2 days ago

Updated 39 min ago

Shooting in front of the 14th Dist Police Station

Reports are .. about 5:15 AM Saturday, a group of six, in an SUV were involved in a shooting that started at 1700 N. Kimball, they drove into the police parking lot for safety, more shots were fired, the back window of the SUV was shot out, which is still parked at the police station, One female shot in the head- she is at IL Masonic. Word is, it was a gang related shooting.

  • G

    I've lived in this city my whole life and unfortunately gun shots in the early morning hours is something that I have grown accustomed to. Although this Humboldt Park neighborhood is going through some extreme changes there are still some gang related turf wars going on. However, it does not...

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    I've lived in this city my whole life and unfortunately gun shots in the early morning hours is something that I have grown accustomed to. Although this Humboldt Park neighborhood is going through some extreme changes there are still some gang related turf wars going on. However, it does not compare to what it was like just 10 years ago and I predict 10 years from now, if this gentrification continues to march forward, these shootings will become a thing of the past in the East Humboldt Park Area. Just 20 years ago the Wicker Park Neighborhood was a gang infested neighborhood and look at what it has transformed into now.

  • Swiffer Green Girl

    Of course it was gang related....Really? Ya Think?

Mar 15 2012

Updated 1 hour ago

Logan Theater and TIF Money?

Am I wrong or did the Logan Theater/Mark Fishman get about $1MM in TIF money to renovate (courtesy of our Alderman)?
If that's the case, how and why do they think they can raise prices to $7? Haven't we already paid for these renovations?

  • All great points Carter.

  • Nelson R. Resident since 1984

    Dan,
    I hope your change of mind is sarcastic. You were right, of course. When money for schools is being drastically cut, to give $1M to a millionaire who just happens to be a major campaign contributor to the politician who gave him the money http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-code-astroturfjan28,0,1829330.story?page=2to to renovate a movie theater that had been only recently in business is stupid and wasteful at best, especially when the process and the facts are hidden from the public.

    Thanks for letting more people know about this.

1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Johnny's Grill in Logan Square closing?

I heard that Johnny's on the square might be closing as early as the end of the month. Anyone else know anymore about this?

  • Chicago Al Lifelong Chicagoan, documentarian, & time-traveler

    If this is to be believed its a travesty!

20 hours ago

Lost Wallet

My buddy lost his wallet in Logan Square this afternoon, either in or around New Wave Coffee Shop. The wallet looks like an old piece of notebook paper. Not much in it but would love the ID and other cards.

Please let me know if you've found it.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Red light camera, diversy and California

Has anyone gotten a 100$ ticket here before? Turning left in the morning onto California is hard because it backs way up waiting to get on 94.

The pictures make it look like I was stopped at the line and the. Blew the red light, but it was yellow when I was in the turn lane changed to red as I was crossing the line

I want to contest not sure if I have any chance

  • @alias_b: So you think saying that a person should get an RLC ticket for running a red is just like wanting to police a concentration camp. Good to know your perspective.

  • Carter O'Brien Lake View/Logan Sq native yet Avondale to the bone

    I definitely suggest watching the video if you get one of these tickets. I got one of these and was thoroughly outraged, until I reviewed the video and realized that what I assumed would be my triumphant vindication via footage showing me cautiously stopping and then making a right turn...

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    I definitely suggest watching the video if you get one of these tickets. I got one of these and was thoroughly outraged, until I reviewed the video and realized that what I assumed would be my triumphant vindication via footage showing me cautiously stopping and then making a right turn on red, was mostly in my head. These cameras have unquestionably made *some* intersections safer. whether the contract was awarded fairly/competently and issues of which intersections are appropriately are separate issues. If I had my way I'd ticket everyone who so much as blows through a stop sign, and it would have everything to do with quality of life and nothing to do with revenue. But, police, cameras, street lane and crosswalk striping, etc all cost money. When I was learning how to drive in the late 80s there were cops ticketing for traffic violations on a regular basis, several decades of police department staffing cuts have really taken a toll on basic civility on the street IMO.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Babysitter/nanny recommendations

Anyone have any insight into where I can find quality and dependable in-home child care? I need someone for my 2 boys (aged 4 & 1). We only need about 20 hours/week but are having problems finding someone for these hours. Advice?

