11 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Landlord Responsibility?

I contacted my landlord in February about the fact that my smoke detector doesn't work, and then again in March. I am still waiting for a new one. He lives in my building, so one would think he'd be a little more concerned about fire safety. I know it's the landlord's responsibility to provide a smoke detector and since it's only a few dollars, I could certainly go out and buy one, but I'd like to know what my rights are as a tenant and what actions I can take?

Mar 21

Updated 9 hours ago

PPM Apartments - Separate Utility Bill from AUM

So when i renewed my lease with PPM earlier this year it was announced that we would be receiving a separate utility bill for gas, water, sewer, trash. I live in a studio apartment and they said it would run about $50-$60/mo. Well, the first bill comes in and it's for $110. Nearly $90 of it is for gas (heat). But heat we can't control!

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So when i renewed my lease with PPM earlier this year it was announced that we would be receiving a separate utility bill for gas, water, sewer, trash. I live in a studio apartment and they said it would run about $50-$60/mo. Well, the first bill comes in and it's for $110. Nearly $90 of it is for gas (heat). But heat we can't control!

I tried to call PPM but was told I would need to touch base with AUM (the service that handles this new method of utility payment). Is there any way I can fight this? I suppose fight isn't the correct word, but I renewed my lease under the assumption the utility bill would be $50-$60/mo, not double that amount!

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    Mike, I'm aware of the gas company offering a plan where you pay more in the summer for the winter months (I used to do it, though I wasn't a fan because I felt like I was paying HUNDREDS of dollars in the summer and still a good amount in the winter).
    I realize I read the post wrong and this really has nothing to do with the utility companies :) My bad.

  • When my apartment came up for renewal with PPM last month, they asked for a 10% rent increase and the new AUM utility system, under which tenants pay for everything from sewage to trash removal, as with the above poster. (PPM's construction contractors use the dumpster, by the way...)

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    When my apartment came up for renewal with PPM last month, they asked for a 10% rent increase and the new AUM utility system, under which tenants pay for everything from sewage to trash removal, as with the above poster. (PPM's construction contractors use the dumpster, by the way...)

    The result for me was a ~18% hike in rent and fees. I was frankly offended, especially since they claimed the utilities billing was part of an "Environmental Conservation program." The new price (for a 1 bdrm) was what I paid for a 2 bdrm w/ dishwasher across the street when I first moved to Lakeview three years ago.

    I negotiated a slightly lower rent for a three month lease extension and will be finding a new place.

    p.s. My AUM bill for the month was over $200.

14 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

East Lakeview parking spot wanted

Looking for a parking spot for summer around Lake Shore Drive & Addison.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    We live at LSD and Belmont and pay for garage valet parking. It's $225 a month but I find it's really worth it. I looked for cheaper garage parking and couldn't find any when we moved in.
    If you find something that isn't just a single spot, please let me know!

14 hours ago

Snack Shop near Driving Range: Will it open?

I miss its fish tacos. Does anyone know if it will be back in business this summer? Thanks!

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Apr 10

Updated 17 hours ago

Beware of Energy Plus - Stick with ComEd

I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be....

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I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be. This winter we all saw higher bills of course because of the brutal winter. If you are using Energy Plus, call ComEd and cancel it. If you are considering signing up, read the fine print and cancel as soon as you can after getting the miles....or better yet, learn from my mistake and steer clear and warn your friends.

  • Adam in W Neighbors Wrightwood Neighbors can't be beat

    You can beat the ComEd price by shopping the market. Try Integrys or another company with a fixed price product.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    Integrys is actually more expensive than ComEd, Adam. They have multiple hidden charges.

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

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?

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

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However,...

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    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However, foam can come from multiple variables and sometimes is pretty normal, especially in the ocean harbors. Niagara falls is beautiful, til you get on the boat, look down and it looks like refuse from washing a bear with shampoo. If it's abnormal for that area (the foam) you can always find a resource to report it to.

    As for these fishing methods, there are clear rules as to how many lines/poles per licensed person, how many hooks on each line, daily limit quantity and size, etc. In IL you can have 3 rods per angler and up to two hooks per rod. So technically one lure with two treble hooks constitutes two hooks. If they are toting around 100 hooks with 10 on each line, that's illegal, and if they are using shopping carts I HIGHLY doubt anyone you see is commercial. Commercial actually harvest in worse ways...

    In WI, the DNR (dept. natural resources) handles these matters.
    I would be more worried about the amount of hooks/lines per person than anything. People like that tend to be haphazard as well. Would be great for that kind of barbed wire to wash up on shore huh?

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3 days 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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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Ants!

