2 days ago

Updated 15 min ago

Electricity provider

My new apartment allows me to choose an electric provider. Does anyone have recommendations (or warnings) they can share?

Current tenants in the unit use ComEd, so it may be easiest to stick with that, I'm not sure. Any advice is appreciated.

  • David R: You are correct. I went back & talked to Integrys & Com Ed. Based on my historic low usage, Com Ed will be cheaper for me because I can avoid the supply customer charge. I switched back to Com Ed with a call to Integrys & they applied for a refund of the $22.36/mo. that I paid for the last few months. You really have to study these bills carefully to see what's going on. Integrys might actually work out for someone who uses a lot of electricity.

  • Dave1, so Integrys is refunding your SFH charge from the last few months? Did I read that correctly? Wow, how do I do that! :) We need to switch, and I want to say all the right things for maximum savings. My daughter usually does this stuff for us, but she's away at school. Thanks

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    When Jim Mitchell said, 'It's a developer's first shot across the bow, clearly designed to maximize the draw for high-value, national tenants," he was right. I've done this dance with developers a few times before and they'll compromise to come closer to "community" demands. But they do have a bottom...

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    When Jim Mitchell said, 'It's a developer's first shot across the bow, clearly designed to maximize the draw for high-value, national tenants," he was right. I've done this dance with developers a few times before and they'll compromise to come closer to "community" demands. But they do have a bottom line and odds are the alderman knows what it is. If you're really concerned what happens, you've got to organize a coherent group and have a stick and a carrot. The stick is usually bad publicity for the alderman and the carrot a hearty handshake. If Colon is stepping down, though, you need to pose a threat to his obvious successors who he might owe a favor and get them to endorse your development agenda (whatever that may be) publicly. But if all you care about is having your property values go up and having a few nice stores, save yourself the work. Logan Square is already on the hipster trajectory to gentrification and bound to be the next Buck Town or Lincoln Square. The question is, who do you love? Right now I'm on my knees praying that Avondale doesn't become hip and I'm glad that Hot Doug's is closing.

  • This is no longer part of Colon's ward.

    One article (can't recall if it was DNAinfo.com or the Curbed.com article) did specifically name Waguespack as seeking community input.

    Yes, Waguespack is quoted in the DNAinfo.com story:
    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140624/logan-square/logan-squares-megamall-listed-for-sale

    “I've indicated to all potential buyers that a grocery store that can handle...

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    This is no longer part of Colon's ward.

    One article (can't recall if it was DNAinfo.com or the Curbed.com article) did specifically name Waguespack as seeking community input.

    Yes, Waguespack is quoted in the DNAinfo.com story:
    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140624/logan-square/logan-squares-megamall-listed-for-sale

    “I've indicated to all potential buyers that a grocery store that can handle the narrow site is what we would push for on the site. It's hard to tell who will get the contract,” Waguespack said, echoing many resident complaints that the bustling neighborhood is lacking a conveniently located grocery store.

    According to Paul Sajovek, Waguespack's chief of staff, developers at Terraco Real Estate Development & Management said they have a contract option to purchase the site and have issued preliminary concept plans to the alderman's office. Terraco manages a Trader Joe's in Evanston along with more than 100 other large lot markets.

    Community meetings on the site's future will begin when the sale and a further preliminary plans are established, Sajovek said.

11 hours ago

Over Night Blue Line Construction

Our bedroom face the Western Blue Line stop. We are used to sleeping through the standard train sounds, but last night, they began night construction and we were awake for the entire thing. Although loud, the actual machinery is tolerable. What kept us up was the intermittent sound of boards or something similar being thrown from the el into large metal dumpsters on the ground. Every time I dozed off for a second, BOOM! Anyone know how long this is supposed to last? Should they be throwing materials from the tracks? I am exhausted.

11 hours ago

Bicycles stolen

5 bicycles were stolen from our garage Monday night/Tuesday morning I woke up to walk the dog and the garage door was open and the bikes were gone. Any other incidents - 2317 n milwaukee

May 05

Updated 20 hours ago

Dilapidated store fronts on Kedzie and Armitage?

Hi all. Does anyone know the story of the store fronts attached to the Walgreens on Kedzie and Armitage? There aren't any "for lease" signs, but it's a serious waste of space and I hate that they are just sitting there. Thanks for any info.

  • Anybody have contact info for the building's owner?

  • Hayek Not FDIC Insured | May lose value

    From what the guys at the video store said, the smoke shop is expanding AND a coffee shop is going in. My guess is that the smoke shop's inside (west) wall will extend all the way to the north wall so the coffee shop doesn't have to share an awkward entrance with it.

2 days ago

Now THAT was thunder!!!

:-/

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Turn table & speaker repair

Hi! I'm looking for a recommendation for turn table /speaker repair. I have an old 70's portable all-in-one that needs some work.

