2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

The time for real action is at hand in Humboldt Park.

Now that the Riot Fest controversy appears to be resolved there still remains real issues to deal with. The ones who should step-up to bat are the ones who successfully fought against Riot Fest in Humboldt Park. We need to continue the battle ourselves against the shooting deaths in the Humboldt Park Neighborhood, the rampant drug sales that fuel crime in the area, the gang leaders that recruit young children into their gangs for drug money profit in order to

  • Why would anyone change their attitudes towards gangs that create loser generations of children that do ZERO for real life non-gang community? Crime is for scum and you should all be wiped off the earth. Nothing positive comes from gangs. Get a real job, earn a living and respect people and their property.

  • Allen Montgomery The real humboldt park

    MkRtL you sound like you absolutely have no idea of what you're talking about.

13 hours ago

Water line leak

The water line is leaking between the Water main on the street and my house. We had the water meter people over and they shut down the water in the house, but we could still hear water flowing under the house. When they shut down the water from the water main the noise stopped. Has anyone dealt with this before and if so do you have a recommendation for a plumber?

3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Shots heard in Humboldt Park

Just heard 5-6 shots from what sounded like wabansia and albany followed by screeching tires. Anyone else hear this or know what happened?

  • John, from my understanding, the entire block has to agree on the bumps, not just a majority, but we should ask the Alderman (ugh) or the police in a CAPS meeting about it. I agree they would be helpful too.

  • Douglas Raul Williams Family history in Logan Square since 1970

    I agree Mandy Tandy and I apologize if my comment came across that way. We have been involved with CAPS since it's inception and bought our building on Kedzie and Homer in 1996. What I meant was that we need more officers to get out of their cars and say hello to residents since there are so many new people moving in, especially along those corridors that still have gang activity.

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

New building by 606 at Leavitt & Milwuakee?

Does anyone know what the low-rise building between the Blue Line and Milwaukee Avenue just west of Leavitt is going to be? Is this part of the 606 park? It's a long single story structure they've been putting up for a few months.

  • At that Aldi property meeting last night, there were a fair amount of people who live on the block behind it complaining about shadows and lack of parking. With all those single family homes and lofts and townhomes with garages right there, anyone know who these people are that don't have private parking? They all mentioned they own homes right here...or townhomes (that have giant parking garages or single family home garages). Do they want private parking and all the street parking they could want?

  • Healthcare building had the wood removed from the facade, to reveal it's concrete exterior. I kind of like a tough concrete and steel building...but that AC unit on the roof does definitely stand out. In a way, at one story, it does let the trail/bridge stand out at least.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Notice: car broken into in gated lot in alley behind Kimball b/t Schubert/Wrightwood

Hi there, notifying EBers that a car in my building's gated parking lot was broken into to, not exactly sure when. I'm just south of Schubert on Kimball. Change/ipod was stolen so not a huge loss but be aware peeps!

  • LD Thanks for the alert. Was the car locked or did the bad guy break the window? Did this happen during the day or middle of the night? We all need to stay alert, thanks for the reminder.

  • LD

    I don't have much info as it was not my car, sorry - the window was not broken so my neighbor probably left the door unlocked.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Free Manual Push Mower

Hey,

I bought a new electric mower today and no longer need my old time push mower.

It's about two years old. Not perfect, but works. Anyone want it?

Reply to me and I will go in order of responses.

Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Found Kryponite Bike Lock

Is this yours? Lying in the grass in front of 3329 W Schubert.

  • I did lose my bike lock that looks almost identical to this one around there on Sunday night / Monday morning sometime around 1:00am.

    The only thing that looks different in this picture is that this lock looks a bit longer than mine, but it's exactly the same brand/style.

    I still have my key. Perhaps I could come and see if it works?

May 09

Updated 5 days ago

Lost Dog on Wabansia @ Rockwell

Saw this smaller size female pittie girl running south in the alley between Rockwell and Maplewood at Wabansia. She looks to be a stray for some time as she is super skittish and skinny. Came up to me when I got down to her level but was shaking and very scared. Tried to catch her but had no leash and she took off when she heard birds. Probably lingering around Maplewood Park. Really hope she finds her way home :(

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    A lot of people simply don't know any better when it comes to their pets. spay/neuter and microchipping have only become popular in the last 20 years or so, and many people still think "well, the dog we had growing up roamed the neighborhood and rarely went to the vet,...

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    A lot of people simply don't know any better when it comes to their pets. spay/neuter and microchipping have only become popular in the last 20 years or so, and many people still think "well, the dog we had growing up roamed the neighborhood and rarely went to the vet, and he was just fine!" (see for example the number of people on EB who still have indoor/outdoor cats). Educating the owners in a polite and understanding way is the way to help the dog. Stealing the dog will just result in them getting a new one.

