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Dogma is also run by one person. Trish and her staff are fantastic.
You want a dog walker who is insured and all that, yeah?

— On the neighbor message Dog Walker
2:28 p.m.

don't make this a renters vs. owners thing, either. my dog is never allowed on front lawns but all parkways are fair game. and yup, I'm a renter. I've seen neighbors down the street (owners!) who own let their small dog pee in others front yards. so let's stick to the real issue, eh?

— On the neighbor message Dog walking
10 a.m.

@Muttmama I won't buy ice cream at that Tony's either for that same reason - it's not just you.

9:57 a.m.

We are incredibly lucky to have a dog who could care less about fireworks. However - CBD oil has been recommended generally by a friend we would trust with our dog's life - there's actual oil you can add to their food and treats with it in them - you start dosing a few days before you know it's going to be bad and it calms them down.

Ironically we cranked The Secret Life of Pets last night ourselves and passed out on the couch.

— On the neighbor message How late do the fireworks go
9:38 a.m.

Message both Lyft and Uber with the most exact (as you can recall it) time this happened - if this guy was working the GPS in their app would put them there at that time and they may be able to help narrow it down.

10:15 a.m.

Rescues don't generally take in owner surrenders directly.
I would contact CRISP if you haven't already:

— On the neighbor message Found Dog
12:08 p.m.

some people just live in their own little worlds and/or are generally unpleasant.
I rent in a condo building larger than yours, and am always neighborly and say hello. look out for me I'll look out for you.

3:55 p.m.

I'm sure it's about the girl who was sexually assulted on the Milwaukee bus but yes, posts this vague to get us to watch the news when there are articles online are not helpful.

4:58 p.m.

This is approximately the same intersection where that woman was grabbed by her bag while on her bike by a large SUV driving next to her - that was not too many years ago...

12:11 p.m.

I contacted Rosa's office about this last weekand they replied to me promptly, saying they went to look for themselves and agreed it was terrible. I thought having them putting in the request might get it done quicker. It does show up on Waze as well! It's REAL bad.

Also, for an app for reporting this and any other issues, I like Chicago Works!

— On the neighbor message Pot Holes
4:21 p.m.

oh knock it off, she's in the city every day for work. I'd be thrilled if someone picked up something I lost and posted somewhere I could find them. no, not everyone uses everyblock but you did and got the keys back so what's the problem again???

9:40 a.m.

moving into someone else's mess isn't fun, and I've done it more than once (think: cat hair stuck to the wood trim). it's not something they would've noticed right away, and the landlord may not have either. personally I always just crankily clean it myself but since the request was made I would do what your sister did and just handle it.

for being there two+ years, and not having any other damage to fix or repaint, seems like ~$60 for a cleaning service to handle the oven and bathroom is pretty reasonable.

— On the neighbor message New tenants & apartment cleanliness
4:03 p.m.

Jim, you are absolutely wrong.

and certain roadways.
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district^unless such sidewalk has been officially designated and marked as a bicycle route, orsuch sidewalk is used to enter the nearest roadway, intersection or designated bicycle
or to access a bicycle share station.
No person 12 or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalkin any district, unless such sidewalk has been officially designated and marked as abicycle route, or such sidewalk is used to enter the nearest roadway, intersection ordesignated bicycle path, or to access a bicycle share station.
Bicycles shall not be operated on Lake Shore Drive or on any roadwaywhere the operation of bicycles has been prohibited and signs have been erectedindicating such prohibition.

(Linked from here

— On the neighbor message Adults biking on the sidewalk
12:19 p.m.

Recently I encountered a woman ~60s? on her bike on the sidewalk riding toward me and I told her she needed to be riding in the street. Well she returned a few moments later riding in the road (THE WRONG WAY DOWN A ONE DAY) and yelled at me "look, I'm in the road!" and then asked me if I'd heard about the girl killed the day before (Addison & Damen) and was just generally a lunatic and said she would continue riding her bike on the sidewalk if she wanted to. This is the mentality you're dealing with. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME. You can't reason with said people, but I will continue to remind them that if they're over 12 years old they need to be riding in the street.

— On the neighbor message Adults biking on the sidewalk
9:38 a.m.

Email your local CAPS office, that was the only way I got results with a vehicle that had been sitting for FOUR MONTHS on Spaulding just south of Fullerton (complete with weeds growing between the pavement and the curb, no joke). The vehicle had tickets piled in the backseat, front seat, and of course on the windshield, and yet it sat. I filed abandoned vehicle reports, nothing. Contacted the alderman's office and a month later, nothing. Finally contacted CAPS and CC'd a bunch of local news investigative reporters and magically that worked.

Best of luck.

— On the neighbor message Abondon car
3:11 p.m.

I just moved from this area and no one stops at any of the stop signs around here. And being that they're intermittently placed (not at Lyndale but at Medill? Huh?) it makes sense. I get it, cops are scarce, but one day of ticketing randomly every other week would get the point across. You'd think how narrow Palmer is there would do it but nope. I also just detest speed bumps. Because unless they are right at the stop I don't think they're helpful in what you're looking for.

— On the neighbor message Palmer accident
10:14 p.m.

I've gotten good thin crust from DiVita's (delivery, it's down on Belmont).

— On the neighbor message Best thin crust pizza in Irving park?
1:51 p.m.

It's been much longer than two years that it's needed resurfacing. There have been giant potholes and cracks across the width of the road for more years than that!

It's pretty atrocious between Diversey & Belmont, too.

9:56 a.m.

Ugh no you do NOT need a new license. The permit is tied to your car. Bring your lease and utility bills with your address to the alderman office. If It's Rosa they are very quick and helpful. They give you a letter that you take to the city clerk's office. And dont worry, you get the RPP at a prorated cost.
(I did this twice last year - at the start of my lease and at my sticker renewal. You will need another new letter with sticker renewal unless you change your sticker registration to your new address and that address matches the permit. Mine was for an adjacent street so I had to get another letter which was super irritating.)

— On the neighbor message Parking Permit Question
7:02 a.m.

I also always recommend the Chicago Works app - easy to report things like this while you're seeing them on your walk to work or whatever. I've used it to report everything from potholes to graffiti, and it makes it easy to add a photo to your report and send it right in.

— On the neighbor message Street lights on California
12:21 p.m.

^ yeah that must be how I know who yields. I was just thinking of the roundabouts that are going in a lot on highway exit ramps where the traffing *entering* the circle is the one to yield. not that much makes sense traffic-wise in this city anyway ;)

3:52 p.m.

OK. The westbound Logan light has ALWAYS had it so those at the tail end of it are coming around the bend as southbound Kedzie has just turned green. Hence my question on the yield issue. I've always yielded when westbound on Logan, as it appears my lane merges with theirs. But, you know how Chicago drivers are.
Additionally, there is MUCH more traffic in the neighborhood in the past several years than there has been, so consider that as well.

1:45 p.m.

I came southbound on Kedzie this morning and it appeared that Milwaukee had a red light in both directions when I went through. Maybe it's reset itself.

The entire thing needs to be made into a roundabout with clear signs for who yields to whom. As it was, when Kedzie had the green going south, there were often still cars coming through from the Logan roundabout and now that I'm thinking about it, it's pretty unclear who had to stop there. A normal roundabout the traffing entering the circle (Kedzie) would be the one to yield, but regularly the folks coming from Logan would.

10:23 a.m.

Call your alderman's office also (don't know if you're Ramirez-Rosa or not, but his staff was always great to me) and ask them for help (I know he sponsored the new dog waste ordinance that everyone got up in arms about, but this is exactly why it was proposed).

— On the neighbor message Gross neighbors
3:27 p.m.

Smart Bikes has always been my preferred shop. When I took my bike in last year, assuming it needed a tune-up since I hadn't ridden it in so long, the guy behind the counter kindly said "just ride it. it's fine."
They've done quality work when I've legit needed it, though, too.

— On the neighbor message Bike Tune Up?
1:54 p.m.

My friend Chris refinishes MCM furniture, contact him:

— On the neighbor message Heywood-Wakefield Restoration Help
10:31 a.m.

^ this laundromat is totally decent, too. used to use it when I lived over there thru the alley. there was one wacky lady who was there often but she was harmless.
Bubbleland is fine also.

— On the neighbor message 24-hour laundromats in Logan Square?
10:50 a.m.

Unneeded?? Those water mains are 100+ years old. Do you remember what happened when the one under Montrose burst several years back??
It's too bad about the trees, but I have a feeling a burst water main would be just as bad if not worse for them.

— On the neighbor message Water Main project
12:05 p.m.

She was nuts and you're right. I never let my dog pee on front lawns, either, but the strip by the curb (the treelawn, if you will) is fair game. Yes, the homeowner is responsible for maintaining but it's city property which is why I'm always astonished that people put money and effort into planting fancy things on them.

— On the neighbor message Dog walking / curb rules?
12:04 p.m.

^NO, do not leave it in the alley. people punch the back out of them and remove the valuable metal from the inside, leaving shards of plastic and garbage all over the alley. unacceptable.

— On the neighbor message How to responsibly get rid of an old TV?
10:44 a.m.

That estimate seems right. Remember, you could have half an hour of travel time with how far you're moving. In my experience if anything they are done much faster (cheaper) than their estimate. Don't forget to tip each person!

— On the neighbor message Moving Company Recommendations?
10:58 p.m.

I live right there and was woken up from a dead sleep a little after 12am (probably 12:10 or 12:15); I have been working insane hours so was very disoriented and had no idea what I'd heard, I assumed it was a car crash. But it definitely was not at 2am, it was a couple hours earlier.

— On the neighbor message Shooting Drake and Lyndale
3:52 p.m.

You can register any chip for free here, FYI.

— On the neighbor message Found German Shepherd/Pit Mix
3 p.m.

Contact CAPS, they were the most responsive when I was trying to get a car that had sat for MONTHS on Spaulding south of Fullerton (complete with tickets inside the vehicle as well as on the windshield, and plant growth between the curb and the pavement it had sat so long). I'd gone to the local news at that point because I believe we were still under Rey Colon, whose office was helpful when it felt like it.

— On the neighbor message Saga of abandoned truck
10:20 a.m.

Oh, those are friends of mine - they had a stand at the Logan Square Farmers Market this past year, serving up Indian-ish street food. Here's the Facebook event page:
It's a two night pop-up in the DAS Doner space.

And here's their Instagram: (photos of the food and menus to give you an idea of what they might be serving)

— On the neighbor message Bombay Breakdown
1:56 p.m.

^seconding. There's a Northside Virtual Garage Sale group that seems to sell items quickly.

2:44 p.m.

next CAPS meeting for that beat (1413) is March 10th at 6:30PM at the Chicago Public Library at 3030 W Fullerton, FYI.

— On the neighbor message Shots fired last night
1:47 p.m.

The Lake that forms at the southeast corner of Kimball/Fullerton is fully within Rosa's ward, however...
See you at the meeting.

12:05 p.m.

Meh. Was it tan and rather large? There's a house on Lyndale, North side, that let's theirs out in the yard and he can of course fit through the fence and will be out barking at me (and my dog). If it's him, I wouldn't worry about it. Someone in the CHA housing there also has a small tan guy that I've seen in that lot - you guessed it! - off leash before.

12:58 a.m.

Steve Quick Jeweler on Division (btwn Damen & Ashland) fixed a ring that I lost and had been stepped on so the band was flush with the stone - it looked like a pendant. They fixed it and cleaned it up for me to the tune of $50. Not sure what you're looking to spend, but the work is quality.

— On the neighbor message Local Jewelry Repair (Rings)
1:52 p.m.

There's also a "pavement cave-in survey" option for type of service request which is what I have always marked these, because this is NOT a pothole.

— On the neighbor message Sinkhole/pothole at 2427 N Monticello
3:40 p.m.

These holes are all over. There's one starting to appear at the entrance to the farmers market, at that corner there in front of Art & Science Barber Shop. Our water mains are far too old and while the city is finally starting to address it, it's not happening fast enough.

But yeah, I'll report it, too.

— On the neighbor message Sinkhole/pothole at 2427 N Monticello
2:28 p.m.

Not in Logan but also not far, I've had perfect manicures at Nail Junkie on Belmont (between Damen & Western).

8:45 p.m.

Good luck! There was an abandoned car on the 2300 block of Spaulding last summer that I made multiple reports on, notified the alderman, and it sat for two months. It finally got marked for tow but even that took over a week.
There were at least two dozen tickets sitting inside on the seat and some on the windshield, and weeds had grown between the curb and the pavement. It was a mid-90s Grand Am and the muffler was sitting on the ground.

— On the neighbor message Abandoned/Wrecked Car on the street
12:30 p.m.

I was not talking about a street anywhere near the blue line or these churches, don't worry.

— On the neighbor message Boulevard Parking Changes?
2:22 p.m.

Gil & Cori, I have it on good authority that our new alderman is working to eliminate/consolidate some of the residential permit parking zones throughout our neighborhood (one near me with no addresses on the street that's permitted, specifically); but apparently that process takes takes 6-9 months, which will not free up the street in time for winter. Gotta love this city.

