44 hours ago

Updated 0 min ago

3 bedroom 2 bath on drake and Addison available June

Beautifully rehabbed and in front of park. A block from highway entrance and Addison blue line. Utilities included. $1400. Post for a tour!

  • I, for one, sometimes am just interested to see what rents in different neighborhoods are, even though I'm not looking for a rental. It gives me an idea of how the real estate is, so I find these kinds of posts interesting.

  • What else are you supposed to post under "housing" if not apartments and houses for rent/sale?

30 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Looking for an Optical store

Hello everybody,
I need feedbacks on a really good spot to get new eye glasses. Am looking for a place where they will actually take time to help you look for a pair that will look great and not any pair because they are nice. I went yesterday to a place and the only help I got was that they pointed out to me the frames for women and men. I feel awful now wasting my time and money. But at least I got a copy of my prescription.

  • Red Eye - Matt and his team provide excellent service.

  • If you don't want to go the cheaper (reasonably priced) route, I've had good service from Pearle Express on Fullerton. They will pull frames that they think work for you and they even make adjustments to frames NOT purchased there for free. If you want to save some money, check out Warby Parker, Tortoise & Blonde, Rowley Eyewear for mens and womens, or Bonlook for just womens.

3 days ago

Updated 16 min ago

Grace's Furniture

What's the history of Grace's furniture, located on Milwaukee next to the blue line? Any future plans for the building/site?

2 days ago

Updated 28 min ago

Looking for an artist friendly 2 bedroom

Hello! My boyfriend and I are looking for a 2 bedroom in Logan and I figured it couldn't hurt to post here in addition to the rest of our online searching and hitting the pavement looking for "for rent" signs. The rents are going up so fast but we're hoping to find something max $1200 in Logan. Cat friendly and laundry in the building would be excellent. We want to use the 2nd bedroom as an office/studio space since we're both artists. Any leads appreciated!

6 days ago

Updated 34 min ago

4 reasons I won't be patronizing the Harding Tavern.

4 trees cut down to make way for what?

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Humboldt Haus On Sacramento Blvd. and North Ave. Now Open!

Great news, it is now open but not the deli bar yet. I talked to Mike who said he was a co-owner and the hours now are 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday to Saturday and 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. Mike also added that the 16 taps section will be open in another month. I asked him to join us on Nextdoor and Everyblocks and inform all of the date when the whole restaurant will be open for business. I am looking forward to the grand opening, i will be thirsty! The name of the place is Humboldt Haus.

  • Yeah, I was a bit surprised/disappointed that only the typical liquor store part was open.

    I was really hoping for something new, hip, unique and interesting was going to be opening up in HP. Instead we got another lotto liquor shack.... at least for now.

  • Sam R. Chicago musician and Humboldt resident original...

    They have a pretty nice selection of beer and wine as well as mixers. They don't carry ice yet!

    I've seen people "hanging out" outside the store. I hope it doesn't turn into something like that.

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Humboldt Park: 3300 Block of Beach

I will be moving soon and am looking over in this area? Is it safe for a SWF with no car? Thanks.

  • @Shane, Would you please elaborate why? Thanks

  • I grew up in this neighborhood & not much has changed meaning the crime!

Dec 02 2011

Updated 1 hour ago

Spark?

Hi. Does anyone know anything about Spark Energy? They wanted to look at my Comed bill to check something. I thought it was weird.

  • Eddie M LeCroix/Chicago ADT Security Account Rep.

    Excuse my errors key paid sticking LOL just be mindful its not for everyone .....

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    So… I got a call supposedly from Com-ed today trying to sell me on a fixed rate plan called "Spark Green Something Something" … the agent had an Indian accent and was a little bit difficult to understand. He told me they could offer me a fixed rate in the...

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    So… I got a call supposedly from Com-ed today trying to sell me on a fixed rate plan called "Spark Green Something Something" … the agent had an Indian accent and was a little bit difficult to understand. He told me they could offer me a fixed rate in the alternative of a fluctuating rate. He said something about a verification code they could give me and that it was "free to cancel" at anytime. It sounded like if I gave verbal assent over the phone they'd switch it over right away. I didn't know anything about it, so I said they could mail something to the house about it, but he wasn't saying Spark was a separate company… but that it was a Com-ed plan.

    Anyone hear this version of the story?

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Loud, cannon-like noise around Mozart & Altgeld shot off Sunday evening

The last few years I've experienced a neighbor shooting off what sounds like a cannon (I could be wrong since I'm not a firearms person) on random dates/time when the temps are warmer. Do any of my fellow neighbors have any idea who this jerk is? It's very disruptive and sounds like we live in a war zone. Would love to rid this annoyance of the neighborhood but have no idea where exactly it's shot from.

  • You can bet that blowing up a transformer will reduce your utility bills...NOT!

    Fireworks. Harmless fun, right?

    Sometimes being lenient or lazy and not calling these things in to 911 can lead to larger or even more inconvenient, problematic, and threatening situations.

