Dec 02 2011

Updated 14 hours ago

Spark?

Hi. Does anyone know anything about Spark Energy? They wanted to look at my Comed bill to check something. I thought it was weird.

  • Ugh, I had a guy come to the door today to ask me if anyone talked to me about the green credits I had earned. He just needed to see my electric bill...

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    now that the city has opted everyone into Integrys you will be getting bombarded by sales reps. I opted out of integrys by calling them and when the sales people come by I tell them I am not the decision maker. They will pester you until they finally get the hint>

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

A different set of data about the Humboldt Park Area

Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western...

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Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western Ave., Chicago Ave., Central Park, and Bloomingdale.
There is a total population of 38,522. Of that the largest segment is caucasion at 18,729 (or 49%) The second largest segment is Black, at 6,574 (or 17%). This leaves 34% for "other" which is made up of Asian, Latino, and people that identify as 2 or more races.
After hearing for years that Humboldt Park was a "Puerto Rican " neighborhood, I was surprised to see the actual facts. And while some city maps define Humboldt Park as going all the way to Cicero Avenue and Kinzie Street, going farther West and South on the census map only gives a larger number of Blacks in the population stats.
Here is the link
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/

  • Jason W: Enjoy the silence. Zero accountability. PRCC and the Portal is not a neighborhood-friendly organization if you define the 'hood as including the other 78% of us who live here and do not share the Culture PRCC promotes. They represent the radical 10% of a declining minority population and...

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    Jason W: Enjoy the silence. Zero accountability. PRCC and the Portal is not a neighborhood-friendly organization if you define the 'hood as including the other 78% of us who live here and do not share the Culture PRCC promotes. They represent the radical 10% of a declining minority population and create and promote things like the "No se Vende!" campaign when there are hundreds of houses in the area that are for sale. Asking one question of them is being racist in their opinion, even if you are Hispanic/Latino. They get thousands of dollars of our tax dollars to run the center, the newspaper, in addition to having taken over the beautiful and historic horse stables inside Humboldt Park without an ounce of authentic community input. One thing remains the same about that place. They are still shoveling stuff out of that building long after the horses are gone!

    I remember them organizing when the lady from Tipsy Cake (a local bakery that closed their retail space here near the Paseo Boriqua - Division St. between Western and California - but keeps her bakery here and employs several residents) joked with someone interviewing her and she called her confections "crack cake" and playfully referred to one that had too many bullet holes in it.

    Just yesterday, NPR ran a piece where a researcher broadly studied online reviews of food, and found that the majority of reviews compared sweets and desserts to drug addiction.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I just took a walk around the neighborhood and noticed several apartment buildings with around 20 units a building, gutted and being rehabbed. These buildings use to be mainly filled with Puerto Ricans but now they are empty. A 23 unit building across the street from me was almost all...

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    I just took a walk around the neighborhood and noticed several apartment buildings with around 20 units a building, gutted and being rehabbed. These buildings use to be mainly filled with Puerto Ricans but now they are empty. A 23 unit building across the street from me was almost all Latino and some African American and many were gang bangers. The building has been gutted, rehabbed and now there is only a couple of Puerto Ricans living there and I understand most of them are moving out this year. So, yes, you just need to go out and see for yourself how drastically HP has changed from a few years ago.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

  • That's my concern. The hanging out culture that's allowed by certain liquor stores is a big problem.

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Good point - and those of us who live nearby will have to make sure it doesn't happen.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Update on problem liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage

I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the...

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I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the store http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140409/logan-square/neighbors-air-grievances-about-armitage-food-at-city-hall

One of the Alderman showed up to the hearing to represent his constituents, the other did not. Justice is sometimes slow, but hopefully this store owner gets the message and cleans up his act, and therefore the neighborhood. CONGRATS to all of the neighbors that worked so tirelessly to get some relief.

  • Alderman Maldowannadonuthin' has accepted $1500 per year for 4 years in campaign contributions from the liquor store, which might explain why he won't engage the community.

  • Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc....

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    Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc. contributed $1,500 a year to Maldonado's campaign in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    This seems to have affected his motivation to handle the resident's concerns. The people deserve a leader that is willing to attack difficult problems with a closed fist rather than a palm facing up.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140205/logan-square/armitage-foods-battle-gets-personal-as-alderman-questions-campaign-cash

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I have heard that the stores owners are back to their old bad habits ignoring a judges order to stop all bad practice. I guess the store owner must believe he is above the law with an Alderman in his corner!

