2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Ludlow! New at California and Wellington

What's going on here? New bar- doesn't look open yet.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Sleeping guy on Cortland

Anybody know what the deal is with the sleeping guy on Cortland and Mozart? The cops tell him to move and then he comes back. He is a Hispanic man in his 30s with a large black backpack. He tends to wander around the neighborhood aimlessly and laugh maniacally at things that are not there. I’m also convinced he was in my back yard today. But that’s another story in itself...

Feb 11

Updated 36 hours ago

Suggestions for huge icicle overhang?

I need to remove some huge icicles that are hanging off the gutters. They are long, wide, and heavy. The melt is causing ice to form on the open porch stairs below.

Any suggestions?

  • It's snowing pretty heavily right now.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Between today and Wednesday we are going to see rapid snow melt especially tomorrow and Tuesday when we could see up to 3 inches of rain

Feb 11

Updated 3 days ago

Good Chinese food delivery in Logan?

Hi Logan neighbors! My fiancee and I moved from Brooklyn to Chicago a few months ago, and we've had a really hard time finding any decent Chinese food delivery here. We've tried a few places on Caviar and Grubhub, but all have been pretty bad so far. Do you have any recommendations of places to go / order from?

Thank you!
A

  • Dee's in LP on Armitage. Use GrubHub/DoorDash and don't feel limited by what's in your immediate surroundings. Chengdu Impression also good for szechuan.

  • Just ordered from Lee's this week, they have the best egg rolls, the crab rangoon and Cantonese chicken chow mein were pretty good too. It may not be authentic, but it tastes good to me.

    Not in the neighborhood, but Takie Outit on Chicago between Leavitt and Hoyne in Ukrainian...

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    Just ordered from Lee's this week, they have the best egg rolls, the crab rangoon and Cantonese chicken chow mein were pretty good too. It may not be authentic, but it tastes good to me.

    Not in the neighborhood, but Takie Outit on Chicago between Leavitt and Hoyne in Ukrainian Village is my favorite. Maybe Grubhub will deliver from there. I miss it since I've moved.

    Like anything else, the best Chinese/pizza/etc. is a mattter of taste. Especially pizza...if you want to start an argument, ask who has the best pizza. Thin vs pan vs stuffed vs NY style adds another element.

4 days ago

    High Risk Missing Person: Ricardo Carmona from Humboldt Park
    Ricardo Carmona, 57, was last seen wearing a brown coat, blue jeans and black gym shoes in the vicinity of 3400 W. Evergreen in the Humboldt Park area. He is at high risk. He is 5' 7" tall and weighs
    http://oururbantimes.com

Feb 11

Updated 6 days ago

US Mail Must go Though.

The Mail must go through, that is if they feel like it these days- Often on my block in Logan Square we are skipped a day once a week or so. and when the weather is bad- you can count on missed days, no mail service for us Friday and Saturday this past week.

  • WilliamB. I have signed up for that service. It works occasionally. But if they don't scan the mail for days and finally a few days later you have ten pieces of mail, then they are not scanning it daily. Also with packages they say that delivery is tomorrow and I never see it. I also live in the rear of the building and too lazy to deliver it to the side. My zip is 60642.

  • Postal service is not federally funded, except for employees health insurance. The majority of revenue comes from stamps and delivery service.

Feb 07

Updated Feb 12

Logan Square Area Neighborhood Groups?

Does anyone have information of neighborhood groups within the Logan, Humboldt, "West Bucktown" area?

I have looked into the LSNA, but it appears to be more of an social/political activist group than NA, especially when compared to the Bucktown Community Organization (previous group I was a member of)

  • https://logansquarist.com/events/

    LoganSquarist does monthly neighborhood meetups and often times they've been very close to Armitage/California. There was one at Masada, the coffee shop next to Revolution - those are just two examples.

  • There was a group that called themselves the West Bucktown neighborhood association, whose borders were North ave, California, Armitage, and Western.

    There was group called north Humboldt South Logan whose borders were North Ave, California, kedzie , and Armitage.

    There is a gtroup called Armitage neighbors together (ANT) that was...

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    There was a group that called themselves the West Bucktown neighborhood association, whose borders were North ave, California, Armitage, and Western.

