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Have FUN at the 606 Block Party and Pancake Breakfast This Saturday

This Saturday, June 23rd, the 606/Bloomingdale Trail will be having their annual Block Party. The Party will be held on Humboldt Blvd and the Bloomingdale Trail starting at 9am ( Humboldt Blvd will be closed off for the event) and will go until 9PM.The event is FREE, but you have to buy tickets for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.
https://www.the606.org/events/the-606-block-party/

  • When the federal government provided 56M for the project, it became a transportation thoroughfare.

    It was not exclusively made as a bicycle trail but part of the agreement with the federal dollars meant that it must be used as a transportation route. Which includes all form of transportation, including walking, biking, skate-boarding, and no limitations on your dog companion.

  • Ellen,
    I agree with your recollection. Also, the East end of the Trail is walking distance to the Metra at Ashland and Armitage, so it was considered a leg ( pardun the pun) to downtown or out to the burbs.

    Also, The Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail was run by a bunch of bicycle enthusiasts, which is who took the point for 15 years on this project.

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9 dead 46 wounded: Chicago sees most violent weekend of the year

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-weekend-violence-20180618-story.html

he weekend began with seven people shot in just an hour on the South Side. It ended with 10 people shot in two attacks on the West Side.

By Monday morning, at least 56 people had been hit by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend. At least nine of them died, according to data kept by the Tribune.

It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year. But more troubling, it was close to comparable weekends...

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he weekend began with seven people shot in just an hour on the South Side. It ended with 10 people shot in two attacks on the West Side.

By Monday morning, at least 56 people had been hit by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend. At least nine of them died, according to data kept by the Tribune.

It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year. But more troubling, it was close to comparable weekends in 2016 and 2017, when gun violence hit levels not seen in Chicago in more than a decade.

"Most of Chicago celebrated and enjoyed this weekend," Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters, referring to Pride Fest on the North Side and various Father’s Day celebrations. "However, we saw an unacceptable and frustrating level of gun violence in several communities.

“There’s too many illegal guns on the street,” he added, echoing a constant theme of his boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “They’re too easy to get.”

As bad as shootings have been in some parts of the city this year, overall they have been down substantially from the previous two years. But not last weekend, an analysis of Tribune data shows.

At least 59 people were shot in Chicago during the weekend of June 16 last year and again during the weekend of June 17 in 2016.

Weather was no doubt a factor. Temperatures climbed into the middle 90s both days, drawing more people into the street later into the night. According to police, that usually increases the odds of rivals running into each other or arguments escalating into gunfire.

Two of the city's most violent police districts bore the brunt of the weekend gunfire: 10 shot in Harrison, 9 in bordering Ogden, the data show. The next highest was the Near West Side District: 7 shot in two attacks. The Englewood District to the south also recorded 7 shot.

    'Unacceptable and frustrating': Chicago sees most violent weekend of the year
    The weekend began with seven people shot in just an hour on the South Side. It ended with 10 people shot in two attacks on the West Side. It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year.
    https://www.yahoo.com
  • urban loves urban life.

    I think its the heat, very few, if any low income housing has a/c.

3 days ago

Chicago Juneteenth events examine anniversary of last freed slaves, what it means in the United States today

...30 — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Richard M. Daley library branch located at 733 N. Kedzie Ave., according to the library’s website. The program, which will include music and books, is...

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- The non-profit organization We Are One Southeast Chicago is organizing a Juneteenth festival for senior citizens from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Tuesday at 1767 E. 79th St., according to the organization’s website. The festival will include music, raffles and performances.

- The #LetUsBreathe Collective, a group of artists and activists, is hosting a Juneteenth celebration that will include performances, food and political discussions. The celebration will take place from 2 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1434 W. 51st St., according to the group’s flyer.

...take place from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ogden Park Fieldhouse located at 6500 S. Racine Ave., according to an event flyer. The event will include members from anti-violence organizations such...

    Chicago Juneteenth events examine anniversary of last freed slaves, what it means in the United States today
    Juneteenth stems from June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and other Union troops reached Galveston, Texas, to read the proclamation of their independence to the last remaining slaves. Many believe the day symbolizes the country's second independence day.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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5 days ago

Lost vehicle key

Looking for a vehicle key attached to a keychain displaying Lexus. Could have been lost in Logan Square or Humboldt Park area.

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Jun 15

Visit the Puerto Rican parade and festivities the rest of this week and weekend.