Apr 12

Updated 4 days ago

Coco's Restaurant

Anyone know what's going on with Coco's Restaurant?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I can only say what is written on signs in all the windows. There was nothing about CO-CO'S re opening also there were signs up that read CO-CO'S Thanked everyone for the last ten years. Those signs are gone now.

  • Sounds like Coco has indeed closed. Thanks for the report.

Apr 07

Updated Apr 10

Found Dog

Did you lose your dog in Humbolt Park? My friends found a brown dog in a Walgreens parking lot by North and Western. The dog is sweet but she seems scared. Poor thing. We're trying to reunite her with her humans!

  • Jen

    Any updates on this?

  • Nothing new. My friends still have her and I believe they took her to a vet yesterday. We believe that she was abandoned since she looked recently pregnant and she had no collar. :-/

  • Jen

    You guys are great. Thanks for keeping her

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

School Q

Hi everyone - I am hoping to move into Humboldt Park in the fall. I have a 5-yr old who will be entering Kindergarten this year. Any advice on which neighborhood schools to pursue and which to avoid? Also, certain areas that are more little-kid friendly than others?

  • One more school to check out: Goethe in Logan square. Go on school tours - they are really helpful.

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

    Anna made a very good suggestion. Goethe (pronounced "gear-ta") is a nice school. We've toured the school and really liked it. Our daughter is now enrolled for the fall. The school selection process is already underway. submissions started last fall, and they're calling people based on their acceptance or wait-list...

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    Anna made a very good suggestion. Goethe (pronounced "gear-ta") is a nice school. We've toured the school and really liked it. Our daughter is now enrolled for the fall. The school selection process is already underway. submissions started last fall, and they're calling people based on their acceptance or wait-list rankings for this fall. You may have to look to a temporary solution (some daycare places offer Kindergarten) or try to move to a spot which sits in the neighborhood boundary zone for that school. There are plenty of options, but it does take some effort to figure where you'd like to go, assess availability of spots, etc. As Robin said, cpsobsessed is a good spot to go with questions.

Apr 07

Updated Apr 07

Insurance?

Shopping for insurance (auto and home). Was looking @ Progressive as I've had them in the past and was happy. Geico came in w a better quote but I'm not sure about their service/claim experience. Any suggestions/input would be much appreciated!

Apr 02

Let's "Flip the script"

We should ALL try this.

Mar 27

Updated Mar 31

Road trip advice-Heading west

Hello, was wondering if anyone has taken a road trip west before? Have any advice? Anything I should be aware of? Anything I should make it a point to stop and see or do?
P.S Teenagers and toddlers on board.

  • We drove west to Glacier National park a couple summers ago. My boys were 3 and 6 at the time and we crammed in our Prius to keep gas $ low. On the way we went through Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Badlands, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. Took...

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    We drove west to Glacier National park a couple summers ago. My boys were 3 and 6 at the time and we crammed in our Prius to keep gas $ low. On the way we went through Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Badlands, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. Took the northern route back from Glacier. Nothing much coming back - just stopped at Mall of America on the way back.

    Custer State Park was great - tons of buffalo and other wildlife. The Badlands had formations unlike anything else we've seen. Tetons had incredible views and great hiking.

  • My only 'westward' road trip involved The Rockies, Badlands and Black Hills National Forest. All highly recommended!

Mar 30

Updated Mar 30

What is going on in Humboldt Park?

  • imagine the mountains that could be moved if you spent a fraction of the time you currently use to troll humboldt park for something useful. perhaps climate change could be solved!

Mar 29

Updated Mar 30

Whipple/Wabansia trouble

FYI neighbors: cops just responded to a call near the Wabansia and Whipple roundabout. A few cars fled the scene. One (dark dodge, maybe charger?) matched description of one of the cars that fled the shooting in the same area a couple weeks ago. Please be safe and keep a lookout tonight.

  • Craig Born and raised in the city.

    Around what time?

  • Jen

    This has been happening every day for the past couple weeks

  • Jen

    I think the bangers are a little too excited about summer

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Film Crew at Western and Cortez

Just walked past a full production film crew at Western and Cortez. A couple trailers were labelled "Young Jamal" and "Andre".

