1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Landlord Responsibility?

I contacted my landlord in February about the fact that my smoke detector doesn't work, and then again in March. I am still waiting for a new one. He lives in my building, so one would think he'd be a little more concerned about fire safety. I know it's the landlord's responsibility to provide a smoke detector and since it's only a few dollars, I could certainly go out and buy one, but I'd like to know what my rights are as a tenant and what actions I can take?

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Integrys switched back to ComEd

I recently received a "Confirmation of Drop" notice from ComEd stating that around May 15th, Integrys will no long be my supplier and that I am being switched back to ComEd. Did anyone else receive a similar notice? I don't understand why I am being switched back to ComEd.
Thank you for you help.

  • There are indeed better deals than Chicago's (and that largely depends on being willing to go into a 1 or 2 year contract with termination penalties) -- but I'm just saying that Integrys is better than Comed's own deal.

    If you want to be able to opt out at any time with no penalty, the Integrys deal is one of the better ones out there.

    Other deals > Chicago/Integrys aggregation > ComEd/opt out

  • Erin Criss Property Manager 722 W Diversey WFH business owner

    I just received a renewal notice from them?

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Gutter & Siding

Neighbors,
Thanks for the great reccommendations for the carpet. If anyone has any good reccommendations for a contractor who does siding and gutters, please let me know.
As always Thanks a bunch.

  • Call Slawek, 773.497.6744
    He has completed several jobs, siding, gutters, windows....very professional and reasonable.

  • I highly recommend Peter Skobelski. 773-415-1552. He did sliding insulation and gutters on our Victorian 3 flat. Neighbors commented on how clean he left the site each night. He nailed the details and even did a few things not in the contract at no charge. He isn't a contractor. He is someone the contractor sub out to.

Apr 10

Updated 7 hours ago

Beware of Energy Plus - Stick with ComEd

I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be....

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I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be. This winter we all saw higher bills of course because of the brutal winter. If you are using Energy Plus, call ComEd and cancel it. If you are considering signing up, read the fine print and cancel as soon as you can after getting the miles....or better yet, learn from my mistake and steer clear and warn your friends.

  • Adam in W Neighbors Wrightwood Neighbors can't be beat

    You can beat the ComEd price by shopping the market. Try Integrys or another company with a fixed price product.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    Integrys is actually more expensive than ComEd, Adam. They have multiple hidden charges.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Commercial fishing on lakefront around Belmont Harbor?

Last week I noticed a weird foam about 15 ft out on the water in an extensive ring. I asked a scientist friend who knows about such things. He said that the local fisherman have taken to the disgraceful practice of using fire extinguishers to push out 20 or more lines to catch fish and the foam is a result of the froth from the extinguishers.
Today I saw men dragging big carts of items such as extinguishers, various multi fishing lines, many large buckets and other equipment. etc over to the lakefront. Is this commercial fishing? What are they doing with the fish they catch? Are Lake Michigan fish being sold to local restaurants?

  • D3- snagging is legal but only from October 1 - December 31 http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/fishing-areas/fishing-hours-and-seasons/

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However,...

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    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However, foam can come from multiple variables and sometimes is pretty normal, especially in the ocean harbors. Niagara falls is beautiful, til you get on the boat, look down and it looks like refuse from washing a bear with shampoo. If it's abnormal for that area (the foam) you can always find a resource to report it to.

    As for these fishing methods, there are clear rules as to how many lines/poles per licensed person, how many hooks on each line, daily limit quantity and size, etc. In IL you can have 3 rods per angler and up to two hooks per rod. So technically one lure with two treble hooks constitutes two hooks. If they are toting around 100 hooks with 10 on each line, that's illegal, and if they are using shopping carts I HIGHLY doubt anyone you see is commercial. Commercial actually harvest in worse ways...

    In WI, the DNR (dept. natural resources) handles these matters.
    I would be more worried about the amount of hooks/lines per person than anything. People like that tend to be haphazard as well. Would be great for that kind of barbed wire to wash up on shore huh?

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3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Ald. Pawar running again

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140414/north-center/ald-pawar-kicks-off-re-election-bid-says-maybe-future-mayoral-run

This is great news...I hate the term limit part though. Does anyone know if the committeeman is organizing for the campaign or how to get involved?

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    Well I love where our TIF money has been spent. He's not perfect but def one of the best aldermen in city.

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    The fact that he's all about neighborhood schools makes him better than the mayor. Unfortunately this office is just a stepping stone.

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Coalfire Pizza coming to 3707 N. Southport

Confirmed today that they are coming to the former Hye Bar space, and hoping to open later this summer.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/coalfire-pizza-coming-to-3707-n.html

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dryer Repair

Hi All-

Have a Frigidaire Gallery Heavy Duty front load dryer ~10 years old, that's making some bizarre noise when running.

Any recommendations for repairs on dryers?

3 days ago

Summer Adventure Camp at St Luke's

Hello everyone - I just wanted to share that to all parents of kids 3-11 that there is still room available at St Luke's Summer Adventure Camp for the summer. Camp runs from 9-3 with after camp care available and field trips on Fridays!

