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Spark Energy

I had a few guys drop by my place asking me to switch to Spark Energy. I didn't do it but did start looking into it a bit and found this site. Looks like we have many choices in the supplier of our energy.. Anyone have any thoughts on a better choice then ComEd, has anyone else switched?
http://pluginillinois.org/default.aspx

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Meet with Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hey everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

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Meet Alderman Bob Fioretti

Hi everyone,

Alderman Bob Fioretti is meeting with neighbors across Chicago.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting with your neighbors and Alderman Bob Fioretti, send me an email: dan.kleinman@me.com.

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Ice Cream Shop

Anyone remember an ice cream shop on Chicago and Ashland ave.

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Integrys Energy, I'm opting out, here's why

I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge:...

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I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge: .00919 per kWh
Purchased Electricity Charge: .005 per kWh (this fluctuates but has never been more than .005 per kWh for me, so I'm using the highest number I have)
Total Per kWh: .06023 per kWh (This is the current price subject to market-based increases)

So say you use 500 kWh one month.
With ComEd your supply charges would be .06023 x 500 = $30.12.
With Integrys your supply charges would be .05299 x 500 = 26.495 + 9.06 = $35.56

To get the breakeven point, change the 500 to 1250 kWh and you get about the same bill from each company at current prices ($75.29 vs $75.30). I don't know about you, but I'll never use 1250 kWh in a month.

So I thought, maybe there's an environmental benefit since they claim our energy will be sourced from non-coal, such as wind and nuclear. Looking at their Environmental Disclosure (which every energy company must submit to the state), the company as a whole gets 51% of their energy from coal. ComEd only gets 44% from coal.

Links to both Environmental Disclosures:
Integrys disclosure: http://www.icc.illinois.gov/downloads/public/filing/2/12/13/20691.pdf
ComEd disclosure: https://www.comed.com/Documents/about-us/environmental-commitment/Environmental_Disclosure_Ending%202013012.pdf

So I will be calling Integrys and opting out today. You have until April 21st, contrary to what their document says. Here's Integrys Energy's number if you want to chat with them: (888) 802-2885

Do your own research to see if it's right for you, I just wanted to share my research.

  • Thank you so much windycityzow! As a low energy user, I definitely just opted out. The Integrys guy said they staff that 888 number 24 hours a day too, so you can call anytime.

  • Stella! West Town, there and back again.

    Where can you find current Comed rates? "Electricity Supply Charge" and "Transmission Services Charge" rates specifically. They vary month to month correct? Is there anyway to see the rate history or rate projections?

    Separately, has anyone had experience with the RRTP (Residential Real-Time Pricing) https://rrtp.comed.com/live-prices/ program? I would be more wary of it, except that it looks like it is run or overseen by a subset of CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) who I think does really good work.

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Alderman Moreno: Chicago Avenue apartments vs. park

Fifield project, 1822-50 W. Chicago Ave.

...at this issue again. If upzoning happens, he advised pursuing Type I zoning. Forbidden Root, 1746 W. Chicago Ave.

Started 6:10pm, adjourned 8:15pm at West Town Branch Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave. Board member attendance: Neal McKnight, Dan Johnson, Catherine Garypie, Gladys Alcazar-Anselmo, Meghan Delong Quinn, Tom Tomek; Ald. Proco Joe Moreno.

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Looking for volunteer opportunities in West Town

Hello - I'm new to the neighborhood (West Town - East Ukrainian Village), and I'm looking to volunteer in the neighborhood. I've found some postings about volunteer opportunities, but they are in the middle of the day, and it conflicts with my work schedule (9-5pm).
Not sure if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks!

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Ashland BRT plan stops short

Commercial Park is holding its annual Earth Day cleanup event on Saturday, April 26 as part of a citywide cleanup effort. Cleanup starts at 9am at 1845 W. Rice St. Lunch plus kids activities will start at noon. Members are encouraged to pick up trash on the street on other days too.

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What to See on Record Store Day 2014

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.

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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...

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).

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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East Village Assn. Board asks developer to build to long term community need not current demand…he replies…community answers

...Dec. 3, EVA members voted on the project at their meeting in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave....

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2131 W Erie.HOME FOR SALE

We are selling our house at 2131 W Erie. Please pass this along if you know anyone interested!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2131-W-Erie-St-Chicago-IL-60612/3860787_zpid/

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Let me know if you would like some assistance. Can throw it on the MLS and use a variety of market exposure tricks I have learned from 20 years in the business. Can also make sure any buyers are fully vetted and the sale process itself is closely monitored to increase chances it makes it to closing. Since you are only a few blocks from our office and obviously willing to do showings I could probably cut you a commission deal. Thanks!

