19 hours ago

Updated 14 min ago

Waterproofing

Hello Again!

Since we got such a positive response with the fence question, I thought I’d ask about waterproofing as well. Has anyone had a great experience with a particular company? I imagine folks close to the River in particular would have some suggestions.

Thank you!
Michelle :)

  • We used The Real Seal, and were very happy with the results.

    The most important thing to me is not that a contractor do things perfectly the first time (though of course that's preferred!) - but how they respond when they don't...

    The Real Seal stood by their work, and...

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    We used The Real Seal, and were very happy with the results.

    The most important thing to me is not that a contractor do things perfectly the first time (though of course that's preferred!) - but how they respond when they don't...

    The Real Seal stood by their work, and when their first fix didn't solve the issue they came out and did a ton more work and were fair about the incremental price. They made it clear the first time that with water, it's tricky and sometimes the first fix isn't the final fix. Their second time around they found an additional issue that they didn't catch the first time because it required cutting into my walls to discover the colossal mistake that the builder of my place made -- a mistake that was underground and I can't blame The Real Seal for not catching on the first go.

    They discounted the additional work (only fair to charge something, it was a LOT of extra work for them) and also worked with my builder and did some additional work for us to help with drainage.

    Now, even after a massive monsoon of a storm, we see zero water penetration. Previously we wouldn't even leave the house for a weekend because of fear that our fully finished basement area would be flooded upon our return home if we had any significant rain. Now we have the peace of mind of having gone through dozens of large rain storms with no issues.

  • I don't have a company name, but my GC used something like this on my basement walls and it's been great!

    https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/insulation/foundation-protection/superseal-5-0-x-65-6-dimpled-foundation-membrane/p-1444444226423.htm

52 min 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 1 hour ago

Recent string of shootings 1900 Block Sawyer Ave.

Our block had two drive by shootings (thank goodness no one died) within 7 days of one another that the Alderman reported as gang related. No problems on the block that I'm aware in the previous 2 years we lived here. Anyone know what's changed lately in the area where we'd see this sudden increase in drive by shootings?

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour 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?

4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Missing cat - dark grey, adult

We had movers come today and one of our two cats got out. Fixed male, about 3 years old, dark grey, name is Aldo. 1700 block of Monticello. He’s not used to being outside. Please contact if you see or have him!

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-ride-share-driver-stabbed-20180112-stor

Police: Ride-share driver stabbed in Logan Square - 2700 Block of N. Sacramento

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    part 1 of 2

    well, big, i have lived here, in the same location, for 40+ years.

    when i came here logan blvd itself was peaceful (tho Kedzie blvd and Wrihgtwood w of the square were the badlands) - but people who walked even 1 block n or s of...

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    well, big, i have lived here, in the same location, for 40+ years.

    when i came here logan blvd itself was peaceful (tho Kedzie blvd and Wrihgtwood w of the square were the badlands) - but people who walked even 1 block n or s of logan put their lives on the line because it was a shooting gallery with scumbanger corner boys peddling their poison on street corners and gang signs tagged on the fronts of buildings, and of course up and down the alleys.

    with investment, the scum were driven further away (score one for gentrification!) ... but never out. they were always there. they are always there.

    so sure, if there's no gunfire outside your front door don't worry about it, big. if armed robberies and armed assaults are not occurring on or around your block then h3ll - don't give it a second thought. and even if they are, big, you are free to ignore them, secure in the solitude of your own home.

    the people who post here (and who should also be dialling 911) do not do so to boast. what an insult to them to suggest that is their motivation.

    they post here and elsewhere as a Neighborhood Alert to let others know what is happening, where, when, and how often.

    my point is that social media postings are not enough. this increasing level of gun violence on OUR streets requires us to take an activist approach to the problem. march. protest. make our voices heard. city hall and CPD HQ respond to that when it's on the 10 o'clock news.

    and yes, it is increasing and it is spreading to parts of the community that have been peaceful for 30 years.

    (con't.)

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    part 2 of 2

    there are 2 ways to boil a lobster:

    1) drop a live one into a pot of boiling water. it will thrash around and make a fuss because it knows it is in jeopardy. this is the equivalent of moving to the area around 69th and...

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    there are 2 ways to boil a lobster:

    1) drop a live one into a pot of boiling water. it will thrash around and make a fuss because it knows it is in jeopardy. this is the equivalent of moving to the area around 69th and Paxton or Roosevelt and Sacramento - two particularly lethal locations. from the moment you park there, you know you are in the wrong place if safety is of concern to you. i know this because i have worked those areas - in the middle of the night.

