32 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

Possible expansion into basement pros and cons?

I’ve always been against creating a living area in the basement! Basements are for storage and where spiders hang out. However, after living in our 2-flat for 23 years we have never seen water in the basement except for one year in the mid 90’s when it seeped through a window after a ridiculous downpour. Since that time the topography has changed in our area. I’m now wondering if it’s logical to create a living space in the basement with...

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I’ve always been against creating a living area in the basement! Basements are for storage and where spiders hang out. However, after living in our 2-flat for 23 years we have never seen water in the basement except for one year in the mid 90’s when it seeped through a window after a ridiculous downpour. Since that time the topography has changed in our area. I’m now wondering if it’s logical to create a living space in the basement with the realization it could flood at anytime knowing water seeks its lowest point. The ceiling is a decent height and it would be nice to have a little more livable space while renting out the 2nd floor unit. We have the typical 2-flat that’s common in Logan Square with each unit no larger than 1150 sq feet. Building is taxed at 2525 sq Feet and 3800 sq feet of land according to the assessor.
Can those that have duplexed down from the first floor or live in a basement unit weigh in on the pros or cons of converting a basement to a living space?

  • Tony Jones esq "Long block" resident

    We looked into this process a while back but we would have had to dig down to get the code requires ceiling height. (It was either 78" or 80"). The excavation and engineering and underground plumbing was going to be in the $60,000 range. If your ceiling height is good,...

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    We looked into this process a while back but we would have had to dig down to get the code requires ceiling height. (It was either 78" or 80"). The excavation and engineering and underground plumbing was going to be in the $60,000 range. If your ceiling height is good, and you already have a sump pump, and enough room in the electrical panel, you might be able to do it without a six figure bill. Keep in mind that any new stairs becomes a loss of livable space on the first floor and that living in construction can be unpleasant. There's trade offs, but it could also really work out for you. Good luck.

  • I appreciate all the comments! To clarify, I was trying to get a sense of people’s experience if they do indeed live in a basement unit or have duplexed into their basement. Our purpose would be to add more livable space to our 1st floor unit while renting out the...

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    I appreciate all the comments! To clarify, I was trying to get a sense of people’s experience if they do indeed live in a basement unit or have duplexed into their basement. Our purpose would be to add more livable space to our 1st floor unit while renting out the 2nd floor. I’m certain the ceiling height is fine. It’s everything else we need to consider such as working within code and installing an ejector pump. I rather like the idea Urban suggests to clean it out, add light and then decide if we actually want to take the plunge financially. As I stated previously, I’ve always thought of a basement not so much as a living area. However, as I look around the neighborhood it looks as though many are using their basements as a living area.

47 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Desperately seeking lost senior pet

Small male Shih Tzu named Viggo who panicked during the storm and pried his way passed a wooden gate. He's 12 years old. Went missing 24 hours ago (6PM Friday). Offering substantial reward. He will be tempting to keep because he is precious and sweet and adorable and looks young... But he's 12. He's microchipped. Please please help. Thank you so much. 512.751.7701

34 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Looking for Hostas

Looking to create a new garden bed and need some established hostas. Menards and Home Depot selection is weak. Any suggestions?

If anyone is looking to thin out their overgrown hostas I have a shovel and a container to transplant.

  • I have lots in front of my house (on the city side) under the huge tree @ 1835 N. Whipple Street..ready to transplant..3?different kinds.
    Let me know and I'll have another shovel. Or just come anytime and dig them up.
    Also...ferns??
    Available any time and happy to share...they need to be 'lessened'.

  • No however I have some daylily bulbs I'm trying to unload if you're interested.

  • Nope..getting rid of those as well but thanks!

Apr 28 2014

Updated 5 hours ago

Canine ACL Surgery

I was told my dog has a torn ACL...where is the best place to go for this surgical procedure in the city? I heard that UIC has a veterinary clinic that can do it but the numbers I've found don't call back. Has anyone out there ever personally been through this surgery with their canine? Prices seem to be all over the place
place. Thanks!

  • Artus, the person who posted the tiggerpoz.com site has the screen name on here with the name "None". I was saying that website is good that he/she posted. "None" above posted: .http://tiggerpoz.com it is helpful to look at all alternatives to TPLO. I still suggest getting an ACL tear surgically fixed but a partial you can rest a dog on but it must be strict and with meds. Good luck!

  • I went to Fox Lake Hospital as well and had a successful surgery. It was a tough decision deciding to operate on my dog (5 year old beagle at the time), but in the end I truly believe it was worth it. Besides the hospital treatment and surgery that happened...

