34 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Water tastes/smells like chlorine

Hello! My husband and I just moved to the area and noticed tonight out water tastes/smells like chlorine. We use a Brita and this hasn't been an issue in the past week (since we moved in). Has anyone else noticed this or has this been an issue before? Thanks in advance!

  • Thank you, Rose. Why on earth would Hinckley add fluoride to their spring water???
    The more you read about fluoride, the more you realize what a poison it is.

  • When you buy your filter (whether it's faucet mount, pitcher, under the sink, fridge, whole house), check its Performance Data Sheet. Choose a filter that has a performance rating of 99+% chlorine reduction.

    I only have filters under the sink (for instant hot water and room temp water dispenser faucet)...

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    When you buy your filter (whether it's faucet mount, pitcher, under the sink, fridge, whole house), check its Performance Data Sheet. Choose a filter that has a performance rating of 99+% chlorine reduction.

    I only have filters under the sink (for instant hot water and room temp water dispenser faucet) and for the fridge. I use 3M Filtrete 3US-PF01.

    Chicago water does seem to be (very?) hard. When I look at posted Chicago water stats, there doesn't seem to be a problem with hardness but, boy, I do have to dissolve/scrub off water mineral deposits/scales quite frequently.

46 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

How to keep the paint on streets/lanes visible?

Does anyone know where one can submit a request to repaint the white lines on a street (N. Central Ave) between Higgins & Goodman?

Currently Central is being used as a 2 lane street from Higgins to Goodman causing the cars to be dangerously close together, confusion at the stop sign on who turns left first plus it takes 2x as long to get though the intersection at the stop sign on Central & Goodman.

The lanes on Central going north after Goodman are painted correctly as single file lanes.

Where can I go to ask about updating the white lane markers? 311? Alderman? City of Chicago website?

Thoughts?

  • True, but at least if there are lines and people are driving over them it's clear-cut whose responsibility it is if someone sideswiped a car or hit's a bicyclist. Sad, but true.

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    The lines along Irving Park by Portage Park are confusing...it is right by the new island they constructed...there is a long line between East and West traffic as well as a broken new white lines next to it going East...which makes the left side of the two lane traffic move...

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    The lines along Irving Park by Portage Park are confusing...it is right by the new island they constructed...there is a long line between East and West traffic as well as a broken new white lines next to it going East...which makes the left side of the two lane traffic move toward the right side and when there are cars parked it is a hazard....so, with this and the lines on Central...I cannot believe that city officials never drive in these areas at at least a few times in their lives that they wouldn't take note and do something about it...or do we have to wait until an accident(s) happen so they can quantify a raise or bonus for a job well done....

18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Too Close to Home in Rogers Park

Armed immigration agents broke into a northwest-side home just before 6:30am on Monday morning and then shot the wrong man who, allegedly, was unarmed. The family has lived in the house for at least 30 years and all members are documented. This is too close to home here in Rogers Park. Attend community meetings and learn your rights.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ice-agents-shoot-chicago-man-acknowledge-wrong-person-article-1.3011036?cid=bitly

    ICE agents shoot Chicago man, acknowledge it was the wrong person
    A Chicago man was shot after immigration agents stormed into a house on the city's northwest side Monday morning - and officials have acknowledged that the wounded man was not the person they were looking for, according to reports.
    http://www.nydailynews.com
  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Guy, would you like to correct your story above? It doesn' jibe with what is known. Meanwhile, one can only wonder what ICE was doing at that address. The man they shot is a legal resident and his son, who was arrested in February with a gun, is a US citizen.

  • To the person confirming the ICE victim was armed: And being armed is a problem because what, exactly? Where's that fight to the death for the right to bear them to "protect me and my family" I believe is the mantra. It was all an excuse to be armed to...

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    To the person confirming the ICE victim was armed: And being armed is a problem because what, exactly? Where's that fight to the death for the right to bear them to "protect me and my family" I believe is the mantra. It was all an excuse to be armed to the teeth, feel an irrational sense of power, and one that made no sense—until now. Now it's becoming all too clear. One can only wonder how long it takes before we all have to worry about who's going to knock down our door in the middle of the night, brown skin or not. Because as we've witnessed those with the power right now are not exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer nor do they tolerate total adherence to their views. So don't feel so smug and safe if you're white. Our own little Banana Republic is being constructed brick by brick by a despot and carried out by his yes men. The most incredible part is that its actually being applauded by people who believe that our despot-in-chief will make them safer. What a bunch of rank amateurs. Read a book. Start with something easy like The Comedians. Or watch the movie if reading is too taxing. These stories do not end well for anyone but the despot and his yes men. Until history and the fullness of time explains to you what you refuse hear now.. But you'll be dead by then.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Be aware

Hi all,
Just wanted to share my experience so you are all aware. Today around 7pm I was coming home and about to park my car (garage in the back of the building Irving/ Spaulding) when I noticed two men walking coming from the alley both wearing hoodies. For some reason they looked suspicious so I decided not to get off the car but rather wait until they were gone. well... they suddenly stopped and one was kind of hiding...

