14 hours ago

Updated 16 min ago

Amazonian front yard?

Has anybody else has noticed a blue house on the NE corner of Kedzie and Bloomingdale? It's literally hard to see through the weed jungle that was probably once a front yard.

The weeds get so tall they literally bury the fire hydrant for that part of the block and get so long that they are encroach the sidewalk. After several weeks go by either myself or a neighbor will go over there just to make the sidewalk and hydrant...

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Has anybody else has noticed a blue house on the NE corner of Kedzie and Bloomingdale? It's literally hard to see through the weed jungle that was probably once a front yard.

The weeds get so tall they literally bury the fire hydrant for that part of the block and get so long that they are encroach the sidewalk. After several weeks go by either myself or a neighbor will go over there just to make the sidewalk and hydrant accessible.

The house is not abandoned and it is not a story of little old grandma. I see twenty-somethings coming in and out of there all the time.

I know some neighbors have already explained the problem to them to no avail they just let it grow au naturale.

Anybody have experience getting able bodied neighbors to do the right (and lawful) thing?

  • My absentee neighbor let her grass get out of control. After awhile, I just started mowing it myself to save the embarrassment when my relatives come over.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    In our backyard, we refer to this as "reclaimed Illinois Prairie".

    Btooz - why would you be embarrassed by someone else's home? That's odd...

Aug 19

Updated 2 hours ago

Petition for I AM Logan Square to Remove Mark Fishman from their Board

"There is growing vocal discontent about Mark Fishman’s control and usage of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF), as a tool to increase his substantial development and real estate holdings."

To find out more about this petition or sign it yourself: http://www.change.org/p/i-am-logan-square-ials-remove-mark-fishman-treasurer-from-your-board?recruiter=30671237&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

  • **correction: Executive Director, not publicist

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    After reading a more in-depth article about this situation, it looks like a petition might make people feel like they're taking action, but it's not of any practical use.
    I AM LS is a not-for-profit, with all the boring rules that these organizations have to follow. They can't boot Fishman...

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    After reading a more in-depth article about this situation, it looks like a petition might make people feel like they're taking action, but it's not of any practical use.
    I AM LS is a not-for-profit, with all the boring rules that these organizations have to follow. They can't boot Fishman off the board based on a petition. From what I understand, the board has to vote to remove a member. One of the I AM LS members interviewed said they do not have the votes to remove Mr. Fishman. Regardless of the number of signatures on the petition or the feelings of the community, Mr. Fishman will remain on the board unless he voluntarily steps down, or until they have enough board members willing to cast their vote for his removal.

4 hours ago

4 hours ago

Renee Rendler-Kaplan posted 2 photos to Flickr:

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Empty lot near California station?

Hi Every Blockers!

Does anyone know what's happening on the empty lot across from the police station on California and Stave? I noticed part of it's been fenced off and there's a construction trailer on site. I thought I heard that Masada was going to make it a parking lot a while ago but I'm not so sure. Thanks for any info!

  • Staging for CTA. Masada is open so it is now likely they will not be building a parking lot..

  • What does staging for CTA mean?

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Move out and withholding security deposit question

I'm moving out of my current apartment next week and have learned the new tenant is moving in the day after I leave. According to the landlord, their new lease starts the day after I move, which I presume would void my lease and payment obligations owed for the remainder of the month. Can anyone direct me to where in Chicago's Landlord Tenant ordinance it confirms I won't owe rent once the new tenant takes possession? I can't for the life of me find it but want to be armed with the proper info should it come up during security deposit return.

Thanks!

  • ht ...

    After four years, I'd have thrown you a party... As a landlord, I would have helped out and probably return your deposit in full if nothing broken (paint is wear and tear- not really a need to charge to paint unless you went crazy on colors).

    I'm all about good karma...

  • This same landlord is playing games with me (another tenant in the 5-unit building) after 5 years of being a reliable tenant - always paying rent on time, being respectful of neighbors, and never asking for a single thing. I asked him if he would be willing to negotiate a...