I hope to see some of you there with my kids!

http://www.stlukechicago.org/academy/campdescription.shtml

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4 days ago

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Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Ants!

It is spring and the ants have begun to march. In our experience last year, the little roundish traps didn't do enough. So, I think we need an exterminator. I'm okay with them doing what they need to do outside the house. But, I'm worried about the interior. I don't want the chemicals in the house and substances like vinegar don't seem to work well enough. Will hiring an exterminator just for the outside be sufficient? Any exterminator recommendations? Any ant removal recommendations?

Thanks

  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    Cinnamon eh? I'm giving this a shot in the next week as I get them from tiny crevices and cracks that sometimes sitting the Terro traps by is near impossible.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Important distinction: Carpenter ants--the big black ants--are like termites and very destructive. For them, I'd go with a professional exterminator. The little ants are an icky nuisance and can be dealt with by ant traps or cinnamon. Nievka, I love your description of a "tiny cinnamon wall."

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3 days ago

Two Bedroom Apartment for Rent - Northcenter

Hello all, I have a unit for rent on the 4300N block of Damen. The unit has two bedrooms + an office, heat and a covered parking spot included. Laundry is in the building - many updates. Please feel free to call of text me at 847-962-2087 to set up a showing if you're interested. I live in the building. Thanks! http://goo.gl/B2Npuh

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Found large cat on School St

Large cat found on School Street on 04-13-2014. Neighbors said it has been hanging around backyard for a few days now. Please call 312-618-2366.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?

I know this is a weird question. We're replacing a countertop and are going to have leftover quartz. I don't want to take delivery of it if I can't get rid of it. Do you think this is something people would buy? Is there a want-ads listing service for building materials other than the obvious, like craigslist?

  • Could you please confirmd the dimensions of the remnant that you have and the price? I too, would be interested! THX.

  • L

    I don't know. I don't have it and won't take delivery of it unless I have a home for it. It is a slab that has two back splashes cut from it. As soon as I have more info, I'll post or PM you. Thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Suspicious activity at Belle Plaine and Lincoln and in North Center Town Square

Has anyone else noticed loitering and some generally odd happenings in this area. I see a car parked with people getting in and out and people loitering near the buildings. My guess is that there might be some drug sales going on. I'll be contacting the Alderman's office but was wondering if anyone else has notified them.

  • My girls took dance in that large building before the owner sold it. She was constantly calling the police. The convenience store on the corner is the problem. I have heard they sell individual cigarettes to teens and that there was unsavory business going on in the condemned apartments above it at times. The police know. Not sure why nothing has ever been done about it.

  • tbf

    I talked to the Alderman's office yesterday. This is a known issue with that block of buildings that house the empty laundry mat and the currency exchange. He said that they would let the beat Captain know that the activity is picking up and that neighbors should call the police anytime we see something odd.

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    UPDATE 3 OUTLETS TO GFCI, INSTALL OUTLET FOR MICROWAVE, ELECTRIC & DISCONNECT FOR DISHWASHER, REINSTALL LIGHT FIXTRUE

    1800 W. Roscoe St. Issued April 14, 2014 Comment

4 days ago

Mar 08

Updated 5 days ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

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Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

Apr 13

Updated 5 days ago

Veg Head - good, locally-grown veggies to go in North Center

I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that...

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I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that you can pick stuff out, like certain veggies, and they make them to go - basically, making eating well more convenient for the customer. I tried a peach smoothie, which is all the basics - yogurt, honey, and fruit. No additives!

While reading up on this to post on my food-enthusiast blog (http://vixteroni.wordpress.com), I came across this article from a while back:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130905/north-center/veg-head-battles-junk-food-with-customized-snack-packs

If you are around Lincoln and Irving Park, be sure to check this out - I think there is a lot of potential there.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Wow! Good to know! Had no idea about this place and I will be sure to check it out! We need more places like this! And we need to support them! So keep spreading the word! Very cool!

  • I don't understand why Veg Head purposely tries to alienate a good portion of potential customers by stating "This is an anti-Ayn Rand Establishment". I am not a serious Randite, but I have read some of her books and found them thought provoking. To me, this signage just seems like bad business. It is the reason I have never been in Veg Head despite living around the corner (and loving guac).

Apr 02

Updated 5 days ago

Please report problems about new Cubs lot

The new Cubs parking lot at Rockwell and Irving is sure to cause issues for neighbors. Please be sure to contact the Cubs 773-404-4175 or Alderman Pawar (773) 868-4747 or
info@chicago47.org with all concerns. This was thrust upon the neighborhood without input from the residents in a surprise move. The meeting with the Cubs, alderman and residents was 4 days before the first weekend game and there are still open questions and concerns.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Any nearby residents willing to comment on the parking lot, please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu. I would really appreciate it. It is for a college homework assignment.

5 days ago

Dog looking for foster or forever home!

Deke is a 45 lb pit mix who is looking for a forever home or a foster! He was saved from CACC moments before it was too late. His current foster has a new job that will take her out of the house too often to continue watching him. He is about a year old, incredibly sweet and loves to play. Contact me or email bowwowrevolution@gmail.com

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