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33 hours ago

Updated 5 hours 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

  • G.

    http://www.pestcontrolexpertschicago.com/ Call Bryan. They are really great. Dumped the other companies we had and hired them and they solved the problem. I'm sure Bryan has a safe solution for you.

  • We just sweep them up and throw them out. No need to torture them. Eventually they just go away. I guess living on this planet as long as we have well, we just don't feel the need to kill everything that annoys us.

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Think Spring: Plant Shade Trees Now for a Cool Summer

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33 hours ago

Updated 8 hours 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?

  • I might be interested in buying some! I have a baker's rack that needs two new shelves; one of the original stone shelves broke. I'm not at home to measure but I think each is around 17" x 24". Solid grey would be super.

  • L

    If I get it, I'm going to have a big slab that I'll want to sell. You would have to find some way to cut it.

13 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

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?

Mar 08

Updated 13 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.

  • 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.

14 hours ago

Paint + BYOB: Create your own Masterpiece - multiple event dates available

A & L Designs studio is hosting Workshops for painting. Please join us for one of our events and enjoy our art studio.

Info: “Every artist was first an amateur” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Some just need a little more coaxing to get started. The goal of class is to create a fun and sophisticated art party AND your cool and amazing masterpiece.

We will cover some basis painting skills to get everyone started and on your way to painting. You...

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A & L Designs studio is hosting Workshops for painting. Please join us for one of our events and enjoy our art studio.

Info: “Every artist was first an amateur” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Some just need a little more coaxing to get started. The goal of class is to create a fun and sophisticated art party AND your cool and amazing masterpiece.

We will cover some basis painting skills to get everyone started and on your way to painting. You will learn and develop the skills of painting in a modern and friendly atmosphere. You will learn information related to paint application, brushwork, and confidence in your newly created art. We will using acrylic paint on either (2) 6 x 6 in. canvas or (1) 10 x 10 in. canvas (your choice) and by the end of class you will have your beautiful piece of art ready to hang in your home!

Choose to create your painting from any of our provided inspiration pictures on hand OR you can bring your own and create your masterpiece to take home!! You can also choose to create a still life from any materials you see in the art studio during class.

Sign up solo or with friends. Feel free to BYOB.

Prerequisites: None - all levels welcome
What to bring: Your Imagination + BYOB if you would like
What will be provided: We provide all materials (canvas, paint, brushes and music)

Please register at: https://dabble.co/chicago/painting/classes/paint-create-your-own-masterpiece-with-alicia-londos/112701

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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".

32 hours 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

34 hours ago

Don't be Fooled by Events in Your Daily Digest

The Gaper's block feed that shows up at the top of Monday Morning's Daily digest mostly contains announcements for events that already happened over the weekend. The mailing gets posted at 3am on Monday, is titled "Your Chicago News for Sunday April 13th" and shows events that took place on Saturday.

5 days ago

Updated 37 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.

  • Had the same thing happen to me with Viridian. I saved quite a bit in supply charges over the first couple of years and then without notice, the supply rates nearly tripled (from 0.0499 to 0.1299 per kWh). Guess that's what I get for being on their variable plan.

  • d3 NOH

    Thank you for pointing this out. For the 12 months after sign-up, it was a good deal, then you're right they just nudged the price up and up and up. Our electric bill is double what it should be now. Canceled and signed up somewhere else but it will take 2 months. A lesson here is to put an item in your calendar to check and pick a diff plan before the 12 month ending.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bikes stolen

Sadly, we went into our garage Friday morning and discovered both doors wide open and our bikes gone. We don't know if our garage mates left the door open, the door is faulty or if we left the door to our backyard unlocked, but however it happened, there is someone in the area stealing. So make sure that you watch for the garage door to go all the way to the ground before walking away.

We've filed a report with 311 as well as the stolen bike registry, but I don't have a ton of faith that we will be seeing them again.

  • Thanks Beeb and Mike! We will definitely have to check that out. We have sensor lights now, but clearly that didn't do much!

  • Therese Ten-year resident.

    24 hours after our bikes we're stolen in December, they appeared on Craig's List in the same posting. My husband responded as though he were an interested buyer, then called the police, who said they'd send a detective if the thief responded with an address. There was no response and a few hours later the post came down, which leads us to believe the thief knew or had learned our last name. So if your bikes appear on Craig's List, I'd recommend having friends query on your behalf. Good luck.

