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6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Neighbors out of control. What to do?

The situation with my neighbors has gone from bad to worse in the last few months. They used to just be annoying and inconsiderate, but since this woman's kids were taken away and her husband went to jail, it's become the sketch-town square. Random people coming and going at all hours, gang fights between her place and the house next door in front of my house, more dogs in the yard by the day (or running loose in the street),...

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The situation with my neighbors has gone from bad to worse in the last few months. They used to just be annoying and inconsiderate, but since this woman's kids were taken away and her husband went to jail, it's become the sketch-town square. Random people coming and going at all hours, gang fights between her place and the house next door in front of my house, more dogs in the yard by the day (or running loose in the street), more trash thrown in my yard, people yelling and screaming at each other endlessly. What can I do?!? We call the cops when something clearly illegal happens but it's rarely clearly illegal. They are basically squatting this house. It's owned by a complete slum lord who doesn't give a care what happens and is just holding on to the place till he can sell it for a huge profit. But it's the very people in the houses go are keeping the property values low.

I know I sound like a whiny white person and I'm sort of annoying myself. And really when it was just irritating I could deal. But it's at the point where it's getting dangerous and I'm hesitant to even go outside for a walk at night.

Suggestions other than "call 911" and call your alderman" welcome. We do call 911 and the alderman isn't going to do anything.

  • We had a similar situation (total nightmare) and despite your desire for other solutions, calling 911, engaging directly with CAPS and calling the Alderman will be the key to your success. You need to call 911 with any and all suspicious activity. Gang fights, loitering, excessive noise and intimidation are...

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    We had a similar situation (total nightmare) and despite your desire for other solutions, calling 911, engaging directly with CAPS and calling the Alderman will be the key to your success. You need to call 911 with any and all suspicious activity. Gang fights, loitering, excessive noise and intimidation are call worthy. Start a phone tree with your neighbors - the more people who call the greater your chances of a swift response. Even if they don't show, you are building a case against the property - ALWAYS ALWAYS state the exact address. The Alderman can then help you contact the landlord and encourage them to evict. If the tenants chose to try and stay, all the calls against their address will be used against them trying to do so. You have to take control of the situation or you are right, nothing will happen. Not calling 911 or pressuring your alderman will not give you the results you want. It felt like our action against this one problem property became a part time job, but after 4 months of our efforts, they are long gone and my block is quiet, safe, peaceful, and gang free. Good luck and stick with it!

  • Where is this house exactly?

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Missing Mail

Hey neighbors. I've recently become aware of several important pieces of mail that never got delivered to us and am trying to figure out the best way to address this and with whom (ie, call the post-office on California, track down my mail carrier, call the national branch??). After being in our location for 2 years, we've suddenly had mail returned to a couple of different senders with notices like, "address unknown," or they'll say they attempted 3 times, even...

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Hey neighbors. I've recently become aware of several important pieces of mail that never got delivered to us and am trying to figure out the best way to address this and with whom (ie, call the post-office on California, track down my mail carrier, call the national branch??). After being in our location for 2 years, we've suddenly had mail returned to a couple of different senders with notices like, "address unknown," or they'll say they attempted 3 times, even though there was no notice and I was home each of the dates listed on the "attempt form." I have verified that the address was correct on the letters/packages that were returned. We still continue to get all our junk mail and ComEd bills as well as other peoples' mail, but now we're missing stuff. Any suggestions or input would be much appreciated!

  • Search the archives, try politely taking with your carrier, that should work until they get re-assigned, then repeat..I opted out of using the us mail, if it doesn't come via email or ups I don't want it.

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    I live in another zip code, but here's what I did. I went to my local post office and talked to the supervisor. The key is to get their name. Explain the problem and show them the notices, etc. Be polite and professional no matter what their attitude is as...

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    I live in another zip code, but here's what I did. I went to my local post office and talked to the supervisor. The key is to get their name. Explain the problem and show them the notices, etc. Be polite and professional no matter what their attitude is as they will side with the postal employee. Even with all my proof, the supervisor had a million excuses. Then she'll tell you that she'll speak with the carrier. Chances are nothing will improve, then after a week or 2, call the national number. They will initiate something only if you have already spoken to the local post office and a supervisor. This is where they will ask you the name of the supervisor you spoke with. After doing this, our service finally improved. You can try doing this by phone but it's usually not possible as they busy the phones or don't answer them. Try doing it on your day off. HTH

May 10

Updated 2 hours ago

Cat sitter recommendations?

