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44 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

Another Package Theft

At 2pm today a package was stolen from my front porch near Armitage and Sawyer.
I was able to get a look at the theives from behind as they walked out of the alley and onto Armitage Ave near Kedzie, and two women witnessed the theft.

They are wearing all black, head to toe. One man was black and the second hispanic, both about 5'6- 5'8.

UPS claims they left the package with someone, but they clearly did not.
BE CAREFUL and have packages sent somewhere else, especially for the holiday season.

  • Maz ethnic/cabaret accordionist, bungalow owner

    Liz, thank you for trying. I still think the dog excrement in the package trick would be a nice lesson to teach the thieves.

  • Liz...I suppose it's reassuring that your packages sat outside for 10 hours without being stolen. Is that the case?

26 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman

If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward on February 24, 2015 make your vote count. Your voice, your choice, your vote!
Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman.

  • Never !!!!!!!!!

  • He has my vote. Maldonado is a hypocrite. He proposes affordable housing but yet he is building fancy town homes on his own property. Why doesn't he build affordable housing on his own land? Oh thats right, he wants to make a profit.

  • A vote for Corona is a vote against not only Maldonado, but the whole apparatus that has been in charge of keeping Humboldt Parkers down. A Kickstarter to fund Adam Corona would be a great idea!

Nov 15

Updated 1 hour ago

Local Handyman

Looking to hire a local handyman for our 8 unit condo building. Light cleaning and general maintenance. Looking for recommendations from other small condo associations please.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Sounds good, Deb.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Hi Deb - I am one of your neighbors, live off the 55th street point, do a lot of activism regarding crime, garbage, quality of life issues.

    I would like to introduce my company's tub and tile restoration services to your Condo Association. We use state of the art equipment...

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    Hi Deb - I am one of your neighbors, live off the 55th street point, do a lot of activism regarding crime, garbage, quality of life issues.

    I would like to introduce my company's tub and tile restoration services to your Condo Association. We use state of the art equipment and highly trained workers to restore tub and tiles - make them look, function as new for less than 25% of the cost of even low end new tubs and tiles.

    Our service is perfect for Condo owners looking to rent or sell - as they need new looking tubs and tiles, new pain jobs, jew appliances etc.

    Could I make a presentation to your Condo Association?
    We are based in Hyde Park and use local HP/South Side workers.

    Regards,

    Sean
    Kiney Refinishing
    www.Chicagotubtile.com

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Loud construction

Do I have any say over the noise going on next door while they gut rehab a 2 flat grey stone? They are dropping doors from second stories onto the ground! We have a small child that needs to sleep during the day so I'm dreading the next couple of months.

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

    You're property values are going up. Look on the bright side...

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Unless they don't have a permit or are working outside of the allowed hours, you have to wait it out.

    Chicago Al - our neighborhood of new homes and massive additions have increased our property taxes.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

So, who went to the meeting last night? I did!

In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope...

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In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope the general public understand that this will be strictly for veterans and has nothing to do, for the most part, with single mothers or affordable housing for the general public. This is for veterans, which is admirable. My understanding is it will NOT be available for the general public to apply for housing. I hope the general public will understand this. I took notes at the meeting and recorded it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be 100 percent veteran housing.

  • Hpsince1970 Born and raised in Beautiful HP

    Humboldt writer u have a lot to say for someone who didn't go th the meeting. Who ever went to the meeting I applaud you. For those who are just trying to use this for a politcalplat form. SHUT UP!!!
    Why don't we talk about real things that are making...

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    Humboldt writer u have a lot to say for someone who didn't go th the meeting. Who ever went to the meeting I applaud you. For those who are just trying to use this for a politcalplat form. SHUT UP!!!
    Why don't we talk about real things that are making our neighborhood look very ugly. We have some empty lots in our neighborhood that need to fenced up per city ordinance. There is a lot on Kedzie and Division that is basically a parking Lot. Parked there is a crashed car and some sort of trailer. That lot needs to be fenced up. Then we have three lots on the corner of crystal and Spaulding. That makes that corner look horrible.

  • Glenn, I don't know what wins you're talking about with regard to Humboldt Neighbors. They totally lost. I heard they even turned off the microphones on the them at the Planning Commission. They were completely ignored.

