18 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Planes too low by Irving park

Anyone knows of a petition to change the ridiculous pathways of planes above
North center/ west Lakeview.
I'm filling noise complaint online as many times as I can but unsure it will do something.
When you have to stop conversing in your patio because of a plane above you is making too much noise, it is a bad sign!
Anyone else? Advice? Ideas?

  • CS, I understand your frustration but I'm going to be upfront with you and tell you that you're not going to get anywhere. They're not changing the flight paths. They just spent millions analyzing the flight paths and then reconfiguring said flight paths based upon the analyses. You should file complaints. You should complain to your Alderperson, Mayor, etc. Just know that you're battling a million/billion dollar entity and they're not likely to back down. Aviation, especially ORD, is huge business.

  • C S foodie, epicurean

    Andrea, I'm parallel to Irving park and close to Ashland. You'd be surprised by number of planes. I happened to be on my deck a few times this summer and literally had to stop talking as plane noise was so loud. I sent filed online complain for noise on 311site...

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    Andrea, I'm parallel to Irving park and close to Ashland. You'd be surprised by number of planes. I happened to be on my deck a few times this summer and literally had to stop talking as plane noise was so loud. I sent filed online complain for noise on 311site every time. I did not write down notes to self with days and time. It seemed random, though I'm sure there is a pattern given nature of flights paths. Obviously I work and have a family so can't write down these every time:) I'm very close to the Mayer private guards house so maybe there something to be said :) and yes I'm an optimistic !

13 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

What's everyone paying for Comcast (or other) cable/internet service?

Given Comcast's less than transparent pricing, I'm wondering what everyone else is paying. I negotiated Blast internet, Digital Preferred with HD, HBO, and Steampix for approx. $120/mo. We have one cable box. No DVR. No rented modem/router. How about you??

  • A&K

    Comcast
    $55 a month including taxes
    50Mbps down, 10 Mbps up
    Super basic cable we don't use
    We own our equipment

    Comcast has to come out again Friday. We are only getting 1.5Mbps up instead of 10. It should be higher with digital overhead factored in. They claim it's our equipment. Of course it's not them. It never is. I will keep you posted, our modem is about a year old. Maybe it's going bad. Maybe.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    I forgot to mention I own my own modem, you can buy one off CL for $20

6 hours ago

6 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Excellent, now the rooftop owners are suing the city. This costs all of us money. When

are they going to quit bellyaching and produce a product people will buy...without being parasitic? Look at the restaurants all around the field. Do they need to have line of sight? Seems like they view it as a right.
All I know is that it is wasteful to sue the city - and the taxpayers are left footing the bill.

  • MikeyJoe Rocket scientist

    I'm still trying to figure out on what grounds the rooftop owners can sue. If the Ricketts family accepts that 17% of $0 is zero when all the rooftops go bankrupt, then that's their prerogative. What's the penalty for violation of 6.6 by the Cubs and/or the City? It's not stipulated in the contract.

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    Arbitration. According to the contract all disputes will be solved via binding arbitration. The rooftops' threat to sue never existed. Most like it was easier to say than "we're going to bindingly arbitrate you".

13 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Is Lina's on Sheffield still open?

I have not seen anyone in the restaurant for a couple of weeks and it looks like tablecloths are folded and stowed. I knew they changed some months ago to from Leona's. Anyone know anything about thes?

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Need a good computer repair service

Hello fellow frustrated computer users:
I need to get my laptop repaired (keeps freezing, won't respond) and would like to know if you have any recommendations. I'm thinking of taking it to Computers Zone USA at 1134 W. Belmont. Has anyone used them? I live in North Center and want someplace I can get to by El. I can drive if I have to.
Thanks for any help.

  • Gregg Cebrzynski Novelist; Author of "The Champagne Ladies"

    Ms. Smarty Pants: I hope you enjoy it.
    Kindest Regards

  • VernB LS Resident

    Not sure if you have already taken care of this, but before doing anything, I would recommend backing up your files to an external source (Hard Drive, Thumb Drive etc) Also once you back your data up, you could try restoring your computer to factory defaults using the supplied restore...

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    Not sure if you have already taken care of this, but before doing anything, I would recommend backing up your files to an external source (Hard Drive, Thumb Drive etc) Also once you back your data up, you could try restoring your computer to factory defaults using the supplied restore disk or restore partition (if you are comfortable doing this) It's free :) If your computer is freezing and wont respond, its either a hardware issue or a software issue. If software, wipe and reinstall Windows and all of your software (this is what the repair people will do.) If still problematic then send back to original manufacturer for repair or to one of their certified repair centers.

    email direct if you have any questions

41 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Books to Donate/Sell

Hello! We have a few boxes of paperback books to donate/sell. Mostly adult and some young adult, fiction and non-fiction. We were thinking of maybe doing a book sale and donating the money. Or would it be more worthwhile to just donate the books to the local library or charity?
Recommendations/thoughts/suggestions appreciated! Thanks!

