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How does one go about reporting a violation of certificate of occupancy?

I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not...

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I live in a Condo mid-rise. We have a business on the first floor. They have taken over our basement with the blessing of the board. However, they do not pay rent, nor have they signed a lease. When the condo looked at using the basement a few years ago, it was found that we could not use the basement as in doing so it would incur more than $20,000 in cost to get a COO, so we decided not to incur the cost. The business on the first floor decided to take over the basement and not pay the money for the COO (we know this because there are no rails that were needed to get the COO on the stairway). We know that they are using the basement as they have told us that they have several million dollars in inventory and there are lights on in the basement 24 X 7. We know that one year they paid rent to the association as it showed as income in the annual report, after that however they have paid no rent. The board is complicit in this violation.
Any suggestions as to how to proceed to get the business out of our basement would be appreciated.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    Generally speaking what kind of inventory is down there?
    Wouldn't a COO allow for storage of non-perishables?

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    Correction: not having a COO still allow for non perishable storage?

14 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Ald. Cappleman AGAIN LIES About Homeless: Many Uptown Homeless were NOT HELPED by DFSS

Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed...

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Ald. James Cappleman's emailed newsletter today 9/20/17 on Uptown Tent City Homeless and Viaduct Repairs:"NEWS
WILSON & LAWRENCE LAKESHORE DRIVE VIADUCT REPAIRS
The construction project to repair these crumbling bridges and add new bicycle lanes are now underway. The project includes structural repairs to existing steel beams, repairs to the concrete decks, construction of new parapet walls and installation of shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) paths on the sidewalks underneath the viaducts. Wilson and Lawrence Avenues will each temporarily be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief duration during nighttime, but not at the same time. Those who were staying under the viaducts are being assisted by the city's Department of Family & Support Services--which has had case workers on site on a daily basis for more than a month--as well as other non-profit providers who specialize in identifying and accessing shelter and permanent housing. I fully support a "Housing First" approach with the goal of finding permanent, affordable housing and then providing connections to community-based support for long-term success. I will continue to work with agencies such as DFSS and non-profits, as well as listen to the concerns of the community at large, in order to meet the needs of all members of our community."

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Let us all remember that a few years ago, Ald. Cappleman wanted to treat the Uptown viaduct area homeless like pigeons: He wanted the homeless to stop being fed by the Salvation Army food truck near the Wilson viaduct so that the homeless would not congregate there. Prior to that he wanted the feeding the pigeons stopped in a like fashion, with that added factor of sending some pigeons to Indiana to be shot.
    This from a former licensed Social Worker turned "progressive" Alderman, James Cappleman.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Paint/Ceramic/Glass

    I was at the Clarendon Park meeting tonight

    Cappleman is floating an idea to privatize part of the fieldhouse.

    Enough is enough...that should go over as well as the wave pool with compressors next the bird sanctuary idea...for real I kid ya not.

    A lot of people who disagree with me on a lot of issues are completely done with Cappleman, its a diverse group..

Aug 01

Updated 8 hours ago

2 Found Conure Birds

Found on 7/21/17
They were together in Chicago, IL. 60618. Contact me with proof of ownership. Thank you.

  • DianeW just nosey

    Stephanie P, have you found Pidgey?

    I saw what I believe is a green cheek conure's molted feather on the 1900 block of Wellington, in the street today.

    Just a heads up that there must be a lost one out there somewhere around there.

  • DianeW just nosey

    I'm not sure how to post a pic of it but it's a maroon tail feather

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2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

White cat roaming on 1800 and 1900 block of west Cornelia

Gorgeous, short-haired, mostly white cat with dark grey tail and dark grey ear hanging out in parkways/yards along w Cornelia. Looks well-fed, but no collar; in case he/she is lost, I thought I'd post.

  • Seems as if that same cat has spent some time on Newport, too. It was particularly vociferous one night last week.

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Sep 02

Updated 46 hours ago

Found Black Cat

Found black cat near Halsted & Cornelia in Lakeview. So friendly and soft. Let me know if you think this is your kitty!

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Cat Crying Incessantly

For the last 24, there was been a cat crying outside my house. They won't let me get close but doesn't seem injured.

Black, long-hair. Around Rockwell / Armitage

  • This was 9/18 around 8:45am.

  • Could have been. The kitty I saw was very skittish too. She was on the smaller size. Never saw her paws.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Screaming near Melrose and LSD

Does anyone know what happened last night near W Melrose and LSD/ Sheridan? There were extended howling screams coming from somewhere in the area. People in my building and the back of the building on Aldine were out on their fire escapes to look around and we were all yelling to each other asking what happened and that we had called the cops. I didn't hear any sirens though and the screaming stopped, which was the scariest part! It sounded like someone was getting murdered.

