42 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

New Taco Bell in Logan Square (Coming Soon)

They do have a building permit, so it is real. Work has just begun on the next Taco Bell (No Drive thru) Right next door to the Logan Square Hand Car Wash at Milwaukee and Richmond.

How do you feel about this?

  • So there is a McDonald's and Wendy's north and south along Milwaukee. Standard, Drive-thru, versions that belong on a highway.

    Instead of another one of those coming in...Taco Bell chose to gut renovate a building and make a nicer version of their standard restaurants. You can think of this as...

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    So there is a McDonald's and Wendy's north and south along Milwaukee. Standard, Drive-thru, versions that belong on a highway.

    Instead of another one of those coming in...Taco Bell chose to gut renovate a building and make a nicer version of their standard restaurants. You can think of this as a sports bar that happens to serve Taco Bell (many people's dream growing up). Either way...if a fast-food joint is coming one way or another, why wouldn't we be happy about how nicely they are doing this up?

    Given it is the same ownership as Wicker Park, I'm pretty confident that this will "fit in" with the surrounding area vs becoming some sort of frat boy Disney world which is what it feels like many people fear.

    As many above have said...open, contributing storefronts beat empty buildings any day. No one confuses Taco Bell with real Mexican food.

  • Get on board with corporate and management ASAP and get a community agreement in place that they will have trash cans outside near the sidewalk and that they will maintain their trash cans. Including that they will pick up trash in front of their place.

Feb 21

Updated 3 hours ago

MegaMall / Logan Crossing Action

I saw some sort of large truck in the former MegaMall pit today. It had a vertical boom of some sort but I don't know what it would be used form.

Could this finally be the start of developing this eyesore?

22 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Curious?

Does anyone know what happened by the Logan Square train station on Milwaukee at about 8am? There was police and News broadcast..

3 days ago

Free Bookshelf

Free 5 level bookshelf from World Market. In the alley between Shakespeare and Dickens just west of Kimball.

May 12

Updated 3 days ago

Band playing on/near the square?

I keep hearing at least a drummer playing somewhere outdoors. I live near the square, but it’s always late so I admittedly haven’t gone over there to look for myself. Does anyone know what’s going on with that? I don’t recall it happening last year.

Just curious and easily annoyed. :)

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    These musicians should be respectful to the neighborhood and not go past ten pm .

  • Meggg I want to pet all the dogs

    Turns out there was a three day event at Comfort Station. I wish they would have kept it inside, but I suppose it’s no different than a street fest

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Horse Radish? Plants or roots?

I just read where you can freeze the root.

Please e-mail (klh@mindspring.com) if interested. Once you plant it, it is yours for a long time..and the leaves are tall and nice ....and you can dig it and leave part of the root in the ground and it will come back.

  • Hi NW...I don't have rabbits by me (feral cats and lots of backyard dogs..) and the leaves actually smell a little like strong horseradish (well, to me..) -they sure are attractive....so wish I could answer. But you are welcome to try it...(unless these plants would deter the rabbits from he other tasty ones.....just a thought...)

  • A site that lists "safe" things to feed captive rabbits included horseradish. Thinking horseradish may require less watering than turnips. Glad you posted and made me hunt-down more info.
    No pesticides in decades here; never will. Neighborhood feral cat is too old and slow to actually nab a rabbit ... saw two hawks fail vs bunny last Spring (yay).

5 days ago

    First look at two-tower plan for Spire site: 'There will not be a shot of Chicago that doesn't have these buildings in them'
    More than three years after taking title to the land where the audacious Chicago Spire was once envisioned, and more than two years after soliciting designs from a half-dozen architecture firms, Related Midwest on Tuesday unveiled a bold plan for the waterfront site.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 12

Updated 6 days ago

BEWARE: Door-to-Door energy scam

Hey neighbors,

Someone just came to my door claiming to be from Star Energy Partners. They had a whole shpiel about switching over, getting all green energy, paying half on my bill and not paying for coal fees. I told them to please come back another time, did a quick google search and saw that it is most likely a scam. You can read more about it at the links below. Basically, if anybody comes door-to-door trying to get you to switch your energy service DO NOT SIGN UP without doing your research first.