  • Emilie 5-year West Bucktowner

    Finding good pt nanny candidates is tough. I interviewed more than I expected because they were a mixed bag, lots of eccentrics who were interesting people but not a good fit for us. I also had a ton of no-shows and just plain flakey candidates. Our best ones came through Care.com too. The site requires a basic background check for the nanny to even get listed. I think that extra hoop to jump gives you a group that's more serious and on the ball about finding a good fit.

  • care.com is a good site I would also check local schools depending on when you need them since teachers will be out for summer soon and depending on what school type they are coming from the are background check and finger printed already and have proof of such, also posting here or at local gathering sites like Starbucks will get to lots of people also local colleges especially early childhood and teachers in training looking to add to their experience. Good luck

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Louis F. Dow large steel safe (made in St. Paul, MN)

Perfect condition, solid steel, operational, 33"d. x 75" h x 38"w. Was used to safeguard jewelry and other valuables. It is a beautiful and very heavy piece. If you can remove it, you can have it. Currently on ground floor of a retail space, need professional movers.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

New businesses coming to Milwaukee between Spaulding and Kimball/Diversey?!

Walking to the Blue Line in the mornings I've noticed a lot of heavy work going on at the long building 2760 - 2774 N Milwaukee (from a couple doors north of Spaulding up to the Gap building). I also noticed one of the thrift shops there has a "moving sale" sign. So I was curious and looked up the permit:

...ALTERATION OF 2760+2774'S 1ST+BSMT FLRS TO 6+2 COMMERCIAL UNITS RESPECTIVELY, CONSTRUCTION OF 3RD FLR ADDITIONS, CONVERSION OF 2760+2774'S 2ND+3RD...

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Walking to the Blue Line in the mornings I've noticed a lot of heavy work going on at the long building 2760 - 2774 N Milwaukee (from a couple doors north of Spaulding up to the Gap building). I also noticed one of the thrift shops there has a "moving sale" sign. So I was curious and looked up the permit:

...ALTERATION OF 2760+2774'S 1ST+BSMT FLRS TO 6+2 COMMERCIAL UNITS RESPECTIVELY, CONSTRUCTION OF 3RD FLR ADDITIONS, CONVERSION OF 2760+2774'S 2ND+3RD FLRS TO RESIDENTIAL USE...

I've been waiting for some fresh activity in this building! It has so much potential but is currently mostly empty. And I don't mind a good thrift/value store, but there were 4-5 in a row there. Also, I can't stand how the one shop always has all those rows of waste-down mannequins with ugly tight pants on.

Here's hoping the owner has luck filling the spaces with valuable businesses and happy residents! If anyone has any information about what might be going in there. please share.

  • I was thinking baggy shorts & $175 sandals.

  • Glad to see something happening with that building!! The row of mannequin bottoms gives our 'hood character 😁 (although I will be happy to see them gone)

3 days ago

Boys Scout Fundraiser April 27 Sunday

All-I am hoping that you can join us next Sunday for our huge fundraising event. We have 3 boys that are going for their top level badge: THE EAGLE…less than 1% of all boys that try for this actually make it! We would love to see you at St. Lukes Church on Francisco—noon to 4. $10 all you can eat! Featuring live music, beer, wine and our raffle is HUGE this year:TWO Three day passes to Lollapalooza ($2,000 Sold out everywhere else!) and more!! Kitchenaid Stand mixer $700 WHOO HOO!!!!!
Hand blenders $120
Regular blender $150
Food processor $400
Waffle baker $200.00
Cookware - 10 piece set retails for $500.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Bike repair

I'm looking for a place to repair my old, gnarly bike. Who do you guys rely on?

  • Lindsey Albany Ave. resident

    Comrade cycles! They have experience working on every kind of bike. It's the only place I go to get my bikes worked on. 1908 W. Chicago Ave.

  • I'll second S.T. on the West Town Bikes recommendation if you want to get to know your bike and get your hands dirty. If not, I've had the best luck with Smart Bike Parts on Armitage. They do a great job at a reasonable price and are respectful of all types of bikers. I've also heard them flat out tell people that the junker they brought in isn't worth the cost of repairing and then explain why, except as a real stop-gap measure.

Feb 16

Updated 4 days ago

Problem with newspapers and ads on porch

Our building, a 6 flat at Campbell and Palmer, has a huge issue with unwanted circulars, newspapers, and ads being delivered to our porch daily. There are 7 copies of some of these dropped every single day. We're a rental building so ownership of the porch is tricky, though my husband and I try our best to clean it off when we can. Does anyone know what we can do to stop this wasteful madness? It's such a waste of everyone's time and I hate to think of all that discarded paper.

