27 min ago

Updated 15 min 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.

  • Interesting to note Logan Square's population: 114,174 in 1930. 73,595 in 2010. I think we've got room for 253 more people!

17 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Brown Sack closing?

I called on Tuesday to get some noms. They happened to be closed for the day, but their voicemail announced it was their last week of business. Can someone confirm? Will be devastated if so

  • Thanks Chandler. Phew I'm so relieved that they're not closing forever. I hope Brown Sack 2.0 is just as good as or better than before. I'll be upset if they get the Marble treatment which was fine as it was but new owners claimed it would have better food, nicer...

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    Thanks Chandler. Phew I'm so relieved that they're not closing forever. I hope Brown Sack 2.0 is just as good as or better than before. I'll be upset if they get the Marble treatment which was fine as it was but new owners claimed it would have better food, nicer cocktails, etc. So far it has only managed to have worse everything and higher prices. And for reasons I can't comprehend you have to go up to the bar yourself to order something. I guess the higher prices don't include pay for waitresses, but I digress...

  • I know what my dinner plans are tonight.
    What's sad is here a good business closes because someone else is taking over the space. With all the empty storefronts we have in Logan Square, (like most on Fullerton west of Kimball) it's a shame that a new place can't open...

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    I know what my dinner plans are tonight.
    What's sad is here a good business closes because someone else is taking over the space. With all the empty storefronts we have in Logan Square, (like most on Fullerton west of Kimball) it's a shame that a new place can't open in one of these empty storefronts rather than displace a working business. I know the woman who owns the building where the Brown Sack is located. She said earlier in the year she was moving, so maybe she sold her home & the building. I live close to the Sack & remember the building was a complete dump - they spent so much sweat equity to get it into shape.

19 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Did you lose your hairless kitten

Found at Unity Park. No collar. Seems to be ill and missing some teeth. Sorta slimy and wet. Will take to treehouse unless you can identify it.

5 hours ago

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9 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Trails & food - Starved Rock

I am planning a day trip to Starved rock this Saturday and wondered what trail to take. I'm looking for something around 4 miles roundtrip, wonderful canyons, but great lookout points as well. Also, I am looking for a great spot to eat around that area, which is quaint and local. Thanks!

  • There's a great sandwich and ice cream shop in town outside of the park. I don't recall the name. I hope it's still there. The lodge inside the park also has good food.

23 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Good AM! It's Looking Good Today!

I have this great picture taken after sunrise this am and I'd thought I'd also give you an audio version of the weather for today and the weekend.
https://soundcloud.com/bart-shore/everyblock-weather

13 hours ago

Alexis Hagerup-found your ventra!

If anyone knows Alexis Hagerup, please message me; I found her ventra card on the street by Kedzie/Belden

39 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

High Quality window replacement contractor for vintage building

Unable to find the name of and link to a high quality window replacement contractor someone recommended 3+ weeks ago. It was a small shop in or near Logan Square. The contractor's site was extremely informative, eco-friendly, providing authentic repairs/replacements that meet qualifications for historic districts.

6 days ago

Updated 14 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.

  • City Dude, Myles: Welcome to Chicago! I suspect the official wording describing residents suggests that Borngueers would be given preference in obtaining the housing. Of course, application of that guideline can easily lead to discrimination against other ethnic identities. LUCHA and Hispanic Housing are particular adept at working the system...

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    City Dude, Myles: Welcome to Chicago! I suspect the official wording describing residents suggests that Borngueers would be given preference in obtaining the housing. Of course, application of that guideline can easily lead to discrimination against other ethnic identities. LUCHA and Hispanic Housing are particular adept at working the system in an effort to keep the area a closed Puerto Rican enclave. As a result, they work to thwart any honest development and improvement in the area as well as promoting exclusionism. Other neighborhoods—Ukranian Village, Pilsen, Chinatown, Little India,...Little Italy—have maintained their ethnic identities not by manipulating the rules as to who can live there, but by encouraging ethnic businesses, restaurants, importers, Cultural centers, museums and such. These institutions celebrate the efforts of the various groups of immigrants without chastising current homeowners for selling their now-greatly appreciated property and moving to the suburbs or other areas of the city more suitable to their current needs.

