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Mayoral and Aldermanic Debates/Forums Before 4/7 Run-Off Election

MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by...

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MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

ALDERMANIC:
2nd WARD: Wednesday 3/11 7-8pm WTTW/Chicago Tonight Forum, may be an extended segment rather than the entire program.

2nd WARD: Tuesday 3/24, 7-8:15pm, Columbus Elementary School,1003 N. Leavitt St, Greg Hinz, political editor from Crain's and Hal Dardick, a City Hall reporter from the Tribune will be moderating the 75-minute forum, which is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, the East Village Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

29th WARD: Thursday 3/26, 6pm, Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center,5820 W. Chicago Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

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VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Candidate Forum at Chicago State University

CAN-TV VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Forum at Chicago State University is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5knj9dWsFoA
Chicago Mayoral Election Runoff Forum
Published on Mar 27, 2015

Election forum featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, hosted by Chicago State University. This program was streamed and recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    This Mayoral Forum was held on Wed 3/25. a Fox32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate was held on Thur 3/26, VIDEO of the Fox 32 Debate is at:VIDEO of the Thursday 3/26 FOX32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate is at:(Note: I could not see the video due to an upgrade in the Adobe player that I could not make on my shared computer) VIDEO of the Debate is at:http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video?clipId=11281078&autoStart=true

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Lost black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

See more photos of Mila: danielleg.com/mila

REWARD: $1,000

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  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    Hoist Rope Replacement Passenger Traction Elevator 1-East, 17-floors, 2500lb.cap.EWGT. Pursuant To Scope Of work Submitted. EV000396

    533 W. Barry Ave. Issued March 25, 2015 Comment

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How much do you tip movers?

What's the going rate for tipping movers?

  • I recently used Schlep (www.schlep.it) to move an armoire; they were fantastic and the cost was $80, so I tipped $10 for each Schlepper.

  • I have always ordered lunch for the crew and tipped based on their individual performance( I have moved 3 times in 15 years) the median tip being $30.00.
    Hope this helps!

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Chicago's Most Anticipated Spring Restaurant and Bar Openings of 2015

Location: Lakeview, 2928 N. Broadway, website

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...doors away from their popular cocktail bar and eatery that sits on the corner of Armitage and Kedzie. Expect a similar casual atmosphere found at Scofflaw, with drinks meant to complement the seafood...

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Location: River North, 20 W. Kinzie Street

Location: River North, 222 N. LaSalle Street

Prime & Provisions, DineAmic Group's (Siena Tavern) forthcoming steakhouse at the intersection of LaSalle Street and Wacker Drive, is a massive, 12,000 sq-foot space that will seat nearly 300 guests inside...

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Permit question

We are in the process of buying a new duplex in Lake View (yay!) and once everything is finalized will need/want to do some work on the unit including updating the kitchen and maybe some work on the above garage deck. I know a lot of the work will require city permits. Does anyone have advice on navigating those waters? We've only rented till now so I have no idea what we are getting into. Also any suggestions for designers and/or contractors is greatly appreciated! TIA!!!

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything...

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    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything except interior finish work, i.e. adding tile back splash, replacing drywall, etc... Depending on what you are doing for the kitchen you may or may not need a permit. If it requires plumbing work, electrical work, the moving, demolition or adding new walls, it will need a permit.

    For the garage deck, it also depends on what you are doing. If you are just replacing boards, you might not need a permit, but replacing the entire structure or adding a deck will definitely need a permit.

    The city does have an "easy permit" process for minor work that does not require architectural drawings. Supposedly they issue a permit the same day, compared to a few weeks to months with the standard permit application route.

    I am an architect with my own practice. Feel free to call me at 312.945.6208 and I can discuss this further.

    Cheers,
    Jon Hiatt RA, LEED GA, InterNACHI
    www.hydrantstudio.com

  • L

    When we replaced our roof and roof deck, the contractor handled the permitting process. However, we did have them pay an expediter so we didn't wait forever for the permit.

  • d3 NOH

    The building department in this city is so corrupt it's amazing. Pay an expeditor or it's 3+ months. Total corruption, still continuing under Rahm.

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Who do you love as a hair stylist?

I'm looking for a stylist to cut my hair every 6-8 weeks. My current stylist is great at color but I need a separate person for cuts. The man who used to cut my hair moved back to Ohio. :-( Any suggestions? I'm in Lakeview but am willing to travel a bit for a fantastic cut and style. My hair is several inches below the shoulders, very straight and relatively healthy.