  • Chicago Al Lifelong Chicagoan, documentarian, & time-traveler

    Here's the link to the story we did at cbs regarding this very issue. I haven't seen any of these papers for a while and I'm glad this story and particularly the class action made a difference.

    http://cbsloc.al/11zKA9J

  • Carter O'Brien Lake View/Logan Sq native yet Avondale to the bone

    ***please note that the Tribune updated the contact email to be ronbuss@tribune.com (not rbuss@tribune.com).

Apr 13

Updated 4 days ago

Grace's Furniture

What's the history of Grace's furniture, located on Milwaukee next to the blue line? Any future plans for the building/site?

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

411?? Central Park and Palmer

Anyone know what's going on with the corner of Palmer and Central Park?!
Last news was a new restaurant was opening but so far it's still a eyesore and sidewalk parking lot!! Hopefully something will happen soon there.. Anyone heard anything?

  • Gerry60647 Logan Square

    Yeah that's the same info I had heard. Hopefully these plans come through... It would be a good change

  • There was a notice on my gate stating there was a rezoning meeting a few months back, I wonder if it was approved....

Apr 06

Updated 5 days ago

Electronic Billboards

Hi All-- Another electronic billboard went up this week at Armitage and Milwaukee. Everywhere they go up they dominate the intersection and make it look like a prison yard. The big ones on the highway wash out everything...Has this been an issue for anyone else? Is there a way to prevent the Las Vegas-ization of Chicago? At the least I'd like to see some kind of brightness limits on them. Has anyone started a campaign? Is it all futile?

Thanks
Will

  • "Does it pay to contact the mayor directly?"

    LOL

  • B sighthound, Avondale/LoganS 3years, Beat 2524

    Maybe start one of those change.org petition s

Apr 12

Updated Apr 12

2752 W. Fullerton

I was walking the other day and ran into this guy locking the door on the former Ecuanet/Honey I Forgot The Milk. I asked him if he was going to open a business there and he told me he just bought the building with his family and is going to restore it and have office or apartments upstairs and is hoping to rent the ground floor to a restaurant that will use both sides storefronts together. He seemed really nice and told me the car wash that was for sale for a long time on California was sold for cash to a developer and he was told a new building will be built there.

Apr 12

Updated Apr 12

Basement Finishing

I need my basement finished. It will require some electric and plumbing, flooring etc. I'm looking for recommendations for honest workers who are reasonably priced.
Thanks!

  • I've used 4ever Remodeling a few times with good and affordable results.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

Weird smell

I want open my windows but there's a weird smell in the neighborhood-California/dickens/n point streets. It's sort of like burning smell. The city has been working all hours on N. Point st., for at least a week, but the smell has been around for weeks, anyone else smell it?

  • Nope, but pull my finger.

  • I smelled it yesterday. The restaurant on Armitage near California has an outdoor patio / fire pit that they get going pretty early. Not sure if it could be that?

  • IMF I think that's it!!!

Apr 04

Updated Apr 09

Another disgusting rental

I just came back from looking at another disgusting apartment. I don't get it, and I'd really like to hear from others. There is a huge glut of newer condos for rent out there and I can't believe how filthy and badly maintained they are. When you go to look at a 1800--2400.00 a month apartment I don't expect to see mold and pee stained carpets it blows my mind.You could blame the owners who just let this happen and...

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I just came back from looking at another disgusting apartment. I don't get it, and I'd really like to hear from others. There is a huge glut of newer condos for rent out there and I can't believe how filthy and badly maintained they are. When you go to look at a 1800--2400.00 a month apartment I don't expect to see mold and pee stained carpets it blows my mind.You could blame the owners who just let this happen and happily accept their rent checks now that they've moved to suburbia. You could blame the entitled generation who don't know how to clean because they have never had to. What is wrong with me? I think the owner would maintain the property for resale value, I think the entitled renters would get a cleaning lady. At the very least when renting--don't show pictures of the unit when it was new and lovely. You wouldn't believe the filth I have seen and I wonder that I am the anomaly and if that's so what's wrong with everybody?

  • I can tell when looking at the yucky places I've been to if the current tenant is a girl or boy or a couple. Couples are always the cleanest, it's like the nesting instinct has kicked in. Women have way more stuff and it's easier to be messier. There is of course a difference between messy and dirty, I have to wonder how one turns to another--it's like hoarding, is it a psychological problem?

