24 hours ago

California/North Avenue

Today is 1/21 Around 10am 10 cops around Silver City condos and the building next door. Anyone know what’s up?

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Jan 14

Updated 5 days ago

Bucktown - Church bells ringing all night long

Hi All - Does anyone have any insight into the church bells going off every hour the past few nights?

5 days ago

Chicago’s top tattoo shop is hosting an animal rescue benefit this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday is the third INK FUR LIFE animal rescue benefit at Insight Studios (voted “Best Tattoo Shop” by TimeOut Chicago several years running)! All tattoos and piercings done at Insight this weekend will raise desperately needed funds for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Last November’s IFL was the most successful rescue benefit in Insight’s 13yr history, so come early, come often! Questions? Kaia@FCACC.Org

5 days ago

Chicago’s top tattoo shop hosting animal rescue benefit this weekend!

Friends! Neighbours! Countrymen! This weekend, Insight Studios (voted “Best Tattoo Shop” by TimeOut Chicago several years running) will host the third INK FUR LIFE tattoo/piercing benefit! Last November’s IFL was the most successful rescue fundraiser in its 13yr history so come early, come often! All tattoos and piercings purchased this weekend raise desperately needed funds for Chicago’s neediest animals!

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Updated Jan 10

Neighbor Uses 2nd vehicle to save parking

I've been having a problem with my neighbor. He uses his truck to save parking for other of his 3 cars. He has managed to own 3 spots in front of the fire hydrant for more than 6 months now. Its a family of 4 with 4 cars. The truck is only used to save parking for 3 spots right in front of their apartment building. He uses the truck and another car to save a spot for the third...

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I've been having a problem with my neighbor. He uses his truck to save parking for other of his 3 cars. He has managed to own 3 spots in front of the fire hydrant for more than 6 months now. Its a family of 4 with 4 cars. The truck is only used to save parking for 3 spots right in front of their apartment building. He uses the truck and another car to save a spot for the third and keep alternating through out the week. Every morning is the same routine. One of the 3rd car pulls out and the truck is moved forward with another car moved backward saving a spot in the middle. Leaving the 4th car to be used throughout the day. What to do? its driving me crazy!

  • Gil, I love it. keep up the good work!

    Mute......EXACTLY.

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    I find this to be an old white person trait. My father was one of these jerks. I think it originated before permit parking came about. He had multiple vehicles and a garage full of junk. He finally moved outta state where he had the room for all his junk...

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    I find this to be an old white person trait. My father was one of these jerks. I think it originated before permit parking came about. He had multiple vehicles and a garage full of junk. He finally moved outta state where he had the room for all his junk and no longer needs city property to store it. I have a couple ex boyfriends parents do the same thing. Aquire multiple vehicles junk up their garages think they own the spot in front of their house cuz they pay taxes. Annoying.

Jan 07

Updated Jan 09

School Project: Logan Square gentrification

Hello, I'm working on a high school project about affordable housing and gentrification in the Logan Square neighborhood.
If you're a renter/home owner or a member of an organization that is concerned about this issue, would you please answer a few questions?(Please identify which when responding)

Would please define gentrification briefly in your own words?
What kind of inequity is in play with regard to this issue (racial/economic/other)?
Are the existing conditions sustainable?
What would be a solution and how would success be measured?

  • Joe

    The word gentrification was invented in the 60's by a person that lived in a Kingdom. It is an observation of human behavior coined in a place that does not recognize Individual rights and property rights as one in the same. Humans fought massive wars throughout history over this principle....

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    The word gentrification was invented in the 60's by a person that lived in a Kingdom. It is an observation of human behavior coined in a place that does not recognize Individual rights and property rights as one in the same. Humans fought massive wars throughout history over this principle. Lands with castles see property as title and power that should be controlled and doled out by those in power.

    Do a project on personal liberty and how the right to own property or not erodes liberty. Does allowing a 3rd party to control an individual or an individuals property lead to corruption and looting? If government used it's power to protect each individual equally vs if a government used it's power to take from one individual and give to another.

    The inequity at play is the loss of an individuals freedom. An individual is the smallest minority.

    granting gov power over the individual will be used negatively and unfairly to benefit only those in power. Even if the benefit is to earn votes and get media coverage so they can win a seat in Congress, leaving the voters they duped behind with nothing but pandering to cling to. There is no definition of success in the context of using gov against an individual, not to protect but to take from.

  • will h, could you please post a link to a survey or Google form, so responses are more private?

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    Hi Will,

    I suggest reaching out to Sharon Hoyer at the Dill Pickle and Mark Fishman at Fishman Properties. Also Gina at Bird's Nest Salon, and Rick at Logan Square Automotive. The perspective of people who both own/run businesses and live in the neighborhood would be interesting to hear.

    Best of luck with your project!

Mar 11

Updated Jan 03

Handyman needed

Looking for a trustworthy handyman to do small jobs on a house in Bucktown. Caulking, CO2 detector replacement, sump pump battery - a lot of little things like that here and there. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Dec 31

Updated Jan 01

Lost keys

Hi all, lost my keys somewhere on wrightwood near bernard. Has a honda key and red caribiner. Thanks for your time.