  • Open Books, Mt. Sinai or Brown Elephant

  • My company is doing a book drive for Open Books next month, glad to see all the positive reviews!

13 hours ago

Chicago North Center Jobs Group may leave Nextdoor.com, remain on Facebook

As a reminder, I may soon seek to remove the Chicago North Center Jobs Group from Nextdoor.com on or about Labor Day Weekend. With enough encouragement, the group could stay. If such a group could be created or at least promoted on Everyblock.com as well, that would nice as well.

The Group was based on the simple notion of neighbors helping neighbors, with the idea that job seeking should never be a lonely experience. Among other things, the hope was...

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As a reminder, I may soon seek to remove the Chicago North Center Jobs Group from Nextdoor.com on or about Labor Day Weekend. With enough encouragement, the group could stay. If such a group could be created or at least promoted on Everyblock.com as well, that would nice as well.

The Group was based on the simple notion of neighbors helping neighbors, with the idea that job seeking should never be a lonely experience. Among other things, the hope was to tap into the so-called "hidden job market" at a neighborhood level.

The Chicago North Center Jobs Group is still on Facebook, currently at 65 members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/679871012048118/ I may remove "North Center" from its name, maybe replacing it with something representing the broader Ravenswood/Lincoln Avenue area.

13 hours ago

Dog Walkers

I have noticed a great increase in the amount of doggy poop in our neighborhood. It is everywhere! Please, please, please pick up after your dog-poop everywhere is like ringing the dinner bell for rats. I know someone posted about this a few months ago, but I think it bears repeating.

38 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Martial arts/Self defense

Hi,
Does anyone have any good, affordable recommendations for a place in the area to take martial art or self defense classes? Thank you!!

  • Bryan Duffy Apartment Locator & Problem Solver

    Degerberg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts is great for beginners and all types. Gets you physically fit and mentally aware. More girls than guys in some of the classes, too. Classes 6 days a week at two locations to choose from. First class is free. After that its about $100-$120/month.

  • My son (6) has been taking classes at ATA in Ravenswood and I really like it there. It's not too "beefcakey" if you know what I mean, and they also keep running Groupons (There's one right now, look for Go2Karate) so you can try out a bunch of classes for next to nothing ($20 for 10 classes or $30 for 16 classes, uniform included).

16 hours ago

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23 hours ago

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39 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

addison & rockwell

what is being done at rockwell and addison next to the lane tech football field across from the clark playlot park? i see a sign for "chicago works" and to check the park district's website, but i couldn't easily find any details on it.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

911 Response Times

I hope that no one in our neighborhood needs police support in the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights, as our district staffing is well below what weekend activity suggests is needed.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/08/game-of-moans-rough-weekend-brings.html

"Our police district entered "Radio Assignments Pending" (RAP) status at least three times this weekend, forcing dispatchers to stack up piles of 911 calls until officers became available to respond.

Police response for a man who got beat up and robbed on Belmont this morning took almost an hour. "

  • d3...help me understand the difference. If I'm hearing 75% of calls dispatched as non-emergencies...does that mean even lower-scale non-emergencies are taking up their phone time but not being dispatched? Not sure I follow.

  • I called 911 a few weeks ago to report people breaking into cars and it rang and rang and rang. I let it ring for 2-3 minutes three separate times before someone finally picked up. By that time the thieves were long gone.

    Crime is down because no one can get through to dispatch and when they do the cops are backed up and won't or can't take a report, if they respond to the call at all.

    We need more police in 019, plain and simple.

30 hours ago

How We Operate: What Moss Brings to Every Project

moss | 1754 West Byron Street | Chicago, Illinois 60613 | 773.857.5533 | site hosted by 100% solar energy

5 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Anyone ever successfully file a noise complaint?

A few of us on here live or work next to constructions sites that like to get started before 8am. In the case of private projects, (those not run by the city) most of these folks don't have permits to work before 8am, but do anyways.

What I want to know, is, have you ever successfully filed a complaint such that the contractor or developer was actually cited? According to the noise ordinance, fines can be $300/500/$1000 per incident.