  • I'd love to know what the removed comments said.

Apr 05

Updated Apr 08

New digital billboards at Armitage and Milwaukee

I've always been bothered that the paved over lot on the southwest corner of Armitage and Milwaukee was allowed to go from empty lot (when an arson fire burned down the apartment building there) to a commercial lot, with no sort of zoning change that I'm aware of. And they city says they have landscaping requirements, yet this lot has one very old rusted, falling down chainlink fence and shed for valet parkers. For keeping up such an eyesore, how...

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I've always been bothered that the paved over lot on the southwest corner of Armitage and Milwaukee was allowed to go from empty lot (when an arson fire burned down the apartment building there) to a commercial lot, with no sort of zoning change that I'm aware of. And they city says they have landscaping requirements, yet this lot has one very old rusted, falling down chainlink fence and shed for valet parkers. For keeping up such an eyesore, how does the city and our fine alderman moreno reward them? Gives them permits for a two sided digital billboard so they can milk some more money out of the he property. Can we add some more illegal billboards to the house next door to make it the trifecta of bad neighbors?

  • Steve J -A Chicago original since 1968-

    The Bucktown Community Org is opposed to any LED billboards within the borders of our neighborhood.

    http://www.bucktown.org

  • The billboard at the intersection of Armitage and Damen is wretched. I feel bad for whoever lives across the street from that one.

Apr 08

Updated Apr 08

So many lost dogs today!

Does anyone think it's weird that there are so many lost/found dog posts today?

  • Jennifer Bridgeport to Bucktown and some places in between

    seeing as there are also quite a few supporters of keeping dogs "off leash" it doesn't surprise me in the least.

  • JB in RV Chicago Homeowner

    It's pretty sad if you ask me.

Apr 06

Updated Apr 06

Small black chow missing

There's a small black chow names Fergie missing near Armitage and Western. No pics yet. She should have a collar and tags

  • Thank you all so much! She has been located and is now back in the house. She was captured by my angel this month, Alex, a walker for Windy City. Again, thank each and every one of you for your diligent assistance.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    Yay! I'm so glad the pup found her way home. She's a cutie.

Apr 05

Updated Apr 06

Landscaper recommendations

We need some minor landscaping done. Seeing if anyone has recommendations. Thanks!

Apr 06

Updated Apr 06

Wrestlemania bars

Anyone know of a bar near Logan square that's showing Wrestlemania tonight? Thanks!

Apr 06

Updated Apr 06

Paper Moon Pastry

Anyone know if paper moon pastry on Fullerton is open today ?

Jun 11 2012

Updated Apr 06

Parkway dog pee

Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that...

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Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that you can get fined by the city for this, which sounds absurd. Is this true? I guess my husband and I are in the minority, I keep a well manicured small front garden but don't really care much about the parkway other than keeping it mowed. We both work a lot and I'd rather focus on my back yard and garden. I guess my question is; how much should I care about what the neighbors say, and can you be fined? And I'd be willing to ask our tenants to go across the street to the park, but how am I supposed to keep other dogs from peeing there when I'm gone most of the day? She keeps people off of hers because she's home most of the day and can see when someone is outside.

Full disclosure: that same neighbor's husband mows our parkway for us. We have never asked him to do it and he just does it because he's a nice guy and he knows we only have a push mower. We have thanked him many times. So I'm not sure if there's a sense of entitlement going on there since they maintain it? We would be happy to mow it ourselves. They have lived here a long time and are very particular.

If we put up a fence, then that makes the grass much harder to mow, so then that would involve pulling up the grass and putting something else there which I don't have the desire to to. Also, I've heard that this patch is technically property of the city and could be torn up if they need to access a water main, etc. Any advice is appreciated!

  • The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil...

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    The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil she would pull them away from the front gate. I would never let my dogs do that and I would expect others not to do the same regardless if it is city sidewalk or our property. Something scary is that they both have professional job. They are acting like children.

  • You're totally right Confused, those people are ridiculous. I don't think dogs should go on sidewalks unless that's the only option. That's where everyone walks, no one should have to walk around rivers of pee, especially right in front of their gate.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

Dentist recommendation

I'm new to the hood. Does anyone have a dentist in the area they would recommend? Thank you!

  • Genevieve artist, photographer, cat lady in W Horner Park

    My husband goes to Big Smiles on Milwaukee abs has had very good experiences there

  • Rushingal Noble Square Neighbor

    Always there dental! The best!