    But again, it seems the most immediate problem to be addressed with the Norwegian Hosp real estate situation is holding the zoning code to 2 to 2 1/2 story structures.

  • I explained a basis to oppose the zoning change that was noted in an article attached to this thread. Perhaps you mistake my point.

    The article explains in part that courts rule negatively to perceived spot zoning changes:

    Why Do Courts React Negatively?

    Courts rule against spot zoning, when they...

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    I explained a basis to oppose the zoning change that was noted in an article attached to this thread. Perhaps you mistake my point.

    The article explains in part that courts rule negatively to perceived spot zoning changes:

    Why Do Courts React Negatively?

    Courts rule against spot zoning, when they believe it exists, based on two ideas:

    • Fundamental fairness. Often the suspicion is that perhaps the person seeking the change is a friend of some decision-maker or is owed a political favor. Or perhaps just is an influential person around town.

    • The strong legal nexus (connection) between land use planning and zoning. The ordinance is legally defensible to the extent it is based on good analysis and study of desirable future land use. When something looks so fishy that no reasonable planning commission would perceive it as a logical and desirable land use pattern, then the court may well say that's spot zoning.

    I do agree with your comment Bonita concerning economic development. Also thanks for the delayed welcome been here since 01. Much obliged.

Aug 09

Updated 14 hours ago

Turkey V

Has anyone seen what appears to be a turkey vulture circling around California and Augusta?
I noticed it appear after a kid fell off his bike and skinned his knee. Smelling blood, the turkey-v swooped down at the boy. Thankfully the boy's brother was there with a baseball bat and took a few whacks at his beak.
I'm worried about one of the neighborhood kids being carried away and snacked upon. Please be alert guys.

  • I used to live by an enormous group of turkey vultures. It freaked me out how they would fly in circles, like in the cartoons. Then I learned that is just their social flight. They aren't so much looking for something to die as they are leaving their nest and landing again, in a certain order, to establish their order and dominance.

    Are there really turkey vultures living in the city? The ones I've seen come in 6-foot wing spans!!!

  • Speaking of turkeys... The Smoke Daddy is smoking a whole bunch of them for Thanksgiving! Order yours today...and maybe you should also order one for the vultures as a peace offering. #buyaturkeysavealife

    visit http://www.thesmokedaddy.com/thanksgiving.php

15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

The Tile App (which we've discussed for lost pets) is shipping

On the recommendation of one of the eb folks, I ordered these tiles....the theory being they can be used to track pets (if enough people have the smartphone app) kind of doing what we do here when someone loses an animal. eager to try it out and see if it works. just got an email that my pre-ordered tag are preparing to ship. will let you know if it will (or could) work on animals...if not, i'll just use it for my keys, glasses, or ventra hanger tag that i constantly lose anyway.
http://howtomanguide.com/2013/09/tech/how-to-find-your-lost-dog-with-the-tile-app/

https://www.thetileapp.com/community-find

it's coming out for iphone first, then android...

32 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Did you lose a young cat, black with white markings?

There is a little lost kitty in the courtyard of my building. A neighbor is attempting to get him/her inside for the night. Is anyone missing a young black cat with some white marks? It is lost in the area east of Kimball and south of Milwaukee. I didn't want to take a picture because it might have scared her away. Looked clean and timid, like someone's pet. If you've lost your little one and the description fits, please post a pic and I'll let you know if it looks like the same cat.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Lots of fire trucks and lights Central Park and Belden

There are about four fire trucks and more police on the 2200 block of Central Park, but no smoke. Any idea what's going on?

  • Chandler, thank you for letting me know it was joe that cleaned it up, I will thank him! I called for the car to be towed on Sunday, and saw all the stuff out there, I just thought they picked it up, which surprised me....

