2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Vagrants on Honore and Milwaukee

Now that the weather has warmed, these people have again posted up on Honore. They sleep, have sex and urinate in the alley. They use local businesses to use the restroom and get water. They have been violent in the past. They have several dogs with them.
I run a local business and am wary of their presence. I'm sure many have endured this for more summers than I have. Is there nothing that can be done to provide a better solution?

  • It might be worth calling the guy who runs Taboo Taboo/The Alley and also Tom Tunney's office. There were loads of these kids at the Belmont station and at the Belmont and Clark 'punkin' donuts in years prior and they aren't there anymore. Something changed.

    Some guys panhandle on the...

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    It might be worth calling the guy who runs Taboo Taboo/The Alley and also Tom Tunney's office. There were loads of these kids at the Belmont station and at the Belmont and Clark 'punkin' donuts in years prior and they aren't there anymore. Something changed.

    Some guys panhandle on the expressway onramps by Diversey and California and Western and Logan which is something new that I hadn't seen until last year.

    Disclosure: I admit, I have given out a box of dog biscuits or two, but that's it.

    I agree with Steve J

    Steve J
    -A Chicago original since 1968-

    How to solve the rail-rider infestation in three easy steps:

    1. STOP GIVING THEM MONEY.
    2. IF YOU SEE PEOPLE GIVING THEM MONEY- TELL THEM TO STOP.
    3. IF THEY ARE BREAKING ANY LAWS (public drinking, blocking the sidewalk) CALL 911.

  • Pound chicagopolice.org with "Community Concern" filings about the situation. From what I understand from our beat meetings, police have to patrol areas about which CCs have been filed and take action as needed. Don't wait for a CAPS meeting.

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Help us find a home for Chicago Food Coop

We are looking for a small or shared space to actively use two days per month for breaking down our delivery, a meeting or two, storage of three refrigerators, a top opening freezer and one intermezzo type shelving unit for the remaining time. Our budget is about $100 per month for rent.

Any leads would be really appreciated. The building we are currently located in will be unavailable to us anymore very soon. We are great tenants and can get...

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We are looking for a small or shared space to actively use two days per month for breaking down our delivery, a meeting or two, storage of three refrigerators, a top opening freezer and one intermezzo type shelving unit for the remaining time. Our budget is about $100 per month for rent.

Any leads would be really appreciated. The building we are currently located in will be unavailable to us anymore very soon. We are great tenants and can get you references from our previous location.

Center For Neighborhood Technology is our current spot, but they are moving.

I'd love to hear from contacts at local schools and churches.

We are pretty awesome if I do say so myself as a member. Consider joining.

Thanks so much,
Kate

About us:

Chicago Food Coop is a food buying club made up of individuals who collectively purchase groceries directly from distributors. We have an advantage over the individual consumer because we can purchase goods at wholesale (discounted) prices and pass the savings on to our members. We strive to bring our members variety and value. Our grocery suppliers are selected to provide the items that members want and as a buying club the price we pay for grocery items is often even lower than listed.

http://www.chicagofoodcoop.org

  • Nora Doherty Bucktown mom & real estate tax attorney

    I think you should call Sister Alicia Torres at Our Lady of Angels in West Humboldt Park. Your work would dovetail really well with a few things they are already doing. http://www.missionola.com/

    Good luck and thanks for all you are doing!

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    hmmmm. Didn't know CNT was moving. Where to? Your best bet is to check with a local church. There are tons of small building, small congregation settings that might be interested in an arrangement beyond the $ considerations. Also, you could check with Hope Christian Academy/Church over at Ogden/Taylor in...

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    hmmmm. Didn't know CNT was moving. Where to? Your best bet is to check with a local church. There are tons of small building, small congregation settings that might be interested in an arrangement beyond the $ considerations. Also, you could check with Hope Christian Academy/Church over at Ogden/Taylor in the UIC west campus area. Even if they arent interested they could probably point you in the right direction. Private message me and I'll give you the number for my roommate. He is well connected at Hope as well as other faith based communities

  • Nikki Still a 312er!

