41 hours ago

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.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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!

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Jul 18

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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).

  • 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.

Jun 22

Please Help Local Non-Profit, Top Box Foods, win a Grant by Voting on Facebook

Top Box Foods Chicago's ONLY non-profit selected to compete to win a grant in the national Zipcar/Ford Communities with Drive Facebook voting contest needs your Vote!
VOTE here: goo.gl/8hzocW (click green Vote and scroll to find Top Box Foods and click VOTE!)

We are in 2nd place and the voting ends this Wednesday June 25!

Can you please VOTE for Top Box Today! We need your help. This funding will be a game changer and allow us to deliver our fresh fruits, veggies and high quality foods to more underserved
neighborhoods in Chicago.

Vote once and share with friends. Vote here: goo.gl/8hzocW
Thank you so much!

Jun 19

Updated Jun 21

Filming on Division

Does anyone know what's being filmed in front of Pizza Metro on Division?

  • Not sure, but I did see signs for filming on Division Street between Hoyne and Leavitt on Thursday (yesterday). I didn't see them this morning.

  • I saw another setup by the pet store, Doggy Style and I asked. It was for some sort of commercial. Looked sorta similar to the setup in front of Metro earlier, but not sure.

Jun 10

Updated Jun 19

60 Units with No Parking Being Planned for Milwaukee Avenue

Curious to know what you guys think about 60 units being planned for block of 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue with no parking. There are still vacancies in 1611 W. Division Street as of today.

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.info/content-arts/developer-seeks-zoning-wickerpark-development-no-parking-landmark

  • This article is from a bike riding advocacy group, so I'm not surprised that they are touting their "fiscal responsibility".
    However, the article says that bike riders pay their share because 88% of them also own a car and therefore pay for road maintenance. So, basically, it says that bike...

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    This article is from a bike riding advocacy group, so I'm not surprised that they are touting their "fiscal responsibility".
    However, the article says that bike riders pay their share because 88% of them also own a car and therefore pay for road maintenance. So, basically, it says that bike riders pay nothing unless they own a car ie bike riders that don't own a car pay nothing. Which is what I said. Bikes don't pay for License plates, city stickers, tolls, and (in my experience) never get ticketed for breaking the law.
    Also, we in Chicago know that road damage is caused much more by snowplows than by cars and bikes. Perhaps you noticed this during our big winter. Of course, bikes benefit from plows clearing the streets even more than cars do.

    So, again I ask if there is anything showing, like government data, what cars pay in taxes and fees vs what Chicago pays for road maintenance each year.

  • leah wp leah in wicker park

    Wicker Park Committee's next membership meeting will be on Wed. August 6th. On the agenda, P&D zoning vote on 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue, & Wicker Park, Parking Study presentation by Lindsay Bayley, senior planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The study analyzes current utilization rates and recommends potential opportunities for improvements in parking as well as multimodal transportation options. Meeting is OPEN to the public. Must be a paid member of WPC to vote on P&D issues. Go to www.wickerparkcommittee.com for more details.

Jun 18

Free Indie Music / Dance Night in Wicker Park Tonight

Hi, neighbors! If you're out in the general area tonight (Wednesday, 18 June) & want to hear some cool music of the shoegaze / dreampop variety (for example, like these classic bands: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Jesus & Mary Chain, Swervedriver & these current ones: Airiel, Pink Frost, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, M83, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tamaryn) walk on over to the charming little club Door No. 3 (below Double Door) from 10pm - 2am for Shimmer! It's free to get in.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/459748800826440

Cheers! :)

Jun 11

Updated Jun 16

Masonry

Does anyone know the name of the masonry contractor that constructed several brick walls around exterior stairs about a month ago on WABANSIA (2200 West- I think)? We'd like to do a similar project.

  • I don't know that project, but we used AAA Masonary for tuckpointing and another project. Robert (the owner) is super knowledgeable and they do fantastic work. I would recommend them for any brick work

  • Strong Pritzker school mom

    Thank you for the recommendation

Jun 14

7 Ways to Better Listen to Your Intuition

Have you ever been in a situation where your “gut feeling” told you one thing, but your rational mind said another? If you went with your brain rather than your intuition, there’s a good chance you ended up regretting your decision. Your intuition is the subconscious leader that many people fail to give proper respect to. But learning to listen to this internal compass could help you make better decisions and live a more fulfilling life.

“I define intuition as...

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Have you ever been in a situation where your “gut feeling” told you one thing, but your rational mind said another? If you went with your brain rather than your intuition, there’s a good chance you ended up regretting your decision. Your intuition is the subconscious leader that many people fail to give proper respect to. But learning to listen to this internal compass could help you make better decisions and live a more fulfilling life.

“I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” explains Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, to The Huffington Post. “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”

It’s unconscious reasoning, the guidance that compels you to turn left when all signs may be pointing right. It’s often the whisper inside that can lead you to the best results possible, if you will just learn to let go and give it a chance.

Intuition is commonly associated with New Age mysticism or a metaphysical way of thinking, but it doesn’t have to be so. Our intuition was here long before anyone even gave a word to it, and it will be here long after other fad words expire.

