3 days ago

Updated 53 min ago

1356 N Kedzie -- shady business?

Hello all. Looking for some help/advice. I applied on 9/17/14 for an apartment at 1356 N Kedzie. I talked to the "director" in charge of approving new tenants before submitting my application to verify that my income/credit/rental history was sufficient to be approved. I do this for every place I rent as a safety measure to avoid wasting $$ on application fees. After being advised that my application would be approved, I handed over the $70 fee along with ALL...

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Hello all. Looking for some help/advice. I applied on 9/17/14 for an apartment at 1356 N Kedzie. I talked to the "director" in charge of approving new tenants before submitting my application to verify that my income/credit/rental history was sufficient to be approved. I do this for every place I rent as a safety measure to avoid wasting $$ on application fees. After being advised that my application would be approved, I handed over the $70 fee along with ALL off my personal financial information, including SSN's.

10 days have now gone by and every time I call to check the status of my application I am given the run-around. "The system is down, I'm waiting on an email, I'll call you back in 15," blah blah blah. The last time I called I asked to speak with a supervisor and was hung up on, with my follow up calls and messages being ignored.

Any input or help would be greatly appreciated. I saw some less than stellar impressions of this address and property manager AFTER if applied and started to wonder. Obviously now things are getting suspicious. Thanks.

  • Ms. Carl, As I stated to your husband, there was an unfortunate delay in processing your application which I apologized for. I agree that we should have responded quicker but I completely disagree that we were shady in any manner. To characterize honest mistakes as "shady" or "suspicious" is not fair and not correct. In any event, I will mailing out your app refund check today and wish much success in your apartment search. Thank you.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    I am a property manager for 5 units. I use a Transunion service, (www.rentlaw.mysmartmove.com). I explain the process to the prospective tenant. First, I do NOT ask for any personal information (SS#, bank account numbers, etc.) on the application. Rather, the service requires the potential tenant's email address. Second, the...

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    I am a property manager for 5 units. I use a Transunion service, (www.rentlaw.mysmartmove.com). I explain the process to the prospective tenant. First, I do NOT ask for any personal information (SS#, bank account numbers, etc.) on the application. Rather, the service requires the potential tenant's email address. Second, the tenant gives the approval for the credit/background check directly to Transunion after I set up an account for that particular tenant. Third, I receive a notice that the information is ready, and I read it, and make a decision. Again, I have no personal information, one less thing that I don' t have to take care of (to keep that info safe), but more importantly, I think that's a selling point on renting with us!

    Ask your potential landlord about this service. Better yet, the cost to the landlord is very inexpensive. I do add a small administrative fee. Still the total cost is about half of what you paid, Audrey Carl.

    Landlords: Use this service!

    DISCLOSURE: I am NOT involved with this service in any way. For me, it's so much easier than having to do them myself, plus, as I said, I think it's a bonus for potential tenants.

7 hours ago

Free Moving Boxes/Packing Supplies

Hi -
I have a lot of large and small moving boxes, paper, bubble wrap and air pillows available. If anyone wants to come pick them up, message me. I'm located in East Humboldt Park, near Division and Western. I'll be throwing them out on Sunday.

Thanks!

40 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Vacant Building

Does anyone know who owns or what they plan to do with the large vacant building on Grand and Homan?

  • The 26th ward is only North of Grand, so if you mean the two story building with the glass block windows on South side of Grand, it's in the 27Th ward.

    It used to be part of the old "Mr. Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge Dealership", which was the largest car...

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    The 26th ward is only North of Grand, so if you mean the two story building with the glass block windows on South side of Grand, it's in the 27Th ward.

    It used to be part of the old "Mr. Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge Dealership", which was the largest car dealership in the country back in the 60's.

    For a while, there was a church renting it as a place to house homeless and have their services. Remember the guys that used to sell M&M's at intersections? That was them.

    I was in the building about 2 years ago, and it was vacant and for sale. The roof leaked, and it was dirty. No telling how much money you would have to spend to bring it up to code. One interesting point, is that it has 2 elevators built for moving cars from first floor to second floor, and vice versa.

    As for right now, I think it still sits vacant. A very obsolete and unusual parcel, right on the railroad tracks.

