2 days ago

Updated 19 min ago

Stolen bike: it's gone :(

I saw the kid do it too. Bike is a women's vintage 52 cm Univega. Black frame with all original parts and red decals. Red rear tire, red pedals, red grip tape, and pink brake cables. The kid took it from California and Milwaukee on wed night around 10:15pm. Younger black male with a stupid mustache - he even rode away with my white BMX helmet that has the word 'Albes' on the front. I ran after him, and was literally about six inches from him but he got away. Police report filed but that is worthless.

  • I saw the same helmet this morning that Alyson did.

  • So sorry about your bike! Very unfair and frustrating. Can you please share how you had it locked up and how the thief was able to work around that?

39 hours ago

Updated 34 min ago

Pediatric dentist recommendation

I need recommendations for pediatric dentists, please!

  • MRivCar Long time Logan Square resident

    Kids Plus Pediatric Dentistry on Division . Dr. Denise Fischer is great.

  • Child's first dental visit should be by the time they turn 1, not 18 months. Apple Dental on Fullerton by Logan Square library, make appointment with Dr. Lamborghini and there's another place I forgot the name but it's on Armitage and Whipple across the the street from Dante's Pizza and make appointment with Dr. Vergotine

26 hours ago

Updated 47 min ago

FOUND CAT: All black male? very friendly found around Sawyer & Milwaukee

Hello neighbors--
My roommate and I found a cat stuck on our window sill last night, and helped him down so that he might go home. However, he's showed up on our window sill again this morning, so I'm thinking he's lost.

I am assuming it's a male since it's a pretty big cat (maybe 16 pounds?) and he seems to be all black with no markings, and light green eyes.

I'm planning on keeping him at our apartment until this afternoon when I can take him to Harmony House on Elston.

I hope this helps to find his owner! Let me know if you are looking for him!

  • efi

    A lot of people are not in the position to take to a vet, foster, keep, find a new home for a stray. Sometimes there are is not a perfect solution and people have to choose among the least worst solution (life as a stray vs animal control).

  • onthewing Community Cats Coordinator at Tree House

    That's true Efi, I encounter that situation every day. Its best to just keep feeding the cat where you see it, and give it a cat house until a spot at a shelter opens up. All the shelters have waiting lists, and Tree House offers low-cost and free spay neuter....

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    That's true Efi, I encounter that situation every day. Its best to just keep feeding the cat where you see it, and give it a cat house until a spot at a shelter opens up. All the shelters have waiting lists, and Tree House offers low-cost and free spay neuter. It's only $33 to fix a cat at Tree House's clinic. If you live in 60647, 60651, 60623 and 60624, or within a mile radius of those zip codes, Tree House will fix it fore FREE. Tree House Community Cats is available to assist people by emailing tnr@treehouseanimals.org. Good, timely help is out there, so I am happy to post this info here about my department. :)

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Scrap metal recycling - How's it work?

Has anyone ever brought old junk to the recycling places on Kingsbury?

How does it work? Which are the best places and is it possible to avoid those long lines of scrapper trucks?

We only have about two boxes worth, random stuff that's been sitting in our basement from various home projects, and we would like to get money for it, if possible.

Will we be waiting in line a long time and then only get 50-cents for our efforts?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I will find out where my partner (we have a handyman business) takes metal for recycling.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Increased loitering at Armitage/California

Does anyone know the story behind the group that's been hanging out with increasing frequency at California and Armitage? In front of the bank, and sometimes behind it. Young adults. They're not waiting for the bus...and have been hanging out a lot more often.

  • I live two doors down from HAS. In the mornings i see a couple of people hanging out usually waiting on the women who have appointments; never seen any evidence of trouble from them. they got graffiti-ed a couple weeks ago and they scrubbed / painted over it themselves before...