Jan 01

Dec 31

Key Found Hoyne/Dickens

I happened upon a lost key by the first tree north of Dickens, west of Hoyne. I left it visible on the tree root. It had ice on it so it was probably dropped awhile ago, maybe last night. It was difficult to see making it easy to miss if someone backtracked for it. Hopefully whoever lost this didn't get locked out in the cold.

Dec 22

Updated Dec 31

Watch Out For This Guy

    Arlo Smart Home Security Cameras | Home Monitoring | Arlo by NETGEAR
    View and record live HD videos from anywhere. Get motion alerts and clips, schedule smart home rules, and share cameras with friends and family.
    https://arlo.netgear.com
  • Outlaw leaving packages? We can't even enforce the illegality of bold face shooting someone dead in broad daylight. Good luck with that one. Merry Christmas to all and peace on earth (especially Chicago) and goodwill to all.

  • This is both sad and frustrating. Consider these solutions...I saw that Walgreens was accepting FedEx packages for customers. Amazon has locations where you can have them delivered. There may be other options like that available at no additional cost. I started having packages delivered to my office but I can see where that might not work well. Letting anything over the size of an envelope be delivered to your mailbox is really risky. Hope this helps.

Dec 31

Dec 28

Updated Dec 29

How the 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction may Affect You

The new tax bill has many trying to understand how the 20% deduction applies to pass-through income and whether it affects them. Before making any changes to become a sole proprietor, understand the deduction and speak to a tax professional to determine if it can be beneficial to you.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-new-20-deduction-on-pass-through.html

    The New 20% Deduction on Pass-Through income, What is It? And does it affect you?
    There are many intricacies of the new Tax Act that will be discussed and analyzed over the coming weeks and months. While some of the changes will allow for a tax reduction for "pass-through" entities, the complexities of the tax bill should be discussed with your tax advisor to make sure you understand how it affects you before you make any significant financial or employment changes.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com
  • Is the 20% credit on pass throughs a permanent deduction or does it expire at some point?

  • It is currently set to expire with the individual tax rates after 2025. Although the entire tax bill can be changed with the passage of any new laws.

  • Thanks Bryan! It was also helpfull to know that it is a "below the line" after AGI deduction... I assume a new line on page 2. I looked everywhere for that info and it was/is hard to come by. I even tried reading the bill, but it was like trying to read mandarin, or maybe klingon!

Dec 24

Dec 23

  • Permit issued for new construction

    SELF-CERT: NEW 2 STORY MASONRY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE WITH BASEMENT AND DETACHED GARAGE WITH ROOF DECK. NO ROOF DECK ON HOUSE ALL AS PER PLANS

    2138 W. Charleston St. Issued December 21, 2017 Comment

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Dec 20

Updated Dec 20

Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction

You may want to pay the 1st installment of your property tax bill before the end of the year for a deduction on your 2017 federal taxes as you may not be able to utilize the deduction in 2018.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2017/12/prepay-your-property-taxes-for-2017-tax.html

    Prepay your Property Taxes for 2017 Tax Deduction
    With the likely passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that the majority of taxpayers who currently itemize their deductions will take the standard deduction for the tax year 2018. The reason for this change will be capping of State and Local Tax and Property tax deductions at $10,000.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com
  • bansia Bucktown newbie

    Thanks much for sharing. Interesting to see how quickly this organization is acting on the news.

    As a current renter & someone considering buying a home in the next 3-6 months, I'm wondering if it makes sense to rent another year & see if home prices fall over the next 1-2 years, specifically in the Chicagoland area.

  • Bansia,

    Glad this is information was helpful. As for the question on renting vs buying, that will be a big question going forward. Without the tax advantages of home ownership, you may see a decrease in home values in the coming years.

Dec 20

Bucktown home with custom details: $1.3M

2330 N. Oakley Ave. in Chicago: $1,290,000

    Bucktown home with custom details: $1.3M
    2330 N. Oakley Ave. in Chicago, illinois
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 20

Dec 14

Updated Dec 18

2 young men are pretending to be utilities.

My roommate opened the door on Sacramento 2600 block and 2 young men said they worked for gas and electric and we were not receiving mail. First off- those are separate companies running those utilities, so they wouldn’t be representing them together. Secondly without invite/ credentials/ proper outfit they attempted to walk into our apartment. Don’t know what this would have turned into if they got trough, but keep a heads up.

  • Sorry Glenn,
    This is all the information my roommate gave me.

  • 1 was a 21 year old British man named Conor Brown, blond hair medium build. I have a picture of his badge, but don't know how to upload. Badge says "Direct Energy: Authorized Distributor. Authorized Distributor Name: Sorella Synergies. Then there's a phone number for identity check and a phone number for costumer service.

Dec 17

Updated Dec 18

  • nearthehighway Logan Square resident since 2002

    thanks for calling all of these in, i have notice uptick in graffiti this weekend

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Dec 16

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    CONSTRUCT NEW FRAME GARAGE WITH ROOFDECK AND NEW STEEL-FRAMED REAR DECK AT AN EXISTING SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE AS PER PLANS**CERTIFIED CORRECTIONS- - SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **

    2125 W. Charleston St. Issued December 14, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING 3 STORY REAR PORCH AND STAIR AT EXISTING 3 STORY 6 UNIT RESIDENTIAL MASONRY BUILDING WITH NEW 3 STORY WOOD OPEN PORCH & STAIRS.

