18 hours ago

Updated 1 min ago

Mayoral Runoff

Gov. Rauner says he will not be making an endorsement. W. Wilson says on election day he will be meeting with Garcia and expects to endorse him. Gov. Rauner meets with Wilson and asks him to endorse Rahm. Wilson says he is not sure who he will endorse. Hmmmm....what could be afoot?

  • I endorse Willie to seek a speaking coach prior to his next election run.

  • Even if Wilson endorses Rahm, that's no guarantee that his supporters will.

  • LimoD Logan Square 20 years!

    Michael Sneed reported Wilson's buddy Rauner called Wilson and TOLD him to endorse Emanuel. I think that's a game changer in Garcia's favor. He needs to pounce on that.

45 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Riot Fest Needs our Help

UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last...

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UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last years flood during RF. Another member complained that Sacramento was closed one day prior. There was talk of the food trailers in HP going after RF for lost income because setting up days before RF. Max remarked that Sacramento was only closed for an hour that day, the food trailers have a contract with the park district and have given three options on setting up during RF. This RF did not have to do but reached out to the food trailers to help any way RF could! Max went on that the drains in the park were filled with GREASE, gravel and dirt which contributed to the flooding last year. Amy remarked that clogged drains have been a problem going back as far as 2008 in other locations in the park. Max pointed out clearly that RF has to follow Park District rules and complaints about thous rules being followed belong to the Park District and should be made to them and not placed onto RF.
I do not understand why a fest that does so much good "the list is to long to write here" for HP is being questioned on such minor matters? Shootings and gang activity do not spike during this fest! Why are they getting such a hard time making HP a great place to live by the powers in City Hall? Now is the time citizens of HP! If you love RF, write and call your Alderman, The Mayor and attend Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings and make your voice be heard! RF needs us to show our overwhelming support.

  • Susan S., I think the key takeaway I had hoped for is that city dwellers deserve great celebrations, even if it slightly inconveniences drivers. I really enjoy the car parades that snarl the streets during PR fest. It's quite the festive sight! I wasn't proposing that you walk to work...

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    Susan S., I think the key takeaway I had hoped for is that city dwellers deserve great celebrations, even if it slightly inconveniences drivers. I really enjoy the car parades that snarl the streets during PR fest. It's quite the festive sight! I wasn't proposing that you walk to work in Oak Brook. Though car pooling is a nice option if you're regularly out that way, as their transit options are limited. I was mainly responding to weekend traffic when everyone drives solo to all their destinations and then complains about the traffic, as if something like a fest was to blame for the problem.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Buster, gang bangers riding on top of cars, gang signing and drink liquor is what you really enjoy? I was brought up differently than you, without a doubt! Gang bangers taking over HP is not something to celebrate!

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

First Ward: Moreno / Run off or not?

He got over 50% but doesn't he need 51%? Anne Shaw had not conceded as of the last report I saw. Anyone have any more info?

http://elections.chicagotribune.com/results/

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150224/wicker-park/joe-moreno-wins-1st-ward-election

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    "Starter jobs" are the only jobs that are out there anymore. It's not like when the boomers graduated high school and got a decent, possibly union job with the chance for promotions or advancement. There are tons of *college* graduates out there now who can't get decent jobs.

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    "Starter jobs" are the only jobs that are out there anymore. It's not like when the boomers graduated high school and got a decent, possibly union job with the chance for promotions or advancement. There are tons of *college* graduates out there now who can't get decent jobs.

    However, some forms of government DO help - I received government financial aid to get a two year technical degree that eventually led to a good job, and received about six years of free birth control from Blago's Pink Card program. Those two investments paid off in that I am now a productive, tax-paying, non-child-having middle class adult.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Blago only gave tax dollars away because he knew he was going to the joint! May Blago rot in prison!

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Updated 5 hours ago

Humboldt Park Gang Banger States 'we've been here and were here to stay"

On another EB Thread "Mayoral Race" a self proclaimed gang member talks about how he will fight to stop gentrification and yuppies from taking over HP and wanted Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward elected to accomplish this goal. This person goes on to state what great things gangs have done for HP and that gentrification is ruining these things by forcing fellow gang members to move out of HP. I wish I would have...

