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"Whiskies of the World" Dinner @ Schubas

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

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Wolf Doctors Release Party @ Innertown Pub

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

15 min ago

Not Another Beer Dinner @ The Dawson

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

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LP Marketplace Record Swap Party

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

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Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Ice Cream Shop

Anyone remember an ice cream shop on Chicago and Ashland ave.

10 hours ago

Pencil This In: Evil Twin Brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø Visits The Dawson Tonight

The event starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. Attendees can come and go at their leisure. Tickets are available online here for $60 each. The Dawsonis located at 730 W. Grand Ave.

39 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Spark Energy

I had a few guys drop by my place asking me to switch to Spark Energy. I didn't do it but did start looking into it a bit and found this site. Looks like we have many choices in the supplier of our energy.. Anyone have any thoughts on a better choice then ComEd, has anyone else switched?
http://pluginillinois.org/default.aspx

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

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

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Dining Out for Life

Tonight from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m., The Dawson (730 W Grand) hosts a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. Five food stations (including a...

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LP Marketplace a soon-to-launch "eBay for vinyl," hosts a record swap party tonight from 6 to 10pm at Holiday Jones, 1659 W. Division St. Buy and swap new and used vinyl, enjoy complementary drinks and sing up for the site's beta release. $5 suggested donation.

South Side Projections presents Bring the Ruckus: Red Grooms on Celluloid, a collection of experimental films from the 1960s, tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. Doors open at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.

...the release of Wolf Doctors by Russ Woods this Thursday at 8pm at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. Readings and performances by Woods, Jeannette Gomes, Matt Rowan, Holly Amos, and Everything's Alright...

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Apr 17

Updated 2 days ago

Integrys Energy, I'm opting out, here's why

I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge:...

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I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge: .00919 per kWh
Purchased Electricity Charge: .005 per kWh (this fluctuates but has never been more than .005 per kWh for me, so I'm using the highest number I have)
Total Per kWh: .06023 per kWh (This is the current price subject to market-based increases)

So say you use 500 kWh one month.
With ComEd your supply charges would be .06023 x 500 = $30.12.
With Integrys your supply charges would be .05299 x 500 = 26.495 + 9.06 = $35.56

To get the breakeven point, change the 500 to 1250 kWh and you get about the same bill from each company at current prices ($75.29 vs $75.30). I don't know about you, but I'll never use 1250 kWh in a month.

So I thought, maybe there's an environmental benefit since they claim our energy will be sourced from non-coal, such as wind and nuclear. Looking at their Environmental Disclosure (which every energy company must submit to the state), the company as a whole gets 51% of their energy from coal. ComEd only gets 44% from coal.

Links to both Environmental Disclosures:
Integrys disclosure: http://www.icc.illinois.gov/downloads/public/filing/2/12/13/20691.pdf
ComEd disclosure: https://www.comed.com/Documents/about-us/environmental-commitment/Environmental_Disclosure_Ending%202013012.pdf

So I will be calling Integrys and opting out today. You have until April 21st, contrary to what their document says. Here's Integrys Energy's number if you want to chat with them: (888) 802-2885

Do your own research to see if it's right for you, I just wanted to share my research.

  • Thank you so much windycityzow! As a low energy user, I definitely just opted out. The Integrys guy said they staff that 888 number 24 hours a day too, so you can call anytime.

  • Stella! West Town, there and back again.

    Where can you find current Comed rates? "Electricity Supply Charge" and "Transmission Services Charge" rates specifically. They vary month to month correct? Is there anyway to see the rate history or rate projections?

    Separately, has anyone had experience with the RRTP (Residential Real-Time Pricing) https://rrtp.comed.com/live-prices/ program? I would be more wary of it, except that it looks like it is run or overseen by a subset of CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) who I think does really good work.

Mar 23

Updated 2 days ago

2 Dead, 19 Wounded in Weekend Chicago Violence

A 23-year-old man was driving southbound in the 700 block of North Green Street in the River West neighborhood when an offender driving northbound in an SUV opened fire...

After the victim was released, police said the friend drove the victim’s car to pick up friends in the 900 block of West Chicago Avenue where an offender in a white car opened fire on him. The man drove himself back to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

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Police said the man was driven to a party in the 13600 block of South Brainard Avenue by a known acquaintance. When he arrived at the location he reportedly offered to pay...