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A few of us on here live or work next to constructions sites that like to get started before 8am. In the case of private projects, (those not run by the city) most of these folks don't have permits to work before 8am, but do anyways.

What I want to know, is, have you ever successfully filed a complaint such that the contractor or developer was actually cited? According to the noise ordinance, fines can be $300/500/$1000 per incident.

I've called the police numerous times on a number of building projects that start at 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning. They came out once and spoke to the site foreman, but that was months ago. No phone-call I've made since then has resulted in any change or any action. Today, I've given my name and phone number and asked to speak to the officers when they arrive on site. But, now that it's past 8am, I wonder if they'll do anything. I did capture video of the construction going on before 8.

  • Best way to deal with a troll is to hit the mute button.

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    Done, and done. Thanks North Center B for your reasonable response.

38 hours ago

ISO Garage Northcenter/surrounding area

Need a garage for a motorcycle. Not to wrench, just to park.

TIA!

40 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Volunteer work

Hi all! I recently moved to the Lakeview area and now that I'm settled I'm looking to do some volunteer work. Anyone know of any volunteer work/mentoring programs working with at-risk youth or young girls? I'm currently a teacher, therefore need something in the early evening. Thanks!

47 hours ago

Aug 10

Updated 2 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

Aug 12

Updated 2 days ago

Childcare recommendations Lakeview

I have a collegue in a search for quality daycare in the lakeview/wriggleyville area. Recommendations needed :)

  • My daughter goes to Twinkling Stars on Belmont near Damen. Not sure if it's too far but its definitely worth the trip. We have been so happy with our decision to send her there. I highly recommend.

  • Matt 10-year Lakeview resident

    My wife and I have both our daughters at Little Green Treehouse on Ashland. We have been thrilled with our experience and recommend it to anyone in the area. School-parent communication is great, the kids love the facility and their teachers, and most importantly we don't worry a bit about the level of care they are receiving while we are at work. Please feel free to reach out directly for more information.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Fantasy Football draft spot suggestions

I'm looking for somewhere to hold a fantasy football draft party. Preferably a sports bar with wifi that rents out rooms. Any suggestions?

  • Hi Abby: I work for a bar called Beermiscuous (2812 N Lincoln Ave). We're not a sports bar at all -- a craft beer bar -- but we have a private room downstairs that holds up to 20 people with free wifi, a 42" TV, private bathrooms and chalkboard walls....

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    Hi Abby: I work for a bar called Beermiscuous (2812 N Lincoln Ave). We're not a sports bar at all -- a craft beer bar -- but we have a private room downstairs that holds up to 20 people with free wifi, a 42" TV, private bathrooms and chalkboard walls. Plus, you get to choose from over 300 beers -- and you can bring in or order in your own food.

    We've hosted a few drafts already and would love to host you. Feel free to contact Paul, the owner, at chicagolakeview@beermiscuous.com or 855-450-2337

  • Thank you! I received such a large response to this post and others like it that I decided to publish a piece on the best spots to hold fantasy football draft parties in the city. Check it out: chicago.viewsmix.com/2014/08/18/fantasy-football-draft-party-chicago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Parking ticket for Street Sweeping

Did anyone else get a parking ticket on Barry between Southport and Lakewood this morning on 8/15? I got one, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see any signs up at 8:20am this morning when I left for work, plus there were a lot of cars still on our side of the street. I got home this afternoon and there was a ticket on the car.

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    I thought there were signs posted that explained the schedule, there are on my street. Something like "street cleaning every 2nd Thursday of the month."

  • L

    Not all areas of LV have the signs or the regular cleaning schedule.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

What's your opinion about the Pride Parade's future?

Do you have an opinion about the Pride Parade's future?

Tell our Alderman!

Alderman Tom Tunney is asking constituents to take a survey regarding the Pride Parade. Please go here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/lp/endpage-8/?sm=d6XMdc3txHIyZ%2b26SZBouFLEo9uO75lGWQN9BujfRm8%3d

If you need a refresher, here's some post Pride Parade 2014 discussion:
http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/jun29-2014-pride-parade-thoughts-6226132/

  • its way too big and out of control. I cant wait till its over every year.

  • d3 NOH

    Bud Billiken parade is out of control every year, too.

2 days ago

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Jun 29

Updated 3 days ago

2014 Pride Parade Thoughts

Anyone want to share the good, bad and ugly for Pride Parade 2014? Also, what should be changed for next year?

