6 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

ComEd Door-to-Door People

This evening, two guys in suits claiming to be from Integrys rang our doorbell to talk to us about a recent change that might be affecting our ComEd bill. They said they were checking for overcharges and that only they could fix it. We told them that now wasn't a good time, but after checking our bill later, we did see potentially what they were talking about. Has anyone else in the neighborhood seen these guys? In person they seemed pretty legit, even though I've heard of plenty of scams that follow a similar routine. This was in the vicinity of Magnolia and Devon.
Thanks in advance.

  • Mrd

    Questions I would wonder about: why would someone who has the authority to change your bill not already have access to your bill? Why would they spend time/money going door to door to fix this? It seems like an inefficient way to go about it--why would they not call/email instead if it's legit?

  • d3 NOH

    They weren't from Integrys or ComEd most likely--why would they go to your door to look at your bill when they're the ones who send it in the mail? They would call if anything. Were they asking about seeing your two monthly customer charges? If so, Integrys created that on...

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    They weren't from Integrys or ComEd most likely--why would they go to your door to look at your bill when they're the ones who send it in the mail? They would call if anything. Were they asking about seeing your two monthly customer charges? If so, Integrys created that on purpose, they know that charge exists, and it's normal if you're one of those being screwed by not opting out of the Chicago electrical aggregation program. More than likely they actually worked for a different third party electrical provider, and their goal was to see your account # to switch you without your actual consent. There are good third party electrical suppliers out there, and bad ones, and this is a technique some of the bad ones use.

    If you're really interested in switching to a different plan with Integrys than the one the city's program put you on automatically, you can do that on their web site and be guaranteed of what you're getting or who you're dealing with. I think the deadline to do this switch before you're stuck for a year is soon, too.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Abbey My Calico Cat that has been lost since the 7th of July is found

Thank you all for your beautiful messages and show of support. I was called by a wonderful person on Rosedale street to inform me that ABbey was in his yard. I flew from Wisconsin back to reunite with my girl Abbey, It was a amazing to reunite with my kitty. Thank you all thank you thank you .

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    Thanks. This made my day! Abbey,stay!

  • Enki4444 7th grade Teacher in Andersonville

    I'm so delighted with everyone's well-wishes. Abbey and I have learned our lesson: community is everything.
    Thank you for your messages.

6 hours ago

Family Night Out - CircEsteem!

Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:30 - 8 pm

Join the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for a free circus arts workshop with CircEsteem in the Broadway Armory Parking Lot!

Juggling, tight rope, plate spinning, and more!

We'll have free frozen custard from Lickity Split for the first 75 attendees.

Join us every Thursday through the end of August for free family entertainment and activities in the Broadway Armory parking lot, 6:30 - 8 pm. Next week, the Chicago Bike Ambassadors will be hosting a bike rodeo!

42 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Parking on Thorndale in Tow Zone

What is going on on Thorndale with cars parking in the tow zone between Winthrop and Kenmore? It's mainly happening on the weekends and most are probably going to the beach and avoiding the meters. Why are these cars not getting tickets?

  • d3 NOH

    pics or it didn't happen!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I'm a little confused here. HC asks why the illegally parked cars aren't getting ticketed. Then when s/he's told how to get the cars ticketed, s/he doesn't want to do it. Perhaps Robin's method works. Personally, I would call 911 like d3 does.

13 hours ago

Sifu Design Studio Saved By Online Donations

It is a story way too many businesses face. You put your faith and trust in an accountant that is supposed to steer your finances in the right direction and you later find out you were a victim of terrible neglect. That is just what happened to Sifu design studio. However, this story has a […]

13 hours ago

alamo shoes annual sidewalk sale July 24th thru 27th

alamo shoes annual sidewalk sale July 24th thru July 27th,
5321 N. Clark street, chicago

15 hours ago

DNAinfo.com Chicago: Landlord criticized for displacing poor tenants to offer affordable housing

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

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Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Edgewater shooting

5200 block of North Kenmore. Tonight. About 10 pm. Guy shot on sidewalk. Chicago has become a shooting gallery -- cops & pols do little. Time for a change.

  • We need more cops on the beat, who stay in the district.

  • d3 NOH

    They're still full force with traffic enforcement--no we can't reassign resources to fight this violent crime, we have tickets to issue at non-peak times!

34 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Need someone to put in wood floor and tile

I'm looking for someone to put in hardwood and tile floor, approx 200 SF total. I'd really like someone that could do both. Any good people you can recommend? Thank you!