“There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence, combined with solid research efforts, that suggests intuition is a critical aspect of how we humans interact with our environment and how, ultimately, we make many of our decisions,” said Ivy Estabrooke of the Office of Naval Research, who is investigating the power of intuition which has helped troops make important and quick decisions during combat.

READ MORE @ http://pcdoctorstechnews.blogspot.com/

Jun 11

Ask Ald. Joe Moreno Anything- from Anywhere

Join the conversation about news and issues in the 1st Ward when Ald. Joe Moreno is live on CAN TV's Political Forum this Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. on CAN TV21 and at http://cantv.org/live/. Have something to ask? Tune in and call in live, or leave a question on this post for a chance of getting it asked on the show. But calling in is the best way to make sure your voice is heard, so join us! You can also learn more about Political Forum at http://cantv.org/politicalforum.htm.

Jun 09

New Coffee Shop on North Ave

It's been a pleasure getting to know our neighbors. If you haven't had a chance to swing by, please come see us this week.

2415 W North Ave

M-F: 6am-7pm
S&S: 7am-7pm

cupandspoonchicago.com
facebook.com/cupandspoonchicago
@CupAndSpoonChi

Jun 06

Updated Jun 06

  • A lot of these fests are identical. Same bands, beer and trinkets being peddled. Only thing that changes is the name of the fest. Additionally, paying 7 or 8 dollars for Budweiser or watered down sangria does not make the masses eager to 'donate'.

  • If attendees are still interested enough to take advantage of the fests being organized, marketed and open for fundraising to cover costs (regardless of whether the masses choose to buy bevies and trinkets) a donation is not too much to ask. It always rubs me the wrong way when folks blow through the gate without flipping a few bucks to the volunteers -- not that I see that happening very often. I usually end up paying extra toward the free-loaders.

May 31

Updated Jun 04

Proposed Development

We just received a zoning notice that someone has asked for a change in zoning in order to build a 6 unit residential building at 2047-51 W Huron. These are two under-sized lots, each zoned for a single family home. We think this will set a dangerous precedent that could lead to unwanted density. If you feel the same way you might want to share your concerns with Alderman Moreno.

  • That's good news. We will be on vacation for the first meeting but will definitely get connected.

  • Concern? I encourage those of you forming yet another neighborhood association to move to the burbs, or better yet, a gated community.

May 29

Updated Jun 04

Erie Street

The City of Chicago is under financial stress, but Alderman Roberto Maldonado wants to sale the Old Firehouse location in the 2300 block of Erie Street for $1 to a developer. Who wins in this equation, certainly not tax payers.

His stated objective is to develop lower cost homes for purchase in the area. This may seem like an admirable plan, but it will jeopardize the value of every home in the area, whether you paid $1 million or $400K...

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The City of Chicago is under financial stress, but Alderman Roberto Maldonado wants to sale the Old Firehouse location in the 2300 block of Erie Street for $1 to a developer. Who wins in this equation, certainly not tax payers.

His stated objective is to develop lower cost homes for purchase in the area. This may seem like an admirable plan, but it will jeopardize the value of every home in the area, whether you paid $1 million or $400K for your home.

Erie street (between Damen and Western) has not been paved in 20 years, so building homes which will generate less property tax will guarantee another 20 years of subpar city services.

The City of Chicago is already taking enormous amount money out of our pockets for taxes and other services. Now an alderman is threatening to dilute the equity in our homes with a real-estate scheme which doesn't make sense for City of Chicago or for the neighborhood.

Is this fair to the residence of Erie Street?

  • Hi Noland,

    For all of you who live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming to address the very concern you are posting about.

    Please consider coming to the first meeting of a potential neighborhood group on Saturday, June 14th at 11am at Tuman's...

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    Hi Noland,

    For all of you who live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming to address the very concern you are posting about.

    Please consider coming to the first meeting of a potential neighborhood group on Saturday, June 14th at 11am at Tuman's Tap. The purpose of the initial meeting is to:

    • establish relationships of self-interest and reasons for desiring a neighborhood organization,
    • create a vision of the neighborhood organization,
    • review survey results, including pros and cons of joining an existing neighborhood organization or forming our own,
    • identify ways each individual can contribute talents and skills,
    • set dates for future steering committee meetings and a larger community forum.

    If you can’t make the meeting on Saturday the 14th but you'd still like to get involved, send an email to neighborhoodoptions60612@gmail.com or better yet take the survey (see below) and you can get on the email list.

    Please share this information with all your neighbors, fliers will be distributed throughout the neighborhood as well.

    For more information and to get connected to your neighbors go here: http://neighborhoodoptions.blogspot.com/

  • I believe deeply neighborhood housing should be for all. However, the primary issue with owning a home is maintenance. I can't imagine how you would build a home for $199k that fits into the neighborhood and would also be low maintenance. The group of "A" frames in 2100 block of Erie are 2-3 bedroom homes and the sale for $400-600k. So, lets be clear something else is going on, this not about building home which are inexpensive to own.

May 30

Updated May 30

Gunshots?

Did anyone hear something that sounded like gunshots around 4 am 5/30/14 around wood and north?

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