Thirty minutes earlier, two women were shot while sitting in a car near South Parnell Avenue and West 118th Street.

...3:20 a.m. a man was shot in a drive-by shooting in the 2900 block of West Cortland. Police said the man was driving down the street when an offender in a gold...

Three men were also shot around 2:30 a.m. in the 6100 block of South Normal Boulevard, police said.

On Saturday, two women were shot while driving in a car on the 600 block of West 104th Street, police said.

Police fired on a suspect in the 7600 block of South Paxton Avenue. Police responded to a call of an armed robbery and began a foot pursuit of...

Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the 12200 block of South Emerald Avenue. The man was walking on the sidewalk when a man approached and fire at him. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with wounds to both of his legs.

...a man was shot while walking toward a vehicle at a gas station in the 100 block of West 63rd Street. The 29-year-old man said he was walking toward the car when he heard...

Police said two people were shot around 7:20 p.m. in an alley in the 4300 block of West Jackson Boulevard. A maroon minivan pulled alongside the two victims and a male offender “engaged in conversation” before producing a handgun and firing several shots in their direction.

Three minutes earlier, three men were found stabbed in the second floor of a building in the 7800 block of South Bennett Avenue.

Around 7 p.m., three men were shot in the 200 block of South Western Avenue. The men was standing on the street when an offender in a silver Pontiac vehicle drove by and began shooting at them.

  • CeCe Edwards Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council

    Wendy call CAPS office and report it immediately. Keep a record of the number they give you from 311. good luck

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    For those who want to try a different way: go to a Police Board meeting and give testimony. Go singlely or as a group. Register in advance to testify. Go up to the Mic and ask the Police Board to ask CPD to dispatch service at the problem spot. As...

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    For those who want to try a different way: go to a Police Board meeting and give testimony. Go singlely or as a group. Register in advance to testify. Go up to the Mic and ask the Police Board to ask CPD to dispatch service at the problem spot. As this is near a Post Office and School it is even more silly that CPD won't protect Postal Patrons.

    Email: Patrick.r.donahoe@Usps.org and Karen.e.schenck@usps.org and tell them what is going on. Email Marquetta at Danny Davis Office and ask they get involved. He is on the Postal board and in 2007 got Congressional meetings started where Chicago was designated the worst Post Office in the Country.

    Seems we need another Congressional Hearing about stuff that goes on in the Post Office. Perhaps if Congress hears that CPD is not policing streets and keeping Postal Stations secure...Congress can act on that too!!!

    We could rename outself. Slaughter house Chicago.

    If you go this route....post your steps on EB so the community can see what was done. Remember...elections are coming and VOTE...out these politicians who can't get city service right and safety right. Of course, keep the ones who have served you well.

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    Eurobrunch!

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Apr 14

Updated 3 days ago

Motorcycles noise on the Ohio feeder

Now that the weather is warming the motorcycles have reappeared on the Ohio feeder. There was a discussion of this noise annoyance on the previous incarnation of EveryBlock. This noisy menace is worse very late at night when the motorcycles essentially use the feeder as a raceway. Is there still interest in trying to get something done about this? If so, does anyone have suggestions about how to go about it (contact the appropriate alderpeople, call the police, etc)? I would gladly join any effort to address this problem.

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Apr 17

Updated 5 days ago

2131 W Erie.HOME FOR SALE

We are selling our house at 2131 W Erie. Please pass this along if you know anyone interested!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2131-W-Erie-St-Chicago-IL-60612/3860787_zpid/

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Let me know if you would like some assistance. Can throw it on the MLS and use a variety of market exposure tricks I have learned from 20 years in the business. Can also make sure any buyers are fully vetted and the sale process itself is closely monitored to increase chances it makes it to closing. Since you are only a few blocks from our office and obviously willing to do showings I could probably cut you a commission deal. Thanks!

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Updated 5 days ago

Lost Australian Shepherd

Lost Australian shepherd. Please call or text anytime if spotted (773)636-3245. Do NOT chase. Last seen by Grant Park softball fields.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    Hi! Make sure you post on Lost Dogs of Illinois! Right away! Hope we can find this baby !

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