3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

SOS at Animal Control

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

  • Have never heard a negative word about Petfinder. Every local organization including FACC, Chicago Canine Rescue, Lake Shore Animal Shelter, etc. legitimately have listed dogs for many years.

  • i got my last two cats by looking first on petfinder, which in both cases it steered me to the listings of the humane shelter closest to me. petfinder just is kind of a clearing house for shelter listings...

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

SOS at Animal Control

Animal control is completely full! because of this they will be killing many adoptable animals to make space. If you know anybody that can foster or adopt please let me know. Fostering is temporary and free. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    Tom H.B ..I am in charge of adoptions at the pet store I work at..we would love to connect with Paws or any shelter that needs help and we can set up a time for you to come to the store. Please let me know :sunshinediva2011@gmail.com

  • That's great! I will forward your info to Angela, who schedules off-site adoption events.

18 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Cleaning Tips

Really tired of moving into places that haven't been cleaned properly and am offering up 50+ years of advice. Forget all the thousands of cleaning products and just use these: (I'm not affiliated with any of these products, I just know that if you maintain-- even a rental little cleaning issues never become big ones and when I move in it wont be so hard...)

Clorox Clean-up with bleach spray. Miracle product. Spray on dark corners(mold) in the shower leave...

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Really tired of moving into places that haven't been cleaned properly and am offering up 50+ years of advice. Forget all the thousands of cleaning products and just use these: (I'm not affiliated with any of these products, I just know that if you maintain-- even a rental little cleaning issues never become big ones and when I move in it wont be so hard...)

Clorox Clean-up with bleach spray. Miracle product. Spray on dark corners(mold) in the shower leave overnight. Spray on darkened dust filled floorboards leave a minute and wipe away. Use lightly for every type of cleaning. The best product money can buy.

Plain old Clorex. Need to clean venetian blinds? Fill bathtub with water add bleach and soak the whole blind. Cleans to new condition in a couple of hours.

Wood surfaces-- light colored use Murphy's Wipes (not the bottled kind) dark surfaces Method's Wood Wipes.

Glass showers spray Method Daily shower spray after every shower (2.99)another miracle. For those plastic floor trays after using Method spray a while, use Mr. Clean sponge erasures and scrub away stains. After initial cleaning, you wont have to do this often.

Stainless cleaning Nano stainless spray.

Lime buildup around sinks and knobs, Durgol from sur la table. Cost $20 a bottle lasts for years--Miracle!

When moving into a place that previously had a pet--spray Siphor plus II Fat-Acting Spray (Amazon.com) around perimeter. Dries fast non toxic kills almost all bugs.

Invest in one of those $39.00 Furnace cleans sold on Amazon local.com. Totally worth it, to clean out dust buildup. As well, buy those 99cent furnace filters and change the first of every month. (If you change every month you don't need the expense ones.

  • Clark, your post would be taken more positively if posted as such. Reread your first words. Your post also needs to be presented to landlords. Thank you for the cleaning tips!

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    you're right! I was wrong to assume you were on a bender. my bad, let's talk clean. 1) I heard simple green, isn't simply as good or safe as it simply implies. 2) people who clean with only vinegar. uh...wut is up with them? 3) real talk, when was the last time you replaced the toilet bowl brush?

5 hours ago

TRIBUNE: Fate of STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK signs

TRIBUNE transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch has article in 11/24/2014 Monday Getting Around column that mentions Logan Square.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/hilkevitch/ct-must-stop-signs-getting-around-met-1124-20141123-column.html

Mid-intersection street mounted sign Milwaukee at Sawyer went MIA early spring 2014. I asked Alderman Rey Colon about replacement. Answer: ~$500 cost must come from 35th Ward Aldermanic menu funds, not City/CDOT budget. So I contacted Mr. Hilkevitch since:
1. in street mounted signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK are visual cue that enhances Pedestrian Safety. Milwaukee Ave location has 25,000 vehicles/day...

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TRIBUNE transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch has article in 11/24/2014 Monday Getting Around column that mentions Logan Square.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/hilkevitch/ct-must-stop-signs-getting-around-met-1124-20141123-column.html

Mid-intersection street mounted sign Milwaukee at Sawyer went MIA early spring 2014. I asked Alderman Rey Colon about replacement. Answer: ~$500 cost must come from 35th Ward Aldermanic menu funds, not City/CDOT budget. So I contacted Mr. Hilkevitch since:
1. in street mounted signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK are visual cue that enhances Pedestrian Safety. Milwaukee Ave location has 25,000 vehicles/day AND is heavily used by pedestrians day & evening on City designated PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED STREET in heart of vibrant Logan Square business district.
2. signs are intrinsically subject to wear/damage and getting plowed over by (idiot) drivers
3. CDOT/City annual budget should anticipate replacement cost for these signs, like replacement of Stop, Tow Zone, No Parking etc which come from City budget, not Alderman ward menu funds
4. Red Light and Schools/Parks cameras bring in ~$100,000,000 per yr. It's not Mayor Emanuel slush fund to plug police overtime etc. Public Safety & real leadership means: take some of that $ and pay to replace damaged signs STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK as needed.