    Testing the limits is what gangs do. They...

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    You can bet that blowing up a transformer will reduce your utility bills...NOT!

    Fireworks. Harmless fun, right?

    Sometimes being lenient or lazy and not calling these things in to 911 can lead to larger or even more inconvenient, problematic, and threatening situations.

    Testing the limits is what gangs do. They spray graffiti and see how long it takes to be removed. They put down trash and see if anyone picks it up. They hang out and see if the cops ever show up. They intimidate and see if residents put up with it. They scare folks with fireworks and also cover up simultaneous gunshots and see if they can get away with it. THEN the real fun begins and you have an established and active gang enclave with drug sales.

    Spray your roofs and/or decks with the hose when fireworks are being used if you are worried about fire.

    Probably already been said, but dropping M-80's into an open 55-gallon metal drum is definitely a noise-cannon.

    And Andrea, most legal firearms owners are trained and highly safety-concious individuals who possess for protection, not to harass, intimidate or annoy.

    Make those 911 calls. It isn't the 4th of July yet.

  • Jon

    I prepare myself the onslaught of fireworks in summer leading up to and around the holidays, but pretty much all summer. It's at the level where I really don't want to leave my house on July 4th for fear of it burning down.
    To be honest, I don't really mind...

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    I prepare myself the onslaught of fireworks in summer leading up to and around the holidays, but pretty much all summer. It's at the level where I really don't want to leave my house on July 4th for fear of it burning down.
    To be honest, I don't really mind too much if it's just loud noise here and there and I like that people can have fun, and we can be a little less uptight and vanilla about our festivities.
    Obviously call the cops if there's a real danger or 911 for fire. But I will say that the biggest 4th fireworks display actually takes place at the home of my neighbor who is a Chicago police officer. I don't think there is much anyone is going to do about it. One year a firework must have gone off in our backyard because it chipped the siding on our garage. I've also heard a firework so big, maybe a 1/4 stick, that it woke me from a dead sleep at 4am and knocked pictures off our wall. And last year someone blew up a trash can on our alley. It can get a little out of hand at times. All in good fun.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Lost Dog in Humboldt Park

HUMBODLT PARK:: have you seen this dog? She escaped my friend's house when she was at work today. If you see her, sit down and call her name - Tina. Do Not Chase. Call this number with any information - 517-902-3879.

  • Jen

    2741 s western ^

  • I think my friend has posted flyers, tina was spotted by 90 Miles (the cuban restaurant) and a couple of other places around, I think she was the one spotted by Francis... here is the latest update, thanks for the posts.
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    Tina is still on the loose, but she was spotted [Tuesday] morning at Francisco & Armitage. If you see her, do not chase her (she's super shy) -- sit down and call her name. Contact Carli Jo (517-902-3879) with any information.

44 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Tosca Recording?

Hi

Wondering if anyone made a recording of the Met Opera's Tosca that was on WTTW (Channel 11) Sunday, April 6, 2014; and if you did if you'd be willing to share it for viewing.

Thanks

  • Try PBS.com. Also, if you have netflix, PBS programming is free (says the guy with no TV or rabbit ears).

  • Meredith W. Chicagoan since 2002; LoganSq home & busin. owner

    I was going to say what David did. Usually PBS' web site offers both the re-airing schedule (very rare it only plays a single time -- especially since, with digital antennae, there are four WTTW-channels in Chicago) and often offers re-broadcasts. That said, not always. But found this: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365194614/ Hope that helps.

22 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Fioretti's speech

Encouraging words of support for the needs of citizens.

http://www.cityclub-chicago.org/videos/detail/902/hon-robert-fioretti

  • “…For example, Chicago has thousands of struggling individuals with mental illness, many are poor. They don’t have good health insurance. They rely on public clinics to survive. To close their mental health clinics where they see their psychologists and social workers. Where they monitor their medication was inexcusable. […] Again...

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    “…For example, Chicago has thousands of struggling individuals with mental illness, many are poor. They don’t have good health insurance. They rely on public clinics to survive. To close their mental health clinics where they see their psychologists and social workers. Where they monitor their medication was inexcusable. […] Again this was a choice.”

    The thing I appreciate most about Fioretti’s speech is that he says public policy cannot be based only on claims of “savings.”

    For example, the “savings of 2 million” for closing the mental health facilities is completely wiped out if only 29 mentally ill individuals - who otherwise could have been kept out of jail through preventative care - are incarcerated over the next year (based on $190 a day in costs (http://tinyurl.com/ptp6qb2)). Not to mention the costs of supporting the now unemployed clinic workers and the lost revenue their salaries meant to their communities.

    Not only should we be morally outraged at this treatment of the most downtrodden in our society. We should be offended that “savings” (real or imagined) can be the justification. Even if the City does save 2 million dollars by closing half our mental health facilities. Should that be something we view as a success?

    Obviously, public policy is a balancing act and cost must be a factor. But if we’re willing to throw the mentally ill out into the street to save a buck…what aren’t we willing to do?

