26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

252 BUILDING VIOLATIONS?!

Did you see today's (5/26) list of building violations on EveryBlock Daily Digest?!

It looks like the city is running a massive building inspection sweep on the NW side. Anyone affected by of have info on this?

https://chicago.everyblock.com/?date=05%2F25%2F2018&only=building-violations&utm_campaign=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

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  • The one property with most of the violations appears to be under contract, so wondering if a reinspection by the city on an open permit issue led to a bonanza of violations?

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    a_m_b OR, the building is being sold because of the violations (and this was the purpose of a task force inspection report) I have no specific knowledge.

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Neighbor's tree busting into our space...what are the rules?

Hi everyone. Hoping to get some help here.

Our neighbor has a tree in his backyard that has gotten really big. It's trunk is busting through the fence separating our property and the roots are cracking the concrete on our side. Also, the branches are hanging over way onto our side.

We aren't really close with our neighbor but we get along fine. We'd like to keep good relations but wanted to know what the rules are for this kind...

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Hi everyone. Hoping to get some help here.

Our neighbor has a tree in his backyard that has gotten really big. It's trunk is busting through the fence separating our property and the roots are cracking the concrete on our side. Also, the branches are hanging over way onto our side.

We aren't really close with our neighbor but we get along fine. We'd like to keep good relations but wanted to know what the rules are for this kind of situation. We don't want to ask either him of us to take on more than the required responsibility.

Ideally, the tree would be removed, but at least the trimming of all the branches on our side would be done.

Does anyone know the current laws on this? Who pays for these things? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

  • Is it possible to defer to natural authority and just adapt to the tree being there? I am a part owner of a gigantic catalpa tree that encroached on my yard and pavement so we just gave up trying to control it. We enjoy the beauty of the tree and the shade it provides. If you try to be the boss and cut the roots, it may become very sad and die and fall on your house for revenge.

  • Thanks all!

    There aren't any dead branches that I can see. The only way it could be a hazard is in that concrete on our walkway is not only cracking but raising and jutting up in spots so that someone could easily trip. (That wasn't clear in my first post)...

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    Thanks all!

    There aren't any dead branches that I can see. The only way it could be a hazard is in that concrete on our walkway is not only cracking but raising and jutting up in spots so that someone could easily trip. (That wasn't clear in my first post) Don't know if that counts as an actionable hazard though...

    There's no room to move the walkway, unfortunately, @NW-Sider or I would agree with your idea.

    I'll check with an arborist for sure. If you all have any recommendations, please pass them along. But knowing all this will make it easier to have the conversation with our neighbor.

23 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

House Break-In on Spaulding

Yesterday at 1:41 pm, an unknown person was caught on video entering my apartment at 1929 N Spaulding. Nothing was taken besides the television remote batteries, but the person was wearing a sweatshirt and big pants, they possibly had a ponytail. Keep alert!

  • Wait? All they took are batteries? Did I miss something? Are batteries the new tide pods?

  • Maybe he was binge-watching The Handmaid's Tale and the remote went dead? That might drive someone to commit crime...

Feb 01

Updated 3 hours ago

Appliance Repair

Hello Neighbors - I'm looking for an honest and reliable company or repair person to fix some household appliances (refrigerator ice-maker and leaky washing machine). I appreciate all recommendations. The last folks I used seem to include a lot of extra charges. Thanks!

  • Hi Bellhome- we used Bobby at The Fix-it guy. 773) 974-8735 We like him... he fixed our Ice-maker and then a couple months later fixed our dishwasher, which had kind of dual problem and he fixed the second for free (just charged for parts). He's knowledgable and a nice guy.

  • Tomorrow is another day Happy resident of North Park Village

    Ditto for The Fix-it Guy! Has repaired several appliances. When he fixed a washer, said we would need a new one when it went. When he says he has to get a part and will call when he gets it, he does. Says when he will be there, and he is. He is a guy I can work with, ask questions of, and explains what the problem is.

