2 days ago

Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago

1745 W. North Ave. 773-360-1793

1655 W. Cortland St. 773-904-7433

2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-904-7805

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3634 W. Belmont Ave. 773-754-8341

605 N. Wells St. 312-929-0065

65 W. Kinzie St. 312-940-9900

3647 N. Clark St. 773-377-4770

1800 S. Carpenter St. 312-702-1303

205 E. Pearson St. 312-799-3599

113 W. Hubbard St. 312-644-0113

326 N. Morgan St. 312-763-6564

60 E. Ontario St. 312-313-1007

116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466

1112 N. State St. 312-586-2150

2500 W. Chicago Ave. 773-697-4413

    Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago
    It takes a lot of motivation to leave the house when temperatures are in the negatives. Luckily, these 16 bars and restaurants provide just that, serving up hot plates of French toast and biscuits and gravy to warm you up.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

2 days ago

4 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

4 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!

5 days ago

Lost Keys & bike key on brass double key chain one BLUE key

I lost some keys while riding my bike, Sunday 1/14 between 5 & 6 PM. about 8 keys, including Kryptonite bike key, Area of Division & Chicago Ave and Paulina & Wolcott.

Jan 13

Jan 11

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    Work in 3 units: # GW, # 1W & # 2E-paint. tile work. refinish hardwood floors. patch/repairs to drywall as needed- all work same as existing (no electrical work under this permit)

    1638 N. Marshfield Ave. Issued January 9, 2018 Comment

Jan 10

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!

Jan 07

BartShore posted 4 photos to Flickr:

Jan 06

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALL ONE OWNER FURNISHED TESLA WALL CONNECTOR IN A NEW LOCATION ON THE SOUTH WALL IN THE GARAGE BETWEEN THE TWO PARKING SPACES.

    1910 W. Cortland St. Issued January 4, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 2 STORY SFR WITH BASEMENT, ROOFTOP STAIRWAY ENCL., A REAR TERRACE AT 6.58' ABOVE THE GRADE, AND 2-CAR PARKING SPACES ON SLAB

    1815 N. Marshfield Ave. Issued January 4, 2018 Comment

Jan 06

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 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 28

Dec 27

Anyone else hear gunfire near Chicago and Richmond at about 3:40am on Sunday?

It sounded like 5 or 6 shots. Called 911 and did see a patrol vehicle, but the police must not have seen anything unusual.

Dec 24

Trap Door’s They Dramatizes an Anti-Art Authoritarian Society—or Does It?

They continues at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, through January 13. Performances are at 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20-25 with two-for-one tickets on Fridays. Call 773-384-0494 or buy tickets online.

    Trap Door's They Dramatizes an Anti-Art Authoritarian Society-or Does It?
    A play at Trap Door Theatre always starts before it really starts. The open stage in the tiny theater is set and populated with characters from the play, in some indolent or preparatory stage. Sometimes they interact with audience members. Before They begins, Spika, Countess Tremendosa (Mary-Kate Arnold), introduces herself, asks your name, and invites...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

Dec 24

srboisvert posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Dec 22

Dec 22

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 19

Dec 16

Dec 14

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    REPLACE EXISTING CONTRACTOR PERMIT NUMBER 100714851,ALL WORK TO BE DONE AS SHOWN ON THE PLANS AND PER ORIGINAL PERMIT. EKO

    1800 W. Wabansia Ave. Issued December 12, 2017 Comment

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 11

Dec 10

Contemporary home in Bucktown: $3.7M

1848 N. Paulina St. in Chicago: $3,675,000

    Contemporary home in Bucktown: $3.7M
    1848 N. Paulina St. in Chicago, illinois
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 09

Dec 04

Updated Dec 04

Ultra-contemporary Bucktown mansion with spacious patio lists for $3.675M

1848 N. Paulina Street, Chicago IL [Compass]

    Ultra-contemporary Bucktown mansion with spacious patio lists for $3.675M
    Though some might be turned off by its minimalist exterior and pillbox-like horizontal windows, this spacious Bucktown mansion is best enjoyed from the inside looking out. Designed by Chicago-based Osterhaus McCarthy Architects and completed in 2013, the contemporary six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home is full of natural light and blurs the line between indoors and out.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    "Though some might be turned off by its minimalist exterior and pillbox-like horizontal windows"

    Im more turned off by the price.

