Apr 11

Updated 35 min ago

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?

  • Gil or Mike,
    Do you remember if Milwaukee Avenue was cobblestone south of Armitage in the 80s? Like maybe Wicker Park or further south? I used to ride my bike up from the Loop back then and I could swear a portion was cobblestone but no one agrees with me.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    bill - i don't think so, but there may have been stretches of it that were -- like maybe down by bloomingdale where the train overpass (now 606 trail) was. underpasses were cobblestone for a long time in chicago. some still are.

1 hour ago

Saturday night another car on the sidewalk

Kedzie and Fullerton another car up on the sidewalk. 2 car crash. Hopefully no one was standing there. Happens somewhere on the boulevard every weekend now it seems.

12 hours ago

ISO Moving boxes

Looking for moving boxes--hoping to recycle someone else's rather than buy new. Let me know if I can take some off your hands. Thanks so much!!

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Iron staircase/fence painting suggestions?

3 flat. Looking to paint some iron/metal gates and staircases. Any contractor suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Calabrese & NW Sider- I am very sad to have to share that I just got an email last night from one of Bill West's family members. He was in a horrible accident in Michigan last week, spent the week in a hospital and is now home, but jaw is...

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    Calabrese & NW Sider- I am very sad to have to share that I just got an email last night from one of Bill West's family members. He was in a horrible accident in Michigan last week, spent the week in a hospital and is now home, but jaw is wired shut and there will be months of recovery for him. I am shocked and saddened. I just wanted you to know should you try to reach out to him at this time. Thanks also NW-sider for your kind words. I would be honored should you ever need my services. Meanwhile, find happiness in each and every day! Life surely can change on a dime....

  • Jen - Ouch, that's awful. I feel for him and his family. Also very relieved he survived the accident. What little we need done can await his recovery and any of physically taxing bits can easily wait until the heat of summer passes.

    We value integrity and your sincerity and honesty are evident in your posts, Jen. You're welcome. Working with ppl like yourself is actually a favor to ourselves.

38 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Furniture stores that you can sell pieces to?

Anyone know of any that will purchase pieces from you along Milwaukee? I have a mirror I need to sell.

  • What type/size of mirror? Might get better intel, possibly interested parties, if you repost with photo of mirror.
    fwiw, I've heard good things about Unique resale on Elston, but do not know if they purchase pieces.

  • First of all, Unique takes donations. Some of the profits go to Veterans. If you want to sell something post it on Nextdoor or Facebook Virtual Garage Sale.

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

How do security deposits work in Chicago? Need to get old one back before starting new lease?

If I am leaving a place, when can I get my security deposit back? I'd like to use my security deposit from my old place (the one i'm in now) and put it towards the security deposit on the new place because I don't have a lot of spare funds sitting around. Is it possible to get the security deposit back before the move out date on the old place in order to make this happen?

  • MKW in Lincoln Square 25 years in the Square

    JD could you ask the LL at new place if you can do half the security deposit up front then pay the other half over the next few months after move in? I've let tenants do that in the past, it's certainly worth asking.

    However, what Humboldt writer and Gil...

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    JD could you ask the LL at new place if you can do half the security deposit up front then pay the other half over the next few months after move in? I've let tenants do that in the past, it's certainly worth asking.

    However, what Humboldt writer and Gil said about security deposits are correct - I stopped requiring security deposits and instead charge a move in fee due to the onerous CRLTO laws surrounding maintenance and return of security deposits. I've been fairly lucky so far, but have had a couple tenants do some damage (pulled up carpeting, holes in walls, broken doors) that far surpassed their move in fee. I had to absorb these costs, but it's better than running the risk of a tenant suing me for 2x damages and their attorney fees - all of which can be upwards of $10-15K. So, I can see where the CRLTO's rules around security deposits can in a roundabout way cause rents to rise.

  • MKW, there is nothing "roundabout" about it. Suing landlords for 10 cent security deposit interest has raised countless rents throughout the city.

    After getting screwed once or twice by a tenant for an honest mistake of failing to return 10 cents of annual interest earned on the security deposit cost...

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    MKW, there is nothing "roundabout" about it. Suing landlords for 10 cent security deposit interest has raised countless rents throughout the city.

    After getting screwed once or twice by a tenant for an honest mistake of failing to return 10 cents of annual interest earned on the security deposit cost changed perspective forever. Even when the loss is less than the 2x damages and court/attorney fees. What the Housing Advocate Non-profits (funded by your property tax dollars) do most of the time rather than litigate is to write a threatening letter that they are going to sue you, but a "settlement" for a lower amount is negotiated.

    Most landlords choose the negotiation and pay because it beats all of that time lost in court, as well as the potential attorney fees.

