25 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Need a water meter installed, referrals please! West town

I am having the hardest time finding a plumber to install a water meter at my 3 flat. We had a plumber lined up and then he backed out because he didn't want to go get the license and meter from the city. Lots of plumbers have said they don't do it. The city is requiring that we install one or face fines.

Anyone have a reasonably priced suggestion? We had one several thousand dollar estimate (over the phone, without looking at the property) and I can't believe it would cost that much to install so would like to get several more estimates before committing.

Thank you!

  • Jason1977 Pretty new to Pilsen

    The meter is usually by the city water department. Most plumbers will only do the rough in for the meter.

  • That's our current problem. We have a 3 flat so the City won't pay for it to be installed though they will provide the meter. We can't find a plumber to install it. They would have to go get the license and the meter and then install it at our building.

2 hours ago

Register to vote by 3/10

In order to vote in the runoff election, the registration deadline is 3/10. Info about how and where is in the article. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150226/downtown/can-i-vote-runoff-if-im-not-already-registered

3 hours ago

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Opens New Orthopedic Center

The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson,...

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The new Presence Medical Group (PMG) Orthopedic Center recently opened in a fully renovated space in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Professional Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 134, Chicago. Opening this new center is part of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center’s (PSMEMC) efforts to expand its orthopedic service line to serve the growing needs of the community.

The center houses the practices of three highly skilled orthopedic specialists on staff at PSMEMC –Nicholas Frisch, MD; Randon Johnson, MD and Joseph Sheehan, MD. The facility features eight exam rooms, a large reception area and beautiful waiting room for patient comfort. The office includes a casting area and X-ray equipment conveniently located on site, and free, accessible parking.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to make an appointment, call 773-235-1915. Read more: http://www.reshealth.org/aboutus/newsroom/press_release.cfm?pressReleaseID=1971

5 hours ago

Potholes in alleys

This may be a dumb question since there are thousands of potholes on the main streets that haven't been repaired, but I put in two requests to the city website to fix a crater in our alley after emailing our landlord. Both requests were later confirmed as "fulfilled" by the alert system, but nothing was fixed.

Has anyone had any luck with the city fixing alley potholes or do I need to get out my shovel in the spring?

23 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Serious Security Threat

My wife got this on our home machine (see image below). It would appear this malware has infiltrated out machine and others.

http://checkwhocalled.com/phone-number/1-888-252-5733

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-252-5733

http://www.mycallbot.com/numbers/8882525733

Just giving everyone the heads up! Anyone else see this?

I actually tried calling from my work phone and someone picked up and hung up.

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Feb 11

Updated 28 hours ago

  • Dave- Scott is anti-status quo in that he refuses to vote along with Rahm's left-wing lackeys on the city council, so you two should really be kindred spirits!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    In 2007, Scott Waguespack defeated formen Ald. Ted Matlak (appointed as alderman in 1998) by 121 votes. The Ted Matlak-Terry Gabinski-Dan Rostenkowski-Joe Rodtenkowski regime had run the 32nd Ward for nearly one hundred years. That's status quo.

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What is the city planning on doing with the closed school on Oakley and Lake St?

Does anyone have any idea what the city is planning to do with that land or building? Right now and in the summer it is not much of a park and seems to be only utilized by homeless people who wait for services from St. Malachy's across the street. It would make a great space for a dog park.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Failed Brooklyn Bowl on Chicago Ave

I was curious as to why the proposal of Brooklyn Bowl several years ago west of Wood ended up dying. Private funding? EVA? Alderman disapproval? Anyone in the know?

  • Neal McKnight East Village Resident

    EVA unanimously supported the Brooklyn Bowl project. Adaptive reuse, high pedestrian use. perfect location.

  • They were probably looking for an existing building. Once it was determined they could not use the existing structure I imagine the numbers didn't make since for them build new. I am really sorry this project didn't go through as well. At least it looks like it will be fairly close to us (832-856 West Fulton).

    http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/16/coming-attractions-9.php

2 days ago

2 days ago

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    PROVIDE FOOTINGS TO EXISTING WOOD POST, EXTEND EXISTING WOOD GUARDRAILS TO ACHIEVE 3'-6" HIGH, REMOVE LATTICE ON GUARDRAILS AND INSTALL WOOD BALUSTERS @4" O.C. IN EXISTING BUILDING AS PER PLAN.