Any suggestions would be a big help.
Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Show Logan Square Schools Some love by giving some of your time

It's a fun way to give back to the neighborhood. Just 2 hours of your time gets you a drink ticket, a t-shirt, and that warm fuzzy feeling that you did something good for the kids.

The proceeds from the Remix Festival help Friends of Goethe School.

Sign up and get to know your neighbors and have fun. It's easy.

Sunday August 31st is our area of most need. Ask a friend to volunteer with you !

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0545a9a623a1f85-remix

  • Thanks for the notification Elise! It was very easy to signup. Glad to help out fellow educators.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Haircolor models needed tomorrow!

Hey neighbors!
I work as an apprentice at a salon called Art+Science on Milwaukee Ave.
I'm looking for models who would like to do one color all over (no foiling).
Great for refreshing faded ends or correcting tone.
The appointments are this Monday at 1 and 3pm.
The cost is only $10
Please email me at HeatherEckardt@gmail.com if you are interested!

3 days ago

What's going on at Fullerton and Monticello/Lawndale

Lots of emergency vehicles blocking Fullerton at 11pm Sunday night, Lots of gawkers too. Does anyone know what happened?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone know what happened at the BP station on Fullerton and California

It was a bit weird, there was a Fire Marshal SUV and a Police SUV, some older people sitting down, and then what appeared to be a family gathering on the side but they didn't look distressed. It seemed like nothing bad happened but I couldn't tell.

  • The lights on the Police SUV were flashing too.

  • I heard it when it happened. Just a strange THUNK kind of sound. From what I can gather, a left turn happened when a right should have and the lady that was driving hit the BP instead of California avenue.
    Her son had to pick her up.

  • I walked by right after the incident happened -- it seemed like someone had driven into the gas station.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Scary

This man with an assault rifle was walking down our alley (Lyndale between California and Sacramento) around 7:45 tonight. We did file a police report and the police took action immediately, but they didn't find the man as far as we know. Be alert!

  • you did the right thing by reporting what you saw, it could have been what most of us thought. FYI call the city if you have rat problems, they will respond.

  • It's an awful cruel thing to shoot rats with a BB gun, M-16 looking or otherwise.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

"Norwegians in America" At Minnekierken - 2616 N Kedzie

The Norwegian National League of Chicago presents Norwegians in Chicago, past and present in an exhibit of art and culture. On Saturdays and Sundays during the month of August, there will be an exhibit at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 2614 N. Kedzie Blvd.
The exhibit will feature the church’s art as well as items on loan from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. These items are by artists who exhibited at the Norske Klub during the ‘30s and ‘40s....

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The Norwegian National League of Chicago presents Norwegians in Chicago, past and present in an exhibit of art and culture. On Saturdays and Sundays during the month of August, there will be an exhibit at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 2614 N. Kedzie Blvd.
The exhibit will feature the church’s art as well as items on loan from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. These items are by artists who exhibited at the Norske Klub during the ‘30s and ‘40s. Another artifact is Roald Amundsen’s skis which he donated to the club. A Sons of Norway flag which was flown over Amundsen’s camp in Antarctica will also be on display.
The Norske Klub was founded in 1905 and the building on 2350 N. Kedzie opened on July 4, 1917. Orchestral evenings and plays were presented at the Norske Klub, and in 1920 a tradition of annual art exhibits was started.
The Logan Square area of Chicago was home to many Norwegian clubs, churches, and choruses as well as the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial church.
During the exhibit there will be displays of Norwegian cultural arts and demonstrations of Rosemaling, knitting, etc. The recently-designed, original Illinois bunad ( traditional folkdress) will be shown on August 16 with other bunads. Learn about handmade knives at the exhibit on August 30 and 31.
Information on the Viking ship from the 1893 Columbian Exhibition and 2014 tour dates will be available. Get information on the Norsk Museum in Norway, IL which was the first permanent settlement of Norwegians in America. Information on Sons of Norway local lodges will be available. Also, learn about Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. where you can take classes in Norwegian arts and culture.
The exhibit will be open every weekend in August 2014: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 pm (Welcome to church service at 11:00 a.m.)

  • Thank you for posting Andrew. I've always wanted to come into that church, and this gives me the perfect reason. Logan Square needs more faith organizations to post their events and welcomes to services. :)

  • Tusen takk!

  • Tracy Blegen Bartels Super Cute Tracy

    I can't wait to see this and revisit a bit of my heritage. It's not easy finding Norwegian culture in this city, unfortunately. Thank you for the posting!

5 days ago

Interior tours on Logan Square's House & Garden Walk

EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON 2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

Popular Late Summer Showcase Hosted by Logan Square Preservation to Include Gardens and Church

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September 13 during the Logan Square Preservation 2014 House & Garden Walk. Visitors enjoy relaxed interior tours of stately turn-of-the-century homes led by trained docents who...