  • Actions speak louder than words...

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Humboldt Park: Is Area of Central Park and North Ave Safe?

I lived north of the park as did and have some friends for a long time with no complaints. My in-laws are considering a move a few blocks west of the park, between North and Division. I have heard in the past that HP west of Kedzie is 'dicey.'

I would love someone to tell me that I have been misinformed. It is particularly important because the in-laws care for our toddler who loves to be outside. All of that activity takes place during the day time.

They currently rent in the 2400 block of north Lowell. I am wondering how the neighborhoods compare.

Thanks for any feedback.

  • I wouldn't let my Parents move there. Was there on Crystal just a few days ago looking a property for sale. No.No.No.

  • Mark, I have lived west of the park for 10 years.

    Members of my family use the park daily, all times of the day, and we have never had any serious problem befall us except for a garage break-in during the first month we were here.

    With the proximity to...

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    Mark, I have lived west of the park for 10 years.

    Members of my family use the park daily, all times of the day, and we have never had any serious problem befall us except for a garage break-in during the first month we were here.

    With the proximity to an access park to the Bloomingdale Trail (The 606), you can be assured that there will be a lot of rehabbing going on in the area to accompany what has already occurred. If the sound of a nail-gun bothers you, you better avoid it.

    Three rules have been proven time and time again for me on the west side. 1) If the street is filled with trash, it indicates an ignorant and/or non-caring populace. However, this can be solved (like my block which is now relatively clean) using your own sweat equity and by living by example. 2) corner liquor stores/grocery stores provide generous opportunity for gang-bangers to hang out and intimidate and operate drug sales. Visit all area corner stores on warm nights several times. This problem is much, much harder to solve. We had to vote our precinct dry 3 years ago to solve our gang and drug sales problem, and it is gone. 3) subsidized housing. These are typically big-brick structures that have no grass out front, and often contain multiple units. When there is one or two scattered on a block, it seems to work pretty well, but when they clustered 2 or more next to each other it seems to create a haven for activity that most residents do not appreciate. So be careful there. We have had 10-year long struggles with serious issues that emanate from these locations and it is VERY difficult to get police service, and the Alderman approve development after development so they are unlikely to address any problems that come up.

    Other that that, there are a lot of hard-working ordinary folks over here so if you think you fit into that milieu, come on over!

46 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

A different set of data about the Humboldt Park Area

Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western...

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Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western Ave., Chicago Ave., Central Park, and Bloomingdale.
There is a total population of 38,522. Of that the largest segment is caucasion at 18,729 (or 49%) The second largest segment is Black, at 6,574 (or 17%). This leaves 34% for "other" which is made up of Asian, Latino, and people that identify as 2 or more races.
After hearing for years that Humboldt Park was a "Puerto Rican " neighborhood, I was surprised to see the actual facts. And while some city maps define Humboldt Park as going all the way to Cicero Avenue and Kinzie Street, going farther West and South on the census map only gives a larger number of Blacks in the population stats.
Here is the link
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/

  • Seems like a pretty unfounded hypothetical opinion (with a few grammatical mistakes I will overlook). Surprised NPR would bother picking up on it. I do hear his point, and agree that completely changing the demographics and gentrifying the neighborhood would change its feel and likely raise housing prices, but the...

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    Seems like a pretty unfounded hypothetical opinion (with a few grammatical mistakes I will overlook). Surprised NPR would bother picking up on it. I do hear his point, and agree that completely changing the demographics and gentrifying the neighborhood would change its feel and likely raise housing prices, but the 606 is not to blame for that. It's a byproduct of progress. I've watched it happen to Bucktown, and I'm a little sad to see the boutiques that made the neighborhood special get replaced with chain stores, but I don't think anyone would argue that the neighborhood is cleaner and safer than it was 20-30 years ago.

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    FYI, I googled the writer and emailed him to ask the source of his stats, since I couldn't find them anywhere. I'll update here if he answers.

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Logan Square Bike Ride?

Do you might love biking and live in Logan Square? Would you join a Logan Square bike ride?

I'm trying to gauge interest now, not organize anything. If >10 people reply I'll try to make an event.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

So,,,,30 Shootings in Chicago since Friday night? Hmmmmmm.......

Weather getting warmer, innocent people in the crossfire, concealed carry laws,,,,Seems to me we should have beat cops on patrol...

  • warmer weather crime increases - we need police presence and graffiti reported and removed - each of us should be able to walk in our neighborhood feeling safe.

  • Emilie 5-year West Bucktowner

    It's also a big help to keep the front and back of your place looking cared for. It seems small, but picking up trash and making it obvious that you regularly use and care for your outdoor space makes your presence felt to everyone in the neighborhood. It can actually reduce several types of crime.

26 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Bike repair

I'm looking for a place to repair my old, gnarly bike. Who do you guys rely on?

  • I took my older bike to Quick Release on Ashland, just south of North Ave. The guy who works/owns the shop was kind and the price was really incredible. I think he's been around the hood for awhile and there is nothing flashy to his shop, just honest repairs. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat.