3 hours ago

Injury/ shooting/?

Did anyone else hear screaming and possibly police last night (5/26) around 1am? Near Fullerton and Avers.

Mar 14

Updated 5 hours ago

Tree maps

Here are two maps I have generated from satellite and city data showing the extent and location of the tree canopy in Logan Square as well as the approximate locations and density of treated ash trees. The ashes are not likely to be around too much longer, I know many were recently removed from Palmer Square. The canopy map is based on data from 2011 so some things have changed already but I hope this helps someone with planning. We...

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Here are two maps I have generated from satellite and city data showing the extent and location of the tree canopy in Logan Square as well as the approximate locations and density of treated ash trees. The ashes are not likely to be around too much longer, I know many were recently removed from Palmer Square. The canopy map is based on data from 2011 so some things have changed already but I hope this helps someone with planning. We are planting a few more trees on our property this year after seeing this. You can also request a tree for your parkway or nearby if you don't have one here: https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=locform&invSRType=SED&invSRDesc=Tree%20Planting&locreq=N&stnumreqd=N

Higher resolution canopy
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ks638c0hev57p74/logan1.png?dl=0

Higher resolution ash tree map
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hnnbl8zrc947lur/logansquareash.png?dl=0

    311 - City of Chicago - Service Request Search
    Please enter the location information and continue, or Start Over.
    https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org
  • Oops. s.h.b "... might NOT add much to the canopy overall, they can ..."

  • Thank you to everyone who shared these insights. I love (most of) this thread!

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

    Lula Cafe Owner Collaborating With 'Indian-ish' Pop-Up Pair on New Logan Square Restaurant
    Chicagoans may know chefs Yoshi Yamada and Zeeshan Shah as the dynamic duo behind the unique and modern Indian food served over the years at their Bombay Breakdown pop-up series. The pair have big news: They're collaborating with Lula Cafe and Marisol chef-owner Jason Hammel on a new Logan Square restaurant.
    https://chicago.eater.com
  • any such name live, walk, & cook on the northwest side

    These chefs have been hosting pop ups at The Long Room (Irving Park & Ashland) - and another is happening soon, keep your eyes peeled for a taste of what's to come in this space!

  • Iain McFarlin Neighborhood bar manager

    Awesome, it would be great to have that one that corner.

37 hours ago

Looking for a cheap portable air conditioner

I'm looking for a portable air conditioner for as cheap as possible until our central AC is repaired. I'd be grateful for any and all leads, thanks.

4 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Mailbox Regulations?

Does anyone know if there are regulations for mailboxs? Today my husband was approached by our mail lady. She told him that our block has too many stairs and that we are required to have our mailbox mounted to our wrought iron fence instead of our house. Just wondering if anyone has heard of this or anything similar to this. I found some regulations on the usps website but nothing to answer my question. My mailbox is easily accessible, it just located on my front porch up 8 steps.

  • Allison Logan lawyer & homeowner

    Sure she was wrong, and maybe wrong on purpose. But good luck if you confront her about it (as so many helpful people here insist you should do). Will just lead to you losing all of your packages and correspondence till the end of time, and no, the home office...

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    Sure she was wrong, and maybe wrong on purpose. But good luck if you confront her about it (as so many helpful people here insist you should do). Will just lead to you losing all of your packages and correspondence till the end of time, and no, the home office will not do anything about it. Just ignore it and continue on with life and if she brings it up again just tell her sweetly that you called USPS to see what the exact requirements were and they told you that you didn't have to do it, but that you understand her concerns and vaguely suggest you might plan to get around to it at some point...and then leave it be.

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    It's true that if you get on the postal worker's wrong side you may get missing packages, etc. And it is true that USPS doesn't seem to care and usually doesn't do anything about mail problems, unless they get called out about it on the news.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Artful Social Commentary

I've seen a few of these kinds protest signs on the storefronts of recently closed businesses lately. This one was pasted on the front of Dunlays this morning.