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On another EB Thread "Mayoral Race" a self proclaimed gang member talks about how he will fight to stop gentrification and yuppies from taking over HP and wanted Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward elected to accomplish this goal. This person goes on to state what great things gangs have done for HP and that gentrification is ruining these things by forcing fellow gang members to move out of HP. I wish I would have read his thread earlier because several of his statements were pulled from EB before I could read them. I am astonished when he proudly writes that most of HP residence were criminals and gang bangers working together against good neighbors who called the police back in the 80's and 90's! I found it interesting that he states he attends beat meetings and will use every legal way to stop the undesirables from taking over HP, like they did in Wicker Park. I started this thread because the other threads topic was not about gang bangers and here non-gang members can read what a confessed gang banger thinks about them and how gangs "won't give up without a fight"-" It won't be as easy as you think to get rid of us"! This is what is happening in HP right now. Criminals in HP are working to get politicians elected who they believe will keep them living here and stop the evils of gentrification from occurring. Do they think they can stop progress or law abiding citizens from moving into HP? What about all the good people of HP that they have been victimizing in decades past? Do they think they will allow this to happen? This topic is now open for discussion. Is it wrong to want to make HP a beautiful place again to raise a family at the expense of moving criminals and gang bangers out?

  • Barbara in Humboldt Park Love my neighborhood!

    Allen, I just read your response to my comment. So: the incident occurred at 6:45 in the morning just across from a clinic and a day care center. It was between 3 LKs. One was shot and killed, 19 years old. The neighbors all knew who did it but were too afraid to name them. I wish that gangs could put all their incredible energy into something constructive. All I've seen as a health care provider are a lot of people shot, stabbed and emotionally scarred.

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    So you really don't know the back story, just the aftermath.

44 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Artsy Pub Crawl?

I'm looking to put together a pub crawl with an art theme, and I'm specifically looking for restaurants/bars that have local art for sale on the walls. We will be starting in Logan Square but will go anywhere in the city from there. I know Dunlays, Rocking Horse, and the Green Eye typically have art for sale, anyone know of some other good stops?

  • The gallery cabaret always has art, and at the mutiny they have some ceiling tiles that bands have painted

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    How bout ask all the local bars/restaurants/businesses in a given area if they'd be willing to feature a local artist or two during this event? Some of them might not have the idea on their own but would be willing to do it.

32 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Ridgeway and LeMoyne?? Good move?

What is the area around Ridgeway and LeMoyne like. Considering moving to the area. Looking to purchase.

  • liz

    Well, I think the block looks great- but haven't moved there yet. I just had my offer accepted to purchase on that block. Are you looking at 1450 or 1418 ridgeway? I'm also a real estate agent who definitely knows the area and has the confidence in this street to...

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    Well, I think the block looks great- but haven't moved there yet. I just had my offer accepted to purchase on that block. Are you looking at 1450 or 1418 ridgeway? I'm also a real estate agent who definitely knows the area and has the confidence in this street to be moving there soon. Shoot me an email if you want to talk more, or are looking at other areas nearby. I know how to put in a good offer and might soon be your neighbor! lizpaint at gmail dot com.

  • I spend a lot of time around the area, I know someone who lives on ridgeway, the block south on North ave and the like it. It's a quiet block and they like their neighbors.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Hey! Just moved. Nice to be here.

Just moved out from northern California. Never used this site before but figured I'd say hello.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

The snowy boulevards sure look beautiful...

So please, don't taint it - pick up your dog sh*t.

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Today's a new day....

Now that we can put all the mudslinging behind us and welcome back Roberto and entrust him with leading the 26th ward as our Alderman, what's next? How do you suggest working with him? What committees or associations need boosted leadership to get their priorities on his desk, or what new committees need to be formed? Now we need real leaders to push our agenda.... making HP safer, cleaner, more enticing for job growth, more enticing for tourism (Paseo Boricua),...

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Now that we can put all the mudslinging behind us and welcome back Roberto and entrust him with leading the 26th ward as our Alderman, what's next? How do you suggest working with him? What committees or associations need boosted leadership to get their priorities on his desk, or what new committees need to be formed? Now we need real leaders to push our agenda.... making HP safer, cleaner, more enticing for job growth, more enticing for tourism (Paseo Boricua), assistance for struggling homeowners, maybe a good elementary school or two?