— On the neighbor message Boulevard Parking Changes?
1:52 p.m.

Get a beater and cut your expenses. It will get dinged up and there's just no point in having a new(er) car in the city parked on the street. You will want one for shopping, especially when the weather sucks.

— On the neighbor message Moving to Avondale--do you have a car?
9:27 a.m.

This article is from 2012, so it's been around since 2010?

"Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) created the first generation of the app, called Chicago Works, while he was running to replace the retiring Ald. Eugene Schulter two years ago. He says the goal is not only to make it easier to request city services, but also to put city operations in context.
The app, Pawar said, will “provide you context with why things happen and how things actually get done, so that we manage expectations, but also allow the public to see their tax dollars at work.”
The 311 app is set up so that other developers can build new applications on top of the existing framework. Pawar himself is responsible for the first of those applications – a pothole tracker."

— On the neighbor message Chicago Works App
9:24 a.m.

I have been using this app since it came out and it's so easy to use. And in case you need to follow up on something (like an abandoned vehicle or a hole in the street......) you can set it up to email you with your case number.
The software guys who created it have also been very helpful when I've had an issue (a couple of years back, can't even remember what it was, nothing significant).

— On the neighbor message Chicago Works App
2:44 p.m.

It's the Land & Sea Dept guys (Longman & Eagle, Parsons, Lost Lake/Thank You... think they know what they're doing. ;)

— On the neighbor message Old Ronny's Bar, Moving Along
2:18 p.m.

Y'all are nuts. Bar patios close at 11 on weekdays and midnight on the weekends, and they are prohibited from playing live or recorded music outside. And as others have stated, there is a noise ordinance which does specify amplified music and conversational volume and all that stuff. Therefore it's "totally acceptable" to ask people to STFU around 10pm. The sense of entitlement and "maybe twice a summer" excuses are incredible.

4:43 p.m.

Dill Pickle carries Crumb (clay pot baked boules) and West Town Bakery (baguettes, multi grain, sourdough). Half Italian's bread is also good. And La Farine is a French Bakery so there you go. Variety!

— On the neighbor message Actual Bread in Logan Square?
5:33 p.m.

Kimball from Belmont to... North Ave? has looked like it was going to cave in every other block for YEARS. Maybe the day it does the water mains will all be replaced and the street properly repaired.

— On the neighbor message Sinkhole Starting on Lawndale
12:53 a.m.

Report it anyway. Email your alderman.
I use Chicago Works, an app that makes it easy to send a photo along with your report from the scene:

— On the neighbor message Sinkhole Starting on Lawndale
3:09 p.m.

Logan Square Acupuncture on Wrightwood. Kim is fantastic.

— On the neighbor message Pinched nerve in lower back
10:17 p.m.

I rented with Penske years ago, and Budget once as well. (I don't recall the location I rented the Penske and the gas station I rented the Budget truck from at Belmont & Central Park is long gone).
I've avoided U-Haul because of horror stories I've read. Good luck with your move!

— On the neighbor message Anyone have recent U-haul experience?
3:13 p.m.

Marble's patio was NOT dog friendly - so if it's the same owners, just a re-concepting, I would assume it will remain so.
Agreed that Longman *is* dog friendly. It's possible that Off Site Bar, the little bar in the back, is not.

— On the neighbor message Dog-friendly patios in LS/Avondale?
4:16 p.m.

^living on the border of a ward also and it drives me bonkers, although I thought that this year street sweeping was also switched to a grid, not ward borders, so more confusion? I should really calendar the dates...

— On the neighbor message Street cleaning
2:05 p.m.

If was Dakota - she recommended Devin for me, but that was specific for my color I believe. Get in contact with her via facebook or Instagram, she can certainly recommend someone for you!
If it was Robyn, I used to frequent her as well so good luck. I've seen Tiffany in a pinch as well and have been happy.

— On the neighbor message Twisted Scissors stylist recommendation?
8:21 p.m.

I believe they're Whirlpool, and if you look at individual units on Abt's page it will tell you if they're stackable or not (like this one is, if you look under "Style and Extras"

This thread also seems helpful on the subject:
You just need to buy a kit probably to have them locked together.

And for reference, these are the units I've seen in 95% of places and are garbage:

11:41 a.m.

As a renter I beg you, if the price makes sense for you, to get the two separate units that sit on top of each other. The ones that are built together barely hold 3/4 of a regular load. It's a bonus to have one for sure, I realize, but the place I just signed on has two separate high-efficiency washer/dryer units and I am thrilled.

9:37 a.m.

This whole story sounds fishy. $15k for a dog?

10:09 a.m.

myTransit is the easiest to use in my experience. as always, though, there will be ghost buses (ones that magically appear but were not on the tracker).

— On the neighbor message Best bus tracking app?
10:16 a.m.

It's not because people don't have a bag. I've run out of bags and I go into the alley and grab something out of a recycling bin to dispose of my dog's business. It's because these people do not care, plain and simple.

— On the neighbor message Health hazard !
9:20 a.m.

Leo's - 1962 N. Milwaukee

— On the neighbor message Best place for shoe repair?
2 p.m.

^Sticky Rice Chiang Mai is incredible.

— On the neighbor message Blue Sprout Thai Restaurant Closed for Good?
6:09 p.m.

FYI there is a security person in that parking lot (our car didn't start in the fall and we had to leave it there so we talked to someone in Microcenter, who gave us the woman's info). I would talk to a business there and make them aware, then their lot security person can be aware of their presence as well.

9:59 a.m.

^I find that unbelievable, considering that they treat their grass in the summer and put up markers...

— On the neighbor message Mormon Temple - Bad Neighbors
11:09 a.m.

^somewhat true. the condo building has a skinny path on either side of the sidewalk cleared with a bit of snow in the middle (an interesting formation in and of itself, whatever you're paying someone is too much); however, it is better cleaned than the Fishman courtyard building.
and the amount of dog sh17 around that apartment building is completely disgusting. there are enough cameras on the side of the building, they could fine residents if they really wanted to.

— On the neighbor message 2700 N Spaulding Snow Removal Issues
3:49 p.m.

and Sergio... 48 hours.

— On the neighbor message Say no to dibs.
2:12 p.m.

hah! Rey's face is always first in his emails, too.
and it's called "Alderman Rey Colon News", not "35th Ward News"....

— On the neighbor message Moreno's News Letter
3:30 p.m.

It's 7, and they've been good about it so far. Does anyone know WHY this project is happening in January, though?

— On the neighbor message too early?
4:58 p.m.

sorry, should have RTFA, that was written yesterday, before the event.

4:14 p.m.

Good point, Carter. The only light I know that does this in the city is Western & Lawrence, however.

— On the neighbor message Western Ave. and Diversey driving
2:31 p.m.

^there is, Western has a left turn signal. Elston and Diversey do not.

— On the neighbor message Western Ave. and Diversey driving
12:07 p.m.

The Revolution Brewery tap room (the one on Kedzie north of Belmont) has collection boxes for towels for the pups at CACC (I believe) as well, if that's closer for you to drop off.

2:20 p.m.

Team Rosa.

— On the neighbor message 35th Ward Aldermanic Election
11:35 a.m.

Chicago Animal Care & Control most definitely does adopt out animals, and I encourage you to adopt straight from them here:
PAWS, One Tail at a Time, etc. pull most of their dogs from here.

Our dog is from there and we are incredibly lucky to have her in our lives.

— On the neighbor message SOS at Animal Control
9:59 a.m.

There was an abandoned vehicle near me that sat for FOUR MONTHS and was covered in tickets, no license places. I reported it via 311 and contacted my alderman's office, who claimed they forwarded my second request to the police.
I finally emailed my local CAPS office and they took care of it. Thus, based on my experience, I would go straight to the police.
(I was able to give them physical evidence that it had sat since July thanks to Google Maps, oddly enough...)

— On the neighbor message Abandoned Vehicle laws/ordinances
2:38 p.m.

There was a giant hole here last year, what's the problem? I'll take one afternoon of snarled traffic if they can fix it. Got stuck at Fullerton and Mozart earlier today, just turned around and took Palmer. Thrilled these dangerously potholed streets are being repaired!

— On the neighbor message GRIDLOCK at California and Milwuakee (Friday)
7:04 p.m.

Sounds like she was dumped. Chicago Pit Stop, Peace for Pits, and Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue are a few rescues to start with if you can't/don't want to hang onto her.

— On the neighbor message Cute puppy!
11:01 a.m.

There's a documentary right now on Netflix (actually watched it this weekend) on Coywolves (coyote wolf hybrids), and there's a good part about the Chicago area and some OSU scientist who's tracking our coyote population. Said there are probably 2000 of them in the Chicagoland area. Nothing to be afraid of -- they're all over but you never see them because they want nothing to do with humans. Unless you're feeding them, of course.

— On the neighbor message Alert! Spotted a coyote at Talman and George
9:23 a.m.

Red Hot Ranch on Western north of Armitage. Mr G's Beef had hot dogs but that place didn't last...

— On the neighbor message Hot Doug's
8:28 a.m.

Carter, that was the mural that was on the side of the Chase building. Which was replaced by an equally ugly mural.

— On the neighbor message Brand new mural "destroyed "
8:04 p.m.

The organization who did this most recently I believe was this one:
I don't see any info about upcoming events, however.

The city's low cost clinics' info is here:

And PAWS has a clinic as well:

— On the neighbor message Free Dog vaccination event?
4:30 p.m.

Depending on your landlord's contract with his/her towing company your neighbor indeed may be able to have the car towed. Just don't do it.

— On the neighbor message Can I park here?
1:23 p.m.

I rarely make it this far in this direction with my pup, but you can be sure if she got sick from this man's treelawn I would be joining a lawsuit. I'm happy to report it as well if I have the address. Which ward is this in? I know the lines get crazy in this area.

9:55 a.m.

many of the homes have the little laminated signs out front already if you walk by.
I just wish ticket prices hadn't jumped so much since the last walk.

2:19 p.m.

Shelley, that's Best Friends.
And FYI Zoom Room on Ashland just south of Belmont closed. We love Janice Triptow ( but I'm not sure she does agility classes.

— On the neighbor message Agility training for dogs
8:52 a.m.

There is never an excuse. Out of bags? Go to the alley and pull something out of someone's recycling and make it work.
These are people that simply don't care, or think it's not their problem. If they cared, they would use this relatively easy technique to dispose of their mess.

— On the neighbor message Who's not cleaning up after their dog?
10:49 a.m.

Thanks Amber, that's the link I was thinking of when I referenced CUB above.
Here's why I switched from Integrys back to ComEd when I moved this summer:

Other useful CUB links...

alternative suppliers -

guide to municipal electricity aggregation -

— On the neighbor message Electricity provider
3:50 p.m.

There's a handy calculator here:

— On the neighbor message Electricity provider
4 p.m.

Our last bill was $32 and we're only using the same two gas appliances. Are you sure your dryer isn't gas? It does seem a little high.

— On the neighbor message Gas Bill Question
10:25 a.m.

Yes to everything Jen said. We adopted our gal from CACC and it's the best decision we ever made.
There is a Facebook page for the adoptable dogs & cats as well -

— On the neighbor message Animal Control needs volunteers ASAP
2:45 p.m.

Technically you can be ticketed for using a sticker shield. I'm in the razor blade followed by Too Gone camp.

— On the neighbor message Removing City Sticker
10:51 p.m.

And you don't have to be a jerk about my polite request.

— On the neighbor message Shoe cobbler?
1:51 p.m.

Leo's at Milwaukee & Armitage re-soled a pair of boots for me and I've been very pleased.

Also please search the site before asking common questions like this - this same question was asked rather recently.

— On the neighbor message Shoe cobbler?
12:42 p.m.

most important paragraph is the last one... that the city/program is out of money.

2:29 p.m.

It can't be any worse than the blacktop they put down at all of the official dog parks. My dog comes home with torn pads every time.

9:51 a.m.

Adams & Sons, hands down.

— On the neighbor message Best prices garden shops?
11:45 a.m.

If you saw them an hour or so before you posted, someone did corral them in a yard and was calling it in (my partner was trying to help as well, this would've been at about 4pm).

— On the neighbor message Loose dogs- two huskies on Schubert & Kimball
9:14 p.m.

Sarah, your porch is fantastic. Never too many plants, especially after a winter like we just had. Happy to check this place out, too! Thanks for the reminder!

— On the neighbor message Awesome garden/home shop @ Elston & Nelson
9:43 a.m.

Township allows dogs on the patio, also. I know they have veg options not sure about vegan. Lula patio is also dog friendly and has vegan options or can make something per request.
Ground Control is delicious as well, get it to go and eat on the boulevard!

— On the neighbor message Vegan Places
9:19 a.m.

I think the yelling teenagers have been worse, but I feel ya on the noise level coming from the park.

— On the neighbor message Bells at Unity Park
8:23 p.m.

I've had great work from Leo's on Milwaukee at Armitage, though I can't say I've had them fix a zipper.

— On the neighbor message Shoe Repair
8:22 p.m.

They can be found, you just have to look very hard and be vigilant with craigslist. I would also recommend padmapper. Good luck.