https://www.bbb.org/losangelessiliconvalley/business-reviews/energy-service-company/star-energy-partners-in-playa-vista-ca-633488/reviews-and-complaints

https://www.reddit.com/r/personalfinance/comments/6wsils/beware_of_star_energy_partners_do_not_apply_to_a/

    BBB Accredited Business Profile for Star Energy Partners
    BBB's Business Profile for Star Energy Partners, Business Reviews and Ratings for Star Energy Partners in Playa Vista, CA.
    https://www.bbb.org
  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    I get a call on my cell telling me congratulations l have been selected for a free trial offer that will lower my electric bill by up to 50per cent per month .l never let it get any further and l hang up.This call is not a real person calling but a computerized auto dialer doing this.l once tried calling the phone number it comes from on my caller I D but get the old the number cannot be reached routine.Definitely be aware of these scammers

  • Jon

    Also phone scam local #. You answer with. "Hello ?"
    They say" can you hear me ?" HANG UP !
    IF YOU SAY " YES"
    They will use your voice recorded to say you verbally agreed to a contract. That you know nothing about.
    It happened to me .
    I...

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    Also phone scam local #. You answer with. "Hello ?"
    They say" can you hear me ?" HANG UP !
    IF YOU SAY " YES"
    They will use your voice recorded to say you verbally agreed to a contract. That you know nothing about.
    It happened to me .
    I got a watch I didnt order for 3 monthsin a row and a bill for the watch of the month club it was going to cost me $1425.00 !!
    Thank god it was my niece who is 10 answering for me.
    BEWARE !!

6 days ago

Donate Your Arts & Crafts Projects for Kitty Summer Social Fundraiser for Harmony House For Cats

Calling artsy-craftsy people! We need handmade items to sell at our annual Kitty Summer Social http://hhforcats.org/kitty-summer-social . Do you or someone you know make something awesome? We’d love to feature your jewelry, artwork, home goods, beauty/skin care, clothing, wood or paper goods, and gardening items at our fundraiser. It’s a chance to showcase your talents and help the cats of Harmony House!
Email kelly@hhforcats.org by May 20th if you have items to donate.
You can mail/ship them to the shelter:...

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Calling artsy-craftsy people! We need handmade items to sell at our annual Kitty Summer Social http://hhforcats.org/kitty-summer-social . Do you or someone you know make something awesome? We’d love to feature your jewelry, artwork, home goods, beauty/skin care, clothing, wood or paper goods, and gardening items at our fundraiser. It’s a chance to showcase your talents and help the cats of Harmony House!
Email kelly@hhforcats.org by May 20th if you have items to donate.
You can mail/ship them to the shelter:
Harmony House for Cats
2914 N. Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Attn: KSS
You can also drop off your items seven days a week 10am – 3pm. Please make sure all boxes/bags are marked “For KSS”.
Everything needs to be received at Harmony House no later than Sunday June 3rd. All proceeds from the sale of items go towards the care of the Harmony House cats.

Harmony House is a 501(c)3 organization.

    Kitty Summer Social | Harmony House for Cats - Eco-Friendly Cageless No-Kill Adoption Center
    Saturday, June 9th, 1-4 pm Harmony House for Cats 2914 N Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 Free admission Join us for an open house fundraiser to help kick off summer in Chicago!
    http://hhforcats.org

Jan 10 2017

Updated May 13

Where did you go? How can I get you to e-mail me again?

I haven't gotten any e-mails since established..how do I get back on???

  • You have to e-mail then and re-register..I think that is what I did...no trouble since I posted..

  • LG, try contacting EB to inform them using the "Feedback and support" feature on the bottom of this page. Seems that did the trick in the past.
    (I'm still getting mine w/o incident since my own issues 16 months ago.)

May 10

Updated May 13

Contractor needed

Help, looking for a good honest and reasonably priced contractor for bathroom rehab. Maybe a kitchen as well.
Thanks
Eric A

May 10

Updated May 11

Caution on earbuds and texting

Neighbors - A few days ago a guy was walking his dog, ear buds in and texting, oblivious to anyone around him. He took the corner and was within a few feet of initiating a huge dog fight as his dog is reactive to other dogs. And what if this happened with a parent who had a child with them? A child could have easily gotten caught up in an altercation and seriously hurt. Outside of this dog owners bad...