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    I live two doors down from HAS. In the mornings i see a couple of people hanging out usually waiting on the women who have appointments; never seen any evidence of trouble from them. they got graffiti-ed a couple weeks ago and they scrubbed / painted over it themselves before the city could even get out there (i did report).. i see the guys who live above the liquor store across the street who kind of hang out on that corner as they get organized in the morning. and i saw two crusty/gutter/whatever punks panhandling at the calf. el stop when i got off tues eve. but have not noticed the bank group. i walk past that corner every weekday around 7:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m. usually when i go after work, i head out the tastee freeze alley but i'll make a point of going out the front so i can check that corner. if they are hanging, fine...as long as they aren't harassing anyone. never hurts to have extra set of eyes out.

  • I will check it out as well. Cops at 7-11 a lot. Maybe I will talk to the bank and see if they are allowed to post no loitering signs. I will also bring it up at caps. What where the details of the mugging? Thanks.

6 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

St. Sylvester's Preschool

My daughter will be starting pre-k/preschool at St. Sylvester's next month. She's an early September birthday, so we expect she'll be in the youngest classroom (they divide by age as I understand it). I'm wondering if there are any other parents of new students at St. Sylvester's here who might like to meet up at Palmer Square for a play date one weekend before the start of the school year.
I'm also interested in hearing about experiences with the school that others would like to share. Thank you!

  • I can meet after nap tomorrow, maybe around 3 or so?

  • I think we can make our way there after nap time tomorrow. We may be a smidgen later than 3 though

41 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Alex Cleaner's is going out of business!

I'm sorry to see this place go. Make sure to pick up any belongings from them before August 10th!

Can anyone recommend a different cleaners in the area?

Thanks!

  • The population in a gentrifying neighborhood is likely to consume MORE dry cleaning services than a poorer neighborhood, so "the evils of gentrification" charge doesn't seem logical in this case. Personally, I am not a big supporter of the chemicals industry and businesses that use tetrachloroethylene to clean clothes, then cover everything with plastic that is not recycled.

  • Nad

    I spoke to the owner who said they are just planning to enjoy their retirement.

46 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Roosters in the City

One of our neighbors keeps hens and at least one rooster in their yard. I believe it is within city ordinance to keep chickens (hens), but does the city ordinance speak to keeping roosters? This bird has been crowing since 4:30 this morning!

  • Nick South Logan / North Humboldt

    I have not taken any action yet, but now that I have read a number of articles that bolster the legality of roosters in the city I will likely talk with our neighbor before involving 311 or the Alderman's office.

    Just curious MD, where does one draw the line on...

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    I have not taken any action yet, but now that I have read a number of articles that bolster the legality of roosters in the city I will likely talk with our neighbor before involving 311 or the Alderman's office.

    Just curious MD, where does one draw the line on not being a snitch? Is it ok to call the police if you witness gang members congregating and drinking on the public right of way. What if someone is trespassing on private property? What if they are in the act of vandalizing that property? How about if you witness someone dealing drugs on your street? It is the police departments job to protect and serve. This includes quality of life issues as well as criminal ones. While I agree that some calls are more important than others I will leave it to the professionals to make that decision.

  • ptpreserves local business owner in Humboldt park

    As someone with hens, i would say talk to them first for sure. They will most likely not want to be a nuisance to their neighbors. Just give them a few weeks for rehoming, if thats the way it ends up. Its hard to find someone to take a rooster...

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    As someone with hens, i would say talk to them first for sure. They will most likely not want to be a nuisance to their neighbors. Just give them a few weeks for rehoming, if thats the way it ends up. Its hard to find someone to take a rooster who doesnt want to make him into soup. Sometimes you dont intend on getting a rooster, you cant legitimately tell if the chicken is male or female until an egg is laid. It could be that they just ended up with the little dude.

18 hours ago

Art opening tonight at Firecat Projects

https://www.facebook.com/119727521432949/photos/gm.886225331391980/689646741107688/?type=1&theater

An exhibition of new paintings by Ellen Campbell will be opening tonight at Firecat Projects at 7pm. 2124 North Damen. It's a cool place if you've never been. Ellen's work is exquisite!

45 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Lost Keys This AM (7/24/2014)?

Found a set of keys on the street in Logan Square. Contact me to identify.