    Humboldtwriter, you're right. They can't legally limit it to veterans due to Federal housing...

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    Glenn, I don't know what wins you're talking about with regard to Humboldt Neighbors. They totally lost. I heard they even turned off the microphones on the them at the Planning Commission. They were completely ignored.

    Humboldtwriter, you're right. They can't legally limit it to veterans due to Federal housing laws. This was spelled out at the meeting by Sylvia Michas, the development's attorney, yet some idiots still believe that this will be a 100% veterans housing.

    Tracey BB, you may smell a lawsuit, but nothing is going to happen. Do you know why? It's because Chicagoans are complacent in their fear. They aren't about change. They would rather close their eyes when the stuff hits the fan. They would rather run and hide than rock the boat.

    That said, the private sector may possibly hijack what the politicians are trying to do. With the arrival of more businesses in the area, i.e., the new taverns/eateries opening up on the corner of Augusta and California, this will also completely change the character of the neighborhood. And if Corona wins, he'll open the floodgates of commerce. Within four years, this part of Humboldt Park will be riddled with the kinds of shops the Gang of Four (López, Ocasio, Maldonado, & Roldán) fear will take away their stranglehold on the "community". Vote for Adam Corona so we can rid ourselves of the parasitical "Cuatro Gatos Locos" that are blocking the artery of progress that could be Division Street west of Western.

1 hour ago

Mitad Del Mundo. 2833 W. Armitage. Something happen last night?

Saw the police there last night...and this morning I see these signs. Curious if anyone knows what happened.

1 hour ago

Parson's new addition

Just thought some might like to see the addition at Parson's. To allow more seating in the winter.

2 hours ago

Logan Square daycare?

Any recommendations on daycare in Logan Square for an infant? Any experience with long wait lists?

20 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Moreno van (with signage) parked IN a bus stop..

and blocking 1/2 the only entrance to Food Smart.
I left a note ON the van and am trying to FAX a letter as I write this .
Doesn't matter if the blinkers were on..plenty of parking right there if he had looked!

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

    Oops.

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

    City workers are entitled to the perks we hardworking taxpayers can only dream of...

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Let's Get our Video Cameras Connected to CPD District/Cental Command

Being the IT Dept and administrator to the cameras that protect our Condo association since 2009, I have seen firsthand the power this tool has to solve crime. We've been subpoenaed twice and have produced useful video evidence for another dozen or so incidents over the last 5 years that all have helped make this community stronger. High ranking CPD Chief McNaughton has already successfully launched a pilot program in his previous position in Lawndale and we're very close to the reality where hiding from the law is no longer an option.

  • PR

    I work in law enforcement. The police and prosecutors will use any and all video. The defense attorneys might make a stink about video being tampered with but that rarely sticks if ever. The cops have forensic people to verify that the video hasn't been tampered with in. Get whatever system you can afford. Even crappy video is better than nothing.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Video cameras CAN be a valuable addition to one's security plan.

    But there is absolutely no point to connecting 10,000 20,000, 30,000 private security cameras to CPD. For CPD to respond based on one of the video feeds, personnel would have to SEE the ONE feed and recognize what was...

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    Video cameras CAN be a valuable addition to one's security plan.

    But there is absolutely no point to connecting 10,000 20,000, 30,000 private security cameras to CPD. For CPD to respond based on one of the video feeds, personnel would have to SEE the ONE feed and recognize what was occurring. How can anyone monitor the thousands of streaming images in real time? It is just not possible.

    I know we are hoping for a rapid - near instantaneous - police response as a crime is occurring, but we have to be realistic.

    BUT what is possible is for private individuals and businesses to install good quality cams and a recording system that does not overwrite itself in less that 2-4 weeks. Once the person becomes aware that a crime has occurred, notify CPD that your video recording might be of assistance in the investigation.

    And then, make the recordings immediately available to detectives.

    BTW, to be of maximum value, the cams should NOT be mounted so high that the only image they record is the top of a suspect's head/hoodie. They need to record facial images, so experiment with cam placement. And cams need light, perhaps infrared.

    Talk to security cam experts. I have a colleague who specializes in security cam systems. (The newest ones let you see what's happening IRT on your smart phone.) Email me if you want his contact information. There is nothing in it for me other than to get you helpful information.