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Neighbors - A few days ago a guy was walking his dog, ear buds in and texting, oblivious to anyone around him. He took the corner and was within a few feet of initiating a huge dog fight as his dog is reactive to other dogs. And what if this happened with a parent who had a child with them? A child could have easily gotten caught up in an altercation and seriously hurt. Outside of this dog owners bad judgement...this is city living...please be aware of your surroundings at all times. My attempted mugging in LS was in total daylight, mid afternoon. Had I had buds in or was texting I would not have been aware of the man about to jump me and been able to quickly take evasive action. Be careful out there, be considerate of others, pay attention, remind your friends, take care of each other.

  • Thanks for your post.....a needful reminder!

  • PetParent Founder of Pitter Patter Parenting

    As a pet care and education provider, this is a huge pet peeve of mine (pun intended). There are so many dog walkers out there with headphones on, staring at their phones. Not only is it terrible for dog owners to do this, but if you're being paid to care...

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    As a pet care and education provider, this is a huge pet peeve of mine (pun intended). There are so many dog walkers out there with headphones on, staring at their phones. Not only is it terrible for dog owners to do this, but if you're being paid to care for someone else's dog, pay attention! I don't ever wear an ear piece or use my phone when I'm caring for clients' pets. You have to be on the look out for other dogs, cats, cars, bikes, skateboards, food on the ground, etc.... Keeping your dog safe has to be the top priority.

May 11

Free rain barrel

I have an extra rain barrel. It’s free to anyone who wants it. It’s in the alley of the 2400 block of N Mozart.

May 10

Volleyball Skills Class for 3rd & 4th Graders at Unity Park!

Spring Volleyball for 3rd and 4th Graders presented by Unity Park Advisory Council, James Monroe Elementary School, Logan Square Boys and Girls Club of Chicago & Chicago Park District

Sign up now for a 7-week program of volleyball at Unity Park! The program will have instruction and match play, and is run by qualified instructors from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. Water and snacks will be provided.

Who: 3rd and 4th graders
When: Saturdays from 5/5/18 – 6/16/18 12 PM – 2 PM
Where: Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave. (pick-up and drop-off)
Rain location is Monroe School, 3651 W. Schubert Ave.
Cost Free

To enroll your child please Email: info@UnityParkChicago.org ASAP. There are still slots available!

    Unity Park Advisory Council, Chicago
    http://unityparkchicago.org

Apr 25

Updated May 09

Should Chicago have a 'congestion charge'?

For those not familiar with the concept:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_congestion_charge

But the basics are you create a zone where drivers must pay a fee to drive in during certain times of day.

According to the wikipedia entry, London did this and it led to a decrease in cars on the road, pollution, speeds, and increased revenues for the city.

    London congestion charge - Wikipedia
    The London congestion charge is a fee charged on most motor vehicles operating within the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ) in Central London between 07:00 and 18:00 Mondays to Fridays. It is not charged on weekends, public holidays or between Christmas Day and New Year's Day (inclusive). The charge was introduced on 17 February 2003.
    https://en.wikipedia.org
  • Use taxes, you use you pay, is one of the fairest forms of taxation. The tech required to implement this tax can also be used to fine people for running stop signs, not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, etc. etc. Pedestrians are in more danger than ever because there is...

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    Use taxes, you use you pay, is one of the fairest forms of taxation. The tech required to implement this tax can also be used to fine people for running stop signs, not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, etc. etc. Pedestrians are in more danger than ever because there is no enforcement for driving recklessly and reckless drivers don't care if they run you over because it's only a $100 ticket and that's if they can't pin the blame on you (i.e. you were walking drunk, not paying attention, wearing headphones, etc.).

    I have measured this phenomenon. You can watch a 3 minute snippet at https://youtu.be/3JY0d0adwBY and found that about 1/3 of drivers on the road are dangerous. This is why pedestrians are getting killed so often nowadays.

  • I propose an internet use tax.

Aug 12 2014

Updated May 09

Upgrade water service on rehab

Has anybody been told they need to replace the water pipe from their home to the city service. I was just informed of this requirement and nobody can point me to the actual code reference. Also, drainlayer/contractor pricing is very hard to find. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

  • Kittyhop, why does your first post endorse j Blanton and give their contact info if you didn't like them?

