23 hours ago

Updated 0 min ago

GRIDLOCK at California and Milwuakee (Friday)

It seems like maybe this could have been better executed- the traffic was stopped for 4 cycles so two sections of California either side of Milwaukee could be ground up for reasons unknown. This was taking place at 4PM, traffic was gridlocked on a Friday afternoon in all directions.

Two CTA busses one going North and the other South were stuck in traffic and the drivers stopped to chat, their mirrors were tangled, they were too close too each other,...

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It seems like maybe this could have been better executed- the traffic was stopped for 4 cycles so two sections of California either side of Milwaukee could be ground up for reasons unknown. This was taking place at 4PM, traffic was gridlocked on a Friday afternoon in all directions.

Two CTA busses one going North and the other South were stuck in traffic and the drivers stopped to chat, their mirrors were tangled, they were too close too each other, it was a comedy of errors, and poor traffic direction from the contractor. Chicago Police, nowhere despite being just blocks from the 14th District...they sure could have used better traffic control.

So now the road is ground up and there is no work being done, couldn't this have waited till Monday and then do whatever needs to be done?

  • Rick in Kimball's farm LogSq resident for 13.14 x 10^6 minutes

    Justin, inflate your tires to slightly over the recommended pressure and you will avoid tire damage. If the label on the frame of the drivers door says 35 psi then inflate to 38 psi.

  • good to know the tire inflation tip. never heard that before.

    anyone happen to know of a gas station around here that still offers free air for your tires? yeah, i know it's not expensive or anything, it's just the idea of paying for air that irks me.

    thx.

21 hours ago

Updated 29 min ago

Tire & Alignment Shop

Hey everyone looking for a tire and alignment shop in the Logan Square area. Any suggestions?

  • Rick in Kimball's farm LogSq resident for 13.14 x 10^6 minutes

    RV Tire Shop on Fullerton just east of central park are good guys. I've been using them for decades. You can leave your car and go shopping at Tonys.

  • MakeChicagoSafe Please keep our Chicago Safe

    Belmont Craigin 30 used and 60 new. El Paisanos. The owner will give you good deals.
    West of Armitage and Cicero ave.

5 hours ago

Updated 32 min ago

A Free TV for You

I've got a big ol' SONY TV, HD, works good, great picture, weighs a ton. You'll need to bring a friend. Send me a message if interested!

34 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

  • I suggest clarifying acronyms and initialisms (e.g., GGNA, TOD) on first reference.

    From doing a Google search, it seems GGNA in this context stands for Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association; Goethe being a public grade school on Rockwell south of Fullerton.

    If people are worried about escalating real estate prices, one...

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    I suggest clarifying acronyms and initialisms (e.g., GGNA, TOD) on first reference.

    From doing a Google search, it seems GGNA in this context stands for Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association; Goethe being a public grade school on Rockwell south of Fullerton.

    If people are worried about escalating real estate prices, one way to keep prices from rising too high is by creating more housing supply. That's one reason I am in favor of higher-density housing near mass-transit sites, although I agree with Vince that the transit-oriented development (TOD) at Division and Ashland looks awful.

    Most of the stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Western and California is bleak. The design for the two towers I saw earlier this year looked much better than what's at Division and Ashland.

  • Sorry about that Keith...yes GGNA is the Greater Goeth Neighborhood Association. They are the body that the alderman turns to for community approval or rejection of projects. And TOD is a term they're throwing around a lot lately for transit-oriented development. Or larger scale near transit hubs.

2 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Crawfish tails

I am looking for a place to buy a few pounds of crawfish tails (with fat if possible). Fresh or frozen is fine, but I want tails, not the whole bug.

Any ideas? Whole Foods carries them but is way too expensive.

Thanks.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Brown Sack closing?

I called on Tuesday to get some noms. They happened to be closed for the day, but their voicemail announced it was their last week of business. Can someone confirm? Will be devastated if so

  • Nooooooooooooo! I love this place. I used to live right next door. They have the best shakes and really great sandwiches and veggie chili for the boyfriend. I am so sad now. 😩

  • I just drove by and there's a line (mind you, not a Hot Doug's line); glad the community and neighbors are giving them a healthy send off.

25 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Your cat Thomas from Pennsylvania is on my back porch

Call me at 312-953-4440 or call Petlink for info.

  • The story isn't over yet. I will post the thrilling conclusion. : )

  • Part 2. The owner is in Germany incommunicado. Caretaker is telling a tale of how the cat occasionally "sneaks out and then sneaks back in". Thomas will become a short-term welcomed houseguest. My dog is suspicious of Thomas and our intentions...