  • Agreed. I am happy to talk with the owners but there is a language barrier there with me.

May 16

Updated 6 days ago

Community Garden

I live right next door to a community garden. This may be a stupid question, but how does one go about acquiring some gardening space in a community garden? Is it first come first serve? I have no idea how this works and my google searches are not giving me any helpful information.

May 09

Updated May 10

Power outage?

I woke up to a loud noise and no power. Anybody else? Going to call ComEd.

  • Service expected to return by 9:30am. Message said 58 houses effected.

  • When pole-mounted transformers go out, they sound like a small bomb ... It can happen when they get old.

May 04

Updated May 05

Shots fired near Kedzie and Armitage

I just heard a series of gunshots near Kedzie and Armitage at 1:45pm. I did not call 911 as there were tons of sirens headed in that direction. Anyone know what is going on???

  • Blotto, you make it sound very easy. But as someone who has a well paying job, is able-bodied, has a positive net worth, and has supportive family members who also have jobs, being a parent is still HARD. So I honestly don't know how people who can barely scrape enough...

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    Blotto, you make it sound very easy. But as someone who has a well paying job, is able-bodied, has a positive net worth, and has supportive family members who also have jobs, being a parent is still HARD. So I honestly don't know how people who can barely scrape enough work and money together to pay their rent, who don't have a quarter of the resources I do, and who are surrounded by people who are doing anything they can do to survive which, in my house would be "wrong" but in their home is "the only option," are also expected to have time and energy to raise upstanding citizens without any help.

    I'm not making excuses for these kids, but lets not pretend that telling people to "be a parent" will cure what ails the system and, yes, it is a systemic problem.

  • Andrew - well said. It isn't always possible for every parent to be home with or have some family member home with their children. The programs funded for young people are VERY important to helping them avoid problems.

May 03

Updated May 05

Painter needed

Looking for a painter? Any recommendations?

May 04

Updated May 05

Light out

There is a street light out on the corner of cortland and Central Park since 2013, someone scratched my car twice, please someone do something

  • If only there were elected officials that were in charge of small portions of the city that constituents could call upon to get small problems fixed around the neighborhood. We should refer to them in the King's English as Ealdorman or "alderman" in this uncivil tongue. One day, I can...

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    If only there were elected officials that were in charge of small portions of the city that constituents could call upon to get small problems fixed around the neighborhood. We should refer to them in the King's English as Ealdorman or "alderman" in this uncivil tongue. One day, I can only dream of such a hierarchy of rule that will bring the people that much closer to the government. Unless you want to hold a massive revenue generating machine such as Riot Fest in a public park. Then they shall be too busy fighting amongst themselves to be bothered with illumination of voters streets.

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    Report many things, like streetlights/potholes/graffiti on City's website. Below will take you directly to report the streetlight:

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/traffic_signals_andstreetlights/svcs/street_light_1_out.html

    You can even enter your mobile phone# to track when the service request is "closed".

Apr 30

Updated May 01

Parking space

What should I expect to pay for a parking space near the California L stop? Must be in a garage. Thanks for the help

  • 75-125, depending on garage condition and monthly vs. lease, security deposit, etc. If you're fortunate, the owner won't make you do all of that. I've rented several spaces on a monthly basis from owners who didn't require leases or security deposits.

  • Personal experience with $100 for a garage spot (1/2 of 2 car garage) about 4-5 blocks away from the L stop. If you are 2-3 blocks away in would expect a bit more.

    I second the suggestion for a lease, since come winter the owner may want their spot back and you'll be SOL.

Apr 30

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Apr 19

Updated Apr 28

Murder on 2500 Block of W. Moffat

This is disturbing. I live on the block and walked past that area minutes before it was reported. I wish there was more information, was it a break in? Did the woman reside on the block or was it a random act of murder? The block is generally quiet and right down street from children's park. There needs to be some follow up and community briefing/comment from authorities. Does anyone know when next CAPS meeting is?

http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/532634/autopsy-woman-strangled-logan-square

Apr 21

Updated Apr 26

1812 milwaukee

That old bordered up building looks rejuvenated with the new sets of doors and the boards off. Any news on if someone bought it?

  • Soo

    gerigirl,

    These comments are so comical, all the new cinderblock condos and current development is being done by immigrant Polish workers for American developers who have NO investment in the community beyond a quick flip. They are all happy to tear down grand historic property for quick bucks - Just...