  • I was in a rush and didn't re-read it well enough...I left out the word "UNHAPPY".

    I was trying to be 'polite' and not say what might lead to a screaming telephone call from the owner!

    Sorry, I'm an idiot....I was doing too many things at once. I will do...

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    I was in a rush and didn't re-read it well enough...I left out the word "UNHAPPY".

    I was trying to be 'polite' and not say what might lead to a screaming telephone call from the owner!

    Sorry, I'm an idiot....I was doing too many things at once. I will do better in the future...

    I just wanted to make sure that our people knew about the experiences and money lost with this company by me....

    No contact information for them...in this post. The contact information I left was for Rocket...unless you are looking at years ago post...WHEN I thought i was doing well with that company..which I thought I was until I hired them again. Until I did extensive research and found they were over-priced, didn't show up, double charged me, and didn't guarantee their work. It was a VERY expensive lesson for me, much time lost, some damage of my property.... and I don't want anyone else to waste their time and money.

    Like I said..I'll slow down and do better.

May 06

Updated May 08

Los Artista Liquors closed? Armitage/California

Curious if anyone knows what's happening with Los Artista Liquors at Armitage and California in the SRO building. They've been closed for a while now, and it appears goods are removed from shelves.

  • North and Artesian has a nice coffee shop, Cup & Spoon....

  • @Rumhamms - not sure, I don't know the person super well, so I can't say

Oct 30

Updated May 08

SFR bar on Armitage becoming The Mozart?

Curious if any patrons of the SFR bar at Mozart and Armitage know anything about its upcoming new name "The Mozart?" Saw they recently acquired a sign permit to make this switch.

May 02

Updated May 03

Boys & Girls Club building teardown Palmer@Sawyer? Logan Square Preservation flyer

LSP Flyer posted around neighborhood. is Boys and Girls Club selling building which was originally Jewish Synagogue? Perhaps LSP President Andrew Schneider will provide more detail to community about their flyer.

  • I wonder if the Boys and Girls organization is interested in having their property down zoned, and thus selling for a lower price. My guess is YES!

  • It would be nice if non-profits which were designed to serve the community embraced one or both of those precepts.

Apr 24

Updated May 03

Logan Sqaures ! Boys & Girls Club

Zoning plans for Tearing Down the Boys & Girls Club. But plans on saving it ? Here are my thoughts about that place. I am very happy to hear about the boys and girls club on Palmer and sawyer getting shutdown. I have been a resident of Logan square for 11 years and that boys and girls club is nothing but trouble and trafficking. The kids are very loud and very very disrespectful and after they get done hanging out...

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Zoning plans for Tearing Down the Boys & Girls Club. But plans on saving it ? Here are my thoughts about that place. I am very happy to hear about the boys and girls club on Palmer and sawyer getting shutdown. I have been a resident of Logan square for 11 years and that boys and girls club is nothing but trouble and trafficking. The kids are very loud and very very disrespectful and after they get done hanging out at Palmer and sawyer once the boys and girls clubs has shutdown for the night . They walk up and down the alleys spray painting residents garages. Stealing packages off of people’s front porches. I have brought this up to the attention of the main guy that runs that place and all he does is protect bad kids that steal and we don’t need a place like this in our neighborhood. I can assure you that I’m not the only neighbor that feels this way and has had problems or have tried complaining to the boys and girls and nothing ever gets done. In the past there was a co worker that was caught and charged with child porn on his computer inside the Boys & Girls Club And like I said it’s time for the boys & girls clubs to be shutdown for good and I have neighbors to back up my claims.

  • Hi all -

    I'm president of LSP - I just thought I'd add here that there are no plans that we know of at this time but we do understand that several offers are already on the table for the property - we asked the alderman and the community for support in down-zoning the property to conform to the neighboring blocks in hopes the move would encourage a re-use of the existing structure rather than demolition and new construction.

  • The Boys and Girls Club is not "getting shutdown". They want to sell a well-located building that no longer suits them. I hope they find another building in the area, maybe further west.

