4 min ago

Permit required for Gutter & Drainpipe replacements?

Anyone know? can't find this information from the City's website. Thanks in advance.

14 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Looking for antique clock repair

I have a small Ansonia clock that I need to repair. The clock needs a small repair but cleaning and oiling it would also be needed...

Can anyone recommend a good repair shop that can deal with antique clocks properly? And not in untimely manner? I understand that parts might be hard to get, but I just don't want it to sit forgotten on a shelf somewhere for 6 months, like it happened with another clock I took for repairs once...

19 min ago

Garrido or Arena?

Garrido or Arena
lease give an educated fact based answer, not just bash the candidates.

45 hours ago

Updated 36 min ago

Dog Boarding

Anybody have good experiences with a place to board dogs for vacation? I normally have a person stay at my house, but that will not be an option for me in a few weeks.

  • Chicago Dog Academy & Exclusive Hotel. Local private residence. Very fun & cozy. Love this place! Check them out online or on Facebook. 773-230-8613

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    If your dog is female, I might be able to take her depending on how long you will be gone, email me if you think that might work.

    Or I had the person who writes this pet advice blog watch my dog at home some time ago and I think she will also board at her place, if you are interested I could dig up some contact info.

    http://dearamandabeth.wordpress.com/

18 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

  • Chris hey Andy, are you goofin' on Elvis?

    I view this as a community, and I'm glad we have it.

  • Cicero is a strange street. 2300 south is Cicero, IL but if you traveled further, to Midway Airport (55th Street), you're right back in Chicago. Leaves me scratching my head too.

Aug 18

Updated 1 hour ago

Another recommendation for Steve Mancini/Best Price Gutters

We had Steve out this morning to take a look at our gutters and a large metal awning that we wanted removed; his quote was so reasonable that I hired him to take care of them both on the spot. He was efficient, thorough, and genuinely nice. We'll continue to use him and recommend him to anybody who needs small jobs done around the house! You can reach him at 773.507.4415 - he responded to my initial request immediately and was happy to set up a time at my convenience. Can't recommend him enough!

  • I couldn't agree more. Steve and his team have done a few jobs at our home and we couldn't be happier with his work, attitude and prices. Thanks to my Everyblock neighbors for recommending him.

  • Thanks guys

40 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Raking Leaves... Into the street

Curious if anyone has an opinion to this:

Is it considered appropriate to rake the leaves from my yard into the street during street sweeping?

  • HoneyBadger resident

    My landlord rakes and bags the leaves and I know not what becomes of them. The City of Chicago does not EVER clean my street, I assume because only the center of the street is paved and where the street cleaners would drive is just mud, gravel, holes or often standing water (Wrightwood Avenue - east of Oak Park Avenue/36th Ward - Alderman Sposato).

  • BethNWSide Working mom in a Jeff Park family of 4

    Laura, thanks so much for the tip on putting leaves in a bucket or trash barrel and using the weed wacker to create mulch - we only have a push mower, which doesn't exactly "pulverize" them. I'm not exactly an experienced gardener, so how long do you let them "cook"...

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    Laura, thanks so much for the tip on putting leaves in a bucket or trash barrel and using the weed wacker to create mulch - we only have a push mower, which doesn't exactly "pulverize" them. I'm not exactly an experienced gardener, so how long do you let them "cook" and when do you spread them - in the spring, after a thaw?

    And yes, it just makes me mad when I see a clean lawn and a street full of leaves. I'd like to think the best of people and just presume they aren't thinking clearly. But probably the reality is that folks think - off my lawn, not my problem. Then it blows in someone else's lawn, clogs the sewer, etc.

17 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Don't toss your pumpkins!

Hey guys!

I hope that you're all enjoying this beautiful fall weather we're getting. I was hoping to ask those of you that have pumpkins this year to save a few for me. My chickens LOVE them, and they're a great source of natural fiber, vitamins, calcium, and some even claim that they're a natural de-wormer (though I'm not 100% on that).

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Hey guys!

I hope that you're all enjoying this beautiful fall weather we're getting. I was hoping to ask those of you that have pumpkins this year to save a few for me. My chickens LOVE them, and they're a great source of natural fiber, vitamins, calcium, and some even claim that they're a natural de-wormer (though I'm not 100% on that).

If you have a pumpkin that hasn't been chemically treated and you'd like to get rid of it, please let me know! I'd be happy to take a few off your hands! I roast them, puree them, and add fresh cinnamon (antibacterial and antifungal) and fresh garlic (ant parasitic and antifungal). I keep them in little baggies over the winter and serve them up nice and warm for the girls on those super chilly days. They gobble them right up!