  • 27th ward is so big, I wonder if this building even gets noticed by Ald. Burnett. Thanks for the history Glenn.

14 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Polka Eatery 1000 N block of California

Since the KnockBox closed :-( I don't have a coffee spot close to me. I saw that the Polka Eatery had coffee so I stopped in. Super cute but very new, they just opened up. While I was getting my coffee I decided to get some breakfast and it was awesome! Two cheddar pierogi, half of sausage and two eggs. It was amazing and only 6 bucks.

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    Darn! A good friend and I had been *just* talking about Polka, and how easy it is to dance Polka to a lot of pop songs, so when I saw this post about a Polka eatery, you can imagine my excitement!

    oh well…

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Just told my roommates about this place. Will stop in when I get a chance!

    Also Turkey Chop on Chicago Ave has great food too. That is a small local place. They feed homeless for free on Mondays so don't go during free food hours on Monday.

31 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

police activity beach and Spaulding?

Hi. I was picking up my son and noticed a lot of police activity around le moyne and and Spaulding, mostly on beach but some were out on let moyne. Police taped off a chunk of the sidewalk too. One neighbor mentioned there was a shooting. It was 1:15pm. Anyone know what happened?

21 hours ago

Jul 30

Updated 24 hours ago

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

  • Jason W Lifelong Chicagoan

    Let's not forget the military school fiasco.

  • I would be interested if anyone had a collection of links that explained candidate positions. I find it annoyingly difficult to find anything of substance. Part of filing should be the public posting of 100 pages of policy proposals personally written by the candidate.

    For what it's worth, I discovered this blog trying to research Irizarry:
    http://juanitairizarry.wordpress.com/

    Light on substance, heavy on religion.

33 hours ago

Looking for Work :)

Does anyone know of any volunteer work for the fire department ??

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

any luck getting your address included in city parking zone?

hey all. i moved to HP this summer and am on a block where the whole street is city zoned parking EXCEPT the small bit in front of my apartment building. there are clearly way more of us vying for those spots and many nights i come home late to have to park around the corner and down the street while there are zoned spots with a direct sightline to my building's door.

anyone had luck qualifying for a zone sticker in a situation like this, or getting a zone extended to cover the last 10% of a block?

  • it's where pierce runs into kedzie. the whole street is walk-up single family homes/2-flat buildings except for the 2 larger apartment buildings (including mine) at the end of the block by the park. those buildings are between the alley and kedzie, which is the only part of the block with...

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    it's where pierce runs into kedzie. the whole street is walk-up single family homes/2-flat buildings except for the 2 larger apartment buildings (including mine) at the end of the block by the park. those buildings are between the alley and kedzie, which is the only part of the block with no zoning.

    there's a small restaurant and insurance company at the bottom of the apartment building opposite me; only other non-residential there is the national guard building.

    i don't know if being in such close proximity to the park requires the parking around it to be open/free.

    thanks for the info on the petition and IDOT study! in the meantime, i found this app called "lifeline" that i can use to monitor any longer-than-desireable walks to back to my building.

  • I live on a street that is not permit, however the aldermans office was able to give me a letter to bring to the city clerks office. With this I was able to get the zone for the surrounding streets to be on my city sticker. Moreno is my alderman, so I suppose that helps? Only problem is if you renew your sticker online it wont include the zone if it was done with a letter...so you'd have to go to the clerks office to renew your sticker.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Anyone hear about this before today?

I just found out there will be a debate between Alderman Maldonado and some of the other candidates at 10 AM TODAY
Saturday September 27, 2014 at the McCormick Tribune YMCA
1834 N. Lawndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Grassroots Collaborative is putting it on. I guess if you want to know what is on their agenda this is the chance to find out.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Found pomeranian at North and Kedzie

Very sweet, loving little lady! She turns over for belly rubs. Bad eye and teeth. Very soft. If anyone recognizes her let me know, ill be taking her to Anti Cruelty in the next hour or so. Also if anyone is looking for a sweet small older dog she'll be there if they accept her :)

Sep 18

Updated 3 days ago

Nanny Share in Humboldt Park Area

My husband and I are looking for a family to join or to establish a nanny share with us in Humboldt Park or surrounding area starting December 1st, 2014. Our daughter Lilian will be 4 months by then. We both work full time and would need a nanny approximately from 8 am to 6 pm. We are open and flexible to different hosting options. Our family is bilingual German-American, and a nanny who also speaks German would be great but is not a necessity.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,
Corinna

  • try cassandra- 773-494-9828

  • Burgercraft family doc living and working in south Humbolt ...