May 19

Updated 2 days ago

New Taco Bell in Logan Square (Coming Soon)

They do have a building permit, so it is real. Work has just begun on the next Taco Bell (No Drive thru) Right next door to the Logan Square Hand Car Wash at Milwaukee and Richmond.

How do you feel about this?

2 days ago

Mar 30

Updated 4 days ago

Compost Logan Square

I was wondering if there is a place in Logan Square where one could drop off compost? I would like to avoid a “pick up service” if possible. I am located on the west side of Logan.

Thank you!

  • Acrowbat Matt North Center Circus Artist

    @Bellhome definitely send me a message- I would be happy to take your scraps, or should I say the farmily would happily take your scraps.

  • Matt, Sent you a PM a while ago to coordinate drop off. Please check your email. Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

    Logan Square's New Boutique Hotel Will Incorporate Vintage Grace's Furniture Sign
    LOGAN SQUARE - Plans to convert the Grace's Furniture building into a boutique hotel are moving forward. Not only did scaffolding recently go up, but also the developers and local leaders, including Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), intend to host a community meeting on the project in early June, according to a flier that has not been made public yet that includes a final rendering.
    https://medium.com
  • Would be very excited about this if done right.

    It's not too big, it would support the bars and restaurants already here and hopefully draw in more retail.

    Such a great location right between O'hare and the Loop

  • Looks like they were knocking holes in the wall already today.

  • happy to see this empty building is getting a new, productive life!

4 days ago

May 19

Updated 4 days ago

Closed

Que Lastima. 37 years. Wonder what's gonna replace it. Another "upscale" restaurant, or pricey cocktail bar?

  • Or will this in fact make her the greedy landlord now? Of course, she won’t be seeking to maximize rent. I’m sure she’ll rent to a non profit for below market rates.

  • I honestly can’t believe it was open for this long. The neighborhood has changed so much, in terms of demographics. I’ve been here for 24 years. I’m ready to move on as well.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for shared warehouse space

We are a small import company who would like to expand into distribution. All we need is space in a certified warehouse. We don't need much space as we are a small company and this is mostly just for licensing purposes.

  • G

    I know not exactly what you are asking for but I have a completely empty 2 car garage available.

  • You might look at The Plant - it's a shared warehouse space. It may not be for you because they do have a lot of expectations about sustainability, etc., but it might be worth looking into: http://plantchicago.org/

5 days ago

    Logan Square's New Boutique Hotel Will Incorporate Vintage Grace's Furniture Sign
    LOGAN SQUARE - Plans to convert the Grace's Furniture building into a boutique hotel are moving forward. Not only did scaffolding recently go up, but also the developers and local leaders, including Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), intend to host a community meeting on the project in early June, according to a flier that has not been made public yet that includes a final rendering.
    https://medium.com

Apr 09

Updated 6 days ago

Patio Install Recommendation/Question

Hello-
I am interested in using the product below in part of my yard that has turns into a swamp when it rains. Has anyone used this product or can recommend someone that could install it for me? Also, has anyone had success with another product that lets rain drain through?

http://www.porouspaveinc.com/resources/downloads/sales-support/

    Sales Support " Porous Pave, Inc.
    http://www.porouspaveinc.com

May 16

Updated 6 days ago

Found Dog on Kimball and Dickens

I found a jack russell terrier shivering in the corner of a doorway this morning around 8AM. He was scared and shivering. Was clean and had good teeth and grooming. Definitely a young dog. And he is not microchipped.

Please contact me if you’ve lost your dog with details and proof of ownership.

  • Bob, to my knowledge Paws can't take strays - unless something has changed over the last two years. They only pull from the shelter.

  • Thanks Emily, I have seen strays there but its an indirect route:

    In Chicago, stray and lost pets are impounded at two main locations:
    City of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) – 2741 S. Western Ave, 312-747-1406
    Animal Welfare League – 6224 S. Wabash Ave, 773-667-0088
    These shelters are...