    1066 N. Hermitage Ave. Issued February 23, 2015 Comment

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Amber Building/Viva Plaza

Just saw that the first floor doesn't have Lyft training anymore. It now says "ANNEX" and "never sleeps", anyone know what's happening? I have been excited to see the restoration and investment in the neighborhood.

  • Still waiting on anything official, but the rumor is that it's going to be co-working space, even on the ground floor. Doesn't make much sense to me (and I was hoping for a restaurant) but that's what's out there right now. BTW, if you live in the area, join the UK Village Community page on Facebook -- it's being discussed there.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Two Moreno supporters say enough is enough, another is in jail

OurUrbanTimes, Feb. 24, 2015
http://tinyurl.com/kcaxgsx

Feb 20

Updated 2 days ago

Ash tree removal due to Emerald Ash Borer

Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will...

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Hey neighbors, I have very sad news to share.

Chicago has been devastated by the EAB, an invasive species that kills ash trees in as little as 2 years. They're the small, shiny, green bugs you have probably seen on the trees during the past two years. If you notice small "shoots" projecting from the base of trees, you can bet that's a tree that's been infected by EAB. Basically every tree in our neighborhood has been affected and will probably be destroyed in the next year or two.

Ash trees are a staple of Chicago's neighborhoods. I live next to one of the tallest and most amazing trees in the neighborhood (on the 1200 block of W. Huron) and it's tagged for removal.

The tree has been noticeably suffering over the past year and I'm utterly distraught that it will be removed. Not only is it beautiful, it served to shade and protect the house and really beautified the block. It's going to be extremely bare without it. I've always joked with my wife that when that tree goes, we go too...I just was hoping it wouldn't be so soon.

I'm hoping the city has a more amicable solution than uprooting our century-old Ash trees, though the EAB is essentially a death sentence for our Ash trees. Will there be a replacement? Saplings? Anything? I called the Forestry department but got no significant answers.

i just wanted to share my lament. If you see the giant tree on Huron with the orange signs taped to it, take a moment to admire how strong and amazing of a tree it was - it will be gone by the end of the month.

  • For those of us who enjoy Skinner Park in the West Loop, we can say our fairwell to a number of those trees as well. Notably the trees that align the Loomis pedestrian path between Monroe & Adams. Sad, as those trees provided nice shade in the Summer, and were a beautiful part of these park.

  • I am happy to report the marked Ash trees on our block were pruned today and not cut down.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need Help with Sewing Project

Hi - I have a sewing project that I am seeking help with.

The project involved making several hanging panels with pouches for a small specialty club. The hanging panels are sort of like the hanging shoe bags you see on the back of closet doors. We need some fairly heavy fabric to be used for the main backing and I have an example of an existing one to show anyone that may be interested in the project.

The panels...

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Hi - I have a sewing project that I am seeking help with.

The project involved making several hanging panels with pouches for a small specialty club. The hanging panels are sort of like the hanging shoe bags you see on the back of closet doors. We need some fairly heavy fabric to be used for the main backing and I have an example of an existing one to show anyone that may be interested in the project.

The panels aren’t terribly complicated but obviously someone with some sewing or seamstress experience would be best suited to tackle this. We would purchase all material and pay for the panels to be created.

I gathered a list of sewing shops I found on-line and will probably email them but thought I would throw it out here to EveryBlock to see what some of my creative neighbors suggest!

Thank you for any suggestions.

  • Go to the Polish lady at F&G cleaners on Grand, east if Damen right next to Albany Steel. She sews. I take everything to her. She is wonderful!

  • Yes I agree, Christine at F & G is the best.

