41 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Neighborhood Opinions

Hi Neighbors! I need your opinions. If I am living on Kedzie between North Ave. and Division, am I in Humboldt Park or West Humboldt Park? I've heard several different things. Opinions on this area? Also, what's your favorite neighborhood grocery store here? Thanks so much!!

Mar 25

Updated 41 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

5 days ago

Updated 42 hours 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

  • Clarence Fraher 3 kids, 2 cats, 2 bunnies, 1 dog

    Thank you for clarifying, Glenn. I stand corrected :)

  • walth HP neighbor

    Here is part II of the save the beach game plan:
    The report back is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/410848772282734/

    We have nearly 700!!! signatures. Here's the gameplan:
    1. Call CPD administrators Art Richardson, Patrick Levar, and Mike Kelly.
    2. Call Alderman Maldonado and Moreno.
    3. Email them all as well (I need...

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    Here is part II of the save the beach game plan:
    The report back is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/410848772282734/

    We have nearly 700!!! signatures. Here's the gameplan:
    1. Call CPD administrators Art Richardson, Patrick Levar, and Mike Kelly.
    2. Call Alderman Maldonado and Moreno.
    3. Email them all as well (I need to get a hold of addresses though).
    I have created documents for you to use under the "Files" section of this page. I welcome questions, comments, and suggestions. Please use them how you see best. And most importantly (!!!), report back what you learned. Here are the instructions for calling:
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    If calling a CPD administrator,
    Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO, 312-742-4200
    Patrick Levar, Chief Operating Officer, 312-742-4300
    Art Richardson, Region Manager, 312-746-5962
    541 North Fairbanks Court
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
    1. Ask when the Humboldt Park beach will be opening.
    2. If they can't answer that, ask whether the beach will be opening. If they answer yes or no, write down their name and their position.
    3. If they can't answer these questions, make clear in your own words why you want to make sure the beach is open and supported by the CPD.
    4. Ask them if they are aware of the petition, and if not, tell them about it.
    5. Make sure you thank them for their time.
    If calling an alderman,
    Cc: Alderman Roberto Maldonado
    2434 West Division
    Chicago, Illinois 60622
    773-395-0143
    Cc: Alderman Joe "Procco" Moreno
    2058 North Western Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60647
    (773) 278-0101
    1. Ask if they are aware that HP beach opening has not been confirmed.
    2. Make clear that it is important to you that it is open and explain why.
    3. Ask them if they are aware of the petition, and if not, tell them about it.
    4. Ask for the the alderman's support in this.
    5. Make sure you thank them for their time.

Jun 25

Updated Mar 17

Former Sabana Grande Grocery Store on Division

Hello neighbors,

Does anyone know who bought the store in the 3200 block of West Division? Do you know what kind of business is going in there? I saw construction workers laying down a new cement floor in the back part of the store. It looks like they plan to fence it because posts are up as well and we here noise going on inside.

  • SpaceCowboy Humboldt Park

    Who is Bobby Plachenko? I did a google search, but little came up.

  • Don Shifertz Longtime resident, homeowner & Business Owner

    I hope they offer deep dish! Not too many pizza joints offer that option and I personally think it would be a great niche that would make customers travel to HP.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 17

My turn! Catalytic converter stolen. UGH!

I should have gone with my gut feeling and parked my car in the garage last night.
My catalytic converter was stolen in front of my home. I am near Humboldt Blvd and Division. So annoying ..

  • brianthedrummer Drummer, Account manager, Avid Napper, Cat owner.

    mine was 800 with the 02 sensors.. Don't drive too far without a converter besides the awesome way it sounds now, it will wreak havoc on your gas miles and could potentially start a fire underneath your car because of the heat buildup.. that's the advice I was given.

  • beca humboldt park res

    Took it in last night. $800 as well. Trying not to get bummed about. Rode my bike . It helped.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 11

Coffee and Espresso Repair

Hey everyone,

I'll just post this once, and I'm not sure what the exact community guidelines are for this, but the company I work for is looking for another service technician. We install and repair coffee equipment throughout Chicagoland. If you are mechanically inclined and teachable send me a direct message and I'll give you more info. Love and knowledge of coffee and espresso is a huge plus!

  • Kham Kham meep

    If you could email me Bout this. No clue how to send you a message. Have over 7 years plus in the vending and coffee biz as a tech.
    Urg4039@yahoo.com

  • dan yell west humboldt homeowner

    Im interested too but also not seeing a way to direct message through EB? I have some experience as well. Please email me direct at enltgen@gmail.com
    Thanks!

  • Click on his name. It will take you to a profile screen. On the right there is a button that says "Send Email."

Feb 05

Updated Mar 06

Looking to get involved

Hello neighbors! I just moved to Humboldt Park and, as a journalism student, I want to know what is going on in my community. What stories would you (as members of the community) like to see covered?

Thank you

  • @northamdcal,
    California and Fairfield are parallel streets. Where exactly are the zoning changes being proposed?

  • Addresses are 1531-1539 N California (currently a mostly unused parking lot owned by Bickerdike redevelopment) and 1536-1540 N Fairfield Ave. These properties are right in line with each other and only have the alley in between, which makes me think they are being rezoned for use together in some way.

