5 hours ago

Christmas trees??

I finally live in an apartment with very tall ceilings and am very excited to have a nice, tall Christmas tree this year. Any suggestions for where I can go in the area to buy a tree this year??

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Concrete repair

Does anyone know of someone who is reliable who does concrete repair?

  • Thing Fish Southside to Northside

    yah, let me know when you find a good one.. I am also in need.

  • Good luck finding someone right now. Apparently there is a concrete shortage and most guys are 3-4 weeks out already. I am pushing my projects back to the spring now.

  • I have a good guy he did lots of work for me can you describe what needs to be done?

37 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

California and north?

I know this has probably been posted about but I keep forgetting to check when I'm by a computer. Why has the left turn lane been blocked off ?

  • the Sinkhole has been repaired I called the city yesterday so they can get the blockades removed they put in a request to CDOT, so they removed one blockade. problem is I am not sure if CTA California bus will continue to reroute

  • Jen

    @Jen Ann that's why I was confused, b/c the street isn't closed and I just take a side street to get there instead. I guess I couldn't see what was going on

Nov 10

Updated 14 hours ago

Tuxedo cat seen and outdoor cat shelter needed

Is anyone missing a tuxedo cat? I'm assuming it's a stray because it's relatively thin. She's a really friendly cat though. She let me pet her when I walked up to her and rolled on her belly for me to pet it.

I didn't bring her inside because I'm pretty sure she's a stray and my cats would kill her, but I just wanted to post this just in case.

On that note, does anyone make winter cat shelters? I know they're easy to make and I can do it myself but if anyone has any handy I'd like to put some in my area for the season.

Thanks!

15 hours ago

La Casa Norte Joins #GivingTuesday Campaign

On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, La Casa Norte will join the #GivingTuesday campaign in an effort to support a National Day of Giving.  Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday intends to harness volunteers, donations, and social media efforts to support various causes like ending homelessness.

3 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Graffiti- should I be worried?

Our block (2500 palmer) is relatively quiet from what I can tell. Found this beauty on my garage today, already submitted report for removal and intend on working on removing it myself later today. Long message, anyone know what it means or should I be extra worried? Anyone know of recent activity in the area?
Thanks!

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

    Always report graffiti to 311.com . If it is obscene in nature or you are near a school make sure to report that as it will move the removal of this higher on the priority list. Taking a picture that you can send to 311 is helpful.

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    Always report graffiti to 311.com . If it is obscene in nature or you are near a school make sure to report that as it will move the removal of this higher on the priority list. Taking a picture that you can send to 311 is helpful.

    We have been in the neighborhood a little over 20 years and I would say this behavior comes in waves. I do recommend having a can of paint or graffiti remover yourself as it is best just to cover/remove these tags as quickly as you can. The taggers will get bored of your garage more quickly then and will choose a different target. Talk to your neighbors and work together to communicate about any tagging or suspicious activity.

    As far as worrying...I wouldn't lose any sleep over this as it is random and nothing against you personally.

  • The police were aware of this at last nights Caps meeting.

Nov 07

Updated 16 hours ago

Maldonado must go! Let's All Get On the Same Page

For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still...

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For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still secure at least 50% of the vote, and I personally do not wish to see a run-off election (thinking of taxpayer dollars here.)

Remember, the goal is to OUST MALdonado!

My intention with this post is NOT to get into a deep discussion about either candidate, because this is exactly what will lead to a vote split! Bear with me here.... At face value, Irizarry seems way ahead of Corona in terms of community involvement. Also, I spoke with several community leaders that I respect, and they highly recommend Irizarry.
And, one community leader even indicated to me that s(he) has asked Corona to withdraw from the election specifically to avoid a vote-split. If you are not a fan of second-hand information, then I hereby officially ask Adam Corona to withdraw from the election and throw his support behind Irizarry.

So, I suggest that we throw our combined support behind Irazziry. No, I do not work for her. I have never even met her. I just took a quick look at both candidates with info on the Internet and this blog-site. I don't want to over-complicate it. Unless some egregious info surfaces about Irizarry before election day, she's getting my vote. Remember, the goal is to defeat MALdonado. And based on what I am seeing, I think Irazziry is the stronger of the 2 candidates.

Let's do it, together! Let's send MALdonato packing - well deserved and overdue!

