Feb 16

Updated 1 min ago

Violent Parking lot scam in Logan square. Elston and Logan blvd.

This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were...

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This afternoon I was approached by two men in their late 20s that seemed a bit sketchy in a black dodge minivan that said they wanted to fix a dent that was in my car. I was in my car and they were in theirs. I said no thank you and they persisted to hound me saying they would and could do it right now, on the spot if I just gave them 20 dollars. At this point they were harassing me and seemed mad that I wouldnt pay 20$ to have a dent fixed. They were both very persistent and aggressive in nature. I decided to take a photo of them after they pulled away to give details on the plate to 311. At this point they reversed and rammed their car into mine hard and got out of their car. I honked and made a scene and they got back into the car and drove off. I feel like they were probably trying to rob me or steal my car. I went to the police station and they couldn't do anything since there was minimal damage to my car and I wasn't hurt, physically. The license plate was an expired temporary plate registered to a woman from the suburbs. I just want people to be aware of these guys. They seemed hard up,irrational and violent. It seemed like they had this scam down and it wasn't their first attempt. I'm glad people were around and it didn't escalate into anything worse. It was definitely a scary situation.

  • I understand not chasing the thief but the security guard could have at least assisted the lady -- see if she was hurt, take her inside, help her call the real police -- they should be trained to not just stand there and look puzzled.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Alley P nailed it.

2 min ago

Cell Phone Thieves!

Careful Bucktown / Wicker Park area!

A friend got her cellphone stolen

"i did that thing where women look behind them to make sure they're not being followed--twice. both times, there was no one behind me. as i was about to cross bloomingdale, some dude ran up behind me, yanked my cell phone out of my coat pocket, and hopped into a getaway car that was waiting for him on bloomingdale"

they're driving around in a light blue or silver acura coupe IL plate: E45 1644

1 hour ago

The snowy boulevards sure look beautiful...

So please, don't taint it - pick up your dog sh*t.

9 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Yet ANOTHER shooting at Koncrete, formally known as Krush

One man shot another as they stood in the outdoor smoking area of what is now known as "Club Koncrete" at 1675 N. Elston in the Bucktown neighborhood.

The incident occurred last Sunday morning Feb 22 at approx 2am on the clubs property.

Almost 3 years ago one person was killed and another critically wounded in a shootout outside the club (read more here:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-3-shot-1-dead-on-south-and-northwest-sides-20120218-story.html

The proprietors of the club have been through many City investigations and have continually been given the green light to re-open by the City's Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

for more info see: https://www.facebook.com/KoncreteNights
or http://www.koncretenites.com/

attached image from their Facebook page depicts the club is "under new management"

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Dog Sitter Needed

Hello Neighbors. I live at Spaulding and Cortland. I have two male Chihuahuas and I am in desperate need of a sitter for March 16-20. My regular sitter, who is fantastic, and has sat my dogs for over 6 years, is unable to do so. Does anyone know of a responsible person whom can walk my dogs 3 times a day and feed them? The individual can stay in my apartment if need be.

Please call my cell phone: 312-852-8669
or email me: cztony@aol.com

I appreciate your neighborly help,

Tony Cz

42 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

  • Joe

    Sue, I think that is the point. There is no money. In order to make the payment where would you take the money from? Raise taxes and you will get a short term gain but taxpayers will leave making it worse. The only solution I see is more taxpayers in...

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    Sue, I think that is the point. There is no money. In order to make the payment where would you take the money from? Raise taxes and you will get a short term gain but taxpayers will leave making it worse. The only solution I see is more taxpayers in the City and reform that comes from Springfield. I saw no evidence Chuy understands and his plans are more promises with no $ source. Should he make a pension payment and fire police or fire or x or y even if 100% of TIF was used it is not enough. It is math and the reality that the days of buying votes with taxpayer funded programs are over. Not to mention this pension issue was caused by politicians so why in the world would anyone believe a politician will fix it? If I were a gov employee I would demand a 401k, and before you say oh no not the stock market guess where your pension dollars are the little there is.

