12 hours ago

Updated 38 min ago

Father and Son Need 2 Bedroom Apartment Humboldt Park Area

A father and son are looking for a reasonably priced two bedroom apartment in Humboldt Park, Wicker Park or further east. Father works in the West Loop and needs to be close to work. Son is a future major league baseball player. We have a small dog and a kitten. We pay our rent on time every month, and have copies of the money orders to prove this!. All we ask is that everything is in good working condition in the apartment. Send an e-mail to: steve_at_the_office@yahoo.com

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    Hi. What's your price range? I can help.

  • I think you should try calling mr.Hernandez he owns many buildings in the area
    773)2358139
    Goodluck

17 hours ago

Updated 46 min ago

'Safari' computer trouble in the last week?

Suddenly I'm getting 'plug-in blocked' and even though I down-load what they tell me, it continues. I went 'on the web' and it said that Safari has been having this problem. Can you help me solve it, please?

  • Download chrome, I never have problems with it or try the old Geek Squad method of unplugging everything and plugging it back in. Then delete safari and try to reinstall it.

  • You can also contact Curtis Rangel with GETsmart-IT.
    773-988-7873 or curtis@GetSmart-IT.biz. He's right
    it Logan Square and specializes in Mac.

22 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Guy who walks around talking to himself, and when he sees me he calls me "White Trash"

Anybody seen or had an encounter with this guy, around the 1700 block of Spaulding? I believe he is Hispanic and in his 20's, and when confronted he starts to talk a bunch of $&it, even though he walks by me and calls me white trash. Its happened twice, and the second time I just let it go. I'm not really sure whats going on, and just wondered if anyone knew. I figured he's got some mental issues or something.

  • i went to a police beat meeting a few weeks ago and they really encouraged calling 911 to report any suspicious behavior like this so they could send a car around & keep an eye out. (i thought 911 was only life or death stuff, but apparently not.)

  • Cityapril, good that you went to CAPS. Too bad more people don't. Yes, call 911 and let the police decide if he's a danger to himself if others. It might not be a priority call, so police might not get there in time to catch him in the act, but better to call than not.

38 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • we need a new alderman a probussines alderman who take care every issu in the neighborhood . this guys is worthless

  • I get that this looks bad, but is he supposed to take a loss on the property? He owned the lots before becoming an alderman. I can't get my shorts in a wad over this. Sorry.

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

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.

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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

  • This is a hard topic, obviously. I'm not denying he existence or importance of class privilege, the effects of a long history of ongoing racial injustice, or the need to be able to sue for discrimination if you are harmed as a result of a particular person's racial discrimination against...

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    This is a hard topic, obviously. I'm not denying he existence or importance of class privilege, the effects of a long history of ongoing racial injustice, or the need to be able to sue for discrimination if you are harmed as a result of a particular person's racial discrimination against you.
    I just think it's dangerous and almost certainly bad for government to be in the business of "establishing" racial classes. Yes, race exists, and is important in everything we do, but what I say my race means is different that what it means to someone genealogically similar to myself, and I don't think that's specific to my particular race. Putting things into law or spending public money on institutions like that "locks in" and presumably enforces upon others a particular definition of that race.

  • I'll take that building over the problems people living on Richmond are having with Insane Dragons.

34 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Seeking Out Shoe Donations

Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for...

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Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for more classic styles - no sneakers or modern sandals. So this could be heels, pumps, oxfords, boots (depending on what kind), flats, etc. I only have a month before the installation, so I'll probably take anything!

I live in the area, and would be happy to meet in a neutral place or make a pick up!

Thanks!!!

  • John, thanks.

    Do you (or any others) happen to know of other thrift stores in the area? Most of the pairs that I've found at Salvation Army are surprisingly $17 or more. Good will has a bunch for $6.99, with a rare pair coming in at $4.

    I've asked both if they have any shoes that they can't sell, and both of them ship those off to 3rd World countries... which is great, by the way!

  • Treekeeper Betsy, GREAT idea!

    I will put a box out tomorrow and post the location afterward.

6 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Big transit oriented development planned near California Blue Line Stop

From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave....

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From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave. I hope you can come and please tell neighbors who live close to this project about the meeting.

Curious to hear what others think about TOD development. I believe it's by the same team that put up the silver TOD building at Division and Ashland.

I thought TOD usually came with less parking than 70 spots. The one at Division and Ashland has zero parking spots.