  • Irizarry will build this neighborhood back to the Stone Age if you give her a chance. If she is elected, brace yourself for many Cabrini-esque monoliths and density beyond what the existing infrastructure can handle. We already know that huge buildings for low-income/subsidized/welfare units don't work, and low-density is the...

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    Irizarry will build this neighborhood back to the Stone Age if you give her a chance. If she is elected, brace yourself for many Cabrini-esque monoliths and density beyond what the existing infrastructure can handle. We already know that huge buildings for low-income/subsidized/welfare units don't work, and low-density is the way to go, but for some reason the message hasn't gotten through to Irizarry, or to Maldonado for that matter.

    I'd like to hear from Adam Corona about this issue, but I think I already know the answer as he has been active in my neighborhood for years in combating crime. After sitting through dozens of meetings, and listening to citizen complaints, many of which are clustered around welfare units and are VERY difficult if not impossible to solve, it is clear that subsidized units, when stacked high or built a bunch in a row, while being more profitable to those constructing them, negatively impact the neighborhood often on a permanent basis.

    These should truly be scattered-site, a maximum of 1 or 2 per block, so not to dominate the block. Big bricks are really unattractive on blocks where older homes are located, such as this neighborhood, but this is really about crime and quality of life. These structures should fit in to the existing architecture, but alas that is far too lofty of a goal. I am just talking about crime.

    I am not anti-subsidized units, but I think that for the most part Humboldt Park already has their fair share. We should focus on getting the management of the existing units up to a community standard that is acceptable prior to moving forward to building more.

    If Corona has a bunch of non-profit construction buddies like Irizarry and Maldonad do, then I would be highly suspect of him.

    I have asked Corona directly about this issue and I am satisfied with and confident about his answer.

  • I vote Corona. Irizarry is Maldonado 2.0

35 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

SOS at Animal Control

Animal control is COMPLETELY FULL.
Because of this they will be killing tons of adoptable animals. Please if you can foster or adopt let me know ASAP. Fostering is free and temporary. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

39 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Looking for a parking spot (garage)

I need to rent a parking a spot garage for now till the winter ends, we live in Hamlin between Milwaukee and Diversy

25 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

did you live in my old apartment?

2455 n. spaulding ave
apt 1

i ordered some business cards and they're en route to this, my old, address. hoping to intercept them from the new mailbox owners in the event i can't get the post office to just leave it a local branch for me to pick up.

thanks. i know it's a long shot!

  • you could try sliding a note inside the mailbox or posting outside of it explaining the situation and how to contact you when they arrive. I've experienced this more than once after moving, having packages accidentally delivered to the old address and have always been lucky to have kind people who held them & returned them to me. could also contact your old landlord. good luck!

  • SLA

    If it's any consolation, I've not only done this many times, but lately when ordering things I've combined my old and new addresses to send items to a place I've never even seen let alone lived in

    Items usually get sent back to sender then I have to pay shipping again and wait longer. Sigh. Good luck! There really should be a simpler way? But then again the carriers make money off of foolishness :)

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Need a good car mechanic.

I need to replace the front brakes on my Ford Escape and was also told I need to replace the links on the sway bar which is effecting suspension. Looking for someone good in our hood. :)

  • I need one as well but just don't go to Chicago A+ auto repair on North Ave, the owner is scam artist!

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I've used Bucktown Auto on North near Paulina several times. They always did a good job and the prices are reasonable. AND they are open on Sundays too!

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5 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Found a lost cat

Last night (around 10 p.m.), we found a black and white juvenile female cat in the baseball field on the western side of Humboldt Park near Lil Cubs field. It appeared frightened and lost. She is currently staying in our guest bedroom until we can find the owner. If you think it might be your cat, please contact us at 773 235 8696.

43 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Lost dog near Altgeld and California named "Louie"

Around 6.30am when I was out walking my dog a neighbor was calling for his dog, Louie (Louis?).

He seemed distraught, and in not shire if he's posted here yet. He described Louie as a brown / tan, very large pit bull. He lives in the apartments on he corner of Altgeld and California above Mops Beauty. I didn't get a name or apartment number.

If anyone has seen Louie, feel free to message me and I'll try to find the owner.

Keep a lookout for Louie, it's cold out there!

  • If you find the owner, tell him to post flyers all over the area right away-it can be very effective. Thanks for helping out.

  • I live nearby on Logan and will keep my eye out. Please let us know if he finds him.

