38 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Humboldt Park - Park management

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

  • Sonia Mercado Ruiz Sol Lucet

    I see Alderman Maldondo & his kid there at least twice per week! ¿Qué pasa?

  • Smith Park Advisory Council, (SPAC) smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

    Sonia, yes! Smith Park is part of the central district which incorporates, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Commercial Park, Ecker Park, and I believe Pulaski Park. The parks mentioned above all have Advisory Council's. Every park raises their own money for their specific programs which are not all the same for...

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    Sonia, yes! Smith Park is part of the central district which incorporates, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Commercial Park, Ecker Park, and I believe Pulaski Park. The parks mentioned above all have Advisory Council's. Every park raises their own money for their specific programs which are not all the same for each park. However, as president of Smith Park, Smith Park does not compete with the other parks, we support one another, share ideas and develop partnerships. I will say, garbage pickup is a major issue and some of our baseball diamonds. Sometimes we have the same issue as other parks, but since garbage pickup is contracted to an outside source, the best way to handle this issue is to email the complaint to the Chicago Park District Superintendent. Cc: your park supervisor and your advisory council president, this way downtown can revisit renewing the garbage vendors contract. Again, Cynthia is doing the best she can with the tools she has available to her. If anyone would like to receive any additional information, please feel free to contact me through this chain or visit our web at smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

    David

4 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Any bright ideas about how to complain about city subcontractors?

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

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

  • Sarah Marmor dachshundist

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

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3242 w Thomas st

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

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

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

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

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

38 hours ago

Adventurous Bickerdike Humboldt Residents host a Gardening Party

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

38 hours ago

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

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

4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

1050 N Spaulding

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

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

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Rockwell and LeMoyne disturbance 9:15p ish

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

  • Leigh CPS Teacher & Humboldt Park resident

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

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Humboldt Haus?

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

  • Squeak-O Your friendly neighborhood Gladys Kravitz.

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

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

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

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

Jun 06

Updated 2 days ago

success contesting speed camera citations?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    This is why protesting the ticket at AH is not enough. If AH dismisses the case; then the person who got the ticket should file a complaint with the department that manages/supervises the Red light Camera people.

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    This is why protesting the ticket at AH is not enough. If AH dismisses the case; then the person who got the ticket should file a complaint with the department that manages/supervises the Red light Camera people.

    If AH does not dismiss the case and you feel it is a wrong judgement; still complain to the department that manages/supervises the Red Light Camera people.

    Not sure if the Inspector General also handles this? Not sure if Procurement handles this? Not sure if CDOT handles this. Typically many departments can get involved.

    Chicagoans need to stand up and go after all the vendors who are abusive to us. Why should they get paid handsome salaries or lucrative contracts and then we suffer? We pay $$ but we also waste time, and we get angry.

    If a system is set up that exploites us; we need to fight back through the legal channels.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did everyone see the front page of the SUNDAY TRIBUNE? The Redflex camera scandal is gaining momentum. Lets hope some of these white collar criminals go to JAIL....why should corruption in Illinois and Chicago be so easily forgiven by the taxpayers who are being taken advantage of?????

    It is time for us to take a stand and put them in jail where they belong.

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gray and white cat, clipped ear

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

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

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

Jul 10

Updated 4 days ago

criminal sexual assault to a minor

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

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

  • me

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

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

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

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Jul 03

Updated 5 days ago

Suspicious activity?

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

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

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

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

  • Could be undercover looking for rapists in that area

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6 days ago

Fun Song about the 606 project

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

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

Jul 15

Updated 6 days ago

Giant Rat living in garage- safe removal?

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

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

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

  • urbaneden* happy in the city*

    :)

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Updated Jul 16

Are there bats in Humboldt Park?

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

  • meg

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

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

Jul 16

about 3242 w Thomas st

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

Jul 15

Updated Jul 16

Searching for an apartment in UKV/Humboldt Park/West Town/East Village area

Hello neighbors,

I'm searching for either a large 1 bedroom or preferably a 2 bedroom apartment somewhere in the range of Division/Grand/Sacramento/Wolcott type area.

Any leads? Must accept cats. Looking for August or September.

Thanks!
Melanie

  • BGK

    I have a 1 bedroom with a parlor at Washtenaw and Haddon. Message me if you're interested.

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Updated Jul 15

Found Cat

This sweet kitty spent quite awhile on our doorstep today near Rockwell and Augusta. He wasn't wearing a collar, but was very friendly and seemed well-fed. Just wanted to make sure he wasn't missing from someone. If he is, please let me know and I'll keep an eye out for him.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 15

Commercial vehicles on residential streets

Starting about 2 months ago, ARAmark began renting space on the former von Humboldt Child Parent Center building. (The building seems to still be zoned as a school, however, a business has moved in.) ARAmark vans crowd Rockwell making it difficult for residents and their visitors to find parking. This crowding goes on in spite of the fact that the school building ARAmark rents has 6-8 dedicated parking spaces in the rear.

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Starting about 2 months ago, ARAmark began renting space on the former von Humboldt Child Parent Center building. (The building seems to still be zoned as a school, however, a business has moved in.) ARAmark vans crowd Rockwell making it difficult for residents and their visitors to find parking. This crowding goes on in spite of the fact that the school building ARAmark rents has 6-8 dedicated parking spaces in the rear.

While stewing over this problem, I stumbled on the following information: Commercial vehicles, for instance those with a business logo, are permitted to park on residential streets only during regular business hours. It is illegal for commercial vehicles to park on residential streets after working hours or on holidays and weekends. Further, commercial renters—not the landlords!—are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of grounds and facilities of the properties they rent.

Residents of the area have worked hard to wrestle the streets from back from gang bangers and open air drug markets. Apparently now we must guard against insensitive corporate interests a well. <sigh>

  • Yep, they quickly cleaned the area immediately in front of, and adjacent to, the building. But, they did not clean entire area—the land includes the former school playlot and its parkway. It's confusing, I know, but the former playlot and its parkway are <school> property. I'm sure they would have...

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    Yep, they quickly cleaned the area immediately in front of, and adjacent to, the building. But, they did not clean entire area—the land includes the former school playlot and its parkway. It's confusing, I know, but the former playlot and its parkway are <school> property. I'm sure they would have no way of knowing unless someone mentioned it to them.
    I get that Aramark has a ton of sweetheart deals with CPS. In fact, they have contracts for much more than food service and maintenance. Glad you got a respectful response. Perhaps you can use your good will to drop a hint about commercial parking.

  • Mr. Humboldt resident. Humboldt Park resident.

    Just wondering, have you been by the cpc? What do you think of the play area now? How about the parking? Has it improved for you?

Jul 15

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