2 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

What's happening on Hamlin between Wrightwood and Altgeld?!?

Cops and LOTS of shots being fired!

25 hours ago

Updated 32 min ago

'Safari' computer trouble in the last week?

Suddenly I'm getting 'plug-in blocked' and even though I down-load what they tell me, it continues. I went 'on the web' and it said that Safari has been having this problem. Can you help me solve it, please?

  • hellopatrick So Great To See You! owner

    If it is referencing a plug-in issue then you will either need to update Flash or Java. Definitely do as Charlie references above, but you might also need the Java update if the problem continues.

    https://www.java.com/en/

    Unfortunately sometimes even installing the latest plug-ins won't resolve an issue. I've updated Flash and Java before and the latest version (at that time) was very buggy. In that instance I had to un-install and downgrade to an older version that was still stable and working.

  • Anytime a browser is giving you a hassle, the first thing to try should be switching to a different browser to see if the problem persists.

    On a Mac, you should have Safari, Chrome, and Firefox ready to go ... on a new computer those are the first things I...

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    Anytime a browser is giving you a hassle, the first thing to try should be switching to a different browser to see if the problem persists.

    On a Mac, you should have Safari, Chrome, and Firefox ready to go ... on a new computer those are the first things I add (Safari comes on a Mac, but you have to download the other two)

    There is no guarantee that any site will work with all browsers, and there is no point in worrying about it if you have an alternate browser to use.

42 hours ago

Updated 53 min ago

Seeking Out Shoe Donations

Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for...

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Hello All,

I am a local artist, and I have an upcoming installation that involves shoes. I am hoping to collect around 100 pair for this project, but shoes can be very pricey!

I'm reaching out to see if there are any neighbors that happen to have shoes that you may not want anymore. Maybe you are purging - tossing or donating, or maybe you just want to help an artist out.

If so:
Please message me! I'm looking for more classic styles - no sneakers or modern sandals. So this could be heels, pumps, oxfords, boots (depending on what kind), flats, etc. I only have a month before the installation, so I'll probably take anything!

I live in the area, and would be happy to meet in a neutral place or make a pick up!

Thanks!!!

  • Hamlin Park newbee Hamlin Park

    Are men's shoes ok or are you only looking for women's?

  • Wondering what you are planning to do with the shoes once the exhibit is over. Will you donate them on or throw them away or do something else?

41 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Cats on 2400 block of Monticello need help!

Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo...

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Dear neighbors: I work at Tree House, but I also live a block from where 7 adoptable adults and I think 5 very small kittens are all living on a front porch. Neighbors I know alerted me to this situation, the front gate is locked, and the homeowners are what I'd call "not 100% cooperative. I went by early this morning and managed to easily lure some of them down to the sidewalk (I got one lovely, young, short-haired tuxedo female I named Monopoly and a tiny, male Snowshoe Siamese kitten I named Kimchee, both went to Tree House today for tests, exams and spay/neuter). I simply do not have foster homes or adoption floor spots for all these cats. I have a foster (but no adopters) for all the little kittens, but if anyone can help foster some of these young, healthy adults/older kittens until I can get them adopted or into other foster, please do let me know (I would have them vetted before they came into your house).They've got bad food and no shelter, and one seemed pretty underweight to me....they ate the food I brought like crazed zombies - they're obviously not being fed properly. THANK YOU Erica@treehouseanimals.org

  • Vinita Mehta Resident

    Erica, do you have any suggestions how to ask a neighbor about fixing the stray cat that he feeds? He wants the cat around to catch rats which she is good at doing. But she had kittens earlier this year, and I'm afraid she'll have more. I brought it up to him but there's a language barrier and he didn't understand me. He is Ukrainian but knows some English.

  • onthewing Community Cats Coordinator at Tree House

    Vinita, email me directly at erica@treehouseanimals.org. I have a volunteer who is Ukrainian and can speak to him

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Local Plumber?

Hi there...seems like EveryBlock is a good place for recommendations, so here is my second request of the day: I need a plumber...any recs?

  • Diversey plumbing is who we use. They show up on time and do good work.