  • Thanks, I appreciate the info. It's nice to have neighbors give referrals :)

  • We had a very good experience with Gaby (Transylvania Flooring). He did a complete replacement of hardwood floor on the first floor and will be coming back for the second floor. Reasonably priced and very knowledgeable, but I am not sure if he does tile. 773-396-1991

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    INSTALL 2 NEW 20AMP TR GFCI OUTLET, UPDATE 4 EXISTING TO TR GFCI OUTLETS, INSTALL OUTLET FOR MICROWAVE, DISCONNECT SWITCH FOR DISHWASHER, REMOVE & REINSTALL LIGHT ABOVE THE SINK

    5701 N. Sheridan Rd. Issued July 21, 2014 Comment

19 hours ago

c k i posted 1 photo to Flickr:

19 hours ago

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • "Needy, Needy Laptops"

    Ms. Plaza is asking for $724.29:
    My students need a laptop to complete research projects and do activities in math and reading to gain knowledge and support that is aligned with common core standards.
    G B Swift Elementary Specialty School Comment
  • "It's Time For Kids"

    Ms. Plaza is asking for $211.19:
    My students need these 30 subscriptions to TIME for Kids to learn about current events around the world.
    G B Swift Elementary Specialty School Comment
  • "Learning Technology for the Future"

    Ms. Plaza is asking for $879.27:
    My students need an iPad with a protective case in the classroom so that they can research and complete classroom assignments. This will be helpful for ESL and special education students.
    G B Swift Elementary Specialty School Comment
  • Chair Pouches to Promote Organization

    Ms. Titean is asking for $185.88:
    My students need chair pouches to keep their folders and comprehension books organized.
    G B Swift Elementary Specialty School Comment
  • Fun, Fun Learning and Creative Centers for ESL Students

    Ms. Plaza is asking for $226.32:
    My students need Common Core Math Standards kit, Place Value Learning Center and Reusable Write and Wipe Pockets to improve their understanding of Math concepts.
    G B Swift Elementary Specialty School Comment

21 hours ago

Low-income housing fund teams with developer on subsidized rentals

5718 North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, USA

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Jay Michael, managing partner of developer Cedar Street Cos., shows one of the apartments at 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. in Uptown. The building includes subsidized rental units. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

1020 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

1325 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

41 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Sifu Design Studio Facing Closure

Per Sifu: "Due to a shifty accountant, back taxes and fines have threatened to close our store. We had a payment plan worked out, but now the IRS said we have 10 days to pay our outstanding balance.

So, on July 26, the IRS is threatening to revoke our business license and close us down. We are trying to get an extention, but we can't rest knowing that the end could be so near."

They're trying to raise emergency funding HERE:

http://www.gofundme.com/savingsifu

23 hours ago

Kenmore Shooting Victim’s Identity Released

It was a beautiful Monday evening last night on the 5200 block of Kenmore Ave as some neighbor’s gathered with friends on a deck for dinner, some senior citizens gathered in their outdoor courtyard to chat and 20+ children finished a day at Epworth church’s shelter. That all ended around 10p.m. with a very horrific shooting that left […]

23 hours ago

Landlord Criticized for Displacing Poor Tenants to Offer Affordable Housing

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

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Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Mariano's at 5101 N Sheridan

Hi, I'm curious as to how many people who reside in the area of this store are bothered by the compressors on the truck trailer (at the loading dock) during the night and early hours at this store (Foster & Sheridan). City statute defines the trailer as a "mechanical stationary source," and the compressor (loud, causing reverberating noise and sound vibrations through the ground) must be off from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM. In deference to needs to stock the...

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Hi, I'm curious as to how many people who reside in the area of this store are bothered by the compressors on the truck trailer (at the loading dock) during the night and early hours at this store (Foster & Sheridan). City statute defines the trailer as a "mechanical stationary source," and the compressor (loud, causing reverberating noise and sound vibrations through the ground) must be off from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM. In deference to needs to stock the store and keep items cold, the Carmen Winona Block Club suggested and agreed to "OK, off at 11:00 PM," allowing 3 more hours. Now, the Manager is pushing the limits and the compressor is back on at 5:00 AM. She says, "It's a health issue to refrigerate the food." The former Dept. of the Environment was rolled into the Dept. of Public Health. Consider that when there is an environmental violation of City code, it is really a HEALTH issue as sleep is ruined, stress is caused and residents have no control over the necessity of through-the-night sleep. This morning the compressor noise awakened me at 5:03 AM. How many of you live at either Foster building (949 and 955) and are awakened, or on the north side of Winona on the East-West alley, or in the new Admiral and you're awakened and disturbed? Also, visit www.carmenwinonabc.org

  • Call 311 and they should be able to handle the problem and if not, send you in the right direction to get this problem solved. Hope this helps.

