4 days ago

Updated 45 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.

  • Thank you everone. This is super helpful.

  • Another vote for Clark Baurer. Our condo association worked with him, and were very pleased. He also lives in the neighborhood himself, so you would be supporting one of your neighbors.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days 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!

Feb 03

Updated 4 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.

5 days ago

Updated 5 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.

5 days ago

Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

It is time for adult leadership in the 1st Ward. Ronda Locke is a Chicago Public School parent, serves on her Local School Council, her local Park District Advisory Council, volunteered with the Chicago Police Department as a volunteer peer jury adult moderator and raised funds to improve local play lots. Ronda has done more as a volunteer than many elected officials. She deserves your vote.

5 days ago

Brentano School Winter Open House and Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration - This Saturday!

Brentano Winter Open House and
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
THIS Saturday, Feb.28th, 10:30-1:00

Please join us at Brentano this Saturday for a party in honor of Dr. Seuss and meet the teachers, parents and students who make the Brentano family truly special.

Feb 21

Updated 6 days ago

Best election resources?

I'm catching up on local politics this weekend...what are your favorite online resources for getting up to speed on the candidates?

  • ErikaM Blue-Line identified

    Don Washington started Mayoral Tutorial last cycle, and I am glad it has continued. http://mayoraltutorial.com/

  • aldertrack.com is pretty good - it has a 'racing form' PDF with all the candidate stances on major issues, their platforms, their URLs, their endorsements by others/press and the blog part has a lot of good walkthroughs/videos of issues.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 21

retail space in logan

Does anybody know how one might go about getting information on available retail space in the area?

I live the neighborhood and have noticed so many empty storefronts on Milwaukee Ave. just west of the square. I can't find any info on whether these are available, who owns them, or how to get in touch with the landlord. It seems like such prime space yet so much of that stretch is sitting empty.

Appreciate your thoughts!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    Here's a quicker link to what Susan mentioned:
    http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/site-selector

    It's run by World Business Chicago, the city's semi-independent business/economic development promotion organization chaired by Mayor Emanuel. The CRE (commercial real estate) listings on that site come from Rofo.

  • The papered up spaces closer to the Diversey intersection are owned by Fishman and are currently being remodeled before being put up for rent

Feb 19

Updated Feb 20

Community Vet Clinic-Sat 21st 1-2:30

Pet Supplies Plus- 3640 N. Elston (773) 583-2288.
Usually held to the side of the building. Line forms, but I kept my dog in the car until it was my turn. Shots, etc. We had a good experience. The prices are good if this is what you are looking for. This location is run by amazing people. I've gone here for years.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    Yeah if you get on the Pet Supplies Plus email list they send you emails about these. they're really just vaccine clinics, though, not sick pet care and no spay/neuter.

    Anti Cruelty, Treehouse, and PAWS (the one on 26th street) all have free or low cost spay neuter in the city. There's also usually a $40 discount at private vets during february (yeesh this month goes by fast!)

    The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation sometimes sponsors low-cost vaccine clinics, but they're usually on the south or west sides.

  • That's an added bonus for cheering on the Hawks.

Feb 12

Updated Feb 19

The Dead Reunion Show Rejection Letter?

Hi all. I met a lot of people at the post office on California while sending my mail in order for tickets who were doing the same. I was wondering if anyone in our area has received rejection letters or any news on tickets? I haven't gotten anything so hoping some of you have some updates? Thanks all!

  • Question for my fellow rejects (who used western union money orders)...
    Based on this western union website, it looks like there is a $15 processing fee for EACH money order return (and it takes 30 days!). Please tell me I'm reading this wrong, or there is a way around it...
    I'm feeling dumb and ill.
    https://thewesternunion.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/52/~/money-order-refund

  • I didn't do a mail order myself but did hear something like that regarding the Western Union MOs.

    I'm sorry - the whole thing sounded pretty disorganized - part of the reason I decided to wait for public onsale.

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Construction issues

A new house is being built next door to my home my question is this. What recourse do I have against any damage to my property? I have cement mortar all over my windows from the brick work and a broken retaining wall that a truck hit. Attempts to find the person in charge has proven unsuccessful since no one speaks English...has anyone here had similar issues or luck with the city in getting them to hold off on signing off on a property until issues were resolved?

