3 days ago

Updated 55 min ago

Congress Theatre Open House - Jan. 24 1-4PM?

Is this happening? Cannot find anything referenced other than in this article. Anyone plan on stopping in tomorrow? Do we expect the renderings to be presented?

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/13/congress-theater-redevelopment-ready-to-move-forward.php

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Michael Moyer was looking a about a two year project and that everything in the building would open at the same time. I also heard that the lobby would be open most of the time and that to the right of the lobby would be a entrance to the Inn on the Milwaukee Ave side.

  • I do hope it's LIVE entertainment and not the stuff that brings too much noise and BASS. Did Mr Moyers discuss the sound issue? Since the Congress Theater was originally designed as a movie theater, it was never properly equipped for optimal acoustics inside and out. The interior is going to need sound proofing. I'm wondering how that will that affect the restoration process?

4 hours ago

4 hours ago

Former Logan Pet customers and employees.

We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been...

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We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been in business for 18 years and I have been a resident of Logan Sq. for 15 years, so this neighborhood and its residents mean a lot to me. I invite you all to check out our website Animalloverspetsalon.com. We hope that everything will return to normal soon for all involved in this situation.

Jan 15

Updated 5 hours ago

Carpet places

Hi, A tenant's apartment in Logan Square just sustained major water damage in her bedroom and now the carpet and padding must be replaced. Does anybody know (besides Empire and Luna) any place that will come to the apartment to give quotes? Thanks.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    Check out http://mrcarpetshopathome.com
    Right in Lakeview. Highest rating on Angie's List for years. I had some water damage and the owner came out and told me what to get and what I don't need to pay for. Very honest, straight shooters that stand by their products and their work.
    I shopped around, and those big guys that advertise on tv tell you it's cheap, but don't show you the extra charges that end up costing more than a local small-business owner charges.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Just to update you all (in case you were wondering): Decided to go with Home Depot. Had the same carpet two other places had with a much lower price.

8 hours ago

Awesome Android/iOS game! Support local Logan Square indie developers!

Hey neighbors! We live in Logan Square and are developing an awesome mobile game. We need all the help we can get, so if you like games or know someone who does, please support us on Kickstarter, or share via social media to your friends.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1802153885/the-incredible-baron

Thank you so much for helping to support one of many of the awesome creative projects happening in our neighborhood.

5 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

bedbugs

My tenet just notified me she found bedbugs in her sons beds, I live in the building and I don’t have them and the garden unit doesn't have them either
Who is responsible in paying for the extermination $$$$$

6 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

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.

Jan 19

Updated 11 hours ago

2 DOGS FOUND!

Found two very sweet dogs in an alley off of McLean Ave. near Kedzie Blvd. on Saturday night around 8pm. One is a female Rottweiler and other is a small mix breed male. They're the best of friends so they must live together. They had no tags and no chips. If these are your dogs or if you know the owner, please contact me!!

Jan 19

Updated 11 hours ago

Looking for wood shop space to rent..

Hi, three friends and I are looking for a wood shop space to rent in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square neighborhood. Ideally we'd hope to have the space to ourselves and pay monthly rent. If you know of anyone with a vacant garage/building that wouldn't mind the noise and sawdust please let me know! Note, we would be providing all our own tools so we're basically just needing an empty room with electricity.

Thanks!

  • Susan S. resident

    Mikaela, Click on Nate's name and then on Send email on the right.

  • Bryan Banser Triangle Auto Service

    Mikaela, or anyone else interested, we have 2 spaces that may work for you. Let me know if you are interested. Were located at Irving and Elston ave. Both areas have an alarm. We will work with you, if you would like to see them. One space was used as a wood shop, with plenty of light and as much storage as needed. Bryan 773-539-5858.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Question about front yard fences

My neighbor is putting up a fence to close off the courtyard of their building. Where he is putting the fence will completely block the side of my porch and if I need porch repairs or gutter repairs, the fence will make it hard to get to. The fence is on his property line but I want to know if it is legal for him to put a fence up literally 6 inches from my porch and blocking it off.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    The typical 5-6' cedar fence definitely requires a permit:

    "Fence – taller than 5 feet, may not exceed 6 feet"

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    Perhaps you can ask you neighbor to put in a "gate" at your porch. If it cost a little extra to do you could volunteer to pay the additional cost. He could keep the gate padlocked and when you need access to your porch he could unlock it for you. It may cost you a little now, but would save money down the road.