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Wicker Park, Bucktown Spring Real Estate Market Off To Strong Start

1817 W Iowa ST

1515 W Thomas ST 2R

1080 N Paulina ST 1

1015 N Paulina 2

911 N Damen AVE 4

1017 N Winchester AVE 2

2027 W Rice ST 3

1134 N Wolcott AVE 1F

1809 W Chicago AVE 2E

1024 N Paulina ST 3

1517 W Walton ST 1

934 N Wood ST 1

1243 N Wolcott AVE 5

1002 N Hermitage AVE 2

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1823 W. Cortland Avenue. Listed by @properties. Sold in 18 days for $1,640,000.

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

 For the area including 800 North to 2400 North and 1400 West to 2400 West. These sales reflect closed properties from March 1 - March 31, 2014.

1855 N Damen AVE G

1525 N Claremont AVE 1A

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1625 N Western AVE 401

1442 W Walton ST 2

1524 N Bosworth AVE 2

1735 N Paulina ST 404

2012 W St Paul AVE 301

1618 N Oakley AVE 2S

742 N Western AVE 1S

1245 N Greenview AVE 2

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1514 N Bosworth AVE 1

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1945 N Wilmot AVE 1R

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2319 W Wabansia AVE 4

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RENOVATION OF 3 STORY WITH BASEMENT FRONT BUILDING (5DU) WITH EXPANSION INTO BASEMENT AREA TO DUPLEX UNITS TO FIRST FLOOR AS PER PLANS. NEW REAR OPEN METAL EGRESS STAIR. NO WORK TO EXISTING 2 STORY REAR COACH HOUSE (1DU)

    1056 N. Hermitage Ave. Issued April 16, 2014 Comment

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Chicago Bakeries Make List Of Best Cupcakes In America

No. 89 West Town Bakery & Diner, 1916 W Chicago Ave: “The cupcakes are as simple and natural as its ingredients. West Town Bakery & Diner boasts...

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Plus, the Daily Meal picked two places in other towns–Magnolia Bakery, 108 N State St., and Sprinkles, 50 East Walton–that also have locations in Chicago.

Plus, the Daily Meal picked two places in other towns–Magnolia Bakery, 108 N State St., and Sprinkles, 50 East Walton–that also have locations in Chicago.

No. 83 Swirlz, 705 W Belden Ave.: “As a landmark cupcake “emporium” in Chicago, Swirlz Cupcakes doesn’t disappoint. … The orange, raspberry cheesecake will transport you to summer, while the chocolate dipped peanut butter banana will whisk you away to the rich fall food indulgences.”

No. 61 Molly’s Cupcakes, 2536 N Clark St.: “Baked in small batches from scratch daily, you can truly customize your cupcake experience at...

No. 30 Sugar Bliss, 115 N Wabash Ave.: “With blooming plumes of frosting, these gorgeous cupcakes are more like an experience than just...

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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
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Nanny Share

Is anyone interested in a nanny share starting in October? Or are there any recommendations of where best to find a nanny share? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you

  • A good way to find a nanny share is to join npnparents.org and look in their childcare forum. Good luck!

  • EJ, currently looking at child care options so may be interested

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Apr 16

Who's Doing What For Record Store Day in Wicker Park, Bucktown

Dusty Groove - 1120 N. Ashland Avenue - 773 -342- 5800

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Avenue - 773-278-1744

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Reckless Records - 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue - 773-235-3727

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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Homestead On The Roof is located above Roots at 1924 W. Chicago Ave.

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Little Goat Diner is located at 820 W. Randolph St.

Nestled next to the bustling intersection of Montrose and Damen, Fountainhead is a perfectly fine place to grab a meal and drink during any season...

Fountainhead is located at 1970 W. Montrose Ave.

Terzo Piano is located at 159 E. Monroe St.

drumBar is located at 201 E Delaware Place

Shanghai Terrace is located at 108 E. Superior St.

ROOF on the Wit is located at the Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St., 27th Floor.

IO Urban Roofscape is located at 127 W Huron St.

Vertigo Sky Lounge is located at the Dana Hotel, 660 N. State St.

Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen is located at 4750 N. Lincoln Ave.

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