Thank you for any and all suggestions.

  • Sheba at Sparrow on Milwaukee by Logan Boulevard. I always get compliments.

  • I second Josie at sine non qua Lakeview/west town
    I used to drive back home to Detroit for haircuts. Now that I go to Josie I wouldn't go to anyone else. I got another haircut from some other stylists at the salon while Josie was on maternity and I prefer her but I love the salon overall, everyone is great and really knowledgeable and professional

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Video of 36th Ward Aldemanic Candidate Forum, held on Monday 3/23

36th WARD, Monday 3/23,Debate between candidates to be Alderman in Chicago's 36th Ward. The debate was organized by the Bel-Montclare Community Organization. The candidates are Gilbert Villegas and Omar Aquino. The moderator is Alonso Zaragoza.
VIDEO of the forum is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRc0m-XOfm0

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6 things to do in Chicago this week

2) Chicago’s Best Stand Up Comedy at the Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway Street). The funniest local comedians – all in one place! Catch one of five different shows happening...

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1) Flower Show 2015 Wine Tasting at Macy’s on State (111 N. State Street). Happening March 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Walnut Room Restaurant...

4) Bacon Month Kickoff Party at the Berkshire Room (15 E. Ohio Street). The Acme Hotel’s 2nd Annual Bacon Month officially begins March 31 at 7 p...

5) “First Wives Club: The Musical” at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph Street). Based on the 1996 film, this pre-Broadway premiere makes for a fun night out...

6) “Vikings” at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive). This exhibit will dispel whatever myths you may believe about the infamous Norse civilization whose...

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Selling Queen Box Spring, Need Full Box Spring

Hi! I just moved to Lincoln Park and have an unopened Ikea Atna box spring I need to sell and need a full size box spring. The Atna retails for $250.00 I will sell it to you for $150.00. If you have a full box spring, we can do an exchange. Thanks in advance!
-Sami

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    Another person is selling all of her stuff from ikea. Full size bed too.

  • Hi Sami, Sighryn, and others: for moving the box springs, I'd recommend http://www.schlep.it/ because they were cheap and good guys ... I hope it works out!

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Undecided voters...what would get you to vote for either Mayoral candidate?

On the fence? Any one thing that would sway your opinion?

I don't know that I'm voting for Chui or Rahm. For me, I'd reconsider Rahm if he immediately implemented a Mayoral 2-term limit; and if he convinced the aldermen to implement a 3-term-limit on Aldermen (grandfathering existing Aldermen, oh, of course), I think he'd run away with the race. So much of the trouble we're in now could've been avoided if we didn't have a life-time Mayor sitting on fixing the major issues whilst hoping for good luck to occasionally sweep them away.

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    For some reason I can't seem to paste the link to a You Tube interview of David Orr talking about Rahm and the city finances. Look for it and see how the books are cooked and more on TIF money. You certainly don't get the whole story from the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

  • Rahm has done something positive and helpful. He closed a bunch of expensive and ineffective schools and caught heck for it. The city has a huge dark financial cloud hanging over it. It doesn't matter who is mayor. Noone wants the real solution.

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The Best Fried Chicken In Chicago

Crisp is located at 2940 N. Broadway St.

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Uncle Remus has three locations at 5611 W. Madison St, 4650 W. North Ave and 1801 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Uncle Remus has three locations at 5611 W. Madison St, 4650 W. North Ave and 1801 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Uncle Remus has three locations at 5611 W. Madison St, 4650 W. North Ave and 1801 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken is located at 3361 N. Elston Ave.

Mini Hut is located at 6659 W. Archer Ave.

Leghorn Chicken is located at 959 N. Western Ave.

Analogue is located at 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Crazy Bird Chicken is located at 1138 S. California Ave.

Parson’s is located at 2952 W. Armitage Ave.

Brown’s Chickenis located at 6909 W. Archer Ave.

Big Jones is located at 5347 N. Clark St.

Oiistar is located at 1385 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Charlatan is located at 1329 W. Chicago Ave.

Taus Authentic is located at 1846 W. Division St.

The Roost Carolina Kitchen is located at 1467 W Irving Park and around town in their mobile food truck.

  • That is real subjective. some people may not like southern style some people may not like Asian style it's subjective.