Throwing it out there because all the back and forth debates and rebutles were entertaining, but that did not offer a solution, that was blowing off steam.

I don't have a lot of time to commit to this but I'd like to join efforts of those that are on the same page.

Thanks

  • @SmithParker

    No, MALDO specifically said he would NOT form a zoning committee. He received audible boos on that answer. It doesn't matter to me what you may have overheard him saying afterwards when you were standing near him, the fact of the matter is, he NEVER listens to his constituents. He behaves like a "don" in Little Puerto Rico.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Musketeer, I agree with you. Maldonado was clear when he told the audience that he does not want to work together with all people in the 26th Ward. We have to start interst groups and develop strenght by connecting these groups. When problems comes up we should be able to react quickly and with power.

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Hipolito Roldan, are you a slumlord? - Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

The elderly tenants at the second floor at Plaza Taino, 1111 Francisco Ave. are freezing. They have to use electric heaters or their stove to heat their apartments. Doesn't that make Hipolito Roldan to a slumlords? Hipolito Roldan own Hispanic Housing Development Corporation which built, own and manage Plaza Taino.

Hipolito Roldan built Plaza Taino but made some miscalculations when constructing the floor so it started to sink into the ground. Hipolito Roldan started to repair the floor a year...

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The elderly tenants at the second floor at Plaza Taino, 1111 Francisco Ave. are freezing. They have to use electric heaters or their stove to heat their apartments. Doesn't that make Hipolito Roldan to a slumlords? Hipolito Roldan own Hispanic Housing Development Corporation which built, own and manage Plaza Taino.

Hipolito Roldan built Plaza Taino but made some miscalculations when constructing the floor so it started to sink into the ground. Hipolito Roldan started to repair the floor a year ago but after digging up the first floor he got bored so the first floor is still just dirt. The open and unheated first floor is now cooling down the entire building.

Plaza Taino's residents are elderly and some of them are disabled. When the first floor was removed so was the entire entrance to the building. Tenants are now entering through the fire door at the side of the building. There is nobody working in the entry anymore. The elderly and the disabled are without necessary services Hipolito Roldan charge for.

Hipolito Roldan, when are you going to stand up to your responsibilities to make Plaza Taino livable for your elderly tenants? I guess you still get your government subsidized rent so aren't you required to provide livable conditions for your tenants?

To all other readers: Where do you report a slumlord? Hipolito Roldan charge average $1500 / moth per apartment but the conditions are barely livable. Some elderly tenants has recently been forced to move out. How can we as a community stop this kind of neglect?

Hipolito Roldan fix Plaza Taino. Stop being a slumlord!

  • Susan S. resident

    Call the city and report. Do I understand that there are not 2 exits? Not safe. Not legal. Is the landlord not keeping the apartments heated to 68/65 degrees? Not legal. Residents could probably stay in a hotel until it's fixed and deduct it from their rent. Make the calls, find someone to advocate for the residents.

  • MaB

    Wanted to vote against Mal-donado(did you know in Spanish "Mal"means bad?) but found out at the last second ward boundaries had changed and even though I live directly behind Maldonaldo office on division I did not vote in 26th ward, convenient. Such is life in chicago #gettingusedtocorruption

19 hours ago

Van burned on Mozart and Walton east side of Humboldt Park

This same van had all its Windows busted out the morning of the 27th.I my self think gangs are at war again.

19 hours ago

Van burned on Mozart and Walton east side of Humboldt Park

This same van had all its Windows busted out the morning of the 27th.U my self the gangs are at war again.

38 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Car broken into while parked on Palmer Blvd

My car was broken into sometime between today and Wednesday night. No windows were broken so either it was jimmied or the door was unlocked. Everything from all the compartments was turned out onto the floor. Two CD cases of CDs were taken, all my change (about $3.00 in pennies) and car phone charger and ipod adapter. No huge losses. I expect it was someone walking down the street trying door handles. Perhaps the fact that the snow wasn't cleared off my car for a day made it look like I was away? It was parked right in front of my apartment, on Palmer Blvd near Sacramento.

