3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bungalow chimney advice/recommendation

Hello Belmont-Cragin neighbors!

My husband and I bought our bungalow back in January and at the time we noticed the chimney, which is painted, looked as if it was peeling or flaking. Our home inspector said it was probably due to the house needing a new roof and chimney flashings. We had the roof and flashings replaced in April and the roofer said he thinks the chimney looks the way it does because of moisture pushing through the bricks from the inside as the boiler and got water heater vent through it.

2 questions:
Has anyone had this happen in their home, especially if you love in a bungalow?

Can anyone recommend a chimney expert/repair guy?

Thanks!

  • Forgot, not sure I trust what I find on the internet re. needing a new smaller flue since much of it seems to be from companies that install new flues.

  • hkl Belmont-Cragin homeowner

    Will do Lujan.

Jul 14

CPS budget meeting at Wright College on Wednesday

Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration...

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Raise Your Hands is hosting a 2015 CPS budget rundown tonight at 6:30pm. Raise Your Hands will show you how to find the proposed budgets for your schools and talk about how you can speak out for your schools at the Wednesday budget meeting. You don't need to attend the meeting tonight to go to the budget hearings on Wednesday.

The CPS budget hearings are this Wednesday night at 6pm at Wright College, Malcolm X, and Kennedy King colleges. (Registration starts at 5pm). Why should you go speak out at this budget hearing? Because CPS is cutting the budgets for many of our public schools that our neighborhood children attend. We can't let them further weaken our public schools without putting up a fight.

Examples of some of the proposed cuts...

Kelvyn Park High School -$1.8 million
Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood -$1.6 million
Steinmetz H.S. -$448,000
Northwest Middle School -$ 313,000
Reinberg -$30,000
Thorp -$ 275,000
Foreman -$728,000
Schurz - $711,000
Department of Academic learning and Support- City wide -$75,000,000
Department of Diverse learners Support and Services -$88,000,000

Jul 13

Belmont-Cragin United community meeting this Monday 07/14!

Hi neighbors!
The next meeting for Belmont-Cragin United will be on Monday, July 14, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Portage-Cragin branch of the Chicago Public Library, 5108 W. Belmont. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors, brainstorm neighborhood improvement ideas, and get involved in the community.

Jun 25

Updated Jun 27

Loud Sounds?

This morning at about 3am (6/25), my wife was woken out of a dead sleep by something that sounded like an explosion followed by a series of cracking sounds similar to gunshots. She said it didn't have the cadence or pitch of fireworks.

Can't find anything in the news about it. Anyone know or hear anything?

Jun 16

Updated Jun 18

New to Belmont Cragin

Looking forward to meeting some nice people in the neighborhood. Any advice and recommendations, would be greatly appreciated. 😄.

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