20 min ago

rats!!!

What is the deal with all the rats that I've been seeing lately?? Does anyone know who to call to get the alleys baited??Just this evening returning home from work, I counted 6 rats running across Central Park ave towards North ave. More were seen in the alley in the same area!!

2 hours ago

12 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

  • There is actually another viable candidate running as well....more info coming.

  • Morgan, that's very exciting! Can't wait to hear more about it.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours 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.

  • scotch dog owner

    I have emailed you my phone nr. I buy meat for my dogs at Peoria Meat Packing,was thinking to get a bigger quantity of sausages,hotdogs etc,I could cook them with rice and veggies if we could bring them to the dogs once a week? Call me if you get a chance.

  • meg

    Scotch, I'm sorry but I haven't received your email! Something may not be working with Everyblock emails.

    That is so generous of you. I don't run the shelter, just volunteer, but I'm sure they would love that!

    There's limited staff there, so I would suggest calling and saying you want...

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    Scotch, I'm sorry but I haven't received your email! Something may not be working with Everyblock emails.

    That is so generous of you. I don't run the shelter, just volunteer, but I'm sure they would love that!

    There's limited staff there, so I would suggest calling and saying you want to come by and feed the dogs some homemade goodness. Here's contact info: (773) 667-0088 - Ask for Diane -she's amazing! (Since there are limited staff, it's hard for them to answer the phone when they're taking care of so many animals, so leave a voicemail if you get the answering machine)

    The dogs and cats are so happy to have human contact, I know they would love to visit with you and eat your yummy food!

    Here's my email meaghan.olson@gmail.com if you want to message me there and talk about it more. Sorry it's such a hassle to connect. I love your idea and you are super awesome to volunteer to do that!

16 hours ago

West Side Writing Project students create video about acceptance

During our summer 2014 workshop, Westside Writing Project (WWP) students Zyona, Sokia, Shenevin created a cool video that adresses accepting different sexual orientations. We're proud of these young ladies. They created their first video project in a couple of hours!

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

HopeFest 2014 @NewLife @ Homan/Division

Any other neighbors experience:

*Division St. closed off all day Saturday
*Parking on surrounding residential streets overburdened with attendees
*People pulling in and backing out of the over-capacity church parking lot dangerously into oncoming traffic (and subsequent horn honking, etc) to go look for parking elsewhere
*Trash left behind by attendees on our streets, parkways and sidewalks (see photo)
*The absence of notification to area residents about the Fest

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  • I am happy for them and the event, and have no problem with what they do on their property. Their building and grounds is really nice.

    What I find curious and problematic is that a 4000 member church has less than 100 parking spots, and it is dramatically affecting the...

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    I am happy for them and the event, and have no problem with what they do on their property. Their building and grounds is really nice.

    What I find curious and problematic is that a 4000 member church has less than 100 parking spots, and it is dramatically affecting the immediate area.

    Their parcel is several acres in size, but more than half of it was used to dump building debris which was then covered with dirt and it formed a grassy hill with a trail on it.

    The grass hill and large lawn is certainly pleasant to look at, but when there are large services or huge events like this, the infrastructure (parking, streets) are inundated beyond capacity for the duration of these events/services.

    An immediate neighbor of the church recently posted on NextDoor, which many of you cannot see, that two bus stops that used to be located on the formerly commercial/warehousing strip in front of the church on Division St. were re-located in front of residences and a business (both E & W bound), including in front of an auto repair shop that has a curb cut.

    Moving these bus stops gave the church at least 8 more spots in front of their facility, but it took away at least 8 spots in front of residences and the business.

    Moving those bus stops costs tens of thousands of dollars. Where did that money come from?

    My question is how a brand new structure/development on a huge parcel with a predictable use of 1000 or more members at a time was approved w/less than 100 parking spots?

    I admit, my annoyance about the inflatable bouncy houses blocking the street instead of being located on the grassy lot seems trite.

    However, overloading and dominating infrastructure that is taxpayer funded to accommodate the built-in needs of a tax-exempt organization bothers me. The inflatable was just a reminder.

    I expect that new sidewalks, street lights, and relocating overhead wires away from the ever beautifying visage of New Life will be another tax-payer funded "improvement" to our Ward.

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

    Have you discussed this issue with your Alderman ? That is what they are there for.
    My suggestion is:
    You collect a hand full of neighbors, get a list of complaints and a list of ideas on how to solve the problem and request a meeting with the Alderman and New Life. Calmly address the issues and work them out together.