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EIGHT PALMER SQUARE HOMES TO BE FEATURED ON 2014 HOUSE & GARDEN WALK SEPTEMBER 13

Popular Late Summer Showcase Hosted by Logan Square Preservation to Include Gardens and Church

CHICAGO – Elegant restored or preserved residences on or surrounding Palmer Square, once home to bicycle icon Ignaz Schwinn, will be open for public view September 13 during the Logan Square Preservation 2014 House & Garden Walk. Visitors enjoy relaxed interior tours of stately turn-of-the-century homes led by trained docents who provide insight on history and architectural significance.

The event also includes access to four striking area gardens and the Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, the first religious institution of its kind in Chicago.

Most homes and gardens on the walk are located on Palmer Square, a pocket neighborhood of Logan Square, one of Chicago’s most historic and vibrant communities. The seven-acre Square recently was redeveloped by the City to include a children's play space, walking trails, soft surface jogging trail, open lawn areas, lighting, seating, and landscaping.

Visitors are highly encouraged to take in the Walk at a leisurely pace and also explore the surrounding neighborhood, now home to many award-winning, ethnic and eclectic restaurants.

The House and Garden Walk runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are now on sale for $25; day of event tickets are $30. Those interested can purchase tickets on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Logan Square Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Av., or by visiting this link online https://squareup.com/market/logan-square-preservation. Request further information from logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com.

This year marks the return of this popular late summer event hosted by Logan Square Preservation, a long-standing non-profit community organization with a rich history of preserving the homes and unique character of the neighborhood and its Boulevard network.

http://logansquarepreservation.org

Aug 14

Updated 5 days ago

Rocky + Luella

Hey everyone,
Just wanted to let the neighbors know that my good friend and I are opening a clothing store in the neighborhood very soon. We're planning to open our doors mid-September. The store is called Rocky and Luella and we'll have men's and women's apparel as well as some accessories, bags, etc. We're really excited about bringing some retail to Logan and hopefully everyone in the area enjoys it.

For the past month we've been collecting some additional contributions...

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Hey everyone,
Just wanted to let the neighbors know that my good friend and I are opening a clothing store in the neighborhood very soon. We're planning to open our doors mid-September. The store is called Rocky and Luella and we'll have men's and women's apparel as well as some accessories, bags, etc. We're really excited about bringing some retail to Logan and hopefully everyone in the area enjoys it.

For the past month we've been collecting some additional contributions for the store opening. We're just a two-person operation so we don't have any huge investors behind us and every little donation helps.

There's about 48 hours left to donate if anyone is interested in supporting us :)
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocky-and-luella

One of the perks is an invite to the opening party, which should be a lot of fun!

Aug 08

Updated 6 days ago

6:30 a.m.-heavy equipment (2) start on Bloomington Trail (606) Whipple

Two heavy movers started working at 6:30 a.m. The law says 8 a.m. start. I'm the middle of the block and a heavy sleeper and the noise was much. Walked down with dog told them politely that 8 was the start time. Got attitude. Called 911. They said they would send someone. Reported also to website.
Could some one give me information as to WHO the construction company is? and who else I can file a complaint with? We deal with RATS they unsettled (in droves), nasty comments, and dust and noise. Another year of this?

  • George West Bucktown Resident

    Thanks Everyone! I will try calling the numbers provided and see where I get.

  • Brian just returned my phone call; very nice conversation.
    I reported my street start a week ago at 6:30 and also George's time at Western (I said it was 6:03 instead of 6:08 so catch me in a lie...) today. He said that it is good to know because he...

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    Brian just returned my phone call; very nice conversation.
    I reported my street start a week ago at 6:30 and also George's time at Western (I said it was 6:03 instead of 6:08 so catch me in a lie...) today. He said that it is good to know because he feels that they are 'slipping' in the work and that the Alderman (?) have allowed movement of equipment at 7 but they are not supposed to have heavy work before the allotted 8 a.m. time.
    i said ..nicely..that while we are happy with the trail, he should remember that we are dealing with rats displaced and dust and noise...and also, I have experienced 'rudeness' by the workers, which is not necessary because we are all gracious to them.
    He did ask if it was 'city' workers and he stated that there are both.... and I said that I knew for a fact that it was not city workers.
    Anyway, I think now that we have his numbers and this continues, he is a contact for us all to at least get a good nights sleep.

    OK, back to trying not to listen to the jets going over my house sounding like they are trying to land on the roof.

Aug 14

Updated 6 days ago

Cozy Corner

Does anyone know if Cozy Corner is open yet? My family misses their favorite breakfast spot!!

  • Cozy Corner on California and Milwaukee is aiming for a Monday August 18th opening per staffs. Their Diversey restaurant has been a great substitute with additional free parking. Keep in mind, opening may vary based on contractors, inspections, etc.

  • Yes Cozy Corner on Diversey is awesome!!

Aug 12

Updated 6 days ago

New Church Plant (Renewal Chicago) Holding Preview Services - Come Check Us Out!