Puerto Rican parade and festivities are interesting events with plenty of activities for everyone living in Chicago. The parade usually feature colorful floats, with dancers dressed in costumes made from the Puerto Rican flag, antique American cars, motorcycles and other see-worthy attractions.

In the south east corner of Humboldt Park there are rides set up kids and there are street food of various origin. The parade and the festivities are worth visiting for everyone interested in Humboldt Park's multi-cultural community....

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Puerto Rican parade and festivities are interesting events with plenty of activities for everyone living in Chicago. The parade usually feature colorful floats, with dancers dressed in costumes made from the Puerto Rican flag, antique American cars, motorcycles and other see-worthy attractions.

In the south east corner of Humboldt Park there are rides set up kids and there are street food of various origin. The parade and the festivities are worth visiting for everyone interested in Humboldt Park's multi-cultural community. Keep your camera ready for beautiful photographs and unique videos.

Previous years the organizers of the Puerto Rican festivities have had some problems with some of the visitors and crimes has been committed. You can efficiently help the organizers keep the visitors safe by recording illegal and disruptive activities and instantly send videos and photographs to the police.

Add the Police crime fight text # 274637 to your telephone's contact list for quick responses. If everyone who visit the Puerto Rican parade and festivities provide the Police with videos, photographs and detailed reports the Police will be able to work more efficiently with the organizers and the event will be more safe and pleasant for all.

To learn more about Chicago Police crime fight number follow this link:

https://home.chicagopolice.org/community/crime-prevention/txt2tip/

Also keep your phone ready for 911 calls.

    Chicago Police Department
    You can submit tips by text message as described below or... CASH REWARDS UP TO $1,000* The Chicago Police Department created the TXT2TIP program so that YOU can anonymously and SAFELY help rid your community of crime by sending information to the Chicago Police Department via a text message from your cellular phone.
    https://home.chicagopolice.org

Jun 15

URGENT - Elderly woman with Alzheimers is missing

Please be on the lookout for Joyce Gatewood who went missing from 2800 W Fulton on 6/7. She was last seen walking east on Fulton, wearing black athletic pants with a vertical white stripe on each side.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/woman-with-alzheimers-reported-missing-from-west-side/

    Woman with Alzheimer's reported missing from West Side
    An 82-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease was reported missing from the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Joyce Gatewood was last seen Thursday in the 2800 block of West Fulton Street, according to Chicago Police. Gatewood is a diabetic and has Alzheimer's disease, police said.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

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Mar 21 2017

Updated Jun 14

Dog Friendly Area in Humboldt Park - Application Status

Hi Neighbors,

This post is to notify you all that a steering committee have assembled and filed an application for a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in Humboldt Park! We have the support of the park manager and the alderman, and there generally seems to be much support from neighbors, but to pull it off we'll need to show a lot of support from dog owners and non-dog owners in the neighborhood.

As some of you may know, we submitted an...

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Hi Neighbors,

This post is to notify you all that a steering committee have assembled and filed an application for a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in Humboldt Park! We have the support of the park manager and the alderman, and there generally seems to be much support from neighbors, but to pull it off we'll need to show a lot of support from dog owners and non-dog owners in the neighborhood.

As some of you may know, we submitted an application at the end of last year, and it came back a few months later, denied not for lack of support or need, but because we simply asked for more land than the parks department maximum allowed for Dog Friendly Areas. With the huge area available in HP we thought it worth trying to break the rule on the premise that it could result in a vaster play area for dogs, and perhaps serve to attract more people to the park from other neighborhoods. We have resubmitted with a smaller designated area (15000 sq. ft.), and are hopeful.

Thanks to the community-minded trailblazers in other neighborhoods, the Parks Department has a fairly comprehensive website on Dog Friendly Areas. See this link:
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/dog-friendly-areas/

If you scroll down there is another link after a few paragraphs, to procedures for establishing a Dog Friendly Area. Anyone interested should familiarize themselves with the process but in summary:

STEP 1. Assemble a steering committee
STEP 2. Communicate with appropriate authorities and establish a suitable location
STEP 3. File an application
STEP 4. If approved, petition neighbors for signatures (100 needed from both dog-owners and non-dog owners)
STEP 5. Conduct surveys of proposed area to determine potential impact, 4x over 1 year.
STEP 6. Raise $ and commit to at least 3 years of ongoing management.

We're in step 3 now, and looking for your support! Please reply below if you support having a Dog Friendly Area in Humboldt Park!

