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First food trucks and now pedicabs: Tunney's uprooting another progressive industry

The City Council’s Transportation and License Committees will review next week a proposal from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to regulate pedicabs in Chicago and some language in the legislation has owners of the bicycle taxis concerned the ordinance may regulate them out of existence, if it passes.

The ordinance, introduced by Tunney last May, would cap the number of pedicabs at 200 and require them to post fare information, follow the rules of the road and meet safety standards such...

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The City Council’s Transportation and License Committees will review next week a proposal from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to regulate pedicabs in Chicago and some language in the legislation has owners of the bicycle taxis concerned the ordinance may regulate them out of existence, if it passes.

The ordinance, introduced by Tunney last May, would cap the number of pedicabs at 200 and require them to post fare information, follow the rules of the road and meet safety standards such as require seat belts for passengers and have proof of liability and workers' compensation insurance. But there is another caveat in the final draft being presented to the Transportation and License committees that would ban pedicabs in the Loop and on State Street and Michigan Avenue, from Congress Parkway to Oak Street, during rush hours. That’s a sizable area and, on one level, we can understand wanting to keep those streets free for other traffic. The Chicago Pedicab Association, however, sees this as a poison pill.

"This is going to potentially destroy the pedicab industry in Chicago. We won't be able to navigate the Loop and River North areas or pick up passengers in any of these areas," said board member T.C. O'Rourke.

“The Loop, Michigan Avenue and State Street are the most pedestrian- and tourist-oriented areas of the city. Many pedicab operators make the bulk of their income working in these areas. They’re where the people are. Essentially, it would make working in the Loop and River North virtually impossible. We wouldn’t be able to showcase these iconic streets. The rest of the ordinance is tolerable, but not this part.”

More on Chicagoist:

http://chicagoist.com/2014/04/23/pedicab_operators_worried_about_new.php

Mar 21

Updated 1 hour 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!

  • j#s

    PPM knocked off $55 from my $113 bill. I would suggest talking to someone at PPM if you're experiencing the same issue I'm facing. This is the second month in a row they've done this for me and while it might be a bit of an inconvenience to have to contact them, I appreciate PPM responding back, understanding the situation, and applying a credit that fits the monthly estimate they predicted.

  • The same happened with me. I contacted Dan from the email that you posted j#s and he was very prompt in apologizing and forwarding my correspondence to the PPM manager, Carmen. They ended up crediting me about $100 for the utilities, bringing the fee within the monthly estimate when I renewed the lease- a very nice and honest thing to do.

4 hours ago

New Building

There seems to be a new building going up on the west side on the 3500 block of north Halsted. This has been used as a parking lot since the mid 80's when the original structure burned down. Does anyone know what's being built here?

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Feb 21

Updated 26 hours ago

Happy with your condo property manager? Are you self-managed?

I'm a unit owner at a 36 unit condo building. We are on our 3rd property management company since the building was converted to condos in the late 90's.

The current property manager assigned to our building is bad. Main issue is his communication, initiative, and follow-up were very poor. In the past, we've had a mixture of fantastic managers to "just okay" managers. Our board brought it to the boss's attention. They agreed to assign us a new property...

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I'm a unit owner at a 36 unit condo building. We are on our 3rd property management company since the building was converted to condos in the late 90's.

The current property manager assigned to our building is bad. Main issue is his communication, initiative, and follow-up were very poor. In the past, we've had a mixture of fantastic managers to "just okay" managers. Our board brought it to the boss's attention. They agreed to assign us a new property manager. Hopefully, the next prop. mgr will be better. This company has also started to lose their personal touch as they have gotten bigger and bigger. It's gone from feeling like a Mom & Pop type biz to a corporate biz.

Anyone have similar experiences?

Another unit owner and I were wondering how challenging it would be to become self-managed? Anyone doing this? Do you pay this person(s)?

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36 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Misericordia Candy Days at Belmont/Lincoln & Ashland

Every year for the past 20 years my family and I have coordinated Misericordia Candy Days at the corner of Belmont, Lincoln and Ashland. This year is no exception. Candy Days is Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26. We will be out there again doing our best to help my brother and 600 other members of the Misericordia family.
If you’re in the city feel free to come over to volunteer or donate in person. We are all over the intersection and base camp is in the Central Savings Bank parking lot. You can contact me at rskelts@gmail.com with any questions.

  • I'm out of town this weekend, but best of luck to you and to Misericordia Candy Days! A great organization.