  • Today, make a stop in to see "The Faucet Guy" on Fullerton Avenue. Describe your problem. The man who owns the place will be able to recommend the ideal plumber who lives/works in the neighborhood because many of them buy from there.

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

HVAC Recomendations?

Elo Folks! Got a bit of a heating problem and it's now a bit beyond us. We've replaced the coupling, and the furnace stays on for...maybe five to ten minutes, then shuts down. Pilot light out! Can anyone recommend a local person/business who's reliable and fair? A guess is a valve is shot, but I'm not going to chance making it worse. Any suggestions very much appreciated. Thanks!

  • Seth Logan Square resident for 13+ years

    Are you having to relight the pilot light each time that the furnace stops working? If so, it's most likely that the thermocouple needs replacing. This should be an easy repair. Feel free to message me if I can help you troubleshoot.

  • LEH Est. in Chicago 1973

    Thanks for all your suggestions folks! Nice! Very neighborly and so appreciated! I went with Manny via "Poppyboy's" suggestion. As I said, we changed the coupling, but it turned out to be a Gas Valve and a pile up of Soot. We're AOK now! Safe and Sound...a bit of a dent in the paycheck, but so worth it. I can now recommend Manny and Sub City Heating and Cooling! They were in and out in under an hour.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Bicyclists Be Careful!

I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd...

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I was on a packed southbound Halsted bus this morning that had to make a very sudden stop in order to avoid a bicyclist who had swerved across the lane in front of it. The dude riding the bike was within inches (and a heroic bus driver's amazing reactions) of being run over, and it's clear he didn't realize the danger he'd caused.

I know a lot of Logan Square folks (Logan Squarians? Squarites?) ride to work downtown, so I'd like to offer up a reminder that a) not only can you get yourselves killed by pushing the limits of traffic laws, but b) an entire busload of people may get thrown several feet forward due to reckless bicyclist actions, causing injury to others. Please be considerate and CAREFUL if you're riding on busy streets during rush hour!

  • Asking someone to "be Careful" isn't admonishing them. It is a comment meant to show that you care. Just like your mommy did when she told you to be careful.

    This is how the conversation always goes when the Know-it-all bike Nazis get involved. They know how you should travel; they know whats best for your family; they know what the world should do; they know everything...........

  • Peww... Pinch my nostrils, this thread stinks.

Oct 24

Updated 2 hours ago

Big transit oriented development planned near California Blue Line Stop

From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave....

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From the GGNA neighborhood group: Hello Neighbors, Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed that the community meeting for the old Max Gerber site will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 underlying/TOD for a fifteen and an eleven story connected towers with 253 rental units, 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave. I hope you can come and please tell neighbors who live close to this project about the meeting.

Curious to hear what others think about TOD development. I believe it's by the same team that put up the silver TOD building at Division and Ashland.

I thought TOD usually came with less parking than 70 spots. The one at Division and Ashland has zero parking spots.

I think it's interesting that the city is going back to the way they used to build near major intersections and transit hubs such as this. Like the coyote building at Damen and Milwaukee. Or the hairpin arts building. Smaller units, taller, more dense.

I think it's a good idea, as Logan Square has become less and less populated over the years. I seem to recall reading we have a fraction of the population we once had.

I think it would help make the area more vibrant. I've lived in 100+ unit buildings in the past, and people have the misconception that all 100 people will be causing traffic, or waiting in line at the El all at the same time. But even with 100 or 200 units, the fraction that are doing any one thing at the same time are slim to none.

Should be a lively conversation. People get all up in arms about change and the threat of shadows or traffic.

I say bring a tiny bit of our neighborhood's density back! Come join the fun conversation. For those unfamiliar, this development is slated for the now empty lot across from Cozy Corner diner.

  • Carter, when one types a quick message on an Internet chat forum, it’s sometimes hard to telegraph the emotion behind it. You seemed to fixate on a phrase I used in a post, where I said to Andrew from Logan Square Preservation, “since your group is taking an interest in...