    Dog Friendly Areas - Facilities | Chicago Park District
    http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
  • We are there now! Places that have petitions available to sign are Archie’s Iowa Tavern, First Ascent, North Clybourn Group, and Boulevard Sports Lounge.

  • I support a dog park!! And I'm not a dog owner!

Jun 13

Updated Jun 14

Shots fired at Grand and Richmond on 6/3 classified as Vandalism: Criminal Damage to Vehicle.

The police had Richmond blocked at Grand and were searching for shells with flashlights. I didn't see anything and then see this listed as vehicle damage. MAYBE a car was shot, but no mention of multiple shots fired? It occurred on the parade weekend, so we initially thought the shots were fireworks.

https://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/jun03-vandalism-criminal-damage-vehicle-8718889/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

    Vandalism: Criminal damage to vehicle (crime report)
    EveryBlock is the leading Web site for neighborhood discussions and block-level news, including the latest news stories, crime reports, real estate listings and business reviews.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com
  • In this incident, a criminal idiot shot-up his girlfriends car. She reported a bad argument with him and witnesses describe a man that resembled him. The car was parked for the night near her home. Noone was in the car and multiple shots were fired directly into her door. This was not random.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Then the report was correct. Seeing that the offender was NOT identified, good luck with an arrest. If the boyfriend was identified, he would be charged under domestic violence laws that carry more weight than just criminal damage. Any gun crimes would probably never be made against the offender. Again,...

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    Then the report was correct. Seeing that the offender was NOT identified, good luck with an arrest. If the boyfriend was identified, he would be charged under domestic violence laws that carry more weight than just criminal damage. Any gun crimes would probably never be made against the offender. Again, that is how Chicago kills gun crimes. When you hear the Mayor say gun crimes are down, it is more likely, reporting them is what is down while they are getting higher every day. I have seen videos of MANY shootings lately and police who answered the call did not make a report. In one case in front of my home, a witness who had dash cam video of an entire shooting with vehicle plates was told to go to the station where he lived with a copy! I say, thank the ACLU for that one. A lot of people on EB defend criminals and their criminal activities, very few support the police that place their lives on the line to protect us. We are on our own and WE are to blame for it. Watch out everyone and be safe.

Jun 14

Updated Jun 14

    Woman with Alzheimer's reported missing from West Side
    An 82-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease was reported missing from the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Joyce Gatewood was last seen Thursday in the 2800 block of West Fulton Street, according to Chicago Police. Gatewood is a diabetic and has Alzheimer's disease, police said.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Cat Wrangler happy Humboldt Park resident

    She was last seen wearing black athletic pants with a white stripe on each side. Please keep your eyes open and call police asap if you see her!

Jun 14

Volunteers needed for Bloomingdale Trail Run, morning of 6/23

Greetings neighbors and friends of The Bloomindale Trail, the Heart of The 606,

If you haven't heard already, on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 am, the Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail will kick off the Bloomingdale Trail Run from the east to west end of the trail, followed by a pancake breakfast at The 606 Block Party.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are in need of your your help to make the day run smoothly and...

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Greetings neighbors and friends of The Bloomindale Trail, the Heart of The 606,

If you haven't heard already, on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 am, the Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail will kick off the Bloomingdale Trail Run from the east to west end of the trail, followed by a pancake breakfast at The 606 Block Party.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are in need of your your help to make the day run smoothly and are calling for volunteers to help race day and a few pre-race activities. These volunteer opportunities range from 3-4 hours and are dispersed throughout the trail. Please help us make the day successful by signing up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVhhWL2FgI3dSnlYp-pRA4w9hx5p-fZtYLeRrulgjdYWOjpg/viewform

Thanks for helping out!

Emily
Treasurer, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail
Look up! It's the Bloomingdale Trail
http://www.bloomingdaletrail.org/

    Bloomingdale Trail Run Volunteer Sign Up
    http://docs.google.com

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Jun 13

BOOKKEEPER needed

Hi neighbors-
I am looking for a bookkeeper and a background in real estate would be a bonus. This individual needs to be able to enter receipts/invoices into an exisiting spreadsheet and help organize things between a few properties. This data entry would happen inside my Logan Square home and not an office. I estimate it would take 1-2 weeks initially to catch up and 1-2 days monthly to maintain.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 13

Jun 07

Updated Jun 11

Progress on the 3200/3300 W. Walnut block

For Decades the 11th District has ignored the crime on this Walnut block. Thanks to the Superintendent and 1st Deputy headquarters is making REFORM efforts.