— On the neighbor message Looking for 3 BR apt
1:40 p.m.

Wow. Is the adjuster holdup his insurer or yours? I'd love to know the company so I can avoid doing business with them.

— On the neighbor message What happened?
4:16 p.m.

Also if anyone would like to donate to this event, they're just a few dollars shy of their goal... this link also gives info like the fact that all of the staff at the event is entirely volunteer:

— On the neighbor message Anybody want a sweet dog?
10:46 a.m.

Fullerton isn't wide enough at Sacramento (where the parking is on the northeast and southwest corners), and west of the highway before it opens up west of Western; the lanes are fairly tight otherwise. If you've ever driven west of Pulaski during any type of traffic, it's horrible with people turning left and everyone cutting over to avoid having to stop.

— On the neighbor message Fullerton Avenue International Speedway
11:35 a.m.

There's also a cleanup day this weekend:

Logan Square Dog Park Committee is holding a clean up day at the Dog Park on May 3, starting at 9:00 am. There will be coffee and donuts. Bring your dog and come help us clean up the park.

— On the neighborhood event PUBLIC MEETING Park No. 556 Development
1:49 p.m.

The other two pick-ups in the neighborhood will be Tula Yoga and a private residence near Diversey & Sawyer.

— On the neighbor message Interested in a CSA?
6:51 p.m.

Wow. Is this the new "hidden" bar with the graffiti wall outside? Pretty terrifying.

— On the Open311 service request Building Violation was closed
12:33 p.m.

Also glad this is back! Its always a nice birthday present to myself.

3:13 p.m.

Hats Plus on Irving Park just east of Milwaukee & Cicero is the best place for just about any hat. Not sure about price, though.

— On the neighbor message Cheap hat source?
1:13 p.m.

Smart Bikes at Armitage & Sacramento/Humboldt

— On the neighbor message Bike repair
12:19 p.m.

I noticed another article regarding the 800SF/one door requirement as well. Still seems terrifying to only have one exit in a basement unit. Everyone can choose for themselves what makes them feel safe, though.

4:24 p.m.

I don't believe this is a legal unit based on no apparent second entry/exit, and the listing at the Cook County Assessor's page as a single family home:

Other resources:

Most basement apartments in the city are illegal but this one looks super sketchy.

1:07 p.m.

I got a pair of Frye boots re-heeled, and a 12 year old pair of Campers entirely re-soled. $20 and $50 respectively, cash only, quality work. They glued a sole on another pair a while back and it's held up wonderfully.

— On the neighbor message Leo's Shoe Repair
11:25 a.m.

^ that would be the first place I would go as well.

— On the neighbor message Radiators
10:20 a.m.

if you have a dog you know they're a bit nutso right now with spring... the squirrels and birds are out, as are all the other dogs that haven't been out very much due to the terrible winter. so many smells to smell!

that said, hopefully they're all chipped and spayed/neutered.

— On the neighbor message So many lost dogs today!
9:44 a.m.

You know that's actually an interesting point... when I moved to LS in 2005 (and was in my 20s), I got a lot of those gross kissy noises from older men riding by on bikes, etc. I can't think of the last time I heard that (though I also don't go out as often).
And I am also about to get priced out of the neighborhood as a renter.

2:29 p.m.

@mkane no location announced yet, but for spring & fall shares last year it was Township - I'm hoping they can repeat.

also different this year is that you choose your dollar amount to start, and can easily take a week or five off as needed, and you can also go crazy one week and order more veggies if you're having a party or something.

— On the neighbor message Do you have a favorite CSA or Produce Co-op?
12:22 p.m.

we've had a CSA with Montalbano Farms ( for the past 3 years and love it. they won't be at the farmers market this year, but will have pick-up sites in the neighborhood on Thursdays and Saturdays.

their produce has always been impeccable, and considering it's organic and I know and trust Farmers Rob & Christina, I think it's a good value.

— On the neighbor message Do you have a favorite CSA or Produce Co-op?
10:23 a.m.

I'm a very aware person in general, but since getting a dog I've noticed things in the neighborhood I never have before. Generally this has resulted in me making more frequent reports of graffiti and abandoned vehicles but it's the little things, right? Positive loitering is absolutely effective.

— On the neighbor message Interesting Crime-Fighting Technique
1:24 p.m.

Seconding Janice!

— On the neighbor message Dog behavioral issues
9:47 a.m.

This is the last thing I'm going to say: I called the alderman's office the day it happened and reported it. 7 weeks is too long when there have been incidents with the shootings in the area.

10 a.m.

Pequod's is incredible but depending on where you are in Logan you may be out of delivery range (I am, unless they extended it?)
Got Dante's from the new location and while I waited for carry out way longer than I should've, they did offer me a free soda/cookie and apologized for the wait. It happens, I hope they're still just working out the kinks. Also the pizza is fantastic and was a nice lunch for the next two days.

We order from John's fairly regularly, but La Villa may be on our list to try next.

Used to order Mama Lunas *years* ago, but they're just OK at best, imho. Same with Pete's, unless you like an overwhelming amount of cheese.

— On the neighbor message Best pizza delivery?
9:41 a.m.

^that would be true except it was done this week when it was around freezing and not the day(s) it was in the 40s or 50s. I really don't understand what the holdup was with having these tags removed but would love to know from someone who works for the city.

9:39 a.m.

^assuming no Republican runs against him, he is effectively our new rep. but you are correct that it was just a primary..

2:04 p.m.

Slept right through this, but walked my dog past the debris this morning - appeared every car between the alley & Fullerton on Kimball got hit. Most unfortunate of all is that the driver ran and wasn't caught. The trib article is much better and has the geography right:,0,1852348.story

Nice that the graffiti removal truck could make it out after nearly 2 months...

10:45 a.m.

^this. I was most impressed that by the time I had to get to work, everything was running smoothly. The last trib article I read about it, a guy from out of town (Mexico?) getting into the city from ORD said how impressed he was with the shuttle bus service, that one was running and he could continue his trip relatively undisturbed.

Accidents happen, which seems to be what this was. At least she wasn't looking at her cell phone. And the CTA is still safer than driving.

— On the neighbor message CTA Blue Line Service- what a mess
9:59 a.m.

We've been a couple of times and have had mostly good experiences. The last time we were there (December), there was an older guy with an aggressive female husky that I would steer clear of.

— On the neighbor message Pup Town in Uptown
1:22 p.m.

Chicago hotline number is (312) 814-6466.

— On the neighbor message This hater needs to go.
11:26 a.m.

please report any and all issues at your polling place.

— On the neighbor message This hater needs to go.
9:33 a.m.

kslatte - I reported it once, not sure multiple-reporting from the same user makes a difference. There was a Volvo with a smashed up front end on St. Louis forEVER this winter, covered in snow, obviously abandoned/stolen. I figure it's up to the people that actually live on that block to report it, too, y'know?

The one that was covered in tickets I did call the alderman's office about eventually and Martha was very nice making sure all the appropriate info was in. However, that one had been left for 3 weeks already and she said they usually don't respond for two weeks. So basically if you catch it at the earliest and get lucky it will be gone in the month.

— On the neighbor message Non-stop car alarm going off
9:24 a.m.

^I have reported 3 abandoned vehicles over the past 8 months near me, and it has taken a month or more for them to be removed (even the one that was sitting with tickets piled on it).

as far as the original post, sadly robin's advice may be the best, although it would be the lowest of priorities for the police.

— On the neighbor message Non-stop car alarm going off
10:39 a.m.

There is a dog a block away who has been left in the front yard and dug it up, but he's sweet as pie and always wants to run and play along the fence. There are MANY more dogs who rush the fence and bark angrily at my gal, and she just wants to play and whines in confusion. When I first read this story I took it exactly as Matt H did, based on what I've seen.

1:17 p.m.

And this probably has something to do with why they didn't have booze for sale there for a while...

— On the neighbor message Sunrise Fresh Market
4:49 p.m.

This is the kind of stuff that the Chicago Works app makes easy to report. Unfortunately abandoned vehicle requests, in my experience, have taken over a month to resolve (even when reported as being abandoned for 2 weeks or more).

Probably stolen and left, as that's a late model car. Including the license plate is very important (N17 1339)

— On the Open311 service request Abandoned Vehicle was closed
7:50 a.m.

Chicago Works is great, but works only as well as the city. Which is to say easy to report, total cr*pshoot on results.

— On the neighbor message Potholes!!
8:11 p.m.

here, Kittyhop
post the details you're entering and I'll enter the same request.

— On the neighbor message Help reporting pothole..please
9:51 a.m.

I can't post a pic apparently, but you need to click on the words in orange above that pot hole pic that say "Pot Hole in Street" to make the report.

— On the neighbor message Help reporting pothole..please
9:48 a.m.

Street sweeping starts April 1st.
The dates and boundaries are never posted this early, but good looking out. I would honestly wait and check on 3/25 or later to check again.

— On the neighbor message 2014 Street Sweeping Schedule
10:39 a.m.

Likely the same pup I saw a few days ago - this one is young/small and didn't look like he had tan underneath. Totally get following all leads though. Hope Ryan is found soon.

— On the neighbor message Lost German shepherd mix
9:51 p.m.

The most diligent dog owners will pick up their mess no matter what. In an emergency out-of-bags situation, I've gone into a neighbor's recycling bin and gotten trash out to remove my dog's leavings. There is no reason any other able-bodied individual can't do the same.

Also the treelawn is public property, and that's where my dog pees. When people don't shovel their sidewalks, the snow underfoot feels the same to my pup as the snow over the grass. When she drops it to go, that's it; I'm not picking her up to get her on the treelawn because you didn't shovel.

— On the neighbor message Curb your dog...
4:35 p.m.

Went in yesterday to grab the usual (avocados, cilantro, mango, tortilla chips), and they definitely had Sabinas and El Milagro tortilla chips. And the one kid (though he's probably 18) that works the register is so nice.

— On the neighbor message Sunrise Fresh Market
10:08 a.m.

Also if you're going on the 18th, CHECK YOUR POLLING PLACE. Many have changed.

— On the neighbor message Primary Voters March 18th
10:04 a.m.

Oh no, totally possible/likely. I never got a look at him in enough light to tell what color the collar was, he certainly could've been a puppy and looked like he could've been loose for a week. That's so sad.

— On the neighbor message German Shepard loose, scared
10:39 a.m.

Just got my bill and it's cheaper than the last one by about $10. We haven't gone out of town or turned the thermostat down, so it would seem this threat, at least in my case, isn't real.

— On the neighbor message People's gas
9:39 a.m.

Yeah closest I could get was 15 feet or so. He would think about it for a second and then take off. Just hope someone is able to grab him, or if someone's looking for him they see this so they have an idea of where he is. I didn't see him this morning walking my gal.

— On the neighbor message German Shepard loose, scared
9:17 a.m.

Oh no... I hope it's not the woman with the shiba inu. When she's come toward me and my dog (mine is still young and gets excited/wants to play with other dogs), I was told he isn't friendly with other dogs..

10:10 a.m.

it's been up for a month now (it happened on Feb. 6th), and I called and spoke with Christine at the alderman's office the day after it happened and she seemed really unconcerned. I know Martha is great.
there was also fresh tagging downstairs at the CTA entrance last night (which has been happening constantly but at least the CTA cleans it up within 24 hours). as much as I want it to warm up, the rise in tagging in the area has me concerned for our first truly warm day.

— On the neighbor message Shots fired?
10:08 a.m.

Garfield Park Conservatory (escape winter for a minute and enjoy the foliage).

— On the neighbor message Fun things to do with a 19 year old
10:25 a.m.

^ah, the old "there's bigger problems" argument... BS. worst case scenario, a little old lady walks past this to get to Walgreens and get her prescription... she should probably stop whining about it, right? no. if you own property in this city it's your responsibility to keep the walk clear, at the bare minimum *safe* for people who rely on the sidewalks to get places. signs may or may not work, that's debatable. and not everyone can or should help. people should be responsible for themselves, and ask for help when they can't. if someone asked me for help (as my neighbor has when his back has gone out), I'm happy to do it. otherwise I'm going to assume this property owner is being lazy. everyone's got problems, but more often than not, people just don't want to deal with their responsibilities.

9:40 a.m.

Assuming this is the building we're all talking about, I reported it the next day after it went up, February 7th. It's been nearly a month. It's "Under review by Bureau of Street Operations - Graffiti staff"

— On the neighbor message Shots fired?
9:24 a.m.

I didn't take it to be racist, either. Most people, rightly or not, think of third world countries as being dirty with trash in the street. Clearly with the amount of garbage Chicagoans put on the street, they're coming from all backgrounds. Lazy and entitled covers all colors.

(also wow, since Comcast/NBC bought the site... "Hold on! The word "c--p" isn't allowed here."... such delicate sensibilities!)

— On the neighbor message Pre-Snow Dibs? Are you serious?
9:22 a.m.

They currently aren't removing graffiti, it seems. There has been a TON in this area (Schubert and west), which I know has been reported, and remains up. Apparently it's a questions of Streets & San's resources, or perhaps the freezing temps, but either way, it's not helping with these scenarios.

