3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Concrete repair

Does anyone know of someone who is reliable who does concrete repair?

  • I have a good guy he did lots of work for me can you describe what needs to be done?

  • Mike McDonald Live in Jefferson Park since 1991 originally from

    Hi tanja its down to two weeks but its still available for small projects i poured an apron monday and pouring a foundation next week but if u need an estimate im happy to give u one and get it done for i if i can im registered on city website as a gc in jeff park i do all my own work 23 yrs in chicago mike 773 203 3019

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Need a good car mechanic.

I need to replace the front brakes on my Ford Escape and was also told I need to replace the links on the sway bar which is effecting suspension. Looking for someone good in our hood. :)

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I've used Bucktown Auto on North near Paulina several times. They always did a good job and the prices are reasonable. AND they are open on Sundays too!

  • Can't say enough about George at Nortown (North Ave and highway). Been taking my cars (Ford Focus, Honda Fit) there for 12 years.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

California and north?

I know this has probably been posted about but I keep forgetting to check when I'm by a computer. Why has the left turn lane been blocked off ?

  • the Sinkhole has been repaired I called the city yesterday so they can get the blockades removed they put in a request to CDOT, so they removed one blockade. problem is I am not sure if CTA California bus will continue to reroute

  • Jen

    @Jen Ann that's why I was confused, b/c the street isn't closed and I just take a side street to get there instead. I guess I couldn't see what was going on

Sep 30

Updated 5 days ago

  • Being Fall and especially with all the rain we've had recently, it wouldn't make much sense to repair the area now. Just be sure that the money is in the pipeline for Spring. A committee sounds like a wonderful idea (inviting all opinions) to sort out 2015 plans. Run the idea through your Alderman's office and invite the CAPS Beat representative as well. Organize!

  • They announced that all the repairs are complete, and they've officially launched a foundation, aiming to give away half a million dollars to charity.

    http://chicagoist.com/2014/11/17/riot_fest_announces_launch_of_the_r.php

Nov 12

Updated 6 days ago

  • Thank you, Myles. Unfortunately, the knee jerk reaction in Chicago is to think there is evil intend behind any change. I just don't see it here.

  • CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran...

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    CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran to live here?

    Why say it is 4 stories when clearly from the architects renderings it is 5 stories?

    Why would it cost $400,000 /unit for basic housing?

    Why build it on the property of Norwegian American Hospital (which has been on that site for over 100 years) and then name it something Puerto Rican?

    Why are these things always built by the same 3 developers, and always use the same lawyers to pass the "zoning change"?

    Why don't the alderman in other wards build subsidized housing for their veterans?

    This has become the tried-and-true formulaic way that elected officials in Humboldt and Logan can shift millions of tax dollars to their friends and family.

    BTW, as Johnathon Gruber was quoted last week, the ..."voters are too stupid to know the difference". That's why Chicago politicians steal from the taxpayer, not banks and individuals.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamacare-architect-jonathan-gruber-fire/story?id=26919286

Nov 15

Updated 6 days 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

    Deb, I have an excellent person, my husband. He's amazing with all things structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing wise. He's also an elevator mechanic, so he's licensed for a lot of those services as well. Please call me at: 312-925-4158. He also has a ton of tools, so, most things he should be able to repair or improve on, asap. We live in Humboldt.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    Great!! I'll definitely give you a call. Thank you

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Sounds good, Deb.

Oct 17

Updated Nov 12

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 10

Anybody know what's going on in the Midway Storage building on Chicago?

I noticed that they put in some windows and a door in at the east end of the Midway Moving and Storage building in the 2700 west block of Chicago Ave. Anybody know what the plans are and/or what might be opening in this space?

I'm happy to see that they're doing something with this building - its been shuttered a long time.

  • I'd heard on everyblock it was intended to become a storage building again. I think that was backed up by an everyblock permit check.

Nov 04

Reminder: Meeting on how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Reminder:
There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Oct 15

Updated Nov 04

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

  • Urbanpioneer Humboldt Park homeowner

    The planning commission called me back and said the planning commission hearing wasn't scheduled yet. He said that homeowners, not renters, would be getting letters from Chico and Nunes P.C. 2 weeks prior to the hearing. Also, there is a notice placed in the Chicago Sun Times two weeks prior...