    Not sure if this will help, I would contact St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Noble off of Division Street. They have a soup kitchen.

    Stanislaus Kostka Providence Soup Kitchen
    The St. Stan’s Providence Soup Kitchen serves lunch
    Monday through Friday 11:30 PM to 12:30 PM. The soup
    kitchen is looking for volunteers to help prepare and
    serve lunch for the needy especially on Tuesdays and
    Thursdays which are the two days that are low on help. If
    you are interested please call Sr. Florine who is the
    director at 773/558-9258.

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Wicker Park/Noble Square for June 1st

Looking for a roommate, I'm moving to chicago from rhode island for june 1st. I am 24, and an engineer - I'm attending saic for my masters of design. I am pretty laid back, pretty quiet, and like to keep the common areas clean. Looking for a grad student or a young professional around my age, male or female. I am going to be in chicago this weekend, if you are looking for a roommate too send me a message about what you do and what you're like and maybe we can get together. Looking to spend somewhere between $1000-$1500 for an apartment, split between the both of us.

-Lou

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Car broken into at Honore / Milwaulkee

RIght in front of the old Mena Travel building Happened tonight a little before 8pm. Laptop was stolen, glass was on the street. Looks like that has happened before recently right at that spot b/c there was more broken glass a few cars down.

  • Scott Evergreen & Damen

    The developer is Steve Lipe. Apparently, things aren't going very well for him.

    The city denied his request to demolish the existing building last October, and his business partners are also having trouble. See article in Crain's Chicago Business here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20121003/CRED03/121009918/freed-execs-face-new-suits-on-wicker-park-properties#

    I wouldn't hold my breath for anything to happen too soon. 311 is probably your best bet.

  • Hey Marie in Wicker Park and Leah, if my advice of common sense offends you then don't make stupid posts. The neighborhood doesn't matter, car break ins happen everywhere. I would rather pay for a broken window then replacing a laptop. Don't leave anything of value in your car.

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The 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Irazu is located at 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Handlebar is located at 2311 W. North Ave.

Sticky Rice Chiang Mai is located at 1746 N. Western Ave.

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Mana Food Bar is located at 1742 W. Division St.

Green Zebra is located at 1460 W. Chicago Ave.

Mysore Woodlands is located at 2548 W. Devon Ave.

Karyn’s on Green is located at 130 S. Green St.

Estrella Negra is located at 2346 W. Fullerton Ave.

Longman & Eagle is located at 2657 N. Kedzie.

Yah’s Cuisine is located at 2347 E. 75th Street.

3 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Good Bucktown Bakery?

I find myself in the market for 80 assorted sandwich rolls to sever beef tenderloin and chicken salad on for a wedding shower. Can my neighbors recommend a bakery in or near Bucktown/ Wicker Park that is known for their bread? I know several with great sweets but I've never bought this much bread before! Thanks! :-)

  • One more for Red Hen. It is delicious and not cheap though. They sell those rolls to high end restaurants. Of course, I can't remember which ones. : (

  • I second Anne's bakery on Chicago and Leavitt. You can smell the fresh baked bread in the alley every morning!!

2 days ago

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1737-45 N Wolcott

After years of being an empty giant quintuple vacant lot, this morning I noticed that ground has broken on this prime land. Does anybody have any idea what the plans are? Condos or a GIANT home? Thanks!

39 hours ago

'Beer Baron Row' Home Listed for Nearly $3 Million

The five-bedroom, 3½-bathroom Victorian house at 1530 N. Hoyne Ave. is on a corner lot along "Beer Baron Row," which earned the nickname for all of the brewers who built homes in the area.

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Meet with Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hey everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

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Meet Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hi everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

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Catalytic converter stolen last night 4/20

Just a heads up, we had both catalytic converters stolen off of our truck parked on Cortland and Honore last night. I'll be reporting it, even if nothing happens. Just an FYI for the rest of you. May want to check your vehicles!