Mar 10

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Rooftop deck

I just bought a condo and have private rooftop rights. However, there is only one stairwell, so I'm assuming I will be unable to build a rooftop deck according to city ordinance. I've seen other EB posts about this situation and wondered if anyone knew of any legal loopholes or other options for the rooftop besides building a deck. I do not want to build if I can't get the permit. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the helpful info! I've seen some people put artificial lawn and furniture on the rooftop instead of building a deck and wondered if that was because it was easier to do and didn't need to meet the same city requirements as a deck (no permit required, etc). Some actually look pretty good.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the...

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    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the only determinant for two exits. Also, be advised that the city requires a 100 pounds per square foot loading for the deck. Unless there has been a legal deck on it in the last 10 years or so, the structure capacity will need to be increased to meet code. Thus, the roof and sheathing will have to be ripped up, the joist will have to be replaced or additional ones added before re-roofing and then building the deck and possibly the second exit. This all can only happen if the zoning for you house allows a deck.

    d3,
    For the risk involved in an illegal and non-permitted deck, lets say is that you build one without the structure being upgraded or a second exit (if required) being added. Maybe this will be fine, maybe you and your spouse are the only ones that will ever use it when you own it. However, you get tired of the cold winters and move, thus selling your house, and you keep the deck on for selling features. A young vibrant couple buys the house in spring, they move in on the first 70+ degree day and throw a party. Friends tell friends, and the deck is packed full, the structure that was designed for a 20 pounds per square foot yields, collapses, and kills 13, severely injuries 10, and the rest have minor injuries.

    Who do you think is liable for putting an illegal deck on that roof? If you have ever sold a home, you have more than likely signed something saying that you got all required permits for the work on the house you are selling.

    Please, we all need to be responsible for safe homes.

    Cheers,
    Jon, Architect & Home Inspector

Mar 03

Updated 2 days ago

Rooftop Deck -Permit

Hello,

I'm interested in building a rooftop deck on top of a 3 unit condominium. Can anyone share any tips on the permit/inspection process?

Much appreciated

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana...

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    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana applications; this is not a joke. 2) If you actually need two exits or not. Most likely you will, but a few things effect this, such as: travel distance from the most remote point on the roof deck to a legal exit, the square footage of the deck, and the occupant count of the deck.

    Please note that putting a deck on the roof, will almost certainly require work to the roof structure because unless there was a legal deck on the roof recently it does not meet the 100 pounds per square foot live load requirement in addition to the dead load of the new deck. What does this mean? The roofing and sheathing will have to ripped up, new joist added or the old ones replaced, then new sheathing and new roofing will have to be put back on. Then the deck can be placed on the roof. So as someone stated before, depending on all of these factors plus more like, permit fees, inspection fees, & type of materials the cost can have a wide range.

    My firm is Hydrant Studio and I can be reached at 312.945.6208 or submit your information at www.hydrantstudio.com

    Cheers,
    Jon

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and...

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    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and other extraneous documents in PDF format. A zoning review fee of at least $75 is required during submission of the drawings.

    If the project gets a pass from zoning, then the building department will review it for building code conformance. If the drawings are deemed suitable, the project will be granted a permit which will be available for download after the permit fee is paid in full. The fee varies on project type and size of project.

    The GC or owner, whoever agrees, at the appropriate time schedules the inspections. The time it takes for an inspector to come out to the job site depends on the workload; I can not really predict this. When an inspection is passed, the project can continue.

    Cheers,
    Jon

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Cleaning service needed

Hi neighbors!
My husband and I recently moved to East Lakeview and are looking to find someone to clean our 3 bedroom home. We have had a difficult time finding someone that is reliable and does a thorough job. I would appreciate any leads.
Thank you!

  • Thank you for your responses!

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. Please feel free to call me 773-858-0926. Look forward to hearing from you!

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Avoid cleaner/handyman team 773-355-9084

Just a warning to neighbors, I had hired a couple team handyman + cleaning person. Proved to be super unprofessional, changed the price multiple times and did not show up to the gig. You would be advised not to hire these people. Noemi is the cleaner and Jesse or Jesus is the handyman. They share a cell phone, the number is 773-355-9084

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New BYC location among Howard Brown meeting announcements

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A future, permanent home to Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) was just one of the announcements issued by Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) at its 2015 annual meeting, held March 23 at the its flagship Brown Elephant Location, 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue. The event celebrated the agency's 40th anniversary,

...so that BYC will ultimately move into the second floor of its main facility at 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., according to President and CEO David Munar. No timeline or budget has been established yet...

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