If anyone is interested in donating your old pumpkin after Halloween, just let me know!

Thanks!

  • Stephanie, Mayfair Bike path rider, Northsider 44 years

    Now, this type of outreach is why Every Block is so cool. Feeding chickens in the city? I love it.

  • Sean Creative Strategist and Beer Maker

    I'll have a couple large ones. I will want to get rid of them Sunday or Monday before they start to rot.

12 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

S & D Handyman service

anyone looking for a reasonable priced Handyman feel free to message me

2 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

1950s record player repair

About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

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About a year ago I purchased a 1950s Victor Victrola record player over at Thrift & Thrive for $50. It didn't work (I knew that when I bought it), but even so it was a steal for the price - it looks great in my house. Now I want it to sound great as well. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in the neighborhood that can fix an old tube-amp record player?

For those think this type of stuff is cool, it looks like the one pictured in the link below, but with a darker cabinet, and not as pristine. It has a bunch of original paperwork, and looks like it was originally shipped to someone on the 5500 block of West Dakin.

http://s705.photobucket.com/user/45Victrola/media/DSCN7639.jpg.html

  • I did not know triode was still around. Didn't they close the shop on Irving west of Central? Anyway, tubedepot.com is an excellent resource for tubes. They have knowledgeable and helpful people on the phone too.

  • Triode is still around, they just closed the storefront so you can't walk in anymore. They might have moved to the suburbs as well.

9 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Check your credit card statements

Ordered from mucho gusto on Irving and central. (Delivery)

Days later I checked my cc statement and noticed the total price was altered by $4

The owner was helpful and found the receipt and texted it to me. The driver altered my tip and total amount with a pen.

Owner also gave me a free meal for my troubles. Good customer service.

6 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Wal-Mart moving into 6 Corners

I would like to hear people’s views on possibility Wal-Mart occupying the Sears location at 6 corners. Do you agree with it or not agree with it?

  • I like Jewels. I wouldn’t buy meat or produce there but the employees are nice, I know everyone and the rest of their prices are great.

    Nikoniko, you’re side-stepping the issue and not paying attention to your neighbors. Chris mentioned it. A neighbor asked where she could get organic produce....

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    I like Jewels. I wouldn’t buy meat or produce there but the employees are nice, I know everyone and the rest of their prices are great.

    Nikoniko, you’re side-stepping the issue and not paying attention to your neighbors. Chris mentioned it. A neighbor asked where she could get organic produce. She knew about Stanley’s at North & Elston but people told her to go there anyway. If someone is going to tell her to drive that far, they’d also tell her to shop at Walmart in Streeterville. No one did.

    We also told you trash shops at Walmart and you insisted there was no trash in your three stores BUT they’re not like the stores we‘re talking about. This is your Walmart Express which looks like a 7-11 with a pharmacy and your neighborhood market.

    http://news.walmart.com/media-library/photos/walmart-express/

    http://news.walmart.com/media-library/photos/neighborhood-market/

    I’m talking about Niles where I saw the nasty half naked woman and the one wearing her robe and fuzzy slippers.

    Read the reviews for your beloved stores too. Everyone raved the year they opened. The employees were new, happy and all filled up with hope. It didn’t take Walmart long to beat them down and start getting bad reviews especially about the express checkout line that never has a working register. I didn’t even know they had express? When a customer tries to find an employee, they can’t. The employees figured out the racket. They don’t get paid enough to help a customer and are too busy filling out their public aid forms.

    The rest of us would like the best for our community, the residents and folks who work there. It rubs off and trickles down.

  • bragging about NY doesn't earn points in the 45th Ward. They might be impressed in Wicker Park though.

6 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

  • Johnny, since we are talking about ancient history, sorry to disappoint but modern Hungarians are related to Finns not Huns. Hence their language. Oh and Attilla happens to be a Gothic name. Hence its popularity from Finland to Turkey.

    That's the point. How can you understand where things come from...

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    Johnny, since we are talking about ancient history, sorry to disappoint but modern Hungarians are related to Finns not Huns. Hence their language. Oh and Attilla happens to be a Gothic name. Hence its popularity from Finland to Turkey.

    That's the point. How can you understand where things come from if you don't know WHERE they came from and HOW they happen to be?