Mar 25

Updated Mar 26

  • Countless post?? This is the only one that I know of??

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hello folks, we have closed comments on this thread as we have explained the reason for removing the objectionable dog photo post that some users found inappropriate.

Mar 25

Updated Mar 25

Room & Board sofa and chair for sale!

Medium grey color, sofa gently used, chair in excellent condition! I need to unload these sometime over the next 2 weeks! Make me an offer! I live in East Humboldt park. Thank you!

  • Hi Melissa, I am interested in the couch and possibly the chair. Can you message me with the price?

Mar 24

Updated Mar 25

GWAR singer dead at age 50

I am so glad that I saw this band at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 it was an early performance and it was even better and hilarious to see them in the full light of the day.

So sad to hear that he is dead at such a young age.

A paragraph of silence for Dave Brockie.

Mar 24

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Mar 17

Updated Mar 22

Neighborly Area?

Hey future neighbors. We are seriously looking into an apartment near Washtenaw and Le Moyne. Is there anything about this area that we should know before signing? Is it safe and a community-focused area of Humboldt Park? Clean? Thanks for your input.

  • Nathan Dougal 13 year Humboldt Park resident

    Exactly, Sarah Marmor! Past a certain apparent age and demeanor, other people are irrelevant to gang members. They have a good sense of who is "just a citizen" and who is involved in their subculture. I, too, have experienced a neutral-to-polite attitude
    from neighbors and passersby who are possibly, probably or obviously gang-involved.

  • Nathan Dougal 13 year Humboldt Park resident

    Subtle alliances can be formed with such folks too, presumably along the lines of familiarity, a shared community and a certain value of respect. Sometimes it may be "good business practice" (of gang members) not to incite those who may report about a profitable (drug) enterprise. Sometimes, I have had...

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    Subtle alliances can be formed with such folks too, presumably along the lines of familiarity, a shared community and a certain value of respect. Sometimes it may be "good business practice" (of gang members) not to incite those who may report about a profitable (drug) enterprise. Sometimes, I have had to enact a firm stance with gangsters, where I have asked them to move on from hanging out proximal to me and my building (with some good results).

    The especially good news is that the last sentence above relates to the past and I have not had any hanging out or dealing close to my home. I have never refrained from calling the police about illegal activities. The alliances, being neighborly or friendly do not occlude a sense of pursuing lawfulness . . . why would one ever tolerate lawlessness? Beyond imparting a sense of watchfulness or even vigilance to those not doing right, there is no
    need for direct engagement of nefariousness when there are channels to pursue with the police... just my 2 cents about the subtlety of it all.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 21

RATS In the neighborhood- problem area? Need to film some this month.

Hi, Im working a 2 minute documentary on how the city battles rat populations. I am trying to find a place where rats are regularly present that I can film one for a few seconds to add into the film. This is kind of a longshot but if you see a dumpster, nest, trashcan that has regular rat use I would love to know its location to video it. Thanks for your help.

  • Jenny Schlueter Humboldt Park neighbor, gardener, cool cat lady

    LOL - I was going to say the same thing as my colleague Erica! And this might be ironic since I started the program, and I manage a cat colony, but I also know where some rats are as they like my compost and bird food. Please email me at jenny@treehouseanimals.org. Thanks!

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    Jenny, you actually placed your email address out there to be cached by Google forever? Bad move.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 20

Shots fired and someone hit.

Shots fired at Evergreen and Spaulding one person was hit. Police showed up with in 3 min of shots.

  • Jenny Schlueter Humboldt Park neighbor, gardener, cool cat lady

    Saw two guys jump out of speeding car and run down the alley between 3200 block of Division and Crystal east towards the park. 5 minutes later cops came. They waited and looked at the car for about an hour. Then they left. 2 minutes later someone got in the car and sped away. Not sure what that was all about.

Mar 14

Updated Mar 14

Local School Council Election - Roberto Clemente Community Academy

My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...

