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Ice Cream Shop

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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

  • Drew - I did switch for both electric and gas. The guys that came by told me that my monthly bill would be for the same amount that I was paying on the ComEd budget plan. That turns out to not be the case - my rate is now $4...

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    Drew - I did switch for both electric and gas. The guys that came by told me that my monthly bill would be for the same amount that I was paying on the ComEd budget plan. That turns out to not be the case - my rate is now $4 higher a month (but maybe this somehow coincided with an increase I would have gotten from ComEd anyhow?). At first I was annoyed but I ended up not fighting it... $4 extra a month is worth it to me to know that I am now using sustainable energy. The guys were very persistent. They will be back unless you are very firm with them that you are not interested!!

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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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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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April forums in full bloom

Tuesday, April 29 at 6 pm at Union Park, 1500 W Randolph. Of course, the More Than a Score testing forum, Changing the Stakes on Testing. More here!

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Wednesday, April 23, 7 – 8 pm: Good Morning Mission Hill film screening at Francis Parker School, 330 W Webster, followed by a panel discussion on democratic education.

...24, 6 – 9 pm: DePaul School of Education Spring Forum, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N Sheffield. Imagine a public school with a portfolio-based constructivist approach to teaching and learn, staff...

Saturday, April 26, 10 am to noon, Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St.:

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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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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

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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.

Apr 15

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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