  • "Hasnt made a payment yet"
    Susan, where are you reading that he has withheld pension payments?
    I'm interested in what reputable news source is reporting that City Hall hasn't paid into the pension fund these last 4 years. That's just unbelievably wrong.
    We paid $476 million into them in 2013 alone. But we owed $23.1 billion and only made $7.8.
    As for plan, there are a few, but they depend on the Illinois Supreme Court ruling and how Rauner responds and whether Chicago will get State assistance.

7 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Breaking the habit

A thank you to the majority of my neighbors on giving up on the parking dibs. For the remaining last few neighbs, we hope to win you over hopefully by next winter. :)

  • Chicago Al Lifelong Chicagoan, documentarian, & time-traveler

    I woke up to my neighbor shoveling the whole side of our street! That's how it should be. Non of this me first selfishness. Thanks for being a great neighbor Dave on richmond!

30 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Hey! Just moved. Nice to be here.

Just moved out from northern California. Never used this site before but figured I'd say hello.

  • First of all, Welcome! Second, I'm not going to ask your address on here, but there are several neighborhood associations that are productive, and where you live would tell you which one to contact. Also, the CAPS meeting (community assisted policing strategy) is a good place to meet neighbors, and again that would be determined by your address.

    The Humboldt Park Advisory Council (HPAC) meets tonite at 6:30pm at the park fieldhouse Anyone can attend, can become a member, and it is free.

  • CAPS stands for Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy actually

5 hours ago

Election

What does it say about a mayor who spends millions against a field of candidates who have never run for Mayor and he gets 1000 less votes than his 1st election and almost set a record for lowest turnout ever. Maybe if there was a candidate named Apathetic he/she would have won.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-comparing-emanuels-2011-election-to-2015-20150225-htmlstory.html

31 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

First Ward: Moreno / Run off or not?

He got over 50% but doesn't he need 51%? Anne Shaw had not conceded as of the last report I saw. Anyone have any more info?

http://elections.chicagotribune.com/results/

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150224/wicker-park/joe-moreno-wins-1st-ward-election

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Sounds like Moreno should have welcomed Chick Fil A into the neighborhood and created jobs instead of that vacant lot that stands there to this day!

  • ariana a ari

    Yes RAKARWOWSK! too bad I don't have the money I have been thinking about that!

Feb 11

Updated 6 hours ago

  • Dave- Scott is anti-status quo in that he refuses to vote along with Rahm's left-wing lackeys on the city council, so you two should really be kindred spirits!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    In 2007, Scott Waguespack defeated formen Ald. Ted Matlak (appointed as alderman in 1998) by 121 votes. The Ted Matlak-Terry Gabinski-Dan Rostenkowski-Joe Rodtenkowski regime had run the 32nd Ward for nearly one hundred years. That's status quo.

27 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Catalytic Converter stolen last night - 2500 N Lawndale

Just a heads up. I'm planning on buying a new one and finding someone to weld it on. Any suggestions?

  • Happened to me..won't stop until the law 'they' talk about: must have the whole car, etc..or they 'get on' the places that buy them...enough already!!

  • I installed a Catclamp after mine was stolen in the fall and so far so good.

19 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Come say hi

Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about....

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Hi Everyone:
We’ve been longtime residents in the neighborhood, and we have just opened a unique community workshop space called The Laboratory. We will have children’s classes combining science+arts with classes making bath bombs, perfumes, designing their own robots, and learning science with a FROZEN-theme.
We will also have adult DIY workshops taught by local artisans and makers.
This article explains it best: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150223/wicker-park/make-potions-bake-dog-biscuits-at-laboratory-science-center
We are just teachers and everyday people who decided to try something we’d always dreamed about. We would love any help sharing our space and getting the word out.
Our website is here: http://www.thelaboratorychi.org and we keep our Facebook updated with class additions and news.
We are currently taking registration for upcoming student classes, and we are having an Open House this Sunday from 11-2.
We are really excited to start this, and we would love to meet you at our Open House!