  • Well, I was not particularly accommodating in conversation with her yesterday; last night was basically within our prior agreement. I have discussed this several times with Osterman's Chief of Staff - hey, not really any help there. Also, 311 operators have a difficult time understanding that this is an administrative...

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    Well, I was not particularly accommodating in conversation with her yesterday; last night was basically within our prior agreement. I have discussed this several times with Osterman's Chief of Staff - hey, not really any help there. Also, 311 operators have a difficult time understanding that this is an administrative code violation, NOT a criminal action and while serious and in-your-face, they would rather hand you off to 911 - which is not appropriate as it is not a criminal action.

    What I would like if any of you also hear (and feel the reverberations of low wavelength sound into your building), as I do and as my neighbor in the next apt. does and as others do, let me know. I'm putting together a document (folks willing) with names of ALL area residents who are annoyed. The key is to speak up and know your statutes. Businesses will walk over residents, if they can. I have kept a log of dates/times/managers on-duty and also I have video files with sound.

40 hours ago

WEEKLY UPDATE FROM YOUR ALDERMAN- JULY 18, 2014

...fed. We gathered at one of two Free Breakfast Sites in the 48th Ward. This 1106 W. Thorndale site , run by Rich and Dori Gorman and Community Christian Church Edgewater, serves breakfast to...

9am-2pm: Chalk the Block (Broadway and Elmdale)

5:00pm-8:00pm: CAPS Night Out (Swift School, 5900 N. Winthrop)

...and share their art with the world. Registration will be at the Edgewater Library, at 1200 W. Elmdale and the event will go from 9:00 a.m. until noon...

All installation should be completed by Monday, July 21. Some sewer work needed at Glenwood and Bryn Mawr. All signs will be removed by Monday, July 21. Testing will follow.

Captains Walk Mall (6033 N. Sheridan)

Ice Cream and toppings are being donated by the Waterfront Café which is located in Berger Park and Lickity Split Frozen Custard and Sweets located at Broadway and Glenlake.  Admission will be free and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Parking lot on Catalpa and Winthrop

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Also next week is our second annual 48th Ward Ice Cream Social at Cedar Playlot (5316 N Winthrop)! Come out to enjoy some free Homer’s ice cream, live music and hang out with your community. The ice cream social will start at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 23rd.

8:30pm-10pm:  CPD: Concert in the Park (Berger Park – 6205 N. Sheridan)

3:00pm-5:00pm: Culture Jam Saturdays at Buttercup Park (Buttercup Park- 4901 N. Sheridan)

8:30pm-11pm: 48th Ward Movie Fest - Pitch Perfect (Senn Park, 1501 Thorndale)

Join the Bezazian Branch (1226 W. Ainslie) on Saturday, July 23rd from 4-6pm for their small business workshop. This workshop, taught...

Thorndale positive loitering is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22nd, beginning at the southeast corner of Thorndale and Broadway (Little Corner Restaurant). Walkers will walk the walk on Thorndale and Winthrop and Kenmore between Hollywood and Granville.

My office and CPD will be hosting a women’s safety seminar at our Argyle Summer Satellite Office (1008 Argyle) on August 7th from 10am to noon. Martial arts instructor Shi Han Frank Roman will join us for the seminar to share some self defense skills.

Ruft Haus Pets: 1206 W. Granville 

Maddiebird Bakery: 1445 W. Devon 

In back of Senn High School (Thorndale and Greenview)

The SoFo Tap, 4923 North Clark, and Care for Real are pleased to present our Annual Charity Salsa/Dip contest, Sunday, July 20, 1:00pm-3:00pm.   For a minimum donation of $10, you get to sample all the salsas and dips and vote the winner!  Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Care for Real.

5000-5800 N. Clark Street

The Selfhelp Home (908 W. Argyle St.)

Marty’s Martini Bar (1511 W. Balmoral)

Saturday, September 6th from  9am to noon - Berger Park (Sheridan & Granville). Focus will be on the area between the two mansions.

