with soggy ads; their plastic 'holders' never do.

Thanks!

  • I asked, twice, and delivery stopped. (Although one landed on our stoop this week.)
    .

  • ENC

    I emailed Ron Buss at the Tribune. He informed me that La Raza is a different company (not Tribune). He can address stopping Plum/Local Values deliveries. Does anyone have contact information to stop La Raza deliveries?

Dec 28

Updated Jan 07

Dress alterations

Hey neighbors!

I am looking for someone to alter a bridesmaid dress. Anyone have recommendations?

I would appreciate any help!

  • I got her number from a friend and it matches the one on Yelp. It has been a few months since I had anything tailored through, I wonder if it's possible the number has changed? It's worth trying a walk-in! Good luck!

  • Listed one was also the one I used (in September). You can just walk in without an appointment, though.

Jan 05

Updated Jan 06

2015 BrewFest

Join Concordia Place at Revolution Brewing and enjoy a night full of unlimited craft brews, delicious appetizers and much more. All the proceeds will benefit Concordia Place.

Ticket Information:
$40/person - Limited time friends and family special (available until January 9)

$250 4 Pack - Four tickets with VIP upgrade (tour of brewery, meet the brewer and sample some of the newest brews available)

$500 HOPS Sponsor - Six tickets with VIP upgrade, event signage & social media recognition. Ask your employer to sponsor!

  • When is this event?

  • Concordia Place Concordia Place Early Learning Center

    The event is February 8 from 4-6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ConcordiaPlace.org/BrewFest.

  • Just posted this to Avondale Neighborhood Association's Facebook page as well.
    We love Concordia! We went last year and had a good time. We got the VIP tickets and took the tour we had a nice time.

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