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    gerigirl,

    These comments are so comical, all the new cinderblock condos and current development is being done by immigrant Polish workers for American developers who have NO investment in the community beyond a quick flip. They are all happy to tear down grand historic property for quick bucks - Just look at Milwaukee Avenue it has been raped of so much of the original architectural and culture integrity. Aldermen Moreno and others would happily strip mall all of Milwaukee Avenue for the right price. It is having an interesting economic consequence on the desirability to use our community for the film industry as well as adverse affect on tourism and long term developement.

  • Hey Geri Girl I understand exactly what you were trying to say. I agree, the architecture that was brought over by the Europeans was amazing. They built with passion and love for their communities.

Apr 24

Updated Apr 25

AMK

When does amk open in bucktown ?

  • What is amk?

  • I haven't seen any news on a date yet. DNA info reported back in January that it was planning to open in April, so I'm hoping it's soon! It sure looks close to opening.

  • tom in bucktown on and off Chicagoan for 10 years

    Amk is a new restaurant and bar on armitage east of damen.

Apr 22

Updated Apr 23

Lost dog??

Just saw a German Shepard type dog running across Kedzie at Armitage. Looked lost. Last I saw he was running east on Homer.

  • I saw a gray shepard like dog running west down the alley just before Armitage & California! it looked like a coyote!

  • I tried to catch him her last night by Armitage and Kimball. By the time I got my leash and out the backdoor, it was gone and wasn't in the T alleys either. I thought it looked like a greyhound, but it was in the alley far from my backporch. If anyone sees it again, I am in for catching it. My neighbor has a dogtrap. It was very thin.

Apr 17

Updated Apr 20

ISO Moving Boxes

Hi! Moving in 2 weeks. Does anyone have moving boxes I can take off your hands? Thanks in advance.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 12

Catch basin

Any idea how deep a catch basin should be? Also anyone recommend a company that cleans them out?

  • Chrisbrown 25 year neighbor

    Catch basins are about 1' deeper than the exit sewer pipe. Deeper is better. (that makes them about 6'-8' deep in our area.) It was designed to catch the floating grease and allow the liquid to drain. Most don't function to catch grease as the brick exit wall is deteriorated....

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    Catch basins are about 1' deeper than the exit sewer pipe. Deeper is better. (that makes them about 6'-8' deep in our area.) It was designed to catch the floating grease and allow the liquid to drain. Most don't function to catch grease as the brick exit wall is deteriorated.
    But, except for 8+ unit buildings, there isn't much grease to catch, so sewer pipes almost never clog from grease like the olden days. Now it catches the sludge and other heavier debris. If your basin pit has grease that has hardened into "grease rocks", then these should be cleaned before they get into the exit pipe.
    More important is to "camera" your sewer every 10 years or so to see the condition. Repair the cracks that let tree roots enter pipes, etc.

  • I use Best-Rate Sewerage & Drainage 1-773-817-0940 - they do it all for sewer work and have camera

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

3 huge raccoons

Just went to walk my dog to see three 25+ pound raccoons staring back at me from the neighbors yard. Keep an eye out small dog owners and clean up your garbage/dog turds

  • Poppyboy Is there anyway to cut down or slow down the raccoons from clearing out all the food? I have the same issue with raccoons on my deck. They don't leave anything for anyone else.

  • Probably not. Even if you raise the food, they're climbers. If you cut a small hole in the side of a large Tupperware container (similar to feral cat winter shelters), I can see where raccoons would force themselves onto it, get stuck, and make a huge mess. I just shoo them away when I see them on the monitor. They're generally not too much of a problem. I see them on the overnight footage maybe a handful of times per month.

Apr 02

Updated Apr 05

Package thieving morons strike again (Richmond & Bloomingdale)

Last night at 7:20pm I saw this idiot jumping the fence and stealing a package from my neighbors yard. He walked to the corner and was met by two other people (two Black males and one Hispanic female altogether). I called the police as it was happening but the trio had slinked off in a white 2 door sedan (according to my other neighbor who happened to consider them suspect as they loitered about his homestead for roughly 10 minutes...

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Last night at 7:20pm I saw this idiot jumping the fence and stealing a package from my neighbors yard. He walked to the corner and was met by two other people (two Black males and one Hispanic female altogether). I called the police as it was happening but the trio had slinked off in a white 2 door sedan (according to my other neighbor who happened to consider them suspect as they loitered about his homestead for roughly 10 minutes before he had to leave). Keep a look out and keep in touch with those on your block. We have a neighborhood "text tree" and it is a great way to keep an eye on things and get to know your neighbors.

  • Yes Joe..there is hope. I've lived here @ the same time as you have and I've had them come within 3-5 mins on a number of times and one Xmas morning (with a guy 'casing' in the alley (you aren't 'dumpster diving on Xmas with that expensive leather jacket) I...