I think it's interesting that the city is going back to the way they used to build near major intersections and transit hubs such as this. Like the coyote building at Damen and Milwaukee. Or the hairpin arts building. Smaller units, taller, more dense.

I think it's a good idea, as Logan Square has become less and less populated over the years. I seem to recall reading we have a fraction of the population we once had.

I think it would help make the area more vibrant. I've lived in 100+ unit buildings in the past, and people have the misconception that all 100 people will be causing traffic, or waiting in line at the El all at the same time. But even with 100 or 200 units, the fraction that are doing any one thing at the same time are slim to none.

Should be a lively conversation. People get all up in arms about change and the threat of shadows or traffic.

I say bring a tiny bit of our neighborhood's density back! Come join the fun conversation. For those unfamiliar, this development is slated for the now empty lot across from Cozy Corner diner.

  • Bearmosa Resident of Hermosa

    One random thought I just had about this, which maybe one of you can address is: Is it better for the city and for the environment if Logan Square gets preserved and expensive so that working class and middle class residents continue to infill other under utilized areas (Garfield Park,...

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    One random thought I just had about this, which maybe one of you can address is: Is it better for the city and for the environment if Logan Square gets preserved and expensive so that working class and middle class residents continue to infill other under utilized areas (Garfield Park, Lawndale, Englewood, Chicago Lawn, etc)? Meaning, as folks are priced out of Logan Square they continue looking west and south for new opportunities to settle down? Wouldn't that have just as, or better, a impact on the environment and the city's tax base, since even a SFH 25X125 standard Chicago lot is considered tiny and dense, by American standards ( and considering and assuming that most of these households were/are commuting toward the loop)? The city lost over 200,000 residents on the south side over the past 10 years and gained a little under 100,000 along the north/northwest/loop over the same time period. That obviously hasn't fixed our deteriorating tax situation? I find it very odd to build so high vertically when there are still so many neighborhoods in Chicago in need of more competent/highly paid/educated home buyers and renters. About 20% of all the land in North Lawndale for instance is vacant lots and about 20% of the houses there are also abandoned. From a policy and urban planning perspective, it already seems like the city has rolled the dice on density on the north and northwest sides rather than addressing the continued gutting of neighborhoods outside of those areas, but I think some sort of low density preservation could actually spur development across the city in surrounding areas that also have excellent access to public transit (eg, Garfield Park, Lawndale have two CTA lines and major arterial bus routes).

  • Got back from the meeting a while ago. 2 hours +. I think area residents have protected Milwaukee Avenue from development once again. My silly synopsis: Residents believe there is no such thing as a person without a car, Milwaukee Ave. is perfect as is, everyone is an urban planner...

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    Got back from the meeting a while ago. 2 hours +. I think area residents have protected Milwaukee Avenue from development once again. My silly synopsis: Residents believe there is no such thing as a person without a car, Milwaukee Ave. is perfect as is, everyone is an urban planner in Logan Square, unless you've lived here 25+ years, shut your trap, modern architecture has no place in Logan Square (it's for Lincoln Park or some yuppie neighborhood), we're all scared of the barbarians at the gate, GGNA is overwhelmed with requests for development and doesn't know what to do, people have 2 cars each and their right to park those 2 cars in front of their house must be protected, we don't believe their should be density near public transportation, and the Alderman must be on the take even thinking of hosting this meeting. Good night.

18 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

HVAC Recomendations?

Elo Folks! Got a bit of a heating problem and it's now a bit beyond us. We've replaced the coupling, and the furnace stays on for...maybe five to ten minutes, then shuts down. Pilot light out! Can anyone recommend a local person/business who's reliable and fair? A guess is a valve is shot, but I'm not going to chance making it worse. Any suggestions very much appreciated. Thanks!

  • LEH Est. in Chicago 1973

    Again,...thanks for the names and number people! Appreciate it.

  • Kelly B Beaucastel's Mom

    Metro Air Group is fantastic! Have used them for annual maintenance and repair for more than 7 years. Very reasonable and all of their service people are personable and courteous. Call Janine at 773-736-1400

33 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Cats on 2400 block of Monticello need help!

Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo...