  • Thanks Noreen,

    I know that you have helped us in past years and we will miss you this year. Thank for the words of encouragement!!

    RS

45 hours ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Nettelhorst French Market

Does anyone know which Saturday it begins? Last year it opened in late April. Will it be open this coming Saturday?

4 days ago

Updated 33 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?

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    That's great! So glad he finally stepped up :)

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    Very good news! Glad your landlord finally gave you a working smoke alarm :)

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Bathtub reglazing

Does anybody have a recommendation for a bathtub reglazing?

  • http://aarcobaths.com/

    I used these guys in 2011. The tub still looks good. There are cheaper options out there. But, in my opinion, you get what you pay for. The low-priced options don't seem to last as long.

    You just want to be careful what you use to clean it with. Some cleaners will damaged the finish. And obviously, don't drop anything that might chip it.

    One tip: If your chrome drain looks bad/chipped, I would suggest removing it prior to having the bathtub reglazed, then replacing it.

    Good luck.

  • http://arkrefinishing.com/

    Ark was highly recommended to me when I remodeled my bathroom. I told my contractor I wanted him to use Ark, he pulled a fast one and used Aarco (as recommended above) but I didn't know until the job was finished. It looked good at first but fast forward...

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    http://arkrefinishing.com/

    Ark was highly recommended to me when I remodeled my bathroom. I told my contractor I wanted him to use Ark, he pulled a fast one and used Aarco (as recommended above) but I didn't know until the job was finished. It looked good at first but fast forward 4 years and I needed my tub refinished again because it looked horrible.I called Ark this time. The old finish came right off (what was left anyway). Do yourself a favor and do it right the first time and call Ark! Very professional and easy to work with, my tub looks great!

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2 days ago

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Old Borders, North/Halsted?

Anyone know what is going in at the old Borders location at North & Halsted?

2 days ago

3 days ago

Jazz, world music event celebrates Israeli artists

The Klein group will perform again at 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 9, during Shabbat services at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Call 773-525-4707 for more information. 

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

The event kicks off at noon Tuesday, May 6, with world-music artist Mika Karni, the Kol Dodi Trio and Jaman Production performing free celebrations at Daley Plaza, 40 W. Washington St., to announce the festival opening. 

...Zeidel is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. The artist, who is based largely in Paris, Tel-Aviv and New York, has released...

...p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, 6601 S. Kedzie Ave. Klein is a jazz/world music flutist who blends his instrument with the sound with...

The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., will host a free performance by the Hadar Noiberg Trio at 8 p.m. Wednesday...

...set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The project works to change the face of Israeli popular music by offering “a fascinating...

...m. Saturday, May 17. Both performances include three sets at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway. Clarinetist-saxophonist Cohen has been voted “Clarinetist of the Year” seven years in a row...

3 days ago

Recommendations for someone to install eco friendly wood floor?

Hi, Can anyone recommend a local person who could pull up the raggedy (!) wall to wall in our new condo and lay down a nice new wood floor - the type that doesn't off-gas with the noxious chemicals? Thanks very much

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Apr 10

Updated 3 days 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.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    There is a recent post on here where someone did the math and broke it all down. I don't remember the exact title but it had "integrys" in it. In that thread he talks about the hidden charges. :)

  • d3 NOH

    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it...

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    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it was a savings--it was for me for over a year. The calculation in question for anyone having this issue would have been done a full year ago+ to be having this issue, then after that year they change the rates to variable. You could do the same calculation today and come up that Energy Plus had no hidden fees and that it was a better deal, but the issue is what happens after the 12 month period if/when it becomes variable.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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!

  • Check out the "four plus one" buildings around you. They tend to rent their spots out to surrounding buildings at a lower price than free standing parking lots. I am south of Belmont and covered spots in those buildings go for about $180/month.

  • The New Yorker at Waveland and Lake Shore has monthly parking available. I think it's $200 or $250 a month.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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!

  • That spot hasn't been the same since 1996...

  • Maybe, but still it would be nice to have a place to grab a drink or some picnic food on the lakefront. It seems hard to imagine that location, between Belmont & Diversey Harbors, wouldn't be a very profitable one - which is why I can't figure out how it could remain shuttered for going on two years now. Anyone know who to ask about this? The alderman? The City or Park District? Eater Chicago?

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Apr 17

Updated 5 days 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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Apr 17

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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Apr 14

Updated Apr 17

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."

Apr 14

Updated Apr 17

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!

Apr 17

Apr 17

  • 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

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