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    This same landlord is playing games with me (another tenant in the 5-unit building) after 5 years of being a reliable tenant - always paying rent on time, being respectful of neighbors, and never asking for a single thing. I asked him if he would be willing to negotiate a lease extension for less than a full year (again, after five years living here and giving him no problems) due to changing life situations that have me uncertain where I will be in 12 months. He replied that he was completely unwilling to negotiate. Before I had a chance to tell him if I was going to renew or not, I received a call from his agent that they had showings scheduled for my unit. AK and I are out of here - good luck with the new renters that have to deal with this guy. He is losing two of the best tenants in Logan Square!

14 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Trash/Garbage Collection

To those of you who live in a "commercial" building (more than 4 units in the building), who do you use for your garbage and recycling collection? We currently use Waste Management, but are looking to switch providers -- especially if we can get a lower fee -- as I believe our fee is borderline exorbitant.

  • We use republic/allied waste and i am pleased. We have both recycling and garbage and once a week pick up for both. We pay $165/month. I have never shopped it but I feel that is reasonable.

10 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Productive use for latex paint?

I've got a bunch of half-plus full gallons of brightly colored interior latex paint. Does anyone know of an art program or social service org that could put them to use?

Thanks!

  • Chandler Logan Square Resident

    Maybe beauty and brawn gallery on Fullerton .

  • Walter in the Logan Triangle Hey, when did that place open?

    I posted a bunch of half empty paint gallons on the free section of craigslist a couple of years ago. They went that night.

9 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

looking for kittens

I am looking to adopt two kittens for our house, does anyone know of any that are ready to go to a new home?

4 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Handy person needed

I am looking for a reliable, "jack of all trades" handy person to help us with carpentry, painting, minor repairs and other projects around our home in Logan Square. If you have any recommendations, I would appreciate hearing about them.

37 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Meeting tomorrow at 6:30 pm RE: SRO development at California and Milwaukee

Forwarding this post from Nextdoor website re: the California/Milwaukee SRO Plan Revision. According to the post, public input on the re-plan was not allowed, and this does appear to be a rather hastily planned public meeting on the results:

A developer is in the final stages of approval to build a 5-story 56 unit SRO in the 2300 block of California Ave (California/Milwaukee). The plans were first presented by the developer in April to the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association (GGNA)...

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Forwarding this post from Nextdoor website re: the California/Milwaukee SRO Plan Revision. According to the post, public input on the re-plan was not allowed, and this does appear to be a rather hastily planned public meeting on the results:

A developer is in the final stages of approval to build a 5-story 56 unit SRO in the 2300 block of California Ave (California/Milwaukee). The plans were first presented by the developer in April to the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association (GGNA) in a public meeting where over 120 neighbors attended and the majority opposed the plans. There was a meeting on 8/11 between the developer and the zoning committee held at closed doors, which contradicts what the zoning committee had explained during the April meeting regarding these meetings being open to the public (see news here: http://dnain.fo/1zzNM00). As a result of this meeting, the GGNA zoning committee issued last week a recommendation to Alderman Moreno which had a positive tone about the project and only recommended minor modifications ignoring many of the issues raised by the neighbors in the April meeting (see it here: http://yhoo.it/1vK49qo). Yesterday evening the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association (GGNA) communicated, via its Yahoo group, that Alderman Moreno is holding a community meeting on this project tomorrow 8/27 at 6:30 pm at Haas Park (notice here: http://yhoo.it/1q25UhZ). This was communicated with very short notice after news of the meeting came out in social media. The only way to voice your concerns about this development is attending this meeting. Find coverage and details on this development at: bit.ly/1suOGZ7 and bit.ly/XOQ3c9

  • Eleanor Blick Avondale resident, car-free neighbor

    It qualifies as an SRO under the zoning code because the units will only be 320 square feet. It's about size in this case. Articles have mentioned units being furnished with high-end appliances...I doubt anyone paying $1,000/month would be willing to share a kitchen or bathroom, I'm guessing that's not part of the plan.

    Susan, I meant to clarify this is not an SRO development in the generally-used sense of the word--that it's not an affordable housing development. In terms of zoning, yes.

  • Meeting went well for the developer. It's a mix of studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms. With a zoning change, 10% have to be affordable. Looked pretty good. 4 stories, with a set back 5th story not visible from the street.