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    Carter, when one types a quick message on an Internet chat forum, it’s sometimes hard to telegraph the emotion behind it. You seemed to fixate on a phrase I used in a post, where I said to Andrew from Logan Square Preservation, “since your group is taking an interest in “our” area, have you watched other development in the area? (In particular, referring to California Avenue, south of Armitage). When making this statement, calling it “our” area I didn’t mean to communicate that I was taking claim of any geographic location, excluding others from “making the cut.” I was, in fact, just curious how far south and east LSP traveled with their zoning work. California, in this stretch, is seeing a proliferation of massive concrete block apartment buildings, much larger in scale than their neighboring graystones. I was only asking, for myself, and others that live in “our” area if LSP operated this far from “their” home base. I haven’t heard anyone objecting to development in this area, and was just genuinely curious if they ventured over this way. Again, hard to convey all that in a few words. In terms of giving my neighbors credit, again, I wouldn’t have asked for the opinion of my valued neighbors if I wasn’t truly interested. I’m sorry that my text over the Internet was interpreted as diminishing anyone’s opinion. That was most equivocally not my intent. My opinions may indeed be a hybrid of wishful thinking and reality. Can’t opinions be just that? They’re opinions, not dictates. Again, I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings or claim I had some ownership of any segment of the neighborhood or any supreme thinking on any subject related to this topic. Again, I like to blabber…and apologize if any of it came off the way you’re interpreting it. I certainly think we can all learn a lot from each other as fellow long-term neighbors…and I look forward to shaping “our” neighborhood together.

  • Building housing does not cerate economy, except for temporary construction jobs. Think about it-
    When the 49ers ran to the west coast, they did not go because somebody had built housing, they went to pan for gold(self employed) and for jobs catering to the gold industry, and then housing was...

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    Building housing does not cerate economy, except for temporary construction jobs. Think about it-
    When the 49ers ran to the west coast, they did not go because somebody had built housing, they went to pan for gold(self employed) and for jobs catering to the gold industry, and then housing was created.

    When children of farmers left the rural area and migrated to the big cities during the industrial revolution, they came for jobs, not houses.

    jobs first, housing second. That's how it works.

    While there is room for more people( because of the loss of population in Logan and Chicago in general), ask yourselves why there is lower population? It isn't a lack of housing. Every street I drive down has empty houses and/or apts on in. And don't say it's because we need affordable housing, because the rents in this place will be similar to the place on Division - ie $2500/month.

    This is about some connected developer reaping millions. Not about transportation, not about community, not about affordable housing.

    Just put out an RFP (request fro proposal) to all developers asking them to bid on building a 4 story building on that site that looks like the quaint neighborhood it always was, and you will get 100's of responses. Because a developer can make a profit on building on this site no matter what the size. To say it needs to be 10-15 stories for economic reasons is false.

19 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Dog Fight Injury

My Brittany sustained bite wounds from an incident that occurred with a Border Collie mix a couple blocks East of Damen near the new RR Park.

An unleashed border collie mix ran up to my dog while he was being walked by our dog walker. My dog was spooked and they began fighting. They were separated and the dogs owner (or walker) said the dog had shots. As my dog walker began checking my dog, the owner who had head...

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My Brittany sustained bite wounds from an incident that occurred with a Border Collie mix a couple blocks East of Damen near the new RR Park.

An unleashed border collie mix ran up to my dog while he was being walked by our dog walker. My dog was spooked and they began fighting. They were separated and the dogs owner (or walker) said the dog had shots. As my dog walker began checking my dog, the owner who had head phones on began walking away. At the time my dog walker did not notice any wounds and did not get a chance to get any of the owners info. Once he removed the collar he noticed the open wound that was hidden underneath.

My dog sustained two open bite wound injuries on the neck, bruising and missing fur on various locations. I now have a vet bill of $165.88 that I would like paid by the border collie's owner. If you are the owner or know the owner of this dog, please contact me.

  • I'm so sorry that happened to your dog. I've noticed a lot of people walking with unleashed dogs and unless you are in your own yard or a dog park, it is completely unacceptable. Many have run up barking to my dog, which is terrifying. Even non-aggressive dogs can become defensive when they are on a leash and the other dog isn't.

