39 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

So, who went to the meeting last night? I did!

In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope...

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In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope the general public understand that this will be strictly for veterans and has nothing to do, for the most part, with single mothers or affordable housing for the general public. This is for veterans, which is admirable. My understanding is it will NOT be available for the general public to apply for housing. I hope the general public will understand this. I took notes at the meeting and recorded it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be 100 percent veteran housing.

  • Don Shifertz Longtime resident, homeowner & Business Owner

    It's no surprise that Alderman receive contributions from companies and individuals but that's not a big deal if its small time $ like 1,000+ per year? If you have it to give? Give it? and he's helped you with concerns like potholes, street lights, trash issues, neighborhood event, providing a...

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    It's no surprise that Alderman receive contributions from companies and individuals but that's not a big deal if its small time $ like 1,000+ per year? If you have it to give? Give it? and he's helped you with concerns like potholes, street lights, trash issues, neighborhood event, providing a resource for information and loiter's then great. I would call that an "appreciation" donation? For their campaign. The issue is NO ONE should circumvent zoning laws RESULTING in screwing the f'n taxpayers! A donation shouldn't be a payoff to screw a person or group over like whats currently happening! My problem is the volume of riff-raff they want to infuse in the area and pack them like sardines in a building when it's bound to be a disaster! And not supported by ANY eco—sociological studies? Not one metropolitan housing project has EVER! turned out to be in any way beneficial for a city area? The president should outlaw such structures from city parks and residential homes areas? We're talking about human lives! The American dream to own your home AND BE SAFE! NOT have a population of struggling individuals living check to check (and statistically having a whole lot more issues then lack of $) who wants that in their dream? This is just like Daley's multi-million $ parking meter screw over that we're stuck with for 75 yrs! All he cared about was the "NOW" $. Ram needs "NOW" money and is sacrificing the lives of HP for at least 100 yrs by allowing the gang banger mentality "la familia" to self distruct because their just plan stupidly ignorant! By fighting to live in the casedio's? Open you eyes idiots! It breaks my heart to see them get manipulated like that by some crooks that have their nice house in the burbs who could care less! Lets pay the city a bribe NOT to build ghetto housing in our neighborhood!

  • It sucks that people who don't even live in our neighborhood (Roldan) are making decisions about how the residents live, all while keeping a keen eye towards profit.

    Where will the compromise(s) fall? On us, the residents. He gets his check, then goes back home. We are stuck with his decisions permanently.

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Did you see WBEZ's story on gentrification in Logan Square?

My colleague Chip Mitchell did an interesting story on how gentrification is affecting Logan Square. What'd you think of it? Did he miss anything?
http://www.wbez.org/news/real-estate-developer-hot-area-sees-bright-future-%E2%80%94-and-displacement-111231

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    I am not disagreeing with your assessment Colin. I am suggesting it is not a perspective or understanding with a handle on, or tools for, working to an improved outcome- for the individual, for the community, or for the larger society.

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    @Carter: We might be on the same page about something:

    "The question becomes to what degree should zoning be used to encourage one form of land use over another. That's the tool in the City's toolbox, so to speak.

    Substantial zoning bonuses which will create brand new high rise towers...

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    @Carter: We might be on the same page about something:

    "The question becomes to what degree should zoning be used to encourage one form of land use over another. That's the tool in the City's toolbox, so to speak.

    Substantial zoning bonuses which will create brand new high rise towers in a neighborhood of lower-density historic architecture will encourage the settling of one economic class of people and the removal of another. [snip] The evidence is that we see shrinking populations of lower-middle class people raising families by the L stops in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lake View."

    I like that the TOD ordinance seems to be fueling proposals to build many units near transit station, but it may be building too many units than the community prefers.

    I'd like to see transit-oriented zoning used as a tool to also spur smaller, multi-unit buildings (2-4 flats, courtyard bldgs) by perhaps preventing low-density bldgs so close to transit.

    Across from Goethe elem. school is a huge parcel of land that's being turned into 7 single-family homes on Medill Ave. That's land near a good school & 3 blocks from the California station.
    http://j.mp/goethe_homes

    Zoning could have been used to require 2-4 unit buildings so that more families have a chance of benefiting from that location but instead the zoning district here makes building 2-4 unit residences on those parcels *illegal*.
    http://j.mp/zoning_singlefamily

    A "transit overlay district" would be something new to Chicago and could do away with the piecemeal zoning of differing densities, one right next to or mixed in with the other. You might see Bx-1 next to Cx-2 and then a Rx-4. Create concentric zoning circles that keep the density uniformly high nearest the train station and then drop off the further away you get.