    PR is 100% correct about admissibility. Tampering allegations are just desperate squeaks from defense attorneys. Forensic examination can prove that no tampering occurred.

26 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Looking for daycare in Logan Square

Hello,
Can anybody recommend a daycare in Logan Square? Also, not sure how far ahead I need to be checking places out. Friends have said there can be long wait lists, etc. but I'm not sure if that is everywhere in the city.... Thanks for any info!

  • Tara Merlo 8 year resident of West Logan Square

    I strongly recommend Educational Bilingual day care on St Louis ave, just north on Wrightwood. Our daughter is now fluent in Spanish from going there and they had the same loving staff for the 3 years my daughter went-- good luck and start now!

  • I take my son to Teeny Tiny home daycare near Barry and Kimball. She's like family to us, and it's a bilingual program as well. I can send you her number if you'd like!

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Did you see WBEZ's story on gentrification in Logan Square?

My colleague Chip Mitchell did an interesting story on how gentrification is affecting Logan Square. What'd you think of it? Did he miss anything?
http://www.wbez.org/news/real-estate-developer-hot-area-sees-bright-future-%E2%80%94-and-displacement-111231

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    @Carter: We might be on the same page about something:

    "The question becomes to what degree should zoning be used to encourage one form of land use over another. That's the tool in the City's toolbox, so to speak.

    Substantial zoning bonuses which will create brand new high rise towers...

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    @Carter: We might be on the same page about something:

    "The question becomes to what degree should zoning be used to encourage one form of land use over another. That's the tool in the City's toolbox, so to speak.

    Substantial zoning bonuses which will create brand new high rise towers in a neighborhood of lower-density historic architecture will encourage the settling of one economic class of people and the removal of another. [snip] The evidence is that we see shrinking populations of lower-middle class people raising families by the L stops in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lake View."

    I like that the TOD ordinance seems to be fueling proposals to build many units near transit station, but it may be building too many units than the community prefers.

    I'd like to see transit-oriented zoning used as a tool to also spur smaller, multi-unit buildings (2-4 flats, courtyard bldgs) by perhaps preventing low-density bldgs so close to transit.

    Across from Goethe elem. school is a huge parcel of land that's being turned into 7 single-family homes on Medill Ave. That's land near a good school & 3 blocks from the California station.
    http://j.mp/goethe_homes

    Zoning could have been used to require 2-4 unit buildings so that more families have a chance of benefiting from that location but instead the zoning district here makes building 2-4 unit residences on those parcels *illegal*.
    http://j.mp/zoning_singlefamily

    A "transit overlay district" would be something new to Chicago and could do away with the piecemeal zoning of differing densities, one right next to or mixed in with the other. You might see Bx-1 next to Cx-2 and then a Rx-4. Create concentric zoning circles that keep the density uniformly high nearest the train station and then drop off the further away you get.

    Here's a screenshot of the zoning that includes the California Blue Line station and the Goethe school houses (empty area northwest of the RM-5 zone).
    http://j.mp/goethe_zoning

  • Susan S. resident

    Until Chicago's zoning process is substantially changed, you will continue to have piecemeal zoning as each alderman exerts his "prerogative" and that's all a developer needs - 1 vote and the rest of the aldermen fall in line.

Jul 19

Updated 10 hours ago

Neighborhood Dog Barking Constantly

First - I love animals, which is why my main concern here is to help this dog.

The barking signals to me that the dog may be neglected (lack of attention (playtime, love, etc) from owner). Or could simply be lack of training and socialization, but this just goes back to neglect.

Morning, noon and night this dog barks and I think its been going on for over a year now. Honestly don't think or cant even fathom that I...

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First - I love animals, which is why my main concern here is to help this dog.

The barking signals to me that the dog may be neglected (lack of attention (playtime, love, etc) from owner). Or could simply be lack of training and socialization, but this just goes back to neglect.

Morning, noon and night this dog barks and I think its been going on for over a year now. Honestly don't think or cant even fathom that I am the only one tired of this.