  • S. T. West sider via south via north

    For old and gnarly, take it to West Town Bikes during their open shop hours. They'll show you how to do work, provide tools, and it's pay-what-you-can. They also have a shop and can do the work for you at reasonable rates, and using recycled or reconditioned parts, if you're ok with that.

26 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

411?? Central Park and Palmer

Anyone know what's going on with the corner of Palmer and Central Park?!
Last news was a new restaurant was opening but so far it's still a eyesore and sidewalk parking lot!! Hopefully something will happen soon there.. Anyone heard anything?

  • Gerry60647 Logan Square

    Yeah that's the same info I had heard. Hopefully these plans come through... It would be a good change

  • There was a notice on my gate stating there was a rezoning meeting a few months back, I wonder if it was approved....

Apr 01

Updated 5 hours ago

Mechanic References

Hey EveryBlock...I am looking for a place to take my car to so that I can get a little check up on it (ie fluids and tier fill up/rotation) near Logan Square.

Nothing big, it just got checked out a month ago, but we took it on a long road trip...I am not very car savvy so I just want someone to make sure its still in good driving shape...

Do you guys know any good Mechanic shops around town?

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    We used to go to Omar from O&J Automotive as well. We're not up that way as often as we were in the early days. We do recommend him as well.

  • I, too, SWEAR BY Rick and the Logan Square Auto Repair crew. They are flexible, usually available same-day, spot-on with time and pricing estimates (every time!), remember me when I go back, honest, speedy, and know what they are doing. I have trust issues with mechanics and they have been my go-to since I moved to the neighborhood because they have never done me wrong!

6 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Pit Bulls Attacked Dogs on Logan Blvd.

My husband was walking our dogs today around noon on Logan Blvd near Richmond and two men dropped the leashes of their pit bulls that they charged our dogs. Our gentle greyhound has a puncture wound, or little mutt was lucky. These dogs were very aggressive, and one got loose twice, and the owners did not seem very concerned about it. Nick had to fight them off alone while the owners watched.

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My husband was walking our dogs today around noon on Logan Blvd near Richmond and two men dropped the leashes of their pit bulls that they charged our dogs. Our gentle greyhound has a puncture wound, or little mutt was lucky. These dogs were very aggressive, and one got loose twice, and the owners did not seem very concerned about it. Nick had to fight them off alone while the owners watched.

After the initial attack, one of the dogs managed to get loose a second time.

One pit bull was white female, about 80 pounds, hanging teats, recently had a litter; the second, sex uncertain, white with brown and black spots on her back, with some kind of doggie backpack. Owners were two white males, heavyset, scruffy goatees, very short hair, balding, in late 20's to mid 30's.

We plan on attending next CAPS meeting about this, but wanted neighbors to be on the lookout.

  • Kate Piercy Marketing Research - 10 yr Logan Square Resident

    I really hope you reported this to the police. I live a block away from the attack and walk my dog along Logan regularly. I've noticed a lot of dogs off leashes lately but a lot of them seem a little old, so it hasn't caused much concern. I will avoid those pits for sure if I see them. Thank you for posting.

  • Tracy Blegen Bartels Super Cute Tracy

    Zina, I would be so happy to walk with you and your dogs, while walking 2 cane corso mastiffs I know of. The mastiffs don't take any guff, but are dog friendly. but protective of those they are with and in the pack. So, when you are ready to start walking again, let me know. love to have a play date and help do some guard duty. no one will bother you with two, 130 pound dogs to back you up.

5 hours ago

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32 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

A whole A-hole

I watched what looked like a very burly female get out of a small grey vehicle ILL Plate # R18-1123 about 5:30 pm Mon & toss an armful of garbage into the Chicago River behind the Diversey Bowl which has cameras but I`m not sure what it may have caught. It seems like a ritual for this individual, ie there is a serious pile going on at this spot. Please tell me some options to report this knucklehead There are several dumpsters nearby. Thanks

5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Feral Cat Colony Caregiver Substitute Needed for Wednesday 4/16 and Friday 4/18

Hi Folks. I manage several feral cat colonies in the area (all TNR'd), but will be out of town next week. My usual substitute for one colony is incapacitated. For only two days, I need someone to stop by Sawyer and George to simply fill food (I'll provide the food) and water bowls (you bring a jug full). It's quick and easy, but very meaningful. Please let me know if you can help. We can set up a time to meet over there to walk it through. Thanks!

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

    We used to have a "Cat Lady" on the block. Dozens of cats every where. Wish we knew about trap and release then. When she moved she took most of her cats with her. Our rat problem has exploded ever since. No amount of baiting cures the problem.
    Bring back the "Cat Lady". Rather have stray cats than rats, so thank you for keeping a healthy catch and release program going.

  • Tracy Blegen Bartels Super Cute Tracy

    Poppyboy or anyone else for that matter, I am available to help in your petsitting situations. I am a court reporter by trade, now, but I used to work for several veterinarians, including the Clyborn Vet Emergency, and I had my own pet sitting business for quite a few years....