  • Lindsay Joy Neighborhood dog lover. Summertime fest goer.

    I'm sorry that happened! I know these instances can be really quick, scary, and stressful. The owner or walker of the other dog should have offered their information up - but if you ever face something similar, be sure to get the contact information of everyone involved, just in case....

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    I'm sorry that happened! I know these instances can be really quick, scary, and stressful. The owner or walker of the other dog should have offered their information up - but if you ever face something similar, be sure to get the contact information of everyone involved, just in case. Also, offer your information as well. It's unfortunate that many dog owners think they're above the law and don't leash their dogs. I mean heck, forget the law, it's just safe for their dog AND for everyone else. May I suggest walking near that park where the fight happened? It may be a place the owners walk their dog often and you may be able to spot them and approach them about the situation. Good luck to you and I hope Brittany has a speedy recovery.

2 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Pet Sitter

Hi there...is there a local pet sitter anyone can recommend? I have one, but they are pretty expensive since they do not live in the area. I have two adult cats that I will need help with. Any and all advice appreciated!

  • urban tailz is cat sitting mine...so far so good. 17 bucks a day for up to three cats.

2 hours ago

Looking for local shops that do vintage consignment/sale

Hello neighbors, can anyone recommend a local shop that may be interested in buying some 1960s memorabilia? Beatles and Monkees board games and teen fan magazines. I'd be happy to just get the stuff sold, but I'd take consignment as well. I've been trying to sell stuff on Craig's List and it's tough to find buyers. eBay is another option but it's again difficult to find local buyers and I'd rather not get into the complexities and time of shipping. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!

Jun 02

Updated 5 hours ago

"Fresh Market" on Western, formerly known as Danny's

Does anyone know anything about the "Fresh Market" being built on Western? It's at about Western and Shakespeare, across from a small strip mall. It seems to have been in the works for a while, not quite sure if they're making too much progress. I live nearby but wanted to see if anyone had the inside scoop.

Thanks!

  • Hey Paul,
    I'm really excited about your new location, it's right across the street from me! Do you have any updates about opening? Sorry to hear about the grease fire set back.

  • nearthehighway i live in Logan Square

    looking forward to the new grocery only 3 blocks from my house! i'm tired of fighting traffic to get to Marianos, etc. Also, i've noticed the smaller grocery stores have better produce at better prices (like Fresh Farms in Niles).

5 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Found Cat

Hi, a very friendly female tabby cat was found near California and Logan, October 27th.

  • Thank you all for checking this post. We have posted everywhere and still no owner. Anybody want a great cat?

  • Have you brought her somewhere (like Treehouse) where they can check for a microchip?

12 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Elise Doody Jones for 32nd Ward

According to @Aldertrack, Elise Doody Jones is running against Scott Waguespack

https://twitter.com/Aldertrack

  • Didn't know about her involvement in the Guzzardi race, so most likely I'm wrong about Berrios being behind it but someone is, that's for sure.

  • Stop trying to dig.Everything is right in front of you.

19 hours ago

30 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Crash this morning on Diversey-

Yes, you woke up to sirens and choppers over head..NOISE! There was a crash about 6:30AM today (Thursday) on Diversey just east of the Kennedy!

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Hell, I was already up for an hour and a half by then! LOL!

  • Oh, wow. My husband said my kids were looking up at helicopters this morning on the way to school. Which is actually not an unusual thing since we live near Cali & Diversey and the interstate. Had no idea this had happened though.

  • I hope no one was injured

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Solar Panel Installation

The Citizens Utility Board is working with Microgrid Solar to provide a discount for those wanting to install solar panels on their roof. I spoke to a representative who of course told me I should sign up immediately to benefit from the program. I was wondering if anyone else had signed up for this, or dealt with Microgrid Solar, or has had solar panels installed on their own.

I'm trying to decide if its worth it. Thanks!

  • TN8

    RaleighsMa - I got the info through the CUB website/email. The bulk purchase deal seems to end tomorrow.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we...

