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2 days ago

Long-awaited Red & White Wine Bar now open in Bucktown

1861 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-486-4769, www.redandwhitewineschicago.com

    Long-awaited Red & White Wine Bar now open in Bucktown
    It's taken some time, but Red & White Wine Bar is finally open. Quietly opened to the public on Jan. 4, the spacious, European-style wine bar adjoins the 10-year-old retail space of the same name. Don't expect to see the same bottles, though.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

4 days ago

Updated 2 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?

3 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

3 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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BartShore posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Jan 12

5 other places to wait for a burger while Au Cheval is (temporarily) closed

...in the city: Wicker Park, the West Loop and Old Town. $9.95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St...

...Plus, the price tag is more than reasonable. $6.25. 3057 N. Ashland Ave. and 2072 N. Western Ave.

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...West Loop and Old Town. $9.95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St...

...95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St.

...Cheval garner national attention with a similar mention of its burger back in 2012.) $16. 177 N. Ada St., first floor...

...doesn’t need to be. Plus, the price tag is more than reasonable. $6.25. 3057 N. Ashland Ave. and 2072 N. Western Ave...

...egg. Do what you will, as the combinations are all worth your while. $9.05. 1141 N. Ashland Ave.

...this burger stands slightly apart from its peers and is better for it. $8.50. 2057 W. Roscoe St.

    5 other places to wait for a burger while Au Cheval is (temporarily) closed
    Chicago's famous burger spot Au Cheval closed for renovations last week, and it will remain shuttered until Jan. 18, according to its Yelp page. In the meantime, we want to share five of our other favorite places to get your burger fix in the city.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 11

Signs of the (old) times / IL Trail Biker posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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, 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!

Jan 07

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALLATION OF AN ELEVATOR RE-CALL PER CHAPT.#18-30 ON 1ST FL & ROOF, C2,SMALL ASSEMBLY OCCUPANCY. CK#10416;$150.00.

    1750 N. Milwaukee Ave. Issued January 5, 2018 Comment

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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.

Jan 03

Second Biggest Story of 2018: Will There Be a Luxury Condominium Glut?

Looking For a Buyer Since 2012: A 5-Bedroom SFH at 1652 N. Bell in Bucktown December 19, 2017

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They range from a 14 story luxury tower at Huron and Dearborn to the 94 story Vista Tower on Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East.

One Bennett Place at 451 E. Grand: 69 stories with 400 apartments and 100 luxury condominiums currently under construction. I haven’t found any recent update on condo sales.

Vista Tower at 363 E. Wacker Drive: tallest of the three towers is 94 stories. According to Curbed, as of November 21, 2017, the developer said 40% of the 406 condominiums were under contract. These are priced from $1 to $18 million. It will also have a 200 room hotel.

56 W. Huron: 10 full floor residences and one duplex penthouse priced from $1.375 million to $3.99 million for the penthouse. This building is now under construction. The building’s website indicates that 2 of the units have been sold. You can see all the details here.

Sabrina on What Will Happen to $10 Million+ Single Family Homes in 2018? 924 N. Clark in the Gold Coast

    Second Biggest Story of 2018: Will There Be a Luxury Condominium Glut?
    Construction continues on luxury housing in Chicago, with several new luxury condominium buildings announced last year. There are so many, I can't even keep up with them while they are under construction. Curbed recently put together a nice list of 47 buildings over 100 feet that are under construction in Chicago (these are not all condo buildings).
    http://cribchatter.com

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 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 29

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    FURNISH AND INSTALL ONE SURFACE MOUNTED 240VOLT 30AMP 1-PHASE 4-WIRE NEMA 14-30R OUTLET IN A NEW LOCATION ABOUT 10' AWAY FROM THE EXISTING ELECTRICAL PANEL ON THE WALL IN THE GARAGE.

    1724 N. Winnebago Ave. Issued December 27, 2017 Comment

Dec 28

  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 4 STORY 3B MIXED OCCUPANCY BUILDING. 30 RESIDENTIAL UNITS WITH ANCILLARY RETAIL (F MERCANTILE) AND PARKING ON THE GROUND FLOOR AS PER PLANS. 7 UNITS OF THE 30 RES. UNITS WILL BE EFFICIENCY UNITS. **Certified Plan Corrections Project - Conditional Permit: Subject to field inspections **

    1879 N. Milwaukee Ave. Issued December 26, 2017 Comment

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Dec 27

New 30-unit TOD ready to rise along Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown

...discussion since 2015, the plan would replace a cluster of low-rise commercial buildings at 1879 N. Milwaukee with a new transit-oriented development (TOD...

While the 1800 block of Milwaukee Avenue hasn’t experienced much in the way of new multi-family development, it is bookended...

    30-unit TOD ready to rise in Bucktown
    Chicago's red hot Milwaukee Avenue corridor is poised to add yet another new apartment development as a four-story project in Bucktown lands its first building permit. In discussion since 2015, the plan would replace a cluster of low-rise commercial buildings at 1879 N. Milwaukee with a new transit-oriented development (TOD).
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Dec 25

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Updated Dec 20

Prosecutors: DNA links Lakeview man to four sexual assaults dating back to 2002

The fourth assault happened in August of 2014 in the 2100 block of West Cortland Street, prosecutors said.

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On March 4, 2012, Dathey met a 24-year-old Finnish nanny while she was out celebrating a friend's birthday at a nightclub in the 1900 block of West Devon Avenue

The next thing she remembered was being in a car with him and then waking up in a home in the 2000 block of West Melrose Street, with Dathey assaulting her.

    Prosecutors: DNA links Lakeview man to four sexual assaults dating back to 2002
    Bail was denied Wednesday for a Lakeview neighborhood man accused of sexually assaulting four women including an au pair from Finland and an 18-year-old Loyola University student, prosecutors said. Gabriel Dathey, 34, was ordered held without bail during a Wednesday afternoon hearing before Judge David Navarro at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • JohnL Happy in Edgewater

    I wonder what ever happened to "an eye for an eye" theory of justice. Any idea Helen or are you going quiet on us?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Perhaps you call it a theory of justice, John. It was never justice and most have come to realize that the death penalty never acted as a deterrent to murder nor would the disgusting punishments suggested above deter future sexual assaults.

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

Dec 19

Updated Dec 19

Looking For a Buyer Since 2012: A 5-Bedroom SFH at 1652 N. Bell in Bucktown

Looking For a Buyer Since 2012: A 5-Bedroom SFH at 1652 N. Bell in Bucktown

    Looking For a Buyer Since 2012: A 5-Bedroom SFH at 1652 N. Bell in Bucktown
    This 5-bedroom single family home at 1652 N. Bell in Bucktown has been on and off the market since March 2012. If it looks familiar, that's because we last chattered about it in October 2012. Back then, we were wondering if staging mattered in million dollar properties.
    http://cribchatter.com

  • the section 8 building next door may not be that attractive to those looking to spend 2 million on a home.

  • Mute Truth is not determined by majority vote

    Its probably not the building thats unattractive!

Dec 19

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 18

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