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    Poppyboy or anyone else for that matter, I am available to help in your petsitting situations. I am a court reporter by trade, now, but I used to work for several veterinarians, including the Clyborn Vet Emergency, and I had my own pet sitting business for quite a few years. If anyone gets in a situation where they need a pet sitter, give me a call. I'm not asking for money, I just know what it's like to try to find quality pet care and I'd be happy to help with the cat colony as well. I helped maintain one in the past, so, contact me if any of you ever has a need.

14 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Infant CPR and first aid class

Does anyone know where I can find a child and infant CPR class?

Thanks!

  • I took care of that at CPR Associates 2616 W. Peterson Ave. I know it's kind of far but they also had Saturday classes and if interested give them a call
    (773) 973-6933

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    St. Joseph Hospital (also newborn care, breastfeeding, preparation for childbirth). The maternal/child educator is Ruth Gross 773-665-3605

  • Northwestern Hospital offers them.

10 hours ago

21 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Lost Passport and Debit Card East Room Logan Square

I lost my passport and debit card Saturday at The East Room on Milwaukee and Medill. I of course have replaced my debit, but am hoping someone picked up my passport. The name is Diana. My passport is a the standard blue U.S. version. Expiration date 2018.

  • Kerri Hacker chicagosinglesclub.com record label in LoganSquare

    Check your messages on Facebook in the Other mailbox section... I lost my uPass and someone contacted me there when they found it. I never look at it so I had already replaced it.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Update on problem liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage

I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the...

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I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the store http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140409/logan-square/neighbors-air-grievances-about-armitage-food-at-city-hall

One of the Alderman showed up to the hearing to represent his constituents, the other did not. Justice is sometimes slow, but hopefully this store owner gets the message and cleans up his act, and therefore the neighborhood. CONGRATS to all of the neighbors that worked so tirelessly to get some relief.

  • Alderman Maldowannadonuthin' has accepted $1500 per year for 4 years in campaign contributions from the liquor store, which might explain why he won't engage the community.

  • Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc....

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    Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc. contributed $1,500 a year to Maldonado's campaign in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    This seems to have affected his motivation to handle the resident's concerns. The people deserve a leader that is willing to attack difficult problems with a closed fist rather than a palm facing up.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140205/logan-square/armitage-foods-battle-gets-personal-as-alderman-questions-campaign-cash

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I have heard that the stores owners are back to their old bad habits ignoring a judges order to stop all bad practice. I guess the store owner must believe he is above the law with an Alderman in his corner!

4 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

We need to borrow a portable toddler crib next weekend

Hi, neighbors!

Does anybody have a portable toddler crib we could borrow April 18-22? We have guests with child coming next weekend!

Apr 06

Updated 20 hours ago

Electronic Billboards

Hi All-- Another electronic billboard went up this week at Armitage and Milwaukee. Everywhere they go up they dominate the intersection and make it look like a prison yard. The big ones on the highway wash out everything...Has this been an issue for anyone else? Is there a way to prevent the Las Vegas-ization of Chicago? At the least I'd like to see some kind of brightness limits on them. Has anyone started a campaign? Is it all futile?

Thanks
Will

  • "Does it pay to contact the mayor directly?"

    LOL

  • B sighthound, Avondale/LoganS 3years, Beat 2524

    Maybe start one of those change.org petition s

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

laundromat across from wasabi soon to host California Milwaukee food

Just saw the sign in the window.... Discuss...

  • liz

    Yes, Angel! I went to cozy once and the food and atmosphere was good, but they rushed me out before even finishing the last few bites! I guess this is why they want to expand...
    The location for the new cali milwaukee food isn't quite under the train anymore, but...

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    Yes, Angel! I went to cozy once and the food and atmosphere was good, but they rushed me out before even finishing the last few bites! I guess this is why they want to expand...
    The location for the new cali milwaukee food isn't quite under the train anymore, but still in the middle of a stretch of Milwaukee ave that is a bit of a food desert. The parking lot is great there and its still a good area that people can walk to at night without being in a shady area. Also, it kinda splits the difference between the western and Cali stops, so maybe people who get off at western will start to frequent it now?

  • Did the sign give any specifics as to when?

24 hours ago

March's Final Police Blotter, by Mark Schipper (April's Blotters to come)

The boys were walking on the 2900 block of W. Cortland Ave. when they encountered a middle-aged black male. He had pointed to a white van parked on the street and asked if they wanted to get inside. 

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The 20-year-old victim was attacked about 11:40 p.m. near the corner of N. Kenmore and W. Hollywood avenues. He said a man in his middle or late 40s had confronted him and claimed he had never returned a cell-phone that belonged to him, the attacker.

A mother of one of the boys accompanied them about 7:20 p.m. to 20th District police headquarters, 5400 N. Lincoln, to make the report. 

The boys said they were shoved from behind while riding through an alley just south of 5600 N. Lincoln Ave. Each of their cell-phones fell out of their pockets when they hit the ground. 