I have been doing research online and I thought there was a Barking Dog Noise Ordinance, or some sort of Dog Barking nuisance law for Cook County/Chicago but I can not locate it?
I don't want to call animal control, but fear that Its my only option - plus after my research, is recommended.
Calling 311 or 911 isn't going to solve the problem. Asking the owner nicely to control the dogs barking will be taken care of first, I just want to make sure if things keep going south, I have the correct recourse.

  • Good luck. I used to have Scotties and it isn't typical for them to bark all the time. They are alert dogs that like to keep watch, and mine would bark when they saw people, but certainly not constantly.

    There may be an underlying behavior or health issue here. Dogs...

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    Good luck. I used to have Scotties and it isn't typical for them to bark all the time. They are alert dogs that like to keep watch, and mine would bark when they saw people, but certainly not constantly.

    There may be an underlying behavior or health issue here. Dogs with separation anxiety will bark constantly when left alone. Sometimes the owner's are not even aware of this issue until told by a neighbor.

    Another issue is senior dogs with dementia type issues can bark far too often. I have a 16 year old dog and in the last six months or so she has really increased her barking. She's having some doggie dementia type issues.

    Just wanted to mention a couple of these possibilities as may help the conversation w/ your neighbor.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I know this is an old post, but I have a neighbor with a pair of dogs that do not stop barking late into the night. Tonight I called the police and asked what they could do stop this noise? They replied, nothing. I asked why couldn't ticket them in...

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    I know this is an old post, but I have a neighbor with a pair of dogs that do not stop barking late into the night. Tonight I called the police and asked what they could do stop this noise? They replied, nothing. I asked why couldn't ticket them in accordance to the ordinance? They both looked at me like I was crazy and said there was no such ordinance. When I tried to explain, they said we'll look into it...yeah right! So what good are all of these ordinances, if the police won't abide to them because they don't even know they exist? BTW...it was a 24th district squad.

22 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

lost dog

Missing near Chicago n Pulaski. If seen email me @ galehethcoat@yahoo.com.com

25 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

The HHDC / veteran's building meeting before the planning commission

I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating...

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I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating this was absolutely not the case, and Maldonado knew this as well.

Then a group of 5 or 6 people opposed to the zoning change were allowed 3 minutes each. One gentleman, who also spoke at the community meeting, presented a very compelling argument simply asking that various questions about the project be answered before a vote was held. In fact, that is essentially what all opposed asked for – time to get answers to fair questions.
After this, a group of 5 or 6 people spoke on behalf of the project. The rather large gentleman at the community meeting who had his military uniform on and spoke repeatedly about “la familia” and “Hua”ing the crowd to get boisterous, spoke on behalf of veterans. He indicated that any delay in the vote would be a "life or death" issue for veterans. The rest of the speakers appeared to me either connected to a piece of this project or to the HHDC in general, or were simply against gentrification in terms of “more affordable housing” needed in Humboldt Park.

Alderman Burnett then stated how valuable our veterans are and how needed this is, as well as how the one in his ward is a great addition. Again, this all appeared planned in advance.

A vote was then taken which appeared to be unanimous. Despite receipt of the brief of the housing association, NOT ONE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF MR. ROLDAN, ALDERMAN MALDONADO OR THE ATTORNEY MS. MICHAS. Not. One. Single. Question.

  • It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with...

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    It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with the community here, or if it was, was it only with the PR community? Mr. Corona, if you win, will you seek the positions of neighborhood groups BEFORE a political deal has already been made? Alderman Maldonado again indicated all questions of the community were answered – when exactly were the questions asked of Mr. Roldan of how much his company Tropic will make in profit on this job, and of why it cannot be GUARANTEED that this housing serves ONLY veterans for the 99 year lease, answered? Oh, that’s right, they weren’t answered at all. . . . . .
    Finally, I HATE the fact that I know many hispanics in the community are going to question those opposed to this project as to their loyalty to the military veterans, as well as to those in OUR community who truly need affordable housing. I ASSURE you that that is not the case. It is easy to push projects that are for "seniors" or "veterans" or "children" - all I can say is go back to aesop's fables . . . . . a wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. ASK FAIR QUESTIONS OF AUTHORITY, PEOPLE!! It's your duty as citizens of this country in creating community

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long....