The DUI KING of City Council, Alderman Rey Colon offered this comment in Tribune: "These signs are very popular with constituents who request them often," Colon said. But he said the average life of the signs "is like freshly cut flowers that wither and die."

Alderman: it's time for your political career to do the same.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

did you live in my old apartment?

2455 n. spaulding ave
apt 1

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

thanks. i know it's a long shot!

  • Cityapril, you can sign up for UPS mychoice - it is free and lets you "sign" for packages by checking a box online that authorizes the driver to leave the package at a place of your choosing (side door, porch, etc).

  • thanks jena. unfortunately there's no place to leave a package where it won't end up stolen, as i learned with my last old navy order. ; >

10 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Found Dog

Still hoping to reunite this friendly little guy with his family. Found on 11/17 near Barry and Christiana.

  • He's so cute!!! What will you do
    If you can't find his owners?

  • Jen

    He's with a family that is spoiling him for now. If his owner doesn't find him, they may keep him.

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2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Christmas trees??

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

  • Julie Bean heavy coffee drinker

    We have gotten good trees from the St. Matthias tree lot on Western, 2 blocks north of Lawrence Ave. Staffed by parents; funds support their school.

  • Used to go to Gethsemane even though it was far (it was close to my mom's and we had a tradition of buying our trees together). For the past couple of years, I've gone to Christy Weber on Grand. Trees have held their needles well.

45 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

City sticker covered with tar

The other day I found a tar like substance with cardboard on top covering my city sticker on my front windshield. Anyone else have this happen to you/ heard I this? What is the purpose?

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

  • Veronika Fashion Designer,Gallery Owner,Web Designer, Muse

    Moreno's true colors yet again. He has to go!

  • Cut the guy some slack. He was probably just drunk again. That's when his misogyny shows.

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Pop-Up Shop Spots Available!

If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All participants will be included...

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If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All participants will be included in our #ShopSmall social media and promotions campaign.

Vendor spaces are only $75 and include the business networking brunch, a table and two chairs. Vendors can call 312-725-3063 or email for the registration form: info@freerangeoffice.com

The business networking brunch from 12pm-1pm, and the Pop-Up Shop runs until 5pm. These events are free to the public. To attend register here:

https://smallbizsatpopupshop.eventbrite.com

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RESIDENTIAL PROJECT - 3 STORY BRICK BUILDING W/BSMT - REPLACE EXISTING REAR ENCLOSED PORCH WITH NEW OPEN WOOD PORCH SAME SIZE AND LOCATION

    2054 N. Campbell Ave. Issued November 21, 2014 Comment

Nov 15

Updated 28 hours ago

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

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

  • NFT LS landlord and resident

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

  • I'm sorry if I upset anyone. I thought since there was an option to check to post about needing a place to live I could post here. I thought it would be better on here to share with the community that we were looking for someone to take over our lease. We are not a broker or the management company. And also maybe someone on here had a friend or relative looking to move to the area.

6 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Another one gone

Was shocked and saddened driving on cortland by lotties and saw the bungalow at 1919 was erased from the map. As well as the building next to it (it looked like 2 empty lots, I was too busy going into shock). That is a big loss in the bucktown building diversity. I'm still mourning the loss of the bungalow at honore/bloomingdale 10 years ago. Very sad.

  • I should have drove around again to verify what I saw (about 2 buildings torn down) but I guess I made myself move on. I hope that it was at least a very hard decision to make about tearing it down by whoever. Yeah, that bakery was so cool. It...

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    I should have drove around again to verify what I saw (about 2 buildings torn down) but I guess I made myself move on. I hope that it was at least a very hard decision to make about tearing it down by whoever. Yeah, that bakery was so cool. It had soul. Then there's the 4 or 5 two flats in a row right there on Wolcott torn down for those suburban McMansions. Wtf. Since I'm here I may as well throw in the artful dodger. Be sure to take in the prison being built at Haddon/leavitt.

  • Just rode by hoyne/dickens on my way home from Danny's. Sure hope new owners are proud of themselves. Good for you! That corner was an eyesore anyway.

6 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Found dog

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

  • Suz

    That is the dog that I tried to catch October 28th at Albany and Dickens! Poor thing has been out for a very long time!