8 hours ago

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44 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Structural analysis of our home

Any ideas for someone to come analyze the structure of our home? Recently we have a few cracks along some kitchen wall seems and a few hardwood floor slats that seem to be slightly separating.

  • Like others have said, if cracks are in a new-ish house (10 years or less), it could be settling, and is expected. If in an old house, you may want a structural engineer.
    I had similar concerns when buying a 100-yr old house last year, and hired Clark Baurer from mkbdesign.net to do a residential structural inspection ($350) and report ($500). I was very pleased with it, but i would only recommend if you are very worried.

  • Thank you everone. This is super helpful.

15 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

1411/1412 Beat Meeting on Feb. 26

The beat meeting for 1411/1412, which had been postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7pm. Beat meetings are held at St. Nicolai Church, 3000 N. Kedzie Ave.

In addition to the usual information about crime statistics, police alerts, significant arrests and neighborhood occurrences, this meeting will also feature a information on bicycle theft prevention.
With Spring approaching (allegedly), people will be using their bikes more often. With more bikes out, the number of bicycle thefts increases in spring/summer. Get some tips from CPD members who are also cyclists on protecting your bike from theft.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    Due to time constraints, the bike theft tips will be at April's meeting. Still worth attending!

44 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

The progressive alderman are doing quite well so far!!!

Great to see... Rahm gonna be in a run off? Could Deb Mell be forced in a run off? (lets go tim meegan!) and Colon losing HUGE to a 26 year old teacher.... exciting stuff!

Touche to scott waguespack and lets go Arena... love to see all that Super Pac $ wasted on crud fliers

Mell looks to be a long shot still....

  • Bex Runner, dog owner, food lover in the 60618

    Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is 26 and the new alderman of the 35th ward. I'm also pleased by the 33rd runoff.

  • Just heard on the radio that there's only a 28 vote difference between runoff and re-election in the 33rd ward race, so they have to wait a week for the absentee ballots to be counted.

Dec 30

Updated 31 hours ago

How nutty is this Elise Doody-Jones???

So I've been getting 32nd Ward Aldermanic candidate Elise Doody-Jones' newsletters and this current one is a real whopper!

She states: "I am committed to bringing back vital services to the people of the 32nd Ward, and I look forward to working hard in the year ahead. With your help and support I know we can bring back the representation this community deserves."

After reading a previous post that she lives in the 1st ward AND worked for that Alderman...

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So I've been getting 32nd Ward Aldermanic candidate Elise Doody-Jones' newsletters and this current one is a real whopper!

She states: "I am committed to bringing back vital services to the people of the 32nd Ward, and I look forward to working hard in the year ahead. With your help and support I know we can bring back the representation this community deserves."

After reading a previous post that she lives in the 1st ward AND worked for that Alderman recently- I finally determined that she screwed up her paperwork and meant to file to run in the 1st ward !

As everyone knows- vital services & representation are sorely lacking in the 1st ward.
I welcome her efforts to replace Joe Moreno and finally clean up the garbage and filth around her community.

45 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Election Results

For those interested in today's election, here is where you can find the results.
http://www.chicagoelections.com/race_results.php?id=358

45 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Looking for ESL Teachers!

The Urban Vineyard ESL program is looking for some volunteer teachers! Do you have experience teaching English as a Second Language--or would you like some? We offer a free ESL program and our intention is to not only provide a knowledge of English, but to increase the competence, confidence and capabilities of our students through community and care.

Classes are Tuesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-noon.

If you or anyone you know would like to help, contact esluv@urbanvineyard.org.

And if you know of anyone who would like to learn, or increase their knowledge of English as a second language, let them know!

  • AMG

    It's a great program everyone. I volunteer in the conversation group on Thursday nights, where our students are able to practice and talk to one another in a casual environment. If you have the time to give, please consider it!

32 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Looking for a nice, new pad in a hurry!

Looking for an affordable (under $1,000) apartment in Logan or Humboldt for myself, my boyfriend, and baby. Need a new place by March 1st.
Thank you!!