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    I went to Fox Lake Hospital as well and had a successful surgery. It was a tough decision deciding to operate on my dog (5 year old beagle at the time), but in the end I truly believe it was worth it. Besides the hospital treatment and surgery that happened flawlessly, the recovery was easier than I had expected and with 0 complications. Obviously other people aren't always as lucky but we did just fine. One thing I would suggest to people going through this is looking into getting a knee brace for the post-op period. We got the Ortocanis dog knee brace (http://www.ortocanis.com/en/technical-helps-for-dogs/90-knee-brace.html) and I do believe that the support it provided was a big plus in my dog's whole recovery process. I'm just thankful we came out of this so well.

26 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Finding Viggo

Please please share. I'll do or pay anything for help. https://m.facebook.com/FindingViggo/

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  • There was a dog posted on LostDogs 8 hours ago, that looks similar to your Viggo to me. It's a 3/4 turn picture so it's hard to tell. The dog has a wrinkle at the bottom of the nose; left side. https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois/

  • There must be two everyblock threads going about this dog. I mentioned the lost dogs post but apparently on another thread. The dog is posted found in Bedford park, but worth a look. Same post?

7 hours ago

    Alderman Moreno Announces LGBTQ-Friendly and 100% Affordable Transit-Oriented Development Proposal in Logan Square
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3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Loud, Sucky Band Was Playing Midnight-130 Fri, 2500 Block of Milwaukee

A very loud, very sucky band was playing from about midnight to 130 am, just a few hours ago. It was bad enough that they were so loud, keeping everyone up, and on a work night, but OMG they sucked. If you are in that band and you are reading this, do not quit your day job. Also, your drums are not sounding too good. And what's the deal with the organ? That is totally not working; maybe get rid of that too. You guys are all over the place. All of you need more practice. Lots.

Anyhow, could that be the Owl? I know they have bands there and they're late night.

What can be done about this?

  • leon999 Morbidly obtuse.

    In addition to The Owl, 4E owns a couple of 4 A.M. bars in Wicker and is installing a new place at 1910 N. Milwaukee. I haven't heard of a name yet, but I do recall they were canvassing the neighborhood many months ago to get support for a 4...

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    In addition to The Owl, 4E owns a couple of 4 A.M. bars in Wicker and is installing a new place at 1910 N. Milwaukee. I haven't heard of a name yet, but I do recall they were canvassing the neighborhood many months ago to get support for a 4 A.M. license application. Some say that the old Alderman Moreno approved the 4 A.M. but that Alderman Waguespack then said no.

    I think the 4E folks do create nice drinking environments and menus, and I am encouraged that they responded to your noise complaint promptly. But this sort of thing is the reason I am so-so about (and my wife is vehemently opposed to) their 4 A.M. status.

    If anyone has a status update on their 4 A.M. application and/or more information on 1910 N. Milwaukee in general, that would be appreciated.

  • IF they come into a neighborhood with a 4 a.m. license, then they need to respect the neighborhood..all of it!

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4 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Armed Robbery Spaulding/Wrightwood 1AM 5/26/16

From the Logan Square Neighborhood Watch page on FB:

Around 1am last night a friend was walking home and was robbed at gunpoint on the corner of Spaulding and Wrightwood Ave. by 2 black males in their mid-20's. 6'2"/avg. build.
These are the same men that robbed my husband about a month ago near Richmond & Altgeld and whose descriptions have come up in other armed robberies in the neighborhood. These men used my husband's debit card at a gas...

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From the Logan Square Neighborhood Watch page on FB:

Around 1am last night a friend was walking home and was robbed at gunpoint on the corner of Spaulding and Wrightwood Ave. by 2 black males in their mid-20's. 6'2"/avg. build.
These are the same men that robbed my husband about a month ago near Richmond & Altgeld and whose descriptions have come up in other armed robberies in the neighborhood. These men used my husband's debit card at a gas station and when he called the police with this information after making his initial report, they told him a detective would be following up with him. No one has followed up and since his encounter, atleast 3 others have been robbed by the same dudes. I am sickened.

9 hours ago

Logan Square Construction

Wondering if anyone knew what was being built between Home Depot & Fresh Thyme Market on Elston. Originally set to be Chick-Fil-A, it now looks like it's probably another big box judging by the size of the walls?

Another question. Renovation of auto shop on Kedzie between Logan and Diversey on West side of street (just north of L&E). I believe this is an M. Fishman building. Looks like it will have garage style doors that open similar to other bar/restaurants on Milwaukee. Anyone heard anything?

May 20

Updated 11 hours ago

hispanic male late 20s early 30's breaking into houses

there is a hispanic male in his late 20's / early 30's, dingy with the junkie look walking up to houses near the western end of the 606, ringing the doorbell incessantly until he's sure nobody is home, then he checks all your doors and windows. he got me for my bike a few weeks or months ago, then my little compressor a couple nights ago. i setup surveillance last night where he was in my basement, but he didn't...