I'm going camping at the end of the month, and need to find a reliable sitter for my cat.
Any recommendations?

  • Check with your vet's office...They may have preferred services.

  • Awww.. Man I miss urban tails, used to walk my dog daily. They leave a small note each visit with what happened that day. :)

4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

stupid junk trucks

Another nail and screw in my tires because of the junk trucks that rummage around in the alleys, another trip to the tire shop to get it patched/repaired.

I'm sure there is nothing we can do to stop the junk trucks from roaming the alleys, but it really would be nice if nails, screws and everything else didn't fall off the back of them from broken appliances or whatever our cars to run over & get damaged by. I'm sure...

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Another nail and screw in my tires because of the junk trucks that rummage around in the alleys, another trip to the tire shop to get it patched/repaired.

I'm sure there is nothing we can do to stop the junk trucks from roaming the alleys, but it really would be nice if nails, screws and everything else didn't fall off the back of them from broken appliances or whatever our cars to run over & get damaged by. I'm sure I'm not the only one here.

The only saving grace is that the guys at Soto Tire on California just south of Armitage are cheap/fast and overall great for this, so, check them out the next time you have tire issues from our junk truck friends.

  • Had the same problem. Five in one and one in the other. I had to replace them completely. They need to be more careful. Jerks!

3 hours ago

Willow Tree Day Care

I see that Willow Tree Day Care on Western at Bloomingdale opened recently. They've been in that space for what seems like almost 1 year, does anyone know what took them so long to finally open?

20 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

1 infant and 1 toddler opening at les petits logan square nursery starting october or november

a couple of our kiddos from our logan square nursery joined us in our new location in avondale and we are looking to fill their spots. please let me know if you would like a tour!

5 hours ago

Dog Found @ Fairfield & Cortland

We found this little cutie this morning. Trying to track down his owners as he has no collar or microchip. He's a really big sweetheart and is staying with us until we find his owner or another solution. We will definitely NOT be taking him to the city shelter, so any help is greatly appreciated.

6 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

lost puppy

I lost my little dog on 09/29/14 at 9:00 am around N Harding ave, we are rewarding for her, please send us an email, she is german wire hair pointer ,grey hair with brown color on her head,if you think someone have it please email us! we so want her back home!

  • I saw a post about Colombia on Reddit last night. Was that posting correct in that she's currently wearing an orange collar w/o tags?

    Please, please take a look at https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois

    There are many good ideas for how to find your pup. Also, a posting there will result in a lot of people keeping an eye out for her---please post at your earliest ability.

    Good luck finding your gorgeous pup!

Sep 23

Updated 6 hours ago

An Orchard at the Megamall Parking Lot?

Wild: This Chicagoist article seems to indicate that the gravel parking lot by the Megamall will be turned into an orchard. I haven't seen anything else on this yet, but this is quite a development if it's true.
http://chicagoist.com/2014/09/23/logan_square_orchard_still_a_ways_o.php

  • Yosef A Logan Square neighbor since 1990

    While I don't know if it is really a done deal, I did notice that it is shown on both the Bicentennial Improvement Project for "The Square" and the Mega-Mall replacement Shopping Center plans.

  • Artist's sketches never include the empty plastic bags, beer bottles and cigarette butts that eventually pervade public areas like this. I hope the developers budget for regular clean-up and maintenance.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Is this sweet grey/white tabby yours?

This boy starting hanging around my place at corner of Central Park/Belden last week. Very friendly. Posting everywhere before we take him to Tree House with winter approaching.

  • we've taken in many orphans including feral cats that were neutered and kept fed, these did not want to come in at all. We do our best and still there are many in need. God bless you and best wishes.

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Many Thanks to you, James Conley, and your neighbors for helping this lost guy. We did the same thing many years ago with a feral guy - skin and bones - and now he's inside with us, healthy as all get out! He lived outside for many years, in a heated bed under our back porch, but we finally brought him in before a big snowstorm. Had to trap him, which was traumatic, but he adjusted quickly. Thanks for taking the time and effort to help him!

34 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Watch out for pothole on Milwaukee at Kedzie!

It's a big one! Someone at least has a garbage can on it :)

44 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Gunshots Saturday morning near Cortland and Lawndale?