4 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

What is it about the intersection of Kimball and Barry

that makes people think that traffic laws, common sense, and human decency no longer apply?

For the third time this winter a driver almost ran me over while I was crossing in the crosswalk. I don't care if there is snow on the ground and you're driving 5 MPH, I don't care if it's saturday night and you're drunk, if a pedestrian is IN the crosswalk already, you better stop at the stop sign, and stay stopped, until that pedestrian is into the other half of the crosswalk.

Sorry if anyone heard me yelling at the driver tonight and was disturbed. Next time I'm going to use my keys to scratch the hood.

  • A sure fire way to get people to slow down is to strip out a couple of inches of asphalt like they do for resurfacing. Or maybe some well placed potholes. People always slow down for those.

  • I was at Central at the red lite crossing over Milwaukee and a Police car going in the opposite direction stopped his car and told the car in front to move back over the crosswalk for the pedestrians to cross safely. Soo dangerous there where most car drivers always stop over the crosswalk. When I would live there for many years, I would always yell at them. What good was that. Chicago is like Miami and other cities. Rules of the Road, WHAT IS THAT? Welcome to Chicago.

34 hours ago

40 hours ago

Joe Moreno Narrowly Wins 1st Ward Race, But Top Challenger Won't Concede

Moreno, who was first appointed to the City Council in 2010, kept most reporters out of his victory party at the Concord, 2050 N. Milwaukee Ave. and was unavailable for immediate comment.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

Sam Park, who lives in Logan Square, was among a group of Shaw supporters that congregated at Innjoy, 2051 W. Division St. to watch the results.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Vintage cast iron sink

I'm looking for a vintage drop in cast iron sink with high back splash approx. 36" long. Could also be utility sink. Anyone have one? Thanks, kiki

  • Kelly B Beaucastel's Mom

    Not sure how prices would be, but you could also check Salvage One.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    there is a free one on craigslist right now - no picture though - listed under Free.
    I was looking for free moving boxes and saw it listed - thought of you. good luck!

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Is the 35th Ward Alderman Race Competitive?

Is there any way to determine whether the race for 35th Ward alderman between Colon and Rosa is expected to be competitive? I've searched online for polls or other indications and can't find anything. I ask because, while not impossible, it will be very difficult for me to vote today (I know, I know... I should have voted early), but I would probably make it happen if the race could be tight.

Given what I know of the candidates, I...

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Is there any way to determine whether the race for 35th Ward alderman between Colon and Rosa is expected to be competitive? I've searched online for polls or other indications and can't find anything. I ask because, while not impossible, it will be very difficult for me to vote today (I know, I know... I should have voted early), but I would probably make it happen if the race could be tight.

Given what I know of the candidates, I would expect a close race, but Ward 35 is not on any "races to watch" stories in the news, so maybe it's not as close as I would think. I'll be the first to admit I haven't researched or prepared for this election as well as I should and normally do. I know that's not very civic-minded, but it is what it is. Thanks in advance for any info!

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Lost dog in Humboldt Park/Ligan Square area

My baby Gucci ran off on me at about 12 pm on Monday 2/23. He is a friendly Shitzu/poodle with a red collar. Reward if found and returned safely. Please find me on Facebook @ Tillie Paniagua. Or call me @ 773.633.3698🙏❤️

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Two Moreno supporters say enough is enough, another is in jail

OurUrbanTimes, Feb. 24, 2015
http://tinyurl.com/kcaxgsx

46 hours ago

Feb 03

Updated 2 days ago

Development around Kedzie/Armitage?

Does anyone know what's happening in the building across from Scofflaw (MuveMusic building) on the NW corner of Kedzie and Armitage? My boyfriend received a hint from someone at Scofflaw that "something good" was coming, but no more details were offered. I also wondered if anyone had heard any plans about anything coming into the other vacant buildings on the north side of Armitage in that general area (for example, there are a few vacant storefronts between the cleaners and Walgreens, east of Kedzie)?