  • Jeff Dog lover

    Karen,

    For what it is worth, I was sitting in my front window on Thurs morning, around 11a or so, and I saw a man walking down (in) the street. He wasn't really acting suspicious nor did he seem to look at every car; I just assumed he didn't want...

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    Karen,

    For what it is worth, I was sitting in my front window on Thurs morning, around 11a or so, and I saw a man walking down (in) the street. He wasn't really acting suspicious nor did he seem to look at every car; I just assumed he didn't want to deal with all the dirtbags that don't shovel snow.

    The weird thing is he disappeared right in front of your car- I assumed he just walked up my driveway and out of my sight; I went back to what I was doing. About 2 minutes later, he appeared again right next to your car, and then casually sulked off.

    He was about 6', bundled up pretty well so no description of face, ethnicity, etc, regretfully. He carried a gigantic walking stick, that almost looked like something out of a cartoon, like a magic staff.

    I guess I assumed he was tying his shoe or something, as I didn't hear breaking glass or even the car door close, nor did he run away... so maybe this wasn't your guy... regrets I didn't take a picture, but I guess he wasn't "off" enough to warrant police or other presence.

    Sorry, I'll be more paranoid next time. I hope to have front cameras up and running once the weather breaks a bit.

    Your neighbor,
    Jeff

  • Thanks Jeff, I don't think it could be avoided, though now I'll look for a person with a staff!

    I think the take away is to not leave things in my car. I remember now I had a plastic bag of trash and recycling on the passenger seat. Even if I know it's not worth anything, I need to make sure my car looks boring to someone who looks in.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Election

What does it say about a mayor who spends millions against a field of candidates who have never run for Mayor and he gets 1000 less votes than his 1st election and almost set a record for lowest turnout ever. Maybe if there was a candidate named Apathetic he/she would have won.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-comparing-emanuels-2011-election-to-2015-20150225-htmlstory.html

  • I believe that a lot of folks might have stayed home thinking a certain outcome was inevitable. That is the reason I would like to think explains the low turn out. I'm hoping people understand how important the Run Off is and get engaged in the process.

    There are also between 19-21 wards that will have an aldermanic run off so the face of the City Council has the potential to drastically shift. Personally, I find that prospect exciting.

  • Loulu Me

    It says a lot about him and a lot about the public. The amount of money he has, and has spent, is both obnoxious and offensive. I find the money from Hollywood particularly troublesome. I think those who don't live here should stay out of it. We are the ones to live with the results.

  • Marcelino Gerena New 31st Ward Resident

    Well, it appears that the B of E found enough votes for 33rd ward alderman to avoid a runoff. 2 to be exact. Keep that in mind you 2 voters who live in the 33rd and did not vote early or often and wanted a different alderman. The addage "each vote counts" holds true in this election.

Feb 21

Updated 19 hours ago

Lost Sharpei

Please help Karma is peach colored and got out of the yard near Campbell and North. Last seen going south from Bloomingdale and California. He has no collar on friendly but doesn't know the neighborhood. Reward

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

The progressive alderman are doing quite well so far!!!

Great to see... Rahm gonna be in a run off? Could Deb Mell be forced in a run off? (lets go tim meegan!) and Colon losing HUGE to a 26 year old teacher.... exciting stuff!

Touche to scott waguespack and lets go Arena... love to see all that Super Pac $ wasted on crud fliers

Mell looks to be a long shot still....

5 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Riot Fest to leave Humboldt Park?

I've been here a bunch of times before to just check what's going on in the neighborhood, but really felt a need to finally create a login and share what I heard tonight at a local venue. I can't tell you who told me because he/she is close to Mike (owner) of Riot Fest. The news is sad (at least to me), but apparently true. It looks like Mike from Riot Fest has had enough of Alderman Maldonado and is...

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I've been here a bunch of times before to just check what's going on in the neighborhood, but really felt a need to finally create a login and share what I heard tonight at a local venue. I can't tell you who told me because he/she is close to Mike (owner) of Riot Fest. The news is sad (at least to me), but apparently true. It looks like Mike from Riot Fest has had enough of Alderman Maldonado and is moving the festival out of the neighborhood. The person wouldn't tell me the exact reason why, but suggested BS politics that Mike's sick of playing with the Aldeman.