Mar 03

Updated Mar 05

DNAinfo. Needs To Learn How To Count-Or At Least Not Spin

In an article from DNAinfo. titled (Riot Fest Is Not Leaving Humboldt Park, Organizers Say), they wrote-
"That’s despite an EveryBlock post entitled “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?” that emerged Tuesday that prompted 41 responses ranging from concern to good riddance messages. A second post, “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,” was made three days later, drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."!
WHERE DID THEY COME UP WITH THIS INFORMATION?!? I went back...

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In an article from DNAinfo. titled (Riot Fest Is Not Leaving Humboldt Park, Organizers Say), they wrote-
"That’s despite an EveryBlock post entitled “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?” that emerged Tuesday that prompted 41 responses ranging from concern to good riddance messages. A second post, “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,” was made three days later, drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."!
WHERE DID THEY COME UP WITH THIS INFORMATION?!? I went back and read both threads again and found no statement of "good riddance" in “Riot Fest to Leave Humboldt Park?”! All the other comments were about CONCERN alright! CONCERN about the fest leaving and how they want it to stay. ONLY ONE PERSON had a negative comment and that person comments that change for the good in HP is bad?!? In the thread “Riot Fest Needs Our Help,”. Where did do get "drawing a mix of 34 comments but fell short of a definitive answer."! Not one comment was negative about RF and most supported it. Neighbors wrote about having meetings with the Alderman, Park District and RF promoters to get them to commit to HP! A very definitive answer of "HP neighbors want RF to stay in a huge way" to me!!!
DNAinfo. did you think the citizens of HP would let you down play this most important event in their neighborhood? I will be waiting to read your retraction and/or apologies to your readers in the HP community. Have a nice day.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Hi Darryl Holiday, the story did answer the question of RF leaving! It is great to know that RF will be in HP straight from the source. Thank you. What you wrote about the EB threads is what upset me and others. Both threads showed over whelming support for RF...

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    Hi Darryl Holiday, the story did answer the question of RF leaving! It is great to know that RF will be in HP straight from the source. Thank you. What you wrote about the EB threads is what upset me and others. Both threads showed over whelming support for RF in HP but you reported the very opposite. In the thread I started, neighbors wrote about how they wanted to help RF stay in HP and thanked me! Some how you reported this thread " fell short of a definitive answer" as to neighbors wanting RF to stay! The other thread, 40 neighbors comments were in in favor about RF staying in HP and only one was negative. You reported "responses ranging from concern to good riddance"! I understood that to mean 50/50 in responses and zero in support! I repeat "I PREFER DNAinfo." for local news. What you wrote about these threads were not supported by the source. You want to interview supporters of RF in HP? Pick a large location because I think you will be surprised how many of my neighbors will want to talk to you.

  • Darryl Holliday DNAinfo Logan Sq./Humboldt Park reporter

    I think we may have had a misunderstanding, Rak. I meant there was no "definitive answer" as to whether RF was staying or going — not whether neighbors wanted RF to stay. I know plenty of people on both sides of that fence to be honest but it's not something I would take a stand on in a story. Glad you prefer DNA though! I'll take that and will be on my way :)

Feb 27

Updated Mar 02

Riot Fest Needs our Help

UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last...

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UPDATE.....I went to the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meeting Thursday night at 6:30 P.M., Max Wagner a RF coordinator stated "Mike who runs RF has NOT decided if RF will be held in HP"!!!!! From what I understood, RF is being made to jump through hoops to have the fest in HP. I listened as the HPAC President "Amy Vega" told Max that she had sent FOIA requests on funds RF paid to the park district for repairs from last years flood during RF. Another member complained that Sacramento was closed one day prior. There was talk of the food trailers in HP going after RF for lost income because setting up days before RF. Max remarked that Sacramento was only closed for an hour that day, the food trailers have a contract with the park district and have given three options on setting up during RF. This RF did not have to do but reached out to the food trailers to help any way RF could! Max went on that the drains in the park were filled with GREASE, gravel and dirt which contributed to the flooding last year. Amy remarked that clogged drains have been a problem going back as far as 2008 in other locations in the park. Max pointed out clearly that RF has to follow Park District rules and complaints about thous rules being followed belong to the Park District and should be made to them and not placed onto RF.
I do not understand why a fest that does so much good "the list is to long to write here" for HP is being questioned on such minor matters? Shootings and gang activity do not spike during this fest! Why are they getting such a hard time making HP a great place to live by the powers in City Hall? Now is the time citizens of HP! If you love RF, write and call your Alderman, The Mayor and attend Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings and make your voice be heard! RF needs us to show our overwhelming support.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Meg, if it is true that this is a Park District thing thn contact,the head of the Park District. For city things follow,the,steps I listed. I have no idea why citizens keep going to the same place that does not give service...and then expects something positive to occur.

    Do foias....

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    Meg, if it is true that this is a Park District thing thn contact,the head of the Park District. For city things follow,the,steps I listed. I have no idea why citizens keep going to the same place that does not give service...and then expects something positive to occur.

