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CTA Ventra Card Refunding

Does anyone know the process to take in order to close a CTA Ventra card and get reimbursed for the money that's left on it? I'm moving out of the city and no longer will need it. I called the CTA but never got an answer.

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CTA Ventura Card Question

Does anyone know the process you take to close a CTA Ventura card and get refunded the money that's been put on the card? I've contacted the CTA about this and of course no one is of help there.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Contact Ventra at 877-669-8368

  • Randi Doeker Environmental activist

    Per their website there are no refunds. (Just like every other city where I've purchased a transit pass.) You turn off the auto-load procedure, if you have one, and then consume what is on the card. Or, like me, you put the card in your desk drawer with a collection of transit cards from other cities.

  • ...or turn off the auto-load procedure and give the card to a friend.

40 hours ago

What businesses do you want to see on Clark Street in Lincoln Park?

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and Clark Street Special Service Area want your opinion about what businesses you'd like to see on Clark Street! Census data and national market data only paints part of the picture of, and LPCC hopes that your opinion will give a more nuanced idea of what businesses the community and visitors would like to see.

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ClarkStreet2014

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The 10 Best Museums In Chicago

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave.

International Museum of Surgical Science is located at 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.

In Old Town at the corner of North and Clark just down the street from other Chicago landmarks like Lincoln Park and The Second City...

Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark St.

The Oriental Institute is located at 1155 E. 58th St.

The Leather Archives & Museum is located at 6418 N. Greenview Ave. Check their website for museum hours, which are limited.

The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Nature on Tap: Butterflies & Beer @ The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

...and wine bar. Featured breweries include Finch's, Revolution, 5Rabbit, Metropolitan Brewing and Two Brothers. 2430 N Cannon Dr., $10...

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Five Things To Do Outside Today: Beer, Butterflies and 'Spinal Tap'

...for sale from local breweries. $10. Starts at 6 p.m. at the nature museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive...

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1. Turn It Up to Eleven: "Spinal Tap" is screening in Millennium Park tonight. You should probably go see the film the late Roger Ebert called "one of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films" of 1984. Free. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

...family-friendly than the original. Free. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

5. Two-for-One Pizza: Head to Bar Ombra in Andersonville for its 2-for-1 pizza deal. The restaurant, which has a glorious patio, is offering two wood-fired pizzas for the price of one from 5 to 6 p.m. Then you'll have more money to spend on the tasty wines. 5308 N. Clark St.

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Jul 18

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for Condo Associations that work with Wesley Realty

Our building is managed by Welsey Realty. One of their vendors, VanDerBosch recently recommended $6,000 worth of work on a catch basis that had been abandoned. Luckily, something felt fishy to me so I demanded a 2nd opinion from a plumber outside of Wesley's vendor list. The 2nd plumber determined the pipe wasn't in use and didn't need the work. The plumber also told me that developers typically abandon the catch basins when the gut rehab buildings.

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Our building is managed by Welsey Realty. One of their vendors, VanDerBosch recently recommended $6,000 worth of work on a catch basis that had been abandoned. Luckily, something felt fishy to me so I demanded a 2nd opinion from a plumber outside of Wesley's vendor list. The 2nd plumber determined the pipe wasn't in use and didn't need the work. The plumber also told me that developers typically abandon the catch basins when the gut rehab buildings.

In one of our board meetings, Nic our Wesley association management rep said that Wesley worked with VanderDerBosch to fix 6 - 7 catch basins a year. If you live in a gut rehab managed by Wesley and had your catch basin replaced, please make sure the line is in use or if not, you should go after Wesley and VanDerBosh for the cost paid!! Please also message me as I'm trying to find other condo owners who have had similar problems.

  • Hope, that is really weird. Our association has been managed by Wesley Realty Group for about 10 years now and we couldn't be happier. Nick is our property manager and the best we have had in many years with Wesley Realty Group. He is very knowledgeable about the IL Condo...

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    Hope, that is really weird. Our association has been managed by Wesley Realty Group for about 10 years now and we couldn't be happier. Nick is our property manager and the best we have had in many years with Wesley Realty Group. He is very knowledgeable about the IL Condo Act and meet with us onsite on a regular basis to go over the project we have. We also had meeting with him and contractors.

    Our building has several gardens units; which were getting flooded every time we had a strong storm. Several years ago, VanDerBosch installed a flood control system in an attempt to prevent flooding in these units. It worked perfectly and it is still working as of today.

    Wesley Realty Group has always been outstanding through the years. It is a small family owned company; which is far more easier to work with than any corporate out there.

    On another note, you may want to verify what your plumber told you about developer abandoning catch basins as this seems incorrect. To my understanding, the catch basins are at least meant to collect the water when raining. Then the water is draining to the city sewer system. So unless your gutters are connected directly to the sewer system of the city (which would really be an issue) then your catch basins are being used by your building to at least collect water from the gutters of your building.