  • Hello again, Mike in Logan! Thanks for being cool as well. It felt a little weird walking the alley in search of a car that wasn't mine... :)

  • Yes, I can imagine it would. Creative method for finding the owner of the keys, though!

35 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Tech Help: WiFi Range Extender

I need help installing a WiFi range extender for my home network. Thanks!

  • Is this the kind that uses your electrical wiring to essentially make a wired connection to another part of the house? Like the TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT. That's what I've used, with a 2nd router on the other end. Works great.

  • My brother-in-law is a tech consultant who works with small businesses and could definitely help you out. He's great, is also in Logan Square, and has my house all wired! If you're interested, I'd be happy to pass along his information.

  • Liam R Independent IT Consultant

    I'm Kelly's brother-in-law and happy to help. If running a wire is an option, that will be the preferable solution due to speed and reliability, but there are plenty of good wifi-repeaters out there. The most economical solution will depend on what kind of router you currently have and what speeds you require.

    Feel free to call if you would like more help. (224)325-5426

34 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Two young Medical Students

Sorry to post this again
Two friends of mine are coming to Chicago this summer/fall to complete a rotation for medical school. They are an engaged couple coming from California that need a place to rent/sublet for the months of August-November. They'll be spending most of their time studying and at their respective hospitals; they'll be quiet and respectful tenants. Ideally they'd like a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, convenient to the train. Budget is up to 1300 per month....

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Sorry to post this again
Two friends of mine are coming to Chicago this summer/fall to complete a rotation for medical school. They are an engaged couple coming from California that need a place to rent/sublet for the months of August-November. They'll be spending most of their time studying and at their respective hospitals; they'll be quiet and respectful tenants. Ideally they'd like a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, convenient to the train. Budget is up to 1300 per month. If anyone is interested in renting/subletting their space or knows of anyone that might be please message me so I can put you in contact with them. Since they won't be here to look for themselves, they've been resorting to Craigslist, which so far has produced mostly scams.

  • Hi! My boyfriend and I are subleasing our apartment mid-August through mid-November, though we are flexible with exact dates, if you email me I can give you the details! kristinmio at gmail.com

  • Varagona Music Teacher & Lanlord

    Air B & B?

    I forwarded your post to a friend who does this... however, she is out of town so I don't know if she is checking.
    Good luck!

    I have an apartment open, but if it is vacant in November, then it will stay vacant until Spring, so unless they want to spend extra $s I just can't afford to house them.
    Sorry

    If I think of someone else, I will forward this to them.

23 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

History of this old Gas Station?

I was having a debate with some friends over what this building at the corner of California and Altgeld once was.

I'd bet dollars to donuts it was a gas station, but is there anyone who's been in the neighborhood awhile who could add any further details?

Thanks so much.

P.S. I heard they were going to put a Trader Joe's in that building, but then the local slumlord jacked up the rent because someone stapled a flyer to a tree trying to give away a dog that they CLEARLY DON'T DESERVE TO OWN, because the dog was scared by a loud noise last night--was that gunshots or fireworks?

At least that's what I heard.

Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Tony's Spoiled Chicken

Spoiled chicken again from Tony's on Armitage. I know it can happen anywhere, but it has only ever happened to me at Tony's. So, you know, statistics. Grrrrr, poo. That's as dramatic as my rage gets about this kind of stuff. I do want to put some gentle pressure on them to step up their game.

This is the face of a dog who won't get her chicken and rice. ;)

  • sly-3 donkey wrangler to the stars

    SUNRISE on milwaukee? it's stocked like a russian bodega circa 1938.

  • Oh yeah, in general, yeah. But I believe it was originally a carniceria so they have it going on where meat is concerned. Everything else, well, not so much.

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Therapist for alcoholics

Does anyone have a recommendation for a miracle working therapist that specializes in alcoholics?

  • There is a SMART meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the Sage Health space on Armitage and Bingham. SMART also has a meeting for friends and family on Thursday nights on the north side.

  • Also, all SMART mtgs are open to anyone, so if you want to attend the Sunday mtg alone or with him, you can:-)

Jul 10

Updated 42 hours ago

  • LD

    Hi Caitlin - my bf (who generally does not like cats) has been distraught since seeing this flyer. Creme Fraiche (um, BEST NAME EVER) completely charmed him one night after running around his ankles as he was walking by, so of course the bf bent over to to pet her,...