  • You may also wish to call your home owners insurance carrier so it is on notice just in case the damage is so great as to trigger a claim.

  • call 911 and report and they will transfer you to a city inspector, who comes out right away...at least it worked for the construction 4 doors over..but all this thread is good advise for sure and please do it all...and keep a log!!!!

Feb 16

Updated Feb 17

LA Fitness - California & Diversey

Anyone know of an update to the development of an LA Fitness in the former Olympia Carpet building at California & Diversey? Past reports indicated an early 2015 opening, but one look at the building and it appears that all construction has ceased with no end in sight.

  • I was told it was going to be an Xsport which I thought was weird since there is one off Elston and Logan.

  • I'm so curious about this spot as well. It looks so shady and no progress appears to be made. They now park a security vehicle there full time, though often it is empty.

Feb 15

Updated Feb 17

Hoy?

Does anyone know who I can contact to ensure Hoy stops being delivered to my house? It's been three years that this publication is thrown into my lawn and I never requested it.

  • The link that Kevin M shared in this thread seems to have worked. Well, I got a response at least. They said it can take up to 2 weeks, but, in 2 weeks I should know! Fingers crossed and thank you!

  • I also used the Kevin M link...and got the same response......allow 2 weeks to be removed from the mailing list. Thank you!!

Feb 09

Updated Feb 16

Verizon data on blue line?

Does anybody with the new iPhone have trouble accessing Verizon data on the logan square blue line platform?

I have an older phone and have trouble getting service waiting for the train, but I used to not have a problem prior to joining Verizon 2 years ago.

Feb 14

Updated Feb 16

Dibs!!!

Dibs is only acceptable 1 week after any extreme weather condition. After a week, dibs should be shut down. Its been more than a week!!! Take your reservations off!!!!

Feb 13

Updated Feb 14

  • Jack79 5-year Logan Square resident

    Interesting read, looking forward to seeing what the Congress looks like after it is fixed up.

Feb 13

Updated Feb 13

PSA: remove your dibs items!

Streets and Sanitation trucks are going through LS right now tossing all the dibs gear (note: I have no opinion on dibs, just want to keep my neighbors informed!)

  • Logan Square looks like a garbage dump right now. People are afraid of violence based on where they park. But let's pretend there are a couple sides to the dibs "debate".

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    PSA: be a decent human and don't put junk in the street with the implicit threat that you'll vandalize cars parked in those spots.

Aug 03 2012

Updated Feb 13

Logan Square Internet Providers

Anyone know of any alternatives to Comcast for Internet? They were the only provider servicing my area in 2010, but I'm getting pretty tired of high fees and constant outages. Curious if anyone has any tips for keeping it under $70/month—or better yet, an alternate provider. Looks like other options could include ATT or RCN...I'm just not sure if they service Logan Square currently. Thanks in advance!

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    I've found that the best alternative to Comcast - is Comcast.

    Call and tell them you can't handle their outrageous bills anymore - tell them you want to quit all services and they'll set you up with a reasonable plan.

    I now pay $55 for the 25MB internet service and Basic Cable combined. Does the trick for me.

  • EllenBR Lifelong Chicagoan

    My continuing saga with AT&T - which I am calling "why can't I could quit you?"....

    I upgraded from AT&T DSL about a year ago, switched to their U-Verse,18Mbps plan with a 1 yr promo....decent price . So, the year is up, my rate went up, and I come to...

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    My continuing saga with AT&T - which I am calling "why can't I could quit you?"....

    I upgraded from AT&T DSL about a year ago, switched to their U-Verse,18Mbps plan with a 1 yr promo....decent price . So, the year is up, my rate went up, and I come to find out that they no longer offer the U-Verse 18Mbps service in my area, (Logan Square/Humboldt Park) it now maxes out at 6Mbps.....not fast enough for me, as I also work from home a lot.