    As to the topic: I was reading today this article, http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/October-2014/Pat-Quinn-Personal-Life/ - far less jaundice than in Stewart's article. And I think explaining more about who Quinn is. We all know that he's a very good legislator and very bad administrator. You can see that in his personal life as well.

    As to Rauner - I have an impression that I know who his wife is but I am not voting for his wife, am I? He has had time to present himself, but he chose not to. So, yes I agree with Stewart that Rauner is running a very bad campaign. But I can arrive at this without resorting to partisanship and baseless accusations.

    And that's the other point: avoiding stupid partisanship.

  • Johnny Mayor of Milwaukee Ave.

    I'm still lobbying for a "thanks for nothing" button in Everyblock. I think I would often use it.

Aug 24

Updated 14 hours ago

Looking for stained glass repair recommendations

I'm familiar with few stores nearby that do stain glass panel/window repairs. I have seen those in my travels. But I need recommendations from people who have paid for such repairs. I've done some stain glass panels myself - but I wouldn't touch this repair... Too tricky for my lack of experience. So I'm looking for an expert that will not make mistakes. Some pieces will have to be refitted (I have all the pieces) and the panel straightened out. Also, likely the framing is at fault, so the panel will have to be re-framed. Any recommendations for a good repair shop?

  • GiGi in Portage Park 15 year resident

    You can't go wrong with Fred. He taught me many years ago. He is a very nice guy and fair in his pricing and does the job right. His phone number is 1-773-725-2218 4308 N. Pulaski Rd,opens 10 til 6 is closed between 2and 4. I do a little banking and park in the bank lot kitty corner from him. You will be happy with his work he has designed many a window and repaired many historical windows. His classes are fun.

  • I just wanted to post an update - we decided to go with Drehobl Art Glass. Primarily, because it turns out their company originally made the panels I wanted to repair! It seemed like the right thing to do - to give the panels to be repaired to those who originally made them...:) Not a cheap adventure, but reasonable.

    Thank you all for help!

6 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Organic produce in the area?

Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

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Has anyone found a grocery store in the area that sells organic produce at reasonable prices. I go to the Whole Foods up in Sauganash, but even they often times only have conventional produce (at ridiculous prices as well). I believe in eating organic when budget allows so some kind of option for organic food would be a great addition to the neighborhood, especially considering the farmer's markets in the area don't have organic farms selling their produce :(

It would be AWESOME to have a place nearby like Stanley's at North and Elston, which has a decent selection of organic produce at inexpensive prices (in fact, I still go there once a week to get what I can before heading to Whole Foods).

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    Tami, they've got much better health care in northern Europe too, so it might not just be the nutrition!

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    To the topic, I'm late to the comments, so I apologize to any comment grumps! I buy organic when I can afford it. Someone above mentioned Tony’s on Elston south of Montrose and I will second that. Their produce selection is great in general and the variety of other foods...

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    To the topic, I'm late to the comments, so I apologize to any comment grumps! I buy organic when I can afford it. Someone above mentioned Tony’s on Elston south of Montrose and I will second that. Their produce selection is great in general and the variety of other foods is good too (booze is pricey though). I’m on the fence about the whole GMOs vs. buying organic thing especially because a whole lot gets dumped into that one GMO category when there is no real harm to some of it and “organic” labels can be a bunch of marketing hooey. When it comes down to it, I’m way more concerned about what irresponsible factory farming with certain GMOs is doing environmentally than I am about what eating it is doing to my body. I definitely taste the difference with some things, though.

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20 hours ago

Looking for local babysitter

Looking for local babysitter/nanny. Two kids, aged 4 and 2 months. Current need is Wednesday mornings from 8-10am in our Jefferson Park home. Pay is $25. More days and times to come. Really looking for a go-to person who lives in the neighborhood. Thank you!

May 11

Updated 22 hours ago

Patio Theater on Irving

Does anyone know whats going on with the Patio Theater?

22 hours ago

Homemade Soups without the wait

Here's today's post on a great soup company based out of Waukegan.

http://grocerygalblog.com/frontier-soups-bell-american-heritage-jar/

41 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Chicago's Legno Gastropub 1st Annual Halloween Bash

Chicago's Legno Gastropub invites revelers to attend its first-annual Halloween Bash. The best drink specials in the city and complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres through out the evening. Winners of a costume contest will get $200, $100 or $50 for first, second or third place. Covers by Stolie beginning at 8:00 pm DJ's Brock Hegr and Joseph McMahon spinning tunes the rest of the night - FREE FREE FREE!!!

