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Residential winterization services?

I live in a condo that has cold wind drafts coming from the windows and baseboards. Was curious whether anyone knew of a company that would provide winterization services to address these issues? I looked online and could only find plumbing/pipe winterization services. Appreciate any referrals!

  • Plastic tape does wonders, but if you don't get it now you'll find that it's hard to come by. You can cover your windows with the plastic for a little added insulation, but I always seal off the seams of our windows with plastic tape because it keeps the drafts...

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    Plastic tape does wonders, but if you don't get it now you'll find that it's hard to come by. You can cover your windows with the plastic for a little added insulation, but I always seal off the seams of our windows with plastic tape because it keeps the drafts out. If you do only ONE thing, do the plastic tape.

    Also, there's a foam stick on seal stuff (rubber weatherseal) that you can use if your windows don't fit snugly into the bottom of the frame. The foam squishes to create a nice seal.

    V-seal is really good for doors, it's basically a stick on piece of plastic that folds to a V shape that you put around your doors, it won't keep them from shutting since it folds over but the V shape keeps the wind out.

    Re-caulking areas where there is a gap (around windows) will do a lot of good. I always use a caulk gun and real caulk but if you're afraid to do that you can buy rope caulk, it won't look as nice but it will fill the gaps. (and is removable, so it's good for gaps along your windows, under the plastic tape).

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    Try www.energyimpactillinois.org. I believe they can recommend a contractor for your situation.

1 hour ago

A handyman

We need someone who can install roller shades. Any recommendations, please?

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Icemaker repair

In need of someone qualified to figure out the problem with my refrigerator's ice maker (side by side, frigidaire model, front dispenser). I replaced it about 10 months ago, and it has never worked properly. The last person I had out seemed to make it worse, so I'm looking for someone who has experience with this sort of thing. Any recommendations?

  • Thanks everyone! I've got someone coming today but will keep all these as plan b - well, plan e at this point. ;)

  • MJB

    I have used Sears.

47 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Where are your favorite places to look for rental housing?

I have used Apartment People in the past, and have been looking at Craigslist, Domu, and Chicago Apartment Finders. Do you have a favorite property management company in the neighborhood? Thanks!

  • vb,
    Usually one of five things s happening when that happens:
    1) whoever placed the ad is flat out lying
    2) there were multiple units renting in that building. they advertise the cheapest one to get attention. it worked, and the lower priced unit has already rented, so they only...

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    vb,
    Usually one of five things s happening when that happens:
    1) whoever placed the ad is flat out lying
    2) there were multiple units renting in that building. they advertise the cheapest one to get attention. it worked, and the lower priced unit has already rented, so they only have the more expensive one listed.
    3) the company offers some kind of move in special (one or even two free months on an 18 month lease is not uncommon), and they list the net rent, rather than the "market" rent that they actually charge for the other 16 months on the lease
    4) during the slow seasons, management companies and owners will often be flexible with rents just to fill units. even if they are asking a certain price, some leasing agents may know they will come down on the price, and post the lower price.
    5) management companies also pay higher commissions when it's slow rental season. brokers and leasing agents are desperate to rent units. sometimes they will post a lower price, rent the unit at a lower price, and have the owner or manager take the difference out of their commission.

    That being said, the difference between $1200 and $1600 seems a little high for 3, 4, or 5 to be the case. So someone may just be dishonest, or they may have already rented the cheap apartment you saw advertised.

  • LisaMV friendly Lincoln Square neighbor

    I've used just about every service in this city over the last 10 years. The most recent guy I worked with was so far the best. Not sure if he's still there but his name is Adam Ballog with Blue City Apts. He was very helpful, listened to exactly what we wanted and found the prefect place for us! Good luck!

4 hours ago

Bird Sitter

Looking for someone to care for parakeet in home or visit from 11/26-12/3.

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Style files: What Makes Tokyo Collection Special by Newport International Runway Group Latest Trends

Events called "fashion week" are held in most of the world's major cities twice a year. Typically, 30 to 100 designer brands - mainly from the host country - spend three to five days holding runway or other fashion shows to unveil the collections and fashion accessories they plan to introduce to the market half a year later.

As the clothes are worn by professional models and presented under special lighting with music, the shows are believed to be the...