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    The planning commission called me back and said the planning commission hearing wasn't scheduled yet. He said that homeowners, not renters, would be getting letters from Chico and Nunes P.C. 2 weeks prior to the hearing. Also, there is a notice placed in the Chicago Sun Times two weeks prior to the public hearing, which are the 3rd Thursdays of the month. Basically, my understanding of what I was told was that Norwegian American Hospital land is currently zoned for hospital use to a level of 75 feet and the applicants are looking to change the zoning to include veteran housing (not as high). He said also that if we wanted to contact Chico and Nunes P.C., we should be able to have them send us a copy of their materials. He said also that the building would have no city funding. With regards to it being on the boulevard/maintaining the beauty of the boulevard, he said that since it is not on the boulevard, it wouldn't apply but that that issue would be taken up with the landmarks commission if it did. Not sure I understood everything we spoke about, but that is the gist of it.

  • It is our responsibility to create interest for the problem. I heard that some property owners just tossed the paper in the garbage because they thought it did not involve them. We have to make everybody understand that this involve them.

Oct 29

Updated Oct 31

More Subsidized Housing in Humboldt

Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls...

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Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls at your heart strings by saying there are homeless veterans out there, but these are rentals. So how are the veterans that are homeless going to be able to rent here?

Also, it is being built once again by Hispanic Housing. Championed by the PR Agenda to shore up their voting base. Here it is

http://oururbantimes.com/health/new-affordable-housing-veterans-coming-west-town

  • I also have to wonder (like I don't already know the answer)

    Why do we need a veterans home here when there is a brand new facility called the Hope Manor apartments 3 blocks away at Franklin and Sacramento?

    Why would we put up a veterans home next to a...

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    I also have to wonder (like I don't already know the answer)

    Why do we need a veterans home here when there is a brand new facility called the Hope Manor apartments 3 blocks away at Franklin and Sacramento?

    Why would we put up a veterans home next to a hospital that isn't a veterans hospital?

    Why would we name a building with a Puerto Rican name on the NORWEGIAN AMERICAN hospital property?

    Why would we not HONOR the over 100 year legacy of Norwegian American hospital by naming it a Norwegian name, or just using Humboldt in the name?

    Why would we put up housing on land that Norwegian American Hospital had earmarked for additional hospital facilities?

    Oh yeah, so guys that don't even live here anymore (not the vets, the pols) can claim this area as "Puerto Rican" even though the 2000 and 2010 census shows that it is far less than 50% Puerto Rican.

  • Why would "we" change the name to the hospital? Well, if Norwegian American Hospital wants to change their name to Hispanic American Hospital, then who am I to stop them. But it sure does sound strange to me.

    I also support low-income housing for vets. But Im suspicious, given that...

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    Why would "we" change the name to the hospital? Well, if Norwegian American Hospital wants to change their name to Hispanic American Hospital, then who am I to stop them. But it sure does sound strange to me.

    I also support low-income housing for vets. But Im suspicious, given that the developer will experience no penalty if they fail to rent to veterans.....assuming that the info posted on this forum is correct. If the result was that most of those tenants were not vets, then I would find that insulting to veterans, and would feel victim of yet more self serving political shenanigans.

Oct 30

Actual Plans for Vetran Housing Development

Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click...

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Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click on the legislation and records tab, filter search by the Intro Date: 10/8/14; and the Current Controlling Legislative Body (Committee on Zoning,Landmarks and Building Standards)

In regards to the public hearing, I initially heard conflicting information from Alderman Maldonado's office and the Department of Planning and Development. My current understanding is that the hearing was scheduled for committee on Zoning for November 13, 2014 at 10am. Because this is a planned development (PD 599) it must first be approved/recommended by the Planning Commission before it can be heard by Committee on Zoning. Once approved by the Planning Commission, it would likely pass zoning.

The hearings for the Planning Commission happen on the THIRD Thursday of the month at 10am in council chambers at City Hall. The Department of Planning and Development and the Clerk's website do not show it on a November Agenda. I heard second hand that the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation would likely try to get it on the December Agenda.

I'd also like to say that both Alderman Maldonato's office and the Department of Planning and Development were very responsive and helpful in clarifying the process.

