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Here Are Chicago's Best Retail Sales and Events This Week

...summer market season kicks off. Shop vintage and antiques at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall (1340 W. Washington St) in the West Loop on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5...

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...returns for its third season on Sunday, April 27. Held in an Uptown parking garage (5051 N. Broadway Ave.), shop everything from vinyl to vintage from 100 Midwest vintage dealers. The market runs from...

...holding a $5–$8 Sample Sale this Saturday, April 26 at its old Lakeview store (3011 N. Broadway St.). From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. shop t-shirts, tanks, pillows, assorted home...

...Shos along Roscoe Street (between Damen Ave. and Oakley Ave.) at stores like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts...

...Damen Ave. and Oakley Ave.) at stores like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts with your purchase and “mystery...

...like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts with your purchase and “mystery envelopes” filled with gift certificates...

Baby shop Sprout San Francisco (1943 W. Division St., 773-489-0009, sproutsanfrancisco.com) celebrates its second anniversary in Chicago on Thursday, April 24. Join the party from 6 to 8 p.m. for refreshments, a 25 percent discount, and raffle (with $10 donation).

Home décor store Jayson Home (jaysonhome.com) is holding a Bonus Warehouse Sale to shed excess inventory this weekend. Find the sale at 701 N. Albany Ave. on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

...percent off, ranging from $5 to $100. Find the sale at Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering (2419 West 14th St.) and enter off Western Ave...

The recently opened Splendid (3510 N. Southport Ave.) store is holding its grand opening party this Saturday, April 26 from 3 to 5...

Karli Positano of 10 Crosby Derek Lam (dereklam.com/10crosby) will be at space519 (900 N. Michigan Ave., fifth floor, 312-751-1519, space519.com) for a special shopping event on Thursday, April...

Le Dress (1741 W. Division, 773-697-9855, ledressshop.com) shows off its newly renovated store and spring goods with a grand opening party on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by for signature cocktail, a DIY cupcake bar, and styling from local bloggers.

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Spark Energy

I had a few guys drop by my place asking me to switch to Spark Energy. I didn't do it but did start looking into it a bit and found this site. Looks like we have many choices in the supplier of our energy.. Anyone have any thoughts on a better choice then ComEd, has anyone else switched?
http://pluginillinois.org/default.aspx

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Ice Cream Shop

Anyone remember an ice cream shop on Chicago and Ashland ave.

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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.

  • Thank you so much windycityzow! As a low energy user, I definitely just opted out. The Integrys guy said they staff that 888 number 24 hours a day too, so you can call anytime.

  • Stella! West Town, there and back again.

    Where can you find current Comed rates? "Electricity Supply Charge" and "Transmission Services Charge" rates specifically. They vary month to month correct? Is there anyway to see the rate history or rate projections?

    Separately, has anyone had experience with the RRTP (Residential Real-Time Pricing) https://rrtp.comed.com/live-prices/ program? I would be more wary of it, except that it looks like it is run or overseen by a subset of CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) who I think does really good work.

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Jazz, world music event celebrates Israeli artists

...Zeidel is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. The artist, who is based largely in Paris, Tel-Aviv and New York, has released...

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The event kicks off at noon Tuesday, May 6, with world-music artist Mika Karni, the Kol Dodi Trio and Jaman Production performing free celebrations at Daley Plaza, 40 W. Washington St., to announce the festival opening. 

...p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, 6601 S. Kedzie Ave. Klein is a jazz/world music flutist who blends his instrument with the sound with...

The Klein group will perform again at 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 9, during Shabbat services at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Call 773-525-4707 for more information. 

The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., will host a free performance by the Hadar Noiberg Trio at 8 p.m. Wednesday...

...set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The project works to change the face of Israeli popular music by offering “a fascinating...

...m. Saturday, May 17. Both performances include three sets at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway. Clarinetist-saxophonist Cohen has been voted “Clarinetist of the Year” seven years in a row...

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Great Places to Eat Late in Chicago

800 W Randolph. West Loop. 312-929-4580

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Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E Delaware. Gold Coast. 312-799-4900

218 W Kinzie. River North. 312-624-8154

444 N Wabash. River North. 312-626-2444

339 N Dearborn. River North. 312-755-9463

226 W Chicago. River North. 312-265-0911

737 N LaSalle. River North. 312-573-1510

24 S Michigan. Loop. 312-372-4243

500 N Franklin. River North. 312-527-3718

1028 N Rush. Gold Coast. 312-266-8999

230 W Kinzie. River North. 312-464-9544

60 E Grand. River North. 312-379-5637

666 N Orleans. River North. 312-337-8500

325 W Huron. River North. 312-664-2727

59 W Hubbard. River North. 312-595-0800

864 N State. Gold Coast. 312-751-1766

29 E Ohio. River North. 312-321-1000

Pizza. This is where deep-dish started, and it remains the place for the genre. If it’s crowded, send someone to stand in line at Due a block away (619 N Wabash, 312-943-2400).