  • Tzipora Kinney Chicago Newbie

    What time was this? I heard some strange noises last night at some point though nothing quite like you described. Just thought it was some drunk idiot shouting. Like it was odd for sure but I didn't get the feeling someone was hurt/in danger.

    Thunk I briefly heard a siren like awhile after the noise stopped. Didn't stick around though. Just seemed to pass through.

  • It was Saturday night, maybe 7pm? Anybody that was home on the easternmost ends of W Melrose and Aldine would have heard it. I just hope whoever it was is okay.

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Sep 12

Updated 4 days ago

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/09/robbers-shot-at-victim-as-six-are.html

This is ridiculous. What are we suppose to do? Continue to be victims for these animals?

  • Yes. Hope the offender didn't take the same training.

  • throat stab is a pretty good way to go. there is also some soft skin around the temple you can try to pierce!

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Sep 11

Updated 5 days ago

People's Gas rates are up??

Anyone else notice unusually high People's Gas charges? Since April when they started doing pipeline work on my street, my bill has doubled to $175/mo. This is in the SUMMER! All I really run is a Hot water heater, rarely use stove.

  • Look at your detailed bill to compare usage and rates

  • Lisa Hibbard Avondale/Logan Square Resident

    Check to make sure someone isn't stealing your gas. If you're unsure about how to do this, contact People's Gas.

  • Jacob S. is right. As of last month, I am being billed monthly, as opposed to bi-monthly. The amount owed for one month, however, is now within $1 of what I was paying for two months. So yes, the rate has DOUBLED.

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6 days ago

    Kai Sushi coming to 3819 N. Southport
    Rise and Sushi Mari buildings will be demolished to make room for two new TODs, but a new Sushi Restaurant is on it's way to the Southport Corridor. Kai Sushi, also located at 1255 S. State Street is coming to 3819 N. Southport. Take a look at their menu here on GrubHub.
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com

6 days ago

Studio 32 Open House Friday, Sept 15

We've spent 9 months working on the studio, and now this labor of love will be born.

Stop by Studio 32 for the Open House:

Friday, September 15, 6PM – 9PM
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See our new craft / sewing workshop. Discover what we do, and meet your neighbors over snacks and beverages.

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Sep 12

Updated Sep 13

Free to a good home....

I have a multi-story "cat condo," or climbing platform, that needs a home. My cat took one look and turned up his nose. It's like new, barely sniffed at. Covered with light-colored carpet, several perching levels and roost boxes, scratching post, etc. All assembled. No fleas, bedbugs, or roaches! It's big, though, and you'll need a van or SUV to get it to your place unless you want to take it apart. Located near Wrigley Field.

  • Anita W. in Wrigleyville 30-year resident

    Thanks for the suggestions. Donating it was my first thought but I decided to give my neighbors a chance before I contacted an agency. If nobody bites I'll give it to a shelter.

  • Harmony House is another non for profit, no kill shelter for cats. I occasionally donate cat items to this place quite often, they would greatly appreciate it and are located on Elston just west of Western on the South side of the street .

Sep 12

Updated Sep 13

2701 Armitage

The factory is coming down and scaffolding up on the sidewalk. Anyone know what is going up in its place?

Jul 19 2016

Updated Sep 13

Countertop removal

I'm changing my countertops and in need of someone to carefully remove the granite from our kitchen perimeter and island. We are repurposing our cabinets and will save them for the quartz countertop addition. Any suggestions on cost of this type of service or company that provides this service?

Thanks!

  • @d3: Bought the new countertop at Home Depot. They don't do removal just installation.

    @Burgess: thanks for the suggestion. I was about to post on CL but didn't have to. I asked the contractor renovating our basement if he knew anyone who would want the granite. Luckily, he did! So glad he will remove and haul away for free :)

  • @Burgess I know this thread is old (so I hope you still check here). Do you remember the name of the person who removed your counters? We need the same thing done. Thanks!

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Sep 13

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    BASEMENT REMODEL (3-PIECE BATH REMODEL; NEW FAMILY AND MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS) AND 1ST FLOOR REMODEL (KITCHEN, LIVING & DINING ROOMS) FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOME, WITH ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING AND HVAC PER PLANS.

    1851 W. Nelson St. Issued September 11, 2017 Comment

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Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

New stairs

Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to replace our front landing and stairs., wood/composite. Also , we need some indoor handyman work?

Aug 04

Updated Sep 12

Pedestrian crosswalks are more frustrating than helpful.

Is it just me or does it seem like no one got the memo that when you see a pedestrian in the painted crosswalk, that you are supposed to stop your car?