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    We are doing it through Microgrid, ROI is that the system becomes cost-neutral after about 8 years. That assumes 5% increases in energy costs, and only 5 years and flat returns for the RECs (renewable energy credits).

    The idea that we don't have enough sun is silly - no, we are not Arizona, however, photovoltaic panels perform better in cooler weather than in hot, so that helps.

    From the flaming hippies at Bloomberg:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-29/while-you-were-getting-worked-up-over-oil-prices-this-just-happened-to-solar.html

    "After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016, according to a Deutsche Bank report published this week. That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.

    Even if the tax credit drops to 10 percent, solar will soon reach price parity with conventional electricity in well over half the nation: 36 states. Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar is becoming mainstream, and prices will continue to drop as the technology improves and financing becomes more affordable, according to the report."

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Why do bicyclists ride on the sidewalk when they don't have to?

I totally get why cyclists go on the sidewalks sometimes. I did not understand why a young guy had to speed run down Armitage on the sidewalk last night, almost plowing down my 10 pound dog. I also didn't get why the woman was riding on the sidewalk on Humboldt last night when there is the side street to the main street she could have been riding on. I also saw a guy riding on the sidewalk on Palmer, another quiet street.

Since there are so many drivers are so evil threads, I thought I would start a thread on bikers because I saw three last night on the sidewalk for no reason.

  • Susan S. resident

    @Tom in Logan SQ The law is anyone over the age of 11 must ride in the street.

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    ^^^ Yeah but it's not enforced, at all.

    While I'm a huge fan of name-calling on this particular topic, better infrastructure does reduce it. However, I tend to see the most offenders away from large artery streets that would (probably) be next in line to get a bike lane. Meaning, more bike lanes aren't going to solve the issue. People who do this have by doing so demonstrated they don't deserve the carrot, get the stick and use it.

    Cops. Tickets. Public humiliation.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

LS Trick or Treating- Date and Times?

I'm not sure what tradition is as it's my first year in Logan Square but I wanted to be sure to be ready for any Trick or Treaters if there were to be some.

Anyone have info to share on any Neighborhood traditions?

  • I feel so out of touch! 3 or 4 in the afternoon is so early. When I was little it was a night time activity (6:00 to 8:00) for all ages. Thanks for posting, I'd never have known otherwise.

  • Susan S. resident

    Just wanted to address the date question: It's Oct. 31.

    Chicagoans may not realize that some places trick or treat Oct. 30 or by municipal fiat.

27 hours ago

Found Ventra Card

Found a Ventra card on the sidewalk of Milwaukee, just north of Leavitt, yesterday at about 5:20pm. If you think it's yours shoot me the last four digits of your card number.

29 hours ago

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47 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Ring lost in Palmer Square

My wife was with our daughter in Palmer Square yesterday afternoon and in the process of packing up lost her engagement ring. We've had a guy come out with a metal detector to search the area to no avail. If you by chance come across a ring in the area, please let me know. We're more than happy to offer a reward.

  • Is there a certain area? Or the whole park?

  • I have a detector. Let me know where and I can check a second time. Make sure she double checks her purse. I find things in there the third time I look. : )

  • Thanks everyone. She was sitting under a dead tree on the N/NW side of the park. We had someone run that area with a metal detector yesterday. The tricky part is she also ran a couple of laps around the track and then headed back to our home, north on Kedzie. So this thing really could be anywhere.

35 hours ago

Aug 19

Updated 39 hours ago

Electricity provider

My new apartment allows me to choose an electric provider. Does anyone have recommendations (or warnings) they can share?

Current tenants in the unit use ComEd, so it may be easiest to stick with that, I'm not sure. Any advice is appreciated.

  • I called to cancel Integrys and return to ComEd. I was they would submit the request to change our provider. But was told no refunds were being given out? Is there something specific I should ask for? Thank you for you help!!

  • Mara, I simply asked for a refund of the amount that I overpaid. I received a $100 Visa debit card this week. Good luck.