Renewal Chicago is a new church plant looking for like-minded individuals to help us renew Chicago, rebuild the community, and release disciples into the city. We are a gospel-centered church, and want nothing more than to build up one another as we journey through life trying to live Godly lives. Please contact us if you want more information. We would love to pray for you, meet you for coffee, and/or welcome you to our family! We aren't officially launching until...

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Renewal Chicago is a new church plant looking for like-minded individuals to help us renew Chicago, rebuild the community, and release disciples into the city. We are a gospel-centered church, and want nothing more than to build up one another as we journey through life trying to live Godly lives. Please contact us if you want more information. We would love to pray for you, meet you for coffee, and/or welcome you to our family! We aren't officially launching until September 7th. Until then, we are offering preview services at 4pm on Sundays! Come join us and see if our vision is what you're looking for in a church!

August 17, 2014 - Preview Service
1653 N. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60647
4pm Service, Fellowship & Food afterward!

August 24, 2014 - Preview Service
1653 N. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60647
4pm Service, Fellowship & Food afterward!

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

www.RenewalChicago.com

  • Jeff on the NW side. Born and raised in the 60634.

    It must be a doppelgänger.

  • Mary Logan wife, mother, author

    Welcome to the neighborhood Shaina! You are a model of civility and decorum. Godspeed as you begin and grow the relationship with our community.

Aug 12

Updated Aug 13

Upgrade water service on rehab

Has anybody been told they need to replace the water pipe from their home to the city service. I was just informed of this requirement and nobody can point me to the actual code reference. Also, drainlayer/contractor pricing is very hard to find. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

  • TR Resident Logan / Avondale

    I am also rehabbing a single family which was previously a 2 unit. I also had 3/4 service in for 2 full baths and 2 kitchens. I had to upgrade to 1 1/2 service which was an additional $11k. I really only added a 1/2 bath and W&D but subtracted...

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    I am also rehabbing a single family which was previously a 2 unit. I also had 3/4 service in for 2 full baths and 2 kitchens. I had to upgrade to 1 1/2 service which was an additional $11k. I really only added a 1/2 bath and W&D but subtracted a kitchen. The water pressure was not that great before,but not sure $11k was worth the upgrade in pressure. I will say this price was far and away the best price I found. I was quoted as much as $20k for the same project. $11k included permits, trench, all the new hardware they had to install (meter and some other thing I forgot the name of) and the concrete work to repair the road and sidewalk afterward.

    There are a small number of plumbers who even do this work because they have to carry extra insurance and have a posted bond with the city - so basically your options are limited. Basically you have to take it, swallow the pain of the exorbitant price and look forward to your new beautiful home. Of course I am still waiting for the beautiful home almost 2 months after it was supposed to be done.

  • TR Resident Logan / Avondale

    Also - if you want that plumbers name, message me. He was the cheapest, although the concrete work was not the best.

Aug 13

Is This Your Bike?

This bike has been secured in front of Unity Park for over a month and I've not seen it moved. It looks like someone stole the seat last the past weekend and I imagine other parts will start disappearing soon.
Come get you bike before it is gone!

Aug 08

Updated Aug 13

Provenance Food and Wine to close Sep 27 & what you can do about it

In a nutshell, new landlords didn't renew their lease and they will have to vacate by September 27.

http://chicagoist.com/2014/08/07/provenance_food_wines_logan_square.php

Apparently, Alderman Moreno wants to help, so calling all neighbors to call/write the Alderman to help Provenance stay at its current location through the holiday season. This is the only way the owners will at least be in a position to consider keeping the store in the neighborhood, given the financial burden of moving. The alderman's chief of staff's e-mail is Raymond.Valadez@cityofchicago.org.

More on Provenance's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Provenance-Food-Wine/56657233518?hc_location=timeline

  • CCkeys, you really need to relax and calm down. All people are doing are sharing their opinions on the matter.

    Meanwhile, what types of disputes do aldermen mediate and which do they not? I assume disputes among condo owners is a 'no.' But can I call in the alderman if...

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    CCkeys, you really need to relax and calm down. All people are doing are sharing their opinions on the matter.

    Meanwhile, what types of disputes do aldermen mediate and which do they not? I assume disputes among condo owners is a 'no.' But can I call in the alderman if I am a renter in a six-flat owned by a landlord and the landlord does not renew my lease because he's converting to condos and satisfies all of the legal requirements for choosing not to renew the six leases? Does the situation change if two of the renters are unemployed and can't afford to move?

    What about if the local well regarded handy-man has a dispute amount the fees due on termination of his contract with a commercial business owner? Does that warrant alderman mediation? Or is only retail commercial where such intervention is warranted?

    Do both parties need to request the alderman's intervention, or can one party call him in? If one party solicits the alderman to intervene, is the alderman considered to be intervening on behalf of the requesting party? If not, what assurances does the non-requesting party have that there won't be any retribution from the alderman for failure to acquiesce to the alderman's recommendations?

    I just want to make sure I understand the standard for when the alderman's 'objective' intervention is warranted in an otherwise legal, arms length transaction.