    I have to say, as far as customer service goes, once you get through to someone, they are very accommodating. The best way to get to the right person seems to be by posting on their FB Page.....I find just calling doesn't really work, and only adds to the frustration.

    They are sending someone out today, to work on a "network issue," what ever that really means. But the fact here is, that if they can't provide me with a higher speed, I have to change providers.....and so the question is, which devil do I choose? AT&T is my known devil, and I do have some absurd loyalty. What to do? What to do?

    Suggestions?

    Thanks

    Ellen

Feb 11

Updated Feb 12

Free TV

Free TV in the alley between Monticello and Lawndale, north of Palmer. Works good but weighs a ton, bring a friend to help load it up.

  • Already gone. That was fast!

  • I have a 36 inch I can't get out of my basement. Anyone interested send message.

  • Jack79 5-year Logan Square resident

    I also have a free 36" TV, Sony Trinitron it works great I just upgraded to a LCD. Message me if interested.

Feb 11

Updated Feb 12

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 11

lost dog please help

My tenant lost his dog around 3:30 lawndale and algale if any one seen him call 7737545640 thank you Eddie

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Filming Prohibits Parking

At the eastern end of Logan Blvd ~100 unofficial factsheets were posted on residential entryways & parked vehicles claiming that 3 blocks of streetside parking would be prohibited for a significant timespan due to the filming of a tv show. It included a paragraph on the beneficence of such operations to the neighborhood & municipal economy, which I initially granted with indifference, until someone raised the question of limits to the rights of residents vis-à-vis the film production, & who...

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At the eastern end of Logan Blvd ~100 unofficial factsheets were posted on residential entryways & parked vehicles claiming that 3 blocks of streetside parking would be prohibited for a significant timespan due to the filming of a tv show. It included a paragraph on the beneficence of such operations to the neighborhood & municipal economy, which I initially granted with indifference, until someone raised the question of limits to the rights of residents vis-à-vis the film production, & who mediates their claims? Perhaps they do have a permit, perhaps the streets are public property & generate municipal revenue, perhaps they do benefit nearby businesses, but do they have the right to occupy a neighborhood without the consent of the residents, or to arbitrarily cancel numerous taxpayers' parking places, or to take exclusive ownership of the profits on residents' maintainence of neighborrhood ambience, how is the Alderman speaking for or accountable to their constitutents, ...?
While not intending to be so pessimistic or litigious, I'm more interested in neighbors' standpoint on this filming, so what are your thoughts?

  • And great leading parts for actors so that they don't feel they have to move to LA or NYC. Let's keep them here!

  • Orangina Recidivist

    A comparable problem to a street fest in the summer that you didn't know was coming. Grumble and move on. Enjoy it and move one. The choice is yours.

Feb 08

Updated Feb 09

Free b&w laser printer

Working small footprint brother laser printer with half used cartridge. Works good. I bought wireless version so don't need this one. If u could use it let me know. Free for pickup near armitage and california.

  • Seth Logan Square resident for 15+ years

    Terrific! I'll email you now. Thanks!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    I understand the other two people have dibs. I just would like to remind all readers of this post to keep in mind to recycle your old electronic equipment to such organizations.

Feb 07

Lost glasses at Logan and fransisco

Found a black pair of glasses on my front steps. Oliver People's case say "Moscot/originals". Reply if they are yours.

Feb 05

Updated Feb 07

How long can you claim your dibs?

Wondering at what point people plan to remove their lawnchairs/crates? How much does the snow have to melt? Asking in seriousness because, from the forecast, it looks like it might not melt completely before we get hit with the next storm. What are the rules in this situation?

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    I strongly recoment that you call 311 and make out a police report over the phone about the vandaism to your car. Alterantivly, you can call 911, arrainge to meet a squad car at your car, and therby remind your nighbors of the illegality of what is transpiring. Maybe remove the cr-p while they are sitting there.

