46 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Near West Side/United Center Park

I've lived in various Northside neighborhoods for over 10 years now and am looking to make a change. I see that there are some very affordable and NICE condos/apartments in the area between Ashland and Rockwell. And it seems like with the Pete's Fresh opening soon, ample CTA service, and the draw of the Bulls/Blackhawks, there are some roots taking hold to turn the area around and push the development west of Ashland. Any insights would be appreciated, especially if you live in the area!

  • Jdo concerned mom

    Bought our house near Western & Washington 10 years ago. Husband & I are from Chicago so we were familiar with the area & initially hesitant. We decided to go for it & we have never had a problem. Wish more people would give it a chance!!

  • anon on near west side anon on near west side

    Husband and I bought a house near Madison and Leavitt back in 2007--- everything is improving daily--- we both spent 10+ years in very established, desirable neighborhoods in the city before making the leap to come over here. This area is actually a hidden gem as far as convenience and...

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    Husband and I bought a house near Madison and Leavitt back in 2007--- everything is improving daily--- we both spent 10+ years in very established, desirable neighborhoods in the city before making the leap to come over here. This area is actually a hidden gem as far as convenience and access to EVERYTHING. 10 minutes at most to the heart of the Loop by car-- easy access to all highways--- access to all public transportation---no congestion. Is it Lincoln Park? No. But what you give up in not having a Starbucks on the corner, the area makes up for in convenience and breathing room. Everything is a mile within your reach. Also--- if you choose to get involved, never had a better sense of community in past neighborhoods than we have experienced over here.

31 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Integrys Energy, I'm opting out, here's why

I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge:...

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I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge: .00919 per kWh
Purchased Electricity Charge: .005 per kWh (this fluctuates but has never been more than .005 per kWh for me, so I'm using the highest number I have)
Total Per kWh: .06023 per kWh (This is the current price subject to market-based increases)

So say you use 500 kWh one month.
With ComEd your supply charges would be .06023 x 500 = $30.12.
With Integrys your supply charges would be .05299 x 500 = 26.495 + 9.06 = $35.56

To get the breakeven point, change the 500 to 1250 kWh and you get about the same bill from each company at current prices ($75.29 vs $75.30). I don't know about you, but I'll never use 1250 kWh in a month.

So I thought, maybe there's an environmental benefit since they claim our energy will be sourced from non-coal, such as wind and nuclear. Looking at their Environmental Disclosure (which every energy company must submit to the state), the company as a whole gets 51% of their energy from coal. ComEd only gets 44% from coal.

Links to both Environmental Disclosures:
Integrys disclosure: http://www.icc.illinois.gov/downloads/public/filing/2/12/13/20691.pdf
ComEd disclosure: https://www.comed.com/Documents/about-us/environmental-commitment/Environmental_Disclosure_Ending%202013012.pdf

So I will be calling Integrys and opting out today. You have until April 21st, contrary to what their document says. Here's Integrys Energy's number if you want to chat with them: (888) 802-2885

Do your own research to see if it's right for you, I just wanted to share my research.

  • Thanks!

  • Jeanne K. 5 year neighbor

    Thought it was fishy too, but I hadn't yet sat down to "do the math"- thank you for taking the time to share this with everyone on Everyblock. I also wondered who got the kickback from the city signing up with Intergrys... out of all the new electric brokers, why this one?

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29 hours ago

2131 W Erie.HOME FOR SALE

We are selling our house at 2131 W Erie. Please pass this along if you know anyone interested!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2131-W-Erie-St-Chicago-IL-60612/3860787_zpid/

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Apr 09

Updated 2 days ago

Seeking a new Vet Clinic

We live around the United Center area and just adopted a puppy. We already have a cat who has always been taken to VCA animal hospital on Chicago ave. I've never had a bad experience with them but it just seems so expensive. I'd like to start taking them both somewhere new, closer, and a little less expensive. Can anyone recommend a good vet in the west town/west loop/ east village area?

  • I have two pups in West Haven too. I take them to: http://www.villagewestvet.com/ arguably the closest. "Good" prices, good staff, no complaints. near western and chicago.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Mike, that's actually where I ended up taking her, to village west. I thought everyone who works there was very friendly to me and my puppy. The vet answered all my questions, and even informed us of things I didn't think to ask. The only thing I didn't like is there really isn't much parking with it being right next to the school. But I will be going back!

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What's up with the former bank at Halsted and Madison

HI..with all the buying of land and building in the west loop, I often wonder about the building on Madison and Halsted. I think it used to be the old MB bank. I just love the arched windows on the building and wonder why no one does anything with that building. I would think a nice restaurant would love the bottom floor with those windows.

Anyone ever hear of anything going on with this building?

  • atennislover: Thank you for posting the question. I know that there was talk about something going in the building long before the Mariano's complex was built but I have not heard anything since then. I agree with you that the exterior of the building begs for a restaurant or some other positive use. My fear is that restoring the building is cost prohibitive.

    Perhaps others know more. Thank you.

3 days ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hosts Open House for New FertilityCare Center

Physicians and employees at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) attended a recent open house for the new FertilityCare Center to learn more about its services, meet the staff and tour the facility. The event featured a blessing and dedication of the facility.

The facility is located at Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, fourth floor. The center features a team of specialists, including a certified fertility care practitioner, medical consultant and other physicians. The approach is consistent with Catholic teaching. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ljdar7r

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5 days ago

Yoga class for the community

Come to Xuntas starting Monday, May 5 at 6:30pm for a Hatha 1-2 yoga class!

This one-hour class moves at a medium pace and offers insight into both the internal and external experience of the practice: physical poses, breath, and meditation. You will leave class with a sense of balance and grounding.

Xuntas is a community space to gather and is located at 2258 W. Grand Ave. The class is $10 cash and BYOMat.

I hope to see you there!

http://www.xuntaschicago.com/calendar-of-events-1

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6 days ago

For Sale By Owner::: Ukrainian Village Brick Cottage (3 bedroom, 2 bath)

We are having a "By appointment" Open House Sunday, April 13th. For Sale By Owner::: Ukrainian Village brick cottage (3 bedroom, 2 bath) w/fantastic 2nd floor 2 room master suite. Sep sleep + sitting room + open Euro bath/sep water closet. Entry, living, dining, 2 bedrooms on 1st floor and full bath. Newly renovated kitchen w/concrete counter tops, stainless appliances, wood cabinets. Hardwood floors throughout. Back pati backyard w/wildflower planted boxes and grass areas. 2-car garage. We are asking $475k. Located on Erie two blocks west of Damen, east of Western. Please email to schedule a time to come by if you are interested or know anyone looking for a great house in Ukrainian Village! arrenj@gmail.com Please serious buyers only.

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Earth Day at Union

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Volunteers will help clean the park and place mulch around the trees. Cleaning products and Earth Day tools provided.

6 days ago

Red Bull Sound Select @ Cobra Lounge

Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Do312, is at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., tonight at 8pm with Andrew W.K., Ghosthouse, Vamos and Kitty Crimes. Tickets are $5 with RSVP or $15 at the door. 21+

Apr 09

Updated 6 days ago

Split Faced Block Waterproofing

I am looking for some info from neighbors on a good reputable company that I can get an estimate from to have my condo building waterproofed.

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Apr 02

Updated Apr 10

Empty lot on Western between Huron & Erie

Anyone have info on what might be going in the recently bulldozed empty lot on Western (600 block) between Huron & Erie? Extension of Badger Murphy perhaps? Just curious.

Apr 09

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