  • yep, I agree Christine is the best

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3 days ago

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Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

I support Ronda Locke in the 1st Ward Aldermanic race because instead of having to explain what she will do with developer contributions and wondering whether they will influence her decisions, she simply won't accept these contributions. Ronda is a true business supporter because new and existing business owners will know that they will get a fair hearing without wondering if they need to make a contribution to her.

3 days ago

Ronda Locke for 1st Ward Alderman

It is time for adult leadership in the 1st Ward. Ronda Locke is a Chicago Public School parent, serves on her Local School Council, her local Park District Advisory Council, volunteered with the Chicago Police Department as a volunteer peer jury adult moderator and raised funds to improve local play lots. Ronda has done more as a volunteer than many elected officials. She deserves your vote.

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4 days ago

1st Ward Voters - Don't Vote For Joe Moreno!

Chicago 1st ward voters, please Don't Vote For Joe Moreno. So being in sales I should not be publically political as I could lose business. The problem is I really care about my West Town Neighborhood as I have lived here 11 years and it’s my home. I was even President of the East Village Association (West Town, Chicago), for 2 terms and still sit on the board. I even suspect Joe might even go out of his way to...

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Chicago 1st ward voters, please Don't Vote For Joe Moreno. So being in sales I should not be publically political as I could lose business. The problem is I really care about my West Town Neighborhood as I have lived here 11 years and it’s my home. I was even President of the East Village Association (West Town, Chicago), for 2 terms and still sit on the board. I even suspect Joe might even go out of his way to make life hard for me by coming out against him. However, sometimes you have to take a moral and ethical stance even if it costs you money or creates problems. From my 1st hand experience, I can tell you that Joe is not an honest individual, does not do what he says he is going to do, and is not consistently acting on behalf of the community. Specifically, he issued a 4AM liquor license to Shambles after getting a 16K campaign contribution, he lifted the liquor moratorium for CVS on Division and Ashland cause what the neighborhood needed was more liquor at the Polish Triangle despite even the Wicker Park chamber stating they were not in favor, he approved a special use so a Pawn Shop could open at the Polish Triangle, he lifted another liquor moratorium for Eddie's grocery market that still went out of business , and this is just a quick list off the top of my head. Thank god he only works like 20 hours a week, or he would do even more damage to our community! I actually really like all the other candidates, but have a special affection for Ronda Locke, as we have worked together on neighborhood issues for years. She is tough and has out argued me many times in meetings, but I always knew this mom had the best interest of the community and her family in mind. Please vote, don't vote for Joe, and consider voting for Ronda as she is one of us.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

See Roberto Maldonado's death-threat poster.

Hi, This message does only apply for people who live within the 26th Ward.

See posted photograph. The photograph was taken at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center at 2753 West Division Street. Roberto Maldonado is closely involved with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and he is a strong promoter of the organizations cause, political agenda and working methods. The poster was not only used at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center but was displayed at many places throughout the 26th Ward....

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Hi, This message does only apply for people who live within the 26th Ward.

See posted photograph. The photograph was taken at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center at 2753 West Division Street. Roberto Maldonado is closely involved with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and he is a strong promoter of the organizations cause, political agenda and working methods. The poster was not only used at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center but was displayed at many places throughout the 26th Ward. The poster was developed by Maldonado and a local group of influential politicians and business men closely associated with him. You can read about the group at: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2014/Jose-Lopez-Humboldt-Park

The poster was developed as part of a campaign to create race hate and tension between the various ethnic groups in the 26th Ward. The goal was to stop non-Puerto Ricans to move into the 26th Ward and to intimidate "outside" entrepreneurs and visitors. Other posters in the campaign showed families and children with ethnically characteristic features together with the headline "NO SE VENDE" and "NOT FOR SALE".

Together with the 26th Ward's homicide statistics the posters were read as a real death threat for people who recently moved into the 26th Ward and for people who visited the area. Some residents in the 26th Ward still have bullet holes in their windows from the time of these posters. The campaign changed mid-through Maldonado's term and the same windows that previously showed the death-threat posters are now showing posters promoting the release of a convicted terrorist. You can, however, still buy t-shirts and buttons with "NOT FOR SALE" messages at some of Maldonado's associate's businesses close to his office on Division Street. There is also active websites dedicated to creating tension between Puerto Ricans and all others in the 26th Ward.