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Events called "fashion week" are held in most of the world's major cities twice a year. Typically, 30 to 100 designer brands - mainly from the host country - spend three to five days holding runway or other fashion shows to unveil the collections and fashion accessories they plan to introduce to the market half a year later.

As the clothes are worn by professional models and presented under special lighting with music, the shows are believed to be the best way to present designers' new looks.

Not all brand names can participate in such events, however. The ones that can are usually those enjoying profits from fairly large operations, since such shows naturally come with a high price tag. Most brands introduce their new styles in an exhibition format, in which clothes are simply hung up for display.

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Updated 12 hours ago

Crime Prevention Tips

EYES ON THE STREET: Call 911 immediately to report CRIME or SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY HAPPENING NOW. Report descriptions of people and vehicles if possible and direction of escape. Alert your phone tree after calling 911.

Crime in progress
Someone looking into windows, yards or cars
Someone with a sob story at your door requesting money
Someone ringing your bell with brochures from Lambs Farm (they don’t fund raise door to door) or something similar
Someone being followed or someone following you...

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EYES ON THE STREET: Call 911 immediately to report CRIME or SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY HAPPENING NOW. Report descriptions of people and vehicles if possible and direction of escape. Alert your phone tree after calling 911.

Crime in progress
Someone looking into windows, yards or cars
Someone with a sob story at your door requesting money
Someone ringing your bell with brochures from Lambs Farm (they don’t fund raise door to door) or something similar
Someone being followed or someone following you
A group gathering to drag race, smoke dope, deal dope
Someone you think might be applying graffiti
An occupied parked car that seems suspicious
A moving van at a neighbor’s house and you know they aren’t moving
GRAFFITI: If you have an iPhone or droid, download the Chicago Works app from iTunes or Google Play. Photo the graffiti and email it to 311 along with the address. A copy will go to the alderman’s office too.

Call 311 to report that someone broke into your garage or your bike or lawnmower was stolen. It’s important to REPORT ALL CRIME because police get better information re patterns AND REPORTED CRIME INCIDENTS determine how police coverage is allocated.

LIGHTS ON. A well-lit neighborhood deters crime and makes the neighborhood welcoming to neighbors. Please light your front and rear entries from DUSK TO DAWN all year and report street lights out to 311.

LINE OF SIGHT. If your home is hidden behind a privacy fence, overgrown shrubs, untrimmed trees and your neighbors or police can’t see you coming or going from the street or alley, it’s time to LIGHTEN UP and eliminate hiding spots.

Register on and Post to EveryBlock and Nextdoor.

LOCK DOORS AND WINDOWS. If you’re gardening, raking leaves or shoveling, LOCK YOUR DOORS AND KEEP THE KEY IN YOUR POCKET. Also use ventilation locks on your basement, first and second floor windows.

GET TO KNOW three new neighbors well this winter and PLEASE JOIN GWCA: www.gracelandwest.org

  • Last night at 9p a hooded man tried to open our front door. We called 911 as he moved down the block of warner attempting other houses. FYI

  • A little more detail to share, the young man was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, carrying a clip board and looked to be around 17-18 years old. He was African American and after leaving our house went to the house next door and then we saw him running down the street east on Warner. There was not forced entry.

  • To add, I grew up around law enforcement (not here, but my hometown) and have friends here, also involved, and the one thing that they ALL say, get a description of the shoes if you can. Yes, shoes.

    Criminals will often shed clothing or do a quick swap, even down to pants, by either dressing in layers or carrying extra in backpacks and such. But, rarely, will they ditch their shoes.

21 hours ago

2 Bedroom Apt for Rent in Graceland West (pet friendly)

A two bedroom (also, living room, dining room, large kitchen) on the first floor of a vintage 3-flat in Graceland West (near Clark/Montrose) on a family-friendly street. One bedroom can easily fit a Queen bed, but the other is smaller, so a full or twin would fit best there, or good for an office space. Rent $1,250.00, tenant pays own heat, light, and gas. Gas fire place, enclosed back porch, laundry and storage in basement, back yard which includes garden space. Pets accepted (including dogs and cats). On-street parking (although a garage space for rent only when one becomes available). Near transportation and convenience stores. If interested, call Lou at 1-847-833-6308

47 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

CAPS Meeting Update

At the November 19th CAPS meeting, police discussed followup to a gang related shots fired incident on the 1400 block of Warner and subsequent arrests saying it is gang related. Police emphasized that neighbors need to call 911 on anyone who doesn’t seem like they belong in the neighborhood, and just seems to be waiting around (anywhere within the neighborhood). As extreme as it sounds, the officers encouraged us to call even if the guys don’t seem to be doing...