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Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo female I named Monopoly and a tiny, male Snowshoe Siamese kitten I named Kimchee, both went to Tree House today for tests, exams and spay/neuter). I simply do not have foster homes or adoption floor spots for all these cats. I have a foster (but no adopters) for all the little kittens, but if anyone can help foster some of these young, healthy adults/older kittens until I can get them adopted or into other foster, please do let me know (I would have them vetted before they came into your house).They've got bad food and no shelter, and one seemed pretty underweight to me....they ate the food I brought like crazed zombies - they're obviously not being fed properly. THANK YOU Erica@treehouseanimals.org

  • He has some good days, and some bad...

  • Thank you so much for your care and concern Erica! It is so disheartening that the feral cat population is as large as it is. Every little bit that any of us can do to improve it and educate the public is a great thing. We adopted our former street kitty from Tree House's community cats program, and I'm so glad he is off the streets!

43 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

  • They should make him sell this land for $1 for affordable housing. He seems to love pushing other developments toward the affordable housing end. Why is he choosing to build luxury homes on his own land??? oh thats right, because he wants to make as much money as possible. F this guy. Get out and vote him out!

  • worthless alderman in the citi very corrupte.

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Bicyclists Be Careful!

I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd...

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I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd like to offer up a reminder that a) not only can you get yourselves killed by pushing the limits of traffic laws, but b) an entire busload of people may get thrown several feet forward due to reckless bicyclist actions, causing injury to others. Please be considerate and CAREFUL if you're riding on busy streets during rush hour!

  • You have not addressed the issue but you've had your tantrum. Sleep well.

  • Admonishing bicyclists in general to obey the law is not an appropriate response after experiencing the rude/dangerous behavior of a bicyclist. I don't engage in these behaviors and I am annoyed to be addressed as if I do. This type of post accomplishes nothing while providing a forum for people who don't bicycle to opine about how inherently dangerous it is.

Oct 17

Updated 15 hours ago

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.

  • Please include anyone who can make it. Again Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Continental
    2nd floor

    I will try to draft some document containing issues previously raised by all on this and other threads so that the discussion is focused. Because it is the first meeting it will be important for HP neighbors to introduce themselves. I will take notes.

  • Ang Resident Loving the Park

    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units...

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    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units make up this development, located on three sites along Humboldt Boulevard. This substantial rehabilitation project was completed in 1993."

    Bickerdike owns 3 more buildings east of Sacramento going down Augusta @ Richmond, @Mozart Street, @Francisco, these are also in that same range. So we are at 6 Bickerdike Apartment Buildings in this little corner. The area I am talking about is Sacramento to California/Chicago to Augusta( approx. 250-500ft from new developments). http://www.bickerdikemembership.org/properties

    Hispanic Housing (CHA ) properties in this same area consists of 10 scattered sites buildings with 38 units.

    We have Section 8 buildings in this same area. I don't know how to find out which is a section 8 building but I know a few(5 units) on the 800-900 block of Richmond street.

    So confirmed numbers are 108 units of subsidized housing in this little area. not counting section 8 and the Bickerdike Apartments on Augusta.

    Hope the numbers help

22 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Crash this morning on Diversey-

Yes, you woke up to sirens and choppers over head..NOISE! There was a crash about 6:30AM today (Thursday) on Diversey just east of the Kennedy!

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Hell, I was already up for an hour and a half by then! LOL!

  • Oh, wow. My husband said my kids were looking up at helicopters this morning on the way to school. Which is actually not an unusual thing since we live near Cali & Diversey and the interstate. Had no idea this had happened though.

  • I hope no one was injured

45 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Solar Panel Installation

The Citizens Utility Board is working with Microgrid Solar to provide a discount for those wanting to install solar panels on their roof. I spoke to a representative who of course told me I should sign up immediately to benefit from the program. I was wondering if anyone else had signed up for this, or dealt with Microgrid Solar, or has had solar panels installed on their own.

I'm trying to decide if its worth it. Thanks!

  • TN8

    RaleighsMa - I got the info through the CUB website/email. The bulk purchase deal seems to end tomorrow.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we...

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    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we are not Arizona, however, photovoltaic panels perform better in cooler weather than in hot, so that helps.

    From the flaming hippies at Bloomberg:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-29/while-you-were-getting-worked-up-over-oil-prices-this-just-happened-to-solar.html

    "After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016, according to a Deutsche Bank report published this week. That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.

    Even if the tax credit drops to 10 percent, solar will soon reach price parity with conventional electricity in well over half the nation: 36 states. Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar is becoming mainstream, and prices will continue to drop as the technology improves and financing becomes more affordable, according to the report."

