3 days ago

Updated 3 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
  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    This is horrifying! So brazen at 3:25 PM in broad daylight. Even though Chicago has gun laws, the criminals know how to get them easily, from either Indiana or Wisconsin, or just stealing them in Chicago. The amount of car-jackings in broad daylight have increased also. We don't have enough police force on the streets to deter these things, hence the criminals are more brazen.

  • Artist girl understands gun laws dont work

    Wish other people did

27 hours ago

Updated 3 hours 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?

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    It might have something to do with Martin Luther King Jr. day today.

  • I wondered the same thing. They usually start at 7am with last dong at 8pm. Some neighbor either upset the head priest with a complaint or it's an incoming Jesus alert, seek shelter.

  • Bear....lol!

3 hours ago

1900 blk Mozart

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

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours 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?

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    First of all it shouldn't have been a territory for any gang period. As long as there is drug dealing going on theres going to be the gangs because the drug sales are part of what is keeping them going.

  • Neighborhood gang has been shooting at each other. An internal strife. Good thing is they know who each other are, so hopefully they eliminate each other. Bad thing is, bullets have no name and so if their aiming is off, anyone can get hit.

3 days ago

Updated 8 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 15 hours 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

3 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

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours 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

Updated 2 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.

3 days 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!

6 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

  • Anyone who actually shops at this bodega can also check food products expiration dates,,,,cleanliness of store,,the selling of untaxed cigarettes (No tax stamps on packs),,,any visible violations and report it to 311. Take pics if you can.

  • 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.

5 days ago

Updated 3 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.

3 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.

Mar 03

Updated 3 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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 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-

4 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DECONVERT 2 DU TO SFR, ERECT FRONT ENTRY STAIRS, 2ND FLOOR ADDITION, REAR 2-STORY ADDITION W/ BASMT. FOR THE EXIST. 2-STORY RESIDENTIAL BLDG. W/ BASMT. AS PER PLANS

    1743 N. Campbell Ave. Issued January 9, 2018 Comment

6 days ago

Updated 5 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.

5 days ago

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

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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

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

5 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 5 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.

5 days ago

Updated 5 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 5 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.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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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 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

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.

Dec 29

Updated Jan 03

Breast Pump and Accessories (DONATION)

Hi,

I would like to donate a Spectra Pump (closed system so OK for reuse) and tons of accessories for it as well as accessories for Advanced in Style Medela pump (I have the pump as well but it's not always recommended for re-use as it's open system). I have tons of Medela bottles as well.

Feel free to spread the word, since I'd love to help other moms in need, or if you happen to know of a shelter/place where I could take these, I'd greatly appreciate it.

All of these things have been purchased in 2017 and have been very well taken care of.

Thanks!
IG

  • IG

    @C26, please private message me and we can schedule a pick up.

  • C26

    I emailed you.

Jan 01

Updated Jan 03

Plumber, Logan Square

I'm looking for a plumber to help me with a leak. There will be some minor construction involved to fix the water damage as well. Do you have any experience working with a practical, trustworthy, and affordable plumber? If so, please share!

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    A couple of years ago, Angie's List move to "pay to play" for contractors; I would no longer trust them

  • If you’re still intrested, my husband does plumbing work. We live in the neighborhood and would love to help!

Jan 03

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Dec 31

Updated Jan 02

Free boxes for moving

Many boxes, including tall garment boxes and packing paper for wrapping breakables. If interested, private message me for preferred pickup time.

  • Keith Watson 23-year Logan Square resident, self-employed

    Yes, 3-3:30 pm today would be ok. Either leave your phone # in reply to this message, or send me a private message so not everyone on EB learns your phone # and the location.

  • 312-350-4410

Dec 30

Updated Jan 02

Cooking oil and plastic bags/film recycling

I've been hoarding used cooking oil and plastic bags (not just grocery bags, but any kind of soft plastic (from Amazon packaging, IKEA stuff, etc) for a year now because I can't find a relatively painless way to recycle these...

For cooking oil the best option I've found is donating at Loyola: https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/brief/does-chicago-offer-cooking-oil-recycling

For plastic bags/film, I've used the bins at grocery stores like Jewel, but they seem to be focused on shopping bags along: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/

Has anyone had any luck recycling these items?

    Does Chicago offer cooking-oil recycling?
    The best ways to get a little more goodness out of used cooking oil.
    https://www.recyclebycity.com
  • Hey Rute, I run a local company that converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. We work with commercial kitchens around town but also have a bin where people can come and drop off their oil. Shoot me an email at Michael@chicagorenewable.com and I'll reply with the details on how we can help you recycle.

    All the best!

  • Yea 'on' you Michael!!

    All the success in the future..and thanks!!!!!

Jan 02

Updated Jan 02

Seeking air sealing and/or door company that serves Logan Square

Hiya all,

We live in a duplex down, and our basement is brutally cold this winter even though our HVAC system seems to be running just fine and we change our filter regularly. Our humidifier can't even keep up with the dry air and keep the levels at the amount we've set!

I know for sure we need a door fixed and we may have other air infiltration as well. I'm looking for a company that's honest and reasonable with...

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Hiya all,

We live in a duplex down, and our basement is brutally cold this winter even though our HVAC system seems to be running just fine and we change our filter regularly. Our humidifier can't even keep up with the dry air and keep the levels at the amount we've set!

I know for sure we need a door fixed and we may have other air infiltration as well. I'm looking for a company that's honest and reasonable with their fees to come take a look, and would love your recommendations.

Note: I've had two handymen look at the door and both suggested I talk to someone who specializes in doors but did not have recommendations of companies for me - I don't think another general purpose handyman is likely the answer...

Thanks!

  • plastic on the indoor side of windows (the cheap kits you can buy at home depot) will do wonders for your comfort and your heating bill. As for the door, I'd look at Angie's List or Yelp for reviews. Aside from a full replacement, the foam weather stripping you can also buy cheaply may also help.

  • I should have posted that weather stripping is definitely not the issue - we have thick weather stripping... the door and/or frame is just straight up warped! Appreciate the response though!

Dec 29

Updated Jan 02

Lots of activity in the old Strack Van Till store on Elston. Any rumors about what's going in?

All the signs of work going on are there. crewa on the roof, Porta-Potty out front, boarded-up doors but a banner advertising to sign doing the work. I did a permit search but didn't come up with anything other than the permits pulled for Target's remodel. Anyone have any ideas?

Dec 31

Updated Jan 02

Free kids drum kit

Anyone fancy a small kids drum kit? No charge, just pick it up. Works great although one drum is damaged through over exuberant use. Pm me for details.

  • Crystal Tanha single parent, new to Chi from out of state

    I emailed you. Thanks!

  • Hi all, the drum set has been picked up. I am so pleased it went to a good home. Thanks all for your interest.

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