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At the November 19th CAPS meeting, police discussed followup to a gang related shots fired incident on the 1400 block of Warner and subsequent arrests saying it is gang related. Police emphasized that neighbors need to call 911 on anyone who doesn’t seem like they belong in the neighborhood, and just seems to be waiting around (anywhere within the neighborhood). As extreme as it sounds, the officers encouraged us to call even if the guys don’t seem to be doing anything wrong.

When a neighbor calls 911, they are supposed to tell the operator that they are calling from a known gang assembly place, and then report what they’ve seen.

This time of year, it’s likely the guys will just be sitting in cars. The officers said they really need to collect license plate numbers so they can track the gang. The officers asked that if at all possible, a license plate number be given to the 911 operator.

  • Thanks for passing this information along. I've been on the lookout and haven't seen anything out of the ordinary but will not hesitate to call if I do in the future.

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    UPDATE 2 OUTLETS TO 20A TR GFCI OUTLETS, INSTALL 1 NEW 20A TR GFCI OUTLET, INSTALL 3 LIGHT FIXTURES, INSTALL NEW BATH EXHAUST FAN, RUN NEW CIRCUIT TO BATH, USE EXISTING CIRCUIT FOR WHIRLPOOL TUB

    4417 N. Beacon St. Issued November 18, 2014 Comment

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Nov 10

Updated 41 hours ago

mini shopping cart danger Mariano's

inattentive mom + reckless child= danger! I was in the Mariano's on Lawrence Sat evening when I was suddenly rammed from behind and it was very painful. My bad for uttering a swear word after being hurt. I turned around and saw a small boy who appeared to have been 'drag racing' w/ another tot. Older adults gave me sympathetic looks. An employee said he hated those things but couldn't tell the parents to watch the kids. I asked about...

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inattentive mom + reckless child= danger! I was in the Mariano's on Lawrence Sat evening when I was suddenly rammed from behind and it was very painful. My bad for uttering a swear word after being hurt. I turned around and saw a small boy who appeared to have been 'drag racing' w/ another tot. Older adults gave me sympathetic looks. An employee said he hated those things but couldn't tell the parents to watch the kids. I asked about my options. I am the sole supporter and have diabetic feet. Was concerned about losing time from work. A manager 'Mark' was summoned. I repeated my concerns and asked him to get the mothers name/ph #. The woman then came up and said 'did she tell you what she said?' She was more concerned about the little darling hearing a swear word than inquiring about my safety. I said I had no interest in discussing this w/ her, but felt she should give the mgr the information. I wanted to leave and limp home. What is the liability here? If someone breaks something the store is quick to mop it up/place a cone to alert customers to the danger. I was hit from behind w/o warning. I am still in pain. Don't think anything is broken and will see my pcp next week.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Deputy Dog, my octogenarian mom (may she rest in peace) loved to shop at the Boca Raton Costco and Wal-Mart (even though she detested the latter’s politics) because she got to drive those motor carts. (Never had one of her own). She bumped into shelves, but thankfully not into people....

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    Deputy Dog, my octogenarian mom (may she rest in peace) loved to shop at the Boca Raton Costco and Wal-Mart (even though she detested the latter’s politics) because she got to drive those motor carts. (Never had one of her own). She bumped into shelves, but thankfully not into people. Nonetheless, it was a bit stressful accompanying her because I had to help navigate. It gave her independence, since she wouldn’t hear of me pushing my own cart when she had a perfectly good large basket on the motor cart. And it gave her a good reason for maintaining her drivers’ license (security when checking out a cart) for something other than check-cashing ID.

  • I was just making a joke and commentary on society itself. Lighten up everybody. Sorry if I offended anyone. And the way I framed it was, "just wait until the BB's get a little older..." indicating that indeed the boomers are excluded from the commentary I was making. Boomers are...