  • Jen

    I'll be on the lookout . Please tell him to check animal control every day if he can. They do a stray tour a few times a day

Jul 28

Updated 30 hours ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

  • I just emailed you. Please let me know if it doesn't get through for some reason. I'm new here!

  • meg

    Got it! Just replied. Thanks so much dogfriend!

Oct 03

Updated 31 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!

  • I have several containers of wet dog food I can donate. Can I drop them off at Humblebar? If so, what hours are best? Thanks.

  • meg

    Thanks so much Becky! I can pick up tomorrow during the day before 5pm or I'll be home all day and you can drop off (I'm near North and California). I'm going to the shelter very early on Sat and I'm unavailable Friday night. Or I'm home tonight so I...

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    Thanks so much Becky! I can pick up tomorrow during the day before 5pm or I'll be home all day and you can drop off (I'm near North and California). I'm going to the shelter very early on Sat and I'm unavailable Friday night. Or I'm home tonight so I can come by and pick up within the next hour or two if it's not that late! Otherwise, I can pick up another day and your food will go on the next trip. Thanks for the donation! Please private message me and we can arrange a pick up.

Jun 27

Updated 33 hours ago

Referral for a tenants' rights landlord?

My old landlord is keeping my entire deposit, which I think she is not entitled to. Any suggestions for attorneys who work with tenants on these issues?

  • This ended in my favor. I can privately provide a referral for my attorney for those interested.

  • I'm in the same position and would love a referral and more info if possible. I don't know how to privately message you... Could you email me! Ashleyj985@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Mar 25

Updated 34 hours ago

Homebrewers?

I've been thinking it would be nice to find some like minded home-brewers and beer fans in the Logan Square/Bucktown area (or anywhere nearby). I've never been part of a brewing "club", but I'd like to find a way to get together with some fellow brewers in a semi-regular, informal way at local bars. We could compare notes, techniques, and of course beers in a non-intimidating way - I'm a casual homebrewer who's only been at it a few years....

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I've been thinking it would be nice to find some like minded home-brewers and beer fans in the Logan Square/Bucktown area (or anywhere nearby). I've never been part of a brewing "club", but I'd like to find a way to get together with some fellow brewers in a semi-regular, informal way at local bars. We could compare notes, techniques, and of course beers in a non-intimidating way - I'm a casual homebrewer who's only been at it a few years. I approach it more from the art side than science, but it'd be great to talk to other people with different takes and experience levels. Nothing's set up right now, but if there's interest let me know and I can organize - I'm open to suggestions for days, times, and venues. Thanks!

  • M-nuff M-nuff

    Josh - are you still setting up Home Brewers meetings? Last post I see was for May 1st

  • Yes, we're still having meetings and have become a pretty active group we're calling the "Logan Brewlevard Society". You can find our group on Facebook - if you have problems finding it you can contact me directly. Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

I want your happy chickens eggs!

Anyone in Humboldt Park raising chickens, interested selling eggs? I am located around Division and Spaulding and would love to buy some local eggs. Sadness eggs are the pitts. I go through a dozen eggs every two weeks or so.

  • Vinita Mehta Resident

    Whole foods sells Vital Farms eggs which are also humanely raised.

  • mb in ukie village longtime resident of Ukrainian Village

    "Sadness eggs" ? Why, because of how the chickens are treated? If it's eggs from humanely treated chickens you want, make sure you check out the Amish supplier. Some Amish have been caught mistreating their farm animals and for running puppy mills.

4 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Found dog

This little guy was found near Christiana and Barry today. He is microchipped but it's not registered. Does anyone recognize him?

  • Ana M Rosario neighbor

    Hope you find owners. If not, what are your plans for the dog, he's a real cutie. I would consider taking him in.

  • We're still trying to find the owner but the cute little guy is being well cared for.

43 hours ago

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44 hours ago

About those EB Daily Digest Crime Reports...

Sometimes the crime listed is not readily understood from the description. The link below is to the Illinois State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Offense Codes. You can get the crime from the EB Daily Digest, then refer to the Codes for the applicable IL statute, then just Google the statute number found under ILCS Reference.

E.G., Deceptive Practice: Unauthorized Videotaping, 720-5/26-4.

Offense Codes: https://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/6-260.pdf

(The CPD CLEARMAP pages also attempt to define the crimes, but not nearly as well: http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/crime_types.html .)