  • Chandler Logan Square Resident

    Rochelle , wow gold star to you! To both of you really . I was wondering who got the car towed . I was gathering numbers ready to call first thing Monday am thinking it would sit there for days and days . Great job amazing neighbors keep up the good work .

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

El Stops with Only One Exit?

Recent renovations to the California blue line stop have made it painfully clear that the CTA never intended to improve the actual functionality of the station. While thinking about the potential hazard of having only one conduit from the ground to each platform (a possible choke point, and the danger of having to cross California with no crosswalk), I got to thinking: how many El stops are there out there that have only one entrance / exit to each platform?...

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Recent renovations to the California blue line stop have made it painfully clear that the CTA never intended to improve the actual functionality of the station. While thinking about the potential hazard of having only one conduit from the ground to each platform (a possible choke point, and the danger of having to cross California with no crosswalk), I got to thinking: how many El stops are there out there that have only one entrance / exit to each platform? I cannot think of another north side blue line stop that does, but maybe my memory isn't so good. Are there red line stops with only one entrance / exit?

If any of us want to petition the CTA about this at some point in future, it'd be useful to recognize how rare this phenomena is.

  • Alya A. Bucktown to Logan

    The station at Roosevelt also connects three lines, which only happens one other place outside the loop that I can think of.

    As was said above, short of demolishing buildings/spending millions of capital the CTA does not have, unfortunately making each station accessible is just not in the cards right now.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    Double LOL at the "Taj Mahal" comment. I think the India Bureau of Tourism may be sending some hired goons your way, Gary.

    Seriously though, I have been acquainted with the Roosevelt stop since 1985. They build a nice tunnel to connect the subway and the elevated lines, but the...

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    Double LOL at the "Taj Mahal" comment. I think the India Bureau of Tourism may be sending some hired goons your way, Gary.

    Seriously though, I have been acquainted with the Roosevelt stop since 1985. They build a nice tunnel to connect the subway and the elevated lines, but the main entrance is a disaster, and the actual subway platform is pretty much unchanged (I guess the train tracker info is nice, but that is pretty standard at the big stops).

    Belmont connects three lines as well, and I'd argue the entrance is *far* more welcoming and open/easy to navigate during to rush hour than it was before. The platform seems indistinguishable from the Roosevelt elevated platform.

39 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

New to the area, just saying hi.

Hi, I moved here in Sept. I'm 28. I'm shy so I thought this would be a good way to introduce myself. Unsure what else to say so I'll leave it at this and wish you all a wonderful Wednesday.

  • Sara, I moved here four Summers ago. People in the Midwest are warm and welcoming. I've never seen so much delicious food and drink in all my life. Also, there are *endless* things to do (Read: lots of good trouble to get into). I came here to study with fervor, but all I want to do is eat, drink, and go out for a boogie. It's a challenge!

  • You're in the best place in the world! anything can happen! it might get cold, but stay bold, and have fun and explore!

Oct 09

Updated 18 hours ago

Just moved to Humboldt Park(by Kedzie and Thomas)

Can anybody recommend some of their favorite vendors? Primarily looking for dry cleaners, banks, grocery, restaurants, etc. Also interested to know the skinny on the park (pool, other activities for kids). Thanks in advance for your input.

  • Justin Jahnke Dog Enthusiast and Partner at Super Dog Walking

    Evan, I should add, make sure you drop a few quarters into the chicken machine next time you and yours go to Feed. If you get the golden egg you get $6 off your next meal and your picture added to the Golden Egg Wall of Fame!!!

  • I work for Association House on Kedzie and Thomas - welcome to the neighborhood, neighbor!! I recommend the Flying Saucer for breakfast/lunch- great food.