38 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Silver Malibu

Some guys in a silver Malibu just tried getting buzzed into our unit. They kept buzzing every unit in the building, we live on Fullerton, has this happened to anyone else? I just checked with other tenants and it was no one they knew or were expecting.

6 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Kids stealing packages

Around 3:35 I saw a group of kids running north on the 2400 block of Spaulding Ave (about halfway between Fullerton and Altgeld). They ran up the stairs of a porch across the street from me, grabbed some packages that were on the stoop, and ran away down an alley. I couldn't tell if they had taken anything from more than one house.

I called 311, but was told I couldn't report it because I wasn't the victim. I'll let my neighbors know, but I just wanted to let people in the area know to be on the lookout and watch out for their packages. The kids were male and probably early to mid teens .

  • Aaron Logan Square

    This is just the list of packages I found in the park. Many other people commented about this problem happening to them.
    1753 N Troy
    1743 N Troy
    1725 N Troy
    1746 N Albany

  • aaron, saw same thing in Julia de Burgos the park just before christmas. A bunch of boxes were rummaged through, and a few boxes that had books in them were just left open to the elements. I was able to return a few boxes on the 1700 block but most...

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    aaron, saw same thing in Julia de Burgos the park just before christmas. A bunch of boxes were rummaged through, and a few boxes that had books in them were just left open to the elements. I was able to return a few boxes on the 1700 block but most items were stolen… On Friday we had a package turn up missing on Troy. The kicker is that we were home and looking for the delivery. I think that someone must have been following the delivery driver as we were both looking for the package...

    . . If I had the time I would bait this kids but sadly it really would be wasted time. I doubt I could prove anything if they did not have any items on them. It would be hilarious to hit them with a little bear spray though...

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Thank You

Thank you for being such a kind and lowing person.

Feb 25

Updated 14 hours ago

Interested in 'red wiggler' worm bins in the spring?

OK, I'll admit that the warmer weather got me thinking 'gardening' mode... I had to 'make and take' a red wiggler bin to get full credit for Master Composter degree and the winter had them 'especially happy' in the basement so I have two huge bins ready to share. You need a plastic tub with lid that has 1/4 inch holes punched in top for air and then we tear up newspaper, throw in a little garden dirt, wet so...

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OK, I'll admit that the warmer weather got me thinking 'gardening' mode... I had to 'make and take' a red wiggler bin to get full credit for Master Composter degree and the winter had them 'especially happy' in the basement so I have two huge bins ready to share. You need a plastic tub with lid that has 1/4 inch holes punched in top for air and then we tear up newspaper, throw in a little garden dirt, wet so it is like a 'rung out sponge', and put in the worms. They eat 'left over' lettuce, coffee grounds, etc (except onions, peppers, citrus). Easy VERY EASY to care for in basement or garage (some people keep them under the sink..no smell)
This is the best 'soil' you will find and excellent for seedlings. You separate the worms from the 'soil' (I can tell you how) and use the soil in your garden, house plants, etc. YOU MUST NOT put the worms in composters or soil outside as they are not native and they eat constantly and will eat all the surface plants.
If you are interested, please let me know and it will be another reason for spring to come quickly!@

  • sinergi Big fan of neighborhood news and information

    You are awesome ! I posted here just in case someone else stumbled upon it to offer me some guidance.

    I Really had no idea the same people were still active and ready to share Again and again!

    Yet another reason I love my worms. Always brings out good people.

    Debbie--
    I will message you by email.

    - mark

  • Mark - did you get my email response? Thought I'd check here, just in case it went to your spam folder.

6 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Busted Car Window

So on Monday evening (8 pm-ish) I heard a crack thinking "Did someone throw something at my window? Was it ice falling?" After checking the house...nothing. A few moments later my neighbor called me to check if I and everything was okay because my car window had been busted. (So that was the crack I heard.) Just an fyi...I live right under the street light and have a very bright sensor porch light. Only thing I can think of is that it was a random act of anger...While better my car window than my family...just thought I'd give you all a heads up.

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

    between 615 and 8 last night, same thing happened to my neighbor. this was on Armitage near Rockwell and in front of an operating business. the windshield was hit hard near the bottom and one of the wipers was left up. seemed odd. any similarities?

    where exactly is Hermosa?