  • raven58 long long time portage Parker 54 yrs. strong

    Vote now till the 4th,,dude it's the 31th of October

  • Gustavo P.

    31st.

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Spiders

Saw this spider outside on window in the middle of a big web that was just built in the last 4 hours or so because we just cleaned windows outside today. Anyone know what it is? It was about the size of a quarter.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    "I have dogs and would like to know if these spiders bite and are poisonous."

    Almost all spiders are venomous and can "bite" (inject venom). But most are not harmful to us or our pets because their venom is too weak or of insufficient quantity to bother us much and/or...

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    "I have dogs and would like to know if these spiders bite and are poisonous."

    Almost all spiders are venomous and can "bite" (inject venom). But most are not harmful to us or our pets because their venom is too weak or of insufficient quantity to bother us much and/or their fangs aren't capable of piercing our skin.

    Of the two most well-known harmful spiders in Illinois, the black widow and the brown recluse, only the black widow occurs in the Chicago area. And the one in the photo is definitely not a widow.

  • Kapel Local Resident

    If you don't like them bring them to my neighborhood as they are harmless to humans and anything that kills mosquitoes is cool with me. Consider the webs to be free Halloween decorations and the spiders to be natural bug zappers. :-)

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Union Workers Verses Non-Union Workers!

So what are the pro's and con's for these two classifications?

  • I agree with Joanie and thank her for her informative response. Unions are important especially advocating for the people not being heard. Having checks and balances in place, and having people held accountable for their actions is imperative.

  • Gustavo P.

    Versus.

5 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Portage Park Dog Park

How come the garbage containers for our dogs waste are located outside the fenced in area? I feel that they should be located inside our area, and there should be more available.

  • J.Jaqsin Just the Facts, Mam

    What are the Pro's and Con's of being in a Union if you scoop poop?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    You have a collective voice on how the poop is scooped!

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

A bit of everything

http://www.macfound.org/documentaryfilm/400/

but no curb for the Parklet from People's Gas which came back this year and ripped a hole in it after breaking it up last year.

Then there is the TIF money for the Portage Theatre and Six Corners Bistro and what all else that we do not get an accounting for along with more and more violent crime and just plain stupids all the way down to those riding bikes at pedestrians in Six Corners on the sidewalk.

26 hours ago

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40 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

  • Man you really hate the 16th District police.

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    …That’s a tough one. Almost don’t want to comment. I have a major problem with the use of the word genocide here. I’m also glad there is more activism happening on this issue. Genocide though? I hope they aren’t that dumb. Not sure what they will accomplish and it’s almost offensive. That being said, we do have a serious problem and I very truly don’t mean to trivialize that.

  • JimmyJamz Back in Chicago after 25yrs

    I'm a big proponent of truth and clarity over agreement....
    Nothing will change until it is changed in the home... I know these days it's hip to jump on the band wagon but things won't get better until we address the problem rather than the symptoms...
    Personal responsibility is the answer...

4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

don't want to be a party pooper... but

There's a loud party on 4200 N Monitor that's keeping me awake and it's 12:30 am! What's the neighborly thing to do to get them to quiet things down?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    We had self described "hipsters" move into our condo building. Surfing on the net one night, I ran to my window after hearing a woman scream. No it wasn't an attack, just my semi-clad neighbors getting down on the courtyard lawn. Miss Hipster started screaming after the automatic sprinklers ruined...

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    We had self described "hipsters" move into our condo building. Surfing on the net one night, I ran to my window after hearing a woman scream. No it wasn't an attack, just my semi-clad neighbors getting down on the courtyard lawn. Miss Hipster started screaming after the automatic sprinklers ruined their romantic encounter. The couple had parties nearly every weekend that lasted into the wee hours of the night. Since they have a first floor unit, their "guests" were smoking on the balcony and jumping over the rails to enter and exit. The behavior was obnoxious, swearing, shouting and all kinds of drunken drama. Asking them politely to keep it down was met with obscenities.

    We have 30 units in our building and they were the only unit creating a noise problem. Neighbors with bedrooms facing the courtyard started calling the police. The condo management was called by several people as well. Things have been quiet recently on the Hipster front.

    Bottom line, no you don't have the right to disturb your neighbors all night on the weekends. Many people work on the weekends. Some people like getting up early on their days off to enjoy their morning time. There are people who still get up and go to church on Sunday morning. Children in the neighborhood need their sleep and have activities planned on weekend mornings as well. The world does NOT revolve around drunks and fools.