Mar 31

Updated Apr 01

Chicago Fire Filming Near Mozart/Dickens Tomorrow Night

Saw a bunch of flyers up when I was out with the dogs just now. Significant parking disruptions for tomorrow:

No parking from noon-10pm:
- Both sides of Dickens from Mozart to 2814 W Dickens
- Both sides of Mozart from McLean to Shakespeare
- East side of Richmond from Dickens to 2110 N Richmond

...and, a full street closure on Dickens from Mozart to California, from 6pm-10pm

  • Erin 8-year resident of Logan Square

    Argh. I'm sorry. I apparently mis-read the flyer. This notice is for tomorrow, April 2nd. The City's already started putting up no parking signs on Shakespeare.

    So sorry for the mistake.

  • NBD

    My wife and I live on Mozart and we've seen the film crews each time they've been here. It's a fun experience, but I'm wondering where all the neighborhood cars are moved to. Last time I was able to find a spot on Armitage, this time I'm in an area...

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    My wife and I live on Mozart and we've seen the film crews each time they've been here. It's a fun experience, but I'm wondering where all the neighborhood cars are moved to. Last time I was able to find a spot on Armitage, this time I'm in an area that isn't being used. I haven't noticed any streets with abundantly available parking on days like this, or street cleaning days. Maybe I'm not being as observant as I should be. Do you, neighbors, find that you have to hunt for a spot that's still blocks away from your home?

Mar 20

Updated Apr 01

Ridiculous amount of trash on my block.

I've noticed a ridiculous amount of trash on my block near Palmer and Kimball. In the grass, as well as the street. It really detracts from the area. Seems to be more right here than any other block in the neighborhood. Not sure, why, maybe it is due to the close proximity to a main thoroughfare, and bus stop? I'm going to start picking as much up as I can, and am hoping others will all contribute to keeping Logan Square beautiful. Everyone please do your part! Also are there any volunteer groups in the neighborhood that help pick up trash?

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    I feel ya Jacob. I live on Kedzie and it tends to get a lot of drive by droppings. I clean up the yards and median half a block either direction and I have noticed some other people have started picking up where I leave off.

    Hopefully the same works for you!

  • Karen SHA treasurer, planting lady

    The aldermen have bags and they are supposed to pick them up after they are full, if you notify them.

Mar 31

Updated Mar 31

Police Activity today in the 14th Dist.

One in cuffs - not sure why, saw it about 1:15 today!

Mar 29

Updated Mar 31

Can I use your leaf shredder?

I need a leaf shredder to prep some straw for growing oyster mushrooms. It'll take me less than an hour. If you prefer, I could just use it in the alley at your house, for convenience sake.
In trade, I'll give you a bag of inoculated straw which (in about a month) will produce edible mushrooms (or I'll just give you some edible mushrooms in a month, if you'd prefer that).

Mar 27

Updated Mar 30

Blue line to O'Hare

Has anyone taken the blue line to O'Hare since the derailment? I have to go to O'Hare tomorrow and am wondering how much extra time to leave to deal with the shuttle bus situation. Thanks!!

  • Allow an extra 15 minutes to be on the safe side..

  • I took the blue line from O'Hare on Tuesday and the shuttle busses were running just fine to Rosemont, not too overcrowded or anything.

  • Brian F Long time resident of chicago

    I think it saved me 5 minutes the other day. The shuttles are more often than the trains normally leave.

Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

Any good spots in Logan Square to see the downtown skyline?

Or at least part of it. Maybe some accessible rooftops? :p anything better for a view besides the California blue line stop?

  • I feel like I heard rumblings at one time that Masada would have a rooftop patio once it opens.

  • Javad Karabi dev at trunkclub, originally from houston.

    that masada place is finally going to open huh?

Mar 26

Updated Mar 28

Chicago Pawn opening at Fullerton and Kimball.

Is anyone else really disappointed by this? I can see so many better uses for the building, and I feel like it may attract the wrong crowd if the area...

  • If it was a pharmacy, it seems that this would call for a zoning change.

  • Peter W. CAPS Member 1413 Beat

    This property is in Rey Colon's 35th ward. I have lived near here for 16 years. For many years it was Kimball pharmacy, a small family run business. The pharacist was a great man named John. He was active in the community and CAPS. The opposite corner held a run...