Also, I've called Colon's office and it's not helped speed anything up. The stuff at Schubert & Kimball has been up for weeks now.

— On the neighbor message Shots fired?
9:21 a.m.

I believe the parking requirement may be tied to their license - I know Revolution got theirs waived (which is to say the alderman does have power here). Too lazy to look it up exactly right now..

8:30 a.m.

Anywhere you can eat at the bar: Lula Cafe, Revolution, Township, L'Patron, Longman & Eagle, Fat Rice...

— On the neighbor message Hey "Table for 1" Diners!
11:44 a.m.

There were some Chicago responses in this thread last month:

— On the neighbor message Tankless water heater?
12:36 p.m.

@humboldtwriter - I have told fellow residents of my building there are but a few simple recycling rules: no plastic bags, no pizza boxes (the grease contaminates them and they can not be recycled), no #6 plastics, and break down your boxes. they all have college degrees and/or full time jobs. want to guess how often I see shopping bags and whole boxes just sitting in the bins?

— On the neighbor message Trash Alley
11:04 a.m.

Jorge - yup! It was good but EXPENSIVE and small portions.

— On the neighbor message Zacatecas/Zen Tecas at Diversey/Richmond
12:17 p.m.

Ours at Kimball & Diversey-ish has been spotty as well, good luck getting improvement on services. Our mailperson changed and I think that has been our problem.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery this winter
11:22 a.m.

This is possibly the same little guy I saw loose sometime last year at St. Louis & Wrightwood. I tried to lure him with a treat as he was darting into the road. Other passers-by with dogs said they've seen him loose before, and he can't be caught. Would love to know what irresponsible neighbor does this.

— On the neighbor message Found a dog near Kimball/Wrightwood
11:22 a.m.

We ordered from Zen Tecas whatever exactly once based on the recommendation of a Costco worker who lives nearby; anyway, you didn't miss anything, it was not good. I would kill for a good Thai place in Logan Square (yes, I've tried them all at this point and they all have their flaws).

— On the neighbor message Zacatecas/Zen Tecas at Diversey/Richmond
11:20 a.m.

our local NBC affiliate has an opinion about this as well:

— On the neighbor message Toni Barrios negative campaign canvassers
10:11 a.m.

Those aren't great pet parents. Those of us that are great parents pick up our dog's mess every time.

*edited/re-posted for those with delicate sensibilities

— On the neighbor message We love your dogs! Just not their mess...
6:53 a.m.

Don't get me wrong, someone on my block does it too, its disgusting; and I'm no fan of yellow snow but that's unavoidable. Plenty of people shouldn't have pets/kids/cars, etc.

— On the neighbor message We love your dogs! Just not their mess...
9:12 a.m.

Want to make sure everyone realizes this original post and many of the comments are from TWO YEARS AGO... funny how it's still the same sh*t. Berrios put her signs all up and down Logan Blvd last time, which I'm pretty sure is not legal since it's public property. They rang our door this year then sent us mail a couple of days later about it. Plus the nasty campaign fliers. Talk about overkill.

— On the neighbor message Unwanted Yard Sign
10:04 a.m.

Katherine Anne Confections ( is quite good for chocolate truffles. As far as cookies, I make my own. ;)

6:56 p.m.

James - they did some work on side streets in the area, but nothing was done on either Fullerton or Kimball - in fact there have been numerous huge potholes and across-street cracks on Kimball near this intersection. Surprised we haven't had a cave-in like Montrose of several years ago, honestly.

— On the neighbor message Water Main Break/Kimball-Fullerton
9:21 a.m.

ooh second Josh, Coalfire is SO GOOD. except Coalfire is on Grand, between Ashland & Ogden.

— On the neighbor message Kid friendly restaurants in Logan?
11:48 a.m.

I see kids at Revolution regularly, and Township for brunch is chill enough to take kids (and they have live music on Sundays I think? Cello and trumpet usually).

— On the neighbor message Kid friendly restaurants in Logan?
10:01 a.m.

I'm not a large person nor am I super athletic, and I'm able to clear my car (covered in 6+ inches of snow) and enough around it to easily pull out in about 20 minutes, and I have a small car without AWD (which is unnecessary anyway) and live on a side street. Then again, I grew up in a place where the kind of snowfall we've had this year is extremely normal.

But the point was dibs. Dibs is absolutely rude and selfish. And completely inexcusable on streets filled with single family homes, which have garages where one can park their car (if you've filled your garage with junk, that's not my problem). And the fact that anyone thinks that another person moving their garbage from the street and parking in "their" spot entitles them to damage that vehicle is absolutely disgusting.

— On the neighbor message does everyone feel about "dibs"?
4:37 p.m.

They don't plow the alleys and waste resources as they aren't streets. The only exception to this is when plows have to go down them due to one way streets/dead ends.
If you're lucky, neighbors will use their snowblowers so people can get out.

— On the neighbor message Plow alleys?
11:28 a.m.

Brendan what are you talking about? There's an exit to the Logan Square station at Spaulding and Milwaukee, less than two blocks from this new location. Even if you left the main entrance, this is just a 3 block walk up Milwaukee (possibly 10 minutes).

— On the neighbor message Dantes Pizzeria to open a 2nd location
3 p.m.

Seconding Thomas's recommendation of Flor ( - we've had a larger rug in the living room for several years and have some squares in the kitchen where we work a lot and I'm very happy with them (though they can get pricey quick). I believe they are also a Chicago-based company if that's important to you.

— On the neighbor message Best Place to Get Rugs
2:29 p.m.

I have a friend who refinishes mostly mid-c and other interesting pieces. He's not too far away at Ravenswood & Montrose -

10:30 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Casual options for a lunch meeting?
2:32 p.m.

FWIW, you can still get their bread at the indoor Farmer's Market on Sunday at Spaulding & Milwaukee. You can also get bread from Crumb, which I prefer. I have no good reason for not popping into La Farine yet, though I've only heard good things.

— On the neighbor message La Boulangerie is closed. Anyone know why?
11:23 a.m.

We have friends that have been at Avers and Wrightwood for several years, though they both have cars and drive to work. We live closer to Kimball, but always walk our dog west since there's less traffic and other dogs to have to have to interact with. I'd echo what others have said - overall it's good but it depends on exactly who your neighbors are. We've walked the pup later at night as well and there's always people in Koz park at Schubert & Avers, frequently kids playing even after dark.

Might even be interested if you've got a rental (our place is fine but our neighbors in the summer are rather ridiculous with late night gatherings in their yard on weeknights).

— On the neighbor message 2500 Block of N Avers?
11:15 a.m.

You must not live near me, Gil, because shortly after the big snowfalls have hit this year, there have been many adults walking around with shovels, offering their services (we always decline as we are able-bodied and this snow has been light/quick work). But you're right, I don't see any kids offering.

— On the neighbor message Shovel kids nostalgia
2:58 p.m.

I can vouch for the owner of the above business as well, he's a good dude.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a Sprinter Van.
2:52 p.m.

The Tempeh Reuben at Revolution is great, and Lula Cafe often has vegetarian selections (which I'm sure they would make vegan if you asked).

8:01 p.m.

no, this would be on the large empty lot across from the Mega Mall (between Father & Son and The Owl/La Islas Marianas/Milshire/Rocking Horse).

3:38 p.m.

You forgot the Anti-Cruelty Society:

— On the neighbor message Resources for Dog/Cat/Animal Abuse/Neglect
11:59 a.m.

if you have a car or are patient with public transit you can get a boatload of sushi for $20 from Lawrence Fish Market (Lawrence btwn Kimball & Pulaski), it's a fish market that also does carry out sushi, there's no sit down.

— On the neighbor message best Sushi?
10:48 a.m.

I believe prices on grubhub are slightly higher than ordering directly from the restaurant (whether via phone or the restaurant's website), FYI.

— On the neighbor message Favorite places for take-out or delivery
2:04 p.m.

Hahahahaha they didn't even bother to do their research into Tamiz's last name, just went with facebook. Awesome.

— On the neighbor message Logan Square in Tribune
2:03 p.m.

Hope it's not too late but I would third John's on Western and Papa Ray's.

(Lucky Vito's crust is a lot like cardboard, Father & Son is expensive and not great, Congress is OK at best, and Dante's is good but REAL expensive for a kids party. And Little Clown... just, no.)

— On the neighbor message Best pizza delivery for a party?
2:09 p.m.

Erica - my sister's a tech person and has a Roku. Haven't talked to her about it much beyond that but I always trust her input on such matters.

— On the neighbor message Where did PBS go?
11:30 a.m.

Those recommending Without A Trace - can you give an idea of how much a fix cost? Like holes in a suit (Jerry A.) versus holes in a sweater?

— On the neighbor message Wool Sweater fix
10:32 a.m.

Those who have antennas and are in apartments - can you recommend a model? We're looking to drop cable. Thanks in advance.

— On the neighbor message Where did PBS go?
12:39 p.m.

The library was built fairly recently (opened 2005), and the Wicker Park Bucktown one is not so far down Milwaukee, so I highly doubt it. There's no available money with the Chicago Public Library - do you remember them trying to cut hours just two years ago?

— On the neighbor message Logan square library on Fullerton
2:19 p.m.

anyone who has ever called 911 knows that they always ask you if the person in question is black/white/hispanic. there are other posters on here that are outright racist, but this is not one of those instances.

complacency is how problems get worse. thanks for the heads-up Marcy - whether it's a big deal or not the rest of us can decide for ourselves I think. maybe. someday.

— On the neighbor message Drug deal outside of New Wave/Play/Spa O
3:39 p.m.

call 911. the police, if they can get him, will take the stray dog to ACC.
(let's not speculate on what happened to him. it's wet out there, and some dogs love to play in the mud.)

— On the neighbor message Stray Dog at Sawyer & Dickens
2:38 p.m.

I would start by inquiring here:

— On the neighbor message Composting in Logan Square/Humboldt Park
1:30 p.m.

Ed, please report these types of things. Animal welfare issues can be reported to the Anti-Cruelty society anonymously (though even sometimes they will recommend you call 911).

12:39 p.m.

I'm relaxed, thanks. I was looking for a thoughtful response to why these car chases might not be more widely reported, I don't care about "first!"

I appreciate everyone else who saw what was happening and posting info as well, and as always, is a great resource, too.

— On the neighbor message 20 Cops going west on W Diversey (85MPH)
12:33 p.m.

why are these car chases (this and the one last night? night before?) barely reported?

Bart since you seem to be an insider, any insight into this? I do see today's on the Sun Times site (nothing on the Trib's breaking news page):

— On the neighbor message 20 Cops going west on W Diversey (85MPH)
11:42 a.m.

well, at least it took 7 comments in this thread to start talking about guns... so now we can talk about guns here too! guns concealed carry self defense guns!

— On the neighbor message Kids stealing packages from front porches
10:12 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Leo's shoe repair
12:58 p.m.

Great selection of beers on tap, food is mediocre *at best* (straight Sysco truck stuff); wait staff is hit or miss - we've had great bartenders and some terribly slow servers.

Go to Township instead, or Revolution (both have great beer and much better food).

— On the neighbor message Rocking Horse
10:17 a.m.

can't lay down pavement in freezing temps!

— On the neighbor message Parker Ave-still torn up
1:36 p.m.

Megan - the microchip is just an imbedded ID tag for the dog is my understanding, it's not actually a GPS wherein one could locate the dog (nor do I think it registers with when it's scanned at a vet's office). Additionally most people don't know that just because a dog is chipped does not mean that chip is registered. I had to pay whatever my company is $18 for a year of service to register her.

That said I hope this little pup is returned to his/her family soon. You never know though, there's a dachsund at Animal Care & Control right now up for adoption with red & green painted nails. No owner ever came to claim him so hopefully he will find a better home as well.

— On the neighbor message NYE: White dog in red sweater
8:45 a.m.

happy holidays dealing with insurance companies, that suuuuuuuuucks.

— On the neighbor message MAJOR accident on Kedzie involving 10+ cars
11:47 a.m.

UPS MyChoice is fantastic for the most part. It will give you a pretty specific window of when your package will be delivered (9:45am-1:45pm). It also notifies you if you're getting a package shipped from someone else - i.e.a Christmas gift from your mom.

Unfortunately the reason I signed up for it was to try and just hold a package from Apple down at the Jefferson St. hub, however it seems some companies REQUIRE one delivery attempt first (it's their contract with Apple, I was told by Apple's customer service) - so that's something to be aware of.

Oh, and the general service is free. It's something like $5 to have it held at a UPS store, etc. (which with most companies offering free shipping these days isn't a bad deal).

— On the neighbor message USPS Packages Missing
12:41 p.m.

I got a pretty awesome calendar from Furama (dim sum place up on Broadway in Uptown) - one of those that's 18"x24" and rolls out like a bamboo mat, with all months on it and a colorful cartoon illustration on top.

I also know Coffee & Tea Exchange (also on Broadway but in Boystown/Lakeview) gives out paper calendars. And they have awesome coffee, of course.

