42 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Over Night Blue Line Construction

Our bedroom face the Western Blue Line stop. We are used to sleeping through the standard train sounds, but last night, they began night construction and we were awake for the entire thing. Although loud, the actual machinery is tolerable. What kept us up was the intermittent sound of boards or something similar being thrown from the el into large metal dumpsters on the ground. Every time I dozed off for a second, BOOM! Anyone know how long this is supposed to last? Should they be throwing materials from the tracks? I am exhausted.

  • Can you go on the website and get more information about construction?

    Sadly, city services has different 'rules' as I learned from 606. But file a complaint with the city anyway...everyone needs to sleep...

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Hair Color Models Needed Monday! $10!

I'm a hair color apprentice looking for hair color models every Monday!
Shoot me an email if you're interested!
Where:
Art+Science Salon
1554 N Milwaukee Ave
Appointment times:
1pm
3pm
5pm

3 days ago

Logan Square's Annual House & Garden Walk! Interior Tours-Sept 13th!

This year marks the return of this popular late summer event hosted by Logan Square Preservation, a long-standing non-profit community organization with a rich history of preserving the homes and unique character of the neighborhood and its Boulevard network.

EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON
2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September...

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This year marks the return of this popular late summer event hosted by Logan Square Preservation, a long-standing non-profit community organization with a rich history of preserving the homes and unique character of the neighborhood and its Boulevard network.

EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON
2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September 13 during the Logan Square Preservation 2014 House & Garden Walk.

Visitors enjoy relaxed interior tours of stately turn-of-the-century homes led by trained docents who provide insight on history and architectural significance.

The event also includes access to four striking area gardens and the Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, the first religious institution of its kind in Chicago.

Most homes and gardens on the walk are located on Palmer Square, a pocket neighborhood of Logan Square, one of Chicago’s most historic and vibrant communities. The seven-acre Square recently was redeveloped by the City to include a children's play space, walking trails, soft surface jogging trail, open lawn areas, lighting, seating, and landscaping.

Visitors are highly encouraged to take in the Walk at a leisurely pace and also explore the surrounding neighborhood, now home to many award-winning, ethnic and eclectic restaurants.

The House and Garden Walk runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TICKETS:

Advance tickets are now on sale for $25; day of event tickets are $30. Those interested can purchase tickets on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Av., or by visiting www.logansquarepreservation.org

Request further information from logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com.

3 days ago

Call For Local Artists

OPEN CALL FOR “ARTS SANCTUARY” VISUAL ART EXHIBITION ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

In conjunction with the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Wicker Park Lutheran Church is establishing a First Fridays exhibition series called “Arts Sanctuary.” Our goal is to cultivate a series of events that bring together the arts and our community while exploring connections between art and spirituality. September's event, which is entitled "Mercy, Unity, Restoration," is open to the public and will take place from 7–10 p.m....

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OPEN CALL FOR “ARTS SANCTUARY” VISUAL ART EXHIBITION ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

In conjunction with the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Wicker Park Lutheran Church is establishing a First Fridays exhibition series called “Arts Sanctuary.” Our goal is to cultivate a series of events that bring together the arts and our community while exploring connections between art and spirituality. September's event, which is entitled "Mercy, Unity, Restoration," is open to the public and will take place from 7–10 p.m.

Among others, the exhibition will feature a social practice piece entitled “Sewing Forgiveness” by Catherine Schwalbe. Live jazz, local beer, and light refreshments will round out the evening. The event is free with a suggested donation, and proceeds will go to Youth Futures, a local nonprofit that works with young adults who are on probation and parole, providing mentoring, educational services, and restorative justice programs.

EXHIBITION DATE

September 5th, 2014, 7–10 p.m.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are looking for works to display, primarily from artists working in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and greater West Town areas, and especially those featuring the topics of mercy, forgiveness, restoration, and unity. If your work is outside the scope of concept or location, it will still be considered. Please respond via email to Kristin Turpin (kristin.hanson@gmail.com) with the following:

-A JPEG or link to the piece(s) you’d like to display

-Overall dimensions

-Display requirements

We’ll do our best to ensure all submissions receive a timely response.

DEADLINE

Submissions will be accepted through August 30th.

Thank you and we look forward to working together to create a shared art experience!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Prasino Wicker Park Closes Indefinitely

Owner has had it: "tired of everything going out the back door". Tried to grab a bite there today, owner said he made decision to close doors this morning.