  • thanks gayle and michael for the links...which i used to see that there were permit denials in jan and feb for the old ronny's site...so frustrating.

  • I went by Tumbao on my way home from voting today and saw workers going in and out. Clearly something is happening in the space, even if it's not Scofflaw related.

Feb 12

Updated 2 days ago

What do YOU pay for Comcast???

I've had it with Comcast, just like so many others... In less than a year, my internet fee went from $77 (which I thought was absurdly high!), to $83, to $95 this month!!! My co-worker told me yesterday she pays $30, and every time that "promotional" rate expires, she complains and they give it back to her... So, I'm thinking that's some pretty significant range! So, what do YOU pay??? I'm wonder just how wide this range is...

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    Yep I'm a baseball nerd but not an electronics nerd. I have a 20 year old Sony Tv--the thing just keeps going. So until it dies and I get a new tee vee I can't stream anything.

  • I am the furthest thing from being an electronic geek but I do try to keep up with the times since I have an 8 year old son. He keeps me enlightened with the latest technology. As long as I can view my shows I am ecstatic!!!!! Keep sporting on~!!!!

2 days ago

I am looking for odd jobs.

Logan Square friends, do you or someone you know need some odd jobs done? I can do light cleaning, walk dogs, pet sit, and help in the office (receptionist, mailroom, filing, etc).

2 days ago

Dance Mania Unleashed At Logan Arcade Tomorrow Night

This event is free and starts at 9 p.m. Logan Arcade is located at 2532 W. Fullerton Ave.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Boulevard Veterinary is hosting Puppy Classes on Sundays!

Do you have a new four legged addition to your family? If so, be sure to sign up your puppy for puppy classes with Kiki Yablon at Boulevard Veterinary on Sundays! View the attached flyer for sign up details and more information!

  • PetParent Founder of Pets Are Like Family

    Kiki Yablon is an awesome trainer!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

32 Ward - Thanks

Our recycling hadn't been picked-up in over three weeks. I sent an email to the alderman's ward info address in the evening, and the city sanitation department called me at 8 AM on the dot the next morning. Services are outsourced to Waste Management, but everything was picked-up by that afternoon.

Thanks to Waguespack's staff and the sanitation department for moving so quickly!

  • C. McGill Goethe Parent & Volunteer, LS resident since 2003

    My husband said he saw the recycling truck this morning and yep, they seemed to only empty the bins that were completely clear of snow. And yet the city has managed to empty trash bins even if there is snow in front of them.

  • Joyous Neighbor

    Hope the city isn't paying them for their lack of work!

Feb 13

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Cat - Near Fullerton/Drake

My friend's cat escaped their apartment today and they are searching all over - if you've seen this cat please call the number on the flyer. The cat's name is Zorba and he has no collar but IS microchipped.

Thank you!!

  • Heard this morning that the lil guy came back at about 2am last night scratching on his owner's window. Happy ending!

  • Thanks for the update. wonder where the heck he got to all this time.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for apartment/house for rent in Logan Square

Hello, My roommate and I are looking to move in about 6 weeks and would appreciate any help in locating our next perfect place to call home. We have been in Logan Square for the last 3 years and would like to continue living in the neighborhood (its just great!).

We are looking for a 2+Den or 3 bedroom apartment/house for around $1,100-$1,250. We do have two mellow, well-behaved cats.

We would appreciate if you could share any places you know opening up around mid-April or for rent signs around the area.

Thanks in advance!

  • Susan S. resident

    In this case Deb, click on Melissa's name, then to the right you'll see "send email."

  • Hi ! I'm a licensed Realtor & will be glad to assist with sending a list of available apartments in the area of your choice. Thanks - Bernie . . . 773.354.1066 . . . countrybernie@earthlink.net

2 days ago

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

I support Ronda Locke in the 1st Ward Aldermanic race because instead of having to explain what she will do with developer contributions and wondering whether they will influence her decisions, she simply won't accept these contributions. Ronda is a true business supporter because new and existing business owners will know that they will get a fair hearing without wondering if they need to make a contribution to her.

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