2 days ago

Steven Vance posted 2 photos to Flickr:

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Any Condo Building Maintenance/Landscaping/Snow Shoveling Recommendations?

Hi Neighbors,

Our 6 unit building is looking for a maintenance service provider to do basic cleaning of common areas, minor landscaping, and snow shoveling. Do you have any recommendations? we are self managed and need someone ASAP.

Thanks!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    My handyman lives near Fullerton and California, and walks all the way. He does light maintenance and lawn work for two buildings that I manage, and is honest, truthful, and reliable. He lives closer to those two buildings than you, and whenever there is a lot of snow, he's on...

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    My handyman lives near Fullerton and California, and walks all the way. He does light maintenance and lawn work for two buildings that I manage, and is honest, truthful, and reliable. He lives closer to those two buildings than you, and whenever there is a lot of snow, he's on board. I have no problem giving him keys to the building (not the apartments). He does also the yard work for a neighbor two doors away from one of the properties, and I'm sure she would vouch for him as well. If you're interested, LMK, and I can give you his name/phone #.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    Hi i may be of service to your condo. I have plenty of references from condo associations i have served and continue to serve. I can meet your budget so don't hesitate to call and become another of my satisfied customers.
    1312 757 9172

Nov 14

Updated 2 days ago

Need HVAC

Greetings fellow neighbors-

Need of your expertise/advise on this matter. My furnace's circulating water pump is making a loud noise when starting and the noise continues while operational. Can anyone recommend a solution and/or reasonable HVAC technician?

Thank you, all.

  • @Morgan-- Love radiators. We kept ours, too, and did SpacePak for air conditioning. It is expensive, but there is no way that we wanted to switch to forced air. Rough estimate is ~$12,000 for a 1600 sf floor.

  • i am an hvac tech in chicago 25 years exp. the noise from your pump if it is a series 100 B&G is from the spring coupler between the motor and impeller housing. it is a reasonable repair. u can reach me at 773 988 2093 if u need assitance

Nov 12

Updated 2 days ago

Maintenance person needed for small bldng in Humboldt Park

Greetings! I live in an 8 unit condo building on North and Kedzie. We are currently looking for someone who can clean our building on a monthly basis as well as do some light maintenance and light landscaping. We provide supplies or can reimburse. Must be licensed and insured.

  • Hi leeners, I have a guy that may be interested. I've seen his work and have gotten a lot from his advice. How should he contact you? my email is lspravka@yahoo.com if you want to email me your contact info or ask for his contact info. Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New building at North & California?

Anyone know what's going up right next to Erie Family Health on North Ave. (just East of California)? Probably condos or something, but I can't find any information.. Not sure what the address is, maybe 2742-2748 W. North?

  • It's not 'Old Chicago' anymore...you should check out what is being built on the 1800 block of Whipple...so many angles, so little windows. Listed as a '2 story private resident' ..then if you go on the website it is an 'art gallery.
    AND the vacant lot was a rat village so we are getting those guys as well

  • There's also a vacant empty lot/grass & garbage field just a couple buildings west of this one i posted about, on North just west of California. I think it just got bought this summer, so we'll see what happens there.

2 days ago

St. Joseph Services McNight (A Night at McDonald's)

Join your neighbors and friends at the 1st annual St. Joseph Services (SJS) McNight on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The event will take place at the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 1951 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Logan Square Blue Line Station

There were a couple of CTA workers standing just past the turnstiles that appeared to be randomly checking Ventra cards(?) this morning. The station seemed extra staffed this morning as well. Anyone know what's up?

2 days ago

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3 days ago

  • Supplies for Eager Learners

    Ms. Berg is asking for $763.34:
    My students need basic classroom supplies: markers and pencils, hand sanitizer and glue sticks.
    Moos Elementary School Comment

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need to rent or borrow a table

Hi there - I'm hosting t-giving for more people than I have table space for. I think I'll need one more table, ideally a folding, adjustable-height table that is as close to 6' long and 3' wide (seems most folding ones are no wider than 30"). Anybody know of a place to rent one table from? I could probably buy one for the same cost but don't have anywhere to store it afterward.

  • linda's flower shop on armitage at milwaukee rents folding tables and chairs for cheap

  • Loulu Me

    FYI Card and Party Warehouse (Belmont just west of Pulaski) rents chairs and tables, and has lots of other great stuff for sale. When they had just a couple of the bags I wanted for shower favors and I needed far more, they ordered them right up for me no problem. Shopping local, not corporate is something to think about for your future needs this store meets.