  • Thanks, Kyle!

  • bummer. I've had a couple cats cut off too over the last 5 years. even though now I usually park in a garage I did get a 'cat clamp'. I had A to Z Auto install it. they are up western just north of Irving. I am still weary of street parking though! =(

2 days ago

Local small biz In need of a recommended contractor for work along Metra rails

We own a small business in Bucktown and we are In need of a recommended contractor for work along Metra rails. Primarily would consist of excavating along side of the building up to where Metra would allow it.
Thank you!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

$20 to rake the yard?

Has anyone had a guy ring the doorbell to offer to rake your yard for $20? I think he's been around before to shovel the sidewalk in the winter. Sounds like a good deal but I'm cautious. Any insight?

  • You could hire him, and then work along side him (or do something else outside while watching him) to make sure the job gets done and he's genuine. If he's trying to rip you off, he will leave almost immediately once he knows you are watching him..

  • eff

    If this is the older gentleman, wears a brown coat, then we've hired him. His name is James. He offered to rake our front and back yards for $10. We have a larger yard than it looks from the front. He worked hard for two hours and never said anything...

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    If this is the older gentleman, wears a brown coat, then we've hired him. His name is James. He offered to rake our front and back yards for $10. We have a larger yard than it looks from the front. He worked hard for two hours and never said anything about the amount of work. In the end we gave him much more than he asked for (fair's fair) but he didn't know that and never stopped working. He also turned down a root beer I offered him when he thought it was actual beer and only accepted when it was clearly just soda.

    As you might suspect he is homeless. He is trying to earn money for his daily food and shelter. I hope he finds more work.

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6 days ago

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Graffiti on Cars!

FYI - Some turd went down Winnebago and Wabansia last night and tagged cars. About 4 of our neighbors and some others had their cars tagged with black spray paint on the hoods and doors. We've all reported it. As of late, I'm not looking forward to summer in this neighborhood.

  • Sadly, nothing in this city surprises me anymore.

  • I'm all for big brother.... Install cameras all over the frickin bucktown.
    I have nothing to hide, do you?

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New FertilityCare Center opens at Presence Saints Mary And Elizabeth Medical Center

...Center (PSMEMC) are part of the new FertilityCare Center, located at Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., fourth floor, in Ukrainian Village...

Apr 17

Updated 3 days ago

Seamstress

Hi All!
I am in my friends wedding and I had to order a dress off of a certain Etsy site ( We all did!) Needless to say it did not come in as planned.

Anybody know of a good seamstress that could help resurrect my dress?? ( without breaking the bank!)

Let me know!
Brittany

  • Bethany Persons Christian, wife and new mom

    Wicker park cleaners, on Damen and Potomac does great work. A little pricey compared to other cleaners for alterations, but really good with more complex alterations.

  • Depending on the complexity of your dress you may want to try a seamstress who specializes in formal wear. I used Ms Couture on Clyborn just north of division for my very complicated wedding dress, it will be more expensive then a regular seamstress but she does an amazing job

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5 days ago

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Did St. Hedgwick do their Good Friday march this year?

I didn't hear anything Friday. I'm curious if St. Hedgwick cancelled their march around the neighborhood this year.

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Wicker Park, Bucktown Spring Real Estate Market Off To Strong Start

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

1855 N Damen AVE G

1525 N Claremont AVE 1A

1633 N Western AVE 2S

1625 N Western AVE 401

2012 W St Paul AVE 301

1618 N Oakley AVE 2S

1945 N Wilmot AVE 1R

2319 W Wabansia AVE 4

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1823 W. Cortland Avenue. Listed by @properties. Sold in 18 days for $1,640,000.