  • d3 NOH

    what was at montrose harbor?

    pretty sure there have been plenty of documented guns and incidents downtown surrounding various festivals over the years, one year at taste of Chicago alone there were multiple.

    people shoot people all the time and disappear into the crowd, very, very, very few (single % digits) shootings in this city lead to anything at all. So that's not really that unusual that he could disappear at Montrose, it's a circumstance of how our police and justice system operate.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Replacement of Home Water Main to Street

Has anyone had to do this in the past, and if so, would you mind sharing your total cost and your plumber's information if you'd recommend him.

We're just learned that we need to increase our main line due to a current renovation, and hoping to get the main line replaced late summer/early fall.

  • I'm unrelated to the Blantons, but highly recommend J. Blanton Plumbing as well. They did a bunch of work for us and it was top-notch. Plus they are great people to work with.

  • Steven A North side rocker

    Around $7K to run copper from the B-Box (the valve by the sidewalk) to inside the house. Power Plumbing did an excellent job. The man that came to install the water meter commented that it was an excellent job.

3 days ago

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Aug 12

Updated 3 days ago

Looking to rent a parking spot in Lakeview East

I am looking to rent a parking spot (garage/covered/or otherwise) starting this September. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look? I am at Oakdale/Sheridan. Thanks!

  • Abhay S East Lakeview

    Check with 2909 N Sheridan - 773-925-2909

  • Abhay S East Lakeview

    Sorry, the correct number is 773-935-2909.

4 days ago

Vinyl Record Album Sale Saturday, August 23rd

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 Noon to 5 PM

Hello friends and fellow record collectors!
Second Hand Tunes, Chicago's oldest record store, will be hosting our monthly vinyl record show next Saturday, August 23rd from Noon to 5 PM. We've added hundreds of fresh titles this month from a few quality collections we recently acquired. We've also marked down hundreds more titles and added TONS of records to our dollar bins! There's never been a better time to stop by and add to your collection. All genres represented. 45's and LP's. Common to collectable. Something for everyone!
Cash and credit cards accepted.

Saturday, August 23rd
Noon to 5 PM

Second Hand Tunes warehouse
3759 N. Ravenswood Street
Suite 123
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 868-4533

Aug 13

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for recommendation for radiologist

I had a wonderful radiologist who did my mammogram in her office and then could do any ultrasound/MRI followup during the same visit and get me all the results while I waited. Unfortunately, she has retired and I'm looking for a radiologist who has a similar set up. I have been to Lynne Sage and really hate that setup so trying to find a smaller office environment. Anyone have a good radiologist for mammograms and eventually bone density scans.

  • I have a great guy that I see for my mammograms: Dr. Farag at Diagnostic Imaging Specialists of Chicago, 60 E. Delaware Pl, Ste 1410, 312-867-9000. He's in the Bloomingdale's Building on Michigan Ave. They do the mammograms, etc., right there & then go over the results with you. I'm not sure if he does bone density scans, though. Good luck!

  • I felt disconnected at Lynn Sage, too. Try calling Shannon Sikkila at Swedish Covenant Hospital to help see your options. She is a nurse practitioner and women's care coordinator. Obviously, it this not a small office, but I think you can have all that done in 1 day, if you request it or need it. Her direct number is 773-293-4178. Good luck!

  • Thanks yellowdawg and K.Wit. Yellowdawg, I saw Dr. Farag's partner, Dr. Werber for years and loved her but she retired. I guess I should give Dr. Farag a try.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Clothing Donations

Does anyone know of a shelter (homeless, domestic violence, women and children, etc.) who might be interesting in clothing donations? I would love to donate to a charity before I head to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I don't see clothing mentioned in the American Indian Center page below, but you can contact them using the form at:http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=66
    OR:
    FROM:http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=633

    American Indian Center, Inc.
    1630 W. Wilson Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Phone: 773.275.5871
    Fax: 773.275.5874

    Email: aic50@aic-chicago.org
    FROM:
    http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=904Donations

    The American Indian Center, Inc. (AIC) continues to...

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    I don't see clothing mentioned in the American Indian Center page below, but you can contact them using the form at:http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=66
    OR:
    FROM:http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=633

    American Indian Center, Inc.
    1630 W. Wilson Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Phone: 773.275.5871
    Fax: 773.275.5874

    Email: aic50@aic-chicago.org
    FROM:
    http://aic-chicago.org/?page_id=904Donations

    The American Indian Center, Inc. (AIC) continues to be a primary cultural and community resource for nearly 65,000 American Indians in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Chicago is the third largest urban Native American population in the country with over 100 tribal nations represented. Since 1953, AIC continues to:
    •Advance the academic progress of our youth;
    •Create health access opportunities for our elders;
    •Provide food and hot meals to seniors and families; and
    •Culturally educate, share and engage schools and businesses through professional development for the desired attainment of cultural understanding

    Providing successful direct service programs for 60 years does come with obstacles. The AIC is continuously challenged and focused to address community concerns that include poverty, hunger and high school drop-out issues. As we embark on our 60th year, we are grateful to our donors, volunteers and dedicated staff for sustaining vital work that continues to help so many families in need. Your investment dollars will go a long way in supporting our programs.