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    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long. His direct quote was " If I get elected I will represent the community, and that means consulting with the community. The current Alderman has forgotten who elected him and has put too much attention into his own personal interest and the interest of private developers. I would put policy before politics, because that's what this community needs"

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Furniture donation and pick up

I have some friends looking to donate furniture and need it picked up by the end of this weekend. They have asked a bunch of places, including Salvation Army. No one has been able to pick up this week. Any suggestions of maybe some more obscure organizations that would do this and need furniture?

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Yet another package stolen

Hi all,

Just wanted to give a heads up, had a package stolen from my porch on the 3200 block of W. McLean Ave. FedEx tracking number states "left on porch" at 11:26 am. I got the mail at noon, nothing there.

We generally request packages to have signature on delivery, however this was a gift sent from my in-laws (actually the last package they shipped went missing as well). I work from home, doorbell never rang.

I filed a police report, had FedEx run a "trace", etc.

If you happen to see this fancy ottoman hanging out in a nearby alley give me a shout I guess!

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/garrettdoublestorageottomanwithtraysideottomans.cfm

Thanks!

  • FedEx will hold your packages at any of their locations without a fee. I usually have mine held at the Kinko's in Division and it's very easy to pick up as they are open late and on weekends. UPS is not nearly as flexible unfortunately

  • But there is a UPS at the corner of Californai and Armitage, in the shopping center.

27 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Questions re Veterans Housing

1. Is this a done deal?
2. When is the facility projected be open for business?
3. Will February's alderman elections affect this project?
4. What can the citizenry do to impact this project?

  • Gently place your head between your legs.

    Fold your hands over your head.

    Kiss your sself.

    Emerge for the February 24th 2015 Aldermanic election and vote for different leadership.

42 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

New Art Materials Reuse Center on California and Walton

Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right...

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Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right now to kickstart our workshop and educational programming, so we can support local schools and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get creative. We're a very shoestring enterprise, and even small donations are very much appreciated! Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-wasteshed-a-creative-reuse-art-center

We are open to the public 11-6, Wednesday-Saturday. Hope you can stop by!

  • I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or...

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    I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or if it even was a storefront.. perhaps investing in some "come on in!" signage or something like that, may help your cause? Although, I drive past early in the morning before you're open, so perhaps it looks a little different during the day.

    Regardless, sounds like a very cool endeavor and I wish you guys luck!

Dec 11

Updated 26 hours ago

Maldonado trying to sneak through another deal to strong hold Humboldt Park and take tax dollars.

Four-story building low income housing is getting green-lit in Humboldt Park without community input despite being a proposal that would permanently "change the dynamic of the neighborhood."

Read the full article for more information. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141211/humboldt-park/humboldt-park-veterans-housing-proposal-draws-mayoral-backing-mudslinging?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=5492efe360-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-5492efe360-172450769

ONLY chance for your voice to be heard Dec. 17 at the Humboldt Park field house, 1400 N. Sacramento Blvd. at 5:30 p.m.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I say, take it to MICHIGAN AVE...or one of the UPSCALE neighborhoods who need to take their fair share of lower income people.

    Already San Francisco is having too many problems because the rich are displacing everyone.

    Chicago is headed the same direction. The only way to STOP insanity is to file civil rights lawsuits.

  • If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward please like Adam Corona's Facebook page. Your voice, your choice, your vote.On February 24, 2015 make your vote count!

    https://www.facebook.com/AdamCoronafor26?pnref=story

27 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Rain Barrel Setup

Hi Neighbors,

Does anyone have a rain barrel? If so, I would love to see your setup or just ask some questions. Please post here or PM me.

Thanks!

  • You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in...

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    You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in the 'burbs: http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=3528

    Finally - you need a diverter so the downspout stops water when all the barrels are full....the downspout should just run into an area of your yard where you can plan water-loving plants like these: http://www.prairiemoon.com/native-plants-for-lakeshore-wetland-restoration/

    Our yard is completely full of prairie plants, whose roots go down 6-8 feet. Our downspouts are all disconnected. Doesn't cause us any problems at all...you just have to plan for it and we save a bunch of money watering our gardens because of the rain barrels.

    If you need any help planning this out, drop a note and I'm happy to share what I know!