Nov 10

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for new window blinds

I'm looking to buy some new wooden window blinds & have them installed in my house. Does anyone have any recommendations for a local firm? I'd rather not go to Home Depot.

  • Home Depot is the way to go. Good prices, service, installation.

  • cortman NW IN raised / Chicago res since '03

    Agree with those suggesting Home Depot. We used them for Blinds in our bedroom. Reasonably priced and the install was perfect.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

$1500 / 3br - Sublet Logan Square Apt (Palmer and Shakespeare)

Urgent need to sublet our Apartment. My Husband and I just bought a house and are in need to sublet let our awesome Logan Square Apartment. 3 bedroom and 1 bath Great location right across from Palmer Park and walking distance to California Blue Line. Please checkout our craigslist ad.
http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/sub/4759490424.html

  • Ouch, I guess I have to eat my own words. Being misled is not cool.

    NFT, I still stand by that if it's just a neighbor looking for a sublet it's not a solicitation. I think the rules are for landlords trying to rent out their own apartments.

  • NFT LS landlord and resident

    i don't see much of a distinction, it's still an ad regardless of who posts it. how can you tell if the person posting is a tenant or a landlord? if you make exceptions that are easy to get around, you're left with no rule at all.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need temporary storage of 15 life-size horse sculptures Nov 21-22

Does anyone have an empty gated lot or empty commercial space I can store some sculptures in overnight? I have to move them out of the current space for 1 night on Nov 21st for an event. Horse sculptures located in West Humboldt Park currently.

3 days ago

Get Party 4 The Park Tix @ Farmers Market!

Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) will be at the Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market (Milwaukee & Spaulding) this Sunday, November 23rd from 10am - 3pm.

We will have tickets to our upcoming annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, available. This year's Party for the Park will be Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-10pm at Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage.

Tickets are $20 and include a food & dessert buffet, 1 drink ticket + 1 raffle entry. There will also be an online silent...

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Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) will be at the Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market (Milwaukee & Spaulding) this Sunday, November 23rd from 10am - 3pm.

We will have tickets to our upcoming annual fundraiser, Party for the Park, available. This year's Party for the Park will be Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-10pm at Weegee's, 3659 W Armitage.

Tickets are $20 and include a food & dessert buffet, 1 drink ticket + 1 raffle entry. There will also be an online silent auction being launched as a component of Party for the Park shortly.

All $ raised will be used for 2015 UPAC programming.

Can't make it to the Farmers Market?

Tickets are also available from UPAC members and on the UPAC website: unityparkchicago.org

Thanks,
Robert Castillo

Nov 12

Updated 3 days ago

Humboldt Park/Wicker Park Boundary?

We are currently looking at a place on Talman and North Ave - i'm not totally sure what neighborhood this puts us in, as HP seems to cover a huge area. I'm wondering about safety, crime, the general neighborhood, traffic etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    That is why....we need an OFFICIAL neighborhood map. It could be superimposed on top of the 77 communities map. This would make a static and legal map so residents could be assured that if $$ was allocated to their neighborhood...that the neighborhood got it instead of it migrating elsewheres.

    I think there are approx 200 unofficial neighborhoods. Perhaps wiki unofficial neighborhoods and see what is on that list.

  • We live in the area and it's been dubbed West Bucktown. (Between North and Armitage, Western and California.) Although technically it is Humboldt Park if you are South of Bloomingdale and Logan Square if you are North of Bloomingdale. Whatever you call, we love it and have lived here from 11 years and our raising our three children here. I also own a business in the area.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Car vandalism

Keep your eyes on the streets. My car was vandalized while I was away on vacation. 2 passenger side wheels taken and the car put up on cinder blocks
Altgeld at Richmond. Nothing taken or other damage to the car that I know of.

  • It's so hard to get over the helpless and violated feeling when someone steals a part off your car. It's such an expensive thing to fix and most people have no choice but to use street parking and leave their car vulnerable. Myself included. I had my catalytic converter stolen at Belden and Kedzie just a month ago. Some people really suck.

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    Nobody saw anything? Wow!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

It's a longshot, but looking for my iPhone

It's in red case with my driver's license and cash card (suspended). really need the drivers license cause i can't get my clarion d without it…lost saturday morning somewhere between the chase on milwaukee east of california and the pierogi place (Polak Eatery) on california (driving, but who knows, i could have put it on top of my car). it's locked but "offline" so can't track it. $100 buck reward (that buys a lot of pierogis) and no questions asked.