Apr 10

Updated May 02

Private property / public property

I spend time and money planti g and caring for my yard. Meaning the piece of property between the building and the sidewalk.
Public is area sidewalk to street.
This is where you walk your dog.
DO NOT ALLOW THEM ON MY LAWN TO URINATE ON MY PROPERTY !
USE THE TREE BANK.
IT IS DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY !!
Does anyone have a reason this is neccisary ? Please educate me. Im open to work with you but as for now it is simply your laziness.
I have twin diaper using children.
How abour diapers on your lawn or tree bank....get it now ?? Jon

  • We have a dog (well still a puppy / teen but almost a dog) and have made a concerted effort from day one to be as minimally intrusive as possible....its really not that hard!!

    If you are a conscientious dog owner, you have a generally good idea about when your...

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    We have a dog (well still a puppy / teen but almost a dog) and have made a concerted effort from day one to be as minimally intrusive as possible....its really not that hard!!

    If you are a conscientious dog owner, you have a generally good idea about when your dog needs to go to the bathroom and what it looks like when its time (e.g., beginning / end of walks, after play, increased sniffing etc.).

    Unfortunately, many small dog owners, don't train their dogs at ALL because it is easier to just pick them up which is frequently a problem I have seen.

    It is a no brainer that you shouldn't let your dog on someone's lawn to go to the bathroom. I get it, it happens sometimes and you are caught unaware. But that should always be the exception. It is always the dog owners problem to pay attention to what their dog is doing. There is no excuse...it is so easy to go the next patch of grass / keep off main lawns / pick up the poo.

    The being said OP...I get that you were venting here but it is likely that the perpetrator of your issue isn't seeing this post...

  • Dog do is unhealthy and especially so when people deliberately make it their business to allow their dogs to use other people's lawn and yards. It creates a Rodent problem, and your children can't play around in their yard. However, I've heard that they have something that can be sprayed on your yard to stop this problem. Please check into this. Good good luck.

Apr 30

Updated May 01

Free furniture

Must take today otherwise I’ll throw them out.

Apr 28

Chicago Police Wants Your Loud Music Videos.

You can now instantly send Chicago Police an anonymous text message from your phone including a video of the loud cars in Humboldt Park. It's really easy. First, record your video. Then:

1. Create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone
2. Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line
3. In the message box, type the word CPD, a space, and then your crime tip information. Attach the video to the message.
4. Hit...

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You can now instantly send Chicago Police an anonymous text message from your phone including a video of the loud cars in Humboldt Park. It's really easy. First, record your video. Then:

1. Create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone
2. Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line
3. In the message box, type the word CPD, a space, and then your crime tip information. Attach the video to the message.
4. Hit “send” to send the text message You will automatically receive a system generated message back on your cell phone acknowledging your tip.

We need more people sending complaints, video, photos, observations. The more complaints the better the police can serve our community. Each complaint creates a "ticket" and the more tickets the police get the stronger they can act. It is important that we in the community provide the police department with complaints so that the police can influence the politicians. Videos are a good way to show the real problem.

So, please, when you hear loud music in Humboldt Park, pick up your phone from your pocket and video record the event. Send it as a complaint to 274637 (CRIMES). Can't be easier.

Also, call 911 to report what you see for instant police safety action.

Learn all about it here:
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

Apr 23

Updated Apr 27

I have a scheduled roofing job! However..

The contractor/ estimator told me no permit would be necessary. I find this hard to believe.

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    if it is a minor roof repair then a permit will not be required, but for a roof replacement yes

  • After discussing this issue with the Permit Dept., You do need a permit for Flat Roof replacement...You do not need a permit for a Shingled Roof replacement.

Apr 26

Guatemalan shoes

About a year ago I bought these cool shoes from a van which was selling Guatemalan made shoes and hammocks around Logan Square near the monument. I love them and would love to buy another pair in a different color but I don't know where to find this van or know whether they have a store at this point? Does anybody have contact information for these entrepreneurs?

Apr 25

City KIDS AND KITES FESTIVAL Saturday May 5 on Lakeshore @ 600 W Montrose

20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park at Lake (between Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, MAY 5, from 10am to 4pm. Free Kites while they last! Admission is FREE https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/kids_and_kites_festival.html/

    City of Chicago :: 20th Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
    Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid.
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

Apr 11

Updated Apr 23

Congress Pizzeria - Closed

I went here a few times when I first moved to Logan Square over 25 years ago- never thought it was that good- however, they stayed in business a long time. Wonder if the landowner sold the spot for what appears to be development .