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    This property is in Rey Colon's 35th ward. I have lived near here for 16 years. For many years it was Kimball pharmacy, a small family run business. The pharacist was a great man named John. He was active in the community and CAPS. The opposite corner held a run down derelict burger shop building that was a real eye sore. Eventually 10 years ago, Walgreens bought that corner and forced Kimball Pharmacy out. The storefront has been empty ever since. I am no fan of pawn shops, but I am glad a business is moving. The corner had been extremely dirty and run down for almost 10 years.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 28

  • censorship |ˈsensərˌSHip|
    noun
    the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts

    Who decides if someone is not entitled to watch this (as you suggest) or that it has or doesn't any value? The government? That seems like censorship to me. That you don't think it has value does not mean it objectively has no value to anyone. I don't understand why "don't watch it" is not an acceptable solution?

    Thanks for the video Bart. Crazy stuff.

  • Alya A. Bucktown to Logan

    CTA surveillance tapes aren't public property until FOIA'd or shared willingly by the CTA itself. the tape was illegally recorded and shared. it provides no public educational or service value other than shock/entertainment.

    but not once did I actually complain about the video itself, say I wouldn't watch it or...

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    CTA surveillance tapes aren't public property until FOIA'd or shared willingly by the CTA itself. the tape was illegally recorded and shared. it provides no public educational or service value other than shock/entertainment.

    but not once did I actually complain about the video itself, say I wouldn't watch it or demand that it be removed. I would never intend to tell people what to watch or not watch. I objected to the demand or assumption that dozens of additional tapes of footage would or should be released (leaked), or that there would be any point if there were. that's really all, but I understand -- it's more exciting to cry censorship or whatever just to get people fired up.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 28

El Habanero - 3300 W. Fullerton

A great little Mexican gem just opened at the corner of Fullerton and Spaulding, where Gloria's once was.

Without getting too yelpy - chips were perfectly greasy; burrito and horchata were choice. Veggie friendly, and even the refried beans are offered without the traditional lard (though you wouldn't know it by the taste). Enrique, the owner, and his family were lovely. ¡Ándale!

Mar 27

Updated Mar 28

Avoid the Blue Line this morning

A man fell on the tracks at California this morning and the stop is shut down in the meantime.

  • Thanks for the info Buster, I've been thinking of him all day wondering how he's doing. I'm not a twitter user so if you hear anything more, please send me a private message. Sorry you had to witness it too; was not a good start to the day.

  • I saw this post and just so happened to be standing next to a cta crew. They didn't know about and called it in to check. They were told the camera showed a guy with a large backpack slide while he was run in for the train. The momentum from...

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    I saw this post and just so happened to be standing next to a cta crew. They didn't know about and called it in to check. They were told the camera showed a guy with a large backpack slide while he was run in for the train. The momentum from his bag threw him on the tracks and he touched the third rail. He was saved and conscious when he was taken away. I thought you die when you touch the third rail and the cta guy said not always, but it messes with your heart and you need a checkup occasionally.

Mar 27

Dinner Fundraiser for Brentano Washington D.C. Trip - Friday, Mar. 28

Here is a great way to take care of dinner and help send Brentano's 7th and 8th grade classes to Washington, D.C.!

Brentano Math and Science Academy Presents:

If You Believe it, You Can Achieve it!!!
Washington D.C. Fundraiser

Friday, March, 28th, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Appetizers, Dinner and a Drink

Puebla Restaurant
2658 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647

Help us develop Civic Minded "Leaders of Tomorrow"

Purchase your ticket or make a donation at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brentano-math-and-science-academy-washington-dc-fundraiser-tickets-10950853297

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

TMobile in Logan Square

I'm thinking about switching from AT&T to TMobile (their offer to pay for contract cancellation fees is appealing!). I've found AT&T's coverage pretty decent (not great), and I certainly would not make the switch if TMobile's is worse in the Logan Square area (or, really, anywhere in the city). Any thoughts here? Much appreciated!

  • BTD

    I switched from att to tmobile. Their store is one block from me. I could not get signal in my home. Then I found out that if you bring your own phone the costs are the same. Tmobile if iffy at best and I have had zero issues with att

  • I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile about five years ago. It was a great move. Reception is night and day.

Mar 27

Need to hire laborer and truck

Hi neighbors, I bought a bed at Sears but need some help getting it home. Happy to negotiate reasonable price for you to go to Sears with me (preferably Saturday or Sunday, but am flexible) and your truck, drive it back to my apartment, and help me unload into my apartment and take down my old mattress and box spring (which is yours, if you want it!).