A woman was robbed March 17 stepping off a CTA bus near 4800 N. Broadway, CPD reported. 

Michael Tingling of the 7100 block of N. Ridge Blvd. was pronounced dead of a heart attack March 19 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 

Tingling, 59, passed away about 2:45 p.m., less than 45 minutes after he'd been in a fist fight with a stranger on the 7100 block of N. Clark St. 

That stranger turned out to be 59-year-old Joseph Firek of the 7000 block of N. Clark St. He was identified by multiple eye-witnesses as the second man in the fight. Firek, who is white, has been charged with First Degree Murder and a Hate Crime. 

The 19-year-old had been attacked on the 1200 block of W. Albion Ave. about 8:20 p.m., according to CPD. He told officers he had heard fast footsteps coming from behind just before a man grabbed hold of him and his backpack.

The victim had been on the 2700 block of W. Lunt Ave. when he was surrounded. The first man approached him from the front while the second and third came from behind, he said. 

The victim, 32, said she had returned about 9:30 p.m. to her apartment building on the 2400 block of W. Fitch Ave. She had seen two men standing near the back door. 

A 10-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were walking to school on the 1700 block of N. Larrabee St. when a gray sedan pulled alongside them. The driver had rolled down a window and said, "Come over here." 

A third home on the 2100 block of Sheffield was broken into the afternoon of March 17. 

Two other homes were damaged on the 2100 block of N. Fremont St. and the 800 block of W. Armitage Ave. between March 14-and-16. 

Two other homes were damaged on the 2100 block of N. Fremont St. and the 800 block of W. Armitage Ave. between March 14-and-16. 

Apr 09

Updated 24 hours ago

Stop the honking. How to deal?

My family recently moved to a single-family home in Logan Square and can't believe how many people honk their horns when picking up passengers AND at all hours of the night and wee-hours in the morning. After dealing with this for a year, having countless sleepless nights and our newborn baby being woken up, we are now outraged and need it to stop. I'm just stunned by this ignorant behaviour.

Does anyone have any advise in dealing with this issue?

  • Thanks for everyone's advice and comments. We've lived in the city a long time and in various neighborhoods, but this is definitely a new experience for us. We'll try speaking to a few individuals on the block and see if that helps. Happy Spring!

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

    Living in the city is not an excuse to be rude. I've been here over 20 years and our block goes through noise cycles. Often new tenants with different habits. Honestly, I believe that some people just don't get that the noise from their horn doesn't just target the person...

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    Living in the city is not an excuse to be rude. I've been here over 20 years and our block goes through noise cycles. Often new tenants with different habits. Honestly, I believe that some people just don't get that the noise from their horn doesn't just target the person they are trying to communicate with.

    First, try to reach out to the neighbor who the horn honker is trying to get out of the house at 4am. Be courteous and neighborly. In person and/or a nice note requesting change in behavior. Give possible solutions.

    No luck with that tactic. Prepare to talk to the horn honker. 4am. Put your best smile on no matter how pissed off that you are. Wear your biggest bunny slippers, fluffy robe and let your hair be as disheveled as possible. Yawn and stretch when you come outside. Tap on the window of drivers car if he/she doesn't seem threatening. Ask which door he/she would like you to knock on to help get the person out for them. Ask if the per on in the car has a cellphone. Typically the person does. Request kindly that the person uses that instead of the car horn.

    Believe it or not this tactic works. Often times people just don't realize their behavior is causing others disruption.

    Many neighbors have thanked me later in the day after doing this. Turns out I wasn't the only grumbling by the window looking out at the horn honker.

    Do not go out yelling and screaming. This will only create a horn honking war.
    If the person continues after you've tried all of the above then reach out to other neighbors and see if others are finding this annoying. Coordinate efforts. If everyone calls the police at the same time and same days they are much more likely to respond. Try to have the car's plate number for the call.

    Good Luck !

44 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Loose black dog around Point and Francis

Walking my dog, I just encountered a loose black dog around the Point and Francis streets. It was a very friendly dog and did not appear to be a stray. There were a few folks concerned for the dog, following it around to make sure it did not get into trouble. But we were afraid to try and collar it. I did not have my phone, so I could not take a picture. --Jim

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Grey and white cat found

This grey and white cat has been coming to my gate every night for the past week. Granted I do give him/her food and water (he/she devours it) so maybe it's been wandering around for a while. Usually comes around 9pm, Diversey and Troy area. Sorry for the crappy photo.

  • I see this one all the time, too. He/she feeds on my porch almost every night. I'm near Troy and George. He/she's incredibly friendly and fluffy. I'd love to find out where he /she lives.

  • Need help catching her?

  • Hard to tell from the photo, is he/ she ear-tipped? I have noticed a lot of ear-tipped outdoor cats in the area which is great because that means they are already spayed/ neutered.

29 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

1 toddler opening available mid may

hi everyone! we are currently looking to fill 1 toddler spot in our in home nursery in logan square. we are also doing interviews/tours for 2 infant spots that will be available in the fall! if interested reply or text 7738175923. thanks!