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Hi all,
Just wanted to share my experience so you are all aware. Today around 7pm I was coming home and about to park my car (garage in the back of the building Irving/ Spaulding) when I noticed two men walking coming from the alley both wearing hoodies. For some reason they looked suspicious so I decided not to get off the car but rather wait until they were gone. well... they suddenly stopped and one was kind of hiding behind a garbage bin. They did not move at all and once I realize they were probably waiting for me to get out, I drove and got out of there... My legs were trembling so I had to stop on Irving, I called my husband to let him know what was going on, while on the call I looked through the mirror and I saw the two guys again walking towards my car so I just left. I'm sure they were not expecting me to be on Irving so I think that was a coincidence but they were for sure waiting for me to get out of the car. 2 men on their late 20s early 30's one was white the other Latino, both wearing hoodies... I don't remember more details. Please be careful and look around you.

  • catlady for the love of cats, lets get along!

    Oh wow, what a scary experience! But bravo on your quick insticts!

  • Maz ethnic/cabaret accordionist, bungalow owner

    Thanks for the heads up. You did the right thing. My curiosity kicked in and I wonder what they would have done if you had suddenly leaned on the horn. But good for you!

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Key Rights for Tenants

The company I rent from is changing all the locks tenants only need one key for - the main gate, each separated entry, laundry room, etc. they have given each apartment one key or two - depending on how many people are on the lease, I think. I always lick myself out so neighbors have keys and I have a few myself. Does anyone know if they have to provide tenants with more keys if asked? I can't just take it and have copies made, I already tried. The hardware store said to talk to my apartment company and that they have to order them. Any feedback? Thanks!!

  • If your door automatically locks when you go out, that's a big mistake on behalf of your building owners. You should have to use the key to lock it; that way, you'll HAVE to have the key with you when you leave. Thankfully, that's how my Mul-T-Lock bolt worked, or...

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    If your door automatically locks when you go out, that's a big mistake on behalf of your building owners. You should have to use the key to lock it; that way, you'll HAVE to have the key with you when you leave. Thankfully, that's how my Mul-T-Lock bolt worked, or I'd have locked myself out tons of times.

    I had to come up with a system for knowing where my keys are at all times because I'm such a spaz with them. I have put my key ring on lanyard that I hang on my deadbolt. When I leave, I put it around my neck; when I get home, I hang it back on my deadbolt.

    I put my Ventra card (in a clear plastic credential/badge holder) on the key ring, too, so I don't have to dig out my wallet every time I get on a bus. I added a very small Nite-Ize S-biner SlideLock (about three bucks on Amazon) to the key ring which I use to lock it to my purse when it's not hanging from my neck. It's a great system and I feel brilliant for coming up with it. :-) Ha ha! Not once since I made the change have I wondered where my keys were, or left home without them.

  • So nonstoplocksmith called and said they can do it but they need the key code card info - something like that. My building would have that, so I'm gonna be calling them. This place said it would be $17! Um...$17 or $85? Tough question, lol. Just afraid my building company isn't gonna give me the necessary info.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

US Mail Delivery- 7:45PM 3/27/17 ....Why?

Understaffed perhaps? I have no idea, but it is disturbing that we do not ever seem to have the same mail person. It really seems unreasonable to have the mail delivered at 7:45PM...this is rare, but not unheard of in Logan Square.

One thing I have noticed, is that our mail carriers always are on their phones, talking and yapping.

  • Kapel2 Neighborhood Resident

    Belmont Cragin has also developed these issues in recent years. At one time the Belmont Cragin mail was so reliable there that I still had my mail sent to an address there because I was certain I would get it. Now I live at that address and it is no longer reliable. I really don't care what time the mail comes as long as it doesn't get lost due to being mis-delivered.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    i agree with kapel, although i grow weary of running down to check for mail 4 times a day.

    i did have a problem with usps-clemente station around christmas (+/- 30 days) with a significant quantity of ordered merchandise not being delivered. i don't mean late ... i mean never....