Did anyone else hear this? Just after 6 am. 5 shots (very loud) a car engine gunning up and then screeching tires and spinning off, then 5 (or 6?) more shots right away. I went outside to see if anyone was injured and needed help, but the street seemed to be empty.

  • Colette2 Calling Logan Square home since 1999

    Just checked and I called 911 at 6:33am.

  • Adam in LS Canadian now living @ Armitage & Central Park

    You're right, it was closer to 6:30 if i remember correctly.

Mar 27

Updated 7 hours ago

Cat sitter needed next week

I need someone to come for 1 fifteen minute visit per day on April 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th to feed my cats and empty the litter boxes. I'm not crazy about going with a stranger, but none of my usual folks are available and a flyer I posted at work is not getting any bites. If I don't know you, you'll need to be employed by a pet sitting company that is bonded and insured and I'll have to talk to references. I live near Fullerton and Cicero.

  • i'm looking for bonded places to make daily visits to feed and poop scoop my three cats int he logan park area of logan square (calf/armitage). do the places you use charge per visit or per cat and does anyone have an update to their recommendations. ?

  • LD

    loganparkcat - super old post, might want to start a new thread

26 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Construction at the Corner of Talman & Medill?

Anyone know what's happening here? It's been vacant so long, I'm surprised to see it all torn up now. A contractor once told me that the soil was contaminated from the factory on the same block and that's why it wasn't developed. For reference, this is across the street from Goethe School. My curiosity is piqued... Thanks in advance for any info!

  • Wow! Beginning at upper $700s, too?! This is pretty intense...

  • One more question! I know it's been discussed elsewhere on EB, so I'm sorry to ask again, but what time is construction allowed to start in the morning? It can't be 6:30am... This is a 311 situation, right?

43 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Direct Energy?

This evening a man came to my door asking me to switch to Direct Energy as my electricity provider...I think...

He wouldn't exactly state his business, but it seemed that was the gist of his being there...he said he was door-knocking for my benefit and for the benefit of my neighbors.

I asked to photocopy some of his company's information, so I could look at it more carefully. He said it was the private property of his company, and wouldn't...

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This evening a man came to my door asking me to switch to Direct Energy as my electricity provider...I think...

He wouldn't exactly state his business, but it seemed that was the gist of his being there...he said he was door-knocking for my benefit and for the benefit of my neighbors.

I asked to photocopy some of his company's information, so I could look at it more carefully. He said it was the private property of his company, and wouldn't allow me to copy any of it. I asked if he had any material to give me that I could look over, and he said he did not.

A few years ago I was slammed by someone coming to my door about energy companies, etc. As a result, I am leery, so I told this man that I would contact Citizens' Utility Board first, and then look into his company based on their opinion.

I emailed CUB about Direct Energy, and am awaiting a response. I will post the answer from CUB as soon as I hear what they have to say.

Thanks.

  • Place a "No Solicitation" sign on your door. It has worked wonders for me,

  • I've done that. It's reduced the traffic @ 50%. For some reason, campaign workers don't feel they're "soliciting"...

5 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Pet Insurance????

Can anyone recommend a pet insurance? I have a 1 year old boxer. Any information is helpful.

Thanks

  • AnnaWilson Anna

    To update: The 24 Hour Pet Watch check bounced last night. So there's that.

  • I have VPI (petinsurance.com) and my dog has had 2 ACL surgeries (plus some other smaller treatments) almost completely covered. For example, they paid $1200 of a $1600 surgery. Definitely helpful. Customer service has always been great, super friendly. Never had a problem, I highly recommend them. My vet also...

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    I have VPI (petinsurance.com) and my dog has had 2 ACL surgeries (plus some other smaller treatments) almost completely covered. For example, they paid $1200 of a $1600 surgery. Definitely helpful. Customer service has always been great, super friendly. Never had a problem, I highly recommend them. My vet also recommends them and feels they are very easy to work with. It's good that you are thinking about this now, before you have pre-existing conditions. I find most people don't consider it until it's too late. I personally believe the monthly payment for the insurance is worth the financial peace of mind in the case of an emergency.

9 hours ago

Found dog (Craigslist)

I just saw this post on Craigslist for a found German shepherd:
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/4691098252.html

It seems that rather than hold onto the dog for a bit, someone contacted animal control, and the person who posted this claims the dog will be euthanized within a week. Not sure if that's true, but I certainly hope it isn't.