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    Hi Caitlin - my bf (who generally does not like cats) has been distraught since seeing this flyer. Creme Fraiche (um, BEST NAME EVER) completely charmed him one night after running around his ankles as he was walking by, so of course the bf bent over to to pet her, and CF flipped over on her belly begging for full-out kitty-belly rub. Since then, my bf has been going out of his way to walk down Sawyer in hopes of spotting CF - he'll be really happy to know she's home!

  • LD: best story ever!! (And yes, it is a great name..)

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Is that your dog?

We just saw a white with tan spots female chihuahua running loose around Central Park and Schubert. Wearing no collar or tags. She was timid but friendly and wouldn't let us get close enough to pick her up.
Just a heads up, hopefully she wasn't too far from home! :(

  • CC

    There is a sign in Palmer square for a do that fits that description.

May 27

Updated 43 hours ago

Painter needed

I'm looking for a painter to do my main room. Anybody have any recommendations?

  • Cosme Ramos did a beautiful job painting my business and a friend's house. He was so inexpensive, I had to insist on paying for the paint. Such a sweet man as well. 773/322-0503.

  • Did you find a painter? I've happened to have used two of the painters listed above and recommend you go with Northshore. Great work and professional. Avoid FreeForm -- they still haven't finished a job at our house and have twice been "no shows" for scheduled appointments.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Man casing cars this morning (Lyndale/Rockwell)

The man in the attached photo was casing cars on my block (Lyndale/Rockwell) early this morning around 6:30 am (looking into back seats). I called the police and he was gone when they arrived. Just wanted to share in case anyone else has seen this guy. He's pretty distinct, with the hat and all.

  • Manny Duarte Proud Logan Square Resident

    Thank you for this! Ill keep an eye out.

  • Thanks. Good work. We all need to be diligent in making our neighborhood safe. 👏

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Recommendations, please: Drywalling w/insulation and/or painting (to finish job presently down to br

I had water damage with the storm and I hired an Angie's List company that removed the plaster to the bricks (1906 house) in the empty rental-1/3 front living room and 1/3 front small bedroom and -1/3 ceiling. The company estimate (twice given)was 'padded' 2 and 3 times (I was there the whole time) and the ins. company (and I) refuse to allow them to complete the job. I'm 'good' to my workmen and what a good job done for a fair price. Please help if you have experience and thanks!

  • Try Brothers Home Improvement. 773-859-1802. Eric and Jim are honest and do great work.

  • pha que this will appear next to all of your posts

    i've been using triangle remodeling for years, szczphen (pron stephan) is a miracle worker. 773-744-9130

  • Thank you both so very much...I've given up totally on Angie's List...the more money to Angie's List ads, the higher score and higher on their list...and if you have ANY trouble, even with 'Big Deals', the 'List' basically says 'what do you want US to do about it'
    APPRECIATED Everyblock and both of you!!!!

47 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Non-for profit Needs Help

Dear Neighbors,

Northside Latin Progress, a 501c3 run by Ms Moore, seeks community help. Your donation is Tax Deductible.

-We are helping Latin men who have been injured in the job
-Men with chronic ilnesses i.e, heart issues
-Men who have been flooded in their apartments

We see an average of 30 men a week. They are in need of gently used bikes, jeans, shorts, 100 pair of socks would be great, shoes size 7 to 11, t-shirts, jackets, sleeping bags, baseball caps, towels. Anything a man can use,

Donations can be dropped off at Armitage Welding, 3212 West Armitage, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5:00. Weekends: Call Ms Moore for pick up: 312 343 0804.

  • We have several pairs of men's dress pants in like new condition to donate! Will drop them off next week if you could use them!