5 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

A neighborly opinion

Just wanted to see if those of you with experience dealing with neighbor/pet issues can offer some advice. My downstairs neighbors are young guys who moved in earlier this year. They have a cat and said that they are now letting their cat (who was never an outdoor cat before) go outside by himself. While I personally don't agree with keeping cats outdoors in the city and would never let my own kitty out, it's not my cat and therefore...

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Just wanted to see if those of you with experience dealing with neighbor/pet issues can offer some advice. My downstairs neighbors are young guys who moved in earlier this year. They have a cat and said that they are now letting their cat (who was never an outdoor cat before) go outside by himself. While I personally don't agree with keeping cats outdoors in the city and would never let my own kitty out, it's not my cat and therefore not really my choice.

The issue I'm having is that this cat seems to not be too content about its new situation, especially with the weather being what it is, and slips into the building every chance he gets. He's spent several nights in another neighbor's apartment who felt bad for him and I have let him briefly into mine (after he followed me inside). He and my kitty didn't get along so out he went.
This morning he was meowing outside my door in the back stairway (probably got in while I was going in and out doing laundry yesterday).

So I guess I'm not sure which side of the intervention line this falls. Do I secretly find this cat a nice home with more doting owners, do I ignore the situation? Just want to get some objective opinions :)

  • maybe someone talked to your neighbors - that's good news to know the cat is still cared for.

  • i did give my neighbor a flyer for a free treehouse fix and talk to her about getting her cat fixed. i didn't tell her that said cat was driving my cats crazy by coming in my yard...her kids had told me it was their cat and that she had just had kittens(!) but for whatever reason, cat has not been around.

19 hours ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Names 2014 HOPE Award Winners

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) presented the 2014 HOPE Award to Margaret Slowik, RT (M), Mammography Technologist, Imaging Services, at the Saint Mary Campus. Slowik, a registered technologist credentialed in radiography, mammography and quality management, joined PSMEMC in 1990.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Mozzarella sticks??

been dying for some crispy, gooey mozzarella sticks in Logan square. Any suggestions?? Those soggy balls at boiler room don't count, and I haven't seen them on any menus nearby- I gotta be missing something!

  • J*o*s*h Engineer on Wrightwood

    Make this the 5th vote for Roots. Nothing else compares to their handmade mozzarella.

  • Hmmm....will have to try Dante's sticks!! Sad to say, but super fast and not half bad (IMHO) are White Castle on Addison. Small snack to grab and go. It's been years since I've been to Leona's but they use to have huge sticks! Fried cheese curds are Delish at Small Bar on Wellington (and Albany?)

36 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Bruno is having a blowout garage sale! He's cleaning out the warehouse to move!

Hello neighbors! My husband and I live on Haddon. My husband buys storage units and rents a warehouse in Humboldt to hold everything. Well, he is now moving to a new warehouse and getting rid of a lot of stuff this weekend for the move! Come to the warehouse sale at Warehaus West! Here is the link of location and the stuff he's getting rid of, most if which he is selling for $1. Records, electronics, instruments, tools etc.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/gms/4727286972.html

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    My partner is looking for 2000-3000 sq ft of warehouse space. Any chance you know of an available space?

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    I just read the CL ad you linked to. You said it starts at 10am on Saturday, what is the address? I'd love to look through the vinyl, and everything else. Thanks!

22 hours ago

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Apr 02

Updated 23 hours ago

LA Fitness

Anyone heard any update on the LA Fitness taking over the Olympic carpet building? Think it would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  • Anybody hear anything about whether this branch will have a pool? They certainly have the space for it. Hey LA FITNESS if you're listening, build a pool!

  • I can't believe how slow the construction is at the site. The workers seem to work a few days then no movement for days/weeks. I wonder what is going with the site. Has anyone heard anything new?

Dec 14 2012

Updated 23 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.

29 hours ago

LVCHINYLA posted 1 photo to Flickr:

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Looking for foster home for kittens

I have 3 friendly kittens in my yard. Looking for someone to house them and socialize them while we look for a home for them. I'm full up on cats already or I would take them in. They appear to be about 3 months old. They are very playful and seem healthy.