  • Andrew-I think public officials would label the answer to all of your questions under the heading, "constituent services." The questions you pose are imponderables, and have existed since the birth of government. Why did one who pled his case before Hammurabi deserve to be recognized before the thousands of other...

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    Andrew-I think public officials would label the answer to all of your questions under the heading, "constituent services." The questions you pose are imponderables, and have existed since the birth of government. Why did one who pled his case before Hammurabi deserve to be recognized before the thousands of other cases that could have warranted the emperor's attentions? Ask, and you may or may not receive. Provenance asked, they received. As for the standard you seek to understand, that answer can only be provided by Hammurabi, err...the Alderman's office. Everyblock's users won't provide your sought for objectivity.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 12

Report Unsafe Logan Square Intersections

The Active Transportation Alliance is apparently collecting data on Chicago's unsafe neighborhoods. There's a form you can fill out at: http://www.activetrans.org/blog/kwhitehead/tell-us-about-most-unsafe-crossings-your-neighborhood. I just completed this form for the intersection at the south end of Logan Square itself (Kedzie and Logan Blvd.). Feel free to 2nd my nomination or submit your own!

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    Done. Wabansia and California sucks.

  • Jon

    I really hope something can be done about Western and Logan intersection in my lifetime. I could make a huge list of bad intersections, but had to stop myself at 3.

Apr 28

Updated Aug 12

Cyclist attacked at Western & Logan

Early this morning, around 2:30 my boyfriend was biking home from work when a car began to honk at him. At the light with the highway overpass, 3 young men got out if the car, sprayed him in the eye with pepper spray, knocked him off his bike, punched him in the face and head. He threw his bike at them and fought back and eventually other car arrived and the assailants fled.
Thank goodness we hope he will be ok but likely the offenders will never get caught.
Be careful out there.

  • Michael, do you remember what kind of car it was?

  • Sadie, I had a hard time remembering a lot of details, even immediately after the attack. I wrote down as much as I could, but it was all a blur. I think it was a 4-door car, possibly a hard-top convertible (I think I remember the top part of the...

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    Sadie, I had a hard time remembering a lot of details, even immediately after the attack. I wrote down as much as I could, but it was all a blur. I think it was a 4-door car, possibly a hard-top convertible (I think I remember the top part of the car being a different shade than the bottom part of the car). I couldn't even give the detective a description of the guy who was swinging at me beyond about a head taller than 5'7" (my height), muscular, White or light-skinned Hispanic, and dressed preppy like he was coming from a club.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 12

Blue Line Closures

Just a heads up, neighbors, the Blue Line has significant closures coming up!

http://chicagoist.com/2014/08/11/cta_releases_new_dates_for_damen_ca.php

To re-cap: "The California station will close for 42 days on Sept. 4 and will reopen Oct. 16. Damen, meanwhile, will close for 63 days on Oct. 20 and will reopen Dec. 22."

Start planning your work commute!

  • I contacted the transportation reporter at the Tribune and he said the trains will run through the stations and not stop at each station during each station overhaul.

  • Thank you, Sheila!!

Jul 15

Updated Aug 11

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?

  • Hi Paul! Are you part of the new store's team?

    I gotta tell you, we are SO EXCITED for the opening!!! We're really close neighbors (we live across the street!) so we are just dying to see the new place.

    Please let us know of the opening party you guys have plan and WELCOME!!!

  • Hey Cristian. Thank you very much for you interest. I am part of the store's new team. We are all extremely excited to get the store open!! We had some setbacks in construction but the store has really turned out nice. We did a complete gut and demolition of the old Danny's, so everything is brand new. I look forward to meeting everyone. I will definitely keep everyone posted on the opening party.

Aug 07

Updated Aug 11

Hide yo' dogs: canine sexual predator alert

So, I was walking down Schubert about 20 minutes ago with my dog and a guy in a bright red conversion van said "Excuse me! Do you want to mate her?" and when I said no and kept walking, he drove off west down Schubert in a hurry.

It was like a cat call, but aimed at my dog. Still: gross.

  • 1. She's using hyperbole. Nostril breathers might find subtle humor in the title.

    2. A rush to defend an anonymous weirdo soliciting unlicensed dog breeding from a van?

    3. This person is not doing this because he just loves dogs so much. It's for money or worse.

    4. Spend a couple hours at CACC.

  • Liz

    Thanks, Furious D, that was my intention, and you've summed it up nicely.

    Poppyboy is correct in his sentiment. My dog is indeed fixed, and she is a rescue. Backyard breeding is irresponsible and it's sad to see all the unwanted dogs at places like the CACC.

    Kathleen Boyle, yes, that's a very nice way to think about it. :-)

    Matt H, now that is one hilarious comeback!

Aug 10

Updated Aug 11

First Floor Water Leakage

We live in a newer condo that has experienced leakage on the first floor. We've been researching the issue and have been told it could be drainage along the building or the high water table in the neighborhood, which is even higher this year because of the heavy snows and recent rains. The leakage occurs where the floor meets the wall. Has anyone else experienced an increase in water this year and how did you fix the issue?