Have any of you heard anything of the sort? If any of you know him because he supposedly lives in the neighborhoid, please ask him?!?!?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I never thought that complaints about mud and grass and traffic would cause the people in power to give RF such a hard time when the same people do not complain about shootings, crimes and gangs over running HP during the other fest. Even when gangs shot people in the middle of the that fest years ago, these same people would not put them though what they are putting RF operators now. I wonder why?

  • Patrick S....looks like the Riot Fest link you provided that mentioned Humboldt Park has been taken down and replaced with something else. I imagine that's not a good sign. Hopefully that's not damage control so they can later claim they never promised it would be in Humboldt Park to avoid giving refunds to neighborhood residents who bought tickets because the shows are in the neighborhood.

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    It's not about one particular ethnicity LT Res, it's more about social-economic class.

  • anonomous1108 Not left or right. Call them as I see them.

    Rahm is a corporatist that is focused on having big buisiness rule the working class with an iron fist ! He's a bully he's a tyrant, he's a dictator and HE WILL LOSE !!!! Why because people see through his strong arm tactics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The people of chicago and now...

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    Rahm is a corporatist that is focused on having big buisiness rule the working class with an iron fist ! He's a bully he's a tyrant, he's a dictator and HE WILL LOSE !!!! Why because people see through his strong arm tactics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The people of chicago and now even outside of chicago and nationwide are seeing the importance of electing a person of for and by the PEOPLE. NOt Corporations.
    Rahm is a vengeful evil person and he will be stopped.
    The people see through his BS !
    Thats why after spending so many millions he could not get 50% plus one vote !
    Chuy we are with you ! White Black Latino ! a COALITION !!!!!!!!! Somthing the rich corporatist dont want to hear !
    Im waiting for the dirty tricks from Rahm !

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Dog Sitter Needed

Hello Neighbors. I live at Spaulding and Cortland. I have two male Chihuahuas and I am in desperate need of a sitter for March 16-20. My regular sitter, who is fantastic, and has sat my dogs for over 6 years, is unable to do so. Does anyone know of a responsible person whom can walk my dogs 3 times a day and feed them? The individual can stay in my apartment if need be.

Please call my cell phone: 312-852-8669
or email me: cztony@aol.com

I appreciate your neighborly help,

Tony Cz

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Residential Glass repair

Does anyone have a good recommendation of a local company recently used to repair interior window pane glass? Thanks!

  • M-nuff M-nuff

    We have used: All-American Glass Co @ 3309 W Irving Park - 773-262-6777. They replaced a double pane window in which the seal was broken and we had condensation between the glass panes. They offer a 5-yr warranty on the repair.

  • Thanks, was just looking for someone to do this.. :)

  • Me, too. They came out today and called back with an estimate.

37 hours ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Coffee at Western and Armitage?

I've noticed that one of the storefronts on Western (right across from Margie's) seems to be some sort of coffee shop? I've seen people in there a few times, but there isn't any signage. Does anyone know what's going on there?

5 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Mayoral race

Tomorrow I hope we take a step forward and get rid of Rahm, and elect Chuy for the city and Juanita Irizarry for the 26th ward

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Allen, why do you get to decide who are "the real people of Humboldt park / Logan square"?

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    Its justy opinion Jason. I choose to side with the boricua or the brother or the gringo who had been in the neighborhood since the 60s. Those are the real residents as far as I'm concerned. You don't have to follow my train of thought.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Apartments available?

Anyone know of any apartments available that accept dogs?

  • Hi ! I am a licensed Broker plus I live in Logan Square. I have access to avilable units that are dog-friendly. Just send me an e-mail: countrybernie@earthlink.net . . . thanks - Bernie . . . 773.354.1066

  • Hi Bernie.. It won't let me email you, please email me. Lenhart.becky13@gmail.com

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Doorbell Repair

Hey Everyone,

I am looking for recommendations for buzzer/doorbell repair or rebuild. We have an existing set up in place for a four unit building that hasn't worked in years, and I am wondering if any of you have had success with a specialist located in the area. It sounds like it could be pretty expensive, but all we are really looking for are working door chimes as opposed to electronic entry. Any ideas? Thanks everyone.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Norwegian American Hospital not shoveling their empty lots

Has anyone else noticed that Norwegian American Hospital, with all of their precious empty lots, forgets that shoveling the sidewalks around them is their responsibility? Everyone down our block does their best to keep up on shoveling but when you get to a hospital lot, the snow is either stacked high or the ice is packed thick and it becomes seriously dangerous. Of the city of Chicago website they say that businesses that do not shovel their property face a fine of $1000 a day. With the 10 or so properties the hospital owns that would seriously add up. If this isn't an isolated issue only on our block, should we all collectively complain to the city?

