26 hours ago

Updated 17 min ago

Just voted for Chuy

At Humboldt Park Library. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. early voting is now.I don't want to hear any complaining if Rahm wins the election and you did not come out to vote. just like Bruce rauner is cutting all the social programs because we did not come out to vote. let's put a stop to that practice tag you're it!!!

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

  • Read much? "In July 2011, a month after hail—golf-ball-size and larger—demolished 13 greenhouse roofs at the Garfield Park Conservatory". Last I checked July is the month after June.

  • Nick South Logan / North Humboldt

    The Garfield Park Conservatory is a treasure that many in this city miss out on. It's so exciting to see it restored and hope that the investment in this park does not stop here.

8 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Save the Humboldt Park Beach!

Please sign and share this! The lagoon is an important part of our community, and it's opening is again in limbo, for the 3rd year in a row.

Why the lagoon is so important, it cools us off in summer, it is actually cleaner than the lake, it is fun and it provides one of the few places where all the diverse groups that make up our community get together in harmony.

https://www.change.org/p/mike-kelly-patrick-levar-alderman-roberto-maldonado-alderman-joe-proco-moreno-save-the-humboldt-park-beach?recruiter=7702648&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-reason_msg

  • C. McGill Goethe Parent & Volunteer, LS resident since 2003

    This seems to happen every year. Why do they do keep threatening to get rid of it?

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    Because of Rahm

  • We need to budget our city funds. Sacrifices need to be made. There are several public pools to cool off and liter at.

2 hours ago

Now fixing Plaza Taino's "Sick Building Syndrome" Hipolito Roldan, President of HHDC.

Plaza Taino has what is called "Sick building syndrome" which means that the elderly residents get health problems from living in the building. The health problems are caused by bad indoor air quality. In the case of Plaza Taino the unhealthy air quality is the result of bad building materials and the absence of a ventilation system that brings fresh air into the building while removing bad air. The elderly residents spend time in their apartments breathing unhealthy air without...

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Plaza Taino has what is called "Sick building syndrome" which means that the elderly residents get health problems from living in the building. The health problems are caused by bad indoor air quality. In the case of Plaza Taino the unhealthy air quality is the result of bad building materials and the absence of a ventilation system that brings fresh air into the building while removing bad air. The elderly residents spend time in their apartments breathing unhealthy air without any exchange of air. To rectify this problem, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation will install a modern heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system throughout the entire building.

Hipolito Roldan, President of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation has expressed that there is now plenty of money to go around as the 65th Infantry Boringueneers housing project's finances been approved. There will be possible to free some finances to install the needed ventilation system. It was the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation that built the building and it was Hipolito Roldan who made the decision not to install a HVAC system when constructing the elderly low income building project.

Sick, elderly residents look forward to some fresh air.

Feb 24

Updated 5 hours ago

  • LT Res Long Time Chicagoan

    Allen has finally revealed his true self. As if we didn't already know! Obviously Allen is a mutation of a MUCH weaker gene pool. Allen, I am sorry but there is nothing you can do to reverse the so-called hand that you have been dealt.

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    You through rambling LT

6 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Community Orginizing

CAPS- There is an in-place, staffed , and institutionally connected structure, very local to you, that has a regular meeting time & place. It tends to be safe & neutral across race, culture, and economics. The Community Policing program. This is a VERY good place to start. Meet some neighbors that are not in your circle of acquaintances, and may be very different from you. Get a sense of who is involved in your immediate community. Hear some of the...

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CAPS- There is an in-place, staffed , and institutionally connected structure, very local to you, that has a regular meeting time & place. It tends to be safe & neutral across race, culture, and economics. The Community Policing program. This is a VERY good place to start. Meet some neighbors that are not in your circle of acquaintances, and may be very different from you. Get a sense of who is involved in your immediate community. Hear some of the concerns prevalent around you. A good place to ask for help and about resources. I have found this an excellent place to organize clean-ups and block clubs out of.

CLEAN UPS- This has been the number one way of starting to get neighbors together, in my experience. Sponsored cleanups (like the April 18th park cleanup), are an excellent way to begin. Then, when you have a group (it does not need to be large, 3-4 can do it), You can focus on a specific location (block, corner, vacant lot, etc);

Here is what we used to do:
We would identify a block to work on and with.
We would find one or two folks on that block who were interested in working with us.
A date would be agreed on for the cleanup (usually starting mid-to-late morning on a Saturday)
Flyers would be made up and distributed door-to-door on the block.
Streets and Sans would be contacted to provide brooms, rakes, shovels, garbage bags etc.
The beat sergeant, CAPS, etc were made aware.
Hotdogs, fixings, chips, and pop were purchased.

