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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?

Mar 21

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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...)

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

  • 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.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    Integrys is actually more expensive than ComEd, Adam. They have multiple hidden charges.

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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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Eat Mexican Food in Lakeview, Get a Free Pinata

Diners must simply bring their receipts to the office, 3355 N. Clark St., for meals between April 21 and May 2 to get the prize.

Cesars on Clark, 3166 N. Clark St.

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Hyde Park & Kenwood

Azteca de Oro, 3731 N. Clark St.

Cafe El Tapatio, 3400 N. Ashland Ave.

Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N. Clark St.

Mi Tierra, 1039 W. Belmont Ave.

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  • Permit issued for signs

    REMOVAL OF EXISTING STOREFRONT SIGNAGE AND INSTALLATION OF NEW WALL SIGN FACING WEST ON NORTH BROADWAY.

    2813 N. Broadway Issued April 17, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for signs

    REMOVAL OF EXISTING NON-ILLUMINATED LETTERS AND INSTALLATION OF NEW LETTERS FACING WEST ON NORTH BROADWAY

    2813 N. Broadway Issued April 17, 2014 Comment

3 days ago

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

3 days ago

Lovely vintage restoration on West Wellington in Lakeview

The 800 block of West Wellington shares real estate with expanding Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.  However, the location is fantastic for access to CTA Brown Line, buses, restaurants, services and pretty close to the lake.

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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."

6 days ago

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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!

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Suspicious Package in Uptown?

LSD Northbound closed - any news?

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    It was one of the sleepers things: sleeping bag and clothes.

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Record Store Day 2014: Where to Go in Chicago

Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325 - @davesrecordschi or see Facebook Dave's opens at 11am on Saturday, in...

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi Gramaphone plans a RSD release party from 11am-8pm with many...

Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080

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Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066 - @BeverlyRecords

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-715-5901 Bucket O' Blood will open early on Record Store Day — 10am — and will serve free coffee and donuts! Live acoustic sets all day long (artists TBD).

Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800 - @DustyGroove

Groovin' High - 1047 W. Belmont Ave. - 773-476-6846

Hyde Park Records - 1377 E. 53rd St. - 773-288-6588 - @hydprkrcrds

Jazz Record Mart - 27 E. Illinois Ave. - 312-222-1467

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569 - @lauriespos Aside from the usual (many RSD exclusive releases, opening at 9am...

KStarke Records - 1109 N. Western Ave - 773-772-4880 - @Kstarke_Records KStarke will host a plethora of DJs, plus food, drinks, and general music friendliness from 10am-9pm. Details.

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744 - @PermanentRex Permanent's Chicago store once again opens at 7am on Saturday,Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19th! All titles are one per customer and first come first served. And Dark Matter will be providing free coffee!

Raffe's Record Riot - 4350 N. Cicero - 773-725-1327

Wicker Park location - 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-235-3727 3pm Circuit Des Yeux 4pm Dance Mania DJs (Parrish Mitchell & Jammin' Gerald)

Loop location - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878

Record Breakers (above Reggie's Rock Club) - 2109 S. State St. - 312-949-0125 - @reggieslive

saki - 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. - 773-486-3997 - @sakistore

Shake, Rattle & Read - 4812 N. Broadway Ave. - 773-334-5311

...Group are once again doing a pop-up shop at Logan Square's Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 9am-5pm on Saturday. They'll have the whole Numero catalog in stock as...

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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.

  • L

    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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Record Store Day 2014 at a glance

Dave's Records Free candy and Molly's Cupcakes, raffles, 50 percent off all T-shirts, and $1 78s. 11 AM-8 PM, 2604 N. Clark, 773-929-6325, davesrecordschicago.com.

Gramaphone Records In-store DJ sets by Chicago Skyway, Chicagodeep, Taelue, Dave Cook, and DJ Mar. New local releases are 10 percent off on vinyl, and every $15 purchase gets a free Gramaphone tote bag. 11 AM-8:30 PM, 2843 N. Clark, 773-472-3683, gramaphonerecords.com.

Reckless Records on Broadway In-store "convocation" by Papa Emeritus of Ghost B.C. in his civilian guise (1 PM), plus performances by Lord Mantis (3 PM) and Videobug (4 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 3126 N. Broadway, 773-404-5080, reckless.com.