  • it sounds like the pup has a good "for now" home and another waiting in the wings if needed. poor little guy. we may never know what happend to the owner..

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Pedestrian Stop Sign @ Oakley & Armitage

Who do I contact about finding out if the pedestrian stop sign at the crosswalk on Oakley, at Armitage, will be replaced? They tore it out to repave the road and now it is near impossible and very dangerous to cross the street there.

  • How about using simple orange plastic cones that run from between $10-$20 each? Scott could buy 20-40 of these for $800. Spray paint his name on them and place them in the center of the road on the cross walk. People who know how to drive will be alerted and...

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    How about using simple orange plastic cones that run from between $10-$20 each? Scott could buy 20-40 of these for $800. Spray paint his name on them and place them in the center of the road on the cross walk. People who know how to drive will be alerted and slow down and people who don't won't stop for you anyway even with a proper sign. If the cone gets knocked to the side of the road the next person that happens buy can place it where it belongs. Here are some cones from amazon....
    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cones+traffic&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=28635254007&hvpos=1t3&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6102606050480567051&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1hgl96yoru_b

  • Just an FYI - The $$ the alderman's office is quoting is what would be charged by the city against each alderman's allocated $1.32 million in MENU funds. They're charging the cost of the sign plus installation.

    $1.32 million really doesn't go that far when it pays for infrastructure repairs...

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    Just an FYI - The $$ the alderman's office is quoting is what would be charged by the city against each alderman's allocated $1.32 million in MENU funds. They're charging the cost of the sign plus installation.

    $1.32 million really doesn't go that far when it pays for infrastructure repairs throughout the whole ward, not just Bucktown, for speed bumps ($15 thousand for 4 speed bumps near this crosswalk), stop signs, park upgrades, street resurfacing ($97k to resurface Paulina from North to Bloomingdale, 2014 ward total about $1 million), alley repairs, etc.

    The city has this info online.
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Land of Lincoln Health Insurance experiences

Just curious if anyone has used Land of Lincoln Health Insurance since they opened up in the last year or so? They are the first non-profit health insurance company in IL in over 25 years and while their rates and coverage seem good, I'm hesitant to use them b/c I've never heard of them nor heard anything good/bad about them. Anyone have any feedback to share?

  • I use them. Only problem I had was administrative, not related to coverage. Ask my doctors have accepted it, but you might want to check to see if yours are covered first. I also checked to see if they covered all my prescriptions before I chose them. I will look at the healthcare exchange again before I renew with them, however, just to see if there are any new plans that are better than my current one (not comparing, just shopping around).

  • Vihar Vihar in Wicker Park

    A father of a kid at my kid's school works for them. He was telling me earlie this year that they are building their insurance plans in collaboration with all the big hospital and doctor groups and was hopeful that's how they were going to be able to bring down...

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    A father of a kid at my kid's school works for them. He was telling me earlie this year that they are building their insurance plans in collaboration with all the big hospital and doctor groups and was hopeful that's how they were going to be able to bring down costs. He also said they're going it because they won't be able to build a name brand like Blue Cross and that people do know their hospital and doctor brand more anyway. I did ask him about if the covered people outside of Illinois and he said they have some kind arrangement with a larger group of providers nationally.

    Oh, one of the oddest things he told me is that they are required by law to open up their Board of Directors to any policy holder who wants to join. I don't think the average Joe understands the business enough to figure out how to run them.

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Graffiti- should I be worried?

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

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

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

    We have been...

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

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

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

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

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for a parking spot (garage)

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

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Lost dog near Altgeld and California named "Louie"

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jen

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

Jun 27

Updated 3 days ago

Referral for a tenants' rights landlord?

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

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

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

3 days ago

Mar 25

Updated 3 days ago

Homebrewers?

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

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

  • M-nuff M-nuff

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

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

Nov 16

Updated 3 days ago

Bloomingdale Trail

Has/does anyone heard/know anything about the construction being done on the Bloomingdale Trail? Work hasn't been done on the trail near us (north of Bloomingdale and west of Western) in quite a while.

The opening of the trail was postponed due to the harsh winter. I'm thinking the opening is going to be delayed even longer due to lack of work.

  • Emilie 5-year West Bucktowner

    Kittyhop, they decided to acquire the Magid glove factory site down at the west end when it came onto the market. That added a big chunk to the total, but it means we get a 6th park added.

  • Emilie..thanks for the update! My little park (though with a name the children can't pronounce...) is lovely and I look forward to seeing it 'put back together'. but after I finish with e-mails, I'm walking the dog down to tell them again! to slow down the truck, esp. going the wrong way on this street..much!!! to fast...

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About those EB Daily Digest Crime Reports...

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

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

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

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

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