    There was group called north Humboldt South Logan whose borders were North Ave, California, kedzie , and Armitage.

    There is a gtroup called Armitage neighbors together (ANT) that was near Armitage and Homan.

    I would google those first. Also, as a member of the Humboldt Park Advisory Council, I would invite you to be a member there. We meet next on Thursday Feb 22nd at 630PM at the Fieldhouse.

    Good Luck!

Feb 06

Updated Feb 09

Block Club Chicago - Filling the DNAinfo-sized Holes in our Hearts?

Just heard about this Kickstarter and wanted to share the news: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/544623986/bringing-neighborhood-news-back-by-block-club-chic?ref=user_menu

I know a lot of us miss DNAinfo, so I was super excited to see some familiar faces and names. We all have a stake in hyperlocal news and information sharing, so this seems like it'll be a great community resource when it's launched in April :)

    Bringing Neighborhood News Back by Block Club Chicago
    Block Club Chicago is raising funds for Bringing Neighborhood News Back by Block Club Chicago on Kickstarter! Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit neighborhood news site started by former editors and reporters at DNAinfo Chicago. We're back!
    https://www.kickstarter.com/

Mar 10 2016

Updated Feb 09

Neighbor feeding pigeons....

Our next door neighbor feeds pigeons in his backyard. He is older and on disability, and I get it, they are like his friends. But it creates swarms of pigeons that poop all over the place. And it seems like the rat problem has gotten worse. My husband really, really hates that he feeds them, and he has had several (probably 10?) conversations with him telling him he has to stop or he will report the neighbor. The neighbor then...

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Our next door neighbor feeds pigeons in his backyard. He is older and on disability, and I get it, they are like his friends. But it creates swarms of pigeons that poop all over the place. And it seems like the rat problem has gotten worse. My husband really, really hates that he feeds them, and he has had several (probably 10?) conversations with him telling him he has to stop or he will report the neighbor. The neighbor then will feed them in the dog run between his house and his other neighbor, like hiding it from my husband. But the 50 pigeons are a dead giveaway its still happening. Now the pigeons have started nesting on OUR deck, so it's hit a new low, and my husband is about to lose his mind. He doesn't really want to report him because he is old and clearly on a low fixed income. He doesn't want to financially ruin this guy. But this has to stop. Does anyone have any advice on what to do? We have called the police to see what would happen, if anything, if we reported him, and they always have differing opinions on what the law is. It varies from $250 fines to nothing because they don't *think* it's illegal.

  • MillieNeon Person

    Aldona: Love that video. Interesting how his pigeons are so varied in color . . . white, beige, brown, and the more common dark blue. Haven't seen any that varied here in Chicago.

  • carrie 40-year Palmer Square resident

    Oh, let him be. There are worse things than feeding pigeons - they
    are interesting and intelligent birds.

Feb 08

Updated Feb 09

Logan Square Library displaying the Square redesign maps!

Stroll over to the Logan Square Library and check out the four proposed designs for improved car/pedestrian/bike flow around the Eagle. They are displayed in the lobby through February, along with info on how to send CDOT your comments online.

This is our future, Logan Square. Come by the library, study the designs, and tell CDOT what you think.

  • RheaV retired teacher, reader, walker

    Thank you Friends of Logan Square Library!

Feb 07

Updated Feb 09

Cost Per Laundry Load (HOAs)

Greetings, Neighbors-

Calling on neighbors part of HOAs, and where laundry is in the building and not in the unit(s). What is the standard cost per load? What is the standard? An increase from .50 cents to $1.25 per load reasonable? Thank you in advance for your input.

  • LD

    I'm not trying to be snarky but I don't think it matters what anybody thinks about cost increase. Are you renting a condo there, an owner or are you on the BOD? In our building, decisions like these are made by our BOD w/out input from the rest of the...

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    I'm not trying to be snarky but I don't think it matters what anybody thinks about cost increase. Are you renting a condo there, an owner or are you on the BOD? In our building, decisions like these are made by our BOD w/out input from the rest of the HOA (this would be considered a very minor decision for our building). If you are a renter, perhaps you can ask your landlord if there's anything that can be done to offset the cost. If you are an owner and I was the treasurer and was asked to justify the cost increase with the "supporting work" a responder mentioned I would invite them to the nearest laundromat and suggest they run for treasurer at the next BOD election.