    Here's a screenshot of the zoning that includes the California Blue Line station and the Goethe school houses (empty area northwest of the RM-5 zone).
    http://j.mp/goethe_zoning

14 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Looking for daycare in Logan Square

Hello,
Can anybody recommend a daycare in Logan Square? Also, not sure how far ahead I need to be checking places out. Friends have said there can be long wait lists, etc. but I'm not sure if that is everywhere in the city.... Thanks for any info!

  • Allison Logan lawyer & homeowner

    Sooner the better! I take my kid to infant community montessori in Humboldt but several of the Logan places I looked at had long waiting lists.

  • For Your Child Preschool at Armitage and Rockwell.

14 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman

If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward on February 24, 2015 make your vote count. Your voice, your choice, your vote!
Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman.

  • Never !!!!!!!!!

  • He has my vote. Maldonado is a hypocrite. He proposes affordable housing but yet he is building fancy town homes on his own property. Why doesn't he build affordable housing on his own land? Oh thats right, he wants to make a profit.

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Another Package Theft

At 2pm today a package was stolen from my front porch near Armitage and Sawyer.
I was able to get a look at the theives from behind as they walked out of the alley and onto Armitage Ave near Kedzie, and two women witnessed the theft.

They are wearing all black, head to toe. One man was black and the second hispanic, both about 5'6- 5'8.

UPS claims they left the package with someone, but they clearly did not.
BE CAREFUL and have packages sent somewhere else, especially for the holiday season.

  • Liz

    Thanks Btooz. I just want to look out for our neighbors and my family. We don't need this petty bs happening. My brother loves sting operations too which helps, ha! 10 hours is impressive!

  • Liz

    No luck folks. I tried!

8 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Moreno van (with signage) parked IN a bus stop..

and blocking 1/2 the only entrance to Food Smart.
I left a note ON the van and am trying to FAX a letter as I write this .
Doesn't matter if the blinkers were on..plenty of parking right there if he had looked!

8 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Loud construction

Do I have any say over the noise going on next door while they gut rehab a 2 flat grey stone? They are dropping doors from second stories onto the ground! We have a small child that needs to sleep during the day so I'm dreading the next couple of months.

10 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

lost dog

Missing near Chicago n Pulaski. If seen email me @ galehethcoat@yahoo.com.com

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Let's Get our Video Cameras Connected to CPD District/Cental Command

Being the IT Dept and administrator to the cameras that protect our Condo association since 2009, I have seen firsthand the power this tool has to solve crime. We've been subpoenaed twice and have produced useful video evidence for another dozen or so incidents over the last 5 years that all have helped make this community stronger. High ranking CPD Chief McNaughton has already successfully launched a pilot program in his previous position in Lawndale and we're very close to the reality where hiding from the law is no longer an option.

  • VW

    Has anyone had the cops use a screen grab from a store-bought webcam connected via wifi? My ADT guy said that unless the security system uses closed circuit/hardwired and sealed system the cops won't use it because it could be tampered with (at least in the eyes of the court)--just curious if that is in fact the case, or if he was just being by the book.

  • PR

    I work in law enforcement. The police and prosecutors will use any and all video. The defense attorneys might make a stink about video being tampered with but that rarely sticks if ever. The cops have forensic people to verify that the video hasn't been tampered with in. Get whatever system you can afford. Even crappy video is better than nothing.

13 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

The HHDC / veteran's building meeting before the planning commission

I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating...

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I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating this was absolutely not the case, and Maldonado knew this as well.

Then a group of 5 or 6 people opposed to the zoning change were allowed 3 minutes each. One gentleman, who also spoke at the community meeting, presented a very compelling argument simply asking that various questions about the project be answered before a vote was held. In fact, that is essentially what all opposed asked for – time to get answers to fair questions.
After this, a group of 5 or 6 people spoke on behalf of the project. The rather large gentleman at the community meeting who had his military uniform on and spoke repeatedly about “la familia” and “Hua”ing the crowd to get boisterous, spoke on behalf of veterans. He indicated that any delay in the vote would be a "life or death" issue for veterans. The rest of the speakers appeared to me either connected to a piece of this project or to the HHDC in general, or were simply against gentrification in terms of “more affordable housing” needed in Humboldt Park.

