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Rioja Wine Dinner @ Senza

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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Sound Opinions at the Movies: Almost Famous

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain @ Patio Theater

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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World Book Night @ W&CF

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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The Knife @ Aragon

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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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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New for sale! East Lakeview penthouse home with private rooftop deck $689,000

We've just listed 622 W Oakdale #5 for sale asking $689,000.  The extra-wide top floor home features fantastic outdoor space, upgraded finish level and attached garage parking.  The true three bedroom condo has a unique, spacious feel with wide open city views from the unit.

The 600 block of West Oakdale features gorgeous original architecture and newer high-end buildings.  It's surprisingly quiet yet steps from all the action along Broadway and Diversey.

The 600 block of West Oakdale features gorgeous original architecture and newer high-end buildings.  It's surprisingly quiet yet steps from all the action along Broadway and Diversey.

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548 W Roosevelt Road

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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

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Here Are Chicago's Best Retail Sales and Events This Week

...holding a $5–$8 Sample Sale this Saturday, April 26 at its old Lakeview store (3011 N. Broadway St.). From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. shop t-shirts, tanks, pillows, assorted home...

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...returns for its third season on Sunday, April 27. Held in an Uptown parking garage (5051 N. Broadway Ave.), shop everything from vinyl to vintage from 100 Midwest vintage dealers. The market runs from...

...Shos along Roscoe Street (between Damen Ave. and Oakley Ave.) at stores like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts...

...Damen Ave. and Oakley Ave.) at stores like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts with your purchase and “mystery...

...like A Pied (2037 W. Roscoe St.), Kickin’ (2118 W. Roscoe St.), and Little Threads (2033 W. Roscoe St.) to receive gifts with your purchase and “mystery envelopes” filled with gift certificates...

Baby shop Sprout San Francisco (1943 W. Division St., 773-489-0009, sproutsanfrancisco.com) celebrates its second anniversary in Chicago on Thursday, April 24. Join the party from 6 to 8 p.m. for refreshments, a 25 percent discount, and raffle (with $10 donation).

Home décor store Jayson Home (jaysonhome.com) is holding a Bonus Warehouse Sale to shed excess inventory this weekend. Find the sale at 701 N. Albany Ave. on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

...percent off, ranging from $5 to $100. Find the sale at Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering (2419 West 14th St.) and enter off Western Ave...

...summer market season kicks off. Shop vintage and antiques at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall (1340 W. Washington St) in the West Loop on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5...

The recently opened Splendid (3510 N. Southport Ave.) store is holding its grand opening party this Saturday, April 26 from 3 to 5...

Karli Positano of 10 Crosby Derek Lam (dereklam.com/10crosby) will be at space519 (900 N. Michigan Ave., fifth floor, 312-751-1519, space519.com) for a special shopping event on Thursday, April...

Le Dress (1741 W. Division, 773-697-9855, ledressshop.com) shows off its newly renovated store and spring goods with a grand opening party on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by for signature cocktail, a DIY cupcake bar, and styling from local bloggers.

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Nettelhorst French Market

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

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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 :)

19 hours ago

Hash House's tractor bar; Ceres' Table in Lake View

...Ceres' Table has moved, and will open in East Lakeview at 3124 N. Broadway in April. Chef Giuseppe Scurato, who introduced Ceres' Table in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood in...

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...Hash House A Go Go, 1212 N. State St., has unveiled a brand-new "Tractor Bar" bar snacks menu and beverage program. Beverages include...

...Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie Ave., will host a "Derby Jubilee" for a Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 3...

...On Saturday, May 3, Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will host its second annual Derby party, "Derby q," 2-6 p.m. Tickets are...

...NoMI | Boutique Chocolate is "popping up" in the Park Hyatt Chicago Library, 800 N. Michigan Ave. Pastry Chef Meg Galus' shop will be there through May 11, 1-8 p.m...

...The Mother's Day afternoon tea at the Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., returns for its fourth consecutive year on Sunday, May 11. It's at 10:30...

—aria, 200 N. Columbus Dr., is offering a Mother's Day brunch menu by Executive Chef James Phillips on Sunday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The brunch is $42 per person. For reservations, call 312-444-9494 or visit www.ariachicago.com .

...On Mother's Day, May 11, Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., is offering a brunch buffet—plus all mothers will receive a $25 Shaw's Crab...

—Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer a Mother's Day brunch buffet with items such as house-smoked salmon, house smoked ham, frittatas, beignets and more. The buffet is $25 each; tickets can be purchased at www.TheFrontierChicago.com .

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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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Taste of Vietnam @ Banh Mi & Co.