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    i agree with kapel, although i grow weary of running down to check for mail 4 times a day.

    i did have a problem with usps-clemente station around christmas (+/- 30 days) with a significant quantity of ordered merchandise not being delivered. i don't mean late ... i mean never. i have a high-fence/gated front yard, so i know stuff wasn't being stolen off my porch.

    if "sold by amazon" they made good on it. but some of the reshipped stuff didn't make it on the first shipment either. amazon also made good on that - no problem.

    i found this situation to be quite anomalous, though. it had never happened before.

    it was very weird.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Zoning Committee adjourns meeting without taking vote on Northwest Hwy project

Alderman Burke raises concern that City Council was not properly notified of lawsuit settlement which led to the project.
Update: Arena aide says that today's delay is a minor steback, and project is expected to move forward after procedural issue is addressed.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/03/27/zoning-committee-adjourns-before-voting-on-northwest-hwy-project/amp/

    Zoning Committee adjourns before voting on Northwest Hwy project
    by BRIAN NADIG In a surprise move, the City Council Zoning Committee at its March 27 meeting adjourned without taking action on a proposal for a five-story storage warehouse and a residential development at 5150 N. Northwest Highway. The adjournment occurred after committee member Alderman Ed Burke (14th) said that there was no quorum to conduct business.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Urban farming?

I'm starting a veg garden for the first time this year in my back yard. Anyone have experience and willing to give some advice? Someone suggested I test the soil for lead. I think it's overkill, because there has been nothing on the site but a residence for the last 80 years or so?
I'm thinking of planting kale or letuce, persian cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, basil, oregano,chives, cilantro and serrano peppers.

Thanks

  • What a terrific adventure! Best of luck to you, Brickmortar. All the open space around my property is cemented. However, I bought large containers and grow plants. Sometimes not to eat but just for the experience of watching something grow. I planted an avocado pit last year and it grew to five feet. This winter I brought it in the house and it started flowering. I will bring it out soon. I've grown tomatoes and peppers indoor with my Aerogarden in a corner of my kitchen counter. Really fun.

  • Good luck with the garden Brickmortar. I highly recommend raised beds. Made mine out of salvaged wood and have 6 on my property. Got soil from Lake Street Landscape Supply, they have a Homesteader Mix that I recommend. Try to avoid the soil from H. Depot if you can. You...

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    Good luck with the garden Brickmortar. I highly recommend raised beds. Made mine out of salvaged wood and have 6 on my property. Got soil from Lake Street Landscape Supply, they have a Homesteader Mix that I recommend. Try to avoid the soil from H. Depot if you can. You can bring tubs to fill or line your trunk with a tarp and transport that way from LSLS. By doing that you get better quality soil, avoid all those large plastic bags, and it is just a little more than H Depot.

    A drawback to container gardening is that nutrients are slowly washed away with the daily watering. One would need to add nutrients/compost to keep the plants health up. I repot my indoor houseplants every year.

    Also there are plenty of community gardens or gardening clubs that offer plant sales. Try to support those if you can. They are usually better quality starts, regular and heirloom varieties, and you are directly supporting a group. There is a group that sells outside the Logan Square El Stop on the turnabout for example.

    Another tip is the Master Gardening table in the Garfield Park Conservatory. As someone that has volunteered to do that before, I can attest that anyone at that table would be happy to give you more insightful tips. So bring your questions on a Sat afternoon, just call ahead to make sure the MG table is out!

    Let us know how you are doing and good luck!

41 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Permit Parking

Is anyone on the 1900 block of Belle Plaine interested in permit parking?

Between Damen and Wolcott.

Due to high traffic flow, train station, and local events; parking can be very limited. Not to mention construction that can take up a lot of parking and the local church. At least 60% as far as I was told of residence must be on board with the idea for it to become a reality.

  • gloria gloria

    The parking on 1800 Belle Plaine is horrendous. People park there to take the El, to go to their job on Irving Park, etc. I get home around 5 and usually have to sit and wait a few minutes for a spot to open up. AE04 is right. Forget about finding a spot during the day.

  • Alaina 10+ years in 47th Ward

    I live on that block, and I'd rather not have it permitted. It's already a pain to have Cuyler permit only, and while there are temporary inconveniences with the street parking (events, street sweeping, construction, etc.) they are just that: temporary.

    With permitting, you'd be trading one inconvenience for another...

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    I live on that block, and I'd rather not have it permitted. It's already a pain to have Cuyler permit only, and while there are temporary inconveniences with the street parking (events, street sweeping, construction, etc.) they are just that: temporary.

    With permitting, you'd be trading one inconvenience for another - making sure you've got an updated permit, making sure your guests have guest passes, not running out of guest passes. And even if you're ok with that trade-off, you're still not guaranteed that there will be enough parking spaces, especially during temporary closures due to sweeping and construction.

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