This week the Technology Chief assisted in getting trees trimmed on this block so that there would be clear views for police cameras. The Camera 194 on the block will be replaced with a high definition camera.

This is great news to many that police are stationed on the street. Everyone knows though that the...

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For Decades the 11th District has ignored the crime on this Walnut block. Thanks to the Superintendent and 1st Deputy headquarters is making REFORM efforts.

This week the Technology Chief assisted in getting trees trimmed on this block so that there would be clear views for police cameras. The Camera 194 on the block will be replaced with a high definition camera.

This is great news to many that police are stationed on the street. Everyone knows though that the minute stationed cars leave the criminal eliment will come right back. If the sdsc camera room at 11 would do a better job...things could get better and stay better.

Thanks Superintendent, 1st Deputy, Chief of Technology, Gen Csl and all others helping to clean up the 6-8 block area. That includes Many Commissioners: S&S, CDOT, Water/Sewer, Buildings, Law, DPH...and a host of others.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Now views are unobstructed by tree branches. The Problem needing resolution now is the camera 194 needs to be replaced because images are too grainy.

    Does anyone know who can get a camera replaced quickly?

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Jun 08

Updated Jun 10

Add the Police crime fight text number 274637 to your telephone's contact list for quick responses.

Type in the police text number 274637 into your contact list on your telephone so that you can send videos and photographs of criminal activities in Humboldt Park quickly. You can stop crimes and you can save lives.

Also, in addition to provide the Police with important video and photograph evidence call the Police, 911, to report the crime. No crime is too small. Help keep Humboldt Park save and pleasant to visit for everyone.

If everyone who use Humboldt Park provide the Police with videos, photographs and detailed reports the Police will be able to work more efficiently with us.

To learn more about Chicago Police crime fight number follow this link:

https://home.chicagopolice.org/community/crime-prevention/txt2tip/

    Chicago Police Department
    You can submit tips by text message as described below or... CASH REWARDS UP TO $1,000* The Chicago Police Department created the TXT2TIP program so that YOU can anonymously and SAFELY help rid your community of crime by sending information to the Chicago Police Department via a text message from your cellular phone.
    https://home.chicagopolice.org
  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Outstanding Logan D. Keep up the good work but please get all groups. Don't forget smoking drugs and driving and parking on sidewalks and lawns, damaging park grounds is also illegal and please describe them with a the same vigor you did with these law breakers. You have done a...

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    Outstanding Logan D. Keep up the good work but please get all groups. Don't forget smoking drugs and driving and parking on sidewalks and lawns, damaging park grounds is also illegal and please describe them with a the same vigor you did with these law breakers. You have done a great job in showing everyone how easy it is to take pictures of law breakers in the park and have a record of their crimes. I can't wait to see what everyone else will find and how serious the crimes are.

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    Does that text number also apply to Wicker Park residents, or only Humbolt Park?

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Jun 05

Updated Jun 08

12 shot in Chicago gun attacks: 'Our kids have to adjust and adapt to this'

Less than an hour later, the 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were shot by someone who approached while they were sitting and eating in a vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of North Spaulding Avenue, police said.

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A 25-year-old man was shot and seriously injured around 11:35 p.m. Monday in the West Side’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. He was standing outside in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand Street when a male shooter got out of a car and fired at him.

The boy, along with three others, waved a replica handgun and tried to rob the man and another person around 6:20 p.m. Monday in the 8000 block of South Oglesby Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said.

Another 15-year-old was shot earlier on Monday while she was walking with two friends around 6:05 p.m. in the 3600 block of South Indiana Avenue in the South Side’s Bronzeville neighborhood, police said.

...neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 6500 block of South Oakley Avenue when someone in a gray sedan fired at him. He was taken to Advocate Christ...

...injured when he was shot in the chest around 7:10 p.m. in the 700 block of North Monticello Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was taken...

Two men, 19 and 22, were shot in the 900 block of East 65th Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side about 5:35 p.m., police said...

...5:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot at the intersection of 95th Street and Cottage Grove near Chicago State University, according to police. He was eastbound on 95th and pulled up...

...man was shot in his left arm at about 2:15 p.m. in the 7800 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the Chatham neighborhood, police said. They were walking when someone in a light-colored...

    15-year-old girl, alleged teen robber among 8 shot on Monday
    A 15-year-old girl and seven others were injured in shootings across the city on Monday, including a teen who tried a rob a 63-year-old man, according to Chicago police. The girl was shot in the arm around 6:05 p.m. in the 3600 block of South Indiana Avenue in the South Side's Bronzeville neighborhood.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee We want to restore mural in Carter Elem. School.