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My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please follow this link to find out if you live within the RCCA attendance boundaries:
http://cps.edu/Schools/Find_a_school/Pages/SchoolLocator.aspx?Schools=609759

As a community representative on RCCA's Local School Council, I plan to bring the following to the table:
- Help promote the new International Baccalaureate (IB) Program that RCCA was recently approved for.
- Extensive experience working with the Chicago Public Schools Central Office officials, as a former Aldermanic Education/Schools Liaison.
- Helped promote the IB Program to the RCCA community schools, community leaders and other stakeholders. As Aldermanic Education Liaison, I was tasked to assist in the pioneering, establishing and announcing of the IB Program to the RCCA administration, community leaders, and alumni.
- Help build stronger bridges between local elementary schools and RCCA.
- I understand the need for better high school options for our elementary school children and will work with elected officials, community leaders and elementary Local School Councils to showcase the good news happening at RCCA.
Please come to the LSC Candidates Forum at RCCA - 1147 N. Western Avenue - on Wednesday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.
I encourage you to email email me at irisforrcca@gmail.com with any questions or for more information about the LSC Elections at RCCA.

Respectfully,
Iris Millan
Community Representative
for the RCCA Local School Council

  • CORRECTION: The LSC Candidate Forum takes place on Wednesday, March 19th

Mar 09

Updated Mar 09

Car alarm that just won't quit

There has been a car alarm going off every 5 min for the past four hours. I tried 311, who connected me to emergency, but no luck. Any ideas (besides a brick thru the window to really give it something to go off about)? Is there a towing company working in commission out there?

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    What do you mean "no luck"? They refused to come?

Mar 07

120 "Up n Up" brand diapers size 3

Hi neighbors! I have apprx 120 size 3 diapers from Target, that I can't use anymore. Willing to swap for a small bag 20-30ct (like $8 @ walgreens) of size 4 huggies

I know what Craigslist is for...

Mar 06

Updated Mar 06

  • It's almost 6ft tall!!

  • Jimmy M Grant writer

    Pretty awesome! This is basically what the one I saw in the carwash on California looked like, so I'm satisfied now.

Mar 04

Updated Mar 06

Section 8 and vouchers

Does anyone have experience or know anyone that has had tenants with vouchers? Does CHA pay rent on time?

  • Do some YouTube searches so you can see what other property owners have been through.

  • As of August 2013 private landlords can't turn down a renter due to the voucher program status alone. If you decide not to go with this tenant after considering them, you'll need to have a reason besides the Section 8 status or a better qualified renter in the unit instead of them, in case they claim discrimination.

Feb 25

Updated Mar 06

Lookin for a place to live !

Can anyone help me find a 3 or 4 bdrm no more than $1500 on this side of town. Looking to move by April 1st

Feb 27

Updated Mar 05

Fitness Club opening @ 3518 W. Division

Not the grocery store that we need but something in this vacant building.

Blast Fitness. Not open yet. No opening date or projected date posted.

http://www.blastfitness.com/blast-fitness-locations-illinois/chicago-IL-west-division-street-gym.html

  • MANogueras HUMBOLDT PARK MAN

    The other fitness club is Planet Fitness at North and Cicero next to Food-for-Less. I hope the environment and customer service will be much better at Blast Fitness; my experience at Planet Fitness has not been that great.

  • I just drove by and there are a half dozen or more HUGE gang graffiti tags on the front of their building. I hope they get that cleaned off soon! Not good advertising, IMHO.

Feb 26

Updated Feb 27

Division & California

Does anyone know what is going on around Division & California this morning? I could see a lot of red lights and it looked like they had the street blocked. They looked like fire trucks, but I didn't see any smoke. Also, the ABC7 helicopter was hovering over it for most of my walk. I didn't walk down that far though.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

Moving with Stuff to Sell

Hi all. I realize this is not an appropriate venue to sell things and I have notoriously bad luck with Craigslist. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how I can sell household items besides having a garage sale? I'll donate a lot of it but I'd like to make a little cash if I can. I appreciate any thoughts at all.

  • Ryan Living all over Chicago

    You can give stuff away on the website Freecycle.com. To sell though I cant think of alot of ideas that pay out decent cash, just the usual comes to mind like going to the pawn shops and retail stores that buy and sell used clothing or CD/DVDs/Games etc.

  • DaliazMama Lifetime Student

    Bendiazart, I'm moving in June so I'm doing this little by little but right now I have a brand new printer/copier/scanner with wireless capability, the Insanity workout program, & my daughters changing table that she outgrew. Come June I will be selling bigger stuff like our couches & her crib

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