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Daniel La Spata
Daniel La Spata

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

Former Substance Abuse Recovery Center In Logan Square Could Become 38-Unit Apartment Building

It's the second development proposal for the former Adult & Teen Challenge site in recent years. Developers tried to redevelop the site into 44 apartments in 2018, but those plans fell through.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Congress Theater Redevelopment Moves A Step Closer To Getting $20 Million Boost From City

Local developer Baum Revision is pursuing a $70.4 million restoration of the historic theater and the surrounding apartments and retail, but it needs significant financial support to make the project a reality.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Congress Theater Redevelopment Moving Forward —And The City May Kick In $20 Million To Make It A Reality

The plans call for a full restoration of the 2,900-seat music venue, apartments, retail and restaurant space along Milwaukee Avenue and Rockwell Street, and affordable offices and work space on the second and third floors.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

After Second Shooting Outside The Point, Wicker Park Business Owners Push For Greater Police Presence Along Milwaukee Avenue

The Point bar and music venue remains closed after police labeled it a "public safety threat" last week. The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber's board of directors has requested its business license be revoked.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

5-Story Residential Buildings Pitched For Logan Square’s Credit Union 1 Site

Plans call for 27 residential units, ground-floor retail and 27 parking spots. The buildings would replace the Credit Union 1 and parking lot at Fullerton and Washtenaw avenues.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Wicker Park Bar Owner Says City Violence, Not Late-Night Hours, To Blame After Another Shooting At The Point

A 29-year-old man who did not appear to be intended victim was seriously wounded in the shooting at The Point early Sunday. It's the second shooting to hit the late-night bar in five months.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wood Street Could Become One-Way With Protected Bike Lanes Under Alderman’s Plan — But Some Residents Say They Weren’t Consulted

The plan — supported by 67 people in the ward through Ald. Daniel La Spata's participatory budgeting process — would turn a 1-mile stretch of Wood Street into a northbound one-way to accommodate protected bike lanes.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

After Wicker Park’s Milwaukee Avenue Became ‘The Hottest Club In Chicago,’ City Council Bans Overnight Parking To Curb Partying

The ban was temporarily put in place in 2021 after business owners said late-night partying was leading to rowdiness and crime. Parking is now banned 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Thursday-Sunday in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of North Milwaukee Avenue.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Facing Rise In Crime, Victims And Leaders In Logan Square, Humboldt Park Say Systemic Fixes Needed — Not More Police

Neighborhoods across the city have recorded big increases in homicides and carjackings since the start of the pandemic. Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale, the city’s gentrification hot spots, have not been spared.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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