— On the neighbor message Cool freebie 2013 calendars?
1:34 p.m.

had NPR on in my kitchen so I knew there was trouble. got on the 56 Milwaukee bus at Spaulding and was glad I did, a ton of people poured on at Logan and the bus driver was only able to pick up a handful of folks by California and then it was full. watched it pass easily 15 people waiting at Honore and maybe 20+ at Wood. the CTA should really be able to organize better in situations like this and turn half of the 56 Milwaukee buses around in this kind of situation.
I was actually only ~15 minutes later than normal, so overall I would consider my trip not bad at all.

the only odd thing was I went to get on the blue line at Washington in the evening and a train was stopped just north of where it normally should be... with one car with the doors open. so oddly enough my trip home ended up being longer than my crowded morning trip.

— On the neighbor message Blue Line Delays 11/27
11:40 a.m.

Actually, Brian, looking at the city website it looks like Rev would have to have a PPA license (since they rent out the upstairs for events):
Don't worry, I enjoy both Township and Revolution for brunch, though I've yet to see a show at the former. One day!

— On the neighbor message Triangle lot at California / Stave
2:03 p.m.

someone should check first with how Revolution got the exemption, as they were a new business. unless the law changed after they bought the building/opened. and Brian they do occasionally have live entertainment upstairs - I seem to recall the Polkaholics playing some ticketed event with beer/food.

I know Zina with Logan Square Kitchen also almost faced the same parking requirements - talk with her as well before you get too far in calling for Moreno's head.

Additionally, see if the alderman is even *able* to exempt a business from this sort of requitement.

— On the neighbor message Triangle lot at California / Stave
12:59 p.m.

Leo's recently opened on Milwaukee (that odd space between Western and Armitage) - had them re-glue a sole and I would recommend them; my odd-colored boots were also nicely polished for me!

I've also used Global Shoe & Leather on Fullerton & Rockwell, and my items were not ready when promised (5 days later), so I'm unlikely to go back after the great service I had at Leo's.

— On the neighbor message Shoe Repair in Logan Square?
10:08 a.m.

I emailed the Trib ( and had success for a few months. When a few papers appeared at my door again this past week I sent another email and got a response within a day, and no more have appeared [yet]. The woman who replied included the number 1-800-874-2863 for additional assistance, FYI.

I would love to catch the people that put their business cards in the space between my driver's window and the trim... I'm all for bringing back shaming in the public square for those folks.

— On the neighbor message Stopping delivery of unwanted newspapers
9:08 a.m.

Bart - crime reports are posted to everyblock regularly:
No need to clog up the feed re-posting it.

— On the neighbor message Crime- yes we have it here
11:28 a.m.

Sarah - I live to the east of you and basement window break-ins were tried at both a neighbor's building and our building. If you see something suspicious, by all means report it and keep us informed here if you remember.

— On the neighbor message Burglary at Schubert and Harding
9:30 a.m.

Folks, politics aside, most of our sewer lines are 100+ years old. Remember what happened on Montrose a few years back? I'd take a month (or two) of street closure and parking a block away over that scenario any day.

The real issue is the residential permit parking, and what BS that is. Good luck getting a buffer street permit - if Rey can get it for you, great! If you have to go down to city hall and petition for it, etc. etc.... the sewer repair will likely be done before you get it.
At $8/15 permits, or $16 for 30 days, that will likely be your best bet, other than having to put a new sticker on your car every day....

@gerry - the inch or more of snow/overnight on arterial streets parking ban goes into effect December 1st.

— On the neighbor message Parking issues-Logan Square
10:11 a.m.

You can park on St. Louis south of Schubert, as well as Drummond, Wrightwood or Drake. It sucks, but when it's done, you'll have a new water main!
Add this to the long list of reasons to not get RPP!

— On the neighbor message Parking issues-Logan Square
4:51 p.m.

All I've found is that they're able to read them remotely and give you an accurate reading (no estimated bills). If you look at your bill, however, there is a monthly fee for the privilege of using this service.

4:47 p.m.

Calumet Fisheries: down on E. 95th is the best. They have smoked trout, shrimp, and other fish.

Jake's Country Meats at the farmer's market (now indoors at the Congress Theatre) carries some and pretty good, too, but Calumet is tops.

— On the neighbor message Where can I find fresh smoked salmon?
7:15 p.m.

The responsibility lies with the dog owner. Period.

I walked a friend's great dane once and forgot a bag and guess what! The neighborhood is littered with trash, so I picked some up (newspaper/ad flyer) half a block away and went back and disposed of the huge amount of waste the dog made. It was NOT difficult.

I get that you're trying to be helpful but if all dog owners were responsible there wouldn't be a need for this sort of thing.

12:02 p.m.

Whereabouts in Logan are you (approximately)? Are they missing on your entire block?

Your downstairs neighbor is grossly wrong, also.

— On the neighbor message Recycling bins removed in Logan Square?
2:21 p.m.

Hope it's good and stays open!
And thank god they changed the name. Don't love Fat Rice, but much better than Flour & Bones... good for Halloween but the rest of the year? Meh.

— On the neighbor message Fat Rice- new to Logan Square
11:42 a.m.

^Lesley, no it isn't - it may have been at one time but that is no longer the law.
Full stop and proceed with caution.

11:39 a.m.

Much like behind the wheel of a vehicle, if there is traffic in front of you you either wait or pass if/when it is safe to do so. Yet that's not what this girl did. There's a reason it's illegal for cars to turn right in front of busses, after all...

rms, this girl has curly chin to shoulder length hair and appears to be of mixed race. I would put her age at probably 10-12, she and her brother are both skinny bean poles. I get that DCFS is way overbooked and isn't necessarily the proper agency, so police it is. I also just read that McCarthy is dismantling CAPS, so... that's another thread. ;-)

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood terror (little girl gone bad)
10:44 a.m.

I waited for 15 minutes one morning last week so I could get a receipt for a pre-paid package I was dropping off. They open at 8, I got there about 8:15. All package pickups were taken care of before me, and there was no one at the register with a machine up and running when I walked in. The woman who looked like a manager set up a computer and walked away, never to be seen again.

So agreed, they're terrible, but I thought it had gotten better since the big media blitz about it a several of years ago? (

— On the neighbor message Mail in Palmer Square
3:03 p.m.

I also should have answered more fully. The quality of the ingredients at the Brown Sack seem high, so some may think they're a bit pricey but I find them worth it.

The Dill Pickle has lots of dried goods (nuts, lentils, beans), coffee and tea, frozen local meat, local produce when in season, local bread, and mostly organic/natural canned goods, cleaning, and personal care products. It's a small place right now but I believe they're in the process of moving to a larger location (anyone who can clarify on when and where would be appreciated).

— On the neighbor message The Brown Snack and The Dill Pickle
2:07 p.m.

Both are fantastic. Brown Sack has great sandwiches, delicious sides, and awesome milkshakes.
Dill Pickle is good, too, though people often complain about the price (can't say I disagree, but that's the nature of a co-op sometimes, eh?).

— On the neighbor message The Brown Snack and The Dill Pickle
2:01 p.m.

if this is the girl I think it is (she has a brother a couple years younger that looks exactly like her), her mother/guardian is an a**hole too. I was walking with my partner when we heard a voice behind us, "excuse me, excuse me," which any city person knows you do NOT turn around to find out what's going on. so she bikes next to us and then immediately in front of us. half a second earlier and we would have walked into and fallen on her and her bike. so I made a comment to the effect of "that wasn't cool." well, the woman on the steps hears and says "she SAID excuse me" - as though this is a perfectly acceptable excuse for cutting someone off.

I'm willing to make calls if a group of us are. your story is worse than mine and she's clearly going to hurt someone worse if this is allowed to confinue as she gets older.

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood terror (little girl gone bad)
11:59 a.m.

it appears the city also filed against him in September:

— On the neighbor message Nest of homeless people on my block
3:41 p.m.

I asked THREE times on a train headed home about 4pm one day whose bike was blocking two empty seats. No one answered and I said I was going to put it out at the next stop and tried to. A large older white man stood up and yelled at me, I asked him if he paid extra for his bike to take up those two seats; a fellow female passenger told him that I did, in fact, ask three times about the bike. I hit the train operator button, waved down security, and said he was threatening me and he was escorted off.

Public transit means just that - it's not your home, and you don't get to do whatever the F you want. You share the space as courteously as possible with your fellow passengers. This is assuming of course that anyone knows what courtesy is anymore, which I sincerely doubt every day.

— On the neighbor message Smoking on the CTA
8:28 p.m.

per what Leslie said, should work with anything sweet that fruit flies like, i.e. a bit of mashed banana in the bowl with the plastic wrap and a tiny hole or two in it (per chance you don't have juice on hand, but want to sacrifice a piece of whatever fruit they are so attracted to).

— On the neighbor message Fruit flies?!?!?!
12:58 p.m.

also this was discussed a LOT two years ago on the Logan Square listserv, if anyone wants to read up on the initial kerfluffle:

— On the neighbor message New Wave vs LaBoulangerie
9:59 a.m.

further restrictions from their initial/original lease?
also, they have another location in Lakeview now so I wouldn't worry about them too much.

— On the neighbor message New Wave vs LaBoulangerie
9:51 a.m.

west side of St. Louis just south of Schubert, complete with unnecessary strobe light.

— On the neighbor message Awesome Halloween Houses
5:57 p.m.

Now if only they can improve the service there...

— On the neighbor message McDonald's
11:42 a.m.

@Lesley - the yellow curb may not be state law, but whoever reviews contested tickets for the city will screw you anyway. FYI!

8:44 p.m.

report via 311 but also contact your Alderman, repeatedly if necessary.
I called back on that warm weekend in March about a hole you could see 3 feet deep into on Kimball that was cracking across the street. I think it took them at least 3 months to fix it.

— On the neighbor message Pot Holes
1:03 p.m.

I like this place as well for last-minute dinner recipe things (a hunk of cheese, a lemon, some nuts) but man do I wish they were open later than 7pm and/or on Sundays sometimes.

10:23 a.m.

Have you discussed this with any neighbors? It would seem Ed B. is with you on this. Get more neighbors to call. Go to your local CAPS meeting. And I agree with Ed on the photo - there's a not well publicized option to text the police with info, which you could do easily with a smartphone.

— On the neighbor message Drug dealer on Monticello
10:23 a.m.

full disclosure: I occasionally write for this site, but Drive Thru ( covers food in Chicago generally, but Logan is well-covered. the main site is great for local news and info, too.

— On the neighbor message Food bloggers
4:02 p.m.

there is a group of teens (boys and girls) that were not there in previous years and always seem up to no good. I'm assuming those are the ones Cat is referencing. I called when one of them was sitting with a car full of kids smoking weed in the handicapped spot in the alley by the park one evening. I call every time teens are fighting (it's been a couple of times in the past year), and cops showed up a couple weeks ago when a group of maybe 10 girls (younger girls and teens) were making the noise that sounded like about 40 girls. oh, and I got to witness a homeless guy masturbating on a bench one Sunday morning!

so you can disagree if you want, but the elements hanging out in the park have definitely gone to hell. I think a more regular police patrol around the park (through the alley behind it) would be a great first step.

12:14 p.m.

The number of unsafe vehicles I see in this area on a yearly basis are easily over 62. As someone who abides by the law on all things vehicle-related, I'm happy for this kind of clean-up; the bigger point should be why aren't they doing this day to day instead of on one day and in a targeted area? I'm not talking about headlights out mind you but cars that look like they are bent off their frame and/or could lose parts if the hit the right pothole.

9:43 p.m.

1) graffiti that just says "Puff"... cute.
2) they're rebuilding the McDonald's, right? was discussed here several months ago when there were zoning questions regarding the driveway cutout. I have zero faith that the new building will improve the service at this particular location, sadly.

— On the neighbor message Puff tags
9:29 a.m.

The "THANKS" have spoken! Your kids are gonna have to learn about it someday, and if they're using the internet unsupervised... I'd wager they've already heard the word before, if not let it actually escape their lips on the playground. It certainly flies freely from the mouths of the babes in the park next to me...

3:54 p.m.

Marcy beat me to it. Seriously guys, now that the ads are up on the CTA and all, can we get a search function up in this b*tch?

*edited for the humorless

— On the neighbor message Milwaukee/California Construction
3:53 p.m.

Might be worth calling, too, and seeing if you can get an additional bin. If you're in the area that recently switched to the sensible grid pickup system, that may be why it's been 3 weeks?

— On the neighbor message Blue Cans/Recycle Pick-Up Logan Square
9:50 p.m.

I would be shocked if it stopped around 10. Good luck.
This is one way the 'hood is changing and not for the better.

— On the neighbor message Loud Party
9:48 p.m.

Joke? Nope, Jim, it's been around for several years. Where have you been?

— On the neighbor message Street Blocked
10:44 p.m.

Riot Fest starts on Friday.

— On the neighbor message Street Blocked
5:48 p.m.