  • Thanks, Kat. The mom's in PR's TNR crosshairs.

  • So great to see how quickly the kittens were spoken for! I didn't even have to go through my usual phases of denial and eventual regretful acceptance of the fact that I really couldn't take on a second cat.

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

1700 Block of Drake

My Husband, Daughter and I took a walk the other day and found a house we would like to purchase on the 1700 block of Drake, about 6 blocks form our current home on the North side of Armitage. Please let me know what your thoughts are in that particular block and the area in general. I have lived in Logan, Armitage/Kedzie area since 2000 but, before making a purchase, we would like to hear more about the general feeling of the area, especially now that we have a young child. Thanks in advance for anything that you might have to offer, I appreciate it!

  • bigsneakertees Owner of www.bigsneakertees.net

    Gangbanger heaven

  • Janelle, have you looked at the area just north of Logan Blvd, nice residential streets, plenty of parking, close to Blue Line and expressway, many young families in my neighborhood, I am just north of Diversey & West of California. My nephew used to be a police officer in this district and told me this is the safest in the district. He is now a fireman. Many nearby parks, shopping, restaurants w/o the congestion. Best wishes to you and your family.

33 hours ago

Couch for sale

Three year old couch from Roy's, bought new and in good condition. 100 bucks. Holler if you are interested

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Mariachi Band Recommendations?

I want to surprise my husband with a mariachi band for his birthday party in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have recommendations for a great band to hire just to play for an hour or so? Any ideas of how much I should expect to pay?
Thanks in advance.

  • LCK

    Thanks so much for the recommendation but unfortunately, that's far out of the budget I was thinking of.
    Plus, my husband would probably be delighted to have a group of drunk musicains show up and play mariachi for an hour ;-)

  • My father is actually involved in this type of entertainment. He's a soloist and can have a mariachi band with him as well. You can email me at sarahn89@hotmail.com. I will be able to give you his number there.

2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Dog found

M:y husband found this dog this morning. He doesn't have a collar and is not neutered. He's safe now in our yard, but we will need to call Animal Control later this afternoon as we have two dogs of our own that are rather territorial. Please message me if this is your pup!

  • I saw no assumptions above. The combination of both not fixing your dog and letting him get loose makes you part of the problem and in need of a little shaming imo.

  • glad this pooch is back home and safe

Oct 03

Updated 37 hours ago

Donations Needed for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
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Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog or cat beds
- towels, blankets, anything clean, warm and fuzzy they can lay on
- treats of any kind
- dog and cat food (for the pet food pantry so people in need can keep their beloved animals and those animals stay out of these kinds of kill shelters)
- toys: chew toys (like nyla bones or kongs) and non-stimulant stuffed toys (no squeekers please - gets them too riled up in their cages)
- puppy potty training pads (there's a huge shortage of workers/volunteers, so they don't get walked often. If they have these, it means they don't have to sit in their pee/feces and it helps reduce the spread of disease.
- cleaning products of any kind to help keep the place disinfected
- heating pads (for kittens, bunnies or even the little squirrels they help nurse back to health)
- leftover dog or cat medicines or vitamins

I was just there on Monday and would love to get them stocked up on towels/beds etc so all the animals have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay (it really helps reduce stress for them).

I've attached some pictures from the last run I did for donations from you great folks! You can see the animals really love the blankets and beds! :)

And if you're thinking of adopting or want to foster some of these sweet babies, hit me up! More foster homes = we can get more of these animals out of kill shelters!

Thanks so much folks!

  • Meg, was going to drop off supplies tonight at humblebar after my last meeting... Am I too late? I can always drive it to the shelter myself. Lmk

  • meg

    You're not too late! I'll be doing a SECOND pick up Friday night!!! I just needed to do a couple trips because you guys are so rad! Thanks Janelle!!

Oct 06

Updated 38 hours ago

Former Sausage Warehouse Acquired to House New Arts Center in Humboldt

smh

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support...