  • Robin Potter Logan Square resident

    my office represents employees injured on the job and can help insure they get the benefits they are entitled to, including weekly payments. They can phone us at (312) 861-1800. robin

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found dog named "Jackie" in alley behind Tony's (Fullerton/Central Park)

Hello Everyblock! My husband and I found a very sweet dog tonight named Jackie in the alley, tied to a fence post, behind Tony's. A neighborhood kid said they'd seen her there since about 1 pm, and we found her around 8:30 pm. She has up to date rabies tags and a Home Again tag. She is well-fed, has healthy teeth, skin, and fur, and is clearly somebody's pet. She's strong though and we figure she may have bolted, somebody...

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Hello Everyblock! My husband and I found a very sweet dog tonight named Jackie in the alley, tied to a fence post, behind Tony's. A neighborhood kid said they'd seen her there since about 1 pm, and we found her around 8:30 pm. She has up to date rabies tags and a Home Again tag. She is well-fed, has healthy teeth, skin, and fur, and is clearly somebody's pet. She's strong though and we figure she may have bolted, somebody caught her and tied her up hoping her owners would find her? We aren't sure.

She is probably about 30 lbs, very strong but sweet. She responds to her name, and knows commands like sit and stay. She loves chicken, but what dog doesn't.

If anyone knows Jackie's owners, please respond! We have called Home Again and they have called her owners, but they did not pick up so we're not sure what's going to happen tonight. We're letting her stay with us overnight but if you know where Jackie lives we would love nothing more than to reunite her with her owners.

  • LDL

    Thank you so much for doing all of this. If my dog had gotten lost, I would be so lucky to have someone like you be the one to find her and care for her in the interim. So wonderful and heartwarming to know there are people like you out there who are willing to help.

  • So cool! And thanks for the update. I was wondering, how long was Jackie gone?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Does City still filling potholes ?

I'm wondering if s\City doing anything about potholes, I'm not asking about side streets, Western or Armitage (between Western and Damen) looks terrible ? On Western same huge potholes since winter.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Donate unopened Formula?

Does anyone know if there's a local place that I can donate unopened baby formula to?

  • Loulu Me

    There's a women's center on Cicero and I bet they'd take it.

  • The Women's Treatment Center at Ashland and Lake. I volunteer there and would be happy to pick up any donations to drop at the center. Thx!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gunshots this morning (Spaulding/Dickens area)?

Was wondering if anyone else heard gunshots early this morning? My husband and I were woken up this morning by them and could hear them from our alley for over the course of at least 15 minutes. I was so half asleep that I don't know what time it was, I just know that shortly after, the sun began to rise. Also, I know it's been mentioned many times on here, but what is the proper number to call to report something like this. Is it 911? Thanks!

  • Jon San Logan Square/Avondale warrior.

    I've read that it's the 911 operator's discretion whether to dispatch the call or not.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    Well, at the CAPS meeting the lecture us to call 911 and then don't bother to send anyone when we do. It's a little frustrating, especially after watching someone hit my car and drive away.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cozy Corner Coffee Window?

I'd read a DNA Info article a few days ago (http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/wicker-park/cta-blue-line-renovations-nix-coffee-shops-wicker-park-logan-stations) about the concessions area being pulled from the California station. One of the commenters said it seemed like there were a number of alternative coffee places, but the only one which makes sense for my commute - I'm coming from behind the police station - was Township, and I do not care for their coffee (or their service for said coffee, but that's another show).

I started to wonder...

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I'd read a DNA Info article a few days ago (http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/wicker-park/cta-blue-line-renovations-nix-coffee-shops-wicker-park-logan-stations) about the concessions area being pulled from the California station. One of the commenters said it seemed like there were a number of alternative coffee places, but the only one which makes sense for my commute - I'm coming from behind the police station - was Township, and I do not care for their coffee (or their service for said coffee, but that's another show).

I started to wonder if there were any possibility that the to-be-rehabbed Cozy Corner would offer a coffee window. While I initially doubted it would make much sense on the alley side of the business, next to the NB exit - that alley can get pretty ripe - I knew I'd go if they offered it. And then today, I saw new windows on the alley side, and some sort of indented part of the outer wall. DARE I DRREAM, NEIGHBORS? Anybody know anybody who may know if that's even a possibility?