My partner and I have had a CSA with Montalbano Farms ( for 2 years in a row now, and I've bought from him at the farmer's market for several years. We have been very satisfied with both the quality and variety of the produce, and the fact that if you need extra for a party or whatnot, produce from the stand is 50% off for members. This year we went with the bi-weekly, which is plenty forthe two of us, 10 weeks, and $360 I believe - that's the one negative is that it's a big payment up front in the late winter/spring, but it's worth it. Also they're starting this year to have CSAs available year-round; we plan on signing up for the fall one which is $35/week. They have been growing using organic methods and I believe will be certified this next year if that's important to you.

Any other questions (from anyone), please ask!

11:42 a.m.

please be careful with anyone offering to take this dog in. the above poster made a comment elsewhere about having no money for food here:
and has previously offered to take in other stray and unclaimed small dogs.

— On the neighbor message found Chihuahua
7:07 p.m.

Not making a judgement on the use of the "terrorists" descriptor, but Rahm & McCarthy did ask the feds for help w the gang problems on the south side:

— On the neighbor message Shootings at North Avenue and Pulaski Avnue.
6:17 p.m.

I have an '03 Corolla and other than regular maintenance, it's been trouble-free. Based on that, I'd recommend the Matrix if you're looking for a wagon, or a Pontiac Vibe if you can find one. The above rec for a Protege is probably good, too. (My partner has a '98 Mazda 626 and mechanically it still runs great. The rust on the doors is another story.)

Kittyhop, due to allergies, no car sharing service [should] allow pets in the vehicles; afaik they are still not allowed.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a used car.
6:12 p.m.

We have CFLs in all sockets, tv/cable/video games on pretty regularly, and a couple computers - electric is anywhere from $25-$60+ in the summer; our place is larger than ours but we don't leave lights on.

Cooking gas should run you around $30.

8:35 p.m.

Does your lease specify how many people can live there? (I'm assuming you mean she wants $100/month more from you per additional person living there).

And hey, it *is* creepy, but if she won't stop, may as well put on a show for her, eh? Maybe "Home Alone" style with a cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan in the window?

— On the neighbor message Spying Landlord
4:41 p.m.

If all found pets were given to CACC, and owners were actually looking for them, the 5 day window will not be a problem.

In addition to CACC's adoptable animals, they have the transfer team, who looks to get these dogs into rescues (like PAWS or One Tail at a Time):!/pages/CACC-Transfer-Team/226541667442185

— On the neighbor message Found Dog
1:12 p.m.

The Dill Pickle sells them, as well as replacement lids (which you will need if you actually use them for canning more than once).

— On the neighbor message Canning jars?
1:06 p.m.

And I for one would like to see those damn kids have to clean up their stupid chalk hopscotch and flowers and rainbows they draw all over the sidewalk. Sometimes it doesn't rain hard enough to wash it all away, and then I have to look at their sunshine-y crappy drawings on my way to the train! Humph.

— On the neighbor message Graffiti on Logan Blvd
10:54 p.m.

Ty - see the star to the right of the title of this thread? When it's yellow, you're subscribed, which depending on your settings, means you'll get email notifications when anyone posts anything else on this thread (I'll have to click it after I hit Preview and Submit here in just a minute).

There are quite a few extremely vocal folks here on EB... try not to let them scare you off; it's frequently a source for news you might not see elsewhere. Whether it's actual/useful news or fear-mongering will be up to you to decide to take seriously or ignore. ;)

— On the neighbor message Graffiti on Logan Blvd
10:51 p.m.

CACC does what they can with what they're given and at this point they're overrun with pets. they put the ones with the best temperments on the adoption floor (limited space), and the rest are held elsewhere and can only be pulled for rescue (often due to behavioral issues). they are strays and owner surrenders.

hopefully you can get a rescue that will take him but do not feel bad if you have to take him to CACC.

— On the neighbor message FOUND Pit Bull! Please help!
11:15 a.m.

another option would be swinging by the farmers market near the end - many farmers don't want to carry back any produce, so what's left at 2 or 3 or whenever it wraps up they may sell to you for half price or just give you for free (especially bruised fruit).

— On the neighbor message Place to buy LOTS of Fresh Produce?
11:04 a.m.

one would think that between the horrible blinker door cars (that are older than I am), and the fact that the blue line goes to O'Hare (luggage takes up a lot of space) that we would've been the first line to get these cars.
but one would be wrong! they went to... *drumroll please*...
the pink line!!!

does anyone know why the pink line gets all of these improvements and investments? for the life of me I can not figure it out.

— On the neighbor message New CTA cars
1:46 p.m.

my understanding is that it is pulled automatically/in a timely fashion from when the city releases it.
also due to report filings, etc. I'm sure the info from the city would not be available immediately anyway. a week isn't a bad turnaround time, it used to be longer.

— On the crime report Burglary: Forcible entry
5:07 p.m.

you posted this twice - if you're not seeing your post at the top of the page I believe you can comment again and it will float to the top. double posting is more annoying than my writing you to request that you don't post twice.

9:36 a.m.

doesn't a $1000 deductible mean you're on the hook for $1000 of the damage? are you saying you would not get it fixed and give the $600 difference as a reward?

— On the neighbor message Hit and run
12:21 a.m.

Honestly, awesome.
But the fact is, they caught *a* guy... doesn't mean he was connected to the horrible attack near Wrightwood & Sawyer. Don't let your guard down, ladies.

9:13 a.m.

Get the exact address the noise is coming from and report it to Anti Cruelty - they WILL do a checkup, and you can report it anonymously.

— On the neighbor message Possible animal abuse?
9:50 a.m.

^Tumo above - I have a coworker that's been quite happy with Clear as well, but again not sure about the speed vs. Comcast. Worth looking into though!

— On the neighbor message Logan Square Internet Providers
9:47 a.m.

Seth, if you and your roommate have the cable and internet on separate bills with Comcast, you're definitley getting screwed. See about switching to a bundle (we're on one with decent cable and internet for I think $70-80/mo), and do whatever it takes to split that cost fairly each month.

There is AT&T U-Verse in parts of Logan - a friend near Kimball & Fullerton has it - but the speed is probably not what you're looking for.

— On the neighbor message Logan Square Internet Providers
9:45 a.m.

open window = opportunity. lock up when you leave, it won't prevent theft, but it's at least a bit of a deterrent.

10:55 p.m.

FYI, you never have to pay to get in. It's a donation, and while you're encouraged to pay (and bags were checked this year? blergh), the year I was unemployed I simply stated "I'm unemployed" and walked in. If we're going to talk prices, though, the prices at the one food vendor with the sky-high sign were outrageous!

That said, Disappears, who headlined Friday night, is from Chicago, and I'm pretty sure all of the bands that played the Cole's stage were local (Coleman is a great local business owner, despite whatever you may think of the scene at his establishment); and I knew someone with a booth waaaaaaay at the end of the Belden area and he lives in Logan. But it's true, there was a lot more jewelry and clothing than prints/sculpture/etc this year, and more than the last time I went (2 years ago) when many of the vacant storefronts were opened up as galleries, and pointed out on the map along the way.

Hopefully the organizers are reading this and understanding that what went down this year isn't quite what the community is about or interested in, despite how rapidly it's changing.

— On the neighbor message Logan Sq art festival
9:39 a.m.

If you figure it out let me know as well. Unfortunately I have zero answers as it's often unsupervised kids/teens and younger adults with poor judgement setting these off at all hours (I get it, you don't have anything better to do, but can we wrap it up by 11pm?)

And before we get more people saying that the cops have better things to worry about - of course they do, no one is saying that, but it doesn't negate the fact that this is illegal and incredibly rude and now with the drought potentially very dangerous behavior. Almost anyone I know with a dog would agree, and these folks simply are not entitled to make their neighbors' lives miserable simply because they want to set off some fireworks.

— On the neighbor message RE Illegal Fireworks
1:40 p.m.

what's this "we" should do a better job of cleaning it up? no sir, I don't litter, and I'm not cleaning up other people's trash for fun. more trash bins would be effective if people actually put the trash in them, but I think a lot of people do NOT do that.

additionally, I think that the trash pickers in the alley (the ones w the carts, not the trucks) often leave the lids open and sometimes stuff on neighboring bins, so when the winds pick up, that stuff blows out of/off the cans and into the alleys and streets.

— On the neighbor message Trashiest neighborhood in Chicago
2:17 p.m.

Meh. All of these kinds of things take forever to get fixed. There's a HOLE in the street on the eastern side of Kimball between Altgeld and Wrightwood that I called in back in March when we had that warm weekend - all that's been done since is that various cones and sawhorses have been thrown in or around it. The street is basically cracked all the way across now, and I'm amused any time I see a car parked right next to it. We have major problems with our sewer pipes in this area it seems, so maybe they're just waiting to rip up the whole street? But man, that's a big hole... I could see at least 3 feet deep when I called it in.

So if they can't get that fixed in 3 months, good luck with your sidewalk pipe. The sidewalk in that area is cracked like crazy and often covered with broken bottles. Always good advice: pay attention.

— On the neighbor message Metal pipes sticking up out of the sidewalk
4:23 p.m.

good to know, though I do have one question: short of actually seeing someone moving in, and with the great influx of new residents in the past couple of years, how does one know even who a newer resident is?

— On the neighbor message burglaries
11:06 a.m.

Smart Bikes - I've never had anything but great services and fair prices from these guys.

— On the neighbor message Bike Fix
11:58 a.m.

looks like it might be a valid ticket to me - the chicago theatre stops selling booze at about 10pm or so (an hour before the end of the show, and let's be honest, they host more music than plays or other events these days).
however, places like the riv or the vic sell alcohol up until the concert's end, no? live stage performance would be plays or music, so eddie seems wrong on that account, but the question would then be why aren't places like the riv or the vic getting busted for selling liquor until the end of the show?

and if we want to get really real, the alcohol sales from these shows bring in more $$ than the ticket prices, so the fact that these licenses are called "incidental" is downright hilarious.

11:10 a.m.

before you get barraged with the "follow the law and you won't have any problem" folks, I said almost exactly this same thing in another thread. driving with the flow of traffic, a person easily goes 35 if not up to 45 in some places (the Western Ave. bridge over Belmont, for example). I agree with you 100%.
and the red light cameras lower t-bone crashes but increase rear end crashes - is one really better than the other?

5:07 p.m.

Oh for pete's sake, we're all adults here, aren't we? Hmm... guess not.
Possible links referenced above:

The comments are often the most useful part of this site, as a Department of Revenue (DOR employee) frequently posts.

6:31 p.m.

Caught this on its PBS Frontline run, and it was amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone.

6:21 p.m.

chatter where?

— On the neighbor message MEGAMALL
4:36 p.m.

@Beach and Homan - city stickers go up after July 15, an extra $60. all of that fun stuff can be found here:

5:35 p.m.

I'd contact Jon Yates who writes the column about this:
And/or The Expired Meter dude. Someone's clearly out to nail your boyfriend with this.

3:15 p.m.

is there a way to look up these sort of questions? they get asked pretty frequently..

previous responses, for areas within a couple of blocks of where you're looking:

I also live right around there, and have for 4-ish years. it's safe, there are tons of great bars, restaurants, and some shops in the 'hood, lots of kids in the park right there (sorry, I know nothing about our local schools) which should answer your question about safety.

10:36 p.m.

there are also two dice and the chance cards in front of Johnny's Grill and Lula. the dice are chained down, the wooden chance cards are not.

— On the neighbor message Monopoly in Logan Square/Avondale
9:57 a.m.

Twisted Scissors:

I love Robin, but have also gone to Anna and Tiffany and they're great, too.

— On the neighbor message Hair Salon
3:43 p.m.

Logan Square Chamber of Commerce's position:

5:03 p.m.

Apparently Moreno had a response letter sent out this morning:
(found at the bottom of this message, but I think the response posted first says it all...)

1:44 p.m.

Fishman got TIF money ($1 mil if I recall correctly) to rehab the Logan. If we multiply how much larger the Congress is, can Eddie get that kind of TIF money to rehab the Congress?
The fact that he graciously hosts the Logan Square Farmer's Market indoors (for more weekends this year than in years past) is a huge asset to the community. The WBEZ piece was slanderous, and Derogatis is a dick. Of course the Congress has issues but I'd rather have a venue run and owned by someone local versus a large corporation like LiveNation or MSG or Jam (yeah, I said it). I also think the deleterious impact hearing is a bit much and Moreno is overreacting; many others have mentioned the problems with V Live, where someone actually was shot inside, yet they don't have a hearing due to the alderman's ties to the venue.

Everyone needs to just take a breather. I think Eddie is coming around a bit and trying to make the venue something the neighborhood can be proud of, but that's going to take some actual constructive criticism rather than just dumping on the fans of music we may not understand or like.

3:26 p.m.

Here's the pickup schedule:

The information sheet that came with the bins says to call 311 for additional carts, so hopefully they can help you with getting one.

— On the neighbor message Blue Bins
12:24 p.m.

ours were delivered on Wednesday and one neighbor still has their sitting out front on the sidewalk....
perhaps someone took yours? and good luck finding out who you can contact, getting in touch with them, or getting a response to try and get one. maybe try your alderman first?

— On the neighbor message Blue Bins
9:32 p.m.

If you don't have city trash bins, you won't get city blue bins - what JRH above said.