    2301 N. Oakley Ave. Issued December 14, 2017 Comment

Dec 16

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • New Seating for a New Year

    Ms. Rolle is asking for $2202.13:
    My students need flexible seating tables to be in a more comfortable learning environment. These tables will allow them to work more confidently- both independently and in a small group setting.
    Cics-Bucktown Comment
  • Students Will: Wobble-Draw-Learn!

    Ms. Santucci is asking for $727.28:
    My students need wobble chairs and markerboard table to allow students maximum participation in small group lessons.
    Cics-Bucktown Comment

Oct 17

Updated Dec 13

Victory Grill?

Hi all. Does anyone have an update on the proposed diner at the old Cafeteria Marianao at 2246 N Milwaukee Avenue? The article mentioned opening "late 2017 or early 2018," but haven't seen much progress. We're fans of Cozy Corner, but they're not open for dinner and this has the potential of becoming a great local option. Thanks!

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170328/logan-square/cafeteria-marianao-the-victory-grill-george-liakopoulos

    The Victory Grill To Replace Longtime Logan Staple Cafeteria Marianao
    LOGAN SQUARE - The building that housed longtime neighborhood staple Cafeteria Marianao will soon see new life as the Victory Grill, a diner serving full breakfast and boozy shakes, according to owner George Liakopoulos. The fast-casual diner, 2246-48 N.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Does anyone have an update on this? Haven't seen much progress so far...

Dec 10

Updated Dec 13

Looking to rent a garage in Logan Square

Hello,

I live on the 2500 block of Mozart Ave in Logan Square. I am looking to rent an entire garage somewhere near my home. The garage would be used for Storage of my work tools and supplies. I would be in and out of the garage typically once a day.

Please let me know if you are interested in renting your garage.

Regards,

Topher

  • Not a good idea to store valuable tools or bikes in a garage around here. If anything is stolen, would you expect the homeowners insurance to cover it?

  • I looked into that for my garage and possible rental; my ins. would not cover that. (Allstate)

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Allstate tells me they do not cover tools. Furthermore, you should check with your insurance company to determine what they will cover when your property is stolen from someone else's garage.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 12

Dear City Newbies, Please Pick Up Your Dog Poop!

Some guy today let his dog poop on the sidewalk and casually walked away like it was nothing. The owner of the house he pooped in front of came out and talked to him and he not only refused to pick it up, he then treated this man who has lived in Bucktown forever like he was a crazy person. I happened upon this scene and it was quite amazing. He really thought it was unnecessary to pick up after...

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Some guy today let his dog poop on the sidewalk and casually walked away like it was nothing. The owner of the house he pooped in front of came out and talked to him and he not only refused to pick it up, he then treated this man who has lived in Bucktown forever like he was a crazy person. I happened upon this scene and it was quite amazing. He really thought it was unnecessary to pick up after his dog.

He's 30ish, short blondish brown hair with a new small black puppy. He;s got a wild eyed stare that looks like he might have moved here from some podunk town in East Texas. I'd post a pic but that probably would be against the rules here plus I don't carry a phone with me. I'm amazed at the arrogance thinking it's OK to let dog poop sit on the sidewalk. This might work in his farm country but don't they teach any manners there? End of rant. Still kind of pissed. This happened on Shakespeare just west of Hoyne.

BTW: If there was a Patrol Dogs Club that poop and all others would get picked up by the next dog walker.

  • Dear Mr. RAKARWOWSKI, Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

    My use of East Texas was an obtuse reference to my true observation that he looked and acted like an alt-right young Republican Evangeiist -- the kind I used to know in college. Nowadays they have become more embolden. He probably thought my neighbor who has lived here forever was an immigrant of some sort. That's the vibe I got and that's why I made this post.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I don't protest, this is EB and I enjoy my freedom of speech they allow me when I read things like you posted and see nothing a little bad in what you posted. Again, I could be wrong but that is what I got out of those statements. Have a nice day.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 12

Logan Square home with roof deck: $1.4M

2234 W. Shakespeare Ave. in Chicago: $1,375,000

    Logan Square home with roof deck: $1.4M
    2234 W. Shakespeare Ave. in Chicago, illinois
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Beth G 15+ year Bucktown resident

    They are calling it Logan Square because, technically, it is. Bucktown is a "made up" neighborhood, whereas Logan Square is an official Chicago Community Area, which Bucktown falls within.

  • It's Bucktown. The encroachment of Logan Square and Wicker Park on Bucktown knows no bounds.

Dec 12

Dec 10

Hand Gun shots fired

Last night at 3:10 am this morning my self my father and neighbors were awaken when we heard 2 shots fired from a handgun then about 6 more rounds. Sounded like it was coming from Lyndale and Western ave or possible on Western ave and Palmer. Just curious did anyone see or hear anything ?

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