28 min 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

4 hours 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.

2 days 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

  • I also used Anderson and would highly recommend them. I received three quotes from pest control companies and they were the cheapest. I've used them twice this past year and their agents were excellent. I smelled no odors after they left my home. The ants were gone in a couple of days.

  • djAllison logan square resident, radio broadcaster

    Lemon juice and cinnamon have worked for me!

2 days ago

Updated 7 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?

  • 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.

30 hours ago

Updated 8 hours 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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Think Spring: Plant Shade Trees Now for a Cool Summer

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Mar 08

Updated 31 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.

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47 hours ago

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".

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours 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 2 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.

2 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

6 days ago

Updated 2 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.

  • 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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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Illinois Battery Specialists - Has Relocated!!

Just wanted to give a shout out that Illinois Battery Specialists has relocated (effective Jan. 13th, 2014) to 4120 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641. Our phone number is the same 773-478-8600. We hope to see all of our old friends and neighbors at our new location and we look forward to taking care of your battery needs.

4 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 02

Updated 3 days ago

Suspicious Male Ringing our Building's Buzzers

At approx 7:20pm my apartment buzzer rang (Winchester and Cullom area) and I was not expecting anyone. I answered spoke, pressed listen, and no one spoke back. I then went to the window to try and get a glimpse of the person. No one was walking by but I waited. Then I saw a shadow and it looked like the person went to the rear units of the building. I waited. Then a few minutes later an African American male...

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At approx 7:20pm my apartment buzzer rang (Winchester and Cullom area) and I was not expecting anyone. I answered spoke, pressed listen, and no one spoke back. I then went to the window to try and get a glimpse of the person. No one was walking by but I waited. Then I saw a shadow and it looked like the person went to the rear units of the building. I waited. Then a few minutes later an African American male in a fluorescent yellow-green hoodie with what looked like a W on the back, dark pants, and white shoes came walking past. He was carrying a plastic clipboard (possibly blue plastic) and had a lanyard around his neck.

This reminded me of another post(which I can not find) that described and African American male wearing a blue hoodie, messenger bag, and carrying a clipboard buzzing people.

I am not saying it's the same person but it could be.

I called 311.

  • Io Octopus

    http://youthworkforce.org/

    Pretty much just a terrible sales-kid. That being said, if people don't respond when you try talking to them, don't bother.

  • @Io Thank you!!!

    That was the color of the hoodie and the logo that was on the back that the person was wearing. I couldn't make out the y part of the logo at the time but just thought there was a W. When I saw that site, I was...

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    @Io Thank you!!!

    That was the color of the hoodie and the logo that was on the back that the person was wearing. I couldn't make out the y part of the logo at the time but just thought there was a W. When I saw that site, I was sure that was it. I had never heard of that program before. Good to know.

    Yes, a TERRIBLE sales person. He was acting so strange I called 311! He should certainly stop peeping into potential customers windows and focus on responding to people that respond to him. Maybe it's a program his parents made him do and he just wasn't that into it.

    Anyways, thank you for your post.

    Case closed. :)

Apr 07

Updated 3 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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6 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.

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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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5 days ago

Updated 4 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.

5 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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5 days ago

How We Operate: Field Measuring in Existing Buildings

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Five Reasons To Live in a Walkable Neighborhood

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

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

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Time to Think Spring: Four Reasons for Raised Beds

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Work Life Balance: Following the Classic Cycle Races

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

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

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Why Chicago’s City Flag is So Great!

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

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

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

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

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6 days ago

Updated 5 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 5 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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