— On the neighbor message Blue Bins
9:13 p.m.

a friend lost a cat not so long ago, and a neighbor was able to lure him back with tuna (something any neighbors might have on hand already). worth a shot! good luck!

10:03 a.m.

To further the fact that this is a real issue, I just almost got hit by an early 90s maroon Corolla heading south on the alley between Spaulding and Kimball at Schubert. The speed bumps did nothing to get this dumb young driver to stop before the sidewalk - he was two feet into it before he saw me and bothered to come to a full stop. I shook my head and his equally dumb female passenger jawed at me that next time they just "wouldn't let me pass". The only reason I knew to pause so as not to get hit by this vehicle is because I heard dude's engine echoing in the alley (which I've been told by other lovely commenters here isn't possible and that I must have super human hearing). Imagine if I'd been hearing impaired!

These drivers are the same kinds of wonderful citizens who don't stop for pedestrians in crosswalks at the stop sign at Kimball & Schubert either, next to the park full of children. If the cops wanted to make money they'd just sit there and ticket, because no one stops at that stop sign either.

— On the neighbor message Honking in Alley Crisis
6:30 p.m.

From Illinois Rules of the Road, p. 31:
In urban areas, drivers must come to a complete stop before entering the sidewalk area when moving out of an alley, building, private road or driveway. If there is no sidewalk, stop at a point nearest the street or roadway where there is a view of approaching traffic. After stopping, yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and all vehicles.

Note it says nothing about using your horn. Regardless of whether you learned it in high school or not, you don't NEED to use it. Also remember that there are folks without iPods in their ears that may be hearing impaired.

— On the neighbor message Honking in Alley Crisis
11:25 a.m.

A neighbor on my block today tried to ask me to vote for Berrios. After the nasty fliers I received this week, and the fact that he couldn't give me a good reason not to vote for Guzzardi, I think his point was made.

— On the neighbor message Unwanted Yard Sign
9:56 p.m.

I agree with you completely but don't think it will ever happen. People are way too selfish and accustomed to using their horns to warn pedestrians to get out of their way rather than stop before the sidewalk and inch out (as pedestrians, after all, have the right of way).

— On the neighbor message Honking in Alley Crisis
9:54 p.m.

Smart Bikes on Armitage at Humboldt (Sacramento) - great shop!

11:33 a.m.

Marcy, I realize you're newer to the 'hood, but there are plenty of kid-friendly places and parks - Unity Park and Palmer Square Park are two off the top of my head; and I've seen kids in nearly every bar/restaurant that's opened up in the past 3 years, as Erin mentioned.
Oh, and Kos park has a playground that's always filled with kids.

— On the neighbor message What is Logan Square Missing?
3:23 p.m.

@James - there is also an Aldi at Pulaski & Wrightwood that everyone forgets about!

personally I don't think we're missing much of anything, there's plenty within walking distance if you like to walk, and things are certainly accessible by bus if you're less abled.

for everyone saying there's no grocery store, may I present you with:
Sunrise (Milwaukee & Spaulding)
Tony's (Fullerton & Central Park)
Dill Pickle Co-op (Fullerton & Albany)
Farmer's Market (seasonal, in the square or in the Congress Theatre lobby)
that one whose name escapes me at Armitage & Kimball
Strack & Van Til (Elston & Logan)
Aldi (Belmont & Kimball; Pulaski & Wrightwood)
that other Hispanic grocery on Fullerton west of Tony's (Fullerton & Hamlin?)
I'm sure there are some other smaller ones and corner stores I'm forgetting.

— On the neighbor message What is Logan Square Missing?
10:20 a.m.

Um, isn't there a pool in Kosciuszko ("Koz") Park? It's within walking distance if you like to walk, and walking would be a good warm up anyway.
Truly, though, I was shocked that the McCormick Tribune YMCA doesn't have a pool, but it's an otherwise quite new facility.

Also, I love the Mega Mall. And the Dill Pickle despite their *outrageous* prices on some things (seriously... El Milagro tortilla chips are $5/bag there... and less than $3 at Sunrise).
Which, speaking of, I know we don't have a big box grocer, but between the Farmer's Market, Sunrise, Tony's, co-op... what is everyone complaining about? This isn't Lakeview, and I never want it to be. And if you want to go to TJ's the Diversey bus will drop you right off at the brand new one at Diversey & Orchard. ;)

7:14 p.m.

there really isn't any great pizza in Logan, I'd agree. there are some ok to good options, though. Dante's has been good in my experience. the pizzas at Revolution are good. Boiler Room is ok, but I've had some majorly slow service there (when there was hardly anyone in the place, no less). Father & Son/Marcello's is way overpriced and hasn't been good for the past several years. for delivery we usually order from Pete's on Western or, *gasp*, Papa John's! haven't had DaVita's or Papa Ray's, so I'll try those next and hope for the best!
outside of the 'hood, I highly recommend Coalfire (Grand & Ogden), Pequod's (Clybourn & Webster), and Piece (North & Damen).

as far as sandwiches, I can't believe no one has been to Brown Sack (Belden & Central Park) - they are awesome and fresh, and come with fantastic sides, though they are just a tiny bit pricey, I think their high quality ingredients make it worth it.
in the sandwich department outside of the 'hood, Nhu Lan Bakery (Lawrence & Rockwell) makes awesome bahn mi - Vietnamese sandwiches with meat or tofu and shredded radish/carrot/jalapeno and cilantro, on fresh baked french rolls.

— On the neighbor message Best Place for Pizza and Sub Shop In The Area
7:04 p.m.

A good analysis of the mayor vs. the Tribune about this whole thing:

— On the neighbor message Speed Camera Bill Based on Phony Data
5:17 p.m.

Jacqui (or anyone else) - do you know the history of that lot? I'm surprised with all of the development in LS that this is still sitting vacant. It's a huuuuuuge parcel of land.

— On the neighbor message Corner of Schubert and Ridgeway
12:25 p.m.

The second "Don't" under the comment policy:

Don’t post overly promotional messages about yourself or your business (e.g., “Stop by Joe’s Car Wash for 50 percent off tomorrow!” or “Check out my apartment for rent. It’s only $800 per month.”). You may share information that would be considered beneficial and of interest to the community, such as community events, concerts, activities or new businesses opening in the neighborhood.

I'm seeing more and more of this type of thing on here lately, and I know Becca can't monitor everything, so let's be reasonable, guys.

2 p.m.

for everyone saying "if you don't break the law you have nothing to worry about" - go out for a drive anywhere in the city. don't look at your speedometer, just go with the flow of traffic. across Logan Boulevard. northwest up Milwaukee. up and down Western or Ashland Avenues. east and west on Irving Park or Diversey. then look at your speedometer, see what the pace is. almost no one goes 30mph or below. I'm not saying people are going 50mph, either, but most people are going 35-40. once this kicks law in, and 70% of drivers are getting tickets for going 35-40, when motorists are getting angry and racing around you for doing the speed limit to try and avoid this $50 fine, that's when you'll see that this law is about revenue and nothing else.
but I'm sure these "it's the law!!" folks never break the law themselves, right?

also, every sign I've seen regarding the school speed limits says underneath it "when children are present." FYI.

— On the neighbor message Quinn signs speeding camera bill
3:59 p.m.

The worst problem for bikes is that heading west on Logan, immediately after you cross Western, you're in a blind turn. Cars take that very fast, and aren't necessarily expecting bikes to be there. Then when you do get out from under the overpass, you're hit with blinding afternoon sunlight before you're finally on the wide open boulevard.

My partner and I were walking to Target recently and almost had a crash on the sidewalk with a woman on a bike headed west on the sidewalk, but I can't blame her for breaking the law there as that part of Logan (and really all of it, people RACE down the inside of Logan Blvd) is extremely dangerous for bikers.

Additionally, for all large intersections in Chicago, I don't know why there aren't left turn lights [in general and] AFTER the green light - like exists at Lawrence and Western. To me it would seem this would mean fewer cars stuck trying to clear the intersection on a red.
I also agree with everyone who's suggested the pedestrian countdown clock - as a pedestrian it's helpful to know if I should hustle to make it across, and as a driver it's helpful to know I'm about to encounter a red light and should let off the gas.

— On the neighbor message What are the issues around Logan and Western?
11:43 a.m.

"Under the new law, the "safety zones" where cameras could operate would cover nearly half the city, the Tribune found.",0,1450222.story

— On the neighbor message Quinn signs speeding camera bill
3:45 p.m.

and for anyone who even remotely believes this is about speeding or that we should all be obeying the speed limit to the letter, remember that it's 30mph in the city, and you could now be ticketed $50 for going 36mph.

— On the neighbor message Quinn signs speeding camera bill
3:34 p.m.

time to pay attention to how fast you go, and make sure you're going slow.

(obviously it's crap, but I don't have the $50 laying around to donate to the city, so... time to drive like a grandma.)

— On the neighbor message Quinn signs speeding camera bill
3:33 p.m.

Everyone: if you click to expand, the details of why each place failed inspection is spelled out.

— On the food inspection 4 Suyos failed inspection
8:53 p.m.

Randolph Market is a-mazing, but you will not be able to afford anything. OK, maybe one thing, but you will be mad about how much you paid for it. It is super fun to browse though, and deals can be found on some things (vintage jewelry, for example).

For anyone wanting to spend a little more, or wants something customized, a friend does beautiful work restoring and re-painting a lot of mid-c pieces:

— On the neighbor message Thrift Stores
11:20 a.m.

Apartment Therapy has been asked this question many times. Here are a few links if you want to peruse the comments there for suggestions:

4:37 p.m.

Took me 30 mins after last year's blizzard, and I'm neither that young nor in great shape. However, where I grew up, 18" in one day wasn't uncommon. Like others have pointed out, if everyone shoveled out their car, none of this would be an issue, but people like to just gun it out of their spot (NOT shoveling but leaving a clear spot where the car was parked) and call that THEIR spot and fill it with trash. Kudos to you shoveling out your neighbor, BJ, but poo poo on your attitude.

— On the neighbor message People saving parking spaces??
6:20 p.m.

Andrew, there are a lot of reasons people don't post under their own (real) names here. For one, I don't think it matters, I could post under Sally M. or Jim B., but what's the difference? I can tell you I live in Logan Square and am obviously concerned with what's going on in my community (look at my other comments, they're visible in my profile). As we've all agreed upon, this is a hot button issue, with baby thugs destroying people's property over a @#$%ing parking spot. As such, why would I list my real name, from which you could easily find my address, etc.? If I were to chat with you in a bar and the topic of conversation became dibs, I'd absolutely tell you what I thought of it face-to-face as well, even if we disagreed. This conversation has been surprisingly civil compared to others I've seen on this site, and for that I'm glad - identity of my neighbors or not, I know they're my neighbors and appear as concerned with ending this garbage as I am.

— On the neighbor message People saving parking spaces??
1:41 p.m.

Sadly, that hasn't been the case in my experience. Dibbers seem to be people who are from Chicago, where dibs has been tradition, and is somehow therefore deemed acceptable. Everyone I know with a car is under the age of 40 and does not participate in dibs. In fact, friends who live on a block with several older/disabled neighbors used someone's snowblower and cleaned their whole block after that blizzard last year.

— On the neighbor message People saving parking spaces??
4:18 p.m.

Seniors/physically disabled are absolutely the only exception to this rule, you're right, Paula.

— On the neighbor message People saving parking spaces??
4:05 p.m.

It's trash in the street and it's not legal, but the city also won't enforce it. Therefore it's up to us to do so. My partner and I took/threw out lots of lawn chairs last January, weeks after a snowfall when folks were still saving their "spot". Sadly, the only way to do this is at night when the chairs/trash are on the treelawn - if you do this in the day and someone else parks their car in someone's "spot", their car may get covered in snow/ice, keyed, or worse, because the people that participate in dibs are baby thugs.

— On the neighbor message People saving parking spaces??
3:08 p.m.

I'm wondering if this is the dog that drives me crazy. If so, when I tried to complain to the alderman (there is a noise violation ordinance with increasing fines for barking pets), I was told I needed an exact address. If you get it tonight, please post and I can file a complaint as well - assuming I hear it. If not, ask neighbors - often nothing will be done unless there are multiple complaints.

Calling the anti-cruelty society is a good idea as well - they will check in on the family and animal, I had to do it to a neighbor a few years ago.

— On the neighbor message Dog Barking at Schubert & Kimball
12:22 p.m.

NOTHING is starting to go back downhill. Two storefronts north of Chase has recently been remodeled (does anyone know what's going in there?), there's a bookstore set to open any day now (fingers crossed), there's the resale shop up from Iris Martinez's old office, Mr. G's went in where Danzon/El Pollo Loco used to be, improvements are being made to the US Cellular/Pearl Vision building, the Logan theatre is expanding and remodeling, the insurance place on the corner with the bulldog sign is gone and that space looks to have been remodeled... in fact, this stretch of Milwaukee is about the only one to have some vacant storefronts left, which means anyone who wants to open new businesses in Logan has plenty of places on this stretch to choose from.