    For the record, $0.50 seems incredibly cheap and $1.25/load less than average and completely reasonable.

  • If this is a building of owners that are already paying monthly HOA fees then the laundry should be part of that cost. You should not be charging anything for each load.

    If you're managing a building of rental units then charge whatever you want.

Feb 04

Updated Feb 08

Snow Shoveling

Does anyone have (or know) of a kid or teenager that wants to come shovel my walk today? Willing to pay $20.

I remember going door to door as a kid. Could really use this right now!

  • Victor Perez: There's a snow shoveling assistance in Chicago & surrounding suburbs. If you call 3-1-1 & offer your services they can point you in the proper direction.

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    Thank you Joan. :)

Jan 29

Updated Feb 07

West Bucktown Neighborhood Association

Does anyone know if this group is still active? Is anyone a member?

Relatively new to the neighborhood and would like to get involved but their website/events don't appear to be updated and have had trouble getting in touch with them via email

  • The contact email info@westbucktown.org should work, if nothing else you can get on the mailing list. It’s true they use FB mostly. There are a lot of annual events through the year, the bigger summer ones have signs posted at Lucy Flower Park and Maplewood Park.

  • @ Matt W - appreciate the information. I have tried that email, but no luck. Will give it another try. Looking forward to some of these future events

May 20

Updated Feb 02

Former Dollar Tree at 3016 N Ashland

Now that Dollar Tree at 3016 N Ashland is closed, does anyone know what new business will be going in this space? So sad to see Dollar Tree leave but I guess they raised the rent and staying was no longer an option. Thanks.

Feb 01

    A former grocery store becomes a couple's live-work home
    It took Matt Nardella and Laura Cripe, co-founders of Moss Design in Chicago, two years to find the right building for the home and office they envisioned. They discovered it in what many would consider an unlikely spot-a defunct grocery store in Logan Square.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jan 31

Updated Feb 01

    'Priceless' Polish folk outfits stolen in Wicker Park smash-and-grab
    After five handmade Polish folk outfits were stolen from her car in a smash-and-grab over the weekend, a Wicker Park woman spent most of Christmas rifling through dumpsters in search of the garments. "It was such a beautiful day, Christmas, and for someone to steal something that represents your culture, your heritage and your family, it's just so sad," Marlena Dzis said.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • People will steal anything. I bought a plastic rainspout deflector to keep the water from flowing into my garage. It was in the alley, didn't think to glue it down. Gone the next day.

Nov 26

Updated Jan 31

New Chikis Grill Coming Soon

Saw what must have been a group of friends and family in this space over the weekend. Former location of L' Patron on Diversey at California.

Sorry no info..

  • I drive by it every day- dead in there each time I look that way.

  • Have tried it, L'Patron was very good and this unfortunately doesn't stack up. They need to up their food game asap.

Jan 30

Updated Jan 31

Don't forget the special MOON!

4:51 a.m. to 6:56 Weds. January 31, 2018

Jan 24

Updated Jan 25

Thank you 'dog walkers'!!

Except for the 1 in 500 who doesn't pick up after their dogs, I want to thank you all for walking in our neighborhoods and noticing what 'is right' and 'what isn't right'. I know you 'see things' that we don't get to see just by our not walking and so much driving... I feel much safer just knowing that you are 'around the corner' when I'm walking and can see and report things.
THANKS!!

  • My dog and I walk your block at least once a day. A really beautiful and quiet block, not much trouble. I always thought you could pick up that block and put it in Lakeview and it would fit in.

  • And it’s a great way to meet your neighbors!

Jan 17

Updated Jan 18

    Click here to support Rebuilding our home organized by Gerri Ann Victoria
    Last night on 01/15/18 my family and I were fortunate enough to make it out of our home along with our three dogs. There was a fire which destroyed our home. While we did not have renters insurance we understand that most things can be replaced.
    https://www.gofundme.com
  • Gerri Victoria My husband and I have lived in this area for 3...