  • That1Guy - I figured out there were two different parties going on that night. The folks I was noting that were walking down Monitor shouting obscenities were headed south. The other party, the one you described, was the other party. The 12:30am wake up call seems like no big deal now :)

Oct 23

Updated 41 hours ago

PetSmart GRAND OPENING!

Fetch your friends for the Chicago Six Corners PetSmart GRAND OPENING!
10/25/2014
Check out what's in store for the celebration:
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am
• Mystery PetSmart® gift card for first 50 customers
• Trick training sessions by our Accredited Pet Training Instructors
• FREE giveaways like treat samples & toys, Prize drawings
http://stores.petsmart.com/2526

5 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

CTA Bomb Screening on Blue Line Starting Next Month

What do you think about the CTA having the Chicago Police Department screen random passengers before they board the train? They said every tenth rider will be asked voluntarily for their bags to be tested with a swab, but not opened. If you refuse you will not be allowed onto the train. If you still try to board the train, you will be subject to arrest.

  • We could save money if we stopped assigning a beat car to circle one block third shift in a gang infested area. They get paid time and a half too so, it’s close to 1K a night per car. Then multiply that by how many cops they have assigned to the beat. 10-20 cars? Then multiply that by 365 days. And that’s just one gang infested neighborhood, I’m sure there are tons. The cops can’t cover more ground? Like, perhaps, two blocks? It’s absolutely stunning how they spend taxpayer money.

  • You were once a cop's wife?

Oct 13

Updated 42 hours ago

Now who will face Rahm?

Karen bowing out to heal from her brain surgery means Rahm just won another election. Can we start a betting pool? What will total voter turnout % be and how much will Rahm win by? We need to liven up this board!

6 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

If there are less trees on your block after this week....

The Streets & Sans and Forestry folks have been out removing trees on the parkway. These are trees that did not respond to the treatment for emerald ash bore. The trees that are being taken down are dead.
yes, it is sad that the trees were removed, but better to remove them now as opposed to a dead tree collapsing in the middle of winter and possibly injuring someone walking to a bus stop.

  • Notice that Deutsch does not claim clout. People with clout rarely mention it. For people with clout things seem to just happen by magic and because of the natural rewards that Fate gives to people who lead blameless lives. :)

  • ComEd is also out and about trimming trees that are too close to the power lines.

Oct 17

Updated 45 hours ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Road tear up?

What is going on with all the roads suddenly being torn up (on central, AGAIN?!)? Going from Central to 6 corners on Irving, I think only 2 cross streets were not torn up, Addision is torn up as well (I am sure others can expand this list, but nonetheless).
When are they going to be done with this latest mess of road "repair"? (I know, too much common sense to say to fix a road before you tear up all the others)

  • M F

    Somehow Rahm Emanuel SUDDENLY found money to pave the roads just a few weeks before election time. Go figure, they should of been hard at work all summer long. Pathetic really. And the planning of it all? Horrible! I watched them tear up a street and repave it all nice only to have Peoples Gas come and tear up 20% of the road the next 4 days. Now its half paved, half gravel and concrete and quite a mess. Chicago couldn't plan a birthday party properly much less infrastructure construction.

  • A couple of weeks ago they tore up my street. Signs say no parking on either side 6 am to 3 pm for the whole week. They came one day and tore the street up. Nothing the rest of the week except street cleaning on all the surrounding blocks for...

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    A couple of weeks ago they tore up my street. Signs say no parking on either side 6 am to 3 pm for the whole week. They came one day and tore the street up. Nothing the rest of the week except street cleaning on all the surrounding blocks for 2 days, so try finding a parking spot. I called Ald. Sposato's office yesterday and was told they don't know when the contractor will be back to repave, They tear up all the streets first then come back at some later, unknown, date to pave them. But if they don't finish by some other unknown date their contract specifies fines. JEEZ!

6 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

House Cleaning Service

I know this has been posted before but I can't seem to find the thread. Can anyone recommend a good house cleaning service in the portage park area?

Oct 22

Updated 2 days ago

Any recommends on a thermostat installer?

I don't need to break the bank on what should be a simple install. Fast, Professional, Experience.

  • Al-air on lawrence ave had similar problem in dead of winter,temp was 54 degrees in the house,new programmable thermostat was acting goofy.Only have owner come fix it.read instructions& opened new thermostat to do something inside,Worked fine after that,but took owner a couple days to figure it out,something about 2 wires and 3 wires.therm comes pre wired for one,don't know which one

  • Definitely read the instructions. Programmables generally come set by default for forced air systems, which cycle frequently. Your boiler should be cycling maybe once an hour. The instructions should show how to set up for the cycling for a boiler.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mom's losing spot in rotation

She was up today for a pound of briket but phone has a recording.