Anyway, I can't believe traffic routing either way on Sawyer will be good - to the north means blind turning onto Diversey, and to the south puts you in the constant Milwaukee Ave traffic. Where was it I read about turning Milwaukee into a completely pedestrian area, save for busses? Oh yeah, it was the Alderman's newsletter; the one brilliant idea I've seen his name attached to recently:

— On the neighbor message Zoning Change to Milwaukee Avenue
5 p.m.

From Alderman Colon's email this evening:

<b>The Taxpayer Protection Map is the best for everyone</b>

"Our Map is fair and legal." said Latino Caucus Chairman Danny Solis, "the Taxpayer Protection Map will help the city avoid costly litigation. Everyone must compromise. This is the best balance for everyone."

Voters will have until the next city council meeting to view and responded to the to the new Aldermanic Map and the 35th Ward. You can view both by click here.

— On the neighbor message What redistricting means for Logan Square
6:33 p.m.

And there's only revenue from ticketing if they LAZ parking folks patrol your street. Mine went permit two years ago and I NEVER see tickets on cars that I know are just there to use the park in the summer.

— On the neighbor message Permit parking?
6:09 p.m.

Matias - you'll get a ticket for making a right on red if you don't come to a complete stop first. Right turns on red are legal unless posted otherwise, after you come to a complete stop.

7:58 p.m.

I had two young teen girls on bikes ask this of me and three friends (2 females, 2 large males) this summer at Sacramento & Belden... they must've thought we were pretty dumb.
Interesting technique though. I noticed there is a pay phone at the Logan blue line stop at the Kedzie/Wrightwood entrance, I'll point them that way on the off chance they really need a phone.

— On the neighbor message "Hey, Do You Have a Phone I Can Use?"
10:15 a.m.

Wow. Kat's "well it's never happened to me" attitude is incredible.

FYI, this is news today as well:,0,3943781.story

3:09 p.m.

This was posted here last week:
Took the Trib a week to pick up on it. Too funny.

11:45 a.m.

those who had their cars stolen, can you post the make/model/year? it would be helpful for those of us with the same or similar vehicles to know what kind they are targeting. for example, about 4 years ago a coworker who lived near logan and western had his mid-90s honda civic stolen. it was recovered a couple days later on the west side missing, yup, the catalytic converter.

and like everyone else said, report it so at least there's a record/statistics. this goes for every theft/robbery/bike accident/whatever.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Car Parts?
10:52 p.m.

You can make an anonymous report to Animal Care & Control and they can check in on her and the dogs. If everything's ok, no harm no foul; if there are problems they have a record of it.

— On the neighbor message Neighbor's dogs
10:43 p.m.

and Laura - when you call the police about suspicious persons/fighting, they definitely ask what race the person is (black/white/hispanic). there were kids fighting in the alley by my place, and I described to the dispatcher that the male was wearing a blue hat and a black t-shirt with a red stripe. her very next question was whether he was black/white/hispanic.

— On the neighbor message Berteau and Whipple
1:18 a.m.

no link? is it just a rumor or did you see somewhere that the bar is in fact for sale?

— On the neighbor message Random: RONNY'S BAR FOR SALE?
11:25 p.m.

don't discount some of these dogs being straight up stolen. there are definitely people who steal dogs for dogfighting.

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood dogs
12:20 p.m.

Filing a renter's insurance claim will also (obviously) make your rates go up, like with any insurance.
Funnily enough, I got my renter's insurance renewal in the mail yesterday and it's gone up, too! $170/year up from I think $150 last year. Thanks thieves & economy! (The increase in theft is absolutely economically related... either that or people just didn't talk about the high number of break-ins in the neighborhood in 2005.)

12:14 p.m.

The boulevards don't need buses.
Logan (2600 N) is near the Diversey bus (2800 N) and the Fullerton bus (2400 N), and Kedzie (3200 N) is also two blocks from the Kimball bus (3400 W).

— On the neighbor message Farmer's Market today
12:09 p.m.

they each have their downsides.

I had AT&T DSL for a little over a year at Diversey & Sacramento area; it was fine, I had one issue and it was resolved over the phone. the service was never down. DSL is slower than cable, but also cheaper - I have AT&T for my cell, and I got dry DSL (no phone service) for I think $25/mo.

I've had Comcast more recently at Diversey &Kimball and it's absolutely faster, but also a lot more expensive ($40-50 stand alone, we're paying I think $70/mo in a bundle with cable w/ NFL network). however, with both installs (two different units in the same building) I had issues due to old wiring/cable boxes/connections.
Erin - if your signal is pixellating, it means you aren't getting a high enough signal to your cable box, and they CAN fix it. don't pay for a service you're not getting! they will credit you if you complain, at least they did for us.
with all of the thunderstorms this summer, we had water in a cable connector box outside, on the west side of the bldg. we had a good technician who figured it out and fixed it and have had no problems since. you're not always so lucky with the techs - a couple of years ago I was having a problem until the second or third tech finally replaced my cable box and everything worked just fine.

— On the neighbor message Internet providers in Chicago?
8:27 p.m.

Just so no one misses this, they released a photo (looks like it was taken from Foremost liquors down the street from where the assault occurred):,0,2158117.story

— On the neighbor message Logan Square rape
3:54 p.m.

make sure your place is locked up when you leave, especially windows (there have been a few break-ins in that area where people are pushing first floor AC units in, but I think weather-wise we're past needing AC... fingers crossed!).
if you're going out of town, put a light on a timer - I think they're less than $10 at a hardware store/Target/whatever; and let your neighbors or landlord know you'll be gone so if anything strange happens they can alert the police.

also, look for other threads - there are lot about people moving into Logan and asking is it safe, etc.
it's as safe as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, etc.

— On the neighbor message N Drake and Fullterton safe?
9:09 p.m.

Again, Dude, that's a pretty narrow view of the world that nothing good happens at 2am. What about people who are getting off late shifts at bars or hotels or factories and heading home? You don't get to decide when one can leave the house and whether it's for "good" or not.

And usually if you argue with a wall, the wall doesn't respond. ;)

— On the neighbor message Under Contract in Logan Square
8:17 p.m.

+10 chiara. could not agree more on all points.

heads up EVERYONE. keep an eye out at all times, and don't be afraid to call in suspicious activity. let's find this creep.

— On the neighbor message Logan Square rape
7 p.m.

Not to stray from the topic at hand, but Dude's comment above really irritates me:
Unless she is out late at night by herself, which no one should be anyway.

No one, regardless of gender, should be expected to feel unsafe walking around the streets of ANYWHERE at any time of day? I'm not naive, I realize we live in a city and sh*t happens, but this culture of fear isn't good, either.

I've been in the neighborhood for a while now (in a sketchy area north of Diversey as a single female living alone for a couple of years, and now scary west of Kimball for longer (/sarcasm)) and I wouldn't trade it for any other neighborhood in the city.

And lucky you with the ability to own a home in our up-and-coming area. Be thankful. You can't protect your wife 24 hours a day, regardless.

— On the neighbor message Under Contract in Logan Square
6:58 p.m.

The money spent on the plants is a waste. They'll all die when they throw salt around this winter (and I really mean that, I've watched it get toss it from the back of a truck with a shovel).

— On the neighbor message Logan Square CTA Blue Line Stop.
7:55 p.m.

Sawyer-Altgeld farm seems to be doing well (on private property that was donated for public use):

— On the neighbor message Chicago City Gardens - Rahm's Initial Plan
3:44 p.m.

There were lots of muggings between Kedzie and Sacramento, Logan and Diversey this past winter. Be aware of your surroundings and you'll be fine.

— On the neighbor message Moving? 2900 block of Diversey
8:53 p.m.

Good call, Becca. I only get nasty when I get attacked, as it seems some people have no problem assuming things about folks and attacking those they don't know.

8:15 p.m.

As soon as you take writing classes, Alice. You missed several words completely in one of your posts from yesterday. Or maybe it's typing classes you need? Reread what you just wrote.
Additionally, using "quotes" less "often" when words "don't" need them would be "helpful".

Stay classy!

8:10 p.m.

If being polite and respectful of my neighbors is colonialist, then I guess that's what I am!

And Sarahjbrown17, you weren't misquoted. I took your words and responded based on the tone of your comment. If you took my comments personally, that's on you.

Y'all need to calm down. People who live in this neighborhood (*regardless* of the number of years) are entitled to have a distaste for the negative aspects of any festival in their community. It would do you well, Alice, Marta, Betsy, et al., to understand that Logan and Humboldt are OUR homes now as well, and anything neighbors are doing to improve the community, I'm there to help.

8 p.m.

This sounded defensive to me as well. And I can absolutely say that I don't enjoy all of the honking and yelling exhibited by folks with 5 flags on their car around this weekend, because I never behave in such a manner myself, nor would I ever defend the drunken antics of the St. Patty's day parade, Polish pride, Mexican independence day (yeah, there aren't two PR fests... they're two separate countries!) or Cubs/Sox games (I'm not a part of any of these groups. I don't love baseball, and I'm a mutt!)

Additionally, the "if you don't like it, move!" attitude comes from quite a position of privilege itself. Moving costs money, and often neighborhoods that are quieter (note: not whiter) are more expensive.

So as others have said, I hope it's a safe weekend for all having fun at the festival, but I'd rather there not be loud cars and fireworks (in the kids park next door to me, or in anyone's alley or backyard) into all hours of the night. Having fun and taking pride in your background doesn't have to mean harassing your neighbors and trashing your community, whatever your community may be.

12:25 a.m.

The discussion Jessica linked to is irrelevant, that's 7 blocks north. Logan Square is very different block to block in some areas, and this would be one of them.

As a woman, that area makes me very uncomfortable at night. I would advise against it, but you should really see for yourself as everyone has a different barometer for safety. Have you gone to check the area out at 8pm, or 11pm?

Dan and I spent some time at a friend's place this weekend at Lyndale and just east of Central Park, that area seemed nice. But we were also there during the day/early evening.
I would also amend his restrictions to east of Central Park and north of Palmer, but again, there are also pockets outside those boundaries that are less gang banger scary than others.

1:06 p.m.

Cutting and pasting from the Logan Square Yahoo Groups

I am the CPD liasion for Alderman Moreno. The feedback that our office has received, is that it was a good meeting with an exchange of concerns and plans.

First homicide victim of May 19 at 3100 block of N. California was long-time gang member. His alleged shooter is already in custody.
Second homicide victim of May 24 at 2700 block of N. Albany was in the same gang. The police are working on leads.

New information includes:
The 14th Police have extra gang tactical teams in place as part of a comprehensive gang suppression plan.
Also, a tactical detail from adjacent area is deployed to problem areas during key times.

14th is not losing a single officer as part of the new Police Superintendants plan to move 500 officers back to the street. And area 5 will be getting an additional 22 officers, with at least half dedicated to the 14th district.

Additionally, residents and the Chicago Police Department's Community organizer discussed ways that the community and police together can organize to send the message that there will be zero tolerance for illegal behavior.

Follow-up community meeting will be June 29, 6pm at the 14th district police headquarters.

As always, please call 911 when you see something of concern.

Thank you and regards,
Ronda Locke
(773) 278-0101
for Proco Joe Moreno
Alderman, 1st Ward

3:17 p.m.

can anyone summarize what happened? did you feel positive about police and city officials reactions?

9:42 p.m.

Sweet @#$%asdf!!!! I live RIGHT AT THIS INTERSECTION. Have for three years. Alone for two of 'em. I sleep just fine at night.

This is the city of Chicago. If you can't handle it, then no, you probably shouldn't live here. But if you can be aware of your surroundings, not wear your headphones all the time, or stumble home at night obviously drunk and talking loudly on your cell phone, you'll be just fine.

Bad things can happen at any time of course, and sometimes do. That's part of living directly in a city (with such a great comedy, restaurants, music, theatre, and art, mind you). A friend of mine at Kimball & Altgeld had his place broken into - he and his [female] roommate still live in the same apartment. There are families on my block, and on the many blocks west.

And no, despite the recent media reports, gang activity isn't getting worse, there just happen to have been a couple of incidents recently. Remember a couple of years ago when something like 20 people were shot in a 48-hour period that first warm weekend? None of those were in Logan Square. Everyone needs to R-E-L-A-X. Remain vigilant, but take a step back, breathe in, and look at the big picture.

— On the neighbor message Need some advice on Logan Square
9:52 p.m.

If you've lived in the area for 3 years or 20 and think this is the first major thing you've seen or heard about, you haven't been paying attention.
The guy who ran the corner store at Whipple and George (2 blocks north of this) was shot and killed a couple of years back, there have been gang shootings on Albany north of Diversey.
And in this particular neighborhood (Schubert to Diversey, Kedzie to Sacramento), there were a ton of robberies back in January, and break-ins several blocks away since last summer.

Should you have moved here? Why not? Pay attention, don't wear your headphones from the train to your house in a daze after work.

Of course it's terrifying to have this happen in your backyard, but as bea above pointed out, it's likely related to the shooting last week - it's gang stuff, activity was reported to police in that area and now it's come to this.

— On the neighbor message Body in alley of 2700 block of Whipple/Albany
12:37 p.m.