9 hours ago

Updated 2 min ago

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?

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Try http://arkchicago.org/content/donate#Thrift Shops
    The Salvation Army, while doing good work, is vehemently anti-gay.

  • Homes, as in single family houses, large and small rental buildings, condos. are included in the latest ego trip from the state fire marshall's call for mandated fire sprinklers in ANY STRUCTURE. However State Rep Sara Feigenholtz has a bill ready to go that sets up a review board, etc....

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    Homes, as in single family houses, large and small rental buildings, condos. are included in the latest ego trip from the state fire marshall's call for mandated fire sprinklers in ANY STRUCTURE. However State Rep Sara Feigenholtz has a bill ready to go that sets up a review board, etc. Here's a quote from the e-news for the 47th Ward - "State Representative Sara Feigenholtz has introduced an important piece of legislation regarding the controversial issue of mandated fire sprinklers in Illinois. The goal of House Bill 4609 is to give more people a seat at the table on the issue of fire sprinklers in Illinois, so we can come to a proactive solution before we are faced with another unfunded fire sprinkler mandate proposal from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal like last summer.
    "The bill creates a task force of experts that will research and consider the effects of any legislation requiring fire sprinklers in homes, businesses, and high-rise buildings and examine all questions related to increasing rent prices, insurance rates, and installation costs. After exploring all possibilities, the group will provide a comprehensive report with recommendations to the General Assembly. It would then be the responsibility of the elected General Assembly, not the State Fire Marshal and a small, obscure committee called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), to adopt any rules requiring the installation of fire sprinklers in any structure.
    "Rep. Feigenholtz has recently unveiled the Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy petition to show community support for her bill. Ald. Pawar added his name in support of this common-sense legislation, and encourages you to do the same."

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Avondale Olive Garden - update?

Does anyone know when/if this is happening?

  • Love Your Skin Esthetician at Love Your Skin

    It has been in the works for well over a year plus. Yes they broke ground and is on the west end of the Kmart lot. I live across the street and we were notified this was in consideration. Yes it will be the first within the city.

  • Can't wait for a T.G.I.Friday's.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Integrys switched back to ComEd

I recently received a "Confirmation of Drop" notice from ComEd stating that around May 15th, Integrys will no long be my supplier and that I am being switched back to ComEd. Did anyone else receive a similar notice? I don't understand why I am being switched back to ComEd.
Thank you for you help.

  • There are indeed better deals than Chicago's (and that largely depends on being willing to go into a 1 or 2 year contract with termination penalties) -- but I'm just saying that Integrys is better than Comed's own deal.

    If you want to be able to opt out at any time with no penalty, the Integrys deal is one of the better ones out there.

    Other deals > Chicago/Integrys aggregation > ComEd/opt out

  • Erin Criss Property Manager 722 W Diversey WFH business owner

    I just received a renewal notice from them?

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Apr 10

Updated 14 hours ago

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.

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

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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3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Recommendations for a Math tutor

Hi,
We are looking for a Math Tutor for our son who is in 5th grade. We would be interested in a few hours a week - we live in Avondale. Any recommendations much appreciated. Thank you

  • What type of school do they go to? CPS has homework help lines....Also there is East Village Youth Program but your student needs to apply to them they offer help, also there might be local high schools that have students who need community service hours and they might be willing,...

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    What type of school do they go to? CPS has homework help lines....Also there is East Village Youth Program but your student needs to apply to them they offer help, also there might be local high schools that have students who need community service hours and they might be willing, also I WOULD NOT DO any of those paid tutoring services they are a waste...are you willing to pay then do sites that do Nannies that are teachers they might have a desire to tutor instead because the summer is coming there might be more qualified teachers who can tutor

  • I am a middle school math teacher in CPS. I have been teaching math for 13 years. Id be willing to tutor. I'm near Addison and Pulaski

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3 days ago

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:
http://ow.ly/vUl5z

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

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for dog owner

I was bit by a dog this morning on the corner of Wellington and Sacramento. Im looking for the dog owner. The dog was brown, medium size, on a leash. The owner was female. Just want to make sure dog has its shots.