New Condos? Just what we need, right?

Apr 18

Updated Apr 21

Grace Hotel?

Anybody heard anything about the proposed boutique hotel in Grace's Furniture building?

Apr 18

Updated Apr 19

Palmer Square drowning?

I've noticed recently that Palmer Square is partially submerged in water and seems to be that way often. Can anything be done to install drains or something to alleviate this situation? It's kind of like a swamp in some places and really unpleasant.

  • We, the PAC, are working with the park district on this. Quarterly meeting Mon 4/23 , check Facebook page for time and location, 1-2 blocks from the park.

Apr 17

Updated Apr 18

Pharmacy on Fullerton next to Farrel's gym

Any idea what the pharmacy is between Farrell's gym on Fullerton at Kedzie, and Fishman's?

It's almost totally bare, never anyone inside. Every time I walk past I wonder how they use such a high traffic space for a faux store front.

  • i wish someone would re-develop that corner, would love to see the one story office & retail buildings along the boulevard get built up to have housing above and hold the corners better. Except for maybe the Parson's building, that one does an job because it's so active and has a nice massing of mature trees assisting

  • they have a website alphacarerx.com for that store but all the images are stock internet photos. it looks like a mail order pharmacy so why the storefront? open 9-5?

Apr 17

Updated Apr 17

First Midwest Bank Logan Square Location-Closed

I occasionally use this bank, have a debit card from them, was very disappointed to see that the Logan Square location is closed.

I went to the North Ave branch instead, was told two of the tellers from LS are relocated here, and that due to a dispute with the landlord (over rent I believe) the Logan Square location was closed, she also said they were looking for a new location.

Apr 14

Updated Apr 17

Moving to LS - Parking Advice

Considering moving from Bucktown to Logan Square near Kedzie and Fullerton -- just wondering if anyone has insight in to the parking situation in this area.
From our apartment tour, it seemed like Kedzie had free parking but it seemed very busy/we had to park a few blocks away.
Is this typical? Do y'all have to drive around for a while to look for parking spots? Any tips? Anyone renting out a spot close by?
Also, curious about neighborhood safety - thoughts?
Thanks!

  • Yes get a permit if your address is in a residential parking zone, but you likely are not.

    Check here to see if you can get a permit: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/ezbuy/geoWardLookup.do

  • I bought a condo on Kedzie near Wrightwood a couple of years ago and love the neighborhood! (It was a completely random decision, I moved from Old Town and was very unfamiliar with the west side.) It's quiet but close to restaurants and nightlife, and I've never felt unsafe. I...

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    I bought a condo on Kedzie near Wrightwood a couple of years ago and love the neighborhood! (It was a completely random decision, I moved from Old Town and was very unfamiliar with the west side.) It's quiet but close to restaurants and nightlife, and I've never felt unsafe. I walk and take the public transportation for the most part. A good friends live a mile south on Sawyer and i always walk to/from her place, even late at night. You just have to be smart about side streets and such at night.

    I have a car which basically just lives on the street, I only keep it because I own it. I do qualify for a zone 100 buffer permit, but about half of the side streets west of Kedzie aren't zoned...I've never had a problem and I've had a couple of temporary roommates that had cars and no permit. I think a little more South of you has a lot of street options as well, just get off the main streets and you shouldn't have a problem. Street sweeping is the biggest pain I've encountered.

Apr 13

Updated Apr 17

Anyone want some dirt?

I have a bit of dirt to get rid of, from potted plants and a small veggie garden that died. Maybe ~16 cubic feet, by my estimate. Any suggestions for what I should do with it? I figured I would take it to a city park and put it around the trees, but I don't know if that would look suspicious or be illegal. If anyone on Everyblock wants it, please direct message me.

  • Watch the movie "The Great Escape." Put dirt in sacks hidden in the legs of your pants. When you walk around Humboldt Park, pull the strings of the sack and let the dirt pour around your shoes. Kick it around and don't let the guards see you.

  • Tasty Treats...have you been drinking again?...haha

Apr 16

Updated Apr 17

New construction at Fullerton and Sacramento

Anyone know what is going in there? Such a small lot!