Alderman Burnett then stated how valuable our veterans are and how needed this is, as well as how the one in his ward is a great addition. Again, this all appeared planned in advance.

A vote was then taken which appeared to be unanimous. Despite receipt of the brief of the housing association, NOT ONE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF MR. ROLDAN, ALDERMAN MALDONADO OR THE ATTORNEY MS. MICHAS. Not. One. Single. Question.

  • It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with...

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    It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with the community here, or if it was, was it only with the PR community? Mr. Corona, if you win, will you seek the positions of neighborhood groups BEFORE a political deal has already been made? Alderman Maldonado again indicated all questions of the community were answered – when exactly were the questions asked of Mr. Roldan of how much his company Tropic will make in profit on this job, and of why it cannot be GUARANTEED that this housing serves ONLY veterans for the 99 year lease, answered? Oh, that’s right, they weren’t answered at all. . . . . .
    Finally, I HATE the fact that I know many hispanics in the community are going to question those opposed to this project as to their loyalty to the military veterans, as well as to those in OUR community who truly need affordable housing. I ASSURE you that that is not the case. It is easy to push projects that are for "seniors" or "veterans" or "children" - all I can say is go back to aesop's fables . . . . . a wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. ASK FAIR QUESTIONS OF AUTHORITY, PEOPLE!! It's your duty as citizens of this country in creating community

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long....

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    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long. His direct quote was " If I get elected I will represent the community, and that means consulting with the community. The current Alderman has forgotten who elected him and has put too much attention into his own personal interest and the interest of private developers. I would put policy before politics, because that's what this community needs"

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Furniture donation and pick up

I have some friends looking to donate furniture and need it picked up by the end of this weekend. They have asked a bunch of places, including Salvation Army. No one has been able to pick up this week. Any suggestions of maybe some more obscure organizations that would do this and need furniture?

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Yet another package stolen

Hi all,

Just wanted to give a heads up, had a package stolen from my porch on the 3200 block of W. McLean Ave. FedEx tracking number states "left on porch" at 11:26 am. I got the mail at noon, nothing there.

We generally request packages to have signature on delivery, however this was a gift sent from my in-laws (actually the last package they shipped went missing as well). I work from home, doorbell never rang.

I filed a police report, had FedEx run a "trace", etc.

If you happen to see this fancy ottoman hanging out in a nearby alley give me a shout I guess!

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/garrettdoublestorageottomanwithtraysideottomans.cfm

Thanks!

  • FedEx will hold your packages at any of their locations without a fee. I usually have mine held at the Kinko's in Division and it's very easy to pick up as they are open late and on weekends. UPS is not nearly as flexible unfortunately

  • But there is a UPS at the corner of Californai and Armitage, in the shopping center.

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Questions re Veterans Housing

1. Is this a done deal?
2. When is the facility projected be open for business?
3. Will February's alderman elections affect this project?
4. What can the citizenry do to impact this project?

  • Gently place your head between your legs.

    Fold your hands over your head.

    Kiss your sself.

    Emerge for the February 24th 2015 Aldermanic election and vote for different leadership.

29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

New Art Materials Reuse Center on California and Walton

Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

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Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right now to kickstart our workshop and educational programming, so we can support local schools and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get creative. We're a very shoestring enterprise, and even small donations are very much appreciated! Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-wasteshed-a-creative-reuse-art-center

We are open to the public 11-6, Wednesday-Saturday. Hope you can stop by!

  • I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or...

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    I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or if it even was a storefront.. perhaps investing in some "come on in!" signage or something like that, may help your cause? Although, I drive past early in the morning before you're open, so perhaps it looks a little different during the day.

    Regardless, sounds like a very cool endeavor and I wish you guys luck!

Dec 11

Updated 14 hours ago

Maldonado trying to sneak through another deal to strong hold Humboldt Park and take tax dollars.

Four-story building low income housing is getting green-lit in Humboldt Park without community input despite being a proposal that would permanently "change the dynamic of the neighborhood."