11 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Chihuahua Running Loose in Logan

There's a skiddish chihuahua with no collar or tags running amuck around Kedzie Ave and McLean. I saw him almost run into Kedzie traffic. I, along with some neighbors tried to lure him/her toward us, with no luck. Every time we get close, she/he barks and runs away to hide. This is right near Armitage, and I'm so concerned that he's going to get hit by a car.

  • ld2

    There are previous threads about this dog as well. I've posted there I think its a dog that belongs to someone on Palmer near the police station. They let their dog roam the neighborhood for hours at a time.

  • Really? In Chicago?! Wow, that's semi-abusive. I hope the lil' guy is okay. Thanks for the info!

23 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Good Morning-

Looks like it is going to be a GREAT day in town today- as we start off with full solar disc over Chicago

38 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Street Festival last weekend on Blvd. Or lack there of

What was this nonsense festival with no real bands, no local artists, no theme and no attendance. it is all car insurance stands and carnival food. This thing needs to be canceled or repurposed. Correct me if I am wrong, which I am sure someone will.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Personally, I preferred the music to that which is normally playing on the boulevard on the weekend. As for the food I enjoyed a sausage like meat in a pita that I had never eaten before.

    Every person is entitled to his or her own opinion of course, but you have to realize that the alternative to "crappy" festivals is nothing at all. It's easy to forget this, but this is the reality in many Chicago neighborhoods.

  • KJ

    Probably cevapcici for the sausage.

    The reason why you see the same vendors at street fests is because the average restaurant is not prepped to do street fests. Their menu is not meant to be served quickly to masses of people without a real kitchen. So they have to figure...

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    Probably cevapcici for the sausage.

    The reason why you see the same vendors at street fests is because the average restaurant is not prepped to do street fests. Their menu is not meant to be served quickly to masses of people without a real kitchen. So they have to figure out what to make and how to make it. They have to hire extra staff, they have to pay a pretty hefty fee to be a vendor, they have to order extra food. Fests are a pain in the a.

    That is why you see the same "meh" vendors there, that is all they do. They have it down.

    We will definitely never have a Lakeview typical fest in this hood. I can't see Too White Crew or Trippin Billies being asked to do a fest in Logan Square anytime soon.

    There are plenty of food focused fests as well. Every fest has a theme. Some are mainly about art, some are about the music, some are about the food. You rarely get all three as great.

34 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Upcoming Election

I just saw on the news that candidates for alderman can start circulating petitions today. Does anyone know who is all running in the 35th ward? Rey Colon is the current alderman. Is there anyone else running?

  • Peter Zelchenko Longtime advocacy work many Chicago communities

    Thanks for the thumbs up, Kittyhop. We started the petition drive yesterday and are working hard on signatures. We'll be out weeknights and all weekend, too. Please join us: you can reach out to me here or e-mail me at pete@zelchenko.com.

  • Peter..are you running against him?

6 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

FOUND DOG

Found a lost dog around Lawndale and Cortland. Female, no collar, looks like a husky or some kind of mix. Mostly tan with some white on the face.

  • Thanks for taking her in, Meg! Beautiful dog, I'm sure someone misses her :(
    Try taking her to a vet to check for a microchip and check lostdogsofillinois.com and their facebook page

  • best wishes in finding owner, a pretty dog.

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Thanks for watching out for this beautiful lost dog. Good Luck!

19 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Lawndale/Fullerton Melee

Anybody have any insight into the dust up near Fullerton and Lawndale last night around 11:45 p.m. or so? There's been an uptick in rival tagging in the alley near there, and there was some sort of scuffle; though I couldn't quite see what was going on, I heard it, and saw maybe four squad cars hit the scene and bust it up. Thanks.

  • ANR

    I used to live at that intersection and it seemed like there was something going on every other day. We finally moved when it got to be too much (we weren't sleeping because of the fights and gunshots outside our bedroom window). Be safe, my friend.

17 hours ago

Amazing Nanny in Bucktown

Do any of you bucktown families need a nanny? I have had the most amazing nanny for 3 years, & now my 3.5 year old is starting school. In a perfect world, we would love to find her another family to nanny for from 9-3, Monday-Friday, so that we can have her from 3:30-5:30, but I know that might not be ideal. My #1 priority is to find her the perfect fit for both her and the new family. If you are interested in hearing more about this lovely, amazing woman who has become like family to us, please contact me here and I will send you my contact info. Thank you!