So far we have calls out to Perma Seal, U.S. Water Proofing and Atlas. This occurs in the first floor unit. There's no basement or garden unit in the building.

  • It could be a clogged condensate drain. Condensate is the water (condensation) which results from the use of air conditioners. They get clogged occasionally and need to be cleaned out.

  • ht ...

    Sounds like window/foundation issue. Pricey to fix, but you are in luck. Since an exterior issue, it becomes an HOA repair, not your individual condo repair.

Aug 06

Updated Aug 07

SFR?

Has anyone been here or does anyone go there? I once peeked inside only to find a large muscular man wearing a white tank top and a fedora doing a crazy club grind toward me. How long has this place been around?

  • I've been wondering about this place too- they opened during the winter and the place looked so cozy there on the corner, but then they were closed all winter and have since been open at such random times. I did see a big noisy crowd standing outside the place a few nights ago, but I couldn't tell if they were patrons or not.

  • Live down the street and my wife and I stopped in last winter when they opened. Met the owner who seemed a little more than clueless in the restaurant/bar industry. I give him credit for trying but he doesn't seem to have business skills and that comes across clearly. Great...

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    Live down the street and my wife and I stopped in last winter when they opened. Met the owner who seemed a little more than clueless in the restaurant/bar industry. I give him credit for trying but he doesn't seem to have business skills and that comes across clearly. Great location and lots of space. I've stopped by a few times to have a beer. Looks as though they gave up on the food although he put a ton of money into the kitchen. Hopefully he is able to partner with someone who can help him out. Otherwise I'm afraid it may go the way the previous neighbor "BLITZ" went.

Aug 07

Updated Aug 07

Towing on Bloomindale

They are towing the vehicles from Bloomindale. The signs (if you can find them) say 'no parking thru 12/31' but this is the first time we've seen it...and not sure where the cars are taken...and if there is a charge to recover them.

  • DL Police officer

    Tows from there are just relocated to another street generally... No fine is usually imposed. Call 311 w your plate and they can tell you. The construction crew there may know as well

Aug 06

Updated Aug 06

Palmer Street/Mozart - loud and obnoxious neighbors

Has anyone else in the neighborhood (on Palmer, just east of Mozart) noticed the loud music and general obnoxiousness from the neighbors on the north side of the street? They are currently blaring music over the radio (the whole neighborhood can decipher the lyrics), it's 9pm. I've called in noise complaints several times for the same sort of thing. I just called 15 min. ago and no cop drive by has happened, but the operator seemed to know right away who I was talking about it. Any suggestions? They are so disrespectful.

  • KJean Work in EGP. Live in Logan.

    Cops just drove by, and about 10 minutes later they turned it off - success!!!

Aug 05

Tree Fundraiser at Longman & Eagle tonight

Neighbors -

Logan Square Preservation is raising money to match two grants, one from National Trust for Historic Preservation and the other from Openlands for a three-year tree planting effort along the boulevards.

Longman & Eagle has generously offered their space - it's tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets are available here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/logan-square-preservation-fundraiser-tickets-12392401005?aff=efbevent

It's a great chance to meet some neighbors in person and support a good cause.

Aug 04

Updated Aug 05

Logan Square Int'l. Film Series

Hi Folks: I may be very late in asking, but is the Logan Square Int'l. Film Series still going on at Comfort Station on Wednesday evenings? I can't find anything on it...

  • So, did the Wednesday night movies at Comfort Station just up and disappear, or is there something more to the story?

  • Silent movies on Tuesday nights in August, with accompaniments by live musicians. "The Lost World" is scheduled for tomorrow night.

  • Actually, their main series is always on Wednesday nights (for aug/sept/oct/nov). facebook.com/squarelogan is where they post events for film screenings. They have other film events on other nights (like their once in a lifetime series). Highly recommend you check out their FB!

Aug 03

Updated Aug 05

Free Vintage Chicago Bricks

Approximately 1000 vintage Chicago Bricks
Wish I had a use for them, but I don't
Come and pick them up!
mitchellronit@gmail.com

thanks

  • Hey-I emailed you asking about the Bricks. Sorry I couldn't load the thread and see tha they were picked up! Ignore the email please :D

  • I'm sure giving the bricks away was easiest for Ronit and they have to be in excellent shape to be worth any money. That said, selling them would best ensure they are actually going to be reused. "Profit motive" isn't evil and can protect resources.

Aug 03

Updated Aug 04

Moving Boxes

Moving in September, so I'm looking for (lots of) medium to large boxes. I'm in Logan square and will pick up in any of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Thank you!

  • Hi Lisa, I have about 30 and packing paper. Let me know if you'd like them.

  • @jlwarnert - looks like I can't PM you. Could you send PM me or just provide a location?

    Thanks!