Apr 03

Updated Apr 13

    Target to open 10th neighborhood store in Logan Square
    Target plans to open another of its smaller stores in the Logan Square neighborhood, just a little more than a mile and a half from an existing store in Avondale. The new 27,400-square-foot store, expected to open in 2020, will be Target's 10th "small-format" store in the Chicago area, the retailer said in a news release.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Mark Heller Logan Square & Chicago activist

    I proposed Skate Park under Kennedy Expressway to City & Park District in 2001. Many including Alderman said "never going to happen". Wrong. Park project in 2004 LSq Open Space Plan & advocacy that catalyzed Daley to fund 2002 Open Space Study. http://www.placemakingchicago.com/places/logan-boulevard-skate-park.asp.

  • So you’re comparing a skate park literally under the highway to one of the top tourist destinations in the state? Funny. Oh, and it didn’t happen did it? I don’t see a children’s museum up here.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 13

Is this a fair price??

Hi all. I need your collective advice. I am tearing down a 1 car garage&replacing w/a 20x20 double car. All new foundation etc. just got a quote of 16K. Is that a fair price? I paid 9K for the same thing just 4 yrs ago. Did I get a super deal then&is this a “normal”price?
Thanks!

  • House-Frau Homemaker, mom, animal lover

    I guess most contractors are void of customer service skills. When things are flush it’s kindof a “screw you, I don’t need you”attitude. I get things go up, I really do but 9K to 17K?! That is almost 100%(Apples-to-Apples on materials&work&company)What they MUST remember is when things aren’t so great, all those folks they blew off are gone&as the saying goes “What goes up, must come down”.

  • @Blonde in Logan square - I'd like to know who you used as well and same question, actual brick or cinderblock?

    Question to everyone else too - has the city required drywalling the interiors?

    I got an estimate last year that I wasn't thilled with, but I think the $17k is outrageous. Might be time to 'not' use them anymore!

    Thanks!

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Township new tenant?

Noticed the for lease signs were down at Township. Anyone have any info on who/what is going in there? Such a good location, especially for a venue.

  • There is a fundraiser there tonight! Check it out, also a go fund me. https://www.facebook.com/events/348990252261014??ti=ia

  • it'd be interesting to hear how they intend to stay afloat after the fundraiser...

    a one time influx of cash to help them is great, but if it's not a sustainable business model they'll just fold again later, which is unfortunate...

  • Totally! I don’t want to get super into it because I’m not one of the owners, but they do have a new business plan and possible new investors if they can secure the space. Feel free to go to the event and discuss with them or message them directly on the event page for more info!

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Half Italian Grocer on Milwaukee - Closed

The Half Italian Grocer is closed on Milwuakee next to the Chase Bank, across from the Logan. Sorry to see this go. Sad for the neighborhood.

Aug 19

Updated Apr 13

Need a Rental Agent in Portage Park

Hi neighbors. I need help finding an experienced rental agent that specializes in Portage Park. I have a cute little house I need to rent ASAP. I used to do this myself but just don't want to anymore so I'll bite the bullet&pay the 1 month fee. I tried(w/o luck)to contact a prominent "Redfin" agent that is successful in that area but couldn't get past her rather grumpy "gatekeeper" lol. I know about Apartment People&the like but am searching for more personalized attention since I need help w/pricing etc. Thanks in advance!

  • House-Frau Homemaker, mom, animal lover

    Actually Loulu - that was my old post from 8 mos ago. “Beth” reposted a few days ago since she has an apartment for rent. I rented that little house in the picture for 2K p/m Oct 1 ‘17.

  • Our apartment is only the first floor of the frame bungalow. It is in the Hermosa Park area. Near Fullerton. It’s a 1000sq. Ft. 2 bedroom with 9 foot ceilings.We are in process of rehabbing so won’t be for rent prob until July or August. We intend to rent for...

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    Our apartment is only the first floor of the frame bungalow. It is in the Hermosa Park area. Near Fullerton. It’s a 1000sq. Ft. 2 bedroom with 9 foot ceilings.We are in process of rehabbing so won’t be for rent prob until July or August. We intend to rent for one year and then move there. So upgrades are nice. But in a farmhouse style. White cabinets , maple natural floors , great fixtures. Butcherblock countertops ( real from Chicago Butcherblock)
    Not your typical apt. Original vintage living area and dining with built in. Full basement with laundry. New back porch and front porch . And cute yard . Across from park.Parking pad in back. Will build garage later. I will send photos when finished. Rent will be in 1300-1500$ range. If anyone is interested let me know.