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

"Micro-Apartments" Plan for Car Wash Across from Post Office

Neighbors -

A developer is asking for an upzoning from C1-1 to C2-3 for the old car wash across from the post office so he can build 56 "micro-apartments" on the site.

Apparently there will be a public meeting on the proposal on Wednesday - try and make it - 6:30PM at Haas Park.

More here:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140825/logan-square/logan-sqaure-micro-apartment-plan-moves-forward-at-closed-door-meeting

  • Which ever way you are siding on this, it is my personal experience that the alderman gets what he wants no matter the logical, reasonable, and overwhelming outcry against. I can understand arguments for and against, but it's ultimately about the rich getting richer and the rest of us unsuccessfully searching for parking.

  • This is going to happen regardless of what the community wants. There is too much money involved.

  • Bearmosa Resident of Hermosa

    If this does go through, the market will ultimately decide. At $1,000 for a 320 square foot convertible you're looking at higher rental prices comparatively then the most expensive rentals located downtown or in River North (which tend to run at about ~$3 sq. ft.). I don't think this building...

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    If this does go through, the market will ultimately decide. At $1,000 for a 320 square foot convertible you're looking at higher rental prices comparatively then the most expensive rentals located downtown or in River North (which tend to run at about ~$3 sq. ft.). I don't think this building will reach capacity under its current business model. We have zoning for a reason... I'm sure this building will get approved and will still be called "micro" apartments, but the unit count will likely come down to something like 35 units at the most.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Suggestions for Hospice cat care while on vacation

We're committed to a 10 day overseas trip shortly and have recently gotten some news that our senior kitty is likely terminal (mass in intestines + kidney disease). She's eating almost nothing and ignoring the litter box. Does anyone have suggestions for how to keep a dear old kitty safe, fed and comfortable while we're gone? Taking her to a boarder is certainly too traumatic for her, but we're worried she may not eat for DAYS if not monitored regularly. Normally we have a sweet neighbor look in on our two girls 2X a day, but our old girl has special needs now. Any concepts? Good experiences? If we could change our trip we would...

  • Say goodnight, Gracie (roger).

  • It looks like she may still have a couple of good months of comfortable life left, but all of your suggestions of in-home vet care are exactly what I was looking for. Thanks, all.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Taxpayers out $2.27 Million: Logan Square Mailman injured by Kimball Ave sinkhole

Logan Square residents & City taxpayers are out $2.27 Million from Lawsuit verdict for USPS Postal Worker injured after stepping into deep sinkhole in street pedestrian crosswalk on Kimball @ Altgeld. Sinkhole was reported to city multiple times by local residents, including me. Even direct calls to CDOT Commissioner Office. It was also posted on LoganSquare yahoo listserv, and ignored by Alderman Rey Colon (Ward 35). City and Alderman did nothing for 1 year. $2.27 Million verdict against we Taxpayers...

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Logan Square residents & City taxpayers are out $2.27 Million from Lawsuit verdict for USPS Postal Worker injured after stepping into deep sinkhole in street pedestrian crosswalk on Kimball @ Altgeld. Sinkhole was reported to city multiple times by local residents, including me. Even direct calls to CDOT Commissioner Office. It was also posted on LoganSquare yahoo listserv, and ignored by Alderman Rey Colon (Ward 35). City and Alderman did nothing for 1 year. $2.27 Million verdict against we Taxpayers detailed in article below. Background links to LoganSquare yahoo listserv messages included @ end.

Fall into sinkhole brings $2.27M verdict for mail carrier
By Marc Karlinsky, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Elements/pages/print.aspx?printpath=/Archives/2014/03/07/Sinkhole-Verdict-3-6-13&classname=tera.gn3article

A Cook County jury awarded a postal worker $2.27 million after he snagged his foot in a sinkhole on a Logan Square mail delivery route.

During the litigation, the City of Chicago admitted it knew about the sinkhole in the marked crosswalk at Altgeld Street and Kimball Avenue and did not repair it before Wantan Montgomery, a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, fell in.