  • Hello! I'm currently looking for care for my son (who will be one in September). What hours are you open? We are looking for 7 am start or earlier if possible. Thanks!

  • les petits amis nursery logan square les petits nursery logan square

    hi there we are open from 730-530 but we could arrange for one of the teachers to open at 7 (for an extra $10/day) if we are a good fit for your family. lmk if you are interested in a tour! i can also add you to our google group for more info

5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Does anyone know why there is a helicopter around North and Talman?

North Avenue is blocked off around Talman and Rockwell right now. Tons of police and a helicopter right now.

  • Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this...

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    Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this neighborhood. I hear tons of talk that it is up_and_coming, and I can see.

    From what I heard, it happened to Logan Square, and Wicker Park...and getting the right people in the neighborhood to invest time, and their money is great.

    How did Logan Square, or Wicker Park grow and become a better neighborhood to itself? I can see it happening on the East side of Humboldt Park...just wish it could happen faster.

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

    You're right, Bobby. I can personally attest to Wicker Park being almost exactly the same around 2000 - lived there for 7 years. I used to go party there in the early 90's and it was seedy in a lot of spots. With the 606 Trail being built, big changes are coming to EHB and Logan Square, and the up-and-coming period is going to be a lot shorter than it would otherwise be. You can read up on what the elevated park has done for that part of NYC.

Mar 09

Updated 42 hours ago

Red Lion Pub on Armitage

Did anyone read the health inspection about the restaurant on 2900 W. Armitage? It is nice to read about new places. This was a new one for me.

  • See the above comments on the business license. : )

  • True, kslatte, I shouldn't prejudge. Looking forward to seeing what they have to offer. If anyone hasn't been to Table Donkey Stick down the street, I would highly recommend it. On Monday nights, they have a special $5 menu to let you sample some of their great flavors. And they just rehabbed the front to include a very cool bar space. Excellent on a winter night like tonight (ok...just feels like winter)

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Waiting For A New Beginning

Where will our future children belong to? This question still remains unanswered because of the social economic status of children. Early child education is important to the growth of a child. Growing up in a different community tends to have a different outcome in the development of children.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but...

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    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but more importantly an environment condusive for excellence. She smiles everyday now when she comes home from school vs being aggravated and having a frown. Things worked out well for her although it was not by her own doing. She would have rather stayed and tried to "make a difference" for her students...despite they and their parents having no interest at all in education.

    Change is not easy. We have to make tough choices and close empty and under performing schools to make way for something better. It won't be an easy transition.

    We are told we have good city services. Ha! the bad services runs the gammit of all city departments. It can be a war just to get garbage picked up. Can you imagine anyone saying that a ghetto gets good service! How stupid do they think we are?

    EB people CAN find solutions that are BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER. It comes through our sincere discussions of "the other side."

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids...

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    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids so they will be able to get a job in the future.

    OMG look at the schools on CHICAGOLAND! Who would want their kid to go to an insane place like those schools...in the midst of their turn arounds!

    Choosing something better for your kid is what is supposed to happen. It takes alot of research to choose the right thing. It will not be convenient. (my neighbor drives her kid to Melrose Park) The vote with their feet and move to the suburbs shows many make that choice. Again for 60 years Chicago schools have been a problem; and the vetting continues. First there was white flight and now black flight surpasses white flight.

    Rich people can send their kids to boarding schools or Montisorri schools. Poor folk can send their kid to a surrounding area school IF it produces something better for the child.

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Your ideal daycare

What is your idea of an ideal daycare? Besides loving care and nutritious meals, what can a home daycare offer you that would make it spectacular? Teaching a second language? Funky art projects? Video updates? What do you wish your childcare provided that they currently do not?

  • It would need to be extremely clean. Outdoor space nearby for the little ones to be active and interact with nature. A second language would be good. No TV (not just no TV turned on, but no TV in the home at all).

  • les petits amis nursery logan square les petits nursery logan square

    Norma-it is possible to have all those things in a home daycare u just have to find it. Uve described us to the T. Andrew-As an owner of an in home nursery I also live in my home and I've got a tv. We use the screen for toddlers to do Zumba, project kindle books etc. it's a very limited time. We sometimes don't use it at all. The tots are very aware of tech as we do pics n videos as well as daily updates w iPad.

4 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Architecture and History Buffs

Anyone know the history behind this home and or design?

Note the swastikas which at the time of this homes build would have be placed as a Charm to drive away bad luck.

  • Many pre-war buildings around Chicago have the sauvastika inlaid into them. I know of a three-flat that has them between the second and third floor.

    Heck, many years ago, I was in a hotel in Atlanta for a wedding and they were inlaid into the tile.

    It was considered to...

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    Many pre-war buildings around Chicago have the sauvastika inlaid into them. I know of a three-flat that has them between the second and third floor.

    Heck, many years ago, I was in a hotel in Atlanta for a wedding and they were inlaid into the tile.