  • Jose Johnson e.g. Bridgeport block captain; Java Jolt Cafe owne

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    The average rent in Smith Park and the 26th Ward area between Western and Damen by the Ukrainian Village HHDC are several times higher which means that the profit margins are much higher for HHDC and Bickerdike. Therefore, Maldonado has strong interests in develop large high-density government...

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    The average rent in Smith Park and the 26th Ward area between Western and Damen by the Ukrainian Village HHDC are several times higher which means that the profit margins are much higher for HHDC and Bickerdike. Therefore, Maldonado has strong interests in develop large high-density government subsidized housing in these areas.

    It is possible to say that Roberto Maldonado's death-threat campaign has been successful as the unemployment in the 26th Ward is record high at 17% and many businesses have successfully been kept out of the Ward. He and his associates has succeeded to get large high-density government subsidized housing projects through despite solid resistance from home owners in the area. Maldonado and his associates can look forward to 99 years of large amount of money streaming in.

    Please, do not vote for Roberto Maldonado.

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    OMG! Sometimes the total level of corruption actually DOES surprise me....

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Feb 08

Updated 5 days ago

Paper Aldermanic Endorsements Out for 2nd Ward

If you're like me and one of the people that have found themselves redistricted into the gerrymandered monstrosity that is the new 2nd ward, and as a result are completely bewildered by the array of aldermanic candidates that you've never even heard of, the city council endorsements from both the Trib and Sun Times are out. Here they are, for whatever it's worth:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/341881/chicago-sun-times-aldermanic-endorsements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-city-council-endorse-0208-20150206-story.html#page=1

The Trib notes in particular that there a many good candidates in the field.

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If you're like me and one of the people that have found themselves redistricted into the gerrymandered monstrosity that is the new 2nd ward, and as a result are completely bewildered by the array of aldermanic candidates that you've never even heard of, the city council endorsements from both the Trib and Sun Times are out. Here they are, for whatever it's worth:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/341881/chicago-sun-times-aldermanic-endorsements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-city-council-endorse-0208-20150206-story.html#page=1

The Trib notes in particular that there a many good candidates in the field.

If you're not sure if you're also one of the lost souls that has landed in the new Chicago 2nd which runs all the way from Streeterville, through River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Noble Square, Wicker Park, and Bucktown, here's the work of abstract art that is the new 2nd: http://ward2chicago.com/Images/2012ChicagoWard2Small.jpg

Feb 04

Updated 5 days ago

32nd Ward Aldermanic Forum

South Lakeview Neighbors is holding an aldermanic forum for the two candidates for alderman in the 32nd ward.

Location: Athenaeum Theater, 2936 North Southport Avenue
Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: Doors open at 7:00, Meeting begins at 7:30, Forum begins at approximately 8:00

We ask that you submit questions in advance so we can try to merge duplicates and make sure a broad range of issues get covered. Please email your questions to info@slneighbors.org. We will not provide questions to the candidates in advance.

This meeting is open to all residents of the 32nd Ward.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Responses to ONE Northside's Election Questionnaire are now in!. To see the northside ward aldermanic candidate responses, go to:http://onenorthside.org/aldermanic-candidate-questionnaire-responses/

    Aldermanic Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    In late January, ONE Northside invited all candidates running for alderman in Wards 2, 32, 40, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, and 49 to complete a questionnaire....

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    Responses to ONE Northside's Election Questionnaire are now in!. To see the northside ward aldermanic candidate responses, go to:http://onenorthside.org/aldermanic-candidate-questionnaire-responses/

    Aldermanic Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    In late January, ONE Northside invited all candidates running for alderman in Wards 2, 32, 40, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, and 49 to complete a questionnaire. Candidates were given 10 days to complete questionnaire and were asked to keep responses to 75 words per question. Answers that exceeded 75 words were cut off.