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    Perhaps you could also call the Mayor's office, and ask if the city will cover the cost of the vandalism; since the Mayor's words seemed to have inspired it. . . . Or maybe Rahm will pay it out of his own (deep) pockets, like he does the red light tickets his detail collects. . . :)

Feb 05

Stand-by election day judges needed $175

The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for standby judges to work election day, Tuesday, February 24th. You do not need to be a registered voter or live in the City of Chicago and you don't need experience. You do need to attend a training class and report to Harold Washington College on election day at 5am. If you're called to a polling place to work, you'd be driven there and back. Call the Board (312) 269-7984 and ask for the HR dept.

Feb 05

Updated Feb 05

wowee -- did you see what's going into the old Mitad Del Mundo on Armitage!

its in crain's

"Stephen Hasson, who has been chef de partie at Sixteen at the Trump Tower and Alinea, and has worked alongside Patrick Sheerin at the Signature Room, is opening his own restaurant."

The Italian restaurant, which Hasson, 30, describes as a modern diner, is slated to open this summer in Logan Square.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150204/BLOGS09/150209884/coming-to-logan-square-a-diner-with-an-italian-twist?utm_campaign=chicagobusiness&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=BLOGS09

it's going to be right across the street from the fancy italian place we got last year, Osteria Langhe --

wonder if that will finally put the kibosh on the after hours bad behavior at the next door sushi joint...

  • here's the rest of the short article in case you hit the (on again off again) paywall:
    (the weird thing is they talk about it being a nightclub and skip the last two incarnations...Blitz and until a month or so ago, quite abruptly, Mitad)

    Stephen Hasson, who has been chef...

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    here's the rest of the short article in case you hit the (on again off again) paywall:
    (the weird thing is they talk about it being a nightclub and skip the last two incarnations...Blitz and until a month or so ago, quite abruptly, Mitad)

    Stephen Hasson, who has been chef de partie at Sixteen at the Trump Tower and Alinea, and has worked alongside Patrick Sheerin at the Signature Room, is opening his own restaurant.

    The Italian restaurant, which Hasson, 30, describes as a modern diner, is slated to open this summer in Logan Square.

    Chicago-based Kudan Realty's Brian Laskov sold the 2,800-square-foot space at 2833 W. Armitage Ave., once a Ukrainian nightclub, to Hasson's parents, Albert and Marlee Hasson, who are backing the project. The Italian-driven menu will change seasonally and feature homemade pasta and flatbread pizzas made with local ingredients.

    "I've worked hard and put in a lot of hours for other people, and now I'll be doing that for myself," the younger Hasson said. He's cooking at Salero on Randolph Street's restaurant row while he gets his new restaurant up and running.

    Hasson said his experience at fine-dining establishments has helped him hone his attention to detail. He wants his restaurant to be "approachable; to serve really good food at a fair price."

  • So awesome! I would be thrilled for this to head a boost for our stretch of Armitage. Bakery please? Sandwich place maybe? Possibly a soup emporium? Truly good, not jr high cafeteria quality ie the present occupants of the north side of the street? A girl can dream...

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Why is the Alderman's block plowed to pavement and cars are getting stuck a few feet away?

The block of Troy between Bloomingdale and Wabansia got plowed and salted (to the pavement) but stopped at the end of the block, just before the corner of Troy and Wabansia, where cars have still be getting stuck regularly, on the hour. Wabansia is also a mess. They did a great job on just that one block. Weird huh, to plow and salt one block, right? It's the block where the Alderman, Maldonado lives. Coincidence?

  • I have noticed this for other alderman over the years. I was informed several years ago that aldermen get plowed out first so that they can get out and help the rest of us. Not judging -- just reporting what I was told.

  • I don't think any city worker wants to look bad to the Alderman or other official. I've always wished I lived on the block of an alderman or other elected official. That seems to be one of the perks.

Feb 03

Updated Feb 05

Police Out ticketing

Just a heads up to anyone having to deal with street parking, make sure you're parking legally, and not just parking your car where ever it fits. When I took my dogs out this am there were at least 4 cars that had been ticketed. I guess they were all parking violations (too close to stop signs, blocking the hydrant), one of them seemed random, it was parked on the street, not blocking a hydrant or driveway or anything else, but the windshield wipers were sticking up on that car, is that not allowed?

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    Probably didn't have the right permit for the zone. And it's not the cops anymore, it's the department of revenue.