  • Stephen Boisvert Lakeview pedestrian

    FYI - if you itemize your taxes clothing donations to registered charities can bring you some decent tax relief. I pick up a receipt form ahead of time and fill it out with values from the Salvation Army donated items value guide so I can drop stuff off and get it signed.

    Donate some clothes and save on taxes. Win-Win.

    For most things you get more by charity tax break than you will get from places like Plato's Cave.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Seeking teen helpers for block party on 8/23 - will pay!

Hi everyone, I'm looking for teens to monitor a dunk tank from 2-4p and 4-6p on Saturday, Aug 23 Each two-hour slot will be paid $20. We want to ensure no young kids enter the dunk tank, so they will act as an extra set of eyes. Our block party is in Northcenter near St. Ben's. Please message me if you know a teenager (14+) looking to earn some money and can responsibly monitor the tank (we will provide a chair, they can bring a friend too).

  • SK Khalsa Yoga Lady

    Our son is almost 15 and would love to help. Very responsible and great with little ones. How do we contact you?

  • Love livin' in Northcenter 7 year North Center resident

    Lu and SK, thank you! I'll message you to fill you in on the details.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPAIR\REPLACE TUCKPOINT BRICK ON 3 WINDOWS REPAIR 3 LINTELS & REPAIR REPLACE BRICK ON FRONT STEP WALLS TOTAL 500 SQ. FT.

    1648 W. Waveland Ave. Issued August 15, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INSTALL NEW POST AND BEAMS IN KITCHEN AREA, INSTALL NEW PATIO DOORS, REAR DECK AND KITCHEN CABINETS, RE-WORK EXISTING PORCH TO BECOME DECK AND BALCONY, RELOCATE INCOMING ELECTRICAL SERVICE DROP, RELOCATE POWER TO NEW ITEMS AND HOOK UP APPLIANCES, LIGHTING, SWITCHES, RELOCATE KITCHEN SINK TO NEW ISLAND, INSTALL HOOD AT COOKTOP AND VENT TO EXTERIOR, REWORK EXISTING HVAC REGISTERS

    1911 W. Bradley Pl. Issued August 15, 2014 Comment

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Nintendo Wii Available to Donate

We have a Nintendo Wii we no longer use that we'd like to donate to a good cause. Does anyone know any after school programs or kid's groups that might benefit from something like this? We're open to donating it to anyone who could benefit from it's use!

  • Hi there! What a great gesture! I think you can donate items like these to a organization called Mercy Home for Boys right here in the city. However, I know for a fact that the wonderful volunteers at Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Drop-in Center would LOVE this. They do great work with homeless youth and the kids they serve really enjoy games like these. Have a wonderful day!

  • yes its called my house

  • I am heading up the kids garage sale for St. Bens. All proceeds go towards the school. Would love to take the Wii off your hands and will provide a tax letter for you.

4 days ago

North Side Summer Fest

Does anyone know anything about this? Food? Kid's area? Thanks.

4 days ago

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Aug 11

Updated 5 days ago

Wood shop space

I will be moving into North Center in Sept. I am a part time woodworker and Bodhran maker for the past ten years in Chi. I am losing my shop space and I am looking for 200-400 sq ft in NC, Ravenswood, Roscoe or Lincoln Square to continue my work. I am happy to share space and tools or rent outright. Any information to this regard is much appreciated.
Mike

Aug 13

Updated 5 days ago

Crown Molding Project

Does anyone know a good wood craftsman / handyman for a condo crown molding job?
Have other projects too- it's just so difficult to find a quality / reliable person and have had just average results going the Angie's list route.

Thanks

  • Paul@windycityhandyman.com. Licensed, insured, very reasonable. 773-297-8789.

  • Our good friend and do- everything handyman Ray Roman has done EVERYTHING in our home for over 20 years. Very fair , reliable ,and trustworthy . He does wonderful work....THE BEST. He now does work for almost everyone on our block, and all are very happy with him . his number is 773-350-1239. give him a call, you won't regret it!

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