    Perhaps New Life is so busy trying to help people that they don't know that they are having a negative impact on those around them.

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2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Looking to Rent

Hello Future Neighbors.

I am hoping to move to Humboldt either the first or August or September and I was wondering if anyone had recommendations or leads? I've been doing the usual Craiglists and walking around, but since you all live here you would have a better idea.

I am looking for 3 bedrooms, with laundry, at $1200.

I would appreciate any help and I look forward to talking to you guys more on here :)

- Tawny

  • Try Stateandchicago.com. Don't let the name fool you. The woman who owns the company finds renters for me whenever I have a vacancy in Humboldt, Pilsen, and Logan Square. I'll have two vacancies in Humboldt in August. I'll be getting one ready for September and the other one will be ready in mid-August. Let her know Bill sent you.

  • There you are! My neighbor just said he may have something close to what you want-Sept 1st. Please e-mail me at klh@mindspring.com. We have nice neighbors on this block!

Jun 06

Updated 20 hours 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."

First of all, I am not...

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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.

  • Oh please, give me a break. This i about tickets, cameras, and the fact the cameras do nothing to save any kids just taking our money. Any your overly emotional dramatics are a joke. I stand by my phrase, because there are zero kids saved because of a 20 MPH zone.

  • Kyle eat, drink, run

    Most Chicagoans drive like A-holes, lets be honest. The fact that no one seems to know the speed limit on just about EVERY city street is 30 mph (unless you're in a school zone) is evidence. I'm not in favor of a nanny state, but I am in favor of...

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    Most Chicagoans drive like A-holes, lets be honest. The fact that no one seems to know the speed limit on just about EVERY city street is 30 mph (unless you're in a school zone) is evidence. I'm not in favor of a nanny state, but I am in favor of safer streets for everyone (drivers, bikers, pedestrians, children) - nearly all of us are or have been every one of those. We obviously do not have enough police officers available to enforce traffic violations.
    There are massive amounts of evidence that the speed cameras and red light cameras are reducing terrible driver behavior. I say keep em up. Change your habits if they're impacting your wallet, its pretty easy. Drive like you want people to drive when they're on the street you live on.

26 hours ago

Apr 14

Updated 40 hours ago

Humboldt Haus On Sacramento Blvd. and North Ave. Now Open!

Great news, it is now open but not the deli bar yet. I talked to Mike who said he was a co-owner and the hours now are 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday to Saturday and 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. Mike also added that the 16 taps section will be open in another month. I asked him to join us on Nextdoor and Everyblocks and inform all of the date when the whole restaurant will be open for business. I am looking forward to the grand opening, i will be thirsty! The name of the place is Humboldt Haus.

  • Simon D Lamb Restaurant guy, gallery guy

    Solid beer and wine selections. Funky, fun stuff.

  • Thing Fish Southside to Northside

    Was in there for the first time this past weekend. We liked it, the guy was very helpful, and they had a great selection.

41 hours ago

Fitness 4 Kids Health Fair targets obesity epidemics

Association House of Chicago is promoting physical activity and wellness for Humboldt Park children at the annual Fitness 4 Kids Health Fair. The health fair will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at 1116 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60651.

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Jul 19

Updated 44 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.

  • Clee Torres Love life love my neighborhood

    Thanks I will make a point of going for the first time This August !!!!
    Where is the meeting at ??

  • Sanctuary Place @ 642 N. Kedzie

2 days ago

2 days ago

Backyard swimming pools

Anyone know what the statutes are concerning above ground, backyard swimming pools? My neighbors have one, that houses about 10 kids in it everyday and it is leaning dangerously, in the direction of my house. Makes me a little nervous. Glad the kids are having fun, but concerned about safety and damages.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Taste of Latin America Returns in August

From better-known empanadas (stuffed bread treats) to less-familiar alcapurrias (meat-filled banana dumplings), shredded pork milanesa and Chicago's own unique jibarito sandwiches (made with green plantains), food lovers are in for a culinary treat when the Taste of Latin America returns for its second iteration (after taking a year hiatus in 2013) to the Logan Square neighborhood.

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4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Yard Sale Saturday and Sunday at 903 n Fairfield. Bikes, furniture, clothes, etc.

There will be a huge yard sale this Saturday July 26 and Sunday 27 at 903 n Fairfield avenue by California ave and Iowa. From 9 AM both days until everything is gone!