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Any affordable vets that will do shots vaccines n emergencies for seizures?

Hi recently just found out my dog has epilepsy. I'm a city college graduate kid working part time who just coughed up 3,000 for er(life savings) I want to know of a vet that will do shots vaccines n real emergency procedures without forcing me to go in debt n if possible make payments as Banfield dropped the ball :(

  • (I love my dog, too...)

  • PetSupplies Plus is having their monthly 'non-emergency' vet this Nov. 2nd (Sunday) from 1-2:30. I don't know if that will help. It is in the back area and the vet there was great, I thought. I kept my dog in the car until it was my turn as there was a line. Located at 3640 N. Elston (773) 583-2288. It was a good experience for me (and dog), but then I really like PetSuppliesPlus and this location. Maybe call and find out?.

45 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Why do bicyclists ride on the sidewalk when they don't have to?

I totally get why cyclists go on the sidewalks sometimes. I did not understand why a young guy had to speed run down Armitage on the sidewalk last night, almost plowing down my 10 pound dog. I also didn't get why the woman was riding on the sidewalk on Humboldt last night when there is the side street to the main street she could have been riding on. I also saw a guy riding on the sidewalk on Palmer, another quiet street.

Since there are so many drivers are so evil threads, I thought I would start a thread on bikers because I saw three last night on the sidewalk for no reason.

  • Susan S. resident

    @Tom in Logan SQ The law is anyone over the age of 11 must ride in the street.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    ^^^ Yeah but it's not enforced, at all.

    While I'm a huge fan of name-calling on this particular topic, better infrastructure does reduce it. However, I tend to see the most offenders away from large artery streets that would (probably) be next in line to get a bike lane. Meaning, more bike lanes aren't going to solve the issue. People who do this have by doing so demonstrated they don't deserve the carrot, get the stick and use it.

    Cops. Tickets. Public humiliation.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

LS Trick or Treating- Date and Times?

I'm not sure what tradition is as it's my first year in Logan Square but I wanted to be sure to be ready for any Trick or Treaters if there were to be some.

Anyone have info to share on any Neighborhood traditions?

  • I feel so out of touch! 3 or 4 in the afternoon is so early. When I was little it was a night time activity (6:00 to 8:00) for all ages. Thanks for posting, I'd never have known otherwise.

  • Susan S. resident

    Just wanted to address the date question: It's Oct. 31.

    Chicagoans may not realize that some places trick or treat Oct. 30 or by municipal fiat.

18 hours ago

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.

19 hours ago

Someday Is Closer Than You Think

For many people, Someday is an elusive day on the far-off horizon—always close enough to see, but too distant to touch. 

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Found Cat

Hi, a very friendly female tabby cat was found near California and Logan, October 27th.

  • since she is very friendly, she must be lost, I hope her owner contacts you, best wishes, she is cute.

  • If you're on Facebook. check/post on the Lost Cats of Illinois page

  • Thank you all for checking this post. We have posted everywhere and still no owner. Anybody want a great cat?

20 hours ago

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

21 hours ago

You have 16 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

39 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Ring lost in Palmer Square

My wife was with our daughter in Palmer Square yesterday afternoon and in the process of packing up lost her engagement ring. We've had a guy come out with a metal detector to search the area to no avail. If you by chance come across a ring in the area, please let me know. We're more than happy to offer a reward.

  • Is there a certain area? Or the whole park?

  • I have a detector. Let me know where and I can check a second time. Make sure she double checks her purse. I find things in there the third time I look. : )

  • Thanks everyone. She was sitting under a dead tree on the N/NW side of the park. We had someone run that area with a metal detector yesterday. The tricky part is she also ran a couple of laps around the track and then headed back to our home, north on Kedzie. So this thing really could be anywhere.

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Division and Central Park / Grand Ave - Building

Does anyone know what they are doing with this building? I see they are adding trees to the parking lot, and maybe getting it ready to be re-surfaced. Just curious.

  • MANogueras HUMBOLDT PARK MAN

    A much needed addition to the area!

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    Can not wait until they finish it. It will be $10 a month and $20 if you want to take the classes and be able to bring a friend. Their other locations has zumba classes. I cannot wait to cancel my Planet Fitness membership. That gym is horrible.

Aug 19

Updated 31 hours ago

Electricity provider

My new apartment allows me to choose an electric provider. Does anyone have recommendations (or warnings) they can share?