  • Ack! Sorry, that rain calculator should be this address: http://save-the-rain.com/

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park (+)

On the pillars at the garden area with the buffalo couple (which my dog thought were 'real' the first time we walked there) is now a bright pink heart with 'It's a Girl' painted in the middle. It would be so interesting to find out what that 'story' is about......

34 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bloomingdale Pathway

I was thinking about that pathway yesterday. What's the update on it?

4 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Housecat went missing last night

Hey all! Were on the 1800 block of N Francisco Ave and our domestic short-hair-loveable-mutt of a cat named Captain Falcon went missing late last night.

He's the guy on the left in the attached photo. Please let me know if you see him. He extremely friendly (and fat) and has never been outside before!

  • Go out and call him when the area is quieter. If it's dark, take a flashlight; take the catnip or the treat container. When you call him, listen for his response. Put your scented socks by your gates. Walk in all directions if your house, also putting your scent out there for him.

  • Fellow 1800 N Francisco block here. We'll keep an eye out for him!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Who is going to attend the meeting tonight, regarding the proposed veteran's building?

The more people involved, hopefully the more thoroughly all opinions can be taken into account. This means everyone, all ethnicities, all opinions.

  • How does that big of a mistake happen? To overstate costs by 65%? It seems to be a little bit more than a rounding error.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Today is the PUBLIC HEARING. Don't forget to go.
    The neighbors around the hospital dropped off a BRIEF at Alderman Maldonado's office yesterday before the Community meeting. You can read it here: www.humboldtparkhousing.com

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Maldonado: Opposition to Veteran Housing 'Sounding Like Racist' Comments

http://dnain.fo/1IXS2xQ

Maldonado is beginning to sound a little desperate, making these baseless accusations publicly. I think someone knows he might be in trouble come February. It took citizens coming together to root out these back door deals which were right in front of us the whole time.

HUMBOLDT PARK — A proposal to build affordable housing for veterans in Humboldt Park continues to stir opinion, with the local alderman recently calling some comments by opponents on socal media racist.

  • Same tricks, different development.

    Bait and switch, steal and twitch.

    Politicians LOVE no-bid contracts so that they can hand fat-cat deals to their buddies. Buddies then return the favor. Maldonado needs this project to go through so he can fund his re-election and dirt-throwing campaign to buy false advertisement to try to make up for his lousy management of the Ward.

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    East Humboldt Neighbor, that figures it comes from Mayor Rahm-A-Dama-Ding-Dong's office. They change the rules and the numbers so many times even Einstein couldn't keep track. Humboldtwriter, only the names change, but it's the same game. Politics is the art of BS.

Jul 28

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

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

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cram writer

    Meg - not sure why, but our DMs aren't going through. Can you email me at cram@plateonline.com, so we can coordinate meeting? Thanks!

  • meg

    Thanks Cram - emailed you. If anyone wants to contact me, looks like DMs aren't working. Just email me at meaghan.olson@gmail.com. Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bring the Chicago Foodseum to Logan Square

Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

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Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

The location has not been decided, but I immediately thought Logan Square would be the perfect location, with all the new restaurant activity, fantastic farmer's market, and plans for a future rare-fruit orchard.

After pledging my support, I emailed my thoughts to their executive director, Kyle Joseph, who personally wrote me back to thank me. He said that they are "big fans" of LS and they have been keeping an eye out there, and agreed that LS would be a great fit. He encouraged me to pass along the word in the neighborhood and said he would be happy to speak to fellow residents and supporters.

If you like this idea, please pass it along, donate to the campaign, and email the museum founders and organizers that you would love for Foodseum to come to Logan Square!

  • LD

    Agreed, I have nothing against the idea of the museum (I'd def visit out of curiosity), I just wouldn't invest in it as I am doubtful of its sustenance. Ditto for the juice bar (if the profit margins actually float the juice bar for a while, it will close as soon as the craze dies down, vitamixes get cheaper, or another, less expensive juice bar opens), although I think there's a big difference b/t restaurant/retail and hospitality/entertainment and not sure the 2 are comparable.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    There's of course nothing wrong with people having opinions. There is however a special place in hell for those who comment negatively on web stories/projects, etc they didn't even bother to visit before forming said opinions.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

A Must Read regarding the newest Subsidized Housing Project in H.P.