Aug 02

Updated Aug 04

Band playing at Logan square monument tonight.

Does anyone know who is playing?

Jul 30

Updated Aug 03

  • Anyone is welcome to attend the GGNA meetings. They have a yahoo group which is where they announce meetings. They have zoning review meetings and community meetings to gather community input.

  • Logan Dad Logan Dad

    @Carter - Whatever, I'm done engaging, I'm not here to argue. It's just my opinion, relax. As for Manhattan, the entire point of bringing it up is to point out that density and cars per capita (which is the relavant statistic) does not share a linear relationship. They share an...

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    @Carter - Whatever, I'm done engaging, I'm not here to argue. It's just my opinion, relax. As for Manhattan, the entire point of bringing it up is to point out that density and cars per capita (which is the relavant statistic) does not share a linear relationship. They share an exponential relationship. It shows that density reduces cars per capita. I know Manhattan has a lot of cars, it also has relatively few roads and a massive population. There are a lot of cars, but there are much fewer cars per person - which is the relavant statistic.

Jun 21

Updated Aug 02

Marble bar has new owners, inflated food prices and no specials!

So I went to Marble today near Kimball and Armitage, my go to food place on the extreme cheap. Apparently they got bought out and everything on their menu went up by about $5 and they completely got rid of their weekly specials, and it looks like even some menu items. Needless to say I am very disappointed.

  • I'm sitting out on the patio now. They dont have the same specials but their cocktails are 7 bucks and good (instead of 10 as seems to be cocktail bar standard), there's some cheap beers and a 3 buck mystery craft beer, it's not the same for sure but its still pleasant.

  • meanboss I own a circus.

    Agreed. I've been there a couple times and it's still pretty chill. I miss some of the food selection, but it's just fine. And to me, that's perfect.

Jul 28

Updated Jul 31

Greenchoice Bank closed by govt

Well, ouch. Hope the larger Green Exchange and those businesses aren't impacted, but that seems likely.

http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/greenchoice.html

  • PR

    After Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, they went across the street and opened a bank.

  • well things are not Green @ Green Choice Bank for sure. Stock is non transferable but is trading on eBay as a collectors item. Steve Sherman is handling request for additional stock certificates if you are looking to recycle them as wallpaper. Unfortunately this Bank DOA when it changed hands. The Texas ratio was in excess of 350 and there was never sufficient capital to support the overhead or distressed assets. Community Banking is a sound industry sector this is not a good example of that.

Jul 30

Found cat

Friends of mine found this cat at Diversey and Whipple. If you know who this guy belongs to, let me know!

Jul 30

Ongoing Call for Artists

AnySquared Projects regularly seeks artists and proposals for future for exhibitions of featured artists, curated and/ or group exhibitions throughout the year at various venues. One of our neighborhood projects is Art@Cole's, so far we've organized 25 exhibits at Cole's Bar since 2010.

Send projects@anysquared.com your name, website, and 3-5pieces of your current work to be considered for future shows.

AnySquared is an artist collaborative and network headquartered in Logan Square's AnyWhere Space at Milwaukee/Belden. Propelled by a deep sense of cooperation with our neighbors, AnySquared's all-volunteer members produce art events, exhibits, projects and ongoing activities in our community with mutual support and participation of area artists and local businesses.

Jul 29

Condo Living Made Easy?!

I would like to invite my community and neighbors to these upcoming seminars! These are very informative. They are hosted by Lauren Peddinghaus, owner of Haus Financial Services,LLC. Please come ask questions, share concerns and get informed about different Condominium Association topics! Please RSVP at admin@chicagocondoresource.com

Jul 28

Updated Jul 29

For Sale: Gently Used 5,000 BTU Frigidaire Window Unit

Frigidaire 5,000 BTU, model FRA054XT7
Includes remote and manual.
Used one summer only: I'm selling because my new apartment has AC.

Delivery not available.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/frigidaire-5000-btu-window-air-conditioner-white/9734417.p?id=1218163640312&skuId=9734417&st=categoryid$abcat0907001&cp=1&lp=3

  • Prepare to get blasted by folks saying to not post for sale items here. I, however, don't mind.

  • How much were you looking to get for it? Email me? Tullis.liza@gmail.com

  • ErikaM Blue-Line identified

    Thanks for the responses - it's been sold.

Jul 29

Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge is this SATURDAY!!!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140728/irving-park/brewers-pitmasters-compete-for-bragging-rights-beer-bbq-showdown

Your $60 ticket is for a sampling of LIMITED RUN CRAFT BREWS & BBQ
You're the judging panel - casting your vote for - Best BBQ Pork - Best Beer - Best BBQ/Beer Pairing

Tickets still available so get yours today!

www.beerbbqchallenge.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/258597141001618/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Jul 28

Updated Jul 29

Plans for Pierre's Bakery / 2755 N Milwaukee?

Does anyone know what, if anything, is planned for the old Pierre's Bakery site?