    2) but drop the lobster into a pot of cold water and turn up the heat - it gets cooked without ever knowing what happened. this is the equivalent of living in LS. this is the equivalent of thinking the situation isn't an imminent danger, whatever is going on will go away, and it's not on your doorstep so why should i worry.
    so, big, if you want to stick your head in the sand, that's your choice to make.

    but i love LS. i care dearly about my neighbors. i know, understand, and have studied crime patterns city-wide for decades. the street shootings in LS have increased over the past 12-18 months. moreso over the past 8 months - just as they have become more brazen. the most recent ones have nothing to do with us - they are warring scumbanger factions and we are just caught in the middle.

    it is a trend.

    and since even a handgun bullet can travel through open space for up to a mile - perhaps 1/4 mile in a dense city environment - no one who ever HEARS gunfire should EVER feel safe. if you can HEAR a shot then it CAN reach you.

    i want my neighbors to realize that and to start raising holy h3ll NOW before the water in this pot gets any warmer.

    and if you don't like what i have to say, just mute me, because i will not stop saying it until people wake up.

Jan 09

Updated 19 hours ago

Gunshot at Cortland and Armitage

Does anyone have any info on this? I thought I heard a single gunshot around 5:30pm on 1/9 but second guessed myself and didn’t call the police and now the police have the street cordoned off at Cortland and Albany with detectives looking around. Quite a bit of police activity.

  • LarryB Dog owner / wine sipper

    There was a family store at the SW corner Dickens and Albany run by the Pold family. The group I ran with hung out there and Palmer Park in the 1960's. Pretty quiet back then. Haven;t been there in a long time. I wonder if it is still a store front.

  • LarryB, looks like it's now just apartments. If you google 2058 N Albany, it shows a current picture of the place.

4 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

    Candidate for Illinois attorney general robbed at gunpoint
    A candidate running for Illinois Attorney General was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking promotional photos for his campaign Thursday afternoon in the Northwest Side ward where he's also the Democratic committeeman, according to his campaign manager and authorities.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

38 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

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!

23 hours 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

23 hours 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!

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Vacant Land

I would like to touch base with the owner of a vacant piece of land near our home. Google maps gave me the address for this piece of land, and I found a name associated with ownership for that address via a website that is not an official city of Chicago website.

In looking up the address on the city of Chicago website's tax portal, I can't find the owner's mailing address to reach out to him - or even...

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I would like to touch base with the owner of a vacant piece of land near our home. Google maps gave me the address for this piece of land, and I found a name associated with ownership for that address via a website that is not an official city of Chicago website.

In looking up the address on the city of Chicago website's tax portal, I can't find the owner's mailing address to reach out to him - or even a pin number for the address (the message I get is, "No records have been found for this property location. Please try again."). I can't even verify the name I have is the accurate name of the land owner.

Has anyone run into a situation like this? Do you have suggestions for how I might touch base with the land owner? The land is NOT city owned, as verified by the Alderman's office. Thanks in advance for any help.

  • Hi all - thanks for your help here (specifically Brad and Maplewood John). Apparently the CTA runs under this land, so it’s “property class 0” (CTA owned, to my understanding). I’ve been in touch with the CTA to try to get a response for my inquiry.

    I’d also like to flag that property ownership is incredibly public! This isn’t a strange concept!

    Thanks again!

  • You're welcome Krisi! Good luck.

Jan 03

Updated 2 days ago

Sell by owner

Has anyone ever sold their Chicago home without a realtor? If you have and are willing to shoot me a message to answer some questions, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!

  • Hi Phillip - I appreciate your comments on this thread. Your email settings seem to be disabled, but I’d love to talk to you more. I believe mine are enabled, would you please send me a message so we can talk more? Thank you!

  • Hi Krisi, call me . 773-590-6272
    I mentioned my commission would be much less .
    Thanks

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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.

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3 days ago

BartShore posted 1 photo to Flickr:

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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.

4 days ago

Cop cars at Humboldt and Dickens at 10:45 am.

Does anyone know why there were five police cars at Dickens and Humboldt this morning? I went to pick up one of my client's dogs for their walk at around 10:45. It looked like something was up at the church as they were surrounding and seemingly blocking off the church and the alley behind it.

5 days ago

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.

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

...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

Mar 03

Updated 5 days ago

Strack and Van Til closing Elston location

Strack and Van Til is closing its Chicago Logan Square location by the end of April. Usually my third or fourth choice, but a shame nonetheless. What will replace it I wonder? Ha Trader Joe's?

  • The original plan for Chick Fillet was the old brewery lot next to Home Depot where Value City "furniture" is now. Supposedly Proco Joe didn't like some of the views of their CEO and created a scene for publicity and used his famous third world thug tactics to halt them. The site across from Popeyes is a better location for a drive through so Moreno may have benefited them.