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    Thanks Emily, I have seen strays there but its an indirect route:

    In Chicago, stray and lost pets are impounded at two main locations:
    City of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) – 2741 S. Western Ave, 312-747-1406
    Animal Welfare League – 6224 S. Wabash Ave, 773-667-0088
    These shelters are open seven days-a-week and accept strays. If you need a stray animal picked up, call 311 for assistance. If you take the animal to CACC, please call PAWS Chicago at 773-475-9462 with the intake number and we will try to take the pet into our adoption program. Please note, we cannot guarantee that we will bring the animal to PAWS as our intake is determined, based on our existing population and number of adoptions.

May 15

Updated 6 days ago

Drywall repair and painting - recommendations?

Hi, neighbors! We sustained water damage from the heavy snow and a bad roof over the winter. We're just about done with our roof repairs. (Thanks to all the great recommendations on here, we went with Nyberg Exteriors and have been pleased with their service and professionalism.) Now that the roof is fixed, we need to get the interior drywall on a few ceilings and walls repaired/replaced and painted. Any recommendations from good, honest contractors (who are licensed and bonded)? We haven't been impressed with the ones recommended by our insurance company. Many thanks in advance!

  • HumBo, I am looking for a guy to do some drywall work. In fact I emailed Slobo this morning, sounds like that wont work for me.However, Leo sounds like he could potentially be an option. Just wondering if he has a business website or anything. I like to do some digging around before cold calling. Did he have a business name?

    Thanks

  • MT

    Vicente Fernandez did work for us a few times and the drywall quality was great.
    773-818-1309

Feb 21

Updated 6 days ago

MegaMall / Logan Crossing Action

I saw some sort of large truck in the former MegaMall pit today. It had a vertical boom of some sort but I don't know what it would be used form.

Could this finally be the start of developing this eyesore?

May 20

Updated 6 days ago

Curious?

Does anyone know what happened by the Logan Square train station on Milwaukee at about 8am? There was police and News broadcast..

Jan 02

Updated 6 days ago

"do you speak english?" scam at armitage and calf. BP

awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a...

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awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a scam. thought, if she just charges the 30 bucks she really needs to get somewhere, it's legit. if she fills it up to 60, it's a scam. well, charge card showed 59 bucks. tonight, day after new years day, another woman (different, yet could have been the first one's mom- both were equally frantic and articulate...i admire their rehearsal skills if nothing else)in a suv waves me over (i'm on foot this time, but same gas station at calf and armitage.) "do you speak english -- thank god." same EXACT script. her mother's in northwestern, card is over-extended, blah blah blah. i guess word got around that it worked, so the scammers are working it. so adjust your need to respond (if any) accordingly. (by the way, i gave the second scammer the loose bills in my purse. it's a REALLY cold day, and she took the time to give me an education. that's always appreciated.)

6 days ago

May 20

Updated May 20

Looking for year round babysitter

Hello! My husband and I are seeking a sitter for our two daughters, a 4 year-old and 1 year-old. Ideally, our sitter would be able to work 8-10 hours per week; preferred days are Wednesdays and then either Tuesday or Thursday, timeframe flexibly around 3-7PM. Any reccomendayions would be awesome. Summer only need not apply. 15/hr.

  • My name is Jasmine. I am 22 years old and currently a student making my way up to become a Nurse. ☺️ I live in the Logan Square area. I have a car so I am comfortable with driving wherever you need me to be! I have 5 years experience...

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    My name is Jasmine. I am 22 years old and currently a student making my way up to become a Nurse. ☺️ I live in the Logan Square area. I have a car so I am comfortable with driving wherever you need me to be! I have 5 years experience as a nanny for all ages! I’m very creative, I love to teach and create fun activities for the kids to do during free time. I’m very open to trying new things, and a very quick learner! I’m also bilingual. Please feel free to contact me by email Jazzymariexc@yahoo.com or contact me through here. Can start anytime, Thank you!