  • hellopatrick So Great To See You! owner

    I take a similar route to the California stop and have wanted some options too. Sometimes I trek around the corner to Cafe Mustache if I have enough time. If I'm really early I'll go over to Gaslight. Yum.

    The times I've been to Cozy Corner in the past, people...

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    I take a similar route to the California stop and have wanted some options too. Sometimes I trek around the corner to Cafe Mustache if I have enough time. If I'm really early I'll go over to Gaslight. Yum.

    The times I've been to Cozy Corner in the past, people are always coming in for a to-go cup of coffee. The layout was pretty tight in there, though, so I could see some people not wanting to hassle with it. Perhaps with the expanded space and new layout there will be ample opportunity to stop in for coffee, even if it's not an outside window. The new openings installed on the alley side of the addition are definitely only for natural light/trash exit unfortunately.

  • El Jefe Logan Square Resident

    I believe Cozy Corner has always offered coffee service @ the counter for to-go cups. Can anyone confirm this? No need for a window if they keep this up after reopening.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Outdoor Parking Spot for Rent

I'm renting out a dedicated parking spot at Spaulding and Dickens. Easy in and out access. Can do month to month, or a longer-term thing. Looking for $75 per month, or lower for a longer-term rental. If you're interested or know someone who is, lemme know!

Jan 23

Updated 2 days ago

Bucktown Arts Fest

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11am-7pm

August 23-24, 2014
11am-7pm

Come one, come all! We will have plenty of art, performances, bands, food vendors, kids activities, beer, sangria and more to make it a great weekend!
http://www.bucktownartsfest.com

Now in our 29th year, an all-volunteer committee and no paid staff raise money to provide community arts education at Holstein Park and in local schools.
http://www.bucktownartsfest.com/fest-proceeds-and-programming/

  • MaSumm Bucktown North Resident

    the Bucktown Arts Fest - something to look forward to in these cold months

  • nearthehighway i live in Logan Square

    my favorite neighborhood festival!! I like that's its in a small park along with residential streets, rather than on a main road. It has a more quaint feel to it.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • I currently live in this area... So exciting!!!

  • I live right near there, too, and have been watching this building transform over the last several months. It's looking great. Can't say I'm big on the idea of increasing housing density there, but it doesn't look like the building could house a huge number of units, and it will be great to have some new business activity on that stretch. "A restaurant, a furniture store, a brewery, an antique store" sounds like a pretty decent start!

  • Carter O'Brien Lake View/Logan Sq native yet Avondale to the bone

    The devil is in the details, but the number of apartments sounds pretty minimal in the big picture. It's an easy walk from two L stops, and we need more people supporting local businesses as there are a *lot* of vacancies right now. Hopefully more people on foot will also...

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    The devil is in the details, but the number of apartments sounds pretty minimal in the big picture. It's an easy walk from two L stops, and we need more people supporting local businesses as there are a *lot* of vacancies right now. Hopefully more people on foot will also get CDOT to address the walkability factor of the intersection, it is not very pedestrian-friendly, speaking as someone who has walked my kid to Unity Park for many years coming from the NE.

    I am optimistic about the impact of the Woodard Plaza as well. I just hope the Gap Outlet sticks around, it's been a staple for me since the early 90s.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Where are the Free Book boxes?

I enjoy the free book boxes in Chicago. However, I only know of 2 of them. There is one in Logan Square, in front of the late Johnny's Grill, and it's accompanied by a free video box. There is another one in West Town / Ukrainian Village, in front of West Town Bakery. Where can I find other ones?

As a side note, I went to take a look at the LS one last weekend; there was someone else there...

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I enjoy the free book boxes in Chicago. However, I only know of 2 of them. There is one in Logan Square, in front of the late Johnny's Grill, and it's accompanied by a free video box. There is another one in West Town / Ukrainian Village, in front of West Town Bakery. Where can I find other ones?

As a side note, I went to take a look at the LS one last weekend; there was someone else there hauling away a huge stack of at least 8 books. The only stuff left was garbage. It's just an open box, so I realize there aren't any rules. I wasn't going to hassle the guy or make assumptions about his needs. But please be courteous, leave some for your neighbors, and contribute to the box if you can.

