Apr 10

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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.

  • 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.

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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?

  • 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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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

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Beyonce Gives Shoutout to Chicago's Heritage Bicycles On Her Site

Heritage makes all its custom bikes in Chicago. The shop, at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., doubles as a cafe with coffee and pastries. It recently opened a store aimed for the younger crowd, Heritage Littles, 2868 N. Lincoln Ave., and soon will be opening an outpost of Heritage in Uptown.

Heritage makes all its custom bikes in Chicago. The shop, at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., doubles as a cafe with coffee and pastries. It recently opened a store aimed for the younger crowd, Heritage Littles, 2868 N. Lincoln Ave., and soon will be opening an outpost of Heritage in Uptown.

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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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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."

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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.

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    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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Howard Brown resale store to leave Boystown

Howard Brown Health Center’s flagship store, 3651 N. Halsted St., will close its doors on Boystown later this summer for a new location in central Lakeview at 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. According to a statement from the center:

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Howard Brown Health Center’s flagship store, 3651 N. Halsted St., will close its doors on Boystown later this summer for a new location in central Lakeview at 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. According to a statement from the center:

  • Yea - definitely high traffic area, it just has felt underutilized for a while. Hopefully that new Bradley-Halsted high rise is just the start of what will be lots of new development on Halsted between Addison and Grace.

  • Why don't they put a soup kitchen in there so they can draw more trash & crime to the neighborhood? The perfect extension to Center on Halsted.

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St. Alphonsus Pastor to Return After Sex Misconduct Allegations Ruled False

The Rev. Michael W. O'Connell voluntarily stepped away from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., in December after a victim alleged that O'Connell abused him in the late '90s at a parish in suburban Orland Park.

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Elephant Walk

Howard Brown is moving the original Brown Elephant resale store to 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. in July.

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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".

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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 12

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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+

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Updated Apr 12

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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Chicago summer 2014: Calendar of festivals and events

Mayfest, May 16-18, Lakeview, Ashland and Barry

Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont

Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue

Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list  of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).

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Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2-4, 26th Street & Kostner (Little Village)

Mayfest and Polish Fest, May 3-4, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Festival del Taco, (NEW), May 30 - June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)

Randolph Street Market Festival, May 24, 25, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden

6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)

L.A.T.E. Ride, June 21, overnight ride starts at Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)

Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive

Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland

World’s Largest Block Party, June 27,28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams

Chinatown Dragon Boat Races, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 E 18th Street

Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage

Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland

Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway

Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox

Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen

Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster

North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North

Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North

Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.

Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage

Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue

Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street

Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball

Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren

Chicago New Orleans Fest (NEW) August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington

Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 - 14, Wells and North

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