May 19

Updated May 20

Free sofa

We are putting our old sofa out into the alley, between Spaulding and Kimball north of Armitage.

The arms are a bit worn but still in decent shape.

May 20

May 19

Clean Your Closets

Non-Profit helping immigrant men get started seeks Used tools, Jeans, Rain Jackets, Running Shoes, and Construction Boots (Sizes 6.5 Up). Call for Daytime Pick Up.
Seth or Gretchen 312 343 0804 or Deliver to Armitage Welding 3212 W. Armitage Saturday's

May 17

Updated May 19

Chicago Bookkeeper?

Any recommendation for freelance bookkeeper?

  • vjc gardener

    LOL! books and bees are my favorite things!!

  • :-) And look!!! I thought you were Vic - and now see your moniker is VJC.

    that's what comes of skimming and not reading what's in front of you. :-) Shame on me!

May 18

Free Bookshelf

Free 5 level bookshelf from World Market. In the alley between Shakespeare and Dickens just west of Kimball.

May 18

May 12

Updated May 17

Band playing on/near the square?

I keep hearing at least a drummer playing somewhere outdoors. I live near the square, but it’s always late so I admittedly haven’t gone over there to look for myself. Does anyone know what’s going on with that? I don’t recall it happening last year.

Just curious and easily annoyed. :)

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    These musicians should be respectful to the neighborhood and not go past ten pm .

  • Meggg I want to pet all the dogs

    Turns out there was a three day event at Comfort Station. I wish they would have kept it inside, but I suppose it’s no different than a street fest

May 16

Updated May 17

Cat Found - Marina, 8 months old

We found a very friendly, young cat in our yard a couple of nights ago when it was storming. It turns out she is microchipped - we learned that her name is Marina and she is 8 months old, but the owner's contact information is private. The chip company has tried to contact the owner but so far, no luck. Did anyone lose this sweet kitten?

May 16

Updated May 17

Horse Radish? Plants or roots?

I just read where you can freeze the root.

Please e-mail (klh@mindspring.com) if interested. Once you plant it, it is yours for a long time..and the leaves are tall and nice ....and you can dig it and leave part of the root in the ground and it will come back.

  • Hi NW...I don't have rabbits by me (feral cats and lots of backyard dogs..) and the leaves actually smell a little like strong horseradish (well, to me..) -they sure are attractive....so wish I could answer. But you are welcome to try it...(unless these plants would deter the rabbits from he other tasty ones.....just a thought...)

  • A site that lists "safe" things to feed captive rabbits included horseradish. Thinking horseradish may require less watering than turnips. Glad you posted and made me hunt-down more info.
    No pesticides in decades here; never will. Neighborhood feral cat is too old and slow to actually nab a rabbit ... saw two hawks fail vs bunny last Spring (yay).

May 17

May 16

4 Shots Fired

Just heard four distinct shots fired, maybe some more after but it was muffled by road noise. I was near Fullerton and Sacramento but it sounded fairly distant and off towards California.

May 14

Updated May 16

Turtle in need of home!

Hello!
My friend recently moved and asked if I could find a home for her turtle. It has a tank and some food. I cannot keep it sadly! It's name is Baxter and really needs a loving home!

  • Duke Animal at 3900+ N. Ashland also treats turtles, etc. They even have adopted the 'office turtle' named Heidi.

    Please contact Michael..he seems perfect!

  • k_alt Northcenter

    One of my friends was able to bring her turtle to the Garfield Park Conservatory to live the rest of it's life with other turtles among the plants. Might be worth contacting them or other conservatories in the area to see if they would take another one. If you do choose to adopt it out to someone please make sure it's someone who knows what they are doing and will care for it well. Sometimes it's hard to tell through the internet if that's going to be the case.

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