    We were renters and our address was 3555 W Fullerton at Drake

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    quality assurance contracting services llc
    312-885-1719
    I can help you rebuild your home.
    Im glad you all are safe including rescue people

Jan 11

Updated Jan 17

New Restaurant + Outdoor Patio for 3000 Fullerton @ Sacramento nw corner

Vacant corner 3000 W Fullerton at Sacramento will have new restaurant with outdoor patio. Lot was former used auto sales and garage. https://chicago.everyblock.com/building-permits/jan09-permit-issued-renovation-alteration-8464246/
Issue date January 9, 2018. Estimated value $340,000
Application number 100731105. Work type Renovation / alteration
Reconfiguration of a building's interior or exterior. Description C2-2 CONSTRUCT A ONE STORY RESTAURANT PER PLANS. WITH OUTDOOR PATIO (AT GRADE)

Aug 12 2014

Updated Jan 17

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.

  • I too am looking to get a water main line installed at 1.5" in my 3 flat. I need the line from the main to the B-box and the line from the b-box to the house. Water main is on my side of the street thank god. I just called Terry for a Quote and will fill everyone in on his price. I already received a $14k quote from Mario Roque at Escamilla plumbing and a $16,900 quote from Apex Plumbing. Hopefully Terry can come under them all.

  • By the way, in case its hard to follow we are in January of 2018.

Jan 14

Updated Jan 17

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?

Jan 15

Updated Jan 16

1900 blk Mozart

9:30 pm, about 5-6 shots fired, then police activity. Anyone know what’s up?

  • I live on Mozart and heard a woman at the end of the block speaking with the cops. She said they looked outside after hearing the shots and saw 4 people running down Mozart towards Armitage. I think she was also describing a dark sedan driving by but didn't say it was speeding away or anything. Best bet, at this point, seems to be a gang-related shooting.

  • Rwm

    gang bangin' when it's 15 deg out... the lunacy knows no bounds!

Jan 16

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

Jan 12

Updated Jan 15

Peoples Gas Pricing | Survey

Hey Loganites-

I get a monthly email comparing my gas usage with similar homes to ours. Apparently, we are super inefficient compared to homes of similar size. We live in a north facing, late 19th-century brick cottage home with radiate heat. Most of the home is original, as there is no real insulation between the brick and the original plaster. Windows are fairly new and our house is around 1900 square feet. Our December bill came in around $270.

What are you gas bills? Thanks!

  • nearthehighway Logan Square resident since 2002

    you can rent a infrared thermometer with a screen that will show you all the 'cold spots' in your house. Its pretty cool! It becomes very clear where your problems are.

  • I pay to heat 3 residential units (don't ask why) and I am always surprised when I get those usage letters telling me how well (or not) I am doing compared to my neighbors. According to those, I must leave the front door open on one unit and hardly heat the others!!! Neither of which is true so I am also curious as to how they make their comparisons...by the way, I keep my house at 68 in the day and 60 at night.

Jan 12

Updated Jan 13

Logan Square forgotten waterfall: Olson Rug Company Park (Diversey @ Pulaski)

4000 W Diversey at Crawford Road (Pulaski). A Logan Square resident saved iron bridge at top of Olson Falls from scrap yard when the park was torn down in late 1970s.
http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/northwest/olson-waterfall/

    Olson Waterfall | Forgotten Chicago | History, Architecture, and Infrastructure
    by Daniel Pogorzelski Those growing up in the Jefferson Park area, like so many Chicagoans who grew up on the Northwest Side, have fond memories of the Olson Rug Park and Waterfall. Just a stone's throw from Kosciuszko Park and St.Hyacinth Basilica in Avondale, Mr. Walter E.
    http://forgottenchicago.com
  • Could there be a more appropo sentiment:

    from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot…

    My business was a 20 year tenant in the building immediately north...

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    Could there be a more appropo sentiment:

    from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot…

    My business was a 20 year tenant in the building immediately north of the parking lot that was once the Olson Park and Waterfall. At the time of the waterfall that building (2850 N Pulaski designed by Alfred S. Alschuler) was the ILG Electric Ventilating Company of Chicago. It closed in 1990 or 1992. At the same time as the construction of the waterfall and park Mr ILG bought land in NIles in 1934 to create a park for his employees and built the Leaning Tower at 6300 W. Touhy. The family later donated some of the land and the tower to the YMCA. The Y deeded it to the Village of Niles and the Village recently refurbished it. It would be interesting to know if there is any records of interviews with Mr. Olsen and Mr. ILG discussing their two highly unusual public spaces.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Niles

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    I too remember the Olson Rug waterfall.When Marshall Fields took the building over ,they removed it to make a parking lot.

