Friday, July 6, 2012

Power out in Wicker Park, Logan Square, UK Village, etc.

Some areas of the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and Ukranian Village neighborhood are currently without power.  There is no explanation as to what happened yet, or when power will be restored, but the outage is confirmed and a known issue by ComEd.

According to the ComEd Website, there are approximately 85 outages along the near west side, effecting over 8000 customers.  Some areas of Lakeview have also been effected, and brownouts were reported as far north as Uptown.

Currently there is no explanation as to what knocked out power, or when it will be restored.  Some residents did report hearing an explosion prior to the power outage, via twitter.

Anyone experiencing heat sickness should take a cool bath/shower, use candlelight instead of flashlights.  Be careful not to start fire!

Real Chicago News will monitor the situation, and will update this article accordingly.  

UPDATE: Most areas are expected to have power restored between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., the probable cause of the outage is still undetermined.

UPDATE: 1 resident claims a blown transformer may be responsible, and has set a building on fire in Logan Square.

UPDATE: CBS 2 is reporting electrical fires are to blame for the power outages.  Overheating may have been a factor.  The smoke rings posted on twitter today, were likely the result of exploding electrical transformers!

ComEd Expected Restoration Times:  (all power should be back by 9:00 a.m. at latest, crews currently working)

Irving Park & Southport 2:15 a.m.
Sheffield & Barry 6:15 a.m.
Wrightwood & Southport 4:15 a.m.
Logan & Rockwell: 7:15 a.m.
Spaulding & Wrightwood: 6:45 a.m.
Albany & Fullerton 2:30 a.m.
Sacramento & Fullerton 8:15 a.m.
Sacramento & Lyndale 12:00 a.m.
Milwaukee & Francis 2:45 a.m.
Damen & Charleston 2:00 a.m.
North & Damen 7:15 a.m.
Campbell & Potomac 7:00 a.m.
Chicago & Damen 3:15 a.m.
Hubbard & Racine 5:00 a.m.

UPDATE 9AM: The bulk of the power outages that remain unfixed are in the Wicker Park neighborhood.  Estimated times of restoration appear to have been pushed back from earlier.  According to the ComEd website, power should be back on by the following times:

Milwaukee & Honore: between 3-8pm
Wolcott & Milwaukee: 1:30 pm
Wolcott & Potomac: 6:30 pm
Potomac & Hoyne: between 10am-2:15pm
Campbell & Potomac: betweeen 12-3pm
Crystal & Wolcott: 10:22am
Marion & Division: 12:00pm
Greenview & Division: 1:00pm
Wood & Iowa: No estimate, assessing damage
Walton & Ashland: 12:00pm
Pearson & Paulina: 8:00pm
Chicago & Wolcott: 12:00pm
Grand & Ashland: between 12-3pm

If your location was not mentioned, check the map HERE.  Also @Comed is answering questions about specific locations on Twitter.

Today should be the last day of the heatwave.  It will reach approximately 95 degrees, but then cool down to the lower 70s at night.  The rest of the week is expected to be in the low 80s, and in the 60s at night!

UPDATE: Power restored to most of Logan Square, some parts of Wicker Park, UK Village, and Fulton Market still in the dark.  Estimates between 3pm and 9pm for service restoration.  Luckily, temperatures are beginning to cool off today, and will continue throughout the week!


  1. Well it's 8:15 in Wicker Park and still no power. Went out at about 1:20am on my block.

  2. ComEd pushed back the estimated repair time for many of the outages. Most appear to be between 12-3pm, although some estimates are as late as 8pm. The high temperature today is expected to reach 95 degrees, but it will finally cool down tonight, reaching approximately 72 degrees!