  • KJ

    The dog owner didn't offer you their contact info or even just tell you if the dog has had it's rabies shots?

    I

  • how did you get bit?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dryer Repair

Hi All-

Have a Frigidaire Gallery Heavy Duty front load dryer ~10 years old, that's making some bizarre noise when running.

Any recommendations for repairs on dryers?

3 days ago

Summer Adventure Camp at St Luke's

Hello everyone - I just wanted to share that to all parents of kids 3-11 that there is still room available at St Luke's Summer Adventure Camp for the summer. Camp runs from 9-3 with after camp care available and field trips on Fridays!

I hope to see some of you there with my kids!

http://www.stlukechicago.org/academy/campdescription.shtml

3 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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."

3 days ago

Mar 27

Updated 4 days ago

New restaurant in Avondale

It will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. We are certainly in need of more culinary variety.

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/March-2014/Beverly-Kim-Parachute/

  • Petra Z Tomatoes!

    Does belly shack have a $32 dish?

  • Bex Runner, dog owner, food lover in the 60618

    Haha no but they don't have very large dishes either. I guess was thinking more along the lines of the $4-7 snacks and sides.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New Restaraunt?

This may be old news but does anyone know what's going up on the northwest corner of Elston and Troy?

Looks to be a restaraunt or cafe of some sort.

  • Beverly Kim was on Top Chef.

  • Thanks! Super excited, bought right around the corner about a year ago. Great to see new places like Parachute, HBFC, and Sugar Hills Bakery popping up.

Apr 13

Updated 4 days ago

Found large cat on School St

Large cat found on School Street on 04-13-2014. Neighbors said it has been hanging around backyard for a few days now. Please call 312-618-2366.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

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.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Babysitter’s Training Course for Ages 11-15

Concordia Place will offer a babysitting training session over a two day period conducted by The American Red Cross. Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills. *Please note: This is one class over two days.* Pre-registration is required. Discounted registration available for all participants. Classes will be held over a two day period from May 9-10. Go to www.ConcordiaPlace.org for more details.

  • Jen Parsio California transplant that loves my new hood!

    Just signed my daughter up. She was going to do the online one, perfect timing!

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Mar 08

Updated 5 days ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Roses are dead?

Hi all,

I did a fair amount of yard work last week. During which time I inspected my rose bush: black no sign if life in the cambium layer (I think). Anybody else have a young rose not survive the winter?
This is my first rose bush, so any advice from veterans appreciated.

  • One way to check is to scrap a small area with your finger nail. If the area where you scraped is green, the plant is still alive. Do it closer to the base, rather than near the top. I've done this for several plants, not just roses. I have four rose bushes, two of them have the smallest buds on them, two others are still dormant.I'm not worried yet. This was a hard winter so give them some time to wake up.

  • B sighthound, Avondale/LoganS 3years, Beat 2524

    Thanks all, I guess I will wait another week or 2.

Mar 21

Updated 5 days ago

New Coffee Place & Bakery! (Sugar Hills Bakery)

Sugar Hills Chicago has opened at 3235 W. Addison over by the Chipotle. My husband & I stopped in & tried some sweets and they where very good & the coffee was AMAZING! The owners are very nice to boot. The neighborhood was missing a place like this since I moved to Addison and Kimball back in 2009. I am very glad they are here!

  • Great cookies and clean space and super friendly staff.

  • Lovely spot, no breads but breakfast sandwiches are yummy & I love the Mango Cake & the Strawberry Shortcake. Can't wait to try the liquor cake! :)

6 days ago

Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

Apr 11

Updated 6 days ago

House Cleaners

Looking for some recommendations on someone to clean my apartment regularly. I am not sure what the correct term these days, if it is housekeeper, maid service, etc. But hopefully you all get the point and don't think I am some crazy person.

Live on the corner of Belmont and Pulaski, so anybody who has recommendations of a company that will send somebody around that area, it would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

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