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Beverly Records Twenty percent off all used vinyl, plus free drinks, snacks, and karaoke. 8 AM-6 PM, 11612 S. Western, 773-779-0066, beverlyrecords.com.

...Empire Records soundtrack cover band, and others. DJ Marvelous Hagler spins. 8 AM-9 PM, 3156 W. Diversey, 773-654-3915, facebook.com/bricabracrecords...

Bucket o' Blood Books and Records The shop opens earlier than usual, with free coffee and doughnuts, and hosts acoustic sets from local musicians to be announced. 10 AM-8 PM, 2307 N. Milwaukee, 312-890-3860, bucketoblood.com.

...100 customers, giveaways, raffles, and a magic show in the afternoon. 8 AM-9 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800, dustygroove.com...

Groovin' High Nobody at the shop could be reached for details, but Groovin' High has participated in Record Store Day in the past, so it seems likely that it's doing something special this year too. 1047 W Belmont, 773-476-6846.

...a Soul Train-style dance line in front of the shop. 11 AM-9 PM, 1377 E. 53rd, 773-288-6588, hydeparkrecords.net...

Jazz Record Mart In-store performance by the Nick Mazarella Trio at noon. 10 AM-8 PM, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1467, jazzmart.com.

...of the Mountain Goats, among others (beginning at 12:30 PM). 9 AM-10 PM, 4639 N. Lincoln, 773-271-3569, lauriesplanetofsound.com...

Logan Hardware Hours and special promotions to be announced. 2532 W. Fullerton, 773-235-5030, logan-hardware.com.

Numero Group Pop-up Shop This RSD-only shop will sell thousands of records, CDs, videos, cassettes, books, magazines, and "all other manners of miscellaneous debris" from the Numero offices. 9 AM-5 PM, Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, numerogroup.wordpress.com.

Permanent Records Free Dark Matter coffee all day, plus in-store performances by Unmanned Ship, Quicksails, and either Mines or MT Coast (beginning at 3 PM). 7 AM-9 PM (or so), 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, permanentrecordschicago.com.

Reckless Records on Milwaukee In-store performances by Circuit des Yeux (3 PM), Dance Mania DJs Parris Mitchell and Jammin' Gerald (4 PM), and Kim and Kelly Deal with Morgan Nagler (followed by a signing session).10 AM-10 PM, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727, reckless.com.

Record Breakers Free hot dogs and soda, 50 percent off CDs, and in-store performances by Mike Golden and friends, the Wild Family, Valentiger, Brontosaurus, the New Diet, and Magicks (beginning at 10 AM). 8 AM-11 PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0125, reggieslive.com.

Saki In-store performances by Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave, Negative Scanner, and Their/They're/There (beginning at 1 PM). 9 AM-8 PM, 3716 W. Fullerton, 773-486-3997, sakistore.blogspot.com.

Shake Rattle & Read Twenty-five percent off new and used music, silk-screen poster giveaways. Noon-6 PM (or so), 4812 N. Broadway, 773-334-5311, facebook.com​/pages​/Shake-Rattle-Read​/443326455216

Village Records Sales on all stock, including 25 percent off used vinyl. Noon-8 PM, 2010 W. Roscoe, 773-549-7868, facebook.com​/pages​/Village-Records-Chicago​/313803071964981.

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Open Books and Laugh @ Laugh Factory

Open Books and the Laugh Factory Chicago present Open Books and Laugh: Stand Up for Literacy tonight at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Tickets are $20, or $30 for VIP seating; proceeds benefit Open Books.

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Lakeview Mariano's?

The developers of 3030 N. Broadway Ave. project unveiled the renderings for the five-story complex at a neighborhood meeting Monday night.

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Storecasting: Plans for a new development at...

Plans for a new development at 3030 North Broadway include the addition of a new Mariano's, a health club, and a park. The five-story complex would also have an XSports Fitness Gym and "service-oriented" shops that could include hair salons, dry cleaners, or fast-casual food joints. [DNA Info]

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Lakeview Mariano's Site Would Include Park, Health Club, Developers Say

LAKEVIEW — Plans for a long-awaited development featuring a Mariano's at 3030 N. Broadway also call for a health club, a park and a new street that would separate two buildings.

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