Apr 11

Updated Apr 13

Issues

What sort of issues do you wish were reported on in your community and around Chicago. What do you want covered in the news?

  • Could you expand your request, please?

  • I'd like to see an accounting of how each alderman spends their $1.3 million "menu money". I'd like to get an update on the TIF program to see if there really is an unused pot of $$ there. I'd like to know which expensive city projects are in the works despite claims that Chicago is broke.

  • There's a current EB thread for Jefferson Park bemoaning the deplorable conditions at the Metra/Blue Line/CTA hub in Jeff Pk on Milwaukee Ave. All requests for action are met with deflection or silence (in the case of the Alderman who's adding 100's of apartments within 3 blocks of it) and get no action. Could be a fun romp to give that some coverage. https://goo.gl/sS3mji

Apr 12

Saba - New Italian Restaurant In Logan Square - Opens 4/15

Looks nice from the outside looking in- Hope it's great, it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood- Right at the corner of Milwaukee and Sawyer.

Apr 10

Updated Apr 12

What is going on at Albany/Whipple '606' entrance?

Heavy trucks are speeding down Whipple with this; no excuse as they can barely get down the street...

Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

JETS? 1 p.m....

Low over my house...

  • Thanks for clarifying....'we' are all so sensitive these days...sorry!

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    I'm pretty sure it was for the Cubs game home opener.

    Otherwise I'd say they were searching for more of Hillary's emails. ; ) lol ; )

Apr 06

Updated Apr 11

Moving Trucks on Fullerton

Hello everyone! I regularly see moving trucks at around 7:15 in the morning in front of 2547 Fullerton, where there’s a barber shop called Who’s Next. I may be reading too much into it, but it seems kind of strange that there are multiple moving trucks out there so regularly. Anyone know anything?

  • Great point LL. That’s a pretty good guess as to what they are doing there. It’s very difficult to turn left onto Fullerton because it’s impossible to see oncoming traffic. It makes me nervous.

  • DougM Bucktown/Logan Square

    LL is right on. Movers stopping for coffee/breakfast. I live down the block and can confirm that they are not moving anyone in the neighborhood every single day.

    That Dunkin location makes it hard on traffic all morning. Uber drivers doing u-turns, tradesmen pulling over, police stopping in. Not much room to park anywhere.

Mar 31

Updated Apr 02

Logan and Richmond - Bench Update

New bench went up this week. This was replaced by CDOT, I spoke with a person I knew there and was assured it would be fixed, and it was. So hurray for that!

I see that it is all wood- and probably needs to be treated. Or maybe not. Not sure.

Mar 29

Updated Apr 01

Coyote in Logan Square

Residents of Logan square 60647 area please beware of your small dogs and cats when unattended. There is a very young coyote running around the area. Last seen was in my alley of the 2100 block of North Sawyer Ave running in the alley on March 29, 2018 at 6pm. My guess is the young guy followed the 606 trail into town and is hungry and confused. So please be carful when walking your dogs in the area

  • Achilles Flaneur ear witness

    Better a coyote than a cougar!

  • I am able to worry about multiple things but dont worry about gangs or coyotes. the gangbangers are losers and i hear they are being driven out of LS by the cost of housing so until that happens, just keep calling 911 until they all get arrested. i dont really worry about the coyotes because there is nothing we can do to stop them and they are relatively harmless to and afraid of humans. just dont let your cats and dogs outside unwatched.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 31

New Restaurant @ 2715 N. Milwaukee?

Does anyone know what’s going into the space next to Red Star Liquors on Milwaukee Ave? Looks almost finished but I couldn’t find any info online.

  • Can't wait! Love Esam -- he said they were opening in April and have done some small private events and hiring staff currently.

  • Meggg I want to pet all the dogs

    Sign’s up now. Saba, an Italian joint

Mar 30

Updated Mar 31

People's Gas work on the 2700 block of N. Troy

Does any one know what the problem ? - numerous occasions of emergency work in the same spot.

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