    Do foias. Send in the complaints, with photos,or other evidence. If nothing happens send it to the regulatoru bodies and top city lawyer and get them involved. U definitely will get a resolution from the mayor, commissioner, regulatory body.

    I used to be stupid and keep ordering from a ward super and 311 for,years. I Don't waste my time doing that anymore. I go to the,top dogs responsible and tell them to hold their feet on the ground responsible. When they won't I report it to a regulatory body.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 21

Low Flying Plane last night 2/19/2015

Anybody see the plane last night the felt like it was on top of my head last night? Sometime between 8pm and 10:30pm?

  • Yes! I thought it was crashing. Went outide to check it out but didn't see anything.

  • Brenton A poor, poor, writer in Humboldt Park.

    V22 Ospreys escorting Obama. Scary things.

  • newcomer Newbie

    Yes Brenton, I saw them too. It was two low flying helicopters. They went over in the late morning as well.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 20

Water Meter or Not?

Hello All! Just looking for thoughts and or opinions...we are thinking of getting a water meter installed for our 2 flat. We are currently paying $775 every 6 months. We think it's a lot considering there are three people living on first floor and three on second floor. People who have two flats and a water meter, what do you pay? Is a water meter worth it? Thanks for any thoughts and or opinions!

  • Get it as fast as you can...can save you hundreds(!!) of dollars. I wiffled on this but eventually gave in at $600 x twice a year...saving bucks now

  • Joining chorus. Get it. You have to really be a water glutton to go over the non metered rate, which I guess is the whole point.

Jan 14

Updated Feb 17

Aldermanic Debates for the 26th Ward

Curious if there are any debates scheduled for the the Aldermanic race in the 26th Ward prior to the February election. A quick web search did not yield anything useful. Thanks!

  • Kyle eat, drink, run

    The Sun-Times also published their first list of Alderman Endorsements this morning (wards 1-10). The first few paragraphs are about lofty standards and idealism and courage to face hard truths about city finances, then they endorsed 6 of 9 incumbents. They do at least have a paragraph of reasoning behind each endorsement...we'll see if the trend of backing incumbents holds up when they get to the 26th.

  • Tonight at EuroFurniture, 2145 W. Grand Ave. at 7 p.m. It is apparently a meet and greet with all 3 candidates answering the same questions. They will not be allowed to question each other.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150217/humboldt-park/26th-ward-aldermanic-forum-will-feature-all-three-candidates-tuesday-night

Feb 13

Updated Feb 13

Dibs Garbage Trucks on The Roll!

I just saw a garbage truck, with two guys hanging off the back, go down Troy St (by North avenue) picking up dibs debris. Great to see!

FYI, They seemed to be only grabbing the chairs/garbage that were sitting in the street, and not the chairs/garbage are sitting 2' away in the parkway. (ready to be put back on the street with then next .03" of snowfall hits.

Thanks to the city for listening and cleaning this mess up! I...

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I just saw a garbage truck, with two guys hanging off the back, go down Troy St (by North avenue) picking up dibs debris. Great to see!

FYI, They seemed to be only grabbing the chairs/garbage that were sitting in the street, and not the chairs/garbage are sitting 2' away in the parkway. (ready to be put back on the street with then next .03" of snowfall hits.

Thanks to the city for listening and cleaning this mess up! I cannot believe people were still playing the 'dibs card' 14 days after the storm.

I think next snow fall I may ask for donations on EB, to put a dumpster on the corner and clean it out myself after 7 days. I will label it DIBS DEBRIS and note the location so everyone knows where it is located.

What ya think? I am sure I can get 50 angry people on EB to donate $5 :) A 10 cubic yard dump is around $350 with a three day street permit.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Yep. I'm pro-dibs but more than a few days is too long.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 12

Kedzie blocked

Does anyone know what's going on between Wabansia and Bloomingdale, on Kedzie? There are police blocking the street and an ambulance just passed.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Semi serious accident at Kedize/Bloomingdale. Seems a drunk driver came the wrong way down Kedzie from at least Armitage and blasted a northbound SUV. Was on the scene pretty quickly, put out a small fire, and talked to the pinned driver. He did eventually get out and was not seriously injured at least externally. Driver of the NB car was alert and responsive, seemed OK.

    Both SUVs obviously totaled. Could have been a lot worse.

Feb 10

Found Keys

Message if yours

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Snow removal around Norwegian American Hospital

It's such a shame that Norwegian Hospital is not clearing their sidewalks of snow. This has been a reoccurring problem this year, but I know they have plows and the grounds staff to do it. What's the excuse this time?

I sent an email through their webpage, but I doubt if it'll get any traction. Anyone have a contact there?

  • You'd think that with Hispanic Housing and Bickerdike getting their property for $1 and not paying any property taxes that there would be at least a small budget for maintenance...

  • They can't clean the snow off the sidewalk? Our former alderman, Billy Ocasio, who now works for the hospital and spearheaded the land deal to develop a housing project with current Alderman Maldonado, will fill their pockets With Tax Payer Funds yet can't find the common decency to clear the sidewalks to help people in their ward? What is disgrace.

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