Oct 30

If you lost keys on Humboldt Blvd...

Yesterday in the 1600 block, I have them. There are 3 keys & a Mariano's card on the key chain

Oct 28

Updated Oct 29

Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Oct 22

Updated Oct 24

Bruno is having a blowout garage sale! He's cleaning out the warehouse to move!

Hello neighbors! My husband and I live on Haddon. My husband buys storage units and rents a warehouse in Humboldt to hold everything. Well, he is now moving to a new warehouse and getting rid of a lot of stuff this weekend for the move! Come to the warehouse sale at Warehaus West! Here is the link of location and the stuff he's getting rid of, most if which he is selling for $1. Records, electronics, instruments, tools etc.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/gms/4727286972.html

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    My partner is looking for 2000-3000 sq ft of warehouse space. Any chance you know of an available space?

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    I just read the CL ad you linked to. You said it starts at 10am on Saturday, what is the address? I'd love to look through the vinyl, and everything else. Thanks!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Umm, if you read the CL ad, you would see to the right of it is a map with the address.

Aug 09

Updated Oct 23

Turkey V

Has anyone seen what appears to be a turkey vulture circling around California and Augusta?
I noticed it appear after a kid fell off his bike and skinned his knee. Smelling blood, the turkey-v swooped down at the boy. Thankfully the boy's brother was there with a baseball bat and took a few whacks at his beak.
I'm worried about one of the neighborhood kids being carried away and snacked upon. Please be alert guys.

  • I used to live by an enormous group of turkey vultures. It freaked me out how they would fly in circles, like in the cartoons. Then I learned that is just their social flight. They aren't so much looking for something to die as they are leaving their nest and landing again, in a certain order, to establish their order and dominance.

    Are there really turkey vultures living in the city? The ones I've seen come in 6-foot wing spans!!!

  • Speaking of turkeys... The Smoke Daddy is smoking a whole bunch of them for Thanksgiving! Order yours today...and maybe you should also order one for the vultures as a peace offering. #buyaturkeysavealife

    visit http://www.thesmokedaddy.com/thanksgiving.php

Oct 09

Updated Oct 23

Just moved to Humboldt Park(by Kedzie and Thomas)

Can anybody recommend some of their favorite vendors? Primarily looking for dry cleaners, banks, grocery, restaurants, etc. Also interested to know the skinny on the park (pool, other activities for kids). Thanks in advance for your input.

  • Justin Jahnke Dog Enthusiast at Super Dog Walking

    Evan, I should add, make sure you drop a few quarters into the chicken machine next time you and yours go to Feed. If you get the golden egg you get $6 off your next meal and your picture added to the Golden Egg Wall of Fame!!!

  • I work for Association House on Kedzie and Thomas - welcome to the neighborhood, neighbor!! I recommend the Flying Saucer for breakfast/lunch- great food.

Jul 30

Updated Oct 22

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.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    Is this race on the ballot in November?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    No this vote is in February 2015.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 15

Per Rahm:

Q: Ravenswood and Logan Square are both hot for breweries and bars at the moment. What parts of the city do you think are ripe for the next wave of growth?

A: My prediction is Humboldt Park. It has the architecture and the bones of the buildings, and with the 606 Bloomingdale Trail (rails-to-trails elevated park) and the boulevards, it's set to take off. South of South Loop — Motor Row, Pilsen and that area going into Bridgeport. And west of the West Loop.

  • gpblight - I read in the Suntimes yesterday that Rahm wants to hike parking tax. We need a new mayor with a new vision. Rahm is all about money. The poor are poorer and the working class will move away because they will not be able to afford to live in Chicago anymore.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things....

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    Balance and fair share is what we are after. The Ramster is elevating technology and digital manufacturing. That should have been done a couple decades ago. He is able to attract name brand companies to come and set up their tax homes and satelites here. Those are all GOOD things.