In March 2009, Montgomery was pushing a mail cart and could not see the sinkhole as he walked over it.

He twisted his knee as he fell and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He had it repaired with a bone graft and with two additional surgeries, followed by two years of physical therapy.

Montgomery filed a lawsuit against the city in 2009, alleging city officials knew about the sinkhole for at least six months and failed to repair it...[truncated]

Crosswalk Sinkhole --> Pedestrian Injury & City Lawsuit 4/2011
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LoganSquare/conversations/messages/28430

Kimball @ Altgeld: developing sinkhole under street 9/2007
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LoganSquare/conversations/messages/16119

  • Susan S. resident

    @Scribner and all:

    "...in the election following a redistricting, a candidate for Alderman may be elected from any ward containing a part of the ward in which he or she resided for at least 1 year next preceding the election that follows the redistricting." http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_595.pdf

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    @Scribner and all:

    "...in the election following a redistricting, a candidate for Alderman may be elected from any ward containing a part of the ward in which he or she resided for at least 1 year next preceding the election that follows the redistricting." http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_595.pdf

    I think that means that you may be elected in the 35th from any ward that includes a part of what used to be the 35th if you've lived there since February 24, 2014 (and are a registered voter). You'd have to move when you won though.

    Colon doesn't live in the 35th either.

  • Logan Dad Logan Dad

    @Rogerparker - you are seriously preoccupied with race. Virtually every comment you make on here is about how mad you are that white people are moving into your neighborhood (under the code name of "gentrification", of course). It's pretty racist....and exhausting.

20 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Community Events Listings

Any suggestions for great resources to find listings of upcoming neighborhood events (family friendly and otherwise)?

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Where do you browse?

Hello Neighbors,

I'm going to be renting out an apartment soon, and before you all pile on, no this is not an ad.

I'm curious where everyone searches for apartments these days. Craig's list all the way? domu? Flyers in the men's room of the Two Way?

Thanks for the input!

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    www.postlets.com puts you on about 20 free sites. zillow hotpads trulia padmappers etc. It should send you a separate link for Craigslist.

  • It depends on the neighborhood - in Berwyn, I use Craigslist, and it works great. Ads in the laundromats and restaurants also help. Downtown, forget it - Craigslist has been totally useless to me there. I ended up having to get an agent to rent it. The upside is that you get a properly done lease & background check. The downside is that you have to give up a month's rent.

21 hours ago

Lawn Service Recommendation

I wanted to let everyone know about a lawn service I have found and really like. We have a small yard and didn't want to buy a lawn mower. The man's name is Randall Coleman, 872-600-7840. He is affordable and flexible. Highly recommend!

43 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Need Red Wigglers?

If anyone is interested in starting a worm bin, I can share some red wigglers. Kittyhop here on EB started me off with some and I'm looking to pay it forward. You just need to bring a bin, I can get you started.

  • Good for you Debbie and THANKS!!!
    Another lady just contacted me and I may have gotten my bins too wet...so I may contact you for help..and THANKS again for moving this forward!! Yea!!

  • Mine are really productive and I need find homes for them!

21 hours ago

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Aug 19

Updated 21 hours ago

What's a normal tolerance for rats?

I wanted to let my new neighbors know that, while the Lakeview neighborhood most certainly has rats, they are nothing compared to what I have seen in just the past two weeks since moving to Bucktown. The pied piper apparently stopped at Quenchers and never left. I routinely see whole families of them scurrying everywhere – in the streets, down alleyways, and through yards. Probably yours. I have reported the problem to 311, and contacted both Waguespack and Moreno about...