    The landlords who got screwed responded in different ways. One had to take on the expense of hiring an accountant to make sure that they ten cent checks were sent out every year. Keep in mind it costs 50 cents for just the postage now. That cost was passed on to tenants in the form of modest but unnaturally accelerated annual rent increases. Another one raised rent by over $100/month (and got it immediately) to make up for the $1000 he lost on that specific unit, and raised most of the other 17 units by 5%+ to go to a legal fund that his Financial Advisor recommended as a DIRECT RESPONSE to what happened with the tenant. Some of those units hadn't had their rent raised in over 5 years, but the actions of ONE TENANT affected 15-20 other people who then had to shoulder the burden of higher rents to make up for this one person who grabbed $1000 or $2000 based on a technicality.

    Raising rents isn't always because a landlord is greedy. It is like putting on a hat because a bird just crapped on them. Just another tool to fix a problem.

    But please go after sleazy slumlords with all of your might! There are some out there. Save your wrath, fury, and most litigious machinations for them who deserve it.

5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Recommendations - water in the basement

Greetings, neighbors-

During intensive rainy days water seeps into our building's basement. I am hoping to receive reliable/trustworthy recommendations via this channel. Please provide me recommended businesses that offer assessment/repair for this type of situation. It could be gutters/downspouts, pipes, not sure. From the looks of it doesn't seem its a pipe issue. Much appreciated.

Thank you neighbors!

  • Will be worthwhile once you have it fixed. Good luck!
    This site provides graphics on foundations and where things can go wrong: https://www.chicagobungalow.org/basement-flooding

  • Jon

    Try these guys, at least get an estimate. Anderson construction and waterproofing.
    https://yelp.to/qTKq/EgzaqQ7xiM

    They fixed my water seepage issues with drain tile and a pump, due to my old stone foundation, cracked drain pipes, and low lying areas that were causing us all kinds of basement water issues. They found the least invasive and reasonable solution for us, and it worked.

26 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Gutter work recommendations?

We're looking for someone who could put gutters on our garage. We get ice right in front of the entrance to our garage in the winter.

Thanks

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36 hours ago

Calling all Artsy-Craftsy People! Harmony House for Cats needs your help!

Harmony House for Cats needs handmade items to sell at our annual Kitty Summer Social Open House, 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.
Everything needs to be received at...

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Harmony House for Cats needs handmade items to sell at our annual Kitty Summer Social Open House, 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.
Everything needs to be received at Harmony House no later than Sunday June 3rd.
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”.

And make plans to join us on Saturday June 9th!

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

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

  • Me too!!! I tried Craigslist & nada. Any leads would be helpful. Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Chimney Tuckpoint/Repair Reco's

Looking for recommendations to tuckpoint and repair a leaky chimney. Thank you!

  • Acrowbat Matt North Center Circus Artist

    Teufel Roofing
    (773) 327-2839‬

    They did a phenomenal job and at a fabulous price.

    I have also used Grzebieniak as well and they were wonderful to work with as well.

    Either one you can’t go wrong!

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

    We have an English Tutor (like a small bungalow)

    South elevation, grind out any loose or damaged mortar. Wash mortar joints out. Tuckpoint any cracks or holes with a depth of 1/2 inch or more of missing mortar. Includes chimney. $875.00.

    West and east sections of building, from ground level...

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    We have an English Tutor (like a small bungalow)

    South elevation, grind out any loose or damaged mortar. Wash mortar joints out. Tuckpoint any cracks or holes with a depth of 1/2 inch or more of missing mortar. Includes chimney. $875.00.

    West and east sections of building, from ground level upward, halfway to roofline, grind out mortar joints 100%. Remove any damaged bricks where needed. Replace with matching common brick. Wash all windows, sills, mortar joints and brick to a clean surface. Tuckpoint in a flat flush mortar joint. Match existing color. $3,800.00.

2 days ago

1421 Beat Meeting

Did anyone attend? If so, can you please share feedback from the meeting?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

Jan 25

Updated 3 days ago

3450 W Diversey - huge fight, gangbangers, squatters in building

Hi, I have not heard much about this troubled building lately, but last night there was a fight of some sort resulting in blood on the sidewalk, a broken window for one of our neighbors (a 100 year old window) and an arrest. I will speak with the police tonight at 10pm when the officer is on duty. I was wondering if anyone had any details. Please share. Thank you

  • Kapel, there is nothing illegal about being in a gang, in fact it's actually a constitutional right found under the freedom of expression clause, what's illegal is taking part in criminal activities which most gang members do!!! This is why there's really no way to desolve/ abolish gangs in of themselves!

  • Freedom of association clause!!!

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Darwin Elementary Local School Council Elections Wednesday, April 18th

Local School Council (LSC) elections for Darwin Elementary, and all CPS Elementary schools, are this Wednesday, April 18th from 6 AM to 7 PM.