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    I was just making a joke and commentary on society itself. Lighten up everybody. Sorry if I offended anyone. And the way I framed it was, "just wait until the BB's get a little older..." indicating that indeed the boomers are excluded from the commentary I was making. Boomers are a generation that are used as a marker for many conversations just because of the enormous size of the group. I wasn't attacking the boomers. I think we all need to take a brisk stroll (around a grocery store b/c so frigid out) and do a little nose-transfer meditative breathing, chil,l and tickle our funny bones a bit!

42 hours ago

FLATS Chicago Offers Free Bikes to New Tenants

That's the deal FLATS Chicago is offering to anyone who signs a two-year lease in the newly renovated building at 1325 W. Wilson Ave. before the end of the year.

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Items to donate

A while ago someone was asking for kitchen items to donate to a homeless initiative (I don't remember if it was a group, shelter, etc). I had a bunch of stuff collected and some clothing items as well. Then she disappeared after having several missed connections for pick up. I have a pile of stuff in my appartment that myself and my husband are tired of looking at but I wasn't sure where to donate. I have sent stuff to Uptown but if there is something in my neighborhood (Albany Park, Ravenswood, Northcenter area) I'd like to send it there. Anyone have a preferred place to donate items?

  • Just so you know, the Salvation Army is virulently homophobic and spends lots of money on international anti-gay lobbying, as well as denying services to gay people in need. If that bothers you you may want to donate goods or money to Howard Brown Health Center. Their Brown Elephant resale...

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    Just so you know, the Salvation Army is virulently homophobic and spends lots of money on international anti-gay lobbying, as well as denying services to gay people in need. If that bothers you you may want to donate goods or money to Howard Brown Health Center. Their Brown Elephant resale stores will pick up your furniture. They provide medical, mental health, and social services to LGBT and all people, regardless of ability to pay. Their Broadway Youth Center focuses on homeless youth. Besides providing a safe space, food, showers, case management, a GED program, and medical care, they are always in need of travel size toiletries for their clients so definitely bring them your hotel treasures! Hope this helps.

  • tk lincoln square family

    I donated to American Indian center yesterday thanks to this thread. Cool building by the way!

Nov 14 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Does anyone know of a good place/doctor for wisdom teeth removal? I have BCBS PPO insurance and Delta Dental. Thank you!

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    UIC Dental School, on Taylor Street, Chicago, students does wonderful work with the assistance of professors. The cost is half, insurance is accepted. Emergencies are serve immediately.

  • I also recommend Dr Spector. Within two hours I felt pretty close to normal and had no swelling. While this was years ago, he agreed to fit me into his schedule in such a way to help me avoid having to take time off work. It was super helpful though it turned out not to be necessary but who could predict that. Highly recommend.

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Nov 12

Updated 3 days ago

What can a citizen do to not be a victim?

Crime in Ravenswood is frightening.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    What if he has a gun? If the robber is unarmed, that may work. If he is armed, you may be better off giving him the wallet.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, Greg. I actually prefer Miyagi's dojo.

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4 days ago

Visitor's Wheels Stolen From Vehicle

New or newer grey 4-door honda accord sport wheels stolen last night outside 1458 W. Belle Plaine near the alley just east of Greenview. Please let us know if anyone has any information related to this crime.

If you are spending time at home, its a good idea to take a stretch and look out your window every hour to confirm there is no suspicious activity nearby.

Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

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Covered parking or garage near California and Foster

Need a covered spot or garage (preferably) within walking distance of Mozart and Argyle to be exact. Please let me know if you have one or know of one in the area. Much appreciated!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Ceiling repair

Looking for a repair person to fix ceiling where there was an leak from above neighbor's radiator. Hopefully do not need full ceiling replaced, only a patch. Looking for quotes, thanks

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Our family handyman business can repair this for you. If you send a couple of photos to Howard at aikrandr@yahoo.com, he can get you a rough estimate

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Give me a call, One call does it all. Dan Miller, Lincoln Square 773-769-0386

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Call me, I will stop bye this afternoon and give you a price I'm on Eastwood,
    2100 block

Nov 14

Updated 6 days ago

Ideas of where to donate unopened infant formula in the neighborhood?

We've recently had to switch our daughter to a new formula. Of course this came immediately after we ordered to cases of the old formula. Does anybody know of any organizations or food pantries in the neighborhood that accepts baby formula donations? Thanks!

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