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I wanted to let my new neighbors know that, while the Lakeview neighborhood most certainly has rats, they are nothing compared to what I have seen in just the past two weeks since moving to Bucktown. The pied piper apparently stopped at Quenchers and never left. I routinely see whole families of them scurrying everywhere – in the streets, down alleyways, and through yards. Probably yours. I have reported the problem to 311, and contacted both Waguespack and Moreno about the issue (I live on the dividing line). Waguespack's office replied immediately and said they would notify rodent control about the problem. Moreno's office? Crickets. After a week of waiting for a response, my wife called the office and they said they could only authorize baiting our specific address because we were the ones filing the request. But baiting a single address is not likely to make a dent in the burgeoning rat population. Meanwhile, these fat creatures are not just on our property...they are everywhere. The official response from the city was, "We don't bait everywhere because people have different tolerance levels for rats." Admittedly, I had not considered this. And I suppose it might be true that some people are fans of disease-ridden rodents nesting in their garage, and seeking the comfort of their warm basement in winter. I am just not one of these people. If you are not one of these people, I encourage you to likewise contact your alderman, file a service request through 311, and keep your garbage on lockdown. Coming from nearby Lakeview, I was shocked to see the difference in rat population just a couple of miles makes. Yes, the city will always have rats...but like the heroin hippies camped out in front of the Target, it's time we tell them to move along.

  • Steve J -A Chicago original since 1968-

    Ridding an alley of rats means cutting off their food supply.

    #1- inspect all the carts in your alley and report any with holes to 311 for replacement
    #2- gather neighbors to wash out carts with BLEACH
    #3- use thicker plastic bags and tie them shut

    now you have an alley cart scenario that doesn't provide ready-food for the rats and they'll move on.

  • Elise Doody-Jones Logan Square Resident

    I miss our local Cat Lady. She and her 15+ feral cats moved 10+ years ago. Ever since the rats have grown out of control. The explosion of new restaurants, bars, and buildings have only intensified the problem. The rats seemed to have grown immune to the poisons even when...

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    I miss our local Cat Lady. She and her 15+ feral cats moved 10+ years ago. Ever since the rats have grown out of control. The explosion of new restaurants, bars, and buildings have only intensified the problem. The rats seemed to have grown immune to the poisons even when the city did baiting.

    Again....Cat Colony I believe in my 17 years at this address is the only real rat solution but then you have to fight the cat spraying smell. If you are the lucky yard where 2 Tom cats decide to fight nightly over turf the spraying and noise followed by lack of sleep will make you a zombie.

    If you choose to go with a Cat Colony you will need to become an expert in products that deter Tom Cats ! Might I suggest Predator Urine. Yes! you read that right. Just when you think you've solved your rat problem you get a cat problem and start purchasing products with Coyote Urine because you've tried all of the other off the shelf stuff. Some poor soul out there is squeezing coyotes for their pee then putting it powder form. http://www.predatorpee.com I kid you not this is the only stuff that works.

    Just try your best to not become this guy: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/aug14-scary-6319242/

    Where you get so focused on taking out rats you freak the whole block out walking down the block with your pellet gun that looks like an AK47. (BTW-Pellet guns are ineffective. Yes we have tried and No this isn't my pellet gun pictured in the above link) BTW You will find yourself becoming this guy at some point.

    Another solution maybe what the old guy down the street keeps saying we should do..."You have all gotten soft. Just offer a quarter for every dead rat a 10-15 year old boy brings you. That's what we did in the 50's, 60's,70's. Worked like a charm. Then the little S.O.B.'s had something to occupy them other then tagging, gang banging, and what not. It's a darn shame you don't let these kids have pellet guns." His words not mine.

24 hours ago

  • 5 stars out of 5: Ipsento on Yelp

28 hours ago

Renee Rendler-Kaplan posted 3 photos to Flickr:

28 hours ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    PROVIDE A PATH-LIKE TO LINK AN EXISTING TWO STORY BUILDING WITH REAR STORAGE BUILDING FOR FOOD TRUCKS. REPLACE STAIR SYSTEM WHICH IS LOCATED BETWEEN BOTH BUILDINGS. ALL WORK AS PER PLANS.(CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.)