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smh

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park with the purchase of the warehouse at 2713 W. Division St., the former home of the Ashland Sausage Company.

“The acquisition of those properties is a major step in trying to commercially and culturally anchor our community as it faces the onslaught of an ever encroaching gentrification process which seeks to erase our historical memory from the Greater Humboldt Park community,” read an announcement from Ald. Roberto Maldonado’s office.

The properties will be converted into the new center, which will include 14 live/work space for community artists, a 99-seat theater for performance arts and dramatic productions, a retail arts gallery and a “wines of Latin America/Spirits of the Caribbean Piano Lounge,” according to Maldonado’s office.

The 3,000 square foot building sits across from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center along Paseo Boricua.

“The project will definitely invigorate the financial development of the community, and will provide a place where artists can realize themselves both economically and creatively,” according to Maldonado’s office. “It will truly foment a sense of place for our cultural workers.”

Belmont Bank will provide financing for the project. The Division Street Business Development Association, and its executive director Eduardo Arocho, will manage the initiative.

  • ChiPhi 10-year EHP resident.

    Thanks RealMcCoy. Saw that earlier this week.
    I guess the surprise is that people are just finding about this and Mr Lopez' perspective through this article.
    This is why it is frustrating when others insinuate that many are just being overly-sensitive about what is going on in HP. As stated...

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    Thanks RealMcCoy. Saw that earlier this week.
    I guess the surprise is that people are just finding about this and Mr Lopez' perspective through this article.
    This is why it is frustrating when others insinuate that many are just being overly-sensitive about what is going on in HP. As stated in an earlier comment, just do a little more digging and all this info is available to you. There is literally nothing new in the article and if anything, it does not go deep enough.
    While you are researching, follow the roots of the 'Se Vende' Campaign.
    Again, there is room for a thriving, safe and developed HP for all without losing the soul of the immigrants that built this community but to do that there needs to be a tolerance. Tolerance does not include calling newcomers 'Barbarians'.

  • Thanks for posting the Jose Lopez article. If we all had the same attitude as him, there would be no PRs in HP and it would still be predominately Norwegian. Thinking that steel flags can go up to mark your territory like a dog pissing on a fire hydrant and...

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    Thanks for posting the Jose Lopez article. If we all had the same attitude as him, there would be no PRs in HP and it would still be predominately Norwegian. Thinking that steel flags can go up to mark your territory like a dog pissing on a fire hydrant and let it run down to the ground, is not acceptable for anyone in the neighborhood. So guess what, reap what you sow. People want to come in and make it better because it looks like a dump, and for the right price, they will.

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Forming a ceramics/pottery co-op!

Hello, we are in the process of forming co-op for ceramicists that need a space to throw and fire their work. The goal is to pool our resources together so that we can get a space where we can work. We can also use this space to have monthly gallery openings so that we can show our work to the neighborhood. We have three people interested so far, anyone on here interested?

Also, does anyone know of potential places where we could set up a kiln? It would have to be a place that we could vent, like somewhere that used to be equipped for a kitchen.

Thanks neighbors!

  • Hello there I am interested in hearing more about this possible co-op ceramicists location. I was doing some ceramics works in Logan Square @ Penguin Foot Pottery located on Armitage right before Western. However, since my recent move to Humboldt park I find it a bit out of neighborhood now!!:O)...

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    Hello there I am interested in hearing more about this possible co-op ceramicists location. I was doing some ceramics works in Logan Square @ Penguin Foot Pottery located on Armitage right before Western. However, since my recent move to Humboldt park I find it a bit out of neighborhood now!!:O) I am currently looking for something more closer to home, especially like walking distance for sure. I currently live & work in the Humboldt park area/community and have being searching for such spaces as the one you both are describing in your post. Please keep me up to date with your progress on a location. Should I hear of anything, you both will be the first to hear of for sure.