    The bad things are: 1. he allows the inefficiencies in union labor to continue making taxpayers pay more for services than necessary. 2. he allows the vendors who cheat on their contracts which also overcharges taxpayers 3. he doesn't give a rats nest about the south and west sides of Chicago as is evidenced by the rampant crime and lack of sustainable economic development. 4. he continues finding little ways to ding Chicagoans out of their hard earned $$ instead of finding other means to bring in $$ (ie I would advocate for bicycle licenses and insurance). example the 8 mil from red light tickets issued illegally (less than 3 sec) 5. he continues robbing the tiff piggy bank and diverting $$ which by law belongs in more impoverished neighborhoods. 6. he continues the building of a 5 star city for TOURISTS who happen NOT to live here; while Chicago neighborhoods disintigrate and depopulate.

    Those are my bones to pick with him. If he could make radical reform in those areas...it would make me and alot of others HAPPY little clams.

Oct 14

Updated Oct 15

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That location and California, from Chicago Ave to Division is exploding with news businesses. It is fantastic to see that it is not the area that is stopping growth like around the corner.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    I mean, yay and everything, for sure. But does someone have an evil plan to make the people of LS enormously fat? How much pie can one 2 block stretch hold?

    Still waiting patiently for coffee over here at Armitage and Kimball. Someone please notice us!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    LUCHA is planning to flood that area with low income housing, maybe that is why no one wants to open a coffee house by you meanboss?

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

West Humboldt Park commercial corridor gets spruced up

The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special...

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The neighbors to the South, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, have added another piece to their Chicago Avenue revitalization plan. During the last few years, the West Humboldt Park Development Council has been working hard to improve the Chicago Avenue strip from the railroad viaduct near Kedzie, all the way West to Cicero Avenue.

The improvements include: repaved the street, installed new curb and gutters, new sidewalks, built the Mayor Daley Library, cleaned up Kells Park, became an Special Service Area, added private security, and have welcomed a few new businesses.

Recently they have taken another step towards being an recognized retail destination by adding banners to their light poles to help spruce up the neighborhood, welcome visitors, and build their neighborhood's brand.

http://www.whpdevelopmentcouncil.net/news/8254

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Glad to see West Humboldt Park taking steps to clean up their area and we in The Humboldt Park area should continue to do the same. Just a reminder that at the next United Blocks of West Humboldt Park meeting at Association House at 7 P.M. on the first Thursday of the month, we will be voting on our name change, removing West from it to stop the confusion over the two very different areas of Humboldt Park.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It took YEARS of fighting to get funding for the Chicago Ave Revitalization plan. It even took a fist fight with the ex governor Blago. City Hall and the State were very SLOW at approving street scape funding for lights, sidewalks, garbage bins, trees...anything at all.

    WHPDC has been fighting for more than 15 years just to get that far! Hats off to them a nd their determination.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 10

Finding Firewood in the City

Hey Everyone,

It seems like firewood is a scarce find on the northwest side unless you buy a small bundle from a convenience store or gas station. I'm looking for a place with reasonable pricing where I can load up my trunk. If anyone happens to be getting rid of some firewood, please let me know!

Thanks EB

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Another vote for Chicago Firewood...they also deliver-gave a friend 1/2 cord for a housewarming gift one year

  • Hi. I drive down to 71st and Dorchester on the east side to E-Z Tree Recycling. They are open Saturday until 3pm and a little hard to find. But prices are the best in the city and it is not that far. If you get down there Saturday morning before traffic gets bad it is a pretty quick trip. The fire wood is right inside the gate. Here is their site:

    http://e-ztreerecycling.com/

Feb 14

Updated Oct 08

Empty Polish Sausage Shop Sold

I have been told that the four empty buildings on the 2700 West block of Division Street has been sold. The building use to be an old polish sausage factory that moved away many years ago. That is all in information I have at this time. Is this a rumor, will the buildings be torn down, what will become of the buildings, I do not know. If anyone has more information or has facts about what is planned for this location, please reply on this thread. Thank you.

Sep 27

Found pomeranian at North and Kedzie

Very sweet, loving little lady! She turns over for belly rubs. Bad eye and teeth. Very soft. If anyone recognizes her let me know, ill be taking her to Anti Cruelty in the next hour or so. Also if anyone is looking for a sweet small older dog she'll be there if they accept her :)

Sep 25

Updated Sep 25

Community Garden

Be careful there is a guy video tapong kids by the community garden, looking out the window, at humboldt blvd and north avenue. My kids have always gone there since it was established on the parllel block. Now they are spooked

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