  • Hermosa would be the neighborhood west of Logan Square...I'm on Keeler, between Fullerton and Amitage ...

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3 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

New Veterinary Clinic in Logan Square!

Boulevard Veterinary on Armitage and California recently opened their doors and are accepting new patients!
All new clients receive $25 off their first visit!

2740 W. Armitage Ave.
773-360-1731
www.blvd.vet
Facebook: Boulevard Veterinary
Instagram: @blvd.vet

  • Our new puppy goes to Boulevard. We love it there. Dr Dylan is great as is the staff. I highly recommend them.

  • we'll try it out! Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

spark energy update?

The other day, caught off guard, I allowed myself to switch to Spark Energy due to the persistence of two door to door salesmen. Looking at past threads on this topic, it seems lots of folks have had bad experiences, and some folks have seen reduced savings and feel it is a legit company with bad solicitation tactics.

Was I scammed? I feel like a goof for ignoring my gut. Thanks!

  • Joe

    I have saved with first energy for electricity and direct energy on gas (except Dec, Peoples would have been cheaper) Peoples gas charge changes every month. Lots of threads on this.

  • Like kittyhop says, read the receipt they gave you - you have maybe a week from the signing date during which you can cancel. Not sure of the exact time limit; it IS short. But if you do some quick research you can decide whether Spark is worth it for a year.

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45 hours ago

Found Bike Key

Found near Troy & Schubert. Let me know!

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Agreed Lisa. I too enjoyed Letizia's for that. The article doesn't mention it (I don't think), but Letizia's started selling at the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Hopefully that might continue. Maybe? Anyway, I'm excited for the new concept too.

  • I'm glad to hear they're closing the bakery component. Their baked goods were bland and always left me feeling bloated. Dinners, on the other hand, always hit the spot.

Apr 22

Updated 3 days ago

Code 0964100G Violation

Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb...

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Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb and there are and have been several cars parked just as close to the stop sign or in the same exact spot for years, and I've never seen a car ticketed ONCE. I'm mad. Anyone have any suggestions for anything I can do to be productive? Otherwise, I will just stew in my anger and out $60. This was at the stop sign at Spaulding and Schubert, near the blue line.

  • Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign...

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    Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign is not very near the corner or the crosswalk.

    I've even asked a parking enforcement person who was writing tickets what areas are legal in that dead end and what are not. She told me that parallel to the curb was ok, except near the stop sign, corner, and fire hydrant. She also said that the "head in" spots were legal "about half-way" (?!?) across the dead end but this is apparently subjective because my husband just received a ticket when parked there. Grrrrr. Actually he received two within 24 hours -- we appealed both by mail & got the duplicate dismissed, at least.

    Also, as a head's up, I've gotten a ticket parallel parked on the north side of that dead end for parking in the wrong direction when pointed toward Milwaukee. Apparently some others have too because now you will see cars parked in both directions on that side (nose to nose or tail to tail). I've been on this block for almost 8 years and never saw anyone parked pointed away from Milwaukee until this year. (For those not familiar, the dead end is all of 3 cars long & has no room to turn around.) I can't even see how cars get in there that way without some illegal driving moves. I just avoid that whole area as much as possible, but as you know parking is sometimes tough to find.

    I'd gladly avoid parking illegally if I could only figure out what is legal. :( Who could I ask to get a definitive answer? I'd also be happy to pursue getting reasonable signage/paint if possible - I guess the alderman would be the starting point?

  • I know this is an old post, but I wanted to chime in that I contest every single ticket I or my husband get, most of which have been for this violation of parking too close to a stop sign. I would say they throw out 2 of 3. It is ALWAYS worth a shot, just don't forget to take and include photos in your contest!

Jan 07

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Lake coming to former Previous Administration Spot

Hi again, everyone. I read in Zagat's list of most anticipated spots of 2015 that our neighbor Paul McGee had joined forces with the Land & Sea Dept. folks - and that we're getting a tiki bar. Well, Lost Lake is opening up at Diversey & Kedzie, where Previous Administration was briefly. Should be opening sometime this month. With this, and Son of a Butcher opening at Diversey & Richmond soon, it's gonna be exciting up here!

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/January-2015/lost-lake/

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  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    I suspect this trend will slow down dramatically as the neighborhood inhabitants age and start to realize how many calories are in these drinks.