Read the full article for more information. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141211/humboldt-park/humboldt-park-veterans-housing-proposal-draws-mayoral-backing-mudslinging?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=5492efe360-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-5492efe360-172450769

ONLY chance for your voice to be heard Dec. 17 at the Humboldt Park field house, 1400 N. Sacramento Blvd. at 5:30 p.m.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I say, take it to MICHIGAN AVE...or one of the UPSCALE neighborhoods who need to take their fair share of lower income people.

    Already San Francisco is having too many problems because the rich are displacing everyone.

    Chicago is headed the same direction. The only way to STOP insanity is to file civil rights lawsuits.

  • If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward please like Adam Corona's Facebook page. Your voice, your choice, your vote.On February 24, 2015 make your vote count!

    https://www.facebook.com/AdamCoronafor26?pnref=story

15 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Rain Barrel Setup

Hi Neighbors,

Does anyone have a rain barrel? If so, I would love to see your setup or just ask some questions. Please post here or PM me.

Thanks!

  • You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in...

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    You need to do some math or use an awesome roof-calculator that's tied into average rainfall like this: http://save-the-rain.com/SR2/
    Then you need to find enough barrels to hold all the water you will capture and we installed 8 barrels under a porch, buying Upcycle barrels made from a place in the 'burbs: http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=3528

    Finally - you need a diverter so the downspout stops water when all the barrels are full....the downspout should just run into an area of your yard where you can plan water-loving plants like these: http://www.prairiemoon.com/native-plants-for-lakeshore-wetland-restoration/

    Our yard is completely full of prairie plants, whose roots go down 6-8 feet. Our downspouts are all disconnected. Doesn't cause us any problems at all...you just have to plan for it and we save a bunch of money watering our gardens because of the rain barrels.

    If you need any help planning this out, drop a note and I'm happy to share what I know!

  • Ack! Sorry, that rain calculator should be this address: http://save-the-rain.com/

40 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park (+)

On the pillars at the garden area with the buffalo couple (which my dog thought were 'real' the first time we walked there) is now a bright pink heart with 'It's a Girl' painted in the middle. It would be so interesting to find out what that 'story' is about......

22 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Bloomingdale Pathway

I was thinking about that pathway yesterday. What's the update on it?

3 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Housecat went missing last night

Hey all! Were on the 1800 block of N Francisco Ave and our domestic short-hair-loveable-mutt of a cat named Captain Falcon went missing late last night.

He's the guy on the left in the attached photo. Please let me know if you see him. He extremely friendly (and fat) and has never been outside before!

  • Go out and call him when the area is quieter. If it's dark, take a flashlight; take the catnip or the treat container. When you call him, listen for his response. Put your scented socks by your gates. Walk in all directions if your house, also putting your scent out there for him.

  • Fellow 1800 N Francisco block here. We'll keep an eye out for him!

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Who is going to attend the meeting tonight, regarding the proposed veteran's building?

The more people involved, hopefully the more thoroughly all opinions can be taken into account. This means everyone, all ethnicities, all opinions.

  • How does that big of a mistake happen? To overstate costs by 65%? It seems to be a little bit more than a rounding error.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Today is the PUBLIC HEARING. Don't forget to go.
    The neighbors around the hospital dropped off a BRIEF at Alderman Maldonado's office yesterday before the Community meeting. You can read it here: www.humboldtparkhousing.com

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Maldonado: Opposition to Veteran Housing 'Sounding Like Racist' Comments

http://dnain.fo/1IXS2xQ

Maldonado is beginning to sound a little desperate, making these baseless accusations publicly. I think someone knows he might be in trouble come February. It took citizens coming together to root out these back door deals which were right in front of us the whole time.

HUMBOLDT PARK — A proposal to build affordable housing for veterans in Humboldt Park continues to stir opinion, with the local alderman recently calling some comments by opponents on socal media racist.

  • Same tricks, different development.

    Bait and switch, steal and twitch.

    Politicians LOVE no-bid contracts so that they can hand fat-cat deals to their buddies. Buddies then return the favor. Maldonado needs this project to go through so he can fund his re-election and dirt-throwing campaign to buy false advertisement to try to make up for his lousy management of the Ward.

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    East Humboldt Neighbor, that figures it comes from Mayor Rahm-A-Dama-Ding-Dong's office. They change the rules and the numbers so many times even Einstein couldn't keep track. Humboldtwriter, only the names change, but it's the same game. Politics is the art of BS.

Jul 28

Updated 2 days 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.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many...

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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.