  • I posted a EB thread about this same problem a few weeks ago. I had luck getting some snow removed along the properties that I noticed by contacting the hospital through their website. Feel free to message me if you want the direct contact info.

  • Call 311 or report them on the city's snow removal reporting website

44 hours ago

Batavia Allstate Agent Recognized for Outstanding Volunteerism

Allstate agency owner David Rosenberg received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minn., where Rosenberg volunteers.

4 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Structural analysis of our home

Any ideas for someone to come analyze the structure of our home? Recently we have a few cracks along some kitchen wall seems and a few hardwood floor slats that seem to be slightly separating.

  • Thank you everone. This is super helpful.

  • Another vote for Clark Baurer. Our condo association worked with him, and were very pleased. He also lives in the neighborhood himself, so you would be supporting one of your neighbors.

45 hours ago

Lost Glasses

I think I may have lost my glasses somewhere near the intersection of Sawyer and Wrightwood.They're a pair of dark brown Rayban glasses that have a hint of blue on the inner frame. I'm worried they may have fallen into the snow or dropped while I was walking. If you happen to see them, please let me know!

45 hours ago

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Feb 20

Updated 47 hours ago

West Humboldt Safety

Hi all!!!

I was hoping some of you guys can help me out here -

I am considering a move to the area west of Humboldt Park. I have my eye on a place a couple of blocks South of Cemitas Pueblas (Le Moyne and N Central Park ish)

I'm a single male in my mid 20s, moving from the West Loop.

I've been told the area West of the park can get a little dangerous - what do you guys think? Is the neighborhood on the up and up or on the decline?

Thank you!!!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    If anyone here wants a laugh, check out the the "Mayoral Race" thread and read what a gang banger thinks about new people moving into HP.

  • Zourie- Go for it! I purchased a 3 flat greystone near Pierce & Spaulding 10 years ago. I was the first white owner on the block. Sure, there have been some moments here and there but that is mostly in the past. My neighbors are great, we help one another...

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    Zourie- Go for it! I purchased a 3 flat greystone near Pierce & Spaulding 10 years ago. I was the first white owner on the block. Sure, there have been some moments here and there but that is mostly in the past. My neighbors are great, we help one another with shoveling and look out for one another...that is what makes a good block. I recently purchased another property at Beach & Central Park and found a couple to rent it immediately. During the renovation I met some of the neighbors, who were very welcoming.

    Previous posters have it correct when they say get to know your neighbors & respect them. Once they see you want to not only improve, but live there and become part of the community they will welcome you with open arms.

    One thing I can suggest is to keep your trash cans on your property and bring them out to the alley the day before garbage/recycling pick-up. I learned about this the hard way...people dumping and filling both garbage & recycling with their junk.

    Good luck and I hope it works out for you!

2 days ago

Feb 16

Updated 2 days ago

Violent Parking lot scam in Logan square. Elston and Logan blvd.

This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were...

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This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were harassing me and seemed mad that I wouldnt pay 20$ to have a dent fixed. They were both very persistent and aggressive in nature. I decided to take a photo of them after they pulled away to give details on the plate to 311. At this point they reversed and rammed their car into mine hard and got out of their car. I honked and made a scene and they got back into the car and drove off. I feel like they were probably trying to rob me or steal my car. I went to the police station and they couldn't do anything since there was minimal damage to my car and I wasn't hurt, physically. The license plate was an expired temporary plate registered to a woman from the suburbs. I just want people to be aware of these guys. They seemed hard up,irrational and violent. It seemed like they had this scam down and it wasn't their first attempt. I'm glad people were around and it didn't escalate into anything worse. It was definitely a scary situation.

