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Daniel La Spata
Daniel La Spata

City Council Delays Vote On Controversial Push To Expand Private Lot Booting

Private lot booting is legal in some wards, but some aldermen want it permitted citywide. Critics call the practice predatory while defenders say it's better than getting towed.

Citywide

Logan Square’s Armitage Avenue To Be Resurfaced After Prolonged Water Main Project

The construction project will bring temporary parking restrictions to the street, according to the 1st Ward office. It is expected to kick off next week.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Ald. Villegas Opens Ukrainian Village Ward Office — Even Though He Doesn’t Represent The Area Now

Ald. Gilbert Villegas is getting a jump on the new ward map, which would put the office into his ward in nine months if he wins reelection. But one neighboring alderman says it's confusing for neighbors.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Andy Schneider, President Of Logan Square Preservation, Running For 1st Ward Alderperson

Schneider, a neighborhood leader who's had a hand in many Logan Square projects in recent years, said he has a "proven track record of leadership and ability to build consensus within the community."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square Shooting Sparks Community Safety Meeting With Late-Night Bars And Restaurants

A gunman opened fire on two women, 19 and 22, about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of North Sacramento Avenue.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Hollander Apartments? New Proposal Could Bring Up To 57 Apartments And Retail To Historical Logan Square Site

The residential-heavy proposal comes after developers said plans for an all-commercial property were ruined by the pandemic. But Ald. Daniel LaSpata is concerned about adding more studios and one-bedroom units to the area.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago Approves Landmark Effort To Boost Affordable Housing Near Transit And Stall Gentrification

The ordinance greatly expands the city's transit-oriented development program, which provides incentives for developers building near train stations and certain bus lines.

Citywide

Sam Royko, Son Of Famed Chicago Columnist Mike Royko, Announces Bid For 1st Ward Alderman

Royko has pushed for public safety improvements since his girlfriend was carjacked in 2021. He said he'll also focus on improving constituent services and communication in the 1st Ward.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Want A Say In City-Backed Improvements In Wicker Park, West Town And Logan Square? Alderman Is Looking For Your Ideas

The 1st Ward's participatory budgeting process solicits ideas from neighbors for improvements to streets and sidewalks and other infrastructure projects.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Frustrating, Months-Long Armitage Avenue Water Main Project In Logan Square Could Finally End Next Week

A stretch of the road has been one-way traffic since January, reducing foot traffic to local businesses and creating dangerous situations from frustrated drivers.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

California Blue Line Station Could Get Elevators, Wider Platforms In $36 Million Overhaul

The CTA wants to improve accessibility at the Logan Square station, which was originally built in 1895 and lacks features that many other "L" stations have.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Ald. La Spata Apologizes After Neighbors Call Him Out For Missing Casino And Curfew Votes

The 1st Ward alderperson — who has the one of the best attendance records of any City Council member — did not offer a specific reason for missing the meeting, but his vote would not have impacted the outcome of either proposal.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Unprotected Bike Lanes, Lower Speed Limit For Cars Coming To Stretch Of Erie Street In West Town

CDOT has designated Erie from Damen Avenue to Noble Street a neighborhood greenway. Officials had no updates on a proposal to build protected bike lanes on Wood Street in the neighborhood.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Alderpeople Fight For Public Restroom Pilot: ‘This Is Something That Benefits Everybody’

Last year, the Chicago Tribune found that fewer than 500 structures in the city “contain free public restrooms with few or no barriers to entry, such as security checkpoints or client-only access.”

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Closed Wicker Park Bar Says It’s Being Scapegoated For City’s Crime Spike, Poses No Safety Threat

Two shootings in four months occurred outside The Point bar and music venue on Milwaukee Avenue. Police deemed the business a public safety threat in February and ordered its closure.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Alderman’s Push To Expand Private Lot Booting Gets The Boot

Ald. Ariel Reboyras said he introduced the ordinance after former Ald. Joe Moore —now a lobbyist for a private booting company — asked him to.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Project Logan Apartment Plan Gets Alderman’s Support, Over The Objection Of Some Neighbors

The planned five-story, 56-unit apartment building on Medill Street has Ald. Daniel La Spata's blessing since its developer agreed to the minimum number of affordable units and the preservation of the Project Logan graffiti wall.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Congress Theater Developer Should Make A ‘Good Jobs Commitment’ Before Getting City Help To Fund Overhaul, Union Says

Workers with UNITE HERE Local 1 are urging neighbors to oppose the project's $20 million city subsidy if the developer won't commit to offering good-paying jobs to theater workers. Baum Revision says it's listening.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

A 75-Year Logan Square Shop Could Close Because Bike Lanes Hurt Its Business, Owner Says

Gillman Ace Hardware is facing closure after 75 years in Logan Square because it lost parking — and, with it, customers — to protected bike lanes, its owner said. But crashes with bicyclists have fallen since the lanes were installed.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

West Town Home Could Be Demolished After Key City Committee Overrules Alderperson

Ald. Daniel La Spata sought to block the demolition, but a City Council committee sided with the family who is trying to sell the house they've owned for more than five decades.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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