45 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Open house Community Meeting for proposed 2242 & 2247 W Lawrence Zoning Changes

Let your voice be heard this Thursday, March 23 at 7PM regarding these matters. The meeting takes place at the Berry United Methodist Church (basement) 4754 W. Leavitt St. Note 2242 W Lawrence is asking to be 60 FEET HIGH.

  • Preeti Superstar, animal lover, just me

    Lincoln Square had a European feel but began changing about 10 years ago and now is moving toward chain stores as rents increase and small businesses leave. Both buildings are TOD - two brown line stops and one metra! Developers overlook the fact that lots of people don't work near public transit so they drive and some people just like having their cars.

  • Scott Chicago Real Estate Broker - 15 Years in Lincoln Square

    Agreed!

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Dog Friendly Area in Humboldt Park - Application Status

Hi Neighbors,

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

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

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Hi Neighbors,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dog Friendly Areas - Facilities | Chicago Park District
    http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    And the same is true around Little Cubs Field.People walk their unleashed dogs and say Oh my dog is very friendly but to a child with autism that friendly dog can appear as a monster some of the dog owners that walk their dogs here are very kind and understanding while some are extremely selfish and don't care

  • let us know when you need petitions passed around.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Loud Noise at 3:30 AM near Addison and Damen

Heard a loud bang/explosion at 3:30AM. Does anyone know what this was?

Thanks!

  • bw roscoe vlg

    Heard it also, and I'm down@ roscoe and hamilton

  • bw roscoe vlg

    I thought it sounded like the lid of one of those big construction dumpsters being slammed down. I think there's one on my block....there's one on every block isn't there?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Early morning helicopters over head?

Anyone know what's going on in andersonville at 7:00 am. There's helicopters hovering over head for the past 20 min. I just got home from work, I need to sleep ! 😬

  • Joe in Andersonville Landlord and life-long northside Chicago resident

    Thanks Ricky53 and jayray. My bad. I heard "art studio" on Balmoral West of Clark and assumed incorrectly....I don't want to be a "fake news" source! My "Dr. Know-It-All" reputation at home has taken a hit - <sigh>

  • So Joe in Andersonville, DNA is stating ART STUDIO ..The explosion was caused by flammable products in an art studio at 1506 W. Balmoral Ave., said Chicago Fire officials on Twitter. The explosion turned into a fire on the first floor of a two-story building, but the flames were extinguished.

45 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

One Less Empty Portage Park Storefront- Chop Local

Saw this sign hanging in the storefront at 4842 W. Irving Park Rd.
Someone hold my beer, I've got an axe to throw!

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Hip hop Logan Square

What's the hip hop scene like here? Are there any cool underground places?

  • Agree with BDQ. Those places are dope. Caught some killer shows at the Concord as well. Strange Music lineup was there a few months ago. FIRE! Also caught this local Logan guy Showboat Blastoff with Kool Keith. CRAZY. https://youtu.be/NSAYsagzXoE

  • bw roscoe vlg

    "dope" lol

16 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Lost Yorkie Dog- Garfield Ridge

My mother lost our dog around Nashville avenue and 58th street. Please let me know if you have seen a 12 year old yorkie, 4 pounds or so. Her name is Lady and she is greatly missed. She was lost on Monday.

  • Thank you! Just looked at the picture and it's a he and too big. But thank you! The one that I am looking is a tiny little lady. She is a miniature yorkie :(

  • Sorry :( but in the comments he said it was a female and he made a mistake

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Ald Arena's Latest Spin: Calling It Veterans Housing. Even Developer Said Only 20 Units For Vets

Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and...

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Now Alderman Arena is selling the 7-story 100 unit CHA subsidized project as housing for Veterans! This has to be a new low, falsely using veterans as a selling point for a project. The fact of the matter is Full Circle Communities proposal for 20 of the 100 units to be exclusively for Veterans is dependent on getting a grant, not from the Federal Government, not from the Veteran's Administration, but from...Home Depot! Exactly how long that grant lasts, and whether Home Depot will continue to offer grants year after year, or call it quits once they have gotten their money's worth of good-will advertising is another question. Alderman Arena shamelessly suggests that there are 3000 veterans in the Jefferson Park area, needing housing; there may be 3000 veterans, but most of them are homeowners.
John Arena signed a court settlement on January 27th, 2017, stating that he will support a massive up-zoning (B3-5) that has brought us this nightmare project. John Arena violated the rights of the property owners when he down-zoned their property from M1-1, which allowed the property to be used as a storage facility, to B1-1 which does not.
John Arena had the owners' permits for remodeling the building for that use rescinded. The owners sued Arena and the City of Chicago because of his actions.They reached a settlement, and that is the one Arena signed, which gets him off the hook, but sticks the neighborhood with this mess.

http://nadignewspapers.com/images/Fully-Executed-Settlement-Agreement.pdf

  • Barbara Foy Neighbor and Realtor for 30 years in Portage Park.

    Hi David, I guess it is silly what I posted about comcast but try and end your account. It is like you are taking their first born and it seemed to me that it is a punitive charge. Really made me mad. Kind of like the last straw type of thing. Anyway I am off and looking to greener pastures for sure.

  • Barbara..I sensed your frustration.. That $10 is probably applies wherever Comcast has service..I too will be looking to move, as I have no reason to stay..Great neighbors, and access to rail, air, and the JFK are nice, but this city is going in the direction of Detroit..

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

speed camera question

I've noticed that when there is a speed trap with a speed camera, the camera is only facing one direction - do these cameras work in both directions?

  • Speed cameras: installed to steal money out of people going and coming from work.

  • Well' I think they are to raise money to cover what they spend for the projects we don't need, jobs their friends have, they sold our Skyway and our Parking meters, they pay out huge pensions they can't afford and keep raising taxes when they should be cutting out things...

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    Well' I think they are to raise money to cover what they spend for the projects we don't need, jobs their friends have, they sold our Skyway and our Parking meters, they pay out huge pensions they can't afford and keep raising taxes when they should be cutting out things that cost what they can't pay so someone connected will make money, something I think the Governor is trying hard to stop, but they are trying hard to get rid of him so they can keep things the same, just my thought on a speed camera.
    But we need them to stop speeders so people don't get hurt. When a CTA bus get's a speeding ticket our neighborhood pays the bill to whoever owns the camera's, out of our pockets in property taxes and sales taxes.

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