In any case, I hope this gets more exposure here.

34 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Found Keys

I was out for a walk yesterday and found a set of keys laying on the sidewalk on Roscoe just east of Keeler. There are five house/office keys and a key for a bike lock. There are also two gym membership cards. Call (773) 319-6089 if these belong to you and you want them back.

  • Loulu Me

    Maybe one of the gyms could contact the owner? No one wants to lose keys.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    I too would contact the gym from which the membership card came. Have them look up the member and call them in front of you. Have them explain that you have their keys and that they can contact you to get them back. Have them leave your number. That wat you don't have the individuals address and the club employee who does does it have the member's keys.

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6 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Logan Square

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps in Logan Square think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

3 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Entrepreneur on Milwaukee

Just saw a hooker pick up a john on Milwaukee, right across from the Logan Blue line station. At 11 am. Didn't have my phone on me, plus I doubt the police would be interested in an isolated incident. It IS isolated, yes? Or have others seen this activity around the station?

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    we're going to have to agree to disagree, kate.

    eons ago i was a fanatically social and fiscal liberal who truly believed the disadvantaged could be raised up with a helping hand and that crime could be eradicated if we had mercy on criminals and led them to rehabilitation. i...

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    we're going to have to agree to disagree, kate.

    eons ago i was a fanatically social and fiscal liberal who truly believed the disadvantaged could be raised up with a helping hand and that crime could be eradicated if we had mercy on criminals and led them to rehabilitation. i read the works of marx and lenin ... and alinsky, looking for hope but eventually saw through their empty, manipulative, failed philosophies.

    i have seen 40-50 years of the failure of the liberal approach, the failure of protocols to treat, not punish, the criminal, to give away money to those who will not work.

    i quit believing in that BS a long, long time ago. i grew up.

    i no longer view crime, welfare, the economy, social policy, domestic and national policy, national defense, or much of anything else through the liberal kaleidoscope.

    prison IS a deterrent ... for as long as the incarceration lasts. they come out, re-crime, return to prison. more deterrence. criminals come out, re-crime, die in the attempt. oh well, more deterrence.

    i am an attorney and licensed private investigator. i am certified to, and do, train people to accurately shoot a firearm until an imminent threat on their life is stopped.

    i believe that Themis holds the scales of justice in her left hand and the sword in her right for a reason. what is that reason? she is right-handed.

    prostitutes fund pimps who fund groups that buy and sell drugs on a scale you cannot imagine, engage in sex trafficking, kill to protect their area and sales and secrets, buy sell and use illegal weapons. the whole money chain is toxic and corrupt - from the street to the kingpin.

    someone very close to me was once saved from death by a coven of hookers, taken in by them while dying. the person survived and went to prison - rightly so. i, in turn, owe my life to that person.

    so i do not hate prostitutes. my position is not ad hominem. my stance is pro law, pro safety.

    so yes, absolutely. ENFORCE THE LAW. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIME.

  • Y'all are presuming a lot about folks you don't even know. I've known sex workers in this city, and while some of their stories were tragic and some of them were empowering, none of them were kidnapped or coerced into doing it. That's not to say that there *aren't* sex...

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    Y'all are presuming a lot about folks you don't even know. I've known sex workers in this city, and while some of their stories were tragic and some of them were empowering, none of them were kidnapped or coerced into doing it. That's not to say that there *aren't* sex workers out there who are in that situation; this is only to say that none of us know sh*t about their backgrounds or choices, so let's not fly off the handle talking about cutting off the drug-addled dragon's tails or whatever other sort of lame analogies for crime that we can come up with.

    Gil, you haven't seen 40-50 years of a liberal failure. You've seen 40-50 years of a bipartisan failure to actually cooperate and work towards long-term and sustainable government solutions. But hey, I probably shouldn't expect too much from anyone who speaks of viewing the world merely through a "liberal" or "conservative" lens.

44 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Weird dude

For the last 3 weeks I have noticed a young guy "chilling" on Kimball and Lyndale.. He stands there with his cellphone and stays there for hours... He arrives at 9ish and doesn't leave at all.. I wonder if he's sneaking in to someone's home to spend the night with his girl. Lol

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    yeah, matt. could be a spotter.

    jasmine ... when you walk in the vicinity of that location, so you smell any thing really strong, odd, caustic? stench-like chemical smell?

    the place the dude is standing in front of - is it always the same place?

    do any apartments w/i a 5-6 building radius of that spot (any direction) have the windows covered all the time ... not so much drapes or blinds ... more like plastic sheeting?