On the day of the clean-up, we would bring the cleaning supplies (and food for later); and start from one end of the block cleaning curbs, gutters, parkways, fence lines (under front yard fences) , and vacant lots (sometimes only superficially), and slowly work our way down the block.

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    At this point, there would be NO ONE from the block participating. usually, not even the folks we had contacted to set up the date with. In the beginning, that used to make me very frustrated; but I eventually got over it, as I saw what the dynamics were. As...

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    At this point, there would be NO ONE from the block participating. usually, not even the folks we had contacted to set up the date with. In the beginning, that used to make me very frustrated; but I eventually got over it, as I saw what the dynamics were. As we worked our way down the block, someone at some point would come out and sweep a little on their own front stairs. A few more folks might get involved. More people would be out front and we would exchange greeting and light conversation. Kids would come out and start asking about food (lunch had been mentioned on the flyers).
    One/some of us would start setting up a table for the lunch stuff near the other end of the block. We usually set up a grill to heat the hotdogs. The kids would be much more visible. We would make it clear that there would be food for all, as soon as we were done cleaning. By this time, more folks would be cleaning their own parkway & front yards, and some where bring out garbage cans and getting more involved with the general cleanup and with us.

    We finish up the cleaning, and everyone eats together, standing around the food & grill, talking.
    Often block or neighborhood issues would come up.
    We would see if there was interest in having a block meeting.
    If so, we would identify a good place to hold it- usually not someone's home. Someplace more neutral/public than that, and folks really were not comfortable letting neighbors they did not know well into their home. Folks were also not usually comfortable broadly sharing their phone numbers.
    Usually we would be able to identify one or two people willing to be block captains.
    The next event to be planned might be a meeting, but it might be another clean-up. Perhaps focusing on a vacant lot.

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    I learned this in beat 1423, from & with some very capable organizers. We eventually used this to create many block clubs, re-vitalize the United Neighbors of East Humboldt Park community group; and went on to get funding, staff, and volunteers to run an after school program at Von Humboldt school with GED, ESL, computers, and a steel drum band. I made a lot of good friends, with a variety of backgrounds.

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    In earlier EB threads, there seemed to be an interest on the part of some to learn more about how to get neighbors together, develop block clubs, etc. I wrote then that I would try to share on this topic as spring became more of an actual possibility, rather than...

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    In earlier EB threads, there seemed to be an interest on the part of some to learn more about how to get neighbors together, develop block clubs, etc. I wrote then that I would try to share on this topic as spring became more of an actual possibility, rather than a vague hope for the distant future :) . While there is snow on my deck outside my bedroom sliders as I write this, spring does finally seem close at hand- so here goes with some of the things that I have found effective [in the far distant past :) ]

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3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

The moment every parent in Humboldt Park parent dreads - The Chicago Public Schools letter

Please read my article from my blog on our reaction to the letter we received yesterday concerning our "acceptance" into the Chicago Public School for 2015-2016.

https://charliebillups.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/chicago-public-schools-night-of-dread-school-lottery-letter/

  • We went through this last year. Got into 1 school, on the wait list for about 30 others (SEL, lottery, private). By the time it was all said and done we got into 1 private, 2 charter and 3 (I think) CPS. We ended up going with Rowe Elementary in Noble Square and could not be happier. They are still accepting applications for next year through mid-April, so I'm happy to share more info if anyone is interested. Good luck to all of you. I remember how stressful this was!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Attend an LSC meeting at any school you are considering

28 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Moving Boxes

We have about 20+ moving boxes - all sizes. Pick-up only - free to a good neighbor!

  • Hi Nicole, I need boxes can you email me so we can meet up.

  • shelia Naprapath / Chiropractor

    I too need boxes. I just posted the request. What is your location? Thanks

15 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Package Delivery Question/Offer

Hey everyone,

I have seen several comments lately about packages delivered by FedEx or UPS being stolen. I figured I would throw this out in case anyone is interested.

Long story short, I'm disabled and home most of the time. If anyone ever has an important or valuable package they need delivered, I would be happy to have you deliver it to my home and I could make sure it's taken care of until you can come by and get...

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Hey everyone,

I have seen several comments lately about packages delivered by FedEx or UPS being stolen. I figured I would throw this out in case anyone is interested.

Long story short, I'm disabled and home most of the time. If anyone ever has an important or valuable package they need delivered, I would be happy to have you deliver it to my home and I could make sure it's taken care of until you can come by and get it.

Don't know if this is a crazy idea, but for what it's worth I thought I would offer. Of course, I wouldn't ask for anything in return. Just wanna be a good neighbor. However, I have never been known to turn down pie. So if a slice of something showed up, I wouldn't say no, but it's not required!