  • Katie McDevitt Logan Square Lady

    There is also a book box in front of a house next to the church off the north side of the Boulevard: ~ 2625 Talman near Schubert?

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

    I've put a lot of good books in the LS box near Lula's. I always hope they'll go to someone who appreciates them and not a hoarder. If people return them after they're done, there will always be some in there.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Funston Elementary

I just found out my child will be attending Funston Elementary this year. Does anyone know about this school or have an opinion good or bad? It is not anywhere near our home so we are debating whether or not to call CPS about this?

  • Is this for K? According to CPS, there are still spots available at a few elementary schools: http://cpsoae.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=173111&type=d

    On that list, I'd investigate McPherson.

  • Every Kate new mom, park walker

    I'd give Brentano a call and try to get in for a tour (773.534.4100). We're starting our son there in the fall and I've spent a lot of time at the school. The teachers are warm, caring and smart; the school is orderly; and the principal is great. We're excited to have this great neighborhood school in our hood.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Nanny Share/Child Care Provider

I am seeking in home child care for my 10 month old niece. Our needs are 30ish hours per week with a budget of $200/week. Anyone have a nanny share opening or any thoughts? I know it's a tall order.

  • I see, then that seems more reasonable.

  • Even with a nanny share, this is pretty poor income. You can find nannies that cheap, but you're going to get what you pay for. Also, Joannainuptown - that's the going rate for a decently experienced nanny of one child, not two or more.

    Many parents don't understand that a...

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    Even with a nanny share, this is pretty poor income. You can find nannies that cheap, but you're going to get what you pay for. Also, Joannainuptown - that's the going rate for a decently experienced nanny of one child, not two or more.

    Many parents don't understand that a nanny is not a "full time babysitter" - a nanny (that you're not paying 7 dollars an hour) is going to be someone who assists you in raising your family and keeping your house in order whether it's helping clean the house or run the occasional errand, etc.

    The fact that some people are willing to entrust the upbringing of their children to the lowest bidder is mind boggling to me.

    $200/week is a rather low budget even for someone willing to do a nanny share. If the currently-paying family is even allowing / comfortable with their nanny entering a share, they may well want some sort of a discount or even a matched rate - dropping this poor nanny to something like ~13/hr for watching two kids (this is well below the going rate for anyone with experience).

    Then of course there is the term "30ish", but on a fixed budget. This is a red flag for any prospective nanny. When it's 38 hours, does the family still only have $200 to spend? This may not be OP - but many parents who sound like OP can't / won't / don't pay more...

    I don't mean to disparage OP - her available budget is what it is and that can't be helped - it's hard getting by especially in this city. I just think this is a taller order than most people realize.

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Parents who have sent their children to St. John Berchmans

Are there (non-Catholic) parents out there that have sent their children to St. John Berchmans and have had a good experience?

  • Curious about this too ...

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    If you are looking for an alternative to CPS, look into http://www.npeschool.org/

  • SJB has many families that are not Catholic enrolled. It is a great community with amazing teachers. Our son has excelled since his arrival three years ago. While we appreciate the Catholic foundation and mission, it enables SJB to offer a well rounded, diverse and safe school for our kids in the neighborhood.

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Coach house is legal?

Is it legal to build a coach house on top of your garage, and use it for rental income? Do you know where to find the City of Chicago laws pertaining to this type of structure? We see several of them in the neighborhood, but were not sure about attempting this ourseleves. We can definitely use the extra income!!

  • New ones were banned in 1957, the ones you still see are grandfathered in. It's too bad, coach houses are much more appealing than basement apartments.

  • AnnaWilson Anna

    Yeah, I went through the hassle of talking to several contractors and went to the building permit office and was told NOPE! If a coach house exists then it's OK but we're not allowed to build a new one, even if you knock down your detached garage and replace it with a coach house. Lame.

  • Even if new coach houses weren't explicitly banned, you probably would not be able to due to zoning restriction regarding number of units on the lot and total finished sq footage.

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