Project Taproot: Community, Stories and Art in the Garden Join Green Scene Chicago for free family entertainment throughout the summer. All events take place at the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden (4919 N. Winthrop). Click here for a list of events

Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

History of Automobiles in Edgewater Exhibit  Explores the history of how the automobile transformed the north side neighborhood Opens July 12th Edgewater Historical Society (5358 N Ashland)

40 hours ago

Man Shot, Killed Last Night 5200 Block Of Kenmore

Last night an unidentified man was shot in the chest and killed on the 5200 block of Kenmore (approximately 5214). According to police the man in his 20s or 30s, was shot at 9:54p.m and the Cook County Medical Examiner stated that he was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 10:24p.m . There […]

40 hours ago

Steep Theatre Sizzles With “A Small Fire”

Steep Theater’s smoldering current production is the Chicago premiere of A Small Fire by David Bock.  Director Joanie Schultz, Artistic Associate, undertakes this her fifth play at Steep straight after directing the Goodman Theater’s production of Venus in Fur by David Ives.  Schultz and Steep reunite since their last hit at Steep in 2012 with […]

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Was There a Shooting on the 5200 block of N Kenmore?

Walked my dog around 10:45 pm and N Kenmore was blocked off to foot and vehicle traffic. Several police cars with lights flashing and officers looking for what I am assuming were shell casings. A bystander told me there was a shooting. Does anyone else know what happened?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Where to replace mortise lock keys

We have an old house that has mortise locks. We do not have enough keys. Does anyone know who can replace keys for this lock? I tried Devon & Clark hardware, but they couldn't.

One of the keys has "Collier Lock" stamped on it. Does anyone know if they still have a storefront? Yelp lists it as 6142 N Clark, but that is a residential building.

2 days ago

Volunteers Needed for EdgeFest -- August 2 & 3

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for our annual summer street festival, EdgeFest! EdgeFest will take place August 2 and 3 on Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore. We'll have 2 stages with music, an interactive kids' tent with games and crafts, local food vendors and artists, and karaoke on the South Stage on Saturday night!

We are looking for volunteers to help pull off a great event! We have openings in the beer tent, at the Chamber table, and helping run the Bridgeview Bank money booth game.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email ally@edgewater.org indicating your name, desired placement, and desired day.

For more information about EdgeFest, visit http://edgewater.org/edgefest

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4 days ago

Ruff Haus Pets Comes To Granville, Pet Adoptions Today!

The Summer has been bursting with news of some great new businesses opening in Edgewater and Andersonville. Yesterday was the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new location for Ruff Haus pets at 1206 W. Granville. Alderman Harry Osterman was on hand with his new pup Willye to welcome owner Rich Forsythe to the neighborhood at the event.

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5 days ago

New Dog Store on Granville

Heads Up - Grand Opening today - Friday July 18th - "Ruff Haus Pets" 1206 W Granville just behind Granville Gallery - supplies for pets includes pet food, toys, poop bags, treats and other great items for your Pet. Grand Opening Ceremony included Alderman Osterman, Sara who is his New Business Development manager and the Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Stop by and welcome this new business to Edgewater. This is a convenient business addition to the Northside of Edgewater serving residents on either side of Broadway.

5 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Multi family indoor white elephant sale this Saturday only!

Multi family indoor white elephant/garage sale, this Saturday 7/19 inside the Captain's Walk @ 6033 N Sheridan from 11 am to 3 pm. Lots of girls clothing (Gap, Mini Boden etc) women's clothing, household items, jewelry and much more. One day only!!

Jul 16

Updated 5 days ago

Missing Cat

I read somewhere that missing cats are often nearby hiding under a porch, in a garage or other secure location.. It said even totally domesticated cats revert to a wild mentality and fail to respond to familiar voices calling them or even food. It's some sort of primitive instinctual behavior. It stressed the importance of doing thorough checks of such spaces. Don't give up. I had a cat that was missing for 6 weeks once and was found by a neighbor who spotted an old weather notice we'd posted. He seemed almost ferrel but eventually reverted to his old lovable self. Good luck!

  • Enki4444 7th grade Teacher in Andersonville

    Hi. Thanks but my girl is a calico.

  • Korin Ravenswood Dweller

    Enki4444, been keepin an eye out for your kitty, I really hope she turns up. Lots of good thoughts your way.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Gunshot in Edgewater/Rogers at 11:00?

I'm 25 floors up in a high rise and think I just heard a gunshot? Not sure of exact location...

It was a quick pop - could have been a firework like I heard about half hour earlier. Anyone hear it?

  • Chris B. Neighborhood blogger and activist

    Lets not jump to conclusions, just yet Rob. Summer brings not only the potential for gun fire, but fireworks. A lot of people mistakenly identify firework noise as gunshot noise. Is your high rise near the lake, William?

  • I live in a high rise too. Probably the safest place to be in Edgewater!

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