If I could be of help with this, please feel free to reach out to me via this post or at my cell (312.four nine three.1333). I live on the 1700 block of N. Kimball Ave, just off the corner of North and Kimball.

Oh, I'm also a photographer, so if you ever need that service, let me know!

Please forgive me if anything I have posted here violates any rules of EveryBlock.

Thanks!

Matthew

  • leah wp leah in wicker park

    I LOVE this. Neighbors helping neighbors is the best.

  • Community and working together to make our schools and neighborhoods better for all.

28 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

West Side Slow Roll Into Spring: Exploring Our Communities

Fun for the whole family! Spring is here and it is a perfect time to explore our community on a Slow Roll Bike ride through Humboldt Park.

  • I first heard of Slow Roll through the BWB Community Grant program. Pretty cool stuff!

43 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Humboldt Park Earth Day Clean-up Saturday April 18TH

Join your neighbors in cleaning our beautiful park and making it ready for a summer of use. The Humboldt Park Earth Day Clean-up is sponsored by Friends of the Park, and has been going on for over 20 years. This year the event is on Saturday April 18TH, starting at 9AM.
You can show up as an individual and sign up on that day, or you can sign up your group in advance and clean a specific area.
Tools will...

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Join your neighbors in cleaning our beautiful park and making it ready for a summer of use. The Humboldt Park Earth Day Clean-up is sponsored by Friends of the Park, and has been going on for over 20 years. This year the event is on Saturday April 18TH, starting at 9AM.
You can show up as an individual and sign up on that day, or you can sign up your group in advance and clean a specific area.
Tools will be provided, but it's always a good idea to bring your own gloves if you have them - the event goes on rain or shine so dress appropriately.
If you want to hear more in person, come to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council (HPAC) meeting on Thursday March 26th at 6:30PM at the Fieldhouse. Or email questions to hpac60622@gmail.com

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47 hours ago

St. Joseph Services Ofrece Clases Gratuitas de Inglés y de Computación

Si usted o alguien que conoce está buscando mejorar su inglés o refinar sus destrezas de computación, no dude en registrarse para las clases que se ofrecerán en St. Joseph Services y que empezarán el 13 de abril del 2015.

2 days ago

Fellowship Connection is HIPP

Fellowship Connection has partnered up with LULAC and the Walmart Foundation through the Hispanic Integration Project (HIPP) to assist in creating positive change from within Hispanic Communities by providing various FREE immigration services to low-income, Spanish-dominant and underserved Latinos including outreach/education; ESL, history, and civic classes;naturalization application assistance; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival application assistance; and Family-based application assistance. 

2 days ago

Ace the FAFSA Application with These Tips

Financing a college education has become a critical component in making higher education a possibility for most families. Through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), colleges around the country determine the amount of financial aid they will award to students. To assist students through the application process Ombudsman Chicago, in conjunction with Ladder Up hosted a series of FASFSA workshop. Ladder Up provided students and parents with step-by-step FAFSA direction and advice, including the tips below. Check them out to ensure a smooth and easy FAFSA application process.

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Mar 15

Updated 2 days ago

LOST DOG - Maltese Yorkie - (Spaulding/North Ave.)

Abby is a 10lb Morkie with more prominent yorkie features in her face, but a consistent sandy/tan coloring throughout.

She went missing on Thursday 3/12 at Spaulding and North Ave., but was reported seen 3/15 in the morning at Kimball and North and then in the early evening at Sawyer and Wabansia by two different people.

I spent hours and hours searching and calling, but didn't see her myself.

If it was her, she is trailing around a small dark...

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Abby is a 10lb Morkie with more prominent yorkie features in her face, but a consistent sandy/tan coloring throughout.

She went missing on Thursday 3/12 at Spaulding and North Ave., but was reported seen 3/15 in the morning at Kimball and North and then in the early evening at Sawyer and Wabansia by two different people.

I spent hours and hours searching and calling, but didn't see her myself.

If it was her, she is trailing around a small dark colored dog about the same size as her. She is still approaching people and seems to be staying in the general vicinity. We haven't lived here long so she doesn't know the area well.

Thank you for all your help.

315-391-8432

  • MelA everyday average person

    Fuarain
    The post was shared on my closed group from another closed group so they won't let me share it but I have messaged them and asked that they post it to that page. Thanks and good luck Tara. Sorry this one wasn't the one. :-(

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    Thanks, MelA, I don't know sometimes why people think sharing lost pets to a closed group would be a good idea.