    We will be looking for same around Feb 1st for our expected (by then) 6 week old. Also - any leads on neighborhood home daycares that take newborns?

3 days ago

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3 days ago

3 days ago

National Parks Clean-up Hosts Two-Day Community Campout for Humboldt Park

DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140925/humboldt-park/national-parks-clean-up-hosts-two-day-community-campout-for-humboldt-park

3 days ago

Humboldt Park on Instagram

Humboldt Park is a beautiful neighborhood that's alive with great people, nature and culture. Beginning today, we'll be sharing our favore Instagram photos of Humboldt Park. If you'd like us to consider your photos, just tag us with #InstaHumboldtPark and follow our partner at @OurHumboldtPark!

3 days ago

I'd Rather Have Smut Than Truffles

...1141 N Ashland Ave.), a new taco joint in the taco-saturated Ashland stretch between Division and Grand. There they serve the unfortunately named "Corn smut," which they call more charitably by its...

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...cravings, you should look elsewhere. And lately I've been getting my fix at Authentaco (1141 N Ashland Ave.), a new taco joint in the taco-saturated Ashland stretch between Division and Grand. There...

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Community Garden

Be careful there is a guy video tapong kids by the community garden, looking out the window, at humboldt blvd and north avenue. My kids have always gone there since it was established on the parllel block. Now they are spooked

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

2 days left - Charlie at large. :(

Sadly, our dear Charles has not returned to us. We are moving Saturday and I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm abandoning him. I'm posting his face as often as possible between packing boxes, and hope someone finds him in any condition in the next 48 hours. I'm very discouraged and not looking forward to the empty place in the new apartment where he should be. Please help us find him!

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Sadly, our dear Charles has not returned to us. We are moving Saturday and I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm abandoning him. I'm posting his face as often as possible between packing boxes, and hope someone finds him in any condition in the next 48 hours. I'm very discouraged and not looking forward to the empty place in the new apartment where he should be. Please help us find him!

Posters are up all around the neighborhood, tho someone is definitely pulling them down... I hate to think they just decided to keep him. One commenter chewed me out for letting him outside and ever since I've been thinking they might have taken him to "punish" me for not making him a house cat. Maybe that's just the desperation and paranoia.

Orange tabby, very friendly, white chest and belly, white front paws. RInged tail, green eyes. Friendly and vocal. Comes when called. Was wearing a collar when last seen at home on Kedzie and Bloomingdale.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Humboldt Park

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Humboldt Park think.

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

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

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

  • just curious, since you are posting this to lots of neighborhoods, is there a reason you are collecting feedback? do you work for either?

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    LOL i've been getting that question a lot. The short answer is 'no'. The long answer is... in a way i'm doing them both an invaluable service, which you'd expect from an employee. I think they can both learn a lot from each other by just making notes on each others strengths and weaknesses through the experiences of their users.

    The reason i'm collecting feedback is to get a better understanding of online approaches to building and strengthening community. Why? ...because i'm crazy like that. ;P

5 days ago

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Sep 21

Updated 5 days ago

LOST CAT

My cat Ranger went missing last night. (9/20) He apparently got out of the house in the vicinity of California and Augusta.

Ranger is not your average cat. He was recused from an abusive home and as a result is very distrustful of strangers, other animals and unfamiliar surroundings. He's an indoor cat who has had minimal contact with life beyond the window sill. He's declawed and frightens easily. He won't approach unknown persons and will scatter quickly if approached....

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My cat Ranger went missing last night. (9/20) He apparently got out of the house in the vicinity of California and Augusta.

Ranger is not your average cat. He was recused from an abusive home and as a result is very distrustful of strangers, other animals and unfamiliar surroundings. He's an indoor cat who has had minimal contact with life beyond the window sill. He's declawed and frightens easily. He won't approach unknown persons and will scatter quickly if approached. If cornered, he will probably cower and cry loudly. Under normal circumstances it would be easy to pick him up if he's cornered as he doesn't bite or become aggressive.