  • Cram writer

    Meg - not sure why, but our DMs aren't going through. Can you email me at cram@plateonline.com, so we can coordinate meeting? Thanks!

  • meg

    Thanks Cram - emailed you. If anyone wants to contact me, looks like DMs aren't working. Just email me at meaghan.olson@gmail.com. Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bring the Chicago Foodseum to Logan Square

Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

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Hi friends - I wanted to share an exciting potential opportunity for the Logan Square neighborhood - to be the home of the "Foodseum" - Chicago's first Food Museum!

I learned about this project in the works a couple of weeks ago through an article on Eater.com http://www.eater.com/2014/11/24/7276629/chicagos-first-food-museum-foodseum-campaign Their website has more details: http://www.foodseum.org/#home

They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to open their first interactive exhibit as early as Spring 2015: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foodseum/chicagos-food-museum

The location has not been decided, but I immediately thought Logan Square would be the perfect location, with all the new restaurant activity, fantastic farmer's market, and plans for a future rare-fruit orchard.

After pledging my support, I emailed my thoughts to their executive director, Kyle Joseph, who personally wrote me back to thank me. He said that they are "big fans" of LS and they have been keeping an eye out there, and agreed that LS would be a great fit. He encouraged me to pass along the word in the neighborhood and said he would be happy to speak to fellow residents and supporters.

If you like this idea, please pass it along, donate to the campaign, and email the museum founders and organizers that you would love for Foodseum to come to Logan Square!

  • LD

    Agreed, I have nothing against the idea of the museum (I'd def visit out of curiosity), I just wouldn't invest in it as I am doubtful of its sustenance. Ditto for the juice bar (if the profit margins actually float the juice bar for a while, it will close as soon as the craze dies down, vitamixes get cheaper, or another, less expensive juice bar opens), although I think there's a big difference b/t restaurant/retail and hospitality/entertainment and not sure the 2 are comparable.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    There's of course nothing wrong with people having opinions. There is however a special place in hell for those who comment negatively on web stories/projects, etc they didn't even bother to visit before forming said opinions.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

A Must Read regarding the newest Subsidized Housing Project in H.P.

I have seen many posts on this topic in the last few weeks, but this page gives the most comprehensive info about the 6 -story building being proposed on the land owned by Norwegian American Hospital. Please read it if you want. Or not.

http://www.humboldtparkhousing.com/humboldt-politics/

  • First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as...

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    First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as it is according to code(ie no zoning changes) and my tax dollars don't have to pay for it.

    I think most people have seen the race-baiting show in the media recently and realize that when somebody uses the term "racist" it is because they have already lost the intellectual argument.

    But if anybody that is hiding behind a pseudonym wants to introduce themselves to me face to face, we can discuss our differences at that time.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    fighting the good fight: Your posts are painful to read. Just stop already.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bone Marrow Match Drive Tuesday 12/16 for Cop with Leukemia

Bone Marrow Drive TUESDAY 12/16 at 14th District Chicago Police Station, 2150 N California @ Shakespeare. 12 Noon - 6 PM
Police Officer BLANCA MAGALLON, 43 yr old mother of 4 daughters, needs match for bone marrow transplant in her battle with leukemia. Quick cheek swab, no needles. Flyer (attached jpg) from Ward 1 enewsletter

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Two young pit bulls loose on the block

My husband and I just got off the Fullerton bus at Lawndale and two young pit bulls ran up to us and followed us to our door and tried to come home with us. They were friendly, and looked like they were being taken care of, but no collars or tags. I reported their location to 311 in case anyone is looking for them.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

acupuncture and chiropractor?

Is there a Logan square facility that offers both services at the same location that anyone would recommend.? I have both arthritic and alignment issues going on but limited time (and $) to deal with both.

  • Sage Community Health Collective is an amazing place. They do fantastic acupuncture and they also have massage and other things, though I am not sure about chiro. Anyway, they have a wonderful mission that these services should be available to everyone, so they work on a sliding scale. If you do community acupuncture (which is a quiet room with several people getting it at once - it's not as weird as it sounds at ALL) - it's even less. I went there for several months and loved it. http://sagecommunityhealth.org/

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Stories/ Humboldt Park++

This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the...

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This week-end there was a huge hawk 'posing' on the ground while someone not quite close took phone pictures. It appeared to be @ 2' tall and eventually flew up in a near by tree and posed some more. (I haven't seen any pigeons in that area lately either.)