    "this spacious Bucktown mansion is best enjoyed from the inside looking out"

    I would home every home would best be enjoyed from the inside!

    That wine cellar should be given more credit!

Dec 01

Updated Dec 02

Carjacking 12/01/17 12:25PM at 2212 West Lyndale

I was listening to the Chicago Police Department scanner and heard reports related to an aggravated vehicular hijacking at 2212 West Lyndale at 12:25PM on Friday, December 1, 2017.

The offenders were three black males, two armed with handguns, who pulled up to the hijacked vehicle in a Silver 2014 Chevy Equinox. The Equinox used in this carjacking was reported to have been also previously carjacked in Broadview, Illinois by two black males who were reported to be armed and...

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I was listening to the Chicago Police Department scanner and heard reports related to an aggravated vehicular hijacking at 2212 West Lyndale at 12:25PM on Friday, December 1, 2017.

The offenders were three black males, two armed with handguns, who pulled up to the hijacked vehicle in a Silver 2014 Chevy Equinox. The Equinox used in this carjacking was reported to have been also previously carjacked in Broadview, Illinois by two black males who were reported to be armed and dangerous.

From the City of Chicago crime map, I was able to find reports of two carjackings in this part of Bucktown over the last 12 months:

AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HIJACKING
01/21/2017 05:45:00 AM
023XX W LYNDALE ST
IUCR 0326

VEHICULAR HIJACKING
09/16/2017 03:53:00 AM
023XX N OAKLEY AVE
IUCR 0325

I have attached a map of all vehicular hijackings in and near Bucktown in the last 12 months. To get more details about these incidents, and other crimes in the area, you can search the City of Chicago crime map at:

https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crimes-Map/dfnk-7re6/data

    Crimes - Map | City of Chicago | Data Portal
    This dataset reflects reported incidents of crime that have occurred in the City of Chicago over the past year, minus the most recent seven days of data. Data is extracted from the Chicago Police Department's CLEAR (Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting) system.
    https://data.cityofchicago.org
  • The crimeisdown.com website has separate, online streams of scanner broadcasts from all 13 CPD zones.

    https://crimeisdown.com/audio

    Broadcastify only offers the general CPD stream, which scans traffic in the 13 zones and often does not capture important dispatches in specific zones. Broadcastify will also often play recordings from earlier dispatches even...

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    The crimeisdown.com website has separate, online streams of scanner broadcasts from all 13 CPD zones.

    https://crimeisdown.com/audio

    Broadcastify only offers the general CPD stream, which scans traffic in the 13 zones and often does not capture important dispatches in specific zones. Broadcastify will also often play recordings from earlier dispatches even while indicating that the scanner is live and current.

    Bucktown is in District 14 which is in Zone 3. If you listen to the Zone 3 stream on crimeisdown.com, you will hear all the dispatches and police officer replies as they are occurring.

    I will often have the scanner playing in the background as I work and I am now used to listening to three or four zones simultaneously. Even though dispatches are almost constant and there is overlap in dispatches from the zones, it is possible to monitor large areas of the city in this way.

    CPD and the City of Chicago only release information about crimes and post details on their crime maps 7 days after each incident. Many other major cities post information within 24 hours.

    If someone is not learning about Chicago crime incidents through scanner broadcasts, there can be criminals targeting specific areas for repeat robberies and burglaries within a 7 day period and people will be vulnerable and unaware in those areas. I have noticed that robberies especially can suddenly become a problem in a neighborhood or block that was otherwise safe for months previously.

    I will continue to post details of major incidents that suggest that there is an active, ongoing threat with suspects at large. The CPD is doing a great job of catching some robbers and robberies and assaults are sometimes related to criminal activity such as drug dealing. I am not posting those incidents because they do not create a heightened danger for most citizens.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Thanks John R

Dec 02

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