Apr 07

Updated 2 days ago

New Development Ashland/School

Does anyone know what's coming up at the northeast corner of Ashland & School? It's been an empty bank for the three years we've lived here, and I'm curious what's coming to the neighborhood.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Building Maintenace Entered Condo Without Permission

I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

As an...

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I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

As an owner I am not sure how I report this to the city and get follow up since this to me in completely unacceptable. In addition to this being my home I have pets that I don't want strangers interacting with.

Does anyone know how I should appropriately notify the city of this? 311 said I should file a Trespassing report with the city but I figured I would reach out to a larger audience first.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Food Truck to Restaurant Part I: Advice, tips and tricks from some of Chicago’s best.

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On a freezing, bright morning, around 10:50am, four food trucks pull up to a designated stand on Monroe and Clark in Chicago’s Loop.

  • Thank you, L. In this case, a corporation's blog, which is all about their work and projects, is being passed off as "media." It's really simply advertising for the design company IMHO.

  • L

    I've seen EB eliminate some sources from their crawler. Maybe that will happen in this case.

4 days ago

Work Life Balance: Following the Classic Cycle Races

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4 days ago

Construction is Underway: Moss re-designs historic Norman Hotel as 1325 Wilson for Flats Chicago!

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Construction is Underway: Moss re-designs historic Norman Hotel as 1325 Wilson for Flats Chicago!

4 days ago

Make Streets Smarter with Sneckdown Spotting

Byron and Ravenswood:  Just outside our own office is a great example of the unnecessary width of paved streets.  Parking lanes and driving lanes are hogging area that could be better used for grass, permeable pavers or rain gardens.

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Barry and Kenmore: Quiet neighborhood streets have big potential for improvement in the too-much-hard-surface department...

...Line station.   It already has added paved pedestrian areas to the shard-like corners between Lincoln and Paulina, with right turn lanes cutting behind...

4 days ago

How We Operate: Field Measuring in Existing Buildings

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4 days ago

Time to Think Spring: Four Reasons for Raised Beds

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4 days ago

Five Reasons To Live in a Walkable Neighborhood

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4 days ago

Food Truck to Restaurant Part II: Keep your New Food Truck Running Hot & Developing Your Concept

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4 days ago

Why Chicago’s City Flag is So Great!

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4 days ago

The Dyeing of the Green – St. Patrick’s Day Reminds Us About the State of the Chicago River

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Food Truck to Restaurant Part III: Making the Move to Brick and Mortar and Restaurant Design

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4 days ago

Coming Soon: Jolly Posh Foods is Moving to moss Designed Expanded Shop and Restaurant on Southport Avenue

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4 days ago

How to Design your GREAT Restaurant Storefront: Facade Update for Crew Bar + Grill

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4 days ago

Transform your Building Into a Restaurant: From Site Selection to Inspection in 7 Key Steps

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4 days ago

Is it Good for Humans? Lessons and Questions from Structures for Inclusion, New York

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Dismantling home security system - ok to pull plug? (not in use.)

New condo has an old Brink's security setup with the hall keypad and a white transformer (?) box taking up an outlet in the kitchen. Its about 3" x 4" or so.
I just want to yank it out and throw everything into a recycling center but, even though it has not been functional for a long time, I wonder if it will "go off" beeping crazily if I just pull it out. I've contacted them but, so far, no answer. Brinks is now ADT. Thanks very much!

  • Thanks so much Katie, Bob and 3300! Now I will have room to plug in something useful!

  • North Coaster Lakeview resident

    I dismantled my ADT system a while back. Be careful if it is wired to use your phone line to dial out, when I started yanking and clipping wires I accidentally disconnected my AT&T voice & DSL.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Need sound expert to soundproof hallway door.

Can anyone please recommend someone who is familiar with a project like this? We have a nasty problem with across the hall neighbors and noise. Thanks very much.

  • Yes, I found the old posting and it was very informative. Thanks so much. Robin - the neighbors aren't nasty - just self engrossed. Their racket is nasty!!

  • Contact Accurate Construction. Those guys are pretty good at sound mitigation issues. They can suggest options....

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