500 N Michigan. River North. 312-464-1744

Hotel Palomar, 505 N State. River North. 312-755-9704

318 N State. River North. 312-670-9900

110 W Illinois. River North. 312-644-0500

118 W Grand. River North. 312-222-9700

151 W Erie. River North. 312-274-1111

1664 N Ada. Industrial Corridor. 773-697-7069

946 W Wellington. Lake View. 773-549-7821

2024 N Halsted. Lincoln Park. 773-935-5000

1800 N Clybourn. Lincoln Park. 312-915-0071

2056 N Lincoln Park West. Lincoln Park. 773-929-5363

4925 N Broadway. Uptown. 773-784-5399

1834 W Montrose. Ravenswood. 773-334-5664

1655 N Sedgwick. Old Town. 312-266-1616

1227 W 18th. Pilsen. 312-526-3851

615 W Randolph. West Loop. 312-377-2002

1039 N Western. Ukrainian Village. 773-395-2483

1359 W Taylor. Little Italy. 312-226-5550

809 W Randolph. West Loop. 312-492-6262

1747 N Damen. Bucktown. 773-489-1747

2657 N Kedzie. Logan Square. 773-276-7110

130 S Halsted. Greektown. 312-226-3377

837 W Fulton Market. West Loop. 312-733-9555

1500 W Taylor. Little Italy. 312-942-1117

1321 W Taylor. Little Italy. 312-243-1577

1266 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park. 773-687-8895

2853 N Kedzie. Avondale. 773-904-8558

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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/

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Let me know if you would like some assistance. Can throw it on the MLS and use a variety of market exposure tricks I have learned from 20 years in the business. Can also make sure any buyers are fully vetted and the sale process itself is closely monitored to increase chances it makes it to closing. Since you are only a few blocks from our office and obviously willing to do showings I could probably cut you a commission deal. Thanks!

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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!

  • jwhayne e.garfield pk 98

    Glad to hear of people considering the area. I moved in in '98, generally no regrets. This zone not for suburban folks or those of the suburban mind-set. You WILL drive to get to a grocery store. Pete's @ Madison/Western will open someday, but been waiting so long I IGNORE the promises. If you choose this area, with open eyes, you will be rewarded.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Moved to Warren and Oakley 2 years ago. I was hesitant about moving to an area I had never even heard of before and then I got advise on scoping out new places anywhere, whatever your work schedule may be, swing by that new place before and after work, get...

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    Moved to Warren and Oakley 2 years ago. I was hesitant about moving to an area I had never even heard of before and then I got advise on scoping out new places anywhere, whatever your work schedule may be, swing by that new place before and after work, get familiar with it before you make the move. The only bad thing I've experienced is my car getting broken into, I quickly learned not to leave anything in my car, but that goes for anywhere in the city. I really enjoy living here.

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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Little Goat Diner is located at 820 W. Randolph St.

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Nestled next to the bustling intersection of Montrose and Damen, Fountainhead is a perfectly fine place to grab a meal and drink during any season...

Fountainhead is located at 1970 W. Montrose Ave.

Homestead On The Roof is located above Roots at 1924 W. Chicago Ave.

Terzo Piano is located at 159 E. Monroe St.

drumBar is located at 201 E Delaware Place

Shanghai Terrace is located at 108 E. Superior St.

ROOF on the Wit is located at the Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St., 27th Floor.

IO Urban Roofscape is located at 127 W Huron St.

Vertigo Sky Lounge is located at the Dana Hotel, 660 N. State St.

Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen is located at 4750 N. Lincoln Ave.

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Updated Apr 16

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.

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WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings

1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago 312-229-5989

1139 W. Fulton Market

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1212 W. Carmen Ave.

3216-3224 W. North Ave.

3312 N. Broadway St.

1229 N. North Branch St.

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150 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago 312-368-8266

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9911 S. Walden Pkwy.

1928 W. Fulton St.

3524 N. Halsted St.

55 E. Washington St., #801

1425 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago

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1545 W. Morse Ave., Chicago

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25 E. Ohio St.

505 N. Michigan Ave.

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1328 W. Morse Ave.

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Make your wedding dreams come true at Unity Lutheran Church, Balmoral and Broadway, Edgewater. Same-gender and opposite-gender weddings. Multicultural, LGBTQ friendly, community involved congregation. Pastor Fred Kinsey; Associate Pastor John Roberts.

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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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