If you live in Darwin's attendance boundary you are eligible to vote. I'm including an image of Darwin's boundary but you can also confirm your local school's boundary using the 2018 LSC Election site (http://cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-LSCElections2018/index.html). Type in your address to find the school boundary you are within or type in "Darwin" to see Darwin's enrollment boundary....

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Local School Council (LSC) elections for Darwin Elementary, and all CPS Elementary schools, are this Wednesday, April 18th from 6 AM to 7 PM.

If you live in Darwin's attendance boundary you are eligible to vote. I'm including an image of Darwin's boundary but you can also confirm your local school's boundary using the 2018 LSC Election site (http://cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-LSCElections2018/index.html). Type in your address to find the school boundary you are within or type in "Darwin" to see Darwin's enrollment boundary.

All you have to do to vote is go to your neighborhood school between 6 AM through 7 PM with an ID confirming your address within the boundary. You'll be given a ballot and allowed to vote for no more than 5 candidates among both parent and community representatives. Voting for more than 5 candidates will spoil your vote!

I have served as a parent representative at Darwin for two years, where my daughter attends. During my tenure I have asked critical questions about the school's operation and the principal's policies because these decision affect the education of all the children in the school - including my daughter's.

I'd like to ask for your suport for another two years. It's a lot to ask people to take 20-30 minutes out of their day and vote in an election that seems removed from their lives but what happens in your local school really matters to the neighborhood: excellent schools that parents want to attend change the neighborhood for the better.

I've been privileged to work with the following other candidates and wholeheartedly endorse voting for them as well.

For Parent Representative: Jeffrey Young (myself), Erin Rensink, Dawn Herrera Helphand

For Community Representative: Kate Carolan and Amanda Mcbee.

Thank you.

    http://cps.edu
  • Jeff Young Logan Square resident

    Contrary to the above, I've read that community members need 2 forms of ID with at least one that confirms residence in the attendance boundary. Acceptable forms of ID include:

    Driver's License
    State ID
    Voter Registration Card
    MediPlan/Medicaid Card
    IDPA Card
    Permanent Resident Card
    Matricula Consular
    Student ID
    Public Library Card
    Other Govt issued ID
    Lease
    Utility Bill
    Credit or Debit card
    Employment ID
    Court Documents

  • Jeff Young Logan Square resident

    I've been at the school most of the day as a pollwatcher. I've seen so many people from the community come in and vote - thank you all for supporting Darwin.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Palmer Sq Zoning and Planning Committee

Hi all, having lived in Palmer Sq for 18 months, I'm looking to get more involved in the zoning and planning dialogue. Does anyone know of a committee that residents can participate in?

  • Hi Mookie, welcome to Palmer Square! I can suggest a couple of options:
    1) HAPS- If you are living on Palmer Square and own your property, there is a small group called Homeowners of Palmer Square (HAPS). Its bylaws are fairly restrictive, so it limited to owners of property within...

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    Hi Mookie, welcome to Palmer Square! I can suggest a couple of options:
    1) HAPS- If you are living on Palmer Square and own your property, there is a small group called Homeowners of Palmer Square (HAPS). Its bylaws are fairly restrictive, so it limited to owners of property within the 3000-3200 blocks of Palmer. Addresses on Kedzie and Humboldt on Palmer Square itself are also part of the group. I can connect you if this is an interest.
    2) Logan Square Preservation-- this group is the larger Logan Square group that advises on issues in the neighborhood, Palmer Square included. They do have a separate zoning committee.

    There may be other groups as well that others will suggest.

  • Thanks Cori! I am a homeowner but do not reside on the square. Maybe I can look into the second option? Thank you!

  • Logan Square Preservation meets at 7pm, the third thursday of every month at the Norwegian Lutheran Minnekirken Church at 2614 N Kedzie, on the square. The April meeting is this thursday night and guests are welcome. Zoning is always a hot topic and new development plans are popping up all over. So if you are free thursday, stop by. You can also visit the website, www.logansquarepreservation.org

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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?

3 days ago

3198 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 posted 1 photo to Fotella:

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Lost keys with library tag

Hi, I lost part of my keychain last weekend either near Sunnyside/California or near California/Diversey. It's just a ring with a black Honda key and a house key on it, with a Chicago Public Library card tag as well. Just thought I'd check and see if anyone picked it up - it was a week ago, but thought it was still worth it to check.

  • Did you check with the library system to see if anyone turned them in...I think if I found them, that is what I would do...

  • Do you have a valid phone number or email address on file with the library. They will usually try to contact you if keys are turned in to them, but sometimes the contact information is outdated.

  • A.S. a.s.

    Unfortunately, I already called a few nearby libraries last week when it happened - should've mentioned that. They didn't have anything in the system about it being turned in. Bummer.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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 13

Updated 4 days ago

In Need of a Good Electrician

The electrical outlets in my garage are having some issues and I am in need of an electrician to come out and assess the situation and hopefully fix it. Does anyone have any recommendations for a competent and honest electrician?