Current tenants in the unit use ComEd, so it may be easiest to stick with that, I'm not sure. Any advice is appreciated.

  • I called to cancel Integrys and return to ComEd. I was they would submit the request to change our provider. But was told no refunds were being given out? Is there something specific I should ask for? Thank you for you help!!

  • Mara, I simply asked for a refund of the amount that I overpaid. I received a $100 Visa debit card this week. Good luck.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Introducing LoganSquarist v 2.0

I'm pleased as punch, overjoyed and tickled (all of those things at once) to announce LoganSquarist v. 2.0! The new version of the site has an upgraded sleeker, cleaner and meaner (in a good way) design! Reconfigured directory, refined information AND a brand new LoganSquarist Store (that's right, get your Logan Square merch right here!) Learn more about the updates and check it out! Please let us know what you think! http://lsq.st/10uCDmY

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

3244 W. cortez Heavy car traffic and drug activity

Heavy car traffic at alley and drug dealing. New neighbors really hurting the peace and quiet of this neighborhood. Please call police and report so that its more than just a few people calling !!!

I need your help !!!
It was so quiet but someone rented to these people. And now we have loud noise, mechanic work, heavy car traffic and drug dealing. As well as lots of unwanted people in and out . Lets all call police, if we see this until they go elsewhere.

  • @rob, I'm in agreement. We've continually worked hard to make the Spaulding block a great place to live.

  • If you read my previous comments, I'm worried about my neighbors dealing. But thanks for the rude reply!

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Loose Dog. Albany and Dickens

Small black and white fluffy dog without a collar running loose around Albany and Dickens. We tried to catch but is very scared and running. If this is your dog, this is the area that he/she was seen around 3:30pm.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Holiday Lights Contractor

Does anyone know if there is a service that will put up our holiday lights outside the house?

  • Susan S. resident

    Try an internet search including the word "installation." There were news stories about this type of service pre-recession, though I don't know if the companies weathered the storm.

  • Susan, great suggestions. I did a google search prior to posting this but did not use the word installation. The word installation yields many more results.

Dec 14 2012

Updated 40 hours ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Realmccoy, I was thinking about how much fun it would be to create a facebook page dedicated to collecting press regarding Muy Mal Donado's shady dealings...:)

  • Almost any city official should have page like that, definetly I'll be fan of Muy Mal Donado's one.

41 hours ago

Ald. Maldonado's Land Near Bloomingdale Trail Sold to Trust in Wife's Name

Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action...

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Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action was delayed until at least Nov. 13.

Humboldt Park residents were told of the rezoning proposal at 1754-56 N. Central Park Ave. and 1755-57 N. Monticello Ave. on Sept. 20. The vacant properties were listed under Maldonado’s name until 2013, when they were transferred to the Nancy Y. Franco Maldonado Trust.

“The settlor of the trust, Nancy Y. Franco-Maldonado, is my wife. I am a guarantor for the loan which encumbers the property,” Maldonado wrote to the executive director of the Chicago Ethics Board Oct. 7. The alderman has also disclosed his relationship in the site's zoning application.

Transferring the property to his wife is akin to "moving it from your left pocket to your right," according to estate lawyer John Zelenka.

"If he put it in his wife’s trust, he's the guarantor and he's on the mortgage then he owns it," Zelenka added.

Maldonado canceled plans to rezone the same 26th Ward properties in 2009 due to a "conflict of interest," the Chicago Reader reported at the time. He had just become the 26th Ward's alderman, and aldermen have a say in land use policy in their wards.

The properties sit directly adjacent to the upcoming Bloomingdale Trail, part of the larger "606" system that is converting forgotten railroad tracks into a linear park that will stretch through several neighborhoods.

read the rest at DNA info here...

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/humboldt-park/ald-maldonados-land-near-bloomingdale-trail-sold-trust-wifes-name

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Thanksgiving Day Space

Looking for a space to host a Thanksgiving Day party.

Do you have any ideas?

  • I work by day at what is, at night, a homey event space in the northern end of Humboldt Park. I think a thanksgiving celebration would be perfect. Just email Annie on this page: http://thelivingroom.io

    Note that there is no oven on site; you'd need to bring your food from elsewhere.

  • Friends just hosted a wedding shower at an airbnb rented apartment. It was perfect because it had a full kitchen and plenty of space. She only spent $100 a night. Might be a cool idea to look into for Thanksgiving if your own place isn't big enough.