3 days ago

Logan Blvd/Milwaukee - Hit and Run (2 SUVs)

Interested if anyone witnessed an accident Sunday, 3/22/15, around 2 pm? A light blue Kia hit another SUV and sped off without exchanging information. Would greatly appreciated any witness info.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Loose Pitbull, no tags, near Potomac and Spaulding

Hello all,
Found this pitbull running around loose near Potomac and Spaulding while walking my dogs. He ran over to us, but was not aggressive towards my friendly dogs. Wearing a collar but no tags. Hustled him over to the unofficial "dog park" lot so he doesn't get run over. Anyone know his owner?

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Mar 09

Updated 6 days ago

37th Ward Aldermanic and Mayoral Candidate Forums Prior To the 4/7 Run-Off Election

37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language....

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37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30pm West Side Aldermanic Candidate Forum at 5730 W. Division St., Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council.

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held...

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    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30pm West Side Aldermanic Candidate Forum at 5730 W. Division St., Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council.

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5730 W. Division St., will feature these candidates, organizers say:
    ◾24th Ward: Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott Jr.
    ◾29th Ward: Ald. Deborah Graham and Chris Taliaferro
    ◾37th Ward: Ald. Emma Mitts and Tara Stamps
    For more information about Wednesday’s forum, call (773) 379-7961 or email nac5730@sbcglobal.net
    FROM:http://austintalks.org/2015/03/west-side-aldermantic-candidates-invited-to-forum-wednesday/

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    New 37th Ward Forum on Mon 3/24 6:30-8pm, (doors open at 6pm) Lafollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie, SEE:http://austintalks.org/2015/03/what-do-you-want-to-ask-the-candidates/

Mar 20

Updated 6 days ago

Black pit bull with white markings wandering Wabansia by Central Park and further west.

I was walking my dog near Wabansia and Central Park and a sweet and timid adult male pit bull, mostly black with some white marks walked right up to us. He was very friendly with my dog (tried getting a little too friendly if you know what I mean), and seemed frightened of me but warmed up eventually. He had a collar but no leash. I have seen him around two other times on my street but this was the...

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I was walking my dog near Wabansia and Central Park and a sweet and timid adult male pit bull, mostly black with some white marks walked right up to us. He was very friendly with my dog (tried getting a little too friendly if you know what I mean), and seemed frightened of me but warmed up eventually. He had a collar but no leash. I have seen him around two other times on my street but this was the first time I really got a good look at him. He doesn't seem skinny but he's filthy. I'm assuming he lives outside if he has a home. Any idea where he belongs. I would hate for him to get hit by a car. I was trying to get him to follow us all the way home but then he stayed back a few blocks before I got home. Next time I walk my dogs I am going to bring an extra leash and my phone to maybe get a photo of him. If you know anything about this dig let me know. I don't think it is too uncommon for dogs to get out in this neighborhood. Sad :(

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    Call 311 so they can send an animal control officer to look for him. If his people are keeping him outside and letting him roam the streets they aren't ready for the responsibility of having a dog.

Mar 17

Updated Mar 20

Alderman Moreno says Humboldt Park needs a new school in building that housed two closed schools

Proco Joe is at it again, this time saying he'd like the Puerto Rican Cultural Center to operate a new school, in the 26th Ward!. Like Maldonado, he's trying to push the Lopez-Roldan agenda and spend ungodly amounts of tax-payer money on self-interest projects that will line their pockets.
More rampant corruption and twisted politics. Both Moreno and Maldonado may have won the recent elections, but just narrowly.
Read more about it:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/447623/alderman-says-humboldt-park-needs-new-school-building-housed-two-closed-schools

  • EastHumboldtNeighbor resident since 07

    I don't know many teachers (outside of a few select nuns or Jesuits) who want to live upstairs from the teacher's lounge. Sounds like prison.

  • ChiPhi 10-year EHP resident.

    @Muskateer: I think my Smiley Face failed to convey my sarcasm (re: Smith Park) but if you read through what I wrote in this context, it aligns with the same concerns you write about. Including engaging and holding the Alderman to task which we have initiated beyond an EB post.
    No one is arguing here. Cheers.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Family activities for next week?

A friend of mine is visiting from Fl. all next week with her 3 young kids. I have a 3 month old and am looking for suggestions on family fun stuff to do. Any ideas? Thanks!

  • Jose Ochoa West Bucktown Dad

    The best place to look is Macaroni Kid Chicago.

    http://chicagoloop.macaronikid.com

    It lists all the family friendly things to do. I know people without kids who use it too because it's so comprehensive.

  • I second what everyone says. I want to add the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park is nice. They have a butterfly house and they release butterflies at a certain time everyday.

Mar 20

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Mar 17

Updated Mar 20

New Retail on Division and Kedzie?

Hello, they are re-doing the facade (Windows and Brick) on that stand alone building about 75 yards west of Kedzie on Division (Southside of street). Does anyone know if a business is moving there? Nice new Windows and totally dry walled on the inside.

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