    2041 N. Western Ave. Issued August 25, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPLACE EXISTING 2 STORY WOOD PORCH SAME SIZE AND LOCATION - ROOF TO REMAIN. INSTALL NEW BASEMENT STEPS AND REPAIR RETAINER WALL AS NEEDED. PERMIT TO COVER 2401-2403 N WESTERN, CHICAGO

    2403 N. Western Ave. Issued August 25, 2014 Comment

30 hours ago

Stolen Brooks B17 Black Saddle and Thomson Elite Black Seatpost

I locked my bike to the bike parking U Stand across the street from Irazu at 8pm this evening and returned at 11:30pm to a bike with one less saddle and seat post. So if you come across a Brooks B17 Black Saddle (w/ a scuff on the top near the rear) mated to a Thomson Elite 250mm 27.2mm black seat post (w/ NiteRider Cherry Bomb post) please let me know where you saw it.
I understand the chances of someone coming across are slim to none, and that it's my fault for locking my bike up outside, I just wanted to put the message out there. This also feels somewhat like venting...
Thanks

30 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

For Sale: Baby furniture and other various kid related items as well as LR chairs

I don't exactly know what category I should be posting this so I am trying 'family/parenting' as most of my items pertain to kids (parents). I am selling several baby related items. Please contact me for more information, pictures and pricing. Thank you

1. Pottery Barn Glider-so comfortable!
2. Bellini baby crib (white) with mattress
3. Jeep Jogging Stroller-this was our vacation stroller and was hardly used
4. Summertime Counter top highchair
5. Graco Car Seat (Snugride 35) +base-this was our vacation car seat
6. Two additional Car seat bases (will sell separately)
7. Two Patagonia Jackets & One Vest (sizes 6 months-24 months)

Non baby related-
*Two Blue Formal LR chairs-Excellent condition*

  • Hi Sarah, could you please email a pic of the chair to julie@kreutz.com? Thanks!

  • Lindsey and Julie I sent you both emails with the info you requested. Thanks!!

5 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Home daycare suggestions

Hi neighbors,
I'm in need of some licensed daycare and nanny suggestions in Logan Square to start midSept. My kids will be 3yrs & 2 mths.
Any help is really appreciated.

Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Bucktown Arts Fest Rant

When you charge $6-$8 for a cup of beer that's called gouging the tourists. I remember when the Bucktown Arts fest had neighborly pricing like $2/beer to encourage neighbors to come out and socialize this last weekend of summer. This was back when it was rumored Wendy would not allow a band to play at this fest unless they played at her bar. Even food vendors were by my estimate $2 higher on similar items than last year and there...

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When you charge $6-$8 for a cup of beer that's called gouging the tourists. I remember when the Bucktown Arts fest had neighborly pricing like $2/beer to encourage neighbors to come out and socialize this last weekend of summer. This was back when it was rumored Wendy would not allow a band to play at this fest unless they played at her bar. Even food vendors were by my estimate $2 higher on similar items than last year and there were less of them this year which means there might be a lot of other fees being imposed keeping them out.
IMHO the Arts fest has ceased being something for the neighborhood and more for tourists who need some place to go other than Navy Pier. Is there any way of getting our old Arts fest back or has money interests totally taken over?

That's the end of my rant for now. :-)

  • Wow, that is great - I stand corrected in my comments which compared the the Bucktown Art Fest to some of the other neighborhood festivals. Thank you for the informative response. Much appreciated.

  • Steve J -A Chicago original since 1968-

    Kudos to the volunteers of the BAF for another fun event this year !

4 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Hiring workmen? PLEASE read (815 ILCS513) Home Repair and Remodeling Act

So no one had to go thorough what I am with a company (involving Angie's List, an attorney, and a police report for phone harassment) please print out and keep handy these 8 pages. I've dealt with workman/contractors for decades and never thought I would be in this position.
Also be aware that just because they have good ratings on Angie's List,they may very well have an 'F' rating with the BBB.

  • Even the BBB is not accurate, I was cheated by a company with a great BBB rating, the bad rating hadn't caught up with them & I was the one who got stuck. Best bet is referrals. The best contractors I've had since then I found thru referrals and walking my dog around the neighborhood looking at works in progress.

  • Great information....

6 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Alderman Joe Moreno gets $3,000 from Live Nation / House of Blues

Alderman Joe Moreno (Ward 1) just received $3,000 of heartfelt love from Music Megalopoly Corporation LIVE NATION / HOUSE OF BLUES. Perhaps related to a deal for CONGRESS THEATRE ?