    On the other hand, it's nice to have a close alternative to Hala Kahiki, although it takes years to develop that fine musty carpet aroma.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Rent vs. ownership

I think one of the key issues is that these small businesses rent rather than own. Ideally, if a small business can own the property, it can avoid increase in rents, etc. I know, a pipe dream for many but if you can own your building it would seem much easier to run your business.

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    Larry - It is true that companies that make it and stay in the same location for 25 years will probably have done better to buy than rent. But to generalize your experience is to allow survivor bias to creep in as you ignore the fact that very few businesses...

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    Larry - It is true that companies that make it and stay in the same location for 25 years will probably have done better to buy than rent. But to generalize your experience is to allow survivor bias to creep in as you ignore the fact that very few businesses last 25 years and even fewer in the same location.

    Most fledgling companies would never be approved for a property loan without a personal guarantee. And even if they could, it still might not make sense. You may want to move, expand, contract, etc. Renting, while more expensive, provides this flexibility which is EXTREMELY valuable.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    I think these are all good points, and it's valuable to hear a wide range of opinions on the subject. One nuance I haven't heard discussed per se is just how much customization does your business require, in terms of infrastructure build out. The owner of a law office may not feel a need to purchase the property as moving is relatively painless. A dentist may see it differently due to equipment requirements, a yoga studio owner who breaks his/her back to put in really nice hardwood flooring, etc.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Smart Bike Parts Tagged Tuesday Night - anyone happen to know these dudes?

Our business got tagged Wednesday night at 11PM by these two individuals - if anyone was out and about and happens to recognize either of these two gentlemen I would be in your debt if you could get a hold of me. Ride on. Eric Puetz (Pitts) - Owner. Smart Bike Parts. Armitage & Whipple - across the street from Dante's Pizza.

You can view a quick video of this event at:

http://smartbikeparts.com/Tagged-1215.mov

  • G

    What did they tag? If you can make it out?

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    The video is of such poor quality that you can't make out the face of the one person whose face you can see.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

too early?

At what time are the construction guys supposed to start working ??? They are working on the Water project by Kimball/Palmer..

  • 8 am for private work; allegedly 7am for govt work; but the city can claim hardship and work whenever they want.
    I know that sounded snarky, but that's really the system we have.

  • When they were expanding the Kennedy years ago , they worked 24 hours, alongside housing.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Frank Meats Patty opens Friday (Hot Doug's former location)

The guys behind Lockdown and Fatso’s Last Stand have taken over this space..good to see, and I am sure it will be a decent replacement for the Hot Doug's location ..

Found a picture of what the inside looks like in advance of the open (1/23/15)

  • Two specials announced already:

    Duck Foie Gras Sausage Burger, with caramelized onions, truffle mustard, roasted shallots and topped with cherries and Foie mousse.

    Game Burger of the Month; The Buffalo Sausage Burger, with pepper jack cheese, fire roasted poblano peppers and topped with pickled shallots.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    what a great name!!!

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Jan 19

Updated 3 days ago

Snowblower repair

Anyone have a recommendation for a nearby snowblower (small engine ) repair shop ?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    I'm sure I can fix it. I'm in Lincoln square. Phone # 312-890-7558. Free snow if I can't fix it

  • Ravens...what else do you fix???? (Hey if you can make it snow, you can also make it stop..ok?)

3 days ago

4 days ago

Garage Break ins...

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Burglar targeting Northwest Side garages
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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Updated: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power tools and other objects, according to...

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Burglar targeting Northwest Side garages
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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Updated: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power tools and other objects, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

Burglaries happened:

— in the 2200 block of North LeClaire between 5-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 8-9 and Jan. 14-15;

—in the 4900 block of West Wellington between 5-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15;

—in the 4600 block of West Dickens about 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 16;

—in the 2100 block of North Kildare between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Jan. 19; and

—in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of North Kildare between 11 a.m. -9:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The suspect is described as a white man 20-35, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, and 180-185 pounds, wearing a black ski mask.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 744-8263.

4 days ago

Garage Break ins.....

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Burglar targeting Northwest Side garages
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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power...

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Burglar targeting Northwest Side garages
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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Police issued an alert Wednesday warning Northwest Side residents of several garage burglaries in the Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods.