  • I understand not chasing the thief but the security guard could have at least assisted the lady -- see if she was hurt, take her inside, help her call the real police -- they should be trained to not just stand there and look puzzled.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Alley P nailed it.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Breaking the habit

A thank you to the majority of my neighbors on giving up on the parking dibs. For the remaining last few neighbs, we hope to win you over hopefully by next winter. :)

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

    I woke up to my neighbor shoveling the whole side of our street! That's how it should be. Non of this me first selfishness. Thanks for being a great neighbor Dave on richmond!

Feb 20

Updated 2 days ago

I Need a parking spot in west Humboldt park??

Anyone have a parking garage available in Humboldt park by Division and Homan Thank you

3 days ago

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Bickerdike Wins Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation won citywide recognition on February 17th for preserving and improving affordable rental units in Humboldt Park’s 1704 N. Humboldt Building at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago’s 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), the city’s premier forum for recognition of development projects.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    If they knew how Brickerdike was killing HP with the flood of low income housing like this building, they would not be giving them an award! Here is another huge tax exempt project on the boulevard that HP does not need. Do they know of the 48 unit project being...

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    If they knew how Brickerdike was killing HP with the flood of low income housing like this building, they would not be giving them an award! Here is another huge tax exempt project on the boulevard that HP does not need. Do they know of the 48 unit project being built on the boulevard just a few blocks south of this building? When do we have enough of this and the rest of the city can share this burden? I read two more low income projects are being built just blocks away, one along the Bloomingdale Trail on land that could made big tax money for the neighborhood. What award will they receive when they killed all private investment into HP?

  • I award Bickerdike and Hispanic Housing the award for "Biggest Profiteers" in the government housing development business. Both organizations build rental units and the cost per unit of these properties is upwards of $400,000 each!!!! Multiply it by the number of units and we are talking huge profits. They should be ashamed of themselves pocketing money that could truly help those in need.

3 days ago

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Catalytic Converter stolen last night - 2500 N Lawndale

Just a heads up. I'm planning on buying a new one and finding someone to weld it on. Any suggestions?

  • Happened to me..won't stop until the law 'they' talk about: must have the whole car, etc..or they 'get on' the places that buy them...enough already!!

  • I installed a Catclamp after mine was stolen in the fall and so far so good.

3 days ago

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Come say hi

Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about....

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Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about. We would love any help sharing our space and getting the word out.
Our website is here: http://www.thelaboratorychi.org and we keep our Facebook updated with class additions and news.
We are currently taking registration for upcoming student classes, and we are having an Open House this Sunday from 11-2.
We are really excited to start this, and we would love to meet you at our Open House!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

DNA Chicago re: Paseo Boricua Arts building

"Planning for the new Paseo Boricua Arts building started more than ten years ago, said Eduardo Arocho, executive director of Division Street Business Development Association."

Planning started 10 years ago. So, when exactly did the general public in HP first hear about it? And why is a business development association actively involved in a push for more non-profit buildings?

Makes me wonder if the nice little deli/grocer at Division and Washtenaw was shut down a couple years ago to hold room for yet another not-for-profit on Paseo Boricua. Rumor was the city shut it down for some type of violation. Anyone have any knowledge of the reason?

  • It was years ago and my details may be incorrect but the guy who was running it was affiliated in some way with cermak foods. I remember they had strange hours and it was hard to figure out when and why they'd be open. I think he'd said he had trouble with his coolers, lost a bunch of produce and then a few days later never reopened. Shame because it was a great little lunch spot to grab some ingredients. The area is really lacking in mid day options

  • It was only a few years ago, jwm, but yes, it was a nice little store that was not just another junk food convenience store that the neighborhood has a ton of. It was kinda strange as far as hours and what was going on, but I heard that the...

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    It was only a few years ago, jwm, but yes, it was a nice little store that was not just another junk food convenience store that the neighborhood has a ton of. It was kinda strange as far as hours and what was going on, but I heard that the city kept giving him problems for one thing or another and he couldn't stay open, which always made me think the neighborhood powers-that-be were putting the squeeze on the place. Now that I see what is taking over that spot, it just makes me think that all the more.

  • There is no conspiracy here, that building wasn't for sale back when he ran that shop. It was a good idea but never seemed to follow through with the concept. The Arts Building only got involved after other offers for the property fell through at least a year after there was any notion of fresh produce there. Anyway, let's have another store with fresh produce open up.

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