Only Alderman Brendan Reilly (Ward 42 / Streeterville) has also received HOB $ (mere $1500 per year, less than Moreno). HOB concert/restaurant venue in Chicago is in Ald. Reilly's downtown city ward.

source: Illinois Board of Elections
HOB Entertainment Inc
2000 West Loop South, Suite 1300
Houston, TX 77027 $1,500.00
7/31/2014 Individual Contribution
1st Ward First Independent Democratic Org

HOB Entertainment, Inc.
2000 W. Loop South
Suite 1300
Houston, TX 77027 $1,500.00
6/30/2014 Individual Contribution
Friends for Proco Joe Moreno

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

    No one remembers when the Concord was V-Live and Moreno had a reported stake in that club a few doors down from the Congress? V-Live had many many issues yet he repeatedly stood up for V-Live and then called to shut down the Congress? He's got to go.

  • that's what keeps our politicians in politics and also all over the country - $ to help reelect and get favors.

36 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Who's not cleaning up after their dog?

It would seem that lately anywhere I walk there are giant disease bringing piles of filth all over Logan. I know there is a fine for not cleaning up after your animal and as a fellow dog owner this person is giving us a bad rap. I love this neighborhood and the last thing I want is for people to step in this.

Nov 11 2012

Updated 36 hours ago

No Parking! Loading Zone. Busted!~

Hmmm. I took this picture this morning of Dunlay's on The Square. Here is what I noticed, You can see the No Parking sign, Loading Zone, and in the reflection of the picture there is an Orange Jeep. This picture was taken at 9:30 this morning, and I just drove past here again..that same Orange Jeep is still parked there at 5:45PM.

My best guess is the Jeep belongs to someone who works at Dunlay's on The Square, they pay for the sign, but I don't think it is right for them to use it as their own personal parking space. This is pretty common in the area by the way. Today, I can document it.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    must be a slow week in LS since the major concerns are 2 loading zone parkers and some stuff chained to a tree.

    here's an idea:

    1) water the tree.
    2) take the stuff chained to the tree and chain it to a loading zone pole.
    3) put a (sensible, not nasty) note on the 2 offending LZ vehicles explaining your concerns.
    4) take a pill.

  • He may be disobeying parking rules, but you're disobeying the rules of cool.

3 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Bolt Cutters - SAVE A TREE

does anyone have bolt cutters that could take off this pad-locked chain that is strangling and killing this tree? also, who is the artist that has the lock key?

logan blvd side of new wave coffee and nail shop about 3107 west logan blvd

  • there is a difference between art that is just put in a public space w/o consent of the property owner and art that has permission - such as the art pieces on Logan Blvd - have permission to be there. 'Art' put just anywhere w/o owner's permission is considered vandalism. I don't want anyone placing anything on my property w/o my permission.

  • The original posting was to have the chain removed (done, good call but the way). But, had it ONLY been a chain this discussion would have not taken place. Add a couple green blocks to that chain and there's now a 43 post "conversation/discussion."

39 hours ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Looking for ESL Teachers

We are looking for volunteers to teach English as a Second Language for a 12-week semester starting September 2nd. Classes are Tuesday evenings 6-9pm and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm. (We could use Saturday teachers mostly but there's still room on Tuesdays for more teachers as well!) It's not mandatory to be there each week--if you can make 8-10 classes that is great!

The curriculum is provided, so you do not need any teaching experience, and you don't need to know Spanish....

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We are looking for volunteers to teach English as a Second Language for a 12-week semester starting September 2nd. Classes are Tuesday evenings 6-9pm and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm. (We could use Saturday teachers mostly but there's still room on Tuesdays for more teachers as well!) It's not mandatory to be there each week--if you can make 8-10 classes that is great!

The curriculum is provided, so you do not need any teaching experience, and you don't need to know Spanish. If you do have experience in either, that's a bonus! But a willingness to pitch in and help out is what we're really looking for!

Don't forget the most important part... teaching ESL isn't just about helping to improve someone else's life--you will be amazed how life-changing this experience will be for YOU.

Please contact esluv@urbanvineyard.org for more information!

  • AMG

    This is a wonderful program. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, please think about joining us. I've been helping for the past two years and it has been life changing!

    Being a part of our community and giving back puts great energy into the world. We're all in this together so if you can help, please do.

    Join us!

39 hours ago

Five Coffee Drinks To Order Instead of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

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