  • Sorry Jicccc, I didn't know I was writing a Brief for the United States Supreme Court!!!!

  • Your comment was incoherent. If you want to be taken seriously, slow down and use complete words and sentences.

Apr 14

Updated 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New construction at Fullerton and Sacramento

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

Apr 13

Updated 5 days ago

Shots Fired Thursday Night?

Hello - just wondering if anyone else heard several gunshots last night around 11:20PM? I'm near Pulaski and Central Park.

  • If anyone knows of a Fire Candidate that was disqualified for appointment to the Chicago Fire Academy based upon them being one day passed their 38th Birthday, please let me know as I'm currently seeking Fire Candidates who have been prematurely disqualified by the City to join this Suit! Thank-U!!! The more, the merrier!!!

  • E

    Kevin sure has sued a lot of government bodies. Certainly suggests a different set of priorities.

5 days ago

Man, woman found fatally shot in Logan Square home

2300-2399 N. Sawyer Ave.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

Officers were called around 4 a.m. Monday to the 3600 block of West Cortland Street — near Central Park Avenue.

    Man, woman found fatally shot in Logan Square home
    CHICAGO -- A man and a woman were found dead inside a home in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. Officers were called around 4 a.m. Monday to the 3600 block of West Cortland Street -- near Central Park Avenue. Police say they found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds to their heads.
    http://wgntv.com

Apr 14

Updated 5 days ago

Negative or useless replies

Dont waste your time or mine on replying to comments left here unless you truly are being helpfull.
The thumbs down is there press it if you feel you have to disagree with an issue.

Apr 07

Updated 6 days ago

  • Hi, I have a tall mirror with an antique frame, which I cracked about a year ago. I called Arlington Glass on North Milwaukee Ave. They picked up and return within a week for a reasonable price. Hope this helps.

  • Kitty, You are one of the nicest neighbors on EB! I too am glad to learn of Armand Lee.

6 days ago

Apr 13

Updated Apr 14

Man killed, another injured after stabbing in Logan Square

Police say three men were drinking together in an apartment near Kedzie and Belden around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

2300-2399 N. Sawyer Ave.

    Man killed, another injured after stabbing in Logan Square
    CHICAGO -- One man was fatally stabbed and another seriously injured in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. Police say three men were drinking together in an apartment near Kedzie and Belden around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing the other two men.
    http://wgntv.com

  • J0E Longtime neighbor

    @MHeller, what does your 3 long post have anything to do with the loss of a life and the weber injury of another?

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 10

Updated Apr 13

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

  • All dogs should be walked on a parkway, not the owners front yard. Very simple to understand one side is private property and one side is public property. Being adamant that a dog doesn't understand which is which is a total cop-out and you are being a selfish dog owner who cares nothing of your neighbors space, your dogs habits or your own entitled nature. Grow up, d3!

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 11

Updated Apr 13

Fires Started Last Night

Some time last night someone started a fire in my recycling bin, which caused my fence to partially burn down. My neighbor saw the fire around 4:30 AM and called the fire department.

When the fire department arrived, they told me that there was another fire at the other end of the block (I'm on the 3400 block of Parker) and another nearby on another block (didn't catch the location).

Basically, it looks like someone started multiple fires... for reasons?

I'm wondering if anyone saw anything unusual last night around Parker/Kimball/Diversey/ Milwaukee?

  • Sorry it happened to you. Lets hope its not a repeat of what happened years ago when people decided to set garages on fire. Do your neighbors have security cameras installed on their garages? Check with them and if they do, hopefully you can get a picture and take it down to the police station. Am surprised I didn't hear the trucks and I live right on Drake.

  • Man, that stinks and I'm so sorry this happened to you.
    No one should have to worry about arson, but it seems to be trending re. recycling bin fires. We don't put our recycling out until the morning of scheduled pickup, but not everyone has that option.

Apr 13

Man killed, another injured after stabbing in Logan Square

Police say three men were drinking together in an apartment near Kedzie and Belden around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Man killed, another injured after stabbing in Logan Square
    CHICAGO -- One man was fatally stabbed and another seriously injured in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. Police say three men were drinking together in an apartment near Kedzie and Belden around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing the other two men.
    http://cltv.com

Apr 13

2 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Logan Square

The three were together in the 2300 block of North Kedzie Avenue on the Northwest Side when the attacker pulled out a knife and began stabbing the men around 11:45 p.m., police said.

    2 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Logan Square
    Three people were drinking together Thursday night in the Logan Square neighborhood when one of them stabbed the other two, killing one man and injuring the other, Chicago police said. The three were together in the 2300 block of North Kedzie Avenue on the Northwest Side when the attacker pulled out a knife and began stabbing the men around 11:45 p.m., police said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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