I have seen many posts on this topic in the last few weeks, but this page gives the most comprehensive info about the 6 -story building being proposed on the land owned by Norwegian American Hospital. Please read it if you want. Or not.

http://www.humboldtparkhousing.com/humboldt-politics/

  • First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as...

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    First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as it is according to code(ie no zoning changes) and my tax dollars don't have to pay for it.

    I think most people have seen the race-baiting show in the media recently and realize that when somebody uses the term "racist" it is because they have already lost the intellectual argument.

    But if anybody that is hiding behind a pseudonym wants to introduce themselves to me face to face, we can discuss our differences at that time.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    fighting the good fight: Your posts are painful to read. Just stop already.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Bone Marrow Match Drive Tuesday 12/16 for Cop with Leukemia

Bone Marrow Drive TUESDAY 12/16 at 14th District Chicago Police Station, 2150 N California @ Shakespeare. 12 Noon - 6 PM
Police Officer BLANCA MAGALLON, 43 yr old mother of 4 daughters, needs match for bone marrow transplant in her battle with leukemia. Quick cheek swab, no needles. Flyer (attached jpg) from Ward 1 enewsletter

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Two young pit bulls loose on the block

My husband and I just got off the Fullerton bus at Lawndale and two young pit bulls ran up to us and followed us to our door and tried to come home with us. They were friendly, and looked like they were being taken care of, but no collars or tags. I reported their location to 311 in case anyone is looking for them.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

acupuncture and chiropractor?

Is there a Logan square facility that offers both services at the same location that anyone would recommend.? I have both arthritic and alignment issues going on but limited time (and $) to deal with both.

  • Sage Community Health Collective is an amazing place. They do fantastic acupuncture and they also have massage and other things, though I am not sure about chiro. Anyway, they have a wonderful mission that these services should be available to everyone, so they work on a sliding scale. If you do community acupuncture (which is a quiet room with several people getting it at once - it's not as weird as it sounds at ALL) - it's even less. I went there for several months and loved it. http://sagecommunityhealth.org/

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park++

This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the...

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This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the other is a special needs adult who I do not believe can speak. I always say 'Hello' and the special needs lady released her companion's hand to give me a hug...a nice big hug.

Then she started to cry. Large tears. I said "Please don't be sad" and her companion said "Oh, she cries when she is happy." I said 'Well, then just keep hugging and I'm glad you are happy'.

If you see them in the park, please do say 'Hello' (Hugs are optional...)

  • I bet you saw a Coopers Hawk. One flew into our backyard a few years back so I did a little research to identify the species. It might have been 2 ft. but in a little Chicago backyard, it looked like a giant Condor.

  • I saw a hawk that fits the description in my yard a few days ago.

  • i have seen that hawk a few times… it really looks like massive compared to the other birds around there...and I am pretty sure I have seen what is left of the rabbits/pigeons it destroys… looks like a small explosion of feathers & fur in the middle of the field, with nothing else around…

    the hawk i saw had quite a bit of white on it, so the coopers hawk looks to be it

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Yet another missing cat

My neighbor's cat went missing. The cat's name is Pilar. She is a small, brownish-black, sweet little kitty and she escaped this morning from the cat sitter's in the vicinity of Logan Blvd and Western. Pilar normally resides in Palmer Square near Belden and Milwaukee. I don't have a picture to post.

If anyone spots her, please let me know. Thanks!

Dec 06

Updated 3 days ago

Coming soon to Diversey and Richmond

This new bar and restaurant maybe a great addition to Logan Square. I have heard several different explanations as to just what it might be, stay tuned.

  • "A large ham selection will hang from behind the bar, and every guest, whether ordering a glass of wine at the bar or sitting down for a meal, will get a complimentary wooden board with a handful of fresh slices of meat like prosciutto or Spanish-style jamon with some pickles."
    How cool...

  • sounds interesting, I wish them success.

4 days ago

The Twelve Sites of Social Security

Back by popular demand is our holiday favorite, “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It’s inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a holiday favorite since 1780. Play it again, Santa! 

4 days ago

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Dec 11

Updated 4 days ago

New Project In Old Zacetecas Restaurant?

Anyone know what's going in the old Zacetecas restaurant space on Diversey in Logan? Yes, yes, I know. Probably a bar or restaurant. Just curious what people or groups are involved.

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