Jan 12

Updated Jan 12

Helicopters Over St. Louis and Cullom

Fire at 4251 n. St. Louis

  • LadyHawk justdointheright35thward

    Scanner just now instructions to a unit to call the Arson Unit ASAP.

Jan 10

Updated Jan 12

Wilmot Properties currently demolishing 2942 W North Avenue

Residents of the 32nd and 1st ward should be interested in the fact that Wilmot Construction have made multiple large donations to both Alderman Waguespack and Alderman Moreno. This building was a contributing element to Humboldt Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places the building faces it on North Avenue just east of Humboldt. Hopefully they can preserve the facade at least. https://www.illinoissunshine.org/search/?term=Wilmot%20Construction,%20Inc.&table_name=candidates&table_name=committees&table_name=officers&table_name=receipts&table_name=expenditures

    Search for 'Wilmot Construction, Inc.'
    Search for candidates, committees and donors in Illinois
    http://www.illinoissunshine.org
  • Only buildings that are designated as landmarks by the city are protected, and then only the facade.

  • It's gone.

Jan 10

$15 tickets for THE WOLVES at Goodman Theatre using code AMBASSADOR10

*Note I volunteer at the Goodman and am free to share this code with anyone but I don't receive any money based on purchases.*

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Here's a description of the show if you're interested:

From the safety of the suburbs, a girls soccer team navigates life's big questions and wages their own tiny battles—with all the "bark and bite" (Vulture.com) of a pack of adolescent warriors. A “smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer” (The Village Voice), The Wolves is a portrait of the pursuit of happiness for nine American teens who just want to score some goals. Named one of the best plays of 2016 by The New York Times. 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist!

GoodmanTheatre.org/TheWolves
By Sarah DeLappe | Directed by Vanessa Stalling
Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn
February 9 – March 11, 2018

50% off tickets now available! Seating restrictions apply. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers.

    The Wolves | Goodman Theatre
    https://www.goodmantheatre.org

Jan 10

Construction

Anyone know what is going on at armitage and drake (just east of Central Park)? It’s a large one story building that I can tell construction is going on but no idea what is planned for the spot.

Jan 04

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 Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    ... or park one of your other vehicles there and when you get home, move it somewhere else. rinse and repeat.

    beez - i am not always a smatazz. sometimes i am asleep.

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

    Mute......EXACTLY.

Jan 10

A 64 year old woman killed in a Fire on Spaulding 1/10/18

A 64 year old woman killed in a fire , Diversey was blocked at Kedzie for a while. 2800 Block of N. Spaulding - 2 1/2 story frame house. The fire started around 4AM 1/10/18. Everything was under control by 4:45AM

Jan 02

Updated Jan 03

Armitage Theater -- demolition or renovation?

Does anyone know what's going on with the old Armitage Theater building at 3553 W Armitage (sw corner, across from Rico Fresh)? It is surrouded on all sides by scaffolding covered in tarp. Seemed like a demolition setup to me but I don't see it listed on Chicago Cityscape's Demolition Tracker.
https://www.chicagocityscape.com/demolitions.php

It's not a super noteworthy building so it's demolition wouldn't leave me broken-hearted but I just hope they're putting something back in it's place. We don't need another huge vacant lot.

    Chicago Cityscape - Demolitions Tracker
    See photos of which Chicago buildings have received demolition permits.
    https://www.chicagocityscape.com

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Dec 28

Updated Dec 28

Gunshots near Kimball & Wrightwood?

My bf and I were woken up last night to what we think was two gunshots sometime between 12am and 2am. We both woke up so it was pretty loud but I immediately fell back asleep so I may have dreamt all of this. Not sure if it was that or a car backfiring? We live near Kimball & Wrightwood. Wondering if anyone else heard this.

  • Mark Heller Logan Square & Chicago activist

    There was loud car crash Kimball at Drummond (1/2 block north of Wrightwood). Speeding southbound Kimball driver, probably drunk. Dont know about any gunshots

  • Definitely heard some screeching as well. Thanks, Mark!

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