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Commercial fishing on lakefront around Belmont Harbor?

Last week I noticed a weird foam about 15 ft out on the water in an extensive ring. I asked a scientist friend who knows about such things. He said that the local fisherman have taken to the disgraceful practice of using fire extinguishers to push out 20 or more lines to catch fish and the foam is a result of the froth from the extinguishers.
Today I saw men dragging big carts of items such as extinguishers, various multi fishing lines, many large buckets and other equipment. etc over to the lakefront. Is this commercial fishing? What are they doing with the fish they catch? Are Lake Michigan fish being sold to local restaurants?

  • The Fire extinguishers have been emptied and refilled with compressed air, so there is no contamination from "Power Lining" that I can tell. Here is how it works: "No support poles needed for a power line. Get yourself a fire extinguisher, empty it and then have it filled with compressed...

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    The Fire extinguishers have been emptied and refilled with compressed air, so there is no contamination from "Power Lining" that I can tell. Here is how it works: "No support poles needed for a power line. Get yourself a fire extinguisher, empty it and then have it filled with compressed air at a Fire Extinguisher supply. Most extinguishers have a hose of some type and you have to adapt that to a piece of pipe, maybe 1 1/2 inch diameter. Your weight needs to slide in the pipe easily. Attach a three ft. piece of chalk cord to the weight and the rubber band to the chalk line. Attach the end of the rubber band to a open face fishing pole/reel. Most guys use only the bottom half of the rod. Make sure your bail is open. Aim pipe out over the lake and hit the fire extinguisher handle quickly. Weight is shot out and takes rubber band and line with it. Reel in line, rubber stretches. Disconnect line from fishing rod and add leader with six droppers that you bait with crawlers, etc. A length of flyline is added to the end of the leader. Let the rubber band pull the hooks and flyline back out. I attach a large bobber near the last hook. Clip end of flyline to a bell and sit back waiting for the ring/ring. Pull in fish hand over hand, rebait and repeat process. Flyline is best because it won't tangle when you handline it in. Some guys use mono but they need a large reel of some type to keep it from tangling. Henry's Bait should be able to set you up with weight, leaders and flyline. Your on your own for a fire extinguisher. 5 or 10 lbers work good." As to whether or not it would be considered "commercial" you would need to talk to the City of Chicago, or The State of Illinois.

  • D3- snagging is legal but only from October 1 - December 31 http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/fishing-areas/fishing-hours-and-seasons/

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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508

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Pecking Order 4416 N. Clark St. 773-907-9900

Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886

SideDoor 100 E. Ontario St. 312-787-6768

Jerry's 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006

Sportsman's Club 948 N. Western Ave. 872-206-8054

Buffalo Exchange 1478 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9558

Gallery Bar 738 N. Clark St. 312-929-2658

40 hours ago

Coalfire Pizza coming to 3707 N. Southport

Confirmed today that they are coming to the former Hye Bar space, and hoping to open later this summer.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/coalfire-pizza-coming-to-3707-n.html

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Former CPS Teacher Debuts Play About Teaching Under Testing Pressure

Zarrow would know. He's a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, and his new play "Principal Principle" — based on his experiences in the city — tries to turn that narrative on its head. It debuts at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Friday.

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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?

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  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    Cinnamon eh? I'm giving this a shot in the next week as I get them from tiny crevices and cracks that sometimes sitting the Terro traps by is near impossible.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Important distinction: Carpenter ants--the big black ants--are like termites and very destructive. For them, I'd go with a professional exterminator. The little ants are an icky nuisance and can be dealt with by ant traps or cinnamon. Nievka, I love your description of a "tiny cinnamon wall."

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Confirmed: A Pizza Place is coming to the old Hye Bar space at 3707 N. Southport Ave.

Rumors have been swirling for months, but Everyblock has confirmed the build-out permit to be a pizza restaurant. Anyone know the details?

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/confirmed-pizza-place-is-coming-to-old.html

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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.

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Bed Bugs!

I brought bed bugs home from a recent trip to Atlanta and have had no luck getting rid of them. Can any recommend a service for this?

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Best Venue for Dance

1225 W. Belmont 773-327-5252 stage773.com

3435 N. Sheffield 773-281-0824 linkshall.org

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Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E. Randolph St. 312-334-7777

3 days ago

Special Events and Entertainment police detail will be hitting Wrigleyville this summer

Over the past year, Buckner added, the Cubs gave $500,000 to neighborhood groups, along with another $1 million to build a new park at 1230 W. School St., and will be hosting a women’s lacrosse match between Northwestern and the University of Southern California 7 p.m. April 26.

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The special unit, organized last season to beef up enforcement around the 100-year-old Wrigley Field on game days, has also been reaching out to Wrigleyville area bars, Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris told the annual Cubs/community meeting at the police auditorium, 850 W. Addison.

But Ald. Tunney added he hopes to see fewer cars towed or ticketed this year with free parking available at the remote lot at Rockwell and Irving Park Rd.

3 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

4 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

4 days ago

Don't be Fooled by Events in Your Daily Digest

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

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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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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.

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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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Mortified! @ Schubas

Mortified! returns to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 7pm. The Blue Ribbon Glee Club performs in between cringeworthy stories of personal embarrassment. Shay DeGrandis hosts. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 21+

Apr 10

Updated 6 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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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    SPOT TUCKPOINT NORTH ELEVATION AND REPLACE 200 BRICKS. DIASSEMBLE AND REBUILD NOTH SIDE PARAPET WALL. TOTAL OF 400 SQ. FT.

    3127 N. Racine Ave. Issued April 10, 2014 Comment
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    TUCKPOITNING ENTIRE FACADE AND SPOTS ON NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS. APPROX. 1,000 SQ. FT., LINTEL REPLACEMENT ON THEFACADE: 6-2' LONG, 3-4'6 & 2-3'-6 long.

    3111 N. Racine Ave. Issued April 10, 2014 Comment

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