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Hi Jim:

    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor...

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    Hi Jim:

    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my choice. Beyond not doing his due diligence in making sure the work under my unit actually was necessary, I have yet to receive an apology from Nic nor has he thanked me for basically doing his job.

    To make matters worse, I've also come to find out that VanDerBosch recommended unnecessary work to another building Wesley manages. The work was stopped at the last minute (not sure about the details.) This should have been a HUGE red flag to Nic to take extra care to make sure our building needed the work, wouldn't you agree?

    Nic's has since been at the hub of a few other mess-ups. I'm not one to keep quiet when I've been wronged and find it my duty to spread the word as much as possible so that other's don't get taken advantage of.

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Updated Jul 25

Window Washing Service?

Hi all. Does anyone have a window washing company to recommend? Needs to be able to handle exterior 3rd floor as well as interior. Much appreciated!

  • I second Above The Rest. They have done a great job for me twice.

  • so far I've checked out Bubbles and McMahon -- both had identical pricing. You can see the pricing on the McMahon website that Paula provided. Inside + outside + tracks + screens + storms + skylights -- each has a separate per window cost plus fixed cost for number of windows in your residence. Haven't yet contacted Above the Rest but plan to. Thanks again.

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Updated Jul 17

Hit & Run

I was involved in a hit and run at Racine/Cortland/Clybourn on Saturday night at 10:15pm. Two teenage girls in a grey/blue minivan (Chrysler, maybe?). They couldn't have been over 17 and were white, skinny, long brown/blonde hair. There must be damage to their front right bumper side of their vehicle - maybe red paint marks from my car.

If anyone has any information I would appreciate it!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I'm sorry this happened to you. I hope you can find them. I agree that talking to local businesses could help.

  • they might have been driving under the influence (under age) and didn't want to get caught. awful! glad you weren't hurt...right?

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Updated Jul 16

Loud neighbors issue

I live on the 3rd floor of condo in Lincoln park. The building next door has renters. Every Friday and Saturday, the 3rd floor renters have parties that start at 11:30p.m. They blast their music so loudly that I can feel the vibrations throughout my body. We cannot sit on our deck or sleep b/c the music is so loud. We call the police, along with other neighbors on the street. Even though the police come, they continue to do this every weekend. We and many neighbors are officially fed up. Does anyone know what else can be done? We don't know the name of the landlord since no units are for rent.

  • I believe multi unit buildings --rental and condo -- are required to have management info posted on the building. The other suggestions are solid but you could try reporting this to the city to see if you can get contact info for the building owner where your problem renters live. Back when I lived in a self-managed condo, we got cited for lack of contact info signage as part of a city inspection. I am sorry and feel your pain.

  • Thanks all! I am glad to know others have experienced this problem and feel confident after reading your comments and advice that I don't have to live like this and that they can get evicted.

Jul 16

June 2014 Real Estate Market Summary for Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Near North and the Loop

Sales continued to drop and inventories rose when comparing June 2014 to 2013 in the combined areas of Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Near North and the Loop. The market is still very active; however, there are some wake-up calls for sellers.

Please click on www.ChicagoRealEstateNotes.com for a quick read analysis of Sales, Inventory and Pricing comparing June 2014 to 2013.

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Updated Jul 11

Etno village grill

Does anyone know when Etno is going to re-open? I'm hungry. I haven't seen any progress in their renovations in a few months.

  • ehk

    A few months ago there was a stop work order (huge sticker/poster) stuck to the side door (old coffee house front door). Something about work being done was not in original scope/permit. It was scraped off about a day later, but I haven't seen much progress!

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Updated Jul 11

Car break-ins

Last night our car got broken into for the 3rd time this month. Our next door neighbors car did as well. There have been break-ins regularly all over our community near Wrightwood and Southport for the last 6 weeks, but I'm sure its happening all over. Apparently these thieves have the technology (its definitely out there) that can bypass locked doors and alarms. Don't leave any valuables in your car, even if its locked.
The crime in this city is only getting worse, last week there was an armed burglary at our ice rink

  • Do any of you have cars that are opened using ur phone or other keyless tech? there is a car stealing tool that literally hacks ur car. All the thief does is walk by ur car with a hand held device that scans and opens ur car as if it was you doing it. No alarm will go off. I'm not sure how to stop or guard against this but now that you all know about it maybe it will help in some way. Sorry I couldn't help more.

  • Johnny Anastopoulos Johnny's Beef & Gyros Owner - LP Resident

    Its horrible, My Car also got broken into last week. 5th time in 3 years. Every time in Lincoln Park. Luckily I learned my lesson from past experience, nothing was taken, because there is nothing inside my car. definitely remove all valuables. I have also caught some thieves breaking into someone else's car, I called the police. and by the time I circled back around the block, they fled. I hope I prevented them from breaking into more cars that night.

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