When I'm driving and I see someone I usually stop. But in all honesty, I don't (or can't) always stop. Sometimes it just seems like it'd be dangerous to do so. But I mostly do stop, but it seems to me that the good majority of drivers don't....

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Is it just me or does it seem like no one got the memo that when you see a pedestrian in the painted crosswalk, that you are supposed to stop your car?

When I'm driving and I see someone I usually stop. But in all honesty, I don't (or can't) always stop. Sometimes it just seems like it'd be dangerous to do so. But I mostly do stop, but it seems to me that the good majority of drivers don't.

It's mostly frustrating though when I'm the pedestrain! I swear sometimes I stand there for like 5 minutes waiting for the cars to stop so I can cross safely with my dogs.

Even when there's a red light up ahead and no one's going anywhere it seems alot of drivers are in such a rush they still won't stop and leave enough space to cross at the pedestrian crosswalks.

Is it a law that you should stop your car for pedestrians at these things? Or is it just optional? These things just seem to add more confusion, I think. Either make it a law (or stop sign or something) or do away with them. No one seems to sees them anyway

  • @Chik The law that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians not in a crosswalk is called homicide. Interesting you would rather run over a pedestrian than risk having your bumper dented by the reckless driver tailgating you. Sounds like you have your priorities all worked out.

  • @Brandon - Oops, my post came out wrong, my bad for poor phrasing. I actually do stop for peds whether in crosswalk or not if they have already started to cross the street. But if they are on the curb waiting for a break in traffic, I may or may...

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    @Brandon - Oops, my post came out wrong, my bad for poor phrasing. I actually do stop for peds whether in crosswalk or not if they have already started to cross the street. But if they are on the curb waiting for a break in traffic, I may or may not stop depending if there is a vehicle close behind me which may not be able to stop in time. I'm not as concerned with my bumper as much as I'm concerned with my car being pushed from behind into the pedestrian.
    I apologize for not making it clear that I wouldn't run down pedestrians even if someone is behind me. But I sure hope the vehicle behind me can see the ped & not swerve into the next lane to get by me thus endangering that pedestrian.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

Shots fired

Around 12:06 am, heard shots fired. Location Whipple and Irving Park. Does anyone know anything about this?

  • It was a drive-by at the Cleveland school located at Grace and Albany.

  • It was reported a man was standing at the corner, shot at 5 times and one bullet grazed him. I'm betting gang related. Very alarming that there are increasing risks of being out after midnight in the neighborhood. There are people coming home from work, etc. that are at risk of these sh-t heads. Isn't that a block away from the aldermans office?

Sep 12

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Feb 15 2012

Updated Sep 12

Small Plumbing jobs, Plumber needed

Hello neighbors...

Looking for a good plumber to help out with a few small jobs....I have some troublesome sinks that I cannot for the life of me fix. I also have a shower valve that is certainly not right.

I would imagine in capable hands, we're talking a few hours max.

All suggestions welcomed.

Thanks!

Sep 12

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Found Calico Cat

Is anyone missing a Calico cat? Found 9-10-17 in the area of Roscoe, Henderson, Greenview. White chest and feet, the rest is tans with black markings.

  • I believe this is the cat that's been reunited with it's owners correct? If so, that's great, thank you for taking care of it.

Sep 11

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Aug 29

Updated Sep 10

Converting gas meters to one

I currently have 2 gas meters in my home. It has been a single family for as long as I know but I am guessing at one point it was a duplex based on the layout of the house. For the last 2 years, I have been paying the extra $32/month customer charge that peoples gas charges. Has anyone used a company to combine 2 meters to one, or know the process on getting people's gas to do it? Would love any information you have.

  • Good question. I believe I already asked my landlord and he said electric but ill check again

  • Nope. He said he pays for it

Sep 09

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Sep 05

Updated Sep 07

Anthony Fornaris

Found your credit card on the ground at the Belmont el station this AM and thought I'd try to get it back to you b4 cutting it up.

  • nmm1 Chicagoan

    You should call the bank. The bank will contact him.

  • pat c resident-photographer

    All of the credit and debit cards I find, and there have been dozens, I take to the bank the card is issued from. Most times the bank has a branch nearby. They contact the person it's issued to to let them know that it's been turned in.

Sep 07

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Aug 27

Updated Sep 05

Garbage trucks at 4:45 am!?

What's the best way to have garbage trucks stop coming before 7am. They come every Monday down my street and alley at 5:15 am and Tuesday at 4:45 am.

  • Dan 51 5900 - 6000 W. Higgins

    To David 1929, Yes use same # 312-744-2333. Regarding carts left out all week. Ask to speak to a supervisor or an inspector. Use this # always. If no results, keep calling.

  • Thanks.

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