    It was considered to be a good luck charm and builders put them into the brickwork to bless the home for its lifespan. There are many cultures that put good luck charms in their homes, IE over the doorway, buried under the threshold and American builders were no exception to that tradition. IIRC, the sauvastika was also used by the Girl Scouts (I seem to remember seeing a Girl Scout pamphlet at a flea market that had the sauvastika on it).

    TL;DR - sauvastikas placed on a pre-WWII building are for good luck, not Nazi sympathies.

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    I've seen this symbol used in early 20th century Native American beadwork - in belts and medicine bags. So interesting that it's been used in so many different cultures.

Mar 24

Updated 45 hours ago

Osteria Langhe

Just walked down Armitage and noticed the former Brand Barbecue just west of California has a sign in the window that says "Coming Soon Osteria Langhe". Any one have any news about this one?

: )

  • El Gringo Humilde Live/work/bike in Logan Square

    @kslatte, re: vegetarian, here is their most recent Facebook post:
    "We are excited about spring time as we are schedule to be open in the midst of it with great seasonal produce from local farmers such as: Fiddle head ferns, English peas, wild asparagus, cardoons, fresh almonds, fava beans, spring onions, ramps, green garlic, fresh chick peas, minor lettuce and much more as well as small local dairies who start to produce fresh cheese ..."

  • This there a 'major lettuce' as well?

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

First warm weekend of the year...

I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division....

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I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division.

I guess I'm venting as much as anything, but I also don't think it has to be this way or that anyone should have to accept this kind of chaos as a condition of living in the city.

I love my neighborhood. I don't love the people disrespecting it.

  • If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line...

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    If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line with the standards of the community.

    Many of these ne'er-do-wells used to live in the area but have left. Some just have the habit of coming here and terrorizing our homes. They come back, and they visit their old buddies, and bring trouble. Sometimes you have to focus on the "host" house because they are providing a place for nefarious activity to thrive, conceal itself, and persist.

    If the gang-bangers have no place to go, they have to chose to either hang totally out in the open and in their cars, or go somewhere else.

    Lets encourage them to go somewhere else. That is good for everyone who lives here.

    By the way, just an idea from personal experience, you might consider putting some attention on the huge amount of subsidized/welfare housing that is crammed into that area. A lot of unauthorized tenants inhabit those dwellings, and they typically aren't there so they can be closer to their 9-5 job.

    The politicians have dumped an inordinate amount of "affordable" housing in our neighborhood because it brings them votes (and they don't live here), but then short us on the supply of resources to help those folks succeed and to keep them from bringing the community down.

  • Marea Vierge-Noire Disc Jockey

    Thank you. I think you're right. I need to start picking up the phone when I have been resistant for a number of reasons. Thanks for reminding me.

Apr 07

Updated 47 hours ago

Found a cat on Whipple Ave

Hi everyone, I found a sweet cat on the 2600 block of Whipple Ave (between Logan & Schubert) on Sunday 4/6 around 11pm. S/he is safe in my apartment but I am hoping to help him/her return home rather than having to pass him/her on to a shelter. Please contact me if you know anyone searching for a cat who snuck out of the house! logansquarecat@gmail.com

  • The cat isn't grey striped is she? There's a cat we call Cricket that is a small cute outdoor cat who I've mistaken for an indoor cat who got loose before (because she's so tiny, healthy and has a collar) but after about a dozen times seeing her its obvious she's not starving and is going home somewhere regularly. I also live on Whipple.

  • The cat was not Cricket (though someone directed me to Cricket's door to check with the owners when I first hung flyers in the neighborhood). The cat WAS, though, another outdoor neighborhood friend-- his owners call him "Kitty" and he lives on Albany. He was safely returned last Tuesday night thanks to everyone's tips & communication!

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Old Ronnie's Location?

Does anybody know what's the deal with the old Ronnie's building (California and Point, right by Bang Bang)? I did a little internet digging and found some articles from last Spring about the guys behind Parson's opening a bar/restaurant there. Occasionally I see people going in and out. Anybody know what's up?

  • Thanks for the info! Sounds like a great design.

    I did hear that the couple behind Bang Bang sold their share in the shop to open Baker Miller in Lincoln Square. Hopefully Bang Bang can keep rolling without them.

  • liz

    Wow, I'm excited for a new bar in the old Ronnie's! Such a great neighborhood spot, it was kinda weird having such a dive there for so long.

4 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Will the 606 Destroy the Enclave?

Humboldt Park is well known for its multi-cultural ethnic enclave because of the diversity of the residence. All across Chicago these enclaves are being split apart because of higher housing prices. Usually, the different structures that bring in change to an ethnic enclave, or any enclave,  are businesses and parks. The new parkway, 606, will bring change to the Humboldt Park area, the questions is, are the residents of Humboldt Park prepared?

  • Jason, I'm sure they would accept more grant money for that purpose, as long as there wasn't any real oversight...

  • Good God. I feel 10x stupider after having read that piffle.

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