8 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Did you lose your hairless kitten

Found at Unity Park. No collar. Seems to be ill and missing some teeth. Sorta slimy and wet. Will take to treehouse unless you can identify it.

  • Hey everyone. For the 1,000th time, RaleighsMa doesn't like poop on her property.

  • Poor baby. He looks distraught! Probably lost his hair (and maybe some teeth) from the anguish of being lost. You can see he was well cared for though, given how fat he is.

Jul 15

Updated 19 hours ago

Fresh Market Place Open Date?

Hello! Does anyone know when the Fresh Market Place on Western (about three blocks north of Armitage) is set to open?

  • will try and pop in and check it out. soft opening is a great idea since everyone is getting antsy. wine and beer is even better idea.

  • We'll show up too! I fully expect you guys to carry Spanish Bomba Rice so I can make my Spanish paella :D

31 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Fresh Market

Does anyone know yet when the Fresh Market store in Bucktown Square in the 2100 block of north Western will finally open? They keep saying opening soon but never open. A worker told me in August that they were opening in mid September. Well, they are still not open. What gives?

20 hours ago

lot of yakkity yak on calf and armitage

anyone hear if for the past half hour? (8:30 or so on) girl/woman yelling about something -- i can't make out what -- ...group of 15 or so pacing back and forth......it looks like the teens waiting for a bed at H.A.S. but HAS does not accommodate 20 people does it? maybe that's the problem? quiet now as HAS opens at 9.

23 hours ago

43 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Trails & food - Starved Rock

I am planning a day trip to Starved rock this Saturday and wondered what trail to take. I'm looking for something around 4 miles roundtrip, wonderful canyons, but great lookout points as well. Also, I am looking for a great spot to eat around that area, which is quaint and local. Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Did you lose a young cat, black with white markings?

There is a little lost kitty in the courtyard of my building. A neighbor is attempting to get him/her inside for the night. Is anyone missing a young black cat with some white marks? It is lost in the area east of Kimball and south of Milwaukee. I didn't want to take a picture because it might have scared her away. Looked clean and timid, like someone's pet. If you've lost your little one and the description fits, please post a pic and I'll let you know if it looks like the same cat.

  • Hi all, where was the cat last seen? Can you please contact me at 773-719-9640?

  • Jen60647 Kimball & Schubert

    I tried to get some pics of the cat a couple of weeks ago but it was at night and all I could get were glowing eyes. My husband has been trying to coax him close enough to catch since Monday. There is a neighbor at the corner of Spaulding...

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    I tried to get some pics of the cat a couple of weeks ago but it was at night and all I could get were glowing eyes. My husband has been trying to coax him close enough to catch since Monday. There is a neighbor at the corner of Spaulding and Schubert who says she leaves food out for him. I know she's been checking in on CL for the owners for several weeks. It's a tuxedo cat and he's been roaming for awhile now. I think he's a neighborhood stray.

30 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Granite cutter/fabricator?

Hi! I already have a slab of granite and I need the sides bull nosed and a sink cut made for a wet bar. Does anyone have any recommendations on someone who does that when I am not purchasing granite from them? Thanks!

29 hours ago

Found set of keys

Hello, I found a set of three keys left on my fence post at the corner of wrightwood and Drake yesterday. They have a fabric lanyard attached with a man's name. Let me know if they are yours and we can arrange pick up!

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

New to the area, just saying hi.

Hi, I moved here in Sept. I'm 28. I'm shy so I thought this would be a good way to introduce myself. Unsure what else to say so I'll leave it at this and wish you all a wonderful Wednesday.

  • Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • Welcome. My suggestion, ride the bus and the L, aka public transportation. Take Fullerton bus to California. Walk from there and take train to downtown. You will get a full dosage of the city. The Latinos are Puerto Ricans (myself), Mexicans, Guatemalans, Ecuadorians, El Salvadorians, Cubans, Colombians, sorry if I missed others. All have their own distinctive culture and food and luckily for you, you have restaurants to try them all. Good luck.

31 hours ago

Snow Removal

I did a search in the archives for 'snow removal' but cannot find someone within Logan Square. I would rather do business locally, so does anyone know of someone local who could do snow removal? Small area (front/back of house, gangway to alley) this winter. Thanks for all suggestions!