  • They also ticket if you're parked too far from the curb. Tough to get close enough in this weather, but weather doesn't seem to get you a free pass.

  • Wonder why they havent found the person that thinks their dug out spot in front of the fire hydrant is legal on my block.

Feb 05

Police

Does anyone know why there were so many cops pulling over people on Fullerton Ave between Pulaski and Central Park around 8-9 pm

Feb 02

Updated Feb 04

You have questions - get answers! Join Ald. Joe Moreno LIVE on TV & online

CAN TV’s Political Forum is the show where you are the co-host. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st Ward) will be taking your questions live Wednesday, February 4th at 7 p.m. on CAN TV21 and http://www.cantv.org/hotline.

You can also ask a question by leaving a comment on this post, but time is limited, so calling in is your best bet for getting an answer!

  • I am concerned about the ability of any Alderman, including Joe Moreno, to be unbiased in his decision making when accepting money in the form of campaign contributions from entities with business before him. Isn't this "pay to play"?

  • I am curious what his vision is for Milwaukee Ave. Does he anticipate the dual tower proposal will go through in some form? Does he anticipate we'll see structures on that stretch over 6 stories in the future. How tall would he like to see? Will a transit oriente residential tower be part of the Congress theater rehab project...across the street from the theater?

Feb 02

Updated Feb 03

Alleys in Logan Square are impassable this morning

Blowing and drifting snow has made many alleys and side streets impassable- The city does not pl;ow alleys for those wondering about that.

  • A big THANK YOU to my neighbors in the Kimball/Wrightwood block! In the past I've shoveled from my garage out to the street because I have a puny car. That means everyone in between my garage and the street (about 7 garages) reaped the benefit.
    Yesterday, everything in the alley was shoveled, including the apron of the alley!
    Thank you Kimball neighbors!

  • Brian Parisi Logan Square Homeowner

    They sure were impassible.

    my wife and I shoveled for about 8 hours yesterday so that I would be able to get to work today. Other than the 3 feet of drifted snow it was actually a pretty nice day yesterday. Sun was out and not that cold.

Feb 02

Updated Feb 03

Richmond and Diversey- new bar?

Does anyone know what is being opened on the corner of Richmond st & Diversey ? Restaurant and bar ??

Jan 31

Updated Feb 02

New in town

Me and my husband just moved in from Europe and it is difficult. We do not know anybody and this weather is also hard to handle. We are looking forward to meeting new people and enjoy life in Chicago!

  • It is Cuban, not Spanish, but 90 Miles off of Armitage and Stave has some pretty killer Paella. Welcome to the neighborhood and please keep engaging. It is how we keep this community healthy

  • Thank you Jeff!

Feb 02

Updated Feb 02

Fresh Snow making for an interesting morning commute.

Traffic is very light on the expressways and tollways this morning- many people just stayed home - Chicago Public Schools are closed today, many alleys are impassable this morning. It will take you and your neighbors to pool together to clear the alleys, The city does not plow alleys, 485 flights cancelled at ORD today-

  • ch1cag0rob 10+ year Logan Square resident.

    I was just doing about 50 mph on the inbound Kennedy this morning. Very light inbound traffic. Easy commute downtown via car if you're able to get out. Best of luck, folks.

  • I would have driven to work...but I didn't want to give up my parking spot :)

    So neighborly of me...

    GB

Feb 01

Updated Feb 02

Bright lights?

Logan and California, might be the reflecting light from the snow, but is that Budweiser billboard really creating that bright of a blue-ish light from the highway/Western? It's past midnight, I can only imagine it gets more annoying further east...

Feb 01

Thanks for digging our car out from the street

A thumb up for all the people help to dig car out of the street. Please stay home and don't drive if u can. The side streets are full of abandon cars. Good luck to us all tmr.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 31

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    oh cool! Dr. Stricker is great - she used to work at Banfield! I hope they continue the retail side, so I can get fancy dog food without going all the way to Pet Supplies Plus.

  • Fuarain, I know salon dog on fullerton also carries the fancy food. They have many varieties, I stop in and get my Taste of the wild there.

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