    -Regards,
    MDS

46 hours ago

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Jul 30

Updated 46 hours ago

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Kids selling Tribune subscriptions

Does anyone else have kids coming to their house every other week trying to sell subscriptions to the Chicago Tribune? It's almost always after 7 o'clock at night and always the same thing: it's for school and when you tell them you don't want the subscription they ask for a donation. Does anyone give money to people at their door? Kind of annoyed by it.

  • i had a very well spoken young 6th or 7th grader come and give me the pitch back in June. she was very professional and made out a non-profit receipt (which she had ready when i asked about them.) she came by during the day, though, after school, by herself....

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    i had a very well spoken young 6th or 7th grader come and give me the pitch back in June. she was very professional and made out a non-profit receipt (which she had ready when i asked about them.) she came by during the day, though, after school, by herself. remembering when i had to sell band candy, grapefruit, you name it, back in The Day (and while family bought most of it, i always had to walk a few token blocks with whatever it was -- and i didn't do it with half the grace she did) i didn't mind making a donation. She also figured out the antique turn doorbell that baffled my ups driver.

  • CGF

    This problem is caused by the employer Youth Workforce on Fullerton(at Western). They saturate Logan Square with young people hocking the paper. I get them twice a month. I quickly explain that I get these requests twice a month and I won't be subscribing. When they are persistent and sometimes...

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    This problem is caused by the employer Youth Workforce on Fullerton(at Western). They saturate Logan Square with young people hocking the paper. I get them twice a month. I quickly explain that I get these requests twice a month and I won't be subscribing. When they are persistent and sometimes aggressive I let them know I think their employer is scamming them by sending them in territory so overrun with requests that the likelihood of a sale is very low.
    Two responses that young people seem to understand.
    "What if I came to you twice a month and asked you buy something you already had (ie cell phone)? would you buy one every two weeks?"
    "What is your address?" WHY " I would like to be able to come by your home and request a DONATION when I am running low on funds."

    I have become so annoyed over the 7+ years living here that I have called the Tribune to complain twice. This falls on deaf ears. They should not be affiliated with Youth Workforce.

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Anyone need a roomy/place to stay?

Looking for a roommate for my big 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment. Must be dog friendly, working professional. Please direct message me if interested!

2 days ago

Health: HRC scores healthcare; AFC reaches out to Mexican men

The project works to connect Mexican men to services at Erie Family Health Center, 2750 W. North Ave., home of the Lending Hands for Life program that offers a range of services from HIV testing and medical care to emotional support.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Wisconsin Day trip from Chicago - Fall Foliage

Hi, I'm looking for a destination in the south part of WI that would be great for a fall foliage day trip. I'm looking for some good walking/hiking trails, beautiful scenery.

Thanks

  • Kettle Moraine State Park in Wisconsin is beautiful. Farther afield is Devils Lake State Park for great hiking...

  • Try Bristol, Wisconsin for hiking. If you just want a view, Holy Hill is beautiful.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Body found in Logan

Was there a body found on Central Park and Belden today? I heard about it but cannot find news about it on line.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mcdonalds 2707 N Milwaukee

I don't understand why ever time this Mcdonalds has a promotional event for kids, the signs are only in Spanish. Do they not want any English speaking kids at these events? This is an ongoing thing for this Mcdonalds and I find it very insulting.
Does anyone else think this is wrong??

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    I'm not seeing how Robin's experience equates to Godwin's Law. This came to mind:

    http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/09/hendersons_godw.html

    "When people in a political discussion want to put down other people who even mention Hitler, they will invoke Godwin's Law even if the person compared no one to Nazis or Hitler."

    That said, I could care less how McDonald's advertises as far as language. If anything, most people's distaste comes from how they target children with their happy meal toys. It's the Espanol-speakers that ought to be offended here, if anyone.

  • Bearmosa Resident of Hermosa

    I worked in marketing. There's a lot of importance placed on language spoken in the home. That's the language of family and friends... brands want to be your friend. When you see an ad in Spanish next time assume this and don't be offended or assume that the targeted audience doesn't know English. They most likely do.