  • Please God, let it be a bar!

  • ptpreserves local business owner in Humboldt park

    I worked the winter farmers market and they always said it was a tear down.

Jul 27

Updated Jul 28

California/Milwaukee Produce Market has re-opened!!!

The California/Milwaukee Produce Market has reopened! Same ownership, basically the same set up. The owner says he'll have more produce and deli meats this week and more to come (although they seem to have most everything they used to have at the old one already)!

I'm happy to have a decent, clean and nice market in a walkable distance again. Also, the owners are very receptive to getting new products (this is a changing neighborhood...) so please introduce yourself and make friendly suggestions if you think you'll be buying something on a regular basis or think others will be also!

7am-9pm (although, he said probably 8ish on Sundays, depending on demand)
2110 N Milwaukee Ave

  • So happy they opened again. Drove by yesterday and stopped in when I saw they had opened. Always bought meat from them and was never disappointed. Fantastic store!

  • They need to sell sake and Sapporo now that they're across the street from Wasabi, they'll make a killing.

Jul 24

Updated Jul 28

Stolen bike: it's gone :(

I saw the kid do it too. Bike is a women's vintage 52 cm Univega. Black frame with all original parts and red decals. Red rear tire, red pedals, red grip tape, and pink brake cables. The kid took it from California and Milwaukee on wed night around 10:15pm. Younger black male with a stupid mustache - he even rode away with my white BMX helmet that has the word 'Albes' on the front. I ran after him, and was literally about six inches from him but he got away. Police report filed but that is worthless.

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    Thanks everyone!!!!! I truly appreciate everyone chiming in - I've even had people email me pictures of other bikes they thought could have been related. It was locked up to a bike rack under the L by the California blue line. He must have cut the lock - unfortunately it...

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    Thanks everyone!!!!! I truly appreciate everyone chiming in - I've even had people email me pictures of other bikes they thought could have been related. It was locked up to a bike rack under the L by the California blue line. He must have cut the lock - unfortunately it wasn't a U- lock. It actually was my girlfriends bike... The crazy thing is that I was coming down kedzie in a car (on my way to meet her) and stopped at the kedzie/Milwaukee intersection and the little POS rode past me!!! I literally jumped out if the driver seat, leaving my car to the passengers, and tried to grab the kid. I want thinking very clearly, all I knew is that I wanted that bike back. Basically, I was about a foot or two away from him and he ducked into an alley and disappeared forever :(

  • Good Morning. Bikes also stolen Melrose and Pulaski. One from the 1st Floor and one from the Third Floor Back Porches. Last Week, early morning on Monday. Funny, we supposedly have Security Gates that don't Work. One was Locked, they still were able to Steal it. A lot of characters roaming the Alleys at Night and Early Morning.

Jul 27

Man critical from Logan Square hit-and-run

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/man-struck-by-auto-in-logan-square/

A man is in critical condition after he was struck by the vehicle of a hit-and-run driver early Sunday in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The man, thought to be in his 40s, was hit by a vehicle about 1:05 a.m. near the intersection of Western Avenue and Logan Boulevard, police said. The motorist then drove away from the scene.

He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

Police did not have a description of the vehicle Sunday morning.

Jul 26

Garage space for Rent

I’m renting out a garage space at Armitage and St Louis for $100 per month. If you’re interested or know someone who is, please contact me at mitchellronit@gmail.com or respond here. Thanks!

Jul 23

Updated Jul 26

History of this old Gas Station?

I was having a debate with some friends over what this building at the corner of California and Altgeld once was.

I'd bet dollars to donuts it was a gas station, but is there anyone who's been in the neighborhood awhile who could add any further details?

Thanks so much.

P.S. I heard they were going to put a Trader Joe's in that building, but then the local slumlord jacked up the rent because someone stapled a flyer to a tree trying to give away a dog that they CLEARLY DON'T DESERVE TO OWN, because the dog was scared by a loud noise last night--was that gunshots or fireworks?

At least that's what I heard.

Thanks!

  • Susan--that's really fantastic. Thanks so much for that.

  • Just today I saw Mr. Kowski sweeping the street in front of the old gas station at 5:30am this morning. To say the family maticulously maintains the property is an understatement - it's practically OCD. He regularlly re-asphaults the lot and even paints the curb yellow on Altgeld to make...

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    Just today I saw Mr. Kowski sweeping the street in front of the old gas station at 5:30am this morning. To say the family maticulously maintains the property is an understatement - it's practically OCD. He regularlly re-asphaults the lot and even paints the curb yellow on Altgeld to make sure cars do not park too close to the driveway. True story (not satire) - check it out! It's a slightly off shade of yellow than the official color the city uses. Hell, I'd bet he'd even write you a citation! Glad to have neighbors that care so much about the property & its history (and rather entertaining to watch too), good for the Kowski's for holding on to their own little gold mine at Cali & Altgeld (although I agree & often thought an ice cream shop would be a nice addition)!!!

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