5 days ago

Hair color models needed tomorrow!

Hey neighbors!
I work as an apprentice at a salon called Art+Science on Milwakee Ave.
I'm looking for models who would like to do one color all over (no foiling).
Great for refreshing faded ends or correcting tone.
The appointments are this Monday at 1 and 3pm.
The cost is only $10
Please email me at HeatherEckardt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Aug 12

Updated Aug 12

Balloon Framing? An architectural history question.

A while back I read that the old Mena Travel building on Milwaukee Ave. has landmark status because it is a rare example of "balloon framing." Wow, I thought - that is kind of cool, but who will ever see the framing of the building - it's usually all covered up. Well it's being reno'd now and is down to the studs. So I stared at it yesterday, and help me out. What is "balloon framing"? -I expected to see something like an Amish barn structure???

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the...

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    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the sides of exterior studs, rather that the exterior studs resting on the joist, it's likely to be balloon framed. Thus construction type is terrible for energy efficiency due to the connectedness of the attic and basement (air leakage) and also presents some difficulty when insulating during a retrofit.

Aug 04

Cello Teacher?

I'm looking for a cello teacher to take affordable 1:1 lessons. I'm a beginner with little experience and am looking to finally learn a thing or two. Any recommendations???

Jul 31

Updated Aug 01

Early morning cabs

What's my best bet for getting a cab around 5am tomorrow? A company where I can call ahead, Uber, or just waiting in a certain area on Chicago ave? I'm headed to the airport and want to avoid any delays.

Thanks!

  • I've ordered cabs through taxi magic for airport rides only to be told 10 min before they're supposed to show up that they're not coming. This has happened multiple times so I only Uber everywhere. Plus you don't have to worry about having cash or fishing through your purse for a credit card (and then get attitude from the cabbie for not using cash). Safe travels and I hope you're going somewhere fun!!

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

    completely agree with Maka

Aug 01

Wicker Park / Bucktown

Anyone know what was going on around the 6 corners early this morning around 430 am. There were men screaming at each other for about half an hour. Sounded like a brawl.

Jul 29

New Lyft Passengers

Hey everyone! This weekend is going to be a busy weekend in Chicago with Lollapalooza etc. Have you tried Lyft yet?! If not, how about a free ride for your first ride with Lyft? Use code JEOR11 for a $25 credit for your first ride. Please share this code with friends. Stay safe Chicago!

Jul 26

Ford Focus All Weather Mats

2011-Present Ford Focus All Weather Mats, Like new condition Will fit in present model Escape, but has "Focus" molded into the rubber on the front mats.

Jul 23

Updated Jul 23

Moving boxes and packing

I have some moving boxes and packing if anyone is in need of them. I'd love to see them repurposed!

  • Andrea in Logan Square

    No problem. I recieve private messages through EB sending an email to my personal email account used to log into the site. Unsure if others get them a different way, but check there first.

  • Thank you. I found how to turn on this feature but your email did not come to my inbox. Do you mind trying once more?

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Jun 08 2012

Updated Jul 18

Strongarm Street Festival "Entrance Fees": They are illegal!

It aggravates me to no end to get hassled to pay an entrance fee to a public event held on a Chicago public street. Too many street festivals treat their "suggested donations" as a mandatory payment and set up lines and gates to try to trick people into paying. Many times, festivals are very aggressive about getting your money, say that entrance requires a "mandatory donation," and actually prevent access to the public space.
This is illegal: It is illegal...

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It aggravates me to no end to get hassled to pay an entrance fee to a public event held on a Chicago public street. Too many street festivals treat their "suggested donations" as a mandatory payment and set up lines and gates to try to trick people into paying. Many times, festivals are very aggressive about getting your money, say that entrance requires a "mandatory donation," and actually prevent access to the public space.
This is illegal: It is illegal to block access to a Chicago public street (unless you have a very special permit, which these festivals do not), as well as charge admission to a public place. I have had to threaten to get police involved when festival employees get aggressive and try to block access.
Now, I would be happy to contribute toward a good cause, especially if I'm enjoying the festival. But these "donations" are opaque: I've rarely seen a sign or documentation explaining how the money gets used, or any kind of oversight of the monies connected to these events. Does all this cash just end up in the pockets of event promoters/organizers? I have heard that it often does ...
What is also disconcerting is that all media outlets (Reader, Time Out, etc.) report these events as costing money for admittance, when in fact they are free.
Also, the festivals have been dramatically jacking up the prices of their "suggested donation" from what I've seen this summer.
I recommend that fellow Chicagoans not pay these extortionist, fake fees and instead choose to make a donation or not depending on how the money is getting used.