Mar 24

Updated Mar 27

Filthy garden @ Armitage/Richmond

Does anyone have contact info for the garden at the se corner of Armitage and Richmond? The sidewalk outside of the garden is overgrown and covered with trash (including a spare tire). Before I call the Alderman I want to give them a chance to clean up.

Thanks!

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Garbage Pick-up not happening

Anyone else in the Logan Square/Bucktown/Humboldt Park area having issues with their garbage pick up? Ours hasn't been picked up in a month and the bins are overflowing (with mostly stuff other people have put in it since it's in an alley and not our own waste). I put in a request on 311 to have them come and they texted that it had been completed, but they definitely didn't come get the garbage. People are starting to leave nasty notes by our bins but I can't make the garbage truck come. I also can't find a schedule for the garbage pick-up; just the recycling schedule is online. Anyone know about this, too? Thanks!

  • PR

    Take a photo and send it to your alderman. They should be able to help you out.

  • Alya A. Bucktown to Logan

    Service has also been irregular because on snowy days they commandeer garbage trucks to do snow plow/removal duty. But in all cases our garbage has been picked up just a day late. Agree get your alderman's office involved.

Mar 27

Blue Line Back to Normal

I was standing on a southbound Blue Line train about 7:30 this morning at the Logan Square stop when we heard that we would be "standing for an indefinite period because of electrical problems on the track ahead." The conductor then came on and told us we'd be better off taking the bus to the California stop, as he didn't know how long it'd be. Not thinking, I did. And of course several trains passed just before we were able...

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I was standing on a southbound Blue Line train about 7:30 this morning at the Logan Square stop when we heard that we would be "standing for an indefinite period because of electrical problems on the track ahead." The conductor then came on and told us we'd be better off taking the bus to the California stop, as he didn't know how long it'd be. Not thinking, I did. And of course several trains passed just before we were able to get to the stop. <Sigh> Why did I (nor the 100s of other people who followes suit) not even consider that any southbound trains we'd catch at California would have to make it from Logan Square? #needmycoffee

At least the situation is cleared up now, but it sounded pretty bad: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-person-seriously-hurt-after-falling-onto-cta-tracks-20140327,0,5737440.story

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Wall mounting TV

Does anyone know anyone / any companies that do wall mounting of TVs for a good price? I already have the mount, I just need it installed.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Lots of fire trucks on Fullerton

Something is up on Fullerton between Campbell and Maplewood. Anyone know anything?

Jul 23 2012

Updated Mar 26

Triangle lot at California / Stave

The fences are down and so are the for-sale signs - anyone know if it was sold and who bought it?

  • No...he was pretty clear, he'd been talking with the longman folks about Ronny's bar. Who knows if and when something will happen there though. I haven't noticed if the garish "for sale cheap" sign is gone. I try not to pay that building much attention, especially after they covered their windows with roofing material several years back. Definitely not much to look at now. Hopefully something comes to fruition.

  • Susan S. resident

    @truron It's been nearly 2 years and Masada is still not open, the parking lot is still an issue in the community, but the business at Milwaukee & Spaulding will NOT be a brewery (http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2014/03/26/secret-cafe-con-leche-bar-finally-opening-april-4.php#more).

Mar 26

Updated Mar 26

Blue Line ORD Train Crash: Update

From the Suntimes: The CTA train operator admitted she dozed off before a Blue Line train crashed at O’Hare Airport this week, and she said had dozed off and passed a station once before, an NTSB investigator said Wednesday.

Mar 25

Updated Mar 26

Logan Square Police Chase and Car Crash

Didn't see this posted on here today (at least as far as I saw) but passed by the smashed SUV this morning on the way to the el. I live less than a block away--can't believe I didn't hear this!
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-logan-square-chase-20140325,0,1852348.story

  • I saw that SUV yesterday too. Sucks to be that person.

Mar 24

Updated Mar 25

Men's Haircut

Does anyone have a recommendation for a quality men's scissor(non-clipper) haircut that won't break the bank? Thank you!

  • cortman NW IN raised / Chicago res since '03

    I recommend Mike with Chicago Barbershop at 2154 W Armitage, 773-772-1918. They normally have 3 chairs available and take appointments. $18 for a cut.

  • I agree Pete's Barbershop on Elston

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