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Introducing LoganSquarist v 2.0

I'm pleased as punch, overjoyed and tickled (all of those things at once) to announce LoganSquarist v. 2.0! The new version of the site has an upgraded sleeker, cleaner and meaner (in a good way) design! Reconfigured directory, refined information AND a brand new LoganSquarist Store (that's right, get your Logan Square merch right here!) Learn more about the updates and check it out! Please let us know what you think! http://lsq.st/10uCDmY

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Loose Dog. Albany and Dickens

Small black and white fluffy dog without a collar running loose around Albany and Dickens. We tried to catch but is very scared and running. If this is your dog, this is the area that he/she was seen around 3:30pm.

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Holiday Lights Contractor

Does anyone know if there is a service that will put up our holiday lights outside the house?

  • Susan S. resident

    Try an internet search including the word "installation." There were news stories about this type of service pre-recession, though I don't know if the companies weathered the storm.

  • Susan, great suggestions. I did a google search prior to posting this but did not use the word installation. The word installation yields many more results.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thanksgiving Day Space

Looking for a space to host a Thanksgiving Day party.

Do you have any ideas?

  • I work by day at what is, at night, a homey event space in the northern end of Humboldt Park. I think a thanksgiving celebration would be perfect. Just email Annie on this page: http://thelivingroom.io

    Note that there is no oven on site; you'd need to bring your food from elsewhere.

  • Friends just hosted a wedding shower at an airbnb rented apartment. It was perfect because it had a full kitchen and plenty of space. She only spent $100 a night. Might be a cool idea to look into for Thanksgiving if your own place isn't big enough.

  • Great ideas - Thank you so much!!!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Twin Towers Project

news on the Logan Square list serve indicates that there will be a public meeting this Thursday for a large scale project on Milwaukee Avenue.

"Alderman Moreno's office has confirmed there will be a community meeting held on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 PM at the Candela Restaurant at 2451 N. Milwaukee Avenue for the re-development of the Max Gerber property at 2293 N Milwaukee Ave that currently calls for a 15 and a 11 story building which will be connecting towers and include 253 rental units and only 70 parking spaces and retail on the first floor. This project team has requested a zoning change from C1-1 to RBPDw/B3.5 calling this a planned TOD development."

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Street Snow Removal Case Study - Going Dibless

I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture...

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I know it may be a bit early to talk about it but thought now is the time think about it.

With the fury and unneighborly interactions that go along with dibs I thought to share a case study from a city that averages 45" or more snow a year than Chicago.

Montreal receives over 80 inches of snow a year to Chicago's 38, my friends that live there were in shock that we in Chicago would put out furniture to save a spot for parking after digging out. They would ask--is it not a public street? Well--yes? Well we Chicagoans know it's complicated. I asked them how the city of Montreal handled it and it was so simple. What the city does when it starts to snow, they execute plowing schedules set up very similar to our street cleaning and snow removal on main arteries here in Chicago. Residents are required to move their cars off one side of the street to allow plows to remove snow up to the curbs in the am and by the the morning the other side would be removed.

I think it's brilliant--any thoughts?

  • I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her...

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    I had a neighbor (nice, huh?) threaten to cut my tires when I nudged her rusty dinette set back a few inches to squeeze into a spot in front. I have a tiny car which helps as often people will dib out quite a generous spot. I calmly reminded her that the street space was public property which simply caused more rage. I'm paying for private parking this year to avoid the constant aggravation and potential nasty encounters. This is going to be a tough habit for some selfish Chicagoans to break.

  • This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am...

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    This will be a a joke on my street since new neighbors moved in across the street with 8 cars in one family. I have even noticed that they don't even use all their cars because of the length of time some of the cars are parked. Yes, I am also not looking forward to this winter, especially since we already have parking problems here in Chicago. My blood pressure is already rising just thinking about it. That would be a great idea with the moving to one side for the plows to come in. We definitely would have to wait awhile. All streets should be one way and have the cars parked at a one way angle giving more room to park This would never work either since the city works backwards instead of forwards. Yikes, soo many cars.

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helicopters?

i'm near california and fullerton and kept hearing helicopters last night. between 8:00 and 8:30 i feel like i heard at least a half dozen on them. i'm not seeing anything in the trib about accidents on 90/94 last night. discounting the possibility that i am insane anyone else notice it?