  • There needs to be more transparency by the groups running street festivals and training for the temporary employees working the gates. I have no problem flipping a five to a worthy cause. The ordinance states that these fees are not mandatory because it is a public thoroughfare. The temporary staff...

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    There needs to be more transparency by the groups running street festivals and training for the temporary employees working the gates. I have no problem flipping a five to a worthy cause. The ordinance states that these fees are not mandatory because it is a public thoroughfare. The temporary staff at the doors should be under direct supervision of the permanent staff(s) involved with the organizing body. The donation should be declared as non-mandatory on signs at all entrances.

    The best thing for these organizing bodies to do is full disclosure to their financials and operations with the city. Give people a full view of where the money is going. If the donation money is going to the schools and community organizations, the accounting will prove it out to the penny. If the donation is going to fund operations for a private, not-for-profit and/or an SSA, then it will prove itself out. The former is how it is supposed to work. The latter is a concern that needs to be addressed by the city. You can't say these events are for community organizations and schools, reap the donations, then give them a sliver.

    If you have nothing to hide, then proactively ask the council to make the submitting of financials a requirement for seeking a license to close a street. Sunshine is the purest antiseptic.

  • That's not at all what I said nor are your assumptions the basis of my opinions.

    We are obviously reading completely different things. But, different points of view and interpretation are a good thing.

Jul 17

Bringing chess back to the city of Chicago

Wicker Park is one of the neighborhoods being considered as a home for the Chicago Chess Center:

http://dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/downtown/chess-players-want-central-downtown-club

Jul 15

I could be your next cool roommate

I am looking to move Aug 15th or Sept 1st. I work from home, very neat and have a sweet old dog to guard your stuff. Ukrainian Village, West Town or East Humboldt Park preferred.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Damen Blue Line Stop Closing for Months

Hi neighbors,
Earlier this week at the Damen Blue Line stop, the CTA employee made several announcements that the Damen stop would be closed for a couple months beginning at the end of the Summer due to construction. Can anyone provide more information or a website with updates?

Thanks!
Mike

  • Details on the renovations are on the CTA website here:
    http://www.transitchicago.com/news_initiatives/projects/ynb_improvements.aspx#damen

    Basically they are renovating the stations (Damen and California) to their original historic look, with new granite floors, woodwork, etc. as well as adding a tactile edging to the edge of the platforms to comply with ADA requirements, along...

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    Details on the renovations are on the CTA website here:
    http://www.transitchicago.com/news_initiatives/projects/ynb_improvements.aspx#damen

    Basically they are renovating the stations (Damen and California) to their original historic look, with new granite floors, woodwork, etc. as well as adding a tactile edging to the edge of the platforms to comply with ADA requirements, along with some other modernization changes. No elevator will be added to either station (and unfortunately I don't think there is room to ever add elevators to these stations without acquiring new right-of-way by partially demolishing surrounding buildings or significantly changing the historic design of the stations).

  • Andrea in Logan Square

    The edging on the platform is badly needed. I've slipped on the bare wood multiple times when it's rainy and/or icy. Might have stopped the guy who fell onto the Cali station tracks back in April, not that I'm an expert.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 06

Need Office Space for Movie Shooting

Hello everyone!

We are currently filming a movie in chicago and we are in need of an office space. We need it for 3 days. The pay is $100/day

  • Lynne McDaniel An Orange Moon

    Moise pop in when you have a moment. I have a space for you in mind in the WOW DISTRICT.

  • Moises Ramirez PC Doctor's Design & Wireless Owner

    Thank you Lynne. I'll stop by today with the producer.

  • Lynne McDaniel An Orange Moon

    We are open until 5p on Sunday. See you later.

Jun 29

Grey Purse Found

I found a dark grey woven leather purse on Schiller St. this morning (Sunday). Missing most of interior contents, but purse is in great shape. If you would like it back respond to post and we can figure out the return.

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