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tonight, Senza (2873 N Broadway) is featuring a five-course wine dinner prepared by executive chef Noah Sandoval. Courses include...

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For their April "Taste of Vietnam" event, Banh Mi & Co's Loop location (214 W. Van Buren) will celebrate Vietnamese soups from 5 to 8pm. For $15, guests can enjoy complimentary regional...

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., hosts a World Book Night pickup event -- stop by to get a copy of one of several free books being offered by local authors. Learn more here.

...Love of Molly Louvain, starring Ann Dvorak, tonight at 7:30pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten...

Swedish duo The Knife plays the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight Tickets are $35. Doors open at 7:30pm, show's at 8:30pm.

...of Sound Opinions at the Movies tonight at 7:30pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The film is Almost Famous, and Greg and Jim will talk about the film's...

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441 West Oakdale apartments, 441 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

441 West Oakdale apartments, 441 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark St and Broadway St north and south of Diversey, but there are also a number of options along Diversey and nearby in the park.

Duffy’s Tavern, Pars Cove and Miss Asia are just a few of the venues you’ll find clustered along Diversey just west of 441 West Oakdale. The popular Yolk opened recently at Pine Grove and Diversey. Expect a wait for breakfast on weekends.

The #151 bus stops in front of the building and connects to the Loop via Michigan Ave. Other bus routes along Diversey and Broadway are a short walk from the building.

Great Lakeview apartment deals at 515 West Barry

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350 West Oakdale apartments, 350 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

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Old Borders, North/Halsted?

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

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A Huge Garage Doesn’t Belong on a Thriving Pedestrian Shopping Street

A parking lot at 3030 N Broadway in Lakeview, formerly the site of a Dominick’s grocery store, could soon be the...

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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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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.

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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.

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350 West Oakdale apartments, 350 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

...by the architecture firm of Shaw, Metz & Dolio, which also designed strikingly similar buildings at 3121 N Sheridan, 3130 N Lake Shore and 201 E Walton. The buildings are characterized by horizontal ribbons...

There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark St and Broadway St north and south of Diversey, but there are also a number of options along Diversey and nearby in the park.

Duffy’s Tavern, Pars Cove and Miss Asia are just a few of the venues you’ll find clustered along Diversey just west of 350 West Oakdale. The popular Yolk opened recently at Pine Grove and Diversey. Expect a wait for breakfast on weekends.

The #151 bus stops in front of the building and connects to the Loop via Michigan Ave. Other bus routes along Diversey and Broadway are a short walk from the building.

New Lakeview apartments at 3130 N Lake Shore Drive

Great Lakeview apartment deals at 515 West Barry

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350 West Oakdale apartments, 350 W Oakdale Ave, Lakeview

...which also designed strikingly similar buildings at 3121 N Sheridan, 3130 N Lake Shore and 201 E Walton. The buildings are characterized by horizontal ribbons of windows that alternate with courses of brick...

Lower-floor units facing east look out on the Martin Quigley House, 340 W Oakdale, a Tudor Revival reminder of the large homes that once dominated the area. A number of the remaining homes along Oakdale, Wellington and Barry form the Meekerville Historic District.

2 days ago

What to See on Record Store Day 2014

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (bands start at 3 p.m.) 3126 N. Broadway (Lakeview), 1532 N. Milwaukee (Wicker Park).

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Jivan Ivan, “The Record Butcher,” will sell stacks of vinyl LPs for as cheap as 25 cents a pound (“sound by the pound”) starting at noon. Free coffee from Passion House Roasters. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. 2532 W. Fullerton.

This alto sax whiz, who takes the stage at noon, is likely the earliest live music you’ll catch all day. 12 p.m. Store open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 27 E. Illinois.

...23 (only 1,000 copies pressed).9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee...

No live music at Dusty Groove this year, but the UKV shop promises all manner of carnivalesque entertainment, including a wheel of fortune, afternoon magic show, and breakfast pastries. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1120 N. Ashland.

Permanent will open at 7 a.m. with free Dark Matter Coffee, plus live tunes in the afternoon (Plumb Bob at 3, Quicksails at 4, Mines at 5, and the positively gruesome Unmanned Ship at 6.) 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1914 W. Chicago.

8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 2105 S. State.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (bands start at 3 p.m.) 3126 N. Broadway (Lakeview), 1532 N. Milwaukee (Wicker Park).

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Soul Reunion 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) 1377 E. 53rd.

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 3716 W. Fullerton.

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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?

Mar 21

Updated 3 days 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...)

    The...

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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.

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