    We will continue the legacy of Dr. Margaret Burroughs and thosevwho made the mural possible including the Urban Gateways Organization

  • ihuntbeavers Ombudsmen

    I been doing the research and all these problems on the South west side have some common denominators. We can solve this by getting on the groups that are Managing and profiting from those proprieties that harbor this SCUM.
    If we do not address this very serious Chicago problem i can almost predict the violent summer headed our way.GOD help Chicago and Chicago Children.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 07

    2 shot, boy critically wounded in Humboldt Park
    Subscribe for unlimited digital access.Try one month for $1! Subscribe for unlimited digital access. Try one month for $1! Subscribe Print subscriber? A 15-year-old and 18-year-old man were shot early Tuesday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Keep your parkway grass trimmed and pick up the garbage/leaf debris in the street on your block so the police can more easily find the shell casings and collect them for evidence. They sometimes get prints off of those spent cartridges and can press changes on the bad guys. Unless...

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    Keep your parkway grass trimmed and pick up the garbage/leaf debris in the street on your block so the police can more easily find the shell casings and collect them for evidence. They sometimes get prints off of those spent cartridges and can press changes on the bad guys. Unless you don't care about catching the shooter(s).

    It seems like this neighborhood is reverting back to the higher level of shootings that was occurring 8-10 years ago. Is this just the next generation of babybangers that are coming of age or what do you think is going on?

    I know the news is disseminating reports that corral your thoughts to believe that shootings and crime is going down citywide...well it may be true for some neighborhoods but we have some serious gang and drug issues in Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Avondale that have been growing especially over the past year or two.

    Happy Summer of hiding in your houses tax-payers! Children with guns and their drug-slinging bosses have kidnapped our peace of mind and our community!

Jun 07

    In debate over civilian oversight of Chicago police, grassroots proposals win the day
    click to enlarge While nearly 60 people spoke at a public meetings on civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department, none of them came out in favor of the reform proposals pitched by the head of the City Council's Public Safety Committee who's been hosting the community meetings.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

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May 30

Updated Jun 05

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!! Swan Paddle Boats In Lake Humboldt!!!!!!!

I have died and gone to heaven! Humboldt Park has only a few revenue producing events and is always looking for new ways to generate revenue. HPAC is going broke too. For over a decade while attending Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings, the question is asked how to create revenue. I have suggested paddle boats in Humboldt Park to earn funds for maintenance and for HPAC. Some laughed, others rolled their eyes. No one gave it a thought maybe thinking...

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I have died and gone to heaven! Humboldt Park has only a few revenue producing events and is always looking for new ways to generate revenue. HPAC is going broke too. For over a decade while attending Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings, the question is asked how to create revenue. I have suggested paddle boats in Humboldt Park to earn funds for maintenance and for HPAC. Some laughed, others rolled their eyes. No one gave it a thought maybe thinking it was impossible. Yet, THEREEE HEREEEEE..!!!!!!... Paddle boats, kayaks, water boards and several different bikes to rent are now available at the Humboldt Park boat house. We are now a park to rival Lincoln Park with fantastic attractions to draw people into this great park and neighborhood. A long time coming but worth the wait. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, tell everybody, come enjoy the park. Welcome, welcome all to enjoy beautiful Humboldt Park. Have a great day.

  • Thanks Glenn but this event seems to be a cover for "Aggressors out in the Parks". Ill be on the swan taking undercover video of all the illegal activities these Dance Gangs will bring.

    Hopefully when "Super Crime FIghter Future Ant-Car Club" Alderman gets elected over Maldonado, all this will...

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    Thanks Glenn but this event seems to be a cover for "Aggressors out in the Parks". Ill be on the swan taking undercover video of all the illegal activities these Dance Gangs will bring.

    Hopefully when "Super Crime FIghter Future Ant-Car Club" Alderman gets elected over Maldonado, all this will come to an end.

    I put in a request for a new bluebin 2 weeks ago when mine mysteriously disappeared (im sure it was a result of drug dealing, fist-fighting, car clubbing criminal gangs). And I have still received nothing. So I wont be voting for him this election!!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That a way Logan D!!!

May 31

Updated Jun 05

Proposed Program to Preserve Affordability for Homeowners Along the 606 Trail

From Chicago Dept of Planning & Development:
A $1 million housing program that preserves affordability along “The 606” Bloomingdale Trail on Chicago’s Northwest Side was introduced to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Home Improvement Program would provide forgivable home improvement grants to owner-occupants of one- to four-unit properties along 1.5 miles of the trail, which runs along Bloomindale Avenue through Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town. Portions of each community have experienced gentrification...