2 days ago

Searching for housing in Latin area

Looking for A Small EFFICIENCY to a 1 BEDRM apartment OR OVER A STORE. IN THE LATIN community. LOGAN SQUARE, HOMBOLT PARK, AND AVONDALE.Low rent $500-600. I WILL ALSO NEGOTIATE to clean OR repair housing in exchange of low rent.

Oct 16

Updated 2 days ago

New California stop is really pretty, gotta say

There was a crowd of reporters and guys in suits this morning getting on the revamped calf. blue line stop. not that many getting on, so i had time to snap a few pix. they did a gorgeous job stripping and restoring the old doors and it really looks great...

  • Most of the other stations that have them though are fronting more major streets than California, which is relatively easy to cross - especially now that they've installed the mid-block crossing. At both Damen and Western there is a major road that the second stairwells bypass. The subway and interstate...

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    Most of the other stations that have them though are fronting more major streets than California, which is relatively easy to cross - especially now that they've installed the mid-block crossing. At both Damen and Western there is a major road that the second stairwells bypass. The subway and interstate stations are whole other animals that can't really be viewed as the same category as these legacy stations.

    Obviously in an ideal world you'd have it. Given the financial and space restrictions that everyone has mentioned though, it seems to make sense to just have the one...at least in my mind.

  • no elevator service

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Depressed by Traffic Jams?

Is it me, or is every way that one can drive into the city from Humboldt Park is now congested due to all kinds of construction projects. I have been so frustrated lately.

I try to take the train/bus as much as possible, but sometimes I need to drive. If folks have found good solutions for car routes, please share. I had pretty good success taking California to Roosevelt into downtown this morning.

  • Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may...

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    Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may cause harm, I'm all for. I see a lot of bikers, however, that should not be riding on city streets, especially ones without bike lanes. They don't seem to have the appropriate spatial ability to discern how close they are to parked cars vs moving cars. During rush hours, having those types of riders on certain roads can cause a great deal of havoc. And yes, I say the same thing about crappy drivers as well.

  • Not everyone can bike, but if more who could would, the congestion around Humboldt Park wouldn't be so bad. The original poster is right - trying to drive in this city during rush hour can be depressing - literally so, in fact. (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140915/walking-biking-to-work-seems-to-have-mental-health-benefits).

    Biking on Chicago's streets can be intimidating...

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    Not everyone can bike, but if more who could would, the congestion around Humboldt Park wouldn't be so bad. The original poster is right - trying to drive in this city during rush hour can be depressing - literally so, in fact. (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20140915/walking-biking-to-work-seems-to-have-mental-health-benefits).

    Biking on Chicago's streets can be intimidating at first, but everyone starts somewhere. I ride from the Humboldt Park area to the west loop every day and would be happy to ride along with anyone who is interested by nervous about doing so alone.

    Biking to public transit may also be an option for those who are sick of being stuck in traffic. The transit coverage in Humboldt Park leaves much to be desired, but the transit options expand greatly for anyone willing to bike a mile or so (approximately 5 minutes of biking at a moderate pace).

2 days ago

Covered Parking near Palmer Square/LS el stop?

I was wondering if any of you know of or have a garage spot available for rent that's located near Palmer Square, the Logan Square el stop or anything in between?

I'm looking to start renting the spot beginning mid Nov or Dec 1, ideally on a month to month basis, and I'll likely keep it through March or April.

Thanks!

Oct 14

Updated 2 days ago

LOST GRAY CAT

We haven't seen our gray cat since around noon on Saturday October 5th. He is all gray except for 2-3 small patches of white on his chest. He is VERY friendly and vocal. He also has allergies and without medicine his left eye will be watery.

He is very loved and we would be heart broken if we lose him.

No collar but he is chipped.
Any help would be great appreciated. Phone number is 708-908-0055 call or text any time of day.

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