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

The Tile App (which we've discussed for lost pets) is shipping

On the recommendation of one of the eb folks, I ordered these tiles....the theory being they can be used to track pets (if enough people have the smartphone app) kind of doing what we do here when someone loses an animal. eager to try it out and see if it works. just got an email that my pre-ordered tag are preparing to ship. will let you know if it will (or could) work on animals...if not, i'll just use it for my keys, glasses, or ventra hanger tag that i constantly lose anyway.
http://howtomanguide.com/2013/09/tech/how-to-find-your-lost-dog-with-the-tile-app/

https://www.thetileapp.com/community-find

it's coming out for iphone first, then android...

  • I ordered one of those about a year ago and it is still on the way. It's a start-up company. Would not fit inside a handlebar. My dog is chipped so I intend to use it on my purse or luggage.

  • i am also on the waiting list for the other one in development (the one that was a fund me startup) they met their goal, but those are not out yet.

32 hours ago

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Oct 18

Updated 33 hours ago

A neighborly opinion

Just wanted to see if those of you with experience dealing with neighbor/pet issues can offer some advice. My downstairs neighbors are young guys who moved in earlier this year. They have a cat and said that they are now letting their cat (who was never an outdoor cat before) go outside by himself. While I personally don't agree with keeping cats outdoors in the city and would never let my own kitty out, it's not my cat and therefore...

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Just wanted to see if those of you with experience dealing with neighbor/pet issues can offer some advice. My downstairs neighbors are young guys who moved in earlier this year. They have a cat and said that they are now letting their cat (who was never an outdoor cat before) go outside by himself. While I personally don't agree with keeping cats outdoors in the city and would never let my own kitty out, it's not my cat and therefore not really my choice.

The issue I'm having is that this cat seems to not be too content about its new situation, especially with the weather being what it is, and slips into the building every chance he gets. He's spent several nights in another neighbor's apartment who felt bad for him and I have let him briefly into mine (after he followed me inside). He and my kitty didn't get along so out he went.
This morning he was meowing outside my door in the back stairway (probably got in while I was going in and out doing laundry yesterday).

So I guess I'm not sure which side of the intervention line this falls. Do I secretly find this cat a nice home with more doting owners, do I ignore the situation? Just want to get some objective opinions :)

  • i did give my neighbor a flyer for a free treehouse fix and talk to her about getting her cat fixed. i didn't tell her that said cat was driving my cats crazy by coming in my yard...her kids had told me it was their cat and that she had just had kittens(!) but for whatever reason, cat has not been around.

  • @loganparkcat oooooh no, your neighbor's cat isn't spayed? poop. Where are you located? PM me.

47 hours ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Alexis Hagerup-found your ventra!

If anyone knows Alexis Hagerup, please message me; I found her ventra card on the street by Kedzie/Belden

35 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Good AM! It's Looking Good Today!

I have this great picture taken after sunrise this am and I'd thought I'd also give you an audio version of the weather for today and the weekend.
https://soundcloud.com/bart-shore/everyblock-weather

47 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

High Quality window replacement contractor for vintage building

Unable to find the name of and link to a high quality window replacement contractor someone recommended 3+ weeks ago. It was a small shop in or near Logan Square. The contractor's site was extremely informative, eco-friendly, providing authentic repairs/replacements that meet qualifications for historic districts.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lots of fire trucks and lights Central Park and Belden

There are about four fire trucks and more police on the 2200 block of Central Park, but no smoke. Any idea what's going on?

  • Chandler, thank you for letting me know it was joe that cleaned it up, I will thank him! I called for the car to be towed on Sunday, and saw all the stuff out there, I just thought they picked it up, which surprised me....

  • Chandler Logan Square Resident

    Rochelle , wow gold star to you! To both of you really . I was wondering who got the car towed . I was gathering numbers ready to call first thing Monday am thinking it would sit there for days and days . Great job amazing neighbors keep up the good work .

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

El Stops with Only One Exit?

Recent renovations to the California blue line stop have made it painfully clear that the CTA never intended to improve the actual functionality of the station. While thinking about the potential hazard of having only one conduit from the ground to each platform (a possible choke point, and the danger of having to cross California with no crosswalk), I got to thinking: how many El stops are there out there that have only one entrance / exit to each platform?...

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Recent renovations to the California blue line stop have made it painfully clear that the CTA never intended to improve the actual functionality of the station. While thinking about the potential hazard of having only one conduit from the ground to each platform (a possible choke point, and the danger of having to cross California with no crosswalk), I got to thinking: how many El stops are there out there that have only one entrance / exit to each platform? I cannot think of another north side blue line stop that does, but maybe my memory isn't so good. Are there red line stops with only one entrance / exit?