Bikes, furniture, tons of clothes, and other great stuff.

  • Varagona Music Teacher & Lanlord

    Do you have any instruments? I'm always on the look out for my students.
    thanks!

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Riotfest tix

Last year i heard that residents of Humboldt Park are offered free tickets to Riotfest. Any truth to that?

  • I just moved to the north side of the park and sent them an email to see if they're offering anything to residents this year. I'll update when/if I get a reply!

  • Azra Owner/primary care providor at West Town Daycare

    I sent an email and Facebook message last year with no response back. Seems as though they don't want people knowing but will give tix if residents directly in front ask for them. I've been lucky two years in a row. Considering the traffic and the fact the the music is LOUD inside our homes with closed windows, it's a fair trade.

Jul 22

Updated 5 days 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?

  • Hey everyone. As I have read all of your thought provoking comments I thought it might make sense to share our learning with one another. I believe we all conduct meetings at the same time and we should either stagger our meeting so other advisory council members can sit in...

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    Hey everyone. As I have read all of your thought provoking comments I thought it might make sense to share our learning with one another. I believe we all conduct meetings at the same time and we should either stagger our meeting so other advisory council members can sit in on each others meetings or we should have a separate meeting where each council can come together to discuss success stories, city issues and other matters. Let me know if there is an interest and I can take the lead on setting something up for everyone.

    Below is information pertaining to our fundraiser. I also have posted the event on the Everyblock timeline. You can perform a search under "Mary Martelme Park" in the West Loop. It would be great if you all would support our annual fundraiser in August. We should all support each other's efforts if we can. You can count on me to support your fundraising efforts if I am informed of the event.

    Come support the Mary Bartelme Park and your local West Loop business community. We have a stage with two bands, a 30' rock climbing wall beer from Haymarket Brewery and another beer truck. General admission $25 or $20 if tickets are purchased in advanced.

    Purchase tickets in advance @ : www.westlooppark.com

    All proceeds benefit the park. We hope to see you there!

    Kindest Regards

    Christian

    cjsiegel514@gmail.com

  • Anyone with questions or issues can email Cynthia Rosario at cynthia.rosario@chicagoparkdistrict.com or Ald. Maldonado via Nilda Montanez at Nilda.Montanez@cityofchicago.org.

5 days ago

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Jun 27

Updated 5 days ago

Missing Cat- Courtland and sawyer area

My friend lost her black male cat about 24 hours ago. He got out without his collar. If you've seen such a creature please let me know.

  • Em Ro evening is the whole day

    Do you have a picture?

  • Have you found this cat yet? My roommate and I have a cat who's been hanging out on our windowsill since last night and we live nearby at Sawyer and Milwaukee. Let me know!

6 days ago

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Jun 05

Updated 6 days ago

construction at Lafayette school

Hi all!
Has anyone else been disturbed by the construction noise at Lafayette school (2714 W Augusta) lately? They've been starting in the 6:00am hour, well before the city ordinance allows. I've called police to complain several times and went to Alderman Maldonado's office last week to file a complaint, but it started this morning again at about 6:15am. Wondering if others are noticing this too...

  • Rai Rai Rai Rai

    Ok I just can't take it any longer!! Each day the constructions starts just a bit earlier than the day before! This morning I heard those machines as warily as 5am!! This has gotten out of hand and something needs to be done!! I've called 911 several times and each time I'm told a car will be sent but that never happens. Does any have any other suggestions?

  • Lauren84 Humboldt Park resident

    Hi Rai Rai,

    I feel your pain. I called the police on about 10 different occasions, but no one ever showed. I made an earlier post (see my post above from July 2nd) saying that I have a reporter from the Reader who is doing a piece on this, as...

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    Hi Rai Rai,

    I feel your pain. I called the police on about 10 different occasions, but no one ever showed. I made an earlier post (see my post above from July 2nd) saying that I have a reporter from the Reader who is doing a piece on this, as well as Alderman Maldonado's total lack of response to this and other neighborhood issues. If you'd like to speak with the reporter please click on my profile and send me an email with your contact info and I will be glad to pass this along. Unfortunately this seems to be our only means for getting anything done, since cops won't show up and the Alderman has made it clear that he will not take any action. I've contacted Maldonado's office several times about this, and my messages have gone unreturned and I have been hung up on. I'm very happy that they're working on the school, but waking up residents for months at 5 or 6am is really unacceptable.
    Thanks!

Jul 19

Updated Jul 23

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!

Jul 23

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