3 days ago

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Follow up from locking your tires.

These jerk offs are still trying to get at my wrangler spare. Happened on early Saturday morning. My tire cover is pulled back and there was some scratches on my wheel lock. Looks like that they are just trying to get it off with a lug wrench. I have Mopar wheel locks on my spare. Anyone suggest a better lock? I'm gonna have an alarm system put it soon. I need a garage!!!

  • They got my friend's tire Saturday night:(. Go to a tire shop and get a cheap used spare on a basic rim. Keep the locking lug nuts on it and cover it. They won't want it then and you won't have to worry about it. They have been sweeping the city lately.

  • I'm curious. What does the tire thief do with the tire once it's stolen? Who buys it? Also, are there alarms for spares? Thanks.

  • So be on the lookout for two minivans. One is an astro van. My friend saw these guys in action but had to keep a distance as he was by himself. He's a dog walker and sees these guys on occasion. I know it's them because my gf was getting...

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    So be on the lookout for two minivans. One is an astro van. My friend saw these guys in action but had to keep a distance as he was by himself. He's a dog walker and sees these guys on occasion. I know it's them because my gf was getting in the jeep in the early am and saw two vans passing by slowly. One was playing the lookout and the one was up to something. It was the same day my tire was messed with. My friend is gonna try to snap a shot at the license plate the next chance he gets.

5 days ago

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Slow Your Roll--Fullerton Ave Suggested Approach

Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to...

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Now that Fullerton has been repaved east of Western Ave. I would like to ask the opinion of neighbors that live near there, if we can take the opportunity to reconfigure the lanes to slow down traffic in that stretch by adding protected bike lanes near the curb and have parking pushed out near the center of the street, (similar to Milwaukee Ave south of Chicago Ave). Also add the center stop signs at crosswalks to make it easier to cross. I have always found that it hard to cross the street at some points where there are crosswalks and most drivers just ignore the signage. Also in my observations it just seems to be a drag strip from California to Western. I have read studies that if the lanes are tighter, drivers in response will slow down. I envision that part of Fullerton to be like Division between Ashland and Leavitt. With it's oversize sidewalks it could be the new "it" area for outdoor cafes and such. Thoughts?

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    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting...

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    Getting back to the question of making it safer to cross Fullerton- Sergio, thanks for the reminder that there is both an elementary school and a park, which means many children will be crossing this road. Jim, thanks for the link to the site showing that people are already getting hurt here.

    I would absolutely be supportive of the city re-engineering this strip to be more safe for those crossing (on foot, bike, or in a car), whether that solution includes bike lanes or not.

    In its current configuration, this strip does seem to visually cue drivers to move along and not expect much cross traffic. As others have noted, there are many options (and ones more effective than signs) for modifying the physical components of this strip that would elicit more cautious east-west traffic and safer north-south traffic.

  • Just want to say that there are folks at Goethe working with I believe Active Trans (but I could be wrong) about making the areas around Haas and Goethe safer for pedestrians/cyclists.

2 days ago

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Kudos to the city...

...for finally repairing the road nightmares that were Fullerton Avenue and Logan Boulevard. Relentless 311 requests for pothole repairs and paving surveys finally yielded some much needed action on two much traveled thoroughfares. The work looks good; what had once resembled the surface of the moon now rides like the Circuit of the Americas. Now we just need some action to address the safety of pedestrians around dangerous intersections, such as Oakley and Fullerton, where crossing the street is like level 19 Frogger.

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Voting Guide/ Candidate Resource - Judges

Hi All,

For those who have not voted yet, I just wanted to share a resource I found helpful in making my decisions for all the Judicial selections on the ballot. In addition to the Gubernatorial, and Congressional candidates, most of the ballot is comprised of candidates for judges in various courts -- none of whom I knew anything about.

Various Bar Associations gave their recommendations on all of the candidates, compiled in the pdf link below:

http://www.voteforjudges.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Alliance-General-Election-Ratings-Retention-in-Ballot-Order-Final.pdf

Also helpful is the general list of candidates:
http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3876.pdf

Hope it helps!

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