If any of us want to petition the CTA about this at some point in future, it'd be useful to recognize how rare this phenomena is.

  • Alya A. Bucktown to Logan

    The station at Roosevelt also connects three lines, which only happens one other place outside the loop that I can think of.

    As was said above, short of demolishing buildings/spending millions of capital the CTA does not have, unfortunately making each station accessible is just not in the cards right now.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    Double LOL at the "Taj Mahal" comment. I think the India Bureau of Tourism may be sending some hired goons your way, Gary.

    Seriously though, I have been acquainted with the Roosevelt stop since 1985. They build a nice tunnel to connect the subway and the elevated lines, but the...

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    Double LOL at the "Taj Mahal" comment. I think the India Bureau of Tourism may be sending some hired goons your way, Gary.

    Seriously though, I have been acquainted with the Roosevelt stop since 1985. They build a nice tunnel to connect the subway and the elevated lines, but the main entrance is a disaster, and the actual subway platform is pretty much unchanged (I guess the train tracker info is nice, but that is pretty standard at the big stops).

    Belmont connects three lines as well, and I'd argue the entrance is *far* more welcoming and open/easy to navigate during to rush hour than it was before. The platform seems indistinguishable from the Roosevelt elevated platform.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mozzarella sticks??

been dying for some crispy, gooey mozzarella sticks in Logan square. Any suggestions?? Those soggy balls at boiler room don't count, and I haven't seen them on any menus nearby- I gotta be missing something!

  • J*o*s*h Engineer on Wrightwood

    Make this the 5th vote for Roots. Nothing else compares to their handmade mozzarella.

  • Hmmm....will have to try Dante's sticks!! Sad to say, but super fast and not half bad (IMHO) are White Castle on Addison. Small snack to grab and go. It's been years since I've been to Leona's but they use to have huge sticks! Fried cheese curds are Delish at Small Bar on Wellington (and Albany?)

2 days ago

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Apr 02

Updated 2 days ago

LA Fitness

Anyone heard any update on the LA Fitness taking over the Olympic carpet building? Think it would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  • Anybody hear anything about whether this branch will have a pool? They certainly have the space for it. Hey LA FITNESS if you're listening, build a pool!

  • I can't believe how slow the construction is at the site. The workers seem to work a few days then no movement for days/weeks. I wonder what is going with the site. Has anyone heard anything new?

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for foster home for kittens

I have 3 friendly kittens in my yard. Looking for someone to house them and socialize them while we look for a home for them. I'm full up on cats already or I would take them in. They appear to be about 3 months old. They are very playful and seem healthy.

  • Thanks, Kat. The mom's in PR's TNR crosshairs.

  • So great to see how quickly the kittens were spoken for! I didn't even have to go through my usual phases of denial and eventual regretful acceptance of the fact that I really couldn't take on a second cat.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

1700 Block of Drake

My Husband, Daughter and I took a walk the other day and found a house we would like to purchase on the 1700 block of Drake, about 6 blocks form our current home on the North side of Armitage. Please let me know what your thoughts are in that particular block and the area in general. I have lived in Logan, Armitage/Kedzie area since 2000 but, before making a purchase, we would like to hear more about the general feeling of the area, especially now that we have a young child. Thanks in advance for anything that you might have to offer, I appreciate it!

  • bigsneakertees Owner of www.bigsneakertees.net

    Gangbanger heaven

  • Janelle, have you looked at the area just north of Logan Blvd, nice residential streets, plenty of parking, close to Blue Line and expressway, many young families in my neighborhood, I am just north of Diversey & West of California. My nephew used to be a police officer in this district and told me this is the safest in the district. He is now a fireman. Many nearby parks, shopping, restaurants w/o the congestion. Best wishes to you and your family.

2 days ago

Couch for sale

Three year old couch from Roy's, bought new and in good condition. 100 bucks. Holler if you are interested

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dog found

M:y husband found this dog this morning. He doesn't have a collar and is not neutered. He's safe now in our yard, but we will need to call Animal Control later this afternoon as we have two dogs of our own that are rather territorial. Please message me if this is your pup!

  • I saw no assumptions above. The combination of both not fixing your dog and letting him get loose makes you part of the problem and in need of a little shaming imo.

  • glad this pooch is back home and safe

3 days ago

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