  • Randy Stroller

    I am listening to Joe Germuska Jazz Show blogged at Conferance of the Birds on WNUR right now so I have not viewed but I tend to love Whopper Choppers. I think I got that name from Lucy. We passed on the one offered last weekend at Jewel but Cheryl did get one of the free spiral cutters for listening to the pitch.

  • I just rinsed off the thingie that was purchased at that pitch, just now.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Tipping?

I suspect that I'll be opening a can of worms with this posting...

I'm not a Chicago native, but I have lived in Chicago since 2003 (grew up in what some would consider a "rural" area with mostly farming/blue collar relatives), so I'm hoping that I won't get slammed too much for asking questions about tipping.

Who/when/how much do you tip for work?

For example...

1. Removal of old/delivery and installation of new microwave from a regional appliance store. I...

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I suspect that I'll be opening a can of worms with this posting...

I'm not a Chicago native, but I have lived in Chicago since 2003 (grew up in what some would consider a "rural" area with mostly farming/blue collar relatives), so I'm hoping that I won't get slammed too much for asking questions about tipping.

Who/when/how much do you tip for work?

For example...

1. Removal of old/delivery and installation of new microwave from a regional appliance store. I tipped $20 per guy because they had to deal with navigating between moving boxes (I thought they'd want to come in through back door not through the front) and a dog barking/growling two rooms away. Sort of hazard pay.

2. Friend of a friend who owns a company and painted very hard to reach areas in closets. I knew his usual time rate and appreciated that he and one of his crew members did the work on a Saturday, so I "tipped" the difference between the rate he told me and his usual rate.

I didn't tip:

1. Garage door opener installation (purchased the garage door opener and paid for the installation from a major retailer). It took the installer app. 20 minutes. Should I have tipped him?

2. Water meter installation. I decided to get the "voluntary" water meter. Was I supposed to tip the two guys who installed it?

Things that I maybe should plan to tip for in the future:

1. The person who installs the new gas meter (from moving it from the inside to the outside).
2. The person who installs the tiles on the bathroom floor.
3. The person who installs a new bathroom window.

I'm used to T&M. I'm not used to T&M+tip. I'm just trying to understand the "typical" practices so that I can budget.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Irving and Long parking mess

Fairly new to the neighborhood and wondering, why are cars allowed to park on the west side of Long Street, just south of Irving Park road? (There are two spaces adjacent to the parking lot next to Club E with no signage). When cars are parked, there isn't enough room for both lanes of traffic, so if you are trying to turn onto Long from Irving there is nowhere to go, getting you stuck in the intersection, and vice versa....

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Fairly new to the neighborhood and wondering, why are cars allowed to park on the west side of Long Street, just south of Irving Park road? (There are two spaces adjacent to the parking lot next to Club E with no signage). When cars are parked, there isn't enough room for both lanes of traffic, so if you are trying to turn onto Long from Irving there is nowhere to go, getting you stuck in the intersection, and vice versa. Today I sat through and missed two lights trying to get to Irving even though there were only two cars in front of me, and returning home it was a huge mess with cars almost getting into accidents because of the lack of space. A simple no parking sign seems needed here.

Oct 17

Updated 2 days ago

  • Homelessness does not = criminal. However, being off your meds b/c you are homeless and can't get more might have something to do with it. These three had other run-ins w/ the law that appear to have occurred before they were homeless, b/c the CPD has last known addresses for...

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    Homelessness does not = criminal. However, being off your meds b/c you are homeless and can't get more might have something to do with it. These three had other run-ins w/ the law that appear to have occurred before they were homeless, b/c the CPD has last known addresses for them and seems to have a lot of info about their past activities. They appear to be bad apples that found each other after they hit bottom on the street. I am sad for the senseless death of another but glad they are out of our neighborhood. Hopefully for a very long time.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-3-accused-of-murder-after-body-found-in-nw-side-dumpster-20141017-story.html

  • A) a nice homeless victim is like the one sleeping on a bench about 10 years ago who was covered with a flammable fluid by 3 local teens and set on fire.
    B)You don't need a ride for your prescription. The Alderman is having a hearing on having one here on Milwaukee Av. Hopefully in Portage nor Jeff.

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