As 'The Miss' and I went on our walk, we saw two pretty ladies walking arm-in-arm. I think they are sisters. One has a smile that could melt the snow; the other is a special needs adult who I do not believe can speak. I always say 'Hello' and the special needs lady released her companion's hand to give me a hug...a nice big hug.

Then she started to cry. Large tears. I said "Please don't be sad" and her companion said "Oh, she cries when she is happy." I said 'Well, then just keep hugging and I'm glad you are happy'.

If you see them in the park, please do say 'Hello' (Hugs are optional...)

  • I bet you saw a Coopers Hawk. One flew into our backyard a few years back so I did a little research to identify the species. It might have been 2 ft. but in a little Chicago backyard, it looked like a giant Condor.

  • I saw a hawk that fits the description in my yard a few days ago.

  • i have seen that hawk a few times… it really looks like massive compared to the other birds around there...and I am pretty sure I have seen what is left of the rabbits/pigeons it destroys… looks like a small explosion of feathers & fur in the middle of the field, with nothing else around…

    the hawk i saw had quite a bit of white on it, so the coopers hawk looks to be it

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Yet another missing cat

My neighbor's cat went missing. The cat's name is Pilar. She is a small, brownish-black, sweet little kitty and she escaped this morning from the cat sitter's in the vicinity of Logan Blvd and Western. Pilar normally resides in Palmer Square near Belden and Milwaukee. I don't have a picture to post.

If anyone spots her, please let me know. Thanks!

Dec 06

Updated 3 days ago

Coming soon to Diversey and Richmond

This new bar and restaurant maybe a great addition to Logan Square. I have heard several different explanations as to just what it might be, stay tuned.

  • "A large ham selection will hang from behind the bar, and every guest, whether ordering a glass of wine at the bar or sitting down for a meal, will get a complimentary wooden board with a handful of fresh slices of meat like prosciutto or Spanish-style jamon with some pickles."
    How cool...

  • sounds interesting, I wish them success.

3 days ago

The Twelve Sites of Social Security

Back by popular demand is our holiday favorite, “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It’s inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a holiday favorite since 1780. Play it again, Santa! 

3 days ago

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Dec 11

Updated 4 days ago

New Project In Old Zacetecas Restaurant?

Anyone know what's going in the old Zacetecas restaurant space on Diversey in Logan? Yes, yes, I know. Probably a bar or restaurant. Just curious what people or groups are involved.

4 days ago

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Dec 12

Updated 4 days ago

LOST Cat

Please help us locate our cat Beam. He has been missing since Sunday am. He is an altered male Bengal with a chip. Please check your garages as he has gotten stuck in one before. Contact me immediately if you have seen him. we miss him very much.
lyndsay1133@yahoo.com
773-818-4680

  • Jen

    Check the stray tours at animal control (2741 s western) every day. They keep the animals on hold for 3 days and if no one comes for them there's a good chance of them being put down bc the shelter is pretty full

  • LT

    I have registered my lost cat with animal control and have been checking their "pet harbor" everyday since he went missing. Thank you for responding.

4 days ago

Dec 09

Updated 5 days ago

MEGAMALL NEWS ? ANY ?

lots going on with developments by california and also by logan stop, any news on the mega-mall development. any meeting / plans / dates?

  • I went to the business meeting about the Mega Mall redevelopment, and nothing is written in stone, but the proposal was for: a 40,000 sq ft supermarket at the Sacramento end of Milwaukee with two stories of parking above and a two store gym over that. The rest of the...

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    I went to the business meeting about the Mega Mall redevelopment, and nothing is written in stone, but the proposal was for: a 40,000 sq ft supermarket at the Sacramento end of Milwaukee with two stories of parking above and a two store gym over that. The rest of the block with be residential (approx 200 rental units) with retail on the first floor. It will appear to be 5-6 separate building from the outside with some set backs. There will be a new traffic light in the middle of the block for cars to turn into the parking lot. Truck traffic in the back. 20 ft sidewalks in front. 10% affordable housing and they said no TIF funds would be use (I would love to see that). The buildings will vary for approx. 7 to 9 stories. Those were the features I found most interesting but there was more.
    That was the proposal. Call Alderman Waguespack or wait for the public meetings that are coming.

  • That public meeting should be interesting! Logan Square seems set on no buildings over 4 or 5 stories....with 6 really pushing it.

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