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

1817 W Iowa ST

1515 W Thomas ST 2R

1080 N Paulina ST 1

1442 W Walton ST 2

1524 N Bosworth AVE 2

1735 N Paulina ST 404

1015 N Paulina 2

911 N Damen AVE 4

742 N Western AVE 1S

1245 N Greenview AVE 2

1530 W Chestnut ST 2

1514 N Bosworth AVE 1

1712 N Wood ST 1E

1017 N Winchester AVE 2

2027 W Rice ST 3

1134 N Wolcott AVE 1F

1809 W Chicago AVE 2E

1024 N Paulina ST 3

1517 W Walton ST 1

1522 W Chestnut ST 3

2204 W Chicago AVE 4W

934 N Wood ST 1

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2060 N Stave ST 1

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Mar 27

Updated 6 days ago

Community Forum on USPS issues, Monday night March 31st

Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager...

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Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager
Bill Hedrick, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Andre Martin, Office of the Inspector General
Mark Reynolds, Customer Services Operations
(The Station manager for Wicker Park and other postal representatives will also be in attendance)

This purpose of this forum is to help get context on what the USPS has to go through in order to get us the mail. We plan on leaving with a firm plan on how we can help them solve delivery problems from a community point of view.

Topics: Lost mail, stolen mail, package theft, new and easy ways of reporting, delivery issues, communicating with the local office, knowing your carrier, falsely marked delivered and best types of mailboxes.

Hope you can make it. For more info please click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/723187241036294

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny...

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    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny Davis held congressional meetings on the problems with Chicago mail service that was designated THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY. Here we are 7 years later and things are getting worse than in 2007!

    Working with the same people who made the problem sometimes doesn't work. Why? Their judgement calls are what cause the problems. Making excuses, blaming the victims...those are all signals of NOT taking responsibility for the problems internally. Sending patrons back to the same phone numbers and software that don't work is also a sign management is on the wrong path.

    What Postal management should be doing is working with steller individuals to provide reliable feedback; then going to the personnel file to figure out who was "on duty" at that time...and implementing protocols to get rid of workers who are doing a bad job.

    The CRM software can be misleading as data can be manipulated through threads or algorithms. Unless they CATCH the culprets...things NEVER change. Sabotage does go on and is a tactic used to cause problems.

    t things done.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal...

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    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal patrons is the reason why there may be no hope for this institution in Chicago. We have the same problem in other City worker unions too. In the end, taxpayers have to realize we pay for the service. If we don't get it, there is no reason to pay for a lifetime of work and then pensions until workers die.

    That puts patrons on a continual downslide of worse and worse service. Drive around the neighborhoods that are 60-70% empty...realize that almost 1/3 of the Chicgo residents left in the past 35 years. With 1.2million gone...there will be cutbacks. But that is ok because Illinois is #1 in government hires. We hire more government workers than any other state. ERGO...less population, more hires....means financial ruin.

    Again...Congressional hearings is the FASTEST way to ge

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Caution - Avoid this guy!!

I wanted to alert those in or around the Wicker Park neighborhood, particularly dog owners, that there is a potentially dangerous guy who walks 2 medium sized dogs around the Division Street area.

His name is Matt McEwen and he is the guy with the sunglasses in the band picture at http://blackcatheartattack.com. If you see him try to avoid him. I have had 2 run-ins with this person already and both have erupted into heated physical altercations, during the first...

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I wanted to alert those in or around the Wicker Park neighborhood, particularly dog owners, that there is a potentially dangerous guy who walks 2 medium sized dogs around the Division Street area.

His name is Matt McEwen and he is the guy with the sunglasses in the band picture at http://blackcatheartattack.com. If you see him try to avoid him. I have had 2 run-ins with this person already and both have erupted into heated physical altercations, during the first of which he pulled a knife and attempted to stab me and a friend of mine for breaking up an altercation he was involved in with another dog owner.

Keep our neighborhood safe and please keep a look out for this guy.

6 days ago

Apr 17

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
http://ow.ly/vUl5z

Apr 17

Mindblowing: Buffalo Exchange Is Having a One Dollar Sale. Yes, $1.

On Saturday, the Wicker Park location of the store (1748 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will celebrate Buffalo Exchange's 40th anniversary by selling everything for a a buck. There...

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