It is spring and the ants have begun to march. In our experience last year, the little roundish traps didn't do enough. So, I think we need an exterminator. I'm okay with them doing what they need to do outside the house. But, I'm worried about the interior. I don't want the chemicals in the house and substances like vinegar don't seem to work well enough. Will hiring an exterminator just for the outside be sufficient? Any exterminator recommendations? Any ant removal recommendations?

Thanks

  • 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."

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Interior Design Consultation

Need help picking out the perfect sofa and coordinating pieces for your living room? Or, do you want to renovate your entire kitchen or bathroom? With our single design session, you can have a designer from my team stop by for a few hours to help you out with your design questions.

  • Jason came to my house and coordinated all the paint colors for my hallways, kitchen, front room, family room and a child's room. I love the combinations. Jason also had a table & chair set refinished to coordinate with my new kitchen colors. Love it!!

  • Jason Interior designer at your service...

    Thank you Sally! It was truly a pleasure working with you. I feel confident you and your family will enjoy the refinished table for many many years to come!

3 days ago

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REMOVE AND REPLACE EXISTING FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR LOBBY DOORS WITH RAILINGS. ALL WORK SAME AS EXISTING FOR EXISTING 17 STORIES RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

    3750 N. Lake Shore Dr. Issued April 15, 2014 Comment

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Suspicious Package in Uptown?

LSD Northbound closed - any news?

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    It was one of the sleepers things: sleeping bag and clothes.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?

I know this is a weird question. We're replacing a countertop and are going to have leftover quartz. I don't want to take delivery of it if I can't get rid of it. Do you think this is something people would buy? Is there a want-ads listing service for building materials other than the obvious, like craigslist?

  • Could you please confirmd the dimensions of the remnant that you have and the price? I too, would be interested! THX.

  • L

    I don't know. I don't have it and won't take delivery of it unless I have a home for it. It is a slab that has two back splashes cut from it. As soon as I have more info, I'll post or PM you. Thanks.

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5 days ago

LocaL Art Studio hosting Paint + BYOB workshops - April and May

A & L Designs studio is hosting painting workshops in April and May! Check out one of our events...hope to see you in the studio soon. :-)

Workshop 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.

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A & L Designs studio is hosting painting workshops in April and May! Check out one of our events...hope to see you in the studio soon. :-)

Workshop 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.

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.

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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6 days ago

Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

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

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

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

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

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

6 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

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Apr 07

Updated 6 days ago

New fences on the lake front north of Belmont harbor?

Anyone know why they're fencing up the lake front east of the golf course between Belmont and montrose harbor? Before, you could go north until some the pavement ended and the rocks began (that area has been fenced a long time).

Lots of runners and walkers go there (like me!) so i'll be pretty bummed if it's unreachable.

The fences weren't there as of Saturday, and are almost complete now.

  • My guess is they're finally getting around to replacing the rocks with concrete matching that south of the golf course & north of the harbor. Not that I'm happy about this, as I much prefer the varying sizes and access to the water of the old rocks.

  • Peter Compernolle I love Chicago. ootheloop.com

    turns out it's part of the shoreline protection project. it is not completely and entirely blocked off, unless you climb a tall (8-10'?) fence or sneak into the golf course. here's to hoping they're swift -- that's my favorite running route and means to access montrose harbor!

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/shoreline_protectionproject.html

  • I really hope they are finally fixing it and will re-open it sooner rather than later. It is one of my favorite running routes as well and would love to have it back!

Apr 12

Updated 6 days ago

Plan for Belmont Market (401 W Belmont)

A few weeks ago, I got a notification from the department of business affairs and consumer protection about a liquor license application for "Belmont Market, Inc" at 401 W Belmont. The objection period deadline was April 4.

Does anyone know the status of the market? That would make like a whole lot easier having a small market across the street instead of needing to walk to Broadway!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I thought it was already open, or am I thinking of a different place over there?

  • The convenient mart closed months ago.

6 days ago

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Bikes stolen

Sadly, we went into our garage Friday morning and discovered both doors wide open and our bikes gone. We don't know if our garage mates left the door open, the door is faulty or if we left the door to our backyard unlocked, but however it happened, there is someone in the area stealing. So make sure that you watch for the garage door to go all the way to the ground before walking away.

We've filed a report with 311 as well as the stolen bike registry, but I don't have a ton of faith that we will be seeing them again.

  • Thanks Beeb and Mike! We will definitely have to check that out. We have sensor lights now, but clearly that didn't do much!

  • Therese Ten-year resident.

    24 hours after our bikes we're stolen in December, they appeared on Craig's List in the same posting. My husband responded as though he were an interested buyer, then called the police, who said they'd send a detective if the thief responded with an address. There was no response and a few hours later the post came down, which leads us to believe the thief knew or had learned our last name. So if your bikes appear on Craig's List, I'd recommend having friends query on your behalf. Good luck.

Apr 07

Updated Apr 13

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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