The suspect forces the overhead garage door open and steals snow blowers, lawn mowers, power tools and other objects, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

Burglaries happened:

— in the 2200 block of North LeClaire between 5-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 8-9 and Jan. 14-15;

—in the 4900 block of West Wellington between 5-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15;

—in the 4600 block of West Dickens about 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 16;

—in the 2100 block of North Kildare between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Jan. 19; and

—in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of North Kildare between 11 a.m. -9:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The suspect is described as a white man 20-35, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, and 180-185 pounds, wearing a black ski mask.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 744-8263.

4 days ago

Join the Hermosa Neighborhood Association!

Please join us for our inaugural meeting of the Hermosa Neighborhood Association! This grassroots community group was started by neighbors to help create a dialogue that will empower and embolden those within the community. We believe that being united as one can help us overcome the challenges facing Hermosa.

Our 1st meetings will include:

• Introductions: meet your neighbors!
• Discussion of pressing community issues
• An overview of community resources and aid

Our first meeting will be held February...

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Please join us for our inaugural meeting of the Hermosa Neighborhood Association! This grassroots community group was started by neighbors to help create a dialogue that will empower and embolden those within the community. We believe that being united as one can help us overcome the challenges facing Hermosa.

Our 1st meetings will include:

• Introductions: meet your neighbors!
• Discussion of pressing community issues
• An overview of community resources and aid

Our first meeting will be held February 7th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Chicago Public Library North Pulaski branch, 4300 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60639. Ample parking available! Refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at info@ourhermosa.org so that we can plan to have enough seats and refreshments.

Apr 19

Updated 4 days ago

Tuckpointing need for 1906 built 2-flat building

I went back in the archives (2011/2012?) and there was just a thread in March, but in reading it I think my 2-flat needs more work then that. Recommendations please? (Thanks!)

  • Actually my guys were very quiet, VERY clean, very fast, very good...and you wouldn't have know they were there if the neighborhood dogs had stopped barking...

    Fear not!!

  • One of the most important things when having tuckpointing done on an old brick house is that the correct lime-based mortar be used, and not the contemporary kind using Portland cement. Plus the pointing should be recessed, not protruding or flush with the bricks. In old brick construction, both the...

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    One of the most important things when having tuckpointing done on an old brick house is that the correct lime-based mortar be used, and not the contemporary kind using Portland cement. Plus the pointing should be recessed, not protruding or flush with the bricks. In old brick construction, both the bricks and mortar were porous, allowing for escape of moisture and expasion/contraction (kind of "breathing") with conditions. Contemporary (Portland cement based) mortar is higher strength and non-porous - so moisture can be retained and lead to cracking and peeling of the brick. And the recessing of the pointing is related to allowing the rain to drip off; I just can't remember the details.

    (from attending a couple of evening seminars on masonry repair and maintenance held by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. The speakers were from the U.S. Heritage Group. More than you ever want to know about mortar and materials: http://usheritage.com/products-head/)

Jan 18

Updated 4 days ago

Touch of Vintage Closed up - 2500 block of California?

I noticed the empty store front on the 2500 block of California. Use to be a little antique shop next to the hair salon. Did they move? Lot seems to be changing over there. Expanded salon, new Japanese toy store and new mercantile bar heading in. I wonder if the two sushi places will survive.

  • Sandra 10 year resident, Condo Board Treasurer

    About Letizia's on California....I believe that her son Fabio has / is running a good share of the business and they've been building up the restaurant side (Enoteca Roma) for years. First on Division and now in Logan Sq., just a guess that it's been successful--they seem like smart business owners and continually re-invest in their businesses to help them grow. So having watched them over the years, it seems a natural progression, not so much a major shift in concept.

  • Pasta college looks cool! It sounds like Starbucks was taking the biz for bkfast and coffee. Not sure how I feel about 2 liquor stores within a block of each other.

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

local plumber available in your area

unclog that drain today!

Jan 16

Updated 4 days ago

58 year old woman struck and killed today by the CTA Blue Line at Addison

Hate to hear about these sort of things- we reported the accident(WBBM) and have since learned the end result.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/01/16/woman-struck-killed-by-vehicle-in-avondale/

  • I am sorry for your loss- that picture is from the CBS News Chopper- I work for WBBM Radio- if there is anything I could do to help you let me know.

  • Laura rivas

    Is there cameras in the area?

4 days ago

5 days ago

EEDS’ New Residency for 2015

...SRBCC) in February. SRBCC is cultural arts organization located in Chicago’s Hermosa Neighborhood (at 4046 W Armitage), dedicated to preserving and promoting appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico. You...

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