  • Chick-Fil-A and Popeyes are different. Chick Fil A doesn't do proper fried chicken, just cutlets and nuggets. I find them vastly overrated, but to each their own. There are several others in town now as well, so if you really, really want to pwn the libs you can just go downtown and have at it.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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)

  • It's odd they were issued a renovation permit instead of one for new construction. Big and Littles would be great!

  • Badger on Logan Chicago since 1988

    The building was an old and junky service station which in it's last life was a small used car lot. Now just graded rubble. I would be interested to know if there were underground storage tanks there associated with its past life-

Jan 09

Updated 6 days ago

Albany & Cortland Police Activity

Anyone know what went down this evening at the intersection of Albany and Cortland? Happened between 5-6, there is police caution tape across Albany. Wondering if something happened at the food mart.

6 days ago

$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.*

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...

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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
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6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Missing Cat

Our backyard cat got into a fight with another feral cat last weekend. She seems like she got injured and has disappeared. We hoped she would come back (she sometimes disappears for a couple of days), but we haven't seen since Sunday. Any news on a sighting is appreciated. She is super friendly (often mistaken as an escaped indoor cat).

Scylla is a female tabby, just about a year and a half old, smallish (but has her winter belly for sure!). She has some orange markings on her back. Please see attached photos. She was last seen around Rockwell/Lyndale on Sunday 1/7.

Thank you for any leads!

Jan 08

Updated 6 days ago

Recommendations for replacing building entry doors

Greetings, neighbors-

Asking for recommendations again. Our building's two entry doors are in dire need of replacement. Years of "wear/tear", weather and handling has caught up with these doors and now they are falling apart. I am looking for an expert matter that can replace these and hope it can be replace with auto door closer that will close these doors quietly and prevent these from being slammed. I have a neighbor that releases her frustration on these doors.

Please advise and again thank you all. Your recommendations have been life savers.

  • We went to American Thermal Window Products for our two entry way doors and are very happy with the results. americanthermalwindow.com

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    We also used American thermal for a back door on a crooked porch. Others said they wouldn't or couldn't do it, but American Thermal had no problem and it's been two years now with no problems so far. They are very easy to work with. A little bit pricey, but it was important to get this door secured.

  • Andrew Carpenter Realtor Edgewater home owner and Chicago Reator

    If your doors face south it's best to go with steel doors, if not wood always makes a home or condo building look beautiful.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 10

Police Activity: Grand/Humboldt - Monday at 6pm

Anyone know why CPD had Grand Ave shut down between Humboldt Ave and Kedzie last night?

  • My friend was detoured around Kedzie and thought it was something to do with a CTA bus. Never heard anything further.

  • Might have been related to a shooting in the area. At cortland and Albany. They were looking for the suspect and vehicle involved.

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 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 03

Updated Jan 08

The General (2528 N California) closes its doors this weekend

Per The General's website (and elsewhere on social media), they're closing their doors as of Saturday.

Sad to see a place like this go. Also, this makes three empty storefronts in a row on this stretch of California (the old Olympus Laundry, The General,and Anong Thai).

Friends of The General, we want to thank you for supporting us the past two and a half years at our Logan Square home. It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing our last two days of operation will be this Friday and Saturday. Please come out and say goodbye with us one more time @thegenerallogansquare.

https://www.thegenerallogan.com/

    The General Logan Square | Southern Comfort Food & Pie (773) 698-8754
    Logan Square's home for Southern Comfort Food, Tacos, Beer, Cocktails, Bluegrass Brunch on Saturdays, and Homemade Pie. Order Your Thanksgiving Pie Now!
    https://www.thegenerallogan.com
  • I prefer neighborhood places that are less expensive. For breakfast, Golden Nugget. Not exactly in the neighborhood, but Feed on California and Chicago has good food, BYOB. Oggi on Grand and May for Italian. Cafe Budapest on Elston for a variety of foods.

    Orbit Room used to be near Grand and Ashland.

  • I was there both Friday and Saturday. Great send off. I already miss them.

Jan 02

Updated Jan 08

"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.)

  • Yep..works....air horn best...

  • I have a new number that used to belong to a deadbeat, collection agencies and lawyers called a lot when I first got it. I've blocked those numbers, now they only call every few weeks

    I have caller id, if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer.

    Then I...

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    I have a new number that used to belong to a deadbeat, collection agencies and lawyers called a lot when I first got it. I've blocked those numbers, now they only call every few weeks

    I have caller id, if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer.

    Then I web search the number and look for results with scam in the title. If I find several listings, I block the number.