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there is a hispanic male in his late 20's / early 30's, dingy with the junkie look walking up to houses near the western end of the 606, ringing the doorbell incessantly until he's sure nobody is home, then he checks all your doors and windows. he got me for my bike a few weeks or months ago, then my little compressor a couple nights ago. i setup surveillance last night where he was in my basement, but he didn't get that far this time as i had a conversation with him on my front porch about what he'd look like as a piece of swiss cheese. i didn't get any good pictures of him, but he asks for 'joshua' if anybody answers the door when he rings. sorry eb'ers i didn't call the understaffed police, by the time they would have gotten here, he would have been on his way with the understanding he could come back. i had to deliver the right message to ensure he does not. this last spate of activity was all early morning 5-7am. stay safe neighbors!

  • Have any of those of you who don't think Judy is tremendously brave and level headed ever been home when you've been robbed, or been attacked on the street? Home invasion is a dangerous position to be in. My life VS a burglar's life-easy call.
    A bat or other big stick (a boken ) should be under your bed.
    Motion sensing lights can only deter so many jerks.

  • Phillip A Nightingale Aviation Industry, Veteran

    Don't let people make you feel bad for protecting your home how you see fit. If you break into homes you know of the possible consequences. You could 1. get away with it 2. Get arrested or 3. get shot by the homeowner. Those consequences have been clear for a long time. Don't shelter people from the consequences of their actions. Yes it's a shame if someone dies or gets hurt but as a criminal you bring it upon yourself.

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4 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Hmmm....

So someone's car was broken into in Wicker park and it made the news but the dead Latino in Humboldt Park didn't.
Hmmmmm.....

  • MakeChicagoSafe Please keep our Chicago Safe

    Not the same story, the body I saw was Tuesday. Anyway, I guess only some get reported.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    well, i guess as of today we're at:

    Year to Date
    Shot & Killed: 228
    Shot & Wounded: 1266
    Total Shot: 1494

    mcs - you don't expect news coverage of all of them, do you? that's not realistic.

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

The best things to do in Chicago during Memorial Day 2016 weekend

...best Tommy Bahama shirt, pour a drink into a pineapple, and get to Logan Square (2595 N. Milwaukee) for Aloha (A Vigil), the celebration-turned-wake for the recently removed Aloha billboard that...

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Sat 5/28: Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the launch of their monthly stand-up showcase, South Asian comedy collective Simmer Brown presents Simmer Brown Turns One at the Bughouse Theater (1910 W. Irving Park). 8 PM

Sat 5/28-Sun 5/29: The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival (which predictably takes place at the corner of Sheffield and Belmont), kicks off the summer street festival season with a music lineup that includes School of Rock Chicago, Catfight, and more. Noon

Sun 5/29: If you like beer and hate spending money, head over to Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th) for Crap Beer Day, where you can buy all the cheap suds you hate to love. 5 PM

...in 1868, and commemorating the 1996 rededication of the monument to him in Grant Park (Columbus and Jackson), the Chicago Cultural Mile Association hosts the annual ceremony and dedication of the Logan Monument...

Mon 5/30: Death metal band Grave Miasma hit up Reggie's (2105 S. State) for their Chicago debut. Philip Montoro writes, "The riffs are clear and memorable, at least...

    The best things to do in Chicago during Memorial Day 2016 weekend
    If you can brave the thunderstorms, there's plenty of happenings to fill the three-day holiday weekend. Here's what we recommend: Fri 5/27-Sun 5/29:The Gelato World Tour comes to Chicago with 16 flavors crafted by some of the best gelato artisans, and guests can vote for their favorite in Millennium Park (Michigan and Monroe).
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

  • Is not get shot on the list?

  • The SpinDr FGFM Eradication Team - Could our Work be Done?

    Elbie... History definitely tells us that will be on the list for some!!!

43 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Missing cat

Have you seen me? Am lost, need to find my way back home. If you do spot me please email my mom and sister

May 22

Updated 31 hours ago

I need your help and information.

My 2 door over neighbor was arrested a month ago for DWI and left his 3 rescue dogs in the back yard-dog door for housing. His brother is coming over to feed them but they are used to being with their 'person'-their alpha.
Last night there was a terrible fight and one has his paw hurt; the other 'beat up' a little. I went over and wrapped the paw and gave them more food.
They need to be 'taken' but...

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My 2 door over neighbor was arrested a month ago for DWI and left his 3 rescue dogs in the back yard-dog door for housing. His brother is coming over to feed them but they are used to being with their 'person'-their alpha.
Last night there was a terrible fight and one has his paw hurt; the other 'beat up' a little. I went over and wrapped the paw and gave them more food.
They need to be 'taken' but I'm afraid to call 'animal control' as though the say they don't put the dogs down, these are mixed and 2 bullie breeds.
I left a message for PAWS which might be returned tomorrow but I don't have other source information...and I don't know IF someone can just come in and take the dogs.
THese are good dogs and would do well in homes. The 'brother' just wants to put them down so he doesn't have to bother anymore. We have no information on the owner i.e. court dates, etc.
I would appreciate any help. Thanks you for your time!

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