    Click on your ward to see candidates’ responses:
    2nd Ward
    32nd Ward
    40th Ward
    43rd Ward
    44th Ward
    46th Ward
    47th Ward
    48th Ward
    49th Ward
    Download the PDF version of the Candidate Questionnaire Response Cover Page and Candidate Questionnaire Responses with all candidates’ responses (ward-based PDFs available on Ward pages).

    Election Day Voting is open February 24, 2015 6am-7pm at your precinct polling location. Polling locations, sample ballots and voter registration status can be found at www.chicagoelections.com or 312-269-7976.

    32nd Ward Candidate Questionnaire responses are at:http://onenorthside.org/32nd-ward-candidate-questionnaire-responses/

  • kim

    Thank you Robert, Elaine and Ryan for your very valuable posts.

    I am part of the redistricting as well and found that Aldertrack does an incredible job of providing the facts. http://www.aldertrack.com. It is free until February 24th and should help further educate voters.

    As for the money trail you...

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    Thank you Robert, Elaine and Ryan for your very valuable posts.

    I am part of the redistricting as well and found that Aldertrack does an incredible job of providing the facts. http://www.aldertrack.com. It is free until February 24th and should help further educate voters.

    As for the money trail you will find it here: https://www.elections.il.gov/campaigndisclosure/contributionssearchbyallcontributions.aspx.

    With regard to the Tribune's endorsement for the 2nd Ward, it is clear that they did not do their job investigating the backgrounds and campaign contributions of all the Aldermen, unless of course they are turning a blind eye to everything they have reported on over the years including the parking meter scandal.

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Feb 19

Updated 5 days ago

Stolen Dog Van

Why no description of the perps?

  • The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a...

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    The dog guy was probably trying to do the right thing, but he screwed up. Two other guys saw the opportunity to steal an empty van. The dog guy tried to stop them, so they showed him a gun. Dog guy figured he could make himself look more like a victim than a f'up, so he omitted some details in his story to the police. Security camera ratted him out. End of story. I'm sure the dog guy is in trouble enough already. There doesn't need to be a full-blown investigation. This is between him, the company owner, and the police.

5 days ago

CPD road block on Chicago Ave.

Anyone know why CPD is blocking he street on Chicago Ave. by Eckhart Park?

5 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Who is my Alderman? 26th Ward? - Election Tuesday, Feb 24.

I'm living between Chicago and Grand Avenue and I have had the perception that my Alderman probable is in Wicker Park - but - I am part of the 26th Ward which stretches from Damen to Kostner. See posted map. The yellow is the 26th Ward.

The population in the 26th Ward has changed the last few years which means that the people in the east part of the ward can influence who will be the next Alderman. This election...

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I'm living between Chicago and Grand Avenue and I have had the perception that my Alderman probable is in Wicker Park - but - I am part of the 26th Ward which stretches from Damen to Kostner. See posted map. The yellow is the 26th Ward.

The population in the 26th Ward has changed the last few years which means that the people in the east part of the ward can influence who will be the next Alderman. This election is important for us because the present Alderman, Roberto Maldonado, wants to take away police men from us and he wants to build low income housing within our neighborhood. So, please, vote.

After weeks of research, here are my conclusions of the three candidates:

Adam Corona
Corona is the only independent contender for alderman in the 26th Ward. He has no special interest group contributions to his Alderman campaign. Corona's independence is important because with him we will be able to affect low income housing developments in our neighborhood.

An alderman is in charge of a variety of different city services in his Ward. Corona has crucial Chicago city management experience which is important for getting things done as an alderman. Since 2011 he has held the position as Streets and Sanitation Superintendent in the 45th Ward managing about 100 people. Previously he ran an own business for 5 years, Corona's coffee in Chicago. Corona has a degree in Political Science. He has close connection with to the police force and he pride himself of personally having been involved in stopping drug sales and crimes on the streets.

Adam Corona is my choice. His independence, experience with the management of the city services and his active engagement in safety and his personal relations with the police makes him to the best Alderman for the 26th Ward.
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  • Susanne,
    I already planned to vote for Corona but it's nice to hear that you came to the same conclusion as I did. Thank you.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    I voted for Adam Corona today. Hands down the best man for the job!

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