  • the problem with the 3G now and even the 4 is that they cannot handle the new iphone software, so I've heard, which of course is just another way that apple inadvertently forces customers to get the newest model when they don't need it otherwise. correct me if I'm wrong, Lanny

  • Lanny Grilly Own Logan Square Studio (performances & recording)

    The 3Gs was a huge upgrade from the 3g & it runs the very stable i06. Apple made this phone for 3 years, and it still is considered the best phone Apple made. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles that the newer iphones have, but it is still the most stable & sturdy of them all. Click on this youtube link for a 2014 review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM02djy6rqw

Sep 30

Updated 4 days ago

  • Being Fall and especially with all the rain we've had recently, it wouldn't make much sense to repair the area now. Just be sure that the money is in the pipeline for Spring. A committee sounds like a wonderful idea (inviting all opinions) to sort out 2015 plans. Run the idea through your Alderman's office and invite the CAPS Beat representative as well. Organize!

  • They announced that all the repairs are complete, and they've officially launched a foundation, aiming to give away half a million dollars to charity.

    http://chicagoist.com/2014/11/17/riot_fest_announces_launch_of_the_r.php

Nov 11

Updated 4 days ago

Transit Oriented Development, Milwaukee/California Community Feedback

There was another thread that I started that got a little long. Thought I'd start a fresh one to house thoughts on the idea of TOD near the California El station, as the developer goes back to the drawing board to work on a revised, scaled-back plan. Here's some recent feedback from the group "Save Our Boulevards" and a link to follow offering a different view.

  • 2221 N. Milwaukee got his feedback from the GGNA:

    The GGNA Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAPC) and neighbors who live near 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave met on March 10 with the project team for that address. We reviewed their request for an up zoning from C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development for...

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    2221 N. Milwaukee got his feedback from the GGNA:

    The GGNA Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAPC) and neighbors who live near 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave met on March 10 with the project team for that address. We reviewed their request for an up zoning from C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development for a 7 story building with 135 rental units.
    The plans as presented and the request for up zoning to C1-1 to C1-5/Planned Development were not regarded favorably by the ZAPC for the following reasons:
    1.) The seven story building is too massive and will be completely out of character and scale with the surrounding neighborhood buildings. The ZAPC recommends that the building height be no more than 5 stories with different heights along the street. Higher sections of the building should be closer to the bank and be lower closer to Talman.
    2.) The additional car density was also a big concern. This project should not move forward until alley, street traffic and parking exits have been reviewed at a community meeting and changes have been approved by CDOT. This building is one block from Goethe Elementary School where there are already traffic backups and more cars going north on Talman will add to those problems. The alley behind the building will also become congested. There are also not enough parking spaces for both the retail unit(s) on the first floor and for one space per unit, which will cause more parking issues both on Milwaukee and the nearby interior streets. This project is also one block from the Congress Theater that has historically brought in 5,000 plus people, many arriving in cars for events several times a week.
    3.) The size of the building will also create problems for surrounding neighbors by blocking sunlight and creating wind tunnels that will adversely affect both pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • 4.) Although a green roof is being planned for the top of the building, the developers said it will not be accessible to residents; only on the third floor. And there is no green space being planned on the street level on a pedestrian zoned street except a few trees...

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    4.) Although a green roof is being planned for the top of the building, the developers said it will not be accessible to residents; only on the third floor. And there is no green space being planned on the street level on a pedestrian zoned street except a few trees in the parkway. The project team also did not mention any green building standards being used in construction of this building.
    5.) The project team agreed to provide 14 affordable housing units, the required 10%, in proportion to the range of apartment types. The ZAPC would like to see those affordable units made a requirement of this project with no donations to the city affordable housing fund allowed.
    6.) The project team referred to Plan B of the Milwaukee Ave Plan as a basis for the project height and density. They had no comment when it was pointed out that there was also a Plan A which called for buildings no higher than 4 stories.
    7.) The ZAPC needs more clearly detailed dimensional elevations for the project.
    We strongly recommend that Alderman Moreno not approve the current zoning request and plans as presented to the group. We would welcome the project team to come back to another ZAPC meeting after making changes in their plans based on the community concerns.

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