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    Yes Joe..there is hope. I've lived here @ the same time as you have and I've had them come within 3-5 mins on a number of times and one Xmas morning (with a guy 'casing' in the alley (you aren't 'dumpster diving on Xmas with that expensive leather jacket) I had 3 cop cars in 5 mins....and they have shut down parties in 5 mins, etc.
    (They even shut down the heavy equipment on the 606 at 6:30 a.m.!! in less than 10 minutes!!!)
    One time it took 15 mins and they explained that 'priorities'..if they get a 'domestic' call they are immediately there.
    I see them 'driving' the neighborhood a lot.
    Again, if you think something is going on, then 'request special attention' which means a police car drives by on their shift on a regular basis..or they sit in the cars doing paperwork.
    In the 'olden' days when I lived in 'wicked Wicker Park' we would get a response by saying'And we think he has a knife..or gun" and they would come right out...and well, we thought he did.
    About the 'beating'...re-call and say you want to speak to a supervisor...yes, pain in ..but every report should be 'that dot' on the computer that 'adds up' on the crime report. If the car drives by, see if you can get the number.
    AND log please, date and time..and result...that really works in the end...
    Sorry you have had bad experience. BUT you are right (and have the rights) in calling..

  • When I lived in Milwaukee, a week after moving into an area with a similar crime rate as Logan Square, I had a bullet go through my window.

    I called the cops and they took no information and just said "Welcome to the neighborhood."

    Chicago is actually quite a bit...

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    When I lived in Milwaukee, a week after moving into an area with a similar crime rate as Logan Square, I had a bullet go through my window.

    I called the cops and they took no information and just said "Welcome to the neighborhood."

    Chicago is actually quite a bit better, but they do not show up at your house after a crime was already committed and sit around taking statements unless the crime meets a minimum $$$ loss or personal harm took place and the victim is there to testify. That's the policy. They focus on crimes in progress.

    If a crime was already committed and the perpetrator has fled, you file a report.

    Personally, what'd I'd do is leave a package out as bait and record it. Then take the video to the police. But you should take it to the station yourself. The desk people are better able to give you the time needed to get a solid report on it.

    If you can't afford a camera leave a package out with a note saying they've been recorded and the police have been notified. Maybe that will shake them and they will leave your block alone.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 05

Donations of stuffed animals

I am looking to donate stuffed animals that my daughter has received in the last two years as gifts. They are getting out of control and thought they could go to a better home instead of being in storage. All are new, most with tags and unused.

Thanks for your help.

  • Try River of Life women's/children's shelter 773 383-3304.

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    Lincoln Square Friendship Center or Toys For Tots

Apr 02

Updated Apr 04

Best bus tracking app?

I take the 73 bus east on armitage most mornings and usually use the CTA text message service to determine when to leave my home for the bus stop. However, it's been really off lately. Can any of you recommend a more accurate bus tracking app? Thanks in advance!

  • Gerardo U. Fregoso Calling Logan Square home since 2002

    Dont need an app. Get on their website through your browser, their mobile version is far superior than any app ive tried. Clean, simple and fast.

  • CB Resident about 10years

    TRansit Tracks is pretty good. You can save your favorites, which makes it easy for frequently used routes.

Sep 28

Updated Apr 03

Odd activity at 2429 W Cortland?

I've noticed a lot of comings and goings at this address and money exchanged as people leave. There is also a girl sitting on the front porch--it may be different girls or the same one--at almost all hours. It feels sketchy, but I can't put my finger on it. Brothel? Drug den? Nothing to worry about? Any ideas are appreciated.

  • Please call Joe Morenos office and file a 311 on line complaint. There are a number of people from the block doing so.

  • Ap

    Kelly, I will file the online complaint. Do you know if we have a "text tree" for our block?

Mar 26

Updated Mar 27

Garage Fire

Garage fire tonight around 6:00 on Monticello (near the intersection of Monticello and Wrightwood). This is the third garage fire in as many years, all within a couple blocks of each other...2+ years ago a garage fire a couple houses north of tonights and a year ago a couple blocks west...? Anyone know causes?

  • When I first moved into the neighborhood it was a 'gang' thing. It needs to be watched. Thanks for posting...

  • On July 4th, 2013 a garage burnt down a few houses down from me, on St. Louis near Parker, so also in the same general area. Given the date I assumed it was due to mishandled fireworks.

  • Anton Irie 4 Years And Still Unsure About LS

    Could also be bums squatting in it (starting fires for warmth or misusing the electrical connections) or just bad electrical to begin with. Oily rags from car maintenance + an electrical arc = boom.

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