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From Chicago Dept of Planning & Development:
A $1 million housing program that preserves affordability along “The 606” Bloomingdale Trail on Chicago’s Northwest Side was introduced to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Home Improvement Program would provide forgivable home improvement grants to owner-occupants of one- to four-unit properties along 1.5 miles of the trail, which runs along Bloomindale Avenue through Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town. Portions of each community have experienced gentrification pressures since the trail opened on a former railroad viaduct in 2015.

The grants would cover up to $25,000 for masonry repairs, porch and roof improvements, tuckpointing, door and window repairs, and other exterior upgrades. Up to 30 percent of each grant could also be used to repair select interior health and safety hazards involving plumbing, heating and electrical systems.

Eligible properties must be located within an area generally bounded by Pulaski Road, California Avenue, LeMoyne Street and Dickens Avenue.

The grants are intended to preserve affordability for property owners that have lived in their homes for at least three years and earn up to 120 percent of area median income, or approximately $94,800 for a family of four. Twenty percent of the grant amount would be forgiven for each year of the five-year term. If the owner moves, sells or leases the home before the term expires, the pro-rated balance must be repaid. Other program rules apply.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago would administer the program with funding from the City’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. The City would begin accepting applications for the program later this year.

  • Clarence Fraher 3 kids, 2 cats, 2 bunnies, and Clovis the Dog

    Hannah- our data did include properties authorized to accept vouchers.

  • Mark Heller Logan Square & Chicago activist

    It's better idea than arbitrary $500,000 teardown fee -> slush fund LSNA & corrupt Maldonado and Moreno tried to shovel onto us. However, instead of actual LONG TIME low income property owners (10 yrs or more), flawed proposal allows owners for only 3 yrs to be eligible. During discussion TIF...

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    It's better idea than arbitrary $500,000 teardown fee -> slush fund LSNA & corrupt Maldonado and Moreno tried to shovel onto us. However, instead of actual LONG TIME low income property owners (10 yrs or more), flawed proposal allows owners for only 3 yrs to be eligible. During discussion TIF subsidized bloated cost ZAPATA / Bickerdike project in 2009 (which cost taxpayers $400K per 2BR unit!), I proposed same idea of Affordable Housing Repair Fund & Grants to owner occupied SFH and small multi-units. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LoganSquare/conversations/topics/21703
    "Bickerdike discussion -> different housing aid approach
    A different way to use $5 million in housing public funds in Logan Square & HP (HUD grant & Low Income Housing Fund)
    Provide $5,000 to $10,000 grants to low income home owners in Logan Square, and owners of 2 flat to 6 flat small buildings here (owner occupied only)

    Grants would help these owners:
    replace inefficient old furnaces
    provide matching funds for retrofits like green roof
    solar & or rooftop Aerotecture wind installation
    replace old windows (energy efficiency)

    this will help struggling low income homeowners and owner occupants of small building apartments maintain and update the solid old housing in LSq

    Eligible property owners limited to annual income < $50,000; owner occupied homes or small multiunits only; owned for 10 yrs or more (let's help our struggling long time residents)

    FIVE HUNDRED LOW INCOME OWNERS and their LSq housing would benefit if each received $10,000 home improvement grant from $5 million fund pool. Perhaps "energy tax credits" that can further leverage.

    Many more families would benefit- tenants in small owner occupied multiunits won't be displaced if struggling landlords get help for a change instead of whacked with more tax increases. Energy efficient updated systems, windows, roof....benefit tenants and the owner (lower costs). 500 home repair / energy efficieny projects thruout LSq means local jobs."

Jun 05

Ring Found

I found a ring while walking my dog on Campbell Ave. If you have lost your ring, please reply with a description.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 05

Window glazing retailer?

I have been using Joe's Hardware for my glass purchases and window sash glazing since before I moved west of Western (and I have been here over 10 years). With them now closed, I need a new place to go.

Who do you use?

  • I second Yu Hardware...excellent service and they put up with my stupid questions...I always learn a lot from them...enough to replace my own glass garage windows......and they are great at other items as well!

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

    My plumber enjoys working with "the chinaman", but I haven't been in the door there (just not convenient for me). I HAVE used Gilman's, and will do so more in the future. Thanks. My understanding is that the brother's cashed out of the building. great for them, and they deserve it, but too bad for the neighborhood.

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