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Feb 21

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Happy with your condo property manager? Are you self-managed?

I'm a unit owner at a 36 unit condo building. We are on our 3rd property management company since the building was converted to condos in the late 90's.

The current property manager assigned to our building is bad. Main issue is his communication, initiative, and follow-up were very poor. In the past, we've had a mixture of fantastic managers to "just okay" managers. Our board brought it to the boss's attention. They agreed to assign us a new property...

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I'm a unit owner at a 36 unit condo building. We are on our 3rd property management company since the building was converted to condos in the late 90's.

The current property manager assigned to our building is bad. Main issue is his communication, initiative, and follow-up were very poor. In the past, we've had a mixture of fantastic managers to "just okay" managers. Our board brought it to the boss's attention. They agreed to assign us a new property manager. Hopefully, the next prop. mgr will be better. This company has also started to lose their personal touch as they have gotten bigger and bigger. It's gone from feeling like a Mom & Pop type biz to a corporate biz.

Anyone have similar experiences?

Another unit owner and I were wondering how challenging it would be to become self-managed? Anyone doing this? Do you pay this person(s)?

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25 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Misericordia Candy Days at Belmont/Lincoln & Ashland

Every year for the past 20 years my family and I have coordinated Misericordia Candy Days at the corner of Belmont, Lincoln and Ashland. This year is no exception. Candy Days is Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26. We will be out there again doing our best to help my brother and 600 other members of the Misericordia family.
If you’re in the city feel free to come over to volunteer or donate in person. We are all over the intersection and base camp is in the Central Savings Bank parking lot. You can contact me at rskelts@gmail.com with any questions.

  • I'm out of town this weekend, but best of luck to you and to Misericordia Candy Days! A great organization.

  • Thanks Noreen,

    I know that you have helped us in past years and we will miss you this year. Thank for the words of encouragement!!

    RS

34 hours ago

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Nettelhorst French Market

Does anyone know which Saturday it begins? Last year it opened in late April. Will it be open this coming Saturday?

3 days ago

Updated 23 hours 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?

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    That's great! So glad he finally stepped up :)

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    Very good news! Glad your landlord finally gave you a working smoke alarm :)

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Mar 08

Updated 35 hours 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.

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Earth Day: Three (small, easy) Ways to Love Your Planet

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Old Borders, North/Halsted?

Anyone know what is going in at the old Borders location at North & Halsted?

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Apr 16

Updated 2 days ago

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.

  • Cat

    Hi Elizabeth! I'm interested in seeing pics of the corduroy sofa, loveseat and chair. Could you send them to me via email? cat02134 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • Hi Cat, thanks for your interest, however it's all been picked up already! I just can't figure out how to delete posts on everyblock :/

2 days ago

Recommendations for someone to install eco friendly wood floor?

Hi, Can anyone recommend a local person who could pull up the raggedy (!) wall to wall in our new condo and lay down a nice new wood floor - the type that doesn't off-gas with the noxious chemicals? Thanks very much

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Apr 10

Updated 3 days 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.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    There is a recent post on here where someone did the math and broke it all down. I don't remember the exact title but it had "integrys" in it. In that thread he talks about the hidden charges. :)

  • d3 NOH

    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it...

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    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it was a savings--it was for me for over a year. The calculation in question for anyone having this issue would have been done a full year ago+ to be having this issue, then after that year they change the rates to variable. You could do the same calculation today and come up that Energy Plus had no hidden fees and that it was a better deal, but the issue is what happens after the 12 month period if/when it becomes variable.

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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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Green Construction: What You Should Know About VOCs in your Home Improvement Project

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6 days ago

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

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Apr 14

Updated Apr 17

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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Apr 16

Confirmed: A Pizza Place is coming to the old Hye Bar space at 3707 N. Southport Ave.

Rumors have been swirling for months, but Everyblock has confirmed the build-out permit to be a pizza restaurant. Anyone know the details?

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/confirmed-pizza-place-is-coming-to-old.html

Apr 14

Updated Apr 16

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.

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

Bed Bugs!

I brought bed bugs home from a recent trip to Atlanta and have had no luck getting rid of them. Can any recommend a service for this?

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Apr 15

Think Spring: Plant Shade Trees Now for a Cool Summer

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