  • Great ideas - Thank you so much!!!

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Twin Towers Project

news on the Logan Square list serve indicates that there will be a public meeting this Thursday for a large scale project on Milwaukee Avenue.

"Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed there will be a community meeting held on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 PM at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue for the re-development of the Max Gerber property at 2293 N Milwaukee Ave that currently calls for a 15 and a 11 story building which will be connecting towers and include 253 rental units and only 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 calling this a planned TOD development."

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Street Snow Removal Case Study - Going Dibless

I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture...

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I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture to save a spot for parking after digging out. They would ask--is it not a public street? Well--yes? Well we Chicagoans know it's complicated. I asked them how the city of Montreal handled it and it was so simple. What the city does when it starts to snow, they execute plowing schedules set up very similar to our street cleaning and snow removal on main arteries here in Chicago. Residents are required to move their cars off one side of the street to allow plows to remove snow up to the curbs in the am and by the the morning the other side would be removed.

I think it's brilliant--any thoughts?

  • I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her...

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    I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her that the street space was public property which simply caused more rage. I'm paying for private parking this year to avoid the constant aggravation and potential nasty encounters. This is going to be a tough habit for some selfish Chicagoans to break.

  • This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am...

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    This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am also not looking forward to this winter, especially since we already have parking problems here in Chicago. My blood pressure is already rising just thinking about it. That would be a great idea with the moving to one side for the plows to come in. We definitely would have to wait awhile. All streets should be one way and have the cars parked at a one way angle giving more room to park This would never work either since the city works backwards instead of forwards. Yikes, soo many cars.

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

helicopters?

i'm near california and fullerton and kept hearing helicopters last night. between 8:00 and 8:30 i feel like i heard at least a half dozen on them. i'm not seeing anything in the trib about accidents on 90/94 last night. discounting the possibility that i am insane anyone else notice it?

42 hours ago

RFPs issued for West Humboldt Park SSA #63

The West Humboldt Park SSA #63 is seeking full-service company vendors to provide Sidewalk Cleaning Services and Security Services for the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor for 2015.

42 hours ago

Trick, Don’t Treat, Cyber Criminals

Kids and kids at heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins and hooligans in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But be careful that you’re not fooled by a different kind of trickster looking for a larger handout—such as your identity.

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Slow Your Roll--Fullerton Ave Suggested Approach

Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to...

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Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to cross. I have always found that it hard to cross the street at some points where there are crosswalks and most drivers just ignore the signage. Also in my observations it just seems to be a drag strip from California to Western. I have read studies that if the lanes are tighter, drivers in response will slow down. I envision that part of Fullerton to be like Division between Ashland and Leavitt. With it's oversize sidewalks it could be the new "it" area for outdoor cafes and such. Thoughts?

  • KM

    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting...

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    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting hurt here.

    I would absolutely be supportive of the city re-engineering this strip to be more safe for those crossing (on foot, bike, or in a car), whether that solution includes bike lanes or not.

    In its current configuration, this strip does seem to visually cue drivers to move along and not expect much cross traffic. As others have noted, there are many options (and ones more effective than signs) for modifying the physical components of this strip that would elicit more cautious east-west traffic and safer north-south traffic.

  • Just want to say that there are folks at Goethe working with I believe Active Trans (but I could be wrong) about making the areas around Haas and Goethe safer for pedestrians/cyclists.

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Voting Guide/ Candidate Resource - Judges

Hi All,

For those who have not voted yet, I just wanted to share a resource I found helpful in making my decisions for all the Judicial selections on the ballot. In addition to the Gubernatorial, and Congressional candidates, most of the ballot is comprised of candidates for judges in various courts -- none of whom I knew anything about.

Various Bar Associations gave their recommendations on all of the candidates, compiled in the pdf link below:

http://www.voteforjudges.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Alliance-General-Election-Ratings-Retention-in-Ballot-Order-Final.pdf

Also helpful is the general list of candidates:
http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3876.pdf

Hope it helps!

2 days ago

‘Maintain Your Brain’ Program Set for November 5

Want to learn how to reduce your risk of stroke and know the differences in stroke symptoms for men and women? Join us for a free interactive program, “Maintain Your Brain: Keeping a Healthy Brain at Any Age” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on November 5 at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), Nazareth Family Center, 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., (enter at Thomas St. and Oakley Blvd.), Chicago.

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