He's current on all his vaccinations and is microchipped. The microchip information is partially outdated as I have recently moved. However, the phone number remains the same. He wasn't wearing a collar at the time of his disappearance.

Ranger is a tabby that weighs approximately 11 pounds. He's gray with a dark stripe pattern along his legs. He has no hair on his stomach so the surface of his underbelly is smooth and pink.

Please contact me if you think you've seen him.

  • Did he happen to escape again? I saw a cat with a similar description on Francisco and Augusta.

  • No, Ranger is home safe. Thx for checking in though!

5 days ago

Sep 12

Updated 5 days ago

Still no Charlie. :(

Thanks to everyone who has been keeping their eyes peeled for my kitty. Your calls and texts have been encouraging, but we have yet to find a lead that brings him home! I'm very worried, especially since I'm moving out of Humboldt in two weeks. Please let me know if you see him, or if you notice any of the posters I've put up need to be replaced (I think someone around Kimball has been pulling them down! WHY???) Trying not to lose hope...

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I saw an orange cat tonight, He was walking along the fence on the north side of Walgreens parking lot at North and Western.You might want to take a look in that area, It was around 8pm when I saw him. Good luck!

  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    I should have mentioned that I saw him last Wednesday evening around 8pm.

6 days ago

Gas Leak at Grand and Karlov

I work in the building there and they have evacuated numerous buildings in the area and shut down the the street. When I was there last (12:30pm) you could small gas half a block away. Just an FYI!

Sep 21

Updated 6 days ago

2 HUGE Dog Crates

I'm not sure if I can post this here, but I'm selling two HUGE dog crates. One has a side door, and the other has a side and front door. I'm selling these for $40.oo a piece. They run for 130.oo a piece at Petsmart so this is a great deal. Cash and carry. Serious inquiries only. They must go this week. If you're interested, please let me know.

  • @Tracy I didn't respond, because I think David is just trying to stir up trouble. Some people just want to cause chaos. Not worth the energy to even acknowledge it.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Got that right, Kat.

6 days ago

Two Beautiful Ceiling Fans for Sale

Hi all, I have two ceiling fans that I am selling for $60.oo a piece, if you buy both, I'm willing to sell them at $50.oo a piece. They sell for $120.00 a piece in the stores. They are the Hunter brand, are 5 blade (which are reversible) they have 4 lights, and are antique brass colored. These fans are awesome. They are in excellent like new condition. I'm moving and currently already have ceiling fans in the new place. I must sell them by this Saturday.

6 days ago

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Sep 23

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Sep 23

Richmond Tavern Sports Bar Part 2

Just got a had a 2nd go at Richmond Sports Tap/Tavern/Bar on Richmond and Grand since my first May visit when they took over and were remodeling (http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/13094/posts/), and have to say that they've really taken a nice step forward as a neighborhood sports bar. I personally loathe sports bars in general that cater to the frat boy types....but then again, that's most of them, but if you're looking for a place that has a ton of TVs to catch...

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Just got a had a 2nd go at Richmond Sports Tap/Tavern/Bar on Richmond and Grand since my first May visit when they took over and were remodeling (http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/13094/posts/), and have to say that they've really taken a nice step forward as a neighborhood sports bar. I personally loathe sports bars in general that cater to the frat boy types....but then again, that's most of them, but if you're looking for a place that has a ton of TVs to catch the game, a pool table and cheap drinks this place is the business. Here's the skinny on why you should check it out:

1. Plenty of TVs to catch the games.
2. They don't play music over the games.
3. Historic-like joint that the bartender (Margarite is awesome) will gladly tell you about.
4. Drinks are cheap and bar is stocked with some great vintage liquor left over from previous owner.
5. The original bar that once wrapped around to another room is now exposed and functioning.
6. Joey Boston's Beef joint is right across the street for the beef sangich combo you're craving.

They've worked hard putting in new floors and paint while keeping historic touches to make this place unique. Think Archies on Rockwell meets The Beachwood Inn with double the size.

Sep 22

Looking for parking

Hello everyone, I'm looking for garage parking near 2416 W Augusta. If anyone has a spot available please message me the details. Thanks

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