  • Jena he dresses like an Emo.

    I have noticed he talks to the people who live on that building were he stands all night but definitely I will call the cops tonight.

25 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Found dog in logan square

At Schubert square apartments

  • Bludog you're right. She is on the stray dog list at this point. Probably only a five day hold because I doubt she is micro-chipped.

  • I got excited and forgot about the stray hold, poop.

5 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Rat bashing game?

Last night, around 10pm, I heard some noise coming from my alley. I looked outside and saw three young men running around with baseball bats. Apparently they were chasing rats and beating them. They seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of rats. I'm just curious...is this a thing? Rat hunting?

33 hours ago

Garage parking spot for rent?

I am looking for a garage spot to rent near Logan Blvd/Francisco. If anyone has an open garage spot or knows someone who is looking for a renter, please send them my way. Timeline is flexible, but would prefer to start renting a month from now. Thank you in advance!

34 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Where can I purchase daily permit parking stickers??

Hello Neighbors!

I am having a get together at my house tonight and need to purchase daily permit parking stickers for my friends who drive. I recently moved to LS, but when I lived in Lakeview I was able to walk to my Alderman's office to buy a bundle of the temporary stickers.

Now I am having trouble discerning which Ward I am part of, and whether Alderman offices in LS sell the stickers.

I purchased my vehicle city sticker...

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Hello Neighbors!

I am having a get together at my house tonight and need to purchase daily permit parking stickers for my friends who drive. I recently moved to LS, but when I lived in Lakeview I was able to walk to my Alderman's office to buy a bundle of the temporary stickers.

Now I am having trouble discerning which Ward I am part of, and whether Alderman offices in LS sell the stickers.

I purchased my vehicle city sticker at a Currency Exchange on Armitage, but from what I'm reading online it looks like you cannot purchase daily stickers from such places.

So, outside of driving to one of the 3 inconveniently located City Clerk Offices in the city, is there a way to purchase the stickers to have for tonight? (Online isn't an option for today but good for future use)

Thank you very much for reading and your suggestions!

  • Thanks for your helpful comments!

  • You can order online in the future (not for same day obviously.) It usually takes about a week for them to arrive. If you are comfortable with taking the El downtown, the blue line Washington stop is very close to City Hall. It's a lot easier than trying to find parking there.

36 hours ago

Updated 35 hours ago

  • Everyday is a great day when there's an Everyblock photo from the exceptionally talented Bart Shore!

5 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Asia Nails

I recently had a manicure there and later developed an infection. It could be from there or from something completely unrelated. Has anyone else had any problems after having had a manicure there? As I said, this is just one possible place I might have contracted an infection, so I thought I would check. Thanks.

41 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost cat Charlie - we move in 2 days!

Charlie the cat is still at large. He went missing 8/28 and hasn't been seen. He is orange, with a white belly, chest and front toes. He has green eyes and a ringed tail. Charlie is really friendly and vocal, and was wearing a collar when we last saw him at home on Kedzie and Bloomingdale.

Reward offered for return of Charlie, in any condition! Please help us bring him home before we move! I'm sick to think we're abandoning him here, since we're leaving the neighborhood. Your help is appreciated! Don't hesitate to call with any leads!

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    Last night I saw an orange cat in the parking lot of the Walgreens at the corner of North and Western. He walked into the alley on the north side of Walgreens and disappeared.

  • Have you put out a trap to see if you can catch him?

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Affordable wedding venue

Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for an affordable wedding venue? I'd prefer it to be on the north side of town but would consider other areas. It would have to hold 150 ppl with a good size dance area :-). If anyone owns or knows of any empty warehouses I could rent I'd be very interested in that kind of space as well. Also if anyone has any vendors catering, flowers, linens etc they recommend I'd love that too. Thanks in advance!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Car crash, 2AM, 9/27

Anyone know what happened around Rockwell and Cortland early this morning? I heard a car skid and crash into something then followed by ambulance, cops, and maybe a fire truck. Seemed like a lot of official activity for something that seemed like a small accident.

2 days ago

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