    I used to rely on 800notes.com, but just found out that it is a scam too. The website owner falsely identifies innocent people as scammers, and demands $500+ to have the listing removed.

Jan 05

Updated Jan 08

Helicopter circling over Monticello/Fullerton area

Anyone have details? Heard some sirens too

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Yes the police remained right on it and got them

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    It's going to get to the point where this city is going to be known as gunfight at the o k corral

Jan 02

Updated Jan 07

Christmas Tree Disposal in Humboldt Park Still Operating?

Does anyone know if the Christmas Tree disposal area in Humboldt is operational this year? It is my understanding you have to bring it somewhere for chipping, you can't just toss it in the alley or in a dumpster, is this correct?

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

Jan 07

Jan 03

Updated Jan 04

Understanding How Tax Brackets Work

A common misconception is that when you earn more and enter a new tax bracket, your whole income is then taxed at that new rate. This blog post will hopefully help you understand tax brackets a little better.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2018/01/understanding-tax-brackets.html

    Understanding Tax Brackets
    I have had a number of clients ask me if they should stop earning income to make sure they don't enter the next tax bracket as they fear it will affect their total tax liability. The fear comes from the belief that if they go from the 24% tax bracket to the 28% tax bracket, all of their income will now be taxed at 28%.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com
  • You are spamming several neighborhoods with your blog links. Please stop.

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    Bryan, it might be fine if you posted helpful info without attaching a link to your business, but it is obvious that this is not simply an "act of kindness" for my neighborhood when you're posting to multiple neighborhoods and attaching your calling card. If you want to advertise, then purchase some ad space.

Jan 03

Updated Jan 04

Anyone else without water, roughly near California / Armitage?

On hold with 311 right now, but at least 2 houses on Francisco (ours and a neighbor) are without water...

Anyone ever experience a city water outage and know how long that typically takes to get repaired?

  • water is on, but from four days before xmas through day before new year's eve, california ave. at armitage to cortland was torn up to fix and upgrade water lines on an emergency basis. my water was shut off on two different days, but 311 call confirmed the emergency, and...

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    water is on, but from four days before xmas through day before new year's eve, california ave. at armitage to cortland was torn up to fix and upgrade water lines on an emergency basis. my water was shut off on two different days, but 311 call confirmed the emergency, and the second day there was a sticky notice on my front door. my contractor told me if water is off on all faucets throughout the house it is a city shut off. if only one, or other sputter and run, you may have a broken / frozen water pipe in or just outside your house. hope it is the city, so stay on hold and let us know.

  • yeah, it is indeed a city issue.

    no water on Francisco between Bloomingdale and Armitage, it seems.

  • they did turn water on in between the two days ours was off, so keep trying. better than a frozen pipe, i guess.

Jan 04

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Jan 02

Updated Jan 03

Know someone at risk of foreclosure in Puerto Rico? They may find resources here.

Apologies if this isn't the forum to post this. I thought local residents might have family affected.

From https://theintercept.com/2017/12/22/puerto-rico-foreclosures-hurricane-maria/

Derecho a tu Casa or Right to Your House — a coalition of legal aid groups providing information and assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure offers resources at its website to educate homeowners and also provide legal representation for those who qualify for assistance.

http://derechoatucasa.org/

Article reviewed by Graham Elwood of Political Vigilante
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dogsGlvdP8&t=470s

    Inicio
    Las hipotecas reversibles, inversas, revertidas, o como se les conoce en inglés, "reverse mortgages", son unos instrumentos muy particulares dirigidos a la población de edad avanzada. Consisten en préstamos que se garantizan con la propiedad residencial de la persona que no son reembolsables, como los préstamos tradicionales.
    http://derechoatucasa.org
  • Greatly appreciate your post. As a Puerto Rican, it was painful to read. I applaud The Intercept for its honesty and accuracy in portraying the plight of the Puerto Rican people. Will definitely follow on Twitter. Thank you!

  • Anaida, David Dahan wrote on the 2008 wave of foreclosures and sees the same possibility in PR. Graham Elwood who posted the video talked about how he believed what his bank and Obama administration told him to do to save his house in 2008. The guidance ended up making him...

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    Anaida, David Dahan wrote on the 2008 wave of foreclosures and sees the same possibility in PR. Graham Elwood who posted the video talked about how he believed what his bank and Obama administration told him to do to save his house in 2008. The guidance ended up making him ineligible for renegotiating his loan and resulted in foreclosure